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Plenty of fixed income exchange-traded funds are benefiting from the Federal Reserve's reluctance to raise interest rates this year. That group includes, but is not limited to U.S. government bond funds, emerging markets debt ETFs and high-yield corporate bond offerings.

Predictably, the corners of the bond market and the ETFs offering exposure to those areas that would be alright with higher interest rates are being pinched. That includes convertible bonds and ETFs such as the SPDR Barclays Capital Convertible SecETF (NYSE: CWB), the largest ETF dedicated to convertible bonds.

understanding the stock market: 2U, Inc.(TWOU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Kretzmann]

    Since its IPO in March 2014, 2U (NASDAQ:TWOU) stock is up over 160% as the company forges partnerships with famous schools, including Georgetown, Yale, Berkeley, and New York University.

understanding the stock market: FXCM Inc.(FXCM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    FXCM Inc (NASDAQ: FXCM) shares dropped 53 percent to $3.24 after the company announced regulatory settlements with NFA and CFTC against its U.S. subsidiary, Forex Capital Markets LLC. Gain Capital Holdings Inc (NYSE: GCAP) agreed to acquire the client base of FXCM's U.S. operations after FXCM reported that it will be withdrawing from U.S. business.

understanding the stock market: Nordstrom Inc.(JWN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    By now, we all know retailers are facing a tough time. More and more, people are choosing to shop online, putting sales under pressure and leaving many with too many stores. Some department stores have begun to acknowledge the problems–but will they be able to adjust quickly enough in a rapidly changing landscape? Credit Suisse analyst Christian Bussand team believe this process is “well under way” but that didn’t stop them from downgrading Kohl’s (KSS) and J.C. Penney (JCP), even as they upgraded Nordstrom (JWN) and Burlington Stores(BURL). They explain why:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    For Nordstrom Inc. (JWN) , this means that its recent C-suite recruits and initiatives signal a digital push, especially in customer experience and logistics. Although the digital team shakeups began in 2016, Nordstrom’s steps toward innovation became all the more germane this summer when the department store’s founding family revealed that it’s considering going private.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap department store stock Dillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS), whos potential peers includemid caps Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) and Nordstrom, Inc (NYSE: JWN) and small cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP), is the most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 60.80% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) which rose about 6% to $47.73. The stocks 52-week range is $39.53 to $62.82. Volume was 9.4 million compared to its average volume of 1.9 million.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Mark Sebastian of Option Pit shared with the viewers of Bloomberg Markets a bearish options trading idea in Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN).

    The stock traded 5.74 percent higher after the company reported strong Q4 earnings, but Sebastian thinks the rally isn't sustainable and he wants to make a bearish trade in the name.

understanding the stock market: Swift Transportation Company(SWFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Swift Transportation (SWFT) is up 18.2% on news that it will merge with Knight Transportation (KNX), up 11%.

    Endo International(ENDP) is up 4.3% after preannouncing first-quarter earnings in line with analysts’ estimates.

    Tesla (TSLA) is up 1.9% after Piper Jaffray upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral.

    J.M. Smucker (SJM) is down 1.1% after Morgan Stanley cut it to Underweight from Equal Weight.

    Hilton Worldwide(HLT) is up 1.9% after Goldman Sachs upgraded it to Conviction Buy from Buy.

    Ulta Beauty(ULTA) is up 0.7% after Loop Capital upgraded it to Buy from Hold.

    Canada Goose (GOOS) is up 1.5% after a number of firms, including Goldman Sachs, Barclays, BMO Capital Markets, and Canaccord initiated coverage of the stock with a Buy rating, although it also got a few Hold ratings. as well.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Knight Transportation (NYSE:KNX) is merging with Swift Transportation (NYSE:SWFT) to build a $5 billion trucking behemoth — and Wall Street thinks that’s a good thing.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian said he noticed unusually high volume in the April 23 calls in Swift Transportation Co (NYSE: SWFT) on Wednesday. Traders bought around 3,500 contracts in the first half of the trading session and they $1 paid for them. The trade breaks even at $24 or 8.45 percent above the current market price. Jon Najarian followed the trade and he is planning to hold the position for two weeks.

understanding the stock market: Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated(PEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG).

    The firm has lifted its rating on PEG from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has raised the company’s price target from $36 to $37. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $32.42.

    Analyst Paul Fremont commented: “We are upgrading to Buy based on the improving outlook for regulatory approval of the company’s “Energy Strong” capital spending program.

    “Each $1.0 billion of incremental spending will add an estimated $0.10 to PEG’s earnings. We assume that incremental spending is funded by debt and by incremental cash expected from the increasing gas basis differential between the Leidy hub and New Jersey. Our new estimates are considerably higher than consensus in 2014-16.”

    Public Service Enterprise Group shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 6% YTD.

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Here's a recap of the option alerts from Thursday, July 27, 2017. All timestamps are in Eastern Time.

1:31:40 pm: SNAP SNAP Sep 15 $14 Puts at the Bid: 2582 @ $1.861 vs 354 OI; Ref=$13.54

12:00:29 pm: INTC Intel Sep. 2018 $33 Puts Sweep (22) at the Bid: 1076 @ $2.55 vs 138 OI; Ref=$34.967

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Globalstar Inc.(GSAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Globalstar (NYSEMKT:GSAT) has been growing its total sales, but still struggles with its bottom line. 2016 revenue increased 7%,but another round of financing could be needed to keep things afloat, as operating margin is still deep in the red. The company is making some headway, but time could be running out for the satellite communications provider.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.(HP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    While Loop maintains a Buy rating on all of the stocks mentioned above, Guggenheim analyst Michael LaMotte isn’t quite so bullish on the sector. Earlier this week, LaMotte downgraded the following oil services stocks from Buy to Neutral:

    Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI)
    Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc (NYSE: FMSA)
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP)
    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR)
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB)
    Halliburton
    Superior Energy Services

    Guggenheim also cut its 2017 oil price forecast from $55 to $48/bbl.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) posted upbeat results for its fourth quarter.
    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter and issued strong Q3 guidance.
    Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) proposed to acquire Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) for $225 per share in cash and stock.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    The oil services industry was one of the hardest hit energy segments during the collapse of the oil market. But incredibly, oil & gas driller Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP) raised its quarterly dividend as recently as August.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    The energy sector is feeling the pinch of low oil and natural gas prices, which has been a headwind for oil field services industry stalwart Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP) and dragged down investor sentiment for midstream sector players Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) and Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE:BPL). But each of these companies has a long history of increasing dividends annually, which means that the bad news today is likely to be good news for dividend lovers looking for big yields.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.(AXSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, ourUnder the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stock Axsome Therapeutics (NASDAQ: AXSM):

  • [By William Romov]

    Currently trading at $4.85, Manhattan-based Axsome Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: AXSM) makes drugs to treat depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and chronic pain.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Axsome Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AXSM) shares dropped 18 percent to $3.62. Axsome Therapeutics priced 3.74 million shares at $3.74 per share.

    Shares of Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) were down around 11 percent to $12.10 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings and issued a weak forecast.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Silver Wheaton Corp(SLW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW), of course, is a streamer like Sandstorm and Franco, but it is the largest in the precious-metals industry, and arguably the best-known, because its business model came to define what streaming is. Although it is known primarily for its silver contracts, Silver Wheaton also has sizable gold production that makes it worth your attention.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated(PEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG).

    The firm has lifted its rating on PEG from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has raised the company’s price target from $36 to $37. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $32.42.

    Analyst Paul Fremont commented: “We are upgrading to Buy based on the improving outlook for regulatory approval of the company’s “Energy Strong” capital spending program.

    “Each $1.0 billion of incremental spending will add an estimated $0.10 to PEG’s earnings. We assume that incremental spending is funded by debt and by incremental cash expected from the increasing gas basis differential between the Leidy hub and New Jersey. Our new estimates are considerably higher than consensus in 2014-16.”

    Public Service Enterprise Group shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 6% YTD.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation(AMTD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Looking for a list of the most common stocks sold by retail investors? Well, TD Ameritrade Holding Corp, (NASDAQ: AMTD) recently ranked as the top retail broker, releases on a monthly basis a few interesting tidbits that gauge the trading activity of its clients.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    After a slight pullback in April following a series of all-time highs, TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD)’s monthly summary of its Investor Movement Index showed its customers regained much of their former bullishness in May.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

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

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    After a another month of record highs for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which surpassed the $21,000 mark, and the S&P 500, which topped $2,400, TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD) released its March report for the Investor Movement Index. Tracking retail investor movement in and out of equities, the IMX, like the markets at large, hit a new high of 6.22 and showed retail investors were net buyers of equity over the month.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

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

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DETROIT Volkswagen Group pleadedguilty Friday to three criminal chargesarising from its diesel emissions scandal, setting it up for a penalty that will probably propel its total costs fromthe debacle past the $20 billion mark.

U.S. District Court Judge Sean Coxin Detroitaccepted the plea but postponed agreeing to proposed fines and terms of a settlement. Another hearing was set for April 21.

Volkswagen, the German automaker that became an icon with its humble Beetle, pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, obstructionof justice and misrepresenting the capability of vehicles with diesel engines it imported into the USA.

Cox said he wanted more time to review the terms of the settlement agreement, which proposes a $4.3 billion fine that is far less than what the company could be fined under federal sentencing guidelines.Volkswagen has agreed to settlements worth about $17 billion for U.S. consumers and dealers who own the automaker’s diesel vehicles.

stock market stocks: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.(GMCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

    But for short sellers in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq: GMCR), there's another outcome: They've been badly burned as shares have surged, but they insist they've been right all along, and it's only a matter of time before the stock crashes and burns.

  • [By Canadian Value]

    So Im going to stick my next out and share my views on four battleground stocks that are among my favorite shorts: World Acceptance (WRLD), Green Mountain (GMCR), Herbalife (HLF), and InterOil (IOC). And next week at the Value Investing Congress I will present another short, my largest.

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    As badly as short sellers want to hate on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), betting against the multiyear rally in this $12.7 billion beverage stock has been about as wise as eating from a box with a skull and crossbones on it. And as a bull market continues to lift all ships, Green Mountain’s ship is going to keep floating above the others.

    Green Mountain owns Keurig, the brand of beverage brewers that use self-contained K-Cups to make coffee, teas, and other drinks. While Keurig’s “fad” status has certainly helped tip the deck against GMCR, the fact remains that the firm has done most of the hard work in getting Keurig machines accepted by consumers. With brewers essentially ubiquitous at this point, the firm is able to make money on its cash cow: the K-Cups.

    Keurig’s individual-serving cups have big margins and a big installed base. With huge convenience and the relatively large sunk cost that consumers have put into their Keurig machines, it’s a sticky business with big switching costs. Consumers who buy a Keurig are much less likely to spend the money on a competing brand of proprietary coffee pods.

    I’ve said before that GMCR is far from cheap right now. But its momentum trajectory is showing few signs of fizzling out, especially as direct competitors such as Starbucks (SBUX) continue to sell K-Cups of their own. Don’t bet against GMCR in September – buy this Rocket Stock instead.

stock market stocks: Abbott Laboratories(ABT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    AbbVie has distributed a significant amount of its earnings in the form of dividends (~60 percent) since the company spun off from Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) in 2013. The company appears to be trading at a 10 percent discount to fair value when applying similar assumptions in the 5-year dividend discount model as shown below.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Abbott Laboratories (ABT) , Dycom Industries (DY) and Howard Hughes (HHC) .

    Cramer was bearish on Headwaters (HW) , EnergySolutions (ES) , Western Refining (WNR) and Horizon Pharmaceuticals (HZNP) .

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Finally, and as the icing on the cake, Wall Street uncovered via a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) sold 44 million shares of Mylan stock at $41.60, reducing its remaining position in the company to 25.75 million shares, or about 4.8% of its outstanding shares. Considering all the issues Mylan has had recently, the fact that Abbott substantially pared its large holding in the company is a bit worrisome.

stock market stocks: Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated(PEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG).

    The firm has lifted its rating on PEG from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has raised the company’s price target from $36 to $37. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $32.42.

    Analyst Paul Fremont commented: “We are upgrading to Buy based on the improving outlook for regulatory approval of the company’s “Energy Strong” capital spending program.

    “Each $1.0 billion of incremental spending will add an estimated $0.10 to PEG’s earnings. We assume that incremental spending is funded by debt and by incremental cash expected from the increasing gas basis differential between the Leidy hub and New Jersey. Our new estimates are considerably higher than consensus in 2014-16.”

    Public Service Enterprise Group shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 6% YTD.

stock market stocks: Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation(LGF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA) (NYSE: LGF) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $740.67 million.

    Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE: EV) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.48 per share on revenue of $321.42 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

    GrubHub Inc (NYSE: GRUB) Sep16 35.0 Calls Sweep: 1054 @ ASK $1.40: 2690 traded vs 178 OI: Earnings 7/26 $30.03 Ref
    Macy's, Inc. (NYSE: M) Jul16 34.0 Calls Sweep: 1000 @ ASK $0.90: 13k traded vs 16k OI: Earnings 8/10 $33.14 Ref
    Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA) (NYSE: LGF) Jul16 21.0 Calls Sweep: 714 @ ASK $1.30: 778 traded vs 53 OI: Earnings 8/4 $21.64 Ref
    SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) Sep16 19.0 Calls Sweep: 1500 @ ASK $0.66: 1967 traded vs 12k OI: Earnings 7/26 $15.05 Ref
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) Oct16 5.0 Calls Sweep: 4790 @ ASK $0.78: 9909 traded vs 4435 OI: Earnings 7/21 $5.01 Ref
    Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) Jul16 21.0 Calls Sweep: 2000 @ ASK $0.22: 5794 traded vs 1474 OI: Earnings 8/9 $19.98 Ref
    Mobileye NV (NYSE: MBLY) Fri 7/22 40.0 Calls (Wkly) Sweep: 2331 @ ASK $1.30: 2481 traded vs 36 OI: Earnings 8/4 $38.08 Ref

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Starz (STRZA) has jumped 14% to$32.16 after agreeing to be purchased by Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) in a deal that values Starz at about $4.4 billion. Lions Gate has climbed 9.4% to $22.90.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Here we think names trading in the mid-single digit multiple range such as AMC Networks (AMCX) should benefit the most as should Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) / Starz (STRZA), Viacom (VIAB), Viacom (VIA) and Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI).

stock market stocks: Ultralife Corporation(ULBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Energous Corporation and potential small cap networking or power peer Acacia Communications (NASDAQ: ACIA) having a run up late last year while small cap Ultralife Corp (NASDAQ: ULBI) is heading back up to previous highs and EnSync Inc (NYSEMKT: ESNC) has underperformed:

stock market stocks: GTx Inc.(GTXI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    One biopharmaceutical player that’s rapidly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade is GTx (GTXI), which is dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of small molecules that selectively target hormone pathways to treat cancer, osteoporosis and bone loss, muscle loss and other serious medical condition. This stock has been hammered by the bears so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 53%.

    If you look at the chart for GTx, you’ll notice that this stock recently gapped down sharply from over $4 to below $1.50 a share with heavy downside volume. Following that gap down, shares of GTXI have rebounded sharply and started to uptrend, with the stock moving higher from its low of $1.31 to its recent high of $1.96 a share. During that move, shares of GTXI have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of GTXI within range of triggering a major breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in GTXI if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance at $1.96 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above that level with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 1.35 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then GTXI will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from August that started just above $4 a share. Some possible upside targets if GTXI gets into that gap with volume are $2.50 to $3 a share, or possibly even $3.50 a share.

    Traders can look to buy GTXI off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support at $1.50 a share. One can also buy GTXI off strength once it takes out $1.96 a share with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

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Portfolio Grader currently ranks Oasis Petroleum Inc (NYSE:OAS) a Sell. The approach to investing incorporated in this analytical tool developed by Louis Navellier assesses and ranks nearly 5,000 stocks each week from a fundamental and quantitative perspective. The shares have been downgraded from a Hold to a Sell in the last week.

The company is one of 290 companies within the Oil Gas & Consumable Fuels GICS industry group, which is in turn part of the 363 company GICS Energy sector. OAS has a market value of $2.4 billion which is in the top half of its industry group The ranking for OAS by Portfolio Grader places it 205 among the 290 companies in this industry group, giving it a lower than average position.

The Energy sector is ranked number 12 among the 12 sectors in the Portfolio Grader universe putting it as the least attractive sector of all the GICS sectors. The Oil Gas & Consumable Fuels industry group is ranked 66 among the 69 industry groups within the GICS sectors, placing it well below-average in terms of the Navellier scoring system.

penny stock finder: The Middleby Corporation(MIDD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Middleby Corp (NASDAQ: MIDD) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $515.56 million.

    Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.70 per share on revenue of $360.22 million.

penny stock finder: Meredith Corporation(MDP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Meredith Corp. (NYSE: MDP), the publishing, database and television station owner, has been described in several media reports as the most likely buyer of Time Inc. (NYSE: TIME). However, there are reports that the talks have stalled over valuation, which many experts believe will need to be above $20 a share to get the approval of Time’s board.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Meredith Corp. (NYSE: MDP) was maintained as Hold but the price target was raised to $65 (versus a $62.75 close) at Benchmark.

    Norfolk Southern Co. (NYSE: NSC) was downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital Markets.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP), a company that owns multiple TV stations, digital and mobile operations and other media platforms, agreed to acquire Time Inc (NYSE: TIME), the content company best known for operating People, Time, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated magazines.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP), a company that owns multiple TV stations, digital and mobile operations and other media platforms, agreed to acquire Time Inc (NYSE: TIME), the content company best known for operating People, Time, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated magazines.

penny stock finder: Zillow Group, Inc.(Z)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Zillow Group Inc. (NASDAQ:Z)(NASDAQ:ZG)climbed 13.8% in the month of April,according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence, ahead of the online real estate specialist’s impending first-quarter 2017 report.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    The stock market was mostly flat today ahead of a key House vote on the passage of the Republicans’ healthcare bill, which was delayed until Friday after GOP lawmakers failed to gather the necessary support. TheDow Jones Industrial Averagelost just 5 points, or 0.02%, while other broader market indexes saw similar small declines. But several individual stocks saw much more severe drops, including Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z) (NASDAQ:ZG), Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT), and Accenture (NYSE:ACN). Read on to see what drove these unusual moves.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    Also in this week’s Barron’s:

    A special report on strategic beta ETFs How to take advantage of underpriced stocks Who is in denial about the death of the personal computer market Finding the best value mutual funds Finding value in big stocks and emerging markets How mining companies are striving for sustainability Why Zillow Group, Inc.-Class C (NASDAQ: Z) could fall 25 percent Six unconventional yield plays for an uncertain market Why Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) investors may lose in hot IPO

    Disclosure: At the time of this writing, the author had no position in the mentioned equities.

penny stock finder: Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated(PEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG).

    The firm has lifted its rating on PEG from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has raised the company’s price target from $36 to $37. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $32.42.

    Analyst Paul Fremont commented: “We are upgrading to Buy based on the improving outlook for regulatory approval of the company’s “Energy Strong” capital spending program.

    “Each $1.0 billion of incremental spending will add an estimated $0.10 to PEG’s earnings. We assume that incremental spending is funded by debt and by incremental cash expected from the increasing gas basis differential between the Leidy hub and New Jersey. Our new estimates are considerably higher than consensus in 2014-16.”

    Public Service Enterprise Group shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 6% YTD.

penny stock finder: Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc.(AFOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc (NASDAQ: AFOP) shares shot up 19 percent to $18.47 after the company agreed to be acquired by Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) for $18.50 per share.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Alliance Fiber Optic Products (NASDAQ: AFOP) shares rose 7.21% to $21.70. The volume of Alliance Fiber Optic Products shares traded was 397% higher than normal. Alliance Fiber Optic lifted its Q3 revenue outlook.

penny stock finder: ANSYS, Inc.(ANSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

Best Heal Care Stocks For 2018

Next week’s game plan is all about the Federal Reserve, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Friday. After today’s strong employment numbers however, Cramer said he’s rooting for an interest rate hike — which would benefit the financials — and a rally isn’t a rally unless the banks are a part of it.

Cramer’s game plan starts on Monday, with earnings from Del Taco Restaurants (TACO)  . Despite strong same-store sales last quarter, Cramer said he’s expecting a struggle this quarter.

Next, on Tuesday, Cramer’s eyes will be on HD Supply (HDS) , the little-known construction supplier with 500,000 customers. This is one investors need to know about, Cramer said.

Wednesday will see the Fed’s latest read on the economy and interest rates, but Cramer will also look to Oracle (ORCL) for a read on software sales, especially overseas.

Best Heal Care Stocks For 2018: Lam Research Corporation(LRCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Lam Research (LRCX) has consistently outgrown the overall semiconductor-equipment market due to its high exposure to 3D NAND flash memory.

    Demand for wafer-fabrication equipment is notoriously volatile. However, over the last 90 days, the consensus profit estimate for this year jumped 17%, with 95% of analysts raising their targets.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lam Research (LRCX) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after beating earnings forecasts and raising its fourth-quarter guidance.

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    Lam Researchgained 6.9% to $136.17 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,338.17.

    Credit Suisse analysts Farhan Ahmad and John Pitzer and argues that Lam Research’s “new trough is higher than [its] old peak.” They explain:

    We expect that bears will continue to argue that CY17 is a “Peak” year; however we think that investors are missing that it now costs >2x more to get incremental bit growth than three years ago. It is noteworthy that despite ~$17bn of memory WFE in 2016 both NAND and DRAM markets went from oversupply to undersupply – implying that new trough for memory investments is even higher than old peak (2010 memory peak had WFE of $12.6bn). We view Semi Growth, rising capital intensity, and growing China CapEx as secular multiyear themes, which could continue to provide growth in coming years. In addition, in case of tax reform there could be potential to return >$50 per share to shareholders by 2020…Increase TP to $160 (from $143), based on 12x of CY18 EPS plus net cash adj for taxes.

    Lam Research’s market capitalization rose to $22.2 billion today from $20.8 billion yesterday.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The same case is made for Action Alerts PLUS holding Alphabet (GOOGL) and for Lam Research (LRCX) and Broadcom (AVGO) and Growth Seeker holding Amazon (AMZN) –and a host of other high-growth companies.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was a mixed day for the stock market, as the Dow Jones Industrials dropped by triple digits but other major benchmarks fared much better. Crude oil prices fell nearly $2 per barrel to $50.50, and that hurt energy companies, along with a poor earnings report from technology giant IBM. Yet the broader market held up better, and the Nasdaq Composite actually gained ground. In particular, some good news from a few individual companies helped hold the markets up, and CalAmp (NASDAQ:CAMP), Lithia Motors (NYSE:LAD), and Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

Best Heal Care Stocks For 2018: Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated(PEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG).

    The firm has lifted its rating on PEG from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has raised the company’s price target from $36 to $37. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $32.42.

    Analyst Paul Fremont commented: “We are upgrading to Buy based on the improving outlook for regulatory approval of the company’s “Energy Strong” capital spending program.

    “Each $1.0 billion of incremental spending will add an estimated $0.10 to PEG’s earnings. We assume that incremental spending is funded by debt and by incremental cash expected from the increasing gas basis differential between the Leidy hub and New Jersey. Our new estimates are considerably higher than consensus in 2014-16.”

    Public Service Enterprise Group shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 6% YTD.

Best Heal Care Stocks For 2018: Extreme Networks Inc.(EXTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Azam Zariff]

    Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR), a communication company, has been on a surge the past year. From the low of $2.32 to high of $8.11 in just over a year, this stock might continue to rise. Besides the strong financials, and positive acquisition news, EXTR current price is testing the high of $8.11 and once the price breaks above $8.11, we can expect the price to surge.

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Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.(LITB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap China based online retailstockLightinthebox Holding Co (NYSE: LITB) as a long/buy trade:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap China based online retailstockLightinthebox Holding Co (NYSE: LITB) reportedQ1 2017 earnings as net revenues increased 8.0% to $72.7 million (above the high end of the Company’s guidance of $72.0 million). Net revenues from product sales were $64.8 million versus$61.9 million and net revenues from service and others were $7.9 million versus $5.4 million in the same quarter of 2016. As a percentage of net revenues, service and others accounted for 10.9% during the first quarter of 2017. Total orders of product sales were 1.6 million for the first quarter of 2017 versus1.7 million in the same quarter of 2016 while the total number of product sales customers was 1.2 million versus 1.4 million.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc.(NGVC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Whole Foods Market shows along with mid cap peerSprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ: SFM) and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) appearing to all be in downtrends that may or may not have leveled off:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Whole Foods Market shows along with mid cap peerSprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ: SFM) and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) largely drifting lower with two price spikes:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Whole Foods Market shows shares still lower than they were five years ago whilepeers in the organic space like Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ: SFM) and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) have performed worst:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc (NYSE: NGVC) was down, falling around 33 percent to $5.70 as the company posted downbeat quarterly results and lowered its FY17 earnings guidance.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.(HAIN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) has jumped 13% to $40.40 after announcing that an independent review found no evidence that accounting errors were intentional.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of United Natural Foods,Whole Foods Market and The Hain Celestial Group, Inc (NASDAQ: HAIN),a previous SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio pick, all having similar looking charts albeit HAIN has performed better:

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    Shareholders of Hain Celestial (NASDAQ:HAIN) have endured a stomach-churning year. In August, the company announced that it would have to delay filing its quarterly report, saying: “The Company is currently evaluating whether the revenue associated with [Concessions that were granted to certain distributors]was accounted for in the correct period.”

  • [By Jason Hall]

    It’s been a very long time since Hain Celestial Group Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN) reported its financial and operating results, having last reported on May 4, 2016. Since then, the company has delayed its filings multiple times because of accounting issues tied to the timing of revenue recognition.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap natural and organic food stock Hain Celestial Group, Inc (NASDAQ: HAIN) reported long delayed earnings before the market opened this morning to avoid being delisted plusgave an update on an accounting probe. The last timethe Companyreported financial results was in May 2016. Then lastAugust, Hain Celestial Group delayed fiscal 2016 results, missed full-year guidance and announced potential accounting troubles stemming from revenue-recognition timing issues.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF(VCSH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    and the Vanguard Short Term Corporate Bond ETF (NASDAQ: VCSH).

    Three of Vanguard's mega-cap equity ETFs now sport annual expense ratios of 0.07 percent, down from 0.09 percent. Those ETFs are the Vanguard Mega Cap ETF (NYSE: MGC), Vanguard Mega Cap 300 Growth Index ETF (NYSE: MGK) and the Vanguard Mega Cap Value Index ETF (NYSE: MGV).

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of SWISS RE LTD’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=SWISS+RE+LTD

    These are the top 5 holdings of SWISS RE LTDiShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) – 1,641,300 shares, 34.54% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 6.79%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,003,200 shares, 20.97% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 34.15%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 2,800,100 shares, 15.78% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 170.34%iShares 1-3 Year Credit Bond ETF (CSJ) – 1,659,000 shares, 15.1% of the total portfolio. New PositionVanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH) – 937,000 shares, 6.48% of the total po

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Revlon, Inc.(REV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares of Revlon, Inc.(NYSE:REV) surged last month after the company announced a restructuring plan. According to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, the stock gained 15%. The bulk of the increase came in the middle of the month when the restructuring plan was announced.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated(PEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG).

    The firm has lifted its rating on PEG from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has raised the company’s price target from $36 to $37. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $32.42.

    Analyst Paul Fremont commented: “We are upgrading to Buy based on the improving outlook for regulatory approval of the company’s “Energy Strong” capital spending program.

    “Each $1.0 billion of incremental spending will add an estimated $0.10 to PEG’s earnings. We assume that incremental spending is funded by debt and by incremental cash expected from the increasing gas basis differential between the Leidy hub and New Jersey. Our new estimates are considerably higher than consensus in 2014-16.”

    Public Service Enterprise Group shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 6% YTD.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Suncor Energy Inc.(SU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Chuck Saletta, Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Jordan Wathen]

    With that in mind, we asked a team of Fools each to highlight a stock that a billionaire investor has been selling recently. Read on to see why they chose Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG), and Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY).

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The six companies that met the criterion are:

    Oshkosh Corp (NYSE: OSK). Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX). SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN). Suncor Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SU). Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD). Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS).
    Oshkosh

    Oshkosh is a manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies and is based in Wisconsin. The company operates under four business segments, namely access equipment, defense, fire and emergency, and commercial.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    In Canada, for example, the company and its partners Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A)(NYSE:RDS-B) and Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU) came up dry in their initial exploration attempts in the Shelburne Basin offshore Nova Scotia. The first noncommercial well forced Suncor Energy to write off 105 million Canadian dollars ($78.7 million) for its 20% stake in the well. Meanwhile, ConocoPhillips recorded a total of $187 million of dry hole expenses in Canada last year after it wrote off two wells.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: NextEra Energy Partners, LP(NEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Company Name

    Share PriceYTDMarket CapClayton Williams Energy Inc. (NYSE: CWEI)$138.8216.4%2.4BDiamondback Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: FANG)$106.365.42%$9.38BWestern Gas Partners LP (NYSE: WES)$65.6411.71%$9.67BTesoro Logistics LP (NYSE: TLLP)$59.3416.79%$6.25BResolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN)$46.0811.87%$931.13MAntero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AM)$34.9813.28%$6.4BExterran Corp. (NYSE: EXTN)$33.9942.22%$1.19BDominion Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: DM)$32.9011.34%$2.6BNextEra Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NEP)$31.1922.12%$1.68BArchrock Inc. (NYSE: AROC)$16.0021.21%$1.12B

    While some of these stocks have performed well, we arent recommending this list of natural gas stocks. Thats because we arent interested in stocks that have already peaked at Money Morning; were interested in the next big winner. And we have one that could surge in 2017

  • [By Travis Hoium]

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

  • [By Travis Hoium]

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

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kana Nishizawa]

    China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.(AFSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market kept performing well on Monday, and the Dow Jones Industrials posted its 12th straight all-time record high. Market sentiment was sunny following the release of Warren Buffett’s annual shareholder letter over the weekend, and the Oracle of Omaha made positive comments about the sustainability of the current bull market, which was able to overcome early declines in the major market benchmarks. However, some stocks didn’t fare as well as the overall market, and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI), and Horizon Pharma (NASDAQ:HZNP) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

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

    Shares of AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) were down around 18 percent to $22.79 after the company posted downbeat Q4 earnings.

    Shutterstock Inc (NYSE: SSTK) was down, falling around 19 percent to $42.04 after the company reported downbeat Q4 results and issued a weak outlook.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped more than 18% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $22.58 after closing at $27.66 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume was more than 10 times the daily average of around 670,000 shares. The company missed profit estimates this morning.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped about 28% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $13.51 after closing Monday at $18.87. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume of about 19 million shares was about 9 times the daily average of around 2.1 million. A whistleblower report has resulted in an SEC probe into the company’s accounting practices.