Best Energy Stocks To Own Right Now

Stocks suffered another volatile session on Wednesday as Janet Yellen wrapped up her final policy meeting as Federal Reserve chairman.

While the policy rate was left unchanged, as expected, the contents of the post-meeting statement were surprisingly hawkish — all but confirming an aggressive pace of rate hikes this year as inflation threatens to rise on a combination of a tight job market and the consequences of the weaker dollar (higher import and energy prices).

Equities initially shrugged this off, however, until former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan took to the airwaves on CNBC and said there were bubbles in both the bond and stock markets. This resulted in an drop in large-caps into negative territory before an end-of-day bid saved the bulls from a third consecutive day of losses.

In the end, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.3%, the S&P 500 gained 0.1% after trading up as much as 0.5% earlier in the session, the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.1% and the Russell 2000 lost 0.5%. Treasury bonds finished mixed in a volatile session. Gold gained a touch. Crude oil was weak on inventory and production concerns. And the dollar was mixed.

Best Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    HEFA debuted in early 2014 as the currency hedged alternative to traditional MSCI EAFE strategies. HEFA is essentially the MSCI EAFE ETF (NYSE: EFA) with a currency hedged kicker. EFA, one of the largest developed market ETFs, is HEFA lone equity holding. HEFA has amassed $3.61 billion in assets since coming to market.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    SimpliFi Inc. lifted its position in iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (NYSEARCA:EFA) by 0.6% in the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 156,749 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock after purchasing an additional 967 shares during the quarter. iShares MSCI EAFE ETF accounts for about 9.0% of SimpliFi Inc.’s holdings, making the stock its 6th largest holding. SimpliFi Inc.’s holdings in iShares MSCI EAFE ETF were worth $10,922,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Stifel Financial Corp boosted its holdings in iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (NYSEARCA:EFA) by 1.3% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 1,450,778 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock after acquiring an additional 18,547 shares during the quarter. Stifel Financial Corp’s holdings in iShares MSCI EAFE ETF were worth $101,064,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Thrivent Financial for Lutherans reduced its position in shares of iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (NYSEARCA:EFA) by 79.7% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 34,152 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock after selling 133,919 shares during the quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ holdings in iShares MSCI EAFE ETF were worth $2,380,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Best Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Eros International PLC(EROS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

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  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    And the company finally seems to be getting its act together in India; it was earlier criticized for offering a very shallow content library at premium prices when compared to rivals. But cracking the Indian market will be easier said than done for Netflix, as one of India’s biggest production houses — Eros International (NYSE:EROS) — has now decided to join the video-streaming party.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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    The Top Stock Market Stories for Wednesday
    U.S. President Donald Trump is facing criticism after threatening to ramp up taxes on Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG). The iconic motorcycle producer said it will move parts of its production overseas in order to avoid tariffs from the European Union. Trump threatened to increase taxes on the firm. “Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “I fought hard for them and ultimately they will not pay tariffs selling into the E.U., which has hurt us badly on trade, down $151 Billion. Taxes just a Harley excuse – be patient!” Earlier this month,Microsoft Corp.(Nasdaq:MSFT) launched a $7.5 billion takeover of the web-based hosting service GitHub. The acquisition, orchestrated by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, brought out critics who claim that GitHub lacks any real profit potential forMicrosoft stock. Here’s why those critics are wrong… and why MSFT is a buy. Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) has reversed its policy on cryptocurrency ads. The social media giant says that it will permit marketing from “pre-approved advisers.” According to TechCrunch, the company will still ban ads pushing binary options and initial coin offerings. The report goes on to explain that cryptocurrency scams cost customers more than $500 million in just January and February 2018 alone.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: ORCL, FB, GOOGL, BA
    Oracle Corp. (NYSE: ORCL) were largely flat despite a strong earnings report after the bell yesterday. The cloud computing giant reported EPS of $0.99

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Eros International plc (NYSE:EROS)’s share price was up 6.8% during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The company traded as high as $14.50 and last traded at $14.10. Approximately 936,285 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 135% from the average daily volume of 397,949 shares. The stock had previously closed at $13.20.

Best Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: MFS Charter Income Trust(MCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Macro (CURRENCY:MCR) traded flat against the U.S. dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 20:00 PM E.T. on May 30th. During the last seven days, Macro has traded down 6% against the U.S. dollar. Macro has a total market cap of $0.00 and approximately $0.00 worth of Macro was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Macro token can now be bought for about $0.17 or 0.00002339 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2019

The stock market gave up ground on Tuesday, but investors saw major benchmarks recover from their worst levels of the day to finish down less than half a percent. Early in the day, poor earnings results from blue chip components of the Dow Jones Industrials weighed on market sentiment, and ongoing uncertainty about whether the Trump administration will be able to deliver on promised government reforms made some investors feel less confident about the future. However, several companies reported good news despite the dour mood on Wall Street, and GNC Holdings (NYSE:GNC), Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS), and Cabela’s (NYSE:CAB) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

GNC eases shareholders’ concerns

Shares of GNC Holdings jumped 24% after the company posted first-quarter results that, while not perfect, were still not as bad as some investors had feared. Revenue fell 4% from year-ago levels, and same-store sales dropped 3.9% in company-owned locations and 4.6% in domestic franchise stores. Moreover, net income dropped by more than half, leaving the company with just $0.37 per share in adjusted earnings. Yet those numbers encouraged those who are patient enough to give GNC time to remake itself, and CEO Bob Moran pointed to the company’s One New GNC transformation strategy as having shown signs of early success. With new loyalty programs producing some positive effects on transaction counts and volume, GNC hopes that business metrics will hit bottom and start to grow again in the near future.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2019: Focus Media Holding Limited(FMCN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    An issue of Focus Media Holding Limited (NASDAQ:FMCN) bonds fell 0.9% against their face value during trading on Monday. The high-yield debt issue has a 7.25% coupon and will mature on April 1, 2023. The bonds in the issue are now trading at $99.13 and were trading at $98.13 last week. Price moves in a company’s bonds in credit markets sometimes anticipate parallel moves in its share price.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    An issue of Focus Media Holding Limited (NASDAQ:FMCN) debt fell 1.1% against its face value during trading on Tuesday. The debt issue has a 7.5% coupon and is set to mature on April 1, 2025. The debt is now trading at $97.63 and was trading at $98.50 last week. Price changes in a company’s debt in credit markets sometimes anticipate parallel changes in its stock price.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2019: CHS Inc(CHSCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    CHS (NASDAQ:CHSCL) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued on Friday.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2019: Transportadora De Gas Sa Ord B(TGS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News stories about Transportadora de Gas del Sur (NYSE:TGS) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Transportadora de Gas del Sur earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the energy company an impact score of 46.2643511773395 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Transportadora de Gas del Sur (NYSE: TGS) and Antero Midstream Partners (NYSE:AM) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Freestone Capital Holdings LLC increased its stake in Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA (NYSE:TGS) by 56.5% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 177,803 shares of the energy company’s stock after purchasing an additional 64,160 shares during the quarter. Freestone Capital Holdings LLC owned approximately 0.11% of Transportadora de Gas del Sur worth $3,617,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2019: 21Vianet Group, Inc.(VNET)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    21Vianet Group (NASDAQ: VNET) and 58.com (NYSE:WUBA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    21Vianet Group Inc (NASDAQ:VNET) rose 5.8% during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $8.30 and last traded at $8.27. Approximately 927,613 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 101% from the average daily volume of 460,831 shares. The stock had previously closed at $7.82.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) shares jumped 26.5 percent to $6.9042. Blink Charging reported Q1 net income of $2.2 million, versus a year-ago net loss of $3.1 million.
    Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO) shares climbed 17.4 percent to $3.11. Eleven Biotherapeutics posted a Q1 loss of $0.11 per share.
    Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BDL) shares jumped 17 percent to $27.97 following Q2 results. Flanigan's Enterprises posted Q2 earnings of $0.75 per share on sales of $29.456 million.
    Borqs Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRQS) rose 15.8 percent to $8.05 after reporting Q1 results.
    Abaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABAX) jumped 15.3 percent to $82.75. Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) announced plans to acquire Abaxis for $83 per share in cash.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) gained 15.1 percent to $6.33.
    Gemphire Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: GEMP) rose 13.8 percent to $6.27.
    Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) gained 12.8 percent to $5.98. H.C. Wainwright initiated coverage on Enphase Energy with a Buy rating.
    PetIQ Inc (NASDAQ: PETQ) shares surged 12.1 percent to $21.68 after reporting a first-quarter sales beat.
    NF Energy Saving Corporation (NASDAQ: NFEC) climbed 11.6 percent to $2.399.
    Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: AHPI) surged 11.4 percent to $3.0643.
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) gained 11.1 percent to $24.40 after the company reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and issued strong first-quarter earnings guidance.
    Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) rose 10.9 percent to $3.16.
    Sea Limited (NYSE: SE) gained 10.1 percent to $11.71 after reporting Q1 results.
    GEE Group, Inc. (NYSE: JOB) climbed 7.9 percent to $2.61 following Q2 results.
    The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKS) gained 7.6 percent to $2.41 after reporting Q1 results.
    Biolinerx Ltd/S ADR (NASDAQ: BLRX) rose 7.3 percent to $0.8798 after the company was granted a patent approval. The clinical-st
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    SenesTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNES) shares jumped 113.5 percent to $0.6737 after the California Department of Pesticide Regulation proposed to register the company's ContraPest for sale and use in California.
    AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: UAVS) shares rose 35.34 percent to close at $3.32.
    Art's-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. (NASDAQ: ARTW) shares gained 30.36 percent to $3.65.
    Xtant Medical Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: XTNT) shares jumped 25.6 percent to $7.4701 after the company disclosed that it has received the FDA clearance for InTice™-C Porous Titanium Cervical Interbody System.
    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) shares surged 20 percent to $2.495.
    TransGlobe Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: TGA) surged 17.04 percent to $2.61.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 15 percent to $8.32 after the company announced an exclusive partnership with Multi Touch Interactives to strengthen the development of next generation interactive educational activities.
    Arcimoto, Inc. (NASDAQ: FUV) gained 15 percent to $3.39.
    MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI) rose 13.7 percent to $49.64. Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) agreed to acquire MB Financial for $54.70 per share in cash and stock.
    FRONTEO, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTEO) shares rose 11.8 percent to $20.956.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) shares jumped 11.1 percent to $3.38.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) rose 10.6 percent to $7.41.
    NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NIHD) shares gained 9 percent to $2.32.
    Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) rose 7.6 percent to $24.19. Northcoast Research upgraded Kelly Services from Neutral to Buy.
    LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $33.70. Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) will buy LaSalle Hotel Properties in a $4.8 billion deal, Bloomberg reported.
    Alteryx, Inc. (NYSE: AYX) gained 5.5 percent to $32.56. KeyBanc upgraded Alteryx from Sector Weight to Overweight.
    Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:
  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Seadrill’s rally demonstrates how profitable penny stocks can be for savvy investors. With Seadrill’s gains already on the books, we’ll look at a stock that’s on track to generate tremendous returns – a small cap that just completed a groundbreaking acquisition with huge profit potential…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Law Week’s Gain
    Seadrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL) $0.58 98.74%
    Vivis Inc. (Nasdaq: VVUS) $0.83 59.97%
    MEI Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq: MEIP) $3.45 43.40%
    Transenterix Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) $3.15 35.72%
    Akers Biosciences Inc. (Nasdaq: AKER) $0.65 34.38%
    Galectin Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: GALT) $4.54 32.58%
    Phoenix New Media Ltd. (NYSE ADR: FENG) $5.65 32.22%
    Heat Biologics Inc. (Nasdaq: HTBX) $1.73 31.37%
    Bright Scholar Education Ltd. (NYSE ADR: BEDU) $18.51 29.03%
    21 Vianet Group Inc. (Nasdaq: VNET) $7.36 28.72%

    These gains are incredibly exciting. However, not all penny stocks are equally strong investments.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now

San Francisco, CA, based Investment company Dodge & Cox buys Express Scripts Holding Co, Suncor Energy Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Juniper Networks Inc, UBS Group AG, Cemex SAB de CV, News Corp, America Movil SAB de CV, sells Royal Dutch Shell PLC, NetApp Inc, Adient PLC, Symantec Corp, Unilever PLC during the 3-months ended 2017-03-31, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Dodge & Cox. As of 2017-03-31, Dodge & Cox owns 179 stocks with a total value of $117.7 billion. These are the details of the buys and sells.

Added Positions: ESRX, SU, NVS, BMY, JNPR, UBS, AZN, CX, MDT, GOOG, Reduced Positions: SLB, RDS.A, HPQ, NTAP, BK, ADNT, SYMC, DVMT, BHI, GLW, Sold Out: HES, LOGM, LOW, MS,

For the details of Dodge & Cox’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Dodge+%26+Cox

These are the top 5 holdings of Dodge & CoxBank of America Corporation (BAC) – 185,448,539 shares, 3.72% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 1.47%Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) – 71,190,652 shares, 3.37% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.48%Charles Schwab Corp (SCHW) – 95,552,125 shares, 3.31% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 1.11%Capital One Financial Corp (COF) – 44,582,892 shares, 3.28% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 1.39%Novartis AG (NVS) – 50,585,790 shares, 3.19% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 10.65%Added: Express Scripts Holding Co (ESRX)

Dodge & Cox added to their holdings in Express Scripts Holding Co by 35.99%. Their purchase prices were between $63.84 and $73.16, with an estimated average price of $68.81. The stock is now traded at around $62.47. The impact to their portfolio due to this purchase was 0.43%. Their holdings were 28,800,496 shares as of 2017-03-31.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation(AP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Durango, Colo. (AP) — A growing wildfire burning in southwestern Colorado forced more people from their homes Sunday as crews tried to slow the blaze being fed by continued hot, dry and windy conditions.

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    Des Moines, Iowa (AP) — It's been a billion-dollar lottery weekend after a lone Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire matched all six numbers and will claim a $570 million jackpot, one day after another single ticket sold in Florida nabbed a $450 million Mega Millions grand prize.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Deutsche Bank AG boosted its holdings in Ampco-Pittsburgh Corp (NYSE:AP) by 117.3% during the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 19,599 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after purchasing an additional 10,578 shares during the quarter. Deutsche Bank AG’s holdings in Ampco-Pittsburgh were worth $242,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

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    The all-new Hyundai 2018 Kona, a subcompact crossover. (Photo: AP)

    When it comes to standard features, the Kona generally outpaces the EcoSport. Most items typically found on rivals are available on both SUVs, but the EcoSport requires that you add them as options or step up to the next trim level. The Kona widens its features lead by offering more advanced safety features (forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist and a driver attention monitor), a head-up display and a wireless charging pad. These are not available for any EcoSport.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: First Commonwealth Financial Corporation(FCF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Barclays PLC increased its holdings in First Commonwealth Financial (NYSE:FCF) by 24.3% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 33,717 shares of the bank’s stock after buying an additional 6,593 shares during the period. Barclays PLC’s holdings in First Commonwealth Financial were worth $476,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    It’s been an eventful week in the financial markets. Wells Fargo’s (NYSE:WFC) scandals are in the headlines (again), the two largest investment banks reported excellent earnings, and there’s another data breach consumers should know about.

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    He practices what he preaches. While Berkshire Hathaway has ownership interests in about 45 companies, the lion’s share of the portfolio (nearly two-thirds) is invested in just six names. The biggest is Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), followed by Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC), Kraft Heinz (Nasdaq: KHC), Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), and American Express (NYSE: AXP).Buffett isn’t afraid to make colossal investments in a small handful of positions. And with few exceptions, these big bets usually work out brilliantly. Of course, we’re also talking about the most astute stock picker of all time. For those without his legendary skills, this strategy might be far less productive — possibly even dangerous.

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    2. Low Debt Levels
    By looking through his previous success stories like Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), American Express (NYSE: AXP), and Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC), it is clear that Buffett carefully examines a company’s balance sheet, and prefers to invest in those with relatively modest debt burdens.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Wall Financial Co. (TSE:WFC) Director Peter Ufford sold 900 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of C$28.00, for a total transaction of C$25,200.00.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce(CM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE:CM) (TSE:CM) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, May 23rd, Zacks reports. Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 28th will be paid a dividend of 1.036 per share by the bank on Friday, July 27th. This represents a $4.14 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.63%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, June 27th.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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    The Top Stock Market Stories for Tuesday
    The Euro has plunged to its lowest point against the U.S. dollar in 2018 thanks to political problems in Europe. The breakdown of power in Italy has raised new concerns about the nations ability to repay its debts, as the spread between German and Italian bonds has widened. Market instability has also spread to Spain where the nations parliament is preparing to vote on whether to oust Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his party. Oil prices slid one news that OPEC and Russia will consider hikes in production during a meeting in Vienna, Austria on June 22nd. The news accompanied reports that U.S. production is expected to rise throughout the summer. The price of WTI oil sat at $67.20 per barrel. The Brent crude oil price recovered this morning, adding 1% to hit $76.12. Canadian banks are under pressure this morning over a major breach by cyber criminals. The Bank of Montreal (NYSE: BMO) and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE: CM) the two largest banking institutions in the country announced that roughly 90,000 customers data may have been stolen. This would be the first major cybersecurity event to happen in Canada involving financial firms.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: CRM, SBUX, MOMO
    com (NYSE: CRM) will lead a busy day of earnings reports on Wall Street. The cloud computing giant is set to report fiscal first quarter 2019 numbers after the bell on Tuesday. The average analyst projection calls for a 46% jump in EPS of $0.46 on top of a 23% gain in revenue to $2.94 billion. Starbucks Corporation (Nasdaq: SBUX) will temporarily close about 8,000 locations on Tuesday to train roughly 175,000 employees on racial bias. The training sessions were

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE: CM) and Foreign Trade Bank of Latin America (NYSE:BLX) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: HSBC Holdings PLC (HSBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    HSBC (LON:HSBA) had its target price lowered by equities research analysts at Shore Capital from GBX 721 ($9.60) to GBX 625 ($8.32) in a report issued on Tuesday. The brokerage presently has a “sell” rating on the financial services provider’s stock. Shore Capital’s price objective indicates a potential downside of 14.71% from the company’s previous close.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    HSBC (LON:HSBA) had its price target dropped by equities research analysts at Citigroup from GBX 810 ($10.78) to GBX 800 ($10.65) in a report released on Tuesday. The brokerage currently has a “buy” rating on the financial services provider’s stock. Citigroup’s price target points to a potential upside of 9.59% from the stock’s previous close.

Buy Jet Airways, target Rs 370: Aditya Agarwal

Aditya Agarwal

Way2Wealth Brokers

Looking at the weekly chart, Jet Airways has been in a protracted downtrend since the past several months and lost more than sixty percent from its January 2018 high. Off late, the stock formed a strong base near 300 levels and rebound sharply.

Looking at the lower degree chart, we believe that the stock has made the short-term bottom and is likely to rally in coming trading sessions.

On a weekly chart, the stock formed a Bullish Harami pattern and yesterday it surpassed the pattern high which triggered fresh buying interest.

The momentum oscillators on the weekly chart are into deep oversold zone hence we expect a decent bounce in coming trading session.

Thus, we recommend traders to buy this stock in a range of Rs 325 to Rs 320 zones with a price target of Rs 370. Stop loss should be placed at Rs 300 on a closing basis.

Disclaimer: The author Head of Technical Research, Way2Wealth Brokers Pvt. Ltd. The views and investment tips expressed by investment expert on Moneycontrol.com are his own and not that of the website or its management. Moneycontrol.com advises users to check with certified experts before taking any investment decisions.
First Published on Aug 3, 2018 12:01 pm

Best Value Stocks For 2019

Reliance Trust Co. of Delaware lowered its stake in Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) by 3.8% during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 2,219 shares of the e-commerce giant’s stock after selling 87 shares during the period. Reliance Trust Co. of Delaware’s holdings in Amazon.com were worth $2,594,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. BlackRock Inc. increased its holdings in Amazon.com by 0.4% during the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 24,535,840 shares of the e-commerce giant’s stock valued at $28,693,927,000 after purchasing an additional 88,437 shares during the period. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. increased its holdings in Amazon.com by 5.5% during the 4th quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 1,858,265 shares of the e-commerce giant’s stock valued at $2,173,185,000 after purchasing an additional 97,656 shares during the period. Legal & General Group Plc increased its holdings in Amazon.com by 2.9% during the 3rd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 1,842,762 shares of the e-commerce giant’s stock valued at $1,771,535,000 after purchasing an additional 52,311 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC increased its holdings in Amazon.com by 2.4% during the 3rd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 1,818,234 shares of the e-commerce giant’s stock valued at $1,747,824,000 after purchasing an additional 42,678 shares during the period. Finally, Fisher Asset Management LLC increased its holdings in Amazon.com by 2.2% during the 4th quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 1,793,557 shares of the e-commerce giant’s stock valued at $2,097,512,000 after purchasing an additional 38,152 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 56.76% of the company’s stock.

Best Value Stocks For 2019: Genesee & Wyoming, Inc.(GWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Genesee & Wyoming Inc (NYSE:GWR) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the twelve brokerages that are covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $82.00.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Piermont Capital Management Inc. decreased its position in Genesee & Wyoming (NYSE:GWR) by 8.3% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 9,850 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 890 shares during the quarter. Piermont Capital Management Inc.’s holdings in Genesee & Wyoming were worth $697,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Best Value Stocks For 2019: Clearside BioMedical, Inc. (CLSD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

      

    Clearside Biomedical, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLSD) shares declined 32.19 percent to close at $9.86 on Thursday. Clearside Biomedical disclosed that its Phase 2 trial of CLS-TA met primary and secondary endpoints met in 6-month trial.
    scPharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SCPH) shares dipped 30.1 percent to close at $9.94 on Thursday after the FDA identified deficiencies in the company’s New Drug Application for FUROSCIX. However, the FDA letter did not specify deficiencies identified and notification does not reflect final decision on information under review.
    Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA) fell 24.08 percent to close at $1.86. Euroseas announced completion of the spin-off of its drybulk fleet into EuroDry Ltd.
    Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ: GLNG) fell 25.09 percent to close at $25.98 following Q1 results.
    Oragenics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OGEN) shares dropped 25 percent to close at $1.50 on Thursday.
    Guess', Inc. (NYSE: GES) dropped 19.44 percent to close at $19.60 following Q1 results.
    Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE: CMD) dropped 15.94 percent to close at $109.09 on Thursday following FQ3 results.
    Fusion Connect, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSNN) shares fell 15.55 percent to close at $3.91.
    Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) dropped 14.44 percent to close at $8.00 after reporting Q1 results.
    Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) shares declined 14.28 percent to close at $82.59 after the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter and lowered its FY2018 earnings guidance.
    Titan Machinery Inc. (NASDAQ: TITN) dropped 13.94 percent to close at $18.09 after reporting Q1 results.
    Co-Diagnostics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CODX) declined 13.17 percent to close at $2.90 after declining 5.65 percent on Wednesday.
    Concordia International Corp. (NASDAQ: CXRX) fell 12.89 percent to close at $0.2440 after the company announced that it would be delisted from the Nasdaq.
    Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) slipped 12.46 percent

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Clearside Biomedical Inc. (NASDAQ: CLSD) shares dropped early on Thursday after the company released data from its midstage clinical trial for diabetic macular edema (DME). Specifically, this data came from the Phase 2 clinical trial (TYBEE) evaluating suprachoroidal CLS-TA used with intravitreally administered Eylea (aflibercept).

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Clearside Biomedical (NASDAQ:CLSD) is scheduled to release its earnings data before the market opens on Wednesday, August 8th. Analysts expect Clearside Biomedical to post earnings of ($0.57) per share for the quarter.

Best Value Stocks For 2019: MINDBODY, Inc.(MB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Mindbody Inc. (NASDAQ:MB) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the fourteen research firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating, eight have issued a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price objective among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $36.72.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) fell 26 percent to $8.70 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat earnings for its third quarter and issued weak Q4 guidance.
    Caesarstone Ltd. (NASDAQ: CSTE) shares fell 12.5 percent to $16.15 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat Q1 results and lowered its FY18 sales forecast.
    MINDBODY, Inc. (NASDAQ: MB) fell 11.7 percent to $38.65 in pre-market trading following mixed Q1 results.
    Vivint Solar, Inc. (NYSE: VSLR) fell 10 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 miss.
    Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAOI) shares fell 10 percent to $31.63 in pre-market trading after reporting a Q1 earnings miss at 28 cents per share, 5 cents below estimates.
    Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: MNST) fell 7.7 percent to $49.00 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly earnings.
    MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL) fell 6.1 percent to $22.39 in pre-market trading following Q1 earnings.
    Virtu Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) fell 5.3 percent to $31.1604 in pre-market trading after announcing a 15 million share common stock secondary offering.
    Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) shares fell 4.7 percent to $56 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat Q1 earnings

  • [By Beth McKenna]

    Mindbody(NASDAQ:MB)reported first-quarter 2018 financial results after the market close on Tuesday. The online platform provider for the fitness, wellness, and beauty services industries posted revenue growth of 28% and adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.06, versus a loss of $0.03 in the year-ago period.

Best Value Stocks For 2019: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Earnings season is now in full swing, with today’s key reports fromAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) and Halliburton Co.(NYSE: HAL). Thanks to tax cuts, expectations are high. Analysts expect profit growth to top 18%, which would be the biggest jump in seven years. But there are a few bearish trends that are still lurking in the market. And if you’re serious about making money, you need to know how to harness them and target individual stocks for life-changing gains.Money MorningQuantitative Specialist Chris Johnson explains.

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    KBR (NYSE: KBR)
    Though an under-the-radar name, KBR was the construction arm of oilfield services giant Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) before being spun off. With a consolidated market cap of $2.6 billion, KBR describes itself, per its website, as a “global provider of differentiated professional services and technologies within the Government Services and Hydrocarbon sectors.”

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.75 billion before the opening bell. Halliburton shares fell 0.06 percent to $51.93 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) to post quarterly earnings at $9.33 per share on revenue of $30.31 billion after the closing bell. Alphabet shares gained 0.24 percent to $1,079.88 in after-hours trading.
    Before the markets open, Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $815.16 million. Lennox shares dropped 2.84 percent to close at $197.08 on Friday.
    HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI) reported retirement of its CEO Stan A. Askren and appointment of Jeffrey D. Lorenger as new CEO. HNI also reported strong earnings for its first quarter. HNI shares fell 3.17 percent to $34.20 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) to have earned $0.35 per share on revenue of $822.15 million in the latest quarter. Hasbro will release earnings before the markets open. Hasbro shares fell 0.39 percent to $82.49 in after-hours trading.

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Best Value Stocks For 2019: E*TRADE Financial Corporation(ETFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    In just three years, Robinhood’s customer base has surpassed that of entrenched online brokerage E*Trade Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: ETFC), which spent 35 years accumulating 3.6 million customers.

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    On Thursday, Cramer said he’ll be listening what PPG (PPG) has to say about commodity price inflation, while E-Trade Financial (ETFC) will provide insight into the state of the individual investor.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    New York State Teachers Retirement System cut its position in shares of E-Trade (NASDAQ:ETFC) by 1.0% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 501,653 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 4,970 shares during the quarter. New York State Teachers Retirement System owned about 0.19% of E-Trade worth $27,797,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Stock and cryptocurrency trading app Robinhood announced it now has 4 million users, more than E*TRADE Financial Corp (NASDAQ: ETFC). Co-CEO Baiju Bhatt said “Robinhood Crypto,” which launched in April, has been a contributor to its recent growth. Robinhood has no investment minimums, maximums or withdrawal limits for its crypto trading.

IBM, Pfizer Lift the Dow Friday

August 3, 2018: Markets opened higher Friday but the Nasdaq Composite struggled all day to stay positive. It might just hold on by the closing bell. The report on non-farm payrolls came in weaker than expected but that may be okay. Trade issues continue to bedevil investors as corporate profits remain strong. Consumer staples is today’s strongest sector and energy the weakest.

WTI crude oil for September delivery settled at $68.49 a barrel, down 0.7% for the day and down 0.3% for the week. December gold settled up about 0.2% at $1,223.20 but posted a loss of about 0.8% for the week. Equities were heading for a higher close about 10 minutes before the bell as the Dow traded up 0.49% for the day, the S&P 500 traded up 0.43%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.06%.

Bitcoin futures (XBTQ8) for August delivery traded at $7,390, down about 2% on the CBOE after opening at $7,515 this morning. The trading range today was $7,270 to $7,565.

The Dow stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Friday was International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) which traded up 3.13% at $147.44. The 52-range on the stock is $137.45 to $171.13. Volume of around 6 million was about 50% above the daily average.

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) traded up 2.16% at $40.51 in a 52-week range of $32.32 to $40.66. Volume was about 10% below the daily average of around 20.3 million shares.

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) traded up 1.18% at $89.81. The stock’s 52-week range is $77.50 to $109.98. Volume was about half the daily average of around 8.6 million shares.

The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) traded up 1.16% at $46.72. The stock’s 52-week range is $41.45 to $48.62. Volume was about 40% below the daily average of around 11.2 million.

Of the Dow stocks, 26 were set to close higher Friday and 4 were on track to close lower.

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019

Two years ago, I wrote about why I disliked regional bank stocks using Regions Financial (NYSE: RF) as a glaring example. Two years later, the stock is 18% lower since despite slow but noticeable improvements in the U.S. economy and repair in the financial sector. Most banks have had enough time to adapt to the regulatory environment. So why the poor performance?

I drilled down into Regions’ numbers and those of its peers and pulled out a comparison between CEO compensation growth versus stock performance.

Regions’ CEO, O.B. Grayson Hall got paid the most for the worst performance. Granted, Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) is a much bigger institution and plays at a different level than Regions, which is strictly a regional entity. But Wells Fargo handsomely rewarded shareholders while keeping executive compensation in line. SunTrust (NYSE: STI) is a closer comparison, but as you can see, its CEO actually took a steady pay cut (I’m sure he’ll figure out how to get by on $7.9 million) while the stock delivered a decent return on a five year basis.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: Aon Corporation(AON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    CorVel (NASDAQ: CRVL) and AON (NYSE:AON) are both business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    AON (NYSE:AON) had its price target hoisted by Citigroup from $160.00 to $165.00 in a report issued on Tuesday morning. They currently have a buy rating on the financial services provider’s stock.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    US Bancorp DE raised its stake in shares of Aon (NYSE:AON) by 3.0% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 40,448 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,178 shares during the quarter. US Bancorp DE’s holdings in AON were worth $5,676,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $3.46 billion.
    Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.8 per share on revenue of $2.93 billion.
    American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AXL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $9.27 billion.
    LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPNT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
    V.F. Corporation (NYSE: VFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $2.90 billion.
    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $3.05 billion.
    Titan International, Inc. (NYSE: TWI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $407.27 million.
    Boise Cascade Company (NYSE: BCC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LNG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $1.59 billion.
    Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $308.05 million.
    ITT Inc. (NYSE: ITT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.73 per share on revenue of $683.96 million.
    Fred's, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.19 per share on revenue of $551.00 million.
    Virtu Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $288.31 million.
    Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: CQP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $1.38 billion.
    Genesis Energy, L.P
  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BB&T Securities LLC raised its holdings in Aon PLC (NYSE:AON) by 6.2% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 23,068 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,352 shares during the period. BB&T Securities LLC’s holdings in AON were worth $3,237,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund (BMV:EPU) declared a semiannual dividend on Wednesday, June 20th, Wall Street Journal reports. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, June 20th will be given a dividend of 0.3845 per share on Monday, June 25th. This represents a yield of 1.91%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, June 19th.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

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    AIG’s loss for European business worsens in 2017 (businessinsurance.com) $1.26 EPS Expected for American International Group (AIG) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com) UBS: Buy AIG After Earnings Estimates ‘Bottom Out’ (finance.yahoo.com) American International Group (AIG) Stock Rating Upgraded by UBS (americanbankingnews.com) American International Group (AIG) Receives Average Recommendation of “Hold” from Analysts (americanbankingnews.com)

    American International Group traded up $0.36, hitting $55.15, during mid-day trading on Friday, MarketBeat.com reports. The stock had a trading volume of 9,821,608 shares, compared to its average volume of 6,828,715. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.53, a current ratio of 0.27 and a quick ratio of 0.27. American International Group has a 1-year low of $49.57 and a 1-year high of $67.30. The firm has a market cap of $49.51 billion, a P/E ratio of 22.98, a PEG ratio of 1.01 and a beta of 1.24.

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    Insurance company American International Group Inc. (AIG) stock fell 5.3% as harsh winter weather weighed on profits. But the company’s long-term care exposure is relatively minimal.

  • [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

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Suntrust Banks Inc. boosted its position in shares of American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG) by 12.4% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 36,736 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,048 shares during the period. Suntrust Banks Inc.’s holdings in American International Group were worth $1,998,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: Weingarten Realty Investors(WRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    State of Alaska Department of Revenue trimmed its position in Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) by 7.8% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 70,653 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 6,007 shares during the period. State of Alaska Department of Revenue’s holdings in Weingarten Realty Investors were worth $2,175,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) was upgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Thursday.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: First Community Corporation(FCCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    First Community (NASDAQ:FCCO) issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday. The bank reported $0.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.04, Fidelity Earnings reports. The business had revenue of $11.17 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $10.83 million. First Community had a net margin of 13.91% and a return on equity of 8.23%.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    First Community Co. (NASDAQ:FCCO) – Analysts at FIG Partners upped their Q3 2018 earnings estimates for shares of First Community in a research note issued on Thursday, July 19th. FIG Partners analyst B. Martin now forecasts that the bank will post earnings of $0.40 per share for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of $0.39. FIG Partners also issued estimates for First Community’s Q4 2018 earnings at $0.38 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $1.52 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.42 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.43 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.39 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $1.60 EPS.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Intel Corp. Delays 10nm Chip Production

Chip giant Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) had told investors to expect that it would start shipping products built using its 10nm chip manufacturing technology in the first half of 2018, with higher volume shipments happening in the second half of 2018.

Rumors have been flying that Intel’s 10nm technology development technology progress hasn’t been going as well as the company hoped, posing a risk to that schedule.

A wafer of Intel chips

Image source: Intel.

During its earnings conference call on April 26, Intel admitted that because the yield rate (the percentage of chips produced that are salable) of the technology hasn’t been improving as quickly as expected, it would push off mass shipments of chips built using 10nm to sometime in 2019.

Let’s go over what this means for the company.

This is really bad

A delay in the company’s 10nm technology means that all of the products that were supposed to be manufactured using it — PC processors, data center chips, cellular modems, and more — will all be pushed out.

This means that Intel isn’t bringing more compelling products to the marketplace as quickly as it would have without the manufacturing delay, potentially hurting its competitive positioning.

Compounding the effect, not only does Intel not get the inherent benefits of new manufacturing technologies (like more performance and better power consumption), but it also won’t get all the design enhancements its engineers incorporated into new chips out on time, either.

Intel’s 10nm technology had already been substantially delayed (it was supposed to go into mass production by the end of 2015, but that schedule kept getting pushed out), so further delays only make the situation worse.

The pain doesn’t end there

Intel’s pushing out mass production of its 10nm chips from the second half of 2018 to sometime in 2019 is bad. But it’s worth noting that on the conference call, Intel couldn’t even commit to when in 2019 its 10nm technology would finally go into mass production.

According to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, the timing will depend on how quickly the company can improve the yield rates. If things go well — and that’s a relative term, since things are obviously not well with the technology — Intel could bring it into mass production during the first half of 2019.

If things don’t go well, mass production might not start until the second half of 2019 (and that could mean as late as Dec. 31, 2019). Products built using Intel’s 10nm technology might not make it to the market in real volume until 2020.

Foolish takeaway

Intel’s financial performance last quarter was strong, and it will likely enjoy an excellent 2018 (having raised its guidance for both revenue and profit for the year). But ultimately, the risks associated with its 10nm technology issues could materialize in a big way during 2019.

Intel needs to bring out new products next year, and it’s not clear that it has viable backup plans for bringing out compelling new products using its 14nm technology in 2019, should 10nm remain nonviable throughout the year.

This isn’t good.

Is This the Moment of Truth?

One of the most famous passages in American literature occurs in Chapter 13 of Ernest Hemingways The Sun Also Rises. It takes place in a caf茅 in Pamplona, Spain during the running of the bulls.

Bill Gorton, a friend of the protagonist, Jake Barnes, has just arrived from New York. Bill is in the caf茅 talking with Mike Campbell, an upper-crust Englishman, now fallen on hard times but keeping up appearances.

In the course of telling a story about his tailor, Mike casually mentions his bankruptcy. Heres the dialogue:

How did you go bankrupt? Bill asked.

Two ways, Mike said. Gradually and then suddenly.

What brought it on?

Friends, said Mike. I had a lot of friends. False friends. Then I had creditors, too. Probably had more creditors than anybody in England.

Mike admits to his own helplessness; his descent into bankruptcy was apparently totally beyond his control. This reflects upon his lack of control with regards not only to his business matters, but to his life in general.

Youve probably seen variations of the part of the passage that says, Gradually and then suddenly. Its often paraphrased or misquoted as, slowly at first, and then quickly.

The short version of the quote is offered as a warning that a slow, steady accumulation of debt with no particular plan for repayment can continue longer than expected, and then suddenly descend into a full-blown financial distress scenario and a rapid end-state of collapse.

PLACEHOLDER

Ernest Hemingway was not only a Nobel-Prize winning author, but was an astute observer of human nature and a fine armchair economist. His description of going bankrupt in Chapter 13 of The Sun Also Rises is a pitch-perfect narrative of how the United States is now barreling toward a crisis of confidence in the dollar.

I selected the longer version to give the short quote some context. The debtor, Mike, didnt just go bankrupt. He had a lot of friends who relied on him for his generosity and support, with no willingness to pay him back or help him in distress.

He also had a general lack of control with regard to his financial situation. Most debtors can see problems coming and either cut back spending or take other steps to deal with the debt. Either course will bring the situation to a head sooner than later.

Its the lack of control that allows the debtor to reach the point of non-sustainable debt, the gradually part, and then have a crisis thrust on him all at once, the suddenly part. This is how the inevitable becomes a surprise.

Sound familiar? It should. This is exactly the situation in which the U.S. now finds itself. The U.S. national debt has been accumulating slowly for decades. There is no plan to make it sustainable; just a vague wish that the creditors will keep expanding the debt or rolling it over.

The U.S. has a lot of friends, both at home and abroad, who expect benefits whether in the form of entitlements, foreign aid, government contracts, or tax breaks. Clearly the U.S. Congress and White House each exhibit a complete lack of control. The caf茅 scene is complete.

The question is whether the U.S. is now at the point of suddenly going bankrupt. Of course, the U.S. wont actually go bankrupt. It can print all the money it needs to pay off its debts in nominal terms. The issue then is a matter of when that kind of money printing becomes necessary, and under what conditions.

The dynamic of gradually, and then suddenly is well-known to physicists and applied mathematicians. In physics, it is known as a phase transition. A good example is a pot of water being boiled and then turning to steam. The flame can be applied to the pot for quite a while and absolutely nothing happens to the naked eye. Of course, the temperature is rising, but hot water looks just like cold water.

Suddenly the surface of the water becomes turbulent and quickly after that the bubbly surface bursts into steam. The water has been transformed. If nothing is done, the entire pot will evaporate.

In mathematics, the same dynamics are known as hypersynchronicity. Thats a fancy word for a lot of people suddenly all doing the same thing at the same time. A run on the bank is a perfect example.

A bank run begins with just a few people demanding cash at the teller counter (or doing the digital equivalent by withdrawing deposits or cashing out of money market funds). Soon word spreads, people panic, everyone wants their money back at once, and theres not enough money to meet the demand for liquidity.

This is exactly what happened in September of 2008 following the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. That crisis had been on a slow boil since August 2007, then suddenly in September 2008 the whole world wanted its money back.

Ive been a fan of Hemingway for decades, and have read almost every word he ever published including letters and incomplete manuscripts, as well as a number of well-researched biographies.

Ive seen no evidence that he took much interest in physics or mathematics. Yet, theres ample evidence that not only was Hemingway a close observer of human nature, thats obvious from his writings, but he was also an excellent armchair economist.

Hemingway learned an enormous amount about foreign exchange, inflation and national insolvency as an expatriate reporter living and traveling in Europe in the 1920s. He saw the French hyperinflation of 1925 firsthand.

As an American with a dollar income, he could live in a decent apartment and afford the best wines in the best cafes because the French franc had drastically devalued. His dollars were a natural hedge against franc devaluation. The French themselves had to suffer the consequences of the hyperinflation because they were paid in francs not dollars.

What if the dollar suddenly became as unwanted as the French franc in 1925?

Consider the evidence that the U.S. may now be dangerously close to the suddenly stage of Hemingways bankruptcy scenario after years in the gradually stage:

Congress has enacted the Trump tax cut, which blows a $1.5 trillion hole in the budget deficit. The belief that tax cuts will stimulate enough growth to pay for themselves is a sheer fantasy shared by Larry Kudlow, Art Laffer, and very few others.

Congress has also removed discretionary spending caps on domestic and defense spending that have been in place since 2011. At the same time, Congress reinstated earmarks that allow members to spend money on pet projects. These two acts will add another $300 billion per year to the U.S. deficit.

Student loan defaults are now running at 20% per year and the volume of student loans exceeds $1.5 trillion, far more than the amount of junk mortgages in 2007, and with a much higher default rate. Covering these losses will add another $200 billion per year to federal deficits for years to come.

The U.S. debt-to-GDP ratio is now over 105%. This is well past the 90% danger zone identified by economists Ken Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart. Once in the danger zone further borrowing actually causes growth to decline rather than acting as a stimulus.

Russia, China, Iran, Turkey and other adversaries of the U.S. are stockpiling thousands of tons of gold as a hedge against the inflation they expect as the U.S. tries to print its way out of its non-sustainable debt.

There are many other signs that the day of reckoning on the U.S. debt situation is coming much faster than experts believe. Fiscal policy is now characterized by a complete lack of control as Hemingway characterized it.

Treasury financing requirements are skyrocketing. Just last week, the U.S. Treasury issued $300 billion of new debt to cover maturing debt, new obligations and interest on the debt itself.

Hemingways point was that bankruptcy comes much faster than anyone, especially the bankrupted himself, expects.

The U.S. is much closer to an inflection point than the Congress and the White House realize. The pot is beginning to boil. The time to hedge against the worst outcomes with gold, silver, land, natural resource plays, and other hard assets is now.

Regards,

Jim Rickards
for The Daily Reckoning

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Eliot Finkel Investment Counsel LLC decreased its holdings in Eaton Co. PLC (NYSE:ETN) by 1.1% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 63,085 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 730 shares during the period. Eaton makes up 3.5% of Eliot Finkel Investment Counsel LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 13th biggest position. Eliot Finkel Investment Counsel LLC’s holdings in Eaton were worth $5,041,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the company. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in shares of Eaton by 0.9% in the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 29,251,387 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $2,311,153,000 after buying an additional 255,214 shares in the last quarter. Lazard Asset Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Eaton by 12.1% in the 4th quarter. Lazard Asset Management LLC now owns 6,558,015 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $518,148,000 after buying an additional 705,914 shares in the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its stake in shares of Eaton by 9.0% in the 1st quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 4,930,724 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $394,014,000 after buying an additional 407,171 shares in the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Eaton by 1.4% in the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 4,706,383 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $371,072,000 after buying an additional 64,496 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG raised its stake in shares of Eaton by 11.4% in the 4th quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 3,391,041 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $267,921,000 after buying an additional 346,702 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 78.27% of the company’s stock.

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