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March 10, 2017: Markets opened higher Friday following another month of strong non-farm payroll gains. Top performing sectors today were industrials, telecoms, and utilities. The weakest performer was real-estate. WTI crude oil for April delivery settled at $48.49 a barrel, down 1.6% on the day and down more than 9% for the week. April gold dropped 0.2% on the day to settle at $1,201.40. Equities were headed for a higher close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded up 0.20% for the day, the S&P 500 traded up 0.28%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.35%.

The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Friday was General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) which traded up 2.14% at $30.30. The stock’s 52-week range is $28.19 to $33.00. Shares got a boost on a report that CEO Jeff Immelt is being pushed to retire.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.11% at $169.87. The stock’s 52-week range is $122.22 to $3170.00, a new high posted this afternoon. Volume was about 30% below the daily average of around 3.5 million shares. The company had no specific news Friday.

investment opportunities: Kinross Gold Corporation(KGC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Citi also placed Neutral ratings on Goldcorp Inc. (USA) (NYSE: GG), Kinross Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE: KGC) and Silver Standard Resources Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: SSRI).

  • [By Scott Levine]

    Instead of the P/E, therefore, we’ll consider the companies on the basis of price-to-cash from operations on a trailing-12-month (TTM) basis. Cash flow, after all, is one thing management can’t be massaged.

    CompanyPrice-to-CFO Per Share (TTM)

    Eldorado Gold 17.9
    Goldcorp(NYSE:GG) 15.3
    Agnico Eagle Mines 11.2
    Barrick Gold 7.9
    Newmont Mining 6.2
    IAMGOLD (NYSE:IAG) 4.6
    Yamana Gold (NYSE:AUY) 3.6
    Kinross Gold (NYSE:KGC) 3.6

    Data Source: YCharts.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Kinross Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE: KGC) and Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AUY).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Given revised commodity deck forecasts (particularly for Steel and Gold) and improved Balance Sheet health (Steels, Precious and Industrials Metals) we are upgrading our ratings on several stocks in our coverage. We generally favor companies that have already initiated specific self-help, have low-cost assets and are less exposed to China supply and demand dynamics. In Steels, we have increased our rating from Hold to Buy on Nucor (NUE) and from Sell to Hold on US Steel. We have also upgraded Kinross Gold (KGC) to a Hold on valuation…On higher-than-peer valuations, we reiterate Sell-rated Coeur Mining (CDE), Franco-Nevada (FNV), Goldcorp (GG), Teck Resources (TCK) and highly leveraged AK Steel given preference to issue further equity if possible.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Kinross Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE: KGC) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $808.09 million.

    Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $265.90 million.

investment opportunities: Majesco Entertainment Company(COOL)

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).

investment opportunities: Mechel OAO(MTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Steel stocks are spiking on Monday afternoon, with AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS) up almost 7.5 percent, United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) up about 6.4 percent, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF) up more than 1 percent and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL) up 16.8 percent. The stocks are not being helped by a few analyst upgrades (although, surely not hurt by them), but seem to be mostly rallying on the back of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials shares climbed by 2.37 percent in trading on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Handy & Harman Ltd (NYSE: HNH), and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials shares gained around 1.89 percent in trading on Tuesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS), and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL).

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL) is rallying strongly, rising to a three-year high on roughly 1.7 times its average volume.

    The stock has been on a tear in recent months. After dipping below the $2 level in late April and languishing in the sub-$2 range until August, the stock has nearly tripled in the run up to Monday’s session.

investment opportunities: 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.

investment opportunities: Dow Treasuries(DV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart of Apollo Education Group along with peersITT Educational Services, Inc (NYSE: ESI) and DeVry Education Group Inc (NYSE: DV) reflect the headwinds from the Obama administration:

investment opportunities: Seres Therapeutics, Inc.(MCRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares dropped 70 percent to $10.69 after the company reported interim results from SER-109 Phase 2 ECOSPOR study in multiply recurrent clostridium difficile infection. The study did not achieve primary endpoint.

  • [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]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares shot up 35 percent to $12.51. Seres Therapeutics reported initiation of new SER-019 study announced FY16 loss of $2.30 per share on revenue of $21.766 million.

Best Stocks To Own For 2018

Janet Yellen and Co. have now hiked rates three times since the financial crisis. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Fed hiked rates for the first time this year on Wednesday, in a widely expected move that reflects continued confidence in the state of the American economy.

At the conclusion of their two-day meeting, the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee kicked their benchmark interest rate up by 25 basis points to between 0.75% and 1%. The decision was supported by all members of the policy-making committee except the Minneapolis Fed’s Neel Kashkari.

This is the second time the Fed has increased rates since December and the third time since the financial crisis.

Investors were convinced of the move and the market was pricing in a 95% chance of a rate hike, according to CME Group’s FedWatch tool. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and other members of the Fed had strongly suggested in recent weeks that the time had come.

Best Stocks To Own For 2018: Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc.(ARCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Before the market opened on Monday, small cap Appliance Recycling Centers of America (NASDAQ: ARCI) reported earnings with shares surging 137.70% on extremely high volume of 13,556,238 well above theaverage volume of around 48,702 shares. However, the company only has a market cap now of around $9.65 million now meaning its still more of a microcap stock.

Best Stocks To Own For 2018: Mechel OAO(MTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Steel stocks are spiking on Monday afternoon, with AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS) up almost 7.5 percent, United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) up about 6.4 percent, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF) up more than 1 percent and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL) up 16.8 percent. The stocks are not being helped by a few analyst upgrades (although, surely not hurt by them), but seem to be mostly rallying on the back of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials shares climbed by 2.37 percent in trading on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Handy & Harman Ltd (NYSE: HNH), and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL).

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL) is rallying strongly, rising to a three-year high on roughly 1.7 times its average volume.

    The stock has been on a tear in recent months. After dipping below the $2 level in late April and languishing in the sub-$2 range until August, the stock has nearly tripled in the run up to Monday’s session.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials shares gained around 1.89 percent in trading on Tuesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS), and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday morning, the basic materials shares climbed by 0.95 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI), up 5 percent, and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL), up 5 percent.

Best Stocks To Own For 2018: Durect Corporation(DRRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    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 Wednesday's regular session.

Best Stocks To Own For 2018: TRC Companies Inc.(TRR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRR) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $7.53. TRC posted Q4 earnings of $0.20 per share on revenue of $132.3 million.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now

It’s official: Your browsing history can be sold to advertisers. President Trump on Monday signed a measure reversing rules that would have required internet providers to get consent before selling your browsing history.

The rules had not yet gone into effect, but providers now find themselves with new freedom when it comes to collecting and selling their customers’ data. What does that mean for you?

What identifying information do they have?

Internet providers already collect a lot of information that’s necessary to maintain their networks, like your location and what you’re looking at online.

Many have said they will not use “sensitive” information, like medical records, children’s data and banking details without consent. However a simple browsing history can reveal those personal details, such as symptoms you’ve Googled. There are concerns that it would be possible to identify people based on this detailed information.

According to Dane Jasper, cofounder of Sonic, an independent ISP located in California, an internet provider can infer a lot about you based just on your browsing. In addition to basics like age and gender, they might know who your friends are, if you’re a recovering alcoholic, or where you went to school. In theory, they could create an in-depth profile of you.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Terra Nitrogen Company L.P.(TNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Robert Rapier] While the MLP space is dominated by the oil and gas sector, in last week’s article we began to explore some of the more exotic master limited partnership offerings. This week we continue our exploration of nontraditional MLPs by looking at the partnerships supplying fertilizer.

    Rentech (Nasdaq: RTK) has been around for more than a decade, and it has shifted strategies several times. Full disclosure: Rentech’s Chief Technology Officer Harold Wright is a former manager of mine when we were both at ConocoPhillips, and I have visited Rentech’s facility in Commerce City, Colorado.

    For most of Rentech’s existence, the company has sought to commercialize alternative fuels. At one time it had ambitions to build a large coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant, but federal legislation ultimately nudged it instead into the biomass-to-liquids (BTL) space. The company did build a BTL demonstration plant, but ultimately shut it down and has now refocused its efforts on becoming “one of the largest wood processing companies in the world.”

    During its interesting journey as a company, Rentech acquired two ammonia nitrogen fertilizer facilities, which turned out to be a profit center that funded the alternative energy research. In November 2011, Rentech spun off this fertilizer business into an MLP called Rentech Nitrogen Partners LP (NYSE: RNF).

    In the months leading to the spin-off, RTK’s market capitalization was about $200 million. Rentech maintained 60 percent ownership of RNF, and three months after the spin-off RTK’s market cap had risen to $400 million, while investors had bid RNF up to $1 billion. Interestingly, RTK’s share of RNF was worth more than RTK’s entire market cap, a situation that persists. The market currently values Rentech at $482 million, while the valuation of Rentech Nitrogen Partners makes RTK’s 60 percent stake in RNF worth slightly more than $600 million — another illu

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Mechel OAO(MTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials shares climbed by 2.37 percent in trading on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Handy & Harman Ltd (NYSE: HNH), and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday morning, the basic materials shares climbed by 0.95 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI), up 5 percent, and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL), up 5 percent.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL) is rallying strongly, rising to a three-year high on roughly 1.7 times its average volume.

    The stock has been on a tear in recent months. After dipping below the $2 level in late April and languishing in the sub-$2 range until August, the stock has nearly tripled in the run up to Monday’s session.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc(AUPH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    After positive mid-stage trial data suggested earlier this year that it might be able to reshape the treatment of kidney failure in lupus patients, Aurinia Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AUPH)has announced plans for a late-stage study that could eventually allow it to win regulatory OKs in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.

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    Neovasc Inc (US) (NASDAQ: NVCN) rose 17.3 percent to $2.65 in pre-market trading after the company reported the close of its $75 million transaction with Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX).
    aTyr Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: LIFE) shares rose 12.3 percent to $4.10 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed 'promising' signals in myopathies with Resolaris in exploratory trials.
    Globus Maritime Ltd (NASDAQ: GLBS) shares rose 10.1 percent to $6.90 in pre-market trading after climbing 5.03 percent on Monday.
    Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AUPH) shares rose 9.9 percent to $3.00 in pre-market trading. Aurinia Pharmaceuticals appointed Lorin Jeffry “Jeff” Randall to its board and Chairman of the Audit Committee.
    Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ: ORIG) shares rose 8.7 percent to $2.89 in pre-market trading after surging 19.82 percent on Monday.
    Full House Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLL) shares rose 5.1 percent to $2.08 in pre-market trading after declining 1.98 percent on Monday.
    Seadrill Ltd (NYSE: SDRL) rose 5.1 percent to $4.13 in pre-market trading after surging 3.15 percent on Monday.
    Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) rose 5.1 percent to $7.60 in pre-market trading after declining 5.37 percent on Monday.
    Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS) rose 5.1 percent to $3.10 in pre-market trading. Arbutus issued additional data from its ARB-1467 Phase II
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AUPH) shares shot up 24 percent to $4.60 after the company disclosed that Voclosporin met 48-week remission endpoints.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Vitality Biopharma (VBIO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    Investors who were looking to learn a little more about up-and-coming drug development company Vitality Biopharma Inc (OTCMKTS:VBIO) may want to mark December 8th on their calendar…. if they’re going to be in the Los Angeles area that day anyway. The company will be making a presentation that day, at the annual LD Micro Main Event. Interested and approved investors can attend the VBIO presentation by registering beforehand with LD Micro.

    Vitality Biopharma has found a way to make cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals without the usual downside of cannabinoids. Namely, Vitality Biopharma’s version of cannabinoids are non-psychotropic, meaning larger, more effective dosing is possible without the ‘high’. It’s this little detail that takes cannabinoid medicine — already the most compelling frontier in the world of pharma — to the next level. There’s a reason some people think the cannabinoid market could be worth $20 billion by 2020.

    The idea was significantly advanced in early November. In eight of the nine states voters were asked about legalization of marijuana (for one reason or another), voters said yes….. four for recreational use, and four for medical use. In eight of those nine states, the measures passed. Marijuana is legal in more than half the United States now, and we’re en route to a decided majority in the foreseeable future.

    VBIO didn’t necessarily need a sweeping victory at the ballot box, but each time marijuana wins, it seems to advance the discussion of the power of cannabinoids as medicine.

    Investors will be able to learn more about Vitality Biopharma’s work in that arena on Thursday of this week. On that day — 8 AM PST / 11 AM EST — at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Robert Brooke, CEO of Vitality Biopharma, will be making a presentation as well as meeting with current and prospective investors.

    LD Micro was founded in 2006 with the sole purpose of being an independent resource in t

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    Back in September, Vitality Biopharma Inc (OTCMKTS:VBIO) CEO Robert Brooke officially announced his company would be entering the painkiller market, specifically taking aim at the development of an alternative to opioids. His specific words? “Opiates are one of the key classes of drugs we’re seeking to replace, or to make far less necessary, as our proprietary cannabosides could provide a potent alternative form of pain relief and help avoid, or greatly reduce, the use of opiates for the treatment of many conditions…”

  • [By Phil Saunders]

    Vitality Biopharma, Inc. (OTCBB: VBIO) recent ascent as a strong small cap player in Cannabis pharma, is part of a boom in Cannabis-based pharmaceuticals making announcements about unique and innovative delivery systems being tested for such ailments as Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Crohns disease. But it is important to understand how the industry is evolving in the United States and Canada and what that might mean when realizing valuation and the evolution of government policies which still vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, making access to Cannabis and the pricing model still a big question moving forward.

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    Are you an investor interested in learning more about Vitality Biopharma Inc (OTCMKTS:VBIO)? Or, are you looking to take your first look at VBIO? A SeeThruEquity research report posted in August not only has you covered, it underscores all of its hidden bullishness. The report also explains a very impressive target price for Vitality Biopharma shares. In short, the research outfit now believes the stock will see $2.00 per share sooner than later, based on its pipeline and potential market penetration. That’s 38% higher than its current value.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    That’s why its worth pointing out that just yesterday, small cap cannabinoid prodrug pharmaceutical stock Vitality Biopharma, Inc. (OTCQB: VBIO) announced the appointment of Tracy Rockney, J.D. to the position of Senior Regulatory Advisor. In addition to being the Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer of OneSource Regulatory, a regulatory consulting firm, Rockney was previously:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    In mid-September, Vitality Biopharma Inc (OTCMKTS:VBIO) announced it was going to take aim at the development of an alternative to opioids as a means of treating pain. At the time, there was little doubt that the company’s cannabinoid science was capable of doing so. What wasn’t clear to VBIO shareholders was exactly how that might happen…. meaning what sort of drug might Vitality Biopharma come up with.

    We got the first of what will likely be several answers to the question today. Per today’s press release, Vitality Biopharma intends to come up with a treatment for narcotic bowel syndrome, which is a severe form of (ironically enough) opiate-induced abdominal pain.

    As a refresher, Vitality Biopharma was the name we introduced to you back on August 8th, pointing out it had developed a whole new way of making cannabinoid-based medicines. Their versions offer all the upsides of cannabinoids, but without the psychotropic (“getting high’) effects, and without some of the common downsides associated with these pharmaceuticals… like mouth and skin lesions.

    There are even bigger advantages to Vitality Biopharma’s science, however. Namely, since these drugs are prodrugs and aren’t activated until in the body, they allow for targeted delivery to the GI tract (yet can also selectively target other body parts, even as far away from the GI tract as the brain). Perhaps more than anything though, these drugs are orally-administered by virtue of being highly soluble, making them easy to use.

    It’s this nuance that makes Vitality Biopharma’s recently-announced intention so interesting, and compelling.

    Studies have found that up to 81% of patients treated with opiates have functional bowel disorders, with more than half — 58% to be exact — of opiate users reporting chronic abdominal pain stemming from the use of their prescribed painkillers. Considering 200 million opioid prescriptions are filled every year in the United States alo

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Celestica, Inc.(CLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of mid caps Jabil Circuit and Flextronics International Ltd (NASDAQ: FLEX) along with small capCelestica Inc (NYSE: CLS) and Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM), a previous Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) newslettersuggestion as the next breakout stock, all performing well recently as the tech stocks they supply outperform:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM), a previous Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) newsletter suggestion as the next breakout stock, andmid cap Flextronics International being bigger winners compared with the also good performance of mid cap Jabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL) and small cap Celestica Inc (NYSE: CLS):

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: First NBC Bank Holding Company(FNBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    First NBC Bank Holding Company (NASDAQ: FNBC) shares dropped 91 percent to $0.250. First NBC Bank was closed by the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Media General, Inc.(MEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Media General Inc (NYSE: MEG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $340.17 million.

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

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Ebix, Inc.(EBIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap insurance software stock Ebix Inc (NASDAQ: EBIX) reported Q1 2017 earnings before the market opened this morning. Q1 revenue rose 11% to $79.1 million and decreased 1% over Q4 2016 revenue of $80.0 million. The year over year revenue improvement reflected growth in the Companys Exchange, Risk Compliance, and Broker Solution channels. On a constant currency basis, Q1 revenue increased 10% to $78.5 millionwith theExchange channel continued to bethe Companyslargest -accounting for 67% of Q1 2017 revenues. Q1 2017 net income rose 19% to $26.4 million with the improvement principally reflected the benefit of higher revenues and operating income as compared to the same period last year.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Sinovac Biotech Ltd.(SVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SVA) is expected to post its quarterly earnings.

    Supercom Ltd (NASDAQ: SPCB) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $9.03 million.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Virtus Investment Partners Inc.(VRTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ: VRTS) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $111.05 following Q3 results. Virtus Investment posted Q3 earnings of $1.64 per share on revenue of $82.3 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018

May 23, 2017: Markets opened higher again Tuesday but have not moved much higher as the session went on. The blue chips performed best with particular strength in financials. Tech stocks and consumer discretionaries are on track for a down finish. WTI crude oil for July delivery settled at $51.47 a barrel, up 0.7%. June gold dipped 0.5% for the day to settle at $1,255.60. Equities were headed for a mixed close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded up 0.16% for the day, the S&P 500 traded up 0.14%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded down 0.01%.

The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Tuesday was The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) which traded up 1.75% at $219.80. The stock’s 52-week range is $138.20 to $3255.15. Volume was about 30% below the daily average of around 3.7 million shares. The company had no specific news Monday.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) traded up 1.28% at $85.78. The stock’s 52-week range is $57.05 to $93.98. Volume was about 40% below the daily average of around 14.8 million shares. The big bank had no specific news.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Oasis Petroleum Inc.(OAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) rose a whopping 27.8% to $14.98, and the 33.2 million shares was about 2.5 times normal volume. Oasis Petroleum has a 52-week trading range of $3.40 to $15.02 and a consensus analyst price target of $14.54. The company has a total market cap of $3.5 billion.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jon Najarian spoke on CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” about unusually high options activity in Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS).

    Traders bought around 10,000 contracts of the June 10 calls in the first half of the trading session on Thursday. The trade is unusual because the average options volume in the name is a few hundred contracts. Najarian bought the calls and is planning to hold them for two weeks.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) is rated a Buy and the price target was lifted to $24. For 2017, the net loss estimate improved from a prior $0.27 per share to $0.23 per share. The 2018 EPS estimate rose from $0.62 to $0.64. Shares closed at $14.13 on Friday. The 52-week range is $5.93 to $14.35, and the consensus 12-month target is $17.87.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Lannett Co Inc(LCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

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

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

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

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

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

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: 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 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Dow Treasuries(DV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart of Apollo Education Group along with peersITT Educational Services, Inc (NYSE: ESI) and DeVry Education Group Inc (NYSE: DV) reflect the headwinds from the Obama administration:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Carnival Corporation(CCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

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

  • [By Diane Alter]

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

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

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

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.(BONT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q3 2016 earnings report for small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT)is scheduled for before the market opens on Thursday (November 17th) as traditional department stores continue to struggle to figure out how to attract costumers into their stores as online giants increasingly become thedominant retail players.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT) reported Q2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Thursday while earnings guidance for the full year fiscal 2017 was reaffirmed. Total sales decreased 7.0% to $504.4 million as comparable store sales decreased 6.1% versus the prior year period. However,double-digit sales growth continued in the omnichannel, which reflects sales via the Company’s website, mobile site, and its Let Us Find It customer service program, as the Company leveraged its West Jefferson facility and store-fulfillment network. The net loss was $33.2 million versus a net loss of $38.7 million.The CEO commented:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT) dropped about 3.3% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $0.31 after closing Wednesday at $0.32. The 52-week high is $1.98. Volume was around 10 million shares traded, about 100 times the daily average of around 100,000. The struggling retailer had no specific news.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT)is scheduled for before the market opens on Tuesday (March 14th). In January, The Bon-Ton Stores announced that its comparable store sales for the nine-week holiday period ended December 31, 2016 had decreased 3.1% -in line with guidance. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT)reported fiscalQ1 earnings before the market opened this morning with total salesdown 9.3% to $536.1 million and comparable store sales down 8.8%. Theearnings release noted:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Lastly, there are a few department-store chains that have been struggling mightily. Sears tops the list, of course. Bon-Ton Stores (NASDAQ:BONT) and Neiman Marcus are also in serious trouble. All three chains have too much debt and have been reporting some of the worst sales results in the industry.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Virtus Investment Partners Inc.(VRTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ: VRTS) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $111.05 following Q3 results. Virtus Investment posted Q3 earnings of $1.64 per share on revenue of $82.3 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Intersil Corporation(ISIL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Big gainers on the day included Intersil Corp (NASDAQ: ISIL), which jumped 20 percent on news of a buyout, and Medivation (NASDAQ: MDVN), which added 20 percent on a deal with Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) related to its cancer drug. Cotiviti Holdings Inc (NYSE: COTV) lost around 9 percent in the wake of a mid-day sell-off and Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) fell 7 percent in the wake of a management shakeup.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: WPX Energy, Inc.(WPX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) is a natural gas and oil company based in Oklahoma. WPX focuses on the exploration and development of natural gas and oil fields in North America, including the Permian Basin in Texas and the Williston Basin in North Dakota.

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    Matador has grown its reserves throughout the commodity cycle, as well as its production and cash flow. Haas also likes the company’s history of identifying and acquiring acreage early and cheaply. Much of the analyst’s positive outlook is derived from Matador’s successful monetization of midstream assets and pattern of reinvestment.

    WPX Energy Inc (NYSE: WPX), $18 Price Target

    Haas praised WPX’s production base, which is “well balanced” between three major basins, and its production mix of 51 percent oil, 13 percent natural gas liquids and 36 percent natural gas.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Mechel OAO(MTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell by 1.10 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL), down 8 percent, and Eagle Materials, Inc. (NYSE: EXP), down 6 percent.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Steel stocks are spiking on Monday afternoon, with AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS) up almost 7.5 percent, United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) up about 6.4 percent, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF) up more than 1 percent and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL) up 16.8 percent. The stocks are not being helped by a few analyst upgrades (although, surely not hurt by them), but seem to be mostly rallying on the back of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday morning, the basic materials shares climbed by 0.95 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI), up 5 percent, and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL), up 5 percent.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL) is rallying strongly, rising to a three-year high on roughly 1.7 times its average volume.

    The stock has been on a tear in recent months. After dipping below the $2 level in late April and languishing in the sub-$2 range until August, the stock has nearly tripled in the run up to Monday’s session.