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CHICAGO Michael Ferro, the former chairman of newspaper publishing chain Tronc, has agreed to sell his 25% stake in the company for $208.6 million, according to a filing made by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Friday.

Ferro, who resigned last month as chairman of the company that publishes the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, New York Daily News and other newspapers, will sell his entire stake owned through his venture Merrick Media to McCormick Media, according to the filing.

The buyer is connected to the McCormick family that has owned the Tribune for much of its history, the Tribune reports. McCormick Media will pay $23 per share for more than 9 million shares. Tronc stock closed at 17.15 per share Friday, up 4.19%.

A spokeswoman for Tronc did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2019: BankUnited, Inc.(BKU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Teacher Retirement System of Texas trimmed its holdings in BankUnited (NYSE:BKU) by 35.6% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 23,661 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 13,097 shares during the period. Teacher Retirement System of Texas’ holdings in BankUnited were worth $946,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

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    BankUnited (BKU) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $277.17 Million (americanbankingnews.com) BankUnited (BKU) Insider Sells $40,630.00 in Stock (americanbankingnews.com) BankUnited (BKU) Expected to Announce Earnings of $0.79 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) Head to Head Contrast: BankUnited (BKU) and Capitol Federal Financial (CFFN) (americanbankingnews.com)

    NYSE BKU opened at $40.62 on Wednesday. BankUnited has a 12-month low of $30.37 and a 12-month high of $43.84. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.58, a quick ratio of 0.96 and a current ratio of 0.96. The company has a market capitalization of $4.30 billion, a PE ratio of 15.33, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.39 and a beta of 1.04.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BankUnited (NYSE: BKU) and Capitol Federal Financial (NASDAQ:CFFN) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2019: Calamos Global Total Return Fund(CGO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Cogeco Inc. (TSE:CGO) hit a new 52-week low on Monday . The stock traded as low as C$58.08 and last traded at C$58.12, with a volume of 14200 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at C$58.35.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2019: Four Corners Property Trust, Inc.(FCPT)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Neuberger Berman Group LLC trimmed its position in Four Corners Property (NYSE:FCPT) by 12.6% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 61,299 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 8,843 shares during the period. Neuberger Berman Group LLC owned 0.10% of Four Corners Property worth $1,415,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2019: Castle Brands, Inc.(ROX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Castle Brands (NYSEAMERICAN:ROX) was the recipient of a significant decrease in short interest in the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 6,422,984 shares, a decrease of 5.8% from the April 30th total of 6,815,151 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 169,266 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 37.9 days. Currently, 7.2% of the company’s stock are sold short.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2019: Flowers Foods, Inc.(FLO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE:FLO) by 14.6% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 1,940,432 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 246,581 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc.’s holdings in Flowers Foods were worth $42,418,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    FlorinCoin (FLO) is a proof-of-work (PoW) coin that uses the Scrypt hashing algorithm. Its genesis date was June 17th, 2013. FlorinCoin’s total supply is 144,115,914 coins. FlorinCoin’s official website is flo.cash. FlorinCoin’s official Twitter account is @FLOblockchain and its Facebook page is accessible here. The Reddit community for FlorinCoin is /r/floblockchain and the currency’s Github account can be viewed here.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2019: Intrepid Potash, Inc(IPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Daré Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: DARE) shares climbed 54.2 percent to $1.25 on news that the company entered into worldwide license agreement for Juniper Pharmaceuticals' intravaginal ring technology platform.
    Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO) climbed 21.3 percent to $9.40 following strong Q1 results.
    Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI) gained 16.5 percent to $4.60.
    K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) shares rose 11.2 percent to $15.4206 following Q3 results.
    Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE: CBI) shares rose 11 percent to $15.3289. McDermott issued a release reiterating rejection of Subsea 7's offer.
    Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX) shares gained 9.2 percent to $64.61 as the company posted a narrower-than-expected loss for its first quarter.
    Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) surged 8.5 percent to $46.00 as the company posted in-line quarterly earnings.
    Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE: CSL) climbed 7.5 percent to $107.22 after reporting Q1 results.
    Allena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALNA) rose 6.1 percent to $14.78. B. Riley initiated coverage on Allena Pharmaceuticals with a Buy rating.
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN) rose 4.6 percent to $102.90 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE: CS) rose 4.5 percent to $17.03 following strong Q1 results.
    STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE: STM) rose 4.2 percent to $22.20 after reporting Q1 results.

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    New York State Common Retirement Fund grew its position in shares of Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE:IPI) by 24.4% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 98,007 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after acquiring an additional 19,200 shares during the period. New York State Common Retirement Fund owned about 0.08% of Intrepid Potash worth $357,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Stocks rebounded on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbing back from triple-digit losses early in the session to finish with a modest gain. Market participants were initially nervous because of the continued upward pressure on interest rates and their potential negative impact on the U.S. economy. But later in the day, confidence returned, and the steadfast market reversed course. Several individual stocks had much larger advances. Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC), Six Flags Entertainment (NYSE:SIX), and Intrepid Potash (NYSE:IPI) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Daré Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: DARE) shares jumped 56.69 percent to close at $1.27 on Wednesday on news that the company entered into worldwide license agreement for Juniper Pharmaceuticals' intravaginal ring technology platform.
    Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) rose 26.84 percent to close at $37.10. Vicor posted Q1 earnings of $0.10 per share on sales of $65.2 million.
    AGM Group Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AGMH) climbed 25.56 percent to close at $10.61.
    Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO) gained 24.7 percent to close at $9.75 following strong Q1 results.
    Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI) shares climbed 19.24 percent to close at $4.71.
    China Customer Relations Centers, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCRC) rose 18.73 percent to close at $18.64.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) climbed 18.28 percent to close at $5.89. Genprex expanded its operations to Cambridge, Mass.
    Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) rose 13.92 percent to close at $2.70 following Q1 results.
    Rocky Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCKY) shares surged 13.57 percent to close at $23.85 after reporting Q1 results.
    Resonant Inc. (NASDAQ: RESN) shares rose 12.5 percent to close at $4.14 on Wednesday.
    USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) jumped 11.24 percent to close at $106.85 following Q1 results.
    SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE: SVU) rose 11.16 percent to close at $16.24 after the company reported Q4 results and agreed to sell and leaseback eight distribution centers for an aggregate purchase price of $483 million.
    K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) shares gained 10.74 percent to close at $15.36 following Q3 results.
    Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) rose 9.15 percent to close at $46.28 as the company posted in-line quarterly earnings.
    Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX) shares climbed 8.49 percent to close at $64.18 as the company posted a narrower-than-expected loss for its first quarter.
    Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE: CSL) gained 8.2 percent to close at $107.94 af
  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Hi-Crush Partners (NYSE: HCLP) and Intrepid Potash (NYSE:IPI) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2019: Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated(LGND)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell, Keith Speights, and Brian Feroldi]

    Investing in biotech stocks can be risky because clinical trial failures can lead to eye-popping drops in share prices. Nevertheless, the potential to benefit from revolutionary new medicines can make owning biotech stocks in a diversified portfolio smart. If you’re hunting for new biotech stocks to buy, these three Motley Fool investors think you should considerLigand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND), Viking Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VKTX), and Amarin Corporation (NASDAQ:AMRN). Each of these companies has catalysts that could make now a good time to pick up shares.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:LGND) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the nine analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $159.00.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    New York State Common Retirement Fund raised its stake in shares of Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:LGND) by 30.7% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 56,216 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 13,219 shares during the period. New York State Common Retirement Fund owned 0.27% of Ligand Pharmaceuticals worth $9,285,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND) announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday. The biotechnology company reported $1.55 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.57 by $0.98, Bloomberg Earnings reports. The firm had revenue of $56.16 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $43.02 million. Ligand Pharmaceuticals had a net margin of 8.90% and a return on equity of 14.44%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 91.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.57 earnings per share. Ligand Pharmaceuticals updated its FY18 guidance to $4.85 EPS.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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    Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND) Insider Sells $1,488,722.03 in Stock (americanbankingnews.com) Geron (GERN) Q1 Loss Narrows Y/Y, Revenues Fall, Shares Down (finance.yahoo.com) Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND) Upgraded to A- by TheStreet (americanbankingnews.com) Ligand to Participate in Upcoming Investor Conferences (finance.yahoo.com) Ligand Pharmaceuticals Shows Rising Price Performance With Jump To 87 RS Rating (investors.com)

    A number of research firms recently issued reports on LGND. TheStreet raised Ligand Pharmaceuticals from a “c+” rating to an “a-” rating in a research report on Wednesday. HC Wainwright reissued a “buy” rating and set a $170.00 price objective on shares of Ligand Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Ligand Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $171.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday, February 28th. BidaskClub cut Ligand Pharmaceuticals from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 27th. Finally, Roth Capital lifted their price objective on Ligand Pharmaceuticals from $158.00 to $171.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, February 26th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $161.00.

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Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2019: Innoviva, Inc. (INVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Lastly, there’s Innoviva (NASDAQ:INVA), which isn’t a traditional drug stock, per se. Innoviva is a royalty company that’s currently reaping benefits from a group of long-lasting COPD and asthma medications that were developed in cooperation with GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK). You know these medicines today as Breo Ellipta and Anoro Ellipta, to name a few.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Sean Williams, Chuck Saletta, and Brian Feroldi]

    With this in mind, we asked three Motley Fool investors to name one healthcare stock that’s tops on their list for the month of June. These three mid-cap stocks made the cut: royalty drug company Innoviva (NASDAQ:INVA), mental illness treatment center operator Acadia Healthcare (NASDAQ:ACHC), and health savings account provider HealthEquity (NASDAQ:HQY).

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2019: Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd.(HOLI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:HOLI) has been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the eight analysts that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation and five have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $21.44.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    China’s Hollysys Automation Technologies (NASDAQ:HOLI) stock is up 14.3% as of 11:30 a.m. EDT, after hitting a high as much as 26% above yesterday’s close earlier this morning.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: HOLI) shares were also up, gaining 24 percent to $27.3947 following Q3 results.

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Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2019: Echo Global Logistics, Inc.(ECHO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ: ECHO) and C.H. Robinson Worldwide (NASDAQ:CHRW) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Forward Air (NASDAQ: FWRD) and Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ:ECHO) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 5 China Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Three big Western companies are investigating allegations that prisoners in China made packaging bearing their brand names.

Household products group 3M, and fashion retailers H&M and C&A are responding to an article published by the Financial Times last week in which a British corporate investigator who was imprisoned in China said he witnessed fellow inmates making packaging that carried the names of the companies.

Peter Humphrey was arrested in China in 2013 on charges that his risk consultancy firm illegally acquired private data of Chinese citizens while doing work for corporate clients. He has consistently denied the charges, but was found guilty in 2014 and spent nearly two years behind bars.

“Our men made packaging parts. So much for corporate social responsibility,” Humphrey wrote in the Financial Times article, referring to his fellow prisoners. “I recognized well-known brands — 3M, C&A, H&M.”

Humphrey wrote that the firms involved may not have known prison labor was being used to make their products. The inmates earned about 120 yuan ($19) a month for their work, he added. That’s a fraction of average wages in China’s vast manufacturing industry.

Top 5 China Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tenaris S.A.(TS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Tenaris (NYSE:TS) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Tuesday morning.

    Other research analysts have also issued research reports about the company. Piper Jaffray set a $40.00 target price on Tenaris and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Saturday, March 10th. Guggenheim restated a buy rating and set a $46.00 price objective on shares of Tenaris in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. Barclays restated a buy rating and set a $41.00 price objective on shares of Tenaris in a research report on Tuesday, February 27th. Loop Capital boosted their price objective on Tenaris from $39.00 to $43.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Thursday, March 22nd. Finally, Citigroup upgraded Tenaris from a neutral rating to a buy rating and set a $43.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday, April 11th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the stock. Tenaris currently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $39.08.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Tenaris (NYSE:TS)’s share price reached a new 52-week high and low during trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $40.64 and last traded at $40.38, with a volume of 99958 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $39.90.

Top 5 China Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Cedar Fair, L.P.(FUN)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Brian Feroldi, Leo Sun, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Want proof? We asked these Motley Fool investors to highlight a dividend stock that pays a higher yield than Verizon. Here’s why they pickedTanger Factory Outlets (NYSE:SKT), Cedar Fair (NYSE:FUN), andSTORE Capital (NYSE:STOR).

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    Cedar Fair (NYSE:FUN) reported first-quarter financial results on May 2. The amusement park master limited partnership is enjoying strong early-season sales, and management is confident that it will hit its annual distribution growth targets.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    We now have the quarterly updates for all five of the country’s leading theme park and regional amusement park operators, and it’s safe to say the first three months of 2018 blew out the same three-month period of 2017. Six Flags (NYSE:SIX), Cedar Fair(NYSE:FUN), andSeaWorld Entertainment(NYSE:SEAS)joined the theme park segments of Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) in posting double-digit revenue growth in the latest quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Cedar Fair Entertainment (NYSE: FUN) and The Madison Square Garden (NYSE:MSG) are both mid-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Top 5 China Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CACI International, Inc.(CACI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO) and CACI (NYSE:CACI) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.

Top 5 China Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Astec Industries, Inc.(ASTE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Douglas Dynamics (NYSE: PLOW) and Astec Industries (NASDAQ:ASTE) are both small-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Dean Investment Associates LLC boosted its holdings in Astec Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTE) by 5.1% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 59,000 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after acquiring an additional 2,870 shares during the period. Dean Investment Associates LLC’s holdings in Astec Industries were worth $3,256,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Astec Industries (NASDAQ:ASTE) have received an average recommendation of “Buy” from the nine analysts that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price objective among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $67.25.

Top 5 China Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Flowers Foods, Inc.(FLO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE:FLO) by 14.6% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 1,940,432 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 246,581 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc.’s holdings in Flowers Foods were worth $42,418,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Flowers Foods (NYSE:FLO) was upgraded by analysts at Consumer Edge from a neutral rating to an outperform rating.

    Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE:HE) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Hawaiian Electric kick started 2018 on a mixed note. While the company’s first-quarter earnings came in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate, revenues beat the consensus mark. The company is the largest provider of electricity in the state of Hawaii, as a result of which it outperformed the broader industry in past twelve months. It continues to make systematic investments in utility infrastructure development projects, primarily adding new generation facilities, replacing aging infrastructure and restoring transmission and distribution assets. However, Hawaiian Electric depends heavily on third-party suppliers for fuel and purchased power. With the Federal Reserve set to hike interest rate thrice in 2018, Hawaiian Electric’s operational performance may get hampered in coming days. Fluctuations in the oil price in the global market tend to push up Hawaiian Electric’s expenses.”

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Macy's, Inc. (NYSE: M) to report quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $5.39 billion before the opening bell. Macy's shares fell 0.47 percent to $29.79 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) to have earned $0.65 per share on revenue of $12.43 billion in the latest quarter. Cisco will release earnings after the markets close. Cisco shares declined 0.07 percent to $45.45 in after-hours trading.
    Boot Barn Holdings Inc (NYSE: BOOT) reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and issued strong first-quarter earnings guidance. Boot Barn shares climbed 9.97 percent to $24.15 in the after-hours trading session.
    After the markets close, Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.31 per share on revenue of $1.20 billion. Flowers Foods shares dropped 0.37 percent to $21.70 in after-hours trading.

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Novare Capital Management LLC lowered its holdings in Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE:FLO) by 35.7% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 12,835 shares of the company’s stock after selling 7,115 shares during the quarter. Novare Capital Management LLC’s holdings in Flowers Foods were worth $281,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Yesterday, North Korean officials threatened to pull out of next month’s summit with President Donald Trump over demands tied to its nuclear weapons program. The announcement comes when tensions are already high over increasing inflation fears, Japan’s economic contraction, and uncertainty around trade between the U.S. and China. Markets are likely to continue to react with uncertainty as the global political climate continues to grow increasingly volatile. WTI crude oil remained near $71.00 despite concerns as markets look to the Energy Information Administration on the state of U.S. inventory levels. Oil prices have been under pressure after the U.S. announced it would pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal. The American Petroleum Institute projected Tuesday that U.S. stocks increased by 4.9 million barrels to 435 million barrels. The EIA will release its official report later this morning.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: M, SBUX, AMZN
    Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) will lead another busy day of earnings reports. The retail company’s stock surged more than 12% this morning after a huge earnings report that crushed Wall Street expectations. The firm reported EPS of $0.48, topping expectations of $0.37 by 11 cents. The company also beat revenue expectations by roughly $100 million and experienced a huge jump in same-store sales. It doesn’t look like the U.S-China trade dispute will impact Starbucks Corporation (Nasdaq: SBUX). The coffee giant announced plans to build 3,000 new stores in China in the coming years. The company aims to double its store-front presence by the end of 2022 and hopes to double its profits and triple its revenue in the nation in the process. Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) is back in the news as it continues its slash-and-burn campaign against rival grocery store operators. This morning, the company announced it was slashing Whole Foods prices for its Prime members. The new price list includes 10% discounts on hundreds of items. The perks are rolling ou

Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now

U.S. home prices are on a roll. And as we head into the New Year, I am expecting another record year for home prices in 2018. Today, I am going to reveal the safest, easiest and most profitable way to benefit from this trend.

Fueled by record-low interest rates and housing inventories, home prices in the United States hit another all-time high in 2017.

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price NSA (SPCS20) Index measures the value of residential real estate in 20 major U.S. metropolitan areas, including New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago. The most recent update showed that the index expanded 6.1% to 203 in August, breaking the previous all-time high of 198 from July of 2007. Take a look below.

SPCS20 Index Level Since July 2007

Looking forward, I am expecting another record year. Not only will interest rates remain relatively low, but I see no short-term solution to historically low housing inventories.

Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Flowers Foods, Inc.(FLO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Flowers Foods (NYSE:FLO) posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday. The company reported $0.30 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.31 by ($0.01), Bloomberg Earnings reports. Flowers Foods had a net margin of 3.83% and a return on equity of 15.17%. The firm had revenue of $1.21 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.20 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.25 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 1.5% on a year-over-year basis.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Macy's, Inc. (NYSE: M) to report quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $5.39 billion before the opening bell. Macy's shares fell 0.47 percent to $29.79 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) to have earned $0.65 per share on revenue of $12.43 billion in the latest quarter. Cisco will release earnings after the markets close. Cisco shares declined 0.07 percent to $45.45 in after-hours trading.
    Boot Barn Holdings Inc (NYSE: BOOT) reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and issued strong first-quarter earnings guidance. Boot Barn shares climbed 9.97 percent to $24.15 in the after-hours trading session.
    After the markets close, Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.31 per share on revenue of $1.20 billion. Flowers Foods shares dropped 0.37 percent to $21.70 in after-hours trading.

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  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Yesterday, North Korean officials threatened to pull out of next month’s summit with President Donald Trump over demands tied to its nuclear weapons program. The announcement comes when tensions are already high over increasing inflation fears, Japan’s economic contraction, and uncertainty around trade between the U.S. and China. Markets are likely to continue to react with uncertainty as the global political climate continues to grow increasingly volatile. WTI crude oil remained near $71.00 despite concerns as markets look to the Energy Information Administration on the state of U.S. inventory levels. Oil prices have been under pressure after the U.S. announced it would pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal. The American Petroleum Institute projected Tuesday that U.S. stocks increased by 4.9 million barrels to 435 million barrels. The EIA will release its official report later this morning.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: M, SBUX, AMZN
    Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) will lead another busy day of earnings reports. The retail company’s stock surged more than 12% this morning after a huge earnings report that crushed Wall Street expectations. The firm reported EPS of $0.48, topping expectations of $0.37 by 11 cents. The company also beat revenue expectations by roughly $100 million and experienced a huge jump in same-store sales. It doesn’t look like the U.S-China trade dispute will impact Starbucks Corporation (Nasdaq: SBUX). The coffee giant announced plans to build 3,000 new stores in China in the coming years. The company aims to double its store-front presence by the end of 2022 and hopes to double its profits and triple its revenue in the nation in the process. Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) is back in the news as it continues its slash-and-burn campaign against rival grocery store operators. This morning, the company announced it was slashing Whole Foods prices for its Prime members. The new price list includes 10% discounts on hundreds of items. The perks are rolling ou

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Flowers Foods (NYSE:FLO) was upgraded by analysts at Consumer Edge from a neutral rating to an outperform rating.

    Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE:HE) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Hawaiian Electric kick started 2018 on a mixed note. While the company’s first-quarter earnings came in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate, revenues beat the consensus mark. The company is the largest provider of electricity in the state of Hawaii, as a result of which it outperformed the broader industry in past twelve months. It continues to make systematic investments in utility infrastructure development projects, primarily adding new generation facilities, replacing aging infrastructure and restoring transmission and distribution assets. However, Hawaiian Electric depends heavily on third-party suppliers for fuel and purchased power. With the Federal Reserve set to hike interest rate thrice in 2018, Hawaiian Electric’s operational performance may get hampered in coming days. Fluctuations in the oil price in the global market tend to push up Hawaiian Electric’s expenses.”

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Saul Centers, Inc.(BFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association of America purchased a new position in shares of Saul Centers, Inc. (NYSE:BFS) during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm purchased 13,437 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $685,000. Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association of America owned approximately 0.06% of Saul Centers at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Partner Communications Company Ltd.(PTNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday afternoon, the health care shares rose 1.79 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Partner Communications Company Ltd. (NASDAQ: PTNR), up 8 percent, and Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE: CEL) up 7 percent.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Partner Communications (NASDAQ: PTNR) and Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong (OTCMKTS:HTHKY) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday morning, the telecommunication services shares rose 1.06 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE: GSAT), up 5 percent, and Partner Communications Company Ltd. (NASDAQ: PTNR) up 4 percent.

Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: TechTarget, Inc.(TTGT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    TechTarget (NASDAQ:TTGT) Director Leonard P. Forman sold 63,862 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $23.59, for a total transaction of $1,506,504.58. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

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Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Blackrock Global(BOE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    Whiting Petroleum (WLL) is one of Continental’s biggest competitors in the Bakken. Whiting is the second-largest oil producer in North Dakota, averaging 82,500 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) of production in 2012, across more than 700,000 acres of leased land.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Flowers Foods, Inc.(FLO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion before the opening bell. Dr Pepper Snapple shares fell 0.07 percent to close at $93.49 on Monday.
    Analysts expect American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG) to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $12.87 billion after the closing bell. AIG shares gained 0.38 percent to $66.39 in after-hours trading.
    Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed expectations. Flowers Foods shares fell 1.87 percent to $20.45 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Diebold Nixdorf Inc (NYSE: DBD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.31 billion. Diebold Nixdorf shares slipped 0.73 percent to close at $27.20 on Monday.

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  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Consumers across the nation know Flowers Foods (NYSE:FLO) from its Wonder bread, Tastykake snack cakes, and Nature’s Own bakery brands. Yet the truly novel thing about Flowers is how it has done such a good job of building up a national presence in an industry that is typically dominated by local competition. Coming into Monday’s fourth-quarter financial report, Flowers investors were hoping to see at least some growth in sales and earnings, but the bakery company wasn’t able to deliver the pace of expansion that most shareholders really want to see.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc.(AIMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) got a boost, shooting up 35 percent to $34.73 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.

    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares were also up, gaining 31 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stock Aimmune Therapeutics (NASDAQ: AIMT) is aclinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing treatments for life-threatening food allergies. The Companys Characterized Oral Desensitization ImmunoTherapy (CODIT) approach is intended to achieve meaningful levels of protection by desensitizing patients with defined, precise amounts of key allergens. Aimmune Therapeutics first investigational biologic product using CODIT⒙is AR101 for the treatment of peanut allergy.AR101 has received the FDAs Breakthrough Therapy Designation for the desensitization of peanut-allergic patients 4-17 years of age and is currently being evaluated in Phase 3 clinical trials where enrollment was announced last month.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: WD-40 Company(WDFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    WD-40 Company (NASDAQ: WDFC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $99.10 million.

    Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ: HOFT) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.40 per share on revenue of $62.20 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    WD-40 Company (NASDAQ: WDFC) reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter, but the company missed analysts’ sales estimates. WD-40 shares fell 0.97 percent to $106.00 in the after-hours trading session.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Smith & Nephew SNATS, Inc.(SNN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Carlson, CEO and Portfolio Manager, Horizon Investment Services]

    For investors looking for growth but also income, I especially like three health-care related stocksFresenius Medical (FMS), Novo Nordisk (NVO), and Smith & Nephew (SNN).

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Nuance Communications Inc.(NUAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about high options activity in Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN). Traders were buying the June 19 calls for $1. The trade breaks even at $20 or 2.20 percent above the closing price on Wednesday. Najarian followed the trade and he is going to hold the position for two weeks.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) got a boost, shooting up 10 percent to $17.05 after the company posted better-than-expected Q4 earnings. Raymond James upgraded Nuance Communications from Outperform to Strong Buy.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares surged 30.2 percent to $5.01 after dropping 40.86 percent on Tuesday. Marathon Patent Group filed for sale of 1.85 million shares of common stock by selling stockholders.
    Capricor Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CAPR) shares jumped 17.2 percent to $2.25 after the company reported the FDA clearance of Investigational New Drug application for CAP-1002.
    Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) gained 13.2 percent to $2.15 following 16.5 percent rally on Tuesday.
    Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB) shares climbed 11.8 percent to $10.45 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
    China Distance Education Hldgs Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: DL) shares surged 11.3 percent to $8.67. China Distance Education reported Q4 profit of $5.9 million on revenue of $41.7 million.
    Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK) shares gained 11 percent to $8.05 after falling 7.05 percent on Tuesday.
    Ooma Inc (NYSE: OOMA) shares surged 8.5 percent to $10.85 as the company posted strong Q3 results.
    Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) climbed 8 percent to $17.12 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.
    American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC) surged 7.8 percent to $3.59 after the company reported $8 million in D-VAR system orders.
    Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE: THR) rose 6.3 percent to $24.17. William Blair upgraded Thermon Group from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) surged 6.1 percent to $182.88. Nomura upgraded Domino's from Neutral to Buy.
    Xencor Inc (NASDAQ: XNCR) rose 5.9 percent to $21.17. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated coverage on Xencor with an Overweight rating.
    Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IDRA) gained 5.1 percent to $2.28 after the company disclosed that it has been granted FDA Fast Track designation for IMO-2125.
    Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) gained 5.1 percent to

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Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.(JEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) which rose about 9% to $64.92. The stocks 52-week range is $49.31 to $65.29. Volume was1.8 million compared to its average volume of less than 1 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: China Automotive Systems, Inc.(CAAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    China Automotive Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAAS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share on revenue of $108.22 million.

    Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.18 per share on revenue of $1.71 million.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: CenturyLink, Inc.(CTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Originally a rural telecom, CenturyLink (CTL) has grown via acquisitions to become a major provider of broadband, voice, video, and data.

    It now provides services residential and business customers over a 250,000-route-mile US fiber network and a 300,000 mile international network.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) which rose over 8% to $15.88. The stocks 52-week range is $13.16 to $27.61. Volume was over 25 million compared to its average volume of 14.6 million.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) dropped about 7.8% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $17.07 after closing at $18.51 on Friday. The 52-week high is $30.39. Volume was around 21 million, about double the daily average of around 11 million. The company’s $34 billion acquisition of Level 3 Communications received FCC approval, but the company was hit with a charge of securities fraud.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: FIRST REPUBLIC BANK(FRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related WFC Why Bank ETFs Fell On Friday Despite Decent Earnings Phil's Stock World: Funtime Friday Earnings Season Starts Today Rising Book Values and Margins of Safety (GuruFocus)
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    Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.02 per share on revenue of $22.51 billion.
    Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion.
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion.
    PNC Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE: PNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.02 per share on revenue of $4.00 billion.
    First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million.
    First Horizon National Corp (NYSE: FHN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $337.89 million.

     

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion before the opening bell. Citigroup shares rose 0.30 percent to $67.22 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) to have earned $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion in the latest quarter. JPMorgan will release earnings before the markets open. JPMorgan shares gained 0.48 percent to $93.55 in after-hours trading.
    Cyberark Software Ltd (NASDAQ: CYBR) lowered its guidance for the second quarter. The company now expects total revenue of $57.0 million to $57.5 million, versus earlier guidance of $61.0 million to $62.0 million. Cyberark shares dipped 17.65 percent to $42.00 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the opening bell, First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million. First Republic Bank shares dropped 0.80 percent to close at $101.35 on Thursday.

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Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Spark Therapeutics, Inc.(ONCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Spark Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ONCE) were down 36 percent to $47.08 on preliminary SPK-8011 trial data.

    Athenex Inc (NASDAQ: ATNX) was down, falling around 13 percent to $13.95. Almirall and Athenex reported a strategic partnership to develop and commercialize KX2-391 in the U.S. and Europe.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested going long again on small cap gene therapy stock Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ONCE):

    Financially, Spark Therapeutics has over $300M in cash on the books and no debt to speak of yet, which equates to a share price of just over four times cash. The Company has generated over $20M in revenue for the trailing twelve months, and although the Company is expected to continue to lose money for the next few years, any strong clinical data that hits the tape could rocket shares of ONCE overnight, just like we’ve seen with so many others over the years.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Spark Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ONCE) dropped 44% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $41.06 after closing at $73.38 on Friday. The 52-week high is $91.75. Volume was around 13.5 million, nearly 30 times the daily average of about 480,000. The company’s hemophilia A drug posted disappointing trial results.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Spark Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ONCE) saw its shares take a big step back on Monday after the firm reported less than favorable results at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting. Analysts have taken this opportunity to weigh in on the stock:

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Hanesbrands Inc.(HBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) dropped about 0.6% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $21.41 after closing at $21.53 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $31.36. Volume was about a third the daily average of around 6 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    If a stock falls hard, particularly one with a durable name in its industry, it could be an opportunity to pick up shares on the cheap. But sometimes, a stock trades at a discount for a very good reason, so let’s take a look at Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR), Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI), and Vista Outdoor (NYSE:VSTO) to see if they are good values at these lower prices — or just value traps.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) dropped about 5.9% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $21.50 after closing at $22.86 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $31.36. Volume of about 31 million was more than 7 times the daily average of 4.5 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Kate Spade & Co is considering a sale of the company, following pressure from activist investors given the volatile performance ever since Kate Spade became a mono brand company over 2 years ago. The article cites thatKate Spade has hired an investment bank and has reached out to possible buyers (including other retailers) althoughKate Spade has not responded. This comes at a time when brand houses like VF Corp. (VFC), PVH Corp. (PVH), Hanesbrands (HBI), Michael Kors Holdings (KORS), and Coach have said they are looking to make a branded acquisition, andKate Spade could be one of the strongest candidates. While other brands are seeing negative comps, pulling back on wholesale exposure or restructuring,Kate Spade continues to grow.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) had its short interest increase to 2.63 million shares from the previous 2.36 million. The stock closed Friday at $305.20, within a 52-week range of $223.02 to $333.65.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Biogen (BIIB) has dropped 2.2% to $286.16 after getting cut to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink, and to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Biogen (BIIB)

    Biogen discovers, develops and delivers innovative therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and autoimmune disorders.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Breakups have the potential to create a lot of value. Just look at what Biogen (BIIB) did with its hemophilia franchise. Spun out as Bioverativ (BIVV) , shares started trading earlier this year. The stock has climbed some 23% on seemingly no news, Cramer noted.

  • [By George Budwell]

    Shares of theDanish drugmaker Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:FWP) gained 48.2% yesterday as the result of a settlement and licensing deal with Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB)involving an ongoing patent dispute over the multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera. Per the terms of the deal, Biogen will fork overa non-refundable$1.25 billion licensing fee, and possibly pay 10% to 20% royalties on Tecfidera’snet sales to Forward starting in 2021.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) which traded down nearly 4% at $329.58. The stocks 52-week range is $244.28 to $348.84. Volume was 1.2 million matching the daily average of 1.2 million shares.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Flowers Foods, Inc.(FLO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Consumers across the nation know Flowers Foods (NYSE:FLO) from its Wonder bread, Tastykake snack cakes, and Nature’s Own bakery brands. Yet the truly novel thing about Flowers is how it has done such a good job of building up a national presence in an industry that is typically dominated by local competition. Coming into Monday’s fourth-quarter financial report, Flowers investors were hoping to see at least some growth in sales and earnings, but the bakery company wasn’t able to deliver the pace of expansion that most shareholders really want to see.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion before the opening bell. Dr Pepper Snapple shares fell 0.07 percent to close at $93.49 on Monday.
    Analysts expect American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG) to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $12.87 billion after the closing bell. AIG shares gained 0.38 percent to $66.39 in after-hours trading.
    Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed expectations. Flowers Foods shares fell 1.87 percent to $20.45 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Diebold Nixdorf Inc (NYSE: DBD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.31 billion. Diebold Nixdorf shares slipped 0.73 percent to close at $27.20 on Monday.

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Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Valhi Inc.(VHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares slipped by 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Valhi, Inc. (NYSE: VHI), down 13 percent, and LSB Industries, Inc. (NYSE: LXU), down 7 percent.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Gogo Inc.(GOGO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small capin-flight WiFi stockGogo Inc (NASDAQ: GOGO) is scheduled for before the market opens onMonday (February 27th). Last summer, American Airlines did a deal with rival ViaSat, Inc (NASDAQ: VSAT) to provide Internet access on about 100 new Boeing jets. To add to the turbulence, Moody’s Investors Service assigned a B3 Corporate Family Rating, a B3-PD Probability of Default Rating and a SGL-2 Speculative Grade Liquidity Rating to Gogo Inc plus assigned a B2 (LGD3) rating to the Company’s $500 senior secured note offering (after a planned sale of $525 millionin junk bonds fell through). The Ratings Action noted:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ:GOGO) were up 18.3% as of 1:30 p.m. EST Monday after the in-flight connectivity specialist announced stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter 2016 results.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO) had a director purchasing a total of 300,000 shares at $9.69 per share. The total for the purchase was posted at $3 million.Gogo provides communications services to the commercial and business aviation markets in the United States and internationally. Itsstock was trading on Friday at $8.85.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    We’ve compiled a list of the most heavily shorted stocks to show you which stocks have the most negative sentiment on the market…

    Company Name (Ticker)Short FloatShare PriceHanwha Q Cells Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: HQCL)98.52%$ 8.88Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN)91.59%$ 8.53Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE: WTW)67.92%$12.57INSYS Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: INSY)66.71%$10.74Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO)66.34%$33.17Nutanix Inc. (Nasdaq: NTNX)65.65%$31.96Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT)55.15%$ 6.06Weibo Corp. (Nasdaq ADR: WB)53.83%$55.26RPC Inc. (NYSE: RES)53.62%$21.19Straight Path Communications Inc. (NYSEMKT: STRP)49.27%$34.79Momo Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: MOMO)48.63%$26.80Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG)46.91%$44.87Lannett Company Inc. (NYSE: LCI)45.46%$23.00Gogo Inc. (Nasdaq: GOGO)43.98%$ 9.10Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA (Nasdaq: ASPS)42.78%$22.73Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE ADR: CMCM)40.86%$10.00

    Some investors think the only way to profit from the stock market is to buy stocks and wait for the price to rise. However, these investors are missing out on the massive profit opportunity that comes from shorting stocks.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday started the new week on a positive note, as the stock market once again recovered from early declines to post advances. The Dow Jones Industrials extended its string of record closes to 12 consecutive days in the wake of favorable comments from Warren Buffett about the valuation of the market. Moves within the Trump administration to transfer spending to the Defense Department also bolstered the overall market mood. In addition, good news from certain companies helped to sustain positive sentiment overall, and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), Windstream Holdings (NASDAQ:WIN), and Gogo (NASDAQ:GOGO) were among the top performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Gogo Inc (NASDAQ: GOGO) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $10.85 after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss.