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Here at Money Morning, we’ve been following two unfolding marijuana penny stock scandals. Back in February, a company called mCig Inc. (OTCMKTS: MCIG) – which sells e-cigarettes used for vaping cannabis – was accused of unreported insider selling.
This was uncovered by Alan Rothstein, the founder of the website 420 Investor. He discovered a discrepancy in the company’s 10-K filings, which are annual financial reports submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Two of the filings revealed that mCig CEO Paul Rosenberg had sold personal shares of the company without reporting the transaction. In 2016, Rosenberg owned 23 million shares of MCIG stock, but the 2016 filing showed he owned only 20.9 million.
Hot Penny Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
Shares of NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE:NRG) rose 10.9% in August, buoyed by its second-quarter results and an analyst upgrade.
“Our business performed exceptionally well during the second quarter,” stated CEO Mauricio Gutierrez in the company’s earnings press release. Driving that view is that income from continuing operations rose from $99 million in the year-ago period to $121 million in this year’s second quarter. Powering the company’s improvement was its retail segment, where adjusted EBITDA came in at $298 million, which was $94 million higher than the second quarter of last year. The company’s generation business also delivered stronger results as adjusted EBITDA rose $45 million to $197 million. Those dual fuels enabled the company to reaffirm its full-year outlook for adjusted EBITDA between $2.8 billion to $3 billion.
- [By Logan Wallace]
Energi (CURRENCY:NRG) traded 1.4% lower against the dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 15:00 PM E.T. on September 11th. One Energi coin can now be bought for about $0.31 or 0.00004951 BTC on major exchanges including Cryptopia, CryptoBridge and CoinExchange. Energi has a total market cap of $1.54 million and $4,327.00 worth of Energi was traded on exchanges in the last day. During the last seven days, Energi has traded down 9.2% against the dollar.
- [By Motley Fool Transcribers]
NRG Energy Inc (NYSE:NRG)Q2 2018 Earnings Conference CallAug. 2, 2018, 8:00 a.m. ET
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- [By Lee Jackson]
This stock has made a nice run off the lows, but it may hold solid upside for aggressive accounts. NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE: NRG) is an integrated independent power producer that owns and operates 27 gigawatts (GW) of conventional and renewable generating capacity in the United States and serves 3 million retail customers in Texas and the Northeast.
- [By Shane Hupp]
ValuEngine upgraded shares of NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report published on Saturday morning.
A number of other research firms also recently issued reports on NRG. Citigroup downgraded shares of NRG Energy from a buy rating to a neutral rating and set a $33.00 price target on the stock. in a research note on Monday, July 30th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of NRG Energy from a strong-buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 26th. Macquarie upped their target price on shares of NRG Energy from $40.00 to $41.00 and gave the stock an outperform rating in a research note on Thursday, September 20th. Finally, Bank of America upped their target price on shares of NRG Energy from $40.00 to $42.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Thursday, September 27th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $37.00.
Hot Penny Stocks To Invest In Right Now: UFP Technologies Inc.(UFPT)
- [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.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Media coverage about UFP Technologies (NASDAQ:UFPT) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. UFP Technologies earned a daily sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 47.0533500754779 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
- [By Logan Wallace]
China XD Plastics (NASDAQ: CXDC) and UFP Technologies (NASDAQ:UFPT) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and valuation.
Hot Penny Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.(EGLE)
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Several brokerages have updated their recommendations and price targets on shares of Eagle Bulk Shipping (NASDAQ: EGLE) in the last few weeks:
7/2/2018 – Eagle Bulk Shipping was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. 6/28/2018 – Eagle Bulk Shipping was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. 6/18/2018 – Eagle Bulk Shipping is now covered by analysts at Morgan Stanley. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $6.50 price target on the stock. 6/18/2018 – Eagle Bulk Shipping is now covered by analysts at DNB Markets. They set a “buy” rating on the stock. 6/12/2018 – Eagle Bulk Shipping was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. 6/2/2018 – Eagle Bulk Shipping was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. 6/2/2018 – Eagle Bulk Shipping was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. 5/29/2018 – Eagle Bulk Shipping is now covered by analysts at Evercore ISI. They set an “outperform” rating and a $7.50 price target on the stock. 5/15/2018 – Eagle Bulk Shipping was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Eagle Bulk Shipping is the largest U.S. based owner of Handymax dry bulk vessels. Handymax dry bulk vessels range in size from 35,000 to 60,000 deadweight tons, or dwt, and transport a broad range of major and minor bulk cargoes, including iron ore, coal, grain, cement and fertilizer, along worldwide shipping routes. “ 5/9/2018 – Eagle Bulk Shipping had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Maxim Group. They now have a $6.00 price target on the
Hot Penny Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sirius XM Radio Inc.(SIRI)
- [By Mac Greer]
In today’s episode of Market Foolery, host Mac Greer and Motley Fool contributor Matt Argersinger hit on a few of the market’s biggest stories. Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI) announced plans to acquire Pandora (NYSE:P), finally putting an end to a real bummer of an era for Pandora shareholders. Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) offered a massive bid for Sky, while Disney (NYSE:DIS) positioned itself exactly where it wants to be with regard to that.
- [By Chris Lange]
It was announced on Monday that Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) would be acquired by Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI). While this deal might look good at first glance, one analyst believes that Pandora shareholders will shoot down any acquisition hopes.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Toronto Dominion Bank raised its position in shares of Sirius XM Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) by 36.7% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 130,110 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 34,955 shares during the quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank’s holdings in Sirius XM were worth $812,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
- [By Asit Sharma]
In this week’s episode of Industry Focus: Consumer Goods, host Jason Moser and Motley Fool contributor Asit Sharma dive into the company’s S-1 filing and explain why this potential IPO is so exciting for investors. Hear about the company’s financials, competitive advantages, biggest threats, and more. Later in the show, the hosts update listeners about Sirius XM’s (NASDAQ:SIRI) acquisition of Pandora. Plus they share what they’ll be watching this earnings season out of Dunkin’ Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN) and TripAdvisor (NASDAQ:TRIP).
- [By Rick Munarriz]
If Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI) and Spotify (NYSE:SPOT) were playing a concert, it wouldn’t be easy to decide which one is the headliner and which one has to settle for being the opening act. The two music services draw tens of millions of premium subscribers apiece, but each company is singing in a different key.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
TherapeuticsMD, Inc. (NASDAQ: TXMD) rose 7.3 percent to $6.90 in pre-market trading after the company reported the FDA approval of TX-004HR: IMVEXXY (estradiol vaginal inserts) for moderate to severe dyspareunia due to menopause.
Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) rose 6.1 percent to $10.50 in pre-market trading after falling 1.20 percent on Tuesday
Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE: MOV) shares rose 5.7 percent to $44.60 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and raised its guidance.
salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) rose 5.4 percent to $133.67 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter and raised its forecast for the full year.
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) rose 5.3 percent to $7.35 in pre-market trading.
PagSeguro Digital Ltd. (NYSE: PAGS) rose 5.3 percent to $33.50 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN) rose 4.9 percent to $19.80 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.
Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) rose 4.9 percent to $4.95 in pre-market trading. Dalian Wanda will set up a joint venture with Tencent and Groupon's former local unit, Reuters reported.
Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ: OKTA) rose 4.4 percent to $56 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.43 percent on Tuesday
Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) rose 4.3 percent to $120.92 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.05 percent on Tuesday.
STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE: STM) shares rose 3.7 percent to $23.78 in pre-market trading after falling 4.70 percent on Tuesday.
EVINE Live Inc (NASDAQ: EVLV) shares rose 2.7 percent to $1.14 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
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Hot Penny Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Rick’s Cabaret International Inc.(RICK)
- [By Logan Wallace]
Bravo Brio Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: RICK) and RCI Hospitality (NASDAQ:RICK) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.
- [By Shane Hupp]
RCI Hospitality (NASDAQ:RICK) announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday. The restaurant operator reported $0.58 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.53 by $0.05, Fidelity Earnings reports. The company had revenue of $42.63 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $40.97 million. RCI Hospitality had a net margin of 12.95% and a return on equity of 13.51%.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Papa Murphy’s (NASDAQ:FRSH) and RCI Hospitality (NASDAQ:RICK) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
RCI Hospitality (NASDAQ:RICK) was upgraded by research analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday.