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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018

In a junior sector that has become quite a stock-picker’s market over the past nine months, I find some of the safest and lowest risk opportunities come when a company is undergoing a major change. Atlantic Gold (OTCPK:SPVEF) was one such idea I highlighted last year, as the company was set to transform itself into Canada’s newest junior gold producer. The stock has since moved from US$0.60 to US$1.40 and the re-rating I expect has nearly come to fruition. A company with a similar profile that I’ve had my eye on was Harte Gold (OTCPK:HRTFF), but the stock got well ahead of itself earlier this year and I exited my position. Since that time the stock has spent the last six months consolidating and finally looks it may be ready to resume the new uptrend it began earlier this year.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Amphenol Corporation(APH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Greenleaf Trust reduced its holdings in Amphenol (NYSE:APH) by 4.0% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 17,234 shares of the electronics maker’s stock after selling 714 shares during the period. Greenleaf Trust’s holdings in Amphenol were worth $1,484,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Tom Gentile]

    The Amephenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) is an electronic and fiber optic manufacturing company in Connecticut. Late last month, on April 25, the company released their earnings and beat all expectations, including earnings per share and reported revenue.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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

    Trending Hot Stock’s Analysis Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH) (thestockgem.com) Royal Bank of Canada Raises Amphenol (APH) Price Target to $80.00 (americanbankingnews.com) Analyst Earnings Forecasts Summary: Amphenol Corporation’s (APH) (getstocksnews.com) Global Medical Pressure Sensors Market 2018 Manufacturers- Amphenol, Honeywell, NXP+Freescale and TE … (themobileherald.com) What’s Better? Amphenol Corporation (APH) Buy or Sell (nasdaqfortune.com)

    A number of research firms have issued reports on APH. Morgan Stanley raised their price target on shares of Amphenol from $87.00 to $90.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. ValuEngine raised shares of Amphenol from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating and set a $89.00 price target (up from $82.00) on shares of Amphenol in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Amphenol from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. Finally, Cowen reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $105.00 price objective on shares of Amphenol in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. Amphenol has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $92.00.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Mitel Networks Corporation(MITL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares jumped 104.82 percent to close at $14.87 on Tuesday.
    EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV) rose 31.25 percent to close at $1.06. The pay-TV home shopping company was named as a potential acquisition target by TechCrunch. According to the publication, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is exploring ways of marketing its products and services to consumers beyond the internet.
    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) shares climbed 27.16 percent to close at $4.26 on Tuesday.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) gained 27.09 percent to close at $3.80. Atossa Genetics disclosed that it has Received positive interim review from the Independent Safety Committee in Phase 1 Topical endoxifen dose escalation study in men.
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) surged 17.13 percent to close at $37.95 as the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) shares gained 15.91 percent to close at $18.21 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares jumped 15.73 percent to close at $7.58 on Tuesday after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares gained 14.62 percent to close at $31.75 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE: TIS) jumped 12.86 percent to close at $7.37. Orchids Paper Products is expected to report its Q1 financial results on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) rose 12.8 percent to close at $7.05 following strong quarterly results.
    Avid Bioservices, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDMO) rose 12.72 percent to close at $3.81.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) gained 12.61 percent to close at $5.00.
    Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBLN) rose 12.39 percent to close at $3.72.
    NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT) shares climbed 11.88 percent to close at $7
  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of Mitel Networks(NASDAQ:MITL) have popped today, up by 10% as of 12:40 p.m. EDT, after the company agreedto be acquired. Mitel will go private upon closing.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mitel Networks Corp (NASDAQ:MITL) (TSE:MNW) has been given an average recommendation of “Buy” by the eight research firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, three have issued a buy recommendation and one has given a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $12.58.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares rose 15.2 percent to $31.90 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) rose 12.4 percent to $41.30 in pre-market trading after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong Q2 forecast.
    Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGLE) rose 10.8 percent to $8.75 in pre-market trading.
    Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ: MITL) rose 8.8 percent to $11.05 in pre-market trading after the company agreed to be acquired by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for $2.0 billion.
    Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT) rose 7.3 percent to $3.70 in pre-market trading.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares rose 6.9 percent to $7.00 in pre-market trading after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: HALL) rose 6.5 percent to $10.68 in pre-market trading.
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) rose 5.2 percent to $20.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.53 percent on Monday.
    New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU) rose 5 percent to $91.16 in pre-market trading after reporting Q3 results.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) rose 5 percent to $167.98 in pre-market trading after Bloomberg reported that Takeda is nearing a preliminary agreement to acquire Shire after sweetened bid.
    Outfront Media Inc. (NYSE: OUT) shares rose 5 percent to $19.00 in pre-market trading.
    Geron Corporation (NASDAQ: GERN) rose 4.3 percent to $4.18 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.80 percent on Monday.
    SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) rose 3.7 percent to $109.80 in pre-market trading after the company posted strong quarterly results and raised its outlook for the year.
    Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL) shares rose 3.7 percent to $8.70 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.45 percent on Monday.
    Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (NYSE: D

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Leggett & Platt, Incorporated(LEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) and Hooker Furniture (NASDAQ:HOFT) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk and profitability.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.(ZBH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $34.66 billion.
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $5.24 billion.
    United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.55 per share on revenue of $16.44 billion.
    Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.74 per share on revenue of $7.91 billion.
    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $8.81 billion.
    PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.93 per share on revenue of $12.4 billion.
    American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $10.42 billion.
    Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $5.01 billion.
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $34.52 billion.
    Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.66 per share on revenue of $5.38 billion.
    D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $3.76 billion.
    The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.4 per share on revenue of $1.94 billion.
    Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.56 per share on revenue of $2.94 billion.
    Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $4.63 billion.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.54 per share on revenue of $3.72 billion.
    Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) is projected to report quarter
  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA trimmed its holdings in shares of Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) by 8.5% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 15,053,800 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock after selling 1,404,161 shares during the quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA owned 0.07% of Zimmer Biomet worth $1,641,467,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Conning Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) by 33.0% in the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 6,285 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,560 shares during the quarter. Conning Inc.’s holdings in Zimmer Biomet were worth $685,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Arlington Asset Investment Corp(AI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    POLY AI (CURRENCY:AI) traded 6.1% higher against the US dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 21:00 PM Eastern on May 16th. Over the last week, POLY AI has traded up 33.4% against the US dollar. POLY AI has a total market cap of $651.00 and approximately $802.00 worth of POLY AI was traded on exchanges in the last day. One POLY AI token can currently be bought for approximately $0.0003 or 0.00000003 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges.

The 5 Best Stocks for Retirees to Buy Before 2018

Adding extra income to your nest egg can be the difference between a comfortable retirement and living the retirement of your dreams. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the five beststocks for retireesto buy today…

Now, owning stocks involves a certain level of risk. That’s especially true for retirees who don’t have decades to recover losses. But if you’re a retiree with some extra money set aside, owning stable, high-dividend-paying stocks can provide extra, valuable income in your golden years.

Money MorningChief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald says owning dividend stocks like these can be likeearning a “second salary.”

“Dividends can work like magic when it comes to reaching your financial goals and a safe retirement,” says Fitz-Gerald.

In fact, one of theretirement stockswe’ll show you below yields more than 17% on its dividend. That means a $10,000 investment would accrue $1,700 a year from dividends alone.

And that outpaces other options for retirement income, like annuities or mutual funds…

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An annuity can guarantee a steady rate of return – around 3% for a fixed annuity – but once purchased, you can’t withdraw your money without paying extra. With a stock, you can sell shares when you need to free up the money. Plus, you’ll profit if the share price rises.

Additionally, fees from annuities and mutual funds chip away at your money, countering the added income.

Managed fund fees can run over 2%. Annuities also come with complex fees. Fidelity lists 11 different fee possibilities depending on which annuity you purchase.

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Again, nothing beats a complete retirement plan when it comes to reaching your retirement goals. That’s whyFitz-Gerald has put together an action plan to help you get there, too.

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Not only do these stocks pay high dividends – some yield above 15% – but these are well-run, profitable companies. That’s essential for income investors, because the company needs to keep generating profits to keep paying a dividend.

Fitz-Gerald says, “a company’s ability to keep paying and increasing its dividend is just as important in the long term” as high yields are.

That’s why we’ve found five stocks with high dividends and excellent business models to keep the payouts coming…

The Best Stocks for Retirees, No. 5: Ticc Capital Corp.

Ticc CapitalCorp. (Nasdaq:TICC)is a corporation chartered under a unique tax structure that allows it to send more of its profits back to investors. Business Development Corps. (BDCs) were designed to allow average investors – not the hedge fund giants on Wall Street – to fund private startups.

And that’s the structure utilized by Ticc Capital Corp. Because Ticc is a BDC, it’s required to distribute at least 90% of its income back to its investors.

That’s how Ticc pays its investors a quarterly dividend of $0.20 a share. With a share price of $6.55, the dividend yields 12.23% on your investment. That can add up to some serious income.

The average working person between ages 56 and 61 has $163,577 in savings. According to Fitz-Gerald, “TICC’s 12.23% yield would mean a $20,000 income stream a year – which amounts to $1,667/month of taxable income.”

While we don’t recommend putting your savings into one stock, the example shows just how powerful of an income generator Ticc can be for your extra money.

And Ticc is a well-run company. It has an operating cash flow of $315.16 million and a profit margin of nearly 10%. That ensures Ticc will be able to keep paying its huge dividend and can even raise it over the coming years.

The Best Stocks for Retirees, No. 4: New Residential Investment Corp.

New Residential Investment Corp.(NYSE:NRZ) is the most unique pick on our list, since it’s a real estate investment trust (REIT). NRZ manages a portfolio of real estate holdings and mortgages, which gives its investors exposure to the real estate market.

While REITs can be used to diversify a typical stock portfolio, they also bring their investors serious income.

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NRZ has over $70 billion in assets under management, and those assets bring NRZ a quarterly income of $356.79 million. And nearly all of that income gets passed on to NRZ’s investors since it’s a REIT.

“New Residential is required by the SEC to return 90% of taxable income to shareholders annually,” says Fitz-Gerald. “That means money in your pocket, if you’re one of ’em.”

NRZ pays a dividend of $0.50 a share, and with a share price of $16.95, its dividend yields 11.8% on your investment.

The Best Stocks for Retirees, No. 3: Lockheed Martin Corp.

Lockheed MartinCorp. (NYSE:LMT) is one of the best defense contractors in the world, and it’s hugely profitable.

With a profit margin of 10.37% and total revenue of $47.2 billion annually, the company is raking in a profit of nearly $5 billion a year. And in 2017, the company announced it was increasing its yearly profit projections by 5%.

You see, LMT is an exceptionally well-managed company with billions in government contracts across the world. But it’s also plugged in to the Unstoppable Trend of war, terrorism & ugliness.

The key to making huge profits is to find “must-have” companies that fall into what Fitz-Gerald calls the six “Unstoppable Trends”: medicine, technology, demographics, scarcity & allocation, energy, and war, terrorism and ugliness (also known as “defense”). The Unstoppable Trends are backed by trillions of dollars that Washington cannot derail, the Fed cannot meddle with, and Wall Street cannot hijack.

That means LMT is always going to be in demand, no matter what else is going on in the broader market. That lets LMT pay its investors a massive $2.00 dividend per share. That’s right, the company will pay you $2 a quarter just for owning its stock.

And it’s likely you’ll be growing your money by doing that, too. LMT is up 32% over the last year, jumping from $237.39 a share to $312.67 a share today. Analysts are projecting it could hit $340 a share.

That’s a nice profit opportunity for ahigh-dividend income stock.

And we’ve saved the best for last. Our last two income stocks for retirement are our top picks, including one paying a dividend that yields over 17%…

The Best Stocks for Retirees, No. 2: Arlington Asset Investment Corp.

Arlington Asset Investment Corp.(NYSE:AI) is another BDC, but this one focuses on owning government debt.

That may sound like a dull business model, but rest assured, it’s a lucrative one. AI has nearly $5 billion in its portfolio and is massively profitable.

With a profit margin of 38.8%, AI is able to funnel more than three times the profit of any stock on this list back to its investors.

That’s how it manages a dividend yield of a whopping 17.17%, the biggest dividend on our list. And the best part is AI is likely to continue growing its dividend.

Fitz-Gerald especially likes AI because of its long-term stability, which is essential for it to keep paying such a spectacular dividend.

“This stability is exactly what you’d expect from a business gathering income through U.S. government-backed mortgages,” Fitz-Gerald said. “It may not be the most exciting field, but it sure pays the bills, as you’ll see from this company’s quarterly dividend income stream.”

In fact, AI has upped its dividend 92% since 2010.

The Best Stocks for Retirees, No. 1: ABB Ltd.

ABB Ltd.(NYSE ADR:ABB) is a Swiss company specializing in electrification, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg with this company.

Fitz-Gerald says the company is actually billing itself as a “technology leader,” and that’s important for its future.

“Not many investors realize this, but more than 55% of ABB’s sales are already from software and digitally enabled devices,” according to Fitz-Gerald.

That means ABB’s future is looking bright, but its income potential is what attracts us to it here.

ABB pays a dividend of $0.76 a share. With a share price of just $25.18, investors get access to that payout for a fraction of the cost of a stock like Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), which pays a dividend of $0.84 per $132.77 a share.

You see, Fitz-Gerald is a believer in the maxim that “price is what you pay, but value is what you get,” and ABB delivers value.

Plus it fits all three of Fitz-Gerald’s criteria for finding value in stocks, which is essential to maintaining income.

“My goal is to find a high-quality business with a proven track record, savvy management, and plenty of profit potential,” says Fitz-Gerald. And ABB stacks up with all of them.

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10 best stocks

U.S. equities moved lower on Monday, a consolidation after the extreme moves seen in a handful of tech stocks on Friday following key earnings reports. Small-cap stocks were hit particularly hard — a reminder of the terrible market breadth that’s been in play lately — resulting in the worst one-day decline since August.

The catalyst fell in the form of the House’s five-year corporate tax-rate cut (down 3% per year, hitting 20% in 2022) plan, on concerns about the hit to revenues. Moreover, there is fear that fighting over individual deductions — like mortgage interest deduction — could torpedo the entire effort.

In the end, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.4%, the S&P 500 lost 0.3%, the Nasdaq Composite lost a fraction and the Russell 2000 gave back 1.2%. Treasury bonds were stronger, the dollar declined, gold gained 0.5% and crude oil gained 0.5%.

Click to EnlargeREITs led the way with a 0.6% gain with tech stocks up another 0.4%. Telecom underperformed on word M&A talks between T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ:TMUS) and Sprint Corp (NYSE:S) have broken down, losing 1.4%. Healthcare lost 1.1%.

10 best stocks: Intersil Corporation(ISIL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Big gainers on the day included Intersil Corp (NASDAQ: ISIL), which jumped 20 percent on news of a buyout, and Medivation (NASDAQ: MDVN), which added 20 percent on a deal with Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) related to its cancer drug. Cotiviti Holdings Inc (NYSE: COTV) lost around 9 percent in the wake of a mid-day sell-off and Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) fell 7 percent in the wake of a management shakeup.

10 best stocks: Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc.(SC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap consumer financestock Santander Consumer USA Holdings (NYSE: SC):

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Height Financial Services analyst Edwin Groshans believes Credit Acceptance Corp, Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc (NYSE: SC), Ally Financial Inc (NYSE: ALLY) and Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE: COF).

10 best stocks: Arlington Asset Investment Corp(AI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    The first stock on our list today is Arlington Asset Management Corp. (NYSE: AI), which primarily acquires and holds mortgage-related assets. The company’s portfolio consists mostly of agency-backed mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and private-label, residential MBS. The best part is its massive 17.4% dividend yield.

10 best stocks: SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.(SEAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for troubled small capSeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE: SEAS) is scheduled for before the market opens onTuesday (February 28th) as the company still grapples with thefallout generated from the highly critical documentary Blackfish. On Tuesday, SeaWorld Entertainment reportedthat preliminary total 2016 revenues were expected to be $1.344 billion and total attendance was approximately 22.0 million guests for the year. The CEO commented:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    In the parched terrain just south of the United States border, the prices of food and other necessities follow the dollar, whose value has been climbing: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
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    ANALYST RATINGS
    Wunderlich upgraded Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE) from Hold to Buy
    FBR Capital upgraded L Brands (NYSE: LB) from Market Perform to Outperform
    Morgan Stanley upgraded Dean Foods (NYSE: DF) from Neutral to Overweight
    Baird downgraded Patheon (NYSE: PTHN) from Outperform to Neutral
    Citigroup downgraded SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE: SEAS) from Neutral to Sell
    Goldman Sachs downgraded Macerich (NYSE: MAC) from Neutral to Sell

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS) has dropped 2.2% to $18.47 after getting cut to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup.

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) has jumped 4.3% to $11.68 after activist investor ValueAct bought three million shares of the beaten-down specialty pharmaceutical company.

10 best stocks: Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.(ETH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was a strong day for the stock market, as the Dow finished up nearly 100 points and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq both posted gains as well. Investors remained generally upbeat about the prospects for the U.S. economy in 2017, and a rise in crude oil prices helped lift the energy sector higher during the market session. Yet comments during a press conference from President-elect Donald Trump weighed on the healthcare sector, and some individual stocks took particularly hard hits. Among the worst performers were Perrigo (NYSE:PRGO), Novadaq Technologies (NASDAQ:NVDQ), and Ethan Allen Interiors (NYSE:ETH). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

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Larkspur, CA, based Investment company Park West Asset Management LLC buys eBay, Dell Technologies, Ellie Mae, Alliance Data Systems, Shutterfly, Nexstar Media Group, Marvell Technology Group, FirstCash, DaVita, Brunswick, sells Pandora Media, Service International, LendingClub, Tailored Brands, Stamps.com during the 3-months ended 2016-12-31, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Park West Asset Management LLC. As of 2016-12-31, Park West Asset Management LLC owns 57 stocks with a total value of $1.3 billion. These are the details of the buys and sells.

New Purchases: EBAY, DVMT, ADS, FCFS, BC, CTL, WOOF, AVXL, INAP, SITE, Added Positions: ELLI, SFLY, NXST, MRVL, DVA, SGMS, BERY, PGNX, AFSI, NXEO, Reduced Positions: TLRD, STMP, LOPE, GDOT, LAD, IL, SEIC, BECN, OOMA, EGRX, Sold Out: P, SCI, LC, TRIB, ISCA, MPSX, VRA, IBKR, MIC, ADNT,

For the details of Park West Asset Management LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Park+West+Asset+Management+LLC

cheap stocks: Arlington Asset Investment Corp(AI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    The first stock on our list today is Arlington Asset Management Corp. (NYSE: AI), which primarily acquires and holds mortgage-related assets. The company’s portfolio consists mostly of agency-backed mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and private-label, residential MBS. The best part is its massive 17.4% dividend yield.

cheap stocks: White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.(WTM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here is a table of the 10 most expensive stocks trading on U.S. markets today:

    Company (Ticker)Price per ShareMarket CapBerkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A)$ 257,227.52$ 419.50 billionSeaboard Corp. (NYSEMKT: SEB)$ 3,760.00$ 4.48 billionNVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR)$ 1,944.23$ 7.19 billionThe Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN)$ 1,727.94$ 80.82 billionMarkel Corp. (NYSE: MKL)$ 978.51$ 13.78 billionWhite Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM)$ 935.01$ 4.25 billionAmazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)$ 846.08$ 408.27 billionAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL)$ 844.06$ 582.85 billionAutoZone Inc. (NYSE: AZO)$ 744.26$ 21.04 billionIntuitive Surgical Inc. (Nasdaq: ISRG)$ 735.63$ 28.41 billion

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Most Expensive Stocks No. 6: White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd.
    The sixth most expensive stock you can buy is Bermuda-based White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM). The insurance company currently trades at $826.04 a share.

cheap stocks: Eros International PLC(EROS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap Bollywood stock Eros International plc (NYSE: EROS) is the15th most shorted stock on the Nasdaq with short interest of 39.19% according to Highshortinterest.complus the Company has just reported earnings. Eros International is a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry that acquires, co-produces and distributes Indian films across all available formats such as cinema, television and digital new media. Eros International Plc was the first Indian media company to list on the New York Stock Exchange and is one of the oldest companies in the Indian film industry to focus on international markets as the Company has experience of over three decades in establishing a global platform for Indian cinema. The Company has a competitive advantage through its extensive and growing movie library comprising of over 3,000 films, which include Hindi, Tamil, and other regional language films for home entertainment distribution. Eros International has built a dynamic business model by combining the release of new films every year with the exploitation of its film library. The company also owns the rapidly growing OTT platform Eros Now.

cheap stocks: Zion Oil & Gas Inc(ZN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

cheap stocks: Full House Resorts, Inc.(FLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    4. Full House Resorts (Nasdaq: FLL)
    A tiny company with a market capitalization of just $75 million, Full House owns, operates, and invests in casinos and other hospitality properties.

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    Neovasc Inc (US) (NASDAQ: NVCN) rose 17.3 percent to $2.65 in pre-market trading after the company reported the close of its $75 million transaction with Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX).
    aTyr Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: LIFE) shares rose 12.3 percent to $4.10 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed 'promising' signals in myopathies with Resolaris in exploratory trials.
    Globus Maritime Ltd (NASDAQ: GLBS) shares rose 10.1 percent to $6.90 in pre-market trading after climbing 5.03 percent on Monday.
    Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AUPH) shares rose 9.9 percent to $3.00 in pre-market trading. Aurinia Pharmaceuticals appointed Lorin Jeffry “Jeff” Randall to its board and Chairman of the Audit Committee.
    Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ: ORIG) shares rose 8.7 percent to $2.89 in pre-market trading after surging 19.82 percent on Monday.
    Full House Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLL) shares rose 5.1 percent to $2.08 in pre-market trading after declining 1.98 percent on Monday.
    Seadrill Ltd (NYSE: SDRL) rose 5.1 percent to $4.13 in pre-market trading after surging 3.15 percent on Monday.
    Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) rose 5.1 percent to $7.60 in pre-market trading after declining 5.37 percent on Monday.
    Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS) rose 5.1 percent to $3.10 in pre-market trading. Arbutus issued additional data from its ARB-1467 Phase II

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Investment Thesis

Nu Skin Enterprises Inc (NYSE:NUS) has been on my radar for quite some time now, simply because of its association with the infamous Herballife (NYSE:HLF) (which I will write about in part-2 of this series). I will not discuss in either of these articles the moral attributes of these companies as multi-level marketing, but solely as an investment opportunity to profit with a 15% upside potential.

Business Overview

Nu Skin Enterprises is a direct selling company, multi-level marketing, that markets anti-aging personal care (under the brand Nu Skin), nutrition (under the brand Pharmanex), and technology products through a global network of approximately 1 million Actives and Sales Leaders.

It defines Actives as “persons who have purchased products directly from the Company during the three months” and Sales Leaders “independent distributors, and sales employees and independent marketers in China”

From time to time the company develops new products for its consumers/sales force to purchase. Examples of its product line include, its ageLOC Me, ageLOC Youth or more recently an air purifier product in Mainland China. Through these limited-time offers the company typically generates a high level of purchasing for a limited time. This has a tendency to make its results uneven, however, the company hopes to over time to continue to grow its top and bottom line.

investment club: Computer Sciences Corporation(CSC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By R. Chandrasekaran]

    Some of the outperforming stocks:

    NVDIA Corp (NASDAQ: NVDA) trading up about 5.7 percent with a range between $69.50 and $71.72.
    Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is gaining about 4 percent. The stock ranged between $770.94 and $787.73.
    Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) is gaining about 3.3 percent with the stock trading between $56.10 and $58.01.
    Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is adding about 3 percent with the stock ranging $59.78-$60.52.
    Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) is gaining about 2.9 percent with the stock trading between $792.90 and $805.
    Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) is adding approximately 2.9 percent with shares trading in the range of $34.15-$34.60.
    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is gaining about 2.8 percent as the stock traded between $30.61 and $31.05.
    Salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) is adding about 2.8 percent with the shares traded in the range of $75.41-$77.00

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    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

investment club: HCP, Inc.(HCP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    One smart way to capitalize on this trend over the next few decades is with a healthcare REIT like HCP (NYSE:HCP), which specializes in private-pay senior housing, medical office, and life science properties.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    HCP, Inc. (HCP) is a REIT that focuses on senior housing facilities and other healthcare properties.

    With a yield of 5.8%, HCP is the highest yielder of all the aristocrat dividend stocks. HCP has upped its payout for 30 straight years and now pays 57.5 cents per unit quarterly.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Healthcare REIT HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) had an eventful 2016. The year started off quite turbulent, with dismal results from the company’s HCR ManorCare properties leading to a surprise loss, but recovered nicely as the company decided to spin off those and other troubled assets. What could be in store for HCP investors in the coming decade?

investment club: Ultralife Corporation(ULBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Energous Corporation and potential small cap networking or power peer Acacia Communications (NASDAQ: ACIA) having a run up late last year while small cap Ultralife Corp (NASDAQ: ULBI) is heading back up to previous highs and EnSync Inc (NYSEMKT: ESNC) has underperformed:

investment club: Arlington Asset Investment Corp(AI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    The first stock on our list today is Arlington Asset Management Corp. (NYSE: AI), which primarily acquires and holds mortgage-related assets. The company’s portfolio consists mostly of agency-backed mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and private-label, residential MBS. The best part is its massive 17.4% dividend yield.

investment club: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.67 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 5 percent, and Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: GPOR) down 6 percent.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    According to Yahoo Finance, this holds for Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO), which is showing 22.63 percent against the float, Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: WLL), currently at 22.55 percent, as well as several others held by the ETF. If your own short-term thesis is in line with this trend, the bear ETF might be the optimal way of approaching that industry.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 1.43 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Westmoreland Coal Company (NYSE: WLB), down 9 percent, and Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 7 percent.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: WLL) saw its shares rocket up by 30.2% to $12.21 on 79.5 million shares on Wednesday. That represents almost 4 times normal trading volume. Whiting Petroleum has a total market cap of $3.5 billion. The company has a consensus analyst price target of $11.39 and a 52-week trading range of $3.35 to $16.62.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares fell 1.02 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 8 percent, and Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P (NASDAQ: CLMT) down 7 percent.