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Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019

When the stock market sends a company’s share price down through no fault of the company, it can be a great time to buy. And the recent market turmoil has been tough on many businesses, regardless of whether they’re outperforming or underperforming in their industries.

Three companies that the market has walloped areApache Corporation(NYSE:APA),Magellan Midstream Partners(NYSE:MMP), andGeneral Motors(NYSE:GM). Here’s why these stocks look like bargains, and why today might be a good time to scoop up some shares.

Sometimes, the stock market hits a stock hard. That can be the best time to buy. Image source: Getty Images.

An ignored opportunity

Independent oil and gas exploration and production company Apache Corporation hasn’t been able to hit its stride since announcing a monster new oil and gas find in West Texas called “Alpine High.” The company shifted a lot of capital to developing the Alpine High field, and initial results have been encouraging. In spite of that, the stock market has bid the company’s shares lower and lower.

Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Thor Industries Inc.(THO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Thor Industries’ (NYSE:THO)fiscal 2018 third-quarter earnings, released on June 6, helped stem some of the company’s recent share price decline: After surging nearly 51% in 2017, Thor’s shares have lost one-third of their value year to date. As my colleague Dan Caplinger recently pointed out, the recreational vehicle, or RV, market remains strong, but investors are concerned about Thor’s near-term prospects, given that it’s coming off a period of phenomenal revenue growth. Below, I’ll analyze five points made in Thor’s earnings release and most recent quarterly “questions and answers” document, which provide context around its current earnings and outlook.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media headlines about Tahoe Resources (NYSE:TAHO) (TSE:THO) have been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Tahoe Resources earned a coverage optimism score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.5394950251654 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Tahoe Resources (TSE:THO) (NASDAQ:TAHO) – Equities research analysts at National Bank Financial reduced their FY2018 earnings estimates for shares of Tahoe Resources in a research report issued on Monday, April 9th. National Bank Financial analyst M. Parkin now forecasts that the company will earn $0.29 per share for the year, down from their prior forecast of $0.35. National Bank Financial currently has a “Sector Perform” rating and a $8.00 price objective on the stock.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    TheStreet lowered shares of Tahoe Resources (NYSE:TAHO) (TSE:THO) from a c rating to a d+ rating in a report published on Tuesday.

    A number of other research analysts also recently weighed in on TAHO. Cantor Fitzgerald assumed coverage on Tahoe Resources in a research note on Wednesday, March 28th. They set a buy rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Tahoe Resources from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, April 26th. ValuEngine downgraded Tahoe Resources from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group downgraded Tahoe Resources from an outperform rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. Tahoe Resources has an average rating of Hold.

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    LCI Industries (LCII) fell 5% on the day. Patrick Industries Inc. (PATK) dropped 4.24%. Thor Industries Inc. (THO) tanked 9.83%. Winnebago Industries Inc. (WGO) fell 8.85%. 

Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Franklin Resources, Inc.(BEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Gallagher Fiduciary Advisors, LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Gallagher+Fiduciary+Advisors%2C+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of Gallagher Fiduciary Advisors, LLCFifth Third Bancorp (FITB) – 7,424,558 shares, 43.91% of the total portfolio. New PositionUnited States Steel Corp (X) – 3,763,643 shares, 25.82% of the total portfolio. Franklin Resources Inc (BEN) – 1,825,092 shares, 15.42% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 2.44%Cleveland-Cliffs Inc (CLF) – 1,780,977 shares, 2.5% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 1.33%Finisar Corp (FNSR) – 349,639 shares, 1.39% of t

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE: BEN) traded down about 2% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $32.41 after closing Tuesday at $33.09. The stock’s 52-week high is $47.65. Volume was about equal to the daily average of around 3.6 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Press coverage about Franklin Templeton Investments (NYSE:BEN) has trended positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Franklin Templeton Investments earned a coverage optimism score of 0.42 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the closed-end fund an impact score of 46.7483317362535 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Millennium Management LLC lessened its holdings in Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) by 23.1% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 1,028,586 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock after selling 308,833 shares during the quarter. Millennium Management LLC owned 0.19% of Franklin Resources worth $35,671,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Euronav NV(EURN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Teradyne, Inc. (NYSE: TER) fell 10.8 percent to $37.02 in pre-market trading after the company issued downbeat Q2 guidance.
    Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW) fell 9.2 percent to $122.29 in pre-market trading. Edwards Lifesciences reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter, but issued weak earnings guidance for the second quarter.
    New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) fell 8.8 percent to $2.30 in pre-market trading after rising 4.13 percent on Tuesday.
    Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE: GFI) fell 8.6 percent to $3.61 in pre-market trading.
    Natus Medical Incorporated (NASDAQ: BABY) fell 8.2 percent to $32.95 in pre-market trading after the company issued weak forecast for the second quarter.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares fell 7.9 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading after climbing 27.09 percent on Tuesday.
    Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited (NYSE: BEDU) shares fell 6.7 percent to $13.58 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Sangamo Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SGMO) fell 5.9 percent to $16.75 in pre-market trading following announcement of a $200 million common stock offering.
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) shares fell 5.7 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading after declining 3.32 percent on Tuesday.
    Euronav NV (NYSE: EURN) fell 4.8 percent to $8.40 in pre-market trading.
    Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) shares fell 4.3 percent to $4.69 in pre-market trading.
    Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ: GLPI) shares fell 4.1 percent to $32.92 in pre-market trading after the company issued downbeat quarterly results and reported the retirement of CFO William Clifford

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Seanergy Maritime (NASDAQ: SHIP) and Euronav (NYSE:EURN) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Welltower Inc.(HCN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Welltower Inc (NYSE:HCN), an S&P 500 company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is driving the transformation of health care infrastructure. The company invests with leading seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund the real estate infrastructure needed to scale innovative care delivery models and improve people's wellness and overall health care experience.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Welltower Inc (NYSE:HCN), an S&P 500 company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is driving the transformation of health care infrastructure. The company invests with leading seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund the real estate infrastructure needed to scale innovative care delivery models and improve people's wellness and overall health care experience.

Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: GasLog LP.(GLOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Engineers Gate Manager LP acquired a new stake in GasLog (NYSE:GLOG) during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund acquired 33,898 shares of the shipping company’s stock, valued at approximately $558,000.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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

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    Validea’s Top Five Energy Stocks Based On Peter Lynch – 5/13/2018 (nasdaq.com) GasLog Ltd. (GLOG): Stock in Featured Spotlight: (stockquote.review) Is it time to Sell Now? GasLog Ltd. (GLOG) (nysestocks.review) BRIEF-Gaslog Partners Announces Election Of Director (reuters.com) GasLog Partners LP Announces Election of Director at 2018 Annual Meeting of Limited Partners (nasdaq.com)

    A number of research firms have commented on GLOG. Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of GasLog from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $20.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Monday, February 12th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of GasLog from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, March 12th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $20.00 target price (up previously from $19.00) on shares of GasLog in a research report on Saturday, February 17th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $24.00 target price on shares of GasLog in a research report on Friday, January 26th. Finally, Seaport Global Securities reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $23.00 target price on shares of GasLog in a research report on Friday, February 23rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $20.30.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    GasLog (NYSE:GLOG) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the nine analysts that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $20.30.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    GasLog (NYSE: GLOG) and Carnival (NYSE:CUK) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation and risk.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Just how blue are the skies for Nuance?

Nuance (NASDAQ:NUAN) reported the results of its quarter and fiscal 2016 year-end last Thursday. Talk about saving the best for last, the company’s results marked the end of the calendar Q3 reporting season, and based on the way I keep score, the results were the best relative to prior expectations of all of the companies that I track. Not on the headline numbers, although they were a modest beat, but on bookings, which were by far the best performance relative to expectations in the IT space last quarter. 45% growth in bookings is not something I expected, and I am still scratching my head at how it happened (Just kidding – the bookings result was because the company closed several major transactions that it had deliberately excluded from its forecast at the end of Q3 – it was year-end and closing large deals is a rite of passage for most software companies at the end of the year). The bookings overattainment was approximately $60 million or 13% above the company’s forecast from August. The number of companies that beat revenue/bookings expectations by 13% at this scale are about equal to the number of times I have passed up a glass of a Chateau d’Yquem.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: MercadoLibre Inc.(MELI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $10.67 per share on revenue of $2.87 billion.
    CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $6.00 billion.
    Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $803.36 million.
    Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: SEP) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $751.57 million.
    IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $923.80 million.
    Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $691.75 million.
    Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOXA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share on revenue of $7.41 billion.
    ICU Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICUI) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.84 per share on revenue of $346.28 million.
    TechnipFMC plc (NYSE: FTI) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $3.13 billion.
    Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $401.76 million.
    The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (NYSE: DNB) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $1.07 per share on revenue of $386.91 million.
    Matrix Service Company (NASDAQ: MTRX) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $285.16 million.
    Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MHLD) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $739.31 million.
    tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $428.25 million.
    Copa Holdings,

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: MDCA) fell 23.4 percent to $5.25 in pre-market trading after a first-quarter earnings miss.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) shares fell 15.1 percent to $3.48 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat Q1 earnings.
    Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) fell 14 percent to $13.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted downbeat Q2 earnings and lowered FY18 organic growth guidance.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) fell 13.2 percent to $3.10 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly results.
    Rowan Companies plc (NYSE: RDC) shares fell 10.7 percent to $14.13 in pre-market trading after climbing 8.50 percent on Wednesday.
    BT Group plc (NYSE: BT) fell 9 percent to $14.80 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q4 results and announced plans to cut 13,000 jobs over the next three years.
    Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) fell 8.3 percent to $19.90 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that IMblaze370 Phase 3 pivotal trial of atezolizumab and cobimetinib in patients with heavily pretreated locally advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer did not meet primary endpoint.
    Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ: INFN) fell 8.2 percent to $10.80 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Synaptics, Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) shares fell 7.4 percent to $43.00 in pre-market trading. Synaptics reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter, while sales missed estimates.
    Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) shares fell 7.4 percent to $76.23 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 earnings.
    Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: IART) shares fell 7 percent to $59.36 in pre-market trading. Integra LifeSciences priced its 5.25 million share public offering of common stock at $58.50 per share.
    Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRY) shares fell 6.9 percent to $12.75 in pre-m

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Westpac Banking Corp raised its stake in MercadoLibre (NASDAQ:MELI) by 11.4% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 27,793 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 2,853 shares during the quarter. Westpac Banking Corp owned about 0.06% of MercadoLibre worth $9,905,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    MercadoLibre, Inc. (NASDAQ:MELI) had a banner year in 2017, and things were looking up to start off 2018. When the company released its fourth-quarter financial results in February, it reported revenue of $437 million, up 70% year over year in U.S. dollars and almost doubling in local-currency terms. It also announced that it would be deconsolidating the results of its Venezuelan subsidiary, which had long been a drag on its financials due to persistent currency devaluations and spiraling hyperinflation. After doubling last year, MercadoLibre’s stock had gained over 30% again by early March.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this segment fromMotley Fool Money, host Chris Hill asks senior analysts Jason Moser, Matt Argersinger, and Ron Gross to discuss the companies they have their eyes on. Listen in to find out why they pickedHealthcare Services Group(NASDAQ:HCSG), Ameris Bancorp(NASDAQ:ABCB), and MercadoLibre(NASDAQ:MELI).

  • [By Danny Vena]

    Unless you live in Latin America or follow the rapidly growing field of e-commerce, you may not have ever heard of MercadoLibre, Inc. (NASDAQ:MELI). What began primarily as an online auction site has evolved into a full service e-commerce platform with services in 19 countries.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: New Oriental Education & Technology Group, Inc.(EDU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    As the old saying goes, “You need to strike when the iron is hot.”Management at New Oriental Education & Technology Group(NYSE:EDU), a provider of in-person and online after-school tutoring in China, knows that the business is red-hot right now; it is striking by leveraging its balance sheet and growing brand by pushing a massive expansion throughout the Middle Kingdom.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE:EDU) Q3 2017 Earnings Conference CallApril 24, 2018 8:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

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

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Steelcase Inc.(SCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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    Vida Health Expands Platform to Tackle Comorbidities (prweb.com) Zacks: Brokerages Expect Steelcase (SCS) Will Announce Quarterly Sales of $756.45 Million (americanbankingnews.com) Knoll: Q1 Earnings Enough To Stay Long (seekingalpha.com) ValuEngine Downgrades Steelcase (SCS) to Sell (americanbankingnews.com) Should Stem Cells Spin SA.s (WSE:SCS) Recent Earnings Decline Worry You? (finance.yahoo.com)

    Several research analysts have weighed in on the company. ValuEngine lowered Steelcase from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Seaport Global Securities reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Steelcase in a research report on Monday, March 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Steelcase from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 28th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $16.00.

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    Jim Hackett spent two decades as CEO of Michigan-based office furniture company Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS). When he took over, the American workplace was shifting away from cubicles, and the company looked on the verge of extinction, with $70 million in annual losses.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    SpeedCash (CURRENCY:SCS) traded 13.6% lower against the dollar during the 1 day period ending at 10:00 AM ET on May 4th. One SpeedCash coin can now be purchased for approximately $2.71 or 0.00028080 BTC on major exchanges including YoBit, Cryptohub, Trade Satoshi and Crex24. During the last seven days, SpeedCash has traded 201.8% higher against the dollar. SpeedCash has a total market capitalization of $1.26 million and $26,755.00 worth of SpeedCash was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    SpeedCash (SCS) is a coin. SpeedCash’s total supply is 476,918 coins and its circulating supply is 467,791 coins. The Reddit community for SpeedCash is /r/SpeedCash and the currency’s Github account can be viewed here. SpeedCash’s official Twitter account is @SpeedCashMedia. SpeedCash’s official website is www.scash.ml.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Franklin Resources, Inc.(BEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE: BEN) traded down about 2% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $32.41 after closing Tuesday at $33.09. The stock’s 52-week high is $47.65. Volume was about equal to the daily average of around 3.6 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Gallagher Fiduciary Advisors, LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Gallagher+Fiduciary+Advisors%2C+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of Gallagher Fiduciary Advisors, LLCFifth Third Bancorp (FITB) – 7,424,558 shares, 43.91% of the total portfolio. New PositionUnited States Steel Corp (X) – 3,763,643 shares, 25.82% of the total portfolio. Franklin Resources Inc (BEN) – 1,825,092 shares, 15.42% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 2.44%Cleveland-Cliffs Inc (CLF) – 1,780,977 shares, 2.5% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 1.33%Finisar Corp (FNSR) – 349,639 shares, 1.39% of t

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CyberOptics Corporation(CYBE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Perceptron (NASDAQ: PRCP) and CyberOptics (NASDAQ:CYBE) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Ecolab Inc.(ECL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Goldman Sachs (GS) , Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) , Ecolab (ECL) , PTC (PTC) , Arista Networks (ANET) , U.S. Concrete (USCR) and Masco (MAS) .

  • [By ]

    Ecolab (ECL) : “That’s a terrific situation that I want you to buy more of if it comes down.”

    PTC (PTC) : “Not my cup of tea but I understand it’s in the sweet spot of tech.”

  • [By ]

    3. Ecolab (NYSE: ECL)
    This water, hygiene, and energy services company is being heavily bought by Bill Gates. Mr. Gates has purchased around a million shares across several transactions in the last 30 days. His purchase price was between $134.00 and $137.00 per share.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Dillard's, Inc.(DDS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $120.51 billion.
    J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.2 per share on revenue of $2.63 billion.
    Dillard's, Inc. (NYSE: DDS) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $1.46 billion.
    The Children's Place, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCE) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.21 per share on revenue of $444.14 million.
    Manchester United plc (NYSE: MANU) is expected to report quarterly loss at $1.35 per share on revenue of $193.67 million.
    Teekay Corporation (NYSE: TK) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $296.76 million.
    KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $306.72 million.
    Vascular Biogenics Ltd. (NASDAQ: VBLT) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.21 per share.
    Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (NYSE: TOO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $272.04 million.
    Albireo Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALBO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.77 per share on revenue of $31.32 million.

     

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    On Monday, top department store stocks including Macy’s (NYSE:M), Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS), Dillard’s (NYSE:DDS), and J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) lost roughly 3% to 4%. The catalyst was a negative analyst report.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $120.51 billion before the opening bell. Walmart shares gained 1 percent to $86.99 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) to post quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $4.45 billion after the closing bell. Applied Materials shares rose 0.15 percent to $55.25 in after-hours trading.
    Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) reported downbeat results for its second quarter. Comps were down 0.1 percent in the quarter. The company sees third-quarter comps coming in flat to up 1 percent. Jack in the Box shares dropped 3.03 percent to $88.60 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the opening bell, Dillard's, Inc. (NYSE: DDS) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $1.46 billion. Dillard's shares rose 0.14 percent to $72.10 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting Childrens Place Inc (NASDAQ: PLCE) to have earned $2.21 per share on revenue of $444.14 million in the latest quarter. Childrens Place will release earnings before the markets open. Childrens Place shares gained 0.29 percent to $138.40 in after-hours trading.

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    Some reasons for my bearishness on retail stocks:

    Higher Energy Prices. Oil prices have rallied dramatically and back to 2014 levels, rising from about $35 a barrel in early 2016 to around $67 Thursday. That’s bad news for U.S. retailers, as rising oil prices historically squeeze consumer disposable incomes. That’s one reason why I’ve been consistently raising my short exposure to retail and plan to continue doing so. Shaky Same-Store Sales Growth. Recent improvements to same-store sales at Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) , Urban Outfitters (URBN) , Dillard’s (DDS) , Gap Inc. (GPS) and Macy’s (M) come against downgraded expectations, and might not be sustainable anyway. No Deal for Nordstrom (JWN) . The Nordstrom family has apparently abandoned plans to take its namesake company private. I had expressed concerns that this would happen. Higher Interest Rates. A rise in the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) has recently accelerated. That’s bad news for retailers, as many variable-rate consumer debts (particularly mortgages) key off of the LIBOR. This will likely put a damper on mortgage refinancings — something that many see as an important ingredient for personal-consumption expenditures.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Xplore Technologies Corp(XPLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Xplore Technologies (NASDAQ: XPLR) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer & office equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Xplore Technologies to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN) and Xplore Technologies (NASDAQ:XPLR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Golden Ocean Group Limited(GOGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Koppers Holdings Inc.(KOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Koppers (NYSE:KOP) was upgraded by equities research analysts at TheStreet from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report released on Friday.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Koppers (NYSE:KOP) was downgraded by ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018

The coming credit crisis in China is no secret.

China has $1 trillion or more in bad debts waiting to explode. These bad debts permeate the economy.

Some are incurred by Chinese provincial authorities trying to get around spending limitations imposed by Beijing. Some are straight commercial loans on bank balance sheets. Some are external dollar-denominated debts owed to foreign creditors.

The most dangerous type of debt involves a daisy chain of insolvent corporations buying debt from each other.

A single cash advance of $100 million can be passed from corporation to corporation in exchange for a new promissory note, used to extinguish an old unpayable promissory note. Repeated enough times, the $100 million can be used as window dressing to prop up $1 billion or even $2 billion of bad debts.

These kinds of accounting tricks will land you in jail in the U.S., but its an accepted practice in China as long as the corporate CEO is a Princeling (a politically connected Communist Party insider descended from the old guard) or an oligarch willing to pay bribes.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Huaneng Power International, Inc.(HNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 1 percent, and Huaneng Power International Inc (ADR) (NYSE: HNP), down 1 percent.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Franklin Resources, Inc.(BEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Gallagher Fiduciary Advisors, LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Gallagher+Fiduciary+Advisors%2C+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of Gallagher Fiduciary Advisors, LLCFifth Third Bancorp (FITB) – 7,424,558 shares, 43.91% of the total portfolio. New PositionUnited States Steel Corp (X) – 3,763,643 shares, 25.82% of the total portfolio. Franklin Resources Inc (BEN) – 1,825,092 shares, 15.42% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 2.44%Cleveland-Cliffs Inc (CLF) – 1,780,977 shares, 2.5% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 1.33%Finisar Corp (FNSR) – 349,639 shares, 1.39% of t

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jim Strugger recommended on Bloomberg Markets a long position in Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE: BEN).

    He said the company is in the assets management sector and he added that the market is probably getting into the period of higher dispersion, which is usually favorable for active managers. Speaking on the positive catalysts for the stock, Strugger said Franklin Resources is going to benefit from the cash repatriation.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Franklin Resources (BEN) : “I’d rather see you in Morgan Stanley (MS) or E*TRADE Financial (ETFC) .”

    Kinder Morgan (KMI) : “They are OK now, but there are better ones.”

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Allegheny Technologies Incorporated(ATI)

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.

  • [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.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc.(SCAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Surgical Care Affiliates Inc (NASDAQ: SCAI) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $56.55 after UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) disclosed that its unit agreed to acquire Surgical Care Affiliates for around $2.3 billion.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: American Airlines Group, Inc.(AAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    In the past year, shares of American Airlines Group Inc. (NYSE: AAL) are up 69%. Shares of United Continental are up 81%. And shares of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) are up 51%. The S&P 500 is higher by 17% over the same period.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) will share its latest quarterly earnings on Thursday. The consensus estimates call for $0.90 in EPS and $10.56 billion in revenue. Shares ended last week at $58.06, in a 52-week range of $39.21 to $59.08. The consensus analyst target is $63.44.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of American Airlines (AAL) are soaring today after Stifel named the stock to Stifel Select List. But it’s the reason for Stifel’s optimism, more than the addition itself, that is eye catching.

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    See, American Airlines has been under pressure this year–its dropped 11% so far in 2017–on fears that increased capacity would reduce its profitability. The same fears have also dented United Continental Holdings (UAL) and Delta Air Lines (DAL).

    Stifel’s Joseph DeNardi and Matthew Rachal, however, argue that the increased capacity at American Airlines doesn’t matter thanks to a revenue stream that the market has ignored: The revenue from its frequent flier program. They explain why:

    The consensus price target on American, excluding us at $95, of $54 reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the source of American’s earnings, in our view. Within American is an operating segment that accounts for ~50% of EBIT, is growing revenue at ~10% per year with a 65%-70% operating margin with very low capital requirements and very high barriers to entry. We know it exists. American Airlines knows it exists. But the vast majority of the investment community does not or, at this point, is skeptical that it does. We attribute this to a lack of information supplied by the companies for investors to properly assess the size and profitability of airline loyalty programs. We are confident that this will change in the near-to-mid term as disclosures begin to improve over the next several months followed by the reporting of the business as its own operating segment in 12-18 months.

    How big a deal could this be? DeNardi and Rachal argue that the AAdvantage program could generate about $2.7 billion in 2018, greater than the $2.5 billion in pre-tax earnings implied by the consensus estimate of $3.50 a share in 2018. They call it “an earnings stream immune from incremental capac

  • [By Diane Alter]

    The sector took off in November when 13F filings revealed Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A) bought shares in American Airlines Group Inc. (Nasdaq: AAL), United Continental Holdings Inc. (NYSE: UAL), Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV), and Delta.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    A few years ago, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) introduced a new class of cheaper “basic economy” fares to help it compete with ultra-low cost carriers on certain routes. Last year, American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) and United Continental (NYSE:UAL) confirmed that they would introduce their own basic economy fares to stay competitive.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: ClearSign Combustion Corporation(CLIR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    Last Wednesday (Dec. 6), the company received a patent for certain methods of production of its phase 2 antidepressant, AV-101.

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Dec. 4 – Dec. 8 Gain (as of Dec. 8)
    VistaGen Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: VTGN) $1.80 135%
    FXCM Inc. (Nasdaq: GLBR) $1.12 124%
    Neuralstem Inc. (Nasdaq: CUR) $2.00 75.44%
    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: OHRP) $1.49 75.29%
    ClearSign Combustion Corp. (Nasdaq: CLIR) $3.50 53.85%
    Astrotech Corp. (Nasdaq: ASTC) $4.21 51.99%
    Burcon NutraScience Corp. (Nasdaq: BUR) $0.72 44%
    LM Funding America Inc. (Nasdaq: LMFA) $3.72 42.53%
    Second Sight Medical Products Inc. (Nasdaq: EYES) $1.75 42.28%
    Globus Maritime Ltd. (Nasdaq: GLBS) $1.47 41.35%

    As a result, its share price shot up from $0.92 to $2.52 on Wednesday. The stock pulled back to $1.80 by the end of the week, for a total gain of 135% for the week.

Best Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2018

On November 10, super-independent ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) hosted its annual analyst day and gave investors some guidance on what the firm plans on doing. After a solid Q3 report, the company was coming in with a strong hand to play. Last quarter, ConocoPhillips generated enough cash flow to cover both its capital expenditures and its dividend. Cash flow neutrality means its outspend headache is over (as long as Brent stays around $50) and asset sales and/or debt issuance won’t be required to preserve its strong liquidity position.

Even as ConocoPhillips effectively breaks even around $50 Brent, management is still pursuing a conservative spending plan to further the company’s shift towards a more dynamic and financially balanced enterprise. Conoco’s 2017 capex budget is forecasted to come in at $5 billion, $200 million less than its 2016 budget yet one that will generate an adjusted 0% – 2% production growth. The adjustment is for expected asset sales.

On the operating cost front, that has been cut down to $6 billion next year from $9.7 billion in 2014. Below is a look at how Conoco’s cost saving initiatives have transformed the company’s cash flow outlook.

Best Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2018: Patriot One Technologies Inc. (PTOTF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sara Cornell]

    With a growing need for global security both on the national defense front as well as in the cyber security arena, Patriot One Technologies Inc., (TSX.V: PAT) (OTCQB: PTOTF) is taking advantage of increasing security demands by entering into an agreement with a strategic industry partner in order to significantly broaden its product and commercialization offerings.

  • [By Sara Cornell]

    In a move that should resonate well with investors, Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) (TSX-V: PAT) today announced a reseller agreement with JJB Federal LLC and its specialty sales division UnitedEye Inc. Patriot One Technologies has developed PATSCAN, a first-of-its-kind concealed weapons detection system to combat active shooter threats before they occur. The agreement should help Patriot One distribute and install its concealed weapons detection system in strategic locations much faster and with greater efficiency, ultimately providing enhanced protection to citizens across the globe.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    That brings me to small cap security stockPatriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) which has developed PATSCAN – the next generation of its award-winning NForce CMR1000 software and radar solution. PATSCAN is a first-of-its-kind Cognitive Microwave Radar concealed weapons detection system as an effective tool to combat active shooter threats before they occur. Designed for cost-effective deployment in weapon-restricted buildings and facilities, the Patriot One software solution and related hardware can be installed in hallways and doorways to covertly identify weapons and to alert security of an active threat entering the premises. Owner/operators of private and certain public facilities can now prominently post anti-weapons policies with compliance assured. The Companys motto, Deter, Detect and Defend, is based on the belief that widespread use of its technology will act as an effective deterrent.

  • [By Robert J. Smith]

    The cutting-edge technology created by Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) (TSE: PAT.V) is available for use in airports, police stations and other government offices. It’s also available for use in stadiums, concert halls, night clubs and shopping malls. Anywhere that large numbers of people gather has the potential for installation of Patriot One’s system. Fortunately for any public or private entity that puts this concealed weapons detection system to work, there are no privacy law concerns “No image is retained. There are no privacy concerns whatsoever with respect to it. There’s no data that’s being retained, it’s simply detecting items on an individual,” said John Gillies, retired assistant director of CSIS, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
    Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino has implemented a trial of Patriot One’s revolutionary concealed weapons detection technology in order to evaluate integration capabilities with existing in-house security systems.
    Having long been an iconic landmark, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is comprised of nearly 3,000 hotel rooms, including 305 suites located on 64 acres with a 74,000-square foot casino and 200,000 square foot convention center. The casino property is owned by Florida-based Westgate Resorts, the largest privately held company in Central Florida. Today, Westgate Resorts encompasses 28 resorts with more than 13,500 villas across the United States.
    Westgate’s Chief Operating Officer Mark Waltrip said, “With this partnership, we are pleased to be moving ahead and look forward to deploying the product on-site and to integrating it with our existing security infrastructure. Hopefully this is the first of many deployments across our locations around the United States.”

Best Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2018: Rackspace Hosting Inc(RAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Rackspace Hosting, Inc. (NYSE: RAX) reported better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter, but the company missed analysts’ sales estimates. Rackspace shares dropped 7.72 percent to $20.80 in the after-hours trading session.

Best Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2018: Franklin Resources, Inc.(BEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Franklin Resources (BEN) : “I’d rather see you in Morgan Stanley (MS) or E*TRADE Financial (ETFC) .”

    Kinder Morgan (KMI) : “They are OK now, but there are better ones.”

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jim Strugger recommended on Bloomberg Markets a long position in Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE: BEN).

    He said the company is in the assets management sector and he added that the market is probably getting into the period of higher dispersion, which is usually favorable for active managers. Speaking on the positive catalysts for the stock, Strugger said Franklin Resources is going to benefit from the cash repatriation.

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A confluence of global synchronized growth, accommodative money policy and positive political reform in Europe should lead to continued double-digit returns for foreign equities in 2018, according to the Northern Trust CIO Bob Browne.

“We feel positive on European growth, Abenomics is certainly working in Japan, and we’re not expecting a hard landing in China,” Browne told ThinkAdvisor, adding that the two largest  economies in the world, the United States and China, will continue to do “quite well.” The Northern Trust forecast for equity returns in 2018 is 13.4% in developed markets outside the U.S., mostly in European markets and Japan, and 13.1% return for emerging markets.

(Related: Jeremy Grantham: ‘Be Brave’ and Invest in Emerging Markets)

Through Dec. 18, France’s Cac 40 Index is up about 20%, while Germany’s Dax Index is up nearly 25%. In comparison, the S&P 500 is up almost 19%, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is up nearly 17%, while the United Kingdom’s FTSE is only up 5% for 2017.

Top Growth Stocks For 2018: Franklin Resources, Inc.(BEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jim Strugger recommended on Bloomberg Markets a long position in Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE: BEN).

    He said the company is in the assets management sector and he added that the market is probably getting into the period of higher dispersion, which is usually favorable for active managers. Speaking on the positive catalysts for the stock, Strugger said Franklin Resources is going to benefit from the cash repatriation.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Franklin Resources (BEN) : “I’d rather see you in Morgan Stanley (MS) or E*TRADE Financial (ETFC) .”

    Kinder Morgan (KMI) : “They are OK now, but there are better ones.”

Top Growth Stocks For 2018: Aluminum Corporation of China Ltd(ACH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the basic materials shares climbed by 1.09 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS), up 7 percent, and Aluminum Corp. of China Limited (ADR) (NYSE: ACH), up 7 percent.

Top Growth Stocks For 2018: Silicon Laboratories Inc.(SLAB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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