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Top Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now

Comerica Bank boosted its stake in shares of McDermott International Inc (NYSE:MDR) by 2.8% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 300,448 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock after purchasing an additional 8,298 shares during the period. Comerica Bank’s holdings in McDermott International were worth $1,853,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. BlackRock Inc. lifted its position in McDermott International by 1.6% during the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 36,742,640 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock valued at $241,767,000 after purchasing an additional 576,284 shares in the last quarter. Fairpointe Capital LLC lifted its position in shares of McDermott International by 6.4% in the fourth quarter. Fairpointe Capital LLC now owns 16,699,289 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock valued at $109,882,000 after acquiring an additional 997,997 shares in the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC lifted its position in shares of McDermott International by 0.7% in the fourth quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 3,285,638 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock valued at $21,618,000 after acquiring an additional 24,017 shares in the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its position in shares of McDermott International by 0.9% in the fourth quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 2,925,543 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock valued at $19,251,000 after acquiring an additional 25,917 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG lifted its position in shares of McDermott International by 54.7% in the fourth quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 2,152,345 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock valued at $14,160,000 after acquiring an additional 761,159 shares in the last quarter.

Top Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Platinum Group Metals Ltd.(PLG)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Platinum Group Metals (TSE:PTM) (NYSE:PLG) traded down 18.2% during mid-day trading on Friday . The stock traded as low as C$0.18 and last traded at C$0.18. 643,238 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 400% from the average session volume of 128,626 shares. The stock had previously closed at C$0.22.

Top Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P.(BWP)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (BWP)

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  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday was a bad day on Wall Street, with major benchmarks falling between 1% and 2%. Investor weren’t happy about the latest U.S. proposals on trade, which included threats to disallow or restrict foreign investment in American technology. That was particularly troublesome for the Nasdaq Composite, which suffered bigger declines than the broader market. Even with the negative mood, some stocks still managed gains. Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB), Gray Television (NYSE:GTN), and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (NYSE:BWP) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (BWP)

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    For the details of Richmond Hill Investment Co., LP’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Richmond+Hill+Investment+Co.%2C+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of Richmond Hill Investment Co., LPGlobal Indemnity Ltd (GBLI) – 1,043,157 shares, 52.79% of the total portfolio. Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP (BWP) – 713,267 shares, 10.61% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 15.69%Post Holdings Inc (POST) – 85,288 shares, 9.47% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 112.95%Advance Auto Parts Inc (AAP) – 49,106 shares, 8.53% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 20.97%American International Group Inc (AIG.WS) – 320,761 shares, 7.71% of the

Top Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Preferred Bank(PFBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Preferred Bank (NASDAQ:PFBC) rose 7.5% on Monday . The stock traded as high as $66.26 and last traded at $66.10. Approximately 699,100 shares were traded during trading, an increase of 669% from the average daily volume of 90,852 shares. The stock had previously closed at $61.46.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Sei Investments Co. decreased its position in shares of Preferred Bank (NASDAQ:PFBC) by 10.7% during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 15,114 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 1,803 shares during the quarter. Sei Investments Co.’s holdings in Preferred Bank were worth $970,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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10 Stocks That Could Surprise in 2018

The U.S. stock markets hit the jackpot in 2017, with all the major indexes up significantly — the S&P 500 gained 19% over the past year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 25% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq was up an impressive 28% — making year-end assessments by investors a very happy occasion.

Amazingly, the U.S, markets ranked 39th out of 47 countries in 2017, making this past year a relative stinker compared to the rest of the world’s stocks.

Why the “down” year?

It’s possible that investors have figured out that U.S. stocks are overvalued relative to stocks in other countries. So, while U.S. markets underperformed on a comparable basis, it can always be worse, as Canada demonstrates.

In 2017, Canadian stocks gained just 6% on the year with energy companies providing a significant headwind to better performance. Here in the U.S., the major indexes are much less dependent on energy stocks, hence the higher returns.

Given the perception U.S. stocks are overvalued, how does one make money in 2018?

Buy several of these ten stocks that lost 20% or more in 2017.  My bet is that, like the Dogs of the Dow, they will surprise in 2018.

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It’s interesting that John Schnatter, the founder and former CEO of Papa John’s Int’l, Inc. (NASDAQ:PZZA), stepped down toward the end of 2017. Yet, Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UAA) CEO and founder Kevin Plank had no such plans despite delivering a lump of coal in shareholders’ stockings.

Plank deservedly is on a list of “Worst CEOs” of the past year with Under Armour’s stock losing half of its value.

In early February, I suggested that Plank should move aside, hiring a more experienced direct-to-consumer retail executive who understands how to sell in an omnichannel world.

A couple of months later I proposed that Under Armour and Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) should join forces to deliver a more balanced business regarding men’s and women’s customer bases.

Personally, I believe both of these ideas are both valid. Furthermore, I see Lululemon’s CEO, Laurent Potdevin, as the perfect person to lead the merged organization.

Regardless of whether these two things come to fruition, I believe Under Armour can bounce back in 2018. 

Stocks That Will Surprise in 2018: Newell Brands (NWL)

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Newell Brands Inc (NYSE:NWL) lost 29% in 2017 as it struggled to integrate the Jarden acquisition into its own business. This past year was the stock’s first significant annual loss since 2008 when it saw a drop of 59% due to the economic crisis.

Investors expected that the integration of Jarden would deliver sales growth and higher profits and neither of these has yet to materialize.

Its five-year restructuring process to save $1.3 billion by 2021 has saved $410 million through the end of Q2 2017. Although it’s going as planned, debt levels are still relatively high at $10.2 billion or 65% of its market cap. The company is on track to reduce its leverage ratio to 3.5 times or less by the end of 2019.

Newell has become home to a lot of brands that don’t have the scale to compete in a global world. Moving to four operating segments: Live, Learn, Work and Play, I see the company fine-tuning its focus in 2018 and beyond.

Newell stock hasn’t been this low since 2014. The transformation might be messy, but 2018 should see it turn the corner.

However, if you don’t have 2-3 years to wait for it to complete the restructuring, you’re best to look elsewhere.   

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The bankruptcy of Toys “R” Us in 2017 says all you need to know about Mattel, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:MAT) past year. Therefore, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to most investors that Mattel stock lost 41% of its value in 2017 and now sits 67% below its five-year high of $48.48.

Mattel’s situation has deteriorated to the point that it suspended its dividend in October to save cash and keep the business on a stronger financial footing. It also intends to look to boost its gross margin by focusing on fewer product offerings while cutting staff to lower its operating expenses.

While it’s tempting to look to a Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) buyout to save the day, it’s very likely that Mattel’s going to have to innovate its way out of the mess it currently finds itself.

None of its major segments are growing, unlike with Hasbro, which has weathered the Toys “R” Us storm far better than Mattel. That said, Mattel’s long-term debt is still only 34% of its market cap which isn’t outrageous for a company its size. 

Don’t get me wrong, buying Mattel is a speculative buy at this point. I would wait for the company to announce its Q4 2017 earnings at the end of January before considering a purchase because it’s entirely possible it will test single digits before bottoming.

With Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price, it has got a reasonable shot at a turnaround. 

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If it weren’t for bad luck, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG), would have no luck at all.

I can remember how some analysts and investors were chastising Chipotle for going overboard on food preparation procedures after its E.coli outbreak a couple of years ago. 2017’s revisit of food safety concerns put the brakes on any chance for a recovery of its stock price which lost 23% in the past year.

Kyle Woodley, a former InvestorPlace editor and very astute investor, recently picked CMG as his “Best stock for 2018” suggesting profits and revenues are growing far more than most investors realize, and while his pick is speculative given the company’s history, the upside seems higher than the downside at this point.

I have to give former CEO and co-founder Steve Ells credit for stepping down in November as Chipotle’s chief executive. It’s never easy to admit that you’re not the one to lead your baby back from the wilderness, but shareholders ought to be thankful that Ells could see that a leadership change was necessary.

Who Chipotle hires as the man or woman to lead the company is critical to bouncing back in 2018. I think the board will make a smart choice with Ells’ input and it will be off to the races.   

It would not surprise me if a former McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) executive were at the top of the list.

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At the end of November, I suggested that investors consider buying Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SBH) after dropping $3 in a month. Since then it’s up 18% and should the overall markets continue moving higher early in 2018, I expect SBH stock to do the same.

Sally Beauty’s stock lost 29% in 2017, the company’s third consecutive year of negative returns; it hadn’t had a breakout year since 2013 when it gained 28%. It is due.

Remember, Ulta Beauty Inc (NASDAQ:ULTA), one of specialty retail’s shining stars, also had a negative year in 2017. The coming year ought to be better for both companies.

While the jury is still out on whether the company can reignite sales, the lowering of the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% should deliver about 36 cents per share in additional earnings.

The company’s biggest weakness has always been its level of debt — $1.8 billion or 75% of its market cap — so I’d look for some indication from SBH management that it is planning to deleverage its balance sheet.

If it does that, given its free cash flow generation, the sky’s the limit for its stock.

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It wasn’t a good year for Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NYSE:BBBY), down 44% in 2017. For that matter, it hasn’t been a good decade, losing 2% annually for long-time shareholders.

Eventually, the tide’s got to turn, doesn’t it?

Well, probably not if it keeps delivering woefully poor earnings results like Q3 2017. On December 20, it announced that sales were flat year over year at $3 billion, earnings per share were virtually halved from 85 cents a year earlier to 44 cents this year and comparable sales decreased marginally by 0.3%.

Despite the deterioration in its earnings, the company still generates significant free cash flow. It currently is valued at four times operating cash flow, its lowest level at any time in the past decade and less than half its industry peers.

Yes, the various banners it operates under have seen attrition in both gross and operating margins, yet it’s still expected to earn $3 per share in fiscal 2017.

At seven times earnings, there might not be a better value play than BBBY at the moment.

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Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. (NYSE:SKT) is an owner of retail real estate focusing entirely on outlet centers. It owns 40 outlet centers in 22 states and another four in Canada. Together, these 44 outlet centers provide 15.3 million square feet for retailers to lease.

Interestingly, the company estimates that there are only 70 million square feet of quality outlet space in the U.S., suggesting Tanger has close to 20% of the country’s leasable outlet space.

That’s what Warren Buffett would call a wide-moat.

Conservatively financed, it has grown its enterprise value by 7.5% annually on a compounded basis since 2005. Also, it’s a prominent grower of its dividend, belonging to the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrat Index. In the past three years, it has grown its dividend by 12% annually.

Tanger is an income investor’s dream stock.

Since going public in 1993, it’s never had an occupancy rate lower than 96%, providing investors with considerable comfort that cash flow isn’t going to disappear overnight.

As CEO Steven Tanger likes to say:

“In good times people love a bargain, and in tough times, people need a bargain.”

That’s what makes its business model so strong.

Trading at levels not seen since 2011, I like SKT’s chances in 2018.

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I recommended Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) stock on two occasions in 2017.

The first time was in August when I picked Acuity Brands and seven other stocks whose share prices added up to $2,000. Although Acuity is known for its lighting solutions, the company is making a big push into the Internet of Things and while it’s early in that expansion, I can see it being just as successful.

In fiscal 2017 (August 31 year-end), Acuity earned $7.43 per share, 12% higher than a year earlier. With very little debt and steady free cash flow, it has the financial flexibility to drive future growth.

At the end of November, I suggested investors buy its stock on the dip around $160. It has since climbed 10% and is poised to move higher in 2018 on strengthening margins.

Long-term, Acuity might be one of the best stocks to buy on a significant downturn in its stock price.

Stocks That Will Surprise in 2018: Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (BWP)

 

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Like a lot of oil-related businesses, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE:BWP) had a dreadful year, down 23%, erasing a significant portion of the gains it made in 2016.

The operator of natural gas pipelines and storage facilities — in 2016, it transported 2.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and liquids — has been on a roller coaster ride the past few years. If oil and gas prices don’t remain where they currently are, investors can expect continued volatility in its stock price.

However, lower corporate and personal income taxes could result in a more buoyant economy. When people and businesses are more confident, they spend more money. Often, that spending comes in the form of automobile travel, which could put upward pressure on oil prices due to increased demand.

For those who aren’t so sure that oil and gas prices can go any higher, you might want to invest in Loews Corporation (NYSE:L), a holding company run by the Tisch family, which own 51% of Boardwalk’s stock.

Over the past five years, Loews’ stock has significantly outperformed BWP — 4% annually vs. -9% — although neither did anywhere close to the S&P 500.

In June 2017, I suggested that Loews take BWP private. Perhaps it will happen in 2018.

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This last one must be considered the “Hail Mary” of the bunch. I don’t like General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) as a business or a stock because it’s squandered so much shareholder goodwill over the past 20 years by being the worst kind of industrial conglomerate, one that’s afraid of taking chances and is stuck in some time warp.

CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer, someone I generally respect, recently apologized to his loyal viewers for continuing to recommend GE stock despite its ongoing slide.

Cramer feels like GE could get it together under new CEO John Flannery. Therefore, he’s still not recommending investors sell the stock. I’m not as convinced. I believe GE’s business could be permanently broken.

In August, I predicted that GE stock would remain in the $20s for the foreseeable future. Since then, GE’s stock has dropped almost 30% on news the company’s problems are bigger than first thought.

That said, any obvious signs of life from GE as we make our way through 2018, should be good for a 5%-10% boost in its share price, perhaps more.

At these prices, GE could very well surprise in 2018.

As of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is getting richer by the minute.

That’s because the Oracle of Omaha’s company Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A; BRK.B) has a portfolio full of dividend-yielding stocks.

Represented are Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC), Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO), and Kraft Heinz Co. (Nasdaq: KHC), just to name a few.

The Berkshire portfolio has 34 dividend stocks in total; of those, eight yield dividend returns in excess of 3% annually, according to Buffett’s latest SEC 13F filing on Feb. 14, 2017.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: J.M. Smucker Company (The)(SJM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    The Pillsbury Doughboy is the mascot of the Pillsbury Company, which is owned by General Mills (NYSE: GIS) and J.M. Smucker (NYSE: SJM). The Doughboy was created by Pillsburys advertising agency almost 50 years ago. Pikachu are characters owned by The Pokemon Company International and appear in card games, video games, TV shows, movies and comic books. Founded in 1998, the Japanese company has achieved total games sales of almost 280 million. SpongeBob SquarePants was created for Nickelodeon, which is owned by Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA). The show premiered in 1999 and has spawned movies, video games and theme park rides. Ronald McDonald is a c

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    J.M. Smucker(SJM) is falling Monday, after Morgan Stanley’sMatthew Grainger and his team cut their rating on the stock, citing pricing pressures from Wal-Mart (WMT) and growing competition from private-labels.

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    Grainger slash Smucker to Underweight from Equal Weight, and shaved $6 off his price target, to $126. He also cites what he calls “sustained” challenges in both its coffee and pet food business, as well as“below-average strategic optionality.”

    At the same time, he also upgraded Pinnacle Foods (PF) to Overweight from Equal Weight, and raised his price target to $63 from $58, on its double-digit earnings growth and what he sees as superior execution.

    Nonetheless, he sees many of the packaged food companies in his coverage, from Smucker to Pinnacle, as subject to pressure from Wal-Mart and off-brand rivals. From the note:

    Walmart comprises ~22% of sales across our coverage, a figure that has increased in recent years even as the retailers total grocery sales have grown at an even faster 4% CAGR. With Food margins expected to expand meaningfully, we believe this only enhances Walmart’s negotiating leverage going forward. SJM, Dean Foods (DF), and General Mills (GIS) are most at risk in the current environment, in our view.

    Recent scanner data points to a positive inflection in private label trends (share up ~30 bps L12W) across a range of center-store categories, a dynamic we believe could intensify in an increasingly competitive retail grocery landscape. Our analysis of recent trends points to the most meaningful underperformance vs. private label at GIS, SJM, ConAgra (CAG), and Campbell Soup (CPB), while only PF has outperformed in recent weeks.

    Smucker is down 1.1% to $127.95 this morning, while Pinnacle is up 0.8% to %48.47.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Mitel Networks Corporation(MITL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    ShoreTel Inc (NASDAQ: SHOR) shares shot up 28 percent to $7.47. Mitel Networks Corp (NASDAQ: MITL) announced plans to acquire Shortel for $7.50 per share in cash.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P.(BWP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested mid cap natural gas pipeline stock Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE: BWP) as a bullish/long trade:

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We all know financial stocks have gone through the roof since President Trump’s win. So the question becomes: what do we do with these companies now?

There’s no one answer for every financial stock, of course.

Some are still great, undervalued buys—but there are two that have gotten grossly overvalued and should be avoided, or sold if you hold them. (Below, I’ll reveal 3 better high-yield stocks to buy instead.)

These 2 Financials Are Headed for Trouble

Bank of America Corp (BAC) is the first bank on my hit list.

A Breathtaking Rise

After spending most of 2016 in the red, BAC has soared more than 37% in three months. Nothing much has changed at the bank; it’s just riding a wave of euphoria as investors bet that Trump’s America will mean higher interest rates and fewer regulations, driving up BAC’s earnings.

stock market history: Great Basin Scientific, Inc.(GBSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Great Basin Scientific Inc. (NASDAQ: GBSN) dropped about 15% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $2.90 after closing at $3.42 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $45,024.00. Volume was more than 3 times the daily average of around 150,000 shares. The medical diagnostics company had no specific news Thursday. Since mid-March the company has split the stock twice: the first was a 1-for-35 split and the second a 1-for-80 split.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Great Basin Scientific Inc (NASDAQ: GBSN) shares dropped 18 percent to $0.92 on Q1 results. Great Basin Scientific posted Q1 net income of $21,503,600, versus a year-ago net loss of $33,652,500.

stock market history: iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of SWISS RE LTD’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=SWISS+RE+LTD

    These are the top 5 holdings of SWISS RE LTDiShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) – 1,274,000 shares, 41.43% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 114.84%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,192,350 shares, 38.52% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 158.64%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 1,043,001 shares, 8.7% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 12.39%iShares Floating Rate Bond (FLOT) – 1,000,000 shares, 7.33% of the total portfolio. NewStar Financial Inc (NEWS) – 3,000,000 shares, 4.01%

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of David Swensen’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=David+Swensen

    These are the top 5 holdings of David SwensenJBG SMITH Properties (JBGS) – 5,145,068 shares, 40.61% of the total portfolio. New PositionAntero Midstream GP LP (AMGP) – 5,769,780 shares, 27.25% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 3.89%Antero Resources Corp (AR) – 3,674,487 shares, 16.87% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 6.35%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 967,022 shares, 15.28% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 61.75%iShares China Large-Cap (FXI) – 0 shares, 0% of the

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of SWISS RE LTD’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=SWISS+RE+LTD

    These are the top 5 holdings of SWISS RE LTDiShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) – 1,641,300 shares, 34.54% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 6.79%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,003,200 shares, 20.97% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 34.15%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 2,800,100 shares, 15.78% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 170.34%iShares 1-3 Year Credit Bond ETF (CSJ) – 1,659,000 shares, 15.1% of the total portfolio. New PositionVanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH) – 937,000 shares, 6.48% of the total po

stock market history: L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.(LLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows ViaSat, Inc plus mid to large cap communications stockslikeHarris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) and L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc (NYSE: LLL)had been moving in tandem until last yearwhile small cap Gogo Inc has underperformed:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    L3 Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LLL) just hosted its investor day and projected that it wants to be considered among the top defense firms. Multiple analysts have raised their target prices. RBC raised its rating to Outperform from Sector Perform and its target price to $239 from $202. Other price target hikes were seen as follows: Cowen to $210 from $200, Jefferies to $201 from $188 and JPMorgan to $220 from $205.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Headquartered in New York City, large cap L3 Technologies Inc (NYSE: LLL) employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The Company reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion.

stock market history: Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P.(BWP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested mid cap natural gas pipeline stock Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE: BWP) as a bullish/long trade:

stock market history: LinkedIn Corporation(LNKD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andres Cardenal]

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

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

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

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

  • [By Alex McGuire]

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

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

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

stock market history: McEwen Mining Inc.(MUX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market lost more ground on Friday, but major market benchmarks still managed to post healthy gains as 2016 drew to a close. Double-digit percentage gains for the year continued the bull market, and investors generally enjoyed positive momentum despite the sluggish levels of trading activity during the inter-holiday week. Nevertheless, some stocks suffered more precipitous declines, and U.S. Steel (NYSE:X), EnteroMedics (NASDAQ:ETRM), and McEwen Mining (NYSE:MUX) were among the worst performers on the last trading day of the year. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, basic materials shares fell by 1.24 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAYN), down 12 percent, and McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 9 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    McEwen Mining Inc. (NYSE: MUX) dropped about 12% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.13 after closing at $2.43 on Monday. The stock’s 52-week high is $4.43. Volume of around 13 million was about five times the daily average. The Canada-based company reported last night that a syndicate of underwriters had agreed to purchase 18 million shares of common stock at $2.25 per share and warrants to acquire up to 9 million more.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials shares climbed 2.06 percent in trading on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Gold Resource Corporation (NASDAQ: GORO), and McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX).

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Chinese stocks were trading slightly lower on Friday. The Shanghai Composite Index dropped 3.82 points, or 0.12 percent to 3,237.92, while the Shenzhen composite fell 0.24 percent to 547.54.

iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index (ETF) (NYSEARCA: FXI) shares fell 0.38 percent to close at $36.74 on Wednesday, while SPDR S&P China (ETF) (NYSEARCA: GXC) dropped 0.47 percent to close at $75.70.

The People’s Bank of China set its yuan midpoint at 6.9168 versus the U.S. dollar, 0.12 per cent down versus Thursday. Onshore yuan was trading at 6.9144 against the dollar in Shanghai.

top stocks today: Kalytera Therapeutics, Inc. (QUEZF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Kalytera Therapeutics Inc (OTC: QUEZF) closed a C$13.4 million ($10.2 million) tranche of a private placement for the acquisition of Talent Biotechs Ltd.

top stocks today: Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc(HMNY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Saucier]

    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: HMNY) is an information technology company that provides its clients predictive analytics. The company uses big data for most of its software and operates within the financial services, insurance, and healthcare industries. HMNY is up 278% YTD after it announced a strategic merger with a GPS application company, called RedZone Maps. RedZone is known for mapping crime in major cities. News of the merger sent HMNY climbing over 1,000% from $1.11 per share to $13.75 per share over the course of a week. The stock has since fallen to $5.23 per share as of Monday intraday.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 32.7 percent to $65.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported that larotrectinib trial demonstrated 76 percent confirmed objective response rate.
    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares rose 22 percent to $7.20 in the pre-market trading session after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.
    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) rose 21.7 percent to $99.75 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed positive PB272 Phase 2 data from TBCRC 022 trial at ASCO17.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares rose 20.7 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after the company reported that RedZone has acquired all the assets of Trendit including three technology patents.
    Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) rose 13.1 percent to $16.05 in pre-market trading after D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) proposed to buy 75 percent of Forestar Group for $16.25 per share in cash.
    TG Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TGTX) shares rose 12 percent to $15.50 in pre-market trading after the company said Phase 3 GENUINE trial met primary endpoint with TG-1101 + ibrutinib increasing overall response rate by >70 percent versuss ibrutinib alone.
    Gigamon Inc (NYSE: GIMO) gained 10.8 percent to $43.55. Reuters reported that Gigamon is exploring a potential sale.
    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) rose 8.7 percent to $6.00 in pre-market trading after the company announced Rapivab pediatric sNDA acceptance by the FDA.
    Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY) rose 7.2 percent to $8.77 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.68 percent on Friday.
    Ehi Car Services Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: EHIC) shares rose 6.4 percent to $10.76 in pre-market trading. eHi Car Services posted Q1 earnings of $0.06 on sales of $89.43 million.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) rose 5.9 percent to $114.79 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Friday.
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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares dropped 32 percent to $6.87 after the company reported a common stock offering. The size of the offering was not disclosed. The company said that proceeds from the offering and warrants will be used to increase the company’s ownership stake in MoviePass.

top stocks today: XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ltd.(XTLB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    X T L Biopharmaceuticals Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: XTLB) shares dropped 38 percent to $2.21 after the company reported a $2.5 million registered direct offering.

top stocks today: Ormat Technologies, Inc.(ORA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of U.S. Geothermal back in positive territory while potential peer mid cap Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN) is underperforming and Ormat Technologies, Inc (NYSE: ORA) has been taking off for two years:

top stocks today: Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P.(BWP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested mid cap natural gas pipeline stock Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE: BWP) as a bullish/long trade:

top stocks today: Orocobre Limited (OROCF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The question now is more about speed of EV implementation. On the supply side, it has been great to see LAC, Pilbara Minerals (OTCPK:PILBF) and Altura Mining (OTCPK:ALTAF) get funding, but the continued issues with Albemarle’s (NYSE:ALB) LaNegra II expansion and Orocobre (OTCPK:OROCF) ramping up to Phase 1 capacity of 17,500 tonnes/year of lithium carbonate are further evidence that lithium projects take time and have considerable execution risk.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].