Tag Archives: AAPL

Two Stocks to Buy Tomorrow and Hold for (at Least) a Year

Shah GilaniShah GilaniShah Gilani

Editor’s Note: Normally you’d be seeing a fresh “Buy, Sell, or Hold” video from Shah today, but he’s traveling over the holiday weekend. He wanted to make sure folks got his two special buy recommendations for the short week ahead, so here’s Shah…

Very, very few companies qualify as “buy now and hold forever” stocks.

There are many more stocks you can buy now and hang onto for the long term – at least a year – with confidence, not to mention a shot at hefty profits.

From that long list of stocks, my team and I narrowed the list down by focusing on powerful trends, markets with strong, predictable rates of growth, and businesses benefitting from rapid high-tech tailwinds – and using these as guides to zero in on sector leaders.

My team and I are putting the finishing touches on that report now, and it’ll appear on the Total Wealth website the second it’s finished. But I wanted to share two of the stocks with everyone today, because I think they’re urgent buys post-Labor Day for folks looking to lock in maximum gains.

Here they are…

Stock No. 1: The Best Thing to Happen to Money in 5,000 Years

Square Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a fintech leader, and fintech is one of the hottest sectors around today. Square has a leg up on most of the competition in the payments slice of the fintech market.

Payments is where the big advances – and big bucks – figure to be.

Square is a favorite of mine because it’s all about technological transformation. It’s about peer-to-peer payments. The company’s mobile-payments platform is about helping individuals start and grow their businesses. Its Cash App service is going to be a one-stop shop for everything related to finance and e-commerce.

There’s an addressable market that’s huge – huge and growing, I’d add – with no ceiling in sight, just open blue skies.

Square’s now about content, too. Its Tidal division is about artists creating, about ticketing, about merchandising, and, no surprise here, about making money. Square’s numbers are getting better all the time because the company is expanding its platforms and ecosystem. As we saw with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) – a buy-and-hold-forever stock if ever there was one – that’s a winning recipe for continually higher share prices.

Revenue grew 328.95% from 2017 to 2020, and it’s already up another 38.9% over the past 12 months, while the stock itself is up a market-crushing 61% in that time.

Stock No. 2: The Comeback Play That Keeps Going

I’ll tell you flat out: I’ve liked Expedia Group Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) for a long, long time despite the ups and downs of the pandemic.

It’s a meat-and-potatoes leisure stock with a juicy side of e-commerce.

One of the truly alluring features of Expedia is a brand portfolio that includes Brand Expedia, a full-service online travel brand with localized websites; Hotels.com for marketing and distributing lodging accommodations; Vrbo, an online marketplace for the alternative accommodations; Orbitz, Travelocity, and CheapTickets travel websites; Hotwire, which offers travel booking services; CarRentals.com, an online car rental booking service; Classic Vacations, a luxury travel specialist; and Expedia Cruise, a provider of advice for travelers booking cruises.

The company’s brand portfolio also comprises Expedia Partner Solutions, a business-to-business (B2B) brand that provides corporate-travel management, airlines, travel agents, online retailers, and financial institutions; and Egencia, which provides corporate-travel-management services. In addition, its brand portfolio consists of Trivago, a hotel metasearch website that sends referrals to online-travel companies and travel-service providers from hotel metasearch websites, and Expedia Group Media solutions. Further, the company provides online travel services through its Wotif.com, lastminute.com.au, travel.com.au, Wotif.co.nz, and lastminute.co.nz brands, loyalty programs, hotel accommodations and alternative accommodations, and advertising and media services.

The performance of the stock since the pandemic has been nothing short of extraordinary – especially in the face of losses as the country and the world shut down. The stock took a dive like everything else; it closed at $48.80 on March 20, 2020. But just 364 days later, March 19, 2021, it closed at an all-time high of $179.98 – a 268% move.

(Between us, it’s possible for smaller stocks to make bigger moves. I can tell you about a class of obscure stocks, one of which saw an exceptional 22,207% in less than a year – more on that here.)

Concerns about the delta variant coronavirus have helped push it back down to $146, which, in my view, is a great buy-in. Look to hold this one for a year, if not longer, as it bounces back and then some.

Like I said at the beginning, I’ve got a lot more stocks to talk about, including two “lotto-ticket” rocket-rider stocks. If you’re subscribed to my free Total Wealth e-letter, you can be among the first to get the report when it’s released. Truth be told, you’ll get a lot more than that, like my weekly “Buy, Sell, or Hold” videos and my “cheap stocks” picks, too. Just click here to go to my website; have a look at the stock research, leave us your e-mail address, and you’re in…

Follow Money MorningonFacebook and Twitter.

Join the conversation. Click here to jump to comments…

Shah GilaniShah GilaniShah Gilani

About the Author

Browse Shah’s articles | View Shah’s research services

Shah Gilani boasts a financial pedigree unlike any other. He ran his first hedge fund in 1982 from his seat on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. When options on the Standard & Poor’s 100 began trading on March 11, 1983, Shah worked in “the pit” as a market maker.

The work he did laid the foundation for what would later become the VIX – to this day one of the most widely used indicators worldwide. After leaving Chicago to run the futures and options division of the British banking giant Lloyd’s TSB, Shah moved up to Roosevelt & Cross Inc., an old-line New York boutique firm. There he originated and ran a packaged fixed-income trading desk, and established that company’s “listed” and OTC trading desks.

Shah founded a second hedge fund in 1999, which he ran until 2003.

Shah’s vast network of contacts includes the biggest players on Wall Street and in international finance. These contacts give him the real story – when others only get what the investment banks want them to see.

Today, as editor of Hyperdrive Portfolio, Shah presents his legion of subscribers with massive profit opportunities that result from paradigm shifts in the way we work, play, and live.

Shah is a frequent guest on CNBC, Forbes, and MarketWatch, and you can catch him every week on Fox Business’s Varney & Co.

… Read full bio

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019

The world’s greenhouse gas problem is caused by huge manufacturing plants that belch pollution into the air, too many gasoline-powered cars and agricultural activity, among other things. If regulations can throttle these activities, the rise in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere might stabilize, or even drop.

There is a new culprit in the greenhouse gas wars. Bitcoin and other blockchain activities use enough energy that they are a threat to lowering energy consumption.

According to a research paper titled “Decarbonizing Bitcoin: Law and policy choices for reducing the energy consumption of Blockchain technologies and digital currencies”:

The vast transactional, trust and security advantages of Bitcoin are dwarfed by the intentionally resource-intensive design in its transaction verification process which now threatens the climate we depend upon for survival. Indeed Bitcoin mining and transactions are an application of Blockchain technology employing an inefficient use of scarce energy resources for a financial activity at a point in human development where world governments are scrambling to reduce energy consumption through their Paris Agreement climate change commitments and beyond to mitigate future climate change implications.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: SK TELECOM ADR EACH REP 1/9 KRW500(CIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

    Get CIT Group alerts:

    CIT Closes on $26.6MM Loan for Medical Buildings (abladvisor.com) CIT provides $26.6 mln to joint venture to buy medical buildings (pehub.com) As security companies and guards face off, a wave of crime hits cash vans (msn.com) CIT Announces Addition to Rail Division’s Senior Leadership Team (finance.yahoo.com) CIT Group (CIT) EVP Sells $90,791.60 in Stock (americanbankingnews.com)

    A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the company. TheStreet downgraded CIT Group from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 14th. BTIG Research restated a “buy” rating and set a $57.00 price target on shares of CIT Group in a research note on Wednesday, April 18th. ValuEngine downgraded CIT Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 3rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded CIT Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 6th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets cut their price target on CIT Group from $49.00 to $46.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, April 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $54.83.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This one may be somewhat more off the radar, but it is a top pick at Oppenheimer. CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) is a financial holding company with approximately $50 billion in assets as of March 31, 2018. Its principal bank subsidiary, CIT Bank, has approximately $30 billion of deposits and more than $40 billion of assets.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

    Get CIT Group alerts:

    We’re winning the war on CIT heists, say police (citizen.co.za) Oppenheimer Equities Analysts Reduce Earnings Estimates for CIT Group (CIT) (americanbankingnews.com) Did Grandview police use their crisis training before fatally shooting man with sword? (kansascity.com) CIT Group (CIT) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com) CIT Adds New Executive to Communications & Technology Finance Team (abladvisor.com)

    Shares of CIT Group traded up $0.66, reaching $51.56, during midday trading on Friday, according to Marketbeat.com. The stock had a trading volume of 37,528 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,228,943. CIT Group has a one year low of $43.25 and a one year high of $56.14. The company has a market cap of $6.42 billion, a PE ratio of 16.76, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.27 and a beta of 1.28. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.53, a current ratio of 1.09 and a quick ratio of 1.09.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Autohome Inc.(ATHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Autohome Inc (NYSE:ATHM)’s share price fell 6.5% during trading on Friday . The stock traded as low as $76.95 and last traded at $77.41. 1,384,400 shares were traded during trading, an increase of 64% from the average session volume of 842,765 shares. The stock had previously closed at $82.76.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Autohome (NYSE: ATHM) and Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Raymond James & Associates reduced its stake in shares of Autohome Inc (NYSE:ATHM) by 3.3% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 229,347 shares of the information services provider’s stock after selling 7,721 shares during the quarter. Raymond James & Associates owned 0.19% of Autohome worth $23,164,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Autohome (NYSE:ATHM) was upgraded by equities researchers at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Curtiss-Wright Corporation(CW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Curtiss-Wright (NYSE:CW) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, May 16th, RTT News reports. Shareholders of record on Thursday, June 21st will be paid a dividend of 0.15 per share by the aerospace company on Thursday, July 5th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.46%.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Curtiss-Wright Corp  (NYSE:CW)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 27, 2019, 9:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio grew its stake in Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE:CW) by 84.1% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 38,994 shares of the aerospace company’s stock after purchasing an additional 17,810 shares during the quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio owned about 0.09% of Curtiss-Wright worth $4,641,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Curtiss-Wright (CW)

    For more information about research offerings from Zacks Investment Research, visit Zacks.com

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd decreased its stake in shares of Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE:CW) by 59.2% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 3,188 shares of the aerospace company’s stock after selling 4,625 shares during the period. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd’s holdings in Curtiss-Wright were worth $430,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Curtiss-Wright (CW)

    For more information about research offerings from Zacks Investment Research, visit Zacks.com

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Park City Group, Inc.(PCYG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Park City Group (PCYG)

    For more information about research offerings from Zacks Investment Research, visit Zacks.com

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Park City Group (PCYG)

    For more information about research offerings from Zacks Investment Research, visit Zacks.com

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNT) shares surged 20.6 percent to $6.39. WBB Securities upgraded Melinta Therapeutics from Hold to Speculative Buy.
    Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCVL) shares climbed 17.2 percent to $30.87 after the company reported upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Acorn International, Inc. (NYSE: ATV) shares rose 15.2 percent to $28.804 after the company declared a special one-time cash dividend of $14.97 per ADS.
    Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) gained 15 percent to $53.35 after the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) surged 14.2 percent to $2.625.
    ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQL) rose 13 percent to $5.12 after gaining 4.86 percent on Thursday.
    Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) gained 12.8 percent to $16.97 after the company posted better-than-expected FQ4 results.
    Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima (NYSE: LOMA) shares rose 12 percent to $12.94.
    ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQL) shares rose 12 percent to $5.07.
    Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRTX) climbed 11.4 percent to $43.50.
    Zai Lab Limited (NASDAQ: ZLAB) gained 11.3 percent to $24.7000.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYME) rose 9.7 percent to $19.64.
    Park City Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCYG) climbed 9 percent to $7.90.
    Roku, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKU) gained 7.9 percent to $38.82 after Citron reversed previously bearish position on the stock.
    Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) shares jumped 7.3 percent to $3.55.
    Deckers Outdoor Corp (NYSE: DECK) rose 3.5 percent to $107.27 after reporting better-than-expected results for its fiscal fourth quarter.

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Park City Group (NASDAQ:PCYG) was downgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report issued on Wednesday.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Quality Systems, Inc.(QSII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) got a boost, shooting up 14 percent to $17.08 after the company posted better-than-expected FQ4 results.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Quality Systems (NASDAQ:QSII) shares saw unusually-strong trading volume on Friday following a stronger than expected earnings report. Approximately 2,338,700 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 593% from the previous session’s volume of 337,438 shares.The stock last traded at $16.99 and had previously closed at $15.05.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Quality Systems (NASDAQ:QSII) – Investment analysts at Dougherty & Co issued their Q1 2019 earnings estimates for Quality Systems in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, May 29th. Dougherty & Co analyst G. Mannheimer forecasts that the company will earn $0.15 per share for the quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.07 per share on revenue of $3.54 billion.
    Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $557.65 million.
    Gap, Inc. (NYSE: GPS) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $3.60 billion.
    Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.13 per share on revenue of $131.95 million.
    Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) is expected to post quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $297.67 million.
    Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCVL) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $262.02 million.
    Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NYSE: DECK) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $375.41 million.
    Zoe's Kitchen, Inc. (NYSE: ZOES) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $105.30 million.
    DXC Technology Company (NYSE: DXC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $2.23 per share on revenue of $6.12 billion.
    8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $76.93 million.
    Viasat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) is projected to post quarterly loss at $0.45 per share on revenue of $424.46 million.
    ePlus inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $1.60 billion.
    Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (NYSE: LGF.A) is expected to post quarterly loss at $0.04 per share on revenue of $1.04 billion.
    Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGYS) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $32.58 million.
    Nutanix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTNX) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.19 per share on revenue of $278.98 million.
    Veeva Systems Inc. (NYSE: VEEV) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.31 per share on revenue

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) got a boost, shooting up 14 percent to $17.12 after the company posted better-than-expected FQ4 results.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.(GILT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BidaskClub cut shares of Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ:GILT) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report published on Saturday.

    Separately, TheStreet raised Gilat Satellite Networks from a c+ rating to a b- rating in a research report on Thursday, August 30th.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ: GILT) and Ceragon Networks (NASDAQ:CRNT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Tyco International Ltd.(Switzerland)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    In addition to South Korea’s small ETF, there are a few funds traded in Europe that track Mexican assets. Here are the ones to watch:

    Xtrackers MSCI Mexico UCITS ETF (Germany)iShares MSCI Mexico Capped UCITS ETF USD (Switzerland)HSBC MSCI Mexico Capped UCITS ETF (U.K.)Kim Kindex MSCI Mexico ETF (South Korea)Stocks

    Some of the larger companies based in Mexico are dual listed in Europe. While trading in these securities is limited, there may be some movement in the European morning hours. Here are a few to watch:

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: SuperCom, Ltd.(SPCB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HQCL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $438.40 million.
    Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARK) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.35 per share on revenue of $19.45 million.
    Athenex, Inc. (NYSE: ATNX) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $35.14 million.
    Mazor Robotics Ltd. (NASDAQ: MZOR) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $15.14 million.
    Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: BCLI) is projected to report a quarterly loss at $0.14 per share.
    SuperCom Ltd. (NASDAQ: SPCB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $9.50 million.
    Lonestar Resources US Inc. (NASDAQ: LONE) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.04 per share on revenue of $30.68 million.
    Nine Energy Service, Inc. (NASDAQ: NINE) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.1 per share on revenue of $165.76 million.
    VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ: VEON) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $212.00 million.

     

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    Here are the top performers from last week…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Last Week’s Gain
    Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE: ANW) $1.83 165.71%
    Radisys Corp. (Nasdaq: RSYS) $1.55 115.68%
    Ascent Capital Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ASCMA) $3.71 43.12%
    Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: ADMP) $4.36 40.63%
    Tintri Inc. (Nasdaq: TNTR) $0.18 40.49%
    Prana Biotechnology Ltd. (Nasdaq: PRAN) $2.35 39.96%
    Micronet Enertec Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: MICT) $1.60 39.40%
    Corindus Vascular Robotics (NYSE: CVRS) $1.17 34.40%
    ParkerVision Inc. (Nasdaq: PRKR) $0.70 30.65%
    SuperCom Ltd. (Nasdaq: SPCB) $0.24 30.10%

    While these gains are exciting, they pale in comparison to the profit potential of our top penny stock to buy this week.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    SuperCom (NASDAQ:SPCB) and CEVA (NASDAQ:CEVA) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Supercom (NASDAQ:SPCB) shares reached a new 52-week high and low during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $1.84 and last traded at $1.92, with a volume of 980 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $1.92.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mac Greer]

    Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) reported on its fiscal fourth quarter on Wednesday, and while revenue and operating profits were down, it did beat its outlook. Unsurprisingly, CEO Tim Cook pointed to China’s economic slowdown and Washington’s trade war as the causes of lower iPhone sales, but on the earnings call, he also talked through a bigger-picture evolutionary story that could generate some optimism about the company and the stock. Elsewhere in the investing world, satellite radio monopoly Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI) reported a quarter of record revenue — but that company, too, is more focused on what’s ahead.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is very obviously working on some type of video-streaming service, buying up content across genres hand over fist over the past year. CEO Tim Cook even acknowledged the service directly for the first time in August during the Mac maker’s fiscal third-quarter earnings call. Meanwhile, most investors and analysts have expected Apple to take the most straightforward approach to monetization by offering the service for $10 to $15 per month, the market price for over-the-top (OTT) streaming services.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    On this week’s Rule Breaker Investing podcast, Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner shares his thoughts on FANG stocks — Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), and Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), give or take a few — and how gloom-and-doom articles about these companies are so often misleading.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.(STV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Sativacoin (CURRENCY:STV) traded 2.1% higher against the US dollar during the 1-day period ending at 22:00 PM E.T. on May 9th. Over the last week, Sativacoin has traded up 0.1% against the US dollar. One Sativacoin coin can now be purchased for $0.0318 or 0.00000341 BTC on popular exchanges including Cryptopia and YoBit. Sativacoin has a market capitalization of $225,415.00 and $19.00 worth of Sativacoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

Hot Value Stocks To Watch Right Now

State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D lessened its holdings in shares of Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) by 16.7% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 50,000 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 10,000 shares during the period. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D’s holdings in Sealed Air were worth $2,140,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the company. SeaCrest Wealth Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Sealed Air during the 4th quarter valued at $171,000. Dupont Capital Management Corp bought a new stake in shares of Sealed Air during the 1st quarter valued at $180,000. Massey Quick Simon & CO. LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Sealed Air by 100.0% during the 1st quarter. Massey Quick Simon & CO. LLC now owns 4,654 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $199,000 after buying an additional 2,327 shares in the last quarter. Compton Capital Management Inc. RI bought a new stake in shares of Sealed Air during the 4th quarter valued at $205,000. Finally, Zeke Capital Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Sealed Air during the 4th quarter valued at $205,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 97.45% of the company’s stock.

Hot Value Stocks To Watch Right Now: Central European Media Enterprises Ltd.(CETV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Headlines about Central European Media Enterprises (NASDAQ:CETV) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Central European Media Enterprises earned a news sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the company an impact score of 45.5324249099013 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Central European Media Enterprises (NASDAQ: CETV) and Liberty Media Formula One Series A (NASDAQ:FWONA) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends and profitability.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Media coverage about Central European Media Enterprises (NASDAQ:CETV) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Central European Media Enterprises earned a news sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the company an impact score of 46.2556402111345 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Hot Value Stocks To Watch Right Now: ACNB Corporation(ACNB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of ACNB (NASDAQ:ACNB) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Monday morning.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    John W. Rosenthal Capital Management Inc. lowered its holdings in shares of ACNB Co. (NASDAQ:ACNB) by 11.8% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 15,000 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 2,000 shares during the period. John W. Rosenthal Capital Management Inc.’s holdings in ACNB were worth $439,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Hot Value Stocks To Watch Right Now: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Apple Inc. (AAPL) stock dipped into correction territory on Tuesday, down more than 11% since its most recent high at $183.50 on March 13. Tuesday was the first time shares of Apple fell below $163 since February.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Spotify’s payouts have been contentious within the music industry for years, particularly for independent artists. It’s also a department where Spotify lags its most important competitor, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). Apple’s per-stream royalty rate for 2017 was approximately $0.00783, which is nearly twice Spotify’s effective rate of $0.00397, according to estimates from The Trichordist. These are gross estimates before distribution fees. Directionally, Apple’s rate increased slightly compared to 2016, while Spotify’s declined.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) analysts are moving toward a sure consensus: growth is in the Services. The lessened emphasis on hardware has yielded new investment approaches: Link

Hot Value Stocks To Watch Right Now: Myers Industries, Inc.(MYE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Myers Industries, Inc. (NYSE:MYE) Director Frederic Jack Liebau, Jr. bought 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 30th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $19.28 per share, for a total transaction of $19,280.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 28,957 shares in the company, valued at approximately $558,290.96. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) and Myers Industries (NYSE:MYE) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Hot Canadian Stocks To Own For 2019

This is a guest contribution from The Financial Canadian

It is rare to find an investment that is both relatively safe and offers tremendous upside potential.

What if I told you that there was a smaller Canadian version of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B) that has both of these characteristics?

The company I’m talking about is Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (OTCPK:FRFHF) It is a diversified insurance provider with a significant portfolio of common stock investments.

This post will examine the investment prospects of Fairfax in detail.

FFH – Business Overview

Fairfax (TSE:FFH) is a diversified insurance company with headquarters in Toronto, Canada. The present management has been in control of Fairfax since September of 1985.

Fairfax’s operations are divided into two segments: insurance and investment management.

Its insurance operations include a variety of wholly-owned subsidiaries that are operated on a decentralized basis. Many of these wholly-owned subsidiaries are large in their own right, including Northbridge, Odyssey Re, Crum & Forster, Zenith National, and Brit Insurance (the newest addition to the Fairfax family).

Hot Canadian Stocks To Own For 2019: Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(BRK.A)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    News of Buffett’s big buy, amid worries on Wall Street over iPhone demand, comes ahead of Berkshire Hathaway’s  (BRK.A) annual shareholder meeting on Saturday, May 5. To be sure, Buffett appears to be loving Action Alerts PLUS holding Apple’s mix of recurring service revenue, cheap valuation (the stock is stupid cheap) and increasing generosity with its capital return plans. Just this week, Apple silenced the growing number of bears with a solid earnings beat and a shiny new $100 billion stock buyback plan. Berkshire, the billionaire’s holding conglomerate, revealed in February that it hiked its stake in Apple by a whopping 23% to 165.3 million shares during the fourth quarter.

  • [By ]

    There aren’t a lot of tech companies that one can imagine Warren Buffett and the rest of Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A) investment team taking a close look at, given their investment philosophy. But exceptions do exist.

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    This morning, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced plans to cut costs and improve healthcare for their combined 1.1 million global employees by forming a partnership to provide healthcare services.

  • [By ]

    Investors certainly haven’t been ignoring such challenges in recent years, as IBM’s 5-year chart makes clear. But after seeing Big Blue mostly sit out a massive 2-year tech rally, and after seeing Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)   unload nearly all of its IBM shares, it looks like markets are now even less forgiving of bad news than before.

Hot Canadian Stocks To Own For 2019: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Danny Vena]

    The company’s position at the top of the streaming music heap may be in jeopardy, however, as significant competition is coming along and gaining traction. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently revealed that its music service has surpassed 40 million paying customers, gaining 4 million new subscribers in the past two months alone.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Samsung have settled a long-running intellectual property battle. According to The Wall Street Journal:

    Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. have quietly settled a dispute over Apples design patents, putting an end to a costly, yearslong fight that tested some of the central claims of design theft and patent infringement.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    Anxiety was high going into Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) latest financial report. Rumors of a failed “supercycle” and the pending death of the iPhone X had investors wondering how bad iPhone sales would be. Expectations continued to decline as reports of weakness from Apple suppliers kicked the unease into high gear.

  • [By ]

    So whether it’s Twitter (TWTR) , up 11.4%, or Apple (AAPL) or Nvidia (NVDA) , the FANG stocks have an effect on all of them, Cramer concluded, and best of all, they are all totally unaffected by a looming trade war with China.

  • [By ]

    Though not without blemishes, Google’s report is (in the views of this observer) fairly encouraging overall, given that shares went into earnings trading at reasonable multiples for a company with Google’s growth rates and competitive positioning in several highly valuable markets. Here are key takeaways from the Q1 report and subsequent earnings call:

    Google emphatically put to rest any concerns that its mobile search and YouTube ad momentum was about to meaningfully slow. Paid ad clicks on Google’s own sites and apps (they include video ad views that technically aren’t “clicks”) rose 59% annually, outpacing Q4’s 48% growth. This more than offset a 19% drop in cost per click (slightly worse than Q4’s 16% drop), the result of mobile search and YouTube ad prices being lower on average than PC search ad prices. CFO Ruth Porat noted mobile search was once more the largest driver behind Google’s ad growth, and both Porat and CEO Sundar Pichai sounded upbeat about search ad trends. Though there have been worries about Amazon.com’s (AMZN) impact on Google Search, both due to the growth of Amazon’s ad business and the tendency of Amazon shoppers to go straight to its site/apps, Google Search remains a one-of-a-kind online marketing vehicle — including for many businesses that are either competing against Amazon or operate in an industry that Amazon isn’t involved in. And like Amazon, Facebook (FB)  and others, Google is benefiting from the steady shift of advertising dollars towards online channels. TAC — the ad revenue-sharing payments Google makes to the likes of phone OEMs, carriers and publishers — remains a real headwind. For the second quarter in a row, it equaled 24% of Google’s ad revenue versus 22% a year earlier. Moreover, Porat forecast TAC’s share of ad revenue on Google’s own sites and apps (13% in Q1) will continue rising, albeit at a slower pace starting in Q2. A revamped search ad revenue-sharing deal with Apple (AAPL)  is believ

Hot Canadian Stocks To Own For 2019: First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.(FMBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media coverage about First Midwest Bancorp (NASDAQ:FMBI) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Midwest Bancorp earned a news sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.6144382724963 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    First Midwest Bancorp (NASDAQ:FMBI) reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $26.92 and last traded at $26.74, with a volume of 58961 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $26.22.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Bancorp Bank (NASDAQ: TBBK) and First Midwest Bancorp (NASDAQ:FMBI) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on First Midwest Bancorp (FMBI)

    For more information about research offerings from Zacks Investment Research, visit Zacks.com

Apple's HomePod Makes a Small Dent in Smart Speaker Market During Debut Quarter

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) officially jumped into the smart speaker market in the first quarter with the HomePod, and analysts believe that sales thus far are “underwhelming.” Siri remains less capable than its competing counterparts, HomePod only supports Apple Music for full functionality, and the $350 price tag positions it at a significant premium. With HomePod being included in the company’s catch-all “Other Products” segment, investors aren’t likely to get much official data from Apple anytime soon.

That’s where third-party estimates come in.

HomePod on a shelf

Image source: Apple.

Apple shipped 600,000 HomePods in the first quarter

Market researcher Strategy Analyticsis out with its estimates on the smart speaker market for the first quarter, estimating that Apple shipped approximately 600,000 units after HomePod launched in February. Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) is maintaining its strong grip on the market, although its share did drop quite a bit. But the overall market is simply growing so quickly that the e-commerce giant still doubled unit shipments of Echo devices. Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google continues to make headway as well.

Vendor

Q1 2017 Units

Q1 2017 Market Share

Q1 2018 Units

Q1 2018 Market Share

Amazon

2 million

81.8%

4 million

43.6%

Google

0.3 million

12.4%

2.4 million

26.5%

Alibaba

0

0%

0.7 million

7.6%

Apple

0

0%

0.6 million

6%

Xiaomi

0

0%

0.2 million

2.4%

Others

0.1 million

5.8%

1.3 million

13.9%

Total

2.4 million

100%

9.2 million

100%

Data source: Strategy Analytics. Figures rounded.

The Chinese market for smart speakers continues to grow, with local vendors like Alibaba and Xiaomi (which is preparingto go public soon) stepping up to meet the demand, according to Strategy Analytics. Amazon, Google, and Apple do not currently ship smart speakers into the Middle Kingdom. On the earnings callearlier this month, CEO Tim Cook noted that HomePod is only available in the U.S., U.K., and Australia right now, with availability in more markets coming soon.

While Apple generally does not place much value in unit share, it’s clear that Amazon and Google are enjoying unit growth thanks to broader portfolios of devices offered at lower price points. That’s why the “HomePod Mini” that Apple is rumored to have in the pipeline has a lot of potential, as it would make the idea of buying multiple devices a more tenable proposition for consumers.

Of course, HomePod was only available for about half of the quarter, so its performance isn’t all that representative quite yet.Let’s see how the Mac maker fares in the quarters ahead.