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For centuries, physical gold has served as an effective crisis hedge. When economies take a severe downturn and paper money gets devalued, a stash of gold can save you from losing your shirt.

Our friendly neighbors to the north would do well to remember that wisdom—because they’ve been experiencing the mother of all housing bubbles.

“At this point,” says Jared Dillian, a former Wall Street trader and contrarian analyst who predicted Canada’s looming economic crash early on, “you’d have to live under a rock to not realize what’s going on. Three years ago, I got laughed at when I said Canadian real estate was in a bubble. No one’s been laughing recently, though.”

Unlike three years ago, today the tell-tale signs of a bubble waiting for a pin are ubiquitous. Here are just a few:

Sign #1: When a million-dollar tear-down starts feeling like an amazing bargain, run.

In February, Toronto home prices hit another record high. The average selling price for a detached home was $1.57 million, up 29.8% in one year.

Best Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Rhino Resource Partners LP(RNO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alexis Xydias]

    Investors are regaining confidence, squeezing pessimists who say the economy remains sluggish outside of Germany and point to record-low trading volume as a lack of conviction in the Euro Stoxxs 61 percent rally of the past two years. Besides gains in stocks from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA to Renault SA (RNO), yields on Spanish and Italian bonds have declined to a two-year low compared with German bunds and the euro has strengthened 4.6 percent to $1.35 in the past six months.

Best Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Thor Industries Inc.(THO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO) got a boost, shooting up 14 percent to $102.70 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Monday.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Winnebago Industries and small cap peer Thor Industries, Inc (NYSE: THO) giving a similar performance with shares taking off last year before stumbling this year while Drew Industries, Inc (NYSE: DW) has mostly underperformed:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Recreational vehicles have hit a stretch of popularity that the industry hasn’t seen since the 1970s, and Thor Industries (NYSE:THO) has found itself in the right place at the right time. The RV specialist has made every effort it can to boost its growth to take advantage of favorable conditions, both by ramping up its existing internal operations and by looking for strategic combinations like its recent acquisition of industry peer Jayco. Coming into Monday’s fiscal second-quarter financial report, Thor investors were looking for very strong growth, and even though the company largely delivered on that front, some concerns about the pace of further gains throughout the rest of the fiscal year weighed on Thor stock after the report.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Winnebago Industriesalong withmid cap peers Thor Industries, Inc (NYSE: THO) and LCI Industries (NYSE: LCII) all giving a very similar performance and largely taking off starting in 2016:

Best Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: 3M Company(MMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Who are the likely candidates for the next round of upgrades? Cramer said he’s betting that 3M (MMM) will be in the mix, along with Walmart (WMT) and especially Home Depot (HD) , which should have a strong spring planting season with good comparisons to last year. Investors might also see upgrades on Honeywell (HON) and Nike (NKE) , Cramer suggested.

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    First, the Dow dropped below 19,800 points with two stocks – The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS) and 3M Company (NYSE:MMM) – experiencing a $3.26 billion selloff alone. Big banking stocks including Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) and JPMorgan Chase and Co. (NYSE:JPM) sold off far more severely than the S&P 500 itself. Tech stocks were more or less unscathed, with the exception of Alphabet Inc. (NasdaqGS:GOOG), which received a 2.55% buzzcut of $26 per share.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    3M Co.’s (NYSE: MMM) latest quarterly earnings report is expected on Tuesday. The consensus estimates are $2.06 in earnings per share (EPS) and $7.47 billion in revenue. Shares were trading most recently at $191.50, in a 52-week range of $163.17 to $193.50. The consensus price target is $190.50.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Time To Favor Optionality: Most macro data are similar to, or better than, when the merger was announced. As a result, the same returns have been obtainable, with significantly less stress, simply through owning 3M (MMM) or a basket of chemical companies that approximate the Dow-DuPont portfolio. Relative to the chemical sector, performance has been average, leverage appears reasonable but near-term FCF less-than compelling partly due to new capacity ramping. With the merger likely to close in the near-term (90% chance, in our view), we believe Dow-DuPont will have an opportunity to show how scale creates optionality. The overhaul at Celanese (CE) over the past few years shows the way.

  • [By Dustin Blitchok]

    Morrison’s resignation came about one hour after 3M Co (NYSE: MMM) CEO Inge Thulin pulled the plug.

    In a Wednesday statement on his departure from what’s formally known as the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, Thulin said the group “is no longer an effective vehicle” for the technology company to promote job growth in the U.S.

Best Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

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  • [By JPMorgan]

    We recommend Wells Fargo into 2016 for several reasons: 1) a safe haven stock in a choppy, uncertain time period; 2) some benefit from acquisitions from GE Capital; 3) continued growth in several other areas – investment banking, credit cards, and payments; and 4) continued sizable capital return. 

  • [By Dustin Blitchok]

    In August, Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) revised the number of people affected when the bank opened unauthorized bank and credit card accounts upward to 3.5 million.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons — namely, for opening at least 2 million fake accounts to meet internal quotas.Remarkably, that didn’t stop the bank from adding nearly 16,000 employees. Perhaps some were hired to replace the reported 5,300 that were let go in the wake of the scandal.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Wells Fargo (WFC) is lower Monday, after the board of directors released the results of its internal investigation of the firms sales practices scandal.

    The company is clawing back some $75 million in pay from former Chief Executive JohnStumpfand former retailbankleaderCarrie Tolstedt, which the bank, in its 113-page report, holds largely responsible for the problems.

    The Wall Street Journal has more details on Wells Fargos conclusions:

    The boards results cap a six-monthindependent investigation that has not only rocked the countrys third-largest bank by assets but also the broader banking industry, with dozens of firms examining their own sales practices at the behest of regulators.

    Many directors on the San Francisco banks board now face their own scrutiny. Last week, proxy advisory firmInstitutional Shareholder Services Inc. suggested Wells Fargo investorsvote against 12 of the banks 15 directorsat the firms annual meeting April 25.The bank also continues to face federal and state investigations about its sales practices.

    A couple of analysts are weighing in on the stock today. Evercore ISIs John Pancari reiterated an Outperform rating and $64 price target on the stock:

    We reiterate our constructive thesis onWFCfrom a long term perspective as we expect abating headline risk (in part due to the conclusion of this investigation), still-intact above-peer ROE (despite our modeled expectation for a $0.25 per share go-fwd annual impact from the sales practice issue), and solid competitive position to drive a return of the stock’s premium valuation over time. While we acknowledge concerns around a potential CCAR failure (quantitative and/or qualitative), the broader fundamental impact could prove quite manageable asWFCmay still be permitted to deploy capital at the prior year (2016) level – just not increase deployment, while the related operational costs have

Best Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Silver Wheaton Corp(SLW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW), of course, is a streamer like Sandstorm and Franco, but it is the largest in the precious-metals industry, and arguably the best-known, because its business model came to define what streaming is. Although it is known primarily for its silver contracts, Silver Wheaton also has sizable gold production that makes it worth your attention.

Best Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [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 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 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.

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The king of passive funds is expanding its presence in the active space. Vanguard said it plans to launch six factor-based ETFs and one factor-based mutual fund — five of which are targeted at financial advisors and institutional investors seeking to maximize value, momentum, liquidity and quality or to minimize volatility.

The funds have expense ratios from $0.13 to $0.18 and should begin trading in the first quarter of 2018. They represent the first actively managed ETFs to be sold by Vanguard in the United States; the firm currently offers factor ETFs in Canada and the United Kingdom. 

The mutual fund and ETFs will offer a multi-factor approach. It would have an investment minimum of $50,000.

“Our factor-based fund offerings serve as a valuable extension of our low-cost active lineup, providing additional ways for suitable investors to help meet their long-term objectives by targeting exposure to specific factors in the market,” said Vanguard Chief Investment Officer Greg Davis, in a statement.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    American International Group (AIG) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after its earnings fell well short of the Street consensus.

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    AIG dropped 8.9% to $60.85 today, while the S&P 500 gained 0.5% to 2,349.25.

    Yes, AIG’s earnings were bad. It reported an operating loss of $2.72 a share, missing forecasts for a profit of 42 cents, according to Bloomberg. And it didn’t help that John Paulson’s Paulson & Co. cut its stake in the insurer.

    You’ll notice the forecast is different than what it was in my earlier post on AIG–and an AIG spokesperson even reached out to tell me that the consensus, at least according to FactSet, should had been for a loss of 61 cents a share. Why the confusion? RBC’s Mark Dwelle and Scott Heleniak have your answer:

    In reporting results AIG has recast all of its business segments, transferring various pieces to a Legacy unit, reallocating corporate expenses and net investment income as well as making some changes as to what is included within operating income, the most notable of which is that loss reserve discount effects in U.S. Commercial Insurance (and the Legacy unit) are now excluded from Operating Income. Accordingly, comparisons to prior reported results, and to some extent our 4Q16 estimates, require some reconciliation.

    Macquarie’sAmit Kumar considers the bull and bear cases on AIG:

    On 2/14, after market close, AIG reported a Q4 operating loss of $2.72 per share vs. our estimate of a $0.52 loss and street consensus of a $0.54 loss. Results are not directly comparable to street consensus due to lack of unanimity in terms of reserve adjustment estimates. Results included a higher than estimated $5.6 billion or $3.56/share of adverse development. The company had previously announced the possibility of a material reserve charge in the quarter. The bulls on the stock would note that this quar

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Heading into its earnings following the close of trading yesterday, shares of American International Group (AIG) had gained 34% from its low on Jun. 28 to Feb. 14. Then the bottom fell out.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    BMO’s Charles Sebaski explains why he upgraded American International Group (AIG) to Outperform from market Perform:

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    AIG has been trading at discount to its tangible book given its mid-single digit return profile; however, we expect AIGs valuation to keep increasing with its improving return profile. We are now forecasting AIG to generate a 9.9% operating return on tangible common equity (ROtE) in 2018, which would be a 450 bp improvement from 2016. A double-digit return profile warrants the 1x multiple that we are applying to its tangible book value per share. While we expect AIGs return profile to benefit from lower taxes, we also expect the companys life and retirement business to improve from the rising interest rates as those spread businesses are more interest rate sensitive than the P&C business. That said, we expect continued improvement on both the loss and expense sides of the P&C as contributing factors to the ROtE improve.

    BMO also upgraded Arch Capital Group (ACGL), Brown & Brown (BRO), and Travelers (TRV).

    Shares of American International Group have declined 0.4% to $65.60 at 3:36 p.m. today, whileArch Capital Group has gained 2% to $87.90,Brown & Brown has advanced 0.5% to $44.65, andTravelers has risen 1.3% to $120.79.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion before the opening bell. Dr Pepper Snapple shares fell 0.07 percent to close at $93.49 on Monday.
    Analysts expect American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG) to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $12.87 billion after the closing bell. AIG shares gained 0.38 percent to $66.39 in after-hours trading.
    Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed expectations. Flowers Foods shares fell 1.87 percent to $20.45 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Diebold Nixdorf Inc (NYSE: DBD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.31 billion. Diebold Nixdorf shares slipped 0.73 percent to close at $27.20 on Monday.

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CBOE Holdings Inc.(CBOE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.

  • [By CNNMoney Staff]

    Stocks continued to rally despite the fact that options trading was temporarily halted Monday afternoon at exchanges run by CBOE Holdings (CBOE), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), BATS Global Markets and Miami International Holdings due to issues at the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA), which provides trading data and price quotes.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bats Global Markets was acquired on Feb. 28 by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Nasdaq: CBOE).

    But the Bats BZX Exchange has had a bigger role than just serving as the place where the Winklevoss ETF will be listed…

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Wall Street has been watching bitcoin this week, with the price up another 39.8 percent to above $16,000 ahead of the highly anticipated launch of bitcoin futures trading by Cboe Global Markets Inc (NASDAQ: CBOE) starting Sunday. Bitcoin has been around for years, but bitcoin futures trading will make trading a breeze for average retail investors for the first time.

  • [By Saumya Vaishampayan
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    Those who dabble in derivatives tied to the CBOE (CBOE) Volatility Index are placing bets that pay out if the stock market keeps swinging, and especially if it drops.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: New Century Bancorp Inc.(NC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of NACCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NC) got a boost, shooting up 11 percent to $73.85. NACCO Industries disclosed that its subsidiary Hamilton Beach Brands has filed to trade as an independent company. The company announced the retirement of its CEO following Hamilton Beach Brands spin off.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: The First of Long Island Corporation(FLIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dividends4Life]

    The First of Long Island Corporation (FLIC) operates as a bank holding company for The First National Bank of Long Island that provides financial services. Sept. 19, the company increased its quarterly dividend 4% to $0.26 per share. The dividend is payable Oct. 11, 2013 to shareholders of record on October 3, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 2.7%.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Porter Bancorp Inc.(PBIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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    These are the top 5 holdings of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LPBanc of California Inc (BANC) – 2,850,564 shares, 27.82% of the total portfolio. Guaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,891,767 shares, 23.36% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 19.22%Meta Financial Group Inc (CASH) – 347,069 shares, 14.02% of the total portfolio. Sterling Bancorp (STL) – 1,048,980 shares, 11.07% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 16.01%MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 2,060,302 sha

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: KKR(KKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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

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

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The long saga regarding Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) has finally come to a head. Well, maybe. Rather than KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR) investing $150 million, Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) will be investing up to $480 million in the streaming music rival. With its ticketing unit sale taking place as well, it might seem that Pandora is getting a great deal and helping to bolster its books.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: 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 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    This jump primarily had to do with Berkshire’s stake in Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC), which rose 5.4% on Nov. 9 alone. This spike in the embattled bank’s shares added $1.7 billion to Buffett’s fortune in the span of 24 hours.

  • [By Gregg Greenberg]

    Stocks of Wells Fargo (WFC) were up 4% last year, outperforming both the broader market and the overall financial sector. Erik Oja, equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ, said the megabank will shine even brighter in 2016 once higher interest rates kick in.  

     

    "We think Wells Fargo is best poised to benefit from higher rates due to its large deposit base and industry-leading loan growth," said Oja, adding that he expects much higher revenue growth in the coming year after a recent slowdown.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Finally on Friday, the banks begin to report. This is a group that benefits both from President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed deregulation and from rising interest rates. Cramer was bullish on JPMorgan and Bank of America (BAC) , but held Wells Fargo (WFC) , another Action Alerts PLUS name, as his favorite in the group.

  • [By Sarfaraz Khan]

    In addition to this, Warren Buffett has also built sizable positions in a number of major US banks.Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB)and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)have the leading positions in Berkshire Hathaways portfolio. In fact, Wells Fargo is Berkshire Hathaway’s second largest stock holding. In addition to this, Berkshire Hathaway also owns $5 billion worth of Bank of Americas preferred shares and warrants to buy 700 million of the banks ordinary shares at just $7.14 (current price $22.10) anytime until September 2021. These banks are positioned to become the biggest beneficiaries of the increase in interest rates. To get an idea of how this might happen, consider Bank of Americas forecast in which it predicted a $7.5 billion boost to annual net interest income following a 1-percentage-point increase in interest rates.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    On Thursday,Wells Fargo (WFC) reported first-quarter earnings that topped analysts’ expectations, but the stock still ended down for the day.

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    Wells Fargo said it earned $1 a share on revenue of $22 billion. Analysts were looking for earnings per share of 97 cents on revenue of $22.3 billion.

    Analystshave digetsed the news, and are out withtheir takes on the quarter, and opinions run the gamut.

    Evercore ISI’s John Pancari reiterated an Outperform rating and $60 price target on Wells:

    A more conservative fee outlook (mainly mortgage) and modest tweak to B/S growth expectations led to a slight downside EPS revision to 2018. That said, expense efforts are now the greater focus given the n/t headwinds – but also the substantial opportunity to pare costs and limit pressure on returns. All eyes on the May 11 investor day.

     

    Sandler O’Neil’sR. ScottSiefers reiterated a Hold rating and $55 price target:

    WFCcontinues to address the sales scandal decisively and transparently, but too many uncertainties and issues remain.We are keeping our HOLD rating. We considerWFCs 1Q performance fine, but not its best. On the plus side, credit trends were very good, and a rebound in trading allowed total fees to come in better than we had foreseen (though we suspect that at least a portion of this Qs performance will normalize in coming periods). But the NIM only held firm (whereas we would have hoped to see at least a little expansion), loan growth was pretty weak, and costs came in higher than we had anticipated.

    Raymond James’s David Long reiterated an Underweight rating:

    The EPS beat was driven by a lower tax rate (management guided to a reversion) and a reserve release from improvement in energy-related credits, while the miss on expenses (deferred comp) outweighed the beat on fees (trading gains). Additionally, March retail banking gr

  • [By John Maxfield]

    What’s the deal? The answer is that not all of the bank stocks selected by Warren Buffett for Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio performed equally well this year. One in particular dragged down its returns: Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC).

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: 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 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Greenlight Capital Re Ltd.(GLRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Note that hedge fund mogul David Einhorn has been a director ofthe predecessor company since May 2006. Mr. Einhorn co-founded, and has served as the President of, Greenlight Capital, Inc., since January 1996. Funds managed by Greenlight are some ofthe Companys principal stockholders. Since July 2004, Mr. Einhorn has served as Chairman of the Board of Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd (Nasdaq: GLRE).

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Hot Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: KKR(KKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The long saga regarding Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) has finally come to a head. Well, maybe. Rather than KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR) investing $150 million, Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) will be investing up to $480 million in the streaming music rival. With its ticketing unit sale taking place as well, it might seem that Pandora is getting a great deal and helping to bolster its books.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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

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

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: CME Group Inc.(CME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Market Exchanges like the CME Group (Nasdaq: CME) have just started allowing trading in bitcoin futures and could attract an entirely new type of retail user as well as allowing institutional clients access to the bitcoin theme. Exchanges make their money on transactional volume, so a bursting of the bitcoin bubble wouldn’t necessarily mean weakness for shares.

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    My pick this week has created a faster, more centralized marketplace for bond traders… and it’s led by a guy who once worked the trading floors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). Better yet, recently passed regulations could force traders’ hands in joining this new system.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Aon Corporation(AON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    We’re seeing the exact same price pattern playing out in shares of $29 billion risk and insurance consultancy firm Aon plc (AON) . Aon has been a strong performer for all of 2016, up 20% since the calendar flipped to January. But don’t worry if you’ve missed the move – an ascending triangle pattern is signaling a second leg higher here. For Aon, the breakout level to watch is resistance up at $113.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: BofI Holding Inc.(BOFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Hall]

    Internet bank holding companyBofI Holding, Inc.(NASDAQ:BOFI) reported financial and operating results on April 25 after market close, with net income of $41 million — the most-ever in a single quarter in its history. BofI delivered strong growth in net interest income, book value, loan originations, and a number of other key metrics.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    3. BofI Holding (NASDAQ:BOFI) is a more speculative choice, but one that deserves serious consideration. The bank, whose name stands for “Bank of Internet”, is the oldest internet-only bank in the U.S. By maintaining an online-based business model, the bank enjoys competitive advantage such as low overhead and the ability to offer better rates on loan and deposit products than peers.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Internet-based bank holding company BofI Holding (NASDAQ:BOFI) is not like most other banks. Since the name BofI stands for “Bank of Internet,” one thing that obviously makes the bank unique is its online-only business model. However, there are a lot of less-obvious things about BofI Holding that you might find interesting.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) will report its most recent quarterly results on Friday as well. The consensus estimates are $1.01 in EPS and $22.46 billion in revenue. Shares closed at $55.74 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $43.55 to $59.99. The consensus price target is $57.67. Over the past 52 weeks, the stock is up nearly 16%.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer’s game plan for next week’s trading starts on Monday, when Warren Buffett is scheduled to be on CNBC. Cramer said he wants to hear Buffett’s thoughts on his portfolio’s biggest under-performers, like American Express (AXP) , Coca-Cola (KO) and Wells Fargo (WFC) .

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Big banks like JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC), and Bank of America (BAC) have surged more than 20% during the past three months–causing many investors to doubt the possibility for further gains. I’m note one of them–after my disastrous financials call last year, I’m bullish on them in 2017–and neither is Morgan Stanley’s Betsy Graseck, who remains Overweight the big banks, despite their big gains. She explains why:

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    Net operating cash flow has increased to $18,937.00 million or 25.72% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 25.72%, WELLS FARGO & CO is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 301.19%.

     

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The late Canadian-American actor Alan Thicke doled out measured advice as a psychiatrist dad in the sitcom Growing Pains. If only his heirs could use some handholding from “America’s Dad” now that they’re battling how to divvy up his estate.

It’s just half a year since Thicke died after a heart attack last December; he was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son Carter. Thicke’s two older sons, popstar Robin and Brennan, as co-executors of their dad’s living trust, have filed a petition in the Superior Court in Los Angeles, seeking instructions on the interplay between the 1988 trust (amended last year) and a 2005 prenup signed by their dad and his third wife, Tanya Callau. At issue is what’s separate property, what’s community property, and how it should be split among the three children and Callau.

BURBANK, CA – APRIL 26: TV personalities Tanya Callau (L) and Alan Thicke attend The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for NATAS)

Best Canadian Stocks To Buy Right Now: 3M Company(MMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded down 1.05% at $210.38. The stock’s 52-week range is $163.85 to $214.57. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 1.8 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    We saw this pattern with 3M (MMM) , one of my favorite stocks, which got crushed, falling from $177 to $173 because of what the headline writers called a weak consumer-products division. Sure, you can pull a line and see an unexpected decline. But declines do not necessarily mean weakness, which, to me, connotes a failure to have the right product and flagging sales. If you go listen to the conference call, you discover that the weakness had to do with a particularly retailer’s troubles. Sure, you could argue, why do we trust this company? I come back and say, you trust them because CEO Inge Thulin has been money in the bank for years and there’s no reason not to trust him.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is set to report its second-quarter results on Tuesday. The analysts consensus estimates call for EPS of $2.54 and $7.86 billion in revenue. Shares of 3M were changing hands at $211.07 at Fridays close. The consensus price target is $205.09, and the 52-week range is $163.85 to $214.57.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    3M Co.’s (NYSE: MMM) latest quarterly earnings report is expected on Tuesday. The consensus estimates are $2.06 in earnings per share (EPS) and $7.47 billion in revenue. Shares were trading most recently at $191.50, in a 52-week range of $163.17 to $193.50. The consensus price target is $190.50.

Best Canadian Stocks To Buy Right Now: Prestige Brand Holdings Inc.(PBH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Castor believes the cash has disappeared into working capital, which has grown from 23% to more than 50% since 2008. Comparable company PrestigeBrand (PBH) uses 11%; Unilever(UL) and Colgate-Palmolive(CL) far less.

Best Canadian Stocks To Buy Right Now: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Cliches aside, Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) might not be the most popular name after its phony accounts scandal, but so what? Its still a quality business with a quality stock that yields 3.4%.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) will report its most recent quarterly results on Friday as well. The consensus estimates are $1.01 in EPS and $22.46 billion in revenue. Shares closed at $55.74 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $43.55 to $59.99. The consensus price target is $57.67. Over the past 52 weeks, the stock is up nearly 16%.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) did an exceptionally good job of making it through the financial crisis in 2008 with minimal damage, weathering the turbulence in its stock price and rising to all-time record highs in the early and mid-2010s. Along the way, Wells Fargo also sought to regain its standing as a strong dividend stock, and it has successfully restored its quarterly payout to levels above what it had paid prior to the crisis. Yet recently, the bank has run into controversy with a scandal involving employees opening fake accounts, and Wells Fargo’s most recent earnings weren’t as strong as the company has seen in the past. Some investors are wondering whether the bank’s track record of dividend increases since the financial crisis could be in jeopardy. Let’s look more closely to whether Wells Fargo will raise its dividend in 2017.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    Among the brands being sold were Alcoa Corporation (NYSE: AA) and Ford Motor Company(NYSE: F), which both paid out dividends in December. The financial and oil sectors also experienced a sell-off to finish 2016. Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) and Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) were net sold as each reached new year-to-date highs and investors unloaded ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) and Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) as their prices normalized with the rise in the price of oil.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Wells Fargo (WFC) is lower Monday, after the board of directors released the results of its internal investigation of the firms sales practices scandal.

    The company is clawing back some $75 million in pay from former Chief Executive JohnStumpfand former retailbankleaderCarrie Tolstedt, which the bank, in its 113-page report, holds largely responsible for the problems.

    The Wall Street Journal has more details on Wells Fargos conclusions:

    The boards results cap a six-monthindependent investigation that has not only rocked the countrys third-largest bank by assets but also the broader banking industry, with dozens of firms examining their own sales practices at the behest of regulators.

    Many directors on the San Francisco banks board now face their own scrutiny. Last week, proxy advisory firmInstitutional Shareholder Services Inc. suggested Wells Fargo investorsvote against 12 of the banks 15 directorsat the firms annual meeting April 25.The bank also continues to face federal and state investigations about its sales practices.

    A couple of analysts are weighing in on the stock today. Evercore ISIs John Pancari reiterated an Outperform rating and $64 price target on the stock:

    We reiterate our constructive thesis onWFCfrom a long term perspective as we expect abating headline risk (in part due to the conclusion of this investigation), still-intact above-peer ROE (despite our modeled expectation for a $0.25 per share go-fwd annual impact from the sales practice issue), and solid competitive position to drive a return of the stock’s premium valuation over time. While we acknowledge concerns around a potential CCAR failure (quantitative and/or qualitative), the broader fundamental impact could prove quite manageable asWFCmay still be permitted to deploy capital at the prior year (2016) level – just not increase deployment, while the related operational costs have

  • [By John Maxfield]

    You have to hand it to Wells Fargo’s (NYSE:WFC) executives for keeping investors in the loop about the performance of its retail banking unit following last year’s fake-account scandal, in which thousands of the bank’s employees opened up to 2 million accounts for customers without their approval to do so.

Best Canadian Stocks To Buy Right Now: Credit Suisse Group(CS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The latest credit default swap (CDS) data from BMO Capital Markets indicate a number of investors are growing increasingly concerned about the one-year outlook for capital markets. In a new report, analyst Mark Steele discussed the recent surge in one-year CDS activity, and what it means for the market.

  • [By Diane Alter]

    The head underwriters for the ZTO IPO are Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS). Also working on the deal are China Renaissance, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C), Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE ADR: CS), and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM).

  • [By David Zeiler]

    The federal government’s largesse isn’t restricted to U.S.-based companies, either. Foreign companies, including foreign banks, are also welcome. Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE ADR: CS) got $225.1 billion, and UBS Group AG (NYSE: UBS) got $249.1 billion.

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

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

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Bill Gates is sorry that he made it so annoying to log in to your computer.

The billionaire Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) co-founder admitted Wednesday that the Control-Alt-Delete function used to start up Windows computers is an awkward maneuver.

“If I could make one small edit, I’d make that a single key,” Gates said Wednesday on a panel at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City.

It’s a confession Gates has made before. In 2013, he blamed IBM (IBM, Tech30) for the issue.

“We could have had a single button. But the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t want to give us our single button,” Gates said at a Harvard University event at the time.

Users can press a single key to log in — not three — on Apple’s Mac computers.

The tech luminary, along with his wife, is the co-chair of the world’s largest private charitable foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The couple teamed up with dignitaries like President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in New York on Wednesday to promote their new Goalkeepers report, which tracks progress on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Top Canadian Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Well-known stocks in that group include JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) and Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Look no further than the 0.8% gain of Wells Fargo (WFC) on the day when it issues a release saying customer interactions with tellers year over year for the month of October were down 10% and new credit card applications “continued their downward trend with applications down 50% year over year,” in part because of reduced marketing spend but also because, again quoting WFC, “a full-month impact of customer reaction to the sales practices settlement.” (Wells Fargo is part of TheStreet’s Action Alerts PLUS portfolio.)

  • [By Sarfaraz Khan]

    In addition to this, Warren Buffett has also built sizable positions in a number of major US banks.Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB)and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)have the leading positions in Berkshire Hathaways portfolio. In fact, Wells Fargo is Berkshire Hathaway’s second largest stock holding. In addition to this, Berkshire Hathaway also owns $5 billion worth of Bank of Americas preferred shares and warrants to buy 700 million of the banks ordinary shares at just $7.14 (current price $22.10) anytime until September 2021. These banks are positioned to become the biggest beneficiaries of the increase in interest rates. To get an idea of how this might happen, consider Bank of Americas forecast in which it predicted a $7.5 billion boost to annual net interest income following a 1-percentage-point increase in interest rates.

  • [By Jim Cramer]

     

    After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that WFC’s price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don’t lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.

  • [By John Maxfield]

    In Wells Fargo’s (NYSE:WFC) case, a 100-basis-point increase in both short- and long-term rates would bolster its net interest income by between 2% and 5% over the 12 months following the increase. Given that the California-based bank generated $47.8 billion in net interest income last year, that equates to a benefit of between $1 billion and $2.4 billion in added revenue.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Elsewhere yesterday, the SPX telecom sector was the strongest, climbing 1%. Shares of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), for example, climbed higher by 1.8% after a Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) analyst upped VZ stock to “outperform” from “market perform,” noting the impending rollout of its next-generation 5G network.

Top Canadian Stocks To Invest In Right Now: 3M Company(MMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Second, how will the Dow get to that big magic number? Well, the six biggest stock weightings in the DJIA are: Goldman Sachs (GS), 3M (MMM), International Business Machines (IBM), UnitedHealth Group (UNH), and Boeing (BA). What you will notice looking at a day like yesterday is that tech led the way sector wise. If the Dow is going to outperform, we need mega caps to outperform. We need those six stocks to outperform. So we need a day where financials and industrials outperform to get there. Given the trends in sector leadership, that is bound to happen…We are one Trump tweet talking about how yuuuuuuge Goldman Sachs is away from 20k.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    We saw this pattern with 3M (MMM) , one of my favorite stocks, which got crushed, falling from $177 to $173 because of what the headline writers called a weak consumer-products division. Sure, you can pull a line and see an unexpected decline. But declines do not necessarily mean weakness, which, to me, connotes a failure to have the right product and flagging sales. If you go listen to the conference call, you discover that the weakness had to do with a particularly retailer’s troubles. Sure, you could argue, why do we trust this company? I come back and say, you trust them because CEO Inge Thulin has been money in the bank for years and there’s no reason not to trust him.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Time To Favor Optionality: Most macro data are similar to, or better than, when the merger was announced. As a result, the same returns have been obtainable, with significantly less stress, simply through owning 3M (MMM) or a basket of chemical companies that approximate the Dow-DuPont portfolio. Relative to the chemical sector, performance has been average, leverage appears reasonable but near-term FCF less-than compelling partly due to new capacity ramping. With the merger likely to close in the near-term (90% chance, in our view), we believe Dow-DuPont will have an opportunity to show how scale creates optionality. The overhaul at Celanese (CE) over the past few years shows the way.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Who are the likely candidates for the next round of upgrades? Cramer said he’s betting that 3M (MMM) will be in the mix, along with Walmart (WMT) and especially Home Depot (HD) , which should have a strong spring planting season with good comparisons to last year. Investors might also see upgrades on Honeywell (HON) and Nike (NKE) , Cramer suggested.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded down 1.05% at $210.38. The stock’s 52-week range is $163.85 to $214.57. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 1.8 million. The company had no specific news.

Top Canadian Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares fell 0.25 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG), down 3 percent, and Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) down 1 percent.

  • [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 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.

Top Canadian Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Rhino Resource Partners LP(RNO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alexis Xydias]

    Investors are regaining confidence, squeezing pessimists who say the economy remains sluggish outside of Germany and point to record-low trading volume as a lack of conviction in the Euro Stoxxs 61 percent rally of the past two years. Besides gains in stocks from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA to Renault SA (RNO), yields on Spanish and Italian bonds have declined to a two-year low compared with German bunds and the euro has strengthened 4.6 percent to $1.35 in the past six months.

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Source: ThinkstockMay 17, 2017: The S&P 500 closed lower on the day, down 1.8% at 2,357.25. Separately the DJIA closed down 1.8% as well at 20,608.33. The Nasdaq also closed down 2.6% at 6,011.24.

Wednesday was the worst trading day that the markets have had all year with all major indices down well over 1%. Practically everything was negative in the S&P 500, although there were a couple of exceptions. In terms of industries, only the following were positive on Wednesday: Beverages, Utilities, and REITs. The most negative stocks on Wednesday were large-cap financials and investment houses. With maybe one or two exceptions the entire tech sector posted red arrows.

Crude oil was actually higher on the day up 0.7% at $48.98.

Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Finally on Friday, the banks begin to report. This is a group that benefits both from President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed deregulation and from rising interest rates. Cramer was bullish on JPMorgan and Bank of America (BAC) , but held Wells Fargo (WFC) , another Action Alerts PLUS name, as his favorite in the group.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    OK, Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) might not be the most popular name after its jaw-dropping accounts scandal, but so what? Its still a quality business with a quality stock.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    At the same time, big banks stocks are demonstrating major strength:

    Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC) is up 2.0 percent.
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is up 2.1 percent.
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) is up 1.4 percent.
    Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) is up 1.8 percent.
    What To Make Of The Action

    Tech investors are feeling the pain on Wednesday, but some see a potential sector rotation as a positive sign of a healthy bull market.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate WELLS FARGO & CO 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 revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. 

Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: New Century Bancorp Inc.(NC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of NACCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NC) got a boost, shooting up 11 percent to $73.85. NACCO Industries disclosed that its subsidiary Hamilton Beach Brands has filed to trade as an independent company. The company announced the retirement of its CEO following Hamilton Beach Brands spin off.

Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ: TBNK) shares touched a new 52-week low of $21.31. Territorial Bancorp shares have dropped 9.43% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.

Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Greenlight Capital Re Ltd.(GLRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Note that hedge fund mogul David Einhorn has been a director ofthe predecessor company since May 2006. Mr. Einhorn co-founded, and has served as the President of, Greenlight Capital, Inc., since January 1996. Funds managed by Greenlight are some ofthe Companys principal stockholders. Since July 2004, Mr. Einhorn has served as Chairman of the Board of Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd (Nasdaq: GLRE).

Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Home Federal Bancorp Inc.(HOME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sofia Horta e Costa]

    Sanofi fell 2.6 percent after withdrawing a U.S. application for a diabetes drug. Cie. Financiere Richemont (CFR) SA dropped 2.3 percent as revenue missed analysts estimates. Vivendi SA advanced 2.7 percent after saying it will begin a formal study to separate its French phone unit from its media businesses. Home Retail Group Plc (HOME) surged 5.4 percent to a two-year high as sales exceeded projections.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of At Home Group Inc (NYSE: HOME) were down 10 percent to $23.19. At Home Group reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.18 per share on revenue of $232.1 million.

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FC Barcelona and Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi (R) receives his award from Cameroon and Antalyaspor forward Samuel Eto’o after being selected in the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. (Photo credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

The whispers are growing louder. What started as one or two investigations into allegations of tax improprieties now feels to some Barcelona fans like a witch hunt. The latest victims? Samuel Eto’o and Neymar.

Samuel Eto’o Fils, called Samuel Eto’o, who turned 35 this year, currently plays as a striker for Antalyaspor, a soccer club in Turkey. Eto’o’s Spanish connection came early in his career when he joined Real Madrid’s youth academy as a teen. He eventually signed on with FC Barcelona in the summer of 2004. Eto’o stayed with FC Barcelona for more than five seasons, scoring over 100 goals.

stock market newsletter: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) also is expected to report its most recently quarter results on Thursday. The consensus analyst estimates call for $0.97 in EPS and revenue of $22.3 billion. Shares of Wells Fargo closedat $54.84on Friday. The consensus price target is $59.07. The 52-week trading range is $43.55 to $59.99.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Wells Fargo (WFC) is lower Monday, after the board of directors released the results of its internal investigation of the firms sales practices scandal.

    The company is clawing back some $75 million in pay from former Chief Executive JohnStumpfand former retailbankleaderCarrie Tolstedt, which the bank, in its 113-page report, holds largely responsible for the problems.

    The Wall Street Journal has more details on Wells Fargos conclusions:

    The boards results cap a six-monthindependent investigation that has not only rocked the countrys third-largest bank by assets but also the broader banking industry, with dozens of firms examining their own sales practices at the behest of regulators.

    Many directors on the San Francisco banks board now face their own scrutiny. Last week, proxy advisory firmInstitutional Shareholder Services Inc. suggested Wells Fargo investorsvote against 12 of the banks 15 directorsat the firms annual meeting April 25.The bank also continues to face federal and state investigations about its sales practices.

    A couple of analysts are weighing in on the stock today. Evercore ISIs John Pancari reiterated an Outperform rating and $64 price target on the stock:

    We reiterate our constructive thesis onWFCfrom a long term perspective as we expect abating headline risk (in part due to the conclusion of this investigation), still-intact above-peer ROE (despite our modeled expectation for a $0.25 per share go-fwd annual impact from the sales practice issue), and solid competitive position to drive a return of the stock’s premium valuation over time. While we acknowledge concerns around a potential CCAR failure (quantitative and/or qualitative), the broader fundamental impact could prove quite manageable asWFCmay still be permitted to deploy capital at the prior year (2016) level – just not increase deployment, while the related operational costs have

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) reported fiscal 2017 first-quarter results before markets opened Thursday. The banking giant posted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.00 on revenue of $22 billion. In the same period a year ago, Wells Fargo reported EPS of $0.99 on revenue of $21.58 billion. Net income rose from $5.27 billion a year ago to $5.46 billion in the quarter. First-quarter results also compare to the consensus estimates for EPS of $0.97 on revenue of $22.31 billion.

stock market newsletter: NovoCure Limited(NVCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Novocure Ltd (NASDAQ: NVCR) shares shot up 22 percent to $7.27 after the company posted a narrower-than-expected Q3 loss.

    Shares of TriNet Group Inc (NYSE: TNET) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $20.43. TriNet reported Q3 earnings of $0.29 per share on revenue of $770.5 million.

stock market newsletter: U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc.(SLCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q3 2016 earnings report for small cap proppant and fracking stock U.S. Silica Holdings Inc (NYSE: SLCA)is scheduled for after the market closes onThursday (November 4th). Proppant and fracking stocks have beencrushed by low oil prices, but the latest technical chart for U.S. Silica Holdings shows a nice comeback until recent weeks:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of CARBO Ceramics performing much worst than potential peersU.S. Silica Holdings Inc (NYSE: SLCA) and Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE: HCLP) which began recovering much earlier in 2016 while CARBO has not had much of a bump:

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Tim Brugger, and Jordan Wathen]

    With that in mind, we asked three of our contributors to highlight a company they will be following closely in the first quarter and why. Here’s what makes Adobe Systems (NASDAQ:ADBE), Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW), and U.S. Silica Holdings (NYSE:SLCA) worth following when the next earnings report comes out.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of CARBO Ceramics performing much worst thanfracking peers U.S. Silica Holdings Inc (NYSE: SLCA) and Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE: HCLP) which showed signs of recovery in 2016, but that recoveryhas since fallen off:

stock market newsletter: Oclaro, Inc.(OCLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Arie Goren]

    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.(NSDQ:AMD)had been by far the best performer in 2016 among all the 413 Russell 3000 tech stocks. Its stock price appreciation of 295.1% in 2016 was significantly higher than the second ranked tech stock NVIDIA Corporation (NVIDIA (NSDQ:NVDA)which gained 223.8% and the third-ranked stock Oclaro Inc. (NSDQ:OCLR)which was up 157.2% in 2016.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is thefifth mostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 47.69% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is themostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 62.65% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of optical component companies have dropped today, includingOclaro (NASDAQ:OCLR), Acacia (NASDAQ:ACIA), Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), whose shares were down 11%, 11%, 6%, and 3%, respectively, as of 3:30 p.m. EDT, after the U.S. broadened its investigation regarding compliance with sanctions programs.

stock market newsletter: Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc.(PLAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAY) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $56.39 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its third quarter and boosted its full year net income guidance.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAY) was down, falling around 10 percent to $52.38. Dave & Buster's posted upbeat earnings for its second quarter, while sales missed expectations. The company also cut its comparable-store sales forecast for its fiscal year.

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Dave and Buster’s Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) is unique in that it’s part restaurant, part gaming establishment. On the food side, the chain touts American gastro-pub style cuisine and an extensive bar, but the experience is what really sets Dave and Buster’s apart. Who says arcades are only for kids?

stock market newsletter: Lennox International, Inc.(LII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Greg Williamson]

    Watsco’s current P/E of 24.5 is in the same ballpark as its competitor Lennox International (NYSE: LII  ) (NYSE: LII  ) (NYSE: LII  ) , whose P/E is 23.8. Lennox is a manufacturer of HVAC equipment and components, and will also benefit from HVAC industry tailwinds.

Top Canadian Stocks To Buy For 2018

Introduction – Railroads as an Investment Option

Railroads – many of us cross over tracks everyday on our commute to work each day and some of us actually taking a train on a daily basis perhaps. Railroads have been around for a long time, moving all sorts of cargo from coast to coast. Railroad stocks took it on the chin not too long ago due to coal weakening and oil production being cut in conjunction with increased utilization of pipelines to transport gas and oil, but public railroad stocks can be an exceptional investment option in a growing economy as they move many materials and goods. They may not be an exciting investment but they sure can be effective – take a look at the chart below. Over the past five years, Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP), CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX), and Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE:CNI) have all outperformed the S&P by as much as 58%.

Top Canadian Stocks To Buy For 2018: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Phillips 66 is a multi-national company headquartered in Westchase, Houston. It was spun off from ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) in 1917.

    Stock Return (Since 2012): 144.1 percent.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The contract awards are for the jack-ups West Elara and West Linus with ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS (COP) for work in the Greater Ekofisk area. The total additional backlog for the new contract awards is estimated to be about $1.4 billion, excluding performance bonuses.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    ConocoPhillips (COP) was upgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. You can view the full analysis from the report here: COP.

    Urban Outfitters (URBN) was downgraded to market perform at William Blair. Continued comp-store sales pressure is pushing out the timeline for a potential recovery, Blair said. 

  • [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 WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Spun off from energy producer ConocoPhillips (COP) a few years back, PSX has quickly become one of the downstream industrys biggest players. Refiners earn profits based on the difference between feed stock costs (Think oil and natural gas prices) and the price for refined products such as gasoline, jet fuel and heating oil. Those inputs remain low, and Phillips 66 is minting cash as a result.

Top Canadian Stocks To Buy For 2018: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Cliches aside, Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) might not be the most popular name after its phony accounts scandal, but so what? Its still a quality business with a quality stock that yields 3.4%.

  • [By JPMorgan]

    We recommend Wells Fargo into 2016 for several reasons: 1) a safe haven stock in a choppy, uncertain time period; 2) some benefit from acquisitions from GE Capital; 3) continued growth in several other areas – investment banking, credit cards, and payments; and 4) continued sizable capital return. 

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    Among the brands being sold were Alcoa Corporation (NYSE: AA) and Ford Motor Company(NYSE: F), which both paid out dividends in December. The financial and oil sectors also experienced a sell-off to finish 2016. Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) and Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) were net sold as each reached new year-to-date highs and investors unloaded ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) and Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) as their prices normalized with the rise in the price of oil.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Big banks like JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC), and Bank of America (BAC) have surged more than 20% during the past three months–causing many investors to doubt the possibility for further gains. I’m note one of them–after my disastrous financials call last year, I’m bullish on them in 2017–and neither is Morgan Stanley’s Betsy Graseck, who remains Overweight the big banks, despite their big gains. She explains why:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Bank stocks have had quite a run since Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory–such a run, in fact that Baird’s David George and team worry that most of the benefits of “potential improvement in macro growth, regulatory relief, and corporate tax reform” seem priced into their stocks. They recommend investors “selectively reduce bank exposure” but still like Wells Fargo (WFC), which they call a “top buy idea.” They explain why:

Top Canadian Stocks To Buy For 2018: Nu Skin Enterprises Inc.(NUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [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 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.

Top Canadian Stocks To Buy For 2018: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc(VRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    Shares of specialty pharma company Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc(NYSE:VRX)have tanked more than 20% in last two trading sessions, breaching the support from the 50 day SMA, after the Laval,Quebec-based company reported its Q4 and FY 2016 earnings on Tuesday, before the market opened. While the earnings itself were better than expected, the guidance for FY 2017 didn’t go down well with investors and wall street, earning the company multiple price target cuts. Valeant reported an adjusted profit of $1.26 a share against analysts’ estimateof $1.21. This was Valeant’s first beat in a long time. Even on the revenue front, the company reported better than expected results. Initially, the stock gained on the report of an earnings beat. However, once the guidance figures came in, the stock tanked. In our earnings preview of Valeant, we had said that the adjusted EBITDA guidance for 2017 will be the key driver of VRX stock after the earnings.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Just days after Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE: VRX) shares took a steep tumble below the $11 level, the stock is almost back to an important level at $12: Link

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    The current rally of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) is being driven by two things. While investors are viewing these two catalysts as bullish, they are really just temporary solutions.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    As disgraceful as Mylan’s pricing strategy may be, this next pharmaceutical firm is hated even more – and makes our list for the second year in a row…

    Most-Hated Companies 2016 No. 1: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX)

    The troubled pharmaceutical company is deeply loathed by both consumers and investors alike.

9 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for Every Investor

As we close out 2017, it’s good to remind ourselves of what worked, and what didn’t. This past year, though, makes this introspective exercise rather tricky. Although Wall Street early on forecasted a rough 2017, the end result was quite the opposite. Benchmark indices hit all-time records, while most sectors witnessed tremendous optimism. Who needs dividend stocks at a time like this?

This also means that inferior investment strategies were masked by secular bullishness. The new year may not be as forgiving, which is why I’m recommending investors to get selective. Fortunately, with dividend stocks, you don’t have to feel pressured into always picking winners.

At its core, choosing the right dividend stocks to buy is about options. Although picking high-flying growth companies is the sexiest endeavor, it isn’t always the smartest. With passive-income yielding firms, you get the potential for making capital gains, and also residual payouts to bolster your position. During a down period, dividends can also help you ride out the storm.

But don’t mistake these yields as “boring” strategies. Like any investment class, you can dial up the risk for the chance of greater rewards. This is why picking the most appropriate dividends stocks to buy is so important: no one knows your investment style better than you!

The following ideas are broken down into three sections: stable, mid-level and high-yield (speculative). Each section has something to offer, depending on how much risk you’re willing to take.

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

If you love stable dividend stocks, you love Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). It is the powerhouse brands of powerhouse brands. Better yet, JNJ is levered toward the ultimate in secular industries: healthcare. Separated among consumer-level products, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, JNJ is one of the most respected companies in the world.

Currently, Johnson & Johnson’s dividend yield is 2.4%. Given the strength of its global business, that dividend is rock solid. But what people may not immediately appreciate is that JNJ can also surprise people in the capital markets. For instance, year-to-date, shares are up over 21%. To put that into perspective, the benchmark SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA:SPY) is just under 18%.

Critically for the conservative investor, JNJ rarely loses. Between 1970 to the end of 2016, annual returns average almost 15%. Moreover, JNJ only hit red ink 13 times, meaning that 72% of the time, you can expect shares to win.

In our business, that’s as close to a sure thing as you’re gonna get!

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) Wells Fargo & Company (WFC)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

I’ll admit that I wasn’t thrilled about putting Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) into my dividend stocks to buy list. You’ll recall that WFC was embroiled in a major controversy that shocked the entire financial and business community. Essentially, the banking giant admitted to creating more than two million fake accounts to meet ambitious sales targets.

It made me sick and I’m not the only one. But eventually, people get over this stuff, perhaps resigned to the fact that the major conglomerates always win. I’ve even made the argument that Equifax Inc (NYSE:EFX) — yes, that Equifax — will be forgiven. As cynical as it may sound, what good will being angry do for any of us?

It stinks that the ultra-rich get away with bloody murder. From a financial perspective, though, WFC is an opportunity. Despite giving long-term holders seasickness, WFC stayed the course. If the current positive momentum remains, shares will end the year in the black. Wells Fargo isn’t going anywhere.

Most importantly, WFC spits out the biggest dividend yield among the “big four” at nearly 2.7%. That may be the price of forgiveness!

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) xom stock exxon stockinvestorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Again, on the surface level, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) is a strange name to put on a best dividend stocks list. Energy is hardly the most consistent sector. More to the point, XOM has been on the wrong end of a market shake-up. Since the oil collapse of 2014, XOM has at best been treading water against prior highs.

But the flipside to this bearish argument is that in practical ways, energy is the most consistent sector possible. When people hit the switch, they expect the lights to turn on. Similarly, when they go to the gasoline station, they expect to fill their tanks. Without XOM and its ilk, none of these things would occur. A societal breakdown could commence.

In all seriousness, investors should be encouraged by Exxon Mobil’s response to the oil market downturn. They and the remaining survivors have revamped their operations and rid themselves of unproductive assets. Today, XOM and the oil community are leaner, meaner, and better prepared for whatever lies ahead.

In other words, XOM has proven its resilience. As a conservative investor, you can buy that 3.7% yield with confidence.

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Duke Energy Corp (DUK) Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

If you’re a real numbers guy, you’ll want to pay attention to Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK). Based on a quantitative model that our own Louis Navellier developed, DUK is one of the best dividend stocks to buy right now. Mixing in commonly-used metrics (ie. earnings momentum) as well propriety methods, DUK appears primed for a stellar new year.

I, on the other hand, prefer to keep it simple if there’s no real need to complicate things. Here’s what I’m looking at: since the tech bubble and the 2008 financial crisis, DUK has steadily rewarded investors with few hiccups. This year, DUK is set to return more than 13% should its technical momentum hold.

All indications suggest that Duke Energy can keep the good times flowing into next year. As it stands, the company is the seventh-largest electric utility company in the U.S. Furthermore, management has retired many of its coal power plants, instead focusing on natural gas and cleaner energy sources.

Currently, DUK stock yields slightly more than 4%. Although slightly riskier than your conservative dividend play, Duke Energy has the right balance between stability and income.

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: AT&T Inc. (T) AT&T T stockinvestorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-73×40.jpg 73w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-250×137.jpg 250w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-160×88.jpg 160w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-91×50.jpg 91w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr

I have to say that AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) disappointed me this year in the capital markets. Typically, AT&T is like clockwork — more often than not, you know what you’re getting. This year was the anomaly. On a YTD basis, T stock dropped like a rock, currently down 14%.

Although you have to have a short memory in the investment markets, I took the AT&T’s implosion personally. Investment-performance aggregator TipRanks honored me with “top blogger” status, and used my bullishness toward T stock in their feature article. Unfortunately, Wall Street had other plans and took my blue-chip baby down.

No matter. Keep in mind that between 1984 through 2016, AT&T’s annual returns average more than 13%. More importantly, during this time, T stock has only lost eight times out of 33. When this year is over, the statistic will likely be nine times out of 34. Even in that case, AT&T is a winner 73.5% of the time.

Like the aforementioned JNJ, at this rate, T stock is practically a sure thing. The only difference is the reward. AT&T offers a whopping 5.36% dividend yield!

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Welltower Inc (HCN) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: sima dimitric via Flickr

I cannot wait for the current batch of young millennials to turn 40. Each generation has its fair share of youthful idiocy; however, I think millennials, particularly those in their mid-twenties, take the cake. The way that so many of them conduct themselves, you’d think that they honestly believe they will never age.

The news flash that everyone else knows instinctively is that time stops for no one. With that harsh reality in mind, I bring to you Welltower Inc (NYSE:HCN). HCN is a real estate investment trust specializing in senior care and facilities. Even if you’re one of the young Millennials that sees no use for Welltower, you still might put your parents into one of their centers.

Joking aside, I can think of no other business where revenues are virtually guaranteed, save for a funeral home. Although Welltower’s market performance has been a little choppy, in the long haul, HCN has been a steady investment. In the trailing ten years, shares have gained nearly 48%.

Of course, we can’t forget the dividend yields, which for HCN stands at 5.26%.

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Blackstone Group LP (BX) Blackstone (BX)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-170×93.jpg170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Moving on to the speculative side of dividend stocks, we have Blackstone Group LP (NYSE:BX). If you were to simply assess BX based on this year’s performance alone, Blackstone wouldn’t seem at all risky. On a YTD basis, BX gained nearly 19%, making it one of the top performers on this list.

Typically, strong capital returns and high yields don’t go together. With a dividend yield of 7.2%, Blackstone’s passive income is right around the same as an average mutual fund. So what gives?

Let’s just say that BX will probably never make the list of best “feel good” stocks. The financial firm has been involved in a number of controversies, ranging from scandalous real-estate practices to shadow banking. For conservative-leaning voters, Blackstone has troubling ties to key Democrats.

Additionally, BX is a “make money at any cost” type of organization. Their profiteering activities in SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE:SEAS) amid its “Blackfish” controversy is a perfect example.

But hey, who said Wall Street was a friendly place?

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I will tell you straight up that anything involving brick-and-mortar retail is a risky game. Earlier this year, I cautioned my readers about investing in retail REITs. With overall declining foot-traffic, the physical retail space doesn’t have the appeal it once did. Of course, the most important factor is e-commerce. Why sit in traffic and wait in lines when you can shop conveniently at Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)?

The flipside to this argument is that some retail sectors that Amazon has trouble impacting exist. For instance, most people find it more convenient to size their clothing at a physical apparel shop than guessing online. In addition, some store brands offer better pricing or a better experience than Amazon. Think Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT), Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) and Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE:BBY).

A retail REIT that focuses on strong brands just might have a chance, hence Kimco Realty Corp (NYSE:KIM). KIM features multiple properties running highly-demanded store brands. Moreover, a good chunk of their properties are located in lucrative markets.

Will it be enough to overcome the risk to the entire sector? I’m not so sure, which helps explain Kimco’s 6% dividend yield. Nevertheless, if you’re a believer, KIM gives you a solid opportunity.

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Thanks to the abundance of consumer-level technologies, traditional industries face obsolescence. A decade ago, if you needed to go to the airport, you essentially had to call a cab. Now, with ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft, you can request a similar service conveniently through your smartphone.

A similar upheaval may occur in the hotel industry, thanks to apps like Airbnb. To survive in this rough-and-tumble sector, you need a fresh approach. Sotherly Hotels Inc (NASDAQ:SOHO) just might have the magic formula. Centered largely in the southern region of the U.S., SOHO provides an authentic, unique experience for its guests.

Apparently, most Millennials want brands to be more authentic, and that fits SOHO to a T. Visit any of their locations, and you feel like a welcomed member of a community, not some room number. Plus, former NFL star Herschel Walker sits on the board of directors: that’s just downright awesome!

But will any of this matter for investors? Again, it’s a tough call given so many changes in the hospitality and services sector. Still, with a 6.5% dividend yield, SOHO is worth a second look.

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

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Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Watch For 2018

Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE:TD) is in hot water for allegedly conducting workplace practices that may be unethical.

The Canadian financial institution has come under fire after a report surfaced that the bank’s workers are trained to work in such a manner that helps the company garner as much revenue as possible, despite the fact that employees are not required to work for its customers’ best interest.

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Watch For 2018: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Spun off from energy producer ConocoPhillips (COP) a few years back, PSX has quickly become one of the downstream industrys biggest players. Refiners earn profits based on the difference between feed stock costs (Think oil and natural gas prices) and the price for refined products such as gasoline, jet fuel and heating oil. Those inputs remain low, and Phillips 66 is minting cash as a result.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares short increased to 15.87 million from the previous level of 13.22 million. Shares were trading at $44.10, within a 52-week range of $38.19 to $53.17.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Salesforce.com (CRM) , Paccar (PCAR) , Cummins (CMI) , ConocoPhillips (COP) , Adobe Systems (ADBE) , Annaly Capital (NLY) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) .

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Watch For 2018: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    At the same time, big banks stocks are demonstrating major strength:

    Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC) is up 2.0 percent.
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is up 2.1 percent.
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) is up 1.4 percent.
    Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) is up 1.8 percent.
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  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons — namely, for opening at least 2 million fake accounts to meet internal quotas.Remarkably, that didn’t stop the bank from adding nearly 16,000 employees. Perhaps some were hired to replace the reported 5,300 that were let go in the wake of the scandal.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    As for individual stocks,Wells Fargo(NYSE:WFC) was the leader among the big banks that posted earnings today, which also includedJPMorgan ChaseandBank of America.

  • [By John Maxfield]

    In Wells Fargo’s (NYSE:WFC) case, a 100-basis-point increase in both short- and long-term rates would bolster its net interest income by between 2% and 5% over the 12 months following the increase. Given that the California-based bank generated $47.8 billion in net interest income last year, that equates to a benefit of between $1 billion and $2.4 billion in added revenue.

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Watch For 2018: Canadian National Railway Company(CNI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Canadian National Railway (USA) (NYSE: CNI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.08 billion.

    Container Store Group Inc (NYSE: TCS) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $230.53 million.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    GE got some good news this past week with an order for 200 locomotives from Canadian National Railway Co. (NYSE: CNI). The locomotives will be built at GE’s plant in Fort Worth, Texas, and deliveries to the rail operator will begin next year. The balance of the locomotives will be delivered in 2019 and 2020.

  • [By Brett Hershman]

    The Swiss bank said it was raising first-quarter estimates on four of the six rails it covers, with updated estimates above consensus on Canadian National Railway (USA) (NYSE: CNI), CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX) and Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU), which is seen to show upside against low expectations.

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Watch For 2018: Plains All American Pipeline L.P.(PAA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    One of the largest projects is the Saddlehorn Pipeline, which Magellan is building with Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE:PAA) and Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC). Both Plains All American Pipeline and Magellan own 40% of the project, which puts their total investment at $230 million apiece. They expect the project to be fully operational early next year, which is noteworthy given its robust first-year economics. Magellan estimates that it will earn eight times EBITDA on the capital deployed, or roughly $28.8 million in annual EBITDA apiece for Magellan and Plains All American Pipeline on their investment.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE: PAA) controls 4 million barrels of crude oil and natural gas a day.

    And with higher oil prices and fewer restrictions leading to more drilling, PAA’s pipelines will be in demand in 2017.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    We think Plains All American Pipeline L.P. (NYSE: PAA) is one of the best oil stocks to buy this year. In fact, we see a scenario where PAA stock could jump 20% in 2017.

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Watch For 2018: Credit Suisse Group(CS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The latest credit default swap (CDS) data from BMO Capital Markets indicate a number of investors are growing increasingly concerned about the one-year outlook for capital markets. In a new report, analyst Mark Steele discussed the recent surge in one-year CDS activity, and what it means for the market.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    The federal government’s largesse isn’t restricted to U.S.-based companies, either. Foreign companies, including foreign banks, are also welcome. Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE ADR: CS) got $225.1 billion, and UBS Group AG (NYSE: UBS) got $249.1 billion.

  • [By Diane Alter]

    The head underwriters for the ZTO IPO are Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS). Also working on the deal are China Renaissance, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C), Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE ADR: CS), and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM).

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Watch For 2018: Talisman Energy Inc.(TLM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    On the other hand, the analysts are Underweight on Eni SpA (ADR) (NYSE: E), Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc (USA) (NYSE: TLM) and OMV AG given their asset bases, which offer an inferior risk to reward profile and limited differentiation in cost reductions.

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Watch For 2018: Transcananda Pipelines Ltd.(TRP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    After a series of setbacks in its attempts to build new oil pipelines, Canadian pipeline giant TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) completed a transformation transaction to acquire U.S. natural gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group for $13 billion, which includes the assumption of debt. The key to that deal was that it increased the combined company’s near-term project pipeline to 23 billion Canadian dollars, which supports TransCanada’s ability to increase its dividend by 8% to 10% annually through 2020. After completing that deal, TransCanada made a bid to acquire all of the outstanding units that it did not own of affiliated MLP Columbia Pipeline Partners (NYSE:CPPL) in a transaction valued at $915 million. These acquisitions solidified TransCanada’s natural gas pipeline growth ambitions, enabling it to diversify away from oil pipelines.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    In a number of articles recently, following the US recent revival and potential approval of the previously blocked Keystone XL pipeline, a number of estimates have been provided suggesting a pending boom for the US steel industry is on the horizon (and US steel stocks have reacted in kind). In fact, this optimism, we believe, peaked today when a report from one of our competitors was published claiming that, the keystone XL pipeline could increase line pipe demand by 14.7% for 2 years. The problem here, we believe, rests with the facts that: (a) TransCanada (TRP) has already taken, and paid for, the steel to build the Keystone XL pipeline (the steel currently sits in storage facilities in both Regina, Canada and Arkansas, United States), (b) neither US Steel (X; SELL), AK Steel, Steel Dynamics, or Nucor have the ability to make the specialized steel required for the miles of pipe associated with this project, to include both the thickness and pressure requirements, according to this article from Reuters, and (c) assuming some of the pipe does need replacement, this would likely come from international steel makers who are capable of producing the specialized steel (again, as highlighted in this Reuters article).

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Energy infrastructure companies ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) and TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) are both emerging from the energy market downturn as stronger entities. Each made smart acquisitions, with TransCanada buying U.S. gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group, while ONEOK is in the process of gobbling up its MLP,ONEOK Partners (NYSE:OKS). While these deals enhanced the growth profiles of both companies, TransCanada still stands out as the better buy for long-term income investors. Here’s why.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    That includes pipeline companies like Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI), which already operates a pipeline transporting natural gas from Texas into Mexico, and master limited partnerships (MLPs) Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (NYSE: ETP) and TransCanada Corp. (NYSE: TRP), the company that has (so far) failed to get U.S. approval for its Keystone Pipeline expansion from Canada’s oil sands across the U.S. border.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Energy stocks were driven by a hefty dose of M&A during the third quarter. And that will drive returns for TransCanada Corporation (TRP) during the next one.

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Watch For 2018: Natural Gas(NG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Canadian gold mining company NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG) shows an even starker change in sentiment. In the last 12 months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 79%, to 522,400.

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    When an investor thinks of Canadian gold mining stocks, NovaGold Resources Inc. (USA) (NYSEMKT:NG) and Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY) are often the first names to come to mind. And well they should. Yamana Gold is a $2.5 billion giant, and NovaGold Resources seems to have been around forever.

    Those two icons aren’t the only way to tap into Canada’s sizeable gold mining industry though. There’s a small, up-and-coming player called Taranis Resources Inc. (OTCMKTS:TNREF, TSX:TRO) that could end up becoming another key fixture of the country’s mining landscape.

    Taranis develops mineral deposits into mine-ready projects. Its primary project right now — and it’s enough to keep the company plenty busy for the next several years — is the Thor property located near Trout Lake, British Columbia. NI 43-101 resource reports (indicated and inferred)suggest Thor contains 6.9 million ounces of silver, 35,000 ounces gold, 57 million pounds of lead, 79.4 million pounds of zinc and 3.3 Million pounds of copper (roughly a 14 million ounce silver equivalent (“AgEq”) deposit*) laying in wait in a way that lends itself to the establishment of a low-cost, open pit mining operation. That’s roughly $300 million worth of marketable metals, and the estimates have been steadily getting bigger as Tanaris does more survey work.

    And 2017 could be a real breakout year for Taranis, as a lot of the work that’s been done to date starts to mean something. It’s got big exploration plans for this year… this spring/summer to be exact.

    The Phase 1 program was completed in September of last year, setting the stage for a more defined and much bigger Phase 2 definition-drilling within the next several weeks. This Phase 2 definition drilling slated for the middle of this year will drill down to between 6000 m and 10,000 m.

    These so-called first generation target areas are generally well understood areas based on sound geological information includ

  • [By William Romov]

    Over the last year, the number of short positions on gold stocks has fallen. One of these stocks is a Canadian gold mining company called NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG). In the last 12 months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 79%, to 522,400. This shows a shift in sentiment from bearish to bullish for gold.

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Watch For 2018: Thor Industries Inc.(THO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Recreational vehicles have hit a stretch of popularity that the industry hasn’t seen since the 1970s, and Thor Industries (NYSE:THO) has found itself in the right place at the right time. The RV specialist has made every effort it can to boost its growth to take advantage of favorable conditions, both by ramping up its existing internal operations and by looking for strategic combinations like its recent acquisition of industry peer Jayco. Coming into Monday’s fiscal second-quarter financial report, Thor investors were looking for very strong growth, and even though the company largely delivered on that front, some concerns about the pace of further gains throughout the rest of the fiscal year weighed on Thor stock after the report.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO) got a boost, shooting up 14 percent to $102.70 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Monday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO) shares were also up, gaining 13 percent to $154.01 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Monday.

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Watch For 2018: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares fell 0.25 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG), down 3 percent, and Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) down 1 percent.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    NRG Energy (NRG) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today.

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    NRG Energygained 4.5% to $12.85 today, while the S&P 500 advanced 0.2% to 2,262.53.

    In a note released on Dec. 15, Morgan Stanley’sStephen Byrd and team summarized the reasoning behind their overweight rating on NRG:

    NRG Energy (NRG, Overweight, $21 PT) FCF/Equity yield of ~35% and balanced upside from diversified market exposure, higher PJM capacity prices, fleet optimization, and debt reduction. NRG’s generation plus retail matching strategy is an underappreciated source of value, and provides stable cash flow despite current depressed power prices in Texas.

    NRG Energy’s market capitalization rose to $4.1 billion today from $3.8 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $6.4 billion on sales of $15 billion in 2015.

    NRG Energy was the Biggest Loser on Nov. 10, and the Hot Stock on Nov. 4.

  • [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]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.

  • [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.