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FC Barcelona and Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi (R) receives his award from Cameroon and Antalyaspor forward Samuel Eto’o after being selected in the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. (Photo credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

The whispers are growing louder. What started as one or two investigations into allegations of tax improprieties now feels to some Barcelona fans like a witch hunt. The latest victims? Samuel Eto’o and Neymar.

Samuel Eto’o Fils, called Samuel Eto’o, who turned 35 this year, currently plays as a striker for Antalyaspor, a soccer club in Turkey. Eto’o’s Spanish connection came early in his career when he joined Real Madrid’s youth academy as a teen. He eventually signed on with FC Barcelona in the summer of 2004. Eto’o stayed with FC Barcelona for more than five seasons, scoring over 100 goals.

stock market newsletter: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) also is expected to report its most recently quarter results on Thursday. The consensus analyst estimates call for $0.97 in EPS and revenue of $22.3 billion. Shares of Wells Fargo closedat $54.84on Friday. The consensus price target is $59.07. The 52-week trading range is $43.55 to $59.99.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Wells Fargo (WFC) is lower Monday, after the board of directors released the results of its internal investigation of the firms sales practices scandal.

    The company is clawing back some $75 million in pay from former Chief Executive JohnStumpfand former retailbankleaderCarrie Tolstedt, which the bank, in its 113-page report, holds largely responsible for the problems.

    The Wall Street Journal has more details on Wells Fargos conclusions:

    The boards results cap a six-monthindependent investigation that has not only rocked the countrys third-largest bank by assets but also the broader banking industry, with dozens of firms examining their own sales practices at the behest of regulators.

    Many directors on the San Francisco banks board now face their own scrutiny. Last week, proxy advisory firmInstitutional Shareholder Services Inc. suggested Wells Fargo investorsvote against 12 of the banks 15 directorsat the firms annual meeting April 25.The bank also continues to face federal and state investigations about its sales practices.

    A couple of analysts are weighing in on the stock today. Evercore ISIs John Pancari reiterated an Outperform rating and $64 price target on the stock:

    We reiterate our constructive thesis onWFCfrom a long term perspective as we expect abating headline risk (in part due to the conclusion of this investigation), still-intact above-peer ROE (despite our modeled expectation for a $0.25 per share go-fwd annual impact from the sales practice issue), and solid competitive position to drive a return of the stock’s premium valuation over time. While we acknowledge concerns around a potential CCAR failure (quantitative and/or qualitative), the broader fundamental impact could prove quite manageable asWFCmay still be permitted to deploy capital at the prior year (2016) level – just not increase deployment, while the related operational costs have

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) reported fiscal 2017 first-quarter results before markets opened Thursday. The banking giant posted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.00 on revenue of $22 billion. In the same period a year ago, Wells Fargo reported EPS of $0.99 on revenue of $21.58 billion. Net income rose from $5.27 billion a year ago to $5.46 billion in the quarter. First-quarter results also compare to the consensus estimates for EPS of $0.97 on revenue of $22.31 billion.

stock market newsletter: NovoCure Limited(NVCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Novocure Ltd (NASDAQ: NVCR) shares shot up 22 percent to $7.27 after the company posted a narrower-than-expected Q3 loss.

    Shares of TriNet Group Inc (NYSE: TNET) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $20.43. TriNet reported Q3 earnings of $0.29 per share on revenue of $770.5 million.

stock market newsletter: U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc.(SLCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q3 2016 earnings report for small cap proppant and fracking stock U.S. Silica Holdings Inc (NYSE: SLCA)is scheduled for after the market closes onThursday (November 4th). Proppant and fracking stocks have beencrushed by low oil prices, but the latest technical chart for U.S. Silica Holdings shows a nice comeback until recent weeks:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of CARBO Ceramics performing much worst than potential peersU.S. Silica Holdings Inc (NYSE: SLCA) and Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE: HCLP) which began recovering much earlier in 2016 while CARBO has not had much of a bump:

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Tim Brugger, and Jordan Wathen]

    With that in mind, we asked three of our contributors to highlight a company they will be following closely in the first quarter and why. Here’s what makes Adobe Systems (NASDAQ:ADBE), Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW), and U.S. Silica Holdings (NYSE:SLCA) worth following when the next earnings report comes out.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of CARBO Ceramics performing much worst thanfracking peers U.S. Silica Holdings Inc (NYSE: SLCA) and Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE: HCLP) which showed signs of recovery in 2016, but that recoveryhas since fallen off:

stock market newsletter: Oclaro, Inc.(OCLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Arie Goren]

    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.(NSDQ:AMD)had been by far the best performer in 2016 among all the 413 Russell 3000 tech stocks. Its stock price appreciation of 295.1% in 2016 was significantly higher than the second ranked tech stock NVIDIA Corporation (NVIDIA (NSDQ:NVDA)which gained 223.8% and the third-ranked stock Oclaro Inc. (NSDQ:OCLR)which was up 157.2% in 2016.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is thefifth mostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 47.69% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is themostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 62.65% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of optical component companies have dropped today, includingOclaro (NASDAQ:OCLR), Acacia (NASDAQ:ACIA), Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), whose shares were down 11%, 11%, 6%, and 3%, respectively, as of 3:30 p.m. EDT, after the U.S. broadened its investigation regarding compliance with sanctions programs.

stock market newsletter: Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc.(PLAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAY) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $56.39 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its third quarter and boosted its full year net income guidance.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAY) was down, falling around 10 percent to $52.38. Dave & Buster's posted upbeat earnings for its second quarter, while sales missed expectations. The company also cut its comparable-store sales forecast for its fiscal year.

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Dave and Buster’s Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) is unique in that it’s part restaurant, part gaming establishment. On the food side, the chain touts American gastro-pub style cuisine and an extensive bar, but the experience is what really sets Dave and Buster’s apart. Who says arcades are only for kids?

stock market newsletter: Lennox International, Inc.(LII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Greg Williamson]

    Watsco’s current P/E of 24.5 is in the same ballpark as its competitor Lennox International (NYSE: LII  ) (NYSE: LII  ) (NYSE: LII  ) , whose P/E is 23.8. Lennox is a manufacturer of HVAC equipment and components, and will also benefit from HVAC industry tailwinds.

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