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Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM) has had a bad time on the market over the past couple of months, losing over 16% of its value on the back of a weak financial performance in its last reported quarter. But, in my opinion, the recent drop in Whole Foods’ shares is an opportunity to buy more of the stock since there are tangible improvements being witnessed across Whole Foods’ operations as discussed in this article. Let’s take a look.

Sales building initiatives are delivering results

Whole Foods Market’s focus on improving its sales is delivering results, slowly but steadily. For instance, its comparable store sales dropped 2.6% last quarter as compared to a decline of 3% in the preceding quarter. More importantly, Whole Foods is witnessing an improvement in its comparable store sales this quarter as well, as the rate of decline of its comp sales has gone down to 2.4% in the first three weeks of the 12-week fourth quarter.

In addition, the company expects square footage growth of 7% in 2016 and approximately 6% in 2017, driven by the addition of new stores to its portfolio that continue to witness positive comp sales growth. For instance, last quarter, Whole Foods opened 12 new stores that include its first 365 Store. The company has opened one 365 and two Whole Foods Market stores in the ongoing quarter, and it plans to open two additional stores, including one 365 and two Whole Foods Market stores.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CBOE Holdings Inc.(CBOE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Blitchok]

    After CBOE Global Markets Inc (NASDAQ: CBOE) launched bitcoin futures in December, Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) didn't immediately make the product available to clients, said Barry Metzger, the brokerage’s senior vice president of global, trading and advice.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Deutsche B枚rse (OTCMKTS: DBOEY) and Cboe Global Markets (NASDAQ:CBOE) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Last December, two major futures exchanges started offering futures contracts on bitcoin. CBOE Global Markets (NASDAQ:CBOE) was the first to market with its futures offering, and CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) didn’t waste any time coming out with its own version of a bitcoin contract.

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBOE) reported expansive earnings growth in its first-quarter 2018 report, issued on May 3. In addition to revenue tacked on from its acquisition of Bats Global Markets in March 2017, Cboe enjoyed increased volume in trading of the company’s proprietary VIX (Cboe Volatility Index) futures and options.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    But times have changed, the virtual-currency market has matured a bit, and institutional investors have had a means to bet on the crypto market in a more traditional sense over the past couple of months. By this, I mean that both the CME Groupand CBOE Global Markets (NASDAQ:CBOE) have offered bitcoin futures on their trading platforms since December, providing a more traditional avenue for Wall Street to place its bets.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Prudential Public Limited Company(PUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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    Zacks Investment Research Lowers Prudential (PUK) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com) Financial wellness program popularity rises among employers, up 63 percentage points in two years (markets.financialcontent.com) FY2018 EPS Estimates for Prudential (PUK) Reduced by Jefferies Group (americanbankingnews.com) Jefferies Group Weighs in on Prudential’s FY2020 Earnings (PUK) (americanbankingnews.com) ValuEngine Downgrades Prudential (PUK) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com)

    Shares of PUK stock traded down $0.02 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $51.56. 141,455 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 198,097. The firm has a market cap of $66.49 billion, a PE ratio of 13.79, a PEG ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 1.55. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39, a quick ratio of 0.03 and a current ratio of 0.03. Prudential has a 52-week low of $44.49 and a 52-week high of $55.36.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of Prudential (NYSE:PUK) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday morning.

    Several other analysts have also recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Prudential from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $57.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. Berenberg Bank cut shares of Prudential from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, March 29th. Finally, Citigroup cut shares of Prudential from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $57.00.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Prudential (NYSE: PUK) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited(AHL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    The Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV) and Aspen Insurance (NYSE:AHL) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Lifetime Brands Inc.(LCUT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) and Lifetime Brands (NASDAQ:LCUT) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and risk.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc.(SRPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Sarepta Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SRPT) had its target price increased by Morgan Stanley from $87.00 to $91.00 in a report issued on Friday. Morgan Stanley currently has an equal weight rating on the biotechnology company’s stock.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    But some stocks don’t take nearly that long to double. Three stocks in particularhave doubled investors’ money — and more — in just the last 12 months. Here’s why Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR), CRISPR Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRSP), and Sarepta Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SRPT) became such huge winners — and whether or not their impressive momentum can continue.

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    After reporting first-quarter results, shares of Sarepta Therapeutics(NASDAQ:SRPT), acommercial-stage biotech focused on rare diseases, jumped 14% as of 3:40 p.m. EDT Friday.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Barclays upgraded shares of Sarepta Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SRPT) from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating in a research report released on Friday morning, MarketBeat.com reports. They currently have $107.00 target price on the biotechnology company’s stock, up from their prior target price of $55.00.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Trexquant Investment LP acquired a new position in Sarepta Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SRPT) in the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor acquired 7,135 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock, valued at approximately $529,000.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tarena International, Inc.(TEDU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    K12 (NYSE: LRN) and Tarena International (NASDAQ:TEDU) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Tarena International (NASDAQ: TEDU) and TAL Education (NYSE:TAL) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: DHX Media Ltd.(DHXM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR) surged 87.1 percent to $12.98 after the company reported Q1 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    ARMO BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARMO) shares jumped 66.8 percent to $49.735 after Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced plans to acquire ARMO BioSciences for $50 per share.
    vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) gained 34 percent to $2.2920 following announcement that the company will pre-specify new subgroup with the FDA and report Phase 3 Part B results in June.
    Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PBH) climbed 22.3 percent to $34.84 after the company posted upbeat Q4 earnings.
    Depomed, Inc. (NASDAQ: DEPO) shares jumped 22.2 percent to $7.28 following better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    Everspin Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRAM) gained 19.8 percent to $8.89 after the company reported strong results for its first quarter.
    Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE: LXFR) surged 19.8 percent to $17.10 following Q1 results.
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) rose 18.3 percent to $2.26 after French company Total announced plans to acquire 25 percent stake in Clean Energy Fuels for $83.4 million.
    Intelligent Systems Corporation (NYSE: INS) gained 17 percent to $7.116.
    Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) surged 15.3 percent to $73.00 after reporting upbeat Q1 earnings.
    The Chefs' Warehouse, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHEF) climbed 15 percent to $28.85. Chefs' Warehouse posted Q1 earnings of $0.03 per share on sales of $318.6 million.
    Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: WPRT) rose 14.2 percent to $2.9701.
    Wright Medical Group N.V. (NASDAQ: WMGI) jumped 13.8 percent to $23.87 after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) gained 13.4 percent to $22.70. Diplomat named Brian Griffin as Chairman and CEO.
    Carvana Co. (NYSE: CVNA) shares rose 13 percent to $27.97 after reporting upbeat Q1 sales.
    Prothena Corporation plc (NASDAQ: PRTA) gained 12 percent to $15.19
  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Family-friendly media company DHX Media (NASDAQ:DHXM) reported third-quarter earnings early Monday morning. Investors didn’t see much to like in this business update, and the stock closed 19.7% lower at the end of the day.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market had a generally solid performance on Monday, with large-cap indexes posting modest gains even as benchmarks that track the changes of smaller stocks underperformed. The big news of the day came on the trade front, where the White House intervened to reverse previous policy with respect to Chinese smartphone giant ZTE in an apparent effort to gain favor with the world’s most populous nation and second-largest economic power. Investors looked for potential winners from the thawing of relations with China, but not all stocks were able to avoid significant losses. Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB), Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ:SNCR), and DHX Media (NASDAQ:DHXM) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: BGC Partners, Inc.(BGCP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Cramer was bearish on BGC Partners (BGCP) , Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) , Sterling Construction Co. Inc.  (STRL) and B&G Foods (BGS) .

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    BGC Partners (BGCP) : “We’re in a market where Goldman Sachs (GS) got slammed. I’m going with them.”

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

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    LPL Financial (NASDAQ: LPLA) and BGC Partners (NASDAQ:BGCP) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc.(HVT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Havertys (NYSE:HVT) – Stock analysts at KeyCorp dropped their Q2 2018 earnings per share estimates for Havertys in a research report issued on Wednesday, May 2nd. KeyCorp analyst B. Thomas now anticipates that the company will post earnings per share of $0.29 for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $0.31. KeyCorp also issued estimates for Havertys’ Q3 2018 earnings at $0.39 EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at $0.45 EPS.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CrossAmerica Partners LP(CAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    CrossAmerica Partners (NYSE:CAPL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, February 26th. The oil and gas company reported $0.06 EPS for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.06. CrossAmerica Partners had a return on equity of 4.73% and a net margin of 0.84%. The company had revenue of $552.66 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $572.48 million. sell-side analysts anticipate that CrossAmerica Partners will post 0.24 EPS for the current year.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    CrossAmerica Partners (NYSE:CAPL) – Research analysts at Jefferies Group reduced their FY2018 earnings estimates for CrossAmerica Partners in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, May 9th. Jefferies Group analyst C. Mandeville now forecasts that the oil and gas company will earn $0.24 per share for the year, down from their previous forecast of $0.32. Jefferies Group currently has a “Buy” rating and a $28.00 target price on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for CrossAmerica Partners’ Q1 2019 earnings at $0.07 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.13 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.14 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $0.42 EPS.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now

New York, NY, based Investment company Luxor Capital Group, LP buys Altaba Inc, iShares Russell 2000, IAC/InterActiveCorp, ANGI Homeservices Inc, Voya Financial Inc, Forestar Group Inc, The Meet Group Inc, HC2 Holdings Inc, sells La Quinta Holdings Inc, PowerShares QQQ Trust Series 1, GrubHub Inc, Golar LNG, Ally Financial Inc during the 3-months ended 2017-12-31, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Luxor Capital Group, LP. As of 2017-12-31, Luxor Capital Group, LP owns 33 stocks with a total value of $3.5 billion. These are the details of the buys and sells.

New Purchases: IWM, ANGI, FOR, Added Positions: AABA, IAC, VOYA, MB, H, MEET, VDTH, SPY, HCHC, Reduced Positions: GRUB, GLNG, ALLY, AMZN, NXST, LBTYK, DHXM, CJ, AMC, Sold Out: LQ, QQQ, FB, YNDX,

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

These are the top 5 holdings of Luxor Capital Group, LPPowerShares QQQ Trust Series 1 (QQQ) – 5,830,000 shares, 25.8% of the total portfolio. SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 3,030,000 shares, 22.97% of the total portfolio. Altaba Inc (AABA) – 3,665,254 shares, 7.27% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 331.64%IAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC) – 1,735,493 shares, 6.03% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 50.06%MINDBODY Inc (MB) – 6,220,410 shares, 5.38% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 8.72%New Purchase: iShares Russell 2000 (IWM)

Luxor Capital Group, LP initiated holding in iShares Russell 2000. The purchase prices were between $145.63 and $154.3, with an estimated average price of $150.26. The stock is now traded at around $153.33. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 2.55%. The holding were 589,845 shares as of 2017-12-31.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Petroleum Resources Corporation(PEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, financial shares fell 0.13 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Adams Natural Resources Fund Inc (NYSE: PEO), down 4 percent, and Old Point Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: OPOF) down 3 percent.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: CBOE Holdings Inc.(CBOE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Saumya Vaishampayan
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    Those who dabble in derivatives tied to the CBOE (CBOE) Volatility Index are placing bets that pay out if the stock market keeps swinging, and especially if it drops.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bats Global Markets was acquired on Feb. 28 by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Nasdaq: CBOE).

    But the Bats BZX Exchange has had a bigger role than just serving as the place where the Winklevoss ETF will be listed…

  • [By CNNMoney Staff]

    Stocks continued to rally despite the fact that options trading was temporarily halted Monday afternoon at exchanges run by CBOE Holdings (CBOE), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), BATS Global Markets and Miami International Holdings due to issues at the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA), which provides trading data and price quotes.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Wall Street has been watching bitcoin this week, with the price up another 39.8 percent to above $16,000 ahead of the highly anticipated launch of bitcoin futures trading by Cboe Global Markets Inc (NASDAQ: CBOE) starting Sunday. Bitcoin has been around for years, but bitcoin futures trading will make trading a breeze for average retail investors for the first time.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Porter Bancorp Inc.(PBIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    For the details of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LP’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=PATRIOT+FINANCIAL+PARTNERS+GP%2C+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LPBanc of California Inc (BANC) – 2,850,564 shares, 27.82% of the total portfolio. Guaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,891,767 shares, 23.36% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 19.22%Meta Financial Group Inc (CASH) – 347,069 shares, 14.02% of the total portfolio. Sterling Bancorp (STL) – 1,048,980 shares, 11.07% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 16.01%MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 2,060,302 sha

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Virtus Investment Partners Inc.(VRTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ: VRTS) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $111.05 following Q3 results. Virtus Investment posted Q3 earnings of $1.64 per share on revenue of $82.3 million.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Elsewhere yesterday, the SPX telecom sector was the strongest, climbing 1%. Shares of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), for example, climbed higher by 1.8% after a Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) analyst upped VZ stock to “outperform” from “market perform,” noting the impending rollout of its next-generation 5G network.

  • [By Gregg Greenberg]

    Stocks of Wells Fargo (WFC) were up 4% last year, outperforming both the broader market and the overall financial sector. Erik Oja, equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ, said the megabank will shine even brighter in 2016 once higher interest rates kick in.  

     

    "We think Wells Fargo is best poised to benefit from higher rates due to its large deposit base and industry-leading loan growth," said Oja, adding that he expects much higher revenue growth in the coming year after a recent slowdown.

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    Finally on Friday, the banks begin to report. This is a group that benefits both from President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed deregulation and from rising interest rates. Cramer was bullish on JPMorgan and Bank of America (BAC) , but held Wells Fargo (WFC) , another Action Alerts PLUS name, as his favorite in the group.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    OK, Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) might not be the most popular name after its jaw-dropping accounts scandal, but so what? Its still a quality business with a quality stock.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Source: ThinkstockNovember 27, 2017: The S&P 500 closed flat at 2,601.45. The DJIA closed up 0.1% at 23,580.71. Separately, the Nasdaq was down 0.15% at 6,878.52.

Monday was mixed day for the major U.S. exchanges, although each major index hit a new all-time high at some point during the session. Crude oil backed off to start the week. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly positive in the session with two big exceptions. The best performing sectors were utilities and industrials, up 0.5% and 0.2%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were energy and materials, down 1% and 0.6%, respectively.

Crude oil was down 1.8% at $57.89.

Gold was up 0.5% at $1,294.00.

The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) which traded down about 7% at $86.55. The stocks 52-week range is $60.78 to $95.77. Volume was over11 million versus the daily average of 3.8 million shares.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Devon Energy Corporation(DVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Devon Energy Corp. (NYSE: DVN) which traded down about 12% at $30.55. The stocks 52-week range is $28.79 to $45.16. Volume was about 30 million compared to the daily average volume of roughly 5 million.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian said traders were buying calls in Devon Energy Corp (NYSE: DVN) in the first half of the trading session on Thursday.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    While crude prices stumbled into 2016, they found their footing by mid-year and roared back to life, ending the year up about 42%. Those rising prices lifted most oil stocks. However, a handful of large-cap oil stocks rose above the crowd by outperforming crude’s rally. Those top-tier performers wereContinental Resources (NYSE:CLR), Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD), and Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC):

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    The failure of Russia and others to fulfill their obligations are coming at a time when U.S. shale production is starting to ramp back up. Shale producers such as Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) and Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) have already released growth-focused budgets to capture the benefits of an improving oil market. In Pioneer Natural Resources’ case, it expects to spend $2.8 billion this year to operate 18 drilling rigs in the Permian Basin and restart its drilling program in the Eagle Ford. Those rigs should enable the company to drill enough wells to grow its production by 15% to 18% over last year’s average. Meanwhile, Devon Energy expects to spend between $2 billion to $2.3 billion on drilling this year, which should fuel 13% to 17% oil production growth by the fourth quarter versus last year’s final quarter.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Guggenheim’sJohn Heinbockel and team argue that a “purging of space is necessary” in retail, and recommend hiding in “industry leaders who canprofitably gain share and are not especially expensive,” like Michaels (MIK), Tractor Supply (TSCO), Restoration Hardware (RH), Kroger (KR),and US Foods Holding (USFD). They explain:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    But Amazon’s ultimate end-goal would likely be turning stores into “centralized distribution centers for groceries” but “we err on the futuristic side given Bezos thinks big.”

    Company Commentary
    Kroger Co (NYSE: KR) may be best positioned to counter Amazon’s threat given its own data analytics capabilities. SYSCO Corporation (NYSE: SYY) and US Foods Holding Corp (NYSE: USFD) are likely safe as Amazon won’t move into the foodservice distribution space which is very different from serving individual customers.

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Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: TransUnion(TRU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Ready To Shop? A highlight this coming week is Black Friday, and recent data hint that shoppers might be ready. A record 195.9 million consumers now have access to revolving credit such as bank-issued and private label credit cards, TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) said in a recent press release. This is the highest level of revolving credit access since TRU began measuring the variable and is greater than the 192.6 million consumers who had access to such credit products in Q3 2016. “The third quarter of 2017 exhibited a lending market that continued to operate in a stable manner, with consumers continuing to gain access to credit and take advantage of that access,” said Ezra Becker, senior vice president and head of research and consulting for TransUnion, in the press release. “However, we are beginning to see a slowdown in originations, which may be a signal of saturation in the lower-risk credit tiers and some pull-back in lender risk appetite in the higher-risk tiers.” Still, Becker predicted a “robust holiday shopping season.”

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: THERMOGENESIS Corp.(KOOL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Cesca Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: KOOL) had a 10% owner come in with a big-time purchase. Boyalfe bought a total of 6,102,942 shares of the stock a $2.52. The total for the purchase was posted at $6,838, 237.The company develops and manufactures automated blood and bone marrow processing systems that enable the separation, processing and preservation of cell and tissue therapy products. Its stock traded on Friday’s close at $3.45, so a well-timed buy.The 52-week range is $1.60 to $7.39. The consensus price targetis $2.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Franco-Nevada Corporation(FNV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    This list ranks gold dividend stocks in the mining sector by dividend yield. And it also includes one of our top gold stock recommendations of 2017…

    Gold Dividend Stock Share Price Year-to-Date Performance Dividend Yield (as of June 30)
    DRDGOLD Ltd. (NYSE ADR: DRD) $3.19 -39.7% 10.24%
    Sibanye Gold Ltd. (NYSE ADR: SBGL) $4.70 -33.4% 5.98%
    Harmony Gold Mining Co. (NYSE ADR: HMY) $1.62 -26.7% 4.56%
    Gold Fields Limited (NYSE ADR: GFI) $3.41 +13.3% 2.73%
    Randgold Resources Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: GOLD) $87.68 +14.9% 1.89%
    Franco Nevada Corp. (NYSE: FNV) $72.39 +21.1% 1.27%
    Royal Gold Inc. (Nasdaq: RGLD) $76.85 +21.3% 1.25%
    Eldorado Gold Corp. (NYSE: EGO) $2.58 -19.9% 1.16%
    Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX) $15.90 -0.5% 0.75%
    Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) $13.02 -4.4% 0.62%

    Six of the 10 gold stocks listed above have posted negative returns so far in 2017. The main reason behind their losses has to do with gold price volatility.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    “If you look back to the 70s, 80s and 90s, in every of those decades the industry found at least one 50+ million ounce gold deposit, at least ten 30+ million ounce deposits and countless five to 10 million ounce deposits. But if you look at the last 15 years, we found no 50 million ounce deposit, no 30 million ounce deposit and only very few 15 million ounce deposits,” Pierre Lassonde, chair of gold royalty and income stream company Franco-Nevada Corp. (NYSE: FNV), told German financial newspaper Finanz und Wirtschaft last October.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Given revised commodity deck forecasts (particularly for Steel and Gold) and improved Balance Sheet health (Steels, Precious and Industrials Metals) we are upgrading our ratings on several stocks in our coverage. We generally favor companies that have already initiated specific self-help, have low-cost assets and are less exposed to China supply and demand dynamics. In Steels, we have increased our rating from Hold to Buy on Nucor (NUE) and from Sell to Hold on US Steel. We have also upgraded Kinross Gold (KGC) to a Hold on valuation…On higher-than-peer valuations, we reiterate Sell-rated Coeur Mining (CDE), Franco-Nevada (FNV), Goldcorp (GG), Teck Resources (TCK) and highly leveraged AK Steel given preference to issue further equity if possible.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CBOE Holdings Inc.(CBOE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Wall Street has been watching bitcoin this week, with the price up another 39.8 percent to above $16,000 ahead of the highly anticipated launch of bitcoin futures trading by Cboe Global Markets Inc (NASDAQ: CBOE) starting Sunday. Bitcoin has been around for years, but bitcoin futures trading will make trading a breeze for average retail investors for the first time.

  • [By Saumya Vaishampayan
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    Those who dabble in derivatives tied to the CBOE (CBOE) Volatility Index are placing bets that pay out if the stock market keeps swinging, and especially if it drops.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bats Global Markets was acquired on Feb. 28 by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Nasdaq: CBOE).

    But the Bats BZX Exchange has had a bigger role than just serving as the place where the Winklevoss ETF will be listed…

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: KKR(KKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) , Opko Health (OPK) and Allergan (AGN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Kimberly-Clark (KMB) , Novartis AG (NVS) , Chemours (CC) and Gulfport Energy (GPOR) .

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The long saga regarding Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) has finally come to a head. Well, maybe. Rather than KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR) investing $150 million, Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) will be investing up to $480 million in the streaming music rival. With its ticketing unit sale taking place as well, it might seem that Pandora is getting a great deal and helping to bolster its books.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Teucrium Corn Fund (CORN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Investing in commodity-based ETFs (exchange-traded funds) or ETNs (exchange-traded notes) is a great way to gain exposure to a specific commodity, like corn (NYSE Arca: CORN), livestock (NYSE Arca: COW), or grains (NYSE Arca: GRU).

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: New Century Bancorp Inc.(NC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of NACCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NC) got a boost, shooting up 11 percent to $73.85. NACCO Industries disclosed that its subsidiary Hamilton Beach Brands has filed to trade as an independent company. The company announced the retirement of its CEO following Hamilton Beach Brands spin off.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Petroleum Resources Corporation(PEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, financial shares fell 0.13 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Adams Natural Resources Fund Inc (NYSE: PEO), down 4 percent, and Old Point Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: OPOF) down 3 percent.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: CBOE Holdings Inc.(CBOE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bats Global Markets was acquired on Feb. 28 by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Nasdaq: CBOE).

    But the Bats BZX Exchange has had a bigger role than just serving as the place where the Winklevoss ETF will be listed…

  • [By Saumya Vaishampayan
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    Those who dabble in derivatives tied to the CBOE (CBOE) Volatility Index are placing bets that pay out if the stock market keeps swinging, and especially if it drops.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Greenlight Capital Re Ltd.(GLRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Note that hedge fund mogul David Einhorn has been a director ofthe predecessor company since May 2006. Mr. Einhorn co-founded, and has served as the President of, Greenlight Capital, Inc., since January 1996. Funds managed by Greenlight are some ofthe Companys principal stockholders. Since July 2004, Mr. Einhorn has served as Chairman of the Board of Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd (Nasdaq: GLRE).

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Home Federal Bancorp Inc.(HOME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sofia Horta e Costa]

    Sanofi fell 2.6 percent after withdrawing a U.S. application for a diabetes drug. Cie. Financiere Richemont (CFR) SA dropped 2.3 percent as revenue missed analysts estimates. Vivendi SA advanced 2.7 percent after saying it will begin a formal study to separate its French phone unit from its media businesses. Home Retail Group Plc (HOME) surged 5.4 percent to a two-year high as sales exceeded projections.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of At Home Group Inc (NYSE: HOME) were down 10 percent to $23.19. At Home Group reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.18 per share on revenue of $232.1 million.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: eHealth Inc.(EHTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) was down, falling around 32 percent to $9.53. eHealth reported a Q2 net loss of $0.5 million, versus a year-ago net income of $5.8 million. The company also reported weak quarterly revenue.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Barclays PLC(BCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. Its American depositary sharesclosed up 2.6% at $11.36 on Thursday and were indicated up 1.2% at $11.50 on Friday. The52-week range is $6.76 to $12.05.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Banco Santander (SAN) : “I prefer Barclays (BCS) , but let’s wait and see what the other banks have to say”

    ProLogis (PLD) : “I am not a fan of that group right now, but that one is best of breed.”

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Nuveen Municipal Value Fund Inc.(NUV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Donald van Deventer]

    The latest implied forward rate forecast from Kamakura Corporation shows projected 10-year U.S. Treasury yields differing -0.07% to 0.03% from last week while fixed rate mortgage yields varied by -0.01% to 0.08%. Mortgage yields, determined by the Monday through Wednesday weekly survey of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, lag Treasury movements simply because of the 3-day yield calculation used in the Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield is projected to rise from 2.92% at Thursday’s close (down 0.06% from last week) to 3.374% (down 0.06% from last week) in one year. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield in ten years is forecast to reach 4.639%, 1 basis point lower than last week. The 15-year fixed rate mortgage rate is forecast to rise from the effective yield of 3.69% on Thursday (down 0.001% from last week) to 4.222% (down 0.006% from last week) in one year and 6.29% in 10 years, up 0.038% from last week. We explain the background for these calculations in the rest of this note, along with some mortgage servicing rights metrics. The forecast allows investors in exchange traded U.S. Treasury funds (TLT) (TBT), total return bond funds (BOND), municipal bonds (NUV) and exchange traded mortgage funds (REM) to assess likely total returns over the next 120 months. Treasury-related exchange traded funds affected by the forward rates include:

Hot Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018

Attracted by the promise of lower costs and stronger security for a range of transactions, financial institutions are testing Blockchain’s potential.

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Distributed ledger technology is still very youngit needs time to mature. Blockchain began life as this technological prodigy. People expected great things, Mago says.

When Blockchain, the Internet-borne technological underpinning of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, erupted onto the scene several years ago, many wondered if the technology might not upend traditional financial institutions, including global banks, card networks and money-transfer companies. Rather than redefine the financial industry’s competitive setas disrupters have done in other sectors, such as retail, autos and travelBlockchain has instead fired up the imaginations of incumbents.

Hot Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Arrow Electronics, Inc.(ARW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Mathews]

    Arrow Electronics Inc. (NYSE: ARW) is one of the world’s largest distributors of electric components and computer products. During 2015, ARW struggled primarily due to unfavorable currency fluctuations. However, the company has been seasonal toward the end of the year, especially in Europe, and is expected to carry that positive momentum into the New Year. Arrow has packaged its core products and value-added services into a comprehensive solution that lowers the cost base over a product’s lifetime, yet adds higher client engagement. With a diversified product line and successful current strategy, Arrow is well positioned to grow to a target price of $65.

Hot Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.(CHKP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    But is it a good idea to buy FireEye based on this one incident, despite its huge losses, or should investors look at Check Point Software Technologies(NASDAQ:CHKP), given its focus on growing its bottom line? Let’s find out.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    It is unclear which company or companies will benefit from this executive order. But that isn’t stopping investors from placing their bets as most cybersecurity stocks were trading higher during Friday’s trading session; at the same time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index were trading in the red.

    Shares of Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) were trading higher by 2.98 percent at $21.77. Shares of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) were trading higher by 1.21 percent at $107.00. Shares of FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) were trading higher by 0.70 percent at $14.55. Shares of Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) were trading higher by 0.62 percent at $115.86.

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Hot Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: CBOE Holdings Inc.(CBOE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.

  • [By CNNMoney Staff]

    Stocks continued to rally despite the fact that options trading was temporarily halted Monday afternoon at exchanges run by CBOE Holdings (CBOE), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), BATS Global Markets and Miami International Holdings due to issues at the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA), which provides trading data and price quotes.

  • [By Saumya Vaishampayan
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    Those who dabble in derivatives tied to the CBOE (CBOE) Volatility Index are placing bets that pay out if the stock market keeps swinging, and especially if it drops.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Wall Street has been watching bitcoin this week, with the price up another 39.8 percent to above $16,000 ahead of the highly anticipated launch of bitcoin futures trading by Cboe Global Markets Inc (NASDAQ: CBOE) starting Sunday. Bitcoin has been around for years, but bitcoin futures trading will make trading a breeze for average retail investors for the first time.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bats Global Markets was acquired on Feb. 28 by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Nasdaq: CBOE).

    But the Bats BZX Exchange has had a bigger role than just serving as the place where the Winklevoss ETF will be listed…

Hot Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Lincoln National Corporation(LNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    * The market bent yesterday but today it stabilized. (A good showing, all things being considered–but in no way decisive going forward).
    * Gold +$5/oz.
    * Crude oil +$0.50 and the rise is taking up some energy stocks.
    * The Russell returned to the spotlight.
    * Life insurance–particularly Lincoln National (LNC) (on an upgrade). Hartford Financial Services (HIG) gets a small lift.
    * Retail returned from the depths. The standouts–L Brands (LB) , Kohl’s (KSS) , Bed Bath (BBBY) , Nordstrom (JWN) and Gap (GPS) .
    * Ag equipment–after an analyst upgrade yesterday.
    * Brokerages.
    * Homebuilders catch a bid.
    * Day one of the Masters Golf Tournament.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE: LNC) also had the man at the top selling stock last week. Dennis Glass, the CEO of this insurance and retirement focused company, sold a block of 75,000 shares at between $71.00 and $71.28 apiece. The total for the sale was posted at $5 million. Shares closed Friday at $71.69, in a 52-week rangeof $34.16 to $73.71. The consensus price target is $73.17.