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Greece may not find its old glory days anytime soon, but it will rise again from the swamp of the recent six-year long depression, offering great opportunities for long-term investors.

Democracy and human development will pave the way for the rise.

Since ancient times, democracy has often created chaos in the street of Athens, but it has served as a diffusion mechanism for political tensions. And it has accommodated the peaceful transition from one political leadership to another– a process that has accelerated in periods of economic crises.

That’s been the case in the recent crisis, a period during which Greek citizens have placed in and out the office several leaders, in the search of a figure who will guide the country out of the ongoing economic crisis.

best shares: Bank Of Montreal(BMO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mitchell Clark]

     Banks can produce solid earnings growth in the early stages of a rising interest rate environment. This Canadian bank is not expensively priced on the stock market. It currently has an over four percent dividend yield.

    The Canadian banking market is small, but it’s protected from foreign ownership and most of the names in this industry have great long-term track records on the stock market.

best shares: ClearSign Combustion Corporation(CLIR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    Last Wednesday (Dec. 6), the company received a patent for certain methods of production of its phase 2 antidepressant, AV-101.

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Dec. 4 – Dec. 8 Gain (as of Dec. 8)
    VistaGen Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: VTGN) $1.80 135%
    FXCM Inc. (Nasdaq: GLBR) $1.12 124%
    Neuralstem Inc. (Nasdaq: CUR) $2.00 75.44%
    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: OHRP) $1.49 75.29%
    ClearSign Combustion Corp. (Nasdaq: CLIR) $3.50 53.85%
    Astrotech Corp. (Nasdaq: ASTC) $4.21 51.99%
    Burcon NutraScience Corp. (Nasdaq: BUR) $0.72 44%
    LM Funding America Inc. (Nasdaq: LMFA) $3.72 42.53%
    Second Sight Medical Products Inc. (Nasdaq: EYES) $1.75 42.28%
    Globus Maritime Ltd. (Nasdaq: GLBS) $1.47 41.35%

    As a result, its share price shot up from $0.92 to $2.52 on Wednesday. The stock pulled back to $1.80 by the end of the week, for a total gain of 135% for the week.

best shares: Cellcom Israel Ltd.(CEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s why Cramer said he’ll be listening for news coming from Celgene (CEL) , Amgen (AMGN) , Allergan (AGN) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding, and Regenron (REGN) , all of which are set to present. Of the four, Cramer said he’s sticking with Allergan and Amgen.

best shares: Best Buy Co., Inc.(BBY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter, but sales missed estimates. The company also issued weak earnings forecast for the current quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    U.S. stock futures traded higher in early pre-market trade, ahead of earnings from Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT), Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB) and Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY). Data on initial jobless claims for the latest week, the Philly Fed manufacturing index for November and data on import prices for October will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. Data on industrial production for October will be released at 9:15 a.m. ET, while the housing market index for November is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET. Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Loretta Mester is set to speak in Washington at 9:10 a.m. ET, while Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Robert Kaplan will speak in Houston at 1:10 p.m. ET. Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard is set to speak in Ann Arbor, Michigan at 3:45 p.m. ET.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Best Buy  (BBY) shares were up more than 1% Monday morning after analysts at Piper Jaffray upgraded the stock to “overweight” from “sector weight” while also increasing its price target to $55 from $45. 

  • [By Timothy Green]

    If you’re looking to add some solid dividend stocks to your portfolio, I have a few ideas. International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), General Motors (NYSE:GM), and Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), all of which I own in my own portfolio, are some of the best dividend stocks available.

Heres a simmering worry for the corporate bond market

Investors should keep an eye on the growing size of the lowest-rated swath of the investment-grade corporate bond market.

The attractiveness of investment-grade bonds chiefly comes from the healthier finances of the issuers, but excessive leverage could raise alarm bells for bondholders.

That will remain a simmering worry at this stage in the cycle as the start of year 10 of the expansion soon arrives, said analysts at CreditSights.

The amount of BBB-rated debt linked to benchmark corporate credit indexes neared $3 trillion in April 2018, according to CreditSights, for a cumulative value that exceeds the annual economic output of the United Kingdom, the worlds fifth-largest economy. By another yardstick, that amount is also 50% larger than the whole U.S. investment-grade market back in mid-2007, a time when a buildup of debt was blamed for exacerbating the damage induced by the financial crisis.

CreditSights The market for BBB-rated debt has mushroomed

See: Heres why default rates are subdued even as corporate debt levels hit records

Ratings firms S&P and Fitch both consider BBB debt the lowest investment-grade classification. Bonds rated below BBB are speculative grade and face a more limited audience of potential buyers, shunned by some large institutional buyers including pension funds.

The ballooning of BBB-rated debt as a share of the overall investment-grade bond market comes as U.S. corporations heap debt onto their already leveraged balance sheets. The outstanding value of BBB-rated debt is around 42.2% of the entire investment grade market, comparing with 26.1% in 2007. The ratio of nonfinancial corporate debt to gross domestic product in the U.S. rose to 45.2% in 2017, slightly shy of the 45.3% seen in 2007.

Rising debt levels appear to be ringing some alarm bells. The Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Fund Manager Survey for April showed that a record net 33% of equity-focused money managers said corporate balance sheets carried too much debt.

Bank of America Merill Lynch Investors have paid growing attention to corporate leverage

The danger is that an end to what is currently the second longest economic expansion since World War II could see companies struggle to meet interest payments. That could prompt ratings firms to cut a BBB-rated bonds rating and push it down into the realm of high-yield or junk debt, prompting investors restricted to buying investment-grade bonds to unload holdings of such fallen angels.

Markets are very late-cycle, an environment that is often not friendly to credit and where the margin for error is naturally lower, said Adam Richmond, head of U.S. credit strategy at Morgan Stanley.

Coupled with the worries about thinning liquidity in the corporate debt market as a result of the Volcker rule, which has dissuaded dealers from carrying large inventories of corporate paper, analysts said the selloff could be fiercer than anticipated if investors turn sour on this swath of corporate paper.

See: Markets are on collision course for disaster, says Guggenheims Minerd

But many bond investors seem unfazed by these mounting concerns, mostly content to bask in what some market participants have dubbed a Goldilocks environment. Despite the rapid growth of corporate debt loads, strong economic growth and solid earnings have kept their debt piles manageable.

The International Monetary Fund expects U.S. growth for 2018 to hit 2.9% and 2.7% in 2019. Corporate earnings are estimated to grow 17.1% for S&P 500 firms
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in the first quarter of 2018, thanks to a weak dollar and tax cuts, according to FactSet data.

While the first three months of the year saw high-grade bonds experience the heaviest quarterly selling for a first quarter since 2008 as risky assets, including stocks, sold off, BBB-grade debt outperformed their higher rated brethren.

The excess returns for investment-grade bond returns stood at a negative 0.68% in the first quarter of 2018, comparing with a 0.54% in BBB-rated debt over the same period. Excess returns reflect how much a corporate bonds yield has shifted against Treasurys, a widening credit spread means the bond has a negative excess return.

That still left the spread between BBB bonds and equivalent Treasurys at a relatively low 1.38 percentage points on April 17, well below the five-year average of 1.81 percentage points, according to the ICE BofAML U.S. Corporate BBB Index.

The fact is with the underlying fundamentals of the economy, corporate balance sheets remain favorable, said Craig Bishop, lead strategist for the U.S. fixed income group for RBC Wealth Management. We dont see a widespread capitulation in ratings.

Lennar, LG Homes, GrubHub, Sprint: ‘Mad Money’ Lightning Round

Here’s what Jim Cramer had to say about some of the stocks during the Mad Money Lightning Round:

LG Homes (LGIH) : “I like Lennar (LEN) and I also like Toll Brothers (TOL) .”

GrubHub (GRUB) : “I’ve been riding this one for a long time. It might be time to take some profits. “

Sprint (S) : “I’d swap into T-Mobile US (TMUS) .”

Acadia Pharmaceuticals (ACAD) : “I don’t want to touch this one right now.”

Pilgrim’s Pride (PPC) : “There are so many things wrong with this one. I’d go with Tyson Foods (TSN) .”

JB Hunt Transport Services (JBHT) : “I’m sticking with it.”

Opko Health (OPK) : “I’ve been waiting for these guys to come back on the show and tell us why we should buy.”

International Paper (IP) : “The stock is down big. I say at these prices it’s a good buy.”

Alaska Air Group (ALK) : “It used to be the best before the acquisition and now it’s not great and I can’t recommend it anymore.”

Winnebago Industries (WGO) : “This group trades badly. All we hear about is an inventory glut. We need someone to tell us otherwise.”

Cramer and the AAP team say today’s weakness is the opportunity they have been patiently waiting for. Their target? Nordstrom (JWN) . Find out what they’re telling their investment club members and get in on the conversation with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

Over on Real Money, Cramer explains how Qualcomm’s (QCOM) deal for NXP Semi (NXPI) went from a sure winner to disaster. Get more of his insights with a free trial subscription to Real Money.

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IRS grants one-day extension for Tax Day glitch

Last-minute taxpayers unable to file their returns online because of an IRS computer problem got some welcome news Tuesday: You will now have until midnight Wednesday.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin gave that assurance, laterconfirmed by the IRS, which he oversees.

Well make sure taxpayers have extensions once the system comes up to make sure they can use it, and it in no way impacts people paying their taxes, Mnuchin told reporters in New Hampshire, The Associated Press reported. It was just a technical issue were working through.

As of 5:05 p.m. ET, the IRS’ site appeared to be working again after being down much of Tuesday.

The glitch affected the tax agency’sDirect Pay system, which lets people pay an estimate of taxes directly from their bank account free of charge.

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Earlier in the day, those trying to pay through this method weregreeted with an error message that said: “This service is temporarily unavailable. We are working to resolve the issue. Please come back later and try again, or you can visit theMake a Paymentpage for alternative payment methods. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

The IRS website also noted that “your tax payment is due although IRS Direct Pay may not be available,” so those looking to file should pay through the department’s other methods, which may include debit or credit cards and associated fees.

The tax agency issueda statement that acknowledged the problem. “Currently, certain IRS systems are experiencing technical difficulties. Taxpayers should continue filing their tax returns as they normally would.”

Its Tax Day and yet the IRSs online payment site has been down all day. pic.twitter.com/R3JlEpWk7E

— Bryce Covert (@brycecovert) April 17, 2018

Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter faced the unenviable position of alerting taxpayers and Congress to the embarrassing problem when he testified at a Tax Day hearing on Tuesdaybefore the House Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits and Administrative Rules.

“On my way over here this morning, I was told that a number of IRS systems are unavailable at the moment,” Kautter said during his opening statement. “We are working to resolve this issue.”

Kautter once again addressed the issue later Tuesday, saying in a statement “the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system issue caused for taxpayers” on the busiest tax day of the year.

Nonetheless, the Internet was not pleased.

There's no greater example of government incompetence than the IRS e-file system and direct pay service being down on #TaxDay. pic.twitter.com/mWjypxnzPz

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) April 17, 2018

The IRS is so incompetent they can't even keep their website up on tax day.

— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) April 17, 2018

Fine day for the IRS to have an outage on their direct pay site pic.twitter.com/f0DThp9SD6

— Chris Wittich (@RavenousTiger) April 17, 2018

When asked about #IRS technical difficulties on #TaxDay2018@larry_kudlow smiled and murmured The IRS is crashing? Sounds horrible. Hope it gets fixed. #freemarketsarcasm

— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) April 17, 2018

The IRS has faced computer problems in the past, notably including a 2015 cyber hacking incident that potentially gained access to personal datafrommore than 700,000taxpayer accounts.

The information put at risk included Social Security numbers, birth dates and other data that cyber thieves could use to impersonate a real taxpayer, file a false federal tax return and collect a refund.

In the hacking case, the unidentified electronic attackers got inby taking taxpayer information theyacquired elsewhereand using it to correctly answer personal identity-verification questions in the “Get Transcript” application on the agency’s website.

At least seven federal audits and other reports about the IRS and computers from 2007 to 2014 outlined dangers that ranged from failures in database controls to hiring an ex-con without a background check and failing to screen for other workers who had access to personal data for millions of taxpayers.

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Wednesdays Vital Data: Apple Inc. (AAPL), Facebook, Inc. (FB) and Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

U.S. stock futures are headed higher this morning, pointing to another positive open this week. Sentiment is improving on Wall Street amid a somewhat robust earnings season and slackening geopolitical tension.

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On the economic front, the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book will arrive this afternoon. Investors will keep an eye out for this report for clues on the Fed’s outlook for the U.S. economy and inflationary pressures.

Against this backdrop, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are up 0.3%, S&P 500 futures have added 0.31% and Nasdaq-100 futures are up 0.24%.

Turning to the options pits, volume bounced back sharply on Tuesday. Overall, about 19.5 million calls and 16.9 million puts changed hands on the session. The CBOE single-session equity put/call volume ratio popped to 0.68. The 10-day moving average ticked higher to 0.65.

Taking a closer look at Tuesday’s options activity, earnings preparations are in full swing for Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Meanwhile, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) options traders were greeted with positive iPhone X news heading into the company’s upcoming quarterly report.

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Apple Inc. (AAPL)

Despite continued sluggish smartphone handset demand, Apple has found a way to come out on top once again. According to a recent report, the iPhone X raked in 35% of all smartphone profits in the fourth quarter. What’s more, the iPhone 8 arrived in second place with 19.1% of smartphone profit in the quarter.

It was a bullish sign for Apple heading into the company’s May 1 quarterly earnings report. Most AAPL options traders remain largely on the sidelines for now. On Tuesday, volume rose to just 376,000 contracts, well shy of Apple’s daily average. Calls accounted for a below average 57% of the day’s take.

When it comes to Apple earnings, however, there are still plenty of bulls. The weekly May 4 put/call open interest ratio rests at 0.50, with calls twice as popular as puts for options most affected by earnings. Implieds are pricing in a post-earnings move of about 4.2% for AAPL stock.

Facebook, Inc. (FB)

The daily deluge of negative media headlines is having a bearish effect on Facebook stock’s sentiment backdrop. This negativity has even taken a toll on Facebook’s options activity, judging by recent activity.

For instance, yesterday’s volume of 293,000 contracts arrived at less than half of the stock’s daily average. Furthermore, calls only made up 57% of the day’s take, well below FB’s average daily call percentage of 65%.

The company reports earnings next week, and options traders are surprisingly upbeat heading into the event. The weekly April 27 put/call OI ratio rests at 0.66, with calls nearly doubling puts for the series. Finally, April 27 implieds are anticipating a 5.2% move for FB stock following the event.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

Microsoft will join the earnings parade on Thursday next week. Analysts are expecting a profit of 85 cents per share on revenue of $25.77 billion. EarningsWhispers.com puts the whisper number at 91 cents per share.

Microsoft stock options traders appear largely bullish ahead of the event. Volume on Tuesday came in at 213,000 contracts, well above MSFT’s daily average. Additionally, calls made up 62% of the day’s take.

Looking at weekly April 27 options, we find even more optimism. The April 27 put/call OI ratio rests at a lowly 0.47, with calls firmly in command. Additionally, implieds are pricing in a potential 4.5% move for MSFT stock. On a positive reaction, MSFT could top $100 following next week’s quarterly report, while a negative reaction would see the stock test support near $90.

As of this writing, Joseph Hargett was long on Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) stock.

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Traders, investors and Star Wars fans alike must be thrilled with Walt Disney Co (DIS, $110.57) these days. As well they should.

In successive days, Disney announced a deal to acquire a large part of 21st Century Fox (FOXA) and debuted the latest installment of the Star Wars saga in a wide release. Whether Star Wars: The Last Jedi can eclipse the $2 billion mark like 2015s Star Wars: The Force Awakens did (and even beat Episode VII outright) remains to be seen, but its dramatic acquisition of Fox is unquestionably a blockbuster.

Disney stock is trading at a discount to the broader market and sits within reach of its all-time high of $122.08 hit more than two years ago. The blue chip looks like a buy on the heels of this news.

Heres why.

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Disney is spending $52.4 billion to acquire Foxs movie and televisions studios, cable and international TV businesses, local sports channels and some other assets.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc.(ZLTQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    This week, Botox maker Allergan plc (NYSE:AGN) shelled out $2.5 billion for body-sculpting outfit Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc (NASDAQ:ZLTQ). The pairing is a nice opportunity for both organizations to cross-sell to one another’s customers. Allergan’s Botox customers seeking a more youthful face will also likely want the better body Zeltiq Aesthetics provides, and Zeltiq Aesthetics’ customers are natural candidates for Botox injections that Allergan facilitates.

    The acquisition, though, is just a microcosm of a bigger trend that’s still picking up steam. That trend is, as the industry’s capabilities to restore youth, slim waists, whiten teeth, improve skin, and nip and tuck here and there improve with science, demand for these increasingly effective ‘tweaks’ is soaring. Names like the aforementioned Allergan, Cynosure, Inc. (NASDAQ:CYNO), Zeltiq Aesthetics and Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN) are all driving impressive growth. And, they’re all looking to expand their footprint in front of the rising tide.

    Not every name riding this growth wave is going to be a large cap stock or a household name though. There’s a small cap stock called RepliCel Life Sciences (OTCMKTS:REPCF, CVE:RP) that could soon be turning a lot of heads not just of investors, but of potential suitors.

    In simplest terms, RepliCel Life Sciences has two key sciences that serve as the foundation for three therapies and one medical device.

    The first of the two biological premises is based on the company’s non-bulbar dermal sheath fibroblast platform, and currently includes treatments for chronic tendinosis and skin aging. The second is the company’s dermal sheath cup (DSC) cell platform for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness).

    The three marketable products those two sciences are driving are RCT-01 for tendon repair, RCS-01 for skin rejuvenation, and RCH-01 for hair regeneration. The device is a dermal injector – currently categorized as R

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: KeyCorp(KEY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian said he noticed big options volume in the December weekly, 18 strike calls in KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY). He decided to follow the trade and he is going to hold the position for 1 to 2 days.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    But then there was good news from rail transport company CSX (CSX ) , which saw growth in every one of its business lines. Foot Locker (FL) also surprised to the upside, sending shares up a quick 5.3%. Cramer fave and Action Alerts PLUS holding KeyCorp (KEY) also delivered, as did paint maker Sherwin-Williams (SHW) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    On the show’s “Lightning Round” segment, Jim Cramer as bullish on Penn National Gaming (PENN) , KeyCorp (KEY) and TherapeuticsMD (TXMD) .

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Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: ANSYS, Inc.(ANSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Ansys (NASDAQ:ANSS) Director James E. Cashman III sold 862 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, April 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $158.00, for a total value of $136,196.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Wednesday's regular session.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Euro/Yen(EJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    E-House China Holdings Ltd. (EJ), a real estate brokerage, gained 9.2 percent to $9.70, extending it advance to a third week. Its American depositary receipts retreated 3.1 percent Sept. 20 from the highest level since May 2011.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: MINDBODY, Inc.(MB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap online wellness services stock MINDBODY Inc (NASDAQ: MB) reportedQ2 2017 earnings after the market closed Wednesday with results beating expectations. Total revenue was up 31% to $44.1 million as subscription and services revenue rose 29% to $26.0 million and payments revenue rose 37% to $17.6 million. End of period subscribers increased 6% year over year to 59,345, end of period High Value Subscribers increased 13% year over year, average monthly revenue per subscriber (ARPS) grew 21% year over year to approximately $244 and payments volume increased 22% year over year to over $1.9 billion. The GAAP net losswas $4.4 million versus a GAAP net loss of $6.6 million. Rick Stollmeyer, Co-founder and CEO of MINDBODY, commented:

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    Mindbody (NASDAQ:MB) provides cloud-based software solutions to the health and wellness industry: Think spas, yoga studios, and fitness classes. It’s a massive market that’s gone largely underserved — and Mindbody is working to address that need.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    MindBody, Inc. (NASDAQ: MB) reported its fourth quarter results after the markets closed on Wednesday. The company said that it had $0.03 in EPS on $49.7 million in revenue. The consensus estimates were looking for $0.01 in EPS and $48.9 million in revenue. Analysts had this to say about MindBody after earnings:

China Crossfire: Cramer’s Top Takeaways

Did you miss “Mad Money” on CNBC? If so, here are some of Jim Cramer’s top takeaways.

Just because the daily rhetoric about trade wars with China is dwindling, it doesn’t mean there aren’t still a lot of companies that could be caught in the crossfire. Cramer said this week’s collapse of Acacia Communications (ACIA) could be the first of many volleys in the escalating trade battle.

In addition to the Commerce Department banning sales of telco equipment to Chinese cellphone maker ZTE, which led to the Acacia collapse, today we learned that Chinese regulators have antitrust concerns about the merger between Qualcomm and NXP Semiconductor. Cramer said this action is purely retaliatory, as this deal was announced in 2016 and up until now, no one has had any antitrust concerns. Shares of Qualcomm lost 4.8% while NXP fell 5.1% on the news.

How else might the Chinese retaliate? Cramer said additional merger “reviews” could hurt any merger with exposure to China. Also, any company dealing with the transition to 5G wireless, like Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Juniper Networks (JNPR) , could be in crossfire. Likewise, any semiconductor company is also at risk. Intel (INTC) has hopes to build a plant in China. That plant could now be in jeopardy.

Finally, China’s ultimate weapon is boycotts, a tactic they’ve used effectively in the past. Unlike the U.S., where a president’s call for boycotts can easily be ignored, in China, they are quite effective.

Cramer and the AAP team say today’s weakness is the opportunity they have been patiently waiting for. Their target? Nordstrom (JWN) . Find out what they’re telling their investment club members and get in on the conversation with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

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ACCO Brands (ACCO) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $384.97 Million

Brokerages predict that ACCO Brands (NYSE:ACCO) will report sales of $384.97 million for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Four analysts have issued estimates for ACCO Brands’ earnings. The lowest sales estimate is $368.98 million and the highest is $393.50 million. ACCO Brands reported sales of $359.80 million in the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year-over-year growth rate of 7%. The business is scheduled to announce its next earnings report before the market opens on Tuesday, May 1st.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that ACCO Brands will report full-year sales of $1.99 billion for the current financial year, with estimates ranging from $1.98 billion to $2.01 billion. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the firm will report sales of $2.00 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $1.99 billion to $2.00 billion. Zacks’ sales averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that cover ACCO Brands.

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ACCO Brands (NYSE:ACCO) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, February 14th. The industrial products company reported $0.48 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.44 by $0.04. ACCO Brands had a return on equity of 17.97% and a net margin of 6.76%. The business had revenue of $566.80 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $563.27 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.32 earnings per share. ACCO Brands’s revenue was up 29.5% compared to the same quarter last year.

ACCO has been the subject of several analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised ACCO Brands from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, March 21st. ValuEngine downgraded ACCO Brands from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $15.33.

In related news, CAO Kathy D. Schnaedter sold 8,178 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $13.05, for a total transaction of $106,722.90. Following the transaction, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 72,299 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $943,501.95. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO Boris Elisman sold 47,600 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $13.83, for a total value of $658,308.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 625,809 shares in the company, valued at $8,654,938.47. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 451,058 shares of company stock worth $6,058,908 over the last three months. 4.50% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. American International Group Inc. increased its position in ACCO Brands by 8.1% in the 3rd quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 72,534 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $863,000 after purchasing an additional 5,424 shares during the last quarter. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. increased its position in ACCO Brands by 92.0% in the 3rd quarter. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. now owns 12,390 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $147,000 after purchasing an additional 5,938 shares during the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc increased its position in ACCO Brands by 30.7% in the 3rd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 49,685 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $593,000 after purchasing an additional 11,659 shares during the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System increased its position in ACCO Brands by 6.0% in the 3rd quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 265,090 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $3,155,000 after purchasing an additional 15,065 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Two Sigma Advisers LP increased its position in ACCO Brands by 24.2% in the 4th quarter. Two Sigma Advisers LP now owns 77,391 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $944,000 after purchasing an additional 15,100 shares during the last quarter. 94.90% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of NYSE ACCO traded down $0.30 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $12.80. 481,360 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 567,539. ACCO Brands has a 1 year low of $10.35 and a 1 year high of $14.75. The company has a market cap of $1,409.89, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.76, a P/E/G ratio of 0.98 and a beta of 1.28. The company has a quick ratio of 1.07, a current ratio of 1.54 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.15.

The firm also recently declared a Not Available dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Investors of record on Thursday, March 1st were given a dividend of $0.06 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, February 28th. ACCO Brands’s payout ratio is 20.17%.

ACCO Brands declared that its board has authorized a stock repurchase plan on Wednesday, February 14th that allows the company to buyback $100.00 million in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization allows the industrial products company to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are typically a sign that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.

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ACCO Brands Company Profile

ACCO Brands Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets, consumer and business products. It operates through three segments: ACCO Brands North America, ACCO Brands EMEA, and ACCO Brands International. The company offers school notebooks, calendars, and whiteboards; storage and organization products, such as lever-arch binders, sheet protectors, and indexes; stapling, punching, laminating, binding, and shredding products; do-it-yourself tools; and computer accessories and others, which are primarily used in schools, homes, and businesses.

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