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Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018

Growth versus value investing is one of the major debates in the investment world.  Growth stocks seem to have outperformed their value counterparts over the past few years. But the winning streak of growth investing took a hit this year with value stocks regaining lost glory.

It is currently speculated that value investing will likely continue its winning run in the upcoming years. Hence, adding potential stocks to one’s portfolio might prove to be an ideal option in the current scenario.

Value vs. Growth Investing: Long-Drawn Debate

Value investors seek to invest in stocks that are believed to be trading at a discounted value. Investors look for favorable value ratios including low price-to-earnings (P/E) and price-to-book value (P/B) ratios to identify potential value stocks. While a significant number of these stocks are also expected to come with solid dividend payments, these stocks are also expected to moderate growth prospects.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: Akamai Technologies, Inc.(AKAM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Akamai Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) dropped about 15% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $45.45 after closing at $53.28 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $71.64. Volume of about 13 million was roughly 5 times the daily average. The company reported decent results, but soft guidance for the current quarter sank the stock in Wednesday’s session.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) which rose about 7% to $74.89. The stocks 52-week range is $44.65 to $75.00. Volume was roughly 4 million compared to the daily average volume of 2.3 million.

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    Akamai (AKAM) CEO Tom Leighton is fresh off a battle with well-known activist investor firm Elliott Management. Leighton discusses the situation with Elliott and prospects for doing deals with TheStreet. 

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM) rose 26.7% in 2016, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. Coming off a drastic 28% drop in the last 10 weeks of 2015, the content distribution specialist bounced back quickly.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) which traded down over 14% at $45.51. The stocks 52-week range is $45.41 to $71.64. Volume wasover 14 million versus the daily average of 2.6 million shares.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: Peak Resorts, Inc.(SKIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Peak Resorts Inc (NASDAQ: SKIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.40 per share on revenue of $42.59 million.

    BMC Stock Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: STCK) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $449.59 million.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: Sonic Corp.(SONC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows more recent burger IPOs like small caps Habit Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ: HABT) and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) underperforming while Red Robin Gourmet Burgers andSonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) have remained in positive territory:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of newcomers Shake Shack and California based IPO Habit Restaurants both underperforming or below their IPO close prices whilemore established small capburger stocks Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc (NASDAQ: RRGB) and Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) were big outperformers up until more recently:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap burger stock Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) reported fiscal Q3 2017 earnings after the market closed yesterday with earnings exceeding Wall Street expectations. GAAP revenue was $123.990 million versus $165.239 million as system same-store sales declined 1.2% consisting of a 1.1% same-store sales decrease at franchise drive-ins and a 3.2% decrease at company drive-ins. Net income totaled $18.8 million versus net income of $15.4 million. The Chairman/CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small caps Habit Restaurants and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) below their IPO prices while more established burger stocks Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc (NASDAQ: RRGB) and Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC)have seen their performance drift downward last year or the year before:

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: Apollo Investment Corporation(AINV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTLA) rose 34.7 percent to $45.50 in pre-market trading following news that the FDA has approved Andexxa for the reversal of factor Xa inhibitors.
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) rose 15.7 percent to $6.65 in pre-market trading after climbing 155.56 percent on Thursday.
    China Recycling Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: CREG) rose 14.7 percent to $2.75 in pre-market trading after climbing 57.89 percent on Thursday.
    Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE: P) rose 11 percent to $6.40 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly results.
    Fred's, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED) rose 9.2 percent to $1.90 in pre-market trading following Q4 results.
    Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) rose 9.1 percent to $51.70 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter and raised its FY18 guidance.
    Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX) rose 9 percent to $12.55 in pre-market trading after the company posted Q1 results and agreed to acquire HealthGrid.
    Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) rose 7.6 percent to $75 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter. The company also raised its FY18 earnings outlook from $2.40-$2.70 to $3-$3.20.
    Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) rose 7.5 percent to $10.15 in pre-market trading following Q3 results.
    Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO) rose 4.5 percent to $11.83 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly earnings.
    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) shares rose 4.4 percent to $190.50 in the pre-market trading session as the company posted upbeat Q4 results.
    Aqua Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQMS) shares rose 3.9 percent to $4.30 in pre-market trading after gaining 6.98 percent on Thursday.
    Newell Brands Inc (NYSE: NWL) shares rose 3.6 percent to $27.65 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings.
    HMS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: H

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: Inphi Corporation(IPHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Inphi Corp. (NYSE: IPHI) fell about 8.6% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $32.36 after closing at $35.40 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $51.78. Volume of about 3 million was roughly five times the daily average of around 680,000 shares traded. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Inphi (IPHI) provides high-speed analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications, datacenter and computing markets. This stock closed up 4.7% at $13.25 in Monday’s trading session.

    Monday’s Volume: 838,000

    Three-Month Average Volume: 202,080

    Volume % Change: 378%

    From a technical perspective, IPHI jumped higher here right above some near-term support at $12.44 with heavy upside volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last five months, with shares soaring higher from its low of $8.62 to its intraday high of $13.85. During that uptrend, shares of IPHI have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move briefly pushed shares of IPHI into breakout territory, since the stock flirted with some near-term overhead resistance at $13.50.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in IPHI as long as it’s trending above some near-term support at $12.44 and then once it sustains a move or close above its new 52-week high at $13.85 with volume that hits near or above 202,080 shares. If we get that move soon, then IPHI will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are its next major overhead resistance levels at $14.79 to $16.94, or possibly even $18.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Inphi (NYSE:IPHI) issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday. The semiconductor company reported ($0.05) earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.05), Bloomberg Earnings reports. The company had revenue of $60.10 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $59.82 million. Inphi had a positive return on equity of 5.39% and a negative net margin of 21.51%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 35.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.44 earnings per share. Inphi updated its Q2 guidance to $0.12-$0.14 EPS.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Shares of Inphi Corp. (NYSE:IPHI) dropped on Wednesday following a mixed first-quarter report and a subsequent analyst downgrade. The company’s revenue declined sharply and came in just short of analyst expectations. The stock was down about 9.5% at 2:45 p.m. EDT.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Technology shares rose by 1.9 percent in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included Fabrinet (NYSE: FN), and Inphi Corporation (NYSE: IPHI).

10 Dividend Stocks to Buy in May

For the past few years, it has been slim pickings for dividend investors. High yields have been hard to find, and what opportunities did appear to exist, such as in the energy sector, often led to sizable losses that more than erased the seemingly attractive dividend yields.

However, the main problem for yield investors — low interest rates — is starting to resolve itself. The 10-year treasury yield has now doubled since its low. The Donald Trump presidency is bringing hopes of faster economic growth and higher inflation, thus powering up interest rates. New Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell seems committed to a gradual but firm path toward higher rates going forward.

This has caused big declines for REITs (real estate investment trusts) and defensive stocks that yield-focused investors tend to gravitate toward. This dynamic has set up some outstanding bargains for dividend investors in May. The market rarely stops at fair value during a correction, some of these 10 stocks are tipping well into deep value territory. Let’s get started.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Exxon Mobil (XOM) Dividend Stocks to Buy: Exxon Mobil (XOM)Source: Shutterstock

Dividend Yield: 4.3%

In 2015, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) bottomed out at $72 share as the price of oil crashed. With oil reaching a nadir of $27 per barrel, investors couldn’t see a bright future for big oil companies. Fast forward, and oil is now up around $70 per barrel. Investors have rewarded XOM stock by moving it up from $72 up to $76. That’s right, with oil nearly tripling, XOM stock is up less than 10%.

Now, Exxon has some problems of its own. Ex-CEO Rex Tillerson’s controversial time over at the State Department brought unneeded publicity to his former employer. Exxon’s major development efforts are seeing mixed results. And the company’s big bet on natural gas years ago continues to underwhelm as natural gas prices stay low.

But don’t get too caught in the weeds. Exxon Mobil is the dominant American oil company. It has a storied history of dividend increases, a powerful balance sheet and unmatched scale. XOM stock has rarely yielded more than 4%, and when it has, investors have fared well buying at that level. The 16x forward price-to-earnings ratio and big pop in 2018 earnings favor buyers here as well.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Kraft Heinz (KHC) Dividend Stocks to Buy: Kraft Heinz (KHC)Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr

Dividend Yield: 4.5%

The party sure ended quickly for Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ:KHC). Just a couple years ago, 3G and Warren Buffett took control of the food giant. Those superstar investors were expected to lead Kraft Heinz to consolidate the global food industry in the same way 3G’s Anheuser Busch Inbev NV (NYSE:BUD) has reshaped the beer industry. But it hasn’t happened. Kraft Heinz has failed to make another big merger. More importantly, its organic sales growth has dried up.

Investors have punished the company. Its superstar investors and management aside, KHC stock has gone moldy; the stock is down from over $90 to $55 over the past two years. And it’s understandable why investors are irritated.

At the end of the day though, one of the world’s leading food companies is now selling at 6x trailing and 14x forward earnings with a 4.5% dividend yield. Just two years ago, investors were scrambling to buy these sorts of giant food companies at more than 20x earnings and less than a 3% dividend.

Now, at far better prices, people are selling as fast as they can. Take advantage of the herd and load the pantry with this 4.5% dividend payer.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Hershey (HSY) Dividend Stocks to Buy: Hershey (HSY)Source: mhiguera via Flickr

Dividend Yield: 2.9%

Kraft Heinz is far from the only food company that should be on dividend investors’ radars now. The sector is deeply out of favor, leading to numerous opportunities. Next up is Hershey Co (NYSE:HSY).

For a summary, this storied brand is by far the leading chocolate seller in the United States and one of only two with meaningful market share. This has practically given the company a license to print money with fat profit margins and stable sales volume over the years.

HSY stock is down as of late due to higher cocoa prices and the broader sector sell-off. This stuff doesn’t matter in the long-term though. And speaking of the long-term, The Hershey Foundation safeguards investors’ interests here, keeping management focused on building a long-term global chocolate and snacks empire rather than playing short-term EPS games. The current nearly 3% dividend yield is the second highest over the past 30 years of Hershey’s history; it only paid more during the financial crisis. As such, don’t expect HSY stock to stay this cheap for long.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Hormel Foods (HRL) Dividend Stocks to Buy: Hormel Foods (HRL)Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified)

Dividend Yield: 2.1%

Unlike the previous two food companies, Hormel Foods Corp (NYSE:HRL) has comparatively been on a roll. Its stock has avoided the broader foods sell-off. It is flat for 2018 and up 20% from last fall’s low. That said, HRL stock is still deeply undervalued here at $35.

The company, known for its iconic SPAM brand, has quietly repositioned itself as a millennial powerhouse. The company caught onto the low-carb movement early, stocking up on products targeting protein and healthier eating. Recent acquisitions include a major guacamole brand, organic nut butters, natural/hormone free deli meats and protein drinks. The company also has a partnership with Mexico’s Herdez to distribute that country’s most popular salsa to the fast-growing Mexican-American community.

In recent years, Dividend Kings such as Hormel (50 or more years of consecutive dividend hikes) traded at a huge premium. HRL stock hit as high as 30x earnings in 2016, and has had a median P/E ratio over 20 in recent years. It’s down to 18x forward earnings now, representing a much more attractive entry point.

Skeptics will claim the 2.1% dividend yield is too low. But management has averaged 18% dividend hikes over the past five years — that yield compounds fast. And with EPS up 26 out of the past 30 years, you could hardly find a more consistent growth and income stock.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Altria Group (MO) Dividend Stocks to Buy: Altria Group (MO)Source: Peyri Herrera via Flickr (Modified)

Dividend Yield: 5%

Let’s head to the checkout aisle of the grocery store now. It’s time for cigarettes and beer. Altria Group (NYSE:MO) stock has gotten punished lately following threats of more FDA regulation along with a big earnings miss at Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM).

These issues have put MO stock well into value territory. It’s down 21% so far year-to-date. The forward P/E ratio has dipped down to 12x. Analysts see earnings compounding at 10% per year over the next five years. That seems optimistic given its industry and the current regulatory environment. But when you start at that level of earnings and a 5% dividend yield, it’s not hard to get good overall returns on a stock regardless of how fast it grows.

Altria also owns a 10% stake in the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser Busch. That amounts to a $15 billion position, which throws off plenty of cash for Altria, thanks to Anheuser Busch’s own sporty 4.6% dividend yield.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Texas Instruments (TXN) Dividend Stocks to Buy: Texas Instruments (TXN)Source: VEX Robotics via Flickr

Dividend Yield: 2.4%

Income investors often overlook tech stocks. That’s a mistake. With the rapid speed with which the economy is modernizing, even yield-seekers should own a few technology plays. Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN) is the perfect sort of hybrid stock for more conservative investors.

TXN stock yields 2.4%, versus the S&P 500 at 1.9%. Along with the higher yield, you also get faster growth. Texas Instruments has specialized in niche analog semiconductor chips needed for thousands of specific applications. Its patent library is huge, and unlike more commodity semiconductor companies, Texas Instruments has a more durable set of product lines. In other words, it doesn’t live or die based on the latest iPhone model.

Back to the yield angle, Texas Instruments has raised its dividend every year dating back to 2003. It has managed an impressive 21% compounded dividend growth rate over the past five years. That starting 2.4% dividend yield compounds at a blistering speed.

And while TXN stock isn’t precisely cheap at 29x trailing and 18x forward earnings, you could pay far more for other tech companies with less exciting growth prospects. Analysts see earnings growing 13% per year through 2023.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: EPR Properties (EPR) Dividend Stocks to Buy: EPR Properties (EPR)Source: Shutterstock

Dividend Yield: 7.8%

Along with consumer staples, investors have also been dumping their REITs. The general reason is the same: interest rates are going up, so high yield stocks lose their appeal in comparison to bonds. The selling has been indiscriminate, with little attention paid to what in particular is being dumped. While many REITs were overvalued in previous years and deserve their recent haircuts, here are two that should stand apart from their sector.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) is an interesting, diversified REIT. It has acquired a bunch of non-traditional rental assets in fields as varied as educational facilities, movie theaters, water parks, and Peak Resorts Inc (NASDAQ:SKIS) ski resort facilities. A bunch of generic offices or shopping centers, this is not.

There are a couple of things that make EPR exciting for a yield investor. First, it is continuing to grow its cash flow — something that many REITs are no longer able to do given rising interest rates and weakness in many of the shopping and office based REITs. On top of that, EPR’s dividend is up to 7.8%. And, EPR pays it out monthly, leading to a dependable frequent-paying high-yielder with a varied mix of properties.

The stock is on sale; it’s down 24% over the past year.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Public Storage (PSA) Dividend Stocks to Buy: Public Storage (PSA)Source: Mike Mozart Via Flickr

Dividend Yield: 3.9%

Our other REIT for May is Public Storage (NYSE:PSA). The company is famous for its bright orange-painted self storage units across North America. Its top-tier management team has built Public Storage into the nation’s leader in the space and one of the most successful publicly-traded REITs in the U.S. over the past 25 years.

Importantly, given the changing interest rate environment, Public Storage has a compelling tactical advantage. It has relatively little debt. It has an “A” credit rating, making it one of just a handful of REITs rated that highly. Additionally, it is primarily funded by preferred stock at interest rates in the 5% range that never mature. This means that regardless of how high interest rates may go, Public Storage can keep paying 5% for its capital and never be subject to refinancing it at a higher cost. This is potentially a huge advantage depending on how far this cycle goes.

On top of that, Public Storage is unusually efficient for compounding among REITs. Management prioritizes growth over the dividend. The stock yields just 4% – and historically has often only been in the 3s. However, in addition to large dividend hikes, management also does plenty for the share price. PSA stock is a quadruple since the 2009 lows, far outpacing most other blue chip REITs. For growth and income investors, PSA stock is a perfect blend of the two forces.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Walgreens Boots Alliance PBM Stocks Have Much to Fear from Buffett, JPMorgan, Amazon VentureSource: Shutterstock

Dividend Yield: 2.6%

Walgreens Boots Alliance (NYSE:WBA) is another Dividend Aristocrat that has been thrown to the curb. The potential overhaul of the health care system, threats from Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN), and a bunch of game-changing health care industry mergers have investors worried. That’s their loss though.

WBA stock has now increased its dividend 42 years in a row. The starting yield, at 2.6%, isn’t a game-changer. But the consistent hikes make it a solid long-term performer. Investors are preoccupied with potential near-term problems, but earnings are continuing to grow; WBA stock is now trading at just 9.9x forward earnings. At some point, the price is simply too low. WBA stock goes higher in coming quarters, and you get a respectable dividend as well.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Dividend Stocks to Buy: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)Source: Shutterstock

Dividend Yield: 2.9%

Finally, it’s hard to discuss healthcare dividends without mentioning Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). This isn’t the cheapest company on this list, but given its unmatchable range of products and powerhouse brands, JNJ is the ultimate sleep-well-at-night stock.

At 23x trailing earnings and 15x forward, JNJ stock is getting back to the range where it’s starting to look like a good value. The stock reached $147 in January but is down to $124 now, and sits just a few bucks above its 52-week low. Some concerns are due to its drug development division; biotech has been having a choppy 2018.

Overall though, Johnson & Johnson has been good for 55 consecutive annual dividend increases, and at a 2.9% starting yield, the payout is high enough to make this blue chip worth picking up in May.

At the time of writing, the author owned XOM, KHC, HSY, HRL, EPR, TXN, WBA, and JNJ stock. You can reach him on Tw

Best Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now

It’s official: Your browsing history can be sold to advertisers. President Trump on Monday signed a measure reversing rules that would have required internet providers to get consent before selling your browsing history.

The rules had not yet gone into effect, but providers now find themselves with new freedom when it comes to collecting and selling their customers’ data. What does that mean for you?

What identifying information do they have?

Internet providers already collect a lot of information that’s necessary to maintain their networks, like your location and what you’re looking at online.

Many have said they will not use “sensitive” information, like medical records, children’s data and banking details without consent. However a simple browsing history can reveal those personal details, such as symptoms you’ve Googled. There are concerns that it would be possible to identify people based on this detailed information.

According to Dane Jasper, cofounder of Sonic, an independent ISP located in California, an internet provider can infer a lot about you based just on your browsing. In addition to basics like age and gender, they might know who your friends are, if you’re a recovering alcoholic, or where you went to school. In theory, they could create an in-depth profile of you.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Peak Resorts, Inc.(SKIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Peak Resorts Inc (NASDAQ: SKIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.40 per share on revenue of $42.59 million.

    BMC Stock Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: STCK) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $449.59 million.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Array BioPharma Inc.(ARRY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Healthcare shares gained around 0.43 percent in trading on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included DexCom, Inc. (NASDAQ: DXCM), and Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY).

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 32.7 percent to $65.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported that larotrectinib trial demonstrated 76 percent confirmed objective response rate.
    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares rose 22 percent to $7.20 in the pre-market trading session after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.
    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) rose 21.7 percent to $99.75 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed positive PB272 Phase 2 data from TBCRC 022 trial at ASCO17.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares rose 20.7 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after the company reported that RedZone has acquired all the assets of Trendit including three technology patents.
    Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) rose 13.1 percent to $16.05 in pre-market trading after D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) proposed to buy 75 percent of Forestar Group for $16.25 per share in cash.
    TG Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TGTX) shares rose 12 percent to $15.50 in pre-market trading after the company said Phase 3 GENUINE trial met primary endpoint with TG-1101 + ibrutinib increasing overall response rate by >70 percent versuss ibrutinib alone.
    Gigamon Inc (NYSE: GIMO) gained 10.8 percent to $43.55. Reuters reported that Gigamon is exploring a potential sale.
    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) rose 8.7 percent to $6.00 in pre-market trading after the company announced Rapivab pediatric sNDA acceptance by the FDA.
    Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY) rose 7.2 percent to $8.77 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.68 percent on Friday.
    Ehi Car Services Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: EHIC) shares rose 6.4 percent to $10.76 in pre-market trading. eHi Car Services posted Q1 earnings of $0.06 on sales of $89.43 million.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) rose 5.9 percent to $114.79 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Friday.
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    Some of our newest plays are getting plenty of attention thanks to the biotech buying spree. Array Biopharma (NASDAQ:ARRY) is an instant winner for you thanks to yesterdays 18% pop. And your core holding XBI continues to rake in the gains.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc.(JAZZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    In December, I included Jazz Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:JAZZ) in a list of the three top healthcare stocks investors were overlooking. At that time, I noted that the biotech stock could be a diamond in the rough with its promising pipeline and low valuation.

  • [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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    Goldman Sachs initiated Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD) at Sell
    JMP Securities upgraded NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) from Market Underperform to Market Perform
    PiperJaffray upgraded Abiomed (NASDAQ: ABMD) from Neutral to Overweight
    Deutsche Bank downgraded T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) from Buy to Hold
    Mizuho downgraded Jazz Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: JAZZ) from Buy to Neutral

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) has jumped 6.3% to $149.45 after settling a patent dispute.

    CarMax (KMX) gained 2.4% to $58 after beating earnings and sales forecasts.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) is trading up nearly 9% Thursday, thanks to its settlement with Hikma Pharmaceuticals over the firms patent dispute.

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    As part of the agreement, Hikma will get to sell a generic version of the drug in question, narcolepsy treatment Xyrem, in 2023, for up to five years, while Jazz will get royalties on those sales.

    Janney Montgomery Scotts Ken Trbovich upgraded the shares from Neutral to Buy on the news, and also increased his price target from $138 to $175. From his note:

    While this comes about three years earlier than previous settlements with other generic filers, it eliminates the risk of an earlier launch. Six months thereafter Hikma may launch its own generic and others may potentially be able to launch as well. Importantly, Jazz will receive a meaningful royalty on sales, retain the right to launch its own AG, and can authorize other AGs after the initial 6-month Hikma period.

    Jazz shares are up 8.9% to $153.2o at recent check.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Viking Therapeutics, Inc.(VKTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Viking Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VKTX) shares dropped 39 percent to $1.17 after the company priced 7.5 million share offering at $1.25 per share.

  • [By George Budwell]

    Shares of Viking Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VKTX), a clinical-stage biotech developing treatments for endocrine and metabolic disorders,dropped by 30.1% last month,according toS&P Global Market Intelligence. What’s all the fuss about?

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    DBV Technologies SA – ADR (NASDAQ: DBVT) shares tumbled 50.6 percent to $23.73 after the company disclosed that its peanut allergy trial failed to meet primary endpoint.
    Connecture Inc (NASDAQ: CNXR) shares declined 40.8 percent to $0.290. Connecture reported that it will voluntarily delist from the NASDAQ for OTCQX Market.
    Walter Investment Management Corp (NYSE: WAC) slipped 19.2 percent to $0.410. On Friday, Walter Investment Management disclosed that it has reached an agreement with term lenders and senior noteholders on financial restructuring.
    Eldorado Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE: EGO) shares dropped 15.9 percent to $1.83. Eldorado Gold lowered its production guidance for its Kisladag operation.
    Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) shares fell 15.4 percent to $1.04.
    Future Fintech Group Inc (NASDAQ: FTFT) dropped 13.6 percent to $1.53. Future FinTech reported filing of proxy statement, including proposal for corporate restructuring.
    Concordia International Corp (NASDAQ: CXRX) shares fell 12.3 percent to $0.500 after dipping 38.71 percent on Friday.
    Aemetis Inc (NASDAQ: AMTX) shares declined 11.3 percent to $0.550
    OncoSec Medical Inc (NASDAQ: ONCS) dipped 10.5 percent to $1.12. OncoSec reported a $7.1 million registered direct at-the-market offering at a price of $1.34375 per share.
    Evoke Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: EVOK) shares fell 10.35 percent to $3.08 after the company disclosed 'positive' topline results from comparative exposure pharmacokinetic study for Gimoti.
    Eiger Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: EIGR) shares dropped 9.4 percent to $11.60 as the company disclosed Phase 2 interim 24-week data with pegylated interferon lambda in Hepatitis Delta Virus infection at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Meeting.
    Viking Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VKTX) shares slipped 6.6 percent to $2.80. Viking Therapeutics presented results from proof-of-concept study of VK0214 in in vivo

Best Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Pluristem Therapeutics Inc.(PSTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: PSTI) shares dropped 20 percent to $1.12. Pluristem disclosed that it has increased its bought deal offering to $15 million of stock and warrants.

Best Clean Energy Stocks To Own For 2018

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As the amount of renewable energy in global electricity networks continues to surge, a new question arises &a;ndash; when will renewables become the dominant source of energy?

A new report, the &l;a href=&q;https://www.lr.org/techradar&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;Lloyd&a;rsquo;s Register 2018 Technology Radar&l;/a&g;, examines this issue and also looks at which technologies are likely to have the biggest impact in different countries and what are the key drivers and barriers to success.

A survey of 800 key industry figures found that China would be the first country to achieve grid parity, in 2022, followed by Spain and the United Arab Emirates two years later in 2024. This is the same year that Germany and the UK are expected to see grid parity for wind power, followed a year later by Denmark and the USA. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) &l;a href=&q;http://www.irena.org/newsroom/pressreleases/2018/Jan/Onshore-Wind-Power-Now-as-Affordable-as-Any-Other-Source&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;said recently&l;/a&g; that clean energy sources will be cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020.

Best Clean Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: Peak Resorts, Inc.(SKIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Peak Resorts Inc (NASDAQ: SKIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.40 per share on revenue of $42.59 million.

    BMC Stock Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: STCK) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $449.59 million.

Best Clean Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: Occidental Petroleum Corporation(OXY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Occidental Petroleum Corp.s (NYSE: OXY) short interest decreased to 11.44 million shares from the previous reading of 11.77 million. Shares recently traded at $69.65, in a 52-week range of $57.20 to $78.09.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Stocks that made the cut include General Motors (GM), Coca-Cola Company (KO), Occidental Petroleum (OXY), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), and General Electric (GE).

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Early on Monday, analysts at Deutsche Bank lowered their price target on Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY) to reflect a lower-than-expected valuation of an asset that the oil and gas exploration company is trying to sell.

    Though the analysts lowered OXY’s price target from $114 to $109, they still maintain a “Buy” rating on the stock. The new price target suggests a 22% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $89.49.

    Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Sankey said, “Bloomberg Finance LP reports that Oxy is seeking sale of 40% of Mideast operations for around $8bn, which would imply $20bn total value for the unit. However reportedly some suitors are valuing the asset at around $15bn. This is a relatively negative valuation against our previous view that Oxy would be seeking $25+bn for its MENA business. We are cutting our price target to $109/share to reflect this lower implied valuation.”

    Occidental Petroleum shares were up 96 cents, or 1.07%, during pre-market trading on Monday. The stock is up 16.81% year-to-date.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO), Medifast Inc. (NYSE: MED), Medley Capital Corp. (NYSE: MCC), Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) and Sothebys (NYSE: BID).

Best Clean Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc.(ATRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Atara Biotherapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATRA) shares surged on Friday after the firm announced that it received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate two Phase 3 clinical studies. Specifically these mid-stage studies deal with tabelecleucel in patients with rituximab-refractory Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) associated post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (EBV+PTLD).

Best Clean Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: GigaMedia Limited(GIGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap online gaming and cloud computing GigaMedia Limited (NASDAQ: GIGM) as a bullish long trade: