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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018

Our primary purpose is to assist subscribers in growing their capital and income base to generate cash for their current and future needs, explains Kelley Wright, editor of Investment Quality Trends.

To that end we believe that shares of high quality stocks purchased at a historically repetitive area of low-price/high-yield offers the greater potential for downside protection and upside appreciation.

The Timely Ten, therefore, is not just another ‘best of, right now’ list.  Rather, it is our reasoned expectation — based on our methodology and experience — that these ten currently Undervalued stocks offer the greatest real total-return potential over the next five years.

Whether you are building a portfolio from scratch, are partially invested and seeking new positions, or are fully invested and in need of some affirmation and hand holding, The Timely Ten represents our top ten current recommendations.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: ENGlobal Corporation(ENG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap energy engineering and professional services stock ENGlobal Corp (NASDAQ: ENG):

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.(HPP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on Friday.

    Douglas Dynamics Inc (NYSE: PLOW) – $0.2350 dividend, 2.9183 percent yield
    Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) – $0.4500 dividend, 2.6758 percent yield
    PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) – $0.0900 dividend, 1.7078 percent yield
    Leidos Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) – $0.3200 dividend, 3.0851 percent yield
    Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) – $0.6800 dividend, 4.1756 percent yield
    Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE: HPP) – $0.2000 dividend, 2.36

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Columbia Sportswear Company(COLM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows mid cap Under Armourpreviously outperforming peers like large cap Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE) and mid cap Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ: COLM), but that outperformance slipped late last year:

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    SKX is also highly attractive in a relative basis when compared to several of its publicly traded peers: Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), Deckers Outdoor Group (NYSE: DECK), Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) and Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ: COLM). The company's forward EBITDA multiple of 6.9x is equal or below all of the comparable companies: FL (6.9x), DECK (7.6x), WWW (10.1x) and COLM (10.8x).

  • [By D.R. Barton, Jr.]

    I bring Mr. Houdini up today because when I look at our favorite “Pop & Drop” play – Columbia Sportswear Co. (Nasdaq: COLM) – I find an eerie similarity to this great “escapesman.”

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Looking at recent historical deals, we arrive at a $18-$23 potential deal range. We analyzed transactions that have been announced over the past four years and involved companies catering to a higher income customer. These deals include Southern Tide (acquired by Oxford Industries (OXM)), Joe’s Jeans (acquired by Sequential Brands Group (SQBG)), prAna (acquired by Columbia Sportswear (COLM)), The Jones Group (acquired by Sycamore Partners [private] and Juicy Couture (acquired by Authentic Brands Group [private]). The average EV/EBITDA multiple of these transactions are 12.9x (in line with KATE’s 5-year historical average of 12.1x) and implies a potential deal range of $22-$23. When taking the average of recent (F13-16) deals implies an ~10.5x EV/EBITDA multiple. When applying the ~10.5x multiples to KATE’s trailing EBITDA, we arrive at an $18- $19 potential share price.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: RAIT Financial Trust(RAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE: RAS) were down 9 percent to $1.09. FBR Capital downgraded RAIT Financial Trust from Buy to Neutral.

    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) was down, falling around 18 percent to $1.65. RAVE Restaurant reported a $5 million equity rights offering.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Diodes Incorporated(DIOD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small capsemiconductor stock Diodes Incorporated (NASDAQ: DIOD) has produced a double top on its technical chart with shares just below breakout levels:

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: iShares PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector Index Fund(SOXX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Marvell Technology Group along with peersSTMicroelectronics NV (NYSE: STM) and ETF benchmarks SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (NYSEARCA: XSD) and iShares PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector (NASDAQ: SOXX)all taking offlast year albeit MRVL has underperformed ETF benchmarks:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Marvell Technology Group under performingpeersSTMicroelectronics NV (NYSE: STM) and ETF benchmarks SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (NYSEARCA: XSD) and iShares PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector (NASDAQ: SOXX)will all taking offlast year:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Marvell Technology Group in an uptrend for the past two year, but also under performingpeerSTMicroelectronics NV (NYSE: STM) and ETF benchmarks SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (NYSEARCA: XSD) and iShares PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector (NASDAQ: SOXX):

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Datawatch Corporation(DWCH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Black Box Corporation(BBOX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ: BBOX) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $218.41 million.

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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: 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.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Humana Inc.(HUM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    Meanwhile, the 61 healthcare stocks in the S&P 500 – such as AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) – offer an average yield of 1.75%.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Humana Inc (NYSE: HUM) delivered better than expected results for the third quarter. However, the company’s adjusted EPS forecast came in below the estimates.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Health care giant Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) had a director and the chief operating officer of the company selling stock last week. The director sold 27,000 shares at prices between $204.51 and $206.43. The total for the sale was $7 million. COO Jim Murray sold 122,571 shares at prices that ranged from $204.231 to $206. The total for his trade was posted at $25 million. Shares closed on Friday at $207.28. The 52-week range is $150 to $217.80, and the consensus price target is $223.21.

  • [By ]

    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.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The Wall Street Journal reported that government regulators are pushing back against Anthem’s (ANTM) purchase of Cigna (CI). California, however, seems to have few issues with the proposed combination of Aetna (AET) andHumana (HUM). Leerink’s Ana Gupte explains:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Humana (HUM) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after the Republican Congress put forward a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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    Humana gained 2.4% to $217.76 today, while the S&P 500 dropped 0.3% to 2,368.38.

    Why was Humana the best performing stock in the S&P 500? Beats the heck out of me, since what a final plan will look like is still up in the air. Strategas Research Partners’ Daniel Clifton and team explain:

    Handwringing about what this bill achieves or not is at a fevered pitch this morning. Our guess is that the final legislation will look quite different than the original draft as was the case eight years ago when the Democrats released their ACA draft and spent the next 12 months fighting over the details. There is a wide chasm of views between conservative House Republicans and moderate Republican Senators. Support is going to be needed from each group to win passage. The most logical complaint is that this is one entitlement program being replaced with another. But how ironic would it be if the Tea Party, which came to fruition in response to the ACA, actually becomes the barrier to reforming the law. Supporters of the ACA and investors in healthcare service companies will be focused on the number of covered lives. There is no doubt that a reformed Medicaid system (to get costs down) and less generous tax credits will lead to fewer covered lives. How much of a difference will be open to interpretation as policymakers await the CBO score.

    Humana’s market capitalization rose to $32.5 billion today from $31.8 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $614 million on sales of $54.4 billion in 2016.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now

Will Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT)deliver an earnings beat when it reports its Q3 earnings on April 27th?
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Windows OS makerMicrosoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is scheduled to report its Q3 2017 earnings on April 27th, after the bell. Analysts have anaverage earnings estimate of $0.70 Non-GAAP EPS on revenue of $23.62B. The Redmond, Washington-based tech giant is an old name, but has been out of favor with investors in the recent past. However, Microsoft is back in limelight after its decent double-digit gains in 2016. Microsoft shares have risen by an impressive 30% in the last 12 months, under the leadership of Satya Nadella. The software giant’s stock closed at an all-time high of $67.53 in yesterday’s (April 24) trade. The stock has remained mostly flat after its post Q2 earning gainsbut has gathered significant momentum ahead of Q3 earnings leading to new all-time highs. Shares of the tech behemoth have risen by more than 3% in the last five trading sessions with YTD gains of 8.7%. Microsoft shares are known to make big moves after announcing earnings. So, the question now is whether MSFT stock will maintain its strong momentum after its earnings report. Is MSFT stock a good buy at it’s all time highs, just ahead of earnings?

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Mammoth Energy Services, Inc. (TUSK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jack Delaney]

    Mammoth Energy Services (Nasdaq: TUSK) provides drilling and related services for North American gas and oil explorers.

    Even though Mammoth was just founded in 2014, it had $243 million in revenue between June 30, 2015, and June 30, 2016.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Formula Systems (1985) Ltd.(FORTY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, technology shares rose by 0.26 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT), up 9 percent, and Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: FORTY) up 19 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, technology shares fell by 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MITK), down 13 percent, and Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: FORTY), down 8 percent.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Buenaventura Mining Company Inc.(BVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [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

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(CASI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CASI Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CASI) shares shot up 62 percent to $3.61 following disclosure company Director He Wei-Wu purchased 200,000 shares on October 5 and 6. The stock rallied 15 percent on no news during Tuesday's intraday session.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    US based but China focused small cap biopharmaceutical stockCASI Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CASI) is up around 78% over the last three trading days on no apparent news on the newswires as the following chart illustrates:

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    To capitalize on the U.S.’ strong trade relationship with China, Fitz-Gerald suggests looking at companies like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA), “which dominates Chinese e-commerce the way Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) does in the United States,” or Baidu Inc. (Nasdaq: BIDU), which “mirrors Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL).”

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Baidu Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: BIDU) is well known as the dominant search engine in China. Its mobile app has a 90 percent market share and is obviously most similar to Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL)’s Google app.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    But Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng, who previously founded Google’s AI-powered Brain project and served as chief scientist of Baidu (BIDU) , is much more optimistic. Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt on Wednesday, Ng detailed how AI is pegged to change the world for the better. It also won’t just be limited to Silicon Valley.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Alphabet Inc being in a relatively steadyuptrend compared withsearch engine peerslike Yahoo! Inc (NASDAQ: YHOO), China basedBaidu Inc (NASDAQ: BIDU) and Russiafocused mid cap Yandex NV (NASDAQ: YNDX):

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: 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.

Hot Small Cap Stocks To Watch For 2018

Last Friday, ourSmall Cap Network newsletter had this tosay about our featured stock Cenovus Energy (NYSE: CVE):

What’s interesting about what I’m seeing with CVE here is although the entire oil sector continues to drag on both the DOW and the S&P 500, shares of CVE have quietly been moving higher in recent days, and more importantly appear to be in the process of building a base

There’s definitely value in spotting stocks that are trading well within a sector that has not been trading well, because when an idea like that starts to take hold, and then the sector it’s in also starts to behave better, it’s usually a pretty lethal combination for that stock.

The volume in CVE has been increasing of late too, and again it’s coming at a time when nobody really cares all that much about energy stocks. But, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that every single sector out there is going to have its day in the sun at some point in the future.

Hot Small Cap Stocks To Watch For 2018: New Residential Investment Corp.(NRZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    New Residential (NYSE: NRZ) is a U.S.-based REIT that specializes in managing investments in residential real estate. With a market cap of $5.5 billion, NRZ is one of the largest REITs in the United States, so this is no fly-by-night company. NRZ offers one of the best dividends in the industry. The trust made four dividend payments in 2017 totaling $1.94. That gives shares a current yield of 11.3%, more than a 400% premium to the S&P 500’s average 2.0% yield.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Ocwen Financial Corp (NYSE: OCN) shares were also up, gaining 42 percent to $3.25. New Residential Investment Corp (NYSE: NRZ) revealed it owned some servicing rights to the troubled Ocwen Financial. During today's conference call, New Residential’s executive suggested the company will pay $425 million for Mortgage Servicing Rights to Ocwen.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    Thge Vetr crowd upgraded its rating for New Residential Investment Corp (NYSE: NRZ) on Friday from the company's previous standing at 3 stars (Hold), issued 10 days ago, to 4 stars (Buy). Crowd sentiment at the time of the upgrade was mostly positive, with 80 percent of Vetr user ratings bullish.

Hot Small Cap Stocks To Watch For 2018: 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.

Hot Small Cap Stocks To Watch For 2018: UNIVERSAL INSURANCE HOLDINGS INC(UVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap Florida insurance stock Universal Insurance Holdings (NYSE: UVE) has taken a hit with shares downalmost 17%over the past week on predictions that Hurricane Irma would hit Florida albeit sharesrose 8.51%on Friday when it became clear that it would not be as catastrophic as feared:

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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).

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Given the status of President Donald Trump as a hotel owner, it may not be surprising that his economic policies will provide a windfall for hotel stocks. By significantly lowering the tax burden on wealthy individuals and corporations, the president will greatly increase the disposable income of both groups.

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Furthermore, the stock market is responding very favorably to his policies, and wealthy Americans benefit a great deal financially from stock market rallies. As the income of wealthy individuals and corporations increases due to the policies of Donald Trump, their demand for hotel rooms will naturally rise, and hotel stocks will rally.

stock market close: Kimco Realty Corporation(KIM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) dropped about 0.3% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $21.43 after closing at $21.50 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $32.24. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 3.7 million shares. The company had no specific news and was on its way to posting a daily gain just before the closing bell.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) dropped about 1.7% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $24.63 after closing Tuesday at $25.04. The 52-week high is $32.24. Volume of around 2.4 million was about 40% below the daily average of around 3.9 million shares traded. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) dropped about 2.7% Wednesday, to post a new 52-week low of $24.02 after closing at $24.68 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $32.24. Volume was about 15% below the daily average of around 3.3 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) dropped about 0.6% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $21.46 after closing at $21.59 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $34.24. Volume was less than 10% above the daily average of around 3.4 million shares. The company had no specific news.

stock market close: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.(FCAM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The showstopper by far in the early going is Waymo’s self-driving minivan (pictured below) in partnership with Fiat Chrysler (FCAM) . Waymo’s ultimate mom-mobile, coming from a business that was spun-off from Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) last month, is equipped with self-driving sensors and vision systems.

stock market close: 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.

stock market close: Axcelis Technologies Inc.(ACLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    "We have three stocks that we have identified, Excelis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: ACLS), Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ: COHU), and Entegris Inc (NASDAQ: ENTG). All of these companies spiked up on their recent positive earnings surprises and they’ve now pulled back to the point that we think they‘re attractive"

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Axcelis Technologies (NASDAQ:ACLS) gained 21.7% in March 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    So what

    The maker of manufacturing equipment for semiconductor factories is largely following the medium-term trajectory of the industry-tracking PHLX Semiconductor index. Being a small-cap player in that large sector, Axcelis saw its share prices falling in early March only to whipsaw back to a strong gain on heavy trading volume.

stock market close: White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.(WTM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Most Expensive Stocks No. 6: White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd.
    The sixth most expensive stock you can buy is Bermuda-based White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM). The insurance company currently trades at $826.04 a share.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here is a table of the 10 most expensive stocks trading on U.S. markets today:

    Company (Ticker)Price per ShareMarket CapBerkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A)$ 257,227.52$ 419.50 billionSeaboard Corp. (NYSEMKT: SEB)$ 3,760.00$ 4.48 billionNVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR)$ 1,944.23$ 7.19 billionThe Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN)$ 1,727.94$ 80.82 billionMarkel Corp. (NYSE: MKL)$ 978.51$ 13.78 billionWhite Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM)$ 935.01$ 4.25 billionAmazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)$ 846.08$ 408.27 billionAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL)$ 844.06$ 582.85 billionAutoZone Inc. (NYSE: AZO)$ 744.26$ 21.04 billionIntuitive Surgical Inc. (Nasdaq: ISRG)$ 735.63$ 28.41 billion

Top Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018

Renewable energy isn’t just a way to limit pollution, it’s also the catalyst behind the best energy stocks in 2018…

You see, renewable energy production in the United States will double by 2025, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). And while renewable energy includes a lot of sources, like nuclear and hydropower, the biggest sources of growth are coming from wind and solar.

Wind energy is now the cheapest source of electrical power in the United States, and the EIA forecasts solar power production will skyrocket 500% by 2040.

Top Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Giulio Prisco]

    Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT)acquired Maluuba, a Montreal-based company with an Artificial Intelligence (AI) research lab where researchers have been modeling some of the innate capabilities of the human brain, from memory and common sense reasoning to curiosity and decision making. We examine how this acquisition could benefit Microsoft stock investors.

  • [By Vikram Nagarkar]

    Sunnyvale, California-based AMD (NSDQ:AMD)has had a great run in 2016 so far. At $8.7 a share, AMD stock has tripled investors’ money this year, and given the way things are shaping up for the chipmaker, 2017 could end up being an even better year. AMD just signed a deal with Alphabet Inc’s (NSDQ:GOOGL)Google, and as it appears, the deal could potentially open the doors to similar deals with Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN), IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT). With its upcoming line of chips due to be launched in 2017, AMD’s top line numbers and market share look likely to improve. Combined with the impending benefits of the company’s debt restructuring, AMD should see financial metrics improving across the board. If all goes well, AMD could have an even better year in 2017.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Stephens (Equal-Weight) and Citi (Sell) both downgraded Atwood Oceanics (NYSE: ATW).

    Sell-Side's Most Noteworthy Calls
    Investec downgraded Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD) to Hold.
    Deutsche Bank downgraded Freeport McMoRan (NYSE: FCX) to Hold.
    Goldman Sachs upgraded Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to Buy.
    Barclays upgraded Teck Resources (NYSE: TCK) to Overweight.
    BTIG started Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) at Neutral.
    Deal Talk

    U.S. oil refiner Tesoro (NYSE: TSO) said it would buy Western Refining (NYSE: WNR) for $4.1 billion to add refineries in Texas, New Mexico and Minnesota. The combined company will have refining capacity of over 1.1 million barrels per day. Tesoro has refineries in California, Washington, Alaska, Utah and North Dakota.

Top Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: 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.

Top Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: Rite Aid Corporation(RAD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) dropped about 5.9% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $1.75 after closing at $1.86 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.77. Volume of around 56 million was about double the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [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.

     

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) dropped about 3.7% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $3.64 after closing at $3.78 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.77. Volume was about 25% lower than the daily average of around 18.6 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) fiscal third-quarter results are due out first thing on Friday. The consensus forecast sees $0.04 in per-share earningsand $8.22 billion in revenue. The shareprice ended last weekat $8.23. The consensus price target is $8.69. The 52-week range is $6.33 to $8.50.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) is finding itself in an odd situation. After a failed merger that crushed its stock, Rite Aid may never be able to get back to its highs of recent years, now that it has been shrinking its footprint. Or is that view false?

stock market newsletter

Widows and orphans have had a tough few months.   Long-term U.S. Treasury bonds – often cited as the safest investment on the planet and suitable for the most cautious investors – lost more than seven years' worth of income in just the past four months.   Lending money to the U.S. government for 30 years in exchange for a 2% yield turned out not to be such a good idea. Yields are now 50% higher than they were back in July. And these Treasury bonds, or "T-bonds," have collapsed in price.   But that has given us a fantastic risk/reward setup today…   Let's start by looking at this chart of the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT)…  

stock market newsletter: Kate Spade & Company(KATE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Time, time, time. See what’s become of Kate Spade (KATE), as investors look around at its possibilities…and don’t like what they see. That’s the takeaway today following Kate Spade’s earnings release, and update on a potential takeover.

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    Kate Spade reported a profit of 1 cent a share, missing forecasts for 7 cents, on sales of $271.2 million, well below analyst expectations for $299 million. And Kate Spade also updated investors on its efforts to sell itself, without offering much of an update at all.

    Cowen’s Oliver Chen and team still expect a deal to happen but lower the probability of a deal occurring to 70% from 80%. They explain why:

    …formal language on deal prospects articulates process is proceeding in a timely manner with no definitive timetable and no assurance that process will result in a transaction. We still expect a deal to happen, but do lower our probability from 80% to 70% given the likelihood that potential buyer(s) and KATE have not agreed on a clearing price in earlier rounds of negotiation. We believe a bidder such as Coach (COH) does not want to overpay, is disciplined about managing ROIC, and returns and synergies split may be more rational at an offer price in the range of $22-25. We continue to believe KATE has a long global growth runway ahead with opportunities for store growth abroad, further expansion into non-handbag categories, and supply + digital synergy potential…We rate KATE Market Perform and lower our price target to $21 (was $27). Our updated valuation is based on ~10x our FY18E adj. EBITDA or $284mm.

    Investors, however, want to see a deal get done: Shares of Kate Spade have tumbled 6.6% to $18.12 at 3:26 p.m. today, while Coach has declined 0.5% to $39.51, and Michael Kors (KORS), also rumored to be interested in an acquisition, has fallen 1.1% to $36.92.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Coach (COH) rose to the top of the S&P 500 today after reports that Kate Spade (KATE) had put itself up for sale caused shares of fashion-accessory retailers to rise.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Kate Spade & Co (NASDAQ: KATE) was down, falling around 14 percent to $19.60 after it was reported the company would spend more time to negotiate the Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) offer.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Ever since peaking in late April, Kate Spade’s (KATE) shares have been in a downward spiral so pronounced that even an amateur technical analyst like myself could draw its trend line lower. Today, however, its shares are soaring after the Wall Street Journal reported that Kate Spade was actively seeking a buyer.

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    Mizuho’s Betty Chen and Alex Pham run the math on a possible acquisition price:

    When we examined historical transactions in the specialty retail sector, we noticed a wide range of valuations. Select relevant transactions to consider would be ~2x EV/Sales Coach (COH) paid for Stuart Weitzman, Samsonites acquisition of Tumi at 14x EV/EBITDA, 13x EV/EBITDA for Joseph A. Banks by Mens Wearhouse (TLRD) and Kerings acquisition of Volcom for 18x EV/EBITDA. We believe potential valuation could be as high as ~2x EV/ Sales and ~14x EV/EBITDA given Kate Spade’s unique growth profile to expand to ~$4bn in revenue (from $1.4bn in FY16) and improving profitability from 12% EBIT margin TY to at least HTeens-LDD, in our view (Coach is 18.7% and Michael Kors (KORS) is 21.3%). On these two metrics, Kate Spade would be valued at $21-23…

    We believe the growth profile coupled with the brands unique appeal to Millennials and broad-based success across categories ranging from handbags to apparel and jewelry could be attractive to many buyers, including Coach, which was rumored to be evaluating the company in recent weeks.

    The news has sent shares of Kate Spade soaring: They’re up 24% at $18.03 at 2:11 p.m., a gain that has turned this year’s 18% loss as of last night into a 2% gain during afternoon trading.

    The move has also put a dent in Kate Spade’s downtrend (and now you’ll see my amateur technical analysis abilities at work):

    FactSet

    That’s one way to break a downtrend.

stock market newsletter: Diodes Incorporated(DIOD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small capsemiconductor stock Diodes Incorporated (NASDAQ: DIOD) has produced a double top on its technical chart with shares just below breakout levels:

stock market newsletter: Panera Bread Company(PNRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this segment fromMarket Foolery, host Chris Hill is joined by Motley Fool analystDavid Kretzmann as they break down how coffee-and-pastry focused JAB Holding Company will fit a fast casual brand into its privately held portfolio. With the acquisition, the JAB is expected to give thePanera Bread(NASDAQ:PNRA)team even more autonomy than usual.

  • [By Seth McNew]

    Other companies have followed suit with great success, including PaneraBread (NASDAQ:PNRA), which has focused on improving the customer experience, including via shorter wait times. Panera 2.0 was largely successful because of the company’s focus on its digital strategy and Chipotle looks to be doing the same thing.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    In late March, the company informed investors that after a two-year undertaking, it had finally removed all preservatives from its tortillas, making the Chipotle menu completely preservative-free. The company also called out competitors McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) and Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) for marketing their menus as “natural,” as Chipotle insisted these other restaurants still use preservatives made in a lab.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Then there’s Panera Bread (PNRA) , a company that had lost its way. But after interviewing Panera’s CEO Ron Shaich, Cramer learned that at its new, remodeled “Panera 2.0” stores, the lines were out the door. As the rollout continued, earnings only got stronger. Never underestimate the power of a restaurant redo, Cramer concluded.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer wanted to talk a little psychology. With its after-hours move Tuesday, Panera Bread (PNRA) is up more than 16% this week on takeover speculation. Panera is an old Action Alerts PLUS name, one the trust sold at a nice gain, too. 

stock market newsletter: 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.

stock market newsletter: 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 market newsletter: Snyder's-Lance, Inc.(LNCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Snyder’s-Lance Inc (NASDAQ: LNCE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share on revenue of $470.33 million.

    Examworks Group, Inc. (NYSE: EXAM) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $217.47 million.