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Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018

March 20, 2017: Markets opened slightly lower Monday and traded close to the break-even line all day. Leading indicators and consumer sentiment readings were both strong. Only the materials sector traded high late in the afternoon while energy and utilities were the laggards. The blue chips were performing best. WTI crude oil for April delivery settled at $48.22 a barrel, down 1.2% on the day. April gold added 0.3% on the day to settle at $1,234.00. Equities were headed for a mixed close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded up 0.03% for the day, the S&P 500 traded down 0.14%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.02%.

Stocks traded very near the break-even line just minutes before the closing bell. The closing tally could finish with either a small gain or a small loss for any or all of the indexes.

The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Monday was Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) which traded up 2.66% at $95.38. The stock’s 52-week range is $69.04 to $99.46. Volume was roughly 15% below the daily average of around 5 million shares. The company reported a 1% decline in February retail sales this morning, the best year-over-year mark in more than 4 years.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sears Holdings Corporation(SHLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cooper Creagan]

    On Sept. 1, Keith saw a red X on his charts, indicating that Sears Holding Corp. (NYSE: SHLD) was headed for yet another round of misery. Later that month, he recommended a put option on the struggling retailer.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this segment ofIndustry Focus: Consumer Goods, analyst Vincent Shen and contributor Adam Levine-Weinberg turn their attention to several recent initiatives that could help stabilize sales at department stores. They also dig into J.C. Penney’s strategy for profiting from the potential demise of Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD).

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    These trends have already forced nearly a dozen retailers to file for bankruptcy this year — and it’s only April. Among the most troubled retailers, Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) stands out as by far the largest. If Sears were to go bankrupt, it could have far-reaching consequences. However, while Sears is probably doomed, it is likely to limp on for a couple more years.

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) — the parent company of Sears and Kmart — may not survive the year, with these once iconic retailers besieged by a poisonous combination of plunging sales, massive losses, and dwindling cash reserves. CEO Eddie Lampert has turned to creative financing deals and fire sales of most of Sears’ best assets to raise the capital needed to fund the company’s operations, but even these drastic measures are likely to only delay Sears’ seemingly inevitable demise.

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    The CEO wanted to make it clear that while it’s closing stores, J.C. Penney remains committed to having brick-and-mortar locations. He also seemed to want to distance the company from rival Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD), which has been cutting stores quickly, with seemingly no end in sight.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Despite the heady picture, Whirlpool’s stock trades at just 10 times next year’s earnings estimates, which analyst consensus forecasts place at around $17.60 per share, a 12% rise year over year. Perhaps weighing on the outlook is the potential for Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) to go bankrupt, which would be a loss of a major distribution channel for the owner of Whirlpool, Maytag, and Amana appliances.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sharp Corp (SHCAF)

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    The company is partnering with Chinese company OXi Technology (in which it also made a strategic investment) for developing fingerprint sensor under glass and in the bezel of smartphones. Its fingerprint sensor business received a boost from the Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) S8 and S8+ design wins (as well as Sharp’s (OTCPK:SHCAF) Aquos R and ZTE ZMax Pro).

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation(FDML)

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  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Mario Gabelli on Monday gained the upper hand in his battle to force Carl Icahn to sweeten his offer for a car-parts manufacturer. Icahn, who owns 82 percent of Federal-Mogul (NASDAQ: FDML), offered $9.25 a share for the remaining stake but fell way short after Gamco Investors boss Gabelli — who has a leading stake in Federal-Mogul — pressed for a higher price.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Bank of Nova Scotia (The)(BNS)

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Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: CDI Corporation(CDI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) got a boost, shooting up 32 percent to $8.20 as the company agreed to be acquired by AE Industrial Partners for $8.25 per share in cash.

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March 20, 2017: Here are four stocks trading with relatively heavy volume among 72 equities making new 52-week lows in Monday’s session. On the NYSE, decliners led advancers by about 4 to 3 and on the Nasdaq decliners led advancers by nearly the same margin.

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) posted a new 52-week low of $1.23 on Monday, down about 26% compared with Friday’s closing price of $167. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 25 million shares. The shipping firm completed a $200 million secondary offering last Friday, further diluting existing shareholders. The company also said last week that it will pay a fourth-quarter 2016 dividend of $0.017412

J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (NYSE: JCP) dropped about 3.7% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $5.77 after closing at $5.99 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $11.73. Volume was about a third below the daily average of around 21 million shares. The company had no specific news to add to its announcement Friday that it would close 138 stores.

best way to invest: CDI Corporation(CDI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) got a boost, shooting up 32 percent to $8.20 as the company agreed to be acquired by AE Industrial Partners for $8.25 per share in cash.

best way to invest: Actuant Corporation(ATU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $267.64 million.

    Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $4.50 billion.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $267.64 million. Actuant shares dropped 3.73 percent to close at $22.98 yesterday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

best way to invest: Terra Nitrogen Company L.P.(TNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Robert Rapier] While the MLP space is dominated by the oil and gas sector, in last week’s article we began to explore some of the more exotic master limited partnership offerings. This week we continue our exploration of nontraditional MLPs by looking at the partnerships supplying fertilizer.

    Rentech (Nasdaq: RTK) has been around for more than a decade, and it has shifted strategies several times. Full disclosure: Rentech’s Chief Technology Officer Harold Wright is a former manager of mine when we were both at ConocoPhillips, and I have visited Rentech’s facility in Commerce City, Colorado.

    For most of Rentech’s existence, the company has sought to commercialize alternative fuels. At one time it had ambitions to build a large coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant, but federal legislation ultimately nudged it instead into the biomass-to-liquids (BTL) space. The company did build a BTL demonstration plant, but ultimately shut it down and has now refocused its efforts on becoming “one of the largest wood processing companies in the world.”

    During its interesting journey as a company, Rentech acquired two ammonia nitrogen fertilizer facilities, which turned out to be a profit center that funded the alternative energy research. In November 2011, Rentech spun off this fertilizer business into an MLP called Rentech Nitrogen Partners LP (NYSE: RNF).

    In the months leading to the spin-off, RTK’s market capitalization was about $200 million. Rentech maintained 60 percent ownership of RNF, and three months after the spin-off RTK’s market cap had risen to $400 million, while investors had bid RNF up to $1 billion. Interestingly, RTK’s share of RNF was worth more than RTK’s entire market cap, a situation that persists. The market currently values Rentech at $482 million, while the valuation of Rentech Nitrogen Partners makes RTK’s 60 percent stake in RNF worth slightly more than $600 million — another illu

best way to invest: Newell Rubbermaid Inc.(NWL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) which traded downover 3% at $47.10. The stocks 52-week range is $43.43 to $55.08. Volume was nearly 17 million versus the daily average of 3.3 million shares.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) dropped about 1.2% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $40.89 after closing Friday at $41.39. The 52-week high is $55.08. Volume of around 3.6 million shares traded was about equal to the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    Despite reaching a high of $62, a level it hasn't reached since the 2008 financial crisis, Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) was a net sell during May. Consumer goods company Newell Brands Inc (NYSE: NWL) was also net sold despite nearing a 52-week high during the month after spiking on a solid earnings report, a level it has maintained into June.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) dropped about 1.5% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $42.54 after closing Friday at $43.20. The 52-week high is $55.08. Volume of around 3.5 million shares traded was about 10% above the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NWL) announced on Wednesday that it has finalized the sale of its Hardware business.

    The sale, which was first reported on August 9, was completed on Wednesday. Nova Capital has acquired NWL’s Hardware business which includes the Amerock, Ashland, Bulldog and Shur-Line brands.

    NWL will receive approximately $175 million in after-tax proceeds from the sale.

    Newell Rubbermaid shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Wednesday. The stock has increased 18% YTD.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018

Its time once again to load up the truck on Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX). The reason I say once again is because the obvious, or not so obvious time was when Freeport was trading well down into the single digits two years ago. At that time, the company was under significant stress, with an overextended balance sheet and a bond market pricing in real fears of solvency. Nearly all of those issues are behind the company today and long-term projections are very bullish thanks to continued growing global GDP and the coming exponential growth of electric vehicles and green energy.

Issues In Grasberg Should Finally Be Resolved Next Year

The news was released this week that the Indonesian government is interested in buying Rio Tintos (NYSE:RIO) stake in the Grasberg mine, and plans to do so sometime next year. This relieves Freeport from needing to sell such a large stake in the mine. Oddly, the news was not met with a positive reaction. However, this could be partially explained by a sizable decline in the price of copper that same day. Regardless, for myself, and I assume for many other investors, the news is positive as it allows the Indonesian government to acquire their 51% stake in the Grasberg mine while allowing Freeport to retain a more meaningful stake than what investors had feared. At the very least, the fact that this uncertainty is resolving itself after years of hanging over the stock should be viewed as a net positive.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Xerox Corporation(XRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Xerox Corp. (NYSE: XRX) dropped about 23% on Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $6.46 after closing at $8.73 on Friday. The dip was the result of the company’s completed separation into two firms this morning. After the early drop shares had gained around 17% by late afternoon, probably on the strength of a cash payment of $1.8 billion.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was Xerox Corp. (NYSE: XRX) which rose 3.8% to $30.56. The stocks 52-week range is $22.90 to $30.76. Volume was 3.8 million compared to its average volume of 2.3 million.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: CDI Corporation(CDI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) got a boost, shooting up 32 percent to $8.20 as the company agreed to be acquired by AE Industrial Partners for $8.25 per share in cash.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: UNIVERSAL INSURANCE HOLDINGS INC(UVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap Florida insurance stock Universal Insurance Holdings (NYSE: UVE) has taken a hit with shares downalmost 17%over the past week on predictions that Hurricane Irma would hit Florida albeit sharesrose 8.51%on Friday when it became clear that it would not be as catastrophic as feared:

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Koppers Holdings Inc.(KOP)

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE: KOP) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $364.50 million.

    DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc (NASDAQ: XRAY) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.63 per share on revenue of $734.75 million.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Viacom Inc.(VIA)

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  • [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 Keith Noonan]

    While 2016 played host to a range of films that underperformed, the biggest flops belonged to Disney (NYSE:DIS), Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) (NASDAQ:VIAB) and Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE:LGF.A). Click through the presentation below to get the details on the year’s five biggest film flops and to learn what last year’s movie misfires mean for the companies involved.

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Google posted a rare profit decline on Monday as it absorbed the cost of a record antitrust fine.

Alphabet (GOOGL, Tech30), the parent company of Google, reported a net income of $3.5 billion for the three months ending in June, down from about $4.9 billion in the same quarter a year earlier.

The dip was the result of the European Union slapping Google with a record $2.7 billion antitrust fine last month. The European Commission said Google used its search engine to unfairly steer consumers to its own shopping platform.

Google previously said it would report the fine as a charge on its earning report even as it weighs filing an appeal. Google was given 90 days to change its behavior or face additional penalties.

“We’re still early in our analysis of the decision and the right next steps,” Ruth Porat, Google’s CFO, said on a conference call about the earnings report.

The EU is also pursuing antitrust investigations over Google’s AdSense advertising service and Android operating system.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CDI Corporation(CDI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) got a boost, shooting up 32 percent to $8.20 as the company agreed to be acquired by AE Industrial Partners for $8.25 per share in cash.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: FEI Company(FEIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    FEI Company (NASDAQ: FEIC) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $108.00 as the company agreed to be acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) for $4.2 billion.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Vuzix Corporation(VUZI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Patalon III]

    Vuzix Corp. (Nasdaq: VUZI) – the “augmented reality” company whose shares more than doubled following our September 2015 recommendation – said that its new “smart glasses” were just honored with a “Wearable Device of the Year” award.

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    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
  • [By James E. Brumley]

    While the economy’s natural — and recurring — cycles favor different kinds of stocks at different times, not every great trend is necessarily a cyclical one. Sometimes, a trend is rooted in a technological development that changes cultural norms. The advent of the smartphone, for example, has made constant connectivity to the world around part of how we live our daily lives.

    These mega-trends present tremendous opportunities for investors too, provided they’re savvy enough to see them coming and play them the right way.

    One such mega-trend newly underway right now is the proliferation of wearables… devices that meld clothing (often a wrist-worn device) and technology to perform a function that couldn’t be performed otherwise. Much of the same technology that made the smartphone possible are now ushering in wearables.

    It’s not been a smooth beginning. however.

    While the buzz was strong and expectations reached a peak two years ago when Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) was all the rage and in the wake of its IPO, the company’s growth wasn’t to be sustained. The company is struggling to muster any growth now, and FIT shares have fallen to a tenth of their value seen in late-2015, when the euphoria was strongest.

    Fitbit’s slowdown has been mirrored by other companies in the space. The wearables market only grew 3.1% in Q3 of 2016.

    On the flipside, while the debacle of Fitbit — the wearable industry’s iconic company — has been a painful, it’s also been a learning experience. And, it’s not as if the slowdown is unfurling without the wearables market never reaching a respectable size. International Data Corporation estimates were 23 million ‘wearables’ delivered in the third quarter of last year alone.

    Moreover, the fizzling of the market hasn’t turned into a reason to swear off wearables as an investment opportunity… quite the opposite, actually. It’s just now become considerably clearer what consumers want an

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sina Corporation(SINA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares ofSINA Corporation(NASDAQ:SINA)rose 25.8% in 2016,according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, following a pair of stronger-than-expected quarterly reports from the Chinese internet leader in the second half.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    SINA Corp (NASDAQ: SINA), which has a stake in Weibo, also tumbled.

    Weibo confirmed that the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China or SAPPRFT has ordered local authorities to take measures to suspend audio and video services of some internet companies.

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    It was quickly followed by two other Chinese social media sites: SINA Corp (NASDAQ: SINA) and Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: MOMO).

    Weibo Responds

    Weibo issued a press release later in the day saying it would cooperate with the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: ServiceNow, Inc.(NOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    You’d be hard pressed to find a quieter tech leader than ServiceNow Inc. (NYSE: NOW).

    That’s likely because hardly anyone pays attention to IT services companies besides their customers. After all, the digital “plumbing” found in corporate campuses and skyscrapers is not as exciting as artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies… or flying cars.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    ServiceNow Inc. (NYSE: NOW) had a director at the enterprise cloud-based solutions provider selling stock last week. Frederic Luddy sold a total of 101,500 sharesat $76.84 apiece. The total for the sale was $7,799,376. The consensus price target is $93.41, and shares were trading last Friday at $76.02.