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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019

Clean energy stocks are still the best energy stocks to own right now, despite President Donald Trump pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord. In fact, renewable energy production will see over 100% growth by 2025.

To help investors find the right renewable energy stocks, we’re giving Money Morning readers our top clean energy stock pick today…

Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors says the United States might be pulling out of the climate agreement, but that won’t stop renewable energy from being crucial to meeting the global demand for energy.

Moors says the climate agreement was non-binding and voluntary, so the United States’ decision to leave it won’t change much. A more significant development is President Trump’s attempt to end the “Clean Power Plan,” an Obama-era initiative to promote clean energy, because it’s currently America’s policy instead of a non-binding agreement.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: DSP Group Inc.(DSPG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Needham & Company LLC restated their buy rating on shares of DSP Group (NASDAQ:DSPG) in a report issued on Friday morning. The firm currently has a $15.00 price objective on the semiconductor company’s stock.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of DSP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DSPG) have received a consensus rating of “Buy” from the seven research firms that are covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and four have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price objective among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $15.75.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    AU Optronics (NYSE: AUO) and DSP Group (NASDAQ:DSPG) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, risk and valuation.

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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Reliv’ International Inc.(RELV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Headlines about Reliv International (NASDAQ:RELV) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Reliv International earned a news sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the company an impact score of 46.5816094320485 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: iShares MSCI Japan (EWJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Traders sold shares of iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEARCA:EWJ) on strength during trading on Tuesday. $26.39 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $78.06 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $51.67 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, iShares MSCI Japan ETF had the 22nd highest net out-flow for the day. iShares MSCI Japan ETF traded up $0.12 for the day and closed at $56.92

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Stephens Inc. AR bought a new stake in shares of iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEARCA:EWJ) in the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 9,591 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock, valued at approximately $555,000.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Cookson Peirce & Co. Inc. acquired a new stake in iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEARCA:EWJ) during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund acquired 5,090 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock, valued at approximately $309,000.

  • [By Zacks]

    iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSE: EWJ)

    This fund is suitable for investors looking for broad-based exposure to the Japanese economy. It seeks to invest in large-cap companies.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Avago Technologies Limited(AVGO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    NXP investors followed Elliot’s lead, and the percentage of tendered shares plunged from nearly 15% last February to 1.5% this February. Meanwhile, pressure mounted for Qualcomm to close the NXP deal as a defense against Broadcom’s (NASDAQ:AVGO) hostile takeover bid.

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    The key to understanding the Cypress Semiconductor of 2018 goes back three years, when the old Cypress merged with a rival memory chip maker to consolidate and maximize profitability of its legacy business. A year later, Cypress purchased Broadcom’s (NASDAQ: AVGO) connected devices segment, buying its way into a new burgeoning movement to connect billions of consumer goods and equipment to the internet.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Broadcom Inc. (NASDAQ: AVGO) is scheduled to release its fiscal second-quarter financial results after the markets close on Thursday. The consensus estimates call for $4.76 in earnings per share (EPS) and $5.0 billion in revenue. The same period of last year had $3.69 in EPS and $4.2 billion in revenue.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    And the short interest in Broadcom Ltd. (NASDAQ: AVGO) shrank to 7.00 million shares from the previous level of 7.58 million. Shares were last seen trading at $254.10, in a 52-week range of $221.98 to $285.68.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: ONEOK Inc.(OKE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Pipeline giant ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) is a one-of-a-kind investment opportunity these days. Of the 500 companies in the S&P 500, it’s the only one that meets five distinct characteristics of size, financial strength, earnings growth, dividend growth, and yield. That unique combination makes it an excellent choice for investors who want both high growth and a high yield.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    However, you could happily add ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE) without facing any of those issues, because this midstream company is structured as a regular corporation. Although ONEOK’s yield of 4.8% is a little lower than Enterprise’s, it shares a lot of the partnership’s most desirable traits.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Investing in retirement requires a different focus, usually one that includes a prominent place for dividend income. If dividend-paying stocks are what you’re looking for, then you should take a closer look at high-yielding Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK), ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE), and W.P. Carey Inc. (NYSE:WPC). They offer dividend yields of 4%, 5%, and 6%, respectively… income that could materially increase your retirement “paycheck” and help to supplement Social Security.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Several pipeline stocks have produced market-beating returns since their formation. Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD) and ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) stand out because they have turned a relatively small up-front investment into a massive windfall over the past two decades.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Credit Acceptance Corporation(CACC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Credit Acceptance (NASDAQ:CACC) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a report released on Thursday morning.

    Other research analysts have also recently issued research reports about the company. Susquehanna Bancshares increased their price objective on Credit Acceptance from $350.00 to $371.00 and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 1st. JMP Securities increased their price objective on Credit Acceptance from $260.00 to $350.00 and gave the stock a market underperform rating in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. BMO Capital Markets increased their price objective on Credit Acceptance from $305.00 to $312.00 and gave the stock a market perform rating in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Credit Acceptance from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 9th. Finally, Oppenheimer set a $400.00 price target on Credit Acceptance and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 31st. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $327.78.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Credit Acceptance (NASDAQ:CACC) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 31st. The credit services provider reported $6.95 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $6.44 by $0.51. The business had revenue of $315.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $303.55 million. Credit Acceptance had a net margin of 46.43% and a return on equity of 28.97%. analysts anticipate that Credit Acceptance Corp. will post 27.68 earnings per share for the current year.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Subprime auto lender Credit Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ:CACC) has been a big beneficiary of the strong U.S. economy and rising auto prices, but what about when the credit cycle turns?

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Credit Acceptance (NASDAQ: CACC) and Nelnet (NYSE:NNI) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and earnings.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Quality Systems, Inc.(QSII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. grew its position in shares of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:QSII) by 493.0% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 82,275 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 68,400 shares during the quarter. Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. owned approximately 0.13% of Quality Systems worth $1,604,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.07 per share on revenue of $3.54 billion.
    Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $557.65 million.
    Gap, Inc. (NYSE: GPS) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $3.60 billion.
    Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.13 per share on revenue of $131.95 million.
    Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) is expected to post quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $297.67 million.
    Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCVL) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $262.02 million.
    Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NYSE: DECK) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $375.41 million.
    Zoe's Kitchen, Inc. (NYSE: ZOES) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $105.30 million.
    DXC Technology Company (NYSE: DXC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $2.23 per share on revenue of $6.12 billion.
    8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $76.93 million.
    Viasat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) is projected to post quarterly loss at $0.45 per share on revenue of $424.46 million.
    ePlus inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $1.60 billion.
    Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (NYSE: LGF.A) is expected to post quarterly loss at $0.04 per share on revenue of $1.04 billion.
    Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGYS) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $32.58 million.
    Nutanix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTNX) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.19 per share on revenue of $278.98 million.
    Veeva Systems Inc. (NYSE: VEEV) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.31 per share on revenue

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Timothy Green]

    Shares of Quality Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:QSII) jumped on Friday following the company’s fiscal fourth-quarter report. The provider of software and services to the healthcare industry beat analyst estimates on all fronts. The stock was up 13% at market close.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Marcus & Millichap, Inc.(MMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Marcus & Millichap Inc (NYSE:MMI) major shareholder Phoenix Investments Holdings L sold 3,000 shares of Marcus & Millichap stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.27, for a total transaction of $120,810.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 16,532,215 shares in the company, valued at approximately $665,752,298.05. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Major shareholders that own more than 10% of a company’s shares are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Marcus & Millichap (NYSE:MMI) was downgraded by analysts at JMP Securities from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report issued on Wednesday, Marketbeat reports.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: BlackBerry Limited(BBRY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BlackBerry (TSE:BB) (NASDAQ:BBRY)‘s stock had its “in-line” rating reiterated by analysts at Imperial Capital in a report issued on Wednesday.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Sears Holdings Corporation(SHLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) traded down about 4% Wednesday and posted a new 52-week low of $1.18 after closing Tuesday at $1.23. The stock’s 52-week high is $9.63. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 1.5 million. The company had no specific news. We continue watching to see which of Sears or JC Penney will be the first department store retailer to become a penny stock.

  • [By ]

    Next isn’t the only big traditional retailer enjoying a comeback move to start the year. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSE:XRT) just capped off an impressive three-day run that pushed its year-to-date gains to almost 6%. This performance even edges out the red-hot Nasdaq Composite. Beleaguered retail names like J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP), Macy’s (NYSE:M), and even Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) are helping lead the charge higher.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares of Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) were moving higher today after the battered retailer said it would expand its partnership with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) to install tires sold on Amazon at Sears Auto Centers nationally.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares of Sears Holding Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD) were gaining today after CEO Eddie Lampert called for a breakup of the company and offered to buy the Kenmore appliance brand. Investors had anticipated such a split as a possibility for extracting value from company, and the news sent shares up 5.5% as of 2:56 p.m. EDT Monday.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) shares dipped on Thursday after the company announced that it would be closing more stores. This is the most recent development on its race to becoming a penny stock, or maybe worse.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Department stores and specialty retailers lost the most ground, likely due to continuing satisfaction from shopping online. Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) dropped one point to 71, the lowest among the department/discount stores included in the survey. Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) tied with Dollar General Inc. (NYSE: DG) at a next-lowest 73.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019

Last week Renewable Energy & Power, Inc. (OTC PINK : RBNW ), a diversified corporation with markets in energy-saving technologies of LED lighting, solar and wind energy, announced a large San Francisco Bay Area electronic assembly corporation has approved the installation of 1,275 LED lights for their entire main campus.

This is the third such announcement in as many months by the Las Vegas based company. It got me thinking about what the company does and how LED lighting can impact a business’ bottom line as much as it contributes to reducing emissions and the effects of global warming. But what about LED lights in RBNW’s backyard? How much of the Vegas Strip is LED? Well, it turns out, quite a bit.

Over a year ago three of Nevadas largest casino companies MGM Resorts, Wynn, and Las Vegas Sands announced plans to source renewable energy for their hotels, a move driven both by increasing demand for responsible energy use from the companies that rent their conference halls, and a surplus of cheap power from solar farms in Nevada and California. MGM Resorts had already implemented an ambitious energy conservation effort by replacing 1.3 million light bulbs in its properties with LEDs.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: Athersys, Inc.(ATHX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media stories about Athersys (NASDAQ:ATHX) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Athersys earned a news sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the biopharmaceutical company an impact score of 44.8155037155159 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Athersys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATHX) dropped 10.8% during mid-day trading on Tuesday after an insider sold shares in the company. The stock traded as low as $2.01 and last traded at $2.06. Approximately 2,886,300 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 278% from the average daily volume of 763,566 shares. The stock had previously closed at $2.31.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: BlueLinx Holdings Inc.(BXC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Bitcedi (BXC) is a proof-of-work (PoW) coin that uses the
    Cryptonight hashing algorithm. Its launch date was May 16th, 2016. Bitcedi’s total supply is 9,616,277 coins and its circulating supply is 5,756,371 coins. Bitcedi’s official Twitter account is @bitcedis and its Facebook page is accessible here. The official website for Bitcedi is bitcedi.org.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Bitcedi (CURRENCY:BXC) traded 0.7% lower against the US dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 19:00 PM E.T. on May 20th. One Bitcedi coin can currently be bought for $0.0099 or 0.00000109 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges. Bitcedi has a market capitalization of $57,027.00 and approximately $0.00 worth of Bitcedi was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. In the last seven days, Bitcedi has traded down 28.3% against the US dollar.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Bitcedi (BXC) is a proof-of-work (PoW) coin that uses the
    Cryptonight hashing algorithm. Its launch date was May 16th, 2016. Bitcedi’s total supply is 9,616,277 coins and its circulating supply is 5,756,371 coins. Bitcedi’s official website is bitcedi.org. Bitcedi’s official Twitter account is @bitcedis and its Facebook page is accessible here.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: McClatchy Company (MNI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Several large newspaper chains will face the largest increases in newsprint prices in absolute dollars. These are Gannett (NYSE: GCI), tronc (NASDAQ: TRNC), hedge fund owned Digital First Media, which just laid off dozens of people in Denver and on the West Coast, Hearst, Advance Media, McClatchy (NYSE: MNI) and Gatehouse Media. Among them, they own most of the large newspapers in America and hundreds of newspapers in aggregate. Each of these companies has newsprint demand much larger than that of The Tampa Bay Times.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    The McClatchy Company (NYSEAMERICAN:MNI) was the recipient of a significant decrease in short interest during the month of April. As of April 30th, there was short interest totalling 855,291 shares, a decrease of 4.6% from the April 13th total of 896,460 shares. Approximately 17.9% of the company’s stock are sold short. Based on an average trading volume of 11,764 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 72.7 days.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    At another of the largest chains, McClatchy Co. (NYSEAMERICAN: MNI), its flagship property, the Sacramento Bee, laid off 15 editorial workers. That may not seem like many, but in an already thinned out newsroom, it is a lot. The layoffs were also the third in just over a year. There were reports that McClatchy also laid off workers at its other West Coast properties.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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

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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: Argo Group International Holdings Ltd.(AGII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Barclays PLC raised its stake in Argo Group (NASDAQ:AGII) by 25.3% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 8,691 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,754 shares during the period. Barclays PLC’s holdings in Argo Group were worth $499,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Argo Group (NASDAQ: AGII) and Stewart Information Services (NYSE:STC) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Lord Abbett & CO. LLC purchased a new position in shares of Argo Group (NASDAQ:AGII) in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund purchased 840,251 shares of the insurance provider’s stock, valued at approximately $48,230,000. Lord Abbett & CO. LLC owned approximately 2.49% of Argo Group as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: iShares Core S&P Total US Stock Mkt (ITOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Hundreds of exchange traded funds offer investors broad market exposure and many do so with nominal fees. Among the least expensive is the iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF (NYSE: ITOT).

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: Permian Basin Royalty Trust(PBT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Primalbase Token (CURRENCY:PBT) traded up 0% against the U.S. dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 9:00 AM Eastern on May 13th. In the last week, Primalbase Token has traded down 12.7% against the U.S. dollar. One Primalbase Token token can currently be purchased for about $2,575.27 or 0.30100000 BTC on major exchanges including Waves Decentralized Exchange and Tidex. Primalbase Token has a total market capitalization of $3.22 million and approximately $872,784.00 worth of Primalbase Token was traded on exchanges in the last day.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Primalbase Token (CURRENCY:PBT) traded down 7.8% against the US dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 12:00 PM ET on May 22nd. Primalbase Token has a total market capitalization of $2.53 million and $838,489.00 worth of Primalbase Token was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Primalbase Token token can currently be bought for $2,024.98 or 0.24530700 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including Tidex and Waves Decentralized Exchange. During the last seven days, Primalbase Token has traded down 14.5% against the US dollar.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Primalbase Token (CURRENCY:PBT) traded down 2.5% against the US dollar during the 1 day period ending at 23:00 PM Eastern on May 26th. Primalbase Token has a total market cap of $1.90 million and $282,320.00 worth of Primalbase Token was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Primalbase Token token can now be bought for about $1,516.30 or 0.20760100 BTC on popular exchanges including Tidex and Waves Decentralized Exchange. During the last week, Primalbase Token has traded down 30.5% against the US dollar.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media stories about Permian Basin Royalty Trust (NYSE:PBT) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Permian Basin Royalty Trust earned a daily sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 46.225040116545 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: Sears Holdings Corporation(SHLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Meanwhile, Sears (SHLD) is still falling apart. 

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  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares ofSears Holding Corp(NASDAQ:SHLD) were selling off again today after the struggling retailer posted a disappointing first-quarter earnings report and announced it would close even more stores. Sales continued to tumble in the period and, its bottom-line loss widened, another sign of the dire straits the company finds itself in. As of 11:26 a.m. EDT, the stock was down 9.7%.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: Jason Industries, Inc.(JASN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    PlayAGS (NYSE: AGS) and Jason Industries (NASDAQ:JASN) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: Bunge Limited(BG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    For the details of Burren Capital Advisors Ltd’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Burren+Capital+Advisors+Ltd

    These are the top 5 holdings of Burren Capital Advisors LtdMonsanto Co (MON) – 77,300 shares, 36.53% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 26.41%NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI) – 49,500 shares, 23.46% of the total portfolio. New PositionDell-VMWare Tracking Stock (DVMT) – 57,930 shares, 17.17% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 5.52%Time Warner Inc (TWX) – 30,800 shares, 11.8% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 3.77%Bunge Ltd (BG) – 25,050 shares, 7.5% of

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    It goes without saying that companies that export huge amounts of farm products to China stand to be the winners. Shares of The Andersons, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANDE) jumped 1.6%, while Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG) increased 0.4% on Monday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Bunge Ltd (NYSE:BG) insider Jerry Matthews Simmons, Jr. sold 4,122 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, June 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.30, for a total value of $289,776.60. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 10,068 shares in the company, valued at approximately $707,780.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Bunge Ltd. (NYSE: BG) has often been considered a global proxy for the price and trade issues around soybeans. Its shares were actually down 14 cents at $67.85 late Thursday morning (after opening up at $68.10). The 52-week range is $63.87 to $83.20, and the consensus target price is $86.70. That consensus target seems quite generous considering the major price slide that has been seen since February.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: International Game Technology(IGT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This stock has been hit over the past month and is offering a nice entry point for investors. International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. The company enables players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This company was hit since doing a secondary in which a large shareholder did a forward sale, and it is offering a great entry point.International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. The company enables players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Monday. Stock investors acquired 2,940 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 954% compared to the average volume of 279 put options.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    One of the reason suppliers like IGT (NYSE:IGT) and Scientific Games are reacting positively is because they’ll likely provide the betting infrastructure casinos use. IGT powers MGM’s playMGM app that takes sports bets in Nevada today. It could easily scale that technology nationwide. Scientific Games sees its OpenBet product suite providing similar solutions to its customers.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) shares rose 18.3 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.74 percent on Friday.
    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) rose 12.1 percent to $2.69 in pre-market trading after surging 4.80 percent on Friday.
    NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) rose 10.9 percent to $109.75 in pre-market trading after Bloomberg reported that the China’s Commerce Ministry has restarted its review of QUALCOMM Incorporated’s (NASDAQ: QCOM) proposed takeover of NXP Semiconductors.
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) rose 10.6 percent to $15.20 in pre-market trading. Renewable Energy will replace Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 15.
    NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN) rose 10 percent to $6.40 in pre-market trading.
    Vaxart, Inc. (NASDAQ: VXRT) shares rose 8 percent to $5.54 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.19 percent on Friday.
    Profire Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFIE) rose 7.3 percent to $4.58 in pre-market trading after gaining 6.22 percent on Friday.
    Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) rose 7 percent to $22.49 in pre-market trading after falling 1.96 percent on Friday.
    Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) shares rose 6.9 percent to $9.16 in pre-market trading.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) rose 5.7 percent to $2.24 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.92 percent on Friday.
    CVR Refining, LP (NYSE: CVRR) rose 5.4 percent to $19.70 in pre-market trading.
    Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (NYSE: AGM) rose 5.2 percent to $92.95 in pre-market trading.
    International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) rose 5.2 percent to $29.94 in pre-market trading.
    Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) shares rose 5.1 percent to $66.30 in the pre-market trading session.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5 percent to $10.70 in pre-market trading after climbing 15.66 percent on Friday.
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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    An issue of International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) debt fell 0.8% as a percentage of its face value during trading on Tuesday after the company announced weaker than expected quarterly earnings. The high-yield debt issue has a 6.5% coupon and is set to mature on February 15, 2025. The debt is now trading at $104.00 and was trading at $104.94 one week ago. Price changes in a company’s debt in credit markets often anticipate parallel changes in its share price. The company reported $0.15 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by ($0.12). International Game Technology had a negative net margin of 21.64% and a positive return on equity of 10.28%. The firm had revenue of $1.21 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.16 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.29 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.7% on a year-over-year basis.

Top High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019

CVS is launching pop-up pharmacies to help Harvey victims.

The company said on Tuesday that it’s working with the Texas Department of State Health Services to set up temporary pharmacies in emergency shelters in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio.

Pharmacists at the stations will help people refill prescriptions and offer counseling.

CVS (CVS) has also set up a mobile unit outside of the NRG Center stadium and conference facility in Houston, where people can pick up prescriptions, get vaccines and buy over-the-counter medications. The CVS website also features a list of stores that have reopened since the storm.

CVS isn’t the only company that has deployed ad hoc pharmacies to help Harvey victims.

#HurricaneHarvey survivors sheltered at the Dallas Convention Center now have pharmacy services available on-site: https://t.co/R8GPTm8bWO pic.twitter.com/hXp4vVRpxc

— Walmart Newsroom (@WalmartNewsroom) August 29, 2017

Top High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc.(SASR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    LSV Asset Management cut its stake in shares of Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) by 3.4% in the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 92,100 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 3,200 shares during the quarter. LSV Asset Management’s holdings in Sandy Spring Bancorp were worth $3,569,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    News articles about Sandy Spring Bancorp (NASDAQ:SASR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Sandy Spring Bancorp earned a daily sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the bank an impact score of 44.8977197847726 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Maltese Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) by 230.4% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 330,712 shares of the bank’s stock after acquiring an additional 230,611 shares during the quarter. Maltese Capital Management LLC owned approximately 0.93% of Sandy Spring Bancorp worth $12,818,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) Director Joseph S. Bracewell sold 32,173 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.36, for a total transaction of $1,395,021.28. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Sandy Spring Bancorp (NASDAQ: SASR) and First Merchants (NASDAQ:FRME) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) Director Mark C. Michael sold 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.30, for a total value of $41,300.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 81,590 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,369,667. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

Top High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Sears Holdings Corporation(SHLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares ofSears Holding Corp(NASDAQ:SHLD) were heading south today alongside other department store chains afterDeutsche Bankissued a negative report about the sector, pushing several department store names downward, including Macy’s,Kohl’s, andJ.C. Penney. As the weakest of the bunch, Sears fell the furthest. The stock closed down 9.4%.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) is one of those dying companies that just refuses to accept defeat. The company made a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) signaling details of private exchange offers for notes that were addressed in January, but the struggling department store operator also gave an update to its fiscal fourth quarter.

  • [By Chuck Saletta]

    The third stock I’d hate to buy right now is former retail titan Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD). In many respects, Sears Holdings is a dead retailer walking, kept “alive” only through the cash infusions from liquidating its once-great assets. It unloaded its Craftsmanbrand of tools last year to stay afloat, and it has even resorted to selling its DieHard batteries on Amazon.com just to keep some cash coming in.

  • [By ]

    The fact is Amazon continues to exert insane amounts of pressure on the weak (J.C. Penney (JCP) , Sears (SHLD) ) while also unearthing new ways to win business despite formidable rivals. The pressure is likely to decimate the mall by this time in 2023. It’s nuts. Also nuts is how CEO Jeff Bezos could turn on the profit spigot at the drop of the dime, this time around probably doing so to shove it in Donald Trump’s face.

  • [By ]

    Never forget the people component when picking a company to invest in. At the end of the day, the financials reported every three months are a byproduct of the decisions people make day in and day out throughout an organization. Having the right people could be the deciding factor between winning, losing or treading water. It’s why a Sears (SHLD) is dying, and Action Alerts PLUS holding Amazon (AMZN) is thriving.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    In early 2017, Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) sold the rights to its storied Craftsman tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK). Stanley Black & Decker agreed to pay $525 million upfront — plus supplemental payments with an estimated present value of at least $375 million — for the right to manufacture and sell Craftsman-branded products outside of Sears Holdings-affiliated channels.

Top High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Tutor Perini Corporation(TPC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. reduced its stake in shares of Tutor Perini Corp (NYSE:TPC) by 7.2% during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 258,952 shares of the construction company’s stock after selling 20,145 shares during the quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s holdings in Tutor Perini were worth $5,710,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Engineers Gate Manager LP purchased a new stake in shares of Tutor Perini (NYSE:TPC) during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund purchased 27,812 shares of the construction company’s stock, valued at approximately $613,000.

Sears Holdings Corp Stock Surges on Potential Sale of Kenmore & Other Assets

Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD) stock was on the rise Monday following news that it may sell some its assets.

Sears Holdings Corp Stock Surges on Potential Sale of Kenmore & Other AssetsSource: Mike Mozart via Flickr

Sears Holding Corp says that it has an interest selling the following assets.

The Kenmore brand and its related assets. The Sears Home Improvement Products business of the Sears Home Services division. Its Parts Direct business of the Sears Home Services division.

According to Sears Holding Corp, it may already have a potential buyer for these assets. The company notes that ESL Investments, Inc. sent a letter to its Board of Directors showing an interest in buying all or some of the assets.

Sears Holding Corp says that its Board of Directors has created a Special Committee that will handle the possible sale of the assets. The Special Committee is working with Centerview Partners LLC as its investment banker. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is providing legal counsel to the group.

SHLD notes that the possible sale of its assets is part of its efforts to continue to increase its value to shareholders. The stock has struggled due to store closures and talk of bankruptcy. However, there’s has been some light for Sears Holding Corps stock recently via a deal with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) for tire installation.

Sears Holdings Corp also points out that there is no guarantee a sale of its assets will take place. The company says it won’t be commenting further on the matter until it deems it necessary.

SHLD stock was up 10% as of Monday afternoon.

As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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Many investors believe the price of oil will go higher. According to Reuters:

Oil futures prices have soared past three-year highs, OPECs deal has cut millions of barrels of inventory worldwide and investors are betting in record numbers that prices could rocket past $80 and even hit $90 a barrel this year.

But physical markets for oil shipments tell a different story. Spot crude prices are at their steepest discounts to futures prices in years due to weak demand from refiners in China and a backlog of cargoes in Europe. Sellers are struggling to find buyers for West African, Russian and Kazakh cargoes, while pipeline bottlenecks trap supply in west Texas and Canada.

CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) sued its largest shareholder as the pressure on it to merge with Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIAB) increases. According to The Wall Street Journal:

CBS Corp. moved to break free from the Redstone familys grip and thwart what it fears would be a forced merger with Viacom Inc. escalating a yearslong power struggle over the fate of the two media giants.

CBS filed a lawsuit Monday against the Redstones and their family holding company and invoked a little-known provision in the CBS corporate charter that it claims would allow it to issue voting shares to all stockholders, significantly diluting the voting power that the Redstones have held over CBS for nearly two decades.

After several accidents, Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) looked at changing its autopilot technology. According to The Wall Street Journal:

One idea was sensors to track drivers eyes to ensure they watch the road. Tesla executives questioned the costs of such a system, which typically includes a camera and infrared sensor, and whether it would be ready for deployment, these people said. Another concern was whether the sensors could reliably detect drivers of varying heights.

Another measure the Autopilot team considered was incorporating sensors into the steering wheel to monitor whether drivers hands were touching it at all times, these people said.

Founder Elon Musk may change Tesla’s management structure. According to Bloomberg:

The Tesla Inc. management ranks that Elon Musk told employees hes flattening had already been raising eyebrows by how quickly it was thinning out.

Musk announced a thorough reorganization in a memo to employees Monday, saying Tesla was changing its structure to improve communication, combine functions and get rid of activities that arent vital to the success of the companys mission. Last week, a spokesman confirmed one of only four executive officers named in the companys recent proxy statement was taking time away from the company to recharge.

New taxes set by Seattle could affect a number of local companies, which include Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN). According to CNBC:

Seattle’s city council on Monday approved a new tax for the city’s biggest companies, including
Amazon, to combat a housing crisis attributed in part to a local economic boom that has driven up real estate costs at the expense of the working class.

Amazon, the city’s largest employer, said after the vote that it would go ahead with planning for a major downtown office building that it earlier had put on hold over its objections to a much stiffer tax plan originally proposed.

Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) took more steps to sell Kenmore. According to CNNMoney:

Sears is getting serious about selling Kenmore.

The struggling retailer announced Monday that it had formed a “special committee” to explore the sale of its in-house appliance brand.

The move comes less than a month after Sears CEO Eddie Lampert wrote a letter to the board urging it to sell the brand. He offered to buy it himself if necessary, along with other assets.

Sears Holdings Corp Stock Surges on Potential Sale of Kenmore & Other Assets

Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD) stock was on the rise Monday following news that it may sell some its assets.

Sears Holdings Corp Stock Surges on Potential Sale of Kenmore & Other AssetsSource: Mike Mozart via Flickr

Sears Holding Corp says that it has an interest selling the following assets.

The Kenmore brand and its related assets. The Sears Home Improvement Products business of the Sears Home Services division. Its Parts Direct business of the Sears Home Services division.

According to Sears Holding Corp, it may already have a potential buyer for these assets. The company notes that ESL Investments, Inc. sent a letter to its Board of Directors showing an interest in buying all or some of the assets.

Sears Holding Corp says that its Board of Directors has created a Special Committee that will handle the possible sale of the assets. The Special Committee is working with Centerview Partners LLC as its investment banker. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is providing legal counsel to the group.

SHLD notes that the possible sale of its assets is part of its efforts to continue to increase its value to shareholders. The stock has struggled due to store closures and talk of bankruptcy. However, there’s has been some light for Sears Holding Corps stock recently via a deal with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) for tire installation.

Sears Holdings Corp also points out that there is no guarantee a sale of its assets will take place. The company says it won’t be commenting further on the matter until it deems it necessary.

SHLD stock was up 10% as of Monday afternoon.

As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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Is Amazon the Lifeline That Sears Needs?

This past week, Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) saw its shares make an incredible gain, one that the company has not seen in a while. Perhaps this is the spark that puts Sears back on the right track. And it only seems fortuitous that one of the strongest companies in the world is helping what many consider a dying company.

In terms of the announcement, Sears said that it would be collaborating with Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) to provide full-service tire installation and balancing for customers who purchase any brand of tires on Amazon.

The collaboration stems from a growing relationship between Sears and Amazon, when Sears began selling Kenmore appliances on Amazon in July 2017.

With this new partnership, Sears Auto will become the first nationwide auto service center to offer Amazon customers the convenient Ship-to-Store tire solution integrated into the Amazon checkout process, which is easy and convenient. Amazon customers simply select their tires, the Sears Auto location and their preferred date and time for the tire installation. Sears Auto Centers then contact them to confirm their appointment.

The new Ship-to-Store capability will be initially available at 47 Sears Auto Centers in eight metropolitan areas. Following the initial launch, Sears Auto Centers quickly will expand this service to Amazon customers through its more than 400 Sears Auto Centers nationwide.

Tom Park, president of Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands at Sears Holdings, commented:

Amazon.com customers can expect terrific performance and reliability from DieHard tires and professional installation from Sears Auto Centers. Were thrilled to expand our assortment of this iconic brand to include passenger tires on Amazon.com.

This service will be rolling out to customers across the United States over the coming weeks.

Since this announcement was made, Sears shares have shot up roughly 24%. Including the move this week though, Sears stock still is down about 66% in the past 52 weeks, and the further we look back the worse the numbers get.

Shares of Sears closed out the week at $3.42, with a consensus analyst price target of $2.00 and a 52-week trading range of $1.99 to $10.76.

Amazon shares were last seen at $1,602.91, with a consensus price target of $1,820.20 and a 52-week range of $927.00 to $1,638.10.

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Sears Holdings Corp Stock Surges on Amazon Tire News

Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD) stock was flying high on Wednesday following news of a deal with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).

Sears Holdings Corp Stock Surges on Amazon Tire NewsSource: Mike Mozart via Flickr

Sears Holdings Corp’s new deal will have it handling tire installation and balancing for Amazon customers. This means that customers can buy tires on Amazon and have them shipped to their local Sears Auto Center for installation.

Customers that choose to order their tires through Amazon will be guided through the process at checkout. This includes choosing which Sears store to have the tires sent to. They will also select a date and time for the tire change. Sears will then get in contact with the customer to confirm the appointment.

Sears Holdings Corp notes that this new offer will be available first at 47 locations across several metropolitan areas. These areas are as follows.

Atlanta Chicago Dallas Los Angeles Miami New York San Francisco Washington, D.C.

Sears Holdings Corp points out that it will be expanding the offer to include more locations over time. It plans to have the tire installation service through Amazon available at all of its 400 Sears Auto Centers across the U.S.

Sears Holdings Corp also says that the expanding relationship between it and Amazon will have it selling its own DieHard tires on the website. However, it is quick to note that customers don’t have to purchase these tires to get the installation service at its Sears Auto Centers.

SHLD stock was up 21% as of noon Wednesday.

As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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Top Medical Stocks To Own For 2018

Welcome to Biotech Analysis Central Daily News, a daily news report and analysis about what has happened lately in the biotech industry

Merck’s Keytruda Achieves Success In Phase 3 Study As A Combo Therapy

News: On Tuesday, Merck (MRK) announced positive results in a phase 3 study, using a combination of Keytruda and Alimta, treating patients with previously untreated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Alimta is a lung cancer drug developed by Eli Lilly (LLY). The phase 3 study, named Keynote-189, met on both endpoints of the study. The combo improved progression-free survival and overall-survival in patients.

Analysis: This news is really good for Merck. Not only did it report positive results for this indication, but it did so very early. That’s because this was just an interim look at the data. The final data for this trial was not expected until early 2019. The news might get even better, because this was just top-line results that were reported. The full set of detailed data from this study won’t be revealed until an upcoming medical conference. That means that investors have a lot to look forward too. This also trumps the notion that a Keytruda- chemo combo won’t work for first-line lung cancer. That’s because Merck pulled its European application last year for a Keytruda-chemo combo, because of results from a small phase 2 study. At that time, everyone was placing bets that the phase 3 study would also not show impressive data. Well, as you can see Merck has proved everyone wrong, and now it has a lot to hang its hat on. This win for Merck is bad for both Roche (OTCQX:RHHBY) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) which is why both traded lower as soon as the Merck results were announced.

Top Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Sears Holdings Corporation(SHLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Just in the past few weeks, Wall Street has seen bankruptcy filings from sporting goods retailer Gander Mountain, RadioShack successor General Wireless Operations, everyday value price department store operator Gordmans Stores (GMAN) and appliances, electronics and furniture retailer HHGregg (HGG) . Last Wednesday, children’s apparel retailer Gymboree cautioned it was running low on cash and may not survive. Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) voiced concerns on Tuesday about its ability to stay in business, while women’s apparel chain Bebe (BEBE) is reportedly on the brink of closing all 170 of its stores.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    The deal, which was announced on July 20, will allow Sears Holdings Corp.’s (Nasdaq: SHLD) Kenmore home appliance brand to be sold on Amazon. This is the first official time the online retailer has had access to the Sears-exclusive brand. (Some Kenmore appliances were previously sold on Amazon through third-party sellers.)

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    The CEO of Sears Holdings Corp. (NYSE: SHLD) will try to use his hedge fund to buy some of the failing retailer’s assets. According to The Wall Street Journal:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD).Between Sears and Kmart stores, the company plans 142 store closings, with more likely.

    Sports Authority.Another bankruptcy, with 140 stores closing.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Wall Street may want to temper their exuberance over the quarter struggling Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) just announced. 

    “Sears’ declining cash balance heightens its need to continue to source $2 billion of liquidity annually,” David Silverman, Senior Director, U.S. Corporates at Fitch Ratings told TheStreet via email. “The company’s ability to continue to operate is dependent on their ability to continue finding these sources — it currently has a number of unencumbered store locations which could be monetized.”

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Lewitt first warned investors that Sears Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: SHLD) was headed for disaster in December 2014. Since then, it has dropped more than 63%, netting investors huge gains if they followed his advice to short this stock.

Top Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: BorgWarner Inc.(BWA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $34.66 billion.
    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 Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, Morgan Stanleys Adam Jonas cut Delphi Automotive (DLPH) to Underweight from Overweight citing the threat posed by electric cars (and not just Tesla Motors (TSLA)). Today, Bairds David Leiker and team offer a fuller defense of Delphi Automotive, as well as Borg Warner (BWA) and Lear (LEA):

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, I dubbed the selloff in auto stocks “car-pocalypse now,” as shares of everything car related tumbled following disappointing auto sales. Shares of General Motors (GM) and Ford Motor (F)? Check. Auto-part makers like BorgWarner (BWA)? Check. Used-car sellers like AutoNation (AN) and CarMax (KMX)? Check. Auto-part retailers like O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY) and AutoZone (AZO)? Oh yeah. So is it time to panic?

Top Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: WSFS Financial Corporation(WSFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    TRADEMARK VIOLATION NOTICE: “WSFS Financial (WSFS) to Release Quarterly Earnings on Monday” was published by Ticker Report and is the property of of Ticker Report. If you are viewing this article on another site, it was illegally copied and reposted in violation of international trademark and copyright law. The legal version of this article can be accessed at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3364455/wsfs-financial-wsfs-to-release-quarterly-earnings-on-monday.html.

Top Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Nu Skin Enterprises Inc.(NUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS) is a direct selling company, which develops and distributes personal care products and nutritional supplements that are sold under the Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands. This stock closed up 5.4% at $92.96 in Monday’s trading session.

    Monday’s Volume: 2 million

    Three-Month Average Volume: 900,802

    Volume % Change: 85%

    From a technical perspective, NUS ripped higher here right above some near-term support at $85 with heavy upside volume. This move pushed shares of NUS into breakout and new 52-week-high territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $88.20 to $89.69. This move also pushed shares of NUS above the upper-end of its recent range that saw the stock trend between $82 to just above $89.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in NUS as long as it’s trending above support at $85 and then once it sustains a move or close above Monday’s high of $93.33 with volume that this near or above 900,802 shares. If we get that move soon, then NUS will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $100 to $105.

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    Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE: NUS) is benefiting from two key trends: its strong presence in Asia where it books 79% of its revenue and leading brand awareness with millennials. The company has increased its dividend every year since 2001, now paying a 2% yield, and maintains a share repurchase program that returns excess cash to shareholders.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) is trading sharply higher on Friday, but options traders are buying puts in the name, said Jon Najarian. Traders were buying the June 50 puts and they paid around 6 percent for them, so they don't see much upside in Nu Skin Enterprises, explained Najarian. He followed the trade and he is planning to hold the position for a month.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Citigroup’s Beth Kite calls Nu Skin Enterprises’ (NUS) earnings and guidance “awfully disappointing.” She explains why:

    “Frustrating” Describes 4Q15 & 2016 Guidance:Nu Skin (i) reported 4Q15 EPS of $0.62, 11 cents below consensus and us, and (ii) lowered 2016 EPS guidance, from $3.25-$3.40 to $2.40-$2.60.Nu Skin had three LTO’s in 4Q152 succeeded and 1 failed. The failure had far less to do with the product than with the sales strategy…

    Is Guidance Too Conservative or Is It Really This Bad? We get that Me failed to sell well in South Korea with the 12-month cartridge commitment. But given the strength in reps globally, the strength of Youth from its two LTOs in 2H15, and good results from Me when sold in Japan without the 12-month commitment, we wonder if guidance is aggressive to the downside. Indeed, the word “conservative” was said a lot by mgmt on the brief earnings call when describing guidance revisions.

    Maintaining Buy: While we now have less confidence in mgmt, from an external perspective, to forecast its results accurately, and from an internal perspective, to course correct quicklyi.e., why didn’t they drop the 12-month plan for Me in South Korea when it so obviously wasn’t workingwe are still confident in Youth & Me. The rep growth in South Asia/Pacific from Youth in 3Q led to better 4Q sales than we’d expected, Youth’s Americas LTO in 4Q drove lc sales up 26% YoY, and Me not only sold through in Japan in 4Q but also drove reps higher. We imagine that investors may have little patience or confidence in Nu Skin for a while, understandably. But the bar seems set fairly low now, so we are cautiously optimistic that Nu Skin can dig itself out of this hole as we go through 2016 and Me & Youth roll out more fully.

    Shares of Nu Skin have tumbled 13% to $27.31 at 2:11 p.m. today.

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Stock gainers included Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ: MELI), up almost 14 percent, and Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS), which added 12 percent. The positive gains in both stocks were due to strong earnings reports. Shares of Liberty Interactive Group (NASDAQ: QVCA) plunged almost 22 percent on Friday due to disappointing sales growth in its fiscal second quarter. Pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE: BMY) lost 16 percent after a disappointing study involving its Opdivo drug.

Top Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Adeptus Health Inc.(ADPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Adeptus Health Inc (NASDAQ: ADPT) shares dropped 66 percent to $9.09 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results and lowered its FY16 EBITDA outlook.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Adeptus Health Inc (NYSE: ADPT) were down around 30 percent to $1.30. Medical Properties Trust disclosed that it has agreed in principle with Deerfield Management to restructuring in bankruptcy to Adeptus Health.

Top Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: KongZhong Corporation(KZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    The list of below stocks is notable as the shares have traded on sequentially increasing volume spanning the trading days from September 16 to September 20:

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.(ESRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) : “The yield on this one is too low.”

    DowDuPont (DWDP) : “I’m not running away, I’m sticking with them.”

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    For example, nobody is going to come along and build another Empire State Building. In fact, you can actually invest in this building through the Empire State Realty Trust (NYSE: ESRT).

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Virtus Investment Partners Inc.(VRTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ: VRTS) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $111.05 following Q3 results. Virtus Investment posted Q3 earnings of $1.64 per share on revenue of $82.3 million.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Sears Holdings Corporation(SHLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    Sears Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: SHLD), a company that has been around for more than 130 years, was at one time the largest mail-order retailer to rural America. In 1931 it accounted for more than 53.4% of total mail-order sales. It survived through not only one but two world wars and the Great Depression.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD).Between Sears and Kmart stores, the company plans 142 store closings, with more likely.

    Sports Authority.Another bankruptcy, with 140 stores closing.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Shah is keeping his eye on companies like Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M), JCPenney Co. Inc. (NYSE: JCP), and Sears Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: SHLD). Though these dead cats may bounce from time to time, their trajectory is decidedly downward.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.(LYV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer checked in with Michael Rapino, president and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment (LYV) , a stock that’s up 44% since Cramer last spoke with him a little more than a year ago but also one that fell 3% in today’s session on what appeared to be solid quarterly results.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: U S Concrete, Inc.(USCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, basic materials shares fell 0.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ: USCR), down 10 percent, and Commercial Metals Company (NYSE: CMC), down 4 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, basic materials shares fell 0.73 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ: USCR), down 8 percent, and Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SA), down 5 percent.

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    Sterling Construction Co. Inc (STRL) : “I’m going to stick with U.S. Concrete (USCR) .”

    B&G Foods (BGS) : “No, we’re going to stay away. This group is a snake pit.”

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Goldman Sachs (GS) , Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) , Ecolab (ECL) , PTC (PTC) , Arista Networks (ANET) , U.S. Concrete (USCR) and Masco (MAS) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Coming up in tonight’s episode of Mad Money: Cramer interviews Bill Sandbrook, CEO of U.S. Concrete (USCR)  and focuses on opportunities for Xilinx (XLNX) .  Plus, don’t miss the Lightning Round. Which stocks is Cramer bullish on?

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Student Transportation Inc(STB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap school bus transportation services stockStudent Transportation (NASDAQ: STB):

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Student Transportation Inc (NASDAQ: STB) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $167.40 million.

    Exar Corporation (NYSE: EXAR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $38.38 million.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Seadrill Limited(SDRL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    SeaDrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL) dropped nearly 11% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $0.41 after closing at $0.46 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $4.59. Volume of nearly about 9.4 million was less than 10% above the daily average. The company had no specific news.

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    Neovasc Inc (US) (NASDAQ: NVCN) rose 17.3 percent to $2.65 in pre-market trading after the company reported the close of its $75 million transaction with Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX).
    aTyr Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: LIFE) shares rose 12.3 percent to $4.10 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed 'promising' signals in myopathies with Resolaris in exploratory trials.
    Globus Maritime Ltd (NASDAQ: GLBS) shares rose 10.1 percent to $6.90 in pre-market trading after climbing 5.03 percent on Monday.
    Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AUPH) shares rose 9.9 percent to $3.00 in pre-market trading. Aurinia Pharmaceuticals appointed Lorin Jeffry “Jeff” Randall to its board and Chairman of the Audit Committee.
    Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ: ORIG) shares rose 8.7 percent to $2.89 in pre-market trading after surging 19.82 percent on Monday.
    Full House Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLL) shares rose 5.1 percent to $2.08 in pre-market trading after declining 1.98 percent on Monday.
    Seadrill Ltd (NYSE: SDRL) rose 5.1 percent to $4.13 in pre-market trading after surging 3.15 percent on Monday.
    Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) rose 5.1 percent to $7.60 in pre-market trading after declining 5.37 percent on Monday.
    Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS) rose 5.1 percent to $3.10 in pre-market trading. Arbutus issued additional data from its ARB-1467 Phase II
  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Shares of Seadrill (SDRL) were gaining by 12.46% to 91 cents in pre-market trading on Tuesday morning, after the offshore drilling contract provider said its subsidiary, North Atlantic Drilling, has secured a new 10 year contract.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Tuesday was another down day for the Dow Jones Industrials, which fell more than 100 points to drop further below the 20,000 level. But broader market measures were mixed, and the Nasdaq Composite even managed to gain ground. Continued uncertainty about the impact of new policies from the U.S. federal government have kept markets a bit turbulent, and the beginning of a two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee could set the tone for monetary policy in 2017. Some stocks had bad news that sent them lower today, and among the worst performers were Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL), Roadrunner Transportation Systems (NYSE:RRTS), and Tempur Sealy International (NYSE:TPX). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Education Realty Trust Inc.(EDR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Education Realty Trust (NYSE: EDR) is a U.S.-based REIT that specializes in owning and managing collegiate housing facilities near universities. With a market cap of $2.8 billion, this is also one of the larger REITs in the United States. EDR made four dividend payments in 2017 totaling $1.54. That gives shares a current yield of 4.3%, more than a 100% premium to the S&P 500’s 2.0%. EDR also has an impressive history of dividend hikes. Since bottoming out at $0.15 in 2008 after the financial crisis, EDR’s dividend payment has jumped 160%.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc.(ATRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Atara Biotherapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATRA) shares surged on Friday after the firm announced that it received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate two Phase 3 clinical studies. Specifically these mid-stage studies deal with tabelecleucel in patients with rituximab-refractory Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) associated post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (EBV+PTLD).

J C Penney Company Inc Stock Still Isn’t a Great Buy – Yet

Over the past five years, we’ve watched beleaguered department store J C Penney Company Inc. (NYSE:JCP) make its way steadily downward. JCP stock has nearly halved its value since April 2017 which begs the question- how much lower can J C Penney stock go?

In many cases, a decline like this one leads to an excellent buying opportunity- especially when the company in question is working on a turnaround plan. That’s exactly the case with J C Penney stock.

JCP stock has had its fair share of headwinds over the past few years and the company is still working to dig itself out of a mountain of debt, however the past few quarterly results showed that the department store is starting to show signs of life.

Buying Time

Most importantly, JCP has been able to refinance some of it’s massive debt pile which will buy the firm a bit more time to orchestrate a successful turnaround. The company was burdened by over $300 million in debt that was set to come due in 2019 and 2020, but this year JCP issued $400 million worth of debt in order to pay off those loans.

The new $400 million will come due in 2025, giving the company a bit more time to get its business back on track, but the loan also comes with a steep 8.625% interest rate.

This refinancing was essential for JCP, but it doesn’t guarantee success. JC Penney will still have to pay its new, more expensive loan back when it comes due and in order to do that the firm will need to be on much more stable footing.

Stealing Market Share

JC Penney’s comps in the third and fourth quarter impressed investors, and rightly so- firm saw same-store sales rise 1.7% and 2.6% respectively. When you look at retailers in general, those figures don’t exactly blow the competition out of the water, but they’re enough to suggest stability and they’re certainly a huge step up for JCP stock.

A big reason for those improvements has been the impending death of Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:SHLD). In an effort to capitalize on Sears’ hardships, JCP stepped up its appliance offerings and that appears to be paying off. As Sears fades out of appliance sales, JCP is picking up some of that marketshare.

The same is true with JCP’s toy offerings. JC Penney made a push into selling children’s toys at the same time that Toys R Us closed its doors.

So is the Turnaround Happening?

There’s no simple answer to whether or not JCP has been successful so far in its turnaround efforts. On one hand, the company’s efforts to improve its store offerings and create a shopping experience that will draw in customers appears to be working- the improving comps speak to that. However, on the other hand the company is still struggling with ultra-low margins.

While the fourth quarter saw less promotional activity cutting into profits, online sales still weighed heavily on margins. On this front, JC Penney is stuck between a rock and a hard place. In order to grow its online presence, JC Penney needs to focus on online sales which are inevitably less profitable than in-store sales. However, on the other hand JCP really can’t afford to grow sales at all costs like some of its peers can.

Should I Buy JCP Stock?

As a speculative play, JCP stock could potentially be a money maker- however it’s important to realize that there’s a huge amount of risk because the firm’s future is far from certain. As my colleague Lawrence Meyers put it, “the way to play J C Penney stock is as a trade.” He recommends buying somewhere below $2.70 and selling in increments as the share price improves.

I agree with Meyers in that respect- if you’ve got the stomach for risk and you are willing to put some of your chips on the line, that kind of speculative trade is definitely worth considering.

However, for me the JCP story simply isn’t compelling enough to believe in. I’m not overly impressed by the company’s improving margins because I think stronger rivals like Home Depot Inc. (NYSE:HD) will eventually dominate the appliance market and toy sales doesn’t look like a particularly strong life-line. With that in mind, I’ll be watching JCP’s turnaround efforts from the sidelines.

As of this writing, Laura Hoy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. 

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