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Top Value Stocks To Own For 2021

Ternium (NYSE:TX) is one of the leading steel manufacturers in South America. Thanks to its broad manufacturing facilities and equipment, the company processes different kinds of steel products, like flat steel, long steel and others, for a wide range of customers from different industries. It also has 16 subsidiaries in countries like Mexico, Columbia, Guatemala and even the US.

Last week, Ternium reported its earnings for Q1, which showed that the company made considerable progress in fulfilling its orders and executing the management plan. However, before deep-diving into the results, I think it would be better if I highlight the results for FY16 that were reported in February first, so that potential investors could understand the full story about Ternium and my bullish thesis behind it.

As we can see from the graphs below, net sales for 2016 were down by 8% at $7.224 million, while steel shipments increased by 2% to $9.764 million. At the same time, the company managed to improve its EBIDTA to $1.5 billion with the margin on it of 21%. But the most important part was the enormous growth of net income from $59.8 million to $706.9 million, thanks to the liquidation of some assets and the improvement of its business processes.

Top Value Stocks To Own For 2021: Taylor Morrison Home Corporation(TMHC)

Taylor Morrison Home Corporation, incorporated on November 15, 2012, is a real estate development company, with a portfolio of lifestyle and master-planned communities. The Company is engaged in the business of residential homebuilding and the development of lifestyle communities with operations geographically focused in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Texas and its acquired divisions in Georgia, Illinois and North Carolina. The Company operates under the Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes brand names. It also provides financial services to customers through its mortgage subsidiary, Taylor Morrison Home Funding, LLC (TMHF) and title insurance and closing settlement services through its title company, Inspired Title Services, LLC (Inspired Title). The Company’s business is organized into over 15 operating divisions aggregated into three homebuilding segments, East, Central and West, and its Mortgage Operations segment, which includes the activities of TMHF and Inspired Title. These segments are engaged in the business of acquiring and developing land, constructing homes, marketing and selling those homes, and providing warranty and customer service.

Homebuilding Operations

The Company offers a range of designs through its single-family detached and attached product lines. In addition to move-up products, the Company’s portfolio also includes entry-level, luxury and 55 or better products. The Company serves all generational groups through its products and focuses on the needs of homebuyers. It operates as community developers. Community development includes the acquisition and development of communities that may include planning and entitlement approvals and completing construction of off-site and on-site utilities and infrastructure. In some communities, it operates as merchant builders, in which case, it acquires fully planned and entitled lots and may construct on-site improvements but normally do not construct off-site utility or infrastructure improvements.

The Company develops a range of communities, which include golf courses, as well as community centers. It also has investments in, and is participants in various joint ventures with related and unrelated parties to develop land and master-planned communities. It develops a number of home designs with features, such as single-story, ranch style living, split bedroom plans and first floor master bedroom suites. The Company’s East segment operates in Atlanta, Charlotte, North Florida, Raleigh, and West Florida; Central segment operates in Austin, Dallas, Houston (which includes a Taylor Morrison division and a Darling Homes division); West segment operates in Bay Area, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, Sacramento, and Southern California.

Mortgage Operations

TMHF provides a number of mortgage-related services to the Company’s customers through its mortgage lending operations. The communities in its homebuilding segments offer single-family attached and detached homes.

TMHF operates as a mortgage banker and conducts its business as a Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Full Eagle lender. TMHF funds mortgage loans utilizing warehouse credit line facilities.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Taylor Morrison Home Corp (NYSE:TMHC) shares hit a new 52-week low on Wednesday . The stock traded as low as $16.63 and last traded at $16.56, with a volume of 1088619 shares. The stock had previously closed at $16.91.

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Top Value Stocks To Own For 2021: Visa Inc.(V)

Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, merchants, financial institutions, businesses, strategic partners and government entities in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We enable global commerce through the transfer of value and information among these participants. Our advanced transaction processing network facilitates authorization, clearing and settlement of payment transactions and enables us to provide our financial institution and merchant clients a wide range of products, platforms and value-added services. Our vision is to be the best way to pay and be paid for everyone, everywhere.   Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Altogether, there are 41 such companies — and, perhaps not too surprisingly, the list includes such giants as Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Visa (NYSE: V) and Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO). But these mega-caps are also significantly larger what we’re after in my premium newsletter, Game-Changing Stocks. Hence, as my last step, I selected the smallest five companies on the list. Here they are.

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    Then there’s Visa (NYSE: V), which we snagged in December 2016. A company with thick margins, robust revenue growth, and which consistently churned out free cash flow. All this well-known network operator has done for us is more than double our money, up 105% compared to the S&P 500’s 28% return. 

Top Value Stocks To Own For 2021: MIND C.T.I. Ltd.(MNDO)

MIND C.T.I. Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, implements, and markets real-time and off-line billing and customer care software solutions in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe, and Israel. The company offers billing and customer care solution that supports services, such as voice, data, and content services, as well as prepaid, postpaid, and pay-in-advance payment models in a single platform. Its solution also includes a workflow engine to support the implementation of business processes, including subscriber registration, order management, trouble ticket, and debt collection; and an integral point of sale solution that covers all dealer, store and cashier management, and sales processes. In addition, the company offers professional services comprising installation, turnkey project implementation services, customer support, training and maintenance services, software and process customization, and project management, as well as managed services, including day to day billing operational tasks primarily to its billing and customer care customers. Further, it provides call management systems comprising PhonEX and MEIPS, which collects, records, and stores call information in a customized database; and enterprise software products, such as PhonEX-Ten and PhonEX-ONE that are used by corporations for telecom expense management, call accounting, traffic analysis, and fraud detection. The company offers its products directly; and through network equipment vendors and systems integrators, and resellers primarily to communication providers, such as traditional wireline and wireless, voice over IP, broadband IP network operators, LTE operators, cable operators, and mobile virtual network operators. MIND C.T.I. Ltd. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Yokneam Illit, Israel.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top Value Stocks To Own For 2021: Newfield Exploration Company(NFX)

Newfield Exploration Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. Its principal areas of operation include the Anadarko and Arkoma basins of Oklahoma, the Williston Basin of North Dakota, the Uinta Basin of Utah, and the Maverick and Gulf Coast basins of Texas. The company also holds offshore oil developments in China. As of December 31, 2015, it had proved reserves of approximately 509 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Newfield Exploration Co. (NYSE:NFX) – Stock analysts at B. Riley upped their Q3 2018 earnings estimates for shares of Newfield Exploration in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday, October 9th. B. Riley analyst R. Rashid now expects that the energy company will post earnings per share of $0.87 for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.82. B. Riley also issued estimates for Newfield Exploration’s Q4 2018 earnings at $1.09 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $3.72 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $1.07 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $1.20 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $1.62 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $5.27 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $1.72 EPS, Q3 2020 earnings at $1.90 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $7.49 EPS.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    However, while the entire sector looks undervalued, two sticks stand out as being insanely cheap versus their peers: EQT Corp. (NYSE:EQT) and Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX). Value investors will want to take a closer look at these two energy companies.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BRITISH COLUMBIA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT Corp lessened its holdings in Newfield Exploration Co. (NYSE:NFX) by 21.5% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 84,982 shares of the energy company’s stock after selling 23,320 shares during the quarter. BRITISH COLUMBIA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT Corp’s holdings in Newfield Exploration were worth $2,571,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top Value Stocks To Own For 2021: Pinnacle West Capital Corporation(PNW)

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides retail and wholesale electric services primarily in the State of Arizona. The company involves in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity through coal, nuclear, gas and oil, and solar resources. It also offers energy-related products and services, such as energy master planning, energy use consultation and facility audits, cogeneration analysis and installation, and project management with a focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy to commercial and industrial retail customers in the western United States. In addition, the company owns minority interests in various energy-related investments and Arizona community-based ventures; and develops residential, commercial, and industrial real estate projects in Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, and Utah. As of December 31, 2010, it owned or leased approximately 6,290 mega watts of regulated generation capacity; and serviced approximately 1.1 million customers. Pinnacle West Capital Corporation was founded in 1920 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Pinnacle West Capital Corp  (NYSE:PNW)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 22, 2019, 11:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
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    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Pinnacle West Capital (NYSE:PNW) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, August 3rd. The utilities provider reported $1.48 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.44 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $974.12 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $939.59 million. Pinnacle West Capital had a return on equity of 9.12% and a net margin of 12.95%. The company’s revenue was up 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.49 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that Pinnacle West Capital Co. will post 4.45 earnings per share for the current year.

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2019

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Renewable energy is set to go from strength to strength in coming years and it will be generating 50% of global electricity by 2050, according to one of the most authoritative voices in clean energy.

However, President Trump&a;rsquo;s battle to save the coal industry looks doomed, with coal-powered generation set to make up just 11% of global electricity generation by the middle of the century, down from 38% today, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Its New Energy Outlook (NEO) 2018 says that the continuing fall in the cost of batteries will massively increase the ability the ability to store off-peak electricity and sell it when demand is high, which will enable renewable technologies &a;ndash; particularly wind and solar projects – to take an increasing share of the electricity market. This will create a $548 billion battery market, with total investment in clean energy between now and 2050 set to reach $11.5 trillion.

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2019: Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(BRK.A)

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    Billionaire investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)  , Warren Buffett, has never been a fan of cryptocurrency, but his latest assault on the digital asset is arguably his toughest yet. In an interview on CNBC Monday, Buffett said bitcoin is “probably rat poison squared.” Buffett had previously argued that bitcoin is a gamble more than it is an investment and that the cryptocurrency would almost surely come to a “bad ending.” On Monday, Buffett said, “[Bitcoin] itself is creating nothing. When you’re buying nonproductive assets, all you’re counting on is the next person is going to pay you more because they’re even more excited about another next person coming along.” Buffett’s comments, which were made after Berkshire’s annual shareholder meeting on Saturday, followed a similar sentiment from his second-in-command, Charlie Munger, who said crypto trading is “just dementia.”

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Align Technology (ALGN) , Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)   (BRK.B) , Criticare Systems Inc.  (CMD) , Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO) , IAC Interactive (IAC) and CoreSite Realty (COR) .

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    With Wall Street waiting on pins and needles to see how Amazon (AMZN) will enter the healthcare space via a tie-up with Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) (BRK.B) and JP Morgan Chase (JPM) , there is no denying a move into the pharmacy space could serve up big-time disruption. 

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2019: NewJersey Resources Corporation(NJR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Prudential Financial Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of New Jersey Resources Co. (NYSE:NJR) by 116.9% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 172,203 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 92,819 shares during the period. Prudential Financial Inc.’s holdings in New Jersey Resources were worth $6,905,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    New Jersey Resources (NYSE:NJR) had its price objective upped by equities research analysts at Argus from $45.00 to $49.00 in a report released on Wednesday. The brokerage presently has a “buy” rating on the utilities provider’s stock. Argus’ target price suggests a potential upside of 9.74% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $3.46 billion.
    Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.8 per share on revenue of $2.93 billion.
    American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AXL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $9.27 billion.
    LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPNT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
    V.F. Corporation (NYSE: VFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $2.90 billion.
    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $3.05 billion.
    Titan International, Inc. (NYSE: TWI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $407.27 million.
    Boise Cascade Company (NYSE: BCC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LNG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $1.59 billion.
    Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $308.05 million.
    ITT Inc. (NYSE: ITT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.73 per share on revenue of $683.96 million.
    Fred's, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.19 per share on revenue of $551.00 million.
    Virtu Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $288.31 million.
    Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: CQP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $1.38 billion.
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Top Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2019: Invesco Plc(IVZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Invesco Ltd. (NYSE: IVZ) traded down about 4.1% Monday and posted a new 52-week low of $26.37 after closing Friday at $27.51. The stock’s 52-week high is $38.43. Volume totaled about 7.1 million, more than double the daily average of around 3.3 million. The investment management firm launched a European ETF that gives investors exposure to Saudi Arabia.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    It didn’t take long for Seritage to get started. In March, it sold a 50% stake in The Mark 302 — its downtown Santa Monica project — to a unit of Invesco (NYSE:IVZ). Since then, Seritage has accelerated its efforts to form joint venture partnerships for some of its best assets, including two deals announced just this week.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2019: Navios Maritime Partners LP(NMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2019: Markel Corporation(MKL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media coverage about Markel (NYSE:MKL) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring 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 closest to one being the most favorable. Markel earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the insurance provider an impact score of 45.7080067088456 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff and Michael Douglass]

    Douglass: Right. I think that’s one of the key things to keep in mind here as a difference between this and a Markel(NYSE:MKL) or a Berkshire. This is a company that really isn’t necessarily trying to find the next great investments that are going to beat the market. What they’re mostly looking to do is invest in sectors through ETFs.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    But, of course, first, we’re going to start talking about insurance more generally, then we’ll be talking about two of our favorite insurance companies, Markel (NYSE:MKL) and Berkshire, and comparing them a little bit to White Mountains and understanding the interplay between those different investments, and how we tend to approach investing in this particular area of the market.

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2019: Visa Inc.(V)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    Mastercard and Visa Inc (NYSE:V) are working fast to enable consumers in developing economies to use QR codes, those black-and-white matrix images, to enable digital transactions. These are popular in emerging countries because they don’t require expensive hardware or a robust landline network for merchants to be able to accept card payments — only smartphones are required.

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    One of the hottest sectors in the stock market the past few years has been the payments industry, as credit card networks, payment platforms, and payment processing companies have outpaced the market. This group is exemplified by companies such as Visa Inc (NYSE:V) and PayPal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PYPL), whose shares have gained 42% and 64%, respectively, over the past 12 months. But while both have outperformed the S&P 500 index, which makes for a better investment now?

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The second-best performer among the Dow index equities so far this year is Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE), up 21.3%; followed by Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC), up 19.4%; Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), up 18.5%; and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), up 17.1%. Of the 30 Dow stocks 13 have managed to post a gain to date in 2018.

Top 5 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2018

Bank Indonesia is preparing monetary measures to restore stability to the nation’s currency and bond market hit by a selloff, signaling for the second time in less than two weeks that the central bank may hike rates.

“Bank Indonesia is in the middle of preparing firm monetary policy measures, including through the adjustment of 7-day reverse repo rate, prioritizing stabilization, to ensure market confidence and macroeconomic stability are maintained," Governor Agus Martowardojo said in a text message on Wednesday.

Indonesia’s currency, bonds and stocks are under the grip of a selloff as foreign investors exit riskier emerging markets amid a rising U.S. dollar and Treasury yields. The market rout has stoked speculation the Bank Indonesia may increase rates as early as next week when the bank’s board meets to review the monetary policy. The central bank last raised rates in November 2014.

Goldman sees Indonesia rate hike risk rising

Top 5 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2018: Flowserve Corporation(FLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Flowserve (NYSE:FLS) – Stock analysts at Seaport Global Securities boosted their Q2 2018 EPS estimates for Flowserve in a research report issued on Monday, May 14th. Seaport Global Securities analyst W. Liptak now forecasts that the industrial products company will post earnings per share of $0.35 for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of $0.31. Seaport Global Securities also issued estimates for Flowserve’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.48 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.55 EPS and FY2018 earnings at $1.64 EPS.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.45 per share on revenue of $2.89 billion.
    News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWSA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $1.99 billion.
    Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $1.19 billion.
    Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share on revenue of $2.65 billion.
    Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HE) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.38 per share on revenue of $556.81 million.
    Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $383.37 million.
    Flowserve Corporation (NYSE: FLS) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $880.89 million.
    Civitas Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: CIVI) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.12 per share on revenue of $396.25 million.
    The Trade Desk, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.1 per share on revenue of $73.23 million.
    Amdocs Limited (NYSE: DOX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.95 per share on revenue of $980.50 million.
    Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.04 per share on revenue of $220.14 million.
    Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: KLIC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.43 per share on revenue of $210.01 million.
    TiVo Corporation (NASDAQ: TIVO) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $198.62 million.
    Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated (NYSE: RBA) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $153.87 million.
    Uniti Group Inc. (NASDAQ: UNIT) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $247.16 million.
    Jagged Peak En

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL), Microsoft Corp.(Nasdaq: MSFT), and Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) received approval from the U.S. Transportation Department to begin pilot programs for drone delivery services. Missing from the list of approved companies was Amazon.com Inc.(Nasdaq: AMZN). The tech giant has long been an advocate for drone delivery, and its absence came as a surprise to the tech community. It will be a busy day for economic data announcements. Most important will be a report on inflation at 8:30 EDT. Strong price growth has picked up to start the year. This has many economists anticipating that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates to stave off additional inflation. Meanwhile, the Bank of England announced that it will hold its benchmark interest rate at 0.5%. The country is still facing economic uncertainty over Brexit.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: BKNG, SHLD, F
    A weak guidance report has shares of Booking Holdings Inc.(Nasdaq: BKNG) off 6% this morning. Although the travel site operator easily topped Wall Street earnings and revenue expectations, the firm once known as Priceline offered a weak 2018 outlook. That sent investors heading for the exits.
    Sears Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: SHLD) stock popped more than 16% on Wednesday afternoon. The news came after the embattled retail company announced plans to partner with Amazon.comto sell tires. The plan is part of the company’s broader turnaround strategy to make the retail firm profitable again. Ford Motor Co.(NYSE: F) made a stunning announcement on Wednesday. The company said that it will halt production of its F-Series pickup truck. But the move will only be temporary. A fire at a Michigan plant temporarily caused the automotive giant to run out of parts for the top-selling U.S. vehicle. The shutdown could last several weeks, although the company said it has enough parts inventory to last about 12 weeks. Look for additional earnings reports from Nvidia Corp.(Nasdaq: NVDA

Top 5 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2018: tronc, Inc. (TRNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

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

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

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

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

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

Top 5 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2018: Madison Square Garden Inc.(MSG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Cedar Fair Entertainment (NYSE: FUN) and The Madison Square Garden (NYSE:MSG) are both mid-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Silver Lake Group, L.L.C.’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Silver+Lake+Group%2C+L.L.C.

    These are the top 5 holdings of Silver Lake Group, L.L.C.GoDaddy Inc (GDDY) – 15,868,908 shares, 21.3% of the total portfolio. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA) – 3,587,218 shares, 16.52% of the total portfolio. Sabre Corp (SABR) – 30,019,094 shares, 16.43% of the total portfolio. Broadcom Ltd (AVGO) – 1,618,567 shares, 11.1% of the total portfolio. BlackLine Inc (BL) – 12,543,873 shares, 10.99% of the total portfolio. Share

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Silver Lake Group, L.L.C.’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Silver+Lake+Group%2C+L.L.C.

    These are the top 5 holdings of Silver Lake Group, L.L.C.GoDaddy Inc (GDDY) – 15,868,908 shares, 21.3% of the total portfolio. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA) – 3,587,218 shares, 16.52% of the total portfolio. Sabre Corp (SABR) – 30,019,094 shares, 16.43% of the total portfolio. Broadcom Ltd (AVGO) – 1,618,567 shares, 11.1% of the total portfolio. BlackLine Inc (BL) – 12,543,873 shares, 10.99% of the total portfolio. Share

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 5 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2018: Visa Inc.(V)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) shares gained 86.76 percent to close at $11.00 on Thursday.
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares climbed 47.06 percent to close at $7.00 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (NASDAQ: CDAY) gained 41.86 percent to close at $31.21.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares rose 26.5 percent to close at $22.20 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) jumped 24.92 percent to close at $4.06.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares climbed 23.26 percent to close at $2.65 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) rose 24.44 percent to close at $422.50 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) gained 17.75 percent to close at $18.64 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) rose 16.59 percent to close at $12.30 following Q1 results.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYME) rose 16.06 percent to close at $15.25.
    Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) shares climbed 14.5 percent to close at $121.42 as the company posted reported Q1 beat And raised FY18 outlook.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares gained 13.7 percent to close at $11.04 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 13.21 percent to close at $3.00 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) jumped 13.06 percent to close at $257.40 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    BioTelemetry,
  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    After reading through the company’s conference call, the one thing that stood out the most is how many doors the acquisition of Vocalink seems to be opening for the company. While Mastercard has long used bolt-on acquisitions to opportunistically improve its offerings, Vocalink seems to be different. Not only is it immediately accretive to Mastercard’s revenue growth, but it’s also giving the company several longer-term growth opportunities. Let’s take a closer look at what Vocalink gives Mastercard today and how it could give its parent company the upper hand over arch-rival Visa Inc (NYSE:V) in the years ahead.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    There were two big winners in 2017 and three more stocks that posted very solid gains above 40%:

    Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), up 89% Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), up 68.9% Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), up 46.1% Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), up 46.1% Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), up 42.9%.

    A stronger global economy contributed to the fortunes of at least two of these firms. while lower U.S. unemployment and improving wages helped the more consumer oriented companies post their gains.

Top 5 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2018: Winnebago Industries Inc.(WGO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Cramer was bearish on Grubhub (GRUB) , Sprint (S) , LG Homes (LGIH) , Acadia Pharmaceuticals (ACAD) , Pilgrim’s Pride (PPC) , Opko Health (OPK) , Alaska Air Group (ALK) and Winnebago Industries (WGO) .

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    WavesGo (CURRENCY:WGO) traded down 23.9% against the U.S. dollar during the one day period ending at 9:00 AM E.T. on April 21st. WavesGo has a total market capitalization of $305,137.00 and $39.00 worth of WavesGo was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One WavesGo token can currently be purchased for about $0.0328 or 0.00000376 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including Waves Decentralized Exchange and Tidex. During the last seven days, WavesGo has traded down 12.5% against the U.S. dollar.

  • [By ]

    LCI Industries (LCII) fell 5% on the day. Patrick Industries Inc. (PATK) dropped 4.24%. Thor Industries Inc. (THO) tanked 9.83%. Winnebago Industries Inc. (WGO) fell 8.85%. 

Top 5 China Stocks To Watch Right Now

What happened

Shares of Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) tumbled 10.7% last month,according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence, after reports surfaced that China may speed up its plans to increase local production of semiconductors.

China is worried about a possible trade war with the U.S. And Applied Materials investors were concerned that if China accelerates its own chip production, it could hurt the company’smanufacturing equipment, services, and software sales to semiconductor companies around the world.

So what

China has been planning to bring semiconductor manufacturing back home for years, but the country hasn’t yet been able to fully take the plunge. Chip production is part of its “Made in China 2025” initiative, which (among other things) aims to have 40% of China’s semiconductor needs produced locally by 2020.

Applied Materials is getting swept into all of this because in mid-April, news agencies reported that China might want to speed up its semiconductor plans in light of possible trade war between the U.S. and China.

Top 5 China Stocks To Watch Right Now: Visa Inc.(V)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares shot up 52 percent to $7.235 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares gained 24.2 percent to $21.80 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares rose 22 percent to $2.625 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) jumped 21.3 percent to $411.871 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 17 percent to $3.10 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) rose 15.9 percent to $18.34 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) gained 15.6 percent to $12.20 following Q1 results.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) surged 14.4 percent to $260.3901 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) gained 13.8 percent to $3.70.
    Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) rose 13.5 percent to $29.815 after reporting strong Q1 results.
    BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAT) rose 13.5 percent to $38.30 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares rose 13.1 percent to $10.985 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    SJW Group (NYSE: SJW) shares gained 11.8 percent to $63.59 following Q1 results. California Water Service Group made an offer for SJW.
    Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) climbed 9.8 percent to $278.40 following Q1 results.
    CYS Investments, Inc. (NYSE: CYS)
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 22.6 percent to $3.25 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares rose 23.2 percent to $2.65 in pre-market trading after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) rose 21.2 percent to $5.77 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed a deal to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota from Arkoma, Williston Drilling for about $620 million. The company also announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) rose 13.7 percent to $386.00 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Quantenna Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: QTNA) shares rose 12.6 percent to $14.70 in pre-market trading. Quantenna is expected to release Q1 results on April 30..
    BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAT) rose 11.1 percent to $37.50 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) rose 10.4 percent to $29.00 in pre-market trading after reporting strong Q1 results.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) rose 9.8 percent to $250.00 in pre-market trading following upbeat Q1 profit.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares rose 9.4 percent to $10.62 in pre-market trading as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    CYS Investments, Inc. (NYSE: CYS) rose 9.1 percent to $7.22 in pre-market trading after the company agreed to be acquired by Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE: TWO).
    GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC) rose 8.3 percent to $4.18 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) shares rose 7.6 percent to $251.2
  • [By Chris Lange]

    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) will release its first-quarter financial results late on Wednesday. The consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters are $1.02 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.8 billion in revenue. The same period of last year had EPS of $0.86 and $4.48 billion in revenue.

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    Mastercard and Visa Inc (NYSE:V) are working fast to enable consumers in developing economies to use QR codes, those black-and-white matrix images, to enable digital transactions. These are popular in emerging countries because they don’t require expensive hardware or a robust landline network for merchants to be able to accept card payments — only smartphones are required.

  • [By ]

    The founders of Floyd Mayweather-backed cryptocurrency firm Centra Tech have been indicted by a grand jury and accused of fraud, a U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced this week. Raymond Trapani, Sohrab Sharma and Robert Farkas allegedly planned to defraud investors through a token sale labeled as a “scheme to induce victims to invest million of dollars’ worth of digital funds for the purpose of unregistered securities.” Authorities recovered more than $60 million in funds from the founders. Centra Tech’s token sale had been endorsed by heavyweight boxer Mayweather, and the company claimed to have relationships with Visa Inc. (V) and Mastercard Inc. (MA) , which authorities said never existed.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) reported first-quarter fiscal 2018 results after markets closed Thursday. The credit card issuer posted adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.08 and revenues of $4.86 billion. In the first quarter of 2017, Visa reported adjusted EPS of $0.86 on revenues of $4.46 billion. Consensus estimates had called for EPS of $0.99 and $4.85 billion in revenue.

Top 5 China Stocks To Watch Right Now: Enviva Partners, LP(EVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Enviva Partners (NYSE:EVA) had its price objective trimmed by Royal Bank of Canada to $33.00 in a research note issued to investors on Monday. The firm currently has an outperform rating on the energy company’s stock.

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Typically when a company experiences an “act of God” event like a fire or a flood, investors can shrug off the issue. This past quarter, though, a fire at one of Enviva Partners’ (NYSE:EVA) export terminals exposed something incredibly important about the business and some of management’s recent decisions.

Top 5 China Stocks To Watch Right Now: Clearside BioMedical, Inc. (CLSD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Noonan]

    Clearside Biomedical, Inc. Stock (NASDAQ:CLSD)stock rose 66.1% in March, according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence.

Top 5 China Stocks To Watch Right Now: Foot Locker, Inc.(FL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    The examples seem endless…

    Sears Holdings Co. (Nasdaq: SHLD), which has gone from 1,980 stores in 2013 to just 1,002 as of February, has announced the closing of more than 190 stores so far this year. Foot Locker Inc. (NYSE: FL) closed more than 140 stores around the world last year and expects a net loss of 70 more in 2018. Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: KORS) announced last May that it would close 125 stores. American Apparel, Claire’s, Toys R Us, and Payless, among others, have all filed for bankruptcy.

    But there is one specialty retailer that isn’t feeling the pinch. In fact, this company is doubling down on its brick-and-mortar locations. It acquired 11 of its franchise stores in Maryland last March, making 814 of its 951 stores now owned by the company.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Friday was Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) which rose about 4.5% to $43.75. The stocks 52-week range is $28.42 to $77.86. Volume was nearly 5 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.8 million.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) which rose over 4% to $45.87. The stocks 52-week range is $28.42 to $77.86. Volume was 3.3 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.8 million.

  • [By Taylor Cox]

    Notable Earnings

    Foot Locker, Inc (NYSE: FL) Q1 premarket
    The Buckle, Inc (NYSE: BKE) Q1 premarket

    FDA/Biotech

    BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc (NASDAQ: BMRN) PDUFA date for Pegvaliase

    IPOs

  • [By Chris Lange]

    And Foot Locker Inc. (NYSE: FL) fourth-quarter results are scheduled for Friday. The consensus forecast is for $0.22 in EPS on $1.55 billion in revenue. Shares were trading at $48.25. The consensus price target is $54.26. The 52-week range is $28.42 to $77.86.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 5 China Stocks To Watch Right Now: Western Asset Bond Fund(WEA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Western Asset Premier Bond Fund (NYSE:WEA) hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Thursday following a dividend announcement from the company. The stock traded as low as $12.63 and last traded at $12.63, with a volume of 12970 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $12.63.

Cisco Systems Remains Top-Performing Dow Stock

Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) continues to be the best-performing Dow Jones industrial average stock year to date, with a 1.4% share price gain last week. For the year to date, Cisco’s stock is up 19.9%.

The second-best performer among the Dow 30 so far this year is Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC), which is up about 18.4%. That is followed by Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), up 16.1%, Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), up 15.6%, and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), up 14.2%. Of the 30 stocks comprising the Dow index, only 13 have posted year-to-date gains as of Friday’s close.

The Dow added 568.66 points over the course of the last week to close at 24,24,831.17, up 2.3% for the week. For the year to date, the tech sector has added 11%, the best among the 10 market sectors.

Cisco closed its fiscal third quarter at the end of April and is scheduled to report results after markets close next Thursday. Analysts are looking for earnings per share (EPS) of $0.65 and revenues of $12.44 billion. That would be a 12% year-over-year boost to EPS and more than 4% to revenues.

After a mostly quiet week, Cisco announced in a Wednesday blog post that it had “temporarily paused” its advertising on YouTube “due to instances where third-party partners did not meet our guidelines.” The company later took down the post and replaced it with a more generic statement from Chief Marketing Officer Karen Walker: “We are working closely with all of our media partners to ensure that Ciscos online advertising meets our stringent standards.”

The two posts are the result of a CNN investigation that found the ads from Cisco and other major brands ran on YouTube channels promoting white nationalism, Nazis, pedophilia, conspiracy theories and North Korean propaganda.

Cisco’s shares closed down about 0.8% Friday, at $45.93 in a 52-week range of $30.36 to $46.37. The consensus 12-month price target on the stock is $49.71, up nine cents from the previous week, and the forward price-earnings ratio is 16.06.

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Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now

What happened

Shares of Rogers Corp. (NYSE:ROG) gained 19.9% in April 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

So what

The company reported first-quarter results on April 26, sending share prices nearly 12% higher the next day. Rogers saw 27% year-over-year sales growth and 79% higher earnings, leaving analyst estimates far behind in both cases.

A Rogers engineer, hard at work on next-generation battery materials. Image source: Rogers.

Now what

Rogers shares have now gained 72% over the last 52 weeks, trading steadily near all-time highs. The maker of specialized materials used in battery systems and wireless antennas has consistently delivered solid earnings surprises over the last three years, often coupled with equally strong revenue wins.

This company is poised to continue making a killing in several emerging markets, including the Internet of Things and automotive computing. Best of all, Rogers is winning competitive contracts without resorting to pricing discounts. Trailing operating margins have increased from 12.4% to 14.2% over the last four quarters. In other words, clients are choosing Rogers over rival materials providers for other reasons than low prices, such as product quality and dependable ordering and delivery processes.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: HNI Corporation(HNI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.75 billion before the opening bell. Halliburton shares fell 0.06 percent to $51.93 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) to post quarterly earnings at $9.33 per share on revenue of $30.31 billion after the closing bell. Alphabet shares gained 0.24 percent to $1,079.88 in after-hours trading.
    Before the markets open, Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $815.16 million. Lennox shares dropped 2.84 percent to close at $197.08 on Friday.
    HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI) reported retirement of its CEO Stan A. Askren and appointment of Jeffrey D. Lorenger as new CEO. HNI also reported strong earnings for its first quarter. HNI shares fell 3.17 percent to $34.20 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) to have earned $0.35 per share on revenue of $822.15 million in the latest quarter. Hasbro will release earnings before the markets open. Hasbro shares fell 0.39 percent to $82.49 in after-hours trading.

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Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: OpGen, Inc.(OPGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    OpGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPGN) shares shot up 15 percent to $2.41. OpGen completed rapid testing clinical trial in Colombia and expanded international operations.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    OpGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPGN) shares shot up 22 percent to $2.55. OpGen completed rapid testing clinical trial in Colombia and expanded international operations.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    OpGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPGN) shares shot up 19 percent to $2.50. OpGen completed rapid testing clinical trial in Colombia and expanded international operations.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Microchip Technology Incorporated(MCHP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $1.85 billion.
    Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $1.99 billion.
    Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $3.63 billion.
    Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.17 billion.
    Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $926.18 million.
    The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $2.98 billion.
    Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $1.71 billion.
    US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $5.98 billion.
    DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $3.50 billion.
    Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.06 per share on revenue of $936.98 million.
    Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CWH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
    Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $1.21 billion.
    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $23.80 billion.
    JD.com, Inc. (NYSE: JD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $15.65 billion.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.6 per share o
  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mar Vista Investment Partners LLC bought a new stake in Microchip Technology (NASDAQ:MCHP) in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund bought 888,437 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock, valued at approximately $81,168,000. Microchip Technology comprises 3.2% of Mar Vista Investment Partners LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 12th largest position.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This company is a huge Internet of Things benefactor. Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide.

  • [By ]

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

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Visa Inc.(V)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) reported first-quarter fiscal 2018 results after markets closed Thursday. The credit card issuer posted adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.08 and revenues of $4.86 billion. In the first quarter of 2017, Visa reported adjusted EPS of $0.86 on revenues of $4.46 billion. Consensus estimates had called for EPS of $0.99 and $4.85 billion in revenue.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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    Before the markets open, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $5.24 billion. Bristol-Myers shares rose 0.95 percent to $52.25 in after-hours trading.
    AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) reported weaker-than-expected earnings

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Of the three other Dow stocks closest to Boeing’s yearly gain, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) rose by about 6.2% to a gain of nearly 68% for the year, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) added about 0.6% to close the week up just over 51% for the year to date, and Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) dropped about 1% to lower its annual gain to just over 44%.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    There were two big winners in 2017 and three more stocks that posted very solid gains above 40%:

    Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), up 89% Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), up 68.9% Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), up 46.1% Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), up 46.1% Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), up 42.9%.

    A stronger global economy contributed to the fortunes of at least two of these firms. while lower U.S. unemployment and improving wages helped the more consumer oriented companies post their gains.

  • [By ]

    The payments giant has just reported first quarter results above expectations, with solid growth across all segments. Most notably, MasterCard revealed very impressive gross dollar volume growth of 19% year-over-year compared to just 15% year over year growth for rival Visa (V) . As a result, MasterCard has now boosted its 2018 revenue guidance to high-teens from the mid-teens range previously.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Exxon Mobil Corporation(XOM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Short interest in Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) decreased to 28.99 million shares from the previous 31.74 million. The stock traded at $81.30, within a 52-week range of $72.16 to $89.30.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    For comparison, Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) – the largest oil company in the United States – has worldwide control of just 24 billion barrels of oil. This is less than 8% of Aramco’s oil despite the fact that the United States is No. 3 of the world’s top oil-producing nations.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) traded up 1.63% at $85.00. The stock’s 52-week range is $76.05 to $91.34. Volume was about 15% below the daily average of around 9.3 million shares. The company had no specific news.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Stantec Inc(STN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

    Stantec (TSE:STN) (NYSE:STN) has received a consensus rating of “Buy” from the nine research firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is C$36.50.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Globalstar Inc.(GSAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Globalstar (NYSEAMERICAN:GSAT) saw a significant growth in short interest in April. As of April 13th, there was short interest totalling 86,799,863 shares, a growth of 6.9% from the March 30th total of 81,207,186 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 6,541,037 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 13.3 days. Approximately 14.4% of the shares of the stock are short sold.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Globalstar Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: GSAT) traded down about 12.5% Tuesday and posted a new 52-week low of $0.77 after closing Monday at $0.88. The stock’s 52-week high is $2.59. Volume was about 70% above the daily average of around 3.7 million shares. The had no specific news.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Globalstar Inc. (NYSEMKT:GSAT) went on a roller coaster ride this morning. The satellite communications specialist’s stock bottomed out in a 16% drop just after 10 a.m. EDT, recovering to a less dramatic 7% decline an hour later. The company is the target of a complicated merger deal today, and investors on the open market are not loving the idea.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday morning, the telecommunication services shares rose 1.06 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE: GSAT), up 5 percent, and Partner Communications Company Ltd. (NASDAQ: PTNR) up 4 percent.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: NV5 Global, Inc.(NVEE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Hall]

    NV5’s (NASDAQ:NVEE) stock has been up and down and all around since being recommended, but the company still looks to be in a fantastic long-term position. Pattern Energy’s (NASDAQ:PEGI) stock has been a bit worse for wear, as the tax code has presented some new and significant challenges. But Pattern’s story doesn’t end there, and there’s plenty of bright spots for the business. Tune in to find out how rec-worthy these companies are today and what investors need to know about them before buying.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    NV5 Global (NASDAQ:NVEE) VP Richard Tong sold 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $66.40, for a total transaction of $66,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 34,933 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,319,551.20. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Carter's, Inc.(CRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Carter’s Inc.(NYSE:CRI)announced first-quarter 2018 results on Thursday morning, detailing a strong performance in spite of the negative impact of the recent bankruptcy of Toy “R” Us on its large wholesale segment. Though shares initially fell almost 5% early on, Carter’s stock recovered to trade modestly higher by this afternoon.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation(BGFV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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    Several analysts have weighed in on BGFV shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Big 5 Sporting Goods from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 13th. ValuEngine raised shares of Big 5 Sporting Goods from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 7th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $9.08.

Cisco Systems Remains Top-Performing Dow Stock

Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) continues to be the best-performing Dow Jones industrial average stock year to date, with a 1.4% share price gain last week. For the year to date, Cisco’s stock is up 19.9%.

The second-best performer among the Dow 30 so far this year is Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC), which is up about 18.4%. That is followed by Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), up 16.1%, Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), up 15.6%, and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), up 14.2%. Of the 30 stocks comprising the Dow index, only 13 have posted year-to-date gains as of Friday’s close.

The Dow added 568.66 points over the course of the last week to close at 24,24,831.17, up 2.3% for the week. For the year to date, the tech sector has added 11%, the best among the 10 market sectors.

Cisco closed its fiscal third quarter at the end of April and is scheduled to report results after markets close next Thursday. Analysts are looking for earnings per share (EPS) of $0.65 and revenues of $12.44 billion. That would be a 12% year-over-year boost to EPS and more than 4% to revenues.

After a mostly quiet week, Cisco announced in a Wednesday blog post that it had “temporarily paused” its advertising on YouTube “due to instances where third-party partners did not meet our guidelines.” The company later took down the post and replaced it with a more generic statement from Chief Marketing Officer Karen Walker: “We are working closely with all of our media partners to ensure that Ciscos online advertising meets our stringent standards.”

The two posts are the result of a CNN investigation that found the ads from Cisco and other major brands ran on YouTube channels promoting white nationalism, Nazis, pedophilia, conspiracy theories and North Korean propaganda.

Cisco’s shares closed down about 0.8% Friday, at $45.93 in a 52-week range of $30.36 to $46.37. The consensus 12-month price target on the stock is $49.71, up nine cents from the previous week, and the forward price-earnings ratio is 16.06.

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3 Dividend Stocks That Should Pay You for the Rest of Your Life

To find the best dividend stocks, investors need to pick companies that offer reliable yields, with regular payout increases, and choose stable companies that they can bet on over the long term.

Unfortunately, not all dividend stocks are created equal. For example, some may offer sky-high yields, but lack the financial stability and endurance to become wealth-generating investments. To help you navigate the world of dividend stock investing, and find a few companies that should pay you dividends for the rest of your life, we asked these Motley Fool investors for some ideas. Here’s why they think Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Visa (NYSE:V), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) could end up being dividend stocks to pay you for years to come.

Person putting their hands on a pile of money.

Image source: Getty Images.

A dividend play Buffett’s betting on

Danny Vena (Apple): Until recently, there was a lot of fear and doubt surrounding Apple. Rumors regarding weak results produced by the company’s suppliers, slowing demand last quarter for the latest version of its flagship iPhone, and concerns about the company’s growth prospects all weighed on the stock.

Three things turned the tide on Apple shares. The company announced impressive earnings results, increasing its revenue to $61.1 billion, up 16% year over year, while earnings per share grew 30% to $2.73. That beat analysts’ consensus estimates for revenue of $60.9 billion and earnings of $2.64.

Apple also revealed its annual capital return program, approving an additional $100 billion share buyback, saying its stock was undervalued. The company also raised its dividend for the sixth time in as many years, increasing its quarterly payout by nearly 16%. Even though the company has nearly doubled its dividend since 2012, it still pays less than 25% of its profits to support the payout, so these annual increases will likely continue unabated.

AAPL Dividend Chart

AAPL dividend data by YCharts.

Finally, legendary investor and Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) CEO Warren Buffett revealed that his company had purchased a massive 75 million Apple shares last quarter, adding to its already impressive haul of 165 million shares — bringing its ownership of Apple to about 5%.

Buffett said that trying to determine how many iPhones Apple will sell in a given quarter “misses the point.” In giving insight into his recent purchases, he reminded investors that they should be thinking longer term. “Nobody buys a farm based on whether they think it’s going to rain next year or not,” Buffett said. “They buy it because they think it’s a good investment over 10 or 20 years.”

Take it from the Oracle of Omaha. Buy Apple — it should be paying you for the rest of your life.

A dividend with double-digit growth potential

Jordan Wathen (Visa): The payments industry strikes me as an excellent place for long-term dividend investors to find dividend-paying stocks that will grow their dividends at an above-average rate for decades. Visa is the best of the payments companies today, offering a current yield that can grow far faster than the stock market average.

Though Visa is a household brand that dates back to the 1950s, it still has ample room to grow, as evidenced by the fast way that net operating revenue jumped 13% in the most-recent quarter, helped by increased debit and credit card spending. As transaction volume shifts from cash to card, Visa is one of the best positioned to benefit from increased electronic payments.

I consider Visa to be a royalty on the global economy, as it collects a small fee for every transaction that moves over its network. In the United States, e-commerce is a tailwind for payments growth, as nearly half of personal consumption payments flow over its network. In emerging markets like India, Visa has a head start, as an executive noted on the company’s conference call that the company had more than a50% share of debit and credit card spending in the world’s second most-populous nation.

Visa is a company that can capably increase its dividend at a double-digit pace for years on end, powered by an increasing dividend payout ratio and high-single-digit increase in earnings for as far as the eye can see.

The Windows makers won’t let you down

Chris Neiger (Microsoft): Microsoft has been reinventing itself for the past few years, and so far the results have been substantial. In the full-year fiscal 2017, Microsoft’s sales were up 5% from the year-ago quarter, net income jumped by 26%, and diluted earnings per share popped 29% year over year.

Microsoft is thriving under the leadership of Satya Nadella, and his vision for the company has led to new growth markets like cloud computing. In the third-quarter fiscal 2018, Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud segment — which includes sales of its server products and cloud services — increased 17% year over year and contributed 29% of the company’s total revenue in the quarter.

The cloud is essential to Microsoft’s future because the public cloud-computing space will be worth $411 billion by 2020. Microsoft is already a leader in this space, and only Amazon.com’s AWS has a more substantial portion of the cloud computing market right now.

Investors should be pleased to see Microsoft’s current growth in the cloud and know that there’s likely more ahead for the company. But they can also bank on Microsoft’s commitment to its shareholders as well.

In the third quarter, Microsoft returned $6.3 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases, which was a 37% increase from the year-ago quarter. It’s worth pointing out that these moves come on top of 14 consecutive years of Microsoft increasing its dividend.

The tech giant pays a respectable 1.8% yield right now, which isn’t as high as you could get with some other dividend plays, but not all companies offer the same stability and long-term growth potential as Microsoft.The company has shown that it can move into new growth markets like cloud computing while maintaining its core businesses, which is a great combination for investors looking for a dividend stock to pay them for many years to come.

Will This Company's Growth Strategy Drown It In Debt?

Over the past few years, the Brink’s Company (NYSE:BCO) has defied expectations in a dinosaur industry: cash security and management. While a slew of fintech companies have risen with the almost singular purpose of ridding the world of paper currency, Brink’s has transformed itself into a multi-billion dollar cash management titan from its humble roots of transporting travelers’ valuables from train stations to hotel rooms more than a century and a half ago.

Since CEO Douglas Pertz took the position in June 2016, Brink’s has crushed the market following a strategy of growth via acquisitions. In the company’s first quarter, non-GAAP revenue rose to $853 million, a 15% increase year over year, and adjusted EPS grew to $0.65, a 12% increase year over year. The company’s operating margin also improved to 8.4%, up from 7.2% in 2017’s first quarter.

Brink’s Metrics 2018 Q1 2017 Q1 Change
Revenue (non-GAAP) $853 million $740 million 15%
Adjusted EPS $0.65 $0.58 12%
Total debt $681 million $305 million 126%

Data source: Brink’s Company

While the company continues to show growth, investors have to wonder if the price it is paying in accruing debt is worth it. Let’s take a closer look at the company’s growth strategy, its accumulating mountain of debt, and whether the end result will be worth the price Brink’s pays to achieve it.

Chain and padlock wrapped around stack of hundred dollar bills

Brink’s Company has forged a cash management and protection business empire from humble beginnings but, thanks to accruing debt and the rising prominence of digital and electronic payments, its future is far from certain. Image source: Getty Images.

Brink’s 1.5 Strategy

Brink’s calls its strategy to grow via acquisitions its 1.5 Strategy. During the company’s first-quarter conference call, Pertz explained what the company had done through acquisitions during his tenure and what is was looking for in future acquisitions. He said:

With our organic initiatives continuing to gain traction, we’re just beginning to layer in additional growth through acquisitions. And as we said in the past, we call this our Strategy 1.5. We focus on acquisitions in our core business in core geographies, what we call core-core and also, on core acquisitions in adjacent geographies or core-adjacent … We continue to have a strong pipeline of acquisition targets that offer new opportunities to increase route density, add new customers and capture cost synergies with strong returns as we’ve seen so far.

In 2017, the company paid $365 million to complete six acquisitions that are expected to add between $60 and $70 million in EBITDA this year. Pertz said the plan is to spend an additional $800 million on new acquisitions over the next two years which would bring the grand total to about $1.2 billion spent over a three year period. Concerning future acquisitions, he insisted, “We will remain disciplined in our goal to achieve both synergy models between 6 and 7x EBITDA.”

A growing amount of debt

The problem is the company is accumulating an awful lot of debt while it pursues this growth-by-acquisition strategy. Last March, the company’s total debt was $301 million; this quarter, it rose to $681 million, a whopping 126% increase year over year! If it completes its targeted spending for future acquisitions in 2018 and 2019 and meets all of its cost synergy goals, Brink’s expects to hold $1.1 billion in debt by the end of 2019, a 61% increase from today’s levels. This would give the company a 1.5 leverage ratio, defined as net debt divided by adjusted EBITDA. That’s a lot of debt!

Are these acquisitions worth it? Well, it depends. If the company can meet its price of 6-7 times EBITDA, they very well could be. However, targeting the right acquisitions, whether core-core or core-adjacent, is absolutely critical. Brink’s management also needs to ensure its synergy goals are realistic when it takes on a new company and its culture so that its 6-7 times EBITDA goal can be feasibly obtained– something easier said than done. Still, I would probably be on board with the company’s strategy if it wasn’t for one nagging concern.

Brink’s biggest concern

The biggest threat facing Brink’s is the very nature of the industry it inhabits. While cash will, for the foreseeable future, probably serve a purpose in the global economy, I don’t think it can be argued that its use will soon be on the decline. Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) has long maintained that about 85% of the world’s transactions were facilitated using cash. Last year, the company updated that number to being just above 80% and, given current trends, I believe this number will continue to fall.

Mastercard recently acquired Oltio, a South African mobile payments start-up. In the press release announcing the acquisition, Mastercard South Africa President Mark Elliott said “Too many consumers and merchants in the MEA region [Middle East-Africa] are stuck in a cash economy that doesn’t work for them. By combining our joint expertise, technologies and reach, we can bridge the divide between the region’s cash economies and the digital future, bringing the benefits of digital payments to more people and businesses.”

Mastercard and Visa Inc (NYSE:V) are working fast to enable consumers in developing economies to use QR codes, those black-and-white matrix images, to enable digital transactions. These are popular in emerging countries because they don’t require expensive hardware or a robust landline network for merchants to be able to accept card payments — only smartphones are required.

Visa is already seeing success with the international adoption of digital payments in economies only recently dominated by the use of cash. In its first-quarter conference call, Visa CEO Al Kelly said the number of merchants in India that could accept card payments had doubled to three million since the end of 2016.

Final takeaway

The question investors should ask is whether gaining share in what could soon be a declining market is worth the risk Brink’s deteriorating balance sheet presents. Given the company’s adjusted trailing twelve month EPS of $3.07, it currently trades for a P/E ratio of about 24.4. That’s almost right in line with the S&P 500 index’s average multiple. That just does not seem to be a compelling enough value to consider an investment in Brink’s at this time, especially considering its rising debt levels and its questionable total addressable market going forward.

Will This Company's Growth Strategy Drown It In Debt?

Over the past few years, the Brink’s Company (NYSE:BCO) has defied expectations in a dinosaur industry: cash security and management. While a slew of fintech companies have risen with the almost singular purpose of ridding the world of paper currency, Brink’s has transformed itself into a multi-billion dollar cash management titan from its humble roots of transporting travelers’ valuables from train stations to hotel rooms more than a century and a half ago.

Since CEO Douglas Pertz took the position in June 2016, Brink’s has crushed the market following a strategy of growth via acquisitions. In the company’s first quarter, non-GAAP revenue rose to $853 million, a 15% increase year over year, and adjusted EPS grew to $0.65, a 12% increase year over year. The company’s operating margin also improved to 8.4%, up from 7.2% in 2017’s first quarter.

Brink’s Metrics 2018 Q1 2017 Q1 Change
Revenue (non-GAAP) $853 million $740 million 15%
Adjusted EPS $0.65 $0.58 12%
Total debt $681 million $305 million 126%

Data source: Brink’s Company

While the company continues to show growth, investors have to wonder if the price it is paying in accruing debt is worth it. Let’s take a closer look at the company’s growth strategy, its accumulating mountain of debt, and whether the end result will be worth the price Brink’s pays to achieve it.

Chain and padlock wrapped around stack of hundred dollar bills

Brink’s Company has forged a cash management and protection business empire from humble beginnings but, thanks to accruing debt and the rising prominence of digital and electronic payments, its future is far from certain. Image source: Getty Images.

Brink’s 1.5 Strategy

Brink’s calls its strategy to grow via acquisitions its 1.5 Strategy. During the company’s first-quarter conference call, Pertz explained what the company had done through acquisitions during his tenure and what is was looking for in future acquisitions. He said:

With our organic initiatives continuing to gain traction, we’re just beginning to layer in additional growth through acquisitions. And as we said in the past, we call this our Strategy 1.5. We focus on acquisitions in our core business in core geographies, what we call core-core and also, on core acquisitions in adjacent geographies or core-adjacent … We continue to have a strong pipeline of acquisition targets that offer new opportunities to increase route density, add new customers and capture cost synergies with strong returns as we’ve seen so far.

In 2017, the company paid $365 million to complete six acquisitions that are expected to add between $60 and $70 million in EBITDA this year. Pertz said the plan is to spend an additional $800 million on new acquisitions over the next two years which would bring the grand total to about $1.2 billion spent over a three year period. Concerning future acquisitions, he insisted, “We will remain disciplined in our goal to achieve both synergy models between 6 and 7x EBITDA.”

A growing amount of debt

The problem is the company is accumulating an awful lot of debt while it pursues this growth-by-acquisition strategy. Last March, the company’s total debt was $301 million; this quarter, it rose to $681 million, a whopping 126% increase year over year! If it completes its targeted spending for future acquisitions in 2018 and 2019 and meets all of its cost synergy goals, Brink’s expects to hold $1.1 billion in debt by the end of 2019, a 61% increase from today’s levels. This would give the company a 1.5 leverage ratio, defined as net debt divided by adjusted EBITDA. That’s a lot of debt!

Are these acquisitions worth it? Well, it depends. If the company can meet its price of 6-7 times EBITDA, they very well could be. However, targeting the right acquisitions, whether core-core or core-adjacent, is absolutely critical. Brink’s management also needs to ensure its synergy goals are realistic when it takes on a new company and its culture so that its 6-7 times EBITDA goal can be feasibly obtained– something easier said than done. Still, I would probably be on board with the company’s strategy if it wasn’t for one nagging concern.

Brink’s biggest concern

The biggest threat facing Brink’s is the very nature of the industry it inhabits. While cash will, for the foreseeable future, probably serve a purpose in the global economy, I don’t think it can be argued that its use will soon be on the decline. Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) has long maintained that about 85% of the world’s transactions were facilitated using cash. Last year, the company updated that number to being just above 80% and, given current trends, I believe this number will continue to fall.

Mastercard recently acquired Oltio, a South African mobile payments start-up. In the press release announcing the acquisition, Mastercard South Africa President Mark Elliott said “Too many consumers and merchants in the MEA region [Middle East-Africa] are stuck in a cash economy that doesn’t work for them. By combining our joint expertise, technologies and reach, we can bridge the divide between the region’s cash economies and the digital future, bringing the benefits of digital payments to more people and businesses.”

Mastercard and Visa Inc (NYSE:V) are working fast to enable consumers in developing economies to use QR codes, those black-and-white matrix images, to enable digital transactions. These are popular in emerging countries because they don’t require expensive hardware or a robust landline network for merchants to be able to accept card payments — only smartphones are required.

Visa is already seeing success with the international adoption of digital payments in economies only recently dominated by the use of cash. In its first-quarter conference call, Visa CEO Al Kelly said the number of merchants in India that could accept card payments had doubled to three million since the end of 2016.

Final takeaway

The question investors should ask is whether gaining share in what could soon be a declining market is worth the risk Brink’s deteriorating balance sheet presents. Given the company’s adjusted trailing twelve month EPS of $3.07, it currently trades for a P/E ratio of about 24.4. That’s almost right in line with the S&P 500 index’s average multiple. That just does not seem to be a compelling enough value to consider an investment in Brink’s at this time, especially considering its rising debt levels and its questionable total addressable market going forward.

Boeing, Caterpillar, Microsoft and More Dow Earnings Coming This Week

Although markets were somewhat shaky for the first big week of the new earnings reporting season, they ultimately closed up for the second week in a row. This is only a small step, but it has proven that solid fundamentals can stabilize this market.

Ten of the indexs 30 components are expected to share their results this week. The Dow Jones industrial index has been subject to incredible volatility since January, but as we mentioned before, this earnings season could stabilize the index.

24/7 Wall St. has put together a preview of the Dow Jones industrial average companies scheduled to report their quarterly results this week. Here, we have included the consensus earnings estimates from Thomson Reuters, as well as the stock price and trading history.

Be advised that the earnings and revenue estimates may change ahead of the formal reports, and some companies may change reporting dates as well.

3M Co. (NYSE: MMM) is set to report its most recent quarterly results on Tuesday. Analysts are looking for $5.57 in earnings per share (EPS) and $8.69 billion in revenue. Shares closed the week at $217.75, with a consensus price target of $237.92 and a 52-week trading range of $190.59 to $259.77.

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) is expected to report its first-quarter results on Tuesday. The analysts consensus forecast is EPS of $2.52 on $8.26 billion in revenue. Shares were changing hands at $156.71 as last week came to a close. The consensus price target is $170.75, and the stock has a 52-week range of $139.13 to $171.69.

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) will share its latest quarterly earnings on Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for $2.08 in EPS and $11.98 billion in revenue. Shares ended last week at $153.25, in a 52-week range of $93.81 to $173.24. The consensus analyst target is $178.26.

Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) is scheduled to share its quarterly report on Tuesday as well. The consensus estimates are $0.46 in EPS on $7.31 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen at $43.74. The stock has a 52-week range of $42.19 to $48.62, and the consensus price target is $50.03.

On Tuesday, Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is expected to report its most recent quarterly results. The consensus analyst estimates are $1.71 in EPS and revenue of $9.05 billion. Shares of Verizon were at $47.90 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $56.08, and the 52-week range is $42.80 to $54.77.

Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) is expected to report its first-quarter results on Wednesday. The analysts consensus forecast is EPS of $2.56 on $22.09 billion in revenue. Shares were changing hands at $338.67 as last week came to a close. The consensus price target is $387.29, and the stock has a 52-week range of $175.47 to $371.60.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) will share its latest quarterly earnings on Wednesday. The consensus estimates call for $1.02 in EPS and $4.8 billion in revenue. Shares ended last week at $124.20, in a 52-week range of $90.98 to $126.88. The consensus analyst target is $140.09.

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Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) is scheduled to share its quarterly report on Thursday. The consensus estimates are $0.72 in EPS on $15.05 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen at $51.53. The stock has a 52-week range of $33.23 to $52.28, and the consensus price target is $54.22.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) also is expected to report its most recent quarterly results on Thursday. The consensus analyst estimates are $0.85 in EPS and revenue of $25.77 billion. Shares of Microsoft were at $95.00 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $105.21, and the 52-week range is $65.45 to $97.24.

On Friday, Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) is scheduled to reveal its first-quarter results. The consensus estimates are $1.49 in EPS and $40.7 billion in revenue. Shares were trading at $122.31 as the week came to a close. The consensus price target is $135.88. The 52-week range is $102.55 to $133.88.

Look for Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) to report its most recent quarterly results on Friday too. Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.16 and $66.78 billion in revenue. The shares were changing hands at $79.00 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $85.98, and the 52-week range is $72.16 to $89.30.

Also see our separate previews of major pharma and biotech earnings and of the FANGs and more reporting this week.

Boeing, Caterpillar, Microsoft and More Dow Earnings Coming This Week

Although markets were somewhat shaky for the first big week of the new earnings reporting season, they ultimately closed up for the second week in a row. This is only a small step, but it has proven that solid fundamentals can stabilize this market.

Ten of the indexs 30 components are expected to share their results this week. The Dow Jones industrial index has been subject to incredible volatility since January, but as we mentioned before, this earnings season could stabilize the index.

24/7 Wall St. has put together a preview of the Dow Jones industrial average companies scheduled to report their quarterly results this week. Here, we have included the consensus earnings estimates from Thomson Reuters, as well as the stock price and trading history.

Be advised that the earnings and revenue estimates may change ahead of the formal reports, and some companies may change reporting dates as well.

3M Co. (NYSE: MMM) is set to report its most recent quarterly results on Tuesday. Analysts are looking for $5.57 in earnings per share (EPS) and $8.69 billion in revenue. Shares closed the week at $217.75, with a consensus price target of $237.92 and a 52-week trading range of $190.59 to $259.77.

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) is expected to report its first-quarter results on Tuesday. The analysts consensus forecast is EPS of $2.52 on $8.26 billion in revenue. Shares were changing hands at $156.71 as last week came to a close. The consensus price target is $170.75, and the stock has a 52-week range of $139.13 to $171.69.

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) will share its latest quarterly earnings on Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for $2.08 in EPS and $11.98 billion in revenue. Shares ended last week at $153.25, in a 52-week range of $93.81 to $173.24. The consensus analyst target is $178.26.

Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) is scheduled to share its quarterly report on Tuesday as well. The consensus estimates are $0.46 in EPS on $7.31 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen at $43.74. The stock has a 52-week range of $42.19 to $48.62, and the consensus price target is $50.03.

On Tuesday, Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is expected to report its most recent quarterly results. The consensus analyst estimates are $1.71 in EPS and revenue of $9.05 billion. Shares of Verizon were at $47.90 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $56.08, and the 52-week range is $42.80 to $54.77.

Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) is expected to report its first-quarter results on Wednesday. The analysts consensus forecast is EPS of $2.56 on $22.09 billion in revenue. Shares were changing hands at $338.67 as last week came to a close. The consensus price target is $387.29, and the stock has a 52-week range of $175.47 to $371.60.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) will share its latest quarterly earnings on Wednesday. The consensus estimates call for $1.02 in EPS and $4.8 billion in revenue. Shares ended last week at $124.20, in a 52-week range of $90.98 to $126.88. The consensus analyst target is $140.09.

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Wall Street Analysts Bullish on Energy as Oil Surges to 3-Year Highs

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) is scheduled to share its quarterly report on Thursday. The consensus estimates are $0.72 in EPS on $15.05 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen at $51.53. The stock has a 52-week range of $33.23 to $52.28, and the consensus price target is $54.22.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) also is expected to report its most recent quarterly results on Thursday. The consensus analyst estimates are $0.85 in EPS and revenue of $25.77 billion. Shares of Microsoft were at $95.00 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $105.21, and the 52-week range is $65.45 to $97.24.

On Friday, Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) is scheduled to reveal its first-quarter results. The consensus estimates are $1.49 in EPS and $40.7 billion in revenue. Shares were trading at $122.31 as the week came to a close. The consensus price target is $135.88. The 52-week range is $102.55 to $133.88.

Look for Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) to report its most recent quarterly results on Friday too. Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.16 and $66.78 billion in revenue. The shares were changing hands at $79.00 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $85.98, and the 52-week range is $72.16 to $89.30.

Also see our separate previews of major pharma and biotech earnings and of the FANGs and more reporting this week.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2019

Last week, I wrote an article detailing how Crescent Point Energy Corporation (CPG) not only has perhaps the most economic collection of assets in Canada on a profit-investment ratio basis but is also the most undervalued in its peer group on a 2018 EV/DACF basis. However, in order for undervaluation to be resolved, investors need to care. After two dividend cuts and a poorly communicated large equity financing (immediately after a new commitment to organic growth), Crescent Point has soured relations with both institutional and retail investors.

The company, however, has multiple upside catalysts that could serve to restore investor interest in the stock and remedy its chronic undervaluation. These catalysts should play out over the next 12 months, and the upside for Crescent Point is substantial given where it is trading relative to its peers and its own historical valuation:

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2019: Durect Corporation(DRRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Wednesday's regular session.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2019: athenahealth, Inc.(ATHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Athenahealth (ATHN) last night announced that its CFO and administrative chief, Kristi Matus, would be leaving the company. Her departure has not been embraced by investors, who have pushed shares lower today. Leerink’s David Larsen understands their concerns:

    In our view, the CFO departure may be indicative of internal operational challenges. We still think it is possible that Kristi Matus is seeking an environment that is not as demanding as ATHN, though this has not been confirmed by management. Management harped on the point that bifurcation is part of the strategic initiative of ATHN to reenergize the culture of the company, and Jonathan Bush noted how he himself hopes to spend more time on talent and culture and less time on entering new markets and building new products.

    We continue to believe that ATHN is facing challenges. We continue to believe the market is fundamentally slowing and bookings growth may become more lumpy as we progress through 2016. We still believe there will be a slow-down in the bookings growth rate b/c of a possible slow-down in the ambulatory EMR market and the fact that we are in the final payment year of Meaningful Use. Much of the call focused on Kristi Matus’s departure as a major loss for the company of a leader who was “masterful with investors.” According to management, the decision to split the CFO and CFAO responsibilities was not a reflection of her ability.

    Baird’s Matthew Gillmor and Sean McBride are less worried:

    The unexpected resignation of CFO Kristi Matus is disappointing, but the reasons for her departure seem somewhat understandable, in our view (potentially viewed bifurcation of CFO/CAO role as a demotion). We think incoming CFO Karl Stubelis is very strong and should provide helpful continuity, both internally and externally (currently serves as Controller and previously as acting CFO). Finally, the CFO change does not change our positive long-term thesi

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Meanwhile, earnings season continued to play out, and although the technology industry saw some extremely encouraging reports, not all stocks participated in the rally. Athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN), Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), and Time (NYSE:TIME) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Shares of Athena Health (ATHN) are up 37% in just over a month. Is there still more room to run?

    Cramer said for years Athena had been a fast-growing stock, but as the company transitioned from growth to profitability, things began to get ugly. The company’s bombastic CEO, and his “colorful” personality began to rub shareholders the wrong way.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2019: Visa Inc.(V)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    This one could be the easiest of advances, both because credit losses are down big and because its credit-card brethren — Capital One Financial, Discover, Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) — have all had significant rallies. I actually regard this stock as inexpensive and think it can be bought here now that it has fully absorbed the loss of the Costco (COST) business to Visa and Citigroup (C) .

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) stock has gained 2.61% so far in 2018, even after dropping slightly more than six points last week. Rising interest rates have provided a boost for most financial sector stocks, especially combined with low unemployment rates. Credit card debt topped $1 trillion for the first time ever last year. For the past 12 months, Visa shares have risen by nearly 32%.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Night Owl Capital Management, LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Night+Owl+Capital+Management%2C+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of Night Owl Capital Management, LLCVisa Inc (V) – 231,674 shares, 10.84% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 5.42%Mastercard Inc (MA) – 167,458 shares, 9.92% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 5.37%Alphabet Inc (GOOG) – 18,613 shares, 8.13% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 4.05%Amazon.com Inc (AMZN) – 15,674 shares, 7.32% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 3.17%The Priceline Group Inc (PCLN) – 6,970 shares,

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    There were two big winners in 2017 and three more stocks that posted very solid gains above 40%:

    Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), up 89% Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), up 68.9% Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), up 46.1% Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), up 46.1% Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), up 42.9%.

    A stronger global economy contributed to the fortunes of at least two of these firms. while lower U.S. unemployment and improving wages helped the more consumer oriented companies post their gains.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    On Thursday, Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is expected to report its most recent quarterly results. The consensus analyst estimates are $0.99 in EPS and revenue of $4.84 billion. Shares of Visa were at $126.32 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $129.80, and the 52-week range is $81.57 to $126.38.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Slower growth with an elevated P/E ratio held back Visa (V) last year. But with growth returning to Visa’s normal levels, we feel it is time to highlight its shares once again.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2019: Ultra Petroleum Corp.(UPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Our peer group is up an average of 46% over the past 4 weeks in response to a 30% rebound in the 12-month strip NYMEX oil price. Some of the largest gainers include Hold and Sell rated stocks that we would not chase such asDenbury Resources (Sell, +138%), Halcon Resources (HK) (Sell, +147%), Jones Energy (JONE) (Hold, +166%), Rex Energy (REXX) (Sell, +60%), Sanchez Energy (SN) (Hold, +93%), Ultra Petroleum (UPL) (Sell, +61%), andWhiting Petroleum (Hold, +103%), which have outperformed the E&P Index (+32%) over the same time period. Balance sheets and/or well level returns remain challenged for these companies despite improved oil prices. While we believe oil markets should re-balance over the next 12 to 15 months, the recent recovery to $40 could reverse during 2Q16 as bloated inventories continue to rise, new volumes from Iran pressure an oversupplied market, and a highly anticipated decline in non-OPEC supply (especially in the U.S.), is not as steep as expected. The risk of an oil price retracement, which would significantly pressure the recent out-performers, outweighs the upside in these stocks, in our view. However, we are raising our target prices on Buy ratedAnadarko Petroleum ($54 from $48), Concho Resources (CXO) ($120 from $109), Matador Resources (MTDR) ($22 from $21),Noble Energy (NBL) ($40 from $34), SM Energy (SM) ($22 from $15), Rice Energy ($14 from $12), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) ($155 from $135),Continental Resources ($32 from $28), and Parsley Energy (PE) ($24 from $23). We believe our Buy-rated stocks are better positioned to weather challenging oil markets.

  • [By STOCKPICKR]

    As energy commodity prices have sold off in recent months, so too have the E&P stocks that pull those resources out of the ground. And Ultra Petroleum (UPL) has been no exception. The good news is that you don’t need to be an expert technical trader to figure out why this stock looks toxic here — the setup in shares of Ultra Petroleum is about as simple as they get.

    UPL is bouncing its way lower in a textbook downtrending channel, a price setup that’s formed by a pair of parallel trendlines that have kept UPL range-bound since April. The price channel in UPL identifies the high-probability range for shares to stay within, and so, with shares pressing up against resistance for the eighth time since this price channel kicked off, it makes sense to be a seller on the next bounce lower.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2019: URS Corporation(URS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

    Fund manager John Mirshekari, of the Fidelity Low-Priced Stock Fund, recommended shares of URS (URS), an engineering and construction contractor.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Fidelty’s John Mirshekaritook a look at URS(URS) today at the Value Investing Congress.His takeaway: The stock could double in two years.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    His analysis started with URS’s use of its free cash. During the past, it hasn’t been pretty. They spent 6.3 billion on eight acquisitions, they’ve bought companies at valuations higher than own stock and return-on-equity has dropped from high teens to just 6%.

    The problem hasn’t been its business: Its return on tangible capital is 17%. Instead, the problem is that its management hasn’t maximized value through capital allocation. URS has lowest valuation: 9x 2013 cash earnings in its industry.

    Part of the problem: Management incentives are based on net income. This year, however, relative total shareholder return was added., something Mirshekari calls”a step in the right direction.” In May, URS filed an amended proxy which says it will look to change incentives from net income to return on equity and earnings per share. More importantly, it said acquisitions would end.

    If all goes right, URS could double in two years,Mirshekari says, comparing it to AECOM Technology (ACM).

    Looks a lot like AECOMM, which did something similar and rallied.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now

One of the richest men in China has made a big bet on an icon of Europe’s automotive industry.

Li Shufu, the billionaire chairman of Chinese car maker Geely (GELYF), invested about $9 billion buying a stake of almost 10% in Daimler (DDAIF), making him the biggest single shareholder in the owner of Mercedes Benz.

Li, who’s estimated to be worth around $18 billion, has said he’s not interested in a takeover of Daimler. It’s unclear exactly what he’s after with such a big investment, but he dropped a big hint that the German company’s engineering is central to his vision.

“In order to succeed and seize the technology highland, one has to have friends, partners, and alliances and adapt a new way of thinking in terms of sharing and united strength,” Li said in a statement over the weekend.

Some analysts suggest Li wants to get his hands on Daimler’s clean energy technology. That could help boost Geely’s competitive position in China’s market for electric vehicles, which is already the world’s biggest.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Visa Inc.(V)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Night Owl Capital Management, LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Night+Owl+Capital+Management%2C+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of Night Owl Capital Management, LLCVisa Inc (V) – 231,674 shares, 10.84% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 5.42%Mastercard Inc (MA) – 167,458 shares, 9.92% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 5.37%Alphabet Inc (GOOG) – 18,613 shares, 8.13% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 4.05%Amazon.com Inc (AMZN) – 15,674 shares, 7.32% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 3.17%The Priceline Group Inc (PCLN) – 6,970 shares,

  • [By Chris Lange]

    On Thursday, Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is expected to report its most recent quarterly results. The consensus analyst estimates are $0.99 in EPS and revenue of $4.84 billion. Shares of Visa were at $126.32 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $129.80, and the 52-week range is $81.57 to $126.38.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Of the three other Dow stocks closest to Boeing’s yearly gain, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) rose by about 6.2% to a gain of nearly 68% for the year, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) added about 0.6% to close the week up just over 51% for the year to date, and Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) dropped about 1% to lower its annual gain to just over 44%.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Slower growth with an elevated P/E ratio held back Visa (V) last year. But with growth returning to Visa’s normal levels, we feel it is time to highlight its shares once again.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Visa (V) shares are soaring today after reporting earnings and revenue that easily topped the Street consensus.

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    Visa reported a profit of 86 cents a shares, topping forecasts for 78 cents, on revenue of $4.5 billion, ahead of estimates for $4.3 billion.

    After review Visa’s earnings, Cowen’s George Mihalos and team write that Visa is “everywhere investors should want to be.” They explain why:

    Visa reported very robust F1Q results and raised its FY17 outlook when adjusting for an incremental 1pt of F/X headwinds. We are raising our estimates and continue to believe there is upside to the companys outlook. Almost all key metrics showed signs of acceleration and we expect the momentum to continue. We expect the stock to be strong in tomorrow’s trading and remain very positive on the name.

    Shares of Visa have gained 5.1% to $86.48 at 2:49 p.m. today, while MasterCard (MA) has risen 1.8% to$106.98.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Ocean Power Technologies Inc.(OPTT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Ocean Power Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: OPTT) shares shot up 44 percent to $2.64. On Friday, Ocean Power Technologies reported the deployment of its PB3 PowerBuoy in Japan.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Aon Corporation(AON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    We’re seeing the exact same price pattern playing out in shares of $29 billion risk and insurance consultancy firm Aon plc (AON) . Aon has been a strong performer for all of 2016, up 20% since the calendar flipped to January. But don’t worry if you’ve missed the move – an ascending triangle pattern is signaling a second leg higher here. For Aon, the breakout level to watch is resistance up at $113.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Galapagos NV(GLPG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    Our investing experts have made some tremendous picks over the last several years, outperforming the S&P 500 by 100%, 200%, or even as much as 700% in the case of Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon’s 2012 pick of Galapagos NV (Nasdaq: GLPG).

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bill Patalon’s initial stock pick was Galapagos NV (Nasdaq ADR: GLPG), a Belgian biotech company.

    Patalon was attracted to Galapagos’ strategy to target “orphan diseases,” afflictions that strike rarely and so often go ignored by the Big Pharma companies. He also liked that Galapagos had more than 50 drug discovery programs underway, and that it already had licensing agreements with several bigger players in the industry.

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    Galapagos NV (Nasdaq: GLPG) is our big winner so far, gaining 578.8% since Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon shared his recommendation with Money Morning readers in April 2012. The S&P 500 has gained 75.4% in the same time. Bill has renewed his recommendation for the Belgian biotech several times over the years, saying in 2016 that it has “an established history of piling on gains.” With an average gain of 110% a year, it’s hard to argue with that.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.(RNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    RenaissanceRe Holdings (RNR) is a global provider of reinsurance, as well as various types of insurance and related services. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Bermuda, notes Jack Adamo, editor of Insiders Plus.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    RenaissanceRe (NYSE: RNR) is one of 73 publicly-traded companies in the “Fire, marine, & casualty insurance” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare RenaissanceRe to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Roper Technologies, Inc.(ROP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts are expecting Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) to have earned $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million in the latest quarter. Roper Technologies shares declined 0.05 percent to close at $178.63 on Friday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Aside from Outperform-rated Roper Technologies (ROP) SaaS platforms, which account for over +50% of earnings today, GEs Digital business strategy is the most ambitious ramp within the industrials sector. GE has made a bold bet on its game-changing Predix operating system for the Industrial IoT, which was launched in Feb-2016

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million.

    Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ: ESRX) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $25.20 billion.

Best Forestry Companies To Own For 2016

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American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) held its annual Investor’s Day event Thursday, hoping to reassure investors spooked by the company’s loss of the Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) co-brand account, and its announcement of $1 billion in cost reductions last month. The credit card market has squeezed AmEx, as its higher swipe fees face intense competitive pressure.

Best Forestry Companies To Own For 2016: Allegheny Technologies Incorporated(ATI)

 

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated produces and sells specialty materials and components worldwide. The company operates through two segments, High Performance Materials and Components; and Flat-Rolled Products. The High Performance Materials and Components segment provides various high performance materials, including titanium and titanium-based alloys; nickel-and cobalt-based alloys and superalloys; zirconium and related alloys, such as hafnium and niobium, advanced powder alloys, and other specialty materials, in long product forms of ingots, billets, bars, rods, wires, shapes and rectangles, and seamless tubes, plus precision forgings, castings, components, and machined parts. This segment serves aerospace and defense, oil and gas, chemical process industry, electrical energy, and medical markets. The Flat-Rolled Products segment offers stainless steel, nickel-based alloys, specialty alloys, and titanium and titanium-base d alloys in various product forms comprising plates, sheets, engineered strips, and precision rolled strip products, as well as grain-oriented electrical steel sheets. This segment serves oil and gas, chemical process industry, electrical energy, automotive, food processing equipment and appliances, construction and mining, electronics, communication equipment and computers, and aerospace and defense markets. The company sells its products through direct sales and independent representatives. Allegheny Technologies Incorporated was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Allegheny Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ATI) is the top steel and alloy play from Merrill Lynch. The company is one of the world’s largest producers of specialty metals. Its diverse product mix includes titanium, nickel alloys, precision strip and exotic alloys. Although Allegany produces some commodity items such as stainless steel products, its focus and a significant portion of its profits are generated from innovative, specialty alloys that only a few companies in the world are able to produce. Merrill Lynch has a $20 price target. The Thomson/First Call target is $30. Investors are paid a 2.6% dividend

Best Forestry Companies To Own For 2016: CIENA Corporation(CIEN)

Ciena Corporation provides equipment, software, and service solutions that support the transport, switching, aggregation, and management of voice, video, and data traffic on communications networks worldwide. Its product portfolio consists of packet-optical transport that includes optical transport solutions to increase network capacity and enable delivery of a broader mix of high-bandwidth services; and packet-optical switching, which comprise optical switching platforms incorporating multiservice and multi-protocol switching systems that enable automated optical infrastructures for the delivery of various enterprise and consumer-oriented network services. The company also offers carrier Ethernet solutions, including service delivery switches and service aggregation switches to support the access and aggregation tiers of communications networks, as well as to support wireless backhaul infrastructures and business data services; and software solutions to track individual s ervices across multiple product suites, facilitating planned network maintenance, outage detection, and identification of customers or services affected by network troubles. In addition, Ciena Corporation provides consulting and support services, such as project management, deployment, maintenance support, consulting, and training services, as well as network analysis, planning, design, optimization, and tuning. Its packet-optical transport, packet-optical switching, and carrier Ethernet solutions products are used individually or as part of an integrated solution in communications networks operated by communications service providers, cable operators, governments, enterprises, and other network operators. The company sells its communications networking solutions directly, as well as through strategic channel relationships. Ciena Corporation was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Linthicum, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) is seeing a huge improvement in its U.S and European business from the carriers for its 100G transport, OTN and packet networking portfolio. The Deutsche Bank price target is $27, and the Thomson/First Call estimate is also $27.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Ciena (NASDAQ: CIEN) shares gained 2.02% to create a new 52-week high of $25.82. Ciena shares have jumped 77.37% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.

Hot Media Companies To Buy Right Now: Panera Bread Company(PNRA)

Panera Bread Company, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. Its bakery-cafes offer fresh baked goods, sandwiches, soups, salads, custom roasted coffees, and other complementary products, as well as provide catering services. The company also manufactures and supplies dough and other products to company-owned and franchise-operated bakery-cafes. As of March 29, 2011, it owned and franchised 1,467 bakery-cafes under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co., and Paradise Bakery & Cafe names. The company was founded in 1981 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Brownell]

    Michael L Abramson/Getty Images For the next week, Ron Shaich will live well below his means: The Panera Bread (PNRA) CEO embarked on a quest Saturday to spend a week living on food stamps. “As part of Hunger Action Month, I decided to take the SNAP Challenge,” Shaich announced on LinkedIn last week. “For one week, beginning Saturday, September 14, 2013, I will live on just $4.50 a day, the average daily benefit per person provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formerly known as Food Stamps).” A number of liberal politicians, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker have taken the SNAP Challenge, publicly documenting their quest to eat on less than $5 a day (the weekly allowance is $31.50). The challenge has become a popular way to see how the other half lives, call attention to hunger issues and protest budget cuts.

  • [By William White]

    Ron Shaich, CEO of Panera Bread (PNRA), will live on a food-stamp budget of $4.50 a day for food for one week.

    Shaich is living on the food-stamp budget as part of the SNAP challenge. SNAP is the system that replaced food stamps. Shaich started the challenge on Saturday and is documenting his challenge on LinkedIn (LNKD). Shaich took his $31.50, the average weekly budget for someone on SNAP, to a grocery store and boughtcereal, pasta, lentils, chickpeas and some vegetables. He noted that it was a barren shopping cart and that he didn’t know if he would be able to sustain himself on the budget. Shiach spent$25.95 on the food he bought that day, which leaves him with $5.55 to buy food with for the rest of the week, reports Daily Finance.