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Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now

A rumored merger with CenturyLink (CTL) sent Level 3 Communications (LVLT) soaring to the top of the S&P 500 today.

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Shares of Level 3 Communications climbed 11% to $51.87 today, even as the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,133.04. CenturyLink didn’t perform too badly, either: It gained 9.7% to $31.

Wells Fargo’s Jennifer Fritzsche explains why a deal between Level 3 and CenturyLink makes sense:

WSJ reportingCenturyLink andLevel 3 are in advanced merger negotiations. While we do not know if true, it looks likeCenturyLink would be the buyer. This makes sense to us. As we wrote in our 7/14 note titled ” Sale Probably Unlikely, But Case For Interest Can Be Made”, we believe aLevel 3 merger or purchase could make sense for a telecom carrier looking to deepen its fiber presence both inside and outside of its network.CenturyLink does not have wireless and it has a less robust fiber footprint than some of its peers. We believeCenturyLink is motivated to be aggressive with its fiber push to keep up with the competition. The addition ofLevel 3 helps it do this. (We note that neither management team has commented on the speculation in the news.)

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: CA Inc.(CA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 15.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.8%. Weakness in the company’s revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

    Net operating cash flow has decreased to $45.00 million or 31.81% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm’s growth is significantly lower.

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    The current dividend yield for CA is 3.55%, well above the 2.07% for the S&P 500. We believe the dividend is safe as improvements in marketing and sales should help return the top line to growth in the middle of calendar 2016, while still seeing modest margin expansion. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    The gross profit margin for CA INC is currently very high, coming in at 85.27%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 17.31% trails the industry average.

     

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, technology shares fell 1.57 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included CA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CA), down 10 percent, and DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE: DST), down 10 percent.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was CA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CA) which traded down over 10% at $31.09. The stocks 52-week range is $30.01 to $36.54. Volume was about 11 million versus the daily average of 3.2 million shares.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: QCR Holdings Inc.(QCRH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    My favorite at the moment is QCR Holdings Inc. (NasdaqGM:QCRH).

    Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Moline, IL, the bank has a strong regional lending base in Illinois and Iowa that should grow in line with the broader national economy. I particularly like the fact that the bank considers itself relationship-driven at a time when trust is in short supply.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Stryker Corporation(SYK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Entellus Medical Inc (NASDAQ: ENTL) got a boost, shooting up 49 percent to $23.82. Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK) announced plans to acquire Entellus Medical for $24 per share in cash.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK)’s stock fell nearly 5 percent on Aug. 23 as investors were troubled with the company’s recall announcement, Argus’ David Toung noted in a separate research report. But investors may want to consider taking advantage of the selloff as it represents a “favorable investment opportunity.”

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Clean Energy Fuels Corp.(CLNE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 1.72 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ: CLNE), down 5 percent, and Frontline Ltd. (NYSE: FRO), down 7 percent.

  • [By Michael Vodicka]

    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (CLNE) designs, builds and operates natural gas filling stations in the United States. The company supplies compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), serving a fleet of 650 customers, more than 32,000 natural-gas vehicles while owning or supplying more than 350 filling stations in 32 states.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) dropped about 3.6% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $1.62 after closing at $1.68 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $3.12. Volume was about 2 million, about 30% above the daily average of around 1.3 million. The company had no specific news.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Yahoo! Inc.(YHOO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    As much as traditional telecommunications is a poky business, VZ is making some interesting moves. Most famously it recently acquired the core properties of Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) to drive new revenue streams and position itself for the future. And a little further back, Verizon acquired AOL.

  • [By Vikram Nagarkar]

    When you think of tech companies which rejected buyout offers, quite a few not so great stories come to mind. Starting with Yahoo (NSDQ:YHOO), whichrejectedMicrosoft’s (NSDQ:MSFT)$44.6 billion offer, to Groupon (NSDQ:GRPN), which shunned Google’s $6 billion buyout offer, many similar decisions have proven to be bad ones in hindsight. Snapchat is one of those few exceptions that have lived to tell the tale. At least for now. However, Facebookseems rather determined to leave no stone unturned in its fight against Snapchat.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yahoo! (YHOO) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after the internet company reported another data breach,calling into question its merger with Verizon Communications (VZ).

    Yahoo!’s Sunnyvale, California campus. Yahoo! Inc.

    Yahoo!dropped 6.1% to $38.41 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.4% to 2,262.03. Verizon Communications advanced 0.4% to $51.82.

    Evercore ISI’s Ken Sena and team contend the impact from the hacking is already priced in:

    As news further breaks that Verizon could be looking to scrap its proposed $4.83bn acquisition of Yahoo over the latest account hack (this time over 1bn accounts), we are adding that our own checks on the matter suggest that Verizon still sees a strong fit for Yahoo within their digital strategy and Yahoo indicated that Verizon had advanced knowledge of the circumstances pertaining to the recent hacking incident. Now, whether Verizon can find a way to absolve themselves from the liability of the hack, or simply receive a pricing concession, remains less clear. Nevertheless, Yahoos core business represents only 10% of our Yahoo target price of $39. Therefore, assuming a 20% lower value on the core, we are talking a 2% reduction in Yahoo shares. Further, with a 5% sell-off today, which in part reflects weakness in broader China equities, we see the hacking news as priced in. Moreover, as we weigh this news against the potential for a more favorable tax-rate assumption around Yahoos 15% stake in Alibaba (BABA), given some of the President-Elects stated tax reform objectives, we do not see reason to lower our target price on Yahoo! further…Our $39 target price is unchanged.

    Yahoo!’s market capitalization fell to $36.7 billion today from $39 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $4.4 billion on sales of $5 billion in 2015.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Ducommun Incorporated(DCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Cidara Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTX), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), HealthEquity Inc. (NASDAQ: HQY), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX) and PolarityTE Inc. (NASDAQ: COOL).

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Armour Residential REIT Inc. (NYSE: ARR), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), PJT Partners Inc. (NYSE; PJT), Sonic Automotive Inc. (NYSE: SAH)and Tandy Leather Factory Inc. (NASDAQ: TLF).

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Becton, Dickinson and Company(BDX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cooper Creagan]

    Back in June, we drew your attention to Becton, Dickinson and Co. (NYSE: BDX), the 120-year-old medical technology powerhouse that has increased its dividend every year for 45 years.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Becton Dickinson (BDX) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after agreeing to pay $24 billion for C.R. Bard (BCR).

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    Becton Dickinsondropped 4.4% to $177.07, while the S&P 500 rose 1.1% to 2,374.15. C.R. Bard jumped 20% to $302.41, making it the best performing stock in the S&P 500.

    Leerink’sRichard Newitter andRavi Misra argue that “growth doesn’t come cheap.” They explain:

    We had expected BDX’s M&A engine would eventually resume as the company moved into its third year post the 2015 CareFusion (CFN) acquisition; however, we do think the expectation was for tuck-in or mid-sized type transactions. This transaction is certainly on the bigger side, and will mark the largest in BDX’s history just as BDX wraps up year 2 post the CFN integration. Naturally this could raise some questions as to whether mgmt is “biting off more than it can chew.” But, size (and the hefty price tag) aside, the rationale is not entirely out of left field in our view. BCR will benefit BDX through a higher top-line & GM profile and provides several fast-growing product offerings in underpenetrated markets (i.e. PICCs, Lutonix/Drug Coated Balloons, targeted temperature mgmt). BCR’s Foley catheters and PICC products should complement BDX’s portfolio & strategy aimed at offering a single complete end- to-end medication management & safety solution to hospitals. Also, BCR’s emerging markets (EM) growth is accelerating, which should help BDX’s EM division, which has been experiencing slowing growth in recent years.

    Becton Dickinson’s market capitalization fell to $37.7 billion today from $39.4 billion on Friday. It reported net income of $976 million on sales of $12.5 billion in 2016.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    C R Bard Inc (NYSE: BCR) shares were also up, gaining 20 percent to $304.08 after Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE: BDX) announced plans to acquire the company for $24 billion.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Masimo Corporation(MASI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights, Sean Williams, and Cory Renauer]

    So when we asked three of our top healthcare contributors to name three of the best stocks to invest in healthcare, it’s not surprising that their responses listed companies in three different industries: medical device makerMasimo (NASDAQ:MASI), pharmacy services giant CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) and biopharmaceutical company Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND). Here’s why these three healthcare stocks stand out as smart picks.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Pure Cycle Corporation(PCYO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares fell 0.46 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE: KEP), down 4 percent, and Pure Cycle Corporation (NASDAQ: PCYO), down 2 percent.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap water and wastewater services stockPure Cycle Corporation (NASDAQ: PCYO) as a long/bullish trade:

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: HHGregg, Inc.(HGG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Hhgregg Inc. (NYSE: HGG) dropped about 53% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $0.61 after closing Monday at $1.31. The 52-week high is $2.72. Volume of around 1.5 million was 30% above the daily average of around 2.2 million shares traded. The consumer electronics retailer announced poor preliminary results after markets closed Monday.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basically breaking even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) all over the place (albeit it took off again last year) while small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both underperformed for over three years now:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    hhgregg, Inc. (NYSE: HGG) shares dropped 37 percent to $0.820. hhgregg reported preliminary Q3 revenue of $453 million.

    Shares of Vince Holding Corp (NYSE: VNCE) were down around 15 percent to $3.67. Vince Holding projects full-year sales and EPS to come in at or below the low end of its earlier issued outlook.

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Warren Buffet aims to hold stocks forever. Were a bit less patient. But we like playing the long game: picking a few solid companies, sticking with them through tough times and hanging on for years, even a decade or more. Investing for the long haul can smooth out the risks of buying individual stocks, which may tumble or stay depressed for ages before taking off. A companys innovations may also take years to bear fruit. Moreover, businesses with attractive growth often trade at lofty prices that may not be sustainable. The longer you stick with a stock that has stumbled, however, the greater the opportunity to recoup losses (assuming the business rebounds as well). With dividend-paying stocks, you can also pocket a bit of income while you wait.

financial trading: The Michaels Companies, Inc.(MIK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    The Michaels Companies (Nasdaq: MIK) owns six brands in the retail arts & crafts space, including the top specialty retailer in North America and the #1 wholesale distributor by market share. The arts & crafts segment should hold up well in any kind of consumer weakness as people look to save money by staying in and spending on inexpensive crafts.

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Specialty Retail industry average. The net income increased by 20.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $64.00 million to $76.80 million.

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate MICHAELS COS INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. This is driven by some concerns, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow. 

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Michaels Companies Inc. (NASDAQ: MIK) reported its fiscal third-quarter financial results before the markets opened on Thursday. The company said that it had $0.44 in earnings per share (EPS) and $1.24 billion in revenue. The consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters had called for $0.43 in EPS and revenue of $1.26 billion. The same period of last year reportedly had EPS of $0.40 and $1.23 billion in revenue.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Earnings of note in the coming week include Analogic (ALOG) and Ascena Retail (ASNA) on Monday; Bojangles (BOJA) , H&R Block (HRB) , and Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS) , Michaels (MIK) , and Urban Outfitters (URBN) on Tuesday; Ciena (CIEN) , Bankrate (RATE) , Express (EXPR) , Vera Bradley (VRA) , and Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) on Wednesday; El Pollo Loco (LOCO) , Hugo Boss (BOSSY) , Party City (PRTY) , Signet Jewelers (SIG) , and Verifone Systems (PAY) on Thursday; and Kirkland’s (KIRK) , and Vail Resorts (MTN) on Friday.

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    42.37% is the gross profit margin for MICHAELS COS INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of MIK’s high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 6.57% trails the industry average.

    MICHAELS COS INC has improved earnings per share by 19.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.70 versus $1.04).

     

financial trading: Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(LXRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: LXRX) dropped about 12.3% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $12.93 after closing at $14.74 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $19.62. Volume of around 2.8 million was nearly 5 times the daily average. The company had no specific news.

financial trading: QCR Holdings Inc.(QCRH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    My favorite at the moment is QCR Holdings Inc. (NasdaqGM:QCRH).

    Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Moline, IL, the bank has a strong regional lending base in Illinois and Iowa that should grow in line with the broader national economy. I particularly like the fact that the bank considers itself relationship-driven at a time when trust is in short supply.

financial trading: Sirius XM Radio Inc.(SIRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    However, several Buffett stocks chalked up nice gains during the first quarter. The three top performers in Berkshire’s portfolio were Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI), Mastercard (NYSE:MA), and Moody’s (NYSE:MCO). Here’s what drove these stocks higher — and what their prospects are for the rest of 2018.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    There are a lot of people betting against Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI)these days, even as the stock is hitting 10-year highs. There were 280.1 million shares of Sirius XM sold short at the end of 2016, just below the late-November peak of 285.1 million shares but nearly double the short interest that we were seeing a year ago.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is a company that thrives on of new car sales. If you have had satellite radio and are not solely reliant on what you get for music in streaming or your library, then chances are pretty good that you won’t want to go back to just having old-fashioned FM/AM radio.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    But before we get to the stock pick, here’s a list of the 10 top-performing Warren Buffett stocks so far this year…

    Company YTD Gains
    Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO) 34.25%
    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) 30.24%
    Verisign Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN) 29.88%
    Restaurant Brands Inc. (NYSE: QSR) 29.16%
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) 28.97%
    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) 26.20%
    Liberty Sirius XM Group Class C (Nasdaq: LSXMK) 24.54%
    MasterCard Inc. (NYSE: MA) 24.35%
    Liberty Sirius XM Group Class A (Nasdaq: LSXMA) 22.89%
    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: SIRI) 22.81%

    Again, we don’t recommend all of the stocks above for retail investors. After all, Warren Buffett is one of the most wealthy and legendary investors in history. He has a completely different set of goals from us.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Pandora Mediapeaking in 2014 before heading back to where it started while other streaming media stocks such as large cap satellite radio stockSirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ: SIRI) has performed better and InternetTV stock Netflix, Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) has been a homerun:

financial trading: Liberty Interactive Corporation(LVNTA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of General Communication, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNCMA) got a boost, shooting up 63 percent to $33.43 after Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: LVNTA) announced plans to acquire General Communication for $1.12 billion.

financial trading: KLA-Tencor Corporation(KLAC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that KLAC’s price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don’t lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate KLA-TENCOR CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed – some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. 

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 10.70 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Despite the company’s weak debt-to-equity ratio, the company has managed to keep a very strong quick ratio of 3.00, which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs.

     

  • [By ]

    Attention misguided investors: not every tech company has the same troubles as social media beast Facebook (FB) . And for those opportunistic investors our there, such a dislocation in markets right now between broader tech business models and Facebook’s could spell many lucrative buying opportunities. Research out of Goldman Sachs (GS) shows that 25 tech stocks in particular that have seen large correlations with Facebook’s equity returns since March 15 and have under-performed the S&P 500 . The list of laggards is a whose who of former high-flying tech names: Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) , KLA-Tenor (KLAC) , Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) , Alphabet (GOOGL) , Western Digital (WDC) , Electronic Arts (EA) , and Nvidia (NVDA) . 

    Not too sure where Mr. Market’s head is at, but it’s unlikely Facebook’s troubles will hurt sales of video-games for Electronic Arts this coming holiday season. Nvidia is still holding the pole position in the booming market for AI and autonomous driving chips, and doesn’t put suspect quizzes on a website.

  • [By JPMorga]

    KLA-Tencor, which is in the process of being acquired by Lam Research, continues to deliver best-in-class dividends as a result of its solid operational performance and strong free cash flow generation. The company’s current dividend yield is at 3.1%. 

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    The company’s current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, KLA-TENCOR CORP’s return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

     

Hot Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018

The busy holiday shopping season is giving a boost to more of the markets so-called dead retail stocks.

We kicked off December trading by showing you how brick and mortar retailers that have successfully built out their online shopping options are standing strong against the Amazon juggernaut. The outperforming names in this group are even helping to dig the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSE:XRT) out of its 2017 funk. As of this week, XRTs newfound momentum has pushed the ETF toward its 2017 highs.

Now were seeing the hot money flow into even more of these busted retail names. Most of these stocks couldnt catch a bid during the first and second quarters. Now theyre leading the markets higher during the final trading weeks of the year.

Here are some of retails best bets heading into the final push of 2017:

First up is Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ:LULU). LULU makes high-end yoga gear and other athletic apparel.

Of course, workout clothes arent just for the gym anymore. The athleisure segment has exploded over the past ten years. The sports apparel and footwear market has grown 42% since 2009 to $270 billion, according to Morgan Stanley. Analysts are guessing it will grow another 30% before the decade is over.

Hot Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: QCR Holdings Inc.(QCRH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    My favorite at the moment is QCR Holdings Inc. (NasdaqGM:QCRH).

    Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Moline, IL, the bank has a strong regional lending base in Illinois and Iowa that should grow in line with the broader national economy. I particularly like the fact that the bank considers itself relationship-driven at a time when trust is in short supply.

Hot Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: Salesforce.com Inc(CRM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) is expected to release its fiscal second-quarter financial earnings report after the markets close on Tuesday. The consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters call for $0.32 in earnings per share (EPS) and $2.51 billion in revenue. The same period of last year reportedly had EPS of $0.24 and $2.04 billion in revenue.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jon Najarian spoke on CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report about bullish options activity in Salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL).

  • [By ]

    China’s President Xi Jinping did his part to support the bull market in stocks via a conciliatory trade speech on Monday night, and now embattled Facebook (FB)  founder Mark Zuckerberg has to follow course. By now, seemingly ever pundit and journalist has weighed in how the camera-averse Zuckerberg will perform over the next two days in front of savage lawmakers. So there isn’t much new to add until we watch him sit down and do battle. But one gets the sense that lawmakers won’t have any clue what to truly ask Zuck in the attempt to send his stock price down the tubes again (because they would secretly love nothing better than to hit Zuck in his digital wallet, naturally). Sure, they may get under his notoriously thin skin, but investors worried about a full-on stock price rout should rest somewhat easy. The Facebooks evolution that is well underway, and which is being accelerated post the Cambridge Analytica debacle, will over time erode the company’s highly lucrative business model. You probably won’t see any evidence of the derision in the first-quarter results or perhaps even the rest of 2018. It’s happening as we speak though, and should be something Zuck reflects in 2019 profit guidance (which should be issued) at some point later this year. In the meantime, enjoy the great theater and tread easily with Facebook’s stock off the March mini-rally. Better trades into this spectacle if you haven’t put them on already: big data business plays such as Dropbox (DBX) , Salesforce (CRM) , and Action Alerts PLUS holdings Microsoft (MSFT) and Nvidia (NVDA) .   

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Salesforce.com, Inc. (NYSE: CRM) reported fiscal third quarter financial results after markets closed Tuesday. While shares did take a step back in Wednesdays session, analysts were still fairly positive following the report.

Hot Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.(ESRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    For example, nobody is going to come along and build another Empire State Building. In fact, you can actually invest in this building through the Empire State Realty Trust (NYSE: ESRT).

  • [By ]

    Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) : “The yield on this one is too low.”

    DowDuPont (DWDP) : “I’m not running away, I’m sticking with them.”

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018

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Emergency funds, retirement, debt payoff, college costs – overwhelming is an understatement when it comes to how we should prioritize our savings. We know we should be saving, but where and how much? The good news is if you are stressing about whether or not you are saving in the "right way" – at least you are saving! Exactly how you should prioritize depends on your specific financial situation. While some financial experts may disagree on the order, most would agree the below three are the top priorities for saving. And it doesn’t have to be all or nothing; you can allocate your savings such as a 60%/30%/10% split between the below. Use this guide to evaluate what you have, where you need to beef up your savings, and where you don’t.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Old Second Bancorp Inc.(OSBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Old Second Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: OSBC).

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Ishares Trust Dj Us Financial (IYF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Investors looking to set up a pair trade to capitalize on the divergent paths of U.S. and European banks should consider going long the iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE: IYF) and short the Ishares MSCI Europe Fincls Sctr Indx Fd (NASDAQ: EUFN).

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andrew Efimoff] Related Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF Why The Frontier Markets ETF Slumped Last Year Status Quo Decisions Would Bode Well For PAK ETF (Seeking Alpha)
    Related EPU Peru ETF Confronts Politics Commodities Call For The Colombia ETF Gra帽a Y Montero May Have Peaked In 2016 (Seeking Alpha) Gainers Pakistan: Global XMSCI Pakistan ETF (NYSE: PAK) is up 5.67 percent after receiving MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index approval. Peru: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund(NYSE: EPU) is up 2.15 percent after Kuzynski won Peru’s nail-biting election. Philippines: iShares MSCI Philippines Investable(NYSE: EPHE) is up 2.21 percent after Macquarie Research said President Elect Rodrigo Duterte would lift the Pilipino property market. India: iShares MSCI India ETF (NYSE: INDA) is up 1.96 percent after India’s government relaxed regulation, making it easier for domestic airlines to fly overseas.

    Related Link: Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    ARGT, the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to Argentine equities, is up 19.6 percent year-to-date. That is good for the second-best showing among Latin America single-country ETFs, trailing only the iShares MSCI Capped Peru Index Fund (NYSE: EPU).

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: The First of Long Island Corporation(FLIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dividends4Life]

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

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.(RNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    RenaissanceRe Holdings (RNR) is a global provider of reinsurance, as well as various types of insurance and related services. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Bermuda, notes Jack Adamo, editor of Insiders Plus.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Tree.com Inc.(TREE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Coming up on this episode of Mad Money: Cramer interviews United Technologies (UTX) CEO Greg Hayes; and Doug Lebda, CEO of LendingTree (TREE) . Plus, don’t miss the Lightning Round. Which stocks is Cramer bullish on?

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Lendingtree Inc (NASDAQ: TREE) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $212.90. LendingTree reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.90 per share on sales of $152.8 million. The company also raised its FY17 outlook.

  • [By Taylor Cox]

    Analyst/Investor Days

    Equifax In Montreal
    LendingTree, Inc (NASDAQ: TREE)
    Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc (NASDAQ: IOVA)
    The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) business update call

    Annual Shareholder Meetings

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: QCR Holdings Inc.(QCRH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    My favorite at the moment is QCR Holdings Inc. (NasdaqGM:QCRH).

    Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Moline, IL, the bank has a strong regional lending base in Illinois and Iowa that should grow in line with the broader national economy. I particularly like the fact that the bank considers itself relationship-driven at a time when trust is in short supply.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

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

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: SL Green Realty Corporation(SLG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    “Manhattan on Sale? That’s the Case With Two Cheap REITS” by Andrew Bary discusses whether Manhattan-focused real estate investment trusts Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO) and SL Green Realty Corp (NYSE: SLG) could rally as the New York market firms. Both trade at a discount to the value of private-market property deals, says the article.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Home Federal Bancorp Inc.(HOME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sofia Horta e Costa]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now

Oritani Financial Corp (NASDAQ:ORIT) files its latest 10-K with SEC for the fiscal year ended on June 30, 2017. Oritani Financial Corp is the stock holding company for Oritani Bank. It operates as a retail and commercial bank and provides banking and financial services to individual and business customers in New Jersey. Oritani Financial Corp has a market cap of $731.280 million; its shares were traded at around $15.90 with a P/E ratio of 14.48 and P/S ratio of 5.23. The dividend yield of Oritani Financial Corp stocks is 4.41%. Oritani Financial Corp had annual average EBITDA growth of 15.30% over the past five years.

For the last quarter Oritani Financial Corp reported a revenue of $26.6 million, compared with the revenue of $33.29 million during the same period a year ago. For the latest fiscal year the company reported a revenue of $129.1 million, a decrease of 10.7% from the previous year. For the last five years Oritani Financial Corp had an average revenue growth rate of 8.1% a year.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dividends4Life]

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

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Pebblebrook Hotel Trust(PEB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Marshall Hargrave]

    The other key benefit for Strategic is that it enjoys industry-leading earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) per available room. For 2012, Strategic generated $81 per room of EBITDA. Compare this to top comps LaSalle Hotel (NYSE: LHO) at $74 per room and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) at $71. The reason for this is that Strategic is much less reliant than its peers on rooms, with much greater exposure to food and beverages. Strategic earns 53% of its revenue from rooms, while its peers get around 66% of revenues from rooms.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: QCR Holdings Inc.(QCRH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    My favorite at the moment is QCR Holdings Inc. (NasdaqGM:QCRH).

    Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Moline, IL, the bank has a strong regional lending base in Illinois and Iowa that should grow in line with the broader national economy. I particularly like the fact that the bank considers itself relationship-driven at a time when trust is in short supply.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Swedish Export Credit Corp (GRU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Investing in commodity-based ETFs (exchange-traded funds) or ETNs (exchange-traded notes) is a great way to gain exposure to a specific commodity, like corn (NYSE Arca: CORN), livestock (NYSE Arca: COW), or grains (NYSE Arca: GRU).

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: eHealth Inc.(EHTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) was down, falling around 32 percent to $9.53. eHealth reported a Q2 net loss of $0.5 million, versus a year-ago net income of $5.8 million. The company also reported weak quarterly revenue.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Credit Suisse Group(CS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Just look at what happened to traders who got involved in the now-defunct VelocityShares Daily Inverse ETN (XIV), a particularly nasty piece of financial engineering created by Credit Suisse Group (NYSE: CS).

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    That’s why Krauth predicts the price of gold will hit $1,400 by the end of the year. Many analysts from banks likeCredit SuisseGroup AG (NYSE ADR: CS) even see gold going as high as $1,500.

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

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

  • [By David Zeiler]

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

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Aon Corporation(AON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

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

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Former Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) CEO Dick Kovacevich called Bitcoin a “pyramid scheme” and said he believes it to be just another scam.

    “It makes no sense. I’m just surprised it isn’t even lower,” he said about Bitcoin during an interview with CNBC.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Potlatch Corporation(PCH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on Friday.

    Douglas Dynamics Inc (NYSE: PLOW) – $0.2350 dividend, 2.9183 percent yield
    Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) – $0.4500 dividend, 2.6758 percent yield
    PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) – $0.0900 dividend, 1.7078 percent yield
    Leidos Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) – $0.3200 dividend, 3.0851 percent yield
    Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) – $0.6800 dividend, 4.1756 percent yield
    Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE: HPP) – $0.2000 dividend, 2.36

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Barclays PLC(BCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. Its American depositary sharesclosed up 2.6% at $11.36 on Thursday and were indicated up 1.2% at $11.50 on Friday. The52-week range is $6.76 to $12.05.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Banco Santander (SAN) : “I prefer Barclays (BCS) , but let’s wait and see what the other banks have to say”

    ProLogis (PLD) : “I am not a fan of that group right now, but that one is best of breed.”