Source: ThinkstockDecember 18, 2017: The S&P 500 closed up 0.5% at 2,690.34. The DJIA closed up 0.6% at 24,792.96. Separately, the Nasdaq was up 0.8% at 6,994.76.
Monday was a great start to the week for the broad U.S. markets. Again all three of the major exchanges hit all-time highs. Notable highlights here were that the Nasdaq hit over the 7,000 mark for the first time ever and the Dow reached within 125 points of hitting 25,000less than a month after hitting 24,000. Crude oil was down slightly in Mondays session. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly positive on the day with one very large exception. The best performing sectors were materials, energy and financials up 1.5%, 0.8% and 1.0%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were utilities and consumer staples down 1.1% and 0.1%, respectively.
Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: United Bankshares Inc.(UBSI)
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In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Salesforce.com (CRM) , American Airlines (AAL) , Align Technology (ALGN) , Procter & Gamble (PG) , United Bankshares (UBSI) , Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) and Dominion Energy (D) .
Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: CBOE Holdings Inc.(CBOE)
- [By Saumya Vaishampayan
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Those who dabble in derivatives tied to the CBOE (CBOE) Volatility Index are placing bets that pay out if the stock market keeps swinging, and especially if it drops.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Last December, two major futures exchanges started offering futures contracts on bitcoin. CBOE Global Markets (NASDAQ:CBOE) was the first to market with its futures offering, and CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) didn’t waste any time coming out with its own version of a bitcoin contract.
- [By David Zeiler]
Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.
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Stocks continued to rally despite the fact that options trading was temporarily halted Monday afternoon at exchanges run by CBOE Holdings (CBOE), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), BATS Global Markets and Miami International Holdings due to issues at the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA), which provides trading data and price quotes.
- [By Wayne Duggan]
Wall Street has been watching bitcoin this week, with the price up another 39.8 percent to above $16,000 ahead of the highly anticipated launch of bitcoin futures trading by Cboe Global Markets Inc (NASDAQ: CBOE) starting Sunday. Bitcoin has been around for years, but bitcoin futures trading will make trading a breeze for average retail investors for the first time.
Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Porter Bancorp Inc.(PBIB)
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These are the top 5 holdings of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LPBanc of California Inc (BANC) – 2,850,564 shares, 27.82% of the total portfolio. Guaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,891,767 shares, 23.36% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 19.22%Meta Financial Group Inc (CASH) – 347,069 shares, 14.02% of the total portfolio. Sterling Bancorp (STL) – 1,048,980 shares, 11.07% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 16.01%MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 2,060,302 sha
Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Protective Life Corporation(PL)
- [By David Sterman]
My favorite insurers: AIG (NYSE: AIG) (which I discussed a few months ago), Protective Life (NYSE: PL) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE: RGA).
Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Teucrium Corn Fund (CORN)
- [By Casey Wilson]
Investing in commodity-based ETFs (exchange-traded funds) or ETNs (exchange-traded notes) is a great way to gain exposure to a specific commodity, like corn (NYSE Arca: CORN), livestock (NYSE Arca: COW), or grains (NYSE Arca: GRU).