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Members of the Senate Finance Committee today voted 15 to 12 to support the nomination of Alex Azar II to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
President Donald Trump has nominated Azar, a former pharmaceutical company executive, to succeed Tom Price as HHS secretary. Price resigned after running into criticism over travel costs.
(Related: 5 Things Trump’s Health Secretary Pick Told Senators)
All Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee voted to approve the Azar nomination.
Most Democrats present voted against Azar, but one Democrat, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., voted for the nomination.
The committee held the vote on the nomination without making a video available through the web.
A copy of the announcement of the results is available here.
Best Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Triple-S Management Corporation(GTS)
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap Triple-S Management Corp (NYSE: GTS) is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. It is one of the leading players in the managed care industry in Puerto Rico. Triple-S Management has the exclusive right to use the Blue Cross Blue Shield name and mark throughout Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Costa Rica. With more than 50 years of experience in the industry, Triple-S Management offers a broad portfolio of managed care and related products in the Commercial, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid markets under the Blue Cross Blue Shield marks. It also provides non-Blue Cross Blue Shield branded life and property and casualty insurance in Puerto Rico.
Best Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Care.com, Inc.(CRCM)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Care.com Inc (NYSE: CRCM) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $11.01 after the company reported upbeat quarterly results.
MaxPoint Interactive Inc (NASDAQ: MXPT) shares were also up, gaining 19 percent to $5.44. MaxPoint Interactive reported Q4 earnings of $0.59 per share on revenue of $46.3 million.
Best Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: National Oilwell Varco, Inc.(NOV)
- [By Lauren Pollock]
Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Tuesday’s session are Applied Materials Inc.(AMAT), Red Hat Inc.(RHT) and National Oilwell Varco Inc.(NOV)
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
The price of Bitcoin faced more pressure over the weekend. The downturn came on news that several major banks have banned the purchasing of Bitcoin with credit cards. Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) have all banned cryptocurrency purchases since Friday. This means that the top five credit card issuers have now halted the practice. Bitcoin sat at $7,773 this morning.
Janet Yellen is officially out of the Federal Reserve and will be heading to the Brookings Institution. Today, Jerome Powell will begin his first term at the helm of the U.S. central bank. Powell takes over at an interesting time for the U.S. economy. The central bank is expected to raise interest rates three times in 2017. In addition, Powell must manage a $4.5 trillion balance sheet that the Fed built up in the wake of last decade’s financial crisis.
Gold prices saw a slight gain in pre-market hours. But those gains could surge as markets continue to face questions about inflation and a weaker U.S. dollar. Gold prices saw one of their biggest one-day declines in two months on Friday. Investors are looking at this as a solid entry point given price expectations from Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth. Peter expects that gold prices will reach $1,400 by the end of June and rise to as high as $1,500 by December.
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Crude oil prices slid in pre-market hours to a one-month low. TheWTI crude oil price todayfell 0.6%. Brent crude dropped 1.1%. Markets are growing increasingly fearful that rising U.S. production could spur an oversupply of the markets.
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Shares of Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) are off more than 8% this morning because the Fed has forced new sanctions on the bank that will limit its growth. The Fed’s consent order will see the bank change four members of its board of directors and
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Jefferies reported on Monday that it has lifted its price target on National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV).
The firm has reaffirmed a “Buy” rating on NOV, and has raised the company’s price target from $84 to $91. This price target suggests a 14% increase from the stock’s current price of $78.24.
Analyst Brad Handler noted that NOV’s weak margin will likely rebound in 2014 and the chances of a dividend increase are high.
Looking forward, the firm has lifted its order estimates for FY2013 from $10.8 billion to $11.3 billion. FY2014 earnings estimates have been raised from $6.40 to $6.50 per share and FY2015 estimates have been increased from $7.65 to $7.95 per share.
National-Oilwell Varco shares were up 76 cents, or 0.97% during pre-market trading Monday. The stock is up 14% YTD.
- [By Tony Daltorio]
But the best investment in this sector, according to Moors, is National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE: NOV).
He calls it the “one company that stands to benefit most directly from what is happening in the equipment sector.”
Best Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Daily Journal Corp. (S.C.)(DJCO)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
BidaskClub downgraded shares of Daily Journal (NASDAQ:DJCO) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Tuesday.
Separately, TheStreet raised shares of Daily Journal from a c- rating to a b rating in a report on Monday, February 12th.
Best Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation(BGFV)
- [By Nicholas Rossolillo]
Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS) and Big 5 Sporting Goods (NASDAQ:BGFV) have both had a great 2016. As far as stock performance goes, Big 5 is the winner this year. But which company is in better shape for the new year?