Top Penny Stocks To Watch For 2018

Every week, I compile a table of all U.S.-listed stocks with dividend yields of 10% or higher. Some of the names come and go, while others reappear time and again. I’ve become familiar with many of them, and can safely say that the list is dominated by tiny companies with market caps between $50 million and $300 million.

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Some of these are even smaller nano-caps, such as medical device maker Digirad (Nasdaq: DRAD), whose entire market value is just $36 million.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with small businesses. I own shares of quite a few in my personal account. But for the most part, I use them to fill out the growth sleeve of my portfolio and don’t consider them stable income producers.

Top Penny Stocks To Watch For 2018: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) dropped about 6.3% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $8.68 after closing Tuesday at $9.26. The 52-week high is $6.96. Volume rose to about 50% more than the daily average of about 12 million shares. The company had no specific news, but consolidation in the offshore drilling business is not a positive for Transocean or any other driller still standing by itself.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) was last seen trading up 17.1% at $12.91. Its volume of more than 42 million shares equated to right at 3 times normal volume. Transocean has a consensus analyst price target of $9.72 and a 52-week trading range of $7.67 to $14.50. The company has a total market cap of $4.7 billion.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market lost ground on Monday, sending major market benchmarks lower by more than half a percentage point. The Dow lost its grip on the 20,000 mark in the wake of concerns about economic growth and new U.S. immigration policy, and some believe that the broader geopolitical climate could have a negative impact on global commerce that in turn could start affecting multinational corporations’ business prospects. In addition, bad news from some individual companies weighed on the markets, and Transocean (NYSE:RIG), Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD), and New Gold (NYSEMKT:NGD) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    On Mar. 2, Transocean (RIG), just seven days after reporting earnings, announced that it would delay filing its 10-K. the timing, particularly for use at Barron’s, wasn’t great, as we had just recommended the stock in the magazine. Still Transocean’s shares weathered the news–it fell only 1.1% on that day–and now the 10-K has been filed. What does it show? RBC’sKurt Hallead andMatthew McKellar explain:

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    RIG has filed its 10-K, which contains details and adjustments related to its previously disclosed tax accounting issues. Certain adjustments for immaterial errors related to accounting for operating items and items such as depreciation, interest income, and loss on impairment and disposal of assets have also been made.

    Adjustments to FY15 have increased income from continuing operations by $71mn, and net income attributable to controlling interest by $74mn. For FY15, adjustments have decreased loss from continuing operations by $66mn and decreased net loss attributable to controlling interest by $74mn.

    Shares of Transocean have dropped 2.1% to $12.78 at 2:33 p.m. today.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Noble have jumped 12% to $7.41 at 2:58 a.m. today, and it’s success has helped boost offshore drillers across the board. Transocean (RIG) has advanced 1.6% to $13.41, Ensco (ESV) has gained 5.8% to $10.73, and Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) has risen 4.5% to $17.43.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Go back a year, and offshore drillers like Noble (NE), Rowan (RDC), Transocean (RIG) and Atwood Oceanics (ATW) had been all but written off–until they weren’t anymore. Since then, investors have been rewarded for picking winners in the group from the losers, as Atwood Oceanics has more than doubled, Transocean has gained 34%, and Rowan has risen 42%, while Noble and Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) have dropped 13%.

Top Penny Stocks To Watch For 2018: The Hackett Group Inc.(HCKT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, industrial shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT), down 22 percent, and PC Tel Inc (NASDAQ: PCTI), down 18 percent.

Top Penny Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sanderson Farms Inc.(SAFM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation having performed better over the longer term than large cap Tyson Foods, Inc (NYSE: TSN) andsmall cap Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Midcap poultry processing stock Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) reported fiscal Q4 2017 earnings before the market opened on Thursday with shares falling off on weaker-than-expected Q4 profits that were impacted byweak poultry prices, hurricane disruptions and higher-than-expected chicken production. Q4 net sales were $919.9 million versus $790.8million andnet income was $72.9 million versusnet income of $76.0 million. For the full year, net sales were $3.342 billion versus $2.816 billion and netincome was $279.7 million versus net income of $189.0million. The Chairman/CEO made extensive comments about performance and the poultry market:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap poultry processing stock Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) reported Q2 2017 earnings before the market opened this morning as shares still have elevated short interest of 27.73% according to Highshortinterest.comdue in part to fears over bird flu that have probably subsided. Net sales were $802.0 million versus $692.1million while net income was $66.9 million versus net income of $47.6 million. Overall market prices for poultry products were higher during the second quarter compared with the same period last year while market prices for chicken products sold to retail grocery store customers remained relatively strong during the quarter and continue to reflect good demand. The earnings release noted:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Midcap poultry processing stock Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) reported fiscal Q3 earnings before the market opened on Thursday. Net sales were $931.9 million versus $728.0 million and net incomewas $115.8 million versusnet income of $54.7 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2016. The earnings release noted that compared with the third fiscal quarter of 2016, market prices for chickens sold to retail grocery store customers remained relatively flat at levels that reflect a good supply and demand balance. Compared with the third fiscal quarter of 2016, jumbo boneless breast meat prices were higher by approximately 24.8%, the average market price for bulk leg quarters increased approximately 15.9%, and jumbo wing prices were higher by 40.2%. The Company’s average feed cost per pound of poultry products processed decreased 0.32 cents per pound, or 1.3%, compared with the third quarter of fiscal 2016.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart does show Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation is back to 2015 bottom levels while large cap Tyson Foods, Inc (NYSE: TSN) peaked last year andsmall cap Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) seems to have becometrapped below a resistance level that it may be poised to break out from:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q1 2017 earnings report for small cap poultry processing stock Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) is scheduled for before the market opens on Thursday (February 23rd) as shares still have elevated short interest of 33.50% according to Highshortinterest.comdue in part to fears over bird flu.

Top Penny Stocks To Watch For 2018: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) which rose over 5% to $22.20. The stocks 52-week range is $9.84 to $23.36. Volume was over 35 million compared to its average volume of 5.8 million.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    I ran a screen to identify the best-performing stocks from the S&P 500 in January. The top three performers during the month were Alcoa (NYSE:AA), CSX (NASDAQ:CSX), and NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG). Let’s see why they were the big standouts and whether they can keep it going.

  • [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.

Top Penny Stocks To Watch For 2018: Brocade Communications Systems Inc.(BRCD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Broadcom Limited (NASDAQ: AVGO) and Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: BRCD) disclosed a definitive deal through which the former would acquire the latter for $12.75 a share in cash. This would translate into a valuation of about $5.9 billion, including $0.4 billion of net debt.

Top Penny Stocks To Watch For 2018: Key Tronic Corporation(KTCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Computer Peripherals: This industry rose 2.21% by 10:15 am ET. The top performer in this industry was Key Tronic (NASDAQ: KTCC), which gained 0.3%. Key Tronic’s trailing-twelve-month ROE is 14.57%.

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