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Why iQiyi Blasted 9% Higher Today

Investors unhappy about the lackluster recent performance of Chinese stocks shed some of their gloom on Tuesday, with the almost 9% rise of iQiyi (NASDAQ:IQ). The video streaming company reported some highly encouraging news about one particular piece of content.

So what

iQiyi announced that it’s hot-off-the-server TV drama series The Ideal City has debuted to a large audience, and instantly become a white-hot piece of entertainment. According to the company, its Aug. 12 online premiere was a monster hit, with roughly 1.5 million of its subscribers “indicating interest” in the show.

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In what iQiyi is pushing as a stronger indication of its popularity, posts with The Ideal City hashtags on the high-traffic Weibo social media platform collectively had over 1 billion views from the premiere date to Aug. 23.

The buzz around the series might have much to do with its demographic.

The Ideal City focuses on a group of youthful architects, and iQiyi says that “With its honest portrayals of contemporary social issues such as the struggles of ‘Shanghai drifters’ (young people who come to Shanghai for work) and the ‘007 work schedule’ (working from midnight to midnight, seven days a week), the series is a salute to young people who stay true to their aspirations.”

Now what

iQiyi might be a bleeding-edge video streaming company, but like entertainment purveyors from the dawn of time, its success ultimately depends on its content. The Ideal City seems to be a big hit; let’s see if iQiyi can keep its momentum going, and build on it with new original series and films.

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Why MacroGenics Soared Nearly 9% Higher Today

A notable decliner on Wednesday, MacroGenics (NASDAQ:MGNX) stock came roaring back the next day to close almost 9% higher. The company has suffered a big setback, but there are obviously investors who still believe it has potential to make them money.

So what

The setback is that the company’s only Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drug, breast cancer treatment Margenza, didn’t perform impressively in a final analysis. In that study, Margenza plus chemotherapy was compared to a prominent cancer treatment, Roche’s (OTC:RHHBY) trastuzumab (branded as Herceptin), also in combination with chemotherapy.

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Disappointingly, it was found that the Margenza patients “did not demonstrate a statistically significant advantage for Margenza over trastuzumab,” according to MacroGenics Tuesday press release on the matter.

Not every aspect of the analysis was dispiriting. The researchers found that a large subset of patients with a particular genetic variation had a 2.5 month longer survival term with Margenza than with the Roche regime (a total of 23.3 months for the former, against 20.8 months for the latter).

Now what

Perhaps that glimmer of hope is what brought investors back into MacroGenics stock on Thursday. Another positive factor might be that one prominent bull is sticking to his positive view on the biotech. Wedbush prognosticator David Nierengarten reiterated his outperform — or buy — recommendation, keeping his $32 per-share price target.

“While the data reported are top-line negative, it does not come as much of a surprise given the previously reported data,” he wrote in a research note to clients.

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Here's Why Meta Materials Stock Soared 32.9% Last Month

Shares ofMeta Materials(NASDAQ:MMAT) gained 32.9% in August, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The company had acquisitions news to announce and published second-quarter results in the month, but it appears that increased buying from investors aiming to trigger a short squeeze played the biggest role in the gains.

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Meta Materials has attracted interest from Reddit’s WallStreetBets and other online investment communities with a heavy interest in meme stocks. The company is working on developing advanced materials that could have a wide range of applications and help facilitate new tech breakthroughs, but right now short-squeeze momentum appears to be the big story.

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So what

Meta Materials published a press release on Aug. 5 announcing that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Nanotech Security for roughly $90.8 million Canadian (roughly $72.5 million). The company then reported its Q2 results on Aug. 12, posting a net loss of $5.18 million on revenue of $624,320. Sales were up roughly 197% year over year, but the business’ net loss also expanded from the loss of roughly $1.82 million it posted in the prior-year quarter.

Meta Materials was taken public through a merger with Torchlight Energy that was completed in June, and it’s seen volatile trading across the stretch. While the company had some significant news to announce last month, it’s likely that its rising popularity as a short-squeeze candidate among WallStreetBets and other investors played a bigger role in its gains. According to Fintel.io, the company had short volume of roughly 1.92 million shares against daily trading volume of roughly 3.66 million shares — good for a short volume ratio of roughly 52.6%.

Now what

Meta Materials stock has continued to post big gains early in September. The company’s share price is up roughly 18.6% in the month so far.

MMAT Chart

MMAT data by YCharts

Meta Materials appears to be gaining ground thanks to a CNBC interview with S3 Partners’ head of predictive analytics, Ihor Dusaniwsky. The S3 director stated that the stock was one of several that were better short-squeeze candidates than recent meme-stock favorite Support.com. As of Sept. 2, Fintel reported that Meta Materials had a short volume ratio of approximately 33.7%.

Meta Materials now has a market capitalization of roughly $1.5 billion. With a speculative business outlook and the company still in small-cap territory, the stock seems primed for more volatility in the near term.

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Why Nvidia Shares Beat the Market Today

Shares of Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) closed Friday more than 2% higher, in contrast to a generally flat stock market. That followed a price target upgrade from one analyst tracking the stock. It also occurred on a good day for cryptocurrencies, which help boost its business.

So what

That upgrade came from Jefferies prognosticator Mark Lipacis, who now believes Nvidia stock is worth $260 per share. That’s nearly $30 higher than his previous price target of $233, and nearly 14% higher than the stock’s current level. Lipacis is maintaining his buy recommendation on the shares.

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The analyst believes that Nvidia can rise even higher thanks to its software and data-center business segments. The latter in particular has been making big strides, with revenue rising 35% on a year-over-year basis in the chipmaker’s recently reported second quarterto hit a new record of almost $2.4 billion.

Nvidia also benefited from a cryptocurrency bull market on Friday. Since its GPUs are the product of choice for many crypto miners, its share price can be affected by sentiment in such assets. In late afternoon, the bellwether cryptocurrency Bitcoin was trading just shy of 2% higher — similar to Nvidia’s gain — while Ethereumwas up a healthy 4.8%.

Now what

Lipacis certainly has a viable argument for raising Nvidia’s price target. The company has been notching wins in numerous segments of its business. And we should remember that some of the smaller ones, notably the automotive unit, hold big potential.

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Why NetApp Stock Was Trouncing the Market on Thursday

Never underestimate the power of a good quarter to move a company’s stock in the right direction. This dynamic was apparent with NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) on Thursday, as its shares were trading more than 4% higher in late-afternoon action following the publication of its first-quarter 2022 figures.

So what

For the quarter, NetApp booked revenue of $1.46 billion, a 12% improvement year over year. Total billings saw a steeper rise (20%) across that stretch, to $1.38 billion. On an adjusted basis, net profit soared 61% to $263 million, or $1.15 per share.

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Those headline numbers exceeded analyst expectations, especially on the bottom line. The prognosticators following NetApp stock were collectively modeling $1.43 billion in revenue, and an adjusted per-share net profit of $0.95.

In its press release, the cloud services provider quoted CEO George Kurian as saying that the company enjoyed “strong revenue, gross margin, and operating leverage across the entire business.”

“Cloud and digital transformation initiatives remain top customer priorities,” he added.

Now what

It’s likely NetApp had those dynamics firmly in mind when gazing into its crystal ball.

The company has raised its top-line and profitability guidance for the entirety of fiscal 2022, estimating that net revenue will grow by 8% to 9%, with adjusted earnings coming in at $4.85 to $5.05 per share.

Happily, the latter range well exceeds both the average analyst estimate of $4.59, and the fiscal 2021 profit of $4.06.

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Why Airbnb Stock Soared 10% Today

Shares of Airbnb (NASDAQ:ABNB) closed up 10% today after Reuters reported that the company has offered to provide free, temporary housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees worldwide.

So what

As a business move, this has pluses and minuses. Airbnb won’t be making any money from facilitating free rentals, and it will rely on donations from CEO Brian Chesky and its charity Airbnb.org to fund the project. On the other hand, the positive PR that Airbnb will earn from this move is invaluable.

Meanwhile, beyond PR, Airbnb got some good news yesterday when analysts at DA Davidson reiterated their buy rating and $174 price target on the stock. Second-quarter results at the housing facilitator were “strong,” and Q3 looks on track to be Airbnb’s “strongest revenue quarter ever,” with revenue likely to top what Airbnb collected even in Q3 2019, before the pandemic struck.

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Now what

The big question now is: Should you buy it?

At $101.5 billion in market capitalization, even with roughly $5 billion in net cash lowering its enterprise value to $96.5 billion, Airbnb still sells for a lofty valuation of 64 times trailing free cash flow of $1.5 billion. On the other hand, analysts are broadly in agreement with DA Davidson that Airbnb has a lot of room to grow, and the consensus seems to be that Airbnb will more than double its free cash flow over the next four years.

Still, that works out to “only” about a 22% compound annual growth rate in free cash flow (and an enterprise value-to-free-cash-flow-to-growth ratio of about 2.9, which is kind of high). It’s worth pointing out that when calculated according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Airbnb remains an unprofitable company.

Long story short: While Airbnb is getting good press today and deserves praise for its good deed — and appears to be racking up high marks as a growth company — Airbnb stock is not yet an obvious bargain.

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Hot Growth Stocks To Invest In 2021

Medical product specialist OraSure (NASDAQ:OSUR) trailed the market last month by shedding 16% compared to a 3% spike in the S&P 500, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

The decline contributed to significant losses for shareholders recently, with the stock down nearly 40% in the past year.

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So what

Investors reacted harshly to OraSure’s fourth-quarter results, which in early February showed that sales fell 11% overall thanks to a drop off in its key genomics division. On a conference call with investors, management explained that this decline was due to the scaling back of purchases from a single large customer in the consumer DNA testing industry.

Now what

That customer has reduced its purchasing plans going forward as a result of its new promotions strategy. That move led OraSure to project weak sales for the fiscal first quarter. Management does believe operating trends will bounce back through the next three quarters of 2019, but investors still appear to be taking a cautious approach with the stock until they can see evidence that revenue gains and profitability won’t be permanently pressured by OraSure’s shifting selling environment.

Hot Growth Stocks To Invest In 2021: Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.(BWLD)

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. engages in the ownership, operation, and franchise of restaurants in the United States. The company provides quick casual and casual dining services, as well as serves bottled beers, wines, and liquor. As of July 26, 2011, it had 773 Buffalo Wild Wings locations in 45 states in the United States, as well as in Canada. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    That’s not to say it was a quiet day for every stock on the market. With earnings season ramping up, brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) and restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD) served as an exercise in contrast as investors reacted to their respective quarterly reports.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Dave & Busters Entertainment tripling in value before falling back while small cap upscale gentlemen’s clubs and restaurant owner RCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: RICK) began taking off in 2016 and small cap Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) is being acquired by Arby’s Restaurant Group:

Hot Growth Stocks To Invest In 2021: MEDIFAST INC(MED)

Medifast, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, and sale of weight management and disease management products, and other consumable health and diet products in the United States. The company?s product lines include weight and disease management, meal replacement, and vitamins. It also operates weight control centers that offer Medifast programs for weight loss and maintenance, customized patient counseling, and inbody composition analysis. The company markets its products under the Medifast and Essential brand names, including shakes, appetite suppression shakes, women?s health shakes, diabetics shakes, joint health shakes, coronary health shakes, calorie burn drinks, calorie burn flavor infusers, antioxidant shakes, antioxidant flavor infusers, bars, crunch bars, soups, chili, oatmeal, pudding, scrambled eggs, hot cocoa, cappuccino, chai latte, iced teas, fruit drinks, pretzels, puffs, brownie, pancakes, soy crisps, crackers, and omega 3 and digestive health products. Medifast Inc. sells its products through various channels of distribution comprising Web, call center, independent health advisors, medical professionals, weight loss clinics, and direct consumer marketing supported via the phone and the Web; Take Shape for Life, a physician led network of independent health coaches; and weight control centers. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Medifast Inc  (NYSE:MED)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 26, 2019, 4:30 p.m. ET

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    MediBloc [MED] (CURRENCY:MED) traded 11.7% lower against the U.S. dollar during the 1 day period ending at 20:00 PM ET on February 16th. MediBloc [MED] has a total market capitalization of $19.63 million and $281,103.00 worth of MediBloc [MED] was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. During the last seven days, MediBloc [MED] has traded down 27.6% against the U.S. dollar. One MediBloc [MED] token can currently be bought for $0.0066 or 0.00000100 BTC on major exchanges including Coinrail, Bibox and Gate.io.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System raised its stake in Medifast Inc (NYSE:MED) by 12.4% during the second quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 5,781 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock after buying an additional 640 shares during the period. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System’s holdings in Medifast were worth $926,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Hot Growth Stocks To Invest In 2021: TrueBlue Inc.(TBI)

TrueBlue, Inc. provides temporary blue-collar staffing services in the United States. It supplies on demand general labor to various industries under the Labor Ready brand; skilled labor to manufacturing and logistics industries under the Spartan Staffing brand; and trades people for commercial, industrial, and residential construction, and building and plant maintenance industries under the CLP Resources brand. The company also provides mechanics and technicians to the aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul, aerospace manufacturing, and assembly industries, as well as to other transportation industries under the Plane Techs brand; and temporary drivers to the transportation and distribution industries under the Centerline brand. It primarily serves small and medium-size businesses. The company was formerly known as Labor Ready, Inc. and changed its name to TrueBlue, Inc. in December 2007. TrueBlue, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Tacoma, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of Trueblue (NYSE:TBI) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report issued on Friday morning.

    Several other research firms have also recently weighed in on TBI. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Trueblue from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 12th. BMO Capital Markets decreased their price objective on shares of Trueblue from $26.00 to $24.00 and set a market perform rating for the company in a research report on Monday, February 11th. TheStreet cut shares of Trueblue from a b- rating to a c rating in a research report on Monday, December 31st. Finally, Credit Suisse Group decreased their price objective on shares of Trueblue from $31.00 to $25.00 and set a hold rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, November 6th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and three have given a hold rating to the company. Trueblue presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $26.00.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    TrueBlue Inc  (NYSE:TBI)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 07, 2019, 5:00 p.m. ET

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Hot Growth Stocks To Invest In 2021: Intuitive Surgical Inc.(ISRG)

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems for various surgical procedures, including urologic, gynecologic, cardiothoracic, general, and head and neck surgeries. Its da Vinci surgical system consists of a surgeon?s console or consoles, a patient-side cart, a 3-D vision system, and proprietary ?wristed? instruments. The company?s da Vinci surgical system translates the surgeon?s natural hand movements on instrument controls at the console into corresponding micro-movements of instruments positioned inside the patient through small puncture incisions, or ports. It also manufactures a range of EndoWrist instruments, which incorporate wrist joints for natural dexterity for various surgical procedures. Its EndoWrist instruments consist of forceps, scissors, electrocautery, scalpels, and other surgical tools. In addition, it sells various vision and accessory products for use in conjunction with the da Vinci Surgical System as surgical procedures are performed. The company?s accessory products include sterile drapes used to ensure a sterile field during surgery; vision products, such as replacement 3-D stereo endoscopes, camera heads, light guides, and other items. It markets its products through sales representatives in the United States, and through sales representatives and distributors in international markets. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

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Hot Growth Stocks To Invest In 2021: Nordstrom Inc.(JWN)

Nordstrom, Inc., a fashion specialty retailer, offers apparel, shoes, cosmetics, and accessories for women, men, and children in the United States. It offers a selection of brand name and private label merchandise. The company sells its products through various channels, including Nordstrom full-line stores, off-price Nordstrom Rack stores, Jeffrey? boutiques, treasure & bond, and Last Chance clearance stores; and its online store, nordstrom.com, as well as through catalog. Nordstrom also provides a private label card, two Nordstrom VISA credit cards, and a debit card for Nordstrom purchases. The company?s credit and debit cards feature a shopping-based loyalty program. As of September 30, 2011, it operated 222 stores, including 117 full-line stores, 101 Nordstrom Racks, 2 Jeffrey boutiques, 1 treasure & bond store, and 1 clearance store in 30 states. The company was founded in 1901 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Over the past decade, Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) has been one of the most forward-thinking department stores in terms of rolling out new technology and testing innovative ways to serve customers. However, you wouldn’t know it from the company’s financial results.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Now, here’s a closer look at today’s Money Morning insight, the most important market events, and stocks to watch.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Friday
    Bloomberg reported Thursday that the United States and China are getting closer to finalizing a trade deal that would eliminate tariffs and improve relations between the world’s two largest economies. According to reports, the deal would be completed and signed by both U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping by mid-May. Trade officials have said that both countries are making steady progress on a deal and that more updates are coming soon. Money Morning Special Contributor Matt Piepenburg shows you how to trade the ongoing developments between the United States and China right here. The earnings season continued today with a wave of news in the retail sector. First, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) announced plans to split into two separate public companies. Its Old Navy brand will become a standalone company, while its Gap and Banana Republic brands remain under the same organization. GPS shares popped 21% on the news. Meanwhile, Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN) added 1.5% after the firm released a 2019 outlook that topped Wall Street expectations. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to save a deal with Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN). According to CNBC, the governor is asking the e-commerce giant to reconsider its decision to abandon a plan to open a second headquarters in Long Island City. Last month, Amazon walked away from a plan to create 25,000 jobs (at an average salary of $150,000) after pushback from local public officials. The company was to receive $3 billion in tax incentives. The New York Times reported Thursday that Cuomo had numerous conversations with Amazon executives about reconsidering company plans.
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Top Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now

The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) reported a small sales gain and a big GAAP loss in its earnings report for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2018 last night. Sales grew less than one single percentage point to $6.9 billion for the quarter. Losses were a staggering $10.34 per share.

Kraft Heinz stock is down 27.4% as of 12:50 p.m. EST in response.

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So what

That’s not the worst of it.

Kraft blamed its big GAAP loss on a $15.4 billion impairment charge to earnings that wiped out what otherwise would have been a quarterly profit (“adjusted” earnings, said Kraft, were positive $0.84 per share — which is still down 7% year over year). On top of that, Kraft revealed that the SEC is investigating its “accounting policies, procedures, and internal controls related to its procurement function, including, but not limited to, agreements, side agreements, and changes or modifications to its agreements with its vendors” — and apparently has been doing so since at least October 2018. Although management says that it “does not expect the matters subject to the investigation to be material to its current period or any prior period financial statements,” this raises the potential that Kraft will be forced to restate its past earnings as well.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: NeuroMetrix Inc.(NURO)

NeuroMetrix, Inc., a science-based health care company, develops and markets products for the detection, diagnosis, and monitoring of peripheral nerve and spinal cord disorders, such as those associated with diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome, lumbosacral disc disease, and spinal stenosis. The company focuses on diagnosis and treatment of the neurological complications of diabetes, including diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) and median neuropathy. Its marketed products include the ADVANCE NCS/EMG system, a platform for the performance of traditional nerve conduction studies and invasive electromyography procedures for the diagnosis and evaluation of CTS, low back and leg pain, and DPN; and the NC-stat DPNCheck, a device used to evaluate systemic neuropathies, such as DPN at the point-of-care, as well as consumables and accessories for use with its neurodiagnostic equipment. The company is also developing SENSUS pain therapy device, a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimul ator used in the management of chronic pain, such as that caused by DPN; and ADVANCE CTS, a version of the ADVANCE NCS/EMG device for the detection of CTS in people with diabetes. The company distributes its products directly through its direct sales force and independent sales representatives to physicians, clinics, and hospitals consisting of primary care, internal medicine, orthopedic and hand surgeons, pain medicine physicians, neurologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physicians, and neurosurgeons, as well as endocrinology/podiatry market in the United States and internationally. NeuroMetrix, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Haemonetics (NYSE: HAE) and Neurometrix (NASDAQ:NURO) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Carnival Corporation(CUK)

Carnival plc operates as a leisure travel and cruise company in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. It offers cruises under the Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and Seabourn brands in North America; and Costa, AIDA, P&O Cruises (UK), Cunard, and P&O Cruises (Australia) brands in Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company operates 99 cruise ships. It also owns Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, a tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon, which owns and operates 11 hotels or lodges, approximately 300 motor coaches, and 20 glass-domed railcars. In addition, the company is involved in the leasing of cruise ships. It sells its cruises primarily through travel agents and tour operators. Carnival plc was founded in 1850 and is headquartered in Southampton, the United Kingdom. Carnival plc operates as a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & Plc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Shares of Carnival (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK) opened sharply lower on Thursday after the company posting mixed financial results. The world’s largest cruise line operator came through with a solid fiscal third quarter, but once again we see weak guidance weighing on the stock. 

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Dean Capital Investments Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Carnival plc (NYSE:CUK) in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund purchased 12,586 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $726,000. Carnival comprises 0.5% of Dean Capital Investments Management LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 26th largest position.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Nucor Corporation(NUE)

Nucor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products in North America and internationally. It operates through three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. The Steel Mills segment produces hot and cold-rolled sheet steel; plate steel; structural steel comprising wide-flange beams, beam blanks, and sheet piling; and bar steel, such as blooms, billets, concrete reinforcing bar, merchant bar, and special bar quality products. The Steel Products segment offers steel joists and joist girders, steel deck, fabricated concrete reinforcing steel, cold finished steel, steel fasteners, metal building systems, light gauge steel framing, steel grating and expanded metal, and wire and wire mesh products. The Raw Materials segment produces direct reduced iron (DRI); brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron, hot briquetted iron, and DRI; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal products. The company?s operations also include various international trading companies that buy and sell steel and steel products. It sells its hot-rolled steel and cold-rolled steel to steel service centers, fabricators, and manufacturers; steel joists and joist girders, and steel deck to general contractors and fabricators; and cold finished steel and steel fasteners to distributors and manufacturers. The company?s products are used by contractors in constructing highways, bridges, reservoirs, utilities, hospitals, schools, airports, stadiums, and high-rise buildings. Nucor Corporation was founded in 1940 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Longbow Research lowered shares of Nucor (NYSE:NUE) from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday, Marketbeat Ratings reports.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Duality Advisers LP bought a new position in Nucor Co. (NYSE:NUE) in the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm bought 63,770 shares of the basic materials company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,304,000.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Nucor Co. (NYSE:NUE) – Equities researchers at KeyCorp increased their Q1 2019 earnings estimates for shares of Nucor in a report issued on Sunday, March 3rd. KeyCorp analyst P. Gibbs now anticipates that the basic materials company will post earnings of $1.53 per share for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of $1.52. KeyCorp has a “Buy” rating and a $72.00 price objective on the stock. KeyCorp also issued estimates for Nucor’s FY2019 earnings at $5.40 EPS.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Tiptree Financial Inc.(TIPT)

Tiptree Financial is a diversified holding company that primarily acquires and manages controlling interests of operating businesses. The Company, whose operations date back to 2007, currently has subsidiaries that operate in the following four segments: insurance and insurance services, specialty finance, asset management and real estate. The Company’s principal investments are included in a corporate and other segment. Tiptree Financial’s Class A common stock trades on the NASDAQ Capital Market. All of Tiptree Financial’s Class B common stock is owned by TFP. Tiptree Financial’s Class B common stock has voting but no economic rights.
From July 1, 2014, the limited partners of TFP (other than Tiptree Financial itself) have been provided with the opportunity to exchange TFP partnership units for Tiptree Financial Class A common stock at a rate of 2.798 shares of Class A common stock per partnership unit.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Tiptree Inc (NASDAQ:TIPT) CFO Sandra Bell sold 8,682 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $6.55, for a total transaction of $56,867.10. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 41,881 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $274,320.55. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    This week, I ran across Tiptree Inc. (Nasdaq: TIPT) on the list of stocks with the highest VQScores. Tiptree fits most of my parameters as well so I spent a little time digging into the company further.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now

Shares of Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) rallied 15% last month thanks to a bullish analyst note.

So what

Seaspan’s stock bobbed around the flatline for most of April until an analyst at Deutsche Bank upgraded the containership leasing company from hold to buy toward the end of the month. What stood out was the $13 price target, which was 85% above the bank’s previous one of $7 a share. Driving that bullish view is the expectation that Seaspan’s ability to deleverage its balance sheet and increase the dividend would fuel substantial share price appreciation in the future.

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That analyst isn’t alone in recently voicing bullishness on Seaspan’s future. Bank of America/Merrill Lynch also upgraded the stock in early May. In this case, the bank raised its rating from neutral to buy while boosting its price target from $6.20 to $10 a share. Driving that upgrade was Seaspan’s strong operational performance in the first quarter as well as the view that the company will benefit from its recent acquisition of CGI and an improving container trade market. Furthermore, it also thought that Seaspan’s increasing cash flow would accelerate its ability to pay down debt.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: iShares S&P/Citigroup International Treasury Bond Fund(IGOV)

iShares International Treasury Bond ETF, formerly iShares S&P/Citigroup International Treasury Bond Fund (the Fund), is an exchange-traded fund. The Fund seeks investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance, of the S&P/Citigroup International Treasury Bond Index Ex US (the Index). The Index is a market value-weighted index designed to measure the performance of bonds denominated in local currencies and issued by foreign governments in developed market countries outside the United States. The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. The investment advisor of the Fund is BlackRock Fund Advisors. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Keybank National Association OH lowered its stake in iShares International Treasury Bond ETF (NASDAQ:IGOV) by 63.8% during the second quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 60,991 shares of the company’s stock after selling 107,316 shares during the period. Keybank National Association OH’s holdings in iShares International Treasury Bond ETF were worth $3,001,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Equifax, Inc.(EFX)

Equifax Inc., incorporated on December 20, 1913, is a provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Company operates through four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Personal Solutions. USIS provides consumer and commercial information solutions to businesses in the United States, including online information, decisioning technology solutions, fraud and identity management services, portfolio management services, mortgage reporting and financial marketing services. International includes Canada, Europe and Latin America business units, and provides products and services similar to those available in the USIS segment but with variations by geographic region. In Europe and Latin America, it also provides information, technology and services to support debt collections and recovery management. Workforce Solutions provides services enabling clients to verify income and employment (Verification Services), as well as to outsource and automate the performance of certain payroll-related and human resources management business processes, including unemployment cost management, tax credits and incentives and I-9 management services and services to allow employers to ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act (Employer Services). Personal Solutions provides products to consumers in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom enabling them to understand and monitor their credit and monitor and help protect their identity. It also sells consumer and credit information to resellers who combine information with other information to provide direct to consumer monitoring, reports and scores.

The Company’s products and services are based on databases of consumer and business information derived from numerous types of credit, financial assets, telecommunications and utility payment, employment, income, public record, demographic and marketing data. The Company! uses statistical techniques and software tools to analyze all available data, creating customized insights, decision-making solutions and processing services for its clients. It helps consumers understand, manage and protect their personal information and make more informed financial decisions. The Company also provides information, technology and services to support debt collections and recovery management. In addition, the Company is also a provider of payroll-related and human resource management business process outsourcing services in the United States. The Company’s clients include financial institutions, corporations, governments and individuals.

U.S. Information Solutions

The Company’s USIS segment provides consumer information solutions to businesses through three product and service lines: Online Information Solutions, Mortgage Solutions and Financial Marketing Services. Online Information Solutions’ products are derived from multiple large and comprehensive databases of consumer and commercial information that the Company maintains about individual consumers and businesses, including credit history, current credit status, payment history and address information. The Company’s clients utilize the information and analytical insights it provides to make decisions for a range of financial and business purposes, such as whether, and on what terms, to approve auto loans or credit card applications, and whether to allow a consumer or a business to open a new utility or telephone account. In addition, this information is used by the Company’s clients for cross selling additional products to existing customers, improving their underwriting and risk management decisions, and authenticating and verifying consumer and business identities. The Company also sells consumer and credit information to resellers who combine its information with other information to provide services to the mortgage, fraud and identity management, direct to consumer monitoring and other end user markets! . The Com! pany’s software platforms and analytical capabilities can integrate all types of information, including third-party and client information, to enhance the insights and decisioning process to help further mitigate the risk of granting credit, predict the risk of bankruptcy, indicate the applicant’s risk potential for account delinquency, ensure the identity of the consumer, and reduce exposure to fraud. These risk management services enable the Company’s clients to monitor risks and opportunities and manage their portfolios.

Online Information Solutions’ clients access products through a range of electronic distribution mechanisms, including direct real-time access, which facilitates instant decisions. The Company also develops and hosts customized applications that enhance the decision-making process for its clients. These decisioning technology applications assist with a variety of decisioning activities, including determining pre-approved offers, cross-selling of various products, determining deposit amounts for telephone and utility companies, and verifying the identity of their customers. The Company has also compiled commercial databases regarding businesses in the United States, which include loan, credit card, public records and leasing history data, trade accounts receivable performance, and Secretary of State and Securities and Exchange Commission registration information. It offers scoring and analytical services that provide additional information to help mitigate the credit risk assumed by the Company’s clients.

The Company’s Mortgage Solutions products, offered in the United States, consist of specialized credit reports that combine information from the consumer credit reporting agencies into a single merged credit report in an online format, commonly referred to as a tri-merge report. Mortgage lenders use these tri-merge reports in making their mortgage underwriting decisions. In addition, the Company offers various triggering services designed to alert lenders to! changes ! in a consumer’s credit status during the underwriting period and securitized portfolio risk assessment services for evaluating inherent portfolio risk.

The Company’s Financial Marketing Services products utilize consumer and commercial financial information enabling its clients to manage their marketing efforts, including targeting and segmentation; to identify and acquire new clients for their products and services; to develop portfolio strategies to minimize risk and maximize profitability, and to realize additional revenue from existing customers through cross selling and upselling of additional products and services. These products utilize information derived from consumer and commercial information, including credit, income, asset, liquidity, net worth and spending activity, which also support many of the Company’s Online Information Solutions’ products. The Company also provides account review services, which assist its clients in managing their existing customers and prescreen services that help the Company’s clients identify new opportunities with their customers. Clients for these products primarily include institutions in the banking, brokerage, retail, insurance and mortgage industries, as well as companies focused on digital and interactive marketing.

International

The Company’s International segment includes Canada, Europe and Latin America business units. These business units offer products that are similar to those available in the USIS and Personal Solutions operating segments, although, in some jurisdictions, data sources tend to rely more heavily on government agencies than in the United States. The Company also offers specialized services that help its customers manage risk in their consumer portfolios. Its products and services generate revenue in Argentina, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. The Company also maintains support operations in the Repub! lic of Ir! eland, Chile and Costa Rica. It offers consumer credit services in Russia and India. It also provides information, technology and services to support debt collections and recovery management in Europe, Canada and Latin America.

The Canada business unit is similar to Online Information Solutions, Mortgage Solutions and Financial Marketing Services business units, Canada offers products derived from the credit information that the Company maintains about individual consumers and businesses. The Company offers products in Canada, including credit reporting and scoring, consumer and commercial marketing, risk management, fraud detection and modeling services, identity management and authentication services, together with certain of its decisioning products that facilitate pre-approved offers of credit and automate a range of credit decisions.

The European operation provides information solutions, marketing and personal solutions products. Information solutions and personal solutions products are generated from information that the Company maintains and include credit reporting and scoring, asset information, risk management, identity management and authentication services, fraud detection and modeling services. Most of the products are sold in the United Kingdom with a limited set of information solutions products sold in Portugal and Spain. The Company’s commercial products, such as business credit reporting and commercial risk management services, are available mostly in the United Kingdom with a limited set of information solutions products sold in Portugal and Spain. Marketing products, which are similar to those offered in its Financial Marketing Services business unit, are primarily available in the United Kingdom and, to a lesser extent, in Spain. The Company also provides information, technology and services to support debt collections and recovery management.

Latin American operation provides consumer and commercial information solutions products, marketing pr! oducts an! d personal solutions products. The Company offers a range of products, generated from credit records that it maintains, including credit reporting and scoring, decisioning technology, risk management, identity management, authentication and fraud detection services. It also offers various commercial products, which include credit reporting, decisioning tools and risk management services, in the countries it serves. It also provides information, technology and services to support debt collections and recovery management. Additionally, it provides a range of consumer and commercial marketing products generated from its credit information databases, including business profile analysis, business prospect lists and database management. The countries in which the Company operates include Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

Workforce Solutions

The Company’s Workforce Solutions segment operates in the United States through two business units: Verification Services and Employer Services. Verification Services include employment, income and social security number verification services. Its online verification services enable direct third-party verifiers, including various governmental agencies, mortgage originators, credit card and automotive lenders and pre-employment screeners to verify the employee’s employment status and income information. The Company also offers an offline research verification service, which expands employment verification to locate data outside its existing automated database. The Work Number is its key repository of employment and income data serving the Company’s verifier business and enabling employer human resource services. The Company relies on payroll data received from over 5,300 organizations to update the database. The updates occur as employers transmit data electronically to Equifax from their payroll systems. Employers contract to provide this data for specified periods under the terms of ! contracts! , which range from 1 to 5 years. The Company uses this data to provide automated employment and income verification services to third-party verifiers, as well as enabling employer services, such as unemployment claims, I-9 and eVerify transactions and employer tax credits opportunities.

The Company’s Employer Services are aimed at reducing the cost to the human resources function of businesses through a suite of services, including assisting with employment tax matters designed to reduce the cost of unemployment claims through claims representation and management and processing and to better manage the tax rate that employers are assessed for unemployment taxes; comprehensive services designed to research the availability of employment-related tax credits, process the filings and assist the client in obtaining the tax credit; W-2 management services, which include initial distribution, reissue and correction of W-2 forms; paperless pay services that enable employees to electronically receive pay statement information, as well as review and change direct deposit account or W-4 information; integrated electronic time capture and reporting services; paperless new-hire services to bring new workers on board using electronic forms; I-9 management services designed to help clients electronically comply with the immigration laws that require employers to complete an I-9 form for each new hire; and onboarding services using online forms to complete the new hire process for employees of corporate and government agencies. The Company also offers analytical services enabling its customers to better understand the demographic profile and key statistical metrics of their workforce. In addition, the Company also provides software and services to employers to assist in compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through partnerships with government agencies.

Personal Solutions

The Company’s Personal Solutions products give consumers information to enable them to understand and ! monitor t! heir credit and monitor and help protect their identity primarily through its Equifax Complete, ID Patrol, Credit Watch and Score Watch monitoring products. Consumers can obtain credit file information about them and Equifax or FICO credit scores. Equifax products also offer monitoring features for consumers who are concerned about identity theft and data breaches, including credit report monitoring from all three bureaus, Internet and bank account monitoring, lost wallet support, and the ability to lock and unlock the Equifax credit file. The Company’s products are available to consumers in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom directly over the Internet and indirectly through business partners who distribute its products or provide these services to their employees or customers. It also sells consumer and credit information to resellers who combine its information with other information to provide direct to consumer monitoring, reports and scores.

The Company competes with Experian Group, TransUnion LLC, LifeLock, Credit Karma, Acxiom, Harte-Hanks, infoGROUP, Fair Isaac Corporation, The Dun & Bradstreet, Cortera, Verify Job System, First Advantage, Corporate Cost Control, Thomas & Thorngren and Employers Edge.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel Smoot]

    Or the 2017 Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) data breach that released the information of 143 million people. In 2018, 500 million Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) accounts were leaked. Within the first three months of 2019, 2 million government officials’ information has been hacked and stolen from the Dow Jones.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Warren Buffett has gotten a lot of attention this week after the release of his annual letter to shareholders in Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B). But the Oracle of Omaha also made news for considering something he almost never does: selling off a part of his business. Meanwhile, testimony on Capitol Hill held some potential landmines for Equifax (NYSE:EFX), as the credit rating agency faced tough questions about data breaches.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Brooks Automation Inc.(BRKS)

Brooks Automation, Inc. provides automation, vacuum, and instrumentation solutions for semiconductor manufacturing, life sciences, and clean energy markets worldwide. The company?s Brooks Product Solutions segment provides a range of products critical to technology equipment productivity and availability. This segment?s products include atmospheric and vacuum tool automation systems, atmospheric and vacuum robots and robotic modules, and cryogenic vacuum pumping, thermal management, and vacuum measurement solutions, which are used to create, measure, and control critical process vacuum applications. Its Brooks Life Science Systems segment offers automated sample management systems, including automated sample storage, automated blood fractionation equipment, sample preparation and handling equipment, consumables, parts, and support services to various life science customers, including pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, biobanks, national laboratories, rese arch institutes, and research universities. The company?s Brooks Global Services segment provides a range of support services, including on and off-site repair services, on and off-site diagnostic support services, and installation services to enable the customers to maximize process tool uptime and productivity. This segment also offers spare part support services to end-user customers. Brooks Automation, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Brooks Automation Inc  (NASDAQ:BRKS)Q2 2019 Earnings CallApril 29, 2019, 4:30 p.m. ET

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  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) Q1 2019 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 5, 2019 5:30 p.m. ET

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Brooks Automation (BRKS)

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Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Perceptron, Inc.(PRCP)

Perceptron, Inc. (“Perceptron”, “we”, “us” or “our”) develops, produces and sells a comprehensive range of automated industrial metrology products and solutions to manufacturing organizations for dimensional gauging, dimensional inspection and 3D scanning. Products include 3D machine vision solutions, robot guidance, coordinate measuring machines, laser scanning and advanced analysis software. Our customers, which include global automotive, aerospace and other manufacturing companies, rely on Perceptron’s metrology solutions to assist in managing their complex manufacturing processes to improve quality, shorten product launch times and reduce costs. Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, Perceptron has subsidiary operations in Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain and the United Kingdom.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Perceptron (NASDAQ: PRCP) and CyberOptics (NASDAQ:CYBE) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Bruker Corporation(BRKR)

Bruker Corporation designs, manufactures, services, and sells proprietary life science and materials research systems worldwide. The company?s Scientific Instruments segment offers advanced instrumentation and automated solutions based on magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, gas chromatography, X-ray, spark-optical emission spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, stylus and optical metrology, and infrared and Raman molecular spectroscopy technologies. This segment serves pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and molecular diagnostic companies; academic institutions, medical schools, and other non-profit organizations; clinical microbiology laboratories; government departments and agencies; nanotechnology, semiconductor, chemical, cement, metals, and petroleum companies; and food, beverage, and agricultural analysis companies and laboratories. Its Energy & Supercon Technologies segment provides superconducting materials, including metallic low temperature superconductors for use in magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear magnetic resonance, fusion energy research, and other applications; and ceramic high temperature superconductors primarily for fusion energy research applications, as well as non-superconducting Cuponal materials and wires based on co-extruded copper and aluminum, and non-superconducting high technology tools. Its customers include companies in the medical industry; private and public research and development laboratories in the fields of fundamental and applied sciences, and energy research; academic institutions; and government agencies. This segment is also involved in the development of superconductors and superconducting-enabled devices for applications in power and energy, as well as industrial processing industries. The company markets its products through direct sales force; and distributors, independent sales representatives, and other representatives. Bruker Corporation was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Billerica, M assachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Bruker Co. (NASDAQ:BRKR) – Jefferies Financial Group lowered their Q1 2019 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Bruker in a research report issued on Tuesday, February 12th. Jefferies Financial Group analyst B. Couillard now expects that the medical research company will earn $0.24 per share for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $0.28. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for Bruker’s Q3 2019 earnings at $0.42 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.60 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $1.58 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $1.75 EPS.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ILLEGAL ACTIVITY WARNING: “Stock Traders Purchase High Volume of Call Options on Bruker (BRKR)” was first reported by Ticker Report and is the sole property of of Ticker Report. If you are reading this story on another publication, it was illegally stolen and reposted in violation of U.S. and international trademark & copyright law. The correct version of this story can be viewed at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/4145365/stock-traders-purchase-high-volume-of-call-options-on-bruker-brkr.html.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc.(MPO)

Molopo Energy Limited is engaged in petroleum production and investment in exploration, appraisal, development and production of oil and gas. The Company’s operating assets are located in the Permian Basin of West Texas. It is engaged in the delivery of the asset maximization program. It is focused on the identification, acquisition and exploitation of oil and gas assets, predominantly located in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. It operates in the Australia, Canada, USA and South Africa segments. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Bailard Inc. bought a new stake in Midstates Petroleum Company Inc (NYSE:MPO) in the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm bought 46,400 shares of the energy producer’s stock, valued at approximately $348,000.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Midstates Petroleum Company Inc (NYSE:MPO) shares hit a new 52-week low during trading on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $11.23 and last traded at $11.31, with a volume of 1700 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $11.63.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News coverage about Midstates Petroleum (NYSE:MPO) has trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Midstates Petroleum earned a news sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the energy producer an impact score of 46.8675209319962 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Oritani Financial Corp.(ORIT)

Oritani Financial Corp., incorporated on March 3, 2010, is a holding company for Oritani Bank (the Bank). The Bank offers a range of retail and commercial loan and deposit products. The Bank operates in the New Jersey Counties of Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Passaic. The Bank’s loan portfolio includes residential loans, residential commercial real estate loans, credit or grocery retail commercial real estate loans, other commercial real estate loans, and construction and land loans. As of March 31, 2016, the Bank’s net loans were $3,017.74 million. Its investment securities are classified as held to maturity, including mortgage-backed securities, and available for sale, including equity securities and mortgage-backed securities. As of March 31, 2016, the Bank’s securities held to maturity were $152 million and securities available for sale were $215.86 million. Its deposits include checking (non-interest and interest-bearing demand deposits), money market deposit accounts, savings accounts and time deposits. As of March 31, 2016, the Company’s total deposits were $2,224.6 million.

The Bank offers personal banking services, such as mobile banking; checking accounts, including Optimum Gold Checking, Nifty-Fifty Checking and Choice Plus Checking; money market accounts; savings accounts, including Passbook Savings, Super Passbook Savings and SuperSaver Plus; certificates and retirement accounts, including certificates of deposit and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Insurance, and online banking and other services, including overdraft protection and safe deposit boxes. The Bank offers business banking services, such as business accounts, including Trust and Escrow Accounts, Interest On Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) and Business Checking accounts; business services, including remote deposit capture, cash management, merchant services and deposit payroll processing service, and commercial loans, including multi-family and commercial mortgage loans. The Company’s subsidiaries include Ha! mpshire Financial, LLC and Oritani, LLC.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Oritani Financial (NASDAQ:ORIT) was downgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    COPYRIGHT VIOLATION WARNING: “Oritani Financial Corp. (ORIT) Position Lowered by Prudential Financial Inc.” was originally reported by Ticker Report and is owned by of Ticker Report. If you are reading this report on another domain, it was stolen and republished in violation of U.S. and international copyright & trademark law. The original version of this report can be accessed at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/4215599/oritani-financial-corp-orit-position-lowered-by-prudential-financial-inc.html.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Oritani Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ORIT) SVP Philip Wyks sold 7,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.97, for a total value of $111,790.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Federated Investors, Inc.(FII)

Federated Investors, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation, together with its consolidated subsidiaries (collectively, Federated), is a leading provider of investment management products and related financial services. Federated has been in the investment management business since 1955 and is one of the largest investment managers in the United States (U.S.) with $361.1 billion in assets under management (AUM or managed assets) at December 31, 2015. Federated operates in one operating segment, the investment management business. Federated sponsors, markets and provides investment-related services to various investment products, including mutual funds and Separate Accounts (which include separately managed accounts, institutional accounts, sub-advised funds and other managed products) in both domestic and international markets.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    U.S. Global Investors (NASDAQ:GROW) and Federated Investors (NYSE:FII) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in shares of Federated Investors Inc (NYSE:FII) by 0.3% in the 4th quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 13,333,986 shares of the asset manager’s stock after buying an additional 35,445 shares during the quarter. BlackRock Inc. owned approximately 0.13% of Federated Investors worth $354,019,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: EOG Resources, Inc.(EOG)

EOG Resources, Inc., a Delaware corporation organized in 1985, together with its subsidiaries (collectively, EOG), explores for, develops, produces and markets crude oil and natural gas primarily in major producing basins in the United States of America (United States or U.S.), The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (Trinidad), the United Kingdom (U.K.), The People’s Republic of China (China), Canada and, from time to time, select other international areas. EOG’s principal producing areas are further described in “Exploration and Production” below. EOG’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and any amendments to those reports are made available, free of charge, through EOG’s website, as soon as reasonably practicable after such reports have been filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). EOG’s website address is www.eogresources.com.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    In addition to the Turner, Chesapeake Energy plans to continue its appraisal work on several other formations in the area, including the Niobrara. These rock layers could enhance the company’s growth prospects given what peers like EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG) have uncovered in the area. Last October, EOG Resources unveiled that its appraisal efforts confirmed that the Niobrara and Mowry shale plays underneath its Powder River Basin acreage hold nearly 2 billion BOE of recoverable resources, giving it three high-return growth targets in the region. These results provide more evidence that the Powder River Basin could be a significant growth driver for Chesapeake in the coming years.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG) has done an excellent job enriching its shareholders over the past two decades. Investors, for example, who bought $1,000 of the company’s stock following its separation from Enron 20 years ago would have seen that grow into more than $25,000 over that time frame, which is much better than the $3,200 they’d have made by investing the same amount into the S&P 500.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    EOG Resources Inc. (NYSE: EOG) traded down about 1% at $94.11. The 52-week range is $82.04 to $133.53.

    The United States Natural Gas ETF (NYSEArca: UNG) traded up about 0.2% at $24.79 in a 52-week range of $21.65 to $39.87.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(AMAG)

AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, provides products and services with a focus on maternal health, anemia management, and cancer supportive care in the United States. It markets Makena, a hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection to reduce the risk of preterm birth in women pregnant with a single baby who have a history of singleton spontaneous preterm birth; Feraheme (ferumoxytol) injection for use as an intravenous (IV) iron replacement therapy for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in adult patients with chronic kidney disease; and MuGard Mucoadhesive Oral Wound Rinse for the management of oral mucocitis/stomatiits and various types of oral wounds. The company also offers Cord Blood Registry services that are related to the collection, processing, and storage of umbilical cord blood and cord tissue units. In addition, it has a license agreement with Velo to acquire the rights to digoxin immune fab, a polyclonal antibody in clinical development for the treatment of severe preeclampsia in pregnant women. The company sells Feraheme to authorized wholesalers and specialty distributors. AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAG) – Analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald decreased their FY2019 EPS estimates for AMAG Pharmaceuticals in a research note issued on Tuesday, February 12th. Cantor Fitzgerald analyst M. Lillis now expects that the specialty pharmaceutical company will post earnings per share of ($1.56) for the year, down from their prior estimate of ($1.41). Cantor Fitzgerald has a “Neutral” rating on the stock.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAG) – Investment analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies issued their Q1 2020 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of AMAG Pharmaceuticals in a research report issued on Thursday, February 7th. Piper Jaffray Companies analyst C. Raymond anticipates that the specialty pharmaceutical company will earn ($0.68) per share for the quarter. Piper Jaffray Companies also issued estimates for AMAG Pharmaceuticals’ Q2 2020 earnings at ($0.74) EPS, Q3 2020 earnings at ($0.77) EPS and Q4 2020 earnings at ($0.74) EPS.

Here's Why Many Apple Suppliers' Shares Crashed Last Month

Shares of several Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) suppliers fell hard in April of 2018, either in direct response to Cupertino’s business results or due to comments made by the iPhone maker’s executives.

According to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, audio chip supplier Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:CRUS) fell 10.2% lower in April including a 7% dip in three days as analysts pondered the future of Apple’s iPhone plans. Screen builder LG Display (NYSE:LPL) saw a 10.7% month-long dip, and memory chip giant Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) took an 11.8% haircut last month. For Apple’s own part, its share prices fell 7% in three days but recovered to post a 1.5% total dip for the month — slightly stronger than the broader market’s 2.6% decline.

Close-up shot of an Apple iPhone X splashing through some water.

Image source: Apple.

So what

Before Apple’s earnings report at the end of April, it looked like the iPhone X was running into supply chain issues that should put a lid on the sales volume. Build rates calculated by third-party analysts on the back of checks and analysis further down the supply chain indicated that Apple would slash its iPhone X production to about 60% of the expected volume. For example, LG Display and its peers only got 25 million orders for iPhone X-style OLED screens in the first quarter, down from early estimates of roughly 40 million.

Cirrus Logic missed Wall Street’s earnings and revenue targets, pinning the blame on lower smartphone volumes than expected. The company is working its way into some Android phones at the moment, but Apple remains its largest smartphone-related client by a long shot, so it’s pretty clear that management had expected more iPhone-based orders than they’re getting.

In the actual report, Apple avoided publishing any specific unit counts for iPhone X sales but repeated the mantra that the high-priced handset was the best-selling model of all. Investors and analysts walked away from the report with nothing more than a hazy sense of stability.

And in Apple’s earnings call with Street analysts, CFO Luca Maestri noted that memory chip prices are running high enough to put pressure on Apple’s profit margins right now. A few minutes later, Maestri turned around to a firm prediction that both NAND and DRAM memory prices should peak “very soon,” perhaps by the end of 2018. That would be bad news for Micron.

Now what

When mighty Apple moves, it sends ripple effects through the ranks of its suppliers — and sometimes across entire sub-sectors of the semiconductor and electronics industries, even into corners not directly touched by Apple itself.

I think Cirrus is smart to seek diversification in the Android camp, but it will still take many years to build a significant cushion against Apple-related volatility. LG Display doesn’t live or die by Apple’s hand alone, having a long history of Android-based business relationships to fall back on while exploring growth in the emerging large-screen OLED TV market.

A couple of analysts took action on Maestri’s memory-chip comments, digging into that sector’s business trends to confirm the Apple CFO’s predictions. They didn’t find a whole lot of evidence. For example, Mizuho analyst Vijay Rakesh noted that “actions speak louder than words,” and that Apple wouldn’t be buying a whole lot of components at peak prices if it expected lower costs later in the year, just as production volumes ramp up in preparation for the holidays.

So Rakesh kept a “buy” rating on Micron, and his price target remains more than 30% above the stock’s current prices. I’ll admit that Apple’s management sits closer to the epicenter of whatever is going on in the various parts of the microchip market, but I’m not selling my Micron shares based on Maestri’s comments here.

Why Solar Stocks Charged Higher Thursday

Solar stocks were on fire Thursday after Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ:RUN) reported earnings and California mandated solar on all new homes. Sunrun jumped as much as 19.7% while Vivint Solar Inc (NYSE:VSLR), Enphase Energy Inc (NASDAQ:ENPH), and SolarEdge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:SEDG) were up 12.5%, 15.6%, and 16.3% respectively at their highs for the day.

So what

Sunrun’s first quarter saw installations fall 5 megawatts (MW) to 68 MW and creation costs were up 3.8% to $3.51 per watt. What surprised investors was net income of $28 million, or $0.25 per share, which beat estimates by a penny. If earnings alone were all investors had to digest, I don’t think shares would have moved much, but there was other news on the market’s mind.

Large roof with solar panels.

Image source: Getty Images.

On Wednesday, the California Energy Commission passed a rule that effectively mandates solar panels on new homes starting in 2020. According to Sunrun’s presentation to investors, about 100,000 new homes are built each year in California and if the average rooftop solar system is 6 kW, that could mean 600 MW of demand each year from new homes, a lot of which would be incremental growth for the market.

As two of the top three solar installers in the country, Sunrun and Vivint Solar could see a sharp rise in demand from the new rule in California. According to GTM Research’s U.S. Solar Market Insight report, there was 2,147 MW of residential solar installed in the entire country in 2017, so California’s mandate could increase the market by 10% or more, depending on how many new homes already included solar.

As component suppliers, Enphase Energy and SolarEdge Technologies would also see an increase in demand from the California rule. That’s why they were following solar installers higher.

Now what

The next challenge will be building the partnerships necessary to exploit a growing California residential solar market. There’s an opportunity for each of these companies to grow, but they don’t have residential homebuilders as regular partners right now.

Its stock didn’t move Thursday, but as of last June SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) had partnerships with 10 of the 13 largest home builders in the country. It seems they would be in the lead when it comes to selling more solar systems in California.

Nevertheless, the stock market sees California’s policy environment as a good thing for residential solar stocks on Thursday and it’s easy to see why Sunrun, Vivint Solar, Enphase Energy, and SolarEdge Technologies will see greater demand when the rule goes into effect.