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Top Heal Care Stocks For 2021

The latest short interest data is out for AMD, Tesla and Plug Power. Here’s how it looks.
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The latest short interest data is out, and possibly, the most keenly watched counters would be those of Sunnyvale, California-based Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ:AMD), Palo Alto, California-based Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), and New York-based Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG). It has been an eventful month so far for AMD and Tesla, with lots of fresh news coming through. So, let’s quickly look at the latest changes in short interest in these names.

Top Heal Care Stocks For 2021: 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 freight 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. was founded in 1981 and is based in Sarasota, Florida.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    My intent here isn’t to scare you with alarming statistics. I just want to call attention to the problem — to underscore the investment potential associated with the companies that can help fix it. Between the critical need for infrastructure spending and powerful demographic trends, it’s easy to see the robust growth potential ahead for companies that specialize in the purification and delivery of clean drinking water.
    Xylem (NYSE: XYL), which makes water pumps and filtration equipment, has doubled to $80 per share over the past three years. Roper Technologies (NYSE: ROP), a leader in smart water-metering technology, has gained 32% this year and 100% over the past three years. Idex (NYSE: IEX), which supplies parts and equipment to water treatment plants, has delivered annual gains of 24.3% the past three years, crushing the 5.1% of the average industrial-sector stock.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Roper Technologies (NYSE:ROP) and Clearsign Combustion (NASDAQ:CLIR) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.

Top Heal Care Stocks For 2021: Regional Management Corp.(RM)

Regional Management Corp. (together with its subsidiaries, “Regional,” the “Company,” “we,” “us,” and “our”) was incorporated in South Carolina on March 25, 1987, and converted into a Delaware corporation on August 23, 2011. We are a diversified specialty consumer finance company providing a broad array of loan products primarily to customers with limited access to consumer credit from banks, thrifts, credit card companies, and other traditional lenders. We began operations in 1987 with four branches in South Carolina and have expanded our branch network to 331 locations with approximately 349,300 active accounts primarily across Alabama, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia as of December 31, 2015. Most of our loan products are secured and each is structured on a fixed rate, fixed term basis with fully amortizing equal monthly installment payments, repayable at any time without penalty.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Enova International (NYSE: ENVA) and Regional Management (NYSE:RM) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Provident Financial (OTCMKTS: FPLPY) and Regional Management (NYSE:RM) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and earnings.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top Heal Care Stocks For 2021: T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.(TROW)

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., incorporated on February 4, 2000, is a financial services holding company. The Company provides global investment management services through its subsidiaries to individual and institutional investors in the sponsored T. Rowe Price mutual funds distributed in the United States and other investment portfolios. The Company operates through investment advisory business segment. Its assets under management are accumulated from a client base across over four primary distribution channels, including third-party financial intermediaries that distribute its managed investment portfolios in the United States and other countries; individual the United States investors on a direct basis; the United States defined contribution retirement plans, and institutional investors across the globe. The assets that it manages include a range of the United States and international stock, blended asset, bond and money market mutual funds, and other investment portfolios. It offers advisory services and a distribution management service. It provides administrative services as ancillary services to its investment advisory clients.

The Company offers advisory services, including management of stable value investment contracts and a distribution management service for the disposition of equity securities its clients receive from third-party venture capital investment pools. The Company offers blended equity, and asset allocation investment strategies, including target-date retirement investment portfolios. The Company also performs industry and company research using sources, such as inspection of corporate activities, management interviews, company-published financial and other information, financial newspapers and magazines, corporate rating services and field checks with suppliers and competitors in particular business sector. Its securities selection process for investment portfolios is based on quantitative analysis using computerized data modeling. The Company provides seed capital f! or the new investment funds and trusts.

The Company provides certain administrative services as ancillary services to its investment advisory clients. These administrative services are provided by the Company’s subsidiaries and include mutual fund transfer agent, accounting, distribution and shareholder services; participant recordkeeping and transfer agent services for defined contribution retirement plans investing in the Company’s sponsored mutual funds; recordkeeping services for defined contribution retirement plans investing in mutual funds outside the T. Rowe Price complex; brokerage, and trust services. The Company offers services to clients in over 40 countries across the world. The Company provides investment advisory, distribution and other administrative services to the Price funds. Investment advisory services are provided to each fund under individual investment management agreements that grant the fund the right to use the T. Rowe Price name. The Company’s subsidiaries provide advisory-related administrative services to the Price funds and their shareholders. T. Rowe Price Services provides mutual fund transfer agency and shareholder services, including maintenance of staff, facilities, technology and other equipment to respond to inquiries from fund shareholders. T. Rowe Price Associates provides mutual fund accounting services, including maintenance of financial records, preparation of financial statements and reports, valuation of portfolio securities and computation of net asset values per share. T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services provides participant accounting, plan administration and transfer agent services for defined contribution retirement plans that invest in both the Price funds and funds outside the Price fund complex.

The Company provides trustee services through its subsidiary, T. Rowe Price Trust Company, which offers collective investment trusts for investment by retirement plans and serves as trustee for employer sponsored retirement plans a! nd other ! retirement products. The Company also provides non-discretionary advisory planning services to fund shareholders and potential investors through its subsidiary T. Rowe Price Advisory Services, Inc. These services include retirement planning services, such as saving for retirement, transitioning into retirement and income in retirement. An investment portfolio evaluation service is an integral part of these services. The Company’s subsidiary, T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc. is the distributor of the Price funds. The Company provides investment advisory services to the other investment portfolio clients through its subsidiaries. The Company provides these services on a separately managed or sub-advised account basis and through sponsored investment portfolios, including collective investment trusts, target-date retirement trusts, Luxembourg-based funds offered to investors outside the United States and portfolios offered through variable annuity life insurance plans in the United States. The Company’s subsidiaries, T. Rowe Price (Luxembourg) Management Sarl and T. Rowe Price International Ltd. provide management and investment management services, respectively.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board cut its stake in shares of T. Rowe Price Group Inc (NASDAQ:TROW) by 47.3% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 43,999 shares of the asset manager’s stock after selling 39,514 shares during the period. Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board’s holdings in T. Rowe Price Group were worth $4,062,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board cut its stake in shares of T. Rowe Price Group Inc (NASDAQ:TROW) by 47.3% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 43,999 shares of the asset manager’s stock after selling 39,514 shares during the period. Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board’s holdings in T. Rowe Price Group were worth $4,062,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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    T Rowe Price (Nasdaq: TROW) — It has been a tough stretch for many money managers, as investors siphon assets away from traditional mutual funds and deposit them in passive exchange-traded funds (ETFs). But T. Rowe Price bucked the trend and attracted $2.7 billion in net inflows last quarter, raising its assets under management (AUM) to $1.08 trillion.

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    T Rowe Price (Nasdaq: TROW) — It has been a tough stretch for many money managers, as investors siphon assets away from traditional mutual funds and deposit them in passive exchange-traded funds (ETFs). But T. Rowe Price bucked the trend and attracted $2.7 billion in net inflows last quarter, raising its assets under management (AUM) to $1.08 trillion.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now

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We spend most of our working lives contributing money to retirement accounts but what about taking it out in retirement? If you have pre-tax, Roth, and taxable accounts, how much should you withdraw from each one? Here are some things to consider:

1) How much can you safely withdraw? The safest option is to only withdraw earnings and not touch any of the principal but at current dividend yields and interest rates, don’t expect to get much more than about 2% of your portfolio. That’s probably not enough for most people and that number can fluctuate and may not keep pace with inflation in the long term.

The traditional rule of thumb is that you can safely withdraw about 4% of the initial value of a diversified portfolio and increase that amount with inflation for about 30 years. However, the rule was developed during the 1990s when interest rates were higher and many financial experts (including the financial planner who created it) are concerned that the rule is now obsolete. It also doesn’t take into account that you may have to withdraw larger amounts while you still have a mortgage or before you start collecting pension and Social Security benefits so a steady withdrawal rate may not make sense.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Blackstone GSO Senior Floating Rate Term Fund(BSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News articles about Blackstone/GSO Senior Fltg Rt Term Fund (NYSE:BSL) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Blackstone/GSO Senior Fltg Rt Term Fund earned a daily sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the company an impact score of 47.9711105753708 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media headlines about Blackstone/GSO Senior Fltg Rt Term Fund (NYSE:BSL) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Blackstone/GSO Senior Fltg Rt Term Fund earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 47.1154940270027 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    News headlines about Blackstone/GSO Senior Fltg Rt Term Fund (NYSE:BSL) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Blackstone/GSO Senior Fltg Rt Term Fund earned a media sentiment score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the company an impact score of 47.30334299338 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: TheStreet, Inc.(TST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    WARNING: “TheStreet, Inc. (TST) Given $2.83 Consensus Target Price by Analysts” was posted by Ticker Report and is owned by of Ticker Report. If you are viewing this story on another website, it was copied illegally and republished in violation of United States & international copyright and trademark law. The correct version of this story can be accessed at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3375008/thestreet-inc-tst-given-2-83-consensus-target-price-by-analysts.html.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Press coverage about TheStreet (NASDAQ:TST) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. TheStreet earned a daily sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the information services provider an impact score of 48.5783795459236 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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    Here’s what PayPal CEO Dan Schulman told TheStreet (TST) on the latest Jolt  podcast about the Amazon threat. 

    TheStreet: Do your worry about Amazon? To be fair, it won’t be easy for them to replicate a business like PayPal overnight — if at all.  

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    TheStreet (TST) caught up with PayPal (PYPL) CEO Dan Schulman on the latest Jolt podcast to chat about a range of topics. Of course a talk about the future of physical cash came up. 

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Sealed Air Corporation(SEE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Toronto Dominion Bank boosted its stake in Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) by 14.0% in the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 104,379 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after buying an additional 12,843 shares during the quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank’s holdings in Sealed Air were worth $4,466,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D lessened its holdings in shares of Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) by 16.7% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 50,000 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 10,000 shares during the period. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D’s holdings in Sealed Air were worth $2,140,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) has been given a $52.00 target price by investment analysts at UBS in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday, www.stocktargetadvisor.com reports. The brokerage presently has a “buy” rating on the industrial products company’s stock. UBS’s price objective indicates a potential upside of 13.99% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Sealed Air Corp  (NYSE:SEE)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 07, 2019, 10:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
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  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: 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.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Macquarie upgraded shares of MEG Energy (TSE:MEG) from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a research note released on Monday morning. Macquarie currently has C$12.50 price objective on the stock, up from their prior price objective of C$8.00.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    MEG Energy (TSE:MEG)‘s stock had its “sector perform spec overwgt” rating reissued by analysts at National Bank Financial in a research report issued on Tuesday.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Roper Technologies, Inc.(ROP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP) have earned an average rating of “Buy” from the fourteen analysts that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $303.58.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Geneva Partners LLC acquired a new stake in Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP) during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm acquired 1,125 shares of the industrial products company’s stock, valued at approximately $310,000.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) announced plans to acquire PowerPlan for $1.1 billion in cash.
    Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) agreed to acquire MB Financial Inc (NASDAQ: MBFI) for $54.70 per share in cash and stock.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) agreed to merge its transportation unit with Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp (NYSE: WAB).
    IHS Markit Ltd (NASDAQ: INFO) announced plans to Ipreo for $1.855 billion.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now

In a bid to gain further momentum in the kids and students section, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has unveiled Prime Book Box. Notably, this is a subscription service which is currently available to the U.S. Prime members.

The service offers a box of children story books selected by the company’s editors and comes with subscription plans ranging from one, two and three months. Moreover, it provides the flexibility of skipping a box anytime.

With the recent launch, the company strives to serve the purpose of “love for reading” for the children till the age of 12 years.

The latest move is in sync with Amazon’s aggressive stance in retail.  Notably, the company has already disrupted the retail sector with its robust Prime and vast e-commerce platform.

Coming to the price performance, shares of Amazon have returned 65.3% on a year-to-date basis, outperforming the industry’s rally of 33%.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: AeroCentury Corp.(ACY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    TheStreet downgraded shares of AeroCentury (NYSEAMERICAN:ACY) from a b rating to a c rating in a report issued on Wednesday morning.

    Separately, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of AeroCentury from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday, February 12th.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    AeroCentury (NYSEAMERICAN:ACY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “AeroCentury Corp. was formed to acquire JetFleet Aircraft, L.P. and JetFleet Aircraft II, L.P., in a statutory merger. The company is an operating lessor and finance company which specializes in leasing used turboprop aircraft and engines. The company’s aircraft and engines are on lease to regional airlines and commercial users in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., South America and Europe. (PRESS RELEASE) “

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Roper Technologies, Inc.(ROP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Roper Technologies (NYSE:ROP) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference CallApril 20, 2018 8:30 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Teacher Retirement System of Texas lifted its position in Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP) by 57.1% in the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 61,777 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after buying an additional 22,444 shares during the quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas’ holdings in Roper Technologies were worth $17,045,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Abengoa Yield plc(ABY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ArtByte (CURRENCY:ABY) traded up 10.8% against the dollar during the 1-day period ending at 20:00 PM ET on June 14th. ArtByte has a market capitalization of $3.84 million and approximately $13,004.00 worth of ArtByte was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One ArtByte coin can currently be purchased for $0.0048 or 0.00000073 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including Bittrex, Cryptopia and LiteBit.eu. Over the last week, ArtByte has traded 16.9% lower against the dollar.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ArtByte (ABY) is a proof-of-work (PoW) coin that uses the Scrypt hashing algorithm. It was first traded on May 1st, 2014. ArtByte’s total supply is 792,537,250 coins. ArtByte’s official website is www.artbyte.me. ArtByte’s official Twitter account is @artbyteme and its Facebook page is accessible here. The Reddit community for ArtByte is /r/ArtByte and the currency’s Github account can be viewed here.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ArtByte (CURRENCY:ABY) traded down 8% against the dollar during the 1 day period ending at 17:00 PM Eastern on September 6th. During the last week, ArtByte has traded 11.3% higher against the dollar. One ArtByte coin can currently be purchased for about $0.0029 or 0.00000045 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including LiteBit.eu, Bittrex and Cryptopia. ArtByte has a total market cap of $2.31 million and approximately $4,225.00 worth of ArtByte was traded on exchanges in the last day.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Union Pacific Corporation(UNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
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    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $5.24 billion.
    United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.55 per share on revenue of $16.44 billion.
    Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.74 per share on revenue of $7.91 billion.
    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $8.81 billion.
    PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.93 per share on revenue of $12.4 billion.
    American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $10.42 billion.
    Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $5.01 billion.
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $34.52 billion.
    Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.66 per share on revenue of $5.38 billion.
    D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $3.76 billion.
    The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.4 per share on revenue of $1.94 billion.
    Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.56 per share on revenue of $2.94 billion.
    Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $4.63 billion.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.54 per share on revenue of $3.72 billion.
    Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) is projected to report quarter
  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Gemmer Asset Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) by 200.0% during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 1,950 shares of the railroad operator’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,300 shares during the period. Gemmer Asset Management LLC’s holdings in Union Pacific were worth $318,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Flagship Harbor Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor acquired 1,821 shares of the railroad operator’s stock, valued at approximately $258,000.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. increased its stake in Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) by 5.7% in the second quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 189,656 shares of the railroad operator’s stock after acquiring an additional 10,194 shares during the period. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd.’s holdings in Union Pacific were worth $26,870,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Traders sold shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) on strength during trading on Friday. $66.23 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $145.73 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $79.50 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Union Pacific had the 27th highest net out-flow for the day. Union Pacific traded up $0.97 for the day and closed at $141.68

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    KCS Wealth Advisory grew its holdings in Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) by 12.8% during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 3,729 shares of the railroad operator’s stock after purchasing an additional 422 shares during the quarter. KCS Wealth Advisory’s holdings in Union Pacific were worth $501,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Microvision Inc.(MVIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    IMPINJ (NASDAQ: PI) and MicroVision (NASDAQ:MVIS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Dupont Fabros Technology, Inc.(DFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    DigiFinexToken (CURRENCY:DFT) traded down 9.8% against the dollar during the 1-day period ending at 0:00 AM Eastern on September 19th. One DigiFinexToken token can now be purchased for about $0.20 or 0.00003197 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges. During the last seven days, DigiFinexToken has traded 30.7% lower against the dollar. DigiFinexToken has a market cap of $0.00 and $858,232.00 worth of DigiFinexToken was traded on exchanges in the last day.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    DraftCoin (CURRENCY:DFT) traded up 4.5% against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 20:00 PM E.T. on September 1st. DraftCoin has a total market capitalization of $623,381.00 and approximately $26,777.00 worth of DraftCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day. One DraftCoin coin can now be bought for $0.0779 or 0.00001084 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including CoinExchange and YoBit. Over the last week, DraftCoin has traded 3.1% lower against the US dollar.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    DraftCoin (CURRENCY:DFT) traded 1.5% lower against the U.S. dollar during the 1 day period ending at 9:00 AM Eastern on October 9th. During the last seven days, DraftCoin has traded 0.7% lower against the U.S. dollar. DraftCoin has a total market cap of $185,310.00 and approximately $3,088.00 worth of DraftCoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One DraftCoin coin can now be bought for about $0.0231 or 0.00000351 BTC on exchanges including CoinExchange, YoBit and Coindeal.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    DigiFinexToken (CURRENCY:DFT) traded 0.6% lower against the U.S. dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 19:00 PM Eastern on March 8th. One DigiFinexToken token can currently be purchased for about $0.17 or 0.00004327 BTC on exchanges. During the last week, DigiFinexToken has traded 12.7% higher against the U.S. dollar. DigiFinexToken has a total market capitalization of $0.00 and $984,872.00 worth of DigiFinexToken was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

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New Zealand’s central bank held interest rates at a record low and left the door open to a cut as inflation remains subdued.

Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr on Thursday kept the official cash rate at 1.75 percent and said it would remain there “for some time to come.” The RBNZ pushed out its forecast for the first OCR increase to the third quarter of 2019 from the second.

“The direction of our next move is equally balanced, up or down,” Orr said in a statement in Wellington. “Only time and events will tell.”

The central bank’s benchmark has been at an historic low since late 2016 as New Zealand’s strong exchange rate and weak global inflation exert downward pressure on prices. Orr took charge of the RBNZ just six weeks ago and today’s is the first rate decision made under a broadened mandate of supporting maximum sustainable employment as well as achieving price stability.

Hot High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Roper Technologies, Inc.(ROP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Well, Money Morning Special Situation Strategist Tim Melvin has broken these secrets out of the vault of the Smart Money managers. And he’s sharing the Max Wealth secrets for free right here.

    Two Stocks to Watch Today: XOM, DB
    Shares of Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) jumped more than 2.6% in pre-market hours after the energy giant reported earnings before the bell. The oil major reported earnings per share of $1.41, easily topping Wall Street forecasts of $1.08. Its $7.2 billion in quarterly profits were a 72% jump from the same period last year. However, the firm did fall a bit short on the revenue front. Investors liked the news that Exxon plans to restructure its upstream business to reduce costs and bolster operating cash flow by 2025. On the European front, shares of Deutsche Bank (NYSE: DB) were off another 3.72% after the German banking giant reported earnings. The embattled financial institution reported its first annual profit since 2014. However, broader uncertainty remains from investors. On Friday, look for earnings reports from Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX), Cigna Holding Co. (NYSE: CI), Weatherford International Plc. (NYSE: WFT), Roper Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ROP), Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK), Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON), and Johnson Controls International Plc. (NYSE: JCI).
    These 3 Stocks Are the Key to 2019’s Greatest Profits

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  • [By Lee Samaha]

    Within the investing world, Dover always used to be known as an industrial stock with heavy oil and gas exposure, but following the spinoff of its upstream energy business, now listed as Apergy Corporation (NYSE:APY), Dover is very much part of the multi-industry industrial group of stocks that includes companies like 3M Company (NYSE:MMM), Illinois Tool Works (NYSE:ITW), and Roper Technologies (NYSE:ROP).

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Roper Technologies (NYSE: ROP) and Danaher (NYSE:DHR) are both large-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    The industrial sector rose early in the year and then stumbled along with the broader market. It took a little longer for the industrial sector to gain traction and start to rebound than the S&P 500 Index, but since July, this sector has outperformed the market. Eaton Corporation plc (NYSE:ETN) has done even better, outdistancing both the S&P and Vanguard Industrials ETF. Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP), meanwhile, has lagged behind Eaton and only kept pace with Vanguard Industrials ETF despite posting record results. Here’s why outperforming Eaton is still the better choice for investors.

Hot High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Mosaic Company (MOS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    But there are signs fertilizer markets are finally inching toward balance. Nutrien (NYSE:NTR) and Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) both raised their full-year 2018 adjusted EPS guidance after announcing first-quarter operating results. Meanwhile, CF Industries’ (NYSE:CF) gross profit increased 77% in the first quarter of 2018 from the prior-year period despite an 8% drop in revenue. Should investors begin looking around the industry for investment opportunities, or is more pain on the way?

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) have received an average rating of “Hold” from the nineteen analysts that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Eleven analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and seven have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $35.92.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    It doesn’t take much of an imagination to realize what the success of microbials would mean for leading fertilizer producers such as Nutrien (NYSE:NTR), CF Industries (NYSE:CF), and Mosaic (NYSE:MOS). Consider how dependent these businesses are on each of the three major agricultural nutrients:   

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) has been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the nineteen brokerages that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, ten have given a hold recommendation and five have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $25.23.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Swiss National Bank cut its stake in The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) by 13.2% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 1,066,065 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after selling 162,000 shares during the period. Swiss National Bank owned approximately 0.30% of The Mosaic worth $25,884,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Hot High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: International Speedway Corporation(ISCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ: ISCA)Q2 2018 Earnings Conference callJul. 05, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

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  • [By Motley Fool Transcription]

    International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ:ISCA)Q3 2018 Earnings Conference CallOct. 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
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    Operator

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on International Speedway Corp Class A (ISCA)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Toronto Dominion Bank increased its position in International Speedway Corp Class A (NASDAQ:ISCA) by 94.8% in the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 2,930 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,426 shares during the period. Toronto Dominion Bank’s holdings in International Speedway Corp Class A were worth $131,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Hot High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Smith(wh)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Global hotel franchisor Wyndham Hotels and Resorts (NYSE:WH) attempted a dramatic transformation last year when it completed both the acquisition of La Quinta Holdings and a spinoff from parent Wyndham Destinations on successive days (May 31 and June 1, respectively).

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:WH) declared a dividend on Monday, May 21st, Fidelity reports. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 15th will be given a dividend of 0.25 per share on Friday, June 29th. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, June 14th.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) and Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Top 5 Casino Stocks For 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court just struck down as unconstitutional the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, which barred states from authorizing sports gambling.

Whilesports betting has been legal in Nevada for decades, the court said Congress had the right to regulate sports gambling if it wanted, but if it abdicated that responsibility, then the states could move forward on their own. Although the 6-3 decision doesn’t automatically legalize sports betting everywhere, states can now set up their own regulatory framework to govern it.

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Casino operators are obviously invigorated by the news, and many have been planning for this eventuality. They say they’re ready to hit the ground running, and some are prepared to have sports book rooms in place within weeks.

For example, MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM) issued a statement saying:

Top 5 Casino Stocks For 2018: Global Net Lease, Inc.(GNL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Global Net Lease (NYSE:GNL) released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday. The financial services provider reported $0.49 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.53 by ($0.04), Bloomberg Earnings reports. Global Net Lease had a return on equity of 1.72% and a net margin of 9.09%. The business had revenue of $68.09 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $66.87 million.

Top 5 Casino Stocks For 2018: NewJersey Resources Corporation(NJR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $3.46 billion.
    Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.8 per share on revenue of $2.93 billion.
    American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AXL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $9.27 billion.
    LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPNT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
    V.F. Corporation (NYSE: VFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $2.90 billion.
    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $3.05 billion.
    Titan International, Inc. (NYSE: TWI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $407.27 million.
    Boise Cascade Company (NYSE: BCC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LNG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $1.59 billion.
    Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $308.05 million.
    ITT Inc. (NYSE: ITT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.73 per share on revenue of $683.96 million.
    Fred's, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.19 per share on revenue of $551.00 million.
    Virtu Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $288.31 million.
    Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: CQP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $1.38 billion.
    Genesis Energy, L.P

Top 5 Casino Stocks For 2018: Paylocity Holding Corporation(PCTY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Paylocity Holding (NASDAQ:PCTY) CEO Steven R. Beauchamp sold 80,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.37, for a total value of $4,429,600.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

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    The curtain could come down any day on MoviePass’ bumpy run as an independent company: Link

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    Paylocity (NASDAQ:PCTY) is looking to change all of that. The company’s cloud-based platform was built from the ground up to provide users with an easy-to-use, mobile-focused solution. Paylocity has been grabbing market share away from the industry giants ever since.

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Lately, on Industry Focus: Tech, we’ve focused on the megacap businesses that have been dominating the news — at the cost of shedding some light on smaller companies with massive growth potential. In this week’s episode, host Dylan Lewis talks with Fool.com contributorBrian Feroldi about three ultra-compelling small-cap tech companies: HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS), AppFolio (NASDAQ:APPF), and Paylocity (NASDAQ:PCTY).

Top 5 Casino Stocks For 2018: Roper Technologies, Inc.(ROP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Neuburgh Advisers LLC cut its stake in Roper Technologies (NYSE:ROP) by 12.9% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 1,616 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 240 shares during the quarter. Neuburgh Advisers LLC’s holdings in Roper Technologies were worth $454,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) announced plans to acquire PowerPlan for $1.1 billion in cash.
    Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) agreed to acquire MB Financial Inc (NASDAQ: MBFI) for $54.70 per share in cash and stock.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) agreed to merge its transportation unit with Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp (NYSE: WAB).
    IHS Markit Ltd (NASDAQ: INFO) announced plans to Ipreo for $1.855 billion.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Roper Technologies (NYSE:ROP) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference CallApril 20, 2018 8:30 a.m. ET

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Roper Technologies (NYSE: ROP) and Danaher (NYSE:DHR) are both large-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Top 5 Casino Stocks For 2018: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.(HP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Only 10% of the companies on the list had female CEOs at the helm, four of which — Hewlett Packard (HP) , Lockheed Martin (LMT) , General Motors (GM) , and General Dynamics (GD) — grew significant revenue in five years or less. 

  • [By Chris Johnson]

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    I Love Helmerich & Payne Inc. (NYSE: HP) for This Coming Week

    My trading model is practically screaming to recommend this contract petroleum drilling company.

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    The third caller had Boeing (BA) , Helmerich & Payne (HP) , Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) , LAM Research (LRCX) and Steel Dynamics (STLD)  as her top five stocks.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP) CFO Juan Pablo Tardio sold 52,781 shares of Helmerich & Payne stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.44, for a total value of $3,823,455.64. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 25,628 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,856,492.32. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link.

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For many women, the wage gap needs no explaining: Female workers, on average, earn around 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. The gap is even wider for women of color.

And yet a significant number of men still don’t believe it exists.

Sallie Krawcheck, the former Citi CFO who became one of the highest-ranking women on Wall Street, thinks more men in power need to wake up to the realities of the wage gap.

According to the 2018 Money Census report from Ellevest, a women’s investing firm Krawcheck founded, 83% of women said they believe in the gender wage gap, “in which men make more than women for performing the same job.” Only 61% of men agreed.

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Ariane Hegewisch, study director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, believes there’s another element to men’s disbelief: They don’t want to believe they are benefiting from an unequal system which would imply that they’ve been rewarded for more than just their own merits.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: MiMedx Group, Inc(MDXG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap regenerative biomaterial product and bioimplant stock MiMedx Group Inc (NASDAQ: MDXG) is thethirteenth most shorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 40.54% according to Highshortinterest.com. MiMedx Group isa leading biopharmaceutical company developing and marketing regenerative and therapeutic biologics utilizing human placental tissue allografts with patent-protected processes for multiple sectors of healthcare. The Company processes the human placental tissue utilizing proprietary PURION庐 Process among other processes, to produce safe and effective allografts.MiMedx Group is the leading supplier of placental tissue, having supplied over 1,000,000 allografts to date for application in the Wound Care, Burn, Surgical, Orthopedic, Spine, Sports Medicine, Ophthalmic and Dental sectors of healthcare.

  • [By ]

    Some stocks are just too hard to take a position in, Cramer told viewers, as he dove into the stock of MiMedx (MDXG) , a small-cap biopharma that converts donated placental tissue into skin grafts that help in the recovery for a host of ailments.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The price of Bitcoin surged more than 17% to top $8,000 in a rapid move that surprised many investors this morning. The sudden rally appears to be the result of a short squeeze, according to CNBC contributor Brian Kelly. This means that investors who had been betting on a decline in the price of the world’s largest cryptocurrency had been forced to jump back and buy the currency again. A lot of people have been betting on a decline in the price of Bitcoin heading toward the April 17 tax deadline. The expectation is that many people will need to sell their Bitcoin in order to raise cash to meet tax obligations. Here’s our latest daily insight on why the Bitcoin bear market may end very soon.
    Markets gains have been capped by concerns about the latest news out of the Federal Reserve. On Wednesday, minutes from the Fed’s most recent meeting indicated that policy makers are prepared to raise interest rates several more times in the coming months in order to stave off concerns about inflation.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: BLK, FB, DAL
    Shares of BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) are on the move after the company reported earnings before the bell. The firm reported earnings per share (EPS) of $6.70. Analysts projected the firm would report EPS of $6.45 on top of $3.28 billion in revenue. The firm topped revenue expectations. The firm noted that an increase in its consulting fees and the recent tax reform bill helped bolster its profitability by 27%.
    The stock of Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) has climbed more than 6% since Tuesday. Investors cheered the testimony of CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who appeared before Congress for two days to discuss his company’s privacy policies. The CEO and his firm have been under intense scrutiny since news broke that 87 million user accounts had been accessed without permission by consulting firm Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 election season. The firm had ties to President Trump’s campaign.
    Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) reported ea

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation(COG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    The hot list:

    Align Technology (ALGN) (+22% revenue growth estimate) Amazon (AMZN) (+22%) Autodesk (ADSK) (+27%) Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) (+34%) Concho Resources (CXO) (+30%) Facebook (FB) (+27%) Netflix (NFLX) (+25%) Pentair (PNR) (+22%) Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) (+22)

    “Firms with high revenue growth should outperform the S&P 500 during the next 12 months as the index climbs by 6% to our target of 2875,” says Kostin. 

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Comerica Securities Inc. acquired a new stake in Cabot Oil & Gas Co. (NYSE:COG) during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm acquired 103,688 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,486,000.

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    Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE: COG) has a strong position in the Marcellus Shale, a low-cost region for natural gas production that puts the company’s break-even around $2.00 per mcf against spot prices around $2.80 per mcf. The company owns the rights to an additional 3,000 drilling locations within its undeveloped footprint which gives it the potential to increase output easily.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: The NASDAQ OMX Group Inc.(NDAQ)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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    There’s at least one traditional financial giant that not only doesn’t fear blockchain technology, but is actively embracing it — Nasdaq (NDAQ) , the second-largest stock exchange in the world by market cap.

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    In its last sequential quarter, Nasdaq Inc.(NASDAQ:NDAQ)relied on non-trading segments for growth as its market-services segment turned in a near flat performance. In the first quarter of 2018, however, healthy trading volumes resumed, and Nasdaq achieved expansion in each of its four operating segments. Before sifting through important highlights for the quarter, let’s briefly review the top-level performance:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.4 per share on revenue of $5.63 billion.
    Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $37.16 billion.
    Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $605.26 million.
    Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.59 per share on revenue of $22.75 billion.
    General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $7.6 billion.
    The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.58 per share on revenue of $22.24 billion.
    Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $4.91 per share on revenue of $22.52 billion.
    Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.79 per share on revenue of $3.04 billion.
    Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.61 per share on revenue of $6.61 billion.
    Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.81 per share on revenue of $1.66 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.15 billion.
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $3.82 billion.
    Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.97 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
    T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROW) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.71 per share on revenue of $1.29 billion.
    Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.04 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion.
    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SI

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: TC PipeLines, LP(TCP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

    That funding progress is important given an unexpected development in the quarter when the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) revised a long-standing policy and will no longer allow master limited partnerships to collect an allowance for income taxes on certain pipelines. That change could have a major impact on the cash flows of TransCanada’s MLP TC Pipelines, LP (NYSE:TCP). While TC Pipelines isn’t sure how much this change will impact its cash flow, it took precautionary actions by slashing its distribution to investors. That payout reduction and the related uncertainty has weighed significantly on TC Pipelines’ valuation. Because of that, Girling said that “further dropdowns of assets by TransCanada into TC Pipelines is not considered a viable funding option at this time,” and he isn’t sure if it will be one in the future. However, he did clarify that even without future dropdowns to TC Pipelines, TransCanada believes it has the “financial capacity to fund our existing capital program through our predictable and growing cash flow from operations as well as several other funding alternatives.”

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Most investors have probably heard of energy giants Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A) (NYSE:RDS-B), Dominion Energy (NYSE:D), and TransCanada (NYSE:TRP). Fewer, however, are likely familiar with their publicly traded master limited partnerships (MLPs): Shell Midstream Partners (NYSE:SHLX), Dominion Energy Midstream Partners (NYSE:DM), and TC Pipelines (NYSE:TCP). That might be a good thing, as the market has beaten up the latter trio this year, sending their valuations south.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Roper Technologies, Inc.(ROP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Shares of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) are in focus after the company reported earnings before the bell. GE stock popped 5.6% after the firm topped earnings per share (EPS) estimates by $0.05 and backed its 2018 outlook. The firm reported EPS of $0.16 on top of $28.66 billion in revenue. GE stock had been off nearly 18% from its last earnings report on January 24 due to ongoing financial and legal problems.
    Crude oil prices dipped Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump took aim at OPEC. Trump accused the cartel of keeping oil prices “artificially high” despite “record amounts of oil all over the place.” Brent crude and WTI crude oil both hit three-year highs this week after Saudi Arabia suggested that it was working to press oil prices back above $100 per barrel.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: PM, MO, WFC
    Shares of Philip Morris International Inc.(NYSE: PM) fell this morning after the firm experienced its worst trading day since its spin-off from Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO). Shares of PM fell as much as 16% after the firm fell short of revenue expectations after the bell. MO stock fell roughly 6% on the day.
    Shares of Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) are under pressure after The New York Times reported that the firm may be facing a $1 billion fine. The fines would cover a variety of “alleged” misdeeds that include the firm’s push on customers to purchase auto insurance they didn’t need and charging mortgage customers fees for services that they were not using. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will most likely announce the fine today. Money MorningCapital Wave StrategistShah Gilani weighed in on the topic this week, and he offers a scorching indictment.
    Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) is on the move today after the semiconductor giant announced plans to lay off 1,500 employees. The cuts are expected to hit employees in California and cities around the globe. The cuts are part of the fi

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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    What if Congress kills the Strategic Capabilities Office?; Pentagon projects arms-spending decline; Still no Air Force One deal; and more. (defenseone.com) The Air Force Desperately Wants Hypersonic Weapons (nationalinterest.org) The latest CEO pay numbers are in and the disparities in local compensation are huge (finance.yahoo.com) Free Post Earnings Research Report: Ropers Quarterly Revenues Rose 11%; Adjusted EPS Surged 24% (finance.yahoo.com) Roper Technologies (ROP) Raised to “Buy” at ValuEngine (americanbankingnews.com)

    ROP has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Roper Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $300.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, April 9th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Roper Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. Wells Fargo set a $310.00 price objective on shares of Roper Technologies and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 18th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and set a $330.00 price objective on shares of Roper Technologies in a research report on Monday, February 5th. Finally, Cowen restated a “buy” rating and set a $310.00 price objective on shares of Roper Technologies in a research report on Tuesday, March 6th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $303.75.

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    Another quarter, another strong earnings report for industrial technology company Roper Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ROP). The earnings report contained all the hallmarks of a typical Roper report — margin expansion and strong cash-flow generation from its asset-light business model. But there’s another positive that is driving improvement at Roper. Let’s take a look at it, and the details of the earnings report.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Roper Technologies (NYSE: ROP) and Danaher (NYSE:DHR) are both large-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Ring Energy, Inc.(REI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Ring Energy (NYSEAMERICAN:REI) will be issuing its Q1 2018 quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 9th. Analysts expect the company to announce earnings of $0.15 per share for the quarter.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd.(HOLI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: A) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $1.21 billion.
    Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE: VIPS) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $3.10 billion.
    Rexnord Corporation (NYSE: RXN) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $551.94 million.
    Invitation Homes Inc. (NYSE: INVH) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $423.13 million.
    Switch, Inc. (NYSE: SWCH) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $99.83 million.
    Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.13 per share on revenue of $579.85 million.
    Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: HOLI) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $119.06 million.
    Amyris, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRS) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $68.14 million.
    Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRNA) is projected to post quarterly loss at $0.38 per share on revenue of $1.87 million.
    VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $130.00 million.
    Phoenix New Media Limited (NYSE: FENG) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $45.38 million.
    Restoration Robotics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIR) is projected to post quarterly loss at $0.17 per share on revenue of $5.93 million.
    YogaWorks, Inc. (NASDAQ: YOGA) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.22 per share on revenue of

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: M&T Bank Corporation(MTB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    M&T Bank (NYSE: MTB) and S.Y. Bancorp (NASDAQ:SYBT) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Humana Inc.(HUM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Late Thursday, reports began to trickle in that retail behemoth Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) was in preliminary negotiations to acquire health insurer Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM). Humana’s market cap of around $37 billion makes this a very big deal, even if the talks result in some sort of partnership between the two firms.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) which rose over 4% to $280.36. The stocks 52-week range is $206.68 to $293.35. Volume was 3.2 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.1 million.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now

One of the richest men in China has made a big bet on an icon of Europe’s automotive industry.

Li Shufu, the billionaire chairman of Chinese car maker Geely (GELYF), invested about $9 billion buying a stake of almost 10% in Daimler (DDAIF), making him the biggest single shareholder in the owner of Mercedes Benz.

Li, who’s estimated to be worth around $18 billion, has said he’s not interested in a takeover of Daimler. It’s unclear exactly what he’s after with such a big investment, but he dropped a big hint that the German company’s engineering is central to his vision.

“In order to succeed and seize the technology highland, one has to have friends, partners, and alliances and adapt a new way of thinking in terms of sharing and united strength,” Li said in a statement over the weekend.

Some analysts suggest Li wants to get his hands on Daimler’s clean energy technology. That could help boost Geely’s competitive position in China’s market for electric vehicles, which is already the world’s biggest.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Visa Inc.(V)

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    These are the top 5 holdings of Night Owl Capital Management, LLCVisa Inc (V) – 231,674 shares, 10.84% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 5.42%Mastercard Inc (MA) – 167,458 shares, 9.92% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 5.37%Alphabet Inc (GOOG) – 18,613 shares, 8.13% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 4.05%Amazon.com Inc (AMZN) – 15,674 shares, 7.32% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 3.17%The Priceline Group Inc (PCLN) – 6,970 shares,

  • [By Chris Lange]

    On Thursday, Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is expected to report its most recent quarterly results. The consensus analyst estimates are $0.99 in EPS and revenue of $4.84 billion. Shares of Visa were at $126.32 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $129.80, and the 52-week range is $81.57 to $126.38.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Of the three other Dow stocks closest to Boeing’s yearly gain, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) rose by about 6.2% to a gain of nearly 68% for the year, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) added about 0.6% to close the week up just over 51% for the year to date, and Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) dropped about 1% to lower its annual gain to just over 44%.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Slower growth with an elevated P/E ratio held back Visa (V) last year. But with growth returning to Visa’s normal levels, we feel it is time to highlight its shares once again.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Visa (V) shares are soaring today after reporting earnings and revenue that easily topped the Street consensus.

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    Visa reported a profit of 86 cents a shares, topping forecasts for 78 cents, on revenue of $4.5 billion, ahead of estimates for $4.3 billion.

    After review Visa’s earnings, Cowen’s George Mihalos and team write that Visa is “everywhere investors should want to be.” They explain why:

    Visa reported very robust F1Q results and raised its FY17 outlook when adjusting for an incremental 1pt of F/X headwinds. We are raising our estimates and continue to believe there is upside to the companys outlook. Almost all key metrics showed signs of acceleration and we expect the momentum to continue. We expect the stock to be strong in tomorrow’s trading and remain very positive on the name.

    Shares of Visa have gained 5.1% to $86.48 at 2:49 p.m. today, while MasterCard (MA) has risen 1.8% to$106.98.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Ocean Power Technologies Inc.(OPTT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Ocean Power Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: OPTT) shares shot up 44 percent to $2.64. On Friday, Ocean Power Technologies reported the deployment of its PB3 PowerBuoy in Japan.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Aon Corporation(AON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    We’re seeing the exact same price pattern playing out in shares of $29 billion risk and insurance consultancy firm Aon plc (AON) . Aon has been a strong performer for all of 2016, up 20% since the calendar flipped to January. But don’t worry if you’ve missed the move – an ascending triangle pattern is signaling a second leg higher here. For Aon, the breakout level to watch is resistance up at $113.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Galapagos NV(GLPG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    Our investing experts have made some tremendous picks over the last several years, outperforming the S&P 500 by 100%, 200%, or even as much as 700% in the case of Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon’s 2012 pick of Galapagos NV (Nasdaq: GLPG).

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bill Patalon’s initial stock pick was Galapagos NV (Nasdaq ADR: GLPG), a Belgian biotech company.

    Patalon was attracted to Galapagos’ strategy to target “orphan diseases,” afflictions that strike rarely and so often go ignored by the Big Pharma companies. He also liked that Galapagos had more than 50 drug discovery programs underway, and that it already had licensing agreements with several bigger players in the industry.

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    Galapagos NV (Nasdaq: GLPG) is our big winner so far, gaining 578.8% since Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon shared his recommendation with Money Morning readers in April 2012. The S&P 500 has gained 75.4% in the same time. Bill has renewed his recommendation for the Belgian biotech several times over the years, saying in 2016 that it has “an established history of piling on gains.” With an average gain of 110% a year, it’s hard to argue with that.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.(RNR)

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  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    RenaissanceRe Holdings (RNR) is a global provider of reinsurance, as well as various types of insurance and related services. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Bermuda, notes Jack Adamo, editor of Insiders Plus.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    RenaissanceRe (NYSE: RNR) is one of 73 publicly-traded companies in the “Fire, marine, & casualty insurance” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare RenaissanceRe to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Roper Technologies, Inc.(ROP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [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 Ben Levisohn]

    Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million.

    Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ: ESRX) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $25.20 billion.

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.

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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.