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CVS Aims to Remake Health Care With Aetna Deal

As the specter of Amazon.com Inc. looms over the health care industry, it’s easy to see the tech giant’s threat as a major factor behind the megadeal between CVS Health Corp. and Aetna Inc.

Yet the $67.5 billion deal will build a company to match up against a rival that already has businesses spread deep across the sector: UnitedHealth Group Inc.

The takeover, announced Sunday, will combine CVS’s drugstores, clinics and drug-distribution operation with Aetna’s health-insurance products. The companies’ executives say the transaction will make health care more accessible to consumers at CVS locations, promising higher quality, lower costs and more convenience.

(Related: 3 Possible CVS-Aetna Deal Effects, for Agents) 

UnitedHealth, the biggest U.S. health insurer, already offers many similar services. Its Optum business works with more than 30,000 doctors across more than 230 urgent-care clinics and 200 surgery centers, as well as regular doctors’ offices. It doesn’t own drugstores, but its pharmacy-benefit manager serves 65 million people — compared with 90 million members at CVS’s PBM.

Best Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Allot Communications Ltd.(ALLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Allot Communications (NASDAQ:ALLT) and NEC (OTCMKTS:NIPNF) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation and risk.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Allot Communications Ltd (NASDAQ:ALLT) have been given an average rating of “Buy” by the seven ratings firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $6.68.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Allot Communications (NASDAQ:ALLT) will be posting its quarterly earnings results before the market opens on Tuesday, May 8th. Analysts expect Allot Communications to post earnings of ($0.10) per share for the quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Allot Communications (NASDAQ:ALLT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk and valuation.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Allot Communications (NASDAQ: ALLT) and Extreme Networks (NASDAQ:EXTR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Best Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Kyocera Corporation(KYO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media coverage about Kyocera (NYSE:KYO) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kyocera earned a coverage optimism score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the electronics maker an impact score of 44.4825472854626 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media stories about Kyocera (NYSE:KYO) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Kyocera earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the electronics maker an impact score of 44.7168933477613 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Japanese materials giant Kyocera (NYSE:KYO) gained 12.1% in April 2018, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The stock rode a strong fourth-quarter report to these gains despite zero coverage in the financial press.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. (NYSE:TSM) and Kyocera (NYSE:KYO) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Best Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited(YGE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Yingli Green Energy (NYSE:YGE) had its target price raised by S&P Equity Research from $0.45 to $0.62 in a research report released on Tuesday morning.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    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.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. (NYSE: YGE) slipped about 1.2% to post a new 52-week low of $1.68 Friday after closing at $1.70 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $3.35. Volume of about 5.9 million was more than 15 times the daily average of around 88,000. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (NYSE:YGE) shares reached a new 52-week low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $1.40 and last traded at $1.53, with a volume of 75280 shares. The stock had previously closed at $1.57.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Yingli Green Energy (NYSE: YGE) and Netlist (NASDAQ:NLST) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Best Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: AXT Inc(AXTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) shares surged 115.8 percent to $4.3591. Comstock reported conversion of the majority of its unsecured, short-term debt into non-convertible preferred equity.
    Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBOT) jumped 38.2 percent to $3.0251 after the company disclosed that it achieved robust viral clearance for its manufacturing process.
    Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV) surged 26.7 percent to $61.40 after reporting fiscal Q4 results.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) rose 18.9 percent to $2.58.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares gained 17.8 percent to $22.8009.
    The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO) shares gained 17.5 percent to $21.07 after the company posted better-than-expected first-quarter results.
    Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME) rose 15.9 percent to $3.3613.
    Destination Maternity Corporation (NASDAQ: DEST) shares gained 15.5 percent to $3.35 after the board announced late Wednesday the election of four activist-backed director nominees. Three women and one man comprise the selected group championed by NGM Capital’s Nathan Miller and Kenosis Capital’s Peter O’Malley. Destination Maternity had advocated for another slate of three men and interim CEO Melissa Payner-Gregor. The new directors are Holly Alden, Marla Ryan, Anne-Charlotte Windal and Christopher Morgan.
    AXT, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXTI) rose 15 percent to $7.65.
    nLIGHT, Inc. (NASDAQ: LASR) gained 14.5 percent to $34.27 following Q1 results.
    Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHV) rose 14.3 percent to $11.4303.
    Bilibili Inc.. (NASDAQ: BILI) shares climbed 13.9 percent to $14.16 after announcing Q1 results.
    Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BW) gained 13.2 percent to $2.91 after an amended 13D filing from Steel Partners Holdings shows a raised stake in the company from 6.99 million shares to 29.98 million shares, or a 17.8 percent stake.
    HUYA Inc. (NYSE: HUYA) gained 13.1
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) shares climbed 154.95 percent to close at $5.15 on Thursday. Comstock reported conversion of the majority of its unsecured, short-term debt into non-convertible preferred equity.
    Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME) jumped 33.45 percent to close at $3.87.
    Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV) gained 29.72 percent to close at $62.85 after reporting fiscal Q4 results.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares rose 22.93 percent to close at $23.80.
    nLIGHT, Inc. (NASDAQ: LASR) jumped 21.52 percent to close at $36.37 following Q1 results.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) gained 20.28 percent to close at $2.61.
    The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO) shares rose 19.57 percent to close at $21.45 after the company posted better-than-expected first-quarter results.
    AXT, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXTI) gained 18.8 percent to close at $7.90.
    Catasys, Inc. (NASDAQ: CATS) rose 16.33 percent to close at $6.41.
    HUYA Inc. (NYSE: HUYA) rose 15.68 percent to close at $23.09 on Thursday.
    Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRNS) climbed 15.11 percent to close at $6.02 on Thursday after gaining 6.30 percent on Wednesday. Baird initiated coverage on Marinus Pharmaceuticals with an Outperform rating.
    Destination Maternity Corporation (NASDAQ: DEST) shares rose 14.48 percent to close at $3.32 after the board announced late Wednesday the election of four activist-backed director nominees. Three women and one man comprise the selected group championed by NGM Capital’s Nathan Miller and Kenosis Capital’s Peter O’Malley. Destination Maternity had advocated for another slate of three men and interim CEO Melissa Payner-Gregor. The new directors are Holly Alden, Marla Ryan, Anne-Charlotte Windal and Christopher Morgan.
    China Rapid Finance Limited (NYSE: XRF) gained 11.53 percent to close at $3.29 after announcing preliminary Q1 results.
    Bilibili Inc.. (NASDAQ: BILI) shares rose 11.33 pe
  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN) and AXT (NASDAQ:AXTI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends and risk.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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    Gallium Arsenide Global Market Players by 2023- Sumitomo Electric, AXT and China Crystal Technologies (newspharmaceuticals.com) TheStreet Downgrades AXT (AXTI) to C+ (americanbankingnews.com) Is this stock is Overbought? AXT, Inc. (AXTI) (stockquote.review) What Investors Should Know? AXT, Inc. (AXTI) (mostvolatilestocks.com) Community rallies around valley high school, putting on its first musical in 20 years (yourcentralvalley.com)

    Several analysts have recently issued reports on AXTI shares. BidaskClub upgraded AXT from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Dougherty & Co reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of AXT in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. B. Riley decreased their price target on AXT from $8.75 to $8.25 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded AXT from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 1st. Finally, BWS Financial restated a “buy” rating on shares of AXT in a research note on Tuesday, April 17th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $10.44.

Best Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) initially announced its plans to buy Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) in Oct. 2016. Qualcomm wanted to buy NXP, the largest automotive chipmaker in the world, to diversify its business away from the mobile market.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) fell 10.3% lower in April 2018, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. That’s arguably an impressive move for a stock with a firm all-cash buyout offer on the table and just awaiting one last regulatory approval, but that’s where the leader in automotive computing chips stands today.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Credit Suisse Group began coverage on shares of NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) in a research note issued to investors on Friday, Marketbeat.com reports. The firm issued an outperform rating and a $125.00 price objective on the semiconductor provider’s stock.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) was trading down over 4% at $85.80 on Wednesday, after a similar percentage drop on Tuesday. Stifel downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold with an $84 price target. Merrill Lynch reiterated its Neutral rating but has a $110 price objective after its analyst day. The previous consensus target price was $107, and the 52-week range is $85.33 to $125.93.

Best Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Alphabet Inc.(GOOGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Natalie Walters]

    Eager to win a share of the market, Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have all released Slack competitors. However, Amazon is curiously absent from the lineup and could be missing out.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    That’s great news for Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), which hold a near-duopoly in internet ads. Last December, research firm Pivotal estimated that the two companies accounted for 73% of all digital advertising in the U.S., up from 63% in the second quarter of 2015. That growth could hurt smaller digital ad players like Twitter and Snap.

  • [By ]

    Waymo, the self-driving business unit from Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) (GOOGL) , a holding in Jim Cramer’s Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust Portfolio, is aiming for Level 5 driving, as is General Motors Co (GM) , with its plans for a fleet of self-driving taxis. While this sci-fi concept seems a long ways off, some argue that GM could have its robo-taxis on the road as early as 2019.

  • [By ]

    Real Money’s Daria Solovieva writes that Alphabet (GOOGL)  is “betting big on Artificial Intelligence, but that doesn’t mean you should, too.”

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Verizon has teamed up with Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) on this project as well. Subscribers get a YouTube TV subscription free for three months and either a free Google Chromecast Ultra or Apple TV 4K device for ultra-high-definition TV and movie streaming over their new high-speed connection.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and Softbank made large investments in a Chinese transportation startup. According to Reuters:

    Japan’s Softbank Group and Alphabet Inc’s venture capital fund CapitalG are among investors pouring $1.9 billion into a truck hailing service platform Manbang, the Chinese company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Best Casino Stocks For 2019

Last week Renewable Energy & Power, Inc. (OTC PINK : RBNW ), a diversified corporation with markets in energy-saving technologies of LED lighting, solar and wind energy, announced a large San Francisco Bay Area electronic assembly corporation has approved the installation of 1,275 LED lights for their entire main campus.

This is the third such announcement in as many months by the Las Vegas based company. It got me thinking about what the company does and how LED lighting can impact a business’ bottom line as much as it contributes to reducing emissions and the effects of global warming. But what about LED lights in RBNW’s backyard? How much of the Vegas Strip is LED? Well, it turns out, quite a bit.

Over a year ago three of Nevada’s largest casino companies – MGM Resorts, Wynn, and Las Vegas Sands – announced plans to source renewable energy for their hotels, a move driven both by increasing demand for responsible energy use from the companies that rent their conference halls, and a surplus of cheap power from solar farms in Nevada and California. MGM Resorts had already implemented an ambitious energy conservation effort by replacing 1.3 million light bulbs in its properties with LEDs.

Best Casino Stocks For 2019: Real Goods Solar, Inc.(RGSE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Real Goods Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:RGSE) traded down 11.6% on Monday . The stock traded as low as $0.37 and last traded at $0.38. 3,349,076 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 111% from the average session volume of 1,589,596 shares. The stock had previously closed at $0.43.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Real Goods Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: RGSE) traded down 7.5% Monday to set a new 52-week low of $0.37 after closing Friday at $0.40. The stock’s 52-week high is $3.25. Volume was more than 13 times the daily average of about 678,000 shares. The company had no specific news, but a report on solar energy prospects for 2018 may have weighed on the stock.

Best Casino Stocks For 2019: Boot Barn Holdings, Inc.(BOOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $163.65 million.

    Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ: ACXM) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $239.88 million.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:BOOT) soared 17.3% as of 12:40 p.m. EDT Wednesday after the Western wear and work apparel specialist announced strong fiscal fourth-quarter 2018 results.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Frontier Capital Management Co. LLC lowered its position in shares of Boot Barn Holdings Inc (NYSE:BOOT) by 6.0% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 2,497,355 shares of the company’s stock after selling 158,610 shares during the period. Frontier Capital Management Co. LLC owned approximately 0.09% of Boot Barn worth $51,820,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) reported weaker-than-expected results for its second quarter.
    Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter, but issued weak sales outlook for the third quarter.
    Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) reported upbeat results for its first quarter. Comparable-store sales rose 0.6 percent.
    Boot Barn Holdings Inc (NYSE: BOOT) disclosed a 7.2 million common stock offering.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Henry Boot plc (LON:BOOT) insider Gerald Jennings purchased 3,400 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 21st. The stock was acquired at an average price of GBX 304 ($4.08) per share, for a total transaction of £10,336 ($13,868.24).

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) rose 15.6 percent to $25.40 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and issued strong first-quarter earnings guidance.
    Abaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABAX) rose 15.3 percent to $82.75 in pre-market trading. Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) announced plans to acquire Abaxis for $83 per share in cash.
    Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: CLMT) rose 12.6 percent to $8.95 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Micro Focus International plc (NYSE: MFGP) shares rose 8.8 percent to $18.59 in the pre-market trading session after the company issued strong revenue forecast for the first fiscal half of 2018.
    HC2 Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCHC) rose 5.6 percent to $6.60 in pre-market trading.
    Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO) shares rose 5.3 percent to $2.79 in pre-market trading. Eleven Biotherapeutics posted a Q1 loss of $0.11 per share.
    Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IMMY) rose 5.2 percent to $2.52 in pre-market trading after reporting a first-quarter sales beat.
    Red Violet, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDVT) rose 4.1 percent to $10.35 in pre-market trading after climbing 75.31 percent on Tuesday.
    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: XENE) rose 3.8 percent to $6.90 in pre-market trading. The stock rose over 10 percent Tuesday after reporting its Phase 1 clinical update on XEN901 demonstrated a favorable PK profile.
    Sea Limited (NYSE: SE) rose 3.5 percent to $11.01 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (NYSE: TEVA) shares rose 3.4 percent to $20.98 in pre-market trading after Buffett's Berkshire more than doubled its stake in Teva.
    China Internet Nationwide Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: CIFS) shares rose 3.7 percent to $31.30 in pre-market trading after the company reported results for its fourth quarter.
    PetIQ Inc (NASDAQ: PETQ) shares rose 3.4 percent to $20.00 in pre-market t

Best Casino Stocks For 2019: Alphabet Inc.(GOOGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Google, the search engine of Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) ranks second with a $156 billion, up 10%. Amazon, the e-commerce division of tech giant Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), ranks third with a brand value of $101 billion, up 56%. Amazon’s sales have surged in the past year as it has introduced a long list of new consumer electronics devices and its Prime membership program has passed 100 million members worldwide. Next on the list, Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) has a brand value of $93 billion, up 16%. This is followed by Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) with a valuation of $66 billion, down 5%. South Korean consumer electronics and smartphone company Samsung, next, has a valuation of $60 billion, up 6%. Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) is one of two car companies in the top 10. It has a valuation of $53 billion, up 6%. Mercedes ranked just behind it at $49 billion, up 2%. Facebook Inc.’s (NASDAQ: FB) value dropped 5% to $45 billion. Rounding out the top 10, McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD) has a value of $43 billion, up 5%.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Yesterday, Samsung’s Harman Kardon announced a new $600 smart speaker called the Citation 500 that will integrate Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Assistant. Today, Bose unveiled a trio of new products, including Bose Home Speaker 500, a Soundbar 700, and Soundbar 500 — all of which integrate Amazon.com’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) Alexa.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Finally, shares of Nutanix dropped 6%. The enterprise cloud-computing specialist suffered a double-digit percentage drop on Monday following reports that Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Cloud division could seek to play a more competitive role in the space. Nutanix regained some of those losses on Tuesday when Google Cloud made comments downplaying any potential competition. Yet today’s drop renewed concerns among shareholders, and given the ultra-competitive environment in cloud computing right now, investors have to keep their eyes squarely on Nutanix to make sure it can realize its full potential and stay ahead of its rivals.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Alphabet Inc.’s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Google division released its “Google annual diversity report 2018.” On the cover of the research study there is a video in which several women speak to one another on a sofa while others walk around the campus. In truth, Google’s gender diversity is so poor that only 30.9% of the search firms are women.

  • [By D.R. Barton, Jr.]

    Last month, I showed you how lots of stocks had been participating in upside moves, not just the FANGMA – Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB), Apple Inc. (Nasdaq AAPL), Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), Google/Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), and Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) – heavyweights.

Best Casino Stocks For 2019: Knight Transportation, Inc.(KNX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Knight-Swift Transportation (NYSE:KNX) was upgraded by ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Thursday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of Knight-Swift Transportation (NYSE:KNX) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Tuesday.

  • [By ]

    Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings (NYSE: KNX) is 24% lower from its March high as enthusiasm over self-driving vehicles has come down, but that won’t stop the technological change from happening. Driver costs as a percentage of total costs are among the highest in the industry after the merger of Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation in 2017.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Michael A. Robinson

On the surface, eBay Inc.(Nasdaq: EBAY) seems to be flying again, with 25% stock gains so far this year and 171 million registered users behind it.

But should investors buy eBay now?

Money MorningDirector of Technology & Venture Capital ResearchMichael A. Robinson talked to CNBC’s “The Rundown” about whether it actually has a plan to execute on the expectations that drove the stock price rise or to compete with the likes of Amazon Prime…

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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CVD Equipment Corporation(CVV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    News coverage about CVD Equipment (NASDAQ:CVV) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. CVD Equipment earned a news impact score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 47.2607770405573 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Analog Devices, Inc.(ADI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This stock could very well benefit from an increase in information technology spending. Analog Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) is a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of analog, mixed-signal and digital signal processing integrated circuits for use in industrial, automotive, consumer and communication markets worldwide. It offers signal processing products that convert, condition and process real-world phenomena, such as temperature, pressure, sound, light, speed and motion, into electrical signals.

  • [By ]

    An Attractive Tech Stock At A Killer Price
    This week, I’m recommending an income opportunity in Analog Devices (Nasdaq: ADI). It’s a stock that fared better than most in the recent selloff, a bullish indicator for the short term.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration said it would press ahead with 25% tariffs on roughly $50 billion in Chinese goods. As U.S. Trade Secretary Wilbur Ross prepares to head to Beijing to discuss trade this week, the Trump administration is demanding that China address ongoing theft of U.S. intellectual property.
    Ahead of Friday’s jobs report, Automatic Data Processing (NYSE: ADP) reported that private jobs increased by 178,000 during May. That figure was actually 12,000 behind what the markets were anticipating. Job growth appears to be slowing down as the firm also revised its jobs figure for April downward, from 204,000 new positions to 163,000.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: KORS, HP, KMI
    Michael Kors Holdings Ltd.(NYSE: KORS) stock was off 3.2% in pre-market hours after the company reported earnings before the bell. The luxury retailer reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.63, a figure that topped Wall Street expectations of $0.60. The firm also beat revenue expectations and reported an increase in same-store sales. However, the firm’s earnings forecast for the year ahead came in lower than expectations, a factor that pushed its stock lower on Wednesday morning.
    Shares of HP Inc. (NYSE: HP) were up slightly after the company raised its full-year outlook and topped Wall Street earnings expectations on Tuesday. The company cited stronger demand in desktops and notebooks for its financial performance. The firm matched EPS expectations of $0.48. However, revenue came in at $14.0 billion, a figure that easily beat forecasts of $13.59.
    The Canadian government announced plans to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (NYSE: KML) for $3.5 billion. The Canadian government said that the deal was the only way to ensure that the long-awaited project could proceed. The pipeline runs from the Alberta oil sands to a port all the way in British Columbia along the Pacific Ocean. The pipeline is designed to give Canadian crude grea

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Analog Devices is benefiting from strong industrial, automotive and communications end-markets. While Analog Devices’ investments are aimed at strengthening the product line and countering increasing competition, the policy of returning cash through dividends and share buybacks ensures investor loyalty. The company is currently riding on strength across all the markets and positive contributions from Linear Technology acquisition. Analog Devices' leading market position, focus on communications, automotive and industrial markets, margin expansion initiatives and strong balance sheet are positives.  Notably, the stock has outperformed the industry it belongs to over a year. However, we remain concerned about competitive pressure across several markets.”

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI) was downgraded by BidaskClub from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Monday.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Pentair plc.(PNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    nVent Electric (NYSE: NVT) and Pentair (NYSE:PNR) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    Given the need for food and energy in order to support booming population growth in emerging markets, there’ll be a need for significant investment in sustainable water solutions. It’s a compelling long-term investment case, and I think Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR), Xylem Inc. (NYSE:XYL) and Pentair plc (NYSE:PNR) are stocks well-placed to play the investment theme. One of the interesting things about water is that there’s no lack of it or difficulty in finding it; the problem is ensuring its quality (for both potable water and wastewater) and transporting it to the right places. This means there’s likely to be good long-term demand for companies serving the market.

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    Align Technology (ALGN) (+22% revenue growth estimate) Amazon (AMZN) (+22%) Autodesk (ADSK) (+27%) Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) (+34%) Concho Resources (CXO) (+30%) Facebook (FB) (+27%) Netflix (NFLX) (+25%) Pentair (PNR) (+22%) Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) (+22)

    “Firms with high revenue growth should outperform the S&P 500 during the next 12 months as the index climbs by 6% to our target of 2875,” says Kostin. 

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Suntrust Banks Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Pentair PLC (NYSE:PNR) by 49.0% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 7,328 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after buying an additional 2,411 shares during the period. Suntrust Banks Inc.’s holdings in Pentair were worth $498,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Pentair PLC (NYSE:PNR) SVP Ademir Sarcevic sold 1,042 shares of Pentair stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.67, for a total value of $43,420.14. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Alphabet Inc.(GOOGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and Softbank made large investments in a Chinese transportation startup. According to Reuters:

    Japans Softbank Group and Alphabet Incs venture capital fund CapitalG are among investors pouring $1.9 billion into a truck hailing service platform Manbang, the Chinese company said in a statement on Tuesday.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    It’s been quite a month for investor transparency. Not only did Amazon.com finally confirm last week that it now has over 100 million Prime members, Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) shareholders are now getting a glimpse of subsidiary Nest’s financial results for the first time, after the holding company reported first-quarter results yesterday evening.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    In the application, Apple downplays the effectiveness of map-based navigation a la Alphabet Inc.’s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Google Maps and its own mapping program saying that the development of such maps requires too much cost and time.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Finally, wars among the world’s tech company leaders may be the largest challenge for most of them. This puts the future of Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL), and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) in jeopardy. Each is tearing into the businesses of others. Amazon, Alphabet and Apple each want to be dominant in the streaming media business. All see part of their future in cloud computing. Each has a pile of cash it can use for M&A, sometimes competing for the same targets. The list is long.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.(TTWO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is a top video game producer that has cashed in with some super-hot titles. Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) is a publisher and distributor of interactive software for gaming platforms from Sony and Microsoft and for the PC. The company is headquartered in New York, with development studios located around the world. Key franchises include Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead, Civilization, Borderlands, and Bioshock, as well as several licensed sports products such as NBA and WWE.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    The week ahead includes earnings announcements from two major retailers, Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT), and an updated look at video game publisher Take-Two Interactive’s (NASDAQ:TTWO)latest growth trends.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $449.88 million.

    Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.31 per share on revenue of $1.20 billion.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Reuben Gregg Brewer, and Travis Hoium]

    It’s not an easy task finding these kinds of stocks. For every Tesla, there are numerous stocks that have no shot at that kind of return. So we put the question to three of our Motley Fool investors: What stock do you see having a future that could meet or beat Tesla’s performance? Here’s why they picked SolarEdge Technologies (NASDAQ:SEDG), A.O. Smith (NYSE:AOS), and Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO).

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Quality Systems, Inc.(QSII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Quality Systems (NASDAQ:QSII) shares saw unusually-strong trading volume on Friday following a stronger than expected earnings report. Approximately 2,338,700 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 593% from the previous session’s volume of 337,438 shares.The stock last traded at $16.99 and had previously closed at $15.05.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Quality Systems (NASDAQ:QSII) – Investment analysts at Dougherty & Co issued their Q1 2019 earnings estimates for Quality Systems in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, May 29th. Dougherty & Co analyst G. Mannheimer forecasts that the company will earn $0.15 per share for the quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNT) shares surged 20.6 percent to $6.39. WBB Securities upgraded Melinta Therapeutics from Hold to Speculative Buy.
    Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCVL) shares climbed 17.2 percent to $30.87 after the company reported upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Acorn International, Inc. (NYSE: ATV) shares rose 15.2 percent to $28.804 after the company declared a special one-time cash dividend of $14.97 per ADS.
    Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) gained 15 percent to $53.35 after the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) surged 14.2 percent to $2.625.
    ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQL) rose 13 percent to $5.12 after gaining 4.86 percent on Thursday.
    Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) gained 12.8 percent to $16.97 after the company posted better-than-expected FQ4 results.
    Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima (NYSE: LOMA) shares rose 12 percent to $12.94.
    ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQL) shares rose 12 percent to $5.07.
    Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRTX) climbed 11.4 percent to $43.50.
    Zai Lab Limited (NASDAQ: ZLAB) gained 11.3 percent to $24.7000.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYME) rose 9.7 percent to $19.64.
    Park City Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCYG) climbed 9 percent to $7.90.
    Roku, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKU) gained 7.9 percent to $38.82 after Citron reversed previously bearish position on the stock.
    Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) shares jumped 7.3 percent to $3.55.
    Deckers Outdoor Corp (NYSE: DECK) rose 3.5 percent to $107.27 after reporting better-than-expected results for its fiscal fourth quarter.

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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Citrix Systems Inc.(CTXS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    CIBC Asset Management Inc lowered its stake in shares of Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) by 5.0% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 19,564 shares of the cloud computing company’s stock after selling 1,023 shares during the period. CIBC Asset Management Inc’s holdings in Citrix Systems were worth $1,816,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By VantagePoint]

    Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) had a very clear crossover to the upside on April 11, and since that day's close the stock is up 15 percent. This one is interesting also because the two moving averages have also recently diverged even further, indicating that the uptrend has only gotten stronger since the company posted an excellent Q1 earnings and Q2 guidance report that came in well above Wall Street's expectations. 

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Stock in digital workspace systems providerCitrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) rose 10.8% inApril, according to data fromS&P Global Market Intelligence.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    LogMeIn (NASDAQ: LOGM) and Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Guggenheim Capital LLC grew its holdings in shares of Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) by 0.5% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 689,650 shares of the cloud computing company’s stock after purchasing an additional 3,562 shares during the period. Guggenheim Capital LLC owned about 0.51% of Citrix Systems worth $64,001,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: AXT Inc(AXTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN) and AXT (NASDAQ:AXTI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends and risk.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) shares climbed 154.95 percent to close at $5.15 on Thursday. Comstock reported conversion of the majority of its unsecured, short-term debt into non-convertible preferred equity.
    Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME) jumped 33.45 percent to close at $3.87.
    Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV) gained 29.72 percent to close at $62.85 after reporting fiscal Q4 results.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares rose 22.93 percent to close at $23.80.
    nLIGHT, Inc. (NASDAQ: LASR) jumped 21.52 percent to close at $36.37 following Q1 results.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) gained 20.28 percent to close at $2.61.
    The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO) shares rose 19.57 percent to close at $21.45 after the company posted better-than-expected first-quarter results.
    AXT, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXTI) gained 18.8 percent to close at $7.90.
    Catasys, Inc. (NASDAQ: CATS) rose 16.33 percent to close at $6.41.
    HUYA Inc. (NYSE: HUYA) rose 15.68 percent to close at $23.09 on Thursday.
    Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRNS) climbed 15.11 percent to close at $6.02 on Thursday after gaining 6.30 percent on Wednesday. Baird initiated coverage on Marinus Pharmaceuticals with an Outperform rating.
    Destination Maternity Corporation (NASDAQ: DEST) shares rose 14.48 percent to close at $3.32 after the board announced late Wednesday the election of four activist-backed director nominees. Three women and one man comprise the selected group championed by NGM Capital’s Nathan Miller and Kenosis Capital’s Peter O’Malley. Destination Maternity had advocated for another slate of three men and interim CEO Melissa Payner-Gregor. The new directors are Holly Alden, Marla Ryan, Anne-Charlotte Windal and Christopher Morgan.
    China Rapid Finance Limited (NYSE: XRF) gained 11.53 percent to close at $3.29 after announcing preliminary Q1 results.
    Bilibili Inc.. (NASDAQ: BILI) shares rose 11.33 pe
  • [By Max Byerly]

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    Several analysts have recently issued reports on AXTI shares. BidaskClub upgraded AXT from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Dougherty & Co reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of AXT in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. B. Riley decreased their price target on AXT from $8.75 to $8.25 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded AXT from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 1st. Finally, BWS Financial restated a “buy” rating on shares of AXT in a research note on Tuesday, April 17th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $10.44.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) shares surged 115.8 percent to $4.3591. Comstock reported conversion of the majority of its unsecured, short-term debt into non-convertible preferred equity.
    Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBOT) jumped 38.2 percent to $3.0251 after the company disclosed that it achieved robust viral clearance for its manufacturing process.
    Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV) surged 26.7 percent to $61.40 after reporting fiscal Q4 results.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) rose 18.9 percent to $2.58.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares gained 17.8 percent to $22.8009.
    The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO) shares gained 17.5 percent to $21.07 after the company posted better-than-expected first-quarter results.
    Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME) rose 15.9 percent to $3.3613.
    Destination Maternity Corporation (NASDAQ: DEST) shares gained 15.5 percent to $3.35 after the board announced late Wednesday the election of four activist-backed director nominees. Three women and one man comprise the selected group championed by NGM Capital’s Nathan Miller and Kenosis Capital’s Peter O’Malley. Destination Maternity had advocated for another slate of three men and interim CEO Melissa Payner-Gregor. The new directors are Holly Alden, Marla Ryan, Anne-Charlotte Windal and Christopher Morgan.
    AXT, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXTI) rose 15 percent to $7.65.
    nLIGHT, Inc. (NASDAQ: LASR) gained 14.5 percent to $34.27 following Q1 results.
    Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHV) rose 14.3 percent to $11.4303.
    Bilibili Inc.. (NASDAQ: BILI) shares climbed 13.9 percent to $14.16 after announcing Q1 results.
    Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BW) gained 13.2 percent to $2.91 after an amended 13D filing from Steel Partners Holdings shows a raised stake in the company from 6.99 million shares to 29.98 million shares, or a 17.8 percent stake.
    HUYA Inc. (NYSE: HUYA) gained 13.1

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SPX FLOW, Inc.(FLOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd increased its position in shares of SPX Flow Inc (NYSE:FLOW) by 38.6% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 9,824 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after buying an additional 2,738 shares during the quarter. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd’s holdings in SPX Flow were worth $483,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    FLOW stock traded up $0.73 on Wednesday, hitting $49.98. The company had a trading volume of 169,639 shares, compared to its average volume of 297,149. Flow International has a 12-month low of $31.10 and a 12-month high of $54.92.

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Flowgroup PLC (LON:FLOW) were up 5% during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The company traded as high as GBX 0.01 ($0.00) and last traded at GBX 0.01 ($0.00). Approximately 27,087,413 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 20% from the average daily volume of 34,010,000 shares. The stock had previously closed at GBX 0.01 ($0.00).

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: ASML Holding N.V.(ASML)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    ASML Holding N.V. (NASDAQ: ASML) was down 2.6% to $197.02 on Friday morning. The stock has a 52-week trading range of $126.03 to $216.00 and a consensus analyst target price of $196.81.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ASML (NASDAQ:ASML)‘s stock had its “sell” rating reiterated by research analysts at DZ Bank in a note issued to investors on Friday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ASML (NASDAQ: ASML) and ACM Research (NASDAQ:ACMR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Front Row Advisors LLC increased its holdings in ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML) by 15.5% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 5,247 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after purchasing an additional 703 shares during the period. Front Row Advisors LLC’s holdings in ASML were worth $1,042,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Dubuque Bank & Trust Co. decreased its position in shares of ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML) by 28.3% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 9,760 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after selling 3,855 shares during the quarter. Dubuque Bank & Trust Co.’s holdings in ASML were worth $1,938,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed their buy rating on shares of ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) in a research note issued to investors on Friday morning.

    A number of other research firms have also commented on ASML. BidaskClub upgraded shares of ASML from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research report on Friday, March 9th. Santander lowered shares of ASML from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Monday, March 19th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of ASML from a strong-buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 20th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of ASML from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. Finally, Cowen began coverage on shares of ASML in a research report on Monday, May 14th. They issued a market perform rating for the company. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. ASML presently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $199.86.

Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019

Synlogic (NASDAQ:SYBX) has been given a $20.00 price objective by investment analysts at HC Wainwright in a research note issued to investors on Friday. The firm currently has a “buy” rating on the biotechnology company’s stock. HC Wainwright’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 50.72% from the company’s current price.

Several other analysts have also recently issued reports on SYBX. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Synlogic from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, January 20th. Piper Jaffray initiated coverage on shares of Synlogic in a report on Monday, January 29th. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $16.00 price target on the stock. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of Synlogic from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Synlogic has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $20.00.

Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Computer Programs and Systems Inc.(CPSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Computer Programs & Systems (NASDAQ: CPSI) and Perion Network Ltd Common Stock (NASDAQ:PERI) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Computer Programs & Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPSI) has received an average rating of “Hold” from the nine brokerages that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have assigned a hold recommendation, one has given a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $30.80.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Millrace Asset Group Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Computer Programs & Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPSI) in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund acquired 45,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,314,000. Millrace Asset Group Inc. owned about 0.32% of Computer Programs & Systems at the end of the most recent quarter.

Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation(CTSH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.32 per share on revenue of $9.89 billion.
    Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $14.34 billion.
    Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE: LPX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $692.63 million.
    Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSH) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of 3.90 billion.
    Manchester United plc (NYSE: MANU) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $1.35 per share on revenue of $193.67 million.
    Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.66 per share on revenue of $3.24 billion.
    Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NYSE: WLTW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $3.01 per share on revenue of $2.23 billion.
    Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRE) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.28 per share on revenue of $922.42 million.
    TravelCenters of America LLC (NASDAQ: TA) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.16 per share on revenue of $1.59 billion.
    Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $723.93 million.
    Welbilt, Inc. (NYSE: WBT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $329.71 million.
    Horizon Pharma Public Limited Company (NASDAQ: HZNP) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $234.17 million.

     

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media stories about Cognizant (NASDAQ:CTSH) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Cognizant earned a daily sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the information technology service provider an impact score of 46.6851487556046 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Luxoft Holding, Inc.(LXFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Barings LLC lifted its stake in shares of Luxoft Holding Inc (NYSE:LXFT) by 125.1% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 348,398 shares of the software maker’s stock after buying an additional 193,657 shares during the quarter. Barings LLC owned about 1.03% of Luxoft worth $14,267,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Stocks fell on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average finishing modestly lower but with other major benchmarks closing nearly unchanged. Investors largely recovered from an early decline following the White House decision to cancel its scheduled meeting next month with Kim Jong Un of North Korea, instead focusing mostly on economic fundamentals that remain favorable throughout much of the world. Some individual companies, however, had to deal with adversity that sent their shares lower. Petroleo Brasileiro (NYSE:PBR), Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR), and Luxoft Holding (NYSE:LXFT) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Alphabet Inc.(GOOGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Oath recently updated its privacy policies toallow the company to scan users’ AOL and Yahoo emails to craft targeted ads like Facebook and Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google. However, Facebook’s practices are now being scrutinized after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and Google stopped scanning Gmail accountslast year.

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    But a closer look indicates that cracks have started appearing in Amazon’s cloud computing dominance. Slowly but surely, rival cloud services from Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Google parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) have started eating away at Amazon’s lead.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), the parent company of online search king Google, has put a date to its second-quarter earnings release. Scheduled to report results on July 23,investors will look for the company to keep up its recentstrong momentum.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Investing in the so-called FANG stocks over the past few years has been an unbeatable path to profits. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), and Google parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) have all resoundingly trounced the market indexes over the last three- and five-year periods.

Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Silicom Ltd(SILC)

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    Finally, Cramer said that Silicom (SILC) is an interesting concept with real earnings, and an attractive valuation at just 18 times earnings. However, the company is small, which mean investors need to be careful. 

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) and Silicom (NASDAQ:SILC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Acxiom Corporation(ACXM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Jounce Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNCE) fell 32.5 percent to $11.92 in pre-market trading. Jounce Therapeutics reported that data from ongoing ICONIC trial of JTX-2011 will be presented at the ASCO.
    Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ: ACXM) fell 10.7 percent to $24.60 in pre-market trading. Acxiom reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter, but issued weak FY19 guidance.
    American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: APEI) shares fell 10.7 percent to $35 in pre-market trading.
    Enduro Royalty Trust (NYSE: NDRO) shares fell 8.5 percent to $3.25 in pre-market trading after tumbling 10.76 percent on Wednesday.
    NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) fell 8.3 percent to $244.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Aircastle Limited (NYSE: AYR) fell 7.2 percent to $21.30 in pre-market trading after announcing 7.9 million secondary offering of common shares.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) shares fell 5.6 percent to $9.29 in pre-market trading after rising 2.29percent on Wednesday.
    Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: BCLI) shares fell 5.3 percent to $3.93 in pre-market trading after rising 5.60 percent on Wednesday.
    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) fell 4 percent to $43.40 in pre-market trading. Cisco reported better-than-expected results for its third quarter. The company sees fourth quarter earnings in the range of 68 cents-70 cents with sales growth of 4-6 percent.
    Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) fell 3.2 percent to $88.45 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat results for its second quarter. Comps were down 0.1 percent in the quarter. The company sees third-quarter comps coming in flat to up 1 percent.
    Children's Place, Inc. (

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Acxiom Corp. (NASDAQ: ACXM) traded down more than 33% Thursday and posted a new 52-week low of $18.60 after closing Wednesday at $28.05. The stock’s 52-week high is $32.93. Volume was about 25 times the daily average of around 600,000 shares. The company is being hammered after social media giant Facebook said it would change its relationship with data brokers.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ: ACXM) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $239.88 million.

    Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $449.88 million.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019

Incyte (NASDAQ:INCY) was upgraded by equities research analysts at UBS to a “buy” rating in a report issued on Thursday, www.tipranks.com reports. The brokerage presently has a $76.00 price objective on the biopharmaceutical company’s stock. UBS’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 14.65% from the stock’s current price.

Several other research firms have also weighed in on INCY. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “buy” rating and set a $172.00 price objective on shares of Incyte in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. Zacks Investment Research lowered Incyte from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. BidaskClub raised Incyte from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Royal Bank of Canada raised Incyte from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $136.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Finally, Citigroup reaffirmed a “market perform” rating and issued a $120.00 target price (down previously from $135.00) on shares of Incyte in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating, fifteen have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Incyte has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $119.66.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: The ExOne Company(XONE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of ExOne Co (NASDAQ:XONE) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the six brokerages that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $13.67.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Short interest in The ExOne Co. (NASDAQ: XONE) jumped 21.2% to 2.88 million shares. About 29.6% of the company’s shares were short. ExOne’s share price fell by about 5.6% in the two weeks ending May 15. The stock’s 52-week range is $6.23 to $14.23, and shares closed at $6.33 on Thursday, down about 0.2% for the day. Days to cover fell from 23 to 15.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ex One (NASDAQ: XONE) and Voxeljet (NYSE:VJET) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Short interest in The ExOne Co. (NASDAQ: XONE) fell by 1.7% to 1.86 million shares. About 19.8% of the company’s shares were short. ExOne’s share price jumped by about 14.2% in the period. The stock’s 52-week range is $6.72 to $14.43, and shares closed at $10.39 on Wednesday, up about 1.6% for the day. Days to cover rose from eight to 11.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: AGL Resources, Inc.(GAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Gas (CURRENCY:GAS) traded 12.9% higher against the U.S. dollar during the 1-day period ending at 22:00 PM ET on July 2nd. Gas has a market cap of $117.83 million and approximately $5.75 million worth of Gas was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Gas token can now be bought for approximately $11.63 or 0.00175551 BTC on exchanges including Cobinhood, Koinex, DragonEX and Binance. Over the last week, Gas has traded 10.4% higher against the U.S. dollar.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Gas (CURRENCY:GAS) traded down 0.2% against the U.S. dollar during the 1 day period ending at 21:00 PM E.T. on May 19th. Over the last seven days, Gas has traded 10.8% lower against the U.S. dollar. Gas has a total market capitalization of $228.89 million and $5.00 million worth of Gas was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Gas token can currently be bought for $22.60 or 0.00274789 BTC on major exchanges including Abucoins, OKEx, Bitbns and Coinnest.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: eBay Inc.(EBAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Danny Vena]

    Going into PayPal’s (NASDAQ:PYPL) first-quarter financial report, investors were still digesting the announcement made in February by eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY). The company revealed that it had decided to process its own payments as soon as allowable under its separation agreement with PayPal. The news sent PayPal’s shares falling by as much as 10%, while eBay climbed 15%. As I pointed out at the time, many investors didn’t understand the context of this announcement, and that it wasn’t unexpected — or even that big of a deal.

  • [By Steve Symington, Jeremy Bowman, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Demitri Kalogeropoulos (eBay): eBay’s business lacks a head-turning sales growth pace, but it makes up for that weakness with impressive finances. The e-commerce platform kicked off fiscal 2018 with a 7% revenue boost as its base of active shoppers rose by 4%. And, while that’s far from Shopify’s 68% revenue increase, eBay’s steadier sales base generated impressive earnings and cash flow. Operating profits amounted to 23% of sales, compared to between 2% and 4% for integrated e-commerce retailers like Amazon and Walmart. eBay routinely converts a large portion of its sales into free cash, which gives management ample resources to direct toward improving the customer shopping experience and elevating the brand.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    State of Wisconsin Investment Board increased its holdings in eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) by 5.4% during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 1,187,584 shares of the e-commerce company’s stock after acquiring an additional 61,028 shares during the period. State of Wisconsin Investment Board owned about 0.12% of eBay worth $47,788,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: Rexnord Corporation(RXN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Rexnord (NYSE:RXN) announced its quarterly earnings results on Monday. The industrial products company reported $0.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.39 by ($0.01), reports. Rexnord had a net margin of 8.29% and a return on equity of 13.05%.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: A) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $1.21 billion.
    Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE: VIPS) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $3.10 billion.
    Rexnord Corporation (NYSE: RXN) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $551.94 million.
    Invitation Homes Inc. (NYSE: INVH) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $423.13 million.
    Switch, Inc. (NYSE: SWCH) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $99.83 million.
    Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.13 per share on revenue of $579.85 million.
    Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: HOLI) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $119.06 million.
    Amyris, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRS) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $68.14 million.
    Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRNA) is projected to post quarterly loss at $0.38 per share on revenue of $1.87 million.
    VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $130.00 million.
    Phoenix New Media Limited (NYSE: FENG) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $45.38 million.
    Restoration Robotics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIR) is projected to post quarterly loss at $0.17 per share on revenue of $5.93 million.
    YogaWorks, Inc. (NASDAQ: YOGA) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.22 per share on revenue of

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Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: Panhandle Royalty Company(PHX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Panhandle Oil and Gas (NYSE:PHX) was downgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report issued on Tuesday.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media headlines about Panhandle Oil and Gas (NYSE:PHX) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Panhandle Oil and Gas earned a coverage optimism score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 50.7768748674153 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    News headlines about Panhandle Oil and Gas (NYSE:PHX) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Panhandle Oil and Gas earned a news sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 46.1120655512436 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: Lorillard Inc(LO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    News articles about Lorillard (NYSE:LO) have been trending extremely positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Lorillard earned a news impact score of 0.81 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the company an impact score of 44.1727475800447 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: Amarin Corporation PLC(AMRN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By George Budwell]

    This raging epidemic also reportedly costs the U.S. healthcare system a staggering $555 billion per year at present, and this astronomical expense is forecast to double within the next 20 years. Stated simply, there is a clear need for new ways to treat cardiovascular disease that can both lower costs and mortality rates simultaneously. And that’s where the Irish biopharma Amarin Corporation (NASDAQ:AMRN) could end up making a major impact on the course of this deadly condition in the not-so-distant future.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Amarin (NASDAQ: AMRN) and Aptevo Therapeutics (NASDAQ:APVO) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and profitability.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Amarin (NASDAQ:AMRN) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a report released on Friday morning.

    A number of other equities research analysts have also weighed in on AMRN. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Amarin from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday. Cantor Fitzgerald set a $10.00 price objective on shares of Amarin and gave the stock a buy rating in a report on Wednesday. HC Wainwright reiterated a buy rating on shares of Amarin in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Amarin from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Friday, March 2nd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. Amarin currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $7.75.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    After management reported that the last patient visit has occurred in its long-term cardiovascular outcomes study of Vascepa, shares in Amarin Corporation Plc (NASDAQ:AMRN) jumped by 10.2% on Thursday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Farallon Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in Amarin Co. plc (NASDAQ:AMRN) during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm bought 4,560,000 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock, valued at approximately $13,726,000.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: Alphabet Inc.(GOOGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Danny Vena]

    With that in mind, here are three tech companies that hold significant positions in my own portfolio and that I believe will be beating the market for decades to come: Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Oil prices are at levels we haven’t seen in years. U.S. crude topped $70 for the first since 2014, as U.S. President Donald Trump appeared increasingly likely to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and reinforce sanctions on Tehran. In addition, OPEC has announced plans to bolster prices and cap production. For oil investors, Money MorningGlobal Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors says it’s time to buckle up. According to Moors, revoking the Iran deal would cause “price chaos” around the globe. And that’s right as driving season starts in the United States. Here’s more on the coming chaos for oil. In deal news, Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX) announced it will purchase Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE: GPT) for $7.6 billion in cash. Grammercy manages commercial real estate. While this may seem like a boring deal, Blackstone is buying a business that churns out cold hard cash for its investors. We want to keep this deal on your radar, because there are many other deals like this coming down the pipeline. We’re going to be discussing one of the best real estate opportunities available very soon – so keep an eye out for updates.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: AMZN, AAPL, TSN, SBUX
    Shareholders of Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) cheered statements made by Warren Buffett over the weekend. The Oracle of Omaha said he messed up by not investing in Amazon and Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL). “I made the wrong decisions on Google and Amazon,” Buffett said on Saturday. “We’ve looked at it. I made the mistake in not being able to come to a conclusion where I really felt that at the present prices that the prospects were far better than the prices indicated.” Buffett says he now has a “very, very, very high opinion” of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The Oracle believes that Bezos has created something that is “close to a miracle.” Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) added another 0.6% Monday, to reach $185.00 per share – a new 52-week high. The uptick came after Warren Buffett announced

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    Markets have been mixed on Monday as the 10-year Treasury yield closes in on 3%. Earnings reports today included from Halliburton (HAL) , Hasbro (HAS) and Kimberly-Clark (KMB) . Action Alerts PLUS holding Alphabet (GOOGL)  is among the companies reporting after the close. 

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(ATNM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Actinium Pharmaceuticals Inc (NYSEAMERICAN:ATNM) shares saw unusually-strong trading volume on Monday . Approximately 6,705,500 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 577% from the previous session’s volume of 990,819 shares.The stock last traded at $0.63 and had previously closed at $0.50.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: RE/MAX Holdings, Inc.(RMAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Re/Max Holdings Inc (NYSE:RMAX) – William Blair issued their Q1 2019 earnings estimates for shares of Re/Max in a note issued to investors on Friday, July 6th. William Blair analyst S. Sheldon anticipates that the financial services provider will post earnings per share of $0.53 for the quarter. William Blair has a “Outperform” rating on the stock. William Blair also issued estimates for Re/Max’s Q2 2019 earnings at $0.64 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.66 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.63 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $2.47 EPS.

The Bear Case for Apple Inc. Stock: An In-Depth Look

There’s a seeming contradiction when it comes to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Apple stock now sits just off an all-time high. Last Thursday, its market capitalization hit $934 billion — the highest ever for a U.S. company. The iPhone is the most profitable product ever created — and it’s driven huge returns in AAPL stock, which has nearly tripled over the past five years and risen 600%+ over the past decade.

And yet Apple stock remains cheap. Dirt-cheap, it would seem. At these all-time highs, AAPL still is valued at a little over 14x FY19 (ending September) consensus EPS estimates. The figure is even lower when considering Apple’s huge cash balance.

The S&P 500 as a whole trades at more than 17x forward earnings, according to data compiled by Birinyi Associates. In other words, the world’s most valuable company, and the world’s most profitable company — ever — trades at a discount to the overall stock market. How can that be?

But looking closely at Apple’s financials and its outlook, there are good reasons why AAPL stock looks so cheap. Apple is the world’s most valuable company — and it’s also one of the most analyzed. The cheap multiple here isn’t due to the market not paying attention. Real risks lie ahead for Apple.

Given the importance of AAPL stock to the market as a whole, investors of all stripes need to understand those risks. And even AAPL bulls should understand who’s on the other side of the trade — and what the downside could be in AAPL stock.

How Cheap is Apple Stock?

At the moment, AAPL stock trades at about 16.5x consensus EPS for fiscal 2018. That’s a relatively cheap multiple — but it’s even cheaper considering the company still has about $31 per share in net cash, roughly one-sixth of its market capitalization. Backing out that cash, Apple stock trades at what seems like a ridiculously low multiple: 13.8x earnings.

It’s a number that seems like an outlier, particularly among large-cap tech. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL,GOOG), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) all trade at at least 20x 2018 earnings, even backing out their own net cash balances. And of course Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) trade at nose-bleed valuations (80x forward earnings for AMZN, 71x for NFLX).

Simply applying a 20x earnings multiple — still below most of its large-cap tech rivals, which by the way all make much less money than Apple — would value AAPL stock at about $260, 38% higher than current levels. Even the 24x multiple (again, excluding net cash) assigned to Microsoft stock doesn’t seem particularly out of line for Apple. It’s not as if Microsoft is a growth juggernaut. In fact, the Street projects Apple to grow revenue faster than Microsoft in their respective fiscal years. 24x earnings plus the $31 per share in cash would value Apple stock at over $300, 62% higher than current levels.

AAPL stock isn’t just being treated by the market as an average stock. It’s being valued well below the average stock, and sharply less than its similarly well-known and widely-owned tech peers. And this isn’t a new development: Apple’s forward P/E actually is toward the higher end of its multi-year range. AAPL on several occasions has traded below 12x forward earnings — a multiple that suggests its business actually is headed for a decline.

Why? Why is the market acting as if Apple’s earnings growth is going to come to an end?

4 Big Risks for Apple Stock: Source: Oaxis

Risk #1: The Commoditization Risk

There are a number of reasons why investors are skeptical toward Apple’s long-term growth prospects. Most notably, the company remains reliant on the iPhone. And the history of tech hardware shows that eventually even the best products eventually become commoditized.

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It happened to IBM (NYSE:IBM) in mainframes. It happened to Dell Technologies Inc (NYSE:DVMT) and HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ) in PCs — after the Windows operating system helped end Apple’s early leadership in that category. BlackBerry Ltd (NYSE:BB) once was the world’s leader in smartphones; its stock has fallen more than 90% from its June 2008 peak.

All of these companies were victims of commoditization (though all four, notably BlackBerry, also have their share of self-inflicted wounds as well). As hardware products improve, incremental upgrades become less compelling — lengthening replacement cycles. Meanwhile, low-cost competitors inevitably enter with a “good enough” product, undercutting pricing — and margins.

In fact, commoditization already has hit Apple — on multiple fronts. The iPad was introduced in 2010, and basically created the tablet category. It was a massive hit. Revenue neared $5 billion in fiscal 2010 – in less than nine months. By fiscal 2012, sales had exploded to $31 billion — 20% of Apple’s total revenue. But less than three years after its launch, the iPad already had peaked. With cheaper Android alternatives proliferating, iPad revenue would fall 40% over the next four years.

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A worse fate has befallen the iPod. A decade ago, that product drove over $9 billion in revenue. Apple no longer breaks out revenue from the product, but the company now sells just a single model. All of the iPod’s features are built into the iPhone. And consumers can buy a product roughly equal to last decade’s iPods in memory and performance for just a few dollars.

The qualitative driver behind the bear case for AAPL stock is based on the idea that eventually, competition and time come for even the best hardware products. And that process may already have begun for the iPhone as well.

Risk #2: Apple Stock’s iPhone Reliance

The launch of the iPhone X has received intense scrutiny from the media and investors for months now. Reports of potential delays raised initial fears. Concerns about demand seemingly were assuaged by a better-than-expected fiscal Q2 earnings report that has pushed AAPL stock to its new highs.

The focus on the X makes sense. The world’s most valuable company remains heavily reliant on the iPhone.

Source: Apple

62% of Apple’s total fiscal 2017 revenue came from the iPhone, per figures from the 10-K. That proportion has risen to two-thirds through the first half of fiscal 2018.

So the seemingly endless discussion of the prospects for the iPhone X aren’t a matter of investors and analysts having nothing better to do. If the iPhone starts to decline, Apple almost certainly follows. And in fact, the iPhone is showing signs of weakness.

Unit sales peaked in 2015 at 231.2 million. Over the past twelve months, the figure is about 6% lower, at 217.2 million. And in fact, iPhone revenue has declined over that period as well, by about 1%. The strong dollar has been a headwind — constant-currency revenue almost certainly is positive — but what growth Apple is grinding out comes from pricing.

So the bear case for Apple stock starts to become a bit more clear. The iPhone is driving 60%+ of revenue. Increasingly, it looks as if unit sales may already have peaked. The X, then, is a test case for whether Apple can continue its growth by increasing prices – which the entire history of hardware suggests should be impossible to do forever.

That’s why the Street was seemingly so negative on AAPL heading into the report. Weakness in the X suggested the end of revenue growth for the iPhone — for good. And it’s why the better-than-expected numbers on that front in Q2 have led Apple stock to bounce back so sharply. Despite the ecosystem it has built, and despite its other offerings, Apple stock still comes down to the iPhone.

Risk #3: The Rest of Apple

The reliance on the iPhone is magnified by the fact that the rest of Apple’s business has growth challenges of its own. As I pointed out last year, from fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2016, non-iPhone revenue barely moved. iPad growth was offset by declines in the iPod and the Mac line. As the Apple Watch came online, the iPad started to fade.

Apple is making some progress of late. According to SEC filings, non-iPhone revenue rose 11% in fiscal 2017, and another 14% in the first half of FY18. Still, hardware represents an issue beyond the iPhone as well. iPad revenue actually has risen through the first half of fiscal 2018 — somewhat surprisingly. Mac sales rose a sharp 13% in 2017 — but declined over the previous four years and are down again in the first six months of this year.

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Looking forward, growth in tablets, desktops, and laptops seems likely to be muted at best. Indeed, given longer replacement cycles, declines wouldn’t be a surprise.

The only two potential growth categories are Services and Other Products. There’s a reason why CEO Tim Cook has targeted $50 billion in services revenue by 2021, up from roughly $30 billion in FY17. Other Products — a category which includes Apple Watch, Beats, the iPod, Apple TV, and the recently released HomePod — has posted consistent double-digit growth since 2015.

But the concern is that those businesses simply aren’t that big. Combined, they generated about 20% of the company’s revenue over the past twelve months. Even assuming the Services business hits its $50 billion target, and is valued at an aggressive 4x revenue, it still would drive barely 20% of the value of Apple stock.

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Apple Watch has been a success — it’s the clear leader in smartwatches, and its growth has sent shares of rival Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) plunging. Yet the product is not even big enough for Apple to break out its contribution. It just doesn’t materially change the company-wide financials.

This is the flip side of the iPhone’s success. It has made Apple so big, and so valuable, that what would be a massive hit for any other company simply doesn’t even move the needle.

The distribution of revenue by product seems to support the bear case that Apple’s growth will end at some point relatively soon. 60%+ of sales come from the iPhone. Unless pricing can go to $1,199 and beyond in perpetuity, revenue from that product is going to peak at some point. Another ~18% of revenue comes from the Mac lines and the iPad. Both of which are in clearly flattish long-term trends that could turn negative. Services and Other Products, then, are going to have to offset any weakness in iPhones on their own.  That’s a big ask given that their contribution to revenue is less than one-third that of the iPhone.

Risk #4: International Concerns

The breakdown of revenue by country, meanwhile, raises its own set of concerns.

42% of sales come from the Americas, the majority of that from the U.S. Apple continues to drive growth in that region, with a 12% increase in sales in FY17 followed by 13% growth in the first half. Still, the core concerns about iPhone growth would seem to apply heavily to the U.S. market, particularly with the end of subsidies from carriers like Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T).

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Sales in the company’s Europe segment continue to rise — though that business also includes the Middle East, Africa, and the key Indian market. On the Continent, Apple has lost share in the four largest markets. It’s in developed markets where the commoditization concerns are likely to have the most impact. And in terms of unit sales, the iPhone already has started to stumble there.

Meanwhile, Apple could miss out on the two key developing markets.

Revenue in Greater China dropped 24% between 2015 and 2017. Strong performance in that region admittedly has been a big piece of good news this year. Sales have grown 15% through the first two quarters. But Apple still is losing share in that market to lower-priced in-country competitors. Additionally, trade war concerns are mounting. And at almost 20% of total sales, China is too important for Apple to lose.

In India, meanwhile, a twice-raised import tax makes the iPhone prohibitive. That leaves Apple mostly on the outside looking into the one of the world’s most important markets.

Looking geographically, then, an investor can see the risk to Apple’s revenue. The iPhone has to at least hold sales flat. But that will be a challenge in developed markets. And developing markets aren’t driving the growth needed. And it’s not as if consumers in those markets don’t have phones. They do. They just don’t have iPhones, and even the growing middle classes may not be able to afford them.

Combining the Risks for Apple Stock

Tying all the risks together for Apple creates a model in which revenue is currently at a peak — and earnings likely are as well. The iPhone drives 60%+ of revenue, and its unit sales may already have peaked. That figure has risen just 0.4% year-over-year so far in 2018 — and over the last four quarters remains below fiscal 2015 levels.

The U.S. market is saturated. Estimates suggest that on a unit basis, the U.S. drives about one-third of iPhone sales. China is the second-largest market — and has been negative over the past few years. Add in weakness in large European markets and something in the range of two-thirds of iPhone revenue — thus ~40% of Apple’s total revenue — is at risk of declining if and when Apple no longer can hike prices so aggressively.

Another 20% or so comes from developing markets where the iPhone is falling behind. Apple did post record first-half sales in India, according to the Q2 conference call — but most estimates suggest its presence in that country is small. The iPhone is #1 in China, according to the same call, but in a fragmented market, and revenue has been falling even accounting for currency headwinds.

20% of overall revenue is derived from the iPad and Mac lines, which are unlikely to grow much, if at all, going forward. The last 20% comes from Services and Other Products.

And so the calculation here becomes clear. Apple’s low-teen P/E and P/FCF multiples imply that the company’s growth is about done. But from a revenue standpoint, that’s potentially right.

Barring an acceleration in iPhone sales in China and/or India, the Services and Other Products business have to grow faster than the developed market iPhone business declines. But those businesses combined are half the size. So they’d need to grow twice as fast to account for iPhone declines.

The Bearish Scenario for Apple Stock

Understanding the distribution of revenue across products and geographies highlights the bearish scenario for Apple stock. Here’s how it could happen:

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In developed markets, the iPhone has peaked. The X launch becomes the last major release that drives real buzz — and pricing power. Unit sales fall double-digits in 2019, in line with past performance after major launches. (iPhone unit sales fell 8% worldwide in FY16, for instance.)

Developing markets can’t pick up the slack. In Africa, and the Middle East, iPhone sales grow, but off a small base. Import taxes continue to drive Indian customers to in-country manufacturers as the government intended. Trade war rhetoric and low-cost competitors mean sales in China fall off in FY19 after a rebound year driven by the X.

Apple raises its prices modestly. But a shift to lower-priced models, particularly overseas, leads average selling prices downward. (This, too, is what happened in fiscal 2016: iPhone revenue fell 12%.) iPhone revenue drops from a record $160 billion in fiscal 2018 to $140 billion in fiscal 2019.

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Now, the narrative has changed. iPhone sales in both units and dollars are below their levels from four years ago. Apple breaks out Watch revenue for the first time: it has risen from ~$7 billion in FY19 to $9.5 billion in fiscal 2020. Investors point out that the figure is roughly 4% of Apple’s total sales.

The Services business is growing nicely — still at a double-digit pace — but slowing iPhone unit sales suggest little growth in the user count driving that revenue. A renewed decline in the iPad offsets modest growth in Mac sales. Apple’s overall revenue falls 5% in fiscal 2019 — and investors start asking how the decline will be reversed.

Again, this scenario is one in which most things go wrong for Apple. And I’d argue it’s more likely to occur (if it does) in fiscal 2021 than fiscal 2019. But it’s hardly based on outlandish assumptions.

Developed market iPhone revenues are going to turn south at some point. To offset those losses will require growth elsewhere. Services seems the most likely candidate — but even double-digit growth there only adds 2-3 points to the overall growth rate. The iPhone either needs better performance in developing markets — or the Watch, AirPods, and/or HomePod have to be multi-year winners.

A Cyclical Business

Some version of that bear case has surrounded Apple stock for years now. And, on occasion, it has gained some traction. In late 2012, Apple stock broke $700 (it has since split 7-for-1) for the first time. Within a matter of months, it had lost over 40% of its value. (iPad sales surprisingly turned south and investors worried the iPhone wouldn’t pick up the slack.) In 2015, cyclical worries again hit the stock. AAPL stock dropped about 35% over the next 15 months.

And it’s not just a matter of perception, either. Apple’s earnings have grown, but hardly in a consistent manner. Net income dipped between 2012 and 2014 before jumping in 2015. It fell again over the next two years, before heading to what seems likely to be a new peak in 2018.

It’s easy at the moment to assume AAPL bears (myself included) simply have been wrong the whole time. Apple stock is at an all-time high. The X looks set to perform better than skeptics believed. Services is growing nicely, and diversifying Apple away for the hardware business. Long-time (and well-respected) Apple analyst Gene Munster argued this month that we have entered a new “Apple story”. But investors need to remember that bulls thought the same in 2012 and 2015 as well.

Does The Bear Case Hold Water?

Admittedly, I’ve been proven wrong on Apple stock. And I’m not sure the bear case is that compelling at this point.

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I do see long-term risk to the iPhone, but there’s also a scenario where Apple can offset any declines in that product. Services, Watch, and maybe AirPods and the HomePod can pick up some of the slack. Apple’s immense cash hoard is setting up a windfall for shareholders, as I wrote back in January. Even ~zero revenue growth likely leads to some profit growth, given that gross margins in the Service segment are higher than those in hardware categories. At 14x earnings, ‘some’ profit growth is enough to justify the current valuation.

Apple’s performance so far in 2018 also has undercut the bear case. I wrote after the Q2 report that even a skeptic like myself had to be impressed. The growth in China so far this year is important. So is the performance of the X. The Services business, as Munster pointed out, is becoming a bigger part of the narrative as it becomes a larger part of revenue. And somewhat quietly, margin pressures from a stronger U.S. dollar and higher memory prices are starting to reverse in Apple’s favor.

Still, from a long-term perspective, I do believe the bill is going to come due for Apple at some point.

Every hardware manufacturer has lost its technological advantage eventually. And I do believe the bear case merits consideration — even from ardent Apple bulls. There’s a reason why Apple stock looks cheap, and why it’s looked cheap for years. While the company may be able to grind out earnings growth, and upside in Apple stock, going forward, the long-term risks to the business model suggest that Apple stock never will get a market-level earnings multiple again.

As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any sec

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President and CEO of Keysight Technologies Inc (NYSE:KEYS) Ronald S. Nersesian sold 162,366 shares of KEYS on 01/09/2018 at an average price of $45.04 a share. The total sale was $7.3 million.

Keysight Technologies Inc is a measurement company providing core electronic design and test solutions to communications and electronics industries. It provides electronic measurement instruments and systems and related software, software design tools. Keysight Technologies Inc has a market cap of $8.41 billion; its shares were traded at around $44.92 with a P/E ratio of 77.42 and P/S ratio of 2.54.

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President and CEO Ronald S. Nersesian sold 162,366 shares of KEYS stock on 01/09/2018 at the average price of $45.04. The price of the stock has decreased by 0.27% since.

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FANG’s Deliver On Earnings But Fail On Price Action

Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) did a great job alleviating fears that large-cap tech would be dragged through the mud and fading earnings would dishearten investors.

The major takeaways from the recent deluge of tech earnings are large-cap tech is getting better at what they do best, and the biggest are getting decisively bigger.

Of the 26% rise to $31.1 billion in Alphabets quarterly revenue, more than $26 billion was concentrated around its mammoth digital ad revenue business.

Alphabet, even though rebranded to express a diverse portfolio of assets, is still very much reliant on its ad revenue to carry the load made possible by Google search.

Its other bets category failed to impact the bottom line with loss-making speculative projects such as Nest Labs in charge of mounting a battle against Amazons (NASDAQ:AMZN) Alexa.

The quandary in this battle is the margins Alphabet will surrender to seize a portion of the future smart home market.

What we are seeing is a case of strength fueling further strength.

Alphabet did a lot to smooth over fears that government regulation would put a dent in its business model, asserting that it has been preparing for the new EU privacy rules for 18 months and its search ad business will not be materially affected by these new standards.

CFO Ruth Porat emphasized the shift to mobile, as mobile growth is leading the charge due to Internet users migration to mobile platforms.

Google search remains an unrivaled product that transcends culture, language, and society at optimal levels.

Sure, there are other online search engines out there, but the accuracy of results pale in comparison to the preeminent first-class operation at Google search.

Alphabet does not divulge revenue details about its cloud unit. However, the cloud unit is dropped into the other revenues category, which also includes hardware sales and posted close to $4.4 billion, up 36% YOY.

Although the cloud segment will never dwarf its premier digital ad segment, if Alphabet can ameliorate its cloud engine into a $10 billion per quarter segment, investors would dance in the streets with delight.

Another problem with the FANGs is that they are one-trick ponies. And if those ponies ever got locked up in the barn, it would spell imminent disaster.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is trying its best to diversify away from the iconic product that which consumers identify.

The iPhone company is ramping up its services and subscription business to combat waning iPhone demand.

Alphabet is charging hard into the autonomous ride-sharing business seizing a leadership position.

Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is doubling down on what it already does great create top-level original content.

This was after it shed its DVD business in the early stages after CEO Reed Hastings identified its imminent implosion.

Tech companies habitually display flexibility and nimbleness of which big corporations dream.

One of the few negatives in an otherwise solid earnings report was the TAC (traffic acquisition costs) reported at $6.28 billion, which make up 24% of total revenue.

An escalation of TAC as a percentage of revenue is certainly a risk factor for the digital ad business. But nibbling away at margins is not the end of the world, and the digital ad business will remain highly profitable moving forward.

TAC comprised 22% of revenue in Q1 2017, and the rise in costs reflects that mobile ads are priced at a premium.

Google noted that TAC will experience further pricing pressure because of the great leap toward mobile devices, but the pace of price increases will recede.

The increased cost of luring new eyeballs will not diminish FANGs earnings report buttressed by secular trends that pervade Silicon Valleys platforms.

The year of the cloud has positive implications for Alphabet. It ranks No. 3 in the cloud industry behind Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Amazon.

Amazon and Microsoft announce earnings later this week. The robust cloud segments should easily reaffirm the bullish sentiment in tech stocks.

Amazons earnings call could provide clarity on the bizarre backbiting emanating from the White House, even though Jeff Bezos rarely frequents the earnings call.

A thinly veiled or bold response would comfort investors because rumors of tech peaking would add immediate downside pressure to equities.

The wider-reaching short-term problem is the macro headwinds that could knock over techs position on top of the equity pedestal and bring it back down to reality in a war of diplomatic rhetoric and international tariffs.

Google, Facebook, and Netflix are the least affected FANGs because they have been locked out of the Chinese market for years.

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud arm of Amazon blew past cloud revenue estimates of 42% last quarter by registering a 45% jump in revenue.

Microsoft reiterated that immense cloud growth permeating through the industry, expanding 99% QOQ.

I expect repeat performances from the best cloud plays in the industry.

Any cloud firm growing under 20% is not even worth a look since the bull case for cloud revenue revolves around a minimum of 20% growth QOQ.

Amazon still boasts around 30% market share in the cloud space with Microsoft staking 15% but gaining each quarter.

AWS growth has been stunted for the past nine quarters as competition and cybersecurity costs related to patches erode margins.

Above all else, the one company that investors can pinpoint with margin problems is Amazon, which abandoned margin strength for market share years ago and that investors approved in droves.

AWS is the key driver of profits that allows Amazon to fund its e-commerce business.

Cloud adoption is still in the early stages.

Microsoft Azure and Google have a chance to catch up to AWS. There will be ample opportunity for these players to leverage existing infrastructure and expertise to rival AWSs strength.

As the recent IPO performance suggests, there is nothing hotter than this narrow sliver of tech, and this is all happening with numerous companies losing vast amounts of money such as Dropbox (NASDAQ:DBX) and Box (NYSE:BOX).

Microsoft has been inching toward gross profits of $8 billion per quarter and has been profitable for years.

And now it has a hyper-expanding cloud division to boot.

Any macro sell-off that pulls down Microsoft to around the $90 level or if Alphabet dips below $1000, these would be great entry points into the core pillars of the equity market.

If tech goes, so will everything else.

If it plays its cards right, Microsoft Azure has the tools in place to overtake AWS.

Shorting cloud companies is a difficult proposition because the leg ups are legendary.

If traders are looking for any tech shorts to pile into, then focus on the legacy companies that lack a cloud growth driver.

Another cue would be a company that has not completed the resuscitation process yet, such as Western Digital (NYSE:WDC) whose shares have traded sideways for the past year.

But for now, as the 10-year interest rate shoots past 3%, investors should bide their time as cheaper entry points will shortly appear.

Disclosure: I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Have Walmart, Flipkart Tied the Knot?

According to a report at Bloomberg, the board of directors of India’s Flipkart e-commerce website has agreed to sell a 75% stake in the company to Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) for about $15 billion. So far, neither Flipkart nor Walmart has confirmed the report.

The two parties have negotiated the deal for about a year now and, if the report pans out, Walmart would seal a victory over rival Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), which has also been wooing Flipkart in an effort to cement its position at the top of the heap in India’s massive market.

According to Bloomberg’s sources, the proposed deal would include the sale of Softbank Group’s stake of over 20% in Flipkart at a valuation of $20 billion. A final agreement is expected within 10 days, the sources said, but they warned that the deal is not certain.

Flipkart is the leading e-commerce player in India and Amazon is number two. One could argue that it is more important for Walmart to win the bidding for Flipkart if the U.S. retail giant wants to have a reasonable shot at winning a leading position in the global e-commerce sector.

Neither Amazon nor Walmart has made much headway in China’s e-commerce sphere, where Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) dominates. That makes India the last mega-opportunity, and neither Walmart nor Amazon wants to lose it.

Walmart currently operates 21 Best Price stores in India that are open only to wholesale customers on a membership basis, much like Sam’s Club and Costco. The catch is that under Indian law the stores are open only to wholesalers, not retail customers. Although Walmart plans to open another 50 Best Price stores, the addition of Flipkart would dramatically speed up market growth in India.

Other current investors in Flipkart include Microsoft and Tencent, both of which would retain small stakes in Flipkart if Walmart succeeds. A source told Bloomberg that Google parent Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) is “likely” to participate in the Walmart investment.

Walmart stock traded down about 0.2% early Friday, at $86.06 in a 52-week range of $73.13 to $109.98. The 12-month consensus price target on the stock is $105.40.

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One Good Week Just Can’t Save Latethe-Party Fitbit Inc Stock

When you consider what health and fitness tracking company Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) has been through over the past few years, the company has had a pretty great week so far. With news breaking about a new strategic partnership and a Q1 earnings beat, you would think that FIT stock would be on the rise.

However, just the opposite is true for FIT.

Google Partnership

On Monday, Fitbit announced that it would be partnering with Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) to dig deeper into digital healthcare. The two will work together in order to connect Fitbit user data with medical records through Google’s Cloud Healthcare API.

The partnership will give medical professionals better insight into their patients and allow for more thorough tracking of chronic conditions. 

The move is a huge step forward for Fitbit as the firm works to ingrain itself into the healthcare space. The firm also recently acquired Twice Health, a healthcare platform that similarly connects doctors with patient data. 

Following the news, FIT stock made its way 5% higher, but most of those gains quickly evaporated in the days that followed.

Why It Doesn’t Matter

On some level, the Google partnership is a plus for FIT stock, but in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t really change the narrative for Fitbit. The company makes wearables, not medical devices. So although tying the devices in to the healthcare space does make sense, it’s unlikely to make Fitbit sell more trackers.

Doctors might find the user data helpful, but the fact that Fitbit health trackers aren’t completely accurate and haven’t been certified as medical devices means there’s a definite grey area when it comes to including that data into treatment plans.

The accuracy of the devices has a long way to go before they can become a real asset to medical professionals and until then initiatives like this one are unlikely to propel the company forward.

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Earnings Beat

Another nugget of good news came for Fitbit on Wednesday when the firm beat expectations with its first quarter results. The firm reported a loss of 17 cents per share on revenue of $247.9 million, compared to expectations for a loss of 20 cents per share on revenue of $247.3 million. 

Again, the results initially gave Fitbit Inc. stock a lift, but the rise was only temporary. The stock was down nearly 5% in premarket trading on Thursday morning.

Why it Doesn’t Matter

The Fitbit stock earnings beat did very little to assuage investors’ concerns about the company’s future because management’s forward guidance confirmed what most had been expecting- Fitbit will struggle again this year. 

Earnings and revenue for the second quarter is expected to come in below where analysts had been prediction and demand is likely to remain sluggish. In the first quarter the firm sold 2.2 million devices, down from the year-ago quarter when it pushed 3 million. 

Fitbit’s Future

Fitbit is simply another case where being first doesn’t necessarily make you best. The firm’s activity trackers were a hit when they came to market because people hadn’t seen something like this before, but now that all of the big tech firms are coming out with their own flashier versions Fitbit is falling by the wayside.

FIT management has made a valiant effort to save the company from joining the ranks of BlackBerry by making a move into smart watches, but unfortunately it looks like Fitbit is doing too little too late. Why buy a Fitbit smartwatch when you can buy one already integrated with your current mobile phone’s ecosystem? 

The Versa, Fitbit’s latest smartwatch hasn’t been able to make much impact on the firm’s bottom line because most people still think of Fitbit as an activity tracker, not a smartwatch.

Activity trackers still make up the majority of the firm’s revenue, but as smartwatches become more and more health-centric they are becoming obsolete. Sure, Versa has gained some traction but competing against giants like Samsung and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has hurt its chances of success.

The Bottom Line

FIT stock is unlikely to make any real progress unless the company gets acquired. The company looks unlikely to break into the smartwatch space in a meaningful way and when dedicated activity trackers go the way of the dodo, the firm will struggle to stay afloat.

As of this writing, Laura Hoy was long AAPL.