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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019

The casino sector offers a lot of color beyond the characters one expects to find as their customers according to the movies. Local nuances in Macau, Las Vegas, online gambling, and new areas lead to industry-wide changes and company-level opportunities for investors.

Recent headlines have focused on headwinds in Macau – with revenue down for its third consecutive year but perhaps bottoming – potential tailwinds in Japan, and the possibility of liberalization of online gambling and sports betting laws in the US. That said, the general performance of the sector’s leading lights has not been great.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Citi Trends, Inc.(CTRN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Sidoti started coverage on shares of Citi Trends (NASDAQ:CTRN) in a research report released on Friday, MarketBeat Ratings reports. The firm issued a buy rating and a $28.00 target price on the stock.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Citi Trends (NASDAQ:CTRN) updated its third quarter earnings guidance on Thursday. The company provided EPS guidance of ($0.03) – $0.02 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus EPS estimate of $0.05. The company issued revenue guidance of +2-3% to ~$180.4-182.2 million, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $181.80 million.Citi Trends also updated its Q4 guidance to $0.60-0.65 EPS.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Citi Trends (NASDAQ:CTRN) will issue its quarterly earnings data before the market opens on Wednesday, May 23rd. Analysts expect the company to announce earnings of $0.90 per share for the quarter. Citi Trends has set its FY19 guidance at $1.55-1.70 EPS.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Citi Trends (NASDAQ: CTRN) and Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc.(OMEX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Kenon (NYSE: KEN) and Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ:OMEX) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

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    Penny Stock Current Share Price (March 26) Last Week’s Gain
    Cartesian Inc. (OTCMKTS: CRTN) $0.39 170.69%
    Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. (Nasdaq: OMEX) $8.76 135.90%
    iFresh Inc. (Nasdaq: IFMK) $8.25 64.64%
    China Auto Logistics Inc. (Nasdaq: CALI) $4.68 47.43%
    National American University Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: NAUH) $1.20 39.29%
    Document Security Systems Inc. (NYSE: DSS) $1.58 33.91%
    Blonder Tongue Labs Inc. (NYSE: BDR) $0.77 33.90%
    CareDx Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNA) $7.49 29.88%
    Mediwound Ltd. (Nasdaq: MDWD) $5.10 26.51%
    New York & Co. Inc. (NYSE: NWY) $3.37 26.35%

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    News stories about Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ:OMEX) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Odyssey Marine Exploration earned a media sentiment score of 0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.3184749361846 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ: OMEX) and Teekay Offshore Partners (NYSE:TOO) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: U.S. Bancorp(USB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Indiana Trust & Investment Management CO acquired a new stake in U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund acquired 14,613 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $731,000.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Investors bought shares of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) on weakness during trading on Friday. $366.36 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $39.37 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $326.99 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, U.S. Bancorp had the 21st highest net in-flow for the day. U.S. Bancorp traded down ($0.21) for the day and closed at $55.14

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Traders sold shares of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) on strength during trading hours on Wednesday. $24.99 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $87.08 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $62.09 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, U.S. Bancorp had the 21st highest net out-flow for the day. U.S. Bancorp traded up $0.09 for the day and closed at $54.33

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) leads a busy day of earnings reports. The company reported earnings per share (EPS) of $1.37 on top of $11.08 billion in revenue. Analysts projected EPS of $1.28 on top of $10.45 billion in revenue. Shares of MS stock popped 2.4% thanks to stronger profits (a 26% jump) from the company’s trading division. Recent market volatility has benefited the trading operations of Wall Street investment banks. Here’s how you can tap into volatility for big profits this week. Once again, markets are keeping a close eye on ongoing issues between the United States and its largest trading partners. According to reports, trade problems are expected to offset any gains projected from recent tax reform. The news comes as China is looking to get other U.S. trade partners to stand on their side and oppose American protectionism. Meanwhile, NAFTA officials are set to meet in Washington in order to accelerate the renegotiation of the three-nation trade agreement. This news comes the same morning that U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter to bash the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “While Japan and South Korea would like us to go back into TPP, I don’t like the deal for the United States,” he tweeted. Trump recently raised the possibility that the United States could join the 11-nation deal. Farming groups have been pushing Trump to rejoin the treaty due to the competitive disadvantage they will face against farmers in Canada, Mexico, and Australia, three member states of the deal.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: MS, AXP, AXP
    International Business Machines Corp.(NYSE: IBM) shares plunged more than 5.4% in pre-market hours after the company reported weaker-than-expected forward guidance after the bell on Tuesday. The company reported EPS of $2.45, a figure that beat analysts’ expectations by $0.03. Its $19.1 billion in revenue also topped Wall Street expectations. However, the firm fell short on its annual profit outlook. People are lining up again to gi

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Rice Midstream Partners LP(RMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    TC PIPELINES LP Common Stock (NYSE: TRP) and Rice Midstream Partners (NYSE:RMP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Williams Companies (NYSE: WMB) and Rice Midstream Partners (NYSE:RMP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

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    Investor Expectations to Drive Momentum within Balchem, Beacon Roofing Supply, Rice Midstream Partners LP, LTC Properties, Ubiquiti Networks, and 1st Source — Discovering Underlying Factors of Influence (finance.yahoo.com) Rice Midstream Partners (RMP) Rating Lowered to Strong Sell at ValuEngine (americanbankingnews.com) Zacks: Brokerages Expect Rice Midstream Partners (RMP) to Announce $0.40 EPS (americanbankingnews.com) Rice Midstream: 1Q Earnings Snapshot (finance.yahoo.com) Rice Midstream Partners (RMP) Announces $0.30 Dividend (americanbankingnews.com)

    RMP stock opened at $17.88 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,871.10, a P/E ratio of 10.63, a P/E/G ratio of 0.74 and a beta of 1.17. Rice Midstream Partners has a 52 week low of $16.87 and a 52 week high of $26.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.13, a current ratio of 2.91 and a quick ratio of 2.91.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media headlines about Rice Midstream Partners (NYSE:RMP) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern. Accern ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Rice Midstream Partners earned a news impact score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 45.5093510879888 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Panasonic Corporation (PCRFY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    JOLED is a company that was established in 2014 by by Japan Display, Sony (NYSE:SNE) and Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY). And they are not the only ones:

    During an OLED display Seminar in Korea, UniJet’s CEO Kim Seok-Soon said that new advances in Ink-Jet printing technologies could enable displays that are over 500 PPI – and so make printing a viable technology to produce small and medium-sized OLED panels.

  • [By ]

    The production issue for batteries may improve with added input from partner Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY). They currently produce battery cells for Tesla in Nevada, and in Japan. At their recent earnings call CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga said they were looking at manufacturing battery cells at a new plant in China in conjunction with Tesla. They also predicted their automation energy business profit would double this year. This can be seen as a vote of confidence in Tesla and a bullish sign for Tesla stock. However, according to reports in the Nikkei Asian Review, there is as yet no definite commitment for a joint venture in China. Panasonic is the world’s largest battery supplier for EV’s.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Panasonic (OTCMKTS:PCRFY) was downgraded by equities researchers at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Thursday.

  • [By ]

    CBAK is in a very competitive industry, as well as being small relative to its competitors. Among the Company’s competitors are giants like Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) and Samsung (OTC:SSNLF), but overall it faces competition from Japan, Korea, and China. Although CBAK states that “we are able to leverage our low-cost advantage to compete favorably with our competitors”, it is hard to see that being the reality, especially when looking at the above gross margins. Still, the Company may enjoy lower labor costs, since it sources labor locally and apparently it has “higher consistency and safety in product quality, which enables us to compete favorably with local competitors”. But given the greater resources of at least some of its competitors and the constantly evolving dynamics of the industry, competition is surely a risk factor to consider.

  • [By ]

    However, Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) announced this week that it was happy to consider further investment in the Nevada facility. A similar move in China is not unlikely. Tesla expects to triple its energy storage business this year but its problem has been getting supply to meet the demand. Panasonic’s announcement is probably connected to a very substantial energy storage contract win just announced by the company.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: SORL Auto Parts Inc.(SORL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    SORL Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $86.96 million.

    Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALDX) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.39 per share.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    SORL Auto Parts (NASDAQ: SORL) and Modine Manufacturing (NYSE:MOD) are both small-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and risk.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) shares rose 14.1 percent to $3.65 in the pre-market trading session after reporting 2017 year-end results.
    LightPath Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPTH) rose 13.3 percent to $2.43 in pre-market trading after reporting a third-quarter earnings beat.
    MYnd Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYND) rose 10.5 percent to $3.49 in pre-market trading. MYnd Analytics reported a Q2 net loss of $2.7 million on revenue of $459,900.
    SORL Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) shares rose 8.4 percent to $5.68 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE) shares rose 7.7 percent to $8.40 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter on Monday.
    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: XENE) rose 7.5 percent to $6.45 in pre-market trading after the company presented XEN901 Phase 1 clinical update and XEN1101 TMS pharmacodynamic Phase 1 data.
    Mimecast Ltd (NASDAQ: MIME) rose 6.5 percent to $43.50 in pre-market trading following a first-quarter sales beat.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) rose 6 percent to $12.50 in pre-market trading after surging 77.44 percent on Monday.
    Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTLA) shares rose 6 percent to $26.05 in pre-market trading after climbing 3.58 percent on Monday.
    PPDAI Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PPDF) rose 4.7 percent to $7.20 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    Xunlei Limited (NASDAQ: XNET) rose 4.1 percent to $13.88 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.54 percent on Monday.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) shares rose 4.5 percent to $21.73 in pre-market trading. Mizuho upgraded Valeant from Neutral to Buy.
    Bovie Medical Corporation (NYSE: BVX) rose 4.1 percent to $3.80 in pre-market trading after reporting a first-quarter sales beat.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) rose 3.4 percent to $4.00 in pre-market trading after jumping 23.25 percent o
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) shares climbed 70.3 percent to $5.45 after reporting 2017 year-end results.
    MEDIGUS Ltd/S ADR (NASDAQ: MDGS) surged 39.8 percent to $1.58 in reaction to its Monday announcement of a distribution agreement. The medical device company said it reached an agreement to distribute its minimally invasive medical devices in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: RKDA) gained 25.6 percent to $11.50. Arcadia Biosciences reported that Albert D. Bolles, Ph.D. has joined its board of directors.
    Aytu Bioscience Inc (NASDAQ: AYTU) shares jumped 21.8 percent to $0.4798 after the company late Monday reported lighter-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: HOLI) shares gained 21.1 percent to $26.77 following Q3 results.
    Pfenex Inc. (NYSE: PFNX) rose 16.8 percent to $7.1271 after the company announced the positive top-line PF708 study results in Osteoporosis patients that showed no imbalances in severity or incidence of adverse events.
    MEI Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEIP) rose 13.8 percent to $2.88.
    Red Violet, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDVT) jumped 13.1 percent to $6.41 after reporting Q1 results.
    SORL Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) shares gained 12 percent to $5.87 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    Bovie Medical Corporation (NYSE: BVX) gained 8.4 percent to $3.96 after reporting a first-quarter sales beat.
    Rosehill Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: ROSE) surged 8.4 percent to $7.90 after announcing Q1 results.
    LiqTech International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIQT) rose 8.1 percent to $0.5171 following Q1 results.
    ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPH) rose 7.7 percent to $5.6103 following Q1 results.
    Nine Energy Service, Inc. (NYSE: NINE) shares climbed 7.4 percent to $35.90.
    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: XENE) rose 6.7 percent to $6.40 after the company presented XEN901 Phase 1 clinical update and XEN1101 TMS pharmacodynamic Phase 1 data.
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  • [By Max Byerly]

    These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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    Return on Equity (ROE) under Consideration Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (NYSE:IIPR), Neonode Inc … (stocksnewspoint.com) Morning Miraculous Stocks: Taseko Mines Limited (NYSE:TGB), WMIH Corp. (NASDAQ:WMIH), Innovative Industrial … (journalfinance.net) Dazzling Stocks: Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (NYSE:IIPR), SORL Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ:SORL), ReWalk … (thestreetpoint.com) Head-To-Head Contrast: Kennedy-Wilson (KW) vs. Innovative Industrial Properties (IIPR) (americanbankingnews.com) Innovative Industrial (IIPR) versus Colliers International Group (CIGI) Financial Contrast (americanbankingnews.com)

    A number of research analysts have weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Innovative Industrial Properties from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, March 16th. ValuEngine raised Innovative Industrial Properties from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: County Bancorp, Inc.(ICBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    County Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:ICBK) President Timothy J. Schneider sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, June 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $27.55, for a total value of $27,550.00. Following the completion of the sale, the president now owns 113,882 shares in the company, valued at $3,137,449.10. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ:GBNK) and County Bancorp (NASDAQ:ICBK) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.(ROIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Shares of real estate investment trust Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (NASDAQ:ROIC) jumped 10% in January, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. That beat the gain of about 8% from the S&P 500 Index, but it was a tad behind the broader REIT sector’s advance of a little under 12%.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    First Republic Investment Management Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Retail Opportunity Investments Corp (NASDAQ:ROIC) during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm acquired 383,325 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $7,345,000. First Republic Investment Management Inc. owned about 0.34% of Retail Opportunity Investments at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media headlines about Retail Opportunity Investments (NASDAQ:ROIC) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Retail Opportunity Investments earned a news impact score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.8157015849961 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: International Game Technology(IGT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This company was hit since doing a secondary in which a large shareholder did a forward sale, and it is offering a great entry point. International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. The company enables players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This company was hit since doing a secondary in which a large shareholder did a forward sale, and it is offering a great entry point. International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. The company enables players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) has been assigned an average rating of “Buy” from the eight brokerages that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $32.00.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Paloma Partners Management Co acquired a new position in shares of International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm acquired 20,232 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $470,000.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) shares hit a new 52-week low on Friday . The stock traded as low as $17.17 and last traded at $17.23, with a volume of 326419 shares. The stock had previously closed at $18.47.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Endocyte, Inc.(ECYT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Shares of Innovate Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:INNT), Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARWR), and Endocyte (NASDAQ:ECYT) have more than tripled in the first six months of 2018. What caused these biotech stocks to skyrocket — and are they still buys now?  

  • [By ]

    Exploding biotech names are nothing new to this bull market. You might recall the headline swirling around Endocyte Inc. (NASDAQ:ECYT) as it posted one-day gains of more than 150% during the fourth quarter. The triple-digit move was sparked by a licensing agreement for the firm’s phase 3 prostate cancer drug. Now, these moves are becoming almost commonplace.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Endocyte Inc. (NASDAQ: ECYT) shares made a solid gain early on Monday after the company announced an update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019

Energy can be a tough area to invest in, with volatile commodity prices from one month to the next and energy usage changing around the world. Even formerly safe utilities aren’t anymore after California utility PG&E went bankrupt. 

To navigate the industry, three Motley Fool contributors got their heads together to lay out why NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE), Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR), and Ensco (NYSE:ESV) are the three top energy stocks to buy. They’re very different companies on the surface, but the theme among all three is value in their respective industries. 

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A consistent outperformer

Matt DiLallo (NextEra Energy): Leading utility NextEra Energy recently put the finishing touches on another strong year. Thanks to its continued investments in clean energy, the company was able to grow its adjusted earnings by 15% while boosting its dividend by 13%. Those two factors helped it deliver a total return of more than 14% last year, beating both the market and its peer group by a wide margin. That continued the company’s stretch of outperforming the market, which it has done for the past decade.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Apartment Investment and Management Company(AIV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Green Street Investors LLC raised its holdings in Apartment Investment and Management Co (NYSE:AIV) by 14.5% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 221,250 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 28,000 shares during the quarter. Apartment Investment and Management comprises approximately 5.5% of Green Street Investors LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 7th largest position. Green Street Investors LLC owned about 0.14% of Apartment Investment and Management worth $9,708,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Apartment Investment and Management (NYSE:AIV)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reiterated by equities researchers at BMO Capital Markets in a research report issued on Thursday. They currently have a $44.00 price target on the real estate investment trust’s stock. BMO Capital Markets’ price target suggests a potential upside of 3.92% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Bank of Montreal Can increased its position in shares of Apartment Investment and Management Co (NYSE:AIV) by 91.6% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 184,796 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 88,340 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can owned about 0.12% of Apartment Investment and Management worth $7,818,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News headlines about Apartment Investment and Management (NYSE:AIV) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. Apartment Investment and Management earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.6669103193152 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: International Game Technology(IGT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    An issue of International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) debt fell 0.8% as a percentage of its face value during trading on Tuesday after the company announced weaker than expected quarterly earnings. The high-yield debt issue has a 6.5% coupon and is set to mature on February 15, 2025. The debt is now trading at $104.00 and was trading at $104.94 one week ago. Price changes in a company’s debt in credit markets often anticipate parallel changes in its share price. The company reported $0.15 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by ($0.12). International Game Technology had a negative net margin of 21.64% and a positive return on equity of 10.28%. The firm had revenue of $1.21 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.16 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.29 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.7% on a year-over-year basis.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Monday. Stock investors acquired 2,940 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 954% compared to the average volume of 279 put options.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This company was hit since doing a secondary in which a large shareholder did a forward sale, and it is offering a great entry point. International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. The company enables players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) shares hit a new 52-week low on Friday . The stock traded as low as $17.17 and last traded at $17.23, with a volume of 326419 shares. The stock had previously closed at $18.47.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    The other area to look at is service providers who build the betting infrastructure for casinos. IGT (NYSE:IGT) is powering MGM’s sports betting already, and Scientific Games (NASDAQ:SGMS) announced an agreement with Caesars to use its sports betting platform in New Jersey and Mississippi. They’re in the early phases of building out sport betting businesses, and will likely be providers for most early casino sportsbooks. These companies have a lot of potential upside if sports betting takes off as casinos hope. 

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.(WMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The second-worst Dow stock so far this year is 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM), which is down 15.5%. That is followed by Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), down 15.3%, General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), down 14.2%, and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), down 11.1%. Dow losers outnumber winners for the year to date by a score of 18 to 12.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    But eBay investors will want to pay attention to a few other details in the company’s earnings release in order to make sure eBay is withstanding the competition from Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT). Here’s what to watch.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Target’s digital sales are now growing just as fast as Walmart’s (NYSE:WMT), which has invested heavily in acquisitions and building out its online grocery platform. Not to mention it grew much faster than Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), which remains far and away the market leader in digital shopping in the United States.

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    IBM is partnering with the likes of Dole Food Co. Inc., Nestle SA, and Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) to improve the quality of the food supply by tracing it using blockchain tech. It’s working with A.P. Moller-Maersk Group to build out a blockchain solution for the shipping industry. And it’s teaming up with international insurance broker Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. on a blockchain project to certify whether contractors have the needed liability insurance coverage.

  • [By ] While Walmart (NYSE: WMT) has been in the news for all of the investment it has made in growing its digital business, the chain’s warehouse club, Sam’s Club, has only received media attention when the company decided to close 63 of the membership-based chain’s locations.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The second-worst Dow Jones industrials stock so far this year is DowDuPont Inc. (NYSE: DWDP), which is down 11.4%. That is followed by Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG), down 11.3%, then 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM), down 10.6%, and Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), down 5.5%. Of the 30 Dow stocks, 11 have traded lower for 2018.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: MoSys, Inc.(MOSY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY) shares were also up, gaining 27 percent to $1.9265 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and issued strong Q2 forecast.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on MoSys (MOSY)

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    The Trade Desk, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD) jumped 36.2 percent to $71.82 after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter. The company also issued strong second-quarter and FY18 sales guidance.
    WideOpenWest, Inc. (NYSE: WOW) jumped 30.4 percent to $8.80 after the company reported Q1 results.
    MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY) shares surged 28.6 percent to $1.9541 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and issued strong Q2 forecast.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 24 percent to $6.39.
    Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKCA) shares gained 19.1 percent to $24.60. Akcea Therapeutics, an affiliate of Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IONS) announced that the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee, which met to discuss the safety and efficacy of subcutaneously injected volanesoren solution for patients with familial chylomicronemia syndrome, voted 12-8 to support its approval.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 17 percent to $10.31 after reporting Q3 results.
    ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) gained 16.8 percent to $43.1457 after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS) rose 16.2 percent to $8.60. Amtech posted Q2 earnings of $0.19 per share on sales of $32.783 million.
    Identiv, Inc (NASDAQ: INVE) surged 14.4 percent to $3.8450 following Q1 results.
    Omeros Corporation (NASDAQ: OMER) shares rose 14.3 percent to $18.43 following Q1 results.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) gained 11.5 percent to $2.71.
    Intersections Inc. (NASDAQ: INTX) gained 11.4 percent to $2.55 after reporting Q1 results.
    Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS) shares rose 10.9 percent to $8.65 following Q1 results.
    Voyager Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VYGR) climbed 10.6 percent to $18.54 following Q1 results.
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) rose 10.4 percent to $5.739.
    Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR) gained 9.6 percent to $12.69
  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    MoSys Inc. (NASDAQ:MOSY)’s share price gapped down prior to trading on Tuesday . The stock had previously closed at $0.49, but opened at $0.58. MoSys shares last traded at $0.26, with a volume of 36053 shares changing hands.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Atento S.A.(ATTO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Atento (NYSE: ATTO) and AT&T (NYSE:T) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Atento SA (NYSE:ATTO) has been given an average rating of “Hold” by the six ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, one has issued a hold recommendation and two have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $11.50.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media coverage about Atento (NYSE:ATTO) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Atento earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 44.9215509406782 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: AMTEK, Inc.(AME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID trimmed its stake in shares of AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME) by 1.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 533,274 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 5,917 shares during the quarter. AMETEK accounts for 4.2% of Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID’s portfolio, making the stock its 3rd largest holding. Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID’s holdings in AMETEK were worth $40,513,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on AMETEK (AME)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Douglass Winthrop Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME) during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor purchased 3,125 shares of the technology company’s stock, valued at approximately $237,000.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    UBS Group AG boosted its holdings in AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME) by 97.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 260,024 shares of the technology company’s stock after acquiring an additional 128,083 shares during the period. UBS Group AG owned about 0.11% of AMETEK worth $19,754,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Top Image Systems Ltd.(TISA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Before we get to our latest pick, here are last week’s top-performing penny stocks:

    Penny Stock Sector Current Share Price Last Week’s Gain
    Melinta Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNT) Healthcare $1.74 104.01%
    Pernix Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: PTX) Healthcare $0.83 84.40%
    Top Image Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: TISA) Healthcare $0.82 59.85%
    Jason Industries Inc. (NASDAQ: JASN) Healthcare $2.21 58.99%
    Maxwell Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: MXWL) Financial $4.66 51.79%
    Marathon Patent Group Inc. (NASDAQ: MARA) Healthcare $0.52 51.47%
    Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ: FWP) Basic Materials $1.53 43.57%
    Dixie Group Inc. (NASDAQ: DXYN) Healthcare $1.40 42.86%
    Trevena Inc. (NASDAQ: TRVN) Services $1.41 39.60%
    Alliance MMA Inc. (NASDAQ: AMMA) Healthcare $4.95 36.18%

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: MainStay DefinedTerm Municipal Opportunities Fund(MMD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Stifel Financial Corp raised its holdings in shares of Mainstay Definedterm Municipal Opptys Fd (NYSE:MMD) by 134.2% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 36,234 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock after acquiring an additional 20,765 shares during the period. Stifel Financial Corp’s holdings in Mainstay Definedterm Municipal Opptys Fd were worth $682,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Tenneco Inc.(TEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News coverage about Tenneco (NYSE:TEN) has trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Tenneco earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the auto parts company an impact score of 45.6033995882995 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Tenneco Inc (NYSE:TEN) have received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the ten analysts that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $63.75.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Tokenomy (CURRENCY:TEN) traded up 1.7% against the dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 10:00 AM ET on August 10th. Tokenomy has a market capitalization of $36.73 million and approximately $881,640.00 worth of Tokenomy was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Tokenomy token can currently be purchased for approximately $0.18 or 0.00002849 BTC on major exchanges including Indodax, CoinBene, Tokenomy and LATOKEN. Over the last week, Tokenomy has traded 7.1% lower against the dollar.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Tenneco (NYSE: TEN) and China Automotive Systems (NASDAQ:CAAS) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Carlisle Companies Incorporated(CSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Carlisle Companies, Inc. (NYSE:CSL) was the target of a large decrease in short interest during the month of August. As of August 15th, there was short interest totalling 1,387,833 shares, a decrease of 42.1% from the July 31st total of 2,398,744 shares. Approximately 2.4% of the company’s stock are sold short. Based on an average trading volume of 396,065 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 3.5 days.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Carlisle Companies (CSL)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Carlisle Companies (CSL)

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Press coverage about Carlisle Companies (NYSE:CSL) has trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. 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. Carlisle Companies earned a news sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the conglomerate an impact score of 45.7996936905604 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) CEO Warren Buffett has always been a skeptic of cryptocurrencies, and he didn’t pull any punches when it comes to bitcoin at Berkshire’s annual shareholder meeting over the weekend. Buffett called bitcoin “probably rat poison squared,” and he clarified that stance further in an interview with CNBC.

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“The asset itself is creating nothing,” Buffett said. “When you're buying nonproductive assets, all you're counting on is the next person is going to pay you more because they're even more excited about another next person coming along.”

Buffett's business partner Charlie Munger went so far as to call bitcoin "anti-social, stupid and immoral."

Buffett has a long track record of bashing bitcoin. Back in October, Buffett said bitcoin is a “real bubble.”

“You can’t value bitcoin because it’s not a value-producing asset,” he said at a Q&A session with business students.

In fact, Buffett’s criticism of bitcoin goes all the way back to 2014 when he said bitcoin was a terrible long-term investment.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: International Game Technology(IGT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    An issue of International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) debt fell 0.8% as a percentage of its face value during trading on Tuesday after the company announced weaker than expected quarterly earnings. The high-yield debt issue has a 6.5% coupon and is set to mature on February 15, 2025. The debt is now trading at $104.00 and was trading at $104.94 one week ago. Price changes in a company’s debt in credit markets often anticipate parallel changes in its share price. The company reported $0.15 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by ($0.12). International Game Technology had a negative net margin of 21.64% and a positive return on equity of 10.28%. The firm had revenue of $1.21 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.16 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.29 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.7% on a year-over-year basis.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This stock has been hit over the past month and is offering a nice entry point for investors. International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. The company enables players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    One of the reason suppliers like IGT (NYSE:IGT) and Scientific Games are reacting positively is because they’ll likely provide the betting infrastructure casinos use. IGT powers MGM’s playMGM app that takes sports bets in Nevada today. It could easily scale that technology nationwide. Scientific Games sees its OpenBet product suite providing similar solutions to its customers.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) shares rose 18.3 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.74 percent on Friday.
    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) rose 12.1 percent to $2.69 in pre-market trading after surging 4.80 percent on Friday.
    NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) rose 10.9 percent to $109.75 in pre-market trading after Bloomberg reported that the China’s Commerce Ministry has restarted its review of QUALCOMM Incorporated’s (NASDAQ: QCOM) proposed takeover of NXP Semiconductors.
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) rose 10.6 percent to $15.20 in pre-market trading. Renewable Energy will replace Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 15.
    NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN) rose 10 percent to $6.40 in pre-market trading.
    Vaxart, Inc. (NASDAQ: VXRT) shares rose 8 percent to $5.54 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.19 percent on Friday.
    Profire Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFIE) rose 7.3 percent to $4.58 in pre-market trading after gaining 6.22 percent on Friday.
    Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) rose 7 percent to $22.49 in pre-market trading after falling 1.96 percent on Friday.
    Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) shares rose 6.9 percent to $9.16 in pre-market trading.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) rose 5.7 percent to $2.24 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.92 percent on Friday.
    CVR Refining, LP (NYSE: CVRR) rose 5.4 percent to $19.70 in pre-market trading.
    Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (NYSE: AGM) rose 5.2 percent to $92.95 in pre-market trading.
    International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) rose 5.2 percent to $29.94 in pre-market trading.
    Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) shares rose 5.1 percent to $66.30 in the pre-market trading session.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5 percent to $10.70 in pre-market trading after climbing 15.66 percent on Friday.
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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Monday. Stock investors acquired 2,940 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 954% compared to the average volume of 279 put options.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Roper Technologies, Inc.(ROP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Shares of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) are in focus after the company reported earnings before the bell. GE stock popped 5.6% after the firm topped earnings per share (EPS) estimates by $0.05 and backed its 2018 outlook. The firm reported EPS of $0.16 on top of $28.66 billion in revenue. GE stock had been off nearly 18% from its last earnings report on January 24 due to ongoing financial and legal problems.
    Crude oil prices dipped Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump took aim at OPEC. Trump accused the cartel of keeping oil prices “artificially high” despite “record amounts of oil all over the place.” Brent crude and WTI crude oil both hit three-year highs this week after Saudi Arabia suggested that it was working to press oil prices back above $100 per barrel.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: PM, MO, WFC
    Shares of Philip Morris International Inc.(NYSE: PM) fell this morning after the firm experienced its worst trading day since its spin-off from Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO). Shares of PM fell as much as 16% after the firm fell short of revenue expectations after the bell. MO stock fell roughly 6% on the day.
    Shares of Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) are under pressure after The New York Times reported that the firm may be facing a $1 billion fine. The fines would cover a variety of “alleged” misdeeds that include the firm’s push on customers to purchase auto insurance they didn’t need and charging mortgage customers fees for services that they were not using. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will most likely announce the fine today. Money MorningCapital Wave StrategistShah Gilani weighed in on the topic this week, and he offers a scorching indictment.
    Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) is on the move today after the semiconductor giant announced plans to lay off 1,500 employees. The cuts are expected to hit employees in California and cities around the globe. The cuts are part of the fi

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    Another quarter, another strong earnings report for industrial technology company Roper Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ROP). The earnings report contained all the hallmarks of a typical Roper report — margin expansion and strong cash-flow generation from its asset-light business model. But there’s another positive that is driving improvement at Roper. Let’s take a look at it, and the details of the earnings report.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Roper Technologies (NYSE: ROP) and Danaher (NYSE:DHR) are both large-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP) have earned an average rating of “Buy” from the fourteen analysts that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $303.58.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Roper Technologies (NYSE:ROP) have been given a consensus rating of “Buy” by the fourteen ratings firms that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $303.75.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Macatawa Bank Corporation(MCBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Macatawa Bank (NASDAQ:MCBC) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research note released on Friday morning.

    Separately, Hovde Group set a $11.00 price target on Macatawa Bank and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Monday, January 29th.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Chemical Financial (NASDAQ: CHFC) and Macatawa Bank (NASDAQ:MCBC) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability and risk.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Denison Mine Corp(DNN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Last Thursday, small cap uranium mining stock Denison Mines Corp (NYSEAMERICAN: DNN), which is alsofocused on the Athabasca Basin of Saskatchewan, reported 2017 earnings and gave its outlook for 2018 with the outlook coming with extensive commentary about the uranium market and Athabasca. David Cates, the President and CEO of Denison Mines Corp,gave the following commentary:

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: ArQule Inc.(ARQL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of ArQule (NASDAQ:ARQL) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Saturday.

    Several other brokerages also recently issued reports on ARQL. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of ArQule from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $2.75 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, May 8th. B. Riley set a $4.00 target price on shares of ArQule and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Monday, March 26th. Roth Capital raised their target price on shares of ArQule from $5.00 to $6.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 17th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of ArQule from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Saturday, May 19th. Finally, Leerink Swann upgraded shares of ArQule from a market perform rating to an outperform rating in a research note on Thursday, April 5th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $5.35.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARQL) were down 5.4% during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $4.71 and last traded at $4.73. Approximately 3,358,864 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 289% from the average daily volume of 863,008 shares. The stock had previously closed at $5.00.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) rose 15.3 percent to $53.50 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Evofem Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVFM) rose 10.4 percent to $4.58 in pre-market trading. Evofem Biosciences reported closing of public offering of common stock and warrants.
    Resonant Inc. (NASDAQ: RESN) rose 7.3 percent to $4.88 in pre-market trading after declining 1.94 percent on Thursday.
    SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEDG) shares rose 5.7 percent to $59.65 in pre-market trading after falling 8.43 percent on Thursday.
    Yirendai Ltd. (NYSE: YRD) rose 5 percent to $30.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Deckers Outdoor Corp (NYSE: DECK) rose 4.9 percent to $108.75 in pre-market trading after reporteingd better-than-expected results for its fiscal fourth quarter.
    Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: APRN) rose 4.2 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.70 percent on Thursday.
    Recro Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: REPH) rose 4 percent to $5.85 in pre-market trading after dropping 54.67 percent on Thursday.
    ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQL) rose 3.8 percent to $4.70 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.86 percent on Thursday.
    Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BW) shares rose 2.9 percent to $2.85 in pre-market trading after climbing 7.78 percent on Thursday.
    Bilibili Inc. (NASDAQ: BILI) shares rose 2.5 percent to $14.20 in pre-market trading after surging 11.33 percent on Thursday.

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  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    But Blink and our other penny stocks to watch are unlikely to continue to lock in such spectacular gains in June. After looking at our 10 top penny stocks to watch this month, we’ll show you a small-cap stock with great profit potential in its future…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Law Month’s Gain
    Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK) $7.07 439.85%
    Senes Tech Inc. (Nasdaq: SNES) $1.27 175.40%
    Vivis Inc. (Nasdaq: VVUS) $0.77 150.41%
    Adomani Inc. (Nasdaq: ADOM) $1.49 137.68%
    NF Energy Saving Co. (Nasdaq: NFEC) $2.34 134.88%
    Vaalco Energy Inc. (NYSE: EGY) $2.15 109.06%
    Heat Biologics Inc. (Nasdaq: HTBX) $2.35 99.12%
    ArQule Inc. (Nasdaq: ARQL) $4.88 90.74%
    LiqTech International Inc. (NYSE: LIQT) $0.66 85.60%
    Transenterix Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) $3.46 77.84%

    While last month’s gains are tremendous, they also illustrate the inherent dangers that come with investing in penny stocks.

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) released its most recent quarterly results after markets closed Monday. The company reported $13.33 in earnings per share (EPS) on $31.15 billion in revenue, compared with consensus estimates that called for $9.31 in EPS on $30.31 billion in revenue. The same period from last year had $7.73 in EPS on $24.75 billion in revenue.

Traffic acquisition costs (TAC) to Google Network Members and distribution partners totaled $6.29 billion at the end of the quarter, up from $4.63 billion in the same period last year. Total TAC as a percent of Google advertising revenues was 24% for the quarter, up from 22%.

Paid clicks on Google properties increased 59% year over year, and 8% quarter over quarter. The cost-per-click on Google properties decreased 19% year over year, and 7% quarter over quarter.

In terms of its segments Alphabet reported:

Google advertising revenues totaled $26.64 billion, up 24.4% year over year. Google other revenues totaled $4.35 billion, up 35.8%. Other Bets revenues totaled $150 million, up 13.6%.

On the books, cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities totaled $102.89 billion at the end of the quarter, versus $101.87 billion at the end of the previous fiscal year.

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Lubar & Co., Inc’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Lubar+%26+Co.%2C+Inc

    These are the top 5 holdings of Lubar & Co., IncEnLink Midstream LLC (ENLC) – 1,882,007 shares, 37.97% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.40%Hallador Energy Co (HNRG) – 2,788,685 shares, 23.23% of the total portfolio. Vanguard Value ETF – DNQ (VTV) – 77,126 shares, 7.65% of the total portfolio. iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH) – 38,400 shares, 6.84% of the total portfolio. New PositionVanguard Mid-Cap Value ETF – DNQ (VOE) – 61,550 shares, 6.52% of the tota

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Franklin Covey Company(FC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $1.81 billion.
    ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE: CAG) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $2.89 billion.
    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $751.52 million.
    Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.95 billion.
    McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
    Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share.
    Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $356.41 million.
    Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $49.89 million.
    Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.99 per share on revenue of $148.43 million.

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Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: International Game Technology(IGT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Thursday was another strong day on Wall Street, with major benchmarks posting gains across the board. The S&P 500 reached another all-time high on strength from an upbeat view of the economy and good earnings results from major companies in the retail sector. Although energy prices sagged, investors seemed to focus on the cost savings that consumers would enjoy from cheaper gasoline rather than the profit hit that major oil and natural gas companies might suffer. Still, not every stock participated in the rally, and International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT), Genesco (NYSE:GCO), and Ensco (NYSE:ESV) 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.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Analysts at Sterne Agee noted on Monday that International Game Technology’s (IGT) fiscal 2014 growth is stronger than it appears. As such, the analysts raised the price target on the casino gaming equipment manufacturer.

    The analysts maintain a “Buy” rating on IGT and now see shares reaching $25, up from the previous target of $23. This new price target suggests a 23% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $20.32.

    “Excluding FY13 Canadian VLT sales, which do not recur in FY14, consensus FY14 EPS growth is ~14% versus ‘in-print’ consensus EPS growth of ~4%,” Sterne Agee analyst David Bain said. “We believe IGT’s peer-low stock valuation is partly driven by a misinterpretation of forward growth using ‘in-print’ FY14 EPS projections.”

    Futhermore, the firm raised IGT’s fourth quarter EPS estimates from 33 cents to 34 cents.

    IGT shares were inactive during pre-market trading on Monday. The stock is up 43.4% year-to-date.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Yet even though the overall market remained resilient in the face of some threats to positive sentiment among investors, some stocks posted substantial losses. Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS), International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT), and Momo (NASDAQ:MOMO) 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.

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc(VRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Other recent false “tells” of “unusual call activity” have included Lowe’s (LOW) , Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) , Walmart (WMT) and Walt Disney Co. (DIS) . All of these stocks tanked within one or two weeks of the unusual call trading.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) made waves early on Tuesday after the company offered a plethora of announcements. First the company gave an update on its late-stage psoriasis trial. Along with this success, Valeant reported the sale of a couple of its business segments, bringing in a sizable amount of cash.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Today is not a good day for Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX). After an announcement last night that it was hiring a sales force to push Salix products suggested that the unit might not be sold, reports emerged that suggest that a Salix sale was not going to happen. And now letters from the SEC have emerged that question Valeant’s use of non-GAAP measures. Wells Fargo’s David Maris and team explain the significance:

    New SEC correspondence reveals potential problems with Valeant’s tax accounting and use of adjusted earnings metrics. In a series of letters made available by the SEC today, it appears the SEC has been questioning Valeant in regards to its tax reporting and disclosures, among other items. Recall that in our initiation of coverage report published in February 2016 we wrote extensively about potential problems arising from Valeant’s tax reporting, as well as its use of valuation allowances. It also appears from the correspondence that in response to concerns highlighted by the SEC, Valeant is re-assessing its current non-GAAP reporting and disclosures and is likely to present new measures and disclosures with its 2017 guidance and 4Q16 results, including a potential new adjusted net income measure. The correspondence between the SEC and Valeant can be found here: bit.ly/VUP1130 and here: bit.ly/VCOR1130

    In additional news we consider disappointing, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Valeant’s rumored talks to sell its Salix business to Takeda have broken down over disagreement in price. Separately, following yesterday’s market close, Valeant issued a press release announcing its initiation of a primary care salesforce for its Xifaxan and Relistor products. Valeant stated that the associated cost would not impact 2016 guidance; however, there was no indication of the potential impact to 2017.

    Shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International have dropped 9% to $15.61 at

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Syngenta AG(SYT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Syngenta AG (SYT) CEO Erik Fyrwald said Wednesday that he was “entirely confident” the company’s $43 billion takeover by China National Chemical Corp. would close in the second quarter of this year and dismissed suggestions it would be disrupted by a third party.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.

    Agri-Finance Companies

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now

The major indexes rose to new highs this week as investorsignored the chaos in Washington and refused to let the market fall.

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The S&P 500 rose 1.5% this week after advancing 0.2% to 2,351.16 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.7% this week after ticking up 4.28 points to 20,624.05. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 1.8% this week after today.

There were all sorts of reasons for the market to drop this week: Fed chief Janet Yellen was more hawkish than expected when she testified to Congress this week, while President Donald J. Trump was busy defending himself, rather than proposing business friendly legislation.

But the market refused to take a loss for an answer. Today, for instance, the Dow had been down as much as 87.16 points, before rallying back, while the blue chip benchmark rallied back from a 55.03 decline. In fact, that’s been the pattern all year in the S&P 500, explains the folks at Bespoke Investment Group:

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Churchill Downs, Incorporated(CHDN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares shot up 52 percent to $7.235 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares gained 24.2 percent to $21.80 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares rose 22 percent to $2.625 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) jumped 21.3 percent to $411.871 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 17 percent to $3.10 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) rose 15.9 percent to $18.34 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) gained 15.6 percent to $12.20 following Q1 results.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) surged 14.4 percent to $260.3901 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) gained 13.8 percent to $3.70.
    Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) rose 13.5 percent to $29.815 after reporting strong Q1 results.
    BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAT) rose 13.5 percent to $38.30 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares rose 13.1 percent to $10.985 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    SJW Group (NYSE: SJW) shares gained 11.8 percent to $63.59 following Q1 results. California Water Service Group made an offer for SJW.
    Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) climbed 9.8 percent to $278.40 following Q1 results.
    CYS Investments, Inc. (NYSE: CYS)
  • [By ]

    Churchill Downs Inc (Nasdaq: CHDN) is known for its horse racing track in Kentucky but also owns nine casinos, four racetracks, a network of off-track betting sites and an online horse racing betting site. The individual casinos span eight states including population centers in New York, California, and Florida, and could all expand to sports betting as well.

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

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Apogee Enterprises, Inc.(APOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Let me introduce you to Apogee Enterprises (APOG) a company with “yuge” profit potential. Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, APOG designs and develops glass solutions for commercial buildings.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Apogee Enterprises (NASDAQ:APOG) has benefited greatly from the rebound in construction activity recently, which has helped the architectural glass and framing specialist bounce back from difficult conditions in past years. Yet despite solid business conditions throughout 2017, Apogee stock has struggled as investors seemed to question whether its growth path was sustainable.

  • [By ]

    Engaged Capital’s Glenn Welling plans shortly to launch an activist campaign at Apogee Enterprises Inc. (APOG) , a maker of glass and non-residential construction products for skyscrapers, a person familiar with the situation told Orol.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Fortive Corporation (FTV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Last year at this time, we said we can only hope for a bit more growth, and at least bottoming for many of those stubborn energy/commodity/industrial end markets, less FX headwind, pricing support and cost reduction plus smart capital deployment, be it M&A, Capex, and/or buybacks/dividends that might actually lead to stock outperformance. In fact, we did get a bit more growth and many of the stubborn end markets appear to have bottomed, while most of those other items also did play out. The stocks under our coverage outperformed the S&P (which was up >10% itself) by more than 14% on average, led byIngersoll-Rand (+37%),Rockwell Automation (+31%),Eaton (+30%) and Fortive (FTV) (+26%) with Allegion (ALLE) (-2%) andGeneral Electric (+2%) the worst performing.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Fortive Corp. (NYSE: FTV) was started as Sector Perform at RBC Capital Markets.

    Herman Miller Inc. (NASDAQ: MLHR) was raised to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: International Game Technology(IGT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Thursday was another strong day on Wall Street, with major benchmarks posting gains across the board. The S&P 500 reached another all-time high on strength from an upbeat view of the economy and good earnings results from major companies in the retail sector. Although energy prices sagged, investors seemed to focus on the cost savings that consumers would enjoy from cheaper gasoline rather than the profit hit that major oil and natural gas companies might suffer. Still, not every stock participated in the rally, and International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT), Genesco (NYSE:GCO), and Ensco (NYSE:ESV) 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.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Analysts at Sterne Agee noted on Monday that International Game Technology’s (IGT) fiscal 2014 growth is stronger than it appears. As such, the analysts raised the price target on the casino gaming equipment manufacturer.

    The analysts maintain a “Buy” rating on IGT and now see shares reaching $25, up from the previous target of $23. This new price target suggests a 23% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $20.32.

    “Excluding FY13 Canadian VLT sales, which do not recur in FY14, consensus FY14 EPS growth is ~14% versus ‘in-print’ consensus EPS growth of ~4%,” Sterne Agee analyst David Bain said. “We believe IGT’s peer-low stock valuation is partly driven by a misinterpretation of forward growth using ‘in-print’ FY14 EPS projections.”

    Futhermore, the firm raised IGT’s fourth quarter EPS estimates from 33 cents to 34 cents.

    IGT shares were inactive during pre-market trading on Monday. The stock is up 43.4% year-to-date.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Yet even though the overall market remained resilient in the face of some threats to positive sentiment among investors, some stocks posted substantial losses. Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS), International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT), and Momo (NASDAQ:MOMO) 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.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Fastenal Company(FAST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    This morning, President Trump suggested that the United States is considering strong military action in response to recent chemical attacks carried out on civilians by the Syrian government. The president promised to send “nice and new and ‘smart'” missiles to Syria and accused the Russian government of partnering with a “Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” The president’s remarks are a significant departure from comments made last week, which suggested that the United States would be pulling out of Syria in the coming months. Trump’s threat of war over a recent chemical attack in Syria drove crude oil and gold prices higher. Geopolitical worries often offer a boost to commodity prices due to concerns about supply. Trump’s threat comes at a time that markets are already concerned about a significant military conflict in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran. WTI crude prices added 0.9% to hit $66.10 per barrel. Brent crude pushed to $71.10 per barrel. Gold price topped $1,350 per ounce and are poised for bigger gains. According to Axios, U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) has privately told friends that he will not seek reelection in the fall. The news comes at a perilous time for Republicans, who are expected to lose the House of Representatives and potentially the Senate. Axios was the first to report the news. The story is also notable because Ryan recently achieved his long-time goal of passing tax reform in late 2017.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: FB, FOXA, CBS
    Shares of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.(NYSE: FOXA) fell in pre-market hours on news that investigators from the European Commission raided the firm’s London office yesterday. Reports indicate that investigators are trying to keep their goals confidential. However, there has been a lot of scrutiny over Rupert Murdoch’s goal to purchase rival Sky in recent months. British authorities have argued that this deal would not be in the public’s best interest. Accor

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $988.60 million.

    Perry Ellis International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PERY) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $214.26 million.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) which traded down roughly 6% at $52.16. The stocks 52-week range is $39.79 to $56.15. Volume was over 8 million, compared with the daily average of 2.1 million shares.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Breaking news

    Shares of Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) dropped over 7 percent in pre-market trading after the company reported Q3 results. Alcoa posted Q3 adjusted earnings of $0.32 per share on sales of $5.2 billion.
    Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) released third quarter financial results, reporting an earnings miss while revenue came in line with Street estimates. To read the full news, click here.
    Twilio Inc (NYSE: TWLO) announced preliminary results for the third quarter that came in above the Street estimates. To read the full news, click here.
    According to the Associated Press, Samsung Electronics (OTC: SSNLF) said it will no longer manufacturer its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. The permanent discontinuation follows a round of reports saying customer's replacement phones have caught fire. To read the full news, click here.

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    As for individual stocks, Fastenal(NASDAQ:FAST) dropped after reporting first-quarter results, and AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) jumped on an analyst upgrade.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) which traded down about 6% at $51.05. The stocks 52-week range is $39.79 to $58.74. Volume was over 11 million compared to the daily average volume of nearly 3 million.