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Top Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now

There are a number of great companies in the market today. The ModernGraham valuation model selected some of the most undervalued Canadian companies. Each company has been determined to be suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor according to the ModernGraham approach.

Defensive Investors are defined as investors who are not able or willing to do substantial research into individual investments, and therefore need to select only the companies that present the least amount of risk. Enterprising Investors, on the other hand, are able to do substantial research and can select companies that present a moderate (though still low) amount of risk. Each company suitable for the Defensive Investor is also suitable for Enterprising Investors.

Celestica Inc. (TSX:CLS)

Celestica is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last 10 years and the poor dividend history. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the lack of dividends. As a result, all Enterprising Investors should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Baker Hughes Incorporated(BHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    While Loop maintains a Buy rating on all of the stocks mentioned above, Guggenheim analyst Michael LaMotte isn’t quite so bullish on the sector. Earlier this week, LaMotte downgraded the following oil services stocks from Buy to Neutral:

    Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI)
    Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc (NYSE: FMSA)
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP)
    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR)
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB)
    Halliburton
    Superior Energy Services

    Guggenheim also cut its 2017 oil price forecast from $55 to $48/bbl.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Evercore ISI’s James West and team are starting to feel really good about the potential of the General Electric (GE)-Baker Hughes (BHI) merger. They explain why:

  • [By Brian Wu]

    GE recently doubled down on its oil and gas business after merging it with Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI) and took a majority 62.5% stake in the merged entity. The merged entity is now the second-largest oil services business and will help GE take full advantage of increased oil and gas production under the new administration.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Following a series of M&A announcements in the oilfield-services sector since the onset of the oil market downturn, French oil-field service company Technip and U.S. oilfield equipment company FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) hooked up in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $13 billion. Shareholders of each company will own 50% of the combined entity, to be named TechnipFMC, which implies a roughly $6.5 billion acquisition valuation for each entity. The transaction, which should close early next year, will “combine Technip’s innovative systems and solutions, state-of-the-art assets, engineering strengths, and project management capabilities with FMC Technologies’ leading technology, manufacturing, and service capabilities.” Further, it should save $400 million in annual costs by 2019. Moreover, it will enable the combined company to compete better against larger oil-field service rivals Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), which have all gained strength during the downturn either through M&A activities or cost savings initiatives.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Nielsen N.V.(NLSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

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

  • [By Paul Ausick]

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

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE: NLSN) which traded down over 9% at $33.99. The stocks 52-week range is $33.90 to $45.73. Volume was 11.3 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.8 million.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Silicon Laboratories Inc.(SLAB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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    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.
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    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

Top Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: TherapeuticsMD, Inc.(TXMD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    TherapeuticsMD (Nasdaq: TXMD) is a pharmaceutical company with an exclusive focus on products for women and advanced hormone therapies. Biotech stocks are often a target for short sellers because of the uncertainty around drug development and approvals.

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Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Full House Resorts, Inc.(FLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    4. Full House Resorts (Nasdaq: FLL)
    A tiny company with a market capitalization of just $75 million, Full House owns, operates, and invests in casinos and other hospitality properties.

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    Globus Maritime Ltd (NASDAQ: GLBS) shares rose 10.1 percent to $6.90 in pre-market trading after climbing 5.03 percent on Monday.
    Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AUPH) shares rose 9.9 percent to $3.00 in pre-market trading. Aurinia Pharmaceuticals appointed Lorin Jeffry “Jeff” Randall to its board and Chairman of the Audit Committee.
    Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ: ORIG) shares rose 8.7 percent to $2.89 in pre-market trading after surging 19.82 percent on Monday.
    Full House Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLL) shares rose 5.1 percent to $2.08 in pre-market trading after declining 1.98 percent on Monday.
    Seadrill Ltd (NYSE: SDRL) rose 5.1 percent to $4.13 in pre-market trading after surging 3.15 percent on Monday.
    Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) rose 5.1 percent to $7.60 in pre-market trading after declining 5.37 percent on Monday.
    Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS) rose 5.1 percent to $3.10 in pre-market trading. Arbutus issued additional data from its ARB-1467 Phase II

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Viva Entertainment Group (OTTV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    If one wants to know why cord-cutting is a full-blown movement, one only has to look at Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV). And, in light of today’s news, the movement is only going to accelerate as we move deeper into 2017. Fans of small cap stocks and technological paradigm shifts may want to put OTTV on their radar, if not in their portfolio.

    The product is called Viva Middleware, which in simplest terms is a turn-key technology that allows anyone to get into the OTT (over the top television) business with their own customized over-the-top television service. Live broadcasts, on-demand, music channels and original programming are all possible. This means they can customize the product locally or regionally, or thematically, like an all-sports or an all sci-fi venue. Indeed, the company has already announced a joint venture with Oi2 Media – the United States’ biggest distributor of Latino-centric digital content – to create an OTT product catering to a specific segment of the nation’s demographic. The possibilities are endless though… including such a service from Viva Entertainment Group itself.

    That is, in fact, what’s been happening. Over the course of the past several months the company has been in discussions with several digital video content providers and venues, adding their content to Viva’s platform. Last month it added FlixFling content to its already-extensive library. Today, it announced it would be piping in content from TikiLIVE, which offers online access to an impressive array of television programs that many consumers presumed were only available with a cable subscription.

    Viva Entertainment Group CEO Johnny Falcones explained:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    It’s almost here. Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV) is about to unveil its long-awaited over-the-top (OTT) television platform that’s poised to disrupt the entire television industry even more than it’s already been up-ended.

    And it’s going to debut that technology in style. On December 13th, at the Riviera Hotel in South Beach Miami, OTTV will be hosting a launch party to debut its Viva OTT platform. Not only will the event give guests a chance to see and use the over-the-top television platform, they’ll be dazzled by performances by Soleil J and Jorge Moreno.

    The product is called Viva Middleware, which in simplest terms is a turn-key technology that allows anyone to get into the OTT business with their own customized over-the-top television service. Live broadcasts, on-demand, music channels and original programming are all possible. This means they can customize the product locally or regionally, or thematically, like an all-sports or an all sci-fi venue. The possibilities are endless, which is in stark contrast to Netflix’s “what you get is what you get” approach.

    And Viva Entertainment Group already has clients. In August the company announced it was entering a joint venture with Oi2 Media to create an OTT product catering to a specific segment of the nation’s demographic.

    Oi2 Media is the United States’ biggest distributor of Latino-centric digital content, offering both music and television. It’s not just a Netflix-like service Oi2 and Viva will be providing, however. The Viva platform can serve as a robust alternative to cable television service, much of which is delivered in English and is therefore unusable to much of the Latino/Hispanic community.

    It’s no small market either. Portada recently estimated that the Hispanic online-video ad market alone would be worth $425 million by 2020, pointing to the greater segmentation of the video market now that advancements in technology have made it possible. A

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    Everything that Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV) was offering via its app as of yesterday just got expanded today. Per this morning’s press release, all the digital content from FlixFling is going to be available on the Viva over-the-top television (and music) streaming platform.

    The product is called Viva Middleware. The software/platform allows anyone to get into the over-the-top television business like Netflix and Hulu already are. Telecom service providers, media websites, universities, and pretty much anyone else can custom-build their own IPTV service, and collect subscription fees and/or ad revenue for doing so. Viva does all the back-end work, while the seller collects the customers.

    The trick is simply filling the pipeline with content, and at the same time, convincing customers that there’s enough quality content at the source to become a paying subscriber. And in this case, the fact that the app works on any operating system or any device is a key selling feature.

    Viva Entertainment Group has already been curating content for a while now, and has a nice library including a huge number of radio stations. That content took a huge leap forward today, however, with FlixFling being added to the mix.

    If it rings a bell for OTTV shareholders, it should. FlixFling is streaming media company started by Thomas Ashley, who just so happened to join the OTTV Board of Directors last week.

    FlixFling is an online video-on-demand content provider specializing in new, previously released and classic movies from most major studios. Customers can watch thousands of movie selections on an easy, flexible interface from your favorite devices or connected TV. FlixFling brings a new and exciting movie content viewing experience to customers who can’t find what they want through other online video rental sites; FlixFling has access to new releases quicker than Hulu or Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX).

    It’s a real coup for

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    The phrase “over the top television” – or its acronym “OTT” – aren’t necessarily newly-coined ones. The phrase/abbreviation materialized shortly after Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) became a viable alternative to traditional cable television services less than a decade ago. The over-the-top race didn’t really heat up, however, until the past few months. Once it did heat up though, sparks started to fly in earnest.

    They’re still flying too, and will be for a while if a small startup called Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV) has anything to say about it. Netflix, Hulu [jointly owned by Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOXA)] and all the rest of the relatively new players in this space may want to look over their shoulder. In the meantime, investors may want to take a step back and look at where the real money in the OTT industry is going to be made during the next 10 years. OTTV plays a prominent role in that picture.

    Contrary to popular belief, Netflix isn’t the totally dominant name it used to be in the Internet-delivered television industry. It was admittedly the first on the scene, and therefore was able to carve out the biggest piece of the market (which it still holds to this day). It’s largely become a commoditized business though.

    Case in point? Aside from Hulu and Netflix, CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) has jumped into the game with its product called CBS All Access. The service allows subscribers, for a nominal monthly fee, to access a variety of CBS programming via the Internet. HBO, from Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX), has found respectable success with its subscription-based Internet television service called HBO Go.

    Sling TV, from DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH), has really broken new ground in the over the top market by aggregating a variety of television channels into an entire package and then selling that package at a rate that’s much less than what it would cost a cable subscriber

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    If Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV) seems a little perkier than usual today, you’re not imagining things – it is. At first glance it would be easy to conclude it was yesterday afternoon’s news that prodded OTTV a bit, and maybe that’s got something to do with it. More than anything though, the extra spring in the stock’s step most likely has to do with the fact that the company is hosting a pre-launch party this evening, and traders are (understandably) thinking tomorrow could be a very big day for Viva Entertainment Group shares.

    If it vaguely rings a bell, that may be because the company announced the event back in mid-November, mentioning there would be special performances by Grammy Award winner Jorge Moreno, and SMG/SONY RED recording artist Soleil J. Guests would also be able to try out the over-the-top television service Viva has built right at the party. Once those attendees see first-hand what a game-changer the platform could be, odds are good they’ll want to invest the next chance they get. That would be Wednesday morning. Waiting until then, however, could be too late, so savvy traders are trickling in now.

    As a refresher, Viva Middleware is a turn-key technology that allows anyone to get into the OTT business with their own customized over-the-top television service. Live broadcasts, on-demand, music channels and original programming are all possible. This means they can customize the product locally or regionally, or thematically, like an all-sports or an all sci-fi venue. The possibilities are endless, which is in stark contrast to Netflix’s “what you get is what you get” approach.

    Viva Entertainment Group has been putting the pieces of the puzzle together all year long…. technology, personnel, clients, content.

    The latest of the personnel additions was announced on Monday -Mr. Rory Conaway is now on the OTTV Board of Directors.

    It’s a nice pickup. Rory Conaway has been in the IT and Wireless I

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: IPG Photonics Corporation(IPGP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday began on a down note for the stock market, as the Dow Jones Industrials fell back down below the 20,000 level. Major market benchmarks finished with losses of 0.6% to 0.8%, and some market commentators attributed the declines to nervousness about the Trump administration’s actions to clamp down on immigration. Others noted that the latest reading of U.S. economic growth showed a 1.9% rise in gross domestic product for the fourth quarter, finishing the year with an overall GDP increase of just 1.6%, down a full percentage point from 2015’s growth. Despite the overall sullen mood in the market, some stocks gained ground, and GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO), Movado Group (NYSE:MOV), and IPG Photonics (NASDAQ:IPGP) 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.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: North American Energy Partners, Inc.(NOA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares slipped by 1.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and North American Energy Partners Inc.(USA) (NYSE: NOA), down 6 percent.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Ishares Trust Dj Us Financial (IYF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Investors looking to set up a pair trade to capitalize on the divergent paths of U.S. and European banks should consider going long the iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE: IYF) and short the Ishares MSCI Europe Fincls Sctr Indx Fd (NASDAQ: EUFN).

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Baker Hughes Incorporated(BHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    While Loop maintains a Buy rating on all of the stocks mentioned above, Guggenheim analyst Michael LaMotte isn’t quite so bullish on the sector. Earlier this week, LaMotte downgraded the following oil services stocks from Buy to Neutral:

    Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI)
    Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc (NYSE: FMSA)
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP)
    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR)
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB)
    Halliburton
    Superior Energy Services

    Guggenheim also cut its 2017 oil price forecast from $55 to $48/bbl.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Following a series of M&A announcements in the oilfield-services sector since the onset of the oil market downturn, French oil-field service company Technip and U.S. oilfield equipment company FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) hooked up in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $13 billion. Shareholders of each company will own 50% of the combined entity, to be named TechnipFMC, which implies a roughly $6.5 billion acquisition valuation for each entity. The transaction, which should close early next year, will “combine Technip’s innovative systems and solutions, state-of-the-art assets, engineering strengths, and project management capabilities with FMC Technologies’ leading technology, manufacturing, and service capabilities.” Further, it should save $400 million in annual costs by 2019. Moreover, it will enable the combined company to compete better against larger oil-field service rivals Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), which have all gained strength during the downturn either through M&A activities or cost savings initiatives.

  • [By William Patalon III]

    Since the moment it was announced, we’ve been highly bullish on the complicated-but-intriguing deal that would combine the oilfield services unit of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) and all of sector rival Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Evercore ISI’s James West and team are starting to feel really good about the potential of the General Electric (GE)-Baker Hughes (BHI) merger. They explain why:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Among the year-end numbers, there isn’t that much that pops out as extraordinary. Halliburton ended 2016 with a $6.69 per-share loss. Much of that loss, though, was the $7.4 billion in charges related to asset impairments, goodwill writedowns, and the $4.06 billion it had to charge for the termination of the merger with Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI). So when looking at the company’s year-end results, do keep in mind that those are heavily skewed by one-time items that probably won’t have much of a material impact on the business in the coming year. Looking at operational income, we see that international markets held up rather well throughout the year, while the North American market suffered.

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holiday exchange: TAL International Group Inc.(TAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Instead of buying TAL Education Group (ADR) (NYSE: TAL), Cramer would buy Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA).

    Cramer thinks Burlington Stores Inc (NYSE: BURL) is going to have a good quarter, because Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) posted a good one, and they have similar business models.

holiday exchange: Applied Materials, Inc.(AMAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Short interest in Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) rose to 13.95 million shares. The previous reading was 13.21 million. Shares were trading at $38.55, in a 52-week range of $19.46 to $39.81.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    A final company income seekers would be wise to give a look is Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT). Applied Materials provides manufacturing equipment to semiconductor companies, meaning its business tends to be highly cyclical. If the economy is performing well, Applied Materials is probably excelling. But if semiconductor spending is down, Applied Materials is likely struggling.

  • [By William Patalon III]

    Shares of chip-equipment leader Applied Materials Inc. (Nasdaq: AMAT) have zoomed 80% since we brought them to you in May 2014.

    And they’ve jumped 8% since we re-recommended the stock back on Jan. 31.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Applied Materials (AMAT) rose to the top of the S&P 500 today as semiconductor stocks rebounded from yesterday’s selloff.

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    Applied Materials gained 4.5% to $31.44 today, while the S&P 500 was little changed at 2,191.95. The SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (XSD) rose 1% to $52.80, while the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) climbed 1.6% to $68.77.

    My colleague Tiernan Rey at Barron’s Tech Trader Daily quoted B. Rileys Craig Ellis in a post today, who called the selloff yesterday an unusually attractive entry opportunity forApplied Materials andMicrochip Technology (MCHP) buyers.

    Applied Materials reported net income of $1.7 billion on sales of $10.8 billion in fiscal 2016.

     

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT) to report quarterly earnings at $0.97 per share on revenue of $120.89 billion before the opening bell. Wal-Mart shares slipped 0.26 percent to $89.60 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) to post quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion after the closing bell. Applied Materials shares rose 0.50 percent to $56.05 in after-hours trading.
    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter on Wednesday. Cisco shares gained 5.83 percent to $36.10 in the after-hours trading session.
    After the closing bell, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $1.29 billion. Williams-Sonoma shares gained 1.61 percent to $51.60 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB) to have earned $0.86 per share on revenue of $3.23 billion in the latest quarter. Viacom will release earnings before the markets open. Viacom shares gained 0.29 percent to close at $24.61 on Wednesday.
    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter and issued strong Q3 guidance. NetApp shares climbed 11.41 percent to $51.05 in the after-hours trading session.

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  • [By Chris Neiger]

    Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) makes equipment that allows companies to manufacture semiconductors, displays, and other components for some of the most advanced technology on the planet. And just like other tech companies, Applied has to stay ahead of new trends so that it can provide the latest equipment to its customers.

holiday exchange: ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc(ZIOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell by 0.88 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLP), down 7 percent, and ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIOP), down 7 percent.

holiday exchange: Baker Hughes Incorporated(BHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Among the year-end numbers, there isn’t that much that pops out as extraordinary. Halliburton ended 2016 with a $6.69 per-share loss. Much of that loss, though, was the $7.4 billion in charges related to asset impairments, goodwill writedowns, and the $4.06 billion it had to charge for the termination of the merger with Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI). So when looking at the company’s year-end results, do keep in mind that those are heavily skewed by one-time items that probably won’t have much of a material impact on the business in the coming year. Looking at operational income, we see that international markets held up rather well throughout the year, while the North American market suffered.

  • [By William Patalon III]

    Since the moment it was announced, we’ve been highly bullish on the complicated-but-intriguing deal that would combine the oilfield services unit of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) and all of sector rival Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Evercore ISI’s James West and team are starting to feel really good about the potential of the General Electric (GE)-Baker Hughes (BHI) merger. They explain why:

  • [By Arie Goren]

    The Oil and gas business represents a significant part of GE’s operations. Oil and gas segment revenues of $9.5 billion accounted for 10.5% of the company’s total revenues in the first nine months of 2016. In the same period in 2015, the segment’s revenues were much higher at $12.1 billion, 14.5% of GE’s total revenues for that period. In one of my previous articles about GE, I suggested that GE’s decision to combine its oil and gas business with one of the world’s leading oilfield services companies Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI)is a smart move. Meanwhile, Brent crude oil price has climbed 20% from the beginning of 2016 to $55.45 per barrel, and WTI crude oil price has increased 17.5% to $52.37 per barrel in the same period. As such, the U.S. rig count has started to recover, and oil and gas producers have begun to increase their capital spending. According to Baker Hughes, the average U.S. rig count for December 2016 increased by 54 from the prior month to 634 rigs. This development will benefit GE in the current quarter and much more after the merger with Baker Hughes.

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Although physical gold has been hailed as a great long-term investment and hedge against inflation, the best gold miner to invest in can offer even better returns than the precious metal itself. Gold mining stocks are outperforming the spot price of gold so far in 2017 by a wide margin.

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Gold prices are currently up 6.3% this year to $1,223.90 per ounce. On the other hand, the Gold Bugs Index (HUI) – which tracks the price of gold mining stocks – is up 6.5% over the same period. While that’s not a huge outperformance, we expect one gold miner in particular to skyrocket over the next year.

In fact, analysts see shares of this company rising 55.5% to $22 per share by May 2018. That’s a huge profit you can’t miss this year.

Here’s the biggest reason we’re bullish on our gold mining pick – and therefore bullish on gold prices – in 2017…

1 Reason Why Gold Prices Will Keep Heading Higher in 2017

According toMoney MorningResource Specialist Peter Krauth,the price of gold could rise 14.4% to $1,400 by the end of the year. The biggest reason we’re so bullish is steadily rising inflation.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Intrexon Corporation(XON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Intrexon (XON) has made a small yet strategic acquisition in buying GenVec (GNVC); with the purchase, XON gets AdenoVerse, a platform of adenovirus vectors for delivering drugs and vaccines that dovetails nicely with its existing suite of gene therapy technologies, suggests John McCamant, editor of The Medical Technology Stock Letter.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Theravance Biopharma, Inc.(TBPH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The exact date Theravance Biopharma Inc. (TBPH) intends to release a phase 3 update on COPD treatment Revefenacin isnt known. The company simply said in a prior communication with the market it would be sharing an interim look at the trials progress sometime in early Q4.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Baker Hughes Incorporated(BHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Wu]

    GE recently doubled down on its oil and gas business after merging it with Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI) and took a majority 62.5% stake in the merged entity. The merged entity is now the second-largest oil services business and will help GE take full advantage of increased oil and gas production under the new administration.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Evercore ISI’s James West and team are starting to feel really good about the potential of the General Electric (GE)-Baker Hughes (BHI) merger. They explain why:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Following a series of M&A announcements in the oilfield-services sector since the onset of the oil market downturn, French oil-field service company Technip and U.S. oilfield equipment company FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) hooked up in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $13 billion. Shareholders of each company will own 50% of the combined entity, to be named TechnipFMC, which implies a roughly $6.5 billion acquisition valuation for each entity. The transaction, which should close early next year, will “combine Technip’s innovative systems and solutions, state-of-the-art assets, engineering strengths, and project management capabilities with FMC Technologies’ leading technology, manufacturing, and service capabilities.” Further, it should save $400 million in annual costs by 2019. Moreover, it will enable the combined company to compete better against larger oil-field service rivals Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), which have all gained strength during the downturn either through M&A activities or cost savings initiatives.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    While Loop maintains a Buy rating on all of the stocks mentioned above, Guggenheim analyst Michael LaMotte isn’t quite so bullish on the sector. Earlier this week, LaMotte downgraded the following oil services stocks from Buy to Neutral:

    Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI)
    Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc (NYSE: FMSA)
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP)
    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR)
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB)
    Halliburton
    Superior Energy Services

    Guggenheim also cut its 2017 oil price forecast from $55 to $48/bbl.

  • [By Arie Goren]

    The Oil and gas business represents a significant part of GE’s operations. Oil and gas segment revenues of $9.5 billion accounted for 10.5% of the company’s total revenues in the first nine months of 2016. In the same period in 2015, the segment’s revenues were much higher at $12.1 billion, 14.5% of GE’s total revenues for that period. In one of my previous articles about GE, I suggested that GE’s decision to combine its oil and gas business with one of the world’s leading oilfield services companies Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI)is a smart move. Meanwhile, Brent crude oil price has climbed 20% from the beginning of 2016 to $55.45 per barrel, and WTI crude oil price has increased 17.5% to $52.37 per barrel in the same period. As such, the U.S. rig count has started to recover, and oil and gas producers have begun to increase their capital spending. According to Baker Hughes, the average U.S. rig count for December 2016 increased by 54 from the prior month to 634 rigs. This development will benefit GE in the current quarter and much more after the merger with Baker Hughes.

  • [By William Patalon III]

    Since the moment it was announced, we’ve been highly bullish on the complicated-but-intriguing deal that would combine the oilfield services unit of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) and all of sector rival Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI).

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Perceptron, Inc.(PRCP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCP) shares shot up 14 percent to $7.23. Perceptron reported Q2 earnings of $0.27 per share on revenue of $21.75 million.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Xylem Inc.(XYL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Technology and Industrials are our favorite ways to buy cyclical MO. Specifically, we see the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) as an attractive pre-breakout idea and a likely candidate to lead the S&Ps secular advance over the coming years. Buy ideas at the stock level include: Accenture (ACN), Broadcom (AVGO), Microsoft , Texas Instruments (TXN),Visa (V),Yahoo! (YHOO). We also recommend buying the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) which is reversing its year-long downtrend and in position for new highs over the coming months, in our view. Buy ideas at the stock level include: Honeywell International, Ingersoll-Rand (IR), Illinois Tool Works (ITW), 3M, Southwest Airlines (LUV), Xylem (XYL). Underlined stocks are fundamentally-rated Outperform at Oppenheimer.

Hot Energy Stocks To Own For 2018

Shares of Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) are rising today, but not Wells Fargo (WFC) despite beating earnings forecasts this morning. Why? Evercore ISI’s John Pancari and team single out Wells Fargo’s exposure to energy:

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Wells Fargo reported 1Q16 EPS of $0.99. Ex gain on sale of Wells Fargo’s crop insurance biz (+$0.05), hedge ineffectiveness gain (+$0.05), and sec gains (+$0.03), we peg core EPS at $0.86 vs our estimate of $0.93 and cons $0.97. Miss from our est was due higher expenses (-$0.05), higher loan-loss provisions (-$0.02), lower net-interest income (-$0.02), and higher tax rate (-$0.01), partly offset by higher than expected fees (+$0.03). Overall, a weak qtr marked by a sizable energy loan-loss-reserve build and higher expenses.

Hot Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: Weatherford International plc(WFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jon Najarian spoke on CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report" about unusual options activity in Weatherford International Plc (NYSE: WFT). The stock was trading more than 2.5 percent higher and options traders were buying the October 4.50 calls. Over 13,000 contracts were traded and the first block was huge. Najarian explained that an institutional trader was behind the first block and he decided to follow the trade. He is planning to hold the long position for two weeks.

  • [By Jim Swanson]

    Weatherford International Plc (NYSE: WFT) is forming the OneStim joint venture with Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB), which would focus on the unconventional completions market in North America. “We view the transaction as a rare win-win situation,” Deutsche Bank’s Mike Urban said in a report.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) dropped nearly 5% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $3.08 after closing at $3.24 on Monday. The 52-week high is $7.09. Volume was around 19 million, about 5% below the daily average of about 20 million. The oilfield services company had no specific news.

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) dropped about 7.9% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $3.26 after closing at $3.54 on Friday. The 52-week high is $7.09. Volume was around 38 million, more than double the daily average of about 16 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pete Najarian said that 10,000 contracts of the March 6 calls in Weatherford International Plc (NYSE: WFT) were traded early in the trading session for around $0.35. He has also bought the March 6 calls and he is going to hold them at least for three weeks. Weatherford International Plc spiked 7.21 percent on Tuesday.

Hot Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: National Oilwell Varco, Inc.(NOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lauren Pollock]

    Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Tuesday’s session are Applied Materials Inc.(AMAT), Red Hat Inc.(RHT) and National Oilwell Varco Inc.(NOV)

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies reported on Monday that it has lifted its price target on National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV).

    The firm has reaffirmed a “Buy” rating on NOV, and has raised the company’s price target from $84 to $91. This price target suggests a 14% increase from the stock’s current price of $78.24.

    Analyst Brad Handler noted that NOV’s weak margin will likely rebound in 2014 and the chances of a dividend increase are high.

    Looking forward, the firm has lifted its order estimates for FY2013 from $10.8 billion to $11.3 billion. FY2014 earnings estimates have been raised from $6.40 to $6.50 per share and FY2015 estimates have been increased from $7.65 to $7.95 per share.

    National-Oilwell Varco shares were up 76 cents, or 0.97% during pre-market trading Monday. The stock is up 14% YTD.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggestedgoing long on large cap oilfield equipment manufacturer and technology stock National-Oilwell Varco, Inc (NYSE: NOV):

  • [By Tony Daltorio]

    But the best investment in this sector, according to Moors, is National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE: NOV).

    He calls it the “one company that stands to benefit most directly from what is happening in the equipment sector.”

Hot Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: Baker Hughes Incorporated(BHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Evercore ISI’s James West and team are starting to feel really good about the potential of the General Electric (GE)-Baker Hughes (BHI) merger. They explain why:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    While Loop maintains a Buy rating on all of the stocks mentioned above, Guggenheim analyst Michael LaMotte isn’t quite so bullish on the sector. Earlier this week, LaMotte downgraded the following oil services stocks from Buy to Neutral:

    Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI)
    Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc (NYSE: FMSA)
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP)
    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR)
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB)
    Halliburton
    Superior Energy Services

    Guggenheim also cut its 2017 oil price forecast from $55 to $48/bbl.

  • [By William Patalon III]

    Since the moment it was announced, we’ve been highly bullish on the complicated-but-intriguing deal that would combine the oilfield services unit of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) and all of sector rival Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI).

Hot Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: CrossAmerica Partners LP(CAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Crossamerica Partners LP (NYSE: CAPL) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $479.03 million.

    Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE: BPL) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.04 per share on revenue of $1.00 billion.

Hot Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    How strong is the earnings recovery? Of the 18 stocks that reported this morning, 13 beat forecasts, including Halliburton (HAL), and Hasbro (HAS). BofA Merrill Lynch’s Savita Subramanian and team note that for the first time since 2012, analysts are raising their earnings forecasts as earnings season progresses:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) is a top energy pick for four reasons: 1) the company’s significant leverage to the U.S. onshore market, 2) potential for incremental margin growth, 3) expectations for positive earnings revision and 4) strong balance sheet and a “well respected” management team.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    When Weatherford International (WFT) announced that it had named Halliburton (HAL) CFO Mark McCollumits new CEO, its shares jumped as some observers contended itincreased the odds of an acquisition by the oil-services giant. It looks like they picked the wrong oil-services giant, however, as Weatherford and Schlumberger (SLB) announced a joint venture late Friday, one that has sent Weatherford’s shares soaring and earned it an upgrade from Wells Fargo analystsJudson Bailey andColeman Sullivan. They explain why:

  • [By Brett Hershman]

    Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) talked about the acceleration of data and services integration, an increased focus on improving margins and made no commitment toward price increases in the first quarter.