microcap stocks

For the last three weeks, the term overbought has been frequently used to describe the overall market as well as many specific stocks. What does this really mean?

It has a dangerous sound, and that is indeed the common message. A stock, or a sector, or the overall market has rallied more than expected over an extended time. What does that mean for traders? Or for investors?

It is an excellent question for our experts.


Our last Stock Exchange focused on trading sector rotations, Oscars regular mission. There was an excellent discussion. It provides special value when readers engage with our crew of “technical analysts.”

To encourage this discussion and diversity, we will have some visiting experts for the next two weeks:

Brian Gilmartin of Trinity Asset Management, a leading expert on corporate earnings and fundamental analysis reported at his blog, Fundamentalis. Robert Marcin of Defiance Asset Management. Bob is an oft-quoted legend, a deep value manager, and a curmudgeon par excellence. While I often do not agree with him, I always listen carefully in our discussions on Scutify. You will enjoy the banter and can keep your own scorecard.

Todays Theme

microcap stocks: Williams-Sonoma Inc.(WSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    Williams-Sonoma (WSM) reported a mixed third quarter. Comparable-brand sales at Pottery Barn fell, while sales at West Elm continued to outpace its other brands. Home Depot (HD) lifted its full-year earnings estimates after strong sales growth in its third quarter. Lowe’s (LOW) fell short of third-quarter earnings and revenue estimates, while same-store sales growth of 2.7% missed analysts’ 3% target.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT) to report quarterly earnings at $0.97 per share on revenue of $120.89 billion before the opening bell. Wal-Mart shares slipped 0.26 percent to $89.60 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) to post quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion after the closing bell. Applied Materials shares rose 0.50 percent to $56.05 in after-hours trading.
    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter on Wednesday. Cisco shares gained 5.83 percent to $36.10 in the after-hours trading session.
    After the closing bell, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $1.29 billion. Williams-Sonoma shares gained 1.61 percent to $51.60 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB) to have earned $0.86 per share on revenue of $3.23 billion in the latest quarter. Viacom will release earnings before the markets open. Viacom shares gained 0.29 percent to close at $24.61 on Wednesday.
    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter and issued strong Q3 guidance. NetApp shares climbed 11.41 percent to $51.05 in the after-hours trading session.

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  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap home products retailerWilliams-Sonoma, Inc (NYSE: WSM) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the Wednesday market close with results exceeding Wall Street expectations. Net revenues grew 3.7% to $1.202 billion versus $1.159 billion with comparable brand revenue growth of 2.8% on top of 0.6% in Q2 2016:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap home products retailerWilliams-Sonoma, Inc (NYSE: WSM) reportedQ1 2017 earnings after the market closed yesterday with shares up in the high single digits in aftermarket/premarket trading on better-than-expected quarterly results.Q1 net revenues increased to $1.112 billion from $1.098 billion as E-commerce net revenues increased 0.7% to $581 million as E-commerce net revenues generated 52.2% of total company net revenues in Q1 2017 and 52.5% of total company net revenues in Q1 2016. Comparable brand revenue increased 0.1% on top of 4.5% in Q1 2016:

microcap stocks: Vanguard Mega Cap Value ETF (MGV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Three of Vanguard's mega-cap equity ETFs now sport annual expense ratios of 0.07 percent, down from 0.09 percent. Those ETFs are the Vanguard Mega Cap ETF (NYSE: MGC), Vanguard Mega Cap 300 Growth Index ETF (NYSE: MGK) and the Vanguard Mega Cap Value Index ETF (NYSE: MGV).

microcap stocks: Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.(POT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.

    Agri-Finance Companies

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We also want to reiterate our bullish view on the agricultural commodities and the ag-related stocks (e.g., CF Industries Holdings (CF), Mosaic (MOS), Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT), FMC (FMC), AGCO, Deere). Following sharp multi-year declines, trends continue to improve.

microcap stocks: Antares Pharma, Inc.(ATRS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Antares Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: ATRS), down 38 percent, and Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: INFI) down 16 percent.

microcap stocks: Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation(SWHC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Diane Alter]

    Shareholders “overwhelmingly” voted to change the company name from Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: SWHC) to American Outdoor Brands Corp., the Springfield, Mass.-based company said in a statement Tuesday. The proposed name change was approved by Smith & Wesson’s board of directors last month.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp (NASDAQ: SWHC) were down 12 percent to $21.04. Smith & Wesson reported upbeat results for its second quarter, but issued a weak outlook for its third quarter.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Sturm, Ruger & Company underperforming volatile higher flying competitors or peers like small cap gun stock American Outdoor Brands Corp (NASDAQ: AOBC), formerly Smith & Wesson Holding Corp (NASDAQ: SWHC), and electronic control device maker TASER International, Inc (NASDAQ: TASR):

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: SWHC) reported fiscal second-quarter financial results after markets closed on Thursday. The company said that it had $0.68 in earnings per share (EPS) and $233.5 million in revenue, versus consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters called for $0.56 in EPS and $227.61 million in revenue. The same period from last year had $0.25 in EPS and $143.24 million in revenue.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows TASER Internationaloutperforming and all over the place while police body cam stockDigital Ally, Inc (NASDAQ: DGLY)has underperformed, Mace Security International (OTCMKTS: MACE) has been moving sideways and gun stock Sturm, Ruger & Company (NYSE: RGR) has underperformedAmerican Outdoor Brands Corp(NASDAQ: AOBC), formerly Smith & Wesson Holding Corp (NASDAQ: SWHC):

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