At the end of January this year, I wrote an article on Seeking Alpha wherein I talked about Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) and the fact that it seemed to offer, at that time, a very interesting risk/reward payoff. Out of curiosity, I decided to look back and see if the business still makes sense for investors to consider, or if it would be best to move away from the company moving forward.
A brief update
In my last piece on Rite Aid, I pointed out that the management team of it and the management team of Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) concluded that the premium being paid by the latter in acquiring the former was too rich. Shares of Rite Aid plummeted in response to this shift, which took shares from a buyout price of $9 apiece to between $6.50 and $7 per share. If management sold 1,200 stores or more, investors would receive the smaller sum but if Rite Aid ended up divesting of 1,000 or fewer, the price would be higher at $7.
No matter how you stack this, it’s a pretty big shift for investors to digest but, in some ways, it’s better than the deal falling through entirely. What’s more is that, immediately after the news broke, shares of the drugstore chain declined to a price of $5.74 apiece. This meant that, at the time and if you assume the transaction will go through accordingly, investors should get a pre-tax return (those who bought in at that price) of between 13.2% and 22%.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Mastercard Incorporated(MA)
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This toll operator business model allows Visa to boast some of the thickest profit margins of any business. Its operating margin currently stands at 67%, besting its biggest competitor, MasterCard (NYSE: MA), whose profit margins sit at 54%. Based on our latest research, that’s more profitable than 98% of all companies in the S&P 500.
- [By David Zeiler]
Ethereum has plenty of real-world catalysts driving it already:
It’s become the foundation of the booming ICO phenomenon, through which cryptocurrency-based startups have raised millions of dollars in a matter of minutes. Most new tokens are either based on Ethereum and/or require users to buy the cryptocurrency with Ethereum. It’s Turing complete, which means the Ethereum network can function as a giant, global computer. That’s what makes Ethereum an ideal platform for applications like smart contracts. And it’s enabled the creation of a new kind of app, “Dapps,” or distributed applications that run on the network. Businesses are adopting it. The 150-plus companies in the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance include some of the world’s biggest and most prestigious corporations, such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA), and Deloitte.
Related: What’s the Best Cryptocurrency to Invest in Today?
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We’re confident that this year’s list is poised to perform just as our previous picks — which is no small feat. We’ve bagged winners like the 64.3% return from Mastercard (NYSE: MA), 44.3% from Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), 38.9% from Deere (NYSE: DE) and even 101.8% from Skyworks Solutions (Nasdaq: SWKS).
- [By Ashley Moore]
But before we get to the stock pick, here’s a list of the 10 top-performing Warren Buffett stocks so far this year…
Company YTD Gains
Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO) 34.25%
Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) 30.24%
Verisign Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN) 29.88%
Restaurant Brands Inc. (NYSE: QSR) 29.16%
WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) 28.97%
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) 26.20%
Liberty Sirius XM Group Class C (Nasdaq: LSXMK) 24.54%
MasterCard Inc. (NYSE: MA) 24.35%
Liberty Sirius XM Group Class A (Nasdaq: LSXMA) 22.89%
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: SIRI) 22.81%
Again, we don’t recommend all of the stocks above for retail investors. After all, Warren Buffett is one of the most wealthy and legendary investors in history. He has a completely different set of goals from us.
- [By Mitchell Clark]
This is a stock to own for the long term. It has an excellent long-term track record. Management just announced another dividend increase and more share repurchases.
Earnings growth in 2016 is expected to accelerate over the performance in 2015. The big credit card brands are institutional favorites.
MasterCard Incorporated’s (NYSE:MA) sales and earnings growth have been quite consistent over the years.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: EXCO Resources NL(XCO)
- [By Alex McGuire]
These are the 10 best penny stocks that have seen the biggest returns over the last week (March 7 – March 14)…
Penny StockCurrent PriceWeekly Gain (March 7 – March 14)Ocera Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: OCRX)$1.47+147.1%Internap Corp. (Nasdaq: INAP)$3.28+41.4%Soligenix Inc. (Nasdaq: SNGX)$2.94+40%Navios Maritime Partners LP (NYSE: NMM)$2.63+37%QuickLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QUIK)$2.14+30.5%Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: ADMP)$4.60+22.7EXCO Resources Inc. (NYSE: XCO)$0.65+20.5%Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCC)$4.38+20.3%Hebron Technology Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq: HEBT)$3.99+19.1%Curis Inc. (Nasdaq: CRIS)$2.85+18.4%
As a reminder, this is only a tracking metric of penny stocks trading on SEC-regulated exchanges like the Nasdaq and NYSE. Although these top penny stocks are safer than those trading on the pink sheets, we don’t recommend buying any of them without the proper amount of financial research.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Liberty Broadband Corporation(LBRDK)
- [By Andrew Tonner]
After focusing on his philanthropic activities for a number of years, Soros resumed a more active role at his eponymous Soros Fund Management in mid-2016.Around the same time,the famed investor loaded up on shares of Liberty Broadband (NASDAQ:LBRDK) (NASDAQ:LBRDA), and the roughly $615 million stake he owns in the company represented his largest holding in his latest quarterly filing — and for good reason.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Halliburton Company(HAL)
- [By Tyler Crowe]
2016 was an interesting year for Halliburton (NYSE:HAL). Not only did the oil-field services company work through one of the largest downturns in the history of oil and gas, but it also had to deal with the financial fallout from a major acquisition blowing up in its face. When it reported fourth-quarter and fiscal 2016 earnings this week, the company showed that it had taken a big blow, but was ready to move on to the next big thing in the oil and gas market. Let’s take a quick look at the company’s results for the year that was, and see what could be in store in the coming quarters.
- [By Lee Jackson]
These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).
- [By Lisa Levin]
Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) reported stronger-than-expected profit for its third quarter on Monday.
Halliburton posted quarterly adjusted earnings of $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.44 billion. However, analysts expected earnings of $0.37 per share on revenue of $5.35 billion.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Ambarella, Inc.(AMBA)
- [By Chris Lange]
Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA) released fiscal third-quarter earnings report after markets closed on Thursday. The company posted $1.11 in earnings per share (EPS) and $100.5 million in revenue. The consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters called for $0.94 in EPS and $97.3 million in revenue. The same period from last year had $1.08 in EPS and $93.2 million in revenue.
- [By Peter Graham]
Ambarella, Inc. (AMBA) has been all over the map over the last few years. It has defied gravity both to the up and to the downside, and although today’s suggested short of the stock is strictly technical, we do believe its current share price has once again gotten a little out of line when you compare it to the rest of the markets’ valuation metrics right now.
- [By Jack Delaney]
Here are 10 virtual reality stocks to watch in 2017, with today’s opening price (Feb. 22) and the year-to-date (YTD) return thus far:
3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD); $17.12; +26.71% YTDUniversal Display Corp. (Nasdaq: OLED); $71.60; +25.49% YTDAdvanced Micro Devices Inc. (Nasdaq: AMD); $14.30; +24.22% YTDFacebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB); $133.60; +18.64% YTDAdobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE); $119.67; +15.93% YTDSony Corp. (NYSE ADR: SNE); $31.29; +11.49% YTDAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL); $848; +7.49% YTDAmbarella Inc. (Nasdaq: AMBA); $57.85; +6.26% YTDMicrosoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT); $64.33; +3.16% YTDRockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE: COL); $93.97; +0.97% YTD
The virtual reality industry could reach $33.9 billion in value by 2022, which is why virtual reality stocks are more popular than ever.
- [By Chris Lange]
Ambarella Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA) also is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results Thursday. The consensus forecast calls for $0.37 in EPS and $70.3 million in revenue. Shares closed at $48.89. The consensus price target is $57.50, and the 52-week range is $40.06 to $66.23.
- [By Chris Lange]
Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA) reported fiscal fourth quarter financial results after markets closed on Tuesday. The company posted $0.92 in earnings per share (EPS) and $87.5 million in revenue, versus consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $0.74 in EPS and $86.07 million in revenue. The same period from last year had $0.64 in EPS on $67.97 million in revenue.
- [By Rick Munarriz]
Ambarella (NASDAQ:AMBA) wasn’t as scintillating as NVIDIA last year, merely marching in place. However, the provider of video compression and image processing semiconductors has seen its stock pop ninefold since going public at $6 five years ago.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Nord Anglia Education, Inc.(NORD)
- [By Jim Robertson]
On Monday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap international school stock Nord Anglia Education Inc (NYSE: NORD):
- [By Lisa Levin]
Nord Anglia Education Inc (NASDAQ: NORD) shares shot up 19 percent to $32.83 after the company agreed to be acquired for $32.50 per share in cash.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Lithium X Energy Corp. (LIXXF)
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The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].
- [By Tom Bishop]
Lithium X Energy NPV (LIXXF) owns 50% of the Sal de los Angeles lithium brine project in the prolific “Lithium Triangle” in mining friendly Salta province, Argentina.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Hercules Offshore Inc.(HERO)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ: HERO) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $1.79 per share on revenue of $68.65 million.
You On Demand Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: YOD) is expected to report its quarterly earnings.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ: HERO) shares dropped 46 percent to $1.05 as the company reported that it has entered into a restructuring support agreement with lenders.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Panera Bread Company(PNRA)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Cramer wanted to talk a little psychology. With its after-hours move Tuesday, Panera Bread (PNRA) is up more than 16% this week on takeover speculation. Panera is an old Action Alerts PLUS name, one the trust sold at a nice gain, too.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Then there’s Panera Bread (PNRA) , a company that had lost its way. But after interviewing Panera’s CEO Ron Shaich, Cramer learned that at its new, remodeled “Panera 2.0” stores, the lines were out the door. As the rollout continued, earnings only got stronger. Never underestimate the power of a restaurant redo, Cramer concluded.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Keurigs plight (actually, JABs) is worsening, with the K-cup market slowing to almost no growth now, and Keurig continuing to lose own brands share. Starbucks (SBUX) echoed the notion of a K-cup market slowdown at its seminar on Wednesday (and is guiding for its [consumer packaged goods, or CPG,] growth below recent trends), but it expects to increase its share of total CPG coffee to 20% from 15%. Come early February it will be a year since the closing of the Keurig deal for JAB Holdings. The pressure on JAB is more significant if we take into account the high leverage of the deal (JAB contributed one fourth of the $12Bn price tag). It is a tough predicament. On the one hand we argue that to make that deal work, they need to buy more (own) brands either from the retail channel (that can be extended to CPG: Dunkin (DNKN)? Panera (PNRA)?), or outright buy CPG brands (like the entire Kraft Heinz portfolio, and or Tata Groups Eight OClock brand). But can/how do they fund these deals? Maybe Mars and Warren Buffett (Mars is involved in office coffee with Starbucks), private equity, and or 3G can help? While this note is not about Positive-rated Mondelez, we have mentioned before a scenario where Kraft Heinz buys Mondelez and partly funds the deal by selling its own CPG coffee business (~$3Bn we say) to JAB as well as divests the Mondelez 20% plus stakes in Keurig (North America) and Jacobs Douwe Egberts (Western Europe), which together at this stage are worth ~$7-8Bn. But, yes, JAB will need deep-pocket partners and generous lenders. Net, JAB needs to do something soon.
- [By Billy Duberstein]
In late March, the company informed investors that after a two-year undertaking, it had finally removed all preservatives from its tortillas, making the Chipotle menu completely preservative-free. The company also called out competitors McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) and Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) for marketing their menus as “natural,” as Chipotle insisted these other restaurants still use preservatives made in a lab.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Oshkosh Corporation(OSK)
- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
The six companies that met the criterion are:
Oshkosh Corp (NYSE: OSK). Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX). SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN). Suncor Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SU). Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD). Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS).
Oshkosh is a manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies and is based in Wisconsin. The company operates under four business segments, namely access equipment, defense, fire and emergency, and commercial.
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Oshkosh (OSK) was downgraded to neutral from buy at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $62 price target. The valuation is less attractive, as the stock is trading at 21x expected 2017 earnings, analysts said.
- [By Rich Smith]
I first named Oshkosh my top stock pick back in September, when the stock cost $42 and change. Since then, the stock has gone down, and sells for $3 less. So am I supposed to dislike Oshkosh stock now?
No. To the contrary, I like it even more. (About $3 more, in fact).
You see, even in the process of picking Oshkosh back then, I warned investors: "I don’t know whether Oshkosh will be the best-performing stock in the world in the month of September, but I’ve got a strong hunch about the next six months." And that hunch remains — because the facts have not changed.
This past summer, Oshkosh was named the winner of the Pentagon’s contract to build a next-gen "Humvee" — an armored Joint Light Tactical Vehicle that will serve the U.S. military for decades to come. Oshkosh won an initial award to produce 17,000 vehicles for $6.7 billion. Ultimately, though, this is a contract that could swell to $30 billion or more for production, maintenance, and upgrade of approximately 55,000 JLTVs across all military branches.
So why hasn’t Oshkosh stock moved in response to the contract? Mainly because rival bidderLockheed Martin threw a monkey wrench into the contracts process, first protesting the JLTV award to Oshkosh, and then, when that protest was rejected, filing suit in court to try to win the contract away from its rival.
Personally, I think Lockheed Martin will lose that suit as well. After all, Lockheed’s forte is in fighter jets, while Oshkosh is the military’s premier supplier of trucks like JLTV, as well as the Army’s M-ATV vehicle (a small, all-terrain MRAP). Perhaps recognizing this, AM General, the other company that bid against Oshkosh on JLTV and lost, declined to protest the award. Lockheed took the other road, but I expect it will be a dead end for Lockheed as well.