Top 10 Small Cap Stocks For 2018

Small cap Florida insurance stock Universal Insurance Holdings (NYSE: UVE) has taken a hit with shares downalmost 17%over the past week on predictions that Hurricane Irma would hit Florida albeit sharesrose 8.51%on Friday when it became clear that it would not be as catastrophic as feared:

Regional insurers would be vulnerable to losses in Florida because large national carriers retreated from the state in last decadeafter a spate of damaging hurricanes. Nevertheless, some of these Florida insurance players have highlighted the absence of larger carriers as a competitive advantage for their businesses.

Top 10 Small Cap Stocks 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 Small Cap Stocks For 2018: Panera Bread Company(PNRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this segment fromMarket Foolery, host Chris Hill is joined by Motley Fool analystDavid Kretzmann as they break down how coffee-and-pastry focused JAB Holding Company will fit a fast casual brand into its privately held portfolio. With the acquisition, the JAB is expected to give thePanera Bread(NASDAQ:PNRA)team even more autonomy than usual.

  • [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.

  • [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 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 Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Panera Bread Co (NASDAQ: PNRA) got a boost, shooting up 14 percent to $312.29 after the company agreed to be acquired by JAB for $7.5 billion.

Top 10 Small Cap Stocks For 2018: FuelCell Energy Inc.(FCEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL) shares dropped 33 percent to $1.08. FuelCell Energy priced its $15.4 million underwritten public offering of common stock and warrants.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fuel cell stockFuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened with shares up in premarket trading. Total revenueswere $20.4 million versus $28.6 million with the revenue components being:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    FuelCell Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: FCEL) posted a new 52-week low of $1.00 on Friday, down 60% compared with Thursday’s closing price of $1.60. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.88. Volume of around 12.4 million shares was about 13 times the daily average of around 800,000 shares. The company priced a secondary stock offering of 12 million shares and additional warrants at $1.28 to raise $15.4 million.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fuel cell stockFuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL) reported Q4 and fiscal year ended October 31, 2017 earningswithQ4 total revenuesbeing $47.9 million versus $24.5 million:

Top 10 Small Cap Stocks For 2018: Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc.(ACHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHN) dropped about 6.9% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $2.69 after closing at $2.89 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $5.66. Volume was around 6.2 million, more than three times the daily average of around 1.9 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We updated our annual U.S. Hep C survey in early July, in order to gauge the future for Gilead, AbbVie/Enanta Pharmaceuticals (ENTA), Merck, and J&J/Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN). In conjunction with script trends, physicians indicate that the market for treatment-eligible, easily accessible Hep C patients is shrinking, but that Gilead’s share of the shrinking pie is continuing to grow. With no end to script declines in sight, we are left wondering where the Hep C will bottom…

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