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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019

Shares in a casino operator in Asia have crashed after its chairman went missing.

Landing International Development owns one of South Korea’s biggest casinos. Its stock has plunged by nearly 50% in Hong Kong since Thursday, when the company said it was “unable to contact or reach” chairman Yang Zhihui.

Landing “does not expect that the [temporary] absence of Mr. Yang would have any material adverse impact on … daily business operations and financial positions,” the company said in a filing with the Hong Kong stock exchange.

The casino and hotel owner is not the first Hong Kong-listed company to report the sudden disappearance of a top executive.

Casino firm Landing International says it has been “unable to contact or reach” its chairman, Yang Zhihui, since Thursday.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Compania Cervecerias Unidas, S.A.(CCU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Stevens Capital Management LP increased its holdings in shares of Compania Cervecerias Unidas, S.A. Common Stock (NYSE:CCU) by 53.0% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 18,154 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 6,292 shares during the period. Stevens Capital Management LP’s holdings in Compania Cervecerias Unidas, S.A. Common Stock were worth $453,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News coverage about Compania Cervecerias Unidas, S.A. Common Stock (NYSE:CCU) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Compania Cervecerias Unidas, S.A. Common Stock earned a news sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the company an impact score of 45.6257635339829 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Beverage stocks have been a hit-or-miss proposition in the U.S., both for megabrewers and for smaller players in the craft beer, spirits, and soft drink industries. But there are plenty of opportunities internationally to invest in the companies that produce drinks. In Chile, Compania Cervecerias Unidas (NYSE:CCU) produces beer, wine, and soft drinks for several South American countries, and after having seen a slow period to finish 2017, CCU had hoped to find ways to bounce back to start the new year.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Astec Industries, Inc.(ASTE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Douglas Dynamics (NYSE: PLOW) and Astec Industries (NASDAQ:ASTE) are both small-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    UBS Group AG cut its stake in Astec Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTE) by 13.2% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 34,122 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 5,211 shares during the quarter. UBS Group AG’s holdings in Astec Industries were worth $1,883,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Astec Industries (NASDAQ:ASTE) have received an average recommendation of “Buy” from the nine analysts that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price objective among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $67.25.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Astec Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTE) have earned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the nine ratings firms that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $67.25.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Autodesk, Inc.(ADSK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Friday saw a breakout session for the stock market, as major benchmarks like the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite set record highs. For the broad-based S&P 500, the record was the first it had set since early this year, and for many investors, it served as confirmation that the bull market in stocks could continue as it approaches its 10th anniversary in early 2019. Several positive news items from individual companies also helped lead indexes higher. Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK), and Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Computer-aided design software specialist Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) posted big returns in a good month for the broader market as the stock gained 15% in January compared to an 8% spike in the S&P 500, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Legal & General Group Plc lifted its position in shares of Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) by 0.6% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 1,021,212 shares of the software company’s stock after acquiring an additional 5,916 shares during the quarter. Legal & General Group Plc owned 0.46% of Autodesk worth $133,896,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Gladstone Land Corporation(LAND)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Landsec (LON:LAND) announced a dividend on Tuesday, May 15th, Upcoming.Co.Uk reports. Investors of record on Thursday, June 21st will be given a dividend of GBX 14.65 ($0.20) per share on Friday, July 27th. This represents a yield of 1.54%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, June 21st. This is an increase from Landsec’s previous dividend of $9.85. The official announcement can be viewed at this link.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Strs Ohio increased its holdings in shares of Gladstone Land Corp (NASDAQ:LAND) by 47.8% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 22,299 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 7,216 shares during the quarter. Strs Ohio owned approximately 0.14% of Gladstone Land worth $282,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Charter Financial Corp.(CHFN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Charter Financial (NASDAQ: CHFN) and Provident Financial (NASDAQ:PROV) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk and dividends.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    OMERS ADMINISTRATION Corp purchased a new stake in shares of Charter Financial Corp (Maryland) (NASDAQ:CHFN) in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm purchased 58,300 shares of the bank’s stock, valued at approximately $1,408,000. OMERS ADMINISTRATION Corp owned approximately 0.38% of Charter Financial Corp (Maryland) as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Kearny Financial (NASDAQ: CHFN) and Charter Financial Corp (Maryland) (NASDAQ:CHFN) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Atlantic Coast Financial (NASDAQ: CHFN) and Charter Financial Corp (Maryland) (NASDAQ:CHFN) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Charter Financial (NASDAQ: CHFN) and Riverview Bancorp (NASDAQ:RVSB) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, risk and valuation.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Provident Financial Services, Inc(PFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    SG Americas Securities LLC raised its stake in Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS) by 204.0% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 27,047 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock after purchasing an additional 18,150 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC’s holdings in Provident Financial Services were worth $745,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Clifton Bancorp (NASDAQ: CSBK) and Provident Financial Services (NYSE:PFS) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Private Advisor Group LLC bought a new position in shares of Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS) during the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor bought 8,316 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock, valued at approximately $232,000.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

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    Head-To-Head Review: Provident Financial (PROV) versus Provident Financial Services (PFS) (americanbankingnews.com) Head-To-Head Contrast: Territorial Bancorp (TBNK) & Provident Financial Services (PFS) (americanbankingnews.com) Q3 2018 EPS Estimates for Provident Financial Services, Inc. Decreased by Piper Jaffray (PFS) (americanbankingnews.com) Provident Financial Services, Inc. (PFS) Given Average Rating of “Hold” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com)

    A number of research analysts have issued reports on PFS shares. Sandler O’Neill raised shares of Provident Financial Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $29.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Friday, January 26th. ValuEngine raised shares of Provident Financial Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 7th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Provident Financial Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 21st. Boenning Scattergood reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Provident Financial Services in a research report on Monday, January 29th. Finally, Piper Jaffray reissued a “hold” rating and set a $28.00 price objective on shares of Provident Financial Services in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. Provident Financial Services currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $28.42.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Ameresco, Inc.(AMRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Ameresco Inc (NYSE:AMRC) has earned an average rating of “Buy” from the six ratings firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, one has given a hold recommendation and four have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $13.17.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ameresco Inc (NYSE:AMRC) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the six brokerages that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $13.17.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Ameresco Inc (NYSE:AMRC) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the six research firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, one has given a hold recommendation and four have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $13.17.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Ameresco Inc (NYSE:AMRC) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Buy” by the six ratings firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, one has issued a hold recommendation and four have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $13.17.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Northgate Minerals Corporation(NXG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of NEX Group PLC (LON:NXG) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the nine ratings firms that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have assigned a hold recommendation and four have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is GBX 696 ($9.21).

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Select Medical Holdings Corporation(SEM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Semux (CURRENCY:SEM) traded 2.4% higher against the U.S. dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 18:00 PM ET on August 26th. In the last week, Semux has traded up 8.3% against the U.S. dollar. One Semux coin can currently be purchased for $0.52 or 0.00007721 BTC on popular exchanges. Semux has a market cap of $4.01 million and approximately $110.00 worth of Semux was traded on exchanges in the last day.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Highbridge Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Select Medical Holdings Co. (NYSE:SEM) during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund acquired 166,839 shares of the health services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $2,878,000. Highbridge Capital Management LLC owned 0.12% of Select Medical at the end of the most recent quarter.

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    Cramer was bearish on Oclaro (OCLR) , Stratasys (SSYS) , Washington Prime Group (WPG) and Select Medical Holdings (SEM) .

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    In his “No-Huddle Offense” segment, Cramer proclaimed that it’s a fallacy to think that a low price/earnings multiple always means a stock is too cheap. Sometimes, the earnings estimates are simply too high.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Tidewater Inc.(TDW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE: TDW) and Tidewater (NYSE:TDW) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and earnings.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Tidewater (NYSE:TDW) was downgraded by ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Tidewater (NYSE:TDW) and Golar LNG Partners (NASDAQ:GMLP) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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

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    Golar LNG (GLNG) and Tidewater (TDW) Head to Head Survey (americanbankingnews.com) New Dedicated Senior Medical Center Brings Affordable Concierge-Style Health Care to Bradenton Seniors (prweb.com) Tidewater Inc. (TDW) Sees Significant Growth in Short Interest (americanbankingnews.com) Tidewater to Buy Offshore Supply Vessel Operator GulfMark (wsj.com) Tidewater to Buy GulfMark, Form Combined Entity Worth $1.25B (finance.yahoo.com)

    Shares of Tidewater traded down $0.10, reaching $31.49, during trading on Friday, MarketBeat.com reports. 158,400 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 183,937. Tidewater has a 12-month low of $20.37 and a 12-month high of $35.98. The company has a quick ratio of 3.71, a current ratio of 3.84 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.43.

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Best Casino Stocks For 2019

Monday was a mixed day on Wall Street, as gains for major benchmarks contrasted with a decline in indexes tracking smaller companies. Many market participants focused on the White House’s support of Chinese mobile device maker ZTE, which lifted several of the biggest stocks of Chinese technology giants that trade on U.S. exchanges. In general, investors seem to be pleased with the health of the global economy, and absent reasons to the contrary, the path of least resistance appears to be a bounce from the recent correction. Some individual companies received especially good news that lifted shares today. Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ:CZR), NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI), and Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

Caesars gets some help from the Supreme Court

Shares of Caesars Entertainment rose 5% in the wake of good news for the casino industry from the U.S. Supreme Court. The nation’s highest court ruled that a more than 25-year-old federal law that had prevented nearly every state other than Nevada from allowing sports-related betting was unconstitutional, opening the door for Caesars and its peers to begin such operations if state legislatures pass laws allowing sports betting. New Jersey, which was the state seeking to have the law declared unconstitutional, appears ready to move quickly, and Caesars praised the decision. The company said it will need to take time to understand the consequences of the legal win before offering specific strategy, but investors think it’ll be a big win for Caesars to be able to have sports betting throughout its network rather than only in its Nevada locations.

Best Casino Stocks For 2019: Dril-Quip, Inc.(DRQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure (NYSE: SOI) and Dril-Quip (NYSE:DRQ) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Dril-Quip, Inc. (NYSE:DRQ) – Stock analysts at Piper Jaffray issued their Q2 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Dril-Quip in a research note issued on Monday, May 14th. Piper Jaffray analyst I. Macpherson anticipates that the oil and gas company will post earnings per share of ($0.11) for the quarter. Piper Jaffray currently has a “Hold” rating and a $40.00 price target on the stock. Piper Jaffray also issued estimates for Dril-Quip’s Q3 2018 earnings at ($0.08) EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at ($0.09) EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at ($0.03) EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.02 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.08 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.08 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $0.64 EPS.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Dril-Quip (NYSE: DRQ) is one of 14 public companies in the “Oil & gas field machinery” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Dril-Quip to related companies based on the strength of its risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Gabelli Funds LLC grew its holdings in Dril-Quip, Inc. (NYSE:DRQ) by 4.7% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 55,500 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock after purchasing an additional 2,500 shares during the period. Gabelli Funds LLC owned about 0.15% of Dril-Quip worth $2,486,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Best Casino Stocks For 2019: Nustar Energy L.P.(NS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    These are the top 5 holdings of BIGLARI CAPITAL CORP.Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc (CBRL) – 4,737,794 shares, 97.61% of the total portfolio. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX) – 395,000 shares, 0.81% of the total portfolio. Investors Title Co (ITIC) – 30,000 shares, 0.78% of the total portfolio. Unico American Corp (UNAM) – 527,100 shares, 0.54% of the total portfolio. NuStar Energy LP (NS) – 68,500 shares, 0.18% of the total portfolio. New PositionNew

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NuStar Energy (NYSE:NS) had its price target upped by Barclays from $23.00 to $25.00 in a research report report published on Wednesday morning. They currently have an equal weight rating on the pipeline company’s stock.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE:NS) declared a quarterly dividend on Friday, April 27th, Wall Street Journal reports. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, May 8th will be paid a dividend of 0.60 per share by the pipeline company on Monday, May 14th. This represents a $2.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 11.49%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, May 7th.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE:NS) have received an average rating of “Hold” from the twelve research firms that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, nine have issued a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $26.25.

Best Casino Stocks For 2019: Tidewater Inc.(TDW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    News headlines about Tidewater (NYSE:TDW) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Tidewater earned a coverage optimism score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the oil and gas company an impact score of 45.9223416083374 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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

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    Golar LNG (GLNG) and Tidewater (TDW) Head to Head Survey (americanbankingnews.com) New Dedicated Senior Medical Center Brings Affordable Concierge-Style Health Care to Bradenton Seniors (prweb.com) Tidewater Inc. (TDW) Sees Significant Growth in Short Interest (americanbankingnews.com) Tidewater to Buy Offshore Supply Vessel Operator GulfMark (wsj.com) Tidewater to Buy GulfMark, Form Combined Entity Worth $1.25B (finance.yahoo.com)

    Shares of Tidewater traded down $0.10, reaching $31.49, during trading on Friday, MarketBeat.com reports. 158,400 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 183,937. Tidewater has a 12-month low of $20.37 and a 12-month high of $35.98. The company has a quick ratio of 3.71, a current ratio of 3.84 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.43.

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Best Casino Stocks For 2019: TrueBlue Inc.(TBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Trueblue (NYSE: TBI) is one of 23 public companies in the “Help supply services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Trueblue to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings and risk.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    American Century Companies Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Trueblue Inc (NYSE:TBI) by 24.4% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 95,307 shares of the business services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 18,680 shares during the period. American Century Companies Inc. owned approximately 0.23% of Trueblue worth $2,468,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media stories about Trueblue (NYSE:TBI) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Trueblue earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the business services provider an impact score of 45.3296498009881 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Trueblue Inc (NYSE:TBI) has received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six brokerages that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation and three have assigned a hold recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $27.50.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now

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A strategic mistake made six years ago by celebrity CEO Ron Johnson continues to haunt popular retailer JC Penney, as evidenced by the ongoing sluggish sales growth and store closings that have made the company smaller—a fraction of what it once  was.

Meanwhile, investors have been bailing out from the company’s stock, which trades in the middle single digits — a long way from the upper 30s, where it was trading back in 2012. 

JC Penney’s woes began with a change in the retailer’s pricing strategy –replacement of coupon sales with everyday low prices.

The old pricing strategy has been popular among retailers, because it hypes shoppers, making them feel smart and encouraging them to talk with other consumers about it. That’s how hype and buzz for merchandise begins and spreads in the shopper community.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Landstar System, Inc.(LSTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: ClearBridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund Inc.(CTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Charles Taylor (LON:CTR) had its price objective upped by Liberum Capital from GBX 330 ($4.48) to GBX 385 ($5.22) in a report issued on Friday. The brokerage presently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Liberum Capital’s target price would suggest a potential upside of 33.22% from the stock’s previous close.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Charles Taylor (LON:CTR) had its price objective upped by Liberum Capital from GBX 330 ($4.48) to GBX 385 ($5.22) in a report issued on Friday. The brokerage presently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Liberum Capital’s target price would suggest a potential upside of 33.22% from the stock’s previous close.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Charles Taylor (LON:CTR) had its price objective upped by Liberum Capital from GBX 330 ($4.48) to GBX 385 ($5.22) in a report issued on Friday. The brokerage presently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Liberum Capital’s target price would suggest a potential upside of 33.22% from the stock’s previous close.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Bel Fuse Inc.(BELFB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine cut shares of Bel Fuse (NASDAQ:BELFB) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Wednesday.

    Separately, BidaskClub lowered shares of Bel Fuse from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note on Saturday, January 6th.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Theravance Biopharma, Inc.(TBPH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Theravance Biopharma (NASDAQ:TBPH) – Investment analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald issued their FY2019 earnings estimates for shares of Theravance Biopharma in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday, May 22nd. Cantor Fitzgerald analyst L. Chen anticipates that the biopharmaceutical company will earn ($3.74) per share for the year. Cantor Fitzgerald currently has a “Buy” rating and a $55.00 price target on the stock.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Paychex Inc.(PAYX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Aperio Group LLC trimmed its stake in shares of Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX) by 0.8% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 209,611 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 1,732 shares during the quarter. Aperio Group LLC owned 0.06% of Paychex worth $12,910,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Schaper Benz & Wise Investment Counsel Inc. WI trimmed its holdings in shares of Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX) by 2.9% in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 203,575 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 6,098 shares during the quarter. Paychex accounts for approximately 1.9% of Schaper Benz & Wise Investment Counsel Inc. WI’s portfolio, making the stock its 24th biggest position. Schaper Benz & Wise Investment Counsel Inc. WI’s holdings in Paychex were worth $12,538,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Paypex (CURRENCY:PAYX) traded 1% lower against the dollar during the one day period ending at 16:00 PM Eastern on May 20th. In the last week, Paypex has traded 45.6% higher against the dollar. Paypex has a total market capitalization of $142.70 million and $8,938.00 worth of Paypex was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Paypex token can currently be purchased for about $2.09 or 0.00024454 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Fidelity Southern Corporation(LION)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ValuEngine cut shares of Fidelity Southern (NASDAQ:LION) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research note published on Wednesday morning.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Coupa Software Incorporated (COUP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Coupa (NASDAQ:COUP) CRO Steven M. Winter sold 11,336 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.24, for a total transaction of $614,864.64. Following the completion of the sale, the executive now directly owns 12,480 shares in the company, valued at $676,915.20. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Citrix Systems Inc.(CTXS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Stock in digital workspace systems providerCitrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) rose 10.8% inApril, according to data fromS&P Global Market Intelligence.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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    Citrix Systems (CTXS) VP Jessica Soisson Sells 3,281 Shares (americanbankingnews.com) Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP Continues Investigation on Behalf of Citrix Systems, Inc. (CTXS) Investors (bizjournals.com) Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP Continues Investigation on Behalf of Citrix Systems, Inc.(CTXS) Investors (markets.financialcontent.com) Citrix Michael Lewis Day 3 Highlights from Synergy 2018 (dabcc.com) Citrix Certification Guide: Overview and Career Paths (businessnewsdaily.com)

    A number of brokerages have commented on CTXS. Mizuho reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Citrix Systems in a report on Wednesday, May 9th. Zacks Investment Research raised Citrix Systems from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $118.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Tuesday, May 1st. Goldman Sachs raised Citrix Systems from a “buy” rating to a “conviction-buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 1st. Royal Bank of Canada upped their price objective on Citrix Systems to $104.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, April 26th. Finally, Barclays upped their price objective on Citrix Systems from $90.00 to $100.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, April 26th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and three have given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $102.31.

  • [By VantagePoint]

    Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) had a very clear crossover to the upside on April 11, and since that day's close the stock is up 15 percent. This one is interesting also because the two moving averages have also recently diverged even further, indicating that the uptrend has only gotten stronger since the company posted an excellent Q1 earnings and Q2 guidance report that came in well above Wall Street's expectations. 

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    LogMeIn (NASDAQ: LOGM) and Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    CIBC Asset Management Inc lowered its stake in shares of Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) by 5.0% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 19,564 shares of the cloud computing company’s stock after selling 1,023 shares during the period. CIBC Asset Management Inc’s holdings in Citrix Systems were worth $1,816,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Cambrex Corporation(CBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Cambrex Corp. (NYSE: CBM) was founded in 1981 and is a leading supplier of generic active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

    Cambrex has more than 100 generic APIs, and 90 of them are commercially sold.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Tidewater Inc.(TDW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Tidewater (NYSE:TDW) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference CallMay. 15, 2018 11:00 a.m. ET

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Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now

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Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Intec Pharma Ltd.(NTEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Intec Pharma (NASDAQ:NTEC) has been assigned a $15.00 target price by Oppenheimer in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the biotechnology company’s stock. Oppenheimer’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 185.71% from the company’s current price.

Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Portland General Electric Company(POR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Opus Investment Management Inc. lowered its holdings in Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR) by 8.1% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 95,200 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 8,400 shares during the quarter. Opus Investment Management Inc. owned about 0.11% of Portland General Electric worth $3,857,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Portland General Electric (POR)

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Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Systemax Inc.(SYX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares jumped 104.82 percent to close at $14.87 on Tuesday.
    EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV) rose 31.25 percent to close at $1.06. The pay-TV home shopping company was named as a potential acquisition target by TechCrunch. According to the publication, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is exploring ways of marketing its products and services to consumers beyond the internet.
    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) shares climbed 27.16 percent to close at $4.26 on Tuesday.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) gained 27.09 percent to close at $3.80. Atossa Genetics disclosed that it has Received positive interim review from the Independent Safety Committee in Phase 1 Topical endoxifen dose escalation study in men.
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) surged 17.13 percent to close at $37.95 as the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) shares gained 15.91 percent to close at $18.21 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares jumped 15.73 percent to close at $7.58 on Tuesday after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares gained 14.62 percent to close at $31.75 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE: TIS) jumped 12.86 percent to close at $7.37. Orchids Paper Products is expected to report its Q1 financial results on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) rose 12.8 percent to close at $7.05 following strong quarterly results.
    Avid Bioservices, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDMO) rose 12.72 percent to close at $3.81.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) gained 12.61 percent to close at $5.00.
    Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBLN) rose 12.39 percent to close at $3.72.
    NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT) shares climbed 11.88 percent to close at $7
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) shares rose 35.8 percent to $4.55.
    EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV) gained 28.8 percent to $1.04. The pay-TV home shopping company was named as a potential acquisition target by TechCrunch. According to the publication, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is exploring ways of marketing its products and services to consumers beyond the internet.
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares surged 19.1 percent to $33.00 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) gained 14.9 percent to $37.22 as the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) shares climbed 14 percent to $17.90 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) climbed 14 percent to $7.12 following strong quarterly results.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) gained 13.6 percent to $8.25.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) rose 11.8 percent to $3.34. Atossa Genetics disclosed that it has Received positive interim review from the Independent Safety Committee in Phase 1 Topical endoxifen dose escalation study in men.
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) gained 11.6 percent to $40.99 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong Q2 forecast.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) climbed 11.2 percent to $4.9363.
    Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ: MITL) rose 10.5 percent to $11.23 after the company agreed to be acquired by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for $2.0 billion.
    Systemax Inc. (NYSE: SYX) rose 10.2 percent to $30.86. Sidoti & Co. upgraded Systemax from Neutral to Buy.
    Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE: TIS) surged 9.2 percent to $7.13. Orchids Paper Products is expected to report its Q1 financial results on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU) rose

Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(PCRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCRX) has found itself in the middle of a great opportunity but not being able to make the last mile of the race. Unfortunately, pain management in a non-opioid treatment has become an elusive target. And it’s too bad when you consider how many people have become addicted to opioids in America.

Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Tidewater Inc.(TDW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Tidewater (NYSE:TDW) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference CallMay. 15, 2018 11:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
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Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: STAAR Surgical Company(STAA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

    Three big healthcare winners this week were STAAR Surgical (NASDAQ:STAA), Tenet Healthcare (NYSE:THC), and Portola Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:PTLA). Each of these stocks jumped more than 24% over the last few days. Are STAAR Surgical, Tenet, and Portola smart picks for investors after the stocks’ huge gains?

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    STAAR Surgical (NASDAQ:STAA) was upgraded by equities researchers at TheStreet from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report issued on Monday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ: STAA) shares shot up 26 percent to $21.03 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.

    Shares of Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) got a boost, shooting up 56 percent to $34.2425. The nano-cap low-float stock skyrocketed over 1,300 percent on Wednesday on no company specific news which would support the surge. The move higher is consistent with what was seen in other low-float stocks over the past few months.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now

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Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Tidewater Inc.(TDW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares slipped by 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 8 percent.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Nuance Communications Inc.(NUAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) got a boost, shooting up 10 percent to $17.05 after the company posted better-than-expected Q4 earnings. Raymond James upgraded Nuance Communications from Outperform to Strong Buy.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN).

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares surged 30.2 percent to $5.01 after dropping 40.86 percent on Tuesday. Marathon Patent Group filed for sale of 1.85 million shares of common stock by selling stockholders.
    Capricor Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CAPR) shares jumped 17.2 percent to $2.25 after the company reported the FDA clearance of Investigational New Drug application for CAP-1002.
    Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) gained 13.2 percent to $2.15 following 16.5 percent rally on Tuesday.
    Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB) shares climbed 11.8 percent to $10.45 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
    China Distance Education Hldgs Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: DL) shares surged 11.3 percent to $8.67. China Distance Education reported Q4 profit of $5.9 million on revenue of $41.7 million.
    Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK) shares gained 11 percent to $8.05 after falling 7.05 percent on Tuesday.
    Ooma Inc (NYSE: OOMA) shares surged 8.5 percent to $10.85 as the company posted strong Q3 results.
    Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) climbed 8 percent to $17.12 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.
    American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC) surged 7.8 percent to $3.59 after the company reported $8 million in D-VAR system orders.
    Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE: THR) rose 6.3 percent to $24.17. William Blair upgraded Thermon Group from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) surged 6.1 percent to $182.88. Nomura upgraded Domino's from Neutral to Buy.
    Xencor Inc (NASDAQ: XNCR) rose 5.9 percent to $21.17. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated coverage on Xencor with an Overweight rating.
    Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IDRA) gained 5.1 percent to $2.28 after the company disclosed that it has been granted FDA Fast Track designation for IMO-2125.
    Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) gained 5.1 percent to
  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about high options activity in Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN). Traders were buying the June 19 calls for $1. The trade breaks even at $20 or 2.20 percent above the closing price on Wednesday. Najarian followed the trade and he is going to hold the position for two weeks.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) will report its most recent quarterly results after the close on Wednesday. The consensus estimates call for $1.68 in EPS and $2.35 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen trading at $105.40, in a 52-week range of $100.23 to $125.93. The consensus price target is $119.65.

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  • [By Leo Sun]

    Qualcomm’s long-delayed takeover of NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) remains in limbo as China’s Ministry of Commerce takes its time with its decision. Qualcomm tried to curry the favor of the Chinese government by working with Chinese companies to develop new chips for connected cars, Internet ofThings (IoT) devices, and5G technologies. Unfortunately, President Trump then proposed tough tariffs against China, turning Qualcomm into a potential target for retaliation from Chinese regulators.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    NXP Semiconductor NV (NASDAQ: NXPI) fell by about 3.7% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $103.19 after closing at $107.17 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $125.93. Volume of about 11.3 million was nearly triple the daily average of about 4.5 million. The company’s proposed merger with Qualcomm has hit a roadblock with Chinese regulators.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The offer has two caveats. First, Qualcomm’s bid for NXP Semiconductor N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) must either be completed at that price or rejected. Second, Qualcomm may not delay or cancel its scheduled annual meeting set for March 6.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    It’s pretty difficult to see the latest development in the proposed acquisition by Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) of NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) as anything other than a tit-for-tat from the Chinese government. China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) requested that the two firms withdraw and refile the notice of their proposed merger and the two companies did as they were asked.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Pacific Ethanol Inc.(PEIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Pacific Ethanol (PEIX)

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Pacific Ethanol Inc (NASDAQ: PEIX) got a boost, shooting up 30 percent to $5.47 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: SPDR Blmbg Barclays Em Mkts Lcl Bd ETF (EBND)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    DWFI also holds the SPDR Barclays Emerging Markets Local Bond ETF (NYSE: EBND), SPDR Barclays International Treasury Bond ETF (NYSE: BWX) and the SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Corporate Bond ETF (NYSE: ITR).

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: International Tower Hill Mines Ltd(THM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    While a 209% gain is exciting, FunctionX’s gains are in the past. After looking at the 10 top penny stocks to watch this week, we’ll show you a small-cap stock with serious profit potential ahead of it…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Law Week’s Gain
    FunctionX Inc. (OTCMKTS: FNCX) $0.03 209%
    Turtle Beach Corp. (Nasdaq: HEAR) $4.48 52.73%
    DPW Holdings Inc. (NYSE: DPW) $1.16 51.31%
    Energy XXI Gulf Coast Inc. (Nasdaq: EGC) $5.62 49.33%
    MYnd Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: MYND) $1.91 49.21%
    Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solutions Holding Ltd. (Nasdaq: KONE) $6.43 48.42%
    Rennova Health Inc. (OTCMKTS: RNVA) $0.02 44.30%
    International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. (NYSE: THM) $0.72 41.64%
    Blonder Tongue Labs Inc. (NYSE: BDR) $1.13 41.14%
    Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: BLCM) $8.87 40.53%

    As the gains above suggest, penny stocks can provides tremendous returns for investors very quickly. However, it’s important to note that investing in penny stocks is also inherently risky.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Coffee Holding Co., Inc.(JVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Farmer Brothers Co shows an outstanding outperformance while large capStarbucks Corporation has been flat for more than a year and both iPath Bloomberg Coffee Subindex Total Return SM Index ETN and small cap Coffee Holding Co, Inc (NASDAQ: JVA) have underperformed:

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Nabors Industries Ltd.(NBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    While Loop maintains a Buy rating on all of the stocks mentioned above, Guggenheim analyst Michael LaMotte isn’t quite so bullish on the sector. Earlier this week, LaMotte downgraded the following oil services stocks from Buy to Neutral:

    Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI)
    Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc (NYSE: FMSA)
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP)
    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR)
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB)
    Halliburton
    Superior Energy Services

    Guggenheim also cut its 2017 oil price forecast from $55 to $48/bbl.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Last night, Weatherford International (WFT) reported a smaller than expected loss and announcing an alliance with Nabors Industries (NBR)–and the news was celebrated by the market.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR) rose by 22.3% to $16.11 on Wednesday. Its volume of 17.4 million shares was about 2.5 times normal trading volume. Nabors has a consensus analyst price target of $15.04 and a 52-week trading range of $4.93 to $16.50. The company has a total market cap of $4.6 billion.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Jon Najarian spoke about Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR). He said that somebody bought 6,500 contracts of the July 11 calls for $0.50 in the first half of the session. The trade breaks even at $11.50 or 16.28 percent above the current market price. Jon Najarian has a long position in the name and he is planning to hold it for a month.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pete Najarian was watching Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR). He said that the stock has been trading in a range between $8 and $18 over the last 52 weeks and although it spiked 2.82 percent on Wednesday, it's still close to the lower end of the range. Anticipating a move higher, traders were buying the June 11 calls for $0.30. Around 6,000 contracts were bought in the first half of the session. The trade breaks even at $11.30 or 10.78 percent above the current market price. Pete Najarian decided to buy the calls and he is going to hold them for 4-5 weeks.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Intec Pharma Ltd.(NTEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Intec Pharma (NASDAQ:NTEC) has been assigned a $15.00 target price by Oppenheimer in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the biotechnology company’s stock. Oppenheimer’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 185.71% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Intec Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: NTEC) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $5.53. Intec Pharma priced 10.6 million share offering at $4.70 per share.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Intec Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: NTEC) shares dropped 25 percent to $5.57. Intec Pharma reported a Q3 loss of $0.29 per share.

    Shares of Diplomat Pharmacy Inc (NYSE: DPLO) were down 23 percent to $14.71. Diplomat Pharmacy agreed to buy LDI Integrated Pharmacy Services. Baird downgraded Diplomat Pharmacy from Outperform to Neutral.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation(AMTD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    That's the goal of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.'s (NASDAQ: AMTD) Investor Movement Index, or IMX. The index tracks the activity of TD Ameritrade investors to measures how they are positioned in the markets.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Looking for a list of the most common stocks sold by retail investors? Well, TD Ameritrade Holding Corp, (NASDAQ: AMTD) recently ranked as the top retail broker, releases on a monthly basis a few interesting tidbits that gauge the trading activity of its clients.

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    TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (AMTD) has made crypto history as the first firm ever to place an advertisement on the blockchain. “Through a series of transactions we became the first brand to place an ad in the blockchain. Why? Well, we love finding new ways to use emerging technology. So we decided to have a little fun and plant our flag,” TD wrote on its website, where it included a photo of the ad embedded right into the blockchain code. The process took 68 transactions and TD used the OP_Return feature in bitcoin’s protocol to insert characters as one might write a memo on a check. The resulting transactions were invalid, but they remain preserved on the blockchain ledger for as long as it exists.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019

Medical devices can change lives, and NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA) prides itself on making spinal surgery as painless and simple as possible. The company specializes in devices to provide procedurally integrated surgical solutions that are minimally disruptive, and NuVasive products have gained popularity over time.

Coming into Tuesday’s first-quarter financial report, NuVasive investors hoped to see solid gains in sales and earnings, and the company almost exactly matched their expectations. Moreover, the medical device maker sees product launches this year that could help it grow even faster in the future. Let’s look more closely at NuVasive for more clues on how its quarter went and what investors can expect for the rest of the year and beyond.

Image source: NuVasive.

NuVasive moves forward

NuVasive’s first-quarter results didn’t satisfy everyone, but they were still solid. Revenue was up 16% to $250 million, which was only slightly below the $251 million in sales that investors were expecting to see. Adjusted net income rose a healthier 16% to $20 million, and that worked out to $0.38 per share, exactly matching the consensus forecast among those following the stock.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: SemiLEDS Corporation(LEDS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) was down, falling around 17 percent to $6.75 following Q2 earnings report. SemiLEDS reported a Q3 loss of $1.06 per share on revenue of $2.4 million.

  • [By Ross Cameron – Warrior Trading]

    I look at stocks like Sunshine Heart Inc (NASDAQ: CHFS), which has a beta of 2.38 (remember, a beta greater than 1 means more volatility), or SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS), with a beta of 2.26. Both of these have been recent winners for me. If this means I’m trading penny stocks, then that’s fine. My key is to stick with my system, which is why I’ve been successful — and had the best day of my career).

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares jumped 104.82 percent to close at $14.87 on Tuesday.
    EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV) rose 31.25 percent to close at $1.06. The pay-TV home shopping company was named as a potential acquisition target by TechCrunch. According to the publication, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is exploring ways of marketing its products and services to consumers beyond the internet.
    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) shares climbed 27.16 percent to close at $4.26 on Tuesday.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) gained 27.09 percent to close at $3.80. Atossa Genetics disclosed that it has Received positive interim review from the Independent Safety Committee in Phase 1 Topical endoxifen dose escalation study in men.
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) surged 17.13 percent to close at $37.95 as the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) shares gained 15.91 percent to close at $18.21 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares jumped 15.73 percent to close at $7.58 on Tuesday after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares gained 14.62 percent to close at $31.75 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE: TIS) jumped 12.86 percent to close at $7.37. Orchids Paper Products is expected to report its Q1 financial results on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) rose 12.8 percent to close at $7.05 following strong quarterly results.
    Avid Bioservices, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDMO) rose 12.72 percent to close at $3.81.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) gained 12.61 percent to close at $5.00.
    Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBLN) rose 12.39 percent to close at $3.72.
    NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT) shares climbed 11.88 percent to close at $7
  • [By Monica Gerson]

    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings.

    Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: STAF) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.28 per share.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: New York REIT, Inc.(NYRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New York REIT Inc. (NYSE: NYRT) dropped about 2% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $4.95 after closing at $5.05 on Tuesday. The 52-week high is $10.15. Volume was around 4 million, about 40% above the daily average of around 2.9million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New York REIT Inc. (NYSE: NYRT) dropped about 11.8% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $8.55 after closing at $9.69 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $10.15. Volume was nearly 20 times the daily average of around 1.9 million shares. The company, which is in the process of liquidating its assets in New York City, announced quarterly results Wednesday afternoon, including a liquidation value of the portfolio of $9.25 per share.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New York REIT Inc. (NYSE: NYRT) dropped about 2.9% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $8.01after closing Tuesday at $8.25. The 52-week high is $10.15. Volume of around 4.7 million shares traded was more than triple the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New York REIT Inc. (NYSE: NYRT) also matched a 52-week low of $3.90 Monday. The stock’s 52-week high is $10.15. Volume of about 1.7 million was about 20% below the daily average. The company had no specific news. The stock is set to close up about 0.3% today.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd. (LQSIF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    It also holds just under 20 percent share of Liquor Stores N.A. (OTCPK:LQSIF) and over 17 percent of Radient Technologies Inc. (OTC:RDDTF). Aurora has other holdings as well.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd.(BVXV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: BVXV) reported that the scientific journal “Vaccine” published an article citing results from its flu vaccine. The “Vaccine” article, Back to the future: Immunization with M-001, reports that blood plasma samples from people who received M-001 in 2011 (as part of BiondVax’s BVX-005 clinical trial in the elderly) showed significantly increased protective antibodies against the new epidemic 2014/15 flu strain (A/Swiss) – a strain which did not exist when M-001 was administered to the BVX-005 participants.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: Resolute Energy Corporation(REN )

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Company Name

    Share PriceYTDMarket CapClayton Williams Energy Inc. (NYSE: CWEI)$138.8216.4%2.4BDiamondback Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: FANG)$106.365.42%$9.38BWestern Gas Partners LP (NYSE: WES)$65.6411.71%$9.67BTesoro Logistics LP (NYSE: TLLP)$59.3416.79%$6.25BResolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN)$46.0811.87%$931.13MAntero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AM)$34.9813.28%$6.4BExterran Corp. (NYSE: EXTN)$33.9942.22%$1.19BDominion Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: DM)$32.9011.34%$2.6BNextEra Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NEP)$31.1922.12%$1.68BArchrock Inc. (NYSE: AROC)$16.0021.21%$1.12B

    While some of these stocks have performed well, we arent recommending this list of natural gas stocks. Thats because we arent interested in stocks that have already peaked at Money Morning; were interested in the next big winner. And we have one that could surge in 2017

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    Related Links: Magellan Midstream Riding The Wave Of Rising US Oil Exports

    Resolute Energy Corp (NYSE: REN), $40 Price Target

    Moving into the late-2014 downturn, Resolute had an over-levered balance sheet, flat production and a wide geographical spread.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    The activist hedge fund’s latest 13F revealed a stake in Resolute Energy Corp (NYSE: REN), and on Monday, it announced a new position in EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Or how about Resolute Energy (REN) , which has a big position in the Permian. Why is that stock not quitting? Same with Diamondback Energy (FANG) . How can that one keep roaring?

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: Tidewater Inc.(TDW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares slipped by 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 8 percent.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: Superior Drilling Products, Inc.(SDPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Superior Drilling Products Inc.(NYSE: SDPI) is based in Utah and manufactures equipment used in drilling for the natural gas and oil mining sectors.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: Intellipharmaceutics International Inc.(IPCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: IPCI) shares dropped 45 percent to $1.38 as the company disclosed that a FDA panel voted against approving the company’s NDA for Rexista™ abuse-deterrent oxycodone hydrochloride extended release tablets.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: HubSpot, Inc.(HUBS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    HubSpot Inc (NYSE: HUBS) plummeted nearly 3 percent Tuesday on a new short report by Citron Research, which forecasted a 34-percent near-term decline and a 67-percent long-term fade from $75 to $25.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Ferrellgas Partners (FGP) , Realty Income (O) , Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP) , Avis Budget Group (CAR) and HubSpot (HUBS) .

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    HubSpotInc. (NYSE: HUBS) was downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Markets.

    Insmed Inc. (NASDAQ: INSM) was raised to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse.

  • [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 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: Steelcase Inc.(SCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS) shares shot up 5 percent to $15 as the company reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter.

    Shares of Nabriva Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ: NBRV) got a boost, shooting up 10 percent to $9.71. Nabriva Therapeutics announced a $80 million common stock offering.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    SpeedCash (CURRENCY:SCS) traded 13.6% lower against the dollar during the 1 day period ending at 10:00 AM ET on May 4th. One SpeedCash coin can now be purchased for approximately $2.71 or 0.00028080 BTC on major exchanges including YoBit, Cryptohub, Trade Satoshi and Crex24. During the last seven days, SpeedCash has traded 201.8% higher against the dollar. SpeedCash has a total market capitalization of $1.26 million and $26,755.00 worth of SpeedCash was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    These changes all emanate from the Ford Smart Mobility unit. Who ran that unit? New incoming Ford CEO Jim Hackett. Before joining Ford Mobility, Hackett was the corporate CEO of Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS), where he transformed the company from a humdrum maker of desks to a designer of flexible, output-enhancing workspaces.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS) shares dropped 14 percent to $14.10 after the company reported downbeat earnings for its first quarter and issued a weak outlook for the second quarter.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS) was raised to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James.

    SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE: SVU) was raised to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital Markets. Shares were indicated up 6% at $3.54 on Thursday.

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    Jim Hackett spent two decades as CEO of Michigan-based office furniture company Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS). When he took over, the American workplace was shifting away from cubicles, and the company looked on the verge of extinction, with $70 million in annual losses.

Best Valued Companies To Own In Right Now

Planet Fitness(PLNT) is expectinga strong 2016on the heels of estimate-beating fourth-quarter financial results.

At a recent $15.52, the stock rose 4.7% in recent market action. AndOliver ChenatCowensuggested investors pick this stock up, dont put it down, citing higher royalties from franchises and membership growth.

All 3 segments of EBITDA came in better than our expectations for 4Q. Starting with the largest segment of EBITDA, Franchise (~46% of total EBITDA), the $19.3mm result grew +35.9% y/y to a rate of 78.3% or +920bp y/y. The improvement was driven by higher royalties from new stores, as well as an increase in comps of +6.6%. Corporate-Owned stores is ~23% of total EBITDA. EBITDA came in at $9.7mm, growing +29.6% to a rate of 39.2%, which is ~230bp increase vs. LY. The improvement was driven by the addition of new stores not included in the comp base, as well as a modest increase in comps at mature stores. Equipment sales represent ~31% of total EBITDA, with dollars growing +15.7% to $13mm and a rate of 23.0% or +166bp. The increase was driven primarily by higher volume rebates on equipment purchases vs. LY.

Best Valued Companies To Own In Right Now: United Natural Foods, Inc.(UNFI)

 

United Natural Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes and retails natural, organic, and specialty foods and non-food products in the United States and Canada. The company offers grocery and general merchandise, produce, perishables and frozen foods, nutritional supplements and sports nutrition, bulk and foodservice products, and personal care products. It is also involved in importing, roasting, packaging, and distribution of nuts, dried fruit, seeds, trail mixes, granola, natural and organic snack items, and confections. In addition, the company offers Blue Marble Brands products on wholesale basis through third-party distributors in organic, natural, and specialty food brands, as well as directly to retailers. Further, it provides Field Day brand products primarily to customers in its independent natural products retailer channel. The company serves independently owned natural products retailers, supernatur al chains, conventional supermarkets, and mass market chains, as well as foodservice and international customers outside Canada. It operates 13 natural products retail stores primarily in Florida. The company was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    United Natural Foods (UNFI) has dropped 2.4% to$36.15 after getting cut to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.

    Hatteras Financial (HTS) has jumped 9.4% to $15.60 after agreeing to be purchased byAnnaly Capital Management (NLY) for $1.5 billion.Annaly Capital Management has dropped 1.1% to $$10.30.

Best Valued Companies To Own In Right Now: (VIAB)

Viacom Inc. operates as an entertainment content company in the United States and internationally. The company connects with audiences through compelling content on television, motion picture, Internet, and mobile platforms through various entertainment brands. It operates in two segments, Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment. The Media Networks segment provides entertainment content and related branded products to advertisers, content distributors, and retailers across various distribution platforms, such as television, Internet, and mobile devices; and through various consumer products. Its MTV Networks operates approximately 160 channels and multiplatform properties, which include MTV, VH1, CMT, PalladiaHD, Logo, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, Atom, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV Land, Spike TV, Tr3s, BET, and CENTRIC, as well as a casual games business that includes Web sites, such as AddictingGames.com and Shockwave.com. This segment also op erates BET Networks, which provide entertainment, music, news, and public affairs programming to the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture; and BET channel, CENTRIC, BET Gospel, and BET Hip Hop. The Filmed Entertainment segment produces, finances, and distributes motion pictures and other entertainment content under the Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies brands. This segment also acquires films for distribution and has a presence in the games business; and also distributes motion pictures and other entertainment content on DVD and Blu-ray, video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, pay and basic cable television, broadcast television, and syndicated television platforms. It has a library of approximately 3,300 motion pictures and television programs. The company is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    The Nasdaq 100 Index surged 0.16 percent, driven by gains at Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB) and Western Digital Corp (NASDAQ: WDC).

    Earnings

    Shares of The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) lost 4.79 percent on Wednesday, after the announcement of its first quarter financial results. While EPS of $0.45 beat consensus estimates by $0.01, and revenue of $10.28 billion was in-line with expectations, shipment volumes for sodas and other products were quite weak.

  • [By Harold L. Vogel]

    *Includes AMC (AMCX), Cablevision (CVC), Charter, Comcast Cable (CMCSA) and networks, Discovery (DISCA), Disney (DIS) cable networks, Time Warner Cable (TWC) and cable networks, Viacom (VIAB) networks.

  • [By Jack Grant]

    Over the past few years, Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB)’s Paramount has relied very heavily on franchises to succeed at the box office. From “Mission Impossible” to “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the Viacom-owned studio has had a ton of recognizable IP at its disposal.

Hot Income Companies To Own In Right Now: 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.

Best Valued Companies To Own In Right Now: Alon USA Partners, LP(ALDW)

 

Alon USA Partners, LP refines and markets petroleum products in the United States. The company owns and operates a crude oil refinery in Big Spring, Texas with crude oil throughput capacity of 73,000 barrels per day. It refines oil into petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, petrochemicals, petrochemical feed stocks, asphalts, and other petroleum products. The company sells its products through its wholesale distribution network to retail convenience stores and other third-party distributors primarily in Central and West Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona. Alon USA Partners GP, LLC serves as a general partner of the company. The company was founded in 2012 and is based in Dallas, Texas. Alon USA Partners, LP is a subsidiary of Alon USA Energy, Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tom Dorsey]

    Over a several day period, I submitted questions and Mr. Eisman, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Alon USA Energy Inc. (ALJ) and the parent company of Alon USA Partners LP Inc. (ALDW) responded. He provided some key insights to some challenges the company faces, where the company is going, and the opportunities available in the future. This insight should provide investors with additional information to understand the value of the company and the opportunity as an investor in the company.

Best Valued Companies To Own In Right Now: Tidewater Inc.(TDW)

Tidewater Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides offshore service vessels and marine support services to the offshore energy industry through the operation of a fleet of marine service vessels. It provides services in support of offshore exploration, field development, and production, including towing of and anchor handling for mobile offshore drilling units; transporting supplies and personnel necessary to sustain drilling, workover, and production activities; offshore construction and seismic support; and various specialized services, such as pipe and cable laying. The company?s vessels include platform supply vessels, and anchor handling towing supply vessels that are used in transporting supplies and equipment from shore bases to deepwater and intermediate water depth offshore drilling rigs, platforms, and other installations; towing-supply and supply vessels used in intermediate and shallow waters; and crewboats and utility vessels that are chartered for transporti ng personnel and supplies from shore bases to offshore drilling rigs, platforms, and other installations. It also operates offshore tugs used for towing floating drilling rigs; assisting in the docking of tankers; towing barges; assisting in pipe laying, cable laying, and construction barges; and commercial towing operations, including towing barges carrying various bulk cargoes and containerized cargo. In addition, the company operates inshore tugs; production, line-handling, and various other special purpose vessels. Further, it operates two shipyards, which construct, modify, and repair vessels. As of March 31, 2011, the company had 378 vessels serving the global offshore energy industry. The company has operations in the United States, Gulf of Mexico, the Persian/Arabian Gulf, and areas offshore Australia, Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Trinidad, Venezuela, and West Africa. Tidewater Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisi ana.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.59 per share on revenue of $192.39 million.

    Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc (NASDAQ: PLKI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $85.31 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) shares dropped 34 percent to $4.05. Tidewater posted Q4 GAAP loss of $1.74 per share on revenue of $184.2 million.

    Shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IONS) were down 40 percent to $21.30 after the company issued an update on the IONIS-TTR program. The company is evaluating IONIS-TTRRx in an ongoing Phase 3 study currently, NEURO-TTR, in patients with transthyretin (TTR) familial amyloid polyneuropathy. According to Ionis, GSK, which has an option to license IONIS-TTRx, has decided not to initiate the stage three outcome study, CARDIO-TTR that was planned to assess IONIS-TTRx in patients with TTR armyloid cardiomyopthy.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, energy shares dipped by 0.98 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 14 percent, and BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE: BPT), down 17 percent.

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016

By Rahul Anand, Kalpana Kochhar, and Saurabh Mishra

The expansion of India’s exports of services between 1990 and 2013 has been nothing short of spectacular, putting India on a par with the world’s high-income economies in terms of service-product sophistication and as a share of total exports. This has created unique opportunities for continued growth. By contrast, when it comes to exports of manufactured goods, India has lagged behind its emerging-markets peers, both in quality and as a percentage of the total export basket, leaving substantial room for improvement.

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While trade leads to structural transformation and diversification of economies, the types of goods and services tradedand trading partnersmake all the difference. India should capitalize further on its comparative advantage in exports of high-value services. At the same time, it should also increase the quality, sophistication, and diversification of manufacturing. That way, India can expand its total exports, while improving the sophistication of goods and services, and diversifying into higher value-added activities that generate better jobs for Indians.

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

 

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

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

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016: Hatteras Financial Corp(HTS)

 

Hatteras Financial Corp. operates as an externally-managed mortgage real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It invests primarily in single-family residential mortgage real estate assets, such as mortgage-backed securities (MBS), mortgage servicing rights (MSR), residential mortgage loans, and other financial assets. The companys MBS are pass-through securities comprising a pool of mortgage loans, which issued or guaranteed by the United States Government agency or by the United States Government-sponsored enterprise. It also acquires, invests in, securitizes, and manages non-agency mortgage loans; and operates as a broker-dealer. The company has elected to be taxed as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and would not be subject to Federal income tax to the extent that it distributes 100% of its taxable income. Hatteras Financial Corp. was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Hatteras Financial (HTS) has jumped 9.4% to $15.60 after agreeing to be purchased byAnnaly Capital Management (NLY) for $1.5 billion.Annaly Capital Management has dropped 1.1% to $$10.30.

Top International Stocks To Watch Right Now: Tidewater Inc.(TDW)

Tidewater Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides offshore service vessels and marine support services to the offshore energy industry through the operation of a fleet of marine service vessels. It provides services in support of offshore exploration, field development, and production, including towing of and anchor handling for mobile offshore drilling units; transporting supplies and personnel necessary to sustain drilling, workover, and production activities; offshore construction and seismic support; and various specialized services, such as pipe and cable laying. The company?s vessels include platform supply vessels, and anchor handling towing supply vessels that are used in transporting supplies and equipment from shore bases to deepwater and intermediate water depth offshore drilling rigs, platforms, and other installations; towing-supply and supply vessels used in intermediate and shallow waters; and crewboats and utility vessels that are chartered for transporti ng personnel and supplies from shore bases to offshore drilling rigs, platforms, and other installations. It also operates offshore tugs used for towing floating drilling rigs; assisting in the docking of tankers; towing barges; assisting in pipe laying, cable laying, and construction barges; and commercial towing operations, including towing barges carrying various bulk cargoes and containerized cargo. In addition, the company operates inshore tugs; production, line-handling, and various other special purpose vessels. Further, it operates two shipyards, which construct, modify, and repair vessels. As of March 31, 2011, the company had 378 vessels serving the global offshore energy industry. The company has operations in the United States, Gulf of Mexico, the Persian/Arabian Gulf, and areas offshore Australia, Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Trinidad, Venezuela, and West Africa. Tidewater Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisi ana.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, energy shares dipped by 0.98 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 14 percent, and BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE: BPT), down 17 percent.

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016: Starbucks Corporation(SBUX)

Starbucks Corporation purchases and roasts whole bean coffees. It operates approximately 16,858 stores, including 8,833 company-operated stores and 8,025 licensed stores. The company offers approximately 30 blends and single-origin premium arabica coffees. It also provides handcrafted beverages, such as fresh-brewed coffee, hot and iced espresso beverages, coffee and non-coffee blended beverages, Vivanno smoothies, and Tazo teas; and merchandise products, including home espresso machines, coffee brewers and grinders, coffee mugs and accessories, packaged goods, music, books, and gift items. In addition, it offers fresh food items, which comprise baked pastries, sandwiches, salads, oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, and fruit cups. Further, it also provides VIA ready brew coffee, bottled frappuccino beverages, discoveries chilled cup coffee, doubleshot espresso drinks, iced coffee, whole bean coffee, and ice creams. The company?s brand portfolio includes Tazo tea, Ethos water, Seatt le?s Best Coffee, and Torrefazione Italia Coffee. Starbucks Corporation sells its products in approximately 50 countries worldwide. Starbucks Corporation was founded in 1971 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Fusion Research]

    Monotype Imaging has a number of global brands that are customers including Tommy Hilfiger, Ray-Ban, Clorox, Blue Man Group, Starbucks (SBUX), Nike (NKE), and Hilton among others. The recent customers in its portfolio include Disney (DIS), DreamWorks (DWA), Maserati, Mongoose, IOP, and a few others. Monotype Imaging reported revenue of $51.75 million in the creative professional segment in 2012. Looking at the opportunities that exist for the company going forward, we believe that it remains on track to achieve its revenue guidance of $60 million in 2013 from the creative professional segment, having already delivered half of that in the first half of 2013.

  • [By Victor Mora]

    Starbucks provides in-demand coffee and tea products and services to consumers around the world. The company is reportedly ready to expand to Colombia, where it sources most of its beans. The stock has been flying higher in recent years and is now trading at all-time high prices. Over the past four quarters, earnings and revenues have been rising, which have led to upbeat investors in the company. Relative to its peers and sector, Starbucks has been a year-to-date performance leader. Look for Starbucks to continue to OUTPERFORM.

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.(CBRL)

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the development and operation of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant and retail concept in the United States. Its restaurants provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The company?s gift shops offer various decorative and functional items, such as rocking chairs, holiday and seasonal gifts, apparel, toys, music CD?s, cookware, old-fashioned-looking ceramics, figurines, a book-on-audio sale-and-exchange program, and various other gift items, as well as candies, preserves, pies, cornbread mixes, coffee, syrups, pancake mixes, and other food items. As of November 22, 2011, it operated 608 company-owned locations in 42 states. The company was formerly known as CBRL Group, Inc. and changed its name to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. in December 2008. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (CBRL) shares dropped over 4% on Wednesday morning after the company reported lower fourth quarter earnings and a weak outlook for its first quarter.

    The Lebanon, TN-based company reported fourth quarter earnings of $34.3 million, or $1.43 per share, down slightly from $34.7 million, or $1.47 per share, a year ago. On average, analysts expected to see earnings of $1.35 per share.

    Total revenue fell to $646.1 million from $700.01 million last year. Analysts expected to see revenue of $668.68 million.

    Cracker Barrel President and CEO Sandra Cochran commented: “The fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 represents the seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year improvement in comparable store traffic, restaurant sales, and retail sales. The financial results of the fourth quarter and full year reflect the effective execution of our strategic plan. As we begin our 2014 fiscal year, we are poised to capitalize on the achievements of fiscal 2013.”

    For FY2013, CBRL’s earnings rose 14% to $117.27 million, while EPS rose to $4.90 per share. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $4.97 per share, up 15% from the year prior. Total revenue for the year was $2.64 billion, up 3% from a year ago.

    Looking forward, the company expects to see first quarter earnings between $1.05 and $1.15 per share. This estimate would fall significantly below the average analyst estimate of $1.32 per share.

    For FY2014, the company expects EPS in the range of $5.60 to $5.80 and revenue between $2.7 billion and $2.75 billion. Analysts expect to see earnings of $5.69 per share and $2.74 billion in revenue.

    Cracker Barrel shares were down $4.70, or 4.39%, during Wednesday morning trading. The stock is up 59% YTD.

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016: Container Store (The)(TCS)

 

The Container Store Group, Inc. engages in the retailing of storage and organization products in the United States. It operates in two segments, TCS and Elfa. The companys retail stores provide various lifestyle products, including bath, box, closets, collections, containers, food storage, gift packaging, hooks, kitchen, laundry, office, shelving, storage, trash, and travel, as well as elfa branded products. It also designs, manufactures, and sells component-based shelving and drawer systems that are customizable for any area of the home, such as closets, kitchens, offices, and garages, as well as made-to-measure sliding doors. As of July 7, 2015, the company operated 72 store locations with an average of 25,000 square feet each. It also offers its products directly to customers through its Website and call center, as well as sells to various retailers and distributors, and on a wholesale basis. The company was founded in 19 78 and is headquartered in Coppell, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Container Store Group Inc (NYSE: TCS) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $230.53 million.

    J & J Snack Foods Corp (NASDAQ: JJSF) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.78 per share on revenue of $231.58 million.