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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018

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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.

Pete Najarian was watching Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR). He said that the stock has been trading in a range between $8 and $18 over the last 52 weeks and although it spiked 2.82 percent on Wednesday, it's still close to the lower end of the range. Anticipating a move higher, traders were buying the June 11 calls for $0.30. Around 6,000 contracts were bought in the first half of the session. The trade breaks even at $11.30 or 10.78 percent above the current market price. Pete Najarian decided to buy the calls and he is going to hold them for 4-5 weeks.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation(CTSH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ: CTSH) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.79 per share on revenue of $3.23 billion.

    CIGNA Corporation (NYSE: CI) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.15 per share on revenue of $10.00 billion.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) dropped more than 17% on Friday to post a new 52-week low of $45.44 after closing at $55.00 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $69.80. Volume was more than 10 times the daily average of around 4.2 million shares. The company’s president has been replaced as an investigation into possible corruption charges begins.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) is starting to show up as a stock to buy for many of the Wall Street firms we cover. The company was very bullish at the conference and cited a very solid demand environment that is expected to continue through next year. The Deutsche Bank target for the stock is placed at $92, while the consensus number is at $87.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Finisar Corporation(FNSR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of optical component companies have dropped today, includingOclaro (NASDAQ:OCLR), Acacia (NASDAQ:ACIA), Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), whose shares were down 11%, 11%, 6%, and 3%, respectively, as of 3:30 p.m. EDT, after the U.S. broadened its investigation regarding compliance with sanctions programs.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Foresight Autonomous Holdings ADR (NASDAQ: FNSR) were down 8 percent to $4.34. On Friday, Foresight posted Q3 non-GAAP net loss of $2,086,000, versus a year-ago non-GAAP net loss of $879,000.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, but issued a weak forecast for the current quarter. Finisar shares jumped 7.76 percent to $27.63 in the after-hours trading session.
    Shares of Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE: BAH) dropped over 13 percent in after-hours trading as the company reported a DoJ civil and criminal investigation regarding cost accounting and cost charging practices. Booz Allen shares dipped 13.30 percent to $34.10 in the after-hours trading session.
    Bob Evans Farms Inc (NASDAQ: BOBE) shares declined over 4 percent Thursday after the company reported results for its fourth quarter. The company posted better-than-expected Q4 earnings, while sales missed estimates. Bob Evans shares dropped 4.26 percent to close at $68.99 on Thursday.

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Shares of fiber optic components maker Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) fell 17% in April due to a big third-quarter miss in mid-March. Its revenue rose 23% annually to $380.6 million, but that missed expectations by $9 million. Earnings rose136% to $0.59 per share, but that also missed estimates by three cents. Finisar’s top and bottom line guidance for the fourth quarter (16% sales growth and 83% earnings growth at the midpoints) also came in below Wall Street estimates.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Finisar Corp. (NASDAQ: FNSR) posted a new 52-week low of $17.81 Monday, down about 7.5% after closing at $19.26 on Friday. The 52-week high is $36.85. Volume was about 6.4 million, nearly double the daily average of around 3.4 million shares. The optical technology company had no specific news.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Autohome Inc.(ATHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Autohome Inc (ADR) (NYSE: ATHM) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.68 per share on revenue of $1.05 billion.

    Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $106.75 million.

  • [By R. Chandrasekaran]

    The following stocks are rated with Neutral:

    JD.Com Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: JD). Vipshop Holdings Ltd – ADR (NYSE: VIPS). Autohome Inc (ADR) (NYSE: ATHM). SouFun Holdings Ltd (NYSE: SFUN). Leju Holdings Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: LEJU).
    Underweight Names

    The following stocks are rated Underweight:

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Fitbit, Inc.(FIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Paul Ausick]

    Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) dropped about 1.9% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $7.30 after closing at $7.44 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $30.96. Volume was about 10% below the daily average of around 10 million shares. Analysts at Pacific Crest said that the company’s inventory continues increasing and lowered the firm’s expectations for unit sales in the first fiscal quarter of 2017.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap Fitbit Inc (NYSE: FIT), which designs products that track everyday health and fitness,is probably the most well know pure play wearables focused stock to investorsin part because is started off as a high flying pioneer in the space and shares had taken off after its 2015 IPO. However, thatshare performance has not lived up to the lofty investor expectations expected of a stock that became synonymous with wearables:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Leveraging data to transform healthcare is only in its infancy, but we’re already seeing examples of how wearable technology may help patients. For example, Fitbit(NYSE:FIT)and Apple(NASDAQ:AAPL)sell consumer-electronics devices that measure and report health information, such as activity levels and heart rate, so that people cantrack the progress they’re making toward their health goals, such as weight loss. Soon, data that these wearable devices collect could become even more useful as more sophisticated sensors are incorporated into them.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    We saw it with GoPro Inc. (Nasdaq: GPRO) and Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT). Both are trading about 90% below their post-IPO peak prices.

    “The thought that any sane investor would buy Snapchat is frightening,” said Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani. “Buying shares in SNAP is like trying to pick up nickels in front of buses.”

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: EPAM Systems, Inc.(EPAM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund, Chuck Saletta, and Brian Feroldi]

    Read on to see why they pickedAllstate(NYSE:ALL),EPAM Systems(NYSE:EPAM), andUniversal Display(NASDAQ:OLED).

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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Axcelis Technologies Inc.(ACLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    "We have three stocks that we have identified, Excelis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: ACLS), Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ: COHU), and Entegris Inc (NASDAQ: ENTG). All of these companies spiked up on their recent positive earnings surprises and they’ve now pulled back to the point that we think they‘re attractive"

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Axcelis Technologies (NASDAQ:ACLS) gained 21.7% in March 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    So what

    The maker of manufacturing equipment for semiconductor factories is largely following the medium-term trajectory of the industry-tracking PHLX Semiconductor index. Being a small-cap player in that large sector, Axcelis saw its share prices falling in early March only to whipsaw back to a strong gain on heavy trading volume.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Molex Incorporated(MOLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Shares of electronic connector maker Molex Incorporated (MOLX) skyrocketed on Monday morning after reports that the company will be acquired by Koch Industries.

    Koch Industries has agreed to acquire Molex for a total of $7.2 billion. This deal will include all outstanding shares of the company’s Common Stock, Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock for $38.50 per share.

    The deal has been approved by the board of directors of both companies. Molex will continue to maintain its current management team and its current headquarters in Lisle, IL.

    Molex shares were up $9.15, or 31.17%, during Monday morning trading. The stock is up 41% YTD.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Rackspace Hosting Inc(RAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Rackspace Hosting, Inc. (NYSE: RAX) reported better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter, but the company missed analysts’ sales estimates. Rackspace shares dropped 7.72 percent to $20.80 in the after-hours trading session.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Netlist, Inc.(NLST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap data/memory solutions stocksNetlist, Inc (NASDAQ: NLST) as a long/bullish position for our short term portfolio:

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Novellus Systems Inc.(NVLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nivalis Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: NVLS) dropped 60% on Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.50 after closing at $6.25 on Monday. The stock’s 52-week high is $9.45. Volume of about 4.2million was about 60 times the daily average of around 75,000 shares. The company reported a failed mid-stage trial on its treatment for cystic fibrosis.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Nivalis Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVLS) is watching its shares crumble on Tuesday after the company gave an update on its mid-stage Cystic Fibrosis (CF) trial. Specifically, the company announced topline results from the its Phase 2 trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of two doses of cavosonstat, in adult patients with CF who had two copies of the F508del-CFTR mutation and were being treated with Orkambi.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Nivalis Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: NVLS) shares dropped 59 percent to $2.58 after the company reported it failed to demonstrate benefit in absolute change in predicted FEV1 or in Sweat Chloride Reduction at 12 weeks. The failed trial has prompted four Wall Street firms to downgrade the issue including Raymond James, Cowen, Baird and Stifel.

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Investors, leggo of the leggings. United Airlines’ decision to bar two teenagers dressed in leggings from boarding a plane Mar. 26 put a harsh spotlight on United Continental Holdings (UAL) for all the wrong reasons. UAL and other airline stocks appear to be ready for a smooth rise in share price.

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In case you missed it, social media lit up after another passenger tweeted about the incident Sunday morning. Soon, celebrities such as model Chrissy Tiegen and actor Seth Rogan weighed into a firestorm of outrage. United defended its decision, which violated a dress code.

This distraction is a shame because what people should really be talking about is United’s attractiveness as an investment.

Airline stocks are in favor these days thanks to lower fuel prices, industry consolidation and firmer ticket prices. After decades of criticism, even Warren Buffett has turned bullish on airline stocksand thats no small feat.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018: SuperValu Inc.(SVU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE: SVU) was raised to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital Markets. Shares were indicated up 6% at $3.54 on Thursday.

    Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ: RARE) was indicated down 7% at $72.85 on Thursday due to results from a seizure medication study. It was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray, and Wedbushlowered its target for the stock.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, SUPERVALU (NYSE:SVU) and MSC Industrial (NYSE:MSM) stood out with big pricing moves after announcing quarterly business updates.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q3 2017 earnings report for small cap grocery store stock SUPERVALU Inc (NYSE: SVU) is scheduled for before the market opens on Wednesday (January 11th). A few years ago, SUPERVALU was struggling as the most shorted grocery stock on the market; but just before the last earnings report, the Company announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement whereby an affiliate of ONEX Corporation (TSE: ONEX) will acquire itsSave-A-Lot business for $1.365 billion in cash. The President/CEO stated:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap grocery store stock SUPERVALU Inc (NYSE: SVU) reported Q1 2018 earnings this morning before the market opened with shares up more than 14% as Wholesale business results were outstanding. Net salesincreased 6.3% to$4.00 billion as Retail net sales were down 2.7% to $1.39 billion with the decrease reflecting identical store sales of negative 4.9% and closed stores, partially offset by sales from acquired and new stores.Total net sales within the Wholesale segment increased 12.4% to $2.56 billion primarily due to sales to new customers and increased sales to new stores operated by existing customers, partially offset by stores no longer being supplied by Supervalu and lower military sales. Retail identical store sales were negative 4.9% while fees earned under services agreements in the first quarter were $55 million versus $59 million last year. Net earnings from continuing operations was $12 million versus $20 million. The CEO commented:

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018: Myriad Genetics, Inc.(MYGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Shares of Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:MYGN), a DNA diagnostics specialist, dropped 61.4% last year, according todata from S&P Global Market Intelligence.Efforts to offset hereditary cancer-testing segment losses just weren’t successful enough to keep profits, and the stock, from sliding last year.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018: Carlsberg A/S (CABGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mark Fritz]

    Price Target: $124.

    Heineken N.V. (ADR) (OTC: HINKY): Hold.
    Price Target: 82.30 euros.

    Carlsberg A/S (ADR) (OTC: CABGY): Hold.
    Price Target: 652 krones.

    Distillers

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018: United Dominion Realty Trust, Inc.(UDR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    UDR, Inc. (NYSE: UDR) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.43 per share on revenue of $234.80 million.

    Everest Re Group Ltd (NYSE: RE) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $5.57 per share on revenue of $1.35 billion.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018: Dynamic Materials Corporation(BOOM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andrew Efimoff]

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

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

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018: ArQule Inc.(ARQL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    ArQule Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQL) dropped about 23% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $1.13 after closing at $1.47 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $2.17. Volume was about 15 times the daily average of around 150,000 shares. The biopharmaceutical company said this morning that a phase 3 trial of a cancer drug did not meet the primary endpoint of improving overall survival.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018: Fastenal Company(FAST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Breaking news

    Shares of Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) dropped over 7 percent in pre-market trading after the company reported Q3 results. Alcoa posted Q3 adjusted earnings of $0.32 per share on sales of $5.2 billion.
    Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) released third quarter financial results, reporting an earnings miss while revenue came in line with Street estimates. To read the full news, click here.
    Twilio Inc (NYSE: TWLO) announced preliminary results for the third quarter that came in above the Street estimates. To read the full news, click here.
    According to the Associated Press, Samsung Electronics (OTC: SSNLF) said it will no longer manufacturer its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. The permanent discontinuation follows a round of reports saying customer's replacement phones have caught fire. To read the full news, click here.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $988.60 million.

    Perry Ellis International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PERY) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $214.26 million.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018: AVG Technologies N.V.(AVG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Igor Novgorodtsev]

    InterActiveCorp (IACI) bought Ask.com for $1.85 billion in 2005. The new Perion will be worth only about 40% of that. After the merger, Perion will leapfrog its much larger rivals: Babylon and AVG (AVG). Finally, Perion should be able to increase its operating margins as it can spread its SG&A costs over a much larger base (Conduit EBITDA margin is 32% vs. Perion’s 23%). Perion will keep its senior management team intact: Josef Mandelbaum will remain its CEO and Yacov Kaufman its CFO. Perion has successfully orchestrated a roll-up acquisitions of privately-held Sweetpacks and Smilebox, so I have high confidence that they know how to integrate a new business.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018: AdvanSix Inc. (ASIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Vodafone Group (VOD) , Schlumberger (SLB) , Encana (ECA) , Arconic (ARNC) and AdvanSix (ASIX) .

    Cramer was bearish on U.S. Silica Holdings (SLCA) .

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018: Finisar Corporation(FNSR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is thefifth mostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 47.69% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of optical component companies have dropped today, includingOclaro (NASDAQ:OCLR), Acacia (NASDAQ:ACIA), Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), whose shares were down 11%, 11%, 6%, and 3%, respectively, as of 3:30 p.m. EDT, after the U.S. broadened its investigation regarding compliance with sanctions programs.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Foresight Autonomous Holdings ADR (NASDAQ: FNSR) were down 8 percent to $4.34. On Friday, Foresight posted Q3 non-GAAP net loss of $2,086,000, versus a year-ago non-GAAP net loss of $879,000.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market had a negative tone on Wednesday, although major benchmarks moved in different directions. The Dow Jones Industrials took the biggest hit, falling triple digits as one of its most influential components suffered an earnings-related drop. Relative strength in the Nasdaq Composite showed cross-currents in the overall market, but several individual stocks had substantial declines for the day, andRite Aid (NYSE:RAD), Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) were among the worst performers. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Finisar Corp. (NASDAQ: FNSR) posted a new 52-week low of $17.81 Monday, down about 7.5% after closing at $19.26 on Friday. The 52-week high is $36.85. Volume was about 6.4 million, nearly double the daily average of around 3.4 million shares. The optical technology company had no specific news.

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September 19, 2016: Here are four stocks trading with relatively heavy volume among 27 equities making new 52-week lows in Monday’s session. NYSE advancers led decliners by nearly 2 to 1 and Nasdaq advancers led decliners by less than 5 to 4.

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ) dropped about 1% on Monday to post a new 52-week low of $6.68 after closing at $6.75 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $10.58. Volume was around 45% below the daily average of around 3.9 million shares. The company had no specific news Monday.

Verifone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) lost about about 0.1% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $15.95 after closing Friday at $16.12. The 52-week high is $31.24. Volume of around 2.2 million was down about 35% from the daily average of around 3 million. The point-of-sale payment processor had no specific news.

Stericycle Inc. (NASDAQ: SRCL) dropped more than 5% on Monday to post a new 52-week low of $77.00 against a 52-week high of $151.57. Volume of around 2 million was nearly double the daily average of 1.1 million shares traded. The stock closed at $81.24 on Friday night. The solar module manufacturer had no specific news.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Cross Timbers Royalty Trust(CRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap trust stock Cross Timbers Royalty Trust (NYSE: CRT):

    On the close-up detailed chart of Cross Timber Royalty we can see how well-developed the downtrend is, but what’s so eye-catching is the way the selling volume is starting to build on the way down. The recent bearish crosses of all the key moving average lines were indeed telling of trouble.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc.(ACHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHN) dropped about 6.9% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $2.69 after closing at $2.89 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $5.66. Volume was around 6.2 million, more than three times the daily average of around 1.9 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We updated our annual U.S. Hep C survey in early July, in order to gauge the future for Gilead, AbbVie/Enanta Pharmaceuticals (ENTA), Merck, and J&J/Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN). In conjunction with script trends, physicians indicate that the market for treatment-eligible, easily accessible Hep C patients is shrinking, but that Gilead’s share of the shrinking pie is continuing to grow. With no end to script declines in sight, we are left wondering where the Hep C will bottom…

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Array BioPharma Inc.(ARRY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 32.7 percent to $65.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported that larotrectinib trial demonstrated 76 percent confirmed objective response rate.
    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares rose 22 percent to $7.20 in the pre-market trading session after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.
    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) rose 21.7 percent to $99.75 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed positive PB272 Phase 2 data from TBCRC 022 trial at ASCO17.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares rose 20.7 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after the company reported that RedZone has acquired all the assets of Trendit including three technology patents.
    Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) rose 13.1 percent to $16.05 in pre-market trading after D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) proposed to buy 75 percent of Forestar Group for $16.25 per share in cash.
    TG Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TGTX) shares rose 12 percent to $15.50 in pre-market trading after the company said Phase 3 GENUINE trial met primary endpoint with TG-1101 + ibrutinib increasing overall response rate by >70 percent versuss ibrutinib alone.
    Gigamon Inc (NYSE: GIMO) gained 10.8 percent to $43.55. Reuters reported that Gigamon is exploring a potential sale.
    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) rose 8.7 percent to $6.00 in pre-market trading after the company announced Rapivab pediatric sNDA acceptance by the FDA.
    Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY) rose 7.2 percent to $8.77 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.68 percent on Friday.
    Ehi Car Services Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: EHIC) shares rose 6.4 percent to $10.76 in pre-market trading. eHi Car Services posted Q1 earnings of $0.06 on sales of $89.43 million.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) rose 5.9 percent to $114.79 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Friday.
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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Healthcare shares gained around 0.43 percent in trading on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included DexCom, Inc. (NASDAQ: DXCM), and Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY).

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Finisar Corporation(FNSR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is thefifth mostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 47.69% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Shares of fiber optic components maker Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) fell 17% in April due to a big third-quarter miss in mid-March. Its revenue rose 23% annually to $380.6 million, but that missed expectations by $9 million. Earnings rose136% to $0.59 per share, but that also missed estimates by three cents. Finisar’s top and bottom line guidance for the fourth quarter (16% sales growth and 83% earnings growth at the midpoints) also came in below Wall Street estimates.

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Overall, 29 states (including D.C.) have medical marijuana laws on the books and eight states have embraced recreational marijuana markets. Creating those markets is complex, but tax revenue statistics suggest the effort is worth it. Marijuana advisory firm GreenWave Advisors estimates marijuana sales taxes added $1.6 billion to state tax receipts last year,and GreenWave’s Matt Karnes estimates that by 2021, marijuana sales taxes could total more than $4 billion.

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Pro-pot advocates have used state tax revenue from marijuana sales as a major selling point to win support, and so far, their claims of billions of additional dollars in tax revenue appear to be spot on.

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In 2016, GreenWave Advisors pegs total retail marijuana sales of $6.5 billion, up 35% from 2015, including recreational marijuana sales of $1.8 billion. Medical marijuana sales remain the bigger of the two markets, with California accounting for the lion’s share of sales. Californians voted to open up a recreational market last November, so that revenue mix could change over the next few years.

good stocks to invest in today: Finisar Corporation(FNSR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) shares dropped 21 percent to $27.46 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its third quarter and issued disappointing forecast for the current quarter.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of optical component companies have dropped today, includingOclaro (NASDAQ:OCLR), Acacia (NASDAQ:ACIA), Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), whose shares were down 11%, 11%, 6%, and 3%, respectively, as of 3:30 p.m. EDT, after the U.S. broadened its investigation regarding compliance with sanctions programs.

  • [By Renu Singh]

    Finisar’s (FNSR) datacom segment generated $184.4 million in revenue in the last reported quarter. This was a sequential growth of 9.3%. The Ten Gigabit Ethernet or 10GbE modules contributed about 40% to the datacom segment’s revenue. As organizations go digital, there are an increasing number of applications that require considerable bandwidth to support the transfer of large data, video, and audio files across networks. Using 10GbE optical links provides sufficient bandwidth to support these bandwidth-intensive applications at a lower cost.

good stocks to invest in today: Leading Brands Inc(LBIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Leading Brands, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: LBIX) shares dropped 13 percent to $1.99 following Q2 results. Leading Brands posted Q2 EBITDAS of $0.00 per share, compared to $0.09 per share during the same period last year.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Leading Brands, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: LBIX) shares shot up 66 percent to $2.49 following Q1 results. Leading Brands reported Q1 earnings of $0.10 per share on revenue of $3.033 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Leading Brands, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: LBIX) shares were also up, gaining 145 percent to $3.31 on no formal news from company. The stock rallied 215 percent over Tuesday and Wednesday of this week amid trader speculation stock could be sympathy play on move higher in Helios & Matheson. However, Leading Brands shares sold off 27 percent on Thursday.

good stocks to invest in today: QC Holdings Inc.(QCCO)

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

    QC Holdings (NASDAQ: QCCO) shares tumbled 2.58% to reach a new 52-week low of $2.27. QC Holdings’ trailing-twelve-month profit margin is 0.60%.

    NewLead Holdings (NASDAQ: NEWL) shares dipped 6.56% to touch a new 52-week low of $0.08 after the company completed the acquisition of titles in the Viking Mine located in Kentucky, USA.

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    As more consumers cut the cord, competition in the pay-TV industry is growing increasingly fierce. That’s led some companies to seek consolidating acquisitions like AT&T (NYSE:T) did last year by buying DIRECTV. Others, meanwhile, have sought to attract subscribers with low-priced bundles and over-the-top packages like DISH Network’s (NASDAQ:DISH) Sling TV.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) dropped about 1.4% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $35.87 after closing Monday at $36.39. The 52-week high is $43.50. Volume was around 5.8 million shares traded, nearly 10 times the daily average of around 600,000. The company had no specific news.

good stocks to invest in today: Ford Motor Company(F)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    Another Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) earnings conference call, and another day of confused and volatile trading!

    The market has generally had a tough time digesting Ford’s results recently in light of peak auto sales, one-time charges, and other one-off events. Thursday’s first-quarter report was no different: In pre-market trading, the stock rose about 2.5% after its initial results topped estimates, then promptly gave back those gains and then some. Here’s what’s going on with Ford, and some important factors for investors to remember.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) dropped about 1% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $10.90 after closing at $11.01 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $14.04. Volume was about 30% below the daily average of around 39 million shares. The company had no specific news Friday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    U.S. automakers Ford Motor (F) and General Motors (GM) reported their December U.S. sales today–and went a long way towards dispelling concerns that sales were headed for a rapid decline. The numbers were good enough, in fact, that CFRA Research’s Efraim Levy kept his Strong Buy rating on General motors. He explains why:

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    Led by GM’s Dec. 10% year-to-year new light vehicle sales gain, Toyota’s (TM) 2.0% growth and Ford’s (F) 0.3% increase, the auto industry should report its 7th straight year of expansion. While we see ’16 as the peak, as we project a 1.5% to 2.0% volume dip for ’17, we see positives. We see economic growth, higher consumer confidence, a strong stock market and moderate gas prices among factors driving a favorable shift to higher margins trucks and SUVs. We see a healthy sales plateau above 17M units through ’18. We find GM attractive for total return potential.

    Shares of General Motors have climbed 5.1% to $36.94 at 12:43 p.m. today, while Ford Motor has jumped 5.1% to $13.23, and Toyota Motor (TM) has risen 1.8% to $120.72.

good stocks to invest in today: TTM Technologies, Inc.(TTMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    How do you pick the top names in this broadly lucrative industry? I’m here to show you my three favorites in the printed circuit board market: Sanmina (NASDAQ:SANM), Benchmark Electronics (NYSE:BHE), and TTM Technologies (NASDAQ:TTMI), each one tailor-made for a different type of investor.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of circuit board manufacturer TTM Technologies (NASDAQ:TTMI) have jumped today, up by 10% as of 3 p.m. EST, after the company reported fourth-quarter earnings.

Applied Optoelectronics: Keep Shorting on Slumping Revenue?

Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is themostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 62.65% according to Highshortnterest.com.

Applied Optoelectronics is a leading small cap developer and manufacturer of advanced optical products, including components, modules and equipment. The Companys products are the building blocks for broadband fiber access networks around the world, where they are used in the internet datacenter, CATV broadband, FTTH and telecom markets. AOI supplies optical networking lasers, components and equipment to tier-1 customers in all four of these markets. In addition to its corporate headquarters, wafer fab and advanced engineering and production facilities in Sugar Land, TX,the Companyhas engineering and manufacturing facilities in Taipei, Taiwan and Ningbo, China.

In early August, Applied Optoelectronics shares plunged as the Company forecast results were well below expectations. The Founder/CEO had commented in the Q2 earnings report:

“We are pleased with our team’s continued solid execution in the quarter, which marked our ninth consecutive quarter of generating record datacenter revenue. However, as we look into the third quarter, we see softer than expected demand for our 40G solutions with one of our large customers that will offset the sequential growth and increased demand we expect in 100G. We believe AOI has a leading position in the advanced optics market and we continue to expand within our existing customer base as well as engage with new customers for 100G technologies and beyond.”

In early November, Applied Optoelectronics reported total revenue was up 27% to $88.9 million versusup 27% compared with $70.1 million in the third quarter of 2016 and down 24% compared with $117.4 million in the second quarter of 2017. GAAP net income was $19.4 million versus net income of $17.7 million. The CEO commented:

While our third quarter results were negatively impacted by lower demand from a large customer, we continued to experience solid demand from our other large datacenter customers, especially for our 100G CWDM transceivers, and revenue for our CATV products reached a new record. We remain confident in our leadership position in advanced optics. We are working diligently to diversify our customer base and are encouraged with the customer response so far, which led to nine design wins in the quarter, including three for our 100G products. We also continue to make progress on developing new innovative products and expanding our vertical integration to further extend the gap between AOI and the competition.

Results ended up beating expectations and sent shares back up.

Before Christmas though, BWS Financials Hamed Khorsdan who is an Applied Optoelectronics bear, wrote that “it does not look like there would be much of a turnaround in the slumping revenue Applied Optoelectronics has been reporting lately.”

A technical chart for Applied Optoelectronics shows shares falling below a support level at the $55 level and hovering around a support level near the $40 level:

A long term performance chart shows the recent surge of Applied Optoelectronics and shares now more or less outperforming EMCORE Corporation, Finisar Corporation and Oclaro Inc with the later tow just above breakeven levels: