Top 5 Information Technology Stocks To Buy Right Now

Activity in offshore oil drilling has been red hot lately. The U.S. government timed its most recent Gulf of Mexico auction almost perfectly, as it came right on the heels of Anadarko Petroleum’s and Chevron’s (NYSE: CVX  ) announcements that the two companies had hit major paydirt at a couple of its rigs. The U.S. isn’t the only country finding sucess offshore, either. This past week, Brazil completed its first oil and gas lease auction in five years, and apparently the long wait had exploration and production companies drooling. The country pulled in its largest auction revenue ever, about 2.88 billion Brazilian reais ($1.4 billion).

Let’s look at who were some of the big winners in the Brazil auction and why offshore in Brazil may be the new hot commodity for oil companies. 

And the winner is …
It all depends on your definition of “winning: to determine who came out on top of this auction. If your definition is most blocks won, then Petrobras (NYSE: PBR  )  took that prize running away. The company spent $268 million for rights on 35 blocks. The next closest in terms of bids won was OGX, which secured 13 blocks in the entire auction. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Petrobras was the most active in this auction. Not only is Petrobras Brazil’s largest oil company, but it also just recently completed an $11 billion bond issuance, the largest corporate bond sale from an emerging market ever. Some of that money was probably pre-planned for both this auction and the next Brazilian auction to happen in October. This move will further secure Petrobras’ position as the largest oil producer in the country. 

Top 5 Infor mation Technology Stocks To Buy Right Now: Nexia Holdings Inc (NXHD)

Nexia Holdings, Inc. (Nexia), incorporated on April 20, 1987, operates in three principal areas: the operation of Landis Lifestyle Salons through Nexia’s ownership interest in Green Endeavors, Inc. (GRNE), which holds an 100% ownership interest in Landis Salons, Inc. and 100% ownership of Landis Salons II, Inc. (Landis II); assisting with the development and production of film products in Revel Entertainment, Inc., and the acquisition, leasing and selling of real estate. Landis operates two Aveda lifestyle salons that feature Aveda products for retail sale. Landis intends to limit the services offered in its salons to hair and makeup only. The salons’ operations consist of three major components: an Aveda retail store, a hair salon, and a training academy. Revel Entertainment, Inc. (Revel) is engaged in developing, producing, and acquiring new scripts and films. On August 15, 2010, Redline Entertainment, Inc. (Redline) was launched to assist in the foreign sales of Rev el’s films and to assist other non-affiliated films secure distribution in overseas markets. In April of 2010, Nexia acquired Fast Car Entertainment LLC, a Utah limited liability company that holds and owns the rights to the film entitled Repo.

Salon Operations

Through the operation of the salons, the Company offers hair care and other salon services, such as makeup, skin care and nail care. The salons incorporate the Aveda line of products the services performed, as well as the retail product offered for sale. These products include for both men and women, which includes hair care, including hair color and styling products, shampoos, conditioners and finishing sprays; makeup, including lipsticks, lip glosses, mascaras, foundations, eye shadows, nail polishes and powders; skincare, including moisturizers, creams, lotions, cleansers and sunscreens, and fragrance products. Aveda develops and manufactures a range hair, skin, makeup, perfumes, and lif estyle products from the oils of flowers and plants gathered! from worldwide. The products are sold in professional, licensed hair salons.

Entertainment Operations

Nexia has formed Revel as its film production vehicle. This Utah Corporation is 100% owned by Nexia. Revel holds a 48.7% ownership interest in and maintains control of Aesop Pictures, LLC. Nexia has a wholly owned subsidiary named Redline Entertainment, Inc. that seek to enter into contracts for the international distribution of film projects for its related entities, such as Aesop Pictures, LLC, but will also contract with third parties to assist in the distribution of their film projects. Redline would be paid a fee from the funds generated from those distribution agreement obtained for the third parties.

Real Estate Operations

Nexia operates two real estate subsidiaries: Wasatch Capital Corporation and Downtown Development Corporation. Nexia has title to two residential properties.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Last Friday, small cap stocks Boreal Water Collection, Inc (OTCMKTS: BRWC), Streamtrack Inc (OTCMKTS: STTK) and Nexia Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS: NXHD) surged 66.67%, 45.67% and 29.41%, respectively. Moreover, only one of these small cap stocks appears to be the subject of some kind of paid promotions or investor relations activities. So will these small cap stocks keep surging for the new trading week? Here is a closer look to help you decide on a trading or investing strategy:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap Green Endeavors’ parent company, Nexia Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS: NXHD), is a diverse holding company in the health and beauty, real estate and entertainment industries while Green Endeavors owns and operates two Aveda™ salons as Landis Salons, Inc. and Landis Salons II, Inc. On Friday, Green Endeavors rose 8.11% to $0.0040 for a market cap of $147.866 plus GRNE is up 3,900% over the past year and up 100% since October 2008 according to Google Finance.

Top 5 Information Technology Stocks To Buy Right Now: Orexigen Therapeutics Inc.(OREX)

Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., a development stage company, focuses on the development of pharmaceutical product candidates for the treatment of obesity. Its lead combination product candidates include Contrave, which has completed phase III clinical trials; and Empatic that has completed phase II clinical trials. Contrave is a combination of two drugs, bupropion and naltrexone, in a sustained release formulation (SR). Bupropion is an antidepressant and smoking cessation medication; and naltrexone is a treatment for alcohol and opioid addiction. The company?s Empatic product candidate is a combination of bupropion SR and zonisamide SR. Zonisamide is for the adjunctive treatment of partial seizures, a form of epilepsy. The company has a collaboration agreement with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited to develop and commercialize Contrave. Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is based in La Jolla, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Udovich]

    Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc (NASDAQ: OREX), like Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc (NASDAQ: ARNA), EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ: ETRM) and VIVUS, Inc (NASDAQ: VVUS), is a speculative small cap obesity drug stock that has the potential for coming up with the next big thing in the treatment of obesity that is increasingly a global problems. I should mention that we have recently added Orexigen Therapeutics to our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio as an extremely speculative biotech bet because its lead obesity drug candidate has the potential to be approved by September 11th of this year.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Orexigen Therapeutics (NASDAQ: OREX) is estimated to post a Q4 loss at $0.19 per share on revenue of $900.00 thousand.

    Delcath Systems (NASDAQ: DCTH) is expected to post a Q4 loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $100.00 thousand.

Top 5 Information Technology Stocks To Buy Right Now: Mellanox Technologies Ltd.(MLNX)

Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a fabless semiconductor company, engages in the design, development, marketing, and sale of interconnect products primarily in North America, Israel, Europe, and Asia. It offers semiconductor interconnect products that facilitate data transmission between servers, communications infrastructure equipment, and storage systems in enterprise data centers, high-performance computing, and embedded systems. The company provides solutions based on InfiniBand, including host channel adapter, switch and gateway ICs, adapter cards, switch and gateway systems, cables, and software. Its products also support the Ethernet standard. The company provides adapters to server, storage, communications infrastructure, and embedded systems OEMs as ICs or standard card form factors with PCI-X or PCI express interfaces; support server operating systems, including Linux, Windows, AIX, HPUX, Solaris, and VxWorks; and InfiniBand switch ICs to server, storage, communicati ons infrastructure, and embedded systems OEMs to create switching equipment. The company offers its products under the Mellanox, BridgeX, ConnectX, InfiniBlast, InfiniBridge, InfiniHost, InfiniPCI, InfiniRISC, PhyX, InfiniScale, and Virtual Protocol Interconnect trademarks in the United States. It primarily serves enterprise data center, high-performance computing, and embedded end-user markets, as well as embedded systems OEMs. The company sells its products directly, as well as through a network of domestic and international sales representatives, and independent distributors. Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. was incorporated in 1999 and is headquartered in Yokneam, Israel.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]


    Mellanox Technologies (MLNX), a fabless semiconductor company, designs, manufactures and sells interconnect products and solutions. This stock closed up 6.1% at $36.67 in Monday’s trading session.


    Monday’s Volume: 751,000

    Three-Month Average Volume: 479,653

    Volume % Change: 65%


    From a technical perspective, MLNX ripped sharply higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $33.57 with above-average volume. This big spike to the upside on Monday is quickly pushing shares of MLNX within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if MLNX manages to take out its 200-day moving average of $37.06 to some more near-term overhead resistance at $38.03 with high volume.


    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MLNX as long as it’s trending above Monday’s intraday low of $34.60 or above some more near-term support at $33.33 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that’s near or above 479,653 shares. If that breakout begins soon, then MLNX will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $40.80 to $44.14.


  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Top losers in the sector included CommVault Systems (NASDAQ: CVLT), off 28 percent, and Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX), down 13 percent.

    Top Headline
    Ford Motor Co (NYSE: F) reported a drop in its first-quarter profit. Ford’s quarterly profit slipped to $989 million, or $0.24 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $1.61 billion, or $0.40 per share. Its revenue rose to $35.9 billion versus $35.6 billion. However, analysts were projecting earnings of $0.31 per share on revenue of $34.54 billion.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Top losers in the sector included CommVault Systems (NASDAQ: CVLT), off 28 percent, and Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX), down 13 percent.

    Top Headline
    Ford Motor Co (NYSE: F) reported a drop in its first-quarter profit. Ford’s quarterly profit slipped to $989 million, or $0.24 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $1.61 billion, or $0.40 per share. Its revenue rose to $35.9 billion versus $35.6 billion. However, analysts were projecting earnings of $0.31 per share on revenue of $34.54 billion.

  • [By Mani] Shares of Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX) have fallen 54 percent in the last one year. However, the company could see potential upside from the return of hyperscale high performance computing (HPC) buyers driven by Intel’s Grantley later next year, more storage market sales required due to flash, and Ethernet switch share gain helped by open source Layer 3 software.

    Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability.

Top 5 Information Technology Stocks To Buy Right Now: Aeropostale Inc (ARO)

Aeropostale, Inc., (Aeropostale), incorporated on September 1, 1995, is a mall-based, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and men through its Aeropostale stores and 4 to 12 year-old kids through its P.S. from Aeropostale stores. P.S. from Aeropostale products can be purchased in P.S. from Aeropostale stores, in certain Aeropostale stores, and online at As of January 28, 2012, it operated 986 Aeropostale stores, consisting of 918 stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico, 68 stores in Canada, as well as 71 P.S. from Aeropostale stores in 20 states. The Company designs, sources, markets and sells all of its own merchandise. In addition, pursuant to a licensing agreement, it operated 14 Aeropostale and P.S. from Aeropostale stores in Middle East and South East Asia. During March 2011, it announced that it had signed a second licensing agreement. The licensee to this agreement is focused to open appr oximately 30 stores in stores in Turkey over the next five years. In November 2012, the Company acquired online women’s fashion footwear and apparel retailer (GoJane).

P.S. from Aeropostale offers casual clothing and accessories focusing on kids between the ages of 4 and 12. It’s P.S. from Aeropostale products are sold only at its stores and online through its e-commerce Websites, and The Company operates three street level stores in the New York City area. It also has a19,000 square foot Aeropostale store in the Times Square section of New York City. It offers both Aeropostale and P.S. from Aeropostale products in the Times Square store.

Advisors’ Opinion:


    Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images NEW YORK — Alison LePard, a 19-year-old college sophomore from Wellesley, Massachusetts, says that when she shops for clothes and accessories, her goal is a look that is uniquely hers. So she does a lot of mixing and matching. “I don’t blindly follow what they put out,” LePard said of store displays. “I don’t want to wear just one brand. I don’t want to be a stereotype.” She’s hardly alone. Recent surveys have found that members of the millennial generation — the roughly 80 million Americans born between 1977 and 2000 — pride themselves on their individuality, and shop accordingly. Compared with their parents, millennials are far less likely to identify with a political party or to formally affiliate with a religion — key indicators of an independent streak — according to Pew Research Center. As shoppers, they are less attached to brands and more willing to create their own style, surveys by Nielsen, The Boston Consulting Group and other researchers have found. This generational trait is forcing retailers to rethink everything from their merchandise and marketing to their dressing rooms and logos. Some companies, including H&M and Urban Outfitters (URBN), have ridden the individuality wave while others, such as Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and Aeropostale (ARO), have been slow to react and are paying the price. At stake is the $600 billion millennials spend a year in the United States, according to Accenture (ACN), a sum that’s projected to grow to an estimated $1.4 trillion in 2020, when the oldest of the cohort will be 43. Millennial men spend twice as much a year on apparel as non-millennial men, while millennial women outspent other generations by a third, the consultants said.

    [Millennials] no longer want to be a walking billboard of a brand. Individualism is important to them, having their own sense of style.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Analysts at Jefferies maintained a Hold rating on Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO) with a price target lowered to $4 from a previous $5. Shares lost 9.97 percent, closing at $3.52.

  • [By Ali Berri]

    Shares of Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO) were down 10.23 percent to $3.51 after the company issued a downbeat third-quarter outlook. However, the company reported stronger-than-expected second-quarter results.


    Aeropostale Inc. (NYSE: ARO) has a short float of 34.2% and its stock has lost 8% within the last month. The mall-based teen clothing retailer is on the minds of short sellers because it has been slowly watching sales stagnate and its profits shrink. From 2010 to 2011, profits plunged 70% from $231.3 million to $69.5 million, before dropping another 50% in 2012, and eventually the retailer posted a $141.8 million loss in 2013. In April 2010, shares closed as high as $32.08, and have since plummeted 90%. ARO Chief Executive Officer Thomas Johnson has called the teen retail environment “challenging,” and short sellers are looking to make a gain off of this slump for clothing retailers that has also brought down big names such as JCPenney Co. Inc. (NYSE: JCP).

Top 5 Information Technology Stocks To Buy Right Now: Alico Inc. (ALCO)

Alico, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a land management company in central and southwest Florida. It involves in harvesting, hauling, and marketing citrus, as well as purchasing and reselling citrus fruit; cultivating citrus trees; and cultivating raw sugarcane for sale. The company also engages in producing and selling beef cattle, feeding cattle, and replacement heifers to packing and processing plants and contract cattle buyers, as well as through local livestock auction markets. In addition, it grows, harvests, and sells vegetables for wholesale; produces sod; sells native plants and trees for landscaping purposes; and subdivides, develops, and sells real estate property. Further, the company involves in rock and sand mining; and rents land on a tenant-at-will basis for grazing, farming, oil exploration, and recreational uses. Additionally, it engages in the planning and strategic positioning of company owned land, and negotiating and renegotiating sales c ontracts. As of September 30, 2010, Alico owned approximately 139,607 acres of land located in the Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee, and Polk counties. The company was founded in 1960 and is based in Fort Myers, Florida.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Udovich]

    Last Friday, small cap Farmland Partners Inc (NYSEMKT: FPI) had an IPO to join Gladstone Land Corp (NASDAQ: LAND), Alico, Inc (NASDAQ: ALCO) and Limoneira Company (NASDAQ: LMNR) as the latest option for retail investors seeking a way to invest in American farmland. After all, there is that old quote attributed to Mark Twain: “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” Moreover, February Wall Street Journal article noted that From 2009 to mid-2013, average prices for agricultural land in the US rose by half while in Iowa, Nebraska and some other Midwest farm states, prices more than doubled. However, the same article noted that there is mounting evidence that the farmland boom is fizzling out as farmland prices in Iowa fell 3% over the second half of last year and those in Nebraska fell 1%. The good news though is that today’s agricultural sector looks markedly different than it did during the last farmland bust back in the early 1980s while Greyson Colvin, the managing partner at investment manager Colvin & Co. (which owns about 7,000 acres of farmland), was quoted as saying: “We think this next 12 months is going to be the best window we’ve had in the past five years [to invest in farmland].”

  • [By Marc Bastow]

    Agribusiness and land management company Alico (ALCO) raised its quarterly dividend 50% to 12 cents per share, payable on Jan. 14, 2014 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 31, 2013.
    ALCO Dividend Yield: 1.11%