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Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Just how blue are the skies for Nuance?

Nuance (NASDAQ:NUAN) reported the results of its quarter and fiscal 2016 year-end last Thursday. Talk about saving the best for last, the company’s results marked the end of the calendar Q3 reporting season, and based on the way I keep score, the results were the best relative to prior expectations of all of the companies that I track. Not on the headline numbers, although they were a modest beat, but on bookings, which were by far the best performance relative to expectations in the IT space last quarter. 45% growth in bookings is not something I expected, and I am still scratching my head at how it happened (Just kidding – the bookings result was because the company closed several major transactions that it had deliberately excluded from its forecast at the end of Q3 – it was year-end and closing large deals is a rite of passage for most software companies at the end of the year). The bookings overattainment was approximately $60 million or 13% above the company’s forecast from August. The number of companies that beat revenue/bookings expectations by 13% at this scale are about equal to the number of times I have passed up a glass of a Chateau d’Yquem.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: MercadoLibre Inc.(MELI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $10.67 per share on revenue of $2.87 billion.
    CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $6.00 billion.
    Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $803.36 million.
    Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: SEP) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $751.57 million.
    IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $923.80 million.
    Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $691.75 million.
    Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOXA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share on revenue of $7.41 billion.
    ICU Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICUI) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.84 per share on revenue of $346.28 million.
    TechnipFMC plc (NYSE: FTI) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $3.13 billion.
    Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $401.76 million.
    The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (NYSE: DNB) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $1.07 per share on revenue of $386.91 million.
    Matrix Service Company (NASDAQ: MTRX) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $285.16 million.
    Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MHLD) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $739.31 million.
    tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $428.25 million.
    Copa Holdings,

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: MDCA) fell 23.4 percent to $5.25 in pre-market trading after a first-quarter earnings miss.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) shares fell 15.1 percent to $3.48 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat Q1 earnings.
    Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) fell 14 percent to $13.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted downbeat Q2 earnings and lowered FY18 organic growth guidance.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) fell 13.2 percent to $3.10 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly results.
    Rowan Companies plc (NYSE: RDC) shares fell 10.7 percent to $14.13 in pre-market trading after climbing 8.50 percent on Wednesday.
    BT Group plc (NYSE: BT) fell 9 percent to $14.80 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q4 results and announced plans to cut 13,000 jobs over the next three years.
    Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) fell 8.3 percent to $19.90 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that IMblaze370 Phase 3 pivotal trial of atezolizumab and cobimetinib in patients with heavily pretreated locally advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer did not meet primary endpoint.
    Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ: INFN) fell 8.2 percent to $10.80 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Synaptics, Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) shares fell 7.4 percent to $43.00 in pre-market trading. Synaptics reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter, while sales missed estimates.
    Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) shares fell 7.4 percent to $76.23 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 earnings.
    Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: IART) shares fell 7 percent to $59.36 in pre-market trading. Integra LifeSciences priced its 5.25 million share public offering of common stock at $58.50 per share.
    Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRY) shares fell 6.9 percent to $12.75 in pre-m

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Westpac Banking Corp raised its stake in MercadoLibre (NASDAQ:MELI) by 11.4% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 27,793 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 2,853 shares during the quarter. Westpac Banking Corp owned about 0.06% of MercadoLibre worth $9,905,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    MercadoLibre, Inc. (NASDAQ:MELI) had a banner year in 2017, and things were looking up to start off 2018. When the company released its fourth-quarter financial results in February, it reported revenue of $437 million, up 70% year over year in U.S. dollars and almost doubling in local-currency terms. It also announced that it would be deconsolidating the results of its Venezuelan subsidiary, which had long been a drag on its financials due to persistent currency devaluations and spiraling hyperinflation. After doubling last year, MercadoLibre’s stock had gained over 30% again by early March.

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    In this segment fromMotley Fool Money, host Chris Hill asks senior analysts Jason Moser, Matt Argersinger, and Ron Gross to discuss the companies they have their eyes on. Listen in to find out why they pickedHealthcare Services Group(NASDAQ:HCSG), Ameris Bancorp(NASDAQ:ABCB), and MercadoLibre(NASDAQ:MELI).

  • [By Danny Vena]

    Unless you live in Latin America or follow the rapidly growing field of e-commerce, you may not have ever heard of MercadoLibre, Inc. (NASDAQ:MELI). What began primarily as an online auction site has evolved into a full service e-commerce platform with services in 19 countries.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: New Oriental Education & Technology Group, Inc.(EDU)

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  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    As the old saying goes, “You need to strike when the iron is hot.”Management at New Oriental Education & Technology Group(NYSE:EDU), a provider of in-person and online after-school tutoring in China, knows that the business is red-hot right now; it is striking by leveraging its balance sheet and growing brand by pushing a massive expansion throughout the Middle Kingdom.

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    New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE:EDU) Q3 2017 Earnings Conference CallApril 24, 2018 8:00 a.m. ET

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares rose 15.2 percent to $31.90 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) rose 12.4 percent to $41.30 in pre-market trading after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong Q2 forecast.
    Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGLE) rose 10.8 percent to $8.75 in pre-market trading.
    Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ: MITL) rose 8.8 percent to $11.05 in pre-market trading after the company agreed to be acquired by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for $2.0 billion.
    Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT) rose 7.3 percent to $3.70 in pre-market trading.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares rose 6.9 percent to $7.00 in pre-market trading after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: HALL) rose 6.5 percent to $10.68 in pre-market trading.
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) rose 5.2 percent to $20.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.53 percent on Monday.
    New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU) rose 5 percent to $91.16 in pre-market trading after reporting Q3 results.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) rose 5 percent to $167.98 in pre-market trading after Bloomberg reported that Takeda is nearing a preliminary agreement to acquire Shire after sweetened bid.
    Outfront Media Inc. (NYSE: OUT) shares rose 5 percent to $19.00 in pre-market trading.
    Geron Corporation (NASDAQ: GERN) rose 4.3 percent to $4.18 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.80 percent on Monday.
    SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) rose 3.7 percent to $109.80 in pre-market trading after the company posted strong quarterly results and raised its outlook for the year.
    Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL) shares rose 3.7 percent to $8.70 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.45 percent on Monday.
    Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (NYSE: D

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Steelcase Inc.(SCS)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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    Vida Health Expands Platform to Tackle Comorbidities (prweb.com) Zacks: Brokerages Expect Steelcase (SCS) Will Announce Quarterly Sales of $756.45 Million (americanbankingnews.com) Knoll: Q1 Earnings Enough To Stay Long (seekingalpha.com) ValuEngine Downgrades Steelcase (SCS) to Sell (americanbankingnews.com) Should Stem Cells Spin SA.s (WSE:SCS) Recent Earnings Decline Worry You? (finance.yahoo.com)

    Several research analysts have weighed in on the company. ValuEngine lowered Steelcase from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Seaport Global Securities reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Steelcase in a research report on Monday, March 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Steelcase from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 28th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $16.00.

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    Jim Hackett spent two decades as CEO of Michigan-based office furniture company Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS). When he took over, the American workplace was shifting away from cubicles, and the company looked on the verge of extinction, with $70 million in annual losses.

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Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Franklin Resources, Inc.(BEN)

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE: BEN) traded down about 2% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $32.41 after closing Tuesday at $33.09. The stock’s 52-week high is $47.65. Volume was about equal to the daily average of around 3.6 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

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    These are the top 5 holdings of Gallagher Fiduciary Advisors, LLCFifth Third Bancorp (FITB) – 7,424,558 shares, 43.91% of the total portfolio. New PositionUnited States Steel Corp (X) – 3,763,643 shares, 25.82% of the total portfolio. Franklin Resources Inc (BEN) – 1,825,092 shares, 15.42% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 2.44%Cleveland-Cliffs Inc (CLF) – 1,780,977 shares, 2.5% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 1.33%Finisar Corp (FNSR) – 349,639 shares, 1.39% of t

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CyberOptics Corporation(CYBE)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Perceptron (NASDAQ: PRCP) and CyberOptics (NASDAQ:CYBE) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Ecolab Inc.(ECL)

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Goldman Sachs (GS) , Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) , Ecolab (ECL) , PTC (PTC) , Arista Networks (ANET) , U.S. Concrete (USCR) and Masco (MAS) .

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    Ecolab (ECL) : “That’s a terrific situation that I want you to buy more of if it comes down.”

    PTC (PTC) : “Not my cup of tea but I understand it’s in the sweet spot of tech.”

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    3. Ecolab (NYSE: ECL)
    This water, hygiene, and energy services company is being heavily bought by Bill Gates. Mr. Gates has purchased around a million shares across several transactions in the last 30 days. His purchase price was between $134.00 and $137.00 per share.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Dillard's, Inc.(DDS)

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $120.51 billion.
    J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.2 per share on revenue of $2.63 billion.
    Dillard's, Inc. (NYSE: DDS) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $1.46 billion.
    The Children's Place, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCE) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.21 per share on revenue of $444.14 million.
    Manchester United plc (NYSE: MANU) is expected to report quarterly loss at $1.35 per share on revenue of $193.67 million.
    Teekay Corporation (NYSE: TK) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $296.76 million.
    KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $306.72 million.
    Vascular Biogenics Ltd. (NASDAQ: VBLT) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.21 per share.
    Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (NYSE: TOO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $272.04 million.
    Albireo Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALBO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.77 per share on revenue of $31.32 million.

     

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    On Monday, top department store stocks including Macy’s (NYSE:M), Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS), Dillard’s (NYSE:DDS), and J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) lost roughly 3% to 4%. The catalyst was a negative analyst report.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $120.51 billion before the opening bell. Walmart shares gained 1 percent to $86.99 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) to post quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $4.45 billion after the closing bell. Applied Materials shares rose 0.15 percent to $55.25 in after-hours trading.
    Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) reported downbeat results for its second quarter. Comps were down 0.1 percent in the quarter. The company sees third-quarter comps coming in flat to up 1 percent. Jack in the Box shares dropped 3.03 percent to $88.60 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the opening bell, Dillard's, Inc. (NYSE: DDS) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $1.46 billion. Dillard's shares rose 0.14 percent to $72.10 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting Childrens Place Inc (NASDAQ: PLCE) to have earned $2.21 per share on revenue of $444.14 million in the latest quarter. Childrens Place will release earnings before the markets open. Childrens Place shares gained 0.29 percent to $138.40 in after-hours trading.

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    Some reasons for my bearishness on retail stocks:

    Higher Energy Prices. Oil prices have rallied dramatically and back to 2014 levels, rising from about $35 a barrel in early 2016 to around $67 Thursday. That’s bad news for U.S. retailers, as rising oil prices historically squeeze consumer disposable incomes. That’s one reason why I’ve been consistently raising my short exposure to retail and plan to continue doing so. Shaky Same-Store Sales Growth. Recent improvements to same-store sales at Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) , Urban Outfitters (URBN) , Dillard’s (DDS) , Gap Inc. (GPS) and Macy’s (M) come against downgraded expectations, and might not be sustainable anyway. No Deal for Nordstrom (JWN) . The Nordstrom family has apparently abandoned plans to take its namesake company private. I had expressed concerns that this would happen. Higher Interest Rates. A rise in the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) has recently accelerated. That’s bad news for retailers, as many variable-rate consumer debts (particularly mortgages) key off of the LIBOR. This will likely put a damper on mortgage refinancings — something that many see as an important ingredient for personal-consumption expenditures.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Xplore Technologies Corp(XPLR)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Xplore Technologies (NASDAQ: XPLR) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer & office equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Xplore Technologies to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN) and Xplore Technologies (NASDAQ:XPLR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Golden Ocean Group Limited(GOGL)

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares rose 15.2 percent to $31.90 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) rose 12.4 percent to $41.30 in pre-market trading after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong Q2 forecast.
    Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGLE) rose 10.8 percent to $8.75 in pre-market trading.
    Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ: MITL) rose 8.8 percent to $11.05 in pre-market trading after the company agreed to be acquired by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for $2.0 billion.
    Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT) rose 7.3 percent to $3.70 in pre-market trading.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares rose 6.9 percent to $7.00 in pre-market trading after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: HALL) rose 6.5 percent to $10.68 in pre-market trading.
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) rose 5.2 percent to $20.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.53 percent on Monday.
    New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU) rose 5 percent to $91.16 in pre-market trading after reporting Q3 results.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) rose 5 percent to $167.98 in pre-market trading after Bloomberg reported that Takeda is nearing a preliminary agreement to acquire Shire after sweetened bid.
    Outfront Media Inc. (NYSE: OUT) shares rose 5 percent to $19.00 in pre-market trading.
    Geron Corporation (NASDAQ: GERN) rose 4.3 percent to $4.18 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.80 percent on Monday.
    SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) rose 3.7 percent to $109.80 in pre-market trading after the company posted strong quarterly results and raised its outlook for the year.
    Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL) shares rose 3.7 percent to $8.70 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.45 percent on Monday.
    Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (NYSE: D

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Koppers Holdings Inc.(KOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Koppers (NYSE:KOP) was upgraded by equities research analysts at TheStreet from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report released on Friday.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Koppers (NYSE:KOP) was downgraded by ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now

After beating the Q4 earnings, Micron’s (MU) stock price surged. Now is the perfect time to ask, is it still a good time to buy?

I believe so. Micron has solid plans to increase its earnings for next year, groundbreaking proprietary technology with unknown potential, a P/E way below the industry average and reasonable debt. It is a healthy company, heavily undervalued and with little risk.

Valuation

Whether compared to its peers or its earnings growth, Micron has a very low P/E ratio. Although sometimes a low P/E ratio is a sign of a company in distress, this is not the case. The long-term debt to revenue ratio seems acceptable, and even low when compared to its peers. From Q3 to Q4, long-term debt was reduced and this trend is expected to continue.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Fitbit, Inc.(FIT)

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  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    To say Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) went from being a hero to being a zero would be a considerable understatement. In 2015 shortly after its IPO, the world was certain its wearable device was going to revolutionize fitness. Less than two years later, you can barely give the things away.

    It’s enough to convince an investor to mentally write-off the idea of wearables forever. Don’t let the rise and fall (and then more fall) of FIT deter you from the industry though. Fitbit had the right idea, more or less. It just failed to adapt and improve even when it became clear its first wave of products weren’t quite what they were hoped to be for the average fitness-minded consumers (a target market that was part of the problem). There’s a young-and-hungry company called CardioComm Solutions Inc. (OTCMKTS:EKGGF, CVE:EKG) that understands exactly why Fitbit was largely sidelines, and this company has responded before committing to products that miss the mark.

    CardioComm Solutions is the name that makes wellness technology sold under the HeartCheck brand. Those devices are small, handheld ECG (electrocardiogram) readers that put the power of a doctor’s or hospital’s heart-monitoring hardware in the hands of individuals who can use them just as effectively. Its flagship products are the HeartCheck ECG Pen, for consumers – which is available without a prescription – and the HeartCheck ECG monitoring device (available only by prescription) which is a higher-functioning technology.

    More products are on the way too. The ECG ‘Card’ is a credit-card sized device that syncs up with (and is powered by) being in close proximity to a smartphone. Also on the way is the HeartCheck band, worn on the wrist. It does a lot of the same things Fitbit bands do, but with the added benefit of being able to produce clinical-grade ECG readouts viewable not just by the user, but by a doctor, clinic, or call center if that user chooses to deliver them remotely using the comp

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) dropped about 0.8% on Monday to post a new 52-week low of $7.42 after closing at $7.48 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $30.96. Volume was 20% below the daily average of around 10 million shares. The company had no specific news Monday.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fitnessdevice stock and wearables stockFitbit Inc (NYSE: FIT) started off as a high flyer after its 2015 IPO, but those highflying days have largely ended as you can see from its long term performance chart:

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    As much progress as the remote medical monitoring device market has made in recent years, we’ve still only scratched the surface. The surface has been scratched though. The Dexcom G5 mobile glucose monitor from DexCom, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM) is one impressive example. Arguably the first and best entry in the race, DexCom has sent a clear message that consumers and caregivers are ready for a functional device that takes care of itself.

    At the other end of the spectrum is a recent round of products that are less clinical in nature, and more broad-usage friendly. Devices like the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) watch and the Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) line of products are both capable of monitoring heart rates and activity. On the other, neither does it all that well… not like one would expect in a clinical setting. Fitbit has run into a headwind of legal and reputational trouble since it’s been verified that its trackers aren’t all that accurate; Apple avoided such trouble largely because few consumers ever viewed its watches as medical-grade hardware.

    The gap between the Dexcom G5 and the Fitbit fitness trackers, however, is where real opportunity lies. See, the entries to date have proven there is a market for mobile medical devices , but have also proven they have to work as well as the equipment one might expect to find in a doctor’s office or in a hospital.

    It’s this subtle nuance that puts a young company called Biotricity Inc. (OTCMKTS:BTCY) in the spotlight, as it has melded mobile monitoring and quality monitoring, and is now in the midst of making sure they’re marketable… not just to consumers, but to insurance companies (which tend to pay a lot more than the average consumer does). Fitbit missed the mark on both fronts.

    Biotricity is working two different but similar pieces of technology. One is called bioflux, for use by caregivers in a clinical setting, and the other is biolife individuals outside of a clinical setting. Neither is o

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Hanesbrands Inc.(HBI)

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  • [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.

  • [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 Paul Ausick]

    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) dropped about 1.2% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $21.44 after closing at $21.70 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $31.36. Volume was about half the daily average of around 2.6 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Globalstar Inc.(GSAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Globalstar (NYSEMKT:GSAT) has been growing its total sales, but still struggles with its bottom line. 2016 revenue increased 7%,but another round of financing could be needed to keep things afloat, as operating margin is still deep in the red. The company is making some headway, but time could be running out for the satellite communications provider.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: China Evergrande Group (EGRNF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    For example, Evergrande Life – a unit of property developer China Evergrande Group (OTC:EGRNF) – saw its premiums increase more than 40-fold in 2016. It used the proceeds to accumulate a significant stake in rival developer China Vanke (OTC:CVKEY) last year.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Dillard's, Inc.(DDS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores spiking twice in 2013 and largely falling off since then while large cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) andsmall capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS)began falling off in 2015 andsmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) was crushed much earlier:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores having two spikes while it along withlarge cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) and mid capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS) have posted large declines last year that may or may not have leveled off andsmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) has at least stopped the bleeding:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores spiking twice in 2013 and has been falling off for a longer period of time thanlarge cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) andsmall capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS)whilesmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) was crushed much earlier:

options investing

Once upon a time I was a short. I wrote in an article that Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) was overvalued: I was wrong – very wrong. I’ve seen the light and I’m long again in Nvidia, the company that I’ve been in and out of since it IPO’ed.

When I looked at Nvidia with my “short” eyes, I saw a company that looked very overvalued. Possibly it still is for this time period, but once its growth prospects are factored in and contrasted with how AMD is simply not bringing the heat with Vega, things only look better for Nvidia. I could inform you all about datacenter, automotive, and self-driving cars which Nvidia is currently working on, but you already know all of that. However, do you know about AMD Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AMD) Vega?

AMD Vega

I like AMD, and I’ve made a lot of money investing and trading in it – from long stock to covered calls, buying and selling puts, and speculative calls. Heck, I even looked at warrants. Yet, while I really like the company as a trading vehicle (along with the long-term prospects), I just can’t get behind Vega as an investor. As a gamer the Vega 56 is decent, but just that – decent.

options investing: Dillard's, Inc.(DDS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap department store stock Dillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS), whos potential peers includemid caps Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) and Nordstrom, Inc (NYSE: JWN) and small cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP), is the most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 60.80% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores spiking twice in 2013 and largely falling off since then while large cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) andsmall capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS)began falling off in 2015 andsmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) was crushed much earlier:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores spiking twice in 2013 and has been falling off for a longer period of time thanlarge cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) andsmall capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS)whilesmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) was crushed much earlier:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores spiking twice in 2013 and then, along withlarge cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) and mid capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS), having large declines that may or may not have leveled offwhilesmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) has lost most of its value:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores having two spikes while it along withlarge cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) and mid capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS) have posted large declines last year that may or may not have leveled off andsmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) has at least stopped the bleeding:

options investing: Panasonic Corporation (PCRFY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Clean Technica reported on September 1 that “Sony is entering the EV battery manufacturing industry”. And “considering that electric vehicle batteries are going to be the main supply bottleneck for the upcoming auto market’s embrace of EVs, the entry of Sony into the field is very notable. Most of the other manufacturers (Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY), LG Chem (OTC:LGCLF), etc.) already have more or less all of their production capacity locked up for the coming years – meaning there’s not much left for the auto manufacturers that are running behind, thereby limiting potential EV sales for the firms in question. Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) entry into the field should open things up a bit more”. Certainly a good move by Sony and helpful for the EV companies that will find themselves in need of batteries, and limited availability, should EVs reach 10% by 2020.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    SMMYY is a subsidiary of the Sumitomo Group. SMMYY is a major smelter and refiner of copper, nickel and gold in Japan, and has a 27.5% stake in the Ambatovy Nickel Project in Madagascar, along with Sherritt International and Korea Resources Corp. Feedstock for the refinery is nickel cobalt mixed sulphide from its Taganito and Coral Bay mines in the Philippines (noting the Philippines is a risky supply source at this time). Sumitomo supply Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) who supply Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA); however, this can change. Generally, I like the stock; however, at this time, valuation looks full, trading on a 2017 PE of 32.8, and 2018 PE of 14.8. Good to buy after a pullback if that occurs.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    A Unilever vs. Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) showdown seems to be something out of an alternative, weird universe. But that’s exactly what has been happening in the Asia-Pacific region, where Unilever is now a major seller of air and water purification devices. The acquisitions of Qinyuan and Pureit water purifiers, as well as the acquisition of Sweden-based Blueair in 2016, reflects Unilever’s latest growth strategy of reducing exposure to low-growth brands in favor of greater investments in higher-growth products with strong social and environmental credentials.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    During the early stages of a new innovation, interdependent architectures and integrated companies best optimize performance and functionality. This trend has played out in computing and handsets, and we see the same trend playing out in EVs. We find Tesla and BYD1 , by far, the most vertically integrated players in EVs, with huge scale advantages. In addition, LG Chem, Panasonic (PCRFY), Samsung SDI, BYD, and CATL are clear scale leaders in batteries (CATL is not publicly traded. All but Samsung SDI and BYD are not covered by Bernstein.).

options investing: tronc, Inc. (TRNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Tronc Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) had a gigantic buyer recently. Michael Ferro, who is a director, purchased a stunning 2,500,000 sharesat $15 apiece. The total for the trade was an incredible $37,500,000.Thismultiplatform media and marketing solutions company publishes newspapers in the United States, as well as provides a suite of digital marketing services for local, regional and national marketers. Its shares ended trading on Friday at $13.87.Their 52-week trading range is $8.76 to $17.93, and the Wall Street consensus price target is $21.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In a purge fairly unprecedented in American newspapers, Tronc (TRNC) has replaced the senior leadership of the Los Angeles Times. With a single announcement, the company announced both new leadership for the Times’ business side and for its newsroom.

options investing: Bank of the Ozarks(OZRK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ: OZRK) reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.

    Bank of the Ozarks disclosed net income of $54.5 million for the second quarter compared to $44.8 million representing an increase of 21.7 percent. On a per share basis, earnings grew 17.6 percent to $0.60 from $0.51 in the year-ago quarter. This was higher by a penny from the Street analysts' expectations.

options investing: Realogy Holdings Corp.(RLGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Abramowicz]

    Drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp. (RAD) and residential property firm Realogy Corp. (RLGY) are two of the 283 junk-rated borrowers identified in March 2009 by Moodys Investors Service as being at the highest risk of default that have since sold bonds.

  • [By Monica Wolfe]

    Realogy Holdings (RLGY)

    Paulsons third largest holding goes to Realogy Holdings. The guru holds on to 12,957,700 shares, representing 4.4% of his total portfolio and 8.87% of the companys shares outstanding.

  • [By Chad Tracy]

    Investments in Claire's retail stores, Realogy Holdings (NYSE: RLGY), and Harrah's Entertainment all came under pressure as the global credit crisis hit. Apollo was forced to shut off cash interest payments to investors and to issue more debt.  

options investing: Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc.(TYPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares surged 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE), up 9 percent, and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l (ADR) (NYSE: SMI), up 6 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE) were down around 12 percent to $20.90 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings.

Nordstrom: Still A Decent Pick Among Retailers

Image Source: WSJ.com

Sales Trends A Bit Soft, But Nothing To Worry About

I have been a bit disappointed by Nordstroms (NYSE:JWN) recent results. Not because it was a bad quarter per se, but because it broke the sequence of constant overperformance compared to other peers in the department stores space. This was particularly evident on the side of comps, which decreased 0.9% and put Nordstroms performance in line with that of a department stores operator like Dillards (NYSE:DDS).

Comparable Store Sales, YoY Variation. Source: Author’s Elaboration

Revenue was up 2% as a result of new openings, while both gross margin and operating margin showed a contraction from the corresponding period of 2016. Gross margin showed a slight decline to 34.74% of sales from 34.85% the prior year, while operating margin posted a sharper decline to 4.52% of sales from 6.34% the prior year, which means the company has lost more than one quarter of its operating profitability from the prior year.

Management said the hurricanes impacted comps for $20 million, or 60 bps, which means the actual comps would have been a negative 0.30% without the hurricanes. Anyway, I would take this statement with a grain of salt. Hurricanes and similar events usually dont lead to a net loss in sales but only to a timing shift. Considering that the hurricane Maria finished at the end of September and that the quarter ended on October 28th, there was enough time (one month) to recover the lost sales.

Nordstrom reported consistent trends in the full-price business, while in off-price it experienced some deterioration relative to recent trends. Anyway, if we compare the sales trends to what happened in Q2, we see that both the full-price business and the off-price segment saw a deterioration:

Source: Slides from the earnings call

Off-price retailing is taking market share even from the inside of Nordstroms business, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Apparently, the impact on gross margin is not significant, which shows the off-price segment still carries a decent profitability. By expanding its off-price business, Nordstrom can at least offset the negative effects of the rising competition from players that adopted this model as their core business model.

In general, I would say the recent sales trends were a bit softer than I expected, as the company didnt overperform as it did in the previous quarters. In any case, the environment seems to be much better than it has been between 2016 and the first half of 2017, and Nordstrom should be in the right position to stabilize the business further, especially as a result of the increasing penetration of digital and omnichannel purchasing patterns.

Digital Expansion And Omnichannel Performance

Nordstroms weakness continues to be the low operating margin resulting from rising SG&A expenses. It shouldnt be a surprise that these costs are rising fast, considering the companys high investments for digital expansion and a wide range of services and initiatives in the omnichannel business. There are several of these initiatives worth mentioning. A recent one is Nordstrom Local, a test retail concept focused on services and located in West Hollywood, which gives customers the possibility to access personal stylists, alterations, online orders and more. The management mentioned positive results from this initiative and said the learnings from the test can be applied to the business to drive customer engagement and increase market share.

There are several other services introduced and pushed in recent times, such as:

The Reserve Online and Try In-Store service, which was expanded to more than 50 stores and aims to free up customers time, and can create new shopping opportunities in the stores once customers are there to try the reserved items. Style Boards, a digital tool that enables customers to receive personalized product recommendations on their mobile phones, creating more purchasing opportunities through targeting measures. Same-day delivery and 24-hour curbside pickup, which also contribute to freeing up time for those customers that dont always have time to engage in all the phases of the shopping experience. These services are available in major markets for the moment, such as Seattle, Chicago, Dallas and San Diego.

Nordstrom confirms its one of the third-party retailers with the strongest online presence (around 25% of sales), an expanding omnichannel business and a big focus on increasing and enhancing additional services to drive customers engagement. This will to leverage digital capabilities in a proactive way is among my favorite characteristics of Nordstroms business, and one of the reasons why I think its destined to be one of the few third-party retailers in the U.S. that will continue to prosper without problems in the changing retail environment.

As it often happens during times of challenging transitions in an industry, big players tend to be in a better position compared to the smaller ones, for several reasons. I think the same is happening in the retail industry, where overcapacity and the increasing penetration of eCommerce and omnichannel models are benefiting big players at the expense of the smaller ones. Running a successful omnichannel business needs financial resources to invest, a solid network of stores and a large clientele base to reach. Big players can move sales to the digital channel more easily (avoiding market share losses) and push customers towards cross-channel purchasing patterns. Instead of benefiting just Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Amazon and Amazon, the reality is that the recent rise of eCommerce is improving the competitive strengths of the bigger players at the expense of the smaller ones. This will help sustain Nordstrom and all the other big players that are focusing their efforts on the development of omnichannel capabilities.

Future Prospects, Margins And Valuation Multiples

Although Nordstrom is in a better position compared to many other retailers to manage the transition to an omnichannel environment, there are some negative effects the company will have to manage during the process. The first is that, even after the current high investments in digital capabilities start to soften, the company will have to face the dilutive effect of the eCommerce channel on its margins. Anyway, Nordstrom seems to be in a slightly better position compared to peers such as Macys (NYSE:M) and Kohls (NYSE:KSS). Let me explain why. As I have explained in other articles, the dilutive effect of the eCommerce business is a phenomenon that affects third-party retailers in particular. While brands sustain higher costs for eCommerce sales, they can benefit from growth in their DTC eCommerce channel by cutting costs related to the middleman. Third-party retailers dont have this possibility and only face rising costs (shipping and fulfillment costs). One way to offset part of the weakness is to increase the penetration of the owned brands, which usually have higher marginality. While peers such as Macys and Kohls are not seeing any success on that front, Nordstrom said that its owned brands are overperforming compared to third-party brands:

I dont know if we give out the specifics around our own label penetration. I think we do – I can tell you that its growing some and thats a purposeful thing for us. Weve had really good success with our own label brands. Blake mentioned that they do perform a little bit better in terms of the gross margin. And I think increasingly, weve got to figure out a way to be really good at developing and sourcing our own products as well as partnering with brands that are willing to have a bit of a limited approach to distribution. I think that thats worked really well for us. When you look at our brands that fall into that bucket, whether its our own label brands or the ones that are relatively limited, they are outperforming the other brands. So, we definitely think we are on a good path there. I will tell you that we have a lot of common issues with our major suppliers, and when you can put two heads together to work on that as a partner, it creates good outcomes.

(Source: Nordstrom Q3 2017 Results – Earnings Call Transcript)

The comment above also shows that those products/brands offered on a limited basis are growing more. I think these products/brands often have higher margins due to the lack of competition, which confirms a positive impact on overall profitability. Moreover, they help increase customer engagement and can generate additional sale opportunities. The ability to make brands supply limited offerings is another reason why big department stores are in a stronger position compared to smaller peers. Anyway, this is nothing related to the era of eCommerce, although it has surely been an underused opportunity.

Its difficult to know if the aforementioned positive trend in sales mix can offset the dilutive effect of eCommerce penetration, as the company doesnt give us details on the different marginality of the segments, but I think a moderate increase in private brands, which carry a higher gross margin, can easily offset a standard negative 20-30 bps yearly impact of e-commerce penetration, assuming that the impact of eCommerce on Nordstroms margin is in line with what we have seen with companies such as Kohls. Considering that merchandise margins are flat and that inventories have grown less than sales for 5 consecutive quarters, I do expect gross margin to change direction in the short term.

Operating margin may continue to suffer from high investments in digital capabilities, as we dont know if investments on that front will soften. Anyway, with the aforementioned positive signs and several confirmations that the promotional environment is softening, I think a further margin contraction in the medium term is not likely.

With the mid-point of the full-year EPS guidance of $2.90, Nordstrom is currently trading at around 14.5x full-year EPS, a multiple that implies a future of growth at least in the low single digits, unless we discount the companys future earnings using an 8% discount rate or less, which I think may be too low. For the reasons explained above and for the overall stability the business has shown, plus the solid revenue growth, I think these growth assumptions make sense.

Its worth noticing that JWN already trades at a premium over its peers as a result of the better stability of the business. Using TTM data, it trades at an EV/EBITDA multiple of around 5.2, compared to a range of 4.0x-4.8x EV/EBITDA for peers such as M, KSS and DDS. I think an 8-30% premium over peers and a P/E multiple that implies perpetual growth at least in the low single digits are reason enough to believe an investment in JWN doesnt carry a significant margin of safety. The company is solid for sure, and I think it’s destined to be one of the relatively few winners in the transition to omnichannel, but the current valuation doesnt make it a top pick. Its a stock that can be held in a diversified portfolio for sure, but it’s not among my favorite picks in retail and not even my favorite pick among department stores.

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