Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now

By Michael Vodicka

Emerging markets were a brutal place to invest in 2014 and 2015.

While the S&P 500 gained more than 12% in that time, iShares Emerging Markets (NYSEARCA:EEM) fell into a bear market, declining 20%. That weakness was driven by a perfect storm of a strong dollar, falling commodity prices and slower than expected growth in China.

Today, emerging markets are showing signs of a long-term reversal. And it is creating a great opportunity for investors who are frustrated with record low yields and dividends in the United States.

In 2016, emerging markets have been among the best performing stock markets in the world. In the first eight months of the year, the iShares Emerging Markets is up more than 14%, almost tripling the return of the S&P 500. Take a look at the outperformance below.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Omega Protein Corporation(OME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    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.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Omega Protein Corporation (NASDAQ: OME) shares dropped 21 percent to $20.65 after the company posted weak Q4 earnings.

    Shares of Endeavour Silver Corp (NYSE: EXK) were down around 22 percent to $3.41. Endeavour Silver reported a Q4 loss of $5.2 million.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Smith & Nephew SNATS, Inc.(SNN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Carlson, CEO and Portfolio Manager, Horizon Investment Services]

    For investors looking for growth but also income, I especially like three health-care related stocksFresenius Medical (FMS), Novo Nordisk (NVO), and Smith & Nephew (SNN).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    Heat Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares tumbled 48.59 percent to close at $1.275 on Thursday after the company priced its $18,000,000 public offering.
    InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NVIV) fell 38.77 percent to close at $8.26 on Thursday.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares tumbled 27.43 percent to close at $8.81.
    Achaogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAO) dropped 24.76 percent to close at $11.06 in reaction to a disappointing update from an FDA AdCom panel. The FDA panel voted favorably for the company's Plazcomicin for treatment of adults with complicated urinary tract infections, but also voted against the therapy to be used as a treatment for bloodstream infections.
    Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK) shares declined 24.68 percent to close at $34.80 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.
    LSC Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LKSD) shares fell 24.22 percent to close at $12.64 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) fell 21.42 percent to close at $50.80 following downbeat quarterly profit.
    Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN) dropped 20.42 percent to close at $6.00 following downbeat quarterly earnings.
    Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) slipped 20.11 percent to close at $2.90 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESPR) fell 19.28 percent to close at $36.93. Esperion Therapeutics stock lost roughly a third of its value Wednesday after the company reported mixed Phase III results for its leading drug candidate, bempedoic acid. JP Morgan downgraded Esperion Therapeutics from Neutral to Underweight.
    Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) declined 17.77 percent to close at $8.98 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: HABT) dipped 16.1 percent to close at $8.60 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (N

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    RBC upgraded Benefitfocus (NASDAQ: BNFT) from Sector Perform to Outperform
    Stephens upgraded FMC (NYSE: FMC) from Equal-Weight to Overweight
    RBC downgraded Colfax (NYSE: CFX) from Outperform to Sector Perform
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Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Prima BioMed Ltd(PBMD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Prima Biomed (NASDAQ: PBMD) shares dipped 38.59% to touch a new 52-week low of $1.44 after the company reported top-line analysis of CVac Phase 2 trial.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Prima Biomed (NASDAQ: PBMD) dropped 38.17% to $1.45 after the company reported top-line analysis of CVac Phase 2 trial.

    Tower Group International (NASDAQ: TWGP) plummeted 24.31% to $10.49. Tower Group announced its plans to release its Q2 results during the week of October 7, 2013. FBR Capital downgraded the stock from Outperform to Market Perform.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Critical Elements Corporation (CRECF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    ILC reminds me of Critical Elements [TSXV:CRE] (OTCQX:CRECF) having five projects (CRE has 11), and also of Galaxy Resources (ASX:GXY) (OTCPK:GALXF) by being diversified across brine and spodumene and across three continents. Also some similarity with Neo Lithium’s (OTC:NTTHF) [TSXV:NLC] early stage Argentinean brine project which I recently wrote about here. However, ILC trades at a much smaller market cap of US$8m to that of Critical Elements (US$85m) or Galaxy Resources (US$724m). This is partly due to ILC giving away significant percentages of their projects, and because they are still in the early stages of development.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: iShares Intermediate Credit Bond (CIU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of ARKANSAS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=ARKANSAS+FINANCIAL+GROUP%2C+INC.

    These are the top 5 holdings of ARKANSAS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA) – 239,571 shares, 25.69% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 2.73%iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH) – 277,760 shares, 23.14% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.52%iShares 1-3 Year Credit Bond ETF (CSJ) – 400,939 shares, 18.49% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 1.16%iShares Intermediate Credit Bond ETF (CIU) – 229,423 shares, 10.93% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 5.93%Vanguard Mid-Cap (VO) – 82,652 shares, 5.66% of the total p

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of ARKANSAS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=ARKANSAS+FINANCIAL+GROUP%2C+INC.

    These are the top 5 holdings of ARKANSAS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA) – 257,721 shares, 25.79% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.48%iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH) – 269,365 shares, 22.36% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.51%iShares 1-3 Year Credit Bond (CSJ) – 375,399 shares, 19.16% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 8.03%iShares Intermediate Credit Bond (CIU) – 258,147 shares, 13.64% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 1.50%Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF – DNQ (VO)