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Top Clean Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018

The Q2 2017 earnings report formid cap network communication platform makerUbiquiti Networks Inc (NASDAQ: UBNT) is scheduled for after the market closes on Thursday (February 9). Ubiquiti Networkshas been in our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio as a M2M growth play with plenty of cash and very little debt. When we added the stock in November 2014, our SCN EO newsletternoted:

“The Company is deeply embedded in our ongoing growth theme of M2M (machine to machine), otherwise known as the Internet of Things or IoT. Meaning, they connect “things” and if you’ve been a Member of SCN EO for any length of time, then you know it’s a growth theme we’re extremely excited about over the next ten years. As a matter of fact, whether UBNT becomes a large cap someday or not, we strongly believe it’s an excellent takeout target for a much bigger player like CSCO, IBM or GE who continue to acquire companies like this in the M2M space.”

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Boston Properties, Inc.(BXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Markus Aarnio]

    Owens Realty Mortgage’s competitors include American Assets Trust (AAT), Alexandria Real Estate Equities (ARE) and Boston Properties (BXP). American Assets Trust has seen five insider buy transactions and four insider sell transactions this year. American Assets Trust has a dividend yield of 2.78%. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has seen 14 insider sell transactions this year. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has a dividend yield of 4.10%. Boston Properties has seen one insider buy transaction and four insider sell transactions this year. Boston Properties has a dividend yield of 2.43%.

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

    The fund owned big U.S. real estate investment trusts Boston Properties (BXP) and Vornado (VNO), as well as Japan’s Sumitomo Realty, as of the end of last year. REITs are known for their big dividends.

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Diebold, Incorporated(DBD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cooper Creagan]

    Take a look at Diebold Nixdorf Inc. (NYSE: DBD). It’s no secret that Diebold, which is in the ATM business, is finding itself less and less relevant in our increasingly cashless society.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion before the opening bell. Dr Pepper Snapple shares fell 0.07 percent to close at $93.49 on Monday.
    Analysts expect American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG) to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $12.87 billion after the closing bell. AIG shares gained 0.38 percent to $66.39 in after-hours trading.
    Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed expectations. Flowers Foods shares fell 1.87 percent to $20.45 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Diebold Nixdorf Inc (NYSE: DBD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.31 billion. Diebold Nixdorf shares slipped 0.73 percent to close at $27.20 on Monday.

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Top Clean Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: SuperCom, Ltd.(SPCB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

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Top Clean Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Church & Dwight Company, Inc.(CHD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Remember when companies used to split their stock to keep individual shares affordable? No longer. Credit Suisse strategistsAna Avramovic andVictor Lin note that Church & Dwight (CHD) upcoming stock split will be just the fourth by an S&P 500 stock this year:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    U.S. retailers performed poorly during the Christmas holiday season, but companies in the Valentine’s Day business are hoping that Americans will spend generously in the name of love this year. These names include flower delivery company 1-800-Flowers.Com Inc (NASDAQ: FLWS), L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB) (owner of both Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works), Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) (owner of Trojan brand condoms), candy giant Hershey Co (NYSE: HSY) and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF).

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) shares rose 7.32 percent to $104.10 in pre-market trading. Negocios.com reported that Reckitt Benckiser will offer $23 billion for Church & Dwight.

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Deutsche Bank announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (CHD).

    The firm has raised its rating on CHD from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has increased the company’s price target from $64 to $66. This price target suggests an 8% upside from the stock’s current price of $60.36.

    Analyst Bill Schmitz commented: “Sustainable growth algorithm of 3-4% organic sales, high single digit EBIT and double-digit EPS growth intact, with upside from fast growing Avid vitamin business joining the base and highly flexible balance sheet enabling further M&A or more aggressive cash flow redeployment providing upside to total shareholder return profile.

    “With shares underperforming the group and market over the last year and tempered Street outlook for CY14 versus long-term trend, we see an opportunistic window to own the shares at a reasonable entry point.”

    Church & Dwight shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 13% YTD.

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Great Plains Energy Inc(GXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Westar Energy stock declined 8% after regulators at the Kansas Corporation Commissions blocked the sale of Westar to Great Plains Energy (NYSE:GXP). The $12.2 billion merger would have joined utilities in Kansas and Missouri. Great Plains had argued that the combination would produce nearly $2 billion in efficiency gains in the next 10 years, but regulators instead sided with those who had argued that the deal was too rich and would have required rate increases sooner rather than later. Great Plains stock was hardly affected at all by the decision, leading many to conclude that Westar had a lot more to lose from the deal falling through then Great Plains had to gain from a successful merger.

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Pinnacle Bankshares Corporation (PPBN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Pinnacle Bankshares (PPBN) is a 100 + year old bank in Virginia; it is also growing like crazy, loan quality also very strong, great market share and a wealthy market area.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    A community bank that I know you haven’t heard of is Pinnacle Bankshares (OTCQX:PPBN). Pinnacle Bankshares is your typical community bank. The bank’s assets are almost at $400 million, the market cap is trending around $30 million and the bank has a handful of locations in the Virginia area. Even though the bank is relatively unheard of, there is quite a lot to like as an investor.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C.Bad news, Amazon investors: The companys stock, already down 10% from its late-July high, is likely to decline even further.

Thats because of the behavior of Wall Street analysts, whose earnings revisions tend to come in waves. And the vast majority of those revisions recently have been to the downside.

This represents a big shift from the situation that prevailed as recently as 12 months ago. In August of last year, for example, 69% of Wall Street analysts who track Amazon
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revised upward their estimates of the companys future earnings per share. Just 17% of analysts issued downward revisions that month.

stock advice: Deltic Timber Corporation(DEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11

stock advice: Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (OPHLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Merck could achieve a consistent advantage versus BMS in treatment of 1L NSCLC. There is a precise crossroad that will determine the future of these two companies in this field: the question of whether or not Keytruda will be approved in May. Both the market and investors believe that it will indeed gain approval and BMS’s stock is already paying for that. In the short term, the repercussions will be the contractions in the sales of Opdivo in 2L and a bigger obstacle for Opdivo+Yervoy in 1L. But the BMS’s combo can catch up, thanks to a bigger efficacy, as I will explain in a future article. Meanwhile, a recent trial established that Merck has to pay BMS $625M plus royalties, as it infringed BMS’s intellectual property related to the use of anti-PD1 antibodies. The royalties will be 6.5% for sales between January 2017 and the end of 2023, followed by a 2.5% rate for the period from January 2024 to the end of 2026. Bristol-Myers Squibb will share the money by giving a quarter of the amount to the Japanese Ono Pharmaceutical (OTC:OPHLF), the company which had discovered Opdivo.

stock advice: Addus HomeCare Corporation(ADUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares rose 47.1 percent to $3.22 in pre-market trading after jumping 54.23 percent on Wednesday.
    Digital Power Corporation (NYSE: DPW) rose 27.6 percent to $0.800 in pre-market trading after gaining 9.79 percent on Wednesday.
    Social Reality Inc (NASDAQ: SRAX) shares rose 23.1 percent to $7.16 in the pre-market trading session after surging 37.59 percent on Wednesday.
    China Auto Logistics Inc (NASDAQ: CALA) rose 16.9 percent to $4.15 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.11 percent on Wednesday.
    Riot Blockchain Inc (NASDAQ: RIOT) rose 15.1 percent to $18.40 in pre-market trading after climbing 42.01 percent on Wednesday.
    Seven Stars Cloud Group Inc (NASDAQ: SSC) rose 14.5 percent to $2.85 in the pre-market trading session after gaining 0.40 percent on Wednesday.
    Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) shares rose 14.3 percent to $2.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.88 percent on Wednesday.
    Corecivic Inc (NYSE: CXW) rose 10.2 percent to $25.56 in pre-market trading after climbing 0.65 percent on Wednesday.
    LM Funding America, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMFA) rose 9.6 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after surging 34.98 percent on Wednesday.
    U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ: GROW) rose 7.2 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after dropping 8.06 percent on Wednesday.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) rose 6.8 percent to $25.61 in pre-market trading after climbing 11.74 percent on Wednesday.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5.9 percent to $13.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 21.34 percent on Wednesday.
    Addus Homecare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS) rose 5.5 percent to $35.60 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.69 percent on Wednesday.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) rose 5.2 percent to $0.528 in pre-market trading after falling 10.36 percent on Wednesday.
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: TEVA) rose 4.7 percent to $14.11 in pre-market trading. Teva Pharma

stock advice: Allstate Corporation (The)(ALL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Wells Fargo analysts see a number of upside catalysts for The Allstate Corporation (ALL), plus a positive trend for automobile insurers as a whole. As such, the analysts upgraded the insurance provider on Thursday.

    The analysts upgraded ALL from “Market Perform” to “Outperform” and boosted its valuation range from $48-$52 to $58-$62. This new valuation range suggests a 16% to 24% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $50.11.

    “We are upgrading the shares of Allstate to Outperform from Market Perform on the basis of several fundamental reasons unique to the company as well as several positive, emerging structural trends for auto insurers in general,” Wells Fargo analyst John Hall stated. “We do not believe that the market has yet paid for potential unit growth within Allstate’s branded standard book of auto insurance, something we envision occurring over the next 6-12 months.”

    As for some of the positive personal auto insurance sector trends, Hall noted, “These would include shifting demographics toward a safer driving population mix (more old drivers and fewer young drivers), changing driving habits particularly among millennials, a safer U.S. personal auto fleet, rising car sales pointing to positive symbol shift as well as industry conditions encouraging market share consolidation.”

    Wells Fargo boosted Allstate’s 2013 EPS estimates from $4.62 to $4.85 and 2014 EPS estimates from $4.85 to $5.20.

    Allstate shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading on Thursday. The stock is up 24.74% year-to-date.

  • [By Anders Bylund, Chuck Saletta, and Brian Feroldi]

    Read on to see why they pickedAllstate(NYSE:ALL),EPAM Systems(NYSE:EPAM), andUniversal Display(NASDAQ:OLED).

    Image source: Getty Images.

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Credit Suisse reported on Thursday that it has raised its estimates on insurance company The Allstate Corporation (ALL).

    The firm has raised its price target on ALL to $62. This price target suggests a 16% upside from the stock’s current price of $52.23. Analysts currently have an “Outperform” rating on ALL.

    Credit Suisse has also boosted estimates on ALL as its management is increasing returns.

    Allstate shares were up 32 cents, or 0.62%, during Thursday morning trading. The stock is up 30% YTD.

stock advice: Quanta Services, Inc.(PWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chad Tracy]

    TransCanada is not the only company that stands to profit from the possible Keystone XL approval. Refiners such as Valero and LyondellBasell Industries (NYSE: LYB), as well as construction companies Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) and Quanta Services (NYSE: PWR) all stand to gain if Keystone XL gets the green light.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Clinton 15 stock basket (DBUSCLNT): UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Humana (HUM), McKesson (MCK), Aecom (ACM), Quanta Services (PWR), ExxonMobil (XOM), Alcoa (AA), NextEra Energy (NEE), Cree (CREE), First Solar (FSLR), Facebook (FB), Netflix (NFLX), Prudential Financial (PRU), Citigroup (C), Union Pacific (UNP).

stock advice: Church & Dwight Company, Inc.(CHD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    U.S. retailers performed poorly during the Christmas holiday season, but companies in the Valentine’s Day business are hoping that Americans will spend generously in the name of love this year. These names include flower delivery company 1-800-Flowers.Com Inc (NASDAQ: FLWS), L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB) (owner of both Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works), Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) (owner of Trojan brand condoms), candy giant Hershey Co (NYSE: HSY) and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Remember when companies used to split their stock to keep individual shares affordable? No longer. Credit Suisse strategistsAna Avramovic andVictor Lin note that Church & Dwight (CHD) upcoming stock split will be just the fourth by an S&P 500 stock this year:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Deutsche Bank announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (CHD).

    The firm has raised its rating on CHD from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has increased the company’s price target from $64 to $66. This price target suggests an 8% upside from the stock’s current price of $60.36.

    Analyst Bill Schmitz commented: “Sustainable growth algorithm of 3-4% organic sales, high single digit EBIT and double-digit EPS growth intact, with upside from fast growing Avid vitamin business joining the base and highly flexible balance sheet enabling further M&A or more aggressive cash flow redeployment providing upside to total shareholder return profile.

    “With shares underperforming the group and market over the last year and tempered Street outlook for CY14 versus long-term trend, we see an opportunistic window to own the shares at a reasonable entry point.”

    Church & Dwight shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 13% YTD.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) shares rose 7.32 percent to $104.10 in pre-market trading. Negocios.com reported that Reckitt Benckiser will offer $23 billion for Church & Dwight.

stock market shares

Gold prices hit a four-month low yesterday (Tuesday) after languishing near $1,275 since the start of October. Despite the pullback, there are three major gold catalysts everyone is overlooking.

That’s why Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth just released a shocking new gold price forecast for 2020.

Krauth believes gold prices could rise another 6.7%, to $1,350, before the year is out. But that’s nothing compared to his new gold price target for 2020.

Normally, traders migrate to the precious metal during times of uncertainty and political turmoil. Events like North Korea’s recent missile testing and the continuing controversies in Washington would normally have served as catalysts for gold prices.

stock market shares: Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc.(BCEI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    As a service to our readers, we’ve put together a list of 10 cheap oil stocks under $5. Here are the stocks, share prices, and year-to-date (YTD) returns for each:

    Vallourec Sp (OTCMKTS ADR: VLOWY); $1.42; +13.6% YTDIthaca Energy Inc. (TSE: IAE); $1.93; +14.5% YTDSandRidge Permian Trust (NYSE: PER); $3.45; +16.95% YTDGeopark Ltd. (NYSE: GPRK); $5.06; +17.4% YTDGastar Exploration Inc. (NYSEMKT: GST); $1.89; +22.26% YTDAscent Resources Plc. (LON: AST); $2.11; +25.53% YTDErin Energy Corp. (NYSEMKT: ERN); $3.94; +29.1% YTDChesapeake Granite Wash Trust (NYSE: CHKR); $3.25; +38.3% YTDSouthcross Energy Partners LP (NYSE: SXE); $2.27; +68.15% YTDBonanza Creek Energy Inc. (NYSE: BCEI); $2.27; +122.55% YTD

    This list of oil stocks contains some highly speculative plays, so we can’t recommend buying them.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Bonanza Creek Energy Inc (NYSE: BCEI) shares dropped 53 percent to $0.929 after the company reported that it has entered into a restructuring support agreement with bondholders holding more than $400 million in unsecured debt. The company also disclosed that it will commence its prepackaged bankruptcy case on or before January 5, 2017.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    SandRidge Energy Inc. (NYSE: SD) emerged from an $8.3 billion bankruptcy in October 2016 while Bonanza Creek Energy Inc. (NYSE: BCEI) emerged in April after clearing up about $1.4 billion in debt. On November 15, SandRidge agreed to pay $746 million for Bonanza Creek and on November 22, Carl Icahn announced that he had acquired a 13.5% stake in SandRidge and said he intends to vote against the “nonsensical Bonanza transaction.”

stock market shares: Exelixis, Inc.(EXEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, healthcare shares fell by 0.91 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Alere Inc (NYSE: ALR), down 8 percent, and Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL), down 10 percent.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Exelixis Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) saw its shares make a handy gain on Wednesday after the company was tapped by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Specifically, the FDA has approved Cabometyx (cabozantinib) tablets for the expanded indication of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), which is the most common form of kidney cancer in adults.

stock market shares: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Trump recently appointed former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani as head of his cybersecurity task force. Trump has pledged to immediately initiate a review of “all U.S. cyber defenses and vulnerabilities, including critical infrastructure.” The review and response process could mean new government contracts on the way for cybersecurity stocks such as FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) was down, falling around 23 percent to $116.87. Palo Alto posted upbeat Q2 earnings, but sales missed expectations. The company also issued a weak forecast for the current quarter. JP Morgan downgraded Palo Alto from Overweight to Neutral, while Baird downgraded the stock from Outperform to Neutral.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) is set to report its most recent results on Monday. The analysts consensus estimates call for earnings per share (EPS) of $0.53 and $400.2 million in revenue. Shares were changing hands at $161.35on Friday. The consensus price target is $180.89, and the 52-week trading range is $111.09 to $194.73.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Last November, I compared Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW) with FireEye (NASDAQ:FEYE) to see which one was the better play on the growing cybersecurity market. I concluded that FireEye was a slightly better pick than Palo Alto, due to its cost-cutting measures, lower valuation, and takeover potential.

  • [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) .

stock market shares: Church & Dwight Company, Inc.(CHD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    U.S. retailers performed poorly during the Christmas holiday season, but companies in the Valentine’s Day business are hoping that Americans will spend generously in the name of love this year. These names include flower delivery company 1-800-Flowers.Com Inc (NASDAQ: FLWS), L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB) (owner of both Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works), Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) (owner of Trojan brand condoms), candy giant Hershey Co (NYSE: HSY) and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF).

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Deutsche Bank announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (CHD).

    The firm has raised its rating on CHD from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has increased the company’s price target from $64 to $66. This price target suggests an 8% upside from the stock’s current price of $60.36.

    Analyst Bill Schmitz commented: “Sustainable growth algorithm of 3-4% organic sales, high single digit EBIT and double-digit EPS growth intact, with upside from fast growing Avid vitamin business joining the base and highly flexible balance sheet enabling further M&A or more aggressive cash flow redeployment providing upside to total shareholder return profile.

    “With shares underperforming the group and market over the last year and tempered Street outlook for CY14 versus long-term trend, we see an opportunistic window to own the shares at a reasonable entry point.”

    Church & Dwight shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 13% YTD.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) shares rose 7.32 percent to $104.10 in pre-market trading. Negocios.com reported that Reckitt Benckiser will offer $23 billion for Church & Dwight.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Remember when companies used to split their stock to keep individual shares affordable? No longer. Credit Suisse strategistsAna Avramovic andVictor Lin note that Church & Dwight (CHD) upcoming stock split will be just the fourth by an S&P 500 stock this year:

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now

They say that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. While you can’t cheat death and better not cheat on your taxes, you can at least avoid paying Uncle Sam taxes on any gains earned from investments held in a Roth IRA. That’s why we think that the best stocks to own in a Roth are ones that will likely have generated substantial gains by the time you retire.

Three that we think fit that bill are Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Paycom Software (NYSE:PAYC), and Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW).

Image source: Getty Images.

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Daniel Miller (Paycom Solutions): Roth IRAs have become wildly popular in recent years, and it’s pretty easy to understand why. The big selling point for a Roth IRA is that money contributed can grow completely tax-free for life. That means investors should focus on companies that can grow and compound over decades; when you withdraw the money in retirement, you won’t pay a dime on those earnings.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: SORL Auto Parts Inc.(SORL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) shares shot up 19 percent to $7.15 after the company reported strong results for its third quarter and raised its FY17 outlook. The company reported Q3 EPS of 44 cents, up from 17 cents in the same quarter of last year. The company reported sales of $101.33 million, up from $63.7 million in the same quarter of last year.

  • [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.
    Sorl Auto
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) shares were also up, gaining 33 percent to $6.02 after the company reported strong Q1 results and raised its FY17 sales guidance.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share on revenue of $55.35 million.

    Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTI) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.18 per share on revenue of $10.25 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    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.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Alon USA Energy, Inc.(ALJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tom Dorsey]

    Over a several day period, I submitted questions and Mr. Eisman, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Alon USA Energy Inc. (ALJ) and the parent company of Alon USA Partners LP Inc. (ALDW) responded. He provided some key insights to some challenges the company faces, where the company is going, and the opportunities available in the future. This insight should provide investors with additional information to understand the value of the company and the opportunity as an investor in the company.

  • [By Manikandan Raman]

    Additionally, Cheng also downgraded Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DK) to Equal Weight from Overweight, while upgrading Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE: ALJ) to Equal Weight from Underweight.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, energy shares dipped by 0.70 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSE: TA), down 18 percent, and Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE: ALJ), down 8 percent.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Unilife Corporation(UNIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Unilife Corp (NASDAQ: UNIS) shares dropped 76 percent to $0.295. Unilife reduced its workforce by 51 employees and expects to record charge of $0.6 million.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Church & Dwight Company, Inc.(CHD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) shares rose 7.32 percent to $104.10 in pre-market trading. Negocios.com reported that Reckitt Benckiser will offer $23 billion for Church & Dwight.

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Deutsche Bank announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (CHD).

    The firm has raised its rating on CHD from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has increased the company’s price target from $64 to $66. This price target suggests an 8% upside from the stock’s current price of $60.36.

    Analyst Bill Schmitz commented: “Sustainable growth algorithm of 3-4% organic sales, high single digit EBIT and double-digit EPS growth intact, with upside from fast growing Avid vitamin business joining the base and highly flexible balance sheet enabling further M&A or more aggressive cash flow redeployment providing upside to total shareholder return profile.

    “With shares underperforming the group and market over the last year and tempered Street outlook for CY14 versus long-term trend, we see an opportunistic window to own the shares at a reasonable entry point.”

    Church & Dwight shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 13% YTD.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Remember when companies used to split their stock to keep individual shares affordable? No longer. Credit Suisse strategistsAna Avramovic andVictor Lin note that Church & Dwight (CHD) upcoming stock split will be just the fourth by an S&P 500 stock this year:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    U.S. retailers performed poorly during the Christmas holiday season, but companies in the Valentine’s Day business are hoping that Americans will spend generously in the name of love this year. These names include flower delivery company 1-800-Flowers.Com Inc (NASDAQ: FLWS), L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB) (owner of both Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works), Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) (owner of Trojan brand condoms), candy giant Hershey Co (NYSE: HSY) and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF).

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Lands' End, Inc.(LE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related LOV Match Group And Spark Networks: A Valentine's Day Case Study 20 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Thursday
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    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $690.27 million.
    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $3.84 billion.
    Coca-Cola European Partners Plc (NYSE: CCE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $2.72 billion.
    Lands' End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $459.43 million.
    Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $145.91 million.
    Cheetah Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: CMCM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $178.04 million.
    Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $90.05 million.
    Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) is projected to post earnings for its first quarter.
    Fifth Street Asset Management Inc (NASDAQ: FSAM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $25.12 million.

     

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Adirector at Lands End Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) also wasbuying stock last week. That director bought a total of 10,500 shares at prices that ranged from $14.97 to $15.17 per share. The total for the trade was set at $200,000.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Bruce Berkowitz’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Bruce+Berkowitz

    These are the top 5 holdings of Bruce BerkowitzThe St. Joe Co (JOE) – 25,484,557 shares, 48.67% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 4.44%Sears Holdings Corp (SHLD) – 28,864,348 shares, 26.05% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.18%Seritage Growth Properties (SRG) – 3,807,150 shares, 16.27% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 3.82%Lands’ End Inc (LE) – 2,855,900 shares, 4.33% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 12.86%Sears Canada Inc (SRSCQ) – 21,562,974 shares, 1.76% of the total portfolio. Sh

Newell Brands: Get The Liquid Paper Out For 2017

HOBOKEN, N.J. – Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a bit of a Smithsonian.

It arguably has one of the greater collections of brand names of any U.S. company. Sunbeam, Shakespeare, Blue Diamond, Oster, Coleman, Sharpie, Rubbermaid, Elmer’s, Rawlings, to start. Each brand is well-known in its sector, well respected and unfailingly iconic, even if that is an overused word. Most often, and this is key to brands, it is either the leader in the category, or still better, the sole owner. Think Elmer’s Glue, Ball jars, X-ACTO knives, Crock-Pots, and even those Dymo label printers, ubiquitous in every Mad Men office.

In some sectors like Dymo, it is the inventor of the category; think Mr. Coffee, Yankee Candle and Rubbermaid. In other situations, it has become the best known provider in a dependable but un-glam product sector, such as Graco baby products, NUK binkies, Stearn’s life vests, Calphalon cookware and First Alert fire detectors.

Turn of the century Bicycle playing cards.

With the quality and number of brands it owns, all led by clever staff, it asserts that it is “building one of the most transformative consumer products companies in the world.” The company has recovered from a Great Recession low of $5.65 in 2008. But this Nov. 21, the First Alert alarm rang when it hit a low of $27.97, off from a high of $54.85 on June 16, 2017. It is still profitable, and with dividend, but the market has partially lost interest, though the stock has recovered to the $31 range, indicating some confidence.

Chief Executive Michael Polk called third-quarter results “below expectations” as their “transformation progress” was overshadowed by “retailer inventory rebalancing” related to “decelerating U.S. market growth through the Back-to-School period.” Sales for third quarter were down 7 percent, and a $1 billion stock repurchase was announced. Translated into the sort of English perhaps heard by Newell’s sales reps visiting Bentonville, Ark., I can reword: Sales are dropping, and our plan to bring all of these odd businesses into one company failed when we put the glue and pens out in July.

One of its more dependable products is the Coleman two-fuel lantern, sold for $99. It works with both Coleman fuel or unleaded gas. Dozens of Coleman products are as interesting as this, and as well made, and all essential items in a hurricane. But this year, astonishingly, Newell made hurricanes an excuse for sales and production numbers. The reality? Coleman products should have been the FIRST things flying off the shelves before Harvey, Nate, Irma and Maria, as the coolers, cookers and the like are essentials during disasters. After, it should have sought the royal warrant as supplier to the Cajun Navy.

The question is why, when on paper (not Liquid Paper, yet another Newell product), the company makes sense and does all the “right” things. Sometimes, the market just does not respond properly to what a company is doing. Only time, consistency and dividends prove the situation.

Results for 2017

Digging into the financials indicates some questions about the restructuring, and perhaps answers the questions as why the stock is 44 percent off its 52-week high.

Its 10-Q filed on Nov. 8, 2017 indicated over $1 billion in restructuring and other costs expected through 2021 to integrate Newell Rubbermaid and Jarden, what it calls the Jarden Integration. From 2016 to 2021, Newell expects to see $1.3 billion in cost savings through this restructuring. So that means it is going through a wrenching process, moving around and changing all of the guts of the company, to save only $300 million in over a half dozen years. While every dollar saved helps the bottom line, this type of disruptive cost cutting only helps the company if the restructuring grows sales.

This restructuring, as described, is completely reorganizing the total company along new reporting lines as of Jan. 1, 2017. Instead of nine mostly logical sectors that include writing, home solutions, tools, commercial products, baby and parenting, branded consumables, consumer solutions, outdoor solutions and process solutions, the company is now organized along the lines of what it calls a New Growth Game Plan. The goal? Newell Brands makes life better for hundreds of millions of consumers every day, where they live, learn, work, and play.

The Game Plan has formal segments that include Live, Learn, Work, Play and Other. While this segmentation would seem to be a useful set of general goals to help explain the company, it unfortunately too much reminds of an un-serious work, rest or play Milky Way television commercial. In addition, these unfortunately named units are actually now broken out on their 10-Q into accounting financial sectors. Can you imagine telling someone that you are in charge of the Play sector and you are moving to the “Work” sector?

The breakdowns do not always make sense. Dymo labeling tapes are in Learn whereas one would expect them to be in the Live or Work categories. It would stand to reason that Waterman pens, a luxury item, are about either “Live”, “Work” or “Play”. But they are in the Learn sector. Its Nov. 2, 2017 third-quarter earnings report confirms some of this confusion. In its Learn sector, operating margin was 10.5 percent vs. 19.5 percent in the prior year. Normalized operating margin was 15.6 percent of sales compared with 22.2 percent last year. It attributed it to lower margins on high margin writing products, not a good sign in a year of Trump and one percenters.

Sorting through its 2016 Annual Report and 10-K shows other issues. In April, it bought Sistema, a food container company based in New Zealand, for $472 million. While the products are well made and handsome, and certainly profitable, they are the sort of products Rubbermaid used to sell and design, begging the question of why the company is unable to develop these products on its own.

On September 4, 2014, the company bought Ignite Holdings LLC, makers of Contigo and Avex drink containers, for $313 million. That year, Newell also bought Bubba Brands, a drink container company, for $82 million. There is nothing wrong with buying another company in the same sector. But when your main brand is Coleman, and your core company and brand is the inventor of the idea of coolers and molded plastic containers, to have to spend a third of a billion on outside acquisitions to remain up with trends indicates that you are unable to keep up with market fashions. And if the company were to buy such a brand, Tervis Tumbler of Sarasota might have been the more hip choice.

Imagine if that $400 million had been invested in the core Coleman brand over the same period of time in elements like a Super Bowl ad, in store marketing, product research, camping events and promotions in National Parks. In this market run-up of 2017, we might not have had the 2017 selloff.

Sorting Brand Clutter

In 2011, the company announced a revamp entitled Project Renewal. It called it an “initiative designed to reduce complexity in our operating structure and realign resources to our highest potential businesses.” The plan would achieve $90 to $100 million in savings over 12 to 18 months and “invest the majority of these funds back into the business in increased brand building support, strengthened demand creation capabilities in customer development and marketing, and the development of our business system in emerging markets.” That’s shorthand for cut out the overhead, and put it into marketing. The question is how much it has worked seven years out. And has it translated into products, margins and profits?

Part of the problem is not of their making; many of the brands like Coleman and Sunbeam were part of the “Chainsaw Al” Dunlap mess, and they have not recovered. Institutional history is gone.

Most of brands that it owns can be categorized as emblems of America, the sort of products you would have found in any general store back around 1940. In some ways, they sell themselves. But for their long-term success, they can’t rest. For those brands, you need to have creative people behind them, understanding the essence of the brand; these people also need to be completely empowered.

Again, on paper, this should be working. Company leadership is experienced; CEO Michael Polk has experience at Unilever, P&G and Kraft. They do not lack imagination or the appreciation for the visual aspects needed to sell brands in stagnant categories; one of the board members is Domenico Del Sole, the chairman of the fashion brand Tom Ford and former Gucci chairman. He certainly has the oomph to ask the right questions when the packaging is frumpy and the advertising is tired. He almost certainly appreciates the design of a new Sistema food container.

There is a strong design sense; it even shows off its Michigan-based “Newell Design Center” on its Instagram page, led by Nate Young, senior vice president, “design and ideation.” This is a self-consciously self-aware au courant company. The photos of the design center on its website tell us that some of the design staff are multicultural (Sikh), others have tats, and yet others have clever toys on their cubicles. The fifties modern design includes quotes from design guru Charles Eames and conspicuously captioned Herman Miller (NASDAQ: MLHR) chairs. A handsome space, but it may not connect well with the average Joe picking up a Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater rod from privately held Bass Pro Shops.

In 2016, Newell announced a move of its headquarters from Atlanta to Hoboken, though many positions would stay in Georgia. This is a disconnect; company management should be near to some part of their product. In this case, an incentive package helped them decide; we wonder if the real decision was that management just wanted to be near New York.

Underperforming Against Competitors

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Competitors are doing better, though defining what they are is a challenge as Newell is in so many sectors. Johnson Outdoors (NASDAQ: JOUT), which owns the likes of Boston Whaler and Johnson outboards, has accelerated its per share price from around $20 in 2013 to $72.25. The challenge, however, is comparing the Newell stock with other companies, as it competes in so many sectors. Is it a sporting goods company like Brunswick (NYSE: BC)? An appliance company like Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK)? A brand licensing outfit? A housewares company? A commodity metals producer?

1915 Newspaper Ad for a Boston Sharpener

Perhaps individual products can tell the story of the company. How have they missed the mark? And what is the opportunity?

Boston Sharpeners: The Boston pencil sharpener, sold for over a century, is one of those great American products that we all know and love. The company began around 1899 as the Boston Pencil Sharpener Company with later owners Hunt Manufacturing, X-ACTO and Elmer’s. The products from even the ’60s and ’70s still work. But what Newell has done is un-improved it and lost margins. It even changed the name to X-ACTO, totally destroying all Boston brand value. Back around 1912, the predecessor Boston Pencil Sharpener Company was selling them for $1. Today, they are now only about $7.50 or up, which makes them vastly cheaper today than they were originally. Made overseas, they are not as durable as the original. Blogger Patrick Ng laments, Although these X-ACTO branded sharpeners have their origins from the original Boston Pencil Sharpener Company, they are now made in China and the charisma is almost all gone. His alternative? Buy a $300 to $600 deluxe El Casco sharpener from Spain, if you want something that lasts. Opportunity: Bring back the Boston name, and offer a solidly priced, over engineered, high-margin model for about $20 that will last for generations, look elegant, and again be in every home, office and school. Ohio Blue Tip: Back in 1983, the book Quintessence detailed great consumer brands that “offer more to us than we specifically ask of them and to which we respond more strongly than is easily explained.” One of those brands was the Ohio Blue Tip match, a Newell product. Cigar Aficionado writer Andrew Nagy, a fan, wrote a column in 2013 on predecessor Jarden Corp., that quietly pulled the Ohio Blue Tip in 2011 to focus on its other match brand, Diamond Matches, though brought it back. “Cigar and pipe enthusiasts who have come to rely on the tiny wooden bringers of fire bemoaned the day,” wrote Nagy. Opportunity: Products like Ohio Blue Tip can be high margin items, if made exceedingly well and properly marketed. Price, market and advertise them accordingly. Prismacolor: The colored pencils, so favored by artists and students, were for decades known as Berol Prismacolor. Today, Newell owns the company, but it has allowed what was a robust group of high end artist materials under the Berol name to become a one-dimensional product line, thereby losing margins. Opportunity: Re-Berol Prismacolor, and focus on quality in packaging and product, reminding that the Prismacolor and other Berol products are an essential set in any artistic household, and not just for insipid adult coloring books. Coleman, a Bellwether Brand

Coriscana, Texas, entrepreneur and attorney Enoch Basnett sells Coleman parts to high-end collectors and lovers of the brand with his E.J. Basnett Co. Basnett believes the appeal of the Coleman brand is its quality, calling their lantern the best liquid fuel lantern ever sold by anyone in all time.

Coleman ad from 1932 in the farm section of a Washington state newspaper, the Deer Park Union.

Newell predecessor Jarden did not understand how to nurture Coleman, and other brands, a practice continued by Newell. The strategy was to outsource and license out the brand, and make it available at mass market stores. They cheaped-out and Chinesed-out all of their product, said Basnett.

Coleman has missed out on trends. For instance, Coleman invented the molded plastic cooler, an innovation of an engineer who by legend came up with the idea while his kids were playing with balloons.

Today, startup Yeti Coolers of Austin, Texas, far surpass Coleman in price margins and customer perceptions of quality and coolness. Its a lifestyle brand built on a cooler, said Basnett of Yeti, an approach that Coleman used in the past to great success. They [Coleman] could have become a great lifestyle brand.

As younger and more affluent consumers lose touch with the original merits of these once ubiquitous brands, they eventually become irrelevant, and forgotten. In a company as large as Newell, faceless brand managers are unable to make decisions, and consumers begin to only know the brands through mass retailers.

You get these companies that have lost authority, said Basnett. The answer is to devolve decision making. For generations, Coleman had headquarters in Wichita, Kansas; pushing decision making down close to manufacturing and distribution would help keep the brand unique. Nevertheless, Basnett believes the predecessor Newell Rubbermaid does have a strong design and quality sense that has not yet translated to brands like Coleman that were part of Newell’s purchase of Jarden.

Comparison With Leaders

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Among Newell’s brands and subsidiaries is a metals processing company, Jarden Zinc. Nothing wrong with running a zinc processor and making money off the penny and U.S. Treasury, but it is a very different business proposition than Penn fishing reels, Waterman pens and Quickie kitchen mops.

Roughly comparable Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) focuses on about 70 brands, but it is a much bigger company with many $1 billion brands. The other parallel company in philosophy is Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B), which has discrete companies, each run as separate units, and not company divisions. Perhaps the more practical comparison is Church & Dwight (NYSE: CHD) which takes a handful of American brands and turns them into dependable machines that print cash, year after year.

The chart above has each of the stocks since 1990; to be comparable, Newell should be around $60 to $70 a share, not $30. There would be an excuse for this slump if Newell made bad products or it had off-brand names, but Newell has some of the most recognizable brand names around. It just needs to invest in them, and not continue to turning every Elmer cow into glue.

There is value in Newell, and no immediate danger, as the dividend history keeps it viable. But that does not mean it has a certainty about how to live into its legacy, and that is a big question for those who search for long opportunities. A good strategy might be to look for a few consecutive quarters of improving margins, per share earnings and sales volume before getting back in.

Recent years are proving destructive to Newell’s great brands; it needs focus, and a concern for quality. A new philosophy and approach could unlock value. Newell should treat each sacred brand as would a venture investor and custodian. Each of these great companies, so important to American business history, deserves the attention.

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A phone purchase now looks less phony, courtesy of a spike in sales of smartphones that dont come locked to a wireless service. That should be good news unless you like preinstalled bloatware and punitive international-roaming charges.

The market-research firm NPD Group reported Monday that unlocked phones make up 12%of the U.S. market. That represents a remarkable turnaround. Until 2013, carrier pricing punished shoppers who brought their own devices instead of buying them from the service and locked to it at prices subsidized by higher service fees.

T-Mobiles groundbreaking move to dump phone subsidies and their two-year contracts has since pushed AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless to do likewise. But the rise of manufacturer-to-customer sales of unlocked phones took longer than Id first hoped.

intraday trading: Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc.(UEPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Friday’s after-hours trading session did not see many stocks on the move. Shares of Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: UEPS) were down almost 2.5 percent in what seemed like a correction of the 1.83 percent surge seen during the day.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares rose 47.1 percent to $3.22 in pre-market trading after jumping 54.23 percent on Wednesday.
    Digital Power Corporation (NYSE: DPW) rose 27.6 percent to $0.800 in pre-market trading after gaining 9.79 percent on Wednesday.
    Social Reality Inc (NASDAQ: SRAX) shares rose 23.1 percent to $7.16 in the pre-market trading session after surging 37.59 percent on Wednesday.
    China Auto Logistics Inc (NASDAQ: CALA) rose 16.9 percent to $4.15 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.11 percent on Wednesday.
    Riot Blockchain Inc (NASDAQ: RIOT) rose 15.1 percent to $18.40 in pre-market trading after climbing 42.01 percent on Wednesday.
    Seven Stars Cloud Group Inc (NASDAQ: SSC) rose 14.5 percent to $2.85 in the pre-market trading session after gaining 0.40 percent on Wednesday.
    Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) shares rose 14.3 percent to $2.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.88 percent on Wednesday.
    Corecivic Inc (NYSE: CXW) rose 10.2 percent to $25.56 in pre-market trading after climbing 0.65 percent on Wednesday.
    LM Funding America, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMFA) rose 9.6 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after surging 34.98 percent on Wednesday.
    U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ: GROW) rose 7.2 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after dropping 8.06 percent on Wednesday.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) rose 6.8 percent to $25.61 in pre-market trading after climbing 11.74 percent on Wednesday.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5.9 percent to $13.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 21.34 percent on Wednesday.
    Addus Homecare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS) rose 5.5 percent to $35.60 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.69 percent on Wednesday.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) rose 5.2 percent to $0.528 in pre-market trading after falling 10.36 percent on Wednesday.
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: TEVA) rose 4.7 percent to $14.11 in pre-market trading. Teva Pharma

intraday trading: Chiasma, Inc.(CHMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Chiasma Inc (NASDAQ: CHMA) was down, falling around 13 percent to $9.51 ahead of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision on Friday to approve or reject the company’s therapy. The status of its oral treatment for acromegaly, a capsule known as Mycapssa, will be in focus on Friday. The Street’s biotechnology expert Adam Feuerstein stated that an investor source believes the FDA will reject Chiasma’s capsules because data from a single-arm study failed to demonstrate a clinically meaningful benefit among patients.

intraday trading: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.(BONT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT)is scheduled for before the market opens on Tuesday (March 14th). In January, The Bon-Ton Stores announced that its comparable store sales for the nine-week holiday period ended December 31, 2016 had decreased 3.1% -in line with guidance. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT)reported fiscalQ1 earnings before the market opened this morning with total salesdown 9.3% to $536.1 million and comparable store sales down 8.8%. Theearnings release noted:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT) reported Q2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Thursday while earnings guidance for the full year fiscal 2017 was reaffirmed. Total sales decreased 7.0% to $504.4 million as comparable store sales decreased 6.1% versus the prior year period. However,double-digit sales growth continued in the omnichannel, which reflects sales via the Company’s website, mobile site, and its Let Us Find It customer service program, as the Company leveraged its West Jefferson facility and store-fulfillment network. The net loss was $33.2 million versus a net loss of $38.7 million.The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q3 2016 earnings report for small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT)is scheduled for before the market opens on Thursday (November 17th) as traditional department stores continue to struggle to figure out how to attract costumers into their stores as online giants increasingly become thedominant retail players.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Lastly, there are a few department-store chains that have been struggling mightily. Sears tops the list, of course. Bon-Ton Stores (NASDAQ:BONT) and Neiman Marcus are also in serious trouble. All three chains have too much debt and have been reporting some of the worst sales results in the industry.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT) dropped about 3.3% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $0.31 after closing Wednesday at $0.32. The 52-week high is $1.98. Volume was around 10 million shares traded, about 100 times the daily average of around 100,000. The struggling retailer had no specific news.

intraday trading: Church & Dwight Company, Inc.(CHD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Deutsche Bank announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (CHD).

    The firm has raised its rating on CHD from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has increased the company’s price target from $64 to $66. This price target suggests an 8% upside from the stock’s current price of $60.36.

    Analyst Bill Schmitz commented: “Sustainable growth algorithm of 3-4% organic sales, high single digit EBIT and double-digit EPS growth intact, with upside from fast growing Avid vitamin business joining the base and highly flexible balance sheet enabling further M&A or more aggressive cash flow redeployment providing upside to total shareholder return profile.

    “With shares underperforming the group and market over the last year and tempered Street outlook for CY14 versus long-term trend, we see an opportunistic window to own the shares at a reasonable entry point.”

    Church & Dwight shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 13% YTD.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Remember when companies used to split their stock to keep individual shares affordable? No longer. Credit Suisse strategistsAna Avramovic andVictor Lin note that Church & Dwight (CHD) upcoming stock split will be just the fourth by an S&P 500 stock this year:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) shares rose 7.32 percent to $104.10 in pre-market trading. Negocios.com reported that Reckitt Benckiser will offer $23 billion for Church & Dwight.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    U.S. retailers performed poorly during the Christmas holiday season, but companies in the Valentine’s Day business are hoping that Americans will spend generously in the name of love this year. These names include flower delivery company 1-800-Flowers.Com Inc (NASDAQ: FLWS), L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB) (owner of both Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works), Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) (owner of Trojan brand condoms), candy giant Hershey Co (NYSE: HSY) and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF).

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Redfin (RDFN), or “Real Estate Redefined” in an abbreviated form, is one of the exciting new unicorn IPOs of 2017. Taking the massive real estate market and flipping it on its head is the goal of RDFN. They are attempting to be a disruptor in the space, and the Q2 2017 results show some great promise going forward. Knowledgeable real estate names like Zillow (ZG) CEO Spencer Rascoff realize RDFN is a large threat to the industry as a whole. By streamlining the home buying process and lowering broker fees, RDFN looks to make buying a home cheaper and easier. Technology is the foundation of the company, and young millennial home buyers aged 25-40 are the target audience. As this generation ages over the next 5-10 years, Redfin can expand with the tech savvy masses. Redfin is poised for some large growth years ahead of it, but the stock price is certainly more of a question mark. While I am impressed by the growth rate and results, the stock sits at quite the lofty valuation. Let’s take a look at the Q2 numbers and see if it is worth its $2.2B valuation at the moment.

investment meaning: Church & Dwight Company, Inc.(CHD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Remember when companies used to split their stock to keep individual shares affordable? No longer. Credit Suisse strategistsAna Avramovic andVictor Lin note that Church & Dwight (CHD) upcoming stock split will be just the fourth by an S&P 500 stock this year:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Deutsche Bank announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (CHD).

    The firm has raised its rating on CHD from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has increased the company’s price target from $64 to $66. This price target suggests an 8% upside from the stock’s current price of $60.36.

    Analyst Bill Schmitz commented: “Sustainable growth algorithm of 3-4% organic sales, high single digit EBIT and double-digit EPS growth intact, with upside from fast growing Avid vitamin business joining the base and highly flexible balance sheet enabling further M&A or more aggressive cash flow redeployment providing upside to total shareholder return profile.

    “With shares underperforming the group and market over the last year and tempered Street outlook for CY14 versus long-term trend, we see an opportunistic window to own the shares at a reasonable entry point.”

    Church & Dwight shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 13% YTD.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) shares rose 7.32 percent to $104.10 in pre-market trading. Negocios.com reported that Reckitt Benckiser will offer $23 billion for Church & Dwight.

investment meaning: SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    After sneaking lower to begin the new trading week, the SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSE:XBI) and the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NASDAQ:IBB) were each approaching important support levels.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Theres been follow-up, too: Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (VRX) had to face the Senate in April for aggressively hiking prices on its drugs. Now Mylan NV (MYL) is answering to the government soon after a story showed that EpiPen prices have rocketed 400% since 2008 with no significant improvements to the treatment. This scandal, too, is rocking biotechs including (Link]recommendation SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI).

investment meaning: Computer Sciences Corporation(CSC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By R. Chandrasekaran]

    Some of the outperforming stocks:

    NVDIA Corp (NASDAQ: NVDA) trading up about 5.7 percent with a range between $69.50 and $71.72.
    Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is gaining about 4 percent. The stock ranged between $770.94 and $787.73.
    Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) is gaining about 3.3 percent with the stock trading between $56.10 and $58.01.
    Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is adding about 3 percent with the stock ranging $59.78-$60.52.
    Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) is gaining about 2.9 percent with the stock trading between $792.90 and $805.
    Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) is adding approximately 2.9 percent with shares trading in the range of $34.15-$34.60.
    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is gaining about 2.8 percent as the stock traded between $30.61 and $31.05.
    Salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) is adding about 2.8 percent with the shares traded in the range of $75.41-$77.00

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

investment meaning: Lithium X Energy Corp. (LIXXF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tom Bishop]

    Lithium X Energy NPV (LIXXF) owns 50% of the Sal de los Angeles lithium brine project in the prolific “Lithium Triangle” in mining friendly Salta province, Argentina.

  • [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].

investment meaning: McKesson Corporation(MCK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Drug-distribution specialist McKesson (NYSE:MCK) has had a tough year. Even as the overall stock market has climbed, the company’s shares have suffered, as investors fear that any business related to pharmaceuticals will have a political target on its back even under the current administration. Last quarter’s sluggish numbers didn’t create much enthusiasm for McKesson either.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Clinton 15 stock basket (DBUSCLNT): UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Humana (HUM), McKesson (MCK), Aecom (ACM), Quanta Services (PWR), ExxonMobil (XOM), Alcoa (AA), NextEra Energy (NEE), Cree (CREE), First Solar (FSLR), Facebook (FB), Netflix (NFLX), Prudential Financial (PRU), Citigroup (C), Union Pacific (UNP).

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    McKesson Corp. (NYSE: MCK), the leading pharmaceutical distributor, posted a revenue increase in the past year of $49.7 billion, up from $47.5 billion in ayear earlier. Its management offered hefty earnings for the quarter and year ahead. It continues to be a buyer of other companies, most recently Change Healthcare (which was labeled a merger with one of McKesson’s divisions). The current dividend is $1.12, or 0.61%.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell by 1.77 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK), down 24 percent, and Novo Nordisk A/S (ADR) (NYSE: NVO), down 13 percent.