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Top 5 Stocks To Own Right Now

In this segment from MarketFoolery, host Chris Hill and senior analyst Matt Argersinger reflect on a trend recently pointed out by the The New York Times.

The number of so-called “megarounds” — private funding rounds to the tune of $100 million or more — is shooting higher at a torrid pace. Is this ability to dodge the public markets a good thing for companies or retail investors?

A full transcript follows the video.

This video was recorded on Aug. 15, 2018.

Chris Hill: Shout-out to Sam Muffley, longtime listener in Queens, New York. Sent a story through Twitter. Interesting story in The New York Times about the private markets. They’re getting a little frothy. The benchmark of, boy, if you could raise $100 million in the private markets, that was seen as such a big deal. Now, it’s kind of commonplace.

Matt Argersinger: Yeah. I think Sam is definitely onto something. I read the article, and I was astounded by the number. You mentioned the $100 million deal, which they call “megarounds” in venture capital speak. There were 273 of those last year. This year, through the first seven months, there have already been 268. 268 companies have raised $100 million rounds in the private markets. That’s astounding to me. And it does beg the question, if there’s that much money slugging around in the private markets, why would I ever go public? If there’s that much money available to me? It’s astounding.

Top 5 Stocks To Own Right Now: Citigroup Inc.(C)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Overbrook Management Corp increased its stake in shares of Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) by 1.2% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 489,903 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 5,728 shares during the quarter. Citigroup accounts for 6.2% of Overbrook Management Corp’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 3rd largest holding. Overbrook Management Corp’s holdings in Citigroup were worth $32,784,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) short interest decreased to 16.48 million from the previous level of 16.88 million. Shares were trading at $70.51, in a 52-week range of $64.38 to $80.70.

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    Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) issued an interesting recommendation to Amazon on Monday: Split into two companies. Citi Research reiterated its “Buy” rating on the e-commerce giant but recommended that it split its retail and web services divisions into separate companies in order to avoid antitrust scrutiny from the Trump administration. Citi said that the technology giant is its “top pick” in the internet sector; however, the report’s author says that Trump is “obsessed” with Amazon and believes that the Trump administration may target Amazon over antitrust issues.
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Top 5 Stocks To Own Right Now: Callon Petroleum Company(CPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Callon Petroleum (NYSE:CPE) traded down 5% during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $12.47 and last traded at $12.48. 6,420,719 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 45% from the average session volume of 4,431,217 shares. The stock had previously closed at $13.14.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

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    Callon Petroleum (CPE) Expected to Post Earnings of $0.22 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) Callon Petroleum (CPE) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Buy” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com) Basic Materials Stock Recap: Callon Petroleum Company (CPE) (stockdigest.info) Head-To-Head Analysis: Callon Petroleum (CPE) vs. CNOOC (CEO) (americanbankingnews.com) Callon Petroleum (CPE) Short Interest Update (americanbankingnews.com)

    CPE has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. ValuEngine lowered Callon Petroleum from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. B. Riley set a $12.00 target price on Callon Petroleum and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, March 9th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $16.00 target price on shares of Callon Petroleum in a report on Thursday, March 15th. Jefferies Financial Group set a $18.00 target price on Callon Petroleum and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 14th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus set a $20.00 target price on Callon Petroleum and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 28th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $15.88.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Zoe's Kitchen, Inc. (NYSE: ZOES) fell 27.8 percent to $10.45 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter. The company also lowered its FY18 sales outlook from $358million-$368 million to $345 million-$352 million.
    Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIBB) shares fell 15.6 percent to $24.50 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Rockwell Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: RMTI) fell 15.5 percent to $5.02 in the pre-market trading session after the company disclosed that its President and CEO Robert Chioini was terminated.
    BG Staffing Inc (NYSE: BGSF) shares fell 12.7 percent to $19.00 in pre-market trading after reporting a common stock offering.
    8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT) fell 9.3 percent to $20.00 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly earnings.
    Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corporation Limited (NASDAQ: APWC) fell 7.7 percent to $2.35 in pre-market trading after rising 3.88 percent on Thursday.
    Gap, Inc. (NYSE: GPS) shares fell 7.5 percent to $30.49 in pre-market trading after the company posted downbeat earnings for its first quarter on Thursday. Comps were up 1 percent in the quarter.
    California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC) fell 6.4 percent to $33.91 in pre-market trading.
    Buckle Inc (NYSE: BKE) fell 4.9 percent to $24.50 in pre-market trading following weak quarterly sales.
    China Rapid Finance Limited (NYSE: XRF) shares fell 4.9 percent to $3.13 in pre-market trading after climbing 11.53 percent on Thursday.
    Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) fell 4.8 percent to $78.98 in pre-market trading. Ross Stores reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, but issued weak forecast for the current quarter.
    Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE: CPE) shares fell 4.7 percent to $11.90 in pre-market trading after the company reported pricing of common

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Top 5 Stocks To Own Right Now: U S Concrete, Inc.(USCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

  • [By ]

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

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

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Rhumbline Advisers increased its stake in shares of U.S. Concrete, Inc (NASDAQ:USCR) by 3.5% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 36,530 shares of the construction company’s stock after buying an additional 1,237 shares during the quarter. Rhumbline Advisers owned 0.22% of U.S. Concrete worth $2,206,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ:USCR) – Analysts at DA Davidson cut their Q3 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of US Concrete in a research note issued on Thursday, August 9th. DA Davidson analyst B. Thielman now anticipates that the construction company will post earnings of $1.50 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $1.69. DA Davidson currently has a “Buy” rating and a $95.00 target price on the stock. DA Davidson also issued estimates for US Concrete’s Q4 2018 earnings at $1.19 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $3.73 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $6.57 EPS.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Three growth stocks I’d buy right now are animal health leader Zoetis (NYSE:ZTS), ready-mix concrete specialist U.S. Concrete (NASDAQ:USCR), and leading biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group (NASDAQ:REGI). Here’s why.

Top 5 Stocks To Own Right Now: Northrop Grumman Corporation(NOC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    Defense stocks enjoyed impressive gains in 2017, with Raytheon (NYSE:RTN), up 32%, and Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC), up 31.9%, two of the highest fliers. This year, however, has been a different story, with each company down about 4% year to date and down more than 10% since mid-April.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    What gives? Well, all of the top six holdings in the fund—Boeing Co (NYSE: BA), United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT), General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD), Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), and Northrup Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)—all either met or exceeded Q4 earnings estimates. Together, those six companies make up about 45 percent of the fund.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Orbital plans to begin ground-testing the rocket next year, by which time Orbital ATK will probably have been subsumed into new owner Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC). In anticipation of testing beginning, Orbital gave NGL an official name last month: OmegA.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Nine months in the making, Northrop Grumman’s (NYSE:NOC) $9.2 billion acquisition of space company Orbital ATK is now a done deal.

    Earlier this month, Northrop confirmed that having just received antimonopoly clearance from the Federal Trade Commission, it had immediately proceeded to close its purchase of smaller aerospace company Orbital ATK. Northrop wasted no time in stamping its mark on its new prize, renaming it Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS) and designating it Northrop’s “new, fourth business sector.”

Top 5 Stocks To Own Right Now: Unilever NV(UN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Guyasuta Investment Advisors Inc. raised its position in shares of Unilever NV (NYSE:UN) by 1.0% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 459,725 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 4,520 shares during the period. Unilever comprises about 2.9% of Guyasuta Investment Advisors Inc.’s holdings, making the stock its 9th largest holding. Guyasuta Investment Advisors Inc.’s holdings in Unilever were worth $25,616,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Stepan (NYSE: SCL) and Unilever (NYSE:UN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Unilever NV (ADR) ADR (NYSE: UN) procures sustainable oils such as soy, sunflower and rapeseed oil for a host of its consumer products such as Hellmann's mayonnaise. It remains to be seen how the U.S.-China standoff will hurt its margins.

  • [By ]

    A company like Procter & Gamble, Unilever NV (UN) , CVS Health Corp. (CVS) or Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) might be interested in the Pfizer business, said Anthony Chambers, a director in the life sciences practice of consulting firm West Monroe Partners.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Unilever NV (NYSE:UN)’s share price gapped down before the market opened on Thursday . The stock had previously closed at $57.01, but opened at $55.62. Unilever shares last traded at $54.04, with a volume of 2279393 shares.

Top Insurance Stocks For 2018

My Top Pick for more speculative investors for the coming year is a provider of private mortgage insurance, notes Timothy Lutts, editor of Cabot Stock of the Week.

NMI Holdings (NMIH) was started in 2013 to take advantage of the opportunity presented by the collapse of the industry in the wake of the Great Recession

I think the company will do well over the coming year as the housing industry gains strength.

Fundamentally, the company boasts fast-growing revenues (up 142% in the latest quarter) and growing profit margins (17.4%).

 NMI Holdings is still small in size ($35.5 million in revenue in the latest quarter) and that enables rapid growth. In fact, analysts are expecting earnings to jump 315% in 2017.

The risk profile of NMI’s clients is extremely low (80% of its borrowers have FICO scores above 720) and none are interest-only loans and none are zero-down payment.

Top Insurance Stocks For 2018: ServiceNow, Inc.(NOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Opko Health (OPK) , Zendesk (ZEN) , ServiceNow (NOW) , Box (BOX) and Constellation Brands (STZ) .

    Cramer was bearish on Thor Industries (THO) and Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) .

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this segment of the Motley Fool Money podcast, host Chris Hill and senior Fool analysts Jason Moser, David Kretzmann, and Jeff Fischer respond to a listener from across the pond who is feeling enthusiastic about ServiceNow(NYSE:NOW)and wants their views on the growing company and its enterprise software peers. They weigh in on the investment thesis.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Investors sold shares of ServiceNow (NYSE:NOW) on strength during trading hours on Thursday following insider selling activity. $69.52 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $101.61 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $32.09 million out of the stock. Of all stocks tracked, ServiceNow had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. ServiceNow traded up $3.23 for the day and closed at $168.73Specifically, Director Susan L. Bostrom sold 19,673 shares of ServiceNow stock in a transaction on Friday, February 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $142.24, for a total transaction of $2,798,287.52. Following the transaction, the director now owns 7,079 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,006,916.96. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Frank Slootman sold 100,000 shares of ServiceNow stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $146.27, for a total value of $14,627,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 201,776 shares in the company, valued at approximately $29,513,775.52. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 621,172 shares of company stock worth $98,285,013. 3.30% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is another red-hot momentum stock that has had an outstanding year.ServiceNow Inc. (NYSE: NOW) develops and sells a hosted, subscription-based suite of services designed to automate various IT department functions, such as help desk, operations management and change/release management.

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    With that in mind, let’s look closer at ServiceNow Inc. (Nasdaq: NOW)…

    The company formed in San Diego in 2004 when a group of techies and surfers banded together with a simple mission. They wanted to make the complex and all-consuming tasks of running an IT department easy to manage from the cloud.

  • [By ]

    But Netflix signifies more than just great content, it’s also a beacon for the rapid adoption of the cloud. Netflix is built on the back of Amazon’s web services and also cloud infrastructure from Google. Amazon rallies 4.3% today, while Google was up 3.1%. All of this is good news for a host of other cloud names, Cramer said, including Red Hat (RHT) , ServiceNOW (NOW) , Splunk (SPLK) and Workday (WDAY) .

Top Insurance Stocks For 2018: Stoneridge Inc.(SRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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    OmniTek Engineering (OMTK) and Stoneridge (SRI) Head-To-Head Analysis (americanbankingnews.com) Stoneridge (SRI) Presents At 19th Annual B. Riley FBR Investor Conference – Slideshow (seekingalpha.com) Comparing Commercial Vehicle Group (CVGI) and Stoneridge (SRI) (americanbankingnews.com) Stoneridge to Move to New Facility in China With Room to Grow (ttnews.com) Reviewing Valeo (VLEEY) & Stoneridge (SRI) (americanbankingnews.com)

    SRI has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Barrington Research initiated coverage on Stoneridge in a research report on Tuesday, April 3rd. They set an “outperform” rating and a $34.00 price target on the stock. B. Riley increased their price target on Stoneridge from $21.00 to $24.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 6th. CL King initiated coverage on Stoneridge in a research report on Monday, April 23rd. They set a “buy” rating and a $34.00 price target on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised Stoneridge from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $27.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Finally, Stephens raised Stoneridge from an “equal” rating to a “weight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 20th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $30.00.

Top Insurance Stocks For 2018: Unilever NV(UN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Unilever NV (ADR) ADR (NYSE: UN) procures sustainable oils such as soy, sunflower and rapeseed oil for a host of its consumer products such as Hellmann's mayonnaise. It remains to be seen how the U.S.-China standoff will hurt its margins.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Stepan (NYSE: SCL) and Unilever (NYSE:UN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

  • [By Isaac Pino, CPA]

    If you’re an investor in consumer goods giant Unilever (NYSE:UN), odds are you followed the takeover bid from Kraft Heinz(NASDAQ: KHC) closely in 2017. Ultimately, it fell through, with Unilever’s management rebutting that it was better off on its own. There was some mustard left on the face of Kraft Heinz, but major shareholder Warren Buffett claimed there was potentially a misunderstanding of the nature of the offer. It was not intended to be a hostile takeover, he said, but it could have been perceived that way by Unilever.

  • [By ]

    A company like Procter & Gamble, Unilever NV (UN) , CVS Health Corp. (CVS) or Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) might be interested in the Pfizer business, said Anthony Chambers, a director in the life sciences practice of consulting firm West Monroe Partners.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now

It isnt every day that traders cut one of the FTSE 100s blue chips in half.

That plunge in Micro Focus Internationals shares
MCRO, +4.85%
during the past week made Facebooks
FB, -3.34%
selloff look mild. The Micro Focus bullsthey still existview the dive as overdone. They snort that the British business-software company boasts several stable revenue streams and a healthy balance sheet.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Unilever NV(UN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ETRADE Capital Management LLC increased its holdings in Unilever (NYSE:UN) by 20.7% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 27,787 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 4,767 shares during the period. ETRADE Capital Management LLC’s holdings in Unilever were worth $1,567,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Stepan (NYSE: SCL) and Unilever (NYSE:UN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

  • [By Isaac Pino, CPA]

    If you’re an investor in consumer goods giant Unilever (NYSE:UN), odds are you followed the takeover bid from Kraft Heinz(NASDAQ: KHC) closely in 2017. Ultimately, it fell through, with Unilever’s management rebutting that it was better off on its own. There was some mustard left on the face of Kraft Heinz, but major shareholder Warren Buffett claimed there was potentially a misunderstanding of the nature of the offer. It was not intended to be a hostile takeover, he said, but it could have been perceived that way by Unilever.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Unilever (NYSE:UN) has earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nine research firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation, three have given a buy recommendation and one has given a strong buy recommendation to the company.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: USANA Health Sciences Inc.(USNA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    USANA Health Sciences (NYSE: USNA) is also benefitting from strong growth in Asia, with 71% of sales from the region, including 51% in China. The company’s health and wellness products are sold through an independent network, which keeps operating expenses low. Revenue has grown at an 11% annualized pace over the last decade and the company carries no balance sheet debt.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Daré Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: DARE) shares jumped 56.69 percent to close at $1.27 on Wednesday on news that the company entered into worldwide license agreement for Juniper Pharmaceuticals' intravaginal ring technology platform.
    Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) rose 26.84 percent to close at $37.10. Vicor posted Q1 earnings of $0.10 per share on sales of $65.2 million.
    AGM Group Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AGMH) climbed 25.56 percent to close at $10.61.
    Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO) gained 24.7 percent to close at $9.75 following strong Q1 results.
    Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI) shares climbed 19.24 percent to close at $4.71.
    China Customer Relations Centers, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCRC) rose 18.73 percent to close at $18.64.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) climbed 18.28 percent to close at $5.89. Genprex expanded its operations to Cambridge, Mass.
    Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) rose 13.92 percent to close at $2.70 following Q1 results.
    Rocky Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCKY) shares surged 13.57 percent to close at $23.85 after reporting Q1 results.
    Resonant Inc. (NASDAQ: RESN) shares rose 12.5 percent to close at $4.14 on Wednesday.
    USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) jumped 11.24 percent to close at $106.85 following Q1 results.
    SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE: SVU) rose 11.16 percent to close at $16.24 after the company reported Q4 results and agreed to sell and leaseback eight distribution centers for an aggregate purchase price of $483 million.
    K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) shares gained 10.74 percent to close at $15.36 following Q3 results.
    Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) rose 9.15 percent to close at $46.28 as the company posted in-line quarterly earnings.
    Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX) shares climbed 8.49 percent to close at $64.18 as the company posted a narrower-than-expected loss for its first quarter.
    Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE: CSL) gained 8.2 percent to close at $107.94 af

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Chevron Corporation(CVX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) traded up about 0.7%, at $114.38 in a 52-week range of $102.55 to $133.88. As of last night’s close, Chevron shares are trading up about 1.7% over the past year.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) saw its short interest decrease to 22.36 million shares from the previous reading of 23.41 million. The shares were last seen trading at $115.65, in a 52-week range of $102.55 to $133.88.

  • [By ]

    Investors need to exercise caution to hold energy company shares like Chevron (NYSE: CVX), as well as basic material companies like Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) and Alcoa (NYSE: AA). Also, ETFs representing the energy or basic material sectors need to be reevaluated during periods of the U.S. dollar moving higher.
    At the same time, these companies and sectors often thrive during weakness in the greenback.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The move is consistent with what had been seen by Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) earlier in 2018. On February 2, 2018, Chevron reported earnings and included a note regarding a 4-cent dividend hike. Chevron even noted that the hike puts the company on track to make 2018 the 31st consecutive year with an increase in annual dividend payout. The companys $0.04 per share increase in the quarterly dividend took the new payout to $1.12 per share that would be payable in March 2018.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018

One of the noteworthy aspects of IRAsindeed, one of the under-emphasized aspects of them in my opinionis their creditor protection status. Stated otherwise, IRAs (along with other retirement-related savings devices) can enjoy protection that prevents creditors, in many instances, from seizing the assets within the accounts. Granted, like most asset protection devices, this depends on the circumstances and the applicable law. For example, creditor protection can vary by what type of creditor is at issue (a tort creditor, contract creditor, or a family support creditor) and what law is governing the analysis (such as state collections law or federal bankruptcy law).

A recent case demonstrates the intersection between federal bankruptcy law and local law (in this case, Texas) as it applies to the exempt status of IRAsparticularly with respect to IRA rollovers (or the lack thereof).

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Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: EMCORE Corporation(EMKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Unilever NV(UN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Stepan (NYSE: SCL) and Unilever (NYSE:UN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Unilever (NYSE:UN) has earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nine research firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation, three have given a buy recommendation and one has given a strong buy recommendation to the company.

  • [By ]

    A company like Procter & Gamble, Unilever NV (UN) , CVS Health Corp. (CVS) or Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) might be interested in the Pfizer business, said Anthony Chambers, a director in the life sciences practice of consulting firm West Monroe Partners.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Unilever NV (ADR) ADR (NYSE: UN) procures sustainable oils such as soy, sunflower and rapeseed oil for a host of its consumer products such as Hellmann's mayonnaise. It remains to be seen how the U.S.-China standoff will hurt its margins.

  • [By Isaac Pino, CPA]

    If you’re an investor in consumer goods giant Unilever (NYSE:UN), odds are you followed the takeover bid from Kraft Heinz(NASDAQ: KHC) closely in 2017. Ultimately, it fell through, with Unilever’s management rebutting that it was better off on its own. There was some mustard left on the face of Kraft Heinz, but major shareholder Warren Buffett claimed there was potentially a misunderstanding of the nature of the offer. It was not intended to be a hostile takeover, he said, but it could have been perceived that way by Unilever.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Targa Resources, Inc.(TRGP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Targa Resources (NYSE:TRGP) was downgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Reaves W H & Co. Inc. trimmed its holdings in Targa Resources (NYSE:TRGP) by 30.6% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 224,657 shares of the pipeline company’s stock after selling 99,015 shares during the period. Reaves W H & Co. Inc.’s holdings in Targa Resources were worth $9,885,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Century Aluminum Company(CENX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By D.R. Barton, Jr.]

    According to industry leaders, including Century Aluminum Co. (Nasdaq: CENX) CEO Michael Bless, many of those jobs will be in jeopardy with the new taxes. And then there’s the reciprocal tariff reactions from other nations that would definitely hit the billions of dollars’ worth of U.S. agricultural exports with further jobs in jeopardy.

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    Aluminum producer Century Aluminum Co. (Nasdaq: CENX) added 3.3%to its share price, and Alcoa Corp. (NYSE: AA) edged up 0.2%, both closing out the day with gains.

  • [By ]

    You can see why Century Aluminum (Nasdaq: CENX) commended the President for “acting swiftly and boldly to save the American aluminum industry.” The company intends to ramp up operations at its smelter in Hawesville, Kentucky, putting 300 people back to work. In Illinois, US Steel (NYSE: X) is restarting a blast furnace that will employ at least 500 new workers.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) fell 13.4 percent to $51.10 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat earnings for its first quarter and lowered its profit outlook for the year.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) fell 9.8 percent to $28.97 in pre-market trading after surging 46.29 percent on Thursday.
    Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO) shares fell 8.2 percent to $8.81 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q1 results and disclosed that it is withdrawing its FY18 outlook for adjusted EBITDA, airborne cash capex, airborne equipment inventory purchases and free cash flow.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) shares fell 7.5 percent to $3.98 in pre-market trading after climbing 22.16 percent on Thursday.
    Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET) fell 7.4 percent to $248.00 in pre-market trading following first-quarter earnings.
    Web.com Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WEB) fell 6.7 percent to $18.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Varex Imaging Corporation (NASDAQ: VREX) fell 5.2 percent to $34 in pre-market trading after reporting Q2 results.
    Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC) shares fell 5.2 percent to $7.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 3.02 percent on Thursday.
    AMN Healthcare Services, Inc (NYSE: AMN) shares fell 4.7 percent to $61.70 in pre-market trading following Q1 earnings.
    HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE: HSEA) fell 4.6 percent to $25.15 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) shares fell 4 percent to $16.66 in pre-market trading after dropping 2.86 percent on Thursday.
    Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (NASDAQ: MLCO) fell 4 percent to $30.65 in pre-market trading.
    Century Aluminum Co (NASDAQ: CENX) fell 4 percent to $15.76 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE: HSBC) shares fell 3.5 percent to $48.10 in pre-market tr

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares dipped 47.8 percent to $4.60. Check-Cap priced its upsized underwritten offering of public units at $5.50 per unit.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) shares fell 41.5 percent to $2.57.
    Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ: UEIC) dropped 35.1 percent to $29.50 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) dropped 34.8 percent to $3.75 after climbing 155.56 percent on Thursday.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) fell 25.2 percent to $24.01 after surging 46.29 percent on Thursday.
    Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) dropped 22.5 percent to $45.73 after the company reported downbeat earnings for its first quarter and lowered its profit outlook for the year.
    AMN Healthcare Services, Inc (NYSE: AMN) shares fell 19.6 percent to $52.075 following Q1 earnings.
    Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADVM) shares declined 18.1 percent to $5.20. Adverum Biotech disclosed that its CEO Amber Salzman is stepping down.
    Newater Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEWA) dropped 17.2 percent to $12.83.
    Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: BAS) fell 17.2 percent to $13.65 following Q1 results.
    Xperi Corporation (NASDAQ: XPER) declined 15.8 percent to $19.40 after announcing Q1 results.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) shares fell 15.1 percent to $3.649 after climbing 22.16 percent on Thursday.
    Performant Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: PFMT) dropped 14.2 percent to $2.65.
    Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO) shares fell 13.2 percent to $8.32 after the company reported Q1 results and disclosed that it is withdrawing its FY18 outlook for adjusted EBITDA, airborne cash capex, airborne equipment inventory purchases and free cash flow.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) dropped 12.2 percent to $5.05.
    Web.com Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WEB) fell 9.7 percent

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (SSNLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Lam Research is a company with a $27 billion market capitalization that derives a significant amount of revenue from Micron (MU), Samsung Electronics (OTC:SSNLF), SK Hynix (OTC:HXSCF) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSM). Lam Research is currently trading at about 10 price to forward-looking earnings and 16 out of 19 analysts rate the company as a buy or a strong buy with an average price target of $249.47, 50% higher compared to Fridays closing price.

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    For example, while Apple co-developed the organic light emitting diode (OLED) display that’s used on its latest-generation iPhone X smartphone with Samsung (NASDAQOTH:SSNLF) Display, Apple partner LG Display is apparently having a hard time building OLED displays for this year’s upcoming iPhone models.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Micron has also been quickly transitioning to 3D NAND production, which carries higher margins and a wider product mix, keeping Micron’s margins afloat (although still somewhat volatile) even with a market with heavier supply than demand. The company sold the Lexar (consumer products) division shifting towards scaling output of the enterprise product lineup. Micron is now in very capable hands with its new management team, and I trust that Maddock and Mehrotra will continue to phase out their exposure to the consumer sector (where Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) currently dominates) to providing specialized business memory products as well as graphics memory to grow and sustain margins. A diverse mix of product solutions gives Micron far more pricing power, as memory becomes less commoditized and instead is tailored to improve the efficiency of a business and provide value to a firm.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Now, this removes one big uncertainty (actually management was pretty convinced they would settle on favorable terms), but there are a few other headwinds that also led them to lower guidance when presenting Q3 figures:

    In the low end of the mobile market (imaging) they are experiencing increasing competition. They are dealing with this by concentrating on more sophisticated and integrated solutions and narrowing the strategic focus (this is already starting to pay off with design wins like the Huawei Mate 10). For now they expect imaging revenues to be at least $10M lower. The probability of recognizing revenue from Echo, a significant mobile customer for audio technologies, has progressively declined as well. Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) IP licensing is removed from the guidance as they are litigating the company for patent infringement. Management is convinced of a favorable outcome here as well (they embarked on extensive DD prior to filing), but unsure of the timing. Management believes at least $10M in licence revenues has been underreported, but likely resolution will shift this income to 2018. Roughly $5M in expected license revenue from Invensas Licensees will shift to 2018 Guidance excludes roughly $52M in cash receipts which the company can’t recognize as revenue under purchase accounting related to the DTS acquisition (see below for an explanation). This is why cash flow figures are much better than earnings figures.

    These are all somewhat messy litigation and compliance issues, but at least the Broadcom issue has been settled and much of the rest is likely to shift to 2018. About the Purchase Accounting. From company PR:

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: ENI S.p.A.(E)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Zacks]

    Following the reform, Mexico drew multi-billion dollars' investment. It could lead up to an output of 3 MMBbl/d by the end of the planned period, as predicted by the supporters of the reform. The reform could also bring down electricity rates in the country. So far, Mexico has awarded around 90 contracts, both onshore and offshore. The country raised about $100 billion from the auctions by the end of January. With nine oil and gas blocks, Shell has emerged as the leading player in the auctions held so far. Other winners in the bidding processes include Eni S.p.A. (NYSE: E)of Italy, Inpex of Japan, France's TOTAL S.A. (NYSE: TOT), Chevron and more.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: American Tower Corporation (REIT)(AMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Dan Caplinger, and Cory Renauer]

    Doubling your money in a relatively short time is much tougher. It typically involves investing in younger, less established companies that have lots of growth potential but could give a lot of ground if a few things don’t swing their way. There are, though, some stocks that look like they have a double in them over a relatively short time frame, and three of our investing contributors think Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE), Tractor Supply (NASDAQ:TSCO), and American Tower (NYSE:AMT) fit the bill.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on American Tower (AMT)

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  • [By Anders Bylund, Tyler Crowe, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    If you’re looking for new ideas in that second category, you’re in luck. We asked a few of your fellow investors here at The Motley Fool to share their best stock ideas for the long haul. Read on to see how they came up with Nike(NYSE:NKE),Cintas(NASDAQ:CTAS), andAmerican Tower(NYSE:AMT).

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Reaves W H & Co. Inc. lessened its stake in American Tower Co. (NYSE:AMT) by 2.5% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 312,526 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 8,169 shares during the quarter. American Tower makes up approximately 1.6% of Reaves W H & Co. Inc.’s holdings, making the stock its 22nd biggest holding. Reaves W H & Co. Inc. owned about 0.07% of American Tower worth $45,423,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Chris Neiger, Anders Bylund, and Todd Campbell]

    To help you track down a few of these companies for your portfolio, we reached out to some Motley Fool contributors for dividend stock ideas. They came back with Uniti Group (NASDAQ:UNIT), AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), and American Tower (NYSE:AMT). Here’s why.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Sandy Spring Bank lifted its holdings in shares of American Tower Co. (NYSE:AMT) by 6.0% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 30,662 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,732 shares during the period. Sandy Spring Bank’s holdings in American Tower were worth $4,456,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: tronc, Inc. (TRNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

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

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Newspaper publisher Tronc Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) may have a new controlling shareholder. According to the New York Post:

    McCormick Media, which already has a definitive agreement to buy the 25.7 percent of Tronc stock owned by ex-chairman Michael Ferro, is in talks with another significant shareholder about increasing its stake even further.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $10.67 per share on revenue of $2.87 billion.
    CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $6.00 billion.
    Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $803.36 million.
    Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: SEP) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $751.57 million.
    IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $923.80 million.
    Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $691.75 million.
    Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOXA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share on revenue of $7.41 billion.
    ICU Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICUI) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.84 per share on revenue of $346.28 million.
    TechnipFMC plc (NYSE: FTI) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $3.13 billion.
    Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $401.76 million.
    The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (NYSE: DNB) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $1.07 per share on revenue of $386.91 million.
    Matrix Service Company (NASDAQ: MTRX) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $285.16 million.
    Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MHLD) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $739.31 million.
    tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $428.25 million.
    Copa Holdings,

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Lewis D’Vorkin, the editor-in-chief of the L.A. Times, owned by Tronc Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC), left the paper after contentious relations with his staff. According to The Wall Street Journal:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Tronc Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC), the owner of the Lost Angeles Times, agreed to sell the paper to billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who is also one of Tronc’s largest shareholders. The deal, for $500 million and the assumption of about $90 million in pension liabilities, was announced on February 7. The Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice blessed the deal on March 7, almost two months ago.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Nielsen N.V.(NLSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE: NLSN) which traded down over 9% at $33.99. The stocks 52-week range is $33.90 to $45.73. Volume was 11.3 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.8 million.

  • [By John Ballard]

    But in order to attract advertisers — which along with sponsorships is expected to make up 77% of the esports market this year — there has to be verifiable data about who is watching and for how long. NielsenHoldings’ (NYSE:NLSN) TV ratings are the “currency” of media buyers. Last year, Nielsen announced a new ratings service specifically for esports and has now partnered with Activision to provide verifiable ratings for its top esports ventures, including Overwatch League and Call of Duty World League.

  • [By Keith Noonan, Rich Smith, and Timothy Green]

    With that in mind, we asked three Motley Fool investors to profile an income-generating stock that’s currently flying under the radar but has some truly amazing qualities. Read on to see why they thinkNielsen Holdings (NYSE:NLSN), Vail Resorts (NYSE:MTN), and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS)are top dividend stocks that aren’t getting their due.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Lennar Corp.(LEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Higher rates can hurt stocks of companies like homebuilders, which rely on affordable mortgage rates for their customers. “Nobody trusts the homebuilders past the day they report because the litany is always: ‘This is the last good quarter when it comes to Lennar (LEN) , Toll Brothers (TOL) , D.R. Horton (DHI) , Taylor Morrison (TMHC) and PulteGroup (PHM) .'”

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Next week is big for housing numbers. March existing home sales figures are scheduled for  Monday and new home sales for March along with the February S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index on Tuesday. As for homebuilders, Pulte Group, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) is scheduled to report  Q1 results Tuesday, and D.R. Horton Inc (NYSE: DHI) is scheduled to report fiscal Q2 numbers on Thursday. The industry already has seen strong Q1 results from Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN), and housing starts and building permits in March rose more than expected. These results, as well as those and the economic data from next week could provide clues for the industry going forward. After NVR, Inc. (NYSE: NVR) reports results this morning, Meritage Homes Corp. (NYSE: MTH) releases its Q1 results April 25. We’ll have to wait until next month for some of the other homebuilders, as well as from home improvement companies Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD) and Lowe’s Companies Inc (NYSE: LOW), before we get a more complete snapshot of the housing market.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is the other top pick at Merrill Lynch, and it is well set in the entry-level market. Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN) is the second largest public homebuilder by closings in the United States, delivering over 29,000 homes in 2017.

  • [By ]

    LG Homes (LGIH) : “I like Lennar (LEN) and I also like Toll Brothers (TOL) .”

    GrubHub (GRUB) : “I’ve been riding this one for a long time. It might be time to take some profits. “

  • [By ]

    1. Lennar Corp (NYSE: LEN)
    This Miami-based homebuilder is off nearly 7% this year, creating an ideal buying opportunity for long-term investors.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy For 2018

Nissan Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. both kicked off the year reporting strong U.S. demand. What they didn’t reveal was how many vehicles were sold to rental-car companies to hit those numbers.

Deliveries to fleets surged 48 percent last month for Nissan and 69 percent for Toyota, according to Cox Automotive. Of Nissan’s 41,550 and Toyota’s 24,281 vehicles sold to fleets in January, all but a few thousand were to rental-car companies.

Fleet Burst

Nissan and Toyota padded U.S. deliveries with shipments to non-retail customers

Source: Cox Automotive

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Investors frown upon automakers relying too much on fleet deliveries because they tend to be bulk orders that are discounted. Rental cars often also end up in the used-vehicle market and can depress the value of autos owned by retail customers. Nissan, which set a target years ago to reach 10 percent market share in the U.S., has boosted its fleet business to get there.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy For 2018: Primo Water Corporation(PRMW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andy Pai]

    Primo Water Corporation (Nasdaq: PRMW) appears to be the most undervalued stock in the fund. The company has a blended upside of 31.1 percent relative to its current trading price.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Primo Water (NASDAQ:PRMW) CFO David J. Mills sold 5,934 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $13.50, for a total value of $80,109.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 79,624 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,074,924. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy For 2018: Saratoga Investment Corp(SAR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Saratoga Investment (SAR)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of Saratoga Investment (NYSE:SAR) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Wednesday.

    A number of other analysts have also issued reports on the stock. National Securities reiterated a neutral rating and set a $24.00 price target (up from $23.00) on shares of Saratoga Investment in a research note on Friday, January 12th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Saratoga Investment from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, B. Riley initiated coverage on shares of Saratoga Investment in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. They set a buy rating and a $23.50 price target on the stock. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. Saratoga Investment presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $24.38.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Headlines about Saratoga Investment (NYSE:SAR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Saratoga Investment earned a daily sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.4912059514825 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.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy For 2018: MGIC Investment Corporation(MTG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    MGIC Investment Corp. (NYSE: MTG) traded down about 5.2% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $10.07 after closing Monday at $10.62. The stock’s 52-week high is $16.21. Volume was more than three times the daily average of around 3.6 million shares. The company had no specific news Tuesday. About half an hour before the closing bell the stock traded up about 2% for the day.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday was a positive day on Wall Street, as major benchmarks jumped following an uneventful weekend, tapering their gains as the session came to a close. Some had feared that China might retaliate once again after the U.S. issued a second round of tariffs against the nation with the world’s second-largest economy, but the expected fireworks didn’t come, putting market participants more at ease. The beginning of earnings season in the next week will also distract investors from geopolitical issues, perhaps allowing indexes to climb further. Yet some individual stocks had difficulties that sent their shares lower. Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX), Menlo Therapeutics (NASDAQ:MNLO), and MGIC Investment (NYSE:MTG) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    MGIC Investment Corp. (NYSE: MTG) traded down about 6.5% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $10.07 after closing Tuesday at $10.77. The stock’s 52-week high is $16.21. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 4.2 million shares. The company reported uninspiring first-quarter results this morning.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy For 2018: Sonoco Products Company(SON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Sonoco (NYSE: SON) and Packaging Co. of America (NYSE:PKG) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Packaging Co. of America (NYSE: PKG) and Sonoco (NYSE:SON) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy For 2018: Masimo Corporation(MASI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    HL Financial Services LLC raised its holdings in shares of Masimo (NASDAQ:MASI) by 9.4% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 37,977 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 3,260 shares during the quarter. HL Financial Services LLC’s holdings in Masimo were worth $3,340,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By VantagePoint]

    Masimo Corporation (NASDAQ: MASI) had a predictive moving average crossover to the upside in early-April indicating a bullish trend. As soon as the blue line crossed above the black line, VantagePoint users knew they should start taking long positions in this market. The Neural Index also supported that move to the upside. In 18 trading days, $MASI was up almost 14 percent or $11.77 per share.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy For 2018: Flextronics International Ltd.(FLEX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Shares of manufacturing services provider Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX) slumped on Friday after the company reported mixed fourth-quarter results and provided earnings guidance that fell short of analyst expectations. As of 11:15 a.m. EDT, the stock was down about 16%.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap electronic manufacturing services (EMS) stock Flextronics International Ltd (NASDAQ: FLEX) reported fiscal Q3 2017 earnings after the market closed on Thursday with results beating expectations. Q3 net sales grew 10% to$6.75 billion above the high end of the guidance range of $6.3 to $6.7 billion. GAAP net income was approximately $118 millionversus net income of $129 million.The earnings release also noted:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLEX) fell by nearly 22% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $13.05 after closing at $16.64 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $19.71. Volume of about 28 million was nearly seven times the daily average of about 4.4 million. The company missed earnings estimates this morning and announced that it is investigating allegations of improper accounting.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Changyou.com Limited (NASDAQ: CYOU) fell 27.5 percent to $21.35 in pre-market trading.
    Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLEX) fell 19.7 percent to $13.36 in pre-market trading after a mixed fourth quarter report.
    Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares fell 10.5 percent to $7.15 in pre-market trading following mixed Q1 results.
    Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO) fell 8.1 percent to $2.16 in pre-market trading.
    LogMeIn Inc (NASDAQ: LOGM) fell 8 percent to $110.05 in pre-market trading. LogMeIn reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, but issued weak second quarter and FY18 earning guidance.
    United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) fell 6.2 percent to $35.36 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (NYSE: DB) fell 5 percent to $13.63 in pre-market trading.
    Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) shares fell 4.3 percent to $48.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q4 results.
    Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL) shares fell 4 percent to $64.00 in pre-market trading. Colgate-Palmolive posted upbeat Q1 earnings, while sales missed estimates

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    World Fuel Services Corporation (NYSE: INT) tumbled 18 percent to $22.90 following Q1 results.
    Biglari Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BH) fell 17.4 percent to $349.52. Washington Prime Group will replace Biglari Holdings in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 1.
    Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLEX) dipped 15.7 percent to $14.03 after a mixed fourth quarter report.
    FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM) fell 15.3 percent to $11.65. FormFactor is expected to release Q1 results on May 2.
    Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) dropped 14.3 percent to $6.24 following Q1 results.
    National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ: NATI) fell 14.3 percent to $ 42.34 after reporting Q1 results.
    United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) dipped 14.2 percent to $32.37 following Q1 results.
    Civeo Corporation (NYSE: CVEO) dropped 13.5 percent to $3.33. Civeo posted a Q1 loss of $0.42 per share on sales of $101.504 million.
    athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) fell 12.4 percent to $125.310 after reporting Q1 results.
    Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) shares tumbled 12.1 percent to $262.06 as the company posted Q1 results.
    Value Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: VALU) fell 11.3 percent to $19.10.
    Federated Investors, Inc. (NYSE: FII) shares dropped 11.2 percent to $27.605 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings.
    AV Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVHI) declined 10.7 percent to $17.20 following Q1 results.
    CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ: CAMP) dropped 9.4 percent to $21.01 after reporting Q4 results.
    Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares fell 8.9 percent to $7.280 following mixed Q1 results.
    Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) shares fell 8.4 percent to $45.97 after reporting Q4 results.
    LogMeIn Inc (NASDAQ: LOGM) fell 8.2 percent to $109.825. LogMeIn reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, but issued weak second quarter and FY18 earning guidance.
    Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy For 2018: Unilever NV(UN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Unilever NV (ADR) ADR (NYSE: UN) procures sustainable oils such as soy, sunflower and rapeseed oil for a host of its consumer products such as Hellmann's mayonnaise. It remains to be seen how the U.S.-China standoff will hurt its margins.

  • [By Isaac Pino, CPA]

    If you’re an investor in consumer goods giant Unilever (NYSE:UN), odds are you followed the takeover bid from Kraft Heinz(NASDAQ: KHC) closely in 2017. Ultimately, it fell through, with Unilever’s management rebutting that it was better off on its own. There was some mustard left on the face of Kraft Heinz, but major shareholder Warren Buffett claimed there was potentially a misunderstanding of the nature of the offer. It was not intended to be a hostile takeover, he said, but it could have been perceived that way by Unilever.

  • [By ]

    A company like Procter & Gamble, Unilever NV (UN) , CVS Health Corp. (CVS) or Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) might be interested in the Pfizer business, said Anthony Chambers, a director in the life sciences practice of consulting firm West Monroe Partners.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Stepan (NYSE: SCL) and Unilever (NYSE:UN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Unilever (NYSE:UN) has earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nine research firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation, three have given a buy recommendation and one has given a strong buy recommendation to the company.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy For 2018: Ryder System Inc.(R)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ILLEGAL ACTIVITY WARNING: “Zacks: Brokerages Anticipate Ryder (R) Will Post Quarterly Sales of $1.87 Billion” was first posted by Ticker Report and is owned by of Ticker Report. If you are reading this news story on another domain, it was stolen and reposted in violation of US & international trademark & copyright law. The original version of this news story can be accessed at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3377804/zacks-brokerages-anticipate-ryder-r-will-post-quarterly-sales-of-1-87-billion.html.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mackay Shields LLC bought a new stake in shares of Ryder (NYSE:R) in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor bought 97,749 shares of the transportation company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,115,000. Mackay Shields LLC owned about 0.18% of Ryder at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy For 2018: National Western Life Group, Inc.(NWLI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    National Western Life (NASDAQ: NWLI) and Brighthouse Financial (NASDAQ:BHF) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and dividends.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy For 2018: NextEra Energy, Inc.(NEE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Pendal Group Ltd grew its stake in shares of NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) by 3.3% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 682,686 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after buying an additional 21,713 shares during the quarter. NextEra Energy accounts for approximately 1.4% of Pendal Group Ltd’s portfolio, making the stock its 20th biggest position. Pendal Group Ltd’s holdings in NextEra Energy were worth $111,503,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer, Rich Smith, and Sean Williams]

    If you’ve entered your retirement years, then your investment goals have likely shifted from wealth accumulation to living off the wealth you have created. That, in turn, likely means you’re looking for a mix of dividend income and safety. Here are these Motley Fool investors’ choices of three high-yield stocks that offer just that, by providing customers with services they simply can’t live without: AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), NextEra Energy Inc. (NYSE:NEE), and Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK).

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share on revenue of $14.62 billion.
    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $7.31 billion.
    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.07 per share on revenue of $11.93 billion.
    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $31.22 billion.
    Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.42 per share on revenue of $11.28 billion.
    The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $3.15 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion.
    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $5.92 per share on revenue of $3.15 billion.
    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $8.26 billion.
    JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.2 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $5.49 billion.
    Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
    Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.3 per share on revenue of $2.50 billion.
    Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.88 per share on revenue of $13.28 billion.
    The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $6.75 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.16 billion.
    PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ: PCAR) is projected to
  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    After dropping a cumulative $23.6 billion on wind power-generating assets over the years, NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) is the undisputed king of low-carbon utilities. It’s the largest owner of wind capacity in North America, making up roughly 16% of America’s total with 14 GW installed. That number could jump as much as 4.1 GW by the end of this year depending on project completion dates.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    FDx Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) by 3.7% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 23,657 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 842 shares during the quarter. FDx Advisors Inc.’s holdings in NextEra Energy were worth $3,864,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

best company to invest in stocks

Blackstone Group LP, the private-equity behemoth that’s traditionally raised money from institutions, is making a bigger bet on individual investors.

The $450 billion firm has expanded its private wealth group to about 100 employees, trained thousands of financial advisers on how to pitch Blackstone investments and has been using data to track patterns to generate more business, according to people familiar with the matter. The firm is offering retail clients access to hedge fund products, private real estate investment trusts and longer-term drawdown funds, which are typically limited to institutions.

Private equity firms are looking for new growth areas as their longtime investors start to do more deals without them. Blackstone is leading the charge to tap individual clients, who have historically allocated very small amounts to alternative investments. The New York-based firm sees its retail operation as a huge opportunity, president Jon Gray said on a conference call last week.

best company to invest in stocks: Maximus, Inc.(MMS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Maximus (NYSE:MMS) had its price target decreased by Canaccord Genuity from $65.00 to $64.00 in a research report sent to investors on Friday. Canaccord Genuity currently has a hold rating on the health services provider’s stock.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Nomad Foods Limited (NYSE: NOMD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $656.43 million.
    AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.2 per share on revenue of $720.14 million.
    Magna International Inc. (NYSE: MGA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.7 per share on revenue of $10.11 billion.
    Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $2.12 billion.
    Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $5.78 billion.
    Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.47 per share on revenue of $2.40 billion.
    Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PBH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.61 per share on revenue of $255.60 million.
    Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $457.67 million.
    ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $691.18 million.
    Genesis Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: GEN) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.34 per share on revenue of $1.32 billion.
    Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $10.14 billion.
    Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.34 billion.
    NICE Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $332.93 million.
    World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.94 per share on revenue of $147.32 million.
    MAXIMUS, Inc. (NYSE: MMS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $616.04 million.
    Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CH
  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Maximus (NYSE:MMS) updated its FY18 earnings guidance on Thursday. The company provided EPS guidance of $3.30-3.40 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus EPS estimate of $3.49. The company issued revenue guidance of $2.4-2.44 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $2.50 billion.

best company to invest in stocks: Iridium Communications Inc(IRDM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Investors in satellite telecom Iridium Communications (NASDAQ:IRDM) reacted positively after the company reported good results to kick off 2018. Iridium’s new satellite constellation is nearing completion, but the company is already reaping benefits.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Ground-based wireless communications networks have transformed the way that billions of people across the globe communicate. For the locations where traditional wireless networks either haven’t yet reached or have decided aren’t feasible for ground-based stations, Iridium Communications (NASDAQ:IRDM) hopes that its extensive and growing satellite communications network will be the go-to solution for users who need reliable coverage under challenging circumstances.

best company to invest in stocks: Unilever NV(UN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Stepan (NYSE: SCL) and Unilever (NYSE:UN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Unilever NV (ADR) ADR (NYSE: UN) procures sustainable oils such as soy, sunflower and rapeseed oil for a host of its consumer products such as Hellmann's mayonnaise. It remains to be seen how the U.S.-China standoff will hurt its margins.

  • [By ]

    A company like Procter & Gamble, Unilever NV (UN) , CVS Health Corp. (CVS) or Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) might be interested in the Pfizer business, said Anthony Chambers, a director in the life sciences practice of consulting firm West Monroe Partners.

  • [By Isaac Pino, CPA]

    If you’re an investor in consumer goods giant Unilever (NYSE:UN), odds are you followed the takeover bid from Kraft Heinz(NASDAQ: KHC) closely in 2017. Ultimately, it fell through, with Unilever’s management rebutting that it was better off on its own. There was some mustard left on the face of Kraft Heinz, but major shareholder Warren Buffett claimed there was potentially a misunderstanding of the nature of the offer. It was not intended to be a hostile takeover, he said, but it could have been perceived that way by Unilever.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Unilever (NYSE:UN) has earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nine research firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation, three have given a buy recommendation and one has given a strong buy recommendation to the company.

best company to invest in stocks: Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A.(GOL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Gol Transportes A茅reos (NYSE:GOL) shares traded down 5.4% on Monday . The company traded as low as $9.72 and last traded at $9.75. 524,965 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 40% from the average session volume of 374,811 shares. The stock had previously closed at $10.31.

best company to invest in stocks: Ctrip.com International, Ltd.(CTRP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE: GPT) rose 13.4 percent to $27.01 in pre-market trading after the company agreed to be acquired by Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) for $27.50 per share.
    Warrior Met Coal, Inc. (NYSE: HCC) rose 9.1 percent to $30 in pre-market trading after climbing 5.61 percent on Friday.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) rose 6.2 percent to $4.83 in pre-market trading after falling 48.35 percent on Friday.
    Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT) rose 6 percent to $2.85 in pre-market trading after climbing 1.89 percent on Friday.
    Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (NASDAQ: CTRP) rose 4.8 percent to $43.15 in pre-market trading.
    G1 Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTHX) rose 3.2 percent to $44.00 in pre-market trading after climbing 6.92 percent on Friday.
    Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) rose 3.2 percent to $33.68 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.03 percent on Friday.
    Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) rose 3.1 percent to $59.45 in pre-market trading. Nestle announced plans to acquire rights to market, sell and distribute Starbucks Brands.

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Ctrip.com International Ltd. (Nasdaq: CTRP) traded down about 3.5% Monday and posted a new 52-week low of $42.36 after closing Friday at $43.91. The stock’s 52-week high is $60.65. Volume totaled around 4.8 million, about equal to the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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    Let Analyse Simple Moving Averages Ctrip.com International Ltd (NASDAQ: CTRP) (stockspen.com) Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (CTRP) year to date performance remained at -3.24% (nasdaqfortune.com) Ctrip opens Oasis Lab, welcomes external startups to incubation program (tnooz.com) Ctrip.com International, Ltd. to Report First Quarter 2018 Financial Results on May 22, 2018 US Time (prnewswire.com) Ctrip.com International, Ltd. to Report First Quarter 2018 Financial Results on May 22, 2018 U.S. Time (finance.yahoo.com)

    Several research analysts have weighed in on the stock. BidaskClub cut shares of Ctrip from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday, January 25th. TheStreet raised shares of Ctrip from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Monday, March 12th. Deutsche Bank assumed coverage on shares of Ctrip in a report on Monday, February 5th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $50.00 price target on the stock. TH Capital cut shares of Ctrip from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, February 26th. Finally, Wells Fargo assumed coverage on shares of Ctrip in a report on Tuesday, January 30th. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $50.00 price target on the stock. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $54.79.

best company to invest in stocks: Cabot Corporation(CBT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) is projected to post quarterly loss at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.97 billion.
    International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.59 per share on revenue of $909.36 million.
    Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZG) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $294.79 million.
    General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $980.61 million.
    Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $598.45 million.
    Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1 per share on revenue of $746.42 million.
    Fabrinet (NYSE: FN) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $319.71 million.
    National General Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NGHC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $1.08 billion.
    The Navigators Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NAVG) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.75 per share on revenue of $320.92 million.
    Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $1.29 billion.
    Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE: TREX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $172.22 million.
    AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AMC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $1.35 billion.
    Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: EVHC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $2.02 billion.
    Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE: RBC) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.23 per share on revenue of $869.64 million.
    Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $39

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now

Wednesday November 15: Five things the markets are talking about

Market risk-off continues to dominate capital market moves; both European and Asian stocks have seen ‘red' in their sessions while bonds and gold prices advanced.

The dollar had fallen to its lowest level in nearly three weeks overnight, reflecting the diminishing expectations that Republicans will be able to push through a tax overhaul this year.

Investors attention now turns to data coming out of the U.S this morning – consumer prices and retail sales (08:30 am EDT) should provide clues on the strength of the world's largest economy after the ‘flattest' U.S Treasury yield curve in a decade is raising concern that growth will slow.

1. Stocks see ‘red'

In Japan, the Nikkei share average fell to a new two-week low overnight, with all sectors in negative territory as investors took profits following a two-month rally that pushed the index up by about +20%. The index ended down -1.6%, while the broader Topix closed -2% to seal its longest streak of losses since September 2016.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Unilever NV(UN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, industrial shares fell by 0.04 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unilever N.V. (ADR) (NYSE: UN), down 8 percent, and Magal Security Systems Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: MAGS), down 6 percent.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Earlier this year, Unilever (UN) recently declined Kraft Heinz (KHC) merger bid. That means that if the company still wants to do a deal, Mondelez International (MDLZ) and PepsiCo (PEP) are the next logical partners, writes Susquehannas Pablo Zuanic.

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    Zuanic upgraded Pepsi from Neutral to Positive today and raised his price target from $118 to $132. He writes that a Pepsi deal would have more strategic merits, hence his upgrade (as he emphasizes that not much has changed in terms of fundamentals for the firm).

    More detail from his note:

    With investors apparently seeing MDLZ as the next likely KHC target, and Coca-Cola (KO) the next Anheuser-Busch (BUD) target, PEP shares have lost visibility and now trade at a 25% discount to KO on apples-to-apples comps. We see value here, on franchise strength, efforts to align the F&B portfolio with consumer health trends, and the growing optionality value of a joint KHC/BUD bid for PEP. We argue that, together, the Kendall Jenner commercial, the Aspartame to-be-or-not-to-be zigzagging, the new, new, new alt low-cal cola (Pepsi Zero sugar), the ongoing underperformance in U.S. CSDs (25% only of the company), the lack of scale in non-CSD NARTDs vs. KO (other than Gatorade), and now talk of PEP buying Brazilian dairy company Vigor S.A. (a JBS subsidiary that would better fit KHC or ULVR), all paint a picture of a company still struggling to set a new direction (with all due respect). In this regard, we think PEP may be more vulnerable than MDLZ to a KHC bid (jointly done with BUD). We also see greater strategic fit for KHC with PEP Food/Snacks (than with MDLZ), and argue that PEP Beverages fits BUD better than KO, as the PEP bottling operations in key regions (including NA) remain in the hands of PEP (KO, on the other hand will be fully refranchised by end of 2017). So we are upgrading PEP to Positive with a $132 price target by December 17. Yes, the Unilever rebuff

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Advantage Lithium Corp. (AVLIF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Addus HomeCare Corporation(ADUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares rose 47.1 percent to $3.22 in pre-market trading after jumping 54.23 percent on Wednesday.
    Digital Power Corporation (NYSE: DPW) rose 27.6 percent to $0.800 in pre-market trading after gaining 9.79 percent on Wednesday.
    Social Reality Inc (NASDAQ: SRAX) shares rose 23.1 percent to $7.16 in the pre-market trading session after surging 37.59 percent on Wednesday.
    China Auto Logistics Inc (NASDAQ: CALA) rose 16.9 percent to $4.15 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.11 percent on Wednesday.
    Riot Blockchain Inc (NASDAQ: RIOT) rose 15.1 percent to $18.40 in pre-market trading after climbing 42.01 percent on Wednesday.
    Seven Stars Cloud Group Inc (NASDAQ: SSC) rose 14.5 percent to $2.85 in the pre-market trading session after gaining 0.40 percent on Wednesday.
    Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) shares rose 14.3 percent to $2.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.88 percent on Wednesday.
    Corecivic Inc (NYSE: CXW) rose 10.2 percent to $25.56 in pre-market trading after climbing 0.65 percent on Wednesday.
    LM Funding America, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMFA) rose 9.6 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after surging 34.98 percent on Wednesday.
    U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ: GROW) rose 7.2 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after dropping 8.06 percent on Wednesday.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) rose 6.8 percent to $25.61 in pre-market trading after climbing 11.74 percent on Wednesday.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5.9 percent to $13.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 21.34 percent on Wednesday.
    Addus Homecare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS) rose 5.5 percent to $35.60 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.69 percent on Wednesday.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) rose 5.2 percent to $0.528 in pre-market trading after falling 10.36 percent on Wednesday.
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: TEVA) rose 4.7 percent to $14.11 in pre-market trading. Teva Pharma

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.(ETH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was a strong day for the stock market, as the Dow finished up nearly 100 points and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq both posted gains as well. Investors remained generally upbeat about the prospects for the U.S. economy in 2017, and a rise in crude oil prices helped lift the energy sector higher during the market session. Yet comments during a press conference from President-elect Donald Trump weighed on the healthcare sector, and some individual stocks took particularly hard hits. Among the worst performers were Perrigo (NYSE:PRGO), Novadaq Technologies (NASDAQ:NVDQ), and Ethan Allen Interiors (NYSE:ETH). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.(SRNE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: SRNE) develops drugs to treat certain types of cancer and chronic cancer pain.

    On Jan. 6, company officials will present a new proprietary technology for the treatment of cancer. Analysts are calling this new technology a potential “game-changer.”

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: B2Gold Corp(BTG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The following mining companies are active in Burkina Faso:

    Semafo Inc (TSE: SMF; OTCMKTS: SEMFF).SEMAFO operates the Mana Mine in Burkina Faso, which includes the high-grade satellite deposit of Siou, and is targeting production start-up of the Boungou Mine in the second half of 2018. SEMAFO’s strategic focus is to maximize shareholder value by effectively managing its existing assets as well as pursuing organic and strategic growth opportunities. SEMAFOs Mana Mine is located 260 kilometers southwest of the capital Ouagadougou. The third-largest mine in the country, it has produced some 1.6 million ounces since its first gold pour in 2008. Since then,the Company hasexpanded the plant four times to a current processing rate of over 7,200 tonnes per day. IAMGOLD Corp (NYSE: IAG). Iamgold has four operating gold mines on three continents with asolid base of strategic assets in North and South America and West Africa that is complemented by development and exploration projects with continued assessment of accretive acquisition opportunities. Iamgold is said to be thelargest private employer in Burkina Faso andhas a high level of exposure in the region with two operating mines in Mali and a mine in northern Burkina Faso near the Mali border. Roxgold Inc (TSE: ROXG; OTCMKTS: ROGFF). Roxgold is a gold mining company with its key asset, the high grade Yaramoko Gold Mine, located in the Hound茅 greenstone region of Burkina Faso, West Africa. The Company declared commercial production on October 1, 2016. The Yaramoko permit covers approximately 196km2 in the Province of Bal茅 in southwestern Burkina Faso. The property is located approximately 200 kilometres southwest from the capital city of Ouagadougou. Yaramoko lies directly south of, and is contiguous to, the SEMAFO Inc property hosting its flagship Mana Gold Mine and lies within the Hounde greenstone belt. Endeavour Mining Corp (TSE: EDV; OTCMKTS: EDVMF). Endeavour is ideally positioned as the majo

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

    B2Gold Corp (NYSE: BTG) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.00 per share on revenue of $135.84 million.

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Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Enbridge Inc(ENB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Not to be outdone, rival Canadian oil pipeline giant Enbridge (NYSE:ENB) announced a transformational gas-focused deal of its own, agreeing to acquire U.S. pipeline company Spectra Energy (NYSE:SE) for $28 billion. That transaction will catapult Enbridge past TransCanada and create the largest energy infrastructure company in North America. Further, the deal will bolster Enbridge’s near-term capital project backlog to $20 billion, while enhancing its inventory of longer-term investment opportunities to $37 billion. This pipeline supports Enbridge’s view that it can increase its dividend by 10% to 12% annually through 2024.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap energy transportation and distribution stock Enbridge Inc (NYSE: ENB):

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Ring Energy, Inc.(REI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Ring Energy Inc (NYSE: REI) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $7.92 million.

    Gain Capital Holdings Inc (NYSE: GCAP) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $100.39 million.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Tronox Limited(TROX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Tronox Ltd (NYSE: TROX) were down 23 percent to $19.55. The FTC has challenged Tronox acquisition of Cristal’s titanium dioxide business. Tronox disclosed that it will fight FTC lawsuit seeking to block proposed acquisition of Saudi-owned Cristal.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tronox Ltd (NYSE: TROX) shares shot up 34 percent to $19.30. Tronox announced plans to acquire Cristal's TiO(2) business and also agreed to sell Alkali Business. Tronox posted a Q4 loss of $0.14 per share on revenue of $548 million.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: PHI, Inc.(PHIIK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap offshore oil and gas services stock PHI Inc (NASDAQ: PHIIK):

    We’re a little bit late to the party here, but that’s ok – there’s still some meat left on the bone, so to speak. Were looking for the stock to continue on to the lower edge of a long-term (and bearish) trading range that should allow it to peel back to at least the lower $12’s. We’ve see PHIIK shares tumble with great speed and distance a couple of times already, and we’re about halfway through round three.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018

Peter Krauth

The silver price has bounced back strongly from its low over two weeks ago. The price of silver is coming off a strong 3.7% gain last week and is now up 7.4% to $16.51 from its July 7 low of $15.37. Not to mention, silver futures have suffered only one down day in the last 10 trading days.

The 7.4% rebound since July 7 has come in small increments, but it’s been steady and stealthy. The average daily gain for silver prices since the July 7 low has been 0.6%, and that stealth growth may be most helpful for looking at where silver is headed in 2017. As silver climbs quietly higher, it continues to “feel” like sentiment is still against it.

Yet those are often the times when a price advance is the easiest to achieve, because it goes mostly unnoticed, bringing along fewer bulls for the ride higher.

I’m one of those bulls, which is why I’m going to share my bold silver price prediction with you today.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Caleres, Inc.(CAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Caleres Inc (NYSE: CAL) got a boost, shooting up 12 percent to $31.99 after the company posted upbeat Q3 earnings.

    QAD Inc. (NASDAQ: QADA) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $29.44 after the company posted strong Q3 results.

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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: CyberArk Software Ltd.(CYBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    RB: I thought wed be up more than we are on cybersecurity plays. We have 25% gains on recommendations like Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW). Were off a few percentage points on CyberArk Software (NASDAQ: CYBR).

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    CyberArk Software (NASDAQ:CYBR) reported fourth-quarter financial results on Feb. 9. The Israeli cybersecurity specialist continues to win new business for its “privileged account” security solutions, which help to protect against cyberattacks that use insider privileges to penetrate network perimeters and assault the most sensitive areas of an enterprise’s IT infrastructure.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion before the opening bell. Citigroup shares rose 0.30 percent to $67.22 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) to have earned $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion in the latest quarter. JPMorgan will release earnings before the markets open. JPMorgan shares gained 0.48 percent to $93.55 in after-hours trading.
    Cyberark Software Ltd (NASDAQ: CYBR) lowered its guidance for the second quarter. The company now expects total revenue of $57.0 million to $57.5 million, versus earlier guidance of $61.0 million to $62.0 million. Cyberark shares dipped 17.65 percent to $42.00 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the opening bell, First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million. First Republic Bank shares dropped 0.80 percent to close at $101.35 on Thursday.

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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Energy is the only sector to underperform its long-term return last year. The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSE: XLE) returned just 6.1% last year despite some promising growth in the fourth quarter.The sector reported the third-highest beat on expectations in the most recent quarter and the highest earnings growth in the market. Companies in the sector reported a 121% surge in profits compared to a horrible 4Q in 2016 and 86% of firms beat sales expectations for the quarter.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of ExxonMobil have advanced 0.8% to $81.89 at 2:02 p.m. today, while the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) has advanced 0.4% to $68.07.

     

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Marathon Oil jumped 21% to $18.06, while the S&P 500 fell 0.3% to 2,198.81, and the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) climbed 5.1% to $74.43.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Transocean dropped 7% to $13.85 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.6% to2,280.90. The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) dropped 1.9% to$72.85. The price of oil fell 1% to$52.63 a barrel.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, ExxonMobil (XOM) reported earnings that didn’t do much to excite investors, and today its shares are falling again, making my bearish call from Jan. 14 look better and better. Strategas Research Partners’ Chris Verrone and team note that Exxon–the largest stock in the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) with a 16% weighting–continues to weigh on the energy sector:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    If there is one word that could sum up energy stocks and crude oil prices during the third quarter, it would be volatility. After rebounding off the lows hit during the first half of the year, energy stocks were essentially flat over the past few months with the benchmark Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) gaining around 2% during the quarter.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Monsanto Company(MON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Monsanto Co.’s (NYSE: MON) latest quarterly earnings report is expected on Wednesday. The consensus analyst estimates are $1.77 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.17 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading most recently at $117.02, in a 52-week range of $97.35 to $118.15. The consensus price target is $122.66.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

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

    Agri-Finance Companies

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    BeforeBayer(NASDAQOTH: BAYRY)arrived onto the scene, I viewedMonsanto(NYSE: MON)as an intriguing growth stock. It has a rich history of delivering value to shareholders and continues to hold a dominant technological edge over key competitors in crop protection products, seeds, and traits. While little has changed its promising pipeline and portfolio, the pending acquisition throws a wrench in anyone’s plans to start or add to a position. Uncertainty stemming from the merger provides several terrible reasons to buy Monsanto at this time.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Monsanto Co. (NYSE: MON) is expected to share its most recent quarterly numbers first thing Thursday. Analysts are looking for $0.42 in earnings per share (EPS) and $2.77 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen at $116.78 apiece, in a 52-week range of $104.77 to $122.80. The consensus price target is $125.18.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Monsanto Co.’s (NYSE: MON) fiscal second-quarter report is scheduled for Thursday before the opening bell. The consensus forecast is $3.33 in EPS on $5.39 billion in revenue. Shares ended the week at $116.69 apiece. The consensus price target is $126.40, and the 52-week range is $113.15 to $124.20.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Deutsche Bank AG(DB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Diane Alter]

    The New York Times first reported that Frontier Airlines is prepping for an initial public offering. The Denver, Colo.-based low-cost carrier has hired Deutsch Bank (NYSE: DB), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Evercore Partners Inc. (NYSE: EVR) to handle the IPO. The airline started the process late last year when it approached a number of bankers.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Today, Deutsche Bank (DB) pretty much signals an all-clear based on that call and says things are indeed getting better. So there are buyers all over the place.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Monday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE: DB) and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (ADR) (NYSE: BBVA).

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp.(SBY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mark Holder]

    Instead of competing in one-off auctions, the traditional method of acquiring homes and the one preferred by Silver Bay Realty Trust (NYSE: SBY  ) (NYSE: SBY  ) (NYSE: SBY  ) and American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE: AMH  ) (NYSE: AMH  ) (NYSE: AMH  ) , the company is obtaining non-performing loans in pools that include thousands of loans. The ultimate outcome of these different models is unknown, but the market hasso far supported Altisource Residential.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp (NYSE: SBY) got a boost, shooting up 18 percent to $21.47. Tricon Capital Group Inc. announced plans to buy Silver Bay Realty Trust for $21.50 per share.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc.(WASH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Pretium Resources, Inc.(PVG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Pretium Resources (PVG) remains on target with its development of what will be a world-class gold mine in British Columbia. The Brucejack property is slated to begin commercial production in mid-2017.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    TECS tracks a cap-weighted index, meaning the ETF is an ideal way for aggressive traders to make short-term bets against the likes of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB), among others. That trio combines for nearly a third of the Technology Select Sector Index.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Taken one by one, earnings have for the most part been strong. This is certainly true among the major tech stocks, some of which are not in the Dow. Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) is, however. Its strong earnings have driven its share price up 7.3% to $92, despite the recent sell-off. Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), another Dow component, posted much better-than-expected earnings. Its shares are up just over 18% this year to $349. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), another Dow component, disappointedWall Street. Its shares are off a little more than 5% to 161. That drop was entirely due to the major sell-off in the market.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) reported fiscal first-quarter 2018 results after markets closed Thursday. The software behemoth reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.84 on revenues of $24.5 billion. In the same period last year the company reported EPS of $0.72 on revenues of $21.93 billion. The consensus estimates called for EPS of $0.72 on revenues of $23.56 billion.

  • [By Arie Goren]

    Recently, both suppliers of graphics processing units (GPUs) NVIDIA Corporation (NSDQ:NVDA)and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NSDQ:AMD)have signed new collaborations with leading cloud companies to supply their GPUs to accelerate artificial intelligence in the enterprise. NVIDIA has announced a collaboration with tech giants Microsoft Corporation (NSDQ:MSFT)and International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), while AMD received orders from Alphabet (NSDQ:GOOGL)to supply GPUs for Google cloud platform. Investors might wonder which one of the two companies NVIDIA or AMD is going to win the GPU race to become the primary supplier for artificial intelligence uses. While right now Nvidia dominates the GPU application in AI, in my opinion, there is enough room for both companies to grow in this marker significantly. Therefore, as I see it, to take advantage of the fast-growing deep learning and artificial intelligence market, it is better to invest in shares of both companies.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    The companies that participated in the demo included Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Accenture Plc. (NYSE: ACN), Fujitsu Ltd. (OTCMKTS: FJTSY), and Deutsche Telekom AG (OTCMKTS: DTEGY).

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Today’s big headline in the space came from Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT).

    The tech giant, which has already garnered headlines in the crypto space, hinted that it is exploring the use of the Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum blockchain technologies.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Unilever NV(UN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, industrial shares fell by 0.04 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unilever N.V. (ADR) (NYSE: UN), down 8 percent, and Magal Security Systems Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: MAGS), down 6 percent.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Earlier this year, Unilever (UN) recently declined Kraft Heinz (KHC) merger bid. That means that if the company still wants to do a deal, Mondelez International (MDLZ) and PepsiCo (PEP) are the next logical partners, writes Susquehannas Pablo Zuanic.

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    Zuanic upgraded Pepsi from Neutral to Positive today and raised his price target from $118 to $132. He writes that a Pepsi deal would have more strategic merits, hence his upgrade (as he emphasizes that not much has changed in terms of fundamentals for the firm).

    More detail from his note:

    With investors apparently seeing MDLZ as the next likely KHC target, and Coca-Cola (KO) the next Anheuser-Busch (BUD) target, PEP shares have lost visibility and now trade at a 25% discount to KO on apples-to-apples comps. We see value here, on franchise strength, efforts to align the F&B portfolio with consumer health trends, and the growing optionality value of a joint KHC/BUD bid for PEP. We argue that, together, the Kendall Jenner commercial, the Aspartame to-be-or-not-to-be zigzagging, the new, new, new alt low-cal cola (Pepsi Zero sugar), the ongoing underperformance in U.S. CSDs (25% only of the company), the lack of scale in non-CSD NARTDs vs. KO (other than Gatorade), and now talk of PEP buying Brazilian dairy company Vigor S.A. (a JBS subsidiary that would better fit KHC or ULVR), all paint a picture of a company still struggling to set a new direction (with all due respect). In this regard, we think PEP may be more vulnerable than MDLZ to a KHC bid (jointly done with BUD). We also see greater strategic fit for KHC with PEP Food/Snacks (than with MDLZ), and argue that PEP Beverages fits BUD better than KO, as the PEP bottling operations in key regions (including NA) remain in the hands of PEP (KO, on the other hand will be fully refranchised by end of 2017). So we are upgrading PEP to Positive with a $132 price target by December 17. Yes, the Unilever rebuff