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Climbing nearly 6% through January, the price of gold outpaced the meager gain — approximately 1% — of the S&P 500. Unsurprisingly, many of the market’s largest gold stocks enjoyed double-digit gains, including AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE:AU), Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX), IAMGOLD (NYSE:IAG), and Royal Gold (NASDAQ:RGLD).

Out of Africa

AngloGold Ashanti maintains gold-mining operations in South America and Australia, but the company’s primary source of gold production is from its mines in Africa. Through the first half of fiscal 2016, South Africa accounted for 28% of gold production, and the remaining countries in Africa accounted for 36%.

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The company had no major announcements or corporate presentations during January, suggesting that the stock’s rise was mostly tied to the rise in the price of gold. Perhaps another factor was management’s report last December that the Tropicana mine, located in Western Australia, which had originally been expected to report a decline in production, is now expected to turn things around. Management now expects average annual gold production at Tropicana to increase to an annualized rate between 450,000 and 490,000 gold ounces beginning in the second half of fiscal 2017.

usa stock exchange: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.(AFSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped about 28% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $13.51 after closing Monday at $18.87. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume of about 19 million shares was about 9 times the daily average of around 2.1 million. A whistleblower report has resulted in an SEC probe into the company’s accounting practices.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped more than 18% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $22.58 after closing at $27.66 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume was more than 10 times the daily average of around 670,000 shares. The company missed profit estimates this morning.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, financial shares fell 0.24 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI), down 18 percent, and GSV Capital Corp (NASDAQ: GSVC), down 9 percent.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market kept performing well on Monday, and the Dow Jones Industrials posted its 12th straight all-time record high. Market sentiment was sunny following the release of Warren Buffett’s annual shareholder letter over the weekend, and the Oracle of Omaha made positive comments about the sustainability of the current bull market, which was able to overcome early declines in the major market benchmarks. However, some stocks didn’t fare as well as the overall market, and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI), and Horizon Pharma (NASDAQ:HZNP) 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 Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, financial shares fell 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), down 7 percent, and AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) down 5 percent.

usa stock exchange: Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation(SWHC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Smith & Wesson’s (SWHC) stock has been under pressure ever since Donald Trump’s election victory–it appears that the perceived threat to take away guns did wonders for the gun manufacturer’s sales. Now, Smith & Wesson might also have to deal with competitive pressures that could “challenge” its market share, says Wunderlich’s Rommel Dionisio:

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    Given the upcoming mid-January Shot Show, the firearms industrys most important annual trade show, several prominent competitors have already begun to unveil new products for 2017. The flurry of major new product introductions from leading players in the field into the two fastest growing categories of firearms, modern sporting rifles (MSRs) and compact/concealed carry handguns, appear meaningfully more competitive than usual, which could challenge Smith & Wessons (SWHC) market share, which had been rising impressively the past several years. Industry sales are also likely to slow, following unusually high growth in 2016. We maintain our price target of $26, derived using an EV/2016E EBITDA multiple of 6.0x.

    Shares of Smith & Wesson have dropped 1.5% to $21.78 at 12:07 p.m. today.

  • [By Diane Alter]

    Shareholders “overwhelmingly” voted to change the company name from Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: SWHC) to American Outdoor Brands Corp., the Springfield, Mass.-based company said in a statement Tuesday. The proposed name change was approved by Smith & Wesson’s board of directors last month.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Sturm, Ruger & Company underperforming more volatile but higher flying competitors or peers like small cap gun stock American Outdoor Brands Corp (NASDAQ: AOBC), formerly Smith & Wesson Holding Corp (NASDAQ: SWHC), and electronic control device maker Axon Enterprise (NASDAQ: AAXN), formerlyTASER International, Inc (NASDAQ: TASR):

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp (NASDAQ: SWHC) were down 12 percent to $21.04. Smith & Wesson reported upbeat results for its second quarter, but issued a weak outlook for its third quarter.

usa stock exchange: ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.(ARR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Armour Residential REIT Inc. (NYSE: ARR), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), PJT Partners Inc. (NYSE; PJT), Sonic Automotive Inc. (NYSE: SAH)and Tandy Leather Factory Inc. (NASDAQ: TLF).

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    It was just about one year ago that QE3 made its debut, and mortgage REITs, particularly agency-only players like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR  ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) began moaning about the increased competition for mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    This development will likely give battered mREITs like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR  ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) a huge boost as investors begin to feel less panic regarding a tapering of the current QE3 program. Markets have responded to the Summers announcement by soaring skyward, apparently feeling relief and confidence about the fate of the taper.

usa stock exchange: Western Union Company (The)(WU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Mathews]

    Western Union Co. (NYSE: WU) is the leading independent provider of consumer money transfer services. After a rough couple of years and dealing with compliance and regulatory issues, WU has finally weathered the storm. Market share has stabilized and revenues have been slowly growing. One of Western Union’s strengths is its size in the industry. The money-transfer business is highly scalable because the incremental costs of processing additional transactions are minimal. This allows WU to have operating margins that are twice as large as its closest competitor. Also, since WU is a highly recognizable brand, consumers flock to use its services in comparison to its peers. Western Union submitted a bid to buy the Australian company OzForex. If this deal goes through, it will provide additional scale to WU, especially to a market clientele that is more affluent. With the troubling times behind the company and expansion on the horizon, expect WU stock to appreciate to $24.

  • [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 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

usa stock exchange: MakeMyTrip Limited(MMYT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, technology shares fell 0.69 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included MakeMyTrip Limited (NASDAQ: MMYT), down 8 percent, and Western Digital Corp (NASDAQ: WDC) down 5 percent.

usa stock exchange: SPAR Group Inc.(SGRP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap international merchandising and marketing services stockSPAR Group Inc (NASDAQ: SGRP):

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