Price of Silver Is Poised to Rally Thanks to These 3 Indicators

Peter KrauthPeter Krauth

With the U.S. Federal Reserve’s rate hike now behind us, the price of silver could well be embarking on a fresh rally.

In fact, the precious metal is starting to act well in the face of both market weakness and market strength.

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Plus, silver stocks are also starting to look like they may be outpacing the gains in silver itself, further suggesting a new run higher for the precious metal.

Meanwhile geopolitics, stock markets, and central planners are helping to provide a floor for silver prices as uncertainties rise, stocks become volatile, and budget deficits explode.

There are three technical indicators I’m watching right now that suggest higher silver may not be far off. Before we get to the indicators, here’s how the price of silver is trending now…

How the Price of Silver Is Trending This Week

Leading into the FOMC meeting, silver opened on Tuesday, March 20, under pressure, as the dollar saw strong buying. The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) ran up from 89.80 and climbed through the day to reach 90.43 by 5:00 p.m. That caused silver to open weak at $16.24, then sold down to a mid-morning low of $16.13 before recovering to close at $16.17.

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On Wednesday, silver opened up over the previous close, at $16.21. And as if in anticipation of the rate hike confirmation, the grey metal quickly jumped to $16.45 by noon, then jumped further in the wake of Powell’s post-hike remarks. That took the DXY back down to 89.65, helping silver to climb further to a 4:00 p.m. peak at $16.59 before settling back to $16.55 at the close. Meanwhile, the Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSE: SIL) had jumped an impressive 3.64% on the day.

But Thursday was rough on stocks, as U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to slap $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports over its unfair trade practices involving intellectual property with American companies. The S&P 500 fell 2.5%, and the Dow lost 724 points, or 2.93% on strong selling action. For its part, silver gave back only 1.2%, ending at $16.34, as the DXY gained slightly.

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Then, on Friday, as the Dow took another shot to the gut, silver popped. In fact, silver started higher late Thursday as the dollar faced renewed selling. By Friday’s open, silver reached $16.49 and climbed slightly from there, as the DXY weakened gradually. At 5:00 p.m. silver was slightly higher, at $16.53, while the Dow had lost another 1.8%.

But on Monday, March 26, stocks turned higher again on reports that the United States and China were open to renegotiating tariffs and imbalances in trade. Still, the DXY weakened from 89.50 down to 89 before a slight recovery. And silver headed up once again, opening at $16.57, then peaking at $16.75, before settling back to a strong finish at $16.58.

And that was just the start for silver’s momentum as I see it. In fact, I’ve found three separate technical indicators that all indicate the price of silver is poised to continue rallying from here…

3 Reasons I’m Bullish on the Price of Silver Now

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Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now

At the end of January this year, I wrote an article on Seeking Alpha wherein I talked about Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) and the fact that it seemed to offer, at that time, a very interesting risk/reward payoff. Out of curiosity, I decided to look back and see if the business still makes sense for investors to consider, or if it would be best to move away from the company moving forward.

A brief update

In my last piece on Rite Aid, I pointed out that the management team of it and the management team of Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) concluded that the premium being paid by the latter in acquiring the former was too rich. Shares of Rite Aid plummeted in response to this shift, which took shares from a buyout price of $9 apiece to between $6.50 and $7 per share. If management sold 1,200 stores or more, investors would receive the smaller sum but if Rite Aid ended up divesting of 1,000 or fewer, the price would be higher at $7.

No matter how you stack this, it’s a pretty big shift for investors to digest but, in some ways, it’s better than the deal falling through entirely. What’s more is that, immediately after the news broke, shares of the drugstore chain declined to a price of $5.74 apiece. This meant that, at the time and if you assume the transaction will go through accordingly, investors should get a pre-tax return (those who bought in at that price) of between 13.2% and 22%.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Mastercard Incorporated(MA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    This toll operator business model allows Visa to boast some of the thickest profit margins of any business. Its operating margin currently stands at 67%, besting its biggest competitor, MasterCard (NYSE: MA), whose profit margins sit at 54%. Based on our latest research, that’s more profitable than 98% of all companies in the S&P 500.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Ethereum has plenty of real-world catalysts driving it already:

    It’s become the foundation of the booming ICO phenomenon, through which cryptocurrency-based startups have raised millions of dollars in a matter of minutes. Most new tokens are either based on Ethereum and/or require users to buy the cryptocurrency with Ethereum. It’s Turing complete, which means the Ethereum network can function as a giant, global computer. That’s what makes Ethereum an ideal platform for applications like smart contracts. And it’s enabled the creation of a new kind of app, “Dapps,” or distributed applications that run on the network. Businesses are adopting it. The 150-plus companies in the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance include some of the world’s biggest and most prestigious corporations, such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA), and Deloitte.

    Related: What’s the Best Cryptocurrency to Invest in Today?

  • [By ]

    We’re confident that this year’s list is poised to perform just as our previous picks — which is no small feat. We’ve bagged winners like the 64.3% return from Mastercard (NYSE: MA), 44.3% from Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), 38.9% from Deere (NYSE: DE) and even 101.8% from Skyworks Solutions (Nasdaq: SWKS).

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    But before we get to the stock pick, here’s a list of the 10 top-performing Warren Buffett stocks so far this year…

    Company YTD Gains
    Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO) 34.25%
    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) 30.24%
    Verisign Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN) 29.88%
    Restaurant Brands Inc. (NYSE: QSR) 29.16%
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) 28.97%
    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) 26.20%
    Liberty Sirius XM Group Class C (Nasdaq: LSXMK) 24.54%
    MasterCard Inc. (NYSE: MA) 24.35%
    Liberty Sirius XM Group Class A (Nasdaq: LSXMA) 22.89%
    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: SIRI) 22.81%

    Again, we don’t recommend all of the stocks above for retail investors. After all, Warren Buffett is one of the most wealthy and legendary investors in history. He has a completely different set of goals from us.

  • [By Mitchell Clark]

     This is a stock to own for the long term. It has an excellent long-term track record. Management just announced another dividend increase and more share repurchases.

    Earnings growth in 2016 is expected to accelerate over the performance in 2015. The big credit card brands are institutional favorites.

    MasterCard Incorporated’s (NYSE:MA) sales and earnings growth have been quite consistent over the years.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: EXCO Resources NL(XCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    These are the 10 best penny stocks that have seen the biggest returns over the last week (March 7 – March 14)…

    Penny StockCurrent PriceWeekly Gain (March 7 – March 14)Ocera Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: OCRX)$1.47+147.1%Internap Corp. (Nasdaq: INAP)$3.28+41.4%Soligenix Inc. (Nasdaq: SNGX)$2.94+40%Navios Maritime Partners LP (NYSE: NMM)$2.63+37%QuickLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QUIK)$2.14+30.5%Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: ADMP)$4.60+22.7EXCO Resources Inc. (NYSE: XCO)$0.65+20.5%Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCC)$4.38+20.3%Hebron Technology Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq: HEBT)$3.99+19.1%Curis Inc. (Nasdaq: CRIS)$2.85+18.4%

    As a reminder, this is only a tracking metric of penny stocks trading on SEC-regulated exchanges like the Nasdaq and NYSE. Although these top penny stocks are safer than those trading on the pink sheets, we don’t recommend buying any of them without the proper amount of financial research.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Liberty Broadband Corporation(LBRDK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andrew Tonner]

    After focusing on his philanthropic activities for a number of years, Soros resumed a more active role at his eponymous Soros Fund Management in mid-2016.Around the same time,the famed investor loaded up on shares of Liberty Broadband (NASDAQ:LBRDK) (NASDAQ:LBRDA), and the roughly $615 million stake he owns in the company represented his largest holding in his latest quarterly filing — and for good reason.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    2016 was an interesting year for Halliburton (NYSE:HAL). Not only did the oil-field services company work through one of the largest downturns in the history of oil and gas, but it also had to deal with the financial fallout from a major acquisition blowing up in its face. When it reported fourth-quarter and fiscal 2016 earnings this week, the company showed that it had taken a big blow, but was ready to move on to the next big thing in the oil and gas market. Let’s take a quick look at the company’s results for the year that was, and see what could be in store in the coming quarters.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) reported stronger-than-expected profit for its third quarter on Monday.

    Halliburton posted quarterly adjusted earnings of $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.44 billion. However, analysts expected earnings of $0.37 per share on revenue of $5.35 billion.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Ambarella, Inc.(AMBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA) released fiscal third-quarter earnings report after markets closed on Thursday. The company posted $1.11 in earnings per share (EPS) and $100.5 million in revenue. The consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters called for $0.94 in EPS and $97.3 million in revenue. The same period from last year had $1.08 in EPS and $93.2 million in revenue.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Ambarella, Inc. (AMBA) has been all over the map over the last few years. It has defied gravity both to the up and to the downside, and although today’s suggested short of the stock is strictly technical, we do believe its current share price has once again gotten a little out of line when you compare it to the rest of the markets’ valuation metrics right now.

  • [By Jack Delaney]

    Here are 10 virtual reality stocks to watch in 2017, with today’s opening price (Feb. 22) and the year-to-date (YTD) return thus far:

    3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD); $17.12; +26.71% YTDUniversal Display Corp. (Nasdaq: OLED); $71.60; +25.49% YTDAdvanced Micro Devices Inc. (Nasdaq: AMD); $14.30; +24.22% YTDFacebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB); $133.60; +18.64% YTDAdobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE); $119.67; +15.93% YTDSony Corp. (NYSE ADR: SNE); $31.29; +11.49% YTDAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL); $848; +7.49% YTDAmbarella Inc. (Nasdaq: AMBA); $57.85; +6.26% YTDMicrosoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT); $64.33; +3.16% YTDRockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE: COL); $93.97; +0.97% YTD

    The virtual reality industry could reach $33.9 billion in value by 2022, which is why virtual reality stocks are more popular than ever.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Ambarella Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA) also is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results Thursday. The consensus forecast calls for $0.37 in EPS and $70.3 million in revenue. Shares closed at $48.89. The consensus price target is $57.50, and the 52-week range is $40.06 to $66.23.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA) reported fiscal fourth quarter financial results after markets closed on Tuesday. The company posted $0.92 in earnings per share (EPS) and $87.5 million in revenue, versus consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $0.74 in EPS and $86.07 million in revenue. The same period from last year had $0.64 in EPS on $67.97 million in revenue.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Ambarella (NASDAQ:AMBA) wasn’t as scintillating as NVIDIA last year, merely marching in place. However, the provider of video compression and image processing semiconductors has seen its stock pop ninefold since going public at $6 five years ago.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Nord Anglia Education, Inc.(NORD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Monday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap international school stock Nord Anglia Education Inc (NYSE: NORD):

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Nord Anglia Education Inc (NASDAQ: NORD) shares shot up 19 percent to $32.83 after the company agreed to be acquired for $32.50 per share in cash.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Lithium X Energy Corp. (LIXXF)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].

  • [By Tom Bishop]

    Lithium X Energy NPV (LIXXF) owns 50% of the Sal de los Angeles lithium brine project in the prolific “Lithium Triangle” in mining friendly Salta province, Argentina.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Hercules Offshore Inc.(HERO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ: HERO) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $1.79 per share on revenue of $68.65 million.

    You On Demand Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: YOD) is expected to report its quarterly earnings.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ: HERO) shares dropped 46 percent to $1.05 as the company reported that it has entered into a restructuring support agreement with lenders.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Panera Bread Company(PNRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    Cramer wanted to talk a little psychology. With its after-hours move Tuesday, Panera Bread (PNRA) is up more than 16% this week on takeover speculation. Panera is an old Action Alerts PLUS name, one the trust sold at a nice gain, too. 


    Then there’s Panera Bread (PNRA) , a company that had lost its way. But after interviewing Panera’s CEO Ron Shaich, Cramer learned that at its new, remodeled “Panera 2.0” stores, the lines were out the door. As the rollout continued, earnings only got stronger. Never underestimate the power of a restaurant redo, Cramer concluded.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Keurigs plight (actually, JABs) is worsening, with the K-cup market slowing to almost no growth now, and Keurig continuing to lose own brands share. Starbucks (SBUX) echoed the notion of a K-cup market slowdown at its seminar on Wednesday (and is guiding for its [consumer packaged goods, or CPG,] growth below recent trends), but it expects to increase its share of total CPG coffee to 20% from 15%. Come early February it will be a year since the closing of the Keurig deal for JAB Holdings. The pressure on JAB is more significant if we take into account the high leverage of the deal (JAB contributed one fourth of the $12Bn price tag). It is a tough predicament. On the one hand we argue that to make that deal work, they need to buy more (own) brands either from the retail channel (that can be extended to CPG: Dunkin (DNKN)? Panera (PNRA)?), or outright buy CPG brands (like the entire Kraft Heinz portfolio, and or Tata Groups Eight OClock brand). But can/how do they fund these deals? Maybe Mars and Warren Buffett (Mars is involved in office coffee with Starbucks), private equity, and or 3G can help? While this note is not about Positive-rated Mondelez, we have mentioned before a scenario where Kraft Heinz buys Mondelez and partly funds the deal by selling its own CPG coffee business (~$3Bn we say) to JAB as well as divests the Mondelez 20% plus stakes in Keurig (North America) and Jacobs Douwe Egberts (Western Europe), which together at this stage are worth ~$7-8Bn. But, yes, JAB will need deep-pocket partners and generous lenders. Net, JAB needs to do something soon.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    In late March, the company informed investors that after a two-year undertaking, it had finally removed all preservatives from its tortillas, making the Chipotle menu completely preservative-free. The company also called out competitors McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) and Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) for marketing their menus as “natural,” as Chipotle insisted these other restaurants still use preservatives made in a lab.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Oshkosh Corporation(OSK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The six companies that met the criterion are:

    Oshkosh Corp (NYSE: OSK). Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX). SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN). Suncor Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SU). Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD). Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS).

    Oshkosh is a manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies and is based in Wisconsin. The company operates under four business segments, namely access equipment, defense, fire and emergency, and commercial.


    Oshkosh (OSK) was downgraded to neutral from buy at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $62 price target. The valuation is less attractive, as the stock is trading at 21x expected 2017 earnings, analysts said. 

  • [By Rich Smith]

      I first named Oshkosh my top stock pick back in September, when the stock cost $42 and change. Since then, the stock has gone down, and sells for $3 less. So am I supposed to dislike Oshkosh stock now?

    No. To the contrary, I like it even more. (About $3 more, in fact).

    You see, even in the process of picking Oshkosh back then, I warned investors: "I don’t know whether Oshkosh will be the best-performing stock in the world in the month of September, but I’ve got a strong hunch about the next six months." And that hunch remains — because the facts have not changed.

    This past summer, Oshkosh was named the winner of the Pentagon’s contract to build a next-gen "Humvee" — an armored Joint Light Tactical Vehicle that will serve the U.S. military for decades to come. Oshkosh won an initial award to produce 17,000 vehicles for $6.7 billion. Ultimately, though, this is a contract that could swell to $30 billion or more for production, maintenance, and upgrade of approximately 55,000 JLTVs across all military branches.

    So why hasn’t Oshkosh stock moved in response to the contract? Mainly because rival bidderLockheed Martin threw a monkey wrench into the contracts process, first protesting the JLTV award to Oshkosh, and then, when that protest was rejected, filing suit in court to try to win the contract away from its rival.

    Personally, I think Lockheed Martin will lose that suit as well. After all, Lockheed’s forte is in fighter jets, while Oshkosh is the military’s premier supplier of trucks like JLTV, as well as the Army’s M-ATV vehicle (a small, all-terrain MRAP). Perhaps recognizing this, AM General, the other company that bid against Oshkosh on JLTV and lost, declined to protest the award. Lockheed took the other road, but I expect it will be a dead end for Lockheed as well.

These 4 Stocks Hit New Highs Friday Despite The Big Market Sell-Off

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Only 18 stocks on the New York Stock Exchange hit new 52-week highs Friday as the session came to a close for another week.&a;nbsp; That&s;s out of a total of about 28oo stocks listed there. It makes you wonder: what&s;s so special about these stocks that just kept going despite all of the selling going on around them? I looked up 4 of them on the &l;a href=&q;; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;Financial Visualization website&l;/a&g; to see what might make them so different. Here is what I found:

&l;/p&g;&l;ol&g;&l;li&g;&l;strong&g;Guess?&l;/strong&g; is the apparel manufacturer that had a great week after it reported much better earnings and sales than&a;nbsp; most expected. The good report on Thursday caused the stock to blast upward by a nice 28%. That good vibe continued on Friday for another 2.6% pop. Since February Guess? has moved from 14.5 to 21 before backing off just a bit in front of the weekend. In other words, the company held its gains and then some while almost all other stocks ended down for the week. The short float at 15% indicates that some do not believe this will continue — another way to look at it might be that if those shorts are forced to cover at some point, that would propel the stock higher.

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Also of interest: Guess? is paying a 4.4% dividend, a significantly better rate than the 10-year Treasury pays right now.&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;&l;strong&g;Marathon Petroleum Company&l;/strong&g; hit 71 early in the day Friday — a new 52-week high for the oil and gas refining and marketing company — before backing off to a 71.28 close. In February the stock traded as low as 61, so that&s;s a sweet 16% gain in a little more than a month. This upward movement may come more from macro considerations than anything that Marathon is up to. With the Iran deal in question, the entire petroleum sector found buyers.

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In addition, the new National Security Director at the White House, John Bolton, is said to favor confrontation over dialogue with Iran and that took oil prices higher, which benefited Marathon.&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;&l;strong&g;Continental Resources&l;/strong&g; is an independent oil and gas operation that buyers liked because of the macro situation. After popping to a new high of 59.47 Friday, the stock backed off and closed at 58 even. Still a nice move if you consider that Continental traded as low as 47 in February. That&s;s a 23% gain off of lows in a very short time frame.

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Stifel and Deutsche Bank analysts both initiated buys on the stock last month. Others disagree: the short float on Continental sits at 14%. No dividend is paid.&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;&l;strong&g;CurrencyShares Japanese Yen ETF&a;nbsp;&l;/strong&g;hit a new high of 91.52, up from a low of&a;nbsp; just under 85 earlier in the year. It&s;s not a stock as such, but since as an ETF traded among all the&a;nbsp; listed stocks on the NYSE, it&s;s worth acknowledging because of the considerable move upward recently. The global macro environment is at work and as the dollar has declined since the beginning of 2017, the yen has been much favored in the currency world.


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Some analysts also cite the rise in the price of oil as&a;nbsp;another key factor possibly affecting the yen&s;s path.

None of these are buy or sell recommendations. Stocks hitting fresh highs sometimes continue and sometimes they don&s;t. Much more research would be needed. Check with a licensed financial advisor before making any stock market decisions.&l;/li&g;


There’s Finally Some Hope for Pandora Media Inc Stock

For the first time in a long while, there has been some hope surrounding struggling Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P) stock.

In the wake of lackluster fourth quarter numbers, Pandora stock stumbled to near all-time lows of around $4.25. Since then, though, the stock has bounced to above $5.

The driver of the mini-rebound in P stock is the company’s acquisition of digital audio tech firm AdsWizz. That acquisition has forced some Wall Street analysts to upgrade the stock, like Raymond James.

The whole idea behind the recent bullishness is that the AdsWizz acquisition accelerates Pandora’s ad tech roadmap, thrusts the company more deeply into the secular growth audio advertising market, and opens up new revenue opportunities.

More specifically, because AdsWizz counts Pandora competitors like Spotify and SoundCloud as customers, the AdWizz acquisition actually gives Pandora much more access to the broad audio streaming market.

That means that Pandora stock is becoming more of a play on the entire digital audio advertising market, and less of a play on the Pandora platform winning in that digital audio advertising market.

That is a good thing. The Pandora platform has done nothing but struggle over the past several years.

But competitors like Spotify, Apple Music and SoundCloud have been tremendously successful. And the digital audio advertising market is growing with exceptional pace.

If Pandora can tap into that success through AdsWizz, then the company becomes much more than just a struggling streaming music platform. Pandora can transform into a marketplace for digital audio advertising.

As such, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel for Pandora stock. Is the light that bright? No. But it’s bright enough to be interested by Pandora stock at current levels.

Pandora the Platform Remains a Dead Duck

Without the AdsWizz acquisition, there isn’t much to like about Pandora stock. After all, Pandora the streaming platform remains the ugly duckling in the music streaming world.

Total listeners on Pandora continue to drop. Total listening hours on Pandora continue to drop, too. This has been a trend for several years, as the platform has fallen by the wayside next to Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud.

The on-demand, subscription business at Pandora is way behind the curve. Spotify and Apple Music are just crushing Pandora. Meanwhile, SoundCloud has become the place to discover new, trendy music for free, so Pandora is missing out on that up-and-coming market, too.

All the while, licensing costs are growing faster than revenue. And that is horrible for a company that isn’t profitable.

As such, there really isn’t any reason to invest in Pandora the platform. It has been, currently is, and will remain a dead duck.

AdsWizz Provides New Opportunity

But there is a reason to invest in Pandora stock now that AdsWizz is a part of the business.

AdsWizz is a firm that specializes exclusively in digital audio advertising. This is a market that is growing at a 42% clip. Consequently, Pandora’s acquisition of AdWizz is essentially a head-first dive into a 40%-plus growth market.

Moreover, AdsWizz counts essentially everyone in the digital audio advertising market as customers. That includes some of Pandora’s red-hot competitors like Spotify and SoundCloud. Essentially, then, Pandora will be running a business which provides advertising solutions to its competitors.

That is actually a good thing because Pandora’s competitors are doing so much better than Pandora. It’s also a good thing because Pandora could help create a centralized marketplace for all digital audio ads. That marketplace could be quite large.

Consider the massive smart speaker trend that is still in its early innings. Those smart speakers will become infused with more and more audio ads. Also consider the huge surge in podcast popularity recently. Those podcasts will also become infused with more and more audio ads.

All together, then, Pandora can use AdsWizz to create a marketplace for buying and selling ads in an audio advertising industry that is gearing up for huge growth over the next several years.

Bottom Line on P Stock

I don’t love the stock here because the Pandora streaming platform remains a dead duck.

But the company’s acquisition of AdsWizz does give Pandora a unique opportunity to diversify and super-charge growth over the next several years.

As such, Pandora stock does look interesting here hovering around all-time lows with a unique, potentially game-changing catalyst on the horizon. I’m not buying just yet, but I could be a buyer soon if Pandora executes on turning AdsWizz into a marketplace at the center of explosive growth.

As of this writing, Luke Lango did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. 

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Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) may be a stock you are frustrated at because of the dividend cut late last year or because of the way management handled the situation. Regardless of your feelings, KMI is still an investment vehicle that can add value to your portfolio. The following analysis is going to focus on correlations of KMI to different commodities and it is my hope that investors recognize that certain catalysts in KMI’s growth profile will have materially different impacts.

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Kinder Morgan’s Large Catalyst

I’ve talked previously about the company’s ability outperform via a few large catalysts. These are the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project, a credit rating increase, a later dividend increase when stability is achieved and naturally, La Nina. Yet, I really want to focus on La Nina for this article, in light of new data regarding KMI’s correlations with commodities.

best penny stocks: EchoStar Corporation(SATS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Incidentally, Facebook has secured shareholder approval for issuing Class C share at its shareholder meeting in June 2016, although it is yet to issue the shares.

    Other Companies With Dual-class Voting Shares
    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) and (NYSE: BRK-A), with Class A shares having 1/10th interest in the company but only 1/200th of voting power. Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS)’s CEO Charlie Ergen owns a 43.4 percent stake in the company through his holding of Class B shares but has 63.6 percent of the voting rights. Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) uses the dual-class structure to give its founding family more voting power.

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best penny stocks: Caladrius Biosciences, Inc.(CLBS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Caladrius Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLBS) shares shot up 14 percent to $5.83 after the company posted upbeat Q4 results.

    Shares of Norsat International Inc (USA) (NYSE: NSAT) got a boost, shooting up 22 percent to $9.85 after the company reported the receipt of new indication of interest by Privet Fund Management LLP at $10.25 per share.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Caladrius Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: CLBS) watchedits shares soar on Thursday after the company announced a private placement offering. In terms of the specifics, the company entered into securities purchase agreements with several accredited investors for the sale of 4,449,153 shares of its common stock in private placements of $21 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related Chardan Analyst Suggests An AveXis-Ionis Pair Trade Why The Biogen-Ionis News Is A Boon For AveXis AveXis' (AVXS) CEO Sean Nolan on Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
    Related CLBS Earnings Scheduled For March 17, 2017 15 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Thursday Caladrius Biosciences beats by $0.07, beats on revenue (Seeking Alpha) Gainers
    Caladrius Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLBS) shares rose 20.2 percent to $6.13 in pre-market trading after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss.
    Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS) rose 12.3 percent to $3.20 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it has licensed LNP delivery technology to Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) for use in single messenger RNA product candidate.
    AveXis Inc (NASDAQ: AVXS) rose 12.2 percent to $81.66 in pre-market trading after the company reported topline data from Phase 1 trial of AVXS-101.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares rose 10.5 percent to $2.43 in pre-market trading after surging 109.52 percent on Thursday.
    ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC. (NASDAQ: IMOS) rose 9.8 percent to $17.45 in pre-market trading after declining 0.44 percent on Thursday.
    Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SINO) rose 8.3 percent to $3.38 in pre-market trading after climbing 23.81 percent on Thursday.
    Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) rose 7.6 percent to $2.99 in pre-market trading after surging 12.55 percent on Thursday.
    Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) rose 5.2 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading. Steel Dynamics expects Q1 earnings of $0.77 to $0.81 per diluted share. The company also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1550 per common share.
    Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE)

best penny stocks: MGE Energy Inc.(MGEE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares fell by 0.75 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT), down 7 percent, and MGE Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGEE), down 6 percent.

best penny stocks: Mastercard Incorporated(MA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Ethereum has plenty of real-world catalysts driving it already:

    It’s become the foundation of the booming ICO phenomenon, through which cryptocurrency-based startups have raised millions of dollars in a matter of minutes. Most new tokens are either based on Ethereum and/or require users to buy the cryptocurrency with Ethereum. It’s Turing complete, which means the Ethereum network can function as a giant, global computer. That’s what makes Ethereum an ideal platform for applications like smart contracts. And it’s enabled the creation of a new kind of app, “Dapps,” or distributed applications that run on the network. Businesses are adopting it. The 150-plus companies in the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance include some of the world’s biggest and most prestigious corporations, such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA), and Deloitte.

    Related: What’s the Best Cryptocurrency to Invest in Today?

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    With this mindset, it is no wonder that PayPal finished 2016 on a wave of deal-making momentum. In the past 12 months, PayPal completed agreements with a number of financial and tech companies including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA), Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB), Mastercard Inc (NYSE: MA), Visa Inc (NYSE: V), and Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ: VOD).

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    Mastercard Inc’s (NYSE:MA) shares are now near all-time highs, as its consistent and steady growth has driven the stock to amazing heights since its IPO a little more than a decade ago. Since going public, Mastercard’s stock price has skyrocketed more than 2,400%! More recent investors have nothing to complain about either as shares have increased nearly 13% year-to-date. Its recent quarter is just another impressive benchmark in its life as a public company.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) and MasterCard (NYSE:MA) aren’t the only two players in the credit card and electronic payments space, but they are the biggest and best-known. Both Visa and MasterCard have extended their reach across the globe, and both have high expectations in their trajectories for future growth. Yet after a big push in the stock market that has sent both of these financial stocks to all-time highs, investors need to know which of the two leaders in the card industry is more deserving of their attention. Let’s take a closer look at Visa and MasterCard, comparing them using several different metrics to see which company’s shares are the better buy.

best penny stocks: Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.(HA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Not surprisingly, shares of Hawaii-focused airline company Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) fell last Wednesday, following Kelly’s comments about Southwest Airlines expanding to Hawaii. However, while Southwest’s entry into the Hawaii market could cause some short-term disruption, it isn’t likely to hurt Hawaiian Airlines’ positioning in the long run.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Investors had high expectations for Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) and Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) leading up to their earnings reports last week. Between late June 2016 and mid-January, shares of Hawaiian Holdings climbed 50%. Southwest Airlines stock was close behind, with a gain of more than 35% over that period.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    While most of its fellow airline stocks were grounded last year, Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) soared to new heights. Shares of Hawaiian Airlines’ parent company rose 61% during 2016, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

best penny stocks: Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.(CPHR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Cipher Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CPHR) is said to have hired an investment bank to explore strategic alternatives, according to sources as reported by Reuters on Monday. The sources said a potential sale of the Canada-based company is being considered. Cipher declined comment on the report.

This Sentiment Indicator Has A Message For You

&l;strong&g;What to make of the intense interest in Bitcoin and&l;/strong&g; &l;strong&g;the S&a;amp;P 500&l;/strong&g;

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I spend a&a;nbsp;lot of time looking for evidence. &a;nbsp;Evidence about market direction, market health, emerging trends in sectors and industries, and companies temporarily &a;ldquo;down on their luck&a;rdquo; with investors. &a;nbsp;As part of that evidence-hunting, I scout a series of common sentiment indicators, and have created a few of my own which my team and I use to make decisions for the portfolios we manage.&a;nbsp;&a;nbsp;&l;strong&g;I just devised a new sentiment indicator, a very personal one, and I think it tells a&l;/strong&g;&a;nbsp;&l;strong&g;lot about where investors&a;rsquo; heads are at&l;/strong&g;, especially those who read (which are, of course, the wisest of investors).

The sentiment indicator I created simply&a;nbsp;&l;strong&g;tracks the readership of the articles I write for over the previous six months&l;/strong&g;, grouped into several different categories. &a;nbsp;In particular, I pay attention to the implication and content of the article&a;rsquo;s title. &a;nbsp;This might sound really sophomoric, but read on and give it a chance. &a;nbsp;I think you will see why I believe it has a message for us.

&l;strong&g;The 5 most popular articles of the 26 I have published during the past 6 months all have something in common: their titles contain the words &a;ldquo;Bitcoin&a;rdquo; or &a;ldquo;S&a;amp;P 500.&a;rdquo;&l;/strong&g;&a;nbsp;&a;nbsp;I wrote 3 articles about each, though in reality I never really wrote about Bitcoin, other than to say that it was being over-hyped and that I am concerned that people may be diverting their attention from their true objectives to try to get their share of the market&a;rsquo;s newest shiny object. &a;nbsp;The S&a;amp;P 500 is a popular subject these days because many investors, especially those who have started to invest significant amounts of money (for them) in the past decade have come to regard the S&a;amp;P 500 as &a;ldquo;the stock market.&a;rdquo; &a;nbsp;It really isn&a;rsquo;t, but I will let you file through my articles to see what I mean.

Bitcoin and S&a;amp;P 500, the two magic phrases in my sentiment indicator, accounted for roughly 3/4 of the ENTIRE number of views for all my articles over the past 6 months. &a;nbsp;You have heard of the 80/20 rule? &a;nbsp;This is essentially my own 80/20 rule, in that nearly 80% of the readership was focused on about 20% of the articles. &a;nbsp;Now, we could dissect it further and see if factors such as the date and time of the week we posted the articles, the&a;nbsp;state of the markets at the time we posted, and other technical factors played a role.&a;nbsp; But it is&a;nbsp;&l;strong&g;a basic conclusion I am drawing here, which can be boiled down to a single word: groupthink.&a;nbsp;&l;/strong&g;&a;nbsp;That&a;rsquo;s the urge to take part in something because it is popular, and because it feels more comfortable to do so, since &a;ldquo;everyone is doing it.&a;rdquo;&a;nbsp; How else do you explain why parents are asking their kids about Bitcoin with deep curiosity?&a;nbsp; While I applaud the fact that the generations now have something to talk about other than family infighting and politics, concerning anecdotal stories abound.&a;nbsp; The same goes for the S&a;amp;P 500 infatuation, which has blinded investors to the idea that past performance is a reliable indicator of future performance, when the opposite is most often true.

So, Bitcoin was the most popular drawing card for your collective eyeballs the past 6 months, and S&a;amp;P 500 was the runner-up.&a;nbsp; What other observations can we make about this sentiment indicator, which I will unofficially dub the Forbes-Isbitts pageview indicator, or FIV Indicator for short.&a;nbsp; I know, not very memorable, but I digress.

Here&a;rsquo;s a group of vital topics for investors to understand in&a;nbsp;today&a;rsquo;s market environment:

&l;ul&g;&l;li&g;The end of the nearly 4 decades old bull market in bonds&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;The 1987 stock market crash, and some eerie similarities to&a;nbsp;today&a;rsquo;s market activity and issues&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;Dividend stocks behaving very differently than they have done traditionally&l;/li&g;

&l;li&g;Technical chart patterns of major market indexes that may provide insight into the reward and risk tradeoff for investors in the current environment&l;/li&g;

&l;/ul&g;&l;strong&g;These 4 topics, all of which are essential for you to understand if any of the major threats to the currently buoyant investment climate, have met with a collective yawn from readers the past 6 months.&l;/strong&g;&a;nbsp;&a;nbsp;Together, the 5 articles on these topics garnered about 1/10 the readership of the 3 articles that in some way touched on Bitcoin.&a;nbsp; And they were less than 1/5 the readership of the S&a;amp;P 500 articles I mentioned above.&a;nbsp; Wow.

&l;!–nextpage–&g; But should we really be surprised?&a;nbsp; This is what makes a market after all.&a;nbsp; Ask a few of your friends what they think of the stock market and the horror stories will start flying.&a;nbsp; Is it because the markets are rigged, take advantage of the &a;ldquo;little guy&a;rdquo; etc.?&a;nbsp; I think that it has more to do with the penchant for investors to chase whatever the &a;ldquo;in&a;rdquo; concept is, be it indexing, cryptocurrencies, dot-com stocks, house-flipping or whatever.

&l;strong&g;So be alert, look at yourself and your portfolio in the mirror and ask yourself if you are really looking out for you, or simply doing what others are doing.&l;/strong&g;&a;nbsp;&a;nbsp;That sense of safety-in-numbers can give way to a misery-loves-company feeling later down the line.

Tesla May Be Burning Through Model 3 Orders Faster Than Expected

&l;p&g;On Thursday, March 31, 2016, Tesla started taking Model 3 orders. There were long lines at the Tesla showrooms which made it look like an Apple iPhone launch. Elon Musk tweeted that there had been 180,000 orders in the first 24 hours and by the following Thursday, &l;a href=&q;; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;Tesla announced&l;/a&g; that it had received over 325,000 Model 3 reservations.

&l;img class=&q;dam-image getty size-large wp-image-518417922&q; src=&q;×0.jpg?fit=scale&q; data-height=&q;638&q; data-width=&q;960&q;&g; Tesla fans stand in long lines at Park Meadows March 31, 2016 to preorder the new Tesla. Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Tesla first started delivering Model 3&a;rsquo;s to employees and then existing Model S and X customers. The first ones were in July last year, and in the September quarter the company sold 222 vehicles. This increased to 1,550 in the December quarter, which continued to be to current Tesla owners. For the March quarter &l;a href=&q;;&g;delivery estimates range from 7,000 upwards to about 15,000&l;/a&g;.

Starting around January 23 &l;a href=&q;; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;Tesla owners, who had not ordered on the first day&l;/a&g;, could start configuring their Model 3s. After a month passed (February 22) non-Tesla owners could start to &l;a href=&q;; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;configure their Model 3&a;rsquo;s&l;/a&g;, which was two weeks after the &l;a href=&q;;&g;Standard Battery Model 3 configuration had slipped out to late 2018 or early 2019&l;/a&g;. To balance out what appeared to be a schedule slippage for the Standard Battery version, the Dual Motor is now available in May and Canadian orders opened up yesterday.

&l;img class=&q;dam-image getty size-large wp-image-910879230&q; src=&q;×0.jpg?fit=scale&q; data-height=&q;640&q; data-width=&q;960&q;&g; Tesla&s;s new Model 3 car on display at the Tesla store in Washington, D.C. Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images

&l;strong&g;Moving quickly through the initial orders&l;/strong&g;

How quickly Tesla moves through orders from people who did now own a Model S or X will be critical in determining how solid the Model 3 backlog is. As I wrote above, Tesla received 180,000 Model 3 orders in the first 24 hours. Most of those would be on March 31, so lets assume 150,00 were on the first day.

In checking &l;a href=&q;; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;;/a&g; it appears that multiple people who were at least the 100&l;sup&g;th&l;/sup&g; person in line on March 31, 2016, are receiving invitations to configure and take delivery of their Model 3. The line I was in at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, probably had at least 300 people lined-up and may have had 500 or more show up the first day. In theory all of them should be able to configure their Model 3 before the next day&a;rsquo;s customers could buy one.&a;nbsp;An email from Tesla arrived this morning inviting me to design my Model 3, with delivery in 3 to 6 weeks.

&l;img class=&q;size-full wp-image-11718&q; src=&q;; alt=&q;Tesla Model 3 order form&q; data-height=&q;471&q; data-width=&q;770&q;&g; Tesla Model 3 order formw2


&l;strong&g;April 1 and later orders may be opening up&l;/strong&g;

&l;p class=&q;tweet_line&q;&g;Therefore, the next critical order group are the ones that were not on the first day . Again on the website, on page 151, there is someone who is a non-Tesla owner and ordered his on April 1 who has been invited to configure his Model 3. He has also posted that someone he knows that ordered a week after him just received an invitation to configure his.

&l;strong&g;What does this mean?&l;/strong&g;

If Tesla has worked through at least the 150,000 or so first day orders for non-Tesla owners in just a month, the conversion rate of the initial orders may be lower than expected. I am assuming that most of the orders were from non-Tesla owners since Tesla Model S and X owners did not need to order on the first day to get priority.

Or it may be that customers are deciding to defer their orders so that they &l;a href=&q;;&g;don&a;rsquo;t have to pay for options that are being sold&l;/a&g; in the initial batch of cars.

Or they did not anticipate getting them so soon and need to dispose of another car before they buy the Model 3.

Or they may be waiting for a lease option.

Or they may actually want to test drive one.

&l;p class=&q;tweet_line&q;&g;It could be too early to tell what the yield will be from the backlog, but it is worth monitoring since Tesla has committed billions of dollars in capital and accelerated its production schedule to meet a very high level of Model 3 demand.

If you want to understand Elon Musk&a;rsquo;s new stock award plan and how it compares to Tim Cook&a;rsquo;s, check out my article&l;strong&g;, &a;ldquo;&l;/strong&g;&l;a href=&q;;&g;How Elon Musk&a;rsquo;s Stock Award Compares To Tim Cook&a;rsquo;s&l;/a&g;&a;rdquo;.&l;/p&g;

Toys ‘R’ Us founder Charles Lazarus dies

Charles Lazarus, who founded Toys “R” Us 70 years ago, died Thursday, a week after the company announced it will be forced to shut down its U.S. operations.

Lazarus, 94, no longer held a stake in the chain. He started the company in 1948 when he was 25, anticipating that the post-war baby boom would create demand for baby supplies and toys. He remained CEO until 1994.

“He was the father of the toy business,” said Michael Goldstein, who succeed him as CEO. “He knew the toys and loved the toys and loved the kids who would shop in the stores. His face lit up when he watched kids playing with toys.”

His death was confirmed by the company.

“There have been many sad moments for Toys “R” Us in recent weeks, and none more heartbreaking than today’s news about the passing of our beloved founder,” Toys “R” Us said in a statement. “He visited us in New Jersey just last year, and we will forever be grateful for his positive energy, passion for the customer and love for children everywhere. Our thoughts and prayers are with Charles’ family and loved ones.”

He started selling baby furniture in a store called Children’s Bargain Town in Washington, D.C. But he quickly expanded to selling toys.

In 1957, Lazarus opened his first store stocked only with toys. It was modeled after a supermarket, with a wide assortment of items stocked high on shelves. He named it Toys “R” Us with a backwards “R” in the logo that was supposed to look like it was drawn by a kid. Its iconic giraffe mascot, started as part of advertisements for Children’s Bargain Town. Its name was changed from “Geoffrey” in 1965 and soon became the center of its marketing campaign.

The company went public in 1978 and thrived in the years that followed, growing from a $1 billion in the early 1990’s to an $11 billion business.

But the company faced growing competition from big box retailers such as Walmart (WMT) and Target (TGT) as it encountered other challenges.

Its debt was downgraded to junk bond status in January of 2005. A year later the company was sold for $6.6 billion to a group of private equity firms — KKR, Bain Capital and real estate firm Vornado. The deal left it saddled with $5.3 billion in debt and it never really recovered from that.

–CNN’s Parija Kavilanz contributed to this story.

Why you should stay invested after you retire

The time has finally come: youre ready to retire. For many, this means living off savings or social security, but in reality, now that youre unemployed its time you started making real money. Investing after retirement is a great way to continue making income, cover expenses in lieu of a regular paycheck, and stay plugged into the booming American economy.

1. Social Security is drying up

If you plan on retiring any time after the next 20 years, you shouldnt count on Social Security funds.A 2014 reportestimates that Social Security will no longer be able to pay full benefits after 2033. This means that those that retire after this demarcation point should expect to supplement federal aid with individual income such as investments.

2. Life expectancy is increasing

Clean living, improved health care resources, increased social awareness, and many other factors have all contributed to asteady increase in life expectancy over the years.Today, being young at heart means more than ever retirees can expect to live an additional 15 20 years into their twilight years. The average life expectancy today is 80, which is almost a decade older than the to 71 year life expectancy of 1960.

3. Investing is fun

Many retirees will take up new hobbies to fill the time previously occupied by professional obligations. Why not make your daytime hobby making money? Day trading stocks is the perfect retiree activity because its just as complicated as you want it to be. You can trade casually, and pick up some minor gains here or there. Or, go in full-bore and make it your new job. After all, investments provide extra money, so have some fun with it.

Read: Day trading: should you try it?

4. Delaying Social Security payments boosts your benefits

Lets say your investments are performing exceptionally well, and maybe you dont necessarily need Social Security yet. Your Social Security payout increases by 8% for every year you delay payments. So if youve held off on Social Security, and it has come time to cash out investments, your federal retirement benefits will be worth far more than usual.

5. Moving

Want to spend the next chapter of your life in Myrtle Beach? Naples, Fla.? Now that youre retired, youre free to live anywhere you want unfettered by professional constraints, the world is your oyster. But theres one problem: how will you afford it? Your savings account should be preserved for medical expenses, and you already checked the couch cushions for loose change. Well, investments with high yield interest rates or dividend payments are a good way to boost your income and gain a little extra cash.

6. You earned it

What has decades of penny-pinching amounted to if you cant spend your savings during retirement? Part of the reason you budgeted so carefully in your professional years is to ensure security as you grow old. Well, here you are, and its time to tap that sacred savings account. As you assess your finances in old age, consider how much savings youre willing to gamble on the market what do you have to lose?

7. Theres no better time to invest than now

This is not to say that the market
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is particularly ripe for new investors right now although 2017 saw record high economic numbers but more so thatanytime is a good time to invest.You can guarantee the market will fluctuate in your 15+ years of retirement, but thats not the point. As long as you build a portfolio that can bear a bear market, you will be in good shape to weather market slumps. As they say, dont play with scared money.

8. Grandchildren

Your kids are all grown up, but that doesnt mean youre off the hook. As a retired grandparent, youre in charge of vacations, dinners out, movie nights, and other fun activities with the grandkids. And, you guessed it, one of the best ways to bankroll fun money is through thriving investments. In fact, while it might not be the most exciting prospect for the kid, a safe, slow-maturing investment is a great grandkid birthday gift.

9. Jumpstart a startup

Are you passionate about the future of tech? Small philanthropies? Artisan dog treats? Whatever your calling may be, there is likely a startup that you can help get off the ground.One studyfound that 100 million startups try to get off the ground every year, and they need your help. Invest in a cause you care about, and in the process make someones entrepreneurial dreams come true.

Read: Retirees: Heres whats keeping you from starting a business

10. Broaden your horizons

Now that youre retired its time to read those books you never got around to, learn a new skill, travel the world, and, most important, diversify your portfolio. Financial experts suggest that retirees pursue many different types of assets to help off-site potential market volatility.

11. Travel

For most, travel tops the list of most anticipated retirement activities. Its easy to get swept up in fantasies of cold beer and catching rays on the beach, but you need a way to pay for it. Investments are a good way to compound your savings, and make a little extra vacation money.

12. Health

Studies show that retirees require upward of $260,000 to cover medical expensesas they age. Maybe, thanks to years of frugality, you have this kind of money in savings, but it never hurts to stash away a little extra cash. The population nearing retirement needs to be able to expect the unexpected, so use the stock market as an opportunity to compound your emergency fund in case of expensivemedical bills.

13. Taxes

Just because youre retired doesnt mean you can avoid the taxman after all, according to Benjamin Franklin, alongside death, taxes are one of the two certainties in life. While you no longer have to pay payroll taxes, you will still pay taxes on Social Security benefits. Plus, you are required to pay taxes on IRA withdrawals. Tax season can feel extra overwhelming if you are without a reliable source of income, so avoid the April financial crunch and tap investment gains to pay taxes during retirement.

14. Support a company you care about

If youre on the verge of retirement you probably had a long, prosperous career. Maybe you jumped around to different positions, or maybe you logged a couple of decades at one company. Either way, chances are there is a company you want to be involved with that you never got a chance to work at. Investing in a company is a good way to gain a sense of belonging, and do your part to support a company dear to your heart even if you never actually worked there.

15. Stay sharp on market trends

All of the financial benefits of investments aside, investing in the market gives you a reason to care. One of the scariest prospects of retirement is the threat of complacency, so fend off apathy by giving yourself a reason to stay up-to-date. You are far more likely to take a keen interest in economic trends when you have a little skin in the game.

This article originally appeared

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018

With Dow 22,000 alerting Main Street investors to the fact stocks are at record highs, its a good time to reiterate that August has been the worst-performing month for the Dow the past 20 years. The Dow has fallen 1.4%, on average, in August and finished up just 50% of the time.

So what events in August could derail the Dows record run? LPL Financials chief wealth strategist Matthew Peterson and senior market strategist Ryan Detrick compiled a watch list:

Jobs report: The July employment report will be released Friday. Wall Street is looking for a continuation of the upbeat report in June, when the economy created 222,000 jobs. LPL is expecting 180,000 new jobs in August.

Inflation update: The Federal Reserve has hiked interest rates twice this year. But tepid inflation in recent months has complicated its future hike plans. On Aug. 11, investors will get a look at July inflation at the consumer level. If it is weak and stays south of the Feds 2% goal, the rate-hike schedule could be pushed back.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Daktronics, Inc.(DAKT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million. Daktronics shares slipped 0.13 percent to close at $7.97 on Tuesday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million.

    Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE: GWRE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $92.43 million.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.(HII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Money Morning News Team]

    Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. (NYSE: HII) is a major U.S. shipbuilding company that is involved in the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of both nuclear and non-nuclear vessels on behalf of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. It also refuels, overhauls, and deactivates nuclear-powered ships.

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    On Feb. 16, Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. (NYSE: HII) snagged a massive $1.43 billion contract to design and build the LPD 29, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock.


    Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is the largest repairer and ship builder for the U.S. Navy and U.S. coast guard, giving the company a near monopoly on these government contracts (which is why their return on equity is north of 27%).

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Fastenal Company(FAST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $988.60 million.

    Perry Ellis International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PERY) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $214.26 million.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) which traded down roughly 6% at $52.16. The stocks 52-week range is $39.79 to $56.15. Volume was over 8 million, compared with the daily average of 2.1 million shares.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Breaking news

    Shares of Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) dropped over 7 percent in pre-market trading after the company reported Q3 results. Alcoa posted Q3 adjusted earnings of $0.32 per share on sales of $5.2 billion.
    Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) released third quarter financial results, reporting an earnings miss while revenue came in line with Street estimates. To read the full news, click here.
    Twilio Inc (NYSE: TWLO) announced preliminary results for the third quarter that came in above the Street estimates. To read the full news, click here.
    According to the Associated Press, Samsung Electronics (OTC: SSNLF) said it will no longer manufacturer its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. The permanent discontinuation follows a round of reports saying customer's replacement phones have caught fire. To read the full news, click here.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.(CCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $690.27 million.
    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $3.84 billion.
    Coca-Cola European Partners Plc (NYSE: CCE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $2.72 billion.
    Lands' End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $459.43 million.
    Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $145.91 million.
    Cheetah Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: CMCM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $178.04 million.
    Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $90.05 million.
    Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) is projected to post earnings for its first quarter.
    Fifth Street Asset Management Inc (NASDAQ: FSAM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $25.12 million.


Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Intrepid Potash, Inc(IPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI) and L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ: FSTR).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Monday afternoon, the basic materials shares surged 0.57 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF), up 7 percent, and Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), up 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, basic materials shares gained by 1.74 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), and L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ: FSTR).

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Pacific Mercantile Bancorp(PMBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (NASDAQ: PMBC) were down 24 percent to $5.78. Pacific Mercantile Bancorp reported a Q3 loss of $30.5 million on revenue of $10.2 million for its third quarter.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Signet Jewelers Limited(SIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Tiffany & Co heading back towards late 2014 highs while mid capSignet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE: SIG) peaked in late 2015 andhas largely fallen off since then:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Signet Jewelers Limited (NYSE: SIG) which traded down about 7% at $52.74. The stocks 52-week range is $46.09 to $86.35. Volume was 8.5 million, well above the daily average of 2.4 million shares.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Signet Jewelers (SIG) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after reporting better-than-expected earnings and offering a staunch defense of the company’s culture.

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    Signet Jewelersgained 8.7% to $70.02 today, while the S&P 500 ticked up 0.1% to 2,364.87.

    CFRA’s Efraim Levy still sees “risks” despite Signet’s defense of itself today:

    We lower our 12-month target by $4 to $81, or 11X our FY 18 (Jan.) EPS of $7.35 (reduced $0.30). We apply a P/E below SIG’s 10-year forward average of 13.4X, to reflect challenges of negative same-store sales, offset by our favorable longer-term view of SIG’s market position. SIG today addressed recent headlines, but we still see risks, despite implied upside potential to our target. Posts adjusted Jan-Q EPS of $4.03 vs. $3.63, in line with Capital IQ consensus and January guidance. Same-store sales fell an in-line 4.5%, dragged down by the Sterling Jewelers division.

    Signet Jewelers’ market capitalization rose to $4.9 billion today from $4.5 billion yesterday.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Signet Jewelers Limited (NYSE: SIG) which traded down about 30% at $53.20. The stocks 52-week range is $46.09 to $101.46. Volume wasover 18million versus the daily average of 1.8 million shares.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was Signet Jewelers Limited (NYSE: SIG) which rose about 2% to $39.48. The stocks 52-week range is $187.96 to $314.86. Volume was 3.8 million compared to the daily average volume of 2.8 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Signet Jewelers (SIG) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after the Washington Post broke the news of a class action arbitration suit against the company alleging discrimination against women at the company.

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    Signet Jewelersdropped 13% to $63.59 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,363.64.

    The Washington Post broke the news last night, which caused Signet’s stock to tumble more than 8% before it was halted. Signet’s stock continued to fall after it released a statement pointing out that the class action didn’t involve sexual harassment, just whether women were paid less than men or passed over for promotions, as if that should make us feel better. Then it concluded by noting that it had “thoroughly investigated the allegations and have concluded they are not substantiated by the facts and certainly do not reflect our culture.” Because self-investigating always works.

    Signet Jewelers’ market capitalization fell to $4.4 billion today from $5.1 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $468 million on sales of $6.6 billion in 2016.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Modine Manufacturing Company(MOD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Modine Manufacturing Co. (NYSE: MOD) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $351.33 million.

    Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NM) is expected to report a quarterly loss at $0.37 per share on revenue of $101.51 million.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares fell 0.62 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (NYSE: TOO), down 9 percent, and Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 7 percent.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    According to Yahoo Finance, this holds for Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO), which is showing 22.63 percent against the float, Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: WLL), currently at 22.55 percent, as well as several others held by the ETF. If your own short-term thesis is in line with this trend, the bear ETF might be the optimal way of approaching that industry.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 0.76 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 6 percent, and Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZN) down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares fell 1.02 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 8 percent, and Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P (NASDAQ: CLMT) down 7 percent.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: WLL) saw its shares rocket up by 30.2% to $12.21 on 79.5 million shares on Wednesday. That represents almost 4 times normal trading volume. Whiting Petroleum has a total market cap of $3.5 billion. The company has a consensus analyst price target of $11.39 and a 52-week trading range of $3.35 to $16.62.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.(AEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO) trades at 12 times earnings, which is half the industry average of 24 for apparel stores. It pays a forward dividend yield of 3.6%, which is much higher than the S&P 500’s average yield of 2%. That dividend is supported by a payout ratio of 43%, but it hasn’t hiked that payout since 2013.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (NYSE: AEO) dropped nearly 16% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $10.91 after closing at $12.96 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $19.55. Volume of nearly 23 million was about 5 times the daily average of around 4.7 million shares traded. The specialty retailer’s results didn’t live up to expectations this morning.

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    However, the ongoing closures could help remaining shopping mall businesses like The Gap (NYSE:GPS)and American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO). Neither company has been immune to the changing times and both have closed down stores of their own. However, some of these clothiers — American Eagle, in particular — have managed to hang on to old clientele and expand into new markets.