Hot Small Cap Stocks To Watch For 2018

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Hot Small Cap Stocks To Watch For 2018: World Energy Solutions Inc(DE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results Friday. The consensus forecast calls for $1.19 in EPS and $6.42 billion in revenue. Shares ended the week at $154.93. The consensus price target is $171.15, and the 52-week range is $106.72 to $171.96.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    But much of that response may simply have been reflexive the so-called knee-jerk reaction to anything that threatens to raise prices. Companies that consume a lot of steel, like Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) and Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE), have not commented yet.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Earnings season is slowing down, but there’s still a few companies left to report. On Friday, we’ll get a look at the state of agriculture with Deere & Company (NYSE: DE).  And if you have time, make sure to check out today’s market update to see what else is happening.


    On Wednesday, Deere & Company (DE) reports earnings, and Cramer said the company’s numbers just don’t justify the stock’s big move to the upside.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    I wrote bullishly about Deere (DE) back in December, and since then the stock has done…not much, gaining 4.8% to the S&P 500′s 4.1% rise. So I’ve tried to stay on top of the stock, both the bullish calls and the bearish ones–and today, I have another bear to add to the list. That would be JPMorgan’s Ann Duignan, who reiterated her Underweight rating on Deere today, as well as CNH Industrial (CNHI) and Agco (AGCO). She explains why:

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    NA retail sales of high HP tractors and combines have already fallen 48% and 58% from peak (2013), respectively; but demand only dipped below trend in 2015 after ~7 years above trend. More used equipment is being taken to auction, a positive in the long-run as dealer but a potential negative for residual values in the near term. In Europe, the European Commission expects total agricultural income to decline considerably in real terms over the next decade (-14%), mainly due to fairly low agricultural prices and increasing costs. Demand in SA is likely to remain volatile, though at least planted area continues to grow; a positive for equipment in the long term. Overall, we remain bearish on agriculture equipment names given current valuations and growing fundamental risks; we maintain our UW ratings on Deere,CNH Industrial and AGCO.

    Still, the technical set up on Deere, a key component of my argument, continues to look good–real good. Strategas Research Partners’ Chris Verrone explains:

    We also want to reiterate our bullish view on the agricultural commodities and the ag-related stocks (e.g., CF Industries Holdings (CF), Mosaic (MOS), Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT), FMC (FMC), AGCO, Deere). Following sharp multi-year declines, trends continue to improve.

    And here’s the chart of Deere to prove it:

    Strategas Research Partners

    So, will the technicals catch up with the fundamentals, or will the fundamentals catch up to the tech


    The Good

    The market remains resistant (Rs over Ss and Ns). Brokerages, banks and insurance companies continue their league-leading strength. The Russell 2000 Index is up for the 15th consecutive day. Retail extends yesterday’s strength. Nordstrom (JWN) , Macy’s (M) , Best Buy (BBY) , Target (TGT) , Walmart (WMT) , Foot Locker (FL) and JCPenney (JCP) are strong. First day down for Amazon (AMZN) . Agricultural commodities are lackluster, but soybeans are up another up $0.05 today, up substantially for three days in a row. Speculative biotech (Sage (SAGE) , FibroGen (FGEN) , Acadia Pharmaceuticals (ACAD) and Aerie Pharmaceuticals  (AERI) ) stronger after recent weakness. Ag equipment up big time after the Deere (DE) beat.

    The Bad

Hot Small Cap Stocks To Watch For 2018: Access National Corporation(ANCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, ourunder the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedshorting small cap Northern Virginia based bank holding stock Access National Corporation (NASDAQ: ANCX):

Hot Small Cap Stocks To Watch For 2018: Oritani Financial Corp.(ORIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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