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top stocks to buy today: J & J Snack Foods Corp.(JJSF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    J & J Snack Foods Corp (NASDAQ: JJSF) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.78 per share on revenue of $231.58 million.

    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.33 per share on revenue of $630.85 million.

top stocks to buy today: WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc(WFBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of CASTLE CREEK CAPITAL PARTNERS IV, LP’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=CASTLE+CREEK+CAPITAL+PARTNERS+IV%2C+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of CASTLE CREEK CAPITAL PARTNERS IV, LPGuaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,448,849 shares, 39.1% of the total portfolio. MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 1,876,423 shares, 23.6% of the total portfolio. WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc (WFBI) – 489,377 shares, 15.19% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 4558.07%Eastern Virginia Bankshares Inc (EVBS) – 1,061,225 shares, 12.33% of the total portfolio. First NBC Bank Holding Co (FNBC) – 2,205,382 shares, 9.78% of the total portfolio. Added: Wa

top stocks to buy today: The Swatch Group AG (SWGAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    That’s good news to the luxury goods sector – from Swiss watches to high fashion and expensive cognac – for which Chinese consumers make up around 30 percent of all global sales. In a note to investors, analysts at investment firm Exane BNP Paribas expects growth to continue to trend upwards during 2017, with Swatch Group (OTCPK:SWGAY), Richemont SA (OTCPK:CFRHF), and Burberry (OTCPK:BURBY) the companies most likely to gain.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Shares of Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group AG (SWGAY) tumbled 4% mid-afternoon Wednesday as it became apparent the company could lose out to a well-received Apple Inc. (AAPL) Apple Watch 3 released Tuesday.

top stocks to buy today: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.(HOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Saucier]

    After the deal was announced, the stocks of several companies benefited from their current exposure to Cuba or newly announced ties with the island country. For example, Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL) jumped from $69.11 per share on July 1 to $72.99 on July 12. And Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: HOT) hit its 52-week high of $84.37 in March after it announced new hotel deals in Cuba.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Monday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares gained by 0.41 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Kandi Technologies Group Inc (NASDAQ: KNDI), Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (NYSE: HOT), and Lifetime Brands Inc (NASDAQ: LCUT).

top stocks to buy today: Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.(HAWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Green Dot Corporation back in positive territory after having drifted lower while potential payments peer mid capEuronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has continued to be an outperformer and small capBlackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK)is drifting higher:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016earnings report for small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) is scheduled forafter the marketcloses on Wednesday (February 15th). In the past, Blackhawk Network Holdingshas citedtheregulatory-mandated introduction of EMV chips for card issuers and store processors as a hazard for its current business model.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Green Dot Corporation recovering back towards positive territory while potential payments peer mid capEuronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has continued to be an outperformer and small capBlackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK)has been moving sideways:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) reportedQ32017 earningsafter the market closed on Wednesdaywith results beating expectations. Operating revenuesrose 16% to$419.3 million due to a 9% increase in commissions and fees driven primarily by international growth, including the addition of Grass Roots which was acquired during the fourth quarter of 2016, and growth in U.S. retail physical and digital gift card TDV; a 47% increase in program and other fees primarily due to international growth including the acquisition of Grass Roots, higher U.S. retail physical and digital TDV and growth in the incentives segment; a 29.3% increase in product sales due to higher incentives and rewards sales, partially offset by a 20.0% decrease in marketing revenues across both the U.S. retail and international segments and a revenue decline at Cardpool. The net loss totaled $7.8 million compared to net loss of $5.1 million with the year-over-year decline driven primarily by a $9 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge related to Cardpool, higher non-cash acquisition-related expenses and increased interest expense. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the market closed Wednesday with results beating Wall Street expectations. Operating revenues increased 18% to $463.1 million due to an 8% increase in commissions and fees driven primarily by international growth, including the addition of Grass Roots which was acquired during the fourth quarter of 2016, and higher U.S. retail TDV; a 60% increase in program and other fees primarily due to international growth including the acquisition of Grass Roots, higher U.S. retail TDV and growth in the incentives segment; a 20% increase in marketing revenues primarily due to international growth; and a 19% increase in product sales due to higher incentives and rewards sales, partially offset by declines at Cardpool. The net losswas $6.4 million versus a net loss of $11.3 million driven primarily by growth in the incentives and international segments and lower non-cash acquisition-related expenses, partially offset by increased interest expense. The CEO commented:

top stocks to buy today: Columbia Sportswear Company(COLM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows mid cap Under Armourpreviously outperforming peers like large cap Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE) and mid cap Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ: COLM), but that outperformance slipped late last year:

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    SKX is also highly attractive in a relative basis when compared to several of its publicly traded peers: Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), Deckers Outdoor Group (NYSE: DECK), Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) and Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ: COLM). The company's forward EBITDA multiple of 6.9x is equal or below all of the comparable companies: FL (6.9x), DECK (7.6x), WWW (10.1x) and COLM (10.8x).

  • [By D.R. Barton, Jr.]

    I bring Mr. Houdini up today because when I look at our favorite “Pop & Drop” play – Columbia Sportswear Co. (Nasdaq: COLM) – I find an eerie similarity to this great “escapesman.”

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Looking at recent historical deals, we arrive at a $18-$23 potential deal range. We analyzed transactions that have been announced over the past four years and involved companies catering to a higher income customer. These deals include Southern Tide (acquired by Oxford Industries (OXM)), Joe’s Jeans (acquired by Sequential Brands Group (SQBG)), prAna (acquired by Columbia Sportswear (COLM)), The Jones Group (acquired by Sycamore Partners [private] and Juicy Couture (acquired by Authentic Brands Group [private]). The average EV/EBITDA multiple of these transactions are 12.9x (in line with KATE’s 5-year historical average of 12.1x) and implies a potential deal range of $22-$23. When taking the average of recent (F13-16) deals implies an ~10.5x EV/EBITDA multiple. When applying the ~10.5x multiples to KATE’s trailing EBITDA, we arrive at an $18- $19 potential share price.

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Bonds and fixed-income exchange-traded funds are hot this year, and within that space, emerging markets bond funds are scintillating.

As has been noted throughout the course of this year, the Federal Reserve's refusal to raise interest rates is capping the dollar's ability to muster much momentum. In turn, yields are coming down on emerging markets bonds because issuers' external financing needs are not as crimped as they were when the greenback was soaring in anticipation of multiple rate hikes.

cheap stock trading: Douglas Dynamics Inc.(PLOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related PLOW 18 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Tuesday 18 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Tuesday Douglas Dynamics Inc (PLOW) Chairman, President and CEO James L Janik Bought $59,5 of … (GuruFocus)
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    It’s critical to know whether a stock you plan on buying has an ex-dividend status, because in case it does, the dividend would be paid out to the seller. The person who owns the stock on the ex-dividend date will be awarded the payment, which means that you’ll have to wait for the next dividend cycle to receive your first dividend payout from the company.

cheap stock trading: JP Energy Partners LP(JPEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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

    These are the top 5 holdings of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLCEnable Midstream Partners LP (ENBL) – 43,585,926 shares, 67.58% of the total portfolio. American Midstream Partners LP (AMID) – 13,977,709 shares, 19.28% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 230.89%TransMontaigne Partners LP (TLP) – 3,166,704 shares, 13.14% of the total portfolio. JP Energy Partners LP (JPEP) – 0 shares, 0% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 10000%Added: Am

cheap stock trading: Principal Financial Group Inc(PFG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

cheap stock trading: Scripps Networks Interactive Inc(SNI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) announced plans to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (NYSE: SNI) for $14.6 billion.

    Discovery will pay $90 per share in cash and stock to buy Scripps. The transaction is projected to close by early 2018.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) sunk to the bottom of the S&P 500–narrowly beating out Apartment Investment and Management (AIV)–as the parent company of the Food Network and other channels gave back a chunk of its post-elections gains.

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    Shares of Scripps Networks Interactive dropped 4.2% to $70.63 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.8% to 2,180.39. Scripps had gained 13% from Nov. 8 through Nov. 14.

    Scripps reported net income of $607 million on sales of $3 billion in 2015.

    Barron’s David Englander recommended Scipps Networks’ former parent E.W. Scripps (SSP) back in August.

     

     

cheap stock trading: AxoGen, Inc.(AXGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN) was down, falling around 10 percent to $22.42. AxoGen reported a proposed public offering of common stock.

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cheap stock trading: Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.(HAWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) reportedQ32017 earningsafter the market closed on Wednesdaywith results beating expectations. Operating revenuesrose 16% to$419.3 million due to a 9% increase in commissions and fees driven primarily by international growth, including the addition of Grass Roots which was acquired during the fourth quarter of 2016, and growth in U.S. retail physical and digital gift card TDV; a 47% increase in program and other fees primarily due to international growth including the acquisition of Grass Roots, higher U.S. retail physical and digital TDV and growth in the incentives segment; a 29.3% increase in product sales due to higher incentives and rewards sales, partially offset by a 20.0% decrease in marketing revenues across both the U.S. retail and international segments and a revenue decline at Cardpool. The net loss totaled $7.8 million compared to net loss of $5.1 million with the year-over-year decline driven primarily by a $9 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge related to Cardpool, higher non-cash acquisition-related expenses and increased interest expense. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Green Dot Corporation back in positive territory after having drifted lower while potential payments peer mid capEuronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has continued to be an outperformer and small capBlackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK)is drifting higher:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016earnings report for small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) is scheduled forafter the marketcloses on Wednesday (February 15th). In the past, Blackhawk Network Holdingshas citedtheregulatory-mandated introduction of EMV chips for card issuers and store processors as a hazard for its current business model.

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recommended stocks to buy: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    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.”

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) reported fiscal second quarter 2017 adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.63 on revenue of $422.6 million. In the same period a year ago, the network security company reported EPS of $0.43 on revenue of $334.7 million. Second-quarter results compare to consensus estimates for EPS of $0.62 and $429.72 million in revenue.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE: PANW) released its fiscal first-quarter earnings report after the markets closed on Monday. Although the financial results were close to estimates, in fact beating on the bottom line, Palo Alto still suffered this quarter. Compared to Mondays closing price the stock trades near 57-times expected fiscal 2017 earnings, which could offer some explanation as to why investors seem so shaken on mixed earnings.

recommended stocks to buy: JP Energy Partners LP(JPEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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

    These are the top 5 holdings of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLCEnable Midstream Partners LP (ENBL) – 43,585,926 shares, 67.58% of the total portfolio. American Midstream Partners LP (AMID) – 13,977,709 shares, 19.28% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 230.89%TransMontaigne Partners LP (TLP) – 3,166,704 shares, 13.14% of the total portfolio. JP Energy Partners LP (JPEP) – 0 shares, 0% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 10000%Added: Am

recommended stocks to buy: Mitel Networks Corporation(MITL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    ShoreTel Inc (NASDAQ: SHOR) shares shot up 28 percent to $7.47. Mitel Networks Corp (NASDAQ: MITL) announced plans to acquire Shortel for $7.50 per share in cash.

recommended stocks to buy: Ishares Trust Dj Us Financial (IYF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Investors looking to set up a pair trade to capitalize on the divergent paths of U.S. and European banks should consider going long the iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE: IYF) and short the Ishares MSCI Europe Fincls Sctr Indx Fd (NASDAQ: EUFN).

recommended stocks to buy: Zion Oil & Gas Inc(ZN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZN) got a boost, shooting up 20 percent to $5.07.

    Spark Energy Inc (NASDAQ: SPKE) shares were also up, gaining 12 percent to $19.40. Guggenheim upgraded Spark Energy from Neutral to Buy.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 0.76 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 6 percent, and Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZN) down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZN) got a boost, shooting up 47 percent to $6.21.

    Spark Energy Inc (NASDAQ: SPKE) shares were also up, gaining 10 percent to $19.10. Guggenheim upgraded Spark Energy from Neutral to Buy.

recommended stocks to buy: Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.(HAWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Green Dot Corporation recovering back towards positive territory while potential payments peer mid capEuronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has continued to be an outperformer and small capBlackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK)has been moving sideways:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the market closed Wednesday with results beating Wall Street expectations. Operating revenues increased 18% to $463.1 million due to an 8% increase in commissions and fees driven primarily by international growth, including the addition of Grass Roots which was acquired during the fourth quarter of 2016, and higher U.S. retail TDV; a 60% increase in program and other fees primarily due to international growth including the acquisition of Grass Roots, higher U.S. retail TDV and growth in the incentives segment; a 20% increase in marketing revenues primarily due to international growth; and a 19% increase in product sales due to higher incentives and rewards sales, partially offset by declines at Cardpool. The net losswas $6.4 million versus a net loss of $11.3 million driven primarily by growth in the incentives and international segments and lower non-cash acquisition-related expenses, partially offset by increased interest expense. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Green Dot Corporation back in positive territory after having drifted lower while potential payments peer mid capEuronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has continued to be an outperformer and small capBlackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK)is drifting higher:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016earnings report for small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) is scheduled forafter the marketcloses on Wednesday (February 15th). In the past, Blackhawk Network Holdingshas citedtheregulatory-mandated introduction of EMV chips for card issuers and store processors as a hazard for its current business model.

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Nothing guts a drug stock like bad clinical trial data. Shares of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical (RARE) fell as much as 10% after a seizure medication failed in a phase II study.

Trading at a recent $72.22, the shares were down 7.7% after earlier falling as much as 10% to $70.51

The seizure drug UX007 was tested as a treatment for glucose transporter type-1 deficiency syndromeor Glut1 DSamong a small group of patients. Data released Wednesday showed that it only cut the rate of seizures in the drug arm by 13.4% compared to the placebo arm, falling short of statistical significance.

Investigators, though, teased out a clinically — though not statistically — significant benefit for patients experiencing what are called absence seizures. Ultragenyx now intends to focus on that in a Phase III pivotal trial.

Leerik analyst Joseph Schwartz called the selloff a buying opportunity.

We had been cautious on this asset (and its two programs – G1DS and long-chain fatty acid oxidation disorder/LC-FAOD; LINK) – but believe the selling pressure after mkt. presents a buying opportunity ahead of a more de-risked X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH) Ph.3 data in 1H17.

Hot Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Suzuki Motor Corporation (SZKMY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Elon has plans for a Gigafactory 3 somewhere in the US unlike the Gigafactory in Europe. If Tesla can get just two Gigafactories built, it will have the batteries at least to produce vehicles at about the same scale as Suzuki (OTCPK:SZKMY) (Suzuki made about 3mm autos in 2015). In fact, Tesla hopes to have the Gigafactory running flat out by 2020, supplying 3X the number of batteries it needs unless it can ramp production into 2020 further. These batteries will be used on the Tesla Power Walls and other power containment devices it has in its pipeline, but it sure seems that Tesla can ramp its auto production past the 500k units per year in 2019 and 2020. At the very least, it will likely have the batteries to do so.

Hot Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: BAE Systems PLC (BAESY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    BAE Systems (BAESY) and other defense stocks gained on Friday morning after President Donald Trump’s strike on Syria prompted investors to consider the possibility of greater Western involvement in the Syrian conflict.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Rheinmetall is currently trading at 15.7x forward earnings and 2.5x book value, a valuation that is closer to its automotive suppliers peers. Compared to its defense peers, its valuation is clearly cheap, as shown in the next table. This shows that Rheinmetall is usually benchmarked against its auto peers, even though 53% of its sales and 41% of operating income have come from its defense unit in the past year.

    P/E P/BV Rheinmetall 15.7 2.5 Continental AG 12.4 2.9 Valeo 13.1 3.6 Brembo (OTC:BRBOF) 17.0 5.2 Leoni (OTC:LNNNY) 13.2 1.9 Auto Peers Average 14.3 3.2 Airbus 24.0 6.8 Leonardo 16.8 2.0 BAE Systems (OTCPK:BAESY) 18.5 5.7 Thales (OTCPK:THLEY) 22.4 4.3 Defense Sector Average 19.2 4.4

    Source: Bloomberg

Hot Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.(HAWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Green Dot Corporation recovering back towards positive territory while potential payments peer mid capEuronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has continued to be an outperformer and small capBlackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK)has been moving sideways:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Green Dot Corporation back in positive territory after having drifted lower while potential payments peer mid capEuronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has continued to be an outperformer and small capBlackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK)is drifting higher:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the market closed Wednesday with results beating Wall Street expectations. Operating revenues increased 18% to $463.1 million due to an 8% increase in commissions and fees driven primarily by international growth, including the addition of Grass Roots which was acquired during the fourth quarter of 2016, and higher U.S. retail TDV; a 60% increase in program and other fees primarily due to international growth including the acquisition of Grass Roots, higher U.S. retail TDV and growth in the incentives segment; a 20% increase in marketing revenues primarily due to international growth; and a 19% increase in product sales due to higher incentives and rewards sales, partially offset by declines at Cardpool. The net losswas $6.4 million versus a net loss of $11.3 million driven primarily by growth in the incentives and international segments and lower non-cash acquisition-related expenses, partially offset by increased interest expense. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) reportedQ32017 earningsafter the market closed on Wednesdaywith results beating expectations. Operating revenuesrose 16% to$419.3 million due to a 9% increase in commissions and fees driven primarily by international growth, including the addition of Grass Roots which was acquired during the fourth quarter of 2016, and growth in U.S. retail physical and digital gift card TDV; a 47% increase in program and other fees primarily due to international growth including the acquisition of Grass Roots, higher U.S. retail physical and digital TDV and growth in the incentives segment; a 29.3% increase in product sales due to higher incentives and rewards sales, partially offset by a 20.0% decrease in marketing revenues across both the U.S. retail and international segments and a revenue decline at Cardpool. The net loss totaled $7.8 million compared to net loss of $5.1 million with the year-over-year decline driven primarily by a $9 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge related to Cardpool, higher non-cash acquisition-related expenses and increased interest expense. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016earnings report for small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) is scheduled forafter the marketcloses on Wednesday (February 15th). In the past, Blackhawk Network Holdingshas citedtheregulatory-mandated introduction of EMV chips for card issuers and store processors as a hazard for its current business model.

Hot Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Integrated Device Technology, Inc.(IDTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    T-Mobile US Inc (NYSE: TMUS) reported upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.
    Integrated Device Technology Inc (NASDAQ: IDTI) agreed to acquire GigPeak Inc (NYSE: GIG) for around $250 million in cash.
    Charles River Laboratories Intl. Inc (NYSE: CRL) reported better-than-expected profit for its fourth quarter.
    Amkor Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMKR) posted downbeat revenue for its fourth quarter and issued a weak outlook for the current quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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    Analysts are expecting Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) to have earned $0.47 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion in the latest quarter. Discovery Communications shares rose 0.17 percent to $29.08 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ: TMUS) to report

Hot Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Swift Transportation Company(SWFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Knight Transportation (NYSE:KNX) is merging with Swift Transportation (NYSE:SWFT) to build a $5 billion trucking behemoth — and Wall Street thinks that’s a good thing.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Swift Transportation (SWFT) is up 18.2% on news that it will merge with Knight Transportation (KNX), up 11%.

    Endo International(ENDP) is up 4.3% after preannouncing first-quarter earnings in line with analysts’ estimates.

    Tesla (TSLA) is up 1.9% after Piper Jaffray upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral.

    J.M. Smucker (SJM) is down 1.1% after Morgan Stanley cut it to Underweight from Equal Weight.

    Hilton Worldwide(HLT) is up 1.9% after Goldman Sachs upgraded it to Conviction Buy from Buy.

    Ulta Beauty(ULTA) is up 0.7% after Loop Capital upgraded it to Buy from Hold.

    Canada Goose (GOOS) is up 1.5% after a number of firms, including Goldman Sachs, Barclays, BMO Capital Markets, and Canaccord initiated coverage of the stock with a Buy rating, although it also got a few Hold ratings. as well.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian said he noticed unusually high volume in the April 23 calls in Swift Transportation Co (NYSE: SWFT) on Wednesday. Traders bought around 3,500 contracts in the first half of the trading session and they $1 paid for them. The trade breaks even at $24 or 8.45 percent above the current market price. Jon Najarian followed the trade and he is planning to hold the position for two weeks.

Hot Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Carnival Corporation(CCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    How about individual stories? Tuesday I was pleasantly surprised by the commentary on both the Darden (DRI) and Carnival (CCL) calls. Weekend dining and lunch were very strong for Darden, parent of Olive Garden, even though CEO Gene Lee acknowledged that it’s competing against “new necessities today, whether smartphones, whether it’s your cable bill, your Netflix bill. I mean, they have increased significantly over the years.” Hmm, is there any wonder why takeout pizza is so strong? Makes me want to buy both Darden and Domino’s (DPZ) .

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK)shareholders have to be feeling pretty good these days. The stock hit yet another new high on Friday, and the stock is trading 13% higher so far in 2017.It’s been smooth sailing so far this year, but the first big test comes on Tuesday morning when the world’s largest cruise line operator reports financial results for its fiscal first quarter.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s not to say the consumer never leaves the house, but when they do, they shop for their homes at Home Depot (HD) and Home Goods, the TJX Stores (TJX) chain that’s knocking it out of the park. The consumer is also visiting theme parks like Six Flags (SIX) and Walt Disney (DIS) and they’re also going on Carnival Cruises (CCL) .

  • [By Diane Alter]

    At $28.66, SNE shares were up 0.28% in morning trading.

    CES Companies to Watch, No. 3: Carnival (NYSE: CCL)

    Carnival Cruise Line (NYSE: CCL) announced Wednesday at CES 2017 that it will give passengers on board its ships high-tech wearable wristbands – which can also be worn as a pendant or necklace. The device can be used to unlock their room, purchase food, and to pay toplay games such as blackjack.

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now

Last week, Qualcomm announced that it had acquired Netherlands-based machine learning startup Scyfer for an undisclosed amount. The company also laid out its vision for artificial intelligence, indicating that it would double down on a device-focused AI implementation. Below, we provide a quick run-down of what Qualcomm has been doing in the AI space and what Scyfer could bring to the table.

Trefis has a $64 price estimate for Qualcomm, which is about 20% ahead of the current market price.

Where Qualcomm Stands In The AI Space

While Qualcomm has been working on AI for about a decade, the companys more recent efforts have centered around deploying artificial intelligence technology at the device level in smartphones and cars. While most large companies rely on the cloud for AI processing and machine learning, leveraging large data centers that run an array of graphics chips, Qualcomm notes that it is focusing on on-device solutions in order to enhance reliability, cut latency and bandwidth usage while improving privacy protection. The company has been optimizing its latest Snapdragon chipsets with dedicated modules for machine learning tasks, while also pivoting towards software tools such as Neural Processing Engine -that allow it to make the most of the conventional computing cores.

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(REGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after a judge said the company could be forced to stop selling an anti-cholesterol drug due to violating an Amgen (AMGN) patent.

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    Regeneron Pharmaceuticalsdropped 5.8% to $358.68 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.4% to 2,276.98.

    Chardan’sGbola Amusa takes a victory lap:

    Yesterday, after markets closed, it was announced that US Federal District Court Judge Sue Robinson ruled to issue a permanent injunction against Praluent, the PCSK9 mAb for hypercholesterolemia from partners Regeneron and Sanofi, due to infringement of patents from Amgen. The court has imposed a 30-day suspension (stay) on the injunction to allow for settlement or appeal of the District Court decision. Sanofi and Regeneron have announced their intent to appeal the ruling to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). The injunction decision is consistent with our counter-consensus published views communicated on 25 January 2016 (“Downgrade to Sell on evidence of likely infringement of Amgen’s PCSK9 patents”) and subsequently. Based on consultation with expert legal counsel, we now put >75% probability Amgen will prevail on appeal and/or Praluent is ultimately removed from the US market, and/or Amgen achieves a settlement substantially in its favor. We currently model $3.3 bn in non-risk-adjusted 2022E US revenues for Praluent, while consensus models $1.2 bn in 2022E US revenues. We reiterate our view from 25 January 2016 to preferentially own Amgen, The Medicines Company (MDCO) (Buy), and Alnylam (ALNY) (Buy) over Regeneron for exposure to PCSK9 inhibitor market dynamics as outcomes trials approach.

    While the loss is bad news for Regeneron, Barron’s Johanna Bennettargues that it could herald a comeback for Amgen.

    Regeneron’s market capitalization fell to $38.5 billion today from $40.2 bil

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s why Cramer said he’ll be listening for news coming from Celgene (CEL) , Amgen (AMGN) , Allergan (AGN) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding, and Regenron (REGN) , all of which are set to present. Of the four, Cramer said he’s sticking with Allergan and Amgen.

  • [By Todd Campbell, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    In the case of these three stocks, however, it may be worth taking a gamble. Our contributors think catalysts at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:REGN), Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-B), and United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) can get them back to their winning ways. Read on to find out if these down-and-out stocks are right for your portfolio.

  • [By Johanna Bennett]

    Shares of biotechnology giant Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) have climbed more than 4% today after Piper Jaffray analyst Ed Tenthoff upgraded the stock from a neutral to an overweight, with a $446 price target.

    The upgrade comes just a few days after the drug maker released soft guidance for 2017 and forecasts called for slowing sales of the eye drug Eylea.

    But Piper Jaffrays Tenthoff argues that anticipated approvals and deep pipeline should drive long-term value. Of particular importance: the atopic dermatitis drug Dupixent (dupilumab).

    We are confident in FDA approval of Dupixent (dupilumab) in moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis by the March 29th PDUFA date and in Europe in late 2017. The Phase III LIBERTY ASTHMA QUEST study has fully enrolled 1,858 persistent asthma patients to 200mg and 300mg subcu Dupixent q2W. We look for data this year to enable an sBLA submission by YE:17. Regeneron is conducting two Phase III trials in nasal polyps and will initiate Phase III pediatric atopic dermatitis and asthma trials. The company will report data from a Phase II eosinophilic esophagitis study in 1H:17 and begin a Phase II food allergy study in 2H:17. The FDA has deemed Sanofi’s Le Trait facility “acceptable”. As a result, we anticipate the partners will refile on Kevzara (sarilumab) and could gain approval in 2Q:17. These two launches should turn Regeneron’s antibody alliance with Sanofi profitable.

    Todays news is the latest development in what has been a volatile time the drug maker. The shares have fallen sharply over the during the last three months, the result of a patent suit with Amgen (AMGN) over its anti-cholesterol drug Praluent, which a judge had set it wouldnt be able to sell in the U.S. , But last week, a judge granted a stay that would allow Regeneron to sell Praluent. It also fueled a pop in its shares.

    The next day, however, Regeneron reported earnings, and while profits o

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Shares of Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) saw a handy gain to close out the week after the company won a Delaware court ruling that blocked Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) from selling their cholesterol-lowering drug in the United States. Essentially the court found that the drug Praluent actually infringed upon Amgens patents for its rival treatment Repatha.

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.(HAWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Green Dot Corporation recovering back towards positive territory while potential payments peer mid capEuronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has continued to be an outperformer and small capBlackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK)has been moving sideways:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the market closed Wednesday with results beating Wall Street expectations. Operating revenues increased 18% to $463.1 million due to an 8% increase in commissions and fees driven primarily by international growth, including the addition of Grass Roots which was acquired during the fourth quarter of 2016, and higher U.S. retail TDV; a 60% increase in program and other fees primarily due to international growth including the acquisition of Grass Roots, higher U.S. retail TDV and growth in the incentives segment; a 20% increase in marketing revenues primarily due to international growth; and a 19% increase in product sales due to higher incentives and rewards sales, partially offset by declines at Cardpool. The net losswas $6.4 million versus a net loss of $11.3 million driven primarily by growth in the incentives and international segments and lower non-cash acquisition-related expenses, partially offset by increased interest expense. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) reportedQ32017 earningsafter the market closed on Wednesdaywith results beating expectations. Operating revenuesrose 16% to$419.3 million due to a 9% increase in commissions and fees driven primarily by international growth, including the addition of Grass Roots which was acquired during the fourth quarter of 2016, and growth in U.S. retail physical and digital gift card TDV; a 47% increase in program and other fees primarily due to international growth including the acquisition of Grass Roots, higher U.S. retail physical and digital TDV and growth in the incentives segment; a 29.3% increase in product sales due to higher incentives and rewards sales, partially offset by a 20.0% decrease in marketing revenues across both the U.S. retail and international segments and a revenue decline at Cardpool. The net loss totaled $7.8 million compared to net loss of $5.1 million with the year-over-year decline driven primarily by a $9 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge related to Cardpool, higher non-cash acquisition-related expenses and increased interest expense. The CEO commented:

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd.(PME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Shares of Chinese fishing company Pingtan Marine Enterprise (NASDAQ:PME) collapsed on Wednesday, closing the day down more than 28.2%.

    So what

    The selling appears to have been initiated in response to an incendiary reportpublished earlier today by short-seller “Aurelius Value.” Among other things, this report alleged that Pingtan:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Shares of Chinese fishing company Pingtan Marine Enterprise (NASDAQ:PME) collapsed on Wednesday, closing the day down more than 28.2%. On Thursday, they fell a further 11.9% before recovering to close down only 3.4%.

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Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Impax Laboratories, Inc.(IPXL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Impax Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ: IPXL) were down around 29 percent to $10.12. Impax Labs reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.16 per share on revenue of $198.4 million.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Impax Laboratories (NASDAQ: IPXL  ) could be watching more closely than Sanofi. The two companies reached a deal last year that allows Impax to begin marketing a generic version of Renvela in 2014. If approved, Zerenex could take away some of the profits that Impax expected to gain.

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: National Health Investors, Inc.(NHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.B) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.75 per share.

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Revlon, Inc.(REV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares of Revlon, Inc.(NYSE:REV) surged last month after the company announced a restructuring plan. According to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, the stock gained 15%. The bulk of the increase came in the middle of the month when the restructuring plan was announced.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).

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If data is the new oil, then semiconductors are the new rigs. Back in 2000s, millions of us were users of Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), and in 2017, billions of us are using Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB). What would trillions of devices use in 2035 is anybody’s guess. But one thing is certain that whatever data those devices consume, it will be processed through some kind of a semiconductor component. And there is a very high probability that a lot of that data would be processed through chips made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM) (TSMC), as it is already a force to reckon with in the industry.

alternative investments: Mayne Pharma Group Limited (MAYNF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    We believe that two main risks currently exist. First, a few days ago, U.S. Department of Justice filed charges in generic drug price-fixing probe. The U.S. Department of Justice accused two former generic pharmaceutical executives of colluding with other generic manufacturers to fix prices – the first criminal charges stemming from a two-year investigation. Companies in the congressional probe have since publicly disclosed that they have received subpoenas, including Mylan NV (NASDAQ:MYL), Allergan (NYSE:AGN), which later sold its generics business to Teva (NASDAQ:TEVA), Lannett (NYSEMKT:LCI), Impax Laboratories (NASDAQ:IPXL), Endo International (NASDAQ