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Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018

I opened my individual retirement account — better known as an IRA — at the tender age of 18. There are a lot of things I wish that I’d known, things the banker probably should have told me when she was helping me open the account.

Even after I opened my account, it was difficult to find resources in plain language to help me understand how retirement saving worked. Ten years and many, many hours of reading later, I’m writing the article that I wish had existed when I first started.

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First things first

What’s an IRA, anyway? IRAs are special retirement savings accounts that you can use to invest and that have special tax advantages over regular bank accounts.

The best thing about an IRA is that the money or investments in the plan can grow tax-free. The account can rack up dividends, capital gains, and interest without the government taking a cut of them.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Microbot Medical Inc. (MBOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares shot up 51 percent to $7.76 after reporting a significant technology patent allowance in the U.S. The patent allowance covers a device for the prevention of shunt stenosis.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares dropped 34 percent to $2.50. Microbot Medical reported a $10 million registered direct offering

    Shares of NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ: NLNK) were down 12 percent to $11.13 after the company reported that indoximod + PROVENGE resulted in statistically significant improvement in rPFS for patients with mCRPC in Phase 2 trial.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $8.77 after the company reported a 700,000 share direct offering for $3.5 million.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Gas Natural Inc.(EGAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Gas Natural Inc (NYSE: EGAS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share.

    Caleres Inc (NYSE: CAL) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share on revenue of $632.89 million.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company(CTB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    Finbox.io fair value data (as of January 4) shows that there are only five US manufacturing stocks that have 25% or more margin of safety: Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA), Cooper Tire & Rubber Co (NYSE: CTB), Farmer Brothers Co. (NASDAQ: FARM), Allergan plc Ordinary Shares (NYSE: AGN) and Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: MPAA).

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Leading Brands Inc(LBIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Leading Brands, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: LBIX) shares shot up 66 percent to $2.49 following Q1 results. Leading Brands reported Q1 earnings of $0.10 per share on revenue of $3.033 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Leading Brands, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: LBIX) shares were also up, gaining 145 percent to $3.31 on no formal news from company. The stock rallied 215 percent over Tuesday and Wednesday of this week amid trader speculation stock could be sympathy play on move higher in Helios & Matheson. However, Leading Brands shares sold off 27 percent on Thursday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Leading Brands, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: LBIX) shares dropped 13 percent to $1.99 following Q2 results. Leading Brands posted Q2 EBITDAS of $0.00 per share, compared to $0.09 per share during the same period last year.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 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 Invest In 2018: 8point3 Energy Partners LP(CAFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    If the Suniva noise is removed, the firm believes First Solar stock becomes a fundamental story of execution and long-term share gains. The firm also noted that the company has found success selling off projects to third parties, as intended, with the management seeing more value in selling to third-parties rather than to 8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD).

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Don’t look now, but the demise of the solar yieldco industry may have been overstated. In the past six months, NextEra Energy Partners (NYSE:NEP), NRG Yield (NYSE:NYLD), and Pattern Energy Group (NASDAQ:PEGI) have all outperformed the market, and even the maligned 8point3 Energy Partners (NASDAQ:CAFD) has come close.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    8point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:CAFD) and TerraForm Global Inc (NASDAQ:GLBL) were supposed to be two of the renewable energy industry’s leading yieldcos. 8point3 Energy Partners was supposed to be a way for First Solar and SunPower to fund solar projects in the U.S. and TerraForm Global was central to SunEdison’s growth plans abroad.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Leading the charge are two yieldcos — NextEra Energy Partners (NYSE:NEP) and 8point3 Energy Partners (NASDAQ:CAFD) — and utility company AES Corporation (NYSE:AES). Here’s a look at why they’re good dividend stocks to own today.

  • [By J.B. Maverick]

    Recently added in January 2016 to the "strong buy" list at Zacks Investment Research, 8point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is a subsidiary firm with the support of major solar power companies SunPower and First Solar, and plenty of cash to fund 2016 growth projects. It should be well positioned to move forward in its business of acquiring and operating solar energy generation projects. In late January 2016, the stock is trading at $16.45, in the middle of its 52-week range of $10.26 to $21.15. The stock offers a dividend yield of 2.39%. It has been in a general uptrend since October 2015. Year to date in 2016, the stock is down 2.97%, which means it is weathering the market storm better than many other firms. With the backing of First Solar and SunPower, and a partnership agreement with Wells Fargo, 8point3 is in a stronger industry position than the majority of alternative energy companies.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

     We highlight CAFD as our top income oriented pick, a relatively safer, more conservatively-run company within our YieldCo coverage. The stock is yielding 7.5% on a FY16E DPS basis, and provides predictable income over the next several years, regardless of new projects beyond the initial portfolio. With two of the strongest companies in the solar industry serving as sponsors, enough liquidity on the balance sheet to fund growth-projects through mid-2016, and additional levers to pull in order to grow DPS if needed (e.g. payout ratio), we believe CAFD is undervalued.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: G&K Services, Inc.(GK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We maintain our positive view toward Cintas, particularly as G&K Services (GK) is likely to bolster Cintas’s growth potential over the next few years. However, after strong appreciation since the G&K announcement last August, we believe that much of the good news is already priced in at 25x/22x our pro-forma FY18/FY19 adjusted EPS estimates. As a result, we rate CTAS Sector Perform and await a better entry point.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Cintas (CTAS) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after the uniform provider received the go-ahead for its purchase of G&K Services (GK).

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Dover Corporation(DOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) was at $75.19 at the end of 2016 and the firm has a $85.00 price objective. This is 13% in implied upside for Dover, before considering its 2.3% dividend yield.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: NiSource, Inc(NI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell by 2.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unitil Corporation (NYSE: UTL), down 9 percent, and NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), down 5 percent.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Telefonica Brasil S.A.(VIV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sofia Horta e Costa]

    Vivendi (VIV) rose 2.7 percent to 17.15 euros. Music, pay-TV, European cinema and Internet in Brazil will make up a new media group based in France after the split with phone unit SFR, according to a statement yesterday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares slipped by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (ADR) (NYSE: TKC), down 2 percent, and Telefonica Brasil SA (ADR) (NYSE: VIV), down 2.5 percent.

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Despite an increasingly challenging beverage environment, PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) managed to deliver a second-quarter earnings beat this morning.

Before Tuesday’s market open, the soda and snacks giant reported second-quarter earnings of $1.50 a share on revenue of $15.7 billion, compared to estimates for earnings of $1.40 a share on revenue of $15.6 billion.

Beverage companies such as PepsiCo and The Coca-Cola Co. (KO)  have been struggling recently to boost sales of sugary, carbonated drinks as more and more consumers shift to healthier eating habits. PepsiCo has the upper hand, though, as it does not rely solely on beverages.

Still, most analysts on Wall Street didn’t expect PepsiCo to report a blowout quarter amid challenging conditions in grocery store aisles, namely increased discounting and the shift to healthier products.

stock market trading: Shake Shack, Inc.(SHAK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Rather than panicking, investors seemed to take the stance as a positive sign that the U.S. economy is ready for at least slightly less accommodative monetary policy going forward. Yet some stocks suffered sharp declines, and Shake Shack (NYSE:SHAK), Fred’s (NASDAQ:FRED), and Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    No two companies may better represent the opposing poles of the fast-food industry thanMcDonald’s Corporation(NYSE:MCD) and Shake Shack Inc.(NYSE:SHAK). McDonald’s is the biggest fast-food company in the world by sales and market value, and the Golden Arches represent the quintessential burger chain in much of the world. Shake Shack, on the other hand, is one of the companies defining the better-burger space, and its founder, Danny Meyer, likes to call the brand “fine casual.” Shake Shack charges more for its burgers than McDonald’s, but offers better-quality food.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    Does that mean Shack Shake (NYSE:SHAK), Chipotle’s competition in today’s battle, is a better buy right now? While that’s an impossible question to answer with 100% certainty, we’ll investigate three different ways to approach the problem, and see who comes out ahead.

stock market trading: Wyndham Worldwide Corp(WYN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    The chief financial officerat Wyndham Worldwide Corp. (NYSE: WYN) wasselling stock this past week. Thomas Conforti parted with 25,900 shares of the hotel giant at $82.41 apiece. The total for the trade was posted at $2 million. The shares closed Friday at $82.65. The 52-week range is $62.60 to $86.72, and the consensus price target is $90.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Shares of hotel brand Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN) jumped as much as 11.1% in trading Wednesday after reporting first-quarter 2017 earnings. At 3:45 p.m. EDT on Wall Street, shares were still up an impressive 9.6% on the day.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Conn's Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN).

stock market trading: SunTrust Banks, Inc.(STI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related TRST Earnings Scheduled For October 21, 2016 Major Accounting Changes Are Coming To The Financial Industry
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    Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.33 billion.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion.
    Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion.
    Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $1.76 billion.
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $7.02 billion.
    SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.83 per share on revenue of $2.21 billion.
    ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $4.68 billion.
    Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.15 per share on revenue of $593.82 million.
    Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion.
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.44 per share on revenue of $721.89 million.
  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We believe investors should continue to own three types of bank stocks: “Return of Capital (RC) Stocks”, “Risk On (RO) Stocks”, and “Multiple Revaluation (MR) Stocks.” RC stocks include M&T Bank (MTB), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), and SunTrust Banks (STI); RO stocks include Bank of America, Popular (BPOP), Citigroup, JPMorgan, and KeyCorp (KEY); and MR stocks include BB&T (BBT) and PNC Financial Services Group (PNC).

stock market trading: Mallinckrodt plc(MNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Mallinckrodt plc (NYSE: MNK) dropped 39% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $19.01 after closing at $31.18 on Monday. The 52-week high is $68.12. Volume was around 32 million, about 16 times the daily average of about 2 million. The generic drug maker missed analysts revenue estimate.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Although 2016 wasn’t exactly the greatest year for healthcare stocks in general, there really aren’t very many true bargains to be found in the industry. However, three healthcare stocks do appear to be priced well below what they’re worth. Here’s why Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD), Lantheus Holdings (NASDAQ:LNTH), and Mallinckrodt (NYSE:MNK) look to be ridiculously cheap right now.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Mallinckrodt (MNK) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after Citron Research accused the company of fraud.

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    Mallinckrodt tumbled 12% to $59.60 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,176.94.

    Leerink’s Jason Gerberry and Etzer Darout explain the allegations:

    Mallinckrodtshares are down -7-8% based on a short report citing CMS dashboard data which call into question Acthar Gel sales derived from government sources (CMS; Medicaid & Medicare). The report appears to overstate Acthar CMS sales as a percent of total product sales, as the methodology utilized by CMS drug spending dashboard for Medicare spend is based on gross sales, not net., although it’s unclear to what extent Acthar CMS sales are overstated.

    The report suggestsMallinckrodt mgmt understated combined Medicaid/Medicare sales on an investor call, saying it was about a little bit higher than a quarter of the business vs. gross sales on CMS dashboard implying sales were 61% of total Acthar net revenue (an apples to oranges comparison). We dont know the exact net sales of Acthar to Medicare/Medicaid, but we believe it is safe to assume Medicaid, after CPI price penalties had high discounts/rebates and assuming an 80% gross-to-net ratio on the Medicare book ($504m gross) suggests Acthar net sales would be closer to 38-45% range vs. the 61% figure cited in the short-report. Why this may matter Acthar Gel is an old product lacking good randomized, controlled data consistent with most products approved in the modern era. The report appears to be an attempt to call into question whether the government should be paying Acthars average $80-100k net price/patient/year by calling to this to the attention of government figures who have been targeting excessive drug pricing issues. This type of issue became a major headache for Mylan (MYL) investors recently with EpiPen.Mallinckrodt is presenting at a compe

stock market trading: NiSource, Inc(NI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell by 2.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unitil Corporation (NYSE: UTL), down 9 percent, and NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), down 5 percent.

stock market trading: Arista Networks, Inc.(ANET)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    Credit Suisse, Instinet, and Stifel glossed over one key fact about Arista Networks Inc. (NYSE: ANET).

    It was founded by one of Silicon Valley’s top technologists of the past 35 years.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Arista Networks Inc (NYSE: ANET) got a boost, shooting up 17 percent to $117.47 after the company reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter and issued a strong outlook for the current quarter.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    My Top Pick for growth investors in 2017 is Arista Networks (ANET), which in many ways looks like the next Cisco (CSCO) — the company was built from the ground up to deal with the realities of the new networking paradigm.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now

I won’t keep you in suspense — Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) owns 400,000,000 shares of Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), worth a total of $16.7 billion as of this writing. This translates to a 9.4% stake in the beverage giant, and makes Coca-Cola Buffett’s third-largest stock investment.

The investment has served Buffett and Berkshire’s shareholders well. Of the Coca-Cola stake’s market value, more than $15.4 billion represents profit. The $560 million in dividends it will receive this year from Coca-Cola represents nearly half of what Buffett paid for the shares in the first place. Here’s why Buffett likes Coca-Cola so much, and whether you should consider joining him in the investment.

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Why does Buffett like Coca-Cola so much?

Coca-Cola is a longtime favorite stock of the Oracle of Omaha. Not only is Coca-Cola one of only two major stock positions Berkshire has held for more than 25 years (the other is Wells Fargo), but it’s consistently been among Berkshire’s top holdings. In fact, 25 years ago, Coca-Cola was the largest stock holding in Berkshire’s portfolio.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Super Micro Computer, Inc.(SMCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, small cap Super Micro Computer (NASDAQ: SMCI) fell 7.52% after receivingnotification letter from Nasdaq stating that the Company is not in compliance with Nasdaq listing rule 5250(c)(1), which requires timely filing of reports with the SEC. Super Micro Computer isa global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology and innovation, is a premier provider of end-to-end green computing solutions for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro’s advanced Server Building Block Solutions庐 offer a vast array of components for building energy-efficient, application-optimized, computing solutions. Architecture innovations include Twin, TwinPro, FatTwin, Ultra Series, MicroCloud, MicroBlade, SuperBlade庐, Simply Double, Double-sided Storage庐, Battery Backup Power (BBP庐) modules and WIO/UIO. Products include servers, blades, GPU systems, workstations, motherboards, chassis, power supplies, storage, networking, server management software and SuperRack庐 cabinets/accessories delivering unrivaled performance and value.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: NTN Buzztime, Inc.(NTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    NTN Buzztime Inc (NYSE: NTN) shares were also up, gaining 26 percent to $7.22. NTN Buzztime reported a Q4 loss of $0.22 per share on revenue of $5.98 million.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: NiSource, Inc(NI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell by 2.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unitil Corporation (NYSE: UTL), down 9 percent, and NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), down 5 percent.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Rockwell Medical Technologies Inc.(RMTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    As a service to our readers, the following list provides the 10 top pharmaceutical stocks to watch this month (May 2017), including the biggest gainers from April…

    Pharmaceutical Stock Current Share Price April 2017 Gain
    Cleveland BioLabs Inc. (Nasdaq: CBLI) $3.62 +120.6%
    Nexvet Biopharma Plc. (Nasdaq: NVET) $6.61 +69.7%
    Motif Bio Plc. (Nasdaq ADR: MTFB) $10.10 +68.2%
    Axovant Sciences Ltd. (NYSE: AXON) $24.43 +62.3%
    Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCC) $5.49 +46.7%
    Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CNAT) $8.67 +44.9%
    Akebia Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: AKBA) $13.07 +43.3%
    Akorn Inc. (Nasdaq: AKRX) $33.28 +38.9%
    Rockwell Medical Inc. (Nasdaq: RMTI) $8.78 +37.4%
    Akari Therapeutics Plc. (Nasdaq ADR: AKTX) $15.02 +35.4%

    The best-performing pharma stock of the month – Cleveland BioLabs Inc. – surged 120.6% to $3.53 a share by April 28. That crushed both the Nasdaq Biotech Index’s 1.5% gain and the Dow Jones’ 1.3% rise over the same period.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday morning, the healthcare sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KERX) and Rockwell Medical Inc (NASDAQ: RMTI).

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon US Trs ETF (ZROZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Investors with a taste more rate-sensitive bond ETF may want to consider the PIMCO 25 Yr Zro Cupn US Ty Inx Fd ETF (NYSE: ZROZ) and the Vanguard Extended Duration ETF (NYSE: EDV).

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Dynasty Financial Partners said Icon Wealth Partners is now using its platform in Houston.

Having previously managed over $750 million in client assets at their prior firms, Icon’s three founding partners—Mark McAdams, Blake Pratz and Steve Schwarzbach—decided to go independent recently with Dynasty.

Ameriprise Financial says that eight advisors recently joined it with about $644 million in combined assets under management. Some of the advisors joined from wirehouses like UBS and Wells Fargo, while others joined from smaller broker-dealers.

Earnings growth in the financial sector has been robust so far, according to LPLs CIO Burt White.

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investment bonds: Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc(LL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares ofLumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc.(NYSE:LL) were moving higher last month, though there was little company-specific news out on the stock. The retailer of wood flooring and other related products had been battered in recent years after a scandal involving illegally treated flooring, but investor confidence seemed to be returning along with a general uptick in home-improvement stocks. According to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, the stock rose 18.4% in March.

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    If you remember about a year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention let the world know that consumers who had purchased the China-produced flooring from Lumber Liquidators Holdings (NYSE:LL) were roughly three times more likely to fall ill with cancer. That rate was much higher than earlier calculations following the 2015 broadcast by CBS’ 60 Minutes.The stock shed much of its value since the 2015 airing, but rebounded 17% on Tuesday after it reported a narrower-than-expected loss during the fourth quarter, offering investors a slight amount of hope going forward.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap hardwood flooring stockLumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE: LL) is scheduled for before the market opens onTuesday (February 21th). Lumber Liquidators Holdingshad been ahighflying stock until the middle of 2013 when shares were hit be allegations that the companys flooring products contained illegal levels of formaldehyde. Shares then took another hit on reports that the Department of Homeland Security andthe USFish and Wildlife Servicehad executed a sealed court-issuedsearch/raid on theheadquarters for possible sourcing violations.Lumber Liquidators Holdingslater won a favorable ruling in a California lawsuit filed under the state’s Proposition 65 covering cancer-causing chemicals and agreed to pay $2.5 million (without admitting wrongdoing) to settle a civil matter with the California Air Resources Board.

investment bonds: Infinera Corporation(INFN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tracey Ryniec]

    Infinera isn’t in a glamorous part of the technology business, as it provides fiber optic connection gear, but as companies like Amazon and Facebook need and use ever more data, it’s Infinera which paves the way. Earnings are expected to grow 31% in 2016. 

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Investing in the tech sector can be tricky. Competition tends to be fierce, which makes it difficult to stay one step ahead. Two companies that have a strong history of maintaining their edge are Skyworks Solutions(NASDAQ:SWKS)and Infinera(NASDAQ:INFN). Both of these businesses have been taking market share in their industries for years, which is impressive. But which of these two tech companies is the better investment today? Let’s review the bull thesis for each company so we can make an informed decision.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    What a year 2016 was for Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN) shareholders. The stock plunged over 50% last year, as its multiyear run of accelerating 20%-30% growth rates ground to a halt. The story changed from that of a high-growth technology company riding the secular trend of exploding data and bandwidth needs to one of stagnating revenues, profits turning to losses, increased competition, and end customers pausing investments in optical networks.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Infinera Corp. (NASDAQ: INFN) shares were also up, gaining 27 percent to $11.92 after the company reported stronger-than-expected Q4 results.

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investment bonds: NiSource, Inc(NI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell by 2.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unitil Corporation (NYSE: UTL), down 9 percent, and NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), down 5 percent.

investment bonds: Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    What My System Flagged As A Buy This Week
    It’s no secret that the technology sector has had an incredible year so far — the SPDR Technology Select ETF (NYSE: XLK) is up over 31% year-to-date, compared with the S&P 500’s 14% return.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Kevin Kelly, the managing partner at Kelly & Co., spoke on Bloomberg Markets about a bullish options trade in Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE: XLK).

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    High-flying tech stocks were hammered Wednesday, sending the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE: XLK) down more than 2.5 percent and the Nasdaq down 1.4 percent, its worst day of trading since August 17.

  • [By Tom Gentile]

    Both XLV and the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSE Arca: XLK) are the two top-performing sectors so far this year, and both have performed better than the next-best ETF by at least a full 5% or more.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    If the price is keeping you out of GOOGL, take a look at theTechnology SPDR ETF (NYSE Arca: XLK), where you get to hold shares of many of these top tech companies at a fraction of the cost.

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Donald Trump’s win has done something extraordinary to the financial sector. Just look at this one-month chart for the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF):

Banks Love Trump

This is unexpected on two levels.

First, of course, Trump’s very election came as a shock to many. Second, there was no shortage of people saying stocks would tank if the real estate mogul won. Meantime, not only has the market reached new heights since November 9 but financials have gone from one of the worst-performing sectors to one of the best—almost overnight.

Photographer: David Moir/Bloomberg

share market today: Diamond Hill Investment Group Inc.(DHIL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    Diamond Hill Investment Group (NASDAQ:DHIL) reported first-quarter results on April 26. The investment management company is benefiting from a seemingly relentless bull market despite shifting competitive dynamics within its industry.

share market today: NiSource, Inc(NI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell by 2.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unitil Corporation (NYSE: UTL), down 9 percent, and NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), down 5 percent.

share market today: Advantage Lithium Corp. (AVLIF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].

share market today: Finisar Corporation(FNSR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) shares were also up, gaining 18 percent to $16.70 after the company reported upbeat Q3 earnings.

    Equities Trading DOWN

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, but issued a weak forecast for the current quarter.
    Shares of Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE: BAH) dropped around 16 percent in pre-market trading as the company reported a DoJ civil and criminal investigation regarding cost accounting and cost charging practices.
    Shares of Celsion Corporation (NASDAQ: CLSN) jumped over 110 percent in pre-market trading after withdrawing stock offering. T
    Shares of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) surged around 17 percent in pre-market trading after the company reported a $300 million credit facility.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market had a negative tone on Wednesday, although major benchmarks moved in different directions. The Dow Jones Industrials took the biggest hit, falling triple digits as one of its most influential components suffered an earnings-related drop. Relative strength in the Nasdaq Composite showed cross-currents in the overall market, but several individual stocks had substantial declines for the day, andRite Aid (NYSE:RAD), Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) were among the worst performers. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.