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Hot Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018

Apple Inc. stock is up 18% in the year-to-date. Bullish investor sentiment and a potential iPhone supercycle could lift AAPL stock even higher.
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Cupertino, California-based Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has recently been in the news, mostly for the right reasons. Barring the chatter regarding its appeal against the European Union’s $14B tax charge, Apple is enjoying a lot of positive buzz with respect to its next iPhone launch. The result has been positive commentary from multiple wall street analysts and a rising stock price. Apple stock price is up over 18% in the year-to-date, outperforming the Nasdaq Composite (INDEX:COMPX) as well as S&P 500 (INDEX:SPAL) in the same time frame. Apple stock has rallied 51% since the May 2016 lows, closing the last trading session at a price of $136.7 per share. The AAPL rally has, so far, been fuelled in a large part by a stronger-than-expected performance of the iPhone segment in the holiday quarter and the rapidly growing Apple services segment. However, we think the stock could be headed further higher driven by a growing bullishness among investors and potential for an iPhone 8-driven super-cycle.

Hot Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: Ctrip.com International, Ltd.(CTRP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Second, Baidu swapped its 45% stake in online travel agency Qunar (NASDAQ:QUNR) for a 25% stake in its bigger rival Ctrip (NASDAQ:CTRP). That move effectively merged the two competitors and ended their margin-crushing price war. However, the move also temporarily reduced Baidu’s marketing revenues. Excluding the impact of the swap, Baidu’s marketing revenues rose 5.4% in 2016, and its total revenues rose 11.9% — compared to its reported growth of 6.3%.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: CTRP) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.81 billion.

    Cheetah Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: CMCM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.87 per share on revenue of $1.14 billion.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    That’s begun to change. Starting with the effective merger of Qunar with Ctrip (NASDAQ:CTRP) in 2015, the latter has become the de-facto travel site in the country. Check out the increase in revenue across the company’s business lines.

  • [By R. Chandrasekaran]

    The following companies are rated as Overweight:

    Tencent Holdings. Alibaba. Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: CTRP). Weibo Corp (ADR) (NASDAQ: WB). YY Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: YY). Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: MOMO). Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: BITA). Phoenix New Media Ltd ADR (NYSE: FENG).
    Neutral-Rated Names

    The following stocks are rated with Neutral:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday's regular session.

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    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Friday's regular session.

    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) Jan17 77.5 Calls Sweep: 1022 @ ASK $4.45: 1066 traded vs 2466 OI: Earnings 7/28 $75.88 Ref
    Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ANAC) Jan17 110 Calls: 500 @ Above Ask! $0.40: 509 traded vs 1860 OI: $99.22 Ref
    Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: CTRP) Jun16 41.25 Calls Sweep: 577 @ ASK $1.75: 649 traded vs 1927 OI: Earnings 6/15 After Close $40.54 Ref
    Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALNY) Jun16 65.0 Calls Sweep: 749 @ ASK $1.85: 813 traded vs 370 OI: $63.08 Ref
    WhiteWave Foods Co (NYSE: WWAV) Oct16 50.0 Calls: 600 @ ASK $1.60: 601 traded vs 430 OI: $45.16 Ref

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Hot Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: Monsanto Company(MON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.

    Agri-Finance Companies

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Monsanto Co. (NYSE: MON) is expected to share its most recent quarterly numbers first thing Thursday. Analysts are looking for $0.42 in earnings per share (EPS) and $2.77 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen at $116.78 apiece, in a 52-week range of $104.77 to $122.80. The consensus price target is $125.18.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Monsanto Co.’s (NYSE: MON) latest quarterly earnings report is expected on Wednesday. The consensus analyst estimates are $1.77 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.17 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading most recently at $117.02, in a 52-week range of $97.35 to $118.15. The consensus price target is $122.66.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    BeforeBayer(NASDAQOTH: BAYRY)arrived onto the scene, I viewedMonsanto(NYSE: MON)as an intriguing growth stock. It has a rich history of delivering value to shareholders and continues to hold a dominant technological edge over key competitors in crop protection products, seeds, and traits. While little has changed its promising pipeline and portfolio, the pending acquisition throws a wrench in anyone’s plans to start or add to a position. Uncertainty stemming from the merger provides several terrible reasons to buy Monsanto at this time.

Hot Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: Alaska Air Group, Inc.(ALK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The best airline, overall, was Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK). Other category winners were Spirit Airlines Co. (NASDAQ: SAVE), which was ranked cheapest; Alaska rated most reliable; JetBlue Airways Inc. (NASDAQ: JBLU) was most comfortable; best for pets was Alaska; and the airline receiving the fewest complaints was Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) which rose over 4% to $64.43. The stocks 52-week range is $61.10 to $101.43. Volume was2.4 million compared to its average volume of 1.8 million.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    It’s been clear from the beginning that Alaska Air’s (NYSE:ALK) acquisition of Virgin America was bad news for United Continental (NYSE:UAL). Alaska Air’s management viewed the deal as a springboard for growth in California — especially in the Bay Area. Meanwhile, United is the dominant airline in San Francisco.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Airlines like United Continental (UAL), Alaska Air Group (ALK) and JetBlue Airways (JBLU) have been so cheap for so long now, that making an argument for big gains based solely on valuation seems remarkably foolish. Thankfully, it’s not the only argument that Barclays analyst Brandon Oglenski make as they initiated the sector with a Positive rating, while calling United Continental the “most compelling stock” in the airlines sector. They explain why:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    To meet this condition, Delta and Aeromexico agreed to divest up to 24 slot pairs at Mexico City International Airport. Now, the three largest low-fare airlines in the U.S. — Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV), Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK), and JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) — are close to being cleared for expansion in Mexico City.

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From launching Orbitz in 1999 to creating what’s now the leading online travel search engine, Kayak’s CEO and co-founder Steve Hafner has always been ahead of the curve. The jet setting businessman sat down with Forbes and shared his vision for the future of travel (hint: it’s all automated) and why Google Flights doesn’t scare him, just yet.

KAYAK’s CEO Steve Hafner says that millennial’s focus on experiential travel is the brand’s “sweet spot.”

Alexandra Talty: As Kayak launches new products that makes travel booking possible on apps, computers and even TVs, do you see a generational divide between those who grew up with travel agents and then the generation who grew up booking online?

Steve Hafner: Absolutely there is a divide. It is generational but there are early adopters, regardless of your age or demographic.

trading options: Energy Focus, Inc.(EFOI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Meanwhile, small cap Energy Focus Inc (NASDAQ: EFOI) calls itself an industry-leading innovator of energy-efficient LED lighting technology that aims to be the trusted leader in LED lighting retrofit. As the creator of the first, and so far, only UL-verified low-flicker LED products on the U.S. market, Energy Focus products provide extensive energy and maintenance savings, and aesthetics, safety, health and sustainability benefits over conventional lighting. Customers include national, state and local U.S. government agencies (thanks to numerous research and development projects for the DOE and DARPA) as well as Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Navy and many others.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Energy Focus Inc (NASDAQ: EFOI) were down 40 percent to $7.95 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q4 results.

    Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE: OME) was down, falling around 20 percent to $17.47 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.

trading options: TESARO, Inc.(TSRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    The PARP battle is on. Following news that AstraZeneca’s (NYSE:AZN) PARP-inhibiting cancer drug Lynparza delivered a big win in phase 3 studies, all eyes now shift to how a potential Food and Drug Administration approval for Lynparza will reshape the commercial opportunity for competitor Tesaro Inc. (NASDAQ:TSRO).

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Tesaro’s (NASDAQ:TSRO)ovarian cancer drug, niraparib, will begin competing for prescriptions earlier than expected. Niraparib, which will be sold under the brand name Zejula, notched FDA approval on Monday, more than three months ahead of its June 30 decision date. The early approval setsTesaro up for a fierce battle for market share withAstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN)and Clovis Oncology (NASDAQ:CLVS), both of which market drugs that work similarly to Zejula.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Who has PARP? A poly ADP-ribose polymerase inhibitor (PARPi) kills cancer cells by interfering tumor DNA repair pathway with the potential to treat ovarian, breast and prostate cancer. Studies have shown that patients with BRCA mutations (BRCAmut) respond to PARPi. AstraZenecas (AZN) PARPi was approved in 2014 whileClovis Oncology (CLVS) and Tesaro (TSRO) both have positive Phase III data. Clovis licensed its PARPi from Pfizer (PFE) in 2011 and Tesaro licensed its PARPi from Merck (MRK) in 2012, after Sanofis (SNY) PARPi (later demonstrated that it cannot block PARP) failed in Phase III in early 2011.

  • [By George Budwell]

    Unfortunately for Clovis and its shareholders, though, Astra’s Lynparza is currently underpriority review with the FDA as a maintenance therapy in ovarian cancer, andTesaro’s (NASDAQ:TSRO)rival PARP inhibitor Zejula gained an early approval– along with afar broader label than Rubraca — just this week.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Tesaro (TSRO) are soaring today after the biotech company reported positive data for its treatment of ovarian cancer over the weekend. Credit Suisse analyst Alethia Young and team contend that “M&A remains in focus” for Tesaro following the data:

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    We are increasing our target price to $122 from $90 as we move to an M&A DCF valuation. We were at ESMO this weekend, and we believe the big takeaway on Tesaro data is that it works broadly in all 2L ovarian populations and safety looks solid. We also think the robustness of this data bodes well from PRIMA and QUADRA but are maintaining our POS here. We have looked at our model and also adjusted durations in first-line. We think Tesaro remains one of the most attractive and de-risked cancer assets in our landscape and the company has been cited in major press sources as a takeout target (Bloomberg, Investor Business Daily).

    We think M&A remains in focus for Tesaro. Our M&A DCF valuations range from $122 to $157 by our model. We have also built models for other cancers like NSCLC, SCLC, prostate, and others where PARP might be impactful. We assume 0% POS for now but we conservatively see at least another $1B in sales from PARP expansion. Tesaro has been cited in the press as a potential M&A target and is a company we frequently hear mentioned as a target from our conversations. We think the demand for late stage oncology assets is high, especially in the PARP space given the potential for activity across a range of tumors. For a large Pharma player who already has an oncology salesforce and large R&D infrastructure we could see SG&A synergies of 50-75% and R&D synergies of 15-30%. In our base case TSRO P&L we model a tax rate of 30% so there could be synergies here as well. Two additional key swing factors which might be included in a CVR are how much expansion from PARP in other cancers and immuno-oncology…

    Ex M&A,

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Guggenheim’s Tony Butler and Kaitlin Sandor argue that Gilead Sciences (GILD) should buy Syndax Pharmaceuticals (SNDX), Corvus Pharmaceuticals (CRVS), and Tesaro (TSRO) to solve its problem of slowing sales:

trading options: Monsanto Company(MON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Monsanto Co. (NYSE: MON) is expected to share its most recent quarterly numbers first thing Thursday. Analysts are looking for $0.42 in earnings per share (EPS) and $2.77 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen at $116.78 apiece, in a 52-week range of $104.77 to $122.80. The consensus price target is $125.18.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Monsanto Co.’s (NYSE: MON) latest quarterly earnings report is expected on Wednesday. The consensus analyst estimates are $1.77 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.17 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading most recently at $117.02, in a 52-week range of $97.35 to $118.15. The consensus price target is $122.66.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.

    Agri-Finance Companies

trading options: Internap Network Services Corporation(INAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Internap Corp (NASDAQ: INAP) got a boost, shooting up 28 percent to $2.32 as the company reported that it has raised $43 million in a common equity private placement.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    These are the 10 best penny stocks that have seen the biggest returns over the last week (March 7 – March 14)…

    Penny StockCurrent PriceWeekly Gain (March 7 – March 14)Ocera Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: OCRX)$1.47+147.1%Internap Corp. (Nasdaq: INAP)$3.28+41.4%Soligenix Inc. (Nasdaq: SNGX)$2.94+40%Navios Maritime Partners LP (NYSE: NMM)$2.63+37%QuickLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QUIK)$2.14+30.5%Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: ADMP)$4.60+22.7EXCO Resources Inc. (NYSE: XCO)$0.65+20.5%Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCC)$4.38+20.3%Hebron Technology Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq: HEBT)$3.99+19.1%Curis Inc. (Nasdaq: CRIS)$2.85+18.4%

    As a reminder, this is only a tracking metric of penny stocks trading on SEC-regulated exchanges like the Nasdaq and NYSE. Although these top penny stocks are safer than those trading on the pink sheets, we don’t recommend buying any of them without the proper amount of financial research.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Internap Corp (NASDAQ: INAP) got a boost, shooting up 13 percent to $2.97 on strong quarterly results. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Internap from Hold to Buy and raised the price target from $2.00 to $5.50.

trading options: SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. (WNDW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB:WNDW) is another third-party currently engaged in research and development to incorporate one of GLW’s glass products in an innovative manner. WNDW, a leading developer of transparent electricity-generating coatings for glass windows and flexible veneers, announced its plan to develop electricity-generating flexible glass. In particular, WNDW’s scientists and engineers recently applied layers of its liquid coatings onto GLW’s Willow Glass and laminated them under conditions that simulate the high pressure and temperatures of the manufacturing processes used by commercial glass and window producers. The result was a bendable glass “veneer” which generates electricity. WNDW anticipates installing these sheets of electricity-generating glass veneers over existing office tower windows, turning buildings into vertical power generators and helping decrease their carbon footprint. The company also believes that such veneers could be applied to flat and curved surfaces on automobiles, trucks, buses, airplanes, and boats to generate onboard electrical power. WNDW’s veneer products are being developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in an effort to commercialize WNDW’s products. While we saw no specific timeline for when WNDW would offer its products incorporating Willow Glass, we are once again excited by this innovative use of a GLW product.

Monsanto, Rite Aid and More Earnings Kicking Off the New Year

The year is coming to an end and the markets are holding near all-time highs not a bad way to start 2018. While most people are taking vacations during this time, we might not expect to see many companies reporting earnings until later in January. However there are a few big names coming out this week to kick off the new year.

24/7 Wall St. has put together a preview of some of the top companies reporting their latest results in the coming week. We have included the consensus earnings estimates from Thomson Reuters, as well as the stock price and trading history for these companies ahead of the report.

Keep in mind that estimates may change ahead of the report.

Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) fiscal third-quarter report is scheduled for late on Wednesday. Consensus estimates are calling for a net loss of $0.02 per share and $7.45 billion in revenue. The shares closed trading at $1.97 apiece on Friday. The consensus price target is $2.11, and the 52-week trading range is $1.38 to $8.77.

Monsanto Co. (NYSE: MON) is expected to share its most recent quarterly numbers first thing Thursday. Analysts are looking for $0.42 in earnings per share (EPS) and $2.77 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen at $116.78 apiece, in a 52-week range of $104.77 to $122.80. The consensus price target is $125.18.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA) also is set to release its most recent quarterly results Thursday morning. The consensus forecast calls for $1.26 in EPS on $30.42 billion in revenue. Shares ended last week at $72.62. The consensus price target is $85.67, and the 52-week range is $63.82 to $89.69.

And Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ) will report its fiscal third-quarter results before Friday’s opening bell. The consensus estimates are EPS of $1.88 and revenue of $1.87 billion. Shares closed most recently at $223.30, in a 52-week range of $144.00 to $229.41. The consensus price target is $237.58.

ALSO READ: 10 Things That Could Wreck the Bull Market in Stocks in 2018

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We presented our long investment thesis on Regeneron (NASDAQ:REGN) to subscribers of our premium Seeking Alpha investment research service, Vasuda Healthcare Analytics, on December 7. Shares rallied about 7% in a week before a pullback. We consider this pullback as another excellent opportunity to start establishing a long position in this blue-chip large-cap biotechnology company.

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Comparables

We compared some key financial metrics for Regeneron and Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG), which are given in the table below.

penny stock message boards: Renewable Energy Group, Inc.(REGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Manikandan Raman]

    There also some lesser known clean energy stocks that may witness downward movement on potential Trump win on negative sentiment. They include Pattern Energy Group Inc (NASDAQ: PEGI), Enviva Partners LP (NYSE: EVA), TerraForm Global Inc (NASDAQ: GLBL), Renewable Energy Group Inc (NASDAQ: REGI) and Ameresco Inc (NYSE: AMRC).

penny stock message boards: Summer Infant Inc.(SUMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Childrens Placeoutperforming last year before leveling off into a range while mid cap peerCarter’s, Inc (NYSE: CRI) is nearing previous highs againand small cap Summer Infant, Inc (NASDAQ: SUMR) is well below previous highs:

penny stock message boards: AAON Inc.(AAON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Aaon Inc. (AAON) is an Oklahoma-based, family-owned and operated firm, with 23.54% insider ownership. It is an excellent business to own for the long term.

penny stock message boards: Monsanto Company(MON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.

    Agri-Finance Companies

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Monsanto Co.’s (NYSE: MON) latest quarterly earnings report is expected on Wednesday. The consensus analyst estimates are $1.77 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.17 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading most recently at $117.02, in a 52-week range of $97.35 to $118.15. The consensus price target is $122.66.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    BeforeBayer(NASDAQOTH: BAYRY)arrived onto the scene, I viewedMonsanto(NYSE: MON)as an intriguing growth stock. It has a rich history of delivering value to shareholders and continues to hold a dominant technological edge over key competitors in crop protection products, seeds, and traits. While little has changed its promising pipeline and portfolio, the pending acquisition throws a wrench in anyone’s plans to start or add to a position. Uncertainty stemming from the merger provides several terrible reasons to buy Monsanto at this time.

penny stock message boards: Revlon, Inc.(REV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

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

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

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

George Soros 7 Best Stock Picks of 2017

Sometimes identifying the best stocks to buy can be difficult, but you could do a lot worse than check out the stocks selected by one of the world’s wealthiest hedge fund managers — George Soros.

Self-made Soros fled Hungary and funded his way through an economics degree by working as a railway porter and waiter. Years of successful investing gave him a net worth of $25.2 billion and the no. 1 ranking on Forbes’ hedge fund manager rich list. (Warren Buffett, who has a whopping $75 billion net worth, wins the no.1 title for the wider finance and investments community). In 1992, Soros shorted the British pound and reportedly made a profit of $1 billion. He became known as the man who broke the Bank of England.

Now we can track the latest trades of his family office, Soros Fund Management. Just-released SEC forms reveal a valuable glimpse into which stocks Soros likes, and which he doesn’t. I looked back over 2017 and pinpointed Soros’ best stock picks this year. These are the stocks that this legendary hedge fund manager is most bullish on. Note that Soros has just shifted an incredible $18 billion from the fund to charity. Following the move, the fund manages about $4 billion in portfolio assets.

Here I also include TipRanks’ stock insights from Wall Street’s best-performing analysts. Does the Street sentiment match Soros’ stocks to buy — or is Soros going rogue with his stock picks? We can check the overall analyst consensus as well as the average target price. This indicates how far the stock can spike over the coming months.

“If investing is entertaining, if you’re having fun, you’re probably not making any money. Good investing is boring” says Soros. With this sobering thought in mind, let’s dig down into Soros’ top seven stock picks of 2017: George Soros Stocks to Buy: Altaba (AABA) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/techmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/techmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/techmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/techmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/techmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/techmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/techmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/techmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/techmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/techmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Investment company Altaba Inc (NASDAQ:AABA) is seen by many as a cheap play on Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA). Since initiating the position in Q217, Soros has built up a position of 2.8 million shares valued at $185.7 million. This makes AABA the fourth-largest stock in the fund’s portfolio.

AABA, formerly Yahoo!, has a 15% stake in Alibaba which is now worth a massive $65 billion. AABA is up 81% year-to-date largely due to its valuable BABA stake. Nonetheless, the stock still trades at a big discount to the sum of its assets. It is likely that at some point the company will wind down and distribute its value to shareholders.

In the meantime, however, five-star Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein is bullish on AABA’s outlook. He says shares are undervalued and reiterated his buy rating on Nov. 7. “We are raising our AABA target to $99 from $75, following a more bullish outlook for BABA shares. BABA reported strong F2Q results, with the Ant Financial SME loan business growing ~400% y/y. As a result, we increased our BABA target price to $220.” Other elements supporting AABA include: the market value of Yahoo Japan shares ($9 billion) as well as its cash & marketable debt securities portfolio.

Overall the stock has a relatively positive Moderate Buy analyst consensus rating on TipRanks. The average analyst price target of $85 indicates 23% upside from the current share price.

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Soros has just initiated a new position in solar energy leader SolarEdge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:SEDG). He snapped up 695,305 SEDG shares worth close to $20 million in Q3. The company has just delivered very impressive third quarter earnings results with “near flawless” execution. For the quarter, SEDG reported revenue of $166.5M, easily beating guidance of $155M to $165M.

“We’re staying buyers as this innovator is delivering what growth investors want — big revenue and margin upsides/guides (with the added benefit of solid cash flow)” comments top Canaccord Genuity analyst John Quealy. He has a buy rating and $40 price target on the stock.

“While the broader solar market is experiencing the typical boom/bust dynamics that many other industrial growth sectors have, SolarEdge’s differentiated power conversion and control offerings offer a clearer path toward secular profit improvement, in our view” says Quealy. However he adds that “shares will still likely exhibit volatility given the dependence on solar, risks around increased competition, and pricing pressures.” A key date to look out for is President Trump’s final import tariff decision expected on January 12/13.

Overall, this “Strong Buy” stock has received seven buy ratings in the last three months and just one hold rating. (Note however that if we look at only top analysts the stock has 100% buy ratings.) Meanwhile the average analyst price target stands at close to 10% upside from the current share price.

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Throughout 2017, Soros has been ratcheting up his stake in data storage pioneer InterXion Holding NV (NYSE:INXN). Now Soros holds 400,000 INXN shares worth almost $20.4 million. Luckily for Soros, INXN has just delivered very strong earnings results for the third quarter. Five-star Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan also ramped up his INXN price target from $55 to $62 last month.

“INXN reported strong growth helped by an improved European economy, strong cloud growth and charging for cross-connects” says Horan. He believes that “Europe is in the early stages of cloud adoption; we see a long runway for growth.” Meanwhile demand dynamics remain favorable in key markets with INXN pricing its services below demand to expand its interconnectivity-focused datacenters.

We can see from TipRanks that this “Strong Buy” stock boasts an impressive six back-to-back buy ratings from analysts over the last three months. These analysts believe (on average) that INXN will spike 10% to hit $62 over the coming months.

George Soros Stocks to Buy: Kraft Heinz (KHC) George Soros Stocks to Buy:  Kraft Heinz (KHC)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px)100vw, 728px” />Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr

The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) is one of the big stock picks from Soros this year. He poured money into the food and drink powerhouse in Q1, Q2 and Q3. Indeed, in the last quarter Soros boosted the fund’s Kraft position by 48% with the purchase of 299,587 shares. Following this move Soros now has a $53.1 million position in the stock.

And Soros isn’t the only fund guru betting on KHC. Perhaps he was inspired by Warren Buffett, aka the Oracle of Omaha, who has a huge KHC position of $25.5 billion. In fact, Kraft Heinz is Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s (NYSE:BRK.A, NYSE:BRK.B) second biggest position after Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC).

From the Street side, David Palmer is a five-star RBC Capital analyst with a bullish $94 price target on the stock. He says 2018 may be a year of accelerating top and bottom line growth for KHC, boosted by the full-year benefits of 2H17 supply chain investments. The company is also looking to repatriate key brands like Ketchup in Europe and Australia to scale up ex-U.S. growth.

Overall, KHC has a cautiously optimistic “Moderate Buy” rating from the Street. In the last three months this breaks down into five buy and three hold ratings. The $88 average analyst price target indicates 13% upside potential from the current share price.

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Soros revealed a very bullish sentiment on natural gas producer EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT) over just two quarters. In Q217 he initiated a $38 million position — and then quickly snapped up a further 609,165 shares in Q3. After this 93% boost, Soros now holds $82.5 million shares of EQT. As a result, the stock is now no. 11 in the fund’s portfolio.

On Nov. 13, EQT completed its takeover of Rice Energy for roughly $8.2 billion. “With the closing of the transaction, we are combining two of the leading operators in the Appalachian Basin to create an even stronger company that is positioned to deliver greater returns to shareholders through operating efficiencies and improved overall well economics,” commented Steve Schlotterbeck, EQT’s CEP. The deal should make EQT the largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. — and could create synergies of up to $2.5 billion.

This “Strong Buy” stock has an encouraging outlook from the Street. Five analysts have published buy ratings on EQT in the last three months, versus just one hold rating. These analysts are predicting (on average) a spike of 35% from the current $57 share price over the next 12 months.

George Soros Stocks to Buy: Comcast (CMCSA) cmcsa stock comcast stockinvestorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cmcsamsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cmcsamsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cmcsamsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cmcsamsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cmcsamsn-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cmcsamsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cmcsamsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cmcsamsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cmcsamsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw,728px” />Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr

Last quarter, Soros made a new play for mass media corporation Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA). He initiated a serious position in the stock of 1 million shares worth $41.7 million. And the 100% bullish outlook from the Street is also an encouraging sign for investors. In the last three months eight analysts have published buy ratings on CMCSA. Meanwhile the $44 average analyst price target indicates that the stock can rise over 16%.

Top Pivotal Research analyst Jeffrey Wlodarczak is even more confident on CMCSA than the average analyst. He sees $50 as a price target — which suggests sweet upside potential of 30%. According to Wlodarczak $35 is as low as CMCSA can go (it is currently at $38) but investors will need to be patient as Comcast ‘proves the sky is not falling out.’

The stock is cheap right now because CMCSA is currently transitioning from a focus on video/data/phone revenue to customer growth driven by high margin data. “Investors historically don’t like transitions which is partly why the cable names and Comcast have underperformed, however we believe the current Comcast valuation (7.3X 2018 EBITDA) is so low (and the risk/reward so high) that the shares are quite compelling” says Wlodarczak. He is now looking for solid financial guidance for 2018 — boosted by increasing data speeds and share taking.

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Last but not least we have biotech giant Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) — one of the world’s top suppliers of farm pesticides and seeds. Throughout 2017, Soros made a number of bullish MON trades. Starting in Q1 he initiated a position — which he then increased in both Q2 and Q3. Now the fund holds 188,539 MON shares worth close to $22.6 million.

German drugs and pesticide group Bayer AG (ADR) (OTCMKTS:BAYRY) is planning a massive $66 billion takeover of Monsanto. The deal was supposed to go through in 2017, but it has been delayed by an antitrust review from the European Commission (EC). The EC will now deliver its verdict in January 2018.

However, Reuters is already reporting that EU regulators are about to warn Bayer that its proposed takeover may hurt competition. According to sources, the EU now has a charge sheet of objections to the deal — although a final decision has not yet been made. As a result Bayer could be forced to make further concessions for the deal to go through.

The Street has a more divided take on Monsanto. With a “Moderate Buy” analyst consensus rating, analysts are predicting 8% upside from the current share price.

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Scotts Miracle-Gro: Growing Like A Weed

Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE:SMG) is the leading lawn care company, owning about half the lawn care market in the US. It’s also involved in gardening and landscaping, and is the exclusive marketing agent for Monsanto’s (NYSE:MON) consumer Roundup non-selective weedkiller products in the United States and certain other specified countries. The company is expected to grow its earnings per share by roughly 9% or more through 2018, and then another 9% to 10% more from 2018 to 2019 – making it an attractive growth company.

Analyzing the quality of the business

Scotts Miracle-Gro is an above-average operation, and its dominant market share is probably the most responsible factor for its ability to sustainably generate solid returns on invested capital. I created the below model using data from its 10-K to illustrate this concept:

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Due to the difficulty of estimating a true equity cost, I also decided to provide an accompanying chart below with a range of costs for equity as well as the impact on the firm’s WACC.

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SMG earns economic profits (ROIC exceeding its WACC) even under the most conservative of equity costs, so I’d say that the numbers back up my assertion that it’s an above-average operation.

The company is also shifting its focus away from earnings and more towards ROIC and cash flow, which I find especially encouraging. This tells me that management will be focused on growing the business into a bigger and better one going forward. Generating increasing earnings is one thing, increasing earnings while also expanding return on invested capital and cash flow is another that is more difficult to accomplish.

The company also said that it would align both short- and long-term incentive pay to cash flow, as well as “broaden decision making processes with lens on cash flow.” This is encouraging for the value of the business going forward, and management has already started the process.

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Source: William Blair 2017 Growth Stock Conference Presentation

Scotts Miracle-Gro’s free cash flow easily covered net income in fiscal 2017, with free cash flow productivity coming in at 130%, according to its 10-K.

To accomplish its goals going forward, the company is planning on investing in systems to optimize inventory levels, better leverage under-utilized manufacturing assets, align its pipeline to build strategies for new product launches that drive turns, and implement safety stock strategies to reflect customer and/or item segmentation – according to its 2017 analyst & investor day presentation.

Marijuana legalization and the implications for SMG

Looking through the slides of the company’s investor day presentation, it appears there could be another potential growth driver for the company going forward.

Source: 2017 analyst & investor day presentation

Scotts Miracle-Gro indicated that 28 states have now legalized the cultivation of cannabis, with most of it grown using hydroponics in the US. This gives the company a lucrative market for not only general customers but also potential larger-scale commercial operations as well.

The company’s vision going forward is to “become the leading solutions provider for retail and commercial hydroponics,” and its category-leading brands remain intact at Hawthorne. Hawthorne only contributed a little more than $35 million of operating profit in fiscal 2017. That’s a small piece of the overall operating profit pie, but it’s also experiencing rapid growth – at 201% year-over-year.

In the company’s 8-K form, CEO Jim Hagedorn said that:

“The organic volume growth at Hawthorne was 20 percent for the year, outperforming our assumptions and giving us continued confidence in this category as we prepare for 2018… We remain focused on further strengthening our position in the hydroponics industry through a combination of acquired and internal opportunities that we expect to grow both the top and bottom lines of this business.”

Cementing a lead in the hydroponics market and riding the growth wave could be very lucrative for the company going forward.

Valuations

Coming back around to earnings, SMG’s shares currently look pretty pricey on an absolute basis.

The 26 times earnings price tag is a premium to the five-year average multiple of 24.9 times earnings and an even steeper premium to the thirteen-year median of 22.21 times earnings per share. They’re trading at about 23.84 times 2018’s estimates and just under 22 times 2019’s expected earnings, however, so perhaps putting growth into context is also helpful.

If we assume conservative discount rates in the 10% to 12% range, there’s only about 6% to 8% of EPS growth embedded into the current share price, so perhaps SMG’s shares are slightly cheaper than they should be here considering they’re expected to grow by 9% (or more) annually over the next few years.

Conclusion

Scotts Miracle-Gro is an above-average company trading at slightly below-average valuations (relative to growth prospects), in my opinion. The company is increasingly focused on not just increasing earnings and the size of the business, but also improving the overall quality of the business by improving cash flow and ROIC. I think this could be a major paradigm shift going forward if management successfully implements this policy and continues to follow through with it.

Firms that earn high rates of return on invested capital tend to attract more premium price tags on average as well. I think that could mean long-term multiple expansion if the company continues to grow the top and bottom lines at a decent clip – but that’s all dependent on the follow-through from management as well. There’s also the increasing trend towards the legalization of marijuana as a potentially sustainable growth driver, and I’m not sure that’s even completely baked into the share price yet.

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A million dollars is a lot of money, isn’t it? Not when you’re looking to finance your entire retirement. If you’ve got $1 million tucked away in your retirement savings by the time you’re ready to retire, you won’t starve, but you may not be able to live out your dreams either.

Blame inflation

“Millionaire” has been shorthand for “really, really rich” for a long time. Unfortunately, $1 million doesn’t buy as much as it did when the term millionaire was first coined. You can blame it oninflation, which is the force that causes the dollar to be worth a little less each year.

Inflation varies from year to year, sometimes radically, but over the long haul, it’s averaged about 3% in the U.S. That means that $1 million will buy 3% less stuff, on average, for each year that passes.

top penny stocks: RELM Wireless Corporation(RWC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap wireless communications manufacturer RELM Wireless Corporation (NYSEMKT: RWC):

top penny stocks: Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.(ETE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Sizemore]

     Charles Sizemore is a prolific financial writer, longtime prizedInvestorPlace contributor, and chief investment officer of Sizemore Capital Management. He’s also a two-time winner of our Best Stockscompetition, so he knows how to pick ‘em.

    Never one to choose a straightforward company, Charles went withEnergy Transfer Equity (ETE) for the Best Stocks for 2016 contest. ETE is a complicated beast, a master limited partnership that’s made up of six other energy companies.

    Perhaps the simplest way to think of ETE is as a company with diversified exposure to energy pipelines, which essentially collect tolls as their corporate users send oil and natural gas all across the country.

    Energy Transfer is thick on the income front, with a dividend yield sitting at 8.7% currently.

top penny stocks: Southwestern Energy Company(SWN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE: SWN) is the only stock in this group to get a rating boost. The Jefferies analysts lifted the rating from Underperform to Hold. The 12-month price target was unchanged at $8. The 2017 EPS estimate was lowered from $0.81 to $0.52, and the 2018 estimate was lowered from $0.99 to $0.94. Shares closed Friday at $7.71, in a 52-week range of $6.62 to $15.59, and the consensus price target on the stock is $12.59.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Southwestern Energy (SWN) slid to the bottom of the S&P 500 on Friday, on the heels of its fourth-quarter earnings.

    Southwestern dropped $1, or 12%, to $7.35, while the S&P 500 rose3.53 points, or 0.15%,to 2367.34.

    Southwestern said it earned 8 cents a share, a nickel below the 13 cents analysts were expecting. Revenue slid 0.4% year over year to $684 million, edging past the$683 millionconsensus.

    In addition, Southwestern saidestimated proved natural gas and oil reserves declinedby 15.5%, to approximately5,253 Bcfe at the end of 2016,compared to 6,215 Bcfeat the end of 2015.

    Raymond James’s John Freeman reiterated a Market Perform rating on the stock:

    he 2017 production guidance range of 890-910 Bcfe compares to RJ/Street at 892/893 Bcfe, respectively. Capex guidance of $1.175-1.275 billion was 18% above Street at $1.04 and 13% above RJ $1.08 billion. The production growth implies the company is taking the middle road of their previous growth scenario whereby $1.25 billion/yr of capex thru 2018 translates to an 8-12% CAGR. However, in 2017, the guidance range implies 2-4% growth y/y. Exit-to-exit, SWN is expecting 20% growth vs the Street at 14%.

    Southwestern shares are down more than 32% since the start of the year.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Natural gas had been under pressure all year, especially after this past February was the warmest since 1954. By mid-March, gas had lost a quarter of its value because of an oversupplied market. However, it awoke from that slumber toward the end of March thanks in part to the triumphant return of winter, which pounded parts of the nation with a major late-season snowstorm. That storm drove up demand for gas, sending the stocks of several gas producers soaring late last month, including Rice Energy and larger rivalsChesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) and Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN), which both rose more than 5%.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Southwestern Energy (SWN) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after the price of natural gas soared the most since 2015 today.

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    Southwestern Energygained 5.8% to $10.98 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,265.18. Front Month Nymex natural gas futures contracts for January delivery jumped 8.6% to $3.5420 per million btu.

    Southwestern Energy’s market capitalization rose to $5.4 billion today from $5.1 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $4.6 billion on sales of $2.9 billion in 2015.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Southwestern Energy (SWN) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today as concerns about a cold spell and a report that showed lower natural gas supply sent natural gas prices higher

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    Shares of Southwestern Energy climbed 6.9% to $12.13 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.4% to 2,191.08.

    Desjardins Capital Markets’ Kristopher Zack and team explain that the “cold weather forecast [is] lighting a fire under NYMEX.” They explain:

    Although oil prices have dominated the headlines following yesterdays OPEC cut, it has also been a fairly supportive week for natural gas producers, with winter NYMEX strip now approaching the US$3.50/mmbtu level, a far cry from last winters experience. La Ni帽a conditions have also been supportive, and we note that next Thursday morning the US Climate Prediction Center will provide its monthly update on the progress of conditions in the El Ni帽o region, which could be a good leading indicator of future weather patterns entering the heart of the winter season from mid-December through early March…

    Temperatures expected to track near normalized levels over next two weeks, which is significantly colder than last winter’s levels. The weather forecast remains fairly constructive for December heating demand, with Heating Degree Days (HDDs) tracking very close to normalized levels through mid-month and particularly cold temperatures expected in the western US.

    Southwestern Energy’s market capitalization rose to $6 billion from $5.6 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $4.6 billion on sales of $2.9 billion in 2015.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Southwestern Energy (SWN) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after Citigroup upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral today.

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    Southwestern Energygained 5.9% to $7.81 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.8% to 2,385.26.

    According to TheFlyOnTheWall.com, Citigroup analyst Robert Morris noted that Southwestern’s stock had dropped 50% since September. He did, however, cut his price target to $10 from $14.

    Southwestern Energy’s market capitalization rose to $3.9 billion billion today from $3.7 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $2.6 billion on sales of $2.4 billion in 2016.

top penny stocks: Cidara Therapeutics, Inc.(CDTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Cidara Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTX), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), HealthEquity Inc. (NASDAQ: HQY), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX) and PolarityTE Inc. (NASDAQ: COOL).

top penny stocks: Monsanto Company(MON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    BeforeBayer(NASDAQOTH: BAYRY)arrived onto the scene, I viewedMonsanto(NYSE: MON)as an intriguing growth stock. It has a rich history of delivering value to shareholders and continues to hold a dominant technological edge over key competitors in crop protection products, seeds, and traits. While little has changed its promising pipeline and portfolio, the pending acquisition throws a wrench in anyone’s plans to start or add to a position. Uncertainty stemming from the merger provides several terrible reasons to buy Monsanto at this time.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Monsanto Co.’s (NYSE: MON) latest quarterly earnings report is expected on Wednesday. The consensus analyst estimates are $1.77 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.17 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading most recently at $117.02, in a 52-week range of $97.35 to $118.15. The consensus price target is $122.66.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.

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Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Dynavax Technologies Corporation(DVAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
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    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.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Tandy Leather Factory, Inc.(TLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Armour Residential REIT Inc. (NYSE: ARR), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), PJT Partners Inc. (NYSE; PJT), Sonic Automotive Inc. (NYSE: SAH)and Tandy Leather Factory Inc. (NASDAQ: TLF).

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Laredo Petroleum, Inc.(LPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After a rally for the ages, the price of oil is back over $50. But the biggest threat to oil might be more production from exploration & production companies drilling in the U.S. shale, say Credit Suisse analyst Mark Lear and team, who cut their ratings on Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO), Laredo Petroleum (LPI) and Sanchez Energy (SN). They explain why:

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Regions Financial Corporation(RF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Income investors often turn to bank stocks when looking for a steady dividend, but few offer the dividend growth potential of Southeastern regional bankRegions Financial (NYSE:RF).

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    In the super-regional banks that are not money center banks, Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) was up 6.3% at $13.22, and Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) was last seen up 3.8% at $38.30. They would both do better with lower regulatory costs and be able to better compete against larger banks when their stress test results had not been as strong.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Sagent Pharmaceuticals Inc.(SGNT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Sagent Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: SGNT) got a boost, shooting up 40 percent to $21.65 as the company agreed to be acquired by Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical for $21.75 per share. RBC Capital downgraded Sagent Pharmaceuticals from Outperform to Sector Perform.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Israel Chemicals Shs(ICL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Claudia Maedler]

    In Israel, the TA-25 Index (TA-25) gained 1.9 percent at the close in Tel Aviv as Israel Corp. jumped 9 percent, the most since July 2009, to 1,755 shekels. The shares soared along with those of its Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL) unit, which advanced 6.4 percent on speculation that a possible change in ownership of Russian potash producer OAO Uralkali could help stabilize prices of the crop nutrient.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Warren Resources Inc.(WRES)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Warren Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: WRES) were down 31 percent to $0.0656. Warren Resources filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    Gogo Inc (NASDAQ: GOGO) was down, falling around 15 percent to $9.40 after the company announced it has reached an agreement with American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ: AAL) to “continue to provide service on a meaningful portion of the American fleet currently served by Gogo.” Investors heavily sold off the stock as the company’s announcement implies it lost some orders to its main competitor, ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT).

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: lululemon athletica inc.(LULU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    When companies raise guidance, or at least when they lift the lower-end of their prior targets, investors usually cheer. But in the case of Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) there is of course a high-valuation bar that has to be considered. Lululemon narrowed its guidance to the upper-end of prior ranges, but the shares hardly budged on Monday despite having a full trading day to absorb the news.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q3 2016 earnings report forlarge cap technical athletic apparel stock Lululemon Athletica inc (NASDAQ: LULU) isscheduled forafter the marketcloses onWednesday (December 7th) as the company gets hit by analyst downgrades:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) reported its most recently quarterly earnings after markets closed on Wednesday. The company posted $0.99 in earnings per share (EPS) and $789.9 million in revenue, versus consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $1.01 in EPS and $783.56 million in revenue. The fiscal fourth quarter from last year had $0.85 in EPS and $704.28 million in revenue.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc(WFBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Monsanto Company(MON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.

    Agri-Finance Companies

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    BeforeBayer(NASDAQOTH: BAYRY)arrived onto the scene, I viewedMonsanto(NYSE: MON)as an intriguing growth stock. It has a rich history of delivering value to shareholders and continues to hold a dominant technological edge over key competitors in crop protection products, seeds, and traits. While little has changed its promising pipeline and portfolio, the pending acquisition throws a wrench in anyone’s plans to start or add to a position. Uncertainty stemming from the merger provides several terrible reasons to buy Monsanto at this time.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Monsanto Co.’s (NYSE: MON) latest quarterly earnings report is expected on Wednesday. The consensus analyst estimates are $1.77 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.17 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading most recently at $117.02, in a 52-week range of $97.35 to $118.15. The consensus price target is $122.66.

investing in gold

Stocks are higher globally today. Gold is lower. Yields are higher. This is all reflecting a more positive risk tone to open the week.

Let’s talk about why?

The French elections have been lining up as the next big hurdle for the global economy. A win by Le Pen would be destabilizing to the global financial system and the global economy because she is anti-euro and anti-European Union. She’s for reclaiming French sovereignty and culture–the Trump of the French elections.

With that in mind, the first round of French elections yesterday have Macron (the vote for stability) winning in a very divided vote. And Macron is now projected to beat Le Pen, as the other two candidates have backed Macron.

Here are the results from Sky News …

investing in gold: Synchronoss Technologies Inc.(SNCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

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

  • [By Paul Ausick]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

investing in gold: Monsanto Company(MON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    BeforeBayer(NASDAQOTH: BAYRY)arrived onto the scene, I viewedMonsanto(NYSE: MON)as an intriguing growth stock. It has a rich history of delivering value to shareholders and continues to hold a dominant technological edge over key competitors in crop protection products, seeds, and traits. While little has changed its promising pipeline and portfolio, the pending acquisition throws a wrench in anyone’s plans to start or add to a position. Uncertainty stemming from the merger provides several terrible reasons to buy Monsanto at this time.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.

    Agri-Finance Companies

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Monsanto Co.’s (NYSE: MON) latest quarterly earnings report is expected on Wednesday. The consensus analyst estimates are $1.77 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.17 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading most recently at $117.02, in a 52-week range of $97.35 to $118.15. The consensus price target is $122.66.

investing in gold: AVG Technologies N.V.(AVG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Igor Novgorodtsev]

    InterActiveCorp (IACI) bought Ask.com for $1.85 billion in 2005. The new Perion will be worth only about 40% of that. After the merger, Perion will leapfrog its much larger rivals: Babylon and AVG (AVG). Finally, Perion should be able to increase its operating margins as it can spread its SG&A costs over a much larger base (Conduit EBITDA margin is 32% vs. Perion’s 23%). Perion will keep its senior management team intact: Josef Mandelbaum will remain its CEO and Yacov Kaufman its CFO. Perion has successfully orchestrated a roll-up acquisitions of privately-held Sweetpacks and Smilebox, so I have high confidence that they know how to integrate a new business.

investing in gold: Quanta Services, Inc.(PWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chad Tracy]

    TransCanada is not the only company that stands to profit from the possible Keystone XL approval. Refiners such as Valero and LyondellBasell Industries (NYSE: LYB), as well as construction companies Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) and Quanta Services (NYSE: PWR) all stand to gain if Keystone XL gets the green light.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Clinton 15 stock basket (DBUSCLNT): UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Humana (HUM), McKesson (MCK), Aecom (ACM), Quanta Services (PWR), ExxonMobil (XOM), Alcoa (AA), NextEra Energy (NEE), Cree (CREE), First Solar (FSLR), Facebook (FB), Netflix (NFLX), Prudential Financial (PRU), Citigroup (C), Union Pacific (UNP).

investing in gold: Gerdau S.A.(GGB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Manikandan Raman]

    On the news, Freeport-McMoRan surged 12 percent to $10.20 and Lundin Mining climbed 12 percent to $3.33. Gerdau SA (ADR) (NYSE: GGB) rose 19 percent to $1.23, Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE: VALE) advanced 18 percent to $4.85 and Banco Bradesco SA (ADR) (NYSE: BBD) gained 11 percent to $7.15.

investing in gold: Cubic Corporation(CUB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    In actuality, we think the reverse is true for several reasons. We believe that there is a higher level of investor neglect in the small cap space, and neglect, in an investment sense, creates valuation discounts from fair value. Small cap names are less well-known and understood. For example, most of you have never heard of Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB), but you have likely used the public transportation systems in New York, London, Sydney, etc. that rely on Cubic for fare collection services. Likewise, Multi-Color is a confusing name for the second largest label maker in the world. To understand these businesses, investors need to dig a little deeper with active fundamental research – a Third Avenue strength.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) shares were also up, gaining 15 percent to $61.45. Cubic reported Q4 net income of $13.2 million, after posting a loss in the year-ago period. Cubic also disclosed that it has been selected for contract from Boston MBTA to deliver next-generation fare payment system.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, small cap Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) had closed up 10.26% with shares rising again in early Monday trading. Cubic Corporation designs, integrates and operates systems, products and services focused in the transportation, defense training and secure communications markets. As the parent company of two major business units,the Companysmission is to increase situational awareness and understanding for customers worldwide. Cubic Transportation Systems is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services to create intelligent travel solutions for public transit authorities and operators whileCubic Global Defense is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems, secure communications and networking and highly specialized support services for military and security forces of the U.S. and allied nations.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Gap (GPS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after the parent company of Old Navy and Banana Republic experienced slowing traffic and offered disappointing guidance.

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Gap plunged 17% to $25.61 today, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.2% to 2,181.90.

Deustche Bank’s Paul Trussell explains why Gap’s fourth quarter looks tough:

While 3Q results were in-line with expectations, the reiteration of FY16 EPS guidance of $1.87-$1.92 (vs. the Street at $2.02) was disappointing as it implies EPS of ~$0.35-$0.40 for 4Q, meaningfully below the Street at $0.50. Results for the upcoming quarter are being impacted by the following factors: 1) a deceleration in industry traffic trends November MTD (we are lowering our November comp forecast to -2% from +2%, and vs. October down -1%); 2) an uptick in marketing spending across all the companys brands during the holiday season (GPS does not expect immediate payback); 3) lapping bonus reversals from last year; and 4) pressure on rent and occupancy due to pre-opening costs associated with the companys Time Square flagship locations for Gap and Old Navy (scheduled to open in the 2H17).

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: lululemon athletica inc.(LULU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    When companies raise guidance, or at least when they lift the lower-end of their prior targets, investors usually cheer. But in the case of Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) there is of course a high-valuation bar that has to be considered. Lululemon narrowed its guidance to the upper-end of prior ranges, but the shares hardly budged on Monday despite having a full trading day to absorb the news.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Athletic apparel stock Lululemon Athletica inc (NASDAQ: LULU)reported earnings for the first quarter ended April30, 2017along witha plan to restructure its ivivva operations. Net revenuerose 5% to$520.3 millionas total comparable sales decreased 1% whiledirect to consumer net revenue was flat. Net income was $31.246 million versus $45.336 million. In addition, the earnings report stated:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) reported its most recently quarterly earnings after markets closed on Wednesday. The company posted $0.99 in earnings per share (EPS) and $789.9 million in revenue, versus consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $1.01 in EPS and $783.56 million in revenue. The fiscal fourth quarter from last year had $0.85 in EPS and $704.28 million in revenue.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter and raised its FY 2017 earnings outlook on Thursday.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Smithfield Foods Inc.(SFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Udovich]

    Thanksgiving is almost here but the exit of both Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NYSE: PPC) and Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD) to focus on their chicken or pork businesses (the latter was also acquired by the Chinese) leaves just two big Thanksgiving turkey stocks, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) and Seaboard Corporation (NYSEAMEX: SEB), for investors to consider. According to the American Far Bureau, a 16-pound turkey will (on average) come in at a total of $22.74 this year or roughly $1.42 per pound for a decrease of 2 cents per pound or a total of 30 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2015. The price drop may be a transition back to the norm as the significant bird flu outbreak last year hurt the nations supply of both turkey and eggs.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: BlackRock, Inc.(BLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Nintendo has a new stockholder: Shares of video game console maker Nintendo (NTDOY) rose slightly on news asset manager BlackRock (BLK) owns a 5.17% stake. With the new Nintendo Switch console being met with strong demand, the disclosure shouldn’t come as a shocker. If there is anything I have learned from covering Nintendo through the years, it’s that when the stock gets hot it tends to stay hot until something causes investors to reverse course. Nintendo’s stock is up 23% in the last three months, but look for more gains in the short-term. 

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Vanguard's latest fee cuts answer two such moves this year, including one this month, by rival BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) and one fee reduction announcement by Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE: SCHW).

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Norsat International Inc.(NSAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Norsat International Inc (USA) (NYSE: NSAT) got a boost, shooting up 22 percent to $9.85 after the company reported the receipt of new indication of interest by Privet Fund Management LLP at $10.25 per share.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.67 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 5 percent, and Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: GPOR) down 6 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares fell 0.62 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (NYSE: TOO), down 9 percent, and Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 1.43 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Westmoreland Coal Company (NYSE: WLB), down 9 percent, and Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 7 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: WLL) posted a new 52-week low of $4.81 on Friday, down about 7.5% compared with Thursday’s closing price of $5.20. The stock’s 52-week high is $13.39. Volume totaled around 21 million shares, about 5% higher than the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That sell-off in the oil market weighed on financially challenged oil stocks, which will struggle if crude continues dropping. Among the biggest losers were Abraxas Petroleum (NASDAQ:AXAS), Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), California Resources (NYSE:CRC), and Cobalt International Energy (NYSE:CIE).

  • [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.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Monsanto Company(MON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Monsanto Co.’s (NYSE: MON) latest quarterly earnings report is expected on Wednesday. The consensus analyst estimates are $1.77 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.17 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading most recently at $117.02, in a 52-week range of $97.35 to $118.15. The consensus price target is $122.66.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.

    Agri-Finance Companies

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    BeforeBayer(NASDAQOTH: BAYRY)arrived onto the scene, I viewedMonsanto(NYSE: MON)as an intriguing growth stock. It has a rich history of delivering value to shareholders and continues to hold a dominant technological edge over key competitors in crop protection products, seeds, and traits. While little has changed its promising pipeline and portfolio, the pending acquisition throws a wrench in anyone’s plans to start or add to a position. Uncertainty stemming from the merger provides several terrible reasons to buy Monsanto at this time.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: FormFactor, Inc.(FORM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap semiconductor equipment & testing stock FormFactor, Inc (NASDAQ: FORM) as a short term long trade thats a pure small cap play with excellent valuation metrics, in addition to some very attractive chart implications right now:

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Plug Power Inc.(PLUG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Vikram Nagarkar]

    The latest short interest data is out, and possibly, the most keenly watched counters would be those of Sunnyvale, California-based Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ:AMD), Palo Alto, California-based Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), and New York-based Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG). It has been an eventful month so far for AMD and Tesla, with lots of fresh news coming through. So, let’s quickly look at the latest changes in short interest in these names.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Ballard Power Systemsalong with alternative energy or fuel cell stock peers like small capsFuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL), Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) all peaking in 2014 before falling back to breakevenlevels or into underperformance:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday.
    Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday.
    Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday.
    Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances.
    Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral.
    Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday.
    Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend.
    BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.
    Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday.
    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the industrial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) and Envirostar Inc (NYSE: EVI).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Ballard Power Systemsalong with alternative energy or fuel cell stock peers like small capsFuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL), Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) all peaking in 2014 before falling back; but BLDP and PLUG have picked up steam earlier this year:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Shares of fuel cell pioneer Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) tumbled in Wednesday trading, closing the day down 13.7%.

    So what

    As we advised earlier today, Plug’s sell-off can be traced directly back to a downgrade to “sell” by Roth Capital earlier this morning. Roth had three main points to make in its downgrade. First, Plug Power reported “weak” earnings last quarter. Second, while that quarter didn’t include any sales from Plug’s widely touted alliance with Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), once those sales do begin to roll in later this year, Roth believes they will result in “poor quality of revenue, earnings, and gross margins” for Plug.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc.(RH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of RH (NYSE: RH) got a boost, shooting up 27 percent to $32.10 after the company reported strong preliminary results for its fourth quarter. The company also announced a $300 million buyback plan.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Pier 1 Imports underperforming potential peers such as mid caps Bed Bath & Beyond Inc (NASDAQ: BBBY) and Williams-Sonoma, Inc (NYSE: WSM)plus smallcap Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE: RH) all of whos performance has not been so good lately:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Wayfair Incbasically coming in even for retail investors while peers like large cap Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN), mid cap Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE: RH), which is largely eschewing the Internet to focus on brick and mortar, and small cap Overstock.com, Inc (NASDAQ: OSTK)have seen their share of volatility:

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Meanwhile, international stocks look better than U.S. stocks. The iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (EFA) is an ETF that offers international exposure to developed countries in Western Europe, Japan and Australia.

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    For the details of SWISS RE LTD’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=SWISS+RE+LTD

    These are the top 5 holdings of SWISS RE LTDiShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) – 1,641,300 shares, 34.54% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 6.79%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,003,200 shares, 20.97% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 34.15%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 2,800,100 shares, 15.78% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 170.34%iShares 1-3 Year Credit Bond ETF (CSJ) – 1,659,000 shares, 15.1% of the total portfolio. New PositionVanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH) – 937,000 shares, 6.48% of the total po

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    For the details of SWISS RE LTD’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=SWISS+RE+LTD

    These are the top 5 holdings of SWISS RE LTDiShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) – 1,274,000 shares, 41.43% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 114.84%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,192,350 shares, 38.52% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 158.64%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 1,043,001 shares, 8.7% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 12.39%iShares Floating Rate Bond (FLOT) – 1,000,000 shares, 7.33% of the total portfolio. NewStar Financial Inc (NEWS) – 3,000,000 shares, 4.01%

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    For the details of David Swensen’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=David+Swensen

    These are the top 5 holdings of David SwensenJBG SMITH Properties (JBGS) – 5,145,068 shares, 40.61% of the total portfolio. New PositionAntero Midstream GP LP (AMGP) – 5,769,780 shares, 27.25% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 3.89%Antero Resources Corp (AR) – 3,674,487 shares, 16.87% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 6.35%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 967,022 shares, 15.28% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 61.75%iShares China Large-Cap (FXI) – 0 shares, 0% of the