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Pier 1 Imports Q3 Earnings: Pulling the Rug Out From Under Investors

Small cap home decor Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) reportedfiscal Q3 2018 earnings (ended November 25, 2017)after the Wednesday market close with shares down as much as 25% in premarket trading as theCompany lowered its fiscal Q4 and full-year 2018 guidance “to reflect the current tone and volatility of business.” Net sales decreased 1.4% to $469.2 million as comparable sales for the quarter decreased 0.7% versus the year-ago period. E-Commerce represented approximately 26% of net salesversus approximately 20% of net sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Taking into account e-Commerce orders placed in or picked up in-store, approximately 90% of the Companys third quarter fiscal 2018 net sales directly touched a store. Net income was $7.4 million versus net income of $13.6 million. Guidance was given as the following:

Guidance Metric Fourth Quarter Full Year Fiscal 2018
路 Comparable sales growth % (52 weeks): (3.5%) to (1.5%) (1%) to flat
路 Net sales growth % (53 weeks): 1% to 3% Approximately flat
路 Merchandise margin (% of net sales): Approximately 54% Approximately 56.5%
路 SG&A expenses: $150 million to $155 million Approximately 32% of net sales
路 Marketing spend (% of net sales): Approximately 6% of net sales
路 Depreciation: Approximately $54 million
路 Effective tax rate: Approximately 41%
路 Earnings per share (GAAP): $0.14 to $0.22 $0.10 to $0.18
路 Adjusted earnings per share (non-GAAP): $0.16 to $0.24 $0.17 to $0.25
路 Fully diluted share count: Approximately 80.3 million shares
路 Capital expenditures: Approximately $60 million

The CEO commented:

Our third quarter financial performance was impacted by the hurricanes in Texas and Florida, as well as deeper than expected promotional activity in October and November. We saw improved sales in November, including a solid Black Friday weekend, driven by our strong promotional message. However, overall trends dropped considerably during the first two weeks of December. We have adjusted our promotional plans for the remainder of the holiday season, and significantly revised our financial guidance to reflect the current tone and volatility of business.

We recently completed a rigorous strategic review of the Pier 1 Imports brand and enterprise. Importantly, we see compelling go-forward opportunities to broaden the appeal of the brand, maximize the role of stores and e-Commerce, and substantially improve our operating margins. We are building a three-year strategic plan to transform the business, and are beginning to set things in motion with initiatives, testing and select organizational changes in the key areas of sourcing, supply chain, real estate, marketing and promotional effectiveness. We look forward to sharing our detailed blueprint in early 2018.

A technical chart for Pier 1 Imports shows shares falling off in late spring, but also starting torecover back towards earlier year levels:

A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Pier 1 Imports and mid cap Bed Bath & Beyond Inc (NASDAQ: BBBY) underperforming while mid capWilliams-Sonoma, Inc (NYSE: WSM)isabove breakeven levels andsmallcap Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE: RH)is once again performing well (but with considerable volatility):

Finally, here is a quick recap of small cap Pier 1 Imports recent earnings history along with EPS estimate trends from the Yahoo! Finance analyst estimates page going into the current earnings report:

Earnings History2/27/20175/30/20178/30/201711/29/2017
EPS Est. 0.33 -0.05 -0.06 0.11
EPS Actual 0.34 -0.04 -0.05 0.09
Difference 0.01 0.01 0.01 -0.02
Surprise % 3.00% 20.00% 16.70% -18.20%
EPS TrendCurrent Qtr. (Feb 2018)Next Qtr. (May 2018)Current Year (2018)Next Year (2019)
Current Estimate 0.37 -0.01 0.39 0.42
7 Days Ago 0.39 -0.01 0.41 0.42
30 Days Ago 0.39 -0.01 0.41 0.42
60 Days Ago 0.38 -0.01 0.41 0.43
90 Days Ago 0.37 -0.02 0.47 0.49

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Should you consider buying Nutanix stock ahead of its Q2 earnings? This is only the second earnings of the company since its IPO.
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San Jose, California-based Nutanix Inc (NASDAQ:NTNX)is scheduled to report its Q2 2017 earnings after the bell on March 2nd. This would be just the second earnings of the company since its IPO. Nutanix had delivered a strong Q1 performance and issued above-consensusQ2 outlook but NTNX stock was down 4% after the company’s first earnings announcement. NTNX stock is still down almost 12% since thehyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) provider reported its last earnings but has made a good start to 2017 gaining 13.4% YTD. However, NTNX stock which is known to be very volatile has lost momentum going into earnings, losing over 4% in the last 5 days, only to gain 1% in yesterday’s trading session. So, the question now is, will the trend change as Nutanix approaches its earnings? Should you buy NTNX stock ahead of its earnings? We’ll highlight the analysts’ estimates for earnings and revenues and other key facts, and let you take a call.

highest stock: Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc.(RH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In after-hours trade, shares of Restoration Hardware (RH) tumbled 18.7%, to $31.70, after the company beat Q3 expectations but cut its full-year and holiday guidance, disappointing investors.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of RH (NYSE: RH) got a boost, shooting up 27 percent to $32.10 after the company reported strong preliminary results for its fourth quarter. The company also announced a $300 million buyback plan.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of RH (NYSE: RH) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $43.73 as the company reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter.

    Exar Corporation (NYSE: EXAR) shares were also up, gaining 22 percent to $13.00 after the company agreed to be acquired by MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL) for $13 per share in cash.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows mid cap Bed Bath & Beyond in a steady decline since around early 2015 while small capPier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR)has performed worst,small capRestoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE: RH) is back up amidst volatility andmid capWilliams-Sonoma, Inc (NYSE: WSM)is backto breakeven:

highest stock: Golden Ocean Group Limited(GOGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    StarBulk Carriers (SBLK) and Safe Bulkers (SB) have more than tripled during the past 12 months, while Golden Ocean Group (GOGL) has more than doubled. So it must be time for an upgrade right?

highest stock: Celgene Corporation(CELG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

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

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Originally published Nov. 17 at 3:41 p.m. EDT

    The consideration of the contrary has been a theme all week. And here in ” Don’t Run With the Crowd: Embrace the Contrary.”   Miami madness (of a real estate kind)   Mark Grant is scared by our currency’s strength.   Danielle on scenarios.   Boockvar to subscriber Bad Golfer!   JC Penney ( JCP) short puts–a 100% win. (Shorting options frequently ends differently!)   Just say no to closed-end muni-bond funds.   DRYS is all wet.   Could iPhone manufacturing be coming back home?   On inflation breakevens–a picture that speaks volumes.   The market moved higher from the “get go”–in large measure it seems to be a response to the better economic data this morning.   At 3 p.m. stocks were near the day’s highs.   I shorted The Cisco Kid last night. Sticking with this short rental. I added to my ProShares UltraShort S&P500 ETF ( SDS) long (growing ever larger). My net short exposure–is now between small and medium-sized at the close. The U.S. dollar, as discussed above, continued to rip higher against the euro. I am concerned. Mark Grant is concerned. The market is not concerned. The price of crude oil (down $0.20) settled lower after yesterday’s robust gains. Gold fell $9 as it continues to break down–closing in on $1,200. Ag commodities: wheat up $0.07, corn up $0.04, soybeans up $0.05 and oats up $0.02. Lumber up $7 following the big housing number this morning. Bonds schmeissed … iShares Barclays 2

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Celgene Corp. (NASDAQ: CELG) had seen endless growth and a major stock acceleration in prior years. But that was then, and Wall Street only cares about the upside of the future. Celgene shares were trading lower on Friday despite an approval in Europe.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    That’s a pretty good definition of leadership, but it’s not an easy one to accomplish. However, the CEOs of Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG), Cognizant Technology Solutions (NASDAQ:CTSH), General Electric (NYSE:GE), MasterCard (NYSE:MA), and Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN) have been able to achieve this translation very well.

highest stock: 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.

Best High Tech Stocks For 2018

Paycom Software (NYSE:PAYC) is a US-based online payroll and human resources technology provider located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Paycom is known for their multiple online services in areas such as talent acquisitions, time and labor management, payroll, talent management, and human resources. Paycom’s broad cloud-based HR system overall aids corporations in managing many aspects of their company.

Paycom Software is a growth company that has continued to increase revenue year after year, providing evidence that demand for their product is cultivating. The main reasons corporations partner with Paycom is for their on-site implementation, to improve talent and retention, customize and create a communication channel to employees, work efficiency with strategic organizations, and compliance by design. Plus Paycom is one of the only human resource software platforms that is together on a single database, which provides extreme ease to payroll and human capital management.

Best High Tech Stocks For 2018: Xilinx, Inc.(XLNX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Coming up in tonight’s episode of Mad Money: Cramer interviews Bill Sandbrook, CEO of U.S. Concrete (USCR)  and focuses on opportunities for Xilinx (XLNX) .  Plus, don’t miss the Lightning Round. Which stocks is Cramer bullish on?

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Among the factors Citron cites as adverse for Nvidia is that most of its revenue comings from video game computing, and that theres significant competition in data center computing from Intel (INTC), AMD (AMD), and Xilinx (XLNX).

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    Further, according to recent reports, AMD, ARM (NSDQ:ARMH), Huawei Technology, International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), Mellanox Technologies (NSDQ:MLNX), and Qualcomm (NSDQ:QCOM) have collaborated with Xilinx (NSDQ:XLNX) tobuild a homogenous interface for different CPUs to share data with FPGA accelerators, which are useful in the datacenter and deep learning space. If this collaboration is successful, it could be very bad news for Intel.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Evercore ISIs CJ Muse today offers his outlook for semiconductors in 2017, writing that hes bullish because the semiconductor cycle may see a cycle in the cycle, with positive implications for several names, but for Nvidia (NVDA) and Xilinx (XLNX) in particular…

Best High Tech Stocks For 2018: South Jersey Industries Inc.(SJI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares fell by 1.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included South Jersey Industries Inc (NYSE: SJI), down 4 percent, and MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE: MDU), down 4 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares fell 0.73 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE: KEP), down 2 percent, and South Jersey Industries Inc (NYSE: SJI) down 2 percent.

Best High Tech Stocks For 2018: Neometals Ltd (RRSSF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].

Best High Tech Stocks For 2018: 3D Systems Corporation(DDD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD) is expected to report its third-quarter results late on Tuesday. The consensus forecast calls for $0.12 in earnings per share (EPS) and revenue of $162.77 million. Shares of 3D ended last week at $11.54. The consensus analyst price target is $15.40. The 52-week trading range is $11.38 to $23.70.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Stratasys, Ltd along with other small cap 3D printing stocks like 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD), ExOne Co (NASDAQ: XONE)and Voxeljet AG (NYSE: VJET) all peaking a few years and all showing some signs of stabilization over the past year:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Stratasys, Ltd along with other small cap 3D printing stocks like 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD), ExOne Co (NASDAQ: XONE)and Voxeljet AG (NYSE: VJET) all peaking a few years with the bubble bursting and all showing some signs of stabilization or even a bit of a recent uptick:

Best High Tech Stocks For 2018: Pershing Gold Corporation(PGLC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sara Cornell]

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

Best High Tech Stocks For 2018: Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc.(RH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    When it comes to brick and mortar stores, I’ve been watching Restoration Hardware (NYSE:RH). The stock has jumped higher this year thanks to strong company guidance for earnings growth.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of RH (NYSE: RH) got a boost, shooting up 27 percent to $32.10 after the company reported strong preliminary results for its fourth quarter. The company also announced a $300 million buyback plan.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In after-hours trade, shares of Restoration Hardware (RH) tumbled 18.7%, to $31.70, after the company beat Q3 expectations but cut its full-year and holiday guidance, disappointing investors.

Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Surges 200 Points; SMART Global Shares Jump On Strong Guidance

Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.86 percent to 23,471.49 while the NASDAQ climbed 1.38 percent to 6,798.83. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.89 percent to 2,587.40.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Thursday afternoon, the cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF) and Iconix Brand Group Inc (NASDAQ: ICON).

In trading on Thursday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.18 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included PrimeEnergy Corporation (NASDAQ: PNRG), down 8 percent, and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE: ANW) down 3 percent.

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT) reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter and lifted its full-year earnings forecast.

Wal-Mart posted quarterly adjusted earnings of $1 per share on revenue of $123.2 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.97 per share on revenue of $121 billion. Comparable store sales rose 2.7 percent in the quarter.

It now projects full-year earnings of $4.38 to $4.46, versus its prior forecast of $4.30 to $4.40 per share.

Equities Trading UP

China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp Inc (NASDAQ: CADC) shares shot up 225 percent to $7.15 after gaining 2.33 percent on Wednesday.

Shares of Smart Global Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: SGH) got a boost, shooting up 29 percent to $36.98 after the company issued strong guidance. The company updated Q1 guidance, raising adjusted EPS from 79 cents-83 cents to 90 cents-93 cents. Sales guidance was raised from $225 million-$240 million to $250 million-$260 million.

RH (NYSE: RH) shares were also up, gaining 26 percent to $104.70 after the company increased its outlook for third quarter and fiscal 2017.

Equities Trading DOWN

Intec Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: NTEC) shares dropped 25 percent to $5.57. Intec Pharma reported a Q3 loss of $0.29 per share.

Shares of Diplomat Pharmacy Inc (NYSE: DPLO) were down 23 percent to $14.71. Diplomat Pharmacy agreed to buy LDI Integrated Pharmacy Services. Baird downgraded Diplomat Pharmacy from Outperform to Neutral.

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

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded down 0.36 percent to $55.13 while gold traded up 0.21 percent to $1,280.40.

Silver traded up 0.73 percent Thursday to $17.095, while copper fell 0.39 percent to $3.065.

Eurozone

European shares closed higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 surged 0.78 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.75 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 0.22 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX climbed 0.55 percent, and the French CAC 40 surged 0.66 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.19 percent.

Economics

Initial jobless claims gained 10,000 to 249,000 in the latest week. However, economists were expecting claims to reach 235,000 last week.

The Philly Fed manufacturing index dropped to 18.90 in November, versus prior reading of 27.90. Economists projected a reading of 25.00.

The import price index increased 0.2 percent for October, while export price index was flat.

U.S. industrial production rose 0.9 percent for October, beating economists’ expectations for a 0.6 percent gain.

The NAHB housing market index gained two points to 70 in November. Economists expected a reading of 67.

Domestic supplies of natural gas declined 18 billion cubic feet for the week ended November 10, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. Analysts expected a drop of 14 billion cubic feet.

Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard is set to speak in Ann Arbor, Michigan at 3:45 p.m. ET.

Data on money supply for the recent week will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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Gap (GPS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after the parent company of Old Navy and Banana Republic experienced slowing traffic and offered disappointing guidance.

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Gap plunged 17% to $25.61 today, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.2% to 2,181.90.

Deustche Bank’s Paul Trussell explains why Gap’s fourth quarter looks tough:

While 3Q results were in-line with expectations, the reiteration of FY16 EPS guidance of $1.87-$1.92 (vs. the Street at $2.02) was disappointing as it implies EPS of ~$0.35-$0.40 for 4Q, meaningfully below the Street at $0.50. Results for the upcoming quarter are being impacted by the following factors: 1) a deceleration in industry traffic trends November MTD (we are lowering our November comp forecast to -2% from +2%, and vs. October down -1%); 2) an uptick in marketing spending across all the companys brands during the holiday season (GPS does not expect immediate payback); 3) lapping bonus reversals from last year; and 4) pressure on rent and occupancy due to pre-opening costs associated with the companys Time Square flagship locations for Gap and Old Navy (scheduled to open in the 2H17).

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: lululemon athletica inc.(LULU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    When companies raise guidance, or at least when they lift the lower-end of their prior targets, investors usually cheer. But in the case of Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) there is of course a high-valuation bar that has to be considered. Lululemon narrowed its guidance to the upper-end of prior ranges, but the shares hardly budged on Monday despite having a full trading day to absorb the news.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Athletic apparel stock Lululemon Athletica inc (NASDAQ: LULU)reported earnings for the first quarter ended April30, 2017along witha plan to restructure its ivivva operations. Net revenuerose 5% to$520.3 millionas total comparable sales decreased 1% whiledirect to consumer net revenue was flat. Net income was $31.246 million versus $45.336 million. In addition, the earnings report stated:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) reported its most recently quarterly earnings after markets closed on Wednesday. The company posted $0.99 in earnings per share (EPS) and $789.9 million in revenue, versus consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $1.01 in EPS and $783.56 million in revenue. The fiscal fourth quarter from last year had $0.85 in EPS and $704.28 million in revenue.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter and raised its FY 2017 earnings outlook on Thursday.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Smithfield Foods Inc.(SFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: BlackRock, Inc.(BLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Nintendo has a new stockholder: Shares of video game console maker Nintendo (NTDOY) rose slightly on news asset manager BlackRock (BLK) owns a 5.17% stake. With the new Nintendo Switch console being met with strong demand, the disclosure shouldn’t come as a shocker. If there is anything I have learned from covering Nintendo through the years, it’s that when the stock gets hot it tends to stay hot until something causes investors to reverse course. Nintendo’s stock is up 23% in the last three months, but look for more gains in the short-term. 

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Vanguard's latest fee cuts answer two such moves this year, including one this month, by rival BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) and one fee reduction announcement by Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE: SCHW).

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Norsat International Inc.(NSAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Norsat International Inc (USA) (NYSE: NSAT) got a boost, shooting up 22 percent to $9.85 after the company reported the receipt of new indication of interest by Privet Fund Management LLP at $10.25 per share.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.67 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 5 percent, and Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: GPOR) down 6 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares fell 0.62 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (NYSE: TOO), down 9 percent, and Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 1.43 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Westmoreland Coal Company (NYSE: WLB), down 9 percent, and Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 7 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: WLL) posted a new 52-week low of $4.81 on Friday, down about 7.5% compared with Thursday’s closing price of $5.20. The stock’s 52-week high is $13.39. Volume totaled around 21 million shares, about 5% higher than the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That sell-off in the oil market weighed on financially challenged oil stocks, which will struggle if crude continues dropping. Among the biggest losers were Abraxas Petroleum (NASDAQ:AXAS), Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), California Resources (NYSE:CRC), and Cobalt International Energy (NYSE:CIE).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Monsanto Company(MON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Monsanto Co.’s (NYSE: MON) latest quarterly earnings report is expected on Wednesday. The consensus analyst estimates are $1.77 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.17 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading most recently at $117.02, in a 52-week range of $97.35 to $118.15. The consensus price target is $122.66.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.

    Agri-Finance Companies

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    BeforeBayer(NASDAQOTH: BAYRY)arrived onto the scene, I viewedMonsanto(NYSE: MON)as an intriguing growth stock. It has a rich history of delivering value to shareholders and continues to hold a dominant technological edge over key competitors in crop protection products, seeds, and traits. While little has changed its promising pipeline and portfolio, the pending acquisition throws a wrench in anyone’s plans to start or add to a position. Uncertainty stemming from the merger provides several terrible reasons to buy Monsanto at this time.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: FormFactor, Inc.(FORM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap semiconductor equipment & testing stock FormFactor, Inc (NASDAQ: FORM) as a short term long trade thats a pure small cap play with excellent valuation metrics, in addition to some very attractive chart implications right now:

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Plug Power Inc.(PLUG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Vikram Nagarkar]

    The latest short interest data is out, and possibly, the most keenly watched counters would be those of Sunnyvale, California-based Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ:AMD), Palo Alto, California-based Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), and New York-based Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG). It has been an eventful month so far for AMD and Tesla, with lots of fresh news coming through. So, let’s quickly look at the latest changes in short interest in these names.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Ballard Power Systemsalong with alternative energy or fuel cell stock peers like small capsFuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL), Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) all peaking in 2014 before falling back to breakevenlevels or into underperformance:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday.
    Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday.
    Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday.
    Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances.
    Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral.
    Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday.
    Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend.
    BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.
    Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday.
    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the industrial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) and Envirostar Inc (NYSE: EVI).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Ballard Power Systemsalong with alternative energy or fuel cell stock peers like small capsFuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL), Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) all peaking in 2014 before falling back; but BLDP and PLUG have picked up steam earlier this year:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Shares of fuel cell pioneer Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) tumbled in Wednesday trading, closing the day down 13.7%.

    So what

    As we advised earlier today, Plug’s sell-off can be traced directly back to a downgrade to “sell” by Roth Capital earlier this morning. Roth had three main points to make in its downgrade. First, Plug Power reported “weak” earnings last quarter. Second, while that quarter didn’t include any sales from Plug’s widely touted alliance with Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), once those sales do begin to roll in later this year, Roth believes they will result in “poor quality of revenue, earnings, and gross margins” for Plug.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc.(RH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of RH (NYSE: RH) got a boost, shooting up 27 percent to $32.10 after the company reported strong preliminary results for its fourth quarter. The company also announced a $300 million buyback plan.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Pier 1 Imports underperforming potential peers such as mid caps Bed Bath & Beyond Inc (NASDAQ: BBBY) and Williams-Sonoma, Inc (NYSE: WSM)plus smallcap Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE: RH) all of whos performance has not been so good lately:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Wayfair Incbasically coming in even for retail investors while peers like large cap Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN), mid cap Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE: RH), which is largely eschewing the Internet to focus on brick and mortar, and small cap Overstock.com, Inc (NASDAQ: OSTK)have seen their share of volatility:

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Meanwhile, international stocks look better than U.S. stocks. The iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (EFA) is an ETF that offers international exposure to developed countries in Western Europe, Japan and Australia.

  • [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

  • [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) – 1,274,000 shares, 41.43% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 114.84%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,192,350 shares, 38.52% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 158.64%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 1,043,001 shares, 8.7% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 12.39%iShares Floating Rate Bond (FLOT) – 1,000,000 shares, 7.33% of the total portfolio. NewStar Financial Inc (NEWS) – 3,000,000 shares, 4.01%

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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

    These are the top 5 holdings of David SwensenJBG SMITH Properties (JBGS) – 5,145,068 shares, 40.61% of the total portfolio. New PositionAntero Midstream GP LP (AMGP) – 5,769,780 shares, 27.25% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 3.89%Antero Resources Corp (AR) – 3,674,487 shares, 16.87% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 6.35%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 967,022 shares, 15.28% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 61.75%iShares China Large-Cap (FXI) – 0 shares, 0% of the

12 Stocks To Watch For November 16, 2017

12 Stocks To Watch For November 16, 2017

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

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

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Before the markets open, J M Smucker Co (NYSE: SJM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.9 per share on revenue of $1.89 billion. Smucker shares gained 1.40 percent to $108.00 in after-hours trading.
Wall Street expects Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS) to post quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $3.76 billion after the closing bell. Gap shares gained 0.56 percent to $27.05 in after-hours trading.
RH (NYSE: RH) increased its outlook for third quarter and fiscal 2017. RH shares jumped 15.67 percent to $96.35 in the after-hours trading session.
Analysts expect Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) to report quarterly earnings at $0.78 per share on revenue of $9.36 billion before the opening bell. Best Buy shares rose 1.48 percent to $58.15 in after-hours trading.
After the markets close, Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $3.26 billion. Ross Stores shares rose 1.07 percent to $65.30 in after-hours trading.
L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB) reported in-line earnings for its third quarter on Wednesday. L Brands shares dropped 4.34 percent to $47.12 in the after-hours trading session.