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Best Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019

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CVS Aims to Remake Health Care With Aetna Deal

As the specter of Amazon.com Inc. looms over the health care industry, it’s easy to see the tech giant’s threat as a major factor behind the megadeal between CVS Health Corp. and Aetna Inc.

Yet the $67.5 billion deal will build a company to match up against a rival that already has businesses spread deep across the sector: UnitedHealth Group Inc.

The takeover, announced Sunday, will combine CVS’s drugstores, clinics and drug-distribution operation with Aetna’s health-insurance products. The companies’ executives say the transaction will make health care more accessible to consumers at CVS locations, promising higher quality, lower costs and more convenience.

(Related: 3 Possible CVS-Aetna Deal Effects, for Agents) 

UnitedHealth, the biggest U.S. health insurer, already offers many similar services. Its Optum business works with more than 30,000 doctors across more than 230 urgent-care clinics and 200 surgery centers, as well as regular doctors’ offices. It doesn’t own drugstores, but its pharmacy-benefit manager serves 65 million people — compared with 90 million members at CVS’s PBM.

Best Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Allot Communications Ltd.(ALLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Allot Communications (NASDAQ:ALLT) and NEC (OTCMKTS:NIPNF) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation and risk.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Allot Communications Ltd (NASDAQ:ALLT) have been given an average rating of “Buy” by the seven ratings firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $6.68.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Allot Communications (NASDAQ:ALLT) will be posting its quarterly earnings results before the market opens on Tuesday, May 8th. Analysts expect Allot Communications to post earnings of ($0.10) per share for the quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Allot Communications (NASDAQ:ALLT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk and valuation.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Allot Communications (NASDAQ: ALLT) and Extreme Networks (NASDAQ:EXTR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Best Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Kyocera Corporation(KYO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media coverage about Kyocera (NYSE:KYO) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kyocera earned a coverage optimism score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the electronics maker an impact score of 44.4825472854626 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media stories about Kyocera (NYSE:KYO) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Kyocera earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the electronics maker an impact score of 44.7168933477613 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Japanese materials giant Kyocera (NYSE:KYO) gained 12.1% in April 2018, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The stock rode a strong fourth-quarter report to these gains despite zero coverage in the financial press.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. (NYSE:TSM) and Kyocera (NYSE:KYO) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Best Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited(YGE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Yingli Green Energy (NYSE:YGE) had its target price raised by S&P Equity Research from $0.45 to $0.62 in a research report released on Tuesday morning.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Yingli (NYSE:YGE) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report published on Saturday morning.

    Yingli stock opened at $1.60 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $30.36 million, a PE ratio of -0.17 and a beta of 1.98. Yingli has a twelve month low of $1.43 and a twelve month high of $2.86. The company has a quick ratio of 0.33, a current ratio of 0.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -0.11.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. (NYSE: YGE) slipped about 1.2% to post a new 52-week low of $1.68 Friday after closing at $1.70 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $3.35. Volume of about 5.9 million was more than 15 times the daily average of around 88,000. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (NYSE:YGE) shares reached a new 52-week low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $1.40 and last traded at $1.53, with a volume of 75280 shares. The stock had previously closed at $1.57.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Yingli Green Energy (NYSE: YGE) and Netlist (NASDAQ:NLST) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Best Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: AXT Inc(AXTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) shares surged 115.8 percent to $4.3591. Comstock reported conversion of the majority of its unsecured, short-term debt into non-convertible preferred equity.
    Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBOT) jumped 38.2 percent to $3.0251 after the company disclosed that it achieved robust viral clearance for its manufacturing process.
    Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV) surged 26.7 percent to $61.40 after reporting fiscal Q4 results.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) rose 18.9 percent to $2.58.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares gained 17.8 percent to $22.8009.
    The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO) shares gained 17.5 percent to $21.07 after the company posted better-than-expected first-quarter results.
    Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME) rose 15.9 percent to $3.3613.
    Destination Maternity Corporation (NASDAQ: DEST) shares gained 15.5 percent to $3.35 after the board announced late Wednesday the election of four activist-backed director nominees. Three women and one man comprise the selected group championed by NGM Capital’s Nathan Miller and Kenosis Capital’s Peter O’Malley. Destination Maternity had advocated for another slate of three men and interim CEO Melissa Payner-Gregor. The new directors are Holly Alden, Marla Ryan, Anne-Charlotte Windal and Christopher Morgan.
    AXT, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXTI) rose 15 percent to $7.65.
    nLIGHT, Inc. (NASDAQ: LASR) gained 14.5 percent to $34.27 following Q1 results.
    Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHV) rose 14.3 percent to $11.4303.
    Bilibili Inc.. (NASDAQ: BILI) shares climbed 13.9 percent to $14.16 after announcing Q1 results.
    Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BW) gained 13.2 percent to $2.91 after an amended 13D filing from Steel Partners Holdings shows a raised stake in the company from 6.99 million shares to 29.98 million shares, or a 17.8 percent stake.
    HUYA Inc. (NYSE: HUYA) gained 13.1
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) shares climbed 154.95 percent to close at $5.15 on Thursday. Comstock reported conversion of the majority of its unsecured, short-term debt into non-convertible preferred equity.
    Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME) jumped 33.45 percent to close at $3.87.
    Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV) gained 29.72 percent to close at $62.85 after reporting fiscal Q4 results.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares rose 22.93 percent to close at $23.80.
    nLIGHT, Inc. (NASDAQ: LASR) jumped 21.52 percent to close at $36.37 following Q1 results.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) gained 20.28 percent to close at $2.61.
    The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO) shares rose 19.57 percent to close at $21.45 after the company posted better-than-expected first-quarter results.
    AXT, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXTI) gained 18.8 percent to close at $7.90.
    Catasys, Inc. (NASDAQ: CATS) rose 16.33 percent to close at $6.41.
    HUYA Inc. (NYSE: HUYA) rose 15.68 percent to close at $23.09 on Thursday.
    Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRNS) climbed 15.11 percent to close at $6.02 on Thursday after gaining 6.30 percent on Wednesday. Baird initiated coverage on Marinus Pharmaceuticals with an Outperform rating.
    Destination Maternity Corporation (NASDAQ: DEST) shares rose 14.48 percent to close at $3.32 after the board announced late Wednesday the election of four activist-backed director nominees. Three women and one man comprise the selected group championed by NGM Capital’s Nathan Miller and Kenosis Capital’s Peter O’Malley. Destination Maternity had advocated for another slate of three men and interim CEO Melissa Payner-Gregor. The new directors are Holly Alden, Marla Ryan, Anne-Charlotte Windal and Christopher Morgan.
    China Rapid Finance Limited (NYSE: XRF) gained 11.53 percent to close at $3.29 after announcing preliminary Q1 results.
    Bilibili Inc.. (NASDAQ: BILI) shares rose 11.33 pe
  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN) and AXT (NASDAQ:AXTI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends and risk.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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    Gallium Arsenide Global Market Players by 2023- Sumitomo Electric, AXT and China Crystal Technologies (newspharmaceuticals.com) TheStreet Downgrades AXT (AXTI) to C+ (americanbankingnews.com) Is this stock is Overbought? AXT, Inc. (AXTI) (stockquote.review) What Investors Should Know? AXT, Inc. (AXTI) (mostvolatilestocks.com) Community rallies around valley high school, putting on its first musical in 20 years (yourcentralvalley.com)

    Several analysts have recently issued reports on AXTI shares. BidaskClub upgraded AXT from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Dougherty & Co reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of AXT in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. B. Riley decreased their price target on AXT from $8.75 to $8.25 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded AXT from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 1st. Finally, BWS Financial restated a “buy” rating on shares of AXT in a research note on Tuesday, April 17th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $10.44.

Best Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) initially announced its plans to buy Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) in Oct. 2016. Qualcomm wanted to buy NXP, the largest automotive chipmaker in the world, to diversify its business away from the mobile market.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) fell 10.3% lower in April 2018, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. That’s arguably an impressive move for a stock with a firm all-cash buyout offer on the table and just awaiting one last regulatory approval, but that’s where the leader in automotive computing chips stands today.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Credit Suisse Group began coverage on shares of NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) in a research note issued to investors on Friday, Marketbeat.com reports. The firm issued an outperform rating and a $125.00 price objective on the semiconductor provider’s stock.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) was trading down over 4% at $85.80 on Wednesday, after a similar percentage drop on Tuesday. Stifel downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold with an $84 price target. Merrill Lynch reiterated its Neutral rating but has a $110 price objective after its analyst day. The previous consensus target price was $107, and the 52-week range is $85.33 to $125.93.

Best Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Alphabet Inc.(GOOGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Natalie Walters]

    Eager to win a share of the market, Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have all released Slack competitors. However, Amazon is curiously absent from the lineup and could be missing out.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    That’s great news for Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), which hold a near-duopoly in internet ads. Last December, research firm Pivotal estimated that the two companies accounted for 73% of all digital advertising in the U.S., up from 63% in the second quarter of 2015. That growth could hurt smaller digital ad players like Twitter and Snap.

  • [By ]

    Waymo, the self-driving business unit from Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) (GOOGL) , a holding in Jim Cramer’s Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust Portfolio, is aiming for Level 5 driving, as is General Motors Co (GM) , with its plans for a fleet of self-driving taxis. While this sci-fi concept seems a long ways off, some argue that GM could have its robo-taxis on the road as early as 2019.

  • [By ]

    Real Money’s Daria Solovieva writes that Alphabet (GOOGL)  is “betting big on Artificial Intelligence, but that doesn’t mean you should, too.”

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Verizon has teamed up with Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) on this project as well. Subscribers get a YouTube TV subscription free for three months and either a free Google Chromecast Ultra or Apple TV 4K device for ultra-high-definition TV and movie streaming over their new high-speed connection.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and Softbank made large investments in a Chinese transportation startup. According to Reuters:

    Japan’s Softbank Group and Alphabet Inc’s venture capital fund CapitalG are among investors pouring $1.9 billion into a truck hailing service platform Manbang, the Chinese company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Hot Tech Stocks To Own Right Now

U.S. equities are bouncing between gains and losses on Tuesday as investors remain preoccupied with the potential for trade tariffs from the Trump Administration. And while headlines related to issues like inflation, higher interest rates and Federal Reserve policy tightening have faded somewhat, these are going to return to the forefront later this week when the February jobs report is released on Friday.

Amid the listlessness, one sector group is showing undeniable strength. And that’s semiconductors, an area of the market that has doubled since the summer of 2016 on internet of things hype. The sector is in the news today amid reports that a U.S. security panel has warned against Broadcom Ltd’s (NASDAQ:AVGO) hostile bid for Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) on fears it would allow the Chinese to dominate 5G technology.

Here are five semiconductor stocks on the move right now:

Semiconductor Stocks to Buy: Intel (INTC)

Hot Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.(SWKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:SWKS) Director David J. Aldrich sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $92.89, for a total transaction of $928,900.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 152,252 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $14,142,688.28. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News articles about Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Skyworks Solutions earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the semiconductor manufacturer an impact score of 46.7076915457483 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By ]

    Over on Real Money, Cramer says keep an eye on Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) CEO Liam Griffin because he knows how to play the game. Get more of his insights with a free trial subscription to Real Money.

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) has had a difficult year dealing with a smartphone industry downturn, but those buying company stock in recent weeks, at least, don’t seem to mind.

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) is in a spot of bother as weak demand for its mobile chips led to a slight decline in its revenue during the fiscal third quarter. But that didn’t keep it from raising its dividend. Skyworks management decided to boost the quarterly dividend by 19% to $0.38 per share. This is surprising, as the company’s outlook doesn’t inspire much confidence.

Hot Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Qualcomm’s proposed solution was to buy NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI), the largest automotive chipmaker in the world, to diversify its chipmaking and patent portfolios away from mobile devices.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy by Mizuho. After closing down almost 2% at $90.73 on Thursday, it was indicated down another 0.8% on Friday, and it has a consensus target price of $99.00.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Taiwan Semiconductor's poor outlook is notable enough to impact many mega-cap names in the telecom and technology sector. Here is a summary of some of the stocks seeing a notable impact ahead of Thursday's market open.

    Apple down 1.4 percent.
    Nvidia down 2 percent.
    Taiwan Semiconductor is down 4.9 percent.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) down 2.8 percent.
    NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ: NXPI) down 2.6 percent.
    QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) down 2.4 percent.
    Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) down 1.8 percent.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) down 1.7 percent.
    Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) down 1.7 percent.

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Omni Partners LLP grew its holdings in shares of NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI) by 0.5% in the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 1,532,282 shares of the semiconductor provider’s stock after buying an additional 7,931 shares during the period. NXP Semiconductors accounts for about 18.9% of Omni Partners LLP’s holdings, making the stock its largest holding. Omni Partners LLP owned about 0.45% of NXP Semiconductors worth $167,432,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By ]

    TheStreet’s Jim Cramer says that “We are seeing some fantastic moves today in the semiconductors in large part because the President might be greenlighting ZTE (ZTCOY)  to get parts, causing the Chinese to perhaps reconsider their tough stance against the merger of Qualcomm (QCOM)  and NXP Semi (NXPI) …”

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on NXP Semiconductors (NXPI)

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Hot Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Sohu.com Inc.(SOHU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    The market isn’t warming up to Sohu.com’s (NASDAQ:SOHU) latest financial report. Its shares are hitting their lowest levels since the summer of 2007 after the Chinese online advertising, search, and gaming specialist posted disappointing first-quarter results on Wednesday morning. 

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Lumber Liquidators (NYSE:LL), Camping World Holdings (NYSE:CWH), and Sohu.com (NASDAQ:SOHU) have taken a beating this year. They’re among the biggest losers through the first three quarters of 2018. Let’s go over why I think they have a shot at bouncing back in the next three months.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Sohu.com (NASDAQ:SOHU) is still struggling to fire on all cylinders, but investors nonetheless bid shares of the dot-com pioneer higher on Friday after it posted mixed fourth-quarter results. Revenue clocked in at $482.2 million for the final three months of 2018, a 5% decline from a year earlier, but a 5% sequential improvement. 

Hot Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS(TKC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NASDAQ: TKC) was started with an overweight rating at J.P. Morgan. The 52-week trading range for the company’s shares has been $6.33 to $11.29. The consensus price target is $10.94. The shares ended trading on Monday at $6.58.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) fell 13.4 percent to $51.10 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat earnings for its first quarter and lowered its profit outlook for the year.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) fell 9.8 percent to $28.97 in pre-market trading after surging 46.29 percent on Thursday.
    Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO) shares fell 8.2 percent to $8.81 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q1 results and disclosed that it is withdrawing its FY18 outlook for adjusted EBITDA, airborne cash capex, airborne equipment inventory purchases and free cash flow.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) shares fell 7.5 percent to $3.98 in pre-market trading after climbing 22.16 percent on Thursday.
    Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET) fell 7.4 percent to $248.00 in pre-market trading following first-quarter earnings.
    Web.com Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WEB) fell 6.7 percent to $18.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Varex Imaging Corporation (NASDAQ: VREX) fell 5.2 percent to $34 in pre-market trading after reporting Q2 results.
    Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC) shares fell 5.2 percent to $7.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 3.02 percent on Thursday.
    AMN Healthcare Services, Inc (NYSE: AMN) shares fell 4.7 percent to $61.70 in pre-market trading following Q1 earnings.
    HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE: HSEA) fell 4.6 percent to $25.15 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) shares fell 4 percent to $16.66 in pre-market trading after dropping 2.86 percent on Thursday.
    Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (NASDAQ: MLCO) fell 4 percent to $30.65 in pre-market trading.
    Century Aluminum Co (NASDAQ: CENX) fell 4 percent to $15.76 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE: HSBC) shares fell 3.5 percent to $48.10 in pre-market tr

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Turkish telco Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri (NYSE:TKC) closed up 11.6% on Thursday after the country’s central bank announced a big boost to interest rates — 24%, or 6.25 percentage points more than previously — boosting the Turkish lira’s value against the U.S. dollar for the third straight day.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now

Today, our Under the Radar Movers newsletter suggested buying small cap LCD/LED stock SGOCO Group Ltd (NASDAQ: SGOC):

“As for SGOCO Group, this is more of a gamble, but a good one.”

“The “breakout? trigger will be a move above the recently-developed ceiling around $3.82. It’s not happened yet, but we’re seeing SGOC push up and off of support at its key moving average lines. The consolidation/compression seen since November has set the stage, and SGOCO is no stranger to big leaps. We’ll take a shot on the breakout happening, knowing the floor is strong and the ceiling is weak.”

Our Under the Radar Movers newsletter has a detailed discussion about SGOCO Group Ltd’s technical chart along with a potential long/bullish trading strategy:

Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Finisar Corporation(FNSR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lessened its holdings in shares of Finisar Co. (NASDAQ:FNSR) by 14.8% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 767,944 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 132,996 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc.’s holdings in Finisar were worth $12,142,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) shares rose 18.3 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.74 percent on Friday.
    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) rose 12.1 percent to $2.69 in pre-market trading after surging 4.80 percent on Friday.
    NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) rose 10.9 percent to $109.75 in pre-market trading after Bloomberg reported that the China’s Commerce Ministry has restarted its review of QUALCOMM Incorporated’s (NASDAQ: QCOM) proposed takeover of NXP Semiconductors.
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) rose 10.6 percent to $15.20 in pre-market trading. Renewable Energy will replace Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 15.
    NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN) rose 10 percent to $6.40 in pre-market trading.
    Vaxart, Inc. (NASDAQ: VXRT) shares rose 8 percent to $5.54 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.19 percent on Friday.
    Profire Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFIE) rose 7.3 percent to $4.58 in pre-market trading after gaining 6.22 percent on Friday.
    Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) rose 7 percent to $22.49 in pre-market trading after falling 1.96 percent on Friday.
    Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) shares rose 6.9 percent to $9.16 in pre-market trading.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) rose 5.7 percent to $2.24 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.92 percent on Friday.
    CVR Refining, LP (NYSE: CVRR) rose 5.4 percent to $19.70 in pre-market trading.
    Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (NYSE: AGM) rose 5.2 percent to $92.95 in pre-market trading.
    International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) rose 5.2 percent to $29.94 in pre-market trading.
    Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) shares rose 5.1 percent to $66.30 in the pre-market trading session.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5 percent to $10.70 in pre-market trading after climbing 15.66 percent on Friday.
    Finisar
  • [By Leo Sun]

    That buyout was considered a major blow to Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), which was also reportedly mulling a bid for Oclaro. I’m not saying Finisar will buy Acacia, but the latter’s enterprise value of $740 million makes it a feasible takeover target for bigger fiber players.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Following the June FOMC meeting, silver prices are hovering at very attractive price levels. With interest rates heading higher, it’s going to be a very good time for silver hounds to buy on the dip and deliver incredible profits in the months ahead. Learn more right here.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Thursday
    On Thursday, the European Central Bank held its meeting in Latvia to discuss the future of its quantitative easing program. The central bank of the world’s largest economic bloc said that it will likely end its quantitative easing program in December. This represents an extension beyond the current plan to end the stimulus program in September. ECB President Mario Draghi said the program would be reduced to 15 billion euros each month during the final three months of the year. Yesterday, the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the second time in 2018. The central bank said that economic growth has been rising at a solid rate and hinted that it could raise rates two more times this year. Fed Chair Jerome Powell did raise an alarm on Wednesday after stating that companies are holding back on investment due to ongoing concerns about U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies. Trump is expected to decide this week on whether to proceed with tariffs on about $50 billion in Chinese goods. Trade tensions are heating up again. This morning, China announced it would call off its deal to avoid a trade war if the Trump administration proceeds with tariffs on Friday morning. Tomorrow, the Trump team will decide if it will hit China with tariffs on roughly $50 billion in goods.
    Stocks to Watch Today: ADBE, CMCSA, TSLA, MSFT
    Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE) will report earnings after the bell Thursday. The software giant is expected to report earnings per share of $1.54 on top of $2.15 billion in revenue. Insider buying is alive and well at Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA). Chair and CEO Elon Musk purchased $25 million in company stock, according to a

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) Director Jerry S. Rawls sold 30,208 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.59, for a total transaction of $470,942.72. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 593,466 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,252,134.94. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: General Employment Enterprises, Inc.(JOB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Valeritas Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: VLRX) shares jumped 17 percent to $3.65.
    Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD) shares rose 13.5 percent to $11.70.
    McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) gained 11.6 percent to $6.75 after the UK-based offshore oil service company Subsea 7 made an unsolicited bid to buy McDermott for $7 per share. However, the acquisition offer is contingent on McDermot terminating its pending merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company.
    Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS) shares jumped 11.2 percent to $14.95. Nautilus is expected to release Q1 results on May 7, 2018. Craig-Hallum initiated coverage on Nautilus with a Buy rating and a $19.00 price target.
    GEE Group, Inc. (NYSE: JOB) shares gained 11 percent to $2.2199.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) surged 10.8 percent to $4.50.
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) rose 10.1 percent to $3.39.
    Stars Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TSG) climbed 9.6 percent to $32.10. Stars Group Inc (NASDAQ: TSG) announced plans to acquire Sky Betting & Gaming for $4.7 billion.
    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares jumped 9.1 percent to $25.66. Credit Suisse upgraded Insmed from Neutral to Outperform.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) rose 8.4 percent to $75.65 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and raised its FY18 earnings outlook.
    Command Security Corporation (NYSE: MOC) shares gained 6.4 percent to $3.0960 after the company disclosed a $23 million five-year contract with LaGuardia Gateway Partners for LaGuardia Airport New Central Terminal Building.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) rose 6.2 percent to $2.41 after falling 10.98 percent on Friday.
    Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC) shares rose 5.7 percent to $69.31. CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) announced plans to acquire Vectren for $72 per share in cash.
    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) gained 4.9 percent to $18.035. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Hanesbrands from Hold to Buy.
    M
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) shares jumped 26.5 percent to $6.9042. Blink Charging reported Q1 net income of $2.2 million, versus a year-ago net loss of $3.1 million.
    Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO) shares climbed 17.4 percent to $3.11. Eleven Biotherapeutics posted a Q1 loss of $0.11 per share.
    Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BDL) shares jumped 17 percent to $27.97 following Q2 results. Flanigan's Enterprises posted Q2 earnings of $0.75 per share on sales of $29.456 million.
    Borqs Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRQS) rose 15.8 percent to $8.05 after reporting Q1 results.
    Abaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABAX) jumped 15.3 percent to $82.75. Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) announced plans to acquire Abaxis for $83 per share in cash.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) gained 15.1 percent to $6.33.
    Gemphire Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: GEMP) rose 13.8 percent to $6.27.
    Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) gained 12.8 percent to $5.98. H.C. Wainwright initiated coverage on Enphase Energy with a Buy rating.
    PetIQ Inc (NASDAQ: PETQ) shares surged 12.1 percent to $21.68 after reporting a first-quarter sales beat.
    NF Energy Saving Corporation (NASDAQ: NFEC) climbed 11.6 percent to $2.399.
    Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: AHPI) surged 11.4 percent to $3.0643.
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) gained 11.1 percent to $24.40 after the company reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and issued strong first-quarter earnings guidance.
    Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) rose 10.9 percent to $3.16.
    Sea Limited (NYSE: SE) gained 10.1 percent to $11.71 after reporting Q1 results.
    GEE Group, Inc. (NYSE: JOB) climbed 7.9 percent to $2.61 following Q2 results.
    The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKS) gained 7.6 percent to $2.41 after reporting Q1 results.
    Biolinerx Ltd/S ADR (NASDAQ: BLRX) rose 7.3 percent to $0.8798 after the company was granted a patent approval. The clinical-st
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares rose 78.82 percent to close at $7.26 on Monday.
    GEE Group, Inc. (NYSE: JOB) shares jumped 18 percent to close at $2.36.
    McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) climbed 15.7 percent to close at $7.00 after the UK-based offshore oil service company Subsea 7 made an unsolicited bid to buy McDermott for $7 per share. However, the acquisition offer is contingent on McDermot terminating its pending merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company.
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) gained 17.21 percent to close at $3.61.
    Stars Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TSG) rose 14.16 percent to close at $33.45. Stars Group Inc (NASDAQ: TSG) announced plans to acquire Sky Betting & Gaming for $4.7 billion.
    China Internet Nationwide Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: CIFS) shares jumped 12.79 percent to close at $25.58.
    Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS) shares gained 11.52 percent to close at $15.00. Nautilus is expected to release Q1 results on May 7, 2018. Craig-Hallum initiated coverage on Nautilus with a Buy rating and a $19.00 price target.
    Box, Inc. (NYSE: BOX) rose 10.94 percent to close at $22.91.
    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares rose 10.76 percent to close at $26.05. Credit Suisse upgraded Insmed from Neutral to Outperform.
    NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT) shares rose 10.02 percent to close at $6.48.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares gained 8.37 percent to close at $2.46 on Monday after falling 10.98 percent on Friday.
    Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD) shares gained 7.81 percent to close at $11.11.
    Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC) shares rose 7.26 percent to close at $70.31. CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) announced plans to acquire Vectren for $72 per share in cash.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) rose 6.66 percent to close at $74.45 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and raised its FY18 earnings outlook.
    Hanesbrands Inc.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: AirMedia Group Inc(AMCN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AirMedia Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCN) posted a 52-week low of $1.04 after closing down 23% on Wednesday at $1.35. The 52-week high is $3.30. Volume was about 4 million, nearly 20 times the daily average of around 230,000 million shares. The Chinese outdoor advertising company said yesterday that it is terminating a potential go-private transaction.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Sypris Solutions Inc.(SYPR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sypris Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYPR) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $20.35 million.

    Fusion Connect, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSNN) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $36.71 million.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Acxiom Corporation(ACXM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ: ACXM) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $239.88 million.

    PetIQ, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETQ) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.12 per share on revenue of $108.58 million.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Acxiom Co. (NASDAQ:ACXM) reached a new 52-week high during trading on Monday . The company traded as high as $33.57 and last traded at $33.48, with a volume of 64013 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $30.99.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Acxiom (ACXM)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. increased its position in Acxiom Co. (NASDAQ:ACXM) by 20.7% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 171,050 shares of the information technology services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 29,350 shares during the quarter. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. owned approximately 0.22% of Acxiom worth $3,885,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ: NXPI) dropped about 5.6% Wednesday to set a new 52-week low of $84.59. Shares closed at $89.57 on Tuesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $125.93. Volume totaled around 13.3 million, about 60% above the daily average. The company’s stock was downgraded to Sell this morning by analysts at Stifel.

  • [By ]

    As one would expect, shares of ZTE’s U.S. optical component suppliers rose sharply after President Trump signaled that a deal to end a recently-imposed ban on U.S. parts sales to the Chinese phone and telecom equipment giant is in the works. And NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) posted a double-digit gain after Chinese regulators (probably not coincidentally) announced that they’re restarting their review of Qualcomm’s (QCOM) $44 billion deal to buy the Dutch chipmaker.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    First thing Monday morning, China resumed its review of the proposed $40 billion merger of Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) and NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI). A happy coincidence no doubt.

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

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap discount brokerageSiebert Financial Corp (NASDAQ: SIEB):

Siebert Financial has been on our watchlist for a while, overbought and toying with the idea of a pullback. We’re finally starting to see evidence that the weight of the gain is taking a toll. We’ve seen a string of lower highs following the last bullish gasp from the 9th. We’re going to assume that was the pivot point. (It has been so far, anyway.)

SIEB has a lot of downside potential.

Our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter gives a more detailed discussion about Siebert Financial Corps technical chart along with a potential trading strategy:

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: TTM Technologies, Inc.(TTMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Taylor Cox]

    Investor Events

    Analyst/investor days for: PayPal Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL), Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT), S&P Global Inc (NYSE: SPGI), Total System Services, Inc (NYSE: TSS), and TTM Technologies, Inc (NASDAQ: TTMI)
    Roku, Inc (NASDAQ: ROKU) annual shareholder meeting
    Equifax Inc (NYSE: EFX) will meet with investors in L.A.

    Friday

  • [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 Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) shares jumped 155.56 percent to close at $5.75 on Thursday.
    Inspire Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: INSP) shares gained 56.12 percent to close at $24.98. Inspire Medical went public Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange. The company issued 6.75 million shares priced at $16 each.
    Presbia PLC (NASDAQ: LENS) shares rose 53.02 percent to close at $3.55.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) shares rose 46.29 percent to close at $32.11. 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.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) climbed 27.78 percent to close at $5.75.
    STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ: STAA) shares gained 26.27 percent to close at $21.15 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) shares jumped 22.16 percent to close at $4.30 on Thursday after gaining 9.32 percent on Wednesday.
    China Advanced Construction Materials Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CADC) rose 20.45 percent to close at $2.65 on Thursday.
    YRC Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW) surged 18.36 percent to close at $9.99 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    MYR Group Inc. (NASDAQ: MYRG) jumped 17.68 percent to close at $35.74 after the company posted strong Q1 earnings.
    Xspand Products Lab Inc (NASDAQ: XSPL) jumped 17.4 percent to close at $5.87. Xspand Products priced its IPO at $5 per share.
    Coherus BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHRS) shares rose 17.32 percent to close at $14.90. Coherus BioSciences reported resubmission of BLA for CHS-1701.
    Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTEC) shares gained 17.17 percent to close at $31.05 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    The Meet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEET) gained 16.02 percent to close at $2.68 following Q1 earnings.
    Ca

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) announced itsplanned takeover of NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) in Oct. 2016, but the chipmaker has faced an uphill battle getting the deal approved. NXP’s investors balked at Qualcomm’s initial bid, lawsuits from OEMs and regulators raised antitrust concerns, and the deal became a bargaining chip in trade talks between the U.S. and China.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) shares rose 18.3 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.74 percent on Friday.
    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) rose 12.1 percent to $2.69 in pre-market trading after surging 4.80 percent on Friday.
    NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) rose 10.9 percent to $109.75 in pre-market trading after Bloomberg reported that the China’s Commerce Ministry has restarted its review of QUALCOMM Incorporated’s (NASDAQ: QCOM) proposed takeover of NXP Semiconductors.
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) rose 10.6 percent to $15.20 in pre-market trading. Renewable Energy will replace Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 15.
    NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN) rose 10 percent to $6.40 in pre-market trading.
    Vaxart, Inc. (NASDAQ: VXRT) shares rose 8 percent to $5.54 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.19 percent on Friday.
    Profire Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFIE) rose 7.3 percent to $4.58 in pre-market trading after gaining 6.22 percent on Friday.
    Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) rose 7 percent to $22.49 in pre-market trading after falling 1.96 percent on Friday.
    Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) shares rose 6.9 percent to $9.16 in pre-market trading.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) rose 5.7 percent to $2.24 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.92 percent on Friday.
    CVR Refining, LP (NYSE: CVRR) rose 5.4 percent to $19.70 in pre-market trading.
    Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (NYSE: AGM) rose 5.2 percent to $92.95 in pre-market trading.
    International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) rose 5.2 percent to $29.94 in pre-market trading.
    Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) shares rose 5.1 percent to $66.30 in the pre-market trading session.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5 percent to $10.70 in pre-market trading after climbing 15.66 percent on Friday.
    Finisar
  • [By Paul Ausick]

    First thing Monday morning, China resumed its review of the proposed $40 billion merger of Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) and NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI). A happy coincidence no doubt.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: HubSpot, Inc.(HUBS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference CallMay. 10, 2018 4:30 p.m. ET

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

    Operator

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Lately, on Industry Focus: Tech, we’ve focused on the megacap businesses that have been dominating the news — at the cost of shedding some light on smaller companies with massive growth potential. In this week’s episode, host Dylan Lewis talks with Fool.com contributorBrian Feroldi about three ultra-compelling small-cap tech companies: HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS), AppFolio (NASDAQ:APPF), and Paylocity (NASDAQ:PCTY).

  • [By Chris Neiger, Danny Vena, and Jordan Wathen]

    We asked three Motley Fool investors to track down growth stocks that are flying high right now — and have plenty more room to grow. They came back with Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS), and HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS). Find out why these companies could leave Netflix’s gains behind.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    Cloud-based sales and marketing platform specialist HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS) saw its total sales spike 39% in the first quarter to $114.6 million. That outpaced the high end of the company’s own revenue guidance for the quarter by more than $4 million. The company said that strong growth was driven by both expanding subscription and professional services sales.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    HubSpot, Inc. (NYSE:HUBS) insider Dharmesh Shah sold 23,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $108.19, for a total value of $2,488,370.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS) had its price objective upped by investment analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from $110.00 to $115.00 in a research note issued to investors on Monday. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the software maker’s stock. Stifel Nicolaus’ price target would indicate a potential upside of 4.50% from the company’s current price.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Internap Network Services Corporation(INAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Internap (INAP)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Internap (NASDAQ:INAP) issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday. The information technology services provider reported ($0.70) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.57) by ($0.13), MarketWatch Earnings reports. The business had revenue of $74.20 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $73.99 million. Internap had a negative return on equity of 271.76% and a negative net margin of 16.15%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted ($0.02) earnings per share.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Nuance Communications Inc.(NUAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) dropped about 20% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $12.19. Shares closed at $15.28 on Wednesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $19.49. Volume of around 19 million shares was about nine times the daily average. The company reported indifferent results Wednesday night but cut its outlook for revenue growth.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN) had its price objective cut by Stifel Nicolaus from $18.00 to $15.00 in a report issued on Thursday. The brokerage currently has a “hold” rating on the software maker’s stock. Stifel Nicolaus’ target price indicates a potential upside of 15.03% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: MDCA) fell 23.4 percent to $5.25 in pre-market trading after a first-quarter earnings miss.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) shares fell 15.1 percent to $3.48 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat Q1 earnings.
    Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) fell 14 percent to $13.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted downbeat Q2 earnings and lowered FY18 organic growth guidance.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) fell 13.2 percent to $3.10 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly results.
    Rowan Companies plc (NYSE: RDC) shares fell 10.7 percent to $14.13 in pre-market trading after climbing 8.50 percent on Wednesday.
    BT Group plc (NYSE: BT) fell 9 percent to $14.80 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q4 results and announced plans to cut 13,000 jobs over the next three years.
    Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) fell 8.3 percent to $19.90 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that IMblaze370 Phase 3 pivotal trial of atezolizumab and cobimetinib in patients with heavily pretreated locally advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer did not meet primary endpoint.
    Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ: INFN) fell 8.2 percent to $10.80 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Synaptics, Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) shares fell 7.4 percent to $43.00 in pre-market trading. Synaptics reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter, while sales missed estimates.
    Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) shares fell 7.4 percent to $76.23 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 earnings.
    Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: IART) shares fell 7 percent to $59.36 in pre-market trading. Integra LifeSciences priced its 5.25 million share public offering of common stock at $58.50 per share.
    Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRY) shares fell 6.9 percent to $12.75 in pre-m

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    One key part of the rush toward artificial intelligence is making sure that automated systems can communicate easily and effectively with their human users. Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN) has a huge head start in voice recognition technology, and despite its successes in areas like medical transcription, the tech company knows that in order to sustain its competitive advantage, it needs to use its lead to push forward with groundbreaking technological innovations.

Hot Tech Stocks To Own Right Now

What happened

Solar stocks were on fire Thursday after Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ:RUN) reported earnings and California mandated solar on all new homes. Sunrun jumped as much as 19.7% while Vivint Solar Inc (NYSE:VSLR), Enphase Energy Inc (NASDAQ:ENPH), and SolarEdge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:SEDG) were up 12.5%, 15.6%, and 16.3% respectively at their highs for the day.

So what

Sunrun’s first quarter saw installations fall 5 megawatts (MW) to 68 MW and creation costs were up 3.8% to $3.51 per watt. What surprised investors was net income of $28 million, or $0.25 per share, which beat estimates by a penny. If earnings alone were all investors had to digest, I don’t think shares would have moved much, but there was other news on the market’s mind.

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On Wednesday, the California Energy Commission passed a rule that effectively mandates solar panels on new homes starting in 2020. According to Sunrun’s presentation to investors, about 100,000 new homes are built each year in California and if the average rooftop solar system is 6 kW, that could mean 600 MW of demand each year from new homes, a lot of which would be incremental growth for the market.

Hot Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: CyberArk Software Ltd.(CYBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    Nearly 90%of security professionals believe that an enterprise’s IT infrastructure is not fully protected unless its privileged accounts are secured, according to a survey by CyberArk Software Ltd.(NASDAQ:CYBR). This global demand for cybersecurity solutions that safeguard an organization’s most sensitive data is helping to fuel CyberArk’s growth, as evidenced by its strong first-quarterresults.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion before the opening bell. Citigroup shares rose 0.30 percent to $67.22 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) to have earned $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion in the latest quarter. JPMorgan will release earnings before the markets open. JPMorgan shares gained 0.48 percent to $93.55 in after-hours trading.
    Cyberark Software Ltd (NASDAQ: CYBR) lowered its guidance for the second quarter. The company now expects total revenue of $57.0 million to $57.5 million, versus earlier guidance of $61.0 million to $62.0 million. Cyberark shares dipped 17.65 percent to $42.00 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the opening bell, First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million. First Republic Bank shares dropped 0.80 percent to close at $101.35 on Thursday.

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    The short interest at CyberArk Software Ltd. (NASDAQ: CYBR) increased to 1.10 million shares from the previous level of 861,800. Shares were trading at $53.34, within a 52-week range of $39.34 to $55.63.

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    RB: I thought wed be up more than we are on cybersecurity plays. We have 25% gains on recommendations like Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW). Were off a few percentage points on CyberArk Software (NASDAQ: CYBR).

Hot Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) fell 10.3% lower in April 2018, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. That’s arguably an impressive move for a stock with a firm all-cash buyout offer on the table and just awaiting one last regulatory approval, but that’s where the leader in automotive computing chips stands today.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    A recent Reuter’s report suggests that the San Diego, California basedchipmaker is all set to win a conditional Japanese antitrust go-ahead for its multi-billion dollar NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI) deal. Earlier, Bloomberg reported that Qualcomm may win European Union approval for its NXPacquisition by the year-end with slight modifications to the concessions. The smartphone chip giant reportedly seems to have struck a deal with the European regulatory body by agreeing to drop certainstandard essential and system-level patents belonging to NXP in the proposed takeover. EU anti-trust body has now set the new deadline fordeciding on Qualcommsacquisition of NXP asMarch 5, 2018. If Bloomberg reports turn out to be true, this could be shot in the arm for Qualcomm which at the moment is trying to fend off the takeoverfrom Broadcom. If EU approval goes through then other remainingregulatory bodies will soon fall in line.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Qualcomm’s long-delayed takeover of NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) remains in limbo as China’s Ministry of Commerce takes its time with its decision. Qualcomm tried to curry the favor of the Chinese government by working with Chinese companies to develop new chips for connected cars, Internet ofThings (IoT) devices, and5G technologies. Unfortunately, President Trump then proposed tough tariffs against China, turning Qualcomm into a potential target for retaliation from Chinese regulators.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Just five months ago, fellow Fool Leo Sun compared the investing theses for Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI). He found NXP to be the better pick, thanks to massive growth opportunities and a low PEG ratio.

Hot Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Polycom Inc.(PLCM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Emily Stewart]

     Polycom (PLCM) is Soros’ top tech holding. As of the end of the second quarter, he owns 7.9 million shares valued at $89.2 million.

    Polycom provides collaboration solutions for voice, video, and content sharing. It has a $1.7 billion market cap and trades at a P/E of 73.24.

Hot Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Diodes Incorporated(DIOD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small capsemiconductor stock Diodes Incorporated (NASDAQ: DIOD) has produced a double top on its technical chart with shares just below breakout levels:

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI Has $3.78 Million Stake in NXP Semiconductors (NXPI)

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI trimmed its stake in shares of NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) by 9.3% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 32,273 shares of the semiconductor provider’s stock after selling 3,324 shares during the quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI’s holdings in NXP Semiconductors were worth $3,776,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of the company. Havens Advisors LLC raised its position in shares of NXP Semiconductors by 42.6% during the fourth quarter. Havens Advisors LLC now owns 113,100 shares of the semiconductor provider’s stock worth $13,243,000 after acquiring an additional 33,800 shares during the last quarter. Aries Wealth Management bought a new position in shares of NXP Semiconductors during the fourth quarter worth about $301,000. State of Alaska Department of Revenue bought a new position in shares of NXP Semiconductors during the fourth quarter worth about $3,605,000. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its position in shares of NXP Semiconductors by 1.4% during the fourth quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 324,905 shares of the semiconductor provider’s stock worth $38,043,000 after acquiring an additional 4,632 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Allianz Asset Management GmbH raised its position in shares of NXP Semiconductors by 1.0% during the fourth quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH now owns 271,543 shares of the semiconductor provider’s stock worth $31,795,000 after acquiring an additional 2,755 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 82.03% of the company’s stock.

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Shares of NXPI stock opened at $100.28 on Monday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.77, a current ratio of 2.22 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42. NXP Semiconductors has a fifty-two week low of $90.83 and a fifty-two week high of $125.93. The company has a market capitalization of $34,460.72, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.97, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.77 and a beta of 0.81.

NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 7th. The semiconductor provider reported $3.06 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.61 by $1.45. NXP Semiconductors had a return on equity of 16.73% and a net margin of 10.39%. The firm had revenue of $2.46 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.37 billion. research analysts anticipate that NXP Semiconductors will post 6.42 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Stifel Nicolaus lowered their price objective on NXP Semiconductors from $127.50 to $102.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research report on Friday. Mizuho restated a “hold” rating on shares of NXP Semiconductors in a research report on Thursday. Drexel Hamilton upgraded NXP Semiconductors from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $110.00 to $127.50 in a report on Thursday. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $115.00 target price on NXP Semiconductors and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded NXP Semiconductors from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. NXP Semiconductors has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $119.68.

NXP Semiconductors Company Profile

NXP Semiconductors N.V., a semiconductor company, provides high performance mixed signal solutions for radio frequency (RF), analog, power management, interface, security, and digital processing products worldwide. The company offers products for audio and visual head-end unit applications, such as single-chip radio solutions, multi-standard radios, audio amplifiers and power analog products, and i.MX applications processors; in-vehicle networking products; two-way secure entry products; various sensors and microcontrollers; power management solutions; and solutions for radar, vision, vehicle-to-vehicle, and vehicle-to-infrastructure systems.

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Fridays Vital Data: Intel Corporation (INTC), NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXPI) and Alibaba Group Ho

U.S. stock futures are trading broadly lower this morning. Wall Street was clearly anxious ahead of this morning’s April jobs report. Expectations were for a gain of 188,000 last month, on the heels of March’s surprisingly low 108,000 job adds.

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Meanwhile, corporate earnings continue to chug along. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA), Celgene Inc. (NASDAQ:CELG) and GoPro Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO) are front and center on the earnings front.

Heading into the open, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average are down 0.33%, S&P 500 futures have shed 0.35% and Nasdaq-100 futures have lost 0.42%.

Turning to the options pits, volume rebounded to normal levels on Thursday. Overall, about 19.9 million calls 18.8 million puts crossed the tape. Despite the jump in call activity, the CBOE single-session equity put/call volume ratio surged to a one-month high of 0.75. The 10-day moving average also moved higher, hitting it’s own one-month high of 0.66.

Options traders were once again paying sharp attention to the semiconductor sector. News broke that “next generation” flaws were again found in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) chips, driving heavy volume on INTC stock. Additionally, NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) reported weaker-than-expected earnings, drawing attention to options arbitrage spreads in it’s Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) merger deal. Finally, Alibaba Group Holdings was call heavy heading into this morning’s quarterly earnings report.

Let’s take a closer look:

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Intel Corporation (INTC)

Options traders loaded up on Intel calls yesterday. It was an interesting reaction to news that “next generation” flaws had been found in Intel semiconductors. Specifically, a German computing magazine reported yesterday that researchers found eight new flaws in INTC chips resembling the Meltdown and Spectre bugs revealed earlier this year.

Intel said it was aware of the flaws and was working to patch them. “We believe strongly in the value of coordinated disclosure and will share additional details on any potential issues as we finalize mitigations,” Intel said in a statement.

In a “been there, done that” kind of response, INTC options traders loaded up on call options following the news. Volume came in at 177,000 contracts, with calls gobbling up 83% of the day’s take.

Looking out to May options, the bulls appear to be in firm control of Intel’s short-term sentiment backdrop. Currently, the May put/call open interest ratio comes in at 0.45, with calls more than doubling puts for the series.

But this Intel optimism is not without merit. In fact, INTC stock continues to outperform most of its semiconductor peers, including red-hot names like Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) and Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MU).

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NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXPI)

If you are arbitraging Qualcomm’s buyout of NXP Semiconductors, yesterday was painful for you. NXPI stock plunged more than 10% after the company missed Wall Street’s first-quarter earnings target by 12 cents per share. NXPI is now trading about 36% below Qualcomm’s buyout offer of $127.50 per share.

The deal has been slowed by Chinese regulators, whom many argue are dragging their feet due to troubled China/U.S. trade relations.

NXPI options traders were somewhat bullish following the news. Volume rose to 190,000 contracts, nearly tripling NXPI’s daily average. Calls made up about 58% of the day’s take. But while short-term options are optimistic, August options are downright bearish.

Qualcomm and NXP expect a ruling from China by their new deal deadline of July 25. If the August put/call OI ratio of 1.80 is any indication, NXPI options traders believe the deal will fall apart.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA)

Alibaba calls were quite popular ahead of this morning’s quarterly report. Volume rose to an impressive 406,000 contracts, with calls eating up 71% of the day’s take. As a result, the May put/call OI ratio fell to 0.67 as traders bet on a post-earnings rally.

Heading into the open, BABA stock is up 1.5% amid a weak start among the major market indexes.

By the numbers, Alibaba posted another blowout quarter. Earnings rose 32% year-over-year to 90 cents per share, topping expectations by 5 cents per share. Sales surged 61% to $9.73 billion, easily beating Wall Street’s view for $9.3 billion.

As of this writing, Joseph Hargett held no positions on any of the aforemen

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Own For 2018

Marijuana is well on its way to becoming the “norm” in modern America.

Eight states – Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington – and the District of Columbia have fully legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults’ recreational use. An additional 13 states have decriminalized it. And 29 states, along with Puerto Rico and Guam, now allow the use of medical marijuana.

However, the drug is still classified as an illegal Schedule I substance in the eyes of the federal government.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Summer Infant Inc.(SUMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Childrens Placeoutperforming last year before leveling off into a range while mid cap peerCarter’s, Inc (NYSE: CRI) is nearing previous highs againand small cap Summer Infant, Inc (NASDAQ: SUMR) is well below previous highs:

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Brady Corporation(BRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Robert Baird announced on Friday that it has cut its rating on Brady Corp (BRC).

    The firm has downgraded BRC from “Outperform” to “Neutral,” and has given the company a $33 price target. This price target suggests a 8% upside from the stock’s current price of $30.52.

    Analysts see the company’s WPS segment growing faster than expected.

    Brady shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock is down 9% YTD.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Before the opening bell on Thursday, identification solutions provider Brady Corp (BRC) posted a loss in the fourth quarter, despite a rise in revenues, as it was negatively impacted by a number of charges. However, excluding these charges, the company was able to top Wall Street analysts’ earnings and sales estimates. Nonetheless, BRC shares are plummeting in Thursday’s trading.

    The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based company posted a loss from continuing operations of $176.2 million, or $3.41 per share, in the fourth quarter, versus last year’s fourth quarter earnings from continuing operations of $20.9 million, or 40 cents per share. Furthermore, Brady posted a net loss of $177.2 million, or $3.43 per share, compared to net earnings of $11.6 million, or 22 cents per share, in the same period a year ago.

    The fourth quarter loss includes non-cash impairment charges of $204.4 million, $15.6 million in restructuring charges, and $4 million in acquisition-related charges. Excluding these charges, Brady Corp said earnings would have been 53 cents per share in the quarter. According to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, the company was expected to earn an adjusted 51 cents per share in the fourth quarter.

    The company’s fourth quarter sales came in at $309.1 million, up 15% from $269.1 million in sales posted last year. On average, analysts were expecting the company to see $307.13 million in revenues for the quarter.

    Looking ahead, Brady Corp. sees fiscal 2014 earnings coming in between $1.80 and $2.00 per share, below the analysts’ view of $2.30 per share.

    Brady Corp shares were down $1.71, or 5.25%, during early morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 7.93% year-to-date.

  • [By Mike Deane]

    For the 28th year in a row, Brady Corp (BRC) has increased its dividend payout to investors.

    The Milwaukee, WI-based company increased its quarterly dividend to 19.5 cents from 19 cents, an increase of 2.6%. The annual dividend now stands at 78 cents. The quarterly dividend will be paid on October 31st, 2013 to all shareholders of record on October 10, 2013.

    BRC shares were down 40 cents, or 1.23%, by market close on Wednesday. YTD, the company’s stock is down over 4%.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: New York & Company Inc.(NWY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    After looking at this week’s penny stock gainers, we’ll give you that leg up with one of our top-rated penny stocks from our proprietary stock ranking system…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price (March 26) Last Week’s Gain
    Cartesian Inc. (OTCMKTS: CRTN) $0.39 170.69%
    Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. (Nasdaq: OMEX) $8.76 135.90%
    iFresh Inc. (Nasdaq: IFMK) $8.25 64.64%
    China Auto Logistics Inc. (Nasdaq: CALI) $4.68 47.43%
    National American University Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: NAUH) $1.20 39.29%
    Document Security Systems Inc. (NYSE: DSS) $1.58 33.91%
    Blonder Tongue Labs Inc. (NYSE: BDR) $0.77 33.90%
    CareDx Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNA) $7.49 29.88%
    Mediwound Ltd. (Nasdaq: MDWD) $5.10 26.51%
    New York & Co. Inc. (NYSE: NWY) $3.37 26.35%

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE: NWY) got a boost, shooting up 13 percent to $2.31 as the company posted upbeat quarterly results.

    The GEO Group Inc (NYSE: GEO) shares were also up, gaining 19 percent to $23.27. Following Thursday’s Department of Justice news regarding privately-managed prisons, GEO Group dropped on Thursday, but rebounded Friday after issuing a response to the DoJ.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE: NWY) shares dropped 42 percent to $1.72 after the company reported downbeat Q1 results and issued a weak Q2 forecast.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: ZTE Corporation (ZTCOF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The United States has a history of preventing Chinese companies that are even suspected of being state-owned from selling certain products into key industries. Huawei and ZTE (OTCPK:ZTCOF), for example, were under harsh scrutiny for their telecommunications equipment.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Chinese telco equipment giant ZTE (OTCPK:ZTCOF) has been actively cooperating and communicating with relevant U.S. government departments in order to reach a conclusion of the investigation related to the compny’s violations of sanctions on Iran.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The offer has two caveats. First, Qualcomm’s bid for NXP Semiconductor N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) must either be completed at that price or rejected. Second, Qualcomm may not delay or cancel its scheduled annual meeting set for March 6.

  • [By Jack Foley]

    Furthermore, the NXP Semiconductor (NSDQ:NXPI) acquisition should enable Qualcomm to really become a frontrunner in the lucrative automotive area. There have been rumors that the deal could hit some roadblocks but I see the acquisition eventually going through sometime this year. Qualcomm will want to push its processor business into the automotive market and NXP with its extensive number of loyal distributorsand customers should be able to help here in a big way. Billions are being plowed into theautonomous vehicle market at present and first mover advantage is going to be critical. One would feel that the combined technologies of the Qualcomm/NXP partnership should gain ground here as theIoT phenomenon continues to gain traction. Qualcomm already has a presence here with its Snapdragon processors in some Android Auto IVI systems. For a start, if NXP’sRFCMOS chips (which do away with multi-chip systems) can meaningfully add value to Qualcomm’s current offering in this space, the new partnership could leapfrog a number of competitors in a short span of time, which will be one more positive for QCOM stock.

  • [By Andrew Tonner]

    One of the best ways to invest in broad-based movements such as the IoT is by buying shares in the companies that supply the hardware and infrastructure powering the trend — such asSkyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) and NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI). Let’s dig into each company to see what makes them two of the top IoT investments on the market today.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) stock price has now fallen below the crucial 20-day, 50-day and 100-day moving averages. Its legal issues have again weighed heavy on QCOM stock of late. QCOM stock has a crucial support at the $52.66 level, which is just below the last closing price (on April 13). Qualcomm stock has not fallen below these levels in 2017.A fall below this level means QCOM stock could drop, moving close to itsone-year lows. However, two popular momentum indicators Bollinger Bands and Relative Strength Index (RSI) indicators suggest that QCOM stock is oversold. The technicals depict mixed scenario for QCOM stock. QCOM stock has lost momentum going into its Q2 earnings, with the stock losing more than 5% in the last 5 trading sessions and is still down more than 10.5% YTD. QCOM stock still makes a good long-term investment, especially with the $47B NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI) acquisition lined up. The smartphone chipset maker’s stock is also named the top dividend stock with insider buying and has adividend yield of 4.27%. Long-term investors with a high-risk appetite might relish buying QCOM stock at such low levels. However, it would be prudent for risk-averse investors to stay on the sidelines till the Q2 earnings, which would give a better picture of Qualcomm’s present legal woes and its future implications.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    This has the potential to offset the sluggishness in demand of smartphone chips around the world. Also, certain performance benchmarks of Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor 835 are making positive waves. A lot is riding on Qualcomm’s $47B acquisition of NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI), which it plans to complete by the end of the year. This acquisition would open up the high potential IoT segment as well for the smartphone chipmaker. All of these positives have been overshadowed by Qualcomm Inc’s legal troubles, which could hit its licensing business hard. Qualcomm depends heavily on its licensing business to generate bulk of its pre-tax profits. In the most recent fiscal year, Qualcomm’s QTL segment accounted for 78% of its pre-tax profits. The verdicts in the legal issues faced by Qualcomm will not be out anytime soon. These tend to be long drawn courtroom battles, and have cast a spell of uncertainty over Qualcomm’s licensing business.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) is knee-deep in a pending merger with sector rival Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM). There was a time when it would have made sense to pick up NXP shares, even if you missed the 25% buyout surge in September.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Long Island Iced Tea Corp. (LTEA)

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    Long Island Ice Tea changed its name to Long Blockchain (Nasdaq: LTEA), sending shares 200% higher. It remains to be seen how a beverage maker will create shareholder value from blockchain technology — not that its investors care.

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    5. Blockchain-Related Stocks
    Shorting blockchain-related stocks is an ideal way to not only short bitcoin but also short the entire cryptocurrency craze. Many such stocks exist, such as Riot Blockchain (Nasdaq: RIOT), Long Blockchain (Nasdaq: LTEA), and Longfin (Nasdaq: LFIN). Choose the one that you think is most overhyped and short away!

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    William may be right about a sell-off in stocks… in the cryptocurrency space. Over the last week, companies that have billed themselves as blockchain-focused saw their stocks surge. One firm – Long Island Iced Tea changed its name to Long Island Blockchain and watched its stock surge more than triple digits. But today, firms with this exposure are cratering. MGT Capital Investments Inc. (OTCMKTS: MGTI), Long Island Iced Tea Corp. (Nasdaq: LTEA), Riot Blockchain Inc. (Nasdaq: RIOT), and Siebert Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: SIEB) all fell by more than 12% Friday.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Forward Pharma A/S(FWP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By George Budwell]

    Shares of theDanish drugmaker Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:FWP) gained 48.2% yesterday as the result of a settlement and licensing deal with Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB)involving an ongoing patent dispute over the multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera. Per the terms of the deal, Biogen will fork overa non-refundable$1.25 billion licensing fee, and possibly pay 10% to 20% royalties on Tecfidera’snet sales to Forward starting in 2021.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Last Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stock Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ: FWP):

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Cardtronics, Inc.(CATM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Non-bank ATM operator Cardtronics (NASDAQ:CATM) slumped on Friday despite reporting fourth-quarter results that beat analyst estimates on all fronts. The culprit driving the decline may be the company’s 2017 guidance, which calls for a decline in adjusted EPS. At 2:30 p.m. EST, the stock was down about 10%.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: GlobalSCAPE, Inc.(GSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap sofware stockGlobalSCAPE, Inc (NYSEMKT: GSB):

    As for Globalscape, this one’s a little more straightforward, and obvious. GSB shares pushed up and off of their 200-day moving average line last week, and are making higher highs this week. What you can’t see on the chart is how this has been a pretty reliable pattern for Globalscape for years now. The upper edge of the rising trading range is nearing $6.00, though it would take some time to get there.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Insperity, Inc.(NSP)

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  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Insperity Inc. (NYSE: NSP) also had a large-scale seller on the desk, and it was another well-known hedge fund. Value Act, which also serves as a director at the company, sold a total of 226,000 shares of the stock at prices that ranged from $71.22 to $72.41. The total for the sale was set at $16 million.Insperity provides an array of human resources and business solutions to enhance business performance for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. The shares closed the day on Friday at $71.85.