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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019

S&P Global Market Intelligence’s Jeffrey Loo explains why he’s maintaining his Buy rating on Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) following reports it had rejected a takeover bid earlier this year:

Reuters

According to unconfirmed reports, including the Wall Street Journal, Valeant rejected an unsolicited joint takeover bid from Takeda Pharmaceutical, the largest Japanese drug firm, and private equity firm TPG. The offer didn’t include a firm price and came before Joseph Papa was named Valeant’s new CEO. We aren’t surprised by the inquiry as we believe Valeant has attractive assets and we view the shares as undervalued. We think news of the proposal may potentially lead to other bidders stepping forward. But we would not be surprised if Valeant sells off assets to raise cash to help de-leverage.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Liberty Tax, Inc.(TAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Acacia Research (NASDAQ: ACTG) and Liberty Tax (NASDAQ:TAX) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings and valuation.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Medley Capital Corporation(MCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Moving Cloud Coin (CURRENCY:MCC) traded down 11% against the U.S. dollar during the one day period ending at 20:00 PM E.T. on September 10th. Moving Cloud Coin has a market capitalization of $0.00 and $1.70 million worth of Moving Cloud Coin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. Over the last seven days, Moving Cloud Coin has traded 18% lower against the U.S. dollar. One Moving Cloud Coin coin can now be bought for $0.0189 or 0.00000300 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including DOBI trade, BCEX and CoinEgg.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Medley Capital Corp (NYSE:MCC) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the six analysts that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have issued a hold rating on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $4.67.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Medley Capital Corp (NYSE:MCC) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the six research firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation and four have assigned a hold recommendation to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $4.67.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Sims Metal Management Limited(SMS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Speed Mining Service (CURRENCY:SMS) traded 4.2% higher against the dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 0:00 AM E.T. on May 20th. One Speed Mining Service token can now be purchased for $16.33 or 0.00192074 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including CoinExchange and HitBTC. Speed Mining Service has a market capitalization of $1.71 million and $413.00 worth of Speed Mining Service was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. Over the last seven days, Speed Mining Service has traded 4.2% lower against the dollar.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Speed Mining Service (CURRENCY:SMS) traded 7.8% lower against the US dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 8:00 AM Eastern on June 7th. During the last seven days, Speed Mining Service has traded 21.8% lower against the US dollar. One Speed Mining Service token can currently be bought for approximately $11.56 or 0.00150095 BTC on major exchanges including CoinExchange and HitBTC. Speed Mining Service has a market capitalization of $1.21 million and $182.00 worth of Speed Mining Service was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Speed Mining Service (CURRENCY:SMS) traded down 7.9% against the U.S. dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 15:00 PM Eastern on August 19th. One Speed Mining Service token can currently be purchased for $12.83 or 0.00201073 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including CoinExchange and HitBTC. Speed Mining Service has a market cap of $1.34 million and $944.00 worth of Speed Mining Service was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. During the last week, Speed Mining Service has traded down 15.5% against the U.S. dollar.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Minerals Technologies Inc.(MTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Matryx (CURRENCY:MTX) traded 6.4% lower against the U.S. dollar during the 1-day period ending at 7:00 AM Eastern on September 10th. In the last seven days, Matryx has traded down 24.7% against the U.S. dollar. One Matryx token can currently be purchased for $0.0640 or 0.00001013 BTC on major exchanges including RightBTC, Huobi and HitBTC. Matryx has a total market cap of $1.49 million and approximately $35,695.00 worth of Matryx was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Minerals Technologies (NYSE:MTX) posted its earnings results on Thursday. The basic materials company reported $1.13 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.12 by $0.01, Bloomberg Earnings reports. Minerals Technologies had a return on equity of 13.89% and a net margin of 11.64%. The company had revenue of $431.30 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $420.00 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.97 earnings per share. Minerals Technologies’s revenue was up 6.5% on a year-over-year basis.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Minerals Technologies (NYSE: MTX) and Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Shire plc(SHPG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Shire PLC (NASDAQ:SHPG) have earned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the twenty brokerages that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have assigned a hold recommendation and twelve have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $208.89.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. on Tuesday reached an agreement to buy Shire PLC (NASDAQ: SHPG), capping a months long battle for control of the European drugmaker and marking the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Japanese company: Link $

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. moved closer to securing a $64 billion takeover of Shire PLC (NASDAQ: SHPG) after the target said it was willing to recommend that shareholders accept the Japanese firm’s latest proposal and extended a deadline to reach a definitive agreement: Link $

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    In this episode of The Motley Fool’s Industry Focus: Healthcare, analysts Kristine Harjes and Todd Campbell discuss if the criticism is fair and if athenahealth’s likely to be acquired. Also, they update investors on Takeda’s plan to merge with Shire Plc (NASDAQ:SHPG) in a $62 billion deal and how patience finally paid off for Portola Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:PTLA) investors.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    A month of back-and-forth has resulted in a Takeda (NASDAQOTH:TKPHF) and Shire Plc (NASDAQ:SHPG) striking a deal to form the eight biggest drugmaker in the world. The merger’s $62 billion cost, however, could be a problem, especially if it dings Takeda’s credit rating.

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Shire Plc. (Nasdaq: SHPG) is an international biotech firm that specializes in developing treatments for rare diseases and chronic conditions.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc.(PLAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    HEROcoin (CURRENCY:PLAY) traded down 11.2% against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 15:00 PM ET on October 11th. One HEROcoin token can currently be bought for approximately $0.0093 or 0.00000148 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including Kucoin, CoinBene and IDEX. HEROcoin has a market capitalization of $1.13 million and $66,067.00 worth of HEROcoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. During the last seven days, HEROcoin has traded up 1.1% against the US dollar.

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    After getting stuck in a slump for the better part of a year, shares of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) have been showing signs of life once again. A slide in foot traffic persists but is slowing down, and new locations are performing well.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Dave & Buster’s (NASDAQ:PLAY) stock has been surging again since the company reported second-quarter earnings, marking the second straight post-earnings rally for a stock that was forgotten just a few months ago. Shares were up 7% on Friday, and the stock jumped a total of 63% since its bottom in May, a surprising run for a company that is still dealing with a number of challenges.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Dave & Buster’s (NASDAQ: PLAY) is one of 56 publicly-traded companies in the “Eating places” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Dave & Buster’s to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(INFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Infinity Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:INFI) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report published on Saturday morning.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: INFI) shares made a healthy gain early on Tuesday after the firm announced a collaboration with Arcus Biosciences Inc. (NYSE: RCUS). These two companies have entered into a clinical collaboration to evaluate two triple combination therapies in selected tumor types that typically show minimal response to checkpoint inhibition monotherapy.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:INFI) CEO Adelene Q. Perkins sold 5,000 shares of Infinity Pharmaceuticals stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $2.82, for a total transaction of $14,100.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Church & Dwight Company, Inc.(CHD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Brown Advisory Inc. grew its stake in Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) by 5.2% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 269,971 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 13,294 shares during the period. Brown Advisory Inc. owned about 0.11% of Church & Dwight worth $14,352,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Church & Dwight Co.Inc.  (NYSE:CHD)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 05, 2019, 12:00 p.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Matthew T. Farrell — President and Chief Executive Officer

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reissued by research analysts at Jefferies Financial Group in a report issued on Sunday. They presently have a $55.00 price target on the stock. Jefferies Financial Group’s price target would suggest a potential upside of 14.13% from the company’s previous close.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close was Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) which traded down over 7% at $60.45. The stock’s 52-week range is $44.87 to $69.49. Volume was 7.3 million compared to the daily average volume of 2.0 million.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Netflix, Inc.(NFLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. trimmed its holdings in shares of Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) by 15.7% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 4,399 shares of the Internet television network’s stock after selling 822 shares during the period. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in Netflix were worth $1,299,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Investors wondering how consumers will react to Amazon Prime’s upcoming price increase are in luck. One of Amazon’s closet peers, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), just implemented a price increase of its own. Let’s take a closer look.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    It seems as if the only thing Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is doing more consistently than introducing new original hit shows is blowing past its quarterly forecasts. The world’s leading premium streaming service came through with another better-than-expected financial performance after Monday’s market close. 

  • [By Chris Johnson]

    Earlier this week, I wrote about the spotlight-hogging FAANG stocks – Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB), Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), and the “new Google”: Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) – which comprise more than a third of the Invesco QQQ Trust, the tracking ETF for the Nasdaq 100.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Aluminum Corporation of China Ltd(ACH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Aluminum Corp. of China Limited (NYSE:ACH) has received an average rating of “Hold” from the seven ratings firms that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Aluminum Corp. of China Limited (NYSE:ACH) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eight research firms that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Aluminum Corp. of China Ltd. (NYSE: ACH) was trading up over 7% at $11.88 in New York trading. The 52-week range is $9.20 to $23.54.

    Century Aluminum Co. (NASDAQ: CENX) was down 13.3% at $10.30, and it now has a new 52-week range of $10.13 to $24.77, with that low being put in on the same day.

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Hot Casino Stocks To Buy For 2019: Logitech International S.A.(LOGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) surged 73.3 percent to $3.90.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) shares gained 51 percent to $33.1365. The nano-cap low-float stock skyrocketed over 1,300 percent on Wednesday on no company specific news which would support the surge. The move higher is consistent with what was seen in other low-float stocks over the past few months.
    Monaker Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKGI) shares jumped 34 percent to $3.00.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) shares rose 28.2 percent to $4.51 after gaining 9.32 percent on Wednesday.
    STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ: STAA) shares jumped 27.8 percent to $21.40 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) rose 20.5 percent to $8.920 after climbing 107.87 percent on Wednesday.
    Xspand Products Lab Inc (NASDAQ: XSPL) gained 19.5 percent to $ 5.97. Xspand Products priced its IPO at $5 per share.
    YRC Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW) rose 18.9 percent to $10.035 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    ENDRA Life Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: NDRA) gained 18.3 percent to $3.0177. ENDRA Life Sciences is expected to report Q1 results on May 15.
    MYR Group Inc. (NASDAQ: MYRG) rose 18.1 percent to $35.85 after the company posted strong Q1 earnings.
    Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTEC) shares jumped 16 percent to $30.75 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    TTM Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTMI) gained 13.7 percent to $16.53 after reporting Q1 results.
    Insight Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSIT) shares surged 12 percent to $40.06 following better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (NYSE: THS) rose 11.8 percent to $40.93 following Q1 results.
    Engility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EGL) surged 11.2 percent to $27.36. Engility reported upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Synalloy Corporation (NASDAQ: SYNL) rose 10.7 percent to $19.10 following Q1 results.
    Logitech International S.A. (NASDAQ: LOGI)
  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mckinley Capital Management LLC Delaware raised its stake in Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGI) by 7.0% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 30,741 shares of the technology company’s stock after acquiring an additional 2,017 shares during the period. Mckinley Capital Management LLC Delaware’s holdings in Logitech were worth $1,129,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Logitech International (LOGI)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Logitech International (NASDAQ:LOGI) released its quarterly earnings data on Monday. The technology company reported $0.34 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.27 by $0.07, RTT News reports. Logitech International had a net margin of 8.16% and a return on equity of 24.12%. The company had revenue of $608.48 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $584.37 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.24 earnings per share.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Logitech (NASDAQ: LOGI) and TransAct Technologies (NASDAQ:TACT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and profitability.

Hot Casino Stocks To Buy For 2019: EP Energy Corporation(EPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the energy shares climbed 1.59 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included SeaDrill Limited (NYSE: SDRL), up 77 percent, and EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE), up 19 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Monday afternoon, the energy shares rose 2.14 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGC), up 12 percent, and EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE) up 13 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Monday morning, the energy shares rose 2.24 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGC), up 12 percent, and EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE) up 14 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday morning, the energy shares rose 0.76 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Seadrill Limited (NYSE: SDRL), up 59 percent, and EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE) up 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRPA) shares jumped 31.6 percent to $12.18 following TripAdvisor Q1 earnings beat.
    ZAGG Inc (NASDAQ: ZAGG) rose 26.5 percent to $14.55 after the company posted better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    OPKO Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) shares gained 25 percent to $4.0234 following Q1 beat.
    Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAXN) jumped 23.5 percent to $55.12 following a big Q1 beat. The company raised its fiscal 2018 sales growth guidance from 16-18 percent to 18-20 percent.
    Penn Virginia Corporation (NASDAQ: PVAC) gained 23.3 percent to $59.00 after reporting Q1 results.
    TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) rose 22.5 percent to $47.51 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) shares surged 21.7 percent to $3.36. Amazon.com's partnership with Sears started in 2017 with an agreement to sell Kenmore-branded appliances online. On Wednesday, the companies announced an extension of their relationship to now include tire delivery and installations.
    EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE) jumped 21.3 percent to $2.68 following Q1 results.
    LendingClub Corporation (NYSE: LC) surged 20.4 percent to $3.395 following better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    Superior Industries International, Inc. (NYSE: SUP) gained 19 percent to $15.82 after reporting Q1 results.
    Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLCM) shares rose 18.5 percent to $8.13 following Q1 results.
    Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO) rose 18.3 percent to $52.47 after the company posted strong quarterly results.
    Cerus Corporation (NASDAQ: CERS) shares jumped 18.3 percent to $6.47 following quarterly results.
    IEC Electronics Corp. (NYSE: IEC) shares climbed 17 percent to $4.68 after reporting better-than-expected quarterly earnings.
    New Relic, Inc. (NYSE: NEWR) rose 16.8 percent to $90.10 following Q4 results.
    Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: GPOR)
  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That bullish inventory number, along with the potential for even higher oil prices, sent oil stocks soaring, with several smaller producers spiking more than 10% today. Among that group was EP Energy (NYSE:EPE), Sanchez Energy (NYSE:SN), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), HighPoint Resources (NYSE:HPR), and Carrizo Oil & Gas (NASDAQ:CRZO).

Hot Casino Stocks To Buy For 2019: icad inc.(ICAD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    Netshoes (Cayman) Limited (NASDAQ: NETS) shares dipped 43.73 percent to close at $2.87 on Tuesday as the company posted downbeat Q1 results.
    Cesca Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: KOOL) shares dropped 29.01 percent to close at $0.80 after reporting Q1 results.
    SenesTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNES) shares fell 22.2 percent to close at $0.340 after reporting Q1 miss.
    Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE: VIPS) fell 19.95 percent to close at $12.08 after the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Monday.
    Image Sensing Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISNS) fell 19.68 percent to close at $3.775 after reporting earnings were down year over year. First quarter earnings came in flat, down from 4 cents per share in the same quarter of last year. Sales came in at $3.01 million.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) dropped 18.47 percent to close at $9.62 on Tuesday after surging 77.44 percent on Monday.
    ENDRA Life Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: NDRA) declined 16.21 percent to close at $2.43. ENDRA Life Sciences is expected to release quarterly earnings today.
    ALJ Regional Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALJJ) shares fell 16.13 percent to close at $1.79.
    Switch Inc (NYSE: SWCH) shares dropped 14.93 percent to close at $13.16 following a first-quarter earnings miss.
    Restoration Robotics Inc (NASDAQ: HAIR) fell 14.42 percent to close at $3.68 after reporting a first-quarter earnings miss.
    iCAD, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICAD) declined 13.01 percent to close at $3.41 following Q1 results.
    Intersections Inc. (NASDAQ: INTX) fell 12.44 percent to close at $1.97.
    Histogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HSGX) declined 12.24 percent to close at $2.15.
    AZZ Inc. (NYSE: AZZ) fell 12.1 percent to close at $39.60 following Q3 earnings.
    Hallador Energy Company (NASDAQ: HNRG) fell 11.1 percent to close at $6.49.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) dropped 10.66 percent to close at $16.93 on Tuesday.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) slipp

Hot Casino Stocks To Buy For 2019: Netflix, Inc.(NFLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Options Action", Dan Nathan spoke about unusual options activity in Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX). He said call options outnumbered puts 1.5 to 1 and there was one trade that caught his attention.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The Dow Jones today jumped 200 points in pre-market trading, as bullish investors reacted to stellar earnings reports from Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS). Markets are likely to continue to rise on what is expected to be the strongest earnings season in seven years – largely due to strong consumer confidence and the recent tax reform law.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Buying shares of these stocks could be like picking up Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) stock before it soared to today’s record highs. A $1,000 investment in NFLX when it had a VQScore of 4-plus would be worth more than $16,000 today.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Carvana (NYSE:CVNA), andTwilio(NYSE:TWLO)are just some of the names that have delivered game-changing wealth to investors through the first six months of 2018. Let’s go over why these three stocks have more than doubled this year.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    The stock market has been a bit volatile this year, but there are some sectors that are still experiencing significant share price gains. For example, the Nasdaq 100 Technology Sectoris up about 22% over the past 12 months.Those gains are pretty impressive, but a handful of tech stocks, including Square (NYSE:SQ) and Netflix(NASDAQ:NFLX), have seen their share price jump about five times as much.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    That’s where Time Warner’s crown jewel HBO comes in. It may have lost its undisputed lead in premium content to Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), and improving peers like CBS’s (NYSE: CBS)Showtime. But HBO is still on par with any of them in terms of quality, and had 142 million subscribers — more than Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Showtime — at the end of 2017. In addition, over 88 million are overseas, in geographies AT&T might not (currently) touch.

Hot Casino Stocks To Buy For 2019: LivaNova PLC(LIVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN) have received a consensus rating of “Buy” from the eleven research firms that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $88.57.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDGL) shares surged 144.96 percent to close at $265.61 on Thursday in reaction to an encouraging Phase 2 clinical trial update. The clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company said its liver-directed, thyroid hormone receptor called MGL-3196 showed a statistical significance in the primary endpoint of lowering liver fat at 12 weeks and also 36 weeks.
    Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VKTX) shares rose 101.01 percent to close at $9.99 on Thursday after falling 4.42 percent on Wednesday.
    Akers Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKER) jumped 45.58 percent to close at $0.474. The developer of rapid health information technologies said Wednesday afternoon it was granted a 180-day extension from the Nasdaq Stock Market to meet the requirement of a minimum $1.00 per share closing bid price for 10 straight days.
    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) gained 40.93 percent to close at $3.03 after the FDA approved Kitov's Consensi for the treatment of osteoarthritis pain and hypertension.
    China Customer Relations Centers, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCRC) rose 28.21 percent to close at $19.86.
    J.Jill, Inc. (NYSE: JILL) climbed 26.45 percent to close at $7.84 after the company posted upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRIS) shares climbed 21.93 percent to close at $2.78 in reaction to an encouraging FDA update. The biotechnology company that focuses on therapies for the treatment of cancer said the FDA granted a Fast Track designation for fimepinostat (CUDC-907) in patients with relapsed or refractory.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 21.23 percent to close at $7.48.
    Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) rose 16.21 percent to close at $12.83 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    The Brink's Company (NYSE: BCO) jumped 16.2 percent to close at $79.25 as the company announced plans to acquire Dunbar Armored for $520 million in cash.
    Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAOI) rose 15.14 percent to c
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDGL) jumped 124.8 percent to $243.725 in reaction to an encouraging Phase 2 clinical trial update. The clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company said its liver-directed, thyroid hormone receptor called MGL-3196 showed a statistical significance in the primary endpoint of lowering liver fat at 12 weeks and also 36 weeks.
    Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VKTX) gained 63.4 percent to $8.12 after falling 4.42 percent on Wednesday.
    Takung Art Co., Ltd. (NYSE: TKAT) rose 43.3 percent to $2.9094
    vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) shares climbed 29.7 percent to $2.16 after the company reported a licensing deal with Newsoara Biopharma to rights for vTv's PDE4 Inhibitor in China and other Pacific Rim territories.
    Akers Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKER) gained 26.2 percent to $0.4109. The developer of rapid health information technologies said Wednesday afternoon it was granted a 180-day extension from the Nasdaq Stock Market to meet the requirement of a minimum $1.00 per share closing bid price for 10 straight days.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) rose 22.2 percent to $11.6254. Genprex reported engagement of WIRB-Copernicus Group to provide clinical trial services to support Oncoprex clinical trial program.
    J.Jill, Inc. (NYSE: JILL) gained 21 percent to $7.506 after the company posted upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Urban One, Inc. (NASDAQ: UONE) gained 19.7 percent to $3.95 after rising 78.38 percent on Wednesday.
    TapImmune, Inc. (NASDAQ: TPIV) shares gained 18.5 percent to $6.03 after climbing 24.15 percent on Wednesday.
    Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) rose 17.3 percent to $12.95 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    CymaBay Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBAY) shares gained 15.1 percent to $13.210.
    The Brink's Company (NYSE: BCO) climbed 14.2 percent to $77.875 as the company announced plans to acquire Dunbar Armored for $520 million in cash.
    Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEY
  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of medical device developer LivaNova (NASDAQ:LIVN) jumped 13% today after the company commented on the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reconsideration of whether or not to cover the technology provider’s Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy (VNS Therapy) for treatment-resistant depression (TRD).

Hot Casino Stocks To Buy For 2019: AbbVie Inc.(ABBV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    On Friday, AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) is scheduled to reveal its second-quarter results. The consensus estimates are $1.97 in EPS and $8.21 billion in revenue. Shares were trading at $88.14 as the week came to a close. The consensus price target is $113.05. The 52-week range is $69.38 to $125.86.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    I think both income-seeking investors and value investors will like AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) and Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD). Here’s why these are two cheap dividend stocks that you can buy right now.

  • [By Todd Campbell, Sean Williams, and Brian Feroldi]

    Galapagos also expects to report data soon for its triplet combination therapy for cystic fibrosis. It’s developing this triplet with AbbVie Inc. (NYSE:ABBV)and the potential revenue opportunity in that indication is significant, too.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    The way to determine where a puck is going to be requires evaluating its direction and speed. I used a similar approach to identify five stocks with fast-growing dividends: Boeing (NYSE:BA), Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), CVS Health (NYSE:CVS), Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN), and AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV). Here’s why these stocks could be great picks for dividend-seeking investors.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) ended 2017 with a bang, posting tremendousfourth-quarter results in January. The company has started 2018 with a bang, too.

    On Thursday, AbbVie announced its Q1 earnings results. Wall Street analysts thought the company would report revenue of $7.6 billion. AbbVie’s actual revenue total was $7.9 billion. Analysts expected adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.79. AbbVie reported adjusted EPS in Q1 of $1.87.

  • [By George Budwell]

    After releasing downright worrisome first-quarter results, Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) has seen its shares drop by a noteworthy 11.7% in the past few days. The big concern is that Gilead’s ailing hepatitis C franchise has yet to stabilize in the wake of newfound competition from AbbVie’s (NYSE:ABBV)Mavyret.

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First Personal Financial Services lessened its position in shares of iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF (NASDAQ:SCZ) by 1.8% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 44,080 shares of the company’s stock after selling 829 shares during the quarter. First Personal Financial Services’ holdings in iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF were worth $2,874,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Other large investors have also recently made changes to their positions in the company. WealthShield LLC acquired a new stake in shares of iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF during the 4th quarter worth approximately $110,000. Exchange Capital Management Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF during the 1st quarter worth approximately $117,000. MUFG Americas Holdings Corp acquired a new stake in shares of iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF during the 4th quarter worth approximately $148,000. Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co. acquired a new stake in shares of iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF during the 4th quarter worth approximately $202,000. Finally, Dynamic Advisors Solutions LLC acquired a new stake in iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF in the 4th quarter valued at $203,000.

Best Value Stocks To Watch Right Now: Netflix, Inc.(NFLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) reported fourth quarter financial results after markets closed on Monday. The company said that it had $0.41 in earnings per share (EPS) and $3.29 billion in revenue, compared with consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $0.41 in EPS and $3.28 billion in revenue. The same period from last year had $0.15 in EPS and $2.48 billion in revenue.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News articles about Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Netflix earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the Internet television network an impact score of 45.3534872363331 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Earlier this year, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings had remarkedthat his company’s next 100 million subscribers will come from India. Hastings, however, didn’t point out how much time it might take to achieve this ambitious number, because in reality, the streaming giant is nowhere close to its goal.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    That’s where Time Warner’s crown jewel HBO comes in. It may have lost its undisputed lead in premium content to Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), and improving peers like CBS’s (NYSE: CBS)Showtime. But HBO is still on par with any of them in terms of quality, and had 142 million subscribers — more than Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Showtime — at the end of 2017. In addition, over 88 million are overseas, in geographies AT&T might not (currently) touch.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    But not every company’s shares enjoyed a positive session. Read on to learn why L Brands (NYSE:LB), Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), and Cato(NYSE:CATO) each slumped today.

Best Value Stocks To Watch Right Now: Concert Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(CNCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Concert Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CNCE) have been given an average rating of “Buy” by the nine research firms that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $27.80.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Teachers Advisors LLC boosted its position in Concert Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CNCE) by 293.9% during the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 135,399 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 101,026 shares during the quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC’s holdings in Concert Pharmaceuticals were worth $3,503,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Best Value Stocks To Watch Right Now: Curtiss-Wright Corporation(CW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd decreased its stake in shares of Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE:CW) by 59.2% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 3,188 shares of the aerospace company’s stock after selling 4,625 shares during the period. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd’s holdings in Curtiss-Wright were worth $430,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Curtiss-Wright (NYSE:CW) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, May 16th, RTT News reports. Shareholders of record on Thursday, June 21st will be paid a dividend of 0.15 per share by the aerospace company on Thursday, July 5th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.46%.

Best Value Stocks To Watch Right Now: Aaron's, Inc.(AAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Since Last Time

I have taken a long break since I last wrote on my favorite holding, Career Education Corporation (CECO). Every article I’ve written has received, at best, a lukewarm response. Few seem interested, least of which Wall Street. On the last two earnings calls, no analysts were present. The company continues to get no serious research; almost nobody but myself actually writes anything publicly on it.

Despite that, the stock is up significantly over its peers, over the market as a whole, remains well undervalued, and should continue trending higher in the near term. To put a few numbers to this. Since I began following the company five years ago, Career Education has performed 4x better than the Dow, 2.5x better than the NASDAQ (which itself has been nothing short of hot), and as for its other peers’ five-year performance. See chart.

CECO ATGE STRA CPLA BPI APEI 354% 49% 91% 192% -6% -23%

And it is not as if analysts don’t follow the education space. Every one of these other firms gets significant interest from Wall Street analysts both big and small. Nor is it that Career Education is too small to follow. In fact, it is one of the biggest companies in the space.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: A V Homes, Inc.(AVHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    World Fuel Services Corporation (NYSE: INT) tumbled 18 percent to $22.90 following Q1 results.
    Biglari Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BH) fell 17.4 percent to $349.52. Washington Prime Group will replace Biglari Holdings in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 1.
    Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLEX) dipped 15.7 percent to $14.03 after a mixed fourth quarter report.
    FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM) fell 15.3 percent to $11.65. FormFactor is expected to release Q1 results on May 2.
    Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) dropped 14.3 percent to $6.24 following Q1 results.
    National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ: NATI) fell 14.3 percent to $ 42.34 after reporting Q1 results.
    United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) dipped 14.2 percent to $32.37 following Q1 results.
    Civeo Corporation (NYSE: CVEO) dropped 13.5 percent to $3.33. Civeo posted a Q1 loss of $0.42 per share on sales of $101.504 million.
    athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) fell 12.4 percent to $125.310 after reporting Q1 results.
    Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) shares tumbled 12.1 percent to $262.06 as the company posted Q1 results.
    Value Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: VALU) fell 11.3 percent to $19.10.
    Federated Investors, Inc. (NYSE: FII) shares dropped 11.2 percent to $27.605 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings.
    AV Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVHI) declined 10.7 percent to $17.20 following Q1 results.
    CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ: CAMP) dropped 9.4 percent to $21.01 after reporting Q4 results.
    Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares fell 8.9 percent to $7.280 following mixed Q1 results.
    Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) shares fell 8.4 percent to $45.97 after reporting Q4 results.
    LogMeIn Inc (NASDAQ: LOGM) fell 8.2 percent to $109.825. LogMeIn reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, but issued weak second quarter and FY18 earning guidance.
    Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of AV Homes (NASDAQ:AVHI) have soared today, up by 29% as of 1:40 p.m. EDT, after the company announcedit was being acquired. Larger homebuilder Taylor Morrison Home Corporation (NYSE:TMHC) is scooping up AV Homes in a $1 billion deal.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: MISONIX Inc.(MSON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    MISONIX (NASDAQ:MSON) posted its earnings results on Monday. The medical equipment provider reported $0.23 earnings per share for the quarter, Bloomberg Earnings reports. The company had revenue of $12.44 million during the quarter. MISONIX had a negative net margin of 28.12% and a negative return on equity of 11.13%.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Dillard's, Inc.(DDS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    On Monday, top department store stocks including Macy’s (NYSE:M), Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS), Dillard’s (NYSE:DDS), and J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) lost roughly 3% to 4%. The catalyst was a negative analyst report.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Brokerages forecast that Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE:DDS) will announce ($0.41) earnings per share (EPS) for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have issued estimates for Dillard’s’ earnings, with estimates ranging from ($0.51) to ($0.28). Dillard’s posted earnings per share of ($0.58) in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 29.3%. The company is scheduled to issue its next earnings report on Thursday, August 9th.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Wall Street brokerages predict that Dillard’s (NYSE:DDS) will post earnings of ($0.52) per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Two analysts have provided estimates for Dillard’s’ earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at ($0.31) and the lowest estimate coming in at ($0.72). Dillard’s posted earnings of ($0.58) per share during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 10.3%. The firm is scheduled to issue its next earnings results on Thursday, August 9th.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    In this episode of Industry Focus: Consumer Goods, Vincent Shen and senior Motley Fool contributor Adam Levine-Weinberg dive into the latest developments fromMacy’s(NYSE:M), Kohl’s(NYSE:KSS), and Dillard’s(NYSE:DDS), which have all enjoyed bullish rallies of 30% in the past month.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Netflix, Inc.(NFLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Streaming giant Netflix (NFLX) is gearing up for its earnings results on April 16. It’s hard to forget the mind-blowing performance the stock put in with its fourth-quarter earnings reports in January. Subscriber additions blew past the expected growth targets both internationally and in the U.S. Now investors are wondering- is a repeat performance possible?

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media coverage about Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) has trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Netflix earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the Internet television network an impact score of 45.8179078714349 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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    Netflix (NFLX) reports earnings Monday after the bell, and the industry is looking for $0.63 in earnings per share. However, technical analysis tells us to trade cautiously.

  • [By ]

    Actually, Netflix (NFLX) is a beast per this Periscope dropped by yours truly right after the numbers hit the wires. Netflix gave every growth investor (and the bulls on the broader market) exactly what they were looking for in the first quarter:

Best Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Veritiv Corporation(VRTV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $1.85 billion.
    Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $1.99 billion.
    Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $3.63 billion.
    Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.17 billion.
    Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $926.18 million.
    The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $2.98 billion.
    Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $1.71 billion.
    US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $5.98 billion.
    DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $3.50 billion.
    Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.06 per share on revenue of $936.98 million.
    Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CWH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
    Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $1.21 billion.
    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $23.80 billion.
    JD.com, Inc. (NYSE: JD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $15.65 billion.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.6 per share o

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.

Source: Apple

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

2 Tech Stocks Up 100% Over the Past Year

The stock market has been a bit volatile this year, but there are some sectors that are still experiencing significant share price gains. For example, the Nasdaq 100 Technology Sectoris up about 22% over the past 12 months.Those gains are pretty impressive, but a handful of tech stocks, including Square (NYSE:SQ) and Netflix(NASDAQ:NFLX), have seen their share price jump about five times as much.

With company returns as high as 100% over the past year, it’s worth taking a closer look at what Square and Netflix are doing so well, if they can keep the momentum going, and one hurdle each of them faces that investors should be on the lookout for.

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Square: Up 176% over the past 12 months

Square supplies point-of-sale (POS) terminals to merchants, offers mobile payment services, has a popular peer-to-peer payment app called Square Cash, provides small business loans through Square Capital, and has its own online food ordering business, called Caviar.

Square’s share price has seen astronomical gains over the past 12 months as the company has grown is sales and client base. Net revenue was up 36% year over year in the fourth quarter, and the company’s gross payment volume (the total amount processed through its payment systems) grew by 31% to $17.9 billion. Investors have also been impressed with the company’s ability to increase its EBITDA, which jumped 38% in Q4 to $41 million and 33% year over year to $36 million in Q1.

Square makes the vast majority of its revenue from payment transactions on its platform, but the company’s other businesses offer additional opportunities as well. For example, its mobile payment Cash app now has 7 million monthly active users. Square is also growing its subscription and services revenue, which was up 95% in 2017; the segment now accounts for 11% of Square’s total sales (up from just 8% in 2016).

So can Square keep the momentum going? The company has a few things working in its favor, including the fact that it’s adding larger customers on its platform. Companies selling $125,000 or less per year accounted for 53% of the company’s gross payment volume (GPV) in the fourth quarter of 2017. Customers spending $500,000 or more annually make up 20% of GPV, up from 13% two years ago. Square is also doing a good job building out a payment ecosystem by selling everything from the hardware (payment terminals) to point-of-sale software, its mobile Cash app, lending services, and even its food delivery business.

But Square isn’t without its risks, of course. Investors should keep a close eye on what some of the company’s competitors are doing with mobile payments and point-of-sale services. Both Intuit and PayPal offer similar services. Square is building a strong brand right now, but it doesn’t have an economic moat around its business yet. For many merchants, especially smaller ones, the switching costs are pretty low for them to jump to another payment processor. That’s not to say Square’s a bad investment, but investors should know that the company still faces lots of competition in this growing market.

Netflix: Up 111% over the past 12 months

Netflix has built itself into a video-streaming powerhouse and now boasts more than 125 million total members.The company is experiencing substantial user growth as it expands into new international markets. Netflix’s non-U.S. streaming subscribers now account for 54% of the company’s total paid subscribers, and in the first quarter of 2018 the company increased paid international subscribers by 42% year over year.

Investors have also been happy to see the company’s sales and earnings continue to spike. Revenue was up more than 40% in the most recent quarter to $3.7 billion, and diluted earnings per share of $0.64 were up 60% from the year-ago quarter, which far outpaced any of the company’s quarterly earnings in 2017. Net income also increased about 63% year over year to $290 million.

Netflix is facing an increase in competition on several fronts, most recently from Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) announcement that it will bring its own content streaming service to market sometime this year. Disney has a war chest of old movies and shows, along with owning massive content franchises like Star Wars and Marvel, which could make Disney’s service a strong contender.

But Netflix will likely be able to fend off Disney, and other players including Amazon and Hulu, because of its treasure trove of user data. For years, Netflix has been collecting users’ viewing habits (everything from what we watch and when we watch it) so it can create original content and purchase programming it knows its members will love. Tapping into this data allows Netflix to create a network effect that keeps its users watching more Netflix content, and thus supplying it with more viewing data to make future shows.

Netflix is spending a lot of money — between $7.5 billion and $8 billion in 2018 — on content, and that’s up from $6 billion last year. Some of this spending comes from Netflix shelling out cash to create shows that will appeal to viewers in local international markets. The company’s subscriber growth shows that spending all of this cash is paying off, but investors should keep an eye on these expenses to see if they continue to climb. At some point, the company should be able to curb spending a bit, or at least let it stabilize, one it’s built up enough original content. But Netflix’s current collection of original content, and its ability to know what its users want to watch, should help it continue dominating the content streaming space for years to come.

Keep this in mind

Investors should remember that just because Netflix and Square have performed well over the past year doesn’t mean they’ll do well in the future. If you’re interested in investing in these two companies, make sure you’re not doing it just because these stocks are on a tear right now.

3 Stocks Growing Faster Than Both Amazon & Netflix

In the stock market, e-commerce and cloud giant Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is considered the superhero of growth stocks. Meanwhile, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is the very noteworthy sidekick. But these aren’t the fastest growing stocks on the market.

There is good reason for Netflix and Amazon’s shared reputation. Despite their increasing scale, Amazon and Netflix are among the fastest growing stocks in the world. Just last quarter, Amazon reported revenue growth of 43%, while Netflix reported revenue growth of 40%.

That is pretty impressive considering both Amazon and Netflix are already among the largest companies in the world. Thus, not only are they among the fastest growing stocks, but they are also among the biggest stocks. This combination of size and strength has led to AMZN and NFLX stock being big winners.

But just because these two stocks are the headline growers, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t stocks out there which are growing faster.

Back in March, I highlighted 3 stocks growing faster than Amazon and Netflix.

But things change quickly in the stock market, so let’s take a look at the fastest growing stocks now, in light of earnings season. Indeed, there are a handful of stocks which reported revenue growth in excess of Netflix’s 40% last quarter.

Not all of them are winners. Nor are all of them destined to be like Amazon or Netflix one day. In fact, most of them won’t ever get close to Amazon or Netflix’s size. But a few could, and those few could be huge winners over the next several years.

With that in mind, here’s a list of the 3 of the best growth stocks in 2018, all of whom are growing faster than Amazon and Netflix.

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Fastest Growing Stocks #1: Facebook (FB) Congressional Hearings Likely Harden the Battle Lines Over FB Stock Source: Shutterstock

Surprise, surprise.

The most troubled stock in the FANG group, Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), is also the fastest growing. Revenue growth at Facebook last quarter was nearly 50%, basically 10 percentage points higher than what was reported at Netflix and Amazon.

What is driving this growth? Well, no one seems to care at all about a loss of privacy in social media. And that make sense. At the end of the day, consumers are getting Facebook’s platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp) entirely for free, and this “for free” value prop seems to outweigh compromised personal privacy.

As such, everyone is using Facebook and its suite of products as much as they ever have. Meanwhile, advertisers continue to pull money from traditional mediums and throw it into Facebook’s advertising ecosystem, which features 1 platform with 2 billion-plus users, 2 platforms with 1 billion-plus users, and 1 platform with nearly a billion users.

This trend will continue. Instagram is clearly dominating ad spend in the youth-oriented market. Just look the recent miserable numbers from Snap Inc (NYSE:SNAP). Clearly, Facebook’s Instagram is winning and Snapchat is losing.

Meanwhile, Facebook is pushing forward with enhanced revenue opportunities through Watch and Marketplace, two features which haven’t even scratched the surface of their potential. Even bigger yet, Messenger and WhatsApp, with a combined 2.8 billion users, have barely begun monetization efforts.

All together, this a huge growth story with longevity. Facebook stock, though, trades at a rather paltry 23.5-times forward earnings. This combination of big growth and cheap valuation should power FB stock significantly higher over the next several quarters and years.

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Fastest Growing Stocks #2: Shopify (SHOP) Shopify Inc (SHOP) Stock’s Earnings Dip Is a Chance to Buy! Source: Shopify via Flickr

Shopify Inc (NYSE:SHOP) makes the list of fastest growing stocks for the second time. I’ve been pounding on the table about the digital commerce solutions provider for a while now. And I continue to pound on the table today.

Over the past year, Shopify stock has risen by 60%. That big rise has been driven by a red-hot growth narrative that isn’t slowing down by all that much. Last quarter, revenue growth was 68%. That is basically the same as it was in the prior quarter (+71%) and the year ago quarter (+75%).

The reason for this sustained robust growth is that the company continues to thrive in the overlap of the sharing economy and digital commerce.

The sharing economy is the future. Look no further than mega-successful companies like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, YouTube, Instagram, and others to see proof of this. Each of these companies has made an absolute killing by taking power from the few and giving it to the many.

Uber and Lyft said you don’t need taxis to get around. All you need is a car. Everyone has a car, so everyone can be a “taxi.” That idea has worked out brilliantly.

Airbnb did the same thing with hotels. YouTube did the same thing with video personalities. And Instagram did the same thing with aesthetic models (think the whole class of Instagram models that became popular simply as a result of Instagram.)

Shopify is doing this same thing in the digital commerce space.

Shopify is saying that you don’t need to be a big and powerful retailer in order to sell stuff online. Everyone has a computer, and everyone has access to Shopify’s suite of digital commerce solutions. Therefore, everyone can be their own “online store” and make money through the internet.

It is a brilliant concept that mirrors the success stories of Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb. But it mirrors them in the secular growth digital commerce market, meaning Shopify’s growth trajectory could ultimately be more impressive.

All together, SHOP stock is a long-term winner. Valuation looks challenged in the near-term, but this stock is one to own for the next 5-10 years.

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Fastest Growing Stocks #3: GrubHub (GRUB) 3 Reasons to Be Cautious About GRUB Stock Source: Shutterstock

Whereas Shopify is the sharing economy play on digital commerce, GrubHub Inc (NYSE:GRUB) is the at-home economy play on food ordering and delivery.

There is no denying the fact that we are moving increasingly towards the at-home economy. Consumers are doing everything from the convenience of their homes. As opposed to going out and shopping, consumers are now more frequently shopping on Amazon. Likewise, as opposed to going out and watching movies, consumers are now more frequently watching Netflix.

GrubHub fits this same narrative. As opposed to going out and grabbing a bite to eat, consumers are now more frequently turning toward food ordering and delivery apps and having lunch/dinner served directly to them.

GrubHub is the king of this space. That is why revenue growth was 49% last quarter.

This space is also really, really big. That is why, despite increasing competition, GrubHub’s revenue growth trajectory is actually accelerating.

As such, GRUB stock is not only one of the fastest growing stocks in the market, but it also has an exceptionally long runway for that big growth to continue.

There are competitive threats here. Uber Eats is stealing market share away from GrubHub at a very quick rate, and especially so in critical, high-value urban markets. GRUB stock doesn’t appear priced for these competitive threats. The stock trades at nearly 60-times forward earnings.

For these reasons, I’m not a buyer of GRUB stock here and now. But any meaningful pullback of 10-20% should be viewed as a long-term buying opportunity.

As of this writing, Luke Lango was long AMZN, F

Investor Movement Index April Summary

This article was originally published on TD Ameritrade's IMX page.

Monthly Summary

The IMX moved lower for the fourth month in a row, ending the period down 8.24 percent at 4.79.

The April IMX period started out with volatility in equity markets, and the IMX took another dip lower. Continuing their behavior for the past year, TD Ameritrade clients were net buyers during the period. However, many widely held positions saw their volatility relative to the overall equity market decrease once again, causing a decrease in the overall IMX score. Volatility of the S&P 500, as measured by the Cboe Volatility Index, or VIX, averaged over 20 for the first five days of April before subsiding near the end of the period.

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April began with equity market volatility, and all three major equity indices moved lower during the first five business days of the month. The S&P 500 traded lower by 2.2 percent during the first day of April, its worst start ever to a second quarter. Markets rebounded during the last three weeks for the period, with the S&P 500 ending the period up 1.10 percent. The NASDAQ Composite Index and Dow Jones Industrial Average also increased during the period, up 0.80 percent and 0.86 percent, respectively. Market volatility was in part driven by global economic concerns following the Trump administration's proposed tariffs on $50 billion of goods from China. Following the market selloff early in the period, the S&P 500 traded at the lowest price-to-earnings ratio in nearly two years compared to expected earnings over the next 12 months, although the metric is still higher than historical averages. Later in the period, geopolitical tensions in Asia seemed to ease and some solid corporate earnings helped push equity markets higher.

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TD Ameritrade clients were net buyers during the April period, buying some volatile names during earnings season. Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) was net bought for the third month in a row. The company reported better-than-expected earnings during the month, but traded lower after reports it may purchase a movie theatre chain. For the first time in 2018, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) was net bought as the company traded lower following an earnings miss due to cord-cutting increases. Spotify Technology SA (NYSE: SPOT) was also a net buy following the company's IPO early in the period. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD), which has seen volatility recently and posted an earnings beat, was net bought. For the fifth month in a row, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) was net bought. The company traded higher during the period on the back of an earnings beat and analyst upgrades. Square Inc. (NYSE: SQ), which was off approximately 20 percent from recent highs as the company announced an acquisition of another online company, Weebly, was also a net buy.

Additional popular names bought include General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA), and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM).

TD Ameritrade clients appeared to take some profits in multiple names during the period. Oil companies were popular sells with ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), BP  PLC (ADR) (NYSE: BP), National-Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE: NOV), and Transocean LTD (NYSE: RIG) all net sold. Oil prices traded near three-year highs on higher global demand and possible OPEC-led production cuts. COP and BP both traded at multi-year highs, while NOV and RIG reached 52-week highs, enticing clients to take profits in all four names. Alcoa Corp. (NYSE: AA) traded at levels not seen since before the financial crisis following proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum, and was net sold. For the third month in a row, Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) was net sold after CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress regarding the misuse of user data and a beat on earnings.

Additional names sold include Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX), Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), and Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR).

Inclusion of specific security names in this commentary does not constitute a recommendation from TD Ameritrade to buy, sell, or hold.

Historical Overview

TD Ameritrade's Investor Movement Index (IMX) has generally correlated with the S&P 500 as clients react to equity price movements, but the index has gone through uncorrelated periods. Beginning in January 2010, when TD Ameritrade started tracking the IMX, the index rose with equity markets until April 2010, when it peaked at 5.40. In May 2010 investors experienced the "Flash Crash" and the IMX began a sharp downward trend. The IMX didn't reach 5.00 again until the S&P 500 was well above April 2010 levels.

The index eventually peaked at 5.56 in June 2011. This peak was immediately followed by a plunge in equity markets, and in the IMX, as the media was dominated by the U.S. debt ceiling debate, S&P downgrade of U.S. debt, and European debt concerns. The S&P 500 began to recover in the fall of 2011, but the IMX continued to decline until it reached a new low at the time in January 2012. As the S&P 500 began to sustain an upward trend in early 2012, the IMX started to rise. In 2013, as economic conditions improved and the S&P 500 climbed to record levels, the IMX rose to the high end of its historical range, finishing 2013 at 5.62, and continued to rise in 2014 amid geopolitical tensions related to Ukraine and the Middle East, until seeing slight declines in October and November.

By the middle of 2015, the IMX had seen increases, as equity market volatility had reduced to near historical levels while the market continued its upward trend. As 2015 ended its third quarter, volatility had returned to markets as global economic concerns and speculation around the timing and trajectory of Federal Reserve rate increases seemed to rattle overall equity markets. This uncertainty continued to play a role in the equity markets through the fourth quarter of 2015 and into early 2016. The volatility accompanying this uncertainty abated in the second quarter of 2016 and remained low until late in the third quarter. Just as it had in 2015, the IMX saw increases mid-year during the period of lower volatility. The IMX continued to climb into the fourth quarter reaching 5.83 in October 2016, its highest point in two years. A brief spike in volatility during November, timed around the U.S. presidential election, coincided with a slight pull back in the IMX, which then ended 2016 at the high end of its historical range.

The IMX started 2017 with an upward trend and reaching an all-time high in March, before pausing in April as lower volatility led to a decrease in the IMX. The momentum resumed in May, with the IMX breaching 7.0 for the first time ever in July of 2017. The IMX took another brief pause in September, before following markets higher and breaching 8.0 for the first time ever in November and ending 2017 at an all-time high. Volatility returned to the markets in early 2018, and the IMX decreased for three consecutive months to start the year.

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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.

3 Reasons YouTube Red Still Cant Compete With Netflix

In 2015, Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google launched YouTube Red, a paid ad-free subscription service aimed at challenging Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). However, YouTube Red never gained much ground against its entrenched rival.

In a recent interview withIndieWire, Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s chief of original content, admitted that Netflix was “too far ahead” and that YouTube Red’s development remained “in an early stage.”

A woman watches a streaming video.

Image source: Getty Images.

The numbers clearly support that bleak view. YouTube claims tohave over one billion users worldwide, but YouTube Red had just 1.5 million paid subscribers in2016 according to The Verge. Last year, Billboard claimed that YouTube Red and Google Play Music hada combined subscriber base of 7 million. For comparison,Netflix finished 2016 with 89.1 million paid subscribers, andthat figure hit 118.9 million in the first quarter of 2018.

YouTube’s failure to convert its free users to paid ones is a frustrating one, and probably can’t be solved easily for three simple reasons.

1. YouTube’s dependence on social media celebrities

YouTube believed that giving its most popular YouTubers original programs, then offering that content as YouTube Red “exclusives”, could convince free viewers to pay $10 per month. YouTube also produced its own original films, like The Thinning, which starred top YouTubers like Logan Paul.

That strategy backfired when some top YouTubers tarnished their own reputations with increasingly outrageous videos aimed atgrowing their followings. Logan Paul mocked a dead body in Japan’s infamous “suicide forest”, Sam Pepper faked a kidnapping and a murder, PewDiePie made numerous racist jokes, and GloZell Green filmed herself eating Tide Pods — which caused other attention-seeking YouTubers to do the same.

YouTube disciplined some of those troublesome YouTubers by suspending their YouTube Red projects and dropping some from its Google Preferred ad platform. Nonetheless, these problems highlight YouTube Red’s toxic dependence on social media celebrities, and why it remains well behind Netflix in terms of quality original content.

2. A lack of investment in A-list projects

YouTube then started chasing Netflix with original scripted shows like the sci-fi series Lifeline, the dance drama Step Up: High Water, and the Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai.

However, the vast majority of its programs still star YouTube celebrities instead of Hollywood talent. That makes YouTube Red look amateurish compared to Netflix’s expanding lineup of original programs, which feature a wide range of established Hollywood writers, directors, and actors.

YouTube also seems to be investing more money in original content for free YouTube users than YouTube Red subscribers. For example, YouTube recently added seven new series — including shows from Kevin Hart, Ellen DeGeneres andDemi Lovato — to its free site.

That decision seems odd, until you consider that YouTube Red users probably account for less than 1% of YouTube’s worldwide user base. Therefore, free YouTube Originals probably generate a higher ROI through ads than YouTube Red subscriptions.

Therein lies the problem: YouTube needs to invest more heavily in YouTube Red’s original content to attract viewers, but that money would be better spent on launching new original content for ad-supported users. Meanwhile, Netflix plans to invest $8 billion in original content this year.

3. The confusing YouTube ecosystem

To make matters worse, Google keeps shuffling the pieces of the YouTube ecosystem. Many users are still confused about how YouTube Music, Google Play Music, YouTube Red, and the upcoming YouTube Remix even fit together.

YouTube Music.

YouTube Music. Image source: Google Play.

Back in 2011, Google launched Google Play Music, a free service that lets users store their own digital tracks in the cloud andbuy digital songs. Google eventually added curated streaming radio stations to the platform, then launched a $10 per month subscription that gave users on-demand ad-free streams, unlimited skips, and offline music playback.

In 2015 Google launched YouTube Music, a free ad-supported app that plays the audio streams of music videos on YouTube. It then bundled a premium ad-free version of YouTube Music with YouTube Red subscriptions for $10 per month.

Recent rumors now suggest that YouTube will bundle together Google Play Music, YouTube Music, and YouTube Red intoa single platform — which will presumably also cost $10 per month. That sounds like a great way to challenge Netflix and Spotify simultaneously, but I suspect that YouTube will botch that launch and confuse users of all three services.

The bottom line

Daniels believes that YouTube Red can eventually “compete with Hulu and Amazon and certainly Apple.” However, YouTube’s aforementioned problems could prevent it from beating those rivals at capturing paid subscribers — even though it remains the largest video streaming site in the world.