The Place Where Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs Struggle The Most: Part 2 of 3

&l;a href=&q;http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertlaura/2018/03/30/the-place-where-baby-boomer-entrepreneurs-struggle-the-most-part-1-of-3/&q;&g;In Part one, we talked about Marketing Schizophrenia&l;/a&g; and the need to know your customer better than they know themselves.&a;nbsp; I also promised to give you 10 questions to help you do this as well as a formula for clarifying your business marketing.

But before I do, I want you to commit to actually answering them on paper or on your computer&a;hellip; no matter if you like them or not.

&l;ol&g;&l;li&g;What is your ideal client(s) name(s)?&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;What is the primary age range for your ideal client(s)/&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;What is the gender of the majority of your target market?&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;Are they single or married? Parents / grandparents?&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;What profession or professions do they or did they earn income from?&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;Where are the majority of them are living?&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;What hobbies are most of them participating in?&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;What books/magazines/sites/experts do they love and pay for?&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;What are their biggest fears or frustrations?&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;What have they tried so far that hasn&a;rsquo;t worked for them?&l;/li&g;

&l;/ol&g;

These questions are essential because the better handle you have on your client, the more in sync your marketing will be.&a;nbsp; And if your marketing is spot on, you won&a;rsquo;t have to waste a bunch of time in the wrong places or with the wrong message.

&l;img class=&q;dam-image shutterstock size-large wp-image-1056539216&q; src=&q;https://specials-images.forbesimg.com/dam/imageserve/1056539216/960×0.jpg?fit=scale&q; data-height=&q;640&q; data-width=&q;960&q;&g; The better you know this, the better your business results will be (Photo Credit: Shutterstock)

Fact is, it&a;rsquo;s very hard and frustrating to try and talk people into the products and / or services you are offering. But it&a;rsquo;s vastly easier to give them what they have already talked themselves into desiring or needing.

Nailing down your ideal customer is essential to marketing success for a new business and it&a;rsquo;s something that should be revisited on a regular basis to keep it in check.&a;nbsp; The next step for new retirement entrepreneurs is completing a Value Ladder.

It&a;rsquo;s considered a value ladder because the answer to each question builds on the previous one, adding subsequent value until you reach the top and turn your prospect into a paying client. What&a;rsquo;s powerful about these questions is they are ideal for networking conversations, websites, brochures, and any form of marketing.

What you&a;rsquo;ll enjoy about them is that they follow the sequence of a normal conversation.

&l;ul&g;&l;li&g;Who are you?&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;What do you do?&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;Why do you do what you do?&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;How do you do what you do?&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;Who have you done it for?&l;/li&g;

&l;/ul&g;

What I find interesting about taking people through these questions is two-fold.&a;nbsp; First, it&a;rsquo;s hard to do, or I should say harder than most people think. They usually have these thoughts and ideas about their business and why they wanted to start it, but haven&a;rsquo;t articulated it.&a;nbsp; Which leads to a huge sense of relief once they do go through it.&a;nbsp; Much of the anxiety and stress I mentioned in Part 1 goes away now that they have concrete material that can be used on a website, in conversations, brochures, etc.

Going through the value ladder as well as the ideal prospect often leads people to better business names, logos and removes the need for a copywriter who doesn&a;rsquo;t know your customer or business as well as you do now.

One caveat though, just answering these questions, isn&a;rsquo;t enough.&a;nbsp; There are three other things boomer entrepreneurs need to do in order to avoid Marketing Schizophrenia. Join me later today as I share them, plus the secret marketing tool I used that turned me into one of the nation&a;rsquo;s top retirement experts.

FTSE 100 slides as U.S. tech woes weigh on global markets

U.K. stocks stumbled Wednesday, tracking a fall in U.S. equities in the previous session, in which technology names took a hammering.

How markets are moving

The FTSE 100 index
UKX, -0.87%
dropped 0.7% to 6,950.60, as only the utilities sector considered defensive moved higher. That fall contrasts with Tuesdays jump of 1.6% , which put an end to a four-session losing streak. The London blue-chip benchmark has lost more than 9% this year.

See: Brace for more poor action by U.K. stocks, says worlds largest asset manager

The pound
GBPUSD, +0.0212%
bought $1.4176, up from $1.4159 late Tuesday in New York.

Whats driving markets

On investors minds was the rout in tech stocks that led a sharp downturn on Wall Street on Tuesday. The Nasdaq Composite Index
COMP, -2.93%
ended down 2.9%, with shares of Twitter Inc.
TWTR, -12.03%
sinking 12% on worries about its data business. Facebook Inc.
FB, -4.90%
, still embroiled in a customer data scandal, lost nearly 5%.

The sector, which has been at the forefront of Wall Streets run higher this year, was also weighed on by news that the U.S. is considering a ban on Chinese investment in certain sensitive technologies.

By contrast, reports that the U.S. and China are conducting behind-the-scenes trade talks helped drive a surge in London-listed blue chips on Tuesday, as concerns about a global trade war abated.

Opinion: Who gets hurt in a trade war? Mostly not China

Elsewhere, oil stocks were falling alongside a drop in crude prices
CLK8, -0.95%
LCOK8, -0.48%
, after data from the American Petroleum Institute showed a sharp rise in weekly U.S. crude supplies.

What strategists are saying

Markets remain volatile, as another sharp swing lower on Wall Street tech stocks is driving equities lower and rippling through the asset classes, said Richard Perry, market analyst at Hantech Markets.

He noted that the U.S. 10-year Treasury yield pulled below a key near-term floor at 2.79%.

All this noise can be distracting for traders, but the medium-term corrective trends on equities and longer-term bear move on the dollar continue. Market fears over a trade war are still present, and whilst this is the case, there will be a negative bias in markets, Perry said in a note.

Stock movers

Oil producers BP PLC
BP., -1.77%
BP, -1.11%
and Royal Dutch Shell PLC
RDSB, -1.78%
RDS.B, -0.24%
each lost 1.2% as oil prices declined.

Among techs, shares of software maker Sage Group PLC
SGE, -1.08%
shed 1.4%, and business software maker Micro Focus International PLC
MCRO, +0.36%
slipped 0.1%.

BT Group PLC
BT.A, -0.70%
moved 0.3% lower after Ofcom, the U.K.s telecommunications regulator, confirmed new rukes aimed at boosting investment in full-fiber broadband networks. But it set a higher cap than previously outlined on the amount that BT charges to rivals to use its fast broadband service.

Paddy Power Betfair PLC
PPB, -1.52%
lost 1.4% as the betting company said Jonathan Hill, the current chief financial officer at Saga PLC
SAGA, -1.94%
, will be appointed as its new CFO.

Data docket

Oil supply data is due later Wednesday from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Analysts polled by S&P Global Platts forecast a rise in stockpiles of 1 million barrels.

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Earnings Reporter

My goal in this segment is to unlock both short-term and long-term growth in stocks that have just reported earnings. These stocks are specifically subject to enormous volatility, as earnings reports are seen (and rightfully so) as a significant display of a company’s progression in the market. What I offer you is an analysis of the economic well-being of the company, and whether I think the stock is a buy, hold or sell for either (or both) the short term or long term. To get used to the format of this segment, take a look at my last article on Tile Shop Holdings (NASDAQ:TTS).

After careful consideration, I have rated Air Lease Corp. (NYSE:AL) as a buy for the short term.

Air Lease Q4 Earnings

The airline industry has been doing extraordinarily well as of late, and investors have surely taken notice of Warren Buffett’s increase investment in the industry. Aircraft manufacturing companies like Boeing (NYSE:BA) are doing well, as well as airline companies such as like Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) and United (NYSE:UAL). In this thriving industry, Air Lease is a company that will surely benefit and prosper. It is essentially the “middle man” in this industry, buying directly from Boeing, and then leasing aircraft to multiple airlines. Let’s take a look at Air Lease Corp.’s Q4 to get insight into how the company is faring in today’s economy.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Last but not least, the conversion and consolidation of the American healthcare colossus will be a bonanza for tech companies engaged in networking, software, and the cloud. Those best suited to handle the task are the usual suspects: Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), IBM (NYSE: IBM), CA Technologies (Nasdaq: CA), Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL), and Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPE).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    So how does International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) compare to the markets over the past nine years?

    On an adjusted close basis, IBM closed March 6, 2009, at $68.36 a share, or $85.81 on an unadjusted basis. IBM most recently closed at $155.83 on an adjusted basis.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) is hoping to change all that. This year, it’s partnering with IBM’s (NYSE:IBM) Watson to bring the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) to tax return preparation. This would seem a natural fit for theJeopardy!-winning supercomputer.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    We reprise five of last year’s components: Boeing (BA), CVS Health (CVS), International Business Machines (IBM), Omnicom Group (OMC) and Texas Instruments (TXN), which means they obviously are buys.

  • [By WWW.USATODAY.COM]

    In the year 2000, IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) most notable cash cow was the computer server the software giant sold nearly $11.5 billion worth of them that year.Today, servers still figure in IBM’s product mix, but their sales have dwindled by more than 70% in the 21stcentury, making up just 4% of IBM’s total revenue last year.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Bank of Nova Scotia (The)(BNS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Snap-On Incorporated(SNA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Coming up on this episode of Mad Money: Cramer interviews Nick Pinchuk, CEO of Snap-on (SNA) . Plus, don’t miss the Lightning Round. Which stocks is Cramer bullish on?

  • [By John Divine]

    Snap-on Incorporated (SNA) is my choice for the Best Stocks for 2016 competition. At a market cap of $10 billion, I doubt it will double over the next year, as some of the smaller companies in this competition might be able to.

    That said, Snap-on, which manufactures and markets hand tools and diagnostic equipment, is a rock-solid company with an attractive valuation and impressive growth. It goes for 22 times earnings, pays a consistent and modest dividend, and has been around since 1920.

    As cars get more tech-heavy and complicated, newer tools and better diagnostics will be needed — and that’s SNA’s bread ‘n’ butter. 

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Snap-on (SNA)

    Snap-on, which is more than 100 years old, provides hand and power tools for individuals and professionals, including auto-shop tools and auto diagnostic equipment.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Merit Medical Systems Inc.(MMSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Cerulean Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: CERU) shares dipped 27 percent to $0.817. Cerulean Pharma shares have dropped 60.28 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 15.31 percent in the same period.
    Tandem Diabetes Care Inc (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares tumbled 24.2 percent to $1.17. Tandem Diabetes Care priced 18 million share offering at $1.25 per share.
    Alphatec Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ATEC) shares fell 21.1 percent to $2.10 as the company reported a $18.9 million private placement.
    Heat Biologics Inc (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares dropped 15.5 percent to $0.870. Heat Biologics priced its 5 million share offering at $0.80 per share.
    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) shares fell 15 percent to $1.76.
    QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK) shares declined 12.2 percent to $1.58. QuickLogic priced its 10 million share offering at $1.50 per share.
    Orion Engineered Carbons SA (NYSE: OEC) shares dropped 9.5 percent to $19.10. Orion Engineered Carbons reported a 5 million common stock secondary offering.
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Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Meritage Corporation(MTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Hall]

    WhenMeritage Homes Corp(NYSE:MTH) last reported earnings to wrap up fiscal 2016, it left investors with reason to be concerned. The company finished the year with strong 15% home-closing revenue growth in the fourth quarter, 19% home-closing revenue growth for the full year, and a 15% jump in earnings per share for the year. Unfortunately, the homebuilder reported that its unit sales, and that its backlog of homes on order, were down from the year-ago period in the fourth quarter — not a positive metric considering the general strength of the new homes market and the company’s success in expanding and growing in recent years.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP(TEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Cook]

    Citi remains Buy rated on Dominion Midstream Partners (NYSE: DM), Tallgrass Energy (NYSE: TEP), and Tallgrass Energy GP (NYSE: TEGP), saying the companies are positioned to capitalize on natural gas demand growth.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018

Warren Buffett is known as many things: the Oracle of Omaha, one of the world’s richest people and a BFF of fellow billionaire Bill Gates. One thing that Buffett isn’t known as: a tech investor.

SEE ALSO: 11 Dow Stocks Owned by Warren Buffett

But the 86-year-old chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), who admits to not even owning an iPhone, is coming around to the investment potential of technology shares. He might have been nudged along by the fact that the two mature tech companies in which Berkshire has taken substantial stakes in recent years both pay solid dividends. While Berkshire doesn’t sport a dividend of its own, Buffett has long favored owning stocks offering steady cash payouts. Here’s a closer look at two dividend-paying tech stocks owned by Buffett. (All prices and data as of April 14.)

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGMF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Clairvest Group previously initiated an investment in a partnership that involved Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (OTCPK:GCGMF) and Brookfield Business Partners LP to operate two casinos in Southern Ontario. With this announcement, we not only get the upside of a 45% ownership of “Ontario Gaming West GLA Limited Partnership,” which includes four major operations, but also 2,500 slot machines, 60 table games, racing track and $450 million in gross gaming revenue. Clairvest has a history in the gambling industry and Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is a proven operator with a terrific track record.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    SA: You recently published a thesis on Great Canadian Gaming (OTCPK:GCGMF), a Canadian company do you see the Canadian (or another) market as having greater opportunity to uncover hidden value than the U.S.?

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.(ETH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was a strong day for the stock market, as the Dow finished up nearly 100 points and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq both posted gains as well. Investors remained generally upbeat about the prospects for the U.S. economy in 2017, and a rise in crude oil prices helped lift the energy sector higher during the market session. Yet comments during a press conference from President-elect Donald Trump weighed on the healthcare sector, and some individual stocks took particularly hard hits. Among the worst performers were Perrigo (NYSE:PRGO), Novadaq Technologies (NASDAQ:NVDQ), and Ethan Allen Interiors (NYSE:ETH). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: WGL Holdings Inc(WGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Brean Capital reported on Friday that it has upgraded natural gas utility company WGL Holdings Inc (WGL).

    The firm has raised its rating on WGL from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has given the company a $46 price target. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $40.62. The upgrade was primarily based on valuation and future investment opportunities.

    “Like many utilities in the gas LDC space, the shares of WGL Holdings have come off recent highs and are now trading at a level we consider attractive,” analyst Michael Gaugler comments. “Beyond valuation, we consider the recent announcement of conditional approval of Dominion’s Cove Point facility for LNG export as a positive development in terms of future investment opportunities, given the company’s one-third interest in the Commonwealth Pipeline project, which we believe will be revisited due to future increased demand.”

    WGL Holdings shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock has been mostly flat YTD.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Globalstar Inc.(GSAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Globalstar (NYSEMKT:GSAT) has been growing its total sales, but still struggles with its bottom line. 2016 revenue increased 7%,but another round of financing could be needed to keep things afloat, as operating margin is still deep in the red. The company is making some headway, but time could be running out for the satellite communications provider.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Globalstar Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: GSAT) traded down about 12.5% Tuesday and posted a new 52-week low of $0.77 after closing Monday at $0.88. The stock’s 52-week high is $2.59. Volume was about 70% above the daily average of around 3.7 million shares. The had no specific news.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: InterCloud Systems, Inc(ICLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    InterCloud Systems Inc (NASDAQ: ICLD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.14 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.

    Posted-In: Earnings scheduleEarnings News Pre-Market Outlook Markets

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: 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.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Urban Outfitters Inc.(URBN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The retail bubble, so dubbed by Urban Outfitters’ (URBN) CEO, claimed another victim today, as Express (EXPR) became the latest retailer to get hammered after releasing its earnings.

    Karlie Kloss!!! Getty Images

    It wasn’t the earnings, so much, as the guidance that’s sinking Express’s shares.Express reported a profit of 28 cents, in line with analyst forecasts, but predicted earnings of 65 cents to 73 cents in 2017, below forecasts for 82 cents, according to FactSet. Shares of Express have dropped 11% to $9.51 today, while Urban Outfitters fell 2.6% to $24.75. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) gained 1% to $42.38.

    MKM’s Roxanne Meyer sees tailwinds–and headwinds–for Express’s stock:

    There are several catalysts that have potential to support improving fundamentals, but more materially in 2H and beyond: 1) reduced SKU count (down 20% in women’s/10% in men’s), which means EXPR will be investing in greater depth instead of breadth; 2) benefits from new systems should begin to bear fruit in 2H; 3) potential sales lift from the loyalty program relaunch (realistically a 2H opportunity); 4) launch of petites online in spring and launch of a collection collaborated with Karlie Kloss in April (unclear as to how material a driver); and 5) lower IMU/AUC in 2H from sourcing initiatives. However, these are balanced by: 1) a down-trending Portofino tops collection, which we believe has historically been meaningful to 1Q results; 2) pressure from higher wages and incentive comp (will require a MSD comp to leverage SG&A); and 3) merchandise margin not expected to improve until 2H17, despite corrective actions to assortment (mainly driven by compares).

    Any wonder she rates it Neutral?

  • [By Peter Graham]

    “We previously suggested shares of Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN) as a good long-term idea and although the stock hasn’t performed to expectations yet, we still believe this is one of the better specialty retail plays that will benefit from any unexpected strength this Holiday Season.”

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) fiscal third-quarter report is scheduled for Tuesday. The consensus estimates are $0.44 in EPS and $869.07 million in revenue. Shares traded at $37.51 on Friday. The consensus price target is $37.36, and the 52-week range is $20.06 to $40.80.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) reported fiscal fourth-quarter financial results after markets closed on Tuesday. The company posted $0.55 in earnings per share (EPS) and $1.03 billion in revenue versus consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $0.56 in EPS and $1.04 billion in revenue. The same period from last year had $0.61 in EPS and $1.01 billion in revenue.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) dropped 10% Wednesday, to post a new 52-week low of $22.87 after closing at $25.41 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $40.80. Volume was about 6 times the daily average of around 2.4 million shares. The specialty apparel retailer posted earnings and revenue misses last night and analysts were in no mood to be generous.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) shares shot up 19 percent to $19.94 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: News Corporation(NWS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS) reported a profit of $506 million, or $0.87 per share for the year ended June 30, versus a year-ago loss of $2.08 billion, or $3.58 per share. Its revenue rose 2.7% to $8.89 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.57 per share on revenue of $8.96 billion. News Corp shares fell 1.28% to close at $16.91 on Friday.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Paradise, Inc. (PARF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Paradise Inc. (OTCPK:PARF)

    This company is focused on producing candied fruit, which is the basic ingredient of fruitcakes a dessert popular during Thanksgiving and Christmas in the US. They also produce their own plastic containers for these. While this product might not be wildly popular or its demand increasing, the company has a commanding portion of the market share (as mentioned by the management) and its sales have been stable and the company is able to be profitable.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Boeing Company (The)(BA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Boeing (BA) shares have been on fire for six months now–they’ve gained 36% during that period–and they’ve been so strong that not even a Tweet from President-elect Donald J. Trump can keep its shares down. But does Boeing have room to run?

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Deutsche Bank analystMyles Walton contends it does. He explains why:

    Last March, we wrote aboutthe favorable historical correlation of BA stock performance with reductions in Boeing Commercial Airplane’s workforce. In 8 of the 9 years from 1997-’15 when BCA cut headcount, BA outperformed the S&P 500 by an avg of 24%. In 2016, despite an 8% headcount cut at BCA, BA narrowly underperformed the S&P500 by 200bps because of significant relative losses in 1Q16. Importantly, through Feb ’17, BCA employment is down 2%+, well ahead of expectations for the year. Coupled with aggressive 1Q share repurchase and one of the biggest winners of corporate tax reform, we see shares continuing to claw higher. Reiterate Buy on upside to new PT.

    If you’re curious, that new price target is $205. Boeing’s shares have dropped 0.7% to $180.75 at 2:40 p.m. today, leaving 13% upside in the stock.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) traded down 1.38% at $76.11. The stock’s 52-week range is $122.35 to $185.71. Volume was about 30% below the daily average of around 3.4 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    It’s common for investors to look at monthly Boeing orders as a barometer of the health of the entire airline industry. But this is a dangerous way to evaluate both the airlines and Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) stock.

  • [By A.J. Bursick]

    The Pentagon awarded a $58 million contract to Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) on May 23 to create these new interceptors.

    This contract was another boon for Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon and those who subscribe to his Private Briefing service…

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The recommendation follows Tuesday’s hearing before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) where Bombardier and Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), along with other interested parties, weighed in on the dispute that revolves around the sale of 75 Bombardier CS-100 passenger jets to Delta Air Lines Co. (NYSE: DAL) in April 2016.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) stock regained some ground last week after dropping about 3.4% in the prior week. Shares added 2.86% last week, but that was less than the Dow Jones industrial average’s gain of nearly 3.5%. The stock remains the Dow’s best performer for the year to date, however, with a gain of 20.2%.

Now’s The Time To Buy Google At A Discount

&l;p&g;When the market drops sharply, as it&a;nbsp;has recently, investors get the chance to buy great companies at a discount. This company has an unprecedented history of growth and profitability, along with a well-deserved reputation as one of the most advanced and innovative companies in the world.&l;span class=&q;s1&q;&g;&a;nbsp;&l;/span&g;Alphabet (GOOGL) is this week&a;rsquo;s &l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/category/stock-plays-of-the-week/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;Long Idea&l;/a&g;.

&l;strong&g;GOOGL Stands Alone&l;/strong&g;

I&s;ve&a;nbsp;written before that the &l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/distinctions-between-growth-and-value-investment-styles-are-irrelevant/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;distinctions between growth and value investment styles are irrelevant&l;/a&g;. The best investments offer both growth &a;ndash; in the form of steadily increasing revenue &a;ndash;and value &a;ndash; in the form of a high return on invested capital (&l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/education-return-on-invested-capital/&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;ROIC&l;/a&g;). No company combines these two factors better than GOOGL, as shown in Figure 1.

&l;strong&g;Figure 1: GOOGL&a;rsquo;s Revenue and ROIC since 2008&l;/strong&g;

&a;nbsp;

&l;a href=&q;https://blogs-images.forbes.com/greatspeculations/files/2018/03/NewConstructs_GOOGL_RevAndROIC_2018-02-15.jpg&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;&l;img class=&q;size-full wp-image-182462&q; src=&q;http://blogs-images.forbes.com/greatspeculations/files/2018/03/NewConstructs_GOOGL_RevAndROIC_2018-02-15.jpg?width=960&q; alt=&q;&q; data-height=&q;267&q; data-width=&q;646&q;&g;&l;/a&g; GOOGL&s;s Improving Profitability

Those numbers are simply incredible when you consider GOOGL has never earned an ROIC below 25% (the median S&a;amp;P 500 stock earns an ROIC of 8%). The last time the firm grew revenue by less than 10% annually was in the depths of a recession in 2009.

Only two other S&a;amp;P 500 companies can match GOOGL&a;rsquo;s record of 25% or higher ROIC and double-digit revenue growth for each of the past five years. These two companies, Align Technologies (ALGN) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN), both face looming patent cliffs. When it comes to sustainable growth and profitability, GOOGL has no equal.

&l;strong&g;GOOGL Has Little Competition In its Core Markets&l;/strong&g;

In its core businesses, GOOGL has a market share that few other companies can match. In search, Google controls &l;a href=&q;https://www.searchenginejournal.com/googles-share-search-ad-market-projected-grow-80-2019/189993/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;~75% of the market&l;/a&g;. In video, YouTube has a &l;a href=&q;https://www.statista.com/statistics/266201/us-market-share-of-leading-internet-video-portals/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;nearly 80% market share&l;/a&g;.

GOOGL&a;rsquo;s dominance compares favorably to the other highly touted FANG stocks. Facebook (FB) has an estimated &l;a href=&q;https://www.statista.com/statistics/265773/market-share-of-the-most-popular-social-media-websites-in-the-us/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;42% market share&l;/a&g; in social media. Amazon (AMZN) controls &l;a href=&q;https://www.recode.net/2017/10/24/16534100/amazon-market-share-ebay-walmart-apple-ecommerce-sales-2017&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;44% of the e-commerce market&l;/a&g;. Netflix (NFLX) has a comparable &l;a href=&q;https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/10/netflix-reaches-75-of-u-s-streaming-service-viewers-but-youtube-is-catching-up/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;75% share&l;/a&g; of streaming households, but many consumers use Netflix along with competitors such as Prime Video, HBO Go, or Hulu. By comparison, few people are toggling back and forth between Google and Bing.

Google&a;rsquo;s dominance is also self-reinforcing. Because it has the most users, websites have to optimize for its platform, which in turn makes its search results more useful than competitors&a;rsquo;. In addition, the larger volume of searches gives Google more data it can use to further refine its algorithm.

At this point, Google is fundamentally ingrained in the process of using the internet. As long as internet usage continues to grow at a rapid pace, which it should &l;a href=&q;https://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-garrity/internet-user-growth-over_b_10603196.html&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;for the foreseeable future&l;/a&g;, GOOGL&a;rsquo;s profits will grow with it.

&l;strong&g;Continually Investing in the Future&l;/strong&g;

GOOGL&a;rsquo;s profitability is all the more remarkable when one considers how much money the company spends on projects that may not earn profits for years to come. As shown in Figure 2, GOOGL spends more on research and development than other American company.

&l;strong&g;Figure 2: GOOGL&a;rsquo;s R&a;amp;D Spending Dwarfs the Competition&l;/strong&g;

&a;nbsp;

&l;a href=&q;https://blogs-images.forbes.com/greatspeculations/files/2018/03/NewConstructs_GOOGL_RDspendingVsPeers_2018-02-15.jpg&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;&l;img class=&q;size-full wp-image-182463&q; src=&q;http://blogs-images.forbes.com/greatspeculations/files/2018/03/NewConstructs_GOOGL_RDspendingVsPeers_2018-02-15.jpg?width=960&q; alt=&q;&q; data-height=&q;162&q; data-width=&q;646&q;&g;&l;/a&g; GOOGL&s;s R&a;amp;D Spend Vs. Peers

The difference in R&a;amp;D spending between GOOGL and Microsoft (MSFT) in second is larger than the difference between MSFT and IBM (IBM), the company with the 13&l;sup&g;th&l;/sup&g; largest R&a;amp;D budget. No company is devoting more resources to innovation and future technologies than GOOGL.

Readers may notice one glaring omission from Figure 2. Amazon does not report its R&a;amp;D spending and instead bundles it into a line item called &a;ldquo;Technology and Content.&a;rdquo; AMZN spent $22.6 billion on technology and content last year, but its known that about &l;a href=&q;http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-video-budget-in-2017-45-billion-2017-4&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;$4.5 billion&l;/a&g; of that went to the content budget, and AWS-related costs also make up a substantial portion. It&a;rsquo;s hard to know just how much AMZN spends on R&a;amp;D, but it&a;rsquo;s clearly less than GOOGL.

All that R&a;amp;D spending has GOOGL positioned to control key industries in the future.&a;nbsp;I&s;ve&a;nbsp;recently finished up a &l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/category/machine-learning-ai-finance/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;series&l;/a&g; on the growing importance of artificial intelligence, and GOOGL is one of the &l;a href=&q;https://futurism.com/google-artificial-intelligence-built-ai/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;unquestioned leaders in the field of AI&l;/a&g;.

GOOGL&a;rsquo;s AI research is already paying off in numerous ways beyond just improving the core search experience. The company is using its technology to help customers build and &l;a href=&q;https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/17/16901126/google-cloud-ai-services-automl&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;train their own machine learning systems&l;/a&g;, which adds more value to a &l;a href=&q;https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/01/google-cloud-revenue-passes-1-billion-per-quarter.html&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;rapidly growing cloud business&l;/a&g;. It will also start &l;a href=&q;https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/12/technology/google-artificial-intelligence-chips.html&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;renting out its AI chips&l;/a&g; soon for another avenue of monetization.

Self-driving cars represent another promising technology, and the company&a;rsquo;s Waymo division is acknowledged as a &l;a href=&q;https://www.navigantresearch.com/research/navigant-research-leaderboard-automated-driving-vehicles&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;leader in the field&l;/a&g;. The commercial potential for advanced self-driving technology is enormous, as GOOGL could license its software to automakers or partner with ride-hailing companies to provide an autonomous transportation fleet. GOOGL could even use its technology the same way it does Android, as a way to control the user experience and expand its market share as cars become more interconnected.

Beyond these technologies, the umbrella structure of Alphabet allows the company&a;rsquo;s subsidiaries to pursue many more speculative projects, such as research into &l;a href=&q;http://fortune.com/2017/12/14/google-alphabet-anti-aging-calico/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;extending the human lifespan&l;/a&g;, that could end up being enormously valuable if they can make real breakthroughs.

Essentially, GOOGL&a;rsquo;s dominance in search and video gives it an abundant funding stream to pursue technological breakthroughs while still earning fantastic profits for investors.

&l;strong&g;Bear Case: Rising Traffic Acquisition Costs and Antitrust Suits&l;/strong&g;

The market has two primary concerns when it comes to GOOGL. The first is the company&a;rsquo;s rising traffic acquisition costs (TAC), which is the money it pays to third-parties to promote its search engine. Most notably, TAC &l;a href=&q;http://www.idownloadblog.com/2017/10/27/google-tac-costs-apple-search-deal/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;paid to Apple&l;/a&g; seems to be rising significantly as mobile searches take up a larger share of global search activity. As a result, the company&a;rsquo;s gross margins have been in decline.

However, Figure 3 shows that the long-term trend for TAC and gross margins still looks strong. TAC as a percent of revenue has experienced a momentary spike in prior years and then continued its long-term downtrend. At the same time, gross margins have fluctuated, but stayed around 60%.

&l;strong&g;Figure 3: GOOGL&a;rsquo;s Gross Margins and TAC as a % of Revenue Since 2004&l;/strong&g;

&a;nbsp;

&l;a href=&q;https://blogs-images.forbes.com/greatspeculations/files/2018/03/NewConstructs_GOOGL_MarginsAndAcquisitionCostsStable_2018-02-15.jpg&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;&l;img class=&q;size-full wp-image-182464&q; src=&q;http://blogs-images.forbes.com/greatspeculations/files/2018/03/NewConstructs_GOOGL_MarginsAndAcquisitionCostsStable_2018-02-15.jpg?width=960&q; alt=&q;&q; data-height=&q;267&q; data-width=&q;646&q;&g;&l;/a&g; GOOGL&s;s Margins and Traffic Acquisition Costs

Analysts believe the recent spike in TAC is attributable to a &l;a href=&q;http://www.businessinsider.com/google-rising-tac-and-apple-theory-2017-10&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;renegotiation of GOOGL&a;rsquo;s deal with Apple&l;/a&g;, and CFO Ruth Porat says these costs should stabilize in the coming quarters.

Even if TAC continues to rise and gross margins fall, the company can offset this margin compression with revenue growth and increasing economies of scale. Since 2014, GOOGL&a;rsquo;s SG&a;amp;A as a percent of revenue has fallen from 21% to 18%. This trend should continue as the company continues to grow.

The longer-term threat to GOOGL comes in the form of antitrust pressures. The company was &l;a href=&q;https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/technology/eu-google-fine.html&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;fined $2.7 billion&l;/a&g; by the EU last year for favoring some of its own shopping services over rivals. Investors and analysts worry that regulatory pressure could pose an existential threat to the company&a;rsquo;s core search business.

While it seems plausible that GOOGL could face more fines in the future, it&a;rsquo;s hard to imagine regulators posing such a big threat to the company. There&a;rsquo;s just not the political pressure for regulators to crack down harshly on a free service that is &l;a href=&q;https://investorplace.com/2018/01/worlds-most-admired-companies-list/#.WoS7U4krJTY&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;widely admired by consumers&l;/a&g;. It seems much more likely that GOOGL will face occasional fines for specific actions than it will have its entire business model undermined.

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&l;strong&g;Opportunity to Buy the Dip&l;/strong&g;

GOOGL&a;rsquo;s share price of $1,044 gives it a price to economic book value (&l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/education-economic-book-value/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;PEBV&l;/a&g;) of 1.6, which implies that the company&a;rsquo;s after-tax profit (&l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/education-net-operating-profit/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;NOPAT&l;/a&g;) will never grow more than 60% above its current level. By comparison, the Software and IT Services industry as a whole has a PEBV of 2.8. One would think a company with GOOGL&a;rsquo;s track record would be valued at a premium to its peers, not a discount.

If GOOGL&a;rsquo;s NOPAT margin expands to 23% (based on &l;a href=&q;http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-gop-tax-reform-bill-may-save-amazon-facebook-google-billions-2017-12&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;Cowen&a;rsquo;s estimate of tax reform&a;rsquo;s impact&l;/a&g;) and the company can &l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/GOOGL_DCF.png&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;grow after-tax profit by 14% compounded annually for the next decade&l;/a&g;, the stock is worth $1,520/share today, a 46% upside from the current price. Those expectations may seem high, but they pale in comparison to the company&a;rsquo;s 20% compounded annual NOPAT growth rate over the past decade.

GOOGL is more expensive than the companies I usually recommend, which tend to have a PEBV of 1.2 or below. Still, as &l;a href=&q;http://www.berkshirehathaway.com/letters/1989.html&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;Warren Buffett once wrote&l;/a&g;, &a;ldquo;It&a;rsquo;s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.&a;rdquo; GOOGL is a wonderful company, and its current price is more than fair.

&l;strong&g;Tax Reform and Capital Return Provide a Catalyst&l;/strong&g;

In addition to the lower tax rate mentioned above, the new tax law gives GOOGL the opportunity to repatriate some of its $100+ billion in &l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/excess-cash/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;excess cash&l;/a&g; at a lower 15.5% rate. The company already took a $10.2 billion &a;ldquo;transitional tax&a;rdquo; charge in 2017 to prepare for this repatriation.

Since the company&a;rsquo;s R&a;amp;D and investments are well-funded out of current cash flows, I suspect a large portion of the repatriated cash will go to capital return. The company &l;a href=&q;https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/01/googles-parent-firm-alphabet-takes-10-billion-hit-from-new-u-s-tax-regime-reports-3-billion-loss/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;recently announced&l;/a&g; an $8.6 billion (1% of market cap) stock buyback program, and it would not be surprising to see that number increase significantly in the near future.

Longer-term, the company&a;rsquo;s steadily growing cash flow should serve to propel the stock higher.

&l;strong&g;Executive Compensation Should be More Transparent&l;/strong&g;

GOOGL does not specify what metrics it uses to determine executive compensation, instead including a long list of metrics that can be used. The company notes that equity awards are granted on a biennial basis and vest quarterly over a four-year period.

I&s;m&a;nbsp;encouraged by the fact the list of possible metrics includes ROIC, but I&a;rsquo;d like to see more transparency from GOOGL so that investors can better understand executive incentives. However, GOOGL&a;rsquo;s current exec comp plan has not led to executives getting paid while destroying shareholder value. The company has generated positive &l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/education/education-close-the-loopholes/education-economic-earnings/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;economic earnings&l;/a&g; in every year since 1998, and has grown economic earnings from $3.1 billion in 2007 to $18.8 billion in 2017.

&l;strong&g;Insider Trading and Short Interest Trends&l;/strong&g;

Insiders have acquired 235 thousand shares and sold 664 thousand shares over the past twelve months, for a net sale of 429 thousand shares. The total volume of insider trading represents less than 1% of shares outstanding. Minimal insider trading activity gives little insight to the stock.

There are currently 3.2 million shares sold short, which equates to 1% of shares outstanding and two days to cover. The market doesn&a;rsquo;t seem to have much interest in betting against such a profitable and fast-growing company.

&l;strong&g;Auditable Impact of Footnotes &a;amp; Forensic Accounting Adjustments&l;/strong&g;

My firm&s;s&a;nbsp;&l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/technology/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;Robo-Analyst technology&l;/a&g; enables me to perform forensic accounting with scale and provide the &l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/category/real-earnings-season/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;research needed&l;/a&g; to fulfill fiduciary duties. In order to derive the &l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/education-net-operating-profit/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;true recurring cash flows&l;/a&g;, an accurate &l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/education-invested-capital/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;invested capital&l;/a&g;, and an accurate shareholder value, I made the following adjustments to Alphabet&a;rsquo;s 2017 10-K:

Income Statement: I made $11.4 billion of adjustments, with a net effect of removing $11.4 billion in non-operating expense (10% of revenue). The most significant adjustment was the &l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/GOOGL_Tax.png&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;$10.2 billion&l;/a&g; &l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/non-operating-tax-adjustment/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;non-operating tax charge&l;/a&g; referenced above. You can see all the adjustments made to GOOGL&a;rsquo;s income statement &l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/GOOGL_IS_Adjustments.png&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;here&l;/a&g;.

Balance Sheet: I made $120 billion of adjustments to calculate invested capital with a net decrease of $94 billion. Excess cash accounted for the vast majority of these adjustments. You can see all the adjustments made to GOOGL&a;rsquo;s balance sheet &l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/GOOGL_BS_Adjustments.png&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;here&l;/a&g;.

Valuation: I made $117 billion of adjustments with a net effect of increasing shareholder value by $95 billion.&a;nbsp;The largest adjustment to shareholder value, despite the excess cash noted above, was $10.9 billion in &l;a href=&q;https://www.newconstructs.com/adjusted-total-debt/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;total debt&l;/a&g;. This debt adjustment represents 1% of GOOGL&a;rsquo;s market cap.

&l;strong&g;Attractive Funds That Hold GOOGL&l;/strong&g;

The following ETFs and mutual funds allocate significantly to GOOGL and earn an attractive or very attractive rating:

&l;/p&g;&l;ol&g;&l;li&g;Fidelity Software and IT Services Portfolio (FSCSX): 8.6% allocation and attractive rating&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;Lazard US Equity Concentrated Portfolio (LEVOX): 6.8% allocation and attractive rating&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;Nuveen Growth Fund (NSAGX): 6.7% allocation and attractive rating&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;Advisor&a;rsquo;s Inner Circle Fund: FMC Select Fund (FMSLX): 6.6% allocation and very attractive rating&l;/li&g;

&l;/ol&g;&l;em&g;Disclosure: David Trainer, Sam McBride, and Kyle Guske II receive no compensation to write about any specific stock, style, or theme.&l;/em&g;

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Marijuana is well on its way to becoming the “norm” in modern America.

Eight states – Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington – and the District of Columbia have fully legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults’ recreational use. An additional 13 states have decriminalized it. And 29 states, along with Puerto Rico and Guam, now allow the use of medical marijuana.

However, the drug is still classified as an illegal Schedule I substance in the eyes of the federal government.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: WGL Holdings Inc(WGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Brean Capital reported on Friday that it has upgraded natural gas utility company WGL Holdings Inc (WGL).

    The firm has raised its rating on WGL from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has given the company a $46 price target. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $40.62. The upgrade was primarily based on valuation and future investment opportunities.

    “Like many utilities in the gas LDC space, the shares of WGL Holdings have come off recent highs and are now trading at a level we consider attractive,” analyst Michael Gaugler comments. “Beyond valuation, we consider the recent announcement of conditional approval of Dominion’s Cove Point facility for LNG export as a positive development in terms of future investment opportunities, given the company’s one-third interest in the Commonwealth Pipeline project, which we believe will be revisited due to future increased demand.”

    WGL Holdings shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock has been mostly flat YTD.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Dover Corporation(DOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) was at $75.19 at the end of 2016 and the firm has a $85.00 price objective. This is 13% in implied upside for Dover, before considering its 2.3% dividend yield.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) which rose about 4% to $103.82. The stocks 52-week range is $76.23 to $109.06. Volume was 4.7 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.1 million.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: 3M Company(MMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Who are the likely candidates for the next round of upgrades? Cramer said he’s betting that 3M (MMM) will be in the mix, along with Walmart (WMT) and especially Home Depot (HD) , which should have a strong spring planting season with good comparisons to last year. Investors might also see upgrades on Honeywell (HON) and Nike (NKE) , Cramer suggested.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded up 1.51% at $235.69. The stock’s 52-week range is $185.71 to $259.77. Volume was around 1.6 million shares, about a third below the daily average of about 2.4 million. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Monday was 3M Company (NYSE: MMM) which traded up 3.23% at $244.68. The stock’s 52-week range is $86.31 to $259.77. Volume was about 25% lower than the daily average of around 2.4 million. The company had no specific news Monday.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is set to report its second-quarter results on Tuesday. The analysts consensus estimates call for EPS of $2.54 and $7.86 billion in revenue. Shares of 3M were changing hands at $211.07 at Fridays close. The consensus price target is $205.09, and the 52-week range is $163.85 to $214.57.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded up 1.38% at $198.50. The stock’s 52-week range is $163.85 to $199.90. Volume was about 35% lower than the daily average of around 1.9 million shares. The company had no specific news Monday.

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    First, the Dow dropped below 19,800 points with two stocks – The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS) and 3M Company (NYSE:MMM) – experiencing a $3.26 billion selloff alone. Big banking stocks including Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) and JPMorgan Chase and Co. (NYSE:JPM) sold off far more severely than the S&P 500 itself. Tech stocks were more or less unscathed, with the exception of Alphabet Inc. (NasdaqGS:GOOG), which received a 2.55% buzzcut of $26 per share.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: iShares US Basic Materials (IYM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Apogee Enterprises strongly outperforming potential performancebenchmarks like theMaterials Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA: XLB) and iShares Dow Jones US Basic Materials ETF (NYSEARCA: IYM) albeit that performance has fallen off:

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: DAVIDsTEA Inc.(DTEA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    DavidsTea Inc (NASDAQ: DTEA) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.43 per share on revenue of $71.74 million.

    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(ALXN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

    Growth-oriented investors should also check out Alexion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ALXN(link is external)), which falls through the cracks between the massive well-established biotechs, and the small-cap biotechs that are still pre-revenue.

    Alexion targets rare and severe diseases, and has built a broad platform of drugs to treat them. Sales growth has never been less than 37% at any point in the past eight years, and 20% to 25% growth appears locked in over coming years as well. Analysts at UBS, who see 30% upside to their $202 price target, believe that a healthy drug pipeline provides multiple catalysts this year in the form of clinical trial updates. They suggest that shares would be worth $230 in a buyout scenario. 

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after the company’s CEO and CFO left the firm following the delay of its 10-Q last month.

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    Alexion Pharmaceuticals dropped 13% to $115.04 today, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.1% to 2,256.96.

    BMO’s M. Ian Somaiya offers his take on the chaos at Alexion:

    Alexion has delayed its 3Q 10-Q filing as a result of an internal investigation involving the company’s sales practices. The company continues to believe restatement of previously reported results is not required.Alexion expects filing of 3Q 10-Q in January 2017 or earlier, and 4Q/FY2016 earnings in February, when guidance is expected.

    Near-term downside may be priced in, caution on guidance. We believe the announcement of new management adds a new overhang to the stock, but also believe downside may be priced in (Alexion is down ~9% at open) and may provide an opportunity for investors to dip their toes if not their feet. We believe Alexion’s recovery will be driven by its next-generation C5 inhibitor, ALXN-1210, as every-eight-week dosing should enable Alexion to maintain 75% of the PNH market, while SubQ success, depending on dosing schedule/volume, may enable Alexion to do better. Additionally, we believe label extensions for Soliris in rMG, NMO may provide near-term growth drivers. Further upside is dependent on 30 pre-clinical assets in Alexion’s pipeline and the pace of Soliris adoption in MG. We believe the weakness may provide a unique opportunity for accumulation, with potential downside risk related to guidance from new management during 4Q/FY2016 earnings in February.

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals’ market capitalization fell to $25.8 billion today from $29.6 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $144 million on sales of $2.5 billion in 2015.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.s (NASDAQ: ALXN) short interest decreased to 4.33 million, compared to the previous level of 4.98 million. Shares closed most recently at $118.83, in a 52-week range of $110.56 to $193.45.

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    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares rose 10.5 percent to $2.43 in pre-market trading after surging 109.52 percent on Thursday.
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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) posted a new 52-week low of $102.47 on Tuesday, down more than 11% compared with Monday’s closing price of $115.42. The stock’s 52-week high is $157.02. Volume totaled more than 16 million shares, nearly 6 times the daily average of about 3 million. The company announced several executive changes this morning.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: athenahealth, Inc.(ATHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Under a single-payer system, healthcare becomes a regulated utility much like electricity with just a few large, best-in-class players. Athenahealth (Nasdaq: ATHN) could combine with Walgreen Boots Alliance (NYSE: WBA). Maybe each monolith will cover a specific region like Southern Company (NYSE: SO) and Consolidated Edison (NYSE: ED).

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Meanwhile, earnings season continued to play out, and although the technology industry saw some extremely encouraging reports, not all stocks participated in the rally. Athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN), Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), and Time (NYSE:TIME) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Shares of Athena Health (ATHN) are up 37% in just over a month. Is there still more room to run?

    Cramer said for years Athena had been a fast-growing stock, but as the company transitioned from growth to profitability, things began to get ugly. The company’s bombastic CEO, and his “colorful” personality began to rub shareholders the wrong way.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Athenahealth (ATHN) last night announced that its CFO and administrative chief, Kristi Matus, would be leaving the company. Her departure has not been embraced by investors, who have pushed shares lower today. Leerink’s David Larsen understands their concerns:

    In our view, the CFO departure may be indicative of internal operational challenges. We still think it is possible that Kristi Matus is seeking an environment that is not as demanding as ATHN, though this has not been confirmed by management. Management harped on the point that bifurcation is part of the strategic initiative of ATHN to reenergize the culture of the company, and Jonathan Bush noted how he himself hopes to spend more time on talent and culture and less time on entering new markets and building new products.

    We continue to believe that ATHN is facing challenges. We continue to believe the market is fundamentally slowing and bookings growth may become more lumpy as we progress through 2016. We still believe there will be a slow-down in the bookings growth rate b/c of a possible slow-down in the ambulatory EMR market and the fact that we are in the final payment year of Meaningful Use. Much of the call focused on Kristi Matus’s departure as a major loss for the company of a leader who was “masterful with investors.” According to management, the decision to split the CFO and CFAO responsibilities was not a reflection of her ability.

    Baird’s Matthew Gillmor and Sean McBride are less worried:

    The unexpected resignation of CFO Kristi Matus is disappointing, but the reasons for her departure seem somewhat understandable, in our view (potentially viewed bifurcation of CFO/CAO role as a demotion). We think incoming CFO Karl Stubelis is very strong and should provide helpful continuity, both internally and externally (currently serves as Controller and previously as acting CFO). Finally, the CFO change does not change our positive long-term thesi

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Transdigm Group Incorporated(TDG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mitchell Clark]

     This firm is not a household name. This Cleveland-based company, in the aerospace parts business, has approximately $12.0 billion in market capitalization on the stock market.

    TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG) doesn’t pay a regular dividend, but often pays out one-time, special dividends. In the past, they’ve been pretty hefty.

    Selling pumps, motors, power systems, and basically anything you can image that’s part of an aircraft, TDG’s been growing its financial results at a good clip.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    TransDigm Group (TDG) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after beating earnings and sales forecasts.

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    TransDigm gained 6.5% to $245.88 today, while the S&P 500 finished little changed at2,293.08.

    TransDigm reported a profit of $2.57, beating forecasts for$2.47, on sales of $814 million, topping the Street consensus for $804.5 million.

    TransDigm’s market capitalization rose to $13.1 billion today from $12.3 billion yesterday.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Transdigm Group Inc. (NYSE: TDG) had a director at the company step in and buy stock in a big way last week. That director purchased a total of 91,000 shares of the stock at prices ranging from $247.16 to $247.89. The total for the trade came in near $22.7 million.The company designs, produces and supplies aircraft components in the United States. Its stock closed trading last Friday at $251.488.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: National Oilwell Varco, Inc.(NOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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    Janet Yellen is officially out of the Federal Reserve and will be heading to the Brookings Institution. Today, Jerome Powell will begin his first term at the helm of the U.S. central bank. Powell takes over at an interesting time for the U.S. economy. The central bank is expected to raise interest rates three times in 2017. In addition, Powell must manage a $4.5 trillion balance sheet that the Fed built up in the wake of last decade’s financial crisis.
    Gold prices saw a slight gain in pre-market hours. But those gains could surge as markets continue to face questions about inflation and a weaker U.S. dollar. Gold prices saw one of their biggest one-day declines in two months on Friday. Investors are looking at this as a solid entry point given price expectations from Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth. Peter expects that gold prices will reach $1,400 by the end of June and rise to as high as $1,500 by December.
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    Shares of Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) are off more than 8% this morning because the Fed has forced new sanctions on the bank that will limit its growth. The Fed’s consent order will see the bank change four members of its board of directors and

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggestedgoing long on large cap oilfield equipment manufacturer and technology stock National-Oilwell Varco, Inc (NYSE: NOV):

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies reported on Monday that it has lifted its price target on National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV).

    The firm has reaffirmed a “Buy” rating on NOV, and has raised the company’s price target from $84 to $91. This price target suggests a 14% increase from the stock’s current price of $78.24.

    Analyst Brad Handler noted that NOV’s weak margin will likely rebound in 2014 and the chances of a dividend increase are high.

    Looking forward, the firm has lifted its order estimates for FY2013 from $10.8 billion to $11.3 billion. FY2014 earnings estimates have been raised from $6.40 to $6.50 per share and FY2015 estimates have been increased from $7.65 to $7.95 per share.

    National-Oilwell Varco shares were up 76 cents, or 0.97% during pre-market trading Monday. The stock is up 14% YTD.

  • [By Tony Daltorio]

    But the best investment in this sector, according to Moors, is National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE: NOV).

    He calls it the “one company that stands to benefit most directly from what is happening in the equipment sector.”

  • [By Lauren Pollock]

    Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Tuesday’s session are Applied Materials Inc.(AMAT), Red Hat Inc.(RHT) and National Oilwell Varco Inc.(NOV)

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Molex Incorporated(MOLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Shares of electronic connector maker Molex Incorporated (MOLX) skyrocketed on Monday morning after reports that the company will be acquired by Koch Industries.

    Koch Industries has agreed to acquire Molex for a total of $7.2 billion. This deal will include all outstanding shares of the company’s Common Stock, Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock for $38.50 per share.

    The deal has been approved by the board of directors of both companies. Molex will continue to maintain its current management team and its current headquarters in Lisle, IL.

    Molex shares were up $9.15, or 31.17%, during Monday morning trading. The stock is up 41% YTD.

Top Cheap Stocks For 2018

Apple stock is undervalued as the company is moving to a mature one. Is the Market missing something here?

Apple Inc.(NSDQ:AAPL)is the largest company in terms of market capitalization, but AAPL stock is also the cheapest among the top technology stocks in terms of price multiples. After dropping sharply during the first half of the year Apple recovered nicely during the second half, thanks to the iPhone 7 launch and a favorable response from the industry. But despite the recovery, Apple is still trading at less than 15 times earnings and 3 times sales.

Why is this, and does it present an upside to investors looking to increase their positions?

Top Cheap Stocks For 2018: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high bullish options activity in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD). He said that traders were buying the May 190 calls for $3.30. The trade breaks even at $193.30 or around 3 percent higher. Najarian bought calls in General Dynamics and he is planning to hold them for two weeks.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Huntington’s problems may not end at the water’s surface, either. While it’s the principal contractor building the Ford-class carriers, Huntington will cooperate with peer shipbuilder General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) to build the new Columbia class of ballistic missile submarines, which will replace the current Ohio class (and up until recently, it was commonly called the “Ohio Replacement Class”).

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Its this kind of environment that has made the iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF(ITA) one of the best-performing ETFs over the past decade. Companies like Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT) and General Dynamics Corporation (GD) have thrived by producing solutions funded by a thick military wallet.

Top Cheap Stocks For 2018: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE: CMP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.33 per share on revenue of $347.03 million.

    MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $177.19 million.

Top Cheap Stocks For 2018: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc performing better with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) being the big winner whilesmall caps hhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) haveunderperformed, butare showing signs of improvement:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) was down, falling around 26 percent to $9.88. Rent-A-Center reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but the company’s sales missed analysts’ estimates.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basically breaking even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) all over the place (albeit it took off again last year) while small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both underperformed for over three years now:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:

Top Cheap Stocks For 2018: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.

    Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgradesincluded Biogen, Goldcorp, GoPro, Oracle, Sirius XM, Tyson Foods, Ciena and many more.

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    Homebuilders like Lennar, PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), and D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) could benefit from a strengthening housing recovery. If you’re bullish on housing, you might want to take a step back and think about other companies in that space. Home improvement stores like Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) and Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) could get a boost as well as companies that supply products for new homes like Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and USG Corporation(NYSE: USG).

Top Cheap Stocks For 2018: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Retailer shares have been unable to fully stabilize after sell-offs that accompanied their earnings for the 2016 holiday period. Some retailers shuttered stores. Others gave pessimistic guidance. The slide began in earnest again, as retail stocks got punished on Monday. Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS), Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M), Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) and Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWM) were among the largest losers in the S&P 500.

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    Other department-store chains, such as Macy’s (NYSE:M), J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP), and Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS), have also seen their stock prices plummet as they struggle with falling traffic and declining comparable-store sales. Consumer buying habits continue to shift away from their core mall-based operations, with department-store sales down for 11 years in a row, according to data from the Commerce Department.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Under Armour’s (UAA) guidance last month was so bad that the stock lost a quarter of its value in just one day. Some analysts have stuck with the company, but many more have downgraded it. But that’s in the past. Now, Under Armour’s products are hitting the shelves at Kohl’s (KSS), and some have worried that it could dilute Under Armour’s brand. Kohl’s, meanwhile, has had troubles of its own–its stock is down 23% during the past three months–as investors have worried about the internet destroying retail as we know it. Which begs the question: Are you in trouble when you’re looking at Kohl’s as a savior?

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now

President & CEO of Ion Geophysical Corp (NYSE:IO) R Brian Hanson bought 36,351 shares of IO on 12/14/2017 at an average price of $13.05 a share. The total cost of this purchase was $474,381.

ION Geophysical Corp provides a variety of seismic products and services, including seismic acquisition equipment, navigation and data-management software products, seismic data processing services to oil and natural gas industry. ION Geophysical Corp has a market cap of $167.720 million; its shares were traded at around $14.10 with and P/S ratio of 0.95.

CEO Recent Trades:

President & CEO R Brian Hanson bought 36,351 shares of IO stock on 12/14/2017 at the average price of $13.05. The price of the stock has increased by 8.05% since.

CFO Recent Trades:

EVP & CFO Steven Bate bought 18,176 shares of IO stock on 12/14/2017 at the average price of $13.05. The price of the stock has increased by 8.05% since.

Directors and Officers Recent Trades:

EVP&COO, E&P TECHNO & SERVICES Ken Williamson bought 18,176 shares of IO stock on 12/14/2017 at the average price of $13.05. The price of the stock has increased by 8.05% since.EVP & COO, E&P OPER OPTIMIZAT Christopher Theron Usher bought 18,176 shares of IO stock on 12/14/2017 at the average price of $13.05. The price of the stock has increased by 8.05% since.VP & Corp Controller Scott Schwausch bought 1,212 shares of IO stock on 12/14/2017 at the average price of $13.05. The price of the stock has increased by 8.05% since.EVP, Gen Coun & Corp Secy Matthew R Powers bought 1,212 shares of IO stock on 12/14/2017 at the average price of $13.05. The price of the stock has increased by 8.05% since.EVP, Ocean Bottom Services Colin Hulme bought 18,176 shares of IO stock on 12/14/2017 at the average price of $13.05. The price of the stock has increased by 8.05% since.

For the complete insider trading history of IO, click here

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Adient plc (ADNT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Western Digital (WDC) , Twilio (TWLO) , Adient (ADNT) , Salesforce.com (CRM) , AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) .

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Hertz Global Holdings Inc(HTZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market continued to climb sharply on Wednesday, sending major market benchmarks to record highs yet again and propelling the Dow Jones Industrials up more than 100 points. Economic data continued to support the notion that the U.S. economy remains strong, and rising inflation levels led many to conclude that the Federal Reserve is more likely than ever to follow through on its promise to keep lifting short-term interest rates in 2017. Rising bond yields reflected investors’ reluctance to hold onto fixed-income investments in anticipation of higher rates, prompting some to shift assets into the stock market. Several companies also reported, andFortress Investment Group (NYSE:FIG), Editas Medicine (NASDAQ:EDIT), and Hertz Global Holdings (NYSE:HTZ) were among the top performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Hertz Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) has been a roller-coaster ride over the past year, and shareholders may be pleased to know that Wall Street legend and renowned investor Carl Icahn, who is also a 10% owner of the company, bought shares again in a big way last week. Icahn bought a total of 15,080,442 shares at a price of $23.43. The total for the buy was posted at a staggering $350 million. Hertz traded on Friday at $28.65, so the timing looks very solid.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Carl Icahn’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Carl+Icahn

    These are the top 5 holdings of Carl IcahnIcahn Enterprises LP (IEP) – 129,999,050 shares, 34.82% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 2.30%American International Group Inc (AIG) – 45,644,982 shares, 13.32% of the total portfolio. CVR Energy Inc (CVI) – 71,198,718 shares, 8.08% of the total portfolio. Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp (FDML) – 138,590,141 shares, 6.39% of the total portfolio. Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG) – 32,680,490 shares, 6.05

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) , General Motors (GM) , Pandora Media (P) , Cedar Fair (FUN) , Quotient Technology (QUOT) and Rite Aid (RAD) .

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Shares of rental car company Hertz (NYSE:HTZ) fell as much as 11.7% on Thursday after analysts at Morgan Stanley cut its price target for the stock from $15 to $12. Shares closed the trading day down about 11.4%.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Hertz Global Holdings, Inc (NYSE: HTZ) was down, falling around 18 percent to $14.24. Barclays downgraded Hertz from Equal-Weight to Underweight.

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Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Occidental Petroleum Corporation(OXY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We have seen several dividend cuts in the recent past, including Anadarko Petroleum cutting its dividend by 81%…and we expect more companies to follow suit. Chesapeake Energy (CHK), ConocoPhillips (COP), Encana,Marathon Oil and Noble Energy (NBL) are among energy companies that have also cut dividends in the past 12 months, but dividend requirements even after several cuts will consume ~26% of 2016 estimated cash flow at current dividend rates (15% excluding Occidental Petroleum (OXY)) for the large cap E&Ps we cover. We believe most of the companies with a dividend yield of more than 1.5% should consider cutting the dividend and find the following companies more likely than not to reduce dividends:Apache (2.5% yield),Devon Energy (4%),Encana (1.5%) andMarathon Oil (2.5%). We believe Canadian Natural Resource (CNQ) (3.0%) is likely to maintain its dividend while Occidental (4.5%) has the financial strength to maintain or even increase the dividend…

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Occidental Petroleum Corp.s (NYSE: OXY) short interest decreased to 11.44 million shares from the previous reading of 11.77 million. Shares recently traded at $69.65, in a 52-week range of $57.20 to $78.09.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) dropped about 1.6% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $64.19 after closing at $65.25 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $78.48. Volume was about 15% below the daily average of around 4.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Occidental Petroleum Corp.s (NYSE: OXY) short interest increased to 16.11 million shares from the previous reading of 15.70 million. Shares were recently at $62.83, in a 52-week range of $61.01 to $78.48.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Stocks that made the cut include General Motors (GM), Coca-Cola Company (KO), Occidental Petroleum (OXY), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), and General Electric (GE).

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO), Medifast Inc. (NYSE: MED), Medley Capital Corp. (NYSE: MCC), Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) and Sothebys (NYSE: BID).

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Benchmark Electronics, Inc.(BHE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    How do you pick the top names in this broadly lucrative industry? I’m here to show you my three favorites in the printed circuit board market: Sanmina (NASDAQ:SANM), Benchmark Electronics (NYSE:BHE), and TTM Technologies (NASDAQ:TTMI), each one tailor-made for a different type of investor.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Intellipharmaceutics International Inc.(IPCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: IPCI) shares dropped 45 percent to $1.38 as the company disclosed that a FDA panel voted against approving the company’s NDA for Rexista™ abuse-deterrent oxycodone hydrochloride extended release tablets.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018

We all know financial stocks have gone through the roof since President Trump’s win. So the question becomes: what do we do with these companies now?

There’s no one answer for every financial stock, of course.

Some are still great, undervalued buys—but there are two that have gotten grossly overvalued and should be avoided, or sold if you hold them. (Below, I’ll reveal 3 better high-yield stocks to buy instead.)

These 2 Financials Are Headed for Trouble

Bank of America Corp (BAC) is the first bank on my hit list.

A Breathtaking Rise

After spending most of 2016 in the red, BAC has soared more than 37% in three months. Nothing much has changed at the bank; it’s just riding a wave of euphoria as investors bet that Trump’s America will mean higher interest rates and fewer regulations, driving up BAC’s earnings.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: ZTE Corporation (ZTCOF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Chinese telco equipment giant ZTE (OTCPK:ZTCOF) has been actively cooperating and communicating with relevant U.S. government departments in order to reach a conclusion of the investigation related to the compny’s violations of sanctions on Iran.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The United States has a history of preventing Chinese companies that are even suspected of being state-owned from selling certain products into key industries. Huawei and ZTE (OTCPK:ZTCOF), for example, were under harsh scrutiny for their telecommunications equipment.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Sotheby's(BID)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Shares of auction house Sotheby’s (NYSE:BID) jumped as much as 14.7% in trading Monday after the company released fourth-quarter results. And shares kept steaming, trading 13.6% higher as of 12:30 p.m. EST.

  • [By Marshall Hargrave]

    Now Loeb's looking to put that capital to work in other markets, with the art market being a perfect candidate. Loeb and his Third Point hedge fund have started their latest activist campaign with leading auction house Sotheby's (NYSE: BID). Loeb joins fellow activist investor Marcato Capital in the stock.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sothebys (NYSE: BID) reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Monday.

    Sothebys posted quarterly adjusted earnings of $1.35 per share on revenue of $308.69 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.17 per share on revenue of $277.28 million.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Forward Pharma A/S(FWP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By George Budwell]

    Shares of theDanish drugmaker Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:FWP) gained 48.2% yesterday as the result of a settlement and licensing deal with Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB)involving an ongoing patent dispute over the multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera. Per the terms of the deal, Biogen will fork overa non-refundable$1.25 billion licensing fee, and possibly pay 10% to 20% royalties on Tecfidera’snet sales to Forward starting in 2021.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Last Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stock Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ: FWP):

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Apollo Education Group, Inc.(APOL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q1 2017 earnings report for small cap for-profit education stock Apollo Education Group Inc (NASDAQ: APOL) is scheduled for after the market closes on Monday (January 9th). Last February, Apollo Education Groupannounced a definitive agreement to be acquired by a consortium of investors including The Vistria Group, LLC, funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO), and Najafi Companies for $9.50 per share in cash for both Class A and B shares. However, the for-profit education sector along with certain aspects of the Apollo deal have been targeted by the Obama administration and it remains to be seen how the Trump administration will treat the sector and the deal.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Bruker Corporation(BRKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Yet another stock experiencing a correction after the bell was Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ: BRKR), which lost 2.75 percent in after-hours, after having gained 4.5 percent during the day.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018

By Ben Reynolds

Bank of Nova Scotia (NYSE:BNS) is the third-largest Canadian bank ranked by market cap.

Bank of Nova Scotia’s market cap is $64 billion The Toronto-Dominion Bank’s market cap is $83 billion Royal Bank of Canada’s market cap is $94 billion

Bank of Nova Scotia’s financial metrics should immediately stand out for value-focused dividend investors. The company has a high dividend yield of 4.1% and a low price-to-earnings ratio of 12.3. This helps the company to rank highly using The 8 Rules of Dividend Investing.

Bank of Nova Scotia released its 3rd quarter results on August 30. This article covers those results in detail.

Brief Overview

Bank of Nova Scotia operates in 4 segments:

Canadian Banking International Banking Global Banking & Markets Other

The Canadian Banking segment is the company’s largest. It generated $930 million in net profit in the company’s most recent quarter. The Canadian Banking segment provides Canada with retail, small business, commercial banking, and wealth management services. The segment has more than 10 million customers and 1,000 branches across Canada.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Electronics for Imaging Inc.(EFII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (NASDAQ: EFII) shares dropped 43 percent to $26.96. Electronics For Imaging disclosed that it has postponed Q2 release due to accounting issues related to revenue recognition. Morgan Stanley downgraded Electronics for Imaging from Equal-Weight to Underweight.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Northrop Grumman Corporation(NOC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    The No. 3 defense stock to watch is Northrup Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC).

    NOC has three primary units: Aerospace Systems, Electronic Systems, and Information Systems.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    As details about the Pentagon’s plan have emerged, it’s become clear that this will be a sizable program, amounting to perhaps $1 trillion in spending over 30 years — not just to upgrade the Minuteman missiles, but also to buy new B-21 stealth bombers from Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)and have General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) and Huntington Ingalls (NYSE:HII) design an entirely new class of ballistic missile submarines (to be known as the “Columbia class.”)

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    Key holdings in ITA include…

    Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) makes a full range of unmanned vehicles. That means it can cover air, land, and sea assignments for both military and commercial uses. The company is widely known for military drones like the Desert Hawk III, used by the U.K. military to surveil suspected terrorists. It also makes the Marlin, an oceangoing drone that can conduct underwater surveys and inspections. Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) makes unmanned aircraft for defense applications naturally. It’s also collaborating with Yamaha Corp. (NYSE ADR: YAMCY) to develop an autonomous helicopter with onboard intelligence-gathering equipment for such civilian uses as search and rescue and forest-fire monitoring. Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) is a great backend play because of its drone-support platform. The Common Ground Control System is an open-format control station that can be used to control all manner of UAVs. I expect the system to be adapted for commercial/industrial use as well.

    As exciting as ITA’s drone exposure is, we also get a nice kicker with this ETF – defense spending.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Five teams are expected to compete for the contract: Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) has joined with Saab to offer a clean-sheet design; Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) has teamed up with BAE Systems and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LLL) on another clean-sheet design; Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) are going with a modified KAI T-50; Raytheon Corp. (NYSE: RTN) has joined with Italy’s Leonardo and Canada’s CAE Inc. (NYSE: CAE) on a version of Leonardo’s M-346 trainer that it calls the T-100; and privately held Sierra Nevada has partnered with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) on another clean-sheet design.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Our No. 3 pick, Northrup Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC), is divided into three units: Aerospace Systems, Electronic Systems, and Information Systems.

    Northrup Grumman and Lockheed Martin often work together on large projects. On the F-35 fighter jet, for example, they are paired. NOC’s portion is the tracking computers, the radar, and navigational tools.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Adeptus Health Inc.(ADPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Adeptus Health Inc (NASDAQ: ADPT) shares dropped 66 percent to $9.09 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results and lowered its FY16 EBITDA outlook.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Adeptus Health Inc (NYSE: ADPT) were down around 30 percent to $1.30. Medical Properties Trust disclosed that it has agreed in principle with Deerfield Management to restructuring in bankruptcy to Adeptus Health.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Invest In 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 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Cummins Inc.(CMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Friday was Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) which traded down about 5% at $159.44. The stocks 52-week range is $134.06 to $181.79. Volume was over 3.5 million versus the daily average of 1.2 million shares.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Salesforce.com (CRM) , Paccar (PCAR) , Cummins (CMI) , ConocoPhillips (COP) , Adobe Systems (ADBE) , Annaly Capital (NLY) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    There are lots of stories like that out there these days. People were perplexed about the Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and Cummins Engine (CMI) and Caterpillar (CAT) quarters, but they turned out to be classic buying opportunities after years of being sell opportunities if the stocks had run. I can’t explain to you how amazing that is. Here are three stocks that have spent months and months in purgatory when they have missed or guided down or slashed forecasts. Now they are up gigantically.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Ever walk past a construction site? It’s hard not to be enthralled by all the heavy construction machinery moving things around. With the world’s developing economies still building at a relatively fast pace and developing economies, like the United States, in desperate need of upgrading their aging infrastructure, the companies behind that construction machinery could be just as exciting as a construction site in the years ahead. Which is why Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI), and Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) are three of the top construction machinery stocks to look at right now.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Making mining equipment has been a horrible business over the last few years. The industry has been hard-hit by the spending cutbacks at mine sites around the world. For example, BHP Billiton Limited trimmed its capital exploration expenditures by roughly 70% between fiscal 2013 and 2016. No wonder Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), Komatsu Ltd. (NASDAQOTH:KMTUY), and Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) have been hurting. Only that looks like it’s starting to change, which means this trio could be at the top of a list of mining equipment companies to buy in 2017.