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Where Is Paypal Holdings Inc Stock Headed? Just Look at the Blockchain!

As I’m sure my readers have figured out from my cryptocurrency articles, I’m not the stock market’s “fanboy”. However, some companies truly pique my interest. Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PYPL) is one of them. With its powerful hold on the sharply rising digital payments industry, Paypal stock is a no-brainer investment.

For starters, the Wall Street-friendly digital wallet is performing extraordinarily well out the gate.

Yes, it’s way too early to start prognosticating 2018 performance based on a few trading days. However, it’s also a fact that Paypal stock is up over 7% year-to-date. That bullishness simply can’t be ignored and, more importantly, it’s only the beginning.

PYPL is really one of the few elite companies that is virtually guaranteed an upward growth curve. We talk often about the Internet of Things. IoT is a catch-all term to describe the integration of smart devices into our daily lives. Think what you want about it, but IoT is happening — and will continue to happen. You can either adapt or you can die.

In a similar vein, digitalization of financial transactions is both the present and the future. I’m not just referring to the blockchain and cryptocurrency phenomenon. Rather, we can look at the topic mundanely. When was the last time you conducted a transaction in cash?

From what I can gather, the only time kids use cash today is at old school pizza joints and for their “pharmaceutical representative” at a poorly lit intersection.

Still, I understand the hesitation to buy Paypal stock right now. I loved PYPL early on, back in December 2015. Since my initial write-up on the company, it’s soared over 119%. Surely, the valuation is stretched at this point?

People Are Embracing Digital Payments

I can’t imagine anyone preferring to buy a publicly traded company when it’s already enjoyed a tremendous rally. But, on the other side of the coin, I’m sure many people questioned Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) at $700. Today, those “questionable” shares have nearly reached $1,250.

Moving forward, investors can trust Paypal stock. Based on the company’s most recent third-quarter earnings report, the bullish thesis hasn’t changed a lick. PYPL has yet to outright disappoint investors in its quarterly reports and Q3 was no different.

As InvestorPlace‘s Karl Utermohlen noted: “One of the strongest segments of the quarter for PayPal was Venmo, the popular payment method where you can transfer money to friends and family at the click of a button. The business processed $9 billion in payments in the quarter, twice as much as in the year-ago period.”

The takeaway here is that an investment in Paypal stock isn’t just about payment services for small businesses. Yes, that’s an important component, but digital payments are being incorporated everywhere. This is no clearer evidence than in the current dynamics surrounding cryptocurrencies.

At the time of this writing, all cryptocurrencies are worth over $750 billion. However, bitcoin’s market share has deflated from 100% at the beginning of the journey to 34.3% today. Many reasons exist why this is the case, but a significant factor is practicality. Long story short, bitcoin can’t scale up to its current demand.

Right now, bitcoin is traded as a store of wealth, which is perfectly fine. But does that explain the reasoning for the other 1,385 cryptocurrencies? No. For instance, the offshoot bitcoin currencies market themselves as the faster, more efficient version of blockchain, not the better store of wealth.

In other words, people are participating in the blockchain for its functionality, not just its profitability.

Don’t Overthink Paypal Stock

Investors shouldn’t overanalyze Paypal stock. Businesses spend years attempting to spark demand; rarely does demand come to them. But in PYPL’s case, the public is hungry for the payment revolution.

The beautiful aspect working in the company’s favor is consumer sophistication. As we see with the enormous crypto diversity, you can no longer have people by solely highlighting blockchain. People must have a compelling reason to use or invest in the product.

For Paypal, its competitive advantage is its years of experience in the digital payment sphere. Through its time under eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY), and on its own, Paypal has amassed a perhaps insurmountable moat.

Finally, the cryptocurrency craze is unlikely to negatively impact Paypal stock. Although the blockchain is a groundbreaking innovation, many people prefer the security of major institutional backing. Naturally, consumers trust the Paypal brand name, and the company provides many of the services offered in blockchain platforms.

As of this writing, Josh Enomoto is long bitcoin and bitcoin cash.

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One of my favourite movies is “The Shawshank Redemption”. This 1994 classic literally grows on you every time you watch it. There is a pithy line that is used more than once in the movie – “Salvation lies within”.

It may or may not have been true for the characters in the movie, but it is certainly true for an investor. I remember this line whenever I meet investors who are diffident about their ability to make a success of their investment program.

Too many retail investors are overawed by the snazzy discussions that appear on television about the stock markets, and conclude (wrongly) that in order to be a successful investor, one needs to know everything about:

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Adient plc (ADNT)

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Western Digital (WDC) , Twilio (TWLO) , Adient (ADNT) , Salesforce.com (CRM) , AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) .

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Student Transportation Inc(STB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Student Transportation Inc (NASDAQ: STB) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $167.40 million.

    Exar Corporation (NYSE: EXAR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $38.38 million.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap school bus transportation services stockStudent Transportation (NASDAQ: STB):

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Potlatch Corporation(PCH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Douglas Dynamics Inc (NYSE: PLOW) – $0.2350 dividend, 2.9183 percent yield
    Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) – $0.4500 dividend, 2.6758 percent yield
    PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) – $0.0900 dividend, 1.7078 percent yield
    Leidos Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) – $0.3200 dividend, 3.0851 percent yield
    Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) – $0.6800 dividend, 4.1756 percent yield
    Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE: HPP) – $0.2000 dividend, 2.36

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: eBay Inc.(EBAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    EBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) stock was volatile in 2016, but that volatility has ended. EBAY dropped 10% in October after announcing poor fiscal year 2016 earnings. Since then, eBay stock is up 19%, more than recovering from the initial losses.

  • [By John Ballard]

    eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) is handing over the reins of its India business, ebay.in, along with $500 million in exchange for an equity stake inFlipkart, a leading e-commerce company in India. As part of the deal, Flipkart’s customers will gain access to eBay’s global inventory of items for sale on its marketplace, and eBay’s customers will have access to unique Indian items provided by Flipkart.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pete Najarian said on CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report that eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY) had unusually high options volume on Friday.

    Traders were buying the July 32 calls and they were paying around $3.10 for them. Around 5,400 contracts were bought in the first half of the trading session. The breakeven for the trade is at $35.10 or 4.37 percent above the current market price.

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Euronet Worldwide Inc.(EEFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap Blackhawk Network Holdingshas largely moved sidewaysafter its IPO spinoff from Safeway (NYSE: SWY) whilepotential peer of Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) has underperformed and Euronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has outperformed:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap Blackhawk Network Holdingshas movedboth sidewaysor slowly upward after its IPO spinoff from Safeway (NYSE: SWY) whilepotential peer of Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) is performing betterwhile Euronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has been a outperformer:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Blackhawk Network Holdingshas largelymovedsidewaysor slowly upward after its IPO spinoff from Safeway (NYSE: SWY) whilepotential peers like small capGreen Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) and mid capEuronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) have beenoutperformers:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Western Union (WU) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after MoneyGram International (MGI) received a bid from Euronet Worldwide (EEFT).

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    Shares of Western Union gained 3.5% to $20.27 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.3% to 2,365.45.MoneyGram International surged 25% to $15.77, while Euronet Worldwide advanced 0.3% to $83.22.

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Foot Locker, Inc.(FL)

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    Foot Locker (FL) is a mall retailer for athletic footwear and apparel. And shares of Foot Locker are in bull market territory, 37% above the June 27 low. The stock is also nearly in correction territory, at 9.7% below its all-time high.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS)  issued weak guidance for its fourth quarter, but managed to surpass third-quarter profit and sales forecasts. Foot Locker (FL) reported in-line quarterly sales and better-than-expected profit. Gross margins rose to 33.9% from 33.8%, while revenue increased nearly 6% to $1.89 billion. 

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Sporting goods were mixed, as price wars on shoes left only Foot Locker (FL) in the winner’s circle.

    Then there was Best Buy (BBY) with a surprisingly strong quarter.

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    As the shares of everyone from Kroger Co. (KR) to Foot Locker Inc. (FL) to Blue Apron Holdings Inc. (APRN) get hammered on fears that Amazon.com Inc.  (AMZN) s gunning for their business, Netflix Inc.  (NFLX) has soared to new highs after delivering yet another earnings report suggesting its business for now remains mostly immune to Amazon’s aggressive incursions.

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Activist investor Paul Singer and his Elliott Management is waging part II of its battle at Arconic (NYSE:ARNC) – the specialized engineering aluminum company that spun off from Alcoa (NYSE:AA) last year. ARNC CEO Klaus Kleinfeld recently likened Paul Singer to The Godfather’s Michael Corleone.

Elliott owns over 12% of ARNC, choosing to stick with the company even after the breakup, calling it undervalued. It’s nominated five members for the ARNC board and plans on overthrowing the CEO. The plan is to bring on former Spirit Aerosystems (NYSE:SPR) CEO Larry Lawson, who navigated similar operational issues that ARNC is facing. Kleinfeld didn’t “save” the company during the financial crisis, and Kleinfeld was against the split. It’s time for management change. With Elliott’s suggested improvements in EBITDA at ARNC, the fund has a $46 price target on the aluminum firm.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Dynavax Technologies Corporation(DVAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares shot up 73 percent to $15.99 as the company announced that the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted 12-1 in support of the company’s Hepatitis B vaccine, HEPLISAV-B. RBC Capital upgraded Dynavax from Sector Perform to Outperform.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Add Dynavax Technologies Corp. (DVAX) to the list of biotech stocks to watch on or a little before Dec. 15. Thats when the company is going to get a yay or nay from the Food & Drug Administration about Heplisav-B as a treatment for hepatitis B in people with type 2 diabetes

  • [By Cooper Creagan]

    The same is true for Dynavax Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq: DVAX). A quick Night Trade of DVAX would’ve netted a whopping 230% in just a few months – and this can all be done from the comfort of your own home.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: eBay Inc.(EBAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) released its most recent quarterly earnings report after the markets closed on Wednesday. The online auctioneer said that it had $0.49 in earnings per share (EPS) and $2.22 billion in revenue. There are consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $0.48 in EPS and $2.21 billion in revenue. The first-quarter from last year had $0.47 in EPS and $2.14 billion in revenue.

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    To say eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY) is a big e-commerce outfit would be a significant understatement. It’s a giant, generating $8.9 billion worth of revenue for itself over the course of the past twelve months. That’s not the head-turner though. See, that’s just the cut eBay takes for itself, which is only a nominal percentage of the total amount of business in transacts. During the same twelve months, eBay facilitated sales of $83.3 billion worth of goods. Point being, while eBay is doing well, it’s sellers are doing even better. In some cases, eBay offers a game-changing opportunity for some companies to be in business.

    Up-and-coming star Namaste Technologies (OTCMKTS:NXTTF, CNSX:N) isn’t one of those companies that needs eBay on an existential basis, but now that it’s able to list its goods at the online auction site, don’t be surprised if NXTTF (or N, for investors in Canada) sees a skyrocketing top line.

    Namaste Technologies sells electronic vaporizers, which are more commonly categorized as electronic cigarettes (or e-cigs). Though initially intended as a means of avoiding tobacco smoke without giving up nicotine, it was only a matter of time before the idea was adapted and new technologies were developed to vaporize whatever it is people choose to smoke. Marijuana was an obvious good-fit candidate for the idea, and Namaste Technologies is simply capitalizing on that growing opportunity. The end result: Namaste now operates more than 30 e-commerce retail stores (with monthly traffic of over 550,000 visitors) in 20 countries targeting both medical and recreational users.

    Those who know the story of the advent of marijuana’s legalization and/or those who know eBay inside and out will know that eBay doesn’t allow listings of such paraphernalia… or at least didn’t. That changed in October, when eBay opened up its doors – selectively – while opening up a whole new product category called “Vape Pens, E-Cigarettes & Accessories.”

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Hundreds of companies have come out in support of the Paris climate agreement, sealed in December 2015. More than 300 businesses in November signed an open letter calling on Trump and Congress to stay in the pact, including Nike (NKE) , General Mills (GIS) , Tiffany & Co. (TIF) , eBay (EBAY) and Gap (GPS) . Apple (AAPL) , Microsoft (MSFT) and Facebook (FB) were among those signing onto an ad sponsored by sustainability advocate Ceres backing the agreement. The group has also gotten the support of over 280 investors representing more than $17 trillion of assets.

  • [By Dustin Blitchok]

    The NBA authorized jersey sponsorships last year, and Flagstar joins companies such as Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co (NASDAQ: GT), Fitbit Inc (NYSE: FIT), eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY) and General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) in sponsoring a team’s jersey.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Both Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) promoted Cyber Monday prices beginning on Black Friday. And many other retailers have also posted online flyers advertising their Cyber Monday specials. BFAds.net noted that there were fewer ad flyers this year. Dell Inc., eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY), and Toys R Us, among others, have announced special deals for Cyber Monday.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: W&T Offshore Inc.(WTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM) and W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: WTI).

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    W&T Offshore Inc. (NYSE: WTI) had a big buy hit the tape last week. CEO Tracy Krohn picked up a massive 1,180,888 shares of the independent oil and natural gas producer at $1.94 per share. The total for the trade came in right at the $2 million level.The company engages in the acquisition, exploration and development of oil and natural gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico. The stock closed Friday at $2.67, so outstanding timing, indeed.

  • [By John Bromels]

    Shares of oil and gas drillerW&T Offshore(NYSE:WTI) fell throughout April, finishing the month at $2.04 per share, down 26.4%.

    W&T is a small company primarily focused on natural gas liquids production in the Gulf of Mexico. In April, its market cap dropped about $100 million to $280 million. Huge swings like that aren’t uncommon for small companies, but what was unusual was the apparent lack of rationale for the drop.

Top Energy Stocks To Own For 2018

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its weekly petroleum status report Wednesday morning. U.S. commercial crude inventories decreased by 1.3 million barrels last week, maintaining a total U.S. commercial crude inventory of 489 million barrels. The commercial crude inventory is now at the upper limit of the average range for this time of year.

Tuesday evening the American Petroleum Institute (API) reported that crude inventories fell by 1.28 million barrels in the week ending November 18. API also reported gasoline supplies increased by 2.7 million barrels and distillate inventories fell by 350,000 barrels. For the same period, analysts had estimated an increase of 1 million barrels in crude inventories along with a rise of 900,000 barrels in gasoline supplies, and a decrease of 700,000 barrels of distillates as well.

Total gasoline inventories increased by 2.3 million barrels last week, according to the EIA, and remain well above the upper limit of the five-year average range. Total motor gasoline supplied (the agency’s measure of consumption) averaged 9.2 million barrels a day for the past four weeks, up by 0.6% compared with the same period a year ago.

Top Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc(WFBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    These are the top 5 holdings of CASTLE CREEK CAPITAL PARTNERS IV, LPGuaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,448,849 shares, 39.1% of the total portfolio. MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 1,876,423 shares, 23.6% of the total portfolio. WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc (WFBI) – 489,377 shares, 15.19% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 4558.07%Eastern Virginia Bankshares Inc (EVBS) – 1,061,225 shares, 12.33% of the total portfolio. First NBC Bank Holding Co (FNBC) – 2,205,382 shares, 9.78% of the total portfolio. Added: Wa

Top Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: eBay Inc.(EBAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mark Fritz]

    Google had argued its ads help smaller European merchants compete directly with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY).

    Before the Intel case came down, Vestager said Tuesday that Google was tweaking its shopping ads and was moving “in the right direction” to avoid further fines.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap Namaste Technologies (OTCMKTS: NXTTF; CNSX: N)is already a global leader in vaporizer product distribution and manufacturing (as itowns and operates over 30 online retail sites in 20+ countries); but its about to become even bigger thanks to a deal announced last week with eCommerce behemoth eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY). As one of a select number of companies in the vaporizers and accessories industry to be permitted to distribute through eBay’s marketplace, Namaste Technologies will list its products under the recently launched vaporizers and e-cigarettes category.

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    Hundreds of companies have come out in support of the Paris climate agreement, sealed in December 2015. More than 300 businesses in November signed an open letter calling on Trump and Congress to stay in the pact, including Nike (NKE) , General Mills (GIS) , Tiffany & Co. (TIF) , eBay (EBAY) and Gap (GPS) . Apple (AAPL) , Microsoft (MSFT) and Facebook (FB) were among those signing onto an ad sponsored by sustainability advocate Ceres backing the agreement. The group has also gotten the support of over 280 investors representing more than $17 trillion of assets.

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    That includes Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY), Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL), and Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) – their combined market caps are worth $1.5 trillion.

Top Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: Regions Financial Corporation(RF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Regions Financial (NYSE: RF) has $125 billion in SIFI-measured assets and also focuses its operations in the Midwest and Southeast. A cost-saving initiative has helped the bank increase its earnings and savings goals for two quarters and management now believes it can complete the program, saving $400 million in expenses a year earlier in 2018.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    In the super-regional banks that are not money center banks, Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) was up 6.3% at $13.22, and Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) was last seen up 3.8% at $38.30. They would both do better with lower regulatory costs and be able to better compete against larger banks when their stress test results had not been as strong.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Income investors often turn to bank stocks when looking for a steady dividend, but few offer the dividend growth potential of Southeastern regional bankRegions Financial (NYSE:RF).

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D.R. Barton, Jr.

When I was a wee lad, no more than six years old, I distinctly remember being given bike-riding privileges for my neighborhood in our quiet college town in Virginia.

I was excited because it meant that, even at such a young age, I could ride my bike to Van’s – the neighborhood store only three blocks away.

Van’s wasn’t like modern convenience stores. It was truly a one-of-a-kind, family-run establishment.

While most of its patrons perused the aisles at Van’s for a few items to carry them over until their next trip to the grocery store, I was there for one reason – they had candy.

Lots of candy.

It was heaven for a young boy like myself.

There was just one problem.

I didn’t take any money with me on that first bike trip.

With my little bike parked outside the small store, I sat on the bottom step leading up to the front door, pondering my situation.

best stocks to own: Ballard Power Systems, Inc.(BLDP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report small cap fuel cell stock Ballard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP) is scheduled for before the market opens on Thursday (March 2nd).Small cap alternative energy or fuel cellstocks have notlived up to their hype, but Ballard Power Systems has been busy announcing the following news:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of FuelCell Energy along withsmall cap alternative energy or fuel cell stocks like Ballard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP), Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) all peaking in 2014 with some signs of stabilization early last yearalong withsome increase this year:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday afternoon, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Ballard Power Systems Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: BLDP) and Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Plug Power along withalternative energy or fuel cell stock peers like Ballard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP), FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL) and Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) all peaking in 2014 with shares leveling off or just sliding downward moderately over the past year:

best stocks to own: eBay Inc.(EBAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Blitchok]

    The NBA authorized jersey sponsorships last year, and Flagstar joins companies such as Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co (NASDAQ: GT), Fitbit Inc (NYSE: FIT), eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY) and General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) in sponsoring a team’s jersey.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    EBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) stock was volatile in 2016, but that volatility has ended. EBAY dropped 10% in October after announcing poor fiscal year 2016 earnings. Since then, eBay stock is up 19%, more than recovering from the initial losses.

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    That includes Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY), Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL), and Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) – their combined market caps are worth $1.5 trillion.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Both Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) promoted Cyber Monday prices beginning on Black Friday. And many other retailers have also posted online flyers advertising their Cyber Monday specials. BFAds.net noted that there were fewer ad flyers this year. Dell Inc., eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY), and Toys R Us, among others, have announced special deals for Cyber Monday.

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    Alphabet’s (GOOGL)  Waymo has hired Tekedra Mawakana as its new VP of public policy and government affairs, according to Recode.

    The hire illustrates the company preparing for a legal war against Uber regarding autonomous vehicles, and for policy battles regarding government affairs with Washington and around the country.

    “As we take fully self-driving cars to the roads, Tekedra will work with policymakers at all levels to realize the enormous safety, mobility and economic benefits of this technology,” CEO of Waymo John Krafcik said in a statement to Recode on Monday.

    Mawakana has previously served as VP of global government relations at eBay (EBAY) ,  Yahoo’s! (YHOO) deputy general counsel and has held policy positions over the course of about a dozen years at AOL. 

    (Alphabet is a core holding in Jim Cramer’s charitable trust Action Alerts PLUS. See all of his holding with a free trial here. )

best stocks to own: CSI Compressco LP(CCLP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CSI Compressco LP (NYSE: CCLP) shares dropped 15 percent to $7.90. CSI Compressco lowered its quarterly cash distribution to $0.1875 per outstanding common unit. CSI Compressco is expected to release its Q1 earnings results on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

best stocks to own: Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp(SHIP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    DBV Technologies SA – ADR (NASDAQ: DBVT) shares tumbled 50.6 percent to $23.73 after the company disclosed that its peanut allergy trial failed to meet primary endpoint.
    Connecture Inc (NASDAQ: CNXR) shares declined 40.8 percent to $0.290. Connecture reported that it will voluntarily delist from the NASDAQ for OTCQX Market.
    Walter Investment Management Corp (NYSE: WAC) slipped 19.2 percent to $0.410. On Friday, Walter Investment Management disclosed that it has reached an agreement with term lenders and senior noteholders on financial restructuring.
    Eldorado Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE: EGO) shares dropped 15.9 percent to $1.83. Eldorado Gold lowered its production guidance for its Kisladag operation.
    Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) shares fell 15.4 percent to $1.04.
    Future Fintech Group Inc (NASDAQ: FTFT) dropped 13.6 percent to $1.53. Future FinTech reported filing of proxy statement, including proposal for corporate restructuring.
    Concordia International Corp (NASDAQ: CXRX) shares fell 12.3 percent to $0.500 after dipping 38.71 percent on Friday.
    Aemetis Inc (NASDAQ: AMTX) shares declined 11.3 percent to $0.550
    OncoSec Medical Inc (NASDAQ: ONCS) dipped 10.5 percent to $1.12. OncoSec reported a $7.1 million registered direct at-the-market offering at a price of $1.34375 per share.
    Evoke Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: EVOK) shares fell 10.35 percent to $3.08 after the company disclosed 'positive' topline results from comparative exposure pharmacokinetic study for Gimoti.
    Eiger Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: EIGR) shares dropped 9.4 percent to $11.60 as the company disclosed Phase 2 interim 24-week data with pegylated interferon lambda in Hepatitis Delta Virus infection at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Meeting.
    Viking Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VKTX) shares slipped 6.6 percent to $2.80. Viking Therapeutics presented results from proof-of-concept study of VK0214 in in vivo

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) dropped 50% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $1.10 after closing at $2.20 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.65. Volume approaching 13 million shares was nearly 15 times the daily average of 850,000. The dry bulk carrier company priced a secondary offering of 10 million shares and warrants at $1.50 per share this morning.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Meanwhile, Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB) rose $0.73 throughout the 2016, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) fell $1.69 and Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE: NMM) dropped $0.93.

best stocks to own: Boston Properties, Inc.(BXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [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%.

best stocks to own: Best Buy Co., Inc.(BBY)

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  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc performing better with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) being the big winner whilesmall caps hhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) haveunderperformed, butare showing signs of improvement:

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Black Friday should tell us a lot. We’ll be watching results from some of the major outlets, including WMT, Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY), Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT), Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS), and Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M) to see if customers take advantage of various deals. Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) and other e-commerce outlooks also bear watching. Electronic goods, including phones and video games, appear to be high on many shoppers’ lists, if media reports are correct. So keep an eye on info tech, as well. We’ll focus more on the action in coming days as the big post-holiday shopping extravaganza draws near.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Large cap consumer electronics retail stock Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) reported the following Q2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Tuesday: