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Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019

Wall Street had a down day on Thursday, with the trade-sensitive industrial side of the market seeing the largest declines on news that the U.S. and Canada had imposed a set of matching tariffs on each other. The Dow lost more than 200 points, but declines were somewhat less extensive on a percentage basis for other parts of the market. Crude oil prices also moved lower, and the general sense among investors was one of uncertainty about how these initial disputes would evolve over time. Moreover, some bad news from key sectors of the economy weighed on individual stocks. Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR), Guess? (NYSE:GES), and Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

Dollar Tree cuts its 2018 guidance

Shares of Dollar Tree plunged 14% after the dollar-store retailer announced its fiscal first-quarter results. The company said that revenue rose 5%, with Dollar Tree stores reporting a 4% rise in same-store sales. Yet the company’s Family Dollar stores underperformed, posting a same-store sales decline of 1.1% compared to the year-ago quarter. Executives blamed the subpar results on a cold spring, an early Easter holiday, and higher freight costs for moving goods to its store locations. Yet although the company said warmer weather has helped the business recover, Dollar Tree still cut its earnings projections for the full year, and investors seemed to ignore the potential long-term positives of strategic moves like refinancing its debt. The news came as a surprise to those who’ve seen dollar stores as outperforming their upscale rivals.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: GAMCO Natural Resources, Gold & Income Tust (GNT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Golem (CURRENCY:GNT) traded 0.3% lower against the US dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 21:00 PM Eastern on May 19th. One Golem token can now be bought for approximately $0.51 or 0.00006248 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including Mercatox, Zebpay, Liqui and Cryptopia. Over the last week, Golem has traded 9.1% lower against the US dollar. Golem has a market cap of $428.99 million and approximately $7.17 million worth of Golem was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Golem (CURRENCY:GNT) traded 15.7% higher against the dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 0:00 AM Eastern on August 17th. One Golem token can currently be purchased for approximately $0.17 or 0.00002636 BTC on exchanges including Zebpay, Poloniex, OKEx and Bittrex. In the last week, Golem has traded up 1.7% against the dollar. Golem has a total market capitalization of $165.19 million and $7.99 million worth of Golem was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Golem (CURRENCY:GNT) traded 0.3% higher against the U.S. dollar during the 1-day period ending at 13:00 PM Eastern on September 30th. Golem has a market capitalization of $147.49 million and approximately $1.20 million worth of Golem was traded on exchanges in the last day. During the last seven days, Golem has traded up 4.8% against the U.S. dollar. One Golem token can currently be purchased for approximately $0.15 or 0.00002326 BTC on major exchanges including HitBTC, OOOBTC, Iquant and Zebpay.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Citizens Financial Group, Inc.(CFG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE: CFG) shares were down Tuesday, dragged by macro concerns following the rise in Italian sovereign debt yields and a 14-basis point decline in the 10-year U.S. treasury yield.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG) insider Randall J. Black sold 792 shares of Citizens Financial Group stock in a transaction on Tuesday, June 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.49, for a total value of $32,860.08. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 34,258 shares in the company, valued at $1,421,364.42. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Citizens Financial Group (NYSE:CFG) and State Bank Financial (NASDAQ:STBZ) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG) have been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the fourteen analysts that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have given a hold recommendation and six have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $46.38.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Mackay Shields LLC decreased its stake in shares of Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG) by 52.6% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 92,270 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 102,210 shares during the period. Mackay Shields LLC’s holdings in Citizens Financial Group were worth $3,589,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: THL Credit Senior Loan Fund(TSLF)

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Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Optical Cable Corporation(OCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Optical Cable Co. (NASDAQ:OCC) Chairman Neil D. Wilkin, Jr. sold 10,000 shares of Optical Cable stock in a transaction on Tuesday, June 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $3.50, for a total transaction of $35,000.00. Following the transaction, the chairman now directly owns 1,074,405 shares in the company, valued at $3,760,417.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Octoin Coin (CURRENCY:OCC) traded 7% higher against the US dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 19:00 PM Eastern on May 12th. One Octoin Coin coin can now be bought for approximately $2.51 or 0.00029499 BTC on popular exchanges including Exrates and YoBit. Octoin Coin has a market cap of $926,548.00 and approximately $1.02 million worth of Octoin Coin was traded on exchanges in the last day. In the last week, Octoin Coin has traded 23.4% lower against the US dollar.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Media coverage about Optical Cable (NASDAQ:OCC) has trended positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Optical Cable earned a coverage optimism score of 0.31 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the communications equipment provider an impact score of 46.3231627277527 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: HP Inc.(HPQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    DNB Asset Management AS grew its holdings in HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ) by 251.5% in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 4,944,443 shares of the computer maker’s stock after purchasing an additional 3,537,963 shares during the quarter. HP accounts for about 1.4% of DNB Asset Management AS’s holdings, making the stock its 13th biggest holding. DNB Asset Management AS’s holdings in HP were worth $127,418,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    When HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) released its fiscal second-quarter financial results after the markets closed on Tuesday, the company said that it had $0.48 in earnings per share (EPS) on $14.0 billion in revenue. That compared with consensus estimates of $0.48 in EPS on revenue of $13.57 billion, as well as the $0.40 per share and $12.38 billion posted in the same period of last year.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    HP (NYSE:HPQ) is the biggest PC maker in the world. Its printing business, which recently acquired Samsung’s printing unit, is also one of the world’s top manufacturers of consumer, commercial, and 3D printers.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019

Defense stocks have been hot investments for more than five years, with many of the biggest defense contractors delivering more than double the S&P 500’s total returns. And while a substantial portion of that return has been the tremendous profit growth in the industry, investors have also been willing to steadily pay a higher premium for defense stocks, paying up front for future profits. And at some point, the defense spending cycle will turn, and the outsize returns of the past decade could turn into underperformance. 

But that doesn’t mean investors looking to add defense stocks to their portfolio should avoid the entire sector; there are opportunities to be had. These Motley Fool contributors have identified two companies with substantial military and commercial opportunities in AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) and Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA), as well as undervalued British defense giant BAE Systems PLC (ADR) (NASDAQOTH:BAESY) as defense stocks worth watching closely this month. 

Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Anavex Life Sciences Corp.(AVXL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    News stories about Anavex Life Sciences (NASDAQ:AVXL) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Anavex Life Sciences earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the biotechnology company an impact score of 46.1730416635586 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    News coverage about Anavex Life Sciences (NASDAQ:AVXL) has been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative 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 negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Anavex Life Sciences earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the biotechnology company an impact score of 46.5362495493017 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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

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    Comparing Anavex Life Sciences (AVXL) & Viralytics (VRACY) (americanbankingnews.com) Hot Move to Watch Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (AVXL) (nasdaqplace.com) Anavex Life Sciences (AVXL) and Intrexon (XON) Head to Head Review (americanbankingnews.com) -$0.10 EPS Expected for Anavex Life Sciences (AVXL) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com)

    A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Maxim Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $7.00 target price (up previously from $5.00) on shares of Anavex Life Sciences in a research report on Thursday, May 31st. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Anavex Life Sciences from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, March 23rd. Noble Financial set a $7.00 target price on shares of Anavex Life Sciences and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 16th. HC Wainwright assumed coverage on shares of Anavex Life Sciences in a research report on Wednesday, May 30th. They set a “buy” rating and a $10.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Roth Capital initiated coverage on shares of Anavex Life Sciences in a research report on Thursday, March 8th. They set a “buy” rating and a $6.00 target price on the stock. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Anavex Life Sciences presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $6.55.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its stake in Anavex Life Sciences Corp (NASDAQ:AVXL) by 48.8% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 76,200 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 25,000 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc.’s holdings in Anavex Life Sciences were worth $211,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust(BPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Blockport (CURRENCY:BPT) traded 3.2% higher against the U.S. dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 20:00 PM Eastern on October 5th. Over the last week, Blockport has traded 21.8% higher against the U.S. dollar. Blockport has a total market capitalization of $5.67 million and $62,493.00 worth of Blockport was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Blockport token can currently be purchased for approximately $0.11 or 0.00001620 BTC on major exchanges including Kucoin and IDEX.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    News headlines about BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE:BPT) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust earned a daily sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the oil and gas company an impact score of 46.2072909143413 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market had a tumultuous session on Wednesday, as major benchmarks started the day weak but bounced back in the afternoon. Investors weren’t happy with the current state of geopolitical uncertainty, with trade disputes threatening to become larger problems than ever. But the release of the minutes of the latest meeting of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy committee convinced many that the central bank will be slow to do lasting damage to the economic expansion, remaining measured in the pace of its interest rate increases. Moreover, some companies had good news that sent their shares higher. Tiffany (NYSE:TIF), BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE:BPT), and Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: HP Inc.(HPQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    HP Inc (NYSE: HPQ) reported upbeat revenue for its second quarter and raised its profit outlook for the full year. The company named Steve Fieler as its CFO.
    TherapeuticsMD, Inc. (NASDAQ: TXMD) reported the FDA approval of TX-004HR: IMVEXXY (estradiol vaginal inserts) for moderate to severe dyspareunia due to menopause.
    salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter and raised its forecast for the full year.
    SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Three interesting stories in tech this week came from three companies that reported earnings: enterprise data storage platform Pure Storage: (NYSE:PSTG), financial software company Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU), personal computer and printer company HP (NYSE:HPQ).

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    Of course, as it’s been a full nine years since the stock market took off on this amazing bull run, stocks that fit that description have become harder  to find — but not impossible. Here are two tech stocks that are not only wonderful companies, but trade at darn near wonderful prices too. Let’s take a closer look at HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ) and Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) to see why they would make wonderful additions to any portfolio.

  • [By Jamal Carnette, CFA]

    HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ) is the posterchild of making lemonade out of lemons. Under prior CEO Meg Whitman the company spun off its higher-margin, higher-growth enterprise business to a new company — Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) — while leaving behind the legacy PC and printing business. If there were any questions as to what company management favored, it was answered by Whitman who assumed the CEO role at HPE.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: AMERISAFE, Inc.(AMSF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Amerisafe, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSF) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Buy” by the seven analysts that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and three have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $64.00.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Headlines about Amerisafe (NASDAQ:AMSF) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, Accern reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog 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. Amerisafe earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.1502674511953 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Amerisafe, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSF) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the nine ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation and four have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $61.50.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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    Amerisafe Inc (NASDAQ:AMSF): How Much Growth Is Left In Financials? (finance.yahoo.com) Zacks: Analysts Anticipate Amerisafe, Inc. (AMSF) Will Post Quarterly Sales of $94.39 Million (americanbankingnews.com) $0.77 EPS Expected for Amerisafe, Inc. (AMSF) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com) AmTrust Financial Services (AFSI) vs. Amerisafe (AMSF) Critical Contrast (americanbankingnews.com)

    A number of research firms have recently weighed in on AMSF. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Amerisafe from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 7th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $61.00 price target on shares of Amerisafe and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 2nd. Boenning Scattergood restated a “hold” rating on shares of Amerisafe in a report on Thursday, August 2nd. JMP Securities raised their price target on shares of Amerisafe from $65.00 to $67.00 and gave the company a “market outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, August 2nd. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Amerisafe from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, July 20th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $65.50.

  • [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.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Intercontinental Hotels Group(IHG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Intercontinental Hotels Group (LON:IHG) had its price target increased by Societe Generale from GBX 4,500 ($58.80) to GBX 4,800 ($62.72) in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. They currently have a hold rating on the stock.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Media coverage about InterContinental Hotels Group (NYSE:IHG) has been trending positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news 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. InterContinental Hotels Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.37 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 45.1342951063181 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS GROUP Common Stock (LON:IHG)‘s stock had its “neutral” rating restated by equities researchers at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in a research report issued on Wednesday.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Intercontinental Hotels Group (LON:IHG) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the twelve ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is GBX 4,483.33 ($58.40).

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Playa Hotels & Resorts (NASDAQ: PLYA) and InterContinental Hotels Group (NYSE:IHG) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now

Your smartphone knows your location well enough to send a car to where you’re standing in a busy city, map a morning run through the woods, or navigate inside an airport.

But if you call 911 from that same mobile phone, emergency responders will only have a vague sense of where to send an ambulance, fire truck, or police car.

The difference in distances can be the difference between life and death.

Apple is rolling out a new feature in its next iPhone software update to send emergency responders instant, precise location information in the US. The update, coming in iOS 12 later this year, calculates a caller’s location based on data collected from WiFi access points, nearby cellular towers, and GPS.

The tricky part isn’t finding out where a caller is — Apple has been using its hybrid location technology since 2015 — but relaying that information to a fragmented and aging 911 system built for landlines.

Of the 240 million calls made to 911 each year, more than 80% are from mobile devices, according to NEMA.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Logitech International S.A.(LOGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Ballard]

    Shares of Logitech International (NASDAQ:LOGI) gained 16.4% in value last month, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    The shares fell sharply along with the broader market toward the end of 2018 but bounced back to start the new year, buoyed by a strong earnings report in late January. 

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGI) insider Marcel Stolk sold 60,381 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $40.08, for a total value of $2,420,070.48. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 70,928 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,842,794.24. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Below we’ll look at three companies — Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGI), and Skechers USA (NYSE:SKX) — that grew by at least 400% over that period.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    LOGI has been the subject of several analyst reports. Citigroup decreased their target price on Logitech International from $50.00 to $48.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, October 16th. BidaskClub lowered Logitech International from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, November 17th. Maxim Group began coverage on Logitech International in a research report on Monday, November 5th. They issued a “sell” rating for the company. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded Logitech International from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, January 28th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded Logitech International from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $38.00 to $42.00 in a research report on Wednesday, January 23rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $44.29.

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    About Logitech International

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Millennium Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Logitech International SA (NASDAQ:LOGI) during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm acquired 5,647 shares of the technology company’s stock, valued at approximately $207,000.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Yandex N.V.(YNDX)

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  • [By ]

    U.S. investors often avoid Russian stocks due to the political risks, sanctions, and currency issues associated with the once-hot emerging market. But despite those challenges, there’s one Russian growth stock that doubled over the past two years — Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX), which created the country’s top search engine.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Yandex N.V. (NASDAQ:YNDX) fell 15.4% in April, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, along with the broader Russian stock market in the face of new U.S. sanctions.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Internet Initiative Japan (NASDAQ: YNDX) and Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    The company is Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX), ticker symbol YNDX. How could I not think to include this longer-time Rule Breaker? I first picked it in 2012, so it’s almost six years old in the Rule Breakers service. It’s up 54% over that time, the market up 114%, so Yandex is down 60% to the market. 

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Allot Communications Ltd.(ALLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [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 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 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.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Celestica, Inc.(CLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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    A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. TheStreet upgraded Celestica from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Monday, May 7th. Zacks Investment Research cut Celestica from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 3rd. Royal Bank of Canada upped their price objective on Celestica from $11.00 to $12.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Monday, April 30th. Finally, Beacon Securities reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Celestica in a research note on Monday, January 29th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $13.27.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.(MDRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    KEYW (NASDAQ: KEYW) and Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (NASDAQ:MDRX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTLA) rose 34.7 percent to $45.50 in pre-market trading following news that the FDA has approved Andexxa for the reversal of factor Xa inhibitors.
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) rose 15.7 percent to $6.65 in pre-market trading after climbing 155.56 percent on Thursday.
    China Recycling Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: CREG) rose 14.7 percent to $2.75 in pre-market trading after climbing 57.89 percent on Thursday.
    Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE: P) rose 11 percent to $6.40 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly results.
    Fred's, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED) rose 9.2 percent to $1.90 in pre-market trading following Q4 results.
    Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) rose 9.1 percent to $51.70 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter and raised its FY18 guidance.
    Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX) rose 9 percent to $12.55 in pre-market trading after the company posted Q1 results and agreed to acquire HealthGrid.
    Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) rose 7.6 percent to $75 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter. The company also raised its FY18 earnings outlook from $2.40-$2.70 to $3-$3.20.
    Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) rose 7.5 percent to $10.15 in pre-market trading following Q3 results.
    Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO) rose 4.5 percent to $11.83 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly earnings.
    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) shares rose 4.4 percent to $190.50 in the pre-market trading session as the company posted upbeat Q4 results.
    Aqua Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQMS) shares rose 3.9 percent to $4.30 in pre-market trading after gaining 6.98 percent on Thursday.
    Newell Brands Inc (NYSE: NWL) shares rose 3.6 percent to $27.65 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings.
    HMS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: H
  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (NASDAQ:MDRX) announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday. The software maker reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.18, Bloomberg Earnings reports. The company had revenue of $525.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $536.93 million. Allscripts Healthcare Solutions had a negative net margin of 11.34% and a positive return on equity of 7.80%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 23.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.15 earnings per share. Allscripts Healthcare Solutions updated its FY18 guidance to $0.72 -0.82 EPS.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (NASDAQ:MDRX) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Thursday.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: TE Connectivity Ltd.(TEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Telcoin (CURRENCY:TEL) traded down 5.5% against the dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 14:00 PM ET on September 2nd. Over the last seven days, Telcoin has traded 20.9% higher against the dollar. Telcoin has a market capitalization of $25.25 million and $119,035.00 worth of Telcoin was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Telcoin token can now be purchased for $0.0008 or 0.00000011 BTC on popular exchanges including Kucoin, HitBTC, EtherDelta (ForkDelta) and IDEX.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. lifted its stake in shares of TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE:TEL) by 0.9% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,295,222 shares of the electronics maker’s stock after purchasing an additional 10,957 shares during the quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V.’s holdings in TE Connectivity were worth $129,394,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    TE Connectivity (NYSE:TEL) had its price target dropped by Morgan Stanley from $116.00 to $107.00 in a research note issued on Monday, Stock Target Advisor reports. The brokerage currently has an “overweight” rating on the electronics maker’s stock. Morgan Stanley’s price target points to a potential upside of 16.46% from the company’s previous close.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Benchmark Electronics, Inc.(BHE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:BHE) declared a quarterly dividend on Monday, September 17th, RTT News reports. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 28th will be given a dividend of 0.15 per share by the technology company on Thursday, October 11th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.44%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 27th.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: TeleNav Inc.(TNAV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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    Telenav, Inc. (TNAV) CEO HP Jin on Q4 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (seekingalpha.com) Telenav EPS in-line, beats on revenue (seekingalpha.com) Telenav: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot (finance.yahoo.com) Telenav (TNAV) Reports Q4 Loss, Tops Revenue Estimates (finance.yahoo.com) Telenav (TNAV) Posts Earnings Results, Meets Estimates (americanbankingnews.com)

    TNAV has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. ValuEngine raised shares of Telenav from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 2nd. B. Riley reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Telenav in a research report on Monday, July 23rd. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Telenav from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 25th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $9.25.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Telenav (NASDAQ:TNAV) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Saturday.

    Several other equities research analysts also recently issued reports on TNAV. BidaskClub upgraded Telenav from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Friday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Telenav from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, April 5th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $11.17.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Telenav Inc (NASDAQ:TNAV) has received a consensus rating of “Buy” from the six analysts that are covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and four have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $11.17.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Model N, Inc.(MODN)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Model N (NYSE:MODN) and Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Model N (NYSE: MODN) and Trade Desk (NASDAQ:TTD) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: HP Inc.(HPQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    PC shipments worldwide are flat, with headwinds for consumer preferences for tablets and smartphones. China-based Lenovo has taken the lead in market share, leaving America’s HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) in second place.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fourth-quarter 2017 shipments of personal computers (PCs), including desktops and laptops, fell 2% year over year to an estimated 71.56 million units. HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) was the volume and market-share leader with worldwide shipments totaling 16.08 million in the quarter and a share of 22.5%. For the full year, worldwide shipments dipped 2.8% to 262.54 million units.

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    HP (NYSE:HPQ) is one of the world’s top personal computer vendors. According to research firm IDC, the company shipped the most personal computers worldwide during the fourth quarter of 2017, growing its market share from 21.8% in the year-ago quarter to 23.5%.

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    Stocks to Watch Today: BABA, HPQ, VMW, SPLK
    We kick off this morning with an earnings report from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA). The Chinese e-commerce giant reported adjusted earnings per share of $1.22, a figure that fell short of Wall Street expectations by $0.07. The company was also short of revenue expectations. That said, BABA stock still popped more than 4.2%. Shares of Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) are part of a busy day of earnings reports. The California-based firm will report its numbers after the bell Thursday. Wall Street analysts project that the firm will report EPS of $0.50 on top of $14.11 billion. Today, we’re bringing you a healthcare stock to buy that could more than double your money in the next two years. Money Morning Defense and Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson says this the stock what will help people reduce their healthcare costs and investors score huge profits. Here’s how you can double your money… Look for additional earnings reports from VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW), Splunk Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLK), Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU), Ross Stores Inc. (Nasdaq: ROST), Autodesk Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK), and Hormel Foods Corp. (NYSE: HRL).

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Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: HP Inc.(HPQ)

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  • [By Leo Sun]

    HP (NYSE:HPQ) is the biggest PC maker in the world. Its printing business, which recently acquired Samsung’s printing unit, is also one of the world’s top manufacturers of consumer, commercial, and 3D printers.

  • [By Jamal Carnette, CFA]

    HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ) is the posterchild of making lemonade out of lemons. Under prior CEO Meg Whitman the company spun off its higher-margin, higher-growth enterprise business to a new company — Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) — while leaving behind the legacy PC and printing business. If there were any questions as to what company management favored, it was answered by Whitman who assumed the CEO role at HPE.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (NYSE: HPE) reported their most recent quarterly results after the markets closed on Thursday. Each report was fairly positive, and these split companies both appear to be on the right track.

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    HP (HPQ) : “There’s a hatred of technology right now, but this one is terrific and I say buy.”

    Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) : “Under $10, you want to pick up some AMD.”

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Fossil Inc.(FOSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) which rose about 90% to $17.16. The stocks 52-week range is $5.50 to $21.03. Volume was over 40 million compared to the daily average volume of roughly 2 million.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday began the week on a solid note for the stock market, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average posting another triple-digit gain as the Nasdaq Compositeclosed at a record high. Despite ongoing nervousness regarding trade, most investors remain convinced that the strong U.S. economy will be able to lead the way forward, pointing to Friday’s employment report as the latest evidence of sustainable momentum. Good news regarding a host of companies both in the U.S. and abroad also helped buoy the market’s mood. Fossil Group (NASDAQ:FOSL), Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (NYSE:SID), and Immunomedics (NASDAQ:IMMU) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Fossil Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) will share its latest quarterly earnings on Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for a net loss of $0.82 per share and $538.49 million in revenue. Shares ended last week at $14.51, in a 52-week range of $5.50 to $18.44. The consensus analyst target is $13.00.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) which rose about 5% to $20.56. The stocks 52-week range is $5.50 to $20.65. Volume was 1.5 million compared to the daily average volume of 2.1 million.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    At the intersection of fashion and watches, you’ll find Fossil Group (NASDAQ:FOSL). The watchmaker has established itself as a key brand in the retail niche, but the shift toward more functional wearable devices threatened to take away its key dominance in its core market. It’s taken time for Fossil to develop a workable strategy to fight back, and shareholders have had to suffer while Fossil’s efforts take more concrete shape. Yet last quarter, Fossil raised eyebrows with solid results that suggested a turnaround in the works.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) which rose about 13% to $16.44. The stocks 52-week range is $5.50 to $18.44. Volume was 7.3 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.0 million.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: First Trust Water ETF (FIW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    First Trust ISE Water Index Fund (NYSEARCA:FIW) declared a quarterly dividend on Thursday, June 21st, Wall Street Journal reports. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 22nd will be paid a dividend of 0.0861 per share on Friday, June 29th. This represents a $0.34 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.71%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, June 21st. This is a positive change from First Trust ISE Water Index Fund’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.06.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: BB&T Corporation(BBT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BitBoost (CURRENCY:BBT) traded 0.1% lower against the US dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 12:00 PM ET on May 23rd. Over the last week, BitBoost has traded up 17.5% against the US dollar. BitBoost has a total market cap of $1.85 million and approximately $0.00 worth of BitBoost was traded on exchanges in the last day. One BitBoost token can now be purchased for $0.14 or 0.00001497 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BB&T (NYSE:BBT) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 19th. The insurance provider reported $0.94 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.92 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $2.81 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.85 billion. BB&T had a net margin of 21.63% and a return on equity of 10.38%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up .8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.46 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that BB&T will post 4 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on FMC Corp (FMC) , Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust  (PEI) , Cisco Systems (CSCO) , HP (HPQ) , BB&T Bank (BBT) and HCA Holdings (HCA) .

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    State Treasurer State of Michigan decreased its holdings in BB&T (NYSE:BBT) by 1.0% in the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 228,861 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 2,400 shares during the quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan’s holdings in BB&T were worth $11,910,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Richard C. Young & CO. LTD. boosted its stake in shares of BB&T (NYSE:BBT) by 1.7% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 197,093 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after buying an additional 3,323 shares during the quarter. BB&T accounts for approximately 2.0% of Richard C. Young & CO. LTD.’s portfolio, making the stock its 18th largest holding. Richard C. Young & CO. LTD.’s holdings in BB&T were worth $10,257,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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Stocks couldnt shake off early losses and all three major indexes ended lower on Thursday.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 210.79 points, or 1.17%, to 17830.76. The S&P 500 Index fell 19.34 points, or 0.92%, to 2075.81. The Nasdaq slid 57.85 points, or 1.19%, to 4805.29.

Blue chips were dragged down by Apple(AAPL): Just days after its disappointing earnings, billionaire Carl Icahn said he no longer has a stake in the stock.

From a data standpoint, First quarter gross domestic product grew 0.5%, below economists expectations, overshadowing an upbeat jobs report that saw unemployment fall to a four-decade low.

Stifels Lindsey Piegza writes that this could push out any interest rate hikes:

From a policy standpoint, should the U.S. economy post meaningful improvement between now and June, assuming the Feds concerns surrounding international risks are not reignited, policy makers appear well positioned to announce the second rate hike in less than two months time. Of course, following this mornings disappointing GDP report, its difficult to imagine a marked improvement in the economy over the next two months. More likely, the combination of stagnant economic conditions, a still-restrained consumer, and ongoing concerns regarding risks of contagion from developments abroad whether directly identified in the statement or not will make it increasingly difficult for the Fed to raise rates once in the remaining nine months of 2016, if at all.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2019: Primo Water Corporation(PRMW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Primo Water (NASDAQ:PRMW) CFO David J. Mills sold 5,934 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $13.50, for a total value of $80,109.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 79,624 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,074,924. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Primo Water (NASDAQ:PRMW) had its price objective hoisted by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from $15.00 to $16.00 in a research note issued on Thursday. The firm currently has a “market perform” rating on the stock. BMO Capital Markets’ price target points to a potential upside of 0.88% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Andy Pai]

    Primo Water Corporation (Nasdaq: PRMW) appears to be the most undervalued stock in the fund. The company has a blended upside of 31.1 percent relative to its current trading price.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Primo Water Corp. (NASDAQ: PRMW) was started with an Outperform rating at William Blair.BMO Capital Markets maintained its Market Perform rating but the price target was raised to $16 from $15.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2019: CSI Compressco LP(CCLP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cypress Energy Partners (NYSE: CELP) and Compressco Partners (NASDAQ:CCLP) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2019: HP Inc.(HPQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fourth-quarter 2017 shipments of personal computers (PCs), including desktops and laptops, fell 2% year over year to an estimated 71.56 million units. HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) was the volume and market-share leader with worldwide shipments totaling 16.08 million in the quarter and a share of 22.5%. For the full year, worldwide shipments dipped 2.8% to 262.54 million units.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Michael Kors Holdings Limited (NYSE: KORS) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.59 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion before the opening bell. Michael Kors shares rose 2.61 percent to $70.00 in pre-market trading.
    Analysts expect Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) to post its quarterly loss at $0.23 per share on revenue of $508.02 million after the closing bell. Guess dropped 0.36 percent to close at $24.59 on Tuesday.
    HP Inc (NYSE: HPQ) reported upbeat revenue for its second quarter and raised its profit outlook for the full year. The company named Steve Fieler as its CFO. HP shares rose 0.61 percent to $21.43 in pre-market trading.
    Before the markets open, Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $552.31 million. Chico's FAS shares declined 1.67 percent to close at $9.99 on Tuesday.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    HP Inc (NYSE: HPQ) reported upbeat revenue for its second quarter and raised its profit outlook for the full year. The company named Steve Fieler as its CFO.
    TherapeuticsMD, Inc. (NASDAQ: TXMD) reported the FDA approval of TX-004HR: IMVEXXY (estradiol vaginal inserts) for moderate to severe dyspareunia due to menopause.
    salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter and raised its forecast for the full year.
    SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2019: Lennar Corp.(LEN)

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    Lennar (NYSE:LEN) Q2 2018 Earnings Conference CallJun. 26, 2018 11:00 a.m. ET

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  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is the other top pick at Merrill Lynch, and it is well set in the entry-level market. Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN) is the second largest public homebuilder by closings in the United States, delivering over 29,000 homes in 2017.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is the other top pick at Merrill Lynch, and it is well set in the entry-level market. Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN) is the second largest public homebuilder by closings in the United States, delivering over 29,000 homes in 2017.

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on T-Mobile US (TMUS) , Lennar (LEN) , Toll Brothers (TOL) , Tyson Foods (TSN) , JB Hunt Transport Services (JBHT) and International Paper (IP) .

  • [By Jonathan Schonfeld]

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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.

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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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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    Apple EBITDA Margins vs Peers Chart Apple's EBITDA margins vs technology peers: Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (NYSE: HPE) and NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap 3D printer stock ExOne Co (NASDAQ: XONE) is scheduled for after the marketcloses onThursday (March 16th). 3D printer stocks had their day in the sun a fewyears ago, buthave been disappointing investors eversincethe 3Dbubble burst whileHP Inc (NYSE: HPQ) entering the printer market with its Jet Fusion 3D adds further headwinds. However,3D printershares appear to have stabilized as the short interest has largely been cleared out.

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    Although the personal computer market is down overall, there were some winners and losers among the major personal computer vendors. IDC’s press release included significant details of the performances of the top five personal computer vendors by units — Lenovo (NASDAQOTH:LNVGY), HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ), Dell, ASUS, and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    And HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) will share its latest quarterly results on Thursday as well. The consensus estimates are $0.42 in EPS and $13.48 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading at $21.40 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $15.72 to $24.10. The consensus price target is $24.53.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap 3D printing stockStratasys, Ltd (NASDAQ: SSYS)reported Q1 earnings before the market opened this morning that met expectations, but shares are falling as much as 10% in premarket trading given the run-up the stock has already had. Stratasys is the largest U.S. manufacturer of 3D printers by revenue whileHP Inc (NYSE: HPQ), which has recently entered the3D printer market,is already number two. Nevertheless,it appears that 3D printing stockshave at least stabilized as the short interest has largely been cleared out.

Top Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: AxoGen, Inc.(AXGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN) was down, falling around 10 percent to $22.42. AxoGen reported a proposed public offering of common stock.

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Top Gold Stocks To Watch For 2019

Remember the mass layoffs of 2008-2009? The US economy shed millions of jobs quickly and relentlessly, as companies died and the rest fought for survival.

Then the Fed and the US government flooded the banks and the corporate sector with bailouts and handouts. With those giga-tons of liquidity sloshing around, as well as taking on massive amounts of new cheap debt, companies were able to finance their working capital needs, hire workers back, and even buy-back their shares en mass to make themselves look deceptively profitable. The nightmare of 2008 soon became a golden era of ‘recovery’.

Well, 2016 is showing us that that era is over. And as stock prices cease to rise, and in fact fall within many industries, layoffs are beginning to make a return as companies jettison costs in attempt to reduce losses.

Top Gold Stocks To Watch For 2019: HP Inc.(HPQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) which rose over 6% to $23.49. The stocks 52-week range is $17.03 to $24.10. Volume was almost 20 million compared to the daily average volume of about 10 million.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fourth-quarter 2017 shipments of personal computers (PCs), including desktops and laptops, fell 2% year over year to an estimated 71.56 million units. HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) was the volume and market-share leader with worldwide shipments totaling 16.08 million in the quarter and a share of 22.5%. For the full year, worldwide shipments dipped 2.8% to 262.54 million units.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Their company split into two separate firms in November 2015. HP Inc. (HPQ) retained the slow growth computer and printer businesses, while Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE), took over the sexy networking, security and software services businesses.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) reported fiscal second-quarter financial results after markets closed Wednesday. The company said that it had $0.40 in earnings per share (EPS) and $12.39 billion in revenue, versus consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $0.39 in EPS and $11.88 billion in revenue. The same period from last year had $0.41 in EPS and $11.59 billion in revenue.

Top Gold Stocks To Watch For 2019: Centerra Gold Inc. (CAGDF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Centerra Gold (OTCPK:CAGDF) bought out the previous owner of the Mt. Milligan Mine, Thompson Creek Metals, which really saved the asset for Royal Gold, as I explained in a past article. Mt. Milligan contributed $31.66 million of Royal Gold’s $106.9 million revenue this past quarter, or 29.6% of total revenue. I own shares of Centerra Gold, and I think Mt. Milligan is a strong asset that will contribute tons of cash flow for Royal Gold.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The top news of the month goes to Centerra Gold (OTCPK:CAGDF), which agreed to buy Aurico Metals (OTCPK:ARCTF) for C$1.80 in cash, a 38.5% premium, at a value of C$310 million ($243 million).

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Actinium Pharmaceuticals Inc (NYSE: ATNM) were down 24 percent to $1.29. Actinium priced 8 million shares at $1.25 per share.

    Shineco Inc (NASDAQ: TYHT) was down, falling around 32 percent to $19.50. On Wednesday, Shineco priced IPO at $4.50 per share.

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018

Despite staggering increases in drug prices, Americans still aren’t living as long as those in other countries. And the worst part is they’re paying more, too…

One out of every four Americans reported that the cost of healthcare is their primary concern right now, according to a January 2017 Monmouth University poll. In fact, anxiety about paying medical bills now outpaces job and unemployment concerns, as well as worries about paying everyday household bills.

And it’s no wonder: In August, prices for medicine, doctor’s appointments, and health insurance rose at rates not seen since 1984.

Drug costs, in particular, are growing by double and triple digits each year. Back in October 2016, The Fiscal Times reported that specialty drug prices grew 18.9% and are projected to increase another 18.7% this year. Additionally, it reported that generic drug prices are expected to increase another 11% this year after already going up 11.3% in 2016.

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: HP Inc.(HPQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, technology shares fell 0.11 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included HP Inc (NYSE: HPQ), down 7 percent, and iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT) down 8 percent.

  • [By Alex Cho]

    That being the case, it wouldnt take substantial market share gains for AMD to reverse the multi-year decline in its processor business, as performance/watt is what will drive adoption from key PC makers like Dell, HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ)and Lenovo. AMD hasnt been very competitive in the MPU (microprocessor unit) segment for quite a while, but given the recent node shift to 14nm FinFET over at GlobalFoundries, and mention of new architecture by AMD earlier this year at COMPUTEX Taiwan, I get the impression that performance of Summit Ridge, i.e. Zen will match Skylake and will perhaps come in slightly slower than Kaby Lake.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap 3D printing stockStratasys, Ltd (NASDAQ: SSYS)reported Q1 earnings before the market opened this morning that met expectations, but shares are falling as much as 10% in premarket trading given the run-up the stock has already had. Stratasys is the largest U.S. manufacturer of 3D printers by revenue whileHP Inc (NYSE: HPQ), which has recently entered the3D printer market,is already number two. Nevertheless,it appears that 3D printing stockshave at least stabilized as the short interest has largely been cleared out.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fourth-quarter 2017 shipments of personal computers (PCs), including desktops and laptops, fell 2% year over year to an estimated 71.56 million units. HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) was the volume and market-share leader with worldwide shipments totaling 16.08 million in the quarter and a share of 22.5%. For the full year, worldwide shipments dipped 2.8% to 262.54 million units.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    HP Inc. (HPQ) rose to the top of the S&P 500 Wednesday.

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    The shares climbed 48 cents, or 2.7%, to $18.02, compared to the S&P 500, which lost 8.85 points, or 0.38%, to 2344.93.

    HP was helped by data from IDC that showed the firm regained the crown of top PC vendor from rival Levono Group in Q1.

    In addition, Morgan Stanleys Katy Huberty reiterated an Overweight rating on HP and increased her price target to $22 from $19:

    In the past 18 months, HP removed over $1B of excess costs and refocused investment dollars on driving innovation across printing and personal systems. Recent product refreshes, including JetIntelligence laser printers, Sprocket mobile photo printer, and premium and gaming/VR-focused PCs are now driving share gains and a return to top-line growth (total revenue grew 2% and 4% Y/Y in last two fiscal quarters, respectively). By reinventing HP, we believe management is heralding a new era for the company whereby investors can expect greater confidence in top-line stabilization as well as earnings and FCF durability.

    Yesterday, American Airlines(AAL)was the best performing stock in the S&P 500.

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: TRC Companies Inc.(TRR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRR) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $7.53. TRC posted Q4 earnings of $0.20 per share on revenue of $132.3 million.

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: Equinix Inc.(EQIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is one of the larger capitalization companies in the data center industry. Equinix Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX)provides data center services to protect and connect the information assets for the enterprises, financial services companies, and content and network providers primarily in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific.

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation(APC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    One of the largest projects is the Saddlehorn Pipeline, which Magellan is building with Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE:PAA) and Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC). Both Plains All American Pipeline and Magellan own 40% of the project, which puts their total investment at $230 million apiece. They expect the project to be fully operational early next year, which is noteworthy given its robust first-year economics. Magellan estimates that it will earn eight times EBITDA on the capital deployed, or roughly $28.8 million in annual EBITDA apiece for Magellan and Plains All American Pipeline on their investment.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Sanchez Energy Corp (NYSE: SN) got a boost, shooting up 28 percent to $11.11. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) announced the sale of Eagleford Shale assets to Sanchez Energy and Blackstone Energy Partners for $2.3 billion.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Packer & Co Ltd’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Packer+%26+Co+Ltd

    These are the top 5 holdings of Packer & Co LtdBall Corp (BLL) – 625,005 shares, 7.52% of the total portfolio. Hess Corp (HES) – 2,039,400 shares, 6.78% of the total portfolio. Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC) – 1,432,600 shares, 6.35% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 14.37%Citigroup Inc (C) – 604,500 shares, 6.34% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 11.04%General Electric Co (GE) – 1,118,800 shares, 5.98% o

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    While crude prices stumbled into 2016, they found their footing by mid-year and roared back to life, ending the year up about 42%. Those rising prices lifted most oil stocks. However, a handful of large-cap oil stocks rose above the crowd by outperforming crude’s rally. Those top-tier performers wereContinental Resources (NYSE:CLR), Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD), and Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC):

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: Sonoco Products Company(SON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Deutsche Bank’s Debbie Jones and team contend that Sonoco’s (SON) sale of its plastic-container business to Australia’s Amcor is a sign that M&A is in the offing. They explain why:

    Sonoco announced (9/1) that it is selling its Rigid Plastics Blow Molding operations to Amcor (AMC.AU) for $280M. The transaction price represents a multiple of ~8.0x LTM EBITDA. The business had annual sales of ~$210M and consisted of six production sites in the US and one in Canada. Blow molding operations represented ~10% of Sonocos Consumer Packaging segment sales and EBITDA. The transaction is expected to close in Q4. We expect the proceeds to be used to for M&A focused in flexible packaging, thermoforming and temperature-assured packaging.

    We dont believe Sonoco considered its blow molding operations essential to its growth strategy. This standalone business is also more capital intensive compared to some of its other plastic packaging businesses and SON held a small position in the overall market. Ultimately, the company decided it wants to focus its capital in higher growth platforms. We do not expect the divestment to reduce resin buying scale for Sonoco’s remaining assets given different resin buying. Note that with the divestiture of blow molding and the Canton closures plant (divested in Feb. 2015), this makes the ~$100M reels business the last standalone business in the portfolio, but we do not expect this to be divested in the near-term unless cash is needed for much larger M&A.

    Shares of Sonoco have gained 1.3% to $52.49 at 2:12 p.m. today.

     

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Dow utility average ended last week at a stabilizing 639.95 after trading as low as 616.19 on Nov. 14. Keep in mind that a “death cross” was confirmed on election day, when the 50-day simple moving average fell below the 200-day simple moving average, indicating that lower prices are likely ahead. The 200-day is now at 666.30. The utility average has returned to my range of key levels of 635.23 and 670.81, which remain magnets for the remainder of 2016. This week’s value level is above the Nov. 14 low at 620.87. Investors seeking the safety of dividends can trade the Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU) , which is a basket of 28 utility stocks.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Options Action, Dan Nathan suggested a bearish options trading idea in Utilities SPDR (ETF) (NYSE: XLU).

    The stock caught his attention, because he noticed a big put options volume last week in the name. He thinks traders should not be in the stock ahead of a possible rate hike.

  • [By ]

    High-yield and traditionally-safe sectors like Utilities, represented by the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLU), and Consumer Staples, represented by the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLP), show this relationship with yields.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Speaking on Bloomberg Markets, Kevin Kelly of Recon Capital Partners suggested that investors with a long position in Utilities SPDR (ETF) (NYSE: XLU) should consider an options strategy that offers protection ahead of the FOMC meeting.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) were down 12 percent to $11.35 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings and issued a weak earnings forecast for the current quarter.

  • [By Leo Sun]

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

  • [By Chris Lange]

    American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (NYSE: AEO) released its most recent quarterly results before the markets opened on Thursday. This company joins an increasing number of retailers that saw their earnings fall flat during the fourth quarter. Most recently we saw Dollar Tree and Kroger slip.

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: Principal Financial Group Inc(PFG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: Seres Therapeutics, Inc.(MCRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares dropped 70 percent to $10.69 after the company reported interim results from SER-109 Phase 2 ECOSPOR study in multiply recurrent clostridium difficile infection. The study did not achieve primary endpoint.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares shot up 35 percent to $12.51. Seres Therapeutics reported initiation of new SER-019 study announced FY16 loss of $2.30 per share on revenue of $21.766 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday.
    Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday.
    Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday.
    Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances.
    Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral.
    Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday.
    Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend.
    BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.
    Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday.
    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: Facebook, Inc.(FB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is a global phenomenon. Even with 1.86 billion monthly active users as of the end of 2016, the company is still growing its user base at a fairly steady clip in the high teens.

  • [By Ravi Bala]

    Although there is a lot of hype surrounding Virtual Reality (VR) and Facebook’s(NSDQ:FB) Oculus Rift, I have to say that this is not a game changer. In fact, it has been around before. Nintendo was one of the first companies to do this with their virtual boy. However, the outing was considered a colossal failure due to the high price and nascent technology. As times have changed, the capabilities of this technology have gotten better. However, pricing may be the ultimate determinant of who succeeds or wins. Here’s why the Oculus acquisition may turn out to be a bad move and may hurt FB stock.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    The former – led by Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) and Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR), for example – are going to get clobbered, while the broader pullback will give savvy investors in the latter a massive and potentially very profitable opportunity.