Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018

Turkey Day is nigh and the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 are at highs.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.31% to 19083.18, a new record close! The S&P 500 gained 0.08% to 2,204.72, also a new record close. The Nasdaq Composite was down 0.11% to 5,380.68. The Trump effect continues: industrial and defense stocks are in; tech stocks are out.

While much remains uncertain, a rate hike in December seems guaranteed. No its not just 2015 d茅j vu. Stifels Lindsey Piegza explains:

The November FOMC meeting minutes are essentially moot at this point. Against the backdrop of a flurry of Committee members comments including the Chairman herself suggesting a rate rise was imminent, the market is now pricing in a December hike with 100% certainty.

Still, a few notable items in the November FOMC meeting minutes to digest ahead of the holiday:

There remains much debate among the Committee members over the need for preemptive Fed action. Some argued that risks to economic and financial stability could increase over time if the labor market overheated, and furthermore that maintaining low interest rates for an extended period could lead to a further mispricing of risk. Of course, other suggested that given the sill-lackluster pace of activity in the overall economy, allowing the unemployment rate to fall below its longer-run normal level for a time could result in favorable supply-side effects, as well as potentially hasten the return of inflation back to the Committees longer-term 2% objective.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: Exa Corporation(EXA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Exa Corp (NASDAQ: EXA) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $16.68 million.

    Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE: THR) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $65.24 million.

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    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: Finisar Corporation(FNSR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market had a negative tone on Wednesday, although major benchmarks moved in different directions. The Dow Jones Industrials took the biggest hit, falling triple digits as one of its most influential components suffered an earnings-related drop. Relative strength in the Nasdaq Composite showed cross-currents in the overall market, but several individual stocks had substantial declines for the day, andRite Aid (NYSE:RAD), Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) were among the worst performers. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, but issued a weak forecast for the current quarter. Finisar shares jumped 7.76 percent to $27.63 in the after-hours trading session.
    Shares of Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE: BAH) dropped over 13 percent in after-hours trading as the company reported a DoJ civil and criminal investigation regarding cost accounting and cost charging practices. Booz Allen shares dipped 13.30 percent to $34.10 in the after-hours trading session.
    Bob Evans Farms Inc (NASDAQ: BOBE) shares declined over 4 percent Thursday after the company reported results for its fourth quarter. The company posted better-than-expected Q4 earnings, while sales missed estimates. Bob Evans shares dropped 4.26 percent to close at $68.99 on Thursday.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) shares dropped 21 percent to $27.46 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its third quarter and issued disappointing forecast for the current quarter.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: SuperCom, Ltd.(SPCB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Supercom Ltd (NASDAQ: SPCB) shares shot up 53 percent to $4.17 after the company reported strong results for its third quarter. SuperCom expects FY17 sales of at least $35 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Supercom Ltd (NASDAQ: SPCB) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $9.03 million.

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Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: KongZhong Corporation(KZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    The list of below stocks is notable as the shares have traded on sequentially increasing volume spanning the trading days from September 16 to September 20:

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: EMCORE Corporation(EMKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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

  • [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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR) got a boost, shooting up 30 percent to $8.38 after the company posted upbeat Q4 results.

    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.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: Veeco Instruments Inc.(VECO)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    VECO (NASDAQ:VECO) contributed 1.16% to the Fund’s quarterly return, nearly equaling AAN’s contribution in the quarter. VECO appreciated over 48% in the quarter due to an acceleration of orders for its key MOCVD tools. These tools are the main manufacturing equipment used to produce LEDs, whether they are for display screens or, increasingly, for lighting products. We estimate that VECO currently has roughly 80% global market share for MOCVD tools used to make LEDs.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday afternoon, the information technology sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK) and Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) dropped nearly 26% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $10.85 after closing at $14.65 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $34.38. Volume was around 5.8 million, about 10 times the daily average of around 584,000. The company reported late yesterday that it had received an unfavorable patent ruling in China.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: Polycom Inc.(PLCM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Emily Stewart]

     Polycom (PLCM) is Soros’ top tech holding. As of the end of the second quarter, he owns 7.9 million shares valued at $89.2 million.

    Polycom provides collaboration solutions for voice, video, and content sharing. It has a $1.7 billion market cap and trades at a P/E of 73.24.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: Pentair plc.(PNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    While the direct revenue exposure to the UK is relatively small across our coverage (aside fromTyco and Idex), the potential impact from Brexit is much more widespread across the continent and the world. The impact should be most negative for our companies with larger industrial exposure to Europe, just as we have begun to hear incrementally positive commentary regarding Europe.Idex andTyco have some of the highest direct exposures to UK and Europe but Tyco’s business should be relatively more stable and in any case theJohnson Controls (JCI) synergies loom large. Eaton (ETN) and Emerson Electric, though with slightly smaller exposure, are more involved with industrial spending.Danaher andHoneywell have high revenue exposure, but we believe that their more benign end market exposure should mitigate some of the negative consequences they face. We rate Allegion (ALLE), Danaher, Dover (DOV), Fortive (FTV), Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand (IR), Pentair (PNR) andTyco Outperform; Emerson Electric, Eaton, General Electric (GE),Idex and 3M (MMM) Market-Perform; Rockwell Automation (ROK) Underperform.

  • [By William Patalon III]

    Water-equipment company – and Private Briefing favorite – Pentair PLC (NYSE: PNR) left investors with mixed feelings after reported its earnings on Tuesday.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Pentair PLC(NYSE: PNR) had a major holder and director of the company buying more shares last week. Trian Fund purchased 863,000 shares of this diversified industrial manufacturing company at prices that ranged from $65.13 to $65.41 apiece. The total for the trade was posted at a huge $56 million. The stock closed Friday at $67.11, so the purchase appears to be well timed. The52-week trading range is $53.80 to $69.03, and the Wall Street consensus price objective is $67.50.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    RBC’s Deane Dray and team worry that valuations of industrial stocks like General Electric (GE), Danaher (DHR), Honeywell International (HON), Ingersoll-Rand (IR) and Pentair (PNR) have gotten ahead of themselves and recommend a “barbell strategy” when playing the sector. They explain:

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: Glu Mobile Inc.(GLUU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap mobile game stock Glu Mobile Inc (NASDAQ: GLUU)is scheduled for after the market closes onWednesday (February 8). In the past, our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio had open positions in other mobile game stocks with our SCN EO newsletter notingin August 2015 before that summers market meltdown:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows that Zynga Inc peaked after the IPO, but has at least been less volatile since then compared to the performance of remaining small cap mobile gaming stockGlu Mobile Inc (NASDAQ: GLUU) and large capActivision Blizzard:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUU) was started with a Neutral rating and a $2.30 price objective at Mizuho. The Wall Street estimate is$2.56. The 52-week range is $1.73 to $4.00, and the stock closed yesterday at $2.10.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    The gaming space has a reputation for beingdominated by male gamers and full of big-budget combat and action orientated games geared for men. However, thats not necessarily the case. Last December, Glu Mobile Inc (NASDAQ: GLUU)bought CrowdStarfor $45 million acquiring a game publisher that has had rare success with female gamers throughitsCovet Fashionwhile its last independently produced title, Design Home, has also proved to be another hit with women (about 90% ofDesign Homesplayers are female who are a little older than the Covet Fashion audience).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap mobile game stock Glu Mobile Inc (NASDAQ: GLUU) reportedQ2 2017 earnings after the market closed on Tuesday. Revenue grew 42% year over year to $68.7 million while bookingsincreased 62% to$82.5 million (whichexceed high end of guidance) and Design Home peaked as the#17 top grossing game on U.S. App Store for iPhone. The net loss was $23.568 million versus a net loss of $17.949 million. The Company also raised 2017 full year bookings guidance to a range of $307 million to $312 million.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: Sina Corporation(SINA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares ofSINA Corporation(NASDAQ:SINA)rose 25.8% in 2016,according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, following a pair of stronger-than-expected quarterly reports from the Chinese internet leader in the second half.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Warren Buffett famously told investors to be “fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.” Dedicated followers of that mantra would probably dismiss Chinese online media giant SINA (NASDAQ:SINA) — which rallied 120% over the past 12 months to a six-year high — as a “greedy” play.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    SINA Corp (NASDAQ: SINA), which has a stake in Weibo, also tumbled.

    Weibo confirmed that the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China or SAPPRFT has ordered local authorities to take measures to suspend audio and video services of some internet companies.

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    It was quickly followed by two other Chinese social media sites: SINA Corp (NASDAQ: SINA) and Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: MOMO).

    Weibo Responds

    Weibo issued a press release later in the day saying it would cooperate with the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

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