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Don’t expect Ford stock to drive higher, some analysts say. 

Ford Motor Co. (F) is preparing for a scaled deployment of its Autonomous Vehicle program in 2021 but as the business is not making money currently, the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker’s current cost-cutting plans may not be enough to earn Ford a higher earnings multiple, according to Piper Jaffray & Co.

Ford has been trimming its product portfolio and doubling down on its most profitable segments. The company is also committed to delivering improvements in China and other underperforming global markets, Piper Jaffray analysts noted.

“We appreciate the focus on ‘fitness,’ as well as Ford’s newfound willingness to cull less profitable platform,” Piper Jaffray analysts Alexander Potter and Winnie Dong wrote in a May 15 research note.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Anavex Life Sciences Corp.(AVXL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its stake in Anavex Life Sciences Corp (NASDAQ:AVXL) by 48.8% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 76,200 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 25,000 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc.’s holdings in Anavex Life Sciences were worth $211,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Medpace (NASDAQ: MEDP) and Anavex Life Sciences (NASDAQ:AVXL) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Anavex Life Sciences (NASDAQ:AVXL)’s share price shot up 4.8% during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The company traded as high as $4.35 and last traded at $3.93. 14,995 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 98% from the average session volume of 606,708 shares. The stock had previously closed at $4.13.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: The Hackett Group Inc.(HCKT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HCKT) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the six research firms that are covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $21.00.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Data I/O Corporation(DAIO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Data I/O (NASDAQ: DAIO) and Itron (NASDAQ:ITRI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Analogic (NASDAQ: ALOG) and Data I/O (NASDAQ:DAIO) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and profitability.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Itron (NASDAQ: ITRI) and Data I/O (NASDAQ:DAIO) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and profitability.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Pampa Energia S.A.(PAM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Numis Securities restated their add rating on shares of Premier Asset Management Group (LON:PAM) in a report released on Tuesday.

    Separately, Liberum Capital reiterated a buy rating on shares of Premier Asset Management Group in a report on Wednesday, May 23rd.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Innophos Holdings, Inc.(IPHS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    TheStreet upgraded shares of Innophos (NASDAQ:IPHS) from a c+ rating to a b rating in a research note published on Wednesday.

    Several other analysts also recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Innophos from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Tuesday, February 27th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Innophos from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a report on Tuesday, February 27th.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Innophos (NASDAQ:IPHS) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research report report published on Friday morning.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Zillow Group, Inc.(ZG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Zillow Group Inc. (NYSE: ZG) released its most recent quarterly results after the markets closed on Monday. Although the initial reaction was fairly negative, the stock seems to have evened out. Also as a result, there have been some downgrades, as well as price target hikes.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Zillow (NASDAQ:ZG) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty analysts that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $52.57.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Zillow (NASDAQ:ZG) received a $65.00 price target from stock analysts at Canaccord Genuity in a research report issued on Thursday, Marketbeat.com reports. The firm currently has a “buy” rating on the technology company’s stock. Canaccord Genuity’s price target suggests a potential upside of 10.13% from the stock’s previous close.

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    As for individual stocks, Zillow (NASDAQ:Z) (NASDAQ:ZG) fell slightly after the company reported earnings, while Camping World Holdings (NYSE:CWH)plunged on first-quarter results.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Zillow (NASDAQ:ZG) was downgraded by investment analysts at Royal Bank of Canada from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday, The Fly reports.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z) (NASDAQ:ZG) fell hard on Friday morning. Class A shares fell as much as 11.1% and the non-voting Class C stock dropped 10.4% lower at most. As of 3 p.m. EDT, both stock classes had recovered somewhat to a daily loss of approximately 7.5%.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019

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Emerging markets dominated investment in clean energy in the first quarter of 2018, with more than 40% of funding going to projects in China, while there were notable developments in Mexico, Morocco, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Total investment for the first three months of the year was $61.1 billion, 10% lower than the same period in 2017, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Using slightly different criteria, Clean Energy Pipeline said that the figure was $62.1 billion.

One reason for the fall in investment was a 19% drop in solar funding, partly as a result of a 7% fall in the price of photovoltaic equipment over the past year, and partly because of weaker activity in some markets.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(CPRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Sigma Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGLB) shares rose 90.9 percent to $2.52. Sigma Labs demonstrated proof of concept for closed loop quality control during metal additive manufacturing.
    Oragenics, Inc. (NYSE: OGEN) shares surged 58.4 percent to $1.9005 after the company’s AG013 for oral mucositis in head and neck cancer patients showed favorable safety profile in mid-stage OM study.
    Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE: DKS) shares climbed 23.2 percent to $37.5370 after the company reported upbeat Q1 earnings and raised FY18 earnings outlook.
    Summer Infant, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUMR) rose 21.9 percent to $1.17 after announcing commitment for $60 million credit facility from Bank of America and $17.5 million term loan from Pathlight Capital.
    TapImmune, Inc. (NASDAQ: TPIV) jumped 18.8 percent to $4.87. WBB Securities upgraded TapImmune from Speculative Buy to Buy.
    Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE: MOV) gained 17.2 percent to $49.45 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and raised its guidance.
    ASLAN Pharmaceuticals Limited (NASDAQ: ASLN) jumped 16.2 percent to $7.96. BTIG Research initiated coverage on ASLAN Pharmaceuticals with a Buy rating.
    Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY) rose 15.5 percent to $5.6011.
    InspireMD, Inc. (NYSE: NSPR) gained 13.3 percent to $1.36 following PR announcing sustained benefit of CGuard EPS.
    Immutep Limited (NASDAQ: IMMP) shares climbed 13.2 percent to $2.7724 after the company reported new data from its ongoing TACTI-mel Phase I trial, which evaluated the combination of eftilagimod alpha, its lead compound, with Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK)'s Keytruda in unresectable or metastatic melanoma patients, who have had a suboptimal response or had disease progression with keytruda monotherapy..
    SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN) rose 12.2 percent to $21.20 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS) rose 12.1 percent to
  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:CPRX) have received a consensus rating of “Buy” from the seven research firms that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $6.25.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Oragenics, Inc. (NYSE: OGEN) shares surged 66.67 percent to close at $2.00 on Wednesday after the company’s AG013 for oral mucositis in head and neck cancer patients showed favorable safety profile in mid-stage OM study.
    Sigma Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGLB) shares jumped 49.24 percent to close at $1.97 on Wednesday. Sigma Labs demonstrated proof of concept for closed loop quality control during metal additive manufacturing.
    ASLAN Pharmaceuticals Limited (NASDAQ: ASLN) rose 34.45 percent to close at $9.21. BTIG Research initiated coverage on ASLAN Pharmaceuticals with a Buy rating.
    Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE: DKS) shares rose 25.82 percent to close at $38.35 after the company reported upbeat Q1 earnings and raised FY18 earnings outlook.
    TapImmune, Inc. (NASDAQ: TPIV) rose 24.15 percent to close at $5.09. WBB Securities upgraded TapImmune from Speculative Buy to Buy.
    Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY) jumped 23.3 percent to close at $5.98 on Wednesday.
    Summer Infant, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUMR) gained 22.92 percent to close at $1.18 after announcing commitment for $60 million credit facility from Bank of America and $17.5 million term loan from Pathlight Capital.
    Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE: CLD) rose 21.95 percent to close at $4.00.
    SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN) gained 21.4 percent to close at $22.92 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    Motus GI Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOTS) rose 17.14 percent to close at $5.40.
    Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE: MOV) gained 16.59 percent to close at $49.20 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and raised its guidance.
    Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ORMP) climbed 15.61 percent to close at $8.22. Oramed Pharma disclosed that its patent has been allowed in the US for oral administration of proteins.
    Dorian LPG Ltd. (NYSE: LPG) rose 14.89 percent to close at $8.41. Dorian LPG confirmed receipt of unsolicited proposal fr

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Nuveen Core Equity Alpha Fund(JCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shaker Financial Services LLC lessened its holdings in shares of Nuveen Core Equity Alpha (NYSE:JCE) by 70.9% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 46,154 shares of the company’s stock after selling 112,257 shares during the period. Shaker Financial Services LLC’s holdings in Nuveen Core Equity Alpha were worth $674,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Nuveen Core Equity Alpha Fund (NYSE:JCE) announced a quarterly dividend on Monday, June 4th, Wall Street Journal reports. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 15th will be paid a dividend of 0.2775 per share on Monday, July 2nd. This represents a $1.11 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 7.36%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, June 14th.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Cameco Corporation(CCJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Shares of Cameco Corp. (NYSE:CCJ) are down nearly 80% from highs they reached in the mid-2000s. Falling uranium prices have been the primary reason for the decline, since this giant Canadian uranium miner is strictly focused on the nuclear fuel. At this point, there doesn’t appear to be a dramatic and imminent upturn in the uranium market’s future. However, it looks like Cameco is taking all of the right steps to get its mojo back when prices do start to turn higher. Here’s what you need to know before you buy Cameco stock.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    This morning before the market opened, uranium producer Cameco Corporation (NYSE: CCJ) reported Q1 2018 results which should be looked over by investors in other potentialuranium players like small cap Azincourt Energy Corp (TSX-V: AAZ; OTCMKTS: AZURF) as CCJwould be one of the worlds largest uranium producers, a significant supplier of conversion services and one of two Candufuel manufacturers in Canada. Cameco Corporation alsosays itscompetitive position is based oncontrolling ownership of the worlds largest high-grade reserves and low-cost operations.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Cameco Corporation (NYSE:CCJ), the largest publicly traded uranium miner, has been struggling along with the moribund price of the nuclear fuel it mines. The stock is down over 70% since commodity markets started to tumble in 2011. The early 2016 commodity upturn, meanwhile, has seemingly left uranium behind. Investors have ample reason to worry, but for more intrepid stock buyers, Cameco’s low stock price could be a long-term opportunity.

  • [By Neha Chamaria]

    Gitzel’s quote above from Cameco’s (NYSE:CCJ) recent quarterly earnings release pretty much sums up what’s happening at the uranium mining giant.

    As a nuclear fuel pure-play, Cameco was among the worst-hit companies when the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan brought the construction of nuclear reactors worldwide to a grinding halt. Japan shuttered all of its more than 50 reactors, nations across the globe mothballed projects, demand and prices of uranium slumped, and the uranium industry is still trying to find its feet.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Cameco (NYSE: CCJ) and Abtech (OTCMKTS:ABHD) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Zillow Group, Inc.(ZG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Stock No. 5: And that brings us to stock No. 5 before we start getting the stage cleared for Selim Bassoul. To close it out, here, the final stock is Zillow (NASDAQ:ZG) (NASDAQ:Z). The ticker symbol back then was [Z]. It’s also [ZG] if you like. It’s the same company. Just different classes of shares.

  • [By Steve Symington, Anders Bylund, and Rich Duprey]

    We asked three top Motley Fool investors to weigh in to that end. Here’s why they like Under Armour (NYSE:UA)(NYSE:UAA),Helios & Matheson (NASDAQ:HMNY), and Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z)(NASDAQ:ZG).

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Verition Fund Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Zillow Group Inc Class A (NASDAQ:ZG) in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund acquired 13,876 shares of the technology company’s stock, valued at approximately $749,000.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    The idea that humanity is exiting the industrial age and entering the information age led him to craft a batch of stock recommendations for his Rule Breaker Investing podcast that were best suited to a thinking world. And right on schedule, David’s back to tell us how that group has done compared to the broader market in the two years since. And it’s been a particularly interesting period for this set of companies: Celgene(NASDAQ:CELG), Walt Disney(NYSE:DIS), Splunk(NASDAQ:SPLK), Twitter(NYSE:TWTR), and Zillow(NASDAQ:ZG)(NASDAQ:Z).

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Oil prices are at levels we haven’t seen in years. U.S. crude topped $70 for the first since 2014, as U.S. President Donald Trump appeared increasingly likely to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and reinforce sanctions on Tehran. In addition, OPEC has announced plans to bolster prices and cap production. For oil investors, Money MorningGlobal Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors says it’s time to buckle up. According to Moors, revoking the Iran deal would cause “price chaos” around the globe. And that’s right as driving season starts in the United States. Here’s more on the coming chaos for oil. In deal news, Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX) announced it will purchase Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE: GPT) for $7.6 billion in cash. Grammercy manages commercial real estate. While this may seem like a boring deal, Blackstone is buying a business that churns out cold hard cash for its investors. We want to keep this deal on your radar, because there are many other deals like this coming down the pipeline. We’re going to be discussing one of the best real estate opportunities available very soon – so keep an eye out for updates.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: AMZN, AAPL, TSN, SBUX
    Shareholders of Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) cheered statements made by Warren Buffett over the weekend. The Oracle of Omaha said he messed up by not investing in Amazon and Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL). “I made the wrong decisions on Google and Amazon,” Buffett said on Saturday. “We’ve looked at it. I made the mistake in not being able to come to a conclusion where I really felt that at the present prices that the prospects were far better than the prices indicated.” Buffett says he now has a “very, very, very high opinion” of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The Oracle believes that Bezos has created something that is “close to a miracle.” Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) added another 0.6% Monday, to reach $185.00 per share – a new 52-week high. The uptick came after Warren Buffett announced

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Watts Water Technologies, Inc.(WTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Watts Water Technologies (NYSE: WTS) and ARC Group WorldWide (NASDAQ:ARCW) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in WTS. SeaCrest Wealth Management LLC acquired a new position in Watts Water Technologies during the fourth quarter worth about $112,000. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB acquired a new position in shares of Watts Water Technologies in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $224,000. Sawgrass Asset Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Watts Water Technologies in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $270,000. Koch Industries Inc. raised its position in shares of Watts Water Technologies by 22.0% in the fourth quarter. Koch Industries Inc. now owns 3,821 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $290,000 after buying an additional 690 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Quadrature Capital Ltd acquired a new position in shares of Watts Water Technologies in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $330,000. Institutional investors own 77.22% of the company’s stock.

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    Watts Water Technologies Company Profile

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Northern Trust Corp lifted its stake in shares of Watts Water Technologies (NYSE:WTS) by 0.3% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 952,176 shares of the technology company’s stock after buying an additional 3,219 shares during the period. Northern Trust Corp owned approximately 2.79% of Watts Water Technologies worth $73,984,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In Right Now

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There’s plenty going on beyond Capitol Hill, but the primary story on Wall Street continues to be tax reform. Hopes for a Senate vote sent the market spinning to dizzying heights yesterday. Now it’s unclear if senators can get the votes they need, and stocks that went up the hill yesterday tumbled back down in pre-market action before shaking off a good portion of those losses.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In Right Now: iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 Value (IJJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Cullen Frost Bankers Inc. reduced its stake in Ishares Trust S & P Mid Capital* (NYSEARCA:IJJ) by 73.5% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 23,648 shares of the company’s stock after selling 65,628 shares during the period. Cullen Frost Bankers Inc. owned 0.06% of Ishares Trust S & P Mid Capital* worth $3,654,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    D.A. Davidson & CO. lifted its stake in iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 Value ETF (NYSEARCA:IJJ) by 5.0% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 170,056 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 8,024 shares during the quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO.’s holdings in iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 Value ETF were worth $26,274,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Quality Systems, Inc.(QSII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market finished the week on a quiet note, with most major benchmarks closing slightly lower on the day. Investors went into the weekend trying to navigate a series of geopolitical and macroeconomic issues, but many market participants focused on the big plunge in the oil market, where crude prices dropped $3 per barrel to fall below the $68-per-barrel mark. Even with trading activity slow preceding the holiday weekend, good news sent shares of some companies higher. Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU), Shoe Carnival (NASDAQ:SCVL), and Quality Systems (NASDAQ:QSII) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Quality Systems (NASDAQ:QSII) – Investment analysts at Dougherty & Co issued their Q1 2019 earnings estimates for Quality Systems in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, May 29th. Dougherty & Co analyst G. Mannheimer forecasts that the company will earn $0.15 per share for the quarter.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Cara Therapeutics, Inc.(CARA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Insys Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:INSY) and Cara Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CARA) fall into the third category. However, the designations of both Insys and Cara as marijuanastocks warrant an asterisk. Insys’ cannabinoid drug Syndros is based on a synthetic form of THC, the primary psychoactive chemical in marijuana. Cara has a cannabinoid receptor agonist, CR701, in preclinical development.

  • [By George Budwell]

    For instance, the developmental biotech Cara Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CARA) has been making steady progress in the clinic with its novel kappa receptor agonist, Korsuva (CR845), over the past few years. If approved, this drug should generate tremendous upside for investors, but there’s also substantial risks involved for early shareholders at this stage of the game.

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    As for individual stocks, Conagra Brands (NYSE:CAG) announced it is acquiring Pinnacle Foods (NYSE:PF), and Cara Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CARA) reported positive clinical trial results for its lead drug.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Cara Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CARA) shares shot up 29 percent to $14.9675 in reaction to a new licensing agreement with Europe-based Vifor Pharma. As part of the agreement, the biopharmaceutical company that alleviates pain licensed worldwide rights (except U.S., Japan, and South Korea) to Vifor Pharma to commercialize its KORSUVA therapy to Vifor $70 million.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Among the so-called “marijuana drug developers,” none logged a more impressive quarter than Cara Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CARA). Shares of the Connecticut-based company soared almost 55%, with most of that run coming in the final week of the quarter.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In Right Now: PRGX Global, Inc.(PRGX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    PRGX Global (NASDAQ:PRGX) Director Matthew A. Drapkin purchased 35,766 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 31st. The stock was bought at an average cost of $9.64 per share, with a total value of $344,784.24. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    PRGX Global (NASDAQ:PRGX) had its price objective boosted by B. Riley from $11.00 to $12.00 in a research note published on Wednesday. They currently have a buy rating on the business services provider’s stock. B. Riley also issued estimates for PRGX Global’s Q2 2018 earnings at ($0.07) EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $0.08 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.27 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $0.18 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at ($0.12) EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at ($0.05) EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.17 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.32 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $0.33 EPS.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Central Valley Community Bancorp(CVCY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 10 Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Zillow Group, Inc.(ZG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Zillow (NASDAQ:ZG) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty analysts that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $52.57.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Late last week, Zillow Group Inc. (NASDAQ:Z)(NASDAQ:ZG) announced two public offerings to raise a whopping $650 million — half from issuing just over 5.7 million new Class C capital shares at $57 apiece and the other half in the form of 1.5% senior convertible notes due 2023. After accounting for costs and expenses from the offerings, that could bring Zillow’s net windfall to nearly $725 million.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Thus far, he has had a remarkable streak: Every one of his 14 sets of stocks has beaten the market at every annual review. But no more. The group he picked last year at this time under the theme of “stocks riding the bull market” has stuck a fork in #RBIStreak. But painful though it may be, he reviews howiRobot(NASDAQ:IRBT), Pegasystems(NASDAQ:PEGA), Impinj(NASDAQ:PI), Wayfair(NYSE:W), and Zillow(NASDAQ:ZG) (NASDAQ:Z) performed over the past year.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Zillow Group Inc. (NYSE: ZG) released its most recent quarterly results after the markets closed on Monday. Although the initial reaction was fairly negative, the stock seems to have evened out. Also as a result, there have been some downgrades, as well as price target hikes.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Zillow (NASDAQ:ZG) was downgraded by investment analysts at Royal Bank of Canada from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday, The Fly reports.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    The idea that humanity is exiting the industrial age and entering the information age led him to craft a batch of stock recommendations for his Rule Breaker Investing podcast that were best suited to a thinking world. And right on schedule, David’s back to tell us how that group has done compared to the broader market in the two years since. And it’s been a particularly interesting period for this set of companies: Celgene(NASDAQ:CELG), Walt Disney(NYSE:DIS), Splunk(NASDAQ:SPLK), Twitter(NYSE:TWTR), and Zillow(NASDAQ:ZG)(NASDAQ:Z).

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Callaway Golf Company(ELY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Callaway Golf (NYSE:ELY) insider Alex Mitchell Boezeman sold 47,012 shares of Callaway Golf stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $17.19, for a total value of $808,136.28. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 107,512 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,848,131.28. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    MetLife Investment Advisors LLC trimmed its position in Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY) by 14.2% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 40,056 shares of the company’s stock after selling 6,650 shares during the quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC’s holdings in Callaway Golf were worth $655,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Granite Springs Asset Management LLC increased its position in shares of Callaway Golf (NYSE:ELY) by 7.4% during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 72,500 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 5,000 shares during the quarter. Granite Springs Asset Management LLC’s holdings in Callaway Golf were worth $1,186,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Ancora Advisors LLC lowered its holdings in Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY) by 44.8% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 57,776 shares of the company’s stock after selling 46,965 shares during the period. Ancora Advisors LLC’s holdings in Callaway Golf were worth $945,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Brunswick Corporation(BC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Brunswick Co. (NYSE:BC) shares reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Monday . The stock traded as low as $66.82 and last traded at $66.53, with a volume of 87086 shares. The stock had previously closed at $65.66.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Pontoon boats are a versatile vessel as they can be used for fishing, sports, cruising, and day trips. That latter part is key because rival boatmaker Brunswick (NYSE:BC) — which Polaris used to have a business relationship with when it was in the marine market — says that overnight trips with boats are fading. Industry site Boat Industry quotes Brunswick’s freshwater boat group President Jeff Kinsey as saying, “There’s been a clear shift toward day boating, and that speaks directly to the pontoon with its seating capacity, its open space, its amenities and its comfort.”

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Brunswick Co. (NYSE:BC) insider William Metzger sold 13,530 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $67.42, for a total transaction of $912,192.60. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Brunswick Co. (NYSE:BC) have been given a consensus recommendation of “Buy” by the eighteen brokerages that are covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation and fourteen have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $71.33.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ILLEGAL ACTIVITY WARNING: “$1.15 Billion in Sales Expected for Brunswick Co. (BC) This Quarter” was first reported by Ticker Report and is the sole property of of Ticker Report. If you are reading this story on another publication, it was illegally stolen and reposted in violation of U.S. and international trademark & copyright law. The correct version of this story can be viewed at www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3380347/1-15-billion-in-sales-expected-for-brunswick-co-bc-this-quarter.html.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Corporate Office Properties Trust(OFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Barclays PLC grew its holdings in shares of Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE:OFC) by 20.5% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 244,725 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 41,577 shares during the quarter. Barclays PLC owned 0.24% of Corporate Office Properties Trust worth $6,321,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    A.R.T. Advisors LLC cut its position in Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE:OFC) by 30.4% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 95,700 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 41,800 shares during the quarter. A.R.T. Advisors LLC owned approximately 0.09% of Corporate Office Properties Trust worth $2,471,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media headlines about Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE:OFC) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Corporate Office Properties Trust earned a news sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.8310227240563 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE:OFC) CEO Stephen E. Budorick bought 526 shares of Corporate Office Properties Trust stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 28th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $28.34 per share, for a total transaction of $14,906.84. Following the purchase, the chief executive officer now directly owns 105,368 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,986,129.12. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SEACOR Holdings, Inc.(CKH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    State of Tennessee Treasury Department reduced its stake in shares of Seacor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CKH) by 9.5% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 11,943 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock after selling 1,254 shares during the period. State of Tennessee Treasury Department owned approximately 0.07% of Seacor worth $610,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Headlines about Seacor (NYSE:CKH) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Seacor earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the oil and gas company an impact score of 45.3315874804175 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

What Happened in the Stock Market Today

Stocks were mostly unchanged Tuesday. TheDow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI)had a tiny gain and theS&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^GSPC)lost less than a point.

Today’s stock market

Index Percentage Change Point Change
Dow 0.01% 2.89
S&P 500 (0.03%) (0.71)

Data source: Yahoo! Finance.

Energy stocks rose after President Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord. TheSPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (NYSEMKT:XOP) gained 2.1%.Utility stocks fell on rising interest rates, with theUtilities Select SPDR ETF (NYSEMKT:XLU) dropping 2.5%.

As for individual stocks, Zillow (NASDAQ:Z) (NASDAQ:ZG) fell slightly after the company reported earnings, while Camping World Holdings (NYSE:CWH)plunged on first-quarter results.

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Zillow reports 22% revenue growth

Real estate services specialist Zillow’s first-quarter earnings met expectations for revenue and beat on the bottom line, but the company announced soft guidance and the departure of its chief financial officer, and Class C shares fell 1.5%. Revenue grew 22% to $299.9 million. The company is not profitable on a GAAP basis, but adjusted earnings came in at $0.07, a penny better than analysts were predicting.

Premier agent revenue grew 22% to $213.7 million and rentals revenue increased 35% to $29.1 million. Average monthly unique users grew 5% to 175.5 million, and visits jumped 15%.

Looking forward, Zillow guided to Q2 revenue of between $322 million to $327 million, well below the analyst consensus of $355 million. The company did raise its revenue guidance for the full year, though, from a range of $1.3 billion to $1.32 billion estimated last quarterto $1.43 billion to $1.58 billion.

“This year, we are taking our business beyond lead generation by creating better experiences for consumers and further strengthening our partnerships with real estate professionals,” said CEOSpencer Rascoff in the press release. “Our opportunity is expanding with the introduction of innovative products and services, like Zillow Instant Offers, that provide end-to-end solutions for consumers and will generate more home-related transactions across our platforms.”

Last month the company unveiled its Instant Offers program, which spooked investors concerned about capital requirements and risk, although the stock recovered in the weeks to follow. The earnings report today offered little in the way of surprises, and investors took it in stride.

Camping World tumbles on RV price worries

Shares of Camping World Holdings plunged 16.7% after the company reported first-quarter results that got investors worried about slowing same-store sales growth due to falling RV prices. Revenue increased 20.4% to $1.06 billion, edging out the analyst consensus of $1.05 billion. Adjusted EPS grew 9.7% to $0.41, missing expectations by $0.01.

Same-store sales increased 3.9%, below the 11.9% gain last quarter and the 9.6% increase in the period a year earlier.The number of RVs sold grew 21%, but average selling prices fell 4.3%. Factoring into the same-store sales growth was a 22% increase in finance and insurance sales.

Weather was also cited as a factor. “While the unseasonably cold weather throughout a good portion of the country has likely impacted the early part of the peak selling season, we believe the backdrop across the RV industry remains strong and we continue to plan our business around a mid-single digit increase in same store sales in 2018,” said CEO Marcus Lemonis in the press release.

Camping World’s strategy is to be the price leader on vehicles while cross-selling services and accessories. Despite decent sales growth, investors were worriedabout the lower average selling prices headed into the critical summer sales period, and bid the stock down to only eight times estimated 2018 earnings.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks For 2018

The global market for alternative energy soared to $1.35 trillion last year, and that’s just the beginning of this explosive industry growth.

For savvy investors, right now is the perfect time to get in early on alternative energy investments as renewable energy begins overtaking the energy market.

You see, the need for energy is a constant across the globe. And demand for energy is only going up. In fact, the EIA forecasts the demand for energy worldwide will rise another 25% by 2040.

That sort of growth alone makes investing in energy a profitable strategy. But the source of the world’s energy is rapidly changing.

The EIA forecasts clean energy investments like solar, wind, and hydro could pass coal and natural gas as the top source for electrical power in the United States by 2040.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks For 2018: ON Semiconductor Corporation(ON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Though concerns have been raised that the analog and MCU markets are at risk of seeing an inventory correction (they haven’t had a major one in a while), given signs of excessive ordering and stretched lead times, TI and STMicro’s numbers suggest conditions remain good for now. That’s particularly true in industrial and auto markets where trends such as factory automation, ADAS adoption and electric/hybrid car sales are boosting chip demand. Several other analog/MCU firms, including Microchip (MCHP) , ON Semiconductor (ON) , Maxim Integrated (MXIM) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) , will be reporting soon.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Aggressive accounts may want to look at this smaller cap play. ON Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: ON) is a vendor of analog power management, analog signal conditioning, standard logic integrated circuits and discrete chips into the automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial and medical applications. The company is in the midst of a transformation from a seller of commodity discrete chips into higher value added analog integrated circuits, both through organic growth and acquisitions.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks For 2018: WildHorse Resource Development Corporation (WRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    WildHorse Resource Development Corp. (NYSE: WRD) raised $413 million on the sale of $27.5 million at $15 per share, well below the expected range of $19 to $21. Shares popped just 0.4% for the day and closed the week down 0.9%.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks For 2018: Partner Communications Company Ltd.(PTNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares rose by just 0.2 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included B Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: BCOM), down 4 percent, and Partner Communications Company Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: PTNR), down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.12 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: CHL), down 3 percent, and Partner Communications Company Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: PTNR), down 1.5 percent.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Partner Communications Company Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: PTNR) is expected to post earnings for the recent quarter.

    Noah Holdings Limited (ADR) (NYSE: NOAH) is estimated to post financial results for its latest quarter.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks For 2018: Zillow Group, Inc.(ZG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Let’s go to Z and let’s go with Zillow (NASDAQ:ZG). Zillow and Zillow Group. You know, Zillow has about 150 million people who click in on a monthly basis. They’re looking at listings of their house, of other houses in their neighborhood or places that they might want to move. Or just clicking around and looking at celebs’ dream houses. All these things can happen on Zillow but, increasingly, the company is clearly the leader and is the friend of realtors.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z) (NASDAQ:ZG) fell hard on Friday morning. Class A shares fell as much as 11.1% and the non-voting Class C stock dropped 10.4% lower at most. As of 3 p.m. EDT, both stock classes had recovered somewhat to a daily loss of approximately 7.5%.

  • [By Chris Hill]

    Kinder Morgan(NYSE:KMI) and Snap (NYSE:SNAP)have had a rough go of it lately, and a nice earnings report sure would offer their investors a little relief. GE’s (NYSE:GE) stock has really struggled since CEO John Flannery took the reins, but the company finally seems to be righting its wayward course. Zillow (NASDAQ:ZG) (NASDAQ:Z) recently made the surprising decision to start flipping houses — but can the company truly pull off utilizing its data stores to rock such a risky undertaking? Plus, the hosts discuss Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL), and others. Tune in to find out more.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019

How to play the turnaround in the Brazilian economy

Investing in emerging markets always has a heightened amount of risk associated with it. However, large and mid-cap stocks can help mitigate the heightened amount of risk. This is why I believe that the iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ) is the safest way to play the turnaround in the Brazilian economy. The MSCI Brazil 25/50 Index is designed to measure the performance of the large and mid cap segments of the Brazilian market. As of February 1st, 2018 EWZ had the following sector weightings in its portfolio:

A rebounding economy and an uptick in commodity prices bode well for the fund’s top holdings.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: 1-800 FLOWERS.COM Inc.(FLWS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    U.S. retailers performed poorly during the Christmas holiday season, but companies in the Valentine’s Day business are hoping that Americans will spend generously in the name of love this year. These names include flower delivery company 1-800-Flowers.Com Inc (NASDAQ: FLWS), L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB) (owner of both Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works), Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) (owner of Trojan brand condoms), candy giant Hershey Co (NYSE: HSY) and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF).

  • [By Danny Vena]

    Online florist 1-800-FLOWERS.COM(NASDAQ:FLWS) launched its chatbot to help customers place an order or connect them with a human customer service representative. The response from its consumers has been uniformly positive. It found the majority of its customers were comfortable with its bot, especially millennials.

  • [By Taylor Cox]

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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: United States Cellular Corporation(USM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.77 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included United States Cellular Corp (NYSE: USM), down 5 percent, and B Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: BCOM), down 5 percent.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

    Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE: KOP) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $364.50 million.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Weatherford International plc(WFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) dropped nearly 5% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $3.08 after closing at $3.24 on Monday. The 52-week high is $7.09. Volume was around 19 million, about 5% below the daily average of about 20 million. The oilfield services company had no specific news.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jon Najarian spoke on CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report" about unusual options activity in Weatherford International Plc (NYSE: WFT). The stock was trading more than 2.5 percent higher and options traders were buying the October 4.50 calls. Over 13,000 contracts were traded and the first block was huge. Najarian explained that an institutional trader was behind the first block and he decided to follow the trade. He is planning to hold the long position for two weeks.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related P Benzinga's Option Alert Recap From June 30 A Mid-Year Review Of Baird's Favorite Internet Stocks
    Related WFT Implied Volatility Surging for Weatherford International (WFT) Stock Options The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Weatherford International and Apache

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Friday's regular session.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Weatherford International (WFT) has climbed 7.8% to $6.35 after announcing a joint venture with Schlumberger (SLB). Schlumberger has declined 0.4% to $76.67.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares jumped 104.82 percent to close at $14.87 on Tuesday.
    EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV) rose 31.25 percent to close at $1.06. The pay-TV home shopping company was named as a potential acquisition target by TechCrunch. According to the publication, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is exploring ways of marketing its products and services to consumers beyond the internet.
    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) shares climbed 27.16 percent to close at $4.26 on Tuesday.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) gained 27.09 percent to close at $3.80. Atossa Genetics disclosed that it has Received positive interim review from the Independent Safety Committee in Phase 1 Topical endoxifen dose escalation study in men.
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) surged 17.13 percent to close at $37.95 as the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) shares gained 15.91 percent to close at $18.21 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares jumped 15.73 percent to close at $7.58 on Tuesday after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares gained 14.62 percent to close at $31.75 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE: TIS) jumped 12.86 percent to close at $7.37. Orchids Paper Products is expected to report its Q1 financial results on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) rose 12.8 percent to close at $7.05 following strong quarterly results.
    Avid Bioservices, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDMO) rose 12.72 percent to close at $3.81.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) gained 12.61 percent to close at $5.00.
    Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBLN) rose 12.39 percent to close at $3.72.
    NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT) shares climbed 11.88 percent to close at $7

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Nustar Energy L.P.(NS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    One technology player that insiders are active in here is Jive Software (NS), which provides a social business software platform to businesses, government agencies, and other enterprises. Insiders are buying this stock into massive weakness, since shares are down sharply by 43% so far in 2014.

     

    Jive Software has a market cap of $446 million and an enterprise value of $365 million. This stock trades at a fair valuation, with a price-to-sales of 2.68 and a price-to-book of 5.67. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 45.5%, and for next year it’s pegged at 30%. This is a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $98.18 million and its total debt is $6.60 million.

     

    A director just bought 260,819 shares, or about $1.71 million worth of stock, at $6.53 to $6.60 per share.

     

    From a technical perspective, JIVE is currently trending just above its 50-day moving average and below its 200-day moving average, which is neutral trendwise. This stock recently pulled back off its short-term high of $7.14 a share with heavy downside volume flows. That drop has now pushed the stock to right above its 50-day moving average at $6.10 a share.

    If you’re bullish on JIVE, then I would look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above its 50-day at $6.10 a share and then once it breaks out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $7.14 a share to its 200-day moving average of $7.43 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 557,678 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then JIVE will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels $8.50 to $9 a share, or even $9.50 to $10 a share.

    Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Zillow Group, Inc.(ZG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Zillow Group Inc. (NASDAQ:Z)(NASDAQ:ZG)climbed 13.8% in the month of April,according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence, ahead of the online real estate specialist’s impending first-quarter 2017 report.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    The stock market was mostly flat today ahead of a key House vote on the passage of the Republicans’ healthcare bill, which was delayed until Friday after GOP lawmakers failed to gather the necessary support. TheDow Jones Industrial Averagelost just 5 points, or 0.02%, while other broader market indexes saw similar small declines. But several individual stocks saw much more severe drops, including Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z) (NASDAQ:ZG), Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT), and Accenture (NYSE:ACN). Read on to see what drove these unusual moves.

7 Best Platform Stocks to Buy Now

What are platform stocks? Which are the best platform stocks to buy and how can they make you rich?

Uber is a platform business. So is Airbnb. At its core, a platform businesses connect consumers of products and services with producers of those products and services through a marketplace created and managed by the platform company.

The general idea is to build something so useful that you create a platform that turns into a quasi-monopoly.

CEO Alex Moazed of Platform consultant Applico defines a platform company as follows:

“Successful platforms facilitate exchanges by reducing transaction costs and/or by enabling externalized innovation. With the advent of connected technology, these ecosystems enable platforms to scale in ways that traditional businesses cannot.”

Moazed points out that S&P 500 pure-play platform businesses are valued at an average of 8.9 times revenue, significantly higher than traditional companies at 2-4 times sales.

It’s this reality that makes the Applico Platform Index (API) — a group of 27 platform companies that each have a market cap higher than $2 billion — so successful.

Over the past ten years, the API generated an annualized total return of 15.6%, 510 basis points higher than the tech-heavy NASDAQ, and a testament to the success of platform businesses.

Here are the 7 best platform stocks to buy right now.

7 Platform Stocks to Buy: Ritchie Bros. (RBA) Source: Shutterstock

Before I get into the more obvious platform stocks, I thought I’d go with a couple of index constituents that most investors wouldn’t name when rattling off platform companies.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc (NYSE:RBA) is a Canadian company that got its start in the auction business in 1958 and has grown to annual revenues of $611 million by bringing buyers and sellers together to carry out transactions. In 2017, RBA transacted $4.5 billion in business by connecting these buyers and sellers, online and in person.

In the company’s fourth quarter, it saw revenues increase by 22% to $178.8 million as a result of its May 2017 acquisition for $777 million of IronPlanet, a California company that specializes in the sale of used heavy construction equipment.

On March 27, it launched Marketplace-E, a user-friendly digital platform that will make it easier for businesses to dispose of their assets.

Up 7.4% year to date through April 4, Ritchie Bros. platform solutions should continue to grow the business for years to come.

7 Platform Stocks to Buy: American Express (AXP) American Express stock Source: Shutterstock

American Express Company (NYSE:AXP), along with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), were the APIs first two platform companies back in 1984, the date of the index’s inception.

American Express qualifies as a platform company because it operates a closed-loop network where it acts as both card issuer and bank cutting out the middleman.

Additionally, AXP launched Serve in 2011, a platform that enabled its customers to make person-to-person payments using their phone. In 2017, American Express announced that it was selling the U.S. distribution rights and technology of its prepaid reloadable and gift card products — including Serve —  to InComm Holdings.

The platform technology was useful to AXP’s prepaid business. But it turns out the low-end customer didn’t generate enough revenue for it to keep distributing the Serve prepaid cards.

2017 was a transformative year for American Express for two reasons.

First, Ken Chenault retired as CEO of the company in October after 16 years in the job, passing the reins to Stephen Squeri. Secondly, it grew its business at a nice pace over the past year. Highlights include growing the total number of cards in force by 2.9 million and increasing the number of cardmember loans by 12% while adding 1.5 million new merchant locations.

All of that added up to total revenues of $33.5 billion and $7.4 billion in pretax income. Both numbers decent, if not spectacular results. As it continues to work on generating more revenue from each cardholder, I’d expect both the top- and bottom-line to improve in 2018 and beyond.

7 Platform Stocks to Buy: Apple (AAPL) How Apple Inc. (AAPL) Stock Could Benefit by Being More Like IBM Source: Shutterstock

Apple is the other original platform stock in the index. It operates a number of different platforms that connect the Apple user to the iOS ecosystem. If you own an iPhone, you know what I’m talking about. Whether it be the App Store, iTunes, Apple Music, iCloud or any of its other services, Apple products are tied into all of these.

I’ve recently considered buying a laptop. Most likely, I’ll buy an Apple product because of the iOS platform. It might be more expensive, but already owning an iPhone and iPad mini, I’m committed to it.

To get me off the Apple platforms the company either has to mess up the ecosystem and products colossally, or the competition delivers something so unbelievably useful I want to switch.

Personally, I don’t think either of those is going to happen. I’m not saying the competition is bad; just that they’re not lights out great. Tim Cook’s job is to deliver new products that are solid, if not spectacular, to feed the platforms, which continue to grow by double digits in terms of revenue.

People like myself will always be okay with just good, and that’s why Apple has the highest market cap in the world. Of all the platform stocks to buy, Apple is the one I’d recommend to buy-and-hold investors.

7 Platform Stocks to Buy: Microsoft (MSFT) Microsoft Corporation MSFT stock Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified)

You can’t include Apple in a discussion about platform stocks without also talking about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). When it comes to platforms, they’re tied at the hip.

With Microsoft’s cloud and AI initiatives taking center stage at the company, the original Windows platform is looking like a tiny fraction of its overall business. It’s still an essential component through Office 365, but less so than a decade or even five years ago.

Microsoft just announced that it’s spending $5 billion over the next four years on the Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The key to any good platform is the level of connectedness it provides its customers and Microsoft knows it.

In an April 4 blog post, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Julia White  wrote .

“Microsoft’s IoT offerings today include what businesses need to get started, ranging from operating systems for devices, cloud services to control and secure them, advanced analytics to gain insights, and business applications to enable intelligent action. We’ve seen great traction with customers and partners who continue to come up with new ideas and execute them on our platform.”

CEO Satya Nadella might be overpaid, but he sure is making a lot of smart moves at the house Bill built.

7 Platform Stocks to Buy: Redfin (RDFN) Redfin (RDFN) Source: Shutterstock

In November 2013, I recommended Zillow Group Inc (NASDAQ:ZG), suggesting “if you want to make a lot of money in 3 to 5 years, buying Zillow stock is a smart move.”

Over the past five years, its stock price has doubled, a good, if not spectacular return. Now considered relatively pricey, I thought I’d turn my attention to another real-estate stock on the index — Redfin Corp (NASDAQ:RDFN).

The company’s business model is simple.

It offers real estate agents a technology-enabled, vertically integrated real estate brokerage. It provides buyers and sellers a better experience for less. According to Redfin’s latest March presentation, if you sell a $500,000 home through them and then buy a $500,000 house through them, you’ll save $12,000 assuming the traditional listing-agent and buying agent fees are both 3%.

Houses sell faster through Redfin and for a better price. It’s technology disruption to the max.

“We expect the competitively compelling value prop and simplicity of the ‘1 percent’ product to resonate with consumers this year and potentially accelerate RDFN share gains,” D.A. Davidson analyst Tom White recently told clients in a note.

A good business always makes or saves people money. Redfin does both making it a winner in my books.

7 Platform Stocks to Buy: Amazon (AMZN) Amazon Stock Is a Raging Bull You Don’t Want to Mess With! Source: Shutterstock

Despite President Trump’s assertion that Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is scamming the Post Office out of billions and cheating the Treasury Department out of significant taxes, it’s hard not to appreciate the platform Jeff Bezos has built since its founding in 1994.

People think Jeff Bezos wants to own online retail. And Amazon certainly has a big chunk of the market — the company generated 44% of the U.S. e-commerce sales in 2017. But that’s just a small part of a bigger picture.

Amazon doesn’t want to own online retail; it wants to own your home — figuratively, not literally.

I wrote March 2:

“Costco’s business model allows it to survive on razor-thin margins because of its annual membership. Through Prime, Amazon could do the same. Instead of offering just speakers, video streaming, doorbell cameras and all the other things it sells online, why not provide everything a homeowner (and renter) could need to keep the household functioning.

“Amazon could provide insurance, mortgages, wealth management, travel, legal advice, healthcare insurance (it’s on that), actual healthcare, the list goes on.”

Amazon’s biggest platform is Prime. That single membership will take the company much farther than merely focusing on e-commerce. Soon, Prime members are said to be getting a 10% discount when they shop at Whole Foods.

It’s not about online sales. It’s about total sales to the homeowner or renter. That’s exponentially larger.

7 Platform Stocks to Buy: Alibaba (BABA) What to Expect From BABA Stock Earnings Source: Shutterstock

 Amazon is all about the home, but Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) goes at this from a slightly different angle. It wants to provide all the platforms and big data necessary for small businesses to compete and thrive — both in its home country of China and around the world.

I neglected to mention AWS in the section about Amazon, the highly profitable piece of its business that helps businesses compete more effectively. I did so, in part, because I believe AWS got its start to provide the infrastructure necessary for AMZN to be a big player in e-commerce retail and moved beyond its walls when it realized it had more capacity at its data centers than it needed in-house.

Suffice to say, Amazon hasn’t forgotten about its business clients, but I digress.

Last May, I called Ma the next Jeff Bezos. Like Bezos, he wants to reinvent retail by owning the consumer, but he knows he can’t do that without successful small businesses.  So, he’s building the same infrastructure that Amazon has such as the cloud, AI, data analytics, whatever it takes to understand what the consumer wants and needs and get it to them.

Eventually, the two companies could be only dominant global players in the business-to-consumer space. Amazon’s well ahead of Alibaba, but Jack Ma’s closing the gap. The next ten years should be exciting.

As of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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