As far as bad news goes, it’s the best bad news one could ever hope for. In September, the number of IT jobs in the United States “only” grew 0.17% from August’s total, reaching almost 5.2 million. That’s the word from TechServe Alliance anyway… an association of IT and engineering staffing companies. While not a huge number, it’s another step forward at a time when the rest of the nation is still losing ground.
There’s also some additional context needed, which makes this growth trend even more compelling — on a year-over-year basis, IT employment was up 3.1% compared to September-2015 levels. That’s growth of 156,900 IT workers.
TechServe Alliance added While the rate of growth in IT employment continues to decelerate, it is important to put this trend in context, commented Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance. He further said While demand is not as robust in certain sectors and for some skill sets, there continues to be a chronic shortage for high demand IT skills. Further, despite the deceleration in the rate of growth, IT employment continued to outperform the overall job market on both a month-over-month and year-over-year basis.
best stocks to invest today: Home Depot, Inc. (The)(HD)
- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
ITB tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Select Home Construction Index and holds 44 stocks. All of the ETF's top holdings are homebuilders or related fare such as Dow component Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD). Conversely, home furnishings and retail names combine for over 21 percent of XHB's lineup and just two of that ETF's top 10 holdings are pure play homebuilders.
- [By Spencer Israel]
According to TD Ameritrade, these were the most popular buys among customers during September:
Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL)
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA)
Tencent Holdings Ttd (OTC: TCEHY)
JD.com Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: JD)
Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD)
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)
Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN)
And these were the most popular sells:
- [By Tom Gentile]
The Consumer Discret Sel Sect SPDR ETF (NYSE Arca: XLY) is often the go-to ETF to measure how retail and related consumer stocks are performing. This means that home builders are lumped into it, even though they aren’t the heaviest weighted stocks. But although the retail sector is bearish overall, retailers of home improvement goods are actually doing quite well. And as I mentioned, Home Depot (HD) is doing particularly well.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Home improvement stores Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) and Menard’s are the targets of class action suits filed last week in federal court charging the companies with selling lumber that is “falsely advertised and labeled as having product dimensions that were not the actual dimensions of the products sold.”
- [By Lisa Levin]
Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter and raised its guidance for the year.
Home Depot posted quarterly earnings of $1.67 per share on revenue of $23.88 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.61 per share on revenue of $23.72 billion.
best stocks to invest today: OncoSec Medical Incorporated(ONCS)
- [By Lisa Levin]
DBV Technologies SA – ADR (NASDAQ: DBVT) shares tumbled 50.6 percent to $23.73 after the company disclosed that its peanut allergy trial failed to meet primary endpoint.
Connecture Inc (NASDAQ: CNXR) shares declined 40.8 percent to $0.290. Connecture reported that it will voluntarily delist from the NASDAQ for OTCQX Market.
Walter Investment Management Corp (NYSE: WAC) slipped 19.2 percent to $0.410. On Friday, Walter Investment Management disclosed that it has reached an agreement with term lenders and senior noteholders on financial restructuring.
Eldorado Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE: EGO) shares dropped 15.9 percent to $1.83. Eldorado Gold lowered its production guidance for its Kisladag operation.
Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) shares fell 15.4 percent to $1.04.
Future Fintech Group Inc (NASDAQ: FTFT) dropped 13.6 percent to $1.53. Future FinTech reported filing of proxy statement, including proposal for corporate restructuring.
Concordia International Corp (NASDAQ: CXRX) shares fell 12.3 percent to $0.500 after dipping 38.71 percent on Friday.
Aemetis Inc (NASDAQ: AMTX) shares declined 11.3 percent to $0.550
OncoSec Medical Inc (NASDAQ: ONCS) dipped 10.5 percent to $1.12. OncoSec reported a $7.1 million registered direct at-the-market offering at a price of $1.34375 per share.
Evoke Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: EVOK) shares fell 10.35 percent to $3.08 after the company disclosed 'positive' topline results from comparative exposure pharmacokinetic study for Gimoti.
Eiger Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: EIGR) shares dropped 9.4 percent to $11.60 as the company disclosed Phase 2 interim 24-week data with pegylated interferon lambda in Hepatitis Delta Virus infection at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Meeting.
Viking Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VKTX) shares slipped 6.6 percent to $2.80. Viking Therapeutics presented results from proof-of-concept study of VK0214 in in vivo
best stocks to invest today: American Capital, Ltd.(ACAS)
- [By Monica Gerson]
American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACAS) shares rose 5.63 percent to $16.50 in the pre-market trading session as Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCC) reported the purchase of American Capital at $3.4 billion in cash and stock.
best stocks to invest today: HCI Group, Inc.(HCI)
- [By Jim Robertson]
Small cap Florida insurance stock HCI Group Inc (NYSE: HCI) has taken a hit with shares down around 21% over the past week on predictions that Hurricane Irma would hit Florida albeit sharesrose 2.74%on Friday when it became clear that it would not be as catastrophic as feared:
best stocks to invest today: Columbia Sportswear Company(COLM)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows mid cap Under Armourpreviously outperforming peers like large cap Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE) and mid cap Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ: COLM), but that outperformance slipped late last year:
- [By Matt Hogan]
SKX is also highly attractive in a relative basis when compared to several of its publicly traded peers: Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), Deckers Outdoor Group (NYSE: DECK), Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) and Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ: COLM). The company's forward EBITDA multiple of 6.9x is equal or below all of the comparable companies: FL (6.9x), DECK (7.6x), WWW (10.1x) and COLM (10.8x).
- [By D.R. Barton, Jr.]
I bring Mr. Houdini up today because when I look at our favorite “Pop & Drop” play – Columbia Sportswear Co. (Nasdaq: COLM) – I find an eerie similarity to this great “escapesman.”
best stocks to invest today: H&E Equipment Services Inc.(HEES)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of United Rentalsgiving a similar performance and pulling away fromsmall cap peer H&E Equipment Services, Inc (NASDAQ: HEES):