Top Financial Stocks For 2018

Snapchat is replacing its chief financial officer with a 20-year veteran of Amazon and giving him more than $20 million to help fix the company.

Wall Street liked the idea. Shares of Snap Inc (SNAP)., the parent company of Snapchat, rose nearly 2% on Tuesday.

Snap’s new CFO will be Tim Stone, who has worked for Amazon (AMZN) since March 1998. He was most recently vice president of finance, but he also briefly ran the company’s physical stores, including the integration of Whole Foods after Amazon bought it last year.

Wall Street has been wondering whether Evan Spiegel, Snap’s co-founder and CEO, needs a veteran tech executive to get the company back on track and be the so-called adult supervision sort of like Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook or Eric Schmidt when Google (GOOGL) went public.

Snap’s latest earnings report showed continued losses and sluggish user growth. The company’s recent redesign ticked off some of its high-profile celebrity users. And Snap is falling further behind Instagram, owned by Facebook (FB), which keeps copying Snapchat features and gaining more users.

Top Financial Stocks For 2018: Data I/O Corporation(DAIO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) were down 16 percent to $6.12 following Q1 results.

    Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLEX) was down, falling around 15 percent to $14.20 after a mixed fourth quarter report.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    World Fuel Services Corporation (NYSE: INT) tumbled 18 percent to $22.90 following Q1 results.
    Biglari Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BH) fell 17.4 percent to $349.52. Washington Prime Group will replace Biglari Holdings in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 1.
    Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLEX) dipped 15.7 percent to $14.03 after a mixed fourth quarter report.
    FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM) fell 15.3 percent to $11.65. FormFactor is expected to release Q1 results on May 2.
    Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) dropped 14.3 percent to $6.24 following Q1 results.
    National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ: NATI) fell 14.3 percent to $ 42.34 after reporting Q1 results.
    United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) dipped 14.2 percent to $32.37 following Q1 results.
    Civeo Corporation (NYSE: CVEO) dropped 13.5 percent to $3.33. Civeo posted a Q1 loss of $0.42 per share on sales of $101.504 million.
    athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) fell 12.4 percent to $125.310 after reporting Q1 results.
    Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) shares tumbled 12.1 percent to $262.06 as the company posted Q1 results.
    Value Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: VALU) fell 11.3 percent to $19.10.
    Federated Investors, Inc. (NYSE: FII) shares dropped 11.2 percent to $27.605 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings.
    AV Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVHI) declined 10.7 percent to $17.20 following Q1 results.
    CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ: CAMP) dropped 9.4 percent to $21.01 after reporting Q4 results.
    Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares fell 8.9 percent to $7.280 following mixed Q1 results.
    Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) shares fell 8.4 percent to $45.97 after reporting Q4 results.
    LogMeIn Inc (NASDAQ: LOGM) fell 8.2 percent to $109.825. LogMeIn reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, but issued weak second quarter and FY18 earning guidance.
    Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO

Top Financial Stocks For 2018: Cerus Corporation(CERS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Shares of Cerus Corporation(NASDAQ:CERS),a biomedical products company, are on the move following a healthy first-quarter earnings report. Strong demand for its platelet kits encouraged the company to boost forward guidance. Investors liked what they heard and pushed the stock 16.5% higher as of 12:47 p.m. EDT on Wednesday.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRPA) shares jumped 31.6 percent to $12.18 following TripAdvisor Q1 earnings beat.
    ZAGG Inc (NASDAQ: ZAGG) rose 26.5 percent to $14.55 after the company posted better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    OPKO Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) shares gained 25 percent to $4.0234 following Q1 beat.
    Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAXN) jumped 23.5 percent to $55.12 following a big Q1 beat. The company raised its fiscal 2018 sales growth guidance from 16-18 percent to 18-20 percent.
    Penn Virginia Corporation (NASDAQ: PVAC) gained 23.3 percent to $59.00 after reporting Q1 results.
    TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) rose 22.5 percent to $47.51 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) shares surged 21.7 percent to $3.36. Amazon.com's partnership with Sears started in 2017 with an agreement to sell Kenmore-branded appliances online. On Wednesday, the companies announced an extension of their relationship to now include tire delivery and installations.
    EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE) jumped 21.3 percent to $2.68 following Q1 results.
    LendingClub Corporation (NYSE: LC) surged 20.4 percent to $3.395 following better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    Superior Industries International, Inc. (NYSE: SUP) gained 19 percent to $15.82 after reporting Q1 results.
    Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLCM) shares rose 18.5 percent to $8.13 following Q1 results.
    Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO) rose 18.3 percent to $52.47 after the company posted strong quarterly results.
    Cerus Corporation (NASDAQ: CERS) shares jumped 18.3 percent to $6.47 following quarterly results.
    IEC Electronics Corp. (NYSE: IEC) shares climbed 17 percent to $4.68 after reporting better-than-expected quarterly earnings.
    New Relic, Inc. (NYSE: NEWR) rose 16.8 percent to $90.10 following Q4 results.
    Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: GPOR)

Top Financial Stocks For 2018: Pacific Ethanol Inc.(PEIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) saw short interest rise by 4.5% in the two weeks to 2.27 million shares, about 5.3% of the company’s float. Days to cover remained at five. The stock price rose by about 1.2% in the period. Shares closed at $3.40 on Wednesday, up nearly 8% on the day, in a 52-week range of $2.75 to $7.50.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ:PEIX) posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday. The oil and gas company reported ($0.19) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.09) by ($0.10), Bloomberg Earnings reports. Pacific Ethanol had a negative return on equity of 8.84% and a negative net margin of 2.14%.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Matarin Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX) during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund purchased 716,292 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,149,000.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) saw short interest rise by 3% in the two-week period to 2.34 million shares, about 5.5% of the company’s float. Days to cover rose from five to six. The stock price was unchanged in the two weeks to May 15. Shares closed at $3.50 on Thursday, unchanged on the day, in a 52-week range of $2.75 to $7.50.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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