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Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now

Varian Medical Systems Inc (NYSE:VAR) files its latest 10-K with SEC for the fiscal year ended on September 30, 2017. Varian Medical Systems Inc is engaged in the healthcare sector. It manufactures medical devices for conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy and brachytherapy. Varian Medical Systems Inc has a market cap of $10.05 billion; its shares were traded at around $109.46 with a P/E ratio of 40.69 and P/S ratio of 2.98. Varian Medical Systems Inc had annual average EBITDA growth of 9.80% over the past ten years. GuruFocus rated Varian Medical Systems Inc the business predictability rank of 3-star.

For the last quarter Varian Medical Systems Inc reported a revenue of $739.0 million, compared with the revenue of $1.3 billion during the same period a year ago. For the latest fiscal year the company reported a revenue of $2.7 billion, a decrease of 17.1% from the previous year. For the last five years Varian Medical Systems Inc had an average revenue growth rate of 0.1% a year.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: The Hackett Group Inc.(HCKT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, industrial shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT), down 22 percent, and PC Tel Inc (NASDAQ: PCTI), down 18 percent.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: AbbVie Inc.(ABBV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co. (NYSE: BMY) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) combine for over 22 percent of PILL's underlying index.

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    The lower number of patient starts and rising competition has been a major worry for Gilead Sciences Inc. Most of the patients with serious Hep-C conditions have already been cured.It is estimated that more than 1 million Hep-C patients have been cured worldwide. And the entry of competitively priced drugs will further dent the growth of this segment. Gilead’s HCV drugs are facing tough competition from Merck (NYSE:MRK), AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY). For example, initially, the price difference between Merck’s treatment plan and Gilead’s plan was a whopping $40,000. The rising competition is also impacting the HCV segment’s margins.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Smart investors will be ready to take advantage of a market pullback, whenever it comes and offers discount prices on great stocks. Three drug stocks appear to be excellent choices to buy on a dip: AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), Allergan (NYSE:AGN), and Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG). Here’s why.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jon Najarian noticed high options volume in the November 205 calls in NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) ahead of earnings. He also spoke about unusual activity in AbbVie Inc (NYSE: ABBV). Traders were buying the November 91 calls in the name.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    AbbVie, Inc.(NYSE:ABBV) is already awaiting a Food and Drug Administration decision on its next-generation successor to Viekira Pak, and that successor is easier to dose than Viekira Pak, can be given over as few as eight weeks, and delivers high cure rates across genotypes.Those advantages could help stabilize AbbVie’s hepatitis C market share, which has declined in the past year.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Today,Coherus BioSciences (CHRS) lost a patent case with AbbVie (ABBV) that would have allowed for a generic version of Humira. Citigroup’s Andrew Baum and Peter Verdult have the details:

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Skechers U.S.A., Inc.(SKX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Withers] When the number one company in comfort-casual footwear,Skechers (NYSE:SKX) announced earnings last month, the headlines highlighted the first ever $1 billion quarter for the company. It seems investors weren’t impressed, though, as the stock continues to lag behind the market and has missed a nice run up over the past year.

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    Skechers USA Inc (NYSE: SKX) is expected to report earnings on Thursday after the market closes. The footwear company has generally traded lower over the last eight quarters in the face of decelerating revenue growth. The stock had been gaining some momentum in the early part of the year until Susquehanna's Sam Poser downgraded the company to a negative rating on March 29th. Poser warned that domestic wholesale growth would fall short of investor expectations and the stock has since fallen 15 percent.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Shares of footwear company Skechers (NYSE:SKX) fell 18.6% in 2016, according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence. A slowdown in growth and a string of mixed and negative earnings reports led investors to push down the stock.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Skechers (SKX) is higher on Friday following its fourth-quarter earnings report.

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    Both the companys quarter and guidance were mixed, with higher-than-expected sales, but a downbeat bottom line. The shoe company said that it earned 4 cents a share on revenue that rose 5.8% year over year to $764.3 million. Analysts were expecting a dime per share in earnings on revenue of $726.2 million.

    For the first quarter, the company said it expects to earn between 50 cents and 55 cents a share, below the 66 cents analysts were expecting. However its revenue estimate of $1.05 billion to $1.08 billion was above the $1.05 that analyst are modeling for.

    Wedbushs Christopher Svezia reiterated Neutral rating and $25 price target on the stock, arguing that while hes encouraged by top-line trends, theyre coming at a cost. From his note:

    Shares will likely trade higher (+9% after hours) given the improved revenue outlook and what may have been a low bar on expectations. However, sales growth is not translating into earnings and the inflection continues to move further out, increasing risk should growth not materialize. We are maintaining our NEUTRAL rating and $25 price target or 14x P/E, a 10% discount to historical averages until we see visibility toward an inflection in earnings growth.

    Skechers is up 20% to $27.95 in recent afternoon trading.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Skechers USA Inc. (NYSE: SKX) was raised to Buy at a firm called Monness Crespi & Hardt, which put a $30 price target on the shares. Theconsensus price objective is$26.13, and the 52-week range is $18.81 to $34.27. The stock closed Thursday at a$24.05.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related HTGM Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline HTG Molecular Diagnostics Completes Initial Technical Feasibility Testing with QIAGEN … (GuruFocus)
    Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline Zais Group reports Q4 results (Seeking Alpha)
    HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ: HTGM) shares climbed 204.1 percent to $11.95 after surging 83.64 percent on Thursday. HTG Molecular Diagnostics reported a Q4 loss of $0.76 per share on revenue of $1.5 million.
    ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAIS) shares surged 52.6 percent to $3.45. ZAIS Group reported Q4 earnings of $0.29 per share on revenue of $16.73 million.
    Global Brokerage Inc (NASDAQ: GLBR) shares jumped 24.3 percent to $2.30.
    Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RGLS) shares surged 20 percent to $1.50. Regulus Therapeutics’ Chairman bought 500,000 shares at $1.22 per share.
    Rocket Fuel Inc (NASDAQ: FUEL) shares gained 15.6 percent to $5.19.
    Akoustis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: AKTS) rose 13.3 percent to $10.75 as the company agreed to acquire wafer manufacturing facility for $2.75 million in cash.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares gained 12.6 percent to $1.25.
    Inventure Foods Inc (NASDAQ: SNAK) jumped 10.4 percent to $4.46 after the company announced the strategic sale of Fresh Frozen Foods for $23.7 million in cash.
    CymaBay Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CBAY) surged 8.7 percent to $4.14. Cymabay Therapeutics reported a Q4 loss of $0.30 per share.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Beazer Homes USA, Inc.(BZH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market performed well on Tuesday, responding to steady improvement among many companies as earnings season kicked into high gear. Although political issues are likely to remain in the spotlight for some investors for the foreseeable future, many market participants are looking to economic and business issues in driving their investing decisions. Major market benchmarks finished the day with gains of 0.5% to 1%, but some stocks did much better. Among the best performers on the day were Allegheny Technologies (NYSE:ATI), II-VI (NASDAQ:IIVI), and Beazer Homes (NYSE:BZH). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc.(ZAIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related HTGM Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline HTG Molecular Diagnostics Completes Initial Technical Feasibility Testing with QIAGEN … (GuruFocus)
    Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline Zais Group reports Q4 results (Seeking Alpha)
    HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ: HTGM) shares climbed 204.1 percent to $11.95 after surging 83.64 percent on Thursday. HTG Molecular Diagnostics reported a Q4 loss of $0.76 per share on revenue of $1.5 million.
    ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAIS) shares surged 52.6 percent to $3.45. ZAIS Group reported Q4 earnings of $0.29 per share on revenue of $16.73 million.
    Global Brokerage Inc (NASDAQ: GLBR) shares jumped 24.3 percent to $2.30.
    Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RGLS) shares surged 20 percent to $1.50. Regulus Therapeutics’ Chairman bought 500,000 shares at $1.22 per share.
    Rocket Fuel Inc (NASDAQ: FUEL) shares gained 15.6 percent to $5.19.
    Akoustis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: AKTS) rose 13.3 percent to $10.75 as the company agreed to acquire wafer manufacturing facility for $2.75 million in cash.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares gained 12.6 percent to $1.25.
    Inventure Foods Inc (NASDAQ: SNAK) jumped 10.4 percent to $4.46 after the company announced the strategic sale of Fresh Frozen Foods for $23.7 million in cash.
    CymaBay Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CBAY) surged 8.7 percent to $4.14. Cymabay Therapeutics reported a Q4 loss of $0.30 per share.
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAIS) got a boost, shooting up 48 percent to $3.35. ZAIS Group reported Q4 earnings of $0.29 per share on revenue of $16.73 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAIS) got a boost, shooting up 42 percent to $3.22. ZAIS Group reported Q4 earnings of $0.29 per share on revenue of $16.73 million.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Exelon Corporation(EXC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.68 per share on revenue of $7.52 billion.

    CST Brands Inc (NYSE: CST) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $2.30 billion.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    That brings us to General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE). The 125-year-old American mainstay signed a deal with Exelon Corp. (NYSE: EXC) last fall for the energy utility to use its own predictive analytics software, fittingly dubbed “Predix.”

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Utilities shares climbed by 0.64 percent in trading on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), and FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE).

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc.(GCAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, financial shares fell 0.16 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Federated National Holding Co (NASDAQ: FNHC), down 11 percent, and Gain Capital Holdings Inc (NYSE: GCAP), down 7 percent.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Celestica, Inc.(CLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM), a previous Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) newsletter suggestion as the next breakout stock, andmid cap Flextronics International being bigger winners compared with the also good performance of mid cap Jabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL) and small cap Celestica Inc (NYSE: CLS):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of mid caps Jabil Circuit and Flextronics International Ltd (NASDAQ: FLEX) along with small capCelestica Inc (NYSE: CLS) and Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM), a previous Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) newslettersuggestion as the next breakout stock, all performing well recently as the tech stocks they supply outperform:

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Guess?, Inc.(GES)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Guess Inc. (NYSE: GES) posted a new 52-week low of $10.33 on Thursday, down about 15.5% compared with Wednesday’s closing price of $12.23. The stock’s 52-week high is $19.45. Volume was more than 7 times the daily average of around 1.3 million shares. The apparel maker missed quarterly estimates and the outlook for improvement is murky at best.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap apparel retailerGuess?, Inc (NYSE: GES) reportedearnings for Q3 Fiscal 2018 (ended October28, 2017) after the market closed on Wednesday with results mixed on anearnings beat, but weaker than anticipated revenue due to asharper decline than expected in North American year-over-year sales.Total net revenue increased 3.3% or 0.6% in constant currencyto $554.1 million, compared to $536.3 million in the prior-year quarter as:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) was down, falling around 13 percent to $15.65. Guess? reported in-line earnings for its third quarter, while sales missed estimates. U.S. comps were down 10 percent.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Aerohive Networks, Inc.(HIVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

    Wall Street expects Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) to report quarterly earnings at $1.16 per share on revenue of $17.34 billion before the opening bell. Citigroup shares rose 0.47 percent to $48.70 in after-hours trading.
    HP Inc (NYSE: HPQ) disclosed that it would be implementing a restructuring plan that would likely result in the firing of 3,000 to 4,000 employees, annual savings of $200 million to $300 million, and a charge of $350 million to $500 million. Management also announced a 7 percent surge in the stock’s dividend and an additional $3 million share repurchase program. The company issued its outlook for fiscal 2017, guiding for EPS of $1.55 to $1.65, mostly below the Street’s consensus of $1.64. HP shares fell 1.32 percent to $14.95 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) to have earned $1.39 per share on revenue of $23.99 billion in the latest quarter. JPMorgan will release earnings before the markets open. JPMorgan shares gained 0.37 perecent to $67.99 in after-hours trading.
    Aerohive Networks Inc (NYSE: HIVE) reported weak preliminary results for its third quarter. The company said it expects a net loss of $(0.06) to $(0.07) per share, versus consensus at $(0.04) per share. Revenue guidance of $40 million also fell short of expectations for almost $48 million. Aerohive shares dropped 18.29 percent to $4.60 in the after-hours trading session.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Aerohive Networks Inc (NYSE: HIVE) were down 33 percent to $3.10. Aerohive Networks reported a Q2 loss of $3.9 million on revenue of $42.3 million, and disclosed that it has extended its $10 million buyback plan.

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2018

Dec. 15, 2016, may just go down as the final piece of the “Abenomics” puzzle. Early on that morning, Japan’s parliament passed a bill that would finally legalize casinos. This sets the stage for billions of dollars to pour into the country. More importantly, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is putting real weight behind his economic revival campaign.

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But before you dive into casino stocks to buy, consider the enormous political and cultural opposition that was leveled against Japan casinos.

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2018: Crystal Rock Holdings, Inc.(CRVP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Meanwhile, small capCrystal Rock Holdings (NYSEAMEX: CRVP) is the largest independent home and office distributor of its kind in the United States -marketing water, coffee and other home and office refreshment products throughout the Northeast through its subsidiary Crystal Rock LLC.The Companybottles and distributes natural spring water under the Vermont Pure庐 brand, purified water with minerals added under the Crystal Rock庐 label andits own Cool Beans庐 coffee. The majority of sales are derived froman extensive route distribution system throughout the Northeast United States. Specifically, the Company sells major brands in three and five gallon bottles to homes and offices throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey. In addition, Crystal Rock庐 is distributed in southern New England and upstate and western New York while Vermont Pure is primarily distributed throughout northern New England and upstate New York and secondarily in southern New England.

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2018: Skechers U.S.A., Inc.(SKX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related HTGM Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline HTG Molecular Diagnostics Completes Initial Technical Feasibility Testing with QIAGEN … (GuruFocus)
    Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline Zais Group reports Q4 results (Seeking Alpha)
    HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ: HTGM) shares climbed 204.1 percent to $11.95 after surging 83.64 percent on Thursday. HTG Molecular Diagnostics reported a Q4 loss of $0.76 per share on revenue of $1.5 million.
    ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAIS) shares surged 52.6 percent to $3.45. ZAIS Group reported Q4 earnings of $0.29 per share on revenue of $16.73 million.
    Global Brokerage Inc (NASDAQ: GLBR) shares jumped 24.3 percent to $2.30.
    Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RGLS) shares surged 20 percent to $1.50. Regulus Therapeutics’ Chairman bought 500,000 shares at $1.22 per share.
    Rocket Fuel Inc (NASDAQ: FUEL) shares gained 15.6 percent to $5.19.
    Akoustis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: AKTS) rose 13.3 percent to $10.75 as the company agreed to acquire wafer manufacturing facility for $2.75 million in cash.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares gained 12.6 percent to $1.25.
    Inventure Foods Inc (NASDAQ: SNAK) jumped 10.4 percent to $4.46 after the company announced the strategic sale of Fresh Frozen Foods for $23.7 million in cash.
    CymaBay Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CBAY) surged 8.7 percent to $4.14. Cymabay Therapeutics reported a Q4 loss of $0.30 per share.
  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) for Q1 2.20% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) for Q1 0.00% vs -0.20% consensus estimate.
    US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    Data on factory orders for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The ISM non-manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The labor market conditions index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for May is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy
    Susquehanna upgraded Skechers (NYSE: SKX) from Neutral to Positive
    Deutsche Bank upgraded WEX (NYSE: WEX) from Hold to Buy
    Pacific Crest downgraded Apple from Overweight to Sector Weight
    RBC downgraded Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) from Sector Perform to Underperform
    Wedbush downgraded Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) from Outperform to Neutral

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here or email minutes@benzinga.com.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Skechers USA Inc. (NYSE: SKX) was raised to Buy at a firm called Monness Crespi & Hardt, which put a $30 price target on the shares. Theconsensus price objective is$26.13, and the 52-week range is $18.81 to $34.27. The stock closed Thursday at a$24.05.

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2018: Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc.(CYCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    As a service to our readers, the following list provides the 10 top pharmaceutical stocks to watch this month (May 2017), including the biggest gainers from April…

    Pharmaceutical Stock Current Share Price April 2017 Gain
    Cleveland BioLabs Inc. (Nasdaq: CBLI) $3.62 +120.6%
    Nexvet Biopharma Plc. (Nasdaq: NVET) $6.61 +69.7%
    Motif Bio Plc. (Nasdaq ADR: MTFB) $10.10 +68.2%
    Axovant Sciences Ltd. (NYSE: AXON) $24.43 +62.3%
    Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCC) $5.49 +46.7%
    Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CNAT) $8.67 +44.9%
    Akebia Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: AKBA) $13.07 +43.3%
    Akorn Inc. (Nasdaq: AKRX) $33.28 +38.9%
    Rockwell Medical Inc. (Nasdaq: RMTI) $8.78 +37.4%
    Akari Therapeutics Plc. (Nasdaq ADR: AKTX) $15.02 +35.4%

    The best-performing pharma stock of the month – Cleveland BioLabs Inc. – surged 120.6% to $3.53 a share by April 28. That crushed both the Nasdaq Biotech Index’s 1.5% gain and the Dow Jones’ 1.3% rise over the same period.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    These are the 10 best penny stocks that have seen the biggest returns over the last week (March 7 – March 14)…

    Penny StockCurrent PriceWeekly Gain (March 7 – March 14)Ocera Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: OCRX)$1.47+147.1%Internap Corp. (Nasdaq: INAP)$3.28+41.4%Soligenix Inc. (Nasdaq: SNGX)$2.94+40%Navios Maritime Partners LP (NYSE: NMM)$2.63+37%QuickLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QUIK)$2.14+30.5%Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: ADMP)$4.60+22.7EXCO Resources Inc. (NYSE: XCO)$0.65+20.5%Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCC)$4.38+20.3%Hebron Technology Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq: HEBT)$3.99+19.1%Curis Inc. (Nasdaq: CRIS)$2.85+18.4%

    As a reminder, this is only a tracking metric of penny stocks trading on SEC-regulated exchanges like the Nasdaq and NYSE. Although these top penny stocks are safer than those trading on the pink sheets, we don’t recommend buying any of them without the proper amount of financial research.

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2018: Jabil Circuit Inc.(JBL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL) to post its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $4.50 billion. Jabil Circuit shares fell 0.83 percent to close at $21.42 yesterday.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Shares rose 6.3% after hours to $159.50, and made fresh highs. They’re now up 37% on the year. iPhone/iPad suppliers also got a boost: Cirrus Logic Inc. (CRUS)  rose 4.2% to $65.70, Skyworks Solutions Inc. (SWKS)  rose 3.1% to $107.50, Qorvo Inc.  (QRVO) rose 2.7% to $69.90, Jabil Inc.  (JBL) rose 1.2% to $30.78 and Broadcom Ltd. (AVGO)  rose 2.8% to $255.40.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    After the market closed yesterday, mid cap electronic manufacturing services (EMS) stock Jabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL), who gets around 24% of revenue from Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL), reported fiscal Q4 revenue and profit that topped analysts expectations. Net revenue for the fourth quarterfell 5% to$4.4 billion and GAAP net income was $38 million versus $87.7 million. For the year, net revenue increased 3% to $18.4 billion and GAAP net incomewas $254 million versus $284 million. The CEO commented:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL) were down 10 percent to $19.86 as the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its fiscal second quarter and lowered its full-year outlook.

  • [By Amber Hestla, Michael J. Carr]

    Another Apple supplier to consider is Jabil Circuit (NYSE: JBL), a company that offers a number of manufacturing services to customers in the technology sector.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM), a previous Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) newsletter suggestion as the next breakout stock, andmid cap Flextronics International being bigger winners compared with the also good performance of mid cap Jabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL) and small cap Celestica Inc (NYSE: CLS):

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2018: Protective Life Corporation(PL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

    My favorite insurers: AIG (NYSE: AIG) (which I discussed a few months ago), Protective Life (NYSE: PL) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE: RGA).

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2018: Move Inc.(MOVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Renu Singh]

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

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2018: Voyager Therapeutics, Inc.(VYGR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Voyager Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VYGR) got a boost, shooting up 20 percent to $13.10 after the company announced 'positive' results from ongoing Phase 1b trial of VY-AADC01 for advanced Parkinson's disease.

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2018: Stryker Corporation(SYK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Entellus Medical Inc (NASDAQ: ENTL) got a boost, shooting up 49 percent to $23.82. Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK) announced plans to acquire Entellus Medical for $24 per share in cash.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK)’s stock fell nearly 5 percent on Aug. 23 as investors were troubled with the company’s recall announcement, Argus’ David Toung noted in a separate research report. But investors may want to consider taking advantage of the selloff as it represents a “favorable investment opportunity.”

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2018: Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.(ZBH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    The three top dividend stocks in the dentistry industry are Patterson Companies (NASDAQ:PDCO), Zimmer Biomet Holdings (NYSE:ZBH), and Danaher (NYSE:DHR). But two of these, Zimmer Biomet and Danaher, pay out only small dividends.

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

    These are the top 5 holdings of Focused Investors LLCZimmer Biomet Holdings Inc (ZBH) – 1,433,300 shares, 6.32% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 23.22%CVS Health Corp (CVS) – 2,120,700 shares, 6.01% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 19.73%Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) – 1,285,900 shares, 5.78% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.67%American Express Co (AXP) – 1,990,300 shares, 5.68% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.33%Anthem Inc (ANTM) – 944,800 shares, 5.64% of the total portfolio. Sh

Top 10 Casino Stocks For 2018: Columbia Sportswear Company(COLM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By D.R. Barton, Jr.]

    I bring Mr. Houdini up today because when I look at our favorite “Pop & Drop” play – Columbia Sportswear Co. (Nasdaq: COLM) – I find an eerie similarity to this great “escapesman.”

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Looking at recent historical deals, we arrive at a $18-$23 potential deal range. We analyzed transactions that have been announced over the past four years and involved companies catering to a higher income customer. These deals include Southern Tide (acquired by Oxford Industries (OXM)), Joe’s Jeans (acquired by Sequential Brands Group (SQBG)), prAna (acquired by Columbia Sportswear (COLM)), The Jones Group (acquired by Sycamore Partners [private] and Juicy Couture (acquired by Authentic Brands Group [private]). The average EV/EBITDA multiple of these transactions are 12.9x (in line with KATE’s 5-year historical average of 12.1x) and implies a potential deal range of $22-$23. When taking the average of recent (F13-16) deals implies an ~10.5x EV/EBITDA multiple. When applying the ~10.5x multiples to KATE’s trailing EBITDA, we arrive at an $18- $19 potential share price.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows mid cap Under Armourpreviously outperforming peers like large cap Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE) and mid cap Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ: COLM), but that outperformance slipped late last year:

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    SKX is also highly attractive in a relative basis when compared to several of its publicly traded peers: Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), Deckers Outdoor Group (NYSE: DECK), Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) and Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ: COLM). The company's forward EBITDA multiple of 6.9x is equal or below all of the comparable companies: FL (6.9x), DECK (7.6x), WWW (10.1x) and COLM (10.8x).

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018

If you're like most investors, you've been led to believe that it's impossible to earn large amounts of investment income without taking big risks.   This idea – which you'll hear from many financial advisors and brokers – is simply wrong.   It is possible to earn double-digit annual yields on your money – safely – by selling options.   So why doesn't everyone use this strategy to earn consistent income streams? Below, you'll find the five common objections I've heard from readers or that I've found on the Internet… and my responses to them.   REASON NO. 1: Option-selling strategies like covered calls are too risky. You'll earn 5% in premiums, but if the stock falls 25%, you're still down big!   This objection is 100% valid. The way most people approach covered calls is risky. (If you're unfamiliar with covered calls, I encourage you to read this essay.) These folks buy risky stocks because risky, volatile stocks typically offer larger cash premiums than safe, stable blue chips. But most people end up losing on risky covered-call positions because their stocks fall in value.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Agenus Inc.(AGEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Shares of Agenus Inc (NASDAQ:AGEN), a biopharmaceutical company developing cancer therapies, had fallen about 14.5% as of 3:20 p.m. EST on Wednesday. Investors weren’t too thrilled about its cancer vaccine’s recent clinical trial failure.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Agenus (NASDAQ: AGEN) rose 22.99% to $3.37 after the company reported positive follow-on Phase 2 results for brain cancer vaccine.

    Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO) shares jumped 18.23% to $10.18 after private equity firm Sycamore Partners bought a 7.96% stake in the company.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: The Baltic Dry Index Soaring, and Double Crown Resources (DDCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    It’s not only a scenario that bodes well for an up-and-coming company Double Crown Resources Inc. (OTCMKTS:DDCC).

    What if there were a way to remove all the risks and hassle of shipping things like pellets or beans or salt [which are normally delivered in drybulk vessels] but still utilize all the flexibility of intermodal containers… the big box containers that are just at home on the deck of a ship as they are on a flatbed truck as they are on a train car? There is. It’s called Translock2 (Translock Squared), and it’s going to revolutionize the way many material companies deliver their goods. Commodity companies now have an alternative way of shipping their product without constantly handling it – and losing some of it – en route to its final destination.

    The nearby image is a Translock2 container. If it looks vaguely familiar to most, it’s essentially an intermodal container in terms of size and shape, but mechanically serves as delivery and dispensing platform for drybulk goods like rice, fertilizer, etc. The design allows commodities to be moved with all the flexibility of intermodal transportation, but without any of the headache of aggregating and splitting up those goods en route to their final destination. With Translock2, drybulk purchases are packaged up by the seller at the supply source, and then delivered — just as ordered — all the way to the buyer’s site in the container. No muss, no fuss, and no middleman. It cuts down on expenses, and lost material.

    Its development worth noting, in that it explicitly circumvents the need for drybulk maritime vessels, and turns intermodal container ships into dry cargo vessels.

    The recent unveiling of the Translock 2 containers won’t actually change the amount of drybulk material we as a species consume. But, it will offer dry goods suppliers an easier and often cheaper option to expensive and often difficult dry goods vessel shipping. Remember, the Baltic Dr

  • [By Peter Graham]

    On Tuesday, small cap Double Crown Resources (OTCMKTS: DDCC) announcedthatthe United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued patent number9,428,330 on the Companys revolutionary Translock虏 bulk commodities system. In addition, two follow-up patent applications have already been filed and another is now being preparedthat all cover key design features of this unparalleled commodity transport and storage system which you can see in pictures below:

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    It’s not only a scenario that bodes well for an up-and-coming company Double Crown Resources Inc. (OTCMKTS:DDCC).

    What if there were a way to remove all the risks and hassle of shipping things like pellets or beans or salt [which are normally delivered in drybulk vessels] but still utilize all the flexibility of intermodal containers… the big box containers that are just at home on the deck of a ship as they are on a flatbed truck as they are on a train car? There is. It’s called Translock2 (Translock Squared), and it’s going to revolutionize the way many material companies deliver their goods. Commodity companies now have an alternative way of shipping their product without constantly handling it – and losing some of it – en route to its final destination.

    The nearby image is a Translock2 container. If it looks vaguely familiar to most, it’s essentially an intermodal container in terms of size and shape, but mechanically serves as delivery and dispensing platform for drybulk goods like rice, fertilizer, etc. The design allows commodities to be moved with all the flexibility of intermodal transportation, but without any of the headache of aggregating and splitting up those goods en route to their final destination. With Translock2, drybulk purchases are packaged up by the seller at the supply source, and then delivered — just as ordered — all the way to the buyer’s site in the container. No muss, no fuss, and no middleman. It cuts down on expenses, and lost material.

    Its development worth noting, in that it explicitly circumvents the need for drybulk maritime vessels, and turns intermodal container ships into dry cargo vessels.

    The recent unveiling of the Translock 2 containers won’t actually change the amount of drybulk material we as a species consume. But, it will offer dry goods suppliers an easier and often cheaper option to expensive and often difficult dry goods vessel shipping. Remember, the Baltic Dr

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Citrix Systems Inc.(CTXS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    At the beginning of the month, LogMeIn announced the completion of its merger with Citrix Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CTXS) GetGo, Inc subsidiary.

    In late October, LogMeIn reported 22% third quarter revenue growth to $85.1 million and GAAP net loss was $0.7 million compared to a GAAP net income of $5.6 million. LogMeIn will report its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 financial results for the period ended December 31, 2016 following the close of market on February 28.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) which jumped 6.8% to $84.93. The stocks 52-week range is $59.72 to $87.99. Volume was 5.19 million which is well above the daily average of around 2.09 million shares.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Wynn Resortsgained 4.8% to $104.30 today, while the S&P 500 finished little changed at2,373.47. At 2:45, Wynn was easily the top performing stock in the S&P 500, only to be surpassed by Citrix’s (CTXS) late day surge.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Citrix Systems (CTXS)soared nearly to the top of the S&P 500 today afterreports it had hired Goldman Sachs (GS) to pursue a sale of the company.

    S. MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images

    Citrix Systemsgained 6.8% to $84.93 today, while the S&P 500 finished little changed at 2,373.47.

    Business Insider’s Matt Weinbergerhas the details:

    Citrix, the $13 billion tech company best known for software like GoToMeeting, is working with Goldman Sachs to negotiate a possible sale, reports Bloomberg, citing anonymous sources.

    This isn’t the first time that Citrix has shopped itself around: in late 2015, and under pressure from activist shareholder Elliott Management, Citrix was said to have unsuccessfully tried to find a buyer.

    Citrix Systems market cap rose t0 $13.3 billion today from $12.4 billion on Friday. It reported net income of $536 million on sales of $3.4 billion in 2016.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Vince Holding Corp.(VNCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gainers

    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NYSE: PXS) rose 47.48 percent to $$5.56, after the company announced it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with a group of investors, which will result in gross proceeds of $4.8 million.
    Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) rose 22.77 percent to $6.88. Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) announced plans to buy Sigma Designs for $7.05 per share in cash.
    Steadymed Ltd (NASDAQ: STDY) rose 19.35 percent to $3.70, after the company reported that no clinical trials were required for Trevyent and that the FDA had agreed to the pathway for the drug candidate's NDA resubmission.
    Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) rose 15.73 percent to $7.06. Earlier in the week, Zacks Investment Research had upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold".
    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) rose 13.71 percent to $85.77 as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) rose 12.41 percent to $6.07, after having risen sharply in pre-marketing trading.
    Radius Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS) rose 12.41 percent to $30.81 after the company provided an update on data from the Phase 1 005 clinical study of elacestrant in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer during the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
    ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 12.32 percent to $25.80 after the company reported its third quarter financial results.
    Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) rose 11.36 percent to $3.43, as the company announced a research collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to study the ability of movement disorders compound, PBT434 to slow or prevent neurodegeneration of the gastrointestinal system.
    Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBIO) rose 10.49 percent to $7.90 as the company announced the appointment of Arwa Shurrab and Jamie Ellen Siegel in its clinical hemophilia

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap upscale apparel brandretailer Vince Holding Corp (NYSE: VNCE) reported Q1 2017 financial results before the market opened this morning. Net sales decreased 14.2% to $58.0 million as wholesale segment sales decreased 20.9% to $35.4 million, primarily due to a reduction in full-price orders as a result of the elimination of the Companys summer delivery, and asdirect-to-consumer segment salesfell 1.0% to $22.6 million. Comparable sales decreased 5.7%, including e-commerce sales, due to a decrease in average order value.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Vince Holding Corp (NYSE: VNCE) were down around 15 percent to $3.67. Vince Holding projects full-year sales and EPS to come in at or below the low end of its earlier issued outlook.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Vince Holding Corp (NYSE: VNCE) were down around 41 percent to $0.800. Vince Holding reported a Q4 loss of $162.1 million on revenue of $63.9 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Ingles Markets Incorporated(IMKTA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Not all grocers will suffer from Amazon’s growing reach, but those who sell to high-income customers in the top 25 U.S. markets may see their business erode. Among those names include Costco (COST) , Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods (WFM) , which have the most to lose according to Barclays. On the other hand, Walmart (WMT) , Sam’s Club (owned by Walmart) and Ingle’s Markets (IMKTA)  have the least to lose.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Caladrius Biosciences, Inc.(CLBS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Caladrius Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLBS) shares shot up 14 percent to $5.83 after the company posted upbeat Q4 results.

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

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Caladrius Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: CLBS) watchedits shares soar on Thursday after the company announced a private placement offering. In terms of the specifics, the company entered into securities purchase agreements with several accredited investors for the sale of 4,449,153 shares of its common stock in private placements of $21 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related Chardan Analyst Suggests An AveXis-Ionis Pair Trade Why The Biogen-Ionis News Is A Boon For AveXis AveXis' (AVXS) CEO Sean Nolan on Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
    Related CLBS Earnings Scheduled For March 17, 2017 15 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Thursday Caladrius Biosciences beats by $0.07, beats on revenue (Seeking Alpha) Gainers
    Caladrius Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLBS) shares rose 20.2 percent to $6.13 in pre-market trading after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss.
    Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS) rose 12.3 percent to $3.20 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it has licensed LNP delivery technology to Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) for use in single messenger RNA product candidate.
    AveXis Inc (NASDAQ: AVXS) rose 12.2 percent to $81.66 in pre-market trading after the company reported topline data from Phase 1 trial of AVXS-101.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares rose 10.5 percent to $2.43 in pre-market trading after surging 109.52 percent on Thursday.
    ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC. (NASDAQ: IMOS) rose 9.8 percent to $17.45 in pre-market trading after declining 0.44 percent on Thursday.
    Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SINO) rose 8.3 percent to $3.38 in pre-market trading after climbing 23.81 percent on Thursday.
    Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) rose 7.6 percent to $2.99 in pre-market trading after surging 12.55 percent on Thursday.
    Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) rose 5.2 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading. Steel Dynamics expects Q1 earnings of $0.77 to $0.81 per diluted share. The company also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1550 per common share.
    Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE)

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Roper Technologies, Inc.(ROP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts are expecting Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) to have earned $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million in the latest quarter. Roper Technologies shares declined 0.05 percent to close at $178.63 on Friday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Aside from Outperform-rated Roper Technologies (ROP) SaaS platforms, which account for over +50% of earnings today, GEs Digital business strategy is the most ambitious ramp within the industrials sector. GE has made a bold bet on its game-changing Predix operating system for the Industrial IoT, which was launched in Feb-2016

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million.

    Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ: ESRX) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $25.20 billion.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Cotiviti Holdings, Inc. (COTV)

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 Invest In 2018: Lennox International, Inc.(LII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Greg Williamson]

    Watsco’s current P/E of 24.5 is in the same ballpark as its competitor Lennox International (NYSE: LII  ) (NYSE: LII  ) (NYSE: LII  ) , whose P/E is 23.8. Lennox is a manufacturer of HVAC equipment and components, and will also benefit from HVAC industry tailwinds.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Skechers U.S.A., Inc.(SKX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    Skechers USA Inc (NYSE: SKX) is expected to report earnings on Thursday after the market closes. The footwear company has generally traded lower over the last eight quarters in the face of decelerating revenue growth. The stock had been gaining some momentum in the early part of the year until Susquehanna's Sam Poser downgraded the company to a negative rating on March 29th. Poser warned that domestic wholesale growth would fall short of investor expectations and the stock has since fallen 15 percent.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Skechers (SKX) is higher on Friday following its fourth-quarter earnings report.

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    Both the companys quarter and guidance were mixed, with higher-than-expected sales, but a downbeat bottom line. The shoe company said that it earned 4 cents a share on revenue that rose 5.8% year over year to $764.3 million. Analysts were expecting a dime per share in earnings on revenue of $726.2 million.

    For the first quarter, the company said it expects to earn between 50 cents and 55 cents a share, below the 66 cents analysts were expecting. However its revenue estimate of $1.05 billion to $1.08 billion was above the $1.05 that analyst are modeling for.

    Wedbushs Christopher Svezia reiterated Neutral rating and $25 price target on the stock, arguing that while hes encouraged by top-line trends, theyre coming at a cost. From his note:

    Shares will likely trade higher (+9% after hours) given the improved revenue outlook and what may have been a low bar on expectations. However, sales growth is not translating into earnings and the inflection continues to move further out, increasing risk should growth not materialize. We are maintaining our NEUTRAL rating and $25 price target or 14x P/E, a 10% discount to historical averages until we see visibility toward an inflection in earnings growth.

    Skechers is up 20% to $27.95 in recent afternoon trading.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) for Q1 2.20% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) for Q1 0.00% vs -0.20% consensus estimate.
    US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    Data on factory orders for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The ISM non-manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The labor market conditions index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for May is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy
    Susquehanna upgraded Skechers (NYSE: SKX) from Neutral to Positive
    Deutsche Bank upgraded WEX (NYSE: WEX) from Hold to Buy
    Pacific Crest downgraded Apple from Overweight to Sector Weight
    RBC downgraded Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) from Sector Perform to Underperform
    Wedbush downgraded Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) from Outperform to Neutral

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here or email minutes@benzinga.com.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018

Papa John’s International Inc. (NASDAQ:PZZA), the recognized quality leader in the pizza category, posted excellent quarterly results including an 8.52% increase in total revenues. Total revenues for the first nine months increased 4.1%.

Papa John’s is the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company and offers different pizza styles, topping choices and side items including chicken preparations, desserts and beverages. During the third quarter, the company had 4,971 Papa John’s restaurants operating in all 50 states and in 44 international countries and territories.

Strong third-quarter results

On Nov. 1, 2016, the Louisville, Kentucky-based company reported its financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 25. The company’s total revenues increased 8.52% to $422.44 million, compared to $389.28 million for the comparable prior-year period. Revenues from domestic company-owned restaurant sales increased 10.54%.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    While we’re on the subject of holiday shopping, the huge influx of online purchases apparently is causing problems for carriers such as United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) and FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX), the Washington Post reported. UPS warned last week that some deliveries would be delayed one or two days as staffers worked extended hours to manage the rush. UPS expects its holiday load to rise 5 percent, to 750 million packages, this holiday season, while FedEx says it’s planning for up to 400 million parcels. Amazon.com Inc’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) deliveries are also experiencing delays. Americans spent a record $6.59 billion online on Cyber Monday.

  • [By Todd Campbell, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    In the case of these three stocks, however, it may be worth taking a gamble. Our contributors think catalysts at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:REGN), Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-B), and United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) can get them back to their winning ways. Read on to find out if these down-and-out stocks are right for your portfolio.

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    “The fourth quarter may be the index’s best opportunity to turn around its anemic 2017,” said Direxion. “Over the past five years, the index’s Q4 performance averaged over 7 percent growth and only ended the quarter down once in that span; in 2015. Delivery companies like FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) typically drive the Index around the end of the year.”

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector was the top gainer in the US market on Wednesday. Top gainers in the sector included Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG-ADR (NYSE: CIG), Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE: ELP), and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    NRG Energy (NRG) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today.

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    NRG Energygained 4.5% to $12.85 today, while the S&P 500 advanced 0.2% to 2,262.53.

    In a note released on Dec. 15, Morgan Stanley’sStephen Byrd and team summarized the reasoning behind their overweight rating on NRG:

    NRG Energy (NRG, Overweight, $21 PT) FCF/Equity yield of ~35% and balanced upside from diversified market exposure, higher PJM capacity prices, fleet optimization, and debt reduction. NRG’s generation plus retail matching strategy is an underappreciated source of value, and provides stable cash flow despite current depressed power prices in Texas.

    NRG Energy’s market capitalization rose to $4.1 billion today from $3.8 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $6.4 billion on sales of $15 billion in 2015.

    NRG Energy was the Biggest Loser on Nov. 10, and the Hot Stock on Nov. 4.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    I ran a screen to identify the best-performing stocks from the S&P 500 in January. The top three performers during the month were Alcoa (NYSE:AA), CSX (NASDAQ:CSX), and NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG). Let’s see why they were the big standouts and whether they can keep it going.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    NRG Energy (NRG) has gained 2.1% to $18.49 after getting raise to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.

    Skechers USA (SKX) has tumbled 5.4% to$28.35 after getting cut to Negative from Positive at Susquehanna.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: Skechers U.S.A., Inc.(SKX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related HTGM Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline HTG Molecular Diagnostics Completes Initial Technical Feasibility Testing with QIAGEN … (GuruFocus)
    Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline Zais Group reports Q4 results (Seeking Alpha)
    HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ: HTGM) shares climbed 204.1 percent to $11.95 after surging 83.64 percent on Thursday. HTG Molecular Diagnostics reported a Q4 loss of $0.76 per share on revenue of $1.5 million.
    ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAIS) shares surged 52.6 percent to $3.45. ZAIS Group reported Q4 earnings of $0.29 per share on revenue of $16.73 million.
    Global Brokerage Inc (NASDAQ: GLBR) shares jumped 24.3 percent to $2.30.
    Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RGLS) shares surged 20 percent to $1.50. Regulus Therapeutics’ Chairman bought 500,000 shares at $1.22 per share.
    Rocket Fuel Inc (NASDAQ: FUEL) shares gained 15.6 percent to $5.19.
    Akoustis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: AKTS) rose 13.3 percent to $10.75 as the company agreed to acquire wafer manufacturing facility for $2.75 million in cash.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares gained 12.6 percent to $1.25.
    Inventure Foods Inc (NASDAQ: SNAK) jumped 10.4 percent to $4.46 after the company announced the strategic sale of Fresh Frozen Foods for $23.7 million in cash.
    CymaBay Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CBAY) surged 8.7 percent to $4.14. Cymabay Therapeutics reported a Q4 loss of $0.30 per share.
  • [By Timothy Green]

    Shares of footwear company Skechers (NYSE:SKX) fell 18.6% in 2016, according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence. A slowdown in growth and a string of mixed and negative earnings reports led investors to push down the stock.

  • [By Brian Withers] When the number one company in comfort-casual footwear,Skechers (NYSE:SKX) announced earnings last month, the headlines highlighted the first ever $1 billion quarter for the company. It seems investors weren’t impressed, though, as the stock continues to lag behind the market and has missed a nice run up over the past year.

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    Skechers USA Inc (NYSE: SKX) is expected to report earnings on Thursday after the market closes. The footwear company has generally traded lower over the last eight quarters in the face of decelerating revenue growth. The stock had been gaining some momentum in the early part of the year until Susquehanna's Sam Poser downgraded the company to a negative rating on March 29th. Poser warned that domestic wholesale growth would fall short of investor expectations and the stock has since fallen 15 percent.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: Old Point Financial Corporation(OPOF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, financial shares fell 0.13 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Adams Natural Resources Fund Inc (NYSE: PEO), down 4 percent, and Old Point Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: OPOF) down 3 percent.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: Calavo Growers, Inc.(CVGW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agricultural Produce Companies

    Limoneira Company (NASDAQ: LMNR): -32.1 percent since 2011. Calavo Growers, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVGW): +168.2 percent since 2011.

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Calavo Growers Inc. (NASDAQ: CVGW) had the man at the top buying stock last week. CEO Lecil Cole purchased 95,000 shares of the avocados and other perishable foods distributor at prices between $55.44 and $56.92 a share. The total for the purchase was set at $5 million. The stock closed the day last Friday at $58.30, in a52-week range of$48.745 to $71.48. The consensus price target is set at $73.17.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: WildHorse Resource Development Corporation (WRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    WildHorse Resource Development Corp. (NYSE: WRD) raised $413 million on the sale of $27.5 million at $15 per share, well below the expected range of $19 to $21. Shares popped just 0.4% for the day and closed the week down 0.9%.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: HTG Molecular Diagnostics, Inc.(HTGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ: HTGM) shares shot up 175 percent to $10.80 after surging 83.64 percent on Thursday. HTG Molecular Diagnostics reported a Q4 loss of $0.76 per share on revenue of $1.5 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related HTGM Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline HTG Molecular Diagnostics Completes Initial Technical Feasibility Testing with QIAGEN … (GuruFocus)
    Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline Zais Group reports Q4 results (Seeking Alpha)
    HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ: HTGM) shares climbed 204.1 percent to $11.95 after surging 83.64 percent on Thursday. HTG Molecular Diagnostics reported a Q4 loss of $0.76 per share on revenue of $1.5 million.
    ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAIS) shares surged 52.6 percent to $3.45. ZAIS Group reported Q4 earnings of $0.29 per share on revenue of $16.73 million.
    Global Brokerage Inc (NASDAQ: GLBR) shares jumped 24.3 percent to $2.30.
    Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RGLS) shares surged 20 percent to $1.50. Regulus Therapeutics’ Chairman bought 500,000 shares at $1.22 per share.
    Rocket Fuel Inc (NASDAQ: FUEL) shares gained 15.6 percent to $5.19.
    Akoustis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: AKTS) rose 13.3 percent to $10.75 as the company agreed to acquire wafer manufacturing facility for $2.75 million in cash.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares gained 12.6 percent to $1.25.
    Inventure Foods Inc (NASDAQ: SNAK) jumped 10.4 percent to $4.46 after the company announced the strategic sale of Fresh Frozen Foods for $23.7 million in cash.
    CymaBay Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CBAY) surged 8.7 percent to $4.14. Cymabay Therapeutics reported a Q4 loss of $0.30 per share.
  • [By Lisa Levin] Related HTGM 20 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Thursday 25 Stocks Moving In Thursday's Pre-Market Session HTG Molecular Diagnostics Obtains CE Mark for its HTG EdgeSeq ALKPlus Assay EU (GuruFocus)
    Related SSH 15 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Wednesday 12 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Tuesday Healthcare – Top 5 Gainers / Losers as of 11:00 am (Seeking Alpha) Gainers
    HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ: HTGM) rose 63.6 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it has obtained CE marking in the EU for HTG EdgeSeq ALKPlus Assay.
    Sunshine Heart Inc (NASDAQ: SSH) rose 20.3 percent to $2.61 in pre-market trading after the company issued a business update regarding execution of its strategic growth plan.
    bebe stores, inc. (NASDAQ: BEBE) shares rose 11.1 percent to $4.29 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it is exploring strategic alternatives.
    Cancer Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: CGIX) rose 10.3 percent to $3.20 in pre-market trading after the company posted a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss.
    Five Below Inc (NASDAQ: FIVE) rose 8.8 percent to $41.50 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
    FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) rose 8 percent to $12.40 in pre-market trading. Goldman Sachs upgraded FireEye from Sell to Buy.
    PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH) shares rose 7.4 percent to $97.60 in pre-market trading after the company posted upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter and issued a strong earnings forecast.
    Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: BITA) shares rose 7 percent to $26.00 in pre-market trading after dropping 1.30 percent on Wednesday.
    Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd (NASDAQ: PME) rose 6.6 percent to $4.50 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.48 pe
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ: HTGM) shares were also up, gaining 136 percent to $2.95. HTG Molecular Diagnostics disclosed that its new direct-target sequencing chemistry will be launched in the first quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ: HTGM) shares shot up 106 percent to $4.40 after the molecular profiling company confirmed regulatory approval for its products in Europe. HTG Molecular announced that it has obtained CE marking in the European Union for its HTG EdgeSeqALKPlus Assay EU, an in vitro diagnostic assay which is intended to measure and analyze mRNA ALK gene rearrangements in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded lung tumor specimens from patients previously diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc.(SCAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Surgical Care Affiliates Inc (NASDAQ: SCAI) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $56.55 after UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) disclosed that its unit agreed to acquire Surgical Care Affiliates for around $2.3 billion.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: BYD Company Limited (BYDDY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    In this video I analyze BYD ltd. (OTCPK:BYDDY) (OTCPK:BYDDF) to see whether it is a great long-term investment opportunity given it is probable that China switches completely to electric vehicles by 2030. I discuss the fundamentals, the margins and where those stand in comparison to Daimler (OTCPK: DDAIF).

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    BYD Co. (OTCPK:BYDDY) (OTCPK:BYDDF) (HK:1211)

    On December 4, BYD’s CEO Wang presented “The company’s SkyRail electric monorail at the Mayors Summit in Mexico City before 500 guests. This included government officials from over 93 cities, more than 40 mayors, NGO representatives, business leaders, and the media.”

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Some already had their autonomous car bets made with positions in both Tesla and Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) surmising those will be the big winners. They have good company. Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research summed up his thesis for autonomous transportation and transportation in general going forward as Winners: Tesla, Nvidia; and Losers: Mobileye (NYSE:MBLY) and all traditional automakers. All traditional automakers? That’s basically every automaker on the planet besides Tesla and maybe Fisker and BYD (OTCPK:BYDDY), that’s a lot of losers. Trip is a talented analyst. I’ve followed him for many years (see his ranking on TipRanks here). Even for him, that’s a pretty bold statement. It got me thinking, is Tesla’s lead in the race for autonomous cars so great that the race is effectively over? I wanted to find out if I was using traditional methodologies too much, overthinking my picks and missing out on the bigger winner, Tesla.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: CSI Compressco LP(CCLP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CSI Compressco LP (NYSE: CCLP) shares dropped 15 percent to $7.90. CSI Compressco lowered its quarterly cash distribution to $0.1875 per outstanding common unit. CSI Compressco is expected to release its Q1 earnings results on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

trader

Moodys Corp. said Friday it agreed to pay $864 million to the U.S. Department of Justice and several states in connection with bond ratings it issued before the 2008 housing-market collapse.

Moodys failed to adhere to its own credit rating standards and fell short on its pledge of transparency in the run-up to the Great Recession, said Justice official Bill Baer, the Wall Street Journal reported.

trader: Kronos Worldwide Inc(KRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: KRO) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.13 per share on revenue of $308.50 million.

    Energen Corporation (NYSE: EGN) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.67 per share on revenue of $122.91 million.

trader: Activision Blizzard, Inc(ATVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Ballard]

    But now we are starting to see game publishers step up with that commitment. Two important new leagues to watch are Activision Blizzard’s (NASDAQ:ATVI) Overwatch League and Take-Two Interactive Software’s (NASDAQ:TTWO)NBA 2K eLeague. Activision Blizzard will soon start selling teams for Overwatch League to prospective owners this year, and the NBA and Take-Two just announced the formation of its own professional e-sports league based on the best-selling NBA 2K franchise.

  • [By John Ballard]

    Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) posted strong sales and earnings for the first quarter despite no new game releases, which spotlights the increasing importance of player engagement and growth. The company has been holding steady at 400 million monthly active users for its games since acquiring King Digital Entertainment in early 2016. Those users spent about 40 billion hours over the last 12 months playing the titles across its roster.

  • [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:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    If the stock market is a game, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) shareholders are winning. The stock is up 60% over the past 12 months (18% in just one day last week) compared to the broader market’s 20% boost.

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

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

  • [By Leo Sun]

    But amid all the hype and noise, investors might be confused about which companies will benefit the most from that growth. Let’s examine three companies that fit that bill — Tencent Holdings (NASDAQOTH:TCEHY), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA).

trader: Sonic Corp.(SONC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    After the market closed yesterday, small cap burger stock Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) reported fiscalQ2 2017 earnings with shares falling moderately in after hours trading as the top line missed and the bottom line met expectations. However, it appears analysts are zeroing in on the system same-store sales comps down 7.4% versus expectations for a fall of 4.3%. The decline was comprised of a7.3% same-store sales decline at franchise drive-ins and a decline of 8.9% at company drive-ins.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small caps Habit Restaurants and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) below their IPO prices while more established burger stocks Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc (NASDAQ: RRGB) and Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC)have seen their performance drift downward last year or the year before:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows more recent burger IPOs like small caps Habit Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ: HABT) and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) underperforming while Red Robin Gourmet Burgers andSonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) have remained in positive territory:

trader: United Technologies Corporation(UTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    An official government strategy may open the door for defense contractors beyond the traditional Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT), Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) traded down 1.07% at $116.63. The stock’s 52-week range is $106.21 to $124.79. Volume was about 25% below the daily average of around 3.6 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    United Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UTX) traded up 1.35% at $118.45. The stock’s 52-week range is $96.89 to $119.258, and the high was posted this afternoon. Volume was about a third higher than the daily average of around 3 million. The industrial giant reported results this morning that were better than estimates on both profits and revenues.

  • [By Michael K. Farr]

    United Technologies is a diversified industrial company that provides products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company’s aerospace segments target both commercial and government (including both defense and space) customers. The company has a fantastic long-term track record of financial performance, with strong double-digit EPS growth, outstanding cash generation, and a stock price that, until recently, had handily outperformed the market over the long term. Looking forward, there are certainly risks to the outlook, including slowing growth outside the U.S., an aging aerospace cycle, and the continued integration of a new CEO. However, trading at a significant discount to the overall market, we think patient investors will be rewarded. The stock currently trades at an undemanding 14.6 times calendar year 16 estimated EPS with a yield of 2.7 percent. 

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Coming up on this episode of Mad Money: Cramer interviews United Technologies (UTX) CEO Greg Hayes; and Doug Lebda, CEO of LendingTree (TREE) . Plus, don’t miss the Lightning Round. Which stocks is Cramer bullish on?

trader: Skechers U.S.A., Inc.(SKX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related HTGM Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline HTG Molecular Diagnostics Completes Initial Technical Feasibility Testing with QIAGEN … (GuruFocus)
    Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline Zais Group reports Q4 results (Seeking Alpha)
    HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ: HTGM) shares climbed 204.1 percent to $11.95 after surging 83.64 percent on Thursday. HTG Molecular Diagnostics reported a Q4 loss of $0.76 per share on revenue of $1.5 million.
    ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAIS) shares surged 52.6 percent to $3.45. ZAIS Group reported Q4 earnings of $0.29 per share on revenue of $16.73 million.
    Global Brokerage Inc (NASDAQ: GLBR) shares jumped 24.3 percent to $2.30.
    Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RGLS) shares surged 20 percent to $1.50. Regulus Therapeutics’ Chairman bought 500,000 shares at $1.22 per share.
    Rocket Fuel Inc (NASDAQ: FUEL) shares gained 15.6 percent to $5.19.
    Akoustis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: AKTS) rose 13.3 percent to $10.75 as the company agreed to acquire wafer manufacturing facility for $2.75 million in cash.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares gained 12.6 percent to $1.25.
    Inventure Foods Inc (NASDAQ: SNAK) jumped 10.4 percent to $4.46 after the company announced the strategic sale of Fresh Frozen Foods for $23.7 million in cash.
    CymaBay Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CBAY) surged 8.7 percent to $4.14. Cymabay Therapeutics reported a Q4 loss of $0.30 per share.
  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Skechers USA Inc. (NYSE: SKX) was raised to Buy at a firm called Monness Crespi & Hardt, which put a $30 price target on the shares. Theconsensus price objective is$26.13, and the 52-week range is $18.81 to $34.27. The stock closed Thursday at a$24.05.

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    Skechers USA Inc (NYSE: SKX) is expected to report earnings on Thursday after the market closes. The footwear company has generally traded lower over the last eight quarters in the face of decelerating revenue growth. The stock had been gaining some momentum in the early part of the year until Susquehanna's Sam Poser downgraded the company to a negative rating on March 29th. Poser warned that domestic wholesale growth would fall short of investor expectations and the stock has since fallen 15 percent.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Skechers USA (SKX) has tumbled 5.4% to$28.35 after getting cut to Negative from Positive at Susquehanna.

    Sonic (SONC) has fallen 1.1% to $23.65 after beating earnings forecasts but missing on sales.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) for Q1 2.20% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) for Q1 0.00% vs -0.20% consensus estimate.
    US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    Data on factory orders for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The ISM non-manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The labor market conditions index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for May is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy
    Susquehanna upgraded Skechers (NYSE: SKX) from Neutral to Positive
    Deutsche Bank upgraded WEX (NYSE: WEX) from Hold to Buy
    Pacific Crest downgraded Apple from Overweight to Sector Weight
    RBC downgraded Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) from Sector Perform to Underperform
    Wedbush downgraded Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) from Outperform to Neutral

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here or email minutes@benzinga.com.