Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Own For 2018

Sunoco LP (NYSE:SUN) files its latest 10-K with SEC for the fiscal year ended on December 31, 2017. Sunoco LP engages manufactures, markets racing fuels. The company is a wholesale and retail fuel distributor in the United States also manufactures the official fuel for NASCAR. It distributes fuel through an extensive line of distributes across the US. Sunoco LP has a market cap of $3.54 billion; its shares were traded at around $30.49 with and P/S ratio of 0.13. The dividend yield of Sunoco LP stocks is 10.83%.

For the last quarter Sunoco LP reported a revenue of $2.6 billion, compared with the revenue of $2.2 billion during the same period a year ago. For the latest fiscal year the company reported a revenue of $11.7 billion, a decrease of 25.3% from the previous year. For the last five years Sunoco LP had an average revenue decline of 0% a year.

The reported diluted earnings per share was 34 cents for the year, an increase of -106.5% from previous year. The Sunoco LP had an operating margin of 1.95%, compared with the operating margin of -1.58% a year before. The 10-year historical median operating margin of Sunoco LP is 0.49%. The profitability rank of the company is 5 (out of 10).

Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Own For 2018: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings(LH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion.

    Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) to report its quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion. Laboratory Corp shares rose 0.64 percent to close at $121.77 on Friday.

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    LH has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Craig Hallum restated a “buy” rating and set a $204.00 price target (up from $180.00) on shares of Laboratory Corp. of America in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. Morgan Stanley upped their target price on Laboratory Corp. of America from $182.00 to $192.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 28th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Laboratory Corp. of America from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Mizuho set a $178.00 target price on Laboratory Corp. of America and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Robert W. Baird set a $183.00 target price on Laboratory Corp. of America and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 8th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $189.19.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Own For 2018: Reynolds American Inc(RAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Just before 1pm today, shares of Reynolds American (RAI) took a sudden nosedive on reports that its merger with British American Tobacco (BTI) had “hit a snag” according to StreetInsider.com. Cowen’s Vivien Azer and team still think a deal gets done:

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    Street Insider is reporting that BATS’ acquisition of RAI has “hit a snag,” and that “a potential transaction may be less likely near-term.” We view this source as less credible (vs. a WSJ or CNBC), in particular given the scant level of detail. While the delay in a consummated deal has extended longer than we thought, we still view the deal as likely (85% probability).

    Shares of Reynolds American have dropped 1.3% to $55.47 at 2:26 p.m. today, while British American Tobacco has declined 0.2% to $112.71. Shares of Philip Morris International (PM), which could be interested in an acquisition of Altria Group (MO), have fallen 1% to$90.28 after getting cut toNeutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch, while Altria has risen 0.5% to$67.94 after getting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Merrill.

  • [By Rich Duprey, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Brian Feroldi]

    It remains true that the tobacco industry will continue coming under pressure from anti-smoking activists, politicians, and regulators who seek to stub out cigarettes further by raising taxes on smokes, but companies such as Altria and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) are largely able to offset their impact on profits by raising prices. The ability to command such pricing power without an overly large loss of customers obviously speaks to the addictive qualities of smoking but is also an otherwise enviable position to be in.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    With interest rates set to rise this year, many dividend investors are likely worried that their stocks will slip as bond yields become more attractive. While some dividend stocks will inevitably decline, investors can still find some low-risk income plays that have high yields and cheap valuations. Let’s take a look at three such stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI).

Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Own For 2018: CRB Futures Index(CR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) shares were also up, gaining 12 percent to $67.56 on stronger-than-expected Q3 earnings.

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $644.60 million.

    Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $641.85 million.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Own For 2018: Regal Beloit Corporation(RBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) is projected to post quarterly loss at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.97 billion.
    International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.59 per share on revenue of $909.36 million.
    Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZG) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $294.79 million.
    General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $980.61 million.
    Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $598.45 million.
    Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1 per share on revenue of $746.42 million.
    Fabrinet (NYSE: FN) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $319.71 million.
    National General Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NGHC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $1.08 billion.
    The Navigators Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NAVG) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.75 per share on revenue of $320.92 million.
    Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $1.29 billion.
    Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE: TREX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $172.22 million.
    AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AMC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $1.35 billion.
    Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: EVHC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $2.02 billion.
    Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE: RBC) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.23 per share on revenue of $869.64 million.
    Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $39

  • [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

Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Own For 2018: Cummins Inc.(CMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Making mining equipment has been a horrible business over the last few years. The industry has been hard-hit by the spending cutbacks at mine sites around the world. For example, BHP Billiton Limited trimmed its capital exploration expenditures by roughly 70% between fiscal 2013 and 2016. No wonder Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), Komatsu Ltd. (NASDAQOTH:KMTUY), and Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) have been hurting. Only that looks like it’s starting to change, which means this trio could be at the top of a list of mining equipment companies to buy in 2017.

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    As Caterpillar sank, so too did Cummins Inc. (CMI) , down 4.5%, Cree Inc. (CREE) , down 2.5%, Crane Co. (CR) , down 8% and Freeport McMoRan (FCX) , down 14.5%.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Cummins (NYSE:CMI) had its price objective cut by Credit Suisse Group from $205.00 to $175.00 in a research note released on Wednesday. They currently have an outperform rating on the stock.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now

April 24, 2018: Markets opened higher again Tuesday but soon sank to losses and just kept falling throughout the trading session. The yield on 10-year Treasury bonds finally topped 3% early this morning and combined with lackluster earnings and cautious guidance from some blue chippers, stocks never had a chance to fly higher. Home prices rose sharply again and sales of new homes also posted a solid gain.

WTI crude oil for June delivery settled at $67.70 a barrel, down 1.4% for the day. June gold added about 0.7% on the day to settle at $1,333.00. Equities were headed for a lower close about 10 minutes before the bell as the Dow traded down 2.03% for the day, the S&P 500 traded down 1.66%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded down 2.04%.

Bitcoin futures (XBTK8) for May delivery traded at $9,410, up about 6% on the CBOE after opening at $8,970 this morning. The digital currency’s trading range for the day was $8,940 to $9,450.

The Dow stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was 3M Company (NYSE: MMM) which traded down 6.99% at $200.78. The stock’s 52-week range is $192.36 to $259.77. Volume was about four times the daily average of around 2.7 million shares. The company reported so-so results this morning and lowered earnings guidance.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SuperValu Inc.(SVU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, SUPERVALU (NYSE:SVU) and MSC Industrial (NYSE:MSM) stood out with big pricing moves after announcing quarterly business updates.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday morning, the consumer staples shares fell by just 0.2 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE: SVU), up 4 percent, and Imperial Brands PLC (OTC: IMBBY), up 2 percent.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares ofSUPERVALU Inc.(NYSE:SVU) were moving higher last month after the supermarket operator and supplier yielded to activist pressure and agreed to sell and lease back eight distribution centers in order to lower costs and improve its cash position. The stock surged on the news and finished the month up 15%, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap grocery store stock SUPERVALU Inc (NYSE: SVU) reported Q2 2018 earnings before the market opened this morning which topped Wall Street expectations. Q2 net sales were $3.80 billion versus $2.81 billionas Wholesale net salesrose 58% to$2.74 billion and Retail net salesfell 1.1% to$1.02 billion.The net loss from continuing operationswas $25 million (which included a $27 million after-tax asset impairment charge and $16 million of after-tax merger and integration costs) versus net income of $31 million. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q3 2017 earnings report for small cap grocery store stock SUPERVALU Inc (NYSE: SVU) is scheduled for before the market opens on Wednesday (January 11th). A few years ago, SUPERVALU was struggling as the most shorted grocery stock on the market; but just before the last earnings report, the Company announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement whereby an affiliate of ONEX Corporation (TSE: ONEX) will acquire itsSave-A-Lot business for $1.365 billion in cash. The President/CEO stated:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NCI Building Systems, Inc.(NCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    NCI Building Systems Inc (NYSE: NCS) posted upbeat results for its second quarter on Tuesday. NCI Building Systems shares rose 1.24 percent to $16.30 in the after-hours trading session.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Several equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. ValuEngine cut shares of NCI Building Systems from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday. Stephens reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $20.00 price target on shares of NCI Building Systems in a research note on Thursday, March 15th. Barclays reaffirmed an “overweight” rating on shares of NCI Building Systems in a research note on Thursday, March 8th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $20.00 price target on shares of NCI Building Systems in a research note on Thursday, March 8th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of NCI Building Systems from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $20.00.

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  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Equity gainers on the day included Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS), which surged more than 12 percent on the day, and Himax Technologies (NASDAQ: HIMX), which climbed almost 9 percent in the wake of an afternoon rally. Losers included NCI Building Systems Inc. (NYSE: NCS), which fell 15 percent after earnings, and H&R Block inc (NYSE: HRB), which fell almost 11 percent on the day after its Q1 results.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, the industrial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Envirostar Inc (NYSE: EVI) and NCI Building Systems Inc (NYSE: NCS).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    NCI Building Systems Inc (NYSE: NCS) was down, falling around 14 percent to $15.27. NCI Building Systems reported Q3 adjusted earnings of $0.33 per share on revenue of $462.4 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.(HP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The third caller had Boeing (BA) , Helmerich & Payne (HP) , Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) , LAM Research (LRCX) and Steel Dynamics (STLD)  as her top five stocks.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    The oil services industry was one of the hardest hit energy segments during the collapse of the oil market. But incredibly, oil & gas driller Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP) raised its quarterly dividend as recently as August.

  • [By Chris Johnson]

    Let me show you…

    I Love Helmerich & Payne Inc. (NYSE: HP) for This Coming Week

    My trading model is practically screaming to recommend this contract petroleum drilling company.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: VEXIM EUR0.10 (VXMFF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    French medical device maker Vexim (OTC:VXMFF) contracted with an unnamed China lab to begin China registration studies for its vertebral fracture repair device, SpineJack庐. Vexim recently was granted patents for the device in China and Japan. SpineJack is an implant designed to repair a fractured vertebra and restore spinal cord balance. The 30 minute procedure is useful in 95% of vertebral fractures, according to Vexim. SpineJack was CE marked for EU use in 2010 and now is indicated for trauma and other vertebral fractures.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: WD-40 Company(WDFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    WD-40 Company (NASDAQ: WDFC) reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter, but the company missed analysts’ sales estimates. WD-40 shares fell 0.97 percent to $106.00 in the after-hours trading session.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    WD-40 Company (NASDAQ: WDFC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $99.10 million.

    Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ: HOFT) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.40 per share on revenue of $62.20 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Power Solutions International, Inc.(PSIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brent Slava]

    Power Solutions International Inc (NASDAQ: PSIX) shares plunged as much as 30 percent Tuesday on a report the company would be delisting from Nasdaq Inc (NASDAQ: NDAQ).

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: America’s Car-Mart Inc.(CRMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRMT) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $149.13 million.

    Ryanair Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ: RYAAY) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $1.16 billion.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts are expecting America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRMT) to have earned $0.58 per share on revenue of $149.13 million in the latest quarter. America’s Car-Mart shares rose 2.06 percent to close at $23.25 on Friday.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Taylor Morrison Home Corporation(TMHC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    In his second “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down with Sheryl Palmer, chairman, president and CEO of Taylor Morrison Homes (TMHC) , for a read on the state of the housing market.

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    Higher rates can hurt stocks of companies like homebuilders, which rely on affordable mortgage rates for their customers. “Nobody trusts the homebuilders past the day they report because the litany is always: ‘This is the last good quarter when it comes to Lennar (LEN) , Toll Brothers (TOL) , D.R. Horton (DHI) , Taylor Morrison (TMHC) and PulteGroup (PHM) .'”

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: BorgWarner Inc.(BWA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $34.66 billion.
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $5.24 billion.
    United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.55 per share on revenue of $16.44 billion.
    Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.74 per share on revenue of $7.91 billion.
    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $8.81 billion.
    PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.93 per share on revenue of $12.4 billion.
    American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $10.42 billion.
    Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $5.01 billion.
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $34.52 billion.
    Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.66 per share on revenue of $5.38 billion.
    D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $3.76 billion.
    The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.4 per share on revenue of $1.94 billion.
    Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.56 per share on revenue of $2.94 billion.
    Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $4.63 billion.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.54 per share on revenue of $3.72 billion.
    Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) is projected to report quarter
  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, I dubbed the selloff in auto stocks “car-pocalypse now,” as shares of everything car related tumbled following disappointing auto sales. Shares of General Motors (GM) and Ford Motor (F)? Check. Auto-part makers like BorgWarner (BWA)? Check. Used-car sellers like AutoNation (AN) and CarMax (KMX)? Check. Auto-part retailers like O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY) and AutoZone (AZO)? Oh yeah. So is it time to panic?

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, Morgan Stanleys Adam Jonas cut Delphi Automotive (DLPH) to Underweight from Overweight citing the threat posed by electric cars (and not just Tesla Motors (TSLA)). Today, Bairds David Leiker and team offer a fuller defense of Delphi Automotive, as well as Borg Warner (BWA) and Lear (LEA):

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Reynolds American Inc(RAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Just before 1pm today, shares of Reynolds American (RAI) took a sudden nosedive on reports that its merger with British American Tobacco (BTI) had “hit a snag” according to StreetInsider.com. Cowen’s Vivien Azer and team still think a deal gets done:

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    Street Insider is reporting that BATS’ acquisition of RAI has “hit a snag,” and that “a potential transaction may be less likely near-term.” We view this source as less credible (vs. a WSJ or CNBC), in particular given the scant level of detail. While the delay in a consummated deal has extended longer than we thought, we still view the deal as likely (85% probability).

    Shares of Reynolds American have dropped 1.3% to $55.47 at 2:26 p.m. today, while British American Tobacco has declined 0.2% to $112.71. Shares of Philip Morris International (PM), which could be interested in an acquisition of Altria Group (MO), have fallen 1% to$90.28 after getting cut toNeutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch, while Altria has risen 0.5% to$67.94 after getting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Merrill.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    With interest rates set to rise this year, many dividend investors are likely worried that their stocks will slip as bond yields become more attractive. While some dividend stocks will inevitably decline, investors can still find some low-risk income plays that have high yields and cheap valuations. Let’s take a look at three such stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI).

  • [By Rich Duprey, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Brian Feroldi]

    It remains true that the tobacco industry will continue coming under pressure from anti-smoking activists, politicians, and regulators who seek to stub out cigarettes further by raising taxes on smokes, but companies such as Altria and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) are largely able to offset their impact on profits by raising prices. The ability to command such pricing power without an overly large loss of customers obviously speaks to the addictive qualities of smoking but is also an otherwise enviable position to be in.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018

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An upbeat reading on U.S. retail sales isnt enough to keep U.S. stock indices from tanking today. The Dow dropped more than 200points in late afternoon market action.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1.19% and the S&P 500 fell 1% while the Nasdaq Composite fell 0.6%.

Energy and financial shares in the S&P 500 led the declines with the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) and the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) falling 1.5% and 1.3%respectively.

Stock indices have fluctuated severely this week. The Dow posted its biggest gain since March on Tuesday, only to record its worst fall since Feb. 11 the next day. As of now, the blue chip index is poised to record its third straight weekly loss.

Investors are facing a variety of overhangs, from cloudy expectations for corporate earnings to next months Federal Reserve meeting and the UK is poised to vote on whether to exit the European Union.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Reynolds American Inc(RAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Just before 1pm today, shares of Reynolds American (RAI) took a sudden nosedive on reports that its merger with British American Tobacco (BTI) had “hit a snag” according to StreetInsider.com. Cowen’s Vivien Azer and team still think a deal gets done:

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    Street Insider is reporting that BATS’ acquisition of RAI has “hit a snag,” and that “a potential transaction may be less likely near-term.” We view this source as less credible (vs. a WSJ or CNBC), in particular given the scant level of detail. While the delay in a consummated deal has extended longer than we thought, we still view the deal as likely (85% probability).

    Shares of Reynolds American have dropped 1.3% to $55.47 at 2:26 p.m. today, while British American Tobacco has declined 0.2% to $112.71. Shares of Philip Morris International (PM), which could be interested in an acquisition of Altria Group (MO), have fallen 1% to$90.28 after getting cut toNeutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch, while Altria has risen 0.5% to$67.94 after getting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Merrill.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    With interest rates set to rise this year, many dividend investors are likely worried that their stocks will slip as bond yields become more attractive. While some dividend stocks will inevitably decline, investors can still find some low-risk income plays that have high yields and cheap valuations. Let’s take a look at three such stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI).

  • [By Rich Duprey, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Brian Feroldi]

    It remains true that the tobacco industry will continue coming under pressure from anti-smoking activists, politicians, and regulators who seek to stub out cigarettes further by raising taxes on smokes, but companies such as Altria and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) are largely able to offset their impact on profits by raising prices. The ability to command such pricing power without an overly large loss of customers obviously speaks to the addictive qualities of smoking but is also an otherwise enviable position to be in.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kana Nishizawa]

    China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Pharmerica Corporation(PMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    PharMerica Corporation (NYSE: PMC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.43 per share on revenue of $509.45 million.

    United States Cellular Corp (NYSE: USM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $975.54 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: KBR, Inc.(KBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    KBR (KBR) was upgraded to buy from neutral at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $20 price target. The company is leveraged to higher defense spending and is attractively valued, analysts said. 

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    KBR (NYSE: KBR)
    Though an under-the-radar name, KBR was the construction arm of oilfield services giant Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) before being spun off. With a consolidated market cap of $2.6 billion, KBR describes itself, per its website, as a “global provider of differentiated professional services and technologies within the Government Services and Hydrocarbon sectors.”

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: CarMax Inc(KMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, I dubbed the selloff in auto stocks “car-pocalypse now,” as shares of everything car related tumbled following disappointing auto sales. Shares of General Motors (GM) and Ford Motor (F)? Check. Auto-part makers like BorgWarner (BWA)? Check. Used-car sellers like AutoNation (AN) and CarMax (KMX)? Check. Auto-part retailers like O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY) and AutoZone (AZO)? Oh yeah. So is it time to panic?

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday.
    Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday.
    Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday.
    Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances.
    Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral.
    Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday.
    Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend.
    BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.
    Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday.
    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than
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    Winners will collect specialized data, and their customers will understand why they are providing data. Among the companies that are already doing this is CarMax (NYSE: KMX).

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: FEI Company(FEIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    FEI Company (NASDAQ: FEIC) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $108.00 as the company agreed to be acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) for $4.2 billion.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Vuzix Corporation(VUZI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
  • [By James E. Brumley]

    While the economy’s natural — and recurring — cycles favor different kinds of stocks at different times, not every great trend is necessarily a cyclical one. Sometimes, a trend is rooted in a technological development that changes cultural norms. The advent of the smartphone, for example, has made constant connectivity to the world around part of how we live our daily lives.

    These mega-trends present tremendous opportunities for investors too, provided they’re savvy enough to see them coming and play them the right way.

    One such mega-trend newly underway right now is the proliferation of wearables… devices that meld clothing (often a wrist-worn device) and technology to perform a function that couldn’t be performed otherwise. Much of the same technology that made the smartphone possible are now ushering in wearables.

    It’s not been a smooth beginning. however.

    While the buzz was strong and expectations reached a peak two years ago when Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) was all the rage and in the wake of its IPO, the company’s growth wasn’t to be sustained. The company is struggling to muster any growth now, and FIT shares have fallen to a tenth of their value seen in late-2015, when the euphoria was strongest.

    Fitbit’s slowdown has been mirrored by other companies in the space. The wearables market only grew 3.1% in Q3 of 2016.

    On the flipside, while the debacle of Fitbit — the wearable industry’s iconic company — has been a painful, it’s also been a learning experience. And, it’s not as if the slowdown is unfurling without the wearables market never reaching a respectable size. International Data Corporation estimates were 23 million ‘wearables’ delivered in the third quarter of last year alone.

    Moreover, the fizzling of the market hasn’t turned into a reason to swear off wearables as an investment opportunity… quite the opposite, actually. It’s just now become considerably clearer what consumers want an

  • [By William Patalon III]

    Vuzix Corp. (Nasdaq: VUZI) – the “augmented reality” company whose shares more than doubled following our September 2015 recommendation – said that its new “smart glasses” were just honored with a “Wearable Device of the Year” award.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Camping World Holdings, Inc. (CWH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Camping World Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CWH) reported its first-quarter financial results before the markets opened on Tuesday. The company said that it had $0.41 in earnings per share (EPS) on $1.06 billion in revenue. Consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters had called for $0.42 in EPS on revenue of $1.05 billion, and the same period of last year reportedly had EPS of $0.38 and $883.82 million in revenue.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY trimmed its position in Camping World (NYSE:CWH) by 37.8% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 10,006 shares of the company’s stock after selling 6,077 shares during the quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY’s holdings in Camping World were worth $448,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Camping World Holdings Inc. (NYSE:CWH) were down 17.3% as of 3:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday after the RV dealer announced mixed first-quarter 2018 resultsand warned of a slow start to its peak selling season.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Camping World (NYSE:CWH) was downgraded by research analysts at TheStreet from a “c-” rating to a “d+” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Camping World's (NYSE: CWH) analyst quiet period has ended. So far, it has received coverage form four analysts.

    Sell-Side's Most Noteworthy Calls
    Morgan Stanley downgraded Juniper (NYSE: JNPR) to Underweight.
    Guggenheim downgraded MasterCard (NYSE: MA) to Neutral.
    Imperial Capital upgraded Allegion (NYSE: ALLE) to Outperform.
    Summit Redstone upgraded VMware (NYSE: VMW) to Buy.
    Oppenheimer started Twilio (NYSE: TWLO) at Outperform.
    Deal Talk

    Cipher Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CPHR) is said to have hired an investment bank to explore strategic alternatives, according to sources as reported by Reuters on Monday. The sources said a potential sale of the Canada-based company is being considered. Cipher declined comment on the report.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Unilever PLC(UL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) dropped about 1.4% on Friday to post a new 52-week low of $38.58 after closing at $39.11 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $48.97. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 1.5 million shares. The consumer products company had no specific news on Friday.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down with Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever (UL) , home to such brands as Dove soaps and shampoos, Lipton tea, Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Vaseline, among dozens of others. On Feb. 17, Unilever rejected a hostile takeover bid from Kraft Heinz (KHC) and vowed to bring out more value as a standalone company.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Kraft Heinz (KHC) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after making a $143 billion bid for Unilever (UL).

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    Kraft Heinzgained 11% to $96.65 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to 2,351.16. Unilever jumped 14% to $48.53.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Cinemark Holdings Inc(CNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $699.23 million.

    Aecom (NYSE: ACM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $4.55 billion.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    24/7 Wall St. covers many of the top analyst upgrades and downgrades each morning of the week. The downgrade brigade included a Credit Suisse report on Cinemark Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CNK) that effectively gave the movie cinema chain the equivalent of a “Sell” rating. It was actually a negative view on the entire movie chain sector.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Hodges Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK) by 2.0% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 311,681 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 6,234 shares during the quarter. Hodges Capital Management Inc. owned approximately 0.27% of Cinemark worth $11,741,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its position in Cinemark by 73.2% during the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 6,081,823 shares of the company’s stock worth $211,768,000 after buying an additional 2,570,923 shares in the last quarter. Rivulet Capital LLC increased its position in Cinemark by 88.0% during the fourth quarter. Rivulet Capital LLC now owns 2,859,216 shares of the company’s stock worth $99,558,000 after buying an additional 1,338,000 shares in the last quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC increased its position in Cinemark by 1.9% during the fourth quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC now owns 2,312,832 shares of the company’s stock worth $80,533,000 after buying an additional 42,982 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in Cinemark by 4.0% during the fourth quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 1,728,543 shares of the company’s stock worth $60,187,000 after buying an additional 66,700 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in Cinemark by 3.4% during the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,334,140 shares of the company’s stock worth $48,310,000 after buying an additional 43,606 shares in the last quarter. 94.03% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    While most people get their content online in an increasingly digital world, we shouldnt forget where most of it came from the movie theater. While Netflix, Hulu and HBO are cleaning up with their streaming services and content, the newest content is consistently at the theater. Cinemark Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CNK) is looking to take advantage of this idea with its newest offering to its customers.

Top Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now

DryShips Inc (NASDAQ:DRYS) issued a 6-K on Friday March 3rd after the market close providing updated information on the issuance of common stock under its Prospectus Supplement and through a Purchase Agreement with Kalani Investments. This prior article provides additional background on the offering. Here are the salient points needed to assess the offering:

67.44 million shares have been issued over 9 trading days at an average price of $1.93/share. Shares outstanding as of March 3rd are 103.97 million (i.e. shares outstanding increased 185%). Shares traded during the 9 day trading period were approximately 335 million so shares issued as a percentage of shares traded was 20%. The closing stock price on February 17th was $4.47, so the average issuance price was a massive 57% discount. The average price for shares issued last week was an even starker $1.67. This equaled a 25% discount from the $2.24 closing price on Friday February 24th. Gross proceeds through Friday March 3rd were $130 million and net proceeds were $127.8 million. DRYS may issue an additional $70 million of common stock under the Prospectus Supplement. Based on the Friday closing price of $1.37, the discount history during the last two weeks, and assuming no positive announcements from the Company, DRYS may need to issue another 70 million shares to raise the final $70 million. Average trading volume last week was 46.7 million/day. This average was boosted by Tuesday volume of 61.4 triggered by the dividend announcement and the related short-lived intraday short squeeze and Friday volume of 64.15 million driven by heavy selling in the early morning and throughout the afternoon in anticipation of bad news after the close. DRYS did not disappoint with the bad news. With more shares outstanding, average daily volume may increase next week but, even at 55 million/day (which would equal a very high 50+% of shares outstanding on March 3rd), it would take more than six days to issue 70 million shares at the 20% issuance rate noted above. The stock issuance therefore could easily drag on for more than 6 days.

Valuation

Top Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: 3M Company(MMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Shares of industrial giant 3M Co (NYSE:MMM) had a rough start to the day, falling 8.8% Tuesday, after reporting earnings for the first quarter of 2018. Results were better than expected, but guidance was pulled back a bit and that was enough to send investors running for the hills. The decline seemed to pick up the pace as the day went on and at 1:15 p.m. EDT shares were down 8.6% and near their low for the day.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded up 0.91% at $201.53. The stock’s 52-week range is $163.85 to $214.57. Volume was about half the daily average of around 1.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Monday.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share on revenue of $14.62 billion.
    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $7.31 billion.
    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.07 per share on revenue of $11.93 billion.
    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $31.22 billion.
    Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.42 per share on revenue of $11.28 billion.
    The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $3.15 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion.
    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $5.92 per share on revenue of $3.15 billion.
    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $8.26 billion.
    JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.2 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $5.49 billion.
    Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
    Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.3 per share on revenue of $2.50 billion.
    Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.88 per share on revenue of $13.28 billion.
    The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $6.75 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.16 billion.
    PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ: PCAR) is projected to
  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Time To Favor Optionality: Most macro data are similar to, or better than, when the merger was announced. As a result, the same returns have been obtainable, with significantly less stress, simply through owning 3M (MMM) or a basket of chemical companies that approximate the Dow-DuPont portfolio. Relative to the chemical sector, performance has been average, leverage appears reasonable but near-term FCF less-than compelling partly due to new capacity ramping. With the merger likely to close in the near-term (90% chance, in our view), we believe Dow-DuPont will have an opportunity to show how scale creates optionality. The overhaul at Celanese (CE) over the past few years shows the way.

Top Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Cummins Inc.(CMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    There are lots of stories like that out there these days. People were perplexed about the Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and Cummins Engine (CMI) and Caterpillar (CAT) quarters, but they turned out to be classic buying opportunities after years of being sell opportunities if the stocks had run. I can’t explain to you how amazing that is. Here are three stocks that have spent months and months in purgatory when they have missed or guided down or slashed forecasts. Now they are up gigantically.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Ever walk past a construction site? It’s hard not to be enthralled by all the heavy construction machinery moving things around. With the world’s developing economies still building at a relatively fast pace and developing economies, like the United States, in desperate need of upgrading their aging infrastructure, the companies behind that construction machinery could be just as exciting as a construction site in the years ahead. Which is why Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI), and Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) are three of the top construction machinery stocks to look at right now.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Cummins (NYSE:CMI) had its price objective cut by Credit Suisse Group from $205.00 to $175.00 in a research note released on Wednesday. They currently have an outperform rating on the stock.

Top Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings(LH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

    Get Laboratory Corp. of America alerts:

    Stock Traders Buy Large Volume of Laboratory Corp. of America Put Options (LH) (americanbankingnews.com) Credit Suisse Group Lowers Laboratory Corp. of America (LH) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com) Laboratory Corp. of America (LH) Set to Announce Quarterly Earnings on Wednesday (americanbankingnews.com) Can LaunchPad Aid LabCorp's (LH) Covance Arm in Q1 Earnings? (finance.yahoo.com) As Laboratory Corp Of America Holdings (LH) Shares Rose, Shareholder Veritas Investment Management Llp … (djzplanet.com)

    LH has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Craig Hallum restated a “buy” rating and set a $204.00 price target (up from $180.00) on shares of Laboratory Corp. of America in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. Morgan Stanley upped their target price on Laboratory Corp. of America from $182.00 to $192.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 28th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Laboratory Corp. of America from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Mizuho set a $178.00 target price on Laboratory Corp. of America and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Robert W. Baird set a $183.00 target price on Laboratory Corp. of America and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 8th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $189.19.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) to report its quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion. Laboratory Corp shares rose 0.64 percent to close at $121.77 on Friday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion.

    Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million.

Top Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Reynolds American Inc(RAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    With interest rates set to rise this year, many dividend investors are likely worried that their stocks will slip as bond yields become more attractive. While some dividend stocks will inevitably decline, investors can still find some low-risk income plays that have high yields and cheap valuations. Let’s take a look at three such stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Just before 1pm today, shares of Reynolds American (RAI) took a sudden nosedive on reports that its merger with British American Tobacco (BTI) had “hit a snag” according to StreetInsider.com. Cowen’s Vivien Azer and team still think a deal gets done:

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    Street Insider is reporting that BATS’ acquisition of RAI has “hit a snag,” and that “a potential transaction may be less likely near-term.” We view this source as less credible (vs. a WSJ or CNBC), in particular given the scant level of detail. While the delay in a consummated deal has extended longer than we thought, we still view the deal as likely (85% probability).

    Shares of Reynolds American have dropped 1.3% to $55.47 at 2:26 p.m. today, while British American Tobacco has declined 0.2% to $112.71. Shares of Philip Morris International (PM), which could be interested in an acquisition of Altria Group (MO), have fallen 1% to$90.28 after getting cut toNeutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch, while Altria has risen 0.5% to$67.94 after getting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Merrill.

  • [By Rich Duprey, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Brian Feroldi]

    It remains true that the tobacco industry will continue coming under pressure from anti-smoking activists, politicians, and regulators who seek to stub out cigarettes further by raising taxes on smokes, but companies such as Altria and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) are largely able to offset their impact on profits by raising prices. The ability to command such pricing power without an overly large loss of customers obviously speaks to the addictive qualities of smoking but is also an otherwise enviable position to be in.

Top Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Nordson Corporation(NDSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , Chubb (CB) , XPO Logistics (XPO) , FedEx (FDX) and Nordson (NDSN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Prudential (PRU) , Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and ZTO Express (ZTO) .

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $415.52 million.

    KLX Inc (NASDAQ: KLXI) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.30 per share on revenue of $383.62 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $415.52 million. Nordson shares gained 0.88 percent to close at $75.74 on Friday.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ:NDSN) released fiscal second-quarter 2017 results on Monday that easily exceeded expectations, highlighting broad-based organic growth and solid contributions from its recently acquired businesses.

Top Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2019

You know how boring the healthiest food can sometimes be. It’s a similar case with dividends stocks, where some of the most simple and most boring businesses have turned out to be dividend champions over the years. When it comes to dividend investing, slow and steady wins the race.

So when we asked some of our contributors to name such “boring” dividend stocks that they vouch for and believe are great picks for income investors, they came up with three really interesting names from two different industries for you to consider: Toronto Dominion Bank(NYSE:TD),H&R Block(NYSE:HRB), and NextEra Energy, Inc.(NYSE:NEE).

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North and south of the border

Reuben Gregg Brewer(Toronto Dominion Bank): During the 2007-2009 financially led recession, banking giants Bank of Americaand Citigrouplost money and drastically reduced their dividends. Toronto Dominion Bank, the only bank I own, remained solidly profitable and didn’t cut its dividend. While Bank of America and Citi have been executing impressive turnarounds, TD Bank hasn’t needed to — it has, instead, been focused on growing its business.

Top Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2019: 3M Company(MMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    3M Co. (NYSE: MMM) is scheduled to reveal its fourth-quarter results on Thursday. The consensus earnings estimate is $2.03 per share, on revenue of $7.87 billion. Shares were trading at $248.18 as the week came to a close. The 52-week trading range is $173.55 to $249.00.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded up 1.51% at $235.69. The stock’s 52-week range is $185.71 to $259.77. Volume was around 1.6 million shares, about a third below the daily average of about 2.4 million. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By ]

    3M Co. (MMM) beat analysts’ expectations on the top line and met them on the bottom line for the first quarter, reporting earnings Tuesday, April 24, of $2.50 per share on revenue of $8.3 billion, but the news was not taken well by investors. 

  • [By Chris Lange]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is set to report its second-quarter results on Tuesday. The analysts consensus estimates call for EPS of $2.54 and $7.86 billion in revenue. Shares of 3M were changing hands at $211.07 at Fridays close. The consensus price target is $205.09, and the 52-week range is $163.85 to $214.57.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    We saw this pattern with 3M (MMM) , one of my favorite stocks, which got crushed, falling from $177 to $173 because of what the headline writers called a weak consumer-products division. Sure, you can pull a line and see an unexpected decline. But declines do not necessarily mean weakness, which, to me, connotes a failure to have the right product and flagging sales. If you go listen to the conference call, you discover that the weakness had to do with a particularly retailer’s troubles. Sure, you could argue, why do we trust this company? I come back and say, you trust them because CEO Inge Thulin has been money in the bank for years and there’s no reason not to trust him.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The second-worst Dow stock so far this year is General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), which is down 19.2%. That is followed by 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM), down 15.3%, Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), down 11.4%, and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), down 11.1%.

Top Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2019: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    While we’re on the subject of holiday shopping, the huge influx of online purchases apparently is causing problems for carriers such as United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) and FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX), the Washington Post reported. UPS warned last week that some deliveries would be delayed one or two days as staffers worked extended hours to manage the rush. UPS expects its holiday load to rise 5 percent, to 750 million packages, this holiday season, while FedEx says it’s planning for up to 400 million parcels. Amazon.com Inc’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) deliveries are also experiencing delays. Americans spent a record $6.59 billion online on Cyber Monday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The collars on the shirts and blouses of some United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) changed from white to blue last week as the company sent some of its office staff out to the company’s warehouses to help sort, load, or deliver the flood of holiday packages.

  • [By ]

    TheStreet will not just be in the conversation with regards to earnings season, we will be leading the conversation (which we often do). Coming up Thursday interview-wise fresh off their earnings reports: (1) UPS (UPS) Chief Financial Officer; PepsiCo Chief Financial Officer Hugh Johnston; Dunkin Donuts (DNKN) CEO Nigel Travis; Hasbro (HAS) CEO Brian Goldner. Big day, big insights popping – so keep checking back on our site throughout the day.

  • [By Todd Campbell, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    In the case of these three stocks, however, it may be worth taking a gamble. Our contributors think catalysts at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:REGN), Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-B), and United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) can get them back to their winning ways. Read on to find out if these down-and-out stocks are right for your portfolio.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    With companies like Under Armour (UAA), MGM Resorts International (MGM), andUnited Parcel Service (UPS) reporting tomorrow, we thought we’d get a jump start on the stocks moving after today’s close:

Top Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2019: Nucor Corporation(NUE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    This is not how things were supposed to work out. Last week, AK Steel rivals Nucor (NYSE:NUE) and Steel Dynamics (NASDAQ:STLD) both delivered earnings reports that were generally well received, encouraging some analysts (Macquarie Capital, I’m talking to you) to clamber out on a limb and predict good things for every steelmaker in sight.

  • [By ]

    For an “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer checked back in with John Ferriola, chairman, president and CEO of Nucor (NUE) , the steelmaker that today posted a penny-a-share earnings beat on a 16% increase in year-over-year revenues. The company also issued strong guidance for the upcoming quarter now that new imported steel tariffs are beginning to take hold. Shares of Nucor were down 0.4% by the close.

  • [By ]

    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer checked back in with John Ferriola, chairman, president and CEO of Nucor (NUE) , the steelmaker that today posted a penny-a-share earnings beat on a 16% increase in year-over-year revenues. The company also issued strong guidance for the upcoming quarter now that new imported steel tariffs are beginning to take hold. Shares of Nucor were down 0.4% by the close.

Top Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2019: Reynolds American Inc(RAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    With interest rates set to rise this year, many dividend investors are likely worried that their stocks will slip as bond yields become more attractive. While some dividend stocks will inevitably decline, investors can still find some low-risk income plays that have high yields and cheap valuations. Let’s take a look at three such stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Just before 1pm today, shares of Reynolds American (RAI) took a sudden nosedive on reports that its merger with British American Tobacco (BTI) had “hit a snag” according to StreetInsider.com. Cowen’s Vivien Azer and team still think a deal gets done:

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    Street Insider is reporting that BATS’ acquisition of RAI has “hit a snag,” and that “a potential transaction may be less likely near-term.” We view this source as less credible (vs. a WSJ or CNBC), in particular given the scant level of detail. While the delay in a consummated deal has extended longer than we thought, we still view the deal as likely (85% probability).

    Shares of Reynolds American have dropped 1.3% to $55.47 at 2:26 p.m. today, while British American Tobacco has declined 0.2% to $112.71. Shares of Philip Morris International (PM), which could be interested in an acquisition of Altria Group (MO), have fallen 1% to$90.28 after getting cut toNeutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch, while Altria has risen 0.5% to$67.94 after getting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Merrill.

  • [By Rich Duprey, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Brian Feroldi]

    It remains true that the tobacco industry will continue coming under pressure from anti-smoking activists, politicians, and regulators who seek to stub out cigarettes further by raising taxes on smokes, but companies such as Altria and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) are largely able to offset their impact on profits by raising prices. The ability to command such pricing power without an overly large loss of customers obviously speaks to the addictive qualities of smoking but is also an otherwise enviable position to be in.

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The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is gathering in Denver now without knowing how the federal government will handle individual major medical coverage in 2018.

The Kansas City, Missouri-based group for state insurance regulators kicked off its spring meeting Thursday, with a session on life insurance actuarial matters. The group will complete the meeting Tuesday, with joint session of its executive committee and its “plenary” — a body that includes the top insurance regulators from all jurisdictions that belong to the NAIC.

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Top 5 Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: Affimed N.V.(AFMD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares rose 47.1 percent to $3.22 in pre-market trading after jumping 54.23 percent on Wednesday.
    Digital Power Corporation (NYSE: DPW) rose 27.6 percent to $0.800 in pre-market trading after gaining 9.79 percent on Wednesday.
    Social Reality Inc (NASDAQ: SRAX) shares rose 23.1 percent to $7.16 in the pre-market trading session after surging 37.59 percent on Wednesday.
    China Auto Logistics Inc (NASDAQ: CALA) rose 16.9 percent to $4.15 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.11 percent on Wednesday.
    Riot Blockchain Inc (NASDAQ: RIOT) rose 15.1 percent to $18.40 in pre-market trading after climbing 42.01 percent on Wednesday.
    Seven Stars Cloud Group Inc (NASDAQ: SSC) rose 14.5 percent to $2.85 in the pre-market trading session after gaining 0.40 percent on Wednesday.
    Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) shares rose 14.3 percent to $2.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.88 percent on Wednesday.
    Corecivic Inc (NYSE: CXW) rose 10.2 percent to $25.56 in pre-market trading after climbing 0.65 percent on Wednesday.
    LM Funding America, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMFA) rose 9.6 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after surging 34.98 percent on Wednesday.
    U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ: GROW) rose 7.2 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after dropping 8.06 percent on Wednesday.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) rose 6.8 percent to $25.61 in pre-market trading after climbing 11.74 percent on Wednesday.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5.9 percent to $13.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 21.34 percent on Wednesday.
    Addus Homecare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS) rose 5.5 percent to $35.60 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.69 percent on Wednesday.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) rose 5.2 percent to $0.528 in pre-market trading after falling 10.36 percent on Wednesday.
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: TEVA) rose 4.7 percent to $14.11 in pre-market trading. Teva Pharma
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) were down around 21 percent to $1.70. Affimed priced its public offering of 10,000,000 of its common shares at $1.80 per common share.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: Roche Holding AG (RHHBY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Chugai Pharma (OTCPK:CHGCY) (TYO: 4519) reported that the CFDA accepted its New Drug Application for eldecalcitol, an oral active vitamin D3 derivative for osteoporosis. A Japanese pharma, Chugai is majority-owned (62%) by Roche (OTCQX:RHHBY) [ROG:SIX]. In a China Phase III trial, patients treated with eldecalcitol showed greater bone mineral density (BMD) compared to alfacalcidol-treated patients after 12 months. Chugai has marketed eldecalcitol in Japan since 2011.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    EFAV is another low-volatility product, this one centered around the MSCI EAFE Index, an ex-U.S./Canada index that includes companies in developed markets across Europe, Australasia and the Far East. EFAV uses Barras multi-factor risk model to weed out the riskiest MSCI EAFE Index stocks, resulting in a current 230-stock low-vol portfolio stuffed with stable blue chips. Stocks like multinational foods giant Nestle SA (NSRGY) and healthcare giant Roche Holding Ltd. (RHHBY) line EFAVs top holdings, and help throw off a decent yield of about 2.5%.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Eisai (NASDAQOTH:ESALY), Novo Nordisk (NYSE:NVO), and Roche Holding Ltd. (NASDAQOTH:RHHBY) fit that description well. Each of these companies markets obesity drugs, but each also sells a broad array of other products with multiple pipeline candidates potentially on the way. Here’s why Eisai, Novo Nordisk, and Roche rank as the three best obesity-drug stocks to buy in 2017.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: Reynolds American Inc(RAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    With interest rates set to rise this year, many dividend investors are likely worried that their stocks will slip as bond yields become more attractive. While some dividend stocks will inevitably decline, investors can still find some low-risk income plays that have high yields and cheap valuations. Let’s take a look at three such stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Just before 1pm today, shares of Reynolds American (RAI) took a sudden nosedive on reports that its merger with British American Tobacco (BTI) had “hit a snag” according to StreetInsider.com. Cowen’s Vivien Azer and team still think a deal gets done:

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    Street Insider is reporting that BATS’ acquisition of RAI has “hit a snag,” and that “a potential transaction may be less likely near-term.” We view this source as less credible (vs. a WSJ or CNBC), in particular given the scant level of detail. While the delay in a consummated deal has extended longer than we thought, we still view the deal as likely (85% probability).

    Shares of Reynolds American have dropped 1.3% to $55.47 at 2:26 p.m. today, while British American Tobacco has declined 0.2% to $112.71. Shares of Philip Morris International (PM), which could be interested in an acquisition of Altria Group (MO), have fallen 1% to$90.28 after getting cut toNeutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch, while Altria has risen 0.5% to$67.94 after getting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Merrill.

  • [By Rich Duprey, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Brian Feroldi]

    It remains true that the tobacco industry will continue coming under pressure from anti-smoking activists, politicians, and regulators who seek to stub out cigarettes further by raising taxes on smokes, but companies such as Altria and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) are largely able to offset their impact on profits by raising prices. The ability to command such pricing power without an overly large loss of customers obviously speaks to the addictive qualities of smoking but is also an otherwise enviable position to be in.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: Kate Spade & Company(KATE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Coach (COH) rose to the top of the S&P 500 today after reports that Kate Spade (KATE) had put itself up for sale caused shares of fashion-accessory retailers to rise.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Kate Spade & Company (NYSE:KATE) fell 25.1% in the month of April,according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence, after reports that the luxury lifestyle-products specialist wanted more time to consider a buyout offer, then announced disappointing first-quarter 2017 results.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Kate Spade (KATE) caught a bounce on Wednesday when the Wall Street Journalreported that it was actively seeking a buyer. Since then, we’ve learned that the fashion accessories retailer looks set to auction itself off to the highest bidder, with the process potentially beginning next month, with bidders potentially including Coach (COH) and Michael Kors (KORS). In a note today, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey analystPamela Quintiliano and team contend that Kate Spade could fetch as much as $23 a share:

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    Looking at recent historical deals, we arrive at a $18-$23 potential deal range. We analyzed transactions that have been announced over the past four years and involved companies catering to a higher income customer. These deals include Southern Tide (acquired by Oxford Industries (OXM)), Joe’s Jeans (acquired by Sequential Brands Group (SQBG)), prAna (acquired by Columbia Sportswear (COLM)), The Jones Group (acquired by Sycamore Partners [private] and Juicy Couture (acquired by Authentic Brands Group [private]). The average EV/EBITDA multiple of these transactions are 12.9x (in line with KATE’s 5-year historical average of 12.1x) and implies a potential deal range of $22-$23. When taking the average of recent (F13-16) deals implies an ~10.5x EV/EBITDA multiple. When applying the ~10.5x multiples to KATE’s trailing EBITDA, we arrive at an $18- $19 potential share price.

    Shares of Kate Spade have gained 1.1% to $18.70 at 2:08 p.m. today, while Coach has declined 0.2% to $34.95, Michael Kors is little changed at $42.86, Oxford Industries has fallen 0.7% to $60.38, Columbia Sportswear has climbed 1.4% to $58.60, and Sequential Brands Group has jumped 3.7% to $4.77.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Ever since peaking in late April, Kate Spade’s (KATE) shares have been in a downward spiral so pronounced that even an amateur technical analyst like myself could draw its trend line lower. Today, however, its shares are soaring after the Wall Street Journal reported that Kate Spade was actively seeking a buyer.

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    Mizuho’s Betty Chen and Alex Pham run the math on a possible acquisition price:

    When we examined historical transactions in the specialty retail sector, we noticed a wide range of valuations. Select relevant transactions to consider would be ~2x EV/Sales Coach (COH) paid for Stuart Weitzman, Samsonites acquisition of Tumi at 14x EV/EBITDA, 13x EV/EBITDA for Joseph A. Banks by Mens Wearhouse (TLRD) and Kerings acquisition of Volcom for 18x EV/EBITDA. We believe potential valuation could be as high as ~2x EV/ Sales and ~14x EV/EBITDA given Kate Spade’s unique growth profile to expand to ~$4bn in revenue (from $1.4bn in FY16) and improving profitability from 12% EBIT margin TY to at least HTeens-LDD, in our view (Coach is 18.7% and Michael Kors (KORS) is 21.3%). On these two metrics, Kate Spade would be valued at $21-23…

    We believe the growth profile coupled with the brands unique appeal to Millennials and broad-based success across categories ranging from handbags to apparel and jewelry could be attractive to many buyers, including Coach, which was rumored to be evaluating the company in recent weeks.

    The news has sent shares of Kate Spade soaring: They’re up 24% at $18.03 at 2:11 p.m., a gain that has turned this year’s 18% loss as of last night into a 2% gain during afternoon trading.

    The move has also put a dent in Kate Spade’s downtrend (and now you’ll see my amateur technical analysis abilities at work):

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    That’s one way to break a downtrend.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: Fitbit, Inc.(FIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Withers]

    Fitbit’s(NYSE:FIT) management team was challenged with disappointing device sales last quarter, and James Park, Fitbit’s CEO, indicated the problem was a mass market adoption issue.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) lost about 2.4% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $8.20 after closing Monday at $8.40. The 52-week high is $34.68. Volume of around 7.1 million was about 30% below the daily average of around 1 million shares traded. The company had no specific news Tuesday.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) is set to release its first-quarter results after the closing bell on Wednesday. The consensus forecast calls for a net loss of $0.20 per share and $247.56 million in revenue. Shares traded on Fridays close at $5.30. The consensus price target is $6.13, and the 52-week range is $4.51 to $7.32.

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    In January 2016, Mastercard reached an agreement with the wearable payment platform Coin, in a collaboration to introduce more payment features in wearables. Since the collaboration, Coin was acquired by Fitbit Inc(NYSE:FIT), meaning Mastercard might have an early edge among payments companies to break into the wearable market in a big way.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Under Armour (NYSE:UA) (NYSE:UAA), Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), and GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO) were all terrible stocks to own over the past year. Under Armour and Fitbit were both cut in half, and GoPro plummeted nearly 40%.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    Heat Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares tumbled 48.59 percent to close at $1.275 on Thursday after the company priced its $18,000,000 public offering.
    InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NVIV) fell 38.77 percent to close at $8.26 on Thursday.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares tumbled 27.43 percent to close at $8.81.
    Achaogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAO) dropped 24.76 percent to close at $11.06 in reaction to a disappointing update from an FDA AdCom panel. The FDA panel voted favorably for the company's Plazcomicin for treatment of adults with complicated urinary tract infections, but also voted against the therapy to be used as a treatment for bloodstream infections.
    Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK) shares declined 24.68 percent to close at $34.80 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.
    LSC Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LKSD) shares fell 24.22 percent to close at $12.64 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) fell 21.42 percent to close at $50.80 following downbeat quarterly profit.
    Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN) dropped 20.42 percent to close at $6.00 following downbeat quarterly earnings.
    Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) slipped 20.11 percent to close at $2.90 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESPR) fell 19.28 percent to close at $36.93. Esperion Therapeutics stock lost roughly a third of its value Wednesday after the company reported mixed Phase III results for its leading drug candidate, bempedoic acid. JP Morgan downgraded Esperion Therapeutics from Neutral to Underweight.
    Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) declined 17.77 percent to close at $8.98 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: HABT) dipped 16.1 percent to close at $8.60 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (N

Top Dividend Stocks To Own For 2019

The Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) has been challenged in 2017 to maintain its multi-year winning streak of uninterrupted growth in terms of both comparable sales and operating profits. As with other casual dining chains and the restaurant industry overall, the company continues to face headwinds on both the demand and the cost sides of the equation.

Yet even as challenging industry dynamics are unlikely to soon lift, The Cheesecake Factory has numerous advantages that should enable it to continue to fundamentally outperform peers into 2018 and beyond. Here I explain why I am now adding to existing holdings of this solid dividend-growth name.

Top Dividend Stocks To Own For 2019: Scana Corporation(SCG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 3 percent, and SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), down 3 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $34.66 billion.
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $5.24 billion.
    United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.55 per share on revenue of $16.44 billion.
    Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.74 per share on revenue of $7.91 billion.
    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $8.81 billion.
    PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.93 per share on revenue of $12.4 billion.
    American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $10.42 billion.
    Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $5.01 billion.
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $34.52 billion.
    Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.66 per share on revenue of $5.38 billion.
    D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $3.76 billion.
    The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.4 per share on revenue of $1.94 billion.
    Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.56 per share on revenue of $2.94 billion.
    Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $4.63 billion.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.54 per share on revenue of $3.72 billion.
    Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) is projected to report quarter
  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was SCANA Corp. (NYSE: SCG) which traded down roughly 5% at $41.13. The stocks 52-week range is $37.10 to $71.28. Volume was 3.5 million, compared with the daily average of 3 million shares.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was SCANA Corp. (NYSE: SCG) which traded down over 6% at $42.38. The stocks 52-week range is $41.15 to $74.99. Volume was over 3.5 million versus the daily average of 2.2 million shares.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was SCANA Corp. (NYSE: SCG) which rose over 22% to $47.71. The stocks 52-week range is $37.10 to $73.81. Volume was about 19 million compared to its average volume of 2 million.

Top Dividend Stocks To Own For 2019: Telefonica SA(TEF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Multiple-award-winning Trimaker is the leader in terms of sales in 3D printing in the region, serving clients like Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), Toyota Motor Corp (ADR) (NYSE: TM), Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC) and Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF). The company not only manufactures its own 3D printers, but also offers materials and related services.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares gained around 0.98 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF), and Allot Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: ALLT).

Top Dividend Stocks To Own For 2019: Investors Real Estate Trust(IRET)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million.
    Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million.
    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion.
    Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million.
    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million.
    Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million.
    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million.
    8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million.
    Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million.
    Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.
    Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million.
    Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter.
    Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.20 per share.
    Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: OSN) is projected to post ea

Top Dividend Stocks To Own For 2019: Reynolds American Inc(RAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    With interest rates set to rise this year, many dividend investors are likely worried that their stocks will slip as bond yields become more attractive. While some dividend stocks will inevitably decline, investors can still find some low-risk income plays that have high yields and cheap valuations. Let’s take a look at three such stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Just before 1pm today, shares of Reynolds American (RAI) took a sudden nosedive on reports that its merger with British American Tobacco (BTI) had “hit a snag” according to StreetInsider.com. Cowen’s Vivien Azer and team still think a deal gets done:

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    Street Insider is reporting that BATS’ acquisition of RAI has “hit a snag,” and that “a potential transaction may be less likely near-term.” We view this source as less credible (vs. a WSJ or CNBC), in particular given the scant level of detail. While the delay in a consummated deal has extended longer than we thought, we still view the deal as likely (85% probability).

    Shares of Reynolds American have dropped 1.3% to $55.47 at 2:26 p.m. today, while British American Tobacco has declined 0.2% to $112.71. Shares of Philip Morris International (PM), which could be interested in an acquisition of Altria Group (MO), have fallen 1% to$90.28 after getting cut toNeutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch, while Altria has risen 0.5% to$67.94 after getting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Merrill.

  • [By Rich Duprey, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Brian Feroldi]

    It remains true that the tobacco industry will continue coming under pressure from anti-smoking activists, politicians, and regulators who seek to stub out cigarettes further by raising taxes on smokes, but companies such as Altria and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) are largely able to offset their impact on profits by raising prices. The ability to command such pricing power without an overly large loss of customers obviously speaks to the addictive qualities of smoking but is also an otherwise enviable position to be in.

Top Dividend Stocks To Own For 2019: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    While we’re on the subject of holiday shopping, the huge influx of online purchases apparently is causing problems for carriers such as United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) and FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX), the Washington Post reported. UPS warned last week that some deliveries would be delayed one or two days as staffers worked extended hours to manage the rush. UPS expects its holiday load to rise 5 percent, to 750 million packages, this holiday season, while FedEx says it’s planning for up to 400 million parcels. Amazon.com Inc’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) deliveries are also experiencing delays. Americans spent a record $6.59 billion online on Cyber Monday.

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    1. United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS)
    Shares of this package delivery service have plunged around 30% from their January 2018 highs. The February market plunge resulted in a steep gap, exasperating an already dire situation.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    With companies like Under Armour (UAA), MGM Resorts International (MGM), andUnited Parcel Service (UPS) reporting tomorrow, we thought we’d get a jump start on the stocks moving after today’s close:

  • [By ]

    United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS)  rose Thursday, April 26, after posting better-than-expected first-quarter revenue even as winter weather costs weighed on the U.S. segment’s operating results.

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    United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) posted better-than-expected revenue for the first quarter despite winter weather costs that weighed on operating results. Earnings totaled $1.55 a share, in line with analysts’ expectations. Revenue gained 10% annually to $17.1 billion, topping Wall Street predictions.

Top Dividend Stocks To Own For 2019: Amphenol Corporation(APH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

    Trending Hot Stock’s Analysis Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH) (thestockgem.com) Royal Bank of Canada Raises Amphenol (APH) Price Target to $80.00 (americanbankingnews.com) Analyst Earnings Forecasts Summary: Amphenol Corporation’s (APH) (getstocksnews.com) Global Medical Pressure Sensors Market 2018 Manufacturers- Amphenol, Honeywell, NXP+Freescale and TE … (themobileherald.com) What’s Better? Amphenol Corporation (APH) Buy or Sell (nasdaqfortune.com)

    A number of research firms have issued reports on APH. Morgan Stanley raised their price target on shares of Amphenol from $87.00 to $90.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. ValuEngine raised shares of Amphenol from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating and set a $89.00 price target (up from $82.00) on shares of Amphenol in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Amphenol from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. Finally, Cowen reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $105.00 price objective on shares of Amphenol in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. Amphenol has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $92.00.

  • [By Darren Williams] Although the entire cannabis space has quietly taken a hit of their own medicine in recent weeks and gone to sleep, don’t think for one second the entire space isn’t going to light up again soon. That’s just what they do, right? However, knowing who the pretenders are and knowing who the contenders are is really the challenge when it’s comes right down to it.
    First, anyone who claims to be a grower or a seller of cannabis can’t for one second ever make it as a public company right now, or can even legally consider being a public company for that matter, so you can scratch any of those right off your list. At least here in the U.S. anyway, because Canada is already well ahead of the curve having legalized it for medicinal purposes already.
    More importantly, full legalization of marijuana in Canada appears to be on track for July 2018, which will make Canada just the second nation in the world after Uruguay to completely legalize the cultivation, sale and possession of the drug for medical and recreational purposes.
    Regardless, the best time to buy any stocks in a hot growth sector is when either everyone has forgotten about them, or when the overall market landscape has turned bearish, which has yet to happen. However, the former seems to be the case for the cannabis space, despite some very favorable state legislation last Fall.
    For now, as long as you have a license issued by Health Canada, you’re good to go, so there are some stocks trading in Canada already who are well on their way to making some green for investors. Canopy Growth Corporation (TSE: WEED), formerly Tweed Marijuana Inc., is a medical marijuana company based in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Aurora Cannabis Inc. (CVE: ACB), which is engaged in the production and sale of medical cannabis. There’s also Aphria Pharmaceutical Company (TSE: APH), which also is engaged in producing and selling medical marijuana through retail sales and wholesale channels.
    There are many more, but those are just a
  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is the top pick in the sector and has remained a favorite at RBC for some time.Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) is one of the worlds largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors, interconnect systems, antennas, sensors and sensor-based products and coaxial and high-speed specialty cable.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Fayetteville, AR, based Investment company Greenwood Gearhart Inc buys Home BancShares Inc, General Electric Co, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, iShares Russell 1000, Procter & Gamble Co, iShares Russell 2000, Schwab U.S. Mid Cap, Vanguard Value, sells CVS Health Corp, General Motors Co during the 3-months ended 2017-12-31, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Greenwood Gearhart Inc. As of 2017-12-31, Greenwood Gearhart Inc owns 60 stocks with a total value of $310 million. These are the details of the buys and sells.

New Purchases: HOMB, IWB, IWM, SCHM, VTV, Added Positions: GE, MRK, PFE, WFC, WBA, SJM, UN, T, IBM, COP, Reduced Positions: GM, WMT, SPY, BHGE, IVV, Sold Out: CVS,

For the details of GREENWOOD GEARHART INC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=GREENWOOD+GEARHART+INC

These are the top 5 holdings of GREENWOOD GEARHART INCLoews Corp (L) – 180,675 shares, 2.91% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 6.80%Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) – 64,039 shares, 2.88% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 4.65%Walmart Inc (WMT) – 88,340 shares, 2.81% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 10.73%FedEx Corp (FDX) – 35,015 shares, 2.81% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 4.93%United Technologies Corp (UTX) – 67,973 shares, 2.79% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 7.82%New Purchase: Home BancShares Inc (HOMB)

Greenwood Gearhart Inc initiated holdings in Home BancShares Inc. The purchase prices were between $21.39 and $25.8, with an estimated average price of $23.36. The stock is now traded at around $23.38. The impact to the portfolio due to this purchase was 2.18%. The holdings were 291,647 shares as of 2017-12-31.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Nordson Corporation(NDSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ:NDSN) released fiscal second-quarter 2017 results on Monday that easily exceeded expectations, highlighting broad-based organic growth and solid contributions from its recently acquired businesses.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $415.52 million. Nordson shares gained 0.88 percent to close at $75.74 on Friday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $415.52 million.

    KLX Inc (NASDAQ: KLXI) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.30 per share on revenue of $383.62 million.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Burcon Nutrascience Corp(BUR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    Last Wednesday (Dec. 6), the company received a patent for certain methods of production of its phase 2 antidepressant, AV-101.

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Dec. 4 – Dec. 8 Gain (as of Dec. 8)
    VistaGen Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: VTGN) $1.80 135%
    FXCM Inc. (Nasdaq: GLBR) $1.12 124%
    Neuralstem Inc. (Nasdaq: CUR) $2.00 75.44%
    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: OHRP) $1.49 75.29%
    ClearSign Combustion Corp. (Nasdaq: CLIR) $3.50 53.85%
    Astrotech Corp. (Nasdaq: ASTC) $4.21 51.99%
    Burcon NutraScience Corp. (Nasdaq: BUR) $0.72 44%
    LM Funding America Inc. (Nasdaq: LMFA) $3.72 42.53%
    Second Sight Medical Products Inc. (Nasdaq: EYES) $1.75 42.28%
    Globus Maritime Ltd. (Nasdaq: GLBS) $1.47 41.35%

    As a result, its share price shot up from $0.92 to $2.52 on Wednesday. The stock pulled back to $1.80 by the end of the week, for a total gain of 135% for the week.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Reynolds American Inc(RAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Just before 1pm today, shares of Reynolds American (RAI) took a sudden nosedive on reports that its merger with British American Tobacco (BTI) had “hit a snag” according to StreetInsider.com. Cowen’s Vivien Azer and team still think a deal gets done:

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    Street Insider is reporting that BATS’ acquisition of RAI has “hit a snag,” and that “a potential transaction may be less likely near-term.” We view this source as less credible (vs. a WSJ or CNBC), in particular given the scant level of detail. While the delay in a consummated deal has extended longer than we thought, we still view the deal as likely (85% probability).

    Shares of Reynolds American have dropped 1.3% to $55.47 at 2:26 p.m. today, while British American Tobacco has declined 0.2% to $112.71. Shares of Philip Morris International (PM), which could be interested in an acquisition of Altria Group (MO), have fallen 1% to$90.28 after getting cut toNeutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch, while Altria has risen 0.5% to$67.94 after getting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Merrill.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    With interest rates set to rise this year, many dividend investors are likely worried that their stocks will slip as bond yields become more attractive. While some dividend stocks will inevitably decline, investors can still find some low-risk income plays that have high yields and cheap valuations. Let’s take a look at three such stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI).

  • [By Rich Duprey, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Brian Feroldi]

    It remains true that the tobacco industry will continue coming under pressure from anti-smoking activists, politicians, and regulators who seek to stub out cigarettes further by raising taxes on smokes, but companies such as Altria and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) are largely able to offset their impact on profits by raising prices. The ability to command such pricing power without an overly large loss of customers obviously speaks to the addictive qualities of smoking but is also an otherwise enviable position to be in.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Rigel Pharmaceuticals Inc.(RIGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIGL) shares dropped 22 percent to $2.52 after the company reported results from the second FIT Phase 3 study for fostamatinib. The company disclosed that the study did not meet primary endpoint.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Natus Medical Incorporated(BABY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Monday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested going long on small cap healthcare products and services stock Natus Medical (NASDAQ: BABY):

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Teradyne, Inc. (NYSE: TER) fell 10.8 percent to $37.02 in pre-market trading after the company issued downbeat Q2 guidance.
    Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW) fell 9.2 percent to $122.29 in pre-market trading. Edwards Lifesciences reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter, but issued weak earnings guidance for the second quarter.
    New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) fell 8.8 percent to $2.30 in pre-market trading after rising 4.13 percent on Tuesday.
    Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE: GFI) fell 8.6 percent to $3.61 in pre-market trading.
    Natus Medical Incorporated (NASDAQ: BABY) fell 8.2 percent to $32.95 in pre-market trading after the company issued weak forecast for the second quarter.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares fell 7.9 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading after climbing 27.09 percent on Tuesday.
    Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited (NYSE: BEDU) shares fell 6.7 percent to $13.58 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Sangamo Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SGMO) fell 5.9 percent to $16.75 in pre-market trading following announcement of a $200 million common stock offering.
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) shares fell 5.7 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading after declining 3.32 percent on Tuesday.
    Euronav NV (NYSE: EURN) fell 4.8 percent to $8.40 in pre-market trading.
    Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) shares fell 4.3 percent to $4.69 in pre-market trading.
    Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ: GLPI) shares fell 4.1 percent to $32.92 in pre-market trading after the company issued downbeat quarterly results and reported the retirement of CFO William Clifford

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Johnson Controls Inc.(JCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Friday was Johnson Controls International PLC (NYSE: JCI) which traded down nearly 4% at $38.37. The stocks 52-week range is $34.51 to $44.70. Volume was 8.6 million versus the daily average of 5.5 million shares.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Johnson Controls International Inc. (NYSE: JCI) posted a new 52-week low of $38.75 on Thursday, down about 10.5% from Wednesday’s closing price of $43.32. Volume totaled around 14.5 million shares, more than 3 times the daily average of around 4.6 million. The company met profit expectations when it reported results this morning. SG&A expenditures rose sharply as did overall cost of sales. Perhaps that and flat revenues weighed on the shares in Thursday’s session.

  • [By ]

    Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) yields 2.6% annually and has grown its dividend by 6.8% annually over the last five years. The 2016 merger with Tyco International has transitioned the business to less cyclical segments, including safety systems, and away from automotive manufacturing products.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now

President and CEO of Mts Systems Corp (NASDAQ:MTSC) Jeffrey A Graves bought 4,000 shares of MTSC on 03/15/2018 at an average price of $53.58 a share. The total cost of this purchase was $214,320.

MTS Systems Corp is a supplier of test systems and position sensors. Its operations are organized and managed in two business segments; the Test segment and the Sensors segment. MTS Systems Corp has a market cap of $953.550 million; its shares were traded at around $53.55 with a P/E ratio of 18.18 and P/S ratio of 1.29. The dividend yield of MTS Systems Corp stocks is 2.24%. MTS Systems Corp had annual average EBITDA growth of 4.90% over the past ten years.

CEO Recent Trades:

President and CEO Jeffrey A Graves bought 4,000 shares of MTSC stock on 03/15/2018 at the average price of $53.58. The price of the stock has decreased by 0.06% since.

Directors and Officers Recent Trades:

Director Chun Hung Yu bought 2,000 shares of MTSC stock on 03/14/2018 at the average price of $53.29. The price of the stock has increased by 0.49% since.

For the complete insider trading history of MTSC, click here

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation(RL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Johanna Bennett]

    Times are tough for Ralph Lauren (RL). Profit and sales are fallingat theiconic clothingcompany, and investors who bet on a turnaround havelost their shirts on the stock. Adding to its troubles,CEO StefanLarsson is departingfollowing a creative clash with the companys namesake and founder.

    Pessimism, meanwhile, appears to be on the rise.

    According to a report by the financial analytics company S3 Partners, short interest in Ralph Lauren has risen since the start of the year, hitting historical levels. And while that short position is expected to keep expanding, bearish sentiments could turn on a dime.

    Ihor Dusaniwsky at S3 Partners writes:

    RL short interest levels, already at historical highs today, should continue to grow if the recent trend continues, but having made almost 23% in 2016 and 14% in 2017, short sellers may be quick to cover their positions and lock in profits if RLs stock price turns against them.

    Short interest in Ralph Lauren fell in 2016 as the stock price fella nd shorts covered positions, netting a return of 22.6%. So far this year, however, the short position as increased $226 million, or 38% to $815 million as of this morning, according to the S3 report.

    Its a profitable day for those short sellers. Todays 11% decline Ralph Laurens stock price on an $815 million short position has added $90 million to the short sellers collective bottom line.

    Ralph Lauren is down 11.5% in recent market actions to $77.26 a after earlier falling as low as $76.86 a share. Thats the lowest price for the stock since 2010.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Amazon has been a growing pain in the neck for low-price retailers like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) for some time, but even high-end specialty stores like Ralph Lauren Corp. (NYSE: RL) have struggled now that Amazon has crept into their sector.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The sidewalks outside stores like Armani, Dolce & Gabanna, Ralph Lauren (RL) , Gap (GPS) , Prada, Abercrombie & Fitch (AF) , Microsoft (MSFT) and Harry Winston are now lined with metal barricades. The strip commands some of the highest retail rents in the world, with the average annual rent being $3500 per square foot.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Ralph Lauren Corp. (NYSE: RL) just became the latest company to fall victim to the “Retail Ice Age.”

    The 50-year-old American icon announced it shuttered its flagship store at Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in New York City on Tuesday (April 4). It will also close 50 other retail locations by the end of the fiscal year.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Hanesbrands was just one of many retail companies that got shellacked this week. Under Armour (UAA) tumbled 29% after missing earnings forecasts and cutting its guidance, while Deckers Outdoor (DECK) plunged 21% after its earnings missed the Street consensus, and Ralph Lauren (RL) plummeted 13% after its CEO stepped down.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    At the beginning of May, after taking a look at the bizarre circumstances surrounding United Parcel Service’s (NYSE: UPS) most recent earnings “beat,” I warned that the stock was set to drop. Despite numerous positive headlines praising the company’s Q1 “win,” the company was suffering from declining profits and operating margins that had been deteriorating for three consecutive quarters.

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Investors in their 60’s should start to favor low-risk stocks that offer up big dividend payouts. Below are three stocks — Waste Management (NYSE:WM), United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS), and Welltower (NYSE:HCN) — that perfectly fit that description.

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    The perennial question facing investors in the package delivery industry: Should you chooseFedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) or United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) stock? Or even buy both — or avoid both? Let’s take a look at the relative merits of each company and speculate on which stock is the better buy.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Top executives at United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) took home outrageously high compensation last year, even though the parcel carrier missed many of its performance targets, like revenue growth and total shareholder returns.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    With companies like Under Armour (UAA), MGM Resorts International (MGM), andUnited Parcel Service (UPS) reporting tomorrow, we thought we’d get a jump start on the stocks moving after today’s close:

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: Telefonica SA(TEF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Multiple-award-winning Trimaker is the leader in terms of sales in 3D printing in the region, serving clients like Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), Toyota Motor Corp (ADR) (NYSE: TM), Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC) and Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF). The company not only manufactures its own 3D printers, but also offers materials and related services.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares gained around 0.98 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF), and Allot Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: ALLT).

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: Nucor Corporation(NUE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    For an “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer checked back in with John Ferriola, chairman, president and CEO of Nucor (NUE) , the steelmaker that today posted a penny-a-share earnings beat on a 16% increase in year-over-year revenues. The company also issued strong guidance for the upcoming quarter now that new imported steel tariffs are beginning to take hold. Shares of Nucor were down 0.4% by the close.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    There’s been a lot of talk that the revival of the Keystone XL pipeline–and the possibility of other pipelines as well–could boost the shares of steel makers like U.S. Steel (X), AK Steel (AKS), Nucor (NUE) and Steel Dynamics (STLD). Axiom Capital’s Gordon Johnson disagrees:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Then there are the steel plays. United States Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) was up 7.4% at $27.61 late on Monday. It has a market cap of $4.5 billion. Over the past five trading days the stock has gained 30%. Nucor Corp. (NYSE: NUE) was last seen up 1% at $59.34. Nucor has a total market cap of $18.8 billion. Over the past fivetrading days the stock has gained 17%.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of United States Steel Corporation performing better than Market Vectors Steel ETF (NYSEARCA: SLX); but now underperforming large cap Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) andmid cap Steel Dynamics (NASDAQ: STLD):

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: Raytheon Company(RTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Cramer and the AAP team say that the president’s moves on behalf of Boeing (BA) signal good times for defense names, including Raytheon (RTN) . Find out what they’re telling their investment club members and get in on the conversation with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Our No. 2 pick, Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN), is involved in engineering technology for defense systems, government electronics, and information technology. Its largest and most profitable segments are Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and Missile Systems (MS).

  • [By Rich Smith]

    On one particularly big news day, April 28, the DSCA announced that it has notified Congress of no fewer than seven separate pending arms sales that it plans to push through. These deals are aiming to sell:

    110 radar-seeking air-to-ground “HARM” missiles to Australia, generating sales of $137.6 million for prime contractors Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA) and Raytheon (NYSE:RTN). Four P-8A Poseidonsubmarine-hunting jet aircraft to New Zealand — a $1.46 billion payday for Boeing (NYSE:BA). 13 76 mm cannonfor installation aboard Israeli Navy SA’AR 4.5 and SA’AR 6 Missile Patrol Boats at a purchase price of $440 million. (Italian firm Leonardo S.p.a.’s DRS North America subsidiary will be the contractor on that one.) Nine Bell 429light utility helicopters to Slovakia, yielding sales of $150 million for Textron (NYSE:TXT). And five CH-47D Chinookhelicopters, sold out of U.S. government surplus to Greece for $80 million.

    Also included in the DSCA’s list of pending contracts are two directed toward the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, specifically:

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: SPX Corporation(SPW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Damon Churchwell]

    These companies manufacture processing products used by industries such as food and beverages, oil & gas, and wastewater treatment, among others. They serve a wide range of end markets that are mostly poised for increased earnings and are likely to spend on capital projects. While these positive trends persist, flow technology companies’ prospects ought to remain favorable. Let’shighlight several sector participants, starting with a top selection,SPX(NYSE: SPW),.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: PPL Corporation(PPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $31.53 after closing Tuesday at $32.42. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 15.5 million, more than three times the daily average of around 4 million shares. The electric utility company took a downgrade on Tuesday and the fallout continues to drop.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) dropped about 1.7% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $30.44 after closing at $30.95 on Friday. Volume was around 4.1 million about 10% below the daily average of around 4.6 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $30.74 after closing Tuesday at $30.76. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 3.2 million, about 25% below the daily average of around 4.5 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $31.11 after closing Wednesday at $31.59. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 9.6 million, more than double the daily average of around 4.2 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $32.48 after closing Monday at $33.97. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 5.9 million, nearly a third higher than the daily average of around 3.9 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $30.81 after closing Friday at $31.13. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 3.5 million, about 25% below the daily average of around 4.5 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: Pinnacle West Capital Corporation(PNW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Iron Mountain has gained 2.6% to $26.55 at 3:05 p.m., making it the fourth-best performer in the S&P 500, ahead of WPX Energy (WPX), which has gained 2.4% to $19.94, Pinnacle West Capital (PNW), which has gained 2.3% to $53.55 and Dominion Resources (D), which has risen 2.1% to $59.85.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: 3M Company(MMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    3M Co.’s (NYSE: MMM) latest quarterly earnings report is expected on Tuesday. The consensus estimates are $2.06 in earnings per share (EPS) and $7.47 billion in revenue. Shares were trading most recently at $191.50, in a 52-week range of $163.17 to $193.50. The consensus price target is $190.50.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Markets are keeping a close eye on the 10-year bond, which is hovering near 3% – an important psychological level that is likely to influence future price movements. On Monday, Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” asked Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald if investors should be worried. Here’s what Keith had to say about the 10-year Treasury yield… and how it will affect your stocks and bonds in the future.
    The price of Brent crude oil topped $75.00 and hit its highest level since November 2014. Oil traders were eyeing the ongoing efforts of OPEC and Russia to reduce excessive production around the globe, rising demand ahead of peak driving season, and the possibility that the Trump administration will slap Iran with a new round of sanctions.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: KO, GOOGL, SLM
    Shares of The Coca-Cola Co.(NYSE: KO) added 1.2% after the firm easily beat earnings and revenue expectations. The firm cited strong demand for its new flavors of Diet Coke and its Coke Zero Sugar. Demand was so strong for the quarter that the firm reported organic sales growth of 5%. The company reported earnings per share of $0.47, topping estimates by a penny. Revenue of $7.6 billion easily beat Wall Street estimates.
    Shares of Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) seesawed in pre-market hours. The online search giant topped Wall Street earnings and revenue expectations after the bell Monday. However, shares were off 0.5% after executives announced that its business costs were on the rise. The firm’s real estate and computer purchases tripled in one year, to $7.3 billion. About one-third of that total came from its $2.4 billion purchase of the Chelsea Market building in New York City.
    Good news for SLM Corp.(NYSE: SLM) investors, but bad news for indebted college students and graduates. The firm – also known as Sallie Mae – topped Wall Street earnings expectations on Monday. The firm said that it increased its loan o

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Investors looking for brighter prospects should consider two other blue-chip giants, 3M (NYSE:MMM) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). Both are exposed to the consumer goods industry, but also get significant chunks of sales and profits from faster-growing segments.

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    First, the Dow dropped below 19,800 points with two stocks – The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS) and 3M Company (NYSE:MMM) – experiencing a $3.26 billion selloff alone. Big banking stocks including Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) and JPMorgan Chase and Co. (NYSE:JPM) sold off far more severely than the S&P 500 itself. Tech stocks were more or less unscathed, with the exception of Alphabet Inc. (NasdaqGS:GOOG), which received a 2.55% buzzcut of $26 per share.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: Reynolds American Inc(RAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    With interest rates set to rise this year, many dividend investors are likely worried that their stocks will slip as bond yields become more attractive. While some dividend stocks will inevitably decline, investors can still find some low-risk income plays that have high yields and cheap valuations. Let’s take a look at three such stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI).

  • [By Rich Duprey, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Brian Feroldi]

    It remains true that the tobacco industry will continue coming under pressure from anti-smoking activists, politicians, and regulators who seek to stub out cigarettes further by raising taxes on smokes, but companies such as Altria and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) are largely able to offset their impact on profits by raising prices. The ability to command such pricing power without an overly large loss of customers obviously speaks to the addictive qualities of smoking but is also an otherwise enviable position to be in.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Just before 1pm today, shares of Reynolds American (RAI) took a sudden nosedive on reports that its merger with British American Tobacco (BTI) had “hit a snag” according to StreetInsider.com. Cowen’s Vivien Azer and team still think a deal gets done:

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    Street Insider is reporting that BATS’ acquisition of RAI has “hit a snag,” and that “a potential transaction may be less likely near-term.” We view this source as less credible (vs. a WSJ or CNBC), in particular given the scant level of detail. While the delay in a consummated deal has extended longer than we thought, we still view the deal as likely (85% probability).

    Shares of Reynolds American have dropped 1.3% to $55.47 at 2:26 p.m. today, while British American Tobacco has declined 0.2% to $112.71. Shares of Philip Morris International (PM), which could be interested in an acquisition of Altria Group (MO), have fallen 1% to$90.28 after getting cut toNeutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch, while Altria has risen 0.5% to$67.94 after getting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Merrill.

Best Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018

A few weeks ago, we published an article that characterized Gilead (GILD) as a “Value Trap.” That article was a follow-up to an earlier article which used our work on Gilead as an example of how a solid conceptual framework could help investors make better decisions. Both of these articles were based on a 16-page valuation report on Gilead we published to our members in September, 2016.

We caught a lot of flack for the recent characterization of Gilead as a value trap, but our opinion was redeemed on February 7th, when the stock fell heavily after a disappointing earnings announcement.

In today’s article, we’ll take another look at the valuation process – the most important weapon in an investor’s arsenal – in a continuation of the Gilead example. We would invite new readers to read through each of the earlier articles as well, to get a picture of the overall process!

Investing Anecdotes are Dangerous!

What interested us in September 2016, when we made our original analysis of Gilead, was the noise among the value investing community about what a deal Gilead was because the stock was trading at such a low Price-to-Earnings (P/E) ratio (See our article Three Things You Should Know About Gilead).

Best Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: INC Research Holdings, Inc.(INCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of LEE THOMAS H PARTNERS LP’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=LEE+THOMAS+H+PARTNERS+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of LEE THOMAS H PARTNERS LPINC Research Holdings Inc (INCR) – 25,174,838 shares, 38.1% of the total portfolio. New PositionParty City Holdco Inc (PRTY) – 65,157,952 shares, 25.55% of the total portfolio. West Corp (WSTC) – 18,099,239 shares, 12.29% of the total portfolio. MoneyGram International Inc (MGI) – 23,604,607 shares, 11% of the total portfolio. Fogo de Chao Inc (FOGO) – 17,053,123 shares, 6.12% of the total portfo

Best Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

    My favorite insurers: AIG (NYSE: AIG) (which I discussed a few months ago), Protective Life (NYSE: PL) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE: RGA).

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Morgan Stanley downgraded Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) to Equal-Weight.
    UBS downgraded AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) to Sell.
    Citi upgraded Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) to Buy.
    Goldman Sachs upgraded Reinsurance Group (NYSE: RGA) to Buy.

Best Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: Lam Research Corporation(LRCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Lam Research (LRCX) has consistently outgrown the overall semiconductor-equipment market due to its high exposure to 3D NAND flash memory.

    Demand for wafer-fabrication equipment is notoriously volatile. However, over the last 90 days, the consensus profit estimate for this year jumped 17%, with 95% of analysts raising their targets.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Market fears of an escalating Middle Eastern conflict abated thanks to last week’s military strikes against the Syrian government. On Friday, April 13, U.S. forces joined the United Kingdom and France in retaliation for a chemical gas attack carried out by the Syrian government. The military exercise came at a time that tensions are also rising in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
    Today, several members of the U.S. Federal Reserve will be speaking at events around the globe, including San Francisco Fed President John Williams and Chicago Fed Bank President Charles Evans. But no one will be more watched today than Fed Gov. Randal Quarles, who will testify before the U.S. House Financial Services Commission. Quarles will provide testimony on the central bank’s plans to regulate and oversee the financial system. Expect a wealth of questions about the Fed’s plans to raise interest rates and manage its massive balance sheet. Money MorningLiquidity SpecialistLee Adler offers you advice on how to play the Fed’s problems, right here.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: GS, NFLX, TSLA, and ROKU
    Shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) added 0.6% after the Wall Street bank easily topped Q1 earnings and revenue estimates. The firm reportedearnings per share (EPS) of $6.95 on top of more than $10 billion in revenue. Analysts projected EPS of $5.67 on top of $8.89 billion. The investment bank hiked its quarterly dividend and said that revenue from equity trading rallied thanks to an uptick in recent market volatility.
    Shares of Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) are flat on the news that the firm will suspend production of its Model 3 vehicles. The firm said the temporary halt in production will aim to “improve automation” and address ongoing bottlenecks in its production process.
    Shares of Roku Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKU) popped more than 8.2% on news that Steven Cohen’s family office has taken a passive 5.1% stake in the company. The streaming device manufactur

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    Real Money columnist James DePorre says, “The rotational action is the main theme today. We have weakness in semiconductors after a good bounce Tuesday, in large part due to a poor reaction to quarterly results from Lam Research (LRCX) . Financials are still struggling although Morgan Stanley (MS)  is helping the group.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lam Research (LRCX) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after beating earnings forecasts and raising its fourth-quarter guidance.

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    Lam Researchgained 6.9% to $136.17 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,338.17.

    Credit Suisse analysts Farhan Ahmad and John Pitzer and argues that Lam Research’s “new trough is higher than [its] old peak.” They explain:

    We expect that bears will continue to argue that CY17 is a “Peak” year; however we think that investors are missing that it now costs >2x more to get incremental bit growth than three years ago. It is noteworthy that despite ~$17bn of memory WFE in 2016 both NAND and DRAM markets went from oversupply to undersupply – implying that new trough for memory investments is even higher than old peak (2010 memory peak had WFE of $12.6bn). We view Semi Growth, rising capital intensity, and growing China CapEx as secular multiyear themes, which could continue to provide growth in coming years. In addition, in case of tax reform there could be potential to return >$50 per share to shareholders by 2020…Increase TP to $160 (from $143), based on 12x of CY18 EPS plus net cash adj for taxes.

    Lam Research’s market capitalization rose to $22.2 billion today from $20.8 billion yesterday.

Best Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: Reynolds American Inc(RAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    With interest rates set to rise this year, many dividend investors are likely worried that their stocks will slip as bond yields become more attractive. While some dividend stocks will inevitably decline, investors can still find some low-risk income plays that have high yields and cheap valuations. Let’s take a look at three such stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Just before 1pm today, shares of Reynolds American (RAI) took a sudden nosedive on reports that its merger with British American Tobacco (BTI) had “hit a snag” according to StreetInsider.com. Cowen’s Vivien Azer and team still think a deal gets done:

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    Street Insider is reporting that BATS’ acquisition of RAI has “hit a snag,” and that “a potential transaction may be less likely near-term.” We view this source as less credible (vs. a WSJ or CNBC), in particular given the scant level of detail. While the delay in a consummated deal has extended longer than we thought, we still view the deal as likely (85% probability).

    Shares of Reynolds American have dropped 1.3% to $55.47 at 2:26 p.m. today, while British American Tobacco has declined 0.2% to $112.71. Shares of Philip Morris International (PM), which could be interested in an acquisition of Altria Group (MO), have fallen 1% to$90.28 after getting cut toNeutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch, while Altria has risen 0.5% to$67.94 after getting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Merrill.

  • [By Rich Duprey, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Brian Feroldi]

    It remains true that the tobacco industry will continue coming under pressure from anti-smoking activists, politicians, and regulators who seek to stub out cigarettes further by raising taxes on smokes, but companies such as Altria and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) are largely able to offset their impact on profits by raising prices. The ability to command such pricing power without an overly large loss of customers obviously speaks to the addictive qualities of smoking but is also an otherwise enviable position to be in.

Best Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc.(NGVC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Whole Foods Market shows along with mid cap peerSprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ: SFM) and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) largely drifting lower with two price spikes:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Whole Foods Market shows along with mid cap peerSprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ: SFM) and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) appearing to all be in downtrends that may or may not have leveled off:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc (NYSE: NGVC) was down, falling around 33 percent to $5.70 as the company posted downbeat quarterly results and lowered its FY17 earnings guidance.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Whole Foods Market shows shares still lower than they were five years ago whilepeers in the organic space like Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ: SFM) and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) have performed worst: