Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018

NEW YORK The Dow Jones industrial average ended up fractionally Wednesday aftera big jump in oil prices on word of an OPEC oil deal.

Tech stocks took a hit as the major indexes ended mostly lowerto cap a wild month.

The Dow lost considerable steam, ending up a mere 2 points and about29 shy of its record closing high of 19,152.14. Earlier in the day, it and the S&P 500 topped their closing records, both set Friday, before scaling back. The S&P 500 wound up in negative territory, down 0.3%

Losing more altitude is the Nasdaq composite, which fell 1.1%.

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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Finisar Corporation(FNSR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    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 Thursday’s regular session.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Foresight Autonomous Holdings ADR (NASDAQ: FNSR) were down 8 percent to $4.34. On Friday, Foresight posted Q3 non-GAAP net loss of $2,086,000, versus a year-ago non-GAAP net loss of $879,000.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) rose 13.2% in February 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    So what

    The bulk of Finisar’s February surge started when chief rival Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE) delivered a strong earnings surprise, followed by several rosy analyst reviews. Lumentum’s solid results led investors to optimistic conclusions about the many target markets these two companies have in common, and Finisar’s gains nearly matched Lumentum’s post-earnings surge.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sphere 3D Corp.(ANY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) fell by more than 48% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $0.57 after closing at $1.10 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $7.25. Volume of about 5.3 million was more than 10 times the daily average. Another secondary stock offering. This time 3.3 million shares plus warrants at $0.70.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) dropped about 36% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $0.23 after closing Friday at $0.36. The 52-week high is $2.00. Volume of around 4.3 million was more than 10 times the daily average of around 390,000 shares traded. The company said today that it has received an unsolicited proposal from an unnamed company to purchase certain of Sphere 3D’s assets.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Attunity Ltd.(ATTU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, ourUnder the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap Big Data stock Attunity Ltd (NASDAQ: ATTU) as a short trade:

    “Attunity has also been on the watchlist for a while. It’s a straight-up momentum play Well, straight down momentum play. We’re just getting on board the train after a brief lull in the downtrend. This one isn’t going to be a monster-sized winner, but it’s a high-odds, low-risk trade.”

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Texas Instruments Incorporated(TXN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Texas Instruments (TXN)  trades for 18 times its 2019 GAAP EPS consensus of $5.67, and has an enterprise value equal to 16 times its expected 2019 FCF. The dividend yield is at 2.5%, and TI has committed to effectively returning all of its future FCF via dividends and buybacks.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    The way to determine where a puck is going to be requires evaluating its direction and speed. I used a similar approach to identify five stocks with fast-growing dividends: Boeing (NYSE:BA), Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), CVS Health (NYSE:CVS), Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN), and AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV). Here’s why these stocks could be great picks for dividend-seeking investors.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This old-school chip tech company was out of favor but has come back solid.Texas Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: TXN) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog integrated circuits and embedded processors.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Whittier Trust Co. reduced its stake in shares of Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN) by 4.6% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 28,174 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after selling 1,353 shares during the quarter. Whittier Trust Co.’s holdings in Texas Instruments were worth $2,927,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Texas Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:TXN)Q1 2018 Earnings Conference CallApril 24, 2018, 4:30 p.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    The chief operating officer at Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE: TXN), Brian Crutcher, was another tech executive surrendering shares last week. Hesold a total of 42,550 shares of the resurgent old-school chip company at prices between $76.21 and $76.32. The total for his sale was set at $3 million. The shares were last seenat $75.16, so a well-timed trade, it seems. The 52-week range is $49.99 to $79.47, and the consensus price target is $81.46.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Liquidity Services Inc.(LQDT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) was raised to Buy from Underperform, and the price target was raised up to $45 from $28.50, at Merrill Lynch.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    Heat Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares tumbled 48.59 percent to close at $1.275 on Thursday after the company priced its $18,000,000 public offering.
    InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NVIV) fell 38.77 percent to close at $8.26 on Thursday.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares tumbled 27.43 percent to close at $8.81.
    Achaogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAO) dropped 24.76 percent to close at $11.06 in reaction to a disappointing update from an FDA AdCom panel. The FDA panel voted favorably for the company's Plazcomicin for treatment of adults with complicated urinary tract infections, but also voted against the therapy to be used as a treatment for bloodstream infections.
    Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK) shares declined 24.68 percent to close at $34.80 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.
    LSC Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LKSD) shares fell 24.22 percent to close at $12.64 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) fell 21.42 percent to close at $50.80 following downbeat quarterly profit.
    Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN) dropped 20.42 percent to close at $6.00 following downbeat quarterly earnings.
    Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) slipped 20.11 percent to close at $2.90 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESPR) fell 19.28 percent to close at $36.93. Esperion Therapeutics stock lost roughly a third of its value Wednesday after the company reported mixed Phase III results for its leading drug candidate, bempedoic acid. JP Morgan downgraded Esperion Therapeutics from Neutral to Underweight.
    Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) declined 17.77 percent to close at $8.98 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: HABT) dipped 16.1 percent to close at $8.60 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (N

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Liquidity Service (LQDT) is an online auction marketplace for surplus and salvage assets. This stock closed up 14.9% at $34.44 in Monday’s trading session.

    Monday’s Volume: 1.60 million

    Three-Month Average Volume: 402,622

    Volume % Change: 336%

    From a technical perspective, LQDT skyrocketed higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $30.94 with strong upside volume. This move briefly saw shares of LQDT trend back above its 200-day moving average at $34.60, before it closed just below that level at $34.44. Shares of LQDT are now quickly moving within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if LQDT manages to take out Monday’s intraday high of $35.21 and then once it clears some more near-term overhead resistance at $35.71 with high volume.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in LQDT as long as it’s trending above $32.67 or above $31.60 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 402,622 shares. If we get that breakout soon, then LQDT will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $38 to $40.90.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc.(AFOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc (NASDAQ: AFOP) shares shot up 19 percent to $18.47 after the company agreed to be acquired by Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) for $18.50 per share.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Alliance Fiber Optic Products (NASDAQ: AFOP) shares rose 7.21% to $21.70. The volume of Alliance Fiber Optic Products shares traded was 397% higher than normal. Alliance Fiber Optic lifted its Q3 revenue outlook.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: MicroStrategy Incorporated(MSTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    MicroStrategy (NASDAQ:MSTR) reported its first-quarter results on April 27, and the company saw its total revenue tick up by 1.3% year over year. Just as with the company’s fourth-quarter results, MicroStrategy’s management said foreign-currency headwinds continued to have a negative impact on the company’s overall sales.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap Alarm.com Holdings would bethe leading platform for the intelligently connected property. Millions of people depend on Alarm.com Holdings technology to monitor and control their property from anywhere. Centered on security and remote monitoring, the Companys platform addresses a wide range of market needs and enables application-based control for a growing variety of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.Its security, video monitoring, intelligent automation and energy management solutions are available througha network of thousands of professional service providers in North America and around the globe. The Company went public in June 2015 as a spinoff from MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ: MSTR) with shares selling for $14 during the IPO.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: ManpowerGroup(MAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.33 billion.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion.
    Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion.
    Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $1.76 billion.
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $7.02 billion.
    SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.83 per share on revenue of $2.21 billion.
    ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $4.68 billion.
    Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.15 per share on revenue of $593.82 million.
    Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion.
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.44 per share on revenue of $721.89 million.
  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    Staffing agencies like Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI) and ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE:MAN) may want to look over their shoulder. Though both are bigger and more established, their size and the waning need for physical, human workers in an increasingly-digital and roboticized world ultimately works against both organizations. That paradigm shift doesn’t matter much to a young, up-coming-staffing agency called Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF) though. Indeed, the trend of computer-based everything leaves Staffing 360 Solutions in the proverbial cat-bird’s seat. Its fiscal Q2 numbers verify the company is in the right place at the right time.

    Those numbers? Revenue of $47.1 million was up 14%, and gross profits of $8.1 million were higher by 8.4% on a year-over-year basis. Moreover, the net loss of $1.5 million was a marked improvement on the year-ago loss of $3.5 million, and the EBITDA of $1.4 million was about the same. Operating expenses fell from 22% of revenue a year earlier to only 17% last quarter, with more such progress on the way.

    Perhaps most important, Staffing 360 Solutions saw organic growth of 7%, meaning the top line bumped up by that much not because of acquisitions, but because it’s existing divisions expanded their client base and billings by 7%.

    And last quarter’s progress has been the norm for several quarters now.

    While STAF is proving outpacing the growth from bigger names like ManpowerGroup and Robert Half International, it can’t come as a complete surprise. Staffing 360 Solutions is focused on the IT sliver of the staffing industry, connecting companies with the technology-skilled programmers, cybersecurity specialists, and computer networking personnel modern organizations increasingly need.

    There are several data nuggets that point in the same direction, but perhaps none as telling as a recent conclusion from technology research outfit IDC speaks volumes. IDC believes that by the

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Friday was a poor day on Wall Street, as the Dow Jones Industrials fell 200 points and other major benchmarks lost about 1%. Rising bond yields were a major source of consternation among those following the financial markets, with the 10-year Treasury hitting 2.95% and helping to send mortgage rates sharply higher. Even though earnings season has gone fairly well for many companies, some investors are also starting to realize that political issues are likely to cloud the outlook for the U.S. economy in the coming months, creating more uncertainty that could stymie further market gains. Some bad news affecting individual companies also added to the negative mood. Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK), ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN), and Sage Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SAGE) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

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    2. Staffing firms could do well as employees look to other options if their employers won’t raise rates along with the trend. Firms like Robert Half International (NYSE: RHI) and ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) would also benefit from higher wages through the fees the companies collect when they place an employee contract.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Taylor & Martin Group Inc (TMG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. 

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry average. The net income increased by 0.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $471.60 million to $476.10 million.

     

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC’s earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.70 versus $3.49 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($7.39 versus $4.70).

     

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.

     

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    Net operating cash flow has increased to $743.90 million or 10.04% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 0.44%.

     

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Castlight Health, inc.(CSLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Castlight Health (NYSE:CSLT)share price climbed 13.2% Wednesday after an SEC filing revealed that Maverick Capital had significantly boosted its stake in the company to 10.6%.

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