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Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018

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Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: (LVMUY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    (Incidentally, the operating structure and history of growth through smart acquisitions and management is a reminiscent story behind the rise of Bernard Arnault and The Arnault Family Group, which is the majority controlling shareholder in LVMH Mo毛t Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.E. (OTCPK:LVMUY) and Christian Dior SE in the ultra-luxury goods industry.)

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Carnival Corporation(CCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Diane Alter]

    At $28.66, SNE shares were up 0.28% in morning trading.

    CES Companies to Watch, No. 3: Carnival (NYSE: CCL)

    Carnival Cruise Line (NYSE: CCL) announced Wednesday at CES 2017 that it will give passengers on board its ships high-tech wearable wristbands – which can also be worn as a pendant or necklace. The device can be used to unlock their room, purchase food, and to pay toplay games such as blackjack.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    How about individual stories? Tuesday I was pleasantly surprised by the commentary on both the Darden (DRI) and Carnival (CCL) calls. Weekend dining and lunch were very strong for Darden, parent of Olive Garden, even though CEO Gene Lee acknowledged that it’s competing against “new necessities today, whether smartphones, whether it’s your cable bill, your Netflix bill. I mean, they have increased significantly over the years.” Hmm, is there any wonder why takeout pizza is so strong? Makes me want to buy both Darden and Domino’s (DPZ) .

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) fiscal fourth-quarter results are scheduled for Tuesday morning. The consensus estimates are calling for $0.51 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.15 billion in revenue. The shares were last seen trading at $65.95. The consensus price target is $72.98, and the 52-week trading range is $50.77 to $69.89.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s not to say the consumer never leaves the house, but when they do, they shop for their homes at Home Depot (HD) and Home Goods, the TJX Stores (TJX) chain that’s knocking it out of the park. The consumer is also visiting theme parks like Six Flags (SIX) and Walt Disney (DIS) and they’re also going on Carnival Cruises (CCL) .

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK)shareholders have to be feeling pretty good these days. The stock hit yet another new high on Friday, and the stock is trading 13% higher so far in 2017.It’s been smooth sailing so far this year, but the first big test comes on Tuesday morning when the world’s largest cruise line operator reports financial results for its fiscal first quarter.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Lubar & Co., Inc’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Lubar+%26+Co.%2C+Inc

    These are the top 5 holdings of Lubar & Co., IncEnLink Midstream LLC (ENLC) – 1,882,007 shares, 37.97% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.40%Hallador Energy Co (HNRG) – 2,788,685 shares, 23.23% of the total portfolio. Vanguard Value ETF – DNQ (VTV) – 77,126 shares, 7.65% of the total portfolio. iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH) – 38,400 shares, 6.84% of the total portfolio. New PositionVanguard Mid-Cap Value ETF – DNQ (VOE) – 61,550 shares, 6.52% of the tota

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Nordic American Tankers Limited(NAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: NAT) dropped about 4.8% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $2.58 after closing at $2.71 on Friday. Volume was around 2.8 million, more than double the daily average of around 2.3 million. The firm sent shareholders a letter this morning explaining the shipper’s recapitalization program.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: NAT) posted a new 52-week low of $2.68 Wednesday, down about 27% after closing at $3.67 on Tuesday. The 52-week high is $9.32. Volume was about 20.3 million, more than 20 times the daily average of around 940,000 shares. The company announced priced a sale of $110 million in new shares at $2.75 per share.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: NAT) dropped about 2.4% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.49 after closing at $2.55 on Tuesday. Volume was around 2.8 million, about double the daily average of around 1.4 million. The firm sent shareholders a letter Tuesday morning explaining the shipper’s recapitalization program. The explanation did not sell any better today.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: NAT) dropped about 3% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.51 after closing at $2.59 on Monday. Volume was around 2.8 million, about double the daily average of around 1.4 million. The firm sent shareholders a letter Monday morning explaining the shipper’s recapitalization program. Apparently the explanation did not sit well.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Credit Acceptance Corporation(CACC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ: CACC) shares are down more than 5.1 percent on Friday after Bloomberg reported that the Federal Trade Commission has requested information from the company regarding its use of ignition kill switches and GPS systems in debt collection.

Companies That Offer Additional Benefits For Shareholders

Usually, when I talk about equity ownership, I’m going on and on about wealth creation, passive income streams, financial freedom, yahdayahdayahda. I’m always harping on valuations and buying stock at a discount. Well, in this piece, I’ll discuss another benefit of owning certain equities: the discounts on the goods and services that certain companies offer their shareholders. Not every company in the market offers shareholder rewards outside of the usual realm of dividends and buybacks, but there are a select few that give shareholders added rewards. From discounts on travel, tissues, and tools, to cheaper insurance rates and even bottles of wine, investors in the seven companies listed below have the opportunity to receive unique shareholder benefits.

Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B)

Berkshire Hathaway is one of the few positions that I own that doesn’t contribute to my income stream. Even though it doesn’t pay a dividend, Berkshire is one of my favorite defensive holdings. And although Mr. Buffett and Co. aren’t lining my pockets with cash directly, being a Berkshire shareholder does come with numerous added benefits (outside of the astronomical historical returns that Berkshire has provided long-term investors). Due to the conglomerate nature of this business, Berkshire’s shareholders are owners of a wide variety of businesses. During the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Omaha, investors are able to reap the rewards of this exposure with discounts across many of the merchants that Berkshire owns. But, if you’re not interested in traveling to the heartland (which I would suggest, I’ve been to Omaha before and it’s great!), one easy way to get a shareholder benefit is to call your GEICO agent. We insure our cars with GEICO and received a discount on our coverage. It wasn’t massive, but every little bit helps, right?

Carnival Cruise Line (NYSE:CCL)

Investors who own 100 shares of CCL, which will cost you ~$6,500 at current share prices, are offered discount credits when booking cruises with the company.

Source: Carnival Benefits Page

I’ve considered going on a cruise several times before. Assuming I bought 100 shares, getting a $100 credit for a weeklong cruise is like a 1.5% dividend (on top of CCL’s current ~2.4% yield). CCL is solid dividend grower. Although the company doesn’t have a long annual dividend increase streak due to the very cyclical nature of its business which relies heavily on consumer disposable income, the company’s dividend has posted a 9.6% CAGR since 1999, and after freezing its dividend in 2012, 2013, and 2014, CCL has rewarded shareholders with three consecutive years of double-digit increases.

Right now, trading for less than 16x 2018 EPS expectations, CCL appears to be trading with a reasonable valuation. Obviously making a $6,500 investment just to save a few hundred bucks on a cruise isn’t a justifiable investment thesis, but then again, if you’re an avid cruise goer and you’re looking to add some cyclical, consumer discretionary exposure to your portfolio, I think CCL is worth a look because of the money it will save you on your travels combined with the likelihood of capital appreciation and dividend growth benefitting from the strong demand we’ve been seeing for travel in recent years.

Source: F.A.S.T. Graphs

Royal Caribbean (NYSE:RCL)

If you’re interested in a cruise, this list is getting better and better for you. Carnival isn’t the only cruise company offering shareholder benefits, Royal Caribbean Cruises offers a program that essentially mirrors Carnival’s. However, since RCL’s share price is currently north of $121/share, it will cost you a bit more money to purchase the 100 shares necessary to qualify for this company’s benefit program.

With that said, from a dividend growth standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than the 53.6% five-year dividend growth rate that RCL currently boasts. RCL currently trades for ~16.5x 2018 expected EPS, meaning that the market is putting a slightly higher premium on RCL than the much larger CCL. RCL’s growth has been and looks to continue to be higher than CCL’s, indicating that this smaller and more nimble cruise line carrying a premium valuation relative to its peers is likely warranted.

Source: F.A.S.T. Graphs

Norwegian Cruise Line (NASDAQ:NCLH)

Source: NCLH Benefits Page

Norwegian Cruise Line doesn’t pay a shareholder dividend, but it does offer a shareholder benefits package very similar to both CCL’s and RCL’s. 100 shares of NCLH will come with the cheapest price due to its $55 share price. What’s more, even though NCLH isn’t a dividend growth company, it has produced outstanding growth in recent years and appears to the the cheapest major cruise line on the market, selling for just 11.7x 2018 expected EPS.

Source: F.A.S.T. Graphs

3M Company (NYSE:MMM)

It should come as no surprise to investors that 3M, known for its 59-year annual dividend increase streak, is also generous when it comes to alternative shareholder benefits. I’d also heard that MMM offers a holiday gift box for shareholders and employees, but even though I’ve been a shareholder for a couple of years now, I’ve never ordered one before. I contacted MMM’s investor relations team and was quickly sent a link to buy the holiday gift box as well as a promo code for the correct pricing. This year’s box cost is $26 (within the contiguous U.S.; it’s $34 if you live in Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico) and contains 18 3M items. The contents of these boxes come to MMM shareholders at a discount to retail value. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out exactly which 18 items come in the box when doing my research, but all in all, I assume that an annual 3M holiday box order will go a long way towards covering regular home chores/repairs at a friendly discount.

Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB)

KMB is another dividend aristocrat that offers investors a holiday themed basket of goods at a discounted price. Unfortunately, it’s too late to claim 2017’s basket, but shareholders who’re interested in cheap tissue and diapers should check back in with KMB’s investor relations team in the fall/early winter next year.

Willamette Valley Vineyards (NASDAQ:WVVI)

In the last piece I wrote, I talked about my love for Vermont playing a role in my purchase of Vail Resorts (NYSE:MTN) due to its recent purchase of Stowe Mountain Resort. Well, Willamette Valley Vineyards is another company that I have an emotional draw to. The Willamette Valley brings back fond memories of my wife’s professional running career and the 2012 Olympic Trials that were held in Eugene, Oregon. That was an amazing week, and without a doubt, that is a special area of the country. What’s more, I have a background in vineyard management and I’m a believer in the long-term viability of this industry.

Willamette is an interesting small-cap. The company owns a handful of vineyards across Oregon and seems to be doing a good job of using its profits to reinvest back into its vineyards and expand. This isn’t the type of company that I usually consider buying, but the idea of owning a vineyard is a romantic notion (especially for someone who has a history of managing the grapes). But you don’t have to be a former farmer to be interested in buying shares of this company. I imagine that wine lovers would also like the idea of exposure to the industry within their portfolios, not to mention the fact that WVVI offers a 25% discount to shareholders on its products (which includes several bottles with scores above 90 by Wine Enthusiast).

Obviously, a discount on wine isn’t a good enough reason to buy equity in a company alone, but I think WVVI is at least worth a look for investors interested in this benefit and increasing their domestic small-cap exposure.

Conclusion

As always I look forward to your feedback. I’m sure that I’ve missed a company or two that also offered generous benefits outside of the typical realm of dividends and buybacks. I’d certainly appreciate any feedback and suggestions for stocks to add to this list for next year. Best wishes all!

Disclosure: I am/we are long BRK.B, MMM, KMB.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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Best Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now

George Adams, President, and CEO of Ventripoint Diagnostics Ltd (OTCMKTS:VPTDF), that created an imaging system used in cardiology means that saying he puts his heart and soul into his work as a scientist would just be a corny wordplay, but there it is.

When Health Canada approved his imaging tool earlier this year, stock in his company suddenly jumped 600 percent from 10 cents to 69 cents.

The speed with which technology has been feeding diagnostic tools over two decades has been breathtaking. As boomers get older, these kinds of tools are in high demand, particularly in countries where healthcare is increasingly being made available to more people.

In tandem, investments in new innovative tools targeting health care have been good opportunities to get in on something new on the ground floor, but as with most investments, deep analysis and research are the key to success, both in the sector and investing in it.

Best Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Advantage Lithium Corp. (AVLIF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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].

Best Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Microchip Technology Incorporated(MCHP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Microchip Technology (MCHP) sunk to the bottom of the S&P 500 today as semiconductor stocks got clobbered.

    Getty Images

    Shares of Microchip Technology tumbled 7.5% to $61.23 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.4% to 2,191.08. The SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (XSD) fell 4.8% to $52.29, while the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) dropped 4.8% to $67.68.

    Today’s slaughter comes two days after Microchip Technology narrowed its third-quarter guidance. Stifel’s Kevin Cassidy and team had the details:

    Microchip upwardly revised its December ending quarter…Non-GAAP EPS guidance was updated to $0.87 – $0.94 compared to $0.85 – $0.95 previously…The According to management, the upside is coming from better than expected integration of recent acquisitions. Management pointed out that significant gross margin improvements may be recognized as the inventory of higher cost products from the now closed Micrel fab is depleted. We have revised our revenue and non-GAAP earnings estimates and increased our 12-month target price to $70.

    Microchip Technology’s market capitalization fell to $13.2 billion from $14.3 billion yesterday. It report net income of $324 million on sales of $2.2 billion in fiscal 2016.

     

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    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.

Best Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Carnival Corporation(CCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) fiscal fourth-quarter results are scheduled for Tuesday morning. The consensus estimates are calling for $0.51 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.15 billion in revenue. The shares were last seen trading at $65.95. The consensus price target is $72.98, and the 52-week trading range is $50.77 to $69.89.

  • [By Diane Alter]

    At $28.66, SNE shares were up 0.28% in morning trading.

    CES Companies to Watch, No. 3: Carnival (NYSE: CCL)

    Carnival Cruise Line (NYSE: CCL) announced Wednesday at CES 2017 that it will give passengers on board its ships high-tech wearable wristbands – which can also be worn as a pendant or necklace. The device can be used to unlock their room, purchase food, and to pay toplay games such as blackjack.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    How about individual stories? Tuesday I was pleasantly surprised by the commentary on both the Darden (DRI) and Carnival (CCL) calls. Weekend dining and lunch were very strong for Darden, parent of Olive Garden, even though CEO Gene Lee acknowledged that it’s competing against “new necessities today, whether smartphones, whether it’s your cable bill, your Netflix bill. I mean, they have increased significantly over the years.” Hmm, is there any wonder why takeout pizza is so strong? Makes me want to buy both Darden and Domino’s (DPZ) .

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) reported solid earnings on Tuesday and ultimately closed the day out higher, winning the admiration of a few analysts. Deutsche Bank raised its price target to $70 from $61. Stifel raised its price target slightly to $80 from $79, and SunTrust Robinson Humphreyraised its target to $84 from $72. Wedbush also raised its price target, to $71 from $65. Shares of Carnival traded on Wednesday at $68.22, with a consensus analyst price target of $74.08 and a 52-week trading range of $51.70 to $69.89.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s not to say the consumer never leaves the house, but when they do, they shop for their homes at Home Depot (HD) and Home Goods, the TJX Stores (TJX) chain that’s knocking it out of the park. The consumer is also visiting theme parks like Six Flags (SIX) and Walt Disney (DIS) and they’re also going on Carnival Cruises (CCL) .

stock market share prices

Most people are aware that gold doesn’t tarnish, corrode or rust. That applies to pure gold because it does not easily combine with oxygen. The pure metal is also too soft to be used in jewelry, so it is mixed with other metals. Unfortunately, writing articles that recommend gold mining companies, even as a speculative play, can tarnish the author’s reputation and be corrosive to one’s portfolio.

Just over a month ago I recommended one such company, Golden Star Resources (NYSEMKT:GSS). The company would be reporting Q1 results in just over a week, and I was expecting a positive report. The stock had closed that day at $0.7125 and I wrote:

Will Golden Star be able to deliver on its projections? Probably, and I would not be surprised to see the company exceed its guidance on production and costs. But even if management delivers, the unknown for investors is the future price of gold. …

…I would be happy to see [the price of gold] remain where it is, and if that occurs, an investment in Golden Star could easily double in the next two years.

stock market share prices: Patheon Holdings Co枚peratief U.A. (PTHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    In the parched terrain just south of the United States border, the prices of food and other necessities follow the dollar, whose value has been climbing: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    Industrial Production (MoM) for Feb 0.00% vs 0.20% consensus estimate; Manufacturing Outputs (MoM) for Feb 0.50% vs 0.40% consensus estimate.
    The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index for March is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The index of leading economic indicators for February will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week is schedule for release at 1:00 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    Wunderlich upgraded Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE) from Hold to Buy
    FBR Capital upgraded L Brands (NYSE: LB) from Market Perform to Outperform
    Morgan Stanley upgraded Dean Foods (NYSE: DF) from Neutral to Overweight
    Baird downgraded Patheon (NYSE: PTHN) from Outperform to Neutral
    Citigroup downgraded SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE: SEAS) from Neutral to Sell
    Goldman Sachs downgraded Macerich (NYSE: MAC) from Neutral to Sell

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here or email minutes@benzinga.com.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) announced plans to acquire Patheon NV (NYSE: PTHN) for $35 per share in cash.

    The deal is projected to complete by the end of 2017.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Patheon N.V. (NYSE: PTHN) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform and the price target was cut to $28 from $34 (versus a $27.72 close, after an 11.7% drop) at Robert W. Baird. Patheon also was downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc Capital Markets.

stock market share prices: Carnival Corporation(CCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK)shareholders have to be feeling pretty good these days. The stock hit yet another new high on Friday, and the stock is trading 13% higher so far in 2017.It’s been smooth sailing so far this year, but the first big test comes on Tuesday morning when the world’s largest cruise line operator reports financial results for its fiscal first quarter.

  • [By Diane Alter]

    At $28.66, SNE shares were up 0.28% in morning trading.

    CES Companies to Watch, No. 3: Carnival (NYSE: CCL)

    Carnival Cruise Line (NYSE: CCL) announced Wednesday at CES 2017 that it will give passengers on board its ships high-tech wearable wristbands – which can also be worn as a pendant or necklace. The device can be used to unlock their room, purchase food, and to pay toplay games such as blackjack.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) fiscal fourth-quarter results are scheduled for Tuesday morning. The consensus estimates are calling for $0.51 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.15 billion in revenue. The shares were last seen trading at $65.95. The consensus price target is $72.98, and the 52-week trading range is $50.77 to $69.89.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    How about individual stories? Tuesday I was pleasantly surprised by the commentary on both the Darden (DRI) and Carnival (CCL) calls. Weekend dining and lunch were very strong for Darden, parent of Olive Garden, even though CEO Gene Lee acknowledged that it’s competing against “new necessities today, whether smartphones, whether it’s your cable bill, your Netflix bill. I mean, they have increased significantly over the years.” Hmm, is there any wonder why takeout pizza is so strong? Makes me want to buy both Darden and Domino’s (DPZ) .

stock market share prices: Treehouse Foods, Inc.(THS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Treehouse Foods (THS) , TG Therapeutics (TGTX) , Kinder Morgan (KMI) , Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) , Chesapeake Energy (CHK) and Arconic (ARNC) .

stock market share prices: Cubic Corporation(CUB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    In actuality, we think the reverse is true for several reasons. We believe that there is a higher level of investor neglect in the small cap space, and neglect, in an investment sense, creates valuation discounts from fair value. Small cap names are less well-known and understood. For example, most of you have never heard of Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB), but you have likely used the public transportation systems in New York, London, Sydney, etc. that rely on Cubic for fare collection services. Likewise, Multi-Color is a confusing name for the second largest label maker in the world. To understand these businesses, investors need to dig a little deeper with active fundamental research – a Third Avenue strength.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) shares were also up, gaining 15 percent to $61.45. Cubic reported Q4 net income of $13.2 million, after posting a loss in the year-ago period. Cubic also disclosed that it has been selected for contract from Boston MBTA to deliver next-generation fare payment system.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, small cap Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) had closed up 10.26% with shares rising again in early Monday trading. Cubic Corporation designs, integrates and operates systems, products and services focused in the transportation, defense training and secure communications markets. As the parent company of two major business units,the Companysmission is to increase situational awareness and understanding for customers worldwide. Cubic Transportation Systems is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services to create intelligent travel solutions for public transit authorities and operators whileCubic Global Defense is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems, secure communications and networking and highly specialized support services for military and security forces of the U.S. and allied nations.

stock market share prices: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.(ESIO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) portfolio newsletter has suggestedsmall cap laser-based manufacturing solutions stockElectro Scientific Industries (NASDAQ: ESIO). According tothe Company itself: Its integrated solutions allow industrial designers and process engineers to control the power of laser light to transform materials in ways that differentiate their consumer electronics, wearable devices, semiconductor circuits and high-precision components for market advantage. The Company’s laser-based manufacturing solutions feature the micro-machining industry’s highest precision and speed, and target the lowest total cost of ownership.To put that more into layman terms: Electro Scientific Industries systems enable precise engineering and testing of micron to submicron features in semiconductors, LEDs, multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs), printed circuit boards (PCBs), flex circuits and other high-value components – all of which are vital to our economy.

stock market share prices: Autodesk, Inc.(ADSK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) which traded down about 16% at $109.34. The stocks 52-week range is $68.06 to $130.92. Volume was19.3 million versus the daily average of 1.6 million shares.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Computer-aided drawing specialist Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) gained 21% last year, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    For Thursday, watch for Burlington Stores (BURL) and Kroger (KR) , along with AutoDesk (ADSK) and Marvell Technologies (MRVL) . Cramer would be a buyer of all but Kroger, where he’s waiting for the grocery wars to subside.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    CNBC’s Jim Cramer of “Mad Money” said in the segment of the show called “Lightning Round” that Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) should be bought. He thinks there is nothing wrong with the stock, and he added that piracy, its biggest problem, is being solved.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    CEO of Autodesk Inc (NASDAQ:ADSK) Carl Bass sold 100,000 shares of ADSK on 01/11/2017 at an average price of $79.84 a share. The total sale was $8 million.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    CEO of Autodesk Inc (NASDAQ:ADSK) Carl Bass sold 100,000 shares of ADSK on 01/05/2017 at an average price of $76.94 a share. The total sale was $7.7 million.

good stocks to purchase

Microsoft is vowing to defend its Dreamer employees in court if the government tries to deport them.

Brad Smith, the company president, said in a blog post Tuesday that President Trump’s decision to end the program known as DACA is “a big step back for our entire country.” The company said it knows of 39 employees covered by the protection.

“If the government seeks to deport any one of them, we will provide and pay for their legal counsel,” he wrote.

Smith said the company will also explore whether it can intervene directly in any such case.

“In short, if Dreamers who are our employees are in court, we will be by their side,” Smith said.

DACA allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to live, work and study in the country without fear of deportation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave Congress six months to act before anyone loses the ability to live in the United States.

Microsoft’s (MSFT, Tech30) Smith said Congress should pass legislation that protects DACA, even before it tackles tax reform.

good stocks to purchase: Tetra Technologies, Inc.(TTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy sector was the top gainer in the US market on Wednesday. Top gainers in the sector included TETRA Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TTI), CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE: CRR), and Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE: ATW).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from TETRA Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TTI) and Abraxas Petroleum Corp. (NASDAQ: AXAS).

good stocks to purchase: CyberArk Software Ltd.(CYBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion before the opening bell. Citigroup shares rose 0.30 percent to $67.22 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) to have earned $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion in the latest quarter. JPMorgan will release earnings before the markets open. JPMorgan shares gained 0.48 percent to $93.55 in after-hours trading.
    Cyberark Software Ltd (NASDAQ: CYBR) lowered its guidance for the second quarter. The company now expects total revenue of $57.0 million to $57.5 million, versus earlier guidance of $61.0 million to $62.0 million. Cyberark shares dipped 17.65 percent to $42.00 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the opening bell, First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million. First Republic Bank shares dropped 0.80 percent to close at $101.35 on Thursday.

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  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    CyberArk Software (NASDAQ:CYBR) reported fourth-quarter financial results on Feb. 9. The Israeli cybersecurity specialist continues to win new business for its “privileged account” security solutions, which help to protect against cyberattacks that use insider privileges to penetrate network perimeters and assault the most sensitive areas of an enterprise’s IT infrastructure.

good stocks to purchase: Carnival Corporation(CCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    How about individual stories? Tuesday I was pleasantly surprised by the commentary on both the Darden (DRI) and Carnival (CCL) calls. Weekend dining and lunch were very strong for Darden, parent of Olive Garden, even though CEO Gene Lee acknowledged that it’s competing against “new necessities today, whether smartphones, whether it’s your cable bill, your Netflix bill. I mean, they have increased significantly over the years.” Hmm, is there any wonder why takeout pizza is so strong? Makes me want to buy both Darden and Domino’s (DPZ) .

  • [By Diane Alter]

    At $28.66, SNE shares were up 0.28% in morning trading.

    CES Companies to Watch, No. 3: Carnival (NYSE: CCL)

    Carnival Cruise Line (NYSE: CCL) announced Wednesday at CES 2017 that it will give passengers on board its ships high-tech wearable wristbands – which can also be worn as a pendant or necklace. The device can be used to unlock their room, purchase food, and to pay toplay games such as blackjack.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s not to say the consumer never leaves the house, but when they do, they shop for their homes at Home Depot (HD) and Home Goods, the TJX Stores (TJX) chain that’s knocking it out of the park. The consumer is also visiting theme parks like Six Flags (SIX) and Walt Disney (DIS) and they’re also going on Carnival Cruises (CCL) .

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK)shareholders have to be feeling pretty good these days. The stock hit yet another new high on Friday, and the stock is trading 13% higher so far in 2017.It’s been smooth sailing so far this year, but the first big test comes on Tuesday morning when the world’s largest cruise line operator reports financial results for its fiscal first quarter.

good stocks to purchase: New York Community Bancorp, Inc.(NYCB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New York Community Bank Inc. (NYSE: NYCB) dropped 5% Wednesday to post a new low of $13.05 after closing at $13.74 Tuesday night. The stock’s 52-week high is $17.68. Volume was about 80% above the daily average of around 4.8 million shares. The bank reported disappointing results this morning.

good stocks to purchase: Occidental Petroleum Corporation(OXY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Occidental Petroleum Corp.s (NYSE: OXY) short interest increased to 16.11 million shares from the previous reading of 15.70 million. Shares were recently at $62.83, in a 52-week range of $61.01 to $78.48.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We have seen several dividend cuts in the recent past, including Anadarko Petroleum cutting its dividend by 81%…and we expect more companies to follow suit. Chesapeake Energy (CHK), ConocoPhillips (COP), Encana,Marathon Oil and Noble Energy (NBL) are among energy companies that have also cut dividends in the past 12 months, but dividend requirements even after several cuts will consume ~26% of 2016 estimated cash flow at current dividend rates (15% excluding Occidental Petroleum (OXY)) for the large cap E&Ps we cover. We believe most of the companies with a dividend yield of more than 1.5% should consider cutting the dividend and find the following companies more likely than not to reduce dividends:Apache (2.5% yield),Devon Energy (4%),Encana (1.5%) andMarathon Oil (2.5%). We believe Canadian Natural Resource (CNQ) (3.0%) is likely to maintain its dividend while Occidental (4.5%) has the financial strength to maintain or even increase the dividend…

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Occidental Petroleum Corp.s (NYSE: OXY) short interest increased to 17.60 million shares from the previous reading of 15.53 million. Shares closed most recently at $66.90, in a 52-week range of $58.24 to $78.48.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) dropped about 1.6% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $64.19 after closing at $65.25 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $78.48. Volume was about 15% below the daily average of around 4.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Early on Monday, analysts at Deutsche Bank lowered their price target on Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY) to reflect a lower-than-expected valuation of an asset that the oil and gas exploration company is trying to sell.

    Though the analysts lowered OXY’s price target from $114 to $109, they still maintain a “Buy” rating on the stock. The new price target suggests a 22% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $89.49.

    Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Sankey said, “Bloomberg Finance LP reports that Oxy is seeking sale of 40% of Mideast operations for around $8bn, which would imply $20bn total value for the unit. However reportedly some suitors are valuing the asset at around $15bn. This is a relatively negative valuation against our previous view that Oxy would be seeking $25+bn for its MENA business. We are cutting our price target to $109/share to reflect this lower implied valuation.”

    Occidental Petroleum shares were up 96 cents, or 1.07%, during pre-market trading on Monday. The stock is up 16.81% year-to-date.

good stocks to purchase: Mallinckrodt plc(MNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Mallinckrodt (MNK) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today as weakness that began last month even before its fourth-quarter earnings continued into year end.

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    Mallinckrodtdropped 2.7% to $51.77 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to 2,268.88.

    Mallinckrodt was the biggest loser in the S&P 500 for two consecutive days in mid-November, and again after reporting its earnings.

    Mallinckrodt’s market capitalization fell to $5.5 billion today from $5.6 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $489 million on sales of $3.38 billion in fiscal 2016.

    Mallinckrodt has dropped 31% so far this year.

  • [By Johanna Bennett]

    Sell-side analysts continue to defend drug maker Mallinckrodts (MNK) shares on the heel of Citron Researchs report on the company released last week.

    Earlier today, UBS analyst Marc Goodman and his team weighed into the fray, proclaiming that a misunderstood situation creates opportunity.

    Goodman, who rates Mallinckrodt at a buy with a $92 price target, argues that Mallinckrodt is a different breed from other specialty drug makers, with high-quality earnings, sales growth fueled by volume not price hikes and an emerging pipeline we think is not just underappreciated but really not even part of the conversation with most investors.

    Also, he argues that Mallinckrodt continues to be misunderstood by investors.

    Goodman goes into goes into more detail:

    we were surprised this past week by the debate around Acthar’s Medicare exposure (~30% or ~40%), which in our view has little relevance to the overall MNK story. The key debate since the Questcor deal has been Acthar payer coverage and concerns for more barriers andor coverage blocks by the payers. There was reason for concern just 2 years ago, in our view, as several important payers increased barriers. But mgt’s aggressive focus on enhancing clinical and health-economics data to help support better coverage seems to be working and has resulted in improved coverage, which we believe is still not well appreciated.

    Mallinckrodt shares continue to climb today, rising 4.8% to a recent $57.20.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Mallinckrodt plc (NYSE: MNK) dropped 39% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $19.01 after closing at $31.18 on Monday. The 52-week high is $68.12. Volume was around 32 million, about 16 times the daily average of about 2 million. The generic drug maker missed analysts revenue estimate.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Although 2016 wasn’t exactly the greatest year for healthcare stocks in general, there really aren’t very many true bargains to be found in the industry. However, three healthcare stocks do appear to be priced well below what they’re worth. Here’s why Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD), Lantheus Holdings (NASDAQ:LNTH), and Mallinckrodt (NYSE:MNK) look to be ridiculously cheap right now.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Mallinckrodt (MNK) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after Citron Research accused the company of fraud.

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    Mallinckrodt tumbled 12% to $59.60 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,176.94.

    Leerink’s Jason Gerberry and Etzer Darout explain the allegations:

    Mallinckrodtshares are down -7-8% based on a short report citing CMS dashboard data which call into question Acthar Gel sales derived from government sources (CMS; Medicaid & Medicare). The report appears to overstate Acthar CMS sales as a percent of total product sales, as the methodology utilized by CMS drug spending dashboard for Medicare spend is based on gross sales, not net., although it’s unclear to what extent Acthar CMS sales are overstated.

    The report suggestsMallinckrodt mgmt understated combined Medicaid/Medicare sales on an investor call, saying it was about a little bit higher than a quarter of the business vs. gross sales on CMS dashboard implying sales were 61% of total Acthar net revenue (an apples to oranges comparison). We dont know the exact net sales of Acthar to Medicare/Medicaid, but we believe it is safe to assume Medicaid, after CPI price penalties had high discounts/rebates and assuming an 80% gross-to-net ratio on the Medicare book ($504m gross) suggests Acthar net sales would be closer to 38-45% range vs. the 61% figure cited in the short-report. Why this may matter Acthar Gel is an old product lacking good randomized, controlled data consistent with most products approved in the modern era. The report appears to be an attempt to call into question whether the government should be paying Acthars average $80-100k net price/patient/year by calling to this to the attention of government figures who have been targeting excessive drug pricing issues. This type of issue became a major headache for Mylan (MYL) investors recently with EpiPen.Mallinckrodt is presenting at a compe