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Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now

That didn’t take long. After a one-week absence as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) index’s best performing stock, Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) has reclaimed its top ranking last week with a gain of nearly 9%. For the first two weeks of 2018, Boeing shares have added 14%.

The second-best performer among the Dow 30 so far this year is Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), up just over 8%, and it was the Dow’s second-best performer for all of 2017. General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) held the top spot in the first week of the yearbut slid to third-best last week with two-week total share price jump of 7.5%. United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) has posted a gain of just over 7% to settle into the fourth spot.

The Dow posted an all-time high of 25,810.43 on Friday and closed the week at 25,803.19, up about 540 points (about 2.1%). The index gained about 1.9% in the first week of the year.

Last Monday, Boeing announced full-year orders and deliveries of both commercial and defense aircraft. On the commercial side, the company delivered 763 jets, a new record total surpassing by one 2015’s total. Total net new orders for the year came to 912 and pushed the company’s total backlog to 5,864 commercial jets. The ratio of new orders to delivered planes (the book-to-bill ratio) was about 1.2 for the year.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Peoples Bancorp Inc.(PEBO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BidaskClub downgraded shares of Peoples Bancorp (NASDAQ:PEBO) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a report released on Friday.

    Several other equities analysts have also recently issued reports on PEBO. Boenning Scattergood reissued a hold rating on shares of Peoples Bancorp in a research note on Wednesday, April 25th. Hovde Group set a $39.00 price objective on shares of Peoples Bancorp and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 24th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Peoples Bancorp from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $37.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. ValuEngine raised shares of Peoples Bancorp from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 24th. Finally, Sandler O’Neill reissued a hold rating and issued a $37.00 price objective on shares of Peoples Bancorp in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Peoples Bancorp has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $38.00.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: CyberArk Software Ltd.(CYBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    RB: I thought wed be up more than we are on cybersecurity plays. We have 25% gains on recommendations like Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW). Were off a few percentage points on CyberArk Software (NASDAQ: CYBR).

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    CyberArk Software (NASDAQ:CYBR) reported fourth-quarter financial results on Feb. 9. The Israeli cybersecurity specialist continues to win new business for its “privileged account” security solutions, which help to protect against cyberattacks that use insider privileges to penetrate network perimeters and assault the most sensitive areas of an enterprise’s IT infrastructure.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The short interest at CyberArk Software Ltd. (NASDAQ: CYBR) increased to 1.10 million shares from the previous level of 861,800. Shares were trading at $53.34, within a 52-week range of $39.34 to $55.63.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion before the opening bell. Citigroup shares rose 0.30 percent to $67.22 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) to have earned $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion in the latest quarter. JPMorgan will release earnings before the markets open. JPMorgan shares gained 0.48 percent to $93.55 in after-hours trading.
    Cyberark Software Ltd (NASDAQ: CYBR) lowered its guidance for the second quarter. The company now expects total revenue of $57.0 million to $57.5 million, versus earlier guidance of $61.0 million to $62.0 million. Cyberark shares dipped 17.65 percent to $42.00 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the opening bell, First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million. First Republic Bank shares dropped 0.80 percent to close at $101.35 on Thursday.

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Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Diamondrock Hospitality Company(DRH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    DiamondRock Hospitality Company (NYSE: DRH) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $218.42 million.

    Weyerhaeuser Co (NYSE: WY) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: First Horizon National Corporation(FHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.02 per share on revenue of $22.51 billion.
    Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion.
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion.
    PNC Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE: PNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.02 per share on revenue of $4.00 billion.
    First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million.
    First Horizon National Corp (NYSE: FHN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $337.89 million.

     

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    In this environment, investors should be looking to add the banks to their portfolios. He likes Goldman Sachs (GS) and First Horizon National (FHN) , which appeared on “Mad Money” last week. He would avoid any high-yielding stock however, as they are getting increased competition from risk-free Treasuries.

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    In an “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down with Bryan Jordan, chairman, president and CEO of First Horizon National (FHN) , the Tennessee-based regional bank that just posted a three-cents-a-share earnings beat with net interest margins up 52 basis points.

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    In his second “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer also sat down with Bryan Jordan, chairman, president and CEO of First Horizon National (FHN) , the Tennessee-based regional bank that just posted a three-cents-a-share earnings beat with net interest margins up 52 basis points.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: PCM, Inc.(PCMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday afternoon, the information technology shares gained 2.42 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI), up 17 percent, and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD), up 13 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday morning, the information technology shares gained 1.72 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI), up 17 percent, and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD), up 13 percent.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    PCM (NASDAQ: PCMI) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Catalog & mail-order houses” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare PCM to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    PCM Inc (NASDAQ: PCMI) was down, falling around 26 percent to $14.63. PCM reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.47 per share on sales of $560.1 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) shares gained 86.76 percent to close at $11.00 on Thursday.
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares climbed 47.06 percent to close at $7.00 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (NASDAQ: CDAY) gained 41.86 percent to close at $31.21.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares rose 26.5 percent to close at $22.20 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) jumped 24.92 percent to close at $4.06.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares climbed 23.26 percent to close at $2.65 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) rose 24.44 percent to close at $422.50 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) gained 17.75 percent to close at $18.64 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) rose 16.59 percent to close at $12.30 following Q1 results.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYME) rose 16.06 percent to close at $15.25.
    Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) shares climbed 14.5 percent to close at $121.42 as the company posted reported Q1 beat And raised FY18 outlook.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares gained 13.7 percent to close at $11.04 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 13.21 percent to close at $3.00 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) jumped 13.06 percent to close at $257.40 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    BioTelemetry,
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, the information technology shares gained 2.23 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI), up 17 percent, and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD), up 14 percent.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Eiffage SA (EFGSY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Atlantia (ATASF) (AT.IM), Eiffage (OTCPK:EFGSY) (FGR.FP), Ferrovial (OTC:FRRVF) (FER.SM), Albertis (OTC:ABFOF) (ABE.SM) and Vinci (OTCPK:VCISF) (DG.FP)

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: TrueBlue Inc.(TBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Trueblue (NYSE: TBI) is one of 23 public companies in the “Help supply services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Trueblue to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings and risk.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Pershing Gold Corporation(PGLC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sara Cornell]

    Leading the way is CEO Edward Karr. As a founder of Pershing Gold Corp (NASDAQ:PGLC), he currently serves on their Board of Directors, and has been active in the natural resource industry for many years. With a background in finance and investment banking, Karr is credited with raising capital to begin operations at US Gold Corp, and establishing financing for both the operational and exploration sides of the company.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Compass Diversified Holdings(CODI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Compass Diversified Holdings (CODI) seeks to invest in manufacturing, distribution, consumer products, and business services sectors.

    One thing I like about Compass is its strict definitions of its acquisition strategy. They have a six-step process of identifying companies to acquire that reads simply, but has lead to astounding success.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: 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 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now

Source: ThinkstockDecember 18, 2017: The S&P 500 closed up 0.5% at 2,690.34. The DJIA closed up 0.6% at 24,792.96. Separately, the Nasdaq was up 0.8% at 6,994.76.

Monday was a great start to the week for the broad U.S. markets. Again all three of the major exchanges hit all-time highs. Notable highlights here were that the Nasdaq hit over the 7,000 mark for the first time ever and the Dow reached within 125 points of hitting 25,000less than a month after hitting 24,000. Crude oil was down slightly in Mondays session. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly positive on the day with one very large exception. The best performing sectors were materials, energy and financials up 1.5%, 0.8% and 1.0%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were utilities and consumer staples down 1.1% and 0.1%, respectively.

Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: United Bankshares Inc.(UBSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Salesforce.com (CRM) , American Airlines (AAL) , Align Technology (ALGN) , Procter & Gamble (PG) , United Bankshares (UBSI) , Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) and Dominion Energy (D) .

Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: CBOE Holdings Inc.(CBOE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Saumya Vaishampayan
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    Those who dabble in derivatives tied to the CBOE (CBOE) Volatility Index are placing bets that pay out if the stock market keeps swinging, and especially if it drops.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Last December, two major futures exchanges started offering futures contracts on bitcoin. CBOE Global Markets (NASDAQ:CBOE) was the first to market with its futures offering, and CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) didn’t waste any time coming out with its own version of a bitcoin contract.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.

  • [By CNNMoney Staff]

    Stocks continued to rally despite the fact that options trading was temporarily halted Monday afternoon at exchanges run by CBOE Holdings (CBOE), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), BATS Global Markets and Miami International Holdings due to issues at the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA), which provides trading data and price quotes.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Wall Street has been watching bitcoin this week, with the price up another 39.8 percent to above $16,000 ahead of the highly anticipated launch of bitcoin futures trading by Cboe Global Markets Inc (NASDAQ: CBOE) starting Sunday. Bitcoin has been around for years, but bitcoin futures trading will make trading a breeze for average retail investors for the first time.

Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Porter Bancorp Inc.(PBIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LP’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=PATRIOT+FINANCIAL+PARTNERS+GP%2C+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LPBanc of California Inc (BANC) – 2,850,564 shares, 27.82% of the total portfolio. Guaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,891,767 shares, 23.36% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 19.22%Meta Financial Group Inc (CASH) – 347,069 shares, 14.02% of the total portfolio. Sterling Bancorp (STL) – 1,048,980 shares, 11.07% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 16.01%MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 2,060,302 sha

Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Protective Life Corporation(PL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

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

Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: 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

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.

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  • [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.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019

Employing contrarian investing tactics is exceptionally difficult. Evolutionarily speaking, we are inclined to follow the majority and not stray from the pack. However, in investing, it can be extraordinarily lucrative to deviate from the consensus. The consensus view of Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:BBBY) is that the company faces several headwinds that will stagnate growth and cause the stock price to languish. Nonetheless, the market is overly discounting shares of BBBY and is providing an undervalued opportunity.

“Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” – Warren Buffett

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: International Speedway Corporation(ISCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    International Speedway Corp (NASDAQ: ISCA) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $146.09 million.

    Mitcham Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIND) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.36 per share on revenue of $10.99 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    International Speedway Corp (NASDAQ: ISCA) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $146.09 million. International Speedway shares declined 1.65 percent to close at $36.26 yesterday.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: 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 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Fresh Del Monte Produce, Inc.(FDP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    The man at the top of Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (NYSE: FDP) wasselling stock last week. Chairman and CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh shed a block of 50,000 shares at prices that ranged from $57.85 to $58.46 apiece. The total was listed at $2.9 million. The stock ended the weekat $58.31, in a 52-week range of $41.70 to $66.86. The consensus price target is $70.30.

  • [By John Udovich]

    Thanksgiving is almost here and aside from featuring a turkey, most Thanksgiving dinners will include items from a range of consumer stocks including Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB), Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC), Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc (NYSE: FDP) and McCormick & Company (NYSE: MKC) along with aThanksgiving turkey from Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL)or Seaboard Corporation (NYSEAMEX: SEB). According tothe American Farm Bureau Federation,a classic Thanksgiving dinner will cost$49.87 for a gathering of 10 orjust under $5 per person down from 2015s all-time high of $50.11.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: W&T Offshore Inc.(WTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM) and W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: WTI).

  • [By John Bromels]

    Shares of oil and gas drillerW&T Offshore(NYSE:WTI) fell throughout April, finishing the month at $2.04 per share, down 26.4%.

    W&T is a small company primarily focused on natural gas liquids production in the Gulf of Mexico. In April, its market cap dropped about $100 million to $280 million. Huge swings like that aren’t uncommon for small companies, but what was unusual was the apparent lack of rationale for the drop.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    W&T Offshore Inc. (NYSE: WTI) had a big buy hit the tape last week. CEO Tracy Krohn picked up a massive 1,180,888 shares of the independent oil and natural gas producer at $1.94 per share. The total for the trade came in right at the $2 million level.The company engages in the acquisition, exploration and development of oil and natural gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico. The stock closed Friday at $2.67, so outstanding timing, indeed.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Graco Inc.(GGG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joel Elconin]

    At this time, the only relevant news to the Gold market and Gold stocks was the halt of Graco Inc. (NYSE: GGG), which was down $0.80 at $84.64 and just reopened at $82.20.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, industrials shares fell by 0.83 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Graco Inc. (NYSE: GGG), down 9 percent, and Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV), down 11 percent.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Boeing Company (The)(BA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Much of this was based on educated guesswork, however, as we extrapolated what we knew about the finances at SpaceX rivalsBoeing(NYSE:BA),Lockheed Martin(NYSE:LMT),Orbital ATK(NYSE:OA), andAirbus(NASDAQOTH:EADSY), and applied it to what wethoughtthat might mean for SpaceX’s own finances. It would have been a whole lot easier to just take a good hard look at SpaceX’s own financial documents, and get the answers straight from the source.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Its in fashion to worry about Boeing Co. (BA), but the company isnt that troubled. Boeing beat analysts profit estimate over the summer and the cash-flow picture continued to strengthen.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Wednesday was The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) which traded up 4.28% at $349.50. The stock’s 52-week range is $156.75 to $349.57, and the high was posted this afternoon. Volume was about double the daily average of around 3.5 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Hexcel Corporation (NYSE: HXL) issued a weak profit and sales forecast for 2017.
    VeriFone Systems Inc (NYSE: PAY) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter, but issued a weak outlook for the first quarter.
    Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) lifted its quarterly dividend by 30 percent to $1.42 per share. The company’s board also announced a a new $14 billion share buyback plans.
    Inovalon Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: INOV) cut its earnings and revenue guidance for full year 2016.

  • [By ]

    You haven’t lightened the load on that Netflix (NFLX) you bought while the market was melting up in January. Who cares about the broader pullback in FAANG stocks over the last month, right? Trump’s rampage against China’s trade practices hasn’t shaken you from the that dividend-paying, global industrial Boeing (BA) you purchased last year.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Patriot One Technologies Inc. (PTOTF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    When a small cap or microcap stock like Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) announces a reseller agreement, some investors may not understand what is meant by such agreements for the top and ultimately the bottom line. A reseller would bea company or individual that purchases goods or services with the intention of selling them for a profit rather than consuming or using them with a reseller agreement governing the terms for the deal. There is also something called avalue-added reseller (VAR) agreement which isa legal contract between a manufacturer and a value-added reseller where the resellerpurchases a product from a manufacturer, adds value to that product in some way and then resells the product as its own with the agreement specifying the conditions that must be adhered to throughout that process.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap homeland security and screening stocks like FLIR Systems (NASDAQ: FLIR), OSI Systems (NASDAQ: OSIS),Varex Imaging Corp (NASDAQ: VREX) and Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) stand to benefit fromTrumps focus on border andinternal security in general. Heres what you need to know about all four:

  • [By Robert J. Smith]

    Patriot One Technologies (OTC: PTOTF) technology is unique due to its “cognitive” ability to detect knives, guns and other weapons to assess threats. Each screening instance provides the Patriot One system with smarter and better detection capabilities. The system continually learns and improves with each use.

  • [By Robert J. Smith]

    The cutting-edge technology created by Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) (TSE: PAT.V) is available for use in airports, police stations and other government offices. It’s also available for use in stadiums, concert halls, night clubs and shopping malls. Anywhere that large numbers of people gather has the potential for installation of Patriot One’s system. Fortunately for any public or private entity that puts this concealed weapons detection system to work, there are no privacy law concerns “No image is retained. There are no privacy concerns whatsoever with respect to it. There’s no data that’s being retained, it’s simply detecting items on an individual,” said John Gillies, retired assistant director of CSIS, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
    Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino has implemented a trial of Patriot One’s revolutionary concealed weapons detection technology in order to evaluate integration capabilities with existing in-house security systems.
    Having long been an iconic landmark, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is comprised of nearly 3,000 hotel rooms, including 305 suites located on 64 acres with a 74,000-square foot casino and 200,000 square foot convention center. The casino property is owned by Florida-based Westgate Resorts, the largest privately held company in Central Florida. Today, Westgate Resorts encompasses 28 resorts with more than 13,500 villas across the United States.
    Westgate’s Chief Operating Officer Mark Waltrip said, “With this partnership, we are pleased to be moving ahead and look forward to deploying the product on-site and to integrating it with our existing security infrastructure. Hopefully this is the first of many deployments across our locations around the United States.”

  • [By Elizabeth Loring]

    Last week Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) (TSX VENTURE: PAT), the Toronto, Ontario based company that aims to limit the spread of active violence through superior detection technology by instantly identifying concealed weapons, even on moving targets. announced the appointment of Mr. John Gillies as a member of it’s Board of Directors.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: H&E Equipment Services Inc.(HEES)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of United Rentalsgiving a similar performance but alsopulling away fromsmall cap peer H&E Equipment Services, Inc (NASDAQ: HEES):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of United Rentalsgiving a similar performance and pulling away fromsmall cap peer H&E Equipment Services, Inc (NASDAQ: HEES):

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Allstate Corporation (The)(ALL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund, Chuck Saletta, and Brian Feroldi]

    Read on to see why they pickedAllstate(NYSE:ALL),EPAM Systems(NYSE:EPAM), andUniversal Display(NASDAQ:OLED).

    Image source: Getty Images.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Wells Fargo analysts see a number of upside catalysts for The Allstate Corporation (ALL), plus a positive trend for automobile insurers as a whole. As such, the analysts upgraded the insurance provider on Thursday.

    The analysts upgraded ALL from “Market Perform” to “Outperform” and boosted its valuation range from $48-$52 to $58-$62. This new valuation range suggests a 16% to 24% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $50.11.

    “We are upgrading the shares of Allstate to Outperform from Market Perform on the basis of several fundamental reasons unique to the company as well as several positive, emerging structural trends for auto insurers in general,” Wells Fargo analyst John Hall stated. “We do not believe that the market has yet paid for potential unit growth within Allstate’s branded standard book of auto insurance, something we envision occurring over the next 6-12 months.”

    As for some of the positive personal auto insurance sector trends, Hall noted, “These would include shifting demographics toward a safer driving population mix (more old drivers and fewer young drivers), changing driving habits particularly among millennials, a safer U.S. personal auto fleet, rising car sales pointing to positive symbol shift as well as industry conditions encouraging market share consolidation.”

    Wells Fargo boosted Allstate’s 2013 EPS estimates from $4.62 to $4.85 and 2014 EPS estimates from $4.85 to $5.20.

    Allstate shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading on Thursday. The stock is up 24.74% year-to-date.

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Credit Suisse reported on Thursday that it has raised its estimates on insurance company The Allstate Corporation (ALL).

    The firm has raised its price target on ALL to $62. This price target suggests a 16% upside from the stock’s current price of $52.23. Analysts currently have an “Outperform” rating on ALL.

    Credit Suisse has also boosted estimates on ALL as its management is increasing returns.

    Allstate shares were up 32 cents, or 0.62%, during Thursday morning trading. The stock is up 30% YTD.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Transcananda Pipelines Ltd.(TRP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Energy stocks were driven by a hefty dose of M&A during the third quarter. And that will drive returns for TransCanada Corporation (TRP) during the next one.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    After a series of setbacks in its attempts to build new oil pipelines, Canadian pipeline giant TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) completed a transformation transaction to acquire U.S. natural gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group for $13 billion, which includes the assumption of debt. The key to that deal was that it increased the combined company’s near-term project pipeline to 23 billion Canadian dollars, which supports TransCanada’s ability to increase its dividend by 8% to 10% annually through 2020. After completing that deal, TransCanada made a bid to acquire all of the outstanding units that it did not own of affiliated MLP Columbia Pipeline Partners (NYSE:CPPL) in a transaction valued at $915 million. These acquisitions solidified TransCanada’s natural gas pipeline growth ambitions, enabling it to diversify away from oil pipelines.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    In a number of articles recently, following the US recent revival and potential approval of the previously blocked Keystone XL pipeline, a number of estimates have been provided suggesting a pending boom for the US steel industry is on the horizon (and US steel stocks have reacted in kind). In fact, this optimism, we believe, peaked today when a report from one of our competitors was published claiming that, the keystone XL pipeline could increase line pipe demand by 14.7% for 2 years. The problem here, we believe, rests with the facts that: (a) TransCanada (TRP) has already taken, and paid for, the steel to build the Keystone XL pipeline (the steel currently sits in storage facilities in both Regina, Canada and Arkansas, United States), (b) neither US Steel (X; SELL), AK Steel, Steel Dynamics, or Nucor have the ability to make the specialized steel required for the miles of pipe associated with this project, to include both the thickness and pressure requirements, according to this article from Reuters, and (c) assuming some of the pipe does need replacement, this would likely come from international steel makers who are capable of producing the specialized steel (again, as highlighted in this Reuters article).

Best Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now

Retirement Is Lifes Most Expensive Purchase

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Advisors and their firms know they have to “work smarter” online. At a social media conference Thursday in San Francisco sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, leaders in the technology and financial industries came together to learn what that means in concrete terms.

More than 100 participants heard opening remarks by Hearsay Systems CEO Clara Shih, who remains upbeat but clear on the acute challenges faced by advisors today.

“Nearly 2 billion people are active on Facebook,” Shih said.

“High-net-worth investors spend more time on social media” than others, she adds. “The more wealth an individual has, they more time they spend on social media. There is a positive correlation.”

Portfolios will be based on ETFs made by Vanguard and others; Bank of America also introduces automated branches.

Best Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: 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).

Best Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Ishares Trust Dj Us Financial (IYF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Investors looking to set up a pair trade to capitalize on the divergent paths of U.S. and European banks should consider going long the iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE: IYF) and short the Ishares MSCI Europe Fincls Sctr Indx Fd (NASDAQ: EUFN).

Best Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Old Second Bancorp Inc.(OSBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Old Second Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: OSBC).

Best Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Tree.com Inc.(TREE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Lendingtree Inc (NASDAQ: TREE) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $212.90. LendingTree reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.90 per share on sales of $152.8 million. The company also raised its FY17 outlook.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Coming up on this episode of Mad Money: Cramer interviews United Technologies (UTX) CEO Greg Hayes; and Doug Lebda, CEO of LendingTree (TREE) . Plus, don’t miss the Lightning Round. Which stocks is Cramer bullish on?

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Many of the sponsors of Bill O’Reilly’s Fox show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” have cancelled ads in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal. However, two mainstream advertisers continue to support O’Reilly online via ads on his Bill O’Reilly website. Based on observations over the past 24 hours, these include LendingTree Inc. (NASDAQ: TREE) and the Hefty division of Reynolds Consumer Products.

Best Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Brookline Bancorp Inc.(BRKL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dividends4Life]

    Memberships and Peers: PBCT is a member of the S&P 500 and a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers Index. The company’s peer group includes: Bank of America Corporation (BAC) with a 0.3% yield, Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (BRKL) with a 3.7% yield and Westfield Financial Inc. (WFD) with a 3.5% yield.

Best Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion before the opening bell. Dr Pepper Snapple shares fell 0.07 percent to close at $93.49 on Monday.
    Analysts expect American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG) to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $12.87 billion after the closing bell. AIG shares gained 0.38 percent to $66.39 in after-hours trading.
    Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed expectations. Flowers Foods shares fell 1.87 percent to $20.45 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Diebold Nixdorf Inc (NYSE: DBD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.31 billion. Diebold Nixdorf shares slipped 0.73 percent to close at $27.20 on Monday.

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    BMO’s Charles Sebaski explains why he upgraded American International Group (AIG) to Outperform from market Perform:

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    AIG has been trading at discount to its tangible book given its mid-single digit return profile; however, we expect AIGs valuation to keep increasing with its improving return profile. We are now forecasting AIG to generate a 9.9% operating return on tangible common equity (ROtE) in 2018, which would be a 450 bp improvement from 2016. A double-digit return profile warrants the 1x multiple that we are applying to its tangible book value per share. While we expect AIGs return profile to benefit from lower taxes, we also expect the companys life and retirement business to improve from the rising interest rates as those spread businesses are more interest rate sensitive than the P&C business. That said, we expect continued improvement on both the loss and expense sides of the P&C as contributing factors to the ROtE improve.

    BMO also upgraded Arch Capital Group (ACGL), Brown & Brown (BRO), and Travelers (TRV).

    Shares of American International Group have declined 0.4% to $65.60 at 3:36 p.m. today, whileArch Capital Group has gained 2% to $87.90,Brown & Brown has advanced 0.5% to $44.65, andTravelers has risen 1.3% to $120.79.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    American International Group (AIG) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after its earnings fell well short of the Street consensus.

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    AIG dropped 8.9% to $60.85 today, while the S&P 500 gained 0.5% to 2,349.25.

    Yes, AIG’s earnings were bad. It reported an operating loss of $2.72 a share, missing forecasts for a profit of 42 cents, according to Bloomberg. And it didn’t help that John Paulson’s Paulson & Co. cut its stake in the insurer.

    You’ll notice the forecast is different than what it was in my earlier post on AIG–and an AIG spokesperson even reached out to tell me that the consensus, at least according to FactSet, should had been for a loss of 61 cents a share. Why the confusion? RBC’s Mark Dwelle and Scott Heleniak have your answer:

    In reporting results AIG has recast all of its business segments, transferring various pieces to a Legacy unit, reallocating corporate expenses and net investment income as well as making some changes as to what is included within operating income, the most notable of which is that loss reserve discount effects in U.S. Commercial Insurance (and the Legacy unit) are now excluded from Operating Income. Accordingly, comparisons to prior reported results, and to some extent our 4Q16 estimates, require some reconciliation.

    Macquarie’sAmit Kumar considers the bull and bear cases on AIG:

    On 2/14, after market close, AIG reported a Q4 operating loss of $2.72 per share vs. our estimate of a $0.52 loss and street consensus of a $0.54 loss. Results are not directly comparable to street consensus due to lack of unanimity in terms of reserve adjustment estimates. Results included a higher than estimated $5.6 billion or $3.56/share of adverse development. The company had previously announced the possibility of a material reserve charge in the quarter. The bulls on the stock would note that this quar