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Top 5 Bank Stocks For 2018

In this multi-article analysis, we’ve been analyzing JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s (JPM) Q3 earnings report by first breaking out the areas that drove revenue and led to an EPS beat for the quarter. Also, we have been looking at how those revenue drivers will likely position the bank for Q4 and 2018.

In my first article, we looked at loan and net interest income growth for the bank and how the balance sheet was managed so effectively.

In this article, we’ll tackle the problem area for the quarter – fixed-income trading revenue which was down 27% on a year over year basis. If you follow the news, you couldn’t miss the trading revenue headline following the earnings release.

However, I believe Q3 was a good quarter for JPM’s fixed-income trading division particularly given the market challenges. And to take my thesis a step farther, for long-term investors, the bank is doing all the right things despite the headlines of a 27% decline in revenue.

If you follow my articles on Seeking Alpha, you know we’ve been touting that the economic backdrop is favorable for banks this year and into next year. Economic growth typically leads to loan demand from businesses as they increase capital investment and loan demand from consumers in the form of credit cards, mortgages, and auto loans.

Top 5 Bank Stocks For 2018: Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(BRK.A)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) (BRK.B) was upgraded to a “stable” rating outlook at S&P (SPGI) from a “watch negative” outlook on Tuesday.

  • [By Diane Alter]

    The sector took off in November when 13F filings revealed Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A) bought shares in American Airlines Group Inc. (Nasdaq: AAL), United Continental Holdings Inc. (NYSE: UAL), Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV), and Delta.

  • [By Virendra Singh Chauhan]

    Warren Buffett-ledBerkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) has been on a tear following the US Presidential election. The BRK.A stock is up 12.2% since November 8, outperforming the S&P 500 (INDX:SPAL), which is up 6% in the same period. While Buffett was a clear and staunch supporter of Hillary, it could come across as a surprise that investors have been buying BRK.A stock in droves. Can Berkshire Hathaway maintain its strong uptrend? Well, while the stock seems to be on a run, this rally could be far longer taking the stock higher under the Trump Presidency. Berkshire Hathaway looks set for a big 2017. Here is why.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    At $257,200.00 a share, investing in Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A) is simply not an option for most retail investors like us. But the nearly 50 other “Warren Buffett stocks” that Berkshire invests in come at a much lower price point.

Top 5 Bank Stocks For 2018: SPAR Group Inc.(SGRP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap international merchandising and marketing services stockSPAR Group Inc (NASDAQ: SGRP):

Top 5 Bank Stocks For 2018: Frontier Communications Corporation(FTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) dropped about 4.2% on Wednesday to record a new 52-week low of $2.51 against a high of $5.75. The stock closed at $2.62 on Tuesday. Volume was about a third higher than the daily average of around 25 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday, but the struggling company continues getting slaughtered.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares climbed by 1.24 percent in the US market on Thursday. Top gainers in the sector included Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), and Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ: FTR).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) which jumped about 4.7% to $1.35. The stocks 52-week range is $1.19 to $5.31. Volume was 46.4 million compared with the daily average 51.0 million shares.

Top 5 Bank Stocks For 2018: Enphase Energy, Inc.(ENPH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    UPDATE: I stand corrected. There does appear to be a reason for First Solar’s market-leading move today. Axiom Capital’s Gordon Johnson attributes the rise to the $10 million investment in Enphase Energy (ENPH), which makes “microinverter systems for the solar photovoltaic industry,” by investors T.J. Rodgers and John Doerr.

Top 5 Bank Stocks For 2018: Data I/O Corporation(DAIO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, technology shares fell 2.51 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), down 15 percent, and Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) down 13 percent.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now

When revenue inPalo Alto Networks Inc.’s (NYSE:PANW) latest quarter fell short of Wall Street’s expectations a few weeks ago, shares of the next-gen security specialist plummeted more than 20% in a single day. To blame, according to Palo Alto, were execution challenges that the company insists it’s “moving quickly to address.”

With shares now more than 30% below their 52-week high set this past December, that raises the question: Are Palo Alto’s best days ahead?

For investors who don’t mind some potential volatility along the way, I think so.

IMAGE SOURCE: PALO ALTO NETWORKS

The root of Palo Alto Networks’ problem

That’s not to say Palo Alto’s results looked bad on the surface. For its fiscal second quarter of 2017, revenue climbed 26.3% year over year, to $422.6 million, while adjusted net income per share increased 46.5%, to $0.63. But by contrast, while earnings came in near the high end of expectations, Palo Alto’s guidance called for higher revenue of $426 million to $432 million.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: TransUnion(TRU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Ready To Shop? A highlight this coming week is Black Friday, and recent data hint that shoppers might be ready. A record 195.9 million consumers now have access to revolving credit such as bank-issued and private label credit cards, TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) said in a recent press release. This is the highest level of revolving credit access since TRU began measuring the variable and is greater than the 192.6 million consumers who had access to such credit products in Q3 2016. “The third quarter of 2017 exhibited a lending market that continued to operate in a stable manner, with consumers continuing to gain access to credit and take advantage of that access,” said Ezra Becker, senior vice president and head of research and consulting for TransUnion, in the press release. “However, we are beginning to see a slowdown in originations, which may be a signal of saturation in the lower-risk credit tiers and some pull-back in lender risk appetite in the higher-risk tiers.” Still, Becker predicted a “robust holiday shopping season.”

Top Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: Frontier Communications Corporation(FTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) dropped about 6.9% on Tuesday to record a new 52-week low of $2.57 against a high of $5.77. The stock closed at $2.76 on Monday. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 25 million shares. The company had no specific news Tuesday, but the struggling company is just getting slaughtered.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares climbed 0.56 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ: FTR), and 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT).

  • [By Andrew Tonner]

    Though they operate in the same industry, Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) and Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) are two telecom companies of a very different nature.

  • [By Steve Symington, Travis Hoium, and Keith Noonan]

    So with the aim of offering a few concrete examples to that end, we asked three top Motley Fool contributors to each discuss a high-risk dividend stock investors should probably avoid. Read on to see why they chose Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR), Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF), and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A)(NYSE:RDS-B).

  • [By Matthew Argersinger]

    My award for most entertaining pitch at this year’s Sohn conference definitely goes to Josh Resnick, the founder and managing partner of Jericho Capital. Resnick pinpointed Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) as a walking dead “carcass” of a company that’s destined to go to $0. Yes, Resnick and Jericho are short the company betting it will go down.

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) faces a key moment when it reports fourth-quarter results Feb. 27.

    The company has already reported on two quarters since it spent $10.45 billion buying Verizon’s (NYSE:VZ) wireline operations in California, Texas and Florida (CTF). That was a risky deal that gave the company 3.3 million new voice connections, 2.1 million more broadband subscribers, and 1.2 million FiOS video customers.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: iShares Mortgage Real Estate Capped (REM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Donald van Deventer]

    The latest implied forward rate forecast from Kamakura Corporation shows projected 10-year U.S. Treasury yields differing -0.07% to 0.03% from last week while fixed rate mortgage yields varied by -0.01% to 0.08%. Mortgage yields, determined by the Monday through Wednesday weekly survey of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, lag Treasury movements simply because of the 3-day yield calculation used in the Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield is projected to rise from 2.92% at Thursday’s close (down 0.06% from last week) to 3.374% (down 0.06% from last week) in one year. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield in ten years is forecast to reach 4.639%, 1 basis point lower than last week. The 15-year fixed rate mortgage rate is forecast to rise from the effective yield of 3.69% on Thursday (down 0.001% from last week) to 4.222% (down 0.006% from last week) in one year and 6.29% in 10 years, up 0.038% from last week. We explain the background for these calculations in the rest of this note, along with some mortgage servicing rights metrics. The forecast allows investors in exchange traded U.S. Treasury funds (TLT) (TBT), total return bond funds (BOND), municipal bonds (NUV) and exchange traded mortgage funds (REM) to assess likely total returns over the next 120 months. Treasury-related exchange traded funds affected by the forward rates include:

A 2017 Year-End Portfolio Of Bounce Candidates Expected To Outperform In January

Toward the end of the calendar year, artificial selling can cause mispricings in stocks. Some non-economic sellers are individuals who are locking in losses for personal tax purposes. Others are institutional investors who aren’t eager to explain to paying clients why they were invested in losers. In certain stocks, this non-economic selling depresses prices into year-end. These artificially depressed stocks could bounce in the new year, providing nimble bargain hunters with an opportunity to profit.

The best bounce candidates are usually those stocks that have declined the most, often due to investor dismay at real problems at the company. It is difficult to sort out which risky, underperforming companies will perform well in January. Many will temporarily bounce and then resume their earlier decline (e.g., Frontier Communications (NYSE:FTR) from Great Quarter’s 2016 year-end bounce portfolio). Others could turn around and become good performers in the new year (e.g., Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) from Great Quarter’s 2016 year-end bounce portfolio). Buying a basket is the optimal way to execute this strategy.

A good bounce candidate will meet most of the following criteria:

Bottom 10% of S&P 500 performers for the calendar year Declining stock price into late December Manageable perceived headline risk

While some in the year-end bounce portfolio basket will turn out to be bad performers, particularly as the year ages, the expectation is that the basket as a whole will outperform the S&P 500 during January, hopefully by five percentage points. There are risks. This year, a new risk has emerged: the new tax plan could cause sufficient noise that the bounce strategy does not work. I am willing to take the risks. Plan is to exit in January.

2017 Year-End Bounce Portfolio

2017 has been a great year for the S&P 500 index, returning over 20% before dividends through last night (omitting the final trading day of 2017). Still, 123 S&P 500 components had a negative return before dividends. Eighteen S&P 500 components can boast stocks that fell more than 25% in 2017 before dividends. The year-end bounce portfolio is selected from those S&P 500 names.















As you would expect for stocks that have declined more than 25% in a year when the S&P 500 index increased by 20%, all of these names have bad stories. Indeed, many of the names in the bounce portfolio have been the subject of well-researched, correctly bearish articles on Seeking Alpha. But, as stated above, the bounce strategy narrowly attempts to take advantage of overly depressed stock prices, betting that, as a portfolio, the stocks will bounce in January, hopefully outperforming the S&P 500 by 500 basis points. (To measure performance, we will use the closing prices of 2017 as the start point as well as closing prices on exit days, presumably in January.) Whether the bounce strategy will work this year remains to be seen.

How did last year’s Year-End Bounce Portfolio perform?

As shown in the chart below, the 2016 Year-End Bounce Portfolio did achieve our late-December stated goal by outperforming the S&P 500 in January by five percentage points. (On a closing basis, the portfolio outperformed by 538 basis points on the Jan. 17th close, although Great Quarter averaged 366-basis-point outperformance in time-stamped exits via Jan. 10th and Jan. 19th Seeking Alpha comments.) Impressively, on a year-to-date basis, the bounce portfolio outperformed the S&P 500 every day in January, 2017.

On Feb. 3rd, the year-end bounce portfolio’s year-to-date relative performance turned negative, culminating in a 10-percentage-point relative decline in March. Ouch! That severe underperformance underscores the plan to exit the trade in the month of January. Many of the worst-performing stocks at the end of a calendar year really do deserve to underperform, even if the underperformance is exaggerated at year-end and a bounce might be warranted early in the new year.

Underscoring the power of the bounce, during the first half of 2017 there were three days when 11 of 12 components outperformed the S&P 500, all in the first half of January: Jan. 5th, 6th, and 13th. (There was never a day when all 12 outperformed on the same day.) Similarly, in the first half of 2017, there were three days when only one of the 12 components outperformed the S&P, all in March: March 15th, 16th, and 20th.

Disclosure: I am/we are long RRC, UAA, SCG, EVHC, GE, MAT, CHK, AAP, SIG, FL, APA, NWL, M.

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Hot Performing Stocks For 2018

At first glance investors may be confounded by Shake Shack’s (NYSE: SHAK) earnings multiple of 86.67, leaving observers in awe over how a burger company can be trading as if it has an economic moat the size of Nvidia’s or Amazon’s. Investors on this very site have even cited Shake Shack’s valuation as reason to dismiss the stock, pointing to a valuation that is nearly three times the size of other high-performing restaurant stocks.

While these investors are correct in their assertions that the valuation is comparatively high, what’s really important is whether or not it is justified. For one, comparing the company’s valuation to the restaurant sector in general without adjusting for differences in expected growth is an exercise in ignoring the differences in growth stages between companies. The real question is not “is Shake Shack’s valuation justified compared to other restaurants?” but rather “is Shake Shack’s valuation justified by underlying growth rates?”

Consider as an example Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the pizza chain which has seen its stock soar almost 400% over the past five years. Currently trading at just over 40 times earnings, Domino’s grew top-line revenue 16.9% last quarter by expanding its store count 7% and posting a same store sales increase of 13%. Despite the proliferation in dough being spun at the chain it remains a terrible benchmark comparison for Shake Shack for all purposes other than setting a valuation floor because of the stark difference in store count growth rate.

Hot Performing Stocks For 2018: Diamondrock Hospitality Company(DRH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    DiamondRock Hospitality Company (NYSE: DRH) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $218.42 million.

    Weyerhaeuser Co (NYSE: WY) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share.

Hot Performing Stocks For 2018: Twitter, Inc.(TWTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) fell 10.5% in February 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    So what

    Essentially all of Twitter’s February pain arrived on the 9th, following the company’s fourth-quarter earnings report. The microblogging service’s once-vibrant revenue growth slowed down to a 1% year-over-year gain, while bottom-line GAAP losses doubled.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Twitter Inc.’s (NYSE: TWTR) Twitter platform posted a gain of nearly half an hour in a user’s monthly average, to 3 hours and 2 minutes, although the average number of monthly sessions dipped from 37 to 32. The average length of a Twitter session rose by more than a minute and a half to 5 minutes and 44 seconds. Twitter’s stickiness score dropped from 43% to 27%.

Hot Performing Stocks For 2018: Frontier Communications Corporation(FTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) on Thursday matched a 52-week low of $2.49 posted on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $5.75. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 25.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday but is on its way to posting a gain of more than 5% for the day.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares climbed by 1.24 percent in the US market on Thursday. Top gainers in the sector included Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), and Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ: FTR).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) dropped about 4.5% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $1.26 after closing Wednesday at $1.32. The 52-week high is $5.42. Volume of around 35 million shares was about 35% below the daily average of around 49 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) which traded down 5.1% at $2.62. The stocks 52-week range is $2.57 to $5.77. Volume was about 175% above the daily average of around 25 million shares. The telecom company had no specific news but was continuing its fall after its fourth quarter earnings.

Hot Performing Stocks For 2018: China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd.(CHL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.12 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: CHL), down 3 percent, and Partner Communications Company Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: PTNR), down 1.5 percent.

  • [By David Goodboy]

    Rumors are that Apple will use this opportunity to announce the long-awaited deal with China Mobile (NYSE: CHL), which is the world's largest cellphone carrier with more than 700 million active users. Clearly, there are impediments in the way, but the potential for a lower-priced iPhone for this market means strong possibilities remain. This deal would be a major upside catalyst for Apple shares.

  • [By Motif Investing]

    The most heavily weighted names in the motif are China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: CHL), Aibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA), Baidu Inc (NASDAQ: BIDU), India's HDFC Bank (NYSE: HDB) and Russia's Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (NYSE: MBT).

Hot Performing Stocks For 2018: eBay Inc.(EBAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Alphabet’s (GOOGL)  Waymo has hired Tekedra Mawakana as its new VP of public policy and government affairs, according to Recode.

    The hire illustrates the company preparing for a legal war against Uber regarding autonomous vehicles, and for policy battles regarding government affairs with Washington and around the country.

    “As we take fully self-driving cars to the roads, Tekedra will work with policymakers at all levels to realize the enormous safety, mobility and economic benefits of this technology,” CEO of Waymo John Krafcik said in a statement to Recode on Monday.

    Mawakana has previously served as VP of global government relations at eBay (EBAY) ,  Yahoo’s! (YHOO) deputy general counsel and has held policy positions over the course of about a dozen years at AOL. 

    (Alphabet is a core holding in Jim Cramer’s charitable trust Action Alerts PLUS. See all of his holding with a free trial here. )

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    EBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) stock was volatile in 2016, but that volatility has ended. EBAY dropped 10% in October after announcing poor fiscal year 2016 earnings. Since then, eBay stock is up 19%, more than recovering from the initial losses.

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    On the surface, eBay Inc.(Nasdaq: EBAY) seems to be flying again, with 25% stock gains so far this year and 171 million registered users behind it.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap Namaste Technologies (OTCMKTS: NXTTF; CNSX: N)is already a global leader in vaporizer product distribution and manufacturing (as itowns and operates over 30 online retail sites in 20+ countries); but its about to become even bigger thanks to a deal announced last week with eCommerce behemoth eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY). As one of a select number of companies in the vaporizers and accessories industry to be permitted to distribute through eBay’s marketplace, Namaste Technologies will list its products under the recently launched vaporizers and e-cigarettes category.

Hot Performing Stocks For 2018: L Brands, Inc.(LB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    On Thursday's edition of PreMarket Prep, we're discussing earnings from Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT), Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) and L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB). Plus Nelson Peltz's battle with Proctor & Gamble Co (NYSE: PG) and the biggest ratings changes of the day. 

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    L Brands (LB) has jumped 3.9% to $44.80 despite reporting weaker than expected same-store sales.

    Costco Wholesale (COST) has risen 1.8% to $170 after its same-store sales rose 6% in March.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    L Brands (LB) has fallen 2.5% to $66.25 after beating earnings forecasts but offering disappointing guidance.

    Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) has jumped 13% to $40.40 after announcing that an independent review found no evidence that accounting errors were intentional.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) which jumped about 11% to $47.85. The stocks 52-week range is $43.04 to $87.16. Volume was 13.9 million which is above the daily average of around 4.2 million shares.

stock market returns

JPMorgan’s Matthew Boss and team explain why they added Nike (NKE) to their focus list but removedLululemon Athletica(LULU):

NIKE

With the brunt of 4Q EPS now in the rear mirror we thought value-add to lay out our updated thoughts and setups into key upcoming catalysts across our Dept Stores/Specialty Softlines space the next two weeks. Stock Specific: (1) Nike: our recent field work and industry laterals (sporting, mid-tier channel, off-pricers) point to near-term reality better than heightened inventory/gross margin fears with the company’s multi-year high-single to low-double-digit top-line and mid-to-high-teens bottom-line profit algorithm more/less unmatched in our coverage – Raise PT to $72 and add to JPMs U.S. Equity Analyst Focus List as a Growth strategy pick. (2) Lululemon: we see 1Q EPS set below the Street (JPM at $0.32 on 170bps of GPM contraction vs. Street at $0.37 embedding GPM down 60bps) setting up a materially 2H weighted FY16 guide, in our view (JPM modeling +4% 1H16 EPS growth vs. +31.2% growth in 2H16) – Remain OW with $66 PT removing from JPMs U.S. Equity Analyst Focus List up ~20% (vs. SPX +5%) since added on 9/10/15 (= 1.2x PEG vs. 0.8x six months ago on EPS estimates ~10% lower).

stock market returns: VEXIM EUR0.10 (VXMFF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    French medical device maker Vexim (OTC:VXMFF) contracted with an unnamed China lab to begin China registration studies for its vertebral fracture repair device, SpineJack庐. Vexim recently was granted patents for the device in China and Japan. SpineJack is an implant designed to repair a fractured vertebra and restore spinal cord balance. The 30 minute procedure is useful in 95% of vertebral fractures, according to Vexim. SpineJack was CE marked for EU use in 2010 and now is indicated for trauma and other vertebral fractures.

stock market returns: PAR Technology Corporation(PAR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Tuesday, technology shares gained by 1.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: HIMX), up 13 percent, and PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR), up 9 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR) shares were also up, gaining 15 percent to $6.59. Par Technology reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.13 per share on revenue of $56.8 million.

stock market returns: Randgold Resources Limited(GOLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Thus we are still extremely cautious in gold as we are a bit worried about next week’s job report being positive and knocking gold down, but we maintain our core positions in gold. But we aren’t looking to re-establish any of our sold gold and silver positions just yet until we see more of a pullback in the metals or a bad jobs report and thus we think investors should hold off or lighten up on gold positions in the ETF’s and miners such as the SPDR Gold Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:GLD), ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:SGOL), iShares Silver Trust (NYSEARCA:SLV), and miners such as Randgold (GOLD) and Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Gold mining stocks were also lower, with Randgold Resources (GOLD) falling around 1.5% and Fresnillo Plc (FNLPF) slipping 0.85%. Randgold’s 10.66% advance over the past three months, however, has nearly doubled that of spot gold prices while Fresnillo’s 15.82% rise is nearly three times higher than the bullion’s gain over the same period. 

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Seabridge Gold (SA) : “I like profitable gold companies like Randgold Resources (GOLD) and Kirkland Lake (KL) .”

    Impinj (PI) : “That’s a crowded market, you need to be careful.”

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    This list shows the top-performing gold stocks this month, which we’ll be watching in September 2017. While these stocks posted gains in August, we still aren’t recommending them. Instead, we’re going to show you Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth’s pick for the best gold stock to buy this year…

    Top Gold Stock Share Price August 2017 Gain
    Sibanye Gold Ltd. (NYSE ADR: SBGL) $6.35 +22.9%
    Iamgold Corp. (NYSE: IAG) $6.49 +20%
    Alamos Gold Inc. (NYSE: AGI) $8.17 +15.1%
    Franco Nevada Corp. (NYSE: FNV) $81.20 +11.6%
    Hudbay Minerals Inc. (NYSE: HBM) $8.70 +11.5%
    Gold Fields Ltd. (NYSE ADR: GFI) $4.42 +10.9%
    Randgold Resources Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: GOLD) $101.90 +9.6%
    Harmony Gold Mining Co. (NYSE ADR: HMY) $1.97 +8.8%
    Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (NYSE: AEM) $50.60 +8.4%
    Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE: AUY) $2.81 +7.9%

    Life-Changing Profits: This investing strategy has racked up 30 triple-digit wins so far this year – and 46 in the last 12 months. To learn how to get in position for the next one, click here now…

stock market returns: Frontier Communications Corporation(FTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) faces a key moment when it reports fourth-quarter results Feb. 27.

    The company has already reported on two quarters since it spent $10.45 billion buying Verizon’s (NYSE:VZ) wireline operations in California, Texas and Florida (CTF). That was a risky deal that gave the company 3.3 million new voice connections, 2.1 million more broadband subscribers, and 1.2 million FiOS video customers.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) dropped about 5.6% on Monday to record a new 52-week low of $2.71 against a high of $5.85. The stock closed at $2.87 on Friday. Volume was about 70% above the daily average of around 24 million shares. The company had no specific news Monday.

  • [By Matthew Argersinger]

    My award for most entertaining pitch at this year’s Sohn conference definitely goes to Josh Resnick, the founder and managing partner of Jericho Capital. Resnick pinpointed Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) as a walking dead “carcass” of a company that’s destined to go to $0. Yes, Resnick and Jericho are short the company betting it will go down.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) dropped 0.1% Wednesday, to post a new 52-week low of $2.90 after closing at $2.93 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $5.85. Volume was about 25% higher than the daily average of around 23 million shares. The company missed estimates badly on Monday, but has managed somehow to hang onto its 12.77% dividend yield..

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) which traded down about 9.8% at $1.29. The stocks 52-week range is $1.29 to $5.53. Volume was 74.0 million versus the daily average of 48.5 million shares.

stock market returns: Oil States International Inc.(OIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael J. Carr]

    Einhorn selects investments with a traditional value approach, although he may not be as patient as a typical value investor. Einhorn took Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) to court in an effort to force the company to return cash to shareholders, and more recently challenged Oil States International (NYSE: OIS) to unlock shareholder value.

  • [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.

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Wynn Resorts (WYNN) sunk to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after China said it would limit ATM withdrawals in Macau.

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Shares of Wynn Resorts dropped 11% to$90.72 today, while the S&P 500 gained 0.2% to 2,246.19.

My colleague Dimitra DeFotis, who runs Barron’s Emerging Markets Daily, explains what happened:

The move is another in a series to tackle the flight of illicit Chinese cash via casinos. According to a South China Morning Post story, Macaus monetary authority is halving the cash withdrawals allowed for holders of China UnionPay bank cards, effective Saturday. Billions of yuan reportedly have disappeared from the mainland, despite government currency restrictions on card purchases of gambling chips.

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.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2018: Telecom Italia S.P.A.(TI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.29 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Telecom Italia SpA (ADR) (NYSE: TI), down 4 percent, and Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: IIJI), down 3 percent.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2018: Tahoe Resources, Inc.(TAHO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Tahoe Resources Inc. (NYSE: TAHO) dropped about 8.6% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $7.27 after closing at $7.95 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $17.01. Volume was approaching double the daily average of around 2.6 million shares. The gold and silver miner reported results last night that missed profit estimates.

  • [By Diane Alter]

    Best Silver Stocks to Buy Now, No. 1: Tahoe Resources (NYSE: TAHO) is a Nevada-based silver miner that operates in the Americas. The company primarily produces silver, but also works with copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, and petroleum. On Aug. 10, TAHO reported Q2 earnings per share of $0.19, $0.05 better than expected. Revenue rose 70.6% year over year to $228.3 million. The company recorded half-year production of 11.4 million ounces of silver and 167,168 ounces of gold. Based on operating results during the first six months of 2016, and expectations for the second half of the year, TAHO expects to achieve the top end of its 2016 guidance for silver production. New quarterly filings reveal influential hedge fund Bridgewater Associates took a new position of approximately 200,000 TAHO shares. At $13.89, TAHO is up 60.32% in 2016.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2018: MGM Resorts International(MGM)

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 Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) to report quarterly earnings at $0.10 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion before the opening bell. Avon Products shares rose 2.39 percent to $6.00 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) to report quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.44 billion before the opening bell. MGM shares rose 1.01 percent to $29.90 in after-hours trading.
    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter and raised its quarterly dividend to $0.29 per share. Cisco shares rose 2.13 percent to $33.52 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $2.01 billion. Dean Foods shares rose 0.49 percent to $20.55 in after-hours trading.
    Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP) posted weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Wednesday. Tripadvisor shares dropped 5.60 percent to $49.75 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM) to have earned $0.77 per share on revenue of $3.42 billion in the latest quarter. Waste Management will release earnings before the markets open. Waste Management shares rose 2.27 percent to $72.97 in after-hours trading.

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  • [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 Rich Duprey]

    The big casinos certainly want to spend big. Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) says a new integrated resort in Japan will cost anywhere from $6 billion to $10 billion, two to three times more than it spent on building its brand new French-themed Parisian resort in Macau. MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM) says it, too, could spend $10 billion for a new casino in Japan, quadruple the cost of its MGM Cotai that’s scheduled to open later this year. Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) hasn’t put a price tag on it yet, though it spent over $4 billion to open the Palace in Macau last August, but CEO Steve Wynn says the opportunity is “thoroughly delicious.”

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    With companies like Under Armour (UAA), MGM Resorts International (MGM), andUnited Parcel Service (UPS) reporting tomorrow, we thought we’d get a jump start on the stocks moving after today’s close:

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2018: Lannett Co Inc(LCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE: EW) announced plans to buy Valtech Cardio for $340 million in cash and stock. The company also announced a $1 billion buyback plan.
    Epizyme Inc (NASDAQ: EPZM) disclosed that it has received Fast Track designation for tazemetostat.
    Athene Holding Ltd. (NYSE: ATH) reported that it has priced its 23.8 million share IPO between $38 per share and $42 per share.
    Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI) reported the approval for its Metaxalone Tablets USP, 800 mg.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    We’ve compiled a list of the most heavily shorted stocks to show you which stocks have the most negative sentiment on the market…

    Company Name (Ticker)Short FloatShare PriceHanwha Q Cells Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: HQCL)98.52%$ 8.88Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN)91.59%$ 8.53Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE: WTW)67.92%$12.57INSYS Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: INSY)66.71%$10.74Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO)66.34%$33.17Nutanix Inc. (Nasdaq: NTNX)65.65%$31.96Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT)55.15%$ 6.06Weibo Corp. (Nasdaq ADR: WB)53.83%$55.26RPC Inc. (NYSE: RES)53.62%$21.19Straight Path Communications Inc. (NYSEMKT: STRP)49.27%$34.79Momo Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: MOMO)48.63%$26.80Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG)46.91%$44.87Lannett Company Inc. (NYSE: LCI)45.46%$23.00Gogo Inc. (Nasdaq: GOGO)43.98%$ 9.10Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA (Nasdaq: ASPS)42.78%$22.73Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE ADR: CMCM)40.86%$10.00

    Some investors think the only way to profit from the stock market is to buy stocks and wait for the price to rise. However, these investors are missing out on the massive profit opportunity that comes from shorting stocks.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap generic pharmaceutical stock Lannett Company, Inc (NYSE: LCI) is thethird most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 52.86% according toHighshortinterest.com.Lannett Company, founded in 1942, develops, manufactures, packages, markets and distributes generic pharmaceutical products for a wide range of medical indications and therapeutic areas. The Company believe that its ability to select viable products for development, efficiently develop such products (including obtaining any applicable regulatory approvals), vertically integrateitself into certain specialty markets and achieve economies in production are all critical for its success in the generic pharmaceutical industry in which it operates.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2018: Duke Energy Corporation(DUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Duke Energy Corp. (DUK), the largest generator of electricity in the nation, is awfully steady.

    DUK has more than 7.4 million customers located in hotbeds of growth, and it boasts a generating capacity of 52,697 megawatts. The firm also provides natural gas distribution in many of its main service areas, so Duke is a double threat in that way. Cold winter? Nat gas provides more oomph. Hot summer? Electricity demand spikes.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2018: Frontier Communications Corporation(FTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares climbed 0.56 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ: FTR), and 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT).

  • [By Steve Symington, Travis Hoium, and Keith Noonan]

    So with the aim of offering a few concrete examples to that end, we asked three top Motley Fool contributors to each discuss a high-risk dividend stock investors should probably avoid. Read on to see why they chose Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR), Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF), and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A)(NYSE:RDS-B).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) dropped about 5.2% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $1.81 after closing at $1.91 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $5.58. Volume was about 25% below the daily average of around 43.4 million shares traded. The company reports earnings next Tuesday and investors do not seem hopeful for good news.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares climbed by 1.24 percent in the US market on Thursday. Top gainers in the sector included Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), and Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ: FTR).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) on Thursday matched a 52-week low of $2.49 posted on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $5.75. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 25.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday but is on its way to posting a gain of more than 5% for the day.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2018: Nam Tai Electronics Inc.(NTE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Another stock that’s starting to move within range of triggering a big breakout trade is Nam Tai Electronics (NTE), which is an electronics manufacturing and design services provider to a select group of the world’s leading OEMs of telecommunications and consumer electronic products. This stock has been destroyed by the sellers so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 41%.

    If you look at the chart for Nam Tai Electronics, you’ll notice that this stock has been uptrending for the last month and change, with shares moving higher from its low of $6.05 to its recent high of $8.38 a share. During that uptrend, shares of NTE have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of NTE within range of triggering a big breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in NTE if it manages to break out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $8.38 to $8.79 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 647,483 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then NTE will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from April that started near $11.50 a share. If this stock gets into that gap with volume, then the upside is tremendous and we could easily see NTE hit $11 to $12 a share.

    Traders can look to buy NTE off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its 50-day at $7.42 a share, or below more key support at $7.22 a share. One can also buy NTE off strength once it takes out that breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2018: Westlake Chemical Corporation(WLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2018: Array BioPharma Inc.(ARRY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Healthcare shares gained around 0.43 percent in trading on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included DexCom, Inc. (NASDAQ: DXCM), and Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY).

  • [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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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2018: Dynavax Technologies Corporation(DVAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $6.88 after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares shot up 73 percent to $15.99 as the company announced that the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted 12-1 in support of the company’s Hepatitis B vaccine, HEPLISAV-B. RBC Capital upgraded Dynavax from Sector Perform to Outperform.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Add Dynavax Technologies Corp. (DVAX) to the list of biotech stocks to watch on or a little before Dec. 15. Thats when the company is going to get a yay or nay from the Food & Drug Administration about Heplisav-B as a treatment for hepatitis B in people with type 2 diabetes

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Piper Jaffray’s Joshua Schimmer and team offer their take on the Biogen (BIIB) takeover speculation that sent shares of the biotech giant soaring this afternoon:

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Biogenshares are trading higher on a WSJ report which indicates the company may have interest from prospective pharma buyers. The WSJ is one of the more credible sources for such speculation and is often a publication used to put companies ‘in play’, we believe. Because of its higher bar for sourcing M&A interest such as this, we think the report is a strategy being used to catalyze a potential deal. That said, we believe there are a number of challenges to be overcome for any transaction to materialize. As we have noted recently our outlook on BIIB is more optimistic, and there is now a new dynamic to the investment opportunity…

Best High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: GigaMedia Limited(GIGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap online gaming and cloud computing GigaMedia Limited (NASDAQ: GIGM) as a bullish long trade:

Best High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: IPG Photonics Corporation(IPGP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

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

Best High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Catalent, Inc.(CTLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Catalent Inc (NASDAQ: CTLT) shares were also up, gaining 15 percent to $40.57 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Monday.

Best High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Frontier Communications Corporation(FTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) dropped about 4.2% on Wednesday to record a new 52-week low of $2.51 against a high of $5.75. The stock closed at $2.62 on Tuesday. Volume was about a third higher than the daily average of around 25 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday, but the struggling company continues getting slaughtered.

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) faces a key moment when it reports fourth-quarter results Feb. 27.

    The company has already reported on two quarters since it spent $10.45 billion buying Verizon’s (NYSE:VZ) wireline operations in California, Texas and Florida (CTF). That was a risky deal that gave the company 3.3 million new voice connections, 2.1 million more broadband subscribers, and 1.2 million FiOS video customers.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    The past few days have been utterly painful for shareholders of Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR). After analysts called the company’s dividend into question, shares have fallen sharply — and they have lost almost half of their value since just this January.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) has been shedding both pay-TV and broadband internet customers over the past year, growing solely through acquisitions it can’t really afford. The company acquired some of Verizon’s (NYSE:VZ) FiOS property earlier this year for $10.3 billion, and it’s managed to already lose a good chunk of what it paid for.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) which traded down 7% at $13.88. The stocks 52-week range is $1.03 to $14.70. Volume was over 6.1 million versus the daily average of 37.5 million shares.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Frontier Communications (FTR) sunk to the bottom of the S&P 500 today.

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    Frontier Communicationsdropped 4.7% to $2.41, while the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,365.45.

    Why did Frontier sink today? There’s no news that I’ve been able to find, so let’s blame the Federal Reserve, which is widely expected to hike interest rates tomorrow. Frontier is primarily known for paying a hefty dividend–it now tops 17%–and dividends tend to fall out of favor when interest rates rise. (Utilities, however, dropped just 0.1% today, so maybe that theory is bunk.)

    Frontier Communications was the biggest loser last week when it dropped 5.1% after getting cut toNeutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch. It was a string of events that began with Frontier’s earnings on Feb. 28, earnings that led Wells Fargo to opine that the company was still a “show me story.”

    Frontier Communications’ market capitalization fell to $2.8 billion today from $3 billion yesterday. It reported a net lossof $376 million on sales of $8.9 billion in 2016.

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Microsoft stock is trading near its all time high price.

Redmond, Washington-basedtech giant Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) may not be one of the exciting names in today’s stock markets. Yet, MSFT stock is up 12.06% YTD, also had an impressive last quarter earningsand the stock is currently trading at an earnings multiple of 29.Satya Nadella wants to turn thePC-centric company into one focussed on the promise of cloud computing. The company has moved its focus from PCs to cloud computing, Enterprise SaaS and innovative hardware (Surface series) to name a few. Can 2017 be Microsoft’s year? Should it be on your buy list heading into 2017? Let’s take a closer look.

How Microsoft has Fared in 2016

The biggest positives for Microsoft Corporation in 2016 would be its triple digit (113% Azure revenue growth) cloud revenue growth and it overtaking salesforce (NYSE:CRM) to become the overall enterprise SaaS market leader. Also, Office 365 increased its customer base to 23.1 M and Dynamics CRM online seat additions, enterprise mobility customers nearly doubled year over year. Surface series revenues growing by 9% ($3.81 B in profit) in the latest quarter can also be counted as apositive. Microsoft’s commercial cloud has also touched an impressive annualized run rate of $12.1 B.

top ten stocks today: Frontier Communications Corporation(FTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) has been shedding both pay-TV and broadband internet customers over the past year, growing solely through acquisitions it can’t really afford. The company acquired some of Verizon’s (NYSE:VZ) FiOS property earlier this year for $10.3 billion, and it’s managed to already lose a good chunk of what it paid for.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Frontier Communications (FTR) sunk to the bottom of the S&P 500 today.

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    Frontier Communicationsdropped 4.7% to $2.41, while the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,365.45.

    Why did Frontier sink today? There’s no news that I’ve been able to find, so let’s blame the Federal Reserve, which is widely expected to hike interest rates tomorrow. Frontier is primarily known for paying a hefty dividend–it now tops 17%–and dividends tend to fall out of favor when interest rates rise. (Utilities, however, dropped just 0.1% today, so maybe that theory is bunk.)

    Frontier Communications was the biggest loser last week when it dropped 5.1% after getting cut toNeutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch. It was a string of events that began with Frontier’s earnings on Feb. 28, earnings that led Wells Fargo to opine that the company was still a “show me story.”

    Frontier Communications’ market capitalization fell to $2.8 billion today from $3 billion yesterday. It reported a net lossof $376 million on sales of $8.9 billion in 2016.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Frontier Communications (FTR) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after getting cut to Neutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch.

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    Frontier Communicationsdropped 5.1% to $2.62, while the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,368.38.

    24/7 Wall St.’sJon C. Ogg excerpts from Merrill Lynch’s note:

    In our view, the challenge for the stock is that as the top line has compressed at a surprising rate, the payout ratio and therefore risk to the dividend, is rising. With a 15% yield already, we see the stock as caught in a negative feedback loop. The market is pricing in a dividend cut that neednt happen now or even in the next several years, but the mere fact the yield is that high carries the risk that the Board and management could simply respond to the market by trimming the dividend proactively. Even if the dividend were cut 50%, we dont believe there would be substantial downside for the stock as the yield would emerge at a relatively more normal 7.5%. Until FTR can show business stability, however, which we had expected in 4Q but now do not expect until 2H at the earliest, irrespective of the attractive yield, we dont believe the stock will be able to outperform.

    Frontier Communications’ market capitalization fell to $3.1 billion today from $3.2 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $376 million on sales of $9 billion in 2016.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    The past few days have been utterly painful for shareholders of Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR). After analysts called the company’s dividend into question, shares have fallen sharply — and they have lost almost half of their value since just this January.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) which traded down 7% at $13.88. The stocks 52-week range is $1.03 to $14.70. Volume was over 6.1 million versus the daily average of 37.5 million shares.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares climbed 0.56 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ: FTR), and 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT).

top ten stocks today: FIRST REPUBLIC BANK(FRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion before the opening bell. Citigroup shares rose 0.30 percent to $67.22 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) to have earned $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion in the latest quarter. JPMorgan will release earnings before the markets open. JPMorgan shares gained 0.48 percent to $93.55 in after-hours trading.
    Cyberark Software Ltd (NASDAQ: CYBR) lowered its guidance for the second quarter. The company now expects total revenue of $57.0 million to $57.5 million, versus earlier guidance of $61.0 million to $62.0 million. Cyberark shares dipped 17.65 percent to $42.00 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the opening bell, First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million. First Republic Bank shares dropped 0.80 percent to close at $101.35 on Thursday.

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    Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.02 per share on revenue of $22.51 billion.
    Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion.
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion.
    PNC Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE: PNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.02 per share on revenue of $4.00 billion.
    First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million.
    First Horizon National Corp (NYSE: FHN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $337.89 million.

     

top ten stocks today: United Natural Foods, Inc.(UNFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap natural andorganic foods stock United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI) reported fiscal Q4 2017 earnings after the Wednesday market close with shares closing up 5.29% after better-than-expected earnings results in a space thats facing deflation especially after the Amazon-Wholefoods deal was announced. Q4 net sales increased 5.7% to $2.34 billion as sales were positively impacted by the acquisitions of Haddon House Food Products, Inc. and Gourmet Guru, Inc (Due to the integration of these acquisitions, the financial impact of acquired businesses is no longer fully separable). Net income increased 12.1% to $38.9 million.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for the Hain Celestial Group shows shares having once outperformed underperforming peers such as large capWhole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and small cap United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for the Hain Celestial Group shows shares having once strongly outperformed largely underperforming peers such as large capWhole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and small cap United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q1 2017 earnings report for small cap natural andorganic foods stock United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI) is scheduled for after the market closes onWednesday (December 7th). Shares tend to move in tandeem with Whole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) who accounts for more than 30% of sales and were falling in September on concerns about WFM’s weakness with Wolfe Research’s Scott Mushkin commenting:

top ten stocks today: LinkedIn Corporation(LNKD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Microsoft has offered concessions to EU antitrust regulators over its $26.2 billion, $196 per share offer for LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), according to the European Commission. The EU regulator had expressed concerns to Microsoft executives about the deal, which was announced in June.

  • [By Andres Cardenal]

    The most powerful investment ideas are the ones that can be easily explained and understood. LinkedIn(LNKD) is an undisputed market leader in remarkably promising areas such as professional networking and online employment opportunities, and this makes the company a top name to buy in 2016 and hold for years to come.

    As of the third quarter of 2015, LinkedIn(LNKD) had 396 million registered members around the world, a big increase of 20% versus the same quarter the previous year, and 39,726 corporate solutions customers on the platform, a year-over-year increase of 31%. Individuals and corporations attract each other to LinkedIn in search of opportunities, and this creates a virtuous cycle driving sustainable growth over the long term.

    Management is also translating the company’s massive opportunities into rapid revenue growth. Total sales grew 37% to $780 million last quarter, with the acquisition of online learning platform lynda.com representing $41 million of that. LinkedIn’s three growth engines are firing on all cylinders: Talent solutions for corporations grew 46%, while premium subscription sales increased 21%, and online advertising revenue jumped 28%.

    LinkedIn(LNKD) is actively investing for growth, so profit margins are hard to predict in the short term. However, the company should be able to combine solid revenue growth and expanding profit margins in the years ahead.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    For example, LinkedIn Corp. (NYSE: LNKD) fell 16.1% to $79.03 from its IPO date on May 19, 2011, to Aug. 19, 2011. But LNKD stock has since recovered 148% to today’s share price of $195.96.

top ten stocks today: CVD Equipment Corporation(CVV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap materials and coatings stock CVD Equipment Corporation (NASDAQ: CVV) as a short/bearish trade:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    At the beginning of the week, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedsmall cap industrial machinery stock CVD Equipment Corporation (NASDAQ: CVV) as a long/bullish trade:

top ten stocks today: Bruker Corporation(BRKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Yet another stock experiencing a correction after the bell was Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ: BRKR), which lost 2.75 percent in after-hours, after having gained 4.5 percent during the day.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now

What happened

Shares of Rogers Corp. (NYSE:ROG) gained 19.9% in April 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

So what

The company reported first-quarter results on April 26, sending share prices nearly 12% higher the next day. Rogers saw 27% year-over-year sales growth and 79% higher earnings, leaving analyst estimates far behind in both cases.

A Rogers engineer, hard at work on next-generation battery materials. Image source: Rogers.

Now what

Rogers shares have now gained 72% over the last 52 weeks, trading steadily near all-time highs. The maker of specialized materials used in battery systems and wireless antennas has consistently delivered solid earnings surprises over the last three years, often coupled with equally strong revenue wins.

This company is poised to continue making a killing in several emerging markets, including the Internet of Things and automotive computing. Best of all, Rogers is winning competitive contracts without resorting to pricing discounts. Trailing operating margins have increased from 12.4% to 14.2% over the last four quarters. In other words, clients are choosing Rogers over rival materials providers for other reasons than low prices, such as product quality and dependable ordering and delivery processes.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Glaukos Corporation(GKOS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    In "Skeptics Eye Potential Trouble for Glaukos," Vito J. Racanelli suggests that, even though Glaukos Corp (NYSE: GKOS) has warned that it might lose money this year, Wall Street appears to be betting otherwise. This eye-stent maker has had success with a breakthrough product and dominates its market, but formidable competition still looms.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Frontier Communications Corporation(FTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) on Thursday matched a 52-week low of $2.49 posted on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $5.75. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 25.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday but is on its way to posting a gain of more than 5% for the day.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) which traded down 7% at $13.88. The stocks 52-week range is $1.03 to $14.70. Volume was over 6.1 million versus the daily average of 37.5 million shares.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares climbed 0.56 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ: FTR), and 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) dropped 4.8% Thursday, to post a new 52-week low of $2.78 after closing at $2.92 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $5.85. Volume was nearly double the daily average of around 23 million shares. The company missed estimates badly on Monday, and its dividend yield has climbed to 14.33%. Look out below if that is cut.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Frontier Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: FTR) posted a new 52-week low of $2.31 on Wednesday, down about 4.1% compared with Tuesday’s closing price of $2.41. The stock’s 52-week high is $5.75. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 28 million shares. The company had no specific news today, but the dividend yield rose nearly another full point to 16.6% on Wednesday.

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) faces a key moment when it reports fourth-quarter results Feb. 27.

    The company has already reported on two quarters since it spent $10.45 billion buying Verizon’s (NYSE:VZ) wireline operations in California, Texas and Florida (CTF). That was a risky deal that gave the company 3.3 million new voice connections, 2.1 million more broadband subscribers, and 1.2 million FiOS video customers.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: MKS Instruments, Inc.(MKSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $177.19 million.

    Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE: PXD) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.75 per share on revenue of $711.66 million.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: AMTEK, Inc.(AME)

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.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Majesco Entertainment Company(COOL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Cidara Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTX), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), HealthEquity Inc. (NASDAQ: HQY), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX) and PolarityTE Inc. (NASDAQ: COOL).