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Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018

The British are leaving, the British are leaving…and that was enough to sink stocks this week.

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The S&P 500 dropped 0.7% this week after declining 0.3% to 2,153.74 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.4% this week after slipping 28.01 points, or 0.2%, to 18,240.49 today. The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.4% this week after dropping 0.3% to5,292.40 today.

What did the British do? First, Prime Minister Theresa May said that the U.K. will invoke Article 50 to leave the European Union by March 2017. Citigroup’s Christian Schulz and team consider the impact of what’s being called a “hard Brexit”:

Just as UK economic sentiment is recovering from the initial shock of the vote to leave the EU, the tone and announcements at the Conservative Party conference (CPC) risk shaking that resilience again. The clear message from the new PM has been about the priority of national identity considerations and containing immigration, plus more economic intervention. Theresa Mays commitment to trigger the exit process by invoking Article 50 TEU dashes any hopes that the Brexit process would be delayed or even overturned by parliament or the UKs nations. The additional commitment to insist on new immigration controls and the explicit ruling out of the Norwegian and Swiss models of EU relations raise the risk that the UK could exit the Single Market and all other relations with the EU abruptly in spring 2019. Customs Union exit should not come as a surprise but completes the set of disruptive policies, as does the commitment to crack down on perceived corporate misbehavior. The only hope, as far as we can see, is that the potentially large economic and political damage of such an outcome will force the UK and the EU to avoid it or that they will at least draw out the process by agreeing to a bridge model with some Single Market access to follow the Article 50 TEU period. However, with the risk of hard Brexit now firmly on the map, preparations for the worst case will have to intensify on both sides of the English Channel, and the economic consequences are likely to be felt more on its northern shore.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Grifols, S.A.(GRFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Wolfe]

    Grifols SA (GRFS)

    Paulsons fourth largest holding is in Grifols SA where he holds on to 19,786,279 shares of the companys stock. His position in the company represents 4% of his total portfolio and 5.76% of the companys shares outstanding.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Luby's, Inc.(LUB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Luby’s, Inc. (NYSE: LUB) is expected to post earnings for the latest quarter.

    Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLP) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $5.00 million.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Staples, Inc.(SPLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) got a boost, shooting up 7 percent to $9.25 on chatter that the company is targeted for an acquisition. Sycamore Partners, a private equity giant, is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire the office supply retailer, Reuters reported. The deal could value Staples at more than $6 billion, a premium to Staples' valuation of $5.60 billion as of Wednesday's market close.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    The company was set to merge with its last remaining rival, Staples Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), this year, but was denied by a federal judge on May 10 because of antitrust concerns.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Staples (SPLS) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today on reports that the office-supplies retailer was considering selling itself.

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    Staples gained 9.8% to $9.51 today, while the S&P 500 ticked up 0.1% to 2,360.16.

    CFRA’s Efraim Levy doesn’t see a “natural buyer” for Staples but remain Buy rated anyway:

    Shares are higher on an unconfirmed WSJ report that SPLS is looking at the possible sale of the company. Our fundamentally valued 12-month target of $11, applies a below historical average P/E of 12.1X our FY 18 EPS estimate, given office industry challenges. Our target has 11% upside, plus a 5.5% yield. We don’t see a natural buyer for a large physical store office supply presence, although an activist/private-equity buyer is a possibility. To make an acquisition worthwhile, a buyer would have to be more aggressive in cost cutting and use of cash flow than SPLS’s existing plan.

    Staples’ market capitalization rose to $6.2 billion today from $5.7 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $459 million on sales of $18.2 billion in fiscal 2017.

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Anders Bylund, and Cory Renauer]

    Read on to see why a team of Fools think thatStaples (NASDAQ:SPLS), Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT), and GNC Holdings (NYSE:GNC) are all high-yield stocks that should be avoided.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Staples (SPLS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after releasing earnings today.

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    Staples dropped 5.2% to $8.49 at 4:45 p.m. today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.1% to 2,364.87.

    Staples reported a profit of 25 cents a share, missing forecasts for 26 cents a share, on sales of $4.6 billion, missing expectations for $5.04 billion. Staples said it would earn from 15 cents to 18 cents in the first quarter of 2017, while analysts had been predicting 17 cents. Staples also said it would close 70 stores in 2017 after closing 48 in 2016.

    Staples market capitalization fell to $5.5 billion today from $5.8 billion yesterday.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Callon Petroleum Company(CPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Lennar Corp.(LEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) reported upbeat earnings for its fiscal third quarter, while sales missed estimates.
    Genesis Energy, L.P. (NYSE: GEL) disclosed that it has priced its public offering of 4 million common units for gross proceeds of $124 million.
    South State Corporation (NASDAQ: SSB) reported that it has increased its buyback plan from 250,000 shares to 1 million shares.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Lennar Corp (NYSE: LEN) announced plans to buy CalAtlantic Group Inc (NYSE: CAA) for around $9.3 billion in a stock-and-cash deal, including $3.6 billion in debt.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows KB Home along with large cap D.R. Horton, Inc (NYSE: DHI) and mid capsLennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) and PulteGroup, Inc (NYSE: PHM) somewhat range bound or volatile for the past four years:

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Lennar (LEN) reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings on Monday.

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    The homebuilder said it earned $.134 a share, on revenue that climbed 14.6% year over year, to $3.38 billion. Analysts were looking for the company to earn $1.27 a share on revenue of $3.31 billion.

    Deliveries of new homes were up 7% to 8,228, while new orders climbed 9% to 6,598. The dollar value of new orders was $.24 billion, up 12%.

    Its backlog of homes climbed 15% in the quarter to 7 while its backlog dollar value gained 17% to $2.9 billion.

    MKM Partners Megan McGrath liked the quarter, although shes still on the sidelines with regard to the stock:

    Lennarreported an earnings beat yesterday, meeting or beating almost all key metric estimates. The stock traded flat vs. a flat S&P 500. Although in-line with our estimates, we believe that the gross margin guidance (down 50-100 bps next year) may have disappointed some investors. Homebuilding guidance was generally in-line with our estimates while guidance for the company’s ancillary businesses was better than our forecast.As a result, we are raising our FY17 EPS estimate to $4.13 from $4.01 and we are now more in-line with consensus. We maintain our Neutral ratingon the company given medium and longer-term concerns over rising mortgage rates and uncertainty over policy issues that could impact major financial decisions for potential buyers next year.

    Lennar is down 1.2% at recent check, and has lost 12% this year.

     

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    We initiated Lennar (NYSE:LEN) in October, and thus wrote up our comments in our prior shareholder letter, but due to the shift in our letter cadence, we are republishing our thoughts from our initial purchase.

    Marty Whitman said in October 1996: “Given Third Avenue’s investment criteria, it is more accurate to view the situation as the industry selecting the Fund, rather than Third Avenue choosing the industries in which to invest’ We think this quote superbly describes the opportunity the Value Fund saw in establishing a position in Lennar Corporation common in the quarter, as the shares sold off somewhat inexplicably from nearly $50 per share at their recent peak and allowed us to establish a position at just over $41.

    We have followed Lennar for years as the Real Estate team reviewed the position at our weekly research meetings, and think the investment case has only improved on a fundamental level despite the widening valuation discount in the shares. Lennar meets every tenant of our investment philosophy.

    The balance sheet is strong and improving. Homebuilding net debt to total capital has fallen to 33% as of FY4Q16. Much of this improvement is the result of management’s soft pivot land strategy, which is reducing the duration of its owned land bank and converting its undervalued balance sheet assets into cash.

    From a compounding point of view, Lennar continues to build value through developing its land bank into saleable housing units, and by monetizing further transaction values through its mortgage origination and title insurance offerings to its home buyers. Notably, we are pleased and supportive of Lennar’s offer to acquire WCIC Communities (WCIC), a top holding of the Third Avenue Small-Cap Value Fund, as Miami-based Lennar knows WCIC’s 100% based Florida assets intimately. Lennar not only sees compelling opportunities to monetize WCIC’s over 14,000 homesites, but also synergy opportunities from management and supplier over

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    The index NAIL tries to deliver triple the daily returns of is top heavy. D.R. Horton Inc. (NYSE: DHI), Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN), NVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR), Pulte Group Inc. (NYSE: PHM), Toll Brothers Inc. (NYSE: TOL) and Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) account for a significant portion of the benchmark's weight.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Netlist, Inc.(NLST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap data/memory solutions stocksNetlist, Inc (NASDAQ: NLST) as a long/bullish position for our short term portfolio:

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: ProShares UltraShort Nasdaq Biotechnology(BIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested the ProShares UltraShort Nasdaq Biotech (NASDAQ: BIS) and Direxion Daily S&P Biotech Bear 3X Shares (NYSEARCA: LABD) as ways to short biotech onshort termweakness in the sector, but our suggestion comes with a long termcaveat:

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Plug Power Inc.(PLUG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of FuelCell Energy along withalternative energy or fuel cell stocks like Ballard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) all peaking in 2014 with some signs of stabilization early last year before they fell lower:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap fuel cell stock Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) is scheduled for before the market opens onThursday (March 9th). In late February, Plug Power announced preliminary 2016 financial results and introduced its full-year 2017 outlook:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of FuelCell Energy along withsmall cap alternative energy or fuel cell stocks like Ballard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP), Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) all peaking in 2014 with some signs of stabilization early last yearalong withsome increase this year:

  • [By Rich Smith]

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

    So what

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

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    Shares of Plug Power Inc(NASDAQ:PLUG) have gained more than 65% since its earnings release on 9th March. Plug Power Inc’s share price plunged more than 10% on 9th March following a disappointing earnings announcement.For FY2016, Plug Power Inc had posted a net loss of $57.3 million on revenues of $85 million. However, the stock has made a smart comeback since then. Plug Power technical analysis charts show that the stock has breezed past its 50-day and 100-day simple moving averages (SMA) and is currently approaching the 200-day SMA resistance line.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Panhandle Royalty Company(PHX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy sector was the top gainer in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX), and SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM).

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Internap Network Services Corporation(INAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Internap Corp (NASDAQ: INAP) got a boost, shooting up 28 percent to $2.32 as the company reported that it has raised $43 million in a common equity private placement.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    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.

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Russell Benjafield holds his Big Mac burger at a McDonald’s restaurant in London, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg 

McDonald’s has been preparing to sell its Big Mac Sauce in grocery stores since last year. In September 2016, the company filed a trademark registration for “Mac Sauce” and in January this year it gave away 10,000 bottles of Big Mac Special Sauce in the U.S. as part of a product promotion. Earlier in 2016, the company released 4,000 bottles of its sauce in Australia as a small retail trial. However, the company now appears to be getting serious about selling its sauces in stores. McDonald’s recently announced that its Big Mac, McChicken, and Filet-O-Fish sauces will be sold in grocery stores across Canada, starting this spring. Several restaurants sell their products in grocery stores, and McDonald’s is joining the club in an attempt to generate an additional source of revenue. The company will be working with Kraftz Heinz to create this product. As the market for condiment sauces continues to grow at a steady rate and demand for McDonald’s products remains high, entering the retail condiment market could generate a fairly substantial revenue stream for the company.

Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: Staples, Inc.(SPLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Since 2011, Staples Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) has cut 16% of its full-time U.S. workforce — down to 44,000 from 53,000 employees five years ago.

    During that same period, the company’s annual sales declined a whopping 9% — down to $22.5 billion from $24.7 billion.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) posted weaker-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

    Staples reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.25 per share on revenue of $4.56 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $0.26 per share on revenue of $5 billion.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Staples (SPLS) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today on reports that the office-supplies retailer was considering selling itself.

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    Staples gained 9.8% to $9.51 today, while the S&P 500 ticked up 0.1% to 2,360.16.

    CFRA’s Efraim Levy doesn’t see a “natural buyer” for Staples but remain Buy rated anyway:

    Shares are higher on an unconfirmed WSJ report that SPLS is looking at the possible sale of the company. Our fundamentally valued 12-month target of $11, applies a below historical average P/E of 12.1X our FY 18 EPS estimate, given office industry challenges. Our target has 11% upside, plus a 5.5% yield. We don’t see a natural buyer for a large physical store office supply presence, although an activist/private-equity buyer is a possibility. To make an acquisition worthwhile, a buyer would have to be more aggressive in cost cutting and use of cash flow than SPLS’s existing plan.

    Staples’ market capitalization rose to $6.2 billion today from $5.7 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $459 million on sales of $18.2 billion in fiscal 2017.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    A few years ago, office-supplies retailerStaples(NASDAQ:SPLS)and electronics store RadioShack thought they could benefit from the e-tailer’s sales prowess. Although they were losing sales regularly to Amazon, they thoughtplacing lockersin their stores could also result in the sale of an extra ream of paper or a few capacitors and potentiometers. Instead what they found was customers were simply buying their paper, ink cartridges, and electronic gadgets on Amazon and picking them up in their stores. After just a year, Staples and RadioShack abruptly ended the program.

Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: Sun Life Financial Inc.(SLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE: SLF) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus. The 52-week trading range is $25.31 to $39.87. The consensus price target is $39.48. The shares closed at $38.65, so this could be a valuation call.

Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: Synutra International, Inc.(SYUT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Synutra International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYUT) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $5.28 after the company disclosed that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement for "going private" transaction.

Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: CF Industries Holdings, Inc.(CF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    CF Industries (CF) rose to the top of the S&P 500 today, continuing strength that began earlier this month.

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    CF Industries gained 6.9% to $28.96 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.2% to 2,181.90. CF Industries has gained 21% in November.

    Despite the rally, CF Industries is still down 29% this year, and as recently as Nov.3, Citigroup’s P.J. Juvekar and team were writing that the fertilizer company was “looking more like a 2008 story” after weaker-than-expected earnings. Donald Trump’s election victory, however, has jumpstarted CF Industries and prompted FBN technical analystJC OHara to list it among the top-50 stocks following Trump’s election, noting that “we want to own the stocks that were first to leave the gate…New Momentum should continue.” On Nov. 9, Barron’s Michael Kahn agreed, writing that “CF Industries does merit a look.”

    CF Industries reported net income of $700 million on sales of $4.3 billion in 2015. Its market capitalization rose to $6.8 billion today from $6.3 billion yesterday.

     

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Monday afternoon, the basic materials shares surged 0.57 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF), up 7 percent, and Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), up 7 percent.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

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

    Agri-Finance Companies

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF) which jumped 3.7% to $30.37. The stocks 52-week range is $20.77 to $37.17. Volume was 5.3 million which is just under the daily average of around 5.4 million shares.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We also want to reiterate our bullish view on the agricultural commodities and the ag-related stocks (e.g., CF Industries Holdings (CF), Mosaic (MOS), Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT), FMC (FMC), AGCO, Deere). Following sharp multi-year declines, trends continue to improve.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    CF Industries Holdings (CF) has climbed 3.3% to $30.25 after getting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.

    Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) has soared 21% to $18.80 after positive results from a pain-killer trial.

Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: Cellectis S.A.(CLLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stock Cellectis SA (NASDAQ: CLLS) reported that they had received notice fromFDA that a clinical hold was placed on both UCART123 ongoing Phase 1 studies -in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and in blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN). The clinical hold was initiated after Cellectis reported one fatality in the BPDCN clinical trial (ABC study) with the Company now working closelywith the investigators and the FDA in order to resume the trials with an amended protocol including a lowered dosing of UCART123. The FDA has a detailed page about clinical holds which mentions:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Cellectis SA (ADR) (NASDAQ: CLLS) shares dropped 20 percent to $25.70 after announcing FDA clinical hold of UCART123 studies.

    Shares of Opiant Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: OPNT) were down 10 percent to $35.20. Opiant Pharma named David O'Toole as CFO.

Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: America’s Car-Mart Inc.(CRMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRMT) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $149.13 million.

    Ryanair Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ: RYAAY) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $1.16 billion.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts are expecting America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRMT) to have earned $0.58 per share on revenue of $149.13 million in the latest quarter. America’s Car-Mart shares rose 2.06 percent to close at $23.25 on Friday.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018

Global oil prices nudged higher Monday even amid reports that Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) is re-starting a key Houston refinery that was shuttered by Hurricane Harvey three weeks ago.

West Texas Intermediate crude futures for October delivery traded briefly over $50 a barrel in early London dealing, after hitting a three-month high of $50.50 last week, before paring gains modestly to around $49.95 at 07:00 local time. Brent contracts for November delivery, which are used as a benchmark for global prices, were little-changed from their Friday New York close at $55.65 per barrel.

Oil prices have been rising steadily for the past two weeks as investors asses the damage to the U.S. drilling and refining industry in Houston and the broader Gulf region in the aftermath of Harvey’s devastating winds and floods, which could cost the state of Texas as much as $180 billion to repair and rebuild.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-B)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.USATODAY.COM]

    When Buffett took control ofBerkshire Hathaway(NYSE: BRK-A)(NYSE: BRK-B) in 1965, it was an ailing textile company with a bleak future. Today, thanks to Buffett’s brilliance at capital allocation, Berkshire is the fourth-biggest company in the S&P 500as measured by market capitalization.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    While it’s technically not a pure insurance stock, that’s exactly why I suggest Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) for investors who want a piece of the insurance business.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, for his part, has added fuel to Apple's recent rally by increasing his stake in the company in a big way. The 13D filing done by Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) following the end of the fourth quarter of 2016 showed that it had nearly quadrupled its position in Apple.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Warren Buffett has a long and successful history in the insurance industry, and it has been a cornerstone of Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) growth strategy since the 1967 acquisition of National Indemnity. In fact, Buffett specifically referred to the insurance industry as Berkshire’s “most important sector” in his latest letter to shareholders. Here’s a rundown of Berkshire’s insurance operations, and why Buffett loves the insurance business so much.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Snap Interactive, Inc. (STVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Vikram Nagarkar]

    According to recent reports, Snap Inc will now look to go public at a valuation of $19 billion to $22 billion, as it goes public under the ticker symbol SNAP on the New York Stock Exchange. Snap Inc’s move to slash its previous seemingly overambitious target of $25 billion comes across as a very good move. Well, there’s no denying the fact that the upcoming Snapchat IPO has generated a lot of investor interest – to the extent that some “overeager” investors even went ahead and bought shares of a similar sounding company,Snap Interactive (OTC:STVI), sending its shares 140% higher. And Snap Interactive’s relatively paltry $50 million market cap may have something to do with it. Be that as it may, Snapchat’s reported initial valuation target of $25 billion was way too ambitious, and there’s no lack of consensus on that front. However, even the scaled down $19 billion target may not be attractive enough.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Staples, Inc.(SPLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) got a boost, shooting up 7 percent to $9.25 on chatter that the company is targeted for an acquisition. Sycamore Partners, a private equity giant, is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire the office supply retailer, Reuters reported. The deal could value Staples at more than $6 billion, a premium to Staples' valuation of $5.60 billion as of Wednesday's market close.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    The company was set to merge with its last remaining rival, Staples Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), this year, but was denied by a federal judge on May 10 because of antitrust concerns.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) which traded down 5.3% at $8.49. The stocks 52-week range is $7.24 to $11.37. Volume was more than double the daily average of 6.05 million shares. The company saw its shares drop following its most recent earnings report.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Lannett Co Inc(LCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

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

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

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

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

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

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap generic pharmaceutical stock Lannett Company, Inc (NYSE: LCI) is thesecond most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 55.65% according toHighshortinterest.com. Lannett Company was founded in 1942 anddevelops, manufactures, packages, markets and distributes generic pharmaceutical products for a wide range of medical indications and therapeutic areas. The Company believes its ability to select viable products for development, efficiently develop such products (including obtaining any applicable regulatory approvals), vertically integrateitself into certain specialty markets and achieving economies in production are all critical for its success in the generic pharmaceutical industry in which it operates.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Enphase Energy, Inc.(ENPH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    UPDATE: I stand corrected. There does appear to be a reason for First Solar’s market-leading move today. Axiom Capital’s Gordon Johnson attributes the rise to the $10 million investment in Enphase Energy (ENPH), which makes “microinverter systems for the solar photovoltaic industry,” by investors T.J. Rodgers and John Doerr.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now

I will get right to it. After describing the reasons behind its meteoric rise and the discussing why this name was one of my top blue chip top picks for 2017, it comes down to performance. Just this morning Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), as well as other large banks, are out with key earnings reports. This matters for the 2017 call and it matters for the share price which has skyrocketed in the last few months. It’s about the performance. Performance not just on the top and bottom lines but also in several key metrics that I follow closely for all major banks. The bank has come a long way from it facing extinction, and it took we the people to keep it alive. Today Bank of America is one of the largest banks in the United States by assets and yes, it has recovered from the Great Recession. Is it firing on all cylinders like it was pre-recession? No, unfortunately it is not, but it is getting there. Can you stick with the name? We need to examine the company’s most recent earnings and key metrics to make that determination.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: MFRI Inc.(MFRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedsmall cap piping systems stock MFRI, Inc (NASDAQ: MFRI) as a short-term long/bullish trade:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.(WMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    China has a growing middle class and affluent consumers who have strong aspirational demand for western luxury goods. Last year Chinese tourists spent $183 billionon shopping sprees abroad, a good deal of them for buying luxury goods. According to a report on Mintel.com, 58% of the Chinese consumers have boughtforeign goods from local online eCommerce sites. Alibaba has used this trend to build its TmallGlobal. In the just concluded Singles’ day sale, thousands of foreign brands including Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) had participated. A retaliatory tax increase by China on foreign goods will impact the sale of foreign goods. The sale of foreign brands is expected to produce around $2 billion in incremental revenue by next year. A trade war between the US and China willsignificantly impact this revenue source.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of large cap dollar stores Dollar Tree and Dollar General Corp (NYSE: DG) both outperforming Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (NYSE: WMT) and largely given investors roughly the same return:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Third and finally, Plug’s move closer to Amazon is resulting in customer attrition among the company’s other customers, including Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), which may not want to patronize Plug products in the future, knowing that the company is so closely tied to (and may soon be part owned by) Amazon.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Staples, Inc.(SPLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) got a boost, shooting up 7 percent to $9.25 on chatter that the company is targeted for an acquisition. Sycamore Partners, a private equity giant, is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire the office supply retailer, Reuters reported. The deal could value Staples at more than $6 billion, a premium to Staples' valuation of $5.60 billion as of Wednesday's market close.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    The company was set to merge with its last remaining rival, Staples Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), this year, but was denied by a federal judge on May 10 because of antitrust concerns.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Staples Inc(NASDAQ:SPLS) stock has been on a tear over the last few days amid rumors of a potential buyout.According toThe Wall Street Journal, the company is in talks with private-equity firms to sell itself after regulators blew up its planned merger withOffice Depot(NASDAQ:ODP)last year.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Staples (SPLS) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today on reports that the office-supplies retailer was considering selling itself.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Staples gained 9.8% to $9.51 today, while the S&P 500 ticked up 0.1% to 2,360.16.

    CFRA’s Efraim Levy doesn’t see a “natural buyer” for Staples but remain Buy rated anyway:

    Shares are higher on an unconfirmed WSJ report that SPLS is looking at the possible sale of the company. Our fundamentally valued 12-month target of $11, applies a below historical average P/E of 12.1X our FY 18 EPS estimate, given office industry challenges. Our target has 11% upside, plus a 5.5% yield. We don’t see a natural buyer for a large physical store office supply presence, although an activist/private-equity buyer is a possibility. To make an acquisition worthwhile, a buyer would have to be more aggressive in cost cutting and use of cash flow than SPLS’s existing plan.

    Staples’ market capitalization rose to $6.2 billion today from $5.7 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $459 million on sales of $18.2 billion in fiscal 2017.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Merck & Company, Inc.(MRK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    BioLine has partnerships with major pharmaceutical companies that help bring some of these drugs to launch once they gain some initial success in clinical trials. These partners include Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS) and Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK) dropped about 2.9% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $53.63 after closing at $55.02 on Friday. The 52-week high is $66.80. Volume was around 12.7 million, more than 25% above the daily average of about 10 million. The company’s chief competitor in a combo therapy for lung cancer reported a successful phase 3 trial.

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    LLY recently suffered a setback when approval for the company’s new arthritis drug, co-developed with Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ: INCY), faced delays from the FDA. LLY and INCY disagreed with the FDA’s findings in a company press release and are confident the drug will still be approved in the future. Despite the company’s confidence in the drug, LLY stock dropped about 5% in trading the day the news came out. Even with that drop, it’s still up a little over 11% on the year, outperforming the S&P 500 (SPX) and some of its pharma peers: Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ).

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    Kudos to Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) for taking a leap forward in the war against diabetes. The two competitors-turned-partners for one joint venture recently announced the FDA and the European equivalent has accepted an application for permission to sell ertugliflozin and a couple of its derivatives. All the drugs/combos in question are part of the SGLT2 family, which essentially induce the kidneys to filter sugar out of the bloodstream for diabetics whose pancreas isn’t processing that sugar properly.

    It’s an interesting approach, though not one without a potential downside. By forcing the kidneys to do something they weren’t meant to do, eventually, could pose new problems.

    Cell MedX Corp (OTCMKTS:CMXC) is taking an entirely different approach to the treatment of diabetes. Rather than work around a failing pancreas as Merck and Pfizer have, Cell MedX is aiming to fix what’s broken for diabetics. That is, the company aims to restore a body’s cells that properly process sugar by turning them back “on” again using mild electrical currents.

    As much as biologists and the healthcare industry know about the human body, new discoveries are being made all the time regarding our makeup. One of the more recent medical revelations was figuring out animals are not just a collection of chemicals and organic matter, but also electrical impulses. Yes, the human body creates electricity, but more than that, a body can benefit from mild electrical currents, as an electrical charge can put a damaged cell back into its natural, healthy state.

    It may seem like a crazy idea at first, but know the FDA has already given the science of electromedicine the nod of approval as a treatment for chronic pain (called the Cefaly, if you’re curious), and some major companies are wading deeper into electromedicine waters.

    As Scientific American’s Daisy Yuhas noted back in 2013:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Pain Therapeutics(PTIE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    The list of below stocks is notable as the shares have traded on sequentially increasing volume spanning the trading days from September 16 to September 20:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc.(ZAIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [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 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Regal Entertainment Group(RGC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) was already rated as Underperform at Credit Suisse, but the firm said that the chain has weak trends and warned that its forecasts and multiples are just still too high. While raising some estimates, Sheikh lowered his target on Regal Entertainment to $17 from $19 in this call.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares surged 30.2 percent to $5.01 after dropping 40.86 percent on Tuesday. Marathon Patent Group filed for sale of 1.85 million shares of common stock by selling stockholders.
    Capricor Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CAPR) shares jumped 17.2 percent to $2.25 after the company reported the FDA clearance of Investigational New Drug application for CAP-1002.
    Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) gained 13.2 percent to $2.15 following 16.5 percent rally on Tuesday.
    Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB) shares climbed 11.8 percent to $10.45 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
    China Distance Education Hldgs Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: DL) shares surged 11.3 percent to $8.67. China Distance Education reported Q4 profit of $5.9 million on revenue of $41.7 million.
    Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK) shares gained 11 percent to $8.05 after falling 7.05 percent on Tuesday.
    Ooma Inc (NYSE: OOMA) shares surged 8.5 percent to $10.85 as the company posted strong Q3 results.
    Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) climbed 8 percent to $17.12 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.
    American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC) surged 7.8 percent to $3.59 after the company reported $8 million in D-VAR system orders.
    Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE: THR) rose 6.3 percent to $24.17. William Blair upgraded Thermon Group from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) surged 6.1 percent to $182.88. Nomura upgraded Domino's from Neutral to Buy.
    Xencor Inc (NASDAQ: XNCR) rose 5.9 percent to $21.17. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated coverage on Xencor with an Overweight rating.
    Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IDRA) gained 5.1 percent to $2.28 after the company disclosed that it has been granted FDA Fast Track designation for IMO-2125.
    Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) gained 5.1 percent to
  • [By Peter Graham]

    In December, UK based Cineworld Group Plc also agreed tobuy larger U.S. peer Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) for $3.6 billion in cash in adeal to create the world’s second largest movie theatre operator after AMC Entertainment Holdings. The combined entity is expected to be better able to compete AMC.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Applied Micro Circuits Corporation(AMCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Piyush Arora]

    AMD, along with other server-grade chip manufacturers such as Qualcomm (NSDQ:QCOM), Cavium (NSDQ:CAVM) and AMCC (NSDQ:AMCC), operates in the remaining minuscule 0.8% of the market. So, each of the aforementioned companies operate with a practically non-existent market share, compared to Intels shipments of course. This also means that these firms (AMD, Qualcomm etc.) have plenty of room to grow. This would be subject to good product releases of course, but at least this way, the law of large numbers isnt working against them.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Great Basin Scientific, Inc.(GBSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Great Basin Scientific Inc. (NASDAQ: GBSN) dropped about 15% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $2.90 after closing at $3.42 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $45,024.00. Volume was more than 3 times the daily average of around 150,000 shares. The medical diagnostics company had no specific news Thursday. Since mid-March the company has split the stock twice: the first was a 1-for-35 split and the second a 1-for-80 split.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Great Basin Scientific Inc (NASDAQ: GBSN) shares dropped 18 percent to $0.92 on Q1 results. Great Basin Scientific posted Q1 net income of $21,503,600, versus a year-ago net loss of $33,652,500.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Safeway Inc.(SWY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap SUPERVALU now underperforming large cap Kroger Co (NYSE: KR) while shares of large cap Whole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and mid cap Safeway Inc (NYSE: SWY) appear to be back to where they started at:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of SUPERVALU underperforming the underperformance ofmid caps Whole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and Safeway Inc (NYSE: SWY). while large capKroger Co (NYSE: KR)had outperformed up until the last two years when performance has been more mixed:

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018

Got a Yahoo account? Here’s what should be on your radar It’s official: Hearts can be hacked.

The FDA confirmed that St. Jude Medical’s implantable cardiac devices have vulnerabilities that could allow a hacker to access a device. Once in, they could deplete the battery or administer incorrect pacing or shocks, the FDA said on Monday.

The devices, like pacemakers and defibrillators, are used to monitor and control patients’ heart functions and prevent heart attacks.

St. Jude has developed a software patch to fix the vulnerabilities, and it will automatically be applied to affected devices beginning Monday. To receive the patch, the Merlin@home Transmitter must be plugged in and connected to the Merlin.net network.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Jersey Elec.(a)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dave and Donald Moenning]

    For those investors that like the comfort generally provided by a diversified portfolio, here’s an idea that will allow you to (a) maintain a diversified allocation in your portfolio and (b) stay out of trouble when the big, bad bears come to call on an asset class or two.

  • [By Sujan Lahiri]

    (A)

    The first stage is the removal (harvesting) of a sliver of dermal tissue, called a micro-organ (2-3mm diameter x 30-40mm length), from beneath the patient’s skin. This procedure is performed under a local anesthetic, is intended to be performed in a physician’s office and is minimally invasive, so as to encourage rapid healing with little or no scarring. Generally, more than one micro-organ will be harvested from the patient (typically 4-5).

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A) shares rose 5.45% to $52.01. The volume of Agilent Technologies shares traded was 736% higher than normal. Agilent announced its plans to separate into two public companies.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: comScore Inc.(SCOR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    comScore Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) dropped more than 10% on Tuesday to record a new 52-week low of $20.81. The stock closed at $23.22 on Monday. Volume was about 9 times the daily average of around 470,000 shares. The company’s stock will be de-listed from Nasdaq effective February 8 unless the company receives a stay from the exchange.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Tencent Holdings Ltd (700)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    Sohu.com Inc. (SOHU), which sold a stake in its search unit to Tencent Holdings Ltd. (700), advanced 11 percent for the week to $72.06. It retreated 5.9 percent Sept. 20. Tencent, Chinas biggest Internet company by market value, paid $448 million for a 36.5 percent stake in Sohus Sogou unit last week and merge its own search service with Sogou.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Medidata Solutions, Inc.(MDSO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Veeva Systems outperformingunderperforming small cap peerModel N Inc (NYSE: MODN) while mid cap Medidata Solutions (NASDAQ: MDSO) has been a huge outperformer that has just moved past its 2014 peak:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, technology shares climbed by 0.94 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) and Medidata Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: MDSO).

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Prism Technologies Group, Inc.(PRZM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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

    These are the top 5 holdings of TOWERVIEW LLCTejon Ranch Co (TRC) – 2,795,000 shares, 28.55% of the total portfolio. Saga Communications Inc (SGA) – 1,196,723 shares, 28.51% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 1.22%Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS) – 2,375,000 shares, 10.25% of the total portfolio. Corning Inc (GLW) – 600,000 shares, 7.56% of the total portfolio. Barnes & Noble Education Inc

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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

    These are the top 5 holdings of TOWERVIEW LLCTejon Ranch Co (TRC) – 2,795,000 shares, 28.55% of the total portfolio. Saga Communications Inc (SGA) – 1,196,723 shares, 28.51% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 1.22%Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS) – 2,375,000 shares, 10.25% of the total portfolio. Corning Inc (GLW) – 600,000 shares, 7.56% of the total portfolio. Barnes & Noble Education Inc

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: lululemon athletica inc.(LULU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q3 2016 earnings report forlarge cap technical athletic apparel stock Lululemon Athletica inc (NASDAQ: LULU) isscheduled forafter the marketcloses onWednesday (December 7th) as the company gets hit by analyst downgrades:

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    And Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) is expected to release its most recent quarterly results on Thursday afternoon. The consensus forecast calls for $0.35 in EPS and revenue of $567.55 million. The stock ended the week at $60.21 a share. The consensus price target is $61.97, and the 52-week range is $47.26 to $79.41.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: McDermott International, Inc.(MDR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Thursday's regular session.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    McDermott International Inc. (NYSE: MDR) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter and lifted its 2016 earnings outlook. McDermott shares jumped 8.45 percent to $4.43 in the after-hours trading session.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Intuit Inc.(INTU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) and Tiffany (NYSE:TIF) saw heavy trading following the companies’ quarterly earnings announcements.

    Image source: Getty Images.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU) which jumped nearly 7% to $137.88. The stocks 52-week range is $101.81 to $140.25. Volume was 4.8 million on the day compared to the average of 1.9 million.

  • [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.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: tronc, Inc. (TRNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In a purge fairly unprecedented in American newspapers, Tronc (TRNC) has replaced the senior leadership of the Los Angeles Times. With a single announcement, the company announced both new leadership for the Times’ business side and for its newsroom.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Tronc Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) had a gigantic buyer recently. Michael Ferro, who is a director, purchased a stunning 2,500,000 sharesat $15 apiece. The total for the trade was an incredible $37,500,000.Thismultiplatform media and marketing solutions company publishes newspapers in the United States, as well as provides a suite of digital marketing services for local, regional and national marketers. Its shares ended trading on Friday at $13.87.Their 52-week trading range is $8.76 to $17.93, and the Wall Street consensus price target is $21.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Staples, Inc.(SPLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Multiple-award-winning Trimaker is the leader in terms of sales in 3D printing in the region, serving clients like Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), Toyota Motor Corp (ADR) (NYSE: TM), Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC) and Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF). The company not only manufactures its own 3D printers, but also offers materials and related services.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Staples (SPLS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after releasing earnings today.

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    Staples dropped 5.2% to $8.49 at 4:45 p.m. today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.1% to 2,364.87.

    Staples reported a profit of 25 cents a share, missing forecasts for 26 cents a share, on sales of $4.6 billion, missing expectations for $5.04 billion. Staples said it would earn from 15 cents to 18 cents in the first quarter of 2017, while analysts had been predicting 17 cents. Staples also said it would close 70 stores in 2017 after closing 48 in 2016.

    Staples market capitalization fell to $5.5 billion today from $5.8 billion yesterday.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) which traded down 5.3% at $8.49. The stocks 52-week range is $7.24 to $11.37. Volume was more than double the daily average of 6.05 million shares. The company saw its shares drop following its most recent earnings report.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    A few years ago, office-supplies retailerStaples(NASDAQ:SPLS)and electronics store RadioShack thought they could benefit from the e-tailer’s sales prowess. Although they were losing sales regularly to Amazon, they thoughtplacing lockersin their stores could also result in the sale of an extra ream of paper or a few capacitors and potentiometers. Instead what they found was customers were simply buying their paper, ink cartridges, and electronic gadgets on Amazon and picking them up in their stores. After just a year, Staples and RadioShack abruptly ended the program.

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March1, 2017: Here are four stocks trading with heavy volume among 74 equities making new 52-week lows in Wednesday’s session. On the NYSE, advancers led decliners by about 2 to 1 and on the Nasdaq advancers led by decliners more than 3 to 1.

Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) dropped 0.1% Wednesday, to post a new 52-week low of $2.90 after closing at $2.93 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $5.85. Volume was about 25% higher than the daily average of around 23 million shares. The company missed estimates badly on Monday, but has managed somehow to hang onto its 12.77% dividend yield..

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) dropped more than 12% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $1.81 after closing Tuesday at $2.06. Volume of more than 28 million shares was about 80% higher than the daily average of around 16 million. The company said Monday that it would pay a dividend amount totaling $2.5 million to common stockholders. That works out to about $0.07 per share based on 36.25 million shares outstanding.

free stock picks: United Natural Foods, Inc.(UNFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for the Hain Celestial Group shows shares having once outperformed underperforming peers such as large capWhole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and small cap United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap natural andorganic foods stock United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI) reported fiscal Q4 2017 earnings after the Wednesday market close with shares closing up 5.29% after better-than-expected earnings results in a space thats facing deflation especially after the Amazon-Wholefoods deal was announced. Q4 net sales increased 5.7% to $2.34 billion as sales were positively impacted by the acquisitions of Haddon House Food Products, Inc. and Gourmet Guru, Inc (Due to the integration of these acquisitions, the financial impact of acquired businesses is no longer fully separable). Net income increased 12.1% to $38.9 million.

  • [By Taylor Cox]

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  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for the Hain Celestial Group shows shares having once strongly outperformed largely underperforming peers such as large capWhole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and small cap United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q1 2017 earnings report for small cap natural andorganic foods stock United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI) is scheduled for after the market closes onWednesday (December 7th). Shares tend to move in tandeem with Whole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) who accounts for more than 30% of sales and were falling in September on concerns about WFM’s weakness with Wolfe Research’s Scott Mushkin commenting:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q2 2017 earnings report for small cap natural andorganic foods stock United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI) is scheduled for after the market closes onWednesday (March 8th). United Natural Foods shares will tend to move in tandem with Whole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) who accounts for more than 30% of sales.

free stock picks: Staples, Inc.(SPLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) got a boost, shooting up 7 percent to $9.25 on chatter that the company is targeted for an acquisition. Sycamore Partners, a private equity giant, is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire the office supply retailer, Reuters reported. The deal could value Staples at more than $6 billion, a premium to Staples' valuation of $5.60 billion as of Wednesday's market close.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Staples (SPLS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after releasing earnings today.

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    Staples dropped 5.2% to $8.49 at 4:45 p.m. today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.1% to 2,364.87.

    Staples reported a profit of 25 cents a share, missing forecasts for 26 cents a share, on sales of $4.6 billion, missing expectations for $5.04 billion. Staples said it would earn from 15 cents to 18 cents in the first quarter of 2017, while analysts had been predicting 17 cents. Staples also said it would close 70 stores in 2017 after closing 48 in 2016.

    Staples market capitalization fell to $5.5 billion today from $5.8 billion yesterday.

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Anders Bylund, and Cory Renauer]

    Read on to see why a team of Fools think thatStaples (NASDAQ:SPLS), Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT), and GNC Holdings (NYSE:GNC) are all high-yield stocks that should be avoided.

free stock picks: Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. (BPMUF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Leuven, Belgium-based Tigenix (OTC:TGXSF) filed to go public in the U.S. in late 2015, only to become entangled with Bavarian Nordic (OTC:BVNKF) and Basilea Pharmaceutica (OTC:BPMUF) as the European drugmakers pulled back from NASDAQ. Tigenix subsequently increased its bank account following a 23.75 million placement in Belgium, and added an additional 25 million via a relationship with Takeda, before coming back to Wall Street in October 2016 with a revamped slate of underwriters.

free stock picks: Sonic Automotive Inc.(SAH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Armour Residential REIT Inc. (NYSE: ARR), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), PJT Partners Inc. (NYSE; PJT), Sonic Automotive Inc. (NYSE: SAH)and Tandy Leather Factory Inc. (NASDAQ: TLF).

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When it comes to making money on Wall Street, there are plenty of opportunities with contrarian plays. But it can be tough to gin up the courage to make a purchase. This certainly appears to be the case with GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), as investors have certainly been pounding the shares. Since late 2015, GME stock has gone from $47 to $24.50.

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But perhaps there is an opportunity here? Could GameStop stock really be a good contrarian play? Well, I think so.

canadian stock picks: Exxon Mobil Corporation(XOM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Big oil stocksare some of the most recognizable companies in energy, but they won’t bring you the big-time profits you’re looking for. Instead, we’ve got “small” oil stocks that are ready to soar by double digits in 2017 while the bloated oil giants like Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) tread water.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Short interest in Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) decreased to 28.84 million shares from the previous 31.14 million. The stock was trading at $81.23, within a 52-week range of $80.31 to $95.55.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    A list of the best energy stocks for retirement has to begin with the kind of them all: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM). Exxon remains the powerhouse of integrated energy, and features tons of everything you could want in a long-term energy play reserves, assets, cash flows, you name it.

    On the production side of things, XOM continues to dive head-first into natural gas production and shipping. The fuel promises to be one of the primary ways we generate electricity in the future, and smart mega-buys such as XTO and InterOil Corporation (IOC) have made Exxon one of the worlds biggest players in nat gas.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Oil and gas majors like ExxonMobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (NYSE:RDS-B) have had a rough run since mid-2014. But these two industry giants are making the changes needed to deal with today’s difficult energy markets, just like they’ve done time and time before. You could worry, but you really don’t need to. Here are their bonafides.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    It’s been another rough week for Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM). The stock is down 8.64% since the beginning of the year and the energy giant is the biggest loser of just five Dow stocks trading down for the year to date.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) reported Saturday that a review of its massive Baytown complex “revealed the need for only minor repairs” and the company said it is progressing well toward restarting the plant. Transportation issues remain until the Houston ship channel opens, and there are pipeline and railroad issues as well. The Beaumont complex has experienced some flooding and remains shut down. The company’s affected offshore production platforms are being checked for damage before production resumes. Onshore natural gas production that was shut-in is also being checked before restarting.

canadian stock picks: Staples, Inc.(SPLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Staples (SPLS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after releasing earnings today.

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    Staples dropped 5.2% to $8.49 at 4:45 p.m. today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.1% to 2,364.87.

    Staples reported a profit of 25 cents a share, missing forecasts for 26 cents a share, on sales of $4.6 billion, missing expectations for $5.04 billion. Staples said it would earn from 15 cents to 18 cents in the first quarter of 2017, while analysts had been predicting 17 cents. Staples also said it would close 70 stores in 2017 after closing 48 in 2016.

    Staples market capitalization fell to $5.5 billion today from $5.8 billion yesterday.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Staples Inc(NASDAQ:SPLS) stock has been on a tear over the last few days amid rumors of a potential buyout.According toThe Wall Street Journal, the company is in talks with private-equity firms to sell itself after regulators blew up its planned merger withOffice Depot(NASDAQ:ODP)last year.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) posted weaker-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

    Staples reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.25 per share on revenue of $4.56 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $0.26 per share on revenue of $5 billion.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Since 2011, Staples Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) has cut 16% of its full-time U.S. workforce — down to 44,000 from 53,000 employees five years ago.

    During that same period, the company’s annual sales declined a whopping 9% — down to $22.5 billion from $24.7 billion.

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Anders Bylund, and Cory Renauer]

    Read on to see why a team of Fools think thatStaples (NASDAQ:SPLS), Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT), and GNC Holdings (NYSE:GNC) are all high-yield stocks that should be avoided.

canadian stock picks: China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd.(CHL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.12 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: CHL), down 3 percent, and Partner Communications Company Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: PTNR), down 1.5 percent.

  • [By David Goodboy]

    Rumors are that Apple will use this opportunity to announce the long-awaited deal with China Mobile (NYSE: CHL), which is the world's largest cellphone carrier with more than 700 million active users. Clearly, there are impediments in the way, but the potential for a lower-priced iPhone for this market means strong possibilities remain. This deal would be a major upside catalyst for Apple shares.

  • [By Motif Investing]

    The most heavily weighted names in the motif are China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: CHL), Aibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA), Baidu Inc (NASDAQ: BIDU), India's HDFC Bank (NYSE: HDB) and Russia's Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (NYSE: MBT).

canadian stock picks: Veeva Systems Inc.(VEEV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights, Brian Stoffel, and George Budwell]

    Healthcare is changing rapidly. Which companies will emerge as the huge winners with these major changes? We asked three of our healthcare contributors to weigh in on the subject. Here’s whyAbbVie (NYSE:ABBV),Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), and Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) could represent bold bets on the future of healthcare.

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    Cloud software vendor Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) has had some extraordinary success selling its products to companies in the life sciences. It is now preparing to extend its reach into other industries, and long-term investors should be excited about the potential for the long runway of growth that could result.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested mid cap global life sciencescloud-based software solutions stock Veeva Systems Inc (NYSE: VEEV) as a bullish long trade for investors who have patience:

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    To say that Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) has performed well as a publicly traded company would be an understatement. While the stock itself is actually down since its post-IPO days, the company’s fundamentals have vastly improved during that time frame.