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Airport security screeners confiscated a record number of guns in carry-on bags last year, and most of them were loaded.

The Transportation Security Administration said it discovered 3,391 guns in carry-ons at checkpoints in 2016, a 28% increase from the year before. That works out to about nine every day.

The TSA said 83% of the guns were loaded.

The number of guns confiscated at checkpoints has climbed every year since 2007. One obvious reason is that Americans have more guns. The number of background checks conducted by the FBI for gun purchases and permits has climbed almost every year over the same period.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had the most guns discovered last year, 198, followed by Dallas/Fort Worth International and George Bush Intercontinental in Houston. Georgia and Texas have relatively lax gun control laws.

market close today: Shake Shack, Inc.(SHAK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    The following are some of the stocks discussed on the show for which co-host Joel Elconin offered technical levels.

    Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC) hit a low last week of $22.43, and has a big psychological level of $22.
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) has two minor support levels from early December of $221.22 and $220.35. Under $220 it gets dicey, with support at $214.97 and $209.92.
    United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) has a key low of $31.33 from February 2. That number serves as support.
    Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) has a triple top at $45.15. It's currently in a trading range from $43.75-$45.70.
    Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) has been range bound over the last four days from $31.68 to $32.62. It has major support at the all-time low from March 15 at $30.36.
    Warren Lorenz, CEO of TechMeetsTrader, joined the show to discuss his "Facebook for stocks" platform, and how he learned how to trade by watching trading communities. Listen to the full interview with Lorenz here.
    Tommy Lackey, managing partner and portfolio manager at Relativity Capital Advisors, told us which stocks are on his nitrous scans and meltdown filters this morning. Those include XOMA Corporation (NASDAQ: XOMA) Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY). Listen to the full interview with Lackey here.
    With the market in a slight selloff following Friday's healthcare fallout, the focus today will be which sectors, if any, rebound throughout the day. With steel stocks looking weak and gold minors and utilities looking strong, co-host Dennis Dick said he'll try to jump into those sectors if they stay weak after the open. Hear what other sectors Dick is watching here.
    With Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP)'s 25-day quiet period for analysts over, the Street was treated to bullish ratings by Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and others. It's worth noting, however, most of Monday morning

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows the performance of legacy burger stocks Red Robin Gourmet Burgers andSonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC)peaking around the time of the IPOs forsmall caps Habit Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ: HABT) and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) which are now underperforming:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Sonic Corporation outperforming burger stock peers Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc (NASDAQ: RRGB),Habit Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ: HABT) andShake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK):

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    Does that mean Shack Shake (NYSE:SHAK), Chipotle’s competition in today’s battle, is a better buy right now? While that’s an impossible question to answer with 100% certainty, we’ll investigate three different ways to approach the problem, and see who comes out ahead.

market close today: DepoMed Inc.(DEPO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Depomed Inc (NASDAQ: DEPO) got a boost, shooting up 13 percent to $23.90. Depomed is preparing to put itself up for sale, following calls from activist investor Starboard Value LP to explore such a move, just a year after it fought off a hostile acquisition bid, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

market close today: Activision Blizzard, Inc(ATVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) is set to post earnings results for the key holiday sales period on Thursday, Feb. 9. The stock is trouncing the market over the last five years, but investors have pushed it lower since its last quarterly check-in.

  • [By Seth McNew]

    Activision Blizzard(NASDAQ:ATVI) is the maker of some of the world’s best-known games, like Call of Duty, as well as some new hits like Overwatch. Released in May 2016, the latter is the brand’s fastest-growing game ever, with more than 25 million players worldwide.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Activision Blizzard Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) will share its most recent quarterly results late Thursday. The consensus estimates are $0.49 in EPS and $1.73 billion in revenue. Shares closed at $64.14 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $35.12 to $66.58. The stock has a consensus price target of $70.04.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Activision Blizzard(ATVI) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after beating earnings and sales forecasts, and initiating a $1 billion stock buyback plan.

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    Activision Blizzard gained 19% to $47.23 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.4% to 2,316.10.

    Credit Suisse analyst calls Activision Blizzard’s results “another clean top and bottom-line beat.” They explain:

    Activision delivered another clean top and bottom-line beat with the outperformance relative to our estimates coming primarily from PC – this coupled with the fact that revenue from APAC was up ~83% in FY16 leads us to believe that Overwatch likely was the main driver. This fits in squarely with our core investment thesis for not only Activision but the sector as a whole – for all of the publishers to begin exporting their content beyond Western Markets and expand their addressable markets. Blizzard also saw benefit from ongoing strength in World of Warcraft following the Legion expansion and despite the original game being ~3 years old the Candy Crush franchise grew mobile bookings in 2016. We were not anticipating major changes to the release slate for FY17 as we expect it to be a trough product year – we were again encouraged by the broad based strength in digital revenues as we believe Activision is well positioned to extract more value from its existing user base. We maintain our Outperform rating and our price target increases to $51 vs. prior $48.

    Activision Blizzard’s market capitalization rose to $35.1 billion today from $29.5 billion yesterday.

  • [By John Ballard]

    Activision Blizzard(NASDAQ:ATVI) CEO Bobby Kotick has a special knack for producing games that draw a mass audience. Throughout his tenure, Activision has consistently produced genre leading games.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Note: King Digital Entertainment PLC (NYSE: KING)was acquired by Activision Blizzard, Inc (NASDAQ: ATVI) in February 2016.

    A technical chart for Zynga Inc shows shares recently falling below a key resistance level or floor:

market close today: Western Union Company (The)(WU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    You don’t need to be an expert technical trader to figure out the price action in shares of $10 billion payment services stock Western Union (WU) . Instead, the price action is more or less as simple as it gets. Since January, Western Union has been a “buy the dips stock”, bouncing its way higher in a well-defined uptrend. And shares are showing traders another buyable dip this week.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was The Western Union Co. (NYSE: WU) which jumped 3.6% to $20.28. The stocks 52-week range is $18.07 to $22.70. Volume was 11 million which is well above the daily average of around 5.8 million shares.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Western Union (WU) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after MoneyGram International (MGI) received a bid from Euronet Worldwide (EEFT).

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    Shares of Western Union gained 3.5% to $20.27 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.3% to 2,365.45.MoneyGram International surged 25% to $15.77, while Euronet Worldwide advanced 0.3% to $83.22.

    Normally, two competitors linking up to take on the dominant player in the industry might be considered bad news. BTIG’s Mark Palmer and Giuliano Bolognaexplain why the Western Union reaction”makes sense”:

    While the surge in shares of MoneyGram (MGI, Not Rated) in response to the announcement by Euronet Worldwides (EEFT, Not Rated) that it had offered to buy the company for $15.20 per share in cash was easy to understand the bid trumped the bid of $13.25 per share that MoneyGram received from Alibaba (BABA) affiliate Ant Financial in late January what may have been surprising to some was the positive reaction of shares of MGI remittance competitor Western Union (WU, Buy, $23 PT) to the news.

    With that said, we believe the uptick in WU shares makes some sense insofar as the competitive threat posed by EEFT may be perceived as less imposing than that represented by Ant, especially following reports in February that the latter was planning to raise as much as $3bn to fund global investments.

    We also believe the second bid for MGI serves to underline the attractiveness and potential of the global remittance space, an industry in which WU is the clear leader. Moreover, we think the bid may have given rise to the notion that WU could be an acquisition candidate for another deep-pocketed firm that could lever off its global footprint and the strength of its brand.

    Western Union’s market capitalization rose to $9.8 billion today, from $9.4 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $253 million on sales of $5.4 billion in

market close today: RELM Wireless Corporation(RWC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap wireless communications manufacturer RELM Wireless Corporation (NYSEMKT: RWC):

market close today: Clarke(t)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    AT&T shares currently yield a 5.6% dividend, which we believe is sustainable and will look even more solid as the company’s free cash flow grows going forward and payout ratio comes down. We expect that AT&T will report a 7.3% EPS CAGR over the next three years (’15-’18) driven by DTV synergies and organic cost cutting. This compares to Verizon’s 5.0% dividend and expected 2.5% EPS CAGR over the similar time frame, so we believe investors win with AT&T through both faster EPS growth and potential multiple expansion/dividend convergence. 

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    T-Mobile is a significant player in the US mobile telecommunications space. It is the third largest by subscribers, with 72 million customers as of early 2017. When analysts compare T-Mobile, they often compare them to the likes of Sprint, Verizon Communications, Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). This makes sense considering they offer very similar services but what is not similar is their underlying growth profiles as illustrated below.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Very strong results across the board for Dycom, with spending from its top customers only further accelerating. We’re not surprised that FQ3 guidance came in slightly ahead of expectations, as many investors had viewed their initial guidance as conservative. We are encouraged to see organic growth re-accelerating in FQ4 to the mid-teens, with its acquired Goodman asset contributing $15MM of expected revenue (up from $13.4MM in FQ2). Dycom also procured new customer awards in the quarter from AT&T (T), Comcast (CMCSA), CenturyLink (CTL) and Windstream Holdings (WIN) to support further growth. Dycom also repurchased $25MM of shares during FQ2 and authorized an additional $75MM over the next 18 months, giving Dycom $150MM of incremental repurchase authorization through August 2018

  • [By Adam Levy]

    As more consumers cut the cord, competition in the pay-TV industry is growing increasingly fierce. That’s led some companies to seek consolidating acquisitions like AT&T (NYSE:T) did last year by buying DIRECTV. Others, meanwhile, have sought to attract subscribers with low-priced bundles and over-the-top packages like DISH Network’s (NASDAQ:DISH) Sling TV.

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