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Best Small Cap Stocks To Invest In 2018

Small cap wire-free charging stock Energous Corp (NASDAQ: WATT) reportedQ1 2017 earnings after the Wednesday market close. During the Q1, Energous Corporation recognized $575,368 in engineering services versus revenue of $136,364 for the same period last year. Energous Corporation said it expanded the number of active customer engagements to 68, and doubled the size of the Company’s customer-facing engineering organization to help accelerate the product integration cycle and support high demand. The net loss was $12,473,140versus a net loss of$10,796,542. The Company ended the quarter with $21.4 million in cash and cash equivalents and no debt.

The CEO commented:

“Energous is making substantial headway toward the successful commercialization of power at a distance. The number of customers in the final stages of WattUp integration is growing rapidly, and consumer availability of these products is expected later this year. Demand for our technology is very high, progress with strategic partners continues to advance, and we are moving quickly to complete formal testing of our Mid Field power-at-a-distance transmitter to secure regulatory certification. With commercialization in the near future, we firmly believe that we are well on our way to creating a meaningful wireless charging ecosystem that will disrupt the market.”

Best Small Cap Stocks To Invest In 2018: Anavex Life Sciences Corp.(AVXL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Anavex Life Sciences (OTCQX:AVXL) is down ~40% since Amit Ghate said it would trade substantially lower in an interview with the PRO Weekly Digest in June (see his update comment).

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    The lead drug from Anavex Life Sciences (AVXL) — called Anavex 2-73 — has just reported very promising phase 2a results in Alzheimer’s patients at the annual CTAD conference.

Best Small Cap Stocks To Invest In 2018: Unilife Corporation(UNIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Unilife Corp (NASDAQ: UNIS) shares dropped 76 percent to $0.295. Unilife reduced its workforce by 51 employees and expects to record charge of $0.6 million.

Best Small Cap Stocks To Invest In 2018: Freeport-McMoran, Inc.(FCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The metals and mining sector has seen many winners, particularly in steel and copper. Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) is big in copper and shares were last seen down 0.3% at $13.90 late on Monday, which might have been up more had it been less diversified. Shares of Freeport-McMoRanare up 26% in the past fivetrading days. The stock has a market cap of $18 billion.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today as metal & mining stocks rallied sharply after President Donald J. Trump signed executive orders meant to increase spending on infrastructure.

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    Freeport-McMoRangained 8.4% to $17.04 at 4:12 p.m. today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.7% to 2,280.07.

    In a note released yesterday, Jefferies analyst Christopher LaFemina and team noted that investor interest in Freeport-McMoRan and other miners has been rising:

    We met with 52 investors in the US over the past two weeks and have done calls with 117 investors globally over the past three weeks. This all follows a week of 30 investor meetings in London in December. The mix has been slightly more hedge funds than long only funds, but long only interest in mining has greatly increased. We expect the sector to outperform as fundamentals improve and long only rotation into mining continues. Buy Glencore, Freeport-McMoRan, Fortescue Metals, Rio Tinto (RIO), and BHP Billiton (BHP).

    Freeport-McMoRan’s market capitalization rose to $24.6 billion today from $21.4 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $12.2 billion on sales of $16.3 billion in 2015.

    Freeport-McMoRan is scheduled to report earnings tomorrow.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Stephens (Equal-Weight) and Citi (Sell) both downgraded Atwood Oceanics (NYSE: ATW).

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    Investec downgraded Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD) to Hold.
    Deutsche Bank downgraded Freeport McMoRan (NYSE: FCX) to Hold.
    Goldman Sachs upgraded Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to Buy.
    Barclays upgraded Teck Resources (NYSE: TCK) to Overweight.
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    U.S. oil refiner Tesoro (NYSE: TSO) said it would buy Western Refining (NYSE: WNR) for $4.1 billion to add refineries in Texas, New Mexico and Minnesota. The combined company will have refining capacity of over 1.1 million barrels per day. Tesoro has refineries in California, Washington, Alaska, Utah and North Dakota.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was Freeport-McMoran Inc. (NYSE: FCX) which rose about 4% to $14.73. The stocks 52-week range is $9.24 to $17.06. Volume was nearly 21 million compared to its average volume of 18.5 million.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Freeport McMoRan (FCX) was downgraded to hold from buy at Deutsche Bank. The valuation is less attractive, based on a $12.50 price target, Deutsche said. 

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) which jumped 5.1% to $12.90. The stocks 52-week range is $8.76 to $17.06. Volume was 23.36 million which is below the daily average of around 29.12 million shares.

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JPMorgan (JPM) ended lower Thursday, despite reporting better-than-expected first-quarter earnings.

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The bank said it earned $1.65 a share, above the $1.52 analysts were expecting.Revenue came in at $25.59 billion, above the $24.88 billion consensus.

A couple of analysts are weighing in on the stock. CFRA’s CathySeifert reiterated a Buy rating on the stock:

We keep our 12-month target of $98, 14.9X our ’17 EPS estimate of $6.57 (raised by $0.10) and 13.2X our ’18 EPS estimate of $7.45 (raised by $0.20), close to peers.JPMreported Q1 EPS of $1.65 vs. $1.35, $0.17 above our estimate and $0.14 above the S&P Capital IQ consensus. Results reflected buybacks, plus a 28% drop in the provision for credit losses. Revenues rose a healthy 6.2%, despite 1.3% lower consumer banking revenues on 18.5% lower mortgage revenue and a 3.3% drop in card revenues. We remain encouraged by margins, and strength in corporate and commercial bank units.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Maureen Farrell]

    Shortly after Lehman declared bankruptcy, Barclays (BCS) paid $1.3 billion for most of the firm’s North American operations, its Times Square headquarters, and about 9,000 employees. Nomura Holdings (NMR) paid roughly $200 million for Lehman’s operations in Asia.

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  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    However, Apple is turning to LG (OTC:LGEAF) and the Herald reports that Apple is even considering investing in a future plant in China to build flexible displays. It’s thought that the bendable displays could be available as early as 2019.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The importance of cellular connectivity for wearables, particularly for smartwatches, has been a theme of mine since last year, and I’m glad to see other analysts and organizations starting to pick up on it. I’ve discussed Qualcomm’s (NASDAQ:QCOM) development of the Snapdragon Wear SOC that manufacturers are using for Android Wear 2 smartwatches with LTE connectivity, such as the LG Watch Sport (OTC:LGEAF). Such watches provide voice calling and cellular data connections and anticipate the future direction of the smartwatch.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    There are other areas of smartphone innovation pursued by other companies besides Apple. The development of OLED screens has been a significant innovation pursued mainly by Korean giants Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) and LG (OTC:LGEAF). It is now being reported that Samsung and LG will introduce smartphones with foldable OLED screens this year.

Hot Stocks To Watch Right Now: JinkoSolar Holding Company Limited(JKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    But the real news is the near vertical trajectory in share prices for the two stocks. This could be another manifestation of the markets hunger for some momentum plays, as we noted earlier this morning the bump to share prices for both JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) and Shutterstock Inc. (NASDAQ: SSTK), both of which held secondary share sales this morning.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    JinkoSolar Holding Co (NYSE: JKS) dropped 9.88% to $16.87 after the company announced the offering of 3,500,000 American Depositary Shares.

    Fuwei Films (Holdings) Co (NASDAQ: FFHL) dropped 9.66% to $1.30. Fuwei Films’ trailing-twelve-month ROE is -10.85%.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    First Solar, Inc (NASDAQ: FSLR) was trading down 3.7 percent Monday, while JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) was down 0.8 percent, SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) 4.4 percent, Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) 5.2 percent and JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) 4.4 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, energy shares fell by 0.59 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS), down 8 percent, and Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (NYSE: TOO) down 7 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    It is not often that a secondary stock offering sends a companys shares higher, but we are seeing that very phenomenon Friday morning. Chinese solar PV maker JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) and stock image company Shutterstock Inc. (NASDAQ: SSTK) both priced secondary offerings this morning and shares in both companies have risen sharply.

Hot Stocks To Watch Right Now: Freeport-McMoran, Inc.(FCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Major turning points like the one were seeing right now can generate spectacular comeback moves. In fact, were already witnessing several of these rallies in our commodity-centric plays. Just look at copper miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX).

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The metals and mining sector has seen many winners, particularly in steel and copper. Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) is big in copper and shares were last seen down 0.3% at $13.90 late on Monday, which might have been up more had it been less diversified. Shares of Freeport-McMoRanare up 26% in the past fivetrading days. The stock has a market cap of $18 billion.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    In February, the shortest month of the year, copper, gold, and oil company Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE:FCX) saw its shares tumble by nearly 20%. After a roughly 95% price gain in 2016, it was a painful reminder of years past, when Freeport-McMoRan was dealing with the aftermath of an ill-timed oil investment.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX) and Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) rank among the largest gold and copper miners in the world. After years of retrenching, both are in better operational and financial shape than they were when commodity prices started to tumble in 2011. But now that metals prices are finally rising, there are new troubles to face. Barrick’s headwinds, however, don’t look nearly as formidable as what Freeport-McMoRan is facing.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Some energy stocks just cant seem to catch a break and Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) is one of those energy stocks. As we all know, FCX made some bad moves and decided to get into the oil business just as prices were peaking. That wouldnt be so bad, if it wasnt for the massive debt it took out to buy stakes in the gulf and other regions.

The Likely Rise Of Electric Vehicles And The Impact On Metals

The take-up of electric vehicles (EVs) may well be in a growth pattern which could rival that of the price of bitcoin, but is unlikely, like the latter to push sales into bubble territory. As range anxiety and long charging times recede into obscurity with the enormous developments in battery technology, the environmental, and ultimately the cost, benefits of electric drive for automobiles over internal combustion engine (ICE)-driven small vehicles is likely to become paramount.

The potential exponential growth pattern for EV sales will have likely an enormous impact on the sales volume, and price, of the metals utilized in EV production. These are notably lithium, cobalt, manganese, nickel, graphite, and some rare earths in battery manufacture, copper (an electric vehicle utilizes far more copper than a conventional ICE-driven vehicle) and perhaps aluminum to keep body panel weight down – and maybe as a substitute for copper in electrical wiring systems. Conversely, the longer term future for platinum group metals, predominantly utilized in ICE engine exhaust cleaning catalysts may well be bleak, and we see a serious downturn for these commencing in the next decade – and getting worse from there.

We thus see several major keys necessary to stimulate the more general take-up of EVs, rather than plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). The first, and most important, is ever-improving battery technology, perhaps coupled with the expansion of a nationwide fast charging network to handle distance driving demand. Range anxiety will be countered by battery life improvements, while an interim solution could be the inclusion in EVs of small range extending ICEs designed primarily to charge the batteries rather than for driving the vehicles.

Up until the current year, there were few EVs on the market capable of achieving a range of much more than 100 miles, but this is changing now quite rapidly, although the 300-400 miles of range between charges, which is probably necessary to achieve true sales lift-off, is mainly only available at the high end of the price range. But every time a new model is announced, range tends to be one of the aspects which is being expanded. We would anticipate 250-350 mile range to be the norm, rather than the exception, even in many low-end EVs by the end of the current decade.

So, if one looks at the extremely rapid pattern of technological battery improvement in computers and in mobile phones, there has to be the likelihood that battery technology research will continue to raise vehicle range between charges, and reduce costs as a combination of technological advance and scale of production leads to savings here. No doubt rapid charging technology will also develop alongside, as will the installation of more and more charging points across the nation – this being the other main bugbear, along with vehicle cost, affecting EV take-up. Ultimately, we suspect that far greater ranges may become the norm – maybe even 1,000 miles on a single charge before too long, certainly for high end vehicles.

This would likely be a nail in the coffin of the internal combustion engine (ICE) as would likely increasing legislation to ban ICE-driven vehicles from urban areas which we are already seeing in some major cities around the world as urban administrations in particular do battle with air pollution, to which gas and diesel driven vehicles are a major contributor. Indeed some nations are already looking to ban sales of ICE-driven vehicles. Norway, for example, is proposing to ban all fossil-fuelled cars from its roads. As the UK’s Guardian newspaper reports, Norway already has the highest per capita number of all-electric [battery only] cars in the world: more than 100,000 in a country of 5.2 million people. In 2016, EVs constituted nearly 40% of the nation’s newly registered passenger cars. And the Norwegian experiment shows every sign of accelerating. Earlier this year, Norway opened the world’s largest fast-charging station, which can charge up to 28 vehicles in about half an hour. The country, joined by Europe’s No. 2 in electromobility, the Netherlands, intends to phase out all fossil fuel-powered automobiles by 2025.

New types of battery technology may also be a factor here. At the moment most, if not all, EVs run on lithium-ion technology, but research is under way into so-called solid-state batteries which offer (in theory at least) lighter weights, longer ranges, shorter charging times, and lower costs than current standard lithium-ion batteries. But so far, the technology has not been able to be transferred from the laboratory to the kind of size necessary to drive a full-size EV efficiently. Even with lithium-ion technology, though, Elon Musk’s Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) – perhaps the principal driver in the advance of EV design and implementation – is achieving a claimed 600 mile range between charges in some of its latest, currently available high-end vehicles – and is already on the way to achieving this on its ‘affordable’ Model 3 range.

Tesla has also announced an all-electric semi truck which appears expensive in relation to diesel driven trucks but claims a 2-year cost payback, given how much cheaper it is to run an all-electric vehicle than an ICE-powered one, and performance and range figures are impressive. Tesla also claims driver environment and substantial safety benefits for its semis. PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) has already ordered 100 of these and expects to start taking delivery by 2019/20.

Other manufacturers are also planning to produce and sell all-electric trucks by the end of the current decade – Reuters reports that Navistar International Corp. (NYSE:NAV) and Volkswagen AG’s (OTCPK:VLKAF) Truck and Bus are working together to launch an electric medium duty truck by late 2019, while rival Daimler AG (OTCPK:DDAIF) has delivered the first of a smaller range of electric trucks to customers in New York. These are designed for shorter ranges than the Tesla semi but will likely see expanded ranges as battery technology advances.

Re the solid state battery, in the UK, Sir James Dyson, of vacuum cleaner fame, is working to develop a Dyson EV by 2020 and is reportedly putting 拢2.5 billion towards its development. Dyson is also reportedly nailing his colors to the solid-state battery mast, although again whether a solid state battery sufficient to power an EV will be available in that timescale remains to be seen!

Japanese mainstream auto manufacturer Toyota (NYSE:TM) also reckons to be working on a solid-state battery-driven EV which it hopes to have on the market in the early 2020s. Undoubtedly, other mainstream manufacturers, virtually all of whom are working on EV design and production, will also be looking at the potential of solid state batteries because if they can be produced commercially will, eventually, offer the range, rapid charging and lower costs required to make EVs the norm rather than the exception.

With the kinds of technology growth patterns we have been seeing, we would anticipate total EV dominance of the automobile market far faster than recent projections might suggest – perhaps within 20 years. Already Volvo (OTCPK:VOLAF) has announced that every new car it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor (this will include hybrids so is not phasing out the ICE totally – yet – but is an indicator of the way the market is trending).

While battery technology/range is perhaps the most important factor for EV manufacture and sales going forward, cost is another hugely important factor. Despite the apparent drive-train simplicity of electric-powered vehicles, those on the market at the moment are much more costly than similar-sized conventional vehicles, and only attractive through the availability of government subsidies. Insurance costs are higher too.

But there are some other key advantages of electrically driven vehicles which will be major sales points assuming battery technology factors can be overcome – which they will be. Rapid torque availability – which means very fast acceleration – the far easier integration with new computer technology, potentially far lower running costs and the convenience of home charging, for those with that possibility, or with easy access to overnight charging points, rather than having to fill up at a gas station are all key points. But most of all the perceived environmental benefits of electric drive over ICE-driven vehicles are becoming paramount.

The capital and maintenance costs for EVs are likely to come down as take-up increases, but it may take time, and the continuation of subsidies until the market has truly taken off is probably key for any serious short-term growth momentum

Model Availability

Suffice it to say that the numbers of EVs available to the market will be increasing exponentially over the next few years with most mainstream manufacturers offering all-electric models already. However, one does have to credit Elon Musk’s Tesla company with bringing EVs into mainstream thought with its spectacular high end Model S and Model X EVs, offering a degree of luxury and incredible performance only previously seen in high-end supercars. And now, Musk’s company is in the throes of bringing his production vehicles into the ‘affordable’ category – if $35,000 plus is seen as ‘affordable’. Pre-orders for the Tesla Model 3 are such that, provided it can meet its production targets, without going bust first, would make Tesla one of the world’s largest automakers.

Musk is a visionary and is not stopping there and has just shown the all-electric-powered truck (mentioned above), and the ‘Insane’ Tesla Roadster capable of 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds and with a claimed 620 mile range, but many think Musk’s company is hugely overstretched and will crash and burn under its huge debt burden.

But it is probably Musk’s amazing vision and drive which has stimulated the EV sector into action. Whether Tesla will survive, or will be overtaken by mostly mainstream auto manufacturers, who now have been dragged into the realization that EVs are almost certainly the future, remains to be seen. The mainstream manufacturers are battling to cut into Tesla’s undoubted lead in the sector and are already coming out with possible Tesla killers – like the Chevy Bolt which offers similar pricing and performance to the Tesla Model 3 – but somehow lacks its kerb appeal.

Metals Demand

The global automobile market is enormous and a switch to EVs could have a huge impact. Below is a barchart from Visual Capitalist based on the change in metals demand with a 100% take-up of all-electric battery driven cars but only based on the battery technology used in the Chevy Bolt – GM’s (NYSE:GM) direct competitor with the Tesla Model 3, which uses a different battery make-up – and would be very different still once solid state batteries have come into use. However, it is valuable in demonstrating some of the likely beneficiary metals in a switch to EVs.

Naturally, lithium tops the bill, but here, there is plenty of future production coming on stream to meet demand so a lithium play may not be as beneficial as it would seem from the chart. It is perhaps some of the other metals where supply may not be able to keep up with demand and prices may rocket, but because these metals are often produced as byproducts, securing an investment that may take off accordingly may be more difficult to do.

Of the primary metals, the biggest beneficiaries could be copper, nickel, and aluminum – the former because the average EV uses around twice as much copper as existing ICE-driven vehicles, nickel, and aluminum are both used in some battery technologies in a big way, while the latter will almost certainly get increasing use in body panels to keep vehicle weights down. Of the byproduct metals cobalt has obviously the most potential as do the rare earths – specifically dysprosium which is utilized in some electric drive technologies.

London quoted Glencore [LSE: GLEN] is comfortably the world’s biggest cobalt producer, but cobalt only represents a small part of the company’s product mix, but nickel is important too. An ADR is available to U.S. Investors: Glencore ADR (OTCPK:GLNCY). Canada’s Sherritt International [TSX: S] which will also benefit as a major nickel producer could be of interest and again is available on the OTC market in the U.S. – Sherritt International (OTCPK:SHERF). Another major cobalt miner with a U.S. ADR quote is Brazil’s Vale (NYSE:VALE) but, like Glencore, is one of the world’s largest diversified miners, and cobalt represents a fairly small part of its overall revenues – but Vale is also the world’s second largest nickel producer after Russia’s Norilsk (OTCPK:NILSY).

Dysprosium is the rare earths wild card, but there is little or no significant production outside China, although Australia’s Northern Minerals [ASX: NTU] has brought is Browns Range mine into production and reckons to be the world’s next significant dysprosium producer outside China. But its mining operation, high in heavy rare earths of which dysprosium is particularly significant, is only at pilot plant construction stage at the moment.

Graphite, which may be the other major beneficiary ‘metal’, is primarily produced in China, India, Brazil, Turkey, and North Korea. Graphite investment options in North America are largely restricted to the risky junior sector, and none are full board quoted. There have been articles on Seeking Alpha about these, but for the moment, this writer is steering clear. The junior sector seems just too speculative. Rather look to the major stocks which may benefit as the downsides are much more limited.

Of the major metals, copper appears to be the likely major beneficiary of significant growth in the EV sector, while maintaining significant demand in the ICE-driven vehicle sector. The world’s biggest producer remains the Chilean state-owned Codelco, but the remaining big producers apart from the U.S. company, Freeport McMoran (NYSE:FCX) are mostly the big diversified miners. Glencore and Vale, both mentioned above as major nickel and cobalt miners, are among these as are BHP Billiton (BHP) and Rio Tinto (RIO), the world’s two biggest diversified miners. Both these are headquartered elsewhere – BHP’s joint HQ are in the UK and Australia, and Rio Tinto in the UK. Once again, because these are such big diversified mining companies, demand growth in a particular sector like copper may be less significant yet still give a useful boost to earnings.

The same applies to aluminum. Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the biggest North American producer, but any impact due to growth in the automobile production sector won’t have a particularly significant impact overall as it will only represent a tiny portion of overall demand.

While this article primarily looks at the likely growth potential for EVs and some of the likely long term beneficiaries (virtually, none of the anticipated gains in the major sector are likely to eventuate until the next decade), one should also take a look at the eventual losers. The most notable is the market for platinum, palladium, and rhodium, all of which have their primary usage in ICE exhaust emission control catalytic technology. Here again, the problems are likely to appear long term – not short term where global recovery may still lead to some good gains – particularly if precious metals’ prices (driven by gold) rise. We would expect the platinum and palladium prices to rebalance in favor of platinum, given the change in the pricing differential is likely to result in a switch to platinum catalysts in at least a part of the gasoline ICE exhaust control market.

The current high palladium price of over $1,000 an ounce does not seem yet to have impacted stocks like Sibanye-Stillwater (SBGL). While the company is also expanding its platinum exposure through the just-announced purchase of Lonmin, it is not really being given the credit for its palladium exposure through Stillwater, and also in South Africa, where the majority of its production is based. Its holdings there are predominantly in mines producing primarily from the platinum richer Merensky reef, but it has the capability to add to its production on the UG2 reef which has a marginally higher palladium and rhodium content. But overall, both Stillwater and the South African producers are at best marginal operations at current pgm prices, although the higher palladium and rhodium prices may be slightly improving the economics.

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    Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today as the dollar rose and copper prices fell.

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    Front Month Comex Copper for March delivery declined 1.7% to $2.6795 today.

    Axiom Capital’s Gordon Johnson warns that iron ore prices might be ready to drop:

    Beware: An Imminent End to an Epic Restock Suggests Iron Ore Prices May Snap Back Toward Fundamentals. Our work suggests ~70% of global iron ore demand can be met at a cash cost of <$23/t; add in $8/t for interest, CAPEX, & other, & we get to a breakeven of $31/t. In addition, w/ inventory restocking & current prices making further investment attractive, despite current excesses, we believe iron ore prices should be ~$40/t (i.e., below marginal costs); in this fashion, w/ Chinese real estate investment on the decline, we view iron ore spot prices >$62/t as a stretch. So what has been propping prices? In our view, one word restocking; first by the mills, undergoing the biggest restocking effort of Chinese steel in >6-yrs., & then by the traders, which have built their iron ore port stocks to a record, w/ days of inventory at a 2.5-yr. high (Ex. 18-19). Yet, w/ data pointing to peak steel inventory, implying risk to n-term ore demand, & the govt probing speculative trading, we see the current restocking cycle as very much so in the later innings

    Freeport-McMoRan’s market capitalization fell to $19.2 billion today from $20.2 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $4 billion on sales of $14.8 billion in 2016.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Some energy stocks just cant seem to catch a break and Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) is one of those energy stocks. As we all know, FCX made some bad moves and decided to get into the oil business just as prices were peaking. That wouldnt be so bad, if it wasnt for the massive debt it took out to buy stakes in the gulf and other regions.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) which jumped 5.1% to $12.90. The stocks 52-week range is $8.76 to $17.06. Volume was 23.36 million which is below the daily average of around 29.12 million shares.

  • [By ]

    Thats where our own copper comeback play Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) comes into play. You wont hear a lot of talk about copper or FCX in the financial media these days. But if we turn to the charts, its easy to see Dr. Coppers impressive turnaround move that started to unfold earlier this year. After years of pain and suffering, a sustainable rally is in the works.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) ledthe S&P 500 today lower today after metal prices fell on concerns that President Donald J. Trump won’t be able to pass his pro-growth agenda.

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    Freeport-McMoRandropped 4.7% to $12.21, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.1% to 2,341.59.

    Evercore ISI’s Dennis DeBusschere and team discuss the impact of the healthcare failure on risky assists like commodities:

    Risk assets are lower globally as the USD continues to lead bond yields, global equities and commodity prices lower. The DXY is down -3% since March 10th and the declines accelerated overnight as investor concerns over the size, timing and likelihood of fiscal stimulus grow. In addition, PBoC Governor Zhou Xiaochuan noted that China is at the end of ultra-easing measures. The recent drumbeat of news from China noting that they are moving away from growth at all costs has helped push commodity prices lower. Declines in copper, iron ore and steel accelerated overnight.

    Freeport-McMoRan’s market capitalization fell to $17.6 billion.It reported a net lossof $3.9 billion on sales of $14.6 billion in 2016.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    In February, the shortest month of the year, copper, gold, and oil company Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE:FCX) saw its shares tumble by nearly 20%. After a roughly 95% price gain in 2016, it was a painful reminder of years past, when Freeport-McMoRan was dealing with the aftermath of an ill-timed oil investment.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Lifeway Foods, Inc.(LWAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Dean Foods Co shows a positive but not spectacular long term return as small cap Lifeway Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: LWAY) has been more volatile and non-dairy desert stock Tofutti Brands Inc (NYSEMKT: TOF) has given a moderately positive performance:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Last Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small capdairy health food product stock Lifeway Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: LWAY):

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Gap, Inc. (The)(GPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Lululemon Athletica basically range boundwhile other players in the athletic apparel or yoga space like large capsUnder Armour Inc (NYSE: UA), Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE) and The Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS) have performed better except for the latter:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Gap (NYSE:GPS), the parent company of Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic, trades at 14 times earnings. It pays a forward yield of 3.9%, which is supported by a payout ratio of 55%. The company has hiked that dividend annually for seven straight years.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS) shares dropped 16 percent to $25.74. Gap posted in-line profit for its third quarter. However, the company reported a decline in quarterly sales.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap clothing retailer stockThe Gap Incs (NYSE: GPS)reported Q1 earnings after the market closed Thursday with shares up in premarket trading Old Navy, the company’s biggest brand by revenue,posted its fifth consecutive year of sales growth in 2016. Net sales were flat year over year at$3.4 billion (the translation of foreign currencies into U.S. dollars negatively impacted net sales by about $11 million). Gap Incs comparable sales were up 2% versus a 5% decrease last year with Old Navy Globals comparable salesup 8% versus negative 6% last year; Gap Globals comparable saleswere down4% versus negative 3%last year; and Banana Republic Globals comparable saleswere down4% versus negative 11% last year. Net income was $143 million versus net income of$127 million.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(AMAG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAG) were down around 36 percent to $22.95. Before the open, the issue company issued FY 2017 sales that surrounded current estimates. Also, the company announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Palatin Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PTN) for North American rights to Rekyndatm. Raymond James downgraded AMAG Pharmaceuticals from Market Perform to Underperform.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Makena is the flagship drug from AMAG Pharmaceuticals (AMAG); the drug helps reduce the risk of preterm birth.

    The company’s blood registry preserves newborn stem cells used to treat blood and immune disorders.

stock picks

What’s happening?

Shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS) plunged 5% in active trading on Tuesday after its earnings failed to meet Wall Street’s expectations.

So what

Goldman reported earnings of $5.15 per share, below the consensus forecast of $5.31 per share. A noteworthy decline in Fixed Income, Currency, and Commodities (FICC) income stunned analysts, as the company reported earning just $1.69 billion from trading activities, down from $2 billion in the prior quarter. Trading revenue grew just 1% year over year.

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More than other large financial institutions, Goldman relies on trading to generate a profit. This quarter, FICC revenue made up about 21% of net revenue compared to 24.5% of net revenue in the December quarter.

Goldman’s results were particularly poor when compared to Bank of America(NYSE:BAC),JPMorgan(NYSE:JPM), and Citigroup(NYSE:C), all of which reported improvements in trading revenue. Bank of America reported a 17% increase in FICC revenue this quarter over the same period last year. Likewise, JPMorgan reported revenue of $4.2 billion in its Fixed Income Markets breakout, a 17% improvement compared to the same period a year ago.Citi stole the show with a 19% increase in fixed-income revenue compared to the prior-year period.

stock picks: CytomX Therapeutics, Inc.(CTMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CytomX Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CTMX) shares were also up, gaining 24 percent to $18.89. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE: BMY) and CytomX Therapeutics disclosed that they have extended worldwide partnership to discover Probody therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and other diseases.

stock picks: Freeport-McMoran, Inc.(FCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today as metal & mining stocks rallied sharply after President Donald J. Trump signed executive orders meant to increase spending on infrastructure.

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    Freeport-McMoRangained 8.4% to $17.04 at 4:12 p.m. today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.7% to 2,280.07.

    In a note released yesterday, Jefferies analyst Christopher LaFemina and team noted that investor interest in Freeport-McMoRan and other miners has been rising:

    We met with 52 investors in the US over the past two weeks and have done calls with 117 investors globally over the past three weeks. This all follows a week of 30 investor meetings in London in December. The mix has been slightly more hedge funds than long only funds, but long only interest in mining has greatly increased. We expect the sector to outperform as fundamentals improve and long only rotation into mining continues. Buy Glencore, Freeport-McMoRan, Fortescue Metals, Rio Tinto (RIO), and BHP Billiton (BHP).

    Freeport-McMoRan’s market capitalization rose to $24.6 billion today from $21.4 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $12.2 billion on sales of $16.3 billion in 2015.

    Freeport-McMoRan is scheduled to report earnings tomorrow.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today as the dollar rose and copper prices fell.

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    Freeport-McMoRandropped 4.9% to $13.31 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.6% to 2,381.92. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index rose 0.4% today, and
    Front Month Comex Copper for March delivery declined 1.7% to $2.6795 today.

    Axiom Capital’s Gordon Johnson warns that iron ore prices might be ready to drop:

    Beware: An Imminent End to an Epic Restock Suggests Iron Ore Prices May Snap Back Toward Fundamentals. Our work suggests ~70% of global iron ore demand can be met at a cash cost of <$23/t; add in $8/t for interest, CAPEX, & other, & we get to a breakeven of $31/t. In addition, w/ inventory restocking & current prices making further investment attractive, despite current excesses, we believe iron ore prices should be ~$40/t (i.e., below marginal costs); in this fashion, w/ Chinese real estate investment on the decline, we view iron ore spot prices >$62/t as a stretch. So what has been propping prices? In our view, one word restocking; first by the mills, undergoing the biggest restocking effort of Chinese steel in >6-yrs., & then by the traders, which have built their iron ore port stocks to a record, w/ days of inventory at a 2.5-yr. high (Ex. 18-19). Yet, w/ data pointing to peak steel inventory, implying risk to n-term ore demand, & the govt probing speculative trading, we see the current restocking cycle as very much so in the later innings

    Freeport-McMoRan’s market capitalization fell to $19.2 billion today from $20.2 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $4 billion on sales of $14.8 billion in 2016.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was Freeport-McMoran Inc. (NYSE: FCX) which rose about 4% to $14.73. The stocks 52-week range is $9.24 to $17.06. Volume was nearly 21 million compared to its average volume of 18.5 million.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX) and Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) rank among the largest gold and copper miners in the world. After years of retrenching, both are in better operational and financial shape than they were when commodity prices started to tumble in 2011. But now that metals prices are finally rising, there are new troubles to face. Barrick’s headwinds, however, don’t look nearly as formidable as what Freeport-McMoRan is facing.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE: FCX). He said that traders were buying the January 13, 14-strike calls on Tuesday. He added that these calls expire prior to the earnings release and he is wondering if someone is betting that the company is going to pre-announce earnings results. Around 9,000 contracts were traded in the first half of the session and Jon Najarian decided to follow the trade. He is planning to hold the long position in Freeport-McMoRan for a week.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The metals and mining sector has seen many winners, particularly in steel and copper. Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) is big in copper and shares were last seen down 0.3% at $13.90 late on Monday, which might have been up more had it been less diversified. Shares of Freeport-McMoRanare up 26% in the past fivetrading days. The stock has a market cap of $18 billion.

stock picks: iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    2017 has been a tumultuous year, with plenty going on in the political and financial realms. Yet the stock market has done quite well, and index funds that track popular stock benchmarks have given their investors solid returns. In particular, among the most popular exchange-traded funds, iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (NYSEMKT:EEM), PowerShares QQQ (NASDAQ:QQQ), and iShares Core MSCI EAFE (NYSEMKT:IEFA) have delivered some of the best returns.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Trading Nation, Todd Gordon recommended a bearish options strategy in iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx (ETF) (NYSE: EEM). He said that the ETF is under pressure because of weak commodity prices and strong U.S. dollar. He explained that falling bond prices have caused a rally in the U.S. dollar.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Speaking on Bloomberg Markets, Dan Deming of KKM Financial suggested a bullish options strategy in iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx (ETF) (NYSE: EEM).

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  • [By Shah Gilani]

    7) iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca:EEM) traded $603 billion in shares

    6) Amazon.com Inc. (NasdaqGS:AMZN) traded $710 billion in shares

stock picks: Citigroup Inc.(C)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Maxfield]

    It was about a century ago that Citigroup (NYSE:C) decided to chart a separate course from the rest of the bank industry. It continued to build its domestic operations, but shifted much of its focus to creating a vast network of banking offices around the world.

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    With this mindset, it is no wonder that PayPal finished 2016 on a wave of deal-making momentum. In the past 12 months, PayPal completed agreements with a number of financial and tech companies including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA), Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB), Mastercard Inc (NYSE: MA), Visa Inc (NYSE: V), and Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ: VOD).

  • [By John Ballard]

    Partnerships play a crucial role in extending PayPal’s reach to new customers and driving higher engagement. The deal with Visa(NYSE:V) opened the door for partnerships with Mastercard(NYSE:MA), Citigroup(NYSE:C), and Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE:FIS). As a result, more deals will come that will increase PayPal’s relevancy and ubiquity in the mobile payment landscape.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Dan Nathan spoke on CNBC's Options Action about a bearish options strategy in Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C).

    The banking sector traded sharply higher on expectations of deregulation and higher interest rates, but it showed some signs of weakness last week. Nathan thinks the current administration won't be able to change meaningfully the Dodd-Frank Act over the next few months and he sees that as the key catalyst for a possible pull back in the banking sector.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    America’s Oldest Companies No. 3: Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C)

    Citigroup was originally founded in 1812 with $2 million in capital as the “City Bank of New York.” Almost 50 years later, in 1865, it joined the U.S. national banking system and quickly rose to the title of “largest bank in the United States” at the time.

stock picks: Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.(VNDA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Another biotechnology player that looks poised to trigger a big breakout trade is Vanda Pharmaceuticals (VNDA), which is focused on the development and commercialization of clinical-stage drug candidates for central nervous system disorders. This stock has been on fire so far in 2013, with shares up a whopping 258%.

    If you take a look at the chart for Vanda Pharmaceuticals, you’ll notice that this stock has recently broke out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $12.34 to $12.66 a share with solid upside volume. So far, this breakout has held and now shares of VNDA are quickly moving within range of triggering an even bigger breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in VNDA if it manages to break out above its 52-week high at $13.30 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above that level with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action 908,467 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then VNDA will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $15 to $17 a share.

    Traders can look to buy VNDA off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some near-term support at $12 a share. One could also buy VNDA off strength once it takes out $13.30 a share with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.