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On April 20, 2017, marijuana enthusiasts will celebrate the national cannabis holiday known as “420.” And with over half of U.S. states having some form of marijuana legalization, there will be a lot of celebrating.

That’s why today, we want to share with Money Morning readers a brief U.S. marijuana history guide.

You see, the origin of cannabis use in the United States is unclear. According to Vice magazine, some believe Christopher Columbus brought cannabis with him to America in 1492.

financial trading: 8point3 Energy Partners LP(CAFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Leading the charge are two yieldcos — NextEra Energy Partners (NYSE:NEP) and 8point3 Energy Partners (NASDAQ:CAFD) — and utility company AES Corporation (NYSE:AES). Here’s a look at why they’re good dividend stocks to own today.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Don’t look now, but the demise of the solar yieldco industry may have been overstated. In the past six months, NextEra Energy Partners (NYSE:NEP), NRG Yield (NYSE:NYLD), and Pattern Energy Group (NASDAQ:PEGI) have all outperformed the market, and even the maligned 8point3 Energy Partners (NASDAQ:CAFD) has come close.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Wells Fargo Securities downgraded shares of 8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) and lowered its price target on Thursday, citing growth/strategic concerns given future sponsorship uncertainties.

  • [By Jim Swanson]

    8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD), a joint venture formed by First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) and SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR), has significant “veiled risks” due to its high payout ratio, lack of debt controls and lack of growth, Axiom’s Gordon L. Johnson said in a report.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Axiom Capital Management’s Gordon Johnson made a startling comparison this week, saying that yieldco 8point3 Energy Partners (NASDAQ:CAFD) looks a lot like the now bankrupt SunEdison and the recently bailed-out SolarCity. If he’s right and the yieldco is built on unstable ground, it could justify the stock’s drop over the last few months and be a warning for investors.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) was down, falling around 9 percent to $12.05. 8point3 Energy reported Q1 earnings of $0.03 per share on revenue of $9.9 million. First Solar announced plans to review alternatives for the sale of interest in 8point3 Energy Partners. Wells Fargo downgraded 8point3 Energy from Outperform to Market Perform.

financial trading: Roper Technologies, Inc.(ROP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million.

    Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ: ESRX) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $25.20 billion.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts are expecting Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) to have earned $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million in the latest quarter. Roper Technologies shares declined 0.05 percent to close at $178.63 on Friday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Aside from Outperform-rated Roper Technologies (ROP) SaaS platforms, which account for over +50% of earnings today, GEs Digital business strategy is the most ambitious ramp within the industrials sector. GE has made a bold bet on its game-changing Predix operating system for the Industrial IoT, which was launched in Feb-2016

financial trading: Shutterfly Inc.(SFLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    When Shutterfly Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) released its fourth-quarter earnings report after the markets closed on Wednesday, the company said it had $2.63 in earnings per share (EPS) and $561.2 million in revenue. The consensus estimates had called for $2.84 in EPS and revenue of $586.4 million. In the same period of last year, it posted EPS of $3.57 and $548.1 million in revenue.

financial trading: Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.(ETE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Sizemore]

     Charles Sizemore is a prolific financial writer, longtime prizedInvestorPlace contributor, and chief investment officer of Sizemore Capital Management. He’s also a two-time winner of our Best Stockscompetition, so he knows how to pick ‘em.

    Never one to choose a straightforward company, Charles went withEnergy Transfer Equity (ETE) for the Best Stocks for 2016 contest. ETE is a complicated beast, a master limited partnership that’s made up of six other energy companies.

    Perhaps the simplest way to think of ETE is as a company with diversified exposure to energy pipelines, which essentially collect tolls as their corporate users send oil and natural gas all across the country.

    Energy Transfer is thick on the income front, with a dividend yield sitting at 8.7% currently.

financial trading: Callidus Software, Inc.(CALD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, technology shares fell 0.14 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Sequans Communications SA ADR (NYSE: SQNS), down 8 percent, and Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ: CALD), down 6 percent.

financial trading: SVB Financial Group(SIVB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) has a Buy rating at the firm, and this top pick among the bank stocks has a price objective of $190 versus a current $170.38 close. The parent of Silicon Valley Bank has a consensus analyst price target of $176.19, and its 52-week range is $77.87 to $176.77.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, financial shares slipped by 0.55 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Greenhill & Co., Inc. (NYSE: GHL), down 11 percent, and SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB), down 8 percent.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2018

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Its hard to look away from Cramer; he is terrific fun to watch. No wonder Money Monster, a movie that was released in mid May, centers on a thinly disguised Cramer, played by George Clooney. In the movie, an enraged viewer who was wiped out because he invested all of his money on what turned out to be a disastrous stock recommendation takes Clooney hostage.

Does life imitate art? Well, maybe not hostage-taking, but a new paper from two researchers at the University of Pennsylvanias Wharton School finds that Cramers picks have been less than scintillating. To be more specific, from August 1, 2001, through March 31, 2016, Cramers Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio returned a cumulative 64.5%, compared with 126.1% for Standard & Poors 500-stock index, including dividends. On an annualized basis, Cramer, a former hedge fund manager, trailed the S&P 500 by an average of 2.2 percentage points per year over that nearly 15-year-long period.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2018: Thor Industries Inc.(THO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Supply could come from any number of industry players, including Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO), Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) and Camping World Holdings Inc (NYSE: CWH). However, whether it comes from existing inventory and whether suppliers can meet the demand are yet to be seen.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Winnebago Industriesalong withmid cap peers Thor Industries, Inc (NYSE: THO) and LCI Industries (NYSE: LCII) all giving a very similar performance and largely taking off starting in 2016:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Winnebago Industriesalong withmid cap peers Thor Industries, Inc (NYSE: THO) and LCI Industries (NYSE: LCII) all giving a very similar performance:

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2018: Callidus Software, Inc.(CALD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, technology shares fell 0.14 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Sequans Communications SA ADR (NYSE: SQNS), down 8 percent, and Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ: CALD), down 6 percent.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2018: CNO Financial Group, Inc.(CNO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CNO Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: CNO) dropped about 8.1% on Friday to post a new 52-week low of $14.29 against a 52-week high of $20.88. Volume of more than 6 million was more than 3 times the daily average of around 1.8 million. The stock closed at $15.55 on Thursday night. The company on Thursday cut its re-insurance agreements with Beechwood Re following disclosure that regulators that many of Beechwood’s assets did not comply with insurance company guidelines.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2018: Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P.(BWP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested mid cap natural gas pipeline stock Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE: BWP) as a bullish/long trade:

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2018: Globe Specialty Metals Inc.(GSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    But there are still plenty of factors that are preventing stocks overall from mounting stronger gains, including nervousness about geopolitical issues as well as weaker parts of the global economy. Nevertheless, some stocks posted strong gains, and Puma Biotechnology (NASDAQ:PBYI), Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ:AAOI), and Ferroglobe (NASDAQ:GSM) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Ferroglobe PLC (NASDAQ: GSM) got a boost, shooting up 10 percent to $10.17 after the company posted a narrower-than-expected Q1 loss.

    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) shares were also up, gaining 37 percent to $51.75 as briefing documents for Wednesday Advisory Committee meeting are published to the FDA website. The documents showed that neratinib performed better than Roche's trastuzumab in I-SPY2 trial, particularly in subgroup of patients that were HRc negative. The briefing docs also showed that study 3004 met prespecified primary efficacy endpoint.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now

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And soon, they might team up to offer more same day deliveries and make more rivals obsolete!

These types of disturbances have added a new layer to contrarian investing. Before, it was as simple as buying stocks when they were out-of-favor and holding them until they became back in vogue. The Dogs of the Dow strategy, for example, usually beat the market by banking the highest blue chip dividend yields a sign that the tide was ready to turn back in the dogs favor.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Callidus Software, Inc.(CALD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, technology shares fell 0.14 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Sequans Communications SA ADR (NYSE: SQNS), down 8 percent, and Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ: CALD), down 6 percent.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Pure Cycle Corporation(PCYO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares fell 0.46 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE: KEP), down 4 percent, and Pure Cycle Corporation (NASDAQ: PCYO), down 2 percent.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap water and wastewater services stockPure Cycle Corporation (NASDAQ: PCYO) as a long/bullish trade:

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Advance Auto Parts Inc(AAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    The key issue to focus on is automotive group comparable sales, which can be seen in the chart below. I’ve also included the most directly applicable sales numbers for its peers,O’Reilly Automotive Inc (NASDAQ:ORLY), AutoZone, Inc (NYSE:AZO) and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP). The disappointing sales performance of Advance Auto Parts is largely due to the effects of integrating a troublesome acquisition.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    So here’s a disruptive move. Consider buying auto parts retailer Advance Auto Parts (AAP) , the weakest of the big three in the sector, which has 5,000-plus locations in the U.S. The other two players are O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (ORLY) , the fastest-growing of the three, and AutoZone, Inc. (AZO) .

  • [By Spencer Israel]

     

    Riot Blockchain Inc (NASDAQ: RIOT) – The Jan. 2015 high of $15.72 is the only resistance it has.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) -The low of the move is a double bottom at $17.46 and  $17.50. That’s support.
    Overstock.com Inc (NASDAQ: OSTK) – The February 2005 high was $58.24, which is the only relevant resistance up here. On weakness, keep an eye on the all-time closing high of $56.65 made on Monday.
    Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP) – Is trying to fill the gap from earnings between $82.82 and $94.75.
    Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) – It needs to clear Friday’s close of $315.05 and Monday’s high of $315.50 to find support.
    Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) – There was a double close at $27.90 from Friday and $28.27 from Monday, so that’s resistance.
    DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW) -The premarket low was $18.40. There are also four daily lows at the $18.40 area from early November, and the low of the move is $17.89.
    Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE: SIG) – the premarket low was $61.50, which was the low of the move. There’s daily lows at the $61 area from mid-August, and another pair of lows at $60. Below that, there’s a gap area down to $52.95.
    Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW)- The Friday low was $79.17, and a pair of lows from Wednesday and Thursday at $78.27 and $78.23.
    Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) – The buy zone is between $45-$46. The low of the move was $44.99, flanked by the $45.14 low the following day.
    Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) – $99.93 and a big psychological number at $100.
    Burlington Stores Inc (NYSE: BURL) – The Monday low was $104.55. The all-time high and all-time closing high are $106.55 and $106.89, respectively. 
    Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) – Big triple bottom at $80.

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Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: ArQule Inc.(ARQL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    ArQule Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQL) dropped about 23% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $1.13 after closing at $1.47 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $2.17. Volume was about 15 times the daily average of around 150,000 shares. The biopharmaceutical company said this morning that a phase 3 trial of a cancer drug did not meet the primary endpoint of improving overall survival.

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stock certificate: Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.(CHKP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    But is it a good idea to buy FireEye based on this one incident, despite its huge losses, or should investors look at Check Point Software Technologies(NASDAQ:CHKP), given its focus on growing its bottom line? Let’s find out.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    It is unclear which company or companies will benefit from this executive order. But that isn’t stopping investors from placing their bets as most cybersecurity stocks were trading higher during Friday’s trading session; at the same time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index were trading in the red.

    Shares of Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) were trading higher by 2.98 percent at $21.77. Shares of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) were trading higher by 1.21 percent at $107.00. Shares of FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) were trading higher by 0.70 percent at $14.55. Shares of Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) were trading higher by 0.62 percent at $115.86.

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  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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stock certificate: Maxwell Technologies, Inc.(MXWL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ: MXWL) surged 9.20% to $10.21. The volume of Maxwell Technologies shares traded was 325% higher than normal. Maxwell’s trailing-twelve-month revenue is $190.57 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Maxwell Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: MXWL) were down 15 percent to $5.34. Maxwell reported amended terms for deal with Viex Capital and announced a proposed offering of $50 million convertible senior notes due 2022.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedgoing long on small cap energy storage and power delivery stock Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ: MXWL):

stock certificate: Caseys General Stores, Inc.(CASY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lawrence Meyers]

    Its been a mighty weird year for Caseys General Stores (CASY). The company has had some tough quarters, but just when things are looking bleak, the team got some runners on base and drove a few home.

  • [By Taylor Cox]

    Notable Earnings

    Casey’s General Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: CASY) Q2 after hours

    Secondary Offering Lockup Expirations

    Athenex, Inc (NASDAQ: ATNX)

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  • [By Mike Deane]

    After the bell on Monday, Casey’s General Stores (CASY) announced its fiscal Q1 earnings, posting a strong increase in profits and overall revenues compared to the same time period last year.

    The Ankeny, IA-based convenience store company announced quarterly revenues of $2.11 billion, which were up from $1.87 billion in last year’s same quarter. Profits for the company came in at $55.71 million, or $1.43 per share, compared to $39.03 million, or $1.01 per share, in last year’s Q1.

    Both of these figures beat analysts’ estimates, which were EPS of $1.26 on revenues of $2.1 billion.

    CASY shares were up $1.01, or 1.49%, at market close on Monday. YTD, the stock is up more than 26%.

stock certificate: Spirit Airlines Inc.(SAVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    There were 67 times this happened, the first coming in June 2011 (airlines didnt guide to margins before that), and 66 of these instances came from Delta, United, andAmerican (the 67th wasSpirit Airlines (SAVE)). As we said earlier the most short term alpha, +5.3%, was generated over the subsequent four days by being long airlines into a guidance update where an airline would merely affirm a PRASM guide but raise the margin guide. This only happened four times and obviously was a result of airlines holding some semblance of price as costs declined.

  • [By William Romov]

    The stock currently trades at $53.75, with 17 “buy” or “outperform” recommendations, four “holds,” and zero “sell” or “underperforms,” according to S&P Capital IQ.

    Best Airline Stocks No. 2: Spirit Airlines (Nasdaq: SAVE)

    Spirit Airlines Inc. (Nasdaq: SAVE) offers some of the cheapest tickets in the industry. The company offers “bare fares” that will get just you and a “personal item” smaller than an 18″x14″x8″ to your destination.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Given YTD performance, everything looks cheap. But we remain selective. Ex-Spirit Airlines (SAVE), our entire coverage universe is down year-to-date, with most names also underperforming the S&P 500. Multiples have compressed, with diminishing differentiation between (for example) those with declining leverage (Delta) vs. those where leverage is on the rise (America). In a vacuum, a Buy could potentially be argued for any individual name. Based on estimated risk and upside potential, Delta and Southwest are our top two picks.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The best airline, overall, was Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK). Other category winners were Spirit Airlines Co. (NASDAQ: SAVE), which was ranked cheapest; Alaska rated most reliable; JetBlue Airways Inc. (NASDAQ: JBLU) was most comfortable; best for pets was Alaska; and the airline receiving the fewest complaints was Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV).

stock certificate: Iridium Communications Inc(IRDM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap satellite stock Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Thursday with results beating expectations. Total revenueincreased 2% to $111.6 million which consisted of $86.6 million of service revenue and $25.0 million of revenue related to equipment sales and engineering and support projects.Service revenue, which represents primarily recurring revenue from Iridium’s growing subscriber base, grew 4% and was 78% of total revenue. The Company ended the quarter with 913,000 total billable subscribers, which compares to 823,000 for the year-ago period and is up from 869,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.Total billable subscribers grew 11% year-over-year, driven by growth in M2M and government customers. Net income was $24.8 million versus $26.9 million for the second quarter of 2016. The CEO commented:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Trump’s proposal to spin off air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bodes well for small cap satellite stock Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM), but theres a bigger opportunity for the Company in theInternet of Things (IoT) space. Technology company Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) is already a leading candidate to supply the FAA with real-time aircraft tracking data in partnership with Iridium Communications with the latter having a joint venture that has partnered with air traffic control authorities in Canada, Italy, Ireland and Denmark to provide air traffic surveillance (in cooperation with Harris).

stock certificate: Callidus Software, Inc.(CALD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, technology shares fell 0.14 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Sequans Communications SA ADR (NYSE: SQNS), down 8 percent, and Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ: CALD), down 6 percent.

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MannKind (NASDAQ:MNKD) investors have had an interesting week. The company announced that Mike Castagna would be the new CEO, and followed that news with an announcement of a deal to move forward on possible Afrezza sales in Brazil. Today the company announced that it has engaged a strategic partner to explore possible deals surrounding its Technosphere technology. Locust Walk will seek possible partnerships for Technosphere in an effort to raise needed capital. With three waves of news, script sales likely took a back seat for the moment, but as savvy investors are aware, the main revenue stream of the company is U.S. sales of Afrezza.

This week, scripts came in at about 270 with new scripts and refills taking a dip. MannKind has struggled to get above 300 scripts per week and maintain growth. Since the company took over the marketing of the inhaled insulin it has only seen script levels above 300 twice. For the better part of a year now scripts have essentially been treading water. What is needed is meaningful and consistent growth. Sales need to be several times higher than what they currently are for the street to appreciate that Afrezza has a shot in a highly competitive diabetes space. Eleven months ago when MannKind took full control over marketing, script sales were at 266. This past week, sales were at 269. MannKind will point out that the number of cartridges is now higher, but that is a very small consolation to the flatness of the sales trajectory.

great stock picks: Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.(HST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dividends4Life]

    Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (HST) is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. Sept. 16, the company increased its quarterly dividend 9.1% to $0.12 per share. The dividend is payable on Oct. 15, 2013, to stockholders of record on Sept. 30, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 2.6%.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: HST) which rose nearly 4% to $19.40. The stocks 52-week range is $14.69 to $20.21. Volume was 16.3 million compared to its average volume of 6.1 million.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Host Hotels and Resorts Inc (HST) announced early on Monday that it is raising its quarterly dividend payout from 11 cents per share to 12 cents per share, a 9.1% increase.

    This quarterly dividend payout will be paid on October 15 to shareholders of record on September 30, with an ex-dividend date of September 26.

    Host Hotels shares were inactive during pre-market trading on Monday. The stock is up 15.25% year-to-date.

great stock picks: Viking Therapeutics, Inc.(VKTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    DBV Technologies SA – ADR (NASDAQ: DBVT) shares tumbled 50.6 percent to $23.73 after the company disclosed that its peanut allergy trial failed to meet primary endpoint.
    Connecture Inc (NASDAQ: CNXR) shares declined 40.8 percent to $0.290. Connecture reported that it will voluntarily delist from the NASDAQ for OTCQX Market.
    Walter Investment Management Corp (NYSE: WAC) slipped 19.2 percent to $0.410. On Friday, Walter Investment Management disclosed that it has reached an agreement with term lenders and senior noteholders on financial restructuring.
    Eldorado Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE: EGO) shares dropped 15.9 percent to $1.83. Eldorado Gold lowered its production guidance for its Kisladag operation.
    Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) shares fell 15.4 percent to $1.04.
    Future Fintech Group Inc (NASDAQ: FTFT) dropped 13.6 percent to $1.53. Future FinTech reported filing of proxy statement, including proposal for corporate restructuring.
    Concordia International Corp (NASDAQ: CXRX) shares fell 12.3 percent to $0.500 after dipping 38.71 percent on Friday.
    Aemetis Inc (NASDAQ: AMTX) shares declined 11.3 percent to $0.550
    OncoSec Medical Inc (NASDAQ: ONCS) dipped 10.5 percent to $1.12. OncoSec reported a $7.1 million registered direct at-the-market offering at a price of $1.34375 per share.
    Evoke Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: EVOK) shares fell 10.35 percent to $3.08 after the company disclosed 'positive' topline results from comparative exposure pharmacokinetic study for Gimoti.
    Eiger Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: EIGR) shares dropped 9.4 percent to $11.60 as the company disclosed Phase 2 interim 24-week data with pegylated interferon lambda in Hepatitis Delta Virus infection at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Meeting.
    Viking Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VKTX) shares slipped 6.6 percent to $2.80. Viking Therapeutics presented results from proof-of-concept study of VK0214 in in vivo

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Viking Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VKTX) shares dropped 39 percent to $1.17 after the company priced 7.5 million share offering at $1.25 per share.

great stock picks: Gartner, Inc.(IT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CEB Inc. (NYSE: CEB) shares were also up, gaining 21 percent to $74.90 after Gartner Inc (NYSE: IT) announced plans to acquire the company for $2.6 billion in cash and stock.

great stock picks: Callidus Software, Inc.(CALD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, technology shares fell 0.14 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Sequans Communications SA ADR (NYSE: SQNS), down 8 percent, and Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ: CALD), down 6 percent.

great stock picks: CST Brands, Inc.(CST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    CST Brands Inc (NYSE: CST) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $2.30 billion.

    American Axle & Manufact. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AXL) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $998.76 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    CST Brands Inc (NYSE: CST) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $2.30 billion. CST Brands shares declined 1.20 percent to close at $36.21 on Thursday.

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Retirement investors want sure things. There isnt enough time to make up for stocks that just fall into the ground, never to return. So considering how awful energy has been for the past couple of years, its probably surprising to see energy stocks and retirement mentioned in the same vicinity.

Sustained low oil and natural gas prices have negatively impacted energy stocks. OK, thats putting it mildly. Low prices have outright strangled some companies right out of business, and has made life miserable for the vast majority of the sector.

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And considering many retirement investors were sucked in by the plentiful dividends in the energy sector, they know the pain. And theyre probably not too forgiving.

Best Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Callidus Software, Inc.(CALD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, technology shares fell 0.14 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Sequans Communications SA ADR (NYSE: SQNS), down 8 percent, and Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ: CALD), down 6 percent.

Best Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc.(SKT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies announced on Wednesday that it has cut its rating on Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. (SKT).

    The firm has downgraded SKT from “Buy” to “Hold,” and has lowered the company’s price target from $40 to $35. This price target suggests an 8% upside from the stock’s current price of $32.22.

    Analyst Omotayo Okusanya commented: “We expect near-term headwinds for the mall and outlet mall segment as tenant sales growth appears to be slowing.”

    “At SKT, development yields on two projects have also been reduced. Further, rising interest rates negatively impact our DDM-derived PT. Our lowered PT of $35 represents a 10% total return over the next-twelve-months (NTM); we are downgrading to Hold,” added the analyst.

    Tanger Factory Outlet shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Wednesday. The stock is up more than 5% YTD.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Palo Alto Networks (PANW) , Cisco Systems (CSCO) , Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (SKT) and Consolidated Edison (ED) .

Best Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.(TROW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jack Delaney]

    Some of the most well-known dividend aristocrats include:

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) pays a dividend of $0.77, which is a yield of 3.75%. Aflac Inc. (NYSE: AFL) pays a dividend of $0.43, which is a yield of 2.32%. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) pays a dividend of $0.49, which is a yield of 5.12%. T-Rowe Price Group Inc. (Nasdaq: TROW) pays a dividend of $0.57, which is a yield of 3.27%. Clorox Co. (NYSE: CLX) pays a dividend of $0.84, which is a yield of 2.50%.

    If you just kept the dividends, your investment would be worth $11,147. That’s a difference of only $25. So it may not seem like a big deal at first glance.

  • [By Arie Goren]

    On November 5, Oracle (NYSE:ORCL)confirmed that it has finally completed the acquisition of Netsuite (NYSE:N) for $9.3 billion in cash, or $109 per share that the company had initially offered. In my previous article about Oracle, I had suggested that the acquisition of NetSuite, the cloud business application software company, is a smart move by Oracle. What’s more, it is not paying an excessive price for the deal. In fact, Oracle insisted that it will not pay more than what it had first offered despite the resistance from T Rowe Price (NSDQ:TROW)which demanded $133 per share.

Best Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Datawatch Corporation(DWCH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ: DWCH) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $8.10 after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss.

Best Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: PPL Corporation(PPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $31.53 after closing Tuesday at $32.42. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 15.5 million, more than three times the daily average of around 4 million shares. The electric utility company took a downgrade on Tuesday and the fallout continues to drop.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $32.48 after closing Monday at $33.97. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 5.9 million, nearly a third higher than the daily average of around 3.9 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

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I think I might have gone too far…   Recently, I've been writing about a "secret war" in Washington, D.C. And I've been describing a very high-level source, without naming him. I'm even broadcasting a meeting with this mysterious "Metropolitan Man."   And you don't even know who he is yet.   I can understand how this probably sounds: Self-serving. Promotional. Even crazy. After all, most people haven't been reading our work for years or decades. Most subscribers don't remember when I predicted (accurately) that Fannie and Freddie would go to zero.   They didn't read my work back in 2007, long before the crisis, when I explained exactly why General Motors would go bankrupt. They never saw my famous satiric letters "from the Chairman of General Motors" where I wrote the truth about what was really happening in the heavily indebted, old carmaker.

how to trade penny stocks: American Capital Agency Corp.(AGNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Amanda Alix]

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

  • [By Boniface Murigu]

    It’s no secret that mREITs such as American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) , Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY  ) (NYSE: NLY  ) (NYSE: NLY  ) ,and CYS Investmentshave gone through a very turbulent trading period, with all major players losing a sizable share of market value.

  • [By Amanda Alix]

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

how to trade penny stocks: Advantage Lithium Corp. (AVLIF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].

how to trade penny stocks: Leucadia National Corporation(LUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We delved into Kraft Heinz’s (KHC) earnings beat, and explained the impact of Leucadia National’s (LUK) investment in National Beef on its earnings.

  • [By Michael Hooper]

    When compared with similar companies, Berkshire Hathaway carries a premium over Markel (NYSE: MKL  ) , valued at 1.15 times book value and a 20 forward P/E ratio; and Leucadia National (NYSE: LUK  ) , valued at 1.10 times book value and a 7.16 trailing P/E.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Then there were financial results released by Jefferies, a unit of Leucadia National (LUK). Its results are often seen as a harbinger for the big U.S. banks, and the results “appear mixed,” according to JMP analyst Devin Ryan. He explains:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Leucadia National (NYSE:LUK) is a difficult business for many investors to understand. The combination of the Jefferies Group financial services company, the National Beef meat processing and supply company, and plenty of other smaller investments present a challenge for those seeking to know the ins and outs of what affects Leucadia’s results. In general, though, conditions in the financial industry have been more volatile than the rest of the business, and Jefferies, therefore, plays a bigger role in how the overall company does.

how to trade penny stocks: Callidus Software, Inc.(CALD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, technology shares fell 0.14 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Sequans Communications SA ADR (NYSE: SQNS), down 8 percent, and Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ: CALD), down 6 percent.

how to trade penny stocks: Huaneng Power International, Inc.(HNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 1 percent, and Huaneng Power International Inc (ADR) (NYSE: HNP), down 1 percent.

how to trade penny stocks: NETGEAR, Inc.(NTGR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares ofNetgear(NASDAQ:NTGR)climbed 30% in 2016,according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, as the networking hardware specialist repeatedly exceeded quarterly expectations.

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U.S. equities drifted lower again on Friday as investors were spooked by comments from North Korea’s foreign minister that it considers President Trump’s Twitter taunts — “little rocket man” and all that — tantamount to a declaration of war. As a result, he claimed Pyongyang would take the initiative and reserve the right to attack American warplanes in international airspace.

The White House responded that this was absurd. But Trump himself has yet to comment on the matter.

All this, combined with a referendum vote in Northern Iraq on independence (with the threat of a military intervention by Baghdad) weighed on sentiment with large-cap technology stocks hit hardest on frothy valuations.

In the end, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.2%, the S&P 500 gave back 0.2%, the Nasdaq Composite shed 0.9% and the Russell 2000 bucked the trend to gain 0.1%. Treasury bonds strengthened on a safe haven bid, the dollar lagged, gold gained 1.3% and crude oil fell 3.1% on fears the Kurdish vote in Iraq could result in political destabilization and thus weigh on output.

stocks to invest in today: Pain Therapeutics(PTIE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

stocks to invest in today: Callidus Software, Inc.(CALD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, technology shares fell 0.14 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Sequans Communications SA ADR (NYSE: SQNS), down 8 percent, and Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ: CALD), down 6 percent.

stocks to invest in today: Navios Maritime Holdings Inc.(NM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NM) is expected to report a quarterly loss at $0.37 per share on revenue of $101.51 million.

    Pure Storage Inc (NYSE: PSTG) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.23 per share on revenue of $138.13 million.

  • [By Nickey Friedman]

    Navios Maritime Holdings (NYSE: NM  ) has two operating segments: shipping and logistics. Analysts have already begun to raise their profit estimates for 2014, currently at $0.11 EPS up from $0.01 a week ago. Expect that number to continue to rise dramatically. Navios pays a $0.06 per share quarterly dividend and trades around 40% below its book value. It used to trade as high as $17 back in 2007.

stocks to invest in today: Telefonica Brasil S.A.(VIV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sofia Horta e Costa]

    Vivendi (VIV) rose 2.7 percent to 17.15 euros. Music, pay-TV, European cinema and Internet in Brazil will make up a new media group based in France after the split with phone unit SFR, according to a statement yesterday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares slipped by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (ADR) (NYSE: TKC), down 2 percent, and Telefonica Brasil SA (ADR) (NYSE: VIV), down 2.5 percent.

stocks to invest in today: 2U, Inc.(TWOU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Kretzmann]

    Since its IPO in March 2014, 2U (NASDAQ:TWOU) stock is up over 160% as the company forges partnerships with famous schools, including Georgetown, Yale, Berkeley, and New York University.

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I first wrote about National Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:NHLD) in this 3/10/2017 article. NHLD had just reported blowout fiscal Q1 earnings and I predicted “higher growth and profitability” for 2017. NHLD certainly delivered in fiscal Q2. They posted very strong earnings driven by record quarterly investment banking revenues. Remarkably, NHLD’s stock has ignored all the good news and drifted lower since my last article. This article provides an updated analysis of NHLD and 11 reasons investors should consider the stock. Some potential risks are highlighted in the “what are the major risks” section.

1. Blowout Fiscal Q2 earnings

Fiscal Q2 earnings of 31 cents per share compared very favorably to earnings of 3 cents per share for the prior year. Note that pre-tax earnings of $5.6 million included a $1.8 million non-cash gain due to an adjustment in the NHLDW warrant liability. For mark-to-market accounting purposes, the warrant liability decreased since NHLD’s stock traded lower. After adjusting for that item, Q2 earnings were 21 cents per share. This is still 7X as much as the 3 cents per share reported in the prior-year quarterly period.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: UTStarcom Holdings Corp(UTSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of UTStarcom Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: UTSI) got a boost, shooting up 10 percent to $3.61. UTStarcom Holdings reported Q3 adjusted earnings of $0.07 per share on revenue of $26 million.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Westell Technologies, Inc.(WSTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap high-performance wireless infrastructure solutions stock Westell Technologies (NASDAQ: WSTL) as a buy for our short-term portfolio:

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Logitech International S.A.(LOGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (USA) (NYSE: MCZ) shares were also up, gaining 35 percent to $0.260 as the company disclosed that it has sold its Saitek simulation product line to Logitech International SA (USA) (NASDAQ: LOGI) for $13 million in cash.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer once again sat down with Bracken Darrell, president and CEO of Logitech (LOGI) , the computer accessory maker with shares that are up 27% since Cramer last checked in back in November.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Callidus Software, Inc.(CALD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, technology shares fell 0.14 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Sequans Communications SA ADR (NYSE: SQNS), down 8 percent, and Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ: CALD), down 6 percent.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Layne Christensen Company(LAYN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows small caps Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation andLayne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) underperforming, but possibly recovering while Orion Group Holdings (NYSE: ORN) had a clear reversal early last year:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Layne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $8.78 after the company posted a narrower-than-expected loss for its first quarter.