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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Alere Inc.(ALR)
- [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]
In trading on Wednesday, healthcare shares fell by 0.91 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Alere Inc (NYSE: ALR), down 8 percent, and Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL), down 10 percent.
Top 5 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Sears Holdings Corporation(SHLD)
- [By Douglas A. McIntyre]
The mall was created by accident, in some ways. Downtown Bloomington, Minnesota, lost its two largest corporate residents in 1982, football’s Minnesota Vikings and baseball’s Minnesota Twins. Over 78 acres became available for development. After debates about what should happen to the land, local officials decided to give it to financiers who wanted to build America’s largest home for retailers. It opened in 1992, two years before Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) was founded. Early tenants included Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M), the Sears division of Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) and Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN). All three have been injured by the current downturn in traditional retail sales.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Sears Holdings (SHLD) makes a new low. (See Surprise #1 in my Surprise List).
There will be no “Trade of the Week” this week — it’s too short!
- [By Kumar Abhishek]
Shares of retail stores chain Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD) have rallied more than 40% in last five trading sessions, with the stock gaining more than18% in yesterday’s trading session. Earlier, Sears stock had plunged after the company disclosed to SEC in its annual report that “substantial doubt exists related to the company’s ability to continue as a going concern”. As it can be seen from Sears’ technical analysis chart, the stock has found support from 50-day simple moving average which had acted as a strong resistance on multiple occasions in the past. Since then, Sears stock has made a strong comeback. The stock breached the 100 day SMA resistance line on strong volumes. Sears Holdings stock is now facing resistance from 200-day SMA.In a bullish move, MACD has risen above the signal line. The uptrend inSears Holdings stock is supported by a short squeeze. 17.99 million sharesor 76.4% of the total float is currently shorted (as per the latest report) with days to cover being 11.83 days. Given the strong surge in the stock price in last few days, many shorts will be trying to cover their position which could send the stock higher.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Monday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTS), down 22 percent, and Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: SHLD), down 13 percent.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Department stores and specialty retailers lost the most ground, likely due to continuing satisfaction from shopping online. Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) dropped one point to 71, the lowest among the department/discount stores included in the survey. Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) tied with Dollar General Inc. (NYSE: DG) at a next-lowest 73.
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The fact is Amazon continues to exert insane amounts of pressure on the weak (J.C. Penney (JCP) , Sears (SHLD) ) while also unearthing new ways to win business despite formidable rivals. The pressure is likely to decimate the mall by this time in 2023. It’s nuts. Also nuts is how CEO Jeff Bezos could turn on the profit spigot at the drop of the dime, this time around probably doing so to shove it in Donald Trump’s face.
Top 5 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Golden Star Resources Ltd(GSS)
- [By Cameron Saucier]
Golden Star (NYSEMKT: GSS) is a gold mining and exploration company, and operates gold mines in Ghana, West Africa. GSS is up 396% YTD after it announced in July that it had begun pre-commercial production of gold in an underground mine in Ghana. GSS is trading at $0.825 per share on Monday intraday.
Top 5 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Compania Cervecerias Unidas, S.A.(CCU)
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Beverage stocks have been a hit-or-miss proposition in the U.S., both for megabrewers and for smaller players in the craft beer, spirits, and soft drink industries. But there are plenty of opportunities internationally to invest in the companies that produce drinks. In Chile, Compania Cervecerias Unidas (NYSE:CCU) produces beer, wine, and soft drinks for several South American countries, and after having seen a slow period to finish 2017, CCU had hoped to find ways to bounce back to start the new year.
Top 5 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: First NBC Bank Holding Company(FNBC)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.
- [By Lisa Levin]
First NBC Bank Holding Company (NASDAQ: FNBC) shares dropped 91 percent to $0.250. First NBC Bank was closed by the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions.