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Hot Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Petroleum Resources Corporation(PEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, financial shares fell 0.13 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Adams Natural Resources Fund Inc (NYSE: PEO), down 4 percent, and Old Point Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: OPOF) down 3 percent.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:


    I think that for the longest time we had a basic reluctance to pay more than tangible book value for almost any bank other than Action Alerts PLUS charity portfolio holding Wells Fargo (WFC) . Now, that’s the one bank we have a reluctance to do so–even though we are–and the rest are trading above book. Bank of America is now $3 above tangible book, after spending years in the wilderness. It’s almost as if the gating factor that had held these stocks back has vanished and investors want these stocks as growth stocks not value plays.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

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


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

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    So where do you find them? Well, preferred stocks trade just like common shares on one of the major stock exchanges. They are a popular fundraising tool for companies that need capital to grow and expand, but don’t want to borrow or issue more common stock. Well-known businesses like Ford Motor (NYSE: F), General Electric (NYSE: GE), Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) and T-Mobile (Nasdaq: TMUS) have all issued preferred stock.


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

Hot Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: 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.

Hot Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Teucrium Corn Fund (CORN)

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).

Asian stocks jump to early gains after Dows rebound

Asian stocks advanced in morning trading Friday, rebounding from broad selling a day earlier, after the Dow Jones Industrial Average reversed some of its midweek pullback.

Rebounds are a broad theme across asset classes as the week comes to an end. Oil prices rose about 1.5% Thursday, helping Asian energy stocks Friday, while the yen gained momentum yesterday following its own recent pause.

The Japanese currencys strength limited the Nikkei Stock Averages
NIK, +0.72%
morning gains to 0.4%, trailing advances elsewhere in the region.

The dollar
JPYUSD, -0.213138%
was recently at 楼106.90 after nearing 楼108 midweek. But the yen did fall slightly in Asian trading as Japans core inflation rose 0.9% in January from a year earlier, slightly faster than the 0.8% expected by economists.

Though a pickup in inflation is widely anticipated globally for 2018, that is likely to remain elusive in Japan and result in the Bank of Japan probably being the last major central bank to pull back on its easy-money policies, said Brian Beitner, managing partner at Chautauqua Capital Management.

Theres no reason for the Bank of Japan to lean against an overheating economy, he added. But theres not a big incentive for them to stimulate the economy, either.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index
HSI, +1.01%
jumped 1.3% to lead the regions gains after sliding nearly that much yesterday.

South Koreas Kospi
SEU, +1.35%
climbed 1.1% as Samsung Electronics
005930, +0.81%
after having dropped every day this week rebounded 1.8%. Taiwan
Y9999, +1.24%
and Singapore
STI, +1.40%
gained 1%, while Australias benchmark
XJO, +0.82%
gained 0.8% on strength in commodities stocks.

Oil futures turned slightly higher by late morning in Asia after a modest pullback earlier.

In other markets, bitcoin
BTCUSD, -1.72%
has fallen to $9,600 a one-week low for the most well-known cryptocurrency after nearly reaching $11,000 on Thursday, according to CoinDesk. Ether, a rival cryptocurrency that trades on the Ethereum blockchain, is at a two-week low of around $800.

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Hot Growth Stocks To Own Right Now

Image source: Sears Holdings.

What happened

Shares of retailer Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) tumbled 54.8% in 2016, according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence. The company, which operates Sears and Kmart stores, suffered from significant declines in comparable sales throughout 2016. With sales collapsing and losses mounting, investors left the stock for dead last year.

SHLD data by YCharts

So what

Sears has been in decline for more than a decade, with total sales more than halved in the past 10 years. Eddie Lampert, who became CEO in 2013, has so far failed to stop the bleeding. The company has sold off many of its valuable assets over the past few years in order to raise cash, including Sears Canada, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, and Lands’ End. In 2015, Sears spun off some of its real estate into Seritage Growth Properties, and early this year the company announced that it was selling its Craftsman brand.

Hot Growth Stocks To Own Right Now: Nordstrom Inc.(JWN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) which rose about 6% to $47.73. The stocks 52-week range is $39.53 to $62.82. Volume was 9.4 million compared to its average volume of 1.9 million.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Mark Sebastian of Option Pit shared with the viewers of Bloomberg Markets a bearish options trading idea in Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN).

    The stock traded 5.74 percent higher after the company reported strong Q4 earnings, but Sebastian thinks the rally isn't sustainable and he wants to make a bearish trade in the name.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Here are the number of stores at the end of the third quarter of 2016 compared to the number of stores in 2007:

    J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP): 1,014 vs. 1,067. Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS): 1,155 vs. 929. Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M): 880 vs. 853. Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN): 348 vs. 157. TJX Companies Inc (NYSE: TJX): 582 vs. 2,500. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT)*: 4,574 vs. 4,141.

    Source: SEC Filings


    For Nordstrom Inc. (JWN) , this means that its recent C-suite recruits and initiatives signal a digital push, especially in customer experience and logistics. Although the digital team shakeups began in 2016, Nordstrom’s steps toward innovation became all the more germane this summer when the department store’s founding family revealed that it’s considering going private.


    One theme that’s become apparent is that consumers are betting that a Trump tax cut will lead to more money in their pockets. That’s good news for the so-called “trade-up” stocks like Nordstrom (JWN) and Kohl’s (KSS) .

  • [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.

Hot Growth Stocks To Own Right Now: MEDIFAST INC(MED)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows small cap weight loss or dieting stocks Weight Watchers International and Reliv International, Inc (NASDAQ: RELV) still underperforming whileNutriSystem Inc (NASDAQ: NTRI) and Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED) began taking off early last year:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO), Medifast Inc. (NYSE: MED), Medley Capital Corp. (NYSE: MCC), Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) and Sothebys (NYSE: BID).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Although obesity is widespread, small cap dieting stocks havetended to causeinvestor portfolios to loose weight. A long term performance chart shows small cap weight loss or dieting stocks Weight Watchers International and Reliv International, Inc (NASDAQ: RELV) stillbelow or at breakeven for longer term investors whileMedifast Inc (NYSE: MED)has performed better and NutriSystem Inc (NASDAQ: NTRI) hasfinally begun to take offearly last year:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED), down 5 percent, and Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), down 6 percent.

Hot Growth Stocks To Own Right Now: Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.(BWLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) shares were also up, gaining 20 percent to $121.75 after the company posted better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter and raised its forecast for the full year.


    Meanwhile, over on Real Money, Cramer looks at the heated battle at Buffalo Wild Wings  (BWLD) and says activism still lives. Get his insight strategies with a free trial subscription to Real Money.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Is Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) original programming likeThe Crown more interesting to watch than the Golden State Warriors’ bid to run away with the NBA championship? Could be, as the movie streaming giant continues to add to its subscriber base while sports bars like Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD) lose customers quarter after quarter.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Dave & Busters Entertainmenttripling in valuebefore falling back whilesmall cap upscale gentlemen’s clubs and restaurant ownerRCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: RICK) began taking off in 2016 and small capBuffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) is being acquired by Arbys Restaurant Group:

  • [By Hilary Kramer]

     We welcome host of Fox Business Network’s Making Money with Charles Payne to this year’s contest. When he’s not on air, the rags-to-riches financial guru is editing his free weekly newsletter, Charles Payne’s Smart Talk, as well as his new newsletter, Charles Payne’sSmart Investing, which allows individuals insights into picks that were formerly only available to institutions.

    Payne is going with the owner, operator and franchiser of a wildly popular sports and wings bar for this year’s pick: Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD).

    With commodities prices in the dumps, BWLD stands to benefit as Americans have more cash lining their pockets thanks to lower gas prices. That’s cash, Charles reasons, that Buffalo Wild Wings will be able to claim a chunk of. Not to mention the fact that if chicken prices remain subdued, it’ll mean a beefier bottom line.

Hot Growth Stocks To Own Right Now: Intuitive Surgical Inc.(ISRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here is a table of the 10 most expensive stocks trading on U.S. markets today:

    Company (Ticker)Price per ShareMarket CapBerkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A)$ 257,227.52$ 419.50 billionSeaboard Corp. (NYSEMKT: SEB)$ 3,760.00$ 4.48 billionNVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR)$ 1,944.23$ 7.19 billionThe Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN)$ 1,727.94$ 80.82 billionMarkel Corp. (NYSE: MKL)$ 978.51$ 13.78 billionWhite Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM)$ 935.01$ 4.25 Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)$ 846.08$ 408.27 billionAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL)$ 844.06$ 582.85 billionAutoZone Inc. (NYSE: AZO)$ 744.26$ 21.04 billionIntuitive Surgical Inc. (Nasdaq: ISRG)$ 735.63$ 28.41 billion

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Reports Q4 EPS $0.69 vs. Est. $0.58, Rev. $22.64B vs. Est. $22.14B
    Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG) Reports Q2 GAAP EPS $4.71, Adj. EPS $5.62 vs $4.97 Est., Sales $670.1M vs $540.7M Est.
    Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) Q2 EPS ($0.14) vs ($0.19) est, Revenue $3.84B vs $3.75B est
    Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) Q2 EPS $0.75 vs $0.59 est, Revenue $8.9B vs $8.3B est

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG) which traded down over 6% at $369.95. The stocks 52-week range is $203.57 to $405.05. Volume was1.9 million versus the daily average of about half a million shares.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) attracted heavy investor interest following their quarterly earnings releases.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG) which rose over 6% to $423.76. The stocks 52-week range is $217.19 to $426.98. Volume was 1.7 million compared to its average volume of nearly 1 million.

  • [By Joseph Hogue]

    Enter Intuitive Surgical (Nasdaq: ISRG) and Da Vinci, a robotic arm that allows surgeons to operate with just a single incision less than an inch in size.

Ex-SEC chairman says its quite clear Wall Streets fear gauge can be manipulated

The volatility we have is troubling. And a product like VIX could be valuable to institutional investors who want to hedge against a precipitous drop in the market. But its quite clear that these indexes options can be manipulated. And when there were complaints about possible manipulation, the Cboe, as the marketplace, should have sprung in to action. Ex-SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt

Thats Ex-Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey Pitts take on allegations that a key measure of volatility in the market, the Cboe Volatility Index, is being rigged.

Check out his comments during a Friday morning interview with CNBC, which occur around the 2:30 mark:

An unidentified whistleblower earlier this week claimed to regulators at the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that fake quotes for the S&P 500 index
SPX, +0.55%
are skewing levels of the Cboe Volatility Index
VIX, -7.42%
known as VIX, which reflects bearish and bullish options bets 30-days in the future on the S&P 500 to gauge implied stock-market volatility.

The VIX has underpinned a number of strategies described as so-called short-volatility, which imploded dramatically on Feb. 5 when it registered its largest percentage change in its history, cratering bets that volatility measures would fall, if not remain muted.

Short volatility products, notably, VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short Term ETN
XIV, +0.00%
tumbled 90% in after-hours trade as the Dow Jones Industrial Average
DJIA, +0.57%
plunged 1,175 points, or 4.6%, that session, marking its sharpest point drop in the blue-chip gauges 121-year history.

The Cboe Global Markets
CBOE, -5.12%
, which oversees the VIX products, has said the whistleblower claiming manipulation had a fundamental misunderstanding of the relationship between the VIX index, VIX futures and volatility exchange-traded products, according to Cboe spokeswoman.

Quote References SPX +15.08 +0.55% VIX -1.42 -7.42%

Dow climbs 130 points as market rally shows no sign of abatement

U.S. stock benchmarks on Wednesday traded in record territory, extending a solid start to the year for Wall Street equities on the back of better-than-expected earnings.

What are the main benchmarks doing?

Dow Jones Industrial Average
DJIA, +0.66%
gained nearly 134 points, or 0.5%, to 26,345, while S&P 500 index
SPX, +0.43%
tacked on 6 points, or 0.2%, to 2,845. The Nasdaq Composite Index
COMP, +0.22%
meanwhile, was trading at break-even levels at 7,459, less than 0.1% lower, pulling back after setting an intraday record at the open.

All three equity benchmarks opened at an all-time intraday high.

On Tuesday, the S&P 500and Nasdaq Composite notched all-time closing highs again, while the Dow edged back from its record close hit on Monday.

The three equity gauges are up between 6% and 8.1% so far in 2018, adding to last years sizable gains as investors cheer the expanding U.S. economy and growth in corporate profits.

What are strategists saying?

The S&P 500 really is up more than 6% so far this month and shows no sign of abatement, said Voya Investment Management strategists Doug Cot茅 and Karyn Cavanaugh in a note.

What could possibly go wrong? Well, one risk to the market could be global trade, they added, noting that President Trump late Monday approved tariffs on imports of solar panels and washing machines.

Which stocks look like key movers?

Shares in Qualcomm Inc.
QCOM, -0.37%
traded 0.7% lower after the chip company was hit with a $1.2 billion antitrust fine by the European Union. The EU said Qualcomm made illegal payments to Apple Inc.
AAPL, -0.92%
for exclusively using its chips in iPhones and other products.

Conglomerates General Electric
GE, -0.36%
saw its stock drop 1.3% it said the Securities and Exchange Commission was probing the process that led to a sizable increase in its insurance reserves last week. The industrial conglomerate also reported weaker-than-expected quarterly results but offered a rosier revenue projection for its power and oil-and-gas business.

Comcast Corp.s stock
CMCSA, -0.24%
gained 0.6% after reporting earnings boosted by its broadband business and after announcing plans to repurchase $5 billion in stock in 2018.

Puma Biotechnology Inc.s shares
PBYI, -28.31%
slumped by 28% after its price target was lowered, notably by J.P. Morgan Chase, as the company said a European Medicines Agency committee completed a negative vote for its breast cancer therapy neratinib.

Shares of United Technologies Corp.
UTX, +0.69%
rose modestly, up 0.3%, after its fourth-quarter results, which revealed charges stemming from the new tax law.

Texas Instruments Inc.
TXN, -5.39%
appeared on track to decline 6.4% after the chip company delivered in-line results and a modest outlook late Tuesday.

United Continental Holdings Inc.
UAL, -10.22%
rose 0.1%F after the airline posted earnings late Tuesday.

Ford Motor Co.
F, +0.29%
results are due to report after the close of trade. Shares were up about 0.3%.

What are other assets doing?

The ICE U.S. Dollar Index
DXY, -0.92%
was trading at a fresh three-year low as U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said a weaker greenback is good for trade while speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. European
SXXP, -0.13%
and Asian stocks have been a mixed bag.

Gold futures
GCG8, +1.34%
were jumping by more 1.2%, while oil futures
CLH8, +0.26%
were slightly higher, up 0.1%.

What economic data could help drive markets?

At 9:45 a.m. Eastern Time, Markit was slated to deliver January readings for its purchasing managers indexes for manufacturing and services.

A December report on existing home sales is due to arrive at 10 a.m. Eastern.

Check out: MarketWatchs Economic Calendar

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