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Top 10 Value Stocks To Own For 2018

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Top 10 Value Stocks To Own For 2018: TG Therapeutics, Inc.(TGTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    TG Therapeutics (NASDAQ:TGTX)rose 15% today, after an analyst at Jefferies initiated coverage with a buy and a $23 price target.

    So what

    Analyst action often has an effect on company’s stock price, especially in the short term, but today’s move may be exacerbated by an upcoming data release at the American Academy of Neurology meeting scheduled for Friday. Investors may have been jumping in today ahead of the binary event, hoping that Friday’s data will be positive enough to send the share price even higher.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 32.7 percent to $65.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported that larotrectinib trial demonstrated 76 percent confirmed objective response rate.
    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares rose 22 percent to $7.20 in the pre-market trading session after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.
    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) rose 21.7 percent to $99.75 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed positive PB272 Phase 2 data from TBCRC 022 trial at ASCO17.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares rose 20.7 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after the company reported that RedZone has acquired all the assets of Trendit including three technology patents.
    Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) rose 13.1 percent to $16.05 in pre-market trading after D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) proposed to buy 75 percent of Forestar Group for $16.25 per share in cash.
    TG Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TGTX) shares rose 12 percent to $15.50 in pre-market trading after the company said Phase 3 GENUINE trial met primary endpoint with TG-1101 + ibrutinib increasing overall response rate by >70 percent versuss ibrutinib alone.
    Gigamon Inc (NYSE: GIMO) gained 10.8 percent to $43.55. Reuters reported that Gigamon is exploring a potential sale.
    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) rose 8.7 percent to $6.00 in pre-market trading after the company announced Rapivab pediatric sNDA acceptance by the FDA.
    Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY) rose 7.2 percent to $8.77 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.68 percent on Friday.
    Ehi Car Services Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: EHIC) shares rose 6.4 percent to $10.76 in pre-market trading. eHi Car Services posted Q1 earnings of $0.06 on sales of $89.43 million.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) rose 5.9 percent to $114.79 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Friday.
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  • [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 Value Stocks To Own For 2018: National Health Investors, Inc.(NHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.B) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.75 per share.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own For 2018: Navistar International Corporation(NAV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Navistar International Corp. (NYSE: NAV) was started with a Buy rating and a $36 price objective at Aegis Capital. That compares with a consensus target of $24.08. The 52-week range is $5.78 to $32.84. The stock closed yesterday at $30.93.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Icahn also was a buyer last week of Navistar International Corp. (NYSE: NAV). He acquireda total of 423.404 shares of the truck and engine maker at prices that ranged from $25.37 to $25.92. The total for the buy was listed at $11 million. The stock closed Friday at $27.49, so it looks like another well-timed buy. The 52-week range for the shares is $10.30 to $33.46, and the consensus price target is $26.79.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own For 2018: Cotiviti Holdings, Inc. (COTV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Big gainers on the day included Intersil Corp (NASDAQ: ISIL), which jumped 20 percent on news of a buyout, and Medivation (NASDAQ: MDVN), which added 20 percent on a deal with Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) related to its cancer drug. Cotiviti Holdings Inc (NYSE: COTV) lost around 9 percent in the wake of a mid-day sell-off and Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) fell 7 percent in the wake of a management shakeup.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own For 2018: Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc.(OREX)

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:

  • [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).

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own For 2018: Progressive Corporation (The)(PGR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Progressive Corp. (NYSE: PGR) is set to report its third-quarter results Tuesday morning as well. The analysts consensus estimates are $0.36 in EPS on revenue of $6.99 billion. Shares were changing hands at $48.67 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $49.07, and the 52-week range is $30.99 to $49.75.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own For 2018: Time Warner Inc.(TWX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital. The 52-week range is $55.53 to $96.57. The consensus price target is $102.34. With the shares closing at $96.46, this could also be a valuation call.

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    The phrase “over the top television” or “OTT” for short, aren’t exactly new terms. The phrase/abbreviation was coined shortly after Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) became a viable alternative to traditional cable television subscriptions a little less than a decade ago. The over-the-top battle didn’t get heated, though, until the past few months. But, now that some more gladiators are in the arena, sparks are starting to fly.

    They’re still flying too, and should do so for a while if a small startup called Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV) has anything to do with it it. See, while Netflix, Hulu — jointly owned by Time Warner, Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOXA) — and a whole slew of other new players in this market may want to take notice of this up-and-comer. At the same time, investors may want to take a step back and look at where the real money in the OTT business is going to be made over the course of the next several years. OTTV plays a prominent role in that picture.

    Contrary to popular belief, Netflix isn’t the dominant name it used to be in the Internet-delivered television industry. Yes, it was the first on the scene as such was was able to carve out the biggest piece of the market. It’s largely become a commoditized business in the meantime though.

    For example, outside of Hulu and Netflix, CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) has jumped into the fray with a service called CBS All Access. The product allows subscribers -for a nominal monthly fee – access a variety of CBS programming via the Internet. HBO, from Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX), has found some measurable success with its subscription-based Internet television service called HBO Go.

    Sling TV, from DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH), is another one of the alternatives to the alternative that’s truly made a dent in the over the top market…. by aggregating a variety of television channels into an entire package and then selling that p

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here are all three of our top stocks to short…

    Best Stocks to Short No. 3: Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX)

    For the first three quarters of 2016, Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) adjusted earnings slightly. The changes mostly reflected currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own For 2018: Wynn Resorts, Limited(WYNN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    But Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) may not have had as strong a quarter as competitors like Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd (NASDAQ:MPEL) and Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN). We’ll have to wait until the latter two report earnings to see how market share is trending, but Las Vegas Sands left a lot to be desired from a growth perspective.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Wynn Resorts Ltd. (NASDAQ: WYNN) hits our insider screens for the second week running. Daniel Wayson, a director at the gaming giant, bought a total of 37,500 shares of the stock at $93.83 per share. The total for the buy was set at $3,518,625. The consensus price target is $98.38. The stock changed handsat $88.34 on Friday’s close.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Speaking on CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian said he noticed unusually high options volume in Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd(ADR) (NASDAQ: MLCO). He explained that traders were buying the November 24 calls Monday. Over 10,000 contracts were traded in the first half of the session and Najarian followed the trade. He already owns the stock and he believes it has some upside potential, because it's lagging behind Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN).

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own For 2018: Opko Health Inc(OPK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Opko Health Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) dropped about 11.7% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $6.65 after closing at $7.53 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $12.15. Volume of more than 15 million was nearly 4 times the daily average of around 4 million shares traded. On Tuesday the company reported a first-quarter loss.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Shares of multinational pharmaceutical and diagnostics companyOpko Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPK)are feeling the heat after reporting fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 earnings. Despite a major thumping late last year, the stock gave up another 10.5% as of 3:31 p.m. on Thursday.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, Cabela’s (NYSE:CAB) and Opko Health (NASDAQ:OPK) stood out by posting greater price declines than the broader market.

    Opko Health fails a trial

    Opko Health shares slumped 19% after the biotech announced disappointing results for one of its most advanced clinical trials. The human growth hormone injection, coded as hGH-CTP, failed to produce a statistically significant improvement over a placebo pill in its phase 3 study.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Opko Health Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) dropped about 3.6% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $6.37 after closing at $6.61 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $12.15. Volume was about 25% higher than the daily average of around 4.6 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Opko Health Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) dropped nearly 15% on Thursday to record a new 52-week low of $7.13 against a high of $12.15. The stock closed at $8.37 on Wednesday. Volume was more than 3 times the daily average of around 4.9 million shares. The company reported a worse-than-expected loss after markets closed last night.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) , Opko Health (OPK) and Allergan (AGN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Kimberly-Clark (KMB) , Novartis AG (NVS) , Chemours (CC) and Gulfport Energy (GPOR) .

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own For 2018: TRC Companies Inc.(TRR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRR) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $7.53. TRC posted Q4 earnings of $0.20 per share on revenue of $132.3 million.

SA Interview: Merger Arb Investing With Uncorrelated Returns

Uncorrelated Returns manages a global long/short equity hedge fund with particular focus on special situations. We emailed with Uncorrelated Returns about bitcoin, the AT&T (NYSE:T)/Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) deal and an emerging markets internet pair trade.

Seeking Alpha: You focus on special situations in your long/short fund – as special situations investing has been discussed a lot recently in the PRO Weekly Digest, what are examples of the special situations you focus on and more importantly how do you identify and evaluate them?

Uncorrelated Returns: I define special situations in my fund as stocks where mispricing exists because of a specific catalyst or company specific complexity. That means I look at things like merger arbitrage, spin-offs, post-merger integration plays and holding company arbitrage. My mandate is global, so I invest in situations in Europe and Asia as well as the U.S. Given the defined parameters of what Im looking for, I get a steady flow of new ideas from the sell-side, my Bloomberg terminal, Seeking Alpha and a variety of Google alerts.

For merger arbitrage, the potential upside is typically known, so Im evaluating primarily the likelihood of a deal closing, and the downside risk in the event it doesnt. For the former, my starting point is historical precedent, but that is augmented by research into the specific risks (e.g., regulators, CFIUS, shareholder votes) and an assessment of what the potential decision algorithm for each stakeholder is likely to be. Without trying to be overly specific, I try and translate this qualitative judgement into a quantitative probability of closure.

In determining the downside risk (and I follow a similar process with spin-offs etc.), Im really trying to answer the question of what the business is worth on a standalone basis. So I do as much reading as I can on each business to develop a mental model of the economics of the business, its competitive positioning and earnings power. Based on my expectation of earnings, I assign an appropriate valuation multiple to get to a target price. For shorter horizon trades, I tend to lean towards peer valuation multiples, while for longer horizons I might augment this with DCF-type models.

The market is generally pretty efficient, so Ill pull the trigger on an idea only when Im comfortable that there is sufficient reward on offer relative to the risk Im assuming.

SA: Prior to managing a hedge fund you were a highly rated sell-side analyst – how is the buy-side different than the sell-side? What were the best lessons you learned on the sell-side? What do you not miss about it?

UR: The core discipline of researching and valuing a business is the same. However, on the buy-side I have a much greater breadth of coverage (vs. a single sector to follow as an analyst), which by implication means that I cant have the depth of knowledge on every situation that I would have had on the sell-side. Possibly the biggest difference is the level of emotional investment required – as a fund manager I am living and breathing my portfolio constantly, and in my experience its a lot more difficult to switch off than when I was on the sell-side. The upside is I dont have to deal with some of the drudgery of working for a large bank, and dont have to spend as much of my day on the phone marketing my views. I miss writing though, so Seeking Alpha is a bit of an outlet for me!

SA: You made an excellent call on Brocade (NASDAQ:BRCD) – can you discuss your approach to merger arb? How do you narrow down the entire universe of pending deals to a smaller number that you look at more in-depth and finally to a few that you actually act on? How do you evaluate/reduce risk and size positions?

UR: I look at a global universe of announced mergers and acquisitions as my starting point, and quite simply prioritize my research according to the absolute and annualized return embedded in the spread (i.e. the difference between the market price and the transaction price). Typically I gravitate towards deals with double-digit annualized returns. Im happy to trade off duration for higher absolute returns, because the smaller the absolute return the more sensitive the trade is to execution risks.

For most of the deals Im invested in its pretty clear exactly what the key risk is – for instance, for Brocade it was obtaining CFIUS clearance. It would be na茂ve to think one could underwrite these risks with decimal point specificity, so one approach I often take is to back what the market is implying the probability of closure to be, and then subjectively test that for reasonableness. In the Brocade example, I estimated that the market was assigning less that a 2/3rds chance of the deal being completed, which intuitively felt too low to me given all the facts at hand.

Using my own estimates for downside risk and likelihood of deal completion, I calculate an expected value, or probability weighted price. If the expected value is sufficiently higher than the market price, Im happy to invest.

I size my positions using a proprietary formula that primarily uses the expected downside on a deal break to cap my potential loss per position but weighted for the likelihood of the deal closing.

SA: As a follow up, does the DoJ suit create an opportunity in the AT&T/Time Warner deal or is this a legitimate threat to it closing?

UR: It would be na茂ve to suggest a suit by the DoJ is not a material threat to any deal! Nevertheless, I like the risk/reward on TWX. At current levels there is about 18% upside if the deal closes, or 37% annualized if it closes in the middle of the year. The downside risk in my view is hardly overwhelming – TWX will likely earn around $6.50 in 2018; peers like DIS, FOX, CBS and CMCSA trade between 12x and 19x P/E multiples. While not a perfect comparison, putting TWX on a fairly conservative 13x multiple puts the break price at $85, around 6% lower than today. The market is therefore assigning a 1 in 4 chance of the deal completing. Despite its size and political angle, this is a vertical merger with no precedent for being blocked. Im not a lawyer, but my laymans view is that AT&T has a very strong case, and the likelihood of prevailing is significantly higher than 25%. I am long TWX.

SA: Can you walk us through your emerging markets internet pair trade involving Naspers (OTCPK:NPSNY) and Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) and how it could generate superior risk-adjusted returns?

UR: Naspers owns 33% of Tencent, the Chinese internet juggernaut. With the massive rally in large cap tech stocks this year, the Naspers share price has struggled to keep up with the gain in Tencent, and as a result trades at close to a 40% discount to the value of its Tencent stake. The rest of the business – a high-quality portfolio of media and internet assets that I believe are worth around $18bn – is valued at negative $40bn. Unlike Altabas (NASDAQ:AABA) holding of Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), there is no material tax leakage to consider for Naspers, so the discount is wildly excessive. The key driver for the discount is technical in nature – a combination of capital outflows from South Africa and significant index reweighting has weighed on Naspers relative to Tencent this year; looking ahead these technical flows should dissipate at a time when the stub assets start to deliver earnings growth ahead of Tencent. I believe this combination of factors should drive a relative rerating of Naspers over the next year. While Im a believer in Tencent, clearly its share performance is correlated with the FANG stocks, and hence the market; a pair trade is likely to be uncorrelated, and should the FANGs roll over, will likely do even better.

SA: What are your thoughts on Bitcoin, especially as now investors can trade futures (and more efficiently express a long or short view)?

UR: With the exception of illicit trade and circumventing foreign exchange controls in emerging markets, Bitcoin strikes me as a solution in search of a problem. The futures market may help dampen some of the volatility weve seen, but its early days. There are a lot of new buyers of Bitcoin purchasing purely on the fear of missing out. I have no view on when the bubble will burst or how high it will soar before it does, but certainly I see no fundamental reason to own any.

SA: Whats one of your highest conviction ideas right now?

UR: I still like Sky (OTCQX:SKYAY), the British satellite TV operator that is being bought by Fox. The stock has appreciated by 10% since I first wrote about it, but still offers a double-digit IRR. The deal is being reviewed by the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK to determine firstly whether Fox would be a fit and proper holder of a broadcast license, and secondly whether ownership limits in the news media would be compromised (given the Murdochs ownership of UK newspapers through News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWS) (NASDAQ:NWSA). On both of these points we remain confident that the deal will clear.

Whats changed since my article is Disneys announced acquisition of Fox. Foxs offer for Sky is unaffected, but should it fail (and Disney completes the Fox deal), a mandatory offer from Disney for Sky will be triggered. So either way, the deal gets done. While the CMA will review the current deal on its existing merits, having Disney in the background removes much of the political heat for the Culture Secretary, so reduces the likelihood of political interference in the process. So the original deal is still attractive, and the presence of Disney provides a credible backstop.

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Thanks to Uncorrelated Returns for the interview. If you’d like to check out or follow their work, you can find the profile here.

Disclosure: I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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

Additional disclosure: Check with individual articles or authors mentioned for their positions. Uncorrelated Returns is long Sky and TWX.

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Hot Casino Stocks For 2018: Time Warner Inc.(TWX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    The phrase “over the top television” or “OTT” for short, aren’t exactly new terms. The phrase/abbreviation was coined shortly after Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) became a viable alternative to traditional cable television subscriptions a little less than a decade ago. The over-the-top battle didn’t get heated, though, until the past few months. But, now that some more gladiators are in the arena, sparks are starting to fly.

    They’re still flying too, and should do so for a while if a small startup called Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV) has anything to do with it it. See, while Netflix, Hulu — jointly owned by Time Warner, Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOXA) — and a whole slew of other new players in this market may want to take notice of this up-and-comer. At the same time, investors may want to take a step back and look at where the real money in the OTT business is going to be made over the course of the next several years. OTTV plays a prominent role in that picture.

    Contrary to popular belief, Netflix isn’t the dominant name it used to be in the Internet-delivered television industry. Yes, it was the first on the scene as such was was able to carve out the biggest piece of the market. It’s largely become a commoditized business in the meantime though.

    For example, outside of Hulu and Netflix, CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) has jumped into the fray with a service called CBS All Access. The product allows subscribers -for a nominal monthly fee – access a variety of CBS programming via the Internet. HBO, from Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX), has found some measurable success with its subscription-based Internet television service called HBO Go.

    Sling TV, from DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH), is another one of the alternatives to the alternative that’s truly made a dent in the over the top market…. by aggregating a variety of television channels into an entire package and then selling that p

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Shares of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) were moderately lower while shares of Time Warner Inc (NYSE: TWX) headed to the upside in early trading today. Late yesterday, the Department of Justice (DoJ) surprised market observers by filing an antitrust lawsuit to block T’s $85.4 billion takeover of TWX. In the complaint, DoJ said the merger would harm competition, stifle innovation and drive up prices.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    It took a “Wonder Woman” not only to jump-start the summer box office, but end Time Warner Inc (NYSE: TWX)'s critically maligned skid as it tries to approximate the success of the rival Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise run by Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS): Link

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Candidates suggested by some of Uber’s investors include Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL, which is owned by Verizon Communications (VZ) ,  Thomas Staggs, the former COO at Walt Disney (DIS) , and John Martin, CEO of Time Warner’s  (TWX) Turner, according to a report by Bloomberg. The three men declined to comment, Bloomberg said.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here are all three of our top stocks to short…

    Best Stocks to Short No. 3: Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX)

    For the first three quarters of 2016, Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) adjusted earnings slightly. The changes mostly reflected currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Hot Casino Stocks For 2018: Natera, Inc.(NTRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Shares of Natera Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRA), a leader in non-invasive DNA analysis, finished Wednesday’s session 17.6% higher following Tuesday afternoon’s earnings call. Strong uptake across the board gave investors a reason to cheer.

Hot Casino Stocks For 2018: Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.(DNKN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.USATODAY.COM]

    While McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) and Dunkin’ Brands’ (NASDAQ: DNKN) Dunkin’ Donuts both now sell premium espresso-based beverages along with other fancy coffee drinks, people don’t view those brands the way they see Starbucks. The Seattle-based coffee chain exists in its own world, where it can sell out of $10 cups of whisky-barrel-aged coffee while it opens more than a thousand Reserve stores selling pricier drinks than its normal, already expensive beverage lineup.

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DNKN) is currently testing a concept in 300 U.S. stores that may surprise many of its investors: a streamlined menu.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Dunkin’ Brands Group (DNKN) has dropped 3.5% to $54.16 after getting cut to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.

    Morgan Stanley (MS) has risen 1.1% to $42.95 after getting upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.

Hot Casino Stocks For 2018: Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd(TNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Stevens]

     Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TNP) is a Greek tanker company founded in 1993 that provides international seaborne crude oil and petroleum product transportation services worldwide. It offers marine transportation services to national, major, and other independent oil companies and refiners under long, medium, and short-term charters.

    As of April 5, 2016, it operated a fleet of 50 vessels, including 47 crude oil and petroleum product tankers, 1 liquefied natural gas carrier, and 2 shuttle suezmax tankers. Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TNP) has a strategic partnership with Statoil for the crude oil tanker new buildings. The company was formerly known as MIF Limited but in July 2001 its name was changed to Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited.

Dividend Monster AT&T Inc. Is Nearing Major Resistance

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has been on fire, rallying over 15% since November 1. However, T stock price is still down more than 9% so far for 2017. So is it time to get in on this recent momentum or take a pass on the telecom giant?

Let’s look at the chart first.

Trading T Stock Price

AT&T certainly has positives, but its chart is anything but pretty. T stock price made a bullish move when it was able to reclaim the $35 mark. Above that and it was a reasonable long. However, now pushing into the $39 level, T stock enters some serious resistance.

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This isn’t a temporary level, either. This $39 to $40 region has been both support and resistance over the last 20 months or so. To get above it would be a huge win for the bulls. If traders are looking to add T stock to their portfolio now, it may be best to wait. I’d wait for AT&T to either pullback or break through this current level.

Further, you’ll see that the MACD (yellow circle) is nearing a points where, historically speaking, it tends to exhaust itself. Further, the Relative Strength Index (blue circle) is nearing an overbought state. T stock has approached $39 two other times since August with an RSI reading similar to its current levels. The odds favor a pullback or at the very least some consolidation.

The Fundamentals for T Stock

We recently took a look at who the holiday winners might be in the telecom space. Because Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) was strangely not offering a buy-one get-one (BOGO) deal for the new Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone, AT&T and T-Mobile Us Inc (NASDAQ:TMUS) were the likely winners.

AT&T’s BOGO offer wasn’t quite as good at T-Mobile’s, but it was likely enough to still attract new subs. That should bode well for its fourth-quarter results. Let’s hope that’s the case, as expectations for 2017 aren’t that great. Presently, analysts expect sales to contract 2.2% this year before growing just 20 basis points in 2018.

While positive revenue growth forecasts for 2018 are an improvement, it comes at a cost. Earnings growth of 2.5% in 2017 will slip to just 0.3% in 2018. But no one is buying T stock for the earnings and revenue growth. If investors want that, it’s best to look at T-Mobile. (The story we linked to above sheds light as to why.)

Instead, it’s about a low valuation and fat dividend yield. In fact, just a few days ago, T stock increased its quarterly dividend by 2% to 50 cents per share. While 2% is a small bump, the move marks AT&T’s 34th consecutive year of a higher payout. That’s something that many income investors can hang their hat on. They can count on AT&T — which now pays out 5.2% — to continue paying out that dividend for years and years to come.

To make matters even better, T stock price trades at just 13 times 2018 earnings estimates. Despite its near-zero growth, this is a low valuation for such a big, dependable dividend yield.

Bottom Line on T Stock

Through the first nine months of fiscal 2017, AT&T has a free cash flow dividend payout ratio of 70.5%. This figure is up from 66.8% during the same period a year ago. It basically means that 70% of T’s free cash flow covers the dividend. On the plus side, T stock’s dividend is covered simply by the free cash flow generated by the business. On the downside, this figure is up almost 400 basis points year-over-year. This will widen even more with the recent dividend hike.

While that’s something to keep an eye one, so too is AT&T’s pending acquisition of Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX). Should the company lock in Time Warner, it will add a whole host of content and free cash flow to its current business. While the roughly $85 billion deal is a biggie, many believe it will be favorable to AT&T.

Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

 

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Tuesdays Vital Data: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Nvidia Corporation and Time Warner Inc

Good morning and happy holidays! I hope you got your fill of Santa Claus yesterday because the official start of the “Santa Claus rally” on Wall Street is falling flat so far.

Friday marked the official start of the rally, and the major market indices all finished relatively ho-hum.

The situation is similar after the open this morning, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average flat, S&P 500 off 0.07% and Nasdaq-100 down 0.54%.

What’s more, options volume on Friday was among the lowest totals of the year. Only about 13.3 million calls and 10.6 million puts changed hands on the session. The CBOE single-session equity put/call volume ratio rose to 0.64 and the 10-day moving average ticked higher to 0.57.

Taking a closer look at Friday’s options activity, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) and Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) were smacked lower after cryptocurrency prices plunged as much as 30% on the session. Meanwhile, Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX) call options were once again popular after the merger deadline with AT&T Inc (NYSE:T) was pushed back to June.

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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)

AMD stock was the hardest hit on the S&P 500 on Friday, after cryptocurrency prices plunged across the board. More than 40 cryptocurrencies joined in the broad retreat, with bitcoin and Ether plummeting as much as 30% before eventually recovering. AMD, who’s GPUs are used in cryptocurrency mining, shed more than 3.2% as a result.

AMD options traders appeared to double down on bullish bets amid the decline. Volume topped out at 208,000 contracts, with calls making up 60% of the day’s take. Furthermore, the January 2018 put/call open interest ratio fell from a reading of 0.53, taken on December 19, to today’s perch at 0.52.

A falling put/call OI ratio is a sign that calls are being added at a faster rate than puts. In other words, despite AMD’s cryptocurrency concerns, options traders appear to be betting on a rebound in the shares. Currently, the January 2018 $15 strike is home to peak call OI of more than 129,000 contracts and rests more than 42% above AMD’s current perch.

Nvidia Corporation (NVDA)

NVDA stock was also caught up in the cryptocurrency crisis. The shares fell about 0.32%, well short of AMD’s plunge. Investors appear a bit more forgiving of NVDA when it comes to cryptocurrency, banking on the company’s strong presence in the artificial intelligence market.

Despite stock trader’s preference for NVDA over AMD, options traders were more cautious on Friday. Volume rose to 145,000 contracts, with calls only making up 54% of the day’s take. What’s more, the January 2018 put/call OI ratio for NVDA rests at a lofty reading of 1.11, with puts easily outnumbering calls among front-month options.

Peak January call OI for NVDA currently rests at the in-the-money $190 strike, while peak put OI for the series also calls the $190 strike home. Given this data, it would appear that NVDA options traders are expecting the stock to correct lower heading into the first month of 2018.

Time Warner Inc (TWX)

Time Warner continues to ride hopes that the AT&T merger will ultimately go through. TWX bulls got an influx of hope on Friday after the pair agreed to extend the deadline for their merger to June 21. The previous deadline was April 22. AT&T is currently preparing for a Department of Justice lawsuit seeing to stop the merger. The trial begins on March 19.

TWX options traders have been extremely active lately. Thursday saw traders flood TWX with large blocks of call options in the July series, looking to take advantage of the extended deadline. Friday also saw heavy call volume, with these typically bullish bets making up 62% of the more than 182,000 contracts traded on TWX.

TWX stock, meanwhile, has retreated from resistance near $93 after rallying for most of December. Short-term support should emerge near $92, with firm support closer to $90.

As of this writing, Joseph Hargett did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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Dividend Monster AT&T Inc. Is Nearing Major Resistance

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has been on fire, rallying over 15% since November 1. However, T stock price is still down more than 9% so far for 2017. So is it time to get in on this recent momentum or take a pass on the telecom giant?

Let’s look at the chart first.

Trading T Stock Price

AT&T certainly has positives, but its chart is anything but pretty. T stock price made a bullish move when it was able to reclaim the $35 mark. Above that and it was a reasonable long. However, now pushing into the $39 level, T stock enters some serious resistance.

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This isn’t a temporary level, either. This $39 to $40 region has been both support and resistance over the last 20 months or so. To get above it would be a huge win for the bulls. If traders are looking to add T stock to their portfolio now, it may be best to wait. I’d wait for AT&T to either pullback or break through this current level.

Further, you’ll see that the MACD (yellow circle) is nearing a points where, historically speaking, it tends to exhaust itself. Further, the Relative Strength Index (blue circle) is nearing an overbought state. T stock has approached $39 two other times since August with an RSI reading similar to its current levels. The odds favor a pullback or at the very least some consolidation.

The Fundamentals for T Stock

We recently took a look at who the holiday winners might be in the telecom space. Because Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) was strangely not offering a buy-one get-one (BOGO) deal for the new Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone, AT&T and T-Mobile Us Inc (NASDAQ:TMUS) were the likely winners.

AT&T’s BOGO offer wasn’t quite as good at T-Mobile’s, but it was likely enough to still attract new subs. That should bode well for its fourth-quarter results. Let’s hope that’s the case, as expectations for 2017 aren’t that great. Presently, analysts expect sales to contract 2.2% this year before growing just 20 basis points in 2018.

While positive revenue growth forecasts for 2018 are an improvement, it comes at a cost. Earnings growth of 2.5% in 2017 will slip to just 0.3% in 2018. But no one is buying T stock for the earnings and revenue growth. If investors want that, it’s best to look at T-Mobile. (The story we linked to above sheds light as to why.)

Instead, it’s about a low valuation and fat dividend yield. In fact, just a few days ago, T stock increased its quarterly dividend by 2% to 50 cents per share. While 2% is a small bump, the move marks AT&T’s 34th consecutive year of a higher payout. That’s something that many income investors can hang their hat on. They can count on AT&T — which now pays out 5.2% — to continue paying out that dividend for years and years to come.

To make matters even better, T stock price trades at just 13 times 2018 earnings estimates. Despite its near-zero growth, this is a low valuation for such a big, dependable dividend yield.

Bottom Line on T Stock

Through the first nine months of fiscal 2017, AT&T has a free cash flow dividend payout ratio of 70.5%. This figure is up from 66.8% during the same period a year ago. It basically means that 70% of T’s free cash flow covers the dividend. On the plus side, T stock’s dividend is covered simply by the free cash flow generated by the business. On the downside, this figure is up almost 400 basis points year-over-year. This will widen even more with the recent dividend hike.

While that’s something to keep an eye one, so too is AT&T’s pending acquisition of Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX). Should the company lock in Time Warner, it will add a whole host of content and free cash flow to its current business. While the roughly $85 billion deal is a biggie, many believe it will be favorable to AT&T.

Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

 

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top ten stocks to buy

As a generation, millennials are often maligned for being bad with money and reluctant to grow up but they still probably need a will.

Of course anyone who owns an asset like a home, or who has a spouse or dependents should have a will a document that lists the deceaseds beneficiaries and last wishes but so should just about any other adult, even single millennials, experts said. Along with a will, they should have beneficiary designations for any employer-sponsored retirement accounts and a power of attorney, especially for medical decisions. You cant make a decision if youre medically incapable or if youre dead, said Leslie Beck, a financial adviser at Compass Wealth Management in Rutherford, N.J. While they tend to be less common among millennials, those two situations, its not like it never happens.

top ten stocks to buy: Laredo Petroleum, Inc.(LPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After a rally for the ages, the price of oil is back over $50. But the biggest threat to oil might be more production from exploration & production companies drilling in the U.S. shale, say Credit Suisse analyst Mark Lear and team, who cut their ratings on Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO), Laredo Petroleum (LPI) and Sanchez Energy (SN). They explain why:

top ten stocks to buy: Time Warner Inc.(TWX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here are all three of our top stocks to short…

    Best Stocks to Short No. 3: Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX)

    For the first three quarters of 2016, Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) adjusted earnings slightly. The changes mostly reflected currency exchange rate fluctuations.

  • [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 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.

top ten stocks to buy: Wayfair Inc.(W)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wayfair Inc (NYSE: W) shares were also up, gaining 25 percent to $63.71 after first-quarter earnings boasted a 2.7-percent sales beat and 46-percent year-over-year increase in active customers.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report formid cap online home furnishings and d茅cor stockWayfair Inc (NYSE: W) is scheduled for before the market opens onThursday (February 23rd) as shares still have elevated short interest of 34.99% according to Highshortinterest.com. Last time around, shares dropped as much as 13%after the Company reported third quarter revenues and net losses that largely met expectations while projecting aslight decrease in revenue growth for the coming quarter.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap online home furnishings and d茅cor stockWayfair Inc (NYSE: W) reported Q1 earnings before the market opened with the Company being thetenth most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 39.22% according to Highshortinterest.com. In the summer of 2008,the shorts and shareholder rights law firms went after Wayfair Inc after short seller Citron Research issued a report (entitled: Wayfair is the Most Mispriced Stock Citron Research has Seen in Years: Fair Value Under $10) calling the company Overstock.com, Inc (NASDAQ: OSTK):

top ten stocks to buy: Movado Group Inc.(MOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Movado Group (MOV) has tumbled 7.2% to $21.90 after missing earnings forecasts and offering below-consensus guidance.

    Alaska Air Group (ALK) has advanced 1.3% to $94.55 after getting upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday began on a down note for the stock market, as the Dow Jones Industrials fell back down below the 20,000 level. Major market benchmarks finished with losses of 0.6% to 0.8%, and some market commentators attributed the declines to nervousness about the Trump administration’s actions to clamp down on immigration. Others noted that the latest reading of U.S. economic growth showed a 1.9% rise in gross domestic product for the fourth quarter, finishing the year with an overall GDP increase of just 1.6%, down a full percentage point from 2015’s growth. Despite the overall sullen mood in the market, some stocks gained ground, and GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO), Movado Group (NYSE:MOV), and IPG Photonics (NASDAQ:IPGP) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was yet another record-setting day for the stock market, as the Dow climbed triple digits and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite followed the venerable average to unprecedented heights. Economic data showing rising inflation made it more likely that the Federal Reserve will look to boost interest rates at its next Federal Open Market Committee meeting next month, and the ripples throughout the bond market sent many investors to consider stocks instead. Yet despite the substantial rally, some stocks missed out on the move higher, and American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Teck Resources (NYSE:TECK), and Movado Group (NYSE:MOV) 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.

top ten stocks to buy: Globe Specialty Metals Inc.(GSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Ferroglobe PLC (NASDAQ: GSM) got a boost, shooting up 10 percent to $10.17 after the company posted a narrower-than-expected Q1 loss.

    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) shares were also up, gaining 37 percent to $51.75 as briefing documents for Wednesday Advisory Committee meeting are published to the FDA website. The documents showed that neratinib performed better than Roche's trastuzumab in I-SPY2 trial, particularly in subgroup of patients that were HRc negative. The briefing docs also showed that study 3004 met prespecified primary efficacy endpoint.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    But there are still plenty of factors that are preventing stocks overall from mounting stronger gains, including nervousness about geopolitical issues as well as weaker parts of the global economy. Nevertheless, some stocks posted strong gains, and Puma Biotechnology (NASDAQ:PBYI), Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ:AAOI), and Ferroglobe (NASDAQ:GSM) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

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.” 

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It turns out, an ultra-powerful computer can function just fine in the harsh environment of outer space — even if it hasn’t been bolstered with extra protection.

That’s what scientists learned when the Spacebourne Computer — a supercomputer built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise — was switched on at the International Space Station last week for a new experiment by HPE (HPE, Tech30) and NASA. HPE announced the success on Wednesday.

When the computer’s lights flickered on, it was a big moment. Before then, scientists weren’t sure if a commercial off-the-shelf supercomputer would even be able to power on in space.

“My wife doesn’t like me to say it, but next to our wedding and the birth of our children, this was pretty exciting,” joked Mark Fernandez, the HPE engineer who is heading up this new experiment.

Some experts predicted the computer would be too jolted from launch to even turn on when it reached space. Others thought it would fry up after just a few hours.

good stocks to buy into: Omnicom Group Inc.(OMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    We reprise five of last year’s components: Boeing (BA), CVS Health (CVS), International Business Machines (IBM), Omnicom Group (OMC) and Texas Instruments (TXN), which means they obviously are buys.

good stocks to buy into: Intelsat S.A.(I)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Shares of satellite communications specialist Intelsat (NYSE:I) had another down day on Thursday, their third in a row, closing down 18.3%.

    So what

    That makes more than 38% in combined losses since it was announced that Japanese tech conglomerate SoftBank would merge its OneWeb satellite company with Intelsat in a 40%-60% deal, with SoftBank owning the 40%.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Globalstar, Inc (NYSEMKT: GSAT) followed by ORBCOMM Inc (NASDAQ: ORBC) being big winners while Iridium Communications has given a positive performance and Intelsat SA (NYSE: I) has been a big looser:

good stocks to buy into: Time Warner Inc.(TWX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    For those who want a general facsimile of the pay-TV bundle and access to the largest broadcast networks, there’s Sling TV from Dish Network (DISH) , DirecTV Now from   AT&T (T) and Sony’s (SNE) PlayStation Vue. In the coming weeks, they’ll be joined by Alphabet’s (GOOGL) YouTube TV and a still unnamed pay-TV service from Hulu, the video-on-demand service controlled jointly by Disney, Comcast’s (CMCSA) NBCUniversal and 21st Century Fox (FOXA) , along with Time Warner (TWX) holding a 10% stake.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s old-fashioned TV mated with born-again 2017 e-commerce. And then the almost-circular question of where that aging behemoth — television — may fit in. It’s the same digital/TV puzzle being worked at Comcast’s (CMCSA) NBCUniversal, with its BuzzFeed/Vox investments, and at Time Warner’s (TWX) Turner through its Mashable investment.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    For years, Netflix has been one of the biggest battleground stocks in the market, and along the way, it’s attracted plenty of naysayers.Time Warner(NYSE:TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes famously compared the streamer to “the Albanian army” in 2010 when asked if it posed a challenge to HBO. Wall Street analysts have regularly bashed the stock. Some have since admitted they were wrong, while others continue to throw shade at the company even after its blockbuster earnings report last night. Let’s take a look at a few of the biggest myths that have circulated about Netflix in recent years and how the company just disproved them.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here are all three of our top stocks to short…

    Best Stocks to Short No. 3: Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX)

    For the first three quarters of 2016, Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) adjusted earnings slightly. The changes mostly reflected currency exchange rate fluctuations.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Like its No. 1 competitors, T dealing with the telco growth conundrum by branching out. Thats why it acquired DirecTV. And now, AT&T is going back to the M&A well by offering to buy Time Warner Inc. (TWX).

  • [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.

good stocks to buy into: Charter Communications, Inc.(CHTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    SoftBank also purchased telecom upstart Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) in 2013. And it is considering deals with other communications giants, including Charter Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) and T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (Nasdaq: TMUS)

  • [By Andrew Tonner]

    As one of the group of companies associated with telecom magnate John Malone — who regularly uses complex, tax-efficient corporate transactions to unlock value for shareholders — Liberty Broadband serves as a holding company that controls a diverse set of media assets. The most important of these is Liberty Broadband’s ownership of 25% of Charter Communications’ (NASDAQ:CHTR) total voting power, which effectively makes Liberty Broadband a tracking stock for Charter Communications shares.As such, Liberty Broadband shares have largely mirrored the impressive rally in Charter Communications stock over the past year. Particularly given Charter’s upcoming launch of its own wireless service network, Soros’ investment in Liberty Broadband remains an interesting option as the cable and telecom industries continue to evolve.

  • [By Adam Levy]

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    It was just a little more than a year ago when Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) was the largest U.S. pay-TV provider. And it wasn’t even close. But after AT&T (NYSE:T) merged with DirecTV, it took over the top spot. Now, AT&T’s rival telecom company, Verizon (NYSE:VZ), is reportedly considering a megamerger of its own with Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR). The move would put the combined company’s total video subscriber count very close to Comcast’s.

    The potential merger points to a big hole in Comcast’s service offerings — its lack of wireless service. If customers can save money by bundling their TV, internet, and wireless bills together with its competitors, Comcast stands to lose customers. But Comcast’s management and investors shouldn’t lose sleep over the possibility that its two biggest competitors offer wireless service.

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    It has been widely reported that T-Mobile US Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) had been in merger talks with Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), a competitor that is majority owned by Softbank. However, these talks are now on hold as Sprint is negotiating potential deals with two of the largest cable companies in the United States; Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR). These cable companies are under pressure having lost subscribers due to services like Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), which recently blew away its second quarter growth estimates.

good stocks to buy into: Vermillion, Inc.(VRML)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    Here’s a list of the top 10 penny stocks to watch in March, which includes the biggest gainers last month…

    Penny StockCurrent Stock PriceFebruary 2017 ReturnZosano Pharma Corp. (Nasdaq: ZSAN)$2.56+123.3%Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH)$1.25+113.8%Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: PPHM)$0.59+101.7%Galectin Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: GALT)$1.79+91.9%Bioanalytical Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BASI)$1.58+90.6%CymaBay Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: CBAY)$3.50+89.8%Vermillion Inc. (Nasdaq: VRML)$2.56+86.3%Naked Brand Group Inc.(Nasdaq:NAKD)$2.16+76%Eyegate Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: EYEG)$2.63+73.9%Benitec Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: BNTC)$2.60+59.9%

    The best-performing penny stock – Zosano Pharma Corp. – soared an incredible 123.3% from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28. To put those gains into perspective, that’s more than five times the S&P 500’s 23% climb in the last 12 months.

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Small cap Insys Therapeutics (NASDAQ: INSY) is the seventh most shorted stock on the Nasdaq with short interest of 43.97% according to Highshortinterest.com. Insys Therapeutics is a small cap specialty pharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes innovative drugs and novel drug delivery systems of therapeutic molecules that improve patients quality of life. Using proprietary spray technology and capabilities to develop pharmaceutical cannabinoids,the Companyis developing a pipeline of products intending to address unmet medical needs and the clinical shortcomings of existing commercial products. INSYS currently markets SUBSYS庐 (fentanyl sublingual spray), CII, and SYNDROS庐 (dronabinol) oral solution, CII, a proprietary, orally administered liquid formulation of dronabinol.The Company aims to developmedications for potentially treating addiction to opioids, opioid overdose, epilepsy and other disease areas with a significant unmet need.

top stock investments: Internet Initiative Japan Inc.(IIJI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.29 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE: CHU), down 6 percent, and Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: IIJI), down 2 percent.

  • [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.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares rose by just 0.03 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: IIJI), down 4 percent, and DigitalGlobe Inc (NYSE: DGI), down 2 percent.

top stock investments: Time Warner Inc.(TWX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Netflix chief Reed Hastings has long insisted that Netflix isn’t just competing with other subscription streaming services such as Amazon’s Prime Video, Hulu and Time Warner Inc.’s (TWX)  HBO Now and Go, but against video entertainment options in general, and to some degree other entertainment options such as music and gaming. Hastings has even gone as far as to quip that Netflix is “competing with sleep on the margin.”

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    For years, Netflix has been one of the biggest battleground stocks in the market, and along the way, it’s attracted plenty of naysayers.Time Warner(NYSE:TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes famously compared the streamer to “the Albanian army” in 2010 when asked if it posed a challenge to HBO. Wall Street analysts have regularly bashed the stock. Some have since admitted they were wrong, while others continue to throw shade at the company even after its blockbuster earnings report last night. Let’s take a look at a few of the biggest myths that have circulated about Netflix in recent years and how the company just disproved them.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    It’s important to remember that AT&T (NYSE:T) is more than just the namesake brand. The company also owns DirecTV, and it may soon acquireTime Warner (NYSE:TWX)if regulators approve the deal.

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    The phrase “over the top television” – or its acronym “OTT” – aren’t necessarily newly-coined ones. The phrase/abbreviation materialized shortly after Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) became a viable alternative to traditional cable television services less than a decade ago. The over-the-top race didn’t really heat up, however, until the past few months. Once it did heat up though, sparks started to fly in earnest.

    They’re still flying too, and will be for a while if a small startup called Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV) has anything to say about it. Netflix, Hulu [jointly owned by Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOXA)] and all the rest of the relatively new players in this space may want to look over their shoulder. In the meantime, investors may want to take a step back and look at where the real money in the OTT industry is going to be made during the next 10 years. OTTV plays a prominent role in that picture.

    Contrary to popular belief, Netflix isn’t the totally dominant name it used to be in the Internet-delivered television industry. It was admittedly the first on the scene, and therefore was able to carve out the biggest piece of the market (which it still holds to this day). It’s largely become a commoditized business though.

    Case in point? Aside from Hulu and Netflix, CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) has jumped into the game with its product called CBS All Access. The service allows subscribers, for a nominal monthly fee, to access a variety of CBS programming via the Internet. HBO, from Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX), has found respectable success with its subscription-based Internet television service called HBO Go.

    Sling TV, from DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH), has really broken new ground in the over the top market by aggregating a variety of television channels into an entire package and then selling that package at a rate that’s much less than what it would cost a cable subscriber

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s old-fashioned TV mated with born-again 2017 e-commerce. And then the almost-circular question of where that aging behemoth — television — may fit in. It’s the same digital/TV puzzle being worked at Comcast’s (CMCSA) NBCUniversal, with its BuzzFeed/Vox investments, and at Time Warner’s (TWX) Turner through its Mashable investment.

top stock investments: RAIT Financial Trust(RAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE: RAS) were down 9 percent to $1.09. FBR Capital downgraded RAIT Financial Trust from Buy to Neutral.

    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) was down, falling around 18 percent to $1.65. RAVE Restaurant reported a $5 million equity rights offering.

top stock investments: 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).