The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken down a cryptocurrency scam offering. According to the SEC website, the commission has obtained an emergency asset freeze to halt a fast-moving initial coin offering (ICO) fraud. While this is not technically a bitcoin fraud, the reality is that it shows 1) how willing the public is to chase gains and 2) how willing potentially scammers are to dupe people out of their money.
What matters here is that this fraud is said to have that raised up to $15 million from thousands of investors since August. The Canadian group was led by “a recidivist Quebec securities law violator” named Dominic Lacroix, and his company name is PlexCorps. The SEC also charged Lacroix’s partner, Sabrina Paradis-Royer, in connection with the scheme.
Among the allegations is that Lacroix and PlexCorps marketed and sold securities called PlexCoin on the internet to investors in the United States and elsewhere. The claim was that PlexCoin would yield a 1,354% profit in less than 29 days.
Hot Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now: Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.(CMG)
- [By Brian Withers]
I started investing with my kids in 2004 because I wanted them to experience the benefits and lessons of long-term investing. They loved Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) burritos, so it was no surprise it was one of their stock picks early on in Chipotle’s growth story. I liked the growing store base and superior store-level margins, so we all bought shares.
- [By Peter Graham]
Troubled mid cap restaurant stock Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc (NYSE: CMG) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the market closed today. Revenue was up 17.1% to $1.17 billion driven by new restaurant openings (50 new restaurants were opened during the quarter and two were closed, bringing the total restaurant count to 2,339) and an 8.1% increase in comparable restaurant sales. Comparable restaurant sales improved primarily due to an increase in customer visits, along with an increase in average check as a result of a reduction in promotional activity. Food costs were 34.1% of revenue, a decrease of 10 basis points as compared to the second quarter of 2016 ashigher avocado costs were offset by lower costs from bringing the preparation of lettuce and bell peppers back intorestaurants, as well as the benefit of menu price increases in select restaurants in the second quarter of 2017, and a decrease in paper usage and costs. Net income increased 161% to $66.7 million.
- [By Dan Caplinger, Tim Brugger, and Seth McNew]
Risk is always a factor for stock market investors, but if you want the top stocks in your portfolio, you have to be bold. To give you some ideas on which stocks to look at, three Motley Fool contributors weighed in on companies they’re familiar with and made a case for why they deserve a closer look. Read on to learn more about Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG), and Universal Display (NASDAQ:OLED) and why they deserve your attention.
- [By Stark Merrifield]
Bill Ackman: Fifty-year-old Ackmans career began in 1992 when he and fellow Harvard graduate David P. Berkowtiz founded the investment firm Gotham Partners. The firms high-profile bid for Rockefeller Center in New York caused investors to flock to the firm, growing it to $500 million in assets. Then in 2004, with $54 million in personal funding, Ackman started Pershing Square Capital Management. Through Pershing, Ackman bought significant shares in companies like Wendys Co. (Nasdaq: WEN), Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT), Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG), and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX). Today, Ackman is worth $1.4 billion and is No. 256 on the Forbes 400.
Hot Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)
- [By Elizabeth Balboa]
Clarity on the GenOn Energy Inc settlement and PJM Interconnection auction led UBS analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith to upgrade NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG) Thursday to Buy with a $20 price target.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares fell 0.25 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG), down 3 percent, and Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) down 1 percent.
- [By Craig Jones]
Pete Najarian said that there was a big options activity in NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG). Traders were aggressively buying the October 26 calls. Around 6,000 contracts were traded in the first half of the session and they were paying 65 cents for them. The trade breaks even at $26.65 or more than 11 percent above the current market price.
Hot Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now: ConocoPhillips(COP)
- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
Smaller brethren ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) reported an adjusted loss of $0.14 per share compared to the break-even result the Street was forecasting. However, the loss narrowed notably from the $0.95 per share loss reported a year ago.
- [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]
Spun off from energy producer ConocoPhillips (COP) a few years back, PSX has quickly become one of the downstream industrys biggest players. Refiners earn profits based on the difference between feed stock costs (Think oil and natural gas prices) and the price for refined products such as gasoline, jet fuel and heating oil. Those inputs remain low, and Phillips 66 is minting cash as a result.
- [By Dustin Parrett]
Specifically, the oil supermajors are ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), BP Plc. (NYSE: BP), Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX), Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: RDS.A), Conoco Phillips (NYSE: COP), Eni SpA (NYSE ADR: E), and Total SA (NYSE ADR: TOT).
Hot Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now: Thor Industries Inc.(THO)
- [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]
One of the world’s largest makers of recreational vehicles, Thor Industries (THO) is in the right place at the right time.
Industrywide wholesale RV shipments for the U.S. and Canada surged 15% to nearly 431,00 units in 2016 — the highest annual total in more than 40 years, according to The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of Winnebago Industries and small cap peer Thor Industries, Inc (NYSE: THO) giving a similar performance with shares taking off last year before stumbling this year while Drew Industries, Inc (NYSE: DW) has mostly underperformed:
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of Winnebago Industries recently moving past 2013 highs whilepeersDrew Industries, Inc (NYSE: DW) and Thor Industries, Inc (NYSE: THO) havealso taken off to new highs this year:
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Finally, shares of Winnebago Industries dropped 6%. The maker of recreational vehicles has been under pressure ever since rival Thor Industries (NYSE:THO) reported its most recent quarterly results earlier this week, and Thor’s story led shareholders to sell off that stock. Yet although Winnebago is in the same business as Thor, some investors think that it could succeed where Thor failed, especially because the Winnebago brand name is much more valuable and has greater customer recognition that many of its competitors’ offerings. Winnebago will have its own chance to report its financial results later this month, and although many investors seem to be betting against the RV maker, others believe that Winnebago could easily make its competitive advantage against Thor and other manufacturers clear with a solid performance this quarter.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
In his second “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer spoke with Bob Martin, president and CEO of Thor Industries (THO) , a stock that was crushed today, down 9.8%, on a penny-a-share earnings beat with tempered guidance.
Hot Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now: NEW GOLD INC.(NGD)
- [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.
Hot Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now: Silver Wheaton Corp(SLW)
- [By Rich Duprey]
Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW), of course, is a streamer like Sandstorm and Franco, but it is the largest in the precious-metals industry, and arguably the best-known, because its business model came to define what streaming is. Although it is known primarily for its silver contracts, Silver Wheaton also has sizable gold production that makes it worth your attention.