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Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018

Alcoa Corp (NYSE:AA), which recently spun-off its advanced manufacturing arms, became an old fashioned aluminum manufacturer once again in late 2016. At this point, the global aluminum giant has to prove that it can compete with the rest of the industry — without the help of its former specialty parts business, Arconic Inc (NYSE:ARNC). The trend leading up to the breakup was cost cutting, which is why these three metrics will be important to watch going forward.

3 Keys Metrics

If you invest in or are considering investing in Alcoa, one of the first metrics to monitor is cost of goods sold. It measures the direct costs associated with making Alcoa’s wares, including materials and labor. The company was able to trim this number by about 1.5% year over year in the fourth quarter, it’s first as a stand-alone entity. More important, it made up 83.7% of revenues, down from 88% a year ago.

Image source: Alcoa Corp

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Paragon Offshore plc (PGNPQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    With even brand new rigs struggling to find work, the jig was soon up for owners of old equipment, like Paragon Offshore (OTCPK:PGNPQ), which is currently undergoing its second debt restructuring in less than three years of independent existence. Likewise, drillers with a fondness for aggressive use of debt were soon in trouble, most notably, former high-flier Seadrill (SDRL) and its little brother North Atlantic Drilling (NADL), which will no doubt file for restructuring within months. As a consequence of the crisis, the OSD industry now has a number of participants without a large debt burden, either new entrants like Borr Drilling, or established competitors that have had debt reduced in a restructuring, such as Ocean Rig (ORIG), to be followed within this year by others, almost certainly including each of SDRL, NADL, and Pacific Drilling (PACD).

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Paragon Offshore’s (OTCPK:PGNPQ) former management’s audacious efforts to omit parts of the senior secured lenders by deeming them unimpaired and instead pay out the majority of the company’s cash to junior unsecured bondholders by presenting a set of entirely unrealistic business forecasts to the court. Fortunately, in case of Paragon Offshore, the bankruptcy judge recognized the framing and accordingly denied confirmation of the company’s plan of reorganization, effectively sending Paragon Offshore back to the drawing board. Consequently, management was ousted after the failure. I have covered the Paragon Offshore saga in a series of articles over the past few quarters, so interested investors might want to take a look at this highly fascinating and still evolving case study.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Blackstone / GSO Strategic Credit Fund(BGB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Originally published Nov. 17 at 3:41 p.m. EDT

    The consideration of the contrary has been a theme all week. And here in ” Don’t Run With the Crowd: Embrace the Contrary.”   Miami madness (of a real estate kind)   Mark Grant is scared by our currency’s strength.   Danielle on scenarios.   Boockvar to subscriber Bad Golfer!   JC Penney ( JCP) short puts–a 100% win. (Shorting options frequently ends differently!)   Just say no to closed-end muni-bond funds.   DRYS is all wet.   Could iPhone manufacturing be coming back home?   On inflation breakevens–a picture that speaks volumes.   The market moved higher from the “get go”–in large measure it seems to be a response to the better economic data this morning.   At 3 p.m. stocks were near the day’s highs.   I shorted The Cisco Kid last night. Sticking with this short rental. I added to my ProShares UltraShort S&P500 ETF ( SDS) long (growing ever larger). My net short exposure–is now between small and medium-sized at the close. The U.S. dollar, as discussed above, continued to rip higher against the euro. I am concerned. Mark Grant is concerned. The market is not concerned. The price of crude oil (down $0.20) settled lower after yesterday’s robust gains. Gold fell $9 as it continues to break down–closing in on $1,200. Ag commodities: wheat up $0.07, corn up $0.04, soybeans up $0.05 and oats up $0.02. Lumber up $7 following the big housing number this morning. Bonds schmeissed … iShares Barclays 2

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Good

    Mr. Market continues to follow through with strength that has been in place since the Trump victory. QQQs over Ss and Rs. QQQ is a Best Pick for 2017. Technology, the leader–(T)FANG strong (led by Tesla (TSLA) and Netflix (NFLX) ). Banks continue their strong move. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) (up $0.08) though junk bonds are slightly lower. Huge gains in the agricultural commodities complex: Wheat up $0.16, corn up $0.08, soybeans up $0.20 and oats $0.10. (Potash Corporation of Saskachewan POT and Monsanto MON are well bid on these moves, though ag equipment weak). New high in Campbell Soup (CPB) and DuPont (DD) . Another multipoint move higher in Allergan (AGN) (recent buy at $194 and Best Ideas List inclusion). Here’s my rationale. Apple (AAPL) is not rotten today.

    The Bad

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Position: Long GLD small, bonds, SDS; short TLT small, SPY small .

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: LivePerson Inc.(LPSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Technology sector was the top gainer in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN), Vicor Corp (NASDAQ: VICR), and Broadcom Ltd (NASDAQ: AVGO).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN) shares were also up, gaining 20 percent to $13.68. LivePerson reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.01 per share on revenue of $54.074 million. The company issued a strong outlook for the current quarter and raised its FY17 sales outlook.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    But some stocks managed to buck the trend and give investors more upbeat outlooks for their prospects. SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD), MBIA (NYSE:MBI), and LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    A recent survey of 5,000 consumers conducted by LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN), a leading provider of mobile and online messaging solutions, found that 55% of consumers would prefer a bot over a human, but only in situations where the bot is just as accurate as a human representative. Just over 56%, though, would rather talk to a human, as many still believe that a human will understand what they need better than a bot. A full 89% of consumers globally have a neutral or positive perception of bots in general.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc.(ACRS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap hair loss stocks Aclaris Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ACRS), Cytori Therapeutics (NASDAQ: CYTX) and RepliCel Life Sciences (OTCQB: REPCF; CVE: RP) are trying to tap into a big market as currently, there are only two FDA-approved drugs available for the treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA) -also known as male or female pattern baldness (one of which cannot be used by women). Thus, a significant unmet need exists for a safe andefficacious product especially since its experienced by 70% of men and 40% of women as they age.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Aclaris Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ACRS) saw its shares make a handy gain on Friday after the company announced the pricing of its secondary offering. The company intends to price its 4 million shares at $22.75 per share, with an overallotment option for an additional 600,000 shares. At this price the entire offering is valued up to $104.65 million.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy 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 Medical Stocks For 2018

The only IPO on the calendar in the week ahead, cannabis facilities REIT Innovative Industrial Properties (Pending:IIPR), is looking to raise a downwardly revised $100 million.

November has been a slow month for the IPO market with only three pricings, down sharply from October’s 19 pricings and September’s 16, yet this was largely attributed to election uncertainties and the Thanksgiving holiday. With those two events in the rear view and indices breaching all-time highs, the IPO market is primed for a few more deals in the coming weeks. Some of the larger names in the near-term pipeline include Apollo-backed life insurance and annuity provider Athene Holding (Pending:ATH), oil and gas E&P WildHorse Resource Development (NYSE:WRD) and Expedia spin-off trivago (TRVG).

IPO Pricings Week of November 28 Issuer
Business Symbol
Exchange Deal Size($m)
Market Cap($m) Price Range
Shares Filed
Pricing
Date Bookrunners Innovative Industrial Properties
San Diego, CA IIPR
NYSE $100
$101 $20
5,000,000 Ladenburg Thalmann,
Compass Point Newly-formed REIT focused on medical-use cannabis cultivation facilities. Click to enlarge

Innovative Industrial Properties delayed its IPO, which was set to price on Monday, November 21, and subsequently updated its filing twice. The first update announced a potential forfeiture of zero-cost basis shares for management and the second confirmed that management will forfeit 100% of those shares and also decreased the propose deal size from $175 million to $100 million. The delay of the IPO, forfeiture of management shares and decrease in deal size highlight the difficulties in attracting investors to this newly-formed and highly-specialized REIT, despite a strong management track record. If it prices, Innovative Industrial will be the first REIT focused exclusively on cannabis facilities.

Best Medical Stocks For 2018: Blackstone / GSO Strategic Credit Fund(BGB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Position: Long GLD small, bonds, SDS; short TLT small, SPY small .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Good

    Mr. Market continues to follow through with strength that has been in place since the Trump victory. QQQs over Ss and Rs. QQQ is a Best Pick for 2017. Technology, the leader–(T)FANG strong (led by Tesla (TSLA) and Netflix (NFLX) ). Banks continue their strong move. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) (up $0.08) though junk bonds are slightly lower. Huge gains in the agricultural commodities complex: Wheat up $0.16, corn up $0.08, soybeans up $0.20 and oats $0.10. (Potash Corporation of Saskachewan POT and Monsanto MON are well bid on these moves, though ag equipment weak). New high in Campbell Soup (CPB) and DuPont (DD) . Another multipoint move higher in Allergan (AGN) (recent buy at $194 and Best Ideas List inclusion). Here’s my rationale. Apple (AAPL) is not rotten today.

    The Bad

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Originally published Nov. 17 at 3:41 p.m. EDT

    The consideration of the contrary has been a theme all week. And here in ” Don’t Run With the Crowd: Embrace the Contrary.”   Miami madness (of a real estate kind)   Mark Grant is scared by our currency’s strength.   Danielle on scenarios.   Boockvar to subscriber Bad Golfer!   JC Penney ( JCP) short puts–a 100% win. (Shorting options frequently ends differently!)   Just say no to closed-end muni-bond funds.   DRYS is all wet.   Could iPhone manufacturing be coming back home?   On inflation breakevens–a picture that speaks volumes.   The market moved higher from the “get go”–in large measure it seems to be a response to the better economic data this morning.   At 3 p.m. stocks were near the day’s highs.   I shorted The Cisco Kid last night. Sticking with this short rental. I added to my ProShares UltraShort S&P500 ETF ( SDS) long (growing ever larger). My net short exposure–is now between small and medium-sized at the close. The U.S. dollar, as discussed above, continued to rip higher against the euro. I am concerned. Mark Grant is concerned. The market is not concerned. The price of crude oil (down $0.20) settled lower after yesterday’s robust gains. Gold fell $9 as it continues to break down–closing in on $1,200. Ag commodities: wheat up $0.07, corn up $0.04, soybeans up $0.05 and oats up $0.02. Lumber up $7 following the big housing number this morning. Bonds schmeissed … iShares Barclays 2

Best Medical Stocks For 2018: Ambarella, Inc.(AMBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Ambarella (NASDAQ:AMBA) is primarily known for supplying image processing SoCs (system on chips) for GoPro’s (NASDAQ:GPRO) action cameras. As a result, Ambarella’s stock often rose and fell with GoPro’s in the past.

  • [By Jack Delaney]

    Here are 10 virtual reality stocks to watch in 2017, with today’s opening price (Feb. 22) and the year-to-date (YTD) return thus far:

    3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD); $17.12; +26.71% YTDUniversal Display Corp. (Nasdaq: OLED); $71.60; +25.49% YTDAdvanced Micro Devices Inc. (Nasdaq: AMD); $14.30; +24.22% YTDFacebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB); $133.60; +18.64% YTDAdobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE); $119.67; +15.93% YTDSony Corp. (NYSE ADR: SNE); $31.29; +11.49% YTDAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL); $848; +7.49% YTDAmbarella Inc. (Nasdaq: AMBA); $57.85; +6.26% YTDMicrosoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT); $64.33; +3.16% YTDRockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE: COL); $93.97; +0.97% YTD

    The virtual reality industry could reach $33.9 billion in value by 2022, which is why virtual reality stocks are more popular than ever.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Ambarella (NASDAQ:AMBA) wasn’t as scintillating as NVIDIA last year, merely marching in place. However, the provider of video compression and image processing semiconductors has seen its stock pop ninefold since going public at $6 five years ago.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    The Vetr crowd on Wednesday upgraded its rating for Ambarella Inc (NASDAQ: AMBA) from the stock's previous rating of 3.5 stars (Buy), issued 13 days ago, to 4.5 stars (Strong Buy). Crowd sentiment at the time of the upgrade was mostly positive, with 87 percent of Vetr user ratings bullish.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Ambarella, Inc. (AMBA) has been all over the map over the last few years. It has defied gravity both to the up and to the downside, and although today’s suggested short of the stock is strictly technical, we do believe its current share price has once again gotten a little out of line when you compare it to the rest of the markets’ valuation metrics right now.

Best Medical Stocks For 2018: Statoil ASA(STO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Going forward I will be looking to add investments on my watchlist and trim other positions. It will be interesting to see how an overweight commodity portfolio will perform relative to the rest of the market.

     Cost Basis# SharesCurrent Price% of PortfolioCurrent ValueReturnMetal/Miners      Sprott Physical Gold Trust (PHYS)$12.4985$11.043.75%$938.40-13.13%Sprott Physical Silver Trust (PSLV)$7.95125$8.744.37%$1,092.509.04%FreePort-McMoran (FCX)$31.6731$33.874.20%$1,049.976.50%Ishares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (RING)$13.0695$10.644.04%$1,010.80-22.74%Energy      Statoil ASA(STO)$21.7940$22.683.63%$907.203.92%Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR)$27.5636$27.874.01%$1,003.321.11%ConocoPhillips (COP)$63.6822.43$71.006.37%$1,592.5310.31%Agriculture      CVR Partner LP (UAN)$26.3630.9$18.932.34%$584.94-39.25%Adecoagro$6.78125$7.443.72%$930.008.87%Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM)$34.8030$37.244.47%$1,117.206.55%Mixed Commodity      Powershares DB Commodity Index (DBC)$26.3540$25.954.15%$1,038.00-1.54%Sprott Resource Corp$3.34400$2.714.34%$1,084.00-23.25%    Total % of portfolio49.40%               Cost Basis12,666.00      Current Value12,348.86      Return-2.50%  Source: Investing For The Future Surge In Commodity Prices

    Disclosure: I am long ADM, FCX, UAN, AGRO, RING, VNR, SCPZF.PK, COP, DBC, PHYS, PSLV. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. (More…)

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    NORW reflects Norway's oil exposure. The ETF allocates nearly 28.8 percent of its weight to the energy, 870 basis points more than it devotes to its second-largest sector exposure, financial services. State-run Statoil ASA(ADR) (NYSE: STO) is NORW's largest individual holding at a weight of 15.3 percent, or 560 basis points more than NORW allocates to its second-largest holding.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Norway’s Statoil ASA (NYSE: STO) announced this morning that it has acquired stakes in two North Sea projects from France’s Total S.A. (NYSE: TOT). The transaction, valued at $1.45 billion, includes a 51% equity stake in the Martin Linge field and a 40% stake in the Garantiana discovery, both located on Norway’s continental shelf.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    BP plc (ADR) (NYSE: BP), Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE: RDS-A) (NYSE: RDS-B) and Statoil ASA(ADR) (NYSE: STO) are expected to outperform their peers by offering: 1) the greatest rate of change in cost reduction through technology and innovation, 2) upstream portfolios with an attractive risk to reward profile and 3) sufficient liquidity to invest in future growth.

Best Medical Stocks For 2018: Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited(MPSX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Bradley Seth McNew]

    Multi Packaging Solutions International Ltd. (NYSE:MPSX) shares jumped 23% as of noon EST today, on the news that the packaging company would be acquired by WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) in a deal worth $2.3 billion, including nearly $900 million of debt.

Best Medical Stocks For 2018: Canfor Corporation (CFPZF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Conifex has been shoring up its balance sheet over the last year, taking advantage of its strong financial performance. Beginning in February 2016, Conifex announced it was settling a $30m convertible debt it had with Canfor (OTCPK:CFPZF) in exchange for a forest license it held that permitted an allowable annual cut of 200,000 cubic meters. In April 2016, it created a joint venture for another one of its forest licenses, which netted it another $20m.

us stock market holidays

CNN and other news outlets were blocked on Friday from attending an off-camera White House press briefing that other reporters were hand-picked to attend, raising alarm among media organizations and First Amendment watchdogs.

The decision struck veteran White House journalists as unprecedented in the modern era, and escalated tensions in the already fraught relationship between the Trump administration and the press.

The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, BuzzFeed, the BBC and the Guardian were also among those excluded from the meeting, which was held in White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s office. The meeting, which is known as a gaggle, was held in lieu of the daily televised Q-and-A session in the White House briefing room.

When reporters from these news organizations tried to enter Spicer’s office for the gaggle, they were told they could not attend because they were not on the list of attendees.

In a brief statement defending the move, administration spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the White House “had the pool there so everyone would be represented and get an update from us today.”

us stock market holidays: St. Jude Medical, Inc.(STJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Emily Stewart]

    Paulson picked up 45,500 shares of St. Jude Medical (STJ) . The stake is worth $3.5 million as of the end of the second quarter.

    St. Jude Medical develops, manufactures and distributes cardiovascular medical devices for cardiac rhythm management, cardiovascular, atrial fibrillation therapy areas and neurostimulation medical devices for the management of chronic pain. It has a $23.6 billion market cap and trades at a P/E of 36.03. 

us stock market holidays: Netlist, Inc.(NLST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap data/memory solutions stocksNetlist, Inc (NASDAQ: NLST) as a long/bullish position for our short term portfolio:

us stock market holidays: 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).

us stock market holidays: Celestica, Inc.(CLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of mid caps Jabil Circuit and Flextronics International Ltd (NASDAQ: FLEX) along with small capCelestica Inc (NYSE: CLS) and Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM), a previous Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) newslettersuggestion as the next breakout stock, all performing well recently as the tech stocks they supply outperform:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM), a previous Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) newsletter suggestion as the next breakout stock, andmid cap Flextronics International being bigger winners compared with the also good performance of mid cap Jabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL) and small cap Celestica Inc (NYSE: CLS):

us stock market holidays: Blackstone / GSO Strategic Credit Fund(BGB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Position: Long GLD small, bonds, SDS; short TLT small, SPY small .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Originally published Nov. 17 at 3:41 p.m. EDT

    The consideration of the contrary has been a theme all week. And here in ” Don’t Run With the Crowd: Embrace the Contrary.”   Miami madness (of a real estate kind)   Mark Grant is scared by our currency’s strength.   Danielle on scenarios.   Boockvar to subscriber Bad Golfer!   JC Penney ( JCP) short puts–a 100% win. (Shorting options frequently ends differently!)   Just say no to closed-end muni-bond funds.   DRYS is all wet.   Could iPhone manufacturing be coming back home?   On inflation breakevens–a picture that speaks volumes.   The market moved higher from the “get go”–in large measure it seems to be a response to the better economic data this morning.   At 3 p.m. stocks were near the day’s highs.   I shorted The Cisco Kid last night. Sticking with this short rental. I added to my ProShares UltraShort S&P500 ETF ( SDS) long (growing ever larger). My net short exposure–is now between small and medium-sized at the close. The U.S. dollar, as discussed above, continued to rip higher against the euro. I am concerned. Mark Grant is concerned. The market is not concerned. The price of crude oil (down $0.20) settled lower after yesterday’s robust gains. Gold fell $9 as it continues to break down–closing in on $1,200. Ag commodities: wheat up $0.07, corn up $0.04, soybeans up $0.05 and oats up $0.02. Lumber up $7 following the big housing number this morning. Bonds schmeissed … iShares Barclays 2

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Good

    Mr. Market continues to follow through with strength that has been in place since the Trump victory. QQQs over Ss and Rs. QQQ is a Best Pick for 2017. Technology, the leader–(T)FANG strong (led by Tesla (TSLA) and Netflix (NFLX) ). Banks continue their strong move. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) (up $0.08) though junk bonds are slightly lower. Huge gains in the agricultural commodities complex: Wheat up $0.16, corn up $0.08, soybeans up $0.20 and oats $0.10. (Potash Corporation of Saskachewan POT and Monsanto MON are well bid on these moves, though ag equipment weak). New high in Campbell Soup (CPB) and DuPont (DD) . Another multipoint move higher in Allergan (AGN) (recent buy at $194 and Best Ideas List inclusion). Here’s my rationale. Apple (AAPL) is not rotten today.

    The Bad