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Best Small Cap Stocks For 2019

The Q4 earnings report for small cap Take ‘N’ Bake pizza chain stock Papa Murphy’s Holdings (NASDAQ: FRSH) is scheduled for after the market closes on Wednesday (March 15th). In February, our Under the Radar Movers newsletter suggested shorting the stock by saying:

“For the longest time, Papa Murphy’s Holdings managed to make its way sideways in a pretty narrow trading range. As of today though, a support line at $4.16 has been broken, and a high-volume pullback that’s been developing since late last week has been unleashed. There’s not a lot left to prop the stock up, and there’s plenty of downside room to keep rolling.”

“What you can’t see on the chart is that, further back, FRSH had already developed a pretty significant long-term downtrend. We’re just trying to capture a brief leg of that bigger-picture pullback.”

Best Small Cap Stocks For 2019: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter financial results before the markets open on Wednesday. The consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters are calling for $1.22 in earnings per share (EPS) and $36.48 billion in revenue. In the same period of last year, GM said it had $1.65 in EPS and $37.72 billion in revenue.

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    It’s emotionally challenging to be a General Motors (NYSE:GM) investor these days because pessimism and bearish opinions about the automaker abound. Bears will tell you GM operates in a cyclical and capital-intensive industry with thin margins. Bears will tell you auto stocks sell off at a whim when macroeconomic problems appear, even if their profits are setting records. Bears will tell you the U.S. market is plateauing, and only getting more competitive.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    The news broke like a thunderclap over Wall Street: Honda Motor Co. (NYSE:HMC) will invest $750 million in General Motors’ (NYSE:GM) autonomous vehicle (AV) division, Cruise, and Honda will invest a further “$2 billion over 12 years” in order “to fund and develop a purpose-built autonomous vehicle for Cruise that can serve a wide variety of use cases and be manufactured at high volume for global deployment.”

  • [By John Rosevear]

    VW does have some things going for it. For starters, it’s still generating strong earnings: On an operating basis, excluding one-time items, VW earned just over 17 billion euros ($20.1 billion) in 2017, with a solid 7.4% margin. That’s way ahead of the $12.8 billion earned by General Motors (NYSE:GM) last year on a similar basis, though GM’s margin was higher at 8.8%.

  • [By John Rosevear]

    General Motors (NYSE:GM) said that its first-quarter net income fell 59%, to $1.1 billion, on a planned drop in pickup-truck production and a big one-time charge for restructuring in Korea.

Best Small Cap Stocks For 2019: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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

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    Whiting Petroleum Corp (WLL) Expected to Post Earnings of $0.62 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) Oil Edges Higher On Iran Fears – OIR 220818 (proshareng.com) Whiting Petroleum (WLL) Presents At EnerCom’s 23rd Annual Oil & Gas Conference – Slideshow (seekingalpha.com) Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL) – Day One Breakout Notes (oilandgas360.com)

    Several analysts have issued reports on WLL shares. Bank of America raised shares of Whiting Petroleum from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 10th. Robert W. Baird increased their price objective on shares of Whiting Petroleum from $50.00 to $61.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Sunday, July 29th. Imperial Capital increased their price objective on shares of Whiting Petroleum from $40.00 to $45.00 and gave the company a “line” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $75.00 price objective on shares of Whiting Petroleum in a research report on Friday, July 20th. Finally, SunTrust Banks increased their price objective on shares of Whiting Petroleum to $70.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 5th. Fourteen research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, fifteen have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Whiting Petroleum currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $48.54.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Foundry Partners LLC acquired a new stake in Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL) in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund acquired 108,476 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,671,000. Foundry Partners LLC owned about 0.12% of Whiting Petroleum at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL) gapped up before the market opened on Tuesday . The stock had previously closed at $53.25, but opened at $51.53. Whiting Petroleum shares last traded at $52.01, with a volume of 68181 shares.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Friday was a down day on Wall Street, but losses were generally small, and the market closed well above its lowest levels of the session. Initially, investors seemed concerned about further trade tensions between the U.S. and China, but upon further reflection, they appeared to draw comfort from considerable fundamental strength from key sectors of the industrial economy. Even with the overall market recovering from earlier weakness, some stocks still posted substantial declines. Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL), Global Blood Therapeutics (NASDAQ:GBT), and First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Whiting Petroleum Co. (NYSE:WLL) – Equities research analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies lifted their Q2 2018 earnings estimates for Whiting Petroleum in a research note issued on Sunday, May 20th. Piper Jaffray Companies analyst K. Harrison now forecasts that the oil and gas exploration company will earn $0.85 per share for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of $0.33. Piper Jaffray Companies currently has a “Hold” rating and a $46.00 target price on the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies also issued estimates for Whiting Petroleum’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.97 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $1.16 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $3.90 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $1.70 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $1.48 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $1.47 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $1.59 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $6.24 EPS.

Best Small Cap Stocks For 2019: Tucows Inc.(TCX)

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  • [By Brian Feroldi, Anders Bylund, and Maxx Chatsko]

    So which growth stocks are worthy of an investment today? We asked three Motley Fool contributors to weigh in and they called out Corcept Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CORT), Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX), and New Relic (NYSE:NEWR). 

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Anders Bylund, and Maxx Chatsko]

    So which stocks fit that mold today? We asked a team of Motley Fool contributors to weigh in, and they called out Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA), NextEra Energy Partners LP (NYSE:NEP), and Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX). 

Best Energy Stocks For 2019

ValuEngine upgraded shares of Yingli (NYSE:YGE) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report published on Saturday morning.

Yingli stock opened at $1.60 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $30.36 million, a PE ratio of -0.17 and a beta of 1.98. Yingli has a twelve month low of $1.43 and a twelve month high of $2.86. The company has a quick ratio of 0.33, a current ratio of 0.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -0.11.

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Yingli (NYSE:YGE) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 26th. The solar energy provider reported ($2.40) EPS for the quarter. The company had revenue of $349.39 million for the quarter. equities research analysts predict that Yingli will post -9.16 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Best Energy Stocks For 2019: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    The opportunity in autonomous vehicles is likely to rival that of the internet and mobile, which led to dominance of tech companies likeApple and Alphabet(NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), both of which have been the most valuable company in the world at different moments in recent years, among others. It’s easy to see the benefits from driverless tech, which is expected to lead to a lower accident rate, faster commute times, eliminating the hassle of parking and freeing up space, among other benefits. However, the market seems to be ignoring this opportunity.General Motors(NYSE:GM) andFord(NYSE:F) are still being treated like dinosaurs, while the rise of Alphabet’s Waymo seems to have had no impact on its parent’s market value.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) sold 84,639 F-Series pickups in May, topping sales of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) Ram pickups of 46,781 units. General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) no longer reports monthly sales results.

  • [By John Rosevear]

    Amazon said Tuesday that it has joined up with General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Volvo Cars to begin offering in-car deliveries to owners of vehicles with certain connectivity options as part of its Amazon Key program.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    A judge made a ruling in the General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) faulty ignition case. According to The Wall Street Journal:

    General Motors Co. avoided a potential $1 billion-plus stock payout to address claims stemming from the auto giants ignition-switch crisis after a judge found a settlement between plaintiffs and a trust for the companys bankruptcy estate unenforceable.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    It is questionable how much this will help America’s largest car companies. Most U.S. cars made for sale in China, the world’s largest car market, are manufactured by joint venture companies, which are majority-owned by local partners. General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) has several joint ventures to make and market cars, the largest of which is with Chinese auto giant SAIC. That means China’s change in tariffs is little more than a token for companies like GM.

Best Energy Stocks For 2019: Finisar Corporation(FNSR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lessened its holdings in shares of Finisar Co. (NASDAQ:FNSR) by 14.8% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 767,944 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 132,996 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc.’s holdings in Finisar were worth $12,142,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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    Activist investor Glenn Welling of Engaged Capital LLC, the insurgent investor agitating for changes at TiVo, Rent-a-Center, on Tuesday, May 15, revealed new positions in Aratana Therapeutics Inc. (PETX) , Cross Country Healthcare Inc. (CCRN)  and Finisar Corp. (FNSR)

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) Director Jerry S. Rawls sold 30,208 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.59, for a total transaction of $470,942.72. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 593,466 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,252,134.94. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Finisar(NASDAQ:FNSR) followed in AAOI’s footsteps in March, surging more than 10% higher around the announcement of Lumentum’s Oclaro deal, but losing it all amid deafening radio silence. By the end of March, the stock had fallen 12.2% lower, and Finisar has not enjoyed any glowing analyst analyses in April.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Best Energy Stocks For 2019: Insperity, Inc.(NSP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Atlantic Trust Group LLC trimmed its holdings in shares of Insperity Inc (NYSE:NSP) by 16.3% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 28,152 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 5,491 shares during the period. Atlantic Trust Group LLC owned approximately 0.07% of Insperity worth $1,958,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Insperity Inc (NYSE:NSP) have been given a consensus rating of “Buy” by the six analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, one has assigned a hold recommendation, three have issued a buy recommendation and one has given a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $86.75.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Insperity (NYSE: NSP) and ASGN (NYSE:ASGN) are both mid-cap business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Amazon Wants the Keys to All Your Stuff

Not content to have only the keys to your front door, Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN)also wants the keys to your car.

Following the start of the in-home delivery service called Amazon Key, the online retail giant is launching a service that will deliver packages to your car, whether the trunk or other cargo space. If your car is parked at home, work, or another publicly accessible area, and you have a 2015 or newer General Motors (NYSE:GM) or Volvo vehicle equipped with OnStar or On Call, respectively, you can get packages delivered using this method.

An ad for Amazon Key car delivery service showing a cell phone and a delivery guy with a package waiting by a car.

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Keying in on convenience

For people comfortable with giving strangers access to some of their most private spaces, the Key service continues to make Amazon the most efficient, convenient, and perhaps fastest delivery option available. And Amazon insists the new service is safe, so you don’t have to worry about the delivery driver making off with your ride.

Before requesting vehicle access, Amazon Key verifies the delivery driver, the car, the driver’s location, and that the package being delivered is the one you ordered. Amazon Key only obtains your vehicle’s location on the day of delivery, and because the driver never gets an access code or the key to your car, there’s no need to worry he can come back at a later time to take it.

Moreover, the Key service confirms that your car is locked before the driver leaves, and in the event it isn’t locked, the service automatically activates the locks.

A daunting level of trust is needed

There are obviously benefits to these delivery services. So-called “porch pirates” stealing unattended packages has become a very real phenomenon, which in-home delivery helps to thwart. It also gives Amazon more access into your life — and more data it can collect about you — while creating a greater bond of trust between you and the retailer. And it all comes under the cover of convenience.

Of course, letting a stranger into your house when you’re not home — or even if you are there — takes a great leap of faith.A survey of 2,201 consumers by Morning Consult found that 68% of people were uncomfortable with letting delivery drivers into their homes and 53% were “very uncomfortable” with it. Although those 18 to 29 years of age were twice as likely to be comfortable with it than those 55 to 64 years old, more than half of even that younger cohort was still uncomfortable with the idea.

Giving access to your car’s cargo space likely reduces the stress level for many people, because you can make sure there are no valuables there. But short of removing everything important from your car, it’s not completely secure, either. Not every car is a sedan — hatchbacks, SUVs, minivans, etc. give full access to the interior when the rear hatch is opened. Many cars have folding rear seats that are accessible from the trunk, so storing your valuables in the passenger compartment won’t make them safer either. (It’s probably not a good idea to do that anyway.)

Although the chances of an Amazon driver rummaging through your personal effects is probably low — or that he will hot wire your car to steal it — there remains the increased risk of vandalism to a vehicle by having a package delivered to it.

Delivery may not actually be the point

Amazon Key seems like a solution in search of a problem. If we’re at home or at work, are we really so much farther away from our car that we can’t just have the package delivered to us? And if we’re out at the mall, do we really need Amazon delivering packages to our car?

It’s true people seem far too willing to give up their privacy to social media networks in the service of staying connected with family and friends, but that doesn’t mean we need to extend it to the businesses we shop from.

The universe of Prime members this service is available to is already strictly limited due to the fact it’s currently only available in 37 states and you have to have a specific brand of car equipped with a remote vehicle service to be eligible. For those reasons it’s not going to be widely adopted. Although other car manufacturers like Fordthat come equipped with Sync could be included, Amazon doesn’t even need it to be a huge hit.

What the in-home and in-car Key service really shows consumers is that Amazon is willing to do what it takes to be the most innovative, quickest, most convenient package delivery service around. Whether someone avails themselves of the opportunity is immaterial, as Amazon still drives home the point that you need and want its services — and that may be the most important benefit of all for the company.

Should You Short Tesla Inc Stock Following Bizarre Earnings Call?

Virtually all companies talk about innovation. Only a few, like Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), back up their claims with substantive results. But lately, TSLA hasn’t looked like the cocksure organization for which they’re renowned. With shares dropping more than 5.5% on Thursday, investors openly wonder: should I buy Tesla stock? Or is going short Tesla the safest action?

Throughout my time covering TSLA, I’ve generally maintained a positive outlook. Thus, I’m not one to short Tesla. Sure, the stock has a reputation for being wild, even compared to other technology firms. Plus, CEO Elon Musk doesn’t do things the conventional way. The man launched his Tesla Roadster into space. And not just any roadster but his personal ride.

But the company’s (and the founder’s) quirks are what endeared me to TSLA stock. In the ultra-competitive automobile market, you need whatever distinctions you can get. At least, that was what proved successful in the past. But recently, many investors consider TSLA’s “my way or the highway” attitude a liability. Thus, the cries to short Tesla.

In a first-quarter 2018 earnings report, which saw the company extending its earnings per share losses, the biggest story wasn’t the company’s consensus beat. Instead, it was what Cowen analyst Jeffrey Osborne dubbed a “surreal” environment. Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas backed up this assessment, stating that it was the strangest earnings call in his 20-year tenure.

Controversially, “Musk refused to answer questions from analysts on Tesla’s capital requirements, saying ‘boring questions are not cool.’” If you wanted to short Tesla based on this comment alone, I wouldn’t blame you. I hate excuse-making, especially when it comes from the top.

Still, investors will want to consider both sides of the argument.

Should I Buy Tesla Stock as a Contrarian Play?

Immediately from a tactical perspective, I’m hesitant on the negative play. Because the general opinion toward the company’s conference call was universal, so too is the “short Tesla” argument. You usually don’t make much money betting on the same horse that everybody favors.

First up, let’s talk about one of the most numbers: vehicle deliveries. In the most recent quarter, TSLA delivered just under 30,000 cars. This is up 20% against the year-ago quarter when the company delivered 20,000 cars.

Of course, bearish analysts point out that management plunked, and continues to plunk, significant resources to push these deliveries. These costs are rising, and Tesla doesn’t seem to have convincing answers. Still, our own James Brumley points out that the Q1 haul is more electric vehicles than Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) and Toyota Motor Corp (ADR) (NYSE:TM) sold, combined.

And yes, TSLA has significant trouble meeting its lofty 5,000 unit target for Model 3 sales. But Brumley counters that 450,000 drivers are on a waiting list for the Model 3. I mean, come on! Who waits for a standard-production car in this market? Clearly, demand remains ultra-strong for the company’s product offerings, which makes the idea to short Tesla highly risky.

Finally, TSLA’s concerted efforts have delivered phenomenal macro results. As an automotive brand, Tesla ranks number eight among the most valuable in the world at nearly $5.9 billion. To put this into perspective, TSLA outranks Land Rover ($5.53 billion) and Porsche ($5.14 billion). Keep in mind that the latter two are premium automakers, and are right in line with Tesla’s target demographic.

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Since no one quarter usually makes or breaks a company, to short Tesla appears an overreaction. Instead, these facts suggest you should buy Tesla stock.

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Short Tesla, But Only If You Have the Time

With all that said, I go back to Wall Street’s number-one rule: the markets can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent. In other words, the markets always have the final word.

I concede the technical chart for TSLA stock is hind-end ugly. On a year-to-date basis, shares are down 9%. Currently, the equity trades below both its 50- and 200-day moving averages. And the big one for me is that Tesla is charting a series of lower highs and lower lows.

Since shares failed horizontal support at the psychologically important $300 level, the next logical direction is down. Certainly, Musk did his long-term shareholders no favors during the conference call. Bad things happen when you play games with Wall Street’s playmakers.

But only engage the short trade if you have the time to do so. What I mean is, if you have a job that prevents you from regular access to your portfolio, stay away. The ugliness in TSLA stock is probably temporary.

I’m not a fan of what Musk did. Yeah, he’s cool and trendy, but he’s got to know when to keep his mouth shut. But this is a company that is single-handedly rejuvenating a stale, old industry. Short Tesla stock? Maybe, but get ready to load up when the negative sentiment fades.

As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforemen

As Ford Shuts Down Sedan Models, Dealer Brace For Trouble

Car dealers often carry the financial consequences of decisions manufacturers make about model line, model distribution, and model survival. Among the best examples of this is when GM (NYSE: GM) shuttered Pontiac, Hummer, Oldsmobile, and Saturn almost 15 years ago as the largest car company struggled to survive. Ford (NYSE: F) is in a related struggle, although not life threatening. It will kill the Taurus, Fusion, C-Max, and Fiesta. Some of its dealers will be left with only two car brands– the Mustang and new Focus Active

Perhaps Ford thinks dealers will be happy with the SUVs they have left which include the Expedition, Flex, Explorer and Edge, and the best selling vehicle in the U.Sthe Ford F-150. However, dealers will have less foot traffic as consumers buy competitive products to the ones Ford has killed. Chevy, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (NYSE: HMC), and Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) will all get new dealer traffic. To add insult to injury, some of Ford’s disconnected models sell well and have brought dealers some degree of income both from sales and service. Fusion sold 43,136 units in the first three months. Fiesta sold 12,298. The discontinued models sold 65,000 units through the January to March period

Undoubtedly, Ford’s math in sun setting these models make sense, unless gas prices rise above $4 as they did in 2008. It could be persuasively argued that will not happen again, but oil prices are rising and geopolitical trouble and OPEC strategies could push prices higher. The average price of a gallon of regular gas is pushing toward $3.

Ford dealer have little choice in the matter. Some could add Japanese brands. It would be a way to bolster sales, and a sort of revenue against Ford. Likely they were not queried about the model discontinuations, which makes the decision insulting

Ford could not expect to makes its decision without fallout. In terms of dealer reaction, that fallout could be worse than expected.