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Top High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018

When asked what I thought about the stock market the other day, I said that I didnt think much of it at all.

Thats not my usual response, but earnings are weak, valuations are higher and central bank policy is the only thing propping the markets up.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been going up relatively uninterrupted for more than seven years, and its difficult for me to make a case for broad-based buying of stocks at this level.

Now we are starting to see volatility pick up as traders are afraid of what the Federal Reserve may do over the next few months.

The market feels vulnerable to me, and if we do see an extended move down, you want to make sure you are not caught holding high multiple stocks sporting poor fundamentals.

Top High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Manitex International Inc.(MNTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, industrial shares fell by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Accenture Plc (NYSE: ACN), down 4 percent, and Manitex International Inc (NASDAQ: MNTX), down 4 percent.

Top High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sphere 3D Corp.(ANY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) dropped about 36% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $0.23 after closing Friday at $0.36. The 52-week high is $2.00. Volume of around 4.3 million was more than 10 times the daily average of around 390,000 shares traded. The company said today that it has received an unsolicited proposal from an unnamed company to purchase certain of Sphere 3D’s assets.

Top High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.(WMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Some money managers are indeed preparing for Armageddon, expecting a thin summer trading season to usher in the bear. But Cramer said that, ultimately, what happens in Washington has little impact on the earnings of stocks like Walmart (WMT) , Coca-Cola (KO) or Citigroup (C) . It also has no correlation to the 17.8% move in Nvidia (NVDA) , nor the 12.8% jump in Electronic Arts (EA) .

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    If great power comes with great responsibility, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) has been seriously shirking its responsibility.

    In 2016, Wal-Mart shuttered 269 stores worldwide and laid off thousands of employees in order to cope with changing consumer preferences like online shopping. And again in early 2017, the low-price retailer slashed over 1,000 more jobs.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.(NYSE:WMT) stock has lagged the broader market over the last year, but there’s clear evidence that the company’s efforts to overhaul its business are having an effect, especially on the rest of retail.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Big grocery and supermarket chain stocks plummeted on June 16 when the deal was announced. Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) sunk over 9.2%, Supervalu Inc. (NYSE: SVU) dropped 14.4%, and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) lost 4.7%. Meanwhile, AMZN enjoyed a nice 2.44% gain.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    The richest family in America is the Walton family, heirs ofSam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) back in the 1960s. This past week the family trust and an individual sold massive amounts of the stock bearing their name. Robson Walton parted with a total of 6,439,502 shares of the iconic retailer at share prices between $70.44 and $72.79. The total for the sales was a stunning $470 million. Meanwhile, the Walton Family Trust sold a total of 4.4 million shares for a total value of $314 million. Shares closed last Friday at $70.03. The 52-week trading range for the stock is $62.72 to $75.19, and the consensus price target on Wall Street is $74.94.

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Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2018: GenMark Diagnostics, Inc.(GNMK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    GenMark Diagnostics, Inc (NASDAQ: GNMK) shares shot up 20 percent to $10.54. Cowen & Co. upgraded GenMark Diagnostics from Market Perform to Outperform.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2018: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.(WMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Hey, Walmart (WMT) , want to shake up a sector just as Amazon (AMZN) did last month when it announced its bid for Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM) ?

    Then make a bold move that will enhance your reach, pump up your brand and widen your footprint with a fresh group of shoppers.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    What do ExxonMobil (XOM), General Electric (GE) and Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) have in common? Not much if you ask me. But ask Oppenheimer technical analyst Ari Wald, and he believes he’s discovered links the three mega-cap stocks, each of which has underperformed the S&P 500 so far this year. His theory: “Mega-cap safety is the central theme linking stocks that are nearing decade-long relative lows.”

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    The richest family in America is the Walton family, heirs ofSam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) back in the 1960s. This past week the family trust and an individual sold massive amounts of the stock bearing their name. Robson Walton parted with a total of 6,439,502 shares of the iconic retailer at share prices between $70.44 and $72.79. The total for the sales was a stunning $470 million. Meanwhile, the Walton Family Trust sold a total of 4.4 million shares for a total value of $314 million. Shares closed last Friday at $70.03. The 52-week trading range for the stock is $62.72 to $75.19, and the consensus price target on Wall Street is $74.94.

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    Retailers Take Center Stage: It’s “Black Friday,” meaning attention might turn to retailers like Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), and Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT), among others. Retail sales kicked up in October, and Halloween sales also looked pretty solid, which could point toward a strong winter holiday shopping season. Job growth has also been relatively healthy of late, another factor that could play into holiday sales. Jobless claims stayed below 300,000 last week for the 90th-consecutive week, the longest stretch in more than 45 years. We’ll get further insight on the jobs climate at the end of next week when November Non-farm payrolls data roll in, and that could provide more clues as to just how well-equipped consumers might be for those shopping expeditions.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    The process paved the way for Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS), Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT), Boeing Co (NYSE: BA) and Visa Inc (NYSE: V) — and dozens of others — to forge their way on the ever-changing list.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    One thing that Best Buy does need to be aware of, however, is its lack of appeal to millennials, Sargent said. According to Magid data, only 35% of consumers between the ages 20 to 26 shop at Best Buy, compared to 50% at Amazon and 41% at Walmart Stores, Inc. (WMT) . 

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2018: Tidewater Inc.(TDW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares slipped by 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 8 percent.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2018: athenahealth, Inc.(ATHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Meanwhile, earnings season continued to play out, and although the technology industry saw some extremely encouraging reports, not all stocks participated in the rally. Athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN), Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), and Time (NYSE:TIME) 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 WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Shares of Athena Health (ATHN) are up 37% in just over a month. Is there still more room to run?

    Cramer said for years Athena had been a fast-growing stock, but as the company transitioned from growth to profitability, things began to get ugly. The company’s bombastic CEO, and his “colorful” personality began to rub shareholders the wrong way.

  • [By ]

    Under a single-payer system, healthcare becomes a regulated utility much like electricity with just a few large, best-in-class players. Athenahealth (Nasdaq: ATHN) could combine with Walgreen Boots Alliance (NYSE: WBA). Maybe each monolith will cover a specific region like Southern Company (NYSE: SO) and Consolidated Edison (NYSE: ED).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Athenahealth (ATHN) last night announced that its CFO and administrative chief, Kristi Matus, would be leaving the company. Her departure has not been embraced by investors, who have pushed shares lower today. Leerink’s David Larsen understands their concerns:

    In our view, the CFO departure may be indicative of internal operational challenges. We still think it is possible that Kristi Matus is seeking an environment that is not as demanding as ATHN, though this has not been confirmed by management. Management harped on the point that bifurcation is part of the strategic initiative of ATHN to reenergize the culture of the company, and Jonathan Bush noted how he himself hopes to spend more time on talent and culture and less time on entering new markets and building new products.

    We continue to believe that ATHN is facing challenges. We continue to believe the market is fundamentally slowing and bookings growth may become more lumpy as we progress through 2016. We still believe there will be a slow-down in the bookings growth rate b/c of a possible slow-down in the ambulatory EMR market and the fact that we are in the final payment year of Meaningful Use. Much of the call focused on Kristi Matus’s departure as a major loss for the company of a leader who was “masterful with investors.” According to management, the decision to split the CFO and CFAO responsibilities was not a reflection of her ability.

    Baird’s Matthew Gillmor and Sean McBride are less worried:

    The unexpected resignation of CFO Kristi Matus is disappointing, but the reasons for her departure seem somewhat understandable, in our view (potentially viewed bifurcation of CFO/CAO role as a demotion). We think incoming CFO Karl Stubelis is very strong and should provide helpful continuity, both internally and externally (currently serves as Controller and previously as acting CFO). Finally, the CFO change does not change our positive long-term thesi

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2018: comScore Inc.(SCOR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    comScore Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) dropped more than 10% on Tuesday to record a new 52-week low of $20.81. The stock closed at $23.22 on Monday. Volume was about 9 times the daily average of around 470,000 shares. The company’s stock will be de-listed from Nasdaq effective February 8 unless the company receives a stay from the exchange.

Why JD.Com Inc(ADR) Stock Is the Amazon of China

China-based JD.Com Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ:JD) often finds itself ignored in favor of its better-known competitor Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA). However, given the fact that JD holds its inventory, it appears to be more akin to Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) than BABA. Most importantly, both the company and JD stock are on the rise.

And with JD’s rise, a competitive dynamic has arisen that will eclipse the battle between two well-known U.S. retail titans.

JD Stock Should Receive More Attention

My InvestorPlace colleague, Chris Lau, believes the time has come to shift attention from stories about Alibaba to JD.com news. I happen to agree with him. For one, Wall Street should regard JD, and not BABA, as the “Amazon of China.” JD owns its inventory and has built a warehouse and logistics infrastructure across China. Alibaba merely serves as a middleman.

Additionally, starting next year, consensus earnings-per-share (EPS) forecasts indicate a continuing streak of profitable quarters starting with the quarter ending in March 2018 for JD.com. While investors tend to buy a stock well ahead of this milestone, it serves as confirmation that the value proposition of JD stock remains viable.

JD Stock Has Risen More Slowly Despite Greater Company Growth

Other valuation metrics appear favorable for JD as well. The current forward price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of JD stock is higher than Alibaba (47 vs. 26). Still, JD stock trades at just over 1 times sales and about 7 1/2 times its book value. Alibaba’s trades at over 9 times book value, and its price-to-sales ratio stands at 15!

The JD stock price has increased about 65% year to date, but BABA stock has more than doubled. While both appear more favorable to Amazon’s 300 P/E ratio, JD.com stock has a much more favorable P/S ratio, along with the built-in stability of owning a logistics infrastructure and higher revenue growth. And with JD’s much lower market cap ($61 billion vs. almost $440 billion for BABA), JD stock has more room to grow.

JD partially compensates for its smaller size by forging strategic alliances. One recent bit of JD.com news involves a partnership with Chinese investment company Tencent Holdings Ltd (OTCMKTS:TCEHY). JD and Tencent together have taken a position in Chinese online clothing retailer Vipshop Holdings Ltd – ADR (NYSE:VIPS). Though Vipshop remains a competitor, a position in the company helps JD better compete with the much larger Alibaba.

JD Stock Will Profit From a Larger Middle Class

Most importantly, the story of the emerging middle class in China continues. Most of the population has moved out of poverty. However, large segments of the population will be moving from a lower- to an upper-middle-class status. The upper-middle class (defined by McKinsey and Company as $16,000-$34,000 per year in income) will grow from 14% of the population in 2012 to 54% in 2022. The cohort of lower-income Chinese (those with incomes of less than $9,000 per year) will fall from 29% to 16% in the same period. Given that China’s population is almost five times that of the United States, the cohort moving from lower-middle to upper-middle class represents nearly twice the U.S. population.

Both Alibaba and JD.com have benefitted and continue to benefit from these upward shifts in income. However, with the size advantage enjoyed by China, the battle between JD and BABA will be the Chinese equivalent of the battle between Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) and Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT).

Like Walmart in comparison to Target, Alibaba enjoys a tremendous size advantage over JD. Still, these companies have spent decades trading places in the U.S. retail environment. Often when WMT is up, TGT is down and vice versa. The same pattern appears to be forming for JD and BABA. BABA currently holds the higher position. However, JD’s move to profitability sets up JD to attain an advantage in stock growth and reputation.

Final Thoughts on JD Stock

Expect the battle between BABA stock and JD stock to grow into a larger, online version of the competitive battle between Walmart and Target. A move into profitability and a deeper infrastructure serve as enough reason to take JD seriously. Its Amazon-like structure positions JD to take on and succeed against the much larger Alibaba.

Moreover, China’s income growth, as well as the vast size difference between JD.com and BABA create substantial room for JD to grow.

Also, JD’s move into profitability catalyzes a move upward relative to Alibaba. Given all this, investors in the Chinese online retail world should sell BABA and buy JD stock.

As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks.

 

 

 

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now

I will get right to it. After describing the reasons behind its meteoric rise and the discussing why this name was one of my top blue chip top picks for 2017, it comes down to performance. Just this morning Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), as well as other large banks, are out with key earnings reports. This matters for the 2017 call and it matters for the share price which has skyrocketed in the last few months. It’s about the performance. Performance not just on the top and bottom lines but also in several key metrics that I follow closely for all major banks. The bank has come a long way from it facing extinction, and it took we the people to keep it alive. Today Bank of America is one of the largest banks in the United States by assets and yes, it has recovered from the Great Recession. Is it firing on all cylinders like it was pre-recession? No, unfortunately it is not, but it is getting there. Can you stick with the name? We need to examine the company’s most recent earnings and key metrics to make that determination.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: MFRI Inc.(MFRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedsmall cap piping systems stock MFRI, Inc (NASDAQ: MFRI) as a short-term long/bullish trade:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.(WMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    China has a growing middle class and affluent consumers who have strong aspirational demand for western luxury goods. Last year Chinese tourists spent $183 billionon shopping sprees abroad, a good deal of them for buying luxury goods. According to a report on Mintel.com, 58% of the Chinese consumers have boughtforeign goods from local online eCommerce sites. Alibaba has used this trend to build its TmallGlobal. In the just concluded Singles’ day sale, thousands of foreign brands including Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) had participated. A retaliatory tax increase by China on foreign goods will impact the sale of foreign goods. The sale of foreign brands is expected to produce around $2 billion in incremental revenue by next year. A trade war between the US and China willsignificantly impact this revenue source.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of large cap dollar stores Dollar Tree and Dollar General Corp (NYSE: DG) both outperforming Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (NYSE: WMT) and largely given investors roughly the same return:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Third and finally, Plug’s move closer to Amazon is resulting in customer attrition among the company’s other customers, including Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), which may not want to patronize Plug products in the future, knowing that the company is so closely tied to (and may soon be part owned by) Amazon.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Staples, Inc.(SPLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) got a boost, shooting up 7 percent to $9.25 on chatter that the company is targeted for an acquisition. Sycamore Partners, a private equity giant, is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire the office supply retailer, Reuters reported. The deal could value Staples at more than $6 billion, a premium to Staples' valuation of $5.60 billion as of Wednesday's market close.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    The company was set to merge with its last remaining rival, Staples Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), this year, but was denied by a federal judge on May 10 because of antitrust concerns.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Staples Inc(NASDAQ:SPLS) stock has been on a tear over the last few days amid rumors of a potential buyout.According toThe Wall Street Journal, the company is in talks with private-equity firms to sell itself after regulators blew up its planned merger withOffice Depot(NASDAQ:ODP)last year.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Staples (SPLS) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today on reports that the office-supplies retailer was considering selling itself.

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    Staples gained 9.8% to $9.51 today, while the S&P 500 ticked up 0.1% to 2,360.16.

    CFRA’s Efraim Levy doesn’t see a “natural buyer” for Staples but remain Buy rated anyway:

    Shares are higher on an unconfirmed WSJ report that SPLS is looking at the possible sale of the company. Our fundamentally valued 12-month target of $11, applies a below historical average P/E of 12.1X our FY 18 EPS estimate, given office industry challenges. Our target has 11% upside, plus a 5.5% yield. We don’t see a natural buyer for a large physical store office supply presence, although an activist/private-equity buyer is a possibility. To make an acquisition worthwhile, a buyer would have to be more aggressive in cost cutting and use of cash flow than SPLS’s existing plan.

    Staples’ market capitalization rose to $6.2 billion today from $5.7 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $459 million on sales of $18.2 billion in fiscal 2017.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Merck & Company, Inc.(MRK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    BioLine has partnerships with major pharmaceutical companies that help bring some of these drugs to launch once they gain some initial success in clinical trials. These partners include Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS) and Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK) dropped about 2.9% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $53.63 after closing at $55.02 on Friday. The 52-week high is $66.80. Volume was around 12.7 million, more than 25% above the daily average of about 10 million. The company’s chief competitor in a combo therapy for lung cancer reported a successful phase 3 trial.

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    LLY recently suffered a setback when approval for the company’s new arthritis drug, co-developed with Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ: INCY), faced delays from the FDA. LLY and INCY disagreed with the FDA’s findings in a company press release and are confident the drug will still be approved in the future. Despite the company’s confidence in the drug, LLY stock dropped about 5% in trading the day the news came out. Even with that drop, it’s still up a little over 11% on the year, outperforming the S&P 500 (SPX) and some of its pharma peers: Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ).

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    Kudos to Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) for taking a leap forward in the war against diabetes. The two competitors-turned-partners for one joint venture recently announced the FDA and the European equivalent has accepted an application for permission to sell ertugliflozin and a couple of its derivatives. All the drugs/combos in question are part of the SGLT2 family, which essentially induce the kidneys to filter sugar out of the bloodstream for diabetics whose pancreas isn’t processing that sugar properly.

    It’s an interesting approach, though not one without a potential downside. By forcing the kidneys to do something they weren’t meant to do, eventually, could pose new problems.

    Cell MedX Corp (OTCMKTS:CMXC) is taking an entirely different approach to the treatment of diabetes. Rather than work around a failing pancreas as Merck and Pfizer have, Cell MedX is aiming to fix what’s broken for diabetics. That is, the company aims to restore a body’s cells that properly process sugar by turning them back “on” again using mild electrical currents.

    As much as biologists and the healthcare industry know about the human body, new discoveries are being made all the time regarding our makeup. One of the more recent medical revelations was figuring out animals are not just a collection of chemicals and organic matter, but also electrical impulses. Yes, the human body creates electricity, but more than that, a body can benefit from mild electrical currents, as an electrical charge can put a damaged cell back into its natural, healthy state.

    It may seem like a crazy idea at first, but know the FDA has already given the science of electromedicine the nod of approval as a treatment for chronic pain (called the Cefaly, if you’re curious), and some major companies are wading deeper into electromedicine waters.

    As Scientific American’s Daisy Yuhas noted back in 2013:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Pain Therapeutics(PTIE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc.(ZAIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAIS) got a boost, shooting up 48 percent to $3.35. ZAIS Group reported Q4 earnings of $0.29 per share on revenue of $16.73 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAIS) got a boost, shooting up 42 percent to $3.22. ZAIS Group reported Q4 earnings of $0.29 per share on revenue of $16.73 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related HTGM Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline HTG Molecular Diagnostics Completes Initial Technical Feasibility Testing with QIAGEN … (GuruFocus)
    Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline Zais Group reports Q4 results (Seeking Alpha)
    HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ: HTGM) shares climbed 204.1 percent to $11.95 after surging 83.64 percent on Thursday. HTG Molecular Diagnostics reported a Q4 loss of $0.76 per share on revenue of $1.5 million.
    ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAIS) shares surged 52.6 percent to $3.45. ZAIS Group reported Q4 earnings of $0.29 per share on revenue of $16.73 million.
    Global Brokerage Inc (NASDAQ: GLBR) shares jumped 24.3 percent to $2.30.
    Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RGLS) shares surged 20 percent to $1.50. Regulus Therapeutics’ Chairman bought 500,000 shares at $1.22 per share.
    Rocket Fuel Inc (NASDAQ: FUEL) shares gained 15.6 percent to $5.19.
    Akoustis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: AKTS) rose 13.3 percent to $10.75 as the company agreed to acquire wafer manufacturing facility for $2.75 million in cash.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares gained 12.6 percent to $1.25.
    Inventure Foods Inc (NASDAQ: SNAK) jumped 10.4 percent to $4.46 after the company announced the strategic sale of Fresh Frozen Foods for $23.7 million in cash.
    CymaBay Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CBAY) surged 8.7 percent to $4.14. Cymabay Therapeutics reported a Q4 loss of $0.30 per share.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Regal Entertainment Group(RGC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) was already rated as Underperform at Credit Suisse, but the firm said that the chain has weak trends and warned that its forecasts and multiples are just still too high. While raising some estimates, Sheikh lowered his target on Regal Entertainment to $17 from $19 in this call.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares surged 30.2 percent to $5.01 after dropping 40.86 percent on Tuesday. Marathon Patent Group filed for sale of 1.85 million shares of common stock by selling stockholders.
    Capricor Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CAPR) shares jumped 17.2 percent to $2.25 after the company reported the FDA clearance of Investigational New Drug application for CAP-1002.
    Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) gained 13.2 percent to $2.15 following 16.5 percent rally on Tuesday.
    Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB) shares climbed 11.8 percent to $10.45 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
    China Distance Education Hldgs Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: DL) shares surged 11.3 percent to $8.67. China Distance Education reported Q4 profit of $5.9 million on revenue of $41.7 million.
    Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK) shares gained 11 percent to $8.05 after falling 7.05 percent on Tuesday.
    Ooma Inc (NYSE: OOMA) shares surged 8.5 percent to $10.85 as the company posted strong Q3 results.
    Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) climbed 8 percent to $17.12 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.
    American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC) surged 7.8 percent to $3.59 after the company reported $8 million in D-VAR system orders.
    Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE: THR) rose 6.3 percent to $24.17. William Blair upgraded Thermon Group from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) surged 6.1 percent to $182.88. Nomura upgraded Domino's from Neutral to Buy.
    Xencor Inc (NASDAQ: XNCR) rose 5.9 percent to $21.17. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated coverage on Xencor with an Overweight rating.
    Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IDRA) gained 5.1 percent to $2.28 after the company disclosed that it has been granted FDA Fast Track designation for IMO-2125.
    Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) gained 5.1 percent to
  • [By Peter Graham]

    In December, UK based Cineworld Group Plc also agreed tobuy larger U.S. peer Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) for $3.6 billion in cash in adeal to create the world’s second largest movie theatre operator after AMC Entertainment Holdings. The combined entity is expected to be better able to compete AMC.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Applied Micro Circuits Corporation(AMCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Piyush Arora]

    AMD, along with other server-grade chip manufacturers such as Qualcomm (NSDQ:QCOM), Cavium (NSDQ:CAVM) and AMCC (NSDQ:AMCC), operates in the remaining minuscule 0.8% of the market. So, each of the aforementioned companies operate with a practically non-existent market share, compared to Intels shipments of course. This also means that these firms (AMD, Qualcomm etc.) have plenty of room to grow. This would be subject to good product releases of course, but at least this way, the law of large numbers isnt working against them.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Great Basin Scientific, Inc.(GBSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Great Basin Scientific Inc. (NASDAQ: GBSN) dropped about 15% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $2.90 after closing at $3.42 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $45,024.00. Volume was more than 3 times the daily average of around 150,000 shares. The medical diagnostics company had no specific news Thursday. Since mid-March the company has split the stock twice: the first was a 1-for-35 split and the second a 1-for-80 split.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Great Basin Scientific Inc (NASDAQ: GBSN) shares dropped 18 percent to $0.92 on Q1 results. Great Basin Scientific posted Q1 net income of $21,503,600, versus a year-ago net loss of $33,652,500.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Safeway Inc.(SWY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap SUPERVALU now underperforming large cap Kroger Co (NYSE: KR) while shares of large cap Whole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and mid cap Safeway Inc (NYSE: SWY) appear to be back to where they started at:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of SUPERVALU underperforming the underperformance ofmid caps Whole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and Safeway Inc (NYSE: SWY). while large capKroger Co (NYSE: KR)had outperformed up until the last two years when performance has been more mixed:

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now

January 5, 2017: Markets opened slightly higher again Thursday but by mid-morning sellers had taken over and the DJIA and S&P 500 traded in the red. Financials and industrials weighed on equities today with the best performing S&P sectors being real estate and consumer staples. WTI crude oil for February delivery settled at $53.76 a barrel, up about 0.9% on the day. February gold added 1.4% on the day to settle at $1,181.30. Equities were headed for a mixed close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded down 0.23% for the day, the S&P 500 traded down 0.10%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.23%.

The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was The Travelers Companies Inc. (NYSE: TRV) which traded down 1.74% at $118.15. The stock’s 52-week range is $101.23 to $123.09. Volume was about 15% above the daily average of around 1.9 million shares. The insurance giant had no specific news.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) traded down 1.48% at $88.56. The stock’s 52-week range is $71.55 to $95.55. Volume was about equal to the daily average of around 10.3 million shares. Thursday’s nventory reports for both crude oil and natural gas were not supportive of energy firms.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.(WMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) is ditching its most well-known pricing strategy in an effort to compete with e-commerce leviathan Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN).

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    The drop came as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) announced it would open a retail operation in Silicon Valley to ponder its future. No other retailer has a project that rivals this in scope of ambition.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Good

    The market remains resistant (Rs over Ss and Ns). Brokerages, banks and insurance companies continue their league-leading strength. The Russell 2000 Index is up for the 15th consecutive day. Retail extends yesterday’s strength. Nordstrom (JWN) , Macy’s (M) , Best Buy (BBY) , Target (TGT) , Walmart (WMT) , Foot Locker (FL) and JCPenney (JCP) are strong. First day down for Amazon (AMZN) . Agricultural commodities are lackluster, but soybeans are up another up $0.05 today, up substantially for three days in a row. Speculative biotech (Sage (SAGE) , FibroGen (FGEN) , Acadia Pharmaceuticals (ACAD) and Aerie Pharmaceuticals  (AERI) ) stronger after recent weakness. Ag equipment up big time after the Deere (DE) beat.

    The Bad

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Dollar General Corp and Dollar Tree, Inc (NASDAQ: DLTR) both giving roughly the same performance and outperforming (until last August) while the performance of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (NYSE: WMT) began to suffer in early 2015, but has been trending up since then:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) traded down 0.72% at $79.43. The stock’s 52-week range is $65.28 to $81.99. Volume was about half the daily average of around 8 million shares. The company said it plans to begin testing a home delivery service right to a customer’s refrigerator.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SM Energy Company(SM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Andrew Efimoff]

    WTI crude oil plunged 3.11 percent on Friday to $48.99 a barrel. Below are the biggest energy losers for the day:

    California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC): -19.22%
    Dynamic Materials (NASDAQ: BOOM): -12.39%
    Clayton Williams Energy (NYSE: CWEI): -11.45%
    Dynergy (NYSE: DYN): -11.91%
    EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE): -11.20%
    Mexco Energy (NYSE: MXC) -10.90%
    Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL) -10.79%
    Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) -10.79%
    SM Energy Company (NYSE: SM) -10.38%
    Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ: RGSE) -10.34%

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy sector was the top gainer in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX), and SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM).

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACBFF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    This article is for those who are hopeful of the long-term view and want to get in ahead of time. This article will compare the three front-runners of the Canadian cannabis industry, Canopy Growth Corp. (OTCPK:TWMJF), Aphria (NYSE:APH), and Aurora (OTCQX:ACBFF). Although these companies will soon have to prove themselves in a new environment, there is plenty to study right now. We will be comparing revenue growth, production capacity, valuations, and then making financial projections. The result will be a recommendation of Aurora followed by Canopy. Again this article is meant to compare competitors. The industry has the potential to be a 22.6B industry but the thesis for investing in Canadian cannabis is a separate topic and I encourage you to consider the risks.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    As increasingly more marijuana growers entered the market and more states allowed residents to legally grow marijuana, cannabis prices dropped throughout 2016. Wholesale marijuana prices late in the year were roughly half the levels of 12 months earlier. Will this trend continue — and possibly hurt leading marijuana stocks including Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF),Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF), Medical Marijuana,Inc.(NASDAQOTH:MJNA), and even GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH) in the process?

  • [By Sean Williams]

    This rapid growth in legal pot has create quite the demand for marijuana stocks. The seven largest marijuana stocks by market cap have all put on a show over the past couple of years. Here are those seven “green giants” listed with their market caps as of March 17, 2017, along with their trailing one-year total returns.

    GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH): $3.0 billion, up 64% Canopy Growth Corp. (NASDAQOTH:TWMJF): $904 million, up 259% Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF) $440 million, up 381% Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF): $482 million, up 299% AXIM Biotechnologies (NASDAQOTH:AXIM): $562 million, up 1,720% Corbus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CRBP): $450 million, up 431% Medical Marijuana (NASDAQOTH:MJNA): $221 million, up 254%

    As you can see, these are some hefty valuations — and some exceptionally strong moves higher on the heels of marijuana’s expansion. With the exception of GW Pharmaceuticals, every one of the largest marijuana stocks has at least tripled in value over the trailing 12 months, with cannabinoid-based drug developer AXIM Biotechnologies skyrocketing more than 1,700%!

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    While biotechs like GW Pharmaceuticals PLC- ADR (NASDAQ: GWPH) and Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ZYNE) only lost 0.45 percent and 0.36 percent respectively, other companies experienced a large tumble. CANOPY GROWTH CORP COM NPV (OTC: TWMJF) lost 4.71 percent, AURORA CANNABIS IN COM NPV (OTC: ACBFF) slipped 2.93 percent, APHRIA INC COM NPV (OTC: APHQF) dropped 1.01 percent, and MassRoots Inc (OTC: MSRT) plummeted an astounding 9.00 percent.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Todays North Channel Investment article will look at Aurora Cannabis Inc. (OTCQX:ACBFF), and why they could be very appealing to any investor looking for a stock that has great potential for long-term growth.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Plug Power Inc.(PLUG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of FuelCell Energy along withalternative energy or fuel cell stocks like Ballard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) all peaking in 2014 with some signs of stabilization early last year before they fell lower:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of FuelCell Energy along withsmall cap alternative energy or fuel cell stocks like Ballard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP), Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) all peaking in 2014 with some signs of stabilization early last yearalong withsome increase this year:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Ballard Power Systemsalong with alternative energy or fuel cell stock peers like small capsFuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL), Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) all peaking in 2014 before falling back; but BLDP and PLUG have picked up steam earlier this year:

  • [By Scott Levine]

    Although Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) reported some successes in bringing fuel-cell solutions to customers in 2016, the company’s stock certainly didn’t reflect it — ending the year down more than 40%. Remaining ever-optimistic, though, management is far from short on expectations for the coming year. But whether Wall Street appreciates the successes and sends the stock back north is a different story.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Ballard Power Systemsalong with alternative energy or fuel cell stock peers like small capsFuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL), Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) all peaking in 2014 before falling back to breakevenlevels or into underperformance:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap fuel cell stock Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) is scheduled for before the market opens onThursday (March 9th). In late February, Plug Power announced preliminary 2016 financial results and introduced its full-year 2017 outlook:

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Caterpillar, Inc.(CAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    There are lots of stories like that out there these days. People were perplexed about the Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and Cummins Engine (CMI) and Caterpillar (CAT) quarters, but they turned out to be classic buying opportunities after years of being sell opportunities if the stocks had run. I can’t explain to you how amazing that is. Here are three stocks that have spent months and months in purgatory when they have missed or guided down or slashed forecasts. Now they are up gigantically.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) which traded down 1.33% at $146.60. The stock’s 52-week range is $90.34 to $149.05. Volume was about about equal to the daily average of around 3.5 million shares. The company reported a year-over-year November sales increase of 26% on Wednesday morning.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Caterpillar Inc.’s (NYSE: CAT) Illinois headquarters was raided by federal authorities in early March, sending its stock tumbling almost 4%.

    CEO Jim Umpleby was quick to defend his company’s innocence. “We were surprised by today’s actions primarily because we have been so cooperative with authorities,” he said in an internal statement after the raid.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Reports on Thursday indicated that GOP lawmakers are planning to delay a decision on infrastructure spending until 2018, to give the beleaguered Congress breathing room to find a way to repeal Obamacare and execute tax reform. The news clobbered construction stocks such as Caterpillar (CAT) , which plunged 3.3% during the final two trading sessions of the week.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Codexis, Inc.(CDXS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested taking a long/bullish position in small cap biocatalysts developer Codexis, Inc (NASDAQ: CDXS):

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

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

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Married in March, fired in September, andexpecting our first baby in March 2017. I have $45k in credit card debt ($35k of which is 0% until July 2017), I own a property with a tenant, which cash flows $30/month. I have$121k in a Roth account that I recently rolled over. Finally, Imstarting a new career as a 100% commissioned real estate agent this month.Do I make a withdrawal to cover expenses for the first 6 months of my real estate career? A $37,500 distribution would net $30k. Our monthly expenses shortfall is ~$5k a month.

stock market investment: Winnebago Industries Inc.(WGO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap motor home or RV stock Winnebago Industries (NYSE: WGO) reported fiscal Q3 2017 earnings before the market opened this morning. Revenues increased 75.1% to $476.4 million as revenues for the Motorized segment fell 2% to$241.7 million and revenues for the Towable segment rose $209.3 million to $234.7 million driven by the addition of $196.9 million in revenue from the Grand Design acquisition (organic growth in Winnebago-branded Towable productswas up 49% compared to last year).Net income increased 34.3% to$19.4 million. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q2 2017 earnings report for small cap motor home or RV stock Winnebago Industries, Inc (NYSE: WGO) is scheduled for before the market opens onWednesday (March 22nd). Back in2014, Winnebago Industries was in our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolioas we believed the company would benefit from lower gas pricesalong with aBaby Boomer generation whos recreational retirement spending will increase. OurSCN EO newsletter noting at the time:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q1 2017 earnings report for small cap motor home or RV stock Winnebago Industries, Inc (NYSE: WGO) is scheduled for before the market opens onWednesday (October 21th). In 2014, Winnebago Industries was in our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolioas we believed the company would benefit from lower gas pricesalong with aBaby Boomer generation whos recreational retirement spending will increase. OurSCN EO newsletter noting at the time:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Supply could come from any number of industry players, including Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO), Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) and Camping World Holdings Inc (NYSE: CWH). However, whether it comes from existing inventory and whether suppliers can meet the demand are yet to be seen.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap motor home or RV stock Winnebago Industries (NYSE: WGO) reported fiscal Q4 2017 earnings before the market opened in Thursday with shares up in premarket trading on better than expected results and on a stock buyback program. Revenues for the fiscal Q4 ended August 26, 2017 increased72.8% to $454.9 million asrevenues for the Motorized segmentfell 4.4% to$226.2 million while revenues for the Towable segment rose $202.1 million to$228.7 million (driven by the addition of $193.4 million in revenue from the Grand Design acquisition and continued strong organic growth in Winnebago-branded Towable products, which increased 33% compared to last year).Q4 net incomeincreased 89.6% to$24.9 million.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Friday was a good day on Wall Street, as the stock market responded favorably to encouraging news on the employment front. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped on fairly strong job creation during the month of February, and that helped push the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Composite to modest gains of roughly between a quarter percent and a half percent. Yet even with a positive mood among market participants, some stocks weren’t able to participate in the end-of-week rally. Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), Zumiez (NASDAQ:ZUMZ), and Winnebago Industries (NYSE:WGO) 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.

stock market investment: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.(WMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Friday was Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) which traded up 2.10% at $72.93. The stock’s 52-week range is $62.72 to $75.19. Volume was about 10% below the daily average of around 9.2 million shares. The company’s stock was upgraded to Outperform this morning at Telsey.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Friday was Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) which traded down 2.21% at $97.42. The stock’s 52-week range is $65.28 to $100.13 and the higher was posted early this morning. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 9 million shares. The retail giant said today that it has ordered 15 of the new Tesla all-electric semi trucks that are due to become available in 2019.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Dollar General Corp and Dollar Tree, Inc (NASDAQ: DLTR) both giving roughly the same performance and outperforming (until last August) while the performance of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (NYSE: WMT) began to suffer in early 2015, but has been trending up since then:

stock market investment: LCA-Vision Inc.(LCAV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Medical Practitioners: This industry jumped 2.82% by 10:15 am. The top performer in this industry was LCA-Vision (NASDAQ: LCAV), which rose 2.9%. LCA-Vision’s trailing-twelve-month revenue is $91.12 million.

stock market investment: (LGEAF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    However, Apple is turning to LG (OTC:LGEAF) and the Herald reports that Apple is even considering investing in a future plant in China to build flexible displays. It’s thought that the bendable displays could be available as early as 2019.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The importance of cellular connectivity for wearables, particularly for smartwatches, has been a theme of mine since last year, and I’m glad to see other analysts and organizations starting to pick up on it. I’ve discussed Qualcomm’s (NASDAQ:QCOM) development of the Snapdragon Wear SOC that manufacturers are using for Android Wear 2 smartwatches with LTE connectivity, such as the LG Watch Sport (OTC:LGEAF). Such watches provide voice calling and cellular data connections and anticipate the future direction of the smartwatch.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    There are other areas of smartphone innovation pursued by other companies besides Apple. The development of OLED screens has been a significant innovation pursued mainly by Korean giants Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) and LG (OTC:LGEAF). It is now being reported that Samsung and LG will introduce smartphones with foldable OLED screens this year.

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?

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Kimco Realty Corp (KIM) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

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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Can Amazon Keep Up the Pace This Holiday Season?

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has made an incredible run over the course of 2017, but is its momentum slowing as we get deeper in this holiday season?

Over the course of November, Amazon notched a gain of roughly 6.5%. While this is a solid gain for the month, and with the markets reaching higher highs, some investors want more bang for their buck. Granted this is outperforming the broad markets as well, but with all the hype around e-commerce going into this holiday season, theres more to be desired.

An alternative to Amazon would be Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), which saw its shares jump over 11% in November alone, although most of this was on the back of a strong earnings report. And what made this earnings report so special was that e-commerce sales exploded year over year.

Comparatively, Walmart is gaining ground now, but Amazon has been in the lead for some time. Walmart shares are up about 41% this year while Amazon shares are sitting on a 57% gain year to date.

Analysts are still going strong for Amazon. Oppenheimer reiterated an Outperform rating and raised its price target to $1,330. The brokerage firm said in its report:

AWS announced dozens of new services focused on databases, IoT and Serverless functionality, with more consumer applications than usual. Kubernetes, IOT Operating System, Bare Metal services and Serverless Aurora were some of the most important new announcements. AWS is now well positioned to be the platform company for IOT and democratizing AI. Most of the upgrades were incremental, and more targeted at competitors (Google) than usual. Machine Learning and AI were embedded in most new features. Conversations with AWS users highlighted continued strong demand, with expertise/app porting acting as the bottleneck. AWS’ dominance in serverless, global databases and AI is creating unique new services in an accelerated basis, driving unpredictable services/growth.

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Also, Deutsche Bank raised its price target on Amazon to $1,425 from $1,200, whileJMP Securities reiterated an Outperform rating with a $1,240 price target.

Shares of Amazon were last seen down 1.4% on the day at $1,159.99. The stock has a 52-week trading range of $736.70 to $1,213.41 and a consensus analyst price target of $1,243.91.

Walmart shares were trading at $96.83, with a consensus price target of $100.47 and a 52-week range of $65.28 to $100.13.

Boeing Still Best 2017 DJIA Stock

Boeing Co.’s (NYSE: BA) share price added about 2.1% this past week to keep a firm grip on its position as the best performing stock among the 30 that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). Shares gained $5.50 last week to boost the year-to-date gain to more than 74%.

Of the three other stocks closest to Boeing’s yearly gain, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) rose by about 3% to a gain of nearly 53%, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) dropped more than 2% to close the week up about 48% for the year to date and McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD) tacked on 2.2% to bring its annual gain to 42%.

For the month of November, Boeing stock added about $13.00, a gain of 5%. The Dow’s big gainer last month was Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), up nearly 11% after posting solid earnings and raising fourth-quarter and full-year guidance.

Boeing’s week was relatively quiet compared to the flurry of activity and big orders that flowed from the Dubai Air Show. As of November 28, Boeing reports that it has taken 662 net new orders in 2017. The 737 family accounts for 505 of those orders, and the 787 family chalks up 88 orders for the year to date.

The coming week could be another quiet one ahead of the company’s board of directors meeting on December 11. Analysts at Wells Fargo Securities have predicted that Boeing will announce a dividend increase of 10% to 15% following the meeting.

Boeing raised its dividend last December to its current level of $1.42 ($5.68 annualized). That was a 30% jump over the prior year’s rate, and it could be that Wells Fargo is being conservative about an increase for the coming year.

The dividend yield on Boeing stock at Friday’s closing price is 2.11%. Not exactly a stunning number, but when the share price appreciation is added in, the return to shareholders over the past 12 months is around 76%, not including share buybacks.

Cowen analyst Cai von Rumohr put a 12-month price target of $320 a share on Boeing for a potential upside of nearly 18%. Even if Boeing doesn’t boost its dividend, that’s still a 20% return on the stock in a year. Not bad.

Boeing stock closed at $271.38 on Friday, down nearly 2% on the day, in a 52-week range of $150.02 to $278.73. The high was posted Friday morning. The 12-month consensus price target is $285.21, some $4.17 higher than last week’s target. The low price target is $203 and the high is $350.

ALSO READ: General Electric Still 2017’s Worst DJIA Stock

Can Amazon Keep Up the Pace This Holiday Season?

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has made an incredible run over the course of 2017, but is its momentum slowing as we get deeper in this holiday season?

Over the course of November, Amazon notched a gain of roughly 6.5%. While this is a solid gain for the month, and with the markets reaching higher highs, some investors want more bang for their buck. Granted this is outperforming the broad markets as well, but with all the hype around e-commerce going into this holiday season, theres more to be desired.

An alternative to Amazon would be Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), which saw its shares jump over 11% in November alone, although most of this was on the back of a strong earnings report. And what made this earnings report so special was that e-commerce sales exploded year over year.

Comparatively, Walmart is gaining ground now, but Amazon has been in the lead for some time. Walmart shares are up about 41% this year while Amazon shares are sitting on a 57% gain year to date.

Analysts are still going strong for Amazon. Oppenheimer reiterated an Outperform rating and raised its price target to $1,330. The brokerage firm said in its report:

AWS announced dozens of new services focused on databases, IoT and Serverless functionality, with more consumer applications than usual. Kubernetes, IOT Operating System, Bare Metal services and Serverless Aurora were some of the most important new announcements. AWS is now well positioned to be the platform company for IOT and democratizing AI. Most of the upgrades were incremental, and more targeted at competitors (Google) than usual. Machine Learning and AI were embedded in most new features. Conversations with AWS users highlighted continued strong demand, with expertise/app porting acting as the bottleneck. AWS’ dominance in serverless, global databases and AI is creating unique new services in an accelerated basis, driving unpredictable services/growth.

ALSO READ: 4 Companies Expected to Post Massive Holiday Sales This Year

Also, Deutsche Bank raised its price target on Amazon to $1,425 from $1,200, whileJMP Securities reiterated an Outperform rating with a $1,240 price target.

Shares of Amazon were last seen down 1.4% on the day at $1,159.99. The stock has a 52-week trading range of $736.70 to $1,213.41 and a consensus analyst price target of $1,243.91.

Walmart shares were trading at $96.83, with a consensus price target of $100.47 and a 52-week range of $65.28 to $100.13.