Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2019

Earnings season is now in full session after JP Morgan (JPM ) and Citigroup (C ) beat earnings on Friday while Wells Fargo (WFC ) stumbled. Bank of America (BAC ) and Blackstone (BLK ) were the headliners on Monday, both surpassing expectations and boosting investor confidence.

BAC stock gained over 2.4% in morning trading Monday after reporting earnings of $0.63 on revenues of $22.6 billion. These surpassed our Zacks Consensus Estimates of $0.57 and $22.5 billion respectively. EPS numbers represented 43% year-over-year growth while revenue numbers slipped 1% from the year-ago quarter.

BLK’s adjusted earnings per share of $6.66 outpaced our estimate by six cents. Revenue numbers were equally solid, coming in at $3.61 billion and beating by $160 million. These figures grew 28% and 11% over the same period a year ago.

Moving forward, investor eyes will turn to Goldman Sachs (GS ) and Morgan Stanley (MS ) , which are slated to report earnings Tuesday and Wednesday before market open. Will they build on the momentum or bring recession worries back into the spotlight? Let’s take a look.

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2019: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Retirement Planning Group reduced its stake in SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) by 5.6% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 4,451 shares of the company’s stock after selling 264 shares during the quarter. SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF makes up approximately 0.3% of Retirement Planning Group’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 20th biggest position. Retirement Planning Group’s holdings in SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF were worth $1,171,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank trimmed its position in shares of SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) by 78.4% in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 1,700 shares of the company’s stock after selling 6,169 shares during the period. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank’s holdings in SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF were worth $447,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Selena Maranjian]

    You can also opt for exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, that focus on the same indexes — such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF(NYSEMKT: SPY), Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSEMKT: VTI), and Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (NYSEMKT: VT). You can balance out your portfolio with bonds via index mutual funds and ETFs, too. The Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (NYSEMKT: BND) is one such option.

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2019: Varex Imaging Corporation (VREX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

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

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Shares of Varex Imaging (NASDAQ:VREX) are plunging today, down 27% as of 1:27 p.m. EDT, after the company announced disappointing results for its fiscal third quarter following the closing bell yesterday. Investors are fretting about how a trade war will affect the X-ray component maker’s growth prospects.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Prudential Financial Inc. lifted its holdings in Varex Imaging Corp (NASDAQ:VREX) by 2.7% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 63,814 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,700 shares during the quarter. Prudential Financial Inc.’s holdings in Varex Imaging were worth $2,283,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2019: Teladoc, Inc.(TDOC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Teladoc Inc (NYSE:TDOC) CEO Jason N. Gorevic sold 25,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.21, for a total value of $1,505,250.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 611,184 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $36,799,388.64. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.

  • [By Simon Erickson]

    Teladoc’s (NYSE:TDOC) first-quarter results kicked off a good start to 2018. Their now fully integrated acquisition of Best Doctors helped revenue more than double for the second straight quarter and U.S. membership reach more than 20 million people.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this segment fromIndustry Focus: Healthcare, host Kristine Harjes is joined by Motley Fool contributor Todd Campbell to discuss how innovative companies like Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC) are transforming how patients receive healthcare.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, Jeremy Bowman, and Steve Symington]

    Investors looking for steadier returns might consider buying stocks instead. And the good news is, at least in the case ofiRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT), Twilio (NYSE:TWLO), and Teledoc (NYSE:TDOC), you can still expose yourself to disruptive technologies while benefiting from the more predictable growth that stocks provide.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC) CEO Jason N. Gorevic sold 25,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.93, for a total transaction of $1,223,250.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 636,184 shares in the company, valued at approximately $31,128,483.12. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink.

Stocks Flag Coming Bullish Reversals

After a big week of economic data points last week, U.S. large-cap stocks, i.e the S&P 500 as represented by the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA:SPY), closed flat for the week, but importantly managed to stage a respectable rally off the intraweek lows. This risk-on move that started last Thursday and carried through Friday now looks to be setting up for further stock market upside in the near term.

Although this current stock market, at least as far as the SPY ETF is concerned, is not yet by classic definition in “bear market” territory, the choppiness and late-cycle stage of the economy may indeed ultimately lead to a deeper correction. Nonetheless, the reason why few if any investors make money in bear markets or choppy markets is because very sharp rallies can occur at any point and seriously hurt any short-side bets or hedging positions.

To wit, the rally from last Thursday’s lows to last Friday’s highs in the SPY ETF measured 3% … and that surely left a mark on any short sellers that got out over their skis.

SPY ETF Chart

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Looking at the multiyear weekly chart, we see that last week’s bounce in the SPY ETF occurred right at the well-defined up-trend line from the early 2016 lows, which since early this year has also lined up with the yellow 50-week simple moving average.

While we have yet to see real follow-through buying on a weekly closing basis, last week’s bounce off the lows does look promising for a further rally toward a next upside target around the $273 area. Best of all however, the stop loss on any swing trading long positions are now ultra-well defined at the aforementioned confluence support area, currently around the $258 area.

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On the sector front, one area of the market that I have been thematically neutral from a thematic perspective (multimonth/quarter) is the financial sector as represented by the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLF). While I still think this part of the market will remain choppy for the time being, the hard bounce off last week’s intraweek lows and off its yellow 50-week simple moving average is not something I can ignore from a trading perspective.

Plenty of banking stocks and other financial stocks are now setting up for bounce trades with next upside targets of anywhere from 2% to 5% higher.

In summary, stocks remain in a choppy environment and in what I consider to be a critical phase transition period. This however increasingly brings about a  market that can be traded both ways (long and short) for the first time in a long time. Last week’s hard intra-week bounce for now is an opportunity to look for bounce trades.

Check out Serge’s Trade of the Day for May 7.

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Markets Shrug Off A Strong Earnings Season In The Face Of Macro, Interest Rate Concerns

As companies continue to realize the effects of corporate tax cuts, an impressive phenomenon persists.

As of last week, when 267 constituents of the S&P 500 had reported earnings, 79.4 percent had beaten analyst estimates — far beyond the 64-percent long-term average and the 75-percent four-quarter average recorded by Reuters.

If the rate is sustained through the rest of the season, including this week’s 143 S&P 500 reports, that would mark at least a 10-year record for cohort beats, according to FactSet data.

What The Street Thinks

But investors don’t seem to care.

The S&P 500 Index has traded as steadily as its components have beaten estimates. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been similarly stable throughout this earnings season.

Why No Reaction?

The market might be hesitant to read too much into the positive reporting trend.

One deterrent could be the heightened risk of trade wars, which could soon crush manufacturers of targeted goods and their suppliers. Trade wars would drive an increase in consumer prices, which would eat into intended benefits from the tax reform.

Investors might also be pricing in expectations for rate hikes, which render equities less attractive. Rate increases could at the same time press short-term bond yields above long-term yields, creating a rare inverted yield curve that's historically indicative of a coming recession.

Another concern: an apparent lack of reinvestment of tax-related savings into the economy — an assumption at the base of broad, long-term growth projections. Companies appear to be prioritizing stock buybacks and short-term value boosts over strategies for sustainable growth.

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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019

Legend has it that Canada Bill Jones was the greatest card sharp ever to work the Wild West casinos.

He could beat any man at any game. And while he was generous to those in need, he was ruthless when it came to making money from suckers at the poker table.

Its immoral to let a sucker keep his money, Jones was reported to have said

The statement is particularly timely today. Because the majority of Wall Street is in the exact same business the business of fleecing suckers and keeping their money.

Its a timeless concept. Even the book of Proverbs states that A fool and his money are soon parted.

So whats the message for us as investors?

Dont be a sucker! (or to use the King James Version, dont be a fool!)

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: First Community Corporation(FCCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    First Community (NASDAQ:FCCO) issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday. The bank reported $0.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.04, Fidelity Earnings reports. The business had revenue of $11.17 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $10.83 million. First Community had a net margin of 13.91% and a return on equity of 8.23%.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: Grifols, S.A.(GRFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Wolfe]

    Grifols SA (GRFS)

    Paulsons fourth largest holding is in Grifols SA where he holds on to 19,786,279 shares of the companys stock. His position in the company represents 4% of his total portfolio and 5.76% of the companys shares outstanding.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: Duluth Holdings Inc.(DLTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Hall, Travis Hoium, and Brian Feroldi]

    In our ongoing search for just such quality growth stocks, we asked three of our contributors to pick out ones they think have high growth potential from here, and tell us why. They gave us a unique retailer that’s carving out a huge following in Duluth Holdings(NASDAQ:DLTH), a recovering fast-casual dining darling inChipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG), and a gaming and resorts giant,Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Duluth Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: DLTH) were down 16 percent to $16.20 after the company posted downbeat Q3 results.

    Argan, Inc. (NYSE: AGX) was down, falling around 17 percent to $47.50 following Q3 results.

  • [By Monica Gerson] Related DLTH After-Hours Recap: CarMax, Wynn, Relypsa, ConAgra, Ruby Tuesday & More Earnings Scheduled For April 7, 2016 Duluth Holdings' (DLTH) CEO Stephanie Pugliese on Q4 2015 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
    Related GPS After-Hours Recap: CarMax, Wynn, Relypsa, ConAgra, Ruby Tuesday & More Gap Comps Down 6% In March; Shares Plunge Difficult March Comparisons Were Too High For Retailers To Beat (Seeking Alpha)

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Duluth Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: DLTH) shares were also up, gaining 23 percent to $21.94 as the company reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter on Thursday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Duluth Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: DLTH) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $133.21 million.

    DBV Technologies SA ADR (NASDAQ: DBVT) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.60 per share.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: CarMax Inc(KMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    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).

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The car-shopping experience is a much-hated process for many shoppers, and auto seller CarMax (NYSE:KMX) has aimed to change that for the better through a combination of broad vehicle selection and no-hassle sales methods. That approach has given many people positive views of the company, and coming into its fiscal fourth-quarter report on Thursday, CarMax investors had hoped that the approach would pay off in higher sales and profits. CarMax saw particular strength in its used-car market during the quarter, and that helped produce positive momentum that it hopes will persist into the coming fiscal year.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jon Najarian said on CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report" that he noticed unusually high options activity in CarMax, Inc (NYSE: KMX) on Friday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    CarMax (KMX) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after the used car retailer beat third-quarter earnings forecasts.

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    CarMaxgained 6.1% to $66.16 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.4% to 2,270.76.

    As my colleague Johanna Bennett noted earlier today:

    The nations largest used vehicle retailer said that it earned 72 cents a share in the quarter, a penny ahead of analysts estimates. Revenue rose 4.4% year over year to $3.7 billion, just shy of the $3.75 billion consensus estimate.

    CarMax’s market capitalization rose to $12.6 billion today from $11.9 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $623 million on sales of $15.2 billion in fiscal 2016.

  • [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 WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Then on Thursday, it’s earnings from Delta Air Lines (DAL) , used car king Carmax (KMX) and cloud software company Splunk (SPLK) . Cramer was bullish on Delta, but wanted to hear more from Carmax and Splunk.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Arie Goren]

    Many investors prefer a diversified low-risk portfolio over theriskier strategy of stock-picking. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEMKT:SPY) is very popular for this purpose since it follows the S&P 500 index of 500 large cap companies listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ. However, in my opinion, investing in Berkshire (NYSE:BRK.B)stock could achieve the same purpose of diversification with even better results.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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

    These are the top 5 holdings of SWISS RE LTDiShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) – 1,274,000 shares, 41.43% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 114.84%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,192,350 shares, 38.52% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 158.64%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 1,043,001 shares, 8.7% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 12.39%iShares Floating Rate Bond (FLOT) – 1,000,000 shares, 7.33% of the total portfolio. NewStar Financial Inc (NEWS) – 3,000,000 shares, 4.01%

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Passive ETFs continuing to top active rivals is not all about the performance of U.S. stocks this year. Yes, the S&P 500 is up 5.5 percent year-to-date, but that is not a jaw-dropping performance. Much of the ongoing out-performance of passive ETFs over active counterparts this year is attributable to fees. Just look at the rock-bottom fees on ETFs such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE: SPY) and the iShares S&P 500 Core ETF (NYSE: IVV).

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: Perceptron, Inc.(PRCP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCP) shares shot up 14 percent to $7.23. Perceptron reported Q2 earnings of $0.27 per share on revenue of $21.75 million.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: Astro-Med, Inc.(ALOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $25.50 million.

    Bellatrix Exploration Ltd (NYSE: BXE) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.10 per share on revenue of $71.27 million.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: Rex Energy Corporation(REXX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Our peer group is up an average of 46% over the past 4 weeks in response to a 30% rebound in the 12-month strip NYMEX oil price. Some of the largest gainers include Hold and Sell rated stocks that we would not chase such asDenbury Resources (Sell, +138%), Halcon Resources (HK) (Sell, +147%), Jones Energy (JONE) (Hold, +166%), Rex Energy (REXX) (Sell, +60%), Sanchez Energy (SN) (Hold, +93%), Ultra Petroleum (UPL) (Sell, +61%), andWhiting Petroleum (Hold, +103%), which have outperformed the E&P Index (+32%) over the same time period. Balance sheets and/or well level returns remain challenged for these companies despite improved oil prices. While we believe oil markets should re-balance over the next 12 to 15 months, the recent recovery to $40 could reverse during 2Q16 as bloated inventories continue to rise, new volumes from Iran pressure an oversupplied market, and a highly anticipated decline in non-OPEC supply (especially in the U.S.), is not as steep as expected. The risk of an oil price retracement, which would significantly pressure the recent out-performers, outweighs the upside in these stocks, in our view. However, we are raising our target prices on Buy ratedAnadarko Petroleum ($54 from $48), Concho Resources (CXO) ($120 from $109), Matador Resources (MTDR) ($22 from $21),Noble Energy (NBL) ($40 from $34), SM Energy (SM) ($22 from $15), Rice Energy ($14 from $12), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) ($155 from $135),Continental Resources ($32 from $28), and Parsley Energy (PE) ($24 from $23). We believe our Buy-rated stocks are better positioned to weather challenging oil markets.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: Haier Electronics Group Co., Ltd. (HRELF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    2. Appliance Sale – This is another operating segment that the company did not consider core to its business, so management sold the segment to Haier (OTCPK:HRELF) for over $5b. The benefit: Additional capital can be allocated to the core operational areas.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The main business units of the Hong Leong Asia are the Diesel Engines Unit – China Yuchai , the Consumer Products Unit – Henan Xinfei (now marketed as “Frestec”), and the Building Materials Unit – BMU. The other business units in the company are the Industrial Packaging Unit – Rex and the Air-conditioning Systems Unit – Airwell. As the majority of the business units namely Yuchai, Xinfei and Airwell, operate in China (more than 80% of total revenue), the continual slowdown of the economic growth in China coupled with increasing competition has adversely affected both the revenue and the profitability. Particularly for the consumer products unit, its small scale has severely impacted its competitiveness given aggressive larger players like Haier (OTCPK:HRELF), Midea, Feilong Electric, and Hefei Meiling.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: Masonite International Corporation(DOOR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    Masonite International Corp (NYSE: DOOR) supplies exterior and interior doors primarily to the North American residential market. There are in a great position to profit from both new construction and the repair, renovation, and remodel ("RRR") trends of a hot real estate market.

Best Stocks For 2019

Over the last several years, artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as one of the most important trends in technology. The AI techniques of deep learning and machine learning have resulted in everything from improvements in search, to image recognition, to voice-controlled digital assistants, to self-driving cars.

While the prospects created by this technology are enormous, estimates vary as to the size of the market. Deep learning, the most promising area of AI research, was forecast to generate $4.8 billion in 2017, growing to $261 billion by 2027, achieving a compound annual growth rate of 49% according to a report by Persistence Market Research.

Even if those estimates are overly optimistic, they serve to illustrate the massive opportunity created by AI. It also explains recent announcements by Microsoft(NASDAQ:MSFT), Alphabet(NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), and Apple(NASDAQ:AAPL), that each is placing additional emphasis on the nascent technology.

Artificial intelligence is driving big business decisions. Image source: Getty Images.

Best Stocks For 2019: Insmed, Inc.(INSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Insmed Inc. (NASDAQ: INSM) was raised to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse.

    Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham, based on the run-up in shares and on a harder earnings comparison that will be harder to beat. Lululemon was up 1% at $96.31 but was down 2% at $94.30 on Monday. It had a consensus target price of $89.93.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares shot up 113 percent to $26.15 following the announcement of positive top-line results from its Phase 3 Convert study of ALIS in adult patients with treatment-refractory nontuberculous Mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease..

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares were also up, gaining 10 percent to $25.72. Credit Suisse upgraded Insmed from Neutral to Outperform.

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Best Stocks For 2019: GTT Communications, Inc.(GTT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Analysts at KeyBanc upgraded GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT) from Sector Weight to Overweight.

    GTT Communications shares fell 0.64 percent to $46.35 in pre-market trading.

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GTT Communications (GTT) , Steel Dynamics (STLD) , Nucor (NUE) , Marriott International (MAR) , MGM Resorts (MGM) and Twitter (TWTR) .

  • [By ]

    GTT Communications (GTT) : “I think they have a great business model. I say buy, buy, buy.”

    Steel Dynamics (STLD) : “That’s a great steel company and the only one I’ll recommend other than Nucor (NUE) .”

Best Stocks For 2019: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    To show this, let’s look more closely at trading activity on the S&P 500. ETF investors in the SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEMKT:SPY) alone trade an average of 77 million shares each day, working out to more than $18 billion in daily volume. That means that the SPDR ETF turns over its entire share base every 12 trading days. With plenty of other ways to trade the S&P 500, including other exchange-traded funds, mutual funds, and futures contracts, the index’s liquidity is unparalleled.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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

    These are the top 5 holdings of CTC LLCAmazon.com Inc (AMZN) – 117,395 shares, 56.18% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 112.15%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 248,205 shares, 29.37% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 164.41%SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) – 178,671 shares, 10.37% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 206.87%Netflix Inc (NFLX) – 55,505 shares, 4.08% of the total portfolio. New PositionPowerShares QQQ Trust Series 1 (QQQ) – 0 shares, 0% of the total por

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    You can see that when I superimpose the descending triangle pattern on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE Arca: SPY), which mirrors the S&P 500 Index.