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Justice Clarence Thomas, center, was the sole dissenter from a decision by Ruth Bader Ginsburg (in sunglasses). (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Colorado can’t keep fines and costs assessed against criminal defendants whose convictions have been reversed, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today, in a decision that drew criticism from conservative Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas,  who said the court’s reasoning could lead to unintended consequences.

The majority opinion in Nelson v. Colorado, by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is straightforward enough: Shannon Nelson and Alonzo Madden are entitled to refunds of court costs and restitution they paid following criminal convictions that were subsequently reversed. Nelson was convicted of abusing her children but acquitted by a second jury after her conviction was reversed because of trial error. Madden’s conviction on child prostitution and assault charges was reversed by the Colorado Supreme Court and the state declined to prosecute him again.

Top Value Stocks For 2021: Golfsmith International Holdings Inc.(GOLF)

Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of golf and tennis equipment, apparel, footwear, and accessories. Its stores offer branded clubs, balls, apparel, and accessories, as well as its proprietary-branded products, including Clubmaker, Golfsmith, Killer Bee, J.G.Hickory, Lynx, Profinity, Snake Eyes, TourTrek, XPC, Zevo, Maggie Lane, ZTech, and MacGregor. The company?s stores also provide club components, clubmaking tools, supplies and on-site clubmaking, custom club-fitting, and club repair services; and hitting areas, putting greens, ball-launch monitor technology, and club demos. In addition, its stores offer golf and tennis lessons, tennis equipment, and tennis racquet maintenance and repair services, as well as partial-flight indoor driving ranges. Further, the company develops and promotes proprietary merchandise, including clubs, club components, apparel, golf bags and covers, pull and push carts, shoes, furnishings, accessories, tra ining aids, and gifts. As of January 25, 2012, it operated 79 stores in the United States. Golfsmith International Holdings also offers its products through catalog and Internet sales. The company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Golfcoin (CURRENCY:GOLF) traded down 11.2% against the dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 10:00 AM E.T. on October 4th. Over the last week, Golfcoin has traded down 59.6% against the dollar. One Golfcoin coin can now be bought for about $0.0001 or 0.00000001 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges. Golfcoin has a market capitalization of $114,793.00 and $48.00 worth of Golfcoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top Value Stocks For 2021: PennantPark Investment Corporation(PNNT)

PennantPark Investment Corporation is a BDC whose objectives are to generate both current income and capital appreciation while seeking to preserve capital through debt and equity investments primarily made to U.S. middle-market companies in the form of senior secured debt, mezzanine debt and equity investments.
We believe middle-market companies offer attractive risk-reward to investors due to the limited amount of capital available for such companies. We seek to create a diversified portfolio that includes senior secured debt, mezzanine debt and equity investments by investing approximately $10 million to $50 million of capital, on average, in the securities of middle-market companies. We expect this investment size to vary proportionately with the size of our capital base. We use the term “middle-market” to refer to companies with annual revenues between $50 million and $1 billion.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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    PennantPark Investment Corporation  (NASDAQ:PNNT)Q1 2019 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 08, 2019, 10:00 a.m. ET

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of PennantPark Investment Corp. (NASDAQ:PNNT) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the seven ratings firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $8.00.

Top Value Stocks For 2021: Tekla Healthcare Opportunies Fund(THQ)

Tekla Healthcare Opportunities Fund is a non-diversified closed-end management investment company. The Fund’s investment objective is to seek current income and long-term capital appreciation through investments in the United States and non-United States companies in the healthcare industry, including equity securities, debt securities, and pooled investment vehicles. The Fund invests in securities of public and private companies. The Fund may invest in private companies and other restricted securities, including private investments in public equity and venture capital investments, if these securities would comprise 10% or less of Managed Assets. The Fund’s investment portfolio includes information technology, healthcare, consumer discretionary, telecommunications, industrials, consumer staples, financials, utilities, energy and materials. Tekla Capital Management LLC is the investment adviser to the Fund. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Tekla Healthcare Opportunities Fund (NYSE:THQ) declared a monthly dividend on Monday, June 11th, Wall Street Journal reports. Investors of record on Wednesday, June 20th will be paid a dividend of 0.1125 per share on Friday, June 29th. This represents a $1.35 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 7.72%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, June 19th.

Top Value Stocks For 2021: United Technologies Corporation(UTX)

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. Its Otis segment designs, manufactures, sells, and installs passenger and freight elevators, escalators, and moving walkways; modernization products to upgrade elevators and escalators; and maintenance and repair services. The company’s UTC Climate, Controls & Security segment provides heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration solutions, such as controls for residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation applications. This segment offers electronic security products, including intruder alarms, access control systems, and video surveillance systems; and fire safety products; systems integration, video surveillance, installation, maintenance, and inspection services; and monitoring and response services. Its Pratt & Whitney segment supplies aircraft engines for commercial, military, business jet, and general aviation markets; and provides aftermarket maintenance, repair, and overhaul, as well as fleet management services. The company’s UTC Aerospace Systems segment provides electric power generation, power management, and distribution systems; air data, and flight sensing and management systems; engine control, electric, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems; engine components; environmental control systems; fire and ice detection, and protection systems; propeller systems; cargo, actuation, and landing systems; aircraft aero structures, and lighting and seating products; space products and subsystems; and aftermarket services. United Technologies Corporation offers its services through manufacturers’ representatives, distributors, wholesalers, dealers, retail outlets, and sales representatives, as well as directly to customers. The company was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    Activist investor Dan Loeb was a key figure in pushing industrial conglomerate United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) to split into three independent entities. Now, he wants the company to go a step further and seek a buyer for one large unit.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Glenview State Bank Trust DEPT. raised its stake in shares of United Technologies Co. (NYSE:UTX) by 4.2% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 2,468 shares of the conglomerate’s stock after purchasing an additional 100 shares during the period. Glenview State Bank Trust DEPT.’s holdings in United Technologies were worth $263,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Foster & Motley Inc. lessened its position in United Technologies Co. (NYSE:UTX) by 0.5% during the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 66,549 shares of the conglomerate’s stock after selling 310 shares during the period. United Technologies comprises about 1.1% of Foster & Motley Inc.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 22nd biggest holding. Foster & Motley Inc.’s holdings in United Technologies were worth $7,086,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Best Small Cap Stocks To Watch Right Now

It’s been quite some time, but small cap stocks are fast finding their way back into the spot light – not all of them, but many of them. And, it’s a good thing because historically speaking, when small and micro-cap stocks lead they often lead the markets on to new all-time highs.

  From about 2011 through a good part of 2016, small cap stocks lagged that of the S&P 500. However, once Trump took office, the entire sector got a lift speculative investors hadn’t seen in quite some time. As evidenced by the daily chart overlay of the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 Small Cap Index here, it doesn’t take a master technician to see just how explosive the moves have been for small caps in recent months.  

Best Small Cap Stocks To Watch Right Now: Allegiance Bancshares, Inc.(ABTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Allegiance Bancshares (NASDAQ:ABTX)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Friday . The company traded as low as $42.80 and last traded at $41.40, with a volume of 51295 shares. The stock had previously closed at $40.75.

Best Small Cap Stocks To Watch Right Now: United Technologies Corporation(UTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    European aircraft maker Airbus announced last Friday that it had found an issue with the Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines the company installs on its top-selling A320neo and A321neo single-aisle passenger jets. Over the weekend the company said it would stop accepting more PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engines from P&W, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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    These are the top 5 holdings of Bill AckmanRestaurant Brands International Inc (QSR) – 20,843,919 shares, 21.65% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 14.29%Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG) – 2,882,463 shares, 21.42% of the total portfolio. Lowe’s Companies Inc (LOW) – 7,715,501 shares, 12.7% of the total portfolio. New PositionMondelez International Inc (MDLZ) – 16,371,713 shares, 11.56% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 1.33%United Technologies Corp (UTX) – 4,540,615 shares, 9.78% of the total p

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) traded up 1.44% at $130.01. The stock’s 52-week range is $106.85 to $130.20 and the high was posted this afternoon. Volume was about 40% above the daily average of around 2.8 million shares. The company had no news.

Best Small Cap Stocks To Watch Right Now: PennyMac Financial Services, Inc.(PFSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BlueMountain Capital Management LLC raised its position in PennyMac Financial Services Inc (NYSE:PFSI) by 5.7% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 76,485 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 4,140 shares during the period. BlueMountain Capital Management LLC owned approximately 0.32% of PennyMac Financial Services worth $1,503,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    PennyMac Financial Services Inc (NYSE:PFSI) insider David M. Walker sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $20.61, for a total value of $206,100.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News headlines about PennyMac Financial Services (NYSE:PFSI) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. PennyMac Financial Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 43.8595058499471 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of PennyMac Financial Services Inc (NYSE:PFSI) have been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the nine analysts that are covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have issued a hold recommendation and five have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $24.50.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019

Go back a year, and offshore drillers like Noble (NE), Rowan (RDC), Transocean (RIG) and Atwood Oceanics (ATW) had been all but written off–until they weren’t anymore. Since then, investors have been rewarded for picking winners in the group from the losers, as Atwood Oceanics has more than doubled, Transocean has gained 34%, and Rowan has risen 42%, while Noble and Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) have dropped 13%.

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But are the days of picking stocks among offshore drillers over? Consider: Today, Jefferies analyst Eduardo Royes and team upgraded Noble to Buy and cut Rowan to Hold, clearly favoring one over the other. They explain why:

Given where we sit in the cycle, we cannot favorably recommend the group. That said, we can still see relative value (or lack thereof) in shares. We upgrade Noble to Buy as we view it as the ‘safest’ way to play offshore drilling exposure at the moment —we see modest upside to shares on a DCF and relative valuation basis. Meanwhile we downgrade Rowan to Hold as despite still generating healthy free cash flow, we see risk that medium-term earnings disappoint (we’re >30% below ’18 Street EBITDA) as the ‘turn’ in jackups and ultra-deep-water markets is likely challenged from a profitability standpoint. Outside of Rowan and Noble, we skew favorably to Hold-rated Ensco (ESV) and Transocean.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: SI Financial Group Inc.(SIFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    There are 30 banks that qualify as systemically important financial institutions (SIFI), according to the Financial Stability Board’s most recent list. Half have seen their stocks fall at least 20 percent from the most recent peaks, according to a Bloomberg analysis. Notably, no large U.S.-based banks make the list.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Renaissance Technologies LLC lifted its stake in shares of SI Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIFI) by 17.9% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 458,700 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock after acquiring an additional 69,800 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC’s holdings in SI Financial Group were worth $6,766,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News articles about SI Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIFI) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. SI Financial Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the savings and loans company an impact score of 47.0536892575283 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Teton Advisors Inc. acquired a new position in shares of SI Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIFI) in the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor acquired 10,342 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock, valued at approximately $153,000. Teton Advisors Inc. owned about 0.08% of SI Financial Group as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News coverage about SI Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIFI) has been trending somewhat negative recently, according to Accern. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. SI Financial Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the savings and loans company an impact score of 44.7479870139738 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Press coverage about SI Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIFI) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. SI Financial Group earned a news sentiment score of 0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the savings and loans company an impact score of 45.140703535879 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc.(SWM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    TRADEMARK VIOLATION WARNING: “Schweitzer-Mauduit International (SWM) Earns News Sentiment Rating of 0.13” was originally reported by Ticker Report and is owned by of Ticker Report. If you are viewing this piece of content on another publication, it was stolen and republished in violation of United States & international trademark & copyright legislation. The legal version of this piece of content can be read at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3359360/schweitzer-mauduit-international-swm-earns-news-sentiment-rating-of-0-13.html.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Swarm (CURRENCY:SWM) traded 9% lower against the U.S. dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 22:00 PM ET on September 5th. In the last seven days, Swarm has traded 9.7% lower against the U.S. dollar. Swarm has a total market capitalization of $6.73 million and approximately $16,882.00 worth of Swarm was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Swarm token can currently be bought for $0.13 or 0.00002047 BTC on major exchanges including Bancor Network, HitBTC, YoBit and IDEX.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) shares reached a new 52-week low during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The stock traded as low as $34.66 and last traded at $35.16, with a volume of 1298 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $35.05.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: United Technologies Corporation(UTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    It’d be one thing if GE were cheap, but on many metrics, it’s not. Many investors at this point would rather pay for United Technologies Corporation (UTX)  , Honeywell International Inc. (HON)  or 3M Co (MMM)  — the last two of which are holdings in Jim Cramer’s Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust Portfolio.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) posted better-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Harley-Davidson Inc (NYSE: HOG) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter and raised FY18 guidance.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Lee Samaha]

    When you think about companies set to prosper from the digitization of the economy, the metal-bashing industrial sector might not be the first place you would start looking. However, dismissing the relevance of the Internet of Things (IoT) to industrial conglomerates like United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) and General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) would be a big mistake. In fact, IoT provides a huge opportunity for both companies to increase profitability. Let’s see how and why.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    HL Financial Services LLC decreased its position in shares of United Technologies Co. (NYSE:UTX) by 9.2% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 29,888 shares of the conglomerate’s stock after selling 3,037 shares during the quarter. HL Financial Services LLC’s holdings in United Technologies were worth $3,760,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Vince Holding Corp.(VNCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
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    Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ORMP) climbed 15.61 percent to close at $8.22. Oramed Pharma disclosed that its patent has been allowed in the US for oral administration of proteins.
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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Francesca’s (NASDAQ: FRAN) and Vince (NYSE:VNCE) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    However, the economy is still thriving, and a number of apparel stocks have surged in recent months as the worst of the “retail apocalypse” appears to have passed. Retail stocks may not be the first place investors look for big returns, but all three of these stocks have tripled over the past year. Let’s see why Vince Holding (NYSE:VNCE), Canada Goose (NYSE:GOOS), and Fossil Group (NASDAQ:FOSL)have all soared.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: CEVA, Inc.(CEVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Rhumbline Advisers lifted its position in shares of CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CEVA) by 4.3% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 53,568 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after acquiring an additional 2,184 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers owned approximately 0.24% of CEVA worth $1,618,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CEVA) has been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the twelve analysts that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have issued a hold recommendation and six have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $38.00.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CEVA)’s share price reached a new 52-week low during trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $24.70 and last traded at $24.72, with a volume of 4834 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $24.81.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA) was down, falling around 12 percent to $30.25 after the company posted weaker-than-expected Q1 profit.

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CEVA) during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund bought 5,175 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock, valued at approximately $156,000.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Marten Transport, Ltd.(MRTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Schneider National (NYSE: SNDR) and Marten Transport (NASDAQ:MRTN) are both transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings, dividends and profitability.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Strs Ohio lifted its holdings in shares of Marten Transport, Ltd (NASDAQ:MRTN) by 9.8% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 35,800 shares of the transportation company’s stock after acquiring an additional 3,200 shares during the quarter. Strs Ohio’s holdings in Marten Transport were worth $839,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Marten Transport (NASDAQ: MRTN) and YRC Worldwide (NASDAQ:YRCW) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Victory Capital Management Inc. lifted its stake in Marten Transport, Ltd (NASDAQ:MRTN) by 19.3% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 21,089 shares of the transportation company’s stock after buying an additional 3,410 shares during the quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc.’s holdings in Marten Transport were worth $481,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    New York State Common Retirement Fund grew its stake in shares of Marten Transport, Ltd (NASDAQ:MRTN) by 9.3% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 117,968 shares of the transportation company’s stock after acquiring an additional 10,000 shares during the period. New York State Common Retirement Fund’s holdings in Marten Transport were worth $2,690,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: trivago N.V. (TRVG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman, Leo Sun, and Steve Symington]

    While crypto fans may be unfazed, the majority of the market seems to have moved on. If you’re considering buying bitcoin for the high upside potential it exhibited last year, you may be better off with this group of stocks, which all have the potential to deliver big returns. Keep reading to see why our panel of Motley Fool investors recommend PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL), Yelp (NYSE:YELP), and Trivago (NASDAQ:TRVG).  

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Headlines about Trivago (NASDAQ:TRVG) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Trivago earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the technology company an impact score of 48.0498787995585 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares of Trivago N.V. (NASDAQ:TRVG) were heading south today as the hotel-booking specialist issued another disappointing earnings report and lowered its outlook for the year. Following a spike early last year, revenue growth continued to decelerate and turned negative in the first quarter. As of 10:25 a.m. EDT, the stock was down 20.5%.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    It didn’t take much for Trivago (NASDAQ:TRVG) investors to be treated to the biggest weekly gain in the travel website operator’s brief but rough life as a publicly traded company. Trivago stock soared 26% last week, after the company’s largest investor boosted its position. PAR Investment Partners now owns a 34.5% stake in Trivago.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: AMTEK, Inc.(AME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID trimmed its stake in shares of AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME) by 1.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 533,274 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 5,917 shares during the quarter. AMETEK accounts for 4.2% of Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID’s portfolio, making the stock its 3rd largest holding. Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID’s holdings in AMETEK were worth $40,513,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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    Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions Releases 2018 Linear Motion Catalog and Design Guide (news.thomasnet.com) Global Electric Motor Market 2018 – Ametek, Inc., Bosch Group, Emerson Electric Co., Hitachi, Ltd. (journalcommunication.com) Grass isn’t always greener with these two names: AMETEK, Inc. (AME), CYS Investments, Inc. (CYS) (fintelegraph.com) Global Motor Vehicle Sensors Market 2018 – Agilent Technologies, Ametek Inc., Analog Devices Inc., Ashcroft … (globaltopkeyplayers.com) Why these Stocks Could Be Off to the Races? AMETEK, Inc. (AME) and Simon Property Group, Inc. (SPG) (nmsunews.com)

    Shares of AME traded down $0.49 on Thursday, reaching $74.84. 887,300 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,284,629. The stock has a market cap of $17.51 billion, a PE ratio of 28.67, a P/E/G ratio of 2.42 and a beta of 1.26. The company has a current ratio of 1.69, a quick ratio of 1.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45. AMETEK has a 12 month low of $59.56 and a 12 month high of $79.32.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    UBS Group AG boosted its holdings in AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME) by 97.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 260,024 shares of the technology company’s stock after acquiring an additional 128,083 shares during the period. UBS Group AG owned about 0.11% of AMETEK worth $19,754,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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    Ac Power Source Supply Market 2018 Global Share- AMETEK Programmable Power, Pacific Power Source and … (theexpertconsulting.com) The Whispers about AMETEK, Inc. (AME) and Omeros Corporation (OMER) (nmsunews.com) Global Neutron Generators Market Analysis 2018 Del Mar Photonics, VNIIA, AMETEK ORTEC, Adelphi Technology … (theexpertconsulting.com) AMETEK, Inc. (AME): Most Popular stock: (stockquote.review) Ametek granted partial judgment in alleged ground contamination cased filed by mobile home parks’ owners (norcalrecord.com)

    Several research firms have recently commented on AME. Morgan Stanley lifted their price target on shares of AMETEK from $76.00 to $79.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 3rd. BMO Capital Markets lifted their price target on shares of AMETEK from $90.00 to $92.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 3rd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of AMETEK from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 12th. DA Davidson began coverage on shares of AMETEK in a research report on Thursday, April 12th. They set a “buy” rating and a $85.00 price target on the stock. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of AMETEK from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 1st. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $82.00.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Legal & General Group Plc lowered its stake in shares of AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME) by 6.4% in the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 1,080,233 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 73,951 shares during the quarter. Legal & General Group Plc owned about 0.47% of AMETEK worth $82,065,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Dillard's, Inc.(DDS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Some reasons for my bearishness on retail stocks:

    Higher Energy Prices. Oil prices have rallied dramatically and back to 2014 levels, rising from about $35 a barrel in early 2016 to around $67 Thursday. That’s bad news for U.S. retailers, as rising oil prices historically squeeze consumer disposable incomes. That’s one reason why I’ve been consistently raising my short exposure to retail and plan to continue doing so. Shaky Same-Store Sales Growth. Recent improvements to same-store sales at Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) , Urban Outfitters (URBN) , Dillard’s (DDS) , Gap Inc. (GPS) and Macy’s (M) come against downgraded expectations, and might not be sustainable anyway. No Deal for Nordstrom (JWN) . The Nordstrom family has apparently abandoned plans to take its namesake company private. I had expressed concerns that this would happen. Higher Interest Rates. A rise in the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) has recently accelerated. That’s bad news for retailers, as many variable-rate consumer debts (particularly mortgages) key off of the LIBOR. This will likely put a damper on mortgage refinancings — something that many see as an important ingredient for personal-consumption expenditures.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    In this episode of Industry Focus: Consumer Goods, Vincent Shen and senior Motley Fool contributor Adam Levine-Weinberg dive into the latest developments from Macy’s (NYSE:M), Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS), and Dillard’s (NYSE:DDS), which have all enjoyed bullish rallies of 30% in the past month.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Thursday was a great day on Wall Street, as major benchmarks responded favorably to news that the U.S. and China would meet again to try to negotiate their differences on the trade front. The manufacturing-heavy Dow Jones Industrial Average fared the best out of the most-followed indexes, reflecting the key role that global trade plays in those companies’ opportunities for revenue growth and profit. Broader-based measures did well but weren’t able to keep up with the Dow in percentage terms. Still, some individual companies suffered from bad news that sent their shares lower. Dillard’s (NYSE:DDS), MiMedx Group (NASDAQ:MDXG), and Global Net Lease (NYSE:GNL) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $120.51 billion before the opening bell. Walmart shares gained 1 percent to $86.99 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) to post quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $4.45 billion after the closing bell. Applied Materials shares rose 0.15 percent to $55.25 in after-hours trading.
    Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) reported downbeat results for its second quarter. Comps were down 0.1 percent in the quarter. The company sees third-quarter comps coming in flat to up 1 percent. Jack in the Box shares dropped 3.03 percent to $88.60 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the opening bell, Dillard's, Inc. (NYSE: DDS) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $1.46 billion. Dillard's shares rose 0.14 percent to $72.10 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting Childrens Place Inc (NASDAQ: PLCE) to have earned $2.21 per share on revenue of $444.14 million in the latest quarter. Childrens Place will release earnings before the markets open. Childrens Place shares gained 0.29 percent to $138.40 in after-hours trading.

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  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Yet that big post-earnings plunge didn’t make Macy’s the worst-performing department store stock of the past week. Shares of J.C. Penney and Sears Holdings have plunged about 30% during the same period, after those companies reported bad news last week. Even regional department store chain Dillard’s (NYSE:DDS) — which, like Macy’s, posted better-than-expected Q2 results — has experienced a steep sell-off in the past few days.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Brokerages forecast that Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE:DDS) will announce ($0.41) earnings per share (EPS) for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have issued estimates for Dillard’s’ earnings, with estimates ranging from ($0.51) to ($0.28). Dillard’s posted earnings per share of ($0.58) in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 29.3%. The company is scheduled to issue its next earnings report on Thursday, August 9th.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Cenveo Inc(CVO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Penny Stocks Current Share Price (as of Jan. 5) Jan. 2-5 Gain (as of Jan. 5)
    My Size Inc. (Nasdaq: MYSZ) $1.66 152.28%
    Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: CYTX) $0.47 89.52%
    DelMar Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: DMPI) $1.675 58.02%
    CAS Medical Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CASM) $1.09 55.71%
    China HGS Real Estate Inc. (Nasdaq: HGSH) $1.83 47.58%
    Aethlon Medical Inc. (Nasdaq: AEMD) $1.56 43.12%
    Midatech Pharma Plc. (Nasdaq: MTP) $1.23 43.01%
    Comstock Holding Cos. Inc. (Nasdaq: CHCI) $1.87 36.5%
    Cenveo Inc. (Nasdaq: CVO) $1.20 31.82%
    EV Energy Partners LP (Nasdaq: EVEP) $0.6844 31.62%

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The current earnings-report cycle was already off to a strong start when Netflix Inc. set an exceptionally high bar this week, blowing so far beyond subscriber estimates that the video service entered the exalted club of companies valued at more than $100 billion.

Netflix joins the array of U.S., European and Asian companies whose earnings are getting a lift from quickened global economic growth. Meanwhile, U.S. tax cuts should give American companies like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. the chance to reward investors with goodies such as buybacks on top of bonuses they’ve already sprinkled out to workers.

Not every CEO will have as pleasant news to deliver as Netflix’s Reed Hastings. Stung by an October earnings call that went awry, Oscar Munoz on Tuesday afternoon is scheduled to report United Continental Inc.’s second straight annual profit decline. And speculation is mounting that John Flannery will have to cut General Electric Co.’s 2018 profit outlook on Wednesday due to deep problems in the company’s industrial and finance operations.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Buy For 2019: United Technologies Corporation(UTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) posted better-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Harley-Davidson Inc (NYSE: HOG) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter and raised FY18 guidance.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    European aircraft maker Airbus announced last Friday that it had found an issue with the Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines the company installs on its top-selling A320neo and A321neo single-aisle passenger jets. Over the weekend the company said it would stop accepting more PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engines from P&W, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The second-best performer among the Dow 30 so far this year is Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), up just over 8%, and it was the Dow’s second-best performer for all of 2017. General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) held the top spot in the first week of the yearbut slid to third-best last week with two-week total share price jump of 7.5%. United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) has posted a gain of just over 7% to settle into the fourth spot.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    Boeing on June 4 announced a joint venture with French engine maker Safran to build auxiliary power units, small engines used to start the main engines on an aircraft and for supplemental power when the aircraft is on the ground. The current market for APUs is dominated by United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) and Honeywell (NYSE:HON), with UTX the sole provider of APUs on Boeing’s 787 models, and Honeywell the sole provider on the 777 and 737.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) and TAT Technologies (NASDAQ:TATT) are both multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares rose 15.2 percent to $31.90 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) rose 12.4 percent to $41.30 in pre-market trading after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong Q2 forecast.
    Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGLE) rose 10.8 percent to $8.75 in pre-market trading.
    Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ: MITL) rose 8.8 percent to $11.05 in pre-market trading after the company agreed to be acquired by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for $2.0 billion.
    Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT) rose 7.3 percent to $3.70 in pre-market trading.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares rose 6.9 percent to $7.00 in pre-market trading after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: HALL) rose 6.5 percent to $10.68 in pre-market trading.
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) rose 5.2 percent to $20.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.53 percent on Monday.
    New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU) rose 5 percent to $91.16 in pre-market trading after reporting Q3 results.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) rose 5 percent to $167.98 in pre-market trading after Bloomberg reported that Takeda is nearing a preliminary agreement to acquire Shire after sweetened bid.
    Outfront Media Inc. (NYSE: OUT) shares rose 5 percent to $19.00 in pre-market trading.
    Geron Corporation (NASDAQ: GERN) rose 4.3 percent to $4.18 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.80 percent on Monday.
    SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) rose 3.7 percent to $109.80 in pre-market trading after the company posted strong quarterly results and raised its outlook for the year.
    Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL) shares rose 3.7 percent to $8.70 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.45 percent on Monday.
    Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (NYSE: D

Top 5 Value Stocks To Buy For 2019: KLA-Tencor Corporation(KLAC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. reduced its position in shares of KLA-Tencor Corp (NASDAQ:KLAC) by 29.4% in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 2,157,739 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after selling 897,207 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co. owned approximately 1.38% of KLA-Tencor worth $235,213,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    WINTON GROUP Ltd trimmed its holdings in shares of KLA-Tencor Corp (NASDAQ:KLAC) by 17.3% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 63,511 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after selling 13,260 shares during the period. WINTON GROUP Ltd’s holdings in KLA-Tencor were worth $6,923,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Shares of KLA-Tencor Corp. (NASDAQ: KLAC) were down 3.5% at $109.33, in a 52-week range of $87.93 to $123.96. It also has a consensus price target of $132.31.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Kulicke and Soffa Industries (NASDAQ:KLIC) is not a well-known company. The semiconductor packaging equipment specialist is valued at just $1.65 billion, and it recorded just $809 million of revenue last year. That’s a much smaller number than those posted by semiconductor equipment giants like Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT), KLA-Tencor (NASDAQ:KLAC), and Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX).

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By ]

    Kulicke and Soffa Industries (NASDAQ:KLIC) is not a well-known company. The semiconductor packaging equipment specialist is valued at just $1.65 billion, and it recorded just $809 million of revenue last year. That’s a much smaller number than those posted by semiconductor equipment giants like Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT), KLA-Tencor (NASDAQ:KLAC), and Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX).

Top 5 Value Stocks To Buy For 2019: Chuy's Holdings, Inc.(CHUY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    As an investor, it’s always hard when a company you love doesn’t see things go its way. I ate at Tex-Mex chain Chuy’s Holdings (NASDAQ:CHUY) original Austin locations hundreds of times during my time in Texas’ capital city, and eating at not one but two of its Houston-area restaurants on a recent trip to my hometown was a highlight of my time there. Yet despite my own contributions toward boosting Chuy’s sales performance, the company’s broader fortunes have remained mixed, and a brutally competitive restaurant industry has made it hard for Chuy’s to keep itself moving forward despite its ambitious expansion efforts.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Chuy’s (NASDAQ:CHUY) CEO Steven J. Hislop sold 3,690 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $30.00, for a total transaction of $110,700.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 132,460 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,973,800. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Chuy’s Holdings (NASDAQ:CHUY) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference CallMay. 8, 2018 4:30 p.m. ET

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Papa Murphy’s (NASDAQ: FRSH) and Chuy’s (NASDAQ:CHUY) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Buy For 2019: Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS(TKC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Lee Jackson]

    Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NASDAQ: TKC) was started with an overweight rating at J.P. Morgan. The 52-week trading range for the company’s shares has been $6.33 to $11.29. The consensus price target is $10.94. The shares ended trading on Monday at $6.58.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ: FWP) fell 15.2 percent to $3.51 in pre-market trading after surging 88.18 percent on Tuesday.
    Pfenex Inc. (NASDAQ: PFNX) shares fell 15 percent to $5.85 in pre-market trading after the company announced an offering of common stock.
    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB) fell 17.6 percent to $47.75 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat results for its first quarter and issued a weak earnings forecast for the second quarter.
    Container Store Group, Inc. (NYSE: TCS) fell 13 percent to $7.15 in pre-market trading after reporting weaker-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
    Ardelyx, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARDX) shares fell 12.1 percent to $4.00 in pre-market trading after reporting pricing of public offering of common stock.
    Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) shares fell 9.8 percent to $27.31 in pre-market trading.
    Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC) fell 6.5 percent to $6.60 in pre-market trading.
    Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) shares fell 5.8 percent to $71.02 in pre-market trading. Target reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter, while sales exceeded estimates.
    PBF Energy Inc. (NYSE: PBF) shares fell 5.7 percent to $42.42 in pre-market trading

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) shares fell 9.6 percent to $37.01 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter and issued downbeat earnings forecast.
    Tilly's, Inc. (NYSE: TLYS) fell 5.7 percent to $12.98 in pre-market trading after rising 12.69 percent on Thursday.
    Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC) fell 4.2 percent to $6.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.71 percent on Thursday.
    Sunlands Online Education Group (NYSE: STG) fell 4.2 percent to $9.13 in pre-market trading.
    Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB) fell 4.2 percent to $3.42 in pre-market trading after climbing 12.62 percent on Thursday.
    Ulta Beauty, Inc. (NASDAQ: ULTA) fell 4.1 percent to $236.80 in pre-market trading. Ulta Beauty reported upbeat results for its first quarter, but issued weak second-quarter earnings and sales guidance.
    GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) shares fell 3.8 percent to $12.70 in pre-market trading. GameStop reported in-line earnings for its first quarter, while sales missed estimates.
    Workday, Inc. (NASDAQ: WDAY) fell 3.2 percent to $126.85 in the pre-market trading session after the company posted Q1 results.
    Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) shares fell 3 percent to $57.15 in pre-market trading

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) shares reached a new 52-week high and low during trading on Friday . The stock traded as low as $7.59 and last traded at $7.74, with a volume of 559325 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $8.02.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Buy For 2019: Balchem Corporation(BCPC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its position in shares of Balchem Co. (NASDAQ:BCPC) by 20.6% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 73,196 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after buying an additional 12,487 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s holdings in Balchem were worth $5,985,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Nearly every business Balchem(NASDAQ:BCPC) is in has seen strong growth in 2018, and that’s driving the company’s financial results higher. Fracking is seeing the biggest growth, but human and animal health continue to be great businesses for the company.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Balchem Co. (NASDAQ:BCPC) shares reached a new 52-week high and low on Wednesday . The stock traded as low as $96.61 and last traded at $96.33, with a volume of 2460 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $95.08.

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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: First Interstate BancSystem Inc.(FIBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of First Interstate BancSystem (NASDAQ:FIBK) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the eight analysts that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, four have assigned a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $46.00.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA lifted its stake in shares of First Interstate BancSystem (NASDAQ:FIBK) by 4.6% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 464,152 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 20,543 shares during the period. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA owned 0.82% of First Interstate BancSystem worth $18,357,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: Newmont Mining Corporation(NEM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc. lifted its stake in Newmont Mining Co. (NYSE:NEM) by 0.7% in the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 359,285 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after acquiring an additional 2,550 shares during the period. Newmont Mining comprises about 4.4% of Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc.’s holdings, making the stock its 2nd biggest position. Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc.’s holdings in Newmont Mining were worth $14,037,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado reduced its stake in Newmont Mining Co. (NYSE:NEM) by 4.9% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 92,218 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after selling 4,795 shares during the period. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado’s holdings in Newmont Mining were worth $3,603,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    If these reasons have you interested in adding gold mining stocks to your portfolio, a few top companies to consider are Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX), Randgold Resources (NASDAQ:GOLD), Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM), Freeport McMoran (NYSE:FCX) and Goldcorp (NYSE:GG). All five could benefit if gold prices rally, so let’s learn more about them.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Investors in gold stocks are experiencing an up-down day today, as shares of Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM) surge — and those ofBarrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) fall back. For this, you can thank the analysts at Morgan Stanley, who chose today to upgrade the former and downgrade the latter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Engineers Gate Manager LP lessened its stake in shares of Newmont Mining Co. (NYSE:NEM) by 44.6% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 85,506 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after selling 68,807 shares during the period. Engineers Gate Manager LP’s holdings in Newmont Mining were worth $3,341,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Boston Partners boosted its holdings in shares of Newmont Mining Co. (NYSE:NEM) by 4.2% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 50,976 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after buying an additional 2,033 shares during the quarter. Boston Partners’ holdings in Newmont Mining were worth $1,992,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: Black Stone Minerals, L.P.(BSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    News headlines about Black Stone Minerals (NYSE:BSM) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Black Stone Minerals earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 46.3482301445705 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: Enersis S A(ENI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    HSBC set a €18.20 ($21.16) price objective on ENI (ETR:ENI) in a research note published on Monday morning. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the stock.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Deutsche Bank set a €18.50 ($21.51) price target on ENI (ETR:ENI) in a report released on Thursday. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the stock.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Headlines about Enel Americas (NYSE:ENI) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Enel Americas earned a news sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 44.8569330191595 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: United Technologies Corporation(UTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    It’d be one thing if GE were cheap, but on many metrics, it’s not. Many investors at this point would rather pay for United Technologies Corporation (UTX)  , Honeywell International Inc. (HON)  or 3M Co (MMM)  — the last two of which are holdings in Jim Cramer’s Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust Portfolio.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    On Wednesday, United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) also is scheduled to reveal its fourth-quarter results. The consensus estimates are $1.56 in EPS and $15.36 billion in revenue. Shares were trading at $135.90 as the week came to a close. The consensus price target is $139.63. The 52-week trading range is $106.85 to $137.73.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) traded up 2.75% at $129.47. The stock’s 52-week range is $107.05 to $139.24. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 4.2 million shares. When UTC completes its deal to acquire Rockwell Collins, a new Air Force bomber is part of the deal. The Defense Department budget for this year includes $2 billion for the program and the 2019 budget includes $2.3 billion.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: Ventas, Inc.(VTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL boosted its position in Ventas (NYSE:VTR) by 10.4% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 204,186 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 19,200 shares during the quarter. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL owned 0.06% of Ventas worth $10,113,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    My timing, however, isn’t always so good, and I sometimes get in too early. But owning a great dividend-paying company at a fair price is better than owning a bad company at any price. Which is why I’m happy to have bought U.S. utility giant The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) and healthcare real estate investment trust (REIT) Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR). And I’ll be just as happy if they fall further from here.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: Raytheon Company(RTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 ]

    Cramer and the AAP team say that the president’s moves on behalf of Boeing (BA) signal good times for defense names, including Raytheon (RTN) . Find out what they’re telling their investment club members and get in on the conversation with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has selected Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) to replace Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) as supplier of a key sensor system on its F-35 fighter aircraft, a move the lead contractor said will save the program more than $3 billion.

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Bank of Internet (BOFI) , MGM Resorts (MGM) , Verizon (VZ) , Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) , Oracle (ORCL) , Salesforce.com (CRM) , PayPal (PYPL) , Raytheon (RTN) and McDonald’s (MCD) .

  • [By A.J. Bursick]

    Tensions on the Korean Peninsula – the same tensions that have caused defense darlings like Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) and Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) to crush the Dow Jones’ gains four times over in the past five years – aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: OneMain Holdings, Inc.(OMF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    OneMain (NYSE: OMF) and Provident Financial (OTCMKTS:FPLPY) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Rhumbline Advisers boosted its position in shares of OneMain Holdings Inc (NYSE:OMF) by 18.8% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 59,772 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 9,479 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers’ holdings in OneMain were worth $1,790,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: Abengoa Yield plc(ABY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: Sinovac Biotech Ltd.(SVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    News articles about Sinovac Biotech (NASDAQ:SVA) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Sinovac Biotech earned a coverage optimism score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the biopharmaceutical company an impact score of 45.8977999719642 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018

Both Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Google’s parent company,Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), are trading near their all-time highs. Amazon’s stock has climbed so much in the past 12 months, it’s made its founder and CEO Jeff Bezos the second wealthiest person in the world, recently surpassing Warren Buffett and Amancio Ortega. Alphabet shares are up a modest 11%, compared with Amazon’s 51% increase.

But investors can’t dwell too much on the past. They need to look to the future to determine which stocks offer the best opportunities for further gains. Today we’ll compare the two tech giants head to head to determine which is a better buy: Amazon.com or Alphabet.

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Amazon is firing on all cylinders

Amazon’s core retail business is strong. It generated $124 billion in revenue in 2016 across its North American and international retail segments. That’s up 25% from $99 billion in 2015. Amazon’s growth is fueled by increasing Prime membership, which acts as a huge incentive for both customers and merchants to use Amazon’s marketplace before looking elsewhere. A survey from BloomReach found that 55% of online shoppers begin their product search on Amazon.com.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: NVR Inc.(NVR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Hall]

    Priestley:Yeah,absolutely. The first stock that you mentioned was NVR (NYSE:NVR). They focus on building luxury homes in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania,and Virginia. They have three distinct brands:Ryan Homes, NV Homes and Heartland Homes. They’reactually the most expensive, I think, of the stocks that we’re going to talk about today. Their P/E is at 24X. But they’re also the biggest, and the past 12 months have seen the stock come up almost 50%. So, great pick! What exactly attracted you to NVR?

  • [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 Stephan Byrd]

    NVR, Inc. (NYSE:NVR) Director Susan Williamson Ross purchased 70 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 15th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $2,995.20 per share, for a total transaction of $209,664.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 64,191 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $192,264,883.20. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    For a business that is supposed to be relatively seasonal and cyclical, NVR (NYSE:NVR) has been enjoying an impressive run of growth. Not only did the company deliver impressive top- and bottom-line expansion, but it also showed positive trends on just about every operating metric. If there was one thing to critique, it’s how management is dividing up the benefits of these boom times.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: 3M Company(MMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Bulls were stampeded on Tuesday.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average  lost 424 points, or 1.74%, the S&P 500  handed over 1.34% and the Nasdaq Composite   shed 1.68%. For some investors, the losses might have come as a surprise amid solid first-quarter earnings reports from bellwether companies like Caterpillar (CAT) , United Technologies (UTX) , Coca-Cola (KO) and 3M (MMM) . You need to be at TheStreet’s May 5 boot-camp for investors. Learn more here.

    But, it was cautious comments by Caterpillar execs on the demand outlook for the rest of 2018 during an earnings call that sent the bears out of hibernation. Not helping market sentiment were 10-year yields topping the 3% mark for the first time in more than four years. 

  • [By Jason Hall, Neha Chamaria, and Rich Duprey]

    Three Motley Fool investors have already put in the work to help you get started, highlightingHarley-Davidson Inc(NYSE:HOG) and3M Co(NYSE:MMM) as dependable dividend stocks with solid prospects, and Trex Company Inc(NYSE:TREX) as a growth-focused investment. Read on to learn what these real-world investors like about these great companies, and why they can help retirees keep their nest eggs growing for the long-term.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Shares of industrial giant 3M Co (NYSE:MMM) had a rough start to the day, falling 8.8% Tuesday, after reporting earnings for the first quarter of 2018. Results were better than expected, but guidance was pulled back a bit and that was enough to send investors running for the hills. The decline seemed to pick up the pace as the day went on and at 1:15 p.m. EDT shares were down 8.6% and near their low for the day.

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    Selected examples: (AAL) , (CL) , (DRI) , (HAL) , (LUV) , (MCD) , (MMM) , (SBUX) . Darden and 3M are holdings in Jim Cramer’s Action Alerts PLUS.

    What Trade War?

    Notes Goldman: “Firms expressed optimism that trade conflict would be resolved. Commentary emphasized the support for a free trade environment. Company management did not expect the disputes would escalate and affect global economic growth.”

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded down 5.05%% at $232.79. The stock’s 52-week range is $173.90 to $259.77. Volume was around 4.8 million shares, more than double the daily average of about 2 million. The company had no specific news.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: Kinder Morgan, Inc.(KMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) typically has greater visibility into the future than most companies. That’s because it generates the bulk of its earnings from fee-based contracts and usually has a large backlog of fee-based expansion projects in development, which gives it a good idea of what it will earn in five years.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    As promised, natural gas pipeline giant Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) returned to growth mode in 2018. Overall, the company hauled in $1.247 billion ($0.56 per share) of distributable cash flow during the first quarter, which was 3% higher than the year-ago period, and beat its forecast.

  • [By Chuck Saletta]

    Back in late 2015, energy pipeline giant Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) saw its shares tumble as it cut its dividend in response to a threatened reduction of its debt rating. The company took the next few years to shore up its balance sheet and switch to funding much of its expansion capital needs from internal cash flows instead of relying on the debt market.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Earnings season is now in full swing, with today’s key reports from Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI) andAbbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT). Thanks to tax cuts, expectations are high. Analysts expect profit growth to top 18%, which would be the biggest jump in seven years. But there are a few bearish trends that are still lurking in the market. And if you’re serious about making money, you need to know how to harness them and target individual stocks for life-changing gains.Money MorningQuantitative Specialist Chris Johnson explains.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.(MDRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTLA) rose 34.7 percent to $45.50 in pre-market trading following news that the FDA has approved Andexxa for the reversal of factor Xa inhibitors.
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) rose 15.7 percent to $6.65 in pre-market trading after climbing 155.56 percent on Thursday.
    China Recycling Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: CREG) rose 14.7 percent to $2.75 in pre-market trading after climbing 57.89 percent on Thursday.
    Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE: P) rose 11 percent to $6.40 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly results.
    Fred's, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED) rose 9.2 percent to $1.90 in pre-market trading following Q4 results.
    Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) rose 9.1 percent to $51.70 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter and raised its FY18 guidance.
    Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX) rose 9 percent to $12.55 in pre-market trading after the company posted Q1 results and agreed to acquire HealthGrid.
    Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) rose 7.6 percent to $75 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter. The company also raised its FY18 earnings outlook from $2.40-$2.70 to $3-$3.20.
    Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) rose 7.5 percent to $10.15 in pre-market trading following Q3 results.
    Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO) rose 4.5 percent to $11.83 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly earnings.
    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) shares rose 4.4 percent to $190.50 in the pre-market trading session as the company posted upbeat Q4 results.
    Aqua Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQMS) shares rose 3.9 percent to $4.30 in pre-market trading after gaining 6.98 percent on Thursday.
    Newell Brands Inc (NYSE: NWL) shares rose 3.6 percent to $27.65 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings.
    HMS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: H

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: CoBiz Financial Inc.(COBZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    CoBiz Financial Inc. (NASDAQ:COBZ) – Analysts at Piper Jaffray decreased their Q2 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for CoBiz Financial in a research report issued on Wednesday, May 2nd. Piper Jaffray analyst B. Rabatin now anticipates that the bank will post earnings per share of $0.30 for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $0.31. Piper Jaffray currently has a “Hold” rating on the stock. Piper Jaffray also issued estimates for CoBiz Financial’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.31 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.33 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $1.25 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.32 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.34 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.36 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.37 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $1.39 EPS.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: MobileIron, Inc.(MOBL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: United Technologies Corporation(UTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    European aircraft maker Airbus announced last Friday that it had found an issue with the Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines the company installs on its top-selling A320neo and A321neo single-aisle passenger jets. Over the weekend the company said it would stop accepting more PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engines from P&W, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Daiwa Securities Group Inc. raised its holdings in shares of United Technologies Co. (NYSE:UTX) by 10.1% in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 63,924 shares of the conglomerate’s stock after purchasing an additional 5,852 shares during the quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc.’s holdings in United Technologies were worth $8,042,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By ]

    Jim Cramer, founder of TheStreet, talked with Bob Lang, founder of Explosive Options, about three selloff stocks that he believes are worth holding onto. Cramer and Lang examined whether the selloffs in Caterpillar (CAT) , Boeing (BA)  and United Technologies (UTX)  represent genuine buying opportunities. Lang told Cramer the selling in these three former market darlings was premature because the numbers look good and the technicals look even better.

  • [By ]

    In addition, Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square confirmed it had accumulated 2 million shares, about $245 million worth in United Technologies Inc. (UTX) . The activist fund could push to break up the company if CEO Greg Hayes doesn’t act on his own. 

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) traded up 2.75% at $129.47. The stock’s 52-week range is $107.05 to $139.24. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 4.2 million shares. When UTC completes its deal to acquire Rockwell Collins, a new Air Force bomber is part of the deal. The Defense Department budget for this year includes $2 billion for the program and the 2019 budget includes $2.3 billion.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: Lyon William Homes(WLH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    William Lyon Homes (NYSE:WLH) traded down 7.4% on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $24.95 and last traded at $25.04. 774,270 shares were traded during trading, an increase of 81% from the average session volume of 426,618 shares. The stock had previously closed at $27.05.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: DCT Industrial Trust Inc(DCT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    For an “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer spoke with Hamid Moghadam, chairman and CEO of the logistics REIT, Prologis Inc.  (PLD) , which recently announced the acquisition of DCT Industrial Trust (DCT) .

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. boosted its holdings in shares of DCT Industrial Trust Inc (NYSE:DCT) by 7.7% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 14,570 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,044 shares during the period. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd.’s holdings in DCT Industrial Trust were worth $821,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Daiwa Securities Group Inc. lifted its holdings in DCT Industrial Trust Inc (NYSE:DCT) by 25.5% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 19,700 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,000 shares during the period. Daiwa Securities Group Inc.’s holdings in DCT Industrial Trust were worth $1,110,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: Accenture plc.(ACN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington, Maxx Chatsko, and Brian Feroldi]

    To that end, we asked three top Motley Fool contributors to each pick a stock they think you would be wise to purchase and hold for the next 50 years. Read on to see why they like Corning (NYSE:GLW), Accenture (NYSE:ACN), and A.O. Smith (NYSE:AOS).

  • [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).

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    Even more impressive and promising are the companies and entities backing Ripple. Investors include Seagate Technology (Nasdaq: STX) and Accenture (NYSE: ACN), as well as influential venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz (Twitter, Skype, Airbnb) and Lightspeed Venture Partners (Snapchat).

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    But the segment revenue figures make it clear that momentum in areas such as cloud apps/services and security is being offset by pressures within older, non-cloud, software and services businesses in fields such as databases, operating systems, consulting, tech support and business process outsourcing (BPO). And that when one combines the good and the bad, the end-result is a company whose forex-adjusted growth remains noticeably below that of peers such as Microsoft (MSFT) , Accenture (ACN) , SAP (SAP) and Dell Technologies, and for which growing FCF remains a challenge.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Smith Asset Management Group LP lifted its position in shares of Accenture (NYSE:ACN) by 2.1% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 67,628 shares of the information technology services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,398 shares during the quarter. Smith Asset Management Group LP’s holdings in Accenture were worth $10,381,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top Value Stocks To Watch For 2019

Dynamic Advisor Solutions LLC bought a new stake in Vanguard Value ETF (NYSEARCA:VTV) in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm bought 3,421 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $353,000.

Other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Acropolis Investment Management LLC bought a new position in Vanguard Value ETF in the fourth quarter valued at about $130,000. SeaCrest Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in Vanguard Value ETF in the fourth quarter valued at about $155,000. Van Cleef Asset Management Inc bought a new position in Vanguard Value ETF in the fourth quarter valued at about $202,000. Moors & Cabot Inc. bought a new position in Vanguard Value ETF in the fourth quarter valued at about $202,000. Finally, Edmonds Duncan Registered Investment Advisors LLC bought a new position in Vanguard Value ETF in the fourth quarter valued at about $202,000.

Top Value Stocks To Watch For 2019: United Bankshares Inc.(UBSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Salesforce.com (CRM) , American Airlines (AAL) , Align Technology (ALGN) , Procter & Gamble (PG) , United Bankshares (UBSI) , Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) and Dominion Energy (D) .

Top Value Stocks To Watch For 2019: United Technologies Corporation(UTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) posted better-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Harley-Davidson Inc (NYSE: HOG) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter and raised FY18 guidance.

  • [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

Top Value Stocks To Watch For 2019: Lifetime Brands Inc.(LCUT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) and Lifetime Brands (NASDAQ:LCUT) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and risk.

Top Value Stocks To Watch For 2019: Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc.(FRSH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Wall Street brokerages expect Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRSH) to post $28.61 million in sales for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Two analysts have provided estimates for Papa Murphy’s’ earnings, with estimates ranging from $28.46 million to $28.75 million. Papa Murphy’s posted sales of $31.99 million in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year over year growth rate of 10.6%. The company is expected to report its next earnings report after the market closes on Wednesday, May 9th.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRSH) – Investment analysts at Jefferies Group decreased their Q3 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Papa Murphy’s in a report issued on Wednesday, May 9th. Jefferies Group analyst A. Barish now expects that the company will post earnings per share of ($0.01) for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $0.04. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Papa Murphy’s’ Q4 2018 earnings at $0.15 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $0.39 EPS.

Top Value Stocks To Watch For 2019: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Idexx Laboratories (IDXX) , XPO Logistics (XPO) , Diamondback Energy (FANG) and Illinois Tool Works (ITW) .

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    ARecode article in December made waves when it asserted that Home Depot was considering acquiringXPO Logistics(NYSE:XPO), the U.S. leader in last-mile delivery of heavy goods like furniture and appliances. Home Depot already has a close relationship with XPO, naming it its Mid-Size Truckload Carrier of the year in 2015, and was reportedly interested in acquiring it in part to keep it out of the hands of Amazon, which has been ramping up efforts to sell products like furniture, and is also an XPO customer.

  • [By ]

    TheStreet’s founder and Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer said XPO Logistics (XPO) is a remarkable company.

    Cramer said UPS (UPS) has labor problems and people think FedEx (FDX) is expensive. “XPO has got a lot of things that they can do,” Cramer said. “They’re in M&A mode.”

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Paychex (PAYX) , Martin Marietta Materials (MLM) and XPO Logistics (XPO) .

    Cramer was bearish on 3M (MMM) , Fitbit (FIT) and Granite Construction (GVA) .

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    TheStreet’s founder and Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer analyzes Thursday’s trending stocks from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange including Macy’s (M) , Amazon (AMZN) , Etsy (ETSY) , XPO Logistics (XPO) and Groupon (GRPN) . 

Top Value Stocks To Watch For 2019: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.(CDNS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Shares of Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ:CDNS) jumped on Tuesday after the provider of design solutions for integrated circuits and electronic devices reported its first-quarter results. The company beat analyst estimates for both revenue and earnings, and it provided guidance that came in above analyst expectations. As of 1 p.m. EDT, the stock was up about 9.5%.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Southwest Airlines Inc. (NYSE: LUV) canceled flights across the country in order to inspect the engines of 40 different airplanes. The inspections come a week after a mid-air engine explosion caused the first U.S. air fatality since 2009. Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon breaks down the aftermath of the accident, and explains what it means for both Southwest and Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA).
    The price of Bitcoin pushed back toward $9,000 as the post-tax season breakout continues for the cryptocurrency markets. The total value of the global cryptocurrency market topped $400 billion this morning, a significant recovery from the massive downturn that occurred in the first quarter. As we explained on Saturday, now may be the best time to buy Bitcoin since July 2013. That month was when Money MorningDefense and Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson went on live television with a bold prediction forBitcoin (BTC), which would be followed by 25,351% gains at the peak of the cryptocurrency’s run. Find out where Bitcoin is heading next, right here.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: GOOGL, LUV, HAS
    Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) leads another busy day of earnings reports on Monday. Wall Street anticipates that the online media giant will report earnings per share (EPS) of $9.21 on top of $24.29 billion in revenue.
    Hasbro Inc. (NYSE: HAS) slumped more than 7.6% in pre-market hours after the company reported earnings. The toymaker reported adjusted EPS of $0.10, well short of the $0.33 expected on Wall Street. The firm also reported weaker-than-expected revenue for the quarter. The firm named Toys ‘R Us as a central reason for poor showing – the company recently liquidated its stores, impacting Hasbro Inc.’s (Nasdaq: HAS) bottom lines.
    Look for earnings reports from Halliburton Co.(NYSE: HAL), Alaska Air Group Inc.(NYSE: ALK), Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE: WHR), TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: AMTD), Kimberley-Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB), Cadence Design Syst

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares jumped 104.82 percent to close at $14.87 on Tuesday.
    EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV) rose 31.25 percent to close at $1.06. The pay-TV home shopping company was named as a potential acquisition target by TechCrunch. According to the publication, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is exploring ways of marketing its products and services to consumers beyond the internet.
    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) shares climbed 27.16 percent to close at $4.26 on Tuesday.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) gained 27.09 percent to close at $3.80. Atossa Genetics disclosed that it has Received positive interim review from the Independent Safety Committee in Phase 1 Topical endoxifen dose escalation study in men.
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) surged 17.13 percent to close at $37.95 as the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) shares gained 15.91 percent to close at $18.21 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares jumped 15.73 percent to close at $7.58 on Tuesday after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares gained 14.62 percent to close at $31.75 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE: TIS) jumped 12.86 percent to close at $7.37. Orchids Paper Products is expected to report its Q1 financial results on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) rose 12.8 percent to close at $7.05 following strong quarterly results.
    Avid Bioservices, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDMO) rose 12.72 percent to close at $3.81.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) gained 12.61 percent to close at $5.00.
    Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBLN) rose 12.39 percent to close at $3.72.
    NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT) shares climbed 11.88 percent to close at $7
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares rose 15.2 percent to $31.90 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) rose 12.4 percent to $41.30 in pre-market trading after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong Q2 forecast.
    Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGLE) rose 10.8 percent to $8.75 in pre-market trading.
    Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ: MITL) rose 8.8 percent to $11.05 in pre-market trading after the company agreed to be acquired by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for $2.0 billion.
    Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT) rose 7.3 percent to $3.70 in pre-market trading.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares rose 6.9 percent to $7.00 in pre-market trading after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: HALL) rose 6.5 percent to $10.68 in pre-market trading.
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) rose 5.2 percent to $20.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.53 percent on Monday.
    New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU) rose 5 percent to $91.16 in pre-market trading after reporting Q3 results.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) rose 5 percent to $167.98 in pre-market trading after Bloomberg reported that Takeda is nearing a preliminary agreement to acquire Shire after sweetened bid.
    Outfront Media Inc. (NYSE: OUT) shares rose 5 percent to $19.00 in pre-market trading.
    Geron Corporation (NASDAQ: GERN) rose 4.3 percent to $4.18 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.80 percent on Monday.
    SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) rose 3.7 percent to $109.80 in pre-market trading after the company posted strong quarterly results and raised its outlook for the year.
    Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL) shares rose 3.7 percent to $8.70 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.45 percent on Monday.
    Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (NYSE: D
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) shares rose 35.8 percent to $4.55.
    EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV) gained 28.8 percent to $1.04. The pay-TV home shopping company was named as a potential acquisition target by TechCrunch. According to the publication, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is exploring ways of marketing its products and services to consumers beyond the internet.
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares surged 19.1 percent to $33.00 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) gained 14.9 percent to $37.22 as the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) shares climbed 14 percent to $17.90 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) climbed 14 percent to $7.12 following strong quarterly results.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) gained 13.6 percent to $8.25.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) rose 11.8 percent to $3.34. Atossa Genetics disclosed that it has Received positive interim review from the Independent Safety Committee in Phase 1 Topical endoxifen dose escalation study in men.
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) gained 11.6 percent to $40.99 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong Q2 forecast.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) climbed 11.2 percent to $4.9363.
    Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ: MITL) rose 10.5 percent to $11.23 after the company agreed to be acquired by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for $2.0 billion.
    Systemax Inc. (NYSE: SYX) rose 10.2 percent to $30.86. Sidoti & Co. upgraded Systemax from Neutral to Buy.
    Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE: TIS) surged 9.2 percent to $7.13. Orchids Paper Products is expected to report its Q1 financial results on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU) rose

Ackman Has a Point About United Technologies Corporation Stock

Here we go again. Activist investor Bill Ackman is calling for another company breakup as a means of “unlocking value.” The target this time? Government contractor United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). Owners of UTX stock have a right to be worried, not so much because Ackman is wrong (he may well be right), but because the activist investor and hedge fund manager can cause more than a little chaos when he gets involved.

The 2010 split-up of Fortune Brands is one example. Though it eventually paid off, creating Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (NYSE:FBHS) among other stand-alone companies, like Jim Beam and Titleist, it was a rough road to traverse. In the meantime, his involvement with Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) took a disastrous turn in 2015. The company is still digging itself out of a hole Ackman helped dig.

Point being, current and prospective owners of UTX stock have no idea what they’re going to get with Ackman’s involvement.

If you can look past the Bill Ackman reputation, though, and judge the idea solely on its merits, you may find an idea that wouldn’t have mattered just a few years ago is spot-on today.

United Technologies Does That?

If the premise rings a bell, it may be because Daniel Loeb, chief of hedge fund Third Point, has been singing a similar song for several days now. Loeb’s fund took on a sizeable stake in UTX stock several weeks ago and, earlier this month, in a letter (mostly) to Third Point investors, he explained United Technologies would be better served by splitting up.

Loeb’s call echoed something Ackman has intimated for weeks, but explicitly said during a conference call on Tuesday: “The management here has put together three outstanding businesses and built them to significant scale. We think each business would trade at a very attractive valuation and, more importantly, operate more effectively as independent companies.”

United Technologies currently operates three distinct and oddly disparate divisions. Most investors are familiar with its government contracting work. Most investors may not realize, however, that the company is also the name behind Otis elevators and the maker of climate control equipment. The impending deal to purchase Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE:COL) will fold in nicely with United Technologies’ aerospace and defense division, but it’s a complicated melding nonetheless.

More important, it’s now clear what Ackman’s got in mind for the 1.9 million shares of UTX stock his fund, Pershing Square, acquired during the first quarter.

He’s Got a Point

It was a self-serving comment to be sure, but Ackman’s observation that “other than Berkshire Hathaway, conglomerates have not had a great track record” wasn’t an incorrect one. It only takes a quick glance at General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) to see how this is true, and only a slightly longer thought to realize why this is true.

There was a point in time when size and scale meant different kinds of business under the same umbrella could share expenses and cross-market products to one division’s customers. The old PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP), when it still owned the three restaurant chains that became Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM), comes to mind. They were largely aiming at the same set of consumers in the same way.

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There’s a reason PepsiCo and Yum! Brands decided to split, though, just like there’s a reason General Electric is at least mulling the sale of some of its divisions.

That reason? Those different divisions can now use the speed of the internet and the power of real-time information to achieve maximum efficiency. The presence of unrelated business within and outside of the boardroom really is a distraction.

Bottom Line on UTX Stock

So, is an impending split-up a reason to buy into UTX stock? No, and the growing interest of Bill Ackman isn’t a reason to sell it either. A break-up is inevitable sooner or later — and likely sooner rather than later. If not pressed by Ackman and Loeb, someone else would have. There’s just not a good enough reason to be under the same umbrella anymore — in a world without information or time constraints and in a world without any significant geographical constraints.

Rather, the time to make any buy/sell decisions on United Technologies is if-and-when it splits into three parts. It’ll be much easier to judge the merits of each arm then when we can at least see their books. Until then, it’s all just speculation.

As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can follow him on Twitter

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Watch Right Now

Source: ThinkstockDecember 27, 2017: The S&P 500 closed flat at 2,682.58. The DJIA closed flat at 24,774.16. Separately, the Nasdaq was relatively flat at 6,939.34.

Wednesday was a relatively mixed day for the markets on low volume. While the exchanges did not hit new highs they are easily within striking distance. Crude oil was down on the day, but it is less than a dollar away from reaching $60. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly positive. The best performing sectors were utilities and real estate, both up 0.4%. The worst performing sectors were consumer discretionary and energy down 0.2% and 0.4%, respectively.

Crude oil was down 0.7% at $59.57.

Gold was up 0.4% at $1,292.30.

The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Macys, Inc. (NYSE: M) which traded down about over 4% at $25.64. The stocks 52-week range is $17.41 to $36.93. Volume was over 9 million versus the daily average of 14.2 million shares.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Watch Right Now: Rockwell Medical Technologies Inc.(RMTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Gold Stocks To Watch Right Now: Cellcom Israel Ltd.(CEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday afternoon, the health care shares rose 1.79 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Partner Communications Company Ltd. (NASDAQ: PTNR), up 8 percent, and Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE: CEL) up 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Natural Health Trends Corp (NASDAQ: NHTC) fell 7.8 percent to $19.80 in pre-market trading after rising 1.46 percent on Friday.
    Endocyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECYT) shares fell 6.6 percent to $11.41 in pre-market trading after climbing 4.18 percent on Friday.
    Quorum Health Corporation (NYSE: QHC) shares fell 6.2 percent to $5.15 in pre-market trading after tumbling 11.45 percent on Friday.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: RKDA) fell 6.1 percent to $7.31 in pre-market trading after declining 3.35 percent on Friday.
    Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) fell 5.6 percent to $28.30 in pre-market trading.
    Evofem Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVFM) fell 5.3 percent to $6.06 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.73 percent on Friday.
    Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) shares fell 5.2 percent to $28.60 in pre-market trading. Xerox terminated its transaction agreement with Fujifilm and entered into a new agreement with Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason. JP Morgan downgraded Xerox from Overweight to Neutral.
    Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE: CEL) fell 5.2 percent to $7.02 in pre-market trading. Cellcom is expected to release Q1 results on May 30, 2018.
    Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) fell 4.5 percent to $74 in pre-market trading.
    Nabriva Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ: NBRV) shares fell 4 percent to $4.66 in pre-market trading

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Watch Right Now: American Airlines Group, Inc.(AAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    For more than three years, the Partnership for Open and Fair Skies — an airline industry trade group sponsored by American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL), Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL), and United Continental (NYSE:UAL) — has aggressively lobbied the U.S. government to halt the expansion of fast-growing Gulf airlines Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $34.66 billion.
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $5.24 billion.
    United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.55 per share on revenue of $16.44 billion.
    Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.74 per share on revenue of $7.91 billion.
    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $8.81 billion.
    PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.93 per share on revenue of $12.4 billion.
    American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $10.42 billion.
    Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $5.01 billion.
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $34.52 billion.
    Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.66 per share on revenue of $5.38 billion.
    D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $3.76 billion.
    The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.4 per share on revenue of $1.94 billion.
    Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.56 per share on revenue of $2.94 billion.
    Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $4.63 billion.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.54 per share on revenue of $3.72 billion.
    Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) is projected to report quarter
  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    More evidence of strength in the contractors can be seen in a uptick in both government and private contracts. Boeing might be winner of the most high-profile and sizable agreements, recently winning both a $3.9 billion contract to modernize the Air Force One fleet as well as a deal with American Airlines Group Inc (NYSE: AAL) for 47 planes valued at $12 billion.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Watch Right Now: Layne Christensen Company(LAYN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Headlines about Layne Christensen (NASDAQ:LAYN) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Layne Christensen earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the construction company an impact score of 45.8722865003839 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Watch Right Now: CrossAmerica Partners LP(CAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on CrossAmerica Partners (CAPL)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    CrossAmerica Partners (NYSE:CAPL) – Research analysts at Jefferies Group reduced their FY2018 earnings estimates for CrossAmerica Partners in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, May 9th. Jefferies Group analyst C. Mandeville now forecasts that the oil and gas company will earn $0.24 per share for the year, down from their previous forecast of $0.32. Jefferies Group currently has a “Buy” rating and a $28.00 target price on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for CrossAmerica Partners’ Q1 2019 earnings at $0.07 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.13 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.14 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $0.42 EPS.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Watch Right Now: Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc.(CNSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL) is one of 74 public companies in the “Telephone communication, except radio” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Consolidated Communications to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

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

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

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Watch Right Now: MediWound Ltd.(MDWD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    After looking at this week’s penny stock gainers, we’ll give you that leg up with one of our top-rated penny stocks from our proprietary stock ranking system…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price (March 26) Last Week’s Gain
    Cartesian Inc. (OTCMKTS: CRTN) $0.39 170.69%
    Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. (Nasdaq: OMEX) $8.76 135.90%
    iFresh Inc. (Nasdaq: IFMK) $8.25 64.64%
    China Auto Logistics Inc. (Nasdaq: CALI) $4.68 47.43%
    National American University Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: NAUH) $1.20 39.29%
    Document Security Systems Inc. (NYSE: DSS) $1.58 33.91%
    Blonder Tongue Labs Inc. (NYSE: BDR) $0.77 33.90%
    CareDx Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNA) $7.49 29.88%
    Mediwound Ltd. (Nasdaq: MDWD) $5.10 26.51%
    New York & Co. Inc. (NYSE: NWY) $3.37 26.35%

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Top 10 Gold Stocks To Watch Right Now: NTT DOCOMO, Inc(DCM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Bank of Hawaii bought a new position in NTT Docomo Inc (NYSE:DCM) in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 8,664 shares of the technology company’s stock, valued at approximately $222,000.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Watch Right Now: United Technologies Corporation(UTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Paul Ausick]

    United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) traded up 1.23% at $134.45. The stock’s 52-week range is $106.85 to $135.79. Volume was about 15% above the daily average of around 3 million shares. The company had no specific news today, but Monday’s Goldman Sachs ratings upgrade to Buy with a $50 bump in the target price to $173 is still paying off for UTC.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    HL Financial Services LLC decreased its position in shares of United Technologies Co. (NYSE:UTX) by 9.2% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 29,888 shares of the conglomerate’s stock after selling 3,037 shares during the quarter. HL Financial Services LLC’s holdings in United Technologies were worth $3,760,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Daiwa Securities Group Inc. raised its holdings in shares of United Technologies Co. (NYSE:UTX) by 10.1% in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 63,924 shares of the conglomerate’s stock after purchasing an additional 5,852 shares during the quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc.’s holdings in United Technologies were worth $8,042,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

The Best is Yet to Come For United Technologies

Construction and aerospace company United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) is a good stock for investors willing to take a longer-view on matters. While the company’s near-term earnings growth expectations are nothing to write home about, the company is positioning itself for strong long-term growth and management can take corporate action in order to generate value for investors. Let’s take a closer look a why United Technologies is an attractive stock.

UTX EV to EBITDA (TTM) Chart

UTX EV to EBITDA (TTM) data by YCharts

The value pick in the multi-industrial sector

As you can see in the chart of EV to EBITDA above, United Technologies is the cheapest stock in its peer group, and it’s worth noting that Finland’s KONE and Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE:IR) are key competitors in elevators and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), respectively. Spirit AeroSystems also competes with UTC’s Aerospace Systems (UTAS). Perhaps the reason for United Technologies valuation discount is that the market isn’t attracted by analyst forecast for just 6.3% EPS growth for in 2018, not least because it comes after a year of flat EPS growth.

But here’s the thing. EPS is forecast to grow by slightly more than 10% in 2019 and every one of the company’s segments looks set to improve profitability in the future. Here are four reasons why the stock can rise.

an analyst working on his netbook

United Technologies Corporation stock would suit a patient investor. Image source: Getty Images.

A break up could add value

First, CEO Greg Hayes has promised investors he was looking at strategic options that could be taken after the acquisition of Rockwell Collins (NYSE:COL). As discussed previously, investors need to make a multitude of risk/reward calculations, across all four of its segments, before feeling fully comfortable buying the stock.

A break up would allow investors to make focused investments in the constituent parts. Speaking on the first-quarter earnings call, Hayes reiterated that he would defer discussions on the portfolio “until after the Collins transaction is completed mid-year” — something to look out for. As you can see above the company’s overall valuation is below that of competitors in each segment, suggesting the new companies could receive an individual rating higher than when they trade as part of United Technologies.

Climate, controls, and security segment

Second, the CCS segment looks set for strong growth in the coming years. As you can see below CCS (which contains HVAC company Carrier) and competitor Ingersoll-Rand (Trane) are both growing sale and orders at high rates. Granted CCS margin is coming under pressure from rising raw material costs (particularly steel) and Ingersoll-Rand is doing a better job on margin, but history shows that raw material prices are cyclical in nature and increases should moderate in the future.

In response to rising costs, Hayes said CCS had “additional price increases lined up for the rest of the year.” This should help margins. Thinking longer-term, CFO Akhil Johri argued that the housing boom that started in 2000 means there will strong replacement demand for HVAC equipment in the coming years. He estimated the typical lifecycle for split air-conditioners is 15 to 18 years.

united technologies and ingersoll-rand climate focused segment sales and orders growth

Data source: Company presentations. Chart by author.

Otis long-term service offering

Third, Otis has an opportunity to improve its service offering, not least on its own equipment in China — the world’s largest market for elevators. Moreover, management has been driving at increasing equipment market share in China, in order to benefit from more profitable long-term service revenue.

Unfortunately, the China elevator market is in decline. Although Otis has been winning back equipment market share, it’s faced severe pricing pressure in an intensely competitive market characterized by multiple competitors. The good news is Johri suggested ” price is stabilizing” in China, but the “bad news is that there is still negative pressure on the margin because the cost increases are greater than the price increases that we can get on the market.”

Focusing on the longer-term, it appears that pricing conditions are stabilizing and if raw material price increases moderate then Otis could start to increase margin again. Hayes previously outlined that it would be a multi-year effort before the full benefits would be seen but Otis is on the right track.

Aerospace set to grow strongly

Fourth, the aviation-focused segments (Pratt & Whitney and United Aerospace Systems, or UTAS) had a good end to 2017 and momentum has been maintained in 2018. In-line with what Honeywell and General Electric reported, UTAS commercial aftermarket sales were strong with 16% organic growth in the first-quarter. In the long-term aftermarket sales should grow in-line with passenger traffic.

In addition, commercial original equipment (OE) sales are likely to pick up in the future. The current weakness is due to a raft of new aircraft programs pressuring sales on legacy aircraft.

united technologies aerospace systems sales growth

Data source: United Technologies Corporation presentations. Chart by author.

Pratt & Whitney also reported strong commercial aftermarket sales (up 18% organically) and geared turbofan (GTF) production remains on track for 2018 — Hayes noted that the GTF had seven years worth of backlog in place with “more than 9000 total firm option orders to date for the engine.”The GTF — one of the two engine options for the Airbus A320 neo — and its long-stream of aftermarket and service revenue is the key to Pratt & Whitney’s long-term profit generation.

A bright future for United Technologies

All told the best is yet to come for the company. Each of its segments has positive long-term prospects and even if the market doesn’t wake up to the long-term prospects in terms of valuing the company in-line with its peers, then management could engineer a break up in order to create value for shareholders. It’s an attractive investment, but it will require patience.

The Best is Yet to Come For United Technologies

Construction and aerospace company United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) is a good stock for investors willing to take a longer-view on matters. While the company’s near-term earnings growth expectations are nothing to write home about, the company is positioning itself for strong long-term growth and management can take corporate action in order to generate value for investors. Let’s take a closer look a why United Technologies is an attractive stock.

UTX EV to EBITDA (TTM) Chart

UTX EV to EBITDA (TTM) data by YCharts

The value pick in the multi-industrial sector

As you can see in the chart of EV to EBITDA above, United Technologies is the cheapest stock in its peer group, and it’s worth noting that Finland’s KONE and Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE:IR) are key competitors in elevators and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), respectively. Spirit AeroSystems also competes with UTC’s Aerospace Systems (UTAS). Perhaps the reason for United Technologies valuation discount is that the market isn’t attracted by analyst forecast for just 6.3% EPS growth for in 2018, not least because it comes after a year of flat EPS growth.

But here’s the thing. EPS is forecast to grow by slightly more than 10% in 2019 and every one of the company’s segments looks set to improve profitability in the future. Here are four reasons why the stock can rise.

an analyst working on his netbook

United Technologies Corporation stock would suit a patient investor. Image source: Getty Images.

A break up could add value

First, CEO Greg Hayes has promised investors he was looking at strategic options that could be taken after the acquisition of Rockwell Collins (NYSE:COL). As discussed previously, investors need to make a multitude of risk/reward calculations, across all four of its segments, before feeling fully comfortable buying the stock.

A break up would allow investors to make focused investments in the constituent parts. Speaking on the first-quarter earnings call, Hayes reiterated that he would defer discussions on the portfolio “until after the Collins transaction is completed mid-year” — something to look out for. As you can see above the company’s overall valuation is below that of competitors in each segment, suggesting the new companies could receive an individual rating higher than when they trade as part of United Technologies.

Climate, controls, and security segment

Second, the CCS segment looks set for strong growth in the coming years. As you can see below CCS (which contains HVAC company Carrier) and competitor Ingersoll-Rand (Trane) are both growing sale and orders at high rates. Granted CCS margin is coming under pressure from rising raw material costs (particularly steel) and Ingersoll-Rand is doing a better job on margin, but history shows that raw material prices are cyclical in nature and increases should moderate in the future.

In response to rising costs, Hayes said CCS had “additional price increases lined up for the rest of the year.” This should help margins. Thinking longer-term, CFO Akhil Johri argued that the housing boom that started in 2000 means there will strong replacement demand for HVAC equipment in the coming years. He estimated the typical lifecycle for split air-conditioners is 15 to 18 years.

united technologies and ingersoll-rand climate focused segment sales and orders growth

Data source: Company presentations. Chart by author.

Otis long-term service offering

Third, Otis has an opportunity to improve its service offering, not least on its own equipment in China — the world’s largest market for elevators. Moreover, management has been driving at increasing equipment market share in China, in order to benefit from more profitable long-term service revenue.

Unfortunately, the China elevator market is in decline. Although Otis has been winning back equipment market share, it’s faced severe pricing pressure in an intensely competitive market characterized by multiple competitors. The good news is Johri suggested ” price is stabilizing” in China, but the “bad news is that there is still negative pressure on the margin because the cost increases are greater than the price increases that we can get on the market.”

Focusing on the longer-term, it appears that pricing conditions are stabilizing and if raw material price increases moderate then Otis could start to increase margin again. Hayes previously outlined that it would be a multi-year effort before the full benefits would be seen but Otis is on the right track.

Aerospace set to grow strongly

Fourth, the aviation-focused segments (Pratt & Whitney and United Aerospace Systems, or UTAS) had a good end to 2017 and momentum has been maintained in 2018. In-line with what Honeywell and General Electric reported, UTAS commercial aftermarket sales were strong with 16% organic growth in the first-quarter. In the long-term aftermarket sales should grow in-line with passenger traffic.

In addition, commercial original equipment (OE) sales are likely to pick up in the future. The current weakness is due to a raft of new aircraft programs pressuring sales on legacy aircraft.

united technologies aerospace systems sales growth

Data source: United Technologies Corporation presentations. Chart by author.

Pratt & Whitney also reported strong commercial aftermarket sales (up 18% organically) and geared turbofan (GTF) production remains on track for 2018 — Hayes noted that the GTF had seven years worth of backlog in place with “more than 9000 total firm option orders to date for the engine.”The GTF — one of the two engine options for the Airbus A320 neo — and its long-stream of aftermarket and service revenue is the key to Pratt & Whitney’s long-term profit generation.

A bright future for United Technologies

All told the best is yet to come for the company. Each of its segments has positive long-term prospects and even if the market doesn’t wake up to the long-term prospects in terms of valuing the company in-line with its peers, then management could engineer a break up in order to create value for shareholders. It’s an attractive investment, but it will require patience.