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Top Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018

The election of Donald Trump with a GOP majority in Congress is a game changer for the banks. In fact, rarely in financial history has the outlook for an industry changed so dramatically in such a short period, asserts Elliott Gue, editor of Capitalist Times.

Granted, the post-election run-up in stock prices appears stretched in the short term. Corrections on the order of 5 to 10 percent are to be expected following such a dramatic advance.

However, the market is just beginning to price in the magnitude of this shift. Bank stocks remain cheap relative to the broader market averages and are poised to lead the market higher in 2017.

Inexpensive valuations, coupled with rising earnings estimates, set the stage for the group to deliver a strong relative performance.

Market expectations for US economic growth, interest rates and inflation have shifted higher since early November.

Top Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Timothy Green]

    International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) is still struggling to reach the point where its growth businesses fully offset decreases in legacy revenue. The first quarter, results for which IBM reported last week, marked the 20thconsecutive quarterly revenue decline.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    And Goldcorp is tapping into the power of the Watson artificial intelligence system, run by International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM). GG is using IBM’s artificial intelligence system to help process geological data – including millions of core samples, seismic surveys, and theoretical modeling – to find the most lucrative areas to mine gold.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) reported first quarter earnings results after markets closed on Tuesday. The company said that it had $2.38 in earnings per share (EPS) and $18.2 billion in revenue, versus consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $2.35 in EPS and $18.39 billion in revenue. The same period from last year had $2.35 in EPS and $18.68 billion in revenue.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    The worries here have always been competition and a lack of profits, but the company has made solid progress on both fronts, counting many blue chip players as partners, including Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and IBM (IBM).

Top Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 2.63% at $227.97. The stock’s 52-week range is $156.09 to $228.38 and the high was posted this afternoon. Volume was about 30% above the daily average of around 2.9 million. The healthcare company had no specific news.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Of the three classes of healthcare stocks, the insurers reflected this uncertainty the most the day after the election. Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) was up almost 5%, while UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) fell a bit under 1%, and Molina Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: MOH) plunged almost 16%.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded down 1.25% at $192.77. The stock’s 52-week range is $133.03 to $200.76. Volume was about 40% below the daily average of around 2.6 million. The company had no specific news, but the increasingly likely defeat of another ACA repeal effort lifted healthcare stocks late in the day.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Surgical Care Affiliates Inc (NASDAQ: SCAI) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $56.55 after UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) disclosed that its unit agreed to acquire Surgical Care Affiliates for around $2.3 billion.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.60% at $223.68. The stock’s 52-week range is $156.09 to $231.77. Volume was about half the daily average of around 3 million shares. The company announced Thursday that it is buying the medical group business of DaVita Inc.

Top Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , Chubb (CB) , XPO Logistics (XPO) , FedEx (FDX) and Nordson (NDSN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Prudential (PRU) , Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and ZTO Express (ZTO) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    With a trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratio of 28.79, FedEx’s valuation is in line with UPS (27.52) and far cheaper than XPO Logistics (XPO) (90.25).

Top Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.

    Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgradesincluded Biogen, Goldcorp, GoPro, Oracle, Sirius XM, Tyson Foods, Ciena and many more.

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    Homebuilders like Lennar, PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), and D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) could benefit from a strengthening housing recovery. If you’re bullish on housing, you might want to take a step back and think about other companies in that space. Home improvement stores like Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) and Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) could get a boost as well as companies that supply products for new homes like Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and USG Corporation(NYSE: USG).

Nutanix Inc Stock, Up 25% Before Earnings. Can It Keep Popping Higher?

utanix Inc Stock, Up 25 percent Before Earnings. Can It Keep Popping Higher
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Hyperconverged infrastructure providerNutanix Inc (NASDAQ: NTNX)stock is getting a lot of investor love ahead of its fiscal 2018 first-quarter earnings. Such has been the bullish sentiment, that Nutanix is stock is up25% alone in the month of November which has propelled the stock to a 52 week high. A string of analyst rating upgrades and price target hikes in this month have also helped the cause ofSan Jose, California-based hybrid cloud company shares. With NTNXstock at a 1 year high ahead of earnings, the question is, can the stock keep popping higher post earnings? Is plenty more upside left in Nutanix stock from here?

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Nutanix Q1-2018 Earnings Wall Street Estimates.

Wall Street expects the Dheeraj Pandey led cloud computing specialist to report a non-GAAP loss per share of 26 cents a share, bettering theloss per share of 37 cents in Q1 2017 by a significant11 cents, near 30% year-over-year (YoY) growth. On the top line front, the analyst consensus is a revenue of $266.9 million, good for a 60%YoY growth. Interestingly, though, the managementrevenue guidance is very conservative, even the high-end revenue estimate also falls below Wall Street consensus. The top management gave a revenue guidance of $240-$250 million and earnings estimate of 37 cents loss per share. With the analyst estimates comparatively much higher, the expectations are very high ahead of earnings and any disappointment could result in the stock giving up some of its massive recent gains.

Nutanix will need more than an earningsbeat to sustain the high valuation.

Nutanix has a strong history of beating analyst estimates in its short public life. The hyperconverged infrastructure provider has delivered a beat on both the top line and bottom line numbers in all the quarters since its IPO. With NTNX stock trading at its highest sales multiple of 7x since going public, an earningsbeat is a must and perhaps would need much more than that to sustain the high valuation. Give the strong earnings history of NTNX stock, an earningsbeat is likely. TheNutanix Q1 earnings whispernumber makes case for much better earnings with aloss per share of just 21 cents, implying 5 cent beat and a massive 16 cents higher than management’s earnings estimates. The guidance again is very vital since the stock is prone to makemassive moves in either directiongoing by the stock price history. In the past post-earnings moves, the guidance played a major role in which direction the stock moved. Analysts expect the company to report a revenue of $282 million for the second quarter.

Key things to watch out for in the earnings release.

Given that the company is still at some distance on the road to profitability, it needs to maintain its strong revenue growth. Once again the company needs to show strong growth in deferred revenue to assure investors about its long-term growth story. The 77% YoY growth indeferred revenue to $526 million in last quarter earnings had outpaced its Q4 revenue growth of 62%. This has also been boosted by the impressive 87% YoY rise in the customer base. The company’s software segment gaining traction has got investors excited since pure software play means higher margins than its core hardware business. Thesoftware only bookings grew by 96% YoY in the fourth quarter forming 17% of the total bookings. The impact of the OEM agreements with IBM (NYSE:IBM) for software and Pure software agreement with Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) and Hewlett Packard Enterprises (NYSE:HPE) hardware is also likely to be closely watched. With DRAM prices expected to rise further, the increase in software moat could be very much welcomed by the investors.

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Bottomline.

The overall market sentiment towards NTNX stock has turned more bullish recently. The short interestdecline in the latest period by further 7.4%, a drop for the consecutive fourth quarter also suggests so. However, the short interest is still very high at 17.5% of the float with days to cover at 6. A strong showing post earnings could result in much higher gains as there is a possibility of a short squeeze. Having said this, investors need to be little cautious as the technical set up is not entirely favorable for Nutanix shares. The NTNX stock technical chart has some bearish signals which could mean the upside from here could be limited. The company shares are in overbought zone as both popular technical indicators Relative Strength Index (RSI) and Bollinger Bands suggest that the stock is heavily overbought. Given the recent run-up in Nutanix shares, and the unfavorable technical set up, the stock will certainly need something more than a beat to continue popping higher.

Nutanix Stock technical chart

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3 High-Yield Dogs Of The Dow To Buy Immediately

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”- Hunter S. Thompson

I know I’ve used this quote before, but it so applicable to so many situations, especially now considering the lofty state of equity markets. Markets do seem to be in weird place.

Pundits are almost split down the middle as to whether the current bull run has any more steam left. Some argue that valuations are stretched thin while others continue to pound the table, goading investors to pile in. Im splitting the difference.

The S&P 500 trades at 19.4 times expected earnings. We’ve seen it much richer in the past. However, there are some visible cracks showing.

Some sectors, such as energy and telecom services, are negative for the year. But despite news to the contrary, there are bargains in the market. Previously, I highlighted a consumer staples stockthat stood out in another lackluster sector.

One of the most consistently successful value investing strategies is the venerable Dogs of the Dow. Created in 1972, the year I started kindergarten, the remarkable beauty of the Dogs as an investment strategy is its simplicity: Buy the ten highest dividend yielders in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA).

Here is the current list of Dogs going in to 2018…

Symbol Company Price Yield
GE General Electric $18.19 5.28%
VZ Verizon $47.01 5.02%
IBM International Business Machines $151.84 3.95%
XOM ExxonMobil $81.42 3.78%
CVX Chevron $116.51 3.71%
PFE Pfizer $35.49 3.61%
MRK Merck $54.35 3.46%
KO Coca-Cola $45.88 3.23%
CSCO Cisco Systems $36.49 3.18%
PG Procter & Gamble $88.45 3.12%

Since its inception the Dogs strategy has turned in an average annual return of 11.5%, besting the index by 6.3% for the same period.

Collectively, the current dog pound boasts a dividend yield of 3.8%; 67% higher than the average corporate bond yield of all ten companies. Even more compelling, as of November 18, the average Dogs of the Dow stock was trading at an 11.5% discount to its 52-week high.

While the entire basket is comprised of the highest quality names an investor could own, here are three that are best positioned to rise in the near term.

1. Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) — Still the global market leader in computer and telecom networking equipment, Cisco has been successfully transitioning its focus to a more service-centric business model, concentrating on software and subscription sales.

The results are starting to flow through. In the companys most recent earnings report, recurring revenue grew by 32%. However, the companys core hardware business will remain relevant in the growing “internet of things” environment. CSCO shares trade at $37.03 and yield 3.1%.

2. Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) — The top U.S. wireless telecom, with 149 million subscribers, Verizon has also managed to grow its digital content business, albeit quietly when compared to its acquisition-junkie rival AT&T (NYSE: T). Recently, the company has built a top brand portfolio of digital properties that include AOL and Yahoo as well as their attached email platforms. The end result will be a decent media offering with much lower acquisition costs, allowing its precious cash to be spent on its core wireless telecom business. VZ shares are priced at $47.45 with an attractive 5.0% dividend yield.

3. International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) — Often referred to as “Big Blue,” the company remains a steady, franchise player in the technology space. Having made the shift from hardware to service and software long ago, the company delivers a wide spectrum of capabilities, including artificial intelligence (AI) development, cloud platforms, as well as big data infrastructure. The stock is attractively priced at $151.81 with a 4.0% dividend yield.

Risks To Consider: As all three of these stocks fall in the information technology space, their success lies in continued economic expansion. Any slowdown could threaten those prospects. But all three companies have successful recurring revenue models that deliver predictable, steady revenue streams. This gives all three companies a defense posture in the event of a recession.

Action To Take: Surprisingly, there are few if any pure-play Dogs of the Dow ETFs or mutual funds available. However, they have always been available in unit investment trust form (UIT). Money manager First Trust Portfolios is one provider.

Collectively, my favorite three Dogs yield a combined 4.1% and trade at an average forward P/E of 12.6, which is extremely cheap compared to the market as a whole. Long-term investors looking for income with above-average growth prospects should be able to outperform the Dogs. Expansion of the forward P/E from 12.1 to 14 would result in a total return of nearly 16% including dividends, outperforming the Dogs of the Dow historical average by 45%.

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Hot Cheap Stocks For 2018

Energy investors are making a big mistake…   They're "bottom fishing" in the major oil and gas stocks… trying to catch the bottom.   This, of course, is a bad idea. Energy stocks have been crashing this year. But expectations are still high.   History tells us this kind of bottom fishing won't end well. The smart move is to wait for a better entry point before getting in.   Let me explain…   Bottom fishing can be hard to avoid… Instead of buying what's going up – what's in an uptrend – investors have a habit of buying what's falling.   It seems like a smart move…   You're buying what's cheap. You're buying what no one else wants. And heck, if you get lucky, you've got a remarkable success story to brag about.   But those success stories are rare… And trying to catch one can be costly.

Hot Cheap Stocks For 2018: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    KeyBanc analysts upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Friday, noting that the company has a number of positive developments that could provide a floor for the stock.

    The analysts upgraded WEN from “Underweight” to “Hold.”

    KeyBanc analyst Christopher O’Cull said, “We are raising our rating for The Wendy’s Company to HOLD as we believe: 1) Wendy’s SRS performance will diverge from the industry for the foreseeable future as new products are supported by more effective use of marketing dollars; 2) better menu and promotional management will lead to improved franchisee profitability (a focus of the new CFO Todd Penegor); and 3) the opportunity to extend the re-franchising program will provide a floor on the stock.”

    Wendy’s shares were up 7 cents, or 0.81%, during pre-market trading on Friday. The stock is up 57.01% year-to-date.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Upgrades had a big impact on stocks today. Wendy’s (WEN), for instance, gained 4.5% to $8.62 after being upgraded to Buy at Argus, while Cash America (CSH) advanced 3.7% to $44.32 after being upgraded to Market Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities. Walgreen (WAG) proved the big winner in the S&P 500 afterGoldman Sachs called the stock a Conviction Buy.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Argus Research upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Thursday, noting that the company’s store remodeling and new menus should help drive higher sales.

    The analysts upgraded WEN from “Hold” to “Buy” and see shares reaching $10. This price target suggests a 21% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $8.25.

    Wendy’s shares were up 24 cents, or 2.91%, during early morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 54.19% year-to-date.

  • [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]

    It’s hard for any company to raise prices in the current non-inflationary environment. But it’s especially hard right now for operators of fast food restaurants, given the intense price competition in a very crowded marketplace. McDonald’s sales growth in recent quarters has been driven by the success of its Dollar Menu, so raising prices in that segment are a big deal for the company. In addition, pushback from franchisees who say they can’t afford to refurbish their stores, given higher charges from McDonald’s hits at one of McDonald’s key advantages in its market—it’s ability to refresh stores more frequently than competitors. A McDonald’s refresh at $600,000 on average, according to the company, costs substantially more than a remodel at Burger King (BKW) at $300,000 or Wendy’s (WEN) at $375,000 for the least expensive version. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.5 million in annual sales.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million. Wendys shares rose 1.79 percent to $11.38 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    And that’s despite Burger King and Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) posting higher quarterly comps for years. The restaurant industry itself may be experiencing a slowdown, and fast food is falling with it after having been one of the few areas notching consistent gains, but it means McDonald’s growth was merely an aberration.

Hot Cheap Stocks For 2018: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , Chubb (CB) , XPO Logistics (XPO) , FedEx (FDX) and Nordson (NDSN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Prudential (PRU) , Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and ZTO Express (ZTO) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    With a trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratio of 28.79, FedEx’s valuation is in line with UPS (27.52) and far cheaper than XPO Logistics (XPO) (90.25).

Hot Cheap Stocks For 2018: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The next market worry is retail, with shares of Macy’s (M) falling over 14%, Kohl’s (KSS) down 19% and L Brands (LB) sinking more than 7%. 

    Cramer said the good news is that money is not leaving the stock market, it’s simply moving from the new winners back to the old winners, stocks like Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL) , two Action Alerts PLUS holdings.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    On Thursday, look for Kohls Corp. (NYSE: KSS) to report its fiscal second-quarter results. The analysts consensus estimates are EPS of $0.29 and revenue of $3.92 billion. Shares were changing hands at $41.89 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $40.55, and the stock has a 52-week range of $35.16 to $59.67.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    One theme that’s become apparent is that consumers are betting that a Trump tax cut will lead to more money in their pockets. That’s good news for the so-called “trade-up” stocks like Nordstrom (JWN) and Kohl’s (KSS) .

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    L Brands surged 11% to $47.85 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to2,357.49. And while L Brands was the best performer, retailers made up half of the 10 best performing stocks in the benchmark today: Nordstrom (JWN) advanced 2.9% to $44.71, Gap (GPS) jumped 5.1% to $24.06, Kohl’s (KSS) climbed 5.6% to $39.60, andBed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), which reported earnings last night, gained 3.4% to $39.08.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Bad

    Bonds behaved poorly. The 10 year and long bond rose by between 3-4 basis points in yield. I bought a trading position in iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond ETF (TLT) in front of a possible yearend pension rebalance. Big pharma stinks up the joint, again. Spec biotech is weakening again (Portola Pharmaceuticals PTLA, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals ACAD, etc.) Retail cant get out of its way. I am long JC Penney (JCP) and have trading positions in Kohl’s (KSS) and Macy’s (M) . (Nike (NKE) , Nordstrom (JWN) , Lowe’s (LOW) are downside features).

    The Ugly

Hot Cheap Stocks For 2018: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    The worries here have always been competition and a lack of profits, but the company has made solid progress on both fronts, counting many blue chip players as partners, including Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and IBM (IBM).

  • [By Vikram Nagarkar]

    For starters, like we mentioned earlier, AMD recently restructured its long term debt, effectively locking in low interest rates for a longer period of time, while also reducing its interest burden. After clawing back some GPU market share from arch-rival NVIDIA (NSDQ:NVDA)over the last few quarters, AMD has bagged some important deals with the likes of Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) and more recently,Alphabet’s (NSDQ:GOOGL)Google. As we discussed in an earlier post, AMD’s deal with Google is of specific importance, because it could open the doors to other cloud platforms, like the ones run by Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN), Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) and International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM). Last but not the least, the latest round of rumors has it that Intel wants to license AMD’s Radeon GPU technology, which could be another handy deal for AMD.

  • [By Yasin Ebrahim]

    The push into the cloud services market has proved a revelation for a number of companies such as Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT), International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN)etc. as the global public cloud services market is expected to be worth nearly $300+ billion over the nextfewyears. So it comes as no surprise that Alibaba (NYSE: BABA)is making huge strides to expand its cloud offering beyond China after reporting rapid growth in cloud computing during its Q3 earnings report. Here’s why BABA stock may be set for rapid growth ahead.

  • [By Virendra Singh Chauhan]

    Sunnyvale, California-based AMD (NSDQ:AMD) recently unveiled their machine learning strategy with the launch of the new Radeon Instinctaccelerators, MIOpen library and the ROCm software (launched earlier). Artificial intelligence (AI), Machine Learning(ML) and Deep Learning(DL) have become the new buzzwords in the tech space. Most major technology companies including Alphabet (NSDQ:GOOGL), Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT), International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), Facebook (NSDQ:FB) have taken the AI plunge, so it’s no surprise that AMD unveiled their machine learning strategy. It was only a matter of time. So how exactly does this alter AMD’s prospects? And what does it mean for AMD stock investors?

Hot Cheap Stocks For 2018: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high bullish options activity in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD). He said that traders were buying the May 190 calls for $3.30. The trade breaks even at $193.30 or around 3 percent higher. Najarian bought calls in General Dynamics and he is planning to hold them for two weeks.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    As details about the Pentagon’s plan have emerged, it’s become clear that this will be a sizable program, amounting to perhaps $1 trillion in spending over 30 years — not just to upgrade the Minuteman missiles, but also to buy new B-21 stealth bombers from Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)and have General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) and Huntington Ingalls (NYSE:HII) design an entirely new class of ballistic missile submarines (to be known as the “Columbia class.”)

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Huntington’s problems may not end at the water’s surface, either. While it’s the principal contractor building the Ford-class carriers, Huntington will cooperate with peer shipbuilder General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) to build the new Columbia class of ballistic missile submarines, which will replace the current Ohio class (and up until recently, it was commonly called the “Ohio Replacement Class”).

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Its this kind of environment that has made the iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF(ITA) one of the best-performing ETFs over the past decade. Companies like Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT) and General Dynamics Corporation (GD) have thrived by producing solutions funded by a thick military wallet.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    The U.S. Army wants General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) to build it a super-tank — an improvement over the ubiquitous M1 Abrams main battle tank that is currently the mainstay of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    General Dynamics (GD)  is number four in the U.S. The company provides combat vehicles; information technology solutions for the military; maintenance overhaul and repair for military aircraft; submarines; and surface ships.

Hot Cheap Stocks For 2018: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE: CMP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.33 per share on revenue of $347.03 million.

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

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After an impressive rally post its last earnings, is DIS stock a buy going into its Q1-2017 earnings?
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Walt Disney Co(NYSE:DIS) is scheduled to report its Q1-2017 earnings on Feb 7th, after the market close. DIS stock price in 2016 had been more or less flat but it has gained more than 16% since the company’s last quarterly earnings on Nov 10th, 2016. Disney had missed analyst estimates in its last earnings report, both on the earnings as well as revenue front. The company missed earnings and revenue estimates by around 5% and 3%, respectively. However, Disney shares did not go down like many had expected and actually they finished up 3% in the next trading session after the earnings. DIS stock has a history to move big after reporting earnings. Also, in the period after the last the earningsreport, the number of shares shorted has declined more than 30%. DIS stock has been on an impressive rally since its last earnings. Should you buy DIS stock going into the upcoming earnings report?

stock quotes: InnerWorkings, Inc.(INWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tom Gentile]

    Now as you can see – and as I mentioned earlier – there’s one that outperforms the others: InnerWorkings Inc. (Nasdaq: INWK):

    INWK is a top marketing firm that services a wide range of Fortune 500 media companies as well as retail, financial, hospitality, automotive, healthcare, and others. It met earnings expectations for the first quarter and fell just short of revenue expectations. Despite that, it’s been steadily climbing:

stock quotes: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Illumina was busy during the fourth quarter. Key developments over the past three months included:

    The commercial launch of the NovaSeq system, a new high-throughput sequencing system that the company hopes can dramatically lower genomic sequencing costs. The launch of the Bio-Rad single-cell sequencing solution. The launch of the TruSight Tumor 170, a 170-gene next-generation sequencing solution designed to provide a better picture of a tumor’s genomic landscape. The announcement of a deal with Philips (NYSE:PHG) to integrate Illumina’s sequencing systems with Philips’ IntelliSpace Genomics clinical informatics platform. A partnership withIBM (NYSE:IBM) to integrate IBM’s artificial intelligence system Watson for Genomics into Illumina’s BaseSpace sequence hub and tumor sequencing process.

    What management had to say

    Illumina’s CEO, Frank de Souza, was more cheerful than he was in the third quarter. “We ended 2016 on a stronger note than we anticipated, with robust performance across sequencing consumables and microarrays,” he said, adding, “We also made significant progress on key R&D programs as evidenced by the launch of NovaSeq, a brand new architecture that delivers the most powerful, flexible sequencer ever created, once again redefining the trajectory of sequencing.”

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    The role of International Business Machines Corp.(NYSE: IBM) CEO Ginni Rometty as an advisor to President Trump has caused deep concern among some of her employees. She may find out the hard way that the problem could spread to shareholders and customers, as it has to those at other companies.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    This earnings season has been a mixed bag for many of the big name technology and semiconductor companies. NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) surprised analysts with impressive sales for the first quarter, but Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) and International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) reports were met with more underwhelming investor response.

  • [By Vikram Nagarkar]

    For starters, the data center space has been dominated by AMD’s arch-rival Nvidia for a long time now. By virtue of its early lead, Nvidia has found its way into some of the most popular cloud platforms, like Amazon’s (NSDQ:AMZN)AWS, andMicrosoft’s (NSDQ:MSFT)Azure and IBM’s (NYSE:IBM)Bluemix. The Google deal represents AMD’s first breakthrough among US based cloud biggies. It’s also AMD’s first move in deep learning or machine learning, which is expected to play an increasingly important role in shaping the future of technology and its applications.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) traded down 1.01% at $167.82. The stock’s 52-week range is $116.90 to $169.95. Volume was about 60% below the daily average of around 3.6million shares. The company had no specific news Friday.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    We reprise five of last year’s components: Boeing (BA), CVS Health (CVS), International Business Machines (IBM), Omnicom Group (OMC) and Texas Instruments (TXN), which means they obviously are buys.

stock quotes: Masco Corporation(MAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Now, while Home Depot (HD) didn’t take off on these figures, Whirlpool (WHR) jumped more than four points. My take? Home Depot becomes a stock to put on your radar screen as we bounce around Dow 20,000. I am partial to Masco (MAS) , the kitchen and bath company, too, off these numbers.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    When companies break up, they can create enormous value, and nowhere is that more evident than with TopBuild (BLD) , the former services arm of Masco (MAS) that began trading as an independent company in July 2015. Since the spinoff, shares of TopBuild have rallied 50% and Cramer said the move is not yet over.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Masco (MAS) , American Electric Power (AEP) and Valmont Industries (VMI) .

    Cramer was bearish on Wisconsin Energy (WEC) .

stock quotes: Xplore Technologies Corp(XPLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million.
    Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million.
    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion.
    Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million.
    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million.
    Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million.
    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million.
    8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million.
    Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million.
    Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.
    Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million.
    Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter.
    Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.20 per share.
    Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: OSN) is projected to post ea

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Hot Cheap Stocks For 2018: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Timothy Green]

    If you’re looking to add some solid dividend stocks to your portfolio, I have a few ideas. International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), General Motors (NYSE:GM), and Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), all of which I own in my own portfolio, are some of the best dividend stocks available.

  • [By A.J. Bursick]

    Here are just a few of the big-headline IP theft cases from 2015 – the year they hit an all-time high…

    On May 7, 2015, Xiawen Huang, a dual U.S.-China citizen, was arrested in North Carolina for stealing IP from two energy firms for which he once worked and later setting up a competing company in China using Chinese government funds and the stolen IP. He pled guilty in October of that year and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. On May 19, 2015, former U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration announced the arrest of a Chinese professor and the indictment of five other Chinese citizens in what turned out to be a decade-long scheme to steal microelectronics designs from American companies on behalf of the Chinese government. The men’s cases are still pending, but they remain under house arrest. On Dec. 7, 2015, the FBI arrested a former software engineer for International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) in China for allegedly stealing proprietary source code from his one-time employer in the United States on behalf of Beijing’s government, according to Reuters on Dec. 8, 2015. He plead guilty in May of this year, with an added charge of “economic espionage,” and is due to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas in White Plains, NY, tomorrow (Oct. 13, 2017).

    These few cases, and the hundreds of them since (Bloomberg reported today that the FBI can’t release exact figures insofar as case amount, only that they’re indeed “in the hundreds”), gives Lighthizer plenty to work with in regards to President Trump’s executive order probe.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) is still struggling to reach the point where its growth businesses fully offset decreases in legacy revenue. The first quarter, results for which IBM reported last week, marked the 20thconsecutive quarterly revenue decline.

Hot Cheap Stocks For 2018: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc performing better with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) being the big winner whilesmall caps hhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) haveunderperformed, butare showing signs of improvement:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basically breaking even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) all over the place (albeit it took off again last year) while small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both underperformed for over three years now:

Hot Cheap Stocks For 2018: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]

    It’s hard for any company to raise prices in the current non-inflationary environment. But it’s especially hard right now for operators of fast food restaurants, given the intense price competition in a very crowded marketplace. McDonald’s sales growth in recent quarters has been driven by the success of its Dollar Menu, so raising prices in that segment are a big deal for the company. In addition, pushback from franchisees who say they can’t afford to refurbish their stores, given higher charges from McDonald’s hits at one of McDonald’s key advantages in its market—it’s ability to refresh stores more frequently than competitors. A McDonald’s refresh at $600,000 on average, according to the company, costs substantially more than a remodel at Burger King (BKW) at $300,000 or Wendy’s (WEN) at $375,000 for the least expensive version. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.5 million in annual sales.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million.

    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $663.74 million.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Argus Research upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Thursday, noting that the company’s store remodeling and new menus should help drive higher sales.

    The analysts upgraded WEN from “Hold” to “Buy” and see shares reaching $10. This price target suggests a 21% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $8.25.

    Wendy’s shares were up 24 cents, or 2.91%, during early morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 54.19% year-to-date.

Hot Cheap Stocks For 2018: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) will share its most recent quarterly results on Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for earnings per share (EPS) of $2.07 and $47.13 billion in revenue. Shares were at $161.80 at the close on Friday, in a 52-week trading range of $107.79 to $164.00. The stock has a consensus analyst price target of $181.90.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Top Medicaid stocks to buy in 2017 include Aetna (NYSE:AET), Centene (NYSE:CNC), and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH). Here’s why these three stand out.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 0.51% at $166.18. The stock’s 52-week range is $125.26 to $172.14. Volume was 40% below the daily average of around 3.7 million shares. The health insurer had no specific news Friday.

Hot Cheap Stocks For 2018: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    With a trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratio of 28.79, FedEx’s valuation is in line with UPS (27.52) and far cheaper than XPO Logistics (XPO) (90.25).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , Chubb (CB) , XPO Logistics (XPO) , FedEx (FDX) and Nordson (NDSN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Prudential (PRU) , Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and ZTO Express (ZTO) .

Hot Cheap Stocks For 2018: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Bad

    Bonds behaved poorly. The 10 year and long bond rose by between 3-4 basis points in yield. I bought a trading position in iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond ETF (TLT) in front of a possible yearend pension rebalance. Big pharma stinks up the joint, again. Spec biotech is weakening again (Portola Pharmaceuticals PTLA, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals ACAD, etc.) Retail cant get out of its way. I am long JC Penney (JCP) and have trading positions in Kohl’s (KSS) and Macy’s (M) . (Nike (NKE) , Nordstrom (JWN) , Lowe’s (LOW) are downside features).

    The Ugly

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Under Armour’s (UAA) guidance last month was so bad that the stock lost a quarter of its value in just one day. Some analysts have stuck with the company, but many more have downgraded it. But that’s in the past. Now, Under Armour’s products are hitting the shelves at Kohl’s (KSS), and some have worried that it could dilute Under Armour’s brand. Kohl’s, meanwhile, has had troubles of its own–its stock is down 23% during the past three months–as investors have worried about the internet destroying retail as we know it. Which begs the question: Are you in trouble when you’re looking at Kohl’s as a savior?

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares fell by 0.67 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Kohl's Corporation (NYSE: KSS), down 20 percent, and Macy's Inc (NYSE: M), down 13 percent.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Retailer shares have been unable to fully stabilize after sell-offs that accompanied their earnings for the 2016 holiday period. Some retailers shuttered stores. Others gave pessimistic guidance. The slide began in earnest again, as retail stocks got punished on Monday. Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS), Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M), Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) and Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWM) were among the largest losers in the S&P 500.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The next market worry is retail, with shares of Macy’s (M) falling over 14%, Kohl’s (KSS) down 19% and L Brands (LB) sinking more than 7%. 

    Cramer said the good news is that money is not leaving the stock market, it’s simply moving from the new winners back to the old winners, stocks like Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL) , two Action Alerts PLUS holdings.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about bullish options activity in Kohl's Corporation (NYSE: KSS). He said traders were buying the May 42.5 calls and they were selling puts to finance the purchase. Najarian believes the stock is going to trade higher into the earnings and he decided to follow the trade. He is planning to hold the position for two to three weeks.

8 Bitcoin Stocks That You Won’t Lose Your Shirt Over

Bitcoin may not have the trust of Wall Street institutions just yet, but millennials are all in. Blockchain Capital recently conducted a study of 2,000 millennials (aged 18-34) and asked them to make a theoretical choice between owning $1,000 in bonds or stocks and $1,000 in bitcoin. Thirty percent chose bitcoin.

These days, a single bitcoin goes for $7,230. That’s a gain of nearly 700% since the beginning of the year. It seems millennials are laughing all the way to the decentralized blockchain.

The price of bitcoin keeps skyrocketing because people believe its price will keep shooting higher. It’s such an incredible gain, in fact, that C-suite execs can no longer afford to ignore bitcoin and its underlying technology — blockchain. Neither can you.

The following bitcoin stocks aren’t pure plays on the cryptocurrency and that’s what makes them attractive. Once bitcoin is no longer cool, there will be a massive correction, but not in companies that are diversified. And Blockchain, for what it’s worth, is another thing entirely.

That’s why the following stocks are all much safer bets on the digital money craze than bitcoin, ethereum or any other digital currency. And you won’t end up like this guy for owning them.

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Bitcoin Stocks: Microsoft

Blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin, could be the most monumental shift in our culture since the internet, which is why Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) invested in it.

Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing arm, hopes to be the first to mainstream blockchain-to-enterprise businesses. Billed as a distribution ledger, Microsoft is selling businesses a new infrastructure from which to do business, offering several different blockchain apps for companies to create their own “network topology:”:

“Rather than spending hours building out and configuring the infrastructure, we have automated these time-consuming pieces to allow you to focus on building out your scenarios and applications. You are only charged for the underlying infrastructure resources consumed, such as compute, storage, and networking. There are no incremental charges for the solution itself.”

Companies that will benefit the most tend to rely on third-party intermediaries, with multiple parties sharing and updating data between firms. Blockchain simplifies this process and allows everyone to have access to the same data at all times. Nothing can be deleted.

The difference between Microsoft’s blockchain and bitcoin’s, however, is that bitcoin is a public blockchain while Microsoft’s is specifically designed for enterprise. And it’s not the only company that has found an enterprise use for bitcoin’s secret sauce …

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Bitcoin Stocks: IBM

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), like Microsoft, is targeting enterprise with blockchain technology, and it has several solutions for businesses small and large.

IBM is focusing on democratic applications of blockchain. That is, it allows users to create networks, determine governance rules, invite network members and validate transactions.

Its “blockchain workshop” provides consultation on how to best use the technology and successfully create your own blockchain network. While “blockchain accelerator” helps guide businesses through the legal and technical ramifications of blockchain networks.

What’s more, IBM is continually dreaming up new applications for blockchain as “untold more” exist that will change the future of business for the better. Enter Hyperledger — IBM’s open source collaboration to improve blockchain across all industries.

More than 130 members spanning industries such as finance, manufacturing and technology are working to create a distributed ledger framework that is open and standardized.

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Bitcoin Stocks: Pfizer

Big Pharma has been plagued by supply-chain fraud and blockchain is the answer to all its problems.

The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), established in 2013, is weighing on the pharmaceutical industry to find a solution and Big Pharma is betting on blockchain to create an interoperable system to stamp out rampant counterfeiting.

To this end, Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) joins with several Big Pharma cohorts in the “MediLedger Project,” a collective of pharmaceutical companies working on a program to track drugs through a blockchain.

Basically, if a shipment of drugs “falls off the truck,” the data stored on the blockchain would show who last touched the shipment. Any stolen goods would be harder to unload in bulk, too, as blockchain makes it easier to prove authenticity.

Such a system could slow the bleed of counterfeit drugs, which hit $75 billion this year, and that could only be good for Pfizer’s bottom line.

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Bitcoin Stocks: Overstock

The past few months have been good to Overstock.com Inc (NASDAQ:OSTK), which has gained 200%-plus since the beginning of August. Not bad for an outlying e-commerce stock that scrambles for light under Amazon.com, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) shadow.

The reason for this is Medici Ventures, Overstock’s blockchain-focused division that has been in the works secretly for the past three years. Medici, according to its website, focuses on “six key areas of emerging crypto-industries” — capital markets, money and banking, identity, land, voting and underlying tech. The firm has a number of companies in its portfolio dedicated to advancing blockchain applications, but the most prominent is tZero.

TZero is planning an initial coin offering (ICO) to fund the development of trade “tokens” for an SEC-compliant alternative trading system. Essentially, it’s a stock offering in the parlance of blockchain.

According to at least one analyst, OSTK stock could gain more than 60% if it sold its retail business to focus solely on its blockchain ventures.

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Bitcoin Stocks: Square

Square Inc (NYSE:SQ) CEO Jack Dorsey hasn’t been shy on the topic of blockchain, describing the technology as “the next big unlock,” but he cautions against blanket approaches.

Does this mean that Square, or Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), won’t soon take advantage of blockchain? Not necessarily. Until then, Square stock is primed to have a first-mover advantage in the bitcoin marketplace space, which isn’t a bad place to be.

Square just hopped on the bitcoin train this week, and not a minute too soon. In the past month alone, the price of bitcoin has soared 17% to once again top $7,150. SQ stock gained 2% on reports of it testing a bitcoin marketplace in its Square Cash app, as user Zach Miles revealed through Twitter:

since when can you buy bitcoin through @SquareCash?! pic.twitter.com/etrEY41kCo

— Zach Miles (@zachmil_es) November 8, 2017

As this bitcoin-buying feature begins rolling out to more of Square’s user base, SQ stock could benefit from fees it generates from people buying and selling the cryptocurrency.

And more people could flock to bitcoin as Square gives the digital currency a mainstream legitimacy.

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Bitcoin Stocks: JPMorgan

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon isn’t one to mince words, dubbing bitcoin a “fraud” and questioning the intelligence of the people who buy it. Blockchain, however, is another story.

Which is why JPM just launched a new payment processing network that uses blockchain in collaboration with the Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE:RY) and the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group.

Blockchain has proven especially valuable for finance, and JPMorgan has poured millions into its blockchain effort, Quorum, which it hopes will simplify its processes and lower its costs.

For instance, international money transfers would reach their beneficiaries much more quickly (and much more securely) when done through blockchain than through traditional means. This will be especially true as more banks join in.

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Bitcoin Stocks: SAP

Another company listed in the Reality Shares Nasdaq Blockchain Economy Index is SAP SE (ADR) (NYSE:SAP). SAP revealed its blockchain-as-a-service product earlier this year, a fee-based service accessible in the SAP cloud.

As more businesses begin to use emerging technologies like blockchain, it’s SAP’s job to leverage that into a business model. Enter SAP Leonardo, a product line that includes machines learning, Big Data, Internet of Things, analytics and blockchain services.

SAP Leonardo is crucial to SAP’s growth and ability to adapt to an increasingly digital world as businesses seek out new technologies to better serve the customer.

SAP is also spearheading a blockchain co-innovation initiative to cement blockchain into IoT, manufacturing and digital supply chains.

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Bitcoin Stocks: Accenture

Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN) recently found itself listed in the new Reality Shares Nasdaq Blockchain Economy Index as it seeks to solve what it considers “inefficiencies around money transfers.”

ACN is a consulting firm that works with clients to improve their business. As such, Accenture has blockchain experts that go around from business to business to help them implement a blockchain strategy.

They do this through a number of services, including strategy assessment (basically determining whether blockchain is right for a particular business), blockchain solution design (a “holistic” process for blockchain operations), blockchain bootcamp (workshops for training employees), blockchain sandboxes (hands-on development with blockchain toolsets) and more.

Their goal? The swift adoption of a distributed ledger system. That can only be good for every company on this list.

John Kilhefner is the deputy managing editor of InvestorPlace.com. He does not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Follow him on Twitter at @jkilhefner.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now

In the rodeo world, bucking bulls and their riders have to make their mark in eight seconds. Wall Streets stock market bull and the investors who have hung on during itswild ride have made their mark by lasting eightyears.

The second-longest bull market in U.S. history has nearly quadrupled the value of the Standard & Poors 500 stock index. But its strength has also caused valuations for stocksto swell nearly 30% higher than historical averages. And that hasjittery investors wondering whats next for the aging bull.

The Cliffs Notes version of the bull goes like this: It beganon March 9, 2009, after the worst stock plunge since the Great Depression. It was nurtured by the nations central bank, which powered it with steroid-like stimulus injections in the form of cheap money. It overcame obstacles ranging from debt crises in Europe to natural disasters like hurricanes. It persisted throughwars, terror attacks, a U.S. government shutdown, a downgrade of the nations triple-A credit rating and countless political scares. It also survived the start of an interest-rate-hike cycle in late 2015by the Federal Reserve, the same central bank that had sustained it with alow interest-rate policy.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rising Dividend Investing]

    Pent Up Demand Pushing Cyclical Stocks

    We are coming out of a lengthy period of decreased spending in the wake of 2008-09, which has built pent up demand for automobiles, housing and capital expenditures. The average age of vehicles on the road has reached a record high of 11.4 years. Demand for new houses fell off dramatically since the Great Recession. The average U.S. home was built in 1974 and continues to age.
    As people have chosen to fix rather than replace their vehicles and homes, we’ve seen the replacement-type industries do very well. Auto Retail’s second quarter sales and earnings per share were up 14.7% and 18.6%, respectively. Home improvement retail grew sales nearly 10% with earnings up 20% from second quarter 2012.
    Adding to the pent up demand for housing is the number of young people living with their parents rather than buying or renting on their own. According to real-estate marketplace Trulia, the number of “missing households” (Americans who would currently be owning or renting a home if pre-recession economic trends had continued) was up to 2.4 million in March. More than half of these missing households are 18 to 34-year-olds.
    This pent up demand extends beyond just the immediate products being bought by consumers. Businesses have held off replacing durable goods since the recession. All of this excess demand will have to be released at some point. Eventually, these homes and vehicles will exceed their useful life and need to be replaced. To meet the need for the excess demand, companies will not be able to hold off re-investing in new plant equipment.
    We’ve seen the beginning of this demand in 2013 and believe there is more to come. The market is buying into this as well, as more growth and manufacturing oriented sectors – such as Consumer Discretionary and Industrials – have performed well over the near-term.
    Share prices for stocks in the Industrial sectors are mo

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) posted upbeat results for its fourth quarter.
    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter and issued strong Q3 guidance.
    Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) proposed to acquire Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) for $225 per share in cash and stock.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    3) Other downside catalysts have come and gone, such asEmerson Electric (EMR) effectively ruling out aRockwell deal;

    4) However, our view that the upward trajectory in customer capex spending remains muted combined with the stock still trading at >19x NTM EPS limits our upgrade to just Market-Perform despite our long-term bullish view of industrial automation in general and Rockwell specifically

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Blaming the unwillingness of its target even to discuss a buyout, Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) on Tuesday announced that it has withdrawn its unsolicited offer to acquire Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) for $225 a share in a deal valued at nearly $30 billion.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lower WACC has moved in lockstep with higher multiples and as the rate regime shifts, we see limited excuses for another leg absent material growth. EPS growth/visibility at a reasonable price will matter, with those that are not reflecting upside today seeing multiple expansion and safety stocks that are not safe reverting. With this backdrop, our top picks are Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand, and Danaher, with a positive bias on Neutral-rated United Technologies, while we are most negative onGeneral Electric and Rockwell Automation (ROK), with a negative bias on N-rated $51.92 Emerson Electric (EMR)…

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    Bill Ackman: Fifty-year-old Ackmans career began in 1992 when he and fellow Harvard graduate David P. Berkowtiz founded the investment firm Gotham Partners. The firms high-profile bid for Rockefeller Center in New York caused investors to flock to the firm, growing it to $500 million in assets. Then in 2004, with $54 million in personal funding, Ackman started Pershing Square Capital Management. Through Pershing, Ackman bought significant shares in companies like Wendys Co. (Nasdaq: WEN), Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT), Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG), and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX). Today, Ackman is worth $1.4 billion and is No. 256 on the Forbes 400.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Argus Research upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Thursday, noting that the company’s store remodeling and new menus should help drive higher sales.

    The analysts upgraded WEN from “Hold” to “Buy” and see shares reaching $10. This price target suggests a 21% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $8.25.

    Wendy’s shares were up 24 cents, or 2.91%, during early morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 54.19% year-to-date.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million.

    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $663.74 million.

  • [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]

    It’s hard for any company to raise prices in the current non-inflationary environment. But it’s especially hard right now for operators of fast food restaurants, given the intense price competition in a very crowded marketplace. McDonald’s sales growth in recent quarters has been driven by the success of its Dollar Menu, so raising prices in that segment are a big deal for the company. In addition, pushback from franchisees who say they can’t afford to refurbish their stores, given higher charges from McDonald’s hits at one of McDonald’s key advantages in its market—it’s ability to refresh stores more frequently than competitors. A McDonald’s refresh at $600,000 on average, according to the company, costs substantially more than a remodel at Burger King (BKW) at $300,000 or Wendy’s (WEN) at $375,000 for the least expensive version. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.5 million in annual sales.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    The U.S. Army wants General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) to build it a super-tank — an improvement over the ubiquitous M1 Abrams main battle tank that is currently the mainstay of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    Since the early 1960s, aerospace and defense companies have been building vehicles for space agencies like NASA. For example, General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) was contracted to help build the propulsion rocket systems for the famous Apollo missions.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    General Dynamics (GD)  is number four in the U.S. The company provides combat vehicles; information technology solutions for the military; maintenance overhaul and repair for military aircraft; submarines; and surface ships.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    As details about the Pentagon’s plan have emerged, it’s become clear that this will be a sizable program, amounting to perhaps $1 trillion in spending over 30 years — not just to upgrade the Minuteman missiles, but also to buy new B-21 stealth bombers from Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)and have General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) and Huntington Ingalls (NYSE:HII) design an entirely new class of ballistic missile submarines (to be known as the “Columbia class.”)

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) attracted heavy investor interest following their quarterly earnings releases.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    International Business Machines (IBM) led the S&P 500 lower today after beating earnings forecasts but missing on revenue.

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    IBM dropped, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,338.17.

    Barclays analysts Mark Moskowitz and Daniel Gaide contend that IBM’s earnings “suggest [a] turnaround might be elusive.” They explain why:

    The major Y/Y deterioration in gross margin, and IBMs dependence on discrete items to pad EPS, stand to frustrate investors. We highlighted last week that the stocks rally could come to an end as it is time to show progress on the turnaround. 1Q results did not deliver much progress and could signal that investors might have given IBM too much credit to deliver on its ambitious turnaround built around the cloud and cognitive. We recommend investors stay on the sideline.

    International Business Machines’ market capitalization fell to $152.5 billion today from $160.4 billion yesterday.

    Barron’s Teresa Rivasrecommends staying away from IBM.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We’re always looking for a reason why stocks rose or fell, and sometimes it’s as simple as one single stock. In this case, it would be International Business Machines (IBM)

  • [By Chris Lange]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) reported first quarter earnings results after markets closed on Tuesday. The company said that it had $2.38 in earnings per share (EPS) and $18.2 billion in revenue, versus consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $2.35 in EPS and $18.39 billion in revenue. The same period from last year had $2.35 in EPS and $18.68 billion in revenue.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Oracle Corporation and SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) giving a similar performance; Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Salesforce.com, inc have performed even better; and International Business Machines Corp (NYSE: IBM) has underperformed:

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE: CMP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.33 per share on revenue of $347.03 million.

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

3 High-Yield Dogs Of The Dow To Buy Immediately

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”- Hunter S. Thompson

I know I’ve used this quote before, but it so applicable to so many situations, especially now considering the lofty state of equity markets. Markets do seem to be in weird place.

Pundits are almost split down the middle as to whether the current bull run has any more steam left. Some argue that valuations are stretched thin while others continue to pound the table, goading investors to pile in. Im splitting the difference.

The S&P 500 trades at 19.4 times expected earnings. We’ve seen it much richer in the past. However, there are some visible cracks showing.

Some sectors, such as energy and telecom services, are negative for the year. But despite news to the contrary, there are bargains in the market. Previously, I highlighted a consumer staples stockthat stood out in another lackluster sector.

One of the most consistently successful value investing strategies is the venerable Dogs of the Dow. Created in 1972, the year I started kindergarten, the remarkable beauty of the Dogs as an investment strategy is its simplicity: Buy the ten highest dividend yielders in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA).

Here is the current list of Dogs going in to 2018…

Symbol Company Price Yield
GE General Electric $18.19 5.28%
VZ Verizon $47.01 5.02%
IBM International Business Machines $151.84 3.95%
XOM ExxonMobil $81.42 3.78%
CVX Chevron $116.51 3.71%
PFE Pfizer $35.49 3.61%
MRK Merck $54.35 3.46%
KO Coca-Cola $45.88 3.23%
CSCO Cisco Systems $36.49 3.18%
PG Procter & Gamble $88.45 3.12%

Since its inception the Dogs strategy has turned in an average annual return of 11.5%, besting the index by 6.3% for the same period.

Collectively, the current dog pound boasts a dividend yield of 3.8%; 67% higher than the average corporate bond yield of all ten companies. Even more compelling, as of November 18, the average Dogs of the Dow stock was trading at an 11.5% discount to its 52-week high.

While the entire basket is comprised of the highest quality names an investor could own, here are three that are best positioned to rise in the near term.

1. Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) — Still the global market leader in computer and telecom networking equipment, Cisco has been successfully transitioning its focus to a more service-centric business model, concentrating on software and subscription sales.

The results are starting to flow through. In the companys most recent earnings report, recurring revenue grew by 32%. However, the companys core hardware business will remain relevant in the growing “internet of things” environment. CSCO shares trade at $37.03 and yield 3.1%.

2. Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) — The top U.S. wireless telecom, with 149 million subscribers, Verizon has also managed to grow its digital content business, albeit quietly when compared to its acquisition-junkie rival AT&T (NYSE: T). Recently, the company has built a top brand portfolio of digital properties that include AOL and Yahoo as well as their attached email platforms. The end result will be a decent media offering with much lower acquisition costs, allowing its precious cash to be spent on its core wireless telecom business. VZ shares are priced at $47.45 with an attractive 5.0% dividend yield.

3. International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) — Often referred to as “Big Blue,” the company remains a steady, franchise player in the technology space. Having made the shift from hardware to service and software long ago, the company delivers a wide spectrum of capabilities, including artificial intelligence (AI) development, cloud platforms, as well as big data infrastructure. The stock is attractively priced at $151.81 with a 4.0% dividend yield.

Risks To Consider: As all three of these stocks fall in the information technology space, their success lies in continued economic expansion. Any slowdown could threaten those prospects. But all three companies have successful recurring revenue models that deliver predictable, steady revenue streams. This gives all three companies a defense posture in the event of a recession.

Action To Take: Surprisingly, there are few if any pure-play Dogs of the Dow ETFs or mutual funds available. However, they have always been available in unit investment trust form (UIT). Money manager First Trust Portfolios is one provider.

Collectively, my favorite three Dogs yield a combined 4.1% and trade at an average forward P/E of 12.6, which is extremely cheap compared to the market as a whole. Long-term investors looking for income with above-average growth prospects should be able to outperform the Dogs. Expansion of the forward P/E from 12.1 to 14 would result in a total return of nearly 16% including dividends, outperforming the Dogs of the Dow historical average by 45%.

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Welcome to The Salary Chronicles, where we’re bringing transparency to negotiation and salaries, one story at a time. We ask women to share their experiences negotiating their salary and what their advice is for others doing the same. We share these stories anonymously so they feel comfortable speaking as openly and as freely as possible.

This week we’re speaking with a recent MBA graduate who botched her first negotiation attempt but was successful with her second try.

Title: Brand Manager

Location: New York, NY

Salary Offered: $110K

Negotiated Salary: $110K with $18K other compensation

What was the situation when you decided to negotiate your salary?

I was interviewing for a job at the end of my MBA program. I had two offers, one for $120k at a tech company, and one for $110k at a beauty company. Though the offer from the tech company was higher, I was much more excited about the role at the beauty company.

stock trading training: Las Vegas Sands Corp.(LVS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has declined 1.1% to $58.60 despite beating earnings forecasts.

    O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY) has fallen 2.7% to $257.99 after missing earnings forecasts and lowering full-year guidance.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    But Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) may not have had as strong a quarter as competitors like Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd (NASDAQ:MPEL) and Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN). We’ll have to wait until the latter two report earnings to see how market share is trending, but Las Vegas Sands left a lot to be desired from a growth perspective.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

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

stock trading training: Diana Containerships Inc.(DCIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related CRMD Mid-Day Market Update: U.S. Stocks Turn Negative; AveXis Shares Spike Higher 12 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Tuesday CorMedix's (CRMD) CEO Khoso Baluch on Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
    Related BIOA Mid-Day Market Update: U.S. Stocks Turn Negative; AveXis Shares Spike Higher Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Edge Higher; Tiffany Earnings Top Estimates BioAmber (BIOA) Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) shares shot up 45 percent to $9.60. Diana Containerships reported a Q3 loss of $128.67 per share on sales of $6.73 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) was down, falling around 26 percent to $0.276. Diana Containerships disclosed a 1-for-7 reverse stock split.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) were down 8 percent to $0.433. Diana Containerships reported a Q1 loss of $0.80 per share on sales of $3.77 million.

stock trading training: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) traded down 0.85% at $142.52. The stock’s 52-week range is $139.13 to $182.79. Volume was about 40% below to the daily average of around 4 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) traded up 0.56% at $146.68. The stock’s 52-week range is $139.13 to $183.79. Volume was about 30% below the daily average of around 3.9 million shares. The company introduced a new high-performance data science system today.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) reported first quarter earnings results after markets closed on Tuesday. The company said that it had $2.38 in earnings per share (EPS) and $18.2 billion in revenue, versus consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $2.35 in EPS and $18.39 billion in revenue. The same period from last year had $2.35 in EPS and $18.68 billion in revenue.

stock trading training: DBV Technologies S.A.(DBVT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    DBV Technologies SA (NASDAQ: DBVT) dropped about 53.5% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $22.33 after closing at $48.07 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $50.57. Volume of around 12 million was about 60 times the daily average. The French drug maker’s peanut allergy treatment failed a phase 3 study.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

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

stock trading training: Johnson Controls Inc.(JCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Johnson Controls International Inc. (NYSE: JCI) posted a new 52-week low of $38.75 on Thursday, down about 10.5% from Wednesday’s closing price of $43.32. Volume totaled around 14.5 million shares, more than 3 times the daily average of around 4.6 million. The company met profit expectations when it reported results this morning. SG&A expenditures rose sharply as did overall cost of sales. Perhaps that and flat revenues weighed on the shares in Thursday’s session.

  • [By Scott Levine]

    As January and the new year settle in, many of us are wondering what 2017 will have in store. Even more interested are investors in Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI), who are eager to see how the company performs after having completed its separation fromAdient and merger with Tyco. Fortunately, investors have the opportunity to gain some insight, as the company recently held its annual Analyst Day. Let’s take a look to see what it anticipates in 2017.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Johnson Controls International plc (NYSE: JCI) posted a new 52-week low of $38.65 on Monday, down about 2.5% from Friday’s closing price of $39.64. The stock’s 52-week high is $50.65. Volume totaled around 15.9 million shares, about 20% above the daily average of around 4.9million. The company had no specific news Monday.