Somewhat Negative News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact MEI Pharma (MEIP) Stock Price

Headlines about MEI Pharma (NASDAQ:MEIP) have been trending somewhat negative on Friday, according to Accern. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MEI Pharma earned a coverage optimism score of -0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the company an impact score of 45.5534769772513 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on MEIP shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of MEI Pharma from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, April 12th. ValuEngine raised shares of MEI Pharma from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 7th. Oppenheimer set a $7.00 price target on shares of MEI Pharma and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, January 8th. Cann reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of MEI Pharma in a report on Wednesday, March 21st. Finally, Laidlaw started coverage on shares of MEI Pharma in a report on Thursday, April 12th. They set a “buy” rating and a $7.00 price target on the stock. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. MEI Pharma presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $5.63.

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NASDAQ:MEIP traded up $0.05 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $2.23. 40,553 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 100,960. MEI Pharma has a 1 year low of $1.55 and a 1 year high of $3.26. The company has a market capitalization of $84.48, a P/E ratio of 31.86 and a beta of 1.89.

MEI Pharma (NASDAQ:MEIP) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The company reported ($0.16) earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.26) by $0.10. MEI Pharma had a negative net margin of 354.10% and a negative return on equity of 42.23%. The business had revenue of $0.36 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.00 million. research analysts expect that MEI Pharma will post -0.95 EPS for the current year.

About MEI Pharma

MEI Pharma, Inc, an oncology company, focuses on the clinical development of drugs for the treatment of cancer. The company's clinical drug candidate includes Pracinostat, an orally available histone deacetylase inhibitor for the treatment of patients with acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome.

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In my very first MannKind article I offered for my SA readers, I made the following statement:

Wall Street gurus are always smarter than the retail investor that doesn’t do their homework.

I have mentioned several times that MannKind’s (NASDAQ:MNKD) management understands the reality and has done a remarkable job in keeping the company hooked up to a life support system that has allowed them to be one of the few (other than the short-sellers) to benefit from these four years of futility for the retail investors. In recent days, with the flurry of superfluous SEC filings and press releases this has only resulted in the stock falling to a near all-time low price. The time is neigh for this saga becoming history so we can close the books on this financial fiasco. It’s now clear who has done their homework on MannKind!

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Statoil ASA(STO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Should oil prices recover, we believe that deepwater drilling activity growth should lag growth in US shale activity, as project economics is generally better in US shales, and E&Ps involved in US shales are generally quicker to react. Deepwater activity is largely comprises a handful of companies (Petrobras (PBR), Statoil (STO), Total (TOT), Shell (RDS.A), BP (BP), ONGC, ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX)) and it is unlikely that these companies can meaningfully increase their rig demand in a short period of time to absorb the current oversupply. Thus, should oil prices rise in 2018, rig demand may increase, but likely not enough to tighten the market, given that supply equaling 43% of current working rig count is stacked and new supply equaling 25% of working rig count is under-construction and should be entering the market in the coming years. As a result, while we expect some improvement in rig utilization owing to rig retirements, it will unlikely be strong enough to meaningfully improve rates in 2018 above spot levels. Any demand increase in the interim could slow rig retirements materially, and be self-defeating. We thus are Sell rated on Transocean, Atwood and Noble.

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    Norway’s Statoil ASA (NYSE: STO) announced this morning that it has acquired stakes in two North Sea projects from France’s Total S.A. (NYSE: TOT). The transaction, valued at $1.45 billion, includes a 51% equity stake in the Martin Linge field and a 40% stake in the Garantiana discovery, both located on Norway’s continental shelf.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

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    From a fundamental perspective, LIVN currently offers investors with a potentially nice opportunity on both a short and long-term basis. With a $2.37B market cap, this pure mid-cap play currently trades at a forward P/E of just over 14 and a five year PEG of just 1.15. The Company is also projected to grow their bottom line from this year to next by as much as 14%

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Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUU) was started with a Neutral rating and a $2.30 price objective at Mizuho. The Wall Street estimate is$2.56. The 52-week range is $1.73 to $4.00, and the stock closed yesterday at $2.10.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    The gaming space has a reputation for beingdominated by male gamers and full of big-budget combat and action orientated games geared for men. However, thats not necessarily the case. Last December, Glu Mobile Inc (NASDAQ: GLUU)bought CrowdStarfor $45 million acquiring a game publisher that has had rare success with female gamers throughitsCovet Fashionwhile its last independently produced title, Design Home, has also proved to be another hit with women (about 90% ofDesign Homesplayers are female who are a little older than the Covet Fashion audience).

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Mobile gaming specialist Glu Mobile’s (NASDAQ:GLUU) net loss almost tripled in the first quarter despite a slight jump in revenue from the prior-year period. Its adjusted net loss of $0.15 per share was more than twice than Wall Street’s expectations of a $0.07-per-share loss.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    One under-$10 toy player that’s trending very close to triggering a major breakout trade is Jakks Pacific (JAKK), which is a producer and marketer of children’s toys and other consumer products. This stock has been destroyed by the bears so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 60%.

    If you take a look at the chart for Jakks Pacific, you’ll notice that this stock has been downtrending badly for the last two months and change, with shares plunging from its high of $11.75 to its recent low of $4.82 a share. During that downtrend, shares of JAKK have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of JAKK look like they might be ready to see an end to its downside volatility in the short-term if the recent lows can hold. I believe this due to the fact that JAKK has started to move sideways and trend within range of triggering a major breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in JAKK if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $5.08 to $5.27 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 695,817 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then JAKK will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $5.68 to its 50-day moving average at $6.07 a share. Any high-volume move above its 50-day will then put $7 to $8 into range for shares of JAKK.

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  • [By Peter Graham]

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  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Hasbro, Inc largely going in one direction while shares of peers likemid cap Mattel, Inc (NASDAQ: MAT)and small cap JAKKS Pacific, Inc (NASDAQ: JAKK) have gone in the other direction:

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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  • [By Todd Campbell]

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  • [By Rafi Farber]

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Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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    Mr. Market continues to follow through with strength that has been in place since the Trump victory. QQQs over Ss and Rs. QQQ is a Best Pick for 2017. Technology, the leader–(T)FANG strong (led by Tesla (TSLA) and Netflix (NFLX) ). Banks continue their strong move. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) (up $0.08) though junk bonds are slightly lower. Huge gains in the agricultural commodities complex: Wheat up $0.16, corn up $0.08, soybeans up $0.20 and oats $0.10. (Potash Corporation of Saskachewan POT and Monsanto MON are well bid on these moves, though ag equipment weak). New high in Campbell Soup (CPB) and DuPont (DD) . Another multipoint move higher in Allergan (AGN) (recent buy at $194 and Best Ideas List inclusion). Here’s my rationale. Apple (AAPL) is not rotten today.

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  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Originally published Nov. 17 at 3:41 p.m. EDT

    The consideration of the contrary has been a theme all week. And here in ” Don’t Run With the Crowd: Embrace the Contrary.”   Miami madness (of a real estate kind)   Mark Grant is scared by our currency’s strength.   Danielle on scenarios.   Boockvar to subscriber Bad Golfer!   JC Penney ( JCP) short puts–a 100% win. (Shorting options frequently ends differently!)   Just say no to closed-end muni-bond funds.   DRYS is all wet.   Could iPhone manufacturing be coming back home?   On inflation breakevens–a picture that speaks volumes.   The market moved higher from the “get go”–in large measure it seems to be a response to the better economic data this morning.   At 3 p.m. stocks were near the day’s highs.   I shorted The Cisco Kid last night. Sticking with this short rental. I added to my ProShares UltraShort S&P500 ETF ( SDS) long (growing ever larger). My net short exposure–is now between small and medium-sized at the close. The U.S. dollar, as discussed above, continued to rip higher against the euro. I am concerned. Mark Grant is concerned. The market is not concerned. The price of crude oil (down $0.20) settled lower after yesterday’s robust gains. Gold fell $9 as it continues to break down–closing in on $1,200. Ag commodities: wheat up $0.07, corn up $0.04, soybeans up $0.05 and oats up $0.02. Lumber up $7 following the big housing number this morning. Bonds schmeissed … iShares Barclays 2

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc.(USPH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, healthcare shares fell 0.73 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (NYSE: USPH), down 7 percent, and Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ: FLDM), down 7 percent.

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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.

Methode Electronics (MEI) Lowered to “Sell” at ValuEngine

ValuEngine cut shares of Methode Electronics (NYSE:MEI) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note published on Wednesday morning.

MEI has been the topic of several other research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered Methode Electronics from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Saturday, February 24th. Robert W. Baird reissued an outperform rating and set a $51.00 target price (up previously from $48.00) on shares of Methode Electronics in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, TheStreet lowered Methode Electronics from a b rating to a c+ rating in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $48.75.

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Shares of NYSE MEI traded up $0.70 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $40.25. 112,739 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 188,730. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.19, a quick ratio of 3.47 and a current ratio of 4.03. Methode Electronics has a twelve month low of $36.05 and a twelve month high of $48.44. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,457.42, a PE ratio of 15.78, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.82 and a beta of 0.86.

Methode Electronics (NYSE:MEI) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The electronics maker reported $0.87 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.66 by $0.21. Methode Electronics had a return on equity of 17.84% and a net margin of 4.95%. The business had revenue of $228.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $219.90 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.63 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 16.6% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Methode Electronics will post 2.8 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, April 27th. Stockholders of record on Friday, April 13th were given a dividend of $0.11 per share. This represents a $0.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.09%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, April 12th. Methode Electronics’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 17.25%.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Advisor Group Inc. increased its position in Methode Electronics by 73.0% during the fourth quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 3,965 shares of the electronics maker’s stock worth $159,000 after buying an additional 1,673 shares during the period. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC acquired a new position in Methode Electronics during the third quarter worth approximately $201,000. Jump Trading LLC acquired a new position in Methode Electronics during the fourth quarter worth approximately $247,000. Verity Asset Management Inc. acquired a new position in Methode Electronics during the fourth quarter worth approximately $268,000. Finally, Bowling Portfolio Management LLC acquired a new position in Methode Electronics during the fourth quarter worth approximately $359,000. 96.15% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Methode Electronics

Methode Electronics, Inc designs, manufactures, and markets component and subsystem devices worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Automotive, Interface, Power Products, and Other. The Automotive segment offers electronic and electro-mechanical devices, and related products to automobile original equipment manufacturers directly or through their tiered suppliers.

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Overall, first-quarter earnings have been pretty positive and many CEOs struck an optimistic tone discussing outlooks for the remainder of 2017. Two industrial bellwethers, General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) and Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON), just beat Wall Street analyst expectations on Friday and credit card companies American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) and Visa Inc (NYSE: V) also reported strong results—some are taking that as a sign that consumer confidence could be translating into consumer buying. Next up in Q1, Eli Lilly and Co (NYSE: LLY), Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT), and Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) report before market open on April 25.

Eli Lilly & Co. Earnings: New Arthritis Drug in Focus

LLY recently suffered a setback when approval for the company’s new arthritis drug, co-developed with Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ: INCY), faced delays from the FDA. LLY and INCY disagreed with the FDA’s findings in a company press release and are confident the drug will still be approved in the future. Despite the company’s confidence in the drug, LLY stock dropped about 5% in trading the day the news came out. Even with that drop, it’s still up a little over 11% on the year, outperforming the S&P 500 (SPX) and some of its pharma peers: Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ).

Top Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Terex Corporation(TEX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    RBC’sSeth Weber and team offer their thoughts on Zoomlion’s revised bid for Terex (TEX):

    Bloomberg News

    After the close today, Terex announced that it is moving forward in its negotiations with Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co. following receipt of a non-binding proposal from the Chinese company to acquire all outstanding shares for $31/share in cash.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, Terex (TEX) announced that it would sell its ports business to Konecranes for $1.3 billion. Today, Baird’s Mircea Dobre and Joseph Grabowski upgraded Terex to Outperform from Neutral, arguing that the sale makes a takeover by China’s Zoomlion that much easier. They explain:

    Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg News

    The sale of MHPS to Konecranes is a positive catalyst on multiple fronts: shareholders got an attractive multiple for what historically has been a challenged business with further upside possible given 25% equity ownership in Konecranes, execution risk is diminished as new CEO can focus on operational improvement without the effort required to integrate the Terex and Konecranes businesses, and finally, the MHPS sale makes it easier for Zoomlion to acquire remaining Terex.

    While our upgrade is not reliant on Zoomlion acquiring Terex, the MHPS transaction could make a firm Zoomlion offer more likely.

    At the margin, a Zoomlion deal appears easier to get done: 1) the remaining businesses fit better with Zoomlions existing product portfolio of construction equipment, cranes, and various commercial and municipal equipment, 2) given the attractive terms of the MHPS sale, the funding hurdle required to acquire Terex is lowered, 3) many of the CFIUS issues center around national security concerns regarding the nations ports, no longer a concern given MHPS sale.

    Dobre and Grabowski also raised their price target on Terex to $30, up from $24. With Terex off 0.1% at $24.88 today, that leaves 21% upside in the stock to Baird’s target.

    In February, I wrote about Chinese demand for U.S. companies, including Terex.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Terex (TEX) had surged 32% as of the close of trading last Thursday–but dropped 14% the next day after China’s Zoomlion announced that it wouldn’t be pursuing a purchase of the U.S. crane maker after all. In the aftermath of the scuttled deal, Morgan Stanley’s Mili Pothiwala and Nigel Coe cut Terex to Equal Weight from Overweight:

    Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg News

    On Friday morning, Zoomlion announced it had terminated its bid for its proposed acquisition of Terex for $31/ share. This was a clear negative for Terex shares, which traded down ~15% on Friday to $20, given the absence of an event-driven catalyst (following the sale of MHPS to Konecranes, which we assume will be completed). However, we think that the stock’s current discount to the Machinery group on a P/E basis (20%+) is justified, given a still challenged underlying operating environment for the RemainCo, as well as historically uneven company execution – both of which return to the forefront of the investment debate following the removal of the M&A bull case.

    To which all we can say is: Oops.

    Shares of Terex have dropped 0.5% to $20.78

     

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Third and a trigger for the change: China becomes an active bidder in the space. Chinas Zoomlion bid for Terex (TEX) ($3.3B) along with Haier/General Electric (GE) ($5.4B) and several ChemChina proposed deals in industrials changes the upside/downside skew, particularly on lower quality/more challenged names. The Terex bid does not appear to be one-off. Chinese outbound M&A announcements rose to record highs in 15; to $112B (up 57% from 2014) in total acquisitions. Industrials formed a large and rising portion, at ~12B completed. Thats roughly equal to the 3 prior years industrials deals combined, and is the highest on record. Energy and materials accounted for ~15% of 15 spend vs. ~83% in 2011. Even lower quality or more currently challenged machinery franchises have distribution which could be highly attractive to new entrants…

  • [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.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: CVR Energy Inc.(CVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    CVR Partners’ fertilizer plant is located in Coffeyville, Kansas, adjacent to the refinery owned by CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR). CVR Energy (NYSE: CVI), majority-owned by Carl Icahn via Icahn Enterprises (NYSE: IEP), is the general partner and owns most of the units for both CVR Partners and CVR Refining.

  • [By elliottwave]

    CVR Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CVI) is currently correcting the bullish 5 waves cycle from November 2016 low as a triple three structure reaching equal legs area $20.48 – $19.56 . The move can extend lower toward the 50-61.8 percent Fibonacci area ( $18.98 – $17.34 ) as a double three but will remain supported as the stock is still looking for a move higher toward at least $31 to finish 3 waves correcting 2014 cycle. If the stock fails to make new highs after bouncing from the current inflection area , then the pullback can extend lower against $12.03 low which should hold to allow CVI to the resume higher later on

Top Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Alimera Sciences, Inc.(ALIM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, the healthcare sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Alimera Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: ALIM) and Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ANTH).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Alimera Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: ALIM) shares shot up 59 percent to $1.69 after the company reported preliminary Q2 revenue. Alimera Sciences announced preliminary revenue of $9.3 million to $9.5 million.

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Amazon.com Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc are battling for the title of “low price leader” by lowering prices.
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Despite the strong salesduring the Black Friday weekend, it has been a turbulent year for the U.S retail industry this year, thanks to eCommerce giant Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN). Retail chains like Macy’s (NYSE:M) have closed down hundreds of stores in a battle to survive. Bespoke Investment group has even constructed a “Death By Amazon” Indexwhich includes 62 brick-and-mortar retailers whose businesses have been hurt by Amazon and internet shopping. This index has declined by around 15% this year alone. However, not all the company’s included in this index have fared badly. One of the exceptions isBentonville, Arkansas based retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) which has delivered a strong performance this year.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: DarioHealth Corp. (DRIO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long small cap digital health (mHealth) stock DarioHealth Corp (NASDAQ: DRIO):

    The entry here is rooted in the rebound’s “second wind,” which materialized today. You can see the late-Janaury/early-February rally was nice, but went too far, too fast. Sure enough, the profit-takers dug in. There weren’t a ton of profit-takers though – there was just a distinct lack of buyers. The next wave of buyers are diving in today, seeing last week’s support at the 20-day moving average line. We know there are more buyers than sellers here because today’s sizeable gain is unfurling on huge volume.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: Fossil Inc.(FOSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fossil Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) dropped about 5.4% Thursday, to post a new 52-week low of $22.78 after closing at $24.07 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $51.93. Volume was about 3 times the daily average of around 1.1 million shares. The company had no specific news, but the troubles at Fitbit may be spilling over.

  • [By Shah Gilani]

    That’s amazingly close to the definition I’d give the once-trendy watch and accessories purveyor turned dinosaur crap retailer, Fossil Group Inc.(Nasdaq: FOSL).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Fossil is in deep trouble: As mentioned earlier in the week, Fossil (FOSL) came out with more big plans for the smartwatch market at Basel World. Unfortunately, as TheStreet reported, the company is fighting an uphill battle with Apple and could be in big trouble. 

Hot Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: Iteris, Inc.(ITI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gainers

    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NYSE: PXS) rose 47.48 percent to $$5.56, after the company announced it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with a group of investors, which will result in gross proceeds of $4.8 million.
    Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) rose 22.77 percent to $6.88. Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) announced plans to buy Sigma Designs for $7.05 per share in cash.
    Steadymed Ltd (NASDAQ: STDY) rose 19.35 percent to $3.70, after the company reported that no clinical trials were required for Trevyent and that the FDA had agreed to the pathway for the drug candidate's NDA resubmission.
    Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) rose 15.73 percent to $7.06. Earlier in the week, Zacks Investment Research had upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold".
    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) rose 13.71 percent to $85.77 as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) rose 12.41 percent to $6.07, after having risen sharply in pre-marketing trading.
    Radius Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS) rose 12.41 percent to $30.81 after the company provided an update on data from the Phase 1 005 clinical study of elacestrant in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer during the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
    ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 12.32 percent to $25.80 after the company reported its third quarter financial results.
    Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) rose 11.36 percent to $3.43, as the company announced a research collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to study the ability of movement disorders compound, PBT434 to slow or prevent neurodegeneration of the gastrointestinal system.
    Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBIO) rose 10.49 percent to $7.90 as the company announced the appointment of Arwa Shurrab and Jamie Ellen Siegel in its clinical hemophilia

Hot Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: Addus HomeCare Corporation(ADUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares rose 47.1 percent to $3.22 in pre-market trading after jumping 54.23 percent on Wednesday.
    Digital Power Corporation (NYSE: DPW) rose 27.6 percent to $0.800 in pre-market trading after gaining 9.79 percent on Wednesday.
    Social Reality Inc (NASDAQ: SRAX) shares rose 23.1 percent to $7.16 in the pre-market trading session after surging 37.59 percent on Wednesday.
    China Auto Logistics Inc (NASDAQ: CALA) rose 16.9 percent to $4.15 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.11 percent on Wednesday.
    Riot Blockchain Inc (NASDAQ: RIOT) rose 15.1 percent to $18.40 in pre-market trading after climbing 42.01 percent on Wednesday.
    Seven Stars Cloud Group Inc (NASDAQ: SSC) rose 14.5 percent to $2.85 in the pre-market trading session after gaining 0.40 percent on Wednesday.
    Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) shares rose 14.3 percent to $2.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.88 percent on Wednesday.
    Corecivic Inc (NYSE: CXW) rose 10.2 percent to $25.56 in pre-market trading after climbing 0.65 percent on Wednesday.
    LM Funding America, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMFA) rose 9.6 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after surging 34.98 percent on Wednesday.
    U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ: GROW) rose 7.2 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after dropping 8.06 percent on Wednesday.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) rose 6.8 percent to $25.61 in pre-market trading after climbing 11.74 percent on Wednesday.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5.9 percent to $13.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 21.34 percent on Wednesday.
    Addus Homecare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS) rose 5.5 percent to $35.60 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.69 percent on Wednesday.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) rose 5.2 percent to $0.528 in pre-market trading after falling 10.36 percent on Wednesday.
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: TEVA) rose 4.7 percent to $14.11 in pre-market trading. Teva Pharma

Hot Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc.(STAF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    It’s almost time for the annual Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF) shareholder pow-wow. That is to say, the company’s annual shareholder meeting is scheduled for January 26th of the coming year, in New York City. Though nothing too dramatic is on the voting docket, a handful of items will be decided on by STAF owners.

    Staffing 360 Solutions is a fast-growing staffing firm. Its focal point is IT staffing. This small company is smartly and cost-effectively acquiring its way into a size and scale by converting a fragmented and less-effective and less profitable group of similar staffing agencies into a cohesive, more profitable singular unit.

    It’s paying off too – the proof has been in the rising revenue tally over the course of the past couple of years… a rise that’s been outpaced by the broad improvement of EBITDA and income (which is the point of a scale-up).

    The specific numbers: . All told, Staffing 360 Solutions generated $47.8 million worth of revenue last quarter, turned $8.5 million of it into a gross profit, and turned $1.8 million of that into an EBITDA profit. Those were, respectively, improvements of 33%, 34%, and 184% compared to the same quarter a year earlier. Net income improved too. The net loss of $1.3 million was 27% smaller than the net loss of $1.7 million booked in Q1 of fiscal 2016. Profitability – real profitability – is within reach. STAF simply has to stay on the trajectory it’s on. A couple more acquisitions and a little more organic growth could do the trick.

    Late next month, shareholders will have a chance to voice their thoughts on where the company should be going… metaphorically and literally. One of the matter being put to a vote is a change of domicile, from Nevada to Delaware; Delaware generally offers a more business-friendly set of operating and tax rules. Another more important matter to be voted on at the meeting is the authorization of more STAF shares, which have been used in lie

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    Look out ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE:MAN). And Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI)? You may want to look over your shoulder as well. A young-and-hungry staffing solutions competitor named Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF) is coming on strong, and just proved it again today. Some of its preliminary fiscal Q2 numbers were reported today, and they extend what’s become a long-term growth streak.

    The definition of a roll-up isn’t a hard and fast one, though even the broad brush strokes paint a pretty clear picture. Investopedia defines a roll-up (also known as a “roll up” or a “rollup”) a merger that occurs when investors (often private equity firms) buy up companies in the same market and merge them together. Roll-ups combine multiple small companies into something bigger and better to be able to enjoy economies of scale. Private equity firms use roll-ups to rationalize competition in crowded and/or fragmented markets and to combine companies with complementary capabilities into a full-service business.

    It’s also the kind of strategy Staffing 360 Solutions is executing, with great success. For the fiscal quarter ending in November, Staffing 360 Solutions has pre-reported revenue of $47 million, and a gross profit of $8.1 million. Those figures are up 14% and 8%, respectively, year-over-year.

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF) is on a roll. Just a couple of days after it pre-announced some impressive preliminary results for the most recently-completed quarter, the IT staffing agency told STAF shareholders today that $2.7 million worth of debt had essentially been refinanced. Now, no interest payments are due until October of this year, and no principal is due until October of next year. That may well be enough time for Staffing 360 Solutions to acquire more companies, beef up the top and bottom line, and pay the whole amount off before another refinancing or conversion to shares.

    Staffing 360 Solutions’ story is a compelling one. Seeing the growing need for information technology workers in an increasingly digital and increasingly networked world — and a severe lack of those qualified workers — three years ago the company began to capitalize on the supply/demand imbalance. Its mission was to aggregate, or “roll up” several smaller IT staffing companies into one big one, create some synergies and thus widen margins, and develop enough muscle to become THE dominant name in the niche.

    It’s working too. On Tuesday of this week, the company pre-announced its fiscal first quarter (ending in November) sales and gross profits. Revenue of $47 million and a gross profit of $8.1 million were up 14% and 8%, respectively, year-over-year, extending a long-term growth trend.

    What we haven’t heard yet — and won’t until the official Q1 filing is submitted later this month — is the company’s net income and EBITDA figures for the quarter. But, those numbers are improving too. EBITDA has been positive in each of the five prior quarters, and is expected to continue growing through last quarter. Net income is within sight of turning positive too. And, with its debt-interest payments now going away for at least nine months, net income will move towards turning positive at an even faster rate… through lower expenses, as well as greater fin

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    The staffing industry – and the IT staffing industry in particular – is poised for tremendous growth in the foreseeable future, and that rising tide bodes very well for Staffing 360 Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:STAF).

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    Staffing agencies like Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI) and ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE:MAN) may want to look over their shoulder. Though both are bigger and more established, their size and the waning need for physical, human workers in an increasingly-digital and roboticized world ultimately works against both organizations. That paradigm shift doesn’t matter much to a young, up-coming-staffing agency called Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF) though. Indeed, the trend of computer-based everything leaves Staffing 360 Solutions in the proverbial cat-bird’s seat. Its fiscal Q2 numbers verify the company is in the right place at the right time.

    Those numbers? Revenue of $47.1 million was up 14%, and gross profits of $8.1 million were higher by 8.4% on a year-over-year basis. Moreover, the net loss of $1.5 million was a marked improvement on the year-ago loss of $3.5 million, and the EBITDA of $1.4 million was about the same. Operating expenses fell from 22% of revenue a year earlier to only 17% last quarter, with more such progress on the way.

    Perhaps most important, Staffing 360 Solutions saw organic growth of 7%, meaning the top line bumped up by that much not because of acquisitions, but because it’s existing divisions expanded their client base and billings by 7%.

    And last quarter’s progress has been the norm for several quarters now.

    While STAF is proving outpacing the growth from bigger names like ManpowerGroup and Robert Half International, it can’t come as a complete surprise. Staffing 360 Solutions is focused on the IT sliver of the staffing industry, connecting companies with the technology-skilled programmers, cybersecurity specialists, and computer networking personnel modern organizations increasingly need.

    There are several data nuggets that point in the same direction, but perhaps none as telling as a recent conclusion from technology research outfit IDC speaks volumes. IDC believes that by the

Blockchain Adoption Abysmally Low: Gartner

More than a third of chief information officers (CIOs) have no interest in deploying any sort of blockchain solution in their organizations. A measly 1% already have invested and deployed a blockchain project and a not-very-impressive 8% are either actively experimenting with or planning soon to deploy a blockchain project.

Adding the 43% of CIOs who say that blockchain is on their radar but that have no current plans to take action to the 34% who have no interest in blockchain brings the total to more than 75% who essentially couldn’t care less about blockchain.

The survey was conducted by Gartner for its 2018 CIO Survey and elicited responses from 3,160 CIOs in 98 countries, representing approximately $13 trillion in revenue/public sector budgets and $277 billion in IT spending.

Gartner Fellow andvice-president, David Furlonger, said:

This year’s Gartner CIO Survey provides factual evidence about the massively hyped state of blockchain adoption and deployment. It is critical to understand what blockchain is and what it is capable of today, compared to how it will transform companies, industries and society tomorrow.

Among the 293 (9%) firms in the short-term planning stage or that already have adopted a blockchain solution, 23% of CIOs say the technology requires the most new skills to implement of any technology area and 18% said that blockchain skills are the most difficult to find.

Furlonger cited possible reasons for the talent shortage:

The challenge for CIOs is not just finding and retaining qualified engineers, but finding enough to accommodate growth in resources as blockchain developments grow. Qualified engineers may be cautious due to the historically libertarian and maverick nature of the blockchain developer community.

Blockchain technology [also] requires understanding of, at a fundamental level, aspects of security, law, value exchange, decentralized governance, process and commercial architectures. It therefore implies that traditional lines of business and organization silos can no longer operate under their historical structures.

For additional information and details visit the Gartner website.

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3 Stocks That Have Doubled and Still Have Room to Grow

A strict adherence to the Newtonian wisdom that “what goes up must come down” might save you from some stock-related heartache, but it would also cause you to miss out on some of the best investment opportunities in the market. Taking a quick look at the massive gains posted by companies like Amazon and Netflix over the last decade should help to illustrate that point.

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Companies that are winning tend to be winning for a reason, and oftentimes they’re positioned to leverage their successes to create even greater growth down the line.

We asked three Motley Fool investors to profile a company that has what it takes to keep winning.Read on to see why they think that SolarEdge Technologies (NASDAQ:SEDG), Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), and Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO) still have room to grow.

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This stock tripled in one year — and is ready for more

Rich Smith (SolarEdge): It’s been a good five months since I last picked SolarEdge as a stock that has doubled and still has room to grow. And it has grown.

From a share price of about $38 when I picked it in November, SolarEdge has tacked on another 38% worth of growth, rising to a recent price of $53 a share. But that naturally raises the question: Now that SolarEdge has grown so much (it’s more than tripled over the last year), does it still have room to grow more?

I think so. Priced at 29 times earnings today, SolarEdge looks significantly cheaper when valued on the earnings that really matter: its cash profits. SolarEdge generated $115 million in positive free cash flow over the last 12 months, 37% more than its $84 million in GAAP earnings would imply. Valued on that free cash flow, the company is selling for only 18 times cash profits, versus analysts’ long-term anticipated profits growth rate of 22%.

That’s a big discount to intrinsic value if SolarEdge can grow as analysts expect it to. So why might it? In a write-up in February, researchers at Vertical Group noted that SolarEdge’s competition in the market for solar inverters is “nowhere in sight.” Lacking competition, Vertical Group argued SolarEdge can essentially “dictate” the prices it charges for its products all the way “through 2018,” a prediction we’re seeing reflected in the company’s soaring profits.

I see a bright future for this solar power play still.

An incredible comeback

Tim Green (Best Buy): Shares of consumer electronics retailer Best Buy have doubled over the past three years. Going back further, the gains are even more impressive. Since the beginning of 2013, Best Buy stock has shot up more than 500%.

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What happened? A well-executed turnaround focused on slashing unnecessary costs, lowering prices, growing the online business, and investing in the customer-facing workforce. Recent news that Best Buy had struck a partnership with Amazon to be the exclusive seller of smart TVs running Amazon’s Fire TV OS is all the proof you need that the company’s brick-and-mortar stores are valuable assets, not crippling liabilities, in the age of e-commerce.

Best Buy stock may not double again anytime soon, but it could keep moving higher. The company’s fourth-quarter results were nothing short of spectacular, with comparable sales rising 9% and adjusted EPS jumping 25%. Best Buy sees adjusted earnings per share rising as high as $5.75 by fiscal 2021, putting the P/E ratio based on that number at 12.7. Back out the net cash on the balance sheet, and that ratio falls to just 11.6.

Best Buy has figured out how to thrive despite the ongoing disruption in the retail industry. Even after the massive gains since the start of 2013, the stock still isn’t all that expensive. Don’t expect an encore performance (most of the gains are probably in the past). But Best Buy stock can keep grinding higher as long as the company’s strategy keeps working.

A game company with serious potential

Keith Noonan(Take-Two Interactive):Thanks largely to the historic success of its video gameGrand Theft Auto V (GTA V), Take-Two Interactive’s stock has climbed roughly 100% since 2017 and more than 500% since 2013. As impressive as those returns have been, I think the company is in position to continue delighting shareholders and gamers alike.

Despite the fact that the first version of Grand Theft Auto Vwas released in 2013, last year was actually the game’s best sales year. That’s an unprecedented feat, and it looks likeGTA V still has plenty of gas in the tank. Take-Two recently released a new, premium version of the title that comes with the digital currency used in the game’s online mode, and the package stands to be a significant sales hit. There’s also the possibility that GTA Vwill be released on Nintendo’s Switch console — a development that could add more than 10 million unit sales to the game’s already incredible run and be hugely profitable.

Take-Two also appears to be strengthening the rest of its franchise slate. NBA 2K18 is on track to be the company’s most successful sports game ever,Red Dead Redemption 2is likely to be a big hit when it releases later this year, and reports suggest that new entries in the Borderlands and Bioshock series are in advanced stages of development. Outside of the traditional PC and console gaming space, Take-Two is also making a bigger push in mobile and exploring new opportunities in esports and virtual reality.

With the company’s product lineup looking better than ever, an expanding global market for video games, and emerging growth avenues that have a lot of untapped potential, I think Take-Two is a stock that still has room to run.

Top High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018

The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) is not only a Dividend Aristocrat, it’s a Dividend King as well.

The Dividend Aristocrats are a select group of 51 companies in the S&P 500 Index, with 25+ consecutive years of dividend increases. The Dividend Kings have increased their dividends for 50+ consecutive years.

KO stock has a dividend yield of 3.3%, which is well above the S&P 500 average yield of 2%. And, Coca-Cola is likely to continue raising its dividend each year.

But this is a difficult time for Coca-Cola and KO stock holders. Consumer preferences are changing, and soda consumption is declining in the U.S.

Because Coca-Cola’s earnings growth has slowed, the stock does not appear to be undervalued. However, it remains a high-quality business with strong brands, and an attractive dividend yield.

KO Stock and Business Overview

Coca-Cola was founded in 1892. Today, it is the world’s largest beverage company. It owns or licenses more than 500 non-alcoholic beverages, including both sparkling and still beverages.

Top High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Oasis Petroleum Inc.(OAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) rose a whopping 27.8% to $14.98, and the 33.2 million shares was about 2.5 times normal volume. Oasis Petroleum has a 52-week trading range of $3.40 to $15.02 and a consensus analyst price target of $14.54. The company has a total market cap of $3.5 billion.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) is rated a Buy and the price target was lifted to $24. For 2017, the net loss estimate improved from a prior $0.27 per share to $0.23 per share. The 2018 EPS estimate rose from $0.62 to $0.64. Shares closed at $14.13 on Friday. The 52-week range is $5.93 to $14.35, and the consensus 12-month target is $17.87.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jon Najarian spoke on CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” about unusually high options activity in Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS).

    Traders bought around 10,000 contracts of the June 10 calls in the first half of the trading session on Thursday. The trade is unusual because the average options volume in the name is a few hundred contracts. Najarian bought the calls and is planning to hold them for two weeks.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) shares slid on Tuesday after the company announced that it would be buying into the Delaware Basin. Analysts seemed to applaud this move, despite investors sending shares into the fire. Jefferies raised its price target to $14 from $13, and Morgan Stanley raised its target to $11 from $9. RBC has an Outperform rating and raised its target to $14 from $13, while SunTrust Robinson Humphrey downgraded it to Hold from Buy. Shares were down about 14% at $8.67, in a 52-week range of $6.69 to $16.73.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    The curtain could come down any day on MoviePass’ bumpy run as an independent company: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    Chicago Fed national activity index +0.10 vs +0.27 expected
    The Composite Purchasing Managers' Index for April will be released at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    Existing home sales report for March is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    Deutsche Bank upgraded Michael Kors (NYSE: KORS) from Hold to Buy
    RBC downgraded Paylocity (NASDAQ: PCTY) from Outperform to Sector Perform
    Suntrust downgraded Oasis Petroleum (NYSE: OAS) from Hold to Sell

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKRX) fell 32.7 percent to $13.25 in pre-market trading after Fresenius terminated its merger deal with Akorn.
    Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE: CBI) fell 15.7 percent to $12.30 in pre-market trading. Subsea 7 confirmed a $7.00 per share proposal to acquire Mcdermott, pending termination of merger agreement with CB&I.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) fell 9 percent to $3.65 in pre-market trading after rising 11.39 percent on Friday.
    Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) fell 8 percent to $88.36 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter on Monday.
    SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) fell 7.1 percent to $9.00 in pre-market trading.
    Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE: EXK) shares fell 5.9 percent to $2.88 in pre-market trading after declining 3.16 percent on Friday.
    Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) shares fell 5.5 percent to $12.25 in pre-market trading.
    Valeritas Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: VLRX) shares fell 5.1 percent to $2.96 in pre-market trading after rising 76.27 percent on Friday.
    GlobalSCAPE, Inc. (NYSE: GSB) fell 5.1 percent to $3.57 in pre-market trading.
    Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (NYSE: FMS) shares fell 4.1 percent to $49.93 in pre-market trading.
    Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) fell 4.1 percent to $9.75 in pre-market trading. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey downgraded Oasis Petroleum from Hold to Sell

Top High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Teucrium Corn Fund (CORN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Investing in commodity-based ETFs (exchange-traded funds) or ETNs (exchange-traded notes) is a great way to gain exposure to a specific commodity, like corn (NYSE Arca: CORN), livestock (NYSE Arca: COW), or grains (NYSE Arca: GRU).

Top High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: EV Energy Partners, L.P.(EVEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    Before we show you our pick, here are the top 10 penny stocks to watch this week

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Nov. 27-Dec. 1 Gain (as of Dec. 1)
    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (Nasdaq: PXS) $4.10 122.83%
    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: OHRP) $1.28 68.42%
    Cerecor Inc. (Nasdaq: CERC) $1.74 47.46%
    Proteostasis Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: PTI) $2.52 37.71%
    UT Starcom Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: UTSI) $5.20 37.20%
    WMIH Corp. (Nasdaq: WMIH) $0.96 33.46%
    PhaseRx Inc. (Nasdaq: PZRX) $0.90 30.29%
    Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH) $2.04 29.94%
    EV Energy Partners LP (Nasdaq: EVEP) $0.86 27.76%
    Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CPRX) $4.40 25.71%

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  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    But before we show you our pick, here are the top 10 penny stocks to watch this week…

    Penny Stocks Current Share Price (as of Jan. 5) Jan. 2-5 Gain (as of Jan. 5)
    My Size Inc. (Nasdaq: MYSZ) $1.66 152.28%
    Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: CYTX) $0.47 89.52%
    DelMar Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: DMPI) $1.675 58.02%
    CAS Medical Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CASM) $1.09 55.71%
    China HGS Real Estate Inc. (Nasdaq: HGSH) $1.83 47.58%
    Aethlon Medical Inc. (Nasdaq: AEMD) $1.56 43.12%
    Midatech Pharma Plc. (Nasdaq: MTP) $1.23 43.01%
    Comstock Holding Cos. Inc. (Nasdaq: CHCI) $1.87 36.5%
    Cenveo Inc. (Nasdaq: CVO) $1.20 31.82%
    EV Energy Partners LP (Nasdaq: EVEP) $0.6844 31.62%

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Top High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Lam Research Corporation(LRCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Lam Research Corp. (NASDAQ: LRCX) which rose 5% to $208.03. The stocks 52-week range is $116.94 to $219.70. Volume was 6.4 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.4 million.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX) had its price objective raised by research analysts at Deutsche Bank to $260.00 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the semiconductor company’s stock. Deutsche Bank’s target price would indicate a potential upside of 36.56% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

    ACM Research Shares Could Fall When IPO Lockup Expires (seekingalpha.com) Applied Materials and Lam Research Fell on April 19 (finance.yahoo.com) The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: IBM, McDonald's, Gilead, Phillips 66 and Lam Research (finance.yahoo.com) FY2019 Earnings Estimate for Lam Research Issued By KeyCorp (LRCX) (americanbankingnews.com) Q4 2018 Earnings Forecast for Lam Research (LRCX) Issued By B. Riley (americanbankingnews.com)

    Shares of LRCX stock traded up $1.52 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $191.91. 4,980,703 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,910,779. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26, a quick ratio of 2.09 and a current ratio of 2.64. The stock has a market capitalization of $33,204.83, a PE ratio of 19.23, a PEG ratio of 0.67 and a beta of 1.41. Lam Research has a 52 week low of $137.55 and a 52 week high of $234.88.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was a mixed day for the stock market, as the Dow Jones Industrials dropped by triple digits but other major benchmarks fared much better. Crude oil prices fell nearly $2 per barrel to $50.50, and that hurt energy companies, along with a poor earnings report from technology giant IBM. Yet the broader market held up better, and the Nasdaq Composite actually gained ground. In particular, some good news from a few individual companies helped hold the markets up, and CalAmp (NASDAQ:CAMP), Lithia Motors (NYSE:LAD), and Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Zacks]

    In the video that accompanies this article, I show charts of the NDX and the Philly Semiconductor Index (SOX) to point out their bullish structure with higher highs and higher lows. Even trade war fears couldn't put a lasting dent in semis like NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) and Lam Research (NASDAQ: LRCX) in March.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lam Research (LRCX) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after beating earnings forecasts and raising its fourth-quarter guidance.

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    Lam Researchgained 6.9% to $136.17 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,338.17.

    Credit Suisse analysts Farhan Ahmad and John Pitzer and argues that Lam Research’s “new trough is higher than [its] old peak.” They explain:

    We expect that bears will continue to argue that CY17 is a “Peak” year; however we think that investors are missing that it now costs >2x more to get incremental bit growth than three years ago. It is noteworthy that despite ~$17bn of memory WFE in 2016 both NAND and DRAM markets went from oversupply to undersupply – implying that new trough for memory investments is even higher than old peak (2010 memory peak had WFE of $12.6bn). We view Semi Growth, rising capital intensity, and growing China CapEx as secular multiyear themes, which could continue to provide growth in coming years. In addition, in case of tax reform there could be potential to return >$50 per share to shareholders by 2020…Increase TP to $160 (from $143), based on 12x of CY18 EPS plus net cash adj for taxes.

    Lam Research’s market capitalization rose to $22.2 billion today from $20.8 billion yesterday.

Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID Has $22.73 Million Stake in Snap-on (SNA)

Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID reduced its stake in Snap-on (NYSE:SNA) by 0.3% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 154,025 shares of the company’s stock after selling 440 shares during the quarter. Snap-on makes up approximately 2.3% of Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID’s holdings, making the stock its 14th biggest holding. Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID’s holdings in Snap-on were worth $22,725,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Bessemer Group Inc. grew its stake in shares of Snap-on by 7.9% in the 4th quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 933,862 shares of the company’s stock valued at $162,774,000 after purchasing an additional 68,432 shares during the period. Vaughan Nelson Investment Management L.P. grew its stake in shares of Snap-on by 14.1% in the 4th quarter. Vaughan Nelson Investment Management L.P. now owns 792,225 shares of the company’s stock valued at $138,086,000 after purchasing an additional 97,613 shares during the period. Ariel Investments LLC grew its stake in shares of Snap-on by 1.7% in the 4th quarter. Ariel Investments LLC now owns 776,792 shares of the company’s stock valued at $135,395,000 after purchasing an additional 12,758 shares during the period. Cooke & Bieler LP grew its stake in shares of Snap-on by 3.7% in the 4th quarter. Cooke & Bieler LP now owns 737,719 shares of the company’s stock valued at $128,585,000 after purchasing an additional 26,338 shares during the period. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC grew its stake in shares of Snap-on by 1.9% in the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 721,090 shares of the company’s stock valued at $125,460,000 after purchasing an additional 13,375 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 99.40% of the company’s stock.

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In other Snap-on news, SVP Anup R. Banerjee sold 2,091 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $160.11, for a total transaction of $334,790.01. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, SVP Thomas J. Ward sold 5,743 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $159.93, for a total value of $918,477.99. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 51,840 shares in the company, valued at approximately $8,290,771.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 104,995 shares of company stock worth $16,839,572 over the last three months. 4.00% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Shares of SNA opened at $143.13 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $8,217.06, a PE ratio of 14.14, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.21 and a beta of 1.16. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a quick ratio of 1.57 and a current ratio of 2.28. Snap-on has a one year low of $140.83 and a one year high of $185.47.

Snap-on (NYSE:SNA) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 19th. The company reported $2.79 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $2.73 by $0.06. The business had revenue of $935.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $926.52 million. Snap-on had a return on equity of 20.63% and a net margin of 15.50%. Snap-on’s revenue was up 5.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $2.39 EPS. sell-side analysts expect that Snap-on will post 11.64 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 8th. Stockholders of record on Monday, May 21st will be issued a $0.82 dividend. This represents a $3.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.29%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, May 18th. Snap-on’s payout ratio is currently 32.41%.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on SNA shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Snap-on from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, January 12th. B. Riley reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $205.00 price objective on shares of Snap-on in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $220.00 price objective (up from $184.00) on shares of Snap-on in a research note on Monday, January 29th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Barrington Research reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Snap-on in a research note on Thursday, March 8th. Finally, Northcoast Research set a $178.00 target price on Snap-on and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 23rd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $189.13.

Snap-on Profile

Snap-on Incorporated manufactures and markets tools, equipment, diagnostics, and repair information and systems solutions for professional users worldwide. The company operates through Commercial & Industrial Group, Snap-on Tools Group, Repair Systems & Information Group, and Financial Services segments.

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Offshore Energy Investment Needs Trillions to Meet Future Demand: IEA

The International Energy Agency (IEA) released Friday morning its latest Offshore Energy Outlook, outlining the agency’s current estimates of offshore energy production of oil, natural gas and wind power.

Offshore oil production has been steady at around 26 million to 27 million barrels a day over the past 10 years, while natural gas production has increased by 30% to more than a trillion cubic meters a day in the same period. That means the offshore oil’s share of a growing market for oil has fallen.

Partly that’s due to a lack of investment in expensive offshore projects following the collapse of crude oil prices in 2014, and partly it’s due to the rapid increase of onshore production, particularly in U.S. shale plays.

The IEA has estimated energy production in two scenarios. One, the New Policies Scenario, incorporates existing energy policies with the implementation of announced policy intentions. The other, the Sustainable Development Scenario, offers an integrated approach to achieving international climate change goals, air quality standards and universal access to “modern energy.”

In 2016, offshore oil production totaled 26.4 million barrels a day and gas production totaled 17.5 million barrels of oil equivalent a day. Under the New Policies scenario, oil production rises to 27.4 million barrels while natural gas production rises to 29.6 million barrels in 2040. In the Sustainable Development scenario, oil production drops to 18.7 million barrels and natural gas production rises to 23.5 million barrels in the same time period.

The big gainer is offshore wind, which generated about 45 terawatt-hours (TWh) in 2016. Under the New Policies scenario that rises to 583 TWh in 2040, and under the Sustainable Development scenario wind power generation reaches 1,217 TWh. Other technologies, such as wave-power generation, add 53 TWh under the New Policies scenario and 85 TWh under the Sustainable Development plan.

The total capital investment needed to reach the New Policies estimate is $5.9 trillion, while the Sustainable Development scenario requires capex of $4.6 trillion. In the former, investment in developing new sources of oil account for more than half of the spending, while in the later the split is roughly one-third each for oil, natural gas and electricity by 2040.

The IEA notes that offshore oil projects in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico that once required a crude oil price of $60 to $80 a barrel to break even now require a price of only $25 to $40 a barrel.

The Offshore Energy summary is available at the IEA website, along with a link to the full report.

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