Top 10 Semiconductor Stocks To Invest In 2017

Stocks continued their one-step-forward, one-step-back action today, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped more than 100 points this afternoon.

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The S&P 500 has fallen 0.6% to 2,134.92 at 2:16 p.m. today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped 107.24 points, or 0.6%, to 18,105.24. The Nasdaq Composite has declined 0.3% to 5,233.14.

Gluskin Sheff’s David Rosenberg notes that the “we are finishing the week with a slightly more bearish tone” and he doesn’t sound all that positive himself:

…the S&P 500 closed yesterday at 2,152 on May 21st, 2015, it closed at 2,130 so the story is sixteen months of practically nothing in terms of price appreciation.

In other words, the slope of the line in this seven-year-plus bull market has flattened; assuming the bull market is intact at all. And whether you are bullish or bearish, here is the reality: we are into a more volatile environment after an unusually long phase of market calm (as in coming off 43 straight sessions with the S&P 500 moving by less than 1% daily in either direction to now enduring seven of the past eight trading days with swings of at least 1%. Summer vacation is over)…

Top 10 Semiconductor Stocks To Invest In 2017: KeyCorp(KEY)

KeyCorp, incorporated on December 31, 1958, is a bank holding company. The Bank operates through its subsidiary, KeyBank National Association (KeyBank), which is engaged in providing banking services. Through KeyBank and other subsidiaries, the Company provides a range of retail and commercial banking, commercial leasing, investment management, consumer finance, commercial mortgage servicing and special servicing, and investment banking products and services to individual, corporate and institutional clients. The Company’s segments include Key Community Bank and Key Corporate Bank. Its Other Segments consist of corporate treasury, principal investing unit and various exit portfolios.

The Company provides its services across the country through KeyBank’s approximately 970 full-service retail banking branches and a network of over 1,260 automated teller machines (ATMs) in approximately 10 states, as well as additional offices, online and mobile banking capabilit ies, and a telephone banking call center. In addition to the customary banking services of accepting deposits and making loans, the Company offers personal, securities lending and custody services, personal financial services, access to mutual funds, treasury services, investment banking and capital markets products, and international banking services. The Company provides investment management services to clients that include large corporate and public retirement plans, foundations and endowments, high-net-worth individuals and multi-employer trust funds established for providing pension or other benefits to employees. The Company provides other financial services both within and outside of its banking markets through various nonbank subsidiaries. These services include community development financing, securities underwriting and brokerage. It also provides merchant services to businesses directly and through an equity participation in a joint venture.

Key Comm unity Bank

Key Community Bank serves individual! s and small to mid-sized businesses by offering a range of deposit, investment, lending, credit card, and personalized wealth management products and business advisory services. These products and services are provided through the Company’s relationship managers and specialists working in its branch network, which is organized into various geographic regions, including Pacific, Rocky Mountains, Indiana, Western Ohio and Michigan, Eastern Ohio, Western New York, Eastern New York and New England.

Key Community Bank provides branch-based deposit and investment products, personal finance services, and loans, including residential mortgages, home equity, credit card, and various types of installment loans. In addition, financial, estate and retirement planning, asset management services, and Delaware Trust capabilities are offered to assist high-net-worth clients with their banking, trust, portfolio management, insurance, charitable giving and related needs. It provi des small businesses with deposit, investment and credit products, and business advisory services. Mid-sized businesses are provided products and services that include commercial lending, cash management, equipment leasing, investment and employee benefit programs, succession planning, access to capital markets, derivatives, and foreign exchange.

Key Corporate Bank

Key Corporate Bank is a full-service corporate and investment bank focused on serving the needs of middle market clients in industry sectors, which include consumer, energy, healthcare, industrial, public sector, real estate and technology. Key Corporate Bank delivers a product suite of banking and capital markets products to its clients, including syndicated finance, debt and equity capital markets, commercial payments, equipment finance, commercial mortgage banking, derivatives, foreign exchange, financial advisory and public finance. Key Corporate Bank is also a servicer of commercial mortgage loans and a special servicer of commercial mortgage! -backed s! ecurities (CMBS). Key Corporate Bank delivers its product capabilities to clients of Key Community Bank.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    For Investors With More Constructive Outlook On Rates and Economy, We
    Believe Bank of America (BAC) Is Better Play The risk of downgradingJPMorgan here is that we continue to see good news on the rate front, but we preferBank of America since we view it as better positioned for higher rates and more room for multiple revaluation (Bank of America currently trades at highest implied cost of equity in our group of 11.8% vsJPMorgan at 10.5%).Bank of America does carry similar regulatory risk as JPMorgan (such as higher GSIB buffers), so for investors looking for a rate play with less regulatory risk we like Citizens Financial Group (CFG). We also view KeyCorp (KEY) as best value in the group with the most room for multiple expansion (currently 11.0% cost of equity).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Securities account for ~23% of earning assets for our coverage and carried a median ~2.4% yield as of Q116. Banks with the highest investment securities yields as of Q116 included Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) (3.12%),JPMorgan Chase (3.10%),Wells Fargo (3.00%), PNC Financial Services (PNC) (2.72%), and M&T Bank (MTB) (2.58%). Companies with the most securities exposure as a percentage of earning assets includeBank of America (29%), U.S. Bancorp (USB) (28%),Wells Fargo (25%), KeyCorp (KEY) (24%), and BB&T (BBT) (24%).

Top 10 Semiconductor Stocks To Invest In 2017: Pebblebrook Hotel Trust(PEB)

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, through Pebblebrook Hotel, L.P., operates as a real estate investment trust. The company acquires and invests primarily in hotel properties located in the United States. It holds interests in the Doubletree Bethesda Hotel and Executive Meeting Center located in Bethesda, Maryland; Sir Francis Drake Hotel located in San Francisco, California; and InterContinental Buckhead Hotel located in Atlanta, Georgia. As a REIT, the company is not subject to federal income tax to the extent that it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Marshall Hargrave]

    The other key benefit for Strategic is that it enjoys industry-leading earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) per available room. For 2012, Strategic generated $81 per room of EBITDA. Compare this to top comps LaSalle Hotel (NYSE: LHO) at $74 per room and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) at $71. The reason for this is that Strategic is much less reliant than its peers on rooms, with much greater exposure to food and beverages. Strategic earns 53% of its revenue from rooms, while its peers get around 66% of revenues from rooms.

Best European Stocks To Watch Right Now: CRB Futures Index(CR)

Crane Co. manufactures and sells engineered industrial products in the United States and internationally. The company operates in five segments: Aerospace & Electronics, Engineered Materials, Merchandising Systems, Fluid Handling, and Controls. The Aerospace & Electronics segment offers pressure, fuel flow, and position sensors and subsystems; brake control systems; coolant, lube and fuel pumps; and seat actuation products. This segment also provides power supplies and custom microelectronics for aerospace, defense, medical, and other applications; and electrical power components, power management products, electronic radio frequency, and microwave frequency components and subsystems for the defense, space, and military communications markets. The Engineered Materials segment manufactures fiberglass-reinforced plastic panels for the truck trailer and recreational vehicle markets, industrial markets, and the commercial construction industry. The Merchandising Systems segmen t offers vending solutions, such as food, snack, and beverage vending machines; and vending machine software and online solutions, as well as payment solutions, including coin accepters and dispensers, coin hoppers, coin recyclers, bill validators, and bill recyclers. The Fluid Handling segment manufactures and sells various industrial and commercial valves and actuators; provides valve testing, parts, and services; manufactures and sells pumps and water purification solutions; distributes pipe, pipe fittings, couplings, and connectors; and designs, manufactures, and sells corrosion-resistant plastic-lined pipes and fittings. The Controls segment produces ride-leveling, air-suspension control valves for heavy trucks and trailers; pressure, temperature, and level sensors; ultra-rugged computers, measurement and control systems, and intelligent data acquisition products; and water treatment equipment. Crane Co. was founded in 1855 and is based in Stamford, Connecticut.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $644.60 million.

    Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $641.85 million.

Top 10 Semiconductor Stocks To Invest In 2017: Twitter, Inc.(TWTR)


Twitter, Inc. operates as a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. The company offers various products and services, including Twitter that allows users to create, distribute, and discover content; and Periscope and Vine, a mobile application that enables user to broadcast and watch video live. It also provides promoted products and services, such as promoted tweets, promoted accounts, and promoted trends that enable its advertisers to promote their brands, products, and services; and subscription access to its data feed for data partners. In addition, the company offers a set of tools, public APIs, and embeddable widgets for developers to contribute their content to its platform; syndicate and distribute Twitter content across their properties; and enhance their Websites and applications with Twitter content. Twitter, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California .

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) shares dropped 16 percent to $14.99. Twitter reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday. However, the company reported weak quarterly revenue and issued a downbeat revenue forecast for the second quarter.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares jumped 5.2% to $74.27 today after the cloud computing company said it would not bid for Twitter (TWTR). Twitter tumbled 5.1% to$16.88 today, while the S&P 500 finished little changed at 2,132.98.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Adding to that angst this morning is bad news on the corporate side. Apparently Twitter (TWTR) is not as popular as the markets thought it was, and in the beloved semiconductor capital equipment sector, Lam Research (LRCX) is giving up on getting U.S. regulatory approval on buying KLA-Tencor (KLAC) so its walking. And thats why SPUs are stuck. They couldnt get through 2,158 (which happens to be their fifty day moving average) and now theyre ten below that. Of course, SPUs also cant seem to get below 2,131 or so. Thats only seventeen down from here. They are stuck.

  • [By Johanna Bennett]

    Bored with the battle between The Donald and Pope Francis? Turn to Twitter (TWTR). Thats where Tesla Motors (TSLA) CEO Elon Muskappeared to take the Koch brothersto task this morning over their possible renewed efforts to attack electric cars.

    Musk started with a one-word Tweet, Sigh,” which he linked to a Huffington Postreport regarding a new group with ties to Koch Industries and lobbyist Charles Drevna that will spend about $10 million annually to “boost petroleum-based transportation fuels and attack government subsidies for electric vehicles.”

    Musk followed with a second Tweet regarding subsidies given to the fossil fuel industry. There, he linked to an article by The Guardian regarding an IMF report citing $5.3 trillion in global subsidies.

    Granted, it lacks the same eye-roll-inducing moment we got when Trump and the Vicar of Christ locked horns earlier this week. Still

Top 10 Semiconductor Stocks To Invest In 2017: Intrepid Potash, Inc(IPI)


Intrepid Potash, Inc. engages in the extraction, production, and sale of potassium containing products in the United States. It produces muriate of potash and langbeinite, a low-chloride potassium fertilizer that contains sulfate and magnesium. The company also offers salt, magnesium chloride, and metal recovery salts. It serves agricultural, industrial, and animal feed markets. The company was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Gains are being seen elsewhere as well, except in shares of The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS). AgriumInc. (NYSE: AGU) was up almost 3% at $91.95 in late Monday trading, although this one held up much better in the destructive news phase when the alarming news roiled these stocks. The big winner is Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), with a gain of 7% to $16.20 in late-Monday trading.

Top 10 Semiconductor Stocks To Invest In 2017: Energy Focus, Inc.(EFOI)

Energy Focus, Inc., incorporated on May 2, 2007, along with its subsidiaries is engaged in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing, installation and sale of lighting systems. The Company is engaged in developing and selling of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting products for military maritime market, and general commercial and industrial markets.

The Company produces, sources and/or markets a range of lighting technologies to serve its primary end markets. The Company offers military maritime products, including Military Intellitube, military globe lights and military berth light to serve the United States navy and allied foreign navies. The Company offers commercial products, including direct-wire tubular LED (TLED) replacements for linear fluorescent lamps, LED dock lights, vapor tight lighting, low-bay and high-bay lighting for high-intensity discharge (HID) applications and LED retrofit kits to serve commercial and industrial markets. The Company produces its lighting products and systems through a combination of internal manufacturing and assembly at its Solon, Ohio facility, and sourced finished goods. Its internal lighting system manufacturing consists primarily of final assembly, testing, and quality control.

The Company competes with Royal Philips, CREE, Inc., Osram Sylvania and GE, Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Energy Focus Inc (NASDAQ: EFOI) were down 40 percent to $7.95 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q4 results.

    Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE: OME) was down, falling around 20 percent to $17.47 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.

Top 10 Semiconductor Stocks To Invest In 2017: Insys Therapeutics, Inc.(INSY)


Insys Therapeutics, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, develops and commercializes supportive care products. The company markets Subsys, a proprietary sublingual fentanyl spray for breakthrough cancer pain in opioid-tolerant cancer patients; and Dronabinol SG Capsule, a dronabinol soft gelatin capsule that is generic equivalent to Marinol, an approved second-line treatment for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with AIDS. Its products candidates also include Dronabinol Oral Solution, a proprietary orally administered liquid formulation of dronabinol. The company is headquartered in Chandler, Arizona.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motif Investing]

    Cannabis consulting business Medicine Man Technologies Inc (OTC: MDCL) is one such company that started trading over the counter earlier this year. Terra Tech Corp (OTC: TRTC), Insys Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: INSY) and GW Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: GWPH) are two other companies that investors can access.

Top 10 Semiconductor Stocks To Invest In 2017: Student Transportation Inc(STB)


Student Transportation Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides student transportation solutions in North America. The company offers contracted, managed, special needs transportation, direct-to-parent, and charter services. As of October 1, 2015, it operated approximately 13,000 vehicles. The company delivers its services through drivers, dispatchers, maintenance technicians, terminal managers, information technology professionals, and members of local communities. The company was formerly known as Student Transportation of America Ltd. and changed its name to Student Transportation Inc. in November 2009. Student Transportation Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Barrie, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Student Transportation Inc (NASDAQ: STB) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $167.40 million.

    Exar Corporation (NYSE: EXAR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $38.38 million.

Top 10 Semiconductor Stocks To Invest In 2017: KKR(KKR)

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, and mezzanine investments in large cap companies. The firm will consider investments in all industries globally, with a focus on financial services, infrastructure, and renewable energy. It seeks a board seat in its portfolio companies. The firm holds a controlling interest in its portfolio companies after they go public. It typically holds its investment for a period of five years and more and exits through initial public offerings, secondary offerings, and sales to strategic buyers. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. was founded in 1976 and is based at New York, New York with additional offices across United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR) is projected to report a quarterly loss at $0.33 per share on revenue of $276.90 million.

    Allison Transmission Holdings Inc (NYSE: ALSN) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $445.39 million.

Top 10 Semiconductor Stocks To Invest In 2017: Gap, Inc. (The)(GPS)


The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company worldwide. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. The company provides apparel, eyewear, jewelry, shoes, handbags, and fragrances; and performance and lifestyle apparel for use in yoga, strength training, and running, as well as seasonal sports, including skiing and tennis. The Gap, Inc. offers its products through company-operated stores, franchise stores, Websites, e-commerce and social media sites, and catalogs. The company has franchise agreements with unaffiliated franchisees to operate Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy stores in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. As of January 30, 2016, it operated, 3,721 company-operated and franchise store locations. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in San Franc isco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    On a day the stock market slipped, shares of Gap (GPS) were on fire following the release of its September same-store sales.

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    Shares of Gap leaped 15% to $26.25 today, even as the S&P 500 dropped 0.3% to 2,153.74 following today’s U.S. payrolls data.

    On the surface Gap’s same-store sales didn’t look like anything to write home about–they dropped 3%. MKM’s Roxanne Meyer explains why they were greeted with such enthusiasm:

    Roughly in-line September comps, with a beat at Old Navy and a miss at Gap, but comp metrics encouraging. September comps of -3% were slightly ahead of our -4% and the Street’s -3.5%, as a beat at Old Navy (+4% vs. MKM 1%, Street 0.5%) was offset by a miss at Gap (-10% vs. MKM -8%, Street -5.7%). Banana Republics -9% was in-line with MKM/Street estimates…

    Adjusting for the DC fire would have resulted in a bigger beat at Old Navy and an in-line result at Gap. The fire at the Fishkill DC was said to impact comps by 3 points overall, including a 5 point impact at Gap, 3 point impact at Banana Republic and 2 point impact at Old Navy; both fashion and basics were impacted. We note that even with the impact of the fire, comp trends improved across divisions; absent the fire, core Gap, while still at a disappointing -5% comp, would have seen an 8 and 9 point improvement on a 2 and 3 stack vs. August, respectively. The DC fire is also expected to haircut 4Q comps, although likely by less, particularly as seasonal fashion won’t be impacted (just basics).

    Inflection at Old Navy is driving the better than expected gross margin; if sustainable, it could provide the path to upside. We are encouraged that Old Navy saw sequentially improved comp momentum, even including the impact of the fire, due to strong product acceptance, particularly in womens where the balance between fashion and basics is now said to be corrected. This is driving a higher AUR as

  • [By Mike Deane]

    On Thursday, The Gap Inc. (GPS) released its sales figures for August, posting an increase in monthly net sales from last year’s period ending August 25th.

    The San Francisco, CA-based clothing company announced sales of $1.23 billion for the four-week period ending August 31, which was up from last year’s figure of $1.2 billion.

    There were 53 weeks in Gap’s fiscal 2012, and due to this the comparable sales for August 2013 are compared to the period ending September 1, 2012. Though comparable sales were up 2% for this August, this is far below last year’s August comps, which boasted a 9% increase.

    Gap’s shares were down 16 cents, or .39%, at market close today. YTD, the company’s stock is up more than 30%.