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Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now

CIBC World Markets Inc. reduced its holdings in B2Gold Corp. (NYSEAMERICAN:BTG) (TSE:BTO) by 10.2% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 572,525 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after selling 64,714 shares during the period. CIBC World Markets Inc. owned approximately 0.06% of B2Gold worth $1,563,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the stock. Van ECK Associates Corp lifted its holdings in B2Gold by 1.2% in the first quarter. Van ECK Associates Corp now owns 118,233,905 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $322,829,000 after buying an additional 1,409,132 shares during the period. Royal Bank of Canada lifted its holdings in B2Gold by 0.5% in the first quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 24,202,109 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $66,073,000 after buying an additional 113,717 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC lifted its holdings in B2Gold by 7.3% in the fourth quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 11,430,397 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $35,433,000 after buying an additional 779,900 shares during the period. OppenheimerFunds Inc. lifted its holdings in B2Gold by 4.8% in the first quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. now owns 11,300,000 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $30,849,000 after buying an additional 520,000 shares during the period. Finally, First Eagle Investment Management LLC lifted its holdings in B2Gold by 26.0% in the first quarter. First Eagle Investment Management LLC now owns 9,700,300 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $26,577,000 after buying an additional 2,000,000 shares during the period.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Airgas Inc.(ARG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Argentum (CURRENCY:ARG) traded 3.6% lower against the US dollar during the one day period ending at 19:00 PM ET on May 27th. In the last week, Argentum has traded 2.8% lower against the US dollar. Argentum has a total market capitalization of $1.66 million and approximately $610.00 worth of Argentum was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Argentum coin can currently be purchased for about $0.17 or 0.00002374 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including Cryptopia and CoinExchange.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.(VNDA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:VNDA) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the eight ratings firms that are covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation and seven have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $22.40.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media stories about Vanda Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VNDA) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Vanda Pharmaceuticals earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the biopharmaceutical company an impact score of 46.3857713397213 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Calavo Growers, Inc.(CVGW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap avocado and fresh food stock Calavo Growers (NASDAQ: CVGW) has elevated short interest of 33.51% according to Highshortinterest.com. Founded in 1924, Calavo Growers is a global avocado-industry leader and an expanding provider of value-added fresh food serving retail grocery, foodservice, club stores, mass merchandisers, food distributors and wholesalers worldwide. The Companys Fresh segment procures and markets fresh avocados and select other fresh produce (tomatoes) while the Renaissance Food Group segment (RFG) creates, markets and distributes a portfolio of healthy, fresh foods, including fresh-cut fruit, fresh-cut vegetables and prepared foods. The Foods segment manufactures and distributes guacamole and salsa. Fresh food products are sold under the respected Calavo brand name as well as Garden Highway, Chef Essentials and a variety of private label and store brands.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Prudential Financial Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Calavo Growers (NASDAQ:CVGW) by 5.9% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 28,216 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,580 shares during the quarter. Prudential Financial Inc.’s holdings in Calavo Growers were worth $2,602,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Calavo Growers, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVGW), which I’ve dubbed a “tiny, mighty dividend stock,” reported fiscal second-quarter 2018 earnings on June 6. How has this dynamic avocado market specialist fared so far in its fiscal year? Let’s dive into the quarter’s detailsafter first walking through headline numbers directly below.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Macatawa Bank Corporation(MCBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [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.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(AQXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AQXP) have received an average recommendation of “Buy” from the seven research firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $25.25.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated their neutral rating on shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AQXP) in a research report report published on Wednesday, MarketBeat.com reports.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: AQXP) dropped about nearly 85% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.25. Shares closed at $15.31 on Tuesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $16.90. Volume totaled 13.5 million shares compared to a daily average of less than 200,000. The company’s bladder pain drug failed a trial and the company is stopping development.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Aquinox Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AQXP) was downgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report released on Monday.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Pioneer Floating Rate Trust(PHD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News headlines about Pioneer Floating Rate Trust (NYSE:PHD) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Pioneer Floating Rate Trust earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the investment management company an impact score of 46.8710327510951 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Concho Resources Inc.(CXO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Tredje AP fonden grew its stake in Concho Resources (NYSE:CXO) by 4.4% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 13,417 shares of the oil and natural gas company’s stock after acquiring an additional 560 shares during the quarter. Tredje AP fonden’s holdings in Concho Resources were worth $2,017,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Concho Resources Inc. (NYSE: CXO) which traded down about 9% at $143.15. The stocks 52-week range is $106.73 to $162.91. Volume was 11.8 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.3 million.

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    The hot list:

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

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

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Oil has continued its remarkable rise this year, rallying another 10%, to more than $65 a barrel in the U.S. That rebound has taken most oil stocks up with it. However, a handful managed to lose ground this year, including Laredo Petroleum (NYSE:LPI), Concho Resources (NYSE:CXO), and Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC), which are all down double digits. That sell-off makes them worth a closer look.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: PACCAR Inc.(PCAR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share on revenue of $14.62 billion.
    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $7.31 billion.
    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.07 per share on revenue of $11.93 billion.
    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $31.22 billion.
    Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.42 per share on revenue of $11.28 billion.
    The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $3.15 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion.
    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $5.92 per share on revenue of $3.15 billion.
    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $8.26 billion.
    JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.2 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $5.49 billion.
    Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
    Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.3 per share on revenue of $2.50 billion.
    Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.88 per share on revenue of $13.28 billion.
    The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $6.75 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.16 billion.
    PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ: PCAR) is projected to
  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BidaskClub downgraded shares of PACCAR (NASDAQ:PCAR) from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research report released on Saturday morning.

    Several other analysts also recently weighed in on the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered their price objective on PACCAR from $74.00 to $72.00 and set a hold rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, April 10th. Deutsche Bank downgraded PACCAR from a hold rating to a sell rating and set a $77.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Monday, March 19th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded PACCAR from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 3rd. ValuEngine upgraded PACCAR from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 3rd. Finally, Robert W. Baird reiterated a hold rating and issued a $80.00 price objective on shares of PACCAR in a research report on Tuesday, April 17th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $73.30.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    New York State Teachers Retirement System decreased its position in shares of Paccar (NASDAQ:PCAR) by 0.3% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 535,919 shares of the company’s stock after selling 1,577 shares during the period. New York State Teachers Retirement System owned about 0.15% of Paccar worth $35,462,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Hudson Capital Management LLC grew its position in shares of PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ:PCAR) by 8.5% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 22,965 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 1,798 shares during the quarter. Hudson Capital Management LLC’s holdings in PACCAR were worth $1,423,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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    “Companies ranging from Action Alerts PLUS holding Microsoft (MSFT)  to heavy-truck maker Paccar (PCAR)  have over the years declared so-called ‘special dividends’ — one-time extra payments to shareholders. With the new U.S. tax law granting corporations a limited window to repatriate overseas profits at low tax rates, many companies might use the extra cash for special dividends. Let’s discuss how this impacts income investors,” writes Real Money Pro columnist Christopher Versace.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Malibu Boats, Inc.(MBUU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    The latter will put Polaris in competition with leading powerboat manufacturer Malibu Boats (NASDAQ:MBUU), which last year bought Cobalt Boats, the top maker of 24- to 29-foot sterndrive boats.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Endocyte, Inc.(ECYT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Shares of Endocyte (NASDAQ:ECYT) are up 7.5% as of 12:11 p.m. EDT, having been up as much as 18% today, after the biotech releasedupdated data from its phase 2 trial testing 177Lu-PSMA-617. It will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting next month.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Endocyte (NASDAQ:ECYT) is set to release its earnings data after the market closes on Monday, May 7th. Analysts expect Endocyte to post earnings of ($0.19) per share for the quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now

1. Blame the bonds: The normally boring bond market is causing serious drama on Wall Street.

An avalanche of selling sent the Dow and S&P 500 careening 5% lower last week, one of the stock market’s worst weeks since the 2008 financial crisis.

The culprit: Rapidly rising bond yields are alarming investors who got hooked on a decade of low interest rates.

So what’s going on here? And why the focus on the bond market?

Modern financial markets function on the belief that U.S. government debt is the safest investment on the planet.

Knowing how much they can earn from “risk-free” Treasury bonds allows investors to determine the cost of stocks and other riskier assets. Treasuries serve as the benchmark for all other forms of credit, from junk bonds to mortgages.

“The 10-year Treasury sets the price for every asset in the world,” said Brent Schutte, chief investment strategist at Northwestern Mutual.

That means the surge in the 10-year yield from 2.4% earlier this year to about 2.8% now — has increased the cost of money generally.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Stryker Corporation(SYK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

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

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Helen of Troy Limited(HELE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Deer Consumer Products (OTCMKTS: DEER) and Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.

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    Now is the time to act. Get out in front of the green wave, and own this stock. It’s legal. The recommendation is free. And you have the opportunity to become a “Marijuana Millionaire” with very little risk. Here’s the pick.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Monday
    Tariffs are overshadowing the start of earnings season. This week, a variety of Wall Street banks, consumer goods, and airline companies report for the previous quarter. While profits are expected to remain strong, the outlook for the rest of the year is expected to take into account the impact of tariffs on global trade. This is likely to weigh on investor sentiment. According to a report from real estate giant REIS Inc., mall vacancies have hit a six-year high at 8.6% last quarter. The fall of brick-and-mortar stores has been fueled by the rise of Amazon.com Inc.(Nasdaq: AMZN), which continues to see its stock surge to new highs. It’s not too late to get in on Amazon at a fraction of the cost of today’s shares. We’ll show you how… right here. Speaking of Amazon, the e-commerce giant recently made a big splash in the pharmacy benefits business after its purchase of online benefits provider PillPack. This purchase has many analysts convinced that Amazon is about to do to pharmacies what it has done to malls over the last decade. And while Amazon is going to be a major player in the drug-delivery business in the future, there is one stock that is going to stave off any further attack from Amazon and the delivery business. Best of all, this stock has an incredible VQScore, and it’s trading at a huge discount.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: HOG, TM, TWTR
    A number of companies are reporting that earnings could have a dramatic impact on their future balance sheets. That’s especially true in the transportation business. Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG) has said the tariffs will cost up to $100 million per year and add $2,200 per vehicle. Now, Toyota Motor Corp.(NYSE: TM) has said the tariffs wi

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) was downgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Saturday.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE) climbed 12.7% on Monday after the consumer brand housewares, health, home, and beauty products company announced strong fiscal first-quarter 2019 results.

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    As for individual stocks, Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) fell on concerns over account deletions, and Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) jumped after the company reported earnings.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: VALE S.A.(VALE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Vale SA (NYSE:VALE) gapped down before the market opened on Monday . The stock had previously closed at $13.11, but opened at $12.82. Vale shares last traded at $12.49, with a volume of 13924600 shares.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    Wheaton’s new streaming deal is with Brazilian miner Vale (NYSE:VALE)at its Voisey Bay nickel mine in Newfoundland, Canada. Wheaton, along with smaller Canadian streaming company Cobalt 27 Capital Corp., will invest a combined $690 million in Vale’s $1.7 billion expansion of the mine. Vale’s initial plans have been delayed since last August, when the price of nickel declined; however, thanks to Wheaton and Cobalt 27, the mine will be expanded and will begin producing cobalt by 2021.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D increased its stake in shares of Vale (NYSE:VALE) by 12.4% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 781,510 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after buying an additional 86,443 shares during the quarter. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D’s holdings in Vale were worth $9,941,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Neha Chamaria]

    Wheaton first took the gold leap in 2013when it struck an agreement with mining giantVale (NYSE:VALE) to buy 25% of the gold produced from its Salobo mine in Brazil for the life of mine, as well as 70% of the gold produced from its Sudbury mines in Canada for a 20-year term. Wheaton paid $1.9 billion to Vale in addition to stock warrants for the deal.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: MoSys, Inc.(MOSY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY) shares rose 44.7 percent to $2.20 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and issued strong Q2 forecast.
    The Trade Desk, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD) rose 23.2 percent to $65.01 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter. The company also issued strong second-quarter and FY18 sales guidance.
    Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR) rose 17 percent to $13.55 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKCA) rose 13.8 percent to $23.50 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the FDA Advisory Committee voted in favor of WAYLIVRA for the treatment of familial chylomicronemia syndrome.
    RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: RXII) rose 9.4 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed a collaboration with Iovance Biotherapeutics.
    ViewRay, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRAY) rose 13.7 percent to $8.80 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings.
    ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 5.6 percent to $32.00 in pre-market trading after falling 2.26 percent on Thursday.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5.6 percent to $9.30 in pre-market trading after reporting Q3 results.
    Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) rose 4.7 percent to $47.50 in pre-market trading.
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) rose 4.2 percent to $2.24 in pre-market trading following Q1 earnings.
    Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTOS) shares rose 3.7 percent to $11.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q1 earnings.

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. (NASDAQ: PACB) rose 11.4 percent to $2.93 in pre-market trading.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares rose 6.3 percent to $4.76 in pre-market trading as the company announced the publication of CE Mark multicenter clinical study results on C-Scan® in Gut.
    Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) rose 6 percent to $ 35.20 in pre-market trading.
    Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. (NASDAQ: APOP) rose 6 percent to $7.60 in pre-market trading.
    Hexindai Inc. (NASDAQ: HX) rose 5.7 percent to $12.70 in pre-market trading.
    MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY) shares rose 5.3 percent to $2.07 in pre-market trading.
    Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) rose 5 percent to $58.20 in pre-market trading after reporting a $10 billion buyback plan.
    Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL) rose 4.1 percent to $8.63 in pre-market trading.
    MorphoSys AG (NASDAQ: MOR) rose 3.5 percent to $26.99 in pre-market trading.
    Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ: CYRN) shares rose 3.4 percent to $2.90 in pre-market trading. after reporting Q1 results.
    Box, Inc. (NYSE: BOX) rose 3.4 percent to $28.76 in pre-market trading.
    Kohl's Corporation (NYSE: KSS) shares rose 3.3 percent to $67.60 in the pre-market trading session after the company reported upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Micro Focus International plc (NYSE: MFGP) shares rose 3.1 percent to $18.40 in pre-market trading.

     

  • [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

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News headlines about Magicjack Vocaltec (NASDAQ:CALL) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Magicjack Vocaltec earned a daily sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the technology company an impact score of 46.0829609029142 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Magicjack Vocaltec (NASDAQ: CALL) and PLDT (NYSE:PHI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.(SEAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    We now have the quarterly updates for all five of the country’s leading theme park and regional amusement park operators, and it’s safe to say the first three months of 2018 blew out the same three-month period of 2017. Six Flags (NYSE:SIX), Cedar Fair(NYSE:FUN), andSeaWorld Entertainment(NYSE:SEAS)joined the theme park segments of Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) in posting double-digit revenue growth in the latest quarter.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) have popped today, up by 10% as of 12:20 p.m. EDT, after the company reportedfirst-quarter earnings results. The company enjoyed strong gains in park attendance.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Don’t look now, butSeaWorld Entertainment(NYSE:SEAS)is dousing short-sellers as if they were sitting in the Splash Zone at one of its killer whale shows. SeaWorld stock soared 15% last week, taking off after analysts at Wells Fargo and Stifel put out bullish notes. SeaWorld also announced the hiring an outsider as its chief strategy officer. The stock is trading at its highest level in more than two years, notching another new high-water mark this morning.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Area schools are letting out, so it’s not just the temperatures that are starting to heat up in Central Florida. Disney(NYSE:DIS), Universal Orlando parent Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), and SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) are starting to widen their operating schedules in anticipation of a healthy flow of tourists during the peak summer season.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) appears to be the only operator that’s still fumbling away the telltale travel season in Florida. The record-setting river-rafting attraction has been pitched as a summertime opening for SeaWorld Orlando since it was announced last year, but construction appears nowhere close to being completed in time to soak the first wave of summer visitors.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Investors were ready for SeaWorld Entertainment(NYSE:SEAS)to post its strongest growth in five years on Tuesday morning, and they got a whole lot more. Shares of the marine-life park operator are hitting 11-month highs after the company announced head-turning financial results.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Bank Of Montreal(BMO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Gulf International Bank UK Ltd lessened its holdings in shares of Bank of Montreal (NYSE:BMO) (TSE:BMO) by 1.1% in the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 203,765 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 2,350 shares during the quarter. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd’s holdings in Bank of Montreal were worth $15,372,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Sean Williams]

    Case in point: Earlier this week, Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF) announced that it had agreed to a 200 million Canadian dollar ($150.3 million U.S.) debt facility with the Bank of Montreal (NYSE:BMO) that could be upsized to CA$250 million ($187.9 million) in the future. The current facility from Bank of Montreal will consist of a CA$50 million revolving credit line, as well as a CA$150 million term loan.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE: DKS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $1.89 billion.
    Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCO) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.5 per share on revenue of $209.35 million.
    Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.38 per share on revenue of $1.47 billion.
    Michael Kors Holdings Limited (NYSE: KORS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.59 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion.
    Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE: MOV) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $109.47 million.
    Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $552.31 million.
    DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $681.89 million.
    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $147.20 million.
    Destination XL Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DXLG) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.14 per share on revenue of $107.63 million.
    Bank of Montreal (NYSE: BMO) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.67 per share on revenue of $4.21 billion.
    MakeMyTrip Limited (NASDAQ: MMYT) is projected to report its quarterly loss at $0.39 per share on revenue of $143.03 million.
    EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV) is expected to report its quarterly loss at $0.02 per share on revenue of $155.98 million.
    RBC Bearings Incorporated (NASDAQ: ROLL) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $175.55 million.

     

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    The Top Stock Market Stories for Tuesday
    The Euro has plunged to its lowest point against the U.S. dollar in 2018 thanks to political problems in Europe. The breakdown of power in Italy has raised new concerns about the nations ability to repay its debts, as the spread between German and Italian bonds has widened. Market instability has also spread to Spain where the nations parliament is preparing to vote on whether to oust Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his party. Oil prices slid one news that OPEC and Russia will consider hikes in production during a meeting in Vienna, Austria on June 22nd. The news accompanied reports that U.S. production is expected to rise throughout the summer. The price of WTI oil sat at $67.20 per barrel. The Brent crude oil price recovered this morning, adding 1% to hit $76.12. Canadian banks are under pressure this morning over a major breach by cyber criminals. The Bank of Montreal (NYSE: BMO) and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE: CM) the two largest banking institutions in the country announced that roughly 90,000 customers data may have been stolen. This would be the first major cybersecurity event to happen in Canada involving financial firms.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: CRM, SBUX, MOMO
    com (NYSE: CRM) will lead a busy day of earnings reports on Wall Street. The cloud computing giant is set to report fiscal first quarter 2019 numbers after the bell on Tuesday. The average analyst projection calls for a 46% jump in EPS of $0.46 on top of a 23% gain in revenue to $2.94 billion. Starbucks Corporation (Nasdaq: SBUX) will temporarily close about 8,000 locations on Tuesday to train roughly 175,000 employees on racial bias. The training sessions were

  • [By Max Byerly]

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

    Get Bank of Montreal alerts:

    The Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) Data Breach: Is Now the Time to Load Up on Cybersecurity Stocks? (msn.com) Q3 2018 EPS Estimates for Bank of Montreal Decreased by Analyst (BMO) (americanbankingnews.com) Brokers Set Expectations for Bank of Montreal’s FY2018 Earnings (BMO) (americanbankingnews.com) Why Canada’s big banks aren’t too worried about household debt (business.financialpost.com) Former Lunenburg bank spared from becoming ‘another hipster caf茅,’ says new owner (cbc.ca)

    Several equities analysts have issued reports on BMO shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Bank of Montreal from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, May 1st. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Bank of Montreal from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd. National Bank Financial upgraded shares of Bank of Montreal from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday. Finally, Macquarie upgraded shares of Bank of Montreal from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 15th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $95.75.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Avago Technologies Limited(AVGO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    But there are companies similar to Intel — that is, large-cap chip companies that dominate in their respective fields — that I think are worth considering more closely: Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM), and Micron (NASDAQ:MU).

  • [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 Anders Bylund]

    This makes sense if you expect a positive outcome from the final chapter in Qualcomm’s buyout struggles. And why not? Qualcomm recently had President Trump himself reach in and chase away an unwelcome hostile takeover bid from Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO). With friends in high places, Qualcomm should be able to overcome nearly any roadblock along the way.

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    Chip giantBroadcom(NASDAQ:AVGO) recently tried to buy fellow chipmakerQualcomm(NASDAQ:QCOM) — a move that probably would’ve succeeded had President Trump not issued an executive order blocking the deal on national security grounds.

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    On April 12, chip giant Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) announced that its board of directors authorized a $12 billion stock buyback program. The authorization, Broadcom says, is “effectively immediately” and extends through November 3, 2019 — the end of the company’s fiscal year 2019.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Regions Financial Corporation(RF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of Regions Financial (NYSE:RF) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report published on Friday morning.

    Several other equities research analysts also recently weighed in on the stock. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a neutral rating on shares of Regions Financial in a research note on Sunday, April 22nd. B. Riley upped their target price on shares of Regions Financial from $19.00 to $20.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 24th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have issued a hold rating, four have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $17.56.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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    Regions Financial (NYSE: RF) could be a beneficiary of the move to deregulation in banking this year and is expected to grow earnings by 24% to $1.35 per share. The bank is seeing strong growth in non-interest income sources and management has a plan to cut up to 10% in operating expenses for greater profitability. Regions has a strong deposit base across the Southeast and averages a 7% return on equity, well above the industry average.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Malibu Boats, Inc.(MBUU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    The latter will put Polaris in competition with leading powerboat manufacturer Malibu Boats (NASDAQ:MBUU), which last year bought Cobalt Boats, the top maker of 24- to 29-foot sterndrive boats.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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The 10 Best Stocks to Invest In Right Now

It’s a different market than it was at the end of January. Volatility has returned, even if it remains modest relative to historical levels. Big names like Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE:PG) and Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT), among others, have seen precipitous share price declines after record highs.

It’s a choppier, more cautious, environment. That’s not a bad thing, however. After a basically uninterrupted post-election rally, several stocks have seen pullbacks that provide more attractive entry points. Others simply haven’t received their due credit from the market.

While there might be reasons for caution overall — higher interest rates, trade war concerns — more opportunities exist as well.

This more and more looks like a “stockpicker’s market.” For those stockpickers, here are 10 stocks to buy that look particularly attractive at the moment.

Editor’s Note: This story originally ran on March 15, 2018

10 Best Stocks to Invest In Right Now: Exxon Mobil xom stock Source: Shutterstock

I’m as surprised as anyone that Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) makes this list. I’ve long been skeptical toward XOM. The internal hedge between upstream and downstream operations makes Exxon stock a surprisingly poor play on higher oil prices. Overall, it leads XOM to stay relatively rangebound — as it has been for basically a decade now.

But price matters. And XOM is at its lowest levels in more than two years after a steady decline since late January. With the dividend over 4% and a 16x forward P/E multiple, Exxon Mobil stock looks like a value play. Meanwhile, management is forecasting that earnings can double by 2025, adding a modest growth component to the story.

Obviously, there’s a risk that Exxon management is being too optimistic. Years of underperformance relative to peers like Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) and even BP plc (ADR) (NYSE:BP) has eroded the market’s confidence. If Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) can lead a true electric car revolution, that, too, could impact demand and pricing going forward.

At current levels, however, the market is pricing in close to zero chance of Exxon hitting its targets. And that’s why XOM is attractive right now. A continuation of the status quo still gives investors 4%+ income annually. Any improvements in production, or pricing, provide upside. At a two-year low, Exxon doesn’t have to be perfect to see upside in XOM stock.

10 Best Stocks to Invest In Right Now: Nathan’s Famous Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 Source: Flickr

In this market, recommending a restaurant owner — let alone a hot dog restaurant owner — might seem silly at best. But there’s a strong bull case for Nathan’s Famous, Inc. (NASDAQ:NATH) at the moment.

NATH, too, has seen a sharp pullback of late. The stock touched a 52-week (and all-time) high just over $100 in November. It’s since come down about 25%, though roughly one-sixth of the decline can be attributed to a $5 per share special dividend paid in December.

Yet the story hasn’t really changed all that much. Fiscal Q3 earnings in February were solid. The company’s agreement with John Morrell, who manufactures Nathan’s product for retail sale and Sam’s Club operations, offers huge margins, while revenue continues to grow. Foodservice sales similarly are increasing.

The restaurant business has been choppier. But it remains profitable. The mostly-franchised model there is similar to those of Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ) and Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM), among others, all of whom are getting well above-market multiples.

All told, Nathan’s has an attractive licensing model, which leverages revenue growth across the operating businesses. And yet, at 13x EV/EBITDA, and 20x P/FCF, the stock trades at a significant discount to peers. NATH has stabilized over the past few weeks, and Q4 earnings in June could be a catalyst for upside. Investors would do well to buy NATH ahead of that report.

10 Best Stocks to Invest In Right Now: Bank of America 3 Reasons BAC Stock Has More Upside Source: Shutterstock

Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) trades at its highest levels since the financial crisis, and has gained over 150% from July 2016 lows. Trading has been a bit choppier of late — no surprise for a macro-sensitive stock in this market — and there’s a case, perhaps, to wait for a better entry point.

But I’ve liked BAC stock for some time now, and as I wrote last month I don’t see any reason to back off yet. Earnings growth should be solid for the foreseeable future, given rising Fed rates and a strong economy.

BofA itself has executed nicely over the past few years. The company’s credit profile is solid and its stock has outperformed other big banks like Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) and even JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM). And tax reform and easing capital restrictions mean a big dividend hike could be on the way as well.

And despite the big run, it’s not as if BAC is expensive. The stock still trades at less than 11x 2019 EPS estimates. Unless the economy turns south quickly, that seems too cheap. So it looks like the big run in Bank of America stock isn’t over yet.

10 Best Stocks to Invest In Right Now: Nutrisystem Source: Nutrisystem

Nutrisystem Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRI) is another candidate to buy on a pullback. In a disappointing Q4 earnings release at the end of February, Nutrisystem disclosed a rough start to 2018. The beginning of the year is known as “diet season”, a key period for companies like Nutrisystem and  Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE:WTW), as many customers look to act on New Year’s Resolutions.

But marketing missteps led to poor results from Nutrisystem. 2018 guidance now implies basically zero revenue growth — after analysts had projected a 13% increase for the full year.

Still, Nutrisystem is now priced almost as if growth is coming to an end for good. And I as argued at the time, that’s just too pessimistic. The average Street target price still is well above $40, implying over 30% upside. NTRI now trades at under 14x the midpoint of 2018 EPS guidance, and yields 3.5%.

The valuation implies that Nutrisystem management is wrong — that 2018’s deceleration is a permanent change. If Nutrisystem management is right — and they’ve earned some credibility in leading revenue and profit to soar over the past few years — then $29 is a far too cheap price for NTRI.

10 Best Stocks to Invest In Right Now: Roku Why There's a Lot of Volatility Coming for ROKU Stock Source: Shutterstock

Roku Inc (NASDAQ:ROKU) undoubtedly is the riskiest stock on this list. And there certainly is a case for caution. The company remains unprofitable on even an Adjusted EBITDA basis. A ~7x EV/revenue multiple isn’t cheap; it’s even higher considering that almost half of 2018 revenue will come from the player business, which is a ‘loss leader’ for advertising and platform revenue.

But management also detailed a really interesting future on the Q4 call. The company is looking to build a true content ecosystem — and from a subscriber standpoint, already has surpassed Charter Communications Inc (NASDAQ:CHTR) and trails only AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA).

Again, this is a high-risk play — but it’s also a high-reward opportunity. Margins in the platform segment are very attractive, and should allow Roku to turn profitable relatively quickly. International markets remain largely untapped. There’s a case for waiting for a better entry point, or selling puts. But I like ROKU at these levels for the growth/high-risk portion of an investor’s portfolio.

10 Best Stocks to Invest In Right Now: Brunswick Source: Shutterstock

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) is due for a breakout. The boat, engine, and fitness equipment manufacturer is nearing resistance around $63 that’s held for close to a year now. Despite a boating sector that has roared of late, BC — the industry leader — has been mostly left out.

Over the last year, smaller manufacturers Marine Products Corp. (NYSE:MPX), Malibu Boats Inc (NASDAQ:MBUU), and MCBC Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MCFT) have gained 51%, 71%, and 68%, respectively. BC, in contrast, has gained less than 2%. It actually trades at a discount to MBUU and MCFT — despite its leadership position and strong earnings growth of late.

Efforts to build out a fitness business have had mixed results, and may support some of the market’s skepticism toward the stock. But Brunswick now is spinning that business off, returning to be a boating pure-play.

Cyclical risk is worth noting, and there are questions as to whether millennials will have the same fervor for boating as their parents. But at 12x EPS, with earnings still growing double-digits, BC is easily worth those risks.

And if the stock finally can break through resistance, a breakout toward $70+ seems likely.

10 Best Stocks to Invest In Right Now: Pfizer 3 Reasons to Be Bullish on PFE Stock Source: Shutterstock

Few investors like the pharmaceutical space at this point — or even healthcare as a whole. But amidst that negativity, Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) looks forgotten.

This still is the most valuable drug manufacturer in the world (for now; it’s neck and neck with Novartis AG (ADR) (NYSE:NVS)). It trades at just 12x EPS, a multiple that suggests profits will stay basically flat in perpetuity. To top it off, PFE offers a 3.8% dividend yield.

Obviously, there are risks here. Drug pricing continues to be subject to political scrutiny (though the spotlight seems to have dimmed of late). Revenue growth has flattened out of late. But Pfizer still is growing earnings, with adjusted EPS rising 11% last year and guidance suggesting a similar increase this year. Tom Taulli last month cited three reasons to buy Pfizer stock – and I think he’s got it about right.

10 Best Stocks to Invest In Right Now: Valmont Industries Source: Shutterstocks

Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE:VMI) offers a diversified portfolio — and across the board, business has been relatively weak of late. The irrigation business has been hit by years of declining farm income. Support structures manufactured for utilities and highways have seen choppy demand due to uneven government spending. Mining weakness has had an impact on Valmont’s smaller businesses as well.

Valmont is a cyclical business where the cycles simply haven’t been much in the company’s favor. Yet that should start to change. 5G and increasing wireless usage should help the company’s business with cellular phone companies. Irrigation demand almost has to return at some point. And a possible infrastructure plan from the Trump Administration would benefit Valmont as well.

Concerns about the recently imposed tariffs on steel likely have hit VMI, and sent it back to support below $150. But many of Valmont’s contracts are ‘pass-through’, which limits the direct impact of those higher costs on the company itself. Despite uneven demand, EPS has been growing steadily, and should do so in 2018 as well.

And yet VMI trades at an attractive 16x multiple — a multiple that suggests Valmont is closer to the top of the cycle than the bottom. That seems unlikely to be the case, and as earnings grow and the multiple expands, VMI has a clear path to upside.

10 Best Stocks to Invest In Right Now: American Eagle Outfitters

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American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO) is one of the, if not the, best stocks in retail — and that’s kind of the problem. Mall retailing, in particular, has been a very tough space over the past few years. And it’s not just the impact of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and other online retailers. Traffic continues to decline, which pressures sales and has led to intense competition on price, hurting margins.

But American Eagle has survived rather well so far, keeping comps positive and earnings stable. And yet this stock, too, trades at around 12x EPS, backing out its net cash. And American Eagle has an ace in the hole: its aerie line, which continues to grow at a breakneck pace. aerie brand comparable sales rose 27% in fiscal 2017, on top of a 23% rise the year before.

The company’s bralettes and other products clearly are taking share from L Brands Inc (NYSE:LB) unit Victoria’s Secret. And the e-commerce growth in that business, and for American Eagle as a whole, suggests an ability to dodge the intense pressure on mall-based retailers.

In short, American Eagle isn’t going anywhere. There’s enough here to suggest American Eagle can eke out some growth, and a 2.6% dividend provides income in the meantime.

The stock already is recovering from a post-earnings sell-off last week, and should continue to do so. And longer-term, there’s still room for consistent growth, and more upside.

10 Best Stocks to Invest In Right Now: United Parcel Service Source: UPS

United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS) fell when the broad market did in February — and simply never recovered. A disappointing Q4 earnings report, in which investors saw signs of higher spending, drove some of the decline. But UPS stock wound up falling 22% in a matter of weeks — which looks like an unjustified sell-off.

UPS is going to have to spend to add capacity, and in this space too there’s the ever-present threat of Amazon. But UPS is an entrenched leader, along with rival FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX), and it at worst can co-exist with Amazon. E-commerce growth overall should continue to increase demand; there’s enough room for multiple players in the global market.

Meanwhile, the sell-off and benefits from tax reform mean that UPS now is trading at just 15x the midpoint of its guidance for 2018. And the stock yields a healthy 3.4%. Investors clearly see a risk that growth will decelerate, but UPS stock is priced as if that deceleration is guaranteed.

As of this writing, Vince Martin is long shares of Exxon Mobil and Nutrisystem. He has no positions in any other securities mentioned.

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