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Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018

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Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.(JEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) which rose about 9% to $64.92. The stocks 52-week range is $49.31 to $65.29. Volume was1.8 million compared to its average volume of less than 1 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: China Automotive Systems, Inc.(CAAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    China Automotive Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAAS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share on revenue of $108.22 million.

    Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.18 per share on revenue of $1.71 million.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: CenturyLink, Inc.(CTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Originally a rural telecom, CenturyLink (CTL) has grown via acquisitions to become a major provider of broadband, voice, video, and data.

    It now provides services residential and business customers over a 250,000-route-mile US fiber network and a 300,000 mile international network.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) which rose over 8% to $15.88. The stocks 52-week range is $13.16 to $27.61. Volume was over 25 million compared to its average volume of 14.6 million.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) dropped about 7.8% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $17.07 after closing at $18.51 on Friday. The 52-week high is $30.39. Volume was around 21 million, about double the daily average of around 11 million. The company’s $34 billion acquisition of Level 3 Communications received FCC approval, but the company was hit with a charge of securities fraud.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: FIRST REPUBLIC BANK(FRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.02 per share on revenue of $22.51 billion.
    Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion.
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion.
    PNC Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE: PNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.02 per share on revenue of $4.00 billion.
    First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million.
    First Horizon National Corp (NYSE: FHN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $337.89 million.

     

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

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Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Spark Therapeutics, Inc.(ONCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Spark Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ONCE) were down 36 percent to $47.08 on preliminary SPK-8011 trial data.

    Athenex Inc (NASDAQ: ATNX) was down, falling around 13 percent to $13.95. Almirall and Athenex reported a strategic partnership to develop and commercialize KX2-391 in the U.S. and Europe.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested going long again on small cap gene therapy stock Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ONCE):

    Financially, Spark Therapeutics has over $300M in cash on the books and no debt to speak of yet, which equates to a share price of just over four times cash. The Company has generated over $20M in revenue for the trailing twelve months, and although the Company is expected to continue to lose money for the next few years, any strong clinical data that hits the tape could rocket shares of ONCE overnight, just like we’ve seen with so many others over the years.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Spark Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ONCE) dropped 44% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $41.06 after closing at $73.38 on Friday. The 52-week high is $91.75. Volume was around 13.5 million, nearly 30 times the daily average of about 480,000. The company’s hemophilia A drug posted disappointing trial results.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Spark Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ONCE) saw its shares take a big step back on Monday after the firm reported less than favorable results at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting. Analysts have taken this opportunity to weigh in on the stock:

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Hanesbrands Inc.(HBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) dropped about 0.6% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $21.41 after closing at $21.53 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $31.36. Volume was about a third the daily average of around 6 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    If a stock falls hard, particularly one with a durable name in its industry, it could be an opportunity to pick up shares on the cheap. But sometimes, a stock trades at a discount for a very good reason, so let’s take a look at Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR), Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI), and Vista Outdoor (NYSE:VSTO) to see if they are good values at these lower prices — or just value traps.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) dropped about 5.9% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $21.50 after closing at $22.86 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $31.36. Volume of about 31 million was more than 7 times the daily average of 4.5 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Kate Spade & Co is considering a sale of the company, following pressure from activist investors given the volatile performance ever since Kate Spade became a mono brand company over 2 years ago. The article cites thatKate Spade has hired an investment bank and has reached out to possible buyers (including other retailers) althoughKate Spade has not responded. This comes at a time when brand houses like VF Corp. (VFC), PVH Corp. (PVH), Hanesbrands (HBI), Michael Kors Holdings (KORS), and Coach have said they are looking to make a branded acquisition, andKate Spade could be one of the strongest candidates. While other brands are seeing negative comps, pulling back on wholesale exposure or restructuring,Kate Spade continues to grow.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) had its short interest increase to 2.63 million shares from the previous 2.36 million. The stock closed Friday at $305.20, within a 52-week range of $223.02 to $333.65.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Biogen (BIIB) has dropped 2.2% to $286.16 after getting cut to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink, and to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Biogen (BIIB)

    Biogen discovers, develops and delivers innovative therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and autoimmune disorders.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Breakups have the potential to create a lot of value. Just look at what Biogen (BIIB) did with its hemophilia franchise. Spun out as Bioverativ (BIVV) , shares started trading earlier this year. The stock has climbed some 23% on seemingly no news, Cramer noted.

  • [By George Budwell]

    Shares of theDanish drugmaker Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:FWP) gained 48.2% yesterday as the result of a settlement and licensing deal with Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB)involving an ongoing patent dispute over the multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera. Per the terms of the deal, Biogen will fork overa non-refundable$1.25 billion licensing fee, and possibly pay 10% to 20% royalties on Tecfidera’snet sales to Forward starting in 2021.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) which traded down nearly 4% at $329.58. The stocks 52-week range is $244.28 to $348.84. Volume was 1.2 million matching the daily average of 1.2 million shares.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Flowers Foods, Inc.(FLO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Consumers across the nation know Flowers Foods (NYSE:FLO) from its Wonder bread, Tastykake snack cakes, and Nature’s Own bakery brands. Yet the truly novel thing about Flowers is how it has done such a good job of building up a national presence in an industry that is typically dominated by local competition. Coming into Monday’s fourth-quarter financial report, Flowers investors were hoping to see at least some growth in sales and earnings, but the bakery company wasn’t able to deliver the pace of expansion that most shareholders really want to see.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion before the opening bell. Dr Pepper Snapple shares fell 0.07 percent to close at $93.49 on Monday.
    Analysts expect American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG) to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $12.87 billion after the closing bell. AIG shares gained 0.38 percent to $66.39 in after-hours trading.
    Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed expectations. Flowers Foods shares fell 1.87 percent to $20.45 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Diebold Nixdorf Inc (NYSE: DBD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.31 billion. Diebold Nixdorf shares slipped 0.73 percent to close at $27.20 on Monday.

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Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Valhi Inc.(VHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares slipped by 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Valhi, Inc. (NYSE: VHI), down 13 percent, and LSB Industries, Inc. (NYSE: LXU), down 7 percent.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Gogo Inc.(GOGO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small capin-flight WiFi stockGogo Inc (NASDAQ: GOGO) is scheduled for before the market opens onMonday (February 27th). Last summer, American Airlines did a deal with rival ViaSat, Inc (NASDAQ: VSAT) to provide Internet access on about 100 new Boeing jets. To add to the turbulence, Moody’s Investors Service assigned a B3 Corporate Family Rating, a B3-PD Probability of Default Rating and a SGL-2 Speculative Grade Liquidity Rating to Gogo Inc plus assigned a B2 (LGD3) rating to the Company’s $500 senior secured note offering (after a planned sale of $525 millionin junk bonds fell through). The Ratings Action noted:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ:GOGO) were up 18.3% as of 1:30 p.m. EST Monday after the in-flight connectivity specialist announced stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter 2016 results.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO) had a director purchasing a total of 300,000 shares at $9.69 per share. The total for the purchase was posted at $3 million.Gogo provides communications services to the commercial and business aviation markets in the United States and internationally. Itsstock was trading on Friday at $8.85.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    We’ve compiled a list of the most heavily shorted stocks to show you which stocks have the most negative sentiment on the market…

    Company Name (Ticker)Short FloatShare PriceHanwha Q Cells Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: HQCL)98.52%$ 8.88Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN)91.59%$ 8.53Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE: WTW)67.92%$12.57INSYS Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: INSY)66.71%$10.74Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO)66.34%$33.17Nutanix Inc. (Nasdaq: NTNX)65.65%$31.96Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT)55.15%$ 6.06Weibo Corp. (Nasdaq ADR: WB)53.83%$55.26RPC Inc. (NYSE: RES)53.62%$21.19Straight Path Communications Inc. (NYSEMKT: STRP)49.27%$34.79Momo Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: MOMO)48.63%$26.80Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG)46.91%$44.87Lannett Company Inc. (NYSE: LCI)45.46%$23.00Gogo Inc. (Nasdaq: GOGO)43.98%$ 9.10Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA (Nasdaq: ASPS)42.78%$22.73Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE ADR: CMCM)40.86%$10.00

    Some investors think the only way to profit from the stock market is to buy stocks and wait for the price to rise. However, these investors are missing out on the massive profit opportunity that comes from shorting stocks.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday started the new week on a positive note, as the stock market once again recovered from early declines to post advances. The Dow Jones Industrials extended its string of record closes to 12 consecutive days in the wake of favorable comments from Warren Buffett about the valuation of the market. Moves within the Trump administration to transfer spending to the Defense Department also bolstered the overall market mood. In addition, good news from certain companies helped to sustain positive sentiment overall, and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), Windstream Holdings (NASDAQ:WIN), and Gogo (NASDAQ:GOGO) were among the top performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Gogo Inc (NASDAQ: GOGO) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $10.85 after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now

Image source: Twitter, copyright Aaron Durand (@everydaydude) for Twitter, Inc.

When Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) released its third-quarter earnings results, it announced plans to lay off 9% of its workforce. The move was part of an effort to become profitable in 2017. Twitter lost $103 million in the third quarter and $290 million through the first nine months of the year.

But Twitter’s workforce isn’t the only thing slimming down. Twitter is also laying off some of its underperforming products. The most recent is Fabric, Twitter’s software development kit for mobile apps. Google — the Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary — is buying the business for an undisclosed amount. Twitter also shuttered Vine earlier this month as it focuses more on its core platform to generate a profit.

Twitter is having a fire sale

Rumors swirled for weeks last autumn ahead of Twitter’s third-quarter earnings that Twitter was trying to sell itself. After failing to find a buyer, Twitter is faced with the reality that it needs to show it can become profitable in order to either attract better takeout offers or attract more interest on Wall Street.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Celldex Therapeutics Inc(CLDX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, healthcare shares fell by 0.57 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOLD), down 9 percent, and Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLDX), down 9 percent.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    The ability to develop game-changing new drugs that revolutionize patient care could cause shares in Axovant Sciences (NYSE:AXON), Celldex Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CLDX), and Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ESPR) to soar. However, success may be tough to come by, and that makes investing in these stocks a boom or bust proposition.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (CLDX) is the first of the major biotech stocks scheduled to release an update on a pretty important drug this quarter; look for news on Oct. 8 concerning melanoma treatment glembatumumab vedotin. And thats a firm date too. Celldex is slated to present an update on the therapy at the European Society for Medical Oncology Congress.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: WPX Energy, Inc.(WPX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) is a natural gas and oil company based in Oklahoma. WPX focuses on the exploration and development of natural gas and oil fields in North America, including the Permian Basin in Texas and the Williston Basin in North Dakota.

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    Matador has grown its reserves throughout the commodity cycle, as well as its production and cash flow. Haas also likes the company’s history of identifying and acquiring acreage early and cheaply. Much of the analyst’s positive outlook is derived from Matador’s successful monetization of midstream assets and pattern of reinvestment.

    WPX Energy Inc (NYSE: WPX), $18 Price Target

    Haas praised WPX’s production base, which is “well balanced” between three major basins, and its production mix of 51 percent oil, 13 percent natural gas liquids and 36 percent natural gas.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc.(STAF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    You may have to read between the lines, but the clues are there. Like a recent article written for CIO Magazine explains, “approximately 32 percent of IT organizations are willing to offer a 10 percent to 15 percent salary increase to currently employed IT professionals in an effort to attract elite talent.” And in September, shares of TeamLease Services surged on reports that it had acquired a Bangalore-based IT staffing firm. In October, North Carolina-based BlueLine Associates acquired the technology arm of staffing firm BlueStaff just to get deeper into the IT staffing industry.

    They’re all microcosms of the same idea… information technology staffing is a huge growth opportunity as the world becomes increasingly digital, and the companies in the industry are in a very sweet spot. If they’ aren’t buyout targets, they’re at least well-positioned for big-time growth.

    On the other hand, just because an investor spots a trend/opportunity doesn’t mean it’s easy to invest in. How does one make an “IT staffing trade?”

    As it turns out, such a trade isn’t quite as out of reach as it may seem. Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF) is an easy, simple and great way to plug into the trend.

    Staffing 360 Solutions isn’t a well-known name…. yet. The company as it it is today has only been around for a couple of years now, and it’s only been listed on the NASDAQ exchange for roughly a year. It takes time for a young company to be seasoned and established. But, what a company the market will find once the masses start realizing what STAFis, and what it’s doing.

    The definition of a roll-up isn’t one set in stone, though the broad brush strokes paint a clear enough picture. Investopedia describes a roll-up as a merger that occurs when investors – often private equity firms – buy up companies in the same market and meld them together, squeezing some synergies out in the process. Roll-ups combine multiple small companies into some

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    It’s almost time for the annual Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF) shareholder pow-wow. That is to say, the company’s annual shareholder meeting is scheduled for January 26th of the coming year, in New York City. Though nothing too dramatic is on the voting docket, a handful of items will be decided on by STAF owners.

    Staffing 360 Solutions is a fast-growing staffing firm. Its focal point is IT staffing. This small company is smartly and cost-effectively acquiring its way into a size and scale by converting a fragmented and less-effective and less profitable group of similar staffing agencies into a cohesive, more profitable singular unit.

    It’s paying off too – the proof has been in the rising revenue tally over the course of the past couple of years… a rise that’s been outpaced by the broad improvement of EBITDA and income (which is the point of a scale-up).

    The specific numbers: . All told, Staffing 360 Solutions generated $47.8 million worth of revenue last quarter, turned $8.5 million of it into a gross profit, and turned $1.8 million of that into an EBITDA profit. Those were, respectively, improvements of 33%, 34%, and 184% compared to the same quarter a year earlier. Net income improved too. The net loss of $1.3 million was 27% smaller than the net loss of $1.7 million booked in Q1 of fiscal 2016. Profitability – real profitability – is within reach. STAF simply has to stay on the trajectory it’s on. A couple more acquisitions and a little more organic growth could do the trick.

    Late next month, shareholders will have a chance to voice their thoughts on where the company should be going… metaphorically and literally. One of the matter being put to a vote is a change of domicile, from Nevada to Delaware; Delaware generally offers a more business-friendly set of operating and tax rules. Another more important matter to be voted on at the meeting is the authorization of more STAF shares, which have been used in lie

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    We week ago, IT staffing agency Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF) announced some very impressive preliminary second quarter numbers. Revenue of $47 million was up 14% year-over-year, while gross profits of $8.1 million grew 8% compared to year-ago levels. In both cases, the growth extended a long-term trend.

    As impressive as the forward progress for STAF was, though, it still wasn’t the whole story, nor were they the official numbers for the quarter in question. Per this weekend’s press release, Staffing 360 Solutions will give us the official version of the rest of the story on Wednesday of this week — the 11th — in the morning, shortly before a conference call slated for 9:00 am that morning. That announcement will add net income, EBITDA and operational cash flow numbers to the information shared last week, and should extend growth trends on those measures as well.

    Staffing 360 Solutions is putting together bigger IT staffing firm at the ideal time. A recent report from technology research outfit IDC, determined that by the end of 2017, two-thirds of the CEOs of Global 2000 companies will have digital transformation at the center of their corporate strategies. How are they going to make that happen? Deloitte recently posted some research of its own that should shed some light on the idea. The giant accounting form observed that “In order to maintain the competitive pace of innovation, companies find themselves engaged in a global war for talent.”

    That’s a trend also observed by the Department of Labor, which in its 2014-2024 occupational outlook handbook noted: “Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are expected to add about 488,500 new jobs, from about 3.9 million jobs to about 4.4 million jobs from 2014 to 2024, in part due to a greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    The staffing industry – and the IT staffing industry in particular – is poised for tremendous growth in the foreseeable future, and that rising tide bodes very well for Staffing 360 Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:STAF).

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF) is on a roll. Just a couple of days after it pre-announced some impressive preliminary results for the most recently-completed quarter, the IT staffing agency told STAF shareholders today that $2.7 million worth of debt had essentially been refinanced. Now, no interest payments are due until October of this year, and no principal is due until October of next year. That may well be enough time for Staffing 360 Solutions to acquire more companies, beef up the top and bottom line, and pay the whole amount off before another refinancing or conversion to shares.

    Staffing 360 Solutions’ story is a compelling one. Seeing the growing need for information technology workers in an increasingly digital and increasingly networked world — and a severe lack of those qualified workers — three years ago the company began to capitalize on the supply/demand imbalance. Its mission was to aggregate, or “roll up” several smaller IT staffing companies into one big one, create some synergies and thus widen margins, and develop enough muscle to become THE dominant name in the niche.

    It’s working too. On Tuesday of this week, the company pre-announced its fiscal first quarter (ending in November) sales and gross profits. Revenue of $47 million and a gross profit of $8.1 million were up 14% and 8%, respectively, year-over-year, extending a long-term growth trend.

    What we haven’t heard yet — and won’t until the official Q1 filing is submitted later this month — is the company’s net income and EBITDA figures for the quarter. But, those numbers are improving too. EBITDA has been positive in each of the five prior quarters, and is expected to continue growing through last quarter. Net income is within sight of turning positive too. And, with its debt-interest payments now going away for at least nine months, net income will move towards turning positive at an even faster rate… through lower expenses, as well as greater fin

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Immunomedics, Inc.(IMMU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Immunomedics, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMMU) saw its shares rise after the firm sent out a letter to shareholders imploring them to vote for its director nominees at the upcoming annual stockholders meeting on February 16. The board of directors is making this request because it is currently waging a proxy contest with venBio SelectAdvisor.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: ClearSign Combustion Corporation(CLIR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    Last Wednesday (Dec. 6), the company received a patent for certain methods of production of its phase 2 antidepressant, AV-101.

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Dec. 4 – Dec. 8 Gain (as of Dec. 8)
    VistaGen Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: VTGN) $1.80 135%
    FXCM Inc. (Nasdaq: GLBR) $1.12 124%
    Neuralstem Inc. (Nasdaq: CUR) $2.00 75.44%
    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: OHRP) $1.49 75.29%
    ClearSign Combustion Corp. (Nasdaq: CLIR) $3.50 53.85%
    Astrotech Corp. (Nasdaq: ASTC) $4.21 51.99%
    Burcon NutraScience Corp. (Nasdaq: BUR) $0.72 44%
    LM Funding America Inc. (Nasdaq: LMFA) $3.72 42.53%
    Second Sight Medical Products Inc. (Nasdaq: EYES) $1.75 42.28%
    Globus Maritime Ltd. (Nasdaq: GLBS) $1.47 41.35%

    As a result, its share price shot up from $0.92 to $2.52 on Wednesday. The stock pulled back to $1.80 by the end of the week, for a total gain of 135% for the week.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: CenturyLink, Inc.(CTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) posted a new 52-week low of $21.62 on Thursday, down about 8.9% from Wednesday’s closing price of $23.74. The stock’s 52-week high is $33.45. Volume totaled around 20 million shares, double the daily average of around 10 million. The telecom firm missed expectations this morning and lowered guidance — a potent one-two punch to the stock price.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) which rose over 6% to $16.75. The stocks 52-week range is $13.16 to $27.61. Volume was 20 million compared to its average volume of 15 million.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CenturyLink Ink. (NYSE: CTL) dropped about 8.3% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $14.06 after closing at $15.33 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $27.61. Volume of around 14 million was less than 10% above the daily average. The telecom company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.54 per share payable next month. The dividend yield on the stock is now over 14%, a level that always makes investors nervous. Shares are on track to close the day up nearly 3% on the dividend announcement.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Very strong results across the board for Dycom, with spending from its top customers only further accelerating. We’re not surprised that FQ3 guidance came in slightly ahead of expectations, as many investors had viewed their initial guidance as conservative. We are encouraged to see organic growth re-accelerating in FQ4 to the mid-teens, with its acquired Goodman asset contributing $15MM of expected revenue (up from $13.4MM in FQ2). Dycom also procured new customer awards in the quarter from AT&T (T), Comcast (CMCSA), CenturyLink (CTL) and Windstream Holdings (WIN) to support further growth. Dycom also repurchased $25MM of shares during FQ2 and authorized an additional $75MM over the next 18 months, giving Dycom $150MM of incremental repurchase authorization through August 2018

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Investment company David Nadel buys Burkhalter Holding AG, As One Corp, Trade Me Group, Fidessa Group PLC, USS Co, XP Power, VZ Holding AG, TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Co ASA, Frutarom Industries, Meitec Corp, sells Virbac SA, dorma+kaba Holding AG, MISUMI Group Inc, Burckhardt Compression Holding AG, Horiba during the 3-months ended 2017-09-30, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Royce International Premier Fund. As of 2017-09-30, Royce International Premier Fund owns 52 stocks with a total value of $113 million. These are the details of the buys and sells.

New Purchases: BRKN, 7476, TME, FDSA, Added Positions: 4732, XPP, VZN, TGS, FRUT, 9744, ELM, HSN, CKN, 7649, Reduced Positions: 4536, ALQ, Sold Out: VIRP, DOKA, 9962, BCHN, 6856, AVV,

For the details of David Nadel’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=David+Nadel

These are the top 5 holdings of David NadelVZ Holding AG (VZN) – 12,000 shares, 3.4% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 29.03%Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG (MMK) – 25,000 shares, 3.18% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 16.41%Meitec Corp (9744) – 70,000 shares, 3.11% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 27.27%Partners Group Holding AG (PGHN) – 5,000 shares, 3.01% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 16.28%USS Co Ltd (4732) – 165,000 shares, 2.95% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 41.03%New Purchase: Burkhalter Holding AG (BRKN)

David Nadel initiated holdings in Burkhalter Holding AG. The purchase prices were between $119.8 and $138, with an estimated average price of $130.3. The stock is now traded at around $118.00. The impact to the portfolio due to this purchase was 1.92%. The holdings were 17,000 shares as of 2017-09-30.

stock options: CenturyLink, Inc.(CTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) which rose over 6% to $16.75. The stocks 52-week range is $13.16 to $27.61. Volume was 20 million compared to its average volume of 15 million.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) dropped about 7.8% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $17.07 after closing at $18.51 on Friday. The 52-week high is $30.39. Volume was around 21 million, about double the daily average of around 11 million. The company’s $34 billion acquisition of Level 3 Communications received FCC approval, but the company was hit with a charge of securities fraud.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) posted a new 52-week low of $21.62 on Thursday, down about 8.9% from Wednesday’s closing price of $23.74. The stock’s 52-week high is $33.45. Volume totaled around 20 million shares, double the daily average of around 10 million. The telecom firm missed expectations this morning and lowered guidance — a potent one-two punch to the stock price.

stock options: Ultra Petroleum Corp.(UPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Our peer group is up an average of 46% over the past 4 weeks in response to a 30% rebound in the 12-month strip NYMEX oil price. Some of the largest gainers include Hold and Sell rated stocks that we would not chase such asDenbury Resources (Sell, +138%), Halcon Resources (HK) (Sell, +147%), Jones Energy (JONE) (Hold, +166%), Rex Energy (REXX) (Sell, +60%), Sanchez Energy (SN) (Hold, +93%), Ultra Petroleum (UPL) (Sell, +61%), andWhiting Petroleum (Hold, +103%), which have outperformed the E&P Index (+32%) over the same time period. Balance sheets and/or well level returns remain challenged for these companies despite improved oil prices. While we believe oil markets should re-balance over the next 12 to 15 months, the recent recovery to $40 could reverse during 2Q16 as bloated inventories continue to rise, new volumes from Iran pressure an oversupplied market, and a highly anticipated decline in non-OPEC supply (especially in the U.S.), is not as steep as expected. The risk of an oil price retracement, which would significantly pressure the recent out-performers, outweighs the upside in these stocks, in our view. However, we are raising our target prices on Buy ratedAnadarko Petroleum ($54 from $48), Concho Resources (CXO) ($120 from $109), Matador Resources (MTDR) ($22 from $21),Noble Energy (NBL) ($40 from $34), SM Energy (SM) ($22 from $15), Rice Energy ($14 from $12), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) ($155 from $135),Continental Resources ($32 from $28), and Parsley Energy (PE) ($24 from $23). We believe our Buy-rated stocks are better positioned to weather challenging oil markets.

  • [By STOCKPICKR]

    As energy commodity prices have sold off in recent months, so too have the E&P stocks that pull those resources out of the ground. And Ultra Petroleum (UPL) has been no exception. The good news is that you don’t need to be an expert technical trader to figure out why this stock looks toxic here — the setup in shares of Ultra Petroleum is about as simple as they get.

    UPL is bouncing its way lower in a textbook downtrending channel, a price setup that’s formed by a pair of parallel trendlines that have kept UPL range-bound since April. The price channel in UPL identifies the high-probability range for shares to stay within, and so, with shares pressing up against resistance for the eighth time since this price channel kicked off, it makes sense to be a seller on the next bounce lower.

stock options: B. Riley Financial, Inc.(RILY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Standard General L.P.’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Standard+General+L.P.

    These are the top 5 holdings of Standard General L.P.National CineMedia Inc (NCMI) – 12,576,000 shares, 60.53% of the total portfolio. New PositionTime Inc (TIME) – 3,181,424 shares, 29.62% of the total portfolio. Turning Point Brands Inc (TPB) – 305,319 shares, 3.58% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 189.90%CafePress Inc (PRSS) – 2,500,000 shares, 3.12% of the total portfolio. New PositionB. Riley Financial Inc (RILY) – 167,736 shares, 1.97% of the total portfoli

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Standard General L.P.’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Standard+General+L.P.

    These are the top 5 holdings of Standard General L.P.National CineMedia Inc (NCMI) – 12,576,000 shares, 60.53% of the total portfolio. New PositionTime Inc (TIME) – 3,181,424 shares, 29.62% of the total portfolio. Turning Point Brands Inc (TPB) – 305,319 shares, 3.58% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 189.90%CafePress Inc (PRSS) – 2,500,000 shares, 3.12% of the total portfolio. New PositionB. Riley Financial Inc (RILY) – 167,736 shares, 1.97% of the total portfoli

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    2. B.Riley Financial (Nasdaq: RILY)
    This unusual microcap operating as a FINRA-licensed broker-dealer and an independent investment bank is setting up to be an ideal buying opportunity.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Standard General L.P.’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Standard+General+L.P.

    These are the top 5 holdings of Standard General L.P.National CineMedia Inc (NCMI) – 12,576,000 shares, 60.53% of the total portfolio. New PositionTime Inc (TIME) – 3,181,424 shares, 29.62% of the total portfolio. Turning Point Brands Inc (TPB) – 305,319 shares, 3.58% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 189.90%CafePress Inc (PRSS) – 2,500,000 shares, 3.12% of the total portfolio. New PositionB. Riley Financial Inc (RILY) – 167,736 shares, 1.97% of the total portfoli

stock options: WMIH Corp.(WMIH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    Before we show you our pick, here are the top 10 penny stocks to watch this week

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Nov. 27-Dec. 1 Gain (as of Dec. 1)
    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (Nasdaq: PXS) $4.10 122.83%
    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: OHRP) $1.28 68.42%
    Cerecor Inc. (Nasdaq: CERC) $1.74 47.46%
    Proteostasis Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: PTI) $2.52 37.71%
    UT Starcom Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: UTSI) $5.20 37.20%
    WMIH Corp. (Nasdaq: WMIH) $0.96 33.46%
    PhaseRx Inc. (Nasdaq: PZRX) $0.90 30.29%
    Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH) $2.04 29.94%
    EV Energy Partners LP (Nasdaq: EVEP) $0.86 27.76%
    Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CPRX) $4.40 25.71%

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  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Many talented authors have posted about publicly listed equities trading at or near asset value with significant tax attributes, namely Net Operating Losses (NOLs), and the inherent asymmetry when an activist or new management makes a break from money losing operations to pursue transformative acquisitions. Several of the activists or lead investors, such as Becker Drapkin (EMKR, CNSI, SDOI) or Sam Zell’s Equity Group Investments (PARR and RELY), have long track records of successfully repurposing tax attribute rich companies via creative financing and transformative acquisitions. There are also some newer entrants into the space, such as KKR (OTCQB:WMIH) and Carlson Capital (OTCQB:SWKH).

stock options: Vuzix Corporation(VUZI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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

  • [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.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related CRMD Mid-Day Market Update: U.S. Stocks Turn Negative; AveXis Shares Spike Higher 12 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Tuesday CorMedix's (CRMD) CEO Khoso Baluch on Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
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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

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It's a crazy claim…   Could Wal-Mart (WMT) – a boring retailer – really soar 41% over the next year?   History says, "Yes!"   You see, the world's largest retailer has been on a hot streak…   Wal-Mart recently moved higher for 11 consecutive days. That's a rare feat. And history says it tends to lead to massive returns.   Since 1973, Wal-Mart has increased an incredible 41% a year after similar instances. And it could happen again, starting now.   Let me explain…   From its birth in the early 1960s, Wal-Mart has expanded from one small store in Arkansas to more than 5,000 stores all over the United States.   By 1991, the company made more profits than retail kings like K-mart and Sears.   Today, Wal-Mart has become the undisputed ruler of retail by sales. It's even closing the gap on e-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN) in online sales… Wal-Mart recently reported that it grew online sales 67% by volume in the second quarter.

what to invest in: Select Medical Holdings Corporation(SEM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Overvalued companies include MWI Veterinary (MWIV) andStericycle (SRCL), while companies with attractive valuations include Cardinal Health (CAH), Selected Medical (SEM). He’s not a fan of Intrexon (XON) but callsAratana (PETX) a “hidden gem.”

what to invest in: Activision Blizzard, Inc(ATVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Ballard]

    Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) recently reported its first-quarter results for 2017, and it was another great quarter. Over the last 12 months, players have spent about 40 billion hours playing Activision Blizzard’s games, a double-digit percentage increase over the first quarter of 2016.

  • [By John Ballard]

    But now we are starting to see game publishers step up with that commitment. Two important new leagues to watch are Activision Blizzard’s (NASDAQ:ATVI) Overwatch League and Take-Two Interactive Software’s (NASDAQ:TTWO)NBA 2K eLeague. Activision Blizzard will soon start selling teams for Overwatch League to prospective owners this year, and the NBA and Take-Two just announced the formation of its own professional e-sports league based on the best-selling NBA 2K franchise.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Shares of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) had another great month in February, rising 12.2%, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence, after reporting strong earnings to end 2016. The company seems to have cracked the code on how to create and distribute great content in a digital world.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    But amid all the hype and noise, investors might be confused about which companies will benefit the most from that growth. Let’s examine three companies that fit that bill — Tencent Holdings (NASDAQOTH:TCEHY), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA).

  • [By Danny Vena]

    With that much revenue at stake, what are the best gaming stocks for investors in 2017? Several companies have exhibited impressive performance over the past several years, and that trend is likely to continue. Top choices in the space includeActivision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI), Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), and Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO).

  • [By Seth McNew]

    Activision Blizzard(NASDAQ:ATVI) is the maker of some of the world’s best-known games, like Call of Duty, as well as some new hits like Overwatch. Released in May 2016, the latter is the brand’s fastest-growing game ever, with more than 25 million players worldwide.

what to invest in: Real Goods Solar, Inc.(RGSE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Vivint Solar Holdings and fellow small cap solar installation stock Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ: RUN) below their IPO prices while Real Goods Solar, Inc (NASDAQ: RGSE)has imploded from its previous highs:

  • [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 Real Goods Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: RGSE) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $1.26 after the company issued a business update. RGS Energy expects Q1 sales of $1.96 million, up from $670,000 in the fourth quarter.

what to invest in: Newcastle Investment Corporation(NCT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shortingsmall cap debt and golf course REITNewcastle Investment Corp (NYSE: NCT):

    this isn’t apt to become a huge winner, but it’s a high-odds winner.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Newcastle Investment Corp. (NYSE: NCT) also had a director buying shares this past week. Wesley Edens picked up1 million shares of the stock at a price of $4.37. The total for the trade was posted at $4,370,000. The consensus price target for the stock is $4.50.The company invests in and manages real estate related and other investments. Its stock ended the weekat $4.31.

what to invest in: Shoe Carnival, Inc.(SCVL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCVL) got a boost, shooting up 29 percent to $26.65 after the company reported better-than-expected results for its third quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCVL) was down, falling around 13 percent to $26.45 after the company reported weak earnings for its third quarter and lowered its annual outlook.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, the cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) and Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCVL).

what to invest in: CenturyLink, Inc.(CTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Originally a rural telecom, CenturyLink (CTL) has grown via acquisitions to become a major provider of broadband, voice, video, and data.

    It now provides services residential and business customers over a 250,000-route-mile US fiber network and a 300,000 mile international network.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) which rose over 6% to $16.75. The stocks 52-week range is $13.16 to $27.61. Volume was 20 million compared to its average volume of 15 million.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) dropped about 7.8% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $17.07 after closing at $18.51 on Friday. The 52-week high is $30.39. Volume was around 21 million, about double the daily average of around 11 million. The company’s $34 billion acquisition of Level 3 Communications received FCC approval, but the company was hit with a charge of securities fraud.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) dropped about 3.4% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $13.16 after closing at $13.62 on Monday. The 52-week high is $27.61. Volume was around 14 million, less than 10% above the daily average of around 13 million. The telecom company had no specific news.

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Embattled retailer Pier 1 (NYSE:PIR) is set to report earnings later this week, and the report could not be of more importance for shareholders. The stock has continued to get hammered in the last several quarters, and going into the report is trading for just four bucks. This represents a tremendous loss of value for shareholders against just a year and a half ago, and it is fair to say that expectations for PIR are very low. However, history has told us that just because PIR has low expectations that doesn’t necessarily mean an upside surprise. Here’s what I’ll be looking at when the company reports on Wednesday.

what is an investment: Select Medical Holdings Corporation(SEM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Overvalued companies include MWI Veterinary (MWIV) andStericycle (SRCL), while companies with attractive valuations include Cardinal Health (CAH), Selected Medical (SEM). He’s not a fan of Intrexon (XON) but callsAratana (PETX) a “hidden gem.”

what is an investment: L Brands, Inc.(LB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    L Brands Inc. (NYSE: LB) is set to release its most recent quarterly results Wednesday as well. The consensus forecast calls for $0.29 in EPS and $2.57 billion in revenue. Shares were recently trading at $49.55. The consensus price target is $45.12, and the 52-week range is $35.00 to $75.50.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    L Brands (LB) ended at the bottom of the S&P 500 on Thursday, after disappointing guidance overshadowed better-than-expected earnings.

    L Brands slid $9.19, or 15.8%, to $48.94, its lowest close since 2013. By contrast, the S&P 500 gained 0.99 points, or 0.04%, today to 2363.81.

    Oppenheimers Anna Andreeva and Samantha Lanman reiterated an Outperform rating and $75 price target on the stock, but admit that the magnitude of L Brands downward forecast was disappointing, even with weak industry trends signaled by peers like Wal-Mart (WMT), Macys (M), and TJX Cos. (TJX).

    While they still are bullish, they admit that the bottom isnt clear:

    In the last 5 years, LB’s multiple averaged in high-teens given quality of brands/management, with 13-14x trough not seen since early ’13valuation could still compress assuming guidance isn’t conservative enough. Sticking with Outperform for now, albeit near-term visibility is worsening.

    L Brands is down 25% this year.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) which jumped about 11% to $47.85. The stocks 52-week range is $43.04 to $87.16. Volume was 13.9 million which is above the daily average of around 4.2 million shares.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    J.C. Penney and Nordstrom should report holiday sales in the coming days, but there’s evidence elsewhere that it was a weak season for bricks-and-mortar retailers. Shares of Victoria’s Secret parentL Brands(NYSE: LB) were down 9% after it said comparable sales fell 1% in December and that it expects fourth-quarter earnings to come in at the low end of its previously stated guidance of $1.85-$2.00.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    On Thursday's edition of PreMarket Prep, we're discussing earnings from Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT), Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) and L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB). Plus Nelson Peltz's battle with Proctor & Gamble Co (NYSE: PG) and the biggest ratings changes of the day. 

what is an investment: CenturyLink, Inc.(CTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) dropped about 7.8% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $17.07 after closing at $18.51 on Friday. The 52-week high is $30.39. Volume was around 21 million, about double the daily average of around 11 million. The company’s $34 billion acquisition of Level 3 Communications received FCC approval, but the company was hit with a charge of securities fraud.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CenturyLink Ink. (NYSE: CTL) dropped about 8.3% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $14.06 after closing at $15.33 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $27.61. Volume of around 14 million was less than 10% above the daily average. The telecom company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.54 per share payable next month. The dividend yield on the stock is now over 14%, a level that always makes investors nervous. Shares are on track to close the day up nearly 3% on the dividend announcement.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) dropped about 3.4% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $13.16 after closing at $13.62 on Monday. The 52-week high is $27.61. Volume was around 14 million, less than 10% above the daily average of around 13 million. The telecom company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Very strong results across the board for Dycom, with spending from its top customers only further accelerating. We’re not surprised that FQ3 guidance came in slightly ahead of expectations, as many investors had viewed their initial guidance as conservative. We are encouraged to see organic growth re-accelerating in FQ4 to the mid-teens, with its acquired Goodman asset contributing $15MM of expected revenue (up from $13.4MM in FQ2). Dycom also procured new customer awards in the quarter from AT&T (T), Comcast (CMCSA), CenturyLink (CTL) and Windstream Holdings (WIN) to support further growth. Dycom also repurchased $25MM of shares during FQ2 and authorized an additional $75MM over the next 18 months, giving Dycom $150MM of incremental repurchase authorization through August 2018

what is an investment: Insmed, Inc.(INSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares shot up 113 percent to $26.15 following the announcement of positive top-line results from its Phase 3 Convert study of ALIS in adult patients with treatment-refractory nontuberculous Mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease..

what is an investment: LivaNova PLC(LIVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap medical technology stock LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ: LIVN):

    From a fundamental perspective, LIVN currently offers investors with a potentially nice opportunity on both a short and long-term basis. With a $2.37B market cap, this pure mid-cap play currently trades at a forward P/E of just over 14 and a five year PEG of just 1.15. The Company is also projected to grow their bottom line from this year to next by as much as 14%

what is an investment: Las Vegas Sands Corp.(LVS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    According to Deutsche Bank analyst Carlo Santarelli, news that Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) may be selling its Sands Bethlehem resort to MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) could be a win-win-win for Sands, MGM and MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE: MGP).

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    The firm has a Market-Perform rating on the China unit of Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).

    All four stocks are up between 3.8 and 11.2 percent in the past month.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    But Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) may not have had as strong a quarter as competitors like Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd (NASDAQ:MPEL) and Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN). We’ll have to wait until the latter two report earnings to see how market share is trending, but Las Vegas Sands left a lot to be desired from a growth perspective.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    The big casinos certainly want to spend big. Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) says a new integrated resort in Japan will cost anywhere from $6 billion to $10 billion, two to three times more than it spent on building its brand new French-themed Parisian resort in Macau. MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM) says it, too, could spend $10 billion for a new casino in Japan, quadruple the cost of its MGM Cotai that’s scheduled to open later this year. Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) hasn’t put a price tag on it yet, though it spent over $4 billion to open the Palace in Macau last August, but CEO Steve Wynn says the opportunity is “thoroughly delicious.”

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has declined 1.1% to $58.60 despite beating earnings forecasts.

    O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY) has fallen 2.7% to $257.99 after missing earnings forecasts and lowering full-year guidance.