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Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.18 percent to 18,022.89 while the NASDAQ declined 0.80 percent to 4,849.34. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.04 percent to 2,090.84.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
On Wednesday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Ocean Rig UDW Inc (NASDAQ: ORIG) and Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY).
Top 5 Information Technology Stocks To Own For 2017: Coherent, Inc.(COHR)
Coherent, Inc., incorporated on January 11, 1989, is a supplier of photonics-based solutions for a range of commercial and scientific research applications. The Company designs, manufactures, services and markets lasers and related accessories to customers. The Company operates in two segments: Specialty Lasers and Systems (SLS) and Commercial Lasers and Components (CLC).
The Company offers products for a number of markets, such as Microelectronics, Materials Processing, OEM (original equipment manufacturer) Components and Instrumentation, and Scientific Research and Government Programs. The Company supports three markets in the microelectronics industry: flat panel display (FPDs) manufacturing, advanced packaging and interconnects and semiconductor front-end.
The Company supplies high power lasers for metal processing and low-to-medium power lasers for laser marking, non-metals processing and precision micromachining. The Companys high power i ndustrial laser systems are used for cutting, welding, cladding and hardening of metals, as well as other materials processing applications. The Semiconductor business provides power arrays with powers in excess of 50 kilowatts through cooling and stacking technology. The fiber lasers are used for metal cutting, cladding and welding applications.
The Company offers products for instrumentation applications in the materials processing market, including bio-instrumentation, medical OEMs, graphic arts and display and machine vision. The Company also supports the laser-based instrumentation market with a range of laser-related components, including diode lasers for optical pumping. The Companys OEM component business includes sales to other, less integrated laser manufacturers participating in OEM markets, such as materials processing, scientific, and medical.
Bio-instrumentation applications of the Companys lasers include bio-agent detection for point source and standoff detection of pathogens or other bi! o-toxins; confocal microscopy for biological imaging that allows researchers and clinicians to visualize cellular and subcellular structures and processes with an incredible amount of detail, and DNA sequencing that provides automation and data acquisition rates.
The Company sells components and lasers to medical laser companies in end-user applications, such as ophthalmology, aesthetic, surgical, therapeutic and dentistry.
Specialty Lasers and Systems
The SLS segment develops and manufactures configurable products serving the microelectronics, scientific research and government programs and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) components and instrumentation markets.
Commercial Lasers and Components
The CLC segments primary markets include materials processing, OEM components and instrumentation and microelectronics.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Rofin-Sinar Technologies (NASDAQ: RSTI) got a boost, shooting up 37 percent to $31.50 as Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ: COHR) announced its plans to buy Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc in a deal valued at around $942 million.
Top 5 Information Technology Stocks To Own For 2017: iShares MSCI Europe Financials Sector Index Fund(EUFN)
iShares MSCI Europe Financials ETF, formerly iShares MSCI Europe Financials Sector Index Fund (the Fund), is an exchange traded fund. The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the MSCI Europe Financials Index (the Index). The Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index designed to measure the combined equity market performance of the financials sector of developed market countries in Europe. Component securities include those of banks, diversified financial companies, insurance companies and real estate companies. The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. The Funds investment adviser is BlackRock Fund Advisors. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Wayne Duggan]
Investors looking to set up a pair trade to capitalize on the divergent paths of U.S. and European banks should consider going long the iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE: IYF) and short the Ishares MSCI Europe Fincls Sctr Indx Fd (NASDAQ: EUFN).
Best Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Inphi Corporation(IPHI)
Inphi Corporation provides high-speed analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications, datacenter, and computing markets worldwide. The companys analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions offers high signal integrity at data speeds while reducing system power consumption. Its semiconductor solutions are designed to address bandwidth bottlenecks in networks, maximize throughput and minimize latency in computing environments, and enable the rollout of next generation communications, datacenter, and computing infrastructures. Its solutions provide a high-speed interface between analog signals and digital information in high-performance systems, such as telecommunications transport systems, enterprise networking equipment, datacenters and enterprise servers, storage platforms, test and measurement equipment, and military systems. The company also provides 10G/40G, 100G, and beyond 100G high-speed anal og semiconductor solutions for the communications market and high-speed memory interface solutions for the computing market. Its products perform a range of functions, such as amplifying, encoding, multiplexing, demultiplexing, retiming, and buffering data and clock signals at speeds up to 100 Gbps. Inphi Corporation sells its products directly through its sales force, as well as through a network of sales representatives and distributors to original equipment manufacturers. The company was formerly known as TCom Communications, Inc. and changed its name to Inphi Corporation in February 2001. Inphi Corporation was incorporated in 2000 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Inphi (IPHI) provides high-speed analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications, datacenter and computing markets. This stock closed up 4.7% at $13.25 in Monday’s trading session.
Monday’s Volume: 838,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 202,080
Volume % Change: 378%
From a technical perspective, IPHI jumped higher here right above some near-term support at $12.44 with heavy upside volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last five months, with shares soaring higher from its low of $8.62 to its intraday high of $13.85. During that uptrend, shares of IPHI have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move briefly pushed shares of IPHI into breakout territory, since the stock flirted with some near-term overhead resistance at $13.50.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in IPHI as long as it’s trending above some near-term support at $12.44 and then once it sustains a move or close above its new 52-week high at $13.85 with volume that hits near or above 202,080 shares. If we get that move soon, then IPHI will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are its next major overhead resistance levels at $14.79 to $16.94, or possibly even $18.
Top 5 Information Technology Stocks To Own For 2017: Westlake Chemical Corporation(WLK)
Westlake Chemical Corporation manufactures and markets basic chemicals, vinyls, polymers, and building products. It operates through two segments, Olefins and Vinyls. The Olefins segment offers ethylene, polyethylene, styrene monomer, and various ethylene co-products, as well as sells propylene, crude butadiene, pyrolysis gasoline, and hydrogen. The Vinyls segment provides specialty and commodity PVC, VCM, EDC, chlorine, caustic soda, and ethylene. This segment also manufactures and sells products fabricated from PVC, including pipe, fittings, profiles, foundation building products, fence and deck components, window and door components, and film and sheet products. The companys products are used in various consumer and industrial markets, including flexible and rigid packaging, automotive products, coatings, and residential and commercial construction, as well as other durable and non-durable goods. It also offers its produc ts to a range of customers, including chemical processors, plastics fabricators, small construction contractors, municipalities, and supply warehouses primarily in North America and Europe. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
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Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:
Top 5 Information Technology Stocks To Own For 2017: Digital Ally Inc.(DGLY)
Digital Ally, Inc. engages in the production and sale of digital video imaging, audio/video recording, storage, and other products for use in law enforcement and security applications. Its digital audio/video recording and storage product line comprises an in-car digital audio/video system that is integrated into a rear view mirror; an all-weather mobile digital audio/video system designed for motorcycle, ATV, and boat uses; a miniature body-worn digital audio/video camera; a hand-held speed detection system based on light detection and ranging (LIDAR); a hand-held thermal imaging camera used for improved night vision; and a digital audio/video system, which is integrated into a law-enforcement style flashlight. The company?s products make self-contained video and audio recordings onto flash memory cards that are incorporated in the body of the digital video rear view mirror, officer-worn video, and audio system and flashlight. Digital Ally, Inc. sells its products to law enforcement agencies and other security organizations, as well as for consumer and commercial applications through direct sales and third-party distributors. The company is based in Overland Park, Kansas.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY) shares were also up, gaining 63 percent to $6.75 following the deadly shooting in Dallas in which five police offers were murdered by a sniper.