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Overall, 29 states (including D.C.) have medical marijuana laws on the books and eight states have embraced recreational marijuana markets. Creating those markets is complex, but tax revenue statistics suggest the effort is worth it. Marijuana advisory firm GreenWave Advisors estimates marijuana sales taxes added $1.6 billion to state tax receipts last year,and GreenWave’s Matt Karnes estimates that by 2021, marijuana sales taxes could total more than $4 billion.

Racking up revenue

Pro-pot advocates have used state tax revenue from marijuana sales as a major selling point to win support, and so far, their claims of billions of additional dollars in tax revenue appear to be spot on.

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In 2016, GreenWave Advisors pegs total retail marijuana sales of $6.5 billion, up 35% from 2015, including recreational marijuana sales of $1.8 billion. Medical marijuana sales remain the bigger of the two markets, with California accounting for the lion’s share of sales. Californians voted to open up a recreational market last November, so that revenue mix could change over the next few years.

good stocks to invest in today: Finisar Corporation(FNSR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) shares dropped 21 percent to $27.46 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its third quarter and issued disappointing forecast for the current quarter.

  • [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.

  • [By Renu Singh]

    Finisar’s (FNSR) datacom segment generated $184.4 million in revenue in the last reported quarter. This was a sequential growth of 9.3%. The Ten Gigabit Ethernet or 10GbE modules contributed about 40% to the datacom segment’s revenue. As organizations go digital, there are an increasing number of applications that require considerable bandwidth to support the transfer of large data, video, and audio files across networks. Using 10GbE optical links provides sufficient bandwidth to support these bandwidth-intensive applications at a lower cost.

good stocks to invest in today: Leading Brands Inc(LBIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Leading Brands, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: LBIX) shares dropped 13 percent to $1.99 following Q2 results. Leading Brands posted Q2 EBITDAS of $0.00 per share, compared to $0.09 per share during the same period last year.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Leading Brands, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: LBIX) shares shot up 66 percent to $2.49 following Q1 results. Leading Brands reported Q1 earnings of $0.10 per share on revenue of $3.033 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Leading Brands, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: LBIX) shares were also up, gaining 145 percent to $3.31 on no formal news from company. The stock rallied 215 percent over Tuesday and Wednesday of this week amid trader speculation stock could be sympathy play on move higher in Helios & Matheson. However, Leading Brands shares sold off 27 percent on Thursday.

good stocks to invest in today: QC Holdings Inc.(QCCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    QC Holdings (NASDAQ: QCCO) shares tumbled 2.58% to reach a new 52-week low of $2.27. QC Holdings’ trailing-twelve-month profit margin is 0.60%.

    NewLead Holdings (NASDAQ: NEWL) shares dipped 6.56% to touch a new 52-week low of $0.08 after the company completed the acquisition of titles in the Viking Mine located in Kentucky, USA.

good stocks to invest in today: Clarke(t)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    If youre looking at dividend stocks, then you cant ignore the telecommunications sector. Once you do, youve got to put AT&T Inc. (T) on the list too.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Finding a bottom after a long decline can be incredibly lucrative, Cramer told viewers, as was the case in 2009 when he set his sights on AT&T (T) as about the most bulletproof recommendation he could muster.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    The problem came in Q4. Time Warner started adjusting out the costs of the AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) merger. This is something investors should note.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    As more consumers cut the cord, competition in the pay-TV industry is growing increasingly fierce. That’s led some companies to seek consolidating acquisitions like AT&T (NYSE:T) did last year by buying DIRECTV. Others, meanwhile, have sought to attract subscribers with low-priced bundles and over-the-top packages like DISH Network’s (NASDAQ:DISH) Sling TV.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    It’s happened to AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). It’s happened to Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C). It’s happened to Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX), General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) and Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: SHLD)'s predecessor Sears, Roebuck & Co.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) dropped about 1.4% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $35.87 after closing Monday at $36.39. The 52-week high is $43.50. Volume was around 5.8 million shares traded, nearly 10 times the daily average of around 600,000. The company had no specific news.

good stocks to invest in today: Ford Motor Company(F)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    Another Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) earnings conference call, and another day of confused and volatile trading!

    The market has generally had a tough time digesting Ford’s results recently in light of peak auto sales, one-time charges, and other one-off events. Thursday’s first-quarter report was no different: In pre-market trading, the stock rose about 2.5% after its initial results topped estimates, then promptly gave back those gains and then some. Here’s what’s going on with Ford, and some important factors for investors to remember.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) dropped about 1% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $10.90 after closing at $11.01 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $14.04. Volume was about 30% below the daily average of around 39 million shares. The company had no specific news Friday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    U.S. automakers Ford Motor (F) and General Motors (GM) reported their December U.S. sales today–and went a long way towards dispelling concerns that sales were headed for a rapid decline. The numbers were good enough, in fact, that CFRA Research’s Efraim Levy kept his Strong Buy rating on General motors. He explains why:

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    Led by GM’s Dec. 10% year-to-year new light vehicle sales gain, Toyota’s (TM) 2.0% growth and Ford’s (F) 0.3% increase, the auto industry should report its 7th straight year of expansion. While we see ’16 as the peak, as we project a 1.5% to 2.0% volume dip for ’17, we see positives. We see economic growth, higher consumer confidence, a strong stock market and moderate gas prices among factors driving a favorable shift to higher margins trucks and SUVs. We see a healthy sales plateau above 17M units through ’18. We find GM attractive for total return potential.

    Shares of General Motors have climbed 5.1% to $36.94 at 12:43 p.m. today, while Ford Motor has jumped 5.1% to $13.23, and Toyota Motor (TM) has risen 1.8% to $120.72.

good stocks to invest in today: TTM Technologies, Inc.(TTMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    How do you pick the top names in this broadly lucrative industry? I’m here to show you my three favorites in the printed circuit board market: Sanmina (NASDAQ:SANM), Benchmark Electronics (NYSE:BHE), and TTM Technologies (NASDAQ:TTMI), each one tailor-made for a different type of investor.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of circuit board manufacturer TTM Technologies (NASDAQ:TTMI) have jumped today, up by 10% as of 3 p.m. EST, after the company reported fourth-quarter earnings.

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