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Best Tech Stocks To Own For 2019

Recent graduates still covet jobs on Wall Street or at prestigious consulting firms. But high-profile tech companies are also on their short lists of potential employers.

Amazon, for example, shot up in popularity among business and engineering students, according to a new survey from Universum, a research and consulting firm.

The online retail giant ranked number 17 on this year’s list of most desirable employers for business students, up from number 26 last year. It also increased its profile among engineering students, rising to the 10th spot from number 13 last year.

“Amazon is climbing the list like crazy,” says Universum’s Jonna Sjovall, managing director, Americas. “It’s stealing votes from Facebook, Google, and Apple.”

The interest in tech companies isn’t new. Google has held onto the number one spot for both business and engineering students on Universum’s list for years, thanks to its high-profile brand, perk-laden workplace and reputation for providing newly minted grads with challenging projects.

Best Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Oclaro, Inc.(OCLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Thompson Siegel & Walmsley LLC reduced its stake in Oclaro Inc. (NASDAQ:OCLR) by 58.1% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 1,246,272 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after selling 1,729,354 shares during the period. Thompson Siegel & Walmsley LLC owned approximately 0.74% of Oclaro worth $11,914,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Precipio, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPO) jumped 43.3 percent to $0.5447 after the micro-cap specialty diagnostics company reported preliminary first-quarter results. The company said its first quarter revenue rose 286 percent from the same quarter a year ago to $712,000.
    Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT) gained 34.5 percent to $4.52 after the company announced it would proceed with Phase 3 development of GR-MD-02 for NASH Cirrhosis following the FDA meeting.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) shares rose 21.9 percent to $8.1063.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares surged 16 percent to $15.65.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) shares jumped 15.5 percent to $3.6263 after the company disclosed that its application for Medicare codes received favorable preliminary decision.
    Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) rose 13.7 percent to $10.12.
    ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPH) gained 13.7 percent to $4.6743.
    Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) shares gained 12.2 percent to $35.34 as optical sector is seeing strength following President Trump's announcement that he would work with China related to ZTE Corp.
    Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TLRD) shares rose 11.3 percent to $35.17. Jefferies upgraded Tailored Brands from Hold to Buy.
    Kona Grill, Inc. (NASDAQ: KONA) jumped 10.6 percent to $2.875.
    Federated National Holding Company (NASDAQ: FNHC) shares rose 10.6 percent to $20.29. Raymond James upgraded Federated National Holding from Outperform to Strong Buy.
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) climbed 10.2 percent to $15.15. Renewable Energy will replace Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 15.
    Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMRT) shares climbed 10.1 percent to $3.16. Stein Mart is expected to release Q1 earnings on May 23.
    NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) rose 9.7 percent to $108.60 after Bloomberg reported that the China’s Commerce Ministry has restar
  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Oclaro (NASDAQ:OCLR) gained 33.3% in March of 2018, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, riding a generous buyout premium as longtime rival Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE) launched a takeover bid. On the flip side, many other companies in the fiber-optic networking market saw their share prices shrink last month — largely because of a lack of Oclaro-style buyout attention for those companies.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Oclaro (NASDAQ:OCLR) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

    Pra Group (NASDAQ:PRAA) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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    Oclaro (OCLR) : “No, I don’t like anything optical. I’d go with Cisco Systems (CSCO) .”

    Stratasys (SSYS) : “If you want 3D printing, you want HP (HPQ) .”

Best Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Digital Ally Inc.(DGLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Digital Ally (NASDAQ:DGLY) was upgraded by equities researchers at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Press coverage about Digital Ally (NASDAQ:DGLY) has trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Digital Ally earned a media sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 45.1932077082068 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Digital Ally (NASDAQ:DGLY)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by equities research analysts at Westpark Capital in a research note issued on Wednesday. They currently have a $5.00 target price on the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock. Westpark Capital’s price objective indicates a potential upside of 17.65% from the company’s current price.

Best Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Illinois Tool Works Inc.(ITW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Traders sold shares of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) on strength during trading hours on Thursday. $51.73 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $78.45 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $26.72 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, Illinois Tool Works had the 32nd highest net out-flow for the day. Illinois Tool Works traded up $1.87 for the day and closed at $145.46

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Best Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Omnicell Inc.(OMCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMCL) shares hit a new 52-week high on Tuesday . The stock traded as high as $65.85 and last traded at $65.90, with a volume of 3793 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $64.15.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMCL) Director James T. Judson sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $68.90, for a total value of $344,500.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 34,952 shares in the company, valued at $2,408,192.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMCL) have been given an average rating of “Buy” by the nine analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and six have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $66.40.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Omnicell Technologies (NASDAQ:OMCL) insider Peter J. Kuipers sold 724 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $46.00, for a total value of $33,304.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 56,970 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,620,620. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

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Best Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    In addition, Corvex Management’s Keith Meister reported owning new significant stakes in Intercontinental Exchange Inc. ( (ICE) ), Microsoft Corp.  (MSFT) , Monsanto Co. (MON) , Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) , Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM) and Servicenow Inc. (NOW)

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    After reporting solid earnings Thursday, Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) shares rose to a new all-time high Friday and took over as the Dow Jones industrial average’s best-performing stock for the year to date. The stock added 0.8% for the week (1.8% on Friday alone). For the year to date, Microsoft shares have risen by 24.23%.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and IBM (NYSE:IBM) are both considered “mature” tech stocks, yet the former outperformed the latter by a significant margin over the past 12 months: Microsoft rallied more than 40%, while IBM slid about 6%.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) traded down 1.51% at $97.58. The stock’s 52-week range is $68.02 to $102.69. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 28.8 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been given a $125.00 target price by analysts at Credit Suisse Group in a research report issued on Friday. The firm currently has a “buy” rating on the software giant’s stock. Credit Suisse Group’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 17.62% from the company’s previous close.

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2019

Saturday, July 1, marked the first day of recreational marijuana sales in the state of Nevada, and by any measure, it was a huge success. An estimate by the Nevada Dispensary Association puts first-weekend sales of recreational pot at between $3 and $5 million.

Lines were long, with some customers waiting up to an hour to make their purchases. Among the buyers was state Senator Tick Segerblom, an early supporter of legal recreational use in the state, who made the first purchase at The+Source dispensary. The senator bought a pre-rolled joint of strain named for him, Segerblom Haze.

Nevada is the fifth state to launch legal sales of marijuana for recreational use and is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska in adding to the state’s coffers with tax revenue generated by the sales. Given the tourist traffic the state already generates thanks to its casino gambling, both the industry and the state are expecting big things. Only California’s potential receipts from legal recreational sales (scheduled to begin next year) are expected to exceed Nevada’s.

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2019: QuinStreet, Inc.(QNST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    QuinStreet (NASDAQ:QNST) Director James R. Simons sold 229,718 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $12.39, for a total transaction of $2,846,206.02. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    QuinStreet Inc (NASDAQ:QNST) saw strong trading volume on Friday . 1,534,725 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 131% from the previous session’s volume of 665,429 shares.The stock last traded at $13.79 and had previously closed at $13.59.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of QuinStreet Inc (NASDAQ:QNST) by 41.6% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 99,823 shares of the technology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 29,306 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. owned approximately 0.22% of QuinStreet worth $1,275,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2019: Barnes Group, Inc.(B)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Employees Retirement System of Texas cut its stake in shares of Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE:B) by 51.4% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 18,000 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 19,000 shares during the period. Employees Retirement System of Texas’ holdings in Barnes Group were worth $1,060,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Barnes Group (NYSE: B) and ARC Group WorldWide (NASDAQ:ARCW) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE:B) has been given an average recommendation of “Buy” by the seven brokerages that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and four have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $70.33.

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2019: Teekay Offshore Partners L.P.(TOO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $120.51 billion.
    J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.2 per share on revenue of $2.63 billion.
    Dillard's, Inc. (NYSE: DDS) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $1.46 billion.
    The Children's Place, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCE) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.21 per share on revenue of $444.14 million.
    Manchester United plc (NYSE: MANU) is expected to report quarterly loss at $1.35 per share on revenue of $193.67 million.
    Teekay Corporation (NYSE: TK) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $296.76 million.
    KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $306.72 million.
    Vascular Biogenics Ltd. (NASDAQ: VBLT) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.21 per share.
    Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (NYSE: TOO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $272.04 million.
    Albireo Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALBO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.77 per share on revenue of $31.32 million.

     

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Teekay Offshore Partners (NYSE:TOO) was upgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Saturday.

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2019: Orchids Paper Products Company(TIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares jumped 104.82 percent to close at $14.87 on Tuesday.
    EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV) rose 31.25 percent to close at $1.06. The pay-TV home shopping company was named as a potential acquisition target by TechCrunch. According to the publication, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is exploring ways of marketing its products and services to consumers beyond the internet.
    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) shares climbed 27.16 percent to close at $4.26 on Tuesday.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) gained 27.09 percent to close at $3.80. Atossa Genetics disclosed that it has Received positive interim review from the Independent Safety Committee in Phase 1 Topical endoxifen dose escalation study in men.
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) surged 17.13 percent to close at $37.95 as the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) shares gained 15.91 percent to close at $18.21 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares jumped 15.73 percent to close at $7.58 on Tuesday after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares gained 14.62 percent to close at $31.75 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE: TIS) jumped 12.86 percent to close at $7.37. Orchids Paper Products is expected to report its Q1 financial results on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) rose 12.8 percent to close at $7.05 following strong quarterly results.
    Avid Bioservices, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDMO) rose 12.72 percent to close at $3.81.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) gained 12.61 percent to close at $5.00.
    Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBLN) rose 12.39 percent to close at $3.72.
    NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT) shares climbed 11.88 percent to close at $7
  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Orchids Paper Products Co. (NYSEAMERICAN: TIS) dropped more than 12% Monday to set a new 52-week low of $0.70. Shares closed at $0.80 on Friday and the stock’s 52-week high is $15.47. Volume totaled around 15 million, about 60 times the daily average of around 250,000. The company had no specific news. Shares have made a massive comeback and are on track to close at $2.47, up more than 200%.

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    After looking at last week’s top-performing penny stocks, we’ll show you a penny stock on the verge of jumping over 159%…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Last Week’s Gain
    My Size Inc. (NASDAQ: MYSZ) $1.19 60.71%
    Delcath Systems Inc. (OTCMKTS: DCTH) $3.21 52.38%
    Regional Health Properties Inc. (NYSE: RHE) $0.18 49.39%
    Nemaura Medical Inc. (NASDAQ: NMRD) $3.03 44.89%
    3Pea International Inc. (NASDAQ: TPNL) $4.62 42.24%
    PLx Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXP) $4.22 34.38%
    Orchids Paper Products Co. (NYSE: TIS) $3.99 34.30%
    DelMar Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: DMPI) $0.74 33.41%
    Restoration Robotics Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIR) $3.08 32.74%
    Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN) $1.69 32.61%

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) shares rose 35.8 percent to $4.55.
    EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV) gained 28.8 percent to $1.04. The pay-TV home shopping company was named as a potential acquisition target by TechCrunch. According to the publication, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is exploring ways of marketing its products and services to consumers beyond the internet.
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares surged 19.1 percent to $33.00 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) gained 14.9 percent to $37.22 as the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) shares climbed 14 percent to $17.90 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) climbed 14 percent to $7.12 following strong quarterly results.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) gained 13.6 percent to $8.25.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) rose 11.8 percent to $3.34. Atossa Genetics disclosed that it has Received positive interim review from the Independent Safety Committee in Phase 1 Topical endoxifen dose escalation study in men.
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) gained 11.6 percent to $40.99 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong Q2 forecast.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) climbed 11.2 percent to $4.9363.
    Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ: MITL) rose 10.5 percent to $11.23 after the company agreed to be acquired by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for $2.0 billion.
    Systemax Inc. (NYSE: SYX) rose 10.2 percent to $30.86. Sidoti & Co. upgraded Systemax from Neutral to Buy.
    Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE: TIS) surged 9.2 percent to $7.13. Orchids Paper Products is expected to report its Q1 financial results on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU) rose

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2019: NetApp Inc.(NTAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) was upgraded by research analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report issued on Friday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) shares hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $71.11 and last traded at $71.11, with a volume of 110710 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $69.65.

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    Three Stocks to Watch Today: CSCO, M, BLK
    The earnings report calendar is headlined today by Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO). The tech giant will report fiscal fourth-quarter earnings after the bell. Wall Street expects that the firm will report earnings per share (EPS) of $0.69 on top of $12.77 billion in revenue. Shares of Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) are on the move after the company reported earnings before the bell. The iconic retailer reported adjusted EPS of $0.70 on top of $5.57 billion in revenue. Wall Street had expected EPS of $0.49 on top of $5.61 billion in revenue. Shares of Macy’s stock were off 5.3% in premarket hours. George Soros’ firm Soros Fund Management increased its stake in shares of Blackrock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) by a whopping 60% in the second quarter, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing. If you were using Money Morning’s proprietary Stock VQScore™, you’d have known that Blackrock was sitting in the “Buy Zone” before the SEC filing was made public. The global asset manager has a perfect 4.75 score, and it will look to blast off now that other investors start to follow Soros and other institutional investors that love this stock. To learn more about the Money Morning Stock VQScore, go here right now. Look for additional earnings reports from NetApp Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP), MSG Networks Inc. (NYSE: MSGN), CACI International Inc. (NYSE: CACI), Briggs & Stratton Corp. (NYSE: BGG), SpartanNash Co. (Nasdaq: SPTN), and Luxoft Holding Inc. (NYSE: LXFT).

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  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Lee Jackson]

    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) was added to US 1 list earlier this year and has been on big run since last fall. The company provides software, systems and services to manage and store computer data worldwide. It offers flash; flash arrays that support data management; hybrid arrays to deploy the speed of flash storage; hybrid cloud; ONTAP cloud storage data management service; NetApp cloud sync hybrid data management software as a service; NetApp private storage for cloud; and AltaVault cloud-integrated solutions.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. Image source: IBM.

    5 reasons to buy IBM
    IBM posted its second straight quarter of annual sales growth after almost six years of declines. Its revenue rose 5% annually to $19.07 billion, beating estimates by $390 million. Its non-GAAP earnings also grew 4% to $2.45, topping expectations by $0.06. IBM’s closely watched “strategic imperatives” (SI) revenue — which comes from its higher-growth cloud, social, mobile, security, and analytics businesses — rose 12% annually (10% on a constant currency basis) to $37.7 billion over the past 12 months. That accounted for 47% of IBM’s revenue, compared to 42% a year earlier. This tells us that Big Blue’s shift from legacy businesses to higher-growth ones is gradually paying off. IBM also noted, without disclosing an exact figure, that its security revenues also rose 60% annually during the quarter. IBM’s total cloud revenue over the past 12 months rose 22% annually (20% in constant currency) to $17.7 billion. For the quarter, its higher-growth cloud-as-a-service revenue rose 25% annually (20% in constant currency) to $10.7 billion, compared to 20% reported growth in the fourth quarter. Three of IBM’s four computing business segments (Cognitive Solutions, Global Business Services, and Technology Services & Cloud Platforms) posted positive annual sales growth and topped analyst estimates. IBM’s stock remains fairly cheap at less than 11 times this year’s earnings, and it pays a forward dividend yield of 3.8%. That low valuation and high yield should limit its downside potential.
    5 reasons to sell IBM
    IBM’s total sales were buoyed by a weak dollar. On a constant currency basis, its revenue actually stayed flat year over year during the quarter. On a constant currency basis, its Global Business Services and Technology Solutions & Cloud Platforms revenue would both have declined 1% annually. Its Cognitive Solutions revenue rose 6% in dollars, but just 2% on a constant currency basis. The

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2019: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.(ESIO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media coverage about Electro Scientific Industries (NASDAQ:ESIO) has been trending positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Electro Scientific Industries earned a media sentiment score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the semiconductor company an impact score of 48.1496069802222 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of Electro Scientific Industries (NASDAQ:ESIO) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report issued on Friday morning.

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2019: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    Its boardroom underwhelmed, too, allowing Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) to outmaneuver and shut it out of the outrageously lucrative cloud.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) reported fiscal third-quarter 2018 results after markets closed Thursday. The software behemoth reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.95 on revenues of $26.8 billion. In the same period last year the company reported EPS of $0.70 on revenues of $23.2 billion. The consensus estimates called for EPS of $0.85 on revenues of $25.77 billion.

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    The Top Stock Market Stories for Friday
    Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) will announce the location of its second headquarters by the end of 2018, according to CEO Jeff Bezos. The statement came during an interview at the Economic Club in Washington, D.C. The list of finalists currently sits at 20. The announcement came on the same evening that Bezos provided additional details on his new $2 billion philanthropic fund designed to assist homeless families and to establish new preschools. He also claimed during the interview that he had launched Amazon in Washington state thanks to the influence of Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT). Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary since the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The event was the flash point of the 2008 financial crisis from which the U.S. economy is still recovering. Following the bankruptcy of the iconic investment bank, markets tanked and bottomed out in March 2009. At that time, Congress authorized a massive stimulus package, while no executives at any major financial institution were indicted or found responsible for their firms’ roles in the worst crisis since the Great Depression.
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Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2019: Aerosonic Corporation(AIM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Aimia (TSE:AIM) has earned an average rating of “Hold” from the seven research firms that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have assigned a hold recommendation and one has given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is C$2.67.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Aimia Inc (TSE:AIM) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the seven research firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is C$3.54.

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2019: InterOil Corporation(IOC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    I/O Coin (CURRENCY:IOC) traded 26.1% higher against the US dollar during the one day period ending at 22:00 PM E.T. on August 17th. Over the last seven days, I/O Coin has traded up 50% against the US dollar. One I/O Coin coin can now be purchased for $0.39 or 0.00005901 BTC on exchanges. I/O Coin has a market capitalization of $6.55 million and approximately $14,268.00 worth of I/O Coin was traded on exchanges in the last day.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media headlines about InterOil (NYSE:IOC) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. InterOil earned a coverage optimism score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the oil and gas company an impact score of 45.5148763796823 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2019: Leading Brands Inc(LBIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media headlines about Leading Brands (NASDAQ:LBIX) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Leading Brands earned a coverage optimism score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the company an impact score of 46.3549545541136 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019

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The NASDAQ is generally not thought of as home sweet home for value stocks. Typically, if you&s;re looking at a NASDAQ situation, you&s;re looking for growth.&a;nbsp; But if you&s;re willing to take a deep dive sometimes you can find interesting potential candidates just under the growth-oriented surface. Are companies trading there which might still be thought of as &q;undervalued?&q;

I found this group that might fit by screening for those with price/earnings ratios of below 15 and which are trading for less than book value. Anything that failed to show positive earnings over the past half-decade is ignored. With all of that in mind and acknowledging that there may be significant issues underlying such stocks, here&s;s the list of those that fit the basic requirements:

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: PDC Energy, Inc.(PDCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News articles about PDC Energy (NASDAQ:PDCE) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news 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. PDC Energy earned a news impact score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the energy producer an impact score of 46.6251700229584 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Genfit SA (GNFTF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    In a recent article, we discussed what makes Genfits (OTCPK:GNFTF) Elafibranor one of the most promising candidates in the NASH treatment development space. Given the unmet need (no approved therapies), Elafibranors mechanism of action and the potential it has shown in clinical stages, we see a strong chance of approval if the pivotal Phase 3 study succeeds. In this article, we will briefly discuss the chances of Elafibranors success in clinical stages and Genfits valuation based on the potential of its lead product candidate. We will briefly also discuss the risks to the investment thesis.

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    This phase 2 data for Madrigal was phenomenal, which is why I think it will do well in a phase 3 trial. The other side of the trade is that Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT) and Genfit (OTCPK:GNFTF) are further along with phase 3 trials, which are expected to read out NASH results by 2019/2020. Intercept has a good drug with Ocaliva, however, it suffers from toxicity issues when Doctors prescribe higher than necessary dosing. On the flip side, Ocaliva has shown a greater difference in fibrosis reduction for NASH in its phase 2 FLINT trial compared to MGL-3196. What do I mean by that? Well, as you can see above MGL-3196 obtained a fibrosis reduction in NASH patients of 29% compared to 23% for those on placebo creating a difference of only 6%. If you look at Ocaliva from the FLINT trial, from Intercept Pharmaceuticals, it had a fibrosis reduction of 35% compared to 19% of those NASH patients on placebo. It is just something to keep in mind. I still believe that MGL-3196 will eventually be approved. The question that should be asked is how well will it do compared to other competitors in the same space with better fibrosis reductions? That will be key, because NASH causes fibrosis (scarring) of the liver. Fibrosis eventually turns into cirrhosis of the liver, which can eventually lead to liver failure. That’s why, in my opinion, a drug that will have the most impact on NASH will be one that shows a major reduction in fibrosis. The good news is that the NASH market is expected to reach between $20 to $30 billion in the coming years. It is a large market for plenty of players in this space. The other endpoints are important as well, but in a competitive market such as NASH, fibrosis reduction will make the difference in terms of more sales. This is just an important factor to keep in mind.

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    Heres what we wrote: With GR-MD-02, Galectin is also targeting a different spectrum of NASH. The companys programs with GR-MD-02 are focusing on NASH treatment in individuals with advanced fibrosis and cirrhosis. As we mentioned before, Genfit (OTCPK:GNFTF) and Intercept (ICPT) are targeting what can be termed as the sweet spot of the NASH spectrum. Galecctin is one of the few companies targeting advanced stage of the disease. This makes it both an interesting and at the same time risky bet in the NASH space.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Cabot Microelectronics Corporation(CCMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Cabot Microelectronics Co. (NASDAQ:CCMP) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the seven research firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $114.80.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Cabot Microelectronics Co. (NASDAQ:CCMP) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the seven ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and five 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 $112.25.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Cabot Microelectronics (NASDAQ: CCMP) and Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and dividends.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    News coverage about Cabot Microelectronics (NASDAQ:CCMP) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative 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. Cabot Microelectronics earned a daily sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the semiconductor company an impact score of 46.640513544039 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Templeton Dragon Fund Inc.(TDF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Templeton Dragon Fund Inc common stock (NYSE:TDF) major shareholder City Of London Investment Grou bought 8,155 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 12th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $22.87 per share, with a total value of $186,504.85. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Major shareholders that own at least 10% of a company’s shares are required to disclose their transactions with the SEC.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Forward Pharma A/S(FWP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ: FWP) shares gained 88.18 percent to close at $4.14 on Tuesday.
    Regional Health Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHE) shares jumped 18.04 percent to close at $0.3010 on Tuesday.
    Precipio, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPO) shares gained 16.61 percent to close at $0.49 after the nano-cap specialty diagnostics company said it saw an acceleration of sales in its Pathology services in April. The company now expects to see a sequential double digit quarterly sales growth.
    Arcturus Therapeutics Ltd. (NASDAQ: ARCT) rose 16.09 percent to close at $7.00 on Tuesday.
    America's Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRMT) gained 14.53 percent to close at $62.65 after reporting upbeat Q4 results.
    NanoString Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSTG) shares surged 12.64 percent to close at $13.19.
    Geron Corporation (NASDAQ: GERN) gained 12.12 percent to close at $4.07 on Tuesday.
    Quotient Limited (NASDAQ: QTNT) shares climbed 11.58 percent to close at $6.55 on Tuesday.
    American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (NYSE: AEL) rose 11.23 percent to close at $32.28 following a report from Reuters that the company is looking for a sale.
    iQIYI, Inc. (NASDAQ: IQ) gained 11.15 percent to close at $22.52.
    Veracyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: VCYT) rose 10.4 percent to close at $7.11.
    Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMRT) gained 10.26 percent to close at $3.33. Stein Mart is expected to release quarterly earnings on May 23.
    MiMedx Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDXG) shares rose 10.11 percent to close at $8.06.
    The Container Store Group, Inc. (NYSE: TCS) gained 8.2 percent to close at $8.18. Container Store reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter after the closing bell.
    Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB) shares gained 7.69 percent to close at $9.10 after the company reported upbeat Q2 results.
    Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) rose 6.4 percent to close at $59.03 after reporting a $10 billion buyback plan.

     

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    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ: FWP) fell 15.2 percent to $3.51 in pre-market trading after surging 88.18 percent on Tuesday.
    Pfenex Inc. (NASDAQ: PFNX) shares fell 15 percent to $5.85 in pre-market trading after the company announced an offering of common stock.
    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB) fell 17.6 percent to $47.75 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat results for its first quarter and issued a weak earnings forecast for the second quarter.
    Container Store Group, Inc. (NYSE: TCS) fell 13 percent to $7.15 in pre-market trading after reporting weaker-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
    Ardelyx, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARDX) shares fell 12.1 percent to $4.00 in pre-market trading after reporting pricing of public offering of common stock.
    Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) shares fell 9.8 percent to $27.31 in pre-market trading.
    Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC) fell 6.5 percent to $6.60 in pre-market trading.
    Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) shares fell 5.8 percent to $71.02 in pre-market trading. Target reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter, while sales exceeded estimates.
    PBF Energy Inc. (NYSE: PBF) shares fell 5.7 percent to $42.42 in pre-market trading

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The Top Stock Market Stories for Thursday
    This morning, the U.S. Department of Labor said that weekly jobless claims came in at 207,000 for the week. That figure is below the 220,000 jobless claims expected by economists and brings U.S. unemployment claims to a 48.5-year low. It’s a big day of earnings reports, as dozens of blue chip companies will report results from the June-ending quarter. The biggest name today will be Microsoft Corp.(Nasdaq: MSFT), which reports earnings after the bell. Wall Street expects that the technology giant will report earnings of $1.07 per share. Analysts project quarterly revenue of $29.17 billion.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: PM, IBM, AA
    International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) stock added 2.5% in pre-market hours after Big Blue topped Wall Street earnings and revenue expectations. The tech giant continues to post positive results as it accelerates its turnaround efforts. IBM reported earnings per share of $3.08, a figure that beat estimates by $0.04 per share. It also reported quarterly revenue of $20.0 billion, a figure that surpassed estimates of $19.85 billion. Shares of Alcoa Corp. (NYSE: AA) fell 2% this morning. The aluminum manufacturer slashed its 2018 outlook due to falling prices and the recent round of metals tariffs introduced by the Trump administration. But there could be more pain in sight. Today, the U.S. Justice Department will hold a hearing that aims to determine whether vehicle and light truck imports present a national security threat to the United States. The hearing is due to President Trump’s pledge to hit European auto man

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    This ETF holds shares of 30 stocks that are major players in the cloud computing market. Chief among them is Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), who leads all other cloud services with its AWS service. Another is Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), whose Azure cloud service is now the second largest of its kind in the world.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been given a $125.00 target price by analysts at Credit Suisse Group in a research report issued on Friday. The firm currently has a “buy” rating on the software giant’s stock. Credit Suisse Group’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 17.62% from the company’s previous close.

  • [By Chuck Saletta]

    As Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos famously said, “Your margin is my opportunity.”Amazon’s own margin is coming from computing services — an area where it faces stiff competition from the likes of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). Microsoft is no stranger to aggressive competitive practices, and it doesn’t have to support a massive retail business with the revenue from cloud computing.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    In addition to reports from T and VZ, these are some of the other major companies reporting earnings this week:

    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) and Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) report before market open on Tuesday, Apr. 24
    Boeing Co (NYSE: BA) reports before the open on Wednesday, Apr. 25
    Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) reports before the open Wednesday, Apr. 25 and Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) reports after the close the same day
    Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) reports after market close Wednesday, Apr. 25 and General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) reports before the open Thursday, Apr. 26
    Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) all report after market close Thursday, Apr. 26
    Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) report before the open Friday, Apr. 27

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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Pain Therapeutics(PTIE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Pain Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: PTIE) shares were destroyed on Wednesday after a vote from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was announced. As we have said before, the FDA has the potential to make or break biopharmaceutical companies. In this case, Pain Therapeutics has been broken.

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    DURECT Corp. (NASDAQ:DRRX) is down 9.2% at 12:45 p.m. EDT after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s advisory committee voted14 to 3 recommending the agency not approve Remoxy ER, an abuse-deterrent extended-release pain medication being developed by its partner Pain Therapeutics(NASDAQ: PTIE).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap pain stock Pain Therapeutics (NASDAQ: PTIE) has elevated short interest of 35.77% according to Highshortinterest.com. Pain Therapeuticsdevelops proprietary drugs that offer significant improvements to patients and physicians.The Companysexpertise consists of developing new drugs and guiding these through various regulatory and development pathways in preparation for their eventual commercialization with a focuson drug development efforts around disorders of the nervous system.The FDA has not yet established the safety or efficacy ofany drug candidates. Pain Therapeuticspipeline of drug assets includes:

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: International Speedway Corporation(ISCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ: ISCA)Q2 2018 Earnings Conference callJul. 05, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: BHP Billiton plc(BBL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of BHP Billiton plc (NYSE:BBL) gapped down before the market opened on Thursday . The stock had previously closed at $43.47, but opened at $43.83. BHP Billiton shares last traded at $44.17, with a volume of 117112 shares.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Natixis Advisors L.P. raised its position in shares of BHP Billiton plc (NYSE:BBL) by 10.2% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 11,996 shares of the mining company’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,113 shares during the quarter. Natixis Advisors L.P.’s holdings in BHP Billiton were worth $477,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Hallador Energy (NASDAQ: HNRG) and BHP Billiton (NYSE:BBL) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: 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 Joseph Griffin]

    Westwood Holdings Group Inc. purchased a new position in Vale SA (NYSE:VALE) in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor purchased 11,796 shares of the basic materials company’s stock, valued at approximately $150,000.

  • [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 Logan Wallace]

    Rational Advisors LLC grew its position in Vale SA (NYSE:VALE) by 49.5% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 14,951 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after acquiring an additional 4,951 shares during the period. Rational Advisors LLC’s holdings in Vale were worth $191,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Brookfield Asset Management Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Vale SA (NYSE:VALE) in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor purchased 40,493 shares of the basic materials company’s stock, valued at approximately $515,000.

The Bear Case for Apple Inc. Stock: An In-Depth Look

There’s a seeming contradiction when it comes to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Apple stock now sits just off an all-time high. Last Thursday, its market capitalization hit $934 billion — the highest ever for a U.S. company. The iPhone is the most profitable product ever created — and it’s driven huge returns in AAPL stock, which has nearly tripled over the past five years and risen 600%+ over the past decade.

And yet Apple stock remains cheap. Dirt-cheap, it would seem. At these all-time highs, AAPL still is valued at a little over 14x FY19 (ending September) consensus EPS estimates. The figure is even lower when considering Apple’s huge cash balance.

The S&P 500 as a whole trades at more than 17x forward earnings, according to data compiled by Birinyi Associates. In other words, the world’s most valuable company, and the world’s most profitable company — ever — trades at a discount to the overall stock market. How can that be?

But looking closely at Apple’s financials and its outlook, there are good reasons why AAPL stock looks so cheap. Apple is the world’s most valuable company — and it’s also one of the most analyzed. The cheap multiple here isn’t due to the market not paying attention. Real risks lie ahead for Apple.

Given the importance of AAPL stock to the market as a whole, investors of all stripes need to understand those risks. And even AAPL bulls should understand who’s on the other side of the trade — and what the downside could be in AAPL stock.

How Cheap is Apple Stock?

At the moment, AAPL stock trades at about 16.5x consensus EPS for fiscal 2018. That’s a relatively cheap multiple — but it’s even cheaper considering the company still has about $31 per share in net cash, roughly one-sixth of its market capitalization. Backing out that cash, Apple stock trades at what seems like a ridiculously low multiple: 13.8x earnings.

It’s a number that seems like an outlier, particularly among large-cap tech. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL,GOOG), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) all trade at at least 20x 2018 earnings, even backing out their own net cash balances. And of course Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) trade at nose-bleed valuations (80x forward earnings for AMZN, 71x for NFLX).

Simply applying a 20x earnings multiple — still below most of its large-cap tech rivals, which by the way all make much less money than Apple — would value AAPL stock at about $260, 38% higher than current levels. Even the 24x multiple (again, excluding net cash) assigned to Microsoft stock doesn’t seem particularly out of line for Apple. It’s not as if Microsoft is a growth juggernaut. In fact, the Street projects Apple to grow revenue faster than Microsoft in their respective fiscal years. 24x earnings plus the $31 per share in cash would value Apple stock at over $300, 62% higher than current levels.

AAPL stock isn’t just being treated by the market as an average stock. It’s being valued well below the average stock, and sharply less than its similarly well-known and widely-owned tech peers. And this isn’t a new development: Apple’s forward P/E actually is toward the higher end of its multi-year range. AAPL on several occasions has traded below 12x forward earnings — a multiple that suggests its business actually is headed for a decline.

Why? Why is the market acting as if Apple’s earnings growth is going to come to an end?

4 Big Risks for Apple Stock: Source: Oaxis

Risk #1: The Commoditization Risk

There are a number of reasons why investors are skeptical toward Apple’s long-term growth prospects. Most notably, the company remains reliant on the iPhone. And the history of tech hardware shows that eventually even the best products eventually become commoditized.

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It happened to IBM (NYSE:IBM) in mainframes. It happened to Dell Technologies Inc (NYSE:DVMT) and HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ) in PCs — after the Windows operating system helped end Apple’s early leadership in that category. BlackBerry Ltd (NYSE:BB) once was the world’s leader in smartphones; its stock has fallen more than 90% from its June 2008 peak.

All of these companies were victims of commoditization (though all four, notably BlackBerry, also have their share of self-inflicted wounds as well). As hardware products improve, incremental upgrades become less compelling — lengthening replacement cycles. Meanwhile, low-cost competitors inevitably enter with a “good enough” product, undercutting pricing — and margins.

In fact, commoditization already has hit Apple — on multiple fronts. The iPad was introduced in 2010, and basically created the tablet category. It was a massive hit. Revenue neared $5 billion in fiscal 2010 – in less than nine months. By fiscal 2012, sales had exploded to $31 billion — 20% of Apple’s total revenue. But less than three years after its launch, the iPad already had peaked. With cheaper Android alternatives proliferating, iPad revenue would fall 40% over the next four years.

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A worse fate has befallen the iPod. A decade ago, that product drove over $9 billion in revenue. Apple no longer breaks out revenue from the product, but the company now sells just a single model. All of the iPod’s features are built into the iPhone. And consumers can buy a product roughly equal to last decade’s iPods in memory and performance for just a few dollars.

The qualitative driver behind the bear case for AAPL stock is based on the idea that eventually, competition and time come for even the best hardware products. And that process may already have begun for the iPhone as well.

Risk #2: Apple Stock’s iPhone Reliance

The launch of the iPhone X has received intense scrutiny from the media and investors for months now. Reports of potential delays raised initial fears. Concerns about demand seemingly were assuaged by a better-than-expected fiscal Q2 earnings report that has pushed AAPL stock to its new highs.

The focus on the X makes sense. The world’s most valuable company remains heavily reliant on the iPhone.

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62% of Apple’s total fiscal 2017 revenue came from the iPhone, per figures from the 10-K. That proportion has risen to two-thirds through the first half of fiscal 2018.

So the seemingly endless discussion of the prospects for the iPhone X aren’t a matter of investors and analysts having nothing better to do. If the iPhone starts to decline, Apple almost certainly follows. And in fact, the iPhone is showing signs of weakness.

Unit sales peaked in 2015 at 231.2 million. Over the past twelve months, the figure is about 6% lower, at 217.2 million. And in fact, iPhone revenue has declined over that period as well, by about 1%. The strong dollar has been a headwind — constant-currency revenue almost certainly is positive — but what growth Apple is grinding out comes from pricing.

So the bear case for Apple stock starts to become a bit more clear. The iPhone is driving 60%+ of revenue. Increasingly, it looks as if unit sales may already have peaked. The X, then, is a test case for whether Apple can continue its growth by increasing prices – which the entire history of hardware suggests should be impossible to do forever.

That’s why the Street was seemingly so negative on AAPL heading into the report. Weakness in the X suggested the end of revenue growth for the iPhone — for good. And it’s why the better-than-expected numbers on that front in Q2 have led Apple stock to bounce back so sharply. Despite the ecosystem it has built, and despite its other offerings, Apple stock still comes down to the iPhone.

Risk #3: The Rest of Apple

The reliance on the iPhone is magnified by the fact that the rest of Apple’s business has growth challenges of its own. As I pointed out last year, from fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2016, non-iPhone revenue barely moved. iPad growth was offset by declines in the iPod and the Mac line. As the Apple Watch came online, the iPad started to fade.

Apple is making some progress of late. According to SEC filings, non-iPhone revenue rose 11% in fiscal 2017, and another 14% in the first half of FY18. Still, hardware represents an issue beyond the iPhone as well. iPad revenue actually has risen through the first half of fiscal 2018 — somewhat surprisingly. Mac sales rose a sharp 13% in 2017 — but declined over the previous four years and are down again in the first six months of this year.

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Looking forward, growth in tablets, desktops, and laptops seems likely to be muted at best. Indeed, given longer replacement cycles, declines wouldn’t be a surprise.

The only two potential growth categories are Services and Other Products. There’s a reason why CEO Tim Cook has targeted $50 billion in services revenue by 2021, up from roughly $30 billion in FY17. Other Products — a category which includes Apple Watch, Beats, the iPod, Apple TV, and the recently released HomePod — has posted consistent double-digit growth since 2015.

But the concern is that those businesses simply aren’t that big. Combined, they generated about 20% of the company’s revenue over the past twelve months. Even assuming the Services business hits its $50 billion target, and is valued at an aggressive 4x revenue, it still would drive barely 20% of the value of Apple stock.

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Apple Watch has been a success — it’s the clear leader in smartwatches, and its growth has sent shares of rival Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) plunging. Yet the product is not even big enough for Apple to break out its contribution. It just doesn’t materially change the company-wide financials.

This is the flip side of the iPhone’s success. It has made Apple so big, and so valuable, that what would be a massive hit for any other company simply doesn’t even move the needle.

The distribution of revenue by product seems to support the bear case that Apple’s growth will end at some point relatively soon. 60%+ of sales come from the iPhone. Unless pricing can go to $1,199 and beyond in perpetuity, revenue from that product is going to peak at some point. Another ~18% of revenue comes from the Mac lines and the iPad. Both of which are in clearly flattish long-term trends that could turn negative. Services and Other Products, then, are going to have to offset any weakness in iPhones on their own.  That’s a big ask given that their contribution to revenue is less than one-third that of the iPhone.

Risk #4: International Concerns

The breakdown of revenue by country, meanwhile, raises its own set of concerns.

42% of sales come from the Americas, the majority of that from the U.S. Apple continues to drive growth in that region, with a 12% increase in sales in FY17 followed by 13% growth in the first half. Still, the core concerns about iPhone growth would seem to apply heavily to the U.S. market, particularly with the end of subsidies from carriers like Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T).

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Sales in the company’s Europe segment continue to rise — though that business also includes the Middle East, Africa, and the key Indian market. On the Continent, Apple has lost share in the four largest markets. It’s in developed markets where the commoditization concerns are likely to have the most impact. And in terms of unit sales, the iPhone already has started to stumble there.

Meanwhile, Apple could miss out on the two key developing markets.

Revenue in Greater China dropped 24% between 2015 and 2017. Strong performance in that region admittedly has been a big piece of good news this year. Sales have grown 15% through the first two quarters. But Apple still is losing share in that market to lower-priced in-country competitors. Additionally, trade war concerns are mounting. And at almost 20% of total sales, China is too important for Apple to lose.

In India, meanwhile, a twice-raised import tax makes the iPhone prohibitive. That leaves Apple mostly on the outside looking into the one of the world’s most important markets.

Looking geographically, then, an investor can see the risk to Apple’s revenue. The iPhone has to at least hold sales flat. But that will be a challenge in developed markets. And developing markets aren’t driving the growth needed. And it’s not as if consumers in those markets don’t have phones. They do. They just don’t have iPhones, and even the growing middle classes may not be able to afford them.

Combining the Risks for Apple Stock

Tying all the risks together for Apple creates a model in which revenue is currently at a peak — and earnings likely are as well. The iPhone drives 60%+ of revenue, and its unit sales may already have peaked. That figure has risen just 0.4% year-over-year so far in 2018 — and over the last four quarters remains below fiscal 2015 levels.

The U.S. market is saturated. Estimates suggest that on a unit basis, the U.S. drives about one-third of iPhone sales. China is the second-largest market — and has been negative over the past few years. Add in weakness in large European markets and something in the range of two-thirds of iPhone revenue — thus ~40% of Apple’s total revenue — is at risk of declining if and when Apple no longer can hike prices so aggressively.

Another 20% or so comes from developing markets where the iPhone is falling behind. Apple did post record first-half sales in India, according to the Q2 conference call — but most estimates suggest its presence in that country is small. The iPhone is #1 in China, according to the same call, but in a fragmented market, and revenue has been falling even accounting for currency headwinds.

20% of overall revenue is derived from the iPad and Mac lines, which are unlikely to grow much, if at all, going forward. The last 20% comes from Services and Other Products.

And so the calculation here becomes clear. Apple’s low-teen P/E and P/FCF multiples imply that the company’s growth is about done. But from a revenue standpoint, that’s potentially right.

Barring an acceleration in iPhone sales in China and/or India, the Services and Other Products business have to grow faster than the developed market iPhone business declines. But those businesses combined are half the size. So they’d need to grow twice as fast to account for iPhone declines.

The Bearish Scenario for Apple Stock

Understanding the distribution of revenue across products and geographies highlights the bearish scenario for Apple stock. Here’s how it could happen:

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In developed markets, the iPhone has peaked. The X launch becomes the last major release that drives real buzz — and pricing power. Unit sales fall double-digits in 2019, in line with past performance after major launches. (iPhone unit sales fell 8% worldwide in FY16, for instance.)

Developing markets can’t pick up the slack. In Africa, and the Middle East, iPhone sales grow, but off a small base. Import taxes continue to drive Indian customers to in-country manufacturers as the government intended. Trade war rhetoric and low-cost competitors mean sales in China fall off in FY19 after a rebound year driven by the X.

Apple raises its prices modestly. But a shift to lower-priced models, particularly overseas, leads average selling prices downward. (This, too, is what happened in fiscal 2016: iPhone revenue fell 12%.) iPhone revenue drops from a record $160 billion in fiscal 2018 to $140 billion in fiscal 2019.

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Now, the narrative has changed. iPhone sales in both units and dollars are below their levels from four years ago. Apple breaks out Watch revenue for the first time: it has risen from ~$7 billion in FY19 to $9.5 billion in fiscal 2020. Investors point out that the figure is roughly 4% of Apple’s total sales.

The Services business is growing nicely — still at a double-digit pace — but slowing iPhone unit sales suggest little growth in the user count driving that revenue. A renewed decline in the iPad offsets modest growth in Mac sales. Apple’s overall revenue falls 5% in fiscal 2019 — and investors start asking how the decline will be reversed.

Again, this scenario is one in which most things go wrong for Apple. And I’d argue it’s more likely to occur (if it does) in fiscal 2021 than fiscal 2019. But it’s hardly based on outlandish assumptions.

Developed market iPhone revenues are going to turn south at some point. To offset those losses will require growth elsewhere. Services seems the most likely candidate — but even double-digit growth there only adds 2-3 points to the overall growth rate. The iPhone either needs better performance in developing markets — or the Watch, AirPods, and/or HomePod have to be multi-year winners.

A Cyclical Business

Some version of that bear case has surrounded Apple stock for years now. And, on occasion, it has gained some traction. In late 2012, Apple stock broke $700 (it has since split 7-for-1) for the first time. Within a matter of months, it had lost over 40% of its value. (iPad sales surprisingly turned south and investors worried the iPhone wouldn’t pick up the slack.) In 2015, cyclical worries again hit the stock. AAPL stock dropped about 35% over the next 15 months.

And it’s not just a matter of perception, either. Apple’s earnings have grown, but hardly in a consistent manner. Net income dipped between 2012 and 2014 before jumping in 2015. It fell again over the next two years, before heading to what seems likely to be a new peak in 2018.

It’s easy at the moment to assume AAPL bears (myself included) simply have been wrong the whole time. Apple stock is at an all-time high. The X looks set to perform better than skeptics believed. Services is growing nicely, and diversifying Apple away for the hardware business. Long-time (and well-respected) Apple analyst Gene Munster argued this month that we have entered a new “Apple story”. But investors need to remember that bulls thought the same in 2012 and 2015 as well.

Does The Bear Case Hold Water?

Admittedly, I’ve been proven wrong on Apple stock. And I’m not sure the bear case is that compelling at this point.

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I do see long-term risk to the iPhone, but there’s also a scenario where Apple can offset any declines in that product. Services, Watch, and maybe AirPods and the HomePod can pick up some of the slack. Apple’s immense cash hoard is setting up a windfall for shareholders, as I wrote back in January. Even ~zero revenue growth likely leads to some profit growth, given that gross margins in the Service segment are higher than those in hardware categories. At 14x earnings, ‘some’ profit growth is enough to justify the current valuation.

Apple’s performance so far in 2018 also has undercut the bear case. I wrote after the Q2 report that even a skeptic like myself had to be impressed. The growth in China so far this year is important. So is the performance of the X. The Services business, as Munster pointed out, is becoming a bigger part of the narrative as it becomes a larger part of revenue. And somewhat quietly, margin pressures from a stronger U.S. dollar and higher memory prices are starting to reverse in Apple’s favor.

Still, from a long-term perspective, I do believe the bill is going to come due for Apple at some point.

Every hardware manufacturer has lost its technological advantage eventually. And I do believe the bear case merits consideration — even from ardent Apple bulls. There’s a reason why Apple stock looks cheap, and why it’s looked cheap for years. While the company may be able to grind out earnings growth, and upside in Apple stock, going forward, the long-term risks to the business model suggest that Apple stock never will get a market-level earnings multiple again.

As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any sec

Could This Biopharma Stock Be A 10-Bagger?

Many Americans are optimistic about achieving a comfortable retirement. They fund their 401(k) or IRA in hopes of accumulating a nest egg that has the potential of providing enough income for the rest of their lives.

Unfortunately, too many Americans invest too conservatively to accomplish their goals. This is especially true for investors under the age of 40 — who face the prospects of a future much different than their parents and grandparents due primarily to Social Security’s bleak future.

This was confirmed in a study conducted by Wells Fargo that found 59% of Americans focus more on avoiding losses than trying to maximize gains. And it’s not just young workers who invest too conservatively, either. The study showed that investors in every demographic group prefer minimizing losses to growing their balances. Now, this strategy is fine for older workers nearing retirement age, but it’s contraindicated for those with longer time horizons.

Now, for the average investor, pursuing returns in a passive low-cost index fund is an acceptable way to invest for the long term. But that doesn’t mean that 100% of an investor’s funds should be invested this way. Investors should put a portion of their savings into more speculative investments investments with the potential to return many times their initial investment.

And lest you think that finding the next Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is impossible in today’s environment, let me assure you, it isn’t. There are plenty of potential “10-baggers” available for investors to purchase today.

One such company is Omeros Corporation (Nasdaq: OMER). The company is a small-cap biopharma headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The company develops small-molecule and protein therapeutics for application against inflammation, coagulopathies, and disorders of the central nervous system.

Now, this is not a stock for investors seeking safety. The stock is volatile — just as you might expect for a company developing cutting-edge drug therapies.

But if you can stomach the volatility, OMER is a company that has the potential to deliver substantial profits over the next decade and longer. And now is a good time to consider grabbing a few shares of this company.

You see, share prices dipped a few weeks ago on fears that Medicare wouldn’t renew reimbursements for its Omeros’ drug, Omidria. Omidria helps maintain pupil size in cataract surgeries or intraocular replacements. The recent omnibus bill eliminated those fears, and the stock is back on track to move higher.

This is an important development because the continued sales and profits generated by Omidria are needed to power research into Omeros’ new drug — OMS721. Researchers at the University of Leicester discovered mannan-binding lectin-associated serine protease-2 (MASP-2). MASP-2 is a protein involved in activation of the immune system and plays a role in the inflammatory response. It is activated after tissue damage from trauma or infection. OMS721 has great potential to treat patients with lectin pathway activation.

OMS721 is in Phase II and Phase III trials with four different potential uses. The FDA granted breakthrough therapy designation to OMS721 for treatment on patients with high-risk hematopoietic stem cell transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy. This rare but deadly condition damages the smallest blood vessels inside many of the body’s vital organs most commonly the kidneys.

Coincident to this designation, OMS721 also received breakthrough status for Berger’s Disease (IgA nephropathy), a kidney disease caused when Immunoglobulin A lodges in the kidneys. Two other treatments for OMS721 are looking at other kidney problems associated with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome and lupus nephritis.

What all this means is that OMS721 is highly likely to deliver blockbuster revenues for years to come — if approved. And that’s enough to kick this stock into the stratosphere. On the other hand, the stock could tank if the clinical trials don’t pan out as expected. And should that happen, expect to see about 75% of its value evaporate overnight.

The Numbers
Now, like most explosive growth stocks, Omeros has no earnings, so traditional fundamental analysis won’t help determine a fair value for OMER. That’s not to say we can’t look at the company’s financials, though.

Last year, the company reported sales of $64.8 million — a 55% increase over the previous period. Losses from operations totaled $44 million in 2017 — a decrease of 19% against 2016. On a per share basis, the company lost $1.17 against $1.65 in 2016.

And while there is reason to expect to see additional improvement in the fundamentals in 2018, that’s not a certainty. But that’s the nature of these kinds of stocks. The company will release its 1Q2018 results on May 10, 2018 — so we’ll get another taste of volatility then. But for long-term investors, Omeros has a potential cure for lackluster returns.

Risks To Consider: Omeros is a small cap biopharma stock that is subject to wild volatility as it proceeds through the FDA approval process. And should the company be unsuccessful in getting its drugs approved, or if the FDA wants more data, the stock could experience an existential crisis for lack of access to capital.

Action To Take: Buy shares up to $20. Mitigate risk by limiting your exposure to OMER of no more than 2% of your risk capital. This stock is speculative, and as such, is not suitable for short-term needs. Expect to hold the stock for at least 5-10 years. And during that time, expect greater than average volatility. It is not recommended to use a stop loss on this stock due to its volatility. Should the stock break out in the future, place a 25% trailing stop on your position.

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A Virtual Sports Licensing Monopoly Will Save Electronic Arts Inc. Stock

With only four months locked-in for 2018, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) already has developed a split personality. During the first two months of the year, EA stock gained a very respectable 16.5%. However, since the March 1 opening session, shares have given up nearly 6%. Which EA is going to show up, especially for its upcoming earnings report?

Despite my bullishness, I must admit that Electronic Arts stock is currently stuck in a tough phase. Competitive pressures have pushed many gaming manufacturers to the wayside.

For instance, chief rival Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) dropped nearly 10% since the March 1 opener. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc (NASDAQ:TTWO) is in worse shape, losing almost 12%.

Obviously, the extraordinarily popular mobile game Fortnite  hasn’t helped matters. Part of its popularity is due to the fact that it’s free – just download it and you’re good to go. The other part involves celebrity endorsements and that all your gaming buddies are playing. But primarily, Fortnite is addictive. The phenomenon has left EA and its rivals scratching their heads.

They probably won’t have to be dumbfounded for too long. As I stated in my write-up for Activision Blizzard, Fortnite’s success largely hinges on its “Battle Royale” gaming mode. How can I say that? Because a prior Fortnite version that didn’t have this gaming mode was only modestly successful.

The answer to regaining traction for EA stock is the same for its rivals: don’t reinvent the wheel but instead, make a better one.

EA Has Its Own “Fortnite” in Professional Sports

Admittedly, the Fortnite competition is worrisome whether you’re invested in EA stock or one of its competitors. That said, I think EA is better suited for this or any other challenge thanks to a very key asset: EA Sports, and particularly, the Madden NFL series.

I consistently make this argument because it’s worth repeating. Sports-related video games are popular because they tap into a fantasy. The fantasy loses its magical touch, though, if only generic teams, players, and brands are incorporated. To bridge this gap between reality and virtual reality, Electronic Arts aggressively secures sports licensing deals.

Thus, if you have a complaint about Madden’s gameplay, tough! You’re not going to find another NFL game to play because they don’t have the official licensing to use real players, teams, and conferences. And if you prefer college football, again, you’re out of luck. Electronic Arts owns the licensing for NCAA football as well.

I previously discussed soccer’s popularity and how it potentially translates to increased sales for EA’s FIFA series. With the World Cup coming up shortly, you’re more than likely going to see a revenue boon. However, it’s American football that makes EA stock compelling as a contrarian buy on weakness.

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I say this because we Americans live in a football-saturated society. Just tune into sports TV. Despite the NBA playoffs running in full-swing, and an exciting baseball season underway, broadcasters are obsessed with football.

Here’s a fun fact: in Shohei Ohtani, the baseball world is seeing something that hasn’t been seen in a hundred years. The last guy to go two-ways (being a star hitter and pitcher at once) was Babe Ruth. Yet we still crave football.

That’s the kind of fandom for which you buy EA stock with confidence!

EA Stock Hits Where It Counts

One of the most frustrating things you can witness in baseball is leaving stranded base-runners. In other words, not all hits are the same. What separates truly great batters from the statistically impressive is situational performance. Can you hit when it matters the most?

For EA stock, the answer is a resounding yes. Electronic Arts stock, revenue breakdowninvestorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Electronic-Arts-stock-revenue-breakdown-768×487.jpg 768w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Electronic-Arts-stock-revenue-breakdown-200×127.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Electronic-Arts-stock-revenue-breakdown-400×254.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Electronic-Arts-stock-revenue-breakdown-116×74.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Electronic-Arts-stock-revenue-breakdown-100×63.jpg 100w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Electronic-Arts-stock-revenue-breakdown-197×125.jpg 197w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Electronic-Arts-stock-revenue-breakdown-79×50.jpg 79w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Electronic-Arts-stock-revenue-breakdown-78×49.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Electronic-Arts-stock-revenue-breakdown.jpg 957w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />The gaming company overall delivers solid revenue growth. However, it’s where that growth is coming from that impresses investors.

In the last five years, its mobile division experienced the most lift, averaging nearly 17% annual sales growth. Consoles follow close behind at 12.3%.

However, consoles make up the lion’s share of EA’s revenues, which is what you want to see. Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) continue to duke it out in the console wars, which suits Electronic Arts stock just fine. More platforms equals more players, which translates to higher growth opportunities.

Essentially, the company has a monopoly on a very lucrative subsector within the gaming world. As long as people are obsessed with sports, particularly football, I don’t see any reason to doubt EA stock.

As of this writing, Josh En

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018

Bond yields at four-year highs are seen as a positive signal of a strengthening economy. But investors have taken it as a negative signal for stocks.

These moves are causing an identity crisis for equity markets, says Scott Redler, chief strategic officer at T3Live.com.

“It’s a good sign for the economy, but if you recall, the bull market is about 9 years old. For about five, six years of that bull market, they were buying bad news because the markets loved accommodation,” Redler told CNBC’s “Futures Now” on Tuesday.

“We don’t have much of that anymore, so now it’s time for the market to stand on its own two feet,” he added. “At this point, they’re actually selling the good news, which you don’t want to see.”

Since the financial crisis, stock markets have generally acted negatively to any hint of tightening monetary policy from the Federal Reserve. The current bull market began in March 2009, less than six months after the central bank cut interest rates to near zero.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Capella Education Company(CPLA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA) got a boost, shooting up 32 percent to $86.60. Strayer Education Inc (NASDAQ: STRA) and Capella Education agreed to an all-stock merger. Capella Education also posted upbeat quarterly earnings.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    According to Digi-Capital, the augmented reality market will account for about $90 billion in revenue by 2020. Microsoft’s ARHoloLens can be a big part of its AR strategy to avoid being left behind in this space. Microsoft hassubmittedHoloLens for governmental approval in Chinaand added the manufacturer ‘3Glasses’ to its list of headset developers that already includes Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo. Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality headset has already been launched in Europe, Australia, New Zealand.In the U.K. the HoloLens costs 拢2,719, while in the U.S., it’s priced at $3,000. (See Also:MSFT Stock: Should You Buy Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Stock Going Into 2017?)

  • [By Danny Vena]

    Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Cortana is available across its Windows 10-based devices including phones, tablets and PC’s. It has many competing features, but has exhibited difficulties responding to requests, reminiscent of Siri’s early days. Microsoft announced late last year that it would open Cortana to third party integration, so expect a number of hardware integrations on the horizon. It has yet to introduce an interactive speaker, but its first hardware partner is Harman Kardon and one is expected sometime this year. In a shrewd move, the kit used by developers is remarkably similar to that of Alexa, allowing them to piggyback off the work they have already done. This will accelerate the process of producing hardware that will integrate Cortana.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is the most valuable company in America based on market cap and is unlikely to let go of that position in the foreseeable future. However, the race for second place has tightened as Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) has caught up with Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN).

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Encana Corporation(ECA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) is rated Buy with an unchanged price target of $16. The EPS estimate for 2017 was lowered from $0.42 to $0.34, and the 2018 estimate was also lowered, from $1.47 to $1.28. The shares ended the weekat $11.44, in a 52-week range of $4.90 to $13.85. The consensus 12-month price target is $14.95.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Vodafone Group (VOD) , Schlumberger (SLB) , Encana (ECA) , Arconic (ARNC) and AdvanSix (ASIX) .

    Cramer was bearish on U.S. Silica Holdings (SLCA) .

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Canada-based Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) was the eighth top oil company stock in 2016, with a 131% gain over the year. ECA and its subsidiaries focus on developing, exploring, producing, and marketing natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and oil in North America.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Honeywell International Inc.(HON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Cramer and the AAP team note that seven of the companies in their portfolio are reporting this week, including Abbott Laboratories (ABT) , Nucor (NUE) and Honeywell (HON) . Find out what they’re telling their investment club members and get in on the conversation with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    HON is our top pick and a core EE/MI holding. While fundamentals are not best-in-class, we see HON as the best Energy play within the group with overall profit growth continuing to stand out next year, driven by high business quality and ongoing execution around cost and margins. And with ’17 the "inflection" year for revenues and Elster accretion, coupled with plenty of balance sheet optionality, we believe the stock deserves to trade at a premium versus an average discount across a range of metrics, including an adjustment for pension. 

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Who are the likely candidates for the next round of upgrades? Cramer said he’s betting that 3M (MMM) will be in the mix, along with Walmart (WMT) and especially Home Depot (HD) , which should have a strong spring planting season with good comparisons to last year. Investors might also see upgrades on Honeywell (HON) and Nike (NKE) , Cramer suggested.

  • [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

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: World Energy Solutions Inc(DE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Earnings season is starting to slow down a little bit, although there are still many major companies left to report. Over the next few weeks, NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW), Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) and Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) are just some of the bigger names scheduled to release quarterly results.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    But much of that response may simply have been reflexive the so-called knee-jerk reaction to anything that threatens to raise prices. Companies that consume a lot of steel, like Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) and Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE), have not commented yet.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results Friday. The consensus forecast calls for $1.19 in EPS and $6.42 billion in revenue. Shares ended the week at $154.93. The consensus price target is $171.15, and the 52-week range is $106.72 to $171.96.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc.(CYCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    As a service to our readers, the following list provides the 10 top pharmaceutical stocks to watch this month (May 2017), including the biggest gainers from April…

    Pharmaceutical Stock Current Share Price April 2017 Gain
    Cleveland BioLabs Inc. (Nasdaq: CBLI) $3.62 +120.6%
    Nexvet Biopharma Plc. (Nasdaq: NVET) $6.61 +69.7%
    Motif Bio Plc. (Nasdaq ADR: MTFB) $10.10 +68.2%
    Axovant Sciences Ltd. (NYSE: AXON) $24.43 +62.3%
    Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCC) $5.49 +46.7%
    Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CNAT) $8.67 +44.9%
    Akebia Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: AKBA) $13.07 +43.3%
    Akorn Inc. (Nasdaq: AKRX) $33.28 +38.9%
    Rockwell Medical Inc. (Nasdaq: RMTI) $8.78 +37.4%
    Akari Therapeutics Plc. (Nasdaq ADR: AKTX) $15.02 +35.4%

    The best-performing pharma stock of the month – Cleveland BioLabs Inc. – surged 120.6% to $3.53 a share by April 28. That crushed both the Nasdaq Biotech Index’s 1.5% gain and the Dow Jones’ 1.3% rise over the same period.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    These are the 10 best penny stocks that have seen the biggest returns over the last week (March 7 – March 14)…

    Penny StockCurrent PriceWeekly Gain (March 7 – March 14)Ocera Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: OCRX)$1.47+147.1%Internap Corp. (Nasdaq: INAP)$3.28+41.4%Soligenix Inc. (Nasdaq: SNGX)$2.94+40%Navios Maritime Partners LP (NYSE: NMM)$2.63+37%QuickLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QUIK)$2.14+30.5%Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: ADMP)$4.60+22.7EXCO Resources Inc. (NYSE: XCO)$0.65+20.5%Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCC)$4.38+20.3%Hebron Technology Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq: HEBT)$3.99+19.1%Curis Inc. (Nasdaq: CRIS)$2.85+18.4%

    As a reminder, this is only a tracking metric of penny stocks trading on SEC-regulated exchanges like the Nasdaq and NYSE. Although these top penny stocks are safer than those trading on the pink sheets, we don’t recommend buying any of them without the proper amount of financial research.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: NextEra Energy Partners, LP(NEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Leading the charge are two yieldcos — NextEra Energy Partners (NYSE:NEP) and 8point3 Energy Partners (NASDAQ:CAFD) — and utility company AES Corporation (NYSE:AES). Here’s a look at why they’re good dividend stocks to own today.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Company Name

    Share PriceYTDMarket CapClayton Williams Energy Inc. (NYSE: CWEI)$138.8216.4%2.4BDiamondback Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: FANG)$106.365.42%$9.38BWestern Gas Partners LP (NYSE: WES)$65.6411.71%$9.67BTesoro Logistics LP (NYSE: TLLP)$59.3416.79%$6.25BResolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN)$46.0811.87%$931.13MAntero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AM)$34.9813.28%$6.4BExterran Corp. (NYSE: EXTN)$33.9942.22%$1.19BDominion Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: DM)$32.9011.34%$2.6BNextEra Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NEP)$31.1922.12%$1.68BArchrock Inc. (NYSE: AROC)$16.0021.21%$1.12B

    While some of these stocks have performed well, we arent recommending this list of natural gas stocks. Thats because we arent interested in stocks that have already peaked at Money Morning; were interested in the next big winner. And we have one that could surge in 2017

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from TransAlta Corporation (NYSE: TAC) and NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP).

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    NextEra Energy Partners (NYSE:NEP) operates and manages energy assets that have a cleaner profile, such as natural gas pipelines and wind and solar power-generating facilities. The other common denominator is that the company secured long-term contracts for the power these assets produce as well as the capacity of its pipelines, which provides it with relatively steady cash flow. That gives it money with which to pay a lucrative distribution that currently yields 4%.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Hertz Global Holdings Inc(HTZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Shares of rental car company Hertz (NYSE:HTZ) fell as much as 11.7% on Thursday after analysts at Morgan Stanley cut its price target for the stock from $15 to $12. Shares closed the trading day down about 11.4%.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Hertz Global Holdings, Inc (NYSE: HTZ) was down, falling around 18 percent to $14.24. Barclays downgraded Hertz from Equal-Weight to Underweight.

    Commodities

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) , General Motors (GM) , Pandora Media (P) , Cedar Fair (FUN) , Quotient Technology (QUOT) and Rite Aid (RAD) .

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday's regular session.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Tower International, Inc.(TOWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Tower International (NYSE:TOWR) was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Wednesday.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (VLKAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Welcome to the December 2016 edition of EV company news. There has been plenty of exciting EV market news including Volkswagen’s (OTCPK:VLKAY) plan to have a 373 mile (597 km) range EV by 2020. November delivered the second best ever EV sales month globally. Chinese cars filled the top 3 best sellers.

  • [By ]

    The ‘Jolt’ investing tip of the day actually goes out to C-suite executives across the word: Always watch your back because someone is always vying for the top gig. Reading the various Volkswagen (VLKAY) CEO shake-up news, it’s pretty clear new CEO Herbert Diess undermined his now former boss Matthias M眉ller. He reportedly built up a base of support among board members and shareholders to appoint him as CEO, despite M眉ller’s success turning around VW after the emissions scandal. Crazy, but hey it’s vicious out there.  

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    Volkswagen AG (VLKAY) led the Dax higher, gaining 1.02% to 178.82, after the German carmaker reshuffled its top management, naming former BMW AG (BMWYY) executive Herbert Diess as CEO, replacing Matthias Mueller, in the company’s biggest management change since the diesel emissions scandal in 2015.

  • [By ]

    That’s good news for the industry as a whole — ranging from Tesla to General Motors Co.  (GM) , Ford Motor Co.  (F) , Volkswagen (VLKAY) and others.

  • [By ]

    Volkswagen AG (VLKAY) shares were also on the back foot, falling 2.4% in Frankfurt and holding down gains for the DAX performance index after news late Thursday that former CEO Martin Winterkorn had been charged with conspiracy by the U.S. Department of Justice for his role in the firm’s diesel-gate scandal.  

FANG’s Deliver On Earnings But Fail On Price Action

Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) did a great job alleviating fears that large-cap tech would be dragged through the mud and fading earnings would dishearten investors.

The major takeaways from the recent deluge of tech earnings are large-cap tech is getting better at what they do best, and the biggest are getting decisively bigger.

Of the 26% rise to $31.1 billion in Alphabets quarterly revenue, more than $26 billion was concentrated around its mammoth digital ad revenue business.

Alphabet, even though rebranded to express a diverse portfolio of assets, is still very much reliant on its ad revenue to carry the load made possible by Google search.

Its other bets category failed to impact the bottom line with loss-making speculative projects such as Nest Labs in charge of mounting a battle against Amazons (NASDAQ:AMZN) Alexa.

The quandary in this battle is the margins Alphabet will surrender to seize a portion of the future smart home market.

What we are seeing is a case of strength fueling further strength.

Alphabet did a lot to smooth over fears that government regulation would put a dent in its business model, asserting that it has been preparing for the new EU privacy rules for 18 months and its search ad business will not be materially affected by these new standards.

CFO Ruth Porat emphasized the shift to mobile, as mobile growth is leading the charge due to Internet users migration to mobile platforms.

Google search remains an unrivaled product that transcends culture, language, and society at optimal levels.

Sure, there are other online search engines out there, but the accuracy of results pale in comparison to the preeminent first-class operation at Google search.

Alphabet does not divulge revenue details about its cloud unit. However, the cloud unit is dropped into the other revenues category, which also includes hardware sales and posted close to $4.4 billion, up 36% YOY.

Although the cloud segment will never dwarf its premier digital ad segment, if Alphabet can ameliorate its cloud engine into a $10 billion per quarter segment, investors would dance in the streets with delight.

Another problem with the FANGs is that they are one-trick ponies. And if those ponies ever got locked up in the barn, it would spell imminent disaster.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is trying its best to diversify away from the iconic product that which consumers identify.

The iPhone company is ramping up its services and subscription business to combat waning iPhone demand.

Alphabet is charging hard into the autonomous ride-sharing business seizing a leadership position.

Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is doubling down on what it already does great create top-level original content.

This was after it shed its DVD business in the early stages after CEO Reed Hastings identified its imminent implosion.

Tech companies habitually display flexibility and nimbleness of which big corporations dream.

One of the few negatives in an otherwise solid earnings report was the TAC (traffic acquisition costs) reported at $6.28 billion, which make up 24% of total revenue.

An escalation of TAC as a percentage of revenue is certainly a risk factor for the digital ad business. But nibbling away at margins is not the end of the world, and the digital ad business will remain highly profitable moving forward.

TAC comprised 22% of revenue in Q1 2017, and the rise in costs reflects that mobile ads are priced at a premium.

Google noted that TAC will experience further pricing pressure because of the great leap toward mobile devices, but the pace of price increases will recede.

The increased cost of luring new eyeballs will not diminish FANGs earnings report buttressed by secular trends that pervade Silicon Valleys platforms.

The year of the cloud has positive implications for Alphabet. It ranks No. 3 in the cloud industry behind Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Amazon.

Amazon and Microsoft announce earnings later this week. The robust cloud segments should easily reaffirm the bullish sentiment in tech stocks.

Amazons earnings call could provide clarity on the bizarre backbiting emanating from the White House, even though Jeff Bezos rarely frequents the earnings call.

A thinly veiled or bold response would comfort investors because rumors of tech peaking would add immediate downside pressure to equities.

The wider-reaching short-term problem is the macro headwinds that could knock over techs position on top of the equity pedestal and bring it back down to reality in a war of diplomatic rhetoric and international tariffs.

Google, Facebook, and Netflix are the least affected FANGs because they have been locked out of the Chinese market for years.

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud arm of Amazon blew past cloud revenue estimates of 42% last quarter by registering a 45% jump in revenue.

Microsoft reiterated that immense cloud growth permeating through the industry, expanding 99% QOQ.

I expect repeat performances from the best cloud plays in the industry.

Any cloud firm growing under 20% is not even worth a look since the bull case for cloud revenue revolves around a minimum of 20% growth QOQ.

Amazon still boasts around 30% market share in the cloud space with Microsoft staking 15% but gaining each quarter.

AWS growth has been stunted for the past nine quarters as competition and cybersecurity costs related to patches erode margins.

Above all else, the one company that investors can pinpoint with margin problems is Amazon, which abandoned margin strength for market share years ago and that investors approved in droves.

AWS is the key driver of profits that allows Amazon to fund its e-commerce business.

Cloud adoption is still in the early stages.

Microsoft Azure and Google have a chance to catch up to AWS. There will be ample opportunity for these players to leverage existing infrastructure and expertise to rival AWSs strength.

As the recent IPO performance suggests, there is nothing hotter than this narrow sliver of tech, and this is all happening with numerous companies losing vast amounts of money such as Dropbox (NASDAQ:DBX) and Box (NYSE:BOX).

Microsoft has been inching toward gross profits of $8 billion per quarter and has been profitable for years.

And now it has a hyper-expanding cloud division to boot.

Any macro sell-off that pulls down Microsoft to around the $90 level or if Alphabet dips below $1000, these would be great entry points into the core pillars of the equity market.

If tech goes, so will everything else.

If it plays its cards right, Microsoft Azure has the tools in place to overtake AWS.

Shorting cloud companies is a difficult proposition because the leg ups are legendary.

If traders are looking for any tech shorts to pile into, then focus on the legacy companies that lack a cloud growth driver.

Another cue would be a company that has not completed the resuscitation process yet, such as Western Digital (NYSE:WDC) whose shares have traded sideways for the past year.

But for now, as the 10-year interest rate shoots past 3%, investors should bide their time as cheaper entry points will shortly appear.

Disclosure: I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018

Coming out of the recession, Dillard’s (NYSE:DDS) was a department store darling. Unlike other publicly-traded competitors, there was a deep-rooted belief that the company would be able to navigate the challenges facing old school stores in an increasingly digital and technologically-advanced world. Investors were willing to look past management’s unwillingness to engage shareholders. Presentations and Investor Days? Who needs them. Quarterly earnings conference calls? Unnecessary.

Unfortunately, for the company and long-term shareholders, the story began to fundamentally deteriorate in 2015. Same-store sales have continued to come in lower and lower at an increasingly alarming pace. Margins have contracted, inventory troubles remain, and free cash flow appears to be inflated because of minimal store investment. Is there any hope for Dillard’s heading into the key 2016 holiday season?

Historical Lookback

As a quick refresher on where Dillard’s has come from, investors can glean a lot from the below chart:

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: American Superconductor Corporation(AMSC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares surged 30.2 percent to $5.01 after dropping 40.86 percent on Tuesday. Marathon Patent Group filed for sale of 1.85 million shares of common stock by selling stockholders.
    Capricor Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CAPR) shares jumped 17.2 percent to $2.25 after the company reported the FDA clearance of Investigational New Drug application for CAP-1002.
    Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) gained 13.2 percent to $2.15 following 16.5 percent rally on Tuesday.
    Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB) shares climbed 11.8 percent to $10.45 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
    China Distance Education Hldgs Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: DL) shares surged 11.3 percent to $8.67. China Distance Education reported Q4 profit of $5.9 million on revenue of $41.7 million.
    Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK) shares gained 11 percent to $8.05 after falling 7.05 percent on Tuesday.
    Ooma Inc (NYSE: OOMA) shares surged 8.5 percent to $10.85 as the company posted strong Q3 results.
    Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) climbed 8 percent to $17.12 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.
    American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC) surged 7.8 percent to $3.59 after the company reported $8 million in D-VAR system orders.
    Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE: THR) rose 6.3 percent to $24.17. William Blair upgraded Thermon Group from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) surged 6.1 percent to $182.88. Nomura upgraded Domino's from Neutral to Buy.
    Xencor Inc (NASDAQ: XNCR) rose 5.9 percent to $21.17. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated coverage on Xencor with an Overweight rating.
    Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IDRA) gained 5.1 percent to $2.28 after the company disclosed that it has been granted FDA Fast Track designation for IMO-2125.
    Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) gained 5.1 percent to
  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    American Superconductor Corp.(Nasdaq: AMSC), based in Massachusetts, manufactures two-megawatt wind turbines and supplies for the construction of electrical power grids.

  • [By William Romov]

    According to S&P Capital IQ, shares of TTOO have an average price target of $5.75, representing 40.24% upside from current levels.

    Penny Stocks to Buy for December 2017, No. 4: American Superconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: AMSC)

    Massachusetts-based American Superconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: AMSC) makes two-megawatt wind turbines under the Windtec Solutions brand. The company also sells products and services to connect electricity-generating equipment with the power grid.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: NQ Mobile Inc.(NQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    Oberweis China Opportunities Fund (OBCHX), the best-performing U.S.-based fund investing in Chinese stocks, said Internet companies from NQ Mobile Inc. (NQ) to Qihoo 360 Technology Co. (QIHU) will extend a rally after jumping more than three-fold this year.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, telecommunications services shares gained by 0.42 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT), up 4 percent, and NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: NQ), up 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: NQ) shares dropped 16 percent to $3.88 after the company issued an update on the FL Mobile divestment. NQ Mobile is expected to report Q4 financial results on March 21, 2016.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Tele Celular Sul Participacoes S.A.(TSU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (NASDAQ: SHEN), down 3 percent, and TIM Participacoes SA (ADR) (NYSE: TSU) down 2 percent.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: MER Telemanagement Solutions Ltd.(MTSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of MER Telemanagement Solutions Ltd. (NASDAQ: MTSL) were down 17 percent to $2 after the company posted Q3 results.

    Zumiez Inc. (NASDAQ: ZUMZ) was down, falling around 12 percent to $19.15. Zumiez reported in-line earnings for its third quarter on Thursday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of MER Telemanagement Solutions Ltd. (NASDAQ: MTSL) were down 9 percent to $2.18 after the company posted Q3 results.

    Zumiez Inc. (NASDAQ: ZUMZ) was down, falling around 10 percent to $19.78. Zumiez reported in-line earnings for its third quarter on Thursday.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) reported fiscal first-quarter 2018 results after markets closed Thursday. The software behemoth reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.84 on revenues of $24.5 billion. In the same period last year the company reported EPS of $0.72 on revenues of $21.93 billion. The consensus estimates called for EPS of $0.72 on revenues of $23.56 billion.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Shares of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) may face additional pressure today after another surprise update from one of its biggest suppliers. Austria-based supplier AMS, a maker of optical sensors for the iPhone X, warned that sales for the second quarter will fall by roughly 50% from the first quarter. This comes not long after Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.(ADR) (NYSE: TSM) offered a lower-than-expected Q2 revenue forecast. Now, Wall Street analysts could soon follow with cuts to iPhone sales forecasts, especially after rival Samsung warned of a slowdown in display panel sales.
    This morning, the European Central Bank announced it will maintain its record-low interest rates and accommodating monetary policy. At a time when the U.S. central bank is raising rates, the ECB failed to provide a timeline on when it will end its massive stimulus package, which features monthly bond purchases of $37 billion.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: DNKN, QSR, GM, FB
    Hedge fund manager and notable short-seller Jim Chanos is lining up positions against two of the restaurant industry’s best-known firms. Shares of Dunkin Brands Group Inc.(Nasdaq: DNKN) and Restaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE: QSR), which owns Burger King, were both sliding after Chanos said he was short the firms over sales concerns. The news comes the same morning that DNKN topped Wall Street profit estimates of $0.62 by $0.11. However, DNKN quarterly revenue fell short of expectations.
    Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) stock doesn’t appear to be facing any significant fallout due to its ongoing data scandal. The social media giant shattered revenue expectations after the bell Wednesday. Shares popped 7% after the company reported a 50% year-over-year revenue surge. The firm reported 1.45 billion daily active users and 2.2 billion monthly users. This was the first earnings report since the Cambridge Analytica scandal that happened in March. Shares are rebounding, as the firm had lost billions in

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Other major players have been pushing their tech into cars as well. Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) already are making the move into connected cars with their smart assistants.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) is scheduled to share its quarterly report on Wednesday. The consensus estimates are $0.86 in EPS on $28.39 billion in revenue. Shares were at a 52-week high of $94.06 on Fridays close. The 52-week low is $62.75, and the consensus price target is $97.33.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) HoloLens, which projects digital objects onto real world surfaces, is often considered the next big platform for the augmented reality (AR) market. However, the developer version of HoloLens still costs $3,000, and Microsoft still hasn’t set a timeline for its consumer release.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.(LLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    L3 Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LLL) just hosted its investor day and projected that it wants to be considered among the top defense firms. Multiple analysts have raised their target prices. RBC raised its rating to Outperform from Sector Perform and its target price to $239 from $202. Other price target hikes were seen as follows: Cowen to $210 from $200, Jefferies to $201 from $188 and JPMorgan to $220 from $205.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows ViaSat, Inc plus mid to large cap communications stockslikeHarris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) and L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc (NYSE: LLL)had been moving in tandem until last yearwhile small cap Gogo Inc has underperformed:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the fourteen analysts that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $223.00.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Headquartered in New York City, large cap L3 Technologies Inc (NYSE: LLL) employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The Company reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion.

Boeing, Cisco Prop Up the Dow Thursday

May 3, 2018: Markets opened lower again Thursday but much of the early loss was recovered and it looks like equities will end the day right around the break-even line. Traders are paying attention to U.S. trade talks with China, possible inflation, bond rates, the nuclear agreement with Iran, and earnings. With so much going on it’s not hard to see why markets are reluctant to plot a course in either direction.

Equity indexes traded very near the break-even line just minutes before the closing bell. The closing tally could show either a small gain or a small loss for any of the indexes.

WTI crude oil for June delivery settled at $68.43 a barrel, up 0.7% for the day. June gold added about about 0.5% on the day to settle at $1,312.70. Equities were headed for a lowerclose about 10 minutes before the bell as the Dow traded up 0.11% for the day, the S&P 500 traded down 0.27%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded down 0.15%.

Bitcoin futures (XBTK8) for May delivery traded at $9,700, up about 6.4% on the CBOE after opening at $9,250 this morning. The digital currency’s trading range for the day was $9,180 to $9,800. Goldman Sachs is within weeks of launching its own trading desk in virtual currencies, including bitcoin.

The Dow stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Thursday was The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) which traded up 2.51% at $332.34 in a 52-week range of $175.47 to $371.60. Volume of about 5.5 million shares was about 5% below the daily average. The company had no specific news.

Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) traded up 1.84% at $44.67. The stock’s 52-week range is $30.36 to $46.16. Volume was about 30% lower than the daily average of around 29 million shares. The company acquired an AI company on Tuesday for $270 million in cash and announced this morning that it had sold another $73 million worth of VMware stock in the first quarter of this year.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) traded up 1.00% at $94.55. The stock’s 52-week range is $67.14 to $97.90. Volume was nearly 30% below the daily average of around 34.6 million. The company had no specific news. The company said today that sales of its Xbox One console are up 15% compared with 2017 sales for the same period.

3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded up 0.8% at $196.10. The stock’s 52-week range is $191.44 to $259.77. Volume was about 15% below the daily average of around 3 million. The company had no specific news Thursday.

Of the Dow stocks, 12 are on track to close higher Thursday and 18 are set to close lower.

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