Venezuela faces shortages of food, water, medicine, electricity and money.
But its state-run oil company — through a subsidiary — donated $500,000 to President Trump’s inauguration committee on December 22, 2016.
That equals what Pepsi (PEP), Verizon (VZ, Tech30) and Walmart (WMT) donated combined, according to Federal Election Commission records released Wednesday as deadly protests raged across Venezuela. The donation to Trump’s inauguration committee was made by Citgo Petroleum, a subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-run oil company, PDVSA.
The country’s citizens face a litany of crises — from food and medical shortages to extremely violent crime.
“It is an amazing amount of money that could have fed a lot of your population for the month,” says Russ Dallen, managing partner of Caracas Capital, an investing firm based in Miami.
Venezuela’s state-run oil giant, PDVSA, bought Citgo in the 1980s. When the late President Hugo Chavez took power in 1999, Citgo was a huge money maker for the country.
Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Acacia Communications, Inc. (ACIA)
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap networking stock Acacia Communications (NASDAQ: ACIA) is the second most shorted stock on the Nasdaq with short interest of 54.23% according to Highshortinterest.com. Acacia Communications is a small cap developer, manufacturers and seller high-speed coherent optical interconnect products that are designed to transform communications networks through improvements in performance, capacity and cost. By leveraging silicon technology to build optical interconnects, a process Acacia Communications refers to as the siliconization of optical interconnect, the Company is able to offer products at higher speeds and density with lower power consumption, that meet the needs of cloud and service providers and can be easily integrated in a cost-effective manner with existing network equipment.
- [By Scott Rubin]
Shares of Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) soared on the back of the company's second-quarter earnings results, closing the session up 41 percent to $95.67. Planet Fitness Inc (NYSE: PLNT) added 10 percent after reporting better-than expected results. The stock closed at $22.36. Steel stocks fell during Friday's session. United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) lost 7 percent to $21.06 and AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS) fell 6 percent to $5.03.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) was down, falling around 14 percent to $54.34 after the company issued a weak forecast for the current quarter. However, the company’s Q4 results exceeded expectations.
- [By Evan Niu, CFA]
Shares of optical component companies have dropped today, includingOclaro (NASDAQ:OCLR), Acacia (NASDAQ:ACIA), Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), whose shares were down 11%, 11%, 6%, and 3%, respectively, as of 3:30 p.m. EDT, after the U.S. broadened its investigation regarding compliance with sanctions programs.
Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACBFF)
- [By Javier Hasse]
While biotechs like GW Pharmaceuticals PLC- ADR (NASDAQ: GWPH) and Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ZYNE) only lost 0.45 percent and 0.36 percent respectively, other companies experienced a large tumble. CANOPY GROWTH CORP COM NPV (OTC: TWMJF) lost 4.71 percent, AURORA CANNABIS IN COM NPV (OTC: ACBFF) slipped 2.93 percent, APHRIA INC COM NPV (OTC: APHQF) dropped 1.01 percent, and MassRoots Inc (OTC: MSRT) plummeted an astounding 9.00 percent.
- [By Javier Hasse]
Also quite recently, Benzinga asked Alan Brochstein, founding partner at New Cannabis Ventures and founder at 420 Investor, about plays in the marijuana industry against such an uncertain backdrop. The expert mentioned a few Canadian Licensed Producers, including AURORA CANNABIS IN COM NPV (OTC: ACBFF), APHRIA INC NPV (OTC: APHQF), METTRUM HEALTH COR COM NPV (OTC: MQTRF), ORGANIGRAM HLDGS I COM NPV (OTC: OGRMF), SUPREME PHARMACEUT COM NPV (OTC: SPRWF) and CANOPY GROWTH CORP COM NPV (OTC: TWMJF), as well as “the only” biotech stock in the space, GW Pharmaceuticals PLC- ADR (NASDAQ: GWPH).
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
President Trump has threatened to increase enforcement of federal cannabis laws. One might think that this will have a negative impact on marijuana and marijuana related stocks like Aurora Cannabis (OTCQB:ACBFF), General Cannabis (OTCQB:CANN), Americann (OTCQX:ACAN), and MassRoots (OTCQB:MSRT), and if implemented it probably would be devastating, both to publicly traded marijuana companies, and to local companies in regions that have legalized pot.
- [By Sean Williams]
This rapid growth in legal pot has create quite the demand for marijuana stocks. The seven largest marijuana stocks by market cap have all put on a show over the past couple of years. Here are those seven “green giants” listed with their market caps as of March 17, 2017, along with their trailing one-year total returns.
GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH): $3.0 billion, up 64% Canopy Growth Corp. (NASDAQOTH:TWMJF): $904 million, up 259% Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF) $440 million, up 381% Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF): $482 million, up 299% AXIM Biotechnologies (NASDAQOTH:AXIM): $562 million, up 1,720% Corbus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CRBP): $450 million, up 431% Medical Marijuana (NASDAQOTH:MJNA): $221 million, up 254%
As you can see, these are some hefty valuations — and some exceptionally strong moves higher on the heels of marijuana’s expansion. With the exception of GW Pharmaceuticals, every one of the largest marijuana stocks has at least tripled in value over the trailing 12 months, with cannabinoid-based drug developer AXIM Biotechnologies skyrocketing more than 1,700%!
- [By Keith Speights]
As increasingly more marijuana growers entered the market and more states allowed residents to legally grow marijuana, cannabis prices dropped throughout 2016. Wholesale marijuana prices late in the year were roughly half the levels of 12 months earlier. Will this trend continue — and possibly hurt leading marijuana stocks including Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF),Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF), Medical Marijuana,Inc.(NASDAQOTH:MJNA), and even GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH) in the process?
Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Valmont Industries, Inc.(VMI)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Masco (MAS) , American Electric Power (AEP) and Valmont Industries (VMI) .
Cramer was bearish on Wisconsin Energy (WEC) .
Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: International Speedway Corporation(ISCA)
- [By Monica Gerson]
International Speedway Corp (NASDAQ: ISCA) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $146.09 million. International Speedway shares declined 1.65 percent to close at $36.26 yesterday.
- [By Monica Gerson]
International Speedway Corp (NASDAQ: ISCA) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $146.09 million.
Mitcham Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIND) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.36 per share on revenue of $10.99 million.
Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Regency Centers Corporation(REG)
- [By Lee Jackson]
Regency Centers Corp. (NYSE: REG) had a huge seller hitting the bid last week. The vice chairman of the real estate investment trust sold an incredible 2.8 million shares of the stock at $68.45 per share. The total for the trade was a staggering $192 million. The stock close trading on Friday at $62.58, so the timing looks good. The 52-week trading range for the shares is $42.40 to $82.44. The Wall Street consensus price target is $75.67.
Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: ImmunoGen, Inc.(IMGN)
- [By Brian Orelli]
ImmunoGen (NASDAQ:IMGN) is up 15.6% at 3:35 p.m. EDT on no news. The stock price bump might be a carryover from yesterday’s upgrade by Leerink Partners. Or maybe it’s short-sellers buying to cover their shorts after yesterday’s move. Or maybe it’s just because it’s a biotech and the sun came up today. Who knows?
- [By Brian Orelli]
ImmunoGen (NASDAQ:IMGN) is up 21.8% at 1:06 p.m. EST on no apparent news. Of course, it’s a biotech, so that’s often par for the course.
One possibility is that day traders are just doing their thing, following the momentum, which pushes the stock price higher. We’ll know in a few days if the share price returns to previous levels.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Monday, healthcare shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.51 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: LGND), down 8 percent, and ImmunoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMGN) down 7 percent.