Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018

Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA) is an online CRM (customer relationship manager) that must be doing something right because is up against a much bigger and formidable competitor like Salesforce (NYSE:CRM), as well as other much bigger companies like SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) and Oracle (NYSE:ORCL).

It can be instructive to look at the relative performance. First, the stock price development over the last five years suggests Pegasystems is outperforming Salesforce, although all of this happened just in the last twelve months.

This is somewhat surprising in the light of the fact that Salesforce has been growing revenues at a substantially higher pace, at least over the past five years:

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Astrotech Corporation(ASTC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Astrotech Corp (NASDAQ: ASTC) shares shot up 70 percent to $4.83. Astrotech reported that it has completed its successful 1st Detect demo with Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration personnel.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Astrotech Corp (NASDAQ: ASTC) shares shot up 60 percent to $4.37. Astrotech reported that it has completed its successful 1st Detect demo with Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration personnel.

  • [By William Romov]

    Last Wednesday (Dec. 6), the company received a patent for certain methods of production of its phase 2 antidepressant, AV-101.

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Dec. 4 – Dec. 8 Gain (as of Dec. 8)
    VistaGen Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: VTGN) $1.80 135%
    FXCM Inc. (Nasdaq: GLBR) $1.12 124%
    Neuralstem Inc. (Nasdaq: CUR) $2.00 75.44%
    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: OHRP) $1.49 75.29%
    ClearSign Combustion Corp. (Nasdaq: CLIR) $3.50 53.85%
    Astrotech Corp. (Nasdaq: ASTC) $4.21 51.99%
    Burcon NutraScience Corp. (Nasdaq: BUR) $0.72 44%
    LM Funding America Inc. (Nasdaq: LMFA) $3.72 42.53%
    Second Sight Medical Products Inc. (Nasdaq: EYES) $1.75 42.28%
    Globus Maritime Ltd. (Nasdaq: GLBS) $1.47 41.35%

    As a result, its share price shot up from $0.92 to $2.52 on Wednesday. The stock pulled back to $1.80 by the end of the week, for a total gain of 135% for the week.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Pluristem Therapeutics Inc.(PSTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Rackspace Hosting Inc(RAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Rackspace Hosting, Inc. (NYSE: RAX) reported better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter, but the company missed analysts’ sales estimates. Rackspace shares dropped 7.72 percent to $20.80 in the after-hours trading session.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: McClatchy Company (MNI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    The McClatchy Company (NYSEAMERICAN:MNI) was the recipient of a significant decrease in short interest during the month of April. As of April 30th, there was short interest totalling 855,291 shares, a decrease of 4.6% from the April 13th total of 896,460 shares. Approximately 17.9% of the company’s stock are sold short. Based on an average trading volume of 11,764 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 72.7 days.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Several large newspaper chains will face the largest increases in newsprint prices in absolute dollars. These are Gannett (NYSE: GCI), tronc (NASDAQ: TRNC), hedge fund owned Digital First Media, which just laid off dozens of people in Denver and on the West Coast, Hearst, Advance Media, McClatchy (NYSE: MNI) and Gatehouse Media. Among them, they own most of the large newspapers in America and hundreds of newspapers in aggregate. Each of these companies has newsprint demand much larger than that of The Tampa Bay Times.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    At another of the largest chains, McClatchy Co. (NYSEAMERICAN: MNI), its flagship property, the Sacramento Bee, laid off 15 editorial workers. That may not seem like many, but in an already thinned out newsroom, it is a lot. The layoffs were also the third in just over a year. There were reports that McClatchy also laid off workers at its other West Coast properties.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Credit Suisse Group(CS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    The federal government’s largesse isn’t restricted to U.S.-based companies, either. Foreign companies, including foreign banks, are also welcome. Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE ADR: CS) got $225.1 billion, and UBS Group AG (NYSE: UBS) got $249.1 billion.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    AXA (EPA:CS) has been given a €27.50 ($32.74) target price by research analysts at Kepler Capital Markets in a report released on Thursday. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Kepler Capital Markets’ price target indicates a potential upside of 20.61% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    That’s why Krauth predicts the price of gold will hit $1,400 by the end of the year. Many analysts from banks likeCredit SuisseGroup AG (NYSE ADR: CS) even see gold going as high as $1,500.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: The Blackstone Group L.P.(BX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The market hasn’t had its needed purge yet says Byron Wien, who is Vice Chairman in the Private Wealth Solutions of Blackstone Group (BX) . “We will retest the February lows [in the markets],” Wien, 86, said on a call Thursday with media. Wien continues to believe the S&P 500 will rally back after testing the lows, charting a path to 3,000 by year end.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Private equity giant Blackstone (BX) on Saturday announced that Saudi Arabia would invest $20 billion in a new $40 billion infrastructure fund for projects mainly in the United States. On Sunday, Boeing (BA) said it had signed several defense and commercial deals with Saudi Arabia. Trump was referenced in both deal announcements.

  • [By ]

    The Blackstone Group (BX) : “I think this is a terrific buy.”

    Xilinx (XLNX) : “I think it’s time to start getting back into NVIDIA (NVDA) .”

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIPR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Yet, there are far more ways for investors to “get their fix” of the cannabis industry than by purchasing companies that directly handle the plant. The ancillary market could deliver even more impressive growth, and one such company that may be worth a spot on your radar is real estate investment trust (REIT) Innovative Industrial Properties (NYSE:IIPR).

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: FLIR Systems, Inc.(FLIR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Oregon based small cap FLIR Systems (NASDAQ: FLIR) was founded in 1978 as a world-leading maker of sensor systems that enhance perception and heighten awareness, helping to save lives, improve productivity, and protect the environment. Through its nearly 3,500 employees, the Company’s vision is to be “The World’s Sixth Sense” by leveraging thermal imaging and adjacent technologies to provide innovative, intelligent solutions for security and surveillance, environmental and condition monitoring, outdoor recreation, machine vision, navigation, and advanced threat detection.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Flir Systems(FLIR) was the biggest loser in the S&P 500 on Tuesday, but the stock recouped all its losses Wednesday, and then some.

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    Flir Systems gained $2.78, or 8.1%, to close at $36.93.

    The company’sdisappointing fourth-quarter earnings report was forgotten when it announced that the U.S. Coast Guard awarded it a $50 million contract. Flir will provide marine electronics systems for more than 2,000 Coast Guard vessels for its Scalable Integrated Navigation Systems 2 (SINS-2) program over a five-year period, with the option for extended delivery for an additional five years.

    Even before the news, Imperial Capital’sEd Mally was bullish on the stock’s prospects, who raised his price target on the stock by $2, to $38:

    Although we believe that some may still consider Flir as just a premier provider of very high-end cameras in the bellies of Bell Helicopters or border towers in a lumpy government sector, this 35-year-old company is a global leader in thousands of infrared detector cores and thermography equipment markets and also provides lower priced products to commercial and consumer security customers as well as other customers.

    Flir is up 2% so far this year.

    Coty(COTY) was the hottest stock in the S&P 500 yesterday.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap homeland security and screening stocks like FLIR Systems (NASDAQ: FLIR), OSI Systems (NASDAQ: OSIS),Varex Imaging Corp (NASDAQ: VREX) and Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) stand to benefit fromTrumps focus on border andinternal security in general. Heres what you need to know about all four:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Oregon based small cap FLIR Systems (NASDAQ: FLIR) was founded in 1978 as a world-leading maker of sensor systems that enhance perception and heighten awareness, helping to save lives, improve productivity, and protect the environment. Through its nearly 3,500 employees, the Company’s vision is to be “The World’s Sixth Sense” by leveraging thermal imaging and adjacent technologies to provide innovative, intelligent solutions for security and surveillance, environmental and condition monitoring, outdoor recreation, machine vision, navigation, and advanced threat detection.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Agenus Inc.(AGEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Attention bargain shoppers: There could be some deals in aisle biotech.Agenus Inc.(NASDAQ:AGEN)andRegeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:REGN) dished out some disappointing losses in recent months, but the market’s reaction to recent events seems a bit overdone.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Agenus (NASDAQ: AGEN) rose 22.99% to $3.37 after the company reported positive follow-on Phase 2 results for brain cancer vaccine.

    Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO) shares jumped 18.23% to $10.18 after private equity firm Sycamore Partners bought a 7.96% stake in the company.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Shares of Agenus Inc (NASDAQ:AGEN), a biopharmaceutical company developing cancer therapies, had fallen about 14.5% as of 3:20 p.m. EST on Wednesday. Investors weren’t too thrilled about its cancer vaccine’s recent clinical trial failure.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Alexco Resource Corp(AXU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Saucier]

    Alexco Resource (NYSEMKT: AXU) operates in two segments: an environmental services business and a mining company. Its mining segment explores developments in Canada, while its environmental segment provides consulting and project management services in the United States and Canada. AXU is up over 400% YTD. The stock has been steadily rising since January. It isn’t clear what’s driving AXU upwards, other than general investor speculation. The stock is trading at $1.72 per share as of Monday intraday.

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