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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now

The Kraft Heinz Co. is a $100 billion market capitalization company that generates more than $26 billion in annual revenue by selling iconic brands like Heinz Ketchup, Velveeta Cheese and Kraft Macaroni. Starting in October, Kraft Heinzs finances will be overseen by a 29-year-old.

The company announced on Friday that David Knopf will be the new chief financial officer of Kraft Heinz. Knopf has been working since 2015 at Kraft Heinz, where his responsibilities included overseeing the Planters Nuts brand and heading global budget and business planning, as well as zero-based budgeting and financial strategic planning as a vice-president.

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David Knopf’s LinkedIn page.

Knopf is also a partner at 3G Capital, the private equity firm backed by billionaires Jorge Paulo Lemann, Carlos Alberto Sicupira, and Marcel Herrmann Telles. 3G partnered with Warren Buffett to buy Heinz in a $23 billion deal and then merged the company with Kraft.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Westell Technologies, Inc.(WSTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap high-performance wireless infrastructure solutions stock Westell Technologies (NASDAQ: WSTL) as a buy for our short-term portfolio:

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: The Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund, Inc.(CUBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    This "Trump pick" is a snub to the President’s trade and diplomatic reversals of Obama’s wins regarding Cuba. We are buying back Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund (CUBA), following in the footsteps of its founder, Tom Herzfeld, and his son Erik.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Statoil ASA(STO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Going forward I will be looking to add investments on my watchlist and trim other positions. It will be interesting to see how an overweight commodity portfolio will perform relative to the rest of the market.

     Cost Basis# SharesCurrent Price% of PortfolioCurrent ValueReturnMetal/Miners      Sprott Physical Gold Trust (PHYS)$12.4985$11.043.75%$938.40-13.13%Sprott Physical Silver Trust (PSLV)$7.95125$8.744.37%$1,092.509.04%FreePort-McMoran (FCX)$31.6731$33.874.20%$1,049.976.50%Ishares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (RING)$13.0695$10.644.04%$1,010.80-22.74%Energy      Statoil ASA(STO)$21.7940$22.683.63%$907.203.92%Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR)$27.5636$27.874.01%$1,003.321.11%ConocoPhillips (COP)$63.6822.43$71.006.37%$1,592.5310.31%Agriculture      CVR Partner LP (UAN)$26.3630.9$18.932.34%$584.94-39.25%Adecoagro$6.78125$7.443.72%$930.008.87%Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM)$34.8030$37.244.47%$1,117.206.55%Mixed Commodity      Powershares DB Commodity Index (DBC)$26.3540$25.954.15%$1,038.00-1.54%Sprott Resource Corp$3.34400$2.714.34%$1,084.00-23.25%    Total % of portfolio49.40%               Cost Basis12,666.00      Current Value12,348.86      Return-2.50%  Source: Investing For The Future Surge In Commodity Prices

    Disclosure: I am long ADM, FCX, UAN, AGRO, RING, VNR, SCPZF.PK, COP, DBC, PHYS, PSLV. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. (More…)

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    BP plc (ADR) (NYSE: BP), Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE: RDS-A) (NYSE: RDS-B) and Statoil ASA(ADR) (NYSE: STO) are expected to outperform their peers by offering: 1) the greatest rate of change in cost reduction through technology and innovation, 2) upstream portfolios with an attractive risk to reward profile and 3) sufficient liquidity to invest in future growth.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We believe that the equity market has neutralised much of its underweight energy positioning in 4Q/1Q, but was caught by the sharp rally in crude from end-January. Our base-case sees oil prices still higher by end-2016 (we see >$50/bbl), albeit with a choppy 2Q likely ahead. In this scenario a modest, rather than fully-fledged price-recovery we continue to place a lot of importance on self-help in driving ROE expansion (as opposed to relying simply on oil-leverage). Value-adjusted, we like the self-help stories around Total, Chevron, Statoil (STO), Royal Dutch Shell and Eni (E) in the group. Total is on the Citi European Focus list.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Norway’s Statoil ASA (NYSE: STO) announced this morning that it has acquired stakes in two North Sea projects from France’s Total S.A. (NYSE: TOT). The transaction, valued at $1.45 billion, includes a 51% equity stake in the Martin Linge field and a 40% stake in the Garantiana discovery, both located on Norway’s continental shelf.

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    NORW reflects Norway's oil exposure. The ETF allocates nearly 28.8 percent of its weight to the energy, 870 basis points more than it devotes to its second-largest sector exposure, financial services. State-run Statoil ASA(ADR) (NYSE: STO) is NORW's largest individual holding at a weight of 15.3 percent, or 560 basis points more than NORW allocates to its second-largest holding.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Should oil prices recover, we believe that deepwater drilling activity growth should lag growth in US shale activity, as project economics is generally better in US shales, and E&Ps involved in US shales are generally quicker to react. Deepwater activity is largely comprises a handful of companies (Petrobras (PBR), Statoil (STO), Total (TOT), Shell (RDS.A), BP (BP), ONGC, ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX)) and it is unlikely that these companies can meaningfully increase their rig demand in a short period of time to absorb the current oversupply. Thus, should oil prices rise in 2018, rig demand may increase, but likely not enough to tighten the market, given that supply equaling 43% of current working rig count is stacked and new supply equaling 25% of working rig count is under-construction and should be entering the market in the coming years. As a result, while we expect some improvement in rig utilization owing to rig retirements, it will unlikely be strong enough to meaningfully improve rates in 2018 above spot levels. Any demand increase in the interim could slow rig retirements materially, and be self-defeating. We thus are Sell rated on Transocean, Atwood and Noble.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: SandRidge Mississippian Trust II(SDR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Sandridge Mississippian Trust II (NYSE: SDR) dropped about 18% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $0.75 after closing at $0.95 on Friday. The 52-week high is $1.79. Volume was around 1.3 million, more than nine times the daily average of around 160,000. The company had no specific news.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (OPHLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Merck could achieve a consistent advantage versus BMS in treatment of 1L NSCLC. There is a precise crossroad that will determine the future of these two companies in this field: the question of whether or not Keytruda will be approved in May. Both the market and investors believe that it will indeed gain approval and BMS’s stock is already paying for that. In the short term, the repercussions will be the contractions in the sales of Opdivo in 2L and a bigger obstacle for Opdivo+Yervoy in 1L. But the BMS’s combo can catch up, thanks to a bigger efficacy, as I will explain in a future article. Meanwhile, a recent trial established that Merck has to pay BMS $625M plus royalties, as it infringed BMS’s intellectual property related to the use of anti-PD1 antibodies. The royalties will be 6.5% for sales between January 2017 and the end of 2023, followed by a 2.5% rate for the period from January 2024 to the end of 2026. Bristol-Myers Squibb will share the money by giving a quarter of the amount to the Japanese Ono Pharmaceutical (OTC:OPHLF), the company which had discovered Opdivo.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Vince Holding Corp.(VNCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Vince Holding Corp (NYSE: VNCE) were down around 15 percent to $3.67. Vince Holding projects full-year sales and EPS to come in at or below the low end of its earlier issued outlook.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap upscale apparel brandretailer Vince Holding Corp (NYSE: VNCE) reported Q1 2017 financial results before the market opened this morning. Net sales decreased 14.2% to $58.0 million as wholesale segment sales decreased 20.9% to $35.4 million, primarily due to a reduction in full-price orders as a result of the elimination of the Companys summer delivery, and asdirect-to-consumer segment salesfell 1.0% to $22.6 million. Comparable sales decreased 5.7%, including e-commerce sales, due to a decrease in average order value.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gainers

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Vince Holding Corp (NYSE: VNCE) were down around 41 percent to $0.800. Vince Holding reported a Q4 loss of $162.1 million on revenue of $63.9 million.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation(EW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Edwards Lifesciences (EW) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after the medical-device company beat earnings and revenue forecasts, and raised its full-year guidance.

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    Edwards Lifesciencesgained 11% to 109.33, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.1% to 2,387.45.

    Mogran Stanley’s David Lewis andScott Wang contend that that Edwards Lifesciences is “back on track.” They explain:

    US sequential acceleration returns to the prior curve and debunks the bear case. Sequential growth in US [transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR,] in 1Q17 was ~12%, more in line with the ~13.5% average growth rate seen in the five quarters leading up to 3Q16. It’s hard to pinpoint the drivers, but we see several dynamics, including: (i) underlying device utilization thus far in 1Q, (ii) faster ramp at new hospitals where one additional TAVR per center is worth $15mn (~65% of the US upside we saw this quarter), and (iii) less acute competitive pressure from Medtronic (MDT) on larger valve sizes. SURTAVI likely played a limited role but management did not rule it out. Guidance implies a more conservative q/q US growth of ~3% for the rest of the year vs the ~12% this quarter, but underlying strength in the quarter is a material shift in US growth and intermediate penetration. As we stated in our preview, we favored the risk reward into the quarter given achievable expectations and the >20 point lag vs Intuitive YTD and would expect significant recovery tomorrow. Momentum likely continues into 2Q17 as signs of improving intermediate risk penetration provide important offsets to increased competition from Boston in early-2018 before mitral takes hold.

    Edwards Lifesciences’ market capitalization rose to $23.1 billion today from $20.9 billion yesterday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Edwards Lifesciences (EW) jumped to the top of the S&P 500 today after the medical-device maker offered its 2017 guidance this morning at its investor day.

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    Shares of Edwards Lifesciences gained 6.7% to $89.31 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to 2,246.19.

    Wells Fargo’sLarry Biegelsen offers his take on Edwards Lifesciences’ guidance:

    Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (EW-$83.73; Outperform) provided its 2017 outlook this morning (12/8) ahead of its investor meeting today. As expected, the company highlighted its robust pipeline which should drive strong growth for years to come. However, the company now expects Q4 16 revenue to come in at the low end of the guidance range due to currency and weakness in surgical heart valves. The 2017 guidance was generally strong on the top and bottom line, with both bracketing consensus.

    For 2017, EW expects sales of $3.0-3.4B and 10-14% underlying growth. This compares to consensus of $3.3B and 12.3% underlying growth (were at 12.6%)… For 2017 EPS, EW expects $3.30-3.45 which includes $0.10 dilution from the Valtech deal (something we highlighted in our preview) and $0.08-0.10 benefit from the accounting change for stock based compensation. Backing these two items out implies guidance of about $3.30-3.45 which compares to consensus of $3.40 and our estimate of $3.41…

    As expected, the pipeline updates were highly positive. While the initial reaction to the Q4 guidance will likely be negative, we are highly confident that the strong 2017 guidance and robust pipeline update will be the main takeaways from the meeting today.

    No negativity here: Edwards Lifesciences’ market capitalization rose to $19.1 billion today from $17.9 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $495 million on sales of $2.5 billion in 2015.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE: EW) announced plans to buy Valtech Cardio for $340 million in cash and stock. The company also announced a $1 billion buyback plan.
    Epizyme Inc (NASDAQ: EPZM) disclosed that it has received Fast Track designation for tazemetostat.
    Athene Holding Ltd. (NYSE: ATH) reported that it has priced its 23.8 million share IPO between $38 per share and $42 per share.
    Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI) reported the approval for its Metaxalone Tablets USP, 800 mg.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (NYSE: EW) which jumped about 10% to $108.91. The stocks 52-week range is $81.12 to $1221.75. Volume was roughly 7.3million which is above the daily average of around 2.2 million shares.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Zumiez Inc.(ZUMZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Zumiez Inc. (NASDAQ: ZUMZ) is set to report its fiscal second-quarter results on Thursday. The consensus estimates predicta net loss of $0.08 per share and $177.35 million in revenue. Shares were changing hands at $16.61 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $15.20, and the stock has a 52-week range of $11.53 to $23.45.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Zumiez Inc. (NASDAQ: ZUMZ) was down, falling around 10 percent to $19.78. Zumiez reported in-line earnings for its third quarter on Thursday.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Zumiez Inc. (NASDAQ: ZUMZ) was down, falling around 12 percent to $19.15. Zumiez reported in-line earnings for its third quarter on Thursday.

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  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Friday was a good day on Wall Street, as the stock market responded favorably to encouraging news on the employment front. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped on fairly strong job creation during the month of February, and that helped push the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Composite to modest gains of roughly between a quarter percent and a half percent. Yet even with a positive mood among market participants, some stocks weren’t able to participate in the end-of-week rally. Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), Zumiez (NASDAQ:ZUMZ), and Winnebago Industries (NYSE:WGO) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Arch Coal, Inc. (ARCH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The VanEck Vectors Coal ETF has gained 1.1% to $12.28 at 2:01 p.m. today, while Arch Coal (ARCH), which resumed listed trading yesterday after emerging from bankruptcy, has fallen 3% to $62.98.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Daktronics, Inc.(DAKT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million.

    Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE: GWRE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $92.43 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million. Daktronics shares slipped 0.13 percent to close at $7.97 on Tuesday.

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) began slugging it out in courtrooms around the world early this year when Apple filed suit against the chipmaker seeking a rebate of nearly $1 billion in patent royalty payments. The relationship has gone downhill ever since.

The latest skirmish came Wednesday morning when Apple filed a countersuit to a claim filed by Qualcomm in July alleging that Apple had infringed Qualcomm patents that help extend mobile phone battery life. Apple made the obvious reply, denying the allegations and alleging that Qualcomm’s patents were invalid anyway.

In its countersuit, Apple alleges that Qualcomm has infringed “at least” eight Apple patents related to battery life for mobile devices.

According to a Reuters report, Apple’s filing states that “Apple began seeking those patents years before Qualcomm began seeking the patents it asserts against Apple in this case.” Apple is seeking unspecified damages.

Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Daktronics, Inc.(DAKT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million.

    Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE: GWRE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $92.43 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million. Daktronics shares slipped 0.13 percent to close at $7.97 on Tuesday.

Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Diamondrock Hospitality Company(DRH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    DiamondRock Hospitality Company (NYSE: DRH) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $218.42 million.

    Weyerhaeuser Co (NYSE: WY) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share.

Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp.(TIK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) got a boost, shooting up 54 percent to $3.55 after the company reported $1 million of new orders.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million.
    Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million.
    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion.
    Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million.
    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million.
    Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million.
    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million.
    8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million.
    Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million.
    Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.
    Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million.
    Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter.
    Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.20 per share.
    Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: OSN) is projected to post ea

Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Buenaventura Mining Company Inc.(BVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    You see, Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth expects gold prices to gain 15.4% from their current $1,213 level to $1,400 an ounce this year. This rise will lead to an even bigger rally for gold stocks. Since the beginning of 2017, gold prices are up 5.1%. But the gains in gold stocks like Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (NYSE:AEM) and Compania de Minas Buenaventura SAA (NYSE ADR: BVN) have doubled and quadrupled the year-to-date gold price return.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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

    These are the top 5 holdings of Somerset Capital Management LLPFomento Economico Mexicano SAB de CV (FMX) – 1,268,818 shares, 36.15% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 9.36%Yandex NV (YNDX) – 3,352,412 shares, 25.48% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 3.61%ICICI Bank Ltd (IBN) – 5,074,899 shares, 13.19% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 11.08%Infosys Ltd (INFY) – 1,596,414 shares, 6.95% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 15.58%KT Corp (KT) – 1,330,431 shares, 6.41% of the

Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Federated Investors, Inc.(FII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Gregg Greenberg]

     Stocks of Federated Investors (FII) fell approximately 9% in 2015, yet Oja expects a big turnaround in 2016, once again due to the prospect of higher rates ahead. 

     

    "The money market fund business, which is unprofitable now, should become more profitable as rates rise because Federated has to reimburse for the servicing fees for these funds," said Oja, who also admires the fund company’s 3.5% dividend yield. 

     

    Oja added that Federated also has a "good core business of equity and fixed-income asset management." 

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A few days ago Mark Bern published a very informative article about Western Digital Corporation (NYSE: WDC) and raised the question if the company is an investment or a speculation? As result of different concerns regarding WDC the author ended the article with the conclusion that the stock is rather speculative. Although I wont recommend buying Western Digital at current price levels, I’m pretty pleased with my investment so far and will explain why I’m rather bullish than bearish on the stock although there might be some issues with the company. We will look at the future potential of data storage, we will look at the development of revenue and net income and end the article with an intrinsic value calculation. But we will start the discussion by looking at the most worrisome aspect the high debt levels.

The debt: Rather concerning

For many years Western Digital had almost no debt (and hence a very low D/E), but on May 12, 2016, the acquisition of SanDisk was officially completed and in order to finance the transaction WDC took on several billions in debt. On December 30, 2016, the total debt was $13,299 million. Six months earlier the total debt was about $17.5 billion and therefore WDC already managed to reduce the outstanding debt by $4.2 billion (but had to reduce the cash and cash equivalents from $8,151 million to $4,940 million). Most of the outstanding debt needs to be paid back in the years between 2020 and 2024. The D/E ratio of 1.24 can give us a first hint – that the debt levels are not extreme, but can be a burden for the company.

Top Stocks For 2018: Daktronics, Inc.(DAKT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million. Daktronics shares slipped 0.13 percent to close at $7.97 on Tuesday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million.

    Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE: GWRE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $92.43 million.

Top Stocks For 2018: Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion, S.A.B. de C.V.(VLRS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    In addition to Southwest, Alaska Air, and JetBlue, Mexican ultra-low cost carriers (ULCCs)Volaris (NYSE:VLRS) and VivaAerobus requested numerous slots in Mexico City. However, the DOT showed a strong preference for the U.S. carriers’ requests. In fact, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Air, and JetBlue Airways each received all of the slots they wanted.

Top Stocks For 2018: Square, Inc.(SQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Payment processors and banks that are allowing bitcoin exchange are also benefiting as first-movers in digital transactions. It’s likely that most payment processors will integrate some cryptocurrency capability eventually but the first-mover advantage for companies like Square (NYSE: SQ) should help it boost user growth over the next year.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Other best performers of 2017 demonstrating long-term stability include Square Inc (NYSE: SQ), Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA), Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: OLED), NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc (NASDAQ: TTWO).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Square, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) reported second-quarter financial results after markets closed Wednesday. The company said that it had a $0.07 in earnings per share (EPS) and $552 million in revenue, compared with consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for a net loss of $0.05 per share and $536.27 million in revenue. The same period from last year had a net loss of $0.08 per share and $438.53 million in revenue.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Western Digital Corp (NASDAQ: WDC) lost 16 percent over the last eight trading sessions, and Square Inc (NYSE: SQ), after a 264-percent run, conceded 24 percent.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Square Inc. (NYSE: SQ) had the president, CEO, chairman and co-founder, Jack Dorsey, selling shares this past week. Hesurrendered a total of 381,500 shares at a share price of $14.09. The total for the sale was posted at $5,375,764. The company develops and provides payment processing, point-of-sale, financial and marketing services worldwide. Its stock ended last week$13.63. The 52-week trading range is $8.06 to $15.91. The consensus price target is $14.14.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Square Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is set to release its most recent quarterly results Wednesday. The consensus estimates are a net loss of $0.05 per share, as well as $536.27 million in revenue. Shares ended the week at $26.20. The consensus price target is $23.81, and the 52-week range is $9.85 to $27.97.

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Chipotle investors must be feeling queasy.

Shares of the once super popular Mexican food chain are in free fall again, even though Chipotle reported decent sales and earnings last month. Chipotle (CMG) stock is down nearly 20% so far this year, and hit its lowest level since February 2013 on Tuesday.

Chipotle may have finally recovered from the E. coli nightmare it endured a few years ago. Sixty consumers in 14 states got sick following an outbreak back in 2015. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared the outbreak over in early 2016.

But in the past few weeks, Chipotle was forced to close a location in Dallas where rodents were sighted and the company also had to deal with a norovirus outbreak in a Virginia restaurant that was the result of a sick employee.

That’s spooked Wall Street. It’s reasonable to wonder what Chipotle can do to permanently get back on track. Adding queso to the menu permanently and ditching chorizo — which is the latest Chipotle rumor — might not be the answer.

best stocks currently: TCF Financial Corporation(TCB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

best stocks currently: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.(AFSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped about 28% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $13.51 after closing Monday at $18.87. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume of about 19 million shares was about 9 times the daily average of around 2.1 million. A whistleblower report has resulted in an SEC probe into the company’s accounting practices.

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

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped more than 18% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $22.58 after closing at $27.66 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume was more than 10 times the daily average of around 670,000 shares. The company missed profit estimates this morning.

best stocks currently: Daktronics, Inc.(DAKT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million.

    Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE: GWRE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $92.43 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million. Daktronics shares slipped 0.13 percent to close at $7.97 on Tuesday.

best stocks currently: East West Bancorp Inc.(EWBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

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Image source: Sirius XM Radio.

There are a lot of people betting against Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI)these days, even as the stock is hitting 10-year highs. There were 280.1 million shares of Sirius XM sold short at the end of 2016, just below the late-November peak of 285.1 million shares but nearly double the short interest that we were seeing a year ago.

One can argue that the boo birds have a lot of fair reasons to be bearish. The stock is at its highest point in more than a decade, prompting valuation concerns. The company continues to court Pandora (NYSE:P) in public, a potential purchase that the market generally isn’t very excited about. There’s also the incessant fear that the smartphone revolution and the connected car will dismiss satellite radio as transitory and expensive entertainment.

Things don’t have to end badly for those long Sirius XM stock. If anything, it may be the naysayers that get burned. Let’s go over a few of the reasons why it could be dangerous to bet against Sirius XM this year.

how to play the stock market: SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION(SAIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion. SAIC shares gained 0.96 percent to $57.87 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion.

how to play the stock market: Hanesbrands Inc.(HBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [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 Ben Levisohn]

    Hanesbrands (HBI) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after missing earnings forecasts and offering disappointing guidance.

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    Hanesbrandsdropped 16% to $18.98 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.7% to 2,297.42.

    Stifel’s Jim Duffy and team explain what went wrong:

    Structural changes in US consumer and retail trends weighed on 4Q and HBI fell short in 4Q. These trends are expected to continue in FY17 and guidance was more cautious than prevailing estimates. Given the leverage and dependence on acquisitions for growth, we view visibility to underlying free cash generation key to valuation and we are discouraged by both 2016 results which were well short of plan and the outlook for FY17 operating cash flow which is a step backwards from prior FY16 guidance. With a reduction in 2017 CFO estimates from $795mn to $690mn we are lowering our 12-month target price from $26 to $23.

    Hanesbrands’ market capitalization fell to $7.2 billion today from $8.6 billion yesterday.

    Hanesbrands was just one of many retail companies that got shellacked this week. Under Armour (UAA) tumbled 29% after missing earnings forecasts and cutting its guidance, while Deckers Outdoor (DECK) plunged 21% after its earnings missed the Street consensus, and Ralph Lauren (RL) plummeted 13% after its CEO stepped down.

how to play the stock market: Daktronics, Inc.(DAKT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million. Daktronics shares slipped 0.13 percent to close at $7.97 on Tuesday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million.

    Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE: GWRE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $92.43 million.

how to play the stock market: Denbury Resources Inc.(DNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Yet even though the overall market held up relatively well, some stocks took substantial hits. Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), and Pandora Media (NYSE:P) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By John Stevens]

     Denbury Resources (DNR) stock started sinking on Wednesday. They continued to go down on Thursday and Friday as well. Overall, they went down by over 15% since they opened on Wednesday, alongside oil prices as traders booked profits after three sessions of gains.

    Denbury Resources Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company’s operations are focused on two operating areas: the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions. Its properties with proved and producing reserves in the Gulf Coast region are situated in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana and Alabama, and in the Rocky Mountain region are situated in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. It has estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves of over 288.6 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE). Its primary Gulf Coast carbon dioxide source is Jackson Dome, which is located near Jackson, Mississippi..

    Shares of Denbury Resources slumped by 6.31% to $4.24 during trading on Thursday the 9th as oil prices declined. On Friday, the again went down by another 8.83% to close at $3.31.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE: DNR) dropped about 10.7% Monday to register a new 52-week low of $0.91 after closing at $1.03 on Friday. The 52-week high is $4.29. Volume was around 7.3million, about 1 million more than the daily average. The company also announced operational issues related to tropical storm Harvey.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That sell-off in the oil market weighed on financially challenged oil stocks, which will struggle if crude continues dropping. Among the biggest losers were Abraxas Petroleum (NASDAQ:AXAS), Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), California Resources (NYSE:CRC), and Cobalt International Energy (NYSE:CIE).

how to play the stock market: B Communications Ltd.(BCOM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares rose by just 0.2 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included B Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: BCOM), down 4 percent, and Partner Communications Company Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: PTNR), down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.77 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included United States Cellular Corp (NYSE: USM), down 5 percent, and B Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: BCOM), down 5 percent.

how to play the stock market: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.(LYV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer checked in with Michael Rapino, president and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment (LYV) , a stock that’s up 44% since Cramer last spoke with him a little more than a year ago but also one that fell 3% in today’s session on what appeared to be solid quarterly results.