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A new study of our innate human biases reinforces the value of diversification when it comes to stock investing.

Short version: We just cant help ourselves when we think we know something.

Scientists call this confirmation bias, the unconscious way we seek out information that proves we are right about closely held ideas.

The problem is that once we are confronted with facts that show we are wrong, our brains nevertheless double down on the clearly bad information.

stock trading: Amphenol Corporation(APH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is the top pick in the sector and has remained a favorite at RBC for some time.Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) is one of the worlds largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors, interconnect systems, antennas, sensors and sensor-based products and coaxial and high-speed specialty cable.

  • [By Darren Williams] Although the entire cannabis space has quietly taken a hit of their own medicine in recent weeks and gone to sleep, don’t think for one second the entire space isn’t going to light up again soon. That’s just what they do, right? However, knowing who the pretenders are and knowing who the contenders are is really the challenge when it’s comes right down to it.
    First, anyone who claims to be a grower or a seller of cannabis can’t for one second ever make it as a public company right now, or can even legally consider being a public company for that matter, so you can scratch any of those right off your list. At least here in the U.S. anyway, because Canada is already well ahead of the curve having legalized it for medicinal purposes already.
    More importantly, full legalization of marijuana in Canada appears to be on track for July 2018, which will make Canada just the second nation in the world after Uruguay to completely legalize the cultivation, sale and possession of the drug for medical and recreational purposes.
    Regardless, the best time to buy any stocks in a hot growth sector is when either everyone has forgotten about them, or when the overall market landscape has turned bearish, which has yet to happen. However, the former seems to be the case for the cannabis space, despite some very favorable state legislation last Fall.
    For now, as long as you have a license issued by Health Canada, you’re good to go, so there are some stocks trading in Canada already who are well on their way to making some green for investors. Canopy Growth Corporation (TSE: WEED), formerly Tweed Marijuana Inc., is a medical marijuana company based in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Aurora Cannabis Inc. (CVE: ACB), which is engaged in the production and sale of medical cannabis. There’s also Aphria Pharmaceutical Company (TSE: APH), which also is engaged in producing and selling medical marijuana through retail sales and wholesale channels.
    There are many more, but those are just a

stock trading: Lockheed Martin Corporation(LMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    That’s because SpaceX is one of the world’s most unique companies. Although it’s categorized as a traditional aerospace company like Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) or Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT), SpaceX focuses on long-term goals over short-term profits. In fact, its biggest plan is to eventually colonize Mars.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Five teams are expected to compete for the contract: Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) has joined with Saab to offer a clean-sheet design; Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) has teamed up with BAE Systems and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LLL) on another clean-sheet design; Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) are going with a modified KAI T-50; Raytheon Corp. (NYSE: RTN) has joined with Italy’s Leonardo and Canada’s CAE Inc. (NYSE: CAE) on a version of Leonardo’s M-346 trainer that it calls the T-100; and privately held Sierra Nevada has partnered with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) on another clean-sheet design.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Donald Trump has added a level risk for stock pickers that didn’t exist before his election: The random tweet. Lockheed Martin (LMT) and its price F-35 fighter jet have been a target of his ire, as well as high drug prices. Now he’s turning his attention to General Motors (GM), which sold off earlier this morning after Trump tweeted that the U.S. automaker should produce its Chevy Cruze in the U.S. or pay the price. Shares of General Motors, however, have rallied back into positive territory this afternoon. CFRA Research’s Efraim Levy explains why:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. 

stock trading: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.(HOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Saucier]

    After the deal was announced, the stocks of several companies benefited from their current exposure to Cuba or newly announced ties with the island country. For example, Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL) jumped from $69.11 per share on July 1 to $72.99 on July 12. And Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: HOT) hit its 52-week high of $84.37 in March after it announced new hotel deals in Cuba.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Monday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares gained by 0.41 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Kandi Technologies Group Inc (NASDAQ: KNDI), Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (NYSE: HOT), and Lifetime Brands Inc (NASDAQ: LCUT).

stock trading: Zion Oil & Gas Inc(ZN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZN) got a boost, shooting up 47 percent to $6.21.

    Spark Energy Inc (NASDAQ: SPKE) shares were also up, gaining 10 percent to $19.10. Guggenheim upgraded Spark Energy from Neutral to Buy.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 0.76 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 6 percent, and Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZN) down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZN) got a boost, shooting up 20 percent to $5.07.

    Spark Energy Inc (NASDAQ: SPKE) shares were also up, gaining 12 percent to $19.40. Guggenheim upgraded Spark Energy from Neutral to Buy.

stock trading: Signet Jewelers Limited(SIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Signet Jewelers (SIG) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after reporting better-than-expected earnings and offering a staunch defense of the company’s culture.

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    Signet Jewelersgained 8.7% to $70.02 today, while the S&P 500 ticked up 0.1% to 2,364.87.

    CFRA’s Efraim Levy still sees “risks” despite Signet’s defense of itself today:

    We lower our 12-month target by $4 to $81, or 11X our FY 18 (Jan.) EPS of $7.35 (reduced $0.30). We apply a P/E below SIG’s 10-year forward average of 13.4X, to reflect challenges of negative same-store sales, offset by our favorable longer-term view of SIG’s market position. SIG today addressed recent headlines, but we still see risks, despite implied upside potential to our target. Posts adjusted Jan-Q EPS of $4.03 vs. $3.63, in line with Capital IQ consensus and January guidance. Same-store sales fell an in-line 4.5%, dragged down by the Sterling Jewelers division.

    Signet Jewelers’ market capitalization rose to $4.9 billion today from $4.5 billion yesterday.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Tiffany & Co heading back towards late 2014 highs while mid capSignet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE: SIG) peaked in late 2015 andhas continued to fall off since then:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Earnings of note in the coming week include Analogic (ALOG) and Ascena Retail (ASNA) on Monday; Bojangles (BOJA) , H&R Block (HRB) , and Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS) , Michaels (MIK) , and Urban Outfitters (URBN) on Tuesday; Ciena (CIEN) , Bankrate (RATE) , Express (EXPR) , Vera Bradley (VRA) , and Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) on Wednesday; El Pollo Loco (LOCO) , Hugo Boss (BOSSY) , Party City (PRTY) , Signet Jewelers (SIG) , and Verifone Systems (PAY) on Thursday; and Kirkland’s (KIRK) , and Vail Resorts (MTN) on Friday.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was Signet Jewelers Limited (NYSE: SIG) which jumped 8.8% to $70.06. The gain was following news that the company had a solid earnings report. The stocks 52-week range is $62.10 to $125.45. Volume was 7.48 million which is well above the daily average of around 1.69 million shares.

stock trading: Foot Locker, Inc.(FL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    SKX is also highly attractive in a relative basis when compared to several of its publicly traded peers: Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), Deckers Outdoor Group (NYSE: DECK), Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) and Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ: COLM). The company's forward EBITDA multiple of 6.9x is equal or below all of the comparable companies: FL (6.9x), DECK (7.6x), WWW (10.1x) and COLM (10.8x).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) which traded down 7.5% at $31.82. The stocks 52-week range is $31.72 to $79.43. Volume was about 22.7 million versus the daily average of 4.4 million shares.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Retail stocks have been getting hammered, as shoppers go online–and not to the mall–to buy what they need. Still, in naming Foot Locker (FL) their top pick, Canaccord Genuity’sCamilo Lyon and Pallav Saini argue that the biggest risk could be brown shoes. They explain:

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