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Top 5 Value Stocks To Watch For 2018

Raymond James analyst Christopher Raymond and team sayAbbVie (ABBV) is “not your father’s biotech company” as they initiate coverage with an Outperform rating:

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Initiating coverage of ABBV shares with an Outperform rating and an $82 price target as we think uncertainty over Humira’s intellectual property (IP) creates an opportunity to own this name at a significant discount to its peers before the full extent of the drug’s revenue tail becomes reflected in the stock. Coupling that with a rapidly diversifying portfolio, numerous upcoming value-enhancing catalysts, and a decent dividend yield, we think shares can continue to work higher over the next several quarters.

Not your father’s biotech company. Having spun out of Abbott Laboratories (ABT) in 2013, and based in North Chicago, IL, AbbVie comes with a decidedly different pedigree than most biotechs. Indeed, most investors we speak with tend to lump the company in with large pharma – simply by virtue of this legacy. However, with a growth profile, product offering, and pipeline that is every bit that of a biotech company, we think this name should increasingly be viewed through such a lens…

Top 5 Value Stocks To Watch For 2018: Arlington Asset Investment Corp(AI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    The first stock on our list today is Arlington Asset Management Corp. (NYSE: AI), which primarily acquires and holds mortgage-related assets. The company’s portfolio consists mostly of agency-backed mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and private-label, residential MBS. The best part is its massive 17.4% dividend yield.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Watch For 2018: Timken Company (The)(TKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Timken (TKR) was downgraded to neutral from buy at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $40 price target. The valuation is less attractive, as the stock is up 35% year-to-date, analysts said. 

Top 5 Value Stocks To Watch For 2018: Seaboard Corporation(SEB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Udovich]

    Thanksgiving is almost here and aside from featuring a turkey, most Thanksgiving dinners will include items from a range of consumer stocks including Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB), Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC), Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc (NYSE: FDP) and McCormick & Company (NYSE: MKC) along with aThanksgiving turkey from Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL)or Seaboard Corporation (NYSEAMEX: SEB). According tothe American Farm Bureau Federation,a classic Thanksgiving dinner will cost$49.87 for a gathering of 10 orjust under $5 per person down from 2015s all-time high of $50.11.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here is a table of the 10 most expensive stocks trading on U.S. markets today:

    Company (Ticker)Price per ShareMarket CapBerkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A)$ 257,227.52$ 419.50 billionSeaboard Corp. (NYSEMKT: SEB)$ 3,760.00$ 4.48 billionNVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR)$ 1,944.23$ 7.19 billionThe Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN)$ 1,727.94$ 80.82 billionMarkel Corp. (NYSE: MKL)$ 978.51$ 13.78 billionWhite Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM)$ 935.01$ 4.25 billionAmazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)$ 846.08$ 408.27 billionAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL)$ 844.06$ 582.85 billionAutoZone Inc. (NYSE: AZO)$ 744.26$ 21.04 billionIntuitive Surgical Inc. (Nasdaq: ISRG)$ 735.63$ 28.41 billion

  • [By John Udovich]

    Thanksgiving is almost here but the exit of both Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NYSE: PPC) and Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD) to focus on their chicken or pork businesses (the latter was also acquired by the Chinese) leaves just two big Thanksgiving turkey stocks, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) and Seaboard Corporation (NYSEAMEX: SEB), for investors to consider. According to the American Far Bureau, a 16-pound turkey will (on average) come in at a total of $22.74 this year or roughly $1.42 per pound for a decrease of 2 cents per pound or a total of 30 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2015. The price drop may be a transition back to the norm as the significant bird flu outbreak last year hurt the nations supply of both turkey and eggs.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Watch For 2018: Asbury Automotive Group Inc(ABG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Inyoung Hwang]

    Fresnillo Plc (FRES) and Polymetal International Plc sank at least 7 percent to lead declines in the Stoxx 600 after the precious-metals producers were not included in the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index. Fresnillo tumbled 13 percent to 1,045 pence. Polymetal plunged 7.1 percent to 659.5 pence. African Barrick Gold Plc (ABG) also fell, losing 12 percent to 143.9 pence.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Watch For 2018: Rite Aid Corporation(RAD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    In addition to having a rough sales month, Fred’s is still in limbo when it comes to possibly buying 865 stores from Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA) and Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) for $950 million in cash. That deal would more than double the size of the company, which essentially makes any past sales trends irrelevant.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap retail drugstore stock Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) reported fiscal Q1 earnings plus announced the immediate termination of the merger agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA). Instead, Rite Aid Corporation announced an asset purchase agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliance wherebythe latterwill acquire 2,186 stores (along withrelated distribution assets and inventory from Rite Aid) for an all-cash purchase price of $5.175 billion (on a cash-free, debt-free basis). The 2,186 stores included in the agreement are primarily located in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions of the United States.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) posted a new 52-week low of $3.75 on Thursday, down about 8% compared with Wednesday’s closing price of $4.08. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.77. Volume was about 25% above the daily average of around 25 million shares. Investors may still be reacting to a report late Wednesday that the Federal Trade Commission may block the company’s pending takeover by Walgreens.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) , General Motors (GM) , Pandora Media (P) , Cedar Fair (FUN) , Quotient Technology (QUOT) and Rite Aid (RAD) .

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) fiscal third-quarter results are due out first thing on Friday. The consensus forecast sees $0.04 in per-share earningsand $8.22 billion in revenue. The shareprice ended last weekat $8.23. The consensus price target is $8.69. The 52-week range is $6.33 to $8.50.

Rite Aid Corporation Q3 Earnings Report: The Struggle Continues

Smallcap retail drugstore stock Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) reported Q3 2018 earnings after the market closed Wednesday as the Company struggles with falling profitsin its pharmacy business as increases in branded drug prices have slowed while reimbursement pressure for generics has increased.

Revenues from continuing operations were $5.4 billion versus revenues from continuing operations of $5.7 billion as Retail Pharmacy Segment revenuesfell 3% to$4.0 billion primarily as a result of a decrease in same store sales and reimbursement rates. Revenues in the company’s Pharmacy Services Segment were $1.4 billion and fell 12.2%due to an election to participate in fewer Medicare Part D regions and a decline in commercial business. Same store sales from continuing operations decreased 2.5% from the prior year consisting of a 3.5% decrease in pharmacy sales and a 0.5% decrease in front-end sales. Pharmacy sales included an approximate 198 basis point negative impact from new generic introductions while the number of prescriptions filled in same stores (adjusted to 30-day equivalents) decreased 2.4% from the prior year period due in part to exclusion from certain pharmacy networks that Rite Aid participated in the prior year. Prescription sales from continuing operations accounted for 66.5% of total drugstore sales. Net loss from continuing operations was $18.2 million versus net income from continuing operations of $23.6 million.

The Chairman/CEOcommented:

“Our pro-forma Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations for the third quarter of $153 million, which includes $24 million in fees that would have been received if all of the divested stores were being managed under the TSA Agreement as of the beginning of the period, was in line with our expectations.”

“The third quarter was a busy time for our team in preparing for and beginning the transfer of stores and related assets to Walgreens Boots Alliance. I would like to thank our entire Rite Aid team for their dedication and efforts in accomplishing this important business initiative for our company and our shareholders. To date, we have transferred 357 stores and have received approximately $715 million in proceeds, which we have used to pay down debt. Looking forward, in addition to completing the transfer process, we will continue to focus on our most significant business-building opportunities as we work together to deliver a great experience to our customers and patients.”

The earnings release noted:

As previously announced on November 27, 2017, the company completed the pilot closing and first subsequent closing under the amended and restated asset purchase agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), resulting in the transfer of 97 Rite Aid stores and related assets to WBA during the third quarter. Under the amended and restated agreement, WBA will purchase a total of 1,932 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from Rite Aid for an all-cash purchase price of $4.375 billion. Rite Aid and WBA expect to continue to transfer ownership of the stores in phases over the coming months. Since the majority of the closing conditions have been satisfied, and the subsequent transfers of Rite Aid stores and related assets remain subject to minimal customary closing conditions applicable only to the stores being transferred in those phases, the company classified the assets and liabilities to be sold to WBA-1,932 stores and three distribution centers- as held for sale and the corresponding operating results and cash flows of those stores as discontinued operations in its financial statements in accordance with GAAP.

Rite Aid Corporationalong with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA) wereboth previously in our Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) portfolio with RADconsidered aturnaroundplay that could eventually become a takeover target which did prove correct in October 2015 whenthe now terminateddefinitive agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliancewas announced. Walgreens was originally going toacquire all outstanding shares ofthe formerfor $9.00 per share in cash or approximately $17.2 billion – pending regulatory and shareholder approval.

A technical chart for Rite Aid Corporation shows shares falling until November when they reversed into an uptrend:

A long term performance chart shows Rite Aid Corporation once had outperformedlarge caps Walgreens Boots Alliance and CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS)whose performance has leveled off:

Finally, here is a quick recap of mid cap Rite Aid Corporations recent earnings history along with EPS estimate trends from the Yahoo! Finance analyst estimates page:

Earnings History11/29/20162/27/20175/30/20178/30/2017
EPS Est. 0.04 -0.01 -0.01 -0.01
EPS Actual 0.02 0 -0.05 -0.01
Difference -0.02 0.01 -0.04 0
Surprise % -50.00% 100.00% -400.00% 0.00%
EPS TrendCurrent Qtr. (Nov 2017)Next Qtr. (Feb 2018)Current Year (2018)Next Year (2019)
Current Estimate -0.02 -0.01 -0.09 0.05
7 Days Ago -0.02 -0.01 -0.09 0.05
30 Days Ago -0.02 -0.01 -0.08 0.06
60 Days Ago -0.02 -0.01 -0.08 0.06
90 Days Ago -0.01 -0.01 -0.08 0.06

Hot Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018

Medical marijuana legalization could be the solution to America’s ongoing opioid epidemic, and that could unlock better than 85% profits for savvy investors…

“You don’t need me to tell you that we’re in the middle of a huge and growing opioid crisis. I’m almost certain you’ve seen the statistics – and you’ve likely seen the evidence yourself,” Money Morning Director of Technology & Venture Capital Research Michael A. Robinson said on June 28, 2017.

From funding substance abuse programs to criminal justice-related costs, the opioid crisis has a staggering economic burden of $78.5 billion, according a 2015 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) report.

However, legalizing medical marijuana could be a way to cut the cost of the pricey epidemic, reduce the number of addictions, and provide a profit opportunity for forward-thinking investors.

Hot Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    Homebuilders like Lennar, PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), and D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) could benefit from a strengthening housing recovery. If you’re bullish on housing, you might want to take a step back and think about other companies in that space. Home improvement stores like Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) and Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) could get a boost as well as companies that supply products for new homes like Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and USG Corporation(NYSE: USG).

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.

    Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgradesincluded Biogen, Goldcorp, GoPro, Oracle, Sirius XM, Tyson Foods, Ciena and many more.

Hot Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: Zogenix, Inc.(ZGNX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Zogenix, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZGNX) was down, falling around 8 percent to $35.82 after the company disclosed new efficacy and safety data from its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of ZX008 in Dravet syndrome.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Zogenix, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZGNX) was down, falling around 11 percent to $34.75 after the company disclosed new efficacy and safety data from its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of ZX008 in Dravet syndrome.

Hot Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: Hexcel Corporation(HXL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Hexcel Corporation (NYSE: HXL) issued a weak profit and sales forecast for 2017.
    VeriFone Systems Inc (NYSE: PAY) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter, but issued a weak outlook for the first quarter.
    Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) lifted its quarterly dividend by 30 percent to $1.42 per share. The company’s board also announced a a new $14 billion share buyback plans.
    Inovalon Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: INOV) cut its earnings and revenue guidance for full year 2016.

Hot Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: Rite Aid Corporation(RAD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Shares of Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) surged to a high of $7.89 following a DealReporter story that Walgreens (NASDAQ: WBA) is close to reaching a deal to satisfy the US FTC, which would involve divestiture of up to 1,000 stores. Companies interested in the Walgreen's assets are said to include Kroger, Albertsons, CVS Health, Kinney Drugs and Fred's.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) dropped about 3.8% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.25 after closing Monday at $2.34. The 52-week high is $8.77. Volume was around 30 million shares traded, less than 10% below the daily volume of nearly 32 million. The company had no specific news Tuesday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $8.23 billion before the opening bell. Rite Aid shares gained 0.83 percent to $8.54 in after-hours trading.
    Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter and issued a strong forecast for the current quarter. Micron shares climbed 9.91 percent to $22.62 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts expect Cal-Maine Foods Inc (NASDAQ: CALM) to post quarterly earnings at $0.48 per share on revenue of $262.83 million after the closing bell. Cal-Maine shares rose 0.12 percent to $42.75 in after-hours trading.
    Red Hat Inc (NYSE: RHT) reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter, but sales missed expectations. The company also announced that its CFO Frank Calderoni is stepping down. Red Hat shares tumbled 10.15 percent to $71.69 in the after-hours trading session.

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

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) posted a new 52-week low of $4.15 on Tuesday, down about 1% compared with Monday’s closing price of $4.19. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.77. Volume was about 5% below the daily average of around 25.9 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) and SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q3 2017 earnings report formid cap retail drugstore stock Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is scheduled forbefore the market opens on Thursday (December 22nd). We had Rite Aid Corporation (along with Walgreens)in our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio in the past as a turnaround bet thatcould eventually become a takeover target which proved correct as in October 2015, a definitive agreement was announced where Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA) will acquire all outstanding shares of RAD for $9.00 per share in cash or approximately $17.2 billion – pending regulatory and shareholder approval.

Hot Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: 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.

Monsanto, Rite Aid and More Earnings Kicking Off the New Year

The year is coming to an end and the markets are holding near all-time highs not a bad way to start 2018. While most people are taking vacations during this time, we might not expect to see many companies reporting earnings until later in January. However there are a few big names coming out this week to kick off the new year.

24/7 Wall St. has put together a preview of some of the top companies reporting their latest results in the coming week. We have included the consensus earnings estimates from Thomson Reuters, as well as the stock price and trading history for these companies ahead of the report.

Keep in mind that estimates may change ahead of the report.

Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) fiscal third-quarter report is scheduled for late on Wednesday. Consensus estimates are calling for a net loss of $0.02 per share and $7.45 billion in revenue. The shares closed trading at $1.97 apiece on Friday. The consensus price target is $2.11, and the 52-week trading range is $1.38 to $8.77.

Monsanto Co. (NYSE: MON) is expected to share its most recent quarterly numbers first thing Thursday. Analysts are looking for $0.42 in earnings per share (EPS) and $2.77 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen at $116.78 apiece, in a 52-week range of $104.77 to $122.80. The consensus price target is $125.18.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA) also is set to release its most recent quarterly results Thursday morning. The consensus forecast calls for $1.26 in EPS on $30.42 billion in revenue. Shares ended last week at $72.62. The consensus price target is $85.67, and the 52-week range is $63.82 to $89.69.

And Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ) will report its fiscal third-quarter results before Friday’s opening bell. The consensus estimates are EPS of $1.88 and revenue of $1.87 billion. Shares closed most recently at $223.30, in a 52-week range of $144.00 to $229.41. The consensus price target is $237.58.

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

micro cap stocks: Fogo de Chao, Inc.(FOGO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Fogo De Chao Inc (NASDAQ: FOGO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $76.80 million.

    Constellium NV (NYSE: CSTM) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $1.18 billion.

micro cap stocks: Gap, Inc. (The)(GPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap clothing retailer stockThe Gap Incs (NYSE: GPS)reported Q22017 earnings after the Thursday market close with shares rising in after hours/premarket trading. Net sales were $3.80 billion versus $3.85 billionascomparable sales were up 1% versus a 2% decrease last year. Q2 comparable sales by global brand were as follows:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows small caps Guess?, Inc and Abercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) performing even worst than other apparel retailers likemid cap The Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS)and small cap Urban Outfitters, Inc (NASDAQ: URBN):

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The Gap, Inc. (NYSE: GPS) reported fiscal fourth-quarter financial results after markets closed on Thursday. The company posted $0.51 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.43 billion in revenue, versus consensus estimates that called for $0.51 in EPS and $4.39 billion in revenue. The same period from last year had $0.57 in EPS and $4.38 billion in revenue.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The sidewalks outside stores like Armani, Dolce & Gabanna, Ralph Lauren (RL) , Gap (GPS) , Prada, Abercrombie & Fitch (AF) , Microsoft (MSFT) and Harry Winston are now lined with metal barricades. The strip commands some of the highest retail rents in the world, with the average annual rent being $3500 per square foot.

micro cap stocks: Bill Barrett Corporation(BBG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Halcon Resources Corp (NYSE: HK) and Bill Barrett Corporation (NYSE: BBG).

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micro cap stocks: Rite Aid Corporation(RAD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) also will share its latest quarterly earnings on Thursday morning. The consensus estimates call for breakeven earnings and $7.83 billion in revenue. Shares were at $2.39 on Fridays close, in a 52-week range of $2.21 to $8.77. The consensus price target is $2.45.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) dropped about 2.1% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $1.84 after closing at $1.89 on Monday. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.77. Volume of around 38 million was about 25% above the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) will report its most recent quarterly results on Thursday. The consensus estimates call for a net loss of $0.01 per share and $8.17 billion in revenue. Shares closed at $3.11 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $2.90 to $8.77. The consensus price target is $6.19.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) dropped about 2.6% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $3.70 after closing at $3.80 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.77. Volume was nearly equal to the daily average of more than 23 million shares traded. The company reports fiscal fourth-quarter results after markets closed on Tuesday, but investors are waiting for an FTC decision on the Walgreens merger.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Retail drugstore stock Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA) reportedQ3 earnings along with this update about the pending merger with Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD):

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) dropped about 5.9% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $1.75 after closing at $1.86 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.77. Volume of around 56 million was about double the daily average. The company had no specific news.

micro cap stocks: Nobilis Health Corp.(HLTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Nobilis Health Corp (NYSE: HLTH) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $91.92 million.

    Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $144.02 million.

Why Amazon.com, Inc. Will Not Buy Kohl’s Corporation

I’m not one to take issue with a colleague, but James Brumly here at InvestorPlace has a thick skin, so I’m going to challenge him on his assertions about a tie-up between Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).

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As expected, ever since Amazon purchased Whole Foods, there has been plenty of speculation as to who might be next. I’m guilty of making a few suggestions myself. However, Amazon is not in the brick-and-mortar business. The Whole Foods purchase was specific and synergistic.

The problems with buying up just any old company for billions of dollars are that first, it costs billions of dollars and while Amazon has a few billion, it doesn’t have many many billions, and second, it requires overhead. Amazon doesn’t want the overhead of brick-and-mortar and certainly doesn’t want it if it involves clothing, which is a terrible business.

So I don’t think Kohl’s stock is going to get a bump from Amazon. In fact, Kohl’s stock has likely seen its all-time high for the last time in several years.

Amazon Won’t Buy Out Kohl’s Stock

The first assertion regarding Amazon and Kohl’s stock doesn’t really hold water. We know Amazon is talking to clothing manufacturers about developing an athletic brand. But Amazon doesn’t need Kohl’s or any other store to sell it. So I don’t see how this makes any sense for Kohl’s stock.

While Kohl’s has a partnership with Amazon, it is a pilot program that is effectively a “store within a store” concept. Amazon Smart Home Shops are in 10 Kohl’s stores. This concept does work in a few other retailers for bringing in foot traffic. Yet that alone explains why Amazon would not buy out all of Kohl’s stock. It doesn’t need to. It can just set up these Smart Home Shops inside existing stores and leave it at that.

Accepting Amazon returns at Kohl’s store is another idea that is floating around as a reason for Amazon to buy up KSS stock. I disagree. That excuse could be used for any chain. It makes far more sense for Amazon to scoop up a distressed play like Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD), netting its pharmacy management business along with 2,500 locations (instead of 1,100), and for far less than paying for KSS stock.

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However, Kohl’s stock price is still in good shape because it has somehow managed to remain profitable in a terrible retail environment. Although profits have been falling, they are stabilizing a bit. Net income for fiscal year 14-16 came in at $867 million, $673 million,and $556 million, respectively. However, the trailing 12 months (TTM) is back up to $672 million.

Bottom Line on Kohl’s Stock

Free-cash flow has been faltering and inconsistent, though. $1.36 billion in FY14 gave way to $784 million in FY15, recovered to $1.38 billion in FY16, but the TTM is down again to about $800 million.

The other thing Kohl’s stock has going for it is a solid 4.61% dividend. That’s high enough to keep dividend investors from going anywhere. With the payout totaling about $355 million, there’s plenty of cash flow to sustain it.

Again, however, I don’t see growth here. Why invest in a stock that is not growing net income? Sure, it trades at only 12x earnings, but we pay for growth, not for stagnation.

Lawrence Meyers is the CEO of PDL Capital, a specialty lender focusing on consumer finance and is the Manager of The Liberty Portfolio at www.thelibertyportfolio.com. He does not own any stock mentioned. He has 22 years’ experience in the stock market, and has written more than 1,600 articles on investing. Lawrence Meyers can be reached at TheLibertyPortfolio@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

Top Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018

Renewable energy isn’t just a way to limit pollution, it’s also the catalyst behind the best energy stocks in 2018…

You see, renewable energy production in the United States will double by 2025, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). And while renewable energy includes a lot of sources, like nuclear and hydropower, the biggest sources of growth are coming from wind and solar.

Wind energy is now the cheapest source of electrical power in the United States, and the EIA forecasts solar power production will skyrocket 500% by 2040.

Top Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Giulio Prisco]

    Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT)acquired Maluuba, a Montreal-based company with an Artificial Intelligence (AI) research lab where researchers have been modeling some of the innate capabilities of the human brain, from memory and common sense reasoning to curiosity and decision making. We examine how this acquisition could benefit Microsoft stock investors.

  • [By Vikram Nagarkar]

    Sunnyvale, California-based AMD (NSDQ:AMD)has had a great run in 2016 so far. At $8.7 a share, AMD stock has tripled investors’ money this year, and given the way things are shaping up for the chipmaker, 2017 could end up being an even better year. AMD just signed a deal with Alphabet Inc’s (NSDQ:GOOGL)Google, and as it appears, the deal could potentially open the doors to similar deals with Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN), IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT). With its upcoming line of chips due to be launched in 2017, AMD’s top line numbers and market share look likely to improve. Combined with the impending benefits of the company’s debt restructuring, AMD should see financial metrics improving across the board. If all goes well, AMD could have an even better year in 2017.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Stephens (Equal-Weight) and Citi (Sell) both downgraded Atwood Oceanics (NYSE: ATW).

    Sell-Side's Most Noteworthy Calls
    Investec downgraded Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD) to Hold.
    Deutsche Bank downgraded Freeport McMoRan (NYSE: FCX) to Hold.
    Goldman Sachs upgraded Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to Buy.
    Barclays upgraded Teck Resources (NYSE: TCK) to Overweight.
    BTIG started Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) at Neutral.
    Deal Talk

    U.S. oil refiner Tesoro (NYSE: TSO) said it would buy Western Refining (NYSE: WNR) for $4.1 billion to add refineries in Texas, New Mexico and Minnesota. The combined company will have refining capacity of over 1.1 million barrels per day. Tesoro has refineries in California, Washington, Alaska, Utah and North Dakota.

Top Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: Deer Valley Corporation (DVLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Deer Valley (OTCPK:DVLY)

    This company manufactures factory-made homes which are marketed to 14 states in the US. After the financial crisis it has been able to pick up its operations and continue to create sustainable free cash flow and increasing profits. It might be that another similar shock to housing is not necessarily around the corner and therefore they could sustain this in the foreseeable future.

Top Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: Rite Aid Corporation(RAD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) dropped about 5.9% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $1.75 after closing at $1.86 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.77. Volume of around 56 million was about double the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related SOFO 12 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Tuesday Earnings Scheduled For December 10, 2015
    Related WSCI 15 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Wednesday Earnings Scheduled For June 21, 2016 Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $8.23 billion.
    Conagra Brands Inc (NYSE: CAG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $2.11 billion.
    Bioanalytical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BASI) is expected to report earnings for the fourth quarter.

     

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) dropped about 3.7% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $3.64 after closing at $3.78 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.77. Volume was about 25% lower than the daily average of around 18.6 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) fiscal third-quarter results are due out first thing on Friday. The consensus forecast sees $0.04 in per-share earningsand $8.22 billion in revenue. The shareprice ended last weekat $8.23. The consensus price target is $8.69. The 52-week range is $6.33 to $8.50.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) is finding itself in an odd situation. After a failed merger that crushed its stock, Rite Aid may never be able to get back to its highs of recent years, now that it has been shrinking its footprint. Or is that view false?

Mid-Afternoon Market Update: NASDAQ Down 1.2%; Wesco Aircraft Shares Tumble

Toward the end of trading Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.27 percent to 23,900.70 while the NASDAQ declined 1.20 percent to 6,829.63. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.09 percent to 2,624.73.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Wednesday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) and SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN).

In trading on Wednesday, technology shares fell 2.51 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), down 15 percent, and Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) down 13 percent.

Top Headline

Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) posted better-than-expected results for its third quarter.

Tiffany posted quarterly earnings of $0.80 per share on revenue of $976.2 million. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.76 per share on revenue of $957 million. Its comparable store sales slipped 1 percent during the quarter.

Equities Trading UP

Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares shot up 11 percent to $4.27 after dropping 40.86 percent on Tuesday. Marathon Patent Group filed for sale of 1.85 million shares of common stock by selling stockholders.

Shares of China Distance Education Hldgs Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: DL) got a boost, shooting up 13 percent to $8.84. China Distance Education reported Q4 profit of $5.9 million on revenue of $41.7 million. The company expects Q1 sales of $33.6 million to $35.2 million and FY18 sales of $150.6 million to $157.2 million. The company also declared a $0.45 per ADS special dividend.

Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB) shares were also up, gaining 11 percent to $10.35 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

Equities Trading DOWN

Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc (NYSE: WAIR) shares dropped 12 percent to $6.78 as the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings.

Shares of Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) were down 15 percent to $109.84. Autodesk reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter, but issued a weak FY18 guidance. The company also announced plans to lay off around 1,150 employees.

Gridsum Holding Inc – ADR (NASDAQ: GSUM) was down, falling around 11 percent to $8.91 after reporting Q3 results.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded down 1.55 percent to $57.09 while gold traded down 0.93 percent to $1,287.10.

Silver traded down 1.73 percent Wednesday to $16.625, while copper fell 0.89 percent to $3.071.

Eurozone

European shares closed mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 surged 0.26 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 1.22 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index jumped 0.15 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 0.02 percent, and the French CAC 40 climbed 0.14 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.90 percent.

Economics

The U.S. gross domestic product rose 3.3 percent in the third quarter, versus prior reading of 3 percent growth. Economists were expecting a 3.2 percent growth for the quarter.

The pending home sales index rose 3.5 percent to a reading of 109.3 for October. However, economists were expecting a 1 percent growth.

Domestic crude supplies dropped 3.43 million barrels for the week ended November 24, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. Analysts projected a fall of 2.30 million barrels. Gasoline stockpiles gained 3.63 million barrels, while distillate stockpiles rose 2.75 million barrels for the week.

The Federal Open Market Committee released its Beige Book report.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now

2017 was said to be the year of the buyout, and so far, it appears that the M&A prediction is coming true. Last year’s market saw several industries struggling and left some solid companies beaten down. That put them in a vulnerable position as some of their more stable competitors looked for ways to profit from the challenging environment.

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Not only have market conditions made buyouts look much more enticing, but the Donald Trump administration’s promises to lower corporate taxes and reduce regulations have also given some companies more incentive to look for takeover targets.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Connecticut Water Service, Inc.(CTWS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, utilities shares gained 0.14 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Artesian Resources Corporation (NASDAQ: ARTNA), and Connecticut Water Service Inc (NASDAQ: CTWS).

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.(GMCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [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.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Identiv, Inc.(INVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    The industries that are driving the market today are:

    Cement: This industry gained 3.4 percent by 2:30 pm. The top stock within the industry was Cemex SAB de CV (ADR) (NYSE: CX), which gained 4.7 percent. Cemex’s PEG ratio is 0.16.
    Computer Peripherals: This industry rose 2.6 percent by 2:30 pm ET. The top performer in this industry was Identiv Inc (NASDAQ: INVE), which gained 13.5 percent. Identiv shares have climbed 44.83 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has increased 8.61 percent in the same period.
    Internet Service Providers: The industry gained 2 percent by 2:30 pm. The top performer in this industry was TrueCar Inc (NASDAQ: TRUE) which gained 3.4 percent. TrueCar shares have jumped 60.90 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has increased 8.61 percent in the same period.
    Regional – Southwest Banks: This industry moved up 1.9 percent by 2:30 pm. The top performer in this industry was Veritex Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: VBTX), which rose 6.6 percent

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation(COG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

    Take Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE: COG(link is external)) as an example. As I noted earlier this month(link is external), Cabot’s current drilling plans are expected to lead to a big spike in output over the next few years. The company’s executives decided to plow ahead with development plans, even as rivals were retrenching. The fact that natural gas prices have risen more than 10% in the past three weeks simply underscores the wisdom of that strategy, and could lead to rising sales and profit estimates. 

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE: COG) is rated as a Hold with a new price target of $24. The EPS estimate has been cut from $0.60 to $0.47 for 2017, and the 2018 estimate has been increased from $0.70 to $1.19. Shares closed at $22.36 on Friday in a 52-week range of $19.77 to $25.74. The consensus 12-month price target is $28.72.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Move Inc.(MOVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Renu Singh]

    Aruba Networks (ARUN) is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for mobile enterprise. The company’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture unifies wired and wireless network infrastructures into one seamless access solution for corporate headquarters, mobile business professionals, remote workers and guests. This unified approach to access networks enables IT organizations and users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational costs.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Rite Aid Corporation(RAD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    In addition to having a rough sales month, Fred’s is still in limbo when it comes to possibly buying 865 stores from Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA) and Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) for $950 million in cash. That deal would more than double the size of the company, which essentially makes any past sales trends irrelevant.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) dropped about 3.8% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.25 after closing Monday at $2.34. The 52-week high is $8.77. Volume was around 30 million shares traded, less than 10% below the daily volume of nearly 32 million. The company had no specific news Tuesday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Fred’s (FRED) are up more than 3% today after activist investorAlden Global Capital announced a 25% stake in the retailer. But that’s pocket change compared to the 81% rise on Tuesday following the announcement that Fred’s would more than double in size by buying more than 800 stores from Rite Aid (RAD) and Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) dropped about 5.9% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $1.75 after closing at $1.86 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.77. Volume of around 56 million was about double the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related SOFO 12 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Tuesday Earnings Scheduled For December 10, 2015
    Related WSCI 15 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Wednesday Earnings Scheduled For June 21, 2016 Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $8.23 billion.
    Conagra Brands Inc (NYSE: CAG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $2.11 billion.
    Bioanalytical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BASI) is expected to report earnings for the fourth quarter.

     

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: ENI S.p.A.(E)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Specifically, the oil supermajors are ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), BP Plc. (NYSE: BP), Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX), Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: RDS.A), Conoco Phillips (NYSE: COP), Eni SpA (NYSE ADR: E), and Total SA (NYSE ADR: TOT).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Reuters reported last week that the company is considering selling its 2,500 service stations in Italy for a tidy 500 million (about $538 million). The rumored buyer is private equity giant Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE: APO), also rumored to be interested in buying 2,600 Italian service stations from a joint venture between Italy’s Eni SpA (NYSE: E) and Total SA (NYSE: TOT).

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Big Oil stocks are the seven “oil supermajors” that do everything from oil drilling to refining to retail sales. This is a list of the Big Oil companies:

    Big Oil CompanyShare PriceYTDMarket CapExxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM)$83.44-7.58%$353.13BChevron Co. (NYSE: CVX)$113.56-3.5%$217.62BConocoPhillips Co. (NYSE: COP)$48.21-3.78%$61.42BRoyal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: RDS.A)$52.35-3.82%$221.08BBP Plc. (NYSE ADR: BP)$34.12-8.71%$112.69BTotal SA (NYSE: TOT)$50.26-1.35%$124.6BEni SpA (NYSE: E)$31.51-2.3%$58.69B

    Despite being huge global oil companies, shares of Big Oil stocks are all in the red this year. Those losses have all happened even as the Dow is smashing record highs and trading up 6.4% year to date.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: TSR Inc.(TSRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    TSR Inc (NASDAQ: TSRI) shares shot up 35 percent to $5.15 following Q4 results. TSR reported Q4 earnings of $0.09 per share on revenue of $15.5 million.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Molex Incorporated(MOLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Shares of electronic connector maker Molex Incorporated (MOLX) skyrocketed on Monday morning after reports that the company will be acquired by Koch Industries.

    Koch Industries has agreed to acquire Molex for a total of $7.2 billion. This deal will include all outstanding shares of the company’s Common Stock, Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock for $38.50 per share.

    The deal has been approved by the board of directors of both companies. Molex will continue to maintain its current management team and its current headquarters in Lisle, IL.

    Molex shares were up $9.15, or 31.17%, during Monday morning trading. The stock is up 41% YTD.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: United States Cellular Corporation(USM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [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.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

There are obvious similarities between McDonald’s (MCD) and Starbucks (SBUX). The global fast serve giants are ubiquitous from U.S. to China and nearly everywhere in between.

I’ve seen some articles comparing the two companies in terms of valuation metrics, dividends and potential growth. Which is the better buy? You can find out here and here if interested. However, I want to take a different perspective. How about comparing the companies in terms of how they have grown globally and how the share price has grown?

The reason for this angle is simple. McDonald’s is a much older company. It passed the 30,000 locations milestone over ten years ago. At that point in time Starbucks still had under 10,000 locations, but it is catching up quickly, and currently has 23,768 stores. Will the company, and the stock, experience similar growing pains?

Starbucks’ current store count equates to McDonald’s in 1997 when it passed 23,000 total stores and was opening 2000 locations a year (source). Starbucks is currently growing at almost the same rate and is expected to open 1,800 locations this year.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Rite Aid Corporation(RAD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market lost ground on Monday, sending major market benchmarks lower by more than half a percentage point. The Dow lost its grip on the 20,000 mark in the wake of concerns about economic growth and new U.S. immigration policy, and some believe that the broader geopolitical climate could have a negative impact on global commerce that in turn could start affecting multinational corporations’ business prospects. In addition, bad news from some individual companies weighed on the markets, and Transocean (NYSE:RIG), Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD), and New Gold (NYSEMKT:NGD) 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.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) posted a new 52-week low of $3.75 on Thursday, down about 8% compared with Wednesday’s closing price of $4.08. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.77. Volume was about 25% above the daily average of around 25 million shares. Investors may still be reacting to a report late Wednesday that the Federal Trade Commission may block the company’s pending takeover by Walgreens.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) fiscal third-quarter results are due out first thing on Friday. The consensus forecast sees $0.04 in per-share earningsand $8.22 billion in revenue. The shareprice ended last weekat $8.23. The consensus price target is $8.69. The 52-week range is $6.33 to $8.50.

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    In addition to having a rough sales month, Fred’s is still in limbo when it comes to possibly buying 865 stores from Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA) and Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) for $950 million in cash. That deal would more than double the size of the company, which essentially makes any past sales trends irrelevant.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Shares of Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) surged to a high of $7.89 following a DealReporter story that Walgreens (NASDAQ: WBA) is close to reaching a deal to satisfy the US FTC, which would involve divestiture of up to 1,000 stores. Companies interested in the Walgreen's assets are said to include Kroger, Albertsons, CVS Health, Kinney Drugs and Fred's.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) dropped about 4.6% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $5.20 after closing at $5.45 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.77. Volume was about 15% above the daily average of around 24.4 million shares. The company had no specific news.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACBFF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    As increasingly more marijuana growers entered the market and more states allowed residents to legally grow marijuana, cannabis prices dropped throughout 2016. Wholesale marijuana prices late in the year were roughly half the levels of 12 months earlier. Will this trend continue — and possibly hurt leading marijuana stocks including Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF),Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF), Medical Marijuana,Inc.(NASDAQOTH:MJNA), and even GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH) in the process?

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Also quite recently, Benzinga asked Alan Brochstein, founding partner at New Cannabis Ventures and founder at 420 Investor, about plays in the marijuana industry against such an uncertain backdrop. The expert mentioned a few Canadian Licensed Producers, including AURORA CANNABIS IN COM NPV (OTC: ACBFF), APHRIA INC NPV (OTC: APHQF), METTRUM HEALTH COR COM NPV (OTC: MQTRF), ORGANIGRAM HLDGS I COM NPV (OTC: OGRMF), SUPREME PHARMACEUT COM NPV (OTC: SPRWF) and CANOPY GROWTH CORP COM NPV (OTC: TWMJF), as well as “the only” biotech stock in the space, GW Pharmaceuticals PLC- ADR (NASDAQ: GWPH).

  • [By Sean Williams]

    This rapid growth in legal pot has create quite the demand for marijuana stocks. The seven largest marijuana stocks by market cap have all put on a show over the past couple of years. Here are those seven “green giants” listed with their market caps as of March 17, 2017, along with their trailing one-year total returns.

    GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH): $3.0 billion, up 64% Canopy Growth Corp. (NASDAQOTH:TWMJF): $904 million, up 259% Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF) $440 million, up 381% Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF): $482 million, up 299% AXIM Biotechnologies (NASDAQOTH:AXIM): $562 million, up 1,720% Corbus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CRBP): $450 million, up 431% Medical Marijuana (NASDAQOTH:MJNA): $221 million, up 254%

    As you can see, these are some hefty valuations — and some exceptionally strong moves higher on the heels of marijuana’s expansion. With the exception of GW Pharmaceuticals, every one of the largest marijuana stocks has at least tripled in value over the trailing 12 months, with cannabinoid-based drug developer AXIM Biotechnologies skyrocketing more than 1,700%!

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    While biotechs like GW Pharmaceuticals PLC- ADR (NASDAQ: GWPH) and Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ZYNE) only lost 0.45 percent and 0.36 percent respectively, other companies experienced a large tumble. CANOPY GROWTH CORP COM NPV (OTC: TWMJF) lost 4.71 percent, AURORA CANNABIS IN COM NPV (OTC: ACBFF) slipped 2.93 percent, APHRIA INC COM NPV (OTC: APHQF) dropped 1.01 percent, and MassRoots Inc (OTC: MSRT) plummeted an astounding 9.00 percent.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    President Trump has threatened to increase enforcement of federal cannabis laws. One might think that this will have a negative impact on marijuana and marijuana related stocks like Aurora Cannabis (OTCQB:ACBFF), General Cannabis (OTCQB:CANN), Americann (OTCQX:ACAN), and MassRoots (OTCQB:MSRT), and if implemented it probably would be devastating, both to publicly traded marijuana companies, and to local companies in regions that have legalized pot.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    This article is for those who are hopeful of the long-term view and want to get in ahead of time. This article will compare the three front-runners of the Canadian cannabis industry, Canopy Growth Corp. (OTCPK:TWMJF), Aphria (NYSE:APH), and Aurora (OTCQX:ACBFF). Although these companies will soon have to prove themselves in a new environment, there is plenty to study right now. We will be comparing revenue growth, production capacity, valuations, and then making financial projections. The result will be a recommendation of Aurora followed by Canopy. Again this article is meant to compare competitors. The industry has the potential to be a 22.6B industry but the thesis for investing in Canadian cannabis is a separate topic and I encourage you to consider the risks.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Cinemark Holdings Inc(CNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $699.23 million.

    Aecom (NYSE: ACM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $4.55 billion.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    24/7 Wall St. covers many of the top analyst upgrades and downgrades each morning of the week. The downgrade brigade included a Credit Suisse report on Cinemark Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CNK) that effectively gave the movie cinema chain the equivalent of a “Sell” rating. It was actually a negative view on the entire movie chain sector.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: 3M Company(MMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Investors looking for brighter prospects should consider two other blue-chip giants, 3M (NYSE:MMM) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). Both are exposed to the consumer goods industry, but also get significant chunks of sales and profits from faster-growing segments.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is set to report its second-quarter results on Tuesday. The analysts consensus estimates call for EPS of $2.54 and $7.86 billion in revenue. Shares of 3M were changing hands at $211.07 at Fridays close. The consensus price target is $205.09, and the 52-week range is $163.85 to $214.57.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded down 1.69% at $230.78. The stock’s 52-week range is $163.85 to $238.90. Volume was about equal to the daily average of around 1.7 million. The company had no specific news Monday.

  • [By Dustin Blitchok]

    Morrison’s resignation came about one hour after 3M Co (NYSE: MMM) CEO Inge Thulin pulled the plug.

    In a Wednesday statement on his departure from what’s formally known as the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, Thulin said the group “is no longer an effective vehicle” for the technology company to promote job growth in the U.S.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded up 0.75% at $191.74. The stock’s 52-week range is $163.05 to $192.14, and the high was posted this afternoon. Volume was about 40% above the daily average of around 1.8 million shares. The company announced a $2 billion acquisition of the personal-safety unit of Johnson Controls.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded down 1.05% at $210.38. The stock’s 52-week range is $163.85 to $214.57. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 1.8 million. The company had no specific news.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(INO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    A quick analysis of Inovio Pharmaceuticals’ (NASDAQ:INO) stock performance history shows plenty of twists and turns — from the company’s early biomedical days to its recent advances in developing a Zika virus vaccine. But this chart shows the story hasn’t been great for investors.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: INO) shares were also up, gaining 24 percent to $8.84 following announcement of a clinical study for a HIV vaccine that had nearly 100 percent immune response.

  • [By William Patalon III]

    In a Private Briefing report in late July, we told you that tiny biotech Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: INO) had dosed its first patient in a Phase I clinical study to evaluate its synthetic vaccine for the Zika virus.