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On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS). He said that options traders are buying the January 2020, 140 strike calls. Around 20,000 call options were traded in the first half of the session and traders were paying $3.20 for them. The trade breaks even at $143.20 or 21.12 percent above the current market price. Pete Najarian owns shares of UPS and he thinks the stock is going much higher.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Mitsubishi Corporation (MSBHY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Automotive is moving well, up 14% y/y driven by HD Radio tech. The latter is included in an A list of important models, including Tesla Model 3, the Mitsubishi (OTCPK:MSBHY) Mirage and the Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) Rogue. Their connected radio solution is also coming along nicely.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Japanese trading company Itochu (OTCPK:ITOCY) has a tough act to follow – its own meaningful improvement over the past five years. The company was more willing than most of its Japanese trading peers to deemphasize commodity/resource businesses, and it moved fairly quickly here, building up non-resource businesses like its food, machinery, and finance operations. Those moves have led to better ROE and cash flow margin performance versus its peers, and Itochu shares have done well relative to peers like Mitsui (OTCPK:MITSY), Mitsubishi (OTCPK:MSBHY), Marubeni (OTCPK:MARUY), and Sumitomo (OTCPK:SSUMY) over that time.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Meritage Corporation(MTH)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Next week is big for housing numbers. March existing home sales figures are scheduled for  Monday and new home sales for March along with the February S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index on Tuesday. As for homebuilders, Pulte Group, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) is scheduled to report  Q1 results Tuesday, and D.R. Horton Inc (NYSE: DHI) is scheduled to report fiscal Q2 numbers on Thursday. The industry already has seen strong Q1 results from Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN), and housing starts and building permits in March rose more than expected. These results, as well as those and the economic data from next week could provide clues for the industry going forward. After NVR, Inc. (NYSE: NVR) reports results this morning, Meritage Homes Corp. (NYSE: MTH) releases its Q1 results April 25. We’ll have to wait until next month for some of the other homebuilders, as well as from home improvement companies Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD) and Lowe’s Companies Inc (NYSE: LOW), before we get a more complete snapshot of the housing market.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Stryker Corporation(SYK)

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  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Finally, shares of Boston Scientific sank 6%. The medical device maker had jumped earlier in the week on reports that it might receive a takeover bid from industry peer Stryker (NYSE:SYK). Yet today, Stryker denied that it had been in acquisition talks with Boston Scientific, throwing cold water on the idea. With the downward push, Boston Scientific is now back to where the stock started the week before the reports surfaced in the first place. Boston Scientific will now apparently have to make the most of its own opportunities in the medical device space — at least unless another potential buyer comes around.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Boston Scientific stock rose 7.4% today after The Wall Street Journal reported(subscription required) that the medical device specialist has received a takeover bid from rival Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK). Shares of Stryker simultaneously declined more than 5% on the news.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    US Bancorp DE grew its stake in Stryker Co. (NYSE:SYK) by 2.4% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 154,942 shares of the medical technology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 3,643 shares during the quarter. US Bancorp DE’s holdings in Stryker were worth $24,935,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.(DNKN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Swiss National Bank lifted its position in Dunkin’ Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN) by 2.6% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 157,200 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,000 shares during the quarter. Swiss National Bank’s holdings in Dunkin’ Brands were worth $9,383,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    In the first quarter of 2018, Dunkin’ Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN) completed the rollout of a menu simplification initiative to its entire base of roughly 9,000 Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. stores.The effort reduced corporate-required menu items for franchisees by 10% and dispensed with 23 optional products, which David Hoffman, president of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada, labeled as “slow moving, complex, and off-strategy.”

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    Thursday brought a host of interviews for TheStreet that may (hopefully) spark interest during your weekend planning. UPS (UPS) Chief Financial Officer told us the shipping giant will unveil a transformation plan in coming months. Instinct tells me this could be a cost-cutting plan designed to help the company’s under-performing stock. Dunkin’ Donuts (DNKN) CEO shot back at noted short-seller Jim Chanos, who disclosed a year-long short position in the restaurant chain on Thursday. Chanos’ response to me via email: “Wow, a promotional CEO and his execs don’t agree with a short-seller….? Imagine that.” Yep. Hopped on the phone with Hasbro’s (HAS) CEO for a piece to hit over the weekend. Came away thinking retailers are preparing for a rather upbeat holiday season. The impact of Toys ‘R’ Us’ liquidation will likely weigh on Hasbro in the second quarter, then taper off in the back half of the year. 

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: GTT Communications, Inc.(GTT)

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    GTT Communications (GTT) : “I think they have a great business model. I say buy, buy, buy.”

    Steel Dynamics (STLD) : “That’s a great steel company and the only one I’ll recommend other than Nucor (NUE) .”

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) and GTT Communications (NYSE:GTT) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Analysts at KeyBanc upgraded GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT) from Sector Weight to Overweight.

    GTT Communications shares fell 0.64 percent to $46.35 in pre-market trading.

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GTT Communications (GTT) , Steel Dynamics (STLD) , Nucor (NUE) , Marriott International (MAR) , MGM Resorts (MGM) and Twitter (TWTR) .

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Bruker Corporation(BRKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

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    Bruker Announces Improved Solutions for Microbial Strain Typing, Hospital Hygiene and Infection Control, and Candida auris Testing at ASM 2018 (finance.yahoo.com) Financial Review: Bruker (BRKR) versus Pacific Biosciences of California (PACB) (americanbankingnews.com) Global Microbiology Testing/Clinical Microbiology Market 2018-2024: Market is Influenced by Biomerieux, Abbott, Roche, Bruker and Bio-rad Labs (bizjournals.com) Bruker Corporation appoints Gerald Herman as CFO (seekingalpha.com) Bruker Corporation Appoints Gerald Herman as Chief Financial Officer (finance.yahoo.com)

    A number of brokerages have issued reports on BRKR. Zacks Investment Research cut Bruker from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday. BTIG Research set a $42.00 target price on Bruker and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, May 6th. BidaskClub raised Bruker from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 23rd. Bank of America decreased their target price on Bruker from $37.00 to $34.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, May 4th. Finally, Leerink Swann upped their target price on Bruker from $32.00 to $34.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $32.91.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Covanta Holding Corporation(CVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Danielson (NYSE: CVA) and MGE Energy (NASDAQ:MGEE) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    HL Financial Services LLC trimmed its holdings in shares of Danielson Holding Co. (NYSE:CVA) by 12.3% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 49,434 shares of the energy company’s stock after selling 6,964 shares during the quarter. HL Financial Services LLC’s holdings in Danielson were worth $717,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This company has seen solid insider buying over the past year. Covanta Holding Corp. (NYSE: CVA) is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions. Annually, Covanta’s modern energy-from-waste facilities safely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses into clean, renewable electricity to power 1 million homes and recycle approximately 500,000 tons of metal.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Sears Holdings Corporation(SHLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    Sears Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: SHLD) at $144.86 before it fell 98.4%…

    GoPro Inc. (Nasdaq: GPRO) at $86.97 before it fell 94.5%…

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    The CEO of Sears Holdings Corp. (NYSE: SHLD) will try to use his hedge fund to buy some of the failing retailer’s assets. According to The Wall Street Journal:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    However and pursuant to a master lease, 175 of the Company’s wholly-owned properties are leased to Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: SHLD) and are operated under either the Sears or Kmart brand. The master lease provides the Company with the right to recapture certain space from Sears at each property for retenanting or redevelopment purposes. At 83 properties, third-party tenants under direct leases occupy a portion of leasable space alongside Sears and Kmart, and 37 properties are leased only to third parties. The Company also owns 50% interests in 28 properties through JV investments with GGP Inc., Simon Property Group, Inc., and The Macerich Company. A substantial majority of the space at the Company’s JV properties is also leased to Sears Holdings under master lease agreements that provide for similar recapture rights as the master lease governing the Company’s wholly-owned properties.

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    Unlike the situation with rival Sears (NASDAQ:SHLD), J.C. Penney’s liabilities have not exceeded its assets. Each figure is about $8.3 billion, and the company has $181 million in cash on hand, about half what it had last year.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    To many investors, J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) stock looks like a guaranteed loser. For example, my Foolish colleague Timothy Green recently described the bull case for J.C. Penney being that it is failing more slowly than longtime rival Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD). Indeed, J.C. Penney posted weak sales and earnings results last quarter and slashed its full-year earnings-per-share forecast due to the implementation of new accounting rules.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao(CBD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) rose 28.8 percent to $4.03 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it has received the FDA clearance for expanded indications for its Senhance Surgical System.
    Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: ENT) rose 15.6 percent to $2.30 in pre-market trading.
    Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição (NYSE: CBD) rose 13.2 percent to $24.20 in pre-market trading.
    ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc. (NYSE: ZTO) rose 12.2 percent to $21.65 in pre-market trading. Alibaba and Cainiao agreed to make strategic investment in ZTO Express of $1.38 billion.
    DHI Group, Inc. (NYSE: DHX) rose 10.8 percent to $2.05 in pre-market trading.
    Momo Inc. (NASDAQ: MOMO) shares rose 9.6 percent to $42.68 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter and issued strong sales forecast for the second quarter.
    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: XENE) shares rose 9.1 percent to $6.00 in pre-market trading.
    Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: OLED) rose 8.4 percent to $108.00 in pre-market trading.
    Jupai Holdings Limited (NYSE: JP) shares rose 7 percent to $24.50 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) rose 5.9 percent to $10.61 in pre-market trading.
    Frontline Ltd. (NYSE: FRO) rose 5.9 percent to $5.04 in pre-market trading.
    Evogene Ltd. (NASDAQ: EVGN) rose 5.5 percent to $3.27 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) rose 5.5 percent to $3.68 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.44 percent on Friday.
    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) shares rose 5.4 percent to $2.16 in pre-market trading.

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (NYSE: CBD) and Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc Class B (OTCMKTS:ANCUF) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Internet Gold Golden Lines Ltd.(IGLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media stories about Internet Gold Golden Lines (NASDAQ:IGLD) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Internet Gold Golden Lines earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the technology company an impact score of 47.7616640405736 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Hot Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019

Mettler Toledo (NYSE:MTD) announced its earnings results on Thursday. The medical instruments supplier reported $3.74 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.73 by $0.01, Bloomberg Earnings reports. Mettler Toledo had a return on equity of 93.09% and a net margin of 13.50%. The company had revenue of $660.82 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $651.87 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $3.34 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 11.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Mettler Toledo updated its Q2 guidance to $4.55 to $4.60 EPS.

Shares of MTD stock opened at $552.97 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 1.46, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.75. The stock has a market capitalization of $14,641.79, a PE ratio of 31.47, a PEG ratio of 2.20 and a beta of 1.21. Mettler Toledo has a fifty-two week low of $540.78 and a fifty-two week high of $697.26.

Hot Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: GTT Communications, Inc.(GTT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

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    GTT to Present at Spring 2018 Investor Conferences (finance.yahoo.com) Unified Communications Week in Review: Firstcom, 8×8, RingCentral (unified-communications.tmcnet.com) RingCentral, SD-WAN vendors team up to deliver UCaaS (searchunifiedcommunications.techtarget.com) GTT Communications (GTT) CEO Richard Calder Sells 6,000 Shares (americanbankingnews.com) GTT Communications (GTT) EVP Chris Mckee Sells 7,000 Shares (americanbankingnews.com)

    GTT has been the topic of several recent research reports. Oppenheimer increased their price objective on GTT Communications from $52.00 to $68.00 in a research report on Tuesday, February 27th. William Blair reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of GTT Communications in a research report on Wednesday, March 28th. Craig Hallum reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price objective (up from $50.00) on shares of GTT Communications in a research report on Monday, February 26th. SunTrust Banks increased their price objective on GTT Communications to $60.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, Jefferies Group increased their price objective on GTT Communications to $62.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $57.22.

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GTT Communications (GTT) , Steel Dynamics (STLD) , Nucor (NUE) , Marriott International (MAR) , MGM Resorts (MGM) and Twitter (TWTR) .

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Analysts at KeyBanc upgraded GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT) from Sector Weight to Overweight.

    GTT Communications shares fell 0.64 percent to $46.35 in pre-market trading.

  • [By ]

    GTT Communications (GTT) : “I think they have a great business model. I say buy, buy, buy.”

    Steel Dynamics (STLD) : “That’s a great steel company and the only one I’ll recommend other than Nucor (NUE) .”

Hot Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: AMERISAFE, Inc.(AMSF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BidaskClub lowered shares of AMERISAFE (NASDAQ:AMSF) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report released on Friday.

    Other research analysts have also issued reports about the stock. TheStreet raised shares of AMERISAFE from a c+ rating to a b rating in a report on Thursday, April 26th. ValuEngine raised shares of AMERISAFE from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Boenning Scattergood reaffirmed a hold rating on shares of AMERISAFE in a report on Tuesday, February 27th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods initiated coverage on shares of AMERISAFE in a report on Thursday, April 5th. They issued a market perform rating and a $54.00 price target for the company. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of AMERISAFE from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a report on Tuesday, March 6th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. AMERISAFE currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $63.00.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Amerisafe, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSF) EVP Vincent J. Gagliano sold 249 shares of Amerisafe stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.15, for a total value of $14,977.35. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 17,178 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,033,256.70. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Hot Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: Houston Wire & Cable Company(HWCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Houston Wire & Cable (NASDAQ:HWCC) hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Wednesday after an insider bought additional shares in the company. The stock traded as low as $8.40 and last traded at $8.35, with a volume of 604 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $7.90.

Hot Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(IONS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) threw Alnylam and fellow ATTR drugmaker Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS) a curveball in March, releasing positive results from a trial testing its ATTR drug tafamidis in patients with ATTR cardiomyopathy. But Alnylam isn’t backing down with potential plans to run a trial comparing its next-generation TTR drug, ALN-TTRsc02, against tafamidis, as outlined by Akshay Vaishnaw, Alnylam’s executive vice president of research and development:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    AGM Group Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AGMH) shares climbed 30.3 percent to $11.05 after climbing 34.60 percent on Thursday.
    Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) jumped 21.2 percent to $4.9699 following a first-quarter earnings beat. The company also raised its fiscal 2018 estimates.
    Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) shares climbed 18.8 percent to $7.89 after reporting strong Q1 earnings.
    Farmers Capital Bank Corp (NASDAQ: FFKT) gained 15.4 percent to $48.75. WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ: WSBC) announced an agreement and plan of merger with Farmers Capital Bank Corporation.
    TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) climbed 10.2 percent to $66.76 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong forecast for the second quarter. TransUnion announced plans to acquire Callcredit.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) shares gained 9.2 percent to $3.9299 after rising 8.11 percent on Thursday.
    Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE: PF) gained 8.8 percent to $60.04 after a 13-D filing from Jana Partners showed an increased stake in the comapny, from 1.42 million shares at the end of last quarter to 10.83 million shares, or a 9.3-percent stake.
    Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) shares climbed 8.8 percent to $26.70 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG) gained 8.5 percent to $12.80 after reporting Q1 results.
    Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE: CLF) climbed 7.5 percent to $7.73 following Q1 results.
    Seaspan Corporation (NYSE: SSW) shares climbed 6.7 percent to $7.50. Deutsche Bank upgraded Seaspan from Hold to Buy.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) shares rose 4.6 percent to $14.63 after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) rose 4.3 percent to $47.80. Biogen and Ionis have expanded their strategic collaboration to develop drug candidates for a broad range of neurological diseases.

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  • [By Brian Feroldi, Keith Speights, and Sean Williams]

    With that in mind, we asked a team of Motley Fool investors to highlight a biotech stock that they think is a strong buy right now. Here’s why they picked Exelixis (NASDAQ:EXEL), Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG), and Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS).

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Although Spinraza’s trajectory could quickly reverse, Biogen made a smart move by expanding its investment into the company that discovered it,Ionis Pharmaceuticals(NASDAQ:IONS). Unfortunately, Ionis probably won’t be adding any candidates to Biogen’s ultra-riskylate-stage pipeline right away.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) shares made a handy gain on Friday after the firm announced an expanded strategic collaboration with Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB). Through this partnership, these companies are planning to tackle and develop novel antisense drug candidates for a broad range of neurological diseases.

Hot Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: Smith & Nephew SNATS, Inc.(SNN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    Heat Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares tumbled 48.59 percent to close at $1.275 on Thursday after the company priced its $18,000,000 public offering.
    InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NVIV) fell 38.77 percent to close at $8.26 on Thursday.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares tumbled 27.43 percent to close at $8.81.
    Achaogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAO) dropped 24.76 percent to close at $11.06 in reaction to a disappointing update from an FDA AdCom panel. The FDA panel voted favorably for the company's Plazcomicin for treatment of adults with complicated urinary tract infections, but also voted against the therapy to be used as a treatment for bloodstream infections.
    Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK) shares declined 24.68 percent to close at $34.80 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.
    LSC Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LKSD) shares fell 24.22 percent to close at $12.64 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) fell 21.42 percent to close at $50.80 following downbeat quarterly profit.
    Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN) dropped 20.42 percent to close at $6.00 following downbeat quarterly earnings.
    Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) slipped 20.11 percent to close at $2.90 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESPR) fell 19.28 percent to close at $36.93. Esperion Therapeutics stock lost roughly a third of its value Wednesday after the company reported mixed Phase III results for its leading drug candidate, bempedoic acid. JP Morgan downgraded Esperion Therapeutics from Neutral to Underweight.
    Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) declined 17.77 percent to close at $8.98 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: HABT) dipped 16.1 percent to close at $8.60 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (N

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    Deutsche Bank downgraded Smith & Nephew (NYSE: SNN) from Hold to Sell

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Over the last several years, artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as one of the most important trends in technology. The AI techniques of deep learning and machine learning have resulted in everything from improvements in search, to image recognition, to voice-controlled digital assistants, to self-driving cars.

While the prospects created by this technology are enormous, estimates vary as to the size of the market. Deep learning, the most promising area of AI research, was forecast to generate $4.8 billion in 2017, growing to $261 billion by 2027, achieving a compound annual growth rate of 49% according to a report by Persistence Market Research.

Even if those estimates are overly optimistic, they serve to illustrate the massive opportunity created by AI. It also explains recent announcements by Microsoft(NASDAQ:MSFT), Alphabet(NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), and Apple(NASDAQ:AAPL), that each is placing additional emphasis on the nascent technology.

Artificial intelligence is driving big business decisions. Image source: Getty Images.

Best Stocks For 2019: Insmed, Inc.(INSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Insmed Inc. (NASDAQ: INSM) was raised to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse.

    Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham, based on the run-up in shares and on a harder earnings comparison that will be harder to beat. Lululemon was up 1% at $96.31 but was down 2% at $94.30 on Monday. It had a consensus target price of $89.93.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares shot up 113 percent to $26.15 following the announcement of positive top-line results from its Phase 3 Convert study of ALIS in adult patients with treatment-refractory nontuberculous Mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease..

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares were also up, gaining 10 percent to $25.72. Credit Suisse upgraded Insmed from Neutral to Outperform.

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Best Stocks For 2019: GTT Communications, Inc.(GTT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Analysts at KeyBanc upgraded GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT) from Sector Weight to Overweight.

    GTT Communications shares fell 0.64 percent to $46.35 in pre-market trading.

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GTT Communications (GTT) , Steel Dynamics (STLD) , Nucor (NUE) , Marriott International (MAR) , MGM Resorts (MGM) and Twitter (TWTR) .

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    GTT Communications (GTT) : “I think they have a great business model. I say buy, buy, buy.”

    Steel Dynamics (STLD) : “That’s a great steel company and the only one I’ll recommend other than Nucor (NUE) .”

Best Stocks For 2019: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    To show this, let’s look more closely at trading activity on the S&P 500. ETF investors in the SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEMKT:SPY) alone trade an average of 77 million shares each day, working out to more than $18 billion in daily volume. That means that the SPDR ETF turns over its entire share base every 12 trading days. With plenty of other ways to trade the S&P 500, including other exchange-traded funds, mutual funds, and futures contracts, the index’s liquidity is unparalleled.

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    For the details of CTC LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=CTC+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of CTC LLCAmazon.com Inc (AMZN) – 117,395 shares, 56.18% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 112.15%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 248,205 shares, 29.37% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 164.41%SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) – 178,671 shares, 10.37% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 206.87%Netflix Inc (NFLX) – 55,505 shares, 4.08% of the total portfolio. New PositionPowerShares QQQ Trust Series 1 (QQQ) – 0 shares, 0% of the total por

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    You can see that when I superimpose the descending triangle pattern on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE Arca: SPY), which mirrors the S&P 500 Index.