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9 Small-Cap Stocks to Buy for 2018

When was the last time that small-cap stocks outperformed the S&P 500 Index? Take a guess? Any guess? It wasn’t as long ago as you might think. The answer is 2016.

According to Morningstar, the iShares Russell 2000 Index (ETF) (NYSEARCA:IWM) had an annual total return of 22% last year, almost double the 12% total return of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA:SPY).

So far this year, the SPY is beating the proxy for small-cap stocks by almost 800 basis points. Over the past decade, however, IWM bested SPY on six occasions, suggesting good things do come in small packages.

Should the Trump tax plan get passed, small-cap stocks should benefit significantly from the fact they generate a significant portion of their revenue domestically where they’ll be taxed at 20% instead of the old rate of 35%.

Large-cap stocks might have gotten an edge up in 2017, but the coming year is looking good for smaller companies. Here are my nine small-cap stocks to own in 2018.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: RMR Group (RMR) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

RMR Group Inc (NASDAQ:RMR) is an alternative asset manager based in Newton, Massachusetts, that primarily handles the day-to-day operations of four REITs: Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT), Senior Housing Properties Trust (NASDAQ:SNH), Select Income REIT (NASDAQ:SIR) and Government Properties Income Trust (NASDAQ:GOV).

These four REITs have no employees and are managed by RMR. No matter what happens to REITs due to higher interest rates, etc., short of bankruptcy, RMR gets paid to manage $28 billion of commercial real estate assets.

In April 2016, I called GOV one of the five best REITs to own that broke the mold by being unconventional. In the case of GOV, it was owning and managing government office space. At the time of my article, it owned 10.7 million square feet of office space over 71 properties with 93% of the space rented to government agencies.

As a result of its October 2017 acquisition of First Potomac Realty Trust, GOV now owns 24.9 million square feet of office space.

Also, it owns 28% of SIR, one of the other REITs managed by RMR. It’s a little incestuous, I’ll grant you, but it’s a great way to separate fee-generating revenue from income-generating revenue.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Callaway Golf (ELY) Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Call me crazy, but I believe golf is ready for a mini-comeback given the NFL appears to be slowly imploding due to multiple factors including an ownership base that seems oblivious to the fact Roger Goodell is highly overpaid.

It might be hard to believe, but Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY) is finishing off a third consecutive year with ELY stock in positive territory for the year, up 32% year to date through Dec. 11. The company’s been making under-the-radar acquisitions in 2017 that will position it for future growth.

In January, it paid $76 million for Ogio International Inc., a golf-bag manufacturer. Then in August, it acquired TravisMathew, a high-end lifestyle apparel brand that it can extend beyond the golf course, for $126 million.

At the end of October, Callaway announced healthy third-quarter 2017 results that included much stronger profits and revenue growth across all segments and regions.

I see a fourth consecutive year of strong returns for ELY stock.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Fox Factory (FOXF) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Whether you’re a motocross rider or someone who just enjoys offroading with your ATV, the shocks you put on your vehicle can make all the difference in the comfort and quality of your ride.

Fox Factory Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:FOXF) has been manufacturing shock absorbers for powered and non-powered vehicles since 1974. FOXF went public in August 2013 at $15 a share.

FOXF stock started off slowly after its IPO, never getting more than two or three dollars above $15 until July 2016 when investors started to take notice. Since then, it’s more than doubled in price and is up 43% year to date through Dec. 11.

On Dec. 1, Fox Factory announced that it was buying 80% of the Tuscany Motor Company for $53.4 million and the option to acquire the remaining 20% in the future. While Tuscany only adds $41 million in revenue, it gives the company a new platform on which to expand its aftermarket business.

If you want a dressed up F-150 truck, Tuscany can help you out.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Buckle (BKE)

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There are stock recommendations and then there are gut feels. Putting Buckle Inc (NYSE:BKE) on this list of small-cap stocks, it fits under the latter category.

I was once a big believer in its stock recommending it as recently as January 2016. However, in that article, I did admit it wasn’t performing too well and would require a patient investor to ride out the downturn. Somewhere along the way, Buckle fell out of favor with shoppers, and its financial situation went from great to just good.

On Dec. 5, Buckle announced it would pay a $1.75 special cash dividend to shareholders of record as of Jan. 12, 2018, in addition to the regular 25-cent dividend. That’s $7.47 in special cash dividends the company’s paid out over the past five years. Of course, considering its stock is down 5% annually over the same period, it only cushions the blow.

With comps still in negative territory but margins improving, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say 2018 is the year this small-cap stock delivers the goods.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Viad (VVI) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

In September, I recommended Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI) as one of two stocks to buy whose market cap was lower than GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO). Since then, VVI is down 2% versus a 24% decline for GPRO.

While VVI has yet to come to life, I have reason to believe 2018 will be a good year for its stock.

First, in November, Viad’s travel experience business announced that it would expand its FlyOver virtual flight concept that began with FlyOver Canada by acquiring 55% of Iceland’s Esja Attractions. Iceland continues to be one of the world’s greatest tourism destinations; this new attraction will drive further growth in its Pursuit segment.

Secondly, acquisitions its GES exhibition business made in 2017, have yet to deliver upon the synergies and cost savings originally expected. However, CEO Steve Moster did say in the Q3 2017 earnings release that the addition of higher-margin services to its offerings is driving top- and bottom-line profits.

VVI stock has done well the past six years with not a single year of declines. With all that it’s doing to grow the travel side of its business, I see that streak continuing in 2018.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: PetMed Express (PETS)

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It seems that controversy seems to follow PetMed Express Inc (NASDAQ:PETS), America’s largest pet pharmacy.

In the summer, PETS faced troubling allegations from short sellers that it was marketing painkillers meant for animals to humans. Its stock tanked down to the mid-$30s before recovering in the fall on strong earnings.

This isn’t the first time the company’s faced controversy. In the past, it’s had a rocky relationship with the veterinary community who believe PetMed Express is trying to undermine their businesses through lower prices and misleading advertising.

I don’t think PETS will ever escape the focus of investors because once you’re targeted as a good short, you can never scare them away except by delivering strong results as it did in Q2 2017.

Historically, PETS has delivered strong returns, and as long as it continues to boost the order value per customer — $85 in Q2 2017, $3 more than a year earlier — I don’t see why it can’t produce another year of appreciation.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: iRobot (IRBT) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) owns an impressive 64% of the global robotic vacuum cleaner market. Recently, I saw an ad for the Shark ION ROBOT vacuum, an indication that although the competition is mounting, it also legitimizes the entire robotic vacuum industry.

I can remember when investors were hypercritical of iRobot because it wasn’t expanding its business further into the military arena. You want to talk about competitive, just try getting a contract with the federal government. It takes deep pockets and even deeper patience.

In May, I called IRBT on of the best growth stocks to buy, in part because it had fully recovered from its troubles stemming from its defense-related business which it dumped in 2016. The fact is, iRobot’s become a fan of short sellers, and that’s made its stock seriously volatile. And that’s a good thing when it comes to small-cap stocks.

In July, IRBT stock was trading over $105; today, it’s around $70. I believe it will continue to grow its main product at a reasonable pace while it figures out the next great thing to diversify its revenue streams.

In the meantime, you might want to continue to buy on weakness. In 2018, given its strong robotic patents, iRobot could be a good acquisition candidate.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: WisdomTree Investments (WETF)

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Don’t look now but WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF) is shaking up upper management.

Probably the biggest news from the organizational changes WETF is making is that board member Jarrett Lilien is stepping down to join day-to-day operations as Executive Vice President in charge of Emerging Technologies. Lilien was COO of E*Trade Financial Corp (NASDAQ:ETFC) between 2003 and 2008.

The ETF asset manager is probably best known for its WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEARCA:DXJ) which is the second-largest Japan-focused ETF in the U.S. with $9.5 billion in assets.

Although DXJ is its highest-profile ETF, it has 12 ETFs with more than $1 billion in assets and considerably more with $100 million or more, making it the seventh-largest ETF provider in the U.S.

While it’s had a tough time grabbing market share in the Canadian ETF market, which it entered in July 2016, its partnership with Canadian online broker Questrade should help make a dent. The company’s aware that it needs to go global and the organizational changes are meant to address this need.

I see its stock above $20 by the end of 2018, 2019 at the latest.

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The apparel manufacturer and retailer’s bounced back nicely after a down year in 2016.

Oxford Industries Inc (NYSE:OXM) owns a trio of apparel brands: Tommy Bahama, Lily Pulitzer and Southern Tide, which it acquired in April 2016 for $85 million.

If you’re not familiar with Southern Tide, it has a nice big fish as its logo, doing its best to keep up with polo players and crocodiles.

On Dec. 5, OXM announced its Q3 2017 results and they were solid. Furthermore, it expects fiscal 2017 earnings on an adjusted basis to be as high as $3.38 a share on $1.1 billion in sales.

Highlights in 2017 include Lily Pulitzer delivering solid operating margins through the first nine months — 22.7% versus 6.6% for Tommy Bahama, its biggest brand by sales — and its latest acquisition becoming profitable on the year.

With the help of Southern Tide growth over the next 2-3 years, I could see OXM stock hitting $100 in 2018.

As of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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companies to invest in: Fox Factory Holding Corp.(FOXF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ: FOXF) was down 1.8 percent after posting a 2.16 percent rise over the day.

    Finally, Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) gained 1.3 percent, continuing with the 3.85 percent spike it experienced on Friday trading.

companies to invest in: ProShares Ultra Nasdaq Biotechnology(BIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested theProShares Ultra Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NASDAQ: BIB) as a way to play long term biotech bullishness with a short term caveat:

companies to invest in: Roper Technologies, Inc.(ROP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million.

    Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ: ESRX) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $25.20 billion.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts are expecting Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) to have earned $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million in the latest quarter. Roper Technologies shares declined 0.05 percent to close at $178.63 on Friday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Aside from Outperform-rated Roper Technologies (ROP) SaaS platforms, which account for over +50% of earnings today, GEs Digital business strategy is the most ambitious ramp within the industrials sector. GE has made a bold bet on its game-changing Predix operating system for the Industrial IoT, which was launched in Feb-2016

companies to invest in: Haier Electronics Group Co., Ltd. (HRELF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    2. Appliance Sale – This is another operating segment that the company did not consider core to its business, so management sold the segment to Haier (OTCPK:HRELF) for over $5b. The benefit: Additional capital can be allocated to the core operational areas.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The main business units of the Hong Leong Asia are the Diesel Engines Unit – China Yuchai , the Consumer Products Unit – Henan Xinfei (now marketed as “Frestec”), and the Building Materials Unit – BMU. The other business units in the company are the Industrial Packaging Unit – Rex and the Air-conditioning Systems Unit – Airwell. As the majority of the business units namely Yuchai, Xinfei and Airwell, operate in China (more than 80% of total revenue), the continual slowdown of the economic growth in China coupled with increasing competition has adversely affected both the revenue and the profitability. Particularly for the consumer products unit, its small scale has severely impacted its competitiveness given aggressive larger players like Haier (OTCPK:HRELF), Midea, Feilong Electric, and Hefei Meiling.

companies to invest in: ProShares UltraShort Nasdaq Biotechnology(BIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested the ProShares UltraShort Nasdaq Biotech (NASDAQ: BIS) and Direxion Daily S&P Biotech Bear 3X Shares (NYSEARCA: LABD) as ways to short biotech onshort termweakness in the sector, but our suggestion comes with a long termcaveat:

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I love a hated investment…   I want to buy when everyone else has given up… when no one else can stomach the idea of buying.   That's where we are in the commodity markets today. Prices have been falling for years. And investors aren't interested.   Today, a certain commodity is in an even better position. It recently hit the most hated level we've ever seen. And it's now beginning an uptrend.   That means we could see gains of up to 31% over the next year, based on history. And best of all, there's a simple way to make the trade.   Here are the details…   Commodity prices are up this year… But not everything has recovered.   Today's opportunity is down 29% over the past year. It recently hit its most hated level ever. But the trend appears to be back. That means big gains should be on the way.

Top Stocks To Invest In 2018: Greenlight Capital Re Ltd.(GLRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

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

Top Stocks To Invest In 2018: Fox Factory Holding Corp.(FOXF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ: FOXF) was down 1.8 percent after posting a 2.16 percent rise over the day.

    Finally, Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) gained 1.3 percent, continuing with the 3.85 percent spike it experienced on Friday trading.

Top Stocks To Invest In 2018: Daktronics, Inc.(DAKT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million.

    Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE: GWRE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $92.43 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million. Daktronics shares slipped 0.13 percent to close at $7.97 on Tuesday.

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Either low-income Americans became rich this Black Friday, or Wal-Mart’s (NYSE:WMT) marketers do not know what they are doing.

For years, $133,653 Cartier watches and expensive jewelry were sold in upper scale stores, where high income Americans prefer to shop on Black Friday. 

This year, Cartier watches are being sold on the Walmart.com site.

But who will buy them? Will high income Americans trade the upscale store for Wal-Mart’s site? That sounds very unlikely to me. Shopping for luxury items is usually more about the experience of shopping rather than about price.

What about Wal-Mart’s low-income shoppers? That’s unlikely, too, as they cannot afford items that sell at a hefty multiple of their annual income. Besides, some of Wal-Mart’s shoppers do not even use credit cards, so how can they purchase $133,653 watches on-line?

For more than three decades, Wal-Mart ruled the US retailing industry. Its large stores and everyday low prices were too much for smaller neighborhood stores and supermarkets. Result? They went out of business shortly after Wal-Mart invaded their turf.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Radiant Logistics, Inc.(RLGT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Lithia Motors Inc (NYSE: LAD) and Radiant Logistics Inc (NYSE: RLGT).

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

    United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNFI) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter on Monday. United Natural Foods shares gained 1.51 percent to $42.45 in the after-hours trading session.
    Wall Street expects Radiant Logistics Inc (NYSE: RLGT) to post quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $202.06 million after the closing bell. Radiant Logistics shares rose 3.68 percent to close at $3.10 on Monday.
    Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) announced the acquisition of Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE: FCX)’s deepwater Gulf of Mexico assets for $2 billion. The company also reported an offering of 35.25 million shares of common stock. Anadarko Petroleum shares dropped 2.92 percent to $56.10 in the after-hours trading session.

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Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: TransEnterix, Inc.(TRXC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Ahuge 10% owner of TransEnterix Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) camein and bought more shares last week. SOFAR SpA added3,722,685 more shares of the medical device companys stock at a reported $1.40 apiece. The total for the trade was posted at $5,226,650.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, four out of ten of the worst performing small cap stocks had double digit losses due to announcing public stock offerings:

    Medical device stock Transenterix Inc (NYSEMKT: TRXC) sank 40.37% after announcing a $24.9 million offeringand the pricing of its public offering of units, each consisting of one share of the Companys common stock, one Series A warrant to purchase one share of common stock and one Series B warrant to purchase 0.75 shares of common stock at a price of $1.00 per unit:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Transenterix Inc (NASDAQ: TRXC) was down, falling around 38 percent to $0.681. TransEnterix reported the pricing of $24.9 million public offering of common stock and warrant.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: MDU Resources Group, Inc.(MDU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares fell by 1.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included South Jersey Industries Inc (NYSE: SJI), down 4 percent, and MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE: MDU), down 4 percent.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust(BPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Our featured recommendation, the BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (BPT), is a grantor trust. What that means is that the trust holds royalty interest in minerals from the Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares fell by 1.30 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE: BPT), down 14 percent, and Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. (NASDAQ: GIFI), down 13 percent.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Fox Factory Holding Corp.(FOXF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ: FOXF) was down 1.8 percent after posting a 2.16 percent rise over the day.

    Finally, Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) gained 1.3 percent, continuing with the 3.85 percent spike it experienced on Friday trading.

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March 10, 2017: Markets opened higher Friday following another month of strong non-farm payroll gains. Top performing sectors today were industrials, telecoms, and utilities. The weakest performer was real-estate. WTI crude oil for April delivery settled at $48.49 a barrel, down 1.6% on the day and down more than 9% for the week. April gold dropped 0.2% on the day to settle at $1,201.40. Equities were headed for a higher close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded up 0.20% for the day, the S&P 500 traded up 0.28%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.35%.

The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Friday was General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) which traded up 2.14% at $30.30. The stock’s 52-week range is $28.19 to $33.00. Shares got a boost on a report that CEO Jeff Immelt is being pushed to retire.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.11% at $169.87. The stock’s 52-week range is $122.22 to $3170.00, a new high posted this afternoon. Volume was about 30% below the daily average of around 3.5 million shares. The company had no specific news Friday.

Best Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Citizens Financial Group, Inc.(CFG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Citizens Financial (CFG) was downgraded to neutral from outperform at Wedbush. The valuation is less attractive, based on a $31 price target, Wedbush said. 

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    Citizens Financial Group (NYSE: CFG) reports $152 billion in assets and a higher concentration of branches in the Northeast, but has a strong market share of 12% in its top ten metropolitan areas. Business is nearly evenly split between consumer lending (45%) and commercial loans (55%) and a technology investment program is driving a target for up to $60 million in cost savings by the end of 2018.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian said he noticed a large call options volume in Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE: CFG). Around 13,000 contracts of the April 40 calls were traded in the first half of the trading session.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CFG) which traded down 6.8% at $34.57. The stocks 52-week range is $18.34 to $39.75. Volume was 9.6 million versus the daily average of 5.0 million shares.

Best Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: DarioHealth Corp. (DRIO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long small cap digital health (mHealth) stock DarioHealth Corp (NASDAQ: DRIO):

    The entry here is rooted in the rebound’s “second wind,” which materialized today. You can see the late-Janaury/early-February rally was nice, but went too far, too fast. Sure enough, the profit-takers dug in. There weren’t a ton of profit-takers though – there was just a distinct lack of buyers. The next wave of buyers are diving in today, seeing last week’s support at the 20-day moving average line. We know there are more buyers than sellers here because today’s sizeable gain is unfurling on huge volume.

Best Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Fox Factory Holding Corp.(FOXF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ: FOXF) was down 1.8 percent after posting a 2.16 percent rise over the day.

    Finally, Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) gained 1.3 percent, continuing with the 3.85 percent spike it experienced on Friday trading.

Best Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1.1% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $11.40 after closing Friday at $11.53. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 40% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $11.50 after closing Wednesday at $11.61. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 30% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) which traded down 8.7% at $14.86. The stocks 52-week range is $9.65 to $19.28. Volume was about 108% of the daily average of around 11.32 million shares. The company had no specific news but was continuing to drop from falling crude prices.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Marathon Oil (MRO) surged to the top of the S&P 500 today as oil surged 9.3% after OPEC agreed to cut production and giving energy stocks a boost.

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    Shares of Marathon Oil jumped 21% to $18.06, while the S&P 500 fell 0.3% to 2,198.81, and the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) climbed 5.1% to $74.43.

    In a note published on Nov. 21, Morgan Stanley’sEvan Calio and team named Marathon Oil as one of the four stocks they expected to outperform if OPEC actually delivered a production cut:

    Beta Should Lead At The Start of A Rally: Best ideas in the first leg up: Marathon Oil, Devon Energy (DVN), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), and Continental Resources (CLR). If OPEC announces a cut, whether moderate or deep, we expect that in the initial move up, moderate value beta names, like Marathon Oil, Devon Energy, Anadarko Petroleum, andContinental Resources will lead.For a $5 increase in oil prices, we estimate 2017 cash flow per share would increase 12-18% for these stocks vs. the remainder of the group at 12%. Of these four, short interest is modest for all exceptContinental Resources at 25%, among the highest in our universe. Outperformance of these names should be driven by investors adding to long positions, not short covering.

    Good call. Not only did Marathon soar, but Devon Energy jumped 15% to $48.33, Anadarko Petroleum climbed 15% to $69.15, and Continental Resources surged 23% to $58.01.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pete Najarian spoke about options trading volume in Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO). Over 10,000 contracts of the April 18 calls were bought on Wednesday and traders paid around $0.30 for them. The trade breaks even at $18.30 or 11.25 percent higher. Pete Najarian has a long position in Marathon Oil and he is planning to hold it for a couple of weeks.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) shares were up a whopping 209.9% at $18.08 on Wednesday, and the 70.5 million shares at the close was almost 5 times normal trading volume. Marathon Oil has a consensus analyst price target of $18.12 and a 52-week trading range of $6.52 to $18.55. The company has a total market cap of $15 billion.

Best Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: MEDIFAST INC(MED)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED), down 5 percent, and Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), down 6 percent.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO), Medifast Inc. (NYSE: MED), Medley Capital Corp. (NYSE: MCC), Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) and Sothebys (NYSE: BID).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows small cap weight loss or dieting stocks Weight Watchers International and Reliv International, Inc (NASDAQ: RELV) still underperforming whileNutriSystem Inc (NASDAQ: NTRI) and Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED) began taking off early last year:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Although obesity is widespread, small cap dieting stocks havetended to causeinvestor portfolios to loose weight. A long term performance chart shows small cap weight loss or dieting stocks Weight Watchers International and Reliv International, Inc (NASDAQ: RELV) stillbelow or at breakeven for longer term investors whileMedifast Inc (NYSE: MED)has performed better and NutriSystem Inc (NASDAQ: NTRI) hasfinally begun to take offearly last year:

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Waddell & Reed Financial said Wednesday that is making several changes to its leadership team due to the departure of Thomas Butch, who was formerly head of its broker-dealer, marketing and certain mutual fund operations.

Shawn M. Mihal will become president of Waddell & Reed Inc. (WRI), the firm’s registered broker-dealer. Mihal has served as COO of the BD; he joined the unit as its chief regulatory and compliance officer in March 2015.

Nikki F. Newton will serve as president of Ivy Distributors Inc., or IDI, which distributes and underwrites Ivy Funds. He has been with the company since January 1998 and recently has been head of global relationships for Ivy Funds.

CFO Brent K. Bloss will act at Waddell & Reed’s chief operating officer; he will stay in the CFO role though Dec. 31. The company says its board plans to tap Chief Accounting Officer Benjamin R. Clouse as its CFO in 2018.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: Fox Factory Holding Corp.(FOXF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ: FOXF) was down 1.8 percent after posting a 2.16 percent rise over the day.

    Finally, Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) gained 1.3 percent, continuing with the 3.85 percent spike it experienced on Friday trading.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: Marathon Petroleum Corporation(MPC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) is an American petroleum refining, marketing, and transportation company headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, explains dividend reinvestment expert Vita Nelson, editor of DirectInvesting.

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    We’ve seen this happen before. In December, shares of Russian oil company Rosneft jumped 21% in two weeks when it was acquired by Glencore Plc. (LON: GLEN). And back in 2015, MarkWest Energy Partners LP (NYSE: MWE) enjoyed a similar jump when it was acquired by Marathon Petroleum Corp (NYSE: MPC).

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: YPF Sociedad Anonima(YPF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Knighthead Capital Management, LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Knighthead+Capital+Management%2C+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of Knighthead Capital Management, LLCSPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,500,000 shares, 57.03% of the total portfolio. Spirit Realty Capital Inc (SRC) – 9,113,000 shares, 11.82% of the total portfolio. New PositionYPF SA (YPF) – 2,153,795 shares, 7.26% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 1.5%TerraForm Global Inc (GLBL) – 9,200,000 shares, 6.61% of the total portfolio. EQT Corp (EQT) – 597,300 shares, 5.9% of the total p

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: Maximus, Inc.(MMS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Analysts at Jefferies initiated coverage on business process services provider Maximus Inc. (MMS) late on Thursday, giving the stock a bullish rating because it has several competitive advantages and should benefit from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

    The analysts rate MMS as “Buy” and see shares reaching $47. This price target suggests a 20% upside to the stock’s Thursday closing price of $39.14.

    “MMS is a leading government outsourced contractor that produces consistently strong results,” Jefferies analyst David Styblo commented. “The company has several competitive advantages and is highly focused on health and human service projects. This positions MMS to enjoy multi-year growth from the ACA and other opportunities with limited risk. The company’s predictable business model, solid balance sheet, and EPS visibility into FY2014 also support a Buy and $47 PT.”

    Maximus shares were inactive during pre-market trading on Friday. The stock is up 23.83% year-to-date.

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    Maximus Inc (NYSE: MMS) holds just $16 million in long-term debt against $886 million in shareholder equity. Shares trade for 1.7 times sales for a discount of 26% on the industry average of 2.3 times sales.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: (PIONF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    International Lithium (ILC) is a small lithium explorer/project generator with four joint venture lithium projects, and one fully-owned lithium project:

    Mariana lithium brine in Argentina (20% ILC: 80% GFL). ILC can increase to 30% via a 10% back-in right. Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium (GFL) is committed to US$10m in expenditures at Mariana. This is their flagship project. Avalonia lithium pegmatite in Ireland (45% ILC: 55% GFL). GFL has the option to acquire an additional 24% after spending US$10m, or producing a Feasibility Study [FS]. Mavis Lake and Raleigh lithium pegmatite in Ontario Canada (49% ILC: 51% Pioneer Resources Limited (OTC:PIONF)). 100% of the Forgan Lake pegmatite project in Canada.

    Note that Avalon, Mavis Lake, Raleigh, and Forgan Lake also have rare earths. Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium (SHE:002460) has an 18.1% stake in ILC in addition to the above joint venture partnerships.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: T-Mobile US, Inc.(TMUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    One of the notable things about the mall is the number of troubled retailers it houses. Long term, this may be bad for the mall’s finances. Macy’s, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) and Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) have locations. However, Mall of America has buttressed its tenant list with scores of restaurants and with retailers like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and T-Mobile US Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS), which have very well-financed parents.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    SoftBank also purchased telecom upstart Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) in 2013. And it is considering deals with other communications giants, including Charter Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) and T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (Nasdaq: TMUS)

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Having an outgoing CEO works for T-Mobile (TMUS) , Cramer said, but it’s not something you want in a healthcare services firm that is struggling to deliver on the bottom line.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    24/7 Wall St. took a peek at plans from Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), T-Mobile US Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S). We have also provided some of the key highlights from each plan. In a separate post we looked at which companies offer the best service.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Donald Trump’s election has proved a boon for shareholders of Sprint (S) , on the premise that a Republican administration would be open to a merger of the carrier to T-Mobile USA (TMUS) . Regulators under Obama had pushed back against Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son’s goal of combining the U.S.’s third- and fourth-largest carriers.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: MINDBODY, Inc.(MB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    Mindbody (NASDAQ:MB) provides cloud-based software solutions to the health and wellness industry: Think spas, yoga studios, and fitness classes. It’s a massive market that’s gone largely underserved — and Mindbody is working to address that need.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Fitbit Inc initially surging after its IPO before loosing most of its value while large capGarmin Ltd (NASDAQ: GRMN) (which hasa fitness segment)has moved back and forth from positive to negative territory and small cap online wellness services stockMINDBODY Inc (NASDAQ: MB) has taken off for the past year:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Fitbit initially surging after its IPO before loosing most of its value while large capGarmin Ltd (NASDAQ: GRMN) (which hasa fitness segment)has been range bound for over a year and small cap online wellness services stockMINDBODY Inc (NASDAQ: MB) has taken off with performance starting to moderate:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q3 2016 earnings report for small cap online wellness services stock MINDBODY Inc (NASDAQ: MB) is scheduled for after the market closes onWednesday (October 26th). MINDBODY Inc along withmid cap fitnessdevice stockFitbit Inc (NYSE: FIT) and small cap fitness center operator Planet Fitness Inc (NYSE: PLNT)allhad IPOsin the summer of 2015 raisingtalk of a fitness stock bubble brewing.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap online wellness services stock MINDBODY Inc (NASDAQ: MB) reportedQ2 2017 earnings after the market closed Wednesday with results beating expectations. Total revenue was up 31% to $44.1 million as subscription and services revenue rose 29% to $26.0 million and payments revenue rose 37% to $17.6 million. End of period subscribers increased 6% year over year to 59,345, end of period High Value Subscribers increased 13% year over year, average monthly revenue per subscriber (ARPS) grew 21% year over year to approximately $244 and payments volume increased 22% year over year to over $1.9 billion. The GAAP net losswas $4.4 million versus a GAAP net loss of $6.6 million. Rick Stollmeyer, Co-founder and CEO of MINDBODY, commented:

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: PDC Energy, Inc.(PDCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Names which screen well on a combination of attractive valuation and equitized capital structure, include Outperform rated Apache, Anadarko Petroleum,Gulfport Energy as well as Market Perform rated QEP Resources (QEP) and PDC Energy (PDCE).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Goldman Sachs analyst Brian Singer and team contend that EOG Resources (EOG), Diamondback Energy (FANG), PDC Energy (PDCE), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), and RSP Permian (RSPP) can benefit from greater productivity. They explain:

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: Prestige Brand Holdings Inc.(PBH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Castor believes the cash has disappeared into working capital, which has grown from 23% to more than 50% since 2008. Comparable company PrestigeBrand (PBH) uses 11%; Unilever(UL) and Colgate-Palmolive(CL) far less.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: Bayer Aktiengesellschaft (BAYRY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    You can torture the data many ways, of course, and there were some pharma price increases in the US, but apparently, they were not especially large. What hurt were discounting, especially for Xarelto, a Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY) oral anticoagulant which JNJ markets in the US; and the diabetes Invokana line.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Fertilizers are only one input when it comes to farming, the equipment business has suffered, and seed suppliers are certainly concerned. Perhaps that is why another merger occurred last week between Monsanto (NYSE:MON) and Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY). Bayer AG agreed to buy the U.S. seed manufacturer for $128 per share or approximately $47 billion creating a mammoth company with a combined value of almost $134.5 billion. The $128 per share price works out to a valuation of around 16 times earnings, which is cheap in a market where the average of S&P 500 stocks is trading at over 26.5 times earnings. However, the weakness in the agricultural sector caused disappointing earnings for Monsanto in the third quarter and a downbeat outlook for the future caused MON to accept Bayer’s bid. Bayer bought Monsanto at a low price, lowering the risk of the transaction for the German health care and agricultural giant.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    BeforeBayer(NASDAQOTH: BAYRY)arrived onto the scene, I viewedMonsanto(NYSE: MON)as an intriguing growth stock. It has a rich history of delivering value to shareholders and continues to hold a dominant technological edge over key competitors in crop protection products, seeds, and traits. While little has changed its promising pipeline and portfolio, the pending acquisition throws a wrench in anyone’s plans to start or add to a position. Uncertainty stemming from the merger provides several terrible reasons to buy Monsanto at this time.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    As the graphic below shows, ImmunoGen’s product pipeline is potentially significant. Furthermore, it is impressive to see the involvement and partnerships in these early stage compounds by some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies. This includes firms like Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), Roche (OTCQX:RHHBY), Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY), Sanofi (NYSE:SNY), Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY), and Novartis (NYSE:NVS).

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Nektar Therapeutics is working with Bayer AG (NASDAQOTH:BAYRY) on an inhaledversion of Amikacin, an anti-bacterial that if successful in trials could be used alongside standard of care to treat gram-negative pneumonia in intubated and mechanically ventilated patients. If it’s eventually approved in the U.S., Nektar Therapeutics will receive a flat 30% royalty on sales. It’s also working with Bayer on an inhaled powder formulation of Cipro that could be used to treat chronic lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients. Top-line phase 3 results on both drugs should be available this year.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Rivaroxaban was initially developed by Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). It later entered an agreement with Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY) to jointly complete the development process in 2005.

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It does not seem as if legendary value investor Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio), founder of the Baupost Group, is very confident about the seemingly incessant rise in U.S. stock markets. That puts him at odds with Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio), who seems as confident as ever in American markets.

In his recent letter, Klarman notes the markets are currently at “perilously high valuations.” Driving these valuations were “exuberant investors” who have “focused on the potential benefits of stimulative tax cuts, while mostly ignoring the risks from America-first protectionism and the erection of new trade barriers.” He believes the current political climate may “drive government deficits considerably higher,” potentially proving “quite inflationary, which would likely shock investors.”

Buffett has taken the opposite approach, deploying over $30 billion since the presidential election. Investments include roughly 43 million shares of Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) and just over 57 million shares of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Solus Alternative Asset Management LP’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Solus+Alternative+Asset+Management+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of Solus Alternative Asset Management LPC&J Energy Services Inc (CJ) – 7,553,128 shares, 48.21% of the total portfolio. Loral Space & Communications Inc (LORL) – 1,936,891 shares, 14.99% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.57%Visteon Corp (VC) – 633,018 shares, 12.03% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 22.88%Peabody Energy Corp (BTU) – 2,160,564 shares, 9.84% of the total portfolio. New PositionDynegy Inc (DYN) – 3,022,583 shares, 4.66%

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Visteon (VC) : “You need to let this one come down a little, then pull the trigger.”

    American Tower (AMT) : “This is the best in the business and is worth owning, even if the chart looks terrible.”

stock market futures: Fox Factory Holding Corp.(FOXF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ: FOXF) was down 1.8 percent after posting a 2.16 percent rise over the day.

    Finally, Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) gained 1.3 percent, continuing with the 3.85 percent spike it experienced on Friday trading.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is also a top pick for the first quarter, and Merrill Lynch’s price objective of $33.00 was versus a recent price of $28.50. The consensus analyst target price is a tad higher at $33.86.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jon Najarian noticed some call options activity in MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). Traders were buying the September 32/37 call spread in the first half of the session on Thursday. Najarian likes the trade and he decided to initiate a long position in MGM Resorts.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Wynn wasn’t the only Macau casino operator that took it on the chin today. Las Vegas Sands (LVS) tumbled 13% to $54.67, while Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL) plunged 14% to $16.87, and MGM Resorts International (MGM) dropped 4.3% to $28.65.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Bernstein maintains Outperform ratings on Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: MPEL) and the China units of Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN) and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    According to Deutsche Bank analyst Carlo Santarelli, news that Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) may be selling its Sands Bethlehem resort to MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) could be a win-win-win for Sands, MGM and MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE: MGP).

stock market futures: Genomic Health, Inc.(GHDX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Genomic Health (NASDAQ:GHDX) swung to a profit in the fourth quarter on the back of solid revenue growth and expects to have another productive year in 2017 as the company continues to increase reimbursement for its genetic tests.

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Genomic Health (NASDAQ:GHDX) closed up 10.2% Tuesday following its announcement of solid fourth-quarter earnings after the bell Monday. The company’s 2017 guidance certainly didn’t hurt investors’ confidence either.

stock market futures: Sotheby's(BID)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Sotheby’s (BID) has climbed 5.3% to $34 after the auction house’s earnings and revenue topped Street estimates.

    Tyson Foods (TSN) has gained 3.5% to $76.20 after beating earnings forecasts and raising its full-year guidance.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sothebys (NYSE: BID) reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Monday.

    Sothebys posted quarterly adjusted earnings of $1.35 per share on revenue of $308.69 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.17 per share on revenue of $277.28 million.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO), Medifast Inc. (NYSE: MED), Medley Capital Corp. (NYSE: MCC), Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) and Sothebys (NYSE: BID).

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Shares of auction house Sotheby’s (NYSE:BID) jumped as much as 14.7% in trading Monday after the company released fourth-quarter results. And shares kept steaming, trading 13.6% higher as of 12:30 p.m. EST.

  • [By Marshall Hargrave]

    Now Loeb's looking to put that capital to work in other markets, with the art market being a perfect candidate. Loeb and his Third Point hedge fund have started their latest activist campaign with leading auction house Sotheby's (NYSE: BID). Loeb joins fellow activist investor Marcato Capital in the stock.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Shares of auction house Sotheby’s (NYSE:BID) jumped 13.6% in February, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence, after a fourth-quarter earnings report wowed investors. And given the company’s momentum, 2017 could be a great year for the company.

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018

There was a lot to like in EOG Resources Inc.’s (NYSE:EOG) third quarter report on both the financial and operational front. Higher natural gas prices and relatively flat crude prices q-o-q helped increase EOG Resources Inc.’s net operating cash flow streams from $503 million in Q2 to $760 million in Q3. That implies an annualized run rate of just over $3 billion in cash flow and implies EOG Resources will have the firepower to enter 2017 with growth in mind.

EOG Resources was also able to lock in another $200 million in non-core asset sales in Q3, bringing its YTD haul up to $625 million. Keep in mind a decent chunk of that has yet to be realized on its balance sheet. The firm is selling off assets that don’t meet its premium drilling return guidelines as these are positions EOG knows it won’t develop for years if not decades.

At the end of Q3, EOG had $2.74 billion in current assets (up ~$290 million from Q2), $1.73 billion in current liabilities (up marginally q-o-q), and just under $7 billion in long term debt (flat sequentially). On the back of significant cash flow generation improvements EOG increased its 2016 capex budget by $200 million to $2.7 billion, which comes on top of roughly $400 million in annual dividend payments post-Yates acquisition.

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Ubiquiti Networks, Inc.(UBNT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Monday, small cap Ubiquiti Networks (NASDAQ: UBNT) fell 7.89%after notorious short seller Andrew Left/Citron Research issued a report calling the stock a fraud, but shares were regainingsome of what was lost in early Tuesdaytrading. Ubiquiti Networkseliminates barriers to connectivity for under-networked enterprises, communities and consumers with its leading-edge platforms that connect hundreds of millions of people throughout the world. With over 60 million devices sold worldwide, through a network of over 100 distributors, to customers in more than 180 countries and territories,the Companyhas maintained an industry-leading financial profile by leveraging a unique business model to develop products that combine innovative technology with disruptive price-to-performance characteristics.Growth is supported by the Ubiquiti Community, a global grass-roots community of 4 million entrepreneurial operators and systems integrators who engage in thousands of forums.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Ubiquiti Networks Inc.(NASDAQ:UBNT) were down 13.4% as of 1:30 p.m. EST Friday after the networking hardware company released mixed fiscal second-quarter 2017 results.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, technology shares rose by just 0.2 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Ubiquiti Networks Inc (NASDAQ: UBNT), down 14 percent, and Magnachip Semiconductor Corp (NYSE: MX), down 12 percent.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q2 2017 earnings report formid cap network communication platform makerUbiquiti Networks Inc (NASDAQ: UBNT) is scheduled for after the market closes on Thursday (February 9). Ubiquiti Networkshas been in our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio as a M2M growth play with plenty of cash and very little debt. When we added the stock in November 2014, our SCN EO newsletternoted:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap network communication platform makerUbiquiti Networks Inc (NASDAQ: UBNT) reportedfiscal Q4 2017 earnings before the market opened with shares surging 16.56% when the market closed. Revenues increased 23% year-over-year and 4.7% sequentially to $228.6 million, primarily driven by continued strong demand for new product offerings across the Company’s product lines. Enterprise Technology revenues increased 49% year-over-year, primarily driven by continued adoption of the Company’s UniFi product family of access points, switches, gateways and IP cameras.Service Provider Technology revenues increased 5% year-over-year and 10% sequentially, primarily driven by the Company’s airMAX AC and airMAX AC Gen 2 product lines. GAAP Net Income was $60.7 million versus $57.7 million. Total cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2017 were $604.2 million versus $533.9 million as of March 31, 2017, representing an increase of over 13%.

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Fox Factory Holding Corp.(FOXF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ: FOXF) was down 1.8 percent after posting a 2.16 percent rise over the day.

    Finally, Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) gained 1.3 percent, continuing with the 3.85 percent spike it experienced on Friday trading.

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Enviva Partners, LP(EVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Manikandan Raman]

    There also some lesser known clean energy stocks that may witness downward movement on potential Trump win on negative sentiment. They include Pattern Energy Group Inc (NASDAQ: PEGI), Enviva Partners LP (NYSE: EVA), TerraForm Global Inc (NASDAQ: GLBL), Renewable Energy Group Inc (NASDAQ: REGI) and Ameresco Inc (NYSE: AMRC).

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc(VRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    On Tuesday, it’s Domino’s Pizza (DPZ) , Target (TGT) and Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) reporting. Cramer was bullish on Domino’s but warned it may be a target for short sellers. He was also cautiously optimistic on both Target and Valeant.

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    Caladrius Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLBS) shares rose 20.2 percent to $6.13 in pre-market trading after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss.
    Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS) rose 12.3 percent to $3.20 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it has licensed LNP delivery technology to Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) for use in single messenger RNA product candidate.
    AveXis Inc (NASDAQ: AVXS) rose 12.2 percent to $81.66 in pre-market trading after the company reported topline data from Phase 1 trial of AVXS-101.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares rose 10.5 percent to $2.43 in pre-market trading after surging 109.52 percent on Thursday.
    ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC. (NASDAQ: IMOS) rose 9.8 percent to $17.45 in pre-market trading after declining 0.44 percent on Thursday.
    Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SINO) rose 8.3 percent to $3.38 in pre-market trading after climbing 23.81 percent on Thursday.
    Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) rose 7.6 percent to $2.99 in pre-market trading after surging 12.55 percent on Thursday.
    Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) rose 5.2 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading. Steel Dynamics expects Q1 earnings of $0.77 to $0.81 per diluted share. The company also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1550 per common share.
    Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE)
  • [By Peter Graham]

    Controversialmid capspecialty pharmastockValeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE: VRX) reportedQ1 2017 earnings before the market opened this morning with shares soaring in premarket trading. Valeant Pharmaceuticalshad beenwidelycriticized for pioneering the highly lucrative business model of acquiring pharmaceutical companies or their drugs, incorporating these drugs intoits sales and supply chain and thenjacking up the prices of these medications to levels contemporaneous with similar pharmaceutical products. In February 2016,the Companydisclosed that it was under investigation by the SEC and by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Southern District of New York and then came under further criticism from politicians.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    It’s been a long time since Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:VRX) stock was in a legitimate uptrend. Despite the hiring of a new CEO last year to right the ship, Valeant’s share price has continued to fall.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) dropped about 5.8% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $12.30 after closing at $13.06 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $70.43. Volume was about 50% above daily average of around 16.2 million shares. The company paid down about $1.1 billion in secured term loans and now seeks to refinance and amend its existing credit agreement, borrow more money under the agreement, and issue new secured debt.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) has been in the spotlight for a couple years and is now fighting to stay alive. The company initially brought in new executives and tried new initiatives to turn around the company but shares still have dropped. In its most recent attempt, Valeant announced that it intends to refinance some of its debt. One key analyst thinks that this might be a sign to abandon ship.

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Media General, Inc.(MEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Media General Inc (NYSE: MEG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $340.17 million.

    National Health Investors Inc (NYSE: NHI) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.17 per share on revenue of $57.82 million.

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: ClubCorp Holdings, Inc.(MYCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of ClubCorp Holdings Inc. (NYSE:MYCC) jumped 15.7% Thursday after reports stating the private golf and country-club specialist is considering strategic alternatives.

Top Medical Stocks To Buy For 2018

When investors think of cannabinoid or marijuana stocks, they either think of better known stocks likeGW Pharmaceuticals PLC (NASDAQ: GWPH)and Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ZYNE) that trade on bigger exchanges orCannabis Science Inc (OTCMKTS: CBIS) and Medical Marijuana Inc (OTCMKTS: MJNA) that are stilllisted on the OTC. However, there are other more indirect ways to invest in growing cannabinoid or marijuana acceptance.

Small cap Lexaria Bioscience Corp (OTCQB: LXRP)is a food sciences company focused on the delivery of active compounds that can behave as superfoods through its proprietary infusion technologies.This technology enables higher bioavailability rates for CBD, THC, NSAIDs, Nicotine and other molecules than is possible without lipophilic enhancement technology allowing for lower overall dosing requirements and/or higher effectiveness in active molecule delivery.The Companyhopes to reduce other common, but less healthy ingestion methods such as smoking as it embraces the benefits of public health.

Top Medical Stocks To Buy For 2018: Super Micro Computer, Inc.(SMCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, small cap Super Micro Computer (NASDAQ: SMCI) fell 7.52% after receivingnotification letter from Nasdaq stating that the Company is not in compliance with Nasdaq listing rule 5250(c)(1), which requires timely filing of reports with the SEC. Super Micro Computer isa global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology and innovation, is a premier provider of end-to-end green computing solutions for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro’s advanced Server Building Block Solutions庐 offer a vast array of components for building energy-efficient, application-optimized, computing solutions. Architecture innovations include Twin, TwinPro, FatTwin, Ultra Series, MicroCloud, MicroBlade, SuperBlade庐, Simply Double, Double-sided Storage庐, Battery Backup Power (BBP庐) modules and WIO/UIO. Products include servers, blades, GPU systems, workstations, motherboards, chassis, power supplies, storage, networking, server management software and SuperRack庐 cabinets/accessories delivering unrivaled performance and value.

Top Medical Stocks To Buy For 2018: Abertis Infraestructuras S.A. (ABFOF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Atlantia (ATASF) (AT.IM), Eiffage (OTCPK:EFGSY) (FGR.FP), Ferrovial (OTC:FRRVF) (FER.SM), Albertis (OTC:ABFOF) (ABE.SM) and Vinci (OTCPK:VCISF) (DG.FP)

Top Medical Stocks To Buy For 2018: Royal Dutch Shell PLC(RDS.A)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Global oil prices nudged higher Monday even amid reports that Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) is re-starting a key Houston refinery that was shuttered by Hurricane Harvey three weeks ago.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Specifically, the oil supermajors are ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), BP Plc. (NYSE: BP), Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX), Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: RDS.A), Conoco Phillips (NYSE: COP), Eni SpA (NYSE ADR: E), and Total SA (NYSE ADR: TOT).

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    A $2 trillion valuation makes the company worth more than Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX), BP Plc. (NYSE ADR:BP), Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), and Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE: RDS.A) – combined.

Top Medical Stocks To Buy For 2018: Fox Factory Holding Corp.(FOXF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ: FOXF) was down 1.8 percent after posting a 2.16 percent rise over the day.

    Finally, Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) gained 1.3 percent, continuing with the 3.85 percent spike it experienced on Friday trading.