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Stocks rose for a third day as the Fed’s decision to leave interest unchanged yesterday continued to fuel the market.

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The S&P 500 rose 0.7% to 2,177.18 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 98.76 points, or 0.5%, to 18,392.46. The Nasdaq Composite gained 0.8% to 5,339.52, a new record high.

BMO Capital Markets’ Brian Belski and team are increasing their price target for the S&P 500 to 2,250 by the end of the year:

By not hiking rates, the Fed provided the markets with precisely what they had been expecting, and in doing so, removed a significant downside surprise, in our view. Indeed, our base case scenario was that the Fed would inevitably misfire and surprise the markets sometime this year, but it now appears that that is off the table with seemingly only the December FOMC meeting in play. As a result, we see no catalyst for a major market correction or meltdown between now and year-end and are deciding to mark to market our year-end target to 2,250 from 2,100. In other words, investors should be encouraged to add to core positions on minor pullbacks. To be clear, we made no changes to the assumptions in our underlying models. Instead, the new target reflects our pre-established best-case scenario, which has always been a part of our target-setting process. And while our new target reflects only incremental gains from current levels, we see no reason to set it any higher. Why? Because we firmly believe the Fed is going to hike rates at the December meeting based on the fact that there were three dissensions in the last meeting and considering the tone of the statement, which we believed could have been used word for word had they decided to raise rates. So the way we see it is that the market drifts higher from now until mid-December, then the Fed hikes rates and stocks fade into year-end following the decision similar to the market reaction following the December 2015 rate hike.

good investment stocks: Golden Ocean Group Limited(GOGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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?

good investment stocks: Brown(n)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Arie Goren]

    On November 5, Oracle (NYSE:ORCL)confirmed that it has finally completed the acquisition of Netsuite (NYSE:N) for $9.3 billion in cash, or $109 per share that the company had initially offered. In my previous article about Oracle, I had suggested that the acquisition of NetSuite, the cloud business application software company, is a smart move by Oracle. What’s more, it is not paying an excessive price for the deal. In fact, Oracle insisted that it will not pay more than what it had first offered despite the resistance from T Rowe Price (NSDQ:TROW)which demanded $133 per share.

good investment stocks: Superior Energy Services Inc.(SPN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the energy shares slipped by just 0.2 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Willbros Group Inc (NYSE: WG), up 7 percent, and Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN), up 6 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday afternoon, energy shares slipped by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN), and Yanzhou Coal Mining Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YZC).

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Instead, Genargo prefers oil services stocks with the most exposure to the U.S market. Loop names Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) as its top large-cap stock pick and Oil States International, Inc. (NYSE: OIS), Newpark Resources Inc (NYSE: NR) and Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN) as its top small- and mid-cap stocks.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

good investment stocks: Tetra Technologies, Inc.(TTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from TETRA Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TTI) and Abraxas Petroleum Corp. (NASDAQ: AXAS).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy sector was the top gainer in the US market on Wednesday. Top gainers in the sector included TETRA Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TTI), CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE: CRR), and Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE: ATW).

good investment stocks: Fiserv, Inc.(FISV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider selling last week:Corcept Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CORT), Customers Bancorp Inc. (NYSE: CUBI), Ellie Mae Inc. (NYSE: ELLI), Fiserv Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV) and Ulta Beauty Inc. (NASDAQ: ULTA).

good investment stocks: Legacy Reserves LP(LGCY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy shares surged around 1.85 percent in trading on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY), Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), and Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE: ATW).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Willbros Group Inc (NYSE: WG) and Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Ocean Rig UDW Inc (NASDAQ: ORIG) and Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NGL) and Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY).

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2018

Tom Gentile

Thankfully, the presidential election is almost here.

There’s a wealth of research out there documenting what happens to the markets immediately after a Republican or Democrat wins the White House and what it means in the long term.

Conventional wisdom – and research by Yale Hirsch, in fact – suggests that no matter who wins the presidency, stocks tend to decline the first year after an election and then rise over the next three.

That is, until recently… markets went up after George H.W. Bush’s election in 1988, both of Bill Clinton’s wins, and President Obama’s first win.

So with all this uncertainty, it’s no surprise that traders are having a tough time. And on top of that, we’re smack dab in the middle of earnings season…

So today, I want to show you a trading technique that should prove much more reliable than trying to play the outcome of the election.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.(CHKP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    It is unclear which company or companies will benefit from this executive order. But that isn’t stopping investors from placing their bets as most cybersecurity stocks were trading higher during Friday’s trading session; at the same time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index were trading in the red.

    Shares of Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) were trading higher by 2.98 percent at $21.77. Shares of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) were trading higher by 1.21 percent at $107.00. Shares of FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) were trading higher by 0.70 percent at $14.55. Shares of Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) were trading higher by 0.62 percent at $115.86.

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  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    But is it a good idea to buy FireEye based on this one incident, despite its huge losses, or should investors look at Check Point Software Technologies(NASDAQ:CHKP), given its focus on growing its bottom line? Let’s find out.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: United Microelectronics Corporation(UMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    United Microelectronics (NYSE:UMC), for example, has said that it expects to begin “commercial production” of a 14-nanometer technology “by the second half of 2017,” per EETimes.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: MER Telemanagement Solutions Ltd.(MTSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of MER Telemanagement Solutions Ltd. (NASDAQ: MTSL) were down 9 percent to $2.18 after the company posted Q3 results.

    Zumiez Inc. (NASDAQ: ZUMZ) was down, falling around 10 percent to $19.78. Zumiez reported in-line earnings for its third quarter on Thursday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of MER Telemanagement Solutions Ltd. (NASDAQ: MTSL) were down 17 percent to $2 after the company posted Q3 results.

    Zumiez Inc. (NASDAQ: ZUMZ) was down, falling around 12 percent to $19.15. Zumiez reported in-line earnings for its third quarter on Thursday.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: MDC Partners Inc.(MDCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Novellus Systems Inc.(NVLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nivalis Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: NVLS) dropped 60% on Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.50 after closing at $6.25 on Monday. The stock’s 52-week high is $9.45. Volume of about 4.2million was about 60 times the daily average of around 75,000 shares. The company reported a failed mid-stage trial on its treatment for cystic fibrosis.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Nivalis Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: NVLS) shares dropped 59 percent to $2.58 after the company reported it failed to demonstrate benefit in absolute change in predicted FEV1 or in Sweat Chloride Reduction at 12 weeks. The failed trial has prompted four Wall Street firms to downgrade the issue including Raymond James, Cowen, Baird and Stifel.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Nivalis Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVLS) is watching its shares crumble on Tuesday after the company gave an update on its mid-stage Cystic Fibrosis (CF) trial. Specifically, the company announced topline results from the its Phase 2 trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of two doses of cavosonstat, in adult patients with CF who had two copies of the F508del-CFTR mutation and were being treated with Orkambi.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Fiserv, Inc.(FISV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider selling last week:Corcept Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CORT), Customers Bancorp Inc. (NYSE: CUBI), Ellie Mae Inc. (NYSE: ELLI), Fiserv Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV) and Ulta Beauty Inc. (NASDAQ: ULTA).

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Twitter, Inc.(TWTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    By 2018, Bloomberg projects Snapchat will generate $1.78 billion in revenue. The revenue growth rate is impressive. It will take Snapchat seven years to reach that figure, while it took Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) nine years to reach $2.2 billion in revenue.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa] Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) stock has rallied nearly 30% in the last one month. Can the uptrend in TWTR stock continue for now?
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    Shares of Jack Dorsey led Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) have taken off after its third-quarter earnings in October end. Investors have cheered TWTR stock post its Q3 earnings where the company delivered a beat on both top line and bottom line. In terms of user growth metrics as well, theonline news and social networking company did a satisfactory job. Though there was nothing substantial in its earnings release to suggest a turnaround is imminent. However, Twitter stock has rallied since then may be on the prospects of GAAP profitability possibility in Q4. With the major fundamental picture not changing much for Twitter and the recentrally in stock brings us to the question, will the rally continue for now? Is there more upside left in TWTR stock from here?

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    There could be further risk or opportunity on the horizon later this summer. According to JPMorgan (one of the IPO underwriters), an additional 1.2 billion Snap Incshares, or 84% of the company’s shares outstanding, could flood the market when the company’s lock-up period expires from July 31 to August 31. When that happened to Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR), shares fell 18% to what was then an all-time low; but in the case of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB), shares actuallyjumped 11%.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Shares are down about 10% on Thursday after Twitter’s (NYSE:TWTR) as investors digest the company’s slowing revenue and user growth reported in its fourth quarter. But there were a few bright spots in the company’s earnings release as well. Here’s an overview of Twitter’s fourth-quarter performance.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    Shares of Menlo Park, California-based Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)have already made a great start to 2017 gaining more than 20% YTD. These gains were on the back of a strong finish to 2016, with Facebook registering almost 3X profit growth in 2016. Facebook’s management stated in the latest earnings call that the social media giant will face strong headwinds on the growth front since”ad load” has saturated. To offset that, Facebook is taking on Alphabet’s(NASDAQ:GOOGL)YouTube with its video content push. The social media company is trying to gain a larger pie of the multibillion-dollar online video advertising marketthe expense of YouTube. To add to that, latest findings suggest that Facebook is gaining at the expense of other social media platforms likeTwitter (NYSE:TWTR) and Snap Inc’s(NYSE:SNAP)Snapchat. FB stock could gain big, going ahead, on account of this.

  • [By Virendra Singh Chauhan]

    The fear of slowing user growth was also reflected in the recent analyst commentary. Analysts from three different investment firms were the latest to join the chorus against Snap stock. Cantor Fitzgerald’s Youssef Squali believes that the current Snap valuations are ‘rich under most scenarios’ especially considering the ‘unproven model with marketers.’ The analyst initiated Snap stock at an ‘underperform’ rating and a $18 price target. Mizuho’s Neil Doshi focussed in on Snapchat’s user growth worries, initiating Snap coverage with a $20 price target and a ‘Neutral’ rating. The Mizuho securities analyst wrote, “We believe that Snap will need to execute on user growth/engagement to grow into this valuation. Snap’s EV/DAU of ~$134 at the offering price of $17 is about 2.2x what FB paid for WhatsApp and about 4.5x what FB paid for Instagram. Those companies were growing users materially faster than Snap.” MoffettNathanson’sMichael Nathanson assigned Snap a $15 price target and a ‘sell’ rating. The analyst believes that the current valuations (7x 2020 Ev/revenue) setup Snap stock for a Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) like story rather than a steady rise from the current price levels.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Tele Celular Sul Participacoes S.A.(TSU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (NASDAQ: SHEN), down 3 percent, and TIM Participacoes SA (ADR) (NYSE: TSU) down 2 percent.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Yasin Ebrahim]

    Since president-elect Donald Trumps surprise election victory, large-cap technology stocks such as Apple (NSDQ:AAPL), Alphabet Inc-C (NSDQ:GOOG) and Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) are in a period of consolidation as many fear that Trumps tough stance against tech companies could play out in the months to come. During the campaign trail, he hinted that he could reign in international trade agreements, limit the scope of net neutrality and tighten immigration policy for skilled tech workers, which would prove a drag on the earnings potential of large-cap technology companies like Microsoft.

  • [By Brett Hershman]

    A key reason for the success of many of the biggest companies in the world — Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL), Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) — is due to how much they know about consumer psychology. Amazon is no different, and their acquisition of Whole Foods will undoubtedly deepen the company's understanding of the consumer.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Within the crowded technology, media and telecommunication group, Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) is a top pick given its prospects for continued growth in mobile search and YouTube. Beyond these two segments, the analysts also see continued momentum in Alphabet’s core Google operations.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    For the mobile side, Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google has already released several iterations of its Cardboard headset, and recently released its new Daydream View headset. These allow users to use their own smartphones to power a VR device.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: FEI Company(FEIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    FEI Company (NASDAQ: FEIC) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $108.00 as the company agreed to be acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) for $4.2 billion.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now

March 20, 2017: Markets opened slightly lower Monday and traded close to the break-even line all day. Leading indicators and consumer sentiment readings were both strong. Only the materials sector traded high late in the afternoon while energy and utilities were the laggards. The blue chips were performing best. WTI crude oil for April delivery settled at $48.22 a barrel, down 1.2% on the day. April gold added 0.3% on the day to settle at $1,234.00. Equities were headed for a mixed close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded up 0.03% for the day, the S&P 500 traded down 0.14%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.02%.

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

The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Monday was Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) which traded up 2.66% at $95.38. The stock’s 52-week range is $69.04 to $99.46. Volume was roughly 15% below the daily average of around 5 million shares. The company reported a 1% decline in February retail sales this morning, the best year-over-year mark in more than 4 years.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Halyard Health, Inc.(HYH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    Medical products maker Halyard Health Inc (NYSE: HYH) stumbled after its spinoff from paper products giant Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE: KMB), according to “Halyard Health Shares Look Poised to Double” by David Englander. See why Barron’s thinks its shares could double as this Georgia-based company pursues acquisitions and expands its product lineup.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    See what Barron’s feels are the prospects for Ingersoll-Rand PLC (NYSE: IR) despite the woes in energy, Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE: KORS) with its new products and international expansion, the Valvoline spinoff from Ashland Inc (NYSE: ASH), as well as Halyard Health Inc (NYSE: HYH) as it pursues acquisitions and expands its product lineup.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: 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 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Internet Gold Golden Lines Ltd.(IGLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.43 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Internet Gold Golden Lines Ltd (NASDAQ: IGLD), down 10 percent, and China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE: CHU), down 3 percent.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Fiserv, Inc.(FISV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider selling last week:Corcept Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CORT), Customers Bancorp Inc. (NYSE: CUBI), Ellie Mae Inc. (NYSE: ELLI), Fiserv Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV) and Ulta Beauty Inc. (NASDAQ: ULTA).

good stocks to own

The dollar index has reached a high of 102 in the last month. This is its highest level in over a decade and is partly due to the prospect of a more hawkish Federal Reserve operating under a Trump Presidency. His plans to reduce taxes and increase public spending could lead to inflation, which may warrant a higher interest rate. In fact, interest rates are forecast to rise to 2.25% in the next three years, which could strengthen the dollar even further.

For companies such as Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) which have major (and rapidly increasing) international exposure, a stronger dollar could mean a squeeze on sales, margins and profitability. While this is a risk for the business over the medium term, I’m still bullish about Starbucks’s prospects. I believe that the scale of its growth opportunity in emerging markets, its resilience in the domestic market, improving customer loyalty and greater use of technology will more than offset negative currency translation moving forward.

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good stocks to own: Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc(HMNY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Saucier]

    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: HMNY) is an information technology company that provides its clients predictive analytics. The company uses big data for most of its software and operates within the financial services, insurance, and healthcare industries. HMNY is up 278% YTD after it announced a strategic merger with a GPS application company, called RedZone Maps. RedZone is known for mapping crime in major cities. News of the merger sent HMNY climbing over 1,000% from $1.11 per share to $13.75 per share over the course of a week. The stock has since fallen to $5.23 per share as of Monday intraday.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 32.7 percent to $65.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported that larotrectinib trial demonstrated 76 percent confirmed objective response rate.
    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares rose 22 percent to $7.20 in the pre-market trading session after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.
    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) rose 21.7 percent to $99.75 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed positive PB272 Phase 2 data from TBCRC 022 trial at ASCO17.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares rose 20.7 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after the company reported that RedZone has acquired all the assets of Trendit including three technology patents.
    Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) rose 13.1 percent to $16.05 in pre-market trading after D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) proposed to buy 75 percent of Forestar Group for $16.25 per share in cash.
    TG Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TGTX) shares rose 12 percent to $15.50 in pre-market trading after the company said Phase 3 GENUINE trial met primary endpoint with TG-1101 + ibrutinib increasing overall response rate by >70 percent versuss ibrutinib alone.
    Gigamon Inc (NYSE: GIMO) gained 10.8 percent to $43.55. Reuters reported that Gigamon is exploring a potential sale.
    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) rose 8.7 percent to $6.00 in pre-market trading after the company announced Rapivab pediatric sNDA acceptance by the FDA.
    Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY) rose 7.2 percent to $8.77 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.68 percent on Friday.
    Ehi Car Services Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: EHIC) shares rose 6.4 percent to $10.76 in pre-market trading. eHi Car Services posted Q1 earnings of $0.06 on sales of $89.43 million.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) rose 5.9 percent to $114.79 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Friday.
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good stocks to own: Alere Inc.(ALR)

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 Thursday’s regular session.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, healthcare shares fell by 0.91 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Alere Inc (NYSE: ALR), down 8 percent, and Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL), down 10 percent.

good stocks to own: Fiserv, Inc.(FISV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider selling last week:Corcept Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CORT), Customers Bancorp Inc. (NYSE: CUBI), Ellie Mae Inc. (NYSE: ELLI), Fiserv Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV) and Ulta Beauty Inc. (NASDAQ: ULTA).

good stocks to own: CBOE Holdings Inc.(CBOE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By CNNMoney Staff]

    Stocks continued to rally despite the fact that options trading was temporarily halted Monday afternoon at exchanges run by CBOE Holdings (CBOE), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), BATS Global Markets and Miami International Holdings due to issues at the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA), which provides trading data and price quotes.

  • [By Saumya Vaishampayan
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    Those who dabble in derivatives tied to the CBOE (CBOE) Volatility Index are placing bets that pay out if the stock market keeps swinging, and especially if it drops.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bats Global Markets was acquired on Feb. 28 by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Nasdaq: CBOE).

    But the Bats BZX Exchange has had a bigger role than just serving as the place where the Winklevoss ETF will be listed…

good stocks to own: Kona Grill Inc.(KONA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Kona Grill Inc (NASDAQ: KONA) was down, falling around 25 percent to $2.00 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results.

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