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

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

Lyft’s Growth

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

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

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

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

Lyft’s Financials

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

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

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

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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2018

Tom Gentile

Thankfully, the presidential election is almost here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

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

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

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  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Chris Lange]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

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

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

  • [By Jim Robertson]

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

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

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

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

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

  • [By Virendra Singh Chauhan]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Yasin Ebrahim]

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

  • [By Brett Hershman]

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

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

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

  • [By Chris Neiger]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

Alphabet Inc Stock Will Continue to Rise… After a Brief Pause

Did you know that Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) went skidding into the end of 2017? Some investors may not have noticed the underperformance in Google stock, as it stumbled up to and through the holiday trading periods. On Dec. 18, Alphabet stock leaped to new all-time highs, before declining for eight straight days to end the year.

That’s a pretty notable losing streak, although it flew mostly under the radar. It also shouldn’t take away from the stellar 2017 GOOGL enjoyed, climbing 33%. Jump over to 2018 and Google stock has spent its time rallying. Through Thursday, GOOGL shares were up 5.5% in the new year.

In fact, most of the FANG stocks have been hot, with Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) all starting the year off with a rally too.

So, what do we make of Google stock?

Like FB, and unlike NFLX and AMZN, GOOGL stock trades with a reasonable valuation given its earnings and revenue growth.

A Closer Look at GOOGL Stock

At first glance, Google stock appears expensive, trading at about 36 times its trailing earnings. However, its forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio is considerably lower, at 26. Analysts expect $41.56 in earnings per share for 2018, up ~29% year-over-year (YoY).

I don’t really like to look too far into the future. Because of Alphabet’s consistency, though, I couldn’t help but peak at 2019 estimates. Analysts forecast earnings per share of $48.64, up 17% YoY. In other words, Alphabet stock trades at just 22.5 times 2019 earnings estimates. Even though there’s a risk that these estimates are too high, I think it’s a real possibility that they’re too low.

In either case, we have a stock that’s growing earnings in the high-teens to low-20% range for the foreseeable future. Add in the fact that revenue will grow about 22% this year and 20% in 2018 and it’s hard to be bearish on GOOGL stock.

I also couldn’t help but take a look at the search giant’s cash flow. Operating cash flow (OCF) over the trailing 12 months sits at just over $36 billion. That’s more than one-third higher than where it sat at calendar-year-end 2015. It’s roughly double where it stood four years ago.

Likewise, the company’s trailing free-cash flow hit $27.50 billion, up more than 60% over the past 18 months. The impact of Ruth Porat, who joined Alphabet as CFO in 2015, should not be overlooked.

Google Stock Valuation

One thing I’ve never understood is the blue-chip mantra. Some investors tell me that buying Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE:PG) or Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is a sound choice, but they argue that buying a company like Alphabet or Facebook is foolish, as these stocks are too expensive.

They contend that PG, JNJ and others are blue-chip stocks with long histories of dividend payouts and an elite brand name. I don’t argue with any of that. However, is Google not considered to have one of the most powerful brands in the entire world? Further, is its forward P/E ratio of 26 and earnings growth of 20% not reasonable — even desirable — when compared to PG’s forward P/E ratio of 20 and earnings growth of 7%?

I don’t mean this a put-down of blue-chip stocks. Rather, it’s to point out other companies — absent a long history of dividends — deserve some premium for their brands too. Google fits that bill in my opinion, helping to justify its valuation.

Trading Alphabet Stock

As for the stock, we’ve got a relatively clean breakout. It’s important how it reacts now. In early December, Google stock had the perfect decline down to support, which held steady. After a big move over $1,090 to hit new all-time highs, Google stock is pulling back. While it’s still over this level, it’s unclear whether it will hold now or retreat.

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Based on how it looks — because of that upper trend-line resistance — a pullback is looking more and more likely. Make no mistake, though, that’s actually healthy price action. While bullish traders can try to eek out a bit more on the upside, a longer-term swing looks more appropriate.

Aggressive buyers can step in now and add on a decline. More conservative investors can hope for a pullback and begin accumulating Google stock cheaper.

This is a great company and a stock that’s clearly looking to push higher. Don’t try to get too cute regarding when to buy.

Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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Yum! Brands, Inc. Is Transforming Into a High-Growth Company Again

It is an exciting time at Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM).

That may seem weird to say. The fast-food giant behind KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell is often written off as less exciting than the likes of hyper-growth tech companies like Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL).

But here’s a fun fact: YUM’s projected earnings growth over the next several years (14.6%) isn’t that much lower than Facebook’s (17.4%).

How is that possible? YUM is innovating, adapting and transforming like never before. More specifically, the company is fully embracing a revolutionary transformation of its business model, which could handsomely reward long-term shareholders.

So whats the takeaway?

Buy and hold YUM stock. This one is going up in the long term.

Re-Franchising Efforts Are Paying Off

Late last year, YUM announced a massive business transformation plan which management believes will dramatically improve profitability.

In short, YUM is turning into a “pure-play” franchisor. The company is re-franchising essentially all of its locations (98%, to be exact, up from 77% franchise ownership in 2015). Yes, that kills revenues, but this revenue slicing is like getting rid of all the unwanted fat. Through re-franchising, YUM plans to create a business with low costs, few capital investments needs, small lease obligations, big margins, lots of free cash flow and huge earnings.

This transformation is already paying off.

YUM is currently at 95% franchise ownership. The huge re-franchising over the past 12 months has allowed for tremendous cost savings. Company restaurant expenses are down 10% year to date. General and administrative expenses are down 9% year to date. Operating margins are up 410 basis points at KFC, 600 basis points at Pizza Hut and 340 basis points at Taco Bell.

Consequently, even though YUM revenues year to date are down 4%, operating profits are up 33%.

Meanwhile, capital expenditures are at only $228 million year to date, versus $292 million through the first nine months of 2016. Capex is expected to be just $325 million this year, a near-25% reduction year over year.

The most exciting part of this transformation plan is that the best is yet to come. The G&A expense rate is expected to drop to 1.7% by 2019, versus 2.5% in 2015. Capex is expected to fall to $100 million by 2019.

With all those costs coming out of the system, the net result will be lots of profits and lots of cash flow. Most that cash flow will be returned to shareholders via dividends and buybacks, which will, in turn, fuel earnings growth and increase shareholder value (management expects to return between $6.5 and $7 billion to shareholders from 2017 to 2019).

Meanwhile, YUM’s brands are actually performing quite well, likely due to management’s ability to focus on same-store sales growth (as opposed to volatile China numbers). For the first time in multiple quarters, same-store sales growth was positive last quarter at KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Moreover, system sales growth hit 6% for the second consecutive quarter, showing that the company has the ability to accelerate system sales growth to 7% in the near future.

Put it all together, and you have a company with an accelerating top-line growth narrative and a really big margin growth narrative. Why sell a stock with such strong growth drivers?

Valuation Is Still Reasonable

You don’t, unless valuation is a concern.

But it isn’t here. YUM is looking at greater than $3.75 in earnings per share by fiscal 2019. Historically, YUM stock has traded around 28 times trailing earnings. Given that YUM, in 2019, will have higher profit margins and more predictable cash flows than the YUM of the past 5 years, its almost a guarantee that 2019 YUM will warrant at least a 28 trailing-earnings multiple.

Throw a 28 mulitple on $3.75 earnings, and you get a 2-year forward price target of $105. Discount that by 10% per year and you arrive at a current fair value of about $87.

And that is without tax reform.

Bottom Line on YUM Stock

This is a big-moat company successfully undergoing a massive transformation, which will dramatically boost profitability and cash flows.

You don’t sell that story unless the stock is overvalued.

But YUM stock remains reasonably valued. Consequently, I think this is a name you buy and hold for the long term.

As of this writing, Luke Lango was long YUM, FB, AMZN, NFLX, and GOOG.

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In 2012, IBM finished the year with a market cap of $214 billion and an enterprise value of $205 billion. Its 12-month free cash flow in 2012 was $14.9 billion for an FCF yield of 7.3%

Today, IBM has a market cap and enterprise value of $143 billion and $169 billion, respectively. For the trailing 12 months, its free cash flow is $11.0 billion for an FCF yield of 6.5%.

Value investors look for 8% or higher, but given the 25% drop in its annual revenues over the last five years, 6.5% is pretty darn good.

Bottom Line on IBM Stock

As I said in my last article, IBM is doing a good job holding the line on free cash flow, which many investors consider to be the Holy Grail of financial metrics.

As long as it does that, I think it’s safe to assume that, at worst, IBM stock is fairly valued and worth considering as an investment given its dividend.

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

Best Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pete Najarian spoke on CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report" about unusually high options activity in Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT).

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Disney, Fox, andNBC formed Hulu in 2007 as an outlet to stream their TV shows, but only has about 12 million subscribers today. Tech giantAlphabet’s(NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) efforts to gain traction for its paid streaming service, YouTubeRed, have fallen flat. HBO, despite the launch of HBO Now, remains dependent on the traditional Pay-TV ecosystem. OnlyAmazon.com(NASDAQ:AMZN) has followed successfully in Netflix’s footsteps with its own slate of award-winning programs, but Amazon has a much different model than Netflix. It’s using video as a free giveaway to entice consumers to join its Prime service so they buy more stuff on its website. Amazon Video’s viability as a stand-alone service remains questionable. The company recently launched stand-alone video globally, undercutting Netflix on price, but the move has clearly not put a dent in Netflix’s own growth rate as last quarter’s international subscriber growth set a new record.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    Or perhaps you’ve heard of a Nest programmable thermostat.Alphabet(NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL)owns Nest, which makes internet-connected thermostats that you can control via a smartphone or tablet, and learns your heating and cooling preferences the more you use it.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Google recently released a device similar to Echo, Google Home, in order to take advantage of the trend. Additionally, the Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary said voice searches tripled over the last two years.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares ofIngersoll-Rand have dropped 1% to $$74.84 at 3:01 p.m. today, whileRockwell Automation has fallen 0.5% to $134.12,Eaton has slipped 1.1% to $66.85,Fortive has declined 0.9% to $53.55,Allegion has slumped 1.5% to $63.77, and General Electric is off 0.6% at $31.52. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) has fallen 0.6% to $62.05.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of General Electric have dipped 0.1% to $29.52 at 1:47 p.m. today, while the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) has risen 0.5% to $66.70.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Honeywell have gained 2.6% to $126.96 at 2:54 p.m. today, while General Electric has fallen 1.9% to $29.70 after reporting earnings. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) has advanced 0.2% to $65.48.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Caterpillar have dropped 0.4% to $93.01 at 9:55 a.m. today, while the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) is little changed at $65.94.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of General Electric have fallen 0.7% to $31.54 at 3:48 p.m. today, while the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) has dropped 0.8% to $63.17.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of United Technologies have dropped 1% to $110.54 at 2:49 p.m. today, while the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) has gained 1.1% to $64.39.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: CSI Compressco LP(CCLP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CSI Compressco LP (NYSE: CCLP) shares dropped 15 percent to $7.90. CSI Compressco lowered its quarterly cash distribution to $0.1875 per outstanding common unit. CSI Compressco is expected to release its Q1 earnings results on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

stock market day trading

Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan is worried…   Greenspan believes that the bond market is about to begin a dramatic correction. And current sentiment says he could be right.   The market hasn't been this in love with government bonds in years. And government bonds fell 15%-plus the last two times we saw similar sentiment.   That means that this "safe" asset could be a major loser to finish the year.   Let me explain…   Alan Greenspan has seen his share of market cycles. He was chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. But he has mostly stayed out of the news in recent years…   That is, until a few weeks ago. The market for U.S. government bonds has caught his attention.   Greenspan told Bloomberg TV, "Real long-term interest rates are much too low and therefore unsustainable."

stock market day trading: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has put its first-quarter earnings release date on the calendar. The internet search giant will report results for its most recently ended quarter on Thursday, April 27. After missing estimates for earnings per share in its most recent quarter, investors will be watching the company’s profitability closely.

  • [By Shudeep Chandrasekhar]

    Of the top four tech companies in the world (by market cap), Apple sells the most, earns the most and has the highest operating margins of them all, yet still trades extremely close to Amazon.com (NSDQ:AMZN), the retail giant that operates with wafer thin margins, in terms of price to sales ratio. Even from a price to earnings multiple point of view, Apple commands a much lower valuation than Alphabet Inc(NSDQ:GOOG). What is really surprising is that the company is selling at half the P/S of Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT), a company that is still on a recovery path. (See also:Apple Inc. Cuts iPhone Production, Time To Sell AAPL Stock?)

  • [By Danny Vena]

    In an online community known for attracting world class Go players, a previously unknown and enigmatic opponent going by the moniker “Master” emerged. Master played and won more than 50 consecutive games against some of the top players in the world. Among those players was Ke Jie, described as a 19-year-old prodigy, currently the top ranked Go player in the world. The unusual style of play led some to speculate that the Master might not be human. Those suspicions were confirmed in a tweetby Demis Hassabis, the CEO of DeepMind, a division of Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google. The mysterious Master was AlphaGo, DeepMind’s artificial intelligence-based (AI) system.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yes, Chipotle is having a great run. It’s gained 27% so far this year, and traded a new 52-week high today. But Chipotle is also expensive–so expensive that the market appears to be treating it like another Amazon.com (AMZN), Tesla (TSLA), Apple (AAPL), or Alphabet (GOOG), Moas wrote in his downgrade today. He explains:

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) announced last week that Google chrome will automatically block all advertisements on sites that feature a certain level unacceptable ad formats identified by the Coalition for Better Ads, reported the Wall Street Journal.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

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

stock market day trading: Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.(ARE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Take Alexandria Real Estate Equities (ARE), for example. The company deals heavily in tech real estate in New York and San Francisco among other places.

stock market day trading: Abeona Therapeutics Inc.(ABEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap rare disease stock Abeona Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ABEO):

    Abeona Therapeutics is clearly a timing trade – we think today’s something of a blowoff top, marked by a volume surge and the fact that the stock’s already peeling back from its peak; the profit-takers are already going to work. We saw a similar surge on Tuesday, and though that one didn’t end up kick-starting a pullback, it helped set up today’s reversal bar (by virtue of luring in the last of the would-be buyers). There’s just not a lot of room left for more upside.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small and micro cap stocks can obviously be a fickle bunch, but I sure hope all of you participated in Abeona Therapeutics Inc. (ABEO) back when we first put the idea out there in early June. What a tremendous stock this has been for all of us, and it’s not like this happens all of the time.

stock market day trading: Masimo Corporation(MASI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights, Sean Williams, and Cory Renauer]

    So when we asked three of our top healthcare contributors to name three of the best stocks to invest in healthcare, it’s not surprising that their responses listed companies in three different industries: medical device makerMasimo (NASDAQ:MASI), pharmacy services giant CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) and biopharmaceutical company Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND). Here’s why these three healthcare stocks stand out as smart picks.

stock market day trading: Stamps.com Inc.(STMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    Stamps.com (NASDAQ:STMP) reported sharply higher sales and earnings in the fourth quarter, as the shipping solutions company has become the platform of choice for a steadily growing number of online businesses.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider selling last week: Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET), Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc. (NYSE: CFR), Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), Stamps.com (NASDAQ: STMP) and Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE: WAL).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ: STMP) shares shot up 31 percent to $198.75 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY17 outlook.

    Shares of Solaredge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: SEDG) got a boost, shooting up 21 percent to $27.56 after the company posted stronger-than-expected quarterly results.

stock market day trading: Owens Realty Mortgage, Inc.(ORM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Markus Aarnio]

    Owens Realty Mortgage (ORM) is a real estate investment trust that invests in commercial real estate mortgage loans primarily in the Western U.S. The company specializes in loans that require speed and flexibility. Owens Realty Mortgage is externally managed and advised by Owens Financial Group.

Is Akamai Underpriced?

Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM) is a company that has a diverse portfolio in information software and services. They provide cloud networks for companies to operate on while also having fast and secure services to protect customer’s information from hackers. With an EBITDA margin of 31.6% and an operating margin of 19.64%, which is at the top of their industry, it shows that they retain the most money out of each dollar of revenue gained compared to other similar companies. In the fourth quarter, with the acquisition of Nominum incorporated into the company’s financials and the future possibility of gaining market share from their over the top (OTT) focus, Akamai can be seen as underpriced at its current levels. I believe that Akamai also has the capability of continuous growth over the next year just as the industry did in the graph shown on Bloomberg below.

Source: Bloomberg

Company Performance

In the third quarter earnings call, the CEO Tom Leighton said that they had a great quarter due to the continuous rapid growth of their security offerings and a very strong traffic acceleration in their Media Business. Akamai reported revenue in the third quarter of $621 million. This was above the high end of their guidance range and was a 6% increase from the third quarter of 2016. The Cloud Security section of the portfolio was the fastest growing part of their whole business with a total of $121 million in revenue and a growth of 27% year-over-year.

As of September 30, 2017, Akamai had an EBITDA margin of 31.6% and an EPS of $1.86. They also reported a gross profit of $1.606.4 billion, which is the same gross margin percentage in the 9 months of 2017 as all of 2016. In 2016, they have an operating margin as a company of 19.64%. Although this is a decrease of 2% from 2015, it is a growth of 7.5% in year-over-year growth. They reported these numbers as negative growth in gross margin, EBITDA margin, operating margin and net income margin. Although negative because of a poor fiscal year in 2015, the company’s overall trend in these four margins have been positive up until 2015 and close to increasing year-over-year margins again. With the company continuing to beat their EPS and revenue and keeping a mid-30% EBITDA margin, I believe this will allow the company to increase their growth margins to positive. All these positive growth margins will drive the companys revenue and stock price up as the company continues to grow at a steady rate.

Source: Bloomberg

Management/Ownership

The current CEO of Akamai, Dr. Tom Leighton, was one of the co-founders in 1998. He served as chief scientist from 1998 to 2013 when he was finally promoted to CEO. During his tenure as CEO, the company transitioned from a content delivery network to one of the most trusted cloud delivery and cybersecurity platforms. Under his watch, the companys revenue and profit has grown 70%. Jim Benson operates as the VP and CFO for Akamai. He is the director for all the companys accounting, tax, treasury, business finance and corporate services activities. Prior to joining Akamai(AKAM), in 2009, Benson was the CFO at HP. When he joined in September 2009, the price of the stock was $19.68. Within a year as CFO, the companys stock grew to $50.18. Since 2014, as a whole Akamai has had stock base compensation grow from around $21 million to $31 million. This can be beneficial as employees will work harder to improve the company, since they will receive compensation based on the company’s growth.

From the beginning of the year, the company has had little change in ownership. They have had an increase since January 2017 in hedge fund ownership from 4.3% to 5% today. This shows us that many investors see potential growth in the company and they are starting to purchase the stock. Combining this information with a short interest of 3.27 days shows that investors are not shorting this company. If they choose to short this company, they only hold to the short position for an average of three and a quarter days. The majority of the companys ownership is through Investment Advisor at 83.2% of their total ownership. Besides the top two, the other ownership types have not changed much in the past year

Source: Bloomberg

Industry

Source: Akamai’s Website

The Industry Software and Services industry as a whole has been growing aggressively and it does not look like it is going to slow down. Software services revenue year over year has been growing at 35%. This looks like it will continue to grow as new software continues to be processed and integrated. Internet revenue year over year growth is growing at 25.1%. This is mainly from the big six platforms continuing acceleration growth and does not look like as it is going to slow down as Alphabet (GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Facebook(FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and Netflix (NFLX) are continuing to show massive revenue growth and profits. Software by itself has seenrevenue growth year-over-year of 10.7% stemming from new technologies and a high volume usage of these new software technologies. Lastly, Systems and PC hardware revenue growth year-over-year has been 9.7%. Although this growth for the industry is the smallest for these four sections, it is still vital for the industry as a whole. These software and hardware divisions cannot operate without the system and PC hardware to operate in.

Segments

Akamai has three divisions that cover all their customers. The three divisions are their web division customers, media division customers and their enterprise and carrier division customers. The web division customers’ revenue is $328 million which is up 14% from quarter three of 2016. Most of this segment is their Cloud Security offerings which is 53% of this division’s revenue. This segment will continue to grow at a low digit 10% and will be driven by the bot manager premier (BMP). The BMP uses an artificial intelligence to distinguish the machines from human users. It can detect the ways that a human touches the screen, presses a key or even how the human moves with a mouse. They already had 70 customers willing to use BMP. They predict more people will try it as they believe billions of dollars are lost due to credential abuse annually from bot hacking. The second division is their Media Division customers which has been receiving the most focus. The division had a total revenue of $273 million which was down 1% year over year but up 3% excluding the impact of large internet platform customers. They saw the most year-over-year traffic growth in third quarter since 2015. This had a positive impact because they were working hard to increase traffic growth. The last division is their smallest which is the Enterprise and Carrier Division. This division has hit its mature stage and only accounts for $20 million of their revenue and is up 1% from a strong quarter three in 2016.

The four solution categories that make up Akamai are performance and security solutions, cloud security solutions, media delivery solutions, and services and support solutions. The largest solution is the performance and security solutions with a total revenue for the third quarter of $381 million. This was growth of 10% year over year. Although this has declined throughout the years since their media division does not use their performance solutions as much, they still predict steady growth the next few years. The Cloud Security solutions is their fastest growing solutions and their flagship product. They had third quarter revenue of $121 million, which was up 27% year over year. This is mainly because of the Kona Site Defender. The Kona Site Defender examines all the traffic coming to a website and determines its safety. It can be used as a virtual patching layer in front of websites and apps which allows customers to be protected. This is growing rapidly because of numerous financial security breaches in the US, which exposed user financial information. The third solution is the Media Delivery Solution which had third quarter revenue of $183 million, which was down 3% year over year. The growth, although negative, was an improvement from the second quarter which was driven from the acceleration of media traffic. The smallest solution category is their services and support solutions which has revenue of $57 million. This is a growth of 12% year over year. Through all these divisions and solutions, Akamai will be driven by their Nominum acquisition and their cloud security segment to drive their margins back to positive percentages.

Competitors

Akamai is considered a large company compared to competitors. Although the sales one-year growth vs. competitors is less than the median, they outperformed most of their competitors in all other categories. Their EBITDA margin for the past three years is best in class at 35.74%, while the second best company is at 26.44%. They also are best in class for operating margin for one year and operating margin for the past three years. The operating margin for the past year is at 20.16% which means for every dollar of revenue, $.20 is left over after paying off all the costs. This is higher than all their competitors which shows they retain more money per dollar after costs than their competitors. Akamai has a positive ROE at 10.1% while competitors have negative ROEs in the industry. They also have a one-year revenue growth less than the median of the industry. However, most of these companies that are growing at 35%-40% revenue growth also have a negative earnings per share for the past year. The median for the industry is -6.40% while Akamai has a one year earnings per share growth of 5.21%. Although they do not lead in every category for the industry, they are first in class in what I believe are the two main categories of EBITDA margin and operating margin.

What If Analysis

Upside scenario:

Source: Authors Proforma

With my one-year target price of $78.66, I believe the only thing that will change in this company will be their revenue and operating cost. Assumptions of forecasted revenue growth are 10% for the next quarter and four years after due to the acquisition of Nominum will have a direct increase of revenue of 3%. This will have a steady 10% revenue growth for the next four years and then slowly decline to a 6% revenue growth rate for the long term. Operating cost also will be cut by a couple of percent to 60% for the long term as they continue implementing and acquiring new companies to cut their costs. With these assumptions, we would see a 42.35% return if it reached the one-year target price.

Downside Scenario:

Source: Author’s Proforma

If the company stayed at a revenue growth rate of 6% for the next 10 years and had their operating margin increase to 70% from 62.1%, they would have a negative one year return of -.24%. These assumptions of revenue and operating cost are if the implementation of Nominum does not perform as expected and has little effect on the companys revenue. The operating cost could increase to 70% if they make another acquisition that does not work out as well as they thought and causes operating costs to go up instead of down. The likelihood of this is very unlikely.

Conclusion

Akamai Technologies Inc is the most rounded company (although not at the top of their industry in every category). They lead the industry compared to their competitors in EBITDA margin and operating margin, which are the two main margins that show how much money they retain per dollar of revenue. With the acquisition of Nominum and anticipating EBITDA margin to increase by a couple of percentages, I believe Akamai Technologies in underpriced and is a certain buy.

Disclosure: I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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Best Tech Stocks For 2018

Small cap security stockPatriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF; TSE: PAT.V), which has developed the award-winning PATSCAN CMR concealed weapons detection system, recently announced special warrant financing which may leave investors wondering just what is actually occurring. A warrant is like a stockoption giving theholder the right, but not the obligation, to buy an underlying security at a certain price, quantity and future time. Warrants willdiffer from other types of stock options (puts or calls) in that they are issued by the company itself and they will involve new shares for any future transaction. Companies will often include warrants as part of an IPO or a new stock offering in order to entice moreinvestors into buying the stock and to increase investor confidence assuming, of course, the stock eventually rises.

Best Tech Stocks For 2018: Arris Group Inc(ARRS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    Based in San Francisco, Dedrone also has the backing of Dominic Orr, CEO of Aruba Networks, a unit of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Inc. (NYSE: HPE); and Selina Lo, CEO of Ruckus Wireless, a unit of Arris International PLC (Nasdaq: ARRS).

Best Tech Stocks For 2018: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Missing from the tech rodeo are the FAANG stocks. Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), and Google (Alphabet) (Nasdaq: GOOG). These companies are too busy reshaping global consumerism.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Among the others in the fray are Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL), with a market cap of $650.77 billion, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) ($536.62 million) and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) ($433.95 million).

  • [By Danny Vena]

    In an online community known for attracting world class Go players, a previously unknown and enigmatic opponent going by the moniker “Master” emerged. Master played and won more than 50 consecutive games against some of the top players in the world. Among those players was Ke Jie, described as a 19-year-old prodigy, currently the top ranked Go player in the world. The unusual style of play led some to speculate that the Master might not be human. Those suspicions were confirmed in a tweetby Demis Hassabis, the CEO of DeepMind, a division of Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google. The mysterious Master was AlphaGo, DeepMind’s artificial intelligence-based (AI) system.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    “You want to buy companies that are leading in those sectors,” he said. “Companies like Google (GOOG) (GOOGL) , Facebook (FB) and Amazon (AMZN) are leading here. Most of these stocks haven’t priced in a stream of income or revenue from new products just yet.”

Best Tech Stocks For 2018: Live Ventures Incorporated(LIVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long onsmall cap real-time deal engine stock Live Ventures Inc (NASDAQ:LIVE):

Best Tech Stocks For 2018: Paylocity Holding Corporation(PCTY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

7 AI Stocks to Buy to Join the Next Technological Revolution

The artificial intelligence (AI) revolution is picking up speed. Before we know it, AI will be part of our everyday lives. “We are at a pivotal point for its adoption today due to the availability of big data, high-powered computing and advances in algorithms — which all make AI cheaper and faster to implement,” says JP Morgan analyst Stacy Pollard.

She calculates that the AI-related hardware, software and services market could hit $58 billion by 2021 from just $12 billion this year. Indeed, market experts say artificial intelligence will lead the next wave of economic growth and productivity for at least the next couple of decades.

Here, I take a closer look at seven top stock ideas with big AI exposure. To find the best investing opportunities in AI right now, I pinpointed seven stocks with a “Strong Buy” consensus rating from the Street’s top analysts.

These are analysts with the highest success rate and average return. By limiting the ratings to only top analysts, I was able to cut out analysts with poor track records. These “Strong Buy” stocks are also more likely to have big upside potential. Of course, Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) is a great AI stock, but it only has a cautiously optimistic Street outlook. For this reason I focus below on these more bullish stock picks.

Top AI Stocks to Buy: Facebook (FB)

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JP Morgan recently pinpointed Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) as one of its top 5 AI stock picks: “Mark Zuckerberg considers AI to be one of the company’s 10-year bets, and believes that AI should replicate — and exceed — human senses such as vision and hearing so that FB is better able to serve users. … FB is working on applying computer vision techniques to organize content and provide the ability to classify live videos in real time” the firm explained.

Five-star JP Morgan analyst Doug Anmuth assigned a buy rating and bullish $225 price target to FB last month (31% upside).

FB is not short of Street support; in fact, the stock boasts 28 buy ratings in the last three months alongside 1 hold rating and 1 sell rating. With an average analyst price target of $208.59, analysts are predicting upside of 21% from the current share price.

Also note that FB has just received its highest price target of $240 from MKM Partners’ Rob Sanderson. He cites FB’s “surprisingly strong Q3 topline” and says the consensus of an expense ramp looks overly aggressive.

Top AI Stocks to Buy: Oracle (ORCL)

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Database giant Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) uses AI and machine learning across many parts of its cloud applications. Most notably, Oracle is now using AI and machine learning to automate administration of its latest Oracle Database 18c.

And with this new self-driving database technology, the company has created the world’s first autonomous cloud.

“This is the most important thing we’ve done in a long, long time,” states ORCL CTO Larry Ellison. “The automation does everything. We can guarantee availability of 99.995 percent, less than 30 minutes of planned or unplanned downtime.”

The cloud eliminates human labor, human error and the need for manual tuning.

This ‘Strong Buy’ stock has received 16 buy ratings and 3 hold ratings in the last three months. Given that the stock is currently trading at $48.40, the $59.22 average analyst price target translates into upside potential of 22%.

Drexel Hamilton’s Brian White has a buy rating and $62 price target on the stock. He believes the new innovations “can take the company’s cloud portfolio to a whole new level.”

Top AI Stocks to Buy: Twilio (TWLO)

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Cloud communications app maker Twilio Inc (NYSE:TWLO) recently reported stronger than expected Q3 results and it had a better than expected Q4 outlook. As a result, analysts are feeling bullish on the stock’s potential to play catch up following a year of meaningful under-performance.

Top analyst Brian White says, “Based on our 2017 revenue estimate, Twilio holds less than 1% share of this $45.4 billion market and has a big opportunity ahead of it.” And part of this “catch up” could stem from the stock’s growing AI capabilities.

In October, Twilio announced the general availability of its Speech Recognition capabilities. This “enables users to convert speech to text and analyze intent during any voice call,” according to JP Morgan.

The firm adds that “Twilio’s Automated Speech Recognition uses Google’s Cloud Speech API, which supports various languages.” As a result, JP Morgan also lists Twilio as one of its top 5 AI stocks.

In the last three months, analysts have published 7 buy ratings and 1 hold rating on Twilio. These analysts are predicting (on average) big upside potential of TWLO of over 50% from the current share price. Given this potential, I believe this is a top stock to keep a close eye on over the next few months.

Top AI Stocks to Buy: Palo Alto Networks (PANW)

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Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW), a next-generation security platform company, claims that effective machine learning can help prevent malware and protect endpoints.

“The most promising weapon in the endpoint security arsenal is machine learning, with its ability to quickly learn, make instant decisions and enable rapid response to prevent threats rather than dealing with them during execution or after the fact” PANW states in a report.

In light of this, PANW uses machine learning in Traps, its advanced endpoint protection solution. Traps is already drawing attention; CRN news named it the “Overall Winner & 2016 Product of the Year”.

Overall, Palo Alto has received 16 buy ratings and 4 hold ratings from the Street in the last three months. We can see that the average analyst price target of $173.89 suggests this stock has upside potential of over 20%.

Just recently, on Dec. 4, William Blair analyst Jonathan Ho upgraded PANW from hold to buy. He says the company can widen the “competitive gap” relative to peers.

Top AI Stocks to Buy: Amazon (AMZN)

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Last week, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) held its much-hyped cloud conference AWS re:Invent 2017 in Las Vegas.

The company unveiled a host of new AI-based products, including Amazon Translate, a service for translating text from one language into another. Andy Jassy, the leader of Amazon Web Services, also highlighted how AWS is crushing its rivals in its breadth and depth of services.

Following the five-day event, analysts quickly ramped up their price targets. Five-star Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein boosted his AMZN price target on Dec. 1 from $1,165 to $1,330 (upside of 17.3%).

He says: “AWS is now well positioned to be the platform company for IOT and democratizing AI … AWS’ dominance in serverless, global databases and AI is creating unique new services in an accelerated basis, driving unpredictable services/growth.”

Indeed, AMZN has one of the best ratings from the Street right now. This ‘Strong Buy’ stock has received an impressive 32 buy ratings and just one hold rating in the last three months. Meanwhile, the average analyst price target of $1280.80 translates into upside potential that’s close to 13%.

Top AI Stocks to Buy: Alphabet (GOOGL)

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai has made a big deal of Alphabet Inc’s (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL ) “AI first” future. The company is pouring money into AI research and acquisitions, and the investment is paying off.

On Nov. 10, KeyBanc revealed its “Top 20 AI All-Stars” within the tech sector. One of the key mega-cap stocks on this list is Alphabet. GOOGL “implemented 1,600 algorithms to enhance search last year, with AI and machine learning being core to all new services going forward” says top KeyBanc analyst Andy Hargreaves.

One example? 100% of Google’s Chinese-English Translations are ML-powered. Google says this reduces errors by 55% to 85%. Another example? Google has just released a tool called DeepVariant that uses the latest AI techniques to map a person’s genome from sequencing data.

Hargreaves has a buy rating and $1,150 price target on the stock. Overall, we can see that Alphabet has received 22 buy ratings and 3 hold ratings in the last three months. These analysts are predicting (on average) that the stock can soar 15% from the current share price of $1,011 to $1,164.

Top AI Stocks to Buy: Micron (MU)

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Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) is one of the world’s three biggest memory companies (Samsung and SK Hynix being the other two). Together these three companies control over 80% of the $122 billion global memory chip market at a time of worldwide memory shortage.

“We believe this global memory chip shortage is set to continue until the end of 2018, at the least” writes Cyrus Mewawalla, the managing director of CM Research. He says demand for DRAM chips and NAND flash chips comes from “new and powerful technology cycles” such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

For example, MU chips are used to power self-driving vehicles and help the car’s systems detect hazards on the road. Specifically, Micron says it is already shipping its fastest LPDDR4x memory to “multiple automotive customers,” enabling system bandwidth speeds of 100 GB per second.

MU has received 22 buy ratings versus just 3 hold ratings in the last three months. At the same time, the average analyst price target of $53.24 indicates upside potential of over 33%.

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Hacking is an ongoing problem. Yahoo! announced late in 2016 that it had several data breaches. Sony had large amounts of data stolen in 2014, including information about an unreleased film, The Interview, that resulted in an international incident with North Korea. And in 2013, Target’s customer information was stolen, costing the company millions. On a consumer level, more than 6.15% of buyers in the U.S. were hit by identity fraud in 2016, according to a 2017 Javelin identity fraud report, resulting in approximately $700 million in losses.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: 58.com Inc.(WUBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.38 per share on revenue of $9.86 billion.
    Aecom (NYSE: ACM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $4.67 billion.
    JD.Com Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: JD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $12.60 billion.
    58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE: WUBA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $383.60 million.
    Kamada Ltd (NASDAQ: KMDA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $25.00 million.
    Palatin Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PTN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $28.00 million.
    TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.02 per share on revenue of $15.81 million.
    Atlantica Yield PLC (NASDAQ: ABY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $290.80 million.
    Asure Software Inc (NASDAQ: ASUR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $15.26 million.
    Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ: CYRN) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.06 per share on revenue of $7.90 million.
    Viewray Inc (NASDAQ: VRAY) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $18.58 million.

     

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    Then theres 58.com Inc. (NASDAQ:WUBA), the Craigslist of China. This stock exceeded our wildest expectations when we jumped into a trade in late June. After beating earnings expectations, shares rallied double-digits and didnt look back. We were able to unload the trade for gains north of 50%.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Towerstream Corporation(TWER)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Towerstream Corporation (NASDAQ: TWER) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $3.49. Towerstream is scheduled to report Q2 financial results on August 9, 2016.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Novellus Systems Inc.(NVLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Chris Lange]

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

  • [By Paul Ausick]

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

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Google recently released a device similar to Echo, Google Home, in order to take advantage of the trend. Additionally, the Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary said voice searches tripled over the last two years.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Once upon a time, Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) was the poster child for AR with Google Glass. While Google Glass flopped on the consumer front, NPR reports that Google Glass is still very much in use in industrial settings. Manufacturing companies are exploring ways to improve productivity with Google Glass and AR, which allow workers to access more information more easily while still being able to use their hands. Workers previously used tablets, but wearable AR technology delivers many of the same benefits.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

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

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) announced last week that Google chrome will automatically block all advertisements on sites that feature a certain level unacceptable ad formats identified by the Coalition for Better Ads, reported the Wall Street Journal.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Hastings was careful to emphasize that, unlike Facebook and Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) YouTube, Netflix is a paid service and is not ad supported. But he also noted that Netflix isn’t as entrenched in international markets as these companies.

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    These are the top 5 holdings of Night Owl Capital Management, LLCVisa Inc (V) – 231,674 shares, 10.84% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 5.42%Mastercard Inc (MA) – 167,458 shares, 9.92% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 5.37%Alphabet Inc (GOOG) – 18,613 shares, 8.13% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 4.05%Amazon.com Inc (AMZN) – 15,674 shares, 7.32% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 3.17%The Priceline Group Inc (PCLN) – 6,970 shares,

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Sina Corporation(SINA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares ofSINA Corporation(NASDAQ:SINA)rose 25.8% in 2016,according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, following a pair of stronger-than-expected quarterly reports from the Chinese internet leader in the second half.

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    It was quickly followed by two other Chinese social media sites: SINA Corp (NASDAQ: SINA) and Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: MOMO).

    Weibo Responds

    Weibo issued a press release later in the day saying it would cooperate with the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    SINA Corp (NASDAQ: SINA), which has a stake in Weibo, also tumbled.

    Weibo confirmed that the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China or SAPPRFT has ordered local authorities to take measures to suspend audio and video services of some internet companies.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Warren Buffett famously told investors to be “fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.” Dedicated followers of that mantra would probably dismiss Chinese online media giant SINA (NASDAQ:SINA) — which rallied 120% over the past 12 months to a six-year high — as a “greedy” play.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Breakups have the potential to create a lot of value. Just look at what Biogen (BIIB) did with its hemophilia franchise. Spun out as Bioverativ (BIVV) , shares started trading earlier this year. The stock has climbed some 23% on seemingly no news, Cramer noted.

  • [By George Budwell]

    Shares of theDanish drugmaker Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:FWP) gained 48.2% yesterday as the result of a settlement and licensing deal with Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB)involving an ongoing patent dispute over the multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera. Per the terms of the deal, Biogen will fork overa non-refundable$1.25 billion licensing fee, and possibly pay 10% to 20% royalties on Tecfidera’snet sales to Forward starting in 2021.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Biogen (BIIB) has dropped 2.2% to $286.16 after getting cut to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink, and to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Synchronoss Technologies Inc.(SNCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) got a boost, shooting up 34 percent to $16.35. Synchronoss Technologies confirmed the receipt of indication of interest from Siris Capital Group to acquire all outstanding shares for $18 per share in cash.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, financial shares fell 1.72 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR), down 8 percent, and Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR), down 7 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) posted a new 52-week low of $9.95 on Tuesday, down about 41% from Monday’s closing price of $16.75. The stock’s 52-week high is $49.94. Volume totaled around 19 million shares, about 20 times the daily average. The company said this morning that takeover talks by private equity firm Siris Capital Group had ended without an agreement.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested going long on small cap cloud software and services stock Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ: SNCR):

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) shares dropped 39 percent to $10.27 after Siris Capital disclosed that it is no longer interested in an all cash takeover of the company. Synchronoss Technologies said that it continues to explore full range of alternatives, including sale.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Imprivata, Inc.(IMPR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Imprivata Inc (NYSE: IMPR) got a boost, shooting up 31 percent to $19.01 as the company reached a definitive deal to be bought by an affiliate of Thoma Bravo, LLC, a private equity firm, for $544 million

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Exterran Corporation(EXTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Company Name

    Share PriceYTDMarket CapClayton Williams Energy Inc. (NYSE: CWEI)$138.8216.4%2.4BDiamondback Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: FANG)$106.365.42%$9.38BWestern Gas Partners LP (NYSE: WES)$65.6411.71%$9.67BTesoro Logistics LP (NYSE: TLLP)$59.3416.79%$6.25BResolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN)$46.0811.87%$931.13MAntero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AM)$34.9813.28%$6.4BExterran Corp. (NYSE: EXTN)$33.9942.22%$1.19BDominion Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: DM)$32.9011.34%$2.6BNextEra Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NEP)$31.1922.12%$1.68BArchrock Inc. (NYSE: AROC)$16.0021.21%$1.12B

    While some of these stocks have performed well, we arent recommending this list of natural gas stocks. Thats because we arent interested in stocks that have already peaked at Money Morning; were interested in the next big winner. And we have one that could surge in 2017

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: SuperCom, Ltd.(SPCB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Supercom Ltd (NASDAQ: SPCB) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $9.03 million.

    Posted-In: Earnings scheduleEarnings News Pre-Market Outlook Markets

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Supercom Ltd (NASDAQ: SPCB) shares shot up 53 percent to $4.17 after the company reported strong results for its third quarter. SuperCom expects FY17 sales of at least $35 million.