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As Average Age of American Cars Nears 12 Years, a Challenge and Opportunities for Manufacturers

The average age of American cars has risen almost relentlessly for well over a decade. The level reached 11.6 year in 2016 and is expected to grow this year to over 12 years. That fact is a double-edged sword for car makers. Cars are better built and last longer. On the other hand, a 12-year-old car is considered old by many people, and they may be in the market for a replacement.

The fastest growing segment of the “old car” inventory is vehicles that are over 16 years old, according to IHS Markit. The number of these cars is expected to grow 30% from last year through 2021. That will put the number of units in this category at 81 million, against a U.S. driving population of 220 million. A silver lining in this trend is that many households have more than one car.

U.S. new car sales are expected to be just over 17 million this year, very close to a record. The number is expected to dip slightly next year, but incentives and the economy could affect that modestly. One thing is for certain. As new car sales stay flat, major manufacturers have to jockey for market share to keep sales, and likely profits, rising. This, in turn, can drive new buyer incentives.

The U.S. new car market can be broken into three huge segments. The first is sedans and coupes, many of which are light and get low gas mileage. These have become unpopular as gasoline prices have stayed low. The next is crossovers and sport utility vehicles, a market that has done well, again due to some extent on low gas prices. These vehicles tend to get fairly poor mileage ratings but the cost to operate them is also affected by low gas prices. The final segment is full-sized pickups. Many people do not know how large this segment is. It has only three vehicles. Among them, they will account for 2 million new sales this year. They are the leader, the Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) F-Series, followed by General Motor Co.’s (NYSE: GM) Chevy Silverado and the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) Ram. As a group, their sales will be up about 5% this year, against slightly lower sales for the entire industry.

One challenge the car industry has set for itself is very long finance periods for many cars and light trucks. Financing of 0% APR for 72 months is not unusual. It will be financially hard for people to sell these vehicles until they have paid off the entire amount owed. This creates an inventory of cars that will be six years old before they are sold or traded in.

Car companies are up against a market in which several tens of millions of people will not buy new cars soon. On the other hand, some people with aging cars will want to replace them, particularly when companies offer aggressive incentives.The balance between those two groups will drive some new car sales in the future. Unfortunately for the companies, no one knows how much.

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2018 IPO Prospects: Lyft Appears To Be Changing Gears To List

According to a Goldman Sachs report, the global ride-hailing market is expected to grow from $36 billion in 2017 to $285 billion by 2030. The average number of ride-hailing trips a day globally are expected to grow from 15 million in 2017 to 97 million by 2030. The ride-hailing companies are expected to charge an average 23% commission on the gross sales, translating to net revenues of $65 billion by 2030 for the industry. While Uber (Private:UBER) continues to remain the market leader in the industry, its recent troubles have helped drive usage for competitors, such as Lyft (Private:LYFT), to higher levels. Lyft may even beat Uber to an IPO listing this year.

Lyft’s Growth

Lyft, still largely focused in the US, has grown significantly during the past year. According to its Co-Founder and President John Zimmer, Lyft more than doubled the 162.6 million rides it provided in 2016. It is now available in all the 50 US states. Last year, Lyft also made its first international presence when it began operating its service in Toronto, Canada. Lyft has clearly benefited from all the turmoil at Uber. Here is an interesting infographic, courtesy recode, that shows how Lyft made big advances in San Francisco and New York, when compared with Uber.

Besides market expansion for the ride-sharing service, Lyft also has been actively focused on the autonomous driving market. Last year, Lyft entered into several partnerships with automakers such as Ford (NYSE:F), Tata Motors’ (NYSE:TTM) Jaguar Land Rover, and General Motors (NYSE:GM) to test self-driving vehicles in the network. It launched an open platform that is designed to give these automakers and tech companies the ability to work on self-driving cars that will be accessible to its ride-sharing network.

It officially launched the service last month in Boston when it sent autonomous vehicles, developed by the startup NuTonomy, to pick passengers in Boston’s Seaport district. The riders are randomly paired with one of NuTonomy’s self-driving cars when they use the Lyft app in the Seaport area. The car comes with a driver behind the wheel who is ready to take control, when needed. The partnership will help establish user confidence in the driverless car model along with helping improve the performance through feedback from pilot participants. Later this month, Lyft will also launch a similar service for the Consumer Electronics Show happening in Las Vegas. Attendees will be able to ride the autonomous cars on 20 pre-defined routes and destinations. The service will be provided in collaboration with Aptiv, which will work on the automated driving vehicles, while Lyft will take on the dispatch.

Lyft is not the only ride-sharing service to offer autonomous cars. Uber already has the service running in Pittsburgh and Phoenix. But Uber is being sued over its autonomous driving technology by Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and has also been involved in a few traffic incidents in these markets.

Lyft’s Financials

Lyft’s user growth has translated to higher revenues in 2017. While the company still does not disclose detailed financials, recent reports revealed that its gross revenues grew from $150 million in the first half of 2016 to $483 million for the first half of 2017. During the same period, losses have reduced from $283 million to $206 million. During the same period, Uber is estimated to have earned $3 billion in revenues with losses of $2 billion.

Lyft has been venture funded so far and has raised $4.2 billion from investors including Fidelity Management & Research Company, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Capital G, Icahn Enterprises, Rakuten, Coatue Management, Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund, Mayfield Fund, FLOODGATE, K9 Ventures, and fbFund. Its last funding round was held in December 2017 , when it raised $500 million at a valuation of $11.5 billion from investors including Fidelity Management & Research Company and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Valuation has grown steadily from $10 billion back in October 2017 and $7.5 billion in April 2017. It is still a far cry from Uber’s valuation of $68 billion.

Many believe that Lyft is very close to going public as it is about to select its IPO advisors to help it list. It also added Kristina Omari as its first-ever vice president of corporate development and customer relations – a move expected to be part of the IPO initiative.

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GM Unveils 2019 Silverado Pickup

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) on Saturday took the wraps off its redesigned Chevrolet Silverado pickup, the company’s best-selling light vehicle. The 2019 model-year pickups will hit the market late next year and GM hopes they’ll invigorate sales that have been dwindling this year.

GM and Chevy unveiled the new trucks at an event in Dallas marking the company’s 100th year of building trucks. Chevy has built more than 85 million pickups in those 100 years and claims that the 2019 Silverado is “all new from the ground up.”

The new truck will officially debut at the Detroit auto show next month.

GM noted some significant changes in the new vehicle. The company cites a higher-grade alloy that is used in the roll-formed, high-strength-steel bed floor, contributing to a bed that is more functional and lighter in weight. This helps achieve a significant reduction in total vehicle weight and improved performance. The 2018 model’s curb weight ranges from 4,700 to 5,300 pounds, depending on configuration according to Automotive News.

The company is re-tooling assembly plants in Michigan, Indiana, and Mexico to build the new Silverado and its cousin the GMC Sierra. The new trucks will offer more engine-transmission combinations and other technology and convenience features according to Alan Batey, president of GM’s North American operations, who did not provide further details.

All this matters a lot as GM tries to lift sales for its two full-size pickups. Silverado sales are down half a percent year over year and Sierra sales are off 3.5% while the market for pickups is still rising.

Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) updated its F-150 styling and features this year and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE: FCAU) is introducing its next generation of Ram pickups at the Detroit show next month and will begin selling the vehicles in the first quarter of 2018.

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These 7 Self-Driving Car Stocks Are Your Ticket to a $2.2 Trillion Market

Self-driving car stocks are the key to profiting from a market poised to grow a startling 33 times larger over the next dozen years.

A September report by PwC forecasts that revenue – from what it calls the “digital mobility services sector” – will grow from $65 billion today to $2.2 trillion by 2030.

Push to startmoneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2017/12/start-button-75×54.jpg 75w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” title=”Push to start” />For some perspective, that’s five times as big as today’s smartphone market.

The rush of money into this sector – which includes many areas well outside the traditional auto industry – will present tremendous profit opportunities for driverless car stocks.

And this revolution has already started.

The car you own now probably has some automated driving technology in it, such as corrective steering if you drift out of your lane and automatic emergency braking. Plug-in electric cars represent another piece of the driverless car future.

But that’s just a taste of this sector’s potential.

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Take a look at the explosion in the money being invested in the self-driving car sector over the past 18 months…

Billions Are Pouring into Driverless Car Technologies

A study by the Brookings Institution in October found that cumulative global investment in driverless car technologies by automakers, auto suppliers, and tech companies has increased eightfold, to $80 billion, since October of last year.

Innovation is happening in every corner of the self-driving car ecosystem, the study said. “OEMs making car parts and advanced sensors and other guidance systems, microchip manufacturers and software companies creating the computers that process information from these sensors, and finally the automakers and fleet operators that ultimately will be the ones to put autonomous vehicles on the road.”

self-driving-car-stocksmoneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2017/12/self-driving-car-stocks-75×70.jpg 75w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” title=”self-driving-car-stocks” />This is clearly the start of the broad profit opportunity PwC was talking about. The payoff for the technologies these companies are developing now will show up in their stock prices over the next couple of years.

And Brookings expects the pace of investment in self-driving car technologies “to continue as competitors continue the race toward deployment.”

The opportunity is beyond question. But because it is spread over so many areas, investors have a wide range of self-driving car stocks from which to choose.

Here’s an overview of the leading candidates in each category…

Self-Driving Car Stocks to Buy Now
Two Automakers: The obvious choice here is Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA), which makes electric vehicles that already include the tech needed to make them autonomous. Tesla’s expertise in the batteries that will power most future cars (by 2030, anyway) also makes it a strong play here. The not-so-obvious choice is Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F). Ford has invested $1 billion in driverless car tech this year alone and says it will have an autonomous car on the road by 2021. Ford’s promising vision for the future was also reflected in its $65 million purchase of ride-sharing service Chariot last year.
One Auto Supplier: The top name here may seem unfamiliar – Aptiv Plc. (NYSE: APTV) – but that’s only because it just split off from auto supply giant Delphi Technologies Plc. (NYSE: DLPH) this week. Aptiv is the business that will focus on driverless car technologies. And it’s bound to be a global leader in self-driving car tech thanks to several acquisitions over the past few years, such as software firm Ottomatika and 3D LiDAR-sensing company Quanergy in 2015, as well as auto software company NuTonomy in October.
Two Big Tech Companies: It’s no secret both Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) have been investing heavily in driverless car tech. Alphabet has gotten more publicity, but don’t underestimate Apple’s commitment. These tech titans each depend heavily on other businesses as their cash cows now, but realize autonomous car tech could be a major profit driver in the decade ahead. And you know both companies have vast piles of cash to throw at research and development.
Two Chipmakers: Nvidia Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA) has been aggressive in making partnerships (more than 200 so far) to supply chips that make driverless car tech possible. In October, it debuted Pegasus, a next-generation hardware platform designed to power fully autonomous cars. Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) already provides chips for Alphabet’s driverless cars and is seeking a bigger footprint in this sector. In August, Intel bolstered its driverless car capabilities by purchasing Israel-based MobilEye.

The fact is, the technology suppliers figure to be the biggest winners of the autonomous car revolution. As the industry continues to adopt increasingly sophisticated technologies, the sky’s the limit for these suppliers.

While much of this growth will unfold over the next several years, there’s one new technology that could yield an immediate benefit – because having it is about to be required by law.

This Tiny Device Could Make You a Millionaire This Month!

Congress is mandating that 3.36 million Americans secure a powerful technology by Dec. 18. This mad dash is set to create $2 billion in new wealth.

And we’ve determined that only one small company can fulfill this immense and imminent demand.

On Dec. 18, it could announce a 3,982% sales surge “out of the blue.”

Here’s how to get in on the ground floor while there is still time! Full Story

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These 7 Self-Driving Car Stocks Are Your Ticket to a $2.2 Trillion Market

Self-driving car stocks are the key to profiting from a market poised to grow a startling 33 times larger over the next dozen years.

A September report by PwC forecasts that revenue – from what it calls the “digital mobility services sector” – will grow from $65 billion today to $2.2 trillion by 2030.

Push to startmoneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2017/12/start-button-75×54.jpg 75w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” title=”Push to start” />For some perspective, that’s five times as big as today’s smartphone market.

The rush of money into this sector – which includes many areas well outside the traditional auto industry – will present tremendous profit opportunities for driverless car stocks.

And this revolution has already started.

The car you own now probably has some automated driving technology in it, such as corrective steering if you drift out of your lane and automatic emergency braking. Plug-in electric cars represent another piece of the driverless car future.

But that’s just a taste of this sector’s potential.

Free Profit Alerts: Learn all the best ways to profit from this rapidly growing sector. To get real-time alerts sent to your email inbox – totally free – sign uphere.

Take a look at the explosion in the money being invested in the self-driving car sector over the past 18 months…

Billions Are Pouring into Driverless Car Technologies

A study by the Brookings Institution in October found that cumulative global investment in driverless car technologies by automakers, auto suppliers, and tech companies has increased eightfold, to $80 billion, since October of last year.

Innovation is happening in every corner of the self-driving car ecosystem, the study said. “OEMs making car parts and advanced sensors and other guidance systems, microchip manufacturers and software companies creating the computers that process information from these sensors, and finally the automakers and fleet operators that ultimately will be the ones to put autonomous vehicles on the road.”

self-driving-car-stocksmoneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2017/12/self-driving-car-stocks-75×70.jpg 75w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” title=”self-driving-car-stocks” />This is clearly the start of the broad profit opportunity PwC was talking about. The payoff for the technologies these companies are developing now will show up in their stock prices over the next couple of years.

And Brookings expects the pace of investment in self-driving car technologies “to continue as competitors continue the race toward deployment.”

The opportunity is beyond question. But because it is spread over so many areas, investors have a wide range of self-driving car stocks from which to choose.

Here’s an overview of the leading candidates in each category…

Self-Driving Car Stocks to Buy Now
Two Automakers: The obvious choice here is Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA), which makes electric vehicles that already include the tech needed to make them autonomous. Tesla’s expertise in the batteries that will power most future cars (by 2030, anyway) also makes it a strong play here. The not-so-obvious choice is Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F). Ford has invested $1 billion in driverless car tech this year alone and says it will have an autonomous car on the road by 2021. Ford’s promising vision for the future was also reflected in its $65 million purchase of ride-sharing service Chariot last year.
One Auto Supplier: The top name here may seem unfamiliar – Aptiv Plc. (NYSE: APTV) – but that’s only because it just split off from auto supply giant Delphi Technologies Plc. (NYSE: DLPH) this week. Aptiv is the business that will focus on driverless car technologies. And it’s bound to be a global leader in self-driving car tech thanks to several acquisitions over the past few years, such as software firm Ottomatika and 3D LiDAR-sensing company Quanergy in 2015, as well as auto software company NuTonomy in October.
Two Big Tech Companies: It’s no secret both Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) have been investing heavily in driverless car tech. Alphabet has gotten more publicity, but don’t underestimate Apple’s commitment. These tech titans each depend heavily on other businesses as their cash cows now, but realize autonomous car tech could be a major profit driver in the decade ahead. And you know both companies have vast piles of cash to throw at research and development.
Two Chipmakers: Nvidia Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA) has been aggressive in making partnerships (more than 200 so far) to supply chips that make driverless car tech possible. In October, it debuted Pegasus, a next-generation hardware platform designed to power fully autonomous cars. Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) already provides chips for Alphabet’s driverless cars and is seeking a bigger footprint in this sector. In August, Intel bolstered its driverless car capabilities by purchasing Israel-based MobilEye.

The fact is, the technology suppliers figure to be the biggest winners of the autonomous car revolution. As the industry continues to adopt increasingly sophisticated technologies, the sky’s the limit for these suppliers.

While much of this growth will unfold over the next several years, there’s one new technology that could yield an immediate benefit – because having it is about to be required by law.

This Tiny Device Could Make You a Millionaire This Month!

Congress is mandating that 3.36 million Americans secure a powerful technology by Dec. 18. This mad dash is set to create $2 billion in new wealth.

And we’ve determined that only one small company can fulfill this immense and imminent demand.

On Dec. 18, it could announce a 3,982% sales surge “out of the blue.”

Here’s how to get in on the ground floor while there is still time! Full Story

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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now

Amaya’s stock has been on a wild roller coaster ride this year, with catalysts ranging from the CEO (David Baazov) being accused of insider trading, to takeover rumors, to failed mergers and now a formal bid by the aforementioned CEO. There have certainly been a lot of hopes and headaches, but I believe there is a strong underlining long case to be made on Amaya. I wrote a blog post about it the day before it released its Q3 earnings, my basic argument was that it is intrinsically undervalued due to market overreaction on merger discussions and there was still the possibility of a buyout by the former CEO at a significant upside. It seemed like a win-win. Well, when the earnings were released, not only were the results impressive but Baazov launched a formal bid at C$24 per share (approximately US$18) or a 30% upside from the previous Friday’s Close. Whether this private takeover succeeds or not, this stock is poised for significant long term growth.

Amaya (NASDAQ:AYA) runs the world’s largest online gaming (casino) empire in the world. It runs many valuable brand names especially in the online poker business (PokerStars and Fulltilt) but is now increasingly moving into sports betting and other online casino games. It is also the fastest growing and most well positioned to take advantage of online gambling legalization as well as the inherent scalability of the internet. This is a company which has seen its revenues increase from below US$200M just a few years ago to over US$1.2 BILLION for the trailing twelve months. Reviewing its results and its future growth prospects, it will be clear that this firm is undervalued.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Safe Bulkers Inc(SB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Meanwhile, Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB) rose $0.73 throughout the 2016, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) fell $1.69 and Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE: NMM) dropped $0.93.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    StarBulk Carriers (SBLK) and Safe Bulkers (SB) have more than tripled during the past 12 months, while Golden Ocean Group (GOGL) has more than doubled. So it must be time for an upgrade right?

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Movado Group Inc.(MOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Movado Group (MOV) has tumbled 7.2% to $21.90 after missing earnings forecasts and offering below-consensus guidance.

    Alaska Air Group (ALK) has advanced 1.3% to $94.55 after getting upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was yet another record-setting day for the stock market, as the Dow climbed triple digits and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite followed the venerable average to unprecedented heights. Economic data showing rising inflation made it more likely that the Federal Reserve will look to boost interest rates at its next Federal Open Market Committee meeting next month, and the ripples throughout the bond market sent many investors to consider stocks instead. Yet despite the substantial rally, some stocks missed out on the move higher, and American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Teck Resources (NYSE:TECK), and Movado Group (NYSE:MOV) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday began on a down note for the stock market, as the Dow Jones Industrials fell back down below the 20,000 level. Major market benchmarks finished with losses of 0.6% to 0.8%, and some market commentators attributed the declines to nervousness about the Trump administration’s actions to clamp down on immigration. Others noted that the latest reading of U.S. economic growth showed a 1.9% rise in gross domestic product for the fourth quarter, finishing the year with an overall GDP increase of just 1.6%, down a full percentage point from 2015’s growth. Despite the overall sullen mood in the market, some stocks gained ground, and GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO), Movado Group (NYSE:MOV), and IPG Photonics (NASDAQ:IPGP) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Movado Group, Inc (NYSE: MOV) shares shot up 15 percent to $27.30 after the company posted better-than-expected results for its second quarter and raised its FY 2018 forecast.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Atlantic Power Corporation(AT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Atlantic Power Corp (NYSE: AT), down 2 percent, and SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG) down 1 percent.

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    Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 0.24 percent to 16,960.40 while the NASDAQ declined 0.38 percent to 4,656.49. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.17 percent to 1,985.91.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Atlantic Power Corp (NYSE: AT), down 2 percent, and Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM), down 4 percent.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Dow Treasuries(DV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart of Apollo Education Group along with peersITT Educational Services, Inc (NYSE: ESI) and DeVry Education Group Inc (NYSE: DV) reflect the headwinds from the Obama administration:

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Ford Motor Company(F)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, I dubbed the selloff in auto stocks “car-pocalypse now,” as shares of everything car related tumbled following disappointing auto sales. Shares of General Motors (GM) and Ford Motor (F)? Check. Auto-part makers like BorgWarner (BWA)? Check. Used-car sellers like AutoNation (AN) and CarMax (KMX)? Check. Auto-part retailers like O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY) and AutoZone (AZO)? Oh yeah. So is it time to panic?

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Ford Motor (F) reported its fourth-quarter earnings today, and the reaction today was very similar to the one in October, when it released its third-quarter earnings.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Not that the earnings were necessarily similar. Ford reported an adjusted fourth-quarter profit of 30 cents a share today–missing forecasts for 31 cents–on sales of $38.7 billion, and its shares have dropped 3.2% to $12.39 at 2:55 p.m. today. In October, Ford dropped 1.2% after beating earnings forecasts.

    MarketWatch’s Tomi Kilgore calls Ford’s earnings “one of the most unclear reports so far this earnings season.” He explains why:

    The automaker didn’t provide a year-ago number for earnings (or loss) per share, flipped the financial table to show prior-year results first and only provided a link on their press release to direct investors to their website to see the results….The commentary provided by Chief Executive Mark Fields and Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks was only about the full-year performance, which showed the company swinging to a profit from 2015, with no mention of the $800 million loss recorded in the fourth quarter.

    CFRA Research’s Efraim Levy remains a buyer:

    We raise our 12-month target price by $1 to $14. This is 8.6X our ’17 EPS forecast of $1.62 (cut by $0.08) reflecting peer and historical P/E analysis. We factor in our projection for U.S. sales volume plateauing below ’16′s peak, but see global growth, including in the important China market. We set an ’18 estimate at $1.73. We see investments in mobility and other projects as a key driver for lower profits in ’17. F posts Q4 adjusted EPS of $0.30 of $0.58, $0.02 below the Capital IQ consensus, despite stronger than expected revenues.

    Of course he does.

     

     

     

  • [By John Rosevear]

    For months, Trump has used tweetsto harangue U.S. manufacturers building factories outside of the country and pressure them to invest in U.S. plants instead. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) both announced significant investments in U.S. factories. Ford also announced the cancellation of a plan to build a new factory in Mexico, which was well received among Trump supporters.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Spirit Airlines Inc.(SAVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    The stock currently trades at $53.75, with 17 “buy” or “outperform” recommendations, four “holds,” and zero “sell” or “underperforms,” according to S&P Capital IQ.

    Best Airline Stocks No. 2: Spirit Airlines (Nasdaq: SAVE)

    Spirit Airlines Inc. (Nasdaq: SAVE) offers some of the cheapest tickets in the industry. The company offers “bare fares” that will get just you and a “personal item” smaller than an 18″x14″x8″ to your destination.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, shares of United Continental (UAL) and American Airlines (AAL) got pummeled after Delta Air Lines (DAL) offered disappointing guidance. Today, airline stocks are getting smacked again, this time after Credit Suisse Julie Yates and Parker Kim cut their ratings on American and United Continental, while stating a preference for airlines like Southwest Airlines (LUV) and Spirit Airlines (SAVE) that have low exposure to international air travel. They explain why:

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Spirit Airlines(NASDAQ:SAVE)has one of the lowest cost structures in the airline industry, but that doesn’t mean that the carrier is immune to the pressures its fellow airlines are facing. For example, over the last two years, Spirit’s labor costs have climbed 4 percentage points, to 20% of total revenue. This is partly due to expanded pilot and crew hiring to accommodate increased capacity, but it also stems from higher wage incentives paid due to collective bargaining agreements.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Stifel’s Joseph DeNardi explains why United Continental’s (UAL) choice of formerAllegiant Travel (ALGT) President Andrew Levy is good news for Spirit Airlines (SAVE) and Allegiant:

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: PrimeEnergy Corporation(PNRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, energy shares fell 1.03 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included PrimeEnergy Corporation (NASDAQ: PNRG), down 4 percent, and Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc (NASDAQ: CRZO) down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.18 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included PrimeEnergy Corporation (NASDAQ: PNRG), down 8 percent, and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE: ANW) down 3 percent.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Molson Coors Brewing Company(TAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    The Canadian beer market, much like the American beer market, is seeing a growth in craft products at the expense of established players. And one of the biggest established beer makers in Canada is Molson Coors Brewing Co (NYSE: TAP), Bereneberg’s Javier Gonzalez Lastra and Matt Reid commented in an initiation note.

  • [By Mark Fritz]

    Price Target: 116 euros.

    Molson Coors Brewing Co (NYSE: TAP): Sell.
    Price Target: $78.

    Boston Beer Company Inc (NYSE: SAM): Sell.

    Price Target: $124.

  • [By Seth McNew]

    It isn’t the only beer company facing hardships now, and in fact, it’s still growing faster than its largest competitors — Sam Adams parent Boston Beer (NYSE:SAM) and Molson Coors Brewing (NYSE:TAP). Boston Beer’s total sales fell 5.4% in 2016, year over year, and Molson Coors’ sales were down 2.3%.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the past, Cramer has been a fan of both Constellation as well as Molson Coors (TAP) , which was able to snap up all the Miller and Coors brands last year for $12 billion. That deal is expected to boost Molson’s earnings by 25% this year.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Aethlon Medical, Inc.(AEMD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million.
    Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million.
    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion.
    Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million.
    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million.
    Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million.
    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million.
    8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million.
    Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million.
    Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.
    Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million.
    Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter.
    Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.20 per share.
    Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: OSN) is projected to post ea

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Joy Global Inc.(JOY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Income investors appreciate stocks that pay lucrative dividends, and recently, many companies have seen the value in treating shareholders well by boosting their regular payouts. Yet a few holdouts simply don’t show their appreciation for their investors through dividends. For whatever reason, rather than having no dividend at all, Joy Global (NYSE:JOY), Textron (NYSE:TXT), and Global Payments (NYSE:GPN) maintain the tiniest of quarterly payments. Let’s look more closely at these stocks to see why they do what they do with their dividends.

How I Plan To Make 25 Percent Betting Against Tesla

Elon Musk is perhaps one of the greatest marketers of our time. The optimistic showman, with his hand on the pulse of consumers’ desires, knows how to excite investors. He can dance around setbacks and keep most of us sold on his grandiose ideas that may or may not ever come to fruition.

It goes without saying that I have an immense amount of respect for the man. His work ethic and his innovations are unparalleled in modern society. But at the same time, investors can’t continue to ignore the very real problems plaguing Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) just because he’s the smartest guy in the room.

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Tesla’s most recent earnings miss confirmed my doubts about the company’s growth. Weeks ago, while we were having a small debate about Tesla, my uncle explained to me that the technology wasn’t nearly as great as most might believe.

This was baffling; I had thought the tech was the company’s strongest point.

But my uncle’s tech-related statements don’t need to be taken with a grain of salt. He’s a systems engineer with hundreds of patents in his name, and he knows more about technology than 99% of the population. He also has ties to some of the most powerful tech companies.

In other words, his comment shouldn’t go ignored. What’s more, he’s focused on the very protocol (ISO 26262) that keeps cars safe to drive.

As I dug deeper into my research, I also discovered that an old friend and colleague, whom I respect greatly, has been building a bearish case for Tesla over the past month, citing financial woes, unstable earnings and logistical issues. The company’s biggest problem now is the very slow ramp up of the Model 3, Tesla’s mass-market, all-electric sedan.

The car is expected to be a game-changer for the company, generating 25% gross margins in the mid-$40,000 price range. But while I believe the Model 3 ramp up will eventually be successful, I also think it’s going to take much longer than investors expect, leading to further price declines for TSLA in the near term.

The bullish analysts (some with price targets for $400 and even $500 on the stock) need Tesla to sell at least 5,000 Model 3’s per quarter to make their numbers work. The consensus is now expecting around 2,000 units into the end of the year…

…but Tesla only managed to deliver 222 in Q3.

This might be why top analysts at Cowen, Jefferies, Barclays, UBS, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs have dropped their targets to around $200 or lower.

The Logic For Lower Prices
Even though Tesla has been the best at getting their product noticed, there are other companies in the game with much bigger pockets and stronger technology, set to launch their products. (Names like Toyota, Mercedes, BMW and Acura come to mind.)

Most of Tesla’s competition in the electric car space has just been sitting back, watching and learning from Tesla’s mistakes, and now they have a serious advantage. Just as production on the Model 3 is set to ramp up, we’re also seeing electric offerings from nearly every car maker… all with price tags that either match or undercut the Model 3. The Chevy Bolt is currently the No. 1 compact electric car, and it has a greater range than Tesla’s latest model.

But Tesla is also facing a larger problem: Fully electric cars simply aren’t selling all that much. In fact, in the first few months of the year, the average all-electric car sold only 660 units per month.

Couple that data with the production bottleneck at Tesla and a 5,000+ unit (per quarter) sales target for the Model 3 looks a little more hazy.

Elon also has most believing that his driverless and electric technology is the best out there. But other than its rechargeable lithium batteries — a business that’s also under attack from powerful Chinese companies — Tesla’s edge isn’t really what it seems.

If we are talking autonomy (driverless or computer-assisted driving), Ford (NYSE: F) is actually best poised to deliver a fully autonomous car in the next decade. In a Navigant Research study that assessed 18 different companies based on criteria like technology, vision, production strategy, product quality and reliability, Ford was awarded the No. 1 spot.

Tesla didn’t even make the top 10.

In the general electric vehicle (EV) market, there’s no doubt that Tesla has created a strong product that pushed the entire EV class forward quickly. But none of that actually guarantees a win for the company (or the sale of 500,000 Model 3’s).

In addition to the Model 3’s major competition, production for Tesla’s higher-end X and S lines is expected to slow as that space becomes saturated.

Make 25% From A 9.4% Move
As you can see, it’s a less-than-perfect picture over at Tesla. And while I believe it will be a successful company down the road, the trade I recently recommended to my Profit Amplifier readers is about investors’ lofty expectations for the near term.

I fail to see how production and sales will ramp up considerably in the winter months, and I expect investors to get even more critical when earnings are not meeting expectations.

As for the target in this trade, we will use a technical support level of $280, which is considerably higher than the $200 level that some of the world’s top analysts are targeting.

Now, rather than simply shorting the stock outright, I recently told my Profit Amplifier readers about a put option trade we can make. In this trade, we only risk a fraction of what we would by shorting the stock — and can potentially magnify our profits even more.

Specifically, we’re targeting a 9.4% drop to the $280 level. That would be enough to generate a 25% return over the next quarter with put options.

And while it wouldn’t be fair of me to give away all of the details of this trade, suffice it to say I’m fairly confident that a similar trade could deliver a quick return for interested traders. But rather than fly blind, I encourage you to check out my premium service instead. If you follow this link, you’ll see a special report on how my subscribers and I make trades like this every week — and how you can, too. And if you give Profit Amplifier a risk-free trial, you’ll get all the details for this trade as well as every other trade we make.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018

I believe Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO) shares are currently an undervalued long-term buy at current levels, based on its high free cash flow yield of over 10% and significant discount to its fair/intrinsic value. Additionally, I believe the company will continue to enjoy high returns on capital invested because of its sustainable competitive advantages. In this article I will explain the company’s economic moat and how I came up with the fair value.

Valero is the world’s largest independent refiner. Valero owns 15 refineries, with a combined throughput of over 3.1 million barrels per day. Valero is also one of North America’s largest ethanol producers with 11 plants. They produce a combined capacity of 1.4 billion gallons per year (85,000 BPD) ethanol production capacity. Valero is also significantly expanding its midstream assets through its master limited partnership Valero Energy Partners LP (NYSE:VLP).

Source: Valero Investor Relations

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: HTC CORPORATION (HTCXF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Kretzmann]

    I expect a lot of talk this week about virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) — relatively new computing platforms that carry the potential to transform how people interact with technology. At present, there is no clear winner yet with either of these emerging platforms. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)has Oculus, and Google is doing its part with Daydream. Another key player in the virtual reality landscape is HTC(NASDAQOTH:HTCXF) Vive, which recently hosted an event showcasing the company’s latest developments in VR.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: Ford Motor Company(F)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jack Foley]

    Ford (NYSE:F)is a stock that is affected meaningfully by macro events especially within the US which is by far its biggest market. Last week Fed announced that it will not onlyraiseinterest rates for the first time in 2016 but also is planning to hike 3 times instead of 2 next year. This resulted in the S&P 500 (INDX:SPAL) dropping 18 handles as well as the bond market continuing its upward trajectory. However, the real asset class that caught a bid yesterday was the U.Sdollar which now is approaching parity with the euro. In my opinion, many investors are going to take this sustained upward movement in the dollar as a sign of US economic strength. However, the only reason why rates are expected to rise so quickly is because inflation has really spiked in the US since the summer. Currently, the consumer price index stands at 1.7% in November up by 0.2%. Ford stock is up over $1 since its November lows mainly because of its impressive November numbers and a perceived strength in the US economy. Furthermore, as we enter the final week of 2016 many investment banks and hedge funds will be closing out their existing positions and moving their capital into stocks that are perceived strongand which also pay a high yield. Ford looks like it will be a major beneficiary. However, I believe it will be a false dawn and here are three reasons why.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) dropped about 1% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $10.90 after closing at $11.01 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $14.04. Volume was about 30% below the daily average of around 39 million shares. The company had no specific news Friday.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    BlackBerry’s (NSDQ:BBRY)turnaround has been moving at snail’s pace. In that context, BlackBerry’s deal with Ford (NYSE:F) to expand usage of its QNX software in the latter’s line of connected cars was welcome news. Many see BBRY’s focus on automotive technology as a potential profit center. Norwegian security firm, Promon, recently gave a demonstration of howTesla (NSDQ:TSLA) cars can be stolen by hackers through the company’s official android application, which many car owners use to interact with their vehicles. This was one of the latest unflattering events to take place for Tesla. But this very news can be good for Blackberry. Here’s why.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: Paragon Offshore plc (PGNPQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Paragon Offshore’s (OTCPK:PGNPQ) former management’s audacious efforts to omit parts of the senior secured lenders by deeming them unimpaired and instead pay out the majority of the company’s cash to junior unsecured bondholders by presenting a set of entirely unrealistic business forecasts to the court. Fortunately, in case of Paragon Offshore, the bankruptcy judge recognized the framing and accordingly denied confirmation of the company’s plan of reorganization, effectively sending Paragon Offshore back to the drawing board. Consequently, management was ousted after the failure. I have covered the Paragon Offshore saga in a series of articles over the past few quarters, so interested investors might want to take a look at this highly fascinating and still evolving case study.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    With even brand new rigs struggling to find work, the jig was soon up for owners of old equipment, like Paragon Offshore (OTCPK:PGNPQ), which is currently undergoing its second debt restructuring in less than three years of independent existence. Likewise, drillers with a fondness for aggressive use of debt were soon in trouble, most notably, former high-flier Seadrill (SDRL) and its little brother North Atlantic Drilling (NADL), which will no doubt file for restructuring within months. As a consequence of the crisis, the OSD industry now has a number of participants without a large debt burden, either new entrants like Borr Drilling, or established competitors that have had debt reduced in a restructuring, such as Ocean Rig (ORIG), to be followed within this year by others, almost certainly including each of SDRL, NADL, and Pacific Drilling (PACD).

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: KongZhong Corporation(KZ)

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:

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.(CMG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows El Pollo LoCo Holdings having fallen below its IPO price for retail investors, butsharesappear to have stabilized over the past year and a halfwhile potentialpeers like small capFiesta Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: FRGI) and large cap Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc (NYSE: CMG) have performed better in the past and small cap Chuy’s Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CHUY) is moving sideways:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Sometimes it’s a little subtle. Take Chipotle (CMG) . The numbers looked terrible, but if you had followed the company’s numbers trajectory, you would have realized that the company is seeing the beginning of the turn in business that we’ve been forecasting.

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    For more earnings coverage, check out what might be expected when McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO), and Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) report earnings tomorrow. Later in the week, tech titans Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) report after market close on Thursday.

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Netflix is earning a fresh round of praise from Wall Street after it crushed expectations for subscriber growth in its latest quarter.

On Monday, the streaming giant said it added a stunning 5.2 million new subscribers in the second quarter, crushing its own expectations of 3.2 million new subscribers. Its stock promptly surged 10%, hitting an all-time high.

Wall Street analysts rushed to applaud the company’s push to deliver high-quality content, noting its ability to attract new users to the platform.

“We believe the rapidly growing content offering, led by originals that in aggregate garnered 91 Emmy nominations last week, drove the stronger new sign-ups,” wrote Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne in a note to clients.

Original content has been key, with the buzz around hits like Stranger Things, The Crown and 13 Reasons Why convincing new users to pay for a Netflix subscription. Netflix earned twice as many Emmy nominations this year than it did last year.

Best Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: CareTrust REIT, Inc.(CTRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Caretrust REIT Inc (NASDAQ: CTRE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $22.21 million.

    China Lodging Group, Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: HTHT) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $1.39 billion.

Best Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: Ford Motor Company(F)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    It’s incredibly easy to lose the context of earnings amid a hectic season — especially this week, which is filled with numerous earnings conference calls — and simply glance at the headlines and big-number figures. That’s a mistake that investors should be wary of making, especially in the case of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), which is about to face a brutal year-over-year comparison. Here’s why.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    BlackBerry’s (NSDQ:BBRY)turnaround has been moving at snail’s pace. In that context, BlackBerry’s deal with Ford (NYSE:F) to expand usage of its QNX software in the latter’s line of connected cars was welcome news. Many see BBRY’s focus on automotive technology as a potential profit center. Norwegian security firm, Promon, recently gave a demonstration of howTesla (NSDQ:TSLA) cars can be stolen by hackers through the company’s official android application, which many car owners use to interact with their vehicles. This was one of the latest unflattering events to take place for Tesla. But this very news can be good for Blackberry. Here’s why.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Volkswagen’s 2017 version of its e-Golf is a significant improvement over the previous model. Ford Motor Co.’s (NYSE: F) Focus EV competes directly with the VW e-Golf on price and range, but June sales of the VW EV were more than double that of the Focus EV. The good news for VW is that six-month sales of the e-Golf are up 30% year over year. The better news for Ford is that Focus sales are up 137% for the first half of this year. The less-good news is that both cars sold fewer copies in June than they did last year.

Best Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited(MPSX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Bradley Seth McNew]

    Multi Packaging Solutions International Ltd. (NYSE:MPSX) shares jumped 23% as of noon EST today, on the news that the packaging company would be acquired by WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) in a deal worth $2.3 billion, including nearly $900 million of debt.

Best Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: Container Store (The)(TCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Container Store Group Inc (NYSE: TCS) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $230.53 million.

    J & J Snack Foods Corp (NASDAQ: JJSF) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.78 per share on revenue of $231.58 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Container Store Group Inc (NYSE: TCS) shares shot up 27 percent to $5.29 after the company posted upbeat results for its fourth quarter and issued a strong forecast for FY 2017.

Best Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: Flowers Foods, Inc.(FLO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Consumers across the nation know Flowers Foods (NYSE:FLO) from its Wonder bread, Tastykake snack cakes, and Nature’s Own bakery brands. Yet the truly novel thing about Flowers is how it has done such a good job of building up a national presence in an industry that is typically dominated by local competition. Coming into Monday’s fourth-quarter financial report, Flowers investors were hoping to see at least some growth in sales and earnings, but the bakery company wasn’t able to deliver the pace of expansion that most shareholders really want to see.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

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Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018

Source: ThinkstockUntil about 2008 or so, discussion about the future price of crude oil was directed by the concept of peak oil. That is, when does the world reach peak production, after which the price of crude will skyrocket. In less than a decade, the discussion is now focused on the concept of “peak demand,” the point at which global demand for crude begins to decline.

The recent Oil & Money conference in London sharpened the focus on peak demand. Saudi Arabia’s minister of energy and industry, Khalid Al-Falih, told conference attendees that cutbacks in capital spending on exploration, forced on the industry by low prices for the past twoyears, could mean that shortfalls in supply are coming.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) CEO Rex Tillerson disagreed:

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: Cubic Corporation(CUB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, small cap Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) had closed up 10.26% with shares rising again in early Monday trading. Cubic Corporation designs, integrates and operates systems, products and services focused in the transportation, defense training and secure communications markets. As the parent company of two major business units,the Companysmission is to increase situational awareness and understanding for customers worldwide. Cubic Transportation Systems is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services to create intelligent travel solutions for public transit authorities and operators whileCubic Global Defense is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems, secure communications and networking and highly specialized support services for military and security forces of the U.S. and allied nations.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    In actuality, we think the reverse is true for several reasons. We believe that there is a higher level of investor neglect in the small cap space, and neglect, in an investment sense, creates valuation discounts from fair value. Small cap names are less well-known and understood. For example, most of you have never heard of Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB), but you have likely used the public transportation systems in New York, London, Sydney, etc. that rely on Cubic for fare collection services. Likewise, Multi-Color is a confusing name for the second largest label maker in the world. To understand these businesses, investors need to dig a little deeper with active fundamental research – a Third Avenue strength.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: Ford Motor Company(F)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mark Fritz]

    To paraphrase Stephen Stills: Stop, hey, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down:

    June 21: Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), urged by President Donald Trump not to move a plant to Mexico, pulls the rug out and decides to build it in China.
    June 27: Ransomware hooligans hold computers hostage in 150 countries. Meanwhile, the GOP’s healthcare reform attempt goes down in flames again.
    June 28: New York Knicks GM Phil Jackson finally gets fired for something.
    June 29: The U.S. Supreme Court allows Trump to ban people from mostly Muslim nations from entering the United States.
    June 30: Uber drivers decide they don’t care about boardroom shenanigans; they worry more about passengers barfing in the back seat. Bayer funds a study of its pesticides, which blows up in its face when it concludes Bayer is killing vitally important honeybees.
    July 1: Feds seek $125 million in fines from telemarketer from hell.
    July 10: Snorting powdered chocolate laced with caffeine becomes the thing to do when lawmakers try to ban it.
    July 14: “Wonder Woman” breaks $750 million globally, salvaging the career of its female director and becoming the feel-good story of one of the worst summer box offices in history.
    July 17: George Romero, pop culture trailblazer and director of “Night of the Living Dead,” dies.
    July 20: O.J. Simpson gets paroled.
    July 23: A poll shows most Americans don’t like Trump because he’s ill-tempered, arrogant and obnoxious.
    July 24: Pew Research shows how Trump has alienated the world.
    July 25: Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) Elon Musk says Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg's knowledge of artificial intelligence is “limited.”
    July 27: Trump’s ban on transgender troops falls on or near two momentous points in the history of civil rights.
    July 28: The FDA tells Big Tobacco to cut nicotine to non-addictive levels.
    July 31: Antho

  • [By Jack Foley on] The UAW (United Auto Workers Union) has stated recently that it will work with the president-elect Donald Trump to renegotiate NAFTA. Trump’s economic plan put in a nutshell means companies like Ford (NYSE:F)which currently undertake practically all of its manufacturing for its light vehicles in Mexico could be in trouble. Here’s My take on Ford under Trump administration.

  • [By Jack Foley]

    Ford’s (NYSE:F)decision to take on more long-termdebt could be a sign of things to come for the auto manufacturer. The company is borrowing $2 billion making it the first time the company will be accessing the debt market in 4 years. Currently, Ford’s debt to equity ratio is 2.86 so this will obviously increase once more debt is added on the books. I have stated in myprevious commentary that Ford will want it’s electrified and autonomous technology to pay off in the near term.

  • [By William Patalon III]

    When Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) ousted former CEO Mark Fields and replaced him with insider Jim Hackett last week, we told you that this was a smart move.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    This week, Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) announced company insider Jim Hackett will take over the job of CEO, and the stock rebounded slightly. While Ford stock is still down about 10% so far in 2017, this is actually the perfect time to buy Ford stock…

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    Earlier in the month, California-basedelectric car manufacturer Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) surpassed Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) and General Motors (NYSE:GM) to become the most valuable U.S car company. While the traditional auto manufacturers are getting hit by the slowdown in the U.S auto industry, there seems to be no impact on Tesla Inc. For the month of March, both Ford and General Motorsreported a miss on deliveries. Ford Motor saw its deliveries fall by over 7% YoY in March while GM’s deliveriesgrew by just over 1%. In contrast, Tesla Inc reported 69% YoY increase in deliveries (albeit on much smaller base) handsomely beating analysts estimates. As a result, while Tesla stock has surged, shares of Ford Motor and GM took a hit. Over the past one month, shares of Tesla Inc have gained more than 20%, while GM and Ford have seen their shares fall by around 10% in the same period.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: Semtech Corporation(SMTC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Semtech Corporation (NASDAQ: SMTC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $128.38 million.

    Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: OLLI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $190.44 million.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: 1-800 FLOWERS.COM Inc.(FLWS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Danny Vena]

    Online florist 1-800-FLOWERS.COM(NASDAQ:FLWS) launched its chatbot to help customers place an order or connect them with a human customer service representative. The response from its consumers has been uniformly positive. It found the majority of its customers were comfortable with its bot, especially millennials.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

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

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: Synacor, Inc.(SYNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Synacor Inc (NASDAQ: SYNC) shares dropped 18 percent to $3.42. Synacor priced 5.715 million shares at $3.50 per share.

    Shares of Resources Connection, Inc. (NASDAQ: RECN) were down around 15 percent to $13.65 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $18.59 million.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: HD Supply Holdings, Inc.(HDS)

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.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    HD Supply Holdings Inc.s (NASDAQ: HDS) latest quarterly earnings report is expected before Wednesday’s open. The consensus estimates call for a profit of $0.64 in per share and $1.35 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading most recently at $33.02, in a 52-week range of $28.97to $44.73. The consensus price target is $39.00.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Next, on Tuesday, Cramer’s eyes will be on HD Supply (HDS) , the little-known construction supplier with 500,000 customers. This is one investors need to know about, Cramer said.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: Intrepid Potash, Inc(IPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, basic materials shares gained by 1.74 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), and L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ: FSTR).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Monday afternoon, the basic materials shares surged 0.57 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF), up 7 percent, and Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), up 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI) and L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ: FSTR).

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: EP Energy Corporation(EPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andrew Efimoff]

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

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

    Posted-In: Commodities After-Hours Center Markets Movers

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: Guess?, Inc.(GES)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows mid cap Urban Outfitters along with The Gap Incs (NYSE: GPS) heading back up againwhile small capsAbercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) and Guess?, Inc (NYSE: GES) have both underperformed:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows mid cap Urban Outfitters along with The Gap Incs (NYSE: GPS) now below break even levels for long term investors whilewhile small capsAbercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) and Guess?, Inc (NYSE: GES) havebeen more severelyunderperforming:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Guess? (GES) has tumbled 14% to $10.49 after missing earnings forecasts and offering disappointing guidance.

    Williams-Sonoma (WSM) has gained 2.9% to $49.52 after reporting earnings that topped the Street consensus and raising its dividend.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Guess Inc. (NYSE: GES) posted a new 52-week low of $10.33 on Thursday, down about 15.5% compared with Wednesday’s closing price of $12.23. The stock’s 52-week high is $19.45. Volume was more than 7 times the daily average of around 1.3 million shares. The apparel maker missed quarterly estimates and the outlook for improvement is murky at best.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: Carnival Corporation(CCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    How about individual stories? Tuesday I was pleasantly surprised by the commentary on both the Darden (DRI) and Carnival (CCL) calls. Weekend dining and lunch were very strong for Darden, parent of Olive Garden, even though CEO Gene Lee acknowledged that it’s competing against “new necessities today, whether smartphones, whether it’s your cable bill, your Netflix bill. I mean, they have increased significantly over the years.” Hmm, is there any wonder why takeout pizza is so strong? Makes me want to buy both Darden and Domino’s (DPZ) .

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

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

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s not to say the consumer never leaves the house, but when they do, they shop for their homes at Home Depot (HD) and Home Goods, the TJX Stores (TJX) chain that’s knocking it out of the park. The consumer is also visiting theme parks like Six Flags (SIX) and Walt Disney (DIS) and they’re also going on Carnival Cruises (CCL) .

  • [By Diane Alter]

    At $28.66, SNE shares were up 0.28% in morning trading.

    CES Companies to Watch, No. 3: Carnival (NYSE: CCL)

    Carnival Cruise Line (NYSE: CCL) announced Wednesday at CES 2017 that it will give passengers on board its ships high-tech wearable wristbands – which can also be worn as a pendant or necklace. The device can be used to unlock their room, purchase food, and to pay toplay games such as blackjack.