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Best Stocks For 2018

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However, TDFs can and should be better.

Best Stocks For 2018: Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.(KERX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KERX) shares shot up 14 percent to $5.17 after the company announced positive top-line results from its pivotal Phase 3 study of ferric citrate for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in adults with non-dialysis dependent chronic kidney disease.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    There were definitely some good parts in what Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KERX  ) had to say at this week’s Stifel Nicolaus Weisel Healthcare Conference in Boston. A lot was said, but here are the three highlights you’ll want to know about.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday morning, the healthcare sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KERX) and Rockwell Medical Inc (NASDAQ: RMTI).

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    While companies with lower-priced shares are often riskier than those with higher prices, some companies trading under $5 per share have intriguing potential. Investors searching for overlooked growth opportunities should consider industrial biotech BioAmber (NYSE:BIOA), pharmaceutical services company Codexis (NASDAQ:CDXS), and one-trick-pony biopharma Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KERX).

Best Stocks For 2018: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.”

    Company Commentary
    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.

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  • [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:

Best Stocks For 2018: LinkedIn Corporation(LNKD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andres Cardenal]

    The most powerful investment ideas are the ones that can be easily explained and understood. LinkedIn(LNKD) is an undisputed market leader in remarkably promising areas such as professional networking and online employment opportunities, and this makes the company a top name to buy in 2016 and hold for years to come.

    As of the third quarter of 2015, LinkedIn(LNKD) had 396 million registered members around the world, a big increase of 20% versus the same quarter the previous year, and 39,726 corporate solutions customers on the platform, a year-over-year increase of 31%. Individuals and corporations attract each other to LinkedIn in search of opportunities, and this creates a virtuous cycle driving sustainable growth over the long term.

    Management is also translating the company’s massive opportunities into rapid revenue growth. Total sales grew 37% to $780 million last quarter, with the acquisition of online learning platform lynda.com representing $41 million of that. LinkedIn’s three growth engines are firing on all cylinders: Talent solutions for corporations grew 46%, while premium subscription sales increased 21%, and online advertising revenue jumped 28%.

    LinkedIn(LNKD) is actively investing for growth, so profit margins are hard to predict in the short term. However, the company should be able to combine solid revenue growth and expanding profit margins in the years ahead.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    For example, LinkedIn Corp. (NYSE: LNKD) fell 16.1% to $79.03 from its IPO date on May 19, 2011, to Aug. 19, 2011. But LNKD stock has since recovered 148% to today’s share price of $195.96.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Microsoft has offered concessions to EU antitrust regulators over its $26.2 billion, $196 per share offer for LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), according to the European Commission. The EU regulator had expressed concerns to Microsoft executives about the deal, which was announced in June.

Best Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now

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)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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).

  • [By ]

    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)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.”

    Company Commentary
    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.

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Best Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Safeway Inc.(SWY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018

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Dont take any dividends for granted today. Business disruption is accelerating as entire industries are being eaten alive.

Uber and Lyft? Killed cabs.

Amazon (AMZN)? Its crushing retail, and starving their REIT landlords right before our very eyes.

And soon, they might team up to offer more same day deliveries and make more rivals obsolete!

These types of disturbances have added a new layer to contrarian investing. Before, it was as simple as buying stocks when they were out-of-favor and holding them until they became back in vogue. The Dogs of the Dow strategy, for example, usually beat the market by banking the highest blue chip dividend yields a sign that the tide was ready to turn back in the dogs favor.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.(AFSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related CRMD Mid-Day Market Update: U.S. Stocks Turn Negative; AveXis Shares Spike Higher 12 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Tuesday CorMedix's (CRMD) CEO Khoso Baluch on Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
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    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped about 28% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $13.51 after closing Monday at $18.87. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume of about 19 million shares was about 9 times the daily average of around 2.1 million. A whistleblower report has resulted in an SEC probe into the company’s accounting practices.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, financial shares fell 0.24 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI), down 18 percent, and GSV Capital Corp (NASDAQ: GSVC), down 9 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped more than 18% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $22.58 after closing at $27.66 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume was more than 10 times the daily average of around 670,000 shares. The company missed profit estimates this morning.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) were down around 18 percent to $22.79 after the company posted downbeat Q4 earnings.

    Shutterstock Inc (NYSE: SSTK) was down, falling around 19 percent to $42.04 after the company reported downbeat Q4 results and issued a weak outlook.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, financial shares fell 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), down 7 percent, and AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) down 5 percent.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: NETGEAR, Inc.(NTGR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares ofNetgear(NASDAQ:NTGR)climbed 30% in 2016,according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, as the networking hardware specialist repeatedly exceeded quarterly expectations.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: DigitalGlobe, Inc(DGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Stock gainers included DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI), which jumped almost 17 percent on a strong earnings report, and B&G Foods, Inc.(NYSE: BGS) which added 13 percent after its Q2 report. Shares of Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) lost more than 11 percent after its quarterly earnings results disappointed Wall Street.

  • [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.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.”

    Company Commentary
    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.

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  • [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:

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: EnLink Midstream Partners, LP(ENLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    EnLink Midstream Partners (ENLK) is sponsored by independent oil and gas exploration giant Devon Energy (DVN), the owner of this acreage.

    These basins offer superior economics and EnLink’s close relationship with Devon provides leveraged exposure to the upstream operator’s accelerating activity in these plays.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018

By now it’s certainly no surprise that the Department of Labor has issued its long awaited missive on fiduciary duty. With over 1,000 pages, there is a lot to absorb; however, I believe the DOL has done a Solomon-like job of streamlining, simplifying and clarifying the rule. Although, like many other supporters of the fiduciary concept, I would have liked to see something stronger, I do believe the actions of the DOL will absolutely make the system fairer.

See Also: Retirement Savers Get New Legal Protections

The result is amazing and to be applauded, especially given the realities of today’s political constraints. Multiple millions of dollars have been spent lobbying against the implementation of a DOL rule. Michael Piwowar, a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, opines that the rule “seems to ignore the chorus of voices that questioned whether it will restrict middle-class families’ and minority communities’ access to professional financial advice by making retirement advice unaffordable.” Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia stated, “This fiduciary rule will harm countless Georgians who have worked hard to make sure they make wise financial decisions for their families’ futures. For families across the country, this rule is essentially the Obamacare for retirement planning, and I will do everything I can to overturn this rule.”

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Welltower Inc.(HCN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    The first of two REITs in this discussion, Welltower (NYSE:HCN) is the largest real estate investment trust focused on healthcare properties.

    Welltower owns over 1,400 healthcare properties in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, and is well-positioned to take advantage of favorable demographic trends in the healthcare industry. About 70% of Welltower’s portfolio is made of senior housing properties, and the senior citizen population in Welltower’s target markets is expected to grow rapidly over the next few decades.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Health care real estate investment trust Welltower (NYSE:HCN), as you might expect, makes the majority of its money from its healthcare properties, but you might be surprised to learn that rental income isn’t the company’s largest source of revenue.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN) posted a new 52-week low of $64.11 Tuesday after closing at $67.34 on Monday. The stock’s 52-week high is $78.17. Volume of about 2.8 million was about 35% below the daily average. The company had no specific news. The healthcare property REIT had no specific news today.

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Investors in their 60’s should start to favor low-risk stocks that offer up big dividend payouts. Below are three stocks — Waste Management (NYSE:WM), United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS), and Welltower (NYSE:HCN) — that perfectly fit that description.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Pegasystems Inc.(PEGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares ofPegasystems Inc.(NASDAQ:PEGA) jumped 31.5% in 2016,according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, largely thanks to a strong quarterly report from the business management software specialist late in the year.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, Snap (NYSE:SNAP) and Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA) made big moves following the companies’ quarterly earnings reports.

    Image source: Getty Images.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.”

    Company Commentary
    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.

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Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Lifetime Brands Inc.(LCUT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Monday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares gained by 0.41 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Kandi Technologies Group Inc (NASDAQ: KNDI), Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (NYSE: HOT), and Lifetime Brands Inc (NASDAQ: LCUT).

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Tele Celular Sul Participacoes S.A.(TSU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (NASDAQ: SHEN), down 3 percent, and TIM Participacoes SA (ADR) (NYSE: TSU) down 2 percent.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018

Comfort Systems USA, Inc (“FIX”, or the “company”) provides mechanical contracting services, primarily HVAC, plumbing, as well as off-site construction, electrical, monitoring and fire protection. The company has performed well over the last several years, with good revenue growth and margin expansion. FIX and its peers have spoken about increased demand for their products and services. However, FIX is currently undervalued relative to its peer group. There is reason to believe that FIX deserves a higher valuation and we will explore several of those areas.

Per the FIX’s 2015 10-K, the company has 35 operating units in 81 cities and 89 locations throughout the U.S. For full-year 2015, revenue was derived from four service activities, including: HVAC (77%); Plumbing (14%); Building Automation Controls (5%); and Other (4%). Approximately 44% of revenue was derived from newly constructed facilities and 56% was from renovation, expansion or maintenance. The service activities have remained steady as outlined in the chart below.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Caseys General Stores, Inc.(CASY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Casey's General Stores Inc (NASDAQ: CASY) reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its second quarter.

    Casey's reported Q2 earnings of $1.28 per share on revenue of $2.154 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.40 per share on sales of $2.18 billion.

  • [By Chad Fraser]

    One chain that continues to match up well with the above criteria is Casey’s General Stores (NasdaqGS: CASY). We last highlighted the company’s strong prospects in a December 12 Investing Daily article. Since then, the stock has risen nearly 40%.

  • [By Taylor Cox]

    Notable Earnings

    Casey’s General Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: CASY) Q2 after hours

    Secondary Offering Lockup Expirations

    Athenex, Inc (NASDAQ: ATNX)

    IPO Quiet Period Expirations

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Mitel Networks Corporation(MITL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    ShoreTel Inc (NASDAQ: SHOR) shares shot up 28 percent to $7.47. Mitel Networks Corp (NASDAQ: MITL) announced plans to acquire Shortel for $7.50 per share in cash.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Hudson Technologies, Inc.(HDSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Finally, Cramer said Hudson Technologies (HDSN) was a great stock to own in 2016, when shares soared 170%, but this year, he cannot recommend this high-flying refrigeration company.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Hudson Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) shares dropped 13 percent to $6.55 amid concerning guidance. The company said it is expecting Q3 EPS of $0.03-$0.05 versus an analyst consensus estimate of $0.10. Sales are expected to be around $25 million versus the analyst estimate of nearly $41 million.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: EPAM Systems, Inc.(EPAM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund, Chuck Saletta, and Brian Feroldi]

    Read on to see why they pickedAllstate(NYSE:ALL),EPAM Systems(NYSE:EPAM), andUniversal Display(NASDAQ:OLED).

    Image source: Getty Images.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.”

    Company Commentary
    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.

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  • [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:

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc.(CNSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.96 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CNSL), down 7 percent, and Internet Gold Golden Lines Ltd (NASDAQ: IGLD), down 6 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the telecommunications services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CNSL) and Telecom Argentina SA (ADR) (NYSE: TEO).

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: CIENA Corporation(CIEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    The reasons for the price drop could be a number of things, including increased competition, notably from Ciena(NYSE: CIEN). This was noted by CEO Thomas Fallon who, in the recent conference call, noted competitors may be trying to “buy” market share:

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) will report its most recent quarterly results Thursday morning. The consensus estimates call for EPS of $0.49 and $726.84 million in revenue. Shares closed at $23.87 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $18.94 to $27.98. The consensus price target is $30.77.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was a mixed day for the stock market, with the Dow Jones Industrials falling while the Nasdaq Composite posted modest gains. Parts of the market reacted differently to conflicting news items, which included both poor performance in the energy market and signs of promise for the economy more broadly. Despite the conflict among industry sectors, some stocks got hit particularly hard, and Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD), Ciena (NYSE:CIEN), and Express (NYSE:EXPR) 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 Lee Jackson]

    Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) is another tech company that saw insider selling last week. The president and CEO of the optical giant, Gary Smith, sold a reported 114,318 shares at $24.67 per share. The total for the trade was set at a solid $2,820,225. Shares closed last Friday at $24.41, in a 52-week range of $15.62 to $25.19. The consensus price target is $28.36.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion, S.A.B. de C.V.(VLRS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    In addition to Southwest, Alaska Air, and JetBlue, Mexican ultra-low cost carriers (ULCCs)Volaris (NYSE:VLRS) and VivaAerobus requested numerous slots in Mexico City. However, the DOT showed a strong preference for the U.S. carriers’ requests. In fact, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Air, and JetBlue Airways each received all of the slots they wanted.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Humana Inc.(HUM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The Wall Street Journal reported that government regulators are pushing back against Anthem’s (ANTM) purchase of Cigna (CI). California, however, seems to have few issues with the proposed combination of Aetna (AET) andHumana (HUM). Leerink’s Ana Gupte explains:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Aetna is the focus of the senators’ wrath, but four of the five largest U.S. health insurers have a stake in this fight:

    No. 3 Aetna is attempting to acquire No. 5 Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM); andNo. 2 Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) is seeking to acquire No. 4 Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI).

    Related: Why the Cost of Obamacare Plans Will Continue to Skyrocket

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Health care giant Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) had a director and the chief operating officer of the company selling stock last week. The director sold 27,000 shares at prices between $204.51 and $206.43. The total for the sale was $7 million. COO Jim Murray sold 122,571 shares at prices that ranged from $204.231 to $206. The total for his trade was posted at $25 million. Shares closed on Friday at $207.28. The 52-week range is $150 to $217.80, and the consensus price target is $223.21.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Humana Inc (NYSE: HUM).

    He said options traders were buying aggressively the January 250 calls. Around 3,200 contracts were bought in the first half of the trading session Monday and they paid $5.60 for them. The trade breaks even at $255.60 or around 5 percent higher from the current stock price.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Dillard's, Inc.(DDS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap department store stock Dillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS), whos potential peers includemid caps Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) and Nordstrom, Inc (NYSE: JWN) and small cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP), is the most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 60.80% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores spiking twice in 2013 and has been falling off for a longer period of time thanlarge cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) andsmall capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS)whilesmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) was crushed much earlier:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores spiking twice in 2013 and then, along withlarge cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) and mid capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS), having large declines that may or may not have leveled offwhilesmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) has lost most of its value:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores having two spikes while it along withlarge cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) and mid capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS) have posted large declines last year that may or may not have leveled off andsmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) has at least stopped the bleeding:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores spiking twice in 2013 and largely falling off since then while large cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) andsmall capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS)began falling off in 2015 andsmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) was crushed much earlier:

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On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS). He said that options traders are buying the January 2020, 140 strike calls. Around 20,000 call options were traded in the first half of the session and traders were paying $3.20 for them. The trade breaks even at $143.20 or 21.12 percent above the current market price. Pete Najarian owns shares of UPS and he thinks the stock is going much higher.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Jewett-Cameron Trading Company(JCTCF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Jewett-Cameron Trading Company Ltd (NASDAQ: JCTCF) shares shot up 11 percent to $13.35. Jewett-Cameron reported Q3 earnings of $0.53 per share on revenue of $16.7 million.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Innoviva, Inc. (INVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Shares of Innoviva (NASDAQ:INVA), a biotechnology royalty company that develops respiratory therapeutics and is perhaps best known as GlaxoSmithKline’s (NYSE:GSK) development partner for its multiple next-generation COPD and asthma products, fell as much as 11% on Thursday. The reason behind Innoviva’s bad day can be traced to a proxy battle with activist hedge fund Sarissa Capital Management over seats on its board.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG(AWH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on Friday.

    Douglas Dynamics Inc (NYSE: PLOW) – $0.2350 dividend, 2.9183 percent yield
    Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) – $0.4500 dividend, 2.6758 percent yield
    PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) – $0.0900 dividend, 1.7078 percent yield
    Leidos Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) – $0.3200 dividend, 3.0851 percent yield
    Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) – $0.6800 dividend, 4.1756 percent yield
    Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE: HPP) – $0.2000 dividend, 2.36

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    The insurance firms of Allied World Assurance Company Hldgs Ltd (NYSE: AWH) and Fairfax Financial extended the offering period for purchase of outstanding Allied World shares from June 30 to July 5.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: KB Financial Group Inc(KB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, financial shares tumbled 1.74 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Federated National Holding Co (NASDAQ: FNHC), down 16 percent, and KB Financial Group, Inc. (ADR) (NYSE: KB) down 10 percent.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Iteris, Inc.(ITI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gainers

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

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Guidewire Software, Inc.(GWRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Ebix Inc actually performing well since the end of 2014 while mid cap peer Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE: GWRE) has been outperforming over a longer period of time and small cap Benefitfocus Inc (NASDAQ: BNFT) has underperformed:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE: GWRE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $92.43 million.

    Analogic Corporation (NASDAQ: ALOG) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $127.30 million.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Abengoa Yield plc(ABY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jared Kimball]

    But what does this apparent shift within the top levels of the nation’s executive milieu mean for the country’s growing renewable energy sector, and what do the new administration’s promises to redirect its efforts toward fossil fuels mean for investors in renewables? Let’s take a look at London-based Atlantica Yield PLC (NASDAQ:ABY)—formerly Abengoa Yield PLC (NASDAQ:ABY)—and how its fortunes have fared during this period of legislative uncertainty and the resulting speculation on the part of investors in the sector.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.38 per share on revenue of $9.86 billion.
    Aecom (NYSE: ACM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $4.67 billion.
    JD.Com Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: JD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $12.60 billion.
    58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE: WUBA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $383.60 million.
    Kamada Ltd (NASDAQ: KMDA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $25.00 million.
    Palatin Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PTN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $28.00 million.
    TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.02 per share on revenue of $15.81 million.
    Atlantica Yield PLC (NASDAQ: ABY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $290.80 million.
    Asure Software Inc (NASDAQ: ASUR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $15.26 million.
    Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ: CYRN) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.06 per share on revenue of $7.90 million.
    Viewray Inc (NASDAQ: VRAY) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $18.58 million.

     

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    I’ve included a daily chart below of both DRN, the primary ETF tracking real estate REITS, and Atlantica Yield plc (ABY), a utility Company that owns a portfolio of contracted renewable energy, power generation, electric transmission, and water assets in North America, South America, and EMEA.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.”

    Company Commentary
    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.

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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Cincinnati Financial Corporation(CINF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Cincinnati Financial (CINF) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after the insurer warned of larger catastrophe losses and lower reserve releases.

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    Cincinnati Financialdropped 6.7% to $69.91 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,270.44.

    Sandler O’Neil’s Paul Newsome and team explain why Cincinnati Financial got hammered today:

    On January 12, 2017, before the market opened, CINF pre-announced 4Q16 catastrophe loss estimates and underwriting results. The company expects 4Q16 earnings to include pre-tax catastrophe losses of approximately $75 million to $85 million, representing an impact on the combined ratio of approximately 6.5 to 7.5 percentage points, based on estimated property casualty earned premiums…

    While the press release headline led with higher catastrophe losses, the real issue was less favorable reserve development related to the companys commercial casualty line.Cincinnati Financial has been growing faster than its peers for some time. The company has been growing primarily due to geographic expansion which is better than growth through price cutting. Nevertheless, growth during a soft market is difficult and the fourth quarter profit warning will likely lead to renewed concerns thatCincinnati Financial cannot maintain its excellent profitability in its commercial insurance business.

    Cincinnati Financial’s market capitalization fell to $11.5 billion today from $12.3 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $634 million on sales of $5.2 billion in 2015.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: BlackBerry Limited(BBRY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ravi Bala]

    When I see BlackBerry (NSDQ:BBRY)being touted as a buy, I wonder what hopeful scenario people are fantasizing about?

    The long-term chart shows a collapse in the trend. I know what you are thinking. If I buy the shares at a discount, then I will make a killing when the stock goes higher. That is a feel good psychological emotion. What if that does not happen? Yes, this chart is after the fact, but as I always say you need to be prepared for two scenarios: going in your favor and going against you.

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    Yesterday, software and services company BlackBerry (NSDQ:BBRY)released its Q3 2017 earnings report. It was Blackberry’s first earnings after the company decided to shut down its legacy handset division. The earnings report appears to be more of the same. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company once again reported an earnings beat and a miss on revenues. The company reported a Non-GAAP EPS of $0.01 on revenue of $301 million against the analysts’ estimates of -$0.02 EPS on revenue of $332 million. BlackBerry stock rallied more than 3% just after the earnings were announced in pre-market trading.However, the stock moved lower as the market began to digest the ER, closing down by almost 3%.

  • [By Kumar Abhishek] Bears continue to remain skeptical about the prospects of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY).
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    After lying dormant for the first three months of the year, shares of Ontario, Canada-based software maker BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) are back in the limelight again. For the most part of the year, BlackBerry stock had traded within a range of $7-$7.5. BlackBerry shares got a boost when the company reported better than expectedearnings. BBRY stock had gapped up after its earnings, gaining by more than 11%, from $6.95 to$7.75, on the day of earnings. The company had reported a beat on both top and bottom line. For the first time, growth in revenues from software segment made up for the decline in the revenues from the other segments.

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In a week that offered up almost everything, and was completed by another outstanding nonfarm payroll report, the insider activity that had been heavily leaning toward the sellers started to balance out. While the insiders selling shares still came in higher than the buyers, for one of the first times in 2017 it seemed to balance out some. One thing is for sure, if the market continues higher, the sellers may very well start to dominate again.

We cover insider selling every week at 24/7 Wall St., and we like to remind our readers that just because an individual or 10% institutional owner sellsstock, that is no cause for immediate alarm. Many top executives, and even directors, are compensated with stock and often sell just to diversify portfolios or purchase other assets.

Here are companies that reported notable insider selling this past week.

Regency Centers Corp. (NYSE: REG) had a huge seller hitting the bid last week. The vice chairman of the real estate investment trust sold an incredible 2.8 million shares of the stock at $68.45 per share. The total for the trade was a staggering $192 million. The stock close trading on Friday at $62.58, so the timing looks good. The 52-week trading range for the shares is $42.40 to $82.44. The Wall Street consensus price target is $75.67.

stock market best investments: Cincinnati Financial Corporation(CINF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Cincinnati Financial (CINF) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after the insurer warned of larger catastrophe losses and lower reserve releases.

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    Cincinnati Financialdropped 6.7% to $69.91 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,270.44.

    Sandler O’Neil’s Paul Newsome and team explain why Cincinnati Financial got hammered today:

    On January 12, 2017, before the market opened, CINF pre-announced 4Q16 catastrophe loss estimates and underwriting results. The company expects 4Q16 earnings to include pre-tax catastrophe losses of approximately $75 million to $85 million, representing an impact on the combined ratio of approximately 6.5 to 7.5 percentage points, based on estimated property casualty earned premiums…

    While the press release headline led with higher catastrophe losses, the real issue was less favorable reserve development related to the companys commercial casualty line.Cincinnati Financial has been growing faster than its peers for some time. The company has been growing primarily due to geographic expansion which is better than growth through price cutting. Nevertheless, growth during a soft market is difficult and the fourth quarter profit warning will likely lead to renewed concerns thatCincinnati Financial cannot maintain its excellent profitability in its commercial insurance business.

    Cincinnati Financial’s market capitalization fell to $11.5 billion today from $12.3 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $634 million on sales of $5.2 billion in 2015.

stock market best investments: Nu Skin Enterprises Inc.(NUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Citigroup’s Beth Kite calls Nu Skin Enterprises’ (NUS) earnings and guidance “awfully disappointing.” She explains why:

    “Frustrating” Describes 4Q15 & 2016 Guidance:Nu Skin (i) reported 4Q15 EPS of $0.62, 11 cents below consensus and us, and (ii) lowered 2016 EPS guidance, from $3.25-$3.40 to $2.40-$2.60.Nu Skin had three LTO’s in 4Q152 succeeded and 1 failed. The failure had far less to do with the product than with the sales strategy…

    Is Guidance Too Conservative or Is It Really This Bad? We get that Me failed to sell well in South Korea with the 12-month cartridge commitment. But given the strength in reps globally, the strength of Youth from its two LTOs in 2H15, and good results from Me when sold in Japan without the 12-month commitment, we wonder if guidance is aggressive to the downside. Indeed, the word “conservative” was said a lot by mgmt on the brief earnings call when describing guidance revisions.

    Maintaining Buy: While we now have less confidence in mgmt, from an external perspective, to forecast its results accurately, and from an internal perspective, to course correct quicklyi.e., why didn’t they drop the 12-month plan for Me in South Korea when it so obviously wasn’t workingwe are still confident in Youth & Me. The rep growth in South Asia/Pacific from Youth in 3Q led to better 4Q sales than we’d expected, Youth’s Americas LTO in 4Q drove lc sales up 26% YoY, and Me not only sold through in Japan in 4Q but also drove reps higher. We imagine that investors may have little patience or confidence in Nu Skin for a while, understandably. But the bar seems set fairly low now, so we are cautiously optimistic that Nu Skin can dig itself out of this hole as we go through 2016 and Me & Youth roll out more fully.

    Shares of Nu Skin have tumbled 13% to $27.31 at 2:11 p.m. today.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) is trading sharply higher on Friday, but options traders are buying puts in the name, said Jon Najarian. Traders were buying the June 50 puts and they paid around 6 percent for them, so they don't see much upside in Nu Skin Enterprises, explained Najarian. He followed the trade and he is planning to hold the position for a month.

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Stock gainers included Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ: MELI), up almost 14 percent, and Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS), which added 12 percent. The positive gains in both stocks were due to strong earnings reports. Shares of Liberty Interactive Group (NASDAQ: QVCA) plunged almost 22 percent on Friday due to disappointing sales growth in its fiscal second quarter. Pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE: BMY) lost 16 percent after a disappointing study involving its Opdivo drug.

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS) is a direct selling company, which develops and distributes personal care products and nutritional supplements that are sold under the Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands. This stock closed up 5.4% at $92.96 in Monday’s trading session.

    Monday’s Volume: 2 million

    Three-Month Average Volume: 900,802

    Volume % Change: 85%

    From a technical perspective, NUS ripped higher here right above some near-term support at $85 with heavy upside volume. This move pushed shares of NUS into breakout and new 52-week-high territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $88.20 to $89.69. This move also pushed shares of NUS above the upper-end of its recent range that saw the stock trend between $82 to just above $89.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in NUS as long as it’s trending above support at $85 and then once it sustains a move or close above Monday’s high of $93.33 with volume that this near or above 900,802 shares. If we get that move soon, then NUS will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $100 to $105.

stock market best investments: Pharmerica Corporation(PMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    PharMerica Corporation (NYSE: PMC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.43 per share on revenue of $509.45 million.

    United States Cellular Corp (NYSE: USM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $975.54 million.

stock market best investments: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.”

    Company Commentary
    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.

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  • [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:

stock market best investments: CF Industries Holdings, Inc.(CF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

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

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

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

     

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

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

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

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

  • [By Chris Lange]

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

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Two weeks from now, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the landmark case: Christie vs. Professional & Amateur Sports Protection Act (1992) asserting that it, among other injustices, is an undue incursion of the sovereign right of states to legalize wagering on sports. The case springs from a lawsuit by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Although online casino play is already legal in that state, sports betting is not. Through a succession of lower court rulings that cited the federal statute, Christie has taken the fight to the nations highest court. The outcome of that ruling, to come sometime this year, could trigger a bonanza for companies already in the online wagering sector. The American Gaming Association has issued an amicus curiae brief to the court favoring legal sports betting citing its estimate that it represents $150 in annual revenue to illegal bookmakers, much of which is diverted to finance organized criminal enterprises.

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    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.

Best Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: The Middleby Corporation(MIDD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Middleby Corp (NASDAQ: MIDD) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $515.56 million.

    Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.70 per share on revenue of $360.22 million.

Best Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Chesapeake Utilities Corporation(CPK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Tuesday, utilities shares slipped by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM), up 2 percent, and Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) up 3 percent.

Best Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.”

    Company Commentary
    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.

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Best Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Durect Corporation(DRRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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Best Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Clayton Williams Energy, Inc.(CWEI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Company Name

    Share PriceYTDMarket CapClayton Williams Energy Inc. (NYSE: CWEI)$138.8216.4%2.4BDiamondback Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: FANG)$106.365.42%$9.38BWestern Gas Partners LP (NYSE: WES)$65.6411.71%$9.67BTesoro Logistics LP (NYSE: TLLP)$59.3416.79%$6.25BResolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN)$46.0811.87%$931.13MAntero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AM)$34.9813.28%$6.4BExterran Corp. (NYSE: EXTN)$33.9942.22%$1.19BDominion Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: DM)$32.9011.34%$2.6BNextEra Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NEP)$31.1922.12%$1.68BArchrock Inc. (NYSE: AROC)$16.0021.21%$1.12B

    While some of these stocks have performed well, we arent recommending this list of natural gas stocks. Thats because we arent interested in stocks that have already peaked at Money Morning; were interested in the next big winner. And we have one that could surge in 2017

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Noble Energy (NBL) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after purchasing Clayton Williams Energy (CWEI) for $2.7 billion.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Noble Energygained 7.1% to $40.05, while the S&P 500 fell 0.3% to2,267.89.

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Several days ago Fitbit (FIT) and Dexcom (DXCM) announced they are partnering to develop CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) solutions for people living with diabetes. The first product will incorporate DXCM’s CGM data and bridge it with FIT’s new Ionic watch. Users of Android and iOS devices would be able to see “activity and glucose levels, right on their wrist.”

So what’s the big deal?

Th truth is that it isn’t such a big deal for DXCM. The company already sells and markets a similar product for both Android and iOS devices.

However, please note that the Ionic will have four days of battery life, which could be considered mission critical in such medical applications. Apple’s (AAPL) new iWatch 3 on the other hand clams to have up to 18 hours of battery life.

Also, the Ionic smartwatch has a built-in GPS tracker, an optical heart rate sensor, an accelerometer and a blood oxygen sensor. So perhaps DXCM and FIT might have more plans for medical Apps in the future. The AAPL iWatch does not have all those amenities, and to get the GPS tracker you have to fork out about $30 more.

free online stock trading: Rockwell Medical Technologies Inc.(RMTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday morning, the healthcare sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KERX) and Rockwell Medical Inc (NASDAQ: RMTI).

  • [By Alex McGuire]

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

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

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

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dividends4Life]

    Air Industries Group Inc. (AIRI), an aerospace and defense company, designs and manufactures structural parts and assemblies that focus on flight safety. Sept. 17, the company increased its quarterly dividend 100% to $0.125 per share. The dividend is is payable Oct. 15, 2013 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Sept. 30, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 6.9%.

free online stock trading: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.”

    Company Commentary
    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.

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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

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After running through their scenarios,Boruchow comes up with five losers from Trump’s tax plans: Carters (CRI), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Under Armour (UA), Fossil Group (FOSL) and Gap (GPS). He explains why:

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“Success requires first expending ten units of effort to produce one unit of results. Your momentum will then produce ten units of results with each unit of effort.” – Charles J. Givens

It was a good way to close the week for biotech investors as the biotech indices rose more than two percent on the last day before the holiday weekend and it felt like sort of a “Santa Claus” rally. Christmas really came early this week for the shareholders of these three small biotech stocks on Friday. All of which could be in the early innings of a bigger move.

stock market analysis: Liberty Broadband Corporation(LBRDK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andrew Tonner]

    After focusing on his philanthropic activities for a number of years, Soros resumed a more active role at his eponymous Soros Fund Management in mid-2016.Around the same time,the famed investor loaded up on shares of Liberty Broadband (NASDAQ:LBRDK) (NASDAQ:LBRDA), and the roughly $615 million stake he owns in the company represented his largest holding in his latest quarterly filing — and for good reason.

stock market analysis: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.”

    Company Commentary
    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.

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  • [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:

stock market analysis: SPDR Wells Fargo Preferred Stock ETF (PSK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    DWFI holds five other SSgA fixed income ETFs, including the SPDR Wells Fargo Preferred Stock ETF (NYSE: PSK). PSK is DWFI's largest holding at a weight of 25.2 percent. DWFI's second-largest holding is an allocation of almost 25 percent to the SPDR Nuveen Barclays Municipal Bond ETF (NYSE: TFI).

stock market analysis: Alaska Air Group, Inc.(ALK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    While the airline stocks have pulled back recently, coming off a choppy 1Q17, we have In-Line ratings on the Big 3 (American Airlines [AAL], Delta Air Lines [DAL] and United Continental [UAL]), as well as on Alaska Air Group (ALK)…

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Last year, a potential solution appeared when Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK) acquired Virgin America, which is the only other commercial airline at Love Field, whereas Alaska Airlines flies to nearby Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). It seemed plausible that Alaska would consolidate its Dallas-area operations at DFW, the region’s main airport.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The best airline, overall, was Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK). Other category winners were Spirit Airlines Co. (NASDAQ: SAVE), which was ranked cheapest; Alaska rated most reliable; JetBlue Airways Inc. (NASDAQ: JBLU) was most comfortable; best for pets was Alaska; and the airline receiving the fewest complaints was Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV).

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    To meet this condition, Delta and Aeromexico agreed to divest up to 24 slot pairs at Mexico City International Airport. Now, the three largest low-fare airlines in the U.S. — Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV), Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK), and JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) — are close to being cleared for expansion in Mexico City.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) which rose over 4% to $64.43. The stocks 52-week range is $61.10 to $101.43. Volume was2.4 million compared to its average volume of 1.8 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

    Shake Shack (SHAK) has risen 1.7% to $33 after getting upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Wedbush.

stock market analysis: Taranis Resources Inc. (TNREF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sara Cornell]

    While this can mean excess volatility on the world markets, a silver lining (pun intended) is that mining companies are growing in market favor. Taranis Resources Inc. (OTCBB: TNREF) (TSE: TRO.V), a mining and mineral exploration company based in Colorado and Vancouver, BC, is well positioned for growth in the current volatile markets, largely due to its Thor Deposit, an advanced-stage gold-silver-lead-zinc-copper mineral deposit that has near-surface mineralization that can be extracted with a low cost, open pit mine. Recent discoveries in The Thor Deposit, which is 100% owned by Taranis (OTCBB: TNREF) (TSE: TRO.V), indicate that the area could be prime for development into a significantly bigger mine.