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Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now

Stocks inched upwardFriday after remarks by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen pointed to a rate hike later this month.

The Dow andS&P 500 posted fractionalgains.The blue chips barelyfinishedhigher on the day, up 3 points and staying above 21,000, ending at 21,005.71.

Climbing 0.2% was the Nasdaq composite, to 5870.75.

At our meeting later this month, the committee will evaluate whether employment and inflation are continuing to evolve in line with our expectations, in which case a further adjustment of the federal funds rate would likely be appropriate, Yellen said in a 1 p.m. ET speech at the Executives Club of Chicago.

While Yellen couched her remark in conditional terms that depend on economic data, she preceded it by citinga job market that has been strengthening and inflation that has been rising toward our target of 2% annually.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Smith & Nephew SNATS, Inc.(SNN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Carlson, CEO and Portfolio Manager, Horizon Investment Services]

    For investors looking for growth but also income, I especially like three health-care related stocksFresenius Medical (FMS), Novo Nordisk (NVO), and Smith & Nephew (SNN).

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW) is tipping the scales on Wall Street: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Nonfarm Payrolls for Apr 164.0K vs 189.0K Est; Prior 103.0K. Private Payrolls for Apr 168.0K vs 194.0K Est; Prior 102.0K
    Unemployment Rate for Apr 3.90% vs 4.00% Est; Prior 4.10%
    New York Fed President William Dudley is set to speak at 12:45 p.m. ET.
    The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week is schedule for release at 1:00 p.m. ET.
    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams will speak at 3:00 p.m. ET.
    Randal Quarles, Vice Chairman for Supervision, is set to speak at 5:30 p.m. ET.
    Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan will speak at 8:00 p.m. ET.
    Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic is set to speak at 8:00 p.m. ET.
    Kansas City Fed President Esther George will speak at 8:00 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    RBC upgraded Benefitfocus (NASDAQ: BNFT) from Sector Perform to Outperform
    Stephens upgraded FMC (NYSE: FMC) from Equal-Weight to Overweight
    RBC downgraded Colfax (NYSE: CFX) from Outperform to Sector Perform
    Deutsche Bank downgraded Smith & Nephew (NYSE: SNN) from Hold to Sell

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here.

  • [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 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Meredith Corporation(MDP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP), a company that owns multiple TV stations, digital and mobile operations and other media platforms, agreed to acquire Time Inc (NYSE: TIME), the content company best known for operating People, Time, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated magazines.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Meredith Corp. (NYSE: MDP) was maintained as Hold but the price target was raised to $65 (versus a $62.75 close) at Benchmark.

    Norfolk Southern Co. (NYSE: NSC) was downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital Markets.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Meredith Co. (NYSE:MDP) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, May 9th, RTT News reports. Investors of record on Thursday, May 31st will be given a dividend of 0.545 per share on Friday, June 15th. This represents a $2.18 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.25%.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Meredith Corp. (NYSE: MDP), the publishing, database and television station owner, has been described in several media reports as the most likely buyer of Time Inc. (NYSE: TIME). However, there are reports that the talks have stalled over valuation, which many experts believe will need to be above $20 a share to get the approval of Time’s board.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    See what Barron's feels the prospects are for Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP) if it cuts its distribution and dumps its general partner, and salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) with its generous potential upside. Also whether regional banks like Zions Bancorp (NASDAQ: ZION) could see a boost from a proposed regulatory change, and the sweetheart deal the Koch brothers got with Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP), a company that owns multiple TV stations, digital and mobile operations and other media platforms, agreed to acquire Time Inc (NYSE: TIME), the content company best known for operating People, Time, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated magazines.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: W.R. Grace & Co.(GRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This mid-cap company also looks like a solid stock to own during difficult times. W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA) is engaged in the production and sale of specialty chemicals and specialty materials. The company operates in two segments.The Grace Catalysts Technologies segment includes catalysts and related products and technologies used in refining, petrochemical and other chemical manufacturing applications.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: TransAlta Renewables Inc. (TRSWF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    TransAlta Renewables (OTC:TRSWF) (RNW CA) is a good comp, and trades at 12.3x EBITDA. Similar to NYLD, they own renewables as well as a few gas-fired power plants. The yield on RNW is similar to NYLD at 6.0%. The only real difference is that RNW is less levered (mid-3s on a debt/EBITDA basis), but has clearly overpaid for certain assets in order to help the parent (TransAlta Corp. ticker TA in Canada) to delever.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Liberty Global plc(LILA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Liberty Latin America (NASDAQ:LILA) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the ten ratings firms that are covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $24.75.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now

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Volatility has increased this year. And now that we have some data on earnings, so we can gauge the probable direction of future volatility.

Earnings were generally strong in the most recent quarter, but they were also largely distorted by the new tax rules.

You see, companies are required to account for changes as soon as they can understand the impact those changes will have on their financials. This is one of the principles contained in the accounting standards known as GAAP, or generally accepted accounting principles.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Mosaic Company (The)(MOS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Mosaic (MOS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after announcing that it would buy Vale’s (VALE) fertilizer unit.

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    Mosaicdropped 1.1% to $27.77 today, while the S&P 500 advanced 0.2% to 2,262.53.

    Barron’s Dimitra DeFotis covered the deal over at Emerging Markets Daily:

    Global agricultural chemicals giant Mosaic (MOS) is buying most of the fertilizer chemicals business of Brazilian mining giant Vale (VALE) in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $2.5 billion, but Wall Street doesnt seem to like the deal…

    Vale will maintain an 11% stake with ownership nitrogen and phosphate fertilizing assets in the city of Cubat茫o, Reuters reports. Mosaic adds Canada and Peru mines to its empire as part of the deal, according to the Mosaic acquisition press release…

    Mosaic’s market capitalization fell to $9.7 billion today from $10.4 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $1 billion on sales of $8.9 billion in 2015.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.

    Agri-Finance Companies

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was The Mosaic Co. (NYSE: MOS) which traded down 2.4% at $23.09. The stocks 52-week range is $22.43 to $34.36. Volume was 4.2 million versus the daily average of 5.1 million shares.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We also want to reiterate our bullish view on the agricultural commodities and the ag-related stocks (e.g., CF Industries Holdings (CF), Mosaic (MOS), Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT), FMC (FMC), AGCO, Deere). Following sharp multi-year declines, trends continue to improve.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: BioPharmX Corporation(BPMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of BioPharmX Corp (NYSE: BPMX) were down 31 percent to $1.02 after the company announced the pricing of 3.6 million share common stock.

    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NYSE: PBYI) was down, falling around 22 percent to $27.53 after the company issued an update to the timeline for the filing of a new drug application. Puma Biotechnology will submit the NDA for neratinib in mid-2016. According to a press release, the decision was based on the company’s recent meetings with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.(HOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Saucier]

    After the deal was announced, the stocks of several companies benefited from their current exposure to Cuba or newly announced ties with the island country. For example, Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL) jumped from $69.11 per share on July 1 to $72.99 on July 12. And Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: HOT) hit its 52-week high of $84.37 in March after it announced new hotel deals in Cuba.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Monday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares gained by 0.41 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Kandi Technologies Group Inc (NASDAQ: KNDI), Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (NYSE: HOT), and Lifetime Brands Inc (NASDAQ: LCUT).

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: FibroGen, Inc(FGEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Good

    The market remains resistant (Rs over Ss and Ns). Brokerages, banks and insurance companies continue their league-leading strength. The Russell 2000 Index is up for the 15th consecutive day. Retail extends yesterday’s strength. Nordstrom (JWN) , Macy’s (M) , Best Buy (BBY) , Target (TGT) , Walmart (WMT) , Foot Locker (FL) and JCPenney (JCP) are strong. First day down for Amazon (AMZN) . Agricultural commodities are lackluster, but soybeans are up another up $0.05 today, up substantially for three days in a row. Speculative biotech (Sage (SAGE) , FibroGen (FGEN) , Acadia Pharmaceuticals (ACAD) and Aerie Pharmaceuticals  (AERI) ) stronger after recent weakness. Ag equipment up big time after the Deere (DE) beat.

    The Bad

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: CST Brands, Inc.(CST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    CST Brands Inc (NYSE: CST) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $2.30 billion. CST Brands shares declined 1.20 percent to close at $36.21 on Thursday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    CST Brands Inc (NYSE: CST) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $2.30 billion.

    American Axle & Manufact. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AXL) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $998.76 million.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc(WFBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    These are the top 5 holdings of CASTLE CREEK CAPITAL PARTNERS IV, LPGuaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,448,849 shares, 39.1% of the total portfolio. MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 1,876,423 shares, 23.6% of the total portfolio. WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc (WFBI) – 489,377 shares, 15.19% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 4558.07%Eastern Virginia Bankshares Inc (EVBS) – 1,061,225 shares, 12.33% of the total portfolio. First NBC Bank Holding Co (FNBC) – 2,205,382 shares, 9.78% of the total portfolio. Added: Wa

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: TransAlta Renewables Inc. (TRSWF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    TransAlta Renewables (OTC:TRSWF) (RNW CA) is a good comp, and trades at 12.3x EBITDA. Similar to NYLD, they own renewables as well as a few gas-fired power plants. The yield on RNW is similar to NYLD at 6.0%. The only real difference is that RNW is less levered (mid-3s on a debt/EBITDA basis), but has clearly overpaid for certain assets in order to help the parent (TransAlta Corp. ticker TA in Canada) to delever.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.(CRZO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, energy shares fell 1.03 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included PrimeEnergy Corporation (NASDAQ: PNRG), down 4 percent, and Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc (NASDAQ: CRZO) down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, energy shares fell 0.70 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM), down 5 percent, and Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc (NASDAQ: CRZO) down 6 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Since independent oil and gas producer Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO) reported fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 results Tuesday morning, shares have taken a beating. Just looking at earnings per share (EPS) and revenues, the punishment seems to be worse than the crime.

  • [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).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO) is rated a Buy with a lowered price target of $48. The EPS estimate for 2017 has been lowered from $1.65 to $1.41, and the 2018 estimate was raised from $3.90 to $4.02. Shares closed Friday at $31.18, in a 52-week range of $24.18 to $43.96, and the consensus 12-month estimate is $46.52.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Popular, Inc.(BPOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We believe investors should continue to own three types of bank stocks: “Return of Capital (RC) Stocks”, “Risk On (RO) Stocks”, and “Multiple Revaluation (MR) Stocks.” RC stocks include M&T Bank (MTB), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), and SunTrust Banks (STI); RO stocks include Bank of America, Popular (BPOP), Citigroup, JPMorgan, and KeyCorp (KEY); and MR stocks include BB&T (BBT) and PNC Financial Services Group (PNC).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Founded in 1893, mid cap Popular Inc (NASDAQ: BPOP) is the leading banking institution by both assets and deposits in Puerto Rico and ranks among the top 50 U.S. banks by assets. Popular provides retail, mortgage and commercial banking services through its principal banking subsidiary, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, as well as auto and equipment leasing and financing, investment banking, broker-dealer and insurance services through specialized subsidiaries. In the United States, Popular has established a community-banking franchise providing a broad range of financial services and products with branches in New York, New Jersey and Florida under the name of Popular Community Bank.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: CPI Aerostructures, Inc.(CVU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (NYSE: CVU) were down around 14 percent to $7.30 on downbeat quarterly results.

    IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT) was down, falling around 15 percent to $15.88 following Q2 results. IDT reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $875,000.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (NYSE: CVU) got a boost, shooting up 25 percent to $7.10 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results.

    Wayfair Inc (NYSE: W) shares were also up, gaining 25 percent to $63.71 after first-quarter earnings boasted a 2.7-percent sales beat and 46-percent year-over-year increase in active customers.