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Top 5 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Hey, Alexa, can anything stop Amazon?

Shares of the e-commerce king, which is also now a cloud computing giant, connected-home leader, drone company, freight airline, Hollywood studio and even a traditional brick-and-mortar retailer, rose above $900 for the first time Tuesday.

It’s another all-time high.

Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) stock is on a seven-day winning streak. The shares have gained 7% during that stretch and more than 20% this year.

As a result, Amazon is worth more than $430 billion. That’s nearly twice the market value of its rival Walmart (WMT), which has a market cap of a mere $220 billion.

Only Apple (AAPL, Tech30), Google owner Alphabet (GOOGL, Tech30) and Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) are worth more than Amazon. The Jeff Bezos-led company is now more valuable than Facebook (FB, Tech30) and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB).

And with that $900 stock price, Amazon is approaching some rarefied air.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Isle of Capri Casinos Inc.(ISLE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Isle of Capri Casinos (NASDAQ: ISLE) shares shot up 30 percent to $22.03. Eldorado Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: ERI) and Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. struck a merger deal through which the former would buy the latter for $23 a share in cash or 1.638 shares.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Isle of Capri Casinos (NASDAQ: ISLE) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.

    The company posted adjusted earnings of $0.62 per share on revenue of $264.9 million. However, analysts were expecting earnings of 0.54 per share on revenue of $266.8 million.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (NASDAQ: ISLE) had the president of the company selling some stock. Arnold Block parted with 63,648 shares of the gaming company at $26.20 per share. The total for the sale cameto $2 million. He was joined by CEO Eric Hausler and the chief legal officer, Edmund Quatmann, who together sold 163,949 shares forbetween $26.02 and $26.26. Their trades totaled $4 million.The shares closed on Friday at $25.45, so well-timed trades indeed.The 52-week trading range is $13.01 to $26.89, and the consensus price objective is $23.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Conn's, Inc.(CONN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Electronics Stores: This industry moved up 1.16% by 10:15 am. The top performer in this industry was Conns (NASDAQ: CONN), which gained 1.3%. Conns’ PEG ratio is 0.87.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Conn's Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Conn’s Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) shares dropped 24 percent to $8.95 as the company reported downbeat quarterly results. Conn’s posted a Q1 loss of $0.31 per share on revenue of $389.1 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Conn's Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) shares were also up, gaining 32 percent to $11.18 after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Conn’s Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) shares dropped 23 percent to $9.03 as the company reported downbeat quarterly results. Conn’s posted a Q1 loss of $0.31 per share on revenue of $389.1 million.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

Top 5 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: LaSalle Hotel Properties(LHO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Marshall Hargrave]

    The other key benefit for Strategic is that it enjoys industry-leading earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) per available room. For 2012, Strategic generated $81 per room of EBITDA. Compare this to top comps LaSalle Hotel (NYSE: LHO) at $74 per room and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) at $71. The reason for this is that Strategic is much less reliant than its peers on rooms, with much greater exposure to food and beverages. Strategic earns 53% of its revenue from rooms, while its peers get around 66% of revenues from rooms.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Activision Blizzard, Inc(ATVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    NetEase with its focus on mobile is well positioned to capture the mobile advertising services business in China. As mentioned in the earnings call, its advertising business is in for steady growth. The Mobile News App will be a key growth driver. Also, the games released in partnership with Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI)(Blizzard Entertainments) have been a huge hit. To quote from the earnings call: “Overwatch also established a new sales record in the category of buy-to-play PC-client games in mainland China, with more than five million copies sold by the end of December since its late May release.” In 2017, expansion packs of existing games and some new ones are expected which could also become ahuge hit among the Chinese gamers. This really bodes well for NetEase since licensed games such as Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch was also one of the prime reasons for the growth in online game services gross profit in 2016.

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    Activision Blizzard Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) had also been on a tear in October 2015, having climbed 84% in the previous two years when Money Morning Director of Technology & Venture Capital Research Michael Robinson highlighted it for our readers. In the less than two years since, the video game designer is up another 80.8%. Activision boasts such blockbuster franchises as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Candy Crush Saga, making it one of the top companies in the video game industry.

  • [By John Ballard]

    Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) recently reported its first-quarter results for 2017, and it was another great quarter. Over the last 12 months, players have spent about 40 billion hours playing Activision Blizzard’s games, a double-digit percentage increase over the first quarter of 2016.

  • [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.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: YPF Sociedad Anonima(YPF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    These are the top 5 holdings of Knighthead Capital Management, LLCSPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,500,000 shares, 57.03% of the total portfolio. Spirit Realty Capital Inc (SRC) – 9,113,000 shares, 11.82% of the total portfolio. New PositionYPF SA (YPF) – 2,153,795 shares, 7.26% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 1.5%TerraForm Global Inc (GLBL) – 9,200,000 shares, 6.61% of the total portfolio. EQT Corp (EQT) – 597,300 shares, 5.9% of the total p

Hot Value Stocks To Own Right Now

Investing legend Bill Miller currently has 50 percent of his hedge fund, Miller Value Partners, invested in Bitcoin.

That is not a typo. I said fifty percent.

Miller currently has half of his investor’s money riding on a cryptocurrency. He told us so in a recent interview…1

If you aren’t familiar with Bill Miller here is what you should know. He is the only fund manager in history to have outperformed the S&P 500 for at least fifteen years in a row.

He is not a flash in the pan.

Miller achieved that feat, then known as “the streak” from 1991 through 2006, while running money for Legg Mason. It was an incredible accomplishment.

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Miller’s streak made him a bit of an investing legend. His view on Bitcoin however is very different than any other investing or business legend that I can find.

Hot Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Extra Space Storage Inc(EXR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    The final REIT type I like right now is self-storage, particularly Extra Space Storage (NYSE:EXR).

    First, I should mention that this could prove to be the most volatile company on the list. Self-storage isn’t as defensive as retail or healthcare simply because of its lease structure. Generally, you don’t sign a multi-year lease on a storage unit — you just pay each month that you want to keep it. This makes it easier for tenants to vacate the properties during tough times.

Hot Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Cross Timbers Royalty Trust(CRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap trust stock Cross Timbers Royalty Trust (NYSE: CRT):

    On the close-up detailed chart of Cross Timber Royalty we can see how well-developed the downtrend is, but what’s so eye-catching is the way the selling volume is starting to build on the way down. The recent bearish crosses of all the key moving average lines were indeed telling of trouble.

Hot Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Activision Blizzard, Inc(ATVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    While some are attempting to profit from this trend by buying stock in console makers such as Sony or Microsoft, investors may be best served by instead purchasing shares of the top video game makers, such as Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA).

  • [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 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 Danny Vena]

    With that much revenue at stake, what are the best gaming stocks for investors in 2017? Several companies have exhibited impressive performance over the past several years, and that trend is likely to continue. Top choices in the space includeActivision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI), Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), and Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO).

Hot Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Match Group, Inc.(MTCH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    In its first full year as a publicly traded company, online dating conglomerateMatch Group (NASDAQ:MTCH) surged past expectations, climbing 26%.

    A number of factors led to its standout performance, including blockbuster growth from Tinder, strong operating leverage, and consistently beaten earnings estimates. Let’s take a closer look at how things played out in 2016.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap dating site stock Match Group Inc (NASDAQ: MTCH), which was spun off from media and Internet stock IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) and is a peer or remaining dating stock Spark Networks Inc (NYSEMKT: LOV), is the eight most shorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 43.96% according to Highshortnterest.com.

Hot Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Vitality Biopharma (VBIO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, small cap cannabinoid prodrug pharmaceutical stock Vitality Biopharma, Inc. (OTCQB: VBIO) announcedthe filing of an international patent application that describes compounds discovered to be effective for neural repair treatments. The underlying patent rights were assigned to Vitality Biopharma in March 2016 and are based on work performed by the Myelin Repair Foundation (MRF) -a non-profit disease research organization that was dedicated to developing regenerative therapies for multiple sclerosis.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    That’s why its worth pointing out that just yesterday, small cap cannabinoid prodrug pharmaceutical stock Vitality Biopharma, Inc. (OTCQB: VBIO) announced the appointment of Tracy Rockney, J.D. to the position of Senior Regulatory Advisor. In addition to being the Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer of OneSource Regulatory, a regulatory consulting firm, Rockney was previously:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    In mid-September, Vitality Biopharma Inc (OTCMKTS:VBIO) announced it was going to take aim at the development of an alternative to opioids as a means of treating pain. At the time, there was little doubt that the company’s cannabinoid science was capable of doing so. What wasn’t clear to VBIO shareholders was exactly how that might happen…. meaning what sort of drug might Vitality Biopharma come up with.

    We got the first of what will likely be several answers to the question today. Per today’s press release, Vitality Biopharma intends to come up with a treatment for narcotic bowel syndrome, which is a severe form of (ironically enough) opiate-induced abdominal pain.

    As a refresher, Vitality Biopharma was the name we introduced to you back on August 8th, pointing out it had developed a whole new way of making cannabinoid-based medicines. Their versions offer all the upsides of cannabinoids, but without the psychotropic (“getting high’) effects, and without some of the common downsides associated with these pharmaceuticals… like mouth and skin lesions.

    There are even bigger advantages to Vitality Biopharma’s science, however. Namely, since these drugs are prodrugs and aren’t activated until in the body, they allow for targeted delivery to the GI tract (yet can also selectively target other body parts, even as far away from the GI tract as the brain). Perhaps more than anything though, these drugs are orally-administered by virtue of being highly soluble, making them easy to use.

    It’s this nuance that makes Vitality Biopharma’s recently-announced intention so interesting, and compelling.

    Studies have found that up to 81% of patients treated with opiates have functional bowel disorders, with more than half — 58% to be exact — of opiate users reporting chronic abdominal pain stemming from the use of their prescribed painkillers. Considering 200 million opioid prescriptions are filled every year in the United States alo

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now

WILMINGTON, Del. DuPont will nolonger contribute to active employees’ pension plans, a move that will affect the retirement of 13,000 workers, including 2,800in Delaware.

The Wilmington-area company announced Thursday that workers will stop accruing benefits sometime in November 2018 or the creation date of the first independent company spawned through theproposed $130 billion mergerwith Dow. Only employees in the United States and Puerto Rico will be affected by this move.

The company also eliminated retirement health benefits, including dental and life insurance for all employees under the age of 50 when the pension contribution ends in about two years.

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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: CoreSite Realty Corporation(COR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Denver, Colorado-based CoreSite Realty Corporation (COR) offers cloud-enabled, high-performance data center campuses.

    Operating across 17 data centers in eight key North American markets, CoreSite serves a broad range of clients, including telecommunications carriers, media companies, financial and educational institutions, and government agencies.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: OMNOVA Solutions Inc.(OMN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million.
    Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million.
    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion.
    Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million.
    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million.
    Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million.
    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million.
    8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million.
    Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million.
    Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.
    Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million.
    Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter.
    Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.20 per share.
    Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: OSN) is projected to post ea

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) were down 14 percent to $8.64 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q3 earnings.

    Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) was down, falling around 8 percent to $3.68. Greenridge Global downgraded SORL Auto Parts from Buy to Hold.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) shares were also up, gaining 11 percent to $5.97 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 earnings.

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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Glu Mobile Inc.(GLUU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows that Zynga Inc largely moving sideways for the pastthree years or sowhile remaining small cap mobile gaming stockGlu Mobile Inc (NASDAQ: GLUU) has underperformed andlarge capActivision Blizzard continues to have a good run:

  • [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 Harsh Chauhan]

    Mobile gaming specialist Glu Mobile’s (NASDAQ:GLUU) net loss almost tripled in the first quarter despite a slight jump in revenue from the prior-year period. Its adjusted net loss of $0.15 per share was more than twice than Wall Street’s expectations of a $0.07-per-share loss.

  • [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 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 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Activision Blizzard, Inc(ATVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    While some are attempting to profit from this trend by buying stock in console makers such as Sony or Microsoft, investors may be best served by instead purchasing shares of the top video game makers, such as Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA).

  • [By John Ballard]

    Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) recently reported its first-quarter results for 2017, and it was another great quarter. Over the last 12 months, players have spent about 40 billion hours playing Activision Blizzard’s games, a double-digit percentage increase over the first quarter of 2016.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Shares of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) had another great month in February, rising 12.2%, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence, after reporting strong earnings to end 2016. The company seems to have cracked the code on how to create and distribute great content in a digital world.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    If the stock market is a game, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) shareholders are winning. The stock is up 60% over the past 12 months (18% in just one day last week) compared to the broader market’s 20% boost.

  • [By John Ballard]

    On its latest conference call, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) confirmed that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare fell short of expectations, yet the company turned in a great quarter. The top video game publisher posted growth in revenue and earnings, and increased its annual dividend by 15%.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Square, Inc.(SQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Dorsey subsequently co-founded online payments company Square (NYSE:SQ) in 2009, and he was promoted from passive member to executive chairman of Twitter’s board in 2010, after Dick Costolo replaced Evan Williams.

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    You can listen to the show live every day from 8-9 a.m. ET here, or catch the podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher.

    Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL): $19.75 has been the low since the deal was rumored so that’s support. Below that ,there’s a gap down to $18.55.
    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) has a pair of highs near $188. The premarket high was $188.07 and there are similar highs from Nov. 8 and 13, so that whole handle will be resistance.
    Square Inc (NYSE: SQ): It’s at all-time high levels right now. There’s support at Friday’s close at $44.18. 
    Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR): The Dorsey sympathy move is on. The Nov. 1 high of $20.99 and post-earnings high of $21.96 are two resistance levels. 
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE): Has a double top from the last two sessions at $18.47 and $18.48.

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  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Western Digital Corp (NASDAQ: WDC) lost 16 percent over the last eight trading sessions, and Square Inc (NYSE: SQ), after a 264-percent run, conceded 24 percent.

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    Payment processors and banks that are allowing bitcoin exchange are also benefiting as first-movers in digital transactions. It’s likely that most payment processors will integrate some cryptocurrency capability eventually but the first-mover advantage for companies like Square (NYSE: SQ) should help it boost user growth over the next year.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Square Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is known as a payment processing service for small-to-medium business operations. In November, Square announced that it was letting a small amount of its Cash app users buy and sell bitcoin on its platform. While this is only took place in November, Square is up about 160% year to date with a heavy correlation to bitcoin. There is still much speculation about how bitcoin could integrate with Squares platform. Shares of Square were trading down 3% at $34.75, with a 52-week range of $13.53 to $49.56 and a consensus price target of $40.00.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Teck Resources Ltd(TCK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Stephens (Equal-Weight) and Citi (Sell) both downgraded Atwood Oceanics (NYSE: ATW).

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    Investec downgraded Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD) to Hold.
    Deutsche Bank downgraded Freeport McMoRan (NYSE: FCX) to Hold.
    Goldman Sachs upgraded Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to Buy.
    Barclays upgraded Teck Resources (NYSE: TCK) to Overweight.
    BTIG started Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) at Neutral.
    Deal Talk

    U.S. oil refiner Tesoro (NYSE: TSO) said it would buy Western Refining (NYSE: WNR) for $4.1 billion to add refineries in Texas, New Mexico and Minnesota. The combined company will have refining capacity of over 1.1 million barrels per day. Tesoro has refineries in California, Washington, Alaska, Utah and North Dakota.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Summer Infant Inc.(SUMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Childrens Placeoutperforming last year before leveling off into a range while mid cap peerCarter’s, Inc (NYSE: CRI) is nearing previous highs againand small cap Summer Infant, Inc (NASDAQ: SUMR) is well below previous highs:

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Snap-On Incorporated(SNA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Snap-on (SNA)

    Snap-on, which is more than 100 years old, provides hand and power tools for individuals and professionals, including auto-shop tools and auto diagnostic equipment.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Coming up on this episode of Mad Money: Cramer interviews Nick Pinchuk, CEO of Snap-on (SNA) . Plus, don’t miss the Lightning Round. Which stocks is Cramer bullish on?

  • [By John Divine]

    Snap-on Incorporated (SNA) is my choice for the Best Stocks for 2016 competition. At a market cap of $10 billion, I doubt it will double over the next year, as some of the smaller companies in this competition might be able to.

    That said, Snap-on, which manufactures and markets hand tools and diagnostic equipment, is a rock-solid company with an attractive valuation and impressive growth. It goes for 22 times earnings, pays a consistent and modest dividend, and has been around since 1920.

    As cars get more tech-heavy and complicated, newer tools and better diagnostics will be needed — and that’s SNA’s bread ‘n’ butter. 

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.(PNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) has gained 56% this year; Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has climbed 38%. And Deutsche Bank has nice things to say about both today.

    Bloomberg

    First Pinnacle. Deutsche Bank’s Carlo Santarelli ponders the stock’s big move and comes away still seeing value in its shares. He writes:

    When we upgraded PNK in April, our thesis centered on the FCF strength of the combined entities [Pinnacle completed its acquisition of Ameristar Casinos on Aug. 14], a handful of favorable catalysts, easing regional gaming comps, & an inexpensive relative valuation. Given the shares’ sizeable move since then, we believe it is worth revisiting the investment case. Post the announcement of several asset sales and the closing of the transaction, we are adjusting our estimates, raising our PT to $30 from $24, and maintaining our bullish view at current levels given what we still believe to be an attractive free cash flow valuation, meaningful potential synergy realization beyond the $40 mm of announced benefits, and a free option on a lagging regional recovery.

    Santarelli also revisited Las Vegas Sands and there too, he likes what he sees. He writes:

    With…LVS at [a share price level] that have been challenging to break from over the last year plus, we believe this time is different and hence we see continued upward momentum…In the case of LVS, we see; 1) meaningful mass market strength continuing through year end, setting the stage for upward company and market estimate revisions for 2014, 2) continued cash flow appreciation and capital returns serving as downside protection and positive catalysts, and 3) continued shared gains, largely driven by table optimization and mass market strength, driving both estimates and sentiment.

    He also likes Wynn Resorts (WYNN), despite its 34% gain.Santarelli writes:

    As for WYNN, we believe near-term estimates continue to take a back seat to capital return

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Dynavax Technologies Corporation(DVAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cooper Creagan]

    The same is true for Dynavax Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq: DVAX). A quick Night Trade of DVAX would’ve netted a whopping 230% in just a few months – and this can all be done from the comfort of your own home.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares shot up 73 percent to $15.99 as the company announced that the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted 12-1 in support of the company’s Hepatitis B vaccine, HEPLISAV-B. RBC Capital upgraded Dynavax from Sector Perform to Outperform.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 32.7 percent to $65.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported that larotrectinib trial demonstrated 76 percent confirmed objective response rate.
    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares rose 22 percent to $7.20 in the pre-market trading session after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.
    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) rose 21.7 percent to $99.75 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed positive PB272 Phase 2 data from TBCRC 022 trial at ASCO17.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares rose 20.7 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after the company reported that RedZone has acquired all the assets of Trendit including three technology patents.
    Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) rose 13.1 percent to $16.05 in pre-market trading after D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) proposed to buy 75 percent of Forestar Group for $16.25 per share in cash.
    TG Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TGTX) shares rose 12 percent to $15.50 in pre-market trading after the company said Phase 3 GENUINE trial met primary endpoint with TG-1101 + ibrutinib increasing overall response rate by >70 percent versuss ibrutinib alone.
    Gigamon Inc (NYSE: GIMO) gained 10.8 percent to $43.55. Reuters reported that Gigamon is exploring a potential sale.
    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) rose 8.7 percent to $6.00 in pre-market trading after the company announced Rapivab pediatric sNDA acceptance by the FDA.
    Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY) rose 7.2 percent to $8.77 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.68 percent on Friday.
    Ehi Car Services Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: EHIC) shares rose 6.4 percent to $10.76 in pre-market trading. eHi Car Services posted Q1 earnings of $0.06 on sales of $89.43 million.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) rose 5.9 percent to $114.79 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Friday.
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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $6.88 after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Add Dynavax Technologies Corp. (DVAX) to the list of biotech stocks to watch on or a little before Dec. 15. Thats when the company is going to get a yay or nay from the Food & Drug Administration about Heplisav-B as a treatment for hepatitis B in people with type 2 diabetes

My Plan For A 69 Percent Gain By March

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When I was a kid, these daydreams were the sparks that excited the mind of many a geek like me (and maybe a few of the cool kids). Back then, 8-bit primitive video games helped feed these fantasies. Unfortunately, the games were rudimentary and usually required a trip to the local arcade — along with a healthy imagination — to make the experiences come alive.

Today, children, teens and adults can live out their imaginations (or just have fun) through immersive, cutting-edge games that utilize high-definition, realistic scenarios in an augmented and even virtual reality that’s becoming hard to differentiate from the real thing.

It’s perfectly normal, for young people especially, to interact with a computer for the majority of their waking hours.

Satiating The Digital Desire
Unlike generations before them, today’s kids looks to digital games and content played on consoles and their smart devices to entertain them. With a limited number of quality game producers and this quickly growing audience, I believe Take-Two Interactive Software (Nasdaq: TTWO) is poised for another leg higher.

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe. The company is responsible for developing and publishing dozens of hit games over the past decade, including franchises such as Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Midnight Club and Red Dead Redemption, which add sequels every couple years.

Its popular franchises and new releases slated for 2018 are expected to drive the stock to new highs with better-than-expected earnings.

Take-Two’s games also frequently spawn offshoots, including downloadable episodes, currency and modified versions for smartphones and tablets. What makes the online, connected revolution so extraordinary is the fact that games are not only cheaper to produce and easily distribute over a wider area, but they can be further monetized through in-app purchases, add-ons and more.

The best part is that companies like Take-Two and its chief competitors, Activision-Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: EA), can all thrive in this exponentially growing industry. And even though the group’s average price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios are higher than the S&P 500’s average (52.2 for videogame makers versus 25.7 for S&P 500), the industry is also expected to grow 3X more next year (32.9% growth) than the broader index is (10.2% growth).

Investors might not (yet) see the growth potential that is built into these stocks.

As global economies strengthen and consumer confidence and spending in the United States push holiday sales into record territory, you can bet that game companies — especially best-of-breed developers like TTWO — will stand to profit immensely.

Just recently, Reuters published an article titled “U.S. Videogame Makers May Trounce Sales Estimates Again,” which offered data from several sources that supports my thesis.

To summarize, as a group, videogame makers have outpaced analyst estimates 87% of the time over the past five years. That’s unbelievably strong data, considering only 74% of S&P 500 companies beat earnings estimates in the most recent, extremely strong quarter. Likewise, during the same five-year period, only 67% of S&P 500 companies beat sales estimates.

And even though TTWO and its peers are on fire and expect to continue their growth, analysts’ earnings estimates are conservative because they are simply too scared to get too optimistic.

So, What Does All This Mean For TTWO?
Well, when I recommended a trade on TTWO to my Profit Amplifier subscribers, the consensus target on TTWO was about $126. That was about 13% above recent prices around $110. With a record holiday season likely in store, I think it’s safe to say that TTWO will deliver another earnings beat when it reports on Jan. 31. This is likely to send those targets even higher still.

What’s more is the fact that TTWO executives actually presented a more optimistic outlook for the company. This normally conservative management team recently turned aggressively bullish. Given management’s conservative history, you can bet there’s a good reason for the shift in sentiment.

Make 69% From A 13.1% Move
Investors are just starting to pick up on TTWO, which is beginning to drive shares higher — but I think there is a lot more upside to come.

For us, we don’t have to bank on analysts upping their targets on the upcoming earnings beat or investors pushing the stock to new, all-time highs. No, we can potentially pocket a cool profit with the stock simply rising to the current, conservative target of $126.

If, as the market expects (and I do as well), TTWO moves higher by 13.1% to $126, regular investors will be thrilled to pocket a double-digit gain in just over a month.

But we can do better. Thanks to my proven options-buying strategy, my Profit Amplifier readers and I plan to amplify this bump in TTWO’s price into a full 69% gain by the middle of March. For those of you working that annual gain out in your heads, I’ll save you the time: it’s a stunning 286.3%.

Even if we’re wrong, this trade breaks even at a stock price of $114.20, a measly 4.1% above TTWO’s recent price.

How You Can Get In On This Trade
While it wouldn’t be fair to my premium Profit Amplifier subscribers to reveal the specifics of this options trade in this article, my proven strategy could be just what you need to make more on your trades than you thought possible.

While the rest of the crowd is simply buying stocks and hoping for the best, my subscribers and I have spent the year “raiding” the market with our simple options trades, taking more than our fair share of gains. I’m talking about returns of 35% in six days, 29% in four days, 31% in 10 days and 27% in seven days, just to name a few.

Bottom line, my stock market raiding technique is the best way to increase your returns while preserving capital and reducing risk. Of course, that’s only if it’s done correctly.
That’s why I created a special report that will walk you through the steps I take when going on market raids, which should help you avoid the costly mistakes many new traders experience. If you’d like to make trades like the one I described today — or even potentially make 80% when a stock only moves 8% — go here.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Own Right Now

Last fall, I attended the Latticework investment conference in New York.   Some of the world's greatest value investors were there. But what struck me the most was that there was a lot of kvetching about being unable to find any bargains in the U.S. stock market right now.   This is a common complaint after the market has done well for a time. But it's also a common complaint when the stock market has gone through one of its fits… when investors are down 20% or 30%… and stocks are falling out of the sky.   As I always tell people, there are thousands of stocks out there. If you don't want to have a big stock portfolio, you only need to find a handful of good ones. Five to eight… a dozen, tops. Surely, out of the thousands of names that are out there, there's got to be a dozen stocks worth owning.   That's why I don't focus on the overall market. Let me explain…

Top 5 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Sphere 3D Corp.(ANY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) dropped about 36% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $0.23 after closing Friday at $0.36. The 52-week high is $2.00. Volume of around 4.3 million was more than 10 times the daily average of around 390,000 shares traded. The company said today that it has received an unsolicited proposal from an unnamed company to purchase certain of Sphere 3D’s assets.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: 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 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 Leo Sun]

    But amid all the hype and noise, investors might be confused about which companies will benefit the most from that growth. Let’s examine three companies that fit that bill — Tencent Holdings (NASDAQOTH:TCEHY), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    In February 2016, King Digital Entertainment PLC (NYSE: KING) was acquired by Activision Blizzard, Inc (NASDAQ: ATVI) for $5.9 billion.

    A technical chart for Glu Mobile shows a November reversal with shares back above a key resistance or support level:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Video game giant Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) has been on a tear both on its financial statements and in the stock market over the past year. New product hits like Overwatch have combined with stalwarts like World of Warcraft and new acquisitions from King Digital to create a cash flow machine.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Foot Locker, Inc.(FL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, Universal Display (NASDAQ:OLED) and Foot Locker (NYSE:FL) both made large moves following their quarterly earnings announcements.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    As we’ve seen this quarter, there are retailers that are thriving in an e-commerce world, mainly TJX Stores (TJX) , Foot Locker (FL) , Ulta (ULTA) and Burlington Stores (BURL) . But for the department stores like Nordstrom and rival Macy’s (M) , there may be no way to change the tide. 

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    While we appreciate near-term potential at Foot Locker (FL), what stands out is its consistency. Like any good distance runner, Foot Locker has learned to keep a steady pace, explains Richard Moroney, editor of Dow Theory Forecasts.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) posted stronger-than-expected results for its third quarter.

    Foot Locker posted quarterly adjusted earnings of $0.87 per share on revenue of $1.87 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.80 per share on revenue of $1.83 billion. Its same-store sales fell 3.7 percent during the quarter.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Allegheny Technologies Incorporated(ATI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market performed well on Tuesday, responding to steady improvement among many companies as earnings season kicked into high gear. Although political issues are likely to remain in the spotlight for some investors for the foreseeable future, many market participants are looking to economic and business issues in driving their investing decisions. Major market benchmarks finished the day with gains of 0.5% to 1%, but some stocks did much better. Among the best performers on the day were Allegheny Technologies (NYSE:ATI), II-VI (NASDAQ:IIVI), and Beazer Homes (NYSE:BZH). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday morning, the basic materials shares climbed by 0.95 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI), up 5 percent, and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL), up 5 percent.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Unilever PLC(UL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    GLP’s customers include Walmart (WMT) , Unilever (UL) , JD.com (JD) , Adidas (ADDYY) , Estee Lauder (EL) and L’Oreal (LRLCY) .

    The S$3.38 offer price represents 81% premium over its 12-month volume weighted average price and a 25% premium over its last full trading day before the announcement.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) said it would divest its 145-year-old margarine and spreads business, part of a broad restructuring in the wake of a spurned takeover approach by Kraft Heinz Co. (NASDAQ: KHC): Link

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) dropped about 1.4% on Friday to post a new 52-week low of $38.58 after closing at $39.11 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $48.97. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 1.5 million shares. The consumer products company had no specific news on Friday.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down with Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever (UL) , home to such brands as Dove soaps and shampoos, Lipton tea, Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Vaseline, among dozens of others. On Feb. 17, Unilever rejected a hostile takeover bid from Kraft Heinz (KHC) and vowed to bring out more value as a standalone company.

Hot Tech Stocks For 2018

Facebook Inc. stock has entered into a phase of consolidation in recent trading sessions. With FB stock trading near all-time highs, should investors buy into the stock?
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Shares of Menlo Park, California-basedsocial networking giant Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) have been on a tear through 2017. FB stock closed the last trading session at a price of $142.28 per share, up 23.7% in the year-to-date. The Menlo park technology giant’s rapid rise in the mobile ad space combined with the growth of its Instagram platform have been largely responsible for the current rally in FB stock price. With Facebook stock price flirting with its all-time highs, does it make sense to buy into thesocial giant? Well, we think that FB stock is still a solid long-term buy, and here is why.

Hot Tech Stocks For 2018: Ambarella, Inc.(AMBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    Ambarella’s Technical analysis charts are showing strong bearish signals. Ambarella Inc(NASDAQ:AMBA)stockstartedto decline after the 100-day and 200-day simple moving averages formed a death cross. A death cross occurs when a shorter period moving average cuts a longer period moving average from the top. It is a strong bearish signal. There is a bearish crossover in MACD too. The signal line has crossed over MACD line from below. This indicates a continuation of the bearish trend. The stock has now crossed into the lower half of the Bollinger Bands and is likely to trade lower.

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    Ambarella (NASDAQ:AMBA) stock is currently testing its 50-day simple moving average support line. As can be seen in Ambarella’s Technical analysis charts, AMBA stock was in a strong downtrend, forming lowerlows and lower highs over the past six months. However, the trend changed after the stock formed a doublebottom pattern. Double bottom is a trend reversal pattern which indicates that the stock is likelyto go up. After forming the double bottom pattern, the stock rallied, gaining around 10%. However, the rally was brought to a halt after the 100-day and 200-day simple moving averages formed a death cross. A death cross occurs when a shorter period moving average cuts a longer period moving average from the top. It is a strong bearish signal. The death cross was accompanied by abearish crossover between MACD and signal line. Ambarella stock has been in a decline ever since.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    However, investors shouldn’t completely ignore the growth potential of other wearable makers. Let’s take a closer look at three companies — Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN), Taser International (NASDAQ:TASR), and Ambarella (NASDAQ:AMBA) — which could still benefit from high sales of wearable devices even as market leaders like Fitbit and GoPro struggle with sluggish growth.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    We had GoPro Inc as a SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio pick when it was still outperformingandlater on we suggested ashort-term short position in thestock. We also had positions in semiconductor and high-definition video solutions stockAmbarella Inc (NASDAQ: AMBA)- a key GoPro Inc supplier.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    We had GoPro Inc as a Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP)portfolio pick when it was still outperformingplus we havesuggested short-term short positions in thestock. We also had positions in semiconductor and high-definition video solutions stockAmbarella Inc (NASDAQ: AMBA)- a key GoPro Inc supplier.

Hot Tech Stocks For 2018: NQ Mobile Inc.(NQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    Oberweis China Opportunities Fund (OBCHX), the best-performing U.S.-based fund investing in Chinese stocks, said Internet companies from NQ Mobile Inc. (NQ) to Qihoo 360 Technology Co. (QIHU) will extend a rally after jumping more than three-fold this year.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: NQ) shares dropped 16 percent to $3.88 after the company issued an update on the FL Mobile divestment. NQ Mobile is expected to report Q4 financial results on March 21, 2016.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, telecommunications services shares gained by 0.42 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT), up 4 percent, and NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: NQ), up 2 percent.

Hot Tech Stocks For 2018: Activision Blizzard, Inc(ATVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 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 Danny Vena]

    With that much revenue at stake, what are the best gaming stocks for investors in 2017? Several companies have exhibited impressive performance over the past several years, and that trend is likely to continue. Top choices in the space includeActivision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI), Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), and Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO).

  • [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 an uptrend albeit shares have been moving sideways within a range for that past two months:

Hot Tech Stocks For 2018: Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (The)(IPG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 59.42% to $280.90 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COS has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 8.14%.

     

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (NYSE: IPG) dropped about 4% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $21.28 after closing Tuesday at $22.16. The 52-week high is $25.71. Volume reached nearly 10 million shares traded, more than double the daily average of around 3.8 million. Tuesday’s weak earnings report continued to weigh on the share price.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COS’s return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COS as a Buy with a ratings score of A. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    Interpublic is our income play in our media universe. While other stocks we cover offer a higher yield than IPG’s 2.1%, the company’s double digit EPS growth projections for 2016 (following an estimated 18% in 2015) will also likely be a driver of outperformance for the year. While results can be somewhat volatile for IPG, we would point to record new business win backlog this year, which improves our conviction that the better than average recent organic revenue growth trends will continue next year. At 18x our 2016 EPS estimate, we find IPG shares attractive at current levels for another projected year of healthy double digit total returns. 

market close today

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).

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    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.

trader

Moodys Corp. said Friday it agreed to pay $864 million to the U.S. Department of Justice and several states in connection with bond ratings it issued before the 2008 housing-market collapse.

Moodys failed to adhere to its own credit rating standards and fell short on its pledge of transparency in the run-up to the Great Recession, said Justice official Bill Baer, the Wall Street Journal reported.

trader: Kronos Worldwide Inc(KRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: KRO) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.13 per share on revenue of $308.50 million.

    Energen Corporation (NYSE: EGN) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.67 per share on revenue of $122.91 million.

trader: Activision Blizzard, Inc(ATVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Ballard]

    But now we are starting to see game publishers step up with that commitment. Two important new leagues to watch are Activision Blizzard’s (NASDAQ:ATVI) Overwatch League and Take-Two Interactive Software’s (NASDAQ:TTWO)NBA 2K eLeague. Activision Blizzard will soon start selling teams for Overwatch League to prospective owners this year, and the NBA and Take-Two just announced the formation of its own professional e-sports league based on the best-selling NBA 2K franchise.

  • [By John Ballard]

    Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) posted strong sales and earnings for the first quarter despite no new game releases, which spotlights the increasing importance of player engagement and growth. The company has been holding steady at 400 million monthly active users for its games since acquiring King Digital Entertainment in early 2016. Those users spent about 40 billion hours over the last 12 months playing the titles across its roster.

  • [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:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    If the stock market is a game, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) shareholders are winning. The stock is up 60% over the past 12 months (18% in just one day last week) compared to the broader market’s 20% boost.

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Chuck Saletta, Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Jordan Wathen]

    With that in mind, we asked a team of Fools each to highlight a stock that a billionaire investor has been selling recently. Read on to see why they chose Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG), and Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY).

  • [By Leo Sun]

    But amid all the hype and noise, investors might be confused about which companies will benefit the most from that growth. Let’s examine three companies that fit that bill — Tencent Holdings (NASDAQOTH:TCEHY), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA).

trader: Sonic Corp.(SONC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    After the market closed yesterday, small cap burger stock Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) reported fiscalQ2 2017 earnings with shares falling moderately in after hours trading as the top line missed and the bottom line met expectations. However, it appears analysts are zeroing in on the system same-store sales comps down 7.4% versus expectations for a fall of 4.3%. The decline was comprised of a7.3% same-store sales decline at franchise drive-ins and a decline of 8.9% at company drive-ins.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small caps Habit Restaurants and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) below their IPO prices while more established burger stocks Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc (NASDAQ: RRGB) and Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC)have seen their performance drift downward last year or the year before:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows more recent burger IPOs like small caps Habit Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ: HABT) and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) underperforming while Red Robin Gourmet Burgers andSonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) have remained in positive territory:

trader: United Technologies Corporation(UTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    An official government strategy may open the door for defense contractors beyond the traditional Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT), Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) traded down 1.07% at $116.63. The stock’s 52-week range is $106.21 to $124.79. Volume was about 25% below the daily average of around 3.6 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    United Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UTX) traded up 1.35% at $118.45. The stock’s 52-week range is $96.89 to $119.258, and the high was posted this afternoon. Volume was about a third higher than the daily average of around 3 million. The industrial giant reported results this morning that were better than estimates on both profits and revenues.

  • [By Michael K. Farr]

    United Technologies is a diversified industrial company that provides products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company’s aerospace segments target both commercial and government (including both defense and space) customers. The company has a fantastic long-term track record of financial performance, with strong double-digit EPS growth, outstanding cash generation, and a stock price that, until recently, had handily outperformed the market over the long term. Looking forward, there are certainly risks to the outlook, including slowing growth outside the U.S., an aging aerospace cycle, and the continued integration of a new CEO. However, trading at a significant discount to the overall market, we think patient investors will be rewarded. The stock currently trades at an undemanding 14.6 times calendar year 16 estimated EPS with a yield of 2.7 percent. 

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Coming up on this episode of Mad Money: Cramer interviews United Technologies (UTX) CEO Greg Hayes; and Doug Lebda, CEO of LendingTree (TREE) . Plus, don’t miss the Lightning Round. Which stocks is Cramer bullish on?

trader: Skechers U.S.A., Inc.(SKX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related HTGM Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline HTG Molecular Diagnostics Completes Initial Technical Feasibility Testing with QIAGEN … (GuruFocus)
    Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline Zais Group reports Q4 results (Seeking Alpha)
    HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ: HTGM) shares climbed 204.1 percent to $11.95 after surging 83.64 percent on Thursday. HTG Molecular Diagnostics reported a Q4 loss of $0.76 per share on revenue of $1.5 million.
    ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAIS) shares surged 52.6 percent to $3.45. ZAIS Group reported Q4 earnings of $0.29 per share on revenue of $16.73 million.
    Global Brokerage Inc (NASDAQ: GLBR) shares jumped 24.3 percent to $2.30.
    Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RGLS) shares surged 20 percent to $1.50. Regulus Therapeutics’ Chairman bought 500,000 shares at $1.22 per share.
    Rocket Fuel Inc (NASDAQ: FUEL) shares gained 15.6 percent to $5.19.
    Akoustis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: AKTS) rose 13.3 percent to $10.75 as the company agreed to acquire wafer manufacturing facility for $2.75 million in cash.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares gained 12.6 percent to $1.25.
    Inventure Foods Inc (NASDAQ: SNAK) jumped 10.4 percent to $4.46 after the company announced the strategic sale of Fresh Frozen Foods for $23.7 million in cash.
    CymaBay Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CBAY) surged 8.7 percent to $4.14. Cymabay Therapeutics reported a Q4 loss of $0.30 per share.
  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Skechers USA Inc. (NYSE: SKX) was raised to Buy at a firm called Monness Crespi & Hardt, which put a $30 price target on the shares. Theconsensus price objective is$26.13, and the 52-week range is $18.81 to $34.27. The stock closed Thursday at a$24.05.

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    Skechers USA Inc (NYSE: SKX) is expected to report earnings on Thursday after the market closes. The footwear company has generally traded lower over the last eight quarters in the face of decelerating revenue growth. The stock had been gaining some momentum in the early part of the year until Susquehanna's Sam Poser downgraded the company to a negative rating on March 29th. Poser warned that domestic wholesale growth would fall short of investor expectations and the stock has since fallen 15 percent.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Skechers USA (SKX) has tumbled 5.4% to$28.35 after getting cut to Negative from Positive at Susquehanna.

    Sonic (SONC) has fallen 1.1% to $23.65 after beating earnings forecasts but missing on sales.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) for Q1 2.20% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) for Q1 0.00% vs -0.20% consensus estimate.
    US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    Data on factory orders for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The ISM non-manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The labor market conditions index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for May is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy
    Susquehanna upgraded Skechers (NYSE: SKX) from Neutral to Positive
    Deutsche Bank upgraded WEX (NYSE: WEX) from Hold to Buy
    Pacific Crest downgraded Apple from Overweight to Sector Weight
    RBC downgraded Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) from Sector Perform to Underperform
    Wedbush downgraded Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) from Outperform to Neutral

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here or email minutes@benzinga.com.