Source: ThinkstockNovember 27, 2017: The S&P 500 closed flat at 2,601.45. The DJIA closed up 0.1% at 23,580.71. Separately, the Nasdaq was down 0.15% at 6,878.52.
Monday was mixed day for the major U.S. exchanges, although each major index hit a new all-time high at some point during the session. Crude oil backed off to start the week. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly positive in the session with two big exceptions. The best performing sectors were utilities and industrials, up 0.5% and 0.2%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were energy and materials, down 1% and 0.6%, respectively.
Crude oil was down 1.8% at $57.89.
Gold was up 0.5% at $1,294.00.
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) which traded down about 7% at $86.55. The stocks 52-week range is $60.78 to $95.77. Volume was over11 million versus the daily average of 3.8 million shares.
Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Devon Energy Corporation(DVN)
- [By Chris Lange]
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Devon Energy Corp. (NYSE: DVN) which traded down about 12% at $30.55. The stocks 52-week range is $28.79 to $45.16. Volume was about 30 million compared to the daily average volume of roughly 5 million.
- [By Craig Jones]
On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian said traders were buying calls in Devon Energy Corp (NYSE: DVN) in the first half of the trading session on Thursday.
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
While crude prices stumbled into 2016, they found their footing by mid-year and roared back to life, ending the year up about 42%. Those rising prices lifted most oil stocks. However, a handful of large-cap oil stocks rose above the crowd by outperforming crude’s rally. Those top-tier performers wereContinental Resources (NYSE:CLR), Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD), and Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC):
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
The failure of Russia and others to fulfill their obligations are coming at a time when U.S. shale production is starting to ramp back up. Shale producers such as Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) and Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) have already released growth-focused budgets to capture the benefits of an improving oil market. In Pioneer Natural Resources’ case, it expects to spend $2.8 billion this year to operate 18 drilling rigs in the Permian Basin and restart its drilling program in the Eagle Ford. Those rigs should enable the company to drill enough wells to grow its production by 15% to 18% over last year’s average. Meanwhile, Devon Energy expects to spend between $2 billion to $2.3 billion on drilling this year, which should fuel 13% to 17% oil production growth by the fourth quarter versus last year’s final quarter.
Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Guggenheim’sJohn Heinbockel and team argue that a “purging of space is necessary” in retail, and recommend hiding in “industry leaders who canprofitably gain share and are not especially expensive,” like Michaels (MIK), Tractor Supply (TSCO), Restoration Hardware (RH), Kroger (KR),and US Foods Holding (USFD). They explain:
- [By Jayson Derrick]
But Amazon’s ultimate end-goal would likely be turning stores into “centralized distribution centers for groceries” but “we err on the futuristic side given Bezos thinks big.”
Kroger Co (NYSE: KR) may be best positioned to counter Amazon’s threat given its own data analytics capabilities. SYSCO Corporation (NYSE: SYY) and US Foods Holding Corp (NYSE: USFD) are likely safe as Amazon won’t move into the foodservice distribution space which is very different from serving individual customers.
Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: TransUnion(TRU)
- [By JJ Kinahan]
Ready To Shop? A highlight this coming week is Black Friday, and recent data hint that shoppers might be ready. A record 195.9 million consumers now have access to revolving credit such as bank-issued and private label credit cards, TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) said in a recent press release. This is the highest level of revolving credit access since TRU began measuring the variable and is greater than the 192.6 million consumers who had access to such credit products in Q3 2016. “The third quarter of 2017 exhibited a lending market that continued to operate in a stable manner, with consumers continuing to gain access to credit and take advantage of that access,” said Ezra Becker, senior vice president and head of research and consulting for TransUnion, in the press release. “However, we are beginning to see a slowdown in originations, which may be a signal of saturation in the lower-risk credit tiers and some pull-back in lender risk appetite in the higher-risk tiers.” Still, Becker predicted a “robust holiday shopping season.”
Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: THERMOGENESIS Corp.(KOOL)
- [By Lee Jackson]
Cesca Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: KOOL) had a 10% owner come in with a big-time purchase. Boyalfe bought a total of 6,102,942 shares of the stock a $2.52. The total for the purchase was posted at $6,838, 237.The company develops and manufactures automated blood and bone marrow processing systems that enable the separation, processing and preservation of cell and tissue therapy products. Its stock traded on Friday’s close at $3.45, so a well-timed buy.The 52-week range is $1.60 to $7.39. The consensus price targetis $2.
Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Franco-Nevada Corporation(FNV)
- [By Alex McGuire]
This list ranks gold dividend stocks in the mining sector by dividend yield. And it also includes one of our top gold stock recommendations of 2017…
Gold Dividend Stock Share Price Year-to-Date Performance Dividend Yield (as of June 30)
DRDGOLD Ltd. (NYSE ADR: DRD) $3.19 -39.7% 10.24%
Sibanye Gold Ltd. (NYSE ADR: SBGL) $4.70 -33.4% 5.98%
Harmony Gold Mining Co. (NYSE ADR: HMY) $1.62 -26.7% 4.56%
Gold Fields Limited (NYSE ADR: GFI) $3.41 +13.3% 2.73%
Randgold Resources Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: GOLD) $87.68 +14.9% 1.89%
Franco Nevada Corp. (NYSE: FNV) $72.39 +21.1% 1.27%
Royal Gold Inc. (Nasdaq: RGLD) $76.85 +21.3% 1.25%
Eldorado Gold Corp. (NYSE: EGO) $2.58 -19.9% 1.16%
Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX) $15.90 -0.5% 0.75%
Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) $13.02 -4.4% 0.62%
Six of the 10 gold stocks listed above have posted negative returns so far in 2017. The main reason behind their losses has to do with gold price volatility.
- [By David Zeiler]
“If you look back to the 70s, 80s and 90s, in every of those decades the industry found at least one 50+ million ounce gold deposit, at least ten 30+ million ounce deposits and countless five to 10 million ounce deposits. But if you look at the last 15 years, we found no 50 million ounce deposit, no 30 million ounce deposit and only very few 15 million ounce deposits,” Pierre Lassonde, chair of gold royalty and income stream company Franco-Nevada Corp. (NYSE: FNV), told German financial newspaper Finanz und Wirtschaft last October.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Given revised commodity deck forecasts (particularly for Steel and Gold) and improved Balance Sheet health (Steels, Precious and Industrials Metals) we are upgrading our ratings on several stocks in our coverage. We generally favor companies that have already initiated specific self-help, have low-cost assets and are less exposed to China supply and demand dynamics. In Steels, we have increased our rating from Hold to Buy on Nucor (NUE) and from Sell to Hold on US Steel. We have also upgraded Kinross Gold (KGC) to a Hold on valuation…On higher-than-peer valuations, we reiterate Sell-rated Coeur Mining (CDE), Franco-Nevada (FNV), Goldcorp (GG), Teck Resources (TCK) and highly leveraged AK Steel given preference to issue further equity if possible.
Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CBOE Holdings Inc.(CBOE)
- [By Wayne Duggan]
Wall Street has been watching bitcoin this week, with the price up another 39.8 percent to above $16,000 ahead of the highly anticipated launch of bitcoin futures trading by Cboe Global Markets Inc (NASDAQ: CBOE) starting Sunday. Bitcoin has been around for years, but bitcoin futures trading will make trading a breeze for average retail investors for the first time.
- [By Saumya Vaishampayan
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Those who dabble in derivatives tied to the CBOE (CBOE) Volatility Index are placing bets that pay out if the stock market keeps swinging, and especially if it drops.
- [By David Zeiler]
Bats Global Markets was acquired on Feb. 28 by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Nasdaq: CBOE).
But the Bats BZX Exchange has had a bigger role than just serving as the place where the Winklevoss ETF will be listed…
- [By David Zeiler]
Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.