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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now

A number of years ago, Warren Buffett referred to derivatives as “financial weapons of mass destruction.” Since then, Wall Street has tried to pooh-pooh this description, but the facts speak for themselves.

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What is a derivative? Basically, it’s a bet couched as a complex financial instrument. Investopedia defines a derivative as “a security with a price that is dependent upon or derived from one or more underlying assets.” More simply put, two institutions, usually banks, bet on the direction of an underlying asset, which might be stocks, bonds, interest rates, gold, currencies or indexes. For a more entertaining if depressing explanation, see the movie “The Big Short.”

Initially, derivatives were a hedge on a position held by the bank. For example, if a bank had a large portfolio of corporate debt, the portfolio manager might protect that position by using derivatives to take an opposite position, thereby hedging the holdings.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: NOW Inc.(DNOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo, Tyler Crowe, and Jason Hall]

    Oil prices haven’t gotten off to the fast start many expected, falling around 6% on average during the first quarter of the year. That slump came despite OPEC’s best efforts since producing nations have achieved fairly good compliance on their planned output cuts. That said, despite the lackluster oil market, we still see some interestingopportunities in the oil market. Three stocks we really like right now are DistributionNOW(NYSE:DNOW),Phillips 66(NYSE:PSX), andConocoPhillips(NYSE:COP), which all should do well in the current oil market.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: FMC Technologies, Inc.(FTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Following a series of M&A announcements in the oilfield-services sector since the onset of the oil market downturn, French oil-field service company Technip and U.S. oilfield equipment company FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) hooked up in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $13 billion. Shareholders of each company will own 50% of the combined entity, to be named TechnipFMC, which implies a roughly $6.5 billion acquisition valuation for each entity. The transaction, which should close early next year, will “combine Technip’s innovative systems and solutions, state-of-the-art assets, engineering strengths, and project management capabilities with FMC Technologies’ leading technology, manufacturing, and service capabilities.” Further, it should save $400 million in annual costs by 2019. Moreover, it will enable the combined company to compete better against larger oil-field service rivals Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), which have all gained strength during the downturn either through M&A activities or cost savings initiatives.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Agenus Inc.(AGEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Agenus (NASDAQ: AGEN) rose 22.99% to $3.37 after the company reported positive follow-on Phase 2 results for brain cancer vaccine.

    Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO) shares jumped 18.23% to $10.18 after private equity firm Sycamore Partners bought a 7.96% stake in the company.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Shares of Agenus Inc (NASDAQ:AGEN), a biopharmaceutical company developing cancer therapies, had fallen about 14.5% as of 3:20 p.m. EST on Wednesday. Investors weren’t too thrilled about its cancer vaccine’s recent clinical trial failure.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Friday's regular session.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Cartesian, Inc.(CRTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedsmall cap professional services and technical solutions stock Cartesian Inc (NASDAQ: CRTN) as a long/bullish trade:

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Iridium Communications Inc(IRDM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

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

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Bioanalytical Systems, Inc.(BASI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    Here’s a list of the top 10 penny stocks to watch in March, which includes the biggest gainers last month…

    Penny StockCurrent Stock PriceFebruary 2017 ReturnZosano Pharma Corp. (Nasdaq: ZSAN)$2.56+123.3%Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH)$1.25+113.8%Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: PPHM)$0.59+101.7%Galectin Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: GALT)$1.79+91.9%Bioanalytical Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BASI)$1.58+90.6%CymaBay Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: CBAY)$3.50+89.8%Vermillion Inc. (Nasdaq: VRML)$2.56+86.3%Naked Brand Group Inc.(Nasdaq:NAKD)$2.16+76%Eyegate Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: EYEG)$2.63+73.9%Benitec Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: BNTC)$2.60+59.9%

    The best-performing penny stock – Zosano Pharma Corp. – soared an incredible 123.3% from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28. To put those gains into perspective, that’s more than five times the S&P 500’s 23% climb in the last 12 months.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related SOFO 12 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Tuesday Earnings Scheduled For December 10, 2015
    Related WSCI 15 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Wednesday Earnings Scheduled For June 21, 2016 Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $8.23 billion.
    Conagra Brands Inc (NYSE: CAG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $2.11 billion.
    Bioanalytical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BASI) is expected to report earnings for the fourth quarter.

     

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Allegheny Technologies Incorporated(ATI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

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

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Clayton Williams Energy, Inc.(CWEI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Noble Energy (NBL) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after purchasing Clayton Williams Energy (CWEI) for $2.7 billion.

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    Noble Energygained 7.1% to $40.05, while the S&P 500 fell 0.3% to2,267.89.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Company Name

    Share PriceYTDMarket CapClayton Williams Energy Inc. (NYSE: CWEI)$138.8216.4%2.4BDiamondback Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: FANG)$106.365.42%$9.38BWestern Gas Partners LP (NYSE: WES)$65.6411.71%$9.67BTesoro Logistics LP (NYSE: TLLP)$59.3416.79%$6.25BResolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN)$46.0811.87%$931.13MAntero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AM)$34.9813.28%$6.4BExterran Corp. (NYSE: EXTN)$33.9942.22%$1.19BDominion Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: DM)$32.9011.34%$2.6BNextEra Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NEP)$31.1922.12%$1.68BArchrock Inc. (NYSE: AROC)$16.0021.21%$1.12B

    While some of these stocks have performed well, we arent recommending this list of natural gas stocks. Thats because we arent interested in stocks that have already peaked at Money Morning; were interested in the next big winner. And we have one that could surge in 2017

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Intersil Corporation(ISIL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Big gainers on the day included Intersil Corp (NASDAQ: ISIL), which jumped 20 percent on news of a buyout, and Medivation (NASDAQ: MDVN), which added 20 percent on a deal with Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) related to its cancer drug. Cotiviti Holdings Inc (NYSE: COTV) lost around 9 percent in the wake of a mid-day sell-off and Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) fell 7 percent in the wake of a management shakeup.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.(LITB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap China based online retailstockLightinthebox Holding Co (NYSE: LITB) as a long/buy trade:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap China based online retailstockLightinthebox Holding Co (NYSE: LITB) reportedQ1 2017 earnings as net revenues increased 8.0% to $72.7 million (above the high end of the Company’s guidance of $72.0 million). Net revenues from product sales were $64.8 million versus$61.9 million and net revenues from service and others were $7.9 million versus $5.4 million in the same quarter of 2016. As a percentage of net revenues, service and others accounted for 10.9% during the first quarter of 2017. Total orders of product sales were 1.6 million for the first quarter of 2017 versus1.7 million in the same quarter of 2016 while the total number of product sales customers was 1.2 million versus 1.4 million.

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DOL Takes First Step Toward Fiduciary Rule Changes

Planners Fear Unintended Consequences as DOL Rule Compliance Date Nears

After nearly four hours of debate on Thursday, the House passed the Financial Choice Act, legislation designed to replace the Dodd-Frank Act, derail the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule and gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  

Democrats, who consistently referred to the legislation as the Wrong Choice Act during the heated debate on the House floor, offered no amendments to the bill, which passed by a 233-186 vote.

The designation “would introduce a wholly inappropriate and unnecessary regime of bank-type regulations that would increase costs and reduce returns for investors, distort the fund marketplace, and compromise the important role that funds play as a source of financing and capital formation in the economy.”

Other provisions “correct the indiscriminate application of bank-oriented stress-testing requirements to all large ‘financial companies,’” ICI added. “These changes would further reduce the risk of applying ill-suited measures to registered funds and fund advisors that would increase costs to fund investors without providing any corresponding benefits.”

live stock quotes: NOW Inc.(DNOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo, Tyler Crowe, and Jason Hall]

    Oil prices haven’t gotten off to the fast start many expected, falling around 6% on average during the first quarter of the year. That slump came despite OPEC’s best efforts since producing nations have achieved fairly good compliance on their planned output cuts. That said, despite the lackluster oil market, we still see some interestingopportunities in the oil market. Three stocks we really like right now are DistributionNOW(NYSE:DNOW),Phillips 66(NYSE:PSX), andConocoPhillips(NYSE:COP), which all should do well in the current oil market.

live stock quotes: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.(CBRL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts are expecting Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL) to have earned $1.80 per share on revenue of $705.65 million in the latest quarter. Cracker Barrel shares gained 0.67 percent to $152.50 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.80 per share on revenue of $705.65 million.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (NASDAQ: CBRL) shares tumbled 2.50 percent to $104.32 after the company reported a 1.1% drop in its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings and issued a downbeat Q1 forecast.

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (CBRL) shares dropped over 4% on Wednesday morning after the company reported lower fourth quarter earnings and a weak outlook for its first quarter.

    The Lebanon, TN-based company reported fourth quarter earnings of $34.3 million, or $1.43 per share, down slightly from $34.7 million, or $1.47 per share, a year ago. On average, analysts expected to see earnings of $1.35 per share.

    Total revenue fell to $646.1 million from $700.01 million last year. Analysts expected to see revenue of $668.68 million.

    Cracker Barrel President and CEO Sandra Cochran commented: “The fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 represents the seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year improvement in comparable store traffic, restaurant sales, and retail sales. The financial results of the fourth quarter and full year reflect the effective execution of our strategic plan. As we begin our 2014 fiscal year, we are poised to capitalize on the achievements of fiscal 2013.”

    For FY2013, CBRL’s earnings rose 14% to $117.27 million, while EPS rose to $4.90 per share. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $4.97 per share, up 15% from the year prior. Total revenue for the year was $2.64 billion, up 3% from a year ago.

    Looking forward, the company expects to see first quarter earnings between $1.05 and $1.15 per share. This estimate would fall significantly below the average analyst estimate of $1.32 per share.

    For FY2014, the company expects EPS in the range of $5.60 to $5.80 and revenue between $2.7 billion and $2.75 billion. Analysts expect to see earnings of $5.69 per share and $2.74 billion in revenue.

    Cracker Barrel shares were down $4.70, or 4.39%, during Wednesday morning trading. The stock is up 59% YTD.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid capSouthern chicken restaurant stock Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc (NASDAQ: CBRL) reportedearnings for fiscal Q1 2018 (ended October 27, 2017) before the market opened with results topping Wall Street expectations. Total revenue rose 0.1%to $710.4 million as comparable store restaurant sales increased 0.2%, including a 2.0% increase in average check partially offset by a 1.8% decrease in store traffic. The average menu price increase for the quarter was approximately 2.2% whilecomparable store retail sales decreased 3.6% from the prior year quarter. The Company opened two new Holler & Dash Biscuit House locations during the quarter, bringing the store count to 651 combined Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Holler & Dash Biscuit House locations at quarter-end. Net income was $46.380 million versus net income of $48.355 million. Earnings per diluted share were $1.92, compared to diluted EPS of $2.01 in the prior year first quarter with the Company estimating that hurricanes Harvey and Irma reduced first quarter diluted EPS by approximately $0.07.

live stock quotes: Transcananda Pipelines Ltd.(TRP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    After a series of setbacks in its attempts to build new oil pipelines, Canadian pipeline giant TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) completed a transformation transaction to acquire U.S. natural gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group for $13 billion, which includes the assumption of debt. The key to that deal was that it increased the combined company’s near-term project pipeline to 23 billion Canadian dollars, which supports TransCanada’s ability to increase its dividend by 8% to 10% annually through 2020. After completing that deal, TransCanada made a bid to acquire all of the outstanding units that it did not own of affiliated MLP Columbia Pipeline Partners (NYSE:CPPL) in a transaction valued at $915 million. These acquisitions solidified TransCanada’s natural gas pipeline growth ambitions, enabling it to diversify away from oil pipelines.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Energy infrastructure companies ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) and TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) are both emerging from the energy market downturn as stronger entities. Each made smart acquisitions, with TransCanada buying U.S. gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group, while ONEOK is in the process of gobbling up its MLP,ONEOK Partners (NYSE:OKS). While these deals enhanced the growth profiles of both companies, TransCanada still stands out as the better buy for long-term income investors. Here’s why.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    In a number of articles recently, following the US recent revival and potential approval of the previously blocked Keystone XL pipeline, a number of estimates have been provided suggesting a pending boom for the US steel industry is on the horizon (and US steel stocks have reacted in kind). In fact, this optimism, we believe, peaked today when a report from one of our competitors was published claiming that, the keystone XL pipeline could increase line pipe demand by 14.7% for 2 years. The problem here, we believe, rests with the facts that: (a) TransCanada (TRP) has already taken, and paid for, the steel to build the Keystone XL pipeline (the steel currently sits in storage facilities in both Regina, Canada and Arkansas, United States), (b) neither US Steel (X; SELL), AK Steel, Steel Dynamics, or Nucor have the ability to make the specialized steel required for the miles of pipe associated with this project, to include both the thickness and pressure requirements, according to this article from Reuters, and (c) assuming some of the pipe does need replacement, this would likely come from international steel makers who are capable of producing the specialized steel (again, as highlighted in this Reuters article).

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Energy stocks were driven by a hefty dose of M&A during the third quarter. And that will drive returns for TransCanada Corporation (TRP) during the next one.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    That includes pipeline companies like Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI), which already operates a pipeline transporting natural gas from Texas into Mexico, and master limited partnerships (MLPs) Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (NYSE: ETP) and TransCanada Corp. (NYSE: TRP), the company that has (so far) failed to get U.S. approval for its Keystone Pipeline expansion from Canada’s oil sands across the U.S. border.

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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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live stock quotes: Deer Valley Corporation (DVLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Deer Valley (OTCPK:DVLY)

    This company manufactures factory-made homes which are marketed to 14 states in the US. After the financial crisis it has been able to pick up its operations and continue to create sustainable free cash flow and increasing profits. It might be that another similar shock to housing is not necessarily around the corner and therefore they could sustain this in the foreseeable future.

live stock quotes: Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc.(NATR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector was the top gainer in the US market on Tuesday. Top gainers in the sector included Nature's Sunshine Prod. (NASDAQ: NATR), Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), and SunOpta, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: STKL).

The Energy Sector, And 3 Potential Names, That Will Lead In 2018

2017 was an incredibly strong year for the overall market, with the S&P 500 Total Return Index rounding out the year up 21.83%. As the chart below displays, the technology sectors strong outperformance spearheaded the rally, with other characteristically bullish sectors (industrial, materials, financial, and cyclicals) doing their part. Of the nine Sector SPDR ETF funds, only the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLE) finished the year in the red.

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The first eight months of the year proved especially challenging for the energy sector, with the XLE down nearly 20% through the end of August, even though WTI prices had bottomed around $42 a barrel in mid-June. Since the beginning of September, however, the XLE rallied to recover almost all of its 2017 losses. Just a few weeks ago, the XLE made a huge breakout above prior key resistance, indicating the sectors performance will continue to strengthen moving into 2017.

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Left behind by 2017s otherwise across-the-board rally, the energy sector sits in an ideal position to lead the next wave higher in equity markets (assuming 2018 to be a continuation of the maturing bull market). Not only technically attractive as a sector, the energy sector remains as the only sector trading below its 10-year average price-to-book value, a key point made in Merrill Lynchs 2018 equity market outlook.

Drilling down from a sector to industry level, energy was not made up entirely of 2017 losers. The energy sector surprisingly housed one of the best-performing individual industries of the year in renewable energy, with that corresponding index finishing the year nearly 90% higher. If money is to rotate into the sector, it will most likely trickle its way into the more depressed industries. Of the bunch, the oil equipment and services industry posted the worst 2017 performance, down nearly 20%. This industry, routed from 2017s action, houses the individual names most capable of posting elevated returns in 2018.

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For the Large Cap Investor: Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE: SLB)

One of the largest, and most well-known names in the oil equipment and services space is Schlumberger. With a market cap of $93.4 billion and an enterprise value just north at $106.0 billion, Schlumberger sits on relatively solid financial footing holding just under $13 billion in net debt. The companys top line has been close to halved since 2014, falling from $48.9 billion to $28.0 billion in 2017, as has been common throughout much of the industry. Trailing-twelve-month EBITDA also nose dived from above $13 billion in 2014 to almost turning negative, but is expected to come in around $8 billion in 2018. Even with recent industry wide difficulties, the company maintained positive operating cash flow generation and paid a dividend throughout. In 2017, Schlumberger was down nearly 18%, far more than competitors Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) and National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV), suggesting Schlumberger also may benefit from a relative catching up. A breakout above the $69 level is likely SLBs next major test.

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For the Mid-Cap Investor: Rowan Companies (NYSE: RDC)

Also down nearly 20% on the year, Rowan Companies 2017 journey was significantly more volatile than Schlumbergers. RDC started the year around $20 and reached as low as $9 a share before rebounding in August. Operating in the offshore drilling space, Rowan is heavily reliant on a steady price of oil, as many oil majors are maintaining a cautious approach to signing long-term contracts for offshore drilling rigs where the breakeven prices are relatively high. Nevertheless, Rowans recent joint-venture with Saudi Aramco (Private:ARMCO), ARO Drilling, provides a high visibility growth trajectory for the company moving all the way out to 2060 as the joint venture plans to build and operate more than 20 new rigs. With Rowans existing fleet only totaling 24 units, the magnitude of this joint venture for Rowan is enormous. Rowan also sits on strong financial footing, with its $1.3 billion cash position covering debt payments all the way through 2024. Since November RDC has been sideways consolidating, with a breakout above $16 appearing imminent.

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For the Small-Cap Investor: DistributionNOW Inc. (NYSE: DNOW)

A 2014 spin-off of National Oilwell Varco, DistributionNOW is a distributor of oil and gas products (supplies, pipes, valves, fittings) to all types of energy companies. DNOW was almost halved in 2017, and has participated in little of the overall energy sectors fourth quarter rally. Revenue at the company almost halved from $4.1 billion to $2.1 billion from 2015 to 2017 alone, although this vicious decline is starting to reverse course with TTM revenue hovering just above $2.5 billion. The companys enterprise value of $1.25 billion comprises of virtually zero net debt, with only a few years ago EBITDA totaling ~$250 million. While investors must be warned of the volatile nature of DNOW, I believe it is worth a gamble if the stock is able to break above the down trend line that has dictated action for most of 2017. A recent positive MACD divergence may have signaled a looming breakout.

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The Upshot

Left behind by the strong 2017 rally, I believe the energy sector sits poised to lead moving into 2018. Inside the energy sector, the oil equipment and services industry sits as the likely industry to hold the potential biggest winners. Within the industry, SLB, RDC, and DNOW all appear worthy of further consideration based on your investment preferences.

Disclosure: I am/we are long RDC.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Additional disclosure: An investment portfolio I work for, the Bentley Investment Group, owns RDC.

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Cowen’s Oliver Chen and team explain why they named Tiffany (TIF) one of their best ideas for 2017:

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We are optimistic on Tiffany’s near- and long-term prospects. In the near-term, we have conviction on achievability of FY16 guidance and return to growth in 2017. Our view is that fundamentals will drive EPS upside–specifically, improved momentum in comp store sales through a combination of traffic and unit improvements. As we look to the longer term, our positive view is driven by: (1) modernization of product portfolio towards self-purchase in addition to Tiffany as a gifting destination; (2) category strength in areas such as bridal & engagement jewelry (29% of total revenue mix); (3) Tiffany’s opportunities to leverage its iconic long-term brand equity; (4) substantial barriers to entry with a highly evolved global supply chain, including in-house diamond operations and mining/manufacturing in Botswana; (5) management’s focus on vertical integration through systems/capital investments to advance global procurement, which is expected to generate longer-term cost savings; and (6) ample runway to grow e-commerce (online sales currently an est. ~6% of total revenue mix). Factors under Tiffanys control such as better inventory management and an omni-channel program and strategy are also strong positives.

trading penny stocks: Freshpet, Inc.(FRPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Blue Buffalo Pet Products roughly back up to its IPO close for retail investors while fresh pet food peer Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ: FRPT) isstill below IPO levels and pet stocksCentral Garden & Pet Co (NASDAQ: CENT) andPetmed Express (NASDAQ: PETS) have been much stronger performers in the pet sector after PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) was acquired by a private equity group:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ: FRPT) shares shot up 25 percent to $10.36. Freshpet reported a Q2 loss of $0.10 per share on revenue of $33 million.

    Shares of Lantheus Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LNTH) got a boost, shooting up 50 percent to $5.84 as the company reported strong Q2 results.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Petmed Express giving a steady performance before jolting higher this yearand pet stock peerCentral Garden & Pet Co (NASDAQ: CENT) also being agood performer while pet food stocks Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc (NASDAQ: BUFF) and Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ: FRPT) have not yet lived up to investor expectations:

trading penny stocks: JA Solar Holdings, Co., Ltd.(JASO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan] Related JASO Should You Get Rid of JA Solar (JASO) Now? Earnings Scheduled For May 24, 2017
    Related YGE 18 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Friday 18 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Wednesday

    Solar stock investors may have a surprising new ally in Washington. This week, President Donald Trump suggested that his proposed border wall with Mexico could pay for itself if the wall were covered with solar panels.

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    Axiom Capital Managing Director Gordon Johnson upgraded the entire alternative energy sector from Market Underweight to Market Overweight and upgraded SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ: SCTY) from Sell to Hold and Trina Solar Limited (ADR) (NYSE: TSL), Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YGE) and JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) from Sell to Buy.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the energy shares surged 1.23 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Frontline Ltd. (NYSE: FRO), up 5 percent, and JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO), up 6 percent.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Earnings season is about over for the solar industry, and after JA Solar (NASDAQ:JASO) and Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR) reported this week, there were a few major takeaways from the end of 2016 and early 2017.

trading penny stocks: U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.(PRTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedshorting small cap online aftermarket auto parts stock U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc (NASDAQ: PRTS):

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTS), down 22 percent, and Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: SHLD), down 13 percent.

trading penny stocks: Brookline Bancorp Inc.(BRKL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dividends4Life]

    Memberships and Peers: PBCT is a member of the S&P 500 and a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers Index. The company’s peer group includes: Bank of America Corporation (BAC) with a 0.3% yield, Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (BRKL) with a 3.7% yield and Westfield Financial Inc. (WFD) with a 3.5% yield.

trading penny stocks: NOW Inc.(DNOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo, Tyler Crowe, and Jason Hall]

    Oil prices haven’t gotten off to the fast start many expected, falling around 6% on average during the first quarter of the year. That slump came despite OPEC’s best efforts since producing nations have achieved fairly good compliance on their planned output cuts. That said, despite the lackluster oil market, we still see some interestingopportunities in the oil market. Three stocks we really like right now are DistributionNOW(NYSE:DNOW),Phillips 66(NYSE:PSX), andConocoPhillips(NYSE:COP), which all should do well in the current oil market.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now

Citigroup’s Alastair Syme and team argue that the earnings from big oil companies like Chevron (CVX), Total (TOT) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) will be bad…real bad. But that won’t stop the stocks from outperforming. They explain why:

Bloomberg News

Negative headlines, positive performance: We expect the majority of Big Oil companies to post negative 1Q16 earnings, a brutal headline, but one that clearly reflects the impact of cyclical oil price lows this quarter. The outlook can improve. Our positive thesis on the Big Oil group reflects a belief that the market still only discounts modest oil recovery we think c. $40/bbl is imbedded in valuations and a view that the group can drive self-help gains to boost profitability even in a low price environment. Signs of this self-help should be evident in 1Q operating performance: we expect to see the delivery of top-line growth (taking market share versus broader industry) and a continued reduction in operating costs, building on substantial cost-cutting through 2015.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Williams Partners L.P.(WPZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    In a release after the close on Monday, Williams and Williams Partners (WPZ) made several announcements, including: 1) outlining managements plan to financially reposition and simplify the franchises GP/LP structure in an ~$11.4 billion transaction (not subject to any additional approvals), 2) adjustments to Williams and Williams Partners’ dividend and distribution payouts, 3) initiating a ~$2+ billion William equity raise to fund a further Williams investment in Williams Partners, 4) noted other potential upcoming changes, including the sale of ~$2 billion in non-core assets in 2017, and 5) provided several forms of updated 2017 guidance…

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: CSX Corporation(CSX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, American Express (NYSE:AXP) and CSX (NASDAQ:CSX)both beat the market following quarterly earnings news.

    Image source: Getty Images.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    CSX (CSX) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after railroad operator was upgraded by BMO Capital Markets following its big activist-inspired move last week.

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    CSXgained 3.7% to $45.99 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,265.20.

    BMO’sFadiChamoun andTarunJoshi explain why they upgraded CSX to Outperform from Market Perform:

    We are upgrading CSX shares to Outperform from Market Perform and raising our target price to $55 from $38. We see upside to around $80 over the medium term. Our constructive thesis is predicated on Mantle Ridge LP being successful in its effort to install Hunter Harrison as CEO of CSX. We believe that the probability of this occurring is fairly high without going down the road of a bruising proxy battle.

    CSX’s market capitalization rose to $43.1 billion today from $41.4 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $2 billion on sales of $11.1 billion in 2016.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    I ran a screen to identify the best-performing stocks from the S&P 500 in January. The top three performers during the month were Alcoa (NYSE:AA), CSX (NASDAQ:CSX), and NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG). Let’s see why they were the big standouts and whether they can keep it going.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Dan Nathan suggested on CNBC's Options Action a bearish trading idea in CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX). He explained that the stock jumped 80 percent from its 52-week low in February and it gained around 20 percent since the election. It has significantly outperformed the Dow Jones Transportation index in that period and Nathan thinks that it is reasonable to expect a pull back.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    A strange turn of events has sent shares of CSX (CSX)–and other railroads, including Union Pacific (UNP) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)–soaring today. It all started when Hunter Harrison announced that he would leave Canadian Pacific ahead of schedule to team up with activist investor for the turnaround of another railway company. That company is thought to be CSX.

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    That activist interest, more than anything CSX revealed in its earnings report on Tuesday, was enough to get Morgan Stanley’sRavi Shanker and team to upgrade its share to Equal Weight from Underweight. They explain:

    The blue-sky potential is likely to continue with the news today that Mr. E. Hunter Harrison will retire from Canadian Pacific and with the WSJ reporting that he is close to teaming up with an activist investor to target CSX…In the near term, given the potential activist interest, the stock is not likely to trade on fundamentals until a resolution, which drives our upgrade from UW to EW. Our PT goes from $24 to $37 or ~18x our FY18e EPS above the peer group but close to the mid-point of the $56 bull scenario and $24 bear scenario amongst the outcomes outlined above.

    Shares of CSX have jumped 18% to$43.55 at 11:35 a.m. today, whileCanadian Pacific Railway has climbed 4% to $151.01, and Union Pacific, which released better-than-expected earnings today, has gained 2.4% to $106.21.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Medley Capital Corporation(MCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Medley Capital Corp. (NYSE: MCC) is another company that had the man at the top buying shares. CEO Brook Taube added 188,336 shares of the business development company at prices that ranged from $7.13 to $7.48 per share. The total for the trade was posted at $1 million. The stock closed Friday at $7.26.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO), Medifast Inc. (NYSE: MED), Medley Capital Corp. (NYSE: MCC), Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) and Sothebys (NYSE: BID).

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: The Joint Corp.(JYNT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Joint Corp (NASDAQ: JYNT) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.28 per share on revenue of $4.13 million.

    Synacor Inc (NASDAQ: SYNC) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.03 per share on revenue of $30.00 million.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: HP Inc.(HPQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Mathews]

    Originally part of the Hewlett-Packard giant, HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) split into two companies: HP Inc. and HP Enterprises. HP Inc. is the company that sells personal computers and printers. Although the demand for PCs has been sluggish over the last year, analysts expect sales to stabilize. However, the biggest growth factor for HPQ is that its split from HP Enterprises has increased its financial flexibility to pursue higher ROI projects that should drive further innovation. Another potential blockbuster opportunity for HPQ is its penetration into the 3D printing market. Although this industry is still in the pioneering stages, HPQ could use this as an opportunity to stake market share. With increased financial flexibility after the breakup, the projection for HPQ is $16 a share in the upcoming year.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap 3D printer stock ExOne Co (NASDAQ: XONE) is scheduled for after the marketcloses onThursday (March 16th). 3D printer stocks had their day in the sun a fewyears ago, buthave been disappointing investors eversincethe 3Dbubble burst whileHP Inc (NYSE: HPQ) entering the printer market with its Jet Fusion 3D adds further headwinds. However,3D printershares appear to have stabilized as the short interest has largely been cleared out.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    HP Inc. (HPQ) rose to the top of the S&P 500 Wednesday.

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    The shares climbed 48 cents, or 2.7%, to $18.02, compared to the S&P 500, which lost 8.85 points, or 0.38%, to 2344.93.

    HP was helped by data from IDC that showed the firm regained the crown of top PC vendor from rival Levono Group in Q1.

    In addition, Morgan Stanleys Katy Huberty reiterated an Overweight rating on HP and increased her price target to $22 from $19:

    In the past 18 months, HP removed over $1B of excess costs and refocused investment dollars on driving innovation across printing and personal systems. Recent product refreshes, including JetIntelligence laser printers, Sprocket mobile photo printer, and premium and gaming/VR-focused PCs are now driving share gains and a return to top-line growth (total revenue grew 2% and 4% Y/Y in last two fiscal quarters, respectively). By reinventing HP, we believe management is heralding a new era for the company whereby investors can expect greater confidence in top-line stabilization as well as earnings and FCF durability.

    Yesterday, American Airlines(AAL)was the best performing stock in the S&P 500.

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    Apple EBITDA Margins vs Peers Chart Apple's EBITDA margins vs technology peers: Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (NYSE: HPE) and NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP).

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ) rose 15.4% in February 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    So what

    The big jump came late in the month. HP reported first-quarter 2017 results on Feb. 22, leaving Wall Street’s estimates far behind despite modest revenue growth and flat earnings. Investors chose to ignore a gloomy slate of second-quarter guidance targets, and share prices soared as much as 10% higher the next day.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: SM Energy Company(SM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy sector was the top gainer in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX), and SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM).

  • [By Andrew Efimoff]

    WTI crude oil plunged 3.11 percent on Friday to $48.99 a barrel. Below are the biggest energy losers for the day:

    California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC): -19.22%
    Dynamic Materials (NASDAQ: BOOM): -12.39%
    Clayton Williams Energy (NYSE: CWEI): -11.45%
    Dynergy (NYSE: DYN): -11.91%
    EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE): -11.20%
    Mexco Energy (NYSE: MXC) -10.90%
    Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL) -10.79%
    Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) -10.79%
    SM Energy Company (NYSE: SM) -10.38%
    Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ: RGSE) -10.34%

    Posted-In: Commodities After-Hours Center Markets Movers

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy sector was the top gainer in the US market on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE: HLX), SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM), and Ecopetrol SA (ADR) (NYSE: EC).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM) and W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: WTI).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, energy shares fell 0.70 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM), down 5 percent, and Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc (NASDAQ: CRZO) down 6 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Friday's regular session.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: NOW Inc.(DNOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo, Tyler Crowe, and Jason Hall]

    Oil prices haven’t gotten off to the fast start many expected, falling around 6% on average during the first quarter of the year. That slump came despite OPEC’s best efforts since producing nations have achieved fairly good compliance on their planned output cuts. That said, despite the lackluster oil market, we still see some interestingopportunities in the oil market. Three stocks we really like right now are DistributionNOW(NYSE:DNOW),Phillips 66(NYSE:PSX), andConocoPhillips(NYSE:COP), which all should do well in the current oil market.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: United States Steel Corporation(X)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    The following are some of the stocks discussed on the show for which co-host Joel Elconin offered technical levels.

    Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC) hit a low last week of $22.43, and has a big psychological level of $22.
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) has two minor support levels from early December of $221.22 and $220.35. Under $220 it gets dicey, with support at $214.97 and $209.92.
    United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) has a key low of $31.33 from February 2. That number serves as support.
    Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) has a triple top at $45.15. It's currently in a trading range from $43.75-$45.70.
    Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) has been range bound over the last four days from $31.68 to $32.62. It has major support at the all-time low from March 15 at $30.36.
    Warren Lorenz, CEO of TechMeetsTrader, joined the show to discuss his "Facebook for stocks" platform, and how he learned how to trade by watching trading communities. Listen to the full interview with Lorenz here.
    Tommy Lackey, managing partner and portfolio manager at Relativity Capital Advisors, told us which stocks are on his nitrous scans and meltdown filters this morning. Those include XOMA Corporation (NASDAQ: XOMA) Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY). Listen to the full interview with Lackey here.
    With the market in a slight selloff following Friday's healthcare fallout, the focus today will be which sectors, if any, rebound throughout the day. With steel stocks looking weak and gold minors and utilities looking strong, co-host Dennis Dick said he'll try to jump into those sectors if they stay weak after the open. Hear what other sectors Dick is watching here.
    With Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP)'s 25-day quiet period for analysts over, the Street was treated to bullish ratings by Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and others. It's worth noting, however, most of Monday morning

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    "For too long, China and other nations have been conducting economic warfare against the American steel industry by subsidizing their steel industries, distorting global markets, and dumping excess steel into the United States," United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) wrote in a press release. "The effects have been staggering. Tens of thousands of workers in the American steel industry, the industry's supply chain and the communities in which our industry operates have lost their jobs due to unfair and illegal practices by foreign producers. We have offered the Commerce Department our full cooperation during its investigation."

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pete Najarian noticed a big options volume in United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X). He said that traders are betting that the stock is going lower after it had a huge run. He also believes that there is more room to the downside in United States Steel.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Barron’s recommended investors take their profits on U.S. Steel (X) back in December, and the stock has moved sideways since then. Today’s earnings report doesn’t look to have moved the needle one way of the other.

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    U.S. Steel reported an adjusted profit of 26 cents, well above forecasts for a cent, on sales of $2.65 billion, essentially inline. It also offered an upbeat outlook. JPMorgan’s Michael Gambardella and team offer their take:

    U.S. Steel reported a 4Q16 beat. Flat Rolled performed in-line with our expectations, while USSE results exceeded our estimates due to higher shipments and lower costs.U.S. Steel disclosed that its coal cost is expected to increase by only $19/ton in 2017 compared to 2016, which is a much smaller increase than we believe the market was expecting. If current market conditions hold,U.S. Steel expects 2017 EBITDA to be $1.3bn compared to 2016 EBITDA of $510mm and current consensus estimate of $1.18bn.

    Shares of U.S. Steel had gained as much as 3.9% this morning, but has advanced just 0.2% to $32.76 at 10:23 a.m. today.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Steel Dynamics Inc. (NYSE: STLD) and AK Steel Holding Corp. (NYSE: AKS) were both up about 10%, while U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) soared almost 20%.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Medidata Solutions, Inc.(MDSO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Veeva Systems outperformingunderperforming small cap peerModel N Inc (NYSE: MODN) while mid cap Medidata Solutions (NASDAQ: MDSO) has been a huge outperformer that has just moved past its 2014 peak:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, technology shares climbed by 0.94 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) and Medidata Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: MDSO).

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Costco Wholesale Corporation(COST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) will report its most recent quarterly results on Thursday as well. The consensus estimates are $1.34 in EPS and $31.38 billion in revenue. Shares closed at $188.07 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $150.00 to $191.22. The consensus price target is $181.81.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, Costco Wholesale(NASDAQ:COST) and Big Lots (NYSE:BIG) were some of the biggest individual movers as investors reacted to details from their latest quarterly earnings reports.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    This one could be the easiest of advances, both because credit losses are down big and because its credit-card brethren — Capital One Financial, Discover, Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) — have all had significant rallies. I actually regard this stock as inexpensive and think it can be bought here now that it has fully absorbed the loss of the Costco (COST) business to Visa and Citigroup (C) .

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The retail industry has gone through major disruptions lately, and even warehouse giant Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) hasn’t been immune to the difficult conditions. Yet last quarter, Costco said that it would implement membership-fee increases as of the beginning of June in an attempt to bolster a key source of revenue, and it hoped that improving conditions in the consumer economy would lead to better shopping results.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Retail giant Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) has been an innovator in the big-box retail industry, pioneering and refining the warehouse-shopping concept and honing it into a hugely successful business. Yet even Costco has run into some challenges lately, and coming into Wednesday’s fiscal second-quarter financial report, Costco investors wanted reassurances that the warehouse retailer would be able to sustain its growth. On that front, the retailer disappointed its investors, posting a substantial decline in net income that spurred the company to take action to shore up its main profit center going forward.

nyse stocks

Clues point to a link between a hacking group connected to North Koreaand the ransomware attacks that have crippled computer systems worldwide, according to two cyber-security firms.

Experts at the global cyber-security firm Symantec found that earlier versions of the ransomware known as WannaCry were found on computers that also bore evidence of the cyber tools used against Sony Pictures Entertainment, as well as banks in Poland and Bangladesh’s central bank attacks that all were linked to North Korea.

Also, a researcher at Googlesingled out an identical code used both in the ransomwareand used by the Lazarus Group, a team of hackers tied to North Korea, noted Symantec.

In ablog post, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab showed screens of thecode, first identified in atweet by Google researcher Neel Mehta, who pointed to the similarity between a WannaCry sample from February 2017 and a sample from Lazarus from February 2015.

nyse stocks: Affimed N.V.(AFMD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) were down around 21 percent to $1.70. Affimed priced its public offering of 10,000,000 of its common shares at $1.80 per common share.

  • [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

nyse stocks: Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp.(SBY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp (NYSE: SBY) got a boost, shooting up 18 percent to $21.47. Tricon Capital Group Inc. announced plans to buy Silver Bay Realty Trust for $21.50 per share.

  • [By Mark Holder]

    Instead of competing in one-off auctions, the traditional method of acquiring homes and the one preferred by Silver Bay Realty Trust (NYSE: SBY  ) (NYSE: SBY  ) (NYSE: SBY  ) and American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE: AMH  ) (NYSE: AMH  ) (NYSE: AMH  ) , the company is obtaining non-performing loans in pools that include thousands of loans. The ultimate outcome of these different models is unknown, but the market hasso far supported Altisource Residential.

nyse stocks: SBA Communications Corporation(SBAC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

    And the infrastructure fund has stakes in cell phone tower owners Crown Castle (CCI) and SBA Communications (SBAC), as well as giant British gas and electric utility National Grid (NGG).

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Jon Najarian shared with the viewers an options trading idea in SBA Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: SBAC). He noticed big call options volume in the name and he thinks it would be a good idea to get a long position.

nyse stocks: Cidara Therapeutics, Inc.(CDTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Cidara Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTX), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), HealthEquity Inc. (NASDAQ: HQY), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX) and PolarityTE Inc. (NASDAQ: COOL).

nyse stocks: NOW Inc.(DNOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo, Tyler Crowe, and Jason Hall]

    Oil prices haven’t gotten off to the fast start many expected, falling around 6% on average during the first quarter of the year. That slump came despite OPEC’s best efforts since producing nations have achieved fairly good compliance on their planned output cuts. That said, despite the lackluster oil market, we still see some interestingopportunities in the oil market. Three stocks we really like right now are DistributionNOW(NYSE:DNOW),Phillips 66(NYSE:PSX), andConocoPhillips(NYSE:COP), which all should do well in the current oil market.

stock market companies

Perrigo (PRGO) shares have tanked, hard, over the last couple years.

The stock is off 60% from its near $200 high in 2015 but is now up more than 15% in the last week. A turning point? The company is selling its active pharmaceutical ingredients business for $110 million – finally. It launched a strategic review for the business back in February. It sold its Russian consumer healthcare business as well, and previously divested its royalty stream for its MS drug. Its also divesting its Israel Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient business for $110 million in cash. Now, the company does have Starboard Value as an activist investor and we could see more divestitures. The activist hedge fund owns nearly 7% of Perrigo. Divesting non-core assets is a key thesis of Starboard Value.

stock market companies: Peak Resorts, Inc.(SKIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Peak Resorts Inc (NASDAQ: SKIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.40 per share on revenue of $42.59 million.

    BMC Stock Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: STCK) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $449.59 million.

stock market companies: WEX Inc.(WEX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

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

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

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

stock market companies: NOW Inc.(DNOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo, Tyler Crowe, and Jason Hall]

    Oil prices haven’t gotten off to the fast start many expected, falling around 6% on average during the first quarter of the year. That slump came despite OPEC’s best efforts since producing nations have achieved fairly good compliance on their planned output cuts. That said, despite the lackluster oil market, we still see some interestingopportunities in the oil market. Three stocks we really like right now are DistributionNOW(NYSE:DNOW),Phillips 66(NYSE:PSX), andConocoPhillips(NYSE:COP), which all should do well in the current oil market.

stock market companies: Valspar Corporation (The)(VAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    UBS analyst John Roberts and team consider whether Sherwin-Williams’ (SHW) pending purchase of Valspar (VAL) is a sign of peak pain in the U.S.:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Chilton first bought Sherwin Williamsduring the depths of the Great Recession. Why? “Paint is a good business,” he says. “There are 134 million homes in the US. I like knowing that when I got to bed at night…there paint will be peeling.” And while Sherwin Williamshas had quite a run, there’s a good reason to buy now: Its acquisition of Valspar (VAL).

stock market companies: LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.(LITB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap China based online retailstockLightinthebox Holding Co (NYSE: LITB) reportedQ1 2017 earnings as net revenues increased 8.0% to $72.7 million (above the high end of the Company’s guidance of $72.0 million). Net revenues from product sales were $64.8 million versus$61.9 million and net revenues from service and others were $7.9 million versus $5.4 million in the same quarter of 2016. As a percentage of net revenues, service and others accounted for 10.9% during the first quarter of 2017. Total orders of product sales were 1.6 million for the first quarter of 2017 versus1.7 million in the same quarter of 2016 while the total number of product sales customers was 1.2 million versus 1.4 million.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap China based online retailstockLightinthebox Holding Co (NYSE: LITB) as a long/buy trade: