Hot High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018

In the stock market, I have a couple rules I like to follow. One of them is to almost always stay away from stocks trading under $5. After all, there is a reason they are under $5, and its not because things are going well. But every once in a while, one finds a hidden gem among these cheap stocks. I think Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) is one of those hidden gems.

I’ve stated my bull thesis on RAD stock before, but I’ll do so here as well.

RAD is a stock that has staged big comebacks before ($2 to $9 in 2001, $2 to $6 in 2003 and $1 to $9 in 2012-14), so this is a stock that does go down, but normally doesn’t stay down. The drivers of the most recent comeback in 2012-14 were leverage reduction, a depressed valuation and a turnaround in comparable sales growth.

RAD stock is set to benefit from all 3 of those same drivers soon.

An influx of cash from a huge deal with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) will go towards paying down a ton of debt, resulting in sizable leverage reduction soon. The EV/EBITDA multiple on RAD stock is just over 7 — exactly where it was back in 2013. Meanwhile, comparable sales growth will likely go from negative to positive soon, because comp growth at RAD is cyclical (comps were up in fiscal 2009, down in 2010 and 2011, up in 2012, down in 2013, up for the next 3 years and down the next 2 years).

Hot High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: HSBC Holdings plc(HSBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    And the Aramco IPO is making progress. On Feb. 7, the Saudi Arabian oil company hired Moelis & Co. (NYSE:MC) as its IPO advisor. Then on Feb. 21, the company hired the lead underwriters for the IPO. Wall Street stalwarts JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), and HSBC Holdings Plc. (NYSE ADR: HSBC) won the lucrative underwriting contracts.


    Up first on our list of financial sector breakout trades is $156 billion global bank HSBC Holdings plc (HSBC) . Don’t get fooled by the headline numbers in HSBC this year – shares may be hovering around breakeven year-to-date, but they’re up more than 35% from their April lows. And after tracking sideways for the last couple of months, HSBC is back in breakout mode this week.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Here are the top 10 financial bodies investing in lobbying in 2017:

    American Bankers Association: $5.6 million
    Securities Industry & Financial Market Association: $3.5 million
    Financial Services Roundtable: $3.0 million
    Independent Community Bankers of America: $2.7 million
    Association of International CPAs: $2.6 million
    Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C): $2.5 million
    Investment Company Institute: $2.4 million
    S&P Global Inc (NYSE: SPGI): $2.4 million
    Credit Union National Association: $2.4 million
    HSBC Holdings plc (ADR) (NYSE: HSBC): $2.4 million

    Dozens of others spent more than $1 million, including Ally Financial Inc (NYSE: ALLY), Visa Inc (NYSE: V) and Navient Corp (NASDAQ: NAVI).

Hot High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Duluth Holdings Inc.(DLTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Duluth Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: DLTH) shares were also up, gaining 23 percent to $21.94 as the company reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter on Thursday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Duluth Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: DLTH) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $133.21 million.

    DBV Technologies SA ADR (NASDAQ: DBVT) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.60 per share.

  • [By Monica Gerson] Related DLTH After-Hours Recap: CarMax, Wynn, Relypsa, ConAgra, Ruby Tuesday & More Earnings Scheduled For April 7, 2016 Duluth Holdings' (DLTH) CEO Stephanie Pugliese on Q4 2015 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
    Related GPS After-Hours Recap: CarMax, Wynn, Relypsa, ConAgra, Ruby Tuesday & More Gap Comps Down 6% In March; Shares Plunge Difficult March Comparisons Were Too High For Retailers To Beat (Seeking Alpha)

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Duluth Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: DLTH) were down 16 percent to $16.20 after the company posted downbeat Q3 results.

    Argan, Inc. (NYSE: AGX) was down, falling around 17 percent to $47.50 following Q3 results.

Hot High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Varex Imaging Corporation (VREX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Varex Imaging (VREX), a stock that wasn’t even in the index yesterday, soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after being spun out of Varian Medical Systems (VAR).

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Varex Imaging gained 7.3% to $27.27 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.6% to2,280.90. Varian Medical Systems fell 1.2% to $77.68.

    Varian Medical Systems reported net income of $402 million on sales of $3.2 billion in 2016.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap homeland security and screening stocks like FLIR Systems (NASDAQ: FLIR), OSI Systems (NASDAQ: OSIS),Varex Imaging Corp (NASDAQ: VREX) and Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) stand to benefit fromTrumps focus on border andinternal security in general. Heres what you need to know about all four:

Hot High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Urban Outfitters Inc.(URBN)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    Urban Outfitters (URBN) was downgraded to equal-weight from overweight at Morgan Stanley. The valuation is less attractive, based on a $39 price target, Morgan Stanley said. 

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Guess?, Inc and other apparel retailers likelarge cap The Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS),mid cap Urban Outfitters, Inc (NASDAQ: URBN)and small capAbercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) all weakening over the past few years; but also showing signs of renewed strength:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) dropped 10% Wednesday, to post a new 52-week low of $22.87 after closing at $25.41 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $40.80. Volume was about 6 times the daily average of around 2.4 million shares. The specialty apparel retailer posted earnings and revenue misses last night and analysts were in no mood to be generous.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    The Children’s Place (NASDAQ:PLCE) and Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN) were two of the biggest individual stock movers.

    The Children’s Place posts accelerating growth

    Shares of specialty retailer The Children’s Place soared 18% after the company announced solid fiscal fourth-quarter results. Comparable-retail sales rose by 6.9%, which marked an acceleration over the prior year’s 6.7% pace while landing at the top of the upgraded guidance range that management issued in early January. Adjusted net income jumped 58% to $35 million at the same time, translating to $1.88 per share of profit. CEO Jane Elfers and her executive team, in contrast, had forecast a per-share profit range of between $1.53 and $1.58.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) which rose over 17% to $19.73. The stocks 52-week range is $16.19 to $40.80. Volume was 32 million compared to its average volume of 3.5 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB) reported upbeat results for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) posted better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter. The company also disclosed that it has retained Morgan Stanley to evaluate potential alternatives for Qdoba.
    Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.

Hot High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Orocobre Limited (OROCF)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].


    The question now is more about speed of EV implementation. On the supply side, it has been great to see LAC, Pilbara Minerals (OTCPK:PILBF) and Altura Mining (OTCPK:ALTAF) get funding, but the continued issues with Albemarle’s (NYSE:ALB) LaNegra II expansion and Orocobre (OTCPK:OROCF) ramping up to Phase 1 capacity of 17,500 tonnes/year of lithium carbonate are further evidence that lithium projects take time and have considerable execution risk.

Hot High Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Olympic Steel Inc.(ZEUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials sector was the top gainer in the US market on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAYN), Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF), and Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS) got a boost, shooting up 17 percent to $22.55. Olympic Steel reported a Q1 net income of $7.7 million, after posting a loss in the year-ago period.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials shares gained around 1.89 percent in trading on Tuesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS), and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the basic materials shares climbed by 1.09 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS), up 7 percent, and Aluminum Corp. of China Limited (ADR) (NYSE: ACH), up 7 percent.

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