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Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018

The U.S. Commerce Department backed Boeing in its challenge to Bombardier, recommending an enormous tariff on sales of Bombardier’s C Series jetliner, a major blow to the Canadian plane maker.

The initial ruling by the International Trade Commission, an arm of the Commerce Department, recommends a 219.63% tariff on the delivery of each airliner, according to a person briefed on the ITC’s findings.

Boeing (BA), America’s largest exporter and sole U.S. producer of commercial airliners, is suing Bombardier. At issue is whether Bombardier received financial backing from the Canadian government that allowed the plane maker to stay afloat and sell to Delta for what Boeing alleges were “absurdly low prices.”

“The U.S. values its relationships with Canada, but even our closest allies must play by the rules,” said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a statement. “The subsidization of goods by foreign governments is something that the Trump Administration takes very seriously, and we will continue to evaluate and verify the accuracy of this preliminary determination.”

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    The acquisition of NXP Semiconductor (NSDQ:NXPI) has opened up multi-billion dollar connected devices market from smartphone to car to home, for Qualcomm. It seems prepared to cater to the massive connected devices market in terms of OS preference with Android and Windows 10 mobile collaborations. Though Amazon and its AWS have different take on cloud and IoT devices with its Greengrass solution which revolves around the cloud and aggregation of sensors.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) is closing out 2016 with a 16% return for the full year. Here’s what to expect out of the Netherlands-based embedded chip maker in 2017.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    While Qualcomm continues to work on closing its $47 billion acquisition of automotive chipmaker NXP Semiconductor (NSDQ:NXPI), at the CES 2017, NXP showcased why the company is a major force in automotive computing.At the show, NXP partnered with several companies to demonstrate a “collective vision of safe and secure end-to-end mobility through a highly automated driving demonstration and experience.” NXP also demonstratedits so-called RoadLINK platform in collaboration with automotive parts giant Delphiand privately held start-up Savari, highlighting the traffic safety improvements one can achieve through the platform.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    This has the potential to offset the sluggishness in demand of smartphone chips around the world. Also, certain performance benchmarks of Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor 835 are making positive waves. A lot is riding on Qualcomm’s $47B acquisition of NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI), which it plans to complete by the end of the year. This acquisition would open up the high potential IoT segment as well for the smartphone chipmaker. All of these positives have been overshadowed by Qualcomm Inc’s legal troubles, which could hit its licensing business hard. Qualcomm depends heavily on its licensing business to generate bulk of its pre-tax profits. In the most recent fiscal year, Qualcomm’s QTL segment accounted for 78% of its pre-tax profits. The verdicts in the legal issues faced by Qualcomm will not be out anytime soon. These tend to be long drawn courtroom battles, and have cast a spell of uncertainty over Qualcomm’s licensing business.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Nuveen Municipal Value Fund Inc.(NUV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Donald van Deventer]

    The latest implied forward rate forecast from Kamakura Corporation shows projected 10-year U.S. Treasury yields differing -0.07% to 0.03% from last week while fixed rate mortgage yields varied by -0.01% to 0.08%. Mortgage yields, determined by the Monday through Wednesday weekly survey of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, lag Treasury movements simply because of the 3-day yield calculation used in the Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield is projected to rise from 2.92% at Thursday’s close (down 0.06% from last week) to 3.374% (down 0.06% from last week) in one year. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield in ten years is forecast to reach 4.639%, 1 basis point lower than last week. The 15-year fixed rate mortgage rate is forecast to rise from the effective yield of 3.69% on Thursday (down 0.001% from last week) to 4.222% (down 0.006% from last week) in one year and 6.29% in 10 years, up 0.038% from last week. We explain the background for these calculations in the rest of this note, along with some mortgage servicing rights metrics. The forecast allows investors in exchange traded U.S. Treasury funds (TLT) (TBT), total return bond funds (BOND), municipal bonds (NUV) and exchange traded mortgage funds (REM) to assess likely total returns over the next 120 months. Treasury-related exchange traded funds affected by the forward rates include:

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.(BBBY)

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 Trey Thoelcke]

    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) is scheduled to report its fiscal third-quarter results after trading ends on Wednesday. The consensus analyst estimates are $0.99 in EPS and revenue of $3.01 billion. Shares ended trading on Friday at $47.27. The consensus price target is $42.76. The 52-week range is $38.60 to $52.71.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Williams-Sonoma still in positive territory along with Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE: RH) while Bed Bath & Beyond Inc (NASDAQ: BBBY) and Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) have been underperforming for some time:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) took a bath today, Cramer told viewers, and is likely beyond hope.

    The home-goods retailer posted a huge earnings miss, delivering just 53 cents a share when the analysts were expecting 66 cents a share. Making matters worse, the company also saw a 2% decline in same-store sales.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: DSP Group Inc.(DSPG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Technology shares rose by 2 percent in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included Fabrinet (NYSE: FN), and DSP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSPG).

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: AxoGen, Inc.(AXGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN) was down, falling around 10 percent to $22.42. AxoGen reported a proposed public offering of common stock.

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Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Durect Corporation(DRRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: PCM, Inc.(PCMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    PCM Inc (NASDAQ: PCMI) was down, falling around 26 percent to $14.63. PCM reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.47 per share on sales of $560.1 million.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: The Blackstone Group L.P.(BX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Of the ten PE companies that I follow, Blackstone Group LP (BX) is by far and away the largest publicly traded private equity partnership with a $35 billion market cap, but also the best positioned to benefit from all the catalysts noted within.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS) is probably the most famous example of a company that’s suffered from animal cruelty allegations. Shares of the theme park operator, backed by Blackstone (BX) , have never recovered from the release of the 2013 documentary Blackfish, which argued that orca captivity is inhumane and dangerous to the human trainers of the orcas. SeaWorld announced in March that it would phase out its orca captivity, breeding and live shows. The company’s remaining whales, most of which were born in captivity, will live out their lives at the parks. The news sent SeaWorld shares soaring 9%, but continued attendance drops forced the company to slash its dividend and invest $175 million in new attractions.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    NCR’s first-quarter results were solid and continued the company’s positive momentum. Sales were up 2% to $1.48 billion, and while that was only a small gain, it was larger than the 1% rise that most investors were expecting. On a GAAP basis, NCR lost money during the quarter, but after excluding impacts from the company’s transaction with Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX), adjusted earnings of $0.56 per share were up by nearly half from year-ago levels and were stronger than the $0.46 per share consensus forecast among those following the stock.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Heartware International, Inc.(HTWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    4. HeartWare International Inc (NASDAQ: HTWR) – The heart device maker agreed to be acquired by Medtronic for $58 per share in cash two weeks ago. Prior to that the stock had been trading just above $30. 

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Pershing Gold Corporation(PGLC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sara Cornell]

    Leading the way is CEO Edward Karr. As a founder of Pershing Gold Corp (NASDAQ:PGLC), he currently serves on their Board of Directors, and has been active in the natural resource industry for many years. With a background in finance and investment banking, Karr is credited with raising capital to begin operations at US Gold Corp, and establishing financing for both the operational and exploration sides of the company.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Buy For 2018

More than two years after a government crackdown on corruption sent Macau gaming stocks tumbling, The Chinese government has unveiled yet another new regulation on the Macau gaming industry that has hit gaming stocks hard. The latest new law cut the daily ATM withdrawal limit in Macau from 10,000 patacas to 5,000 patacas, or roughly $626.

Unfortunately, transparency and predictability has never been one of the Chinese government’s strong points. Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN) CEO Steve Wynn said the government’s behavior was “preposterous” when it kept operators in the dark about how many table games they would be allotted just weeks prior to opening billion-dollar new resorts. For the record, none of the major operators that have opened resorts in the past two years have received the table allotment they requested.

Although the U.S. gaming market likely doesn’t have the kind of long-term growth potential that Macau does, U.S. casinos are doing just fine these days. In the current fiscal year, Las Vegas Strip revenue is trending about 6% ahead of last year, and other regions of the country are doing even better. For better or worse, U.S. stock investors likely won’t have to worry about new regulations in the next four years under President-elect Trump.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Buy For 2018: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    A recent Reuter’s report suggests that the San Diego, California basedchipmaker is all set to win a conditional Japanese antitrust go-ahead for its multi-billion dollar NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI) deal. Earlier, Bloomberg reported that Qualcomm may win European Union approval for its NXPacquisition by the year-end with slight modifications to the concessions. The smartphone chip giant reportedly seems to have struck a deal with the European regulatory body by agreeing to drop certainstandard essential and system-level patents belonging to NXP in the proposed takeover. EU anti-trust body has now set the new deadline fordeciding on Qualcommsacquisition of NXP asMarch 5, 2018. If Bloomberg reports turn out to be true, this could be shot in the arm for Qualcomm which at the moment is trying to fend off the takeoverfrom Broadcom. If EU approval goes through then other remainingregulatory bodies will soon fall in line.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) is closing out 2016 with a 16% return for the full year. Here’s what to expect out of the Netherlands-based embedded chip maker in 2017.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    This has the potential to offset the sluggishness in demand of smartphone chips around the world. Also, certain performance benchmarks of Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor 835 are making positive waves. A lot is riding on Qualcomm’s $47B acquisition of NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI), which it plans to complete by the end of the year. This acquisition would open up the high potential IoT segment as well for the smartphone chipmaker. All of these positives have been overshadowed by Qualcomm Inc’s legal troubles, which could hit its licensing business hard. Qualcomm depends heavily on its licensing business to generate bulk of its pre-tax profits. In the most recent fiscal year, Qualcomm’s QTL segment accounted for 78% of its pre-tax profits. The verdicts in the legal issues faced by Qualcomm will not be out anytime soon. These tend to be long drawn courtroom battles, and have cast a spell of uncertainty over Qualcomm’s licensing business.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    The San Diego-based component maker is taking the lead to capture the booming IoT opportunity. A latest BusinessInsider researchsuggests that there will be an investment of “$6 trillion in IoT between 2015 and 2020, which will yield $12.6 trillion ROI over the next decade.” The BI research also “expects that more than 24 billion IoT devices will be installed globally in 2020, and the vast majority of these will fall into the small, low-power category.” Qualcomm has stepped up its efforts to capture the massive opportunity in front of it by its latest moves. The world’s largest smartphone chipmaker has announced its IoT chips “with support for Android Things OS, integration with Amazon Web Services, and two systems-on-chips that aggregate a bevy of standards.” A number of Qualcomm’s offerings are being showcased atMobile World Congress in Barcelona later this week. It is also known that Qualcomm is “first to add support for Google’s Android Things OS on its 4G LTE processors”. As a ZDNet post puts it Qualcomm wants to “Be the Swiss Army processor for IoT deployments.” All these advancements are from Qualcomm alone, and once the NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI) acquisition is over, the chipmaker’s IoTportfoliowill become very diverse and large, to tap the Multi-billion dollar opportunity.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Intel Is Getting Serious About Self-Driving Cars, But It’s Not All Smooth Roads Ahead
    The chip giant’s (INTC) deals with Delphi and BMW are proof it’s taking the autonomous driving market seriously. But Nvidia (NVDA) and Qualcomm (QCOM) /NXP (NXPI) present stiff competition. Full story

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Just five months ago, fellow Fool Leo Sun compared the investing theses for Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI). He found NXP to be the better pick, thanks to massive growth opportunities and a low PEG ratio.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Buy For 2018: Archer-Daniels-Midland Company(ADM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Aflac (AFL) — yielding 2.5%
    Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM) — yielding 2.7%
    Chevron (CVX) — yielding 3.8%
    ExxonMobil (XOM) — yielding 3.6%
    Genuine Parts (GPC) — yielding 2.7%
    Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) — yielding 2.8%
    T. Rowe Price (TROW) — yielding 3.2%

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Buy For 2018: Carter's, Inc.(CRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After running through their scenarios,Boruchow comes up with five losers from Trump’s tax plans: Carters (CRI), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Under Armour (UA), Fossil Group (FOSL) and Gap (GPS). He explains why:

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Buy For 2018: AXT Inc(AXTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Buy For 2018: Buenaventura Mining Company Inc.(BVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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

    These are the top 5 holdings of Somerset Capital Management LLPFomento Economico Mexicano SAB de CV (FMX) – 1,268,818 shares, 36.15% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 9.36%Yandex NV (YNDX) – 3,352,412 shares, 25.48% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 3.61%ICICI Bank Ltd (IBN) – 5,074,899 shares, 13.19% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 11.08%Infosys Ltd (INFY) – 1,596,414 shares, 6.95% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 15.58%KT Corp (KT) – 1,330,431 shares, 6.41% of the

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    You see, Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth expects gold prices to gain 15.4% from their current $1,213 level to $1,400 an ounce this year. This rise will lead to an even bigger rally for gold stocks. Since the beginning of 2017, gold prices are up 5.1%. But the gains in gold stocks like Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (NYSE:AEM) and Compania de Minas Buenaventura SAA (NYSE ADR: BVN) have doubled and quadrupled the year-to-date gold price return.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Buy For 2018: Iteris, Inc.(ITI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gainers

    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NYSE: PXS) rose 47.48 percent to $$5.56, after the company announced it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with a group of investors, which will result in gross proceeds of $4.8 million.
    Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) rose 22.77 percent to $6.88. Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) announced plans to buy Sigma Designs for $7.05 per share in cash.
    Steadymed Ltd (NASDAQ: STDY) rose 19.35 percent to $3.70, after the company reported that no clinical trials were required for Trevyent and that the FDA had agreed to the pathway for the drug candidate's NDA resubmission.
    Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) rose 15.73 percent to $7.06. Earlier in the week, Zacks Investment Research had upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold".
    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) rose 13.71 percent to $85.77 as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) rose 12.41 percent to $6.07, after having risen sharply in pre-marketing trading.
    Radius Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS) rose 12.41 percent to $30.81 after the company provided an update on data from the Phase 1 005 clinical study of elacestrant in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer during the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
    ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 12.32 percent to $25.80 after the company reported its third quarter financial results.
    Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) rose 11.36 percent to $3.43, as the company announced a research collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to study the ability of movement disorders compound, PBT434 to slow or prevent neurodegeneration of the gastrointestinal system.
    Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBIO) rose 10.49 percent to $7.90 as the company announced the appointment of Arwa Shurrab and Jamie Ellen Siegel in its clinical hemophilia

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Buy For 2018: The Kraft Heinz Company(KHC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Diane Alter]

    Mondelez International stock is up this week on chatter a takeover offer from Kraft-Heinz Co. (NYSE: KHC) could be coming.

    Shares of Mondelez International Inc. (Nasdaq: MDLZ) surged 6% after hours Wednesday as rumors spread that Pittsburgh-based Kraft-Heinz might be interested in purchasing Chicago-headquartered Mondelez. German business magazine Bilanz first reported about the possible takeover.

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) made headlines Friday morning after it announced a proposed $143 billion merger with Unilever in what would potentially be one of the biggest deals in history. Unfortunately, at least for now, the latter has declined, as it doesn’t see strategic or financial merit at this time. But surely Kraft has no plans to give up on this match made in heaven that could place key parts of your fridge under one company umbrella. The combined company would combine Hellmann’s mayo, Heinz ketchup, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Oscar Mayer hot dogs, Philadelphia cream cheese, and among many other products, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

  • [By Arie Goren]

    Berkshire’s largest holding, by far, in a public company is Kraft Heinz (NSDQ:KHC). It’s holding value is about $28.5 billion, about 20% of the total holding of all the 48 companies in Berkshire Hathaway’s public companies portfolio. Moreover, Berkshire owns a stake of 26.6% in the company. As such, the performance of KHC’s stock will have a significant influence on Berkshire’s future results.

  • [By Dustin Blitchok]

    Morrison has led Campbell Soup since August 2011 and has worked in the food business for more than 30 years, including at Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC), Nabisco, Nestle SA (ADR) (OTC: NSRGY) and PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Susquehanna’s Pablo Zuanic and team note that Keurig’s business in K-cups has been slowing ever since it was bought by JAB, a problem that could be solved in a very convoluted way by a Mondelez International (MDLZ)-Kraft Heinz (KHC) merger. They explain:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The 325,442,152 shares Berkshire owns of Kraft Heinz Co. (NASDAQ: KHC) are carried onthe balance sheet at a GAAP figure of $15.3 billion and had a year-end market value of $28.4 billion. The cost basis for the shares is $9.8 billion.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Buy For 2018: 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).

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Buy For 2018: BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.(BMRN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By George Budwell, Rich Smith, and Matthew DiLallo]

    With this question in mind, we asked three of our contributors which stocks they recommend to buy and hold for the next 20 years. They suggestedBioMarin Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:BMRN), Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), andLockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT). Below, they discuss why they chose these particular stocks, and why investors with a long-term outlook may want to consider adding them to their portfolios right now.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    You might not have heard too much about Akebia Therapeutics (NASDAQ:AKBA), BioMarin Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:BMRN), and Idera Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IDRA). These are three biotech stocks that you could be overlooking — but deserve your attention. Here’s why.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Skorney’s namesVertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX),Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), and Curis (CRIS) his top biotech picks for 2017, while Ulz chosesBioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN) andParatek Pharmaceuticals (PRTK).

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Buy For 2018: Evercore Partners Inc(EVR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Diane Alter]

    The New York Times first reported that Frontier Airlines is prepping for an initial public offering. The Denver, Colo.-based low-cost carrier has hired Deutsch Bank (NYSE: DB), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Evercore Partners Inc. (NYSE: EVR) to handle the IPO. The airline started the process late last year when it approached a number of bankers.

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We noted earlier that Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) has popped today after selling assets for more than $2 billion, beginning what many expect to be just the first round of such sales. BMO’s Gary Nachman notes that Valeant had received “a solid price” for its assets. He explains:

The first transaction is the sale of Dendreon (Provenge) to Sanpower Group for $820mn in cash. Provenge is a treatment for prostate cancer and is not core to Valeant; thus, we are not surprised by this asset sale. We estimate Provenge sales of $306mn for 2016, which translates to a multiple of ~2.7x.Valeant has been struggling to accelerate Provenge since it acquired the product, and given that the company does not have a real oncology presence we think this deal makes a lot of sense.

The second transaction is the sale of CeraVe, AcneFree and AMBI to L’Oreal for $1.3bn in cash. These products are OTC skincare brands that we believe are core to Valeant’s dermatology/OTC business; thus, this deal is more surprising to us. However, with annual combined sales for the three products of $168mn, that translates to a multiple of ~7.7x. We think that is a good price and demonstrates Valeant’s willingness to part with some core assets if the valuation makes sense. We view that as a smart business decision given the urgency forValeant to pay down its significant $30bn debt level more aggressively…

great stocks: Kate Spade & Company(KATE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Kate Spade & Company (NYSE:KATE) fell 25.1% in the month of April,according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence, after reports that the luxury lifestyle-products specialist wanted more time to consider a buyout offer, then announced disappointing first-quarter 2017 results.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Kate Spade & Co (NASDAQ: KATE) was down, falling around 14 percent to $19.60 after it was reported the company would spend more time to negotiate the Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) offer.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Kate Spade (KATE) caught a bounce on Wednesday when the Wall Street Journalreported that it was actively seeking a buyer. Since then, we’ve learned that the fashion accessories retailer looks set to auction itself off to the highest bidder, with the process potentially beginning next month, with bidders potentially including Coach (COH) and Michael Kors (KORS). In a note today, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey analystPamela Quintiliano and team contend that Kate Spade could fetch as much as $23 a share:

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    Looking at recent historical deals, we arrive at a $18-$23 potential deal range. We analyzed transactions that have been announced over the past four years and involved companies catering to a higher income customer. These deals include Southern Tide (acquired by Oxford Industries (OXM)), Joe’s Jeans (acquired by Sequential Brands Group (SQBG)), prAna (acquired by Columbia Sportswear (COLM)), The Jones Group (acquired by Sycamore Partners [private] and Juicy Couture (acquired by Authentic Brands Group [private]). The average EV/EBITDA multiple of these transactions are 12.9x (in line with KATE’s 5-year historical average of 12.1x) and implies a potential deal range of $22-$23. When taking the average of recent (F13-16) deals implies an ~10.5x EV/EBITDA multiple. When applying the ~10.5x multiples to KATE’s trailing EBITDA, we arrive at an $18- $19 potential share price.

    Shares of Kate Spade have gained 1.1% to $18.70 at 2:08 p.m. today, while Coach has declined 0.2% to $34.95, Michael Kors is little changed at $42.86, Oxford Industries has fallen 0.7% to $60.38, Columbia Sportswear has climbed 1.4% to $58.60, and Sequential Brands Group has jumped 3.7% to $4.77.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Time, time, time. See what’s become of Kate Spade (KATE), as investors look around at its possibilities…and don’t like what they see. That’s the takeaway today following Kate Spade’s earnings release, and update on a potential takeover.

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    Kate Spade reported a profit of 1 cent a share, missing forecasts for 7 cents, on sales of $271.2 million, well below analyst expectations for $299 million. And Kate Spade also updated investors on its efforts to sell itself, without offering much of an update at all.

    Cowen’s Oliver Chen and team still expect a deal to happen but lower the probability of a deal occurring to 70% from 80%. They explain why:

    …formal language on deal prospects articulates process is proceeding in a timely manner with no definitive timetable and no assurance that process will result in a transaction. We still expect a deal to happen, but do lower our probability from 80% to 70% given the likelihood that potential buyer(s) and KATE have not agreed on a clearing price in earlier rounds of negotiation. We believe a bidder such as Coach (COH) does not want to overpay, is disciplined about managing ROIC, and returns and synergies split may be more rational at an offer price in the range of $22-25. We continue to believe KATE has a long global growth runway ahead with opportunities for store growth abroad, further expansion into non-handbag categories, and supply + digital synergy potential…We rate KATE Market Perform and lower our price target to $21 (was $27). Our updated valuation is based on ~10x our FY18E adj. EBITDA or $284mm.

    Investors, however, want to see a deal get done: Shares of Kate Spade have tumbled 6.6% to $18.12 at 3:26 p.m. today, while Coach has declined 0.5% to $39.51, and Michael Kors (KORS), also rumored to be interested in an acquisition, has fallen 1.1% to $36.92.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Coach (COH) rose to the top of the S&P 500 today after reports that Kate Spade (KATE) had put itself up for sale caused shares of fashion-accessory retailers to rise.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Ever since peaking in late April, Kate Spade’s (KATE) shares have been in a downward spiral so pronounced that even an amateur technical analyst like myself could draw its trend line lower. Today, however, its shares are soaring after the Wall Street Journal reported that Kate Spade was actively seeking a buyer.

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    Mizuho’s Betty Chen and Alex Pham run the math on a possible acquisition price:

    When we examined historical transactions in the specialty retail sector, we noticed a wide range of valuations. Select relevant transactions to consider would be ~2x EV/Sales Coach (COH) paid for Stuart Weitzman, Samsonites acquisition of Tumi at 14x EV/EBITDA, 13x EV/EBITDA for Joseph A. Banks by Mens Wearhouse (TLRD) and Kerings acquisition of Volcom for 18x EV/EBITDA. We believe potential valuation could be as high as ~2x EV/ Sales and ~14x EV/EBITDA given Kate Spade’s unique growth profile to expand to ~$4bn in revenue (from $1.4bn in FY16) and improving profitability from 12% EBIT margin TY to at least HTeens-LDD, in our view (Coach is 18.7% and Michael Kors (KORS) is 21.3%). On these two metrics, Kate Spade would be valued at $21-23…

    We believe the growth profile coupled with the brands unique appeal to Millennials and broad-based success across categories ranging from handbags to apparel and jewelry could be attractive to many buyers, including Coach, which was rumored to be evaluating the company in recent weeks.

    The news has sent shares of Kate Spade soaring: They’re up 24% at $18.03 at 2:11 p.m., a gain that has turned this year’s 18% loss as of last night into a 2% gain during afternoon trading.

    The move has also put a dent in Kate Spade’s downtrend (and now you’ll see my amateur technical analysis abilities at work):

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    That’s one way to break a downtrend.

great stocks: (CVKEY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Another illustration of the excellent project structuring skills that First Sponsor’s management possesses relates to the divestment of a 70% interest in its property development project in China, the Star of East River project in Dongguan to Chinese property developer China Vanke (OTC:CVKEY) in FY2016. It recorded a disposal gain of S$97.3 million in 4QFY2016 and recouped its capital investment in its entirety with a surplus cash return of approximately S$23.2 million. More importantly, First Sponsor still retains exposure to the Star of East River project with a 30% interest while having a brand-name listed property developer like China Vanke leading the project.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    On December 14, 4-Traders reported “BYD signed a strategic partnership agreement” with China Vanke (OTC:CVKEY), China’s largest property developer. The partnership will integrate Vanke’s property development and BYD’s cloud rail, providing a solution for urban development. BYD is also partnering (with 42 others) in a 5G joint innovation center with China Mobile (NYSE:CHL).

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    For example, Evergrande Life – a unit of property developer China Evergrande Group (OTC:EGRNF) – saw its premiums increase more than 40-fold in 2016. It used the proceeds to accumulate a significant stake in rival developer China Vanke (OTC:CVKEY) last year.

great stocks: LightPath Technologies, Inc.(LPTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    LightPath Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPTH) shares dropped 24 percent to $2.86 following fiscal 2018 first quarter results. Net income for the quarter was around $218,000, versus $140,000 in the year-ago quarter.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedshorting small cap optical solutions manufacturing stockLightPath Technologies (NASDAQ: LPTH) in our short term portfolio:

great stocks: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    The chipmaker has agreed to acquire NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI) for $110 a share, or about $39 billion. That’s more than worth it for what NXP brings to the table.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    A recent Reuter’s report suggests that the San Diego, California basedchipmaker is all set to win a conditional Japanese antitrust go-ahead for its multi-billion dollar NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI) deal. Earlier, Bloomberg reported that Qualcomm may win European Union approval for its NXPacquisition by the year-end with slight modifications to the concessions. The smartphone chip giant reportedly seems to have struck a deal with the European regulatory body by agreeing to drop certainstandard essential and system-level patents belonging to NXP in the proposed takeover. EU anti-trust body has now set the new deadline fordeciding on Qualcommsacquisition of NXP asMarch 5, 2018. If Bloomberg reports turn out to be true, this could be shot in the arm for Qualcomm which at the moment is trying to fend off the takeoverfrom Broadcom. If EU approval goes through then other remainingregulatory bodies will soon fall in line.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    While Qualcomm continues to work on closing its $47 billion acquisition of automotive chipmaker NXP Semiconductor (NSDQ:NXPI), at the CES 2017, NXP showcased why the company is a major force in automotive computing.At the show, NXP partnered with several companies to demonstrate a “collective vision of safe and secure end-to-end mobility through a highly automated driving demonstration and experience.” NXP also demonstratedits so-called RoadLINK platform in collaboration with automotive parts giant Delphiand privately held start-up Savari, highlighting the traffic safety improvements one can achieve through the platform.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) stock price has now fallen below the crucial 20-day, 50-day and 100-day moving averages. Its legal issues have again weighed heavy on QCOM stock of late. QCOM stock has a crucial support at the $52.66 level, which is just below the last closing price (on April 13). Qualcomm stock has not fallen below these levels in 2017.A fall below this level means QCOM stock could drop, moving close to itsone-year lows. However, two popular momentum indicators Bollinger Bands and Relative Strength Index (RSI) indicators suggest that QCOM stock is oversold. The technicals depict mixed scenario for QCOM stock. QCOM stock has lost momentum going into its Q2 earnings, with the stock losing more than 5% in the last 5 trading sessions and is still down more than 10.5% YTD. QCOM stock still makes a good long-term investment, especially with the $47B NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI) acquisition lined up. The smartphone chipset maker’s stock is also named the top dividend stock with insider buying and has adividend yield of 4.27%. Long-term investors with a high-risk appetite might relish buying QCOM stock at such low levels. However, it would be prudent for risk-averse investors to stay on the sidelines till the Q2 earnings, which would give a better picture of Qualcomm’s present legal woes and its future implications.

great stocks: Plantronics Inc.(PLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Plantronics Inc (NYSE: PLT) were down 25 percent to $33.36. Plantronics reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings, but the company’s revenue missed analysts’ expectations. The company announced a new 1 million share buyback plan and issued a weak earnings forecast for the fourth quarter.

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When it comes to getting ahead financially, there are two main schools of thought. First, you can hack your expenses to save more – perhaps cutting cable television, brown-bagging your lunch, or riding a bike to work. By saving more money, you’ll have more money to invest.

If that kind of sacrifice sounds awful, you can focus on the other side of the spectrum – earning more – instead. With more money at your disposal, you have more freedom, more choice, and more opportunities to build wealth without living frugally or going without.

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While either strategy is a good one, I tend to believe earning more money is a smarter long-term goal. You can only cut your expenses so much, right? On the flip side, your potential to earn more money is only limited by your level of skill, your creativity, and how much time you have.

best stock trading software: Caesars Entertainment Corporation(CZR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael E. Lewitt]

    Back in April, I recommendedCaesars Entertainment Corp.(Nasdaq: CZR) as a buy – but warned you that this was a play that might take some time to mature.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) and Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ:CZR) are two of the most well known gaming companies in the world. But they’re very different companies with very different futures ahead.

  • [By AlphaStreetResearch]

    Caesars Entertainment Corporation (CZR) is a highly overvalued gaming, hotel, and entertainment company with deteriorating fundamentals on all levels in a highly competitive environment. The company’s stock has seen a massive run to the upside on the coattails of other casino and entertainment companies in the space. A considerable catalyst for the push higher in these stocks is the good news coming out of Macau, but this is an area where Caesars has absolutely no exposure and will be locked out of for the foreseeable future after failing to take appropriate licensing measures. Below is our introduction into the business model, its weaknesses, and the new selling or shorting opportunity that exists for CZR after the recent appreciation in share price. Investors will soon realize that there is little upside value in this company and that there are much better opportunities in this space. The company is now amidst a major struggle from a debt standpoint with major deadlines approaching over the next year and a half. The company is in no position to thrive going forward unless major steps are taken to overhaul the company’s capital structure. Caesars Entertainment has a market cap of $3.19 Billion after the stock has moved up over 225% year to date and reports its next quarter on October 31, 2013. With this in mind, we value CZR at $21.00 by year-end of 2013 and $14.00 by August 1, 2014, a decrease of 40% from current levels. We will later highlight:

best stock trading software: Adient plc (ADNT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Western Digital (WDC) , Twilio (TWLO) , Adient (ADNT) , Salesforce.com (CRM) , AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) .

best stock trading software: United Technologies Corporation(UTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Since DFEN's index is a cap-weighted benchmark, it is good news for this leveraged ETF when big-name defense stocks such as Dow components Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) and United Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UTX) rally. Good news for DFEN: Boeing and United Technologies are two of the 16 Dow stocks with year-to-date gains of at least 16 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Thursday was United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) which traded up 2.86% at $121.54. The stock’s 52-week range is $106.85 to $124.79 Volume was about equal to the daily average of around 3.5 million shares. The announced the hiring of a new chief technology office, Paul Eremenko, who comes from Google by way of Airbus.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Analysts upgraded United Technologies (UTX) , for example, suggesting that investors look past 2017 headwinds and instead focus on 2018. There was a similar upgrade for General Electric (GE) .

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    United Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UTX) traded up 1.35% at $118.45. The stock’s 52-week range is $96.89 to $119.258, and the high was posted this afternoon. Volume was about a third higher than the daily average of around 3 million. The industrial giant reported results this morning that were better than estimates on both profits and revenues.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Here is the list of the Dow components, which are scheduled to report this week:

    1. 3M Co
    Company: 3M Co (NYSE: MMM). Date of Reporting: Tuesday, before the market open. EPS Estimate vs. Year-ago EPS: $2.54 versus $2.08. Revenue Estimate: $7.86 billion versus $7.66 billion. Stock Gain/Loss (year to date): 18.12 percent.
    2. Caterpillar
    Company: Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT). Date of Reporting: Tuesday, before the market open. EPS Estimate vs. Year-ago EPS: $1.25 versus $1.09. Revenue Estimate: $10.93 billion versus $10.94 billion. Stock Gain/Loss (year to date): 16.10 percent.
    3. McDonald’s
    Company: McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD). Date of Reporting: Tuesday, before the market open. EPS Estimate vs. Year-ago EPS: $1.62 versus $1.45. Revenue Estimate: $5.96 billion versus $6.26 billion. Stock Gain/Loss (year to date): 25.35 percent.
    4. United Technologies
    Company: United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) Date of Reporting: Tuesday, before the market open. EPS Estimate vs. Year-ago EPS: $1.78 versus $1.82. Revenue Estimate: $15.24 billion versus $14.87 billion. Stock Gain/Loss (year to date): 12.47 percent.

    See also: 3 Reasons Alcoa Is No Longer The Curtain-Raising Event Of Earnings Season

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    The biggest aerospace deal in history was announced Monday, as United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) agreed to acquire aviation parts manufacturer Rockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE: COL) for $23 billion.

best stock trading software: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    The acquisition of NXP Semiconductor (NSDQ:NXPI) has opened up multi-billion dollar connected devices market from smartphone to car to home, for Qualcomm. It seems prepared to cater to the massive connected devices market in terms of OS preference with Android and Windows 10 mobile collaborations. Though Amazon and its AWS have different take on cloud and IoT devices with its Greengrass solution which revolves around the cloud and aggregation of sensors.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    While Qualcomm continues to work on closing its $47 billion acquisition of automotive chipmaker NXP Semiconductor (NSDQ:NXPI), at the CES 2017, NXP showcased why the company is a major force in automotive computing.At the show, NXP partnered with several companies to demonstrate a “collective vision of safe and secure end-to-end mobility through a highly automated driving demonstration and experience.” NXP also demonstratedits so-called RoadLINK platform in collaboration with automotive parts giant Delphiand privately held start-up Savari, highlighting the traffic safety improvements one can achieve through the platform.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    A recent Reuter’s report suggests that the San Diego, California basedchipmaker is all set to win a conditional Japanese antitrust go-ahead for its multi-billion dollar NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI) deal. Earlier, Bloomberg reported that Qualcomm may win European Union approval for its NXPacquisition by the year-end with slight modifications to the concessions. The smartphone chip giant reportedly seems to have struck a deal with the European regulatory body by agreeing to drop certainstandard essential and system-level patents belonging to NXP in the proposed takeover. EU anti-trust body has now set the new deadline fordeciding on Qualcommsacquisition of NXP asMarch 5, 2018. If Bloomberg reports turn out to be true, this could be shot in the arm for Qualcomm which at the moment is trying to fend off the takeoverfrom Broadcom. If EU approval goes through then other remainingregulatory bodies will soon fall in line.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) stock price has now fallen below the crucial 20-day, 50-day and 100-day moving averages. Its legal issues have again weighed heavy on QCOM stock of late. QCOM stock has a crucial support at the $52.66 level, which is just below the last closing price (on April 13). Qualcomm stock has not fallen below these levels in 2017.A fall below this level means QCOM stock could drop, moving close to itsone-year lows. However, two popular momentum indicators Bollinger Bands and Relative Strength Index (RSI) indicators suggest that QCOM stock is oversold. The technicals depict mixed scenario for QCOM stock. QCOM stock has lost momentum going into its Q2 earnings, with the stock losing more than 5% in the last 5 trading sessions and is still down more than 10.5% YTD. QCOM stock still makes a good long-term investment, especially with the $47B NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI) acquisition lined up. The smartphone chipset maker’s stock is also named the top dividend stock with insider buying and has adividend yield of 4.27%. Long-term investors with a high-risk appetite might relish buying QCOM stock at such low levels. However, it would be prudent for risk-averse investors to stay on the sidelines till the Q2 earnings, which would give a better picture of Qualcomm’s present legal woes and its future implications.

  • [By Andrew Tonner]

    One of the best ways to invest in broad-based movements such as the IoT is by buying shares in the companies that supply the hardware and infrastructure powering the trend — such asSkyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) and NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI). Let’s dig into each company to see what makes them two of the top IoT investments on the market today.

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Wynn Resorts (WYNN) soared nearly to the top of the S&P 500 today after Morgan Stanley argued that the casino stock had the potential to double.

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Wynn Resortsgained 4.8% to $104.30 today, while the S&P 500 finished little changed at2,373.47. At 2:45, Wynn was easily the top performing stock in the S&P 500, only to be surpassed by Citrix’s (CTXS) late day surge.

Morgan Stanley’s Thomas Allen and team explain how Wynn could double:

Our AlphaWise work on Google search data and separate analyses of market trends suggest the Street is too low on WYNN’s Macau market share gains. Our base case implies 20% upside; bull case, the stock could double.

Consensus forecasts WYNN to essentially not grow Macau market share over 4Q16, despite the Aug ’16 opening of Wynn Palace (which increased WYNN’s room capacity by 170%) and the general view that the benefit from the property has been disappointing so far. We see upside to WYNN’s market share supported by (1) analysis of Google search trends, (2) current market dynamics and WYNN actions, and (3) the performance of WYNNs first Macau property

Hot Casino Stocks To Watch For 2018: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    The acquisition of NXP Semiconductor (NSDQ:NXPI) has opened up multi-billion dollar connected devices market from smartphone to car to home, for Qualcomm. It seems prepared to cater to the massive connected devices market in terms of OS preference with Android and Windows 10 mobile collaborations. Though Amazon and its AWS have different take on cloud and IoT devices with its Greengrass solution which revolves around the cloud and aggregation of sensors.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) is knee-deep in a pending merger with sector rival Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM). There was a time when it would have made sense to pick up NXP shares, even if you missed the 25% buyout surge in September.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Just five months ago, fellow Fool Leo Sun compared the investing theses for Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI). He found NXP to be the better pick, thanks to massive growth opportunities and a low PEG ratio.

  • [By Jack Foley]

    Furthermore, the NXP Semiconductor (NSDQ:NXPI) acquisition should enable Qualcomm to really become a frontrunner in the lucrative automotive area. There have been rumors that the deal could hit some roadblocks but I see the acquisition eventually going through sometime this year. Qualcomm will want to push its processor business into the automotive market and NXP with its extensive number of loyal distributorsand customers should be able to help here in a big way. Billions are being plowed into theautonomous vehicle market at present and first mover advantage is going to be critical. One would feel that the combined technologies of the Qualcomm/NXP partnership should gain ground here as theIoT phenomenon continues to gain traction. Qualcomm already has a presence here with its Snapdragon processors in some Android Auto IVI systems. For a start, if NXP’sRFCMOS chips (which do away with multi-chip systems) can meaningfully add value to Qualcomm’s current offering in this space, the new partnership could leapfrog a number of competitors in a short span of time, which will be one more positive for QCOM stock.

  • [By Andrew Tonner]

    One of the best ways to invest in broad-based movements such as the IoT is by buying shares in the companies that supply the hardware and infrastructure powering the trend — such asSkyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) and NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI). Let’s dig into each company to see what makes them two of the top IoT investments on the market today.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    Qualcomm stock has continued rise steadilyeven after the initialpop on account of the news of Broadcom’s multi-billion dollar acquisition offer. Investors were waiting for further gains from this catalyst as experts and the markets were hoping for the Irvine, California-based semiconductor giant to soon come up with an increased offer with the initial offer being rejected. The new bid was expected to come next week when a proposal to replace the current set of Qualcomm board directors is to be tabled. Now, if one goes by the latest reports, it seems thatBroadcom isn’t planning to propose a new increased bid until sometime closer to Qualcomms board meeting in March. This is a good three months away. Qualcomm’s bid to close the NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI) acquisition is also acting as a roadblock for Broadcom to table an increased offer. Reports state that Broadcom could also likely wait till the regulatory bodies give a green signal to the NXP deal which again as per both the companies involved is likely to see a closure only sometime early next year.

Hot Casino Stocks To Watch For 2018: Tidewater Inc.(TDW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares slipped by 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 8 percent.

Hot Casino Stocks To Watch For 2018: Zions Bancorporation(ZION)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    See what Barron's feels the prospects are for Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP) if it cuts its distribution and dumps its general partner, and salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) with its generous potential upside. Also whether regional banks like Zions Bancorp (NASDAQ: ZION) could see a boost from a proposed regulatory change, and the sweetheart deal the Koch brothers got with Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP).

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

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

Hot Casino Stocks To Watch For 2018: Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc.(AIMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) got a boost, shooting up 35 percent to $34.73 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.

    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares were also up, gaining 31 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11
  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stock Aimmune Therapeutics (NASDAQ: AIMT) is aclinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing treatments for life-threatening food allergies. The Companys Characterized Oral Desensitization ImmunoTherapy (CODIT) approach is intended to achieve meaningful levels of protection by desensitizing patients with defined, precise amounts of key allergens. Aimmune Therapeutics first investigational biologic product using CODIT⒙is AR101 for the treatment of peanut allergy.AR101 has received the FDAs Breakthrough Therapy Designation for the desensitization of peanut-allergic patients 4-17 years of age and is currently being evaluated in Phase 3 clinical trials where enrollment was announced last month.

Hot Casino Stocks To Watch For 2018: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-B)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Bradley Seth McNew]

    Many analysts were excited by the prospect of Kraft and Heinz merging, sparked in part by Warren Buffett andBerkshire Hathaway(NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) taking about a 25% stake in the new entity. Turns out, those analysts were right, as the company has grown impressively throughout 2016.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    The next few trading days include highly anticipated earnings reports from some of the biggest names in their respective industries, including Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B), Costco (NASDAQ:COST), and Priceline (NASDAQ:PCLN).

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    While it’s technically not a pure insurance stock, that’s exactly why I suggest Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) for investors who want a piece of the insurance business.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    3. Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B): Last, it would be a shame to overlook the conglomerate built by the world’s greatest investor himself, Warren Buffett. Under the Berkshire Hathaway name, Buffett has built up a portfolio of enduring subsidiaries and stock holdings poised to stand the test of time. Under Berkshire’s ownership are built-to-last subsidiaries like Geico, Duracell, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. And some of Berkshire’s largest stock holdings include iconic businesses like Coca-Cola, American Express, and Wells Fargo.

Hot Casino Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sirius XM Radio Inc.(SIRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    There are a lot of people betting against Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI)these days, even as the stock is hitting 10-year highs. There were 280.1 million shares of Sirius XM sold short at the end of 2016, just below the late-November peak of 285.1 million shares but nearly double the short interest that we were seeing a year ago.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    But before we get to the stock pick, here’s a list of the 10 top-performing Warren Buffett stocks so far this year…

    Company YTD Gains
    Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO) 34.25%
    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) 30.24%
    Verisign Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN) 29.88%
    Restaurant Brands Inc. (NYSE: QSR) 29.16%
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) 28.97%
    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) 26.20%
    Liberty Sirius XM Group Class C (Nasdaq: LSXMK) 24.54%
    MasterCard Inc. (NYSE: MA) 24.35%
    Liberty Sirius XM Group Class A (Nasdaq: LSXMA) 22.89%
    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: SIRI) 22.81%

    Again, we don’t recommend all of the stocks above for retail investors. After all, Warren Buffett is one of the most wealthy and legendary investors in history. He has a completely different set of goals from us.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Pandora Mediapeaking in 2014 before heading back to where it started while other streaming media stocks such as large cap satellite radio stockSirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ: SIRI) has performed better and InternetTV stock Netflix, Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) has been a homerun:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The long saga regarding Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) has finally come to a head. Well, maybe. Rather than KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR) investing $150 million, Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) will be investing up to $480 million in the streaming music rival. With its ticketing unit sale taking place as well, it might seem that Pandora is getting a great deal and helping to bolster its books.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now

A few days ago, an article about Nike (NYSE:NKE) argued that “Nike’s shares aren’t priced to buy.” The reasoning was that “Nike is, at best, fairly valued. And it certainly isn’t trading hands at fire-sale prices.” The question is: should you expect (and wait for) fire-sales prices? Most value investors know the maxim that it is better to buy a great business at a fair price than to buy a mediocre business at low price. We think that Nike is a great business at a fair price. We have been waiting for Nike’s price to come down for a long time and meanwhile, we have sold PUT options, though unfortunately these options have never been exercised (but we cashed-in premiums). Today, we bought the stock.

Reasons to avoid the stock

We invest with a long-term view and therefore we ask long-term questions:

Has the management of Nike changed its strategy? Is Nike’s long-term strategy ultimately going to fail? Is there anything that can or has damaged the Nike brand?

Of course, competition is there, but is there any industry where there is no long-term competition? Under Armour (NYSE:UAA), Adidas (OTCQX:ADDDF), Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) are all good companies, but they have always been there. Under Armour and Lululemon are perceived as new entrants, but they were actually founded 20 years ago (in 1996 and 1998), Adidas is almost a century old, while Nike is “only” 52-years old. So, what has changed? These industries move in waves, but the quality of the Nike brand, its management, and innovation have been a constant. In sum, if your answer to any of the previous questions is YES, then you should reconsider our investment thesis. If it is NO, then we can move on to the next paragraph.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Charter Communications, Inc.(CHTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    These are the top 5 holdings of OBERNDORF WILLIAM EWorkiva Inc (WK) – 2,369,384 shares, 43.81% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 38.81%AppFolio Inc (APPF) – 839,797 shares, 26.98% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 39.22%Liberty Global PLC (LBTYK) – 289,812 shares, 12% of the total portfolio. Herbalife Ltd (HLF) – 145,000 shares, 9.96% of the total portfolio. Charter Communications Inc (CHTR) – 18,758 shares, 7.25% of the total portfolio.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Image source: Getty Images.

    It was just a little more than a year ago when Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) was the largest U.S. pay-TV provider. And it wasn’t even close. But after AT&T (NYSE:T) merged with DirecTV, it took over the top spot. Now, AT&T’s rival telecom company, Verizon (NYSE:VZ), is reportedly considering a megamerger of its own with Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR). The move would put the combined company’s total video subscriber count very close to Comcast’s.

    The potential merger points to a big hole in Comcast’s service offerings — its lack of wireless service. If customers can save money by bundling their TV, internet, and wireless bills together with its competitors, Comcast stands to lose customers. But Comcast’s management and investors shouldn’t lose sleep over the possibility that its two biggest competitors offer wireless service.

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    It has been widely reported that T-Mobile US Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) had been in merger talks with Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), a competitor that is majority owned by Softbank. However, these talks are now on hold as Sprint is negotiating potential deals with two of the largest cable companies in the United States; Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR). These cable companies are under pressure having lost subscribers due to services like Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), which recently blew away its second quarter growth estimates.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    SoftBank also purchased telecom upstart Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) in 2013. And it is considering deals with other communications giants, including Charter Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) and T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (Nasdaq: TMUS)

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    While Qualcomm continues to work on closing its $47 billion acquisition of automotive chipmaker NXP Semiconductor (NSDQ:NXPI), at the CES 2017, NXP showcased why the company is a major force in automotive computing.At the show, NXP partnered with several companies to demonstrate a “collective vision of safe and secure end-to-end mobility through a highly automated driving demonstration and experience.” NXP also demonstratedits so-called RoadLINK platform in collaboration with automotive parts giant Delphiand privately held start-up Savari, highlighting the traffic safety improvements one can achieve through the platform.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    Qualcomm may be haunted by its legal woes but there are a lot of positive developments for the chipmaker as well. The demand for Qualcomm’s latest flagship offering Snapdragon 835 is exceeding supply. Though the difference is caused by supply and manufacturing limitations it bodes well for the San Diego chip giant as it suggests healthy demand for its high-end chips amid sluggish smartphone sales worldwide. The company is also expected to win more market share among Chines OEMs in 2H17 particularly withOppo and Vivo.Jun Zhang ofRosenblatt Securities states that “Qualcomms market share in China to grow from 50% in 2016 to 65% in 2017 with share gains in OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi and Meizu, with stable market share in Samsung. We also believe Chinese OEMs will adopt the Snapdragon 835 in late-Q2 or early Q3.” However, analysts are afraid that all these may not offset the losses caused by the legal face-off with Apple. The next major catalyst for QCOM would be the impending acquisition of NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI).Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm, reiterated that the acquisition is on track during the earnings call and spent considerable time discussinglarger growth opportunitiesthat will be unlocked by the conclusion of this acquisition.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) is closing out 2016 with a 16% return for the full year. Here’s what to expect out of the Netherlands-based embedded chip maker in 2017.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    So NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) is waiting for the final regulatory approvals to trigger an avalanche of shares being committed to Qualcomm ‘s (NASDAQ:QCOM) long-running tender offer. The pending buyout may have frozen NXP’s stock prices just below Qualcomm’s firm all-cash offer of $110 per share, but NXP isn’t sitting on its hands while the merger drama plays out.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    Qualcomm stock has continued rise steadilyeven after the initialpop on account of the news of Broadcom’s multi-billion dollar acquisition offer. Investors were waiting for further gains from this catalyst as experts and the markets were hoping for the Irvine, California-based semiconductor giant to soon come up with an increased offer with the initial offer being rejected. The new bid was expected to come next week when a proposal to replace the current set of Qualcomm board directors is to be tabled. Now, if one goes by the latest reports, it seems thatBroadcom isn’t planning to propose a new increased bid until sometime closer to Qualcomms board meeting in March. This is a good three months away. Qualcomm’s bid to close the NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI) acquisition is also acting as a roadblock for Broadcom to table an increased offer. Reports state that Broadcom could also likely wait till the regulatory bodies give a green signal to the NXP deal which again as per both the companies involved is likely to see a closure only sometime early next year.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Endocyte, Inc.(ECYT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) for Q1 2.20% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) for Q1 0.00% vs -0.20% consensus estimate.
    US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    Data on factory orders for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The ISM non-manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The labor market conditions index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for May is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy
    Susquehanna upgraded Skechers (NYSE: SKX) from Neutral to Positive
    Deutsche Bank upgraded WEX (NYSE: WEX) from Hold to Buy
    Pacific Crest downgraded Apple from Overweight to Sector Weight
    RBC downgraded Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) from Sector Perform to Underperform
    Wedbush downgraded Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) from Outperform to Neutral

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here or email minutes@benzinga.com.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Endocyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECYT) were down 31 percent to $1.89 after the company issued clinical updates for EC1456 and EC1169, and announced plans to reduce workforce by 40 percent via restructuring. Endocyte said that it is continuing EC1169 program in taxane-exposed patients, but ending clinical development of EC1456 and EC1169 in taxane-na茂ve patients.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Carnival Corporation(CUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

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

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Pacific Ethanol Inc.(PEIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Pacific Ethanol Inc (NASDAQ: PEIX) got a boost, shooting up 30 percent to $5.47 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now

What happened

Shares of Axcelis Technologies (NASDAQ:ACLS) gained 21.7% in March 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

So what

The maker of manufacturing equipment for semiconductor factories is largely following the medium-term trajectory of the industry-tracking PHLX Semiconductor index. Being a small-cap player in that large sector, Axcelis saw its share prices falling in early March only to whipsaw back to a strong gain on heavy trading volume.

Image source: Getty Images.

The chip industry has been crushing the wider market recently, and Axcelis naturally tapped into that broader sector gain.

ACLS data by YCharts.

Now what

The specific driver of March’s market strength in the semiconductor industry can be pinned on Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU). The memory chip maker reported strong second-quarter earnings on March 23, inspiring a plethora of analyst upgrades and a general surge across the chip sector.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: EMCORE Corporation(EMKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is thefifth mostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 47.69% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR) got a boost, shooting up 30 percent to $8.38 after the company posted upbeat Q4 results.

    Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAY) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $56.39 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its third quarter and boosted its full year net income guidance.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andrew Tonner]

    One of the best ways to invest in broad-based movements such as the IoT is by buying shares in the companies that supply the hardware and infrastructure powering the trend — such asSkyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) and NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI). Let’s dig into each company to see what makes them two of the top IoT investments on the market today.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    A recent Reuter’s report suggests that the San Diego, California basedchipmaker is all set to win a conditional Japanese antitrust go-ahead for its multi-billion dollar NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI) deal. Earlier, Bloomberg reported that Qualcomm may win European Union approval for its NXPacquisition by the year-end with slight modifications to the concessions. The smartphone chip giant reportedly seems to have struck a deal with the European regulatory body by agreeing to drop certainstandard essential and system-level patents belonging to NXP in the proposed takeover. EU anti-trust body has now set the new deadline fordeciding on Qualcommsacquisition of NXP asMarch 5, 2018. If Bloomberg reports turn out to be true, this could be shot in the arm for Qualcomm which at the moment is trying to fend off the takeoverfrom Broadcom. If EU approval goes through then other remainingregulatory bodies will soon fall in line.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    EvenCanaccords T. Michael Walkleyis also of a similar view and reiterated a buy rating on QCOM stock recently. Mr.Walkley opines that the litigation against the smartphone chipmaker is motivated by Apple’s(NASDAQ:AAPL) intention to lower its license payments. He has a price target of $76 on QCOM stock and still considers Qualcomm an attractive long-term investment. According to him, the growing royalty fees collection from ChineseOEMs and the impending NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ: NXPI) acquisition, which is on track as per him, are the long-term growth drivers for QCOM stock.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Veeva Systems Inc.(VEEV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap global life sciencescloud-based software solutions stock Veeva Systems Inc (NYSE: VEEV) reported fiscal Q1 2018 earnings after the market closed yesterday with earningsbeating expectations. Total revenuesincreased 32% to$157.9 million as subscription services revenues rose 33% to $127.3 million whilenet incomeincreased 57% to $36.0million. The CEO commented:

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    Last week, management at Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) reported earnings that investors have become accustomed to. In fact, shareholders have been downright spoiled: both the top and bottom lines came in ahead of expectations; annual sales growth from Veeva’s non-CRM division came in at a blistering 113%.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    To say that Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) has performed well as a publicly traded company would be an understatement. While the stock itself is actually down since its post-IPO days, the company’s fundamentals have vastly improved during that time frame.

  • [By Keith Speights, Brian Stoffel, and George Budwell]

    Healthcare is changing rapidly. Which companies will emerge as the huge winners with these major changes? We asked three of our healthcare contributors to weigh in on the subject. Here’s whyAbbVie (NYSE:ABBV),Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), and Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) could represent bold bets on the future of healthcare.

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    Cloud software vendor Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) has had some extraordinary success selling its products to companies in the life sciences. It is now preparing to extend its reach into other industries, and long-term investors should be excited about the potential for the long runway of growth that could result.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Applied Materials, Inc.(AMAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Applied Materials (AMAT) rose to the top of the S&P 500 today as semiconductor stocks rebounded from yesterday’s selloff.

    Getty Images

    Applied Materials gained 4.5% to $31.44 today, while the S&P 500 was little changed at 2,191.95. The SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (XSD) rose 1% to $52.80, while the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) climbed 1.6% to $68.77.

    My colleague Tiernan Rey at Barron’s Tech Trader Daily quoted B. Rileys Craig Ellis in a post today, who called the selloff yesterday an unusually attractive entry opportunity forApplied Materials andMicrochip Technology (MCHP) buyers.

    Applied Materials reported net income of $1.7 billion on sales of $10.8 billion in fiscal 2016.

     

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) and Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) — “annihilated.”

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT) to report quarterly earnings at $0.97 per share on revenue of $120.89 billion before the opening bell. Wal-Mart shares slipped 0.26 percent to $89.60 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) to post quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion after the closing bell. Applied Materials shares rose 0.50 percent to $56.05 in after-hours trading.
    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter on Wednesday. Cisco shares gained 5.83 percent to $36.10 in the after-hours trading session.
    After the closing bell, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $1.29 billion. Williams-Sonoma shares gained 1.61 percent to $51.60 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB) to have earned $0.86 per share on revenue of $3.23 billion in the latest quarter. Viacom will release earnings before the markets open. Viacom shares gained 0.29 percent to close at $24.61 on Wednesday.
    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter and issued strong Q3 guidance. NetApp shares climbed 11.41 percent to $51.05 in the after-hours trading session.

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pete Najarian spoke on CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report" about unusually high bullish options activity in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT).

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Vikram Nagarkar]

    When you think of tech companies which rejected buyout offers, quite a few not so great stories come to mind. Starting with Yahoo (NSDQ:YHOO), whichrejectedMicrosoft’s (NSDQ:MSFT)$44.6 billion offer, to Groupon (NSDQ:GRPN), which shunned Google’s $6 billion buyout offer, many similar decisions have proven to be bad ones in hindsight. Snapchat is one of those few exceptions that have lived to tell the tale. At least for now. However, Facebookseems rather determined to leave no stone unturned in its fight against Snapchat.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) traded down 1.83% at $73.04. The stock’s 52-week range is $56.32 to $75.97. Volume was about 25% below the daily average of around 21 million shares. Apple has switched several of its Siri voice-controlled search functions away from Microsoft to Google.

  • [By Yasin Ebrahim]

    The push into the cloud services market has proved a revelation for a number of companies such as Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT), International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN)etc. as the global public cloud services market is expected to be worth nearly $300+ billion over the nextfewyears. So it comes as no surprise that Alibaba (NYSE: BABA)is making huge strides to expand its cloud offering beyond China after reporting rapid growth in cloud computing during its Q3 earnings report. Here’s why BABA stock may be set for rapid growth ahead.

  • [By Mark Fritz]

    It sounds far-fetched, but Cargill Inc (the biggest privately held company in the country) is joining Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) founder Bill Gates as well as Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) and entrepreneur Richard Branson in financing a startup called Memphis Meats, which aims to give carnivores what they crave without actually killing animals.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: CYREN Ltd.(CYRN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.38 per share on revenue of $9.86 billion.
    Aecom (NYSE: ACM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $4.67 billion.
    JD.Com Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: JD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $12.60 billion.
    58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE: WUBA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $383.60 million.
    Kamada Ltd (NASDAQ: KMDA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $25.00 million.
    Palatin Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PTN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $28.00 million.
    TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.02 per share on revenue of $15.81 million.
    Atlantica Yield PLC (NASDAQ: ABY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $290.80 million.
    Asure Software Inc (NASDAQ: ASUR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $15.26 million.
    Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ: CYRN) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.06 per share on revenue of $7.90 million.
    Viewray Inc (NASDAQ: VRAY) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $18.58 million.

     

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ: CYRN) got a boost, shooting up 41 percent to $2.33 after the company reported a strategic investment from Warburg Pincus Funds.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Sigma Designs, Inc.(SIGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Sigma Designs Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGM) dropped about 34% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $5.20 against a 52-week high of $8.60 and a Tuesday close of $7.75. Volume of about 6.2 million was about 25 times the daily average of around 280,000. The company reported so-so earnings on Tuesday and the stock was downgraded and price targets lowered by several analysts.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) shares dropped 30 percent to $5.43. Sigma Designs reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $221,000 on revenue of $62.7 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gainers

    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NYSE: PXS) rose 47.48 percent to $$5.56, after the company announced it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with a group of investors, which will result in gross proceeds of $4.8 million.
    Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) rose 22.77 percent to $6.88. Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) announced plans to buy Sigma Designs for $7.05 per share in cash.
    Steadymed Ltd (NASDAQ: STDY) rose 19.35 percent to $3.70, after the company reported that no clinical trials were required for Trevyent and that the FDA had agreed to the pathway for the drug candidate's NDA resubmission.
    Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) rose 15.73 percent to $7.06. Earlier in the week, Zacks Investment Research had upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold".
    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) rose 13.71 percent to $85.77 as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) rose 12.41 percent to $6.07, after having risen sharply in pre-marketing trading.
    Radius Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS) rose 12.41 percent to $30.81 after the company provided an update on data from the Phase 1 005 clinical study of elacestrant in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer during the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
    ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 12.32 percent to $25.80 after the company reported its third quarter financial results.
    Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) rose 11.36 percent to $3.43, as the company announced a research collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to study the ability of movement disorders compound, PBT434 to slow or prevent neurodegeneration of the gastrointestinal system.
    Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBIO) rose 10.49 percent to $7.90 as the company announced the appointment of Arwa Shurrab and Jamie Ellen Siegel in its clinical hemophilia

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: ADTRAN Inc.(ADTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $141.07 million.

    Layne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.35 per share on revenue of $156.10 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: WPP plc(WPPGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    WPP plc (WPPGY) — Most of WPP’s public websites were rendered inaccessible after the world’s biggest advertising group said its IT systems were the focus of a suspected cyberattack. Shares traded down almost 1% in early afternoon.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Tencent Holdings Ltd (700)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    Sohu.com Inc. (SOHU), which sold a stake in its search unit to Tencent Holdings Ltd. (700), advanced 11 percent for the week to $72.06. It retreated 5.9 percent Sept. 20. Tencent, Chinas biggest Internet company by market value, paid $448 million for a 36.5 percent stake in Sohus Sogou unit last week and merge its own search service with Sogou.

QUALCOMM, Inc. Stock: Should You Take Some Profits Off The Table?

QUALCOMM, Inc. Stock Should You Take Some Profits Off The Table
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Shares of Steven Mollenkopf led telecommunications technology giant QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) have had a bull run gaining more than 30% in the last one month keeping aside its woes from the earlier part of the year. All thanks to $70 a share takeover bid from Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) which has been rejected by the company board. With the recent run-up in QCOM share price coupled with the latest developments,one can reckon that the situation dynamics around Qualcomm stock have changed considerably now. Qualcomm stock has been plagued by its legal issues and its ongoing standoff with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) for the major part of this year. These latest gains and the news which is trickling in now makes one think whether to continue holding your position in QCOM stock or take some profits off the table? Should you consider taking the second option of booking some profits?

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The Broadcom bid dynamics have changed.

Qualcomm stock has continued rise steadilyeven after the initialpop on account of the news of Broadcom’s multi-billion dollar acquisition offer. Investors were waiting for further gains from this catalyst as experts and the markets were hoping for the Irvine, California-based semiconductor giant to soon come up with an increased offer with the initial offer being rejected. The new bid was expected to come next week when a proposal to replace the current set of Qualcomm board directors is to be tabled. Now, if one goes by the latest reports, it seems thatBroadcom isn’t planning to propose a new increased bid until sometime closer to Qualcomms board meeting in March. This is a good three months away. Qualcomm’s bid to close the NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI) acquisition is also acting as a roadblock for Broadcom to table an increased offer. Reports state that Broadcom could also likely wait till the regulatory bodies give a green signal to the NXP deal which again as per both the companies involved is likely to see a closure only sometime early next year.

The increased bid which has been the driving force behind Qualcomm stock’s recent gains is likely to take a back seat now if the above reports turn out to be true. With fresh reports of an escalationof Apple-Qualcomm standoff emerging, as both companies filing latest round of lawsuits againsteach other for patent infringements. The latest slugfest between Apple and Qualcomm coupled with the Broadcom increased bid developments could have a detrimental impact on investor sentiment. QCOM stock is sliding down lately, declining nearly 4% in the last 5 trading days and all this could add more weightto the downward pressure.

Latest developments do not bode well for Qualcomm’s NXP acquisition bid.

The NXP deal has been the fundamental factorbehindQualcomm’s future growth story even when the stock was struggling due to its legal issues. Now, the deal is much more important for the Qualcomm board to fend off the takeover bid from Broadcom. If Qualcomm manages to close NXP deal, experts opine that it would be very difficult for Broadcom’s proposal to clear regulatory hurdles. The NXP deal closure will also come in hand for the smartphone giant board to convince its shareholders why it was right to go solo rejecting Broadcom’s $105 billion offer. The NXP deal is almost closing in for the clearance from the European and Chinese anti-trust agencies but Qualcomm is likely to face stiff opposition from the institutional holders of NXP stock who presently own nearly 20 percent of the company. Fresh reports have emerged that they are still pressing for at least $125 a share. With NXP shares trading above the proposed $110 a share, it is highly unlikely if Qualcomm can close the deal at that price. Qualcomm needs at least 80 percent of the shares to complete the deal and as per the report, at least 15% of the existing shareholders of NXP are also not willing to back the $110 offer. This news amidst the sell-off in chips stocks could likely add to the downward pressure in the immediate near-term.

Time to take some profits off the table?

The recent decline in Qualcomm stock has also come on the back of changing technical setup. Just a day before yesterday, QCOM stock saw a bearishMoving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) crossover, with the MACD line falling below the signal line, suggesting a loss of momentum. Now, the share price could make a bearish crossover with its 20-day simple moving average (SMA) which is just a fewhandles away from the last close. With QCOM stock already more than 3% down in the aftermarket hours at the time of writing this article, the bearish crossover could likely happen today. Further, the shorter-term 100-day SMA of QCOM stock is on the verge of going past its long-term 200-day SMA from below, which is generally considered as a bearish signal in technical parlance.

QCOM stock technical chart

With the changing technical set up and latest developments discussed above, QCOM stock could come under pressure in the immediate near-term. A section of Wall Street is also turning skeptical about the potential upside in QCOM stock from here. Recently, Kevin Cassidy ofStifel Nicolaus downgraded his rating on Qualcomm stock to hold from buy to hold but raised his price target to $75 from $65. He is of the view QCOM stock is likely to struggle with or without the Broadcom deal as even a hostile takeover could have a negative impact on the share price as the deal completion may take at least 12 months. Add the Apple standoff to it, which is likely to weigh heavy on Qualcomm stock. Investors would be better off to take some partial profits off the table now and could look to add more Qualcomm shares in the case of further dip to take advantage of the increased bid from Broadcom in the coming days.

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