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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

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

  • [By Mark Fritz]

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

  • [By Adam Levy]

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

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

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

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

  • [By Lee Jackson]

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

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

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

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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

  • [By Lee Jackson]

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

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

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

  • [By Rich Smith]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

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

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

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

  • [By ]

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

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

  • [By Chris Lange]

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

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

investment consultant

While Light-emitting diodes or LEDs have many advantages over traditional incandescent light sources,LED stocks have not necessarily been big winners for investors or traders alike. However, there are some signs that could be starting to change.

Beginning with small cap Cree, Inc (NASDAQ: CREE), the Company is aleading innovator of lighting-class LEDs, lighting products and wide bandgap semiconductor products for power and radio frequency (RF) applications. Cree, Inc’s product families include LED lighting systems and bulbs, blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs, lighting-class power LEDs, SiC materials, power devices and RF devices that are used in applications such as commercial and consumer general illumination, video screens, electronic signs and signals, motor drives, power supplies, EV charging, solar, traction, transportation, radar, communications, telecom, data link and broadband amplifiers.

investment consultant: Shopify Inc.(SHOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.FOOL.COM]

    Shopify(NYSE:SHOP)stock has been on a tear, rocketing up over 180% since the company went public in May of 2015. The company’s business model is pretty simple: Sign up merchants, charge merchants to use its platform, help merchants sell stuff, and take a small percentage from each sale. Then, rinse and repeat at alarger scale with more profitability. Shopify is executing this strategy extremely well, posting strong third quarter 2016 results with record growth in total merchants, sales volume, and revenue.

  • [By Adam Levy]

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

  • [By Dan Caplinger, Tim Brugger, and Seth McNew]

    Risk is always a factor for stock market investors, but if you want the top stocks in your portfolio, you have to be bold. To give you some ideas on which stocks to look at, three Motley Fool contributors weighed in on companies they’re familiar with and made a case for why they deserve a closer look. Read on to learn more about Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG), and Universal Display (NASDAQ:OLED) and why they deserve your attention.

  • [By ]

    Shopify (NYSE: SHOP) is an ecommerce platform and hosting company providing the websites and tools for small businesses. The company and its customers might not have the financial capital for access to fast lanes in a post-neutral internet.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Shopify (SHOP) is especially designed for small and medium-sized businesses. It is based in Ottawa, Canada.

    I like this stock recommendation because this is a young company that focuses on providing on-line marketing solutions at a reasonable price for small and mid-size companies.

investment consultant: Express Scripts Holding Company(ESRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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    Analysts are expecting Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) to have earned $0.47 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion in the latest quarter. Discovery Communications shares rose 0.17 percent to $29.08 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ: TMUS) to report

  • [By ]

    Express Scripts Holding (Nasdaq: ESRX) has already stated publicly that it would be open to an acquisition. The company is the largest PBM in the United States, with more than 1.4 billion adjusted claims processed annually as well as a strong home delivery pharmaceuticals service.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Express Scripts Holding Co. (NASDAQ: ESRX) which traded down 11% at $59.98. The stocks 52-week range is $57.80 to $80.02. Volume was 35.4 million versus the daily average of 4.4 million shares.

investment consultant: Zions Bancorporation(ZION)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    In the super-regional banks that are not money center banks, Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) was up 6.3% at $13.22, and Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) was last seen up 3.8% at $38.30. They would both do better with lower regulatory costs and be able to better compete against larger banks when their stress test results had not been as strong.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

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

investment consultant: GigaMedia Limited(GIGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap online gaming and cloud computing GigaMedia Limited (NASDAQ: GIGM) as a bullish long trade:

investment consultant: Spark Networks, Inc.(LOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap dating site stock Match Group Inc (NASDAQ: MTCH), which was spun off from media and Internet stock IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) and is a peer or remaining dating stock Spark Networks Inc (NYSEMKT: LOV), is the eight most shorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 43.96% according to Highshortnterest.com.

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McDonald’s is bringing back its legendary Dollar Menu … sort of.

The fast food giant is rolling out a new menu that includes $1 items, but unlike the popular Dollar Menu that it tweaked out of existence years ago, this one includes more costly items as well.

The name speaks for itself. The new menu, which McDonald’s plans to roll out on January 4, is called the $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu as a return to value offerings for its customers.

The fast food chain first introduced the Dollar Menu in the 1990s but started tweaking it to include higher priced items in 2013, when the company was suffering from a sales slump. It called that menu the Dollar Menu & More.

McDonald’s (MCD) profits have increased significantly this year, compared to last year, and its stock price has soared by about a third.

“We built this menu with variety and value firmly in mind,” said Chris Kempczinksi, president of McDonald’s USA, in a statement.

McDonald’s is introducing its $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu in January 2018.

The new menu will offer $1 items like sausage burritos, McChicken sandwiches, cheeseburgers and soft drinks of any size.

topstockpicks: Shopify Inc.(SHOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Shopify (SHOP) is especially designed for small and medium-sized businesses. It is based in Ottawa, Canada.

    I like this stock recommendation because this is a young company that focuses on providing on-line marketing solutions at a reasonable price for small and mid-size companies.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

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

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

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

topstockpicks: TCF Financial Corporation(TCB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

topstockpicks: Sapiens International Corporation N.V.(SPNS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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

topstockpicks: Devon Energy Corporation(DVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian said traders were buying calls in Devon Energy Corp (NYSE: DVN) in the first half of the trading session on Thursday.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    While crude prices stumbled into 2016, they found their footing by mid-year and roared back to life, ending the year up about 42%. Those rising prices lifted most oil stocks. However, a handful of large-cap oil stocks rose above the crowd by outperforming crude’s rally. Those top-tier performers wereContinental Resources (NYSE:CLR), Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD), and Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC):

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Devon Energy Corp. (NYSE: DVN) is rated Hold and the price target was raised to $49. The 2017 EPS estimate was increased from $1.39 to $2.00, and the 2018 estimate increased from $3.06 to $3.83. Shares closed at $43.35 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $21.15 to $50.69. No consensus price target was available.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Beta Should Lead At The Start of A Rally: Best ideas in the first leg up: Marathon Oil, Devon Energy (DVN), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), and Continental Resources (CLR). If OPEC announces a cut, whether moderate or deep, we expect that in the initial move up, moderate value beta names, like Marathon Oil, Devon Energy, Anadarko Petroleum, andContinental Resources will lead.For a $5 increase in oil prices, we estimate 2017 cash flow per share would increase 12-18% for these stocks vs. the remainder of the group at 12%. Of these four, short interest is modest for all exceptContinental Resources at 25%, among the highest in our universe. Outperformance of these names should be driven by investors adding to long positions, not short covering.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    U.S. producers hit their peak more than a year ago with production steadily coming down since then due to under-investment. However, the industry has recently started ramping activity back up in an attempt to push back against the natural production decline. For example, leading U.S. driller Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) reduced its rig count from 40 in early 2015 to five by the third quarter of 2016. As a result, Devon Energy’s third-quarter production from retained assets declined 6.9% year over year. However, Devon Energy has started adding back rigs now that oil prices have stabilized above $50 per barrel and it expected to end 2016 running 10 rigs, with plans to run 15 to 20 by the end of this year. These rigs should push its production up by a low- to mid-single-digitrate this year.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    The failure of Russia and others to fulfill their obligations are coming at a time when U.S. shale production is starting to ramp back up. Shale producers such as Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) and Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) have already released growth-focused budgets to capture the benefits of an improving oil market. In Pioneer Natural Resources’ case, it expects to spend $2.8 billion this year to operate 18 drilling rigs in the Permian Basin and restart its drilling program in the Eagle Ford. Those rigs should enable the company to drill enough wells to grow its production by 15% to 18% over last year’s average. Meanwhile, Devon Energy expects to spend between $2 billion to $2.3 billion on drilling this year, which should fuel 13% to 17% oil production growth by the fourth quarter versus last year’s final quarter.

topstockpicks: Ryerson Holding Corporation(RYI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Among the worst performers on the day were GameStop (NYSE:GME), Hovnanian Enterprises (NYSE:HOV), and Ryerson Holding (NYSE:RYI). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to explain why they did so poorly.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, PriceSmart (NASDAQ:PSMT) and Ryerson (NYSE:RYI)attracted heavy investor interest in the wake of their quarterly earnings reports.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Ryerson Holding Corp (NYSE: RYI) got a boost, shooting up 11 percent to $13.70. Ryerson expects Q1 net income of $12 million to $15 million.

Costco – Why The Market Might Be Right

I think we can all agree the market can at times be, shall we say myopic? But in the long run, the market has a great way of separating the winners from the losers. It is the summation of all thoughts, fears, demand, supply, and even a bit of greed. The market is the consummate weighing machine of not the past, but the prospects of a company.

So, when I see Costco (NASDAQ: COST) trading at all-time highs, with a large expansion in its market multiple its easy to dismiss this as Ahh the market is overvaluing this company and to be skeptical. I was cautious on the stock at $158. But it is more prudent to try to understand just why the market seems so in love with Costco lately and why I had it so wrong.

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COST data by YCharts

Nice chart lately. You can see the noise effects of Amazons (NASDAQ: AMZN) foray into Whole Foods. The pros/cons of that purchase have been repeatedly covered here on Seeking Alpha. A 2nd chart below, with a more expanded time frame, shows Costcos Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) P/E Ratio. Note, the stock is not that far above its historical average P/E multiple.

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COST data by YCharts

The value folks are screaming Sell! and the long-term holders are simply saying Yawn. If the short argument is that the stock is overvalued that is a bit of a stretch, but you could make that case. But how overvalued? 20-30 points or so? Not a compelling risk-reward. Shorting stocks on valuation is almost always the wrong approach.

Sometimes its just as simple as this, the best stocks always seem overvalued. But in Costcos case, Im going to outline 4 reasons why the market might have this one right. I progress from the rather obvious point 1 to the bit more obscure point 4.

Point 1 – Solid management and a long-term, laser-like focus on its customers and needs.

No new revelations here, but Costcos management is well regarded. Employees are treated rather well for a retailer. 88% of Costco Employees have company-sponsored healthcare. Coincidentally, 88% of Costco employees think they are Fairly Paid. A loyal workforce and low turnover have always been a Costco staple. Not an earth-shattering observation I know, but still refreshing to see.

Point 2 The membership program, and the effect on gross margins.

Of course, we all know that Costco has a membership fee. This allows the company to sell products at a razor-thin margin. The company’s yearly gross margins, dating back to 2008, can be seen here. Lately, margins have been about 13.3%. Yes, that includes its membership fees. But the world is changing. Here is where Amazon might have helped Costco. It is now very well engrained into the customer’s behavior to pay membership fees. There is always the bull/bear argument on whether or not Costcos fees are sustainable. I would bet they are. It is not a “one or the other” type of arrangement for customers. You can have an Amazon Prime membership and a Costco membership. The disloyalty police do not come knocking on your door. I would like to know the statistics on how many customers have both. I think the results would be surprising. For now, that will have to be a number we can only guess at, as I dont see Amazon and Costco working together to reveal that information.

But at Costco, it seems you really do get something for your membership. Here is where Costco shines. By only having a limited inventory and limited SKU selection it can really drive value on its customers’ needs. Here is a quote right from its corporate web page

Commitment to quality. Costco warehouses carry about 4,000 SKUs (stock keeping units) compared to the 30,000 found at most supermarkets. By carefully choosing products based on quality, price, brand, and features, the company can offer the best value to members.

So, lets take a real-world example. While researching this piece, I took an item from Costco and compared it directly to the same item on Amazon. I was more than a little surprised by the price disparity.

Louisiana Champion Pellet Grill & Smoker

At Amazon, this Louisiana Grills Champion Pellet Grill retails for $1533 + $230.49 shipping. The same exact item at Costco is listed at $1,199.99 with Shipping & Handling included. Thats pretty big savings! Seems a popular item as when I checked back, it now says Out Of Stock on Costcos site. Looking at the comments section on Amazon, some noted the item on Costcos site as listing at $999 at one point.

In general, I would say nearly any item you find at Costco will be of value. When Costco only marks the product up 15-17%, It would be difficult for any other retailers to match.

With more and more people accepting the concept of membership fees (thank you, Amazon), I dont think the bears’ argument that people will stop paying is rational.

Point 3 Lets talk about quality

In the new world of retail, where nearly anything can be bought online, how do you control the quality? With everyone and their brother setting up Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) stores and selling direct from Aliexpress and Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), whos keeping an eye on the quality?

I recently served as COO for a large manufacturing company here in Cebu, the Philippines. Costco was one of our newer customers. The level of quality control it required of us was incredibly detailed. The weight (of a hand cast, stone cast item) had to be in a range of 0% to +5% of list. Most of our customers give us a 20% leeway. Our first samples went to a testing lab where it conducted 47 pages of tests on the product. These included special designed weight tests (It was a Garden stepping stone item) with various forces applied for various times from different angles. Sun exposure tests, chemical tests, every paint was tested for lead. It performed acid tests on durability, finish strengths, color, nearly everything and more, that one could think of. Before final shipment, Bureau Veritas, a highly regarded 3rd party testing agency, sent three people who tested our final products for two days straight. Costcos testing requirements are much more rigorous than what we observed for other mass market retailers.

Because Costco has such a narrow SKU focus, it can really attend to the marketability, quality, price, and function of its products. I came away from that experience thinking to myself I feel pretty good about anything I buy at Costco.

Amazon does not have this luxury. The company cannot possibly perform this level of detailed quality control on its items.

Costco 4000 SKUs.

As of January 2017, Amazon had 372.5 million SKUs.

This gives Costco an enduring and competitive advantage on quality.

Point 4 Here is where I think the market really has Costco right. Retail 3.0

Yes, it seems an expensive stock. Yes, it has run straight up lately. But lets think about how retail has changed. Uh oh, did he just say, This time is different? Yes, I did! This time it is different and thats what the stock chart has been telling us.

Lets explore what has changed.

Retail 1.0 First we had the good old-fashioned stores. They put up a physical presence in an area, sold their wares, tried to get more traffic and expand locations. They traded at conventional market multiples of, lets just say, X times earnings/cash flows etc. Fine

Retail 2.0 Then of course came the internet. No longer should we be burdened by the overhead of those pesky, out-of-date, Brick & Mortar retailers. Everything was going to go online. Every B&M was going to be put out of business. As trust grew with online purchases, the market potential (and some market caps) began to soar.

But what multiple should Retail 2.0 trade at? Still a work in progress on figuring that out, but the market has come a long way in the last 20 years on this topic. At least we arent referencing internet stocks like the old days as a multiple on eyeballs and page views. Matter of fact, we really dont even call them internet stocks anymore.

But doesnt it make sense that a company with less physical assets and without the burden of rents/employees/overhead should trade at a larger multiple maybe 2x or 3x. I dont really know the answer to that question, but I do know the answer to the next point.

Retail 3.0 Somewhere along the way of all B&M going out of business, a funny thing happened it didnt. Suddenly, many of the traditional B&Ms learned how to compete online. Home Depot (NYSE: HD) is one of the greatest examples. Just considering its e-commerce sales, Home Depot is the #7 largest internet retailer!

Suddenly having physical locations across the country is no longer a liability. It is a real asset. Costco can out Amazon (its a verb), Amazon. It has many ways to leverage its physical assets.

BOPIS Buy Online, Pickup in Store today BOSS Buy Online, Ship to Store BORIS Buy Online, Return to Store BODFS Buy Online, Deliver from Store

As Amazon tries to build out a physical footprint, Costco is already there. You could even say that Amazons purchase of Whole Foods was a complete validation of the Retail 3.0 concept. Amazon recognized its weakness and is moving to correct it. The market is finally beginning to validate the physical presence of companies who also sell online. Retail 3.0 is the integration of B&Ms into an online world.

Shouldnt companies, with these new revenue levers, simply trade at higher multiples than the Five & Dimes of the past? Can you really value these stocks in the same manner as before?

So how about the stock?

I understand Im taking a big risk here. Ive gone full heretical. This is exactly what a top-tick article looks like. But I will be buying my first purchase of Costco stock this week. Would I love to wait for a pull-back? Sure, but not even a Genie can tell you when and how that will happen. Ill build a small and growing position. It really wont matter that much whether I bought at 180 or 190 when the stock reaches 500. How long will that take? Probably more than a few years, but I can be patient. Sometimes you have to leave the meat in the smoker for good long while.

Why not buy your full position now then? Well, I still think Costco will have some margin pressure (due to packaging article in link) in the next 6-12 months. Not sure how much that will be. If it takes the stock down some, Id like to have room to buy more. Plus, as I rotate out of other stocks, Ill have more available capital to put to work in Costco. This isnt a short-term trade for me. If my theory is correct, that Costco will begin to be more appreciated by the market for its retail 3.0 progress, my holding period will be measured in years. If Im wrong, and the world hasnt changed, well there is that nice dividend still right?

As always, best of luck to all. I’ll continue to update the Asia packaging problems in my blog as I have new information.

Disclosure: I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, but may initiate a long position in COST over the next 72 hours.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Additional disclosure: Largest holdings are HOME, BP, NEWR. I will be purchasing COST this week.

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Hot Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Shopify Inc.(SHOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger, Tim Brugger, and Seth McNew]

    Risk is always a factor for stock market investors, but if you want the top stocks in your portfolio, you have to be bold. To give you some ideas on which stocks to look at, three Motley Fool contributors weighed in on companies they’re familiar with and made a case for why they deserve a closer look. Read on to learn more about Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG), and Universal Display (NASDAQ:OLED) and why they deserve your attention.

  • [By Brian Withers]

    If investors want to tap into the growing trend of e-commerce and diversify their portfolio beyond Amazon, Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) and Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY) make the shortlist. Shopify is more a pick-and-shovelplay, as the company hasbuilt a powerful back office platform that essentially enables entrepreneursto run an e-commerce business from their phone. Etsy is a pure play marketplace that focuses on serving the creative entrepreneur. These two companies had similar revenue in 2016, were both started in almost the same year (Etsy 2005, Shopify 2006), and are in the business of helping product-selling entrepreneurs connect to buyers online. Let’s take a deeper dive into these two companies and see which is the better buy.

  • [By WWW.FOOL.COM]

    Shopify(NYSE:SHOP)stock has been on a tear, rocketing up over 180% since the company went public in May of 2015. The company’s business model is pretty simple: Sign up merchants, charge merchants to use its platform, help merchants sell stuff, and take a small percentage from each sale. Then, rinse and repeat at alarger scale with more profitability. Shopify is executing this strategy extremely well, posting strong third quarter 2016 results with record growth in total merchants, sales volume, and revenue.

Hot Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Vuzix Corporation(VUZI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    While the economy’s natural — and recurring — cycles favor different kinds of stocks at different times, not every great trend is necessarily a cyclical one. Sometimes, a trend is rooted in a technological development that changes cultural norms. The advent of the smartphone, for example, has made constant connectivity to the world around part of how we live our daily lives.

    These mega-trends present tremendous opportunities for investors too, provided they’re savvy enough to see them coming and play them the right way.

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    It’s not been a smooth beginning. however.

    While the buzz was strong and expectations reached a peak two years ago when Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) was all the rage and in the wake of its IPO, the company’s growth wasn’t to be sustained. The company is struggling to muster any growth now, and FIT shares have fallen to a tenth of their value seen in late-2015, when the euphoria was strongest.

    Fitbit’s slowdown has been mirrored by other companies in the space. The wearables market only grew 3.1% in Q3 of 2016.

    On the flipside, while the debacle of Fitbit — the wearable industry’s iconic company — has been a painful, it’s also been a learning experience. And, it’s not as if the slowdown is unfurling without the wearables market never reaching a respectable size. International Data Corporation estimates were 23 million ‘wearables’ delivered in the third quarter of last year alone.

    Moreover, the fizzling of the market hasn’t turned into a reason to swear off wearables as an investment opportunity… quite the opposite, actually. It’s just now become considerably clearer what consumers want an

  • [By William Patalon III]

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Hot Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: TeleNav Inc.(TNAV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telenav Inc (NASDAQ: TNAV) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $8.15 after the company reported the settlement of patent lawsuit. The company projects Q2 revenue of $51 million to $52 million and loss of $0.30 per share to $0.28 per share.

Hot Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Progress Software Corporation(PRGS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

    Wall Street expects ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE: CAG) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $2.89 billion. ConAgra shares rose 0.17 percent to $47.68 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) to report its quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $1.81 billion. Darden Restaurants shares gained 0.44 percent to $66.25 in after-hours trading.
    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter on Wednesday. Progress Software shares surged 6.19 percent to $26.75 in the after-hours trading session.

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million.
    Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million.
    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion.
    Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million.
    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million.
    Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million.
    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million.
    8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million.
    Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million.
    Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.
    Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million.
    Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter.
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  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $93.15 million.

    Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share on revenue of $55.35 million.

Hot Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Ebix, Inc.(EBIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap insurance software stock Ebix Inc (NASDAQ: EBIX) reported Q1 2017 earnings before the market opened this morning. Q1 revenue rose 11% to $79.1 million and decreased 1% over Q4 2016 revenue of $80.0 million. The year over year revenue improvement reflected growth in the Companys Exchange, Risk Compliance, and Broker Solution channels. On a constant currency basis, Q1 revenue increased 10% to $78.5 millionwith theExchange channel continued to bethe Companyslargest -accounting for 67% of Q1 2017 revenues. Q1 2017 net income rose 19% to $26.4 million with the improvement principally reflected the benefit of higher revenues and operating income as compared to the same period last year.

Hot Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sharp Corp (SHCAF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The company is partnering with Chinese company OXi Technology (in which it also made a strategic investment) for developing fingerprint sensor under glass and in the bezel of smartphones. Its fingerprint sensor business received a boost from the Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) S8 and S8+ design wins (as well as Sharp’s (OTCPK:SHCAF) Aquos R and ZTE ZMax Pro).

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Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Citigroup Inc.(C)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Ballard]

    Partnerships play a crucial role in extending PayPal’s reach to new customers and driving higher engagement. The deal with Visa(NYSE:V) opened the door for partnerships with Mastercard(NYSE:MA), Citigroup(NYSE:C), and Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE:FIS). As a result, more deals will come that will increase PayPal’s relevancy and ubiquity in the mobile payment landscape.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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  • [By Casey Wilson]

    America’s Oldest Companies No. 3: Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C)

    Citigroup was originally founded in 1812 with $2 million in capital as the “City Bank of New York.” Almost 50 years later, in 1865, it joined the U.S. national banking system and quickly rose to the title of “largest bank in the United States” at the time.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Citigroup (C) has declined0.5% to$58.09 after its earnings topped the Street consensus but its sales fell shortof analyst expectations.

    United Continental Holdings (UAL) has dropped 1.7% to$72.50 despite beating earnings and revenue forecasts.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The latest quarterly earnings from Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) are due onWednesday. The fourth-quarter consensus forecast calls for $1.12 in EPS and $17.3 billion in revenue. Shares were trading at $59.63 on Fridays close, in a 52-week range of $34.52 to $61.63. The consensus price target is $64.31.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: ThyssenKrupp AG (TYEKF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    In addition, the company announced that it has agreed to acquire a steel plant in Brazil from ThyssenKrupp (NASDAQOTH:TYEKF) for $1.3 billion. While that plant has had its share of problems in the past, Ternium is getting it for a good value, and it has upside potential. The company paid slightly less than five times EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) for the facility. As the following chart shows, that’s below the value that steel-company stocks trade for these days:

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: The Swatch Group AG (SWGAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    That’s good news to the luxury goods sector – from Swiss watches to high fashion and expensive cognac – for which Chinese consumers make up around 30 percent of all global sales. In a note to investors, analysts at investment firm Exane BNP Paribas expects growth to continue to trend upwards during 2017, with Swatch Group (OTCPK:SWGAY), Richemont SA (OTCPK:CFRHF), and Burberry (OTCPK:BURBY) the companies most likely to gain.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Shares of Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group AG (SWGAY) tumbled 4% mid-afternoon Wednesday as it became apparent the company could lose out to a well-received Apple Inc. (AAPL) Apple Watch 3 released Tuesday.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Shopify Inc.(SHOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Withers]

    If investors want to tap into the growing trend of e-commerce and diversify their portfolio beyond Amazon, Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) and Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY) make the shortlist. Shopify is more a pick-and-shovelplay, as the company hasbuilt a powerful back office platform that essentially enables entrepreneursto run an e-commerce business from their phone. Etsy is a pure play marketplace that focuses on serving the creative entrepreneur. These two companies had similar revenue in 2016, were both started in almost the same year (Etsy 2005, Shopify 2006), and are in the business of helping product-selling entrepreneurs connect to buyers online. Let’s take a deeper dive into these two companies and see which is the better buy.

  • [By WWW.FOOL.COM]

    Shopify(NYSE:SHOP)stock has been on a tear, rocketing up over 180% since the company went public in May of 2015. The company’s business model is pretty simple: Sign up merchants, charge merchants to use its platform, help merchants sell stuff, and take a small percentage from each sale. Then, rinse and repeat at alarger scale with more profitability. Shopify is executing this strategy extremely well, posting strong third quarter 2016 results with record growth in total merchants, sales volume, and revenue.

  • [By Adam Levy]

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

  • [By John Ballard]

    Less than 10% of retail sales in the U.S. take place online, and the worldwide retail market is estimated to be well over $20 trillion.These numbers spell big opportunity for top e-commerce companies like PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ:PYPL) and Shopify (NYSE:SHOP).

  • [By Dan Caplinger, Tim Brugger, and Seth McNew]

    Risk is always a factor for stock market investors, but if you want the top stocks in your portfolio, you have to be bold. To give you some ideas on which stocks to look at, three Motley Fool contributors weighed in on companies they’re familiar with and made a case for why they deserve a closer look. Read on to learn more about Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG), and Universal Display (NASDAQ:OLED) and why they deserve your attention.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Citi Trends, Inc.(CTRN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRN) shares shot up 16 percent to $19.38 after the company posted upbeat quarterly earnings.

    Shares of Internap Corp (NASDAQ: INAP) got a boost, shooting up 13 percent to $2.97 on strong quarterly results. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Internap from Hold to Buy and raised the price target from $2.00 to $5.50.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Leucadia National Corporation(LUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Then there were financial results released by Jefferies, a unit of Leucadia National (LUK). Its results are often seen as a harbinger for the big U.S. banks, and the results “appear mixed,” according to JMP analyst Devin Ryan. He explains:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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  • [By Michael Hooper]

    When compared with similar companies, Berkshire Hathaway carries a premium over Markel (NYSE: MKL  ) , valued at 1.15 times book value and a 20 forward P/E ratio; and Leucadia National (NYSE: LUK  ) , valued at 1.10 times book value and a 7.16 trailing P/E.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Viacom Inc.(VIA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Noonan]

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  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

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Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Nielsen N.V.(NLSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) dropped about 1.5% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $40.97 after closing Wednesday at $41.59. The 52-week high is $55.94. Volume of around 5.2 million was about 70% above the daily average of around 3.2 million shares traded. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) lost nearly 2.7% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $42.25 after closing Thursday at $43.41. The 52-week high is $55.94. Volume of around 6.7 million was nearly 3 times the daily average of around 2.6 million shares traded. The data research and information company had no specific news Friday.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Gartner, Inc.(IT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CEB Inc. (NYSE: CEB) shares were also up, gaining 21 percent to $74.90 after Gartner Inc (NYSE: IT) announced plans to acquire the company for $2.6 billion in cash and stock.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Warren Resources Inc.(WRES)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Warren Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: WRES) were down 31 percent to $0.0656. Warren Resources filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    Gogo Inc (NASDAQ: GOGO) was down, falling around 15 percent to $9.40 after the company announced it has reached an agreement with American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ: AAL) to “continue to provide service on a meaningful portion of the American fleet currently served by Gogo.” Investors heavily sold off the stock as the company’s announcement implies it lost some orders to its main competitor, ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT).

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Ford Motor Company and My Position

I have been invested in Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) for some time now. I made my fist small investment in F three years ago, and mostly over the last two years I have increased my holding. As can be seen from previous articles I have written, I have been a bull of the company. At the current time I do not consider the stock a buy based upon an appreciation in the stock price, but I do think the stock is a good investment for the dividend. Ford trades at a very low PE ratio of 5.86, and I consider the stock to be low0risk at the current levels, which I will explain later on. The company offers a yield of close to 5%, and that is excluding the special dividend. I have included in the article more on the dividend and special dividend and how Ford has prudently chosen to compensate shareholders.

My Position

Unfortunately I have not always been correct on my bullish thesis. Being wrong has cost me some money over the last couple of years. The first area that hurt my bull thesis is the slow growth that the company has experienced in China. I expected the growth and profitability of the Chinese market to be much better that it has been for Ford. While there has been growth in China, it was not nearly as strong or as profitable as I anticipated. I also thought that the dividend payment would support the stock price from dropping to the levels that it has. There are a lot of yield-hungry investors, and I thought the price of the stock would be supported around the 4% yield range, which would put the stock price at $15 a share (not including the special dividend). Instead the yield currently sits at 4.9%.

penny stock exchange: Media General, Inc.(MEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Media General Inc (NYSE: MEG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $340.17 million.

    National Health Investors Inc (NYSE: NHI) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.17 per share on revenue of $57.82 million.

penny stock exchange: Gold Standard Ventures Corporation(GSV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sara Cornell]

    The management team member who garners the most attention right now is Dave Mathewson, VP, Head of Exploration. Dave is a geologist with more than 35 years’ experience in the gold exploration space, and specifically, in Nevada. He is credited with a number of notable discoveries for Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE: NEM), and later went on to Gold Standard Ventures Corp (NYSE: GSV) helping take that company from a start-up to a now $481 million market cap.

penny stock exchange: Panasonic Corporation (PCRFY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    SMMYY is a subsidiary of the Sumitomo Group. SMMYY is a major smelter and refiner of copper, nickel and gold in Japan, and has a 27.5% stake in the Ambatovy Nickel Project in Madagascar, along with Sherritt International and Korea Resources Corp. Feedstock for the refinery is nickel cobalt mixed sulphide from its Taganito and Coral Bay mines in the Philippines (noting the Philippines is a risky supply source at this time). Sumitomo supply Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) who supply Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA); however, this can change. Generally, I like the stock; however, at this time, valuation looks full, trading on a 2017 PE of 32.8, and 2018 PE of 14.8. Good to buy after a pullback if that occurs.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    During the early stages of a new innovation, interdependent architectures and integrated companies best optimize performance and functionality. This trend has played out in computing and handsets, and we see the same trend playing out in EVs. We find Tesla and BYD1 , by far, the most vertically integrated players in EVs, with huge scale advantages. In addition, LG Chem, Panasonic (PCRFY), Samsung SDI, BYD, and CATL are clear scale leaders in batteries (CATL is not publicly traded. All but Samsung SDI and BYD are not covered by Bernstein.).

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    A Unilever vs. Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) showdown seems to be something out of an alternative, weird universe. But that’s exactly what has been happening in the Asia-Pacific region, where Unilever is now a major seller of air and water purification devices. The acquisitions of Qinyuan and Pureit water purifiers, as well as the acquisition of Sweden-based Blueair in 2016, reflects Unilever’s latest growth strategy of reducing exposure to low-growth brands in favor of greater investments in higher-growth products with strong social and environmental credentials.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Clean Technica reported on September 1 that “Sony is entering the EV battery manufacturing industry”. And “considering that electric vehicle batteries are going to be the main supply bottleneck for the upcoming auto market’s embrace of EVs, the entry of Sony into the field is very notable. Most of the other manufacturers (Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY), LG Chem (OTC:LGCLF), etc.) already have more or less all of their production capacity locked up for the coming years – meaning there’s not much left for the auto manufacturers that are running behind, thereby limiting potential EV sales for the firms in question. Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) entry into the field should open things up a bit more”. Certainly a good move by Sony and helpful for the EV companies that will find themselves in need of batteries, and limited availability, should EVs reach 10% by 2020.

penny stock exchange: Shopify Inc.(SHOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.FOOL.COM]

    Shopify(NYSE:SHOP)stock has been on a tear, rocketing up over 180% since the company went public in May of 2015. The company’s business model is pretty simple: Sign up merchants, charge merchants to use its platform, help merchants sell stuff, and take a small percentage from each sale. Then, rinse and repeat at alarger scale with more profitability. Shopify is executing this strategy extremely well, posting strong third quarter 2016 results with record growth in total merchants, sales volume, and revenue.

  • [By Mark Fritz]

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

  • [By John Ballard]

    Less than 10% of retail sales in the U.S. take place online, and the worldwide retail market is estimated to be well over $20 trillion.These numbers spell big opportunity for top e-commerce companies like PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ:PYPL) and Shopify (NYSE:SHOP).

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

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

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Shopify (SHOP) is especially designed for small and medium-sized businesses. It is based in Ottawa, Canada.

    I like this stock recommendation because this is a young company that focuses on providing on-line marketing solutions at a reasonable price for small and mid-size companies.

penny stock exchange: Medical Marijuana, Inc. (MJNA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

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

  • [By Sean Williams]

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

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

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

  • [By 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 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 SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Recommendation #3 Worked Well – I also recommended that you “buy” any marijuana stocks you liked in late December and in anticipation of late December 2016 tax loss selling followed by a January effect increase in price-per-share or recovery. That is the topic of this article. I also had a few stock picks: (1) Cannabix Technologies (OTCPK:BLOZF) is up 10%, (2) Breathtec Biomed (OTCQB:BTHCF) is up 13%, (3) Bayport International (OTCPK:BAYP) is flat, though news might result in an increase by month end – this is a risky one, and (4) Medical Marijuana (OTCPK:MJNA) is up 6%.