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Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Google is going on a U.S. hiring spree, increasing its footprint outside of Silicon Valley.

The Mountain View, California-based company is expanding or opening offices in nine states, Google (GOOG) CEO Sundar Pichai said during an earnings call on Thursday.

“We plan to hire thousands of people across the U.S. this year,” said Pichai. “Last year in the US we grew faster outside the Bay Area than in the Bay Area. To support this growth, we will be making significant investments in offices across nine states, including Colorado and Michigan.”

Typically considered a Silicon Valley company, the plans are consistent with Google’s U.S. hiring in recent years. The company currently has an office or a data center in 21 states.

The Alphabet-owned company will also open or build five new data centers in the United States in 2018. The company currently has six open data centers in states including Oklahoma, Iowa and North Carolina.

A single data center only employs between 70 and 350 people. Though their data centers don’t generate huge numbers of jobs, tech companies typically receive local and state tax incentives in exchange for picking certain locations.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Orocobre Limited (OROCF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The question now is more about speed of EV implementation. On the supply side, it has been great to see LAC, Pilbara Minerals (OTCPK:PILBF) and Altura Mining (OTCPK:ALTAF) get funding, but the continued issues with Albemarle’s (NYSE:ALB) LaNegra II expansion and Orocobre (OTCPK:OROCF) ramping up to Phase 1 capacity of 17,500 tonnes/year of lithium carbonate are further evidence that lithium projects take time and have considerable execution risk.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Smith & Nephew SNATS, Inc.(SNN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Carlson, CEO and Portfolio Manager, Horizon Investment Services]

    For investors looking for growth but also income, I especially like three health-care related stocksFresenius Medical (FMS), Novo Nordisk (NVO), and Smith & Nephew (SNN).

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: H&R Block, Inc.(HRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Danny Vena]

    H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) is hoping to change all that. This year, it’s partnering with IBM’s (NYSE:IBM) Watson to bring the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) to tax return preparation. This would seem a natural fit for theJeopardy!-winning supercomputer.

  • [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 Ben Levisohn]

    H&R Block (HRB) has climbed 3.1% to $22.20 after beating earnings forecasts by a penny and hiking its dividend.

    Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) has gained 1.2% to $5.16 after getting upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Macquarie.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer also called out H&R Block (HRB) , a company even he was skeptical of, but also one that rose — up 14.8% on strong earnings.

    With the Federal Reserve eyeing four possible rate hikes, Cramer said is not the time to give up on the banks, which is why he owns Citigroup (C) for Action Alerts PLUS. Cramer said he wouldn’t give up on Dow Chemical (DOW) , Arconic (ARNC) or the oil stocks either, as oil will be resuming its climb after this brief pause. He recommended EOG Resources (EOG) as a favorite in that group.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.(SRNE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE) : “This is the kind of speculative stock that I like.”

    Geron (GERN) : “Let’s stick with high quality like Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO) .”

  • [By William Romov]

    San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: SRNE) develops drugs to treat certain types of cancer and chronic cancer pain.

    On Jan. 6, company officials will present a new proprietary technology for the treatment of cancer. Analysts are calling this new technology a potential “game-changer.”

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Spotify (SPOT) , Alkermes (ALKS) , Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) , Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO) , Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE) , NVIDIA (NVDA) , Nucor, Eli Lilly (LLY) and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) .

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc.(XENE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: XENE) shares dropped 53 percent to $4.68 after the company disclosed that XEN801 did not meet efficacy endpoints in Phase 2 trial.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Monday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedgoing long on small cap orphan biopharmaceutical stock Xenon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: XENE):

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap biopharmaceutical stock Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: XENE):

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Anavex Life Sciences Corp.(AVXL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Anavex Life Sciences (OTCQX:AVXL) is down ~40% since Amit Ghate said it would trade substantially lower in an interview with the PRO Weekly Digest in June (see his update comment).

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    The lead drug from Anavex Life Sciences (AVXL) — called Anavex 2-73 — has just reported very promising phase 2a results in Alzheimer’s patients at the annual CTAD conference.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.(SWKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 32.7 percent to $65.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported that larotrectinib trial demonstrated 76 percent confirmed objective response rate.
    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares rose 22 percent to $7.20 in the pre-market trading session after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.
    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) rose 21.7 percent to $99.75 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed positive PB272 Phase 2 data from TBCRC 022 trial at ASCO17.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares rose 20.7 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after the company reported that RedZone has acquired all the assets of Trendit including three technology patents.
    Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) rose 13.1 percent to $16.05 in pre-market trading after D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) proposed to buy 75 percent of Forestar Group for $16.25 per share in cash.
    TG Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TGTX) shares rose 12 percent to $15.50 in pre-market trading after the company said Phase 3 GENUINE trial met primary endpoint with TG-1101 + ibrutinib increasing overall response rate by >70 percent versuss ibrutinib alone.
    Gigamon Inc (NYSE: GIMO) gained 10.8 percent to $43.55. Reuters reported that Gigamon is exploring a potential sale.
    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) rose 8.7 percent to $6.00 in pre-market trading after the company announced Rapivab pediatric sNDA acceptance by the FDA.
    Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY) rose 7.2 percent to $8.77 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.68 percent on Friday.
    Ehi Car Services Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: EHIC) shares rose 6.4 percent to $10.76 in pre-market trading. eHi Car Services posted Q1 earnings of $0.06 on sales of $89.43 million.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) rose 5.9 percent to $114.79 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Friday.
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  • [By Leo Sun]

    If you think that Apple still has room to run, you should also check out three of its top suppliers — Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:CRUS), Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI), and Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) — which could all be lifted by the tech giant’s rally.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Taiwan Semiconductor's poor outlook is notable enough to impact many mega-cap names in the telecom and technology sector. Here is a summary of some of the stocks seeing a notable impact ahead of Thursday's market open.

    Apple down 1.4 percent.
    Nvidia down 2 percent.
    Taiwan Semiconductor is down 4.9 percent.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) down 2.8 percent.
    NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ: NXPI) down 2.6 percent.
    QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) down 2.4 percent.
    Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) down 1.8 percent.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) down 1.7 percent.
    Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) down 1.7 percent.

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    Leerink upgraded Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH) from Market Perform to Outperform
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Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.(BONT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q3 2016 earnings report for small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT)is scheduled for before the market opens on Thursday (November 17th) as traditional department stores continue to struggle to figure out how to attract costumers into their stores as online giants increasingly become thedominant retail players.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT)is scheduled for before the market opens on Tuesday (March 14th). In January, The Bon-Ton Stores announced that its comparable store sales for the nine-week holiday period ended December 31, 2016 had decreased 3.1% -in line with guidance. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT)reported fiscalQ1 earnings before the market opened this morning with total salesdown 9.3% to $536.1 million and comparable store sales down 8.8%. Theearnings release noted:

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Cummins Inc.(CMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Friday was Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) which traded down about 5% at $159.44. The stocks 52-week range is $134.06 to $181.79. Volume was over 3.5 million versus the daily average of 1.2 million shares.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    There are lots of stories like that out there these days. People were perplexed about the Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and Cummins Engine (CMI) and Caterpillar (CAT) quarters, but they turned out to be classic buying opportunities after years of being sell opportunities if the stocks had run. I can’t explain to you how amazing that is. Here are three stocks that have spent months and months in purgatory when they have missed or guided down or slashed forecasts. Now they are up gigantically.

  • [By ]

    As Caterpillar sank, so too did Cummins Inc. (CMI) , down 4.5%, Cree Inc. (CREE) , down 2.5%, Crane Co. (CR) , down 8% and Freeport McMoRan (FCX) , down 14.5%.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Making mining equipment has been a horrible business over the last few years. The industry has been hard-hit by the spending cutbacks at mine sites around the world. For example, BHP Billiton Limited trimmed its capital exploration expenditures by roughly 70% between fiscal 2013 and 2016. No wonder Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), Komatsu Ltd. (NASDAQOTH:KMTUY), and Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) have been hurting. Only that looks like it’s starting to change, which means this trio could be at the top of a list of mining equipment companies to buy in 2017.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Salesforce.com (CRM) , Paccar (PCAR) , Cummins (CMI) , ConocoPhillips (COP) , Adobe Systems (ADBE) , Annaly Capital (NLY) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) .

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: ADTRAN Inc.(ADTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    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 Monica Gerson]

    ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $141.07 million.

    Layne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.35 per share on revenue of $156.10 million.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

According to a recent report from Research and Markets, the global genetic testing market is estimated to grow from $4.6 billion in 2017 to $5.8 billion in 2022 at a CAGR of 11.7% driven by an aging global population, rising incidences of genetic and hereditary diseases, growing awareness, technological advancements and rise in application of genetic testing for early detection of various diseases. A major player and Billion-Dollar Unicorn in this market is 23andMe (Private:DNA).

23andMe’s Journey

Mountain View, California-based 23andMe was founded in 2006 by Chief Executive Anne Wojcicki, Linda Avey, and Paul Cusenza to help people access and benefit from human genome. It first introduced a service that allowed people to get their saliva samples analyzed for genetic markers that influence disease risk and medication response. People also could use the service to know about their ancestry.

The company was stuck in a complex web of regulations which culminated in the US Food and Drug Administration ordering the company to stop selling its personal genomics health tests in 2013.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Cray Inc(CRAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the technology sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) and Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX).

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Cray Inc. (CRAY) has been one of those feast or famine small caps that have either made traders and investors a lot of money in recent years – or simply frustrated those who’ve held it for quite some time. However, at this point we think CRAY offers an attractive risk/reward opportunity on a long-term basis for investors interested in exposure to big data analytics and specifically super-computing – a growing need for large enterprise and institutions all over the world

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small capsupercomputer stock Cray Inc (NASDAQ: CRAY) is scheduled forafter the market closes onWednesday (February 8th). Back in 2012, Cray Inc was inour SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolioasa potentially goodlow risk longer-term play as shares were trading at the $12 level and eventually hit $40+ per share before coming back down to earth last year.

  • [By Giulio Prisco]

    Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT), supercomputer maker Cray (NSDQ:CRAY), and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), a world-class scientific computing center, announced the results of a deep learning collaboration that expands the horizons of running Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and in particular Deep Learning (an especially promising branch of ML) applications, using Microsoft software and Cray supercomputers.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Glu Mobile Inc.(GLUU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap mobile game stock Glu Mobile Inc (NASDAQ: GLUU) reportedQ2 2017 earnings after the market closed on Tuesday. Revenue grew 42% year over year to $68.7 million while bookingsincreased 62% to$82.5 million (whichexceed high end of guidance) and Design Home peaked as the#17 top grossing game on U.S. App Store for iPhone. The net loss was $23.568 million versus a net loss of $17.949 million. The Company also raised 2017 full year bookings guidance to a range of $307 million to $312 million.

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Mobile gaming specialist Glu Mobile’s (NASDAQ:GLUU) net loss almost tripled in the first quarter despite a slight jump in revenue from the prior-year period. Its adjusted net loss of $0.15 per share was more than twice than Wall Street’s expectations of a $0.07-per-share loss.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows that Zynga Inc largely moving sideways for the pastthree years or sowhile remaining small cap mobile gaming stockGlu Mobile Inc (NASDAQ: GLUU) has underperformed andlarge capActivision Blizzard continues to have a good run:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap mobile game stock Glu Mobile Inc (NASDAQ: GLUU)is scheduled for after the market closes onWednesday (February 8). In the past, our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio had open positions in other mobile game stocks with our SCN EO newsletter notingin August 2015 before that summers market meltdown:

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: ADTRAN Inc.(ADTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $141.07 million.

    Layne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.35 per share on revenue of $156.10 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    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 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: RELM Wireless Corporation(RWC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap wireless communications manufacturer RELM Wireless Corporation (NYSEMKT: RWC):

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc.(ALNY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) jumped as much as 14.5% today after announcing earnings after the bell yesterday. As a development-stage biotech, it wasn’t the revenue or the earnings that caused the spike, but the progression of Allnylam’s pipeline.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    On Thursday, the Vetr crowd downgraded Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALNY) from 4.5 stars (Strong Buy), which was issued two days ago, to 3.5 stars (Hold). Crowd sentiment for Alnylam at the time of the downgrade was edging positive, with 66 percent of Vetr user rating bullish.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALNY) shares shot up 53 percent to $114.87 after the company impressed investors with encouraging data from a phase 3 clinical trial. Alnylam, a company dedicated towards treating a wide range of debilitating diseases through ribonucleic acid (RNA) interference (RNAi) therapeutics, said after Tuesday's market close that a phase 3 study called APOLLO met its primary efficacy endpoint and all secondary endpoints.

Top Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018

Q: The stock market seems to be reaching new record highs every day. Are there any stocks that still look cheap?

Corporate earnings have exhibited pretty impressive growth as a whole over the past few years, so the market’s performance is somewhat justified. However, many stocks do look to be rather expensive right now — particularly in the tech sector. Yet some bargains remain.

One of my favorite “cheap” stocks right now is AT&T (NYSE: T), even after shares popped following the company’s strong quarterly report. The telecom giant pays a dividend yielding more than 5% and is a Dividend Aristocrat, meaning that it has increased its dividend for more than 25 consecutive years.

Despite a low price-to-earnings multiple of just 13 times 2017’s expected earnings, AT&T has lots of room to grow, especially thanks to its purchase of DIRECTV and its pending acquisition of Time Warner, both of which should give it an advantage over the competition when it comes to bundling services and broadcasting content directly to smartphones and tablets.

Top Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Advance Auto Parts Inc(AAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    So here’s a disruptive move. Consider buying auto parts retailer Advance Auto Parts (AAP) , the weakest of the big three in the sector, which has 5,000-plus locations in the U.S. The other two players are O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (ORLY) , the fastest-growing of the three, and AutoZone, Inc. (AZO) .

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    The key issue to focus on is automotive group comparable sales, which can be seen in the chart below. I’ve also included the most directly applicable sales numbers for its peers,O’Reilly Automotive Inc (NASDAQ:ORLY), AutoZone, Inc (NYSE:AZO) and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP). The disappointing sales performance of Advance Auto Parts is largely due to the effects of integrating a troublesome acquisition.

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    3. Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP)
    A leader in the consumer auto parts space, Advance boasts over 5,200 stores, 100 Worldpac branches, and serves more than 1,300 independently owned CARQUEST branded shops.

Top Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Bank of the Ozarks(OZRK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ: OZRK) reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.

    Bank of the Ozarks disclosed net income of $54.5 million for the second quarter compared to $44.8 million representing an increase of 21.7 percent. On a per share basis, earnings grew 17.6 percent to $0.60 from $0.51 in the year-ago quarter. This was higher by a penny from the Street analysts' expectations.

Top Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company(CTB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    Finbox.io fair value data (as of January 4) shows that there are only five US manufacturing stocks that have 25% or more margin of safety: Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA), Cooper Tire & Rubber Co (NYSE: CTB), Farmer Brothers Co. (NASDAQ: FARM), Allergan plc Ordinary Shares (NYSE: AGN) and Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: MPAA).

Top Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: ADTRAN Inc.(ADTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    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 Monica Gerson]

    ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $141.07 million.

    Layne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.35 per share on revenue of $156.10 million.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018

I recently bought shares of seven different companies. One of those companies was AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV). I had different reasons for buying each of the stocks. Some were in sectors in which I didn’t already have much exposure in my portfolio. That wasn’t the case with AbbVie, though. I already owned quite a few healthcare stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

AbbVie was unique. There wasn’t just one primary reason the stock caught my attention. Instead, multiple factors influenced my thinking. Here’s why I bought AbbVie stock — and why you might want to consider the biotech stock, too.

Image source: Getty Images.

Compelling growth story

I like growth. Period. End of story.

What I really like about AbbVie was that it has grown revenue and earnings at a solid pace — and it’s not even close to the end of the story for the company’s growth. AbbVie projects double-digit percentage annual adjusted earnings per share growth through 2020.Wall Street agrees, with the consensus estimate among analysts predicting average annual earnings growth of more than 14% over the next five years.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Cellcom Israel Ltd.(CEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s why Cramer said he’ll be listening for news coming from Celgene (CEL) , Amgen (AMGN) , Allergan (AGN) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding, and Regenron (REGN) , all of which are set to present. Of the four, Cramer said he’s sticking with Allergan and Amgen.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Medidata Solutions, Inc.(MDSO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Veeva Systems outperformingunderperforming small cap peerModel N Inc (NYSE: MODN) while mid cap Medidata Solutions (NASDAQ: MDSO) has been a huge outperformer that has just moved past its 2014 peak:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, technology shares climbed by 0.94 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) and Medidata Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: MDSO).

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: ADTRAN Inc.(ADTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $141.07 million.

    Layne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.35 per share on revenue of $156.10 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    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 Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: WPP plc(WPPGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    WPP plc (WPPGY) — Most of WPP’s public websites were rendered inaccessible after the world’s biggest advertising group said its IT systems were the focus of a suspected cyberattack. Shares traded down almost 1% in early afternoon.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018

A huge tech fund backed by Saudi Arabia and Japan’s SoftBank is nearing its target of raising $100 billion.

Investors have now committed $93 billion to the SoftBank Vision Fund, and the rest of the money should be raised in the next six months, the fund said in a statement.

It will focus on investments of more than $100 million in technology businesses of the future.

“Technology has the potential to address the biggest challenges and risks facing humanity today,” SoftBank (SFTBF) CEO Masayoshi Son said in the statement. “The businesses working to solve these problems will require patient long-term capital and visionary strategic investment partners with the resources to nurture their success.”

Saudi Arabia is the biggest investor, having previously committed $45 billion from its public investment fund. The kingdom hopes its participation will help drive the diversification of its economy away from oil.

SoftBank is pitching in $28 billion while United Arab Emirates’ sovereign wealth fund Mubadala has pledged $15 billion, and Apple (AAPL, Tech30) $1 billion. Other investors already committed include Qualcomm (QCOM, Tech30), Taiwan’s Foxconn and Sharp (SHCAY) of Japan.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of SWISS RE LTD’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=SWISS+RE+LTD

    These are the top 5 holdings of SWISS RE LTDiShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) – 1,274,000 shares, 41.43% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 114.84%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,192,350 shares, 38.52% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 158.64%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 1,043,001 shares, 8.7% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 12.39%iShares Floating Rate Bond (FLOT) – 1,000,000 shares, 7.33% of the total portfolio. NewStar Financial Inc (NEWS) – 3,000,000 shares, 4.01%

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of David Swensen’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=David+Swensen

    These are the top 5 holdings of David SwensenJBG SMITH Properties (JBGS) – 5,145,068 shares, 40.61% of the total portfolio. New PositionAntero Midstream GP LP (AMGP) – 5,769,780 shares, 27.25% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 3.89%Antero Resources Corp (AR) – 3,674,487 shares, 16.87% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 6.35%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 967,022 shares, 15.28% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 61.75%iShares China Large-Cap (FXI) – 0 shares, 0% of the

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of SWISS RE LTD’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=SWISS+RE+LTD

    These are the top 5 holdings of SWISS RE LTDiShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) – 1,641,300 shares, 34.54% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 6.79%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,003,200 shares, 20.97% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 34.15%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 2,800,100 shares, 15.78% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 170.34%iShares 1-3 Year Credit Bond ETF (CSJ) – 1,659,000 shares, 15.1% of the total portfolio. New PositionVanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH) – 937,000 shares, 6.48% of the total po

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Meanwhile, international stocks look better than U.S. stocks. The iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (EFA) is an ETF that offers international exposure to developed countries in Western Europe, Japan and Australia.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: ADTRAN Inc.(ADTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    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 Monica Gerson]

    ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $141.07 million.

    Layne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.35 per share on revenue of $156.10 million.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Lowe’s Companies Inc.(LOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    That’s why many investors shop among the short list ofDividend Aristocrats, which are companies that boast an unbroken streak of at least 25 years of consecutive payout raises. A few members of that elite group have fallen out of favor recently and could represent solid long-term buys. Below, we’ll look at the prospects for market-beating returns fromCoca-Cola(NYSE:KO),Target(NYSE:TGT), andLowe’s(NYSE:LOW).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Lowes Companies Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is expected to release its most recent quarterly results Tuesday. The consensus forecast calls for $1.02 in EPS and $16.58 billion in revenue. Shares ended the week at $80.22. The consensus price target is $85.68, and the 52-week range is $67.77 to $86.25.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Lowes(LOW) soared on Wednesday after reporting fourth-quarter earnings, making it the best performer in the S&P 500.

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    Today the shares are lower, but RBC Capital Markets’Scot Ciccarelli writes that the quarter’s strength supports more gains ahead.

    Ciccarelli and his team reiterated an Outperform rating on the stock and raised their price target $7, to $90, writing that the sales trends are positive and the macro backdrop, including a robust housing and construction sector, remains supportive for Lowe’s. They still preferHome Depot(HD), saying it provides more consistent execution, but are upbeat about Lowe’s ability to keep climbing.

    Details from their note about Lowe’s upbeat same-store sales:

    Lowes monthly comps were very healthy, up 4.7%, 6.3% and 4.2% (Nov-Jan), compared to Home Depots 6.0%, 8.0%, 5.1%. Both comp ticket (+4%) and transaction growth (+1.1%) contributed to the comp after stalling in recent quarters (2Q and 3Q traffic growth were sub-1%). Further, 2-year transaction comps (which we view as the run-rate) improved to ~4.7% in 4Q from 3Qs 3.0% and 2Qs 1.3%. Comps in all regions and nearly all product categories were positive, and the Pro continued to comp above company average. Big-ticket was also strong (+9%), driven by categories such as Appliances, Kitchen and Lawn & Garden.

    Lowe’s is down down 0.9% to $80.70 in recent trading, although it’s up 13.5% since the start of the year.

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    The Bad

    Bonds behaved poorly. The 10 year and long bond rose by between 3-4 basis points in yield. I bought a trading position in iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond ETF (TLT) in front of a possible yearend pension rebalance. Big pharma stinks up the joint, again. Spec biotech is weakening again (Portola Pharmaceuticals PTLA, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals ACAD, etc.) Retail cant get out of its way. I am long JC Penney (JCP) and have trading positions in Kohl’s (KSS) and Macy’s (M) . (Nike (NKE) , Nordstrom (JWN) , Lowe’s (LOW) are downside features).

    The Ugly

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Insulet Corporation(PODD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Shares of Insulet Corporation(NASDAQ:PODD), a medical device company primarily focused on diabetes,rose by as much as 11% in afternoon trading on Friday.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows MannKind Corporation having once been a highflyerwhile the performance of large cap insulin and diabetes stockNovo Nordisk A/S (NYSE: NVO) has fallen off and small cap Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ: PODD) has actually performed better:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows MannKind Corporation peaking in 2014 before falling below the more steady performance of diabetes or insulin stocks like large cap Novo Nordisk A/S (NYSE: NVO) and small cap Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ: PODD):

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Huntsman Corporation(HUN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Huntsman Corp. (NYSE: HUN) had its executive chairman selling stock last week. Jon Huntsman parted with 600,000 shares, and the share priceranged from $17.25 to $17.27. The total for the trade was posted at $10 million.The company manufactures and sells differentiated organic and inorganic chemical products worldwide. The stock traded Friday at $18.10, so some left on that table as well.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Venator Materials PLC is a maker of titanium dioxide pigments and additives. The company is being spun out of Huntsman Corp. (NYSE: HUN) and plans to offer 22.7 million shares in an expected price range of $20 to $21, raising $465 million at an implied market cap of $2.18 billion. Underwriters include Citi, Goldman Sachs, BofA/Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, UBS Investment Bank, RBC Capital Markets, Moelis & Company, HSBC Corp., Nomura Securities, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Academy Securities, and Commerzbank Capital. Shares are scheduled to price Wednesday and begin trading Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol VNTR.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated(PEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG).

    The firm has lifted its rating on PEG from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has raised the company’s price target from $36 to $37. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $32.42.

    Analyst Paul Fremont commented: “We are upgrading to Buy based on the improving outlook for regulatory approval of the company’s “Energy Strong” capital spending program.

    “Each $1.0 billion of incremental spending will add an estimated $0.10 to PEG’s earnings. We assume that incremental spending is funded by debt and by incremental cash expected from the increasing gas basis differential between the Leidy hub and New Jersey. Our new estimates are considerably higher than consensus in 2014-16.”

    Public Service Enterprise Group shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 6% YTD.