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Here's a recap of the option alerts from Thursday, July 27, 2017. All timestamps are in Eastern Time.

1:31:40 pm: SNAP SNAP Sep 15 $14 Puts at the Bid: 2582 @ $1.861 vs 354 OI; Ref=$13.54

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Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Globalstar Inc.(GSAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Globalstar (NYSEMKT:GSAT) has been growing its total sales, but still struggles with its bottom line. 2016 revenue increased 7%,but another round of financing could be needed to keep things afloat, as operating margin is still deep in the red. The company is making some headway, but time could be running out for the satellite communications provider.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.(HP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    While Loop maintains a Buy rating on all of the stocks mentioned above, Guggenheim analyst Michael LaMotte isn’t quite so bullish on the sector. Earlier this week, LaMotte downgraded the following oil services stocks from Buy to Neutral:

    Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI)
    Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc (NYSE: FMSA)
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP)
    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR)
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB)
    Halliburton
    Superior Energy Services

    Guggenheim also cut its 2017 oil price forecast from $55 to $48/bbl.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) posted upbeat results for its fourth quarter.
    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter and issued strong Q3 guidance.
    Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) proposed to acquire Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) for $225 per share in cash and stock.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    The oil services industry was one of the hardest hit energy segments during the collapse of the oil market. But incredibly, oil & gas driller Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP) raised its quarterly dividend as recently as August.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    The energy sector is feeling the pinch of low oil and natural gas prices, which has been a headwind for oil field services industry stalwart Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP) and dragged down investor sentiment for midstream sector players Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) and Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE:BPL). But each of these companies has a long history of increasing dividends annually, which means that the bad news today is likely to be good news for dividend lovers looking for big yields.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.(AXSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, ourUnder the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stock Axsome Therapeutics (NASDAQ: AXSM):

  • [By William Romov]

    Currently trading at $4.85, Manhattan-based Axsome Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: AXSM) makes drugs to treat depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and chronic pain.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Axsome Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AXSM) shares dropped 18 percent to $3.62. Axsome Therapeutics priced 3.74 million shares at $3.74 per share.

    Shares of Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) were down around 11 percent to $12.10 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings and issued a weak forecast.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Silver Wheaton Corp(SLW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW), of course, is a streamer like Sandstorm and Franco, but it is the largest in the precious-metals industry, and arguably the best-known, because its business model came to define what streaming is. Although it is known primarily for its silver contracts, Silver Wheaton also has sizable gold production that makes it worth your attention.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated(PEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG).

    The firm has lifted its rating on PEG from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has raised the company’s price target from $36 to $37. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $32.42.

    Analyst Paul Fremont commented: “We are upgrading to Buy based on the improving outlook for regulatory approval of the company’s “Energy Strong” capital spending program.

    “Each $1.0 billion of incremental spending will add an estimated $0.10 to PEG’s earnings. We assume that incremental spending is funded by debt and by incremental cash expected from the increasing gas basis differential between the Leidy hub and New Jersey. Our new estimates are considerably higher than consensus in 2014-16.”

    Public Service Enterprise Group shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 6% YTD.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation(AMTD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Looking for a list of the most common stocks sold by retail investors? Well, TD Ameritrade Holding Corp, (NASDAQ: AMTD) recently ranked as the top retail broker, releases on a monthly basis a few interesting tidbits that gauge the trading activity of its clients.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    After a slight pullback in April following a series of all-time highs, TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD)’s monthly summary of its Investor Movement Index showed its customers regained much of their former bullishness in May.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    TD Ameritrade (AMTD) is very strong today for one reason — it’s a bull market stock — that directly benefits from a rising stock market, explains growth stock expert Mike Cintolo, editor of Cabot Top Ten Trader.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    After a another month of record highs for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which surpassed the $21,000 mark, and the S&P 500, which topped $2,400, TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD) released its March report for the Investor Movement Index. Tracking retail investor movement in and out of equities, the IMX, like the markets at large, hit a new high of 6.22 and showed retail investors were net buyers of equity over the month.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Yet not all brokers decided to match Fidelity. TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ:AMTD) made a reduction in its commission, but by moving from $9.99 to $6.95, the company didn’t close the competitive gap entirely. In justifying that, CEO Tim Hockey said that TD Ameritrade’s clients “have told us time and again that value is delivered via rich experiences that prioritize flexibility and client choice, coupled with a simple, straightforward price.” The company pointed to its trading platforms, tools, product selection, and customer support as marks of distinction for TD Ameritrade over its peers.

popular stocks to invest in

A Vancouver based mineral exploration company, Nexus Gold focuses its efforts on the worlds most prolific exploration and mining districts. Nexus is currently developing two projects in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Located on the Boromo greenstone belt, the Niangouela gold concession is proximal to the Kalsaka deposit and the Sabce shear.

Nexus Gold is featuring numerous near-surface gold occurrences of both length and grade, as highlighted by historical drill results. Previously explored by Riverstone Resources and Roxgold Inc., the property contains three distinct gold trends, each extending 5 kilometers in length.

The Niangouela gold exploration permit covers 178 square kilometers. To date, a total of 1,173 gold samples have been collected. Nexus Gold completed its initial sampling in December of 2016. This sampling included an 800m Rotary Air Blast (RAB) drill program. These samples returned high-grade mineralization.

popular stocks to invest in: Haynes International, Inc.(HAYN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials sector was the top gainer in the US market on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAYN), Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF), and Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, basic materials shares fell by 1.24 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAYN), down 12 percent, and McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 9 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, basic materials shares fell 0.44 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAYN), down 5 percent, and Gibraltar Industries Inc (NASDAQ: ROCK), down 4 percent.

popular stocks to invest in: Akebia Therapeutics, Inc.(AKBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    As a service to our readers, the following list provides the 10 top pharmaceutical stocks to watch this month (May 2017), including the biggest gainers from April…

    Pharmaceutical Stock Current Share Price April 2017 Gain
    Cleveland BioLabs Inc. (Nasdaq: CBLI) $3.62 +120.6%
    Nexvet Biopharma Plc. (Nasdaq: NVET) $6.61 +69.7%
    Motif Bio Plc. (Nasdaq ADR: MTFB) $10.10 +68.2%
    Axovant Sciences Ltd. (NYSE: AXON) $24.43 +62.3%
    Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCC) $5.49 +46.7%
    Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CNAT) $8.67 +44.9%
    Akebia Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: AKBA) $13.07 +43.3%
    Akorn Inc. (Nasdaq: AKRX) $33.28 +38.9%
    Rockwell Medical Inc. (Nasdaq: RMTI) $8.78 +37.4%
    Akari Therapeutics Plc. (Nasdaq ADR: AKTX) $15.02 +35.4%

    The best-performing pharma stock of the month – Cleveland BioLabs Inc. – surged 120.6% to $3.53 a share by April 28. That crushed both the Nasdaq Biotech Index’s 1.5% gain and the Dow Jones’ 1.3% rise over the same period.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    You might not have heard too much about Akebia Therapeutics (NASDAQ:AKBA), BioMarin Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:BMRN), and Idera Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IDRA). These are three biotech stocks that you could be overlooking — but deserve your attention. Here’s why.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    After inking an expanded deal withOtsuka Pharmaceutical on its midstage anemia drug, shares ofAkebia Therapeutics (NASDAQ:AKBA)skyrocketed 33.4% today.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Akebia Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AKBA) got a boost, shooting up 39 percent to $13.04. Akebia Therapeutics and Otsuka disclosed that they have expanded relationship with collaboration to develop and commercialize Vadadustat in Europe, China and other territories.

popular stocks to invest in: Myriad Genetics, Inc.(MYGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Shares of Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:MYGN), a DNA diagnostics specialist, dropped 61.4% last year, according todata from S&P Global Market Intelligence.Efforts to offset hereditary cancer-testing segment losses just weren’t successful enough to keep profits, and the stock, from sliding last year.

popular stocks to invest in: Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.(AXSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, ourUnder the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stock Axsome Therapeutics (NASDAQ: AXSM):

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Axsome Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AXSM) shares dropped 18 percent to $3.62. Axsome Therapeutics priced 3.74 million shares at $3.74 per share.

    Shares of Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) were down around 11 percent to $12.10 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings and issued a weak forecast.

popular stocks to invest in: Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.(ETH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was a strong day for the stock market, as the Dow finished up nearly 100 points and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq both posted gains as well. Investors remained generally upbeat about the prospects for the U.S. economy in 2017, and a rise in crude oil prices helped lift the energy sector higher during the market session. Yet comments during a press conference from President-elect Donald Trump weighed on the healthcare sector, and some individual stocks took particularly hard hits. Among the worst performers were Perrigo (NYSE:PRGO), Novadaq Technologies (NASDAQ:NVDQ), and Ethan Allen Interiors (NYSE:ETH). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

popular stocks to invest in: Fossil Inc.(FOSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After running through their scenarios,Boruchow comes up with five losers from Trump’s tax plans: Carters (CRI), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Under Armour (UA), Fossil Group (FOSL) and Gap (GPS). He explains why:

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Wearable devices are quickly becoming mainstream technology, with smartwatches and fitness trackers leading the way. You’d never know that based on the performance of traditional watchmaker Fossil Group (NASDAQ:FOSL) as the company is struggling to adapt to the changing times.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Fossil Group(NASDAQ:FOSL) attracted heavy investor interest following their quarterly earnings reports.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fossil Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) dropped nearly 25% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $13.65 after closing at $18.15 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $36.87. Volume was more than 5 times the daily average of around 1.9 million shares. The company missed analysts’ expectations bigly this morning.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Fossil Group Inc (NASDAQ: FOSL) was down, falling around 21 percent to $14.32 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results and issued a weak outlook for the second quarter.

  • [By Shah Gilani]

    That’s amazingly close to the definition I’d give the once-trendy watch and accessories purveyor turned dinosaur crap retailer, Fossil Group Inc.(Nasdaq: FOSL).

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Today, Im going to warn you about five stocks with yields of 7% or more that should be avoided at all costs. They are my next dividend disaster candidates that are likely to either reduce their payouts, or lose 20% or more in price, or both.

Big current yields have nothing to do with safety. Consider these year-to-date performances from high-yielding companies that started 2017 with juicy yields, but at some point cut or suspended their dividends:

Windstream: Yielded 7.5%, lost 75% Mattel: Yielded 5.5%, lost 45% GNC: Yielded 7%, lost 26%

I warned you to sell Mattel late last year, before its dividend cut. If you owned it at the time, I hope you followed my advice.

financial stocks: Delta Technology Holdings Limited(DELT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small capChinese chemical stock Delta Technology Holdings Ltd(NASDAQ: DELT):

financial stocks: Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.(AXSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, ourUnder the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stock Axsome Therapeutics (NASDAQ: AXSM):

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Axsome Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AXSM) shares dropped 18 percent to $3.62. Axsome Therapeutics priced 3.74 million shares at $3.74 per share.

    Shares of Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) were down around 11 percent to $12.10 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings and issued a weak forecast.

financial stocks: Paychex Inc.(PAYX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Wednesday brings earnings from General Mills (GIS) , which will likely be disappointing, Paychex (PAYX) , which will likely be good, and an analyst meeting from Cisco Systems (CSCO) , which needs to show investors it still has more growth ahead.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter on Wednesday.

    Paychex posted Q3 earnings of $0.56 per share on revenue of $795.8 million. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.54 per share on revenue of $799.0 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.50 per share on revenue of $751.20 million.

    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $362.62 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $751.52 million. Paychex shares rose 1.10 percent to close at $56.14 on Wednesday.
    Wall Street expects Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.95 billion. Micron shares rose 0.76 percent to $13.29 in after-hours trading.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) reported a wider-than-expected loss for its first quarter and issued a weak outlook. Pier 1 Imports shares dropped 6.07 percent to $5.11 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) to have earned $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion in the latest quarter. McCormick shares fell 0.59 percent to $102.10 in after-hours trading.

    Posted-In: Stocks To WatchEarnings News Guidance Pre-Market Outlook Markets Trading Ideas

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $1.81 billion.
    ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE: CAG) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $2.89 billion.
    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $751.52 million.
    Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.95 billion.
    McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
    Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share.
    Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $356.41 million.
    Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $49.89 million.
    Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.99 per share on revenue of $148.43 million.

    Posted-In: Earnings scheduleEarnings News Pre-Market Outlook Markets

financial stocks: Dover Corporation(DOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) was at $75.19 at the end of 2016 and the firm has a $85.00 price objective. This is 13% in implied upside for Dover, before considering its 2.3% dividend yield.

financial stocks: Guess?, Inc.(GES)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Gap Inc and small capUrban Outfitters, Inc (NASDAQ: URBN) having fallen belowbreakeven levels while small capsAbercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) and Guess?, Inc (NYSE: GES) havebeen more severelyunderperforming:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Gap Incalong withsmall capsUrban Outfitters, Inc (NASDAQ: URBN), Abercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) and Guess?, Inc (NYSE: GES) have all been underperforming:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows mid cap Urban Outfitters along with The Gap Incs (NYSE: GPS) now below break even levels for long term investors whilewhile small capsAbercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) and Guess?, Inc (NYSE: GES) havebeen more severelyunderperforming:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows mid cap Urban Outfitters along with The Gap Incs (NYSE: GPS) back at break even levels for long term investors whilewhile small capsAbercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) and Guess?, Inc (NYSE: GES) haveseverely underperformed:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Guess Inc. (NYSE: GES) posted a new 52-week low of $10.33 on Thursday, down about 15.5% compared with Wednesday’s closing price of $12.23. The stock’s 52-week high is $19.45. Volume was more than 7 times the daily average of around 1.3 million shares. The apparel maker missed quarterly estimates and the outlook for improvement is murky at best.