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Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now

Since 2014 Hershey (NYSE:HSY) has been struggling a lot with its foreign operations. This has been due to the facts that the general business environment has been rather weak in foreign countries where Hershey is operating, that a strong dollar has hurt the sales and especially that the Chinese market has proved to be much more difficult than expected.

One other thing that I am even more worried about is the way the current management at Hershey is using adjusted earnings in its earnings releases. I do not know about the rest of the investors, but at least for me, when management is constantly talking about adjusted earnings instead of actual earnings, it is a warning sign. I can fully understand one-time business costs, such as transactions costs related to a major acquisition. In that type of a situation it is perfectly fine to use adjusted earnings because they give more visibility about the true earnings power of a company. However, when a company starts to constantly categorize regular annual costs as one-time costs, like Hershey is doing with business realignment costs, you should be very worried. In the case of Hershey, I would consider the business realignment costs as regular costs as they have been there for several years. This is a bit like when Warren Buffett is recommending that investors walk away if management is constantly referring to EBIT figures.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Conn's, Inc.(CONN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Monday’s regular session.

    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) Dec16 5.0 Puts Sweep: 1191 @ ASK $0.80: 1354 traded vs 102 OI: $5.32 Ref
    Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) Jul16 9.5 Puts Sweep: 1494 @ ASK $0.13: 14k traded vs 6682 OI: $10.09 Ref
    Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SRPT) Jul16 10.0 Puts: 3536 @ ASK $0.50: 5506 traded vs 54k OI: Earnings 8/4 $22.50 Ref
    Tableau Software Inc (NYSE: DATA) Jul16 47.5 Puts Sweep: 837 @ ASK $0.30: 995 traded vs 37 OI: Earnings 8/3 $50.60 Ref
    Yandex NV (NASDAQ: YNDX) Aug16 18.0 Puts Sweep: 532 @ ASK $0.30: 2143 traded vs 78 OI: Earnings 7/28 Before Open $22.02 Ref
    Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) Aug16 22.5 Puts: 719 @ ASK $1.35: 1032 traded vs 0 OI: Earnings 7/19 $22.22 Ref
    Conn's Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) Jan17 5.0 Puts Sweep: 605 @ ASK $0.85: 1355 traded vs 3132 OI: $7.16 Ref

    Posted-In: Huge Put PurchasesNews Options Markets

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Conn's Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN).

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (CBIO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here is a list of the top 10 best small-cap stocks based on price gains per share so far in 2017:

    Company (Ticker)Price per Share% Change AquaBounty Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AQB)$14.338,646.99%Rennova Health Inc. (Nasdaq: RNVA)$3.133,333.73%China Gengsheng Minerals Inc. (OTCMKTS: CHGS)$0.021,718.18%Sunshine Heart Inc. (Nasdaq: SSH)$3.851,071.43%CTI BioPharma Corp. (Nasdaq: CTIC)$4.30991.76%Catalyst Biosciences Inc. (Nasdaq: CBIO)$6.22853.85%TearLab Corp. (Nasdaq: TEAR)$4.20707.85%Pulmatrix Inc. (Nasdaq: PULM)$3.86566.10%Real Goods Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: RGSE)$1.43498.75%Calithera Biosciences Inc. (Nasdaq: CALA)$11.70281.54%

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Catalyst Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CBIO) were down around 27 percent to $5.36. Catalyst Biosciences reported the pricing of $18 million offering of Class A units at $5 per unit

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gainers

    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NYSE: PXS) rose 47.48 percent to $$5.56, after the company announced it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with a group of investors, which will result in gross proceeds of $4.8 million.
    Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) rose 22.77 percent to $6.88. Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) announced plans to buy Sigma Designs for $7.05 per share in cash.
    Steadymed Ltd (NASDAQ: STDY) rose 19.35 percent to $3.70, after the company reported that no clinical trials were required for Trevyent and that the FDA had agreed to the pathway for the drug candidate's NDA resubmission.
    Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) rose 15.73 percent to $7.06. Earlier in the week, Zacks Investment Research had upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold".
    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) rose 13.71 percent to $85.77 as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) rose 12.41 percent to $6.07, after having risen sharply in pre-marketing trading.
    Radius Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS) rose 12.41 percent to $30.81 after the company provided an update on data from the Phase 1 005 clinical study of elacestrant in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer during the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
    ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 12.32 percent to $25.80 after the company reported its third quarter financial results.
    Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) rose 11.36 percent to $3.43, as the company announced a research collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to study the ability of movement disorders compound, PBT434 to slow or prevent neurodegeneration of the gastrointestinal system.
    Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBIO) rose 10.49 percent to $7.90 as the company announced the appointment of Arwa Shurrab and Jamie Ellen Siegel in its clinical hemophilia

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Meritage Corporation(MTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Hall]

    WhenMeritage Homes Corp(NYSE:MTH) last reported earnings to wrap up fiscal 2016, it left investors with reason to be concerned. The company finished the year with strong 15% home-closing revenue growth in the fourth quarter, 19% home-closing revenue growth for the full year, and a 15% jump in earnings per share for the year. Unfortunately, the homebuilder reported that its unit sales, and that its backlog of homes on order, were down from the year-ago period in the fourth quarter — not a positive metric considering the general strength of the new homes market and the company’s success in expanding and growing in recent years.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Southern Company (The)(SO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Natural gas just claimed another victory over clean coal, as Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) announced on June 28 it’s converting its failed $7.1 billion clean coal power plant into a natural gas-fired facility.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) traded down about 1.9% Thursday and posted a new 52-week low of $45.08 after closing Wednesday at $45.96. The 52-week high is $53.51. Volume was about 5.4 million, about 15% above the daily average of around 4.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) traded down about 2.9% Wednesday and posted a new 52-week low of $45.81 after closing Tuesday at $47.20. The 52-week high is $53.51. Volume was about 5.5 million, about 15% above the daily average of around 4.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

  • [By ]

    Under a single-payer system, healthcare becomes a regulated utility much like electricity with just a few large, best-in-class players. Athenahealth (Nasdaq: ATHN) could combine with Walgreen Boots Alliance (NYSE: WBA). Maybe each monolith will cover a specific region like Southern Company (NYSE: SO) and Consolidated Edison (NYSE: ED).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) traded down about 1.7% Friday and posted a new 52-week low of $44.46 after closing Thursday at $45.25. The 52-week high is $53.51. Volume was over 6 million, about 20% above the daily average of around 4.8 million shares. The company was dropped from Neutral to Sell at Goldman Sachs on Thursday.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation(WAB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (WAB) scores highly based on my Warren Buffett-based model, which is based on the book Buffettology, and also the Peter Lynch-inspired approach that uses the method outlined by Lynch in One Up on Wall Street.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Coherus BioSciences, Inc.(CHRS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB) shares rose 18.4 percent to $68.65 in pre-market trading as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) shares rose 9.5 percent to $111.60 in the pre-market trading session after the company posted better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter. The company also disclosed that it has retained Morgan Stanley to evaluate potential alternatives for Qdoba.
    Coherus Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CHRS) rose 9.8 percent to $24.20 in pre-market trading. Coherus BioSciences disclosed that it prevailed in ‘135 IPR decision.
    Qiwi PLC (NASDAQ: QIWI) rose 8.1 percent to $21.49 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly results.
    Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE: KEP) shares rose 7.9 percent to $20.00 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.33 percent on Tuesday
    Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) shares rose 7.5 percent to $58.60 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    AngloGold Ashanti Limited (ADR) (NYSE: AU) rose 4.3 percent to $11.71 in pre-market trading after falling 0.09 percent on Tuesday.
    Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL) rose 4.1 percent to $74.53 in pre-market trading after the NY Post reported that the company might be up for sale for $100 per share.
    Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY) rose 4 percent to $2.35 in pre-market trading after declining 1.74 percent on Tuesday.
    Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE: CLB) rose 3.6 percent to $109.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.39 percent on Tuesday.
    Clovis Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: CLVS) rose 3.2 percent to $51.15 in pre-market trading. JP Morgan upgraded Clovis Oncology from Neutral to Overweight.

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Today,Coherus BioSciences (CHRS) lost a patent case with AbbVie (ABBV) that would have allowed for a generic version of Humira. Citigroup’s Andrew Baum and Peter Verdult have the details:

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    The Patent Trial and Appeal Boardjust announced that CHRSs IPR on the 166 Humira formulation patent was not instituted. We remind investors that Amgens IPR on the same 157 and 158 formulation patents were also not instituted. Any at risk launch on a formulation that potentially infringes 166, 157 or 158 would seem unlikely and carries a high risk thatAbbVie would attain a preliminary injunction. It is not clear whether either company could attempt launch with a formulation that does not infringe the patent estate. We note that Sandoz has uniquely not filed any IPR on any biosimilars. Sandoz has not announced the FDA has accepted their filing for their biosimilar adalimumab…We anticipate that the perceived historic relationship of the immunogenicity of Humira as it relates to dose stretching will form a key debate in the ongoing PTAB case…

    Following the decision of the PTAB not to institute CHRS IPR on the 166 Humira formulation patent, we continue to anticipate that first likely launch of biosimilar adalimumab (Humira) in the US will be delayed until 2020, in line with our published forecasts and biosimilar model. We anticipate the open IPR hearings for the 135 dosing patent on Humira (filed by Boehringer and Coherus) to begin in Feb 2017 with the ruling in May. We rateAbbVie a Buy. We continue to prefer BUY rated Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY) among the US names.

    Shares of AbbVie have climbed 5.6% to $59.18 at 3:05 p.m. today, while Coherus BioSciences has tumbled 11% to $25.18,Bristol-Myers Squibb has gained 3% to $52.56, andEli Lilly has risen 1.7% to $73.70.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Coherus Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CHRS) shares shot up 23 percent to $13.70 after the company announced plans to raise up to $150 million in a private placement.

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Stocks have thus far avoided another big down day following yesterday’s collapse, but it still feels like there’s another shoe to drop, doesn’t it?

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So how will we know that the worst is over? Fundstrat technical analyst Robert Sluymer recommends “watching the downside leader, Energy, for evidence of decelerating,” particularly ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX). He explains:

Beyond the obvious defensive relative rotation underway favoring Bond proxies, Staples and Restaurants at the expense of Cyclicals and Financials, we are monitoring Energy closely. Why? Energy, peaked in relative performance terms in December and has since led Cyclicals lower. While it is premature to suggest an improvement is developing for the sector, the list of names making new multi-week relative lows has not expanded during recent market weakness. Although XOM and CVX are the most defensive names in the sector, relative performance is showing early signs of improving, as both names become tactically. Defensive exposure with an offensive option?

stock market: Madison Square Garden Inc.(MSG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Madison Square Garden Co (NYSE: MSG) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.34 per share on revenue of $325.53 million.

    Gogo Inc (NASDAQ: GOGO) is projected to report a quarterly loss at $0.42 per share on revenue of $137.58 million.

  • [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]

    Meanwhile, Mark Boyar, of The Boyar Value Fund, recommends another household name: Madison Square Garden (MSG). He thinks the Dolan family could take the company private.

stock market: Bayer Aktiengesellschaft (BAYRY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    You can torture the data many ways, of course, and there were some pharma price increases in the US, but apparently, they were not especially large. What hurt were discounting, especially for Xarelto, a Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY) oral anticoagulant which JNJ markets in the US; and the diabetes Invokana line.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The Regeneron press release in November for its Q3 2017 financial and operating results reaffirmed Eylea’s full year 2017 U.S. net product sales growth of approximately 10% over 2016, which could be about $1 billion. From our model, we see the Q4 total revenues for Eylea, excluding sales outside the United States from Regeneron’s collaborative partner Bayer AG (OTCPK:BAYRY), of $1.2 billion, or a 17% increase year-on-year. REGN stock has a forward P/E ratio of 21.83 as of December 8, 2017, while the current trailing P/E is 34.57.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Nektar Therapeutics is working with Bayer AG (NASDAQOTH:BAYRY) on an inhaledversion of Amikacin, an anti-bacterial that if successful in trials could be used alongside standard of care to treat gram-negative pneumonia in intubated and mechanically ventilated patients. If it’s eventually approved in the U.S., Nektar Therapeutics will receive a flat 30% royalty on sales. It’s also working with Bayer on an inhaled powder formulation of Cipro that could be used to treat chronic lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients. Top-line phase 3 results on both drugs should be available this year.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    This type of spin-off is not uncommon among German companies, as they streamline their portfolios to focus on the where they have more competitive advantages in the long term. For instance, in the recent past, Siemens (OTCPK:SIEGY) has split out Osram (OTC:OSAGY) and Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY) has performed the spin-off of Covestro (OTCPK:CVXTY), something that Rheinmetall is likely to do in the near future because its auto unit has reached peak margins, and therefore this is the best time to spin-off the business.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Rivaroxaban was initially developed by Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). It later entered an agreement with Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY) to jointly complete the development process in 2005.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    A very risky Phase 3 drug for high cholesterol, anacetrapib, is listed and is in Phase 3; but several others of the class have failed, and there’s little reason to expect a success here (but you never know). Finally, a partnered heart failure drug that is also in Phase 3, vericiguat, is partnered with Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY). This compound failed its primary endpoint in Phase 2. Yet, the partners agreed that there was hope for the highest of the three doses. Thus, I view this drug as a very high risk Phase 3 product. Maybe it will be successful and blockbuster, but it’s no sure thing.

stock market: Conn's, Inc.(CONN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Conn’s Inc. (NASDAQ: CONN) will share its latest quarterly earnings on Thursday. The consensus estimates call for a net loss of $0.07 per share and $413.12 million in revenue. Shares were at $6.84 on Fridays close, in a 52-week range of $6.54 to $34.60. The consensus price target is $13.17.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Conn's Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) shares were also up, gaining 32 percent to $11.18 after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Monday’s regular session.

    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) Dec16 5.0 Puts Sweep: 1191 @ ASK $0.80: 1354 traded vs 102 OI: $5.32 Ref
    Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) Jul16 9.5 Puts Sweep: 1494 @ ASK $0.13: 14k traded vs 6682 OI: $10.09 Ref
    Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SRPT) Jul16 10.0 Puts: 3536 @ ASK $0.50: 5506 traded vs 54k OI: Earnings 8/4 $22.50 Ref
    Tableau Software Inc (NYSE: DATA) Jul16 47.5 Puts Sweep: 837 @ ASK $0.30: 995 traded vs 37 OI: Earnings 8/3 $50.60 Ref
    Yandex NV (NASDAQ: YNDX) Aug16 18.0 Puts Sweep: 532 @ ASK $0.30: 2143 traded vs 78 OI: Earnings 7/28 Before Open $22.02 Ref
    Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) Aug16 22.5 Puts: 719 @ ASK $1.35: 1032 traded vs 0 OI: Earnings 7/19 $22.22 Ref
    Conn's Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) Jan17 5.0 Puts Sweep: 605 @ ASK $0.85: 1355 traded vs 3132 OI: $7.16 Ref

    Posted-In: Huge Put PurchasesNews Options Markets

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Conn’s Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) shares dropped 23 percent to $9.03 as the company reported downbeat quarterly results. Conn’s posted a Q1 loss of $0.31 per share on revenue of $389.1 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Conn's Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN).

stock market: Leading Brands Inc(LBIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Leading Brands, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: LBIX) shares dropped 13 percent to $1.99 following Q2 results. Leading Brands posted Q2 EBITDAS of $0.00 per share, compared to $0.09 per share during the same period last year.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Leading Brands, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: LBIX) shares shot up 66 percent to $2.49 following Q1 results. Leading Brands reported Q1 earnings of $0.10 per share on revenue of $3.033 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Leading Brands, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: LBIX) shares were also up, gaining 145 percent to $3.31 on no formal news from company. The stock rallied 215 percent over Tuesday and Wednesday of this week amid trader speculation stock could be sympathy play on move higher in Helios & Matheson. However, Leading Brands shares sold off 27 percent on Thursday.

stock market: Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.(TDS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Telephone & Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.10 per share on revenue of $1.26 billion.

    PharMerica Corporation (NYSE: PMC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.43 per share on revenue of $509.45 million.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Smart investors always have a plan to prepare for a stock market crash. In fact, stock market crashes only devastating because most investors are rarely prepared for a major pullback.

Plus, the timing of stock market crashes is impossible to predict with certainty…

The stock market crash of 1929 wiped out 86% of the value of the Dow in just three years. But before the crash, the Dow had gained over 300% during the 1920s and economists were predicting that stocks could only rise. Famed economist Irving Fisher claimed stocks had reached a “permanently high plateau” in 1929, just over a month before the crash.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Conn's, Inc.(CONN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Electronics Stores: This industry moved up 1.16% by 10:15 am. The top performer in this industry was Conns (NASDAQ: CONN), which gained 1.3%. Conns’ PEG ratio is 0.87.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co now outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Conn’s Inc. (NASDAQ: CONN) will share its latest quarterly earnings on Thursday. The consensus estimates call for a net loss of $0.07 per share and $413.12 million in revenue. Shares were at $6.84 on Fridays close, in a 52-week range of $6.54 to $34.60. The consensus price target is $13.17.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Skechers U.S.A., Inc.(SKX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    Skechers USA Inc (NYSE: SKX) is expected to report earnings on Thursday after the market closes. The footwear company has generally traded lower over the last eight quarters in the face of decelerating revenue growth. The stock had been gaining some momentum in the early part of the year until Susquehanna's Sam Poser downgraded the company to a negative rating on March 29th. Poser warned that domestic wholesale growth would fall short of investor expectations and the stock has since fallen 15 percent.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) for Q1 2.20% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) for Q1 0.00% vs -0.20% consensus estimate.
    US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    Data on factory orders for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The ISM non-manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The labor market conditions index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for May is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy
    Susquehanna upgraded Skechers (NYSE: SKX) from Neutral to Positive
    Deutsche Bank upgraded WEX (NYSE: WEX) from Hold to Buy
    Pacific Crest downgraded Apple from Overweight to Sector Weight
    RBC downgraded Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) from Sector Perform to Underperform
    Wedbush downgraded Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) from Outperform to Neutral

    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 Brian Withers] When the number one company in comfort-casual footwear,Skechers (NYSE:SKX) announced earnings last month, the headlines highlighted the first ever $1 billion quarter for the company. It seems investors weren’t impressed, though, as the stock continues to lag behind the market and has missed a nice run up over the past year.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NETGEAR, Inc.(NTGR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares ofNetgear(NASDAQ:NTGR)climbed 30% in 2016,according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, as the networking hardware specialist repeatedly exceeded quarterly expectations.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Pentair plc.(PNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Pentair PLC(NYSE: PNR) had a major holder and director of the company buying more shares last week. Trian Fund purchased 863,000 shares of this diversified industrial manufacturing company at prices that ranged from $65.13 to $65.41 apiece. The total for the trade was posted at a huge $56 million. The stock closed Friday at $67.11, so the purchase appears to be well timed. The52-week trading range is $53.80 to $69.03, and the Wall Street consensus price objective is $67.50.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    RBC’s Deane Dray and team worry that valuations of industrial stocks like General Electric (GE), Danaher (DHR), Honeywell International (HON), Ingersoll-Rand (IR) and Pentair (PNR) have gotten ahead of themselves and recommend a “barbell strategy” when playing the sector. They explain:

  • [By William Patalon III]

    Water-equipment company – and Private Briefing favorite – Pentair PLC (NYSE: PNR) left investors with mixed feelings after reported its earnings on Tuesday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    While the direct revenue exposure to the UK is relatively small across our coverage (aside fromTyco and Idex), the potential impact from Brexit is much more widespread across the continent and the world. The impact should be most negative for our companies with larger industrial exposure to Europe, just as we have begun to hear incrementally positive commentary regarding Europe.Idex andTyco have some of the highest direct exposures to UK and Europe but Tyco’s business should be relatively more stable and in any case theJohnson Controls (JCI) synergies loom large. Eaton (ETN) and Emerson Electric, though with slightly smaller exposure, are more involved with industrial spending.Danaher andHoneywell have high revenue exposure, but we believe that their more benign end market exposure should mitigate some of the negative consequences they face. We rate Allegion (ALLE), Danaher, Dover (DOV), Fortive (FTV), Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand (IR), Pentair (PNR) andTyco Outperform; Emerson Electric, Eaton, General Electric (GE),Idex and 3M (MMM) Market-Perform; Rockwell Automation (ROK) Underperform.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc(ZIOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Scana Corporation(SCG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 3 percent, and SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), down 3 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.43 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), down 2 percent, and FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Atlantic Power Corp (NYSE: AT), down 2 percent, and SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG) down 1 percent.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Limelight Networks Inc.(LLNW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS) rose 12.3 percent to $3.20 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it has licensed LNP delivery technology to Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) for use in single messenger RNA product candidate.
    AveXis Inc (NASDAQ: AVXS) rose 12.2 percent to $81.66 in pre-market trading after the company reported topline data from Phase 1 trial of AVXS-101.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares rose 10.5 percent to $2.43 in pre-market trading after surging 109.52 percent on Thursday.
    ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC. (NASDAQ: IMOS) rose 9.8 percent to $17.45 in pre-market trading after declining 0.44 percent on Thursday.
    Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SINO) rose 8.3 percent to $3.38 in pre-market trading after climbing 23.81 percent on Thursday.
    Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) rose 7.6 percent to $2.99 in pre-market trading after surging 12.55 percent on Thursday.
    Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) rose 5.2 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading. Steel Dynamics expects Q1 earnings of $0.77 to $0.81 per diluted share. The company also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1550 per common share.
    Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE)

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Orion Marine Group Inc(ORN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows small caps Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation andLayne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) underperforming, but possibly recovering while Orion Group Holdings (NYSE: ORN) had a clear reversal early last year:

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.(LITB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap China based online retailstockLightinthebox Holding Co (NYSE: LITB) as a long/buy trade:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap China based online retailstockLightinthebox Holding Co (NYSE: LITB) reportedQ1 2017 earnings as net revenues increased 8.0% to $72.7 million (above the high end of the Company’s guidance of $72.0 million). Net revenues from product sales were $64.8 million versus$61.9 million and net revenues from service and others were $7.9 million versus $5.4 million in the same quarter of 2016. As a percentage of net revenues, service and others accounted for 10.9% during the first quarter of 2017. Total orders of product sales were 1.6 million for the first quarter of 2017 versus1.7 million in the same quarter of 2016 while the total number of product sales customers was 1.2 million versus 1.4 million.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Carlsberg A/S (CABGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mark Fritz]

    Price Target: $124.

    Heineken N.V. (ADR) (OTC: HINKY): Hold.
    Price Target: 82.30 euros.

    Carlsberg A/S (ADR) (OTC: CABGY): Hold.
    Price Target: 652 krones.

    Distillers

Best Gold Stocks To Invest In Right Now

By Parke Shall

About a week ago we wrote an article about why Concordia (NASDAQ:CXRX) could be headed for real trouble. We postulated that bankruptcy scenarios were on the table and made a plea for equity holders to be cautious.

In today’s article, we wanted to make a couple of comments as to why the company’s silence from this point forward is not golden and why the more Concordia communicates with the market, the better. We are not encouraged by the company’s lack of transparency here at such a crucial stage for it and we think it could just be yet another ominous sign for Concordia going forward. It’s reminding us of another bankruptcy scenario we saw play out just months ago and in this article we want to draw some parallels.

When the company saw its CEO resign and when it withdrew its guidance, information became at a premium all of a sudden. Not only were shareholders now holding equity in the company that is worth 90% less than it was worth a year or two ago, but now you have a company that just simply doesn’t want to communicate with the market.

Best Gold Stocks To Invest In Right Now: PCM, Inc.(PCMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    PCM Inc (NASDAQ: PCMI) was down, falling around 26 percent to $14.63. PCM reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.47 per share on sales of $560.1 million.

Best Gold Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(CATB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Catabasis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CATB) got a boost, shooting up 46 percent to $6.52. Catabasis Pharmaceuticals and Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SRPT) reported a joint research collaboration in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Best Gold Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Conn's, Inc.(CONN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co now outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Electronics Stores: This industry moved up 1.16% by 10:15 am. The top performer in this industry was Conns (NASDAQ: CONN), which gained 1.3%. Conns’ PEG ratio is 0.87.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Conn’s Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) shares dropped 24 percent to $8.95 as the company reported downbeat quarterly results. Conn’s posted a Q1 loss of $0.31 per share on revenue of $389.1 million.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Conn’s Inc. (NASDAQ: CONN) will share its latest quarterly earnings on Thursday. The consensus estimates call for a net loss of $0.07 per share and $413.12 million in revenue. Shares were at $6.84 on Fridays close, in a 52-week range of $6.54 to $34.60. The consensus price target is $13.17.

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investment definition: Discovery Communications, Inc.(DISCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

    Analysts are expecting Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) to have earned $0.47 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion in the latest quarter. Discovery Communications shares rose 0.17 percent to $29.08 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ: TMUS) to report

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) announced plans to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (NYSE: SNI) for $14.6 billion.

    Discovery will pay $90 per share in cash and stock to buy Scripps. The transaction is projected to close by early 2018.

investment definition: Conn's, Inc.(CONN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Conn’s Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) shares dropped 23 percent to $9.03 as the company reported downbeat quarterly results. Conn’s posted a Q1 loss of $0.31 per share on revenue of $389.1 million.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Conn’s Inc. (NASDAQ: CONN) will share its latest quarterly earnings on Thursday. The consensus estimates call for a net loss of $0.07 per share and $413.12 million in revenue. Shares were at $6.84 on Fridays close, in a 52-week range of $6.54 to $34.60. The consensus price target is $13.17.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Conn's Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Electronics Stores: This industry moved up 1.16% by 10:15 am. The top performer in this industry was Conns (NASDAQ: CONN), which gained 1.3%. Conns’ PEG ratio is 0.87.

investment definition: Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.(MMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    My more conservative income recommendation from a year ago, Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP), rose by 13% while yielding over 4%.

    Following last year’s excellent results, Magellan Midstream remains my Top Pick for income investors for the coming year.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any ways to make money with oil. Cramer said that the biggest winners from the Trump trade are the oil pipelines and MLPs, like Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding. Cramer said deregulation will mean all of the pipeline companies will be able to make more money, and faster, than anyone expected.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    For perspective, two of the highest rated MLPs by credit rating agencies are Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) and Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD). Recently, their leverage ratios were 3.5 times and 4.4 times, respectively. While both Magellan Midstream and Enterprise Products have seen their leverage ratios creep higher in recent quarters due to the oil market downturn and growth spending, neither is a concern.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and the AAP team view the strength of corporations as most important in proving that stocks can handle current valuations. Find out what they’re telling their investment club members about Arconic (ARNC) , Apple (AAPL) and Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) . Get a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [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) .

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE: MMP) is a $17.56 billion company that transports and distributes petroleum. MMP is shaping up to be one of the best 2017 oil stocks.

investment definition: CVS Health Corporation(CVS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Rite Aid Corporation outperforming thealso solid performanceoflarge capsWalgreens Boots AllianceandCVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS):

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Over the past two decades we have seen many transformational deals in healthcare
    services. A large majority of them get off to difficult starts. But then there is the bifurcation. Some transactions continue to pressure the purchaser (Davita (DVA) and Healthcare Partners for example), while others reset the expectations and then reap significant long term benefits (CVS (CVS) and Caremark for example). The weaker outlook for the newly combined Envision was not entirely a surprise in light of the magnitude of the merger. The real question becomes does the management team fully understand the magnitude of the weakness, the drivers of the weakness and are those now included in guidance for the future. We are confident that the combined entity will generate cost synergies as well as revenue opportunities that were not available to either of the legacy entities. We believe that the remaining segments, after a portfolio review that is leading to expected divestitures, will be solid growth businesses. We simply acknowledge that the path to that higher earnings base may be volatile, and last night was the first bump in that road.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Investors are already seeing the writing on the wall. Shares of potential rivals in the retail pharmacy space were spooked by the news on Wednesday (May 18). Both CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) were down more than 3% in afternoon trading. At the same time, Amazon was up 1.48% on Wednesday and is currently trading up 0.84%.

  • [By Michael K. Farr]

    CVS Health sold off from its high of over $113 to $92 recently as the company issued 2016 guidance that was below expectations. Only six weeks later, CVS increased its outlook for 2016, causing the stock to rally off recent lows to where it currently sits at around $98. We believe CVS offers value because of its undemanding valuation, its focus on returning capital to shareholders, and its exposure to long-term secular tailwinds, including increased health-care coverage, an aging population, and healthcare cost control.

    Management recently reaffirmed its long-term target of 10-14 percent EPS growth while also increasing its dividend 21 percent to $1.70 (to a 1.7 percent yield). CVS is committed to increasing its dividend payout ratio to 35 percent by 2018, which implies a compound annual growth rate of 18 percent. Also, we expect $4 billion to $5 billion in share repurchases annually. CVS currently trades at 16.9 times calendar year 16 estimated EPS. 

investment definition: The Hackett Group Inc.(HCKT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, industrial shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT), down 22 percent, and PC Tel Inc (NASDAQ: PCTI), down 18 percent.