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As I began my home lighting preparations for another Christmas and New Year’s friendly neighborhood lighting competition, I was struck by how much has changed this year. For the first time in nearly 20 years of decorating my house for the holidays, my entire front yard masterpiece now consisted exclusively of beautifully bright LED strands. In the spirit of Peter Lynch’s “One Up on Wall Street,” I decided to extend my anecdotal survey a bit broader. I had to know if I was the only one who had reached full LED saturation for the holidays. I surveyed the aisles at several Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) and Home Depots (NYSE:HD), questioned a few neighbors, and quickly found that I was no anomaly.

LED has gone mainstream. Maybe I was a little slow to notice, but the adoption rates are accelerating all around us for a host of reasons. Electricity cost savings, less time on ladders, no glass breakage, and cool surfaces to the touch all add to the growing appeal. Like most things I observe, I had to know how this related to the stock sector of LED specific firms. Rather than include industrial behemoths like General Electric (NYSE:GE), I decided the purer LED play may provide better market insights for us to consider.

stock market websites: Randgold Resources Limited(GOLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    This list shows the top-performing gold stocks this month, which we’ll be watching in September 2017. While these stocks posted gains in August, we still aren’t recommending them. Instead, we’re going to show you Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth’s pick for the best gold stock to buy this year…

    Top Gold Stock Share Price August 2017 Gain
    Sibanye Gold Ltd. (NYSE ADR: SBGL) $6.35 +22.9%
    Iamgold Corp. (NYSE: IAG) $6.49 +20%
    Alamos Gold Inc. (NYSE: AGI) $8.17 +15.1%
    Franco Nevada Corp. (NYSE: FNV) $81.20 +11.6%
    Hudbay Minerals Inc. (NYSE: HBM) $8.70 +11.5%
    Gold Fields Ltd. (NYSE ADR: GFI) $4.42 +10.9%
    Randgold Resources Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: GOLD) $101.90 +9.6%
    Harmony Gold Mining Co. (NYSE ADR: HMY) $1.97 +8.8%
    Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (NYSE: AEM) $50.60 +8.4%
    Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE: AUY) $2.81 +7.9%

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  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Thus we are still extremely cautious in gold as we are a bit worried about next week’s job report being positive and knocking gold down, but we maintain our core positions in gold. But we aren’t looking to re-establish any of our sold gold and silver positions just yet until we see more of a pullback in the metals or a bad jobs report and thus we think investors should hold off or lighten up on gold positions in the ETF’s and miners such as the SPDR Gold Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:GLD), ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:SGOL), iShares Silver Trust (NYSEARCA:SLV), and miners such as Randgold (GOLD) and Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX).

  • [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 WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Gold mining stocks were also lower, with Randgold Resources (GOLD) falling around 1.5% and Fresnillo Plc (FNLPF) slipping 0.85%. Randgold’s 10.66% advance over the past three months, however, has nearly doubled that of spot gold prices while Fresnillo’s 15.82% rise is nearly three times higher than the bullion’s gain over the same period. 

stock market websites: Viva Entertainment Group (OTTV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    Calling a spade a spade, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is the dominant name in the over-the-top television space right now, though Sling TV, from DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH) deserves a mention. For that matter, the relatively new Vue service from Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE) has the potential to cause problems for both DISH and Netflix, as Vue offers several different bundles, all of which include some major network broadcasts (a big piece of the pie Netflix is missing).

    And yet, for as popular as those OTT choices are, they’re not necessarily great investments right now, as each alternative to traditional cable television is on the verge of a major disruption now that a new technology has been unveiled by creator Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV). In short, Viva Entertainment Group will allow anyone to get into the subscription-based IPTV game with their own customized version of an over-the-top service, and even within that platform the subscriber has more choice than Sony Vue, Sling TV, or Netflix can provide.

    The reality check was delivered this morning on the heels of a press release/shareholder update. Some of what Viva Entertainment Group was already known. Some of what was said, though, was new, and compelling.

    For the unfamiliar, Viva Entertainment Group is the name behind Viva Middleware… a white label app that any third party can utilize as a means of selling OTT, IPTV services to their crowd of users as a means of generating revenue.

    There are multiple advantages to this platform and arrangement, including a custom-built product that can effectively target a particular demographic. Case in point? Last week, OTTV entered a joint venture with Oi2 Media to create an OTT product catering to the Latino market. Oi2 Media is the United States’ biggest distributor of Latino-centric digital content, offering both music and television. It’s the name behind CNN en Espanol and ESPN Deportes Radio, just

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    If one wants to know why cord-cutting is a full-blown movement, one only has to look at Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV). And, in light of today’s news, the movement is only going to accelerate as we move deeper into 2017. Fans of small cap stocks and technological paradigm shifts may want to put OTTV on their radar, if not in their portfolio.

    The product is called Viva Middleware, which in simplest terms is a turn-key technology that allows anyone to get into the OTT (over the top television) business with their own customized over-the-top television service. Live broadcasts, on-demand, music channels and original programming are all possible. This means they can customize the product locally or regionally, or thematically, like an all-sports or an all sci-fi venue. Indeed, the company has already announced a joint venture with Oi2 Media – the United States’ biggest distributor of Latino-centric digital content – to create an OTT product catering to a specific segment of the nation’s demographic. The possibilities are endless though… including such a service from Viva Entertainment Group itself.

    That is, in fact, what’s been happening. Over the course of the past several months the company has been in discussions with several digital video content providers and venues, adding their content to Viva’s platform. Last month it added FlixFling content to its already-extensive library. Today, it announced it would be piping in content from TikiLIVE, which offers online access to an impressive array of television programs that many consumers presumed were only available with a cable subscription.

    Viva Entertainment Group CEO Johnny Falcones explained:

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    Everything that Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV) was offering via its app as of yesterday just got expanded today. Per this morning’s press release, all the digital content from FlixFling is going to be available on the Viva over-the-top television (and music) streaming platform.

    The product is called Viva Middleware. The software/platform allows anyone to get into the over-the-top television business like Netflix and Hulu already are. Telecom service providers, media websites, universities, and pretty much anyone else can custom-build their own IPTV service, and collect subscription fees and/or ad revenue for doing so. Viva does all the back-end work, while the seller collects the customers.

    The trick is simply filling the pipeline with content, and at the same time, convincing customers that there’s enough quality content at the source to become a paying subscriber. And in this case, the fact that the app works on any operating system or any device is a key selling feature.

    Viva Entertainment Group has already been curating content for a while now, and has a nice library including a huge number of radio stations. That content took a huge leap forward today, however, with FlixFling being added to the mix.

    If it rings a bell for OTTV shareholders, it should. FlixFling is streaming media company started by Thomas Ashley, who just so happened to join the OTTV Board of Directors last week.

    FlixFling is an online video-on-demand content provider specializing in new, previously released and classic movies from most major studios. Customers can watch thousands of movie selections on an easy, flexible interface from your favorite devices or connected TV. FlixFling brings a new and exciting movie content viewing experience to customers who can’t find what they want through other online video rental sites; FlixFling has access to new releases quicker than Hulu or Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX).

    It’s a real coup for

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    Most consumers broadly, vaguely know that so-called over-the-top television services like Hulu and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) are slowly chipping away at traditional cable television service providers. But, the full extent of this paradigm shift may not have been fully appreciated until Paywizard published some jaw-dropping statistics about just how fast the OTT sliver of the television market was growing. Perhaps even more compelling to current and would-be owners of Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV) is how possible it was for an unestablished name to break into the over-the-top television market and steal business before Netflix and Hulu even get a chance to win it.

    As suggested, Viva Entertainment Group is an OTT play, but not in the conventional sense. In short, Viva Entertainment Group will allow anyone to get into the subscription-based IPTV game with their own customized version of an over-the-top service if they don’t have the technology necessary to create their own over-the-top service. See, Viva Entertainment Group is the name behind Viva Middleware… a white label app that any third party can utilize as a means of selling OTT, IPTV services to their crowd of users as a means of generating revenue.

    There are multiple advantages to this platform and arrangement, including a custom-built product that can effectively target a particular demographic. Case in point? In August, OTTV entered a joint venture with Oi2 Media to create an OTT product catering to the Latino market. Oi2 Media is the United States’ biggest distributor of Latino-centric digital content, offering both music and television. It’s the name behind CNN en Espanol and ESPN Deportes Radio, just to name a few. It wouldn’t be out of line to call the joint venture something along the lines of a Latino Netflix, but with a variety of channel broadcasts — some live — along with the digital broadcasts of hundreds of Latino radio stations.

    That degree of cus

stock market websites: Ryerson Holding Corporation(RYI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Among the worst performers on the day were GameStop (NYSE:GME), Hovnanian Enterprises (NYSE:HOV), and Ryerson Holding (NYSE:RYI). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to explain why they did so poorly.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, PriceSmart (NASDAQ:PSMT) and Ryerson (NYSE:RYI)attracted heavy investor interest in the wake of their quarterly earnings reports.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Ryerson Holding Corp (NYSE: RYI) got a boost, shooting up 11 percent to $13.70. Ryerson expects Q1 net income of $12 million to $15 million.

stock market websites: Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.(MMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuters]

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    NEW YORK — Walgreen is moving 120,000 employees to a private health insurance exchange from coverage provided directly from carriers, the company will announce Wednesday.
    The pharmacy chain will join 17 other large employers on the Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange as part of a growing movement to offer employees fixed dollar amounts to purchase their own plans on such exchanges.
    The end-cost to employees depends on the plan chosen, but they typically get more options than under traditional arrangements. Private exchanges mimic the coverage mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in the public exchanges starts Oct. 1.
    “What happens to employer contributions over time? Will they put in as much as they put in the past? These are unanswered questions but potential negatives,” says Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate with the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The benefit to Walgreen and other employers is unknown at this point, as their cost-savings aren’t clear.
    Of the 180,000 Walgreen (WAG) employees eligible for health care insurance, 120,000 opted for coverage for themselves and 40,000 family members. Another 60,000 employees, many of them working part-time, weren’t eligible for health insurance.
    Aon Hewitt (AON) says other participants in its program include retailer Sears Holding (SHLD) and Darden Restaurants (DRI). These new additions raise enrollment to 330,000 from 100,000 last year, and Aon Hewitt estimates enrollment will jump to 600,000 next year, a fivefold increase from 2012.
    By 2017, nearly 20 percent of employees nationwide could get their health insurance through a private exchange, according to Accenture Research (ACN). A recent report by the National Business Group on Health said that 30 percent of large employers are considering moving active employees to exchanges by 2015.

    Other major providers of private exchanges include Mercer, a division of Marsh & Mc

stock market websites: Tesla Motors, Inc.(TSLA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Tesla (TSLA) gained nearly 3% after reports that the upstart automaker had halted production at one of its factories to prepare for Model 3 production. But production isn’t set to begin until July, so we’ll have to get through earnings on Feb. 22 first. Baird’sBen Kallo and team are buyers:

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    We are buyers ahead of Q4 results. We expect updates on the Model 3 and Gigafactory production ramps on the call, which we believe will drive shares higher. We now model ~25k Model 3 deliveries in 2017 with more confidence TSLA can ramp production, although we do not expect specific Model 3 guidance. We expect less focus on the SCTY acquisition, although there may be short-term noise as expectations are calibrated. We believe the Q4 report is another de-risking event, and recommend investors own shares.

    Shares of Tesla have gained 2.7% to$269.20 today.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Many people have become frightened by AI’s range of possibilities — and not just because tech’s frightful five (Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) , Facebook Inc. (FB) , Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) , Microsoft Inc. (MSFT) and Apple Inc. (AAPL) ) became early adopters of AI. Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, who dabbles in other, equally scary technology like self-driving cars has been one of AI’s staunchest critics, calling it an existential threat to the human race. 

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Other stocks that were net sold include ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) and Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE: KMI). Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) was also sold by clients after the electric vehicle maker saw its stock hit a new all-time high in the middle of the month.

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