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Thursday’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote repealing the agency’s 2015 Net Neutrality regulations were roundly condemned by any number of technology firms and consumer rights organizations. There were, however, some organizations that supported the repeal and have issued statements to that effect.

One such group is the Consumer Choice Center, based in Arlington, Virginia. The group claims in its mission statement that consumer choice is “pivotal for economic freedom and lifestyle decisions.” More regulation, it goes on, “leads to less consumer choice and usually higher costs.”

The group’s deputy director, Yael Ossowski, wrote in a statement:

Many observers conflated the net neutrality regulations as somehow the only safeguards for a free and open Internet and providers for universal broadband access. But that just isn’t true. Before 2015, innovation was a hallmark of the Internet. It was the purest form of the free market at work, allowing for the creation of thousands of online companies and services billions of us enjoy today. Allowing entrepreneurs to unleash products and services without burdensome regulations that only favor large companies and investors will be good for Internet consumers.

learn about stock market: Canadian Solar Inc.(CSIQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) were down around 11 percent to $12.10 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings and issued a weak forecast.

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    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $690.27 million.
    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $3.84 billion.
    Coca-Cola European Partners Plc (NYSE: CCE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $2.72 billion.
    Lands' End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $459.43 million.
    Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $145.91 million.
    Cheetah Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: CMCM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $178.04 million.
    Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $90.05 million.
    Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) is projected to post earnings for its first quarter.
    Fifth Street Asset Management Inc (NASDAQ: FSAM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $25.12 million.

     

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is set to report its fourth-quarter results on Tuesday morning. The analysts consensus estimates call for earnings per share (EPS) of $0.32 and $690.27 million in revenue. Shares closed trading at $13.74 on Friday. The consensus price target is $15.21, and the 52-week trading range is $10.25 to $21.35.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) to report quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $3.84 billion before the opening bell. General Mills shares gained 0.51 percent to $60.57 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) to post quarterly earnings at $2.62 per share on revenue of $15.00 billion after the closing bell. FedEx shares gained 0.12 percent to $192.51 in after-hours trading.
    Before the markets open, Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $690.27 million. Canadian Solar shares fell 0.44 percent to $13.49 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE) to have earned $0.53 per share on revenue of $8.47 billion in the latest quarter. Nike will release earnings after the markets close. Nike shares rose 0.14 percent to $58.76 in after-hours trading.

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  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Despite the potentially positive recent developments for solar investors, Johnson remains extremely bearish on solar stocks. Axiom maintains Sell ratings on the following U.S.-listed names:

    JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YGE) Solaredge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: SEDG) Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ)

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learn about stock market: Altura Mining Limited (ALTAF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [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].

learn about stock market: Alaska Air Group, Inc.(ALK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Airlines like United Continental (UAL), Alaska Air Group (ALK) and JetBlue Airways (JBLU) have been so cheap for so long now, that making an argument for big gains based solely on valuation seems remarkably foolish. Thankfully, it’s not the only argument that Barclays analyst Brandon Oglenski make as they initiated the sector with a Positive rating, while calling United Continental the “most compelling stock” in the airlines sector. They explain why:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    It’s been clear from the beginning that Alaska Air’s (NYSE:ALK) acquisition of Virgin America was bad news for United Continental (NYSE:UAL). Alaska Air’s management viewed the deal as a springboard for growth in California — especially in the Bay Area. Meanwhile, United is the dominant airline in San Francisco.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    While the airline stocks have pulled back recently, coming off a choppy 1Q17, we have In-Line ratings on the Big 3 (American Airlines [AAL], Delta Air Lines [DAL] and United Continental [UAL]), as well as on Alaska Air Group (ALK)…

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Last year, a potential solution appeared when Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK) acquired Virgin America, which is the only other commercial airline at Love Field, whereas Alaska Airlines flies to nearby Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). It seemed plausible that Alaska would consolidate its Dallas-area operations at DFW, the region’s main airport.

learn about stock market: ProShares Ultra Nasdaq Biotechnology(BIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested theProShares Ultra Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NASDAQ: BIB) as a way to play long term biotech bullishness with a short term caveat:

learn about stock market: Sina Corporation(SINA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares ofSINA Corporation(NASDAQ:SINA)rose 25.8% in 2016,according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, following a pair of stronger-than-expected quarterly reports from the Chinese internet leader in the second half.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    SINA Corp (NASDAQ: SINA), which has a stake in Weibo, also tumbled.

    Weibo confirmed that the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China or SAPPRFT has ordered local authorities to take measures to suspend audio and video services of some internet companies.

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    It was quickly followed by two other Chinese social media sites: SINA Corp (NASDAQ: SINA) and Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: MOMO).

    Weibo Responds

    Weibo issued a press release later in the day saying it would cooperate with the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Warren Buffett famously told investors to be “fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.” Dedicated followers of that mantra would probably dismiss Chinese online media giant SINA (NASDAQ:SINA) — which rallied 120% over the past 12 months to a six-year high — as a “greedy” play.

learn about stock market: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated(RBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Raymond James has downgraded Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc (USA) (NYSE: RBA) common stock to Market Perform

    Loop Capital's Betsy Van Hees sees storage, networking, and connectivity as the 3 reasons why Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) will return to top-Line growth. She reiterated her Buy rating and $18 price target. 

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Introduction

I have previously written some articles where I have tracked Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) construction and purchases of property, plant, and equipment (P,P & E), as well as Tesla’s payments for them. The reason Tesla does not have to pay for all its equipment up front was explained in the year end 2016 earnings letter. It stated, “… we continue to negotiate more favorable payment terms with our capital equipment suppliers, pushing some payments closer to the start of Model 3 production and some payments beyond the start of production.” It was further discussed in the associated conference call. I examined this issue in more detail in an article I wrote in June titled “A Capital Raise Could Be Around the Corner.”

I had estimated that Tesla owed about $1.2 bn. at December 31, 2016, for P,P, & E technically owned by them but not yet paid for, a balance which had increased to almost $2.2 bn. by June 30. I had calculated the $2.2 bn. figure by starting with my year end estimate of $1.2 bn. and adding to it to a figure provided at the bottom of the cash flow statement under Supplemental Non Cash Investing and Financing Activities: “Acquisition of property and equipment included in liabilities,” which was $1.02 bn. at June 30. Although Tesla makes substantial payments each quarter for P,P, & E, the company has been acquiring more than it has been paying for in most recent periods, so the unpaid balance has generally been trending up.

Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Beazer Homes USA, Inc.(BZH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market performed well on Tuesday, responding to steady improvement among many companies as earnings season kicked into high gear. Although political issues are likely to remain in the spotlight for some investors for the foreseeable future, many market participants are looking to economic and business issues in driving their investing decisions. Major market benchmarks finished the day with gains of 0.5% to 1%, but some stocks did much better. Among the best performers on the day were Allegheny Technologies (NYSE:ATI), II-VI (NASDAQ:IIVI), and Beazer Homes (NYSE:BZH). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That sell-off in the oil market weighed on financially challenged oil stocks, which will struggle if crude continues dropping. Among the biggest losers were Abraxas Petroleum (NASDAQ:AXAS), Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), California Resources (NYSE:CRC), and Cobalt International Energy (NYSE:CIE).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: WLL) dropped about 6.4% Wednesday to register a new 52-week low of $4.36 after closing at $4.66 on Tuesday. The 52-week high is $13.39. Volume was around 19 million, about 15% below the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [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 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 Ben Levisohn]

    Whiting Petroleum (WLL) has gained 2.9% to $8.30 after reporting a smaller-than-expected loss.

    Weight Watchers International (WTW) has jumped 7.9% to $21.75 after hiring HSN’sMindy Grossman as its new CEO.

  • [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.

Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Alaska Air Group, Inc.(ALK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

    Shake Shack (SHAK) has risen 1.7% to $33 after getting upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Wedbush.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    While Southwest Airlines achieved the best score overall, Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK) received top marks among traditional carriers. This was its 10th consecutive victory in the traditional carrier segment.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) which rose over 4% to $64.43. The stocks 52-week range is $61.10 to $101.43. Volume was2.4 million compared to its average volume of 1.8 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    While the airline stocks have pulled back recently, coming off a choppy 1Q17, we have In-Line ratings on the Big 3 (American Airlines [AAL], Delta Air Lines [DAL] and United Continental [UAL]), as well as on Alaska Air Group (ALK)…

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Airlines like United Continental (UAL), Alaska Air Group (ALK) and JetBlue Airways (JBLU) have been so cheap for so long now, that making an argument for big gains based solely on valuation seems remarkably foolish. Thankfully, it’s not the only argument that Barclays analyst Brandon Oglenski make as they initiated the sector with a Positive rating, while calling United Continental the “most compelling stock” in the airlines sector. They explain why:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    It’s been clear from the beginning that Alaska Air’s (NYSE:ALK) acquisition of Virgin America was bad news for United Continental (NYSE:UAL). Alaska Air’s management viewed the deal as a springboard for growth in California — especially in the Bay Area. Meanwhile, United is the dominant airline in San Francisco.

Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Unifirst Corporation(UNF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million.
    Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million.
    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion.
    Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million.
    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million.
    Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million.
    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million.
    8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million.
    Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million.
    Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.
    Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million.
    Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter.
    Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.20 per share.
    Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: OSN) is projected to post ea

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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    AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) posted upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter, but the company missed analysts’ sales expectations. AeroVironment shares dipped 7.37 percent to $26.40 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) to have earned $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million in the latest quarter. Acuity Brands shares rose 0.04 percent to $244.75 in after-hours trading.
    CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ: CAMP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter and reported a $25 million buyback plan. The company also issued a weak sales forecast for the current quarter. CalAmp shares gained 0.35 percent to $14.14 in the after-hours trading session.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million. UniFirst shares slipped 0.72 percent to close at $105.44 on Tuesday.
    A Schulman Inc (NASDAQ: SHLM) reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter. A Schulman shares rose 1.61 percent to $21.51 in the after-hours trading session.

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $362.62 million.

    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $93.15 million.

Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Safe Bulkers Inc(SB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    StarBulk Carriers (SBLK) and Safe Bulkers (SB) have more than tripled during the past 12 months, while Golden Ocean Group (GOGL) has more than doubled. So it must be time for an upgrade right?

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Meanwhile, Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB) rose $0.73 throughout the 2016, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) fell $1.69 and Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE: NMM) dropped $0.93.

Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Endologix, Inc.(ELGX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELGX) shares dropped 23 percent to $7.59 as the company issued an update on Nellix PMA process. Endologix disclosed that the FDA has requested the company to provide a two-year patient follow-up data from the EVAS-FORWARD IDE study of Nellix System.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Endologix Inc. (NASDAQ: ELGX) dropped about 9.3% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $4.78 against a 52-week high of $14.50 and a Tuesday close of $5.27. Volume of about 6 million was more than 3 times the daily average of around 1.7 million. The company on Tuesday announced a temporary shipping hold on its best-selling heart device, saying there was a manufacturing issue.

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Investors looking to take advantage of rising oil prices have turned to crude oil stocks in 2017. But, even though oil prices have risen 16% since the OPEC deal on Nov. 30, not every oil stock is worth owning.

That’s why we’ve listed the top oil stocks to avoid in 2017…

Investors are right to target oil stocks as crude oil prices rise. The NYSE Arca Oil Index (NYSE Arca: XOI) is an index tracking the performance of oil companies across the industry. XOI is up 9.3% since Nov. 30.

But just because oil stocks have risen doesn’t mean they are all good investments.

We’ll show you some of the best oil stocks to buy, including one with 47% gains in 2016. Before we get to that, these are the crude oil stocks investors should avoid in 2017…

Crude Oil Stocks That Aren’t Worth Owning

Savvy oil investors will avoid buying stock in Big Oil in 2017.

Oil “supermajors,” or Big Oil, are massive oil companies largely consolidated in the 1990s. These oil companies handle everything from exploration, production, refining, transportation, and even gas stations.

top 50 stocks to invest in: MGC Diagnostics Corporation(MGCD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    MGC Diagnostics Corp (NASDAQ: MGCD) shares shot up 24 percent to $10.94 after the company agreed to be acquired by Altus Capital Partners for $11.03 per share in cash.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    MGC Diagnostics Corp (NASDAQ: MGCD) is projected to post earnings for the latest quarter.

    Lands’ End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $293.24 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    MGC Diagnostics Corp (NASDAQ: MGCD) shares shot up 24 percent to $10.92 after the company agreed to be acquired by Altus Capital Partners for $11.03 per share in cash.

top 50 stocks to invest in: VIVUS, Inc.(VVUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term chart shows Arena Pharmaceuticals along with its small capobesitytreatmentpeers EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ: ETRM), Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc (NASDAQ: OREX) and VIVUS, Inc (NASDAQ: VVUS) all causing severe weight loss for investor portfolios:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Arena is out of the obesity drug business, but what about Orexigen Therapeutics (NASDAQ:OREX) or VIVUS (NASDAQ:VVUS)? The problem is that they’re both too dependent on their respective obesity drugs, Contrave and Qsymia. Neither of the drugs have performed up to expectations.

top 50 stocks to invest in: Alaska Air Group, Inc.(ALK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    It’s been clear from the beginning that Alaska Air’s (NYSE:ALK) acquisition of Virgin America was bad news for United Continental (NYSE:UAL). Alaska Air’s management viewed the deal as a springboard for growth in California — especially in the Bay Area. Meanwhile, United is the dominant airline in San Francisco.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The best airline, overall, was Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK). Other category winners were Spirit Airlines Co. (NASDAQ: SAVE), which was ranked cheapest; Alaska rated most reliable; JetBlue Airways Inc. (NASDAQ: JBLU) was most comfortable; best for pets was Alaska; and the airline receiving the fewest complaints was Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV).

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    While Southwest Airlines achieved the best score overall, Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK) received top marks among traditional carriers. This was its 10th consecutive victory in the traditional carrier segment.

top 50 stocks to invest in: Nielsen N.V.(NLSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) dropped about 1.5% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $40.97 after closing Wednesday at $41.59. The 52-week high is $55.94. Volume of around 5.2 million was about 70% above the daily average of around 3.2 million shares traded. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) lost nearly 2.7% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $42.25 after closing Thursday at $43.41. The 52-week high is $55.94. Volume of around 6.7 million was nearly 3 times the daily average of around 2.6 million shares traded. The data research and information company had no specific news Friday.

Best Stocks To Buy For 2018

Marathon Patent Group Inc. (Nasdaq: MARA) is among the top penny stocks to watch for December after climbing an astonishing 341% during the short Thanksgiving week.

While that’s a great gain, we’re recommending a different stock to our readers. This stock is positioned for huge returns and is less volatile.

Instead, the company we’ll show you today is on the cusp of turning Silicon Valley on its head by ushering in a new era of truly wire-free charging. Before we reveal the pick, here are the top 10 penny stocks to watch this week…

Best Stocks To Buy For 2018: Graham Corporation(GHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Graham Corporation (NYSE: GHM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.12 per share on revenue of $23.54 million.

    Heico Corp (NYSE: HEI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share.

Best Stocks To Buy For 2018: Alaska Air Group, Inc.(ALK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

    Shake Shack (SHAK) has risen 1.7% to $33 after getting upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Wedbush.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    To meet this condition, Delta and Aeromexico agreed to divest up to 24 slot pairs at Mexico City International Airport. Now, the three largest low-fare airlines in the U.S. — Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV), Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK), and JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) — are close to being cleared for expansion in Mexico City.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Last year, a potential solution appeared when Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK) acquired Virgin America, which is the only other commercial airline at Love Field, whereas Alaska Airlines flies to nearby Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). It seemed plausible that Alaska would consolidate its Dallas-area operations at DFW, the region’s main airport.

Best Stocks To Buy For 2018: Hertz Global Holdings Inc(HTZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Shares of Hertz Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) were cut in half on Tuesday after the company missed earnings in its most recent report. Hertz reported its third-quarter financial results lateon Monday. Although earnings did not live up to expectations, what really hurt in this report was the guidance.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about a big volume in the May 20 calls in Hertz Global Holdings, Inc (NYSE: HTZ). He believes the stock has some upside potential and he decided to buy the upside calls in the name. He is going to hold them for two to three weeks.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market continued to climb sharply on Wednesday, sending major market benchmarks to record highs yet again and propelling the Dow Jones Industrials up more than 100 points. Economic data continued to support the notion that the U.S. economy remains strong, and rising inflation levels led many to conclude that the Federal Reserve is more likely than ever to follow through on its promise to keep lifting short-term interest rates in 2017. Rising bond yields reflected investors’ reluctance to hold onto fixed-income investments in anticipation of higher rates, prompting some to shift assets into the stock market. Several companies also reported, andFortress Investment Group (NYSE:FIG), Editas Medicine (NASDAQ:EDIT), and Hertz Global Holdings (NYSE:HTZ) were among the top performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

Best Stocks To Buy For 2018: Alexco Resource Corp(AXU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Saucier]

    Alexco Resource (NYSEMKT: AXU) operates in two segments: an environmental services business and a mining company. Its mining segment explores developments in Canada, while its environmental segment provides consulting and project management services in the United States and Canada. AXU is up over 400% YTD. The stock has been steadily rising since January. It isn’t clear what’s driving AXU upwards, other than general investor speculation. The stock is trading at $1.72 per share as of Monday intraday.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now

No one in modern financial history comes close to matching Warren Buffett’s record as an investor.

Hedge fund managers like John Paulson and Kenneth Griffin have had huge years along the way, and more conventional money managers such as Peter Lynch have turned in stellar performances as well, but none has performed at such a high level over such a long period of time as the Oracle of Omaha.

When Buffett took control ofBerkshire Hathaway(NYSE: BRK-A)(NYSE: BRK-B) in 1965, it was an ailing textile company with a bleak future. Today, thanks to Buffett’s brilliance at capital allocation, Berkshire is the fourth-biggest company in the S&P 500as measured by market capitalization.

The compound annual increase in Berkshire’s book value per share has averaged 19% since Buffett grabbed the reins. That’s nearly double the compound annual gain of the S&P 500, which comes out to 9.7% over the same 52-year stretch.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: InterOil Corporation(IOC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    On the production side of things, XOM continues to dive head-first into natural gas production and shipping. The fuel promises to be one of the primary ways we generate electricity in the future, and smart mega-buys such as XTO and InterOil Corporation (IOC) have made Exxon one of the worlds biggest players in nat gas.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Costco Wholesale Corporation(COST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Kroger Co (NYSE: KR) and Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) are among the other retailers that significantly benefit from SNAP.

    Although estimates are not available, beverage giants such as PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP), Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) and The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) also benefit from SNAP. When there was a move in 2011 to bring about restrictions on SNAP purchases, Pepsi reportedly spent $750,000 in the third quarter of 2011 on lobbying alone.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    The next few trading days include highly anticipated earnings reports from some of the biggest names in their respective industries, including Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B), Costco (NASDAQ:COST), and Priceline (NASDAQ:PCLN).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) released fiscal first-quarter earnings report after markets closed on Wednesday. The company posted $1.24 in earnings per share (EPS) and $28.1 billion in revenue. The consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters called for $1.19 in EPS and $28.3 billion in revenue. The same period of last year reportedly had EPS of $1.09 and $27.22 billion in revenue.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    When Costco Wholesale (COST) announced its fiscal first-quarter earnings in December, its shares rose 1.3%, despite initial disappointment. And next month, Costco will release its December sales, which should show whether that reaction was justified. Baird’s Peter Benedict and team offer a preview:

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    Modeling December “core” comps (ex-gas/FX) of 2%-3% (reported comps also 2%-3% vs. Street’s initial 1.8%E), with the slight uptick from November’s 2% core supported by easier compares, stronger trends exiting/entering November/December, and more seasonable weather. Looking ahead to CY17, prospects for further improvement in underlying comp trends appear good as compares continue to ease and tobacco-related headwinds are cycled (in the spring). When combined with a potential U.S./Canadian fee increase (and perhaps even another special dividend), we reiterate our Outperform rating/$175 price target.

    Shares of Costco Wholesale have ticked up 0.1% to $161.19 at 2:58 p.m. today.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Globalstar Inc.(GSAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Globalstar (NYSEMKT:GSAT) has been growing its total sales, but still struggles with its bottom line. 2016 revenue increased 7%,but another round of financing could be needed to keep things afloat, as operating margin is still deep in the red. The company is making some headway, but time could be running out for the satellite communications provider.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: USANA Health Sciences Inc.(USNA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Herbalife Ltdand small capNu Skin Enterprises, Inc (NYSE: NUS) back in positive territory whilesmall cap direct seller USANA Health Sciences, Inc (NYSE: USNA) had been a strong outperformer:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Herbalife Ltdand small capNu Skin Enterprises, Inc (NYSE: NUS) basically break even for long term investors whilesmall cap direct seller USANA Health Sciences, Inc (NYSE: USNA) had been a strong outperformer but has been moving sideways more recently:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Herbalife Ltdand small capNu Skin Enterprises, Inc (NYSE: NUS)above break even and giving a similar performance whilesmall cap direct seller USANA Health Sciences, Inc (NYSE: USNA) had been a strong outperformer, but has been moving sideways or range bound for the past two years:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares slipped by 0.33 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS), down 6 percent, and USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA), down 5 percent.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Match Group, Inc.(MTCH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap dating site stock Match Group Inc (NASDAQ: MTCH), which was spun off from media and Internet stock IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) and is a peer or remaining dating stock Spark Networks Inc (NYSEMKT: LOV), is the eight most shorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 43.96% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    In its first full year as a publicly traded company, online dating conglomerateMatch Group (NASDAQ:MTCH) surged past expectations, climbing 26%.

    A number of factors led to its standout performance, including blockbuster growth from Tinder, strong operating leverage, and consistently beaten earnings estimates. Let’s take a closer look at how things played out in 2016.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Nam Tai Electronics Inc.(NTE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Another stock that’s starting to move within range of triggering a big breakout trade is Nam Tai Electronics (NTE), which is an electronics manufacturing and design services provider to a select group of the world’s leading OEMs of telecommunications and consumer electronic products. This stock has been destroyed by the sellers so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 41%.

    If you look at the chart for Nam Tai Electronics, you’ll notice that this stock has been uptrending for the last month and change, with shares moving higher from its low of $6.05 to its recent high of $8.38 a share. During that uptrend, shares of NTE have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of NTE within range of triggering a big breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in NTE if it manages to break out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $8.38 to $8.79 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 647,483 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then NTE will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from April that started near $11.50 a share. If this stock gets into that gap with volume, then the upside is tremendous and we could easily see NTE hit $11 to $12 a share.

    Traders can look to buy NTE off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its 50-day at $7.42 a share, or below more key support at $7.22 a share. One can also buy NTE off strength once it takes out that breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Versar, Inc.(VSR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Versar Inc. (NYSE: VSR) were down 36 percent to $1.61. Versar reported a Q3 loss of $1.34 per share on revenue of $36.5 million.

    Breitburn Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: BBEP) was down, falling around 70 percent to $0.0580 as the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Versar Inc. (NYSE: VSR) shares shot up 37 percent to $1.55 after the company disclosed that its long-term joint venture with Johnson Controls Federal Systems was awarded up to $950 million IDIQ contract with U.S. Air Force.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Union Pacific Corporation(UNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    A strange turn of events has sent shares of CSX (CSX)–and other railroads, including Union Pacific (UNP) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)–soaring today. It all started when Hunter Harrison announced that he would leave Canadian Pacific ahead of schedule to team up with activist investor for the turnaround of another railway company. That company is thought to be CSX.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: 1-800 FLOWERS.COM Inc.(FLWS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Danny Vena]

    Online florist 1-800-FLOWERS.COM(NASDAQ:FLWS) launched its chatbot to help customers place an order or connect them with a human customer service representative. The response from its consumers has been uniformly positive. It found the majority of its customers were comfortable with its bot, especially millennials.

  • [By Taylor Cox]

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  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    U.S. retailers performed poorly during the Christmas holiday season, but companies in the Valentine’s Day business are hoping that Americans will spend generously in the name of love this year. These names include flower delivery company 1-800-Flowers.Com Inc (NASDAQ: FLWS), L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB) (owner of both Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works), Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) (owner of Trojan brand condoms), candy giant Hershey Co (NYSE: HSY) and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF).

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Alaska Air Group, Inc.(ALK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    It’s been clear from the beginning that Alaska Air’s (NYSE:ALK) acquisition of Virgin America was bad news for United Continental (NYSE:UAL). Alaska Air’s management viewed the deal as a springboard for growth in California — especially in the Bay Area. Meanwhile, United is the dominant airline in San Francisco.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) which rose over 4% to $64.43. The stocks 52-week range is $61.10 to $101.43. Volume was2.4 million compared to its average volume of 1.8 million.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The best airline, overall, was Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK). Other category winners were Spirit Airlines Co. (NASDAQ: SAVE), which was ranked cheapest; Alaska rated most reliable; JetBlue Airways Inc. (NASDAQ: JBLU) was most comfortable; best for pets was Alaska; and the airline receiving the fewest complaints was Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV).

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    While Southwest Airlines achieved the best score overall, Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK) received top marks among traditional carriers. This was its 10th consecutive victory in the traditional carrier segment.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Last year, a potential solution appeared when Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK) acquired Virgin America, which is the only other commercial airline at Love Field, whereas Alaska Airlines flies to nearby Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). It seemed plausible that Alaska would consolidate its Dallas-area operations at DFW, the region’s main airport.