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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018

The stock market gave up ground on Tuesday, but investors saw major benchmarks recover from their worst levels of the day to finish down less than half a percent. Early in the day, poor earnings results from blue chip components of the Dow Jones Industrials weighed on market sentiment, and ongoing uncertainty about whether the Trump administration will be able to deliver on promised government reforms made some investors feel less confident about the future. However, several companies reported good news despite the dour mood on Wall Street, and GNC Holdings (NYSE:GNC), Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS), and Cabela’s (NYSE:CAB) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

GNC eases shareholders’ concerns

Shares of GNC Holdings jumped 24% after the company posted first-quarter results that, while not perfect, were still not as bad as some investors had feared. Revenue fell 4% from year-ago levels, and same-store sales dropped 3.9% in company-owned locations and 4.6% in domestic franchise stores. Moreover, net income dropped by more than half, leaving the company with just $0.37 per share in adjusted earnings. Yet those numbers encouraged those who are patient enough to give GNC time to remake itself, and CEO Bob Moran pointed to the company’s One New GNC transformation strategy as having shown signs of early success. With new loyalty programs producing some positive effects on transaction counts and volume, GNC hopes that business metrics will hit bottom and start to grow again in the near future.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: CGG(CGG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from CGG SA (ADR) (NYSE: CGG) and Geospace Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: GEOS).

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    First up is French oil service firm CGG Veritas (CGG)
    . The Eurozone-based energy stock hasn’t exactly posted blockbuster performance in 2013, but investors who ignore CGG for the final stretch of the year could be making a big mistake. That’s because of a bullish technical pattern that’s emerging in shares right now.

    CGG spent most of the last eight months looking anything but bullish. But an ascending triangle pattern is changing that. The pattern is formed by horizontal resistance to the upside at $26, and uptrending support to the below shares. Basically, as CGG bounces in between those two technical levels, it’s getting squeezed closer and closer to a breakout above $26. When that happens, traders have a buy signal.

    The ascending triangle pattern in CGG Veritas isn’t exactly textbook. That’s because the setup is forming at the bottom of a downtrend, rather than in the middle of an uptrend – but it’s a mistake to get caught up on the textbook pictures of what trading patterns are supposed to look like. On a move through $26, the trading implications are just as actionable.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CGG SA (ADR) (NYSE: CGG) shares shot up 32 percent to $7.15 after the company reported an agreement in principle on financial restructuring plan with main creditors and DNCA.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Nuveen Municipal Value Fund Inc.(NUV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Donald van Deventer]

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

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Luxoft Holding, Inc.(LXFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Luxoft Holding(NYSE:LXFT)announced strong fiscal fourth-quarter results on Monday, after the market closed. Similar to its modest post-earnings drop in February, shares of the software development specialist fell 3.6% on Tuesday as investors absorbed the news.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Madison Square Garden Inc.(MSG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Madison Square Garden Co (NYSE: MSG) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.34 per share on revenue of $325.53 million.

    Gogo Inc (NASDAQ: GOGO) is projected to report a quarterly loss at $0.42 per share on revenue of $137.58 million.

  • [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]

    Meanwhile, Mark Boyar, of The Boyar Value Fund, recommends another household name: Madison Square Garden (MSG). He thinks the Dolan family could take the company private.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Salesforce.com Inc(CRM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) is expected to release its fiscal second-quarter financial earnings report after the markets close on Tuesday. The consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters call for $0.32 in earnings per share (EPS) and $2.51 billion in revenue. The same period of last year reportedly had EPS of $0.24 and $2.04 billion in revenue.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    “There are two things that mess up your relationships, it’s anger and fear,” explains Robbins. Robbins points to Salesforce (CRM) CEO Marc Benioff as being a total giver, which has set him up for success in business.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jon Najarian spoke on CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report about bullish options activity in Salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL).

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

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  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report,” Jon Najarian said he noticed unusually high bullish options activity in Salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) and SPDR S&P Retail (ETF) (NYSE: XRT).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    “There are two things that mess up your relationships, it’s anger and fear,” explains Robbins. Robbins points to Salesforce (CRM) CEO Marc Benioff as being a total giver, which has set him up for success in business.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Towerstream Corporation(TWER)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: TherapeuticsMD, Inc.(TXMD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    On the show’s “Lightning Round” segment, Jim Cramer was bullish on Penn National Gaming (PENN) , KeyCorp (KEY) and TherapeuticsMD (TXMD) .

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

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

  • [By Rich Duprey]

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

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Xerox Corporation(XRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was Xerox Corp. (NYSE: XRX) which rose 3.8% to $30.56. The stocks 52-week range is $22.90 to $30.76. Volume was 3.8 million compared to its average volume of 2.3 million.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Xerox Corp. (NYSE: XRX) dropped about 23% on Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $6.46 after closing at $8.73 on Friday. The dip was the result of the company’s completed separation into two firms this morning. After the early drop shares had gained around 17% by late afternoon, probably on the strength of a cash payment of $1.8 billion.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Nordic American Tankers Limited(NAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: NAT) dropped about 2.4% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.49 after closing at $2.55 on Tuesday. Volume was around 2.8 million, about double the daily average of around 1.4 million. The firm sent shareholders a letter Tuesday morning explaining the shipper’s recapitalization program. The explanation did not sell any better today.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: NAT) dropped about 3% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.51 after closing at $2.59 on Monday. Volume was around 2.8 million, about double the daily average of around 1.4 million. The firm sent shareholders a letter Monday morning explaining the shipper’s recapitalization program. Apparently the explanation did not sit well.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: NAT) dropped about 4.8% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $2.58 after closing at $2.71 on Friday. Volume was around 2.8 million, more than double the daily average of around 2.3 million. The firm sent shareholders a letter this morning explaining the shipper’s recapitalization program.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: NAT) posted a new 52-week low of $2.68 Wednesday, down about 27% after closing at $3.67 on Tuesday. The 52-week high is $9.32. Volume was about 20.3 million, more than 20 times the daily average of around 940,000 shares. The company announced priced a sale of $110 million in new shares at $2.75 per share.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: NAT) posted a new 52-week low of $2.64 Thursday, down a penny after closing at $2.65 on Wednesday. The 52-week high is $9.32. Volume was about 4.5 million, more than 3 times the daily average of around 1.3 million shares. The company announced Wednesday morning that it had priced a sale of $110 million in new shares at $2.75 per share.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Nordic American Tanker Ltd (NYSE: NAT) were down 25 percent to $2.74 after announcing a $100 million common stock offering.

    ArcBest Corp (NASDAQ: ARCB) was down, falling around 10 percent to $34.85. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded ArcBest from Hold to Sell.

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Bank of America’s (NYSE:BAC) shares suddenly dropped last week, slumping ~6 percent on Tuesday as investors rushed to sell financials and take profits in stocks that have soared since the U.S. election. Republicans also don’t appear to be able to score legislative victories as easily as investors thought, which raises concerns over the sustainability of the Trump rally.

Let’s first agree that Bank of America has been a very good investment already in the last several months, but especially over the last year. Believe it or not, but an investment in Bank of America has returned ~70 percent since March 28, 2016, outperforming other financial stocks as well as major stock market indices by a wide margin.

penny stock newsletter: Allied Healthcare Products Inc.(AHPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shortingsmall cap respiratory equipmentstockAllied Healthcare Products Inc (NASDAQ: AHPI):

penny stock newsletter: Molex Incorporated(MOLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Shares of electronic connector maker Molex Incorporated (MOLX) skyrocketed on Monday morning after reports that the company will be acquired by Koch Industries.

    Koch Industries has agreed to acquire Molex for a total of $7.2 billion. This deal will include all outstanding shares of the company’s Common Stock, Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock for $38.50 per share.

    The deal has been approved by the board of directors of both companies. Molex will continue to maintain its current management team and its current headquarters in Lisle, IL.

    Molex shares were up $9.15, or 31.17%, during Monday morning trading. The stock is up 41% YTD.

penny stock newsletter: 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]

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

    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

penny stock newsletter: Myers Industries, Inc.(MYE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, basic materials shares fell 0.63 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Myers Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MYE), down 7 percent, and CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF) down 6 percent.

penny stock newsletter: MGM Resorts International(MGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

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

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    The earnings parade continues as the Fed wraps up its July meeting. Biotech giant Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) reports today after market close, and tomorrow morning both Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) release their second-quarter results.  

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

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

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

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

  • [By Diane Alter]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

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

  • [By Rich Duprey]

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

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

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

  • [By Ashley Moore]

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

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

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

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

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

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

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

  • [By Paul Ausick]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Paul Ausick]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

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

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

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

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 32.7 percent to $65.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported that larotrectinib trial demonstrated 76 percent confirmed objective response rate.
    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares rose 22 percent to $7.20 in the pre-market trading session after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.
    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) rose 21.7 percent to $99.75 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed positive PB272 Phase 2 data from TBCRC 022 trial at ASCO17.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares rose 20.7 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after the company reported that RedZone has acquired all the assets of Trendit including three technology patents.
    Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) rose 13.1 percent to $16.05 in pre-market trading after D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) proposed to buy 75 percent of Forestar Group for $16.25 per share in cash.
    TG Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TGTX) shares rose 12 percent to $15.50 in pre-market trading after the company said Phase 3 GENUINE trial met primary endpoint with TG-1101 + ibrutinib increasing overall response rate by >70 percent versuss ibrutinib alone.
    Gigamon Inc (NYSE: GIMO) gained 10.8 percent to $43.55. Reuters reported that Gigamon is exploring a potential sale.
    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) rose 8.7 percent to $6.00 in pre-market trading after the company announced Rapivab pediatric sNDA acceptance by the FDA.
    Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY) rose 7.2 percent to $8.77 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.68 percent on Friday.
    Ehi Car Services Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: EHIC) shares rose 6.4 percent to $10.76 in pre-market trading. eHi Car Services posted Q1 earnings of $0.06 on sales of $89.43 million.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) rose 5.9 percent to $114.79 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Friday.
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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 32.7 percent to $65.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported that larotrectinib trial demonstrated 76 percent confirmed objective response rate.
    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares rose 22 percent to $7.20 in the pre-market trading session after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.
    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) rose 21.7 percent to $99.75 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed positive PB272 Phase 2 data from TBCRC 022 trial at ASCO17.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares rose 20.7 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after the company reported that RedZone has acquired all the assets of Trendit including three technology patents.
    Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) rose 13.1 percent to $16.05 in pre-market trading after D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) proposed to buy 75 percent of Forestar Group for $16.25 per share in cash.
    TG Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TGTX) shares rose 12 percent to $15.50 in pre-market trading after the company said Phase 3 GENUINE trial met primary endpoint with TG-1101 + ibrutinib increasing overall response rate by >70 percent versuss ibrutinib alone.
    Gigamon Inc (NYSE: GIMO) gained 10.8 percent to $43.55. Reuters reported that Gigamon is exploring a potential sale.
    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) rose 8.7 percent to $6.00 in pre-market trading after the company announced Rapivab pediatric sNDA acceptance by the FDA.
    Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY) rose 7.2 percent to $8.77 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.68 percent on Friday.
    Ehi Car Services Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: EHIC) shares rose 6.4 percent to $10.76 in pre-market trading. eHi Car Services posted Q1 earnings of $0.06 on sales of $89.43 million.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) rose 5.9 percent to $114.79 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Friday.
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  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

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

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

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

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

stock market futures: Visteon Corporation(VC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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

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

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

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

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

stock market futures: MGM Resorts International(MGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

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

  • [By Craig Jones]

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

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

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

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Orelli]

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

  • [By Brian Orelli]

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

stock market futures: Sotheby's(BID)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

  • [By Lee Jackson]

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

  • [By Travis Hoium]

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

  • [By Marshall Hargrave]

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

  • [By Travis Hoium]

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

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Health savings accounts are poised for a major expansion by Republicans in Washington, D.C., and that could mean millions more customers and fees flowing to a handful of companies.

Investors are betting on it, bidding up shares of HSA provider HealthEquity (HQY) by about 35% since the November election. It’s one of the best performing stocks on Wall Street since Donald Trump won the White House.

Another big beneficiary might be Optum Bank, the industry leader, with more than 3 million of these accounts and about $7 billion in assets it manages for consumers. It’s owned by the nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group.

For years, these companies and others have been lobbying lawmakers for changes that could become reality with a Republican-controlled Congress and Trump administration.

The GOP health law replacement plan introduced Monday in the House reflects the party’s broad consensus for giving more Americans access to HSAs, which allow people to put aside money tax-free for medical expenses.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: MGM Resorts International(MGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

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  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    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).

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

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

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

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

  • [By 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.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc.(BUFF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q3 2016 earnings report formid cap pet stock Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc (NASDAQ: BUFF)is scheduled for after the market closes onThursday (November 10th) with earnings beating expectations the last time around.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Petmed Express giving a steady performance before jolting higher this yearand pet stock peerCentral Garden & Pet Co (NASDAQ: CENT) also being agood performer while pet food stocks Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc (NASDAQ: BUFF) and Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ: FRPT) have not yet lived up to investor expectations:

  • [By Monica Gerson] Related BUFF Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Crude Oil Rises 3.5%; Zagg Shares Fall Following Weak Q4 Results Mid-Day Market Update: Blue Buffalo Pet Products Rises Following Strong Q4 Results; Ocean Rig UDW Shares Slide Blue Buffalo Pet Products' (BUFF) CEO Kurt Schmidt on Q1 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
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    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap pet stock Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc (NASDAQ: BUFF)reportedQ1 2017 earnings after the market closed Tuesday.Net sales increased 7.9% to $302.0 million driven primarily by volume growth. Net sales of Dry Foods increased 6.4% to $245.2 million while net sales of Wet Foods, Treats and Other Products increased15.1% to $56.8 million. Net income increased 18.1% to $44.1 million and cash and cash equivalents were $338.2 million as of March31, 2017 versus $292.7 million as of December31, 2016. The CEO commented:

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Affimed N.V.(AFMD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) were down around 21 percent to $1.70. Affimed priced its public offering of 10,000,000 of its common shares at $1.80 per common share.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Nord Anglia Education, Inc.(NORD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Monday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap international school stock Nord Anglia Education Inc (NYSE: NORD):

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Nord Anglia Education Inc (NASDAQ: NORD) shares shot up 19 percent to $32.83 after the company agreed to be acquired for $32.50 per share in cash.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: SVB Financial Group(SIVB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, financial shares slipped by 0.55 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Greenhill & Co., Inc. (NYSE: GHL), down 11 percent, and SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB), down 8 percent.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) has a Buy rating at the firm, and this top pick among the bank stocks has a price objective of $190 versus a current $170.38 close. The parent of Silicon Valley Bank has a consensus analyst price target of $176.19, and its 52-week range is $77.87 to $176.77.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: StoneMor Partners L.P.(STON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    The list of below stocks is notable as the shares have traded on sequentially increasing volume spanning the trading days from September 16 to September 20: