May 12, 2017: Markets opened mixed Friday following lackluster earnings results from two more retailers, Penney’s and Nordstrom. Investors are also concerned that the turmoil in the Trump administration will delay the President’s promised tax cut package. Utilities and tech stocks traded higher while industrials provided the biggest drag. WTI crude oil for June delivery settled at $47.84 a barrel, up a penny on the day, but closed the week up 3.5%. June gold added 0.3% for the day to settle at $1,227.70 and a gain of less than 0.1% for the week. Equities were headed for a mixed close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded down 0.16% for the day, the S&P 500 traded down 0.21%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.04%.
The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Friday was General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) which traded down 2.36% at $28.19. The stock’s 52-week range is $27.85 to $33.00 and the low was posted this afternoon. Volume was heading toward double the daily average of around 29 million shares. The company’s stock was downgraded this morning at Deutsche Bank from Hold to Sell.
Best Penny Stocks To Own For 2018: SPAR Group Inc.(SGRP)
- [By Jim Robertson]
On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap international merchandising and marketing services stockSPAR Group Inc (NASDAQ: SGRP):
Best Penny Stocks To Own For 2018: Rowan Companies Inc.(RDC)
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Rowan Companies plc (NYSE: RDC) closed up 15.1% at $17.84 and the 5.2 million shares traded was just 1.3 times normal trading volume. Rowan has a consensus analyst price target of $15.04 and a 52-week trading range of $10.67 to $20.88. The company has a total market cap of $2.2 billion.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Go back a year, and offshore drillers like Noble (NE), Rowan (RDC), Transocean (RIG) and Atwood Oceanics (ATW) had been all but written off–until they weren’t anymore. Since then, investors have been rewarded for picking winners in the group from the losers, as Atwood Oceanics has more than doubled, Transocean has gained 34%, and Rowan has risen 42%, while Noble and Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) have dropped 13%.
Best Penny Stocks To Own For 2018: SORL Auto Parts Inc.(SORL)
- [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.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) was down, falling around 8 percent to $3.68. Greenridge Global downgraded SORL Auto Parts from Buy to Hold.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) shares shot up 19 percent to $7.15 after the company reported strong results for its third quarter and raised its FY17 outlook. The company reported Q3 EPS of 44 cents, up from 17 cents in the same quarter of last year. The company reported sales of $101.33 million, up from $63.7 million in the same quarter of last year.
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1. Sorl Auto Parts (Nasdaq: SORL)
Shares of this Chinese automobile brake and safety equipment maker are setting up to be an ideal breakout candidate. Sorl supplies automobile brakes and safety equipment to over 75 original equipment manufacturers, most of them in China.
Best Penny Stocks To Own For 2018: The Hackett Group Inc.(HCKT)
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Wednesday, industrial shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT), down 22 percent, and PC Tel Inc (NASDAQ: PCTI), down 18 percent.