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Hot Medical Stocks To Own For 2018

Cell Medx Corp (OTCBB: CMXC) is in the news for insider trading. Reading a headline with insider trading generally sends chills, especially if you are the part of the management team of said company. But lets consider for a moment that this could be a buy opportunity, or at least an event worthy of shining the spotlight on a small(ish) bio-tech firm.

Cell Medx Corp (OTCBB: CMXC) is an early stage bio-tech firm focusing on the discovery, development and commercialization of therapeutic products. With treatments for diabetes, Parkinsons Disease and high blood pressure in their wheelhouse, Cell Medx is plugged into three of the most significant medical conditions that affect the population.

The company recently announced it had completed the registration process with the FDA, and that it is conducting ongoing clinical trials for a diabetes therapy. According to their most recent financials, they eliminated over $800k of liabilities from their balance sheet, and they have a strong cash reserve, indicators that they are well positioned for reverse mergers or acquisition by a larger, more established company.

Hot Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Nuveen Select Tax Free Income Portfolio(NXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Eric Volkman]

    Income investors might be wary of Qualcomm, as the company loves to spend its money — at times, its dividend payouts and share buybacks have exceeded free cash flow. Compounding that matter, the company should soon close the door on its acquisition of European peer NXP Semiconductor (NYSE:NXP), a deal with an estimated enterprise value of $47 billion.

Hot Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Radient Technologies (RTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    There’s an old business adage…. it’s not so much what you know, but who you know. If that’ s truly the case (and it is), then shareholders in Radient Technologies Inc (CVE:RTI) should be elated. The newest member of the Board of Directors that not already knows a lot of the right people, but has pretty much done all of things Radient would like to accomplish in the near future. That is, he was on the board for another ingredient and chemical company that was eventually acquired, but he also holds a masters degree in engineering. He can do it all, understanding the art and science of the business.

    It’s yet another reason for RTI investors to be enthused.

    Radient Technologies isn’t exactly a new company, but it’s relative notoriety is a fairly new phenomenon.

    The organization, in simplest terms, has developed an ingredient-extraction process called microwave assisted processing, or “MAP,” for short. As the name implies, the use of radio microwaves helps the extraction process along.

    Using its patented MAP process, Radient is able to selectively deposit microwave energy into a biomass (source material) and heat the target elements while leaving other materials in the mix unaltered. The near-instantaneous “in-core” heating that occurs creates pressure which drives out the targeting ingredient or component much faster than more conventional extraction methods. In fact, the pressure-driven process outperforms the conventional extraction on pretty much every front. That is, the technique reduces the extraction time from hours to minutes, delivers a higher active ingredient purity, increases the recovery of actives from often scarce biomass, and uses much less solvent and energy than the more typical approach.

    The technique can, and already has, created natural ingredients for global customers across a range of industries, including food and beverage, nutrition, supplements, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

    The company’

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    Although the past several years have been very good ones for the cannabis — marijuana and hemp — industry, it’s still mostly being done in an old, artisan-style fashion. Most companies haven’t figured out a way of scaling up their outputs by improving their operating/production efficiency, even though the market’s growth has merited. Radient Technologies Inc (CVE:RTI) represents that next evolution of the cannabinoid business, introducing a new approach to extracting cannabinoids from cannabis plants that will not only improve yields, but create a superior, purer product.

    Canada-based Radient Technologies has developed — and patented – an ingredient-extraction process called microwave assisted processing, or “MAP,” for short. As the name implies, the use of radio microwaves helps the extraction process along. To fully appreciate why it matters, however, one has look at the approach other ingredients suppliers are utilizing now.

    With current approaches to create ingredients from an appropriate source, the material with the target compound or molecule in it is soaked in a solvent, heated to 50 degrees Celsius (or more), and over the course of several hours, the desired ingredient diffuses into the solvent. After filtration, drying, and other processing, that ingredient is finally isolated and then collected.

    It works, but it’s hardly ideal. Aside from the fact that this technique doesn’t work very well at large scale, yields are relatively low. Worse, a lot of things you don’t want to extract can still be found in the extract, lowering the quality and purity of the ingredient.

    Radient Technologies’ microwave assisted processing changes all of this.

    Using its patented MAP process, Radient is able to selectively deposit microwave energy into a biomass (source material) and heat the target elements while leaving other materials in the mix unaltered. The near-instantaneous “in-core” heating that occurs creates pressure which

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap Radient Technologies (CVE: RTI) is focused on extracting, isolating and purifying food/nutraceutical ingredients (colourings, flavourings, preservatives etc) and pharmaceutical raw materials from its20,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Edmonton, Alberta. The Companyworks with global brands across a range of industries (including Food and Beverage, Nutrition and Supplements, Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care and Cosmetics and Biofuel) andengageswithits clients in three distinct phases:

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    At first glance, a new set of rules from the Drug Enforcement Agency unveiled in the middle of December looked like it posed a problem for cannabis-newcomer Radient Technologies Inc (CVE:RTI). By assigning a controlled substances code number to ‘marijuana extract,’ simultaneously distinguishing (and acknowledging the differences of marijuana, hemp and their derivatives as Schedule I substances. As the ruling’s language explained, “This code number will allow DEA and DEA-registered entities to track quantities of this material separately from quantities of marihuana. This, in turn, will aid in complying with relevant treaty provisions.”

    It presents something of an uncertainty, as it was not clear of the DEA also meant hemp and cannabis extracts when it used the term ‘marijuana extract.’ After all, the Drug Enforcement Agency has thus far done a poor job of distinguishing between hemp and marijuana, but has generally erred on the side of grouping everything as marijuana…. even if it didn’t cause a ‘high,’ and even if it did provide a medical benefit. If that was indeed the case, Radient Technologies may well be a non-starter in its quest to get into the cannabis business.

    No need to worry. Though it took weeks to get some much-needed clarification, the DEA has finally explained what it was saying two months ago. Indeed, the new ruling may actually help the medical marijuana — cannabis — along. DEA spokesman Russ Baer said in an e-mail to The Cannabist, “(The rule change) recognizes that there is a potential medical benefit to some of the cannabinoids.”

    Some still worry the wording of the law essentially, even if unintentionally, puts cannabinoids (or CBD) under the purveyance of the DEA; it’s currently not. Even so, if nothing else the ruling has the government moving towards clarity, after acknowledging CBD — the healthy version of the cannabis, and not the one that gets you high — has medical value. The next step is clarifying ho

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    Some of the stories about how cannabis has changed lives for the better are nothing less than astounding. Take Illinois resident Darren Miller as an example. In 2015 Miller was diagnosed with lung cancer that was later deemed terminal. Miller underwent chemotherapy, without much hope, but also began using high-THC Indica cannabis oil. Miller is alive today, and arguably shouldn’t be.

    Then there’s Floridian Branden Petro. Not only does Petro suffer epilepsy, he commonly experiences seizures stemming from the condition. Nothing has stopped the seizures as quickly or effectively as 200 milligram worth of THC cannabis oil, administered as a nasal spray. Within 20 seconds of using it, it’s as of the seizure never happened.

    And there are millions of other such (and less dramatic) examples, all pointing in the same direction – cannabis has medical value on multiple fronts. Not facilitating its commercialization is a wasted opportunity.

    It’s a notion that’s far from lost on the people that have built Canadian-based Radient Technologies Inc (CVE:RTI) from the round up, recently inking a deal with supplier of cannabinoid extracts, Aurora Cannabis.

    It’s a real accolade. Aurora is one of the largest licensed producers of medical cannabis under Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), and recently began construction on an unprecedented 800,000 square foot production facility in Leduc County, Alberta. This facility, known as “Aurora Sky”, is anticipated to be capable of producing in excess of 100,000 kg of high-quality, low-cost marijuana per year.

    In most regards though, Radient Technologies is the big winner of the deal, as the partnership is apt to put its high-tech facility in full demand, helping to advance the advent of cannabis in all its potential glory.

    It’s a rather amazing science, really. Radient Technologies uses an ingredient-extraction process called microwave assisted proc

Hot Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation(FDML)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

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

Hot Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: BioLineRx Ltd.(BLRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    Currently trading at $1.09 per share, BioLine Rx Ltd. (Nasdaq: BLRX) develops a broad range of drug candidates to treat cancer, liver fibrosis, and even dry eye syndrome.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stockBioline RX Ltd (NASDAQ: BLRX) as a speculative buy:

Hot Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Brown & Brown, Inc.(BRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    BMO also upgraded Arch Capital Group (ACGL), Brown & Brown (BRO), and Travelers (TRV).

    Shares of American International Group have declined 0.4% to $65.60 at 3:36 p.m. today, whileArch Capital Group has gained 2% to $87.90,Brown & Brown has advanced 0.5% to $44.65, andTravelers has risen 1.3% to $120.79.

Hot Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: 3D Systems Corporation(DDD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows ExOne Co along with other small cap 3D printing stocks like3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD), Stratasys, Ltd (NASDAQ: SSYS) and Voxeljet AG (NYSE: VJET) all peaking in 2013/2014 with the bubble clearly bursting since then:

  • [By Jack Delaney]

    Here are 10 virtual reality stocks to watch in 2017, with today’s opening price (Feb. 22) and the year-to-date (YTD) return thus far:

    3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD); $17.12; +26.71% YTDUniversal Display Corp. (Nasdaq: OLED); $71.60; +25.49% YTDAdvanced Micro Devices Inc. (Nasdaq: AMD); $14.30; +24.22% YTDFacebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB); $133.60; +18.64% YTDAdobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE); $119.67; +15.93% YTDSony Corp. (NYSE ADR: SNE); $31.29; +11.49% YTDAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL); $848; +7.49% YTDAmbarella Inc. (Nasdaq: AMBA); $57.85; +6.26% YTDMicrosoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT); $64.33; +3.16% YTDRockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE: COL); $93.97; +0.97% YTD

    The virtual reality industry could reach $33.9 billion in value by 2022, which is why virtual reality stocks are more popular than ever.

  • [By Beth McKenna]

    While Stratasys’ stock is still down significantly from its all-time high, it’s showing signs of life this year. It’s gained 17% in 2017, through March 3, outpacing rival 3D Systems’ (NYSE:DDD)9.3% gain and the S&P 500’s total return of 6.9%. Shares of 3D Systems had been riding higher in 2017, through plummeted 10% after the company announced earnings on Feb. 28. Quarterly revenue and 2017 revenue guidance came in lighter than Wall Street analysts were expecting.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018

On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap educational children’s books stock Educational Development Corporation (NASDAQ: EDUC) as a short/bearish trade:

As for Educational Development, it too has dished out several key moving average crosses within the past few days… but not bullish ones – bearish ones. And, though its choppiness has become downright reliable, that choppiness has turned net-bearish, with EDUC shares breaking under a key floor this week on huge volume. We’re really counting on the fact that the tide has turned for the worst, even if most everyone else hasn’t noticed or doesn’t care.

Our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter discussesEducational Development Corporations technical chart along with a potential short/bearish trading strategy:

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Texas Instruments Incorporated(TXN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. When compared to other companies in the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC’s return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.

     

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Texas Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: TXN) has done well, along with the broader market and semiconductor stock rally. With a gain of 11% so far in 2017, its performance is quite similar to that of the Van Eck Semiconductors index ETF and the Nasdaq 100. Still, that is twice the gain of the S&P 500.

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.58 versus $1.92 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.72 versus $2.58).

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. 

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This old-school chip tech company was out of favor but has come back solid.Texas Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: TXN) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog integrated circuits and embedded processors.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: 3D Systems Corporation(DDD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Stratasys, Ltd along with other small cap 3D printing stocks like 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD), ExOne Co (NASDAQ: XONE)and Voxeljet AG (NYSE: VJET) all peaking a few years and all showing some signs of stabilization over the past year:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap 3D printing stock3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the market closed on Wednesday with results missing expectations. Revenue grew 1% to $159.5 million as demand from healthcare and industrial customers as well as strength in EMEA was offset by softer sales in APAC and lower revenue from professional printers. The net loss was $8.4 million versus anet loss of $4.6 million. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Voxeljet AGalong with other small cap 3D printing stocks like ExOne Co (NASDAQ: XONE), 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) and Stratasys, Ltd (NASDAQ: SSYS) all peaking around 2013-2014 when the bubble burst:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    On the other hand, he expounded, 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) and Stratasys go through resellers, not relying much on retailers, “because they are more industrial machines.” So, there are no strong competitors in the retail segment in Latin America, he assured.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: GigaMedia Limited(GIGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap online gaming and cloud computing GigaMedia Limited (NASDAQ: GIGM) as a bullish long trade:

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Insperity, Inc.(NSP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Insperity Inc. (NYSE: NSP) also had a large-scale seller on the desk, and it was another well-known hedge fund. Value Act, which also serves as a director at the company, sold a total of 226,000 shares of the stock at prices that ranged from $71.22 to $72.41. The total for the sale was set at $16 million.Insperity provides an array of human resources and business solutions to enhance business performance for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. The shares closed the day on Friday at $71.85.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now

We’re trying out a new feature here at Barrons Stocks to Watch Today, which will look at the best-performing stock in the S&P 500 each day.

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And no, we didn’t accidentally republish yesterday’s post about Skyworks Solutions (SWKS). Skyworks Solutions is once again today’s hottest stock. The semiconductor manufacturer–and Apple (AAPL) supplier– followed up yesterday’s 4.4% rise with 6.4% gain to $77.02, as it once again rode Apple’s coattails higher. The iPhone maker gained 3.4% to $115.57.

But it wasn’t all Apple today. There was also a positive analyst note from Oppenheimer’sRick Schafer and Joshua Buchalter, who call Skyworks, which has gained just 0.2% this year, “misunderstood” and “mis-priced.” They explain why:

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Popular, Inc.(BPOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We believe investors should continue to own three types of bank stocks: “Return of Capital (RC) Stocks”, “Risk On (RO) Stocks”, and “Multiple Revaluation (MR) Stocks.” RC stocks include M&T Bank (MTB), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), and SunTrust Banks (STI); RO stocks include Bank of America, Popular (BPOP), Citigroup, JPMorgan, and KeyCorp (KEY); and MR stocks include BB&T (BBT) and PNC Financial Services Group (PNC).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Founded in 1893, mid cap Popular Inc (NASDAQ: BPOP) is the leading banking institution by both assets and deposits in Puerto Rico and ranks among the top 50 U.S. banks by assets. Popular provides retail, mortgage and commercial banking services through its principal banking subsidiary, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, as well as auto and equipment leasing and financing, investment banking, broker-dealer and insurance services through specialized subsidiaries. In the United States, Popular has established a community-banking franchise providing a broad range of financial services and products with branches in New York, New Jersey and Florida under the name of Popular Community Bank.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Boston Properties, Inc.(BXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Markus Aarnio]

    Owens Realty Mortgage’s competitors include American Assets Trust (AAT), Alexandria Real Estate Equities (ARE) and Boston Properties (BXP). American Assets Trust has seen five insider buy transactions and four insider sell transactions this year. American Assets Trust has a dividend yield of 2.78%. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has seen 14 insider sell transactions this year. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has a dividend yield of 4.10%. Boston Properties has seen one insider buy transaction and four insider sell transactions this year. Boston Properties has a dividend yield of 2.43%.

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

    The fund owned big U.S. real estate investment trusts Boston Properties (BXP) and Vornado (VNO), as well as Japan’s Sumitomo Realty, as of the end of last year. REITs are known for their big dividends.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: MarketAxess Holdings, Inc.(MKTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    MarketAxessHoldings (NASDAQ:MKTX)reported first-quarter results on April 26. The electronic trading platform is enjoying strong gains in revenue and profits as it continues to take share of the massive global fixed-income market.

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    This is why I’m bullish on a company that promises to mitigate the liquidity issues facing the bond market. The company is MarketAxess (Nasdaq: MKTX).

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Liberty Interactive Corporation(QVCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    QVC (QVCA) was upgraded to buy from neutral at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $25 price target. The company can turn its sales around and deserves a higher multiple, analysts said. 

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: 3D Systems Corporation(DDD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Beth McKenna]

    3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) is slated to report its fourth-quarterand full-year 2016 earnings before the market opens on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The leading diversified 3D printing company will be the first of the two big players to report, as rivalStratasyshas not yet reported.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows ExOne Co along with other small cap 3D printing stocks like3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD), Stratasys, Ltd (NASDAQ: SSYS) and Voxeljet AG (NYSE: VJET) all peaking in 2013/2014 with the bubble clearly bursting since then:

  • [By Beth McKenna]

    While Stratasys’ stock is still down significantly from its all-time high, it’s showing signs of life this year. It’s gained 17% in 2017, through March 3, outpacing rival 3D Systems’ (NYSE:DDD)9.3% gain and the S&P 500’s total return of 6.9%. Shares of 3D Systems had been riding higher in 2017, through plummeted 10% after the company announced earnings on Feb. 28. Quarterly revenue and 2017 revenue guidance came in lighter than Wall Street analysts were expecting.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE: CMP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.33 per share on revenue of $347.03 million.

    MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $177.19 million.

share market today

Chinas cloud computing market size is expected to grow to 430 billion yuan ($64.68 billion by 2019). Technavio also estimates that the data center industry of China is growing at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 13%. Im not surprised that Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is pushing hard its latest EPYC server processors for Chinas fast-growing cloud computing/data center market.

Ever since 2005, China has been the worlds largest market for semiconductor products. EPYCs future contribution to AMDs top-line and bottom-line growth wont be complete if it doesnt make an impact on Chinas server/datacenter hardware infrastructure. It will be AMDs new x86 processors, not ARM-based SoCs, which have the best chance to hurt Intels (INTC) lucrative server business. China is also the country which contributes the most revenue to Intel.

As per AnandTech, AMDs EPYC processors are more affordable (based on core-count/price ratio) than Intels Xeon products. Im part Chinese; so I understand Chinas data center operators will most likely appreciate AMDs lower-than-Xeon pricing strategy for EPYC.

share market today: 3D Systems Corporation(DDD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Beth McKenna]

    While Stratasys’ stock is still down significantly from its all-time high, it’s showing signs of life this year. It’s gained 17% in 2017, through March 3, outpacing rival 3D Systems’ (NYSE:DDD)9.3% gain and the S&P 500’s total return of 6.9%. Shares of 3D Systems had been riding higher in 2017, through plummeted 10% after the company announced earnings on Feb. 28. Quarterly revenue and 2017 revenue guidance came in lighter than Wall Street analysts were expecting.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows ExOne Co along with other small cap 3D printing stocks like3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD), Stratasys, Ltd (NASDAQ: SSYS) and Voxeljet AG (NYSE: VJET) all peaking in 2013/2014 with the bubble then bursting:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD) is expected to report its third-quarter results late on Tuesday. The consensus forecast calls for $0.12 in earnings per share (EPS) and revenue of $162.77 million. Shares of 3D ended last week at $11.54. The consensus analyst price target is $15.40. The 52-week trading range is $11.38 to $23.70.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Stratasys, Ltd along with other small cap 3D printing stocks like 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD), ExOne Co (NASDAQ: XONE)and Voxeljet AG (NYSE: VJET) all peaking a few years with the bubble bursting and all showing some signs of stabilization or even a bit of a recent uptick:

share market today: Lithium Americas Corp. (LACDF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Still, reading between the lines, it’s been clear which names he has liked over the months and years. Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) and SQM (NYSE:SQM) are prime examples. Consider that LAC shares have more than doubled from an early July low of C$0.78 (it closed at C$1.70 on Sept. 15th) when rumblings suggested that SQM might not move forward on the LAC/SQM Cauchari-Olaroz project. Joe was among the first to squash those rumors, setting up what turned out to be a highly profitable buying opportunity. SQM is up 120% in the past 12 months (by comparison, the Global X Lithium ETF (LIT) is up 54%, and the S&P 500 Index is up 16%).

share market today: Bloomin' Brands, Inc.(BLMN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By CNBC]

    Tony Tribble, Invision/AP
    Forget about Bloomin’ Onions or boneless wings, for many consumers, the choice of where to dine often comes down to a different factor: which restaurant has the best booze.
    “Alcoholic beverages can be a key driver of traffic, differentiation, and loyalty,” said David Decker, president of Consumer Edge Insight. According to the firm, two factors that keep customers coming back are “selection” and “pricing.”
    Consumer Edge Insight recently surveyed restaurant customers to find out which casual-dining spots generated the most loyalty with their alcoholic beverages.
    Taking the top spot for “selection” was Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), with 29 percent of those surveyed saying they were “most likely to visit it most often due to its good selection of alcoholic beverages.”
    Applebee’s (DIN) took the second spot, with 24 percent, and Outback Steakhouse (BLMN) and T.G.I. Friday’s tied for third place with 22 percent each.
    Prices also keep customers coming back to Buffalo Wild Wings.

    When asked which casual-dining brand they were “most likely to visit most often due to its good prices of alcoholic beverages,” Buffalo Wild Wings came out on top with 30 percent. Chili’s (EAT) was No. 2 at 23 percent, and Ruby Tuesday (RT) was third with 22 percent.
    Buffalo Wild Wings has always made alcohol a part of its experience, even making it part of its tagline: “Wings.Beer.Sports.”
    The chain is the No. 1 account for more than 50 different beer brands and recently launched Game Changer, a new beer in a partnership with Redhook Brewery. Priced between cheaper domestic lagers and pricier craft beers, Game Changer became the fourth-most-popular draft beer at company-owned locations within two weeks of its release.
    “Among casual-dining restaurants, Buffalo Wild Wings is seeing the greatest positive effect in terms of building customer loyalty with its alcohol offerings,” Decker said. “There are many steps other restaurants can take to improve their alcoho

share market today: Royal Bank Scotland plc (The)(RBS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jonathan Morgan]

    Adidas AG slid 2.9 percent after lowering its profit forecast for 2013. Direct Line Insurance Group Plc lost 2.5 percent as Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) sold a 630 million-pound ($1 billion) stake in the U.K.s biggest car insurer.

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

    European banks worse off than 2008? Lamensdorf is concerned about the exposure to bad loans (especially energy company debt) held by big banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Credit Suisse (CS) and Deutsche Bank (DB). He’s shorting all three.

Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Francesca's Drops On Earnings Miss; Revance Therapeutics Shares Ga

Toward the end of trading Tuesday, the Dow traded down 0.09 percent to 24,268.65 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.39 percent to 6,801.80. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.05 percent to 2,640.71.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Tuesday afternoon, the information technology sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) and Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT).

In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares fell 1.15 percent.

Top Headline

Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE: TOL) reported downbeat results for its fourth quarter.

Toll Brothers posted quarterly earnings of $1.17 per share on revenue of $2.03 billion. However, analysts expected earnings of $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.08 billion.

Equities Trading UP

Revance Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: RVNC) shares shot up 38 percent to $35.90 after the company disclosed that its RT002 met primary and all secondary endpoints.

Shares of Moleculin Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBRX) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $2.16 after the company disclosed that its WP1066 drug has received the FDA brain tumor IND clearance.

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED) shares were also up, gaining 19 percent to $7.48 after the company reported Q2 results.

Equities Trading DOWN

Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT) shares dropped 34 percent to $1.64 as the company reported that its Phase 2b NASH-CX trial did not meet its primary endpoint.

Shares of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) were down 24 percent to $1.985. Ascena Retail reported in-line earnings for its first quarter. The company reported a 5 percent drop in its Q1 comps and issued weak second quarter guidance.

Francesca's Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FRAN) was down, falling around 9 percent to $7.09 following downbeat quarterly earnings.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 0.33 percent to $57.68 while gold traded down 1.01 percent to $1,264.80.

Silver traded down 1.88 percent Tuesday to $16.065, while copper fell 4.42 percent to $2.9535.

Eurozone

European shares closed mixed today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.19 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.03 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index jumped 0.24 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX slipped 0.08 percent, and the French CAC 40 dipped 0.26 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.16 percent.

Economics

U.S. trade deficit rose 8.6 percent to $48.7 billion in October.

The ISM non-manufacturing index dropped to 57.40 in November, versus prior reading of 60.10. However, economists projected a reading of 59.10.