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Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now

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The major U.S. stock benchmarks have concurrently registered consecutive record closes, punctuating a bullish, if less than spectacular, November start.

In the process, the prevailing slow-motion uptrend continues to grind higher against the backdrop of constructive sector rotation. The charts below add color:

Before detailing the U.S. markets wider view, the S&P 500s
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hourly chart highlights the past two weeks.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Towerstream Corporation(TWER)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Towerstream Corporation (NASDAQ: TWER) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $3.49. Towerstream is scheduled to report Q2 financial results on August 9, 2016.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: RELM Wireless Corporation(RWC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap wireless communications manufacturer RELM Wireless Corporation (NYSEMKT: RWC):

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: P.T. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk.(TLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Telekomunikasi Indones (Prsr)Tbk PT-ADR (NYSE: TLK), down 4 percent, and China Telecom Corporation Limited (ADR) (NYSE: CHA) down 2 percent.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Oclaro, Inc.(OCLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is themostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 62.65% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of optical component companies have dropped today, includingOclaro (NASDAQ:OCLR), Acacia (NASDAQ:ACIA), Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), whose shares were down 11%, 11%, 6%, and 3%, respectively, as of 3:30 p.m. EDT, after the U.S. broadened its investigation regarding compliance with sanctions programs.

  • [By Arie Goren]

    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.(NSDQ:AMD)had been by far the best performer in 2016 among all the 413 Russell 3000 tech stocks. Its stock price appreciation of 295.1% in 2016 was significantly higher than the second ranked tech stock NVIDIA Corporation (NVIDIA (NSDQ:NVDA)which gained 223.8% and the third-ranked stock Oclaro Inc. (NSDQ:OCLR)which was up 157.2% in 2016.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Trina Solar Limited(TSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Another potential earnings short-squeeze candidate is integrated solar-power products maker Trina Solar (TSL), which is set to release numbers on next Monday before the market open. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Trina Solar to report revenue of $645.68 million on earnings of 15 cents per share.

    The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Trina Solar is extremely high at 24.5%. That means that out of the 76.94 million shares in the tradable float, 18.88 million shares are sold short by the bears. If the bulls get the earnings news they’re looking for, then shares of TSL could easily rip sharply higher post-earnings as the bears move to cover some of their positions.

    From a technical perspective, TSL is currently trending below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. This stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern at $8.67 to $9.04 a share. Shares of TSL have now started to rebound off those support levels and it’s quickly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade post-earnings above some key near-term overhead resistance levels.

    If you’re bullish on TSL, then I would wait until after its report and look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $10.72 to $11.19 a share and then above its 50-day moving average of $11.17 a share with high volume. Look for volume on that move that hits near or above its three-month average action of 5.17 million shares. If that breakout materializes post-earnings, then TSL will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 200-day moving average of $12.49 to $14 a share, or even $14.50 to $15 a share.

    I would avoid TSL or look for short-biased trades if after earnings it fails to trigger that breakout and then drops back below some near-term support levels at $10 a share to those double bottom support levels at $9.04 to $8

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    The firm has a Sell rating on First Solar, JA Solar Holdings and Trina Solar Limited (ADR) (NYSE: TSL). It maintains a NC rating on SunPower Corporation, Canadian Solar and JinkoSolar Holding.

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    Axiom Capital Managing Director Gordon Johnson upgraded the entire alternative energy sector from Market Underweight to Market Overweight and upgraded SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ: SCTY) from Sell to Hold and Trina Solar Limited (ADR) (NYSE: TSL), Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YGE) and JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) from Sell to Buy.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018

Oil futures set off on a positive start Monday as the first decline in U.S. oil-drilling activity since January gave the market a fresh tailwind after seven-consecutive sessions of price gains.

The drop in Baker Hughes weekly count, coming after a record 23-straight weeks of rising numbers of active rigs, helped stoke sentiment that shale producers may have hit a bottleneck amid prolonged low prices.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.(FCAU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.’s (NYSE: FCAU) Ram pickup sales rose 5% year over year to 43,073 units sold in the month.

    Other full-size pickups on offer in the United States are the Tundra from Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) and the Nissan Titan. Toyota sales for June totaled 9,843, up 4.3% year over year. The Titan sold 4,199 units in June, up a huge 369% compared with June 2016.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE: FCAU) was down, falling around 16 percent to $9.29. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused engine-consumer Fiat Chrysler of allowing excess diesel emissions in 104,000 vehicles.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.’s (NYSE: FCAU) Ram pickup sales dropped 5% year over year to 40.390 units sold in the month.

    Other full-size pickups on offer in the United States are the Tundra from Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) and the Nissan Titan. Toyota Tundra sales for November totaled 9,700, up 2.5% year over year. Nissan will not report November sales until Monday due to a system error.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Among the Detroit Three the outlook is decidedly mixed. According to researchers at Kelley Blue Book (KBB), General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) is forecast to sell 249,000 units, up 8.6% compared with November of 2015. GM’s U.S. market share is expected to reach 18.2%, up 0.7 percentage point year over year. Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) is touted to post a sales gain of just 0.1% with 189,000 units for a market share of 13.6%, down 0.6 point year over year. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE: FCAU) is forecast to see unit sales drop 4.5% year over year to 168,000 and a market share of 12.3%, down 1.1 percentage points.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    “Considering The Possibilities Of AFiat Chrysler Break Up” by Elizabeth Balboa examines what reports of potential spin-offs of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE: FCAU) model lines — or a sale of the whole company — might suggest about FCA’s value. See what the potential upside for the stock is, according on one analyst.

  • [By John Rosevear]

    The fifth-generation version of Honda’s well-regarded kid-hauler doesn’t look a whole lot different from the outgoing model, but it packs a slew of upgradesand some useful technology that Honda hopes will make it more competitive with fierce rivals from Toyota (NYSE:TM) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU).

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: Granite Construction Incorporated(GVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Despite a lack of conviction in the market at large, some stocks posted sharp gains on Friday, and Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX), Akorn (NASDAQ:AKRX), and Granite Construction (NYSE:GVA) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Construction stocks Fluor (NYSE: FLR) and Granite Construction Inc. (NYSE: GVA) both rose about 8%; Vulcan Materials Co. (NYSE: VMC) jumped nearly 10%.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: Dupont Fabros Technology, Inc.(DFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT) shares shot up 10 percent to $61.07. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR) announced plans to merge with DuPont Fabros.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon US Trs ETF (ZROZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Investors with a taste more rate-sensitive bond ETF may want to consider the PIMCO 25 Yr Zro Cupn US Ty Inx Fd ETF (NYSE: ZROZ) and the Vanguard Extended Duration ETF (NYSE: EDV).

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: Virtu Financial, Inc.(VIRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Virtu Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) had a large buyer at the desk last week. TJMT Holdings, an investment vehicle for the founder and Executive Chairman Vincent Viola, bought a 50,000 share blockat $15.88 apiece. The total price for the trade was $794,345. The company provides market making and liquidity services to the financial markets worldwide. Shares closed last Friday at $15.95, in a 52 week range of$12.35 to $23.97, and the consensus price target is $16.31.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc. (TBQBF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc (OTC: TBQBF) raised C$13.8 million ($10.5 million) under a bought deal financing.

    “The money will be primarily used for facility expansion."

    The Green Solution received a $7.5 million loan facility from iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc (OTC: ITHUF).

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: RELM Wireless Corporation(RWC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap wireless communications manufacturer RELM Wireless Corporation (NYSEMKT: RWC):

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: SoftBank Group Corp. (SFTBY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    While I sold the stock above $5 a short while ago, I didn’t expect the stock to take such a plunge right after the merger was announced. This means that the market is giving another chance to buy the stock at a very deep discount compared to where SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBY) and OneWeb will be buying.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    In 2015, Alibaba and Ant invested $680 million in Paytm, India’s mobile payments scheme, giving it a 40 percent share at the time. Last month, they poured another $177 million into it, upping its ownership stake to more than 50 percent. Just last week, Softbank (OTCPK:SFTBY) – Alibaba’s largest shareholder – was reported to be pondering a $1 billion investment in Paytm, which sources say could allow it to hive off its separately branded Paytm eCommerce marketplace. It’s also been suggested that having a Softbank investment that large in Paytm could assuage regulator concerns over China’s possible lock on the Indian market – Paytm currently has 200 million users in India. In December, a company vice president said that Paytm was doing more transactions – 7 million a day – than all of the combined debit and credit transactions in India.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Interestingly, margins were also approximately 14% in 2012 (the year before Softbank (OTCPK:SFTBY) acquired Sprint) when using the same “traditional EBITDA” methodology. Revenues in 2012, on the other hand, were higher than the annualized results for the first nine months of this current fiscal year. So, on an apples-to-apples basis, neither revenues nor margins appear to have improved much for Sprint since 2012.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    According to FT Partners, the FinTech market saw a record 412 financial deals during the third quarter of 2017. One of the largest deals in the quarter involved a $250 million investment by Softbank (OTCPK:SFTBY) in billion-dollar unicorn Kabbage (Private:KBGE).

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Rubin had recruited Softbank (OTCPK:SFTBY) to contribute $100 million to the startup, which was to be valued at, you guessed it, $1 billion. Another unicorn in the land of unicorns – this one with the groundbreaking idea of a premium Android smartphone.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: ePlus Inc.(PLUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $284.62 million.

    Tilly’s Inc (NYSE: TLYS) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $119.93 million.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own For 2018: Cannabis Science, Inc. (CBIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows GW Pharmaceuticals PLC outperforming other marijuana stocks like Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ZYNE), Cannabis Science Inc (OTCMKTS: CBIS) and Medical Marijuana Inc (OTCMKTS: MJNA), but shares are also once again falling off from all-time highs:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    When investors think of cannabinoid or marijuana stocks, they either think of better known stocks likeGW Pharmaceuticals PLC (NASDAQ: GWPH)and Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ZYNE) that trade on bigger exchanges orCannabis Science Inc (OTCMKTS: CBIS) and Medical Marijuana Inc (OTCMKTS: MJNA) that are stilllisted on the OTC. However, there are other more indirect ways to invest in growing cannabinoid or marijuana acceptance.

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    Look out Cannabis Science Inc (OTCMKTS:CBIS), and step aside Medical Marijuana Inc (OTCMKTS:MJNA). There’s a new cannabis name on the scene…. Algae Dynamics Corp. (OTCMKTS:ADYNF). It may not be known (or named) like its marijuana peers, but give it time. This small cap company has a very big idea, and it’s going to sprout soon.

    Yes, Algae Dynamics is an algae company. It’s not just an algae company though.

    Algae Dynamics is the owner of the proprietary BioSilo ™ process. BioSilo is a way of growing algae quickly and effectively…. a mix of an open-pond system and a photobioreactor, which is a light-driven approach to growing algae. It can be viewed as a “best of both worlds” approach, lowering the typical cost of algae farming, while the modular design makes it easy to maintain.

    The company could go a lot of directions with the technology, Most of the tens of thousands of species of algae are rather flexible in how they can be purposed, and what they can become. Algae Dynamics is first focused on the development of two kinds of products though…. Chlorella, and Omega-3.

    Chlorella is a type of microalgae that can be processed into a consumable powder by drying it until it takes a powder form, similar to coffee. Chlorella is rich in minerals, prebiotics, vitamins, and other nutritional substances. It can be added to a baked goods and a number of other products, or taken as a supplement on its own. Chlorella is used in over 1,000 products in the food and beverage markets. Algae Dynamics estimates the global Chlorella market was $210.3 million in 2014 and is expected to reach $265.5 million in 2018.

    Despite a market for Chlorella in North America, there are no commercial North American producers of it.

    Due to its health benefits, Omega-3 oil can be added to a very wide range of products. Consumers are increasingly aware of these benefits too, leading to substantial growth in the industry; health supplements compr

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows GW Pharmaceuticals PLC outperforming other small cap marijuana stocks like Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ZYNE), Cannabis Science Inc (OTCMKTS: CBIS) and Medical Marijuana Inc (OTCMKTS: MJNA), but that outperformance has come withconsiderable volatility:

top penny stocks

A million dollars is a lot of money, isn’t it? Not when you’re looking to finance your entire retirement. If you’ve got $1 million tucked away in your retirement savings by the time you’re ready to retire, you won’t starve, but you may not be able to live out your dreams either.

Blame inflation

“Millionaire” has been shorthand for “really, really rich” for a long time. Unfortunately, $1 million doesn’t buy as much as it did when the term millionaire was first coined. You can blame it oninflation, which is the force that causes the dollar to be worth a little less each year.

Inflation varies from year to year, sometimes radically, but over the long haul, it’s averaged about 3% in the U.S. That means that $1 million will buy 3% less stuff, on average, for each year that passes.

top penny stocks: RELM Wireless Corporation(RWC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap wireless communications manufacturer RELM Wireless Corporation (NYSEMKT: RWC):

top penny stocks: Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.(ETE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Sizemore]

     Charles Sizemore is a prolific financial writer, longtime prizedInvestorPlace contributor, and chief investment officer of Sizemore Capital Management. He’s also a two-time winner of our Best Stockscompetition, so he knows how to pick ‘em.

    Never one to choose a straightforward company, Charles went withEnergy Transfer Equity (ETE) for the Best Stocks for 2016 contest. ETE is a complicated beast, a master limited partnership that’s made up of six other energy companies.

    Perhaps the simplest way to think of ETE is as a company with diversified exposure to energy pipelines, which essentially collect tolls as their corporate users send oil and natural gas all across the country.

    Energy Transfer is thick on the income front, with a dividend yield sitting at 8.7% currently.

top penny stocks: Southwestern Energy Company(SWN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE: SWN) is the only stock in this group to get a rating boost. The Jefferies analysts lifted the rating from Underperform to Hold. The 12-month price target was unchanged at $8. The 2017 EPS estimate was lowered from $0.81 to $0.52, and the 2018 estimate was lowered from $0.99 to $0.94. Shares closed Friday at $7.71, in a 52-week range of $6.62 to $15.59, and the consensus price target on the stock is $12.59.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Southwestern Energy (SWN) slid to the bottom of the S&P 500 on Friday, on the heels of its fourth-quarter earnings.

    Southwestern dropped $1, or 12%, to $7.35, while the S&P 500 rose3.53 points, or 0.15%,to 2367.34.

    Southwestern said it earned 8 cents a share, a nickel below the 13 cents analysts were expecting. Revenue slid 0.4% year over year to $684 million, edging past the$683 millionconsensus.

    In addition, Southwestern saidestimated proved natural gas and oil reserves declinedby 15.5%, to approximately5,253 Bcfe at the end of 2016,compared to 6,215 Bcfeat the end of 2015.

    Raymond James’s John Freeman reiterated a Market Perform rating on the stock:

    he 2017 production guidance range of 890-910 Bcfe compares to RJ/Street at 892/893 Bcfe, respectively. Capex guidance of $1.175-1.275 billion was 18% above Street at $1.04 and 13% above RJ $1.08 billion. The production growth implies the company is taking the middle road of their previous growth scenario whereby $1.25 billion/yr of capex thru 2018 translates to an 8-12% CAGR. However, in 2017, the guidance range implies 2-4% growth y/y. Exit-to-exit, SWN is expecting 20% growth vs the Street at 14%.

    Southwestern shares are down more than 32% since the start of the year.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Natural gas had been under pressure all year, especially after this past February was the warmest since 1954. By mid-March, gas had lost a quarter of its value because of an oversupplied market. However, it awoke from that slumber toward the end of March thanks in part to the triumphant return of winter, which pounded parts of the nation with a major late-season snowstorm. That storm drove up demand for gas, sending the stocks of several gas producers soaring late last month, including Rice Energy and larger rivalsChesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) and Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN), which both rose more than 5%.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Southwestern Energy (SWN) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after the price of natural gas soared the most since 2015 today.

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    Southwestern Energygained 5.8% to $10.98 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,265.18. Front Month Nymex natural gas futures contracts for January delivery jumped 8.6% to $3.5420 per million btu.

    Southwestern Energy’s market capitalization rose to $5.4 billion today from $5.1 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $4.6 billion on sales of $2.9 billion in 2015.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Southwestern Energy (SWN) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today as concerns about a cold spell and a report that showed lower natural gas supply sent natural gas prices higher

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    Shares of Southwestern Energy climbed 6.9% to $12.13 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.4% to 2,191.08.

    Desjardins Capital Markets’ Kristopher Zack and team explain that the “cold weather forecast [is] lighting a fire under NYMEX.” They explain:

    Although oil prices have dominated the headlines following yesterdays OPEC cut, it has also been a fairly supportive week for natural gas producers, with winter NYMEX strip now approaching the US$3.50/mmbtu level, a far cry from last winters experience. La Ni帽a conditions have also been supportive, and we note that next Thursday morning the US Climate Prediction Center will provide its monthly update on the progress of conditions in the El Ni帽o region, which could be a good leading indicator of future weather patterns entering the heart of the winter season from mid-December through early March…

    Temperatures expected to track near normalized levels over next two weeks, which is significantly colder than last winter’s levels. The weather forecast remains fairly constructive for December heating demand, with Heating Degree Days (HDDs) tracking very close to normalized levels through mid-month and particularly cold temperatures expected in the western US.

    Southwestern Energy’s market capitalization rose to $6 billion from $5.6 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $4.6 billion on sales of $2.9 billion in 2015.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Southwestern Energy (SWN) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after Citigroup upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral today.

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    Southwestern Energygained 5.9% to $7.81 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.8% to 2,385.26.

    According to TheFlyOnTheWall.com, Citigroup analyst Robert Morris noted that Southwestern’s stock had dropped 50% since September. He did, however, cut his price target to $10 from $14.

    Southwestern Energy’s market capitalization rose to $3.9 billion billion today from $3.7 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $2.6 billion on sales of $2.4 billion in 2016.

top penny stocks: Cidara Therapeutics, Inc.(CDTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Cidara Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTX), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), HealthEquity Inc. (NASDAQ: HQY), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX) and PolarityTE Inc. (NASDAQ: COOL).

top penny stocks: Monsanto Company(MON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [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

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018

May 23, 2017: Markets opened higher again Tuesday but have not moved much higher as the session went on. The blue chips performed best with particular strength in financials. Tech stocks and consumer discretionaries are on track for a down finish. WTI crude oil for July delivery settled at $51.47 a barrel, up 0.7%. June gold dipped 0.5% for the day to settle at $1,255.60. Equities were headed for a mixed close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded up 0.16% for the day, the S&P 500 traded up 0.14%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded down 0.01%.

The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Tuesday was The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) which traded up 1.75% at $219.80. The stock’s 52-week range is $138.20 to $3255.15. Volume was about 30% below the daily average of around 3.7 million shares. The company had no specific news Monday.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) traded up 1.28% at $85.78. The stock’s 52-week range is $57.05 to $93.98. Volume was about 40% below the daily average of around 14.8 million shares. The big bank had no specific news.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Oasis Petroleum Inc.(OAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) rose a whopping 27.8% to $14.98, and the 33.2 million shares was about 2.5 times normal volume. Oasis Petroleum has a 52-week trading range of $3.40 to $15.02 and a consensus analyst price target of $14.54. The company has a total market cap of $3.5 billion.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jon Najarian spoke on CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” about unusually high options activity in Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS).

    Traders bought around 10,000 contracts of the June 10 calls in the first half of the trading session on Thursday. The trade is unusual because the average options volume in the name is a few hundred contracts. Najarian bought the calls and is planning to hold them for two weeks.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) is rated a Buy and the price target was lifted to $24. For 2017, the net loss estimate improved from a prior $0.27 per share to $0.23 per share. The 2018 EPS estimate rose from $0.62 to $0.64. Shares closed at $14.13 on Friday. The 52-week range is $5.93 to $14.35, and the consensus 12-month target is $17.87.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Lannett Co Inc(LCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    We’ve compiled a list of the most heavily shorted stocks to show you which stocks have the most negative sentiment on the market…

    Company Name (Ticker)Short FloatShare PriceHanwha Q Cells Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: HQCL)98.52%$ 8.88Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN)91.59%$ 8.53Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE: WTW)67.92%$12.57INSYS Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: INSY)66.71%$10.74Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO)66.34%$33.17Nutanix Inc. (Nasdaq: NTNX)65.65%$31.96Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT)55.15%$ 6.06Weibo Corp. (Nasdaq ADR: WB)53.83%$55.26RPC Inc. (NYSE: RES)53.62%$21.19Straight Path Communications Inc. (NYSEMKT: STRP)49.27%$34.79Momo Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: MOMO)48.63%$26.80Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG)46.91%$44.87Lannett Company Inc. (NYSE: LCI)45.46%$23.00Gogo Inc. (Nasdaq: GOGO)43.98%$ 9.10Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA (Nasdaq: ASPS)42.78%$22.73Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE ADR: CMCM)40.86%$10.00

    Some investors think the only way to profit from the stock market is to buy stocks and wait for the price to rise. However, these investors are missing out on the massive profit opportunity that comes from shorting stocks.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap generic pharmaceutical stock Lannett Company, Inc (NYSE: LCI) is thethird most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 52.86% according toHighshortinterest.com.Lannett Company, founded in 1942, develops, manufactures, packages, markets and distributes generic pharmaceutical products for a wide range of medical indications and therapeutic areas. The Company believe that its ability to select viable products for development, efficiently develop such products (including obtaining any applicable regulatory approvals), vertically integrateitself into certain specialty markets and achieve economies in production are all critical for its success in the generic pharmaceutical industry in which it operates.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE: EW) announced plans to buy Valtech Cardio for $340 million in cash and stock. The company also announced a $1 billion buyback plan.
    Epizyme Inc (NASDAQ: EPZM) disclosed that it has received Fast Track designation for tazemetostat.
    Athene Holding Ltd. (NYSE: ATH) reported that it has priced its 23.8 million share IPO between $38 per share and $42 per share.
    Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI) reported the approval for its Metaxalone Tablets USP, 800 mg.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: RELM Wireless Corporation(RWC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap wireless communications manufacturer RELM Wireless Corporation (NYSEMKT: RWC):

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Dow Treasuries(DV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart of Apollo Education Group along with peersITT Educational Services, Inc (NYSE: ESI) and DeVry Education Group Inc (NYSE: DV) reflect the headwinds from the Obama administration:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Carnival Corporation(CCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    How about individual stories? Tuesday I was pleasantly surprised by the commentary on both the Darden (DRI) and Carnival (CCL) calls. Weekend dining and lunch were very strong for Darden, parent of Olive Garden, even though CEO Gene Lee acknowledged that it’s competing against “new necessities today, whether smartphones, whether it’s your cable bill, your Netflix bill. I mean, they have increased significantly over the years.” Hmm, is there any wonder why takeout pizza is so strong? Makes me want to buy both Darden and Domino’s (DPZ) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s not to say the consumer never leaves the house, but when they do, they shop for their homes at Home Depot (HD) and Home Goods, the TJX Stores (TJX) chain that’s knocking it out of the park. The consumer is also visiting theme parks like Six Flags (SIX) and Walt Disney (DIS) and they’re also going on Carnival Cruises (CCL) .

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK)shareholders have to be feeling pretty good these days. The stock hit yet another new high on Friday, and the stock is trading 13% higher so far in 2017.It’s been smooth sailing so far this year, but the first big test comes on Tuesday morning when the world’s largest cruise line operator reports financial results for its fiscal first quarter.

  • [By Diane Alter]

    At $28.66, SNE shares were up 0.28% in morning trading.

    CES Companies to Watch, No. 3: Carnival (NYSE: CCL)

    Carnival Cruise Line (NYSE: CCL) announced Wednesday at CES 2017 that it will give passengers on board its ships high-tech wearable wristbands – which can also be worn as a pendant or necklace. The device can be used to unlock their room, purchase food, and to pay toplay games such as blackjack.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.(BONT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q3 2016 earnings report for small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT)is scheduled for before the market opens on Thursday (November 17th) as traditional department stores continue to struggle to figure out how to attract costumers into their stores as online giants increasingly become thedominant retail players.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT) reported Q2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Thursday while earnings guidance for the full year fiscal 2017 was reaffirmed. Total sales decreased 7.0% to $504.4 million as comparable store sales decreased 6.1% versus the prior year period. However,double-digit sales growth continued in the omnichannel, which reflects sales via the Company’s website, mobile site, and its Let Us Find It customer service program, as the Company leveraged its West Jefferson facility and store-fulfillment network. The net loss was $33.2 million versus a net loss of $38.7 million.The CEO commented:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT) dropped about 3.3% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $0.31 after closing Wednesday at $0.32. The 52-week high is $1.98. Volume was around 10 million shares traded, about 100 times the daily average of around 100,000. The struggling retailer had no specific news.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT)is scheduled for before the market opens on Tuesday (March 14th). In January, The Bon-Ton Stores announced that its comparable store sales for the nine-week holiday period ended December 31, 2016 had decreased 3.1% -in line with guidance. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT)reported fiscalQ1 earnings before the market opened this morning with total salesdown 9.3% to $536.1 million and comparable store sales down 8.8%. Theearnings release noted:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Lastly, there are a few department-store chains that have been struggling mightily. Sears tops the list, of course. Bon-Ton Stores (NASDAQ:BONT) and Neiman Marcus are also in serious trouble. All three chains have too much debt and have been reporting some of the worst sales results in the industry.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Virtus Investment Partners Inc.(VRTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ: VRTS) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $111.05 following Q3 results. Virtus Investment posted Q3 earnings of $1.64 per share on revenue of $82.3 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Intersil Corporation(ISIL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Big gainers on the day included Intersil Corp (NASDAQ: ISIL), which jumped 20 percent on news of a buyout, and Medivation (NASDAQ: MDVN), which added 20 percent on a deal with Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) related to its cancer drug. Cotiviti Holdings Inc (NYSE: COTV) lost around 9 percent in the wake of a mid-day sell-off and Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) fell 7 percent in the wake of a management shakeup.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: WPX Energy, Inc.(WPX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) is a natural gas and oil company based in Oklahoma. WPX focuses on the exploration and development of natural gas and oil fields in North America, including the Permian Basin in Texas and the Williston Basin in North Dakota.

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    Matador has grown its reserves throughout the commodity cycle, as well as its production and cash flow. Haas also likes the company’s history of identifying and acquiring acreage early and cheaply. Much of the analyst’s positive outlook is derived from Matador’s successful monetization of midstream assets and pattern of reinvestment.

    WPX Energy Inc (NYSE: WPX), $18 Price Target

    Haas praised WPX’s production base, which is “well balanced” between three major basins, and its production mix of 51 percent oil, 13 percent natural gas liquids and 36 percent natural gas.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Mechel OAO(MTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell by 1.10 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL), down 8 percent, and Eagle Materials, Inc. (NYSE: EXP), down 6 percent.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Steel stocks are spiking on Monday afternoon, with AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS) up almost 7.5 percent, United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) up about 6.4 percent, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF) up more than 1 percent and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL) up 16.8 percent. The stocks are not being helped by a few analyst upgrades (although, surely not hurt by them), but seem to be mostly rallying on the back of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday morning, the basic materials shares climbed by 0.95 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI), up 5 percent, and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL), up 5 percent.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL) is rallying strongly, rising to a three-year high on roughly 1.7 times its average volume.

    The stock has been on a tear in recent months. After dipping below the $2 level in late April and languishing in the sub-$2 range until August, the stock has nearly tripled in the run up to Monday’s session.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Last Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stock Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ: FWP):

Forward Pharma has been on our list of potential buys for a while. At first glance it looks like it’s simply stuck in a sideways trading range, but a lot’s been happening during that time. Namely, we’ve seen several bullish crosses of key moving average lines, and we’ve seen FWP start to find support at (and push off of) many of those lines. One of these times, the pushoff is going to remain in motion.

Our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter has a more detailed discussion about the technical chart of Forward Pharma A/S along with a potential long/bullish trading strategy:

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Allot Communications Ltd.(ALLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares gained around 0.98 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF), and Allot Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: ALLT).

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: RELM Wireless Corporation(RWC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap wireless communications manufacturer RELM Wireless Corporation (NYSEMKT: RWC):

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Aaron's, Inc.(AAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) and Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap consumer electronics retailer Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) is scheduled for before the market opens onFriday (February 17). Last time around, shares spiked in the high single digits after better-than-expected third quarterearnings.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Just this morning, small cap consumer electronics retailer Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) reported first quarter earnings that have beat expectations. First quarter revenues were$844.6 million compared with $854.4 million for the first quarter of 2016 whilenet earnings increased to $53.3 million compared with $49.7 million in the prior year period. The CEO commented:

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Fortinet, Inc.(FTNT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Palo Alto Networks outperforming (albeit off previous highs)potential peers in the space such as large cap Cisco Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO), mid capFortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) and small cap Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA):

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Turning Around Cybersecurity Through Activism
    As competition climbs and spending slows, security has attracted activists. (FEYE) (IMPV) (FTNT) (CHKP) Full story

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggestedmid cap cyber security solutions stock Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) as a new long term idea because:

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Autobytel Inc.(ABTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Autobytel Inc. (NASDAQ: ABTL) were down 26 percent to $8.05 as the company posted downbeat Q2 results and lowered its FY17 outlook. Barrington Research downgraded Autobytel from Outperform to Market Perform.

market close today

Airport security screeners confiscated a record number of guns in carry-on bags last year, and most of them were loaded.

The Transportation Security Administration said it discovered 3,391 guns in carry-ons at checkpoints in 2016, a 28% increase from the year before. That works out to about nine every day.

The TSA said 83% of the guns were loaded.

The number of guns confiscated at checkpoints has climbed every year since 2007. One obvious reason is that Americans have more guns. The number of background checks conducted by the FBI for gun purchases and permits has climbed almost every year over the same period.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had the most guns discovered last year, 198, followed by Dallas/Fort Worth International and George Bush Intercontinental in Houston. Georgia and Texas have relatively lax gun control laws.

market close today: Shake Shack, Inc.(SHAK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    The following are some of the stocks discussed on the show for which co-host Joel Elconin offered technical levels.

    Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC) hit a low last week of $22.43, and has a big psychological level of $22.
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) has two minor support levels from early December of $221.22 and $220.35. Under $220 it gets dicey, with support at $214.97 and $209.92.
    United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) has a key low of $31.33 from February 2. That number serves as support.
    Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) has a triple top at $45.15. It's currently in a trading range from $43.75-$45.70.
    Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) has been range bound over the last four days from $31.68 to $32.62. It has major support at the all-time low from March 15 at $30.36.
    Warren Lorenz, CEO of TechMeetsTrader, joined the show to discuss his "Facebook for stocks" platform, and how he learned how to trade by watching trading communities. Listen to the full interview with Lorenz here.
    Tommy Lackey, managing partner and portfolio manager at Relativity Capital Advisors, told us which stocks are on his nitrous scans and meltdown filters this morning. Those include XOMA Corporation (NASDAQ: XOMA) Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY). Listen to the full interview with Lackey here.
    With the market in a slight selloff following Friday's healthcare fallout, the focus today will be which sectors, if any, rebound throughout the day. With steel stocks looking weak and gold minors and utilities looking strong, co-host Dennis Dick said he'll try to jump into those sectors if they stay weak after the open. Hear what other sectors Dick is watching here.
    With Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP)'s 25-day quiet period for analysts over, the Street was treated to bullish ratings by Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and others. It's worth noting, however, most of Monday morning

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows the performance of legacy burger stocks Red Robin Gourmet Burgers andSonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC)peaking around the time of the IPOs forsmall caps Habit Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ: HABT) and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) which are now underperforming:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Sonic Corporation outperforming burger stock peers Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc (NASDAQ: RRGB),Habit Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ: HABT) andShake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK):

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    Does that mean Shack Shake (NYSE:SHAK), Chipotle’s competition in today’s battle, is a better buy right now? While that’s an impossible question to answer with 100% certainty, we’ll investigate three different ways to approach the problem, and see who comes out ahead.

market close today: DepoMed Inc.(DEPO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Depomed Inc (NASDAQ: DEPO) got a boost, shooting up 13 percent to $23.90. Depomed is preparing to put itself up for sale, following calls from activist investor Starboard Value LP to explore such a move, just a year after it fought off a hostile acquisition bid, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

market close today: Activision Blizzard, Inc(ATVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) is set to post earnings results for the key holiday sales period on Thursday, Feb. 9. The stock is trouncing the market over the last five years, but investors have pushed it lower since its last quarterly check-in.

  • [By Seth McNew]

    Activision Blizzard(NASDAQ:ATVI) is the maker of some of the world’s best-known games, like Call of Duty, as well as some new hits like Overwatch. Released in May 2016, the latter is the brand’s fastest-growing game ever, with more than 25 million players worldwide.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Activision Blizzard Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) will share its most recent quarterly results late Thursday. The consensus estimates are $0.49 in EPS and $1.73 billion in revenue. Shares closed at $64.14 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $35.12 to $66.58. The stock has a consensus price target of $70.04.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Activision Blizzard(ATVI) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after beating earnings and sales forecasts, and initiating a $1 billion stock buyback plan.

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    Activision Blizzard gained 19% to $47.23 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.4% to 2,316.10.

    Credit Suisse analyst calls Activision Blizzard’s results “another clean top and bottom-line beat.” They explain:

    Activision delivered another clean top and bottom-line beat with the outperformance relative to our estimates coming primarily from PC – this coupled with the fact that revenue from APAC was up ~83% in FY16 leads us to believe that Overwatch likely was the main driver. This fits in squarely with our core investment thesis for not only Activision but the sector as a whole – for all of the publishers to begin exporting their content beyond Western Markets and expand their addressable markets. Blizzard also saw benefit from ongoing strength in World of Warcraft following the Legion expansion and despite the original game being ~3 years old the Candy Crush franchise grew mobile bookings in 2016. We were not anticipating major changes to the release slate for FY17 as we expect it to be a trough product year – we were again encouraged by the broad based strength in digital revenues as we believe Activision is well positioned to extract more value from its existing user base. We maintain our Outperform rating and our price target increases to $51 vs. prior $48.

    Activision Blizzard’s market capitalization rose to $35.1 billion today from $29.5 billion yesterday.

  • [By John Ballard]

    Activision Blizzard(NASDAQ:ATVI) CEO Bobby Kotick has a special knack for producing games that draw a mass audience. Throughout his tenure, Activision has consistently produced genre leading games.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Note: King Digital Entertainment PLC (NYSE: KING)was acquired by Activision Blizzard, Inc (NASDAQ: ATVI) in February 2016.

    A technical chart for Zynga Inc shows shares recently falling below a key resistance level or floor:

market close today: Western Union Company (The)(WU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    You don’t need to be an expert technical trader to figure out the price action in shares of $10 billion payment services stock Western Union (WU) . Instead, the price action is more or less as simple as it gets. Since January, Western Union has been a “buy the dips stock”, bouncing its way higher in a well-defined uptrend. And shares are showing traders another buyable dip this week.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was The Western Union Co. (NYSE: WU) which jumped 3.6% to $20.28. The stocks 52-week range is $18.07 to $22.70. Volume was 11 million which is well above the daily average of around 5.8 million shares.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Western Union (WU) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after MoneyGram International (MGI) received a bid from Euronet Worldwide (EEFT).

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Shares of Western Union gained 3.5% to $20.27 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.3% to 2,365.45.MoneyGram International surged 25% to $15.77, while Euronet Worldwide advanced 0.3% to $83.22.

    Normally, two competitors linking up to take on the dominant player in the industry might be considered bad news. BTIG’s Mark Palmer and Giuliano Bolognaexplain why the Western Union reaction”makes sense”:

    While the surge in shares of MoneyGram (MGI, Not Rated) in response to the announcement by Euronet Worldwides (EEFT, Not Rated) that it had offered to buy the company for $15.20 per share in cash was easy to understand the bid trumped the bid of $13.25 per share that MoneyGram received from Alibaba (BABA) affiliate Ant Financial in late January what may have been surprising to some was the positive reaction of shares of MGI remittance competitor Western Union (WU, Buy, $23 PT) to the news.

    With that said, we believe the uptick in WU shares makes some sense insofar as the competitive threat posed by EEFT may be perceived as less imposing than that represented by Ant, especially following reports in February that the latter was planning to raise as much as $3bn to fund global investments.

    We also believe the second bid for MGI serves to underline the attractiveness and potential of the global remittance space, an industry in which WU is the clear leader. Moreover, we think the bid may have given rise to the notion that WU could be an acquisition candidate for another deep-pocketed firm that could lever off its global footprint and the strength of its brand.

    Western Union’s market capitalization rose to $9.8 billion today, from $9.4 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $253 million on sales of $5.4 billion in

market close today: RELM Wireless Corporation(RWC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap wireless communications manufacturer RELM Wireless Corporation (NYSEMKT: RWC):

market close today: Clarke(t)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    AT&T shares currently yield a 5.6% dividend, which we believe is sustainable and will look even more solid as the company’s free cash flow grows going forward and payout ratio comes down. We expect that AT&T will report a 7.3% EPS CAGR over the next three years (’15-’18) driven by DTV synergies and organic cost cutting. This compares to Verizon’s 5.0% dividend and expected 2.5% EPS CAGR over the similar time frame, so we believe investors win with AT&T through both faster EPS growth and potential multiple expansion/dividend convergence. 

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    T-Mobile is a significant player in the US mobile telecommunications space. It is the third largest by subscribers, with 72 million customers as of early 2017. When analysts compare T-Mobile, they often compare them to the likes of Sprint, Verizon Communications, Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). This makes sense considering they offer very similar services but what is not similar is their underlying growth profiles as illustrated below.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Very strong results across the board for Dycom, with spending from its top customers only further accelerating. We’re not surprised that FQ3 guidance came in slightly ahead of expectations, as many investors had viewed their initial guidance as conservative. We are encouraged to see organic growth re-accelerating in FQ4 to the mid-teens, with its acquired Goodman asset contributing $15MM of expected revenue (up from $13.4MM in FQ2). Dycom also procured new customer awards in the quarter from AT&T (T), Comcast (CMCSA), CenturyLink (CTL) and Windstream Holdings (WIN) to support further growth. Dycom also repurchased $25MM of shares during FQ2 and authorized an additional $75MM over the next 18 months, giving Dycom $150MM of incremental repurchase authorization through August 2018

  • [By Adam Levy]

    As more consumers cut the cord, competition in the pay-TV industry is growing increasingly fierce. That’s led some companies to seek consolidating acquisitions like AT&T (NYSE:T) did last year by buying DIRECTV. Others, meanwhile, have sought to attract subscribers with low-priced bundles and over-the-top packages like DISH Network’s (NASDAQ:DISH) Sling TV.