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Mozambique State Gas Company Hires Lazard to Raise $2 Billion

Mozambique’s national oil company appointed Lazard Frères SAS and Lion’s Head Global Partners as advisers to help raise as much as $2 billion to refinance its portions of two gas-development projects.

Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos EP will begin a roadshow next month to regions including Asia, the Middle East and South Africa, Chairman Omar Mitha said in an interview. Lazard will advise ENH on refinancing its portion of the project Anadarko Petroleum Corp. is developing, and Lion’s Head for the project Eni SpA is building, he said. It will engage Societe Generale SA to assist with refinancing for the Anadarko portion, he said.

“We need to put that in place,” Mitha, who is also chief executive officer of ENH, said in Maputo, Mozambique’s capital. “It’s extremely urgent.”

Mozambique is seeking to restructure $2 billion of commercial external debt, which it hasn’t made payments on since October 2016. The country is counting on large gas projects that Anadarko and Eni are building to help it repay the loans, and started talks with creditors last month in London. ENH has a 10 percent stake in Eni’s Area 4 project and 15 percent of Anadarko’s Area 1.

Lazard is also the government’s financial adviser on the debt restructuring, and the company’s role advising ENH will be complementary as it will give the firm “a clear sight of what’s happening at the projects,” said Mitha.

Making a Case

“It also helps make a case for the other financial institutions so that Mozambique can go back to the market,” he said. “There is a line of sight of how much money we will get in the coming future.”

ENH had initially depended on partners at the gas concessions to finance its portion of equity as it wasn’t able to raise the money itself at the end of 2014 because of poor market conditions amid a gas-supply glut. The market has since improved, and ENH is betting investors will see the projects as being less risky as progress has been made developing them and natural gas prices have rebounded.

ENH received World Bank support to hire the financial advisers as part of the lender’s Mozambique Mining and Gas Technical Assistance Project, Mitha said.

— With assistance by Paul Burkhardt

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Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now

(Editor’s note: There is much greater liquidity on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under ticker Z01).

The Elevator Pitch

Zooplus (OTC:ZOPLY) (OTC:ZLPSF) is the leading online retailer of pet food and supplies in Europe. Generally, in a commoditized market such as selling pet food, the lowest cost provider with the best customer service has the “right to win”. We believe that Zooplus will be this winner, given its structural cost advantage versus its competitors (which we explore below). Additionally, customer satisfaction is extremely high, and we can clearly see customers’ appreciation for the company’s value proposition, as evidenced by the 94% sales retention rate. These unbeatable low prices and high customer satisfaction have led to a 31% annualized sales growth rate since 2010, while still possessing a long runway for continued expansion.

We believe the market is underestimating the long-term earnings power of the firm and consequently significantly undervaluing the company. For instance, the stock is currently trading at 0.9x 2016 sales while comparable acquisitions have taken place at 2-6x multiples. Additionally, we believe at maturity, the business will have normalized operating margins of 8-10%, implying a valuation of ~10x normalized EBIT.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: AMTEK, Inc.(AME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Guggenheim’sJohn Heinbockel and team argue that a “purging of space is necessary” in retail, and recommend hiding in “industry leaders who canprofitably gain share and are not especially expensive,” like Michaels (MIK), Tractor Supply (TSCO), Restoration Hardware (RH), Kroger (KR),and US Foods Holding (USFD). They explain:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    But Amazon’s ultimate end-goal would likely be turning stores into “centralized distribution centers for groceries” but “we err on the futuristic side given Bezos thinks big.”

    Company Commentary
    Kroger Co (NYSE: KR) may be best positioned to counter Amazon’s threat given its own data analytics capabilities. SYSCO Corporation (NYSE: SYY) and US Foods Holding Corp (NYSE: USFD) are likely safe as Amazon won’t move into the foodservice distribution space which is very different from serving individual customers.

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Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Catalent, Inc.(CTLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Catalent Inc (NASDAQ: CTLT) shares were also up, gaining 15 percent to $40.57 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Monday.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Magellan Health Services Inc.(MGLN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Magellan Health (NASDAQ: MGLN) and Mednax (NYSE:MD) are both mid-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.(CCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sara Cornell]

    The agreement between the two companies allows Azincourt to option up to 70% of the East Preston property located in the Athabasca Basin. Home to Cameco’s (TSX:CCO) McArthur River uranium mine, the Athabasca Basin is considered one of the richest sources of uranium in the world, with many uranium deposits hosting grades substantially higher than the world average grade. The area has been a hotbed for energy metal investors over the past few years, due to significant high grade uranium discoveries by large cap mining companies.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The ongoing trade rift between the United States and China continues to plague international markets. Despite reports that both countries are working behind the scenes to prevent additional detrimental trade policies, both countries recently proposed tens of billions in new tariffs on one another. The United States has accused China of widespread intellectual property theft, while China has accused the United States of unfair trade practices, including price manipulation in the agricultural industry. This morning, it’s worth noting that proposed tariffs on U.S. business jets will likely not provide a competitive advantage to foreign competition. Reuters reports that Chinese aviation executives do not see the layer of protectionism as a way to bolster the nation’s local market. Check back to Money Morning today for more insight on how the ongoing trade war could affect your investments.
    Finally, investors will continue to monitor ongoing developments in Washington around the presidency of Donald Trump. The White House has asked a federal judge to block prosecutors from reviewing any files seized from his lawyer’s office during a raid by the FBI last week. The agency seized a trove of documents from lawyer Michael Cohen’s office as part of an investigation into a payment of hush money. The spat between the White House and the FBI continues a day after former FBI Director James Comey called Trump “morally unfit to be president.”
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: BAC, NFLX, AAPL
    Shares of Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) added nearly 1% after the nation’s largest bank by deposits topped Wall Street earning expectations. The financial institution leads a busy day of earnings reports on Wall Street and hopes to keep its positive momentum from previous quarters. The firm reported earnings per share of $0.62 on top of $23.27 billion in revenue. That topped expectations of $0.59 on top of $22.91 billion thanks to strong growth in its consumer loan business and the r

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Cotiviti Holdings, Inc. (COTV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Big gainers on the day included Intersil Corp (NASDAQ: ISIL), which jumped 20 percent on news of a buyout, and Medivation (NASDAQ: MDVN), which added 20 percent on a deal with Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) related to its cancer drug. Cotiviti Holdings Inc (NYSE: COTV) lost around 9 percent in the wake of a mid-day sell-off and Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) fell 7 percent in the wake of a management shakeup.

Aussie Funding Costs Start to Fall, Breathing Life Into Old Bets

Australian bank funding rates have started to turn lower, giving traders the confidence to return to long positions in the front-end of the local rates market.

Strategists have issued a flurry of recommendations to go long on shorter-dated interest-rate swaps, either outright or versus longer-maturity ones, betting floating rates will fall as the Reserve Bank of Australia stays on hold. These positions were upended earlier this year as surging three-month bank borrowing costs pushed up shorter-end rates.

“We think it is time to revisit curve steepeners,” Altaz Dagha, a strategist at BNP Paribas in Singapore, wrote last week in a client note. “We expect the front end to remain anchored but the long end to remain influenced by bearish sentiment in fixed-income globally.”

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Two-month rates dropped to 1.91 percent at the central bank’s open-market operations for repo rates on Tuesday, the lowest level since March 16. The three-month bank bill swap fixing rate has fallen to 2.055 percent from a two-year high of 2.08 percent set on April 16.

Morgan Stanley says investors can profit from the decline in bank funding costs by receiving Aussie one-year forward, one-year swap rates.

“Money-market rates have risen substantially in Australia since the beginning of the year, with three-month bank bill rates and RBA repos trading some 40 basis points higher compared to the end of 3Q17,” Jesper Rooth, a strategist at the company in Hong Kong, wrote in a client note. “Australian repo rates trending marginally down gives us conviction to start fading this move.”

Citigroup Inc. says there’s an opportunity to go long on Australia’s shorter-maturity bonds given yields are near the top of their trading range.

Don’t expect higher bank funding levels to follow through into longer rates, Steven Mansell, Asia-Pacific head of Group-of-10 rates strategy in Sydney, wrote in a research report last week. Citigroup recommends receiving two-year forward, two-year swap rates, he said.

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The U.S. Is About to See How Deep the First-Quarter GDP Pothole Is

The U.S. economy probably hit its usual first-quarter pothole, and we’re about to find out how deep it was this time.

Gross domestic product grew at a 2 percent annualized rate over the past three months, a step down after three straight quarters exceeding or near a 3 percent pace, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey ahead of Commerce Department figures due Friday. Consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy, is projected to advance 1.1 percent, the least since mid-2013. Business investment likely cooled, too, from its recent torrid pace.

While the GDP gain may be the best for any first quarter since 2015, the softness is a reminder that the period remains plagued by data quirks the government is trying to remedy. The expected results also underline the difficulty of achieving President Donald Trump’s goal of 3 percent sustained growth, despite corporate and individual tax cuts that went into effect in January.

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Demand is expected to regain a firmer footing as the tax cuts and other fiscal stimulus take hold, drawing the economy toward a milestone in May — the second-longest expansion on record. The U.S. is also experiencing the lowest unemployment rate since 2000, healthier finances, contained inflation and borrowing costs still low by historical standards. Federal Reserve policy makers have said they view the first-quarter slowdown as transitory, and investors expect them to raise interest rates in June for the second time this year.

Everyone “has generally come to terms with the idea of a weak first quarter, as that’s often been the case,” said Russell Price, senior economist at Ameriprise Financial Inc. in Detroit. “People understand the reasons” including seasonal adjustment challenges, and “we’ll see a pretty prominent pickup in the next few quarters.”

Read related story: Gauge of U.S. Worker Costs May Steal GDP’s Spotlight

Data due next week will flesh out just how strong that rebound could be. Companies are also contending with the impact of Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, and the threat of a trade war with China that’s caused financial-market turbulence. The extra disposable income in consumers’ pockets should cushion some of those effects.

“Consumers have the ability and the resources to increase spending,” though “trade is a risk factor, no doubt,” Price said.

Reports released Thursday morning showed a better picture for trade but softer investment toward the end of the first quarter. The goods-trade gap narrowed in March to a six-month low as imports plunged by the most in two years, reflecting the fading of a post-hurricane boom in American purchases of foreign-made goods. On the other hand, business-equipment orders placed with U.S. factories unexpectedly fell last month, and shipments of non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft posted the largest decline since May 2016.

“It is a disappointment, it may suggest that business investment isn’t as strong” as expected in the second quarter, said Andrew Grantham, an economist at CIBC World Markets. “One thing that may be weighing on company’s minds is the uncertainty about trade with the tariffs, with China in particular.” The trend on consumer spending and confidence still looks positive for the economy, he said.

Other recent reports indicated the economy lost the steam it had gathered in late 2017 amid a post-hurricane boost to consumption and corporate investment. Inflation-adjusted consumer spending was little changed in February after a decline in January, the weakest two-month performance in four years. Automobile sales cooled for two straight months before improving in March. Factory output expanded at a softer rate in the first quarter after surging in the prior period.

What Our Economists SayGrowth in the first quarter has fallen below the four-quarter trailing average in three of the last four years. The upcoming release of GDP for the period is due to nudge the ratio up to four out of five. Analysts and policy makers are aware of this pattern and will therefore avoid reading too much into a modest growth deceleration. However, they should be cognizant of the likelihood of a spring-back in the second quarter, which has also regularly occurred.

– Carl Riccadonna and Niraj Shah, Bloomberg Economics

Kevin Hassett, chairman of Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers, said Thursday that “people were looking at their savings accounts and rebalancing” after so much consumption in the second half of 2017. “We expect that incomes are going to rise faster this year, which will support consumer spending,” with tax cuts boosting purchases in March and April, he said.

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, which produces the GDP report, has been attempting to address statistical quirks, or so-called residual seasonality, behind persistently disappointing readings of first-quarter GDP. In five of the past eight years, the first quarter turned out to be the worst one of the year. The BEA has been revamping its methodology to try to nick the issue.

A slowdown in early 2017 gave way to a growth spurt as fading headwinds for the energy sector fueled a manufacturing resurgence, and consumer spending remained strong. As for 2018, a pickup would potentially also spur inflation, though the tightest job market in years has yet to produce a widespread, sustained acceleration in labor costs that would feed into price pressures.

— With assistance by Katia Dmitrieva, and Saleha Mohsin

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Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now

It’s make-or-break time for the big banks this week as JPMorgan, Citigroup and Wells Fargo gear up for earnings Friday morning.

Financials were staging a comeback Thursday morning, with the XLF ETF rallying more than 1 percent. Despite the surge, the group is still the worst-performing sector in the past month. However, “Options Action” trader Mike Khouw says a recent spike in options activity for the group could suggest the tides are about to change.

“The XLF saw above-average activity this week,” Khouw said Wednesday on CNBC’s Fast Money. “[Thursday] we saw approximately 1.5 times the average daily volume.”

Three of the financial ETF’s top holdings JP Morgan, Citigroup and Wells Fargo are expected to move around 3 percent in either direction when they report this Friday. Of the group, Khouw suggests investors keep a close eye on Wells Fargo.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Gerdau S.A.(GGB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Manikandan Raman]

    On the news, Freeport-McMoRan surged 12 percent to $10.20 and Lundin Mining climbed 12 percent to $3.33. Gerdau SA (ADR) (NYSE: GGB) rose 19 percent to $1.23, Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE: VALE) advanced 18 percent to $4.85 and Banco Bradesco SA (ADR) (NYSE: BBD) gained 11 percent to $7.15.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Capricor Therapeutics, Inc.(CAPR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares surged 30.2 percent to $5.01 after dropping 40.86 percent on Tuesday. Marathon Patent Group filed for sale of 1.85 million shares of common stock by selling stockholders.
    Capricor Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CAPR) shares jumped 17.2 percent to $2.25 after the company reported the FDA clearance of Investigational New Drug application for CAP-1002.
    Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) gained 13.2 percent to $2.15 following 16.5 percent rally on Tuesday.
    Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB) shares climbed 11.8 percent to $10.45 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
    China Distance Education Hldgs Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: DL) shares surged 11.3 percent to $8.67. China Distance Education reported Q4 profit of $5.9 million on revenue of $41.7 million.
    Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK) shares gained 11 percent to $8.05 after falling 7.05 percent on Tuesday.
    Ooma Inc (NYSE: OOMA) shares surged 8.5 percent to $10.85 as the company posted strong Q3 results.
    Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) climbed 8 percent to $17.12 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.
    American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC) surged 7.8 percent to $3.59 after the company reported $8 million in D-VAR system orders.
    Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE: THR) rose 6.3 percent to $24.17. William Blair upgraded Thermon Group from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) surged 6.1 percent to $182.88. Nomura upgraded Domino's from Neutral to Buy.
    Xencor Inc (NASDAQ: XNCR) rose 5.9 percent to $21.17. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated coverage on Xencor with an Overweight rating.
    Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IDRA) gained 5.1 percent to $2.28 after the company disclosed that it has been granted FDA Fast Track designation for IMO-2125.
    Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) gained 5.1 percent to

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Endologix, Inc.(ELGX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Endologix Inc. (NASDAQ: ELGX) dropped about 9.3% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $4.78 against a 52-week high of $14.50 and a Tuesday close of $5.27. Volume of about 6 million was more than 3 times the daily average of around 1.7 million. The company on Tuesday announced a temporary shipping hold on its best-selling heart device, saying there was a manufacturing issue.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELGX) shares dropped 23 percent to $7.59 as the company issued an update on Nellix PMA process. Endologix disclosed that the FDA has requested the company to provide a two-year patient follow-up data from the EVAS-FORWARD IDE study of Nellix System.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Honeywell have gained 2.6% to $126.96 at 2:54 p.m. today, while General Electric has fallen 1.9% to $29.70 after reporting earnings. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) has advanced 0.2% to $65.48.

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Remembering that airlines are part of the broader industrial sector, perhaps it is not surprising that the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLI) is, historically, one of the worst-performing sector SPDR ETFs in June.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares ofIngersoll-Rand have dropped 1% to $$74.84 at 3:01 p.m. today, whileRockwell Automation has fallen 0.5% to $134.12,Eaton has slipped 1.1% to $66.85,Fortive has declined 0.9% to $53.55,Allegion has slumped 1.5% to $63.77, and General Electric is off 0.6% at $31.52. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) has fallen 0.6% to $62.05.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of General Electric have dipped 0.1% to $29.52 at 1:47 p.m. today, while the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) has risen 0.5% to $66.70.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Rockwell Collins gained 5.1% to $104.70 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,348.69. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) ticked up 0.1% to$65.41 as strength in Rockwell Collins and Honeywell International (HON) offset earnings-related weakness in General Electric (GE). Honeywell, which also reported today, gained 2.7% to $127.08, while General Electric dropped 2.4% to $29.55.

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    Shares of the Industrials Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLI) returned 28% over the year to mid-February and the sector trades a premium of 22% on its long-term forward multiple.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Deckers Outdoor Corporation(DECK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The great trading opportunity we looked at is in Deckers Outdoor (NYSE: DECK). The stock is on a “buy” signal, according to my award-winning ITV indicator.

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    That tendency for more of the same is likely to be true for many companies, as well. Among the companies that are likely to continue with business as usual — at least in the short term — is Deckers Outdoor (NYSE: DECK).

  • [By Taylor Cox]

    Analyst/Investor Days

    Finjan Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: FNJN)
    Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR)
    Delta Air Lines, Inc (NYSE: DAL)
    Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NYSE: DECK) annual shareholder meeting, to vote on Marcato Capital board nominees

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Hanesbrands was just one of many retail companies that got shellacked this week. Under Armour (UAA) tumbled 29% after missing earnings forecasts and cutting its guidance, while Deckers Outdoor (DECK) plunged 21% after its earnings missed the Street consensus, and Ralph Lauren (RL) plummeted 13% after its CEO stepped down.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Deckers Outdoor (NYSE: DECK) and Nike (NYSE:NKE) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, risk and valuation.

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    SKX is also highly attractive in a relative basis when compared to several of its publicly traded peers: Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), Deckers Outdoor Group (NYSE: DECK), Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) and Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ: COLM). The company's forward EBITDA multiple of 6.9x is equal or below all of the comparable companies: FL (6.9x), DECK (7.6x), WWW (10.1x) and COLM (10.8x).

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now

EMM & QNX will be the growth drivers going forward. But the risks in BlackBerry stock continue to remain elevated.

BlackBerry(NSDQ:BBRY)stock is a very volatile stock. When the company announced its latest set of earnings on the 20th of December, the share price rose to around $8 a share, but since then has plummeted back down to the $7 level. Blackberry is unique in that it is a low priced stock but is just as liquid as many of its peers. This combined with the volatility of the tech sector attracts all types of investors and traders as volatility is a guarantee (which we have obviously seen over the past week or so).

BlackBerry’s latest fiscal third quarter was definitely a mixed bag. On one hand, you had aggressive margin expansion and a surprising profitable quarter on a non-GAAP basis, but on the other hand, top line came in $20 million short of what was expected. A return to revenue growth is expected next year with enterprise software & QNX probably leading the way. Blackberryand its investors know that if this company can comprehensively combine these areas as well as its security wing to work cohesively in the emerging Internet Of Things market (IoT), then this company will have a strategic competitive advantage. Blackberry’s pivot from hardware to software may have been well timed but I would still recommend caution. Here are three reasons to back up my case.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: NeuroMetrix Inc.(NURO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    NeuroMetrix (NURO) makes and markets wearable neuro-stimulation therapeutic devices. Cash per share is $1.37, with the stock selling more than 20% below that.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: athenahealth, Inc.(ATHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Shares of Athena Health (ATHN) are up 37% in just over a month. Is there still more room to run?

    Cramer said for years Athena had been a fast-growing stock, but as the company transitioned from growth to profitability, things began to get ugly. The company’s bombastic CEO, and his “colorful” personality began to rub shareholders the wrong way.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Athenahealth (ATHN) last night announced that its CFO and administrative chief, Kristi Matus, would be leaving the company. Her departure has not been embraced by investors, who have pushed shares lower today. Leerink’s David Larsen understands their concerns:

    In our view, the CFO departure may be indicative of internal operational challenges. We still think it is possible that Kristi Matus is seeking an environment that is not as demanding as ATHN, though this has not been confirmed by management. Management harped on the point that bifurcation is part of the strategic initiative of ATHN to reenergize the culture of the company, and Jonathan Bush noted how he himself hopes to spend more time on talent and culture and less time on entering new markets and building new products.

    We continue to believe that ATHN is facing challenges. We continue to believe the market is fundamentally slowing and bookings growth may become more lumpy as we progress through 2016. We still believe there will be a slow-down in the bookings growth rate b/c of a possible slow-down in the ambulatory EMR market and the fact that we are in the final payment year of Meaningful Use. Much of the call focused on Kristi Matus’s departure as a major loss for the company of a leader who was “masterful with investors.” According to management, the decision to split the CFO and CFAO responsibilities was not a reflection of her ability.

    Baird’s Matthew Gillmor and Sean McBride are less worried:

    The unexpected resignation of CFO Kristi Matus is disappointing, but the reasons for her departure seem somewhat understandable, in our view (potentially viewed bifurcation of CFO/CAO role as a demotion). We think incoming CFO Karl Stubelis is very strong and should provide helpful continuity, both internally and externally (currently serves as Controller and previously as acting CFO). Finally, the CFO change does not change our positive long-term thesi

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Meanwhile, earnings season continued to play out, and although the technology industry saw some extremely encouraging reports, not all stocks participated in the rally. Athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN), Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), and Time (NYSE:TIME) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

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    Under a single-payer system, healthcare becomes a regulated utility much like electricity with just a few large, best-in-class players. Athenahealth (Nasdaq: ATHN) could combine with Walgreen Boots Alliance (NYSE: WBA). Maybe each monolith will cover a specific region like Southern Company (NYSE: SO) and Consolidated Edison (NYSE: ED).

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Teladoc, Inc.(TDOC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington, Rich Smith, and Keith Speights]

    But from an investor’s perspective, that raises the question: Are there other stocks that could offer similar returns?So we asked three top Motley Fool contributors to each pick a stock they believe hasNVIDIA-like return potential. Read on to see why they chose CalAmp (NASDAQ:CAMP), Kratos Defense & Security (NASDAQ:KTOS), and Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap telehealth stock Teladoc Inc (NYSE: TDOC) is theninth most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 43.00% according toHighshortinterest.com. Teladoc calls itself the worlds largest and most trusted provider of virtual healthcare delivery services. The Company provides virtual access to high quality care and expertise with a portfolio of services and solutions inclusive of coverage of 450 medical subspecialties that spans the spectrum from non-urgent, episodic needs like flu and upper respiratory infections, to chronic, complicated medical conditions like cancer and congestive heart failure.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Teladoc Inc (NASDAQ: TDOC) was down, falling around 6 percent to $33.70. First Baird downgraded Teladoc from Outperform to Neutral.

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Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Intelsat S.A.(I)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    (Nasdaq: CNET)

    $2.95 34.76%
    Seadrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL) $0.28 33.81%
    Intelsat Corp. (NYSE: I) $9.11 31.50%
    Navios Maritime Midstream Partners LP (NYE: NAP) $4.42 29.18%
    Limelight Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: LLNW) $4.89 28.61%
    Enphase Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: ENPH) $5.05 24.62%

    As you can see in the table above, penny stocks have the potential to provide tremendous returns for enterprising investors. However, it’s important to note that investing in penny stocks is also incredibly risky.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Globalstar, Inc (NYSEMKT: GSAT) followed by ORBCOMM Inc (NASDAQ: ORBC) being big winners while Iridium Communications has given a positive performance and Intelsat SA (NYSE: I) has been a big looser:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the telecommunication services shares climbed 1.18 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), up 7 percent, and Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn-ADR (NYSE: TLK), up 3 percent.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    That’s why today we’ll show you one of our expert recommendations along with the 10 top-performing penny stocks to watch this week…

    Penny Stocks Current Share Price
    (as of Feb. 20) Feb. 12-20 Gain
    (as of Feb. 20)
    POET Technologies Inc. (OTCMKTS: POETF) $0.4165 85.1%
    Finjan Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: FNJN) $2.94 67.05%
    Intelsat SA (NYSE: I) $3.50 38.89%
    Genesis Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: GEN) $1.39 37.62%
    Paringa Resources Ltd. (OTCMKTS: PNGZF) $0.41 32.30%
    CytoDyn Inc. (OTCMKTS: CYDY) $0.76 31.03%
    Iconix Brand Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ICON) $1.65 30.95%
    AMERI Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: AMRH) $2.49 29.69%
    Pangea Logistics Solutions Ltd. (Nasdaq: PANL) $2.87 26.99%
    MoSys Inc. (Nasdaq: MOSY) $1.47 25.68%

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Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Kinross Gold Corporation(KGC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Levine]

    Instead of the P/E, therefore, we’ll consider the companies on the basis of price-to-cash from operations on a trailing-12-month (TTM) basis. Cash flow, after all, is one thing management can’t be massaged.

    CompanyPrice-to-CFO Per Share (TTM)

    Eldorado Gold 17.9
    Goldcorp(NYSE:GG) 15.3
    Agnico Eagle Mines 11.2
    Barrick Gold 7.9
    Newmont Mining 6.2
    IAMGOLD (NYSE:IAG) 4.6
    Yamana Gold (NYSE:AUY) 3.6
    Kinross Gold (NYSE:KGC) 3.6

    Data Source: YCharts.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Kinross Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE: KGC) and Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AUY).

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Citi also placed Neutral ratings on Goldcorp Inc. (USA) (NYSE: GG), Kinross Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE: KGC) and Silver Standard Resources Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: SSRI).

Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now

The Trump administration has fired the first broadside in its insane battle against bilateral trade imbalances. And its aim was not what most people expected. Canada, not China, is the target of the Trump trade team’s wrath.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has just announced a new 20% tariff on imports of Canadian softwood lumber. The US currently imports about $5.66 billion worth of softwood lumber from Canada every year. It is an essential input for the American construction and home repair industries.

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 11: Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross listens as US President Donald Trump speaks during a strategic and policy discussion with CEOs in the State Department Library in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) on April 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Own 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 James E. Brumley]

    When an investor thinks of Canadian gold mining stocks, NovaGold Resources Inc. (USA) (NYSEMKT:NG) and Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY) are often the first names to come to mind. And well they should. Yamana Gold is a $2.5 billion giant, and NovaGold Resources seems to have been around forever.

    Those two icons aren’t the only way to tap into Canada’s sizeable gold mining industry though. There’s a small, up-and-coming player called Taranis Resources Inc. (OTCMKTS:TNREF, TSX:TRO) that could end up becoming another key fixture of the country’s mining landscape.

    Taranis develops mineral deposits into mine-ready projects. Its primary project right now — and it’s enough to keep the company plenty busy for the next several years — is the Thor property located near Trout Lake, British Columbia. NI 43-101 resource reports (indicated and inferred)suggest Thor contains 6.9 million ounces of silver, 35,000 ounces gold, 57 million pounds of lead, 79.4 million pounds of zinc and 3.3 Million pounds of copper (roughly a 14 million ounce silver equivalent (“AgEq”) deposit*) laying in wait in a way that lends itself to the establishment of a low-cost, open pit mining operation. That’s roughly $300 million worth of marketable metals, and the estimates have been steadily getting bigger as Tanaris does more survey work.

    And 2017 could be a real breakout year for Taranis, as a lot of the work that’s been done to date starts to mean something. It’s got big exploration plans for this year… this spring/summer to be exact.

    The Phase 1 program was completed in September of last year, setting the stage for a more defined and much bigger Phase 2 definition-drilling within the next several weeks. This Phase 2 definition drilling slated for the middle of this year will drill down to between 6000 m and 10,000 m.

    These so-called first generation target areas are generally well understood areas based on sound geological information includ

  • [By William Romov]

    Over the last year, the number of short positions on gold stocks has fallen. One of these stocks is a Canadian gold mining company called NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG). In the last 12 months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 79%, to 522,400. This shows a shift in sentiment from bearish to bullish for gold.

  • [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.

Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) did an exceptionally good job of making it through the financial crisis in 2008 with minimal damage, weathering the turbulence in its stock price and rising to all-time record highs in the early and mid-2010s. Along the way, Wells Fargo also sought to regain its standing as a strong dividend stock, and it has successfully restored its quarterly payout to levels above what it had paid prior to the crisis. Yet recently, the bank has run into controversy with a scandal involving employees opening fake accounts, and Wells Fargo’s most recent earnings weren’t as strong as the company has seen in the past. Some investors are wondering whether the bank’s track record of dividend increases since the financial crisis could be in jeopardy. Let’s look more closely to whether Wells Fargo will raise its dividend in 2017.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    It looks like investors are hating the company, too. Shares of CMG are down 23% year to date (YTD).

    Most-Hated Companies 2016 No. 4: Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC)

    Wells Fargo became the target of nationwide fury in September after it was revealed account executives opened up over 2 million fraudulent accounts without customer consent.

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    Here Are 3 Hot Things to Know About Stocks Right Now Futures point to the Dow and S&P 500 continuing to edge higher, while the Nasdaq is expected to fall at opening. Earnings from the U.S.’s big banks kick off Friday with  Action Alerts PLUS holding JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM, Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC)  and Citigroup Inc. (C) European markets were mixed with France’s Cac 40 and Germany’s Dax up and London’s FTSE 100 on the back foot as the pound edged higher.  Markets Overview

    Global markets struggled to stay in positive territory on Friday, April 13, and U.S. futures were under pressure at President Donald Trump and allies weighed action in Syria.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Bank stocks have rallied since Donald Trump’s election victory–even Wells Fargo (WFC), which had been hit hard by its cross selling scandal. It’s not hard to see why: Higher rates and better economic growth should be good news for ones that have been in the penalty box. And yes, Wells Fargo is still in the penalty box, say Instinet’s Bill Carcache and Yuman Lui, but that shouldn’t stop the bank from outperforming. They explain why:

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    Wells Fargo. The company remains in the penalty box near term (e.g., possible legal accruals add to 4Q16 risk), but we view Wells Fargos reputational risk as manageable and expect the rollout of new retail banking sales incentives and the redeployment of its ~$224bn of excess liquidity (held at the Fed as of 3Q16) into higher-yielding loans to serve as positive catalysts later in the year. By our math, each $5bn redeployed into 5-year USTs yielding ~2% would drive incremental EPS of $0.01, with the upside from redeploying into higher-yielding loans even more meaningful.

    Shares of Wells Fargo have gained 1.1% to $54.84 at 2:22 p.m. today, while the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE) has risen 0.8% to $43.73.

  • [By JPMorgan]

    We recommend Wells Fargo into 2016 for several reasons: 1) a safe haven stock in a choppy, uncertain time period; 2) some benefit from acquisitions from GE Capital; 3) continued growth in several other areas – investment banking, credit cards, and payments; and 4) continued sizable capital return. 

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    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) , Citigroup Inc.  (C)  Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC)  and BlackRock Inc. (BLK) reported first-quarter earnings on Thursday and Friday. Here are five things the reports show about the economic impact of President Donald Trump’s tax cuts and how the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate hikes are affecting consumers.

Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    Among the brands being sold were Alcoa Corporation (NYSE: AA) and Ford Motor Company(NYSE: F), which both paid out dividends in December. The financial and oil sectors also experienced a sell-off to finish 2016. Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) and Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) were net sold as each reached new year-to-date highs and investors unloaded ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) and Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) as their prices normalized with the rise in the price of oil.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares short rose to 24.44 million from the previous level of 23.91 million. Shares were trading at $64.80, within a 52-week range of $42.27 to $67.30.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares short decreased to 23.15 million from the previous level of 24.60 million. Shares were trading at $52.55, within a 52-week range of $42.27 to $61.32.

Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: 3M Company(MMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded down 1.69% at $230.78. The stock’s 52-week range is $163.85 to $238.90. Volume was about equal to the daily average of around 1.7 million. The company had no specific news Monday.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Markets are keeping a close eye on the 10-year bond, which is hovering near 3% – an important psychological level that is likely to influence future price movements. On Monday, Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” asked Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald if investors should be worried. Here’s what Keith had to say about the 10-year Treasury yield… and how it will affect your stocks and bonds in the future.
    The price of Brent crude oil topped $75.00 and hit its highest level since November 2014. Oil traders were eyeing the ongoing efforts of OPEC and Russia to reduce excessive production around the globe, rising demand ahead of peak driving season, and the possibility that the Trump administration will slap Iran with a new round of sanctions.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: KO, GOOGL, SLM
    Shares of The Coca-Cola Co.(NYSE: KO) added 1.2% after the firm easily beat earnings and revenue expectations. The firm cited strong demand for its new flavors of Diet Coke and its Coke Zero Sugar. Demand was so strong for the quarter that the firm reported organic sales growth of 5%. The company reported earnings per share of $0.47, topping estimates by a penny. Revenue of $7.6 billion easily beat Wall Street estimates.
    Shares of Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) seesawed in pre-market hours. The online search giant topped Wall Street earnings and revenue expectations after the bell Monday. However, shares were off 0.5% after executives announced that its business costs were on the rise. The firm’s real estate and computer purchases tripled in one year, to $7.3 billion. About one-third of that total came from its $2.4 billion purchase of the Chelsea Market building in New York City.
    Good news for SLM Corp.(NYSE: SLM) investors, but bad news for indebted college students and graduates. The firm – also known as Sallie Mae – topped Wall Street earnings expectations on Monday. The firm said that it increased its loan o

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    First, the Dow dropped below 19,800 points with two stocks – The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS) and 3M Company (NYSE:MMM) – experiencing a $3.26 billion selloff alone. Big banking stocks including Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) and JPMorgan Chase and Co. (NYSE:JPM) sold off far more severely than the S&P 500 itself. Tech stocks were more or less unscathed, with the exception of Alphabet Inc. (NasdaqGS:GOOG), which received a 2.55% buzzcut of $26 per share.

Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Transcananda Pipelines Ltd.(TRP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    In addition to the Trans Mountain system, two other pipeline projects currently are proposed to move crude oil from Alberta either to the Great Lakes or the Gulf Coast. Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) is proposing to replace its 50-year old Line 3 system to transport 760,000 barrels a day to Superior, Wisconsin. TransCanada Corp. (NYSE: TRP) has received approval from the Trump administration and would transport 830,000 barrels a day to Nebraska where existing pipelines will take over, sending the crude to U.S. refineries and Gulf Coast terminals.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Energy infrastructure companies ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) and TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) are both emerging from the energy market downturn as stronger entities. Each made smart acquisitions, with TransCanada buying U.S. gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group, while ONEOK is in the process of gobbling up its MLP,ONEOK Partners (NYSE:OKS). While these deals enhanced the growth profiles of both companies, TransCanada still stands out as the better buy for long-term income investors. Here’s why.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    In a number of articles recently, following the US recent revival and potential approval of the previously blocked Keystone XL pipeline, a number of estimates have been provided suggesting a pending boom for the US steel industry is on the horizon (and US steel stocks have reacted in kind). In fact, this optimism, we believe, peaked today when a report from one of our competitors was published claiming that, the keystone XL pipeline could increase line pipe demand by 14.7% for 2 years. The problem here, we believe, rests with the facts that: (a) TransCanada (TRP) has already taken, and paid for, the steel to build the Keystone XL pipeline (the steel currently sits in storage facilities in both Regina, Canada and Arkansas, United States), (b) neither US Steel (X; SELL), AK Steel, Steel Dynamics, or Nucor have the ability to make the specialized steel required for the miles of pipe associated with this project, to include both the thickness and pressure requirements, according to this article from Reuters, and (c) assuming some of the pipe does need replacement, this would likely come from international steel makers who are capable of producing the specialized steel (again, as highlighted in this Reuters article).

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    TransCanada Corp. (NYSE: TRP) just achieved a perfect Money Morning stock VQScore, making it a profit powder keg waiting to ignite…

    TransCanada is a Canadian oil and gas pipeline company, most famous for its development of the Keystone XL pipeline connecting Canadian oil fields to major hubs in the United States.

Top Penny Stocks To Own For 2019

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Top Penny Stocks To Own For 2019: Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings(AAWW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Amazon leased 40 planes from Air Transport Services Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ATSG) and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AAWW). Each carrier is supplying 20 Boeing jets to Prime Air.

Top Penny Stocks To Own For 2019: BioDelivery Sciences International Inc.(BDSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap specialty pharmaceuticalstock BioDelivery Sciences International (NASDAQ: BDSI) as a bullish/long trade:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, healthcare shares fell 0.48 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ: MNKD), down 10 percent, and BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDSI) down 10 percent.

Top Penny Stocks To Own For 2019: UFP Technologies Inc.(UFPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    UFP Technologies (NASDAQ: UFPT) and China XD Plastics (NASDAQ:CXDC) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and earnings.

Top Penny Stocks To Own For 2019: Sanderson Farms Inc.(SAFM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation having performed better over the longer term than large cap Tyson Foods, Inc (NYSE: TSN) andsmall cap Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap poultry processing stock Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) reported Q2 2017 earnings before the market opened this morning as shares still have elevated short interest of 27.73% according to Highshortinterest.comdue in part to fears over bird flu that have probably subsided. Net sales were $802.0 million versus $692.1million while net income was $66.9 million versus net income of $47.6 million. Overall market prices for poultry products were higher during the second quarter compared with the same period last year while market prices for chicken products sold to retail grocery store customers remained relatively strong during the quarter and continue to reflect good demand. The earnings release noted:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q1 2017 earnings report for small cap poultry processing stock Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) is scheduled for before the market opens on Thursday (February 23rd) as shares still have elevated short interest of 33.50% according to Highshortinterest.comdue in part to fears over bird flu.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart does show Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation is back to 2015 bottom levels while large cap Tyson Foods, Inc (NYSE: TSN) peaked last year andsmall cap Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) seems to have becometrapped below a resistance level that it may be poised to break out from:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Midcap poultry processing stock Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) reported fiscal Q4 2017 earnings before the market opened on Thursday with shares falling off on weaker-than-expected Q4 profits that were impacted byweak poultry prices, hurricane disruptions and higher-than-expected chicken production. Q4 net sales were $919.9 million versus $790.8million andnet income was $72.9 million versusnet income of $76.0 million. For the full year, net sales were $3.342 billion versus $2.816 billion and netincome was $279.7 million versus net income of $189.0million. The Chairman/CEO made extensive comments about performance and the poultry market:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Midcap poultry processing stock Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) reported fiscal Q3 earnings before the market opened on Thursday. Net sales were $931.9 million versus $728.0 million and net incomewas $115.8 million versusnet income of $54.7 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2016. The earnings release noted that compared with the third fiscal quarter of 2016, market prices for chickens sold to retail grocery store customers remained relatively flat at levels that reflect a good supply and demand balance. Compared with the third fiscal quarter of 2016, jumbo boneless breast meat prices were higher by approximately 24.8%, the average market price for bulk leg quarters increased approximately 15.9%, and jumbo wing prices were higher by 40.2%. The Company’s average feed cost per pound of poultry products processed decreased 0.32 cents per pound, or 1.3%, compared with the third quarter of fiscal 2016.

Top Penny Stocks To Own For 2019: Patni Computer Systems Limited(PTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Proteostasis Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: PTI) shares shot up 162 percent to $6.16 after the company disclosed 'positive' PTI-428 data with statistical significance.

  • [By William Romov]

    Before we show you our pick, here are the top 10 penny stocks to watch this week

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Nov. 27-Dec. 1 Gain (as of Dec. 1)
    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (Nasdaq: PXS) $4.10 122.83%
    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: OHRP) $1.28 68.42%
    Cerecor Inc. (Nasdaq: CERC) $1.74 47.46%
    Proteostasis Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: PTI) $2.52 37.71%
    UT Starcom Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: UTSI) $5.20 37.20%
    WMIH Corp. (Nasdaq: WMIH) $0.96 33.46%
    PhaseRx Inc. (Nasdaq: PZRX) $0.90 30.29%
    Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH) $2.04 29.94%
    EV Energy Partners LP (Nasdaq: EVEP) $0.86 27.76%
    Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CPRX) $4.40 25.71%

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Retirees interested in the security of guaranteed income often turn to immediate annuities, which provide regular payments that begin right away in exchange for a lump-sum investment. In recent years, that guarantee has come at a price: Low interest rates have depressed monthly payments. But rates have begun to move up and are expected to climb higher. Annuity payouts are rising, too.

QUIZ: Are Annuities Right for You?

In October 2016, a 65-year-old man who invested $100,000 in a single-life immediate annuity would have received an average monthly payment of $506, says ImmediateAnnuities.com. The average monthly payment recently was $567, up 12%. The Federal Reserve raised the rate for overnight bank loans by 0.25 percentage point in March and signaled that it plans at least two more hikes this year. You may be inclined to postpone an annuity purchase until those hikes take effect. But if the economy falters, the Fed could put off those increases. If rates fall, youll have missed a chance to lock in current rates. One way around this problem is to build an annuity ladder. Suppose you have $200,000 to invest. Instead of investing it all at once, you might invest $50,000 this year and another $50,000 every two years until youve spent the entire amount. If rates rise, you can take advantage of them. And if rates fall, youll have locked in at least some of your money at current rates.

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Celanese Corporation(CE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Time To Favor Optionality: Most macro data are similar to, or better than, when the merger was announced. As a result, the same returns have been obtainable, with significantly less stress, simply through owning 3M (MMM) or a basket of chemical companies that approximate the Dow-DuPont portfolio. Relative to the chemical sector, performance has been average, leverage appears reasonable but near-term FCF less-than compelling partly due to new capacity ramping. With the merger likely to close in the near-term (90% chance, in our view), we believe Dow-DuPont will have an opportunity to show how scale creates optionality. The overhaul at Celanese (CE) over the past few years shows the way.

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Celanese (NYSE: CE) and Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Genfit SA (GNFTF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    In a recent article, we discussed what makes Genfits (OTCPK:GNFTF) Elafibranor one of the most promising candidates in the NASH treatment development space. Given the unmet need (no approved therapies), Elafibranors mechanism of action and the potential it has shown in clinical stages, we see a strong chance of approval if the pivotal Phase 3 study succeeds. In this article, we will briefly discuss the chances of Elafibranors success in clinical stages and Genfits valuation based on the potential of its lead product candidate. We will briefly also discuss the risks to the investment thesis.

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Pacific Biosciences of California Inc.(PACB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pacific Biosciences of California Inc. (NASDAQ: PACB) slipped about 5.6% to post a new 52-week low of $2.52 Tuesday after closing at $2.67 on Friday. Volume of about 910,000 was about 10% above the daily average. The company had no specific news.

Hot Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019

How to play the turnaround in the Brazilian economy

Investing in emerging markets always has a heightened amount of risk associated with it. However, large and mid-cap stocks can help mitigate the heightened amount of risk. This is why I believe that the iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ) is the safest way to play the turnaround in the Brazilian economy. The MSCI Brazil 25/50 Index is designed to measure the performance of the large and mid cap segments of the Brazilian market. As of February 1st, 2018 EWZ had the following sector weightings in its portfolio:

A rebounding economy and an uptick in commodity prices bode well for the fund’s top holdings.

Hot Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (IPG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (NYSE: IPG) dropped about 2.3% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $20.94 after closing Wednesday at $21.44. The 52-week high is $25.71. Volume reached nearly 13 million shares traded, nearly 3 times the daily average of around 3.8 million. The company had no specific news, but Tuesday’s weak earnings report continues to weigh on the share price.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COS as a Buy with a ratings score of A. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. 

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    Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.33 billion.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion.
    Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion.
    Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $1.76 billion.
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $7.02 billion.
    SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.83 per share on revenue of $2.21 billion.
    ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $4.68 billion.
    Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.15 per share on revenue of $593.82 million.
    Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion.
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.44 per share on revenue of $721.89 million.
  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 59.42% to $280.90 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COS has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 8.14%.

     

Hot Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: BankUnited, Inc.(BKU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Monday, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Eagle Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGBN) and BankUnited (NYSE: BKU).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Monday afternoon, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Bank of Marin Bancorp (NASDAQ: BMRC) and BankUnited (NYSE: BKU).

Hot Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Fidelity Southern Corporation(LION)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on Monday.

    AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR) – $0.3200 dividend, 1.6780 percent yield. AptarGroup reported weaker-than-expected Q3 results on Thursday.
    Fidelity Southern Corporation (NASDAQ: LION) – $0.1200 dividend, 2.6359 percent yield. The company, based in Atlanta, Georgia, provides financial products and services for customers.
    Apple Hospitality REIT Inc (NYSE: APLE) – $0.1000 dividend, 6.5826 percent yield. Apple Hospitality REIT, based in Richmond, Virginia, operates as a subsidiary of Apple REIT Companies.
    Targa Resources Corp (NYSE: TRGP) – $0.9100 dividend, 7.7299 percent yield. The Houston, Texas-based company provides midstream natura