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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2018

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2018: Ishares Trust Dj Us Financial (IYF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Investors looking to set up a pair trade to capitalize on the divergent paths of U.S. and European banks should consider going long the iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE: IYF) and short the Ishares MSCI Europe Fincls Sctr Indx Fd (NASDAQ: EUFN).

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2018: Greenlight Capital Re Ltd.(GLRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Note that hedge fund mogul David Einhorn has been a director ofthe predecessor company since May 2006. Mr. Einhorn co-founded, and has served as the President of, Greenlight Capital, Inc., since January 1996. Funds managed by Greenlight are some ofthe Companys principal stockholders. Since July 2004, Mr. Einhorn has served as Chairman of the Board of Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd (Nasdaq: GLRE).

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2018: Old Second Bancorp Inc.(OSBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Old Second Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: OSBC).

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2018: CBOE Holdings Inc.(CBOE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bats Global Markets was acquired on Feb. 28 by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Nasdaq: CBOE).

    But the Bats BZX Exchange has had a bigger role than just serving as the place where the Winklevoss ETF will be listed…

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Wall Street has been watching bitcoin this week, with the price up another 39.8 percent to above $16,000 ahead of the highly anticipated launch of bitcoin futures trading by Cboe Global Markets Inc (NASDAQ: CBOE) starting Sunday. Bitcoin has been around for years, but bitcoin futures trading will make trading a breeze for average retail investors for the first time.

  • [By Saumya Vaishampayan
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    Those who dabble in derivatives tied to the CBOE (CBOE) Volatility Index are placing bets that pay out if the stock market keeps swinging, and especially if it drops.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.

  • [By CNNMoney Staff]

    Stocks continued to rally despite the fact that options trading was temporarily halted Monday afternoon at exchanges run by CBOE Holdings (CBOE), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), BATS Global Markets and Miami International Holdings due to issues at the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA), which provides trading data and price quotes.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2018: Diamond Hill Investment Group Inc.(DHIL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

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

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now

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Energy stocks have been beaten up enough this year to make them attractive again. Its the opposite story for shares of companies that sell discretionary goods to consumers. Theyve been performing well early in 2017, but it might be wise to lighten up on them as future gains might be harder to come by.

That was the market call out Monday from Bank of America Merrill Lynch equity strategist Savita Subramanian.

Energy stocks in the Standard & Poors 500 stock index, which have been hurt by a 11% drop in the price of a barrel of U.S.-produced crude since its Feb. 23 high, are down nearly 8% this year. That ranks last among the 11 main sectors in the index.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Internet Gold Golden Lines Ltd.(IGLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.43 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Internet Gold Golden Lines Ltd (NASDAQ: IGLD), down 10 percent, and China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE: CHU), down 3 percent.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (SSNLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Apple could offer the service free on premium tablets, the high end iPads, where it can attract more customers to higher ASP products. This “value-added” service, something competitor Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) has not been able to provide to date, could goose product sales higher, perhaps even improving margins as customers opt for premium devices. One might expect margins to be squeezed if Apple is spending on content and offering it for free. But with the potential to attract new customers to more expensive products, that risk might abate.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    What do we know about the 835? Well, first of all, it’s based on a 10nm process built on Samsung’s (OTC:SSNLF) 10nm FinFET process. This is impressive, as even Intel doesn’t yet have chips on 10nm out (these are likely to arrive by the end of the year).

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    One article detailing the Watch’s progress recently reported that research firm IDC stated Apple saw a 71% decline in Watch sales in calendar Q3 2016 compared to the prior-year period. As seen in the table below, the wearables segment actually increased its unit shipments despite Apple’s drop, thanks to gains from Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), Samsung (OTC:SSNLF), Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN), and others.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Huntington Bancshares Incorporated(HBAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Who is at the lower-end of the range for 2016 payout ratios? We expect Zions Bancorporation, Huntington Bancshares (HBAN), andBank of America to seek the least amount of capital return in 2016 (ranging between 50-60% of estimated earnings).

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Huaneng Power International, Inc.(HNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 1 percent, and Huaneng Power International Inc (ADR) (NYSE: HNP), down 1 percent.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: LeMaitre Vascular, Inc.(LMAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    The list of below stocks is notable as the shares have traded on sequentially increasing volume spanning the trading days from September 16 to September 20:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, healthcare shares rose by just 0.6 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included LeMaitre Vascular Inc (NASDAQ: LMAT), down 5 percent, and pSivida Corp. (NASDAQ: PSDV), down 3 percent.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Old Second Bancorp Inc.(OSBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Old Second Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: OSBC).

Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Surges Over 150 Points; Longfin Shares Spike Higher

Toward the end of trading Friday, the Dow traded up 0.63 percent to 24,663.58 while the NASDAQ climbed 1.19 percent to 6,938.37. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.96 percent to 2,677.56.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Friday afternoon, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Old Second Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: OSBC).

In trading on Friday, energy shares rose by just 0.2 percent.

Top Headline

Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE) posted stronger-than-expected profit for its fourth quarter on Thursday.

Adobe reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $1.26 per share on revenue of $2.01 billion. Analysts expected earnings of $1.16 per share on revenue of $1.95 billion.

Adobe expects Q1 adjusted earnings of $1.27 per share on revenue of $2.04 billion.

Equities Trading UP

ShiftPixy Inc (NASDAQ: PIXY) shares shot up 81 percent to $3.93 following Q4 earnings report. ShiftPixy reported sales of $20.244 million in the fourth quarter, up from $8.46 million year-over-year. The company sees first quarter gross billings of $40 million.

Shares of Longfin Corp (NASDAQ: LFIN) got a boost, shooting up 323 percent to $22.80 after the company announced agreement to acquire Ziddu.com.

Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) shares were also up, gaining 18 percent to $12.86. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Crocs from Hold to Buy.

Equities Trading DOWN

Verastem Inc (NASDAQ: VSTM) shares dropped 13 percent to $3.16. Verastem priced its $25 million common stock offering.

Shares of Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) were down 17 percent to $0.52 after the company agreed to be acquired by Genoptix for $10 million.

TrovaGene Inc (NASDAQ: TROV) was down, falling around 40 percent to $0.26. Trovagene priced its 15 million share common stock offering at $0.30 per share.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 0.51 percent to $57.33 while gold traded up 0.06 percent to $1,257.90.

Silver traded up 0.95 percent Friday to $16.085, while copper rose 1.94 percent to $3.132.

Eurozone

European shares closed mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 declined 0.19 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.26 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index dipped 0.44 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 0.27 percent, and the French CAC 40 declined 0.15 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.57 percent.

Economics

The NY Empire State manufacturing index slipped to 18.00 for December, versus prior reading of 19.40. Economists expected a reading of 18.60.

U.S. industrial production gained 0.2 percent for November, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.3 percent growth.

The total number of active U.S. oil rigs dropped by 4 at 747 rigs this week, Baker Hughes Inc reported.

The Treasury International Capital data for October will be released at 4:00 p.m. ET.