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Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018

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When blue chips get too popular – like the five I’m going to show you today – these “safe stocks” can actually be dangerous to continue holding in your portfolio.

The problem with blue-chip stocks? Call it the “Curse of the Dow.” The Curse says a stock that joins the Dow Jones Industrial Average will essentially hit a wall, underperforming in the ensuing months compared to how it performed before ascension. It’s not perfect, but it’s close – since 1999, 15 of 16 stocks that have joined the Dow have averaged 1% gains over the next six months, but averaged 11% gains in the six months before inclusion.

Why? There are a few factors, but one of the most prevailing is that by the point a stock has joined the Dow, it’s typically nearing the end of its growth ramp and reaching the slower-growth “mature” part of the business cycle.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Aaron's, Inc.(AAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) and Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Just this morning, small cap consumer electronics retailer Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) reported first quarter earnings that have beat expectations. First quarter revenues were$844.6 million compared with $854.4 million for the first quarter of 2016 whilenet earnings increased to $53.3 million compared with $49.7 million in the prior year period. The CEO commented:

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Vicon Industries Inc.(VII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Digital Ally back to below the level it was at five years ago whiledirect competitorAxon Enterprise has outperformed along withsecurity stock Napco Security Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: NSSC), but video management software stockVicon Industries, Inc (NYSEMKT: VII) has underperformed:

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Corrections Corporation of America(CXW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    If a potential Trump impeachment appears to be progressing, traders should watch for potential buying opportunities in the following places:

    U.S. companies with primarily domestic exposure and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY).
    Bank stocks and the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE: XLF).
    Prison stocks Corecivic Inc (NYSE: CXW) and The GEO Group Inc (NYSE: GEO).
    Energy and coal stocks, including the Market Vectors Coal ETF (NYSE: KOL).

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  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Height Securities said in a note that the recent drama surrounding Sessions, known as a friend to the industry, has scared the wits out of investors in Corecivic Inc (NYSE: CXW) and The GEO Group Inc (NYSE: GEO).

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares rose 47.1 percent to $3.22 in pre-market trading after jumping 54.23 percent on Wednesday.
    Digital Power Corporation (NYSE: DPW) rose 27.6 percent to $0.800 in pre-market trading after gaining 9.79 percent on Wednesday.
    Social Reality Inc (NASDAQ: SRAX) shares rose 23.1 percent to $7.16 in the pre-market trading session after surging 37.59 percent on Wednesday.
    China Auto Logistics Inc (NASDAQ: CALA) rose 16.9 percent to $4.15 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.11 percent on Wednesday.
    Riot Blockchain Inc (NASDAQ: RIOT) rose 15.1 percent to $18.40 in pre-market trading after climbing 42.01 percent on Wednesday.
    Seven Stars Cloud Group Inc (NASDAQ: SSC) rose 14.5 percent to $2.85 in the pre-market trading session after gaining 0.40 percent on Wednesday.
    Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) shares rose 14.3 percent to $2.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.88 percent on Wednesday.
    Corecivic Inc (NYSE: CXW) rose 10.2 percent to $25.56 in pre-market trading after climbing 0.65 percent on Wednesday.
    LM Funding America, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMFA) rose 9.6 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after surging 34.98 percent on Wednesday.
    U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ: GROW) rose 7.2 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after dropping 8.06 percent on Wednesday.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) rose 6.8 percent to $25.61 in pre-market trading after climbing 11.74 percent on Wednesday.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5.9 percent to $13.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 21.34 percent on Wednesday.
    Addus Homecare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS) rose 5.5 percent to $35.60 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.69 percent on Wednesday.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) rose 5.2 percent to $0.528 in pre-market trading after falling 10.36 percent on Wednesday.
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: TEVA) rose 4.7 percent to $14.11 in pre-market trading. Teva Pharma
  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Corrections Corporation of America (NYSE: CXW) was trading up 7.8% at $20.97 shortly before Monday’s closing bell. GEO Group Inc. (NYSE: GEO) was up 2.2% at $31.29.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Celanese Corporation(CE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Time To Favor Optionality: Most macro data are similar to, or better than, when the merger was announced. As a result, the same returns have been obtainable, with significantly less stress, simply through owning 3M (MMM) or a basket of chemical companies that approximate the Dow-DuPont portfolio. Relative to the chemical sector, performance has been average, leverage appears reasonable but near-term FCF less-than compelling partly due to new capacity ramping. With the merger likely to close in the near-term (90% chance, in our view), we believe Dow-DuPont will have an opportunity to show how scale creates optionality. The overhaul at Celanese (CE) over the past few years shows the way.

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Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Movado Group Inc.(MOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Movado Group, Inc (NYSE: MOV) shares shot up 15 percent to $27.30 after the company posted better-than-expected results for its second quarter and raised its FY 2018 forecast.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday began on a down note for the stock market, as the Dow Jones Industrials fell back down below the 20,000 level. Major market benchmarks finished with losses of 0.6% to 0.8%, and some market commentators attributed the declines to nervousness about the Trump administration’s actions to clamp down on immigration. Others noted that the latest reading of U.S. economic growth showed a 1.9% rise in gross domestic product for the fourth quarter, finishing the year with an overall GDP increase of just 1.6%, down a full percentage point from 2015’s growth. Despite the overall sullen mood in the market, some stocks gained ground, and GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO), Movado Group (NYSE:MOV), and IPG Photonics (NASDAQ:IPGP) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares fell 0.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Griffin Industrial Realty Inc (NASDAQ: GRIF), down 5 percent, and Movado Group, Inc (NYSE: MOV) down 5 percent.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was yet another record-setting day for the stock market, as the Dow climbed triple digits and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite followed the venerable average to unprecedented heights. Economic data showing rising inflation made it more likely that the Federal Reserve will look to boost interest rates at its next Federal Open Market Committee meeting next month, and the ripples throughout the bond market sent many investors to consider stocks instead. Yet despite the substantial rally, some stocks missed out on the move higher, and American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Teck Resources (NYSE:TECK), and Movado Group (NYSE:MOV) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Movado Group (MOV) has tumbled 7.2% to $21.90 after missing earnings forecasts and offering below-consensus guidance.

    Alaska Air Group (ALK) has advanced 1.3% to $94.55 after getting upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own For 2018

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When blue chips get too popular – like the five I’m going to show you today – these “safe stocks” can actually be dangerous to continue holding in your portfolio.

The problem with blue-chip stocks? Call it the “Curse of the Dow.” The Curse says a stock that joins the Dow Jones Industrial Average will essentially hit a wall, underperforming in the ensuing months compared to how it performed before ascension. It’s not perfect, but it’s close – since 1999, 15 of 16 stocks that have joined the Dow have averaged 1% gains over the next six months, but averaged 11% gains in the six months before inclusion.

Why? There are a few factors, but one of the most prevailing is that by the point a stock has joined the Dow, it’s typically nearing the end of its growth ramp and reaching the slower-growth “mature” part of the business cycle.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own For 2018: Citizens Financial Group, Inc.(CFG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Citizens Financial (CFG) was downgraded to neutral from outperform at Wedbush. The valuation is less attractive, based on a $31 price target, Wedbush said. 

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian said he noticed a large call options volume in Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE: CFG). Around 13,000 contracts of the April 40 calls were traded in the first half of the trading session.

  • [By ]

    Citizens Financial Group (NYSE: CFG) reports $152 billion in assets and a higher concentration of branches in the Northeast, but has a strong market share of 12% in its top ten metropolitan areas. Business is nearly evenly split between consumer lending (45%) and commercial loans (55%) and a technology investment program is driving a target for up to $60 million in cost savings by the end of 2018.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CFG) which traded down 6.8% at $34.57. The stocks 52-week range is $18.34 to $39.75. Volume was 9.6 million versus the daily average of 5.0 million shares.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own For 2018: Telefonica SA(TEF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Multiple-award-winning Trimaker is the leader in terms of sales in 3D printing in the region, serving clients like Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), Toyota Motor Corp (ADR) (NYSE: TM), Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC) and Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF). The company not only manufactures its own 3D printers, but also offers materials and related services.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares gained around 0.98 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF), and Allot Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: ALLT).

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own For 2018: Vaalco Energy Inc(EGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $18.59 million.

    B2Gold Corp (NYSE: BTG) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.00 per share on revenue of $135.84 million.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own For 2018: Callon Petroleum Company(CPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own For 2018: Aaron's, Inc.(AAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co now outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap consumer electronics retailer Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Friday. Revenues were $815.6 million versus $789.4 million. Progressive Leasing’s revenue in the second quarter of 2017 increased 25.1% to $373.5 million, revenue for DAMI was $8.5 million versus$5.3 million and overall revenues for the Aaron’s Business decreased 10.7% to $433.6 million. Same store revenues decreased 8.1% during the second quarter of 2017 and customer count on a same store basis was down 4.8%. Company-operated Aaron’s stores had 932,000 customersas ofJune 30, 2017, a 7.2% decrease from the second quarter of 2016. Net earnings were $36.3 million versus $38.5 million. The CEO commented:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) and Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN).

Best Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now

If you run a small business, youre likely seeing a flood of offers for easy-to-get loans through direct mail, pop-up ads, even TV adspromising fast money to pay your bills or buy new equipment. But that new world of fast cash can come with some costly catches.

Its been the wild west, said Karen Gordon Mills, co-author of a just-released Harvard Business School study exploring the promise and challenges of alternative small-business lending. The sector has exploded in the last few years as a new industry emerged, referred to as fintech (for financial technology).

Typically, to get a loan, a small-business owner needs to provide a bank with tax returns, personal and business financial statementsand a pile of other documents and data. You have to wait weeks or months, said Mills, who co-wrote the reportSmall Business Lending: Innovation and Technology and the Implications for Regulation withBrayden McCarthy.

Best Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Alphabet Inc.(GOOGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Last week, Brand Finance came out with its annual listing of brand valuations. In a somewhat shocking finding, the consulting group declared that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) had lost its supremacy to Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    The marketing and sales software platform is also facing competition from the likes of Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB).

    “At best, HubSpot is worth SaaS [software as a service] comps,” Left wrote. “We give it the benefit of the doubt and give it take-out valuations… Hubspot is more in line with a content marketing company whose takeout valuations are 2x revenue.”

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  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) has another class of shares called the Class C shares, which came into being after the split in April 2014. Google’s Class A share has one vote, Class B shares, owned by the founders, are vested with ten votes and the Class C shares have no voting right. The Class A shares trade under the ticker symbol GOOGL and the Class C shares under the ticker symbol GOOG.

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    Why Cramer loves Facebook (FB) , Alphabet/Google (GOOGL) and Adobe (but not Snap (SNAP) ).

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Best Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Semtech Corporation(SMTC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Semtech Corporation (NASDAQ: SMTC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $128.38 million.

    Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: OLLI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $190.44 million.

Best Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) had its short interest increase to 2.63 million shares from the previous 2.36 million. The stock closed Friday at $305.20, within a 52-week range of $223.02 to $333.65.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Biogen (BIIB) has dropped 2.2% to $286.16 after getting cut to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink, and to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.

  • [By George Budwell]

    Shares of theDanish drugmaker Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:FWP) gained 48.2% yesterday as the result of a settlement and licensing deal with Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB)involving an ongoing patent dispute over the multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera. Per the terms of the deal, Biogen will fork overa non-refundable$1.25 billion licensing fee, and possibly pay 10% to 20% royalties on Tecfidera’snet sales to Forward starting in 2021.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) which traded down 4.6% at $279.08. The stocks 52-week range is $223.02 to $333.65. Volume was 3.4 million versus the daily average of 1.6 million shares.

Best Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Aaron's, Inc.(AAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) and Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap consumer electronics retailer Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) is scheduled for before the market opens onFriday (February 17). Last time around, shares spiked in the high single digits after better-than-expected third quarterearnings.

Best Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Twitter, Inc.(TWTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jim Strugger of MKM Holdings, spoke on Bloomberg Markets about his options trades in Facebook Inc(NASDAQ: FB) and Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR).

    Both companies are going to report earnings this week and Strugger wants to use options to set up a position going into earnings. He wants to buy the October 170/185 calls spread for $4 in Facebook. The trade breaks even at $174 and it can maximally make a profit of $11.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The companies named by SAPPRFT include Weibo, the Chinese-equivalent of Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR), Phoenix New Media and video sharing website AcFun.

  • [By Vikram Nagarkar]

    The most interestingly titled story came out two days later on 17th November, with the headline “Why Salesforce.com Might Now Suddenly Acquire Twitter Inc (CRM) (TWTR)”. Not only does that make the whole thing sound like a dubious, devious ploy, it also propagates a theory that doesn’t make too much sense.

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Donald Trump cant point to much in the way of legislative victories over his first six months in office, but he might have something to crow about when it comes to a weaker U.S. dollar.

Much of the world has been waging a cold currency war since the autumn of 2016, and so far the winner is Donald Trump, wrote Joachim Fels, global economic adviser for asset manager Pimco, in a Wednesday blog post.

what stocks to buy now: Aaron's, Inc.(AAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Just this morning, small cap consumer electronics retailer Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) reported first quarter earnings that have beat expectations. First quarter revenues were$844.6 million compared with $854.4 million for the first quarter of 2016 whilenet earnings increased to $53.3 million compared with $49.7 million in the prior year period. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co now outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap consumer electronics retailer Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) is scheduled for before the market opens onFriday (February 17). Last time around, shares spiked in the high single digits after better-than-expected third quarterearnings.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap consumer electronics retailer Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Friday. Revenues were $815.6 million versus $789.4 million. Progressive Leasing’s revenue in the second quarter of 2017 increased 25.1% to $373.5 million, revenue for DAMI was $8.5 million versus$5.3 million and overall revenues for the Aaron’s Business decreased 10.7% to $433.6 million. Same store revenues decreased 8.1% during the second quarter of 2017 and customer count on a same store basis was down 4.8%. Company-operated Aaron’s stores had 932,000 customersas ofJune 30, 2017, a 7.2% decrease from the second quarter of 2016. Net earnings were $36.3 million versus $38.5 million. The CEO commented:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) and Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

what stocks to buy now: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (HQCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    We’ve compiled a list of the most heavily shorted stocks to show you which stocks have the most negative sentiment on the market…

    Company Name (Ticker)Short FloatShare PriceHanwha Q Cells Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: HQCL)98.52%$ 8.88Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN)91.59%$ 8.53Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE: WTW)67.92%$12.57INSYS Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: INSY)66.71%$10.74Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO)66.34%$33.17Nutanix Inc. (Nasdaq: NTNX)65.65%$31.96Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT)55.15%$ 6.06Weibo Corp. (Nasdaq ADR: WB)53.83%$55.26RPC Inc. (NYSE: RES)53.62%$21.19Straight Path Communications Inc. (NYSEMKT: STRP)49.27%$34.79Momo Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: MOMO)48.63%$26.80Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG)46.91%$44.87Lannett Company Inc. (NYSE: LCI)45.46%$23.00Gogo Inc. (Nasdaq: GOGO)43.98%$ 9.10Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA (Nasdaq: ASPS)42.78%$22.73Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE ADR: CMCM)40.86%$10.00

    Some investors think the only way to profit from the stock market is to buy stocks and wait for the price to rise. However, these investors are missing out on the massive profit opportunity that comes from shorting stocks.

what stocks to buy now: Lifeway Foods, Inc.(LWAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Last Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small capdairy health food product stock Lifeway Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: LWAY):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Dean Foods Co shows a positive but not spectacular long term return as small cap Lifeway Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: LWAY) has been more volatile and non-dairy desert stock Tofutti Brands Inc (NYSEMKT: TOF) has given a moderately positive performance:

what stocks to buy now: Brady Corporation(BRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Robert Baird announced on Friday that it has cut its rating on Brady Corp (BRC).

    The firm has downgraded BRC from “Outperform” to “Neutral,” and has given the company a $33 price target. This price target suggests a 8% upside from the stock’s current price of $30.52.

    Analysts see the company’s WPS segment growing faster than expected.

    Brady shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock is down 9% YTD.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Before the opening bell on Thursday, identification solutions provider Brady Corp (BRC) posted a loss in the fourth quarter, despite a rise in revenues, as it was negatively impacted by a number of charges. However, excluding these charges, the company was able to top Wall Street analysts’ earnings and sales estimates. Nonetheless, BRC shares are plummeting in Thursday’s trading.

    The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based company posted a loss from continuing operations of $176.2 million, or $3.41 per share, in the fourth quarter, versus last year’s fourth quarter earnings from continuing operations of $20.9 million, or 40 cents per share. Furthermore, Brady posted a net loss of $177.2 million, or $3.43 per share, compared to net earnings of $11.6 million, or 22 cents per share, in the same period a year ago.

    The fourth quarter loss includes non-cash impairment charges of $204.4 million, $15.6 million in restructuring charges, and $4 million in acquisition-related charges. Excluding these charges, Brady Corp said earnings would have been 53 cents per share in the quarter. According to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, the company was expected to earn an adjusted 51 cents per share in the fourth quarter.

    The company’s fourth quarter sales came in at $309.1 million, up 15% from $269.1 million in sales posted last year. On average, analysts were expecting the company to see $307.13 million in revenues for the quarter.

    Looking ahead, Brady Corp. sees fiscal 2014 earnings coming in between $1.80 and $2.00 per share, below the analysts’ view of $2.30 per share.

    Brady Corp shares were down $1.71, or 5.25%, during early morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 7.93% year-to-date.

  • [By Mike Deane]

    For the 28th year in a row, Brady Corp (BRC) has increased its dividend payout to investors.

    The Milwaukee, WI-based company increased its quarterly dividend to 19.5 cents from 19 cents, an increase of 2.6%. The annual dividend now stands at 78 cents. The quarterly dividend will be paid on October 31st, 2013 to all shareholders of record on October 10, 2013.

    BRC shares were down 40 cents, or 1.23%, by market close on Wednesday. YTD, the company’s stock is down over 4%.

what stocks to buy now: MannKind Corporation(MNKD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday's regular session.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Hopes were high for MannKind (MNKD) when its inhaled insulin Afrezza was approved by the FDA more than two years ago. At the time, Barron’s warned that it was time to dump MannKind’s shares, something that now seems prescient, as its shares have since tumbled 95%. No wonder, as the news since then has been far from good. MannKind found a partner in Sanofi (SNY), only to get dumped in early 2016, and has since been forced to sell property to raise cash. And now MannKind could be on the verge of being delisted from the Nasdaq due to its sub $1 stock price. What now? Piper Jaffray’sJoshua Schimmer and team see a reverse stock split in MannKind’s future:

    [MannKind] has been focused on relaunch of Afrezza (inhaled insulin) for diabetes since Sanofi terminated its partnership for that program last year. Progress has been slow as the company first deployed a contract sales force but is now switching to an internal one. Hiring is nearly complete and reps will be out in the field soon. The company has also made strides in expanding reimbursement coverage for Afrezza. MannKind is also in the process of launching a new Titration Pack for Afrezza that allows for greater dosing flexibility in an attempt to simplify prescribing patterns of the drug. However with all these efforts, scrips have not yet shown signs of life in a very crowded diabetes market where MannKind is likely to struggle to claim share of voice relative to large pharma competitors. MannKind held a special meeting of stockholders in February 2017 in order to gain authority for a reverse stock split, if necessary to avoid de-listing by NASDAQ. MannKind recently indicated its cash position to be at ~$120M (and added $17M from the sale of its Valencia facility in February), which does provide some room to grow Afrezza sales before having to seek out yet another dilutive raise. However, its unclear if any of the new commercial efforts will help to rescue Afrezza sales. Ou

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ: MNKD) shares were also up, gaining 24 percent to $6.59. H.C. Wainwright initiated coverage on MannKind with a Buy rating and a $7.00 price target.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    MannKind Corp. (NASDAQ: MNKD) saw the number of its shares short increase slightly to 98.71 million. The previous reading was 97.07 million. The stock closed most recently at $0.55, in a 52-week range of $0.41 to $2.24. Note that MannKind is one of the most shorted Nasdaq stocks.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, healthcare shares fell 0.48 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ: MNKD), down 10 percent, and BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDSI) down 10 percent.

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    When most investors think of diabetes stocks, names like Novo Nordisk A/S (ADR) (NYSE:NVO) and MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD) come to mind. And well they should. Novo Nordisk is the biggest insulin company in the world, and while MannKind is relatively small, it’s a name that turns heads simply because it came up with an inhalable insulin that – after a slow start – is getting a little traction.

    In both cases though, the paradigm is the same one that was first used decades ago. That is, if a person isn’t making their own insulin, then it must be introduced externally. What if instead a diabetic’s glucose levels could be controlled by turning on the cells in their body responsible for processing that sugar? That’s the approach Cell MedX Corp (OTCMKTS:CMXC) is taking, using a relatively new but very compelling science.

    While chemical-based manufactured pharmaceuticals were largely the core of healthcare for well over the past century, it’s become clear that our bodies – right down to our cells – are also electrical in nature. Not only do they produce it, they need it to function properly. The FDA has even recently approved a therapeutic device that delivers mild electrical currents to and through an individual’s body as a means of treating pain. This “electromedicine” has also shown a certain degree of efficacy as a treatment for several illnesses, including cancer. Specifically, electrical currents have been demonstrated to force pleomorphic cancer microbes into hibernation, essentially making a cancerous cell a normal, healthy cell again. So, using an electrical current as a means of therapy for diabetics isn’t far-fetched at all. Indeed, it’s quite brilliant.

    As for how Cell MedX is using the idea, it’s actually quite simple. The device is called an eBalance. At first glance it just looks like another ordinary tablet computer. A closer inspection of the e-Balance device, however, makes it clear that it’s not just another tablet. It’

what stocks to buy now: 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

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018

Wall Street on Monday didn’t just cash in on one winner, or a daily double, or even a trifecta. It notched astock market-style superfecta, with all four major U.S. stock indexes — representing blue chip names, technology stocks, small caps and large-company stocks — all closing at record highs on the same day for the first time in 17years.

The post-election rallybegan two weeks ago with so-called “Red Stocks” ripping higher after Republican Donald Trump’s surprise win on Nov. 8. The rally, which has been fueled by hopes that the president-elect’s growth-friendly policies will finallyjolt the U.S. economy out of its multi-year doldrums, has spreadto virtually every corner of the stock market.

All-time highs were in abundance tostart the week: Blue chips in the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 89 points to a record 18,956.69, extending its 2016 gain to nearly 9%.The benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 finished 0.8% higher at 2198.18, its highest close ever. The tech-packed Nasdaq composite rallied 0.9% to a record 5368.86. And the Russell 2000, a stock index filled with the market’s smallest companies, extendedits winning streak to 12 sessions on its way to an all time record close of 1322.23 and a 16.4% gain for the year. That is the Russell 2000’s longest winning streak since June 2003.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Aaron's, Inc.(AAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap consumer electronics retailer Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) is scheduled for before the market opens onFriday (February 17). Last time around, shares spiked in the high single digits after better-than-expected third quarterearnings.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) and Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Just this morning, small cap consumer electronics retailer Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) reported first quarter earnings that have beat expectations. First quarter revenues were$844.6 million compared with $854.4 million for the first quarter of 2016 whilenet earnings increased to $53.3 million compared with $49.7 million in the prior year period. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co now outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap consumer electronics retailer Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Friday. Revenues were $815.6 million versus $789.4 million. Progressive Leasing’s revenue in the second quarter of 2017 increased 25.1% to $373.5 million, revenue for DAMI was $8.5 million versus$5.3 million and overall revenues for the Aaron’s Business decreased 10.7% to $433.6 million. Same store revenues decreased 8.1% during the second quarter of 2017 and customer count on a same store basis was down 4.8%. Company-operated Aaron’s stores had 932,000 customersas ofJune 30, 2017, a 7.2% decrease from the second quarter of 2016. Net earnings were $36.3 million versus $38.5 million. The CEO commented:

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Statoil ASA(STO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Going forward I will be looking to add investments on my watchlist and trim other positions. It will be interesting to see how an overweight commodity portfolio will perform relative to the rest of the market.

     Cost Basis# SharesCurrent Price% of PortfolioCurrent ValueReturnMetal/Miners      Sprott Physical Gold Trust (PHYS)$12.4985$11.043.75%$938.40-13.13%Sprott Physical Silver Trust (PSLV)$7.95125$8.744.37%$1,092.509.04%FreePort-McMoran (FCX)$31.6731$33.874.20%$1,049.976.50%Ishares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (RING)$13.0695$10.644.04%$1,010.80-22.74%Energy      Statoil ASA(STO)$21.7940$22.683.63%$907.203.92%Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR)$27.5636$27.874.01%$1,003.321.11%ConocoPhillips (COP)$63.6822.43$71.006.37%$1,592.5310.31%Agriculture      CVR Partner LP (UAN)$26.3630.9$18.932.34%$584.94-39.25%Adecoagro$6.78125$7.443.72%$930.008.87%Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM)$34.8030$37.244.47%$1,117.206.55%Mixed Commodity      Powershares DB Commodity Index (DBC)$26.3540$25.954.15%$1,038.00-1.54%Sprott Resource Corp$3.34400$2.714.34%$1,084.00-23.25%    Total % of portfolio49.40%               Cost Basis12,666.00      Current Value12,348.86      Return-2.50%  Source: Investing For The Future Surge In Commodity Prices

    Disclosure: I am long ADM, FCX, UAN, AGRO, RING, VNR, SCPZF.PK, COP, DBC, PHYS, PSLV. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. (More…)

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We believe that the equity market has neutralised much of its underweight energy positioning in 4Q/1Q, but was caught by the sharp rally in crude from end-January. Our base-case sees oil prices still higher by end-2016 (we see >$50/bbl), albeit with a choppy 2Q likely ahead. In this scenario a modest, rather than fully-fledged price-recovery we continue to place a lot of importance on self-help in driving ROE expansion (as opposed to relying simply on oil-leverage). Value-adjusted, we like the self-help stories around Total, Chevron, Statoil (STO), Royal Dutch Shell and Eni (E) in the group. Total is on the Citi European Focus list.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    BP plc (ADR) (NYSE: BP), Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE: RDS-A) (NYSE: RDS-B) and Statoil ASA(ADR) (NYSE: STO) are expected to outperform their peers by offering: 1) the greatest rate of change in cost reduction through technology and innovation, 2) upstream portfolios with an attractive risk to reward profile and 3) sufficient liquidity to invest in future growth.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Should oil prices recover, we believe that deepwater drilling activity growth should lag growth in US shale activity, as project economics is generally better in US shales, and E&Ps involved in US shales are generally quicker to react. Deepwater activity is largely comprises a handful of companies (Petrobras (PBR), Statoil (STO), Total (TOT), Shell (RDS.A), BP (BP), ONGC, ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX)) and it is unlikely that these companies can meaningfully increase their rig demand in a short period of time to absorb the current oversupply. Thus, should oil prices rise in 2018, rig demand may increase, but likely not enough to tighten the market, given that supply equaling 43% of current working rig count is stacked and new supply equaling 25% of working rig count is under-construction and should be entering the market in the coming years. As a result, while we expect some improvement in rig utilization owing to rig retirements, it will unlikely be strong enough to meaningfully improve rates in 2018 above spot levels. Any demand increase in the interim could slow rig retirements materially, and be self-defeating. We thus are Sell rated on Transocean, Atwood and Noble.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Sonic Automotive Inc.(SAH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Armour Residential REIT Inc. (NYSE: ARR), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), PJT Partners Inc. (NYSE; PJT), Sonic Automotive Inc. (NYSE: SAH)and Tandy Leather Factory Inc. (NASDAQ: TLF).

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Genie Energy Ltd.(GNE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares fell by 0.58 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Middlesex Water Company (NASDAQ: MSEX), down 2 percent, and Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 4 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares fell 0.48 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 3 percent, and Southwest Gas Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: SWX), down 2.5 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell by 0.75 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 5 percent, and Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: CWCO), down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 3 percent, and SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), down 3 percent.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Beasley Broadcast Group Inc.(BBGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Beasley Broadcast Group Inc (NASDAQ: BBGI) and Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE).

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Beasley Broadcast Group (NASDAQ: BBGI) and Greater Media have entered into a definitive agreement under which Beasley will acquire all of the outstanding stock of Greater Media for approximately $240 million.