U.S. stocks opened firmly higher on Thursday, extending a late-session rally from the prior session, as investors dialed back on fears that a trade spat between the U.S. and China will materialize.
The major equity indexes staged a big turnaround Wednesday after opening sharply lower, as traders struggled to interpret the possible impact of the trade standoff on U.S. corporate earnings and growth.
What are main benchmarks doing?
Dow Jones Industrial Average
rise rose about 150 points, or 0.6%, to 24,410. Blue chips are attempting to mark their first three-session win streak since the three-day period ended Feb. 26, according to FactSet data. The S&P 500 index
was up 12 points, or 0.4%, to 2,656, led by a 1.2% gain in energy and a 0.8% climb in technology stocks.
Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: LendingClub Corporation(LC)
- [By Paul Ausick]
LendingClub Corp. (NYSE: LC) dropped more than 17% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.69. Shares closed at $3.26 on Tuesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $6.56. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 6.6 million shares. The Federal Trade Commission has sued the company for deceiving customers with hidden fees.
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
President Trump will announce today if he will pull the United States out of the Obama-era nuclear deal. Trump wants European members of the treaty to amend certain issues regarding Iran’s uranium enrichment capacity. Energy stocks and oil prices had been rising on speculation that Trump would slap Iran again with economic sanctions, disrupting the region’s oil production. Comcast Corp.(Nasdaq: CMCSA) is currently working to obtain enough capital to purchase certain assets of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.(NYSE: FOXA). The ability to raise capital would allow Comcast to replace Disney’s $52 billion bid for the many of Fox’s key businesses. Markets are reacting to a speech made this morning by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. During a speech in Zurich, Switzerland, Powell said that rising U.S. interest rates would not have a significant impact on emerging markets and foreign stock markets. This has long been a concern for other nations as the U.S. dollar rises and American bonds become more attractive to international investors.
Four Stocks to Watch Today: DIS, C, SNAP
The Walt DisneyCo.(NYSE: DIS) will lead another busy day of earnings reports today. Investors will be exploring the impact of recent price hikes at the company’s theme parks, as well as the ongoing concerns about cable cutting and how this trend affects ESPN. Markets anticipate that the company will report earnings per share of $1.68 on top of $14.23 billion in revenue. Shares of Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) are on the move. The uptick came after activist investor ValueAct announced a $1.2 billion stake in the investment bank. Citigroup shares were up 1.2% in pre-market hours. Shares of Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) gained 1% in pre-market hours. The owner of social media giant Snapchat said that its CFO Drew Vollero will step down next week. The executive will be replaced by a financial executive at Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN). Snap continues to face incredible pressures after the f
- [By Lisa Levin]
LendingClub Corp (NYSE: LC) shares dropped 14 percent to $3.66 following weak Q4 and FY18 guidance.
Shares of Duluth Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: DLTH) were down 16 percent to $16.20 after the company posted downbeat Q3 results.
- [By Mark Balson]
Lending Club’s (LC) acting CEO Scott Sanborn replies to company’s investors and assures that company is in strong financial position and enough cash flow in balance sheet. “Cash and securities amount to $868 million.” He replies.
Scott Sanborn also ensured company’s investors through e-mail who buys company’s loans, “We plan to be around for many years.”
But as per company’s website Leading Club’s loan investors, “May not receive full amount, if it goes out of business.” Or could see delayed payments.
Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Oritani Financial Corp.(ORIT)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
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Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Caleres, Inc.(CAL)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Caleres Inc (NYSE: CAL) got a boost, shooting up 12 percent to $31.99 after the company posted upbeat Q3 earnings.
QAD Inc. (NASDAQ: QADA) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $29.44 after the company posted strong Q3 results.
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CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Trinity Biotech plc(TRIB)
- [By Max Byerly]
Trinity Biotech (NASDAQ: TRIB) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Diagnostic substances” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Trinity Biotech to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.
Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: McEwen Mining Inc.(MUX)
- [By Paul Ausick]
McEwen Mining Inc. (NYSE: MUX) dropped about 12% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.13 after closing at $2.43 on Monday. The stock’s 52-week high is $4.43. Volume of around 13 million was about five times the daily average. The Canada-based company reported last night that a syndicate of underwriters had agreed to purchase 18 million shares of common stock at $2.25 per share and warrants to acquire up to 9 million more.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Basic materials shares climbed 2.06 percent in trading on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Gold Resource Corporation (NASDAQ: GORO), and McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX).
- [By Dan Caplinger]
The stock market lost more ground on Friday, but major market benchmarks still managed to post healthy gains as 2016 drew to a close. Double-digit percentage gains for the year continued the bull market, and investors generally enjoyed positive momentum despite the sluggish levels of trading activity during the inter-holiday week. Nevertheless, some stocks suffered more precipitous declines, and U.S. Steel (NYSE:X), EnteroMedics (NASDAQ:ETRM), and McEwen Mining (NYSE:MUX) were among the worst performers on the last trading day of the year. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Wednesday, basic materials shares fell by 1.24 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAYN), down 12 percent, and McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 9 percent.