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Best Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

On Wednesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested going long on the leveraged ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil (NYSEARCA: UCO) ETF:

Oil, on the other hand, could be in the process of bottoming out for a good while. It’s a risky proposition, but one worth considering, especially since UCO, the primary bullish leveraged ETF tracking the price of oil, can offer up some pretty good gains once oil starts moving higher again

Although we do expect volatility around current levels, we’re still convinced oil is going to end up much higher when it’s all said and done, despite all of the rhetoric of oil inventory buildups. Sometimes the obvious isn’t what ends up happening, and these days we’ll take the technicals over the fundamentals on a short-term basis any day.

Best Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: United States Cellular Corporation(USM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.77 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included United States Cellular Corp (NYSE: USM), down 5 percent, and B Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: BCOM), down 5 percent.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    United States Cellular Corp (NYSE: USM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $975.54 million.

    Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE: KOP) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $364.50 million.

Best Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Super Micro Computer, Inc.(SMCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

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

Best Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Silicon Graphics International Corp(SGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Cray Incstill and by far outperforming other supercomputer players likelarge caps International Business Machines Corp (NYSE: IBM) andHewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ) plus small cap Silicon Graphics International Corp (NASDAQ: SGI):

Best Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION(SAIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion. SAIC shares gained 0.96 percent to $57.87 in after-hours trading.

  • [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

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion.

Best Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    RB: I thought wed be up more than we are on cybersecurity plays. We have 25% gains on recommendations like Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW). Were off a few percentage points on CyberArk Software (NASDAQ: CYBR).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    This can’t be good for a lot of those smaller less proven cyber security firms out there, including high profile names over the last few years like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), who got pummeled back in March on soft numbers.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Palo Alto Networks (PANW) , Cisco Systems (CSCO) , Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (SKT) and Consolidated Edison (ED) .

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Trump recently appointed former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani as head of his cybersecurity task force. Trump has pledged to immediately initiate a review of “all U.S. cyber defenses and vulnerabilities, including critical infrastructure.” The review and response process could mean new government contracts on the way for cybersecurity stocks such as FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW).

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    It is unclear which company or companies will benefit from this executive order. But that isn’t stopping investors from placing their bets as most cybersecurity stocks were trading higher during Friday’s trading session; at the same time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index were trading in the red.

    Shares of Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) were trading higher by 2.98 percent at $21.77. Shares of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) were trading higher by 1.21 percent at $107.00. Shares of FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) were trading higher by 0.70 percent at $14.55. Shares of Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) were trading higher by 0.62 percent at $115.86.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) was down, falling around 23 percent to $116.87. Palo Alto posted upbeat Q2 earnings, but sales missed expectations. The company also issued a weak forecast for the current quarter. JP Morgan downgraded Palo Alto from Overweight to Neutral, while Baird downgraded the stock from Outperform to Neutral.

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Top 5 Tech Stocks For 2018: Shopify Inc.(SHOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    That’s why Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) is in such a sweet spot. The company provides a platform for small and medium-sized businesses to create an online presence and manage all of the logistics of e-commerce. Even largerplayers like Tesla, Budweiser, and Red Bull count themselves as Shopify customers.

  • [By Mark Fritz]

    URL redirects aren’t new — they’re used for marketing purposes and selling aids by such e-commerce companies as Shopify Inc (US) (NYSE: SHOP) and Godaddy Inc (NYSE: GDDY) — but they're often subtle and not-so-subtle bits of social commentary.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Shopify’s(NYSE:SHOP) fourth-quarter earnings results came in above expectations, continuing its flawless streak of earnings beats since going public. The company posted revenue of $130.4 million and breakeven earnings per share. Analysts were expecting a $0.02 loss per share on $121.7 million in sales.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    There’s an interesting paradox happening right now surrounding Shopify (NYSE:SHOP). The company — which provides a platform for small and medium-sized businesses to establish an e-commerce presence — has been in the cross hairs of protestors, led by the group SumofUs.com, for providing a platform for the far-right news agency Breitbart. And yet, the stock has never been better, advancing over 60% this year in the face of the protests.

Top 5 Tech Stocks For 2018: Yandex N.V.(YNDX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Yandex N.V.(NASDAQ:YNDX)announced exceptional first-quarter 2017 results on Thursday, highlighted by a recent antitrust deal with Google, stabilizing market share in its core search segment, and strong growth from its various other business units.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Alphabet Inc being in a relatively steadyuptrend compared withsearch engine peerslike Yahoo! Inc (NASDAQ: YHOO), China basedBaidu Inc (NASDAQ: BIDU) and Russiafocused mid cap Yandex NV (NASDAQ: YNDX):

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Yandex N.V. (NASDAQ: YNDX) is the Google of Russia. It was very bold on the growing marketplace there, and its beta tests of a new back end have been very positive and should be rolled out soon. Deutsche Bank has a $38 price target, and the consensus is $40, in U.S. dollars.

  • [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 Monday’s regular session.

    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) Dec16 5.0 Puts Sweep: 1191 @ ASK $0.80: 1354 traded vs 102 OI: $5.32 Ref
    Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) Jul16 9.5 Puts Sweep: 1494 @ ASK $0.13: 14k traded vs 6682 OI: $10.09 Ref
    Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SRPT) Jul16 10.0 Puts: 3536 @ ASK $0.50: 5506 traded vs 54k OI: Earnings 8/4 $22.50 Ref
    Tableau Software Inc (NYSE: DATA) Jul16 47.5 Puts Sweep: 837 @ ASK $0.30: 995 traded vs 37 OI: Earnings 8/3 $50.60 Ref
    Yandex NV (NASDAQ: YNDX) Aug16 18.0 Puts Sweep: 532 @ ASK $0.30: 2143 traded vs 78 OI: Earnings 7/28 Before Open $22.02 Ref
    Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) Aug16 22.5 Puts: 719 @ ASK $1.35: 1032 traded vs 0 OI: Earnings 7/19 $22.22 Ref
    Conn's Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) Jan17 5.0 Puts Sweep: 605 @ ASK $0.85: 1355 traded vs 3132 OI: $7.16 Ref

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Top 5 Tech Stocks For 2018: CIENA Corporation(CIEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    The reasons for the price drop could be a number of things, including increased competition, notably from Ciena(NYSE: CIEN). This was noted by CEO Thomas Fallon who, in the recent conference call, noted competitors may be trying to “buy” market share:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Earnings of note in the coming week include Analogic (ALOG) and Ascena Retail (ASNA) on Monday; Bojangles (BOJA) , H&R Block (HRB) , and Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS) , Michaels (MIK) , and Urban Outfitters (URBN) on Tuesday; Ciena (CIEN) , Bankrate (RATE) , Express (EXPR) , Vera Bradley (VRA) , and Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) on Wednesday; El Pollo Loco (LOCO) , Hugo Boss (BOSSY) , Party City (PRTY) , Signet Jewelers (SIG) , and Verifone Systems (PAY) on Thursday; and Kirkland’s (KIRK) , and Vail Resorts (MTN) on Friday.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) is another tech company that saw insider selling last week. The president and CEO of the optical giant, Gary Smith, sold a reported 114,318 shares at $24.67 per share. The total for the trade was set at a solid $2,820,225. Shares closed last Friday at $24.41, in a 52-week range of $15.62 to $25.19. The consensus price target is $28.36.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) will report its most recent quarterly results Thursday morning. The consensus estimates call for EPS of $0.49 and $726.84 million in revenue. Shares closed at $23.87 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $18.94 to $27.98. The consensus price target is $30.77.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Shares of communications equipment supplier Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN) slumped more than 10% in early-morning trading on Wednesday before climbing back to “only” an 8.8% loss as of 3:15 p.m. EST.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Ciena Corporation (NYSE: CIEN) posted downbeat earnings for its fourth quarter.

    Ciena posted Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.44 per share on revenue of $716.2 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of $0.46 per share on revenue of $716.5 million.

Top 5 Tech Stocks For 2018: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    When revenue inPalo Alto Networks Inc.’s (NYSE:PANW) latest quarter fell short of Wall Street’s expectations a few weeks ago, shares of the next-gen security specialist plummeted more than 20% in a single day. To blame, according to Palo Alto, were execution challenges that the company insists it’s “moving quickly to address.”

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW) will look for redemption when it releases its second-quarter fiscal 2017 results after the bell on Feb. 28. The network security specialist had offered a weaker-than-expected outlook in its last quarterly report as some of its deals requiring “additional approvals” got pushed back.

  • [By ]

    RB: I thought wed be up more than we are on cybersecurity plays. We have 25% gains on recommendations like Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW). Were off a few percentage points on CyberArk Software (NASDAQ: CYBR).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Barracuda Networks peaking in 2015 before drifting into underperformance and then back up againwhile mid cap Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) and large cap Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) also peaked in 2015 and bounced back a bit last year:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) is set to report its most recent results on Monday. The analysts consensus estimates call for earnings per share (EPS) of $0.53 and $400.2 million in revenue. Shares were changing hands at $161.35on Friday. The consensus price target is $180.89, and the 52-week trading range is $111.09 to $194.73.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Barracuda Networks peaking in 2015 before underperforming and moving back to break even levels while mid cap Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) and large cap Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) also peaked in 2015, fell backand appear to be bouncing back:

Top 5 Tech Stocks For 2018: Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc.(TYPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares surged 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE), up 9 percent, and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l (ADR) (NYSE: SMI), up 6 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE) were down around 12 percent to $20.90 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings.

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The S&P 500 dropped 0.4% today but that didn’t stop Western Digital (WDC) from gaining more than 3% todayand becoming the benchmark index’s hottest stock.

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Like Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) the past two days, Western Digital’s gained 3.1% to $54.94 was primarily the result of another company entirely: Intel (INTC). The chip giant raised its third-quarter revenue guidance today, which helped it become the S&P 500′s second-best performing stock after rising 3% to $37.67.

Intel cited “improving PC demand” and the “replenishment of PC supply chain inventory” for upbeat guidance, and just the possibility of better times ahead for anyone who plays in the same sand boxWestern Digital makes hard drives and flash memory chipsgot the market all excited. And don’t forget: Just last week, Western Digital’s shares surged 9.8% after the company upped its own guidance,which it credited to the acquisition of SanDisk.

stock day trading: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Biogen (BIIB)

    Biogen discovers, develops and delivers innovative therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and autoimmune disorders.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) which traded down 4.6% at $279.08. The stocks 52-week range is $223.02 to $333.65. Volume was 3.4 million versus the daily average of 1.6 million shares.

  • [By George Budwell]

    Shares of theDanish drugmaker Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:FWP) gained 48.2% yesterday as the result of a settlement and licensing deal with Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB)involving an ongoing patent dispute over the multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera. Per the terms of the deal, Biogen will fork overa non-refundable$1.25 billion licensing fee, and possibly pay 10% to 20% royalties on Tecfidera’snet sales to Forward starting in 2021.

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    While that’s fine for clinical trials, it may make it difficult for Ionis’ drugs to compete with drugs that work as well but don’t have side effects that need to be monitored. Of course, for Spinraza, which Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB) and Ionis recently got approved for spinal muscular atrophy, side effects aren’t an issue because there aren’t any other treatment options at the moment.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    A new and highly anticipated study byCelgene Corp. (NASDAQ:CELG) shows that its promising multiple sclerosis drug could soon reshape the $19 billion multiple sclerosis market. On Friday, management reported that ozanimod met its primary endpoint for reducing MS relapses better than Biogen Inc.’s (NASDAQ:BIIB) Avonex, and importantly, it did so without any new safety risks.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Biogen (BIIB) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after getting cut by two analysts.

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    Biogen dropped 4.7% to $278.96 at 4:19 p.m. today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,381.38.

    Leerinks Geoffrey Porges cited the “slower than expected ramp for Spinraza” in cutting Biogen to Market Perform from Outperform, while Morgan Stanly’s Matthew Harrison wrote that his decision to cut Biogen to Market Weight from Overweight was “not a downside call, but a timing call.”

    Biogen’s market capitalization fell to $60.2 billion today from $63.2 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $3.7 billion on sales of $10.2 billion in 2016.

    Barron’s Teresa Rivas recommended buying Biogen in December after the company released positive trial data on its Alzheimer’s drug.

stock day trading: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Barracuda Networks peaking in 2015 before drifting into underperformance and then back up againwhile mid cap Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) and large cap Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) also peaked in 2015 and bounced back a bit last year:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) was down, falling around 23 percent to $116.87. Palo Alto posted upbeat Q2 earnings, but sales missed expectations. The company also issued a weak forecast for the current quarter. JP Morgan downgraded Palo Alto from Overweight to Neutral, while Baird downgraded the stock from Outperform to Neutral.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    When revenue inPalo Alto Networks Inc.’s (NYSE:PANW) latest quarter fell short of Wall Street’s expectations a few weeks ago, shares of the next-gen security specialist plummeted more than 20% in a single day. To blame, according to Palo Alto, were execution challenges that the company insists it’s “moving quickly to address.”

stock day trading: Valhi Inc.(VHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

stock day trading: Tahoe Resources, Inc.(TAHO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Diane Alter]

    Best Silver Stocks to Buy Now, No. 1: Tahoe Resources (NYSE: TAHO) is a Nevada-based silver miner that operates in the Americas. The company primarily produces silver, but also works with copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, and petroleum. On Aug. 10, TAHO reported Q2 earnings per share of $0.19, $0.05 better than expected. Revenue rose 70.6% year over year to $228.3 million. The company recorded half-year production of 11.4 million ounces of silver and 167,168 ounces of gold. Based on operating results during the first six months of 2016, and expectations for the second half of the year, TAHO expects to achieve the top end of its 2016 guidance for silver production. New quarterly filings reveal influential hedge fund Bridgewater Associates took a new position of approximately 200,000 TAHO shares. At $13.89, TAHO is up 60.32% in 2016.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Tahoe Resources Inc. (NYSE: TAHO) dropped about 8.6% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $7.27 after closing at $7.95 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $17.01. Volume was approaching double the daily average of around 2.6 million shares. The gold and silver miner reported results last night that missed profit estimates.

stock day trading: Apartment Investment and Management Company(AIV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) sunk to the bottom of the S&P 500–narrowly beating out Apartment Investment and Management (AIV)–as the parent company of the Food Network and other channels gave back a chunk of its post-elections gains.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Apartment Investment & Management (AIV) tumbled today, as the weakness in real-estate investment trusts following Donald Trump’s surprise election continued today. It was the second-biggest loser in the S&P 500 today.

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    Shares of Apartment Investment & Management dropped 4.1% to $41.03 today, while the Real Estate SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (RWR) fell 1.1% to $90.03. The S&P 500 rose rose 0.8% to 2,180.39.

    In a note released yesterday, Raymond James analyst Buck Horne and team cut their price target on Apartment Investment & Management to $50 from $50, even as they maintained their Strong Buy rating. They explain why:

    Prefacing our comment qualifying the significant economic uncertainties that have arisen post Tuesdays election, we are maintaining our Strong Buy rating onApartment Investment & Management shares while slightly adjusting our target price (to $50 from $52) and net-asset-value estimate (down $1 to $48.51/share). These adjustments are solely to reflect slightly more conservatism in our cap rate assumptions following the post-election interest rate shifts. We continue to find Apartment Investment & Managements risk/reward profile compelling in this environment as its diversified class B-priced portfolio should prove more resilient to supply pressures and benefit from the growing shortage of affordable workforce housing. In an inflationary environment with potentially declining housing affordability, we are particularly attracted to Aimcos price points, demographics, and balance sheet full of long-dated, non-recourse, fixed rate leverage.

    Apartment Investment & Management reported net income of $67 million on sales of $978 million in 2015.

stock day trading: Live Ventures Incorporated(LIVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long onsmall cap real-time deal engine stock Live Ventures Inc (NASDAQ:LIVE):

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It’s getting close to the time whenGameStop (NYSE:GME)will tell us how poorly the holiday shopping season played out. The largest dedicated retailer of video games will serve up financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter on Thursday.

We already know that the small-box chain wasn’t at its best through the first two-thirds of the quarter. Total sales through the first two months of the period plunged 16.4% to $2.5 billion, held back by a brutal 18.7% slide in comparable-store sales. November comps plummeted 26.6% as aggressive Black Friday promotions and weak gamer appetite for Call of Duty: Infinite WarfareandTitanfall 2weighed on its registers. December comps clocked in with a more modest 13% year-over-year dip, and GameStop said in mid-January that the trend was continuing to improve into the third and final month of the fiscal period.

We’ll know for sure how January played out after Thursday’s market close. GameStop’s guidance in mid-January was for comps for the holiday quarter to decline between 16% and 18%, better than the 18.7% drop through the first two months combined.

best stocks to buy today: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    RB: I thought wed be up more than we are on cybersecurity plays. We have 25% gains on recommendations like Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW). Were off a few percentage points on CyberArk Software (NASDAQ: CYBR).

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    It is unclear which company or companies will benefit from this executive order. But that isn’t stopping investors from placing their bets as most cybersecurity stocks were trading higher during Friday’s trading session; at the same time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index were trading in the red.

    Shares of Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) were trading higher by 2.98 percent at $21.77. Shares of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) were trading higher by 1.21 percent at $107.00. Shares of FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) were trading higher by 0.70 percent at $14.55. Shares of Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) were trading higher by 0.62 percent at $115.86.

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) reported fiscal second quarter 2017 adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.63 on revenue of $422.6 million. In the same period a year ago, the network security company reported EPS of $0.43 on revenue of $334.7 million. Second-quarter results compare to consensus estimates for EPS of $0.62 and $429.72 million in revenue.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    On Monday, Cramer said, he’ll be looking out for Tyson Foods (TSN) , Jack in the Box (JACK) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) . Tyson is good, but out of favor, Cramer said while remaining bullish on Jack and Palo Alto.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Last November, I compared Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW) with FireEye (NASDAQ:FEYE) to see which one was the better play on the growing cybersecurity market. I concluded that FireEye was a slightly better pick than Palo Alto, due to its cost-cutting measures, lower valuation, and takeover potential.

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW) will look for redemption when it releases its second-quarter fiscal 2017 results after the bell on Feb. 28. The network security specialist had offered a weaker-than-expected outlook in its last quarterly report as some of its deals requiring “additional approvals” got pushed back.

best stocks to buy today: Urban Outfitters Inc.(URBN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) fiscal third-quarter results are scheduled for Monday. The consensus estimates are calling for $0.33 in earnings per share (EPS) and $861 million in revenue. The shares were last seen trading at $27.90. The consensus price target is $22.15, and the 52-week trading range is $16.19 to $39.29.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) fiscal third-quarter report is scheduled for Tuesday. The consensus estimates are $0.44 in EPS and $869.07 million in revenue. Shares traded at $37.51 on Friday. The consensus price target is $37.36, and the 52-week range is $20.06 to $40.80.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Guess?, Inc and other apparel retailers likelarge cap The Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS),mid cap Urban Outfitters, Inc (NASDAQ: URBN)and small capAbercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) all weakening over the past few years; but also showing signs of renewed strength:

best stocks to buy today: CRB Futures Index(CR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) shares were also up, gaining 12 percent to $67.56 on stronger-than-expected Q3 earnings.

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $644.60 million.

    Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $641.85 million.

best stocks to buy today: Fossil Inc.(FOSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fossil Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) dropped nearly 21% Wednesday, to post a new 52-week low of $18.10 after closing at $22.87 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $51.93. Volume was about 15 times the daily average of around 1.2 million shares. The company reported so-so results last night and Wells Fargo cut its rating on the stock to Underperform this morning.

  • [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:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Fossil Group Inc (NASDAQ: FOSL) was down, falling around 21 percent to $14.32 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results and issued a weak outlook for the second quarter.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) which rose over 9% to $7.75. The stocks 52-week range is $5.50 to $27.93. Volume was 3 million compared to its average volume of 2 million.

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Wearable devices are quickly becoming mainstream technology, with smartwatches and fitness trackers leading the way. You’d never know that based on the performance of traditional watchmaker Fossil Group (NASDAQ:FOSL) as the company is struggling to adapt to the changing times.

best stocks to buy today: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.(LYV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer checked in with Michael Rapino, president and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment (LYV) , a stock that’s up 44% since Cramer last spoke with him a little more than a year ago but also one that fell 3% in today’s session on what appeared to be solid quarterly results.

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Gold prices hit a four-month low yesterday (Tuesday) after languishing near $1,275 since the start of October. Despite the pullback, there are three major gold catalysts everyone is overlooking.

That’s why Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth just released a shocking new gold price forecast for 2020.

Krauth believes gold prices could rise another 6.7%, to $1,350, before the year is out. But that’s nothing compared to his new gold price target for 2020.

Normally, traders migrate to the precious metal during times of uncertainty and political turmoil. Events like North Korea’s recent missile testing and the continuing controversies in Washington would normally have served as catalysts for gold prices.

stock market shares: Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc.(BCEI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    As a service to our readers, we’ve put together a list of 10 cheap oil stocks under $5. Here are the stocks, share prices, and year-to-date (YTD) returns for each:

    Vallourec Sp (OTCMKTS ADR: VLOWY); $1.42; +13.6% YTDIthaca Energy Inc. (TSE: IAE); $1.93; +14.5% YTDSandRidge Permian Trust (NYSE: PER); $3.45; +16.95% YTDGeopark Ltd. (NYSE: GPRK); $5.06; +17.4% YTDGastar Exploration Inc. (NYSEMKT: GST); $1.89; +22.26% YTDAscent Resources Plc. (LON: AST); $2.11; +25.53% YTDErin Energy Corp. (NYSEMKT: ERN); $3.94; +29.1% YTDChesapeake Granite Wash Trust (NYSE: CHKR); $3.25; +38.3% YTDSouthcross Energy Partners LP (NYSE: SXE); $2.27; +68.15% YTDBonanza Creek Energy Inc. (NYSE: BCEI); $2.27; +122.55% YTD

    This list of oil stocks contains some highly speculative plays, so we can’t recommend buying them.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Bonanza Creek Energy Inc (NYSE: BCEI) shares dropped 53 percent to $0.929 after the company reported that it has entered into a restructuring support agreement with bondholders holding more than $400 million in unsecured debt. The company also disclosed that it will commence its prepackaged bankruptcy case on or before January 5, 2017.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    SandRidge Energy Inc. (NYSE: SD) emerged from an $8.3 billion bankruptcy in October 2016 while Bonanza Creek Energy Inc. (NYSE: BCEI) emerged in April after clearing up about $1.4 billion in debt. On November 15, SandRidge agreed to pay $746 million for Bonanza Creek and on November 22, Carl Icahn announced that he had acquired a 13.5% stake in SandRidge and said he intends to vote against the “nonsensical Bonanza transaction.”

stock market shares: Exelixis, Inc.(EXEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, healthcare shares fell by 0.91 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Alere Inc (NYSE: ALR), down 8 percent, and Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL), down 10 percent.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Exelixis Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) saw its shares make a handy gain on Wednesday after the company was tapped by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Specifically, the FDA has approved Cabometyx (cabozantinib) tablets for the expanded indication of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), which is the most common form of kidney cancer in adults.

stock market shares: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Trump recently appointed former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani as head of his cybersecurity task force. Trump has pledged to immediately initiate a review of “all U.S. cyber defenses and vulnerabilities, including critical infrastructure.” The review and response process could mean new government contracts on the way for cybersecurity stocks such as FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) was down, falling around 23 percent to $116.87. Palo Alto posted upbeat Q2 earnings, but sales missed expectations. The company also issued a weak forecast for the current quarter. JP Morgan downgraded Palo Alto from Overweight to Neutral, while Baird downgraded the stock from Outperform to Neutral.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) is set to report its most recent results on Monday. The analysts consensus estimates call for earnings per share (EPS) of $0.53 and $400.2 million in revenue. Shares were changing hands at $161.35on Friday. The consensus price target is $180.89, and the 52-week trading range is $111.09 to $194.73.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Last November, I compared Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW) with FireEye (NASDAQ:FEYE) to see which one was the better play on the growing cybersecurity market. I concluded that FireEye was a slightly better pick than Palo Alto, due to its cost-cutting measures, lower valuation, and takeover potential.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Palo Alto Networks (PANW) , Cisco Systems (CSCO) , Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (SKT) and Consolidated Edison (ED) .

stock market shares: Church & Dwight Company, Inc.(CHD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    U.S. retailers performed poorly during the Christmas holiday season, but companies in the Valentine’s Day business are hoping that Americans will spend generously in the name of love this year. These names include flower delivery company 1-800-Flowers.Com Inc (NASDAQ: FLWS), L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB) (owner of both Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works), Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) (owner of Trojan brand condoms), candy giant Hershey Co (NYSE: HSY) and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF).

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Deutsche Bank announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (CHD).

    The firm has raised its rating on CHD from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has increased the company’s price target from $64 to $66. This price target suggests an 8% upside from the stock’s current price of $60.36.

    Analyst Bill Schmitz commented: “Sustainable growth algorithm of 3-4% organic sales, high single digit EBIT and double-digit EPS growth intact, with upside from fast growing Avid vitamin business joining the base and highly flexible balance sheet enabling further M&A or more aggressive cash flow redeployment providing upside to total shareholder return profile.

    “With shares underperforming the group and market over the last year and tempered Street outlook for CY14 versus long-term trend, we see an opportunistic window to own the shares at a reasonable entry point.”

    Church & Dwight shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 13% YTD.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) shares rose 7.32 percent to $104.10 in pre-market trading. Negocios.com reported that Reckitt Benckiser will offer $23 billion for Church & Dwight.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Remember when companies used to split their stock to keep individual shares affordable? No longer. Credit Suisse strategistsAna Avramovic andVictor Lin note that Church & Dwight (CHD) upcoming stock split will be just the fourth by an S&P 500 stock this year:

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now

One secretive virtual reality (VR) company will soon revolutionize how marijuana dispensaries operate.

The startup is currently developing an augmented reality (AR) headset that would allow medical marijuana patients to “touch” a marijuana bud without ever having to leave their couch.

Already, cannabis sales in North America are expected to increase 198%, from $6.7 billion in 2016, to over $20 billion by 2020.

And if these headsets make ordering marijuana easier, which would in turn increase sales, this technology will be another boon for marijuana dispensary stocks.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Insperity, Inc.(NSP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Insperity Inc. (NYSE: NSP) also had a large-scale seller on the desk, and it was another well-known hedge fund. Value Act, which also serves as a director at the company, sold a total of 226,000 shares of the stock at prices that ranged from $71.22 to $72.41. The total for the sale was set at $16 million.Insperity provides an array of human resources and business solutions to enhance business performance for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. The shares closed the day on Friday at $71.85.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Amgen Inc.(AMGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Three biotech stocks–Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), Amgen (AMGN), and Celgene (CELG)–reported earnings since yesterday’s close. But just one has seen its shares head higher after the announcement.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After years of rising and falling in tandem, the biotech sector is all about stock picking now. Credit Suisse analyst Alethia Young and team, for instance, upgraded Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN), and added Celgene (CELG) to its Focus List today. But Amgen (AMGN) wasn’t so lucky as Young cut it to Neutral from Outperform. She explains why:

  • [By Stavros Georgiadis]

    Gilead Sciences (NSDQ:GILD) has underperformed the market with its stock price down almost 25% compared to a 10.33% gain in Nasdaq Composite (INDX:COMPX) and 14.60% gain of Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDX:INDU). Gilead and Amgen (NSDQ:AMGN)have had a very tough year, so it is interesting to know if now is the time to invest in GILD stock, not from a bottom fishing point of investing, which is often too risky, but on some solid financial and fundamentals arguments.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Investors have turned to the pharmaceutical industry for solid dividend stocks for a long time. However, biotechs typically weren’t high on the list when it came to dividends. Over the past few years, though, Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) and Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) have risen in prominence as attractive alternatives for dividend-seeking investors.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of Radius Health (NASDAQ:RDUS) rose over 20% Monday morning after Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) announced worrisome complications were discovered during a phase 3 trial for its osteoporosis drug candidate, Evenity. While the drug candidate met its primary endpoint in a more than 4,000-patient phase 3 study, a high rate of serious heart-related side effects were discovered. The drug was previously expected to gain marketing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in July, but that decision will now be delayed by up to a year or more, if the drug is approved at all.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) saw its short interest increase to 7.78 million shares from the previous level of 7.38 million. Shares closed most recently at $145.34, in a 52-week trading range of $133.64 to $176.85.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Corning Incorporated(GLW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) will release fourth-quarter 2016 results on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. With shares up more than 44% over the past year, including a modest 4% climb since last quarter’s solid report in October, you can be sure the market will be listening closely to what the glass technologist says. What should investors watch for this time around?

  • [By Frank DiPietro]

    When Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLW) reported earnings in late January, it committed to continue to reward stockholders handsomely. Its stock price has appreciated nicely over the past 12 months (up roughly 50%) and now it has reiterated its plan to buy back its own shares over the next three years and continue to pay its shareholders a growing dividend. Total cost to the company is projected by management to be at least $12.5 billion through 2019, including annual dividend increases projected to be more than 10%.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    GLW, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 1.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.6%. Weakness in the company’s revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

     

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) also had a high options volume in the first half of the session, said Jon Najarian. Almost 8,000 contracts of the December 32 calls were traded and Najarian jumped in. He's going to hold the position for a week.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    3M Co (NYSE: MMM) agreed to sell substantially all of its communication markets division to Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) for $900 million.

    Corning expects the deal adding $0.07 to $0.09 per share in FY19 earnings.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: JA Solar Holdings, Co., Ltd.(JASO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.71 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO), down 13 percent, and Daqo New Energy Corp (NYSE: DQ) down 8 percent.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Earnings season is about over for the solar industry, and after JA Solar (NASDAQ:JASO) and Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR) reported this week, there were a few major takeaways from the end of 2016 and early 2017.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.68 per share on revenue of $683.29 million.

    Leju Holdings Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: LEJU) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $194.20 million.

  • [By Wayne Duggan] Related JASO Should You Get Rid of JA Solar (JASO) Now? Earnings Scheduled For May 24, 2017
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    Solar stock investors may have a surprising new ally in Washington. This week, President Donald Trump suggested that his proposed border wall with Mexico could pay for itself if the wall were covered with solar panels.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: CyberArk Software Ltd.(CYBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion before the opening bell. Citigroup shares rose 0.30 percent to $67.22 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) to have earned $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion in the latest quarter. JPMorgan will release earnings before the markets open. JPMorgan shares gained 0.48 percent to $93.55 in after-hours trading.
    Cyberark Software Ltd (NASDAQ: CYBR) lowered its guidance for the second quarter. The company now expects total revenue of $57.0 million to $57.5 million, versus earlier guidance of $61.0 million to $62.0 million. Cyberark shares dipped 17.65 percent to $42.00 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the opening bell, First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million. First Republic Bank shares dropped 0.80 percent to close at $101.35 on Thursday.

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

  • [By ]

    RB: I thought wed be up more than we are on cybersecurity plays. We have 25% gains on recommendations like Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW). Were off a few percentage points on CyberArk Software (NASDAQ: CYBR).

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    CyberArk Software (NASDAQ:CYBR) reported fourth-quarter financial results on Feb. 9. The Israeli cybersecurity specialist continues to win new business for its “privileged account” security solutions, which help to protect against cyberattacks that use insider privileges to penetrate network perimeters and assault the most sensitive areas of an enterprise’s IT infrastructure.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: LinkedIn Corporation(LNKD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    For example, LinkedIn Corp. (NYSE: LNKD) fell 16.1% to $79.03 from its IPO date on May 19, 2011, to Aug. 19, 2011. But LNKD stock has since recovered 148% to today’s share price of $195.96.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Microsoft has offered concessions to EU antitrust regulators over its $26.2 billion, $196 per share offer for LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), according to the European Commission. The EU regulator had expressed concerns to Microsoft executives about the deal, which was announced in June.

  • [By Andres Cardenal]

    The most powerful investment ideas are the ones that can be easily explained and understood. LinkedIn(LNKD) is an undisputed market leader in remarkably promising areas such as professional networking and online employment opportunities, and this makes the company a top name to buy in 2016 and hold for years to come.

    As of the third quarter of 2015, LinkedIn(LNKD) had 396 million registered members around the world, a big increase of 20% versus the same quarter the previous year, and 39,726 corporate solutions customers on the platform, a year-over-year increase of 31%. Individuals and corporations attract each other to LinkedIn in search of opportunities, and this creates a virtuous cycle driving sustainable growth over the long term.

    Management is also translating the company’s massive opportunities into rapid revenue growth. Total sales grew 37% to $780 million last quarter, with the acquisition of online learning platform lynda.com representing $41 million of that. LinkedIn’s three growth engines are firing on all cylinders: Talent solutions for corporations grew 46%, while premium subscription sales increased 21%, and online advertising revenue jumped 28%.

    LinkedIn(LNKD) is actively investing for growth, so profit margins are hard to predict in the short term. However, the company should be able to combine solid revenue growth and expanding profit margins in the years ahead.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: NCI, Inc.(NCIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Information technology company NCI Inc (NASDAQ: NCIT) reported its $283 million sale to H.I.G. Capital Management for $20 per share in cash.

    9. Allied World Assurance

    The insurance firms of Allied World Assurance Company Hldgs Ltd (NYSE: AWH) and Fairfax Financial extended the offering period for purchase of outstanding Allied World shares from June 30 to July 5.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Datawatch Corporation(DWCH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ: DWCH) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $8.10 after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Mastercard Incorporated(MA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mitchell Clark]

     This is a stock to own for the long term. It has an excellent long-term track record. Management just announced another dividend increase and more share repurchases.

    Earnings growth in 2016 is expected to accelerate over the performance in 2015. The big credit card brands are institutional favorites.

    MasterCard Incorporated’s (NYSE:MA) sales and earnings growth have been quite consistent over the years.

  • [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 Matthew Cochrane]

    Mastercard Inc’s (NYSE:MA) shares are now near all-time highs, as its consistent and steady growth has driven the stock to amazing heights since its IPO a little more than a decade ago. Since going public, Mastercard’s stock price has skyrocketed more than 2,400%! More recent investors have nothing to complain about either as shares have increased nearly 13% year-to-date. Its recent quarter is just another impressive benchmark in its life as a public company.

  • [By ]

    We’ve bagged winners like the 64.3% return from Mastercard (NYSE: MA), 44.3% from Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), 38.9% from Deere (NYSE: DE) and even 101.8% from Skyworks Solutions (Nasdaq: SWKS). So it’s easy to see why this has become one of StreetAuthority’s most popular reports.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    This can’t be good for a lot of those smaller less proven cyber security firms out there, including high profile names over the last few years like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), who got pummeled back in March on soft numbers.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) was down, falling around 23 percent to $116.87. Palo Alto posted upbeat Q2 earnings, but sales missed expectations. The company also issued a weak forecast for the current quarter. JP Morgan downgraded Palo Alto from Overweight to Neutral, while Baird downgraded the stock from Outperform to Neutral.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) is set to report its most recent results on Monday. The analysts consensus estimates call for earnings per share (EPS) of $0.53 and $400.2 million in revenue. Shares were changing hands at $161.35on Friday. The consensus price target is $180.89, and the 52-week trading range is $111.09 to $194.73.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Palo Alto Networks (PANW) , Cisco Systems (CSCO) , Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (SKT) and Consolidated Edison (ED) .

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An Arizona-based company just offered to equip every police officer in the United States with a body camera for one year.

Axon (TASR) — formerly known as Taser International — said Wednesday that it will also provide police departments with all the hardware, data storage and training they need to use the devices.

At the end of one year, police departments can choose to purchase the devices and docking stations, which cost $400 and $200, respectively, or return them to Axon. If they keep the devices, they’ll also pay roughly $80 a month per camera for data storage.

All that will be free for the first year. And Axon founder and CEO Rick Smith said he expects the the body cameras will make it easier for officers to do their jobs, and will “drive important social change.”

“[The cameras] hold the potential to change police work as we know it, by seamlessly collecting an impartial record and reducing the need for endless paperwork. That’s why we’re giving this opportunity to every single police officer in America,” Smith said.

trading penny stocks: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) reported fiscal second quarter 2017 adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.63 on revenue of $422.6 million. In the same period a year ago, the network security company reported EPS of $0.43 on revenue of $334.7 million. Second-quarter results compare to consensus estimates for EPS of $0.62 and $429.72 million in revenue.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    It is unclear which company or companies will benefit from this executive order. But that isn’t stopping investors from placing their bets as most cybersecurity stocks were trading higher during Friday’s trading session; at the same time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index were trading in the red.

    Shares of Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) were trading higher by 2.98 percent at $21.77. Shares of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) were trading higher by 1.21 percent at $107.00. Shares of FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) were trading higher by 0.70 percent at $14.55. Shares of Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) were trading higher by 0.62 percent at $115.86.

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  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Barracuda Networks peaking in 2015 before drifting into underperformance and then back up againwhile mid cap Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) and large cap Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) also peaked in 2015 and bounced back a bit last year:

trading penny stocks: Inogen, Inc(INGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    I put these rules in action for you in March 2015 when I recommendedInogen Inc.(Nasdaq: INGN)here in these pages.

    Inogen is pioneering the use of portable oxygen concentrators (POCs). And theGoleta, Calif.-based firm boasts breakthrough technology that has disrupted its entire sector.

trading penny stocks: VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc. (VTGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    For instance, VistaGen Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: VTGN) shot up from $0.92 to $2.55 on Dec. 6. Since then, the stock pulled back to $1.02. Investors who bought at $2.55 are sitting on a 60% loss today (Dec. 18).

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Four ideas turned up in this screen that might be of interest (prices as of February 9th close):

    Heron Therapeutics (NASDAQ:HRTX) by ONeil Trader – published February 3rd, 2017, $525M Market cap, down ~2% since publication, author’s price target offers 130% upside. HRTX isn’t a generic drug provider, but its CINV franchise vs. the growth of a new drug gives it a similar sort of profile, and arguably a favorable risk/reward; commenters were mostly positive on the thesis. VistaGen Therapeutics (OTC:VTGN) by Logical Assessment – published July 29, 2016, $24M market cap, down 16% since publication, author’s price target offers 100%+ upside. This is obviously deeper into the speculative pile, but if the author’s thesis holds about VistaGen’s unique angle in the antidepressant drug space, comparable deals suggest good upside. (Of course, it’s always dangerous to rely solely on comparables). Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (NYSE:RDY) by Buddy Lyons – published July 5, 2016, $7.6B market cap, down ~13% since publication, author’s price target offers just shy of 100% upside. Dr. Reddy’s is a more obvious comparable to TEVA, with a generics business but also a manufacturing business and a proprietary products branch. The company bought a divestiture package of drugs from TEVA as part of the Allergan/Actavis deal. A big overhang was an FDA warning letter; the FDA is due to reinspect facilities this month or next, which could resolve that one way or another. Lannett (NYSEMKT:LCI) by Lateral Capital Management – published May 27, 2016, $750M market cap, down ~9% since publication, author’s price target offers 75% upside. LCI’s trading had been 90% correlated with Valeant, but Lateral Capital Management argues that the correlation is unjustified. The article does a deep dive into the company’s valuation and credit risk, and was well received at the time, even if the market hasn’t agreed…yet.

    I also checked to see if there are any ideas starting to play out on the short si

  • [By William Romov]

    VistaGen Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: VTGN) is among the top penny stocks to watch this week after climbing 135% in just three trading sessions last week.

trading penny stocks: World Energy Solutions Inc(DE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    In my Trader column on Dec.3, I argued for more upside in Deere (DE), despite the fact that it had gained more than 30% on the year. Part of the argument was technical–Deere had finally broken out of a trading range that had been in place for five years–but I also noted that the agricultural equipment maker had been able to grow earnings despite continued sluggish demand for farm equipment. Today, Baird’s Mircea Dobre and Joseph Grabowski make a similar argument as they name Deere an Idea for 2017:

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    Deere has upside even after a strong 4Q16 where the real surprise was strong Ag margin rather than confirmation that a turn in the Ag cycle is imminent. This is where the opportunity lies: as investors find additional evidence supporting a 2017 North American ag bottom the multiple can continue expanding towards the historical peak of 25x baked in our target. For perspective, Caterpillar (CAT) is trading >30x on the premise of a bottom in several cyclical end markets (mining, infrastructure, oil & gas).

    Shares of Deere have ticked up 0.1% to $103.49 at 1:29 p.m. today, while Caterpillar has advanced 0.1% to $93.28. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) is up 0.1% at $62.50.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    And Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) will share its most recent quarterly numbers on Wednesday. The consensus estimates call for $1.45 in EPS and $6.99 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen trading at $135.77, in a 52-week range of $91.33 to $136.69. The consensus price target is $132.37.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Earnings season is slowing down, but there’s still a few companies left to report. On Friday, we’ll get a look at the state of agriculture with Deere & Company (NYSE: DE).  And if you have time, make sure to check out today’s market update to see what else is happening.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Wednesday.

    Deere reported Q4 earnings of $1.57 per share on revenue of $8.018 billion. However, analysts were expecting a profit of $1.47 per share on sales of $7.05 billion.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Since farming is such an equipment-intense activity, investors can profit by making investments in the agricultural equipment manufacturers, like Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE), the company behind the iconic John Deere brand.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Sometimes companies can change their stripes. That may the case for Deere (DE).

    The company had faced a weak market due to declining agriculture sales and a strong dollar. “It was difficult to get enthusiastic about Deere,” Cramer said.

trading penny stocks: Tandy Leather Factory, Inc.(TLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Armour Residential REIT Inc. (NYSE: ARR), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), PJT Partners Inc. (NYSE; PJT), Sonic Automotive Inc. (NYSE: SAH)and Tandy Leather Factory Inc. (NASDAQ: TLF).

7 AI Stocks to Buy to Join the Next Technological Revolution

The artificial intelligence (AI) revolution is picking up speed. Before we know it, AI will be part of our everyday lives. “We are at a pivotal point for its adoption today due to the availability of big data, high-powered computing and advances in algorithms — which all make AI cheaper and faster to implement,” says JP Morgan analyst Stacy Pollard.

She calculates that the AI-related hardware, software and services market could hit $58 billion by 2021 from just $12 billion this year. Indeed, market experts say artificial intelligence will lead the next wave of economic growth and productivity for at least the next couple of decades.

Here, I take a closer look at seven top stock ideas with big AI exposure. To find the best investing opportunities in AI right now, I pinpointed seven stocks with a “Strong Buy” consensus rating from the Street’s top analysts.

These are analysts with the highest success rate and average return. By limiting the ratings to only top analysts, I was able to cut out analysts with poor track records. These “Strong Buy” stocks are also more likely to have big upside potential. Of course, Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) is a great AI stock, but it only has a cautiously optimistic Street outlook. For this reason I focus below on these more bullish stock picks.

Top AI Stocks to Buy: Facebook (FB)

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JP Morgan recently pinpointed Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) as one of its top 5 AI stock picks: “Mark Zuckerberg considers AI to be one of the company’s 10-year bets, and believes that AI should replicate — and exceed — human senses such as vision and hearing so that FB is better able to serve users. … FB is working on applying computer vision techniques to organize content and provide the ability to classify live videos in real time” the firm explained.

Five-star JP Morgan analyst Doug Anmuth assigned a buy rating and bullish $225 price target to FB last month (31% upside).

FB is not short of Street support; in fact, the stock boasts 28 buy ratings in the last three months alongside 1 hold rating and 1 sell rating. With an average analyst price target of $208.59, analysts are predicting upside of 21% from the current share price.

Also note that FB has just received its highest price target of $240 from MKM Partners’ Rob Sanderson. He cites FB’s “surprisingly strong Q3 topline” and says the consensus of an expense ramp looks overly aggressive.

Top AI Stocks to Buy: Oracle (ORCL)

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Database giant Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) uses AI and machine learning across many parts of its cloud applications. Most notably, Oracle is now using AI and machine learning to automate administration of its latest Oracle Database 18c.

And with this new self-driving database technology, the company has created the world’s first autonomous cloud.

“This is the most important thing we’ve done in a long, long time,” states ORCL CTO Larry Ellison. “The automation does everything. We can guarantee availability of 99.995 percent, less than 30 minutes of planned or unplanned downtime.”

The cloud eliminates human labor, human error and the need for manual tuning.

This ‘Strong Buy’ stock has received 16 buy ratings and 3 hold ratings in the last three months. Given that the stock is currently trading at $48.40, the $59.22 average analyst price target translates into upside potential of 22%.

Drexel Hamilton’s Brian White has a buy rating and $62 price target on the stock. He believes the new innovations “can take the company’s cloud portfolio to a whole new level.”

Top AI Stocks to Buy: Twilio (TWLO)

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Cloud communications app maker Twilio Inc (NYSE:TWLO) recently reported stronger than expected Q3 results and it had a better than expected Q4 outlook. As a result, analysts are feeling bullish on the stock’s potential to play catch up following a year of meaningful under-performance.

Top analyst Brian White says, “Based on our 2017 revenue estimate, Twilio holds less than 1% share of this $45.4 billion market and has a big opportunity ahead of it.” And part of this “catch up” could stem from the stock’s growing AI capabilities.

In October, Twilio announced the general availability of its Speech Recognition capabilities. This “enables users to convert speech to text and analyze intent during any voice call,” according to JP Morgan.

The firm adds that “Twilio’s Automated Speech Recognition uses Google’s Cloud Speech API, which supports various languages.” As a result, JP Morgan also lists Twilio as one of its top 5 AI stocks.

In the last three months, analysts have published 7 buy ratings and 1 hold rating on Twilio. These analysts are predicting (on average) big upside potential of TWLO of over 50% from the current share price. Given this potential, I believe this is a top stock to keep a close eye on over the next few months.

Top AI Stocks to Buy: Palo Alto Networks (PANW)

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Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW), a next-generation security platform company, claims that effective machine learning can help prevent malware and protect endpoints.

“The most promising weapon in the endpoint security arsenal is machine learning, with its ability to quickly learn, make instant decisions and enable rapid response to prevent threats rather than dealing with them during execution or after the fact” PANW states in a report.

In light of this, PANW uses machine learning in Traps, its advanced endpoint protection solution. Traps is already drawing attention; CRN news named it the “Overall Winner & 2016 Product of the Year”.

Overall, Palo Alto has received 16 buy ratings and 4 hold ratings from the Street in the last three months. We can see that the average analyst price target of $173.89 suggests this stock has upside potential of over 20%.

Just recently, on Dec. 4, William Blair analyst Jonathan Ho upgraded PANW from hold to buy. He says the company can widen the “competitive gap” relative to peers.

Top AI Stocks to Buy: Amazon (AMZN)

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Last week, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) held its much-hyped cloud conference AWS re:Invent 2017 in Las Vegas.

The company unveiled a host of new AI-based products, including Amazon Translate, a service for translating text from one language into another. Andy Jassy, the leader of Amazon Web Services, also highlighted how AWS is crushing its rivals in its breadth and depth of services.

Following the five-day event, analysts quickly ramped up their price targets. Five-star Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein boosted his AMZN price target on Dec. 1 from $1,165 to $1,330 (upside of 17.3%).

He says: “AWS is now well positioned to be the platform company for IOT and democratizing AI … AWS’ dominance in serverless, global databases and AI is creating unique new services in an accelerated basis, driving unpredictable services/growth.”

Indeed, AMZN has one of the best ratings from the Street right now. This ‘Strong Buy’ stock has received an impressive 32 buy ratings and just one hold rating in the last three months. Meanwhile, the average analyst price target of $1280.80 translates into upside potential that’s close to 13%.

Top AI Stocks to Buy: Alphabet (GOOGL)

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai has made a big deal of Alphabet Inc’s (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL ) “AI first” future. The company is pouring money into AI research and acquisitions, and the investment is paying off.

On Nov. 10, KeyBanc revealed its “Top 20 AI All-Stars” within the tech sector. One of the key mega-cap stocks on this list is Alphabet. GOOGL “implemented 1,600 algorithms to enhance search last year, with AI and machine learning being core to all new services going forward” says top KeyBanc analyst Andy Hargreaves.

One example? 100% of Google’s Chinese-English Translations are ML-powered. Google says this reduces errors by 55% to 85%. Another example? Google has just released a tool called DeepVariant that uses the latest AI techniques to map a person’s genome from sequencing data.

Hargreaves has a buy rating and $1,150 price target on the stock. Overall, we can see that Alphabet has received 22 buy ratings and 3 hold ratings in the last three months. These analysts are predicting (on average) that the stock can soar 15% from the current share price of $1,011 to $1,164.

Top AI Stocks to Buy: Micron (MU)

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Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) is one of the world’s three biggest memory companies (Samsung and SK Hynix being the other two). Together these three companies control over 80% of the $122 billion global memory chip market at a time of worldwide memory shortage.

“We believe this global memory chip shortage is set to continue until the end of 2018, at the least” writes Cyrus Mewawalla, the managing director of CM Research. He says demand for DRAM chips and NAND flash chips comes from “new and powerful technology cycles” such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

For example, MU chips are used to power self-driving vehicles and help the car’s systems detect hazards on the road. Specifically, Micron says it is already shipping its fastest LPDDR4x memory to “multiple automotive customers,” enabling system bandwidth speeds of 100 GB per second.

MU has received 22 buy ratings versus just 3 hold ratings in the last three months. At the same time, the average analyst price target of $53.24 indicates upside potential of over 33%.

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In the U.S., there are more than 40 million borrowers with over $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. According to The Institute for College Access and Success, nearly seven in 10 seniors who graduated from public and non-profit colleges in 2015 had student loan debt.

The good news is that when it comes to getting student loan debt under control, the ball is in your court.

Here are five action steps to lower your debt burden for 2017:

1. Make an extra student loan payment

Like credit cards and mortgages, your student loan monthly statement refers to a minimum payment comprised of the principal and interest amount due. Your lender wants you to pay only the minimum payment because the longer it takes for your student loan to be paid off, the more interest that accrues on your student loan, and the more revenue the lender generates.

recommended stocks to buy: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    When revenue inPalo Alto Networks Inc.’s (NYSE:PANW) latest quarter fell short of Wall Street’s expectations a few weeks ago, shares of the next-gen security specialist plummeted more than 20% in a single day. To blame, according to Palo Alto, were execution challenges that the company insists it’s “moving quickly to address.”

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) reported fiscal second quarter 2017 adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.63 on revenue of $422.6 million. In the same period a year ago, the network security company reported EPS of $0.43 on revenue of $334.7 million. Second-quarter results compare to consensus estimates for EPS of $0.62 and $429.72 million in revenue.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE: PANW) released its fiscal first-quarter earnings report after the markets closed on Monday. Although the financial results were close to estimates, in fact beating on the bottom line, Palo Alto still suffered this quarter. Compared to Mondays closing price the stock trades near 57-times expected fiscal 2017 earnings, which could offer some explanation as to why investors seem so shaken on mixed earnings.

recommended stocks to buy: JP Energy Partners LP(JPEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    These are the top 5 holdings of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLCEnable Midstream Partners LP (ENBL) – 43,585,926 shares, 67.58% of the total portfolio. American Midstream Partners LP (AMID) – 13,977,709 shares, 19.28% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 230.89%TransMontaigne Partners LP (TLP) – 3,166,704 shares, 13.14% of the total portfolio. JP Energy Partners LP (JPEP) – 0 shares, 0% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 10000%Added: Am

recommended stocks to buy: Mitel Networks Corporation(MITL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    ShoreTel Inc (NASDAQ: SHOR) shares shot up 28 percent to $7.47. Mitel Networks Corp (NASDAQ: MITL) announced plans to acquire Shortel for $7.50 per share in cash.

recommended stocks to buy: 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).

recommended stocks to buy: Zion Oil & Gas Inc(ZN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZN) got a boost, shooting up 20 percent to $5.07.

    Spark Energy Inc (NASDAQ: SPKE) shares were also up, gaining 12 percent to $19.40. Guggenheim upgraded Spark Energy from Neutral to Buy.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 0.76 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 6 percent, and Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZN) down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZN) got a boost, shooting up 47 percent to $6.21.

    Spark Energy Inc (NASDAQ: SPKE) shares were also up, gaining 10 percent to $19.10. Guggenheim upgraded Spark Energy from Neutral to Buy.

recommended stocks to buy: Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.(HAWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Green Dot Corporation recovering back towards positive territory while potential payments peer mid capEuronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has continued to be an outperformer and small capBlackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK)has been moving sideways:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the market closed Wednesday with results beating Wall Street expectations. Operating revenues increased 18% to $463.1 million due to an 8% increase in commissions and fees driven primarily by international growth, including the addition of Grass Roots which was acquired during the fourth quarter of 2016, and higher U.S. retail TDV; a 60% increase in program and other fees primarily due to international growth including the acquisition of Grass Roots, higher U.S. retail TDV and growth in the incentives segment; a 20% increase in marketing revenues primarily due to international growth; and a 19% increase in product sales due to higher incentives and rewards sales, partially offset by declines at Cardpool. The net losswas $6.4 million versus a net loss of $11.3 million driven primarily by growth in the incentives and international segments and lower non-cash acquisition-related expenses, partially offset by increased interest expense. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Green Dot Corporation back in positive territory after having drifted lower while potential payments peer mid capEuronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has continued to be an outperformer and small capBlackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK)is drifting higher:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016earnings report for small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) is scheduled forafter the marketcloses on Wednesday (February 15th). In the past, Blackhawk Network Holdingshas citedtheregulatory-mandated introduction of EMV chips for card issuers and store processors as a hazard for its current business model.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now

Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is an industry leader, with a fat dividend yield and a strong balance sheet. The company has been pushing the boundaries in technological advancement for years, and I believe it may be looking for an absolute kill in the next big growth market: Internet Of Things.

Verizon’s IoT technology sees significant traction in its telematics segment. In Q2 earnings call, the company revealed that its revenue from IoT grew 25% to $205 million (yoy), led by strong demand for telematics product, including Hum.

Verizon Telematics, a subsidiary of Verizon, has a fleet management solution called NetworkFleet.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By George Budwell]

    Shares of theDanish drugmaker Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:FWP) gained 48.2% yesterday as the result of a settlement and licensing deal with Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB)involving an ongoing patent dispute over the multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera. Per the terms of the deal, Biogen will fork overa non-refundable$1.25 billion licensing fee, and possibly pay 10% to 20% royalties on Tecfidera’snet sales to Forward starting in 2021.

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    While that’s fine for clinical trials, it may make it difficult for Ionis’ drugs to compete with drugs that work as well but don’t have side effects that need to be monitored. Of course, for Spinraza, which Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB) and Ionis recently got approved for spinal muscular atrophy, side effects aren’t an issue because there aren’t any other treatment options at the moment.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) had its short interest increase to 2.63 million shares from the previous 2.36 million. The stock closed Friday at $305.20, within a 52-week range of $223.02 to $333.65.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Navigant Consulting, Inc.(NCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI) were down 14 percent to $17.02 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.

    Hertz Global Holdings, Inc (NYSE: HTZ) was down, falling around 18 percent to $14.24. Barclays downgraded Hertz from Equal-Weight to Underweight.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: American Electric Power Company, Inc.(AEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Masco (MAS) , American Electric Power (AEP) and Valmont Industries (VMI) .

    Cramer was bearish on Wisconsin Energy (WEC) .

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: SanDisk Corporation(SNDK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

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

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

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

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

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Barracuda Networks peaking in 2015 before underperforming and moving back to break even levels while mid cap Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) and large cap Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) also peaked in 2015, fell backand appear to be bouncing back:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Last November, I compared Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW) with FireEye (NASDAQ:FEYE) to see which one was the better play on the growing cybersecurity market. I concluded that FireEye was a slightly better pick than Palo Alto, due to its cost-cutting measures, lower valuation, and takeover potential.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    When revenue inPalo Alto Networks Inc.’s (NYSE:PANW) latest quarter fell short of Wall Street’s expectations a few weeks ago, shares of the next-gen security specialist plummeted more than 20% in a single day. To blame, according to Palo Alto, were execution challenges that the company insists it’s “moving quickly to address.”

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) was down, falling around 23 percent to $116.87. Palo Alto posted upbeat Q2 earnings, but sales missed expectations. The company also issued a weak forecast for the current quarter. JP Morgan downgraded Palo Alto from Overweight to Neutral, while Baird downgraded the stock from Outperform to Neutral.

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW) stock has rallied about 5% in May (as of this writing), thanks to fellow cybersecurity specialist FireEye’s robust first-quarter results. It appears that FireEye’s impressive full-year guidance helped to trigger a rally for Palo Alto before major cybersecurity attacks across the world lifted shares for the entire industry. All of this activity must come as a sigh of relief for Palo Alto investors after the stock sank over 20% in a single day following disappointing second-quarter results and weak guidance.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: VALE S.A.(VALE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Mosaic (MOS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after announcing that it would buy Vale’s (VALE) fertilizer unit.

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    Mosaicdropped 1.1% to $27.77 today, while the S&P 500 advanced 0.2% to 2,262.53.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high put options activity in Arconic Inc (NYSE: ARNC) and Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE: VALE).