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Best Performing Stocks To Own For 2018

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One of the better performing corners of the consumer discretionary sector this year are homebuilders stocks. For example, the iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSE: ITB) is up 15.3 percent, more than double the year-to-date returns offered by the Consumer Discretionary SPDR (ETF) (NYSE: XLY).

Best Performing Stocks To Own For 2018: magicJack VocalTec Ltd(CALL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    magicJack VocalTec Ltd (NASDAQ: CALL) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.30 per share on revenue of $25.00 million.

    Rentech, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTK) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $81.02 million.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Any smidgen of magic left in magicJack VocalTec (CALL) is vanishing quicker than street magician David Blaine can make a new quarter disappear.

    Now the former star of annoying, late-night TV commercials only wishes it could make its melting core business model reappear.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Any smidgen of magic left in magicJack VocalTec (CALL) is vanishing quicker than street magician David Blaine can make a new quarter disappear.

    Now the former star of annoying, late-night TV commercials only wishes it could make its melting core business model reappear.

Best Performing Stocks To Own For 2018: Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation(FDML)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Mario Gabelli on Monday gained the upper hand in his battle to force Carl Icahn to sweeten his offer for a car-parts manufacturer. Icahn, who owns 82 percent of Federal-Mogul (NASDAQ: FDML), offered $9.25 a share for the remaining stake but fell way short after Gamco Investors boss Gabelli — who has a leading stake in Federal-Mogul — pressed for a higher price.

Best Performing Stocks To Own For 2018: Varex Imaging Corporation (VREX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Varex Imaging (VREX), a stock that wasn’t even in the index yesterday, soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after being spun out of Varian Medical Systems (VAR).

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Varex Imaging gained 7.3% to $27.27 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.6% to2,280.90. Varian Medical Systems fell 1.2% to $77.68.

    Varian Medical Systems reported net income of $402 million on sales of $3.2 billion in 2016.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap homeland security and screening stocks like FLIR Systems (NASDAQ: FLIR), OSI Systems (NASDAQ: OSIS),Varex Imaging Corp (NASDAQ: VREX) and Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) stand to benefit fromTrumps focus on border andinternal security in general. Heres what you need to know about all four:

Best Performing Stocks To Own For 2018: WEX Inc.(WEX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) for Q1 2.20% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) for Q1 0.00% vs -0.20% consensus estimate.
    US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    Data on factory orders for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The ISM non-manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The labor market conditions index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for May is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy
    Susquehanna upgraded Skechers (NYSE: SKX) from Neutral to Positive
    Deutsche Bank upgraded WEX (NYSE: WEX) from Hold to Buy
    Pacific Crest downgraded Apple from Overweight to Sector Weight
    RBC downgraded Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) from Sector Perform to Underperform
    Wedbush downgraded Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) from Outperform to Neutral

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Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018

On Tuesday, stocks closed mixed with a preference for small-caps as they took gains in some blue chips and big-cap stocks.

Profit-taking started immediately, with a divergence of better-quality stocks being sold. Banks and other financials fell 1.4% at the close, while technology gained 0.9% and consumer discretionary rose 0.5%. Eight of the eleven sectors of the 500 lost ground. From the election until Monday most investing was based on the expectations that the new administration will increase fiscal spending and lower corporate tax rates. The goal is to raise interest rates, inflation and promote growth.

Yesterday buying slowed slightly, but floor traders said that consolidations are a good sign and that the “reflation trade” will probably resume again. The chief investment officer at Wells Fargo Private Bank was quoted by The Wall Street Journal who said “there’s a level of optimism I haven’t seen in a while.”

Crude oil WTI fell 0.7% at $45.56 per barrel due to an EIA report that crude oil supplies increased by 5.27 million barrels instead of an estimate of 1.48 million.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd.(OB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Preferred Bank(PFBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Preferred Bank (PFBC) has surged 54% in the past year but still trades at a modest discount to the median S&P 1500 regional bank, based on both trailing earnings and estimated 2017 profits.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: WEX Inc.(WEX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) for Q1 2.20% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) for Q1 0.00% vs -0.20% consensus estimate.
    US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    Data on factory orders for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The ISM non-manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The labor market conditions index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for May is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy
    Susquehanna upgraded Skechers (NYSE: SKX) from Neutral to Positive
    Deutsche Bank upgraded WEX (NYSE: WEX) from Hold to Buy
    Pacific Crest downgraded Apple from Overweight to Sector Weight
    RBC downgraded Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) from Sector Perform to Underperform
    Wedbush downgraded Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) from Outperform to Neutral

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Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: (SMPQY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The majority owner is Sun Pharma (OTC:SMPQY) (the largest drug business in India). There have been a number of articles that have outlined Sun Pharma and its quest for Taro, but it makes a lot of sense for Sun to want to own all – and not just the majority – of Taro. One big reason is that owning all of Taro means that any investments that Sun makes with Taros $1.2 billion cash hoard will not be diluted by the presence of minority shareholders. Another reason that Sun likely wants Taro is simply because it is very cheap right now. Sun is run by its founder and majority shareholder, Dilip Shanghvi, who is sort of a pharmaceutical value investor who has opportunistically made acquisitions and investments over time, building his firm starting with a loan of $200 in the early 1980s to the multi-billion business it is today.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    We believe that two main risks currently exist. First, a few days ago, U.S. Department of Justice filed charges in generic drug price-fixing probe. The U.S. Department of Justice accused two former generic pharmaceutical executives of colluding with other generic manufacturers to fix prices – the first criminal charges stemming from a two-year investigation. Companies in the congressional probe have since publicly disclosed that they have received subpoenas, including Mylan NV (NASDAQ:MYL), Allergan (NYSE:AGN), which later sold its generics business to Teva (NASDAQ:TEVA), Lannett (NYSEMKT:LCI), Impax Laboratories (NASDAQ:IPXL), Endo International (NASDAQ

Hot Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now

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Oppenheimer Asset Management’s John Stoltzfus was bullish on the S&P 500’s prospects heading into 2017 and estimated the index would close the year at 2,450. Now that the index has already breached his end of year target is he calling for further upside or merely expecting the market to trade flat during the bottom half of the year?

Hot Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: WEX Inc.(WEX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) for Q1 2.20% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) for Q1 0.00% vs -0.20% consensus estimate.
    US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    Data on factory orders for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The ISM non-manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The labor market conditions index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for May is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy
    Susquehanna upgraded Skechers (NYSE: SKX) from Neutral to Positive
    Deutsche Bank upgraded WEX (NYSE: WEX) from Hold to Buy
    Pacific Crest downgraded Apple from Overweight to Sector Weight
    RBC downgraded Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) from Sector Perform to Underperform
    Wedbush downgraded Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) from Outperform to Neutral

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Hot Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: Colliers International Group Inc. (CIGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    A10% owner of Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CIGI) wasadding to holdings last week. Spruce House Partners bought a total of 133,800 shares of the company at $42.05 per share. The total for the buy was listed at $6 million.

Hot Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    I ran a screen to identify the best-performing stocks from the S&P 500 in January. The top three performers during the month were Alcoa (NYSE:AA), CSX (NASDAQ:CSX), and NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG). Let’s see why they were the big standouts and whether they can keep it going.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    NRG Energy (NRG) has gained 2.1% to $18.49 after getting raise to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.

    Skechers USA (SKX) has tumbled 5.4% to$28.35 after getting cut to Negative from Positive at Susquehanna.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Clarity on the GenOn Energy Inc settlement and PJM Interconnection auction led UBS analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith to upgrade NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG) Thursday to Buy with a $20 price target.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector was the top gainer in the US market on Wednesday. Top gainers in the sector included Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG-ADR (NYSE: CIG), Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE: ELP), and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) which rose over 5% to $22.20. The stocks 52-week range is $9.84 to $23.36. Volume was over 35 million compared to its average volume of 5.8 million.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pete Najarian said that there was a big options activity in NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG). Traders were aggressively buying the October 26 calls. Around 6,000 contracts were traded in the first half of the session and they were paying 65 cents for them. The trade breaks even at $26.65 or more than 11 percent above the current market price.

Top 5 Stocks To Own For 2018

Sears is soaring today, and there is, thankfully, an obvious reason (I hate when there isn’t one). In this case, it’s the news that Bruce Berkowitz’s Fairholme Capital Management bought 286,000 shares of the stock from March 23 to March 27, following CEO Eddie Lampert’s purchase of more than 500,000 last week.

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That’s sent shares of Sears soaring 11% yesterday, and another 17% to $11.02 at 3:30 p.m. today, helped, no doubt, by investors covering their short positions in the stock.

We get why investors would be enthusiastic about these purchases. When insiders buy shares its a sign that they’re putting their money where there mouths are, and willing to bet on the prospects of the company. That was the case when JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon bought shares of his bank near the market low in Feb. 2016.

Top 5 Stocks To Own For 2018: PetMed Express, Inc.(PETS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11
  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Blue Buffalo Pet Products now roughly back up to its IPO close for retail investors while fresh pet food peer Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ: FRPT) is well below IPO levels and pet stocksCentral Garden & Pet Co (NASDAQ: CENT) andPetmed Express (NASDAQ: PETS) have been the best performers in the pet sector after PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) was acquired by a private equity group:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Blue Buffalo Pet Products roughly back up to its IPO close for retail investors while fresh pet food peer Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ: FRPT) isstill below IPO levels and pet stocksCentral Garden & Pet Co (NASDAQ: CENT) andPetmed Express (NASDAQ: PETS) have been much stronger performers in the pet sector after PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) was acquired by a private equity group:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Monday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares surged 0.22 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS), up 20 percent, and Kroger Co (NYSE: KR), up 3 percent.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap pet stockPetmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) reportedQ2 earnings before the market opened this morning with shares soaring this morning as earnings were well beyond expectations. Net sales increased 10% to $66.7 million as new order sales increased 9% to $11.6 million while the Company’s online sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 were approximately 84% of all sales compared to 82% for the same quarter the prior year (with online sales increasing 12%). Net income was $8.8 million versusnet income of $4.9 million. The CEO commented:

Top 5 Stocks To Own For 2018: AAON Inc.(AAON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Aaon Inc. (AAON) is an Oklahoma-based, family-owned and operated firm, with 23.54% insider ownership. It is an excellent business to own for the long term.

Top 5 Stocks To Own For 2018: WEX Inc.(WEX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) for Q1 2.20% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) for Q1 0.00% vs -0.20% consensus estimate.
    US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    Data on factory orders for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The ISM non-manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The labor market conditions index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for May is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy
    Susquehanna upgraded Skechers (NYSE: SKX) from Neutral to Positive
    Deutsche Bank upgraded WEX (NYSE: WEX) from Hold to Buy
    Pacific Crest downgraded Apple from Overweight to Sector Weight
    RBC downgraded Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) from Sector Perform to Underperform
    Wedbush downgraded Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) from Outperform to Neutral

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Top 5 Stocks To Own For 2018: Virtus Investment Partners Inc.(VRTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ: VRTS) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $111.05 following Q3 results. Virtus Investment posted Q3 earnings of $1.64 per share on revenue of $82.3 million.

Top 5 Stocks To Own For 2018: Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.(FBHS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Wednesday’s regular session.

Hot Gold Stocks To Own Right Now

Goldman Sachs was the stick President-elect Donald Trump used to bludgeon political foes like Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail and win the White House. Now that he has been elected, Trump is leaning on former employees of the investment bank to play a major role in crafting his economic agenda.

On Monday, Trump announced Gary D. Cohn will be joining his cabinet as director of the National Economic Council and an assistant to the President for economic policy. Cohn’s appointment means there will be a trifecta of former Goldmanites in the Trump administration. Former Goldman partner and mortgage trader Steven Mnuchin has been named Secretary of Treasury by Trump. Steve Bannon, a former Goldman banker, is his chief strategist.

Goldman Sachs president and COO Gary Cohn arrives for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)

Hot Gold Stocks To Own Right Now: Tata Motors Ltd(TTM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    I’ve been watching Tata Motors Ltd. (TTM) over the past few years with increasing interest. As India’s largest carmaker, it stands to benefit from the tenfold projected growth in the middle class in both India and China over the next decade.

Hot Gold Stocks To Own Right Now: ENI S.p.A.(E)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Reuters reported last week that the company is considering selling its 2,500 service stations in Italy for a tidy 500 million (about $538 million). The rumored buyer is private equity giant Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE: APO), also rumored to be interested in buying 2,600 Italian service stations from a joint venture between Italy’s Eni SpA (NYSE: E) and Total SA (NYSE: TOT).

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Big Oil stocks are the seven “oil supermajors” that do everything from oil drilling to refining to retail sales. This is a list of the Big Oil companies:

    Big Oil CompanyShare PriceYTDMarket CapExxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM)$83.44-7.58%$353.13BChevron Co. (NYSE: CVX)$113.56-3.5%$217.62BConocoPhillips Co. (NYSE: COP)$48.21-3.78%$61.42BRoyal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: RDS.A)$52.35-3.82%$221.08BBP Plc. (NYSE ADR: BP)$34.12-8.71%$112.69BTotal SA (NYSE: TOT)$50.26-1.35%$124.6BEni SpA (NYSE: E)$31.51-2.3%$58.69B

    Despite being huge global oil companies, shares of Big Oil stocks are all in the red this year. Those losses have all happened even as the Dow is smashing record highs and trading up 6.4% year to date.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Specifically, the oil supermajors are ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), BP Plc. (NYSE: BP), Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX), Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: RDS.A), Conoco Phillips (NYSE: COP), Eni SpA (NYSE ADR: E), and Total SA (NYSE ADR: TOT).

Hot Gold Stocks To Own Right Now: Daxor Corporation(DXR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Also last week, the chairman of Daxor Corp. (NYSEMKT: DXR), Joseph Feldschuh, who is also the chief medical officer, boughta block of 172,000 shares of the stock at $8.50 per share. The listed total for the purchase was $1,462,000.

Hot Gold Stocks To Own Right Now: WEX Inc.(WEX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) for Q1 2.20% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) for Q1 0.00% vs -0.20% consensus estimate.
    US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    Data on factory orders for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The ISM non-manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The labor market conditions index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for May is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy
    Susquehanna upgraded Skechers (NYSE: SKX) from Neutral to Positive
    Deutsche Bank upgraded WEX (NYSE: WEX) from Hold to Buy
    Pacific Crest downgraded Apple from Overweight to Sector Weight
    RBC downgraded Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) from Sector Perform to Underperform
    Wedbush downgraded Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) from Outperform to Neutral

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here or email minutes@benzinga.com.

Hot Gold Stocks To Own Right Now: BioScrip, Inc.(BIOS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    On Tuesday, BioScrip Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOS) reported third-quarter financial results before the markets opened. The company said that it had a net loss of $0.09 per share and $224.5 million in revenues. The consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters had called for a net loss of $0.05 per share and revenues of $223.26 million. The same period of last year reportedly EPS of had $0.04 and $247.22 million in revenues.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    BioScrip, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOS) saw its shares make a solid gain on Tuesday after another analyst issued a positive rating on the stock. Lake Street Capital initiated its coverage with a Buy rating and a $4.50 price target. This is implying an upside of over 300% from the previous closing price of $1.04.

stock market companies

Perrigo (PRGO) shares have tanked, hard, over the last couple years.

The stock is off 60% from its near $200 high in 2015 but is now up more than 15% in the last week. A turning point? The company is selling its active pharmaceutical ingredients business for $110 million – finally. It launched a strategic review for the business back in February. It sold its Russian consumer healthcare business as well, and previously divested its royalty stream for its MS drug. Its also divesting its Israel Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient business for $110 million in cash. Now, the company does have Starboard Value as an activist investor and we could see more divestitures. The activist hedge fund owns nearly 7% of Perrigo. Divesting non-core assets is a key thesis of Starboard Value.

stock market companies: Peak Resorts, Inc.(SKIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Peak Resorts Inc (NASDAQ: SKIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.40 per share on revenue of $42.59 million.

    BMC Stock Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: STCK) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $449.59 million.

stock market companies: WEX Inc.(WEX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) for Q1 2.20% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) for Q1 0.00% vs -0.20% consensus estimate.
    US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    Data on factory orders for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The ISM non-manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The labor market conditions index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for May is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy
    Susquehanna upgraded Skechers (NYSE: SKX) from Neutral to Positive
    Deutsche Bank upgraded WEX (NYSE: WEX) from Hold to Buy
    Pacific Crest downgraded Apple from Overweight to Sector Weight
    RBC downgraded Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) from Sector Perform to Underperform
    Wedbush downgraded Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) from Outperform to Neutral

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stock market companies: NOW Inc.(DNOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo, Tyler Crowe, and Jason Hall]

    Oil prices haven’t gotten off to the fast start many expected, falling around 6% on average during the first quarter of the year. That slump came despite OPEC’s best efforts since producing nations have achieved fairly good compliance on their planned output cuts. That said, despite the lackluster oil market, we still see some interestingopportunities in the oil market. Three stocks we really like right now are DistributionNOW(NYSE:DNOW),Phillips 66(NYSE:PSX), andConocoPhillips(NYSE:COP), which all should do well in the current oil market.

stock market companies: Valspar Corporation (The)(VAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    UBS analyst John Roberts and team consider whether Sherwin-Williams’ (SHW) pending purchase of Valspar (VAL) is a sign of peak pain in the U.S.:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Chilton first bought Sherwin Williamsduring the depths of the Great Recession. Why? “Paint is a good business,” he says. “There are 134 million homes in the US. I like knowing that when I got to bed at night…there paint will be peeling.” And while Sherwin Williamshas had quite a run, there’s a good reason to buy now: Its acquisition of Valspar (VAL).

stock market companies: LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.(LITB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap China based online retailstockLightinthebox Holding Co (NYSE: LITB) reportedQ1 2017 earnings as net revenues increased 8.0% to $72.7 million (above the high end of the Company’s guidance of $72.0 million). Net revenues from product sales were $64.8 million versus$61.9 million and net revenues from service and others were $7.9 million versus $5.4 million in the same quarter of 2016. As a percentage of net revenues, service and others accounted for 10.9% during the first quarter of 2017. Total orders of product sales were 1.6 million for the first quarter of 2017 versus1.7 million in the same quarter of 2016 while the total number of product sales customers was 1.2 million versus 1.4 million.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap China based online retailstockLightinthebox Holding Co (NYSE: LITB) as a long/buy trade:

top 10 stocks to buy

The payment processor segment has been absolutely on fire this year. Firms from domestic PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL), Square (NYSE:SQ) and Fiserv (NASDAQ:FISV) to European based Wirecard (OTCPK:WCAGY)(OTCPK:WRCDF) and Worldpay Group (OTCPK:WPYGY) have mostly seen significant growth. Even private Stripe (Private:STRIP) quickly became a multi-unicorn stock, but the question is which stock offers the best value proposition after the rally.

The growth in the sector stocks is primarily due to the ongoing market shift towards digital payments and online transactions from cash. Even consumers are now making P2P payments via services like Venmo and Square Cash, instead of cash. The constant stream of payments shifting to digital means provide topline growth for these firms making the stocks appealing for the annuity type profit streams with a growth kicker.

Big Growing Market

E-commerce is helping make that shift as online retailers are growing substantially faster than the retailing segment. In 2016, e-commerce grew by 15.6% to nearly $400 billion while the retail segment grew by only 2.9% automatically pushing money to payment processors and credit cards from cash transactions. The total retail sales were an incredible $4.9 trillion last year.

top 10 stocks to buy: WEX Inc.(WEX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) for Q1 2.20% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) for Q1 0.00% vs -0.20% consensus estimate.
    US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    Data on factory orders for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The ISM non-manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The labor market conditions index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for May is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy
    Susquehanna upgraded Skechers (NYSE: SKX) from Neutral to Positive
    Deutsche Bank upgraded WEX (NYSE: WEX) from Hold to Buy
    Pacific Crest downgraded Apple from Overweight to Sector Weight
    RBC downgraded Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) from Sector Perform to Underperform
    Wedbush downgraded Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) from Outperform to Neutral

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top 10 stocks to buy: East West Bancorp Inc.(EWBC)

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.

top 10 stocks to buy: TAL International Group Inc.(TAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Instead of buying TAL Education Group (ADR) (NYSE: TAL), Cramer would buy Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA).

    Cramer thinks Burlington Stores Inc (NYSE: BURL) is going to have a good quarter, because Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) posted a good one, and they have similar business models.

top 10 stocks to buy: Oceaneering International, Inc.(OII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $641.85 million.

    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.25 per share on revenue of $180.93 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, energy shares surged by 2.60 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII), Willbros Group Inc (NYSE: WG), and Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CIE).

top 10 stocks to buy: Dynavax Technologies Corporation(DVAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares shot up 73 percent to $15.99 as the company announced that the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted 12-1 in support of the company’s Hepatitis B vaccine, HEPLISAV-B. RBC Capital upgraded Dynavax from Sector Perform to Outperform.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $6.88 after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Add Dynavax Technologies Corp. (DVAX) to the list of biotech stocks to watch on or a little before Dec. 15. Thats when the company is going to get a yay or nay from the Food & Drug Administration about Heplisav-B as a treatment for hepatitis B in people with type 2 diabetes

  • [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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