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Hot Safest Stocks For 2018

Stock market technicians (or “chartists”) look at price patterns for clues about where a stock, sector or the stock market as a whole is going. Typically, they look at the price of the stock, but today I am going to look at the historical return pattern of the stock market, as it signals the potential for a tougher investment environment going forward.

The chart above (using symbol SPY as an S&P 500 proxy) starts back in the beginning of 1996, and tracks the cumulative return of the index and its “rolling” 3-year return. I consider 3-year time periods to be many times more relevant to analyze than shorter time periods. During most 3-year periods you will see good times, bad times and maybe even some ugly times that you may not catch by looking at year to date, past 1 year and the like.

Hot Safest Stocks For 2018: SanDisk Corporation(SNDK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Early on Friday, analysts at RBC Capital boosted the near-term estimates on SanDisk Corporation (SNDK), a manufacturer of data storage products, because a fire at SK Hynix’s factory should lead to favorable pricing over the next two quarters.

    “We see a favorable pricing environment as a result of SK Hynix’s fire, which threatens to curtail NAND output as the company likely re-purposes production back toward DRAM, resulting in lower than expected incremental NAND wafers vs. company’s plan of 170K/WPM,” RBC Capital analyst Freedman said. “Consequently, we see stronger pricing through EoY before SK Hynix ramps NAND toward normalized prod’t levels as DRAM resources are restored/replaced.”

    The analysts maintain an “Outperform” rating on SDNK and still see shares reaching $76. This price target suggests a 26% upside to the stock’s Thursday closing price of $60.08. Furthermore, they boosted SanDisk’s 2013 EPS estimates from $4.82 to $4.95.

    SanDisk shares were up a fraction during pre-market trading on Friday. The stock is up 38.11% year-to-date.

Hot Safest Stocks For 2018: NVIDIA Corporation(NVDA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter and issued a strong sales forecast for the current quarter on Tuesday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Thursday.

    NVIDIA reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $1.13 per share on revenue of $2.17 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $0.83 per share on revenue of $2.10 billion.

  • [By Vikram Nagarkar]

    Shares of Santa Clara, California-based NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA)have been trending lower with nearly each passing day. That’s in spite of some new positive catalysts emerging for NVIDIA’s underlying business. As we’d discussed in a post a few days ago, NVIDIA recently unveiled its much awaited GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. And if you go by NVIDIA’s claims, the GTX 1080 Ti is its fastest graphics card ever. Yup, the card is reportedly even faster than NVIDIA’s top of the line $1200 Titan.

  • [By Arie Goren]

    In the show, according to NVIDIA, the luxury car producer Audi unveiled three new models that are using NVIDIA products. The first two cars; the next generation SQ5 sports SUV and the A5/S5 Cabriolet use NVIDIA in their Virtual Cockpit. The cockpits house information for drivers in one place behind the steering wheel. The highly anticipated Q8 SUV has three screens in its cockpit, which are powered by NVIDIA and offer a uniquely precise and smooth visual. There is, in front of the driver, a Virtual Cockpit that uses intelligent augmented reality technology, and in the center of the dashboard, there is a multi-media touch screen display. (See also: Should You Buy This Dip In NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA) Stock?)

Hot Safest Stocks For 2018: Francesca's Holdings Corporation(FRAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Francesca’s Holdings (FRAN) has jumped 5.4% to $11.00 after beating earnings forecasts.

    Restoration Hardware (RH) has tumbled 20% to $28.92 after slashing its full-year guidance. Restoration Hardware was also cut to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory Group.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Francesca's Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FRAN) was down, falling around 9 percent to $7.09 following downbeat quarterly earnings.

    Commodities

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: FRAN) dropped about 21% Friday to post a 52-week low of $5.95 after closing at $7.50 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $19.50. Volume was around 7.8 million, about 7 times the daily average. The specialty retailer lowered its fourth-quarter outlook and investors did not respond well.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares fell 0.03 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN), down 5 percent, and Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIBB) down 5 percent.

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    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $690.27 million.
    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $3.84 billion.
    Coca-Cola European Partners Plc (NYSE: CCE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $2.72 billion.
    Lands' End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $459.43 million.
    Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $145.91 million.
    Cheetah Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: CMCM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $178.04 million.
    Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $90.05 million.
    Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) is projected to post earnings for its first quarter.
    Fifth Street Asset Management Inc (NASDAQ: FSAM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $25.12 million.

     

Uber Technologies Inc. Is a Massive Risk for Softbank

Uber Technologies Inc. has been valued at $48 billion after Softbank Group Corp. (OTCMKTS:SFTBF) has completed its purchase of 20% of the ride-hailing company.

A previous private funding round said the company was worth $68 billion, making this new round a “down round.” Anyone who bought shares at the $68 billion valuation — and then sold to Softbank — took a loss.

Since most of those exiting were early investors, however, they have taken huge profits. Founder and former-CEO Travis Kalanick sold 29% of his personal stake to Softbank and is now a billionaire. Menlo Ventures, First Round Capital and Benchmark Capital were also among the early backers to take profits. 

Kalanick ran Uber from a startup to a dominant player in the new world of app-based ride-hailing, which has been putting taxi services out of business around the world. But the company now faces challenges from well-heeled competitors and governments bent on regulating or even banning it.

Can Uber Be Saved?

The Softbank deal was designed to put a period on Uber’s past troubles and re-launch the company with $1.25 billion of fresh capital.

Uber tried further distract by announcing on January 7 that they have testing self-driving car chips from Nvidia Corp. (NASDAQ:NVDA), and will use them in their fleet of autonomous vehicles.

Former Expedia Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE) CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is now in charge at Uber. He hopes to make people forget a hellish year during which the company faced allegations of sexual harassment, a backlash by government regulators, a “delete Uber” campaign, and revelations that it paid to cover up a massive data breach.

A lawsuit filed by Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) last February may be the company’s greatest headache. Google is accusing their former employee, Anthony Levandowski, of taking trade secrets from the Waymo self-driving car unit to Uber with him.

That trial has been delayed by the discovery of a letter from former Uber employee Ric Jacobs which alleged that Kalanick personally directed the theft of Waymo’s technology and spied on competitors. 

Is Uber Worth Saving?

Make no mistake. There is something worth saving at Uber, a service that powered 4 billion car rides in 2017. The company has a huge infrastructure, thousands of drivers, and enough brand loyalty to make the word “uber” a verb.

Khosrowshahi has recruited Barney Harford, former CEO of Orbitz — which Expedia bought in 2013 — as the new chief operating officer. Harford is charged with cutting costs so Uber can look profitable in an initial public offering planned for 2019. The company lost nearly $2.5 billion during the middle quarters of 2017 and has yet to announce its fourth-quarter results.

Along with their purchase, Softbank has brought Sprint Corp. (NYSE:S) CEO Marcelo Claure and Rajeev Misra, who runs Softbank’s $100 billion “Vision Fund,” to the Uber board, which now numbers 17 people. Softbank controls Sprint, which has pre-loaded Uber’s app onto its phones in the past.

The Bottom Line

Bigger than all of Uber’s other problems is the fact that its backers were greedy.

They delayed their planned IPO long enough for the company attracted big competitors like Didi Chuxing, a Chinese clone that claims to have powered 7.3 billion rides last year and driven Uber from that market.

Uber has also remained private through government backlash. Taxicab companies and liberal groups claim that Uber used private capital to subsidize the elimination of good (often union) jobs.

The City of London has refused to renew Uber’s operating license, adding itself to the list of places where Uber is banned. This list now includes Denmark, Bulgaria, and Hungary, as well as parts of the U.S., Canada, Australia and many European countries.

My own view is that Uber has missed its moment. And Softbank is going to find it got into the business too late. The Google lawsuit takes Uber out of the self-driving car market, Didi is going to keep it out of most of Asia, and politicians are going to war against it.

That is not a good position to be in. This is a corporate turnaround with all the risks of a venture capital investment. The Softbank “Vision Fund” may prove short-lived if Uber fails.

Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of the historical mystery romance The Reluctant Detective Travels in Time available now at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at danablankenhorn@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned no shares in companies mentioned in this story.

 

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Is Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Stock a Screaming Buy Thanks to Intel?

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) had a rather disappointing year in 2017. AMD stock fell more than 9% over those 12 months. Long-term investors shouldn’t be too deterred though, assuming they caught the near-300% rally in 2016. And after the down year, AMD stock taken off, already climbing almost 16% in the early days of 2018

Depending on how serious a flaw there is with Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), it could open a window for AMD and that would allow the recent momentum in AMD stock to continue. So what’s the skinny?

Essentially, there was a security flaw in Intel chips. The bugs, known as Meltdown and Spectre, effect everything from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhones to Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and its Google Chrome browser. The issue also had an impact on Google Android devices, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows and even the data center services for Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).

For AMD’s part, the company said that there’s a “near zero risk” for its chips as a result of Intel’s security flaw. From an investment standpoint, shares of INTC have been falling while AMD has been rallying on the theory that, going forward, AMD chips will be the more attractive option.

Not a Zero Sum Industry

As much as I want that to be the case for AMD, I don’t know that it will be the end result. Although admittedly, this certainly doesn’t hurt Advanced Micro Devices stock. Patches are being put in place by MSFT, AMZN, GOOGL, AAPL and INTC. Many have already been put into action and the companies say customers remain safe at the moment despite the vulnerability, so long as they update their products. The concern for AMD stock is whether this news justifies a 16% rally in the stock.

Should it not impact INTC’s long-standing relationships or hurt sales, then there won’t be any real impact on AMD’s business. It’s even possible that it will push buyers away from INTC and over to Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) rather than AMD. This isn’t a zero-sum industry, nor is this a zero-sum event.

We’ll see how it turns out.

Coming Soon: A Viable Business

We don’t know how much of an impact this INTC news will have on AMD stock. We don’t know if it will have any impact at all. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t reason to like Advanced Micro Devices stock nevertheless.

Granted, with shares now trading about a dime below $12, AMD was more attractive a month ago near $10. That has been the theme, though. Buy on sharp pullbacks and sell on rallies. Until AMD stock breaks out (more on that in a minute) we have to stick with the trading ranges we have.

But AMD stock is more than just a trading vehicle. For investors who can look beyond the next one to three months, there’s a really viable business here. The company remains well-positioned in key growth markets. Ranging from video games to graphic chips, vehicles and the cloud. While many view Nvidia as the top chip, AMD isn’t a bad alternative.

Besides, business is coming along as well. After years of losses, Advanced Micro is looking to turn a profit in 2017. While analysts forecast just 13 cents per share in earnings for fiscal year 2017, that’s up almost 200% year-over-year. They further expect 177% growth in 2018. Revenue growth of 23% in 2017 is forecast to slow to just 12.3% in 2018.

The positive here is that profitability is expanding much faster than revenue, meaning margins are moving in the right direction. If AMD can turn cash flow positive, I think shares can really start to gain some upside momentum. That should be the case as revenues churn higher and profitability explodes.

It helps that between the three — NVDA, AMD and INTC — Advanced has the lowest sales-based valuation.

Trading AMD Stock

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Since we don’t know the full impact of INTC, AMD stock could have limited upside in the short term. The 200-day moving average near $12.40 is acting as resistance. Should it give way, $13 and above becomes the new target. But given the recent rally and current resistance, investors should be more prudent.

Either wait for a breakout and close over the 200-day moving average or look for a pullback down toward $11. I am hoping for the latter, as I’d like a lower cost basis on a longer-term position.

Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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The Little-Known Stock That's Becoming A Powerhouse

It’s no secret that businesses want your e-mail. It’s the holy grail of marketing today — especially for every fly-by-night outfit advertising on social media. You see, if a business can get your e-mail, they can begin an almost scientific process of turning you into a paying customer.

They do this by offering some free report or trial offer. And once you take the bait and provide your e-mail, they enter your e-mail address into a sales funnel. Here, they automatically send you an e-mail every few days trying to get you to read or listen to a long sales letter.

This sales letter is an attempt to sell you a high-priced product or service. And the process couldn’t be easier. The business offers their product or service, and then at the end of the pitch, they offer a bunch of freebies to sweeten the deal.

You know the process. “Buy my $100 book and you’ll get five BONUS reports giving you secrets that only my customers know.” And believe it or not, this funnel system works.

In fact, research shows that once an e-mail address is entered into a sales funnel, it takes roughly 45 days to make that person a paying customer. Moreover, 42% of those people were actually convinced to purchase just on the desire to get the BONUS reports.

The funnel system works so well, I’m going to use it today to describe my favorite investing strategy — buying into a long-term mega-trend. This is the method I used to invest in Nvidia (Nasdaq: NVDA) back in 2014 at less than $20 a share. It’s the same method investors used to buy Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) decades ago, too.

And it’s the reason the South African company Naspers (OTC: NPSNY) is on my radar. The company is a global provider of internet and e-commerce, video-entertainment, and print media services. The company has a market cap of just under $120 billion.

But there is something the company’s market cap does not accurately portray. Naspers was an original investor in Chinese investment holding company Tencent Holdings (OTC: TCEHY) 15 years ago. Today, Tencent is worth roughly $500 billion.

And guess who still owns 34% of Tencent? That’s right, Naspers.

Naspers’ original $34 million investment is now worth nearly $170 billion, in what has to be one of the most profitable investments in history. And Naspers has no intention of selling its stake in Tencent anytime soon.

Why is this so important?

That’s easy. Naspers’ market value is $120 billion. But their stake in Tencent is worth nearly $170 billion. That means that Naspers is currently trading at a $50 billion discount to just its stake in Tencent alone.

In other words, even if Naspers’ other ventures were to do nothing from here, the company still has a stake in Tencent greater than the market cap of Naspers. This means that if the company were to be liquidated today at fire sale prices, Naspers investors still come out $50 billion ahead. Not a bad deal.

But wait, there’s more…

If you buy Naspers today, you’re getting shares valued at a discount to just one of Naspers’ holdings. That’s a deal worth $50 billion — more than worth the price of admission.

But let’s sweeten the deal. Not only will you get the company at a discount, but you get several BONUS companies, too.

You see, Naspers has an incredible global empire.

And the value of those companies is conservatively valued at between $30 and $40 billion. They include online-classified ad businesses, E-commerce businesses, food delivery, and video entertainment companies, as well.

In fact, Naspers has quietly become the global leader in online classified ads. The company leads its competitors in 35 markets and is the top-ranked provider in the United States, India, Indonesia, and Brazil.

Naspers also owns Flipkart, the leading e-commerce provider in the world’s second most populated country, India. Indian programmers designed Flipkart, which means the company understands its customers better than anyone else does. That’s why the company holds an incredible 57% market share in India, yet still expects to grow its business by 160% by 2022.

The Naspers umbrella also includes PayU, the Indian version of PayPal. PayU processes more than 1.2 million payments daily. This will grow exponentially in the next few years, as India will become the world’s third-largest economy by 2025.

Naspers owns MakeMyTrip, an online travel booking company, and redBus, India’s leading bus ticket provider. Naspers also owns food delivery companies Swiggy and iFood, and has a stake in Delivery Hero worth about $2 billion. Delivery Hero is the market leader in food delivery in 36 of the 42 countries in which it operates.

All told, even if these other companies do nothing for the next five years (which is almost impossible), Naspers is worth about $80 – $90 billion more than its market cap. In other words, by purchasing Naspers stock today at a 30% discount to Tencent’s value, you get all these other business for FREE, giving us a total deal worth roughly $200 billion.

But you have to act fast. This deal won’t last long at these prices. Operators are standing by…

Risks To Consider: Many of Naspers businesses are in developmental stages, meaning they are not yet producing revenue. Should another global financial crisis materialize, Naspers growth prospects would be severely hurt — despite the relative safety of its Tencent holdings.

Action To Take: Buy shares of Naspers up to $60 per share. Mitigate your risk by limiting your purchase to a maximum of 5% of your portfolio. Use a 25% trailing stop-loss to protect your capital. Naspers is a growth company, and as such is recommended only for investors with a time horizon of more than 5 years.

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The Little-Known Stock That's Becoming A Powerhouse

It’s no secret that businesses want your e-mail. It’s the holy grail of marketing today — especially for every fly-by-night outfit advertising on social media. You see, if a business can get your e-mail, they can begin an almost scientific process of turning you into a paying customer.

They do this by offering some free report or trial offer. And once you take the bait and provide your e-mail, they enter your e-mail address into a sales funnel. Here, they automatically send you an e-mail every few days trying to get you to read or listen to a long sales letter.

This sales letter is an attempt to sell you a high-priced product or service. And the process couldn’t be easier. The business offers their product or service, and then at the end of the pitch, they offer a bunch of freebies to sweeten the deal.

You know the process. “Buy my $100 book and you’ll get five BONUS reports giving you secrets that only my customers know.” And believe it or not, this funnel system works.

In fact, research shows that once an e-mail address is entered into a sales funnel, it takes roughly 45 days to make that person a paying customer. Moreover, 42% of those people were actually convinced to purchase just on the desire to get the BONUS reports.

The funnel system works so well, I’m going to use it today to describe my favorite investing strategy — buying into a long-term mega-trend. This is the method I used to invest in Nvidia (Nasdaq: NVDA) back in 2014 at less than $20 a share. It’s the same method investors used to buy Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) decades ago, too.

And it’s the reason the South African company Naspers (OTC: NPSNY) is on my radar. The company is a global provider of internet and e-commerce, video-entertainment, and print media services. The company has a market cap of just under $120 billion.

But there is something the company’s market cap does not accurately portray. Naspers was an original investor in Chinese investment holding company Tencent Holdings (OTC: TCEHY) 15 years ago. Today, Tencent is worth roughly $500 billion.

And guess who still owns 34% of Tencent? That’s right, Naspers.

Naspers’ original $34 million investment is now worth nearly $170 billion, in what has to be one of the most profitable investments in history. And Naspers has no intention of selling its stake in Tencent anytime soon.

Why is this so important?

That’s easy. Naspers’ market value is $120 billion. But their stake in Tencent is worth nearly $170 billion. That means that Naspers is currently trading at a $50 billion discount to just its stake in Tencent alone.

In other words, even if Naspers’ other ventures were to do nothing from here, the company still has a stake in Tencent greater than the market cap of Naspers. This means that if the company were to be liquidated today at fire sale prices, Naspers investors still come out $50 billion ahead. Not a bad deal.

But wait, there’s more…

If you buy Naspers today, you’re getting shares valued at a discount to just one of Naspers’ holdings. That’s a deal worth $50 billion — more than worth the price of admission.

But let’s sweeten the deal. Not only will you get the company at a discount, but you get several BONUS companies, too.

You see, Naspers has an incredible global empire.

And the value of those companies is conservatively valued at between $30 and $40 billion. They include online-classified ad businesses, E-commerce businesses, food delivery, and video entertainment companies, as well.

In fact, Naspers has quietly become the global leader in online classified ads. The company leads its competitors in 35 markets and is the top-ranked provider in the United States, India, Indonesia, and Brazil.

Naspers also owns Flipkart, the leading e-commerce provider in the world’s second most populated country, India. Indian programmers designed Flipkart, which means the company understands its customers better than anyone else does. That’s why the company holds an incredible 57% market share in India, yet still expects to grow its business by 160% by 2022.

The Naspers umbrella also includes PayU, the Indian version of PayPal. PayU processes more than 1.2 million payments daily. This will grow exponentially in the next few years, as India will become the world’s third-largest economy by 2025.

Naspers owns MakeMyTrip, an online travel booking company, and redBus, India’s leading bus ticket provider. Naspers also owns food delivery companies Swiggy and iFood, and has a stake in Delivery Hero worth about $2 billion. Delivery Hero is the market leader in food delivery in 36 of the 42 countries in which it operates.

All told, even if these other companies do nothing for the next five years (which is almost impossible), Naspers is worth about $80 – $90 billion more than its market cap. In other words, by purchasing Naspers stock today at a 30% discount to Tencent’s value, you get all these other business for FREE, giving us a total deal worth roughly $200 billion.

But you have to act fast. This deal won’t last long at these prices. Operators are standing by…

Risks To Consider: Many of Naspers businesses are in developmental stages, meaning they are not yet producing revenue. Should another global financial crisis materialize, Naspers growth prospects would be severely hurt — despite the relative safety of its Tencent holdings.

Action To Take: Buy shares of Naspers up to $60 per share. Mitigate your risk by limiting your purchase to a maximum of 5% of your portfolio. Use a 25% trailing stop-loss to protect your capital. Naspers is a growth company, and as such is recommended only for investors with a time horizon of more than 5 years.

Editor’s Note: “Solar glass” that absorbs endless free energy from the sun… A “skin gun” that uses stem cells to heal burn victims in days. Plus 11 more investment predictions. Get tickers here, free.

Mondays Vital Data: Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (TEVA), Oracle Corporation (ORCL) and Nvida Corpor

U.S. stock futures are in rally mode this morning, with Dow Jones Industrial Average futures up more than 100 points in premarket trading. Tax plan optimism is the big driver heading into the week before the holiday break, as Republican’s now appear to have the votes to pass the much anticipated legislation.

stock market todaySpecifically, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said over the weekend that he has no doubt that the Republican tax plan will make it to the president’s desk this week, after Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) ended their holdouts and said they’d support the bill.

Against this backdrop, Dow futures have soared 0.64%, S&P 500 futures have climbed 0.37% and Nasdaq-100 futures have jumped 0.37%.

On the options front, volume was over the top on Friday, with more than 24.2 million calls and 17.7 million puts changing hands on the session. Traders, it appears, are already preparing to go on break as the holiday season draws to a close. As for the CBOE, the single-session equity put/call volume ratio rose to 0.57, while the 10-day moving average ticked higher to 0.59.

Turning to Friday’s options activity, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:TEVA) was upgraded at Credit Suisse for announcing layoffs, but Israel’s largest labor union effectively shut the country down for half a day in protest. Elsewhere, Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) drew mixed options activity after a poorly received quarterly earnings report. Finally, Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) rallied following a bullish note on GPU makers and cryptocurrencies.

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR) (TEVA)

TEVA stock surged more than 7% on on Friday after Credit Suisse upgraded the shares to “neutral” from “underperform” and lifted its price target to $20 from $8. The brokerage firm praised Israel-based Teva’s plan to layoff 10,000 employees as a positive turnaround move for investors.

However, the layoffs had the unintended consequence of practically shutting down Israel for half a day. The country’s biggest labor union went on strike for half of Sunday, closing the airport, stock exchange, banks and all government ministries in protest of the mass layoffs.

TEVA options traders clearly focused on the positives for the country. Volume topped 226,000 contracts, with activity rising to roughly 2.6 times TEVA’s daily average. Calls made up 60% of the day’s take. That said, January 2018 options activity reveals a bit of profit taking on TEVA.

Specifically, the January 2018 put/call open interest ratio rose last week from 0.55 on Monday to 0.64 as of this morning. Call volume remained heavy throughout the week, meaning that existing call positions were closed for a profit, or traders rolled their positions higher and into a later month to benefit from continued gains.

Oracle Corporation (ORCL)

Oracle released its quarterly earnings report last week, and the results were not well received at all. The company topped quarterly earnings and revenue expectations, but issued guidance below Wall Street’s targets. Specifically, Oracle said it expected revenue growth of 2%-4% with adjusted earnings of 68-70 cents per share, below the analyst estimate of 72 cents.

Furthermore, cloud growth, while solid for Oracle, remained well below that of competitors Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).

But ORCL stock is up this morning after announcing that the company was buying Australia’s Aconex Ltd for $1.19 billion. Aconex specializes in web-based project management software that could help boost Oracle’s presence in business cloud offerings.

ORCL options traders were mixed on last week’s earnings performance. Volume spiked to 186,000 contracts, or nearly five times Oracle’s daily average. That said, calls only made up 55% of the day’s take, as puts gained momentum on ORCL stock.

Furthermore, the January 2018 put/call OI ratio indicates a fair amount of pessimism, arriving at 0.91. Currently, peak put OI for the series totals 45,000 contracts at the out-of-the-money $40 strike.

Nvidia Corporation (NVDA)

NVDA stock has taken a bit of a beating in the past month, as analysts fret of the implosion of demand from cryptocurrency miners. However, RBC Capital Markets thinks the risks are being overstated. According to the ratings firm, while bitcoin and ethereum will both see less mining demand, every other cryptocurrency on the market is still going strong. As a result, Nvidia should continue to see strong demand for GPUs to mine these other currencies.

NVDA options traders gobbled up the bullish news. Volume jumped to 174,000 contracts on Friday, with calls making up 61% of the day’s take. What’s more, the attention to calls could mark a reversal in sentiment for NVDA.

Currently, the January 2018 put/call OI ratio arrives at a lofty 1.18 for NVDA stock. However, this reading has trended lower in recent weeks, as traders banked off a rebound in NVDA stock. Additional leverage from analyst notes on cryptocurrency miners could add fuel to this fire, and help push NVDA steadily higher heading into 2018.

As of this writing, Joseph Hargett did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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Why It’s Time for Investors to Buy Intel Corporation Stock

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has resumed its upward move after a rough November for the chip industry. As I stated in a previous article, Intel has turned its focus away from the PC market back to the leading edge of modern technology.

INTC stock took a hit along with its competitors. However, after taking a comparatively minor hit, Intel is again poised to assume a leadership role in the technology industry and take the stock along with it.

Tech Leadership Is INTC’s Mission

The semiconductor industry as a whole took a hit when Morgan Stanley reported that the shortage in NAND memory was coming to an end.

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD), Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM), Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) and Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) all saw steep declines. Intel did not completely escape this trend, but the INTC stock price saw a more modest decline.

A mild reaction to bad news bodes well for investors. Moreover, Intel intends to produce the technology to back up its reputation. In an internal memo recently, CEO Brian Krzanich said he’d do whatever it takes to remain at the forefront of technology.

This INTC news reinforces the company’s commitment to compete in artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), self-driving cars and the Internet of Things (IoT). Buying companies such as Altera, Mobileye, Movidius and Nervana reinforce this drive to keep the world running on Intel chips.

In addition, Intel also stands well-positioned financially to resume its role in the tech industry. Intel has large reserves of cash to purchase companies as well as the drive to participate in newer tech markets. These advances bring welcome news to investors, many of whom wrote off Intel as the company clinging to its PC business.

Despite the growth, the company’s price-to-earnings (PE) ratio stands at 16.5 at the current INTC stock price. Of all its major competitors, only Micron carries a lower PE. The other companies have more than double the PE if they have one at all.

Growing Revenues for Intel

Revenue growth has also shown signs of life. Over the last five years, revenue has only grown at around 2%. However, in 2017, its Client Computing segment, which still accounts for over half of Intel’s revenue, has shown revenue growth at well over 2%.

Its IoT and memory solutions groups account for just over 10% of overall revenues. That’s likely to change as IoT grew by 23%, and memory solutions increased by 37% on a year-over-year basis in the third quarter. As these groups become an increasingly larger share of Intel’s revenue, overall revenue growth should grow with them.

Also, investors should not write off the PC market. This market is not going away. While PC use has experienced a reduction, even the shrinkage has begun leveling off.

The days of PCs serving as a major growth driver for INTC stock have likely ended. Still, I write my stories on a laptop computer powered by Intel chips. I’m certainly not going to write on a smartphone or tablet. Most other office workers feel the same about their work.  Hence, the PC market will still provide Intel a base of stability.

Final Thoughts on INTC Stock

Intel’s transition from the leader of a shrinking industry to being on the forefront of today’s technology has resumed. After a report of NAND memory shortages coming to an end, INTC stock corrected. However, it has now resumed its growth, and the current leadership at Intel has made it its mission to return the company to the cutting edge of the tech boom.

With a strong presence in IoT, AI, and memory solutions, it is on its way to returning to the higher growth levels of previous decades. Signs have also emerged that the PC market will stop shrinking. Best of all for investors, Wall Street has not fully caught on to Intel’s comeback yet. If one wants a low-valuation equity in a cutting-edge tech company, they should look no further than INTC stock.

As of this writing, Will Healy is long MU stock.

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Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018

On Monday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested going long on small cap healthcare products and services stock Natus Medical (NASDAQ: BABY):

Furthermore, Natus Medical Management has managed to beat earnings and revenue estimates for four out of the last five quarters, providing investors with confidence in their ability to manage the Street’s expectations. Assuming the Company continues its current growth trajectory, we expect at least 22% bottom line growth from this year to next.

Technically, shares of BABY have pulled back following a tremendous run that began in late 2013, which didn’t stall until late 2015. Since then, shares have been range bound off its highs of just over $51 per share. Provided below are both a daily and a weekly chart showing you not only what type of run the stock is capable of making once it finds its footing, but also the wide range its traded within for a little over a year now. As you can see, volume in the stock has once again started to pick up steam, along with bullish price action in anticipation of another sharp move higher.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: National Oilwell Varco, Inc.(NOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tony Daltorio]

    But the best investment in this sector, according to Moors, is National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE: NOV).

    He calls it the “one company that stands to benefit most directly from what is happening in the equipment sector.”

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies reported on Monday that it has lifted its price target on National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV).

    The firm has reaffirmed a “Buy” rating on NOV, and has raised the company’s price target from $84 to $91. This price target suggests a 14% increase from the stock’s current price of $78.24.

    Analyst Brad Handler noted that NOV’s weak margin will likely rebound in 2014 and the chances of a dividend increase are high.

    Looking forward, the firm has lifted its order estimates for FY2013 from $10.8 billion to $11.3 billion. FY2014 earnings estimates have been raised from $6.40 to $6.50 per share and FY2015 estimates have been increased from $7.65 to $7.95 per share.

    National-Oilwell Varco shares were up 76 cents, or 0.97% during pre-market trading Monday. The stock is up 14% YTD.

  • [By Lauren Pollock]

    Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Tuesday’s session are Applied Materials Inc.(AMAT), Red Hat Inc.(RHT) and National Oilwell Varco Inc.(NOV)

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggestedgoing long on large cap oilfield equipment manufacturer and technology stock National-Oilwell Varco, Inc (NYSE: NOV):

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: General Growth Properties, Inc.(GGP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    GGP Inc. (NYSE: GGP) posted a new 52-week low of $22.12 on Wednesday, down about 2.2% compared with Tuesday’s closing price of $22.61. The stock’s 52-week high is $32.10. Volume of around 4 million shares was about 20% below the daily average of around 5 million shares. The retail REIT had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rounding out the top 10 in terms of total installed solar PV capacity are Prologis Inc. (NYSE: PLD) with 108 MWs of installed capacity, Apple Inc.(NASDAQ: AAPL with 94 MWs, Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) with 51 MWs, Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) with 50 MWs, IKEA with 44 MWs, Macy’s Incl. (NYSE: M) with 39 MWs, General Growth Properties Inc. (NYSE: GGP) with 30 MWs, and tied with 23 MWs, Hartz Mountain and Bed, Bath and Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was GGP Inc. (NYSE: GGP) which rose about 17% to $22.21. The stocks 52-week range is $18.83 to $27.10. Volume was about51 million compared to its average volume of 5.7 million.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was GGP Inc. (NYSE: GGP) which jumped about 4.7% to $22.62. The stocks 52-week range is $21.05 to $32.10. Volume was roughly 14.5 million which is above the daily average of around 5.3 million shares.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    GGP Inc. (NYSE: GGP) posted a new 52-week low of $21.05 on Monday, down 1.5% compared with Friday’s closing price of $21.37. The stock’s 52-week high is $32.10. Volume of around 13 million shares was more than double the daily average of around 5.3 million shares. The company slipped after announcing earnings this morning but is on a pace to close the day up more than 4.5%.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation(AMTD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    TD Ameritrade (AMTD) is very strong today for one reason — it’s a bull market stock — that directly benefits from a rising stock market, explains growth stock expert Mike Cintolo, editor of Cabot Top Ten Trader.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    That's the goal of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.'s (NASDAQ: AMTD) Investor Movement Index, or IMX. The index tracks the activity of TD Ameritrade investors to measures how they are positioned in the markets.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Yet not all brokers decided to match Fidelity. TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ:AMTD) made a reduction in its commission, but by moving from $9.99 to $6.95, the company didn’t close the competitive gap entirely. In justifying that, CEO Tim Hockey said that TD Ameritrade’s clients “have told us time and again that value is delivered via rich experiences that prioritize flexibility and client choice, coupled with a simple, straightforward price.” The company pointed to its trading platforms, tools, product selection, and customer support as marks of distinction for TD Ameritrade over its peers.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(ALXN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after its audit committee found no need to restate the company’s financials.

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    Alexion Pharmaceuticalsgained 9.5% to $139.18 today, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.1% to 2,269.00.

    Morgan Stanley’sMatthew Harrison and team argue that the audit committees report is “lifting a cloud” over Alexion, but they still have their concerns:

    Without significant fireworks mgt. has filed the 10-Q lifting a cloud around the details on the potential wrong doing and its impact. While the “pull-in” sales had less than a 1% impact and do not appear pervasive in use as evidenced by the limited amount outside of 4Q15, we do wonder how the increased scrutiny will impact the selling organization and the potential increased conservatism among personnel going forward. We look forward to 2017 guidance and updates to MG filing and 1210 enrollment at the 4Q16 call.

    Alexion’s market capitalization rose to $31.2 billion today from $28.5 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $144 million on sales of $2.5 billion in 2015.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) posted a new 52-week low of $98.63 on Wednesday, down about 5.7% compared with Tuesday’s closing price of $04.64. The stock’s 52-week high is $157.02. Volume totaled about 8.5 million shares, around 4 times the daily average of about 3 million. The company announced several executive changes on Tuesday and the fallout has continued.

  • [By David Sterman]

    Growth-oriented investors should also check out Alexion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ALXN(link is external)), which falls through the cracks between the massive well-established biotechs, and the small-cap biotechs that are still pre-revenue.

    Alexion targets rare and severe diseases, and has built a broad platform of drugs to treat them. Sales growth has never been less than 37% at any point in the past eight years, and 20% to 25% growth appears locked in over coming years as well. Analysts at UBS, who see 30% upside to their $202 price target, believe that a healthy drug pipeline provides multiple catalysts this year in the form of clinical trial updates. They suggest that shares would be worth $230 in a buyout scenario. 

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) sunk to the bottom of the S&P 500 today, a drop that is being attributed to revelations on Wednesday night that it had to delay its 10-Q because of a whistle blower investigation into its sales practices.

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    Shares of Alexion Pharmaceuticals tumbled 10% to $$113.62 today, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.1% to 2,164.45.

    After speaking with Alexion CEO Vika Sinha, Citigroup’s Robyn Karnauskas and Mohit Bansal see a buying opportunity. “As we highlighted in our previous note, we cannot envision anything that changes numbers fundamentally and see this weakness as buying opportunity,” they write. They also write that they looked at the companies past financials and saw no red flags, while noting that Soliris, the drug that is causing all the problems, “is sold on named patient basis, therefore, chances of fake sales are very minimal.”

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals market capitalization fell to $25.4 billion today from $28.5 billion yesterday.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related Chardan Analyst Suggests An AveXis-Ionis Pair Trade Why The Biogen-Ionis News Is A Boon For AveXis AveXis' (AVXS) CEO Sean Nolan on Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
    Related CLBS Earnings Scheduled For March 17, 2017 15 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Thursday Caladrius Biosciences beats by $0.07, beats on revenue (Seeking Alpha) Gainers
    Caladrius Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLBS) shares rose 20.2 percent to $6.13 in pre-market trading after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss.
    Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS) rose 12.3 percent to $3.20 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it has licensed LNP delivery technology to Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) for use in single messenger RNA product candidate.
    AveXis Inc (NASDAQ: AVXS) rose 12.2 percent to $81.66 in pre-market trading after the company reported topline data from Phase 1 trial of AVXS-101.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares rose 10.5 percent to $2.43 in pre-market trading after surging 109.52 percent on Thursday.
    ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC. (NASDAQ: IMOS) rose 9.8 percent to $17.45 in pre-market trading after declining 0.44 percent on Thursday.
    Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SINO) rose 8.3 percent to $3.38 in pre-market trading after climbing 23.81 percent on Thursday.
    Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) rose 7.6 percent to $2.99 in pre-market trading after surging 12.55 percent on Thursday.
    Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) rose 5.2 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading. Steel Dynamics expects Q1 earnings of $0.77 to $0.81 per diluted share. The company also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1550 per common share.
    Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE)

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: LKQ Corporation(LKQ)

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.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: Valhi Inc.(VHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares slipped by 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Valhi, Inc. (NYSE: VHI), down 13 percent, and LSB Industries, Inc. (NYSE: LXU), down 7 percent.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: Cummins Inc.(CMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Friday was Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) which traded down about 5% at $159.44. The stocks 52-week range is $134.06 to $181.79. Volume was over 3.5 million versus the daily average of 1.2 million shares.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Making mining equipment has been a horrible business over the last few years. The industry has been hard-hit by the spending cutbacks at mine sites around the world. For example, BHP Billiton Limited trimmed its capital exploration expenditures by roughly 70% between fiscal 2013 and 2016. No wonder Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), Komatsu Ltd. (NASDAQOTH:KMTUY), and Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) have been hurting. Only that looks like it’s starting to change, which means this trio could be at the top of a list of mining equipment companies to buy in 2017.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Salesforce.com (CRM) , Paccar (PCAR) , Cummins (CMI) , ConocoPhillips (COP) , Adobe Systems (ADBE) , Annaly Capital (NLY) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) .

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Ever walk past a construction site? It’s hard not to be enthralled by all the heavy construction machinery moving things around. With the world’s developing economies still building at a relatively fast pace and developing economies, like the United States, in desperate need of upgrading their aging infrastructure, the companies behind that construction machinery could be just as exciting as a construction site in the years ahead. Which is why Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI), and Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) are three of the top construction machinery stocks to look at right now.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    There are lots of stories like that out there these days. People were perplexed about the Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and Cummins Engine (CMI) and Caterpillar (CAT) quarters, but they turned out to be classic buying opportunities after years of being sell opportunities if the stocks had run. I can’t explain to you how amazing that is. Here are three stocks that have spent months and months in purgatory when they have missed or guided down or slashed forecasts. Now they are up gigantically.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: Seres Therapeutics, Inc.(MCRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 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]

    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.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: NVIDIA Corporation(NVDA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    One wouldn’t expect investors to find hot stock ideas in the cutthroat realm of video chips, but that’s exactly where two of the hottest stocks in recent years reside.NVIDIA(NASDAQ:NVDA) was the S&P 500’s biggest gainer last year, soaring 224% as themaker of graphic cards broadens its reach for everything from artificial intelligence to virtual reality.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    Shares of Sunnyvale, California-based, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD)weredown by more than 3% in yesterday’s trading session (April 4th) and also dropped further by around 1% in the initial after-market hours. This could have been partly caused by thedowngrading of NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) stock byPacific Crest analysts. Their research finds that desktop GPU market has reached saturation levels which could hurt NVIDIA. AMD has its flagship GPU launch slated for this quarter and the arguments of the Pacific Crest analysts might not have gone down well with some investors. AMD stock did not deliver a decent performance in the last month(March) by its standards but now, with another important product launch in Ryzen 5 on April 11, the question arises, will AMD stock see a rally like the one which preceded the Ryzen 7 launch? Of late, AMD stock has some positives going for it. To add to that, some recent news about Ryzen 5 CPUs suggest the Sunnyvale-based chipmaker could gain big going ahead. Let’s take a closer look.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of AmbarellaInc peaking in mid 2015before falling offto move within a range for the past two years while the performance oflarge capNVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) has surged and small cap end customerGoPro Inc is still underperforming:

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: Christopher & Banks Corporation(CBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE: CBK) got a boost, shooting up 24 percent to $1.50 after the company reported strong preliminary revenue for the third quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE: CBK) shares were also up, gaining 40 percent to $2.64. Christopher & Banks reported a Q4 loss of $0.24 per share on revenue of $94.6 million. The company projects Q1 revenue of $93 million to $98 million.

Why It’s Time for Investors to Buy Intel Corporation Stock

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has resumed its upward move after a rough November for the chip industry. As I stated in a previous article, Intel has turned its focus away from the PC market back to the leading edge of modern technology.

INTC stock took a hit along with its competitors. However, after taking a comparatively minor hit, Intel is again poised to assume a leadership role in the technology industry and take the stock along with it.

Tech Leadership Is INTC’s Mission

The semiconductor industry as a whole took a hit when Morgan Stanley reported that the shortage in NAND memory was coming to an end.

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD), Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM), Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) and Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) all saw steep declines. Intel did not completely escape this trend, but the INTC stock price saw a more modest decline.

A mild reaction to bad news bodes well for investors. Moreover, Intel intends to produce the technology to back up its reputation. In an internal memo recently, CEO Brian Krzanich said he’d do whatever it takes to remain at the forefront of technology.

This INTC news reinforces the company’s commitment to compete in artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), self-driving cars and the Internet of Things (IoT). Buying companies such as Altera, Mobileye, Movidius and Nervana reinforce this drive to keep the world running on Intel chips.

In addition, Intel also stands well-positioned financially to resume its role in the tech industry. Intel has large reserves of cash to purchase companies as well as the drive to participate in newer tech markets. These advances bring welcome news to investors, many of whom wrote off Intel as the company clinging to its PC business.

Despite the growth, the company’s price-to-earnings (PE) ratio stands at 16.5 at the current INTC stock price. Of all its major competitors, only Micron carries a lower PE. The other companies have more than double the PE if they have one at all.

Growing Revenues for Intel

Revenue growth has also shown signs of life. Over the last five years, revenue has only grown at around 2%. However, in 2017, its Client Computing segment, which still accounts for over half of Intel’s revenue, has shown revenue growth at well over 2%.

Its IoT and memory solutions groups account for just over 10% of overall revenues. That’s likely to change as IoT grew by 23%, and memory solutions increased by 37% on a year-over-year basis in the third quarter. As these groups become an increasingly larger share of Intel’s revenue, overall revenue growth should grow with them.

Also, investors should not write off the PC market. This market is not going away. While PC use has experienced a reduction, even the shrinkage has begun leveling off.

The days of PCs serving as a major growth driver for INTC stock have likely ended. Still, I write my stories on a laptop computer powered by Intel chips. I’m certainly not going to write on a smartphone or tablet. Most other office workers feel the same about their work.  Hence, the PC market will still provide Intel a base of stability.

Final Thoughts on INTC Stock

Intel’s transition from the leader of a shrinking industry to being on the forefront of today’s technology has resumed. After a report of NAND memory shortages coming to an end, INTC stock corrected. However, it has now resumed its growth, and the current leadership at Intel has made it its mission to return the company to the cutting edge of the tech boom.

With a strong presence in IoT, AI, and memory solutions, it is on its way to returning to the higher growth levels of previous decades. Signs have also emerged that the PC market will stop shrinking. Best of all for investors, Wall Street has not fully caught on to Intel’s comeback yet. If one wants a low-valuation equity in a cutting-edge tech company, they should look no further than INTC stock.

As of this writing, Will Healy is long MU stock.

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Tuesdays Vital Data: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Nvidia Corporation and Time Warner Inc

Good morning and happy holidays! I hope you got your fill of Santa Claus yesterday because the official start of the “Santa Claus rally” on Wall Street is falling flat so far.

Friday marked the official start of the rally, and the major market indices all finished relatively ho-hum.

The situation is similar after the open this morning, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average flat, S&P 500 off 0.07% and Nasdaq-100 down 0.54%.

What’s more, options volume on Friday was among the lowest totals of the year. Only about 13.3 million calls and 10.6 million puts changed hands on the session. The CBOE single-session equity put/call volume ratio rose to 0.64 and the 10-day moving average ticked higher to 0.57.

Taking a closer look at Friday’s options activity, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) and Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) were smacked lower after cryptocurrency prices plunged as much as 30% on the session. Meanwhile, Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX) call options were once again popular after the merger deadline with AT&T Inc (NYSE:T) was pushed back to June.

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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)

AMD stock was the hardest hit on the S&P 500 on Friday, after cryptocurrency prices plunged across the board. More than 40 cryptocurrencies joined in the broad retreat, with bitcoin and Ether plummeting as much as 30% before eventually recovering. AMD, who’s GPUs are used in cryptocurrency mining, shed more than 3.2% as a result.

AMD options traders appeared to double down on bullish bets amid the decline. Volume topped out at 208,000 contracts, with calls making up 60% of the day’s take. Furthermore, the January 2018 put/call open interest ratio fell from a reading of 0.53, taken on December 19, to today’s perch at 0.52.

A falling put/call OI ratio is a sign that calls are being added at a faster rate than puts. In other words, despite AMD’s cryptocurrency concerns, options traders appear to be betting on a rebound in the shares. Currently, the January 2018 $15 strike is home to peak call OI of more than 129,000 contracts and rests more than 42% above AMD’s current perch.

Nvidia Corporation (NVDA)

NVDA stock was also caught up in the cryptocurrency crisis. The shares fell about 0.32%, well short of AMD’s plunge. Investors appear a bit more forgiving of NVDA when it comes to cryptocurrency, banking on the company’s strong presence in the artificial intelligence market.

Despite stock trader’s preference for NVDA over AMD, options traders were more cautious on Friday. Volume rose to 145,000 contracts, with calls only making up 54% of the day’s take. What’s more, the January 2018 put/call OI ratio for NVDA rests at a lofty reading of 1.11, with puts easily outnumbering calls among front-month options.

Peak January call OI for NVDA currently rests at the in-the-money $190 strike, while peak put OI for the series also calls the $190 strike home. Given this data, it would appear that NVDA options traders are expecting the stock to correct lower heading into the first month of 2018.

Time Warner Inc (TWX)

Time Warner continues to ride hopes that the AT&T merger will ultimately go through. TWX bulls got an influx of hope on Friday after the pair agreed to extend the deadline for their merger to June 21. The previous deadline was April 22. AT&T is currently preparing for a Department of Justice lawsuit seeing to stop the merger. The trial begins on March 19.

TWX options traders have been extremely active lately. Thursday saw traders flood TWX with large blocks of call options in the July series, looking to take advantage of the extended deadline. Friday also saw heavy call volume, with these typically bullish bets making up 62% of the more than 182,000 contracts traded on TWX.

TWX stock, meanwhile, has retreated from resistance near $93 after rallying for most of December. Short-term support should emerge near $92, with firm support closer to $90.

As of this writing, Joseph Hargett did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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