U.S. stocks eked out gains on Friday, extending a weekly advance, as comments from Janet Yellen and other key Federal Reserve officials confirmed growing expectations of a March interest-rate increase.
At our meeting later this month, the Federal Open Market Committee will evaluate whether employment and inflation are continuing to evolve in line with our expectations, in which case a further adjustment of the Federal funds rate would likely be appropriate, Yellen said in a speech to The Executives Club of Chicago. The central banks policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee is set to convene at its two-day meeting starting March 14.
Best Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.(TTWO)
- [By Dan Caplinger]
For video-game maker Take-Two Interactive Software (NASDAQ:TTWO), the timely launch of new installments of franchise game series is critical. That’s why investors briefly panicked late Monday night, when Take-Two said that the much-anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2 would have its release delayed. That put even greater importance on the company’s earnings report to reassure investors of the game-maker’s future.
- [By Elizabeth Balboa]
Other best performers of 2017 demonstrating long-term stability include Square Inc (NYSE: SQ), Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA), Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: OLED), NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc (NASDAQ: TTWO).
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Take-Two Interactive Software (Nasdaq: TTWO) is one of the world’s largest video game publishers on consoles (Xbox and PlayStation), PCs, smartphones and tablets. The firm’s two most popular products are Grand Theft Auto and NBA 2K, but it also has other popular games such as Civilization, Borderlands and Bioshock.
- [By Danny Vena]
With that much revenue at stake, what are the best gaming stocks for investors in 2017? Several companies have exhibited impressive performance over the past several years, and that trend is likely to continue. Top choices in the space includeActivision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI), Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), and Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO).
Best Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Facebook, Inc.(FB)
- [By Virendra Singh Chauhan]
Facebook stock hits freshall-time high! Well, that’s a phrase investors have been repeatedly hearing in recent times. Shares of the Menlo Park, California-basedsocial networking giant, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), have gained over 21% in the year to date. And, the bullish run is far from over. Apart from the rapidly growing Instagram and strong mobile ad revenue growth, whichwill help sustain Facebook’s near-term growth, the social networking giant has many more growth drivers waiting under its wings. If you thought the rally in FB stock was over, think again. Here are 3 reasons why Facebook stock will continue to move higher.
- [By Daniel Sparks]
The change sheds light on the growing cost of Silicon Valley-based talent for tech companies in the Bay Area. Stock-based compensation at companies such as Alphabet and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) have grown consistently in recent years, so much so that the two companies have recently announced share repurchase programs seeming to simply aim at offsetting the dilutive impacts of expected stock-based compensation.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Investors have questioned the relevance of the company’s Snapchat app in a market dominated by messaging services such as Facebook’s (FB) WhatsApp and the business-focused Slack Technologies. Wall Street has also raised questions about its ability to monetize the billions of messages it handles each day.
- [By Sreekanth Anasa]
Shares of Menlo Park, California-basedFacebook Inc.(NASDAQ:FB)are on a roll in 2017, gaining more than 21% YTD after a lackluster 2016. FB stock is trading near its all-time high of $139.68. FB stock has been driven by multiple factors. At large, the strong bullish rally has been on account of strong revenue growth and higher profits which Facebook registered in 2016.Facebook Inc hadreported 54% growth in revenue for 2016. However, in its Q4 earnings call, the management warned investors that the social media giant could face strong headwinds on the growth front as “ad load” had saturated. But if you go by some latest research, the Menlo Park company is set to increase its grip on the digital ad market. With FB stock near its all-time highs, the question is whether it will continue to move higheror not? Here is another reason why FB stock is a buy, even near its all-time high.
- [By Virendra Singh Chauhan]
As we had noted in our post-Snap IPO coverage, Wall street isn’t too optimistic on the Snapstory. And, well, the negative Wall Street commentary hasn’t stopped, nor has the tone changed. The most optimistic commentary came from FBN securities analystShelby Seyrafi, who believes that a possible Snapchat acquisition by Facebook provides a floor for Snap stock price. However, we don’t align with that thinking, especially not when Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is going all guns blazing in its war against Snapchat. Yes, it looks like Facebook has a new purpose: to take down Snapchat. This is clear from Facebook’s recent moves, where the company has launched features across its suite of apps, which till a few months ago, were the talking points for Snapchat users.
Best Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Guggenheim’sJohn Heinbockel and team argue that a “purging of space is necessary” in retail, and recommend hiding in “industry leaders who canprofitably gain share and are not especially expensive,” like Michaels (MIK), Tractor Supply (TSCO), Restoration Hardware (RH), Kroger (KR),and US Foods Holding (USFD). They explain:
- [By Jayson Derrick]
But Amazon’s ultimate end-goal would likely be turning stores into “centralized distribution centers for groceries” but “we err on the futuristic side given Bezos thinks big.”
Kroger Co (NYSE: KR) may be best positioned to counter Amazon’s threat given its own data analytics capabilities. SYSCO Corporation (NYSE: SYY) and US Foods Holding Corp (NYSE: USFD) are likely safe as Amazon won’t move into the foodservice distribution space which is very different from serving individual customers.
Best Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Safeway Inc.(SWY)
- [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:
- [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:
Best Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Taylor & Martin Group Inc (TMG)
- [By Jim Cramer]
THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC’s earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.70 versus $3.49 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($7.39 versus $4.70).
- [By Jim Cramer]
The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry average. The net income increased by 0.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $471.60 million to $476.10 million.
- [By Laurie Kulikowski]
We rate THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.
Best Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Banner Corporation(BANR)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.