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Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now

The markets surge over the past few months has lifted all sorts of stocks. But plenty of stocks remain misunderstood by the market, looking undervalued or, in some cases, grossly overpriced.

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That was one of the takeaways from the Sohn Investment Conference, an annual event held in New York City to raise money for pediatric cancer care and research. Hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and other big investors took the stage at Lincoln Center on May 8 to present some of their best ideas, offering tips on what to buy and what to sell short (a technique for profiting off falling share prices).

Some of these ideas may be too esoteric, or risky, for most investors. One fund manager pitched the idea of profiting off non-performing Italian loans by buying shares in Italian bank UniCredit. He also suggested betting against bonds issued by the British government (which he doesnt think will do well in the aftermath of Brexit). Hedge fund billionaire David Einhorn suggested shorting energy-services company Core Laboratories (CLB, price $106.76). (Share prices are as of May 9.)

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Safeway Inc.(SWY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    In addition, Goldcorps (NYSE: GG) l茅onore mine in the heart of the territory along with the Troilus mine (which produced over 2 million ounces of gold from 1997-2010 and is estimated to have another remaining 2 million ounces of reserves) are helping to maintain the interest of junior exploration companies in nearby properties. The same can be said about the Otish Mountainsarea following the discovery of diamonds byStornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX: SWY) at their Renard diamond mine which is projected to produce 1.5-2 millions carats per year.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: First Merchants Corporation(FRME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    First Merchants Co. (NASDAQ:FRME) insider Stephan Fluhler sold 1,047 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.00, for a total value of $50,256.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Meeder Asset Management Inc. decreased its holdings in shares of First Merchants Co. (NASDAQ:FRME) by 26.4% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 4,664 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 1,677 shares during the quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in First Merchants were worth $195,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Rite Aid Corporation(RAD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    One of last year’s biggest losers was also one of last week’s biggest decliners. Shares of Rite Aid(NYSE:RAD)slumped 14.4% last week, tumbling along with most drugstores after Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) turned heads — and stomachs — after announcing that it was acquiring PillPack, a service provider that synchronizes prescriptions for patients taking various medications.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid
    The reported number of Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) shares sold short grew from more than 147.44 million to over 155.35 million as of the most recent settlement date, a rise of about 5.4% since May 15. The latest figure was 14.7% of the company’s total float. The number of days to cover fell from 23 to 19. Shares closed Monday at $1.74, within a 52-week range of $1.38 to $4.21.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Diplomat Pharmacy (NYSE: DPLO) and Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Smallcap retail drugstore stock Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) reported Q3 2018 earnings after the market closed Wednesday as the Company struggles with falling profitsin its pharmacy business as increases in branded drug prices have slowed while reimbursement pressure for generics has increased.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) fiscal third-quarter report is scheduled for late on Wednesday. Consensus estimates are calling for a net loss of $0.02 per share and $7.45 billion in revenue. The shares closed trading at $1.97 apiece on Friday. The consensus price target is $2.11, and the 52-week trading range is $1.38 to $8.77.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Capricor Therapeutics, Inc.(CAPR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media headlines about Capricor Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CAPR) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Capricor Therapeutics earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the biotechnology company an impact score of 46.8406921113539 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Transportadora De Gas Sa Ord B(TGS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Freestone Capital Holdings LLC increased its stake in Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA (NYSE:TGS) by 56.5% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 177,803 shares of the energy company’s stock after purchasing an additional 64,160 shares during the quarter. Freestone Capital Holdings LLC owned approximately 0.11% of Transportadora de Gas del Sur worth $3,617,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News stories about Transportadora de Gas del Sur (NYSE:TGS) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Transportadora de Gas del Sur earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the energy company an impact score of 46.2643511773395 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    TransCanada (NYSE: TRP) and Transportadora de Gas del Sur (NYSE:TGS) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and valuation.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Transportadora de Gas del Sur (NYSE: TGS) and Western Gas Equity Partners (NYSE:WGP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Costco Wholesale Corporation(COST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Costco(NASDAQ:COST) will announce its fiscal third-quarter earnings results after the market closes on Thursday, May 31. And if recent history is any guide, the warehouse retailer is likely to reveal strong growth on both the top and bottom lines. But there will be much more to this report than just those headline sales and earnings numbers.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    The stock market surged last Friday, but shares of Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) were left behind, falling 0.6% for the day. This was a clear indication that investors weren’t satisfied with the company’s third-quarter earnings report, which came out on Thursday afternoon.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    There was plenty to like when Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) reported its third-quarter financial results. Even in a tough environment for traditional retailers, Costco was able to deliver growth that largely beat the expectations of investors.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    While Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) suffered from slowing sales growth for much of 2016 and early 2017, the warehouse club giant has bounced back in a big way over the past year. During that period, Costco has routinely posted mid-high single-digit adjusted comp sales growth.

Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now

If you’re looking for tips on how to make money withpenny stocks today, we have one tip that can help you find the safest companies to invest in.

Investing in penny stocks is popular for one big reason: The shares are inexpensive, usually below $5, so you can quickly make triple-digit profits. Biotech penny stock Oncobiologics Inc. (Nasdaq: ONS) soared from $0.87 to $1.89 between Aug. 31 and Sept. 11. That’s a 117.2% gain in just six sessions.

But penny stocks can be risky if they rally for the wrong reasons…

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For example, Cynk Technology Corp. (OTCMKTS: CYNK) surged a mind-blowing 24,900% in just two months, from May to July 2014.But by September that year, CYNK stock had crashed to just $0.20 per share. This aroused the suspicion of the SEC since the company claimed to operate a social media network that nobody had ever heard of.

The SEC eventually determined that Cynk was a shell company with zero assets, zero revenue, and just one employee. The stock’s meteoric rise and fall was found to be a pump-and-dump scam operated by a stock promoter named Gregg Mulholland. In February, he was sentenced to 12 years in jail for his role in the scam.

Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Cross Country Healthcare, Inc.(CCRN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cross Country Healthcare (NASDAQ: CCRN) and StarTek (NYSE:SRT) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cross Country Healthcare (NASDAQ:CCRN) was upgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday.

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    Activist investor Glenn Welling of Engaged Capital LLC, the insurgent investor agitating for changes at TiVo, Rent-a-Center, on Tuesday, May 15, revealed new positions in Aratana Therapeutics Inc. (PETX) , Cross Country Healthcare Inc. (CCRN)  and Finisar Corp. (FNSR)

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCRN) has received an average recommendation of “Buy” from the thirteen ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $14.00.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    American International Group Inc. trimmed its stake in shares of Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCRN) by 20.0% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 22,638 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 5,648 shares during the period. American International Group Inc. owned about 0.06% of Cross Country Healthcare worth $252,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    Heat Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares tumbled 48.59 percent to close at $1.275 on Thursday after the company priced its $18,000,000 public offering.
    InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NVIV) fell 38.77 percent to close at $8.26 on Thursday.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares tumbled 27.43 percent to close at $8.81.
    Achaogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAO) dropped 24.76 percent to close at $11.06 in reaction to a disappointing update from an FDA AdCom panel. The FDA panel voted favorably for the company's Plazcomicin for treatment of adults with complicated urinary tract infections, but also voted against the therapy to be used as a treatment for bloodstream infections.
    Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK) shares declined 24.68 percent to close at $34.80 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.
    LSC Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LKSD) shares fell 24.22 percent to close at $12.64 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) fell 21.42 percent to close at $50.80 following downbeat quarterly profit.
    Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN) dropped 20.42 percent to close at $6.00 following downbeat quarterly earnings.
    Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) slipped 20.11 percent to close at $2.90 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESPR) fell 19.28 percent to close at $36.93. Esperion Therapeutics stock lost roughly a third of its value Wednesday after the company reported mixed Phase III results for its leading drug candidate, bempedoic acid. JP Morgan downgraded Esperion Therapeutics from Neutral to Underweight.
    Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) declined 17.77 percent to close at $8.98 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: HABT) dipped 16.1 percent to close at $8.60 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (N

Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Costco Wholesale Corporation(COST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Blue Apron plans to counter bigger challengers like Amazonand Walmartby signing more retail partnerships with brick-and-mortar players that want to sell meal kits. Costco (NASDAQ: COST) is notably Blue Apron’s first major partner.

  • [By Anders Bylund, Leo Sun, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    For investors who prefer their high-growth plays to be backed by actual business results, there are many lower-risk alternatives on today’s stock market. To help you strike that delicate balance between exciting growth prospects and reasonable market risks, we asked a handful of your fellow investors here at The Motley Fool to share their best high-growth ideasnot named bitcoin. Read on to see why they recommend Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT),Coscto Wholesale(NASDAQ:COST), andMicron Technologies(NASDAQ:MU) at the moment.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    There are several parts of the value chain that create natural and organic goods:

    Individual organic farmers, who you largely cannot invest in. Producers of organic foods, who take farmer’s goods and combine them for consumption. This includes players likeHain Celestial (NASDAQ:HAIN),SunOpta, andLifeway Foods. Grocers with a focus on natural and organic goods, which originally includedWhole Foods (now owned by Amazon),Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ:SFM), andNatural Grocers — what I refer to as “pure-play,” which are grocers with a sole focus on organic. But the list now includes big names likeKroger(NYSE:KR),Costco(NASDAQ:COST), andWalmart(NYSE:WMT). Distributors specializing in natural and organic food, primarilyUnited Natural Foods.

    When the Great Recession hit, many of these pure-play natural and organic companies (read: not Costco, Walmart, or Kroger) were devastated. Consumers were pinching pennies and unwilling to pay the extra money for organic fruits.

Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Digirad Corporation(DRAD)

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    Some of these are even smaller nano-caps, such as medical device maker Digirad (Nasdaq: DRAD), whose entire market value is just $36 million.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with small businesses. I own shares of quite a few in my personal account. But for the most part, I use them to fill out the growth sleeve of my portfolio and don’t consider them stable income producers.

Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Recon Technology, Ltd.(RCON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Media coverage about Recon Technology (NASDAQ:RCON) has been trending positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Recon Technology earned a media sentiment score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the oil and gas company an impact score of 44.9374991541436 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.(EXPD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News articles about Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Expeditors International of Washington earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the transportation company an impact score of 46.7570916317495 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $1.85 billion.
    Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $1.99 billion.
    Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $3.63 billion.
    Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.17 billion.
    Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $926.18 million.
    The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $2.98 billion.
    Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $1.71 billion.
    US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $5.98 billion.
    DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $3.50 billion.
    Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.06 per share on revenue of $936.98 million.
    Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CWH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
    Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $1.21 billion.
    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $23.80 billion.
    JD.com, Inc. (NYSE: JD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $15.65 billion.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.6 per share o
  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eleven research firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have given a hold recommendation and three have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $65.63.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Tuesday saw an up-and-down session on Wall Street, with major benchmarks trading on either side of the unchanged mark before finishing the day flat. Many investors kept most of their attention on Washington, where the White House announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the deal that the previous administration made with Iran concerning nuclear development. The withdrawal was largely expected, and although crude oil and other commodities were volatile leading up to the final decision, most other financial markets seemed prepared for the announcement. Even on a lackluster day, some companies had good news that lifted their shares substantially. Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE:VRX), and SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Adviser Investments LLC trimmed its holdings in Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD) by 78.8% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 2,550 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 9,500 shares during the period. Adviser Investments LLC’s holdings in Expeditors International of Washington were worth $161,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company boosted its stake in shares of Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD) by 22.7% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 240,918 shares of the transportation company’s stock after purchasing an additional 44,645 shares during the period. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company owned approximately 0.14% of Expeditors International of Washington worth $15,249,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Eastman Kodak Company(KODK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Eastman Kodak Co. (NYSE:KODK) surprised investors earlier this month when the company announced it was planning to launch its own cryptocurrency.

    Speculators quickly scooped up Kodaks languishing stock on the news, sending shares from $3 to more than $13 in just two trading days.

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    Eastman Kodak Co. (KODK) has accused Hong Kong-based trading exchange LBank.io of fraud related to its upcoming KODAKCoin initial coin offering (ICO). LBank.io claimed it would be hosting the KODAKCoin ICO from May 4 through May 11, but Kodak said it’s not true. “It has come to our attention that more than one fraudulent website has been promoting the sale of KODAKCoin. All factual information regarding the availability of an IOC to accredited investors will come directly from KODAKCoin and its authorized representatives,” Kodak said to Coindesk. Kodak had initially expected to begin offering its KODAKCoin in January, but has since delayed the sale. LBank.io is the ninth-largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world by trading volume.

  • [By ]

    After a number of delays, Eastman Kodak Co. (KODK) announced that its KODAKCoin will begin fundraising later this month. The offering of KODAKCoin, which will come in the form of a Simple Agreements for Future Tokens (SAFTs) sale, will start May 21 for a limited number of accredited investors. Kodak is seeking to raise $50 million in the fundraising, which will be carried out by WENN Digital. Kodak first announced the coin and its planned offering in January. “Our goal with this offering is utmost security and transparency, working to bring digital tokens to investors by adhering to industry best practices and in a manner that we hope instils public confidence in the crypto space,” said WENN, according to Coindesk.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    SenesTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 296.07 percent to close at $1.25 on Monday after the California Department of Pesticide Regulation proposed to register the company's ContraPest for sale and use in California.
    AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: UAVS) shares gained 19.59 percent to close at $2.93.
    TransGlobe Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: TGA) rose 18.39 percent to close at $2.64 on Monday.
    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) shares gained 15.91 percent to close at $2.55.
    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) shares jumped 14.9 percent to close at $2.39.
    Resonant Inc. (NASDAQ: RESN) climbed 13.96 percent to close at $4.49.
    Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) shares rose 13.55 percent to close at $4.61 on Monday.
    Lilis Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LLEX) surged 13.09 percent to close at $5.01.
    MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI) gained 12.9 percent to close at $49.28. Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) agreed to acquire MB Financial for $54.70 per share in cash and stock.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) shares rose 12.83 percent to close at $3.43.
    World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) jumped 12.52 percent to close at $57.86 on Reports that it has reached a deal with Fox for Its 'Smackdown Live' program.
    Eastman Kodak Company (NASDAQ: KODK) rose 12.38 percent to close at $5.90.
    NuCana plc (NASDAQ: NCNA) climbed 11.94 percent to close at $26.44. NuCana appointed Dr. Cyrille Leperlier to its Board as an independent non-executive Director.
    Aqua Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQMS) rose 11.83 percent to close at $3.97 on Monday.
    Huami Corporation (NYSE: HMI) shares jumped 11.27 percent to close at $10.17 following Q1 results.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) gained 9.55 percent to close at $7.34.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) rose 8.56 percent to close at $7.86 after the company announced an exclusive partnership with Multi Touch Interactives to strengthen the de

The Key to Amazon.com, Inc. Stock is Company Culture

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) doesn’t even have to release its earnings to make the news. The scope of Amazon is now so broad and so deep that even a minor stirring in the water is enough to generate company news.

On Wednesday, company CEO Jeff Bezos released his annual shareholder letter. It’s actually a short, yet critically important, read. It describes some fundamental essentials about Amazon’s corporate culture which is one of the reasons why the companies become so successful. Whether you are an AMZN stock owner, or are considering becoming one, there are few things from the letter that I think deserve to be highlighted.

The Letter

Bezos attributes the AMZN stock success to having high standards, but he asks an important question as to whether high standards are “intrinsic or teachable.” He believes the latter, and I heartily agree. Motivated individuals, and even unmotivated individuals, will often rise to a higher call. I myself had a high school teacher who demanded the very best, and lifted many failing math students and made them into B students are better.

We often hear the term “step up” in reference to second-string professional athletes. I’ve certainly seen many creative artists constantly improve the quality of their content because they strive to make it better. There is simply no denying that Amazon has set very high standards within the company, and it is obvious in every way when you interface with the company as a consumer.

Bezos points out that “unrealistic beliefs on scope kill high standards.” This comes down to internal corporate communications. As a communications professional, I can’t tell you the importance of properly communicating what a path to success looks like. Hard work isn’t enough. You must communicate the company vision and establish realistic and attainable goals, often achieved in steps, for your employees. Clearly, Amazon has this down.

Bezos talks about some other concepts, but he points out some of the milestones that Amazon has achieved recently, which I believe are directly attributable to these elements of company culture.

Company Culture Leads to Company Achievements

Amazon Prime now has over 100 million paying members. This is simply extraordinary. That’s more members than even Costco Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) has. At $99 a pop (the typical cost of a membership), that means Amazon is generating $10 billion a year without even lifting a finger.

Amazon Web Services is generating a run rate of $20 billion annually. Active users increased by 250% last year alone.

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I was frankly amazed to discover that more than half of the units sold on Amazon worldwide are now from third-party sellers. 300,000 domestic small- and medium-size businesses began selling on Amazon last year. 40 million items were purchased from them on Prime Day alone.

Alexa now has 30,000 skills from outside developers, and controls more than 4,000 home devices. Amazon Echo, the Fire Stick, Prime Video and Music Services continue to grow robustly.

Anecdotal reports are that the Whole Foods Market integration has not been going terribly well. I can say that, from my own experience, the stores in my area have been reorganized, revamped, are much more brightly lit and feel stocked with more product than before.

Meanwhile, even as reports dribble in that working conditions at Amazon aren’t terribly great, Amazon now employs some 560,000 people.

Bottom Line on AMZN Stock

What does this mean as far as AMZN stock is concerned? Behind every great company is a great company culture. Amazon seems to have always had a vision under its CEO. At the mid and upper levels, it appears that this vision is being properly communicated to employees.

All of this bodes well for the company’s future. If Amazon can extend this team culture down to the lowest level employee, much as Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) has done, it could only be a good thing for the stock going forward.

Lawrence Meyers is the CEO of PDL Capital, a specialty lender focusing on consumer finance and is the Manager of The Liberty Portfolio at www.thelibertyportfolio.com. He does not own any stock mentioned. He has 23 years’ experience in the stock market, and has written more than 2,000 articles on investing. Lawrence Meyers can be reached at [email protected]

Amazon.com, Inc. Stock Deserves to Be in Your Portfolio

For traditional investors, whether growth or value, Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has always presented a hair-raising problem: Amazon stock does not conform to traditional valuation metrics.

Although I might take a stab by valuing it on an operational cash flow basis and compare it to businesses that John Malone has run — for which that was the only way to properly value them — I’m not convinced that would yield any useful results.

Amazon Is Unique

I never want to say, “It’s different this time,” but with Amazon stock I think it is. AMZN hasn’t been able to be valued traditionally for more than twenty years, so, at this point, I don’t think there’s much point in trying.

What we know is that if Jeff Bezos wanted Amazon stock to offer consistency in delivering net profits, he could make it happen. All he’d have to do is slow down growth in places like international sales, which is a money loser, and even cut back on operating expenses for global sales, and deliver a profit.

For the first nine months of 2017, Amazon had North American net sales of $68.8 billion and $67.6 billion in expenses, generating a $1.14 billion profit. Internationally, $36.26 billion in sales was offset by $38.4 billion in expenses for a net loss of $2.14 billion. AWS saw $12.3 billion in sales, offset by $9.37 billion in expenses, for a profit of $2.98 billion. The bottom line for net income came in at $1.18 billion.

But Bezos continually reinvests everything into the company. So, with Amazon stock, it comes down to effectively investing on a leap of faith — faith that the market will always find some form of value in Amazon. However, because it cannot be valued in any relative sense, it means one must either trade Amazon or buy and hold it for the very long term.

So, does that make sense? Yes and no, and it depends on the type of investor you are.

How and Why You Should Invest in Amazon Stock

Here’s the affirmative side of the answer. What we know is that Amazon is muscling its way into all kinds of territories. Yet, it is of particular significance that Amazon stock is ascending not merely because of momentum, but because investors sense that the future of retail rests with Amazon. Not all retail, but much of it.

I know that I purchase 80-90% of my non-food items at Amazon. I will price compare now and again, but Amazon wins that battle 95% of the time — or wins in a tie because I’m a Prime member. Convenience and reliability mean a lot to the retail shopper, not to mention the time savings.

I can imagine a time where small businesses are going to have to be niche-oriented, or deliver something special in order to even have a chance against Amazon. Only bulk retail providers like Costco Inc. (NASDAQ:COST) will stand a chance, because shopping at Costco is an experience and prices are comparable. Or home improvement companies like Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD), which don’t appear to have suffered.

Bottom Line on AMZN Stock

So I think, as an investor, you have to own Amazon stock at some point.

I am not convinced that now is the time, because the market is some 30% overvalued and the second-most expensive in history.

I think the play is to buy Amazon stock in increments, beginning at a 10% correction point, and adding every time it ticks down by 5% or more.

Lawrence Meyers is the CEO of PDL Capital, a specialty lender focusing on consumer finance and is the Manager of The Liberty Portfolio at www.thelibertyportfolio.com. He does not own any stock mentioned. He has 23 years’ experience in the stock market, and has written more than 1,800 articles on investing. Lawrence Meyers can be reached at TheLibertyPortfolio@gmail.com.

 

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The Economist has a nice piece which highlights the fundamental conflict at the heart of Bitcoin. Miners want the price of bitcoin to keep on rising, because this gives them an incentive to keep mining despite the ever-rising energy cost of doing so. Users, however, want liquidity. They want transactions settled quickly and efficiently, at low cost.

Why is this a conflict, you ask? Simple. It is in the miners’ interests to restrict liquidity in the system, because doing so raises their returns. Liquidity is undervalued in the Bitcoin system – hence the hard cap on issuance and designed-in capacity limitations. So there is a clear incentive to hoard. Keeping bitcoins out of circulation pushes up the price at the expense of liquidity, which pleases the miners at the expense of the users.

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