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Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now

The rally in AMD stock price has been driven largely by investor speculation and nothing more. Will 2017 be different?
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Shares of Sunnyvale, California-based, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.(NASDAQ:AMD) have been on a tear for well over a year now. AMD stock price is up from $1.83 a year ago, to the current price of $13.3 (Feb 16 close price), a massive run by any measure. The stock has continued its strong rally into 2017, having already racked up gains of 17.3% in the year-to-date, outperforming the 8.1% rise in the Nasdaq Composite (INDEX:COMPX) and the 4.9% gains by the S&P 500 (INDEX:SPAL) over the same time period. While the stock is off to a strong start this year, the phenomenal run in the stock price has been fuelled more by speculative investors, with AMD having little to show as far as fundamentals go. However, 2017 could be a year of difference. Why? Let’s see.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc(ZIOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Ziopharm Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIOP) dropped more than 10% Tuesday to post a 52-week low of $3.77 after closing at $4.20 on Monday. The 52-week high is $7.88. Volume was around 3.7 million, more than double the daily average. The company reported Tuesday on progress of two platforms it is developing and investors did not like what they heard.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell by 0.88 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLP), down 7 percent, and ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIOP), down 7 percent.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: QC Holdings Inc.(QCCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    QC Holdings (NASDAQ: QCCO) shares tumbled 2.58% to reach a new 52-week low of $2.27. QC Holdings’ trailing-twelve-month profit margin is 0.60%.

    NewLead Holdings (NASDAQ: NEWL) shares dipped 6.56% to touch a new 52-week low of $0.08 after the company completed the acquisition of titles in the Viking Mine located in Kentucky, USA.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Green Brick Partners, Inc.(GRBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Monday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedgoing long on small cap homebuilder stockGreen Brick Partners (NASDAQ: GRBK):

    For Green Brick Partners, we’re mainly feeding off of the hammer-shaped reversal bar from last week. That long-tailed low only had to kiss the 200-day moving average line (green) at $8.45 to kick-start a reversal, and we’ve seen some nice bullish follow-through so far. Ideally we’d like to see a move above the February ceiling around $9.90, but we fear waiting that long could leave us chasing it higher. See, what you can’t see on the chart (because it’s further back) is that GRBK is no stranger to multi-point runups. Based on its past runs, Green Brick Partners could be in the high teens before you even know it.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Haynes International, Inc.(HAYN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials sector was the top gainer in the US market on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAYN), Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF), and Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, basic materials shares fell by 1.24 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAYN), down 12 percent, and McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 9 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, basic materials shares fell 0.44 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAYN), down 5 percent, and Gibraltar Industries Inc (NASDAQ: ROCK), down 4 percent.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Tenneco Inc.(TEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of auto-part makers like Delphi Automotive (DLPH), BorgWarner (BWA), and Tenneco (TEN) are getting killed today, ostensibly due to an article in Automotive News. Wells Fargo’s Richard Kwas and team think Tesla Motors (TSLA) and its Model 3 deserve at least some of the blame:

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018

DryShips (DRYS) finally filed a 6-K after the close on July 25th that provided an update on its equity issuance for the period July 17th to July 25th. This was a break from prior disclosure patterns of providing updates on Fridays after the close or Mondays before the open as discussed in my article titled “Changing Its Disclosure Patterns?” The update on DRYS’ equity issuance was disappointing since the shares issued and the equity raised fell short of my expectations and, judging by the 20% losses in the stock into the late afternoon on July 26th, the market’s also. The following table summarizes the issuance for the period ending July 25th.

DryShips Equity Issuance Analysis Shares O/S July 7th (millions) 5.10 Funding Gap July 14th (millions) $5.56 Dates of Issuance July 17th – July 25th Shares Issued (millions) 14.08 Avg Issuance Price $1.88 July 25th Close $0.96 Shares O/S July 25th (millions) 19.18 Est of Value of Equity Issued $26.49

A close read of the 6-K reveals that most of the 14 million share issuance occurred July 21st through July 25th due to the pendency of the 1 for 7 reverse stock split announced on July 18th with an Effective Date of July 21st. The stock issued during this three day trading period equaled a bit more than 15% of the more than 91 million shares traded. Although this falls within the range of prior issuance percentages, it was a bit surprising that DRYS did not take advantage of the heavy trading volumes and price spikes and drive issuance closer to 20% of the shares traded. This resulted in lower equity proceeds than anticipated.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(ARNA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell by 0.09 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA), down 6 percent, and Omeros Corporation (NASDAQ: OMER), down 5 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA) posted a new 52-week low of $1.20 on Tuesday, down about 19% compared with Monday’s closing price of $1.48. The stock’s 52-week high is $2.16. Volume was about 10% below the daily average of around 3.8 million shares. The company priced a secondary offering of 60 million shares at $1.15 per share, a path guaranteed to enrage existing investors.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA) were down around 18 percent to $1.22. Arena Pharmaceuticals priced its 60 million share offering at $1.15 per share.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: JA Solar Holdings, Co., Ltd.(JASO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.68 per share on revenue of $683.29 million.

    Leju Holdings Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: LEJU) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $194.20 million.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Earnings season is about over for the solar industry, and after JA Solar (NASDAQ:JASO) and Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR) reported this week, there were a few major takeaways from the end of 2016 and early 2017.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    First Solar, Inc (NASDAQ: FSLR) was trading down 3.7 percent Monday, while JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) was down 0.8 percent, SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) 4.4 percent, Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) 5.2 percent and JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) 4.4 percent.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: (PIONF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    International Lithium (ILC) is a small lithium explorer/project generator with four joint venture lithium projects, and one fully-owned lithium project:

    Mariana lithium brine in Argentina (20% ILC: 80% GFL). ILC can increase to 30% via a 10% back-in right. Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium (GFL) is committed to US$10m in expenditures at Mariana. This is their flagship project. Avalonia lithium pegmatite in Ireland (45% ILC: 55% GFL). GFL has the option to acquire an additional 24% after spending US$10m, or producing a Feasibility Study [FS]. Mavis Lake and Raleigh lithium pegmatite in Ontario Canada (49% ILC: 51% Pioneer Resources Limited (OTC:PIONF)). 100% of the Forgan Lake pegmatite project in Canada.

    Note that Avalon, Mavis Lake, Raleigh, and Forgan Lake also have rare earths. Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium (SHE:002460) has an 18.1% stake in ILC in addition to the above joint venture partnerships.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: ThyssenKrupp AG (TYEKF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

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

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Royal Bank Scotland plc (The)(RBS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

    European banks worse off than 2008? Lamensdorf is concerned about the exposure to bad loans (especially energy company debt) held by big banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Credit Suisse (CS) and Deutsche Bank (DB). He’s shorting all three.

  • [By Jonathan Morgan]

    Adidas AG slid 2.9 percent after lowering its profit forecast for 2013. Direct Line Insurance Group Plc lost 2.5 percent as Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) sold a 630 million-pound ($1 billion) stake in the U.K.s biggest car insurer.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Barclays PLC(BCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. Its American depositary sharesclosed up 2.6% at $11.36 on Thursday and were indicated up 1.2% at $11.50 on Friday. The52-week range is $6.76 to $12.05.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Banco Santander (SAN) : “I prefer Barclays (BCS) , but let’s wait and see what the other banks have to say”

    ProLogis (PLD) : “I am not a fan of that group right now, but that one is best of breed.”

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Amgen Inc.(AMGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Several big-name biotech companies step into the earnings confessional starting in the middle of the week, with Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN), Anthem Inc (NYSE: ANTM), and Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) among the companies in play. That could bring opportunity with the  Direxion Daily S&P Biotech Bull 3X Shares (NYSE: LABU) and the Direxion Daily S&P Biotech Bear 3X Shares (NYSE: LABD).

  • [By Stavros Georgiadis]

    Gilead Sciences (NSDQ:GILD) has underperformed the market with its stock price down almost 25% compared to a 10.33% gain in Nasdaq Composite (INDX:COMPX) and 14.60% gain of Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDX:INDU). Gilead and Amgen (NSDQ:AMGN)have had a very tough year, so it is interesting to know if now is the time to invest in GILD stock, not from a bottom fishing point of investing, which is often too risky, but on some solid financial and fundamentals arguments.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    What do I mean? Regeneron’s dropped 14% during the last three months, the result of a patent suit with Amgen(AMGN) over its anti-cholesterol drug Praluent, which a judge had set it wouldn’t be able to sell in the U.S.Then last night, there was finally good news: Ajudge ordered a stay, which would allow Regeneron to sell Praluent, and resulted in a 2% pop in its shares last night after the market close. But then Regeneron reported earnings, and while profits of $3.04 cents a share metthe Street consensus, Regeneron missed on sales and offered disappointing guidance. That caused Regeneron shares to sink 2.1% in pre-open trading.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after a judge said the company could be forced to stop selling an anti-cholesterol drug due to violating an Amgen (AMGN) patent.

  • [By Tom Gentile]

    After the Senate scored the votes on Tuesday to review a plan for repealing or repealing and replacing what’s come to be known as Obamacare, we saw a mixed-bag reaction from healthcare stocks. Even some of the bulletproof ones, like Amgen Inc. (Nasdaq: AMGN), closed lower from their opening highs.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) is expected to report its most recent quarterly results on Wednesday. The consensus estimates call for $3.00 in EPS and $5.61 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading at $160.41 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $133.64 to $184.21. The consensus price target is $185.13.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.(JEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) which rose about 9% to $64.92. The stocks 52-week range is $49.31 to $65.29. Volume was1.8 million compared to its average volume of less than 1 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Cytokinetics, Incorporated(CYTK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Paul Ausick]

    Cytokinetics Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK) dropped about 37% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $7.00 after closing at $11.10 on Monday. The 52-week high is $17.20. Volume was around 7 million, about 14 times the daily average of less than 500,000. The company’s ALS drug failed ti meet its endpoint in a phase 3 study.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK) shares dropped 27 percent to $8.12 on the back of negative trial results for its amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, treatment candidate tirasemtiv in a late-stage study. The results of the international Phase 3 study showed tiraemtive did not meet the primary endpoint of change from baseline in slow vital capacity, or SVS, evaluated at 24 weeks, as well the secondary endpoints evaluated at 48 weeks.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK) saw its shares take a massive step back in Tuesdays session after the firm reported negative results for its trial in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Specifically, the firms Phase 3 clinical trial of tirasemtiv did not meet the primary endpoint or any of the secondary endpoints.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Tenneco Inc.(TEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of auto-part makers like Delphi Automotive (DLPH), BorgWarner (BWA), and Tenneco (TEN) are getting killed today, ostensibly due to an article in Automotive News. Wells Fargo’s Richard Kwas and team think Tesla Motors (TSLA) and its Model 3 deserve at least some of the blame:

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2018

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Jon Najarian spoke on CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report" about unusual options activity in Weatherford International Plc (NYSE: WFT). The stock was trading more than 2.5 percent higher and options traders were buying the October 4.50 calls. Over 13,000 contracts were traded and the first block was huge. Najarian explained that an institutional trader was behind the first block and he decided to follow the trade. He is planning to hold the long position for two weeks.

Najarian also noticed that traders were buying the October 87.50 calls in Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI). He said that 5,000 contracts were traded in one block. Najarian bought calls in Analog Devices and he is going to hold the position for two weeks.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: International Paper Company(IP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    International Paper Co. (IP) is the largest containerboard maker in the world. And lest you think theres no growth in this old-line industry, IP supplies 50% of Amazon.com, Inc.s (AMZN) need for cardboard boxes.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: Tenneco Inc.(TEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of auto-part makers like Delphi Automotive (DLPH), BorgWarner (BWA), and Tenneco (TEN) are getting killed today, ostensibly due to an article in Automotive News. Wells Fargo’s Richard Kwas and team think Tesla Motors (TSLA) and its Model 3 deserve at least some of the blame:

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own 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 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: Cencosud S.A.(CNCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting mid cap emerging markets retail stock Cencosud SA (NYSE: CNCO):

    There are a couple of things going on here to lead us to a bearish conclusion, but the biggest of these is today’s cross under the 200-day moving average line (green) at $8.46. For a brief while it looked like this long-term moving average line was going to play a support role – as it often does – but today’s second selling effort broke its back. Now that the floor’s out of the way, the selling just got a lot easier.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    “Right now, we are the only Latin American company in the retail segment, and the only ones with a real distribution chain assembled, selling in stores like Staples and others,” Caporale explained. “Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS)’s MakerBot had a few experiences in retail, but did not do very well: Cencosud SA (NYSE: CNCO)’s Jumbo supermarkets bought three printers [for its Argentina branch] and did not manage to sell any. The thing is, their machine costs about 90,000 Argentine pesos [about $6,000], and our machine goes for 32,000 pesos [about $2100].”

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: The Joint Corp.(JYNT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Joint Corp (NASDAQ: JYNT) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.28 per share on revenue of $4.13 million.

    Synacor Inc (NASDAQ: SYNC) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.03 per share on revenue of $30.00 million.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Investors can add all sorts of investments to an IRA, but many financial advisors will suggest sticking with conservative dividend stocks. The reason is simple — blue chip income generators generally bounce back from big market crashes, and the compounding effect of reinvested dividends can deliver massive returns over several decades.

At first glance, tobacco giant Altria (NYSE:MO) seems like a great stock for an IRA. Its flagship Marlboro brand dominates the U.S. market, it pays a hefty forward dividend yield of 3.4%, and it’s hiked that dividend every year since it spun off itsoverseas business as Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) in 2008. But if you gaze further into Altria’s future, you’ll realize that it’s not a great long-term pick for your IRA at all.

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Why Altria seems like a good IRA stock

Altria shares have rallied 20% over the past 12 months, outperforming Philip Morris’ 15% rally but slightly underperforming the S&P 500’s 25% gain. Much of that growth can be attributed to two factors — a flight to high-yielding dividend stocks in a low interest rate environment and Altria’s purely domestic business insulating it from the currency headwinds which gobbled up Philip Morris’ overseas gains.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Flextronics International Ltd.(FLEX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of mid cap Jabil Circuit and small capCelestica Inc (NYSE: CLS) heading back into positive territory while shares of mid cap Flextronics International Ltd (NASDAQ: FLEX) and small capSanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) (a previous SmallCap Network Elite Opportunitynewslettersuggestion as the next breakout stock) have been much better performers as they took off early last year:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Sanmina Corp along with potential peersCelestica Inc (NYSE: CLS), Jabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL) and Flextronics International Ltd (NASDAQ: FLEX)all having similar looking charts; but SANM has been the outperformer:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap electronic manufacturing services (EMS) stock Flextronics International Ltd (NASDAQ: FLEX) reported Q1 2017 earnings after the market closed on Thursday with results missing Wall Street expectations and shares falling in afterhours/premarket trading. Net sales grew 2% to $6.0 billion and GAAP net income was approximately $125 millionversus net income of $106 million. The CEO commented:

  • [By Amber Hestla, Michael J. Carr]

    Among its suppliers is Flextronics International (Nasdaq: FLEX), which offers a variety of engineering services and provides supply chain management. Other Flextronics customers include Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), LG and Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Motorola Mobility. 

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Revlon, Inc.(REV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares of Revlon, Inc.(NYSE:REV) surged last month after the company announced a restructuring plan. According to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, the stock gained 15%. The bulk of the increase came in the middle of the month when the restructuring plan was announced.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: iShares Mortgage Real Estate Capped (REM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Donald van Deventer]

    The latest implied forward rate forecast from Kamakura Corporation shows projected 10-year U.S. Treasury yields differing -0.07% to 0.03% from last week while fixed rate mortgage yields varied by -0.01% to 0.08%. Mortgage yields, determined by the Monday through Wednesday weekly survey of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, lag Treasury movements simply because of the 3-day yield calculation used in the Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield is projected to rise from 2.92% at Thursday’s close (down 0.06% from last week) to 3.374% (down 0.06% from last week) in one year. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield in ten years is forecast to reach 4.639%, 1 basis point lower than last week. The 15-year fixed rate mortgage rate is forecast to rise from the effective yield of 3.69% on Thursday (down 0.001% from last week) to 4.222% (down 0.006% from last week) in one year and 6.29% in 10 years, up 0.038% from last week. We explain the background for these calculations in the rest of this note, along with some mortgage servicing rights metrics. The forecast allows investors in exchange traded U.S. Treasury funds (TLT) (TBT), total return bond funds (BOND), municipal bonds (NUV) and exchange traded mortgage funds (REM) to assess likely total returns over the next 120 months. Treasury-related exchange traded funds affected by the forward rates include:

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tenneco Inc.(TEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of auto-part makers like Delphi Automotive (DLPH), BorgWarner (BWA), and Tenneco (TEN) are getting killed today, ostensibly due to an article in Automotive News. Wells Fargo’s Richard Kwas and team think Tesla Motors (TSLA) and its Model 3 deserve at least some of the blame:

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: DarioHealth Corp. (DRIO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long small cap digital health (mHealth) stock DarioHealth Corp (NASDAQ: DRIO):

    The entry here is rooted in the rebound’s “second wind,” which materialized today. You can see the late-Janaury/early-February rally was nice, but went too far, too fast. Sure enough, the profit-takers dug in. There weren’t a ton of profit-takers though – there was just a distinct lack of buyers. The next wave of buyers are diving in today, seeing last week’s support at the 20-day moving average line. We know there are more buyers than sellers here because today’s sizeable gain is unfurling on huge volume.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018

On Wednesday, stocks recovered following the worst day overall since October. The gains were led by the technology sector, which in many cases reversed following their worst day of the year on Tuesday.

However, despite the tech rebound, the blue chips lagged pulling the Dow Jones Industrial Average down less than 0.1%. Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE), a Dow component, fell 7.1%, pulled lower by a lackluster outlook for sales growth.

The technology sector of the S&P 500 rose 0.8%, its biggest gain in three weeks. The Nasdaq, which is tech heavy, rose 0.5%, and the 500 jumped chiefly on gains by technology giants Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), up 1.3%, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), up 1.1%, and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), up 1.1%. The PHLX Semiconductor Index (NASDAQ:SOXX) did its part by gaining 1.1%.

Crude oil (WTI) fell 0.4% as data showed that stockpiles of crude hit a new record high. Spot WTI closed at $48.04 per barrel for a fall of 11% so far in March.

At the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 7 points at 20,661, the S&P 500 rose 4 to 2,348, the Nasdaq gained 28 points to close at 5,822, and the Russell 2000 fell a point to 1,346. The NYSE ‘s primary exchange traded 899 million shares with total volume of 3.5 billion shares, and the Nasdaq crossed 1.8 billion shares. On the Big Board, advancers exceeded decliners by 1.1-to-1, and on the Nasdaq, decliners led by 1.3-to-1. Blocks on the NYSE fell to 6,935 from 7,804 on Tuesday.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited(TEVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Look for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA) second-quarter results on Thursday. The consensus earnings estimate is $1.07 per share, on $5.73 billion in revenue. The shares were last seen at $32.34. The consensus price target is $36.91, and the 52-week trading range is $27.60 to $55.79.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Momenta Pharmaceuticals soared 25% after the biotechnology company won a lawsuit over alleged patent infringement. A Delaware federal district court found that four patents held by Teva Pharmaceutical (NYSE:TEVA) were invalid, opening the door for Momenta to offer its own competing version of a key drug. Momenta CEO Craig Wheeler provided details in his praise of the decision, noting that it “further bolsters our confidence in the potential for us to offer multiple sclerosis patients a more affordable generic version of Copaxone 40 mg following regulatory approval.” Momenta still has to get past some additional hurdles, but investors are hopeful that the path forward is clearer.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Opioid drug abuse has become a national epidemic; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (TEVA) has just developed a drug that could potentially deliver pain relief without the scourge of addiction, suggests Jimmy Mengel, editor of The Crow’s Nest.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Tenneco Inc.(TEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of auto-part makers like Delphi Automotive (DLPH), BorgWarner (BWA), and Tenneco (TEN) are getting killed today, ostensibly due to an article in Automotive News. Wells Fargo’s Richard Kwas and team think Tesla Motors (TSLA) and its Model 3 deserve at least some of the blame:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Brookfield Renewable Powerr Fund(BEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Federico Zaldua]

    I expect the Brookfield Group of Companies, which is composed of no fewer than 15 publicly traded entities, to be very active acquisitive in the near-term future. Here I focus my attention on three members of the Brookfield Group that are going to be the most active with M&A. While Brookfield Asset Management (BAM) will concentrate its M&A efforts into all geographies and all asset classes, Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (BEP) and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP) will concentrate on their respective industries. Let’s see whether you should go long on any of this separate -although related – entities.

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    Brookfield Asset Management, held by Lou Simpson and Ron Baron, counts with a liquidity position of more than $5 billion at the parent and principal subsidiaries along with nearly $10 billion drawable private fund commitments. More importantly, the company has expressed its interest into using this liquidity to make acquisitions. Management clearly stated in its letter to shareholders:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Amphenol Corporation(APH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Darren Williams] Although the entire cannabis space has quietly taken a hit of their own medicine in recent weeks and gone to sleep, don’t think for one second the entire space isn’t going to light up again soon. That’s just what they do, right? However, knowing who the pretenders are and knowing who the contenders are is really the challenge when it’s comes right down to it.
    First, anyone who claims to be a grower or a seller of cannabis can’t for one second ever make it as a public company right now, or can even legally consider being a public company for that matter, so you can scratch any of those right off your list. At least here in the U.S. anyway, because Canada is already well ahead of the curve having legalized it for medicinal purposes already.
    More importantly, full legalization of marijuana in Canada appears to be on track for July 2018, which will make Canada just the second nation in the world after Uruguay to completely legalize the cultivation, sale and possession of the drug for medical and recreational purposes.
    Regardless, the best time to buy any stocks in a hot growth sector is when either everyone has forgotten about them, or when the overall market landscape has turned bearish, which has yet to happen. However, the former seems to be the case for the cannabis space, despite some very favorable state legislation last Fall.
    For now, as long as you have a license issued by Health Canada, you’re good to go, so there are some stocks trading in Canada already who are well on their way to making some green for investors. Canopy Growth Corporation (TSE: WEED), formerly Tweed Marijuana Inc., is a medical marijuana company based in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Aurora Cannabis Inc. (CVE: ACB), which is engaged in the production and sale of medical cannabis. There’s also Aphria Pharmaceutical Company (TSE: APH), which also is engaged in producing and selling medical marijuana through retail sales and wholesale channels.
    There are many more, but those are just a
  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is the top pick in the sector and has remained a favorite at RBC for some time.Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) is one of the worlds largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors, interconnect systems, antennas, sensors and sensor-based products and coaxial and high-speed specialty cable.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited(YGE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YGE) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $1.48 per share on revenue of $372.30 million.

    Ameren Corp (NYSE: AEE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.38 per share on revenue of $1.51 billion.

  • [By Spencer Israel]

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

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Despite the potentially positive recent developments for solar investors, Johnson remains extremely bearish on solar stocks. Axiom maintains Sell ratings on the following U.S.-listed names:

    JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YGE) Solaredge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: SEDG) Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ)

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    ARGT, the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to Argentine equities, is up 19.6 percent year-to-date. That is good for the second-best showing among Latin America single-country ETFs, trailing only the iShares MSCI Capped Peru Index Fund (NYSE: EPU).

  • [By Andrew Efimoff] Related Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF Why The Frontier Markets ETF Slumped Last Year Status Quo Decisions Would Bode Well For PAK ETF (Seeking Alpha)
    Related EPU Peru ETF Confronts Politics Commodities Call For The Colombia ETF Gra帽a Y Montero May Have Peaked In 2016 (Seeking Alpha) Gainers Pakistan: Global XMSCI Pakistan ETF (NYSE: PAK) is up 5.67 percent after receiving MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index approval. Peru: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund(NYSE: EPU) is up 2.15 percent after Kuzynski won Peru’s nail-biting election. Philippines: iShares MSCI Philippines Investable(NYSE: EPHE) is up 2.21 percent after Macquarie Research said President Elect Rodrigo Duterte would lift the Pilipino property market. India: iShares MSCI India ETF (NYSE: INDA) is up 1.96 percent after India’s government relaxed regulation, making it easier for domestic airlines to fly overseas.

    Related Link: Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(ATNM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Actinium Pharmaceuticals Inc (NYSE: ATNM) were down 24 percent to $1.29. Actinium priced 8 million shares at $1.25 per share.

    Shineco Inc (NASDAQ: TYHT) was down, falling around 32 percent to $19.50. On Wednesday, Shineco priced IPO at $4.50 per share.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: PCM, Inc.(PCMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    PCM Inc (NASDAQ: PCMI) was down, falling around 26 percent to $14.63. PCM reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.47 per share on sales of $560.1 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    After sneaking lower to begin the new trading week, the SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSE:XBI) and the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NASDAQ:IBB) were each approaching important support levels.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Theres been follow-up, too: Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (VRX) had to face the Senate in April for aggressively hiking prices on its drugs. Now Mylan NV (MYL) is answering to the government soon after a story showed that EpiPen prices have rocketed 400% since 2008 with no significant improvements to the treatment. This scandal, too, is rocking biotechs including (Link]recommendation SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI).

  • [By ]

    The SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSE:XBI) and the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NASDAQ:IBB) were each approaching important support levels back in mid-November.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc.(OREX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term chart shows Arena Pharmaceuticals along with its small capobesitytreatmentpeers EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ: ETRM), Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc (NASDAQ: OREX) and VIVUS, Inc (NASDAQ: VVUS) all causing severe weight loss for investor portfolios:

  • [By Cameron Saucier]

    Orexigen Therapeutics (Nasdaq: OREX) is a biopharmaceutical company that aims to treat obesity. The company’s flagship drug, Contrave, is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States. The drug regulates appetite, energy use, and the central nervous system. OREX rose 63% last month after it announced a new commercial and distribution agreement with Biologix FZCO. The agreement will cover 10 countries in the Middle East. OREX is currently trading at $3.30 per share and is down 79% as of Jan. 9 year over year (YOY).

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Arena is out of the obesity drug business, but what about Orexigen Therapeutics (NASDAQ:OREX) or VIVUS (NASDAQ:VVUS)? The problem is that they’re both too dependent on their respective obesity drugs, Contrave and Qsymia. Neither of the drugs have performed up to expectations.

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5 Big Questions About Annuities for 2018

Voya to Exit Most of Its Annuity Business

Voya to Exit Most of Its Annuity Business

Walking the aisles of a CVS drugstore, there are piled paper towels, stacked cereal boxes, and neat lines of nail polish. In the back, there’s the pharmacy.

For years, that approach has remained essentially unchanged despite a creeping reality: Every time a customer hits “Add to Cart” on Amazon.com, the pharmacy chain’s thousands of square feet of retail floor space get a little less valuable. Meanwhile, the money Americans spend on health services keeps growing.

That’s why the back of the store is front and center as CVS Health Corp. gets ready to combine with health insurer Aetna Inc.

The $67.5 billion merger announced Dec. 3 will bring together 9,700 CVS stores and Aetna’s 22 million customers. A central plank of the deal is transforming the stores into health hubs where consumers can get care, pick up their drugs, buy some milk, and stay out of the hospital.

stock market usa: Progress Software Corporation(PRGS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million.
    Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million.
    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion.
    Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million.
    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million.
    Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million.
    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million.
    8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million.
    Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million.
    Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.
    Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million.
    Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter.
    Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.20 per share.
    Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: OSN) is projected to post ea

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

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

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

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

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stock market usa: Tenneco Inc.(TEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of auto-part makers like Delphi Automotive (DLPH), BorgWarner (BWA), and Tenneco (TEN) are getting killed today, ostensibly due to an article in Automotive News. Wells Fargo’s Richard Kwas and team think Tesla Motors (TSLA) and its Model 3 deserve at least some of the blame:

stock market usa: Tutor Perini Corporation(TPC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Take general contracting company Tutor Perini (NYSE: TPC), for example.

    The California-based contracting giant is responsible for funding many infrastructure projects, including “Big Bertha,” a huge tunnel-boring project in Seattle, Wash. This tunnel will be 9,270 feet long and 115 feet deep – allowing for a major highway to be carried under downtown Seattle.

stock market usa: Energy Focus, Inc.(EFOI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Meanwhile, small cap Energy Focus Inc (NASDAQ: EFOI) calls itself an industry-leading innovator of energy-efficient LED lighting technology that aims to be the trusted leader in LED lighting retrofit. As the creator of the first, and so far, only UL-verified low-flicker LED products on the U.S. market, Energy Focus products provide extensive energy and maintenance savings, and aesthetics, safety, health and sustainability benefits over conventional lighting. Customers include national, state and local U.S. government agencies (thanks to numerous research and development projects for the DOE and DARPA) as well as Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Navy and many others.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Energy Focus Inc (NASDAQ: EFOI) were down 40 percent to $7.95 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q4 results.

    Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE: OME) was down, falling around 20 percent to $17.47 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.

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In our busy lives as working women managing our careers, family, and financial priorities, we tend to put the needs of others before ourselves.

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We also face unique challenges that may impact our financial security later in life. We may spend fewer years in the workplace due to raising children or being a caregiver. And, statistically, we live longer than men. Couple that with the fact that divorce rates for women over 50 doubled over the last 20 years, and chances are an increasing number of women will spend more time in retirement flying solo.

While its easy to procrastinate about retirement planning, or making our finances a priority, we, as women, cant afford to wait to put our financial future first.

top ten stocks to invest in: TrovaGene, Inc.(TROV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of TrovaGene Inc (NASDAQ: TROV) were down 13 percent to $5.28. Trovagene reported a Q4 loss of $(0.26) per share.

    Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ: RUN) was down, falling around 13 percent to $6.22. Sunrun reported a Q4 loss of $(0.15) per share on revenue of $99.6 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    TrovaGene Inc (NASDAQ: TROV) was down, falling around 42 percent to $0.25. Trovagene priced its 15 million share common stock offering at $0.30 per share.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    TrovaGene Inc (NASDAQ: TROV) shares dropped 27 percent to $1.27. Trovagene reported a Q4 loss of $8.5 million on revenue of $68,000. Piper Jaffray downgraded TrovaGene from Neutral to Underweight.

top ten stocks to invest in: Tenneco Inc.(TEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of auto-part makers like Delphi Automotive (DLPH), BorgWarner (BWA), and Tenneco (TEN) are getting killed today, ostensibly due to an article in Automotive News. Wells Fargo’s Richard Kwas and team think Tesla Motors (TSLA) and its Model 3 deserve at least some of the blame:

top ten stocks to invest in: DSP Group Inc.(DSPG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Technology shares rose by 2 percent in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included Fabrinet (NYSE: FN), and DSP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSPG).

top ten stocks to invest in: Equity Residential(EQR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Powell]

    Steve Halpern: Another real estate position that you own is Equity Residential (EQR), which is a real estate investment trust. What’s your outlook for that?

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Equity Residential (EQR), one of the biggest companies or components of the S&P 500 real estate index, owns 315 high-quality apartment properties in top U.S. growth markets, including Boston, New York, Washington, Seattle, San Francisco and Southern California.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now

I can safely say that, from my 35 years in the financial markets, to be consistently successful at investing, one must put prudence over popularity.

Human nature as it is, investors often find it difficult to take unpopular actions. My motivation in writing this column is to nudge you to take five unpopular, but prudent, actions today.

But before I do that, lets look at two charts and understand the concept of over-owned.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: FMC Technologies, Inc.(FTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Following a series of M&A announcements in the oilfield-services sector since the onset of the oil market downturn, French oil-field service company Technip and U.S. oilfield equipment company FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) hooked up in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $13 billion. Shareholders of each company will own 50% of the combined entity, to be named TechnipFMC, which implies a roughly $6.5 billion acquisition valuation for each entity. The transaction, which should close early next year, will “combine Technip’s innovative systems and solutions, state-of-the-art assets, engineering strengths, and project management capabilities with FMC Technologies’ leading technology, manufacturing, and service capabilities.” Further, it should save $400 million in annual costs by 2019. Moreover, it will enable the combined company to compete better against larger oil-field service rivals Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), which have all gained strength during the downturn either through M&A activities or cost savings initiatives.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.(SEAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS) has dropped 2.2% to $18.47 after getting cut to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup.

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) has jumped 4.3% to $11.68 after activist investor ValueAct bought three million shares of the beaten-down specialty pharmaceutical company.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for troubled small capSeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE: SEAS) is scheduled for before the market opens onTuesday (February 28th) as the company still grapples with thefallout generated from the highly critical documentary Blackfish. On Tuesday, SeaWorld Entertainment reportedthat preliminary total 2016 revenues were expected to be $1.344 billion and total attendance was approximately 22.0 million guests for the year. The CEO commented:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    It’s time to see if SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) can earn a treat by performing a fancy trick above water. The struggling theme park operator has a media event slated for Thursday morning at its flagship SeaWorld Orlando park. Speculation centers around the unveiling of a new sea-rescue-themed attraction, but some brand bashers hope that SeaWorld will be taking additional steps to wean itself from live marine-life entertainment.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: AMTEK, Inc.(AME)

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.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.(CRZO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, energy shares fell 0.70 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM), down 5 percent, and Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc (NASDAQ: CRZO) down 6 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, energy shares fell 1.03 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included PrimeEnergy Corporation (NASDAQ: PNRG), down 4 percent, and Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc (NASDAQ: CRZO) down 7 percent.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    In addition, it sold several non-core acreage packages. Its largest transaction was the sale of some non-core Eagle Ford shale assets to Carrizo Oil & Gas (NASDAQ:CRZO) for $181 million. These deals boosted the company’s cash position up to $525 million, which along with another $300 million in available credit, provided Sanchez with a war chest to use in pursuit of an accretive acquisition.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO), Medifast Inc. (NYSE: MED), Medley Capital Corp. (NYSE: MCC), Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) and Sothebys (NYSE: BID).

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    According to Yahoo Finance, this holds for Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO), which is showing 22.63 percent against the float, Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: WLL), currently at 22.55 percent, as well as several others held by the ETF. If your own short-term thesis is in line with this trend, the bear ETF might be the optimal way of approaching that industry.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO) is rated a Buy with a lowered price target of $48. The EPS estimate for 2017 has been lowered from $1.65 to $1.41, and the 2018 estimate was raised from $3.90 to $4.02. Shares closed Friday at $31.18, in a 52-week range of $24.18 to $43.96, and the consensus 12-month estimate is $46.52.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.(AEIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    While short sellers shied away from many of the leading solar stocks between the January 15 and January 29 settlement dates, two companies in particular led that trend. The number of Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEIS) and Sunedison Inc (NYSE: SUNE) shares sold short shrank by more than 10 percent by the end of the month.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Tenneco Inc.(TEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of auto-part makers like Delphi Automotive (DLPH), BorgWarner (BWA), and Tenneco (TEN) are getting killed today, ostensibly due to an article in Automotive News. Wells Fargo’s Richard Kwas and team think Tesla Motors (TSLA) and its Model 3 deserve at least some of the blame:

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Nordic American Offshore Ltd(NAO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NYSE: NAO) dropped nearly 49% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $1.05 after closing at $2.05 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $5.69. Volume was more than 100 times the daily average of around 90,000 shares. The company priced a secondary offering of 40 million shares at just $1.25 per share this morning.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NYSE: NAO) shares dropped 39 percent to $1.245. Nordic American Offshore priced its upsized offering of 40 million shares at $1.25 per share.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NYSE: NAO) dropped about 2.8% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $1.05 after closing at $1.08 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $5.69. Volume was about 4 times the daily average of around 490,000 shares. The company had no specific news.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc. (TBQBF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

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

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

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

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Eagle Bancorp, Inc.(EGBN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Eagle Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: EGBN) dropped 28% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $47.65 after closing at $66.15 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $69.80. Volume of around 3.6 million was more than three times the daily average. The bank holding company had no specific news Friday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Monday, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Eagle Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGBN) and BankUnited (NYSE: BKU).

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Time Warner Inc.(TWX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Noonan]

    Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) has signed Avengers series director Joss Whedon to make a Batgirl movie that’s part of its DC Extended Universe (DCEU) movie franchise. In addition to television series including Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Firefly, Whedon is known for writing and directing Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) first two Avengers films, so the director’s move to the DCEU franchise presents a notable creative shakeup in the cinematic superhero competition.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In early 2018, Viacom plans to change the name of Spike to the Paramount Network to better link its film studio with its cable TV business and expand its programming to reach a wider audience, something that Time Warner (TWX) has done over the past two years with TNT and TBS. Bakish also said that half of Paramount’s film slate would originate from Viacom’s television properties.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    It’s not as though Netflix completely whiffed this year. Its 20 Emmy’s were second only to the 29 that Time Warner’s (TWX) HBO pocketed. Comcast’s (CMCSA) NBC came in third place with 15 wins, while Hulu was fourth with 10. Hulu, which is jointly owned by NBC, Disney (DIS) , Fox (FOXA) and Time Warner, produces far fewer original series than either Netflix or Amazon. But its adaption of the popular Margaret Atwood novel also beat out “Better Call Saul” from AMC  (AMCX) , HBO’s “Westworld” and NBC’s “This Is Us.” 

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018

Increased prices of its snacks and beverages helped PepsiCo beat consensus estimates on earnings per share and revenue in its recent second quarter earnings announcement. The company’s core earnings came in at $1.50 per share on revenues of $15.71 billion, outperforming analysts’ expectations by 10 cents and $100 million, respectively. While volumes were flat, net pricing trended upwards by around 1%. Profits in the quarter were also helped by the sale of its minority stake in Britvic, the gains from which the company intends to reinvest in its business through the rest of the year. By focusing on selling premium products, and by transforming its portfolio to reflect the increasing demand for healthier food and beverage options, the company can continue to deliver strong results in the future. For the full year, PepsiCo raised its earnings guidance to $5.13 per share, from $5.09 earlier, citing a lower foreign currency translation impact.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: VIVUS, Inc.(VVUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Arena is out of the obesity drug business, but what about Orexigen Therapeutics (NASDAQ:OREX) or VIVUS (NASDAQ:VVUS)? The problem is that they’re both too dependent on their respective obesity drugs, Contrave and Qsymia. Neither of the drugs have performed up to expectations.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term chart shows Arena Pharmaceuticals along with its small capobesitytreatmentpeers EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ: ETRM), Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc (NASDAQ: OREX) and VIVUS, Inc (NASDAQ: VVUS) all causing severe weight loss for investor portfolios:

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: Denbury Resources Inc.(DNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE: DNR) and California Resources Corp (NYSE: CRC).

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Yet even though the overall market held up relatively well, some stocks took substantial hits. Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), and Pandora Media (NYSE:P) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE: DNR) dropped about 10.7% Monday to register a new 52-week low of $0.91 after closing at $1.03 on Friday. The 52-week high is $4.29. Volume was around 7.3million, about 1 million more than the daily average. The company also announced operational issues related to tropical storm Harvey.

  • [By John Stevens]

     Denbury Resources (DNR) stock started sinking on Wednesday. They continued to go down on Thursday and Friday as well. Overall, they went down by over 15% since they opened on Wednesday, alongside oil prices as traders booked profits after three sessions of gains.

    Denbury Resources Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company’s operations are focused on two operating areas: the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions. Its properties with proved and producing reserves in the Gulf Coast region are situated in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana and Alabama, and in the Rocky Mountain region are situated in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. It has estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves of over 288.6 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE). Its primary Gulf Coast carbon dioxide source is Jackson Dome, which is located near Jackson, Mississippi..

    Shares of Denbury Resources slumped by 6.31% to $4.24 during trading on Thursday the 9th as oil prices declined. On Friday, the again went down by another 8.83% to close at $3.31.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: Tenneco Inc.(TEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of auto-part makers like Delphi Automotive (DLPH), BorgWarner (BWA), and Tenneco (TEN) are getting killed today, ostensibly due to an article in Automotive News. Wells Fargo’s Richard Kwas and team think Tesla Motors (TSLA) and its Model 3 deserve at least some of the blame:

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: Telecom Italia S.P.A.(TI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.29 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Telecom Italia SpA (ADR) (NYSE: TI), down 4 percent, and Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: IIJI), down 3 percent.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: Lifeway Foods, Inc.(LWAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Last Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small capdairy health food product stock Lifeway Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: LWAY):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Dean Foods Co shows a positive but not spectacular long term return as small cap Lifeway Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: LWAY) has been more volatile and non-dairy desert stock Tofutti Brands Inc (NYSEMKT: TOF) has given a moderately positive performance:

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For many years, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) has relied on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM) to manufacture the graphics chips it designs. Today, most of NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture-based graphics processors — from the GeForce GTX 1060, designed for mainstream PC gamers, all the way through its cutting edge Tesla P100 datacenter accelerators — are manufactured by TSMC.

What’s interesting, though, is that the company’s entry-level gaming processor — a chip known as GP107, and sold as the GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti — isn’t built by TSMC. Instead, it’s built by Samsung (NASDAQOTH:SSNLF) on that company’s 14-nanometer LPP technology.

Image source: NVIDIA.

However, whileNVIDIA is sourcing mass-market graphics chips from a rival, it appears that its relationship withTaiwan Semiconductoris deepening rather than degrading. Here are some reasons to think so.

stock dividend: Kona Grill Inc.(KONA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Kona Grill Inc (NASDAQ: KONA) was down, falling around 25 percent to $2.00 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results.

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stock dividend: Endocyte, Inc.(ECYT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Endocyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECYT) were down 31 percent to $1.89 after the company issued clinical updates for EC1456 and EC1169, and announced plans to reduce workforce by 40 percent via restructuring. Endocyte said that it is continuing EC1169 program in taxane-exposed patients, but ending clinical development of EC1456 and EC1169 in taxane-na茂ve patients.

  • [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.

stock dividend: SL Green Realty Corporation(SLG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    “Manhattan on Sale? That’s the Case With Two Cheap REITS” by Andrew Bary discusses whether Manhattan-focused real estate investment trusts Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO) and SL Green Realty Corp (NYSE: SLG) could rally as the New York market firms. Both trade at a discount to the value of private-market property deals, says the article.

stock dividend: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    The acquisition of NXP Semiconductor (NSDQ:NXPI) has opened up multi-billion dollar connected devices market from smartphone to car to home, for Qualcomm. It seems prepared to cater to the massive connected devices market in terms of OS preference with Android and Windows 10 mobile collaborations. Though Amazon and its AWS have different take on cloud and IoT devices with its Greengrass solution which revolves around the cloud and aggregation of sensors.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    EvenCanaccords T. Michael Walkleyis also of a similar view and reiterated a buy rating on QCOM stock recently. Mr.Walkley opines that the litigation against the smartphone chipmaker is motivated by Apple’s(NASDAQ:AAPL) intention to lower its license payments. He has a price target of $76 on QCOM stock and still considers Qualcomm an attractive long-term investment. According to him, the growing royalty fees collection from ChineseOEMs and the impending NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ: NXPI) acquisition, which is on track as per him, are the long-term growth drivers for QCOM stock.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    Qualcomm may be haunted by its legal woes but there are a lot of positive developments for the chipmaker as well. The demand for Qualcomm’s latest flagship offering Snapdragon 835 is exceeding supply. Though the difference is caused by supply and manufacturing limitations it bodes well for the San Diego chip giant as it suggests healthy demand for its high-end chips amid sluggish smartphone sales worldwide. The company is also expected to win more market share among Chines OEMs in 2H17 particularly withOppo and Vivo.Jun Zhang ofRosenblatt Securities states that “Qualcomms market share in China to grow from 50% in 2016 to 65% in 2017 with share gains in OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi and Meizu, with stable market share in Samsung. We also believe Chinese OEMs will adopt the Snapdragon 835 in late-Q2 or early Q3.” However, analysts are afraid that all these may not offset the losses caused by the legal face-off with Apple. The next major catalyst for QCOM would be the impending acquisition of NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI).Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm, reiterated that the acquisition is on track during the earnings call and spent considerable time discussinglarger growth opportunitiesthat will be unlocked by the conclusion of this acquisition.

stock dividend: Tenneco Inc.(TEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of auto-part makers like Delphi Automotive (DLPH), BorgWarner (BWA), and Tenneco (TEN) are getting killed today, ostensibly due to an article in Automotive News. Wells Fargo’s Richard Kwas and team think Tesla Motors (TSLA) and its Model 3 deserve at least some of the blame:

stock dividend: SPX Corporation(SPW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Damon Churchwell]

    These companies manufacture processing products used by industries such as food and beverages, oil & gas, and wastewater treatment, among others. They serve a wide range of end markets that are mostly poised for increased earnings and are likely to spend on capital projects. While these positive trends persist, flow technology companies’ prospects ought to remain favorable. Let’shighlight several sector participants, starting with a top selection,SPX(NYSE: SPW),.