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The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards said Monday that the number of CFPs has reached 80,000, with a record 1,250 women certified in 2017.

The number of female CFPs now stands at 18,758, with 4,370 individuals newly certified in 2017, nearly 29% of them women. According to Cerulli, 28% of rookie advisors and 16% of advisors overall are women.

“CFP certification has become the must-have designation for those providing financial advice,” said Kevin Keller, CFP Board CEO, in a Monday statement. “We look forward to 2018 as we build on our success and see more professionals become certified and more Americans using CFP professionals for their financial planning needs.”

The CFP Board noted that while the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s designation database has 180 listings, CFP certification is one of only six financial designations “accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, [and] also provides important consumer protections through CFP Board’s disciplinary process.”

Best Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Fluor Corporation(FLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fluor Corp. (NYSE: FLR) dropped about 6.3% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $41.78 after closing at $44.58 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $58.37. Volume of about 3.5 million was more than double the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Construction stocks Fluor (NYSE: FLR) and Granite Construction Inc. (NYSE: GVA) both rose about 8%; Vulcan Materials Co. (NYSE: VMC) jumped nearly 10%.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) which traded downabout 12% at $17.90. The stocks 52-week range is $17.68 to $43.60. Volume was about 25 million versus the daily average of 5.6 million shares.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    According to a report by PLS, producers spent more than $23 billion locking up prime positions in the Permian Basin and another $7 billion on Mid-Continent acreage acquisitions. However, most of those were smaller deals, with the top transaction weighing in at $2.5 billion. Meanwhile, the Ark-La-Tex region near the Gulf Coast quietly tied for the second hottest M&A geography in the country, largely because of Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) acquisition of Memorial Resource Development. Range Resources paid $4.2 billion, which includes the assumption of debt, to gain a leading position in the Lower Cotton Valley region of Northern Louisiana. Not only is the play saturated with natural gas, but it’s also near the Gulf Coast, which is expected to see increased demand from new petrochemical and industrial complexes as well as LNG export facilities. In other words, Range Resources made a big bet on higher gas prices along the Gulf Coast.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Talk about a Barron’s bounce!Range Resources (RRC) has soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after Barron’s touted it in the pages of the magazine this weekend.

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    Range Resources gained 4.1% to $28.47, while the S&P 500 slipped 0.3% to2,375.31.

    Barron’s Andrew Bary called Range Resources “an unappreciated energy play.” He explains why:

    With major market indexes at record highs, natural-gas stocks are among the few depressed industry groups. Blame a warm winter and weakening gas prices.

    Range Resources (ticker: RRC), a leading U.S. gas producer, looks undervalued. Its shares, at $27, are down 20% this year and are much below their 52-week high of $47, set last June. Range drilled the first well in the now-prolific Marcellus region of Pennsylvania more than a decade ago and amassed one of its largest land positions there610,000 acres. Its $4.2 billion purchase of Memorial Resource Development last September gave it access to what the company views as a prolific and underappreciated gas region: northern Louisiana

    Range Resources’ market capitalization rose to $7 billion today from $6.8 billion on Friday. It reported net income of $521 million on sales of $1.4 billion in 2016.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: OMNOVA Solutions Inc.(OMN)

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) were down 14 percent to $8.64 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q3 earnings.

    Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) was down, falling around 8 percent to $3.68. Greenridge Global downgraded SORL Auto Parts from Buy to Hold.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) shares were also up, gaining 11 percent to $5.97 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 earnings.

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Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now

U.S. stock benchmarks on Tuesday staged a recovery from heavy selling earlier in the session that came after a North Korean missile test over Japanese airspace rattled investors and sent Wall Street trawling for assets perceived as safe.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average
DJIA, +0.26%
rose 56.97 points, or 0.3%, to close at 21,865.37. Blue chips had been off by as much as 135 points, or 0.6%, at its session low. A rise by shares of Boeing Co.
BA, +1.40%
and United Technologies Corp.
UTX, +2.92%
helped power the rebound.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Navios Maritime Partners LP(NMM)

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 Alex McGuire]

    These are the 10 best penny stocks that have seen the biggest returns over the last week (March 7 – March 14)…

    Penny StockCurrent PriceWeekly Gain (March 7 – March 14)Ocera Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: OCRX)$1.47+147.1%Internap Corp. (Nasdaq: INAP)$3.28+41.4%Soligenix Inc. (Nasdaq: SNGX)$2.94+40%Navios Maritime Partners LP (NYSE: NMM)$2.63+37%QuickLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QUIK)$2.14+30.5%Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: ADMP)$4.60+22.7EXCO Resources Inc. (NYSE: XCO)$0.65+20.5%Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCC)$4.38+20.3%Hebron Technology Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq: HEBT)$3.99+19.1%Curis Inc. (Nasdaq: CRIS)$2.85+18.4%

    As a reminder, this is only a tracking metric of penny stocks trading on SEC-regulated exchanges like the Nasdaq and NYSE. Although these top penny stocks are safer than those trading on the pink sheets, we don’t recommend buying any of them without the proper amount of financial research.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Fluor Corporation(FLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Construction stocks Fluor (NYSE: FLR) and Granite Construction Inc. (NYSE: GVA) both rose about 8%; Vulcan Materials Co. (NYSE: VMC) jumped nearly 10%.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fluor Corp. (NYSE: FLR) dropped about 6.3% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $41.78 after closing at $44.58 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $58.37. Volume of about 3.5 million was more than double the daily average. The company had no specific news.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Two Harbors Investments Corp(TWO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Hanson]

    This week at the Barclays Capital Global Financials Conference, droves of CEOs, CFOs, and CIOs trotted on stage to address a room full of eager analysts. One of the lone mREITs represented was Two Harbors (NYSE: TWO  ) . CEO Tom Siering and CIO Bill Roth weighed in on the current environment.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Garmin Ltd.(GRMN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    When it comes to personal electronics, market darling Fitbit (FIT) has clearly lost its mojo, while navigation giant Garmin (GRMN) has made a miraculous turnaround.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Garmin (GRMN) climbed to the top of the S&P 500 Wednesday, thanks to its better-than-expected fourth quarter.

    Garmin rose $3.70, or 7.3%, to $54.15. By contrast, the S&P 500 lost2.56 points, or 0.11%, to 2362.82.

    Garmin said it earned 73 cents a share on revenue that rose 10.2% to $860.8 million. Analysts were looking for 58 cents per share in earnings or revenue of $794.8 million.

    For the full year, Garmin said it expects to earn$2.65 a share, matching analysts’ estimates.

    Piper Jaffray’s William Power liked the quarter, but reiterated a Neutral rating on the stock. From his note:

    Outdoor revenue of $175.4 million handily beat our $139.1 million estimate, driven in part by initial fenix 5 sales.Fitness revenue of $274.1 million beat our $263.1 million estimate and grew 19.8% YOY, driven by wearables with heart rate and wearables for children.Aviation and marine revenue of $117.3 million and $67.5 million, also beat our $105.1 million and $59.3 million estimates, and grew 12.7% and 19.5% YOY, respectively.

    Garmin shares are up 11.7% year to date.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    For dividend investors wanting a solid yield, Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN), International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), and Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN) look like solid choices. None is risk-free, particularly Nordstrom, which is in an extremely competitive industry. But all three offer dividend yields above 3% and a least a few reasons to be optimistic about the company.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    With the benefit of hindsight, it’s clear that the better recent stock buy in the wearables space has been GPS device specialist Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN) over former market darlingFitbit (NYSE:FIT). It turns out that Garmin’s diverse product line helped it weather collapsing sales in its core automotive division. Targeted innovation bets by Fitbit management, on the other hand, failed to hit the sweet spot of consumer demand amid rising competitive threats.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    The bears believe that since fitness trackers are cheap to manufacture, Fitbit’s core market will be commoditized and its brand will lose its premium appeal. High-end smartwatches and low-end fitness trackers are becoming cheaper, and challengers like Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN) are stealing niche sports performance users away from Fitbit. To make matters worse, several Fitbit products were recently targeted in studies and lawsuits regarding the accuracy of their activity and heart tracking features.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Paylocity Holding Corporation(PCTY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Box Inc underperforming potential mid cap peers Paycom Software Inc (NYSE: PAYC)andTriNet Group Inc (NYSE: TNET)plussmall cap peer Paylocity Holding Corp (NASDAQ: PCTY) whichall had IPOs around the same time:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Box Inc underperforming potential small cap peers such asPaycom Software Inc (NYSE: PAYC), Paylocity Holding Corp (NASDAQ: PCTY) and TriNet Group Inc (NYSE: TNET)which also debuted around the same time:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Box Inc underperforming potential mid cap peer Paycom Software Inc (NYSE: PAYC)and small cap peers Paylocity Holding Corp (NASDAQ: PCTY) and TriNet Group Inc (NYSE: TNET)whichall had IPOs around the same time:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Box Inc underperforming potential mid cap peer Paycom Software Inc (NYSE: PAYC)and small cap peers Paylocity Holding Corp (NASDAQ: PCTY) and TriNet Group Inc (NYSE: TNET)whichall had their IPOs around the same time:

fantasy stock market

Nike, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) is just doing it when it comes to taking control of its ecommerce sales. They recently announced they will begin selling merchandise on Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN). Although you or I have been able to buy Nike merchandise on Amazon before, it has only been through third-party resellers. Thats why people have been buying $190 shoes for $300.

Nike is an American multinational corporation that designs, develops, manufactures, and sells footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories. They are one of the worlds largest suppliers of sportswear. Nike was founded by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight in 1964. It was originally called Blue Ribbon Sports, but officially became Nike, Inc. in 1971. After a few short years, in 1980, Nike had obtained fifty percent of the market share in the U.S. for athletic shoes, and they havent looked back since.

fantasy stock market: Fluor Corporation(FLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Construction stocks Fluor (NYSE: FLR) and Granite Construction Inc. (NYSE: GVA) both rose about 8%; Vulcan Materials Co. (NYSE: VMC) jumped nearly 10%.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fluor Corp. (NYSE: FLR) dropped about 6.3% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $41.78 after closing at $44.58 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $58.37. Volume of about 3.5 million was more than double the daily average. The company had no specific news.

fantasy stock market: Unilever NV(UN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Earlier this year, Unilever (UN) recently declined Kraft Heinz (KHC) merger bid. That means that if the company still wants to do a deal, Mondelez International (MDLZ) and PepsiCo (PEP) are the next logical partners, writes Susquehannas Pablo Zuanic.

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    Zuanic upgraded Pepsi from Neutral to Positive today and raised his price target from $118 to $132. He writes that a Pepsi deal would have more strategic merits, hence his upgrade (as he emphasizes that not much has changed in terms of fundamentals for the firm).

    More detail from his note:

    With investors apparently seeing MDLZ as the next likely KHC target, and Coca-Cola (KO) the next Anheuser-Busch (BUD) target, PEP shares have lost visibility and now trade at a 25% discount to KO on apples-to-apples comps. We see value here, on franchise strength, efforts to align the F&B portfolio with consumer health trends, and the growing optionality value of a joint KHC/BUD bid for PEP. We argue that, together, the Kendall Jenner commercial, the Aspartame to-be-or-not-to-be zigzagging, the new, new, new alt low-cal cola (Pepsi Zero sugar), the ongoing underperformance in U.S. CSDs (25% only of the company), the lack of scale in non-CSD NARTDs vs. KO (other than Gatorade), and now talk of PEP buying Brazilian dairy company Vigor S.A. (a JBS subsidiary that would better fit KHC or ULVR), all paint a picture of a company still struggling to set a new direction (with all due respect). In this regard, we think PEP may be more vulnerable than MDLZ to a KHC bid (jointly done with BUD). We also see greater strategic fit for KHC with PEP Food/Snacks (than with MDLZ), and argue that PEP Beverages fits BUD better than KO, as the PEP bottling operations in key regions (including NA) remain in the hands of PEP (KO, on the other hand will be fully refranchised by end of 2017). So we are upgrading PEP to Positive with a $132 price target by December 17. Yes, the Unilever rebuff

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, industrial shares fell by 0.04 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unilever N.V. (ADR) (NYSE: UN), down 8 percent, and Magal Security Systems Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: MAGS), down 6 percent.

fantasy stock market: DBV Technologies S.A.(DBVT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    DBV Technologies SA – ADR (NASDAQ: DBVT) shares dropped 46 percent to $26.11 after the company disclosed that its peanut allergy trial failed to meet primary endpoint.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    DBV Technologies SA – ADR (NASDAQ: DBVT) shares tumbled 50.6 percent to $23.73 after the company disclosed that its peanut allergy trial failed to meet primary endpoint.
    Connecture Inc (NASDAQ: CNXR) shares declined 40.8 percent to $0.290. Connecture reported that it will voluntarily delist from the NASDAQ for OTCQX Market.
    Walter Investment Management Corp (NYSE: WAC) slipped 19.2 percent to $0.410. On Friday, Walter Investment Management disclosed that it has reached an agreement with term lenders and senior noteholders on financial restructuring.
    Eldorado Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE: EGO) shares dropped 15.9 percent to $1.83. Eldorado Gold lowered its production guidance for its Kisladag operation.
    Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) shares fell 15.4 percent to $1.04.
    Future Fintech Group Inc (NASDAQ: FTFT) dropped 13.6 percent to $1.53. Future FinTech reported filing of proxy statement, including proposal for corporate restructuring.
    Concordia International Corp (NASDAQ: CXRX) shares fell 12.3 percent to $0.500 after dipping 38.71 percent on Friday.
    Aemetis Inc (NASDAQ: AMTX) shares declined 11.3 percent to $0.550
    OncoSec Medical Inc (NASDAQ: ONCS) dipped 10.5 percent to $1.12. OncoSec reported a $7.1 million registered direct at-the-market offering at a price of $1.34375 per share.
    Evoke Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: EVOK) shares fell 10.35 percent to $3.08 after the company disclosed 'positive' topline results from comparative exposure pharmacokinetic study for Gimoti.
    Eiger Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: EIGR) shares dropped 9.4 percent to $11.60 as the company disclosed Phase 2 interim 24-week data with pegylated interferon lambda in Hepatitis Delta Virus infection at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Meeting.
    Viking Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VKTX) shares slipped 6.6 percent to $2.80. Viking Therapeutics presented results from proof-of-concept study of VK0214 in in vivo

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    DBV Technologies SA ADR (NASDAQ: DBVT) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.60 per share.

    Northern Technologies International Corp (NASDAQ: NTIC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings.

fantasy stock market: Fastenal Company(FAST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $988.60 million.

    Perry Ellis International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PERY) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $214.26 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Breaking news

    Shares of Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) dropped over 7 percent in pre-market trading after the company reported Q3 results. Alcoa posted Q3 adjusted earnings of $0.32 per share on sales of $5.2 billion.
    Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) released third quarter financial results, reporting an earnings miss while revenue came in line with Street estimates. To read the full news, click here.
    Twilio Inc (NYSE: TWLO) announced preliminary results for the third quarter that came in above the Street estimates. To read the full news, click here.
    According to the Associated Press, Samsung Electronics (OTC: SSNLF) said it will no longer manufacturer its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. The permanent discontinuation follows a round of reports saying customer's replacement phones have caught fire. To read the full news, click here.

fantasy stock market: Patterson Companies, Inc.(PDCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    The three top dividend stocks in the dentistry industry are Patterson Companies (NASDAQ:PDCO), Zimmer Biomet Holdings (NYSE:ZBH), and Danaher (NYSE:DHR). But two of these, Zimmer Biomet and Danaher, pay out only small dividends.

  • [By Chuck Saletta]

    Patterson Companies (NASDAQ:PDCO) has been around since 1877; it’s a strong player in human dental health services and a big distributor of animal-health-related products. With around 140 years of history behind it, Patterson knows how to survive times of war and economic turmoil, which should give you reason to believe it will be around for some time to come.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Patterson Companies Inc. (NASDAQ: PDCO) dropped about 7.9% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $32.07 after closing at $34.82 on Monday. The 52-week high is $48.30. Volume was around 5 million, more than three times the daily average of around 1.6 million. The distributor of dental and animal health care products missed earnings and revenues estimates this morning.

fantasy stock market: Benitec Biopharma Limited(BNTC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benitec Biopharma Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: BNTC) shares shot up 44 percent to $4.41. Benitec Biopharma disclosed that the key pre-clinical data on oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy has been published in Nature Communications.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

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

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

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