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Top 5 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018

Autodesk: One of the rosier quarters in some time

The days of Wine and Roses is actually both the name of a film and a song. The film was bittersweet to say the least and it is hard to call the ending happy. The title refers to the love story of two alcoholics in the early 1960s. But the lyrics allow one to forget what the movie was all about. The director of the film was the well-known director Blake Edwards and the theme of the film was really an examination of the perils of alcoholism on two middle class lovers and their child. And it has nothing whatsoever that I can see with the outlook for Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) except that the lyrics taken by themselves describe where I think this company is going.

The company reported the results for its fiscal Q2 after the market closed last Thursday and the shares appreciated 8% on Friday. In fact, ADSK shares have been a strong performer so far this year as investors have become more convinced that the company’s business model transition is working well and the company will address the issue of bloated costs as well and will achieve the objectives of increasing growth and profitability over the longer term. This was obviously not a universal conclusion, and in the midst of writing this article, one brokerage, Mitsubishi, chose to downgrade the shares from Neutral to Underweight because of doubts by the analyst that the subscription model will be a demand driver. I’m not too sure the extent to which the analyst has been paying careful attention either to the results that Adobe has enjoyed with demand since it went to a cloud model or to the objectives of this transformation. All I can say at this point in the wake of the earnings release is that it had more positive proof points about the potential for new model subscriptions and no obvious failures in that regards, facts being inconvenient things in that regard. I do not think that anyone really expects that demand for the Autodesk solutions will accelerate markedly because of the new business model, although that might happen. (The end of this article discusses, at least at one level, such a possibility.) On the other hand, subscription models, by their nature, will yield higher margins and more cash flow for companies – one can look at something as mundane as Aspen Tech (NASDAQ:AZPN) which simply switched from perpetual to subscription without any cloud to a rather amazing change in the company’s business model.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Interactive Intelligence Inc.(ININ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Interactive Intelligence Group Inc (NASDAQ: ININ) shares were also up, gaining 18 percent to $28.06 after the company reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: TSR Inc.(TSRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    TSR Inc (NASDAQ: TSRI) shares shot up 35 percent to $5.15 following Q4 results. TSR reported Q4 earnings of $0.09 per share on revenue of $15.5 million.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: TTM Technologies, Inc.(TTMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    How do you pick the top names in this broadly lucrative industry? I’m here to show you my three favorites in the printed circuit board market: Sanmina (NASDAQ:SANM), Benchmark Electronics (NYSE:BHE), and TTM Technologies (NASDAQ:TTMI), each one tailor-made for a different type of investor.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of circuit board manufacturer TTM Technologies (NASDAQ:TTMI) have jumped today, up by 10% as of 3 p.m. EST, after the company reported fourth-quarter earnings.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Mitel Networks Corporation(MITL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: ePlus Inc.(PLUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $284.62 million.

    Tilly’s Inc (NYSE: TLYS) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $119.93 million.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018

Comfort Systems USA, Inc (“FIX”, or the “company”) provides mechanical contracting services, primarily HVAC, plumbing, as well as off-site construction, electrical, monitoring and fire protection. The company has performed well over the last several years, with good revenue growth and margin expansion. FIX and its peers have spoken about increased demand for their products and services. However, FIX is currently undervalued relative to its peer group. There is reason to believe that FIX deserves a higher valuation and we will explore several of those areas.

Per the FIX’s 2015 10-K, the company has 35 operating units in 81 cities and 89 locations throughout the U.S. For full-year 2015, revenue was derived from four service activities, including: HVAC (77%); Plumbing (14%); Building Automation Controls (5%); and Other (4%). Approximately 44% of revenue was derived from newly constructed facilities and 56% was from renovation, expansion or maintenance. The service activities have remained steady as outlined in the chart below.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Caseys General Stores, Inc.(CASY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Casey's General Stores Inc (NASDAQ: CASY) reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its second quarter.

    Casey's reported Q2 earnings of $1.28 per share on revenue of $2.154 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.40 per share on sales of $2.18 billion.

  • [By Chad Fraser]

    One chain that continues to match up well with the above criteria is Casey’s General Stores (NasdaqGS: CASY). We last highlighted the company’s strong prospects in a December 12 Investing Daily article. Since then, the stock has risen nearly 40%.

  • [By Taylor Cox]

    Notable Earnings

    Casey’s General Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: CASY) Q2 after hours

    Secondary Offering Lockup Expirations

    Athenex, Inc (NASDAQ: ATNX)

    IPO Quiet Period Expirations

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Mitel Networks Corporation(MITL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Hudson Technologies, Inc.(HDSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Finally, Cramer said Hudson Technologies (HDSN) was a great stock to own in 2016, when shares soared 170%, but this year, he cannot recommend this high-flying refrigeration company.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Hudson Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) shares dropped 13 percent to $6.55 amid concerning guidance. The company said it is expecting Q3 EPS of $0.03-$0.05 versus an analyst consensus estimate of $0.10. Sales are expected to be around $25 million versus the analyst estimate of nearly $41 million.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: EPAM Systems, Inc.(EPAM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund, Chuck Saletta, and Brian Feroldi]

    Read on to see why they pickedAllstate(NYSE:ALL),EPAM Systems(NYSE:EPAM), andUniversal Display(NASDAQ:OLED).

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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    But Amazon’s ultimate end-goal would likely be turning stores into “centralized distribution centers for groceries” but “we err on the futuristic side given Bezos thinks big.”

    Company Commentary
    Kroger Co (NYSE: KR) may be best positioned to counter Amazon’s threat given its own data analytics capabilities. SYSCO Corporation (NYSE: SYY) and US Foods Holding Corp (NYSE: USFD) are likely safe as Amazon won’t move into the foodservice distribution space which is very different from serving individual customers.

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Guggenheim’sJohn Heinbockel and team argue that a “purging of space is necessary” in retail, and recommend hiding in “industry leaders who canprofitably gain share and are not especially expensive,” like Michaels (MIK), Tractor Supply (TSCO), Restoration Hardware (RH), Kroger (KR),and US Foods Holding (USFD). They explain:

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc.(CNSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.96 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CNSL), down 7 percent, and Internet Gold Golden Lines Ltd (NASDAQ: IGLD), down 6 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the telecommunications services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CNSL) and Telecom Argentina SA (ADR) (NYSE: TEO).

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: CIENA Corporation(CIEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    The reasons for the price drop could be a number of things, including increased competition, notably from Ciena(NYSE: CIEN). This was noted by CEO Thomas Fallon who, in the recent conference call, noted competitors may be trying to “buy” market share:

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) will report its most recent quarterly results Thursday morning. The consensus estimates call for EPS of $0.49 and $726.84 million in revenue. Shares closed at $23.87 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $18.94 to $27.98. The consensus price target is $30.77.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was a mixed day for the stock market, with the Dow Jones Industrials falling while the Nasdaq Composite posted modest gains. Parts of the market reacted differently to conflicting news items, which included both poor performance in the energy market and signs of promise for the economy more broadly. Despite the conflict among industry sectors, some stocks got hit particularly hard, and Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD), Ciena (NYSE:CIEN), and Express (NYSE:EXPR) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) is another tech company that saw insider selling last week. The president and CEO of the optical giant, Gary Smith, sold a reported 114,318 shares at $24.67 per share. The total for the trade was set at a solid $2,820,225. Shares closed last Friday at $24.41, in a 52-week range of $15.62 to $25.19. The consensus price target is $28.36.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion, S.A.B. de C.V.(VLRS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    In addition to Southwest, Alaska Air, and JetBlue, Mexican ultra-low cost carriers (ULCCs)Volaris (NYSE:VLRS) and VivaAerobus requested numerous slots in Mexico City. However, the DOT showed a strong preference for the U.S. carriers’ requests. In fact, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Air, and JetBlue Airways each received all of the slots they wanted.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Humana Inc.(HUM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The Wall Street Journal reported that government regulators are pushing back against Anthem’s (ANTM) purchase of Cigna (CI). California, however, seems to have few issues with the proposed combination of Aetna (AET) andHumana (HUM). Leerink’s Ana Gupte explains:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Aetna is the focus of the senators’ wrath, but four of the five largest U.S. health insurers have a stake in this fight:

    No. 3 Aetna is attempting to acquire No. 5 Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM); andNo. 2 Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) is seeking to acquire No. 4 Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI).

    Related: Why the Cost of Obamacare Plans Will Continue to Skyrocket

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Health care giant Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) had a director and the chief operating officer of the company selling stock last week. The director sold 27,000 shares at prices between $204.51 and $206.43. The total for the sale was $7 million. COO Jim Murray sold 122,571 shares at prices that ranged from $204.231 to $206. The total for his trade was posted at $25 million. Shares closed on Friday at $207.28. The 52-week range is $150 to $217.80, and the consensus price target is $223.21.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Humana Inc (NYSE: HUM).

    He said options traders were buying aggressively the January 250 calls. Around 3,200 contracts were bought in the first half of the trading session Monday and they paid $5.60 for them. The trade breaks even at $255.60 or around 5 percent higher from the current stock price.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Dillard's, Inc.(DDS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap department store stock Dillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS), whos potential peers includemid caps Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) and Nordstrom, Inc (NYSE: JWN) and small cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP), is the most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 60.80% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores spiking twice in 2013 and has been falling off for a longer period of time thanlarge cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) andsmall capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS)whilesmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) was crushed much earlier:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores spiking twice in 2013 and then, along withlarge cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) and mid capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS), having large declines that may or may not have leveled offwhilesmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) has lost most of its value:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores having two spikes while it along withlarge cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) and mid capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS) have posted large declines last year that may or may not have leveled off andsmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) has at least stopped the bleeding:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores spiking twice in 2013 and largely falling off since then while large cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) andsmall capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS)began falling off in 2015 andsmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) was crushed much earlier:

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

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

  • [By Paul Ausick]

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

  • [By Chris Lange]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

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recommended stocks to buy: Mitel Networks Corporation(MITL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

  • [By Peter Graham]

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