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Best Safest Stocks To Own For 2018

Every night in 1995, I would deposit money overnight in a different currency…   Sounds strange, I realize.   But back then, as the vice president of a global mutual fund, one of my jobs was to execute our fund's trades.   Once our U.S. trading day was done, we wanted our money to work for us overnight as well. We might put our money into French francs, German marks, or somewhere else – just for the night.   We would find the safest country that was paying the highest interest rate. And we would put our money there overnight. No kidding.   As I'll explain today, what we were doing wasn't anything special…   Big companies like German automaker Volkswagen and Japanese automaker Honda (and thousands of other companies) have cash-management departments that do basically the same thing – on a much larger scale.

Best Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE: NRG) was started with a Buy rating andassigned a $37 price objective (versus a $33.15 close) at Merrill Lynch.

    Oasis Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OAS) was reiterated as Overweight and the target price was raised to $17 from $13 at Morgan Stanley.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) and NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Best Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: Lennox International, Inc.(LII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.75 billion before the opening bell. Halliburton shares fell 0.06 percent to $51.93 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) to post quarterly earnings at $9.33 per share on revenue of $30.31 billion after the closing bell. Alphabet shares gained 0.24 percent to $1,079.88 in after-hours trading.
    Before the markets open, Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $815.16 million. Lennox shares dropped 2.84 percent to close at $197.08 on Friday.
    HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI) reported retirement of its CEO Stan A. Askren and appointment of Jeffrey D. Lorenger as new CEO. HNI also reported strong earnings for its first quarter. HNI shares fell 3.17 percent to $34.20 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) to have earned $0.35 per share on revenue of $822.15 million in the latest quarter. Hasbro will release earnings before the markets open. Hasbro shares fell 0.39 percent to $82.49 in after-hours trading.

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management LLC raised its holdings in Lennox International (NYSE:LII) by 5.9% in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 275,114 shares of the construction company’s stock after purchasing an additional 15,387 shares during the period. Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management LLC owned approximately 0.67% of Lennox International worth $56,226,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. lessened its holdings in shares of Lennox International (NYSE:LII) by 12.5% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 4,403 shares of the construction company’s stock after selling 629 shares during the quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd.’s holdings in Lennox International were worth $900,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Best Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: Digirad Corporation(DRAD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Some of these are even smaller nano-caps, such as medical device maker Digirad (Nasdaq: DRAD), whose entire market value is just $36 million.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with small businesses. I own shares of quite a few in my personal account. But for the most part, I use them to fill out the growth sleeve of my portfolio and don’t consider them stable income producers.

Best Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: Internap Network Services Corporation(INAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Internap (NASDAQ:INAP) issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday. The information technology services provider reported ($0.70) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.57) by ($0.13), MarketWatch Earnings reports. The business had revenue of $74.20 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $73.99 million. Internap had a negative return on equity of 271.76% and a negative net margin of 16.15%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted ($0.02) earnings per share.

Best High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now

Pool Co. (NASDAQ:POOL) has received an average recommendation of “Buy” from the seven brokerages that are covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $153.25.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on POOL. ValuEngine raised Pool from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, May 12th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Pool from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 17th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $158.00 price target on shares of Pool in a research note on Friday, February 16th. Stephens set a $160.00 target price on shares of Pool and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 15th. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Pool from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Friday, March 30th.

Best High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Stamps.com Inc.(STMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP) announced strong first-quarter 2018 results on Thursday after the market closed, sending shares up nearly 4% on Friday in response. To be sure, Stamps.com’s focus on its thriving shipping business continues to yield fruit, helped by a steadily growing base of loyal customers. The internet-based mailing and shipping services specialist also increased its full-year earnings outlook.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ILLEGAL ACTIVITY WARNING: “Stamps.com (STMP) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Buy” by Analysts” was published by Ticker Report and is owned by of Ticker Report. If you are accessing this news story on another website, it was copied illegally and republished in violation of U.S. & international copyright legislation. The original version of this news story can be accessed at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3360313/stamps-com-stmp-given-consensus-recommendation-of-buy-by-analysts.html.

Best High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated(LGND)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    New York State Common Retirement Fund raised its stake in shares of Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:LGND) by 30.7% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 56,216 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 13,219 shares during the period. New York State Common Retirement Fund owned 0.27% of Ligand Pharmaceuticals worth $9,285,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:LGND) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the nine analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $159.00.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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    Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND) Insider Sells $1,488,722.03 in Stock (americanbankingnews.com) Geron (GERN) Q1 Loss Narrows Y/Y, Revenues Fall, Shares Down (finance.yahoo.com) Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND) Upgraded to A- by TheStreet (americanbankingnews.com) Ligand to Participate in Upcoming Investor Conferences (finance.yahoo.com) Ligand Pharmaceuticals Shows Rising Price Performance With Jump To 87 RS Rating (investors.com)

    A number of research firms recently issued reports on LGND. TheStreet raised Ligand Pharmaceuticals from a “c+” rating to an “a-” rating in a research report on Wednesday. HC Wainwright reissued a “buy” rating and set a $170.00 price objective on shares of Ligand Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Ligand Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $171.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday, February 28th. BidaskClub cut Ligand Pharmaceuticals from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 27th. Finally, Roth Capital lifted their price objective on Ligand Pharmaceuticals from $158.00 to $171.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, February 26th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $161.00.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND) announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday. The biotechnology company reported $1.55 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.57 by $0.98, Bloomberg Earnings reports. The firm had revenue of $56.16 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $43.02 million. Ligand Pharmaceuticals had a net margin of 8.90% and a return on equity of 14.44%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 91.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.57 earnings per share. Ligand Pharmaceuticals updated its FY18 guidance to $4.85 EPS.

Best High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Lennox International, Inc.(LII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. lessened its holdings in shares of Lennox International (NYSE:LII) by 12.5% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 4,403 shares of the construction company’s stock after selling 629 shares during the quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd.’s holdings in Lennox International were worth $900,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.75 billion before the opening bell. Halliburton shares fell 0.06 percent to $51.93 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) to post quarterly earnings at $9.33 per share on revenue of $30.31 billion after the closing bell. Alphabet shares gained 0.24 percent to $1,079.88 in after-hours trading.
    Before the markets open, Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $815.16 million. Lennox shares dropped 2.84 percent to close at $197.08 on Friday.
    HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI) reported retirement of its CEO Stan A. Askren and appointment of Jeffrey D. Lorenger as new CEO. HNI also reported strong earnings for its first quarter. HNI shares fell 3.17 percent to $34.20 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) to have earned $0.35 per share on revenue of $822.15 million in the latest quarter. Hasbro will release earnings before the markets open. Hasbro shares fell 0.39 percent to $82.49 in after-hours trading.

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.71 per share on revenue of $4.60 billion.
    Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.75 billion.
    Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $815.16 million.
    Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $1.82 billion.
    Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $822.15 million.
    Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LECO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $729.83 million.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $251.93 million.
    FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $3.43 billion.
    Koninklijke Philips NV (ADR) (NYSE: PHG) is estimated to report earnings for its first quarter.
    Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE: BOH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.23 per share on revenue of $162.39 million.
    Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.79 per share on revenue of $1.72 billion.

     

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management LLC raised its holdings in Lennox International (NYSE:LII) by 5.9% in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 275,114 shares of the construction company’s stock after purchasing an additional 15,387 shares during the period. Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management LLC owned approximately 0.67% of Lennox International worth $56,226,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Best High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.(TNDM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Tandem Diabetes Care (NASDAQ:TNDM) was upgraded by equities researchers at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Monday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    World Fuel Services Corporation (NYSE: INT) tumbled 18 percent to $22.90 following Q1 results.
    Biglari Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BH) fell 17.4 percent to $349.52. Washington Prime Group will replace Biglari Holdings in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 1.
    Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLEX) dipped 15.7 percent to $14.03 after a mixed fourth quarter report.
    FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM) fell 15.3 percent to $11.65. FormFactor is expected to release Q1 results on May 2.
    Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) dropped 14.3 percent to $6.24 following Q1 results.
    National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ: NATI) fell 14.3 percent to $ 42.34 after reporting Q1 results.
    United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) dipped 14.2 percent to $32.37 following Q1 results.
    Civeo Corporation (NYSE: CVEO) dropped 13.5 percent to $3.33. Civeo posted a Q1 loss of $0.42 per share on sales of $101.504 million.
    athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) fell 12.4 percent to $125.310 after reporting Q1 results.
    Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) shares tumbled 12.1 percent to $262.06 as the company posted Q1 results.
    Value Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: VALU) fell 11.3 percent to $19.10.
    Federated Investors, Inc. (NYSE: FII) shares dropped 11.2 percent to $27.605 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings.
    AV Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVHI) declined 10.7 percent to $17.20 following Q1 results.
    CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ: CAMP) dropped 9.4 percent to $21.01 after reporting Q4 results.
    Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares fell 8.9 percent to $7.280 following mixed Q1 results.
    Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) shares fell 8.4 percent to $45.97 after reporting Q4 results.
    LogMeIn Inc (NASDAQ: LOGM) fell 8.2 percent to $109.825. LogMeIn reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, but issued weak second quarter and FY18 earning guidance.
    Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Dividend Yield

    Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) Drugs $109 billion 19.37 1.88%
    AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) Drugs $93 billion 19.70 3.97%
    Becton Dickinson and Co. (NYSE: BDX) Medical supplies $60 billion 17.74 1.29%
    DexCom (NASDAQ: DXCM) Medical devices $8 billion N/A N/A
    Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) Drugs $85 billion 14.91 2.77%
    Insulet (NASDAQ: PODD) Medical devices $5 billion 273.03 N/A
    Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) Drugs, medical devices $325 billion 14.16 2.57%
    Lexicon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LXRX) Drugs $1 billion N/A N/A
    MannKind (NASDAQ: MNKD) Drugs $270 million N/A N/A
    Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) Medical devices $117 billion 15.36 2.14%
    Merck & Co. (NYSE: MRK) Drugs $159 billion 12.99 3.22%
    Novo Nordisk (NYSE:NVO) Drugs $116 billion 18.29 2.61%
    Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) Drugs $209 billion 11.62 3.82%
    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: REGN) Drugs $32 billion 13.95 N/A
    Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) Drugs $95 billion 10.75 4.64%
    Senseonics Holdings (NYSEMKT: SENS) Medical devices $447 million N/A N/A
    Tandem Diabetes Care (NASDAQ: TNDM) Medical devices $711 million N/A N/A

    Data source: Yahoo! Finance. P/E = price-to-earnings ratio; N/A = not applicable. Data as of May 25, 2018.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    DexCom Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM), Insulet (NASDAQ:PODD), and Tandem Diabetes (NASDAQ:TNDM) are working on new medical devices that could significantly improve the lives of people with diabetes. Addressing this massive market is a big opportunity, but are these stocks worth adding to your portfolio?

Best Insurance Stocks To Own For 2018

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A federal appeals court has put a pay discrimination suit against the Maryland Insurance Administration back in action.

A three-judge panel at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled, 2-1, that the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) can move forward with a lawsuit alleging that the insurance regulatory agency may have paid female employees less than it paid male employees holding comparable jobs.

The EEOC has presented evidence in the case, EEOC v. Maryland Insurance Administration (Case Number 16-2408), suggesting that the agency paid three former fraud investigators who are women less than it paid four former fraud investigators with comparable credentials and experience who are men.

(Related: New York State May Set Its Own Best-Interest Standard)

Best Insurance Stocks To Own For 2018: Headwaters Incorporated(HW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Headwaters (HW) , EnergySolutions (ES) , Western Refining (WNR) and Horizon Pharmaceuticals (HZNP) .

    No-Huddle Offense

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Building products provider Headwaters (HW) said Sunday that it has agreed to be acquired by Australian construction materials supplier Boral for $24.25 per share, or $2.6 billion, in cash.

Best Insurance Stocks To Own For 2018: Lennox International, Inc.(LII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Greg Williamson]

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

Best Insurance Stocks To Own For 2018: Genie Energy Ltd.(GNE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares fell 0.48 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 3 percent, and Southwest Gas Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: SWX), down 2.5 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares fell by 0.58 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Middlesex Water Company (NASDAQ: MSEX), down 2 percent, and Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 4 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 3 percent, and SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), down 3 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell by 0.75 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 5 percent, and Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: CWCO), down 2 percent.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018

During these busy times, it pays to stay on top of the latest profit opportunities, and today’s blog post is a great place to start.

After taking a close look at the latest data on institutional buying pressure and each company’s fundamental health, I decided to revise my Portfolio Grader recommendations for 82 big blue chips.

Chances are that you have at least one of these stocks in your portfolio, so you may want to give this list a skim and act accordingly.

This Week’s Ratings Changes:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.(HOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Cameron Saucier]

    After the deal was announced, the stocks of several companies benefited from their current exposure to Cuba or newly announced ties with the island country. For example, Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL) jumped from $69.11 per share on July 1 to $72.99 on July 12. And Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: HOT) hit its 52-week high of $84.37 in March after it announced new hotel deals in Cuba.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: CF Industries Holdings, Inc.(CF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, basic materials shares fell 0.63 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Myers Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MYE), down 7 percent, and CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF) down 6 percent.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

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

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

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

     

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: WMIH Corp.(WMIH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Many talented authors have posted about publicly listed equities trading at or near asset value with significant tax attributes, namely Net Operating Losses (NOLs), and the inherent asymmetry when an activist or new management makes a break from money losing operations to pursue transformative acquisitions. Several of the activists or lead investors, such as Becker Drapkin (EMKR, CNSI, SDOI) or Sam Zell’s Equity Group Investments (PARR and RELY), have long track records of successfully repurposing tax attribute rich companies via creative financing and transformative acquisitions. There are also some newer entrants into the space, such as KKR (OTCQB:WMIH) and Carlson Capital (OTCQB:SWKH).

  • [By William Romov]

    Before we show you our pick, here are the top 10 penny stocks to watch this week

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Nov. 27-Dec. 1 Gain (as of Dec. 1)
    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (Nasdaq: PXS) $4.10 122.83%
    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: OHRP) $1.28 68.42%
    Cerecor Inc. (Nasdaq: CERC) $1.74 47.46%
    Proteostasis Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: PTI) $2.52 37.71%
    UT Starcom Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: UTSI) $5.20 37.20%
    WMIH Corp. (Nasdaq: WMIH) $0.96 33.46%
    PhaseRx Inc. (Nasdaq: PZRX) $0.90 30.29%
    Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH) $2.04 29.94%
    EV Energy Partners LP (Nasdaq: EVEP) $0.86 27.76%
    Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CPRX) $4.40 25.71%

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: Zions Bancorporation(ZION)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    See what Barron's feels the prospects are for Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP) if it cuts its distribution and dumps its general partner, and salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) with its generous potential upside. Also whether regional banks like Zions Bancorp (NASDAQ: ZION) could see a boost from a proposed regulatory change, and the sweetheart deal the Koch brothers got with Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP).

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    In the super-regional banks that are not money center banks, Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) was up 6.3% at $13.22, and Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) was last seen up 3.8% at $38.30. They would both do better with lower regulatory costs and be able to better compete against larger banks when their stress test results had not been as strong.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: Intrepid Potash, Inc(IPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI) and L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ: FSTR).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Monday afternoon, the basic materials shares surged 0.57 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF), up 7 percent, and Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), up 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, basic materials shares gained by 1.74 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), and L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ: FSTR).

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: 3M Company(MMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Blitchok]

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

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

  • [By Chris Lange]

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

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

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: Lennox International, Inc.(LII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Greg Williamson]

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

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: ePlus Inc.(PLUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $284.62 million.

    Tilly’s Inc (NYSE: TLYS) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $119.93 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: QC Holdings Inc.(QCCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    QC Holdings (NASDAQ: QCCO) shares tumbled 2.58% to reach a new 52-week low of $2.27. QC Holdings’ trailing-twelve-month profit margin is 0.60%.

    NewLead Holdings (NASDAQ: NEWL) shares dipped 6.56% to touch a new 52-week low of $0.08 after the company completed the acquisition of titles in the Viking Mine located in Kentucky, USA.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: JP Energy Partners LP(JPEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    These are the top 5 holdings of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLCEnable Midstream Partners LP (ENBL) – 43,585,926 shares, 67.58% of the total portfolio. American Midstream Partners LP (AMID) – 13,977,709 shares, 19.28% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 230.89%TransMontaigne Partners LP (TLP) – 3,166,704 shares, 13.14% of the total portfolio. JP Energy Partners LP (JPEP) – 0 shares, 0% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 10000%Added: Am

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Disney is trying again to get its movies and TV programs into China.

Alibaba (BABA) said in a statement Monday that it had signed a deal to stream over 1,000 Disney (DIS) movies and TV episodes in China on its Youku video platform.

The content, which will be available to 30 million households, includes classic animated films like Beauty and the Beast and shows like DuckTales.

It’s not the first digital partnership between the two companies. DisneyLife, an earlier streaming venture with Alibaba, was shut down after just five months in early 2016.

It’s not clear why the service was taken down, but Chinese regulators were at the time tightening their control over content. Apple’s (AAPL) digital movie and book offerings were also taken offline.

Western media and tech companies have been trying for years to crack China’s lucrative market. Leading U.S. online platforms — such as Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) — are blocked in the country.

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.(AAOI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAOI) reported its fourth quarter results after the markets closed on Wednesday. The company posted $0.89 in earnings per share (EPS) on $79.9 million, which compares to consensus estimates that were calling for $0.82 in EPS on $86.2 million in revenue. Heres what analysts were saying after the fact:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market mounted a last-minute rally to keep its string of winning days alive, as all three major market benchmarks recovered from losses during most of the day to close higher. The performance again showed the complete confidence that investors seem to have in the market’s longer-term future, despite the fact that some believe that stocks have generally risen too quickly and have been hoping for a pullback. Enough investors seem to be waiting for an opportunity to buy that losses have generally been muted and short-lived. Moreover, some good news sent many individual stocks higher, and Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN), RH (NYSE:RH), and Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ:AAOI) were among the top performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Applied Optoelectronics Inc (NASDAQ: AAOI) was down, falling around 19 percent to $47.59 after the company offered a warning related to its upcoming third-quarter results Thursday afternoon. Applied Optoelectronics reduced its third-quarter sales guidance from a prior $107 million-$115 million to a new range of $88 million-$89 million. Earnings per share are expected to come in between $1.04 and $1.09, well below the previous guidance figures in the range of $1.30-$1.43. The company announced Thursday afternoon its largest customer, Amazon.com, Inc., is no longer placing orders to buy its components.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Applied Optoelectronics Inc (NASDAQ: AAOI) shares shot up 33 percent to $30.19 after the company raised its guidance for the fourth quarter. The company now projects adjusted earnings of $0.77 to $0.82 per share, on revenue of $84.5 million to $84.8 million.

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Outerwall Inc.(OUTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR) lowered its forecast for the third quarter and full year. Outerwall shares dipped 19.96% to $44.80 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

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    Shares of Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR) were down 16.03 percent to $47.00 after the company lowered its forecast for the third quarter and full year. Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) shares tumbled 4.71 percent to $23.26 after the company issued a weak third-quarter profit forecast. Bank of America downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral. Pandora Media (NYSE: P) down, falling 1.71 percent to $23.58 as the company announced its plans to sell 14 million shares of common stock, including 4 million shares from current stockholders.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR) plummeted 12.08% to $49.21 after the company lowered its forecast for the third quarter and full year.

    JinkoSolar Holding Co (NYSE: JKS) dropped 9.88% to $16.87 after the company announced the offering of 3,500,000 American Depositary Shares.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Netflix at all time highswhile potential performance peer or competitor Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) has continueda more steadyrise and small cap Outerwall Inc (NASDAQ: OUTR), which owned the Redbox business,was swallowed up Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO) late last year:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Netflix close to all time highsgoing into earnings while potential performance peer or competitor Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) has continueda more steadyrise and small cap Outerwall Inc (NASDAQ: OUTR), which owned the Redbox business,got swallowed up Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO) late last year:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR) dipped 19.33% to $45.15 in the pre-market session after the company lowered its forecast for the third quarter and full year.

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Lennox International, Inc.(LII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Greg Williamson]

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

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.(HLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 1.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE: HLX), down 11 percent, and CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE: CRR), down 10 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, energy shares gained by 2.70 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE: DNR), up 14 percent, and Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE: HLX), up 16 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 32.7 percent to $65.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported that larotrectinib trial demonstrated 76 percent confirmed objective response rate.
    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares rose 22 percent to $7.20 in the pre-market trading session after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.
    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) rose 21.7 percent to $99.75 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed positive PB272 Phase 2 data from TBCRC 022 trial at ASCO17.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares rose 20.7 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after the company reported that RedZone has acquired all the assets of Trendit including three technology patents.
    Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) rose 13.1 percent to $16.05 in pre-market trading after D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) proposed to buy 75 percent of Forestar Group for $16.25 per share in cash.
    TG Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TGTX) shares rose 12 percent to $15.50 in pre-market trading after the company said Phase 3 GENUINE trial met primary endpoint with TG-1101 + ibrutinib increasing overall response rate by >70 percent versuss ibrutinib alone.
    Gigamon Inc (NYSE: GIMO) gained 10.8 percent to $43.55. Reuters reported that Gigamon is exploring a potential sale.
    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) rose 8.7 percent to $6.00 in pre-market trading after the company announced Rapivab pediatric sNDA acceptance by the FDA.
    Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY) rose 7.2 percent to $8.77 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.68 percent on Friday.
    Ehi Car Services Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: EHIC) shares rose 6.4 percent to $10.76 in pre-market trading. eHi Car Services posted Q1 earnings of $0.06 on sales of $89.43 million.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) rose 5.9 percent to $114.79 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Friday.
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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy shares climbed by 1.10 percent in trading on Tuesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE: HLX), and SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy sector was the top gainer in the US market on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE: HLX), SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM), and Ecopetrol SA (ADR) (NYSE: EC).