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good stocks: CVS Health Corporation(CVS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shah Gilani]

    Hedge funds and institutional trading desks make huge bets on mergers and acquisitions, much like the pending $69 billion proposed buyout of Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) by CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS).

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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

    These are the top 5 holdings of Focused Investors LLCZimmer Biomet Holdings Inc (ZBH) – 1,433,300 shares, 6.32% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 23.22%CVS Health Corp (CVS) – 2,120,700 shares, 6.01% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 19.73%Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) – 1,285,900 shares, 5.78% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.67%American Express Co (AXP) – 1,990,300 shares, 5.68% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.33%Anthem Inc (ANTM) – 944,800 shares, 5.64% of the total portfolio. Sh

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Investors are already seeing the writing on the wall. Shares of potential rivals in the retail pharmacy space were spooked by the news on Wednesday (May 18). Both CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) were down more than 3% in afternoon trading. At the same time, Amazon was up 1.48% on Wednesday and is currently trading up 0.84%.

  • [By ]

    One solution that would make sense is for a national clinic and pharmacy to merge with an insurance company. This is exactly what the proposed CVS (NYSE: CVS)/Aetna (NYSE: AET) merger would provide. Not only would this merger be a good thing for a large segment of the American populous, it will certainly be a good thing for CVS.

good stocks: iShares Mortgage Real Estate Capped (REM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Donald van Deventer]

    The latest implied forward rate forecast from Kamakura Corporation shows projected 10-year U.S. Treasury yields differing -0.07% to 0.03% from last week while fixed rate mortgage yields varied by -0.01% to 0.08%. Mortgage yields, determined by the Monday through Wednesday weekly survey of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, lag Treasury movements simply because of the 3-day yield calculation used in the Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield is projected to rise from 2.92% at Thursday’s close (down 0.06% from last week) to 3.374% (down 0.06% from last week) in one year. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield in ten years is forecast to reach 4.639%, 1 basis point lower than last week. The 15-year fixed rate mortgage rate is forecast to rise from the effective yield of 3.69% on Thursday (down 0.001% from last week) to 4.222% (down 0.006% from last week) in one year and 6.29% in 10 years, up 0.038% from last week. We explain the background for these calculations in the rest of this note, along with some mortgage servicing rights metrics. The forecast allows investors in exchange traded U.S. Treasury funds (TLT) (TBT), total return bond funds (BOND), municipal bonds (NUV) and exchange traded mortgage funds (REM) to assess likely total returns over the next 120 months. Treasury-related exchange traded funds affected by the forward rates include:

good stocks: Rockwell Automation, Inc.(ROK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Bernstein’s Steven Winoker looks back at 2016 for the industrial stocks he covers–Ingersoll-Rand (IR), Rockwell Automation (ROK), Eaton (ETN), and General Electric (GE) among them–and contemplates what 2017 might hold:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

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

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider selling last week: Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET), Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc. (NYSE: CFR), Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), Stamps.com (NASDAQ: STMP) and Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE: WAL).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Blaming the unwillingness of its target even to discuss a buyout, Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) on Tuesday announced that it has withdrawn its unsolicited offer to acquire Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) for $225 a share in a deal valued at nearly $30 billion.

good stocks: Key Tronic Corporation(KTCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Computer Peripherals: This industry rose 2.21% by 10:15 am ET. The top performer in this industry was Key Tronic (NASDAQ: KTCC), which gained 0.3%. Key Tronic’s trailing-twelve-month ROE is 14.57%.

Rite Aid Corporation Q3 Earnings Report: The Struggle Continues

Smallcap retail drugstore stock Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) reported Q3 2018 earnings after the market closed Wednesday as the Company struggles with falling profitsin its pharmacy business as increases in branded drug prices have slowed while reimbursement pressure for generics has increased.

Revenues from continuing operations were $5.4 billion versus revenues from continuing operations of $5.7 billion as Retail Pharmacy Segment revenuesfell 3% to$4.0 billion primarily as a result of a decrease in same store sales and reimbursement rates. Revenues in the company’s Pharmacy Services Segment were $1.4 billion and fell 12.2%due to an election to participate in fewer Medicare Part D regions and a decline in commercial business. Same store sales from continuing operations decreased 2.5% from the prior year consisting of a 3.5% decrease in pharmacy sales and a 0.5% decrease in front-end sales. Pharmacy sales included an approximate 198 basis point negative impact from new generic introductions while the number of prescriptions filled in same stores (adjusted to 30-day equivalents) decreased 2.4% from the prior year period due in part to exclusion from certain pharmacy networks that Rite Aid participated in the prior year. Prescription sales from continuing operations accounted for 66.5% of total drugstore sales. Net loss from continuing operations was $18.2 million versus net income from continuing operations of $23.6 million.

The Chairman/CEOcommented:

“Our pro-forma Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations for the third quarter of $153 million, which includes $24 million in fees that would have been received if all of the divested stores were being managed under the TSA Agreement as of the beginning of the period, was in line with our expectations.”

“The third quarter was a busy time for our team in preparing for and beginning the transfer of stores and related assets to Walgreens Boots Alliance. I would like to thank our entire Rite Aid team for their dedication and efforts in accomplishing this important business initiative for our company and our shareholders. To date, we have transferred 357 stores and have received approximately $715 million in proceeds, which we have used to pay down debt. Looking forward, in addition to completing the transfer process, we will continue to focus on our most significant business-building opportunities as we work together to deliver a great experience to our customers and patients.”

The earnings release noted:

As previously announced on November 27, 2017, the company completed the pilot closing and first subsequent closing under the amended and restated asset purchase agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), resulting in the transfer of 97 Rite Aid stores and related assets to WBA during the third quarter. Under the amended and restated agreement, WBA will purchase a total of 1,932 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from Rite Aid for an all-cash purchase price of $4.375 billion. Rite Aid and WBA expect to continue to transfer ownership of the stores in phases over the coming months. Since the majority of the closing conditions have been satisfied, and the subsequent transfers of Rite Aid stores and related assets remain subject to minimal customary closing conditions applicable only to the stores being transferred in those phases, the company classified the assets and liabilities to be sold to WBA-1,932 stores and three distribution centers- as held for sale and the corresponding operating results and cash flows of those stores as discontinued operations in its financial statements in accordance with GAAP.

Rite Aid Corporationalong with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA) wereboth previously in our Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) portfolio with RADconsidered aturnaroundplay that could eventually become a takeover target which did prove correct in October 2015 whenthe now terminateddefinitive agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliancewas announced. Walgreens was originally going toacquire all outstanding shares ofthe formerfor $9.00 per share in cash or approximately $17.2 billion – pending regulatory and shareholder approval.

A technical chart for Rite Aid Corporation shows shares falling until November when they reversed into an uptrend:

A long term performance chart shows Rite Aid Corporation once had outperformedlarge caps Walgreens Boots Alliance and CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS)whose performance has leveled off:

Finally, here is a quick recap of mid cap Rite Aid Corporations recent earnings history along with EPS estimate trends from the Yahoo! Finance analyst estimates page:

Earnings History11/29/20162/27/20175/30/20178/30/2017
EPS Est. 0.04 -0.01 -0.01 -0.01
EPS Actual 0.02 0 -0.05 -0.01
Difference -0.02 0.01 -0.04 0
Surprise % -50.00% 100.00% -400.00% 0.00%
EPS TrendCurrent Qtr. (Nov 2017)Next Qtr. (Feb 2018)Current Year (2018)Next Year (2019)
Current Estimate -0.02 -0.01 -0.09 0.05
7 Days Ago -0.02 -0.01 -0.09 0.05
30 Days Ago -0.02 -0.01 -0.08 0.06
60 Days Ago -0.02 -0.01 -0.08 0.06
90 Days Ago -0.01 -0.01 -0.08 0.06

You Can Profit 328% from CVS Stock Without Buying a Single Share

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Earlier this month, CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) announced its $69 billion plan to acquire Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET), the third-largest health insurer in the United States. If successful, it will be the largest deal of the year – and the largest ever in health insurance history.

CVS stock has been in focus after the deal, as it’s up almost 9% in the last six weeks.

But that’s nothing compared to the profit play Money Morning’s options trading specialist, Tom Gentile, has found.

Gentile’s strategy won’t require you to buy a single share of CVS at its current price of $72.55. And best of all, you could more than quadruple your money in only six weeks.

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Before we get to Gentile’s strategy, here’s why CVS stock is presenting such a strong profit opportunity right now…

Why We’re Targeting CVS Stock Right Now

Analysts say the acquisition will benefit customers by lowering the cost of drugs and increasing efficiency.

Since the two companies show little overlap in their businesses, the regulatory hurdle should not be a problem. Smart investors know that the small risk the deal fails allows them to position for profit at a lower price.

Urgent: This is the most lucrative way to jumpstart your 2018 income stream. It only takes five simple moves (to potentially score $7,320 or more)…

Consensus opinion on Wall Street gives CVS stock a 12-month price target of $85. That’s about a 17.2% gain if you just buy the stock.

However, that’s just not good enough when part of the gain hinges on whether the CVS-Aetna deal goes smoothly. It’s all about risk versus reward, and that reward is not good enough.

According to Gentile, an options strategy using in-the-money calls expiring in January could return a whopping 361%…

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Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now

What happened

Shares of Rogers Corp. (NYSE:ROG) gained 19.9% in April 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

So what

The company reported first-quarter results on April 26, sending share prices nearly 12% higher the next day. Rogers saw 27% year-over-year sales growth and 79% higher earnings, leaving analyst estimates far behind in both cases.

A Rogers engineer, hard at work on next-generation battery materials. Image source: Rogers.

Now what

Rogers shares have now gained 72% over the last 52 weeks, trading steadily near all-time highs. The maker of specialized materials used in battery systems and wireless antennas has consistently delivered solid earnings surprises over the last three years, often coupled with equally strong revenue wins.

This company is poised to continue making a killing in several emerging markets, including the Internet of Things and automotive computing. Best of all, Rogers is winning competitive contracts without resorting to pricing discounts. Trailing operating margins have increased from 12.4% to 14.2% over the last four quarters. In other words, clients are choosing Rogers over rival materials providers for other reasons than low prices, such as product quality and dependable ordering and delivery processes.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NCI, Inc.(NCIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Information technology company NCI Inc (NASDAQ: NCIT) reported its $283 million sale to H.I.G. Capital Management for $20 per share in cash.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Caleres Inc (NYSE: CAL) got a boost, shooting up 12 percent to $31.99 after the company posted upbeat Q3 earnings.

    QAD Inc. (NASDAQ: QADA) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $29.44 after the company posted strong Q3 results.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    eLong, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: LONG) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.60 per share on revenue of $38.31 million.

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Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CVS Health Corporation(CVS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    Then, on the e-commerce front, National Vision sells its eyewear across 19 websites, including its own brands as well as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), Sam’s Club, and CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS).

  • [By ]

    Finally, health insurers and hospital companies will be the most negatively affected industries during the emergence of single-payer healthcare. Rather than outright failure of some businesses, well see a gradual consolidation for efficiency. The proposed CVS (NYSE: CVS) Aetna (NYSE: AET) merger is a prime example.

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  • [By Shah Gilani]

    Hedge funds and institutional trading desks make huge bets on mergers and acquisitions, much like the pending $69 billion proposed buyout of Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) by CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS).

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Universal Health Services, Inc.(UHS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Universal Health Services (UHS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after BuzzFeed published an investigative story alleging that the company’s psychiatric hospitals put profits ahead of people.

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    Shares of Universal Health Services dropped 12% to$111.30 today, while the S&P 500 rose 1.3% to 2,241.35, a record high.

    Universal Health Services’ stock had been minding its business for most of the day–it was up 1.1% at $127.76 at 3:10 p.m. today–when the story by BuzzFeed’s Rosalind Adams went live. Here’s the gist:

    Millwood Hospital is part of Americas largest psychiatric hospital chain, Universal Health Services, or UHS. Its more than 200 psychiatric facilities across the country admitted nearly 450,000 patients last year. The result was almost $7.5 billion in revenues from inpatient care last year and profit margins of around 30%. More than a third of the companys overall revenue from both medical hospitals and psychiatric facilities comes from taxpayers through Medicare and Medicaid.

    A yearlong BuzzFeed News investigation based on interviews with 175 current and former UHS staff, including 18 executives who ran UHS hospitals; more than 120 additional interviews with patients, government investigators, and other experts; and a cache of internal documents raises grave questions about the extent to which those profits were achieved at the expense of patients.

    Universal Health Services market capitalization dropped to $10.7 billion today from $12.3 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $680 million on sales of $9 billion in 2015.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Universal Health Services Inc. (NYSE: UHS) lost 8.4% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $1/99.81 after closing Tuesday at $108.99. The 52-week high is $139.77. Volume of around 5.8 million was nearly 6 times the daily average of around 1 million shares traded. Raymond James downgraded the stock this morning on news of another request for information from the company related to a federal investigation.

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the best shares to buy now

The markets, at least in the last few weeks of 2016, were defined by money pouring into the stock market from the sidelines, boosting stocks by more than $1 trillion since November.

But Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald has often said that the “real” profits start once the Dow gets above 20,000. So we’re expecting the action will get even more intense – and perhaps more volatile.

You see, over the next few days and weeks, the nearly 53 million people who hold some $4.4 trillion in their 401(k)s will be taking a hard look at their 2017 allocations. With the Dow inches away from 20,000, you can bet they’ll start to chase the performance that stocks offer.

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the best shares to buy now: CVS Health Corporation(CVS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) reported its fourth-quarter financial results on Thursday. The big pharmacy services company beat its guidance, helped primarily by a strong performance from its pharmacy benefits management (PBM) segment. The bar had been lowered, however, because CVS reduced its fourth-quarter projections three months ago in light of contract losses to Walgreens Boot Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA).

  • [By Michael K. Farr]

    CVS Health sold off from its high of over $113 to $92 recently as the company issued 2016 guidance that was below expectations. Only six weeks later, CVS increased its outlook for 2016, causing the stock to rally off recent lows to where it currently sits at around $98. We believe CVS offers value because of its undemanding valuation, its focus on returning capital to shareholders, and its exposure to long-term secular tailwinds, including increased health-care coverage, an aging population, and healthcare cost control.

    Management recently reaffirmed its long-term target of 10-14 percent EPS growth while also increasing its dividend 21 percent to $1.70 (to a 1.7 percent yield). CVS is committed to increasing its dividend payout ratio to 35 percent by 2018, which implies a compound annual growth rate of 18 percent. Also, we expect $4 billion to $5 billion in share repurchases annually. CVS currently trades at 16.9 times calendar year 16 estimated EPS. 

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Target (TGT) had missed projections for the last couple of quarters and didn’t have as strong growth online as some were looking for. Plus, when CVS (CVS) reported its miserable call, the stock got blasted because CVS said its drugstores in Target weren’t anything to write home about. So Target didn’t participate in the great retail rally that we had last week. Now it is front and center after that stronger-than-expected quarter. And make no mistake about it, that quarter was stronger than expected. (Disney and CVS are part of TheStreet’s Trifecta Stocks portfolio.)

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CVS Health Corp (NYSE: CVS) agreed to acquire Aetna Inc (NYSE: AET) for $69 billion.

    CVS will acquire Aetna in a deal worth approximately $69 billion ($77 billion including Aetna's debt), or $207 per share. As part of the agreement, CVS will pay Aetna shareholders $145 for each Aetna share in addition to 0.8378 CVS Health shares.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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

    These are the top 5 holdings of Focused Investors LLCZimmer Biomet Holdings Inc (ZBH) – 1,433,300 shares, 6.32% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 23.22%CVS Health Corp (CVS) – 2,120,700 shares, 6.01% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 19.73%Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) – 1,285,900 shares, 5.78% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.67%American Express Co (AXP) – 1,990,300 shares, 5.68% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.33%Anthem Inc (ANTM) – 944,800 shares, 5.64% of the total portfolio. Sh

the best shares to buy now: MDC Partners Inc.(MDCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of MDC Partners Inc (NASDAQ: MDCA) were down 31 percent to $12.52 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results and lowered its FY16 sales outlook.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    MDC Partners Inc (NASDAQ: MDCA) shares dropped 60 percent to $3.38. MDC Partners reported a Q3 loss of $0.64 per share on revenue of $349.3 million.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $644.60 million.

    Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $641.85 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) shares were also up, gaining 12 percent to $67.56 on stronger-than-expected Q3 earnings.

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3 Potential Takeover Targets After The CVS-Aetna Merger

News of the Senate vote on tax reform last week buried another headline, one that could be just as momentous in remaking an entire sector of the American economy.

Health insurer Aetna (NYSE: AET) has agreed to an acquisition by CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) in a $68 billion deal that could transform the healthcare industry. The addition of Aetna’s 22 million insurance customers will create one of the most vertically-integrated behemoths in the industry when added to CVS’s nation-wide pharmacy business, pharmaceutical benefits manager (PBM), and retail medical services.

The ability to insure, negotiate drug prices, and deliver health services and pharmaceuticals to customers could create a new standard in healthcare delivery.

This, combined with financial tailwinds from the potential tax reform package, could set off a wave of merger activity in 2018.

And I’ve found three leaders that could be prime investment targets.

How Could This $68 Billion Mega-Deal Reshape Healthcare?
At $68 billion in cash and stock, the deal is more than twice the size of the next largest M&A deal so far this year. More than the size of the tie-up, the deal could have major significance for the future of healthcare.

After the deal, the combined company would have an unequaled advantage in keeping customers, from diagnosis through drug delivery. The Aetna side of the business will insure customers and can guide them to using CVS services for medical services and pharmaceutical delivery. The PBM will now have even larger customer scale on which to negotiate prices from manufacturers.

The deal still needs approval from regulators, but there are fewer potential objections than the attempted tie-up between Aetna and Humana (NYSE: HUM), two insurers. While CVS does manage some drug-benefits plans for employers and insurers through its PBM, the merger wouldn’t create less competition in one particular segment of the industry like the insurance market.

That scale and control over the health delivery market could drive other companies to vertically integrate others as well.

Not only might the advantages of a CVS-Aetna combination drive other deals but the proposed tax plan in Congress could act as another impetus for a heavy 2018 M&A schedule. Companies could be looking at repatriating billions from overseas, money that will need to be deployed or returned to shareholders. Companies could also take advantage of higher earnings from a lower tax rate to make strategic acquisitions.

This confluence of tailwinds could set off a wave of healthcare mergers in the year to come.

Potential Targets In Healthcare Include PBMs And Pharma Suppliers
CVS is paying approximately $207 per share for Aetna in cash and stock, or 20.3 times the last four quarters’ earnings per share. That’s a 30% premium to where the shares were trading before rumors of the acquisition broke and signals the interest in the industry for consolidation.

Potential targets after the merger include PBMs, which have been weak this year on headline risks over drug pricing. They have come under fire as part of the problem but are also seen as essential for helping companies negotiate prices for their plans. The PBMs’ part in the health care chain is a valuable link and a critical piece for any company seeking vertical integration along the delivery system.

Express Scripts Holding (Nasdaq: ESRX) has already stated publicly that it would be open to an acquisition. The company is the largest PBM in the United States, with more than 1.4 billion adjusted claims processed annually as well as a strong home delivery pharmaceuticals service.

The three major PBMs, CVS, Express Scripts and UnitedHealth, control nearly 80% of all prescription volume in the United States. CVS is becoming a powerhouse and UnitedHealth would be a tough merger to swallow at $215 billion. That means any company trying to compete in the post-CVS-Aetna world may have no choice but to make an offer for Express Scripts.

Shares are down 1.8% this year and trade for 10 times earnings, less than half the industry average of 21 times trailing earnings. Earnings are expected to be higher by 9% over the next four quarters on a 1.3% increase in revenue.

Another key link in the health care delivery chain is retail pharmaceutical distributors. Pharmacies have been especially strong this year at pressuring suppliers on generic drug pricing, leading to broad losses on shares, but there is evidence that the largest of the discounting is behind us.

Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH) is major wholesaler of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, with operations including nearly everything but manufacturing. The company is the third-largest distributor and counts CVS as its largest customer, meaning it could potentially benefit from higher volume after the CVS-Aetna deal.

Shares are down 21% this year and trade for 11.6 times trailing earnings. The entire industry is down sharply this year and trades for an average 12.5 times trailing earnings. Earnings for Cardinal Health are expected 2.7% lower over the next four quarters, but may surprise higher if drug price discounting slows.

McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK) is the largest wholesale distributor of pharmaceuticals, counting CVS and Walmart as major customers. Along with rivals Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen, the three control 90% of the $300 billion retail pharmaceutical distribution market.

Just as with the potential for an Express Scripts acquisition, that industry market control means both McKesson and Cardinal Health could be valuable pieces to any company’s strategic plans for vertical M&A next year.

Shares of McKesson are up just 3.5% this year and trade for 12.6 times earnings. Profits are expected higher by 3.1% over the next four quarters to $12.57 per share on an increase of 2.9% in revenue.

Risks To Consider: Shares of healthcare companies could be more volatile than usual on changes to the Affordible Care Act and headline risk on drug pricing over the next few years.

Action To Take: Look into taking a position in these potential takeover targets as the healthcare industry rushes to build vertically-integrated giants to compete with in a post CVS-Aetna industry.

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June 22, 2017: Markets opened slightly higher again Thursday, with all three major indexes turning positive after a short visit into the red and then remaining positive for the rest of the session before dipping to the break-even line again shortly before the close. Healthcare was the best-performing sector, likely due to the Senate Republicans’ version of a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. WTI crude oil for August delivery settled at $42.74 a barrel, up 0.5% on the day. August gold added 0.3% for the day to settle at $1,249.40. Equities were headed for a mixed close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded down 0.02% for the day, the S&P 500 traded up 0.02%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.11%.

Stocks traded very near the break-even line just minutes before the closing bell. The closing tally could finish with either a small gain or a small loss for any or all of the indexes.

The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Thursday was Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) which traded up 0.96% at $136.20. The stock’s 52-week range is $109.32 to $137.00. Volume was about 15% below the daily average of around 5.7 million shares. The healthcare giant got a boost from the Senate’s healthcare bill which reduces the impact of federal spending cuts in the near term but boosts the cuts later.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Carnival Corporation(CUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK)shareholders have to be feeling pretty good these days. The stock hit yet another new high on Friday, and the stock is trading 13% higher so far in 2017.It’s been smooth sailing so far this year, but the first big test comes on Tuesday morning when the world’s largest cruise line operator reports financial results for its fiscal first quarter.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Tuesday Morning Corp.(TUES)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap closeout home decor retailer Tuesday Morning Corporation (NASDAQ: TUES) reported Q4 and fiscal 2017 earnings before the market opened on Thursday. Q4net sales were $223.6 million versus $222.8 million as the Company’s sales comparison to the prior year is impacted by the net closure of 20 stores during the current fiscal year.Comparable store sales increased 1.8% compared to the same period a year ago, and were comprised of a 2.6% increase in customer transactions, partially offset by a 0.8% decrease in average ticket. The Company operated 731 stores at the end of the fiscal year, which is a decrease of 20 stores from the prior year period.The net loss was $17.3 million versusa net loss of $3.9 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Tuesday Morning (NASDAQ: TUES) shares gained 4.87% to create a new 52-week high of $14.63. Tuesday Morning shares have jumped 110.09% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 18.17% in the same period.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: (LGF.A)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Noonan]

    While 2016 played host to a range of films that underperformed, the biggest flops belonged to Disney (NYSE:DIS), Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) (NASDAQ:VIAB) and Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE:LGF.A). Click through the presentation below to get the details on the year’s five biggest film flops and to learn what last year’s movie misfires mean for the companies involved.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS(TKC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: eLong, Inc.(LONG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    eLong, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: LONG) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.60 per share on revenue of $38.31 million.

    Qunar Cayman Islands Ltd (NASDAQ: QUNR) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $8.89 per share on revenue of $1.11 billion.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Diana Containerships Inc.(DCIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) were down 8 percent to $0.433. Diana Containerships reported a Q1 loss of $0.80 per share on sales of $3.77 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) got a boost, shooting up 169 percent to $16.49. Diana Containerships shares climbed 276 percent, since the election.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) shares shot up 45 percent to $9.60. Diana Containerships reported a Q3 loss of $128.67 per share on sales of $6.73 million.

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    Caladrius Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLBS) shares rose 20.2 percent to $6.13 in pre-market trading after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss.
    Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS) rose 12.3 percent to $3.20 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it has licensed LNP delivery technology to Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) for use in single messenger RNA product candidate.
    AveXis Inc (NASDAQ: AVXS) rose 12.2 percent to $81.66 in pre-market trading after the company reported topline data from Phase 1 trial of AVXS-101.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares rose 10.5 percent to $2.43 in pre-market trading after surging 109.52 percent on Thursday.
    ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC. (NASDAQ: IMOS) rose 9.8 percent to $17.45 in pre-market trading after declining 0.44 percent on Thursday.
    Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SINO) rose 8.3 percent to $3.38 in pre-market trading after climbing 23.81 percent on Thursday.
    Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) rose 7.6 percent to $2.99 in pre-market trading after surging 12.55 percent on Thursday.
    Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) rose 5.2 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading. Steel Dynamics expects Q1 earnings of $0.77 to $0.81 per diluted share. The company also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1550 per common share.
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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) shares shot up 109 percent to $13.78. Diana Containerships reported a Q3 loss of $128.67 per share on sales of $6.73 million.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Boot(h)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    A10% owner of Hyatt Hotels Corp. (NYSE: H) wasselling some stock this past week. Elsinore Trust parted with a total of 108,815 shares at prices between $52.37 and $53.34. That netted the trust some $2.7 million. The stock closed last Friday at $52.62. The 52-week range for the hotel chain is $44.30 to $58.05, while the consensus price target is $56.44.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Newmont Mining Corporation(NEM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joel Elconin]

    December gold futures have taken the SPDR Gold Trust (ETF) (NYSE: GLD) along for the ride; the ETF is trading higher by $1.74 at $124.48. That puts the ETF in the area it was the same day gold peaked during the Nov. 4 session, at $124.40, and well above the close from that day of $124.04. Also, Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE: NEM) shares were seen trading higher by $1.15 at $38.14 Monday. Earlier in the session, shares peaked at $38.91, just shy of its Oct. 3 high of $39.33.

  • [By Sara Cornell]

    The management team member who garners the most attention right now is Dave Mathewson, VP, Head of Exploration. Dave is a geologist with more than 35 years’ experience in the gold exploration space, and specifically, in Nevada. He is credited with a number of notable discoveries for Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE: NEM), and later went on to Gold Standard Ventures Corp (NYSE: GSV) helping take that company from a start-up to a now $481 million market cap.

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    NewmontMining Corp. (NYSE: NEM) reported fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 earnings after markets closed Tuesday. For the quarter, the gold miner posted adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.25 on revenues of $1.79 billion. In the same period a year ago, the company reported a loss per share of $0.03 on revenues of $1.82 billion. Fourth-quarter results compare to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimates for EPS of $0.33 and $1.79 billion in revenues.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Newmont Mining (NEM) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after gold prices rose, lifting the entire gold mining sector.

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    Newmont Mininggained 7.6% to $35.27 today, while the S&P 500 was little changed at 2,249.26. Front Month Comex Gold for January delivery gained 1.5% to $1156.40 today, while the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) climbed 7.8% to $21.82.

    Standpoint Research’s Ronnie Moas upgraded Newmont Mining to Buy from Hold today.

    Newmont Mining’s market capitalization rose to $18.7 billion today from $17.4 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $193 million on sales of $7.7 billion in 2015.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Media General, Inc.(MEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Media General Inc (NYSE: MEG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $340.17 million.

    National Health Investors Inc (NYSE: NHI) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.17 per share on revenue of $57.82 million.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: CVS Health Corporation(CVS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    He also noticed a large options volume in CVS Health Corp (NYSE: CVS). Traders were buying the January 90 calls and they paid around $0.90 for them. The trade breaks even at $90.90 or around 15 percent higher from the closing price on Friday. Najarian also owns calls in CVS Health Corp.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CVS Health Corp (NYSE: CVS) agreed to acquire Aetna Inc (NYSE: AET) for $69 billion.

    CVS will acquire Aetna in a deal worth approximately $69 billion ($77 billion including Aetna's debt), or $207 per share. As part of the agreement, CVS will pay Aetna shareholders $145 for each Aetna share in addition to 0.8378 CVS Health shares.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) reported its fourth-quarter financial results on Thursday. The big pharmacy services company beat its guidance, helped primarily by a strong performance from its pharmacy benefits management (PBM) segment. The bar had been lowered, however, because CVS reduced its fourth-quarter projections three months ago in light of contract losses to Walgreens Boot Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CVS Health Corp (NYSE: CVS) agreed to acquire Aetna Inc (NYSE: AET) for $69 billion.

    CVS will acquire Aetna in a deal worth approximately $69 billion ($77 billion including Aetna's debt), or $207 per share. As part of the agreement, CVS will pay Aetna shareholders $145 for each Aetna share in addition to 0.8378 CVS Health shares.

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Investors in CVS Health(NYSE:CVS) should be quiterelieved to finally put 2016 in the rearview mirror. Shares of the retail pharmacy giant fell by more than 18% during 2016, according to data fromS&P Global Market Intelligence. That vastly underperformed the company’s biggest rival,Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA).

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Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Wells Fargo is once again in hot water with the government — this time for forcing auto insurance on thousands of borrowers.

A New York regulator subpoenaed two Wells Fargo divisions Tuesday, demanding the big bank turn over loan agreements and other documents related to the auto insurance scandal, a person familiar with the matter told CNNMoney.

Wells Fargo (WFC) has until August 22 to provide the information to the New York Department of Financial Services, the source said. News of the subpoenas was first reported by Reuters.

Separately, Senator Elizabeth Warren and several other Democrats have called for new Wells Fargo hearings. In a letter to Republican Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, the Democrats requested a September hearing with Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan and Chairman Stephen Sanger. Crapo’s committee did not respond to a request for comment from CNNMoney.

Senate Democrats also wrote a letter to Wells Fargo demanding the bank answer a series of questions about the new scandal. The lawmakers linked the auto insurance problem to the scandal that rocked Wells Fargo last year over the opening of millions of potentially unauthorized accounts.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CVS Health Corporation(CVS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Rite Aid Corporation outperforming thealso solid performanceoflarge capsWalgreens Boots AllianceandCVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS):

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Investors are already seeing the writing on the wall. Shares of potential rivals in the retail pharmacy space were spooked by the news on Wednesday (May 18). Both CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) were down more than 3% in afternoon trading. At the same time, Amazon was up 1.48% on Wednesday and is currently trading up 0.84%.

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

    These are the top 5 holdings of Focused Investors LLCZimmer Biomet Holdings Inc (ZBH) – 1,433,300 shares, 6.32% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 23.22%CVS Health Corp (CVS) – 2,120,700 shares, 6.01% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 19.73%Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) – 1,285,900 shares, 5.78% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.67%American Express Co (AXP) – 1,990,300 shares, 5.68% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.33%Anthem Inc (ANTM) – 944,800 shares, 5.64% of the total portfolio. Sh

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Investors in CVS Health(NYSE:CVS) should be quiterelieved to finally put 2016 in the rearview mirror. Shares of the retail pharmacy giant fell by more than 18% during 2016, according to data fromS&P Global Market Intelligence. That vastly underperformed the company’s biggest rival,Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA).

  • [By JACK HOUGH]

    CVS Health (CVS) is a long-term winner, returning more than 14% a year over the past decade, double the yearly return of the S&P 500. It has sold off from over $110 this past summer to a recent $93, presenting a buying opportunity. The decline stems in part from management last quarter issuing 2016 earnings guidance below Wall Street expectations. Even so, it implies earnings per share growth of 10% to 14% next year. Shares now sell for 16 times projected earnings for the next four quarters, down from close to 20 times earlier this year.

    The company remains at the center of trends that could keep earnings growing at a double-digit pace through the end of the decade. Increased medical-plan coverage is driving more prescriptions. So is the aging of the baby boomers. Medical plans are looking to save on drugs, and some are turning over more business to drug-plan managers like CVS’ Caremark. Patients looking for savings, including those who remain uninsured, can take care of basic health-care needs through walk-in clinics, like CVS’ Minute Clinic chain. The stock’s dividend yield is unremarkable at 1.5%, but payments are expected to grow more than 60% cumulatively over the next three years. 
  • [By Keith Speights, Sean Williams, and Cory Renauer]

    So when we asked three of our top healthcare contributors to name three of the best stocks to invest in healthcare, it’s not surprising that their responses listed companies in three different industries: medical device makerMasimo (NASDAQ:MASI), pharmacy services giant CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) and biopharmaceutical company Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND). Here’s why these three healthcare stocks stand out as smart picks.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Diageo plc(DEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Given this less than favorable outlook, the analysts downgrade Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE: DEO)’s stock rating from Buy to Hold with a price target on the U.K.-listed stock of GBP25.50.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Retirees should generally invest in companies with wide moats and solid dividends. In a previous article, I noted that AT&T and Unilever were easy-to-understand companies that were ideal for most retirement portfolios. Today, I’ll add two more companies to that list — alcoholic beverage giants Diageo (NYSE:DEO) and Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD).

  • [By Mark Fritz]

    Distillers

    Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE: BF.B): Hold.
    Price Target: $46.00.

    Davide Campari Milano SpA (ADR) (OTC: DVDCY): Buy.
    Price Target: 7.40 euros.

    Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE: DEO): Hold.
    Price Target: 25.50 pounds.

    PERNOD RICARD EUR1.55 (OTC: PDRDF): Hold.
    Price Target: 98 euros.

    REMY COINTREAU EUR1.60 (OTC: REMYF): Hold.
    Price Target: 99 euros.

    The authors relied on U.S. Census data, industry sources and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (SSNLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    A recently updated map from HowMuch.net ranking the world’s most valuable brands by country in 2017 shows that Apple Inc. (AAPL) lost its spot as the US’s most valuable brand. Of these, the top 10 most valuable brands with shares or ADRs traded in the US are:

    US-based search engine and Google parent Alphabet Inc (GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Swiss food giant Nestle (OTCPK:NSRGF) Korea’s Samsung Electronics (OTC:SSNLF) – part of a larger group of Samsung brands China’s (and the world’s) largest bank ICBC (OTCPK:IDCBF) Japanese automaker Toyota (TM) Irish medical equipment maker Medtronic (MDT) Royal Dutch Shell, the oil company (RDS.A) Royal Bank of Canada (RY) Spanish bank Santander (SAN), and Hong Kong-based insurer AIA (OTCPK:AAGIY)

    In 11th and 12 place, by market cap, are British telecom Vodafone Plc (VOD) and German automaker BMW (OTCPK:BMWYY), whose brands are valued at 2-4x AIA’s according the map, but whose market caps trade at significantly lower multiples in the current market environment.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Apple's market share was nearly flat at 8.5 percent compared to 8.2 percent a year ago. Samsung Electronic (OTC: SSNLF) saw a leap in its market share from 3 percent to 7 percent. 

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

    According to comments by Universal Display CEO Steve Abramson, Samsung (NASDAQOTH:SSNLF) is pouring $9 billion into building OLED production facilities this year. LG Display (NYSE:LPL) expects more than half of its 2020 revenues to come from OLED panels. The OLED TV market is expected to grow sixfold in the next four years, and the lighting panel market is only just getting started.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Pharmerica Corporation(PMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    PharMerica Corporation (NYSE: PMC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.43 per share on revenue of $509.45 million.

    United States Cellular Corp (NYSE: USM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $975.54 million.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc(LL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    If you remember about a year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention let the world know that consumers who had purchased the China-produced flooring from Lumber Liquidators Holdings (NYSE:LL) were roughly three times more likely to fall ill with cancer. That rate was much higher than earlier calculations following the 2015 broadcast by CBS’ 60 Minutes.The stock shed much of its value since the 2015 airing, but rebounded 17% on Tuesday after it reported a narrower-than-expected loss during the fourth quarter, offering investors a slight amount of hope going forward.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap hardwood flooring stockLumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE: LL) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened this morning with better than expected earnings sending shares soaring as the Company went into earnings with short interest of 24.68% according to Highshortinterest.com. Net sales increased10.7% to $263.5 million as net sales in comparable stores increased 8.8% driven by a 5.3% increase in the number of customers invoiced and a 3.5% increase in the average sale. Merchandise sales in comparable stores grew 6.1% in the quarter whilenet sales in non-comparable stores increased $4.4 million. The Company did not open any stores during the second quarter of 2017 with the total store count remaining at 385 as of June 30, 2017. Net income was $4.5 million versusa net loss of $12.2 million for the first profit in the wake of a 2015 “60 Minutes” report that claimed the Companys laminate flooring contained high levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares ofLumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc.(NYSE:LL) were moving higher last month, though there was little company-specific news out on the stock. The retailer of wood flooring and other related products had been battered in recent years after a scandal involving illegally treated flooring, but investor confidence seemed to be returning along with a general uptick in home-improvement stocks. According to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, the stock rose 18.4% in March.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap hardwood flooring stockLumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE: LL) is scheduled for before the market opens onTuesday (February 21th). Lumber Liquidators Holdingshad been ahighflying stock until the middle of 2013 when shares were hit be allegations that the companys flooring products contained illegal levels of formaldehyde. Shares then took another hit on reports that the Department of Homeland Security andthe USFish and Wildlife Servicehad executed a sealed court-issuedsearch/raid on theheadquarters for possible sourcing violations.Lumber Liquidators Holdingslater won a favorable ruling in a California lawsuit filed under the state’s Proposition 65 covering cancer-causing chemicals and agreed to pay $2.5 million (without admitting wrongdoing) to settle a civil matter with the California Air Resources Board.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: American States Water Company(AWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    On Tuesday, analysts at Brean Capital upgraded American States Water Co (AWR), as they now believe the shares have reached an attractive entry point.

    The analysts upgraded AWR from “Hold” to “Buy” and see shares reaching $28. This price target suggests an 11% upside to the stock’s Monday closing price of $25.22.

    Brean Capital analyst Michael Gaugler said, “The shares have fallen to a price level that we now consider attractive, and our sum-of-the-parts valuation indicates fair value is $28 based on our 2014 EPS forecasts. We recommend investors begin accumulating positions under the $25.50 price level to allow sufficient (10%) upside (excluding dividends) to our target price.”

    “We acknowledge that the current environment for utility stocks in terms of interest rate impacts is less than ideal. However, we note the shares of AWR (and our other utility coverage names) have traded at higher P/E multiples when the general level of interest rates was much higher. We see the impact of higher rates as short term and negligible, particularly when we look closely at AWR’s ability to continue to raise its dividend payout versus the peer group by using free cash flow from the ASUS business,” Gaugler added.

    American States Water shares were up 72 cents, or 2.85%, during early morning trading on Tuesday. The stock is up 8% year-to-date.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Bacanora Minerals Ltd. (BCRMF)

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].

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Two Harbors Investments Corp(TWO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Hanson]

    This week at the Barclays Capital Global Financials Conference, droves of CEOs, CFOs, and CIOs trotted on stage to address a room full of eager analysts. One of the lone mREITs represented was Two Harbors (NYSE: TWO  ) . CEO Tom Siering and CIO Bill Roth weighed in on the current environment.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Lannett Co Inc(LCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE: EW) announced plans to buy Valtech Cardio for $340 million in cash and stock. The company also announced a $1 billion buyback plan.
    Epizyme Inc (NASDAQ: EPZM) disclosed that it has received Fast Track designation for tazemetostat.
    Athene Holding Ltd. (NYSE: ATH) reported that it has priced its 23.8 million share IPO between $38 per share and $42 per share.
    Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI) reported the approval for its Metaxalone Tablets USP, 800 mg.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap generic pharmaceutical stock Lannett Company, Inc (NYSE: LCI) is thethird most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 52.86% according toHighshortinterest.com.Lannett Company, founded in 1942, develops, manufactures, packages, markets and distributes generic pharmaceutical products for a wide range of medical indications and therapeutic areas. The Company believe that its ability to select viable products for development, efficiently develop such products (including obtaining any applicable regulatory approvals), vertically integrateitself into certain specialty markets and achieve economies in production are all critical for its success in the generic pharmaceutical industry in which it operates.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    We’ve compiled a list of the most heavily shorted stocks to show you which stocks have the most negative sentiment on the market…

    Company Name (Ticker)Short FloatShare PriceHanwha Q Cells Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: HQCL)98.52%$ 8.88Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN)91.59%$ 8.53Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE: WTW)67.92%$12.57INSYS Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: INSY)66.71%$10.74Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO)66.34%$33.17Nutanix Inc. (Nasdaq: NTNX)65.65%$31.96Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT)55.15%$ 6.06Weibo Corp. (Nasdaq ADR: WB)53.83%$55.26RPC Inc. (NYSE: RES)53.62%$21.19Straight Path Communications Inc. (NYSEMKT: STRP)49.27%$34.79Momo Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: MOMO)48.63%$26.80Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG)46.91%$44.87Lannett Company Inc. (NYSE: LCI)45.46%$23.00Gogo Inc. (Nasdaq: GOGO)43.98%$ 9.10Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA (Nasdaq: ASPS)42.78%$22.73Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE ADR: CMCM)40.86%$10.00

    Some investors think the only way to profit from the stock market is to buy stocks and wait for the price to rise. However, these investors are missing out on the massive profit opportunity that comes from shorting stocks.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Cellectis S.A.(CLLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Cellectis SA (ADR) (NASDAQ: CLLS) shares dropped 20 percent to $25.70 after announcing FDA clinical hold of UCART123 studies.

    Shares of Opiant Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: OPNT) were down 10 percent to $35.20. Opiant Pharma named David O'Toole as CFO.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stock Cellectis SA (NASDAQ: CLLS) reported that they had received notice fromFDA that a clinical hold was placed on both UCART123 ongoing Phase 1 studies -in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and in blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN). The clinical hold was initiated after Cellectis reported one fatality in the BPDCN clinical trial (ABC study) with the Company now working closelywith the investigators and the FDA in order to resume the trials with an amended protocol including a lowered dosing of UCART123. The FDA has a detailed page about clinical holds which mentions:

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The ad industry spends $111 billion a year convincing the public to buy whatever it’s selling.

On occasion, the ad agencies go a few steps too far to promote their products and wind up spewing blatant falsehoods.

Such outright advertising lies often lead to expensive court battles, share-price drops, and, sometimes, a company’s total collapse.

From bogus cancer cures to weight-loss gimmicks, here are six of the biggest lies ever told by corporations to swindle U.S. consumers. Each one worked — for a while…

6 of the Biggest Advertising Lies Ever Told

Big Advertising Lie No. 1: Airborne

Airborne – the herbal supplement marketed as “the one designed by a school teacher” — got failing grades when news broke in 2008 that no scientific studies backed its claims that its product could kill flu and cold germs.

stock ticker: Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc.(GRIF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares fell 0.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Griffin Industrial Realty Inc (NASDAQ: GRIF), down 5 percent, and Movado Group, Inc (NYSE: MOV) down 5 percent.

stock ticker: CVS Health Corporation(CVS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights, Sean Williams, and Cory Renauer]

    So when we asked three of our top healthcare contributors to name three of the best stocks to invest in healthcare, it’s not surprising that their responses listed companies in three different industries: medical device makerMasimo (NASDAQ:MASI), pharmacy services giant CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) and biopharmaceutical company Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND). Here’s why these three healthcare stocks stand out as smart picks.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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

    These are the top 5 holdings of Focused Investors LLCZimmer Biomet Holdings Inc (ZBH) – 1,433,300 shares, 6.32% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 23.22%CVS Health Corp (CVS) – 2,120,700 shares, 6.01% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 19.73%Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) – 1,285,900 shares, 5.78% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.67%American Express Co (AXP) – 1,990,300 shares, 5.68% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.33%Anthem Inc (ANTM) – 944,800 shares, 5.64% of the total portfolio. Sh

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Target (TGT) had missed projections for the last couple of quarters and didn’t have as strong growth online as some were looking for. Plus, when CVS (CVS) reported its miserable call, the stock got blasted because CVS said its drugstores in Target weren’t anything to write home about. So Target didn’t participate in the great retail rally that we had last week. Now it is front and center after that stronger-than-expected quarter. And make no mistake about it, that quarter was stronger than expected. (Disney and CVS are part of TheStreet’s Trifecta Stocks portfolio.)

stock ticker: ChannelAdvisor Corporation(ECOM )

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    ChannelAdvisor Corp (NASDAQ: ECOM) shares dropped 24 percent to $10.85 following Q4 results. ChannelAdvisor reported Q4 net income of $5.8 million on revenue of $31.8 million.

stock ticker: Buenaventura Mining Company Inc.(BVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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

    These are the top 5 holdings of Somerset Capital Management LLPFomento Economico Mexicano SAB de CV (FMX) – 1,268,818 shares, 36.15% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 9.36%Yandex NV (YNDX) – 3,352,412 shares, 25.48% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 3.61%ICICI Bank Ltd (IBN) – 5,074,899 shares, 13.19% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 11.08%Infosys Ltd (INFY) – 1,596,414 shares, 6.95% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 15.58%KT Corp (KT) – 1,330,431 shares, 6.41% of the

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    You see, Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth expects gold prices to gain 15.4% from their current $1,213 level to $1,400 an ounce this year. This rise will lead to an even bigger rally for gold stocks. Since the beginning of 2017, gold prices are up 5.1%. But the gains in gold stocks like Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (NYSE:AEM) and Compania de Minas Buenaventura SAA (NYSE ADR: BVN) have doubled and quadrupled the year-to-date gold price return.

stock ticker: ePlus Inc.(PLUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $284.62 million.

    Tilly’s Inc (NYSE: TLYS) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $119.93 million.

Best Small Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Small cap upscale apparel brandretailer Vince Holding Corp (NYSE: VNCE) reported Q1 2017 financial results before the market opened this morning. Net sales decreased 14.2% to $58.0 million as wholesale segment sales decreased 20.9% to $35.4 million, primarily due to a reduction in full-price orders as a result of the elimination of the Companys summer delivery, and asdirect-to-consumer segment salesfell 1.0% to $22.6 million. Comparable sales decreased 5.7%, including e-commerce sales, due to a decrease in average order value.

The net loss was $9.3 million versus a net loss of $1.9 million (the Q1 2017 net loss does not include a benefit from income taxes due to the offsetting impact of the tax valuation allowance). The Company ended the first quarter of 2017 with $15.4 million in cash and cash equivalents and $66.1 million of borrowings under its debt agreements.

Best Small Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Olympic Steel Inc.(ZEUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS) got a boost, shooting up 17 percent to $22.55. Olympic Steel reported a Q1 net income of $7.7 million, after posting a loss in the year-ago period.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the basic materials shares climbed by 1.09 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS), up 7 percent, and Aluminum Corp. of China Limited (ADR) (NYSE: ACH), up 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials shares gained around 1.89 percent in trading on Tuesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS), and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

Best Small Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Nuance Communications Inc.(NUAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about high options activity in Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN). Traders were buying the June 19 calls for $1. The trade breaks even at $20 or 2.20 percent above the closing price on Wednesday. Najarian followed the trade and he is going to hold the position for two weeks.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) got a boost, shooting up 10 percent to $17.05 after the company posted better-than-expected Q4 earnings. Raymond James upgraded Nuance Communications from Outperform to Strong Buy.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN).

Best Small Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CVS Health Corporation(CVS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    2016 was a forgettable year forCVS Health (NYSE:CVS). Management stunned investors by announcing that Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ: WBA)had struck two huge deals that threaten to rob the company of more than 40 million retail prescriptions each year. Understandably, traders didn’t take the news well.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Rite Aid Corporation outperforming thealso solid performanceoflarge capsWalgreens Boots AllianceandCVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS):

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Investors are already seeing the writing on the wall. Shares of potential rivals in the retail pharmacy space were spooked by the news on Wednesday (May 18). Both CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) were down more than 3% in afternoon trading. At the same time, Amazon was up 1.48% on Wednesday and is currently trading up 0.84%.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    We reprise five of last year’s components: Boeing (BA), CVS Health (CVS), International Business Machines (IBM), Omnicom Group (OMC) and Texas Instruments (TXN), which means they obviously are buys.