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Best Safest Stocks To Own For 2018

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And while the storm is also expected to curtail offshore crude oil production in the Gulf of Mexico, crude futures are under pressure. Thats because the supply impact is more than offset by the hit to demand for crude by the refinery shutdowns.

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Best Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation(EW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE: EW) announced plans to buy Valtech Cardio for $340 million in cash and stock. The company also announced a $1 billion buyback plan.
    Epizyme Inc (NASDAQ: EPZM) disclosed that it has received Fast Track designation for tazemetostat.
    Athene Holding Ltd. (NYSE: ATH) reported that it has priced its 23.8 million share IPO between $38 per share and $42 per share.
    Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI) reported the approval for its Metaxalone Tablets USP, 800 mg.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Edwards Lifesciences (EW) jumped to the top of the S&P 500 today after the medical-device maker offered its 2017 guidance this morning at its investor day.

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    Shares of Edwards Lifesciences gained 6.7% to $89.31 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to 2,246.19.

    Wells Fargo’sLarry Biegelsen offers his take on Edwards Lifesciences’ guidance:

    Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (EW-$83.73; Outperform) provided its 2017 outlook this morning (12/8) ahead of its investor meeting today. As expected, the company highlighted its robust pipeline which should drive strong growth for years to come. However, the company now expects Q4 16 revenue to come in at the low end of the guidance range due to currency and weakness in surgical heart valves. The 2017 guidance was generally strong on the top and bottom line, with both bracketing consensus.

    For 2017, EW expects sales of $3.0-3.4B and 10-14% underlying growth. This compares to consensus of $3.3B and 12.3% underlying growth (were at 12.6%)… For 2017 EPS, EW expects $3.30-3.45 which includes $0.10 dilution from the Valtech deal (something we highlighted in our preview) and $0.08-0.10 benefit from the accounting change for stock based compensation. Backing these two items out implies guidance of about $3.30-3.45 which compares to consensus of $3.40 and our estimate of $3.41…

    As expected, the pipeline updates were highly positive. While the initial reaction to the Q4 guidance will likely be negative, we are highly confident that the strong 2017 guidance and robust pipeline update will be the main takeaways from the meeting today.

    No negativity here: Edwards Lifesciences’ market capitalization rose to $19.1 billion today from $17.9 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $495 million on sales of $2.5 billion in 2015.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (NYSE: EW) which jumped about 10% to $108.91. The stocks 52-week range is $81.12 to $1221.75. Volume was roughly 7.3million which is above the daily average of around 2.2 million shares.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Edwards Lifesciences (EW) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after the medical-device company beat earnings and revenue forecasts, and raised its full-year guidance.

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    Edwards Lifesciencesgained 11% to 109.33, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.1% to 2,387.45.

    Mogran Stanley’s David Lewis andScott Wang contend that that Edwards Lifesciences is “back on track.” They explain:

    US sequential acceleration returns to the prior curve and debunks the bear case. Sequential growth in US [transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR,] in 1Q17 was ~12%, more in line with the ~13.5% average growth rate seen in the five quarters leading up to 3Q16. It’s hard to pinpoint the drivers, but we see several dynamics, including: (i) underlying device utilization thus far in 1Q, (ii) faster ramp at new hospitals where one additional TAVR per center is worth $15mn (~65% of the US upside we saw this quarter), and (iii) less acute competitive pressure from Medtronic (MDT) on larger valve sizes. SURTAVI likely played a limited role but management did not rule it out. Guidance implies a more conservative q/q US growth of ~3% for the rest of the year vs the ~12% this quarter, but underlying strength in the quarter is a material shift in US growth and intermediate penetration. As we stated in our preview, we favored the risk reward into the quarter given achievable expectations and the >20 point lag vs Intuitive YTD and would expect significant recovery tomorrow. Momentum likely continues into 2Q17 as signs of improving intermediate risk penetration provide important offsets to increased competition from Boston in early-2018 before mitral takes hold.

    Edwards Lifesciences’ market capitalization rose to $23.1 billion today from $20.9 billion yesterday.

Best Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: Tucows Inc.(TCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tucows Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: TCX) shares shot up 17 percent to $42.45 after the company announced plans to acquire eNom from Rightside for $83.5 million.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) rose 12.1% in March 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    So what

    The provider of online business services and a budding bundle of mobile and fiber-optic communications products started March with a bang, announcing a brand-new $40 million share buyback program. For a company with a $476 million market cap at the time, that’s a pretty serious and shareholder-friendly commitment.

Best Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: Black Diamond, Inc.(BDE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    At the beginning of the week, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap sporting & outdoor goods stock Black Diamond Inc (NASDAQ: BDE) as a short/bearish trade:

Best Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: Unilever NV(UN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Earlier this year, Unilever (UN) recently declined Kraft Heinz (KHC) merger bid. That means that if the company still wants to do a deal, Mondelez International (MDLZ) and PepsiCo (PEP) are the next logical partners, writes Susquehannas Pablo Zuanic.

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    Zuanic upgraded Pepsi from Neutral to Positive today and raised his price target from $118 to $132. He writes that a Pepsi deal would have more strategic merits, hence his upgrade (as he emphasizes that not much has changed in terms of fundamentals for the firm).

    More detail from his note:

    With investors apparently seeing MDLZ as the next likely KHC target, and Coca-Cola (KO) the next Anheuser-Busch (BUD) target, PEP shares have lost visibility and now trade at a 25% discount to KO on apples-to-apples comps. We see value here, on franchise strength, efforts to align the F&B portfolio with consumer health trends, and the growing optionality value of a joint KHC/BUD bid for PEP. We argue that, together, the Kendall Jenner commercial, the Aspartame to-be-or-not-to-be zigzagging, the new, new, new alt low-cal cola (Pepsi Zero sugar), the ongoing underperformance in U.S. CSDs (25% only of the company), the lack of scale in non-CSD NARTDs vs. KO (other than Gatorade), and now talk of PEP buying Brazilian dairy company Vigor S.A. (a JBS subsidiary that would better fit KHC or ULVR), all paint a picture of a company still struggling to set a new direction (with all due respect). In this regard, we think PEP may be more vulnerable than MDLZ to a KHC bid (jointly done with BUD). We also see greater strategic fit for KHC with PEP Food/Snacks (than with MDLZ), and argue that PEP Beverages fits BUD better than KO, as the PEP bottling operations in key regions (including NA) remain in the hands of PEP (KO, on the other hand will be fully refranchised by end of 2017). So we are upgrading PEP to Positive with a $132 price target by December 17. Yes, the Unilever rebuff

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, industrial shares fell by 0.04 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unilever N.V. (ADR) (NYSE: UN), down 8 percent, and Magal Security Systems Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: MAGS), down 6 percent.

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free stock picks: Black Diamond, Inc.(BDE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    At the beginning of the week, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap sporting & outdoor goods stock Black Diamond Inc (NASDAQ: BDE) as a short/bearish trade:

free stock picks: Neo Lithium Corp. (NTTHF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    ILC reminds me of Critical Elements [TSXV:CRE] (OTCQX:CRECF) having five projects (CRE has 11), and also of Galaxy Resources (ASX:GXY) (OTCPK:GALXF) by being diversified across brine and spodumene and across three continents. Also some similarity with Neo Lithium’s (OTC:NTTHF) [TSXV:NLC] early stage Argentinean brine project which I recently wrote about here. However, ILC trades at a much smaller market cap of US$8m to that of Critical Elements (US$85m) or Galaxy Resources (US$724m). This is partly due to ILC giving away significant percentages of their projects, and because they are still in the early stages of development.

free stock picks: Allegheny Technologies Incorporated(ATI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday morning, the basic materials shares climbed by 0.95 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI), up 5 percent, and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL), up 5 percent.

  • [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.

free stock picks: Annaly Capital Management Inc(NLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Another tax-law provision gives favorable tax status to real-estate investment trusts. REITs make investments in real estate-related assets, and they’re required to pay out almost all their income to their shareholders annually.
    Simon Property Group (SPG) is one of the biggest REITs, focusing on shopping malls and paying a 3 percent yield. But other specialty areas of the REIT universe pay much higher dividends, with REITs like Annaly Capital (NLY) that invest in mortgage-backed securities topping the list with double-digit percentage yields.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    It was just about one year ago that QE3 made its debut, and mortgage REITs, particularly agency-only players like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR  ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) began moaning about the increased competition for mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    This development will likely give battered mREITs like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR  ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) a huge boost as investors begin to feel less panic regarding a tapering of the current QE3 program. Markets have responded to the Summers announcement by soaring skyward, apparently feeling relief and confidence about the fate of the taper.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Hatteras Financial (HTS) has jumped 9.4% to $15.60 after agreeing to be purchased byAnnaly Capital Management (NLY) for $1.5 billion.Annaly Capital Management has dropped 1.1% to $$10.30.

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Investment company Advisors Management Group Inc buys Southern Co, iShares U.S. Preferred Stock ETF, DowDuPont Inc, Exact Sciences Corp, Caterpillar Inc, Vanguard Health Care, Wal-Mart Stores Inc, National Grid PLC, sells Chesapeake Energy Corp, Medtronic PLC during the 3-months ended 2017-09-30, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Advisors Management Group Inc . As of 2017-09-30, Advisors Management Group Inc owns 72 stocks with a total value of $159 million. These are the details of the buys and sells.

New Purchases: PFF, DWDP, EXAS, CAT, VHT, WMT, Added Positions: SO, APU, CMP, VZ, GE, NGG, HCP, GSK, GPC, GIS, Reduced Positions: AEP, INTC, CPB, MMM, UNP, XOM, KMB, WEC, XEL, Sold Out: CHK, MDT,

For the details of ADVISORS MANAGEMENT GROUP INC ‘s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=ADVISORS+MANAGEMENT+GROUP+INC+

These are the top 5 holdings of ADVISORS MANAGEMENT GROUP INC Southern Co (SO) – 143,845 shares, 4.45% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 69.59%Verizon Communications Inc (VZ) – 136,918 shares, 4.26% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 2.43%AmeriGas Partners LP (APU) – 149,936 shares, 4.24% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 3.98%Compass Minerals International Inc (CMP) – 95,562 shares, 3.9% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 3.63%Guggenheim BulletShares 2019 Corporate Bond (BSCJ) – 275,055 shares, 3.68% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.23%New Purchase: iShares U.S. Preferred Stock ETF (PFF)

Advisors Management Group Inc initiated holdings in iShares U.S. Preferred Stock ETF. The purchase prices were between $38.62 and $39.3, with an estimated average price of $38.96. The stock is now traded at around $38.26. The impact to the portfolio due to this purchase was 1.14%. The holdings were 46,751 shares as of 2017-09-30.

Hot Clean Energy 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.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: RadiSys Corporation(RSYS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    RadiSys Corporation (NASDAQ: RSYS) was down, falling around 18 percent to $2.95 after the company lowered its sales forecast for the second quarter. The company now expects Q2 sales of $35 million, versus earlier outlook of $41 million to $47 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    RadiSys Corporation (NASDAQ: RSYS) was down, falling around 18 percent to $2.97 after the company lowered its sales forecast for the second quarter. The company now expects Q2 sales of $35 million, versus earlier outlook of $41 million to $47 million.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Black Diamond, Inc.(BDE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    At the beginning of the week, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap sporting & outdoor goods stock Black Diamond Inc (NASDAQ: BDE) as a short/bearish trade:

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Oshkosh Corporation(OSK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

      I first named Oshkosh my top stock pick back in September, when the stock cost $42 and change. Since then, the stock has gone down, and sells for $3 less. So am I supposed to dislike Oshkosh stock now?

    No. To the contrary, I like it even more. (About $3 more, in fact).

    You see, even in the process of picking Oshkosh back then, I warned investors: "I don’t know whether Oshkosh will be the best-performing stock in the world in the month of September, but I’ve got a strong hunch about the next six months." And that hunch remains — because the facts have not changed.

    This past summer, Oshkosh was named the winner of the Pentagon’s contract to build a next-gen "Humvee" — an armored Joint Light Tactical Vehicle that will serve the U.S. military for decades to come. Oshkosh won an initial award to produce 17,000 vehicles for $6.7 billion. Ultimately, though, this is a contract that could swell to $30 billion or more for production, maintenance, and upgrade of approximately 55,000 JLTVs across all military branches.

    So why hasn’t Oshkosh stock moved in response to the contract? Mainly because rival bidderLockheed Martin threw a monkey wrench into the contracts process, first protesting the JLTV award to Oshkosh, and then, when that protest was rejected, filing suit in court to try to win the contract away from its rival.

    Personally, I think Lockheed Martin will lose that suit as well. After all, Lockheed’s forte is in fighter jets, while Oshkosh is the military’s premier supplier of trucks like JLTV, as well as the Army’s M-ATV vehicle (a small, all-terrain MRAP). Perhaps recognizing this, AM General, the other company that bid against Oshkosh on JLTV and lost, declined to protest the award. Lockheed took the other road, but I expect it will be a dead end for Lockheed as well.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The six companies that met the criterion are:

    Oshkosh Corp (NYSE: OSK). Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX). SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN). Suncor Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SU). Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD). Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS).
    Oshkosh

    Oshkosh is a manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies and is based in Wisconsin. The company operates under four business segments, namely access equipment, defense, fire and emergency, and commercial.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Oshkosh (OSK) was downgraded to neutral from buy at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $62 price target. The valuation is less attractive, as the stock is trading at 21x expected 2017 earnings, analysts said. 

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: TrovaGene, Inc.(TROV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    TrovaGene Inc (NASDAQ: TROV) shares dropped 27 percent to $1.27. Trovagene reported a Q4 loss of $8.5 million on revenue of $68,000. Piper Jaffray downgraded TrovaGene from Neutral to Underweight.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of TrovaGene Inc (NASDAQ: TROV) were down 13 percent to $5.28. Trovagene reported a Q4 loss of $(0.26) per share.

    Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ: RUN) was down, falling around 13 percent to $6.22. Sunrun reported a Q4 loss of $(0.15) per share on revenue of $99.6 million.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    TrovaGene Inc. (NASDAQ: TROV) dropped about 44% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $0.24 after closing at $0.43 on Thursday. Volume was around 12.5 million, about 20 times the daily average of around 650,000. The firm this morning priced an offering of 15 million shares and warrants to purchase up to another 15 million shares at $0.30 per unit.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    TrovaGene Inc (NASDAQ: TROV) was down, falling around 42 percent to $0.25. Trovagene priced its 15 million share common stock offering at $0.30 per share.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    TrovaGene Inc (NASDAQ: TROV) was down, falling around 40 percent to $0.26. Trovagene priced its 15 million share common stock offering at $0.30 per share.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Level 3 Communications, Inc.(LVLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    A rumored merger with CenturyLink (CTL) sent Level 3 Communications (LVLT) soaring to the top of the S&P 500 today.

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    Shares of Level 3 Communications climbed 11% to $51.87 today, even as the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,133.04. CenturyLink didn’t perform too badly, either: It gained 9.7% to $31.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After opening up 0.6% this morning, Level Three Communications (LVLT) jumped as much as 5.9% on reports that it was considering ways to increase shareholder value (nudge nudge, wink wink, know what I mean?). Citigroup’s Michael Rollins and Neth Wiedemann offer their take:

    Online news source Benzinga recently tweeted that an industry source has told them Level 3 is “reviewing strategic alternatives to maximize holder value, including outright sale or large buyback”. Level 3 shares are up ~4% today after a ~3% move yesterday and shares are up ~10% over the past week. The company has not responded to the news, nor can we substantiate the speculation.

    Level 3 remains our top-pick within our coverage group given its growth, financial flexibility, valuation, and strategic optionality.Level 3 currently trades around ~10x our 2016 OIBDA estimate and ~11x our 2016 discretionary FCF estimate, which we believe is too cheap given its growth profile and deep strategic asset-mix of metro and long-haul fiber.

    We believe that Level 3′s extensive enterprise presence could be attractive for a cable player looking to move up-market and accelerate its investment from thesmall- to medium-sized businesses segment into the enterprise market. We also believe that Zayo Group Holdings (ZAYO) may be an attractive acquisition target for a cable company looking to accelerate an enterprise strategy. We also would not dismiss the possibility that Level 3 and Zayo could consider a merger scenario to become a larger competitor for the enterprise market against the incumbents AT&T (T) and Verizon Communications (VZ).

    Shares of Level 3 have gained 3.7% to $56.39 at 1:20 p.m. today, while Zayo Group Holdings has risen 1% to $28.78, AT&T has advanced 0.5% to $42.61, and Verizon Communications is up 0.7% to $55.87.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    On Thursday afternoon, Wall Street Journal reported that CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) was in advanced talks to merge with Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT). Back on July 13, Benzinga Pro reported Level 3 was reviewing strategic alternatives.

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What happened

Shares ofPenn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ:PENN), casino operator and equipment maker largely focused on slot machines, climbed 28% throughout March, according to data fromS&P Global Market Intelligence, after the company announced that it raised financial guidance for the first quarter of 2017 ending March 31.

So what

About a week before the quarter ended, Penn management released updated estimates for the quarter, including revenue of $771 million on the upper end of the range, which was up from the previous guidance of $761 million, and would be about 2% higher than Q1 2016. The company also raised its Adjusted EBITDA guidance from$209.3 million to an expected range of$222 million and $223 million.Penn’s official Q1 earnings are expected to be released on April 27, and during that earnings release, the company will give full-year 2017 guidance.

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Top Casino Stocks To Own For 2018: Valhi Inc.(VHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares slipped by 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Valhi, Inc. (NYSE: VHI), down 13 percent, and LSB Industries, Inc. (NYSE: LXU), down 7 percent.

Top Casino Stocks To Own For 2018: Black Diamond, Inc.(BDE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    At the beginning of the week, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap sporting & outdoor goods stock Black Diamond Inc (NASDAQ: BDE) as a short/bearish trade:

Top Casino Stocks To Own For 2018: SPDR Blmbg Barclays Em Mkts Lcl Bd ETF (EBND)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    DWFI also holds the SPDR Barclays Emerging Markets Local Bond ETF (NYSE: EBND), SPDR Barclays International Treasury Bond ETF (NYSE: BWX) and the SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Corporate Bond ETF (NYSE: ITR).

Top Casino Stocks To Own For 2018: Mitek Systems, Inc.(MITK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, technology shares fell by 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MITK), down 13 percent, and Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: FORTY), down 8 percent.

  • [By U.S. News]

    In at least one Texas bank and one Ohio credit union, 3D video banking is currently undergoing testing, according to TheFinancialBrand.com, a website for bank and credit union marketing executives. Three-dimensional video banking is similar to a consumer video conference with a bank representative –- only in this case, the executive looks like a living, breathing person sitting across from you. Thanks to theater surround sound, the representative also sounds as if they’re in the same room. And since the consumer is interacting with a real person and not an automated hologram, the experience apparently isn’t much different than the real thing.
    Banking and managing money isn’t what it used to be. The 1970s and 1980s brought us the rise of the ATM. Consumers became acquainted with online banking during the 1990s and the first decade of the 2000s. The 2010s are shaping up as the era of mobile banking.
    That was underscored Sept. 10-11 in New York City when Mitek Systems Inc. (MITK), a San Diego-based technology company, debuted its Mobile Photo Account Opening product at Finovate, a trade show where banking tech products are often unveiled. The product allows consumers to open a bank account within 60 seconds. If you have your bank’s app, you can use your smartphone’s camera to take a photo of the front and back of your driver’s license, and presto, your new checking, savings or credit card account is open.
    Here’s a look at other financial products and services personal financial experts think we’ll be using in the future.
    Within 10 years. “The economic payments system will begin to ‘know us,’ either through biometrics, optical sensor or facial recognition,” says Joshua Siegel, managing principal of StoneCastle Partners, a New York-based asset management firm that invests in banks.
    That’s already happening to some extent with smartphones –- the new Apple (AAPL) iPhone 5S, for example, uses fingerprint scanning to unlock the phone. Meanwhile, some fi

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, technology shares fell 0.65 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Ultra Clean Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: UCTT), down 4 percent, and Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MITK), down 7 percent.

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If the Dow was meant to have hit 20,000 by now, wouldnt it have happened?

Its a fair question to ask, as investors watch the index back off what seemed a sure thing only a few days ago. Some, like FXTMs Hussein Sayed, say breaking that psychological level could open the door to more buyers, as it suggests bulls are still in control.

But the index
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has run up 14% year-to-date, which opens up another investor dilemma.

Best Stocks For 2018: Black Diamond, Inc.(BDE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    At the beginning of the week, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap sporting & outdoor goods stock Black Diamond Inc (NASDAQ: BDE) as a short/bearish trade:

Best Stocks For 2018: WGL Holdings Inc(WGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Brean Capital reported on Friday that it has upgraded natural gas utility company WGL Holdings Inc (WGL).

    The firm has raised its rating on WGL from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has given the company a $46 price target. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $40.62. The upgrade was primarily based on valuation and future investment opportunities.

    “Like many utilities in the gas LDC space, the shares of WGL Holdings have come off recent highs and are now trading at a level we consider attractive,” analyst Michael Gaugler comments. “Beyond valuation, we consider the recent announcement of conditional approval of Dominion’s Cove Point facility for LNG export as a positive development in terms of future investment opportunities, given the company’s one-third interest in the Commonwealth Pipeline project, which we believe will be revisited due to future increased demand.”

    WGL Holdings shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock has been mostly flat YTD.

Best Stocks For 2018: LinkedIn Corporation(LNKD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andres Cardenal]

    The most powerful investment ideas are the ones that can be easily explained and understood. LinkedIn(LNKD) is an undisputed market leader in remarkably promising areas such as professional networking and online employment opportunities, and this makes the company a top name to buy in 2016 and hold for years to come.

    As of the third quarter of 2015, LinkedIn(LNKD) had 396 million registered members around the world, a big increase of 20% versus the same quarter the previous year, and 39,726 corporate solutions customers on the platform, a year-over-year increase of 31%. Individuals and corporations attract each other to LinkedIn in search of opportunities, and this creates a virtuous cycle driving sustainable growth over the long term.

    Management is also translating the company’s massive opportunities into rapid revenue growth. Total sales grew 37% to $780 million last quarter, with the acquisition of online learning platform lynda.com representing $41 million of that. LinkedIn’s three growth engines are firing on all cylinders: Talent solutions for corporations grew 46%, while premium subscription sales increased 21%, and online advertising revenue jumped 28%.

    LinkedIn(LNKD) is actively investing for growth, so profit margins are hard to predict in the short term. However, the company should be able to combine solid revenue growth and expanding profit margins in the years ahead.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    For example, LinkedIn Corp. (NYSE: LNKD) fell 16.1% to $79.03 from its IPO date on May 19, 2011, to Aug. 19, 2011. But LNKD stock has since recovered 148% to today’s share price of $195.96.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Microsoft has offered concessions to EU antitrust regulators over its $26.2 billion, $196 per share offer for LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), according to the European Commission. The EU regulator had expressed concerns to Microsoft executives about the deal, which was announced in June.