How Gap is Moving Past Its Namesake Brand

To many, Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS)may seem like a twentieth-century brand past its prime. Traffic to malls is on the rapid decline, and the recent rise of off-price retailers, athleisure, and e-commerce have really hurt the full-priced, apparel brands (like The Gap) that were so popular in the 90s.

But Gap the store is a different beast than Gap the company, which owns a broader portfolio of brands. In recent years, Gap the company has been repositioning its portfolio to thesetwenty-first century generational shifts. In fact, while many of its peers are facing challenges, Gap’s stock is actually up more than 9% over the past 12 months. In 2017, the company even achieved 3% comparable-store salesgrowth after two straight years of declines.

So, how did Gap buck the doom-and-gloom apparel narrative?

a closeup of a pocket on a pair of jeans.

Can new sub-brands reignite Gap’s growth? Image source: Getty Images.

Gap’s brands

While most people know Gap as the mall-based mid-market Gap brand, it owns four other brands: Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix.

Banana Republicis Gap’s upscale brand with higher-end materials, detailed craftsmanship, and an upper-middle class feel. Old Navyis Gap’s a lower-priced store focused on value and “fun.” According to Gap’s annual report, Old Navy believes in, “the democracy of style,” catering to the everyman and woman. Athleta isan athleisure brand geared toward women and girls that is focused on yoga, athletics, and casual “women in motion.” It is also a certified B Corporation, which means the brand meets rigorous environmental and social benchmarks (not unlike the Fair Trade certification for various foods). Intermixis a smaller brand that curates designs from outside leading designers, though its impact on the company as a whole is on par with a rounding error at this point.
Mind the shrinking Gap

Gap is currently scaling back its namesake brand. While the core Gap brand still has the largest store footprint on a global basis, it has posted same-store sales declines in each of the past three years.While the pace of declines is easing, that’s due to Gap closing down less productive stores.

Gap Global Stores 2017 2016 2015
Same store sales (decreases) (1%) (3%) (6%)
Net store additions (closings) (41) (27) (69)

Data source: Gap annual report. Table and calculations of store closings by author.

The story at the pricier Banana Republic is worse, with even greater comparable-store declines. So it’s not surprising Gap has been shrinking Banana Republic’s footprint as well, almost completely exiting Europe in 2017.

Banana Republic Global Stores 2017 2016 2015
Same store sales (2%) (7%) (10%)
Net Store additions (closings) (29) (23) 8

Data source: Gap annual report. Table and calculations of store closings by author.

As part of its strategic plan, Gap says it plans to shutter some 200 more Gap and Banana Republic stores over the next three years.

Off-price and athleisure

Now for the good news: While the company’s higher-priced brands are experiencing scary declines, Gap is benefiting from strong momentum with Old Navy, which posted an impressive 6% same-store sales growth in 2017, a big acceleration over the 1% increase the brand saw in 2016. That’s why the company grew the overall Old Navy store count by 24 stores last year, after it had pulled back in Asia in 2016. (In the U.S., Old Navy added 13 stores in 2016.)

Old Navy Global Stores 2017 2016 2015
Same store sales 6% 1% 0%
Net store additions (closings) 24 (39) 39

Data source: Gap annual report. Table and calculations of store closings by author.

The company plans to open 60 more Old Navy stores in the U.S. by the end of 2018, which will bring its total to more than 1,000 U.S. locations.Additional evidence of its growing importance as the new “core” brand, Old Navy is the first brand listed in the company’s annual report.

Speaking of Athleta, while it’s still very small, representing only 148of the company’s 3,594 total stores at the end of the 2017 fiscal year, it’s a second bright spot. Athleta has performed well amid consumers’ general shift toward athletic wear as casual lifestyle clothing, not just performance-wear, and although Gap doesn’t break out its comparable store-sales, the brand has been highlighted by management for its success and it saw its store count increase by 16 in 2017.

Making moves

Gap may not seem like the most exciting investment, but the company is prudently shifting its portfolio to better align with popular consumer-driven trends –and that shows it’s willing to evolve in order to succeed rather than stay stuck in the past.

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2018

Introduction

In this article, we want to present a new Baby Bond issued by CMS Energy Corporation (CMS).

Our goal is purely to inform you about the product while refraining ourselves from an investment recommendation. Even though the product may not be of interest to us and our financial objectives, it definitely is worth taking a look at.

The New Issue

Before we submerge into our brief analysis, here is a link to the 424B2 Filing by CMS Energy Corporation – the prospectus.
Source: SEC.gov

For a total of 8M notes issued, the total gross proceeds to the company are $200M. You can find some relevant information about the new baby bond in the table below:

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Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top 5 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 closed sharply lower Tuesday, with the daily decline wiping out all of April’s advance. The Dow
DJIA, +0.25%
ended down 423 points, or 1.7%, at 24,025, pushing it to a monthly decline of 0.3%. The equity gauge finished lower for five straight sessions, representing its longest skid since the end of March of 2017. A steep selloff in shares of 3M Co.
MMM, -1.14%
contributed the lion’s share of the 121-year-old benchmark’s fall, coming after the industrial giant reported earnings that failed to inspire buying sentiment. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index
SPX, +0.18%
finished down 1.3% at 2,634, pushing the index to a monthly loss of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index
COMP, -0.05%
meanwhile, closed down 1.7% at 7,007, with the session’s drop for the technology-laden index erasing its monthly advance. The index is down 0.8% so far in April.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: FormFactor, Inc.(FORM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap semiconductor equipment & testing stock FormFactor, Inc (NASDAQ: FORM) as a short term long trade thats a pure small cap play with excellent valuation metrics, in addition to some very attractive chart implications right now:

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    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
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Top 5 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Jabil Circuit Inc.(JBL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM), a previous Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) newsletter suggestion as the next breakout stock, andmid cap Flextronics International being bigger winners (albeit FLEX has steadily risen for two years while SANM has already peaked) compared with the moderately positive performance of mid cap Jabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL) and small cap Celestica Inc (NYSE: CLS):

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $4.50 billion.

    Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $657.59 million.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Nevertheless, a long term performance chart shows Sanmina Corp previously being an outperformer, but now falling off whilepotential large cap peer Flextronics International Ltd (NASDAQ: FLEX) has given a steady performance over the last two years and small capCelestica Inc (NYSE: CLS) and mid capJabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL) have similar unaspiring charts:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Sanmina Corp along with potential peersCelestica Inc (NYSE: CLS), Jabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL) and Flextronics International Ltd (NASDAQ: FLEX)all having similar looking charts; but SANM has been the outperformer:

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (IPG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (NYSE: IPG) dropped about 2.3% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $20.94 after closing Wednesday at $21.44. The 52-week high is $25.71. Volume reached nearly 13 million shares traded, nearly 3 times the daily average of around 3.8 million. The company had no specific news, but Tuesday’s weak earnings report continues to weigh on the share price.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COS as a Buy with a ratings score of A. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. 

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related TRST Earnings Scheduled For October 21, 2016 Major Accounting Changes Are Coming To The Financial Industry
    Related MORN One Of The World's Most Powerful Women, Fidelity Personal Investing President Kathleen Murphy, To Tell Her Story At The Benzinga Global Fintech Awards The 2017 Benzinga Global Fintech Awards Will Include An 'Unprecedented Group' Of Judges Morningstar Packs Conference Lineup For Financial Advisors (Investor’s Business Daily) Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.33 billion.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion.
    Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion.
    Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $1.76 billion.
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $7.02 billion.
    SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.83 per share on revenue of $2.21 billion.
    ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $4.68 billion.
    Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.15 per share on revenue of $593.82 million.
    Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion.
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.44 per share on revenue of $721.89 million.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Salesforce.com Inc(CRM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) CEO Marc Benioff often talks about having a beginner’s mind — trying to view the world like it’s a new place you’ve never experienced before. That thinking is leading the company toward developing a blockchain and cryptocurrency solution that Benioff hopes will be ready for the company’s Dreamforce 2018 software conference this September. For investors, that means Salesforce could be the latest way to take advantage of the cryptocurrency boom … without having to buy any bitcoin.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    After dominating the public cloud,the Vmware (NYSE:VMW) partnership and the expanded alliance with Salesforce (NYSE:CRM)has put AWS on course to capture enterprise cloud market as well. Large enterprise customers are shifting their buying behavior and the world is moving fast to buy as you go infrastructure and software models. AWS partnership with VMware ensures ithas aproper hybrid cloud strategy to offer the enterprises the best of both public and private cloud.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    See what Barron's feels the prospects are for Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP) if it cuts its distribution and dumps its general partner, and salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) with its generous potential upside. Also whether regional banks like Zions Bancorp (NASDAQ: ZION) could see a boost from a proposed regulatory change, and the sweetheart deal the Koch brothers got with Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    On the earnings call, Ellison noted that the company had surpassed Salesforce.com, inc (NYSE: CRM) in annualized recurring cloud revenue: We are now well on our way to passing them and becoming number one in the enterprise SaaS market.”

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) fiscal fourth-quarter results are scheduled for Wednesday. The consensus forecast is for $0.34 in EPS on $2.81 billion in revenue. Shares were trading at $114.96. The consensus price target is $124.85. The 52-week range is $80.50 to $115.67.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Salesforce.com, Inc. (NYSE: CRM) reported fiscal third quarter financial results after markets closed Tuesday. While shares did take a step back in Wednesdays session, analysts were still fairly positive following the report.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution Holding Ltd(KONE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    While a 209% gain is exciting, FunctionX’s gains are in the past. After looking at the 10 top penny stocks to watch this week, we’ll show you a small-cap stock with serious profit potential ahead of it…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Law Week’s Gain
    FunctionX Inc. (OTCMKTS: FNCX) $0.03 209%
    Turtle Beach Corp. (Nasdaq: HEAR) $4.48 52.73%
    DPW Holdings Inc. (NYSE: DPW) $1.16 51.31%
    Energy XXI Gulf Coast Inc. (Nasdaq: EGC) $5.62 49.33%
    MYnd Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: MYND) $1.91 49.21%
    Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solutions Holding Ltd. (Nasdaq: KONE) $6.43 48.42%
    Rennova Health Inc. (OTCMKTS: RNVA) $0.02 44.30%
    International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. (NYSE: THM) $0.72 41.64%
    Blonder Tongue Labs Inc. (NYSE: BDR) $1.13 41.14%
    Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: BLCM) $8.87 40.53%

    As the gains above suggest, penny stocks can provides tremendous returns for investors very quickly. However, it’s important to note that investing in penny stocks is also inherently risky.

Amazon shows off Alexa-filled homes of the future

The next house you buy may already have someone living in it: Alexa.

Amazon and home-builder Lennar are opening staged-homes filled to the brim with Alexa-powered smart-home products. Anyone can visit these new “Amazon Experience Centers” to see what it’s like to yell at a speaker to open the blinds, or push a button to order more toilet paper from Amazon Prime. The companies are launching the houses in 15 cities across the United States to start.

Lennar already has Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant pre-installed in all of its new homes. The company includes an Echo Show and an Echo Dot so homeowners can lock doors, change temperatures, and turn off lights with voice commands.

Its houses have a number of other smart-home gadgets to get people started, including a Sonos One speaker, a Ring video doorbell, smart locks, a connected thermostat, and a Samsung SmartThings hub.

Lennar announced the Echo integration last summer as part of the its “everything included” approach to selling houses.

Lennar is the largest home builder in the United States, and made almost 30,000 homes in 2017. It has long had fully staged model homes all around the country. Now it is letting Amazon transform some of them with even more of its products, from Fire TVs and security cameras, to Dash Buttons and Prime Music services.

Lennar homes may have Echos on the counters, but most of the other included devices will work on any smart-home platform. The company sells all its houses with wireless internet pre-installed, including commercial grade access points and coverage in every corner of the house.

In 2016, the company announced it would sell houses designed to work with connected devices and Home Kit, Apple’s smart-home platform.

“We realized very quickly that while the devices worked well and the technology was really compelling, it was also very scary,” said David Kaiserman, president of Lennar Ventures.

Amazon offered something Apple didn’t: customer service professionals who can come to your home and install or fix all these futuristic gadgets through Amazon Home Services.

“We think that’s a necessary ingredient just to get people started and comfortable,” said Kaiserman.

The smart-home market is expected to hit $53 billion in 2022, according to Zion Market Research. Major hardware chains like Lowes now stock connected-home devices, or have their own lines. And the big technology companies including Amazon, Google, and Apple are all fighting to be the primary system used in the home.

Amazon hopes its new experience centers will give it an edge. Potential customers can test out a futuristic home soaked in Amazon products and services, managed by a roommate named Alexa who never leaves dirty dishes in the sink.

Hot Financial Stocks For 2018

Drug-distribution specialist McKesson (NYSE:MCK) has had a tough year. Even as the overall stock market has climbed, the company’s shares have suffered, as investors fear that any business related to pharmaceuticals will have a political target on its back even under the current administration. Last quarter’s sluggish numbers didn’t create much enthusiasm for McKesson either.

Coming into Thursday’s fiscal fourth-quarter financial report, McKesson investors had hoped for a solid rebound from year-ago levels on the earnings and sales fronts. McKesson’s revenue growth wasn’t quite as strong as some had hoped, but the bottom-line performance from the drug distributor showed some signs of positive momentum from the company.

Let’s look more closely at McKesson to see how it did, and what’s ahead in the new fiscal year.

Image source: McKesson.

McKesson makes more green

McKesson’s fiscal fourth-quarter results were solid from a profit perspective. Revenue gains of 4%, to $48.7 billion, were short of the 6% rise that most of those following the stock had expected to see. GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) net income soared more than eightfold due to the creation of the company’s Change Healthcare joint venture, and even on an adjusted basis, earnings of $3.42 per share trounced the consensus forecast of $3 per share.

Hot Financial Stocks For 2018: Meridian Interstate Bancorp Inc.(EBSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Meridian Bancorp (NASDAQ:EBSB) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Friday morning.

Hot Financial Stocks For 2018: 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%.

Hot Financial Stocks For 2018: Protective Life Corporation(PL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

    My favorite insurers: AIG (NYSE: AIG) (which I discussed a few months ago), Protective Life (NYSE: PL) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE: RGA).

Hot Financial Stocks For 2018: Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc.(BNCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media coverage about Beneficial Bancorp (NASDAQ:BNCL) has trended positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Beneficial Bancorp earned a news impact score of 0.38 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the bank an impact score of 45.8699493506664 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

BT cuts 13,000 jobs; US inflation watch; Oil price surge

1. BT cuts 13,000 jobs: British media group BT (BT) said Thursday it will cut 13,000 jobs and leave its central London headquarters in order to save billions.

The company said the cuts will be made over three years and affect mainly back office and middle management roles. Two-thirds of the job losses will be in the United Kingdom.

BT said would hire 6,000 new workers as part of a broad restructuring of the group.

Shares in BT dropped 8% in London.

2. US inflation watch: The US Labor Department will release April inflation data at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Strong price growth at the start of the year raised fears that the US Federal Reserve would accelerate interest-rate hikes to keep inflation from rising.

Inflation numbers have flattened since then. The April jobs report revealed a modest 2.6% increase in wages, which should calm price fears.

Still, some analysts are expecting wages to tick up in coming months.

3. Carney walks the line: The Bank of England will announce its interest rate decision at 7:00 a.m. The statement will be followed by a press conference with bank chief Mark Carney.

A slew of disappointing economic data in recent weeks may be forcing the bank to rethink its next steps.

“Only one month ago, the markets were predicting a more than 90% probability of a UK interest rate increase this month. Today, this probability has evaporated to less than 15%,” said Lukman Otunuga, a research analyst at FXTM.

The central bank will also release its quarterly inflation report.

The pound was trading a slightly lower against the dollar ahead of the decision.

4. Energy rally: Surging oil prices have sparked an energy stock rally.

Oil prices gained another 0.7% on Thursday to trade at $71.60 per barrel, its highest level since late 2014. That’s giving a boost to energy stocks, with Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) and Gazprom among the companies posting gains.

Crude prices have gained over 9% over the past month, largely because of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

Investors are worried that renewed sanctions on Iran, a major oil producer, could disrupt the world’s oil supply.

5. RBS settlement: Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) jumped 6% after the bank agreed “in principle” to pay $4.9 billion to the US Department of Justice to end the investigation into allegations it sold risky loans worth billions between 2005 and 2007.

The size of the settlement was lower than analysts had feared. Some predicted RBS might have to pay around $10 billion.

The settlement marks a “milestone moment” for the bank, CEO Ross McEwan said in a statement.

“Reaching this settlement in principle with the US Department of Justice will, when finalized, allow us to deal with this significant remaining legacy issue and is the price we have to pay for the global ambitions pursued by this bank before the crisis,” he said.

6. Global market overview: US stock futures were pointing up.

European and Asian markets were mostly higher.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 0.8% on Wednesday. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq both added 1%.

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7. Earnings and economics: AMC Networks (AMCX) and Tribune Media (TRCO) will release earnings before the open. News Corp (NWSA), Noodles & Co (NDLS) and NVIDIA (NVDA) will follow after the close.

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8. Coming this week: Thursday US CPI Friday University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment survey

Top 5 Stocks To Invest In 2018

To get Millennialsexcitedabout investing, Wall Street is following their wish lists:It’s offeringsocially conscious “Clean and Green” funds, apps that let them buy stock with spare change, robot-driven portfolios and chatty, bite-size articles on handling money.

Why all the attention on Millennials’ investing habits, or lack of them?

Because this group of digitally savvy peoplein their 20s to mid-30s is entering their prime earning years. And as Americas biggest generation, they representa financial bonanza for investment companies with aglobal net worththat could climbas high as $24 trillion by 2020, according to consulting firm Deloitte.

Thats a lot of future cash available to plow into markets.

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Top 5 Stocks To Invest In 2018: Analog Devices, Inc.(ADI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Conning Inc. trimmed its position in shares of Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI) by 14.0% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 11,867 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after selling 1,925 shares during the period. Conning Inc.’s holdings in Analog Devices were worth $1,081,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Chips from Texas Instruments (TXN) are built into a lot of devices that matter, Cramer said, and if investors want autonomous vehicles, they should be looking at Analog Devices (ADI) .

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA raised its stake in Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI) by 30.2% in the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 13,729,787 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after acquiring an additional 3,184,232 shares during the period. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA’s holdings in Analog Devices were worth $1,251,195,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By ]

    An Attractive Tech Stock At A Killer Price
    This week, I’m recommending an income opportunity in Analog Devices (Nasdaq: ADI). It’s a stock that fared better than most in the recent selloff, a bullish indicator for the short term.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was not bullish on Campbell Soup (CPB) , which also reports Tuesday, but did have good things to say about Tech Data (TECD) , Analog Devices (ADI) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding.

Top 5 Stocks To Invest In 2018: Integrated Device Technology, Inc.(IDTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    T-Mobile US Inc (NYSE: TMUS) reported upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.
    Integrated Device Technology Inc (NASDAQ: IDTI) agreed to acquire GigPeak Inc (NYSE: GIG) for around $250 million in cash.
    Charles River Laboratories Intl. Inc (NYSE: CRL) reported better-than-expected profit for its fourth quarter.
    Amkor Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMKR) posted downbeat revenue for its fourth quarter and issued a weak outlook for the current quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

    Analysts are expecting Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) to have earned $0.47 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion in the latest quarter. Discovery Communications shares rose 0.17 percent to $29.08 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ: TMUS) to report

Top 5 Stocks To Invest In 2018: Aceto Corporation(ACET)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Aceto Corporation (NYSE: ACET) shares dropped 63 percent to $2.775 following announcement of financial challenges. The company has suspended further guidance and is evaluating strategic alternatives. Aceto also expects reduction in dividend moving forward. Canaccord Genuity downgraded Aceto from Buy to Sell.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Aceto Corporation (NYSE: ACET) shares dropped 62 percent to $2.795 following announcement of financial challenges. The company has suspended further guidance and is evaluating strategic alternatives. Aceto also expects reduction in dividend moving forward. Canaccord Genuity downgraded Aceto from Buy to Sell.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Aceto Corporation (NASDAQ: ACET) fell 41.9 percent to $4.30 in pre-market trading. ACETO board disclosed that it is taking proactive steps to address business and financial challenges. Canaccord Genuity downgraded Aceto from Buy to Sell.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) fell 25.3 percent to $2.86 in pre-market trading after reporting an ATM offering of $150 million.
    Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE: PIR) fell 17.4 percent to $2.86 in pre-market trading after reporting a fourth quarter sales miss. Comps were down 7.5 percent in the quarter.
    Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ: SNBR) fell 12.4 percent to $32.00 in pre-market trading following a first quarter earnings miss.
    Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTK) fell 10.2 percent to $11.90 in pre-market trading on news of $125 million convertible debt offering.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MACK) shares fell 8 percent to $8.02 in pre-market trading after dropping 2.02 percent on Wednesday.
    Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPO) shares fell 5.6 percent to $80 in pre-market trading.
    Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) shares fell 4.8 percent to $60.00 in pre-market trading after rising 1.78 percent on Wednesday.
    vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) fell 4.6 percent to $2.10 in pre-market trading after surging 84.87 percent on Wednesday.
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (NYSE: TSM) shares fell 4.5 percent to $40.07 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q1 results.
    Align Technology, Inc.. (NASDAQ: ALGN) fell 3.5 percent to $267.40 in pre-market trading after rising 1.61 percent on Wednesday.
    Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) shares fell 3.5 percent to $12 in pre-market trading after the company issued quarterly fleet status report.
    GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) fell 3.2 percent to $4.90 in pre-market trading.
    Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) fell 2.6 percent to $54.73 in pre-market

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Prothena Corporation plc (NASDAQ: PRTA) shares dipped 69 percent to $11.48 after a disappointing update relating to the company's treatment for AL amyloidosis. Prothena, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that focuses on therapies in the neuroscience and orphan categories, said a Phase 2b study of its therapy called NEOD001 failed to achieve its primary or secondary endpoints. Prothena's Phase 2b study explored its NEOD001 therapy versus a placebo in previously-treated patients with AL amyloidosis and persistent cardiac dysfunction.
    Gridsum Holding Inc. (NASDAQ: GSUM) fell 44.3 percent to $4.06. Gridsum reported suspension of audit report on financial statements.
    Flotek Industries, Inc. (NYSE: FTK) shares declined 34.1 percent to $4.16 as the company issued weak revenue forecast for the first quarter.
    Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKRX) dropped 32.3 percent to $13.35 after Fresenius terminated its merger deal with Akorn.
    Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE: CBI) fell 31.2 percent to $13.44. Subsea 7 made an unsolicited bid to buy McDermott for $7 per share. However, the acquisition offer is contingent on McDermot terminating its pending merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron.
    Controladora Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: VLRS) dropped 18 percent to $5.76. Controladora Vuela recently reported first-quarter results that showed a loss for the quarter. Imperial Capital downgraded Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion from Outperform to In-Line.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) fell 18.2 percent to $2.8797 after declining 19.35 percent on Friday.
    Alcoa Corporation (NYSE: AA) fell 12.3 percent to $52.63.
    Luby's, Inc. (NYSE: LUB) shares declined 10.3 percent to $2.448 following Q2 results.
    Aceto Corporation (NASDAQ: ACET) shares tumbled 10 percent to $2.26.
    Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE: PIR) dipped 9.7 percent

Top 5 Stocks To Invest In 2018: Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc. (TBQBF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc (OTC: TBQBF) raised C$13.8 million ($10.5 million) under a bought deal financing.

    “The money will be primarily used for facility expansion."

    The Green Solution received a $7.5 million loan facility from iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc (OTC: ITHUF).

Top 5 Stocks To Invest In 2018: Albemarle Corporation(ALB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Beth McKenna]

    Most investors interested in gaining exposure to the lithium space should stick with investing in one or more of the large players listed on a major U.S. stock exchange:Albemarle Corporation(NYSE:ALB), FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC), andSociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile(NYSE:SQM), or SQM. Smaller players are speculative to varying degrees, and most are unprofitable.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    With an improving global economy, now is a great time to be a chemical company, Cramer told viewers, as he reiterated his favorites: Albemarle (ALB) and FMC Technology  (FMC) .

  • [By ]

    2. Albemarle (NYSE: ALB)
    This specialty chemical company, best known as a lithium producer, has seen its shares fall over 23% this year. This has been despite Albemarle consistently beating analyst estimates and posting solid results.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $10.67 per share on revenue of $2.87 billion.
    CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $6.00 billion.
    Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $803.36 million.
    Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: SEP) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $751.57 million.
    IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $923.80 million.
    Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $691.75 million.
    Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOXA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share on revenue of $7.41 billion.
    ICU Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICUI) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.84 per share on revenue of $346.28 million.
    TechnipFMC plc (NYSE: FTI) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $3.13 billion.
    Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $401.76 million.
    The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (NYSE: DNB) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $1.07 per share on revenue of $386.91 million.
    Matrix Service Company (NASDAQ: MTRX) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $285.16 million.
    Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MHLD) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $739.31 million.
    tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $428.25 million.
    Copa Holdings,

Market Update: Banks gain with ICICI Bank up 1%, Tech Mahindra top gainer; Federal Bank plunges 11%

The Indian equity market was trading on positivenote on Thursday morning with the Niftyadding 24 points and was trading at 10,766 while the Sensex wasup116points or 0.34 percent.

Bank Nifty was marginally up led by stocks like ICICI Bank which added over 1 percent while Punjab National Bank was up 0.5 percent.

However, the stock that dragged was Federal Bank which tanked 11 percent in early tradeafter it reported 43.5 percent year-on-year (YoY) drop in net profit at Rs 145 crore for the March quarter because of an increase in provisions and worsening asset quality.

CNX IT was up close to 1 percent led by Tech Mahindra which was up close to 2 percent followed by HCL Tech, Mindtree, KPIT Tech and Tata Consultancy Services.

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The top Nifty gainerswere Tech Mahindra which gained 1.7 percent followed by Zee Entertainment which added 1 percent.ICICI Bank, Bharti Airtel and Lupin were the other gainers.

The most active Nifty stocks included Federal Bankwhichplunged 11 percentwhile PC Jeweller jumped 3 percent. TCS,ICICI Bank and Axis Bank were the other active stocks.

The top Nifty losers were Grasim Industries which shed1.5 percent whileIndiabulls Housing Finance, Power Grid,Dr Reddy’s Labs and Indian Oil Corporation were the other losers.

The top BSE gainers includedFuture Consumer which jumped 7.5percent whileCox & Kings and Future Retail were up 5 percent. Future Lifestyle Fashions and Rattan India were the other gainers.

The top BSE losers included names like Federal Bank whichdipped12 percent while HCC and Navin Flourine were down 3 percent each. Reliance Communications and Balrampur Chini were the other losers.

Future Lifestyle, Indiabulls Ventures, Khadimand Mahindra Logistics were some of thestocks that hit fresh 52-week high in themorning trade.

On the other hand, 48 stocks hit new 52-week low including names likeAmbuja Cements, Capital First, Idea Cellular, IDFC Bankand Vakrangee among others.

The market breadth wasin favour of the advances with861 stocks advancing while676 declined and 494 remained unchanged. On the other hand, in the BSE, 969 stocks advanced and742 declined and 63 remained unchanged.