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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