Best Gold Stocks To Own For 2018

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after Goldman Sachs initiated it with a Sell rating.

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Advanced Micro Devicesdropped 6.3% to $13.28 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to 2,357.49.

Goldman analyst Toshiya Hari argued that at its current valuation, Advanced Micro Devices is pricing in all the good news, leaving all the risks to the downside. Barron’s Teresa Rivas defended Advanced Micro Devices today, arguing that Goldman’s take is far too bearish, while our colleague Tiernan Ray defended his bullish take on the stock from February. I’ll let you be the judge in this battle between Barron’s and the bears.

Advanced Micro Devices’ market capitalization fell to $12.5 billion today from $13.3 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $497 million on sales of $4.3 billion in 2016.

Best Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.(CBRL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (CBRL) shares dropped over 4% on Wednesday morning after the company reported lower fourth quarter earnings and a weak outlook for its first quarter.

    The Lebanon, TN-based company reported fourth quarter earnings of $34.3 million, or $1.43 per share, down slightly from $34.7 million, or $1.47 per share, a year ago. On average, analysts expected to see earnings of $1.35 per share.

    Total revenue fell to $646.1 million from $700.01 million last year. Analysts expected to see revenue of $668.68 million.

    Cracker Barrel President and CEO Sandra Cochran commented: “The fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 represents the seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year improvement in comparable store traffic, restaurant sales, and retail sales. The financial results of the fourth quarter and full year reflect the effective execution of our strategic plan. As we begin our 2014 fiscal year, we are poised to capitalize on the achievements of fiscal 2013.”

    For FY2013, CBRL’s earnings rose 14% to $117.27 million, while EPS rose to $4.90 per share. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $4.97 per share, up 15% from the year prior. Total revenue for the year was $2.64 billion, up 3% from a year ago.

    Looking forward, the company expects to see first quarter earnings between $1.05 and $1.15 per share. This estimate would fall significantly below the average analyst estimate of $1.32 per share.

    For FY2014, the company expects EPS in the range of $5.60 to $5.80 and revenue between $2.7 billion and $2.75 billion. Analysts expect to see earnings of $5.69 per share and $2.74 billion in revenue.

    Cracker Barrel shares were down $4.70, or 4.39%, during Wednesday morning trading. The stock is up 59% YTD.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (NASDAQ: CBRL) shares tumbled 2.50 percent to $104.32 after the company reported a 1.1% drop in its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings and issued a downbeat Q1 forecast.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid capSouthern chicken restaurant stock Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc (NASDAQ: CBRL) reported Q3 earnings before the market opened this morning.Total revenue was flat at $700.4 million as comparable store restaurant sales decreased 0.4% as a 2.1% decline in comparable store restaurant traffic was partially offset by a 1.7% increase in average check. The average menu price increase for the quarter was approximately 1.6% andcomparable store retail sales decreased 4.7% from the prior year quarter. Comparable store restaurant traffic, average check and comparable store restaurant sales and retail sales for the fiscal months of February, March, and April and the third quarter were as follows:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.80 per share on revenue of $705.65 million.

Best Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: FEI Company(FEIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    FEI Company (NASDAQ: FEIC) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $108.00 as the company agreed to be acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) for $4.2 billion.

Best Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: priceline.com Incorporated(PCLN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The S&P 500 is celebrating 60 years of existence as an index. Launched on March 4, 1957, it consists of an assortment of stocks belonging to diverse sectors and is considered a bellwether for the U.S. economy.

    Some Curious Facts About the S&P 500
    The index is weighted by market capitalization, which is price multiplied by outstanding shares of the constituent stocks. In contrast, the Dow Industrials is weighted exclusively by price.
    The eligibility criteria for a stock to be included in the S&P 500 Index include a market cap of $5.3 billion, U.S. headquarters, at least half a year since its IPO and four straight quarters of positive reported earnings.
    The worst annual performance of the index was in 2008, when it lost 38.5 percent.
    Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ: PCLN) was the first $1000+ member of the S&P 500 Index, having scaled the barrier in 2013.

    Even as we weigh in the merits of the broader gauge, let's look at some of the market innovations that can claim to be younger than the S&P 500 index itself.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Year to date, the company’s stock price has fallen over 42%. Meanwhile, its competitors’ share prices have increased during the same period. The Travelzoo Inc. (Nasdaq: TZOO) share price has gained 41% YTD, and Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN) has gained over 19%.

  • [By Eric Volkman]

    The seemingly endless string of acquisitions in the online travel industry (OTA) will soon be one deal longer. Priceline Group (NASDAQ:PCLN) announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire European peer Momondo Group for $550 million in cash.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart does show Tripadvisor Inctrending downward since 2014 whilelarge cap travel stocksExpedia Inc (NASDAQ: EXPE)and Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ: PCLN) have both been in strong uptrends since early last year:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    The next few trading days include highly anticipated earnings reports from some of the biggest names in their respective industries, including Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B), Costco (NASDAQ:COST), and Priceline (NASDAQ:PCLN).

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Thanks to a thinly sourced story out of Canada, actor William Shatner is suddenly being proclaimed a financial genius on the Internet, because of his quirky commercials for Priceline.com (PCLN), which reportedly helped him amass a fortune of $600 million. But odds are that the captain of the Starship Enterprise isn’t quite that fortunate.

Best Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Dean Foods Company(DF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Dean Foods (DF) has gained 2.3% to $19.19 after getting upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.

    SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS) has dropped 2.2% to $18.47 after getting cut to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF) posted weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.

    Dean Foods said it earned $0.13 per share in the first quarter on revenue of $2.00 billion; Analysts were expecting the company to earn $0.18 per share on revenue of $1.097 billion.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares climbed by 0.71 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW), up 17 percent, and Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF), up 6 percent.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF) is scheduledfor before the market opens onThursday (February 16th) with the strongest volume performance seen in yearsbeing reported the last time around.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap dairy stock Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF) reported Q1 earnings before the market opened this morning with results missing expectations. Net sales were $1.996 billionversus $1.879 billion as total volume across all products were 633 million gallons for the first quarter of 2017, a 1.3% decline compared to total volume of 641 million gallons in the first quarter of 2016. Based on fluid milk sales data published by the USDA through February, fluid milk volume decreased 3.4% year-over-year quarter to date in the first quarter of 2017 on an unadjusted basis. However, when adjusting for the extra selling day in 2016 due to Leap Year, the category decline was 1.8%. On this same basis, Dean Foods Co’s share of U.S. fluid milk volumes increased by 10 basis points year-over-year. Raw milk costs in the first quarter of 2017 of $17.03 per hundred weight increased roughly 6% from the fourth quarter of 2016 and increased 18% from the first quarter of 2016.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) to report quarterly earnings at $0.10 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion before the opening bell. Avon Products shares rose 2.39 percent to $6.00 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) to report quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.44 billion before the opening bell. MGM shares rose 1.01 percent to $29.90 in after-hours trading.
    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter and raised its quarterly dividend to $0.29 per share. Cisco shares rose 2.13 percent to $33.52 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $2.01 billion. Dean Foods shares rose 0.49 percent to $20.55 in after-hours trading.
    Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP) posted weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Wednesday. Tripadvisor shares dropped 5.60 percent to $49.75 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM) to have earned $0.77 per share on revenue of $3.42 billion in the latest quarter. Waste Management will release earnings before the markets open. Waste Management shares rose 2.27 percent to $72.97 in after-hours trading.

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Best Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Becton, Dickinson and Company(BDX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    C.R. Bard (BCR) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after agreeing to be purchased for $24 billion by Becton Dickinson (BDX).

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    C.R. Bardgained 20% to $302.41 today, while the S&P 500 rose 1% to 2,374.15. Becton Dickinson dropped 4.4% to $177.07, making it the S&P 500′s biggest loser.

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Best Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.(AAOI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Applied Optoelectronics Inc (NASDAQ: AAOI) shares were also up, gaining 27 percent to $47.60 after reporting upbeat quarterly results.

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  • [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.

  • [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.

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