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Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018

Mitek Systems (NASDAQ: MITK) was recently named one of Forbes fastest growing companies and was added to the Russell 2000 index in June. The San Diego, CA based company is a pioneer in the fintech space and has seen increased traction and adoption mainly in its ID verification technology – which is crucial given the high levels of regulation in the financial services sector. Executives at the company have estimated Mitek’s mobile deposit market share to be about 65% and is projected to grow at 20% next year. Moreover, Mitek’s mobile verification market opportunity is projected to be worth close to $4 billion.

Investment Thesis:

Mitek has gained a dominant market share in an important fintech niche by offering a compelling value proposition. With increasing KYC (Know Your Customer) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulation, financial institutions need a cost-effective way to verify customer’s identity when onboarding takes place. P2P business lender Kabbage was able to reduce its customer rejection rate from 3% to 0.5% by implementing Mitek’s mobile ID verification solution. Using Mitek’s ID verification solution, a leading payments company was able to lift temporary restrictions on 92% of its users in a matter of minutes. Despite these positive customer outcomes, Mitek shares have dropped more than 20% over the last six months, creating a compelling entry point. The average analyst price target for Mitek is $9.25, a nearly 60% upside from current levels.

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Greenlight Capital Re Ltd.(GLRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Note that hedge fund mogul David Einhorn has been a director ofthe predecessor company since May 2006. Mr. Einhorn co-founded, and has served as the President of, Greenlight Capital, Inc., since January 1996. Funds managed by Greenlight are some ofthe Companys principal stockholders. Since July 2004, Mr. Einhorn has served as Chairman of the Board of Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd (Nasdaq: GLRE).

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Teucrium Corn Fund (CORN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Investing in commodity-based ETFs (exchange-traded funds) or ETNs (exchange-traded notes) is a great way to gain exposure to a specific commodity, like corn (NYSE Arca: CORN), livestock (NYSE Arca: COW), or grains (NYSE Arca: GRU).

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Potlatch Corporation(PCH)

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

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: East West Bancorp Inc.(EWBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Euro/Yen(EJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    E-House China Holdings Ltd. (EJ), a real estate brokerage, gained 9.2 percent to $9.70, extending it advance to a third week. Its American depositary receipts retreated 3.1 percent Sept. 20 from the highest level since May 2011.

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    ARGT, the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to Argentine equities, is up 19.6 percent year-to-date. That is good for the second-best showing among Latin America single-country ETFs, trailing only the iShares MSCI Capped Peru Index Fund (NYSE: EPU).

  • [By Andrew Efimoff] Related Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF Why The Frontier Markets ETF Slumped Last Year Status Quo Decisions Would Bode Well For PAK ETF (Seeking Alpha)
    Related EPU Peru ETF Confronts Politics Commodities Call For The Colombia ETF Gra帽a Y Montero May Have Peaked In 2016 (Seeking Alpha) Gainers Pakistan: Global XMSCI Pakistan ETF (NYSE: PAK) is up 5.67 percent after receiving MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index approval. Peru: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund(NYSE: EPU) is up 2.15 percent after Kuzynski won Peru’s nail-biting election. Philippines: iShares MSCI Philippines Investable(NYSE: EPHE) is up 2.21 percent after Macquarie Research said President Elect Rodrigo Duterte would lift the Pilipino property market. India: iShares MSCI India ETF (NYSE: INDA) is up 1.96 percent after India’s government relaxed regulation, making it easier for domestic airlines to fly overseas.

    Related Link: Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Research Coverage- Viking Therapeutics (VKTX)

This is meant as a scientific/business development post as to the merits of VKTX. It is well known VKTX is undervalued (by upwards of 40x), but these details will not be discussed here. For a more detailed valuation analysis, see the end of Zacks SCR’s post.

Background

Viking Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company specializing in metabolic and endocrine disorders. They currently have two clinical assets: VK5211, a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) for hip fracture; and VK2809 a thyroid receptor beta (TR尾) agonists for hypocholesterolemia and NASH. VK0214, another TR尾 agonist for X-adrenoleukodystrophy (Berger 2014), is still in preclinical work in ABCD1 KO mice, with data expected at the end of 1Q17.
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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Infinera Corporation(INFN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    What a year 2016 was for Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN) shareholders. The stock plunged over 50% last year, as its multiyear run of accelerating 20%-30% growth rates ground to a halt. The story changed from that of a high-growth technology company riding the secular trend of exploding data and bandwidth needs to one of stagnating revenues, profits turning to losses, increased competition, and end customers pausing investments in optical networks.

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Investing in the tech sector can be tricky. Competition tends to be fierce, which makes it difficult to stay one step ahead. Two companies that have a strong history of maintaining their edge are Skyworks Solutions(NASDAQ:SWKS)and Infinera(NASDAQ:INFN). Both of these businesses have been taking market share in their industries for years, which is impressive. But which of these two tech companies is the better investment today? Let’s review the bull thesis for each company so we can make an informed decision.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Infinera Corp. (NASDAQ: INFN) shares were also up, gaining 27 percent to $11.92 after the company reported stronger-than-expected Q4 results.

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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    ARGT, the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to Argentine equities, is up 19.6 percent year-to-date. That is good for the second-best showing among Latin America single-country ETFs, trailing only the iShares MSCI Capped Peru Index Fund (NYSE: EPU).

  • [By Andrew Efimoff] Related Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF Why The Frontier Markets ETF Slumped Last Year Status Quo Decisions Would Bode Well For PAK ETF (Seeking Alpha)
    Related EPU Peru ETF Confronts Politics Commodities Call For The Colombia ETF Gra帽a Y Montero May Have Peaked In 2016 (Seeking Alpha) Gainers Pakistan: Global XMSCI Pakistan ETF (NYSE: PAK) is up 5.67 percent after receiving MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index approval. Peru: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund(NYSE: EPU) is up 2.15 percent after Kuzynski won Peru’s nail-biting election. Philippines: iShares MSCI Philippines Investable(NYSE: EPHE) is up 2.21 percent after Macquarie Research said President Elect Rodrigo Duterte would lift the Pilipino property market. India: iShares MSCI India ETF (NYSE: INDA) is up 1.96 percent after India’s government relaxed regulation, making it easier for domestic airlines to fly overseas.

    Related Link: Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.(FBHS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Wednesday’s regular session.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: TiGenix NV (TGXSF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Leuven, Belgium-based Tigenix (OTC:TGXSF) filed to go public in the U.S. in late 2015, only to become entangled with Bavarian Nordic (OTC:BVNKF) and Basilea Pharmaceutica (OTC:BPMUF) as the European drugmakers pulled back from NASDAQ. Tigenix subsequently increased its bank account following a 23.75 million placement in Belgium, and added an additional 25 million via a relationship with Takeda, before coming back to Wall Street in October 2016 with a revamped slate of underwriters.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Cedar Fair, L.P.(FUN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) , General Motors (GM) , Pandora Media (P) , Cedar Fair (FUN) , Quotient Technology (QUOT) and Rite Aid (RAD) .

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of SeaWorld Entertainment mostly underperforming since the IPO and largelymoving sideways for the past 2 1/2 years whileamusement park stocks Six Flags Entertainment Corp (NYSE: SIX) and Cedar Fair, L.P. (NYSE: FUN) have generally been steady performers for investors:

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Celgene Corporation(CELG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Celgene Corp. (NASDAQ: CELG) had seen endless growth and a major stock acceleration in prior years. But that was then, and Wall Street only cares about the upside of the future. Celgene shares were trading lower on Friday despite an approval in Europe.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Originally published Nov. 17 at 3:41 p.m. EDT

    The consideration of the contrary has been a theme all week. And here in ” Don’t Run With the Crowd: Embrace the Contrary.”   Miami madness (of a real estate kind)   Mark Grant is scared by our currency’s strength.   Danielle on scenarios.   Boockvar to subscriber Bad Golfer!   JC Penney ( JCP) short puts–a 100% win. (Shorting options frequently ends differently!)   Just say no to closed-end muni-bond funds.   DRYS is all wet.   Could iPhone manufacturing be coming back home?   On inflation breakevens–a picture that speaks volumes.   The market moved higher from the “get go”–in large measure it seems to be a response to the better economic data this morning.   At 3 p.m. stocks were near the day’s highs.   I shorted The Cisco Kid last night. Sticking with this short rental. I added to my ProShares UltraShort S&P500 ETF ( SDS) long (growing ever larger). My net short exposure–is now between small and medium-sized at the close. The U.S. dollar, as discussed above, continued to rip higher against the euro. I am concerned. Mark Grant is concerned. The market is not concerned. The price of crude oil (down $0.20) settled lower after yesterday’s robust gains. Gold fell $9 as it continues to break down–closing in on $1,200. Ag commodities: wheat up $0.07, corn up $0.04, soybeans up $0.05 and oats up $0.02. Lumber up $7 following the big housing number this morning. Bonds schmeissed … iShares Barclays 2

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    A new and highly anticipated study byCelgene Corp. (NASDAQ:CELG) shows that its promising multiple sclerosis drug could soon reshape the $19 billion multiple sclerosis market. On Friday, management reported that ozanimod met its primary endpoint for reducing MS relapses better than Biogen Inc.’s (NASDAQ:BIIB) Avonex, and importantly, it did so without any new safety risks.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Research and development is the lifeblood of biotech companies. The potential for new drugs also serves as a primary factor driving biotech stocks higher and higher. That’s been the case for Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG), Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS), and Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After years of rising and falling in tandem, the biotech sector is all about stock picking now. Credit Suisse analyst Alethia Young and team, for instance, upgraded Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN), and added Celgene (CELG) to its Focus List today. But Amgen (AMGN) wasn’t so lucky as Young cut it to Neutral from Outperform. She explains why:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Celgene Corp. (NASDAQ: CELG) short interest for this settlement date increased to 9.97 million shares from the previous 9.26 million. Shares closed most recently at $121.06, in a 52-week range of $93.05 to $127.00.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Caterpillar have dropped 0.4% to $93.01 at 9:55 a.m. today, while the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) is little changed at $65.94.

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Remembering that airlines are part of the broader industrial sector, perhaps it is not surprising that the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLI) is, historically, one of the worst-performing sector SPDR ETFs in June.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of General Electric have dipped 0.1% to $29.52 at 1:47 p.m. today, while the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) has risen 0.5% to $66.70.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of United Technologies have dropped 1% to $110.54 at 2:49 p.m. today, while the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) has gained 1.1% to $64.39.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares ofIngersoll-Rand have dropped 1% to $$74.84 at 3:01 p.m. today, whileRockwell Automation has fallen 0.5% to $134.12,Eaton has slipped 1.1% to $66.85,Fortive has declined 0.9% to $53.55,Allegion has slumped 1.5% to $63.77, and General Electric is off 0.6% at $31.52. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) has fallen 0.6% to $62.05.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Honeywell have gained 2.6% to $126.96 at 2:54 p.m. today, while General Electric has fallen 1.9% to $29.70 after reporting earnings. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) has advanced 0.2% to $65.48.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Genie Energy Ltd.(GNE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.22 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 8 percent, and Artesian Resources Corporation (NASDAQ: ARTNA) down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 3 percent, and SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), down 3 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares fell 0.48 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 3 percent, and Southwest Gas Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: SWX), down 2.5 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.34 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 11 percent, and American Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AMID) down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares fell by 0.58 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Middlesex Water Company (NASDAQ: MSEX), down 2 percent, and Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 4 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell by 0.75 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 5 percent, and Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: CWCO), down 2 percent.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Electronics for Imaging Inc.(EFII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (NASDAQ: EFII) shares dropped 43 percent to $26.96. Electronics For Imaging disclosed that it has postponed Q2 release due to accounting issues related to revenue recognition. Morgan Stanley downgraded Electronics for Imaging from Equal-Weight to Underweight.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 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).

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now

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An upbeat reading on U.S. retail sales isnt enough to keep U.S. stock indices from tanking today. The Dow dropped more than 200points in late afternoon market action.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1.19% and the S&P 500 fell 1% while the Nasdaq Composite fell 0.6%.

Energy and financial shares in the S&P 500 led the declines with the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) and the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) falling 1.5% and 1.3%respectively.

Stock indices have fluctuated severely this week. The Dow posted its biggest gain since March on Tuesday, only to record its worst fall since Feb. 11 the next day. As of now, the blue chip index is poised to record its third straight weekly loss.

Investors are facing a variety of overhangs, from cloudy expectations for corporate earnings to next months Federal Reserve meeting and the UK is poised to vote on whether to exit the European Union.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: The Advisory Board Company(ABCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Advisory Board (ABCO) on Friday reached a settlement with activist investor Elliott Management’s Paul Singer that ends the threat of a director battlefor nowas the healthcare technology and consulting firm continues to explore strategic alternatives, such as a sale.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andrew Efimoff] Related Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF Why The Frontier Markets ETF Slumped Last Year Status Quo Decisions Would Bode Well For PAK ETF (Seeking Alpha)
    Related EPU Peru ETF Confronts Politics Commodities Call For The Colombia ETF Gra帽a Y Montero May Have Peaked In 2016 (Seeking Alpha) Gainers Pakistan: Global XMSCI Pakistan ETF (NYSE: PAK) is up 5.67 percent after receiving MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index approval. Peru: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund(NYSE: EPU) is up 2.15 percent after Kuzynski won Peru’s nail-biting election. Philippines: iShares MSCI Philippines Investable(NYSE: EPHE) is up 2.21 percent after Macquarie Research said President Elect Rodrigo Duterte would lift the Pilipino property market. India: iShares MSCI India ETF (NYSE: INDA) is up 1.96 percent after India’s government relaxed regulation, making it easier for domestic airlines to fly overseas.

    Related Link: Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    ARGT, the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to Argentine equities, is up 19.6 percent year-to-date. That is good for the second-best showing among Latin America single-country ETFs, trailing only the iShares MSCI Capped Peru Index Fund (NYSE: EPU).

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: LeMaitre Vascular, Inc.(LMAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, healthcare shares rose by just 0.6 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included LeMaitre Vascular Inc (NASDAQ: LMAT), down 5 percent, and pSivida Corp. (NASDAQ: PSDV), down 3 percent.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc.(DPLO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Diplomat Pharmacy Inc (NYSE: DPLO) were down 23 percent to $14.71. Diplomat Pharmacy agreed to buy LDI Integrated Pharmacy Services. Baird downgraded Diplomat Pharmacy from Outperform to Neutral.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) dropped 7.4% Monday, posting a new 52-week low of $12.25 after closing at $13.23 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $38.94. The specialty pharmacy company said this morning that revenues and adjusted EBITDA for 2016 will come in at or near the low end of the company’s previously announced range.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Oak Valley Bancorp (CA)(OVLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, financial shares fell 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), down 7 percent, and AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) down 5 percent.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018

The recent earning announcement on May 31, 2017 created sudden fear in the public’s mind and brought the stock price of Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS) down by around 9% in one day. As of this writing, the price remains at $33. In this article, I will discuss one negative and five positives, and explain why you should consider buying the stock at this low price.

One Negative

One negative, but a big one, that dragged down the stock price was the earning disappointment mainly driven by the macroeconomic situations in retail sector.

The entire retail sector has faced strong headwinds in recent years due to the emergence of online retailers (predominantly Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN)), a strong dollar and a reduced number of tourists shopping in the U.S. The affected companies include Macy’s (NYSE:M), JCPenny (NYSE:JCP), Coach (NYSE:COH), Michael Kors, etc. The negative trends have driven down the stock price of the affected companies significantly in recent years, and the concern is legitimate in general,

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: 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

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Shire plc(SHPG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Specialty pharmaceuticals Shire (SHPG) and Mallinckrodt (MNK) soared today following their better-than-expected earnings, while Morgan Stanley worried about Valeant Pharmaceutical International’s (VRX) ability to sell its unwanted assets.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    That’s why its worth pointing out that just yesterday, small cap cannabinoid prodrug pharmaceutical stock Vitality Biopharma, Inc. (OTCQB: VBIO) announced the appointment of Tracy Rockney, J.D. to the position of Senior Regulatory Advisor. In addition to being the Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer of OneSource Regulatory, a regulatory consulting firm, Rockney was previously:

    From May 2010 to May 2015, she was the VP, Regulatory Affairs at AbbVie Inc (NYSE: ABBV) leading the executive functions related to regulatory policy and intelligence. From August 1993 to January 2005, she held positions of increasing responsibility with Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE), formerly Wyeth.  From January 2005 to April 2010, she held positions with Shire PLC (NASDAQ: SHPG), including serving as Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs. This included responsibilities as Therapeutic Area Head for Shire’s Gastrointestinal Business Unit, Regulatory Advertising & Promotion and CMC. Rockney led the regulatory team and negotiations with the FDA for LIALDA which are part of the drug class of aminosalicylates that are now part of the clinical standard-of-care for treating inflammatory bowel disease. LIALDA™ was found to be effective in Phase 3 trials for inducing remission of active mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis after eight weeks of treatment. LIALDA™ (also now marketed as Mezavant®) had 2016 U.S. sales of $714 million – up 16% relative to 2015 sales.

    Rockney’s work for Shire is of particular interest to Vitality Biopharma which has developed a new class of cannabinoid prodrugs (medications or compounds that, after administration, are converted within the body into a pharmacologically active drug), known as cannabosides, which upon ingestion can enable the selective delivery of THC and cannabidiol (CBD) to the gastrointestinal tract. Cannabosides could provide therapeutic benefits for infl

  • [By Max Macaluso and David Williamson]

    At the end of last week, a Bloomberg article revealed that Shire (NASDAQ: SHPG  ) and pharmaceutical giant Sanofi (NYSE: SNY  ) may be circling ViroPharma (NASDAQ: VPHM  ) . The the following video, from The Motley Fool’s health care show Market Checkup, analysts David Williamson and Max Macaluso take a close look at ViroPharma and discuss the recent interest in this small biotech company.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We highlight the key takeaways below, which have read-throughs for brand drug companies we cover such asAllergan (AGN), Shire (SHPG), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Mallinckrodt,Endo International and Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ), among others.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andrew Efimoff] Related Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF Why The Frontier Markets ETF Slumped Last Year Status Quo Decisions Would Bode Well For PAK ETF (Seeking Alpha)
    Related EPU Peru ETF Confronts Politics Commodities Call For The Colombia ETF Gra帽a Y Montero May Have Peaked In 2016 (Seeking Alpha) Gainers Pakistan: Global XMSCI Pakistan ETF (NYSE: PAK) is up 5.67 percent after receiving MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index approval. Peru: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund(NYSE: EPU) is up 2.15 percent after Kuzynski won Peru’s nail-biting election. Philippines: iShares MSCI Philippines Investable(NYSE: EPHE) is up 2.21 percent after Macquarie Research said President Elect Rodrigo Duterte would lift the Pilipino property market. India: iShares MSCI India ETF (NYSE: INDA) is up 1.96 percent after India’s government relaxed regulation, making it easier for domestic airlines to fly overseas.

    Related Link: Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    ARGT, the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to Argentine equities, is up 19.6 percent year-to-date. That is good for the second-best showing among Latin America single-country ETFs, trailing only the iShares MSCI Capped Peru Index Fund (NYSE: EPU).

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Plantronics Inc.(PLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Plantronics Inc (NYSE: PLT) were down 25 percent to $33.36. Plantronics reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings, but the company’s revenue missed analysts’ expectations. The company announced a new 1 million share buyback plan and issued a weak earnings forecast for the fourth quarter.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Dow utility average ended last week at a stabilizing 639.95 after trading as low as 616.19 on Nov. 14. Keep in mind that a “death cross” was confirmed on election day, when the 50-day simple moving average fell below the 200-day simple moving average, indicating that lower prices are likely ahead. The 200-day is now at 666.30. The utility average has returned to my range of key levels of 635.23 and 670.81, which remain magnets for the remainder of 2016. This week’s value level is above the Nov. 14 low at 620.87. Investors seeking the safety of dividends can trade the Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU) , which is a basket of 28 utility stocks.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    With a little more than $6 billion in assets and average daily trading volumes in excess of 12 million shares per day, SPDR Utilities (XLU) is the top choice to hold during Utilities seasonally favorable period. It has a gross expense ratio of just 0.14% and comes with the added kicker of a 3.37% dividend yield.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Speaking on Bloomberg Markets, Kevin Kelly of Recon Capital Partners suggested that investors with a long position in Utilities SPDR (ETF) (NYSE: XLU) should consider an options strategy that offers protection ahead of the FOMC meeting.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Options Action, Dan Nathan suggested a bearish options trading idea in Utilities SPDR (ETF) (NYSE: XLU).

    The stock caught his attention, because he noticed a big put options volume last week in the name. He thinks traders should not be in the stock ahead of a possible rate hike.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018

On Wednesday, stocks recovered following the worst day overall since October. The gains were led by the technology sector, which in many cases reversed following their worst day of the year on Tuesday.

However, despite the tech rebound, the blue chips lagged pulling the Dow Jones Industrial Average down less than 0.1%. Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE), a Dow component, fell 7.1%, pulled lower by a lackluster outlook for sales growth.

The technology sector of the S&P 500 rose 0.8%, its biggest gain in three weeks. The Nasdaq, which is tech heavy, rose 0.5%, and the 500 jumped chiefly on gains by technology giants Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), up 1.3%, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), up 1.1%, and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), up 1.1%. The PHLX Semiconductor Index (NASDAQ:SOXX) did its part by gaining 1.1%.

Crude oil (WTI) fell 0.4% as data showed that stockpiles of crude hit a new record high. Spot WTI closed at $48.04 per barrel for a fall of 11% so far in March.

At the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 7 points at 20,661, the S&P 500 rose 4 to 2,348, the Nasdaq gained 28 points to close at 5,822, and the Russell 2000 fell a point to 1,346. The NYSE ‘s primary exchange traded 899 million shares with total volume of 3.5 billion shares, and the Nasdaq crossed 1.8 billion shares. On the Big Board, advancers exceeded decliners by 1.1-to-1, and on the Nasdaq, decliners led by 1.3-to-1. Blocks on the NYSE fell to 6,935 from 7,804 on Tuesday.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited(TEVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Look for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA) second-quarter results on Thursday. The consensus earnings estimate is $1.07 per share, on $5.73 billion in revenue. The shares were last seen at $32.34. The consensus price target is $36.91, and the 52-week trading range is $27.60 to $55.79.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Momenta Pharmaceuticals soared 25% after the biotechnology company won a lawsuit over alleged patent infringement. A Delaware federal district court found that four patents held by Teva Pharmaceutical (NYSE:TEVA) were invalid, opening the door for Momenta to offer its own competing version of a key drug. Momenta CEO Craig Wheeler provided details in his praise of the decision, noting that it “further bolsters our confidence in the potential for us to offer multiple sclerosis patients a more affordable generic version of Copaxone 40 mg following regulatory approval.” Momenta still has to get past some additional hurdles, but investors are hopeful that the path forward is clearer.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Opioid drug abuse has become a national epidemic; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (TEVA) has just developed a drug that could potentially deliver pain relief without the scourge of addiction, suggests Jimmy Mengel, editor of The Crow’s Nest.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Tenneco Inc.(TEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of auto-part makers like Delphi Automotive (DLPH), BorgWarner (BWA), and Tenneco (TEN) are getting killed today, ostensibly due to an article in Automotive News. Wells Fargo’s Richard Kwas and team think Tesla Motors (TSLA) and its Model 3 deserve at least some of the blame:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Brookfield Renewable Powerr Fund(BEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Federico Zaldua]

    I expect the Brookfield Group of Companies, which is composed of no fewer than 15 publicly traded entities, to be very active acquisitive in the near-term future. Here I focus my attention on three members of the Brookfield Group that are going to be the most active with M&A. While Brookfield Asset Management (BAM) will concentrate its M&A efforts into all geographies and all asset classes, Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (BEP) and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP) will concentrate on their respective industries. Let’s see whether you should go long on any of this separate -although related – entities.

    Good Operational Performance

    Brookfield Asset Management, held by Lou Simpson and Ron Baron, counts with a liquidity position of more than $5 billion at the parent and principal subsidiaries along with nearly $10 billion drawable private fund commitments. More importantly, the company has expressed its interest into using this liquidity to make acquisitions. Management clearly stated in its letter to shareholders:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Amphenol Corporation(APH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Darren Williams] Although the entire cannabis space has quietly taken a hit of their own medicine in recent weeks and gone to sleep, don’t think for one second the entire space isn’t going to light up again soon. That’s just what they do, right? However, knowing who the pretenders are and knowing who the contenders are is really the challenge when it’s comes right down to it.
    First, anyone who claims to be a grower or a seller of cannabis can’t for one second ever make it as a public company right now, or can even legally consider being a public company for that matter, so you can scratch any of those right off your list. At least here in the U.S. anyway, because Canada is already well ahead of the curve having legalized it for medicinal purposes already.
    More importantly, full legalization of marijuana in Canada appears to be on track for July 2018, which will make Canada just the second nation in the world after Uruguay to completely legalize the cultivation, sale and possession of the drug for medical and recreational purposes.
    Regardless, the best time to buy any stocks in a hot growth sector is when either everyone has forgotten about them, or when the overall market landscape has turned bearish, which has yet to happen. However, the former seems to be the case for the cannabis space, despite some very favorable state legislation last Fall.
    For now, as long as you have a license issued by Health Canada, you’re good to go, so there are some stocks trading in Canada already who are well on their way to making some green for investors. Canopy Growth Corporation (TSE: WEED), formerly Tweed Marijuana Inc., is a medical marijuana company based in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Aurora Cannabis Inc. (CVE: ACB), which is engaged in the production and sale of medical cannabis. There’s also Aphria Pharmaceutical Company (TSE: APH), which also is engaged in producing and selling medical marijuana through retail sales and wholesale channels.
    There are many more, but those are just a
  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is the top pick in the sector and has remained a favorite at RBC for some time.Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) is one of the worlds largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors, interconnect systems, antennas, sensors and sensor-based products and coaxial and high-speed specialty cable.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited(YGE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YGE) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $1.48 per share on revenue of $372.30 million.

    Ameren Corp (NYSE: AEE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.38 per share on revenue of $1.51 billion.

  • [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 Wayne Duggan]

    Despite the potentially positive recent developments for solar investors, Johnson remains extremely bearish on solar stocks. Axiom maintains Sell ratings on the following U.S.-listed names:

    JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YGE) Solaredge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: SEDG) Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ)

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    ARGT, the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to Argentine equities, is up 19.6 percent year-to-date. That is good for the second-best showing among Latin America single-country ETFs, trailing only the iShares MSCI Capped Peru Index Fund (NYSE: EPU).

  • [By Andrew Efimoff] Related Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF Why The Frontier Markets ETF Slumped Last Year Status Quo Decisions Would Bode Well For PAK ETF (Seeking Alpha)
    Related EPU Peru ETF Confronts Politics Commodities Call For The Colombia ETF Gra帽a Y Montero May Have Peaked In 2016 (Seeking Alpha) Gainers Pakistan: Global XMSCI Pakistan ETF (NYSE: PAK) is up 5.67 percent after receiving MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index approval. Peru: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund(NYSE: EPU) is up 2.15 percent after Kuzynski won Peru’s nail-biting election. Philippines: iShares MSCI Philippines Investable(NYSE: EPHE) is up 2.21 percent after Macquarie Research said President Elect Rodrigo Duterte would lift the Pilipino property market. India: iShares MSCI India ETF (NYSE: INDA) is up 1.96 percent after India’s government relaxed regulation, making it easier for domestic airlines to fly overseas.

    Related Link: Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(ATNM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Actinium Pharmaceuticals Inc (NYSE: ATNM) were down 24 percent to $1.29. Actinium priced 8 million shares at $1.25 per share.

    Shineco Inc (NASDAQ: TYHT) was down, falling around 32 percent to $19.50. On Wednesday, Shineco priced IPO at $4.50 per share.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: PCM, Inc.(PCMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    PCM Inc (NASDAQ: PCMI) was down, falling around 26 percent to $14.63. PCM reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.47 per share on sales of $560.1 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

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

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

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

  • [By ]

    The SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSE:XBI) and the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NASDAQ:IBB) were each approaching important support levels back in mid-November.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc.(OREX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term chart shows Arena Pharmaceuticals along with its small capobesitytreatmentpeers EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ: ETRM), Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc (NASDAQ: OREX) and VIVUS, Inc (NASDAQ: VVUS) all causing severe weight loss for investor portfolios:

  • [By Cameron Saucier]

    Orexigen Therapeutics (Nasdaq: OREX) is a biopharmaceutical company that aims to treat obesity. The company’s flagship drug, Contrave, is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States. The drug regulates appetite, energy use, and the central nervous system. OREX rose 63% last month after it announced a new commercial and distribution agreement with Biologix FZCO. The agreement will cover 10 countries in the Middle East. OREX is currently trading at $3.30 per share and is down 79% as of Jan. 9 year over year (YOY).

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Arena is out of the obesity drug business, but what about Orexigen Therapeutics (NASDAQ:OREX) or VIVUS (NASDAQ:VVUS)? The problem is that they’re both too dependent on their respective obesity drugs, Contrave and Qsymia. Neither of the drugs have performed up to expectations.

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018

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That’s the largest and only mandatory expense of retirement — and increasing at more than 6-1/2% per year. But very few financial plans include Heath Care specifically. If you don’t factor that in, how can you possibly invest a client in their best interest?

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    ARGT, the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to Argentine equities, is up 19.6 percent year-to-date. That is good for the second-best showing among Latin America single-country ETFs, trailing only the iShares MSCI Capped Peru Index Fund (NYSE: EPU).

  • [By Andrew Efimoff] Related Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF Why The Frontier Markets ETF Slumped Last Year Status Quo Decisions Would Bode Well For PAK ETF (Seeking Alpha)
    Related EPU Peru ETF Confronts Politics Commodities Call For The Colombia ETF Gra帽a Y Montero May Have Peaked In 2016 (Seeking Alpha) Gainers Pakistan: Global XMSCI Pakistan ETF (NYSE: PAK) is up 5.67 percent after receiving MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index approval. Peru: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund(NYSE: EPU) is up 2.15 percent after Kuzynski won Peru’s nail-biting election. Philippines: iShares MSCI Philippines Investable(NYSE: EPHE) is up 2.21 percent after Macquarie Research said President Elect Rodrigo Duterte would lift the Pilipino property market. India: iShares MSCI India ETF (NYSE: INDA) is up 1.96 percent after India’s government relaxed regulation, making it easier for domestic airlines to fly overseas.

    Related Link: Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Petroleum Resources Corporation(PEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, financial shares fell 0.13 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Adams Natural Resources Fund Inc (NYSE: PEO), down 4 percent, and Old Point Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: OPOF) down 3 percent.

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Old Second Bancorp Inc.(OSBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Old Second Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: OSBC).

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: QCR Holdings Inc.(QCRH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    My favorite at the moment is QCR Holdings Inc. (NasdaqGM:QCRH).

    Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Moline, IL, the bank has a strong regional lending base in Illinois and Iowa that should grow in line with the broader national economy. I particularly like the fact that the bank considers itself relationship-driven at a time when trust is in short supply.

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ: TBNK) shares touched a new 52-week low of $21.31. Territorial Bancorp shares have dropped 9.43% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Porter Bancorp Inc.(PBIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LP’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=PATRIOT+FINANCIAL+PARTNERS+GP%2C+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LPBanc of California Inc (BANC) – 2,850,564 shares, 27.82% of the total portfolio. Guaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,891,767 shares, 23.36% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 19.22%Meta Financial Group Inc (CASH) – 347,069 shares, 14.02% of the total portfolio. Sterling Bancorp (STL) – 1,048,980 shares, 11.07% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 16.01%MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 2,060,302 sha

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018

Financial analyst: It’s time to cut up Yahoo! Embattled CEO Marissa Mayer believes that a leaner, more focused Yahoo is the solution to its growth problems.

Yahoo announced a massive, $4.4 billion loss last quarter and said it will lay off 15% of its workforce as part of a plan to return the company to “modest to accelerating growth” next year and in 2018. The layoffs will reduce Yahoo’s headcount by about 1,600 employees to around 9,000 staff.

The new plan, announced Tuesday afternoon, will focus on Yahoo’s core strengths: Its products (Search, Mail and Tumblr) and its media brands (News, Sports, Finance and Lifestyle). The company will also streamline its advertising platforms, close five global offices and shutter businesses that aren’t growing, including games, smart TV and scripted TV shows.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: eHealth Inc.(EHTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) was down, falling around 32 percent to $9.53. eHealth reported a Q2 net loss of $0.5 million, versus a year-ago net income of $5.8 million. The company also reported weak quarterly revenue.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Ishares Trust Dj Us Financial (IYF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Investors looking to set up a pair trade to capitalize on the divergent paths of U.S. and European banks should consider going long the iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE: IYF) and short the Ishares MSCI Europe Fincls Sctr Indx Fd (NASDAQ: EUFN).

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Greenlight Capital Re Ltd.(GLRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Note that hedge fund mogul David Einhorn has been a director ofthe predecessor company since May 2006. Mr. Einhorn co-founded, and has served as the President of, Greenlight Capital, Inc., since January 1996. Funds managed by Greenlight are some ofthe Companys principal stockholders. Since July 2004, Mr. Einhorn has served as Chairman of the Board of Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd (Nasdaq: GLRE).

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andrew Efimoff] Related Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF Why The Frontier Markets ETF Slumped Last Year Status Quo Decisions Would Bode Well For PAK ETF (Seeking Alpha)
    Related EPU Peru ETF Confronts Politics Commodities Call For The Colombia ETF Gra帽a Y Montero May Have Peaked In 2016 (Seeking Alpha) Gainers Pakistan: Global XMSCI Pakistan ETF (NYSE: PAK) is up 5.67 percent after receiving MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index approval. Peru: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund(NYSE: EPU) is up 2.15 percent after Kuzynski won Peru’s nail-biting election. Philippines: iShares MSCI Philippines Investable(NYSE: EPHE) is up 2.21 percent after Macquarie Research said President Elect Rodrigo Duterte would lift the Pilipino property market. India: iShares MSCI India ETF (NYSE: INDA) is up 1.96 percent after India’s government relaxed regulation, making it easier for domestic airlines to fly overseas.

    Related Link: Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    ARGT, the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to Argentine equities, is up 19.6 percent year-to-date. That is good for the second-best showing among Latin America single-country ETFs, trailing only the iShares MSCI Capped Peru Index Fund (NYSE: EPU).

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: SL Green Realty Corporation(SLG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    “Manhattan on Sale? That’s the Case With Two Cheap REITS” by Andrew Bary discusses whether Manhattan-focused real estate investment trusts Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO) and SL Green Realty Corp (NYSE: SLG) could rally as the New York market firms. Both trade at a discount to the value of private-market property deals, says the article.

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Porter Bancorp Inc.(PBIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LP’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=PATRIOT+FINANCIAL+PARTNERS+GP%2C+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LPBanc of California Inc (BANC) – 2,850,564 shares, 27.82% of the total portfolio. Guaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,891,767 shares, 23.36% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 19.22%Meta Financial Group Inc (CASH) – 347,069 shares, 14.02% of the total portfolio. Sterling Bancorp (STL) – 1,048,980 shares, 11.07% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 16.01%MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 2,060,302 sha

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Home Federal Bancorp Inc.(HOME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of At Home Group Inc (NYSE: HOME) were down 10 percent to $23.19. At Home Group reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.18 per share on revenue of $232.1 million.

  • [By Sofia Horta e Costa]

    Sanofi fell 2.6 percent after withdrawing a U.S. application for a diabetes drug. Cie. Financiere Richemont (CFR) SA dropped 2.3 percent as revenue missed analysts estimates. Vivendi SA advanced 2.7 percent after saying it will begin a formal study to separate its French phone unit from its media businesses. Home Retail Group Plc (HOME) surged 5.4 percent to a two-year high as sales exceeded projections.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Citigroup was named by Forbes as one of the “big four” banks in the United States on Jan. 10. These four financial institutions – JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC), and Citigroup – have a combined $8.5 trillion in assets. That’s nearly $4 trillion more than the combined total of the next 100 biggest banks combined.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Finally on Friday, the banks begin to report. This is a group that benefits both from President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed deregulation and from rising interest rates. Cramer was bullish on JPMorgan and Bank of America (BAC) , but held Wells Fargo (WFC) , another Action Alerts PLUS name, as his favorite in the group.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Represented are Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC), Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO), and Kraft Heinz Co. (Nasdaq: KHC), just to name a few.

    The Berkshire portfolio has 34 dividend stocks in total; of those, eight yield dividend returns in excess of 3% annually, according to Buffett’s latest SEC 13F filing on Feb. 14, 2017.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    At the same time, big banks stocks are demonstrating major strength:

    Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC) is up 2.0 percent.
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is up 2.1 percent.
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) is up 1.4 percent.
    Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) is up 1.8 percent.
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    Tech investors are feeling the pain on Wednesday, but some see a potential sector rotation as a positive sign of a healthy bull market.

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    First, the Dow dropped below 19,800 points with two stocks – The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS) and 3M Company (NYSE:MMM) – experiencing a $3.26 billion selloff alone. Big banking stocks including Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) and JPMorgan Chase and Co. (NYSE:JPM) sold off far more severely than the S&P 500 itself. Tech stocks were more or less unscathed, with the exception of Alphabet Inc. (NasdaqGS:GOOG), which received a 2.55% buzzcut of $26 per share.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Fortunately, when it comes to the oil exploration and production company, Cimarex Energy (XEC) , investors received both sides on Friday. When analysts go head-to-head, investors win, Cramer said, as an analyst at Wells Fargo (WFC) downgraded Cimarex on the same day that Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded it.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andrew Efimoff] Related Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF Why The Frontier Markets ETF Slumped Last Year Status Quo Decisions Would Bode Well For PAK ETF (Seeking Alpha)
    Related EPU Peru ETF Confronts Politics Commodities Call For The Colombia ETF Gra帽a Y Montero May Have Peaked In 2016 (Seeking Alpha) Gainers Pakistan: Global XMSCI Pakistan ETF (NYSE: PAK) is up 5.67 percent after receiving MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index approval. Peru: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund(NYSE: EPU) is up 2.15 percent after Kuzynski won Peru’s nail-biting election. Philippines: iShares MSCI Philippines Investable(NYSE: EPHE) is up 2.21 percent after Macquarie Research said President Elect Rodrigo Duterte would lift the Pilipino property market. India: iShares MSCI India ETF (NYSE: INDA) is up 1.96 percent after India’s government relaxed regulation, making it easier for domestic airlines to fly overseas.

    Related Link: Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    ARGT, the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to Argentine equities, is up 19.6 percent year-to-date. That is good for the second-best showing among Latin America single-country ETFs, trailing only the iShares MSCI Capped Peru Index Fund (NYSE: EPU).

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Barclays PLC(BCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. Its American depositary sharesclosed up 2.6% at $11.36 on Thursday and were indicated up 1.2% at $11.50 on Friday. The52-week range is $6.76 to $12.05.

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    Banco Santander (SAN) : “I prefer Barclays (BCS) , but let’s wait and see what the other banks have to say”

    ProLogis (PLD) : “I am not a fan of that group right now, but that one is best of breed.”

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The Securities and Exchange Commission approved Wednesday the 2017 budget for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, allotting $268.5 million, a 4.2% increase over the PCAOB’s 2016 budget and a 6.2% increase over the amount the the board expects to spend in 2016. 

The budget is allocated as follows: $232.6 million to be assessed on issuers and $35.4 million to be assessed on registered broker-dealers.

Lawmakers want to hear from advisors, but they’ve been mostly quiet on the legislative and regulatory fronts.

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investment risk: Autohome Inc.(ATHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By R. Chandrasekaran]

    The following stocks are rated with Neutral:

    JD.Com Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: JD). Vipshop Holdings Ltd – ADR (NYSE: VIPS). Autohome Inc (ADR) (NYSE: ATHM). SouFun Holdings Ltd (NYSE: SFUN). Leju Holdings Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: LEJU).
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    The following stocks are rated Underweight:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Autohome Inc (ADR) (NYSE: ATHM) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.68 per share on revenue of $1.05 billion.

    Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $106.75 million.

investment risk: Impax Laboratories, Inc.(IPXL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Impax Laboratories (NASDAQ: IPXL  ) could be watching more closely than Sanofi. The two companies reached a deal last year that allows Impax to begin marketing a generic version of Renvela in 2014. If approved, Zerenex could take away some of the profits that Impax expected to gain.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Impax Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ: IPXL) were down around 29 percent to $10.12. Impax Labs reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.16 per share on revenue of $198.4 million.

investment risk: Owens Realty Mortgage, Inc.(ORM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Markus Aarnio]

    Owens Realty Mortgage (ORM) is a real estate investment trust that invests in commercial real estate mortgage loans primarily in the Western U.S. The company specializes in loans that require speed and flexibility. Owens Realty Mortgage is externally managed and advised by Owens Financial Group.

investment risk: Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc.(UCTT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, technology shares fell 0.65 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Ultra Clean Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: UCTT), down 4 percent, and Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MITK), down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, technology shares fell 3.59 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Ultra Clean Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: UCTT), down 5 percent, and Brooks Automation, Inc (NASDAQ: BRKS), down 10 percent.

investment risk: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    ARGT, the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to Argentine equities, is up 19.6 percent year-to-date. That is good for the second-best showing among Latin America single-country ETFs, trailing only the iShares MSCI Capped Peru Index Fund (NYSE: EPU).

  • [By Andrew Efimoff] Related Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF Why The Frontier Markets ETF Slumped Last Year Status Quo Decisions Would Bode Well For PAK ETF (Seeking Alpha)
    Related EPU Peru ETF Confronts Politics Commodities Call For The Colombia ETF Gra帽a Y Montero May Have Peaked In 2016 (Seeking Alpha) Gainers Pakistan: Global XMSCI Pakistan ETF (NYSE: PAK) is up 5.67 percent after receiving MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index approval. Peru: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund(NYSE: EPU) is up 2.15 percent after Kuzynski won Peru’s nail-biting election. Philippines: iShares MSCI Philippines Investable(NYSE: EPHE) is up 2.21 percent after Macquarie Research said President Elect Rodrigo Duterte would lift the Pilipino property market. India: iShares MSCI India ETF (NYSE: INDA) is up 1.96 percent after India’s government relaxed regulation, making it easier for domestic airlines to fly overseas.

    Related Link: Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF

Best Financial Stocks For 2018

ShiftPixy (PIXY), a HR and Technology solution for the gig economy IPOd on June 30th under the new Reg A+ IPO system designed for smaller cap companies. Working with a micro-cap myself, I have personal knowledge that trying to get a listing is no easy task. Im sure for many micro-caps in a similar position, anything designed to ease the regulatory and financial burden is a welcome boost to accessing the US equity markets.

It appears with strong industry support, underwriters such as W.R Hambrecht which has already decided to style itself as a Reg A+ specialist appear to be highly incentivized to make sure these initial IPOs are a success. The idea naturally being that as other micro-caps consider going public, they will take this particular route as it becomes a more and more proven path towards a less-hassle filled equity raise.

Best Financial Stocks For 2018: SL Green Realty Corporation(SLG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    “Manhattan on Sale? That’s the Case With Two Cheap REITS” by Andrew Bary discusses whether Manhattan-focused real estate investment trusts Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO) and SL Green Realty Corp (NYSE: SLG) could rally as the New York market firms. Both trade at a discount to the value of private-market property deals, says the article.

Best Financial Stocks For 2018: BofI Holding Inc.(BOFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Hall]

    Internet bank holding companyBofI Holding, Inc.(NASDAQ:BOFI) reported financial and operating results on April 25 after market close, with net income of $41 million — the most-ever in a single quarter in its history. BofI delivered strong growth in net interest income, book value, loan originations, and a number of other key metrics.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    3. BofI Holding (NASDAQ:BOFI) is a more speculative choice, but one that deserves serious consideration. The bank, whose name stands for “Bank of Internet”, is the oldest internet-only bank in the U.S. By maintaining an online-based business model, the bank enjoys competitive advantage such as low overhead and the ability to offer better rates on loan and deposit products than peers.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Internet-based bank holding company BofI Holding (NASDAQ:BOFI) is not like most other banks. Since the name BofI stands for “Bank of Internet,” one thing that obviously makes the bank unique is its online-only business model. However, there are a lot of less-obvious things about BofI Holding that you might find interesting.

Best Financial Stocks For 2018: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andrew Efimoff] Related Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF Why The Frontier Markets ETF Slumped Last Year Status Quo Decisions Would Bode Well For PAK ETF (Seeking Alpha)
    Related EPU Peru ETF Confronts Politics Commodities Call For The Colombia ETF Gra帽a Y Montero May Have Peaked In 2016 (Seeking Alpha) Gainers Pakistan: Global XMSCI Pakistan ETF (NYSE: PAK) is up 5.67 percent after receiving MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index approval. Peru: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund(NYSE: EPU) is up 2.15 percent after Kuzynski won Peru’s nail-biting election. Philippines: iShares MSCI Philippines Investable(NYSE: EPHE) is up 2.21 percent after Macquarie Research said President Elect Rodrigo Duterte would lift the Pilipino property market. India: iShares MSCI India ETF (NYSE: INDA) is up 1.96 percent after India’s government relaxed regulation, making it easier for domestic airlines to fly overseas.

    Related Link: Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    ARGT, the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to Argentine equities, is up 19.6 percent year-to-date. That is good for the second-best showing among Latin America single-country ETFs, trailing only the iShares MSCI Capped Peru Index Fund (NYSE: EPU).

Best Financial Stocks For 2018: Home Federal Bancorp Inc.(HOME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sofia Horta e Costa]

    Sanofi fell 2.6 percent after withdrawing a U.S. application for a diabetes drug. Cie. Financiere Richemont (CFR) SA dropped 2.3 percent as revenue missed analysts estimates. Vivendi SA advanced 2.7 percent after saying it will begin a formal study to separate its French phone unit from its media businesses. Home Retail Group Plc (HOME) surged 5.4 percent to a two-year high as sales exceeded projections.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of At Home Group Inc (NYSE: HOME) were down 10 percent to $23.19. At Home Group reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.18 per share on revenue of $232.1 million.