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Top Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018

BMO Capital Markets set a $23.00 target price on Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ:SFM) in a report published on Friday. The brokerage currently has a hold rating on the stock.

A number of other equities research analysts also recently issued reports on SFM. Gordon Haskett downgraded Sprouts Farmers Market from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, May 3rd. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $27.00 target price on Sprouts Farmers Market and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Thursday, May 3rd. ValuEngine downgraded Sprouts Farmers Market from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Thursday, May 3rd. Zacks Investment Research raised Sprouts Farmers Market from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $28.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Finally, Deutsche Bank upped their target price on Sprouts Farmers Market from $24.00 to $27.00 and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Friday, February 23rd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating, twelve have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of $26.42.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Black Box Corporation(BBOX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media stories about Black Box (NASDAQ:BBOX) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Black Box earned a coverage optimism score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the technology company an impact score of 48.0509907143742 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Viacom Inc.(VIA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Hill]

    Also, the two dive into the ongoing soap opera that is CBS (NYSE:CBS) (NYSE:CBS-A)and Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) (NASDAQ:VIAB). Shari Redstone and the CBS board continue to duke it out, and an upcoming court hearing will tip the scales for their most recent battle for control.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Pebblebrook Hotel Trust(PEB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Improving business travel demand during the first quarter drove Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE:PEB) to update its outlook earlier this month. Those travel trends turned out to be stronger than even its more optimistic expectations, helping the company to deliver results that were above the updated forecast. Because of that, the company is even more encouraged about what lies ahead in 2018.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

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    Pebblebrook Hotel (PEB) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $206.07 Million (americanbankingnews.com) Keep Company Secrets Safe With a Strong Publishing Process (cmswire.com) Analysts Anticipate Pebblebrook Hotel (PEB) to Post $0.73 Earnings Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) Pebblebrook Hotel Forecasted to Earn Q2 2018 Earnings of $0.72 Per Share (PEB) (americanbankingnews.com)

    A number of brokerages recently issued reports on PEB. Boenning Scattergood restated a “hold” rating on shares of Pebblebrook Hotel in a report on Monday, April 30th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Pebblebrook Hotel from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $40.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Robert W. Baird lifted their target price on Pebblebrook Hotel from $37.00 to $38.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 1st. Finally, ValuEngine cut Pebblebrook Hotel from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Pebblebrook Hotel presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $36.61.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: FuelCell Energy Inc.(FCEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    FuelCell Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: FCEL) posted an increase of 17.8% in short interest during the period. Some 6.9 million shares were short as of May 15. The stock closed at $1.88 on Thursday, down about 1.1% for the day, in a 52-week range of $0.93 to $2.49. Shares traded up about 1.4% in the short interest period, and days to cover rose from eight to 14.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    FuelCell Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: FCEL) posted a decrease of 25.7% in short interest during the period. Some 5.86 million shares were short as of April 30. The stock closed at $1.93 on Wednesday, up about 1.6% for the day, in a 52-week range of $0.80 to $2.49. Shares traded down about 7.8% in the short interest period, and days to cover rose from six to eight.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Electro Scientific Industries (NASDAQ: ESIO) and FuelCell Energy (NASDAQ:FCEL) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    FuelCell Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: FCEL) posted an increase of 8% in short interest during the two-week period. Some 7.45 million shares were short as of May 31. The stock’s price was $1.76 at Monday’s market close, a spike of about 1.1% for the day, within a 52-week range of $1.08 to $2.49. Shares traded up about 2.5% in the two-week short interest period, and the number of days to cover rose from 14 to 17.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now

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

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

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

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Astro-Med, Inc.(ALOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $25.50 million.

    Bellatrix Exploration Ltd (NYSE: BXE) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.10 per share on revenue of $71.27 million.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: 58.com Inc.(WUBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.38 per share on revenue of $9.86 billion.
    Aecom (NYSE: ACM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $4.67 billion.
    JD.Com Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: JD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $12.60 billion.
    58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE: WUBA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $383.60 million.
    Kamada Ltd (NASDAQ: KMDA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $25.00 million.
    Palatin Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PTN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $28.00 million.
    TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.02 per share on revenue of $15.81 million.
    Atlantica Yield PLC (NASDAQ: ABY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $290.80 million.
    Asure Software Inc (NASDAQ: ASUR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $15.26 million.
    Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ: CYRN) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.06 per share on revenue of $7.90 million.
    Viewray Inc (NASDAQ: VRAY) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $18.58 million.

     

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    Then theres 58.com Inc. (NASDAQ:WUBA), the Craigslist of China. This stock exceeded our wildest expectations when we jumped into a trade in late June. After beating earnings expectations, shares rallied double-digits and didnt look back. We were able to unload the trade for gains north of 50%.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Sigma Designs, Inc.(SIGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Sigma Designs Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGM) dropped about 34% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $5.20 against a 52-week high of $8.60 and a Tuesday close of $7.75. Volume of about 6.2 million was about 25 times the daily average of around 280,000. The company reported so-so earnings on Tuesday and the stock was downgraded and price targets lowered by several analysts.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gainers

    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NYSE: PXS) rose 47.48 percent to $$5.56, after the company announced it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with a group of investors, which will result in gross proceeds of $4.8 million.
    Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) rose 22.77 percent to $6.88. Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) announced plans to buy Sigma Designs for $7.05 per share in cash.
    Steadymed Ltd (NASDAQ: STDY) rose 19.35 percent to $3.70, after the company reported that no clinical trials were required for Trevyent and that the FDA had agreed to the pathway for the drug candidate's NDA resubmission.
    Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) rose 15.73 percent to $7.06. Earlier in the week, Zacks Investment Research had upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold".
    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) rose 13.71 percent to $85.77 as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) rose 12.41 percent to $6.07, after having risen sharply in pre-marketing trading.
    Radius Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS) rose 12.41 percent to $30.81 after the company provided an update on data from the Phase 1 005 clinical study of elacestrant in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer during the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
    ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 12.32 percent to $25.80 after the company reported its third quarter financial results.
    Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) rose 11.36 percent to $3.43, as the company announced a research collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to study the ability of movement disorders compound, PBT434 to slow or prevent neurodegeneration of the gastrointestinal system.
    Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBIO) rose 10.49 percent to $7.90 as the company announced the appointment of Arwa Shurrab and Jamie Ellen Siegel in its clinical hemophilia

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) shares dropped 30 percent to $5.43. Sigma Designs reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $221,000 on revenue of $62.7 million.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: HP Inc.(HPQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) which rose over 6% to $23.49. The stocks 52-week range is $17.03 to $24.10. Volume was almost 20 million compared to the daily average volume of about 10 million.

  • [By Alex Cho]

    That being the case, it wouldnt take substantial market share gains for AMD to reverse the multi-year decline in its processor business, as performance/watt is what will drive adoption from key PC makers like Dell, HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ)and Lenovo. AMD hasnt been very competitive in the MPU (microprocessor unit) segment for quite a while, but given the recent node shift to 14nm FinFET over at GlobalFoundries, and mention of new architecture by AMD earlier this year at COMPUTEX Taiwan, I get the impression that performance of Summit Ridge, i.e. Zen will match Skylake and will perhaps come in slightly slower than Kaby Lake.

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    Apple EBITDA Margins vs Peers Chart Apple's EBITDA margins vs technology peers: Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (NYSE: HPE) and NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP).

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: ePlus Inc.(PLUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $284.62 million.

    Tilly’s Inc (NYSE: TLYS) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $119.93 million.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy 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.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Globalstar Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: GSAT) traded down about 12.5% Tuesday and posted a new 52-week low of $0.77 after closing Monday at $0.88. The stock’s 52-week high is $2.59. Volume was about 70% above the daily average of around 3.7 million shares. The had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Globalstar Inc. (NASDAQ: GSAT) fell by about 3.6% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $0.53 after closing at $0.55 on Wednesday. The 52-week high is $2.59. Volume of about 5.2 million was around 30% above the daily average. The company had no specific news and shares are on now track to post a gain of around 3% for the day.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS(TKC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares slipped by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (ADR) (NYSE: TKC), down 2 percent, and Telefonica Brasil SA (ADR) (NYSE: VIV), down 2.5 percent.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: GigaMedia Limited(GIGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap online gaming and cloud computing GigaMedia Limited (NASDAQ: GIGM) as a bullish long trade:

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Black Box Corporation(BBOX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ: BBOX) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $218.41 million.

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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Diodes Incorporated(DIOD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small capsemiconductor stock Diodes Incorporated (NASDAQ: DIOD) has produced a double top on its technical chart with shares just below breakout levels:

10 Tech Stocks That Arent Worth the Risk

While the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 is up 24% over the past year, it’s only up 3.7% year to date.

Sure, it’s outperforming the S&P 500 in 2018, but when you look at the chart, you can see it hasn’t been a steady journey by any means.

Volatility is back, and given the state of affairs in Washington and some of the things going on around the world, volatility is likely to increase rather than decrease in coming months.

What’s more, the beloved tech sector is going through its own changes. Everything from major chip companies to up-and-coming cloud companies are getting their comeuppance after a couple years of strong growth.

So, in a time of rising risk, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you 10 tech stocks that aren’t worth the risk, especially right now. Most of these firms are on the smaller end of the tech sector and while they have potential, now isn’t the time to be looking for them to make a run to greatness.

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Tech Stocks to Avoid: Network-1 (NTIP) Tech Stocks to Avoid: Network-1 (NTIP)Source: Shutterstock

Network-1 Technologies Inc (NYSEAMERICAN:NTIP) has a market cap of $65 million, so it isn’t a game changer at this point. And from the looks of things, it may not get the opportunity to even try its hand becoming a force.

Its specialty is protecting intellectual property assets. Granted this is huge deal in the tech sector where knowledge is almost as important as products. If you don’t have the ability to keep your new tech ideas out of the hands of competitors, you don’t have a chance.

Most of NTIP’s IP portfolio deals with networks and Quality of Service (QoS) patents for delivering content over the internet.

It’s off 42% in the past year, but there’s no reason to go bargain hunting now.

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Tech Stocks to Avoid: Black Box (BBOX) Tech Stocks to Avoid: Black Box (BBOX)Source: Shutterstock

Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX) has been around since 1976, so it has seen the growth in the IT infrastructure sector.

And that may be its biggest challenge. Now there are scores of companies that do what it does, and as with most of this electronics-focused business, much of the hardware is basically commoditized after a while. That means margins get slimmer and slimmer.

If you don’t have something really unique that you can charge a premium for, you are constantly competing on price. And that isn’t good when you don’t have a very big footprint.

It’s off 80% in the past year. Don’t try to catch this falling knife.

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Tech Stocks to Avoid: Leju Holdings (LEJU) Tech Stocks to Avoid: Leju Holdings (LEJU)Source: Shutterstock

Leju Holdings Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:LEJU) has gotten some attention over the years because it’s one of China’s largest online and offline real estate companies.

When real estate was hot in China, and the tech firms were rolling out like donuts off a Krispy Kreme line, LEJU was one of the speculative darlings that were getting a fair amount of attention in the U.S.

It still has a $149 million market cap, which isn’t huge, but is decent for a tech start-up.

However, the real estate boom is China has cooled and the government is looking to keep things on the cool side moving forward until it can sort out the strength of the recovery. LEJU is off 65% in the past year as a result.

There are plenty of better ideas out there now to take advantage of China’s long-term growth.

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Tech Stocks to Avoid: Perion (PERI) Tech Stocks to Avoid: Perion (PERI)Source: Jeff4379 via Flickr (Modified)

Perion Network Ltd (NASDAQ:PERI) is an Israel-based company that has lost 58% in the past year.

Some of that has to do with internal issues in Israel on the political and economic fronts, but it also has to do with the constant flux of the sector it’s in — digital media advertising.

Most of its work is in the U.S., Europe and other international markets, but digital advertising is still a challenging space. There are so many channels and technologies are changing so rapidly that it’s tough to stay relevant. On the other hand, to find the balance between the familiar and the new and different is also difficult.

Long term, the hope here may be that a bigger firm buys them out.

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Tech Stocks to Avoid: Aware (AWRE) Tech Stocks to Avoid: Aware (AWRE)Source: Karlis Dambrans via Flickr

Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ:AWRE) is biometrics software company based outside of Boston.

Biometrics is one of the hot new sectors now. Just look at you smartphone — most are now sporting fingerprint recognition or facial recognition software. That’s the heart of biometrics.

If you’re a frequent traveler, you can bypass security and check in with a retinal scan. Soon this security will be commonplace on houses and offices, even vehicles.

AWRE has also been in this game since the mid-1980s, so it’s no johnny-come-lately.

However, bigger players, especially in the defense and homeland security sector, are tough competitors on quality and volume, so it isn’t just about being in the right sector.

Off nearly 12% in the past year, there’s better upside elsewhere.

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Tech Stocks to Avoid: Takung (TKAT) Tech Stocks to Avoid: Takung (TKAT)Source: Janet Ramsden via Flickr

Takung Art Co Ltd (NYSEAMERICAN:TKAT) looked like it was on to something when it launched. It built an online platform for artists, art dealers and art investors from around the world to display their art and also to sell it.

Given the fact that many Chinese have become wealthy over the past couple decades and it’s difficult to move money out of the country, one smart store of wealth is a hard asset like art.

The problem now is, the free-wheeling days of the Chinese economy are slowing and much of the growth is being driving by an expanding middle class that isn’t particularly interested in fine art.

TKAT is off 41% from its IPO in 2016 and more than 70% in the past year. No masterpiece here.

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Tech Stocks to Avoid: Manhattan Associated (MANH) Tech Stocks to Avoid: Manhattan Associated (MANH)Source: Shutterstock

Manhattan Associates Inc (NASDAQ:MANH) is up nearly 150% in the past five years, which is a very respectable run.

However, in the past two years it’s off nearly 30% with about half of that happening in the past year. The trend in MANH’s case, at this point, is not your friend.

The problem is, MANH is an SaaS that specializes in supply chain, inventory and omnichannel management for retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers. There has been such a cross pollination in recent years regarding the challenges that can be addressed with software systems, that niche firms, or firms that could do one thing well have to pivot.

Some are making that pivot and others are losing ground. None of its sectors are doing well enough to justify its forward P/E of 30.

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Tech Stocks to Avoid: Edgewater (EDGW) Tech Stocks to Avoid: Edgewater (EDGW)Source: Shutterstock

Edgewater Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:EDGW) had a good run during the dotcom bubble.

It was a leading strategic consulting group that engaged in helping businesses integrate technology solutions into their corporate processes. As the digital age began, this was an industry with huge potential because there was enormous need.

Nowadays, not so much.

And that’s reflected in its stock price. The stock is off 56% since its IPO in 1996. The S&P 500 is up almost 280% over the same timeframe. In the past year, EDGW is off 25%.

It’s going to be a tough road back from here.

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Tech Stocks to Avoid: RealNetworks (RNWK) Tech Stocks to Avoid: RealNetworks (RNWK)Source: Shutterstock

RealNetworks Inc (NASDAQ:RNWK) is the company that launched RealPlayer, a digital music service, back in the bygone dotcom era.

And it had a quite a run back then.

But the music and media business has been challenging, with new players gaining attention of younger listeners, and new platforms leapfrogging over older ones as Gen Zs choose new options.

To its credit, RNWK has stayed in the game, adapting to new technologies and finding ways to remain relevant in the cloud, with messaging and mobile. But the stock continues to wither, off 22% in the past year, and that’s after a continued slide over the years.

It lost its traction years ago and can’t seem to get it back.

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Tech Stocks to Avoid: Broadvision (BVSN) Tech Stocks to Avoid: Broadvision (BVSN)Source: Shutterstock

BroadVision, Inc. (NASDAQ:BVSN) is another company that got its start in the heady days of the late 1990s. Launched in 1993, its first ecommerce product went on sale in 1995 and it IPO’d in 1996.

After surviving the great bubble burst, BVSN expanded into China with new SaaS products in 2006 and was already upping its cloud game by 2010.

It continues to develop new products but the problem is, it never really found its niche over the years. Now it is just one more SaaS firm with one unique product. This is a tough sell now that SaaS solutions are common and the market is well populated.

Off 50% in the past year, it may not be the end for BVSN, but the road back is going to be tough.

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Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019

By Bob Iaccino

The following originally appeared on Nadex

This was one heck of a central bank week. Starting on Tuesday we had official meetings of the U.S. FOMC, the European Central Bank (ECB), the Bank of England (BOE), the Swiss National Bank (SNB), and the Norges Bank (Central Bank of Norway). This was a filling buffet for hungry Fed watchers and they did not disappoint in that they said virtually nothing new to upset the stomach of the markets. Given the current state of global economies, central bankers want to be hawkish. They want their respective economies to be strong, they want to reach their inflation targets and they want to normalize interest rates. But they run the risk of trigger recessions and they want to avoid this most of all. Let's go down the list and find the doves.

The U.S. FOMC and Janet Yellen began the week by hiking rates 25 basis points, the fourth rate hike in this cycle, and left its rate outlook for the coming years unchanged even as policymakers projected a short-term acceleration in U.S. economic growth. Isn't that being hawkish? Well, if it is the U.S. 10-year note wasn't listening. Since Wednesday morning, yields have fallen from 2.461% to a post-announcement low of 2.346% late Thursday night. In her press conference, Janet Yellen continued to assert that the low inflation (which we saw on display again in the CPI figures released Wednesday morning) are transitory. They want to reach their inflation targets.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: Guaranty Bancorp(GBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: Cinemark Holdings Inc(CNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $699.23 million.

    Aecom (NYSE: ACM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $4.55 billion.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    While most people get their content online in an increasingly digital world, we shouldnt forget where most of it came from the movie theater. While Netflix, Hulu and HBO are cleaning up with their streaming services and content, the newest content is consistently at the theater. Cinemark Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CNK) is looking to take advantage of this idea with its newest offering to its customers.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its position in Cinemark by 73.2% during the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 6,081,823 shares of the company’s stock worth $211,768,000 after buying an additional 2,570,923 shares in the last quarter. Rivulet Capital LLC increased its position in Cinemark by 88.0% during the fourth quarter. Rivulet Capital LLC now owns 2,859,216 shares of the company’s stock worth $99,558,000 after buying an additional 1,338,000 shares in the last quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC increased its position in Cinemark by 1.9% during the fourth quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC now owns 2,312,832 shares of the company’s stock worth $80,533,000 after buying an additional 42,982 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in Cinemark by 4.0% during the fourth quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 1,728,543 shares of the company’s stock worth $60,187,000 after buying an additional 66,700 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in Cinemark by 3.4% during the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,334,140 shares of the company’s stock worth $48,310,000 after buying an additional 43,606 shares in the last quarter. 94.03% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    24/7 Wall St. covers many of the top analyst upgrades and downgrades each morning of the week. The downgrade brigade included a Credit Suisse report on Cinemark Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CNK) that effectively gave the movie cinema chain the equivalent of a “Sell” rating. It was actually a negative view on the entire movie chain sector.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: American States Water Company(AWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    On Tuesday, analysts at Brean Capital upgraded American States Water Co (AWR), as they now believe the shares have reached an attractive entry point.

    The analysts upgraded AWR from “Hold” to “Buy” and see shares reaching $28. This price target suggests an 11% upside to the stock’s Monday closing price of $25.22.

    Brean Capital analyst Michael Gaugler said, “The shares have fallen to a price level that we now consider attractive, and our sum-of-the-parts valuation indicates fair value is $28 based on our 2014 EPS forecasts. We recommend investors begin accumulating positions under the $25.50 price level to allow sufficient (10%) upside (excluding dividends) to our target price.”

    “We acknowledge that the current environment for utility stocks in terms of interest rate impacts is less than ideal. However, we note the shares of AWR (and our other utility coverage names) have traded at higher P/E multiples when the general level of interest rates was much higher. We see the impact of higher rates as short term and negligible, particularly when we look closely at AWR’s ability to continue to raise its dividend payout versus the peer group by using free cash flow from the ASUS business,” Gaugler added.

    American States Water shares were up 72 cents, or 2.85%, during early morning trading on Tuesday. The stock is up 8% year-to-date.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: Adeptus Health Inc.(ADPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Adeptus Health Inc (NASDAQ: ADPT) shares dropped 66 percent to $9.09 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results and lowered its FY16 EBITDA outlook.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Adeptus Health Inc (NYSE: ADPT) were down around 30 percent to $1.30. Medical Properties Trust disclosed that it has agreed in principle with Deerfield Management to restructuring in bankruptcy to Adeptus Health.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: Black Box Corporation(BBOX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ: BBOX) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $218.41 million.

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Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    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 Jayson Derrick]

    Any investor, even those with low paying jobs, can grow their wealth over the longer term due to compounding interest, Cramer explained during his daily "Mad Money" show recently. Taking just $100 and investing it in the S&P 500 index or its related ETF, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY), at an average return of 10 percent gives investors "additional money off of last year's profits."

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSE: DIA) and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY) plunged 1.2 percent on the news, although it's worth noting that the markets had traded near these values Wednesday before riding a Thursday rally.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Since the beginning of 2017, the NIFTY has outperformed both the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY) and SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSE: DIA), with each seeing respective increases of 12.6 percent, 6 percent and 4.9 percent.

best stock under 20

Frontier Communications’ (NYSE:FTR) current stock price means that the downside is limited, which has made it an interesting stock to consider. I still believe that the company has to do a lot to improve its core business and capital structure, but the risk-reward equation is now tilting towards the reward side. It is not as risky a stock as it was a year ago, because the stock has already lost more than 70% in the last year. This means that most of the negatives have already been priced in. As the reverse stock split comes into effect (explained in the following paragraphs), there might be some further downward movement. However, if the management is able to show some improvement in leverage and profitability, then this fall should be temporary. I believe the upside can be substantial from here on if the management is able to show some progress in core business.

In my last article about Frontier Communications, I agreed with the analysts at Goldman Sachs that the dividend might be slashed – in fact, I advocated a dividend cut although the dividend coverage was still sufficient. The reasons behind this recommendation were Frontier’s abnormal dividend yield, pressure on stock price, improving the credit profile and reducing the stress on cash flows and EBITDA. Reduction in dividend payments by 62% (down to $0.04 per quarter from $0.105) should reduce stress on cash flows. However, suspending dividend completely would have been a better option, in my opinion. It would have given the management more room to play with the capital structure.

best stock under 20: Hexcel Corporation(HXL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Hexcel Corporation (NYSE: HXL) issued a weak profit and sales forecast for 2017.
    VeriFone Systems Inc (NYSE: PAY) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter, but issued a weak outlook for the first quarter.
    Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) lifted its quarterly dividend by 30 percent to $1.42 per share. The company’s board also announced a a new $14 billion share buyback plans.
    Inovalon Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: INOV) cut its earnings and revenue guidance for full year 2016.

best stock under 20: Genie Energy Ltd.(GNE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.34 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 11 percent, and American Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AMID) down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.22 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 8 percent, and Artesian Resources Corporation (NASDAQ: ARTNA) down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

best stock under 20: Black Box Corporation(BBOX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ: BBOX) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $218.41 million.

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best stock under 20: The ExOne Company(XONE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap 3D printer stock ExOne Co (NASDAQ: XONE) reportedQ1 2017 earnings after theWednesday market close. Consolidated revenue rose 29% to $10.869 million as machine revenue nearly doubled to $4.3 million versus $2.2 million in the first quarter of 2016. On a machine unit basis, five machines were sold in the first quarter of 2017 compared with one in the 2016 first quarter. Non-machine revenue increased 6% to $6.6 million, compared with $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2016, with the growth driven by increased consumable materials and service due to a larger installed base of machines. The earnings report warned:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Voxeljet AGalong with other small cap 3D printing stocks like ExOne Co (NASDAQ: XONE), 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) and Stratasys, Ltd (NASDAQ: SSYS) all peaking around 2013-2014, but also showing some signs of life in recent months:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows 3D Systems Corporation outperformingother 3D printing stocks like small caps ExOne Co (NASDAQ: XONE), Stratasys, Ltd (NASDAQ: SSYS)and Voxeljet AG (NYSE: VJET) with all four peaking around the same time in 2013/2014 before crashing with some signs of stabilization over the past 1 1/2 years:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap 3D printer stock ExOne Co (NASDAQ: XONE) is scheduled for after the marketcloses onThursday (March 16th). 3D printer stocks had their day in the sun a fewyears ago, buthave been disappointing investors eversincethe 3Dbubble burst whileHP Inc (NYSE: HPQ) entering the printer market with its Jet Fusion 3D adds further headwinds. However,3D printershares appear to have stabilized as the short interest has largely been cleared out.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Stratasys, Ltd along with other small cap 3D printing stocks like 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD), ExOne Co (NASDAQ: XONE)and Voxeljet AG (NYSE: VJET) all peaking a few years with the bubble bursting and all showing some signs of stabilization or even a bit of a recent uptick:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Stratasys, Ltd along with other small cap 3D printing stocks like 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD), ExOne Co (NASDAQ: XONE)and Voxeljet AG (NYSE: VJET) all peaking a few years and all showing some signs of stabilization over the past year:

best stock under 20: Paychex Inc.(PAYX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter on Wednesday.

    Paychex posted Q3 earnings of $0.56 per share on revenue of $795.8 million. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.54 per share on revenue of $799.0 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $751.52 million. Paychex shares rose 1.10 percent to close at $56.14 on Wednesday.
    Wall Street expects Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.95 billion. Micron shares rose 0.76 percent to $13.29 in after-hours trading.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) reported a wider-than-expected loss for its first quarter and issued a weak outlook. Pier 1 Imports shares dropped 6.07 percent to $5.11 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) to have earned $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion in the latest quarter. McCormick shares fell 0.59 percent to $102.10 in after-hours trading.

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.50 per share on revenue of $751.20 million.

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