Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now

I hate to admit it, but First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) is having a brilliant time in the markets. Year-to-date, FSLR stock isn’t that remarkable, up around 15%. However, over the trailing year, First Solar tore up the markets, returning shareholders a whopping 170% return.

Best of all, the company’s performance greatly outshines its competitors. Rival Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:CSIQ) offered a respectable 20% in the past year, but it’s nowhere near FSLR stock. SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) put up very similar numbers in the same time frame, or 22%.

Unfortunately, in hindsight, I unnecessarily cautioned against buying First Solar shares. On Sep. 8 of last year, I stated that the company was excessively hyped but without fundamental justification. Since then, FSLR stock has rocketed 55%, leaving me with egg on my face.

So what exactly happened? Late October, First Solar released its third quarter 2017 results, which produced a massive 131% earnings surprise. That mooned FSLR, as you might imagine. Another solid outing in Q4 led to a significant rally this year.

Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now: PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust(PMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Pennymac Mortgage Investment (NYSE:PMT) – Equities researchers at Wedbush lifted their Q1 2019 earnings per share estimates for shares of Pennymac Mortgage Investment in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, May 10th. Wedbush analyst J. Weaver now anticipates that the real estate investment trust will post earnings per share of $0.36 for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $0.34. Wedbush also issued estimates for Pennymac Mortgage Investment’s Q2 2019 earnings at $0.43 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.43 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.52 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $1.74 EPS.

Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now: PPL Corporation(PPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) dropped about 1.7% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $30.44 after closing at $30.95 on Friday. Volume was around 4.1 million about 10% below the daily average of around 4.6 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $31.11 after closing Wednesday at $31.59. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 9.6 million, more than double the daily average of around 4.2 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Investors bought shares of PPL Co. (NYSE:PPL) on weakness during trading on Tuesday. $85.45 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $30.50 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $54.95 million into the stock. Of all companies tracked, PPL had the 26th highest net in-flow for the day. PPL traded down ($0.42) for the day and closed at $27.23

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $30.74 after closing Tuesday at $30.76. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 3.2 million, about 25% below the daily average of around 4.5 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc(VRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Look for the Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) fourth-quarter report on Wednesday as well. The consensus forecast is $0.98 in EPS on $2.17 billion in revenue. Shares last traded at $18.68. The consensus price target is $17.29, and shares have traded between $8.31 and $24.43 in the past 52 weeks.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    When Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) reported its most recent quarterly results before the markets opened on Wednesday, the company said that it had $0.98 in earnings per share (EPS) on $2.16 billion in revenue. That compares with consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $0.97 per share and $2.18 billion. The fourth quarter of last year reportedly had EPS of $1.26 and $2.4 billion in revenue.

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    Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) : “I think they’re doing a good job. I don’t want to sell it. “

    Dominion Energy (D) : “At a 5% yield, I’m pulling the trigger right here. Buy.”

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This company has been fighting its way back now for over a year and may be a very solid contrarian play. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) operates as a multinational, specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets a range of pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter (OTC) products and medical devices. The company operates through three segments: Bausch + Lomb/International, Branded Rx and U.S. Diversified Products.

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    Sometimes it’s better to raise funds when you can vs. when you have to. Look no farther than Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) , which is in a massive hole of debt and trades below $20 per share. It sure would have been nice to raise capital in a secondary offering with the stock over $200 per share for six months throughout 2015. 

Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now: Credit Suisse Group(CS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    HSBC set a €27.00 ($32.14) price objective on AXA (EPA:CS) in a research report released on Wednesday. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) rose 19.7 percent to $35 in pre-market trading. Vicor posted Q1 earnings of $0.10 per share on sales of $65.2 million.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares rose 13.5 percent to $16.88 in pre-market trading after climbing 104.82 percent on Tuesday.
    Cree, Inc. (NASDAQ: CREE) shares rose 11.3 percent to $43.81 in pre-market trading as the company reported upbeat results for its third quarter on Tuesday.
    The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) rose 9.6 percent to $125.98 in pre-market trading.
    Aduro BioTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADRO) rose 5.8 percent to $7.25 in pre-market trading after falling 1.44 percent on Tuesday.
    STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE: STM) rose 5.2 percent to $22.42 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) rose 5.2 percent to $32.05 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE: CS) rose 5 percent to $17.11 in pre-market trading following strong Q1 results.
    Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (NYSE: HMY) shares rose 4.4 percent to $2.02 in pre-market trading.
    22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE: XXII) rose 4.9 percent to $2.15 in pre-market trading after dropping 8.07 percent on Tuesday.
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN) rose 4.1 percent to $102.40 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT) rose 3.3 percent to $61 in pre-market trading following upbeat quarterly earnings.

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    AXA (EPA:CS) has been given a €27.50 ($32.74) target price by research analysts at Kepler Capital Markets in a report released on Thursday. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Kepler Capital Markets’ price target indicates a potential upside of 20.61% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Just look at what happened to traders who got involved in the now-defunct VelocityShares Daily Inverse ETN (XIV), a particularly nasty piece of financial engineering created by Credit Suisse Group (NYSE: CS).

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    FAANG stocks are attempting to rebound today after a brutal sell-off hit the Nasdaq components Tuesday. The social media giant Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) will report earnings after the bell, but it’s likely that analysts are more interested in the company’s ongoing response to a data scandal that rocked investor sentiment and spurred privacy fears during the first quarter. Wall Street forecasts EPS of $1.36 on top of $11.45 billion in revenue.
    Right now, the 10-year interest rate is sitting on the border of 3%. And this news has many investors jittery about the impact on the stock market and the broader economy. Of course, many people forget that interest rates remain historically low for this stage of an economic expansion. And inflation targets remain stubbornly elusive for members of the U.S. Federal Reserve. The truth is that investors have little to worry about regarding interest rates. Instead, they should listen to Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald, who offered his insight to Fox Business Network earlier this week. Here’s what Keith had to say.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: TWTR, CS, GE
    General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) is under pressure to fire its auditor of 109 years, KPMG (for perspective, GE began its longtime relationship with KPMG a year after the first Model-T was built). Shareholder rights firms Glass-Lewis and Institutional Shareholder Services are spearheading the change and will push for adjustments during the firm’s annual shareholder meeting. The move comes after a calamitous year for GE, which saw the company become the worst-performing Dow component of 2017.
    Twitter Inc. (NYSE TWTR) will lead a very busy day of earnings reports. The social media giant is expected to report EPS of $0.12 on top of $609.8 million in revenue.
    Shares inCredit Suisse(ADR) (NYSE: CS) rallied more than 4% today after the Swiss financial giant beat earnings expectations before the bell. This was a significant milestone for Cr

Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now: Natural Gas(NG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Canadian gold mining company NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG) shows an even starker change in sentiment. In the last 12 months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 79%, to 522,400.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    JPMorgan Chase set a GBX 870 ($11.80) target price on National Grid (LON:NG) in a research note released on Monday. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the stock.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Canadian gold mining company NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG) shows an even starker change in sentiment. In the last six months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 32.75%, from 19.05 million shares to 12.81 million.