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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019

During these busy times, it pays to stay on top of the latest profit opportunities, and today’s blog post is a great place to start.

After taking a close look at the latest data on institutional buying pressure and each company’s fundamental health, I decided to revise my Portfolio Grader recommendations for 113 big blue chips.

Chances are that you have at least one of these stocks in your portfolio, so you may want to give this list a skim and act accordingly.

This Week’s Ratings Changes:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: Town Sports International Holdings, Inc.(CLUB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLUB) hit a new 52-week high during mid-day trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $14.85 and last traded at $14.22, with a volume of 6778 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $14.65.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ClubCoin (CLUB) is a PoW/PoS coin that uses the
    Proof of Stake hashing algorithm. Its genesis date was October 21st, 2015. ClubCoin’s total supply is 99,422,559 coins. ClubCoin’s official Twitter account is @clubcoin_co and its Facebook page is accessible here. The official website for ClubCoin is clubcoin.co.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ClubCoin (CURRENCY:CLUB) traded 1.9% higher against the US dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 0:00 AM Eastern on February 2nd. One ClubCoin coin can now be purchased for about $0.37 or 0.00010522 BTC on popular exchanges including Trade Satoshi and YoBit. ClubCoin has a market capitalization of $0.00 and $15,235.00 worth of ClubCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day. During the last seven days, ClubCoin has traded down 5.3% against the US dollar.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ClubCoin (CURRENCY:CLUB) traded up 18.2% against the dollar during the one day period ending at 16:00 PM E.T. on July 20th. One ClubCoin coin can now be purchased for about $0.66 or 0.00009000 BTC on exchanges. In the last seven days, ClubCoin has traded up 41.8% against the dollar. ClubCoin has a total market capitalization of $0.00 and $11,282.00 worth of ClubCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ClubCoin (CURRENCY:CLUB) traded up 24.9% against the dollar during the 1 day period ending at 10:00 AM Eastern on August 28th. One ClubCoin coin can currently be purchased for approximately $0.63 or 0.00008900 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges. In the last seven days, ClubCoin has traded 78.8% higher against the dollar. ClubCoin has a total market capitalization of $0.00 and approximately $67,516.00 worth of ClubCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: GSE Systems, Inc.(GVP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    GSE Systems (NYSEAMERICAN:GVP) SVP Daniel Warren Pugh sold 4,400 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $3.75, for a total value of $16,500.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 51,613 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $193,548.75. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: Applied Materials, Inc.(AMAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ostrum Asset Management lifted its holdings in shares of Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) by 214.5% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 17,386 shares of the manufacturing equipment provider’s stock after buying an additional 11,857 shares during the period. Ostrum Asset Management’s holdings in Applied Materials were worth $967,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Crude oil prices continue to remain in focus after Brent crude hit $80.00 per barrel. The benchmark crude touched $80.00, as markets are concerned about the impact renewed Iranian sanctions will have on global supply. French oil giant Total announced Wednesday that it was abandoning a gas project in Iran after failing to obtain a waiver from the Trump administration to do business in Iran. The sanctions are expected to decline global output at a time that OPEC is already working diligently to push oil prices higher by containing excessive global production.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: JCP, BABA, F, KR
    Shares of JCPenney (NYSE: JCP) are ticking higher after its earnings report before the bell. Yesterday, retail companies were stunned by the 11% jump for its rival Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) stock thanks to a strong first-quarter report. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) is generating a lot of buzz as investors monitor trade relations between the United States and China. BABA stock had slumped by 18% thanks to trade restrictions on Chinese companies. Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) announced it will restart production of its popular F-150 pickup truck at its Dearborn, Mich., facility. The company recently suspended operations after a fire damaged supplies needed for manufacturing. The F-150 is the most popular consumer vehicle in the United States. In an effort to beat back the growth of Wal-Mart and Amazon, grocery giant Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced a deal to purchase a 5% stake in British online supermarket Ocado. The deal will allow Kroger to utilize the UK firm’s warehouse automation technology in the United States and improve its supply chain costs. Look for additional earnings reports from Applied Materials Inc. (Nasdaq: AMAT), Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN), The Children’s Place Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCE), Teekay Corp. (NYSE: TK), and Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM).

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: RETO) fell 9.3 percent to $4.50 in pre-market trading.
    ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPH) shares fell 8.5 percent to $4.50 in pre-market trading after dropping 3.53 percent on Thursday.
    Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) fell 7.5 percent to $47.10 in pre-market trading. Nordstrom reported upbeat results for its first quarter. Comparable-store sales rose 0.6 percent.
    Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) shares fell 6 percent to $263.00 in pre-market trading. Baidu disclosed that its COO Qi Lu will step down in July 2018.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares fell 5.6 percent to $8.98 in pre-market trading after climbing 11.88 percent on Thursday.
    Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) fell 5 percent to $51.30 in pre-market trading. Applied Materials reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter, but issued weak sales outlook for the third quarter.
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) fell 5 percent to $7.61 in pre-market trading after rising 11.40 percent on Thursday.
    Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) shares fell 4.7 percent to $255.77 in pre-market trading.
    Vascular Biogenics Ltd (NASDAQ: VBLT) fell 4.6 percent to $2.10 in pre-market trading after reporting a first-quarter earnings miss.
    Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) fell 3.3 percent to $37.60 in pre-market trading. Campbell Soup reported upbeat Q3 earnings, but sales missed estimates. The company also lowered its FY18 outlook.
    ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAD) shares fell 2.7 percent to $17.65 in pre-market trading after reporting a 7.2 million common stock offering

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Short interest in Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) fell to 16.35 million shares. The previous reading was 18.30 million. Shares were trading at $45.20, in a 52-week range of $41.94 to $62.40.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. (ITHUF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sean Williams]

    It’s not even just a Canadian problem. iAnthus Capital Holdings (NASDAQOTH:ITHUF), a vertically integrated cannabis dispensary with a focus on the U.S. market, recently closed on its purchase of MPX Bioceutical. This roughly $600 million deal increases the number of states iAnthus has access to from six to 11, and lifts its retail license count to 63. But take a gander at its most recent quarterly filing and you’ll see that CA$7.2 million in goodwill has not so magically transformed into CA$75.9 million in goodwill over a nine-month period, through Sept. 30, 2018. This represents 55% of the company’s total assets.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Marijuana grower

    Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE:CGC) $5.8 billion
      Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH: ACBFF) $2.9 billion
      Tilray (NASDAQ: TLRY) $2.3 billion
      Aphria (NASDAQOTH: APHQF) $1.9 billion
      MedMen Enterprises (NASDAQOTH: MMNFF) $1.3 billion
      Cronos Group (NASDAQ: CRON) $1 billion
      The Green Organic Dutchman (NASDAQOTH: TGODF) $1 billion
      The Hydropothecary (NASDAQOTH: HYYDF) $728 million
      CannTrust Holdings (NASDAQOTH: CNTTF) $513 million
      Organigram Holdings (NASDAQOTH: OGRMF) $509 million
      Marimed (NASDAQOTH: MRMD) $472 million
      TerrAscend (NASDAQOTH: TRSSF) $398 million
      Auxly Cannabis (NASDAQOTH: CBWTF) $368 million
      iAnthus Capital Holdings (NASDAQOTH: ITHUF) $367 million
      Medical Marijuana (NASDAQOTH: MJNA) $330 million
      CV Sciences (NASDAQOTH: CVSI) $299 million
      Emerald Health Therapeutics (NASDAQOTH: EMHTF) $287 million
      Supreme Cannabis (NASDAQOTH: SPRWF) $277 million
      Smart Cannabis (NASDAQOTH: SCNA) $276 million
      MPX Bioceutical (NASDAQOTH: MPXEF) $234 million
      AusCann Group Holdings (NASDAQOTH: ACNNF) $223 million
      Liberty Health Sciences (NASDAQOTH: LHSIF) $213 million

    Biotech

  • [By Sean Williams]

    For instance, iAnthus Capital Holding (NASDAQOTH:ITHUF) recently completed the largest U.S. deal to date by purchasing MPX Bioceutical for around $600 million. (This deal will be eclipsed by MedMen’s purchase of PharmaCann, once that deal closes.) Though it’s unclear what sort of premium iAnthus paid for MPX Bioceutical as of yet, a quick glance at iAnthus Capital’s balance sheet shows that 55% of its total assets are currently tied up in goodwill. Since the dispensary space will presumably have plenty of competition, it’s unclear if iAnthus (or other acquisition-hungry dispensaries) will be able to recoup the premium it’s paid to buy other businesses. This leaves the door open for hefty future writedowns.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: United Microelectronics Corporation(UMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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

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    UMC – United Microelectronics Corporation: UMC Shareholders Elect 14th Term of Directors at Annual Shareholders Meeting (twst.com) UPDATE: Bernstein Upgrades United Microelectronics (UMC) to Market Perform (streetinsider.com) UMC’s new burn center fills three-decade need in New Orleans (neworleanscitybusiness.com) Community breakfast at Sparta UMC is open to all (mlive.com) Shopper News blog: Beaver Ridge UMC youth — ‘we’re there to help’ (knoxnews.com)

    A number of brokerages recently commented on UMC. Sanford C. Bernstein upgraded shares of UMC from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $2.10 to $2.60 in a research report on Sunday. ValuEngine cut shares of UMC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 26th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. UMC presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $2.60.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of United Microelectronics Corp (NYSE:UMC) have received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the ten analysts that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation and five have given a hold recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $2.19.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    United Microelectronics Corp. (NYSE: UMC) is a semiconductor company based in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

    Founded as Taiwan’s first semiconductor company in 1980, UMC is best known for manufacturing integrated circuits used by larger semiconductor companies like Nvidia Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA) in their products.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.(ETE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Like last quarter, Energy Transfer Partners delivered strong earnings and cash flow growth. Because of that, the company was able to cover its jaw-dropping 12.4%-yielding distribution by a healthy 1.15 times. That slight decline from the year-ago quarter was caused by parent company Energy Transfer Equity (NYSE:ETE) significantly reducing its support. For a better comparison, the coverage ratio would have still been a solid 1.1 in this year’s first quarter without any assistance from Energy Transfer Equity, while it would have been a worrisome 0.98 in the year-ago period without the parent company’s help. That improvement is exactly what investors wanted to see this quarter.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This MLP brings the potential for solid growth and income. Energy Transfer Equity LP (NYSE: ETE) owns the general partner and 100% of the incentive distribution rights (IDRs) of Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco. The company also owns Lake Charles LNG. On a consolidated basis, the family of companies owns and operates a diverse portfolio of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil and refined products assets, as well as retail and wholesale motor fuel operations and liquefied natural gas terminaling.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Goldman Sachs Group assumed coverage on shares of Energy Transfer Equity LP Unit (NYSE:ETE) in a report released on Monday morning, MarketBeat reports. The brokerage issued a buy rating and a $23.00 target price on the pipeline company’s stock.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: VSE Corporation(VSEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Stantec (NYSE: STN) and VSE (NASDAQ:VSEC) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) will increase its dividend forward yield by 10.26%, VSE Corp. (Nasdaq: VSEC) will increase its dividend payout by 14.29%, and PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: PNC) will increase its dividend payout by 26.67%.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Rich Smith, and Daniel Miller]

    In the spirit of Lynch’s investment principles, we asked three of our Motley Fool investors to each highlight a stock Wall Street isn’t paying much attention to, but could be a great investment. Here’s a brief look at their selections: WD-40 Company (NASDAQ:WDFC), Control4 (NASDAQ:CTRL), and VSE Corporation (NASDAQ:VSEC). 

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: AVG Technologies N.V.(AVG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    FinnCap cut shares of Avingtrans (LON:AVG) to a corporate rating in a research report report published on Monday.

    Shares of LON:AVG opened at GBX 223 ($2.97) on Monday. Avingtrans has a one year low of GBX 174.11 ($2.32) and a one year high of GBX 260 ($3.46).

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (MDGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDGL) shares surged 144.96 percent to close at $265.61 on Thursday in reaction to an encouraging Phase 2 clinical trial update. The clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company said its liver-directed, thyroid hormone receptor called MGL-3196 showed a statistical significance in the primary endpoint of lowering liver fat at 12 weeks and also 36 weeks.
    Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VKTX) shares rose 101.01 percent to close at $9.99 on Thursday after falling 4.42 percent on Wednesday.
    Akers Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKER) jumped 45.58 percent to close at $0.474. The developer of rapid health information technologies said Wednesday afternoon it was granted a 180-day extension from the Nasdaq Stock Market to meet the requirement of a minimum $1.00 per share closing bid price for 10 straight days.
    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) gained 40.93 percent to close at $3.03 after the FDA approved Kitov's Consensi for the treatment of osteoarthritis pain and hypertension.
    China Customer Relations Centers, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCRC) rose 28.21 percent to close at $19.86.
    J.Jill, Inc. (NYSE: JILL) climbed 26.45 percent to close at $7.84 after the company posted upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRIS) shares climbed 21.93 percent to close at $2.78 in reaction to an encouraging FDA update. The biotechnology company that focuses on therapies for the treatment of cancer said the FDA granted a Fast Track designation for fimepinostat (CUDC-907) in patients with relapsed or refractory.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 21.23 percent to close at $7.48.
    Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) rose 16.21 percent to close at $12.83 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    The Brink's Company (NYSE: BCO) jumped 16.2 percent to close at $79.25 as the company announced plans to acquire Dunbar Armored for $520 million in cash.
    Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAOI) rose 15.14 percent to c
  • [By Sean Williams, Chuck Saletta, and Brian Feroldi]

    In recent weeks, a couple of under-the-radar players have wowed Wall Street. Less than three weeks ago, Madrigal Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:MDGL) reported top-line results from its 36-week phase 2 study involving MGL-3196 as a treatment for NASH. Overall, Madrigal’s liver biopsy results showed that 70% of patients with a more than 30% fat reduction at week 12 demonstrated a greater than two-point reduction in their NAFLD Activity Score by the 36th week. That was more than double the 32% of patients that demonstrated a similar response by taking the placebo. 

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Madrigal Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:MDGL) was the target of unusually large options trading on Tuesday. Traders acquired 1,068 call options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 1,404% compared to the typical daily volume of 71 call options.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: BlackRock Utility and Infrastructure Trust(BUI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst (NYSE:BUI) announced a monthly dividend on Monday, October 1st, NASDAQ reports. Shareholders of record on Monday, October 15th will be paid a dividend of 0.121 per share by the real estate investment trust on Wednesday, October 31st. This represents a $1.45 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 7.26%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, October 12th.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media stories about Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst (NYSE:BUI) have trended somewhat negative this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst earned a media sentiment score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.3004100251897 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst (NYSE:BUI) declared a monthly dividend on Wednesday, August 1st, NASDAQ reports. Investors of record on Wednesday, August 15th will be given a dividend of 0.121 per share by the real estate investment trust on Friday, August 31st. This represents a $1.45 annualized dividend and a yield of 7.02%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 14th.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News headlines about Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst (NYSE:BUI) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst earned a news impact score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.4349959781156 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. lifted its position in shares of Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst (NYSE:BUI) by 23.6% during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 41,436 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 7,911 shares during the quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. owned approximately 0.24% of Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst worth $829,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019

The take-up of electric vehicles (EVs) may well be in a growth pattern which could rival that of the price of bitcoin, but is unlikely, like the latter to push sales into bubble territory. As range anxiety and long charging times recede into obscurity with the enormous developments in battery technology, the environmental, and ultimately the cost, benefits of electric drive for automobiles over internal combustion engine (ICE)-driven small vehicles is likely to become paramount.

The potential exponential growth pattern for EV sales will have likely an enormous impact on the sales volume, and price, of the metals utilized in EV production. These are notably lithium, cobalt, manganese, nickel, graphite, and some rare earths in battery manufacture, copper (an electric vehicle utilizes far more copper than a conventional ICE-driven vehicle) and perhaps aluminum to keep body panel weight down – and maybe as a substitute for copper in electrical wiring systems. Conversely, the longer term future for platinum group metals, predominantly utilized in ICE engine exhaust cleaning catalysts may well be bleak, and we see a serious downturn for these commencing in the next decade – and getting worse from there.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Plantronics Inc.(PLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    TRADEMARK VIOLATION NOTICE: “Brian S. Dexheimer Sells 500 Shares of Plantronics (PLT) Stock” was originally posted by Ticker Report and is the sole property of of Ticker Report. If you are reading this piece on another publication, it was illegally copied and republished in violation of US and international copyright & trademark law. The original version of this piece can be accessed at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3355123/brian-s-dexheimer-sells-500-shares-of-plantronics-plt-stock.html.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) and Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Harte-Hanks, Inc.(HHS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Harte Hanks (NYSE:HHS) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research report report published on Friday morning.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Harte Hanks (NYSE:HHS) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report sent to investors on Monday.

    HHS has been the topic of a number of other reports. Noble Financial reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of Harte Hanks in a research note on Monday, March 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Harte Hanks from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating and set a $12.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, May 15th.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

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    Harte-Hanks (HHS) Name Four New Independent Directors (streetinsider.com) Harte Hanks (HHS) Given $15.00 Consensus Price Target by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com) Harte Hanks to Appoint Four New Independent Directors to the Board (feeds.benzinga.com) Harte Hanks (HHS) Stock Rating Upgraded by Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com) Harte Hanks (HHS) Shares March Higher, Can It Continue? (zacks.com)

    Shares of Harte Hanks traded up $0.65, reaching $10.96, during trading hours on Friday, according to Marketbeat.com. The stock had a trading volume of 46,930 shares, compared to its average volume of 18,474. Harte Hanks has a 12 month low of $7.30 and a 12 month high of $14.40. The stock has a market capitalization of $64.54 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -9.13 and a beta of 0.90.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Bioblast Pharma Ltd. (NASDAQ: ORPN) shares rose 29.6 percent to $3.22.
    Mannatech, Incorporated (NASDAQ: MTEX) surged 23.3 percent to $19.60 after the company reported commencement of modified Dutch auction cash tender for up to $16 million of common stock.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares rose 22.1 percent to $15.8003.
    Quotient Limited (NASDAQ: QTNT) gained 18.1 percent to $5.54 following commencement of EU blood grouping field trial.
    Shineco, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYHT) climbed 17.1 percent to $1.9899 following Q3 results. Shineco posted Q3 earnings of $0.21 per share on sales of $13.3 million.
    CPI Card Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PMTS) rose 17 percent to $3.0999.
    Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: DDE) shares climbed 12 percent to $2.2613. The stock spiked more than 14 percent Thursday near the close as traders circulate word the Delaware lottery is planning to introduce full sports betting in June.
    Harte Hanks, Inc. (NYSE: HHS) shares gained 7.2 percent to $11.05 after the company late Thursday appointed four new independent directors to board.
    Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) rose 6.4 percent to $6.17.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) shares gained 6.3 percent to $3.74.
    Global Self Storage, Inc. (NASDAQ: SELF) shares climbed 6 percent to $4.20.

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Top Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Aaron's, Inc.(AAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Aaron’s (AAN)

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Top Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: United Microelectronics Corporation(UMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Speaking of trade wars, the one looming between the world’s two largest economies, the U.S. and China, has been under the microscope. To kick off July, a court in China suspended sales of 26 products from semiconductor manufacturer Micron Technology(NASDAQ:MU). The Idaho-based maker of memory chips has been embroiled in a patent infringement dispute with Taiwan-based United Microelectronics (NYSE: UMC), and this latest turn is a point in favor of the latter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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

    Get UMC alerts:

    UMC United Microelectronics Corporation: UMC Shareholders Elect 14th Term of Directors at Annual Shareholders Meeting (twst.com) UPDATE: Bernstein Upgrades United Microelectronics (UMC) to Market Perform (streetinsider.com) UMCs new burn center fills three-decade need in New Orleans (neworleanscitybusiness.com) Community breakfast at Sparta UMC is open to all (mlive.com) Shopper News blog: Beaver Ridge UMC youth ‘we’re there to help’ (knoxnews.com)

    A number of brokerages recently commented on UMC. Sanford C. Bernstein upgraded shares of UMC from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $2.10 to $2.60 in a research report on Sunday. ValuEngine cut shares of UMC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 26th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. UMC presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $2.60.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Google parent Alphabet Inc.’s (GOOGL ) first quarter financial results could have an outsized impact on the rest of the tech industry, when it reports on Monday afternoon. This means investors will want to pay close attention, especially considering that some of Alphabet’s newer business units could help drive Q1 growth.

Alphabet’s Q1 earnings are expected to surge by 19.2% to reach $9.21 per share, based on our current Zacks Consensus Estimates. The company’s overall Q1 revenues are projected to pop by 20.7% to hit $24.29 billion. Investors should note that our revenue estimate excludes Google Network Members revenues.

Google’s advertising business is once again expected to account for a large portion of quarterly revenues. But Alphabet has also slowly diversified across different industries, from AI to cloud computing, in order to grow both its top and bottom lines.

Therefore, investors need to know how Alphabet’s newest business units are expected to perform in the first quarter.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Omnicell Inc.(OMCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Omnicell Technologies (NASDAQ:OMCL) insider Robin Gene Seim sold 13,286 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.48, for a total value of $617,533.28. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 74,121 shares in the company, valued at $3,445,144.08. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

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    Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMCL) insider Peter J. Kuipers sold 9,144 shares of Omnicell stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.57, for a total transaction of $453,268.08. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 56,970 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,824,002.90. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Omnicell Technologies (NASDAQ:OMCL) insider Peter J. Kuipers sold 724 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $46.00, for a total value of $33,304.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 56,970 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,620,620. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Attunity Ltd.(ATTU)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Attunity Ltd (NASDAQ:ATTU) has earned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the six ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $12.33.

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Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: United Microelectronics Corporation(UMC)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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    UMC United Microelectronics Corporation: UMC Shareholders Elect 14th Term of Directors at Annual Shareholders Meeting (twst.com) UPDATE: Bernstein Upgrades United Microelectronics (UMC) to Market Perform (streetinsider.com) UMCs new burn center fills three-decade need in New Orleans (neworleanscitybusiness.com) Community breakfast at Sparta UMC is open to all (mlive.com) Shopper News blog: Beaver Ridge UMC youth ‘we’re there to help’ (knoxnews.com)

    A number of brokerages recently commented on UMC. Sanford C. Bernstein upgraded shares of UMC from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $2.10 to $2.60 in a research report on Sunday. ValuEngine cut shares of UMC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 26th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. UMC presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $2.60.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Plexus Corp.(PLXS)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Plexus Corp. (NASDAQ:PLXS) has been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the nine brokerages that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $60.75.

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Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: support.com Inc.(SPRT)

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Support.com (NASDAQ: SPRT) and iPass (NASDAQ:IPAS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

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Hard to say, as there are hardly any &a;ldquo;fundamentals&a;rdquo; to judge whether Bitcoin is undervalued or overvalued at these levels. Still, there are a couple of bullish signs for the digital currency worth noticing.

One of them is that Bitcoin is beginning to behave like the &a;lsquo;new gold,&a;rsquo; shining in times of extreme uncertainty that take over Wall Street.

There was a time when gold would shine as Wall Street faltered. That was long time ago, when it was the hedge against uncertainty. It was the asset where investors could park their cash in times of political and economic turmoil.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: United Microelectronics Corporation(UMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    United Microelectronics (NYSE:UMC), for example, has said that it expects to begin “commercial production” of a 14-nanometer technology “by the second half of 2017,” per EETimes.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: Spark Therapeutics, Inc.(ONCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE)‘s stock had its “market perform” rating reiterated by Leerink Swann in a research report issued on Monday, The Fly reports. They currently have a $74.00 price objective on the biotechnology company’s stock, up from their previous price objective of $55.00. Leerink Swann’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 4.71% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Spark Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ONCE) were down 36 percent to $47.08 on preliminary SPK-8011 trial data.

    Athenex Inc (NASDAQ: ATNX) was down, falling around 13 percent to $13.95. Almirall and Athenex reported a strategic partnership to develop and commercialize KX2-391 in the U.S. and Europe.

  • [By Chris Lange]

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Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc.(EBMT)

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Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: InfraREIT, Inc.(HIFR)

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Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: Autobytel Inc.(ABTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Autobytel Inc. (NASDAQ: ABTL) were down 26 percent to $8.05 as the company posted downbeat Q2 results and lowered its FY17 outlook. Barrington Research downgraded Autobytel from Outperform to Market Perform.

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SLS International (AMEX:SLS) has been given a $11.00 target price by stock analysts at HC Wainwright in a note issued to investors on Monday. The brokerage currently has a “buy” rating on the biotechnology company’s stock.

SLS has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Maxim Group set a $13.00 price target on SLS International and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd. Raymond James Financial restated a “hold” rating on shares of SLS International in a report on Monday, December 18th.

Shares of AMEX:SLS opened at $0.00 on Monday.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Sohu.com Inc.(SOHU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Sogou is Baidu’s biggest rival when it comes to mobile search engine market share. The app is owned by Sohu.com Inc (NASDAQ: SOHU), and its position as second fiddle to Baidu makes it most similar to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT)’s Bing.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    I’ve been coveringSohu.com (NASDAQ:SOHU)for awhile, so when the Chinese internet pioneer announced plans tospin off Sogou, I was more than a little interested. Sogou has been the main growth driver at Sohu for years. With Sohu’s online advertising business meandering and its internet gaming business proving volatile, search has been its crown jewel.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Shares of Chinese internet company Sohu.com (NASDAQ:SOHU) fell as much as 11.8% on Wednesday, following the company’s first-quarter earnings release. The stock is down 8.4% at the time of this writing.

  • [By Matthew Smith]

    Shares in Sohu.com (SOHU) continued their rapid rise, hitting yet another fresh 52-week high during the session, as the company announced the special dividend from Sohou yesterday (press release located here). Sohu.com will receive nearly $161.2 million in the transaction which is part of the overall $400 million deal with Tencent (TCEHY.PK) which was announced not too long ago. These are exciting times in the internet space as we move from computers to mobile devices, but China’s internet landscape looks like the ‘Wild West’ right now and we expect to see further deals as companies jockey for position in their respective niches and consolidation begins as the larger players look to step up growth and gain exposure to new business segments.

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    Sohu.com Inc. (SOHU), which sold a stake in its search unit to Tencent Holdings Ltd. (700), advanced 11 percent for the week to $72.06. It retreated 5.9 percent Sept. 20. Tencent, Chinas biggest Internet company by market value, paid $448 million for a 36.5 percent stake in Sohus Sogou unit last week and merge its own search service with Sogou.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Sohu.com Inc (NASDAQ: SOHU) is projected to report a quarterly loss at $0.57 per share on revenue of $406.50 million.

    Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE: BOH) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.99 per share on revenue of $149.88 million.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: AXT Inc(AXTI)

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    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
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    Several analysts have recently issued reports on AXTI shares. BidaskClub upgraded AXT from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Dougherty & Co reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of AXT in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. B. Riley decreased their price target on AXT from $8.75 to $8.25 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded AXT from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 1st. Finally, BWS Financial restated a “buy” rating on shares of AXT in a research note on Tuesday, April 17th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $10.44.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Castlight Health, inc.(CSLT)

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  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Castlight Health (NYSE:CSLT)share price climbed 13.2% Wednesday after an SEC filing revealed that Maverick Capital had significantly boosted its stake in the company to 10.6%.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc.(AFOP)

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Alliance Fiber Optic Products (NASDAQ: AFOP) shares rose 7.21% to $21.70. The volume of Alliance Fiber Optic Products shares traded was 397% higher than normal. Alliance Fiber Optic lifted its Q3 revenue outlook.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc (NASDAQ: AFOP) shares shot up 19 percent to $18.47 after the company agreed to be acquired by Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) for $18.50 per share.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: ON Semiconductor Corporation(ON)

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    Though concerns have been raised that the analog and MCU markets are at risk of seeing an inventory correction (they haven’t had a major one in a while), given signs of excessive ordering and stretched lead times, TI and STMicro’s numbers suggest conditions remain good for now. That’s particularly true in industrial and auto markets where trends such as factory automation, ADAS adoption and electric/hybrid car sales are boosting chip demand. Several other analog/MCU firms, including Microchip (MCHP) , ON Semiconductor (ON) , Maxim Integrated (MXIM) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) , will be reporting soon.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Aggressive accounts may want to look at this smaller cap play. ON Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: ON) is a vendor of analog power management, analog signal conditioning, standard logic integrated circuits and discrete chips into the automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial and medical applications. The company is in the midst of a transformation from a seller of commodity discrete chips into higher value added analog integrated circuits, both through organic growth and acquisitions.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Digital Ally Inc.(DGLY)

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY) shares shot up 33 percent to $4.20 after the company reported “significant victory” in its legal battle with Axon Enterprise Inc (NASDAQ: AAXN). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) denied Axon’s petition for inter partes review (IPR) of Digital Ally’s ‘452 patent, one of four IPRs Axon submitted in an attempt to invalidate Digital Ally’s lawsuit. Axon received a favorable PTO ruling on the ‘292 patent, the original point of dispute, in June.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Aggressive military and law enforcement spending could be good news for Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT), TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ: TASR) and Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY).

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    Small cap police body cam stockDigital Ally, Inc (NASDAQ: DGLY) reportedQ3 2017 earnings after the market closed on Tuesday. Media generated police controversies have helpedpolice body cam players like Digital Ally,theclosest thing to a pure play police body cam stock. However, Digital Ally and body cam competitor Axon Enterprise (NASDAQ: AAXN), formerly known as TASER International, Inc (NASDAQ: TASR), have also been embroiled in messy patent infringement lawsuits.

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    Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY) was down, falling around 13 percent to $2.92. Digital Ally priced 1 million shares equity offering at $3 per share.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: United Microelectronics Corporation(UMC)

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    United Microelectronics (NYSE:UMC), for example, has said that it expects to begin “commercial production” of a 14-nanometer technology “by the second half of 2017,” per EETimes.

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    Early on Friday, analysts at RBC Capital boosted the near-term estimates on SanDisk Corporation (SNDK), a manufacturer of data storage products, because a fire at SK Hynix’s factory should lead to favorable pricing over the next two quarters.

    “We see a favorable pricing environment as a result of SK Hynix’s fire, which threatens to curtail NAND output as the company likely re-purposes production back toward DRAM, resulting in lower than expected incremental NAND wafers vs. company’s plan of 170K/WPM,” RBC Capital analyst Freedman said. “Consequently, we see stronger pricing through EoY before SK Hynix ramps NAND toward normalized prod’t levels as DRAM resources are restored/replaced.”

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    SanDisk shares were up a fraction during pre-market trading on Friday. The stock is up 38.11% year-to-date.

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    Shares ofPegasystems Inc.(NASDAQ:PEGA) jumped 31.5% in 2016,according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, largely thanks to a strong quarterly report from the business management software specialist late in the year.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, Snap (NYSE:SNAP) and Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA) made big moves following the companies’ quarterly earnings reports.

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    Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW)  fell on Thursday, April 26, after reporting weaker-than-expected results in its automotive segment and organic growth even as its first-quarter earnings exceeded expectations.

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For quite some time, I’ve pounded the table on Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU), buying into its recovery story. So far, it’s been the right call. On a year-to-date basis, MU stock is up a robust 30%. This mooning is all the more impressive considering the Trump administration’s hardball posturing against the Asia-Pacific region.

Despite the well-deserved enthusiasm, I concede that investors considering Micron stock now have a tough time assessing the situation. Sure, you may love the company’s fundamentals, and the growing semiconductor industry; however, who wants to buy at the top of the market. Given that MU has soared nearly five-fold since February 2016, I understand the hesitation.

Additionally, the semiconductor industry isn’t known for its stability. If you want somewhat decent predictability in your investments, semiconductors’ boom-bust cycle makes MU stock undesirable. Also, Micron must contend with the nasty legal battle with United Microelectronics Corp (ADR) (NYSE:UMC).

To add insult to injury, Micron stock is down nearly 12% from its closing high this year. I’m not going to mislead you: MU can get ugly in a hurry. Plus, with our President’s not-so-great attitude towards Asian leaders — and with Asia being a key semiconductor player — investing in Micron is guaranteed to be eventful, no matter what its ultimate trajectory.

But if you’ve got the iron constitution to handle the volatility, MU stock has upsides you don’t want to miss!

The Semiconductor Market Is Stronger Than You Think

Back in 2015, almost everyone was writing Micron’s obituary. MU stock was basically halved, sending shareholders scrambling for the exits. Thankfully, those dreadful days are long gone.

Today, we can look at the situation with clearer and calmer eyes. The reality is that, despite some hiccups here and there, the semiconductor market is much stronger than you might realize.

During the 1990s, the average annual growth rate for worldwide semiconductor sales was just under 13%. semiconductor worldwide sales, MU stockOver the next 10 years, this growth fell to 6%. Although individual years saw tremendous upside, the decade also saw the tech bubble collapse, the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and the 2008 financial crisis. It was simply too much for the industry to overcome.

In the present decade, however, circumstances have improved significantly. Currently, we’re maintaining an 8% average growth rate. This is significant because it indicates the sector is not yet maturing. Plenty of upside remains, which is great news for Micron stock long-term.

MU Is Improving Its Lot Against Competitors

Plying your trade in a growing and robust industry is always a positive. However, in order to stand out, you have to make headway against your key competitors. That’s exactly what Micron is doing.

While the worldwide semiconductor market has been rising, MU chipped away at its rivals, stealing market share. In the first three years of this decade, Micron’s share of total industry revenues averaged 2.5%. Between 2013-2016, the company’s average haul was 4.1%.

And, last year, Micron took away 5.5% — a 34% improvement over the aforementioned average share.

Of course, stealing market share from your competition is one thing, stealing where it matters is quite another. The results from management’s aggressive strategies is clearly evident. Presently, only two companies have over 20% market share in the critical NAND and DRAM markets — SK Hynix and Micron. SK Hynix leads, but by less than a 3% margin.

The others? They’re far behind. Toshiba Corp (OTCMKTS:TOSBF), Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE), and Samsung Electronics have 11.5%, 10.5% and 8.4% market share, respectively.

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Usually, high-flying companies don’t have the greatest financials — the riskiest plays tend to be the most lucrative. So those who are considering MU stock should reflect on the underlying organization’s fundamentals.

For starters, operating and net margins are among the best in the business. It also has a three-year revenue growth curve that exceeds more than two-thirds of the competition. And although I don’t put much weight on this metric, against earnings, MU is significantly undervalued.

Where I’m really impressed is management’s excellent prioritization skills. As revenues climbed, so too did costs and expenses. However, Micron has put more of its money where it counts — in research and development. Over the past four years, R&D expenses have increased 33%, whereas SGA expenses have gone up only 5%.

Every company has to institute cost discipline; that’s just the name of the game these days. But I’m glad to see that management is setting itself up for present and future success. That’s why I remain confident in Micron stock.

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Best Casino Stocks For 2019: HD Supply Holdings, Inc.(HDS)

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: OHRP) dropped nearly 13% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $0.24. Shares closed at $0.27 on Friday and the stock’s 52-week high is $2.18. Volume was around 1 million, about a third of the daily average of about 3.3 million. The company had no specific news Tuesday.

  • [By William Romov]

    Last Wednesday (Dec. 6), the company received a patent for certain methods of production of its phase 2 antidepressant, AV-101.

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Dec. 4 – Dec. 8 Gain (as of Dec. 8)
    VistaGen Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: VTGN) $1.80 135%
    FXCM Inc. (Nasdaq: GLBR) $1.12 124%
    Neuralstem Inc. (Nasdaq: CUR) $2.00 75.44%
    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: OHRP) $1.49 75.29%
    ClearSign Combustion Corp. (Nasdaq: CLIR) $3.50 53.85%
    Astrotech Corp. (Nasdaq: ASTC) $4.21 51.99%
    Burcon NutraScience Corp. (Nasdaq: BUR) $0.72 44%
    LM Funding America Inc. (Nasdaq: LMFA) $3.72 42.53%
    Second Sight Medical Products Inc. (Nasdaq: EYES) $1.75 42.28%
    Globus Maritime Ltd. (Nasdaq: GLBS) $1.47 41.35%

    As a result, its share price shot up from $0.92 to $2.52 on Wednesday. The stock pulled back to $1.80 by the end of the week, for a total gain of 135% for the week.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: OHRP) traded down about 3% Wednesday and posted a new 52-week low of $0.31 after closing Tuesday at $0.32. The 52-week high is $2.18. Volume was over 10 million, more than 4 times the daily average of around 2.4 million shares. The company had no specific news.

Best Casino Stocks For 2019: Star Bulk Carriers Corp.(SBLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    When most investors think of potential competitive threats to drybulk shippers like Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ:SBLK) or Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESEA), Double Crown Resources Inc (OTCMKTS:DDCC) doesn’t come to mind. Indeed, DDCC doesn’t come to mind for many investors at all, as for all intents and purposes the company it is today didn’t exist until a few months ago. Age, however, has nothing to do with how disruptive it could prove to be for the likes of Euroseas or Star Bulk Carriers. Its underlying idea is brilliant, and it’s only a matter of time before it catches on within the commodity-transportation community.

    What if there was a way to remove all the risks and hassle of shipping things like pellets or beans or salt – normally delivered in drybulk vessels – but still utilize all the flexibility of intermodal containers (the big 20-foot boxes that fit on a truck and a train and on top of the deck of a boat)? There is. It’s called Translock2 (Translock Squared). It was designed by Double Crown Resources, and it’s going to revolutionize the way many material companies deliver their goods.

    The nearby image is a Translock2 container. It should look familiar – it’s essentially an intermodal container in terms of size and shape, but mechanically is a delivery and dispensing platform for drybulk goods. The design allows commodities like sand or livestock feed to be moved with all the flexibility of intermodal transportation, but without any of the headache of aggregating and splitting up those goods to get them properly shipped to their final destination. With Translock2, drybulk purchases are packaged up by the seller at the supply source, and then delivered — just as ordered — all the way to the buyer’s site in the container. No material is lost en route, and no distributor or middleman needs to bother splitting up one large order into smaller ones.

    Its development is worth noting, as it explicitly circumvents the need for drybulk ves

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) provides worldwide transportation of drybulk commodities through its vessel-owning subsidiaries for a range of customers and minor bulk cargoes including iron ore, coal, grain, cement and fertilizer. This stock closed up 7.9% at $10.58 in Monday’s trading session.

    Monday’s Volume: 243,000

    Three-Month Average Volume: 64,367

    Volume % Change: 228%

    From a technical perspective, SBLK jumped sharply higher here right above some near-term support at $9.47 with above-average volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last two months and change, with shares moving higher from its low of $5.37 to its recent high of $11.53. During that move, shares of SBLK have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of SBLK within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if SBLK manages to take out its 52-week high at $11.53 and then once it clears some past resistance at $11.98 with high volume.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SBLK as long as it’s trending above near-term support at $9.47 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 64,367 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then SBLK will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are its next major overhead resistance levels at $14 to $15.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    StarBulk Carriers (SBLK) and Safe Bulkers (SB) have more than tripled during the past 12 months, while Golden Ocean Group (GOGL) has more than doubled. So it must be time for an upgrade right?

    That’s exactly what Morgan Stanley did last night, when they upgraded StarBulk Carriers, Safe Bulkers, and Golden Ocean Group to Overweight from Equal Weight, while lifting arguing that the “recovery is still not priced in.” They explain:

    These companies have young fleets, mostly larger vessels, low cost structures, high operational and financial leverage to repricing in the dry bulk segment, and ability to start paying dividends in YE2018. Dry bulk stocks have nearly doubled YoY, but are still cheap in historical terms, in our view. The group trades at the historical 100-110% EV/Fleet Value, discounting no further increases in vessel values that are still ~50% below the long-term historical averages, significantly lagging the recent move in charter rates. We still see significant upside as charter rates increase, vessel values normalize, and capital returns to the industry as the group’s overall market cap increases.

    Shares of StarBulk Carriers have climbed 16% to $11.72 at 3:50 p.m. today, while Safe Bulkers has jumped 13% to $2.13, and Golden Ocean Group has gained 9.6% to $8.13.

    Too bad I recommended buying Golar LNG (GLNG) and avoiding the dry-bulk shippers back in November.