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Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018

Macy’s (M) stock was slammed after its Investor Meeting, as reports focused on its gross margin challenges. However, it appears that Macy’s comparable store sale performance has improved compared to previous months and it looks quite capable of reaching its sales guidance for the full year. I believe that the market is now viewing Macy’s too negatively, putting too much weight on a weak February (which was likely influenced by delayed tax refunds) that made its Q1 comps quite weak and also temporarily affected its gross margins.

Comparable Store Sales Trends

Macy’s indicated that its May YTD (February to May) comparable store sales (owned plus licensed) improved by around 1% from its Q1 comparable store sales. As May has historically represented around 24% to 25% of Macy’s sales in the first four months, this means that May’s comps need to be approximately 4% better than Q1 comps to improve May YTD comps by 1%.

Thus, May’s comps (owned plus licensed) are estimated to be -0.6%. Based on Macy’s comments about how March/April performed a bit over 1% better than Q1’s average, we can also estimate that Macy’s owned plus licensed comps were around -7.4% in February and -3.4% in March/April. This leads to an estimate of -2.5% comps for the March to May period.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Mizrahi, President and CEO, Hampton Investors, Inc.]

    Parker Hannifin (PH) generates strong revenue from its aerospace division, while its primary industrial segment is lagging.

    Overall, we like the company’s balanced portfolio. PH had solid order rates this past year with backlog of $3.6 billion between its industrial and aerospace segments.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Carnival Corporation(CUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK)shareholders have to be feeling pretty good these days. The stock hit yet another new high on Friday, and the stock is trading 13% higher so far in 2017.It’s been smooth sailing so far this year, but the first big test comes on Tuesday morning when the world’s largest cruise line operator reports financial results for its fiscal first quarter.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Universal Health Services, Inc.(UHS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Universal Health Services (UHS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after BuzzFeed published an investigative story alleging that the company’s psychiatric hospitals put profits ahead of people.

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    Shares of Universal Health Services dropped 12% to$111.30 today, while the S&P 500 rose 1.3% to 2,241.35, a record high.

    Universal Health Services’ stock had been minding its business for most of the day–it was up 1.1% at $127.76 at 3:10 p.m. today–when the story by BuzzFeed’s Rosalind Adams went live. Here’s the gist:

    Millwood Hospital is part of Americas largest psychiatric hospital chain, Universal Health Services, or UHS. Its more than 200 psychiatric facilities across the country admitted nearly 450,000 patients last year. The result was almost $7.5 billion in revenues from inpatient care last year and profit margins of around 30%. More than a third of the companys overall revenue from both medical hospitals and psychiatric facilities comes from taxpayers through Medicare and Medicaid.

    A yearlong BuzzFeed News investigation based on interviews with 175 current and former UHS staff, including 18 executives who ran UHS hospitals; more than 120 additional interviews with patients, government investigators, and other experts; and a cache of internal documents raises grave questions about the extent to which those profits were achieved at the expense of patients.

    Universal Health Services market capitalization dropped to $10.7 billion today from $12.3 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $680 million on sales of $9 billion in 2015.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Universal Health Services (UHS) slumped to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after getting downgraded by Raymond James.

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    Universal Health Servicesdropped 6.8% to $101.55 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.8% to 2,253.28.

    Raymond James analyst John Ransom and team explain why they cut Universal Health Services to Market Perform from Outperform:

    We are lowering our rating onUniversal Health Services to a Market Perform (from an Outperform) due to an escalation in events surrounding last weeks Buzzfeed article. Last Friday (12/9), Senator Grassley, Chair of the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter…to the office of inspector general regarding details of the current federal investigation into Universal Health Services. Specifically, the letter rehashes the Buzzfeed article and requests an update on the investigation by Dec. 23. Our view is that – even ifUniversal Health Services management is correct on the legalities – we think the entrance of the venerable Senator Grassley into the mix takes the political risk to a more dangerous level. Plus – even if “suicide ideation” doesn’t generate additional revenues per admission, we think it’s possible that the heightened political scrutiny could invite more caution and/or red tape into the admissions process – either externally or from self-policing. Add in the ongoing OIG investigation, and we think the risk-reward is no longer compelling.

    Universal Health Services’ market capitalization fell to $9.8 billion today from $10.6 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $680 million on sales of $9 billion in 2015.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Universal Health Services (UHS), yesterday’s biggest loser, soared to the top of the S&P 500 today as it rebounded from the massive selloff.

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    Universal Health Servicesgained 6.9% to $108.57 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.4% to 2,262.03.

    Weakness in Universal Health Services began when Buzzfeed ran an article last week, contending the companys psychiatric hospitals put profits ahead of people. Yesterday, it tumbled when Raymond James cut its rating on the stock due to problems that could be caused by a potential Senate investigation.

    Universal Health Services’ market capitalization rose to $10.5 today from $9.8 billion yesterday, nearly recouping its drop from $10.6 billion on Dec. 13.

    It reported net income of $680 million on sales of $9 billion in 2015.

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  • [By David Zeiler]

    Fear that expense could return if Obamacare is repealed hammered hospital stocks on Nov. 9. HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HCA) fell almost 11%. Universal Health Services Inc. (NYSE: UHS) slipped nearly 7%. And Tenet Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: THC) plummeted almost 25%.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Universal Health Services Inc. (NYSE: UHS) lost 8.4% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $1/99.81 after closing Tuesday at $108.99. The 52-week high is $139.77. Volume of around 5.8 million was nearly 6 times the daily average of around 1 million shares traded. Raymond James downgraded the stock this morning on news of another request for information from the company related to a federal investigation.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Chuy's Holdings, Inc.(CHUY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows El Pollo LoCo Holdings stabilizing over thepast two yearswhile potentialpeers like large cap Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc (NYSE: CMG) andsmall capsFiesta Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: FRGI) and Chuy’s Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CHUY)have performed better in the past and appear to be in downtrends for the past 1 1/2 years:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows El Pollo LoCo Holdings having fallen below its IPO price for retail investors, butsharesappear to have stabilized over the past year and a halfwhile potentialpeers like small capFiesta Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: FRGI) and large cap Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc (NYSE: CMG) have performed better in the past and small cap Chuy’s Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CHUY) is moving sideways:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Del Taco Restaurants now outperforming Mexican restaurant stock peers such as mid cap Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc (NYSE: CMG) and small caps El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LOCO), Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: FRGI) and Chuy’s Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CHUY) have mostly been drifting lower lately:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Chipotle Mexican Grills shares back to breakeven while of the small caps peers, El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LOCO) has had the worst performance, Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: FRGI) is off its 2015s peak and Chuy’s Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CHUY) has been a mixed performer:

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Dow Treasuries(DV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart of Apollo Education Group along with peersITT Educational Services, Inc (NYSE: ESI) and DeVry Education Group Inc (NYSE: DV) reflect the headwinds from the Obama administration:

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Cara Therapeutics, Inc.(CARA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Cara Therapeutics (CARA) , Verizon (VZ) , Radius Health (RDUS) and Six Flags (SIX) .

    Cramer was bearish on Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) , General Motors (GM) , Pandora Media (P) , Cedar Fair (FUN) , Quotient Technology (QUOT) and Rite Aid (RAD) .

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    On the other hand, Cara Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CARA) was up almost 1.9 percent in what also looked like a correction of the 1.6 percent gain registered over the regular trading session.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Voyager Therapeutics, Inc.(VYGR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Voyager Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VYGR) got a boost, shooting up 20 percent to $13.10 after the company announced 'positive' results from ongoing Phase 1b trial of VY-AADC01 for advanced Parkinson's disease.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: NanoString Technologies, Inc.(NSTG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    NanoString Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: NSTG) was down, falling around 21 percent to $18.06 after the company issued weak revenue forecast for FY2016.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Midatech Pharma PLC(MTP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

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

    Penny Stocks Current Share Price (as of Jan. 5) Jan. 2-5 Gain (as of Jan. 5)
    My Size Inc. (Nasdaq: MYSZ) $1.66 152.28%
    Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: CYTX) $0.47 89.52%
    DelMar Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: DMPI) $1.675 58.02%
    CAS Medical Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CASM) $1.09 55.71%
    China HGS Real Estate Inc. (Nasdaq: HGSH) $1.83 47.58%
    Aethlon Medical Inc. (Nasdaq: AEMD) $1.56 43.12%
    Midatech Pharma Plc. (Nasdaq: MTP) $1.23 43.01%
    Comstock Holding Cos. Inc. (Nasdaq: CHCI) $1.87 36.5%
    Cenveo Inc. (Nasdaq: CVO) $1.20 31.82%
    EV Energy Partners LP (Nasdaq: EVEP) $0.6844 31.62%

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Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation(BGFV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS) and Big 5 Sporting Goods (NASDAQ:BGFV) have both had a great 2016. As far as stock performance goes, Big 5 is the winner this year. But which company is in better shape for the new year?

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Michael E. Lewitt

Yesterday, markets had their worst day in 2017.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged about 240 points and the S&P 500 dropped 1.2% with financials falling over 2.5%. I think the selloff was due to concerns about Trump’s policies not having the magical effects the markets are counting on. I also think it had a lot to do with Rep. Kevin Brady’s statement that the border tax has become a “given,” since it would be a disaster if it did pass. (We have only scratched the surface of the retail carnage that will occur if the border tax indeed makes an appearance in the final tax reform plan.) In addition, oil was down pretty sharply yesterday (about 2%), which didn’t help matters.

But the truth is, at these levels any little thing can send the markets reeling like they did on Tuesday.

online day trading: Southwestern Energy Company(SWN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Southwestern Energy’s (NYSE:SWN) stock halted a prolonged slump last year, bouncing 40% by year-end. However, even with that sharp reversal, the company barely began its climb back to where it was at the beginning of 2015, which was before it plunged an unnerving 74% that year. In fact, the stock ended last year still more than 60% below its peak from two years ago:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE: SWN) dropped about 5.1% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $5.37 after closing Tuesday at $5.66. The 52-week high is $15.59. Volume topped 15 million shares traded, about 20% below the daily average of around 19.6 million. The company had no specific news, but is expected to report quarterly results Thursday. Expectations are not high.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    All good things must come to an end, and for all but the last 10 minutes ofFriday’s market, it looked like today would be the day thatthe Dow Jones Industrials would finally break its streak of record highs. Yet a last-minute boost sent all three major market benchmarks into the black, and in the absence of news moving the market to finish the week, positive market sentiment was enough to keep stocks climbing. Yet some stocks still posted dramatic declines, and Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN), Zoe’s Kitchen (NYSE:ZOES), and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE) 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 Paul Ausick]

    Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE: SWN) dropped about 5.4% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $6.01 after closing at $6.35 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $15.59. Volume of about 20 million was about equal the daily average. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

online day trading: Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc.(APLE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on Monday.

    AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR) – $0.3200 dividend, 1.6780 percent yield. AptarGroup reported weaker-than-expected Q3 results on Thursday.
    Fidelity Southern Corporation (NASDAQ: LION) – $0.1200 dividend, 2.6359 percent yield. The company, based in Atlanta, Georgia, provides financial products and services for customers.
    Apple Hospitality REIT Inc (NYSE: APLE) – $0.1000 dividend, 6.5826 percent yield. Apple Hospitality REIT, based in Richmond, Virginia, operates as a subsidiary of Apple REIT Companies.
    Targa Resources Corp (NYSE: TRGP) – $0.9100 dividend, 7.7299 percent yield. The Houston, Texas-based company provides midstream natura

online day trading: Dow Treasuries(DV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart of Apollo Education Group along with peersITT Educational Services, Inc (NYSE: ESI) and DeVry Education Group Inc (NYSE: DV) reflect the headwinds from the Obama administration:

online day trading: Liberty Global plc(LBTYA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex Webb]

    Kabel Deutschland is a key part of Vodafones expansion strategy as the carrier looks for ways to boost revenue and lock in customers with Internet and television offers in addition to wireless service. Kabel Deutschland is the biggest cable company in Germany, Vodafones largest market, and had drawn a rival bid from John Malones Liberty Global Plc. (LBTYA)

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By Greg Daugherty, Next Avenue Contributor 

Nearly 60 years ago, a writer calling himself Bob Belmont published a modest little book with an immodest title: How to Retire Without Money! You arent likely to find it in your library, but you might come across a copy at a used book sale, as I did recently. I think I paid a quarter for it and it was worth every penny.

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Today, with nearly half of U.S. households reporting zero retirement savings, according to the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute, Belmonts book seems decidedly ahead of his time; Ill share five of his ideas shortly, with some appropriate updates for 2017.

From Sci-Fi Writer  to Retirement Adviser

number one stock to buy: Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS(TKC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares slipped by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (ADR) (NYSE: TKC), down 2 percent, and Telefonica Brasil SA (ADR) (NYSE: VIV), down 2.5 percent.

number one stock to buy: Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.(ETE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Sizemore]

     Charles Sizemore is a prolific financial writer, longtime prizedInvestorPlace contributor, and chief investment officer of Sizemore Capital Management. He’s also a two-time winner of our Best Stockscompetition, so he knows how to pick ‘em.

    Never one to choose a straightforward company, Charles went withEnergy Transfer Equity (ETE) for the Best Stocks for 2016 contest. ETE is a complicated beast, a master limited partnership that’s made up of six other energy companies.

    Perhaps the simplest way to think of ETE is as a company with diversified exposure to energy pipelines, which essentially collect tolls as their corporate users send oil and natural gas all across the country.

    Energy Transfer is thick on the income front, with a dividend yield sitting at 8.7% currently.

number one stock to buy: Old National Bancorp Capital Trust I(ONB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By kiplinger]

     Old National Bancorp (ONB) is a 181-year-old financial institution with 195 branches, mainly in the Midwest. The stock, which is still down by about one-third from its prerecession high, trades at just 13 times projected 2016 earnings and yields an attractive 3.4%. If interest rates ever rise, the bank should benefit from a widening spread between its cost of funds and the interest rates borrowers pay.

    It’s a favorite of David Dreman, author of the classic 1980 book Contrarian Investment Strategy. His philosophy: “We believe that the markets are not perfectly efficient.” Some stocks, in other words, are judged by the market to be cheaper than their actual worth.
  • [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.

number one stock to buy: Brady Corporation(BRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Robert Baird announced on Friday that it has cut its rating on Brady Corp (BRC).

    The firm has downgraded BRC from “Outperform” to “Neutral,” and has given the company a $33 price target. This price target suggests a 8% upside from the stock’s current price of $30.52.

    Analysts see the company’s WPS segment growing faster than expected.

    Brady shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock is down 9% YTD.

  • [By Mike Deane]

    For the 28th year in a row, Brady Corp (BRC) has increased its dividend payout to investors.

    The Milwaukee, WI-based company increased its quarterly dividend to 19.5 cents from 19 cents, an increase of 2.6%. The annual dividend now stands at 78 cents. The quarterly dividend will be paid on October 31st, 2013 to all shareholders of record on October 10, 2013.

    BRC shares were down 40 cents, or 1.23%, by market close on Wednesday. YTD, the company’s stock is down over 4%.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Before the opening bell on Thursday, identification solutions provider Brady Corp (BRC) posted a loss in the fourth quarter, despite a rise in revenues, as it was negatively impacted by a number of charges. However, excluding these charges, the company was able to top Wall Street analysts’ earnings and sales estimates. Nonetheless, BRC shares are plummeting in Thursday’s trading.

    The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based company posted a loss from continuing operations of $176.2 million, or $3.41 per share, in the fourth quarter, versus last year’s fourth quarter earnings from continuing operations of $20.9 million, or 40 cents per share. Furthermore, Brady posted a net loss of $177.2 million, or $3.43 per share, compared to net earnings of $11.6 million, or 22 cents per share, in the same period a year ago.

    The fourth quarter loss includes non-cash impairment charges of $204.4 million, $15.6 million in restructuring charges, and $4 million in acquisition-related charges. Excluding these charges, Brady Corp said earnings would have been 53 cents per share in the quarter. According to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, the company was expected to earn an adjusted 51 cents per share in the fourth quarter.

    The company’s fourth quarter sales came in at $309.1 million, up 15% from $269.1 million in sales posted last year. On average, analysts were expecting the company to see $307.13 million in revenues for the quarter.

    Looking ahead, Brady Corp. sees fiscal 2014 earnings coming in between $1.80 and $2.00 per share, below the analysts’ view of $2.30 per share.

    Brady Corp shares were down $1.71, or 5.25%, during early morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 7.93% year-to-date.

number one stock to buy: Dow Treasuries(DV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart of Apollo Education Group along with peersITT Educational Services, Inc (NYSE: ESI) and DeVry Education Group Inc (NYSE: DV) reflect the headwinds from the Obama administration:

number one stock to buy: California Resources Corporation(CRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE: DNR) and California Resources Corp (NYSE: CRC).

  • [By Andrew Efimoff]

    WTI crude oil plunged 3.11 percent on Friday to $48.99 a barrel. Below are the biggest energy losers for the day:

    California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC): -19.22%
    Dynamic Materials (NASDAQ: BOOM): -12.39%
    Clayton Williams Energy (NYSE: CWEI): -11.45%
    Dynergy (NYSE: DYN): -11.91%
    EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE): -11.20%
    Mexco Energy (NYSE: MXC) -10.90%
    Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL) -10.79%
    Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) -10.79%
    SM Energy Company (NYSE: SM) -10.38%
    Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ: RGSE) -10.34%

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  • [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).

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ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc. (NASDAQ: ULTA) reported third-quarter 2016 results after markets closed on Thursday. The beauty products maker and salon operator posted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.40 on $1.13 billion in sales. In the same period a year ago, the company reported EPS of $1.11 on sales of $910.7 million. Third-quarter results compare to the consensus estimates for EPS of $1.37 and $1.11 billion in revenue.

Consolidated same-store sales rose 16.7% in the third quarter compared with an increase of 12.8% in the same period a year. ULTA attributed the big increase this year to more traffic (11.1%) and a higher average ticket (5.6%).

For the fourth quarter of its fiscal year ULTA forecasts a same-store sales increase in the range of 12% to 14% and diluted EPS of $2.08 to $2.13. Analysts are looking for EPS of $2.05 and revenues of $1.51 billion. Last year the company posted EPS of $1.69 in the fourth quarter on revenues of 1.27 billion.

world stock markets: Birks Group Inc.(BGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Birks Group Inc (NYSE: BGI) was down, falling around 23 percent to $1.90 after the company reported financial results for the twenty-six week period ended September 23, 2017.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Birks Group Inc (NYSE: BGI) was down, falling around 23 percent to $1.89 after the company reported financial results for the twenty-six week period ended September 23, 2017.

world stock markets: Dow Treasuries(DV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart of Apollo Education Group along with peersITT Educational Services, Inc (NYSE: ESI) and DeVry Education Group Inc (NYSE: DV) reflect the headwinds from the Obama administration:

world stock markets: Identiv, Inc.(INVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    The industries that are driving the market today are:

    Cement: This industry gained 3.4 percent by 2:30 pm. The top stock within the industry was Cemex SAB de CV (ADR) (NYSE: CX), which gained 4.7 percent. Cemex’s PEG ratio is 0.16.
    Computer Peripherals: This industry rose 2.6 percent by 2:30 pm ET. The top performer in this industry was Identiv Inc (NASDAQ: INVE), which gained 13.5 percent. Identiv shares have climbed 44.83 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has increased 8.61 percent in the same period.
    Internet Service Providers: The industry gained 2 percent by 2:30 pm. The top performer in this industry was TrueCar Inc (NASDAQ: TRUE) which gained 3.4 percent. TrueCar shares have jumped 60.90 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has increased 8.61 percent in the same period.
    Regional – Southwest Banks: This industry moved up 1.9 percent by 2:30 pm. The top performer in this industry was Veritex Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: VBTX), which rose 6.6 percent

world stock markets: Illinois Tool Works Inc.(ITW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    There are lots of stories like that out there these days. People were perplexed about the Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and Cummins Engine (CMI) and Caterpillar (CAT) quarters, but they turned out to be classic buying opportunities after years of being sell opportunities if the stocks had run. I can’t explain to you how amazing that is. Here are three stocks that have spent months and months in purgatory when they have missed or guided down or slashed forecasts. Now they are up gigantically.

world stock markets: Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc(MTU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]

    The one currency that is running against the weak dollar tide is the Japanese yen. The yen initially climbed on the Fed’s no taper decision—rising to 97.75 on the news—but then fell all the way back to 99 yen to the dollar and finished yesterday at 99.42. (Remember that since the yen is quoted in yen to the dollar, a higher number is a sign of a weak yen and a smaller number means the yen is getting stronger.) The thinking seems to be that the recent Japanese trade deficit will push the Bank of Japan to further weaken the yen, in order to boost Japanese exports. I continue to think that the yen will finish 2013 at weaker levels than current trading, and that leads me to continue to hold positions in Japanese stocks such as Toyota Motor (TM) and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MTU). Both stocks are members of my Jubaks Picks portfolio.

world stock markets: City Holding Company(CHCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    City Holding Company (NASDAQ: CHCO) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $42.04 million.

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

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U.S. equities drifted lower on Thursday, risking a breakdown out of a tight two-month consolidation range just one day ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. This seems, on the surface, a little odd given Trump’s surprise victory boosted markets in a historic run to record highs.

But sentiment has turned recently, keeping the Dow Jones Industrial Average below the 20,000 threshold, as doubts have emerged over his aggressive stance on foreign trade, risks of an increased rate hike tempo and the specter of a showdown with budget hawks in Congress as the debt ceiling approaches once more in March.

In the end, the Dow lost 0.4%, the S&P 500 gave back 0.4%, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.3% and the Russell 2000 ended the day 0.9% lower. Treasury bonds were mostly weaker, the dollar mostly stronger, gold lost 0.9% and oil gained 0.4% but finished off its best levels after inventory data showed an unexpected build.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Energous Corporation and potential small cap networking or power peer Acacia Communications (NASDAQ: ACIA) having a run up late last year while small cap Ultralife Corp (NASDAQ: ULBI) is heading back up to previous highs and EnSync Inc (NYSEMKT: ESNC) has underperformed:

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart of Apollo Education Group along with peersITT Educational Services, Inc (NYSE: ESI) and DeVry Education Group Inc (NYSE: DV) reflect the headwinds from the Obama administration:

Top 5 Gold Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Citrix Systems Inc.(CTXS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) which jumped 6.8% to $84.93. The stocks 52-week range is $59.72 to $87.99. Volume was 5.19 million which is well above the daily average of around 2.09 million shares.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Citrix Systems (CTXS)soared nearly to the top of the S&P 500 today afterreports it had hired Goldman Sachs (GS) to pursue a sale of the company.

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    Citrix Systemsgained 6.8% to $84.93 today, while the S&P 500 finished little changed at 2,373.47.

    Business Insider’s Matt Weinbergerhas the details:

    Citrix, the $13 billion tech company best known for software like GoToMeeting, is working with Goldman Sachs to negotiate a possible sale, reports Bloomberg, citing anonymous sources.

    This isn’t the first time that Citrix has shopped itself around: in late 2015, and under pressure from activist shareholder Elliott Management, Citrix was said to have unsuccessfully tried to find a buyer.

    Citrix Systems market cap rose t0 $13.3 billion today from $12.4 billion on Friday. It reported net income of $536 million on sales of $3.4 billion in 2016.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Wynn Resortsgained 4.8% to $104.30 today, while the S&P 500 finished little changed at2,373.47. At 2:45, Wynn was easily the top performing stock in the S&P 500, only to be surpassed by Citrix’s (CTXS) late day surge.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    At the beginning of the month, LogMeIn announced the completion of its merger with Citrix Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CTXS) GetGo, Inc subsidiary.

    In late October, LogMeIn reported 22% third quarter revenue growth to $85.1 million and GAAP net loss was $0.7 million compared to a GAAP net income of $5.6 million. LogMeIn will report its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 financial results for the period ended December 31, 2016 following the close of market on February 28.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    ChannelAdvisor Corp (NASDAQ: ECOM) shares dropped 24 percent to $10.85 following Q4 results. ChannelAdvisor reported Q4 net income of $5.8 million on revenue of $31.8 million.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    We’re seeing the exact same price pattern playing out in shares of $29 billion risk and insurance consultancy firm Aon plc (AON) . Aon has been a strong performer for all of 2016, up 20% since the calendar flipped to January. But don’t worry if you’ve missed the move – an ascending triangle pattern is signaling a second leg higher here. For Aon, the breakout level to watch is resistance up at $113.