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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018

Hanesbrands (HBI) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after missing earnings forecasts and offering disappointing guidance.

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Hanesbrandsdropped 16% to $18.98 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.7% to 2,297.42.

Stifel’s Jim Duffy and team explain what went wrong:

Structural changes in US consumer and retail trends weighed on 4Q and HBI fell short in 4Q. These trends are expected to continue in FY17 and guidance was more cautious than prevailing estimates. Given the leverage and dependence on acquisitions for growth, we view visibility to underlying free cash generation key to valuation and we are discouraged by both 2016 results which were well short of plan and the outlook for FY17 operating cash flow which is a step backwards from prior FY16 guidance. With a reduction in 2017 CFO estimates from $795mn to $690mn we are lowering our 12-month target price from $26 to $23.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Nordson Corporation(NDSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $415.52 million. Nordson shares gained 0.88 percent to close at $75.74 on Friday.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ:NDSN) released fiscal second-quarter 2017 results on Monday that easily exceeded expectations, highlighting broad-based organic growth and solid contributions from its recently acquired businesses.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $415.52 million.

    KLX Inc (NASDAQ: KLXI) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.30 per share on revenue of $383.62 million.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , Chubb (CB) , XPO Logistics (XPO) , FedEx (FDX) and Nordson (NDSN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Prudential (PRU) , Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and ZTO Express (ZTO) .

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Insys Therapeutics, Inc.(INSY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    We’ve compiled a list of the most heavily shorted stocks to show you which stocks have the most negative sentiment on the market…

    Company Name (Ticker)Short FloatShare PriceHanwha Q Cells Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: HQCL)98.52%$ 8.88Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN)91.59%$ 8.53Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE: WTW)67.92%$12.57INSYS Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: INSY)66.71%$10.74Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO)66.34%$33.17Nutanix Inc. (Nasdaq: NTNX)65.65%$31.96Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT)55.15%$ 6.06Weibo Corp. (Nasdaq ADR: WB)53.83%$55.26RPC Inc. (NYSE: RES)53.62%$21.19Straight Path Communications Inc. (NYSEMKT: STRP)49.27%$34.79Momo Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: MOMO)48.63%$26.80Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG)46.91%$44.87Lannett Company Inc. (NYSE: LCI)45.46%$23.00Gogo Inc. (Nasdaq: GOGO)43.98%$ 9.10Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA (Nasdaq: ASPS)42.78%$22.73Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE ADR: CMCM)40.86%$10.00

    Some investors think the only way to profit from the stock market is to buy stocks and wait for the price to rise. However, these investors are missing out on the massive profit opportunity that comes from shorting stocks.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, healthcare shares fell by 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Horizon Pharma PLC (NASDAQ: HZNP), down 20 percent, and Insys Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: INSY), down 17 percent.

  • [By William Patalon III]

    Insys Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: INSY) – our “War on Pain” biotech play – has given us a profit of more than 16% since we recommended the stock just two weeks ago.

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Leucadia National Corporation(LUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We delved into Kraft Heinz’s (KHC) earnings beat, and explained the impact of Leucadia National’s (LUK) investment in National Beef on its earnings.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Leucadia National (NYSE:LUK) is a difficult business for many investors to understand. The combination of the Jefferies Group financial services company, the National Beef meat processing and supply company, and plenty of other smaller investments present a challenge for those seeking to know the ins and outs of what affects Leucadia’s results. In general, though, conditions in the financial industry have been more volatile than the rest of the business, and Jefferies, therefore, plays a bigger role in how the overall company does.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: United Natural Foods, Inc.(UNFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap natural andorganic foods stock United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI) reported fiscal Q4 2017 earnings after the Wednesday market close with shares closing up 5.29% after better-than-expected earnings results in a space thats facing deflation especially after the Amazon-Wholefoods deal was announced. Q4 net sales increased 5.7% to $2.34 billion as sales were positively impacted by the acquisitions of Haddon House Food Products, Inc. and Gourmet Guru, Inc (Due to the integration of these acquisitions, the financial impact of acquired businesses is no longer fully separable). Net income increased 12.1% to $38.9 million.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for the Hain Celestial Group shows shares having once strongly outperformed largely underperforming peers such as large capWhole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and small cap United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for the Hain Celestial Group shows shares having once outperformed underperforming peers such as large capWhole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and small cap United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q1 2017 earnings report for small cap natural andorganic foods stock United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI) is scheduled for after the market closes onWednesday (December 7th). Shares tend to move in tandeem with Whole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) who accounts for more than 30% of sales and were falling in September on concerns about WFM’s weakness with Wolfe Research’s Scott Mushkin commenting:

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: ChannelAdvisor Corporation(ECOM )

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    ChannelAdvisor Corp (NASDAQ: ECOM) shares dropped 24 percent to $10.85 following Q4 results. ChannelAdvisor reported Q4 net income of $5.8 million on revenue of $31.8 million.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Synutra International, Inc.(SYUT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Synutra International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYUT) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $5.28 after the company disclosed that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement for "going private" transaction.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Zynga Inc.(ZNGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap social media gaming stockZynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA) reportedQ2 2017 earnings after the Wednesday market close. Revenue was above guidance by $9.2 million and up 15% year-over-year to $209.2 million whilenet income was $5.1 million, better than guidance by $11.1 million and an improvement of $9.5 million year-over-year.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Glu Mobile and peer Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA)all over the place for investors and savvy traders who could have profitably traded theirshares:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap social media gaming stockZynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA) is scheduled for after the market closes on Thursday (February 9th). Our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio has repeated suggested trading Zynga Inc with aJanuary 2014 SCN EO newsletter noting the following:

  • [By Andrew Tonner]

    IPOs like Snap are a rare breed. In looking for companies comparable to it, I looked for listings that sported a post-IPO valuation above $5 billion, went pubic after 2010, and employ a consumer-facing business model. This resulted in an admittedly small sample of highly hyped tech IPOs including Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN), and Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA). For transparency’s sake, I opted to not include Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba in this list because its geographic focus and scale made it fundamentally different than the above tech IPOs, although including it wouldn’t have changed the outcome of this analysis.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Institutional Venture Partners was the VC firm that led the round. IVP focuses on tech startups, having backed such names as Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP), Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR), Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNGA), and Dropbox Inc.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Pluristem Therapeutics Inc.(PSTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: PSTI) shares dropped 20 percent to $1.12. Pluristem disclosed that it has increased its bought deal offering to $15 million of stock and warrants.

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

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Pampa Energia S.A.(PAM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG-ADR (NYSE: CIG) and Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Exelixis, Inc.(EXEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, healthcare shares fell by 0.91 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Alere Inc (NYSE: ALR), down 8 percent, and Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL), down 10 percent.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Exelixis Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) saw its shares make a handy gain on Wednesday after the company was tapped by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Specifically, the FDA has approved Cabometyx (cabozantinib) tablets for the expanded indication of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), which is the most common form of kidney cancer in adults.

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018

Despite staggering increases in drug prices, Americans still aren’t living as long as those in other countries. And the worst part is they’re paying more, too…

One out of every four Americans reported that the cost of healthcare is their primary concern right now, according to a January 2017 Monmouth University poll. In fact, anxiety about paying medical bills now outpaces job and unemployment concerns, as well as worries about paying everyday household bills.

And it’s no wonder: In August, prices for medicine, doctor’s appointments, and health insurance rose at rates not seen since 1984.

Drug costs, in particular, are growing by double and triple digits each year. Back in October 2016, The Fiscal Times reported that specialty drug prices grew 18.9% and are projected to increase another 18.7% this year. Additionally, it reported that generic drug prices are expected to increase another 11% this year after already going up 11.3% in 2016.

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: Netlist, Inc.(NLST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap data/memory solutions stocksNetlist, Inc (NASDAQ: NLST) as a long/bullish position for our short term portfolio:

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: 2U, Inc.(TWOU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Kretzmann]

    Since its IPO in March 2014, 2U (NASDAQ:TWOU) stock is up over 160% as the company forges partnerships with famous schools, including Georgetown, Yale, Berkeley, and New York University.

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: V.F. Corporation(VFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

    Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Kate Spade & Co is considering a sale of the company, following pressure from activist investors given the volatile performance ever since Kate Spade became a mono brand company over 2 years ago. The article cites thatKate Spade has hired an investment bank and has reached out to possible buyers (including other retailers) althoughKate Spade has not responded. This comes at a time when brand houses like VF Corp. (VFC), PVH Corp. (PVH), Hanesbrands (HBI), Michael Kors Holdings (KORS), and Coach have said they are looking to make a branded acquisition, andKate Spade could be one of the strongest candidates. While other brands are seeing negative comps, pulling back on wholesale exposure or restructuring,Kate Spade continues to grow.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    The North Face, in particular, seems like a cautionary tale. The outdoor gear and apparel maker had its IPO in 1996. By 1999 sales were falling and the company put up a $100 million loss. In 2000,VF Corporation(NYSE:VFC) acquired it for just $25.4 million, despite $238 million in sales and a once-popular brand. Today, under the guidance of VF Corp, The North Face now has more than $2 billion in annual sales.

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: Siebert Financial Corp.(SIEB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    William may be right about a sell-off in stocks… in the cryptocurrency space. Over the last week, companies that have billed themselves as blockchain-focused saw their stocks surge. One firm – Long Island Iced Tea changed its name to Long Island Blockchain and watched its stock surge more than triple digits. But today, firms with this exposure are cratering. MGT Capital Investments Inc. (OTCMKTS: MGTI), Long Island Iced Tea Corp. (Nasdaq: LTEA), Riot Blockchain Inc. (Nasdaq: RIOT), and Siebert Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: SIEB) all fell by more than 12% Friday.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap discount brokerageSiebert Financial Corp (NASDAQ: SIEB):

    Siebert Financial has been on our watchlist for a while, overbought and toying with the idea of a pullback. We’re finally starting to see evidence that the weight of the gain is taking a toll. We’ve seen a string of lower highs following the last bullish gasp from the 9th. We’re going to assume that was the pivot point. (It has been so far, anyway.)

  • [By Cameron Saucier]

    Siebert (Nasdaq: SIEB) is a holding company that has a retail discount brokerage business through its subsidiary, Muriel Siebert & Co. SIEB rose 60% last month after it announced a purchasing agreement with Kennedy Cabot Acquisition. Under the agreement, Kennedy Cabot will purchase shares of SIEB. SIEB is currently trading at $3.37 per share and is up 157% YOY.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Siebert Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: SIEB) shares shot up 61 percent to $8.30 following news it will offer deeply discounted online trading of U.S. equities next year.

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: Benitec Biopharma Limited(BNTC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benitec Biopharma Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: BNTC) shares shot up 44 percent to $4.41. Benitec Biopharma disclosed that the key pre-clinical data on oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy has been published in Nature Communications.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

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

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

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

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: Zynga Inc.(ZNGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andrew Tonner]

    IPOs like Snap are a rare breed. In looking for companies comparable to it, I looked for listings that sported a post-IPO valuation above $5 billion, went pubic after 2010, and employ a consumer-facing business model. This resulted in an admittedly small sample of highly hyped tech IPOs including Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN), and Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA). For transparency’s sake, I opted to not include Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba in this list because its geographic focus and scale made it fundamentally different than the above tech IPOs, although including it wouldn’t have changed the outcome of this analysis.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    According to the Financial Times, a total of 13 companies, including Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA) and Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) saw shares rise to $123. For Zynga, that represented a 3,000% boost; for Sears, a 1,000% surge. Four companies, including Amazon and Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) fell more than 85% as a result of the glitch.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Most tech companies opt to have the dual class structure with the primary motive of retaining voting control. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB), Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA), Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) and Box Inc (NYSE: BOX) are a few companies who went the dual class stock structure way.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Glu Mobile and peer Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA)all over the place for investors and savvy traders who could have profitably traded theirshares:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    What could have gone wrong? Cramer said investors only need to remember the IPOs of Facebook (FB) , Twitter (TWTR) , Groupon (GRPN) and Zynga (ZNGA) . All of these IPOs made the markets look fragile and, yes, rigged. But today, the market avoided four major pitfalls.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Institutional Venture Partners was the VC firm that led the round. IVP focuses on tech startups, having backed such names as Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP), Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR), Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNGA), and Dropbox Inc.

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: Virtu Financial, Inc.(VIRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Virtu Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) had a large buyer at the desk last week. TJMT Holdings, an investment vehicle for the founder and Executive Chairman Vincent Viola, bought a 50,000 share blockat $15.88 apiece. The total price for the trade was $794,345. The company provides market making and liquidity services to the financial markets worldwide. Shares closed last Friday at $15.95, in a 52 week range of$12.35 to $23.97, and the consensus price target is $16.31.

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: Rockwell Medical Technologies Inc.(RMTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Alex McGuire]

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

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

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

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.(CCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $690.27 million.
    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $3.84 billion.
    Coca-Cola European Partners Plc (NYSE: CCE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $2.72 billion.
    Lands' End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $459.43 million.
    Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $145.91 million.
    Cheetah Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: CMCM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $178.04 million.
    Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $90.05 million.
    Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) is projected to post earnings for its first quarter.
    Fifth Street Asset Management Inc (NASDAQ: FSAM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $25.12 million.

     

Top 10 Medical Stocks For 2018: Washington Federal, Inc.(WAFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The six companies that met the criterion are:

    Oshkosh Corp (NYSE: OSK). Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX). SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN). Suncor Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SU). Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD). Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS).
    Oshkosh

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stock market performance: Bank of the Ozarks(OZRK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ: OZRK) reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.

    Bank of the Ozarks disclosed net income of $54.5 million for the second quarter compared to $44.8 million representing an increase of 21.7 percent. On a per share basis, earnings grew 17.6 percent to $0.60 from $0.51 in the year-ago quarter. This was higher by a penny from the Street analysts' expectations.

stock market performance: Nobilis Health Corp.(HLTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Nobilis Health Corp (NYSE: HLTH) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $91.92 million.

    Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $144.02 million.

stock market performance: PPL Corporation(PPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $30.81 after closing Friday at $31.13. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 3.5 million, about 25% below the daily average of around 4.5 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $31.53 after closing Tuesday at $32.42. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 15.5 million, more than three times the daily average of around 4 million shares. The electric utility company took a downgrade on Tuesday and the fallout continues to drop.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $32.48 after closing Monday at $33.97. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 5.9 million, nearly a third higher than the daily average of around 3.9 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $30.74 after closing Tuesday at $30.76. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 3.2 million, about 25% below the daily average of around 4.5 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $31.11 after closing Wednesday at $31.59. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 9.6 million, more than double the daily average of around 4.2 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

stock market performance: Zynga Inc.(ZNGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Glu Mobile and peer Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA)all over the place for investors and savvy traders who could have profitably traded theirshares:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Most tech companies opt to have the dual class structure with the primary motive of retaining voting control. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB), Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA), Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) and Box Inc (NYSE: BOX) are a few companies who went the dual class stock structure way.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    What could have gone wrong? Cramer said investors only need to remember the IPOs of Facebook (FB) , Twitter (TWTR) , Groupon (GRPN) and Zynga (ZNGA) . All of these IPOs made the markets look fragile and, yes, rigged. But today, the market avoided four major pitfalls.

stock market performance: M&T Bank Corporation(MTB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We believe investors should continue to own three types of bank stocks: “Return of Capital (RC) Stocks”, “Risk On (RO) Stocks”, and “Multiple Revaluation (MR) Stocks.” RC stocks include M&T Bank (MTB), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), and SunTrust Banks (STI); RO stocks include Bank of America, Popular (BPOP), Citigroup, JPMorgan, and KeyCorp (KEY); and MR stocks include BB&T (BBT) and PNC Financial Services Group (PNC).

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018

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Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: 8point3 Energy Partners LP(CAFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    If the Suniva noise is removed, the firm believes First Solar stock becomes a fundamental story of execution and long-term share gains. The firm also noted that the company has found success selling off projects to third parties, as intended, with the management seeing more value in selling to third-parties rather than to 8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD).

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Leading the charge are two yieldcos — NextEra Energy Partners (NYSE:NEP) and 8point3 Energy Partners (NASDAQ:CAFD) — and utility company AES Corporation (NYSE:AES). Here’s a look at why they’re good dividend stocks to own today.

  • [By J.B. Maverick]

    Recently added in January 2016 to the "strong buy" list at Zacks Investment Research, 8point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is a subsidiary firm with the support of major solar power companies SunPower and First Solar, and plenty of cash to fund 2016 growth projects. It should be well positioned to move forward in its business of acquiring and operating solar energy generation projects. In late January 2016, the stock is trading at $16.45, in the middle of its 52-week range of $10.26 to $21.15. The stock offers a dividend yield of 2.39%. It has been in a general uptrend since October 2015. Year to date in 2016, the stock is down 2.97%, which means it is weathering the market storm better than many other firms. With the backing of First Solar and SunPower, and a partnership agreement with Wells Fargo, 8point3 is in a stronger industry position than the majority of alternative energy companies.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Axiom Capital Management’s Gordon Johnson made a startling comparison this week, saying that yieldco 8point3 Energy Partners (NASDAQ:CAFD) looks a lot like the now bankrupt SunEdison and the recently bailed-out SolarCity. If he’s right and the yieldco is built on unstable ground, it could justify the stock’s drop over the last few months and be a warning for investors.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Colliers International Group Inc. (CIGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

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

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Castlight Health, inc.(CSLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Castlight Health (NYSE:CSLT)share price climbed 13.2% Wednesday after an SEC filing revealed that Maverick Capital had significantly boosted its stake in the company to 10.6%.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.(GMCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

    But for short sellers in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq: GMCR), there's another outcome: They've been badly burned as shares have surged, but they insist they've been right all along, and it's only a matter of time before the stock crashes and burns.

  • [By Canadian Value]

    So Im going to stick my next out and share my views on four battleground stocks that are among my favorite shorts: World Acceptance (WRLD), Green Mountain (GMCR), Herbalife (HLF), and InterOil (IOC). And next week at the Value Investing Congress I will present another short, my largest.

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    As badly as short sellers want to hate on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), betting against the multiyear rally in this $12.7 billion beverage stock has been about as wise as eating from a box with a skull and crossbones on it. And as a bull market continues to lift all ships, Green Mountain’s ship is going to keep floating above the others.

    Green Mountain owns Keurig, the brand of beverage brewers that use self-contained K-Cups to make coffee, teas, and other drinks. While Keurig’s “fad” status has certainly helped tip the deck against GMCR, the fact remains that the firm has done most of the hard work in getting Keurig machines accepted by consumers. With brewers essentially ubiquitous at this point, the firm is able to make money on its cash cow: the K-Cups.

    Keurig’s individual-serving cups have big margins and a big installed base. With huge convenience and the relatively large sunk cost that consumers have put into their Keurig machines, it’s a sticky business with big switching costs. Consumers who buy a Keurig are much less likely to spend the money on a competing brand of proprietary coffee pods.

    I’ve said before that GMCR is far from cheap right now. But its momentum trajectory is showing few signs of fizzling out, especially as direct competitors such as Starbucks (SBUX) continue to sell K-Cups of their own. Don’t bet against GMCR in September – buy this Rocket Stock instead.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Zynga Inc.(ZNGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Most tech companies opt to have the dual class structure with the primary motive of retaining voting control. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB), Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA), Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) and Box Inc (NYSE: BOX) are a few companies who went the dual class stock structure way.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap social media gaming stockZynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA) reportedQ2 2017 earnings after the Wednesday market close. Revenue was above guidance by $9.2 million and up 15% year-over-year to $209.2 million whilenet income was $5.1 million, better than guidance by $11.1 million and an improvement of $9.5 million year-over-year.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap social media gaming stockZynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA) is scheduled for after the market closes on Thursday (February 9th). Our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio has repeated suggested trading Zynga Inc with aJanuary 2014 SCN EO newsletter noting the following:

  • [By Andrew Tonner]

    IPOs like Snap are a rare breed. In looking for companies comparable to it, I looked for listings that sported a post-IPO valuation above $5 billion, went pubic after 2010, and employ a consumer-facing business model. This resulted in an admittedly small sample of highly hyped tech IPOs including Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN), and Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA). For transparency’s sake, I opted to not include Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba in this list because its geographic focus and scale made it fundamentally different than the above tech IPOs, although including it wouldn’t have changed the outcome of this analysis.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Glu Mobile all over the place for investors (but savvy traders could have profitably traded shares) whilepeer Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA) has mostly underperformed after the initial surge wore off:

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.(CLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials shares rose by 0.74 percent in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS), Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF), and United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    The best candidates for window dressing trades this week include the top 2016 performers Teck Resources Ltd (USA) (NYSE: TECK), Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF) and AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS).

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc.(NGVC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Whole Foods Market shows shares still lower than they were five years ago whilepeers in the organic space like Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ: SFM) and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) have performed worst:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Whole Foods Market shows along with mid cap peerSprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ: SFM) and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) appearing to all be in downtrends that may or may not have leveled off:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc (NYSE: NGVC) was down, falling around 33 percent to $5.70 as the company posted downbeat quarterly results and lowered its FY17 earnings guidance.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Whole Foods Market shows along with mid cap peerSprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ: SFM) and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) largely drifting lower with two price spikes:

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.(CCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sara Cornell]

    The agreement between the two companies allows Azincourt to option up to 70% of the East Preston property located in the Athabasca Basin. Home to Cameco’s (TSX:CCO) McArthur River uranium mine, the Athabasca Basin is considered one of the richest sources of uranium in the world, with many uranium deposits hosting grades substantially higher than the world average grade. The area has been a hotbed for energy metal investors over the past few years, due to significant high grade uranium discoveries by large cap mining companies.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Avid Technology Inc.(AVID)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Avid Technology(NASDAQ:AVID) rose 20.3% in April 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    So what

    Last month’s share price surge rested on Avid’s release of a coherent cloud-based media production suite. The new version of Avid’s MediaCentral platform takes advantage of the cloud, central storage, and back-end data processing in a way older versions never attempted, modernizing the media production tool in a big way.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $144.02 million.

    Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: CWCO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $15.15 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) shares were also up, gaining 24 percent to $5.01 following Q3 results. Avid Technology reported Q3 earnings of $0.00 per share on revenue of $105.26 million.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Shire plc(SHPG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Macaluso and David Williamson]

    At the end of last week, a Bloomberg article revealed that Shire (NASDAQ: SHPG  ) and pharmaceutical giant Sanofi (NYSE: SNY  ) may be circling ViroPharma (NASDAQ: VPHM  ) . The the following video, from The Motley Fool’s health care show Market Checkup, analysts David Williamson and Max Macaluso take a close look at ViroPharma and discuss the recent interest in this small biotech company.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Specialty pharmaceuticals Shire (SHPG) and Mallinckrodt (MNK) soared today following their better-than-expected earnings, while Morgan Stanley worried about Valeant Pharmaceutical International’s (VRX) ability to sell its unwanted assets.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    The partnered portfolio includes Movantik and Adynovate, which are licensed to AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) and Shire (NASDAQ:SHPG), respectively.

    Movantik won Food and Drug Administration approval in September 2014 for use in relievingopioid constipation, and Nektar Therapeutics reports that annual prescriptions jumped 270% year over year in 2016. Currently, Movantik is selling at an annualized clip of about $160 million, and according to the licensing agreement, Nektar Therapeutics receives a 20% plus royalty on U.S. sales, plus potential sales milestone payments.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We highlight the key takeaways below, which have read-throughs for brand drug companies we cover such asAllergan (AGN), Shire (SHPG), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Mallinckrodt,Endo International and Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ), among others.

Best Insurance Stocks To Invest In 2018

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Insurance-linked securities (ILS) are an asset class in which a security’s return is contingent upon an insurance event. A prime example of an ILS is a catastrophe bond. Cat bonds pay a coupon to the investor unless a specific catastrophe trigger (think large hurricanes and earthquakes) occurs. Most ILS are unavailable to retail investors and trade with relative illiquidity. However, ILS is an appealing asset to hold within the context of a larger portfolio, as its performance is completely unrelated to the greater economy.

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Best Insurance Stocks To Invest In 2018: Zynga Inc.(ZNGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Glu Mobile and peer Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA)all over the place for investors and savvy traders who could have profitably traded theirshares:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    For instance, in his previous startup, Vostu (often dubbed the Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA) of Latin America), Recchia had to open an office in the U.S. in order to access top-notch talent in business analytics.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    According to the Financial Times, a total of 13 companies, including Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA) and Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) saw shares rise to $123. For Zynga, that represented a 3,000% boost; for Sears, a 1,000% surge. Four companies, including Amazon and Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) fell more than 85% as a result of the glitch.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    What could have gone wrong? Cramer said investors only need to remember the IPOs of Facebook (FB) , Twitter (TWTR) , Groupon (GRPN) and Zynga (ZNGA) . All of these IPOs made the markets look fragile and, yes, rigged. But today, the market avoided four major pitfalls.

Best Insurance Stocks To Invest In 2018: SuperCom, Ltd.(SPCB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Supercom Ltd (NASDAQ: SPCB) shares shot up 53 percent to $4.17 after the company reported strong results for its third quarter. SuperCom expects FY17 sales of at least $35 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Supercom Ltd (NASDAQ: SPCB) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $9.03 million.

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Best Insurance Stocks To Invest In 2018: Ebix, Inc.(EBIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap insurance software stock Ebix Inc (NASDAQ: EBIX) reported Q1 2017 earnings before the market opened this morning. Q1 revenue rose 11% to $79.1 million and decreased 1% over Q4 2016 revenue of $80.0 million. The year over year revenue improvement reflected growth in the Companys Exchange, Risk Compliance, and Broker Solution channels. On a constant currency basis, Q1 revenue increased 10% to $78.5 millionwith theExchange channel continued to bethe Companyslargest -accounting for 67% of Q1 2017 revenues. Q1 2017 net income rose 19% to $26.4 million with the improvement principally reflected the benefit of higher revenues and operating income as compared to the same period last year.

Sea: Not The Quarter We Were Looking For

I’ve never understood why any investors were particularly excited about the Sea (NYSE: SE) IPO, the Singapore-based internet platform that operates a digital gaming platform and distributes League of Legends in Southeast Asia (its biggest source of revenues), an e-commerce platform that has yet to generate significant revenue, and a burgeoning digital wallet/payments product that’s akin to Southeast Asia’s PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL). The company got a kick earlier this month when the quiet period expired and Wall Street started doling out praises for the company. Most notably, Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) came out in full cheerleader mode for the company, setting a $22 price target; though we also have to note Goldman was lead left bookrunner on the IPO and we have to take its word with a bit (or a lot) of salt.

Yes, the company operates in some of the largest “tiger economy” countries in the world – but what happens when its games stop becoming popular? The teenagers that make up the majority of Sea’s fan base undoubtedly have changing tastes, and if they stop buying the virtual items that provide ~85% of Sea’s revenue, the company is lost. With net margins worse than -100% and losses doubling y/y, it’s not clear whether this company has a path to sustained growth.

At Sea’s current market cap of $4.5 billion, it’s valued at ~33% more than Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA), which has a market cap of $3.5 billion. Zynga has twice the revenue base of Sea and grew revenues by 23% in its most recent quarter, after a period of struggling with decline; and it also started turning profits in Q2 of this year. While I wouldn’t recommend either company, if you must buy a gaming company, at least go for Zynga.

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As seen from the chart above, Sea has started to slip from its IPO at the $15 handle. Practically the only positive factor supporting the stock’s valuation is the company’s exposure to Greater Southeast Asia (GSEA), but with the Sea’s rather poor execution, it may hardly matter. As I wrote in my initial article, it’s important for the company to show revenue diversification beyond gaming. If it’s going to aspire to be the Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) of GSEA, then it had better start showing monetization in e-commerce and payments – not just GMV increases. Q3, despite posting $3.2 million in revenues in the e-commerce segment for the first time, showed no meaningful progress in this regard as it’s still a tiny portion of the company’s overall revenues.

Continue to stay away from Sea. Better internet/e-commerce companies to invest in include PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), Etsy (NASDAQ: ETSY), and Stitch Fix (NASDAQ: SFIX). I doubt it’ll be long before Sea slips below $10, and even then at a $3 billion market cap, it’s still overvalued.

Q3 recap

Let’s take a closer look at Sea’s Q3, its first earnings release since going public (also note that usually, a poor reaction to the first earnings release is a terrible indicator for IPO momentum).

Figure 1. Sea Q3 revenues
Source: Sea Q3 earnings release

As seen in the chart above, taken from Sea’s Q3 earnings release, Digital Entertainment still commanded the lion’s share of business in Q3, with 85% of revenues (though this is down from 95% in the year-ago quarter). Total gaming revenues actually declined 7% y/y, however, to $79.8 million – illustrating just how risky it is to tether an entire business to online gaming.

Digital gaming’s gross margin also fell considerably to 30% in the quarter, down from 46% in the prior-year quarter. As a distributor, Sea doesn’t own the creative rights to games like League of Legends, and it’s subject to higher licensing fees by content creators. The entertainment industry as a whole is placing greater emphasis on content, which underpins Netflix’s (NASDAQ: NFLX) multi-billion dollar investment into Netflix Originals and deals like AT&T’s (NYSE: T) bid for Time Warner and Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Verizon’s (NASDAQ: VZ) interest in Fox (NYSE: FOXA). Even though Sea is in a slightly different industry and a continent away, the fundamental rules still apply: it’s the content owners that call the shots, not the distributors. While it’s too early to call Sea’s margin decline a sustained trend, the lack of real control over its margins will always be a risk.

Sea’s earnings release highlights billings growth instead of its rather lackluster revenue growth. This is a metric more commonly associated with enterprise software companies, calculated by adding the change in deferred revenues to revenue in any given quarter. Sea’s in-game items and virtual currency sales, as a refresher, are accounted for as deferred revenue on the balance sheet and are recognized as revenue as the items expire. Total billings grew 73% y/y to $151.7 million (also a 21% sequential growth rate from Q2), so this marks somewhat of a bright spot, but still doesn’t excuse the poor revenue growth seen in Q2.

In Sea’s “Other” segment – which accounts for its e-commerce (Shoppee) and financial services (AirPay) products, revenue grew 3x to $14.3 million, but at only 15% of the total revenue base, it’s still an insignificant contribution to Sea as a whole. Consider especially that this line of business has a negative gross margin – its cost of revenue is $27.7 million to produce $14.3 million of revenue, indicating nearly a -200% gross margin.

In “high growth mode,” profitability is less important – it’s forgivable if the company operates at a loss. But gross margin, at least, should be positive – especially for an internet business with few raw inputs beyond server costs and customer support bills.

The company finally started showing revenue in e-commerce ($3.2 million) that didn’t exist in the prior year quarter, but at such poor margins, investors can hardly be blamed for being less than enthusiastic.

Overall, the company produced a net loss of -$132.8 million in the quarter, approximately double 3Q16’s loss of -$65.6 million. A quick note here: most tech IPOs typically show large net losses due to stock comp; their pro forma earnings figures are a lot less scary when you add back these non-cash charges. Sea, however, has minimal stock-based comp expenses ($5.7 million), so its adjusted loss is still a frighteningly high figure, -$127.1 million.

Based even on its adjusted figure, Sea posted a -135% net margin and a per-share net loss of -$0.75. Not a company I’d want to bet my portfolio on.

60-second summary

Sea operates an oddball mix of businesses: gaming, e-commerce, and digital financial services. The latter two have much more synergy and are much more promising in the longer term, but at only 15% of the current revenue base, even hopeful investors have to agree that these businesses are years away from achieving meaningful scale.

Thus we have to look at Sea as a gaming business – an industry that’s notoriously fickle and prone to fads. In particular, what we saw in Q3 – declining revenues (despite billings growth) and contracting margins – sends out a scary signal for long investors in Sea. The company’s main revenue engine is seeing signs of weakness while its burgeoning e-commerce and fintech businesses are creating massive losses. At some point, it’s worth asking whether or not it’s realistic for a company like Sea to fulfill its vision of becoming GSEA’s Alibaba before running out of cash. More than likely, other Asian internet conglomerates (and there are plenty) will rush in to claim the market and knock Sea down to its heels. And with Sea’s gaming business weighing down the company with its lack of proprietary content and shrinking margins, I don’t really see Sea as an M&A target either.

Continue to avoid Sea – the limited support the stock has seen since going public will erode soon enough. There are better internet companies to invest in.

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It’s not every day that a company misses analyst earnings estimates by $296 per share. That is the case, however, for Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A, NYSE:BRK.B) second-quarter earnings. Warren Buffett likely isn’t too concerned, even though BRK.B shares fell 1.5% in after-hours trading.

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While the miss sounds rather large — and was more than 10% of Street estimates — it’s worth remembering that shares of Class A Berkshire stock closed Friday at $270,000. A review of Berkshire earnings shows that the “miss” came from a miss in the traditionally lumpy reinsurance operations.

stock trading education: Carter's, Inc.(CRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

stock trading education: KongZhong Corporation(KZ)

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:

stock trading education: Anavex Life Sciences Corp.(AVXL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Anavex Life Sciences (OTCQX:AVXL) is down ~40% since Amit Ghate said it would trade substantially lower in an interview with the PRO Weekly Digest in June (see his update comment).

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    The lead drug from Anavex Life Sciences (AVXL) — called Anavex 2-73 — has just reported very promising phase 2a results in Alzheimer’s patients at the annual CTAD conference.

stock trading education: Zynga Inc.(ZNGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Glu Mobile all over the place for investors (but savvy traders could have profitably traded shares) whilepeer Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA) has mostly underperformed after the initial surge wore off:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap social media gaming stockZynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA) reportedQ2 2017 earnings after the Wednesday market close. Revenue was above guidance by $9.2 million and up 15% year-over-year to $209.2 million whilenet income was $5.1 million, better than guidance by $11.1 million and an improvement of $9.5 million year-over-year.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA) was started with a Buy rating at Mizuho. Its price target is $3.50, which compares to a street consensus target of $3.25. The 52-week range is $1.78 to $3.08. Shares closed Thursday at $2.56.

stock trading education: Primo Water Corporation(PRMW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Sodastream International heading back up to previous highs while large cap Monster Beverage Corp (NASDAQ: MNST) has been range bound the last two years and small cap Primo Water Corporation (NASDAQ: PRMW)has been in a strong uptrend for the past few years with performance perhaps leveling off:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Sodastream International drifting higher while large cap Monster Beverage Corp (NASDAQ: MNST) has been range bound for almost three years and small cap Primo Water Corporation (NASDAQ: PRMW)has been in a strong uptrend for the past few years with that performancesomewhat leveling off:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Sodastream International underperforming, but doing better last yearwhile the outperformance of large cap Monster Beverage Corp (NASDAQ: MNST) has leveled off and small cap Primo Water Corporation (NASDAQ: PRMW)has been in a strong uptrend for the past two years:

Sea: Not The Quarter We Were Looking For

I’ve never understood why any investors were particularly excited about the Sea (NYSE: SE) IPO, the Singapore-based internet platform that operates a digital gaming platform and distributes League of Legends in Southeast Asia (its biggest source of revenues), an e-commerce platform that has yet to generate significant revenue, and a burgeoning digital wallet/payments product that’s akin to Southeast Asia’s PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL). The company got a kick earlier this month when the quiet period expired and Wall Street started doling out praises for the company. Most notably, Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) came out in full cheerleader mode for the company, setting a $22 price target; though we also have to note Goldman was lead left bookrunner on the IPO and we have to take its word with a bit (or a lot) of salt.

Yes, the company operates in some of the largest “tiger economy” countries in the world – but what happens when its games stop becoming popular? The teenagers that make up the majority of Sea’s fan base undoubtedly have changing tastes, and if they stop buying the virtual items that provide ~85% of Sea’s revenue, the company is lost. With net margins worse than -100% and losses doubling y/y, it’s not clear whether this company has a path to sustained growth.

At Sea’s current market cap of $4.5 billion, it’s valued at ~33% more than Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA), which has a market cap of $3.5 billion. Zynga has twice the revenue base of Sea and grew revenues by 23% in its most recent quarter, after a period of struggling with decline; and it also started turning profits in Q2 of this year. While I wouldn’t recommend either company, if you must buy a gaming company, at least go for Zynga.

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As seen from the chart above, Sea has started to slip from its IPO at the $15 handle. Practically the only positive factor supporting the stock’s valuation is the company’s exposure to Greater Southeast Asia (GSEA), but with the Sea’s rather poor execution, it may hardly matter. As I wrote in my initial article, it’s important for the company to show revenue diversification beyond gaming. If it’s going to aspire to be the Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) of GSEA, then it had better start showing monetization in e-commerce and payments – not just GMV increases. Q3, despite posting $3.2 million in revenues in the e-commerce segment for the first time, showed no meaningful progress in this regard as it’s still a tiny portion of the company’s overall revenues.

Continue to stay away from Sea. Better internet/e-commerce companies to invest in include PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), Etsy (NASDAQ: ETSY), and Stitch Fix (NASDAQ: SFIX). I doubt it’ll be long before Sea slips below $10, and even then at a $3 billion market cap, it’s still overvalued.

Q3 recap

Let’s take a closer look at Sea’s Q3, its first earnings release since going public (also note that usually, a poor reaction to the first earnings release is a terrible indicator for IPO momentum).

Figure 1. Sea Q3 revenues
Source: Sea Q3 earnings release

As seen in the chart above, taken from Sea’s Q3 earnings release, Digital Entertainment still commanded the lion’s share of business in Q3, with 85% of revenues (though this is down from 95% in the year-ago quarter). Total gaming revenues actually declined 7% y/y, however, to $79.8 million – illustrating just how risky it is to tether an entire business to online gaming.

Digital gaming’s gross margin also fell considerably to 30% in the quarter, down from 46% in the prior-year quarter. As a distributor, Sea doesn’t own the creative rights to games like League of Legends, and it’s subject to higher licensing fees by content creators. The entertainment industry as a whole is placing greater emphasis on content, which underpins Netflix’s (NASDAQ: NFLX) multi-billion dollar investment into Netflix Originals and deals like AT&T’s (NYSE: T) bid for Time Warner and Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Verizon’s (NASDAQ: VZ) interest in Fox (NYSE: FOXA). Even though Sea is in a slightly different industry and a continent away, the fundamental rules still apply: it’s the content owners that call the shots, not the distributors. While it’s too early to call Sea’s margin decline a sustained trend, the lack of real control over its margins will always be a risk.

Sea’s earnings release highlights billings growth instead of its rather lackluster revenue growth. This is a metric more commonly associated with enterprise software companies, calculated by adding the change in deferred revenues to revenue in any given quarter. Sea’s in-game items and virtual currency sales, as a refresher, are accounted for as deferred revenue on the balance sheet and are recognized as revenue as the items expire. Total billings grew 73% y/y to $151.7 million (also a 21% sequential growth rate from Q2), so this marks somewhat of a bright spot, but still doesn’t excuse the poor revenue growth seen in Q2.

In Sea’s “Other” segment – which accounts for its e-commerce (Shoppee) and financial services (AirPay) products, revenue grew 3x to $14.3 million, but at only 15% of the total revenue base, it’s still an insignificant contribution to Sea as a whole. Consider especially that this line of business has a negative gross margin – its cost of revenue is $27.7 million to produce $14.3 million of revenue, indicating nearly a -200% gross margin.

In “high growth mode,” profitability is less important – it’s forgivable if the company operates at a loss. But gross margin, at least, should be positive – especially for an internet business with few raw inputs beyond server costs and customer support bills.

The company finally started showing revenue in e-commerce ($3.2 million) that didn’t exist in the prior year quarter, but at such poor margins, investors can hardly be blamed for being less than enthusiastic.

Overall, the company produced a net loss of -$132.8 million in the quarter, approximately double 3Q16’s loss of -$65.6 million. A quick note here: most tech IPOs typically show large net losses due to stock comp; their pro forma earnings figures are a lot less scary when you add back these non-cash charges. Sea, however, has minimal stock-based comp expenses ($5.7 million), so its adjusted loss is still a frighteningly high figure, -$127.1 million.

Based even on its adjusted figure, Sea posted a -135% net margin and a per-share net loss of -$0.75. Not a company I’d want to bet my portfolio on.

60-second summary

Sea operates an oddball mix of businesses: gaming, e-commerce, and digital financial services. The latter two have much more synergy and are much more promising in the longer term, but at only 15% of the current revenue base, even hopeful investors have to agree that these businesses are years away from achieving meaningful scale.

Thus we have to look at Sea as a gaming business – an industry that’s notoriously fickle and prone to fads. In particular, what we saw in Q3 – declining revenues (despite billings growth) and contracting margins – sends out a scary signal for long investors in Sea. The company’s main revenue engine is seeing signs of weakness while its burgeoning e-commerce and fintech businesses are creating massive losses. At some point, it’s worth asking whether or not it’s realistic for a company like Sea to fulfill its vision of becoming GSEA’s Alibaba before running out of cash. More than likely, other Asian internet conglomerates (and there are plenty) will rush in to claim the market and knock Sea down to its heels. And with Sea’s gaming business weighing down the company with its lack of proprietary content and shrinking margins, I don’t really see Sea as an M&A target either.

Continue to avoid Sea – the limited support the stock has seen since going public will erode soon enough. There are better internet companies to invest in.

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

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

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Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018

Gilead Sciences (GILD) is lower in after hours trading, after its first-quarter earnings came up short.

Associated Press

The company said it earned $3.03 a share on revenue of $7.79 billion.

Analysts were expecting earnings of $3.13 a share on revenue of $8.07 billion.

The companys guidance for the full year was also light. It said it expects revenue between $30 billion and $31 billion, while analysts are modeling for $31.7 billion.

Antiviral sales were down year over year in the U.S. and Europe.

In February, Gilead reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings and revenue.

The shares closed down 3.7% to $97 in regular trading. The shares are off 3% this year.

The stock was down 4.1% to $93 at 4:05.

Last week Leerink argued that Gilead and its biotech peers would benefit from higher drug prices.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: Digital Ally Inc.(DGLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Aggressive military and law enforcement spending could be good news for Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT), TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ: TASR) and Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap police body cam stockDigital Ally, Inc (NASDAQ: DGLY) reported Q1 2017 earnings before the market opened today. Total Q1 revenue increased 19% to approximately $5.2 million primarily due to the large commercial order received in the first quarter 2017 from AMR for DVM-250 event recorders with FleetVU and asset tracking service. The AMR contract was for 1,550 DVM-250 systems as well as FleetVU manager cloud storage and system implementation, most of which were delivered in first quarter 2017 and had a positive impact on revenues. The net loss was $2,032,955 versus a net loss of $2,313,125.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY) shares shot up 33 percent to $4.20 after the company reported “significant victory” in its legal battle with Axon Enterprise Inc (NASDAQ: AAXN). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) denied Axon’s petition for inter partes review (IPR) of Digital Ally’s ‘452 patent, one of four IPRs Axon submitted in an attempt to invalidate Digital Ally’s lawsuit. Axon received a favorable PTO ruling on the ‘292 patent, the original point of dispute, in June.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY) shares shot up 35 percent to $4.25 after the company reported “significant victory” in its legal battle with Axon Enterprise Inc (NASDAQ: AAXN). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) denied Axon’s petition for inter partes review (IPR) of Digital Ally’s ‘452 patent, one of four IPRs Axon submitted in an attempt to invalidate Digital Ally’s lawsuit. Axon received a favorable PTO ruling on the ‘292 patent, the original point of dispute, in June.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY) was down, falling around 13 percent to $2.92. Digital Ally priced 1 million shares equity offering at $3 per share.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: StarTek, Inc.(SRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Just before Thanksgiving, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shortingsmall cap business process outsourcing (BPO) stock StarTek, Inc (NYSE: SRT):

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: Brooks Automation Inc.(BRKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Technology sector was the top gainer in the US market on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included Aviat Networks Inc (NASDAQ: AVNW), Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ: COHU), and Brooks Automation, Inc (NASDAQ: BRKS).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, technology shares fell 3.59 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Ultra Clean Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: UCTT), down 5 percent, and Brooks Automation, Inc (NASDAQ: BRKS), down 10 percent.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: 21Vianet Group, Inc.(VNET)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    In a previous article, I reviewed why GoPro, Twilio, and Wuba.com were all cut in half in 2016. Today I’ll add two Chinese tech stocks to that list — Renren (NYSE:RENN) and 21Vianet (NASDAQ:VNET) — which both lost more than half their value over the past 12 months.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    21Vianet Group Inc (NASDAQ: VNET) shares rose 5.88 percent to $15.30 in the pre-market trading session as the company reported a $388 million investment by TUS Holdings.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: Novellus Systems Inc.(NVLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Nivalis Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: NVLS) shares dropped 59 percent to $2.58 after the company reported it failed to demonstrate benefit in absolute change in predicted FEV1 or in Sweat Chloride Reduction at 12 weeks. The failed trial has prompted four Wall Street firms to downgrade the issue including Raymond James, Cowen, Baird and Stifel.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Nivalis Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVLS) is watching its shares crumble on Tuesday after the company gave an update on its mid-stage Cystic Fibrosis (CF) trial. Specifically, the company announced topline results from the its Phase 2 trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of two doses of cavosonstat, in adult patients with CF who had two copies of the F508del-CFTR mutation and were being treated with Orkambi.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nivalis Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: NVLS) dropped 60% on Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.50 after closing at $6.25 on Monday. The stock’s 52-week high is $9.45. Volume of about 4.2million was about 60 times the daily average of around 75,000 shares. The company reported a failed mid-stage trial on its treatment for cystic fibrosis.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: Analog Devices, Inc.(ADI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Analog Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) fiscal third-quarter results are scheduled for first thing Wednesday. The consensus earnings estimate is $1.15 per share, on $1.40 billion in revenue. The shares closed the week at $78.97. The consensus price target is $94.10, and the 52-week trading range is $59.01 to $90.49.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was not bullish on Campbell Soup (CPB) , which also reports Tuesday, but did have good things to say about Tech Data (TECD) , Analog Devices (ADI) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Chips from Texas Instruments (TXN) are built into a lot of devices that matter, Cramer said, and if investors want autonomous vehicles, they should be looking at Analog Devices (ADI) .

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: Zynga Inc.(ZNGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA) was started with a Buy rating at Mizuho. Its price target is $3.50, which compares to a street consensus target of $3.25. The 52-week range is $1.78 to $3.08. Shares closed Thursday at $2.56.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Glu Mobile and peer Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA)all over the place for investors and savvy traders who could have profitably traded theirshares:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap social media gaming stockZynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA) reportedQ2 2017 earnings after the Wednesday market close. Revenue was above guidance by $9.2 million and up 15% year-over-year to $209.2 million whilenet income was $5.1 million, better than guidance by $11.1 million and an improvement of $9.5 million year-over-year.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Glu Mobile all over the place for investors (but savvy traders could have profitably traded shares) whilepeer Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA) has mostly underperformed after the initial surge wore off:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    What could have gone wrong? Cramer said investors only need to remember the IPOs of Facebook (FB) , Twitter (TWTR) , Groupon (GRPN) and Zynga (ZNGA) . All of these IPOs made the markets look fragile and, yes, rigged. But today, the market avoided four major pitfalls.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: Insperity, Inc.(NSP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Insperity Inc. (NYSE: NSP) also had a large-scale seller on the desk, and it was another well-known hedge fund. Value Act, which also serves as a director at the company, sold a total of 226,000 shares of the stock at prices that ranged from $71.22 to $72.41. The total for the sale was set at $16 million.Insperity provides an array of human resources and business solutions to enhance business performance for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. The shares closed the day on Friday at $71.85.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc.(AFOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Alliance Fiber Optic Products (NASDAQ: AFOP) shares rose 7.21% to $21.70. The volume of Alliance Fiber Optic Products shares traded was 397% higher than normal. Alliance Fiber Optic lifted its Q3 revenue outlook.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc (NASDAQ: AFOP) shares shot up 19 percent to $18.47 after the company agreed to be acquired by Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) for $18.50 per share.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2018: United Microelectronics Corporation(UMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    United Microelectronics (NYSE:UMC), for example, has said that it expects to begin “commercial production” of a 14-nanometer technology “by the second half of 2017,” per EETimes.

Sea: Not The Quarter We Were Looking For

I’ve never understood why any investors were particularly excited about the Sea (NYSE: SE) IPO, the Singapore-based internet platform that operates a digital gaming platform and distributes League of Legends in Southeast Asia (its biggest source of revenues), an e-commerce platform that has yet to generate significant revenue, and a burgeoning digital wallet/payments product that’s akin to Southeast Asia’s PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL). The company got a kick earlier this month when the quiet period expired and Wall Street started doling out praises for the company. Most notably, Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) came out in full cheerleader mode for the company, setting a $22 price target; though we also have to note Goldman was lead left bookrunner on the IPO and we have to take its word with a bit (or a lot) of salt.

Yes, the company operates in some of the largest “tiger economy” countries in the world – but what happens when its games stop becoming popular? The teenagers that make up the majority of Sea’s fan base undoubtedly have changing tastes, and if they stop buying the virtual items that provide ~85% of Sea’s revenue, the company is lost. With net margins worse than -100% and losses doubling y/y, it’s not clear whether this company has a path to sustained growth.

At Sea’s current market cap of $4.5 billion, it’s valued at ~33% more than Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA), which has a market cap of $3.5 billion. Zynga has twice the revenue base of Sea and grew revenues by 23% in its most recent quarter, after a period of struggling with decline; and it also started turning profits in Q2 of this year. While I wouldn’t recommend either company, if you must buy a gaming company, at least go for Zynga.

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As seen from the chart above, Sea has started to slip from its IPO at the $15 handle. Practically the only positive factor supporting the stock’s valuation is the company’s exposure to Greater Southeast Asia (GSEA), but with the Sea’s rather poor execution, it may hardly matter. As I wrote in my initial article, it’s important for the company to show revenue diversification beyond gaming. If it’s going to aspire to be the Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) of GSEA, then it had better start showing monetization in e-commerce and payments – not just GMV increases. Q3, despite posting $3.2 million in revenues in the e-commerce segment for the first time, showed no meaningful progress in this regard as it’s still a tiny portion of the company’s overall revenues.

Continue to stay away from Sea. Better internet/e-commerce companies to invest in include PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), Etsy (NASDAQ: ETSY), and Stitch Fix (NASDAQ: SFIX). I doubt it’ll be long before Sea slips below $10, and even then at a $3 billion market cap, it’s still overvalued.

Q3 recap

Let’s take a closer look at Sea’s Q3, its first earnings release since going public (also note that usually, a poor reaction to the first earnings release is a terrible indicator for IPO momentum).

Figure 1. Sea Q3 revenues
Source: Sea Q3 earnings release

As seen in the chart above, taken from Sea’s Q3 earnings release, Digital Entertainment still commanded the lion’s share of business in Q3, with 85% of revenues (though this is down from 95% in the year-ago quarter). Total gaming revenues actually declined 7% y/y, however, to $79.8 million – illustrating just how risky it is to tether an entire business to online gaming.

Digital gaming’s gross margin also fell considerably to 30% in the quarter, down from 46% in the prior-year quarter. As a distributor, Sea doesn’t own the creative rights to games like League of Legends, and it’s subject to higher licensing fees by content creators. The entertainment industry as a whole is placing greater emphasis on content, which underpins Netflix’s (NASDAQ: NFLX) multi-billion dollar investment into Netflix Originals and deals like AT&T’s (NYSE: T) bid for Time Warner and Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Verizon’s (NASDAQ: VZ) interest in Fox (NYSE: FOXA). Even though Sea is in a slightly different industry and a continent away, the fundamental rules still apply: it’s the content owners that call the shots, not the distributors. While it’s too early to call Sea’s margin decline a sustained trend, the lack of real control over its margins will always be a risk.

Sea’s earnings release highlights billings growth instead of its rather lackluster revenue growth. This is a metric more commonly associated with enterprise software companies, calculated by adding the change in deferred revenues to revenue in any given quarter. Sea’s in-game items and virtual currency sales, as a refresher, are accounted for as deferred revenue on the balance sheet and are recognized as revenue as the items expire. Total billings grew 73% y/y to $151.7 million (also a 21% sequential growth rate from Q2), so this marks somewhat of a bright spot, but still doesn’t excuse the poor revenue growth seen in Q2.

In Sea’s “Other” segment – which accounts for its e-commerce (Shoppee) and financial services (AirPay) products, revenue grew 3x to $14.3 million, but at only 15% of the total revenue base, it’s still an insignificant contribution to Sea as a whole. Consider especially that this line of business has a negative gross margin – its cost of revenue is $27.7 million to produce $14.3 million of revenue, indicating nearly a -200% gross margin.

In “high growth mode,” profitability is less important – it’s forgivable if the company operates at a loss. But gross margin, at least, should be positive – especially for an internet business with few raw inputs beyond server costs and customer support bills.

The company finally started showing revenue in e-commerce ($3.2 million) that didn’t exist in the prior year quarter, but at such poor margins, investors can hardly be blamed for being less than enthusiastic.

Overall, the company produced a net loss of -$132.8 million in the quarter, approximately double 3Q16’s loss of -$65.6 million. A quick note here: most tech IPOs typically show large net losses due to stock comp; their pro forma earnings figures are a lot less scary when you add back these non-cash charges. Sea, however, has minimal stock-based comp expenses ($5.7 million), so its adjusted loss is still a frighteningly high figure, -$127.1 million.

Based even on its adjusted figure, Sea posted a -135% net margin and a per-share net loss of -$0.75. Not a company I’d want to bet my portfolio on.

60-second summary

Sea operates an oddball mix of businesses: gaming, e-commerce, and digital financial services. The latter two have much more synergy and are much more promising in the longer term, but at only 15% of the current revenue base, even hopeful investors have to agree that these businesses are years away from achieving meaningful scale.

Thus we have to look at Sea as a gaming business – an industry that’s notoriously fickle and prone to fads. In particular, what we saw in Q3 – declining revenues (despite billings growth) and contracting margins – sends out a scary signal for long investors in Sea. The company’s main revenue engine is seeing signs of weakness while its burgeoning e-commerce and fintech businesses are creating massive losses. At some point, it’s worth asking whether or not it’s realistic for a company like Sea to fulfill its vision of becoming GSEA’s Alibaba before running out of cash. More than likely, other Asian internet conglomerates (and there are plenty) will rush in to claim the market and knock Sea down to its heels. And with Sea’s gaming business weighing down the company with its lack of proprietary content and shrinking margins, I don’t really see Sea as an M&A target either.

Continue to avoid Sea – the limited support the stock has seen since going public will erode soon enough. There are better internet companies to invest in.

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

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

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