best stocks and shares to invest in

1. Stocks slide: Investors are coming back from the long weekend and they’re ready to sell.

U.S. stock futures are pointing down and European markets are all declining in early trading, with some off by more than 1%.

Oil is also moving to center stage: OPEC countries are racing to negotiate key details of a planned production cut ahead of their meeting on Wednesday.

Crude oil futures have been volatile in recent days. The price per barrel fell to $46 on Monday after topping $49 just last week.

Negativity in the markets comes after U.S. stocks surged to all-time highs on Friday during a shortened trading day.

The main U.S. indexes — the Dow Jones industrial average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq — each closed at new record highs. The indexes have risen up by between 22% to 28% from lows set in January and February.

2. And now, Cyber Monday: Investors are waiting to see if American customers will keep spending on Cyber Monday, following the Black Friday retail extravaganza.

best stocks and shares to invest in: Rockwell Medical Technologies Inc.(RMTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    As a service to our readers, the following list provides the 10 top pharmaceutical stocks to watch this month (May 2017), including the biggest gainers from April…

    Pharmaceutical Stock Current Share Price April 2017 Gain
    Cleveland BioLabs Inc. (Nasdaq: CBLI) $3.62 +120.6%
    Nexvet Biopharma Plc. (Nasdaq: NVET) $6.61 +69.7%
    Motif Bio Plc. (Nasdaq ADR: MTFB) $10.10 +68.2%
    Axovant Sciences Ltd. (NYSE: AXON) $24.43 +62.3%
    Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCC) $5.49 +46.7%
    Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CNAT) $8.67 +44.9%
    Akebia Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: AKBA) $13.07 +43.3%
    Akorn Inc. (Nasdaq: AKRX) $33.28 +38.9%
    Rockwell Medical Inc. (Nasdaq: RMTI) $8.78 +37.4%
    Akari Therapeutics Plc. (Nasdaq ADR: AKTX) $15.02 +35.4%

    The best-performing pharma stock of the month – Cleveland BioLabs Inc. – surged 120.6% to $3.53 a share by April 28. That crushed both the Nasdaq Biotech Index’s 1.5% gain and the Dow Jones’ 1.3% rise over the same period.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday morning, the healthcare sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KERX) and Rockwell Medical Inc (NASDAQ: RMTI).

best stocks and shares to invest in: South Jersey Industries Inc.(SJI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares fell by 1.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included South Jersey Industries Inc (NYSE: SJI), down 4 percent, and MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE: MDU), down 4 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares fell 0.73 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE: KEP), down 2 percent, and South Jersey Industries Inc (NYSE: SJI) down 2 percent.

best stocks and shares to invest in: NewStar Financial, Inc.(NEWS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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best stocks and shares to invest in: Sonic Corp.(SONC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Following a strong end to last week as the Federal Reserve decided to increase interest rates, the stock market was mostly flat on Monday, with major indexes waffling between positive and negative territory throughout the day. Still, a few stocks left investors reeling today, includingAlphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) DryShips (NASDAQ:DRYS), and Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ:SONC).Let’s take a closer look at what drove these declines.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small caps Habit Restaurants and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) below their IPO prices while more established burger stocks Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc (NASDAQ: RRGB) and Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC)have seen their performance drift downward last year or the year before:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of newcomers Shake Shack and California based IPO Habit Restaurants both underperforming or below their IPO close prices whilemore established small capburger stocks Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc (NASDAQ: RRGB) and Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) were big outperformers up until more recently:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    After the market closed yesterday, small cap burger stock Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) reported fiscalQ2 2017 earnings with shares falling moderately in after hours trading as the top line missed and the bottom line met expectations. However, it appears analysts are zeroing in on the system same-store sales comps down 7.4% versus expectations for a fall of 4.3%. The decline was comprised of a7.3% same-store sales decline at franchise drive-ins and a decline of 8.9% at company drive-ins.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows more recent burger IPOs like small caps Habit Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ: HABT) and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) underperforming while Red Robin Gourmet Burgers andSonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) have remained in positive territory:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap burger stock Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) reported fiscal Q3 2017 earnings after the market closed yesterday with earnings exceeding Wall Street expectations. GAAP revenue was $123.990 million versus $165.239 million as system same-store sales declined 1.2% consisting of a 1.1% same-store sales decrease at franchise drive-ins and a 3.2% decrease at company drive-ins. Net income totaled $18.8 million versus net income of $15.4 million. The Chairman/CEO commented:

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