3 Stocks for Warren Buffett Fans

Warren Buffett is so good at picking winning businesses that he grew Berkshire Hathaway’s book value by more than 19.1% annually between1965 and 2017. That astounding track record easily qualifies him as the greatest investor of all time.

So which of Buffett’s stocks do we Fools think are great buys right now? We asked a team of Motley Fool investors to weigh in and theypicked Markel (NYSE:MKL), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), and Moody’s (NYSE:MCO).

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Following in Buffett’s footsteps

Dan Caplinger (Markel): Warren Buffett gave the world a great method of making money: Open a successful insurance operation and then invest the premiums that clients pay in investments that pay a lot more than the fixed-income securities that most insurance companies choose for their portfolios. Markel’s history as a publicly traded company dates back to 1986, and the company has an extremely good track record of generating positive underwriting profits, running about 70% with several years sporting very attractive returns.

Markel still has a much different emphasis than the Oracle of Omaha’s insurance operations. Rather than having brand-name car insurance that ranks among the nation’s most popular brands, Markel instead offers only specialty lines of insurance. There’s not as much volume for the types of insurance that you can get from Markel as there is for vanilla lines like auto, home, or life insurance. But because it’s tough to find other companies that are willing to take on the risks that Markel’s willing to assume, the specialty insurance company is able to get enough of a margin to protect it from adverse events. Moreover, because it writes a lot of different types of insurance, Markel’s different risks aren’t as correlated with each other, making a catastrophic year where everything goes wrong less likely.

With a sizable investment portfolio, Markel has generated strong returns the same way Buffett has. As long as its stock-picking prowess remains good, Markel should continue to find ways to deliver performance for its shareholders.

Lots of untapped consumer banking potential and a big partnership deal

Matt Frankel (Goldman Sachs): One Buffett stock that I’ve got my eye on right now is Goldman Sachs. One of several bank stocks in Berkshire’s portfolio, Buffett’s Goldman investment originated in the wake of the financial crisis, and currently represents a roughly 3% stake in the investment banking giant.

While I’m excited about the bank’s performance so far in 2018, the real reason I like Goldman over the rest of Buffett’s bank stocks is for the massive potential to grow its young consumer banking operations.

In late 2016, Goldman started offering personal loans through its Marcus platform, and to say that it has been a success would be an understatement. Marcus crossed the $1 billion lending threshold after just nine months of operations and recently surpassed $3 billion in total loans. The U.S. unsecured lending market is over $1 trillion in size, so there’s still tremendous room for growth here.

Speaking of growth, Goldman is about to take its first steps into the credit card business, and just scored a big partnership that could translate to billions in annual payment volume right away. Starting in early 2019, Goldman will be Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) credit card co-branding partner, replacing Barclays, and will issue a new product under the Apple Pay brand name. What’s more, it has also been reported that Goldman could take over the financing for Apple’s stores. Apple did over $60 billion in sales in the last quarter alone, so if Goldman could even get a small fraction of Apple’s customers to use the new card for their purchases, it could be a big deal revenue-wise.

This financial stock is built for growth

Brian Feroldi (Moody’s): When a government or company wants to float a bond or two their first step is to get it rated. The reason is that bond buyers demand an independent assessment of how likely the bond is to be repaid, which is kind of an important thing for them to figure out ahead of time. Furthermore, these bond buyers usually won’t trust a rating from just anybody; instead, they give preferential treatment to ratings that are made by one of the “big three” rating agencies (Fitch, S&P Global, or Moody’s). A rating from one of the big boys can go a long way to give bond buyer’s confidence that the bond will be repaid in full once it matures. That confidence increases their willingness to accept a lower interest, which can save the issuer millions of dollars in interest payments.

With so much power concentrated in the hands of the “big three,” these companies have turned intohighly lucrative businesses. Take Moody’s as an example. This stock boasts extremely high returns on capital and cranks out more than $1 billion in free cash flow each year. Management has a long history of using that excess cash to buy back stock, make tuck-in acquisitions, and boost its dividend payment (its most recent dividend hike came in at 16%). Perhaps it’s no wonder why this stock has been in Buffett’s portfolio for years.

When factoring in volume growth, price increases, acquisitions, and stock buybacks, Wall Street currently estimates that Moody’s profits will grow by more than 16% annually over the next five years. That’s quite fast for a business that is trading for less than 20 times forward earnings and sports a dividend yield of about 1%. Adding in the fact that it comes with Buffett’s seal of approval makes it all the more enticing.

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Halma PLC (HLMA.LN) said Thursday that it expects adjusted pretax profit for fiscal 2018 to be in line with market expectations, but added that its first-half foreign-exchange benefits reversed in the second half.

The FTSE 100-listed safety, health and environmental technology group said adjusted pretax profit for the year ending March 31 is expected to be 212.3 million pounds ($298.6 million), according to a consensus market forecast. Current market expectations for Halma’s fiscal 2018 adjusted pretax profit range from GBP208.3 million to GBP218.1 million, the company added.

In the first half of fiscal 2018, Halma’s adjusted pretax profit was GBP94.5 million, up 13% on year.

The company said its order intake has remained ahead of revenue, and added that foreign-exchange is now expected to have a neutral impact for the full year, reversing the currency benefits it experienced in the first half. In November, the company’s order intake was ahead of revenue and ahead of the year-earlier figure.

best shares to invest now: Investment Technology Group, Inc.(ITG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Investment Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: ITG) was downgraded to Market Perform from outperform by KeefeBruyette & Woods.

    Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) was raised to Buy from Underperform, and the price target was raised up to $45 from $28.50, at Merrill Lynch.

best shares to invest now: Tyson Foods Inc.(TSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Sanderson Farms doubling in value while mid cap Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC) and large cap Tyson Foods, Inc (NYSE: TSN) have been even better performers albeit shares are below their peaks and have been somewhat volatile:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Sanderson Farms doubling in value while mid cap Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC) and large cap Tyson Foods, Inc (NYSE: TSN) have been even better performers albeit they are off their former peaks:

  • [By ]

    Pilgrim’s Pride (PPC) : “There are so many things wrong with this one. I’d go with Tyson Foods (TSN) .”

    JB Hunt Transport Services (JBHT) : “I’m sticking with it.”

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    On Monday, Cramer said, he’ll be looking out for Tyson Foods (TSN) , Jack in the Box (JACK) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) . Tyson is good, but out of favor, Cramer said while remaining bullish on Jack and Palo Alto.

best shares to invest now: Markel Corporation(MKL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here is a table of the 10 most expensive stocks trading on U.S. markets today:

    Company (Ticker)Price per ShareMarket CapBerkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A)$ 257,227.52$ 419.50 billionSeaboard Corp. (NYSEMKT: SEB)$ 3,760.00$ 4.48 billionNVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR)$ 1,944.23$ 7.19 billionThe Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN)$ 1,727.94$ 80.82 billionMarkel Corp. (NYSE: MKL)$ 978.51$ 13.78 billionWhite Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM)$ 935.01$ 4.25 billionAmazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)$ 846.08$ 408.27 billionAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL)$ 844.06$ 582.85 billionAutoZone Inc. (NYSE: AZO)$ 744.26$ 21.04 billionIntuitive Surgical Inc. (Nasdaq: ISRG)$ 735.63$ 28.41 billion

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Markel (NYSE:MKL) has been referred to as a mini-Berkshire many times, and for good reason. The company uses the same general business model as Warren Buffett does at Berkshire, using the cash from its insurance businesses to buy stocks and entire companies.

  • [By Andy Pai]

    Akre capital often holds positions for over ten years. As long as a company is able to keep increasing its economic value, the firm will hold a stock. Although the firm is a long-term investor, Akre doesn't attribute its success to ‘buy and hold' investing, but to the quality of the companies they buy. Some of the companies' long-term holdings have included Markel Corporation (NYSE: MKL), Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) and Enstar Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESGR).

best shares to invest now: J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.(JBHT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    JB Hunt Transport Services (JBHT) : “I’m sticking with it.”

    Opko Health (OPK) : “I’ve been waiting for these guys to come back on the show and tell us why we should buy.”

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT) which rose about 6% to $119.64. The stocks 52-week range is $83.35 to $126.49. Volume was over 2 million compared to the daily average volume of 1 million.

  • [By ]

    But then there’s the little-known trucking company JB Hunt (JBHT) , which popped 6.1% because the company saw some surprise growth that no one was expecting. That news was so strong, FedEx (FDX) and XPO Logistics (XPO) also rose 2.2% and 4.6%.

  • [By ]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on August 3, 2016.

    J B Hunt Transport Services Inc (NASDAQ: JBHT) – $0.2200 dividend, 1.0791 percent yield
    Johnson Controls Inc (NYSE: JCI) – $0.2900 dividend, 2.6250 percent yield
    FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) – $0.3600 dividend, 3.9680 percent yield
    Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) – $0.8255 dividend, 10.7347 percent yield
    Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) – $0.3800 dividend, 3.1588 percent yield
    BP plc (ADR) (NYSE: BP) – $0.6000 dividend, 6.8768 percent yield
    American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ: AAL) – $0.1000 dividend, 1.1442 percent yield
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) – $0.1300 dividend, 2.9834 percent yield
    Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) – $0.0300 dividend, 1.1321 percent yield
    Sensient Technologies Corporation (NYSE: SXT) – $0.2700 dividend, 1.5341 percent yield

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best shares to invest now: MGIC Investment Corporation(MTG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday was a positive day on Wall Street, as major benchmarks jumped following an uneventful weekend, tapering their gains as the session came to a close. Some had feared that China might retaliate once again after the U.S. issued a second round of tariffs against the nation with the world’s second-largest economy, but the expected fireworks didn’t come, putting market participants more at ease. The beginning of earnings season in the next week will also distract investors from geopolitical issues, perhaps allowing indexes to climb further. Yet some individual stocks had difficulties that sent their shares lower. Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX), Menlo Therapeutics (NASDAQ:MNLO), and MGIC Investment (NYSE:MTG) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    MGIC Investment Corp. (NYSE: MTG) traded down about 5.2% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $10.07 after closing Monday at $10.62. The stock’s 52-week high is $16.21. Volume was more than three times the daily average of around 3.6 million shares. The company had no specific news Tuesday. About half an hour before the closing bell the stock traded up about 2% for the day.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    MGIC Investment Corp. (NYSE: MTG) traded down about 6.5% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $10.07 after closing Tuesday at $10.77. The stock’s 52-week high is $16.21. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 4.2 million shares. The company reported uninspiring first-quarter results this morning.

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Chuck Saletta, Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Jordan Wathen]

    With that in mind, we asked a team of Fools each to highlight a stock that a billionaire investor has been selling recently. Read on to see why they chose Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG), and Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY).

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America’s Retirement System Is Too Inconsistent

Americo Financial Life and Annuity Insurance Company has introduced an unusual product: a single-premium long-term care insurance (LTCI) policy aimed at people who already need long-term care (LTC) services.

Americo has designed the new Reliable Living Plan policy to provide a monthly cash indemnity benefit as long as an eligible insured needs qualified LTC services.

(Related: Saving LTCI and 9 Other Top Treasury Life and Annuity Projects)

To be eligible to have the policy, and to get the benefits, policyholder must be age 65 or older. The policyholder also must already need substantial assistance with at least two “activities of daily living,” or need substantial supervision due to dementia or some other form of cognitive impairment.

The kinds of LTC services that count as “qualified LTC services” include home health care, adult day care, assisted living care and nursing home care.

Top Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Markel Corporation(MKL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Markel (NYSE:MKL) has been referred to as a mini-Berkshire many times, and for good reason. The company uses the same general business model as Warren Buffett does at Berkshire, using the cash from its insurance businesses to buy stocks and entire companies.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here is a table of the 10 most expensive stocks trading on U.S. markets today:

    Company (Ticker)Price per ShareMarket CapBerkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A)$ 257,227.52$ 419.50 billionSeaboard Corp. (NYSEMKT: SEB)$ 3,760.00$ 4.48 billionNVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR)$ 1,944.23$ 7.19 billionThe Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN)$ 1,727.94$ 80.82 billionMarkel Corp. (NYSE: MKL)$ 978.51$ 13.78 billionWhite Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM)$ 935.01$ 4.25 billionAmazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)$ 846.08$ 408.27 billionAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL)$ 844.06$ 582.85 billionAutoZone Inc. (NYSE: AZO)$ 744.26$ 21.04 billionIntuitive Surgical Inc. (Nasdaq: ISRG)$ 735.63$ 28.41 billion

  • [By Andy Pai]

    Akre capital often holds positions for over ten years. As long as a company is able to keep increasing its economic value, the firm will hold a stock. Although the firm is a long-term investor, Akre doesn't attribute its success to ‘buy and hold' investing, but to the quality of the companies they buy. Some of the companies' long-term holdings have included Markel Corporation (NYSE: MKL), Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) and Enstar Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESGR).

Top Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NetApp Inc.(NTAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Analysts at Piper Jaffray upgraded NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) from Neutral to Overweight and raised the price target from $37.00 to $46.00.

    NetApp shares rose 0.33 percent to close at $39.58 on Monday.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    NetApp (NTAP) was upgraded to buy from hold at Drexel Hamilton. $52 price target. The company continues to execute a successful business transition, Drexel said. 

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) posted upbeat results for its fourth quarter.
    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter and issued strong Q3 guidance.
    Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) proposed to acquire Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) for $225 per share in cash and stock.

  • [By Matt Hogan]

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

Top Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(IONS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Here is a preview of the offerings set between June 27 and June 30.

    11 IPOs This Week Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (ATXI) will issue 5 million shares between $5 and $7 Tuesday on the Nasdaq. A Fortress Biotech Inc (NASDAQ: FBIO) subsidiary, the pharmaceutical acquires, develops and commercializes products for in-hospital use, such as its post-operative palliative. Esquire Financial Holdings, Inc. (ESQ) will issue more than 2.36 shares between $14 and $16 Tuesday on the Nasdaq. The business-focused commercial bank has two locations in New York and Florida. Mersana Therapeutics, Inc. (MRSN) will issue 5 million shares between $14 and $16 Wednesday on the Nasdaq. The clinical-stage pharmaceutical specializes in immunoconjugate therapies targeting diverse forms of cancer. TPG Pace Holdings Corp. (TPGHU) will issue 40 million shares at $10 Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. Formed by TPG, the firm acquires relevant businesses and stocks across industries, from health care and digital media to real estate and energy. Aileron Therapeutics Inc (ALRN) will issue 3.75 million shares between $15 and $17 Thursday on the Nasdaq. The biopharmaceutical firm targets suppressor proteins to halt tumor progression. Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. (APRN) will issue 30 million shares between $15 and $17 Thursday on the NYSE. The meal-kit service delivers pre-portioned ingredients directly to the consumer. Byline Bancorp, Inc. (BY) will issue 5.7 million shares between $19 and $21 Thursday on the NYSE. The century-old commercial bank has more than 50 branches in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas with offices nationwide. Dova Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(DOVA) will issue more than 4.06 million shares between $15 and $17 Thursday on the Nasdaq. As a clinical-stage company, Dova acquires, develops and commercializes drug candidates for rare diseases. Tintri, Inc. (TNTR) will issue 8.7 million shares between $10.50 and $12.50 Thursday on the Nasdaq. With cloud management software, all-flash stor

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS) gave investors an update on its pipeline today with a slide deck that contained a whopping 65 entries. The whole presentation is worth a listen, but here are the five slides investors absolutely must see.

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

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  • [By Keith Speights]

    Research and development is the lifeblood of biotech companies. The potential for new drugs also serves as a primary factor driving biotech stocks higher and higher. That’s been the case for Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG), Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS), and Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND).

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Treating diseases that have a genetic component by altering the expression of the responsible genes is a promising new field of medicine, but it has been much less straightforward than biopharmaceutical companies had expected. Two contenders in this area, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) and Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS), saw a mix of setbacks and success in 2016.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Coming up in this episode of Mad Money: Cramer interviews Dr. Stanley Crooke, CEO of Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS) . And, here’s Cramer’s read on Trump’s view of China. Plus, don’t miss the Lightning Round. Which stocks in Cramer bullish on?

Top Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Resolute Energy Corporation(REN )

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    The activist hedge fund’s latest 13F revealed a stake in Resolute Energy Corp (NYSE: REN), and on Monday, it announced a new position in EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT).

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

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    Resolute Energy Corp (NYSE: REN), $40 Price Target

    Moving into the late-2014 downturn, Resolute had an over-levered balance sheet, flat production and a wide geographical spread.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Or how about Resolute Energy (REN) , which has a big position in the Permian. Why is that stock not quitting? Same with Diamondback Energy (FANG) . How can that one keep roaring?

Top Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.(TNDM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Cerulean Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: CERU) shares dipped 27 percent to $0.817. Cerulean Pharma shares have dropped 60.28 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 15.31 percent in the same period.
    Tandem Diabetes Care Inc (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares tumbled 24.2 percent to $1.17. Tandem Diabetes Care priced 18 million share offering at $1.25 per share.
    Alphatec Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ATEC) shares fell 21.1 percent to $2.10 as the company reported a $18.9 million private placement.
    Heat Biologics Inc (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares dropped 15.5 percent to $0.870. Heat Biologics priced its 5 million share offering at $0.80 per share.
    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) shares fell 15 percent to $1.76.
    QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK) shares declined 12.2 percent to $1.58. QuickLogic priced its 10 million share offering at $1.50 per share.
    Orion Engineered Carbons SA (NYSE: OEC) shares dropped 9.5 percent to $19.10. Orion Engineered Carbons reported a 5 million common stock secondary offering.
    Interpace Diagnostics Group Inc (NASDAQ: IDXG) shares fell 8.7 percent to $2.61 after the company reported debt restructuring and agreed to eliminate its royalty and mileston
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Tandem Diabetes Care Inc (NASDAQ: TNDM) were down 58 percent to $2.25 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.

    Cempra Inc (NASDAQ: CEMP) was down, falling around 59 percent to $7.69 after the FDA raised liver safety issues in its review of the company's experimental drug to treat community acquired pneumonia. Baird downgraded Cempra from Outperform to Underperform.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tandem Diabetes Care Inc (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares dropped 19 percent to $1.25. Tandem Diabetes Care priced its 18 million share offering at $1.25 per share.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Tandem Diabetes Care Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) dropped nearly 26% Thursday, to post a new 52-week low of $1.15 after closing at $1.55 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $11.30. Volume was more than 20 times the daily average of around 290,000. The company announced an underwritten secondary offering of 18 million shares at $1.25 per share.

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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc.(FRSH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap Take ‘N’ Bake pizza chain stock Papa Murphy’s Holdings (NASDAQ: FRSH):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 earnings report forsmall cap Take ‘N’ Bake pizza chain stock Papa Murphy’s Holdings (NASDAQ: FRSH) is scheduled for after the market closes on Wednesday (March 15th). In February, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting the stock by saying:

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Markel Corporation(MKL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here is a table of the 10 most expensive stocks trading on U.S. markets today:

    Company (Ticker)Price per ShareMarket CapBerkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A)$ 257,227.52$ 419.50 billionSeaboard Corp. (NYSEMKT: SEB)$ 3,760.00$ 4.48 billionNVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR)$ 1,944.23$ 7.19 billionThe Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN)$ 1,727.94$ 80.82 billionMarkel Corp. (NYSE: MKL)$ 978.51$ 13.78 billionWhite Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM)$ 935.01$ 4.25 billionAmazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)$ 846.08$ 408.27 billionAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL)$ 844.06$ 582.85 billionAutoZone Inc. (NYSE: AZO)$ 744.26$ 21.04 billionIntuitive Surgical Inc. (Nasdaq: ISRG)$ 735.63$ 28.41 billion

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Markel (NYSE:MKL) has been referred to as a mini-Berkshire many times, and for good reason. The company uses the same general business model as Warren Buffett does at Berkshire, using the cash from its insurance businesses to buy stocks and entire companies.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: MDC Partners Inc.(MDCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    MDC Partners Inc (NASDAQ: MDCA) shares dropped 60 percent to $3.38. MDC Partners reported a Q3 loss of $0.64 per share on revenue of $349.3 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of MDC Partners Inc (NASDAQ: MDCA) were down 31 percent to $12.52 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results and lowered its FY16 sales outlook.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: PHI, Inc.(PHIIK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap offshore oil and gas services stock PHI Inc (NASDAQ: PHIIK):

    We’re a little bit late to the party here, but that’s ok – there’s still some meat left on the bone, so to speak. Were looking for the stock to continue on to the lower edge of a long-term (and bearish) trading range that should allow it to peel back to at least the lower $12’s. We’ve see PHIIK shares tumble with great speed and distance a couple of times already, and we’re about halfway through round three.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: eBay Inc.(EBAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Blitchok]

    The NBA authorized jersey sponsorships last year, and Flagstar joins companies such as Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co (NASDAQ: GT), Fitbit Inc (NYSE: FIT), eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY) and General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) in sponsoring a team’s jersey.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) which rose about 14% to $46.33. The stocks 52-week range is $31.80 to $46.99. Volume was about 32 million compared to the daily average volume of 9 million.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Alphabet’s (GOOGL)  Waymo has hired Tekedra Mawakana as its new VP of public policy and government affairs, according to Recode.

    The hire illustrates the company preparing for a legal war against Uber regarding autonomous vehicles, and for policy battles regarding government affairs with Washington and around the country.

    “As we take fully self-driving cars to the roads, Tekedra will work with policymakers at all levels to realize the enormous safety, mobility and economic benefits of this technology,” CEO of Waymo John Krafcik said in a statement to Recode on Monday.

    Mawakana has previously served as VP of global government relations at eBay (EBAY) ,  Yahoo’s! (YHOO) deputy general counsel and has held policy positions over the course of about a dozen years at AOL. 

    (Alphabet is a core holding in Jim Cramer’s charitable trust Action Alerts PLUS. See all of his holding with a free trial here. )

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Hundreds of companies have come out in support of the Paris climate agreement, sealed in December 2015. More than 300 businesses in November signed an open letter calling on Trump and Congress to stay in the pact, including Nike (NKE) , General Mills (GIS) , Tiffany & Co. (TIF) , eBay (EBAY) and Gap (GPS) . Apple (AAPL) , Microsoft (MSFT) and Facebook (FB) were among those signing onto an ad sponsored by sustainability advocate Ceres backing the agreement. The group has also gotten the support of over 280 investors representing more than $17 trillion of assets.

  • [By Mark Fritz]

    Google had argued its ads help smaller European merchants compete directly with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY).

    Before the Intel case came down, Vestager said Tuesday that Google was tweaking its shopping ads and was moving “in the right direction” to avoid further fines.