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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Francesca's Drops On Earnings Miss; Revance Therapeutics Shares Ga

Toward the end of trading Tuesday, the Dow traded down 0.09 percent to 24,268.65 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.39 percent to 6,801.80. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.05 percent to 2,640.71.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Tuesday afternoon, the information technology sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) and Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT).

In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares fell 1.15 percent.

Top Headline

Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE: TOL) reported downbeat results for its fourth quarter.

Toll Brothers posted quarterly earnings of $1.17 per share on revenue of $2.03 billion. However, analysts expected earnings of $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.08 billion.

Equities Trading UP

Revance Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: RVNC) shares shot up 38 percent to $35.90 after the company disclosed that its RT002 met primary and all secondary endpoints.

Shares of Moleculin Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBRX) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $2.16 after the company disclosed that its WP1066 drug has received the FDA brain tumor IND clearance.

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED) shares were also up, gaining 19 percent to $7.48 after the company reported Q2 results.

Equities Trading DOWN

Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT) shares dropped 34 percent to $1.64 as the company reported that its Phase 2b NASH-CX trial did not meet its primary endpoint.

Shares of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) were down 24 percent to $1.985. Ascena Retail reported in-line earnings for its first quarter. The company reported a 5 percent drop in its Q1 comps and issued weak second quarter guidance.

Francesca's Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FRAN) was down, falling around 9 percent to $7.09 following downbeat quarterly earnings.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 0.33 percent to $57.68 while gold traded down 1.01 percent to $1,264.80.

Silver traded down 1.88 percent Tuesday to $16.065, while copper fell 4.42 percent to $2.9535.

Eurozone

European shares closed mixed today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.19 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.03 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index jumped 0.24 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX slipped 0.08 percent, and the French CAC 40 dipped 0.26 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.16 percent.

Economics

U.S. trade deficit rose 8.6 percent to $48.7 billion in October.

The ISM non-manufacturing index dropped to 57.40 in November, versus prior reading of 60.10. However, economists projected a reading of 59.10.

Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Higher; RYB Education Shares Drop

Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded up 0.15 percent to 23,561.74 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.12 percent to 6,875.71. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.15 percent to 2,600.92.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Friday morning, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market.

In trading on Friday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares fell 0.03 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN), down 5 percent, and Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIBB) down 5 percent.

 

Equities Trading UP

Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares shot up 85 percent to $4.04 after jumping 54.23 percent on Wednesday.

Shares of SandRidge Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SD) got a boost, shooting up 7 percent to $18.76 following a report from Dow Jones that Carl Icahn purchased a 13-percent stake in the company. Icahn reportedly opposes the company's deal to purchase Bonanza Creek Energy.

LM Funding America, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMFA) shares were also up, gaining 91 percent to $5.75 after surging 34.98 percent on Wednesday.

Equities Trading DOWN

RYB Education Inc – ADR (NYSE: RYB) shares dropped 37 percent to $16.93 following reports of Chinese Police investigating claims of sexual molestation and needlemarks on children at Beijing Kindergarten. RYB Education also reported a $50 million buyback plan.

Shares of Medigus Ltd. (NASDAQ: MDGS) were down 25 percent to $1.68. Medigus priced its 810,000 American depositary shares offering at $2 per ADS. Medigus reported a Q3 loss of $1.2 million on sales of $117,000.

Qudian Inc – ADR (NYSE: QD) was down, falling around 17 percent to $13.55 after declining 16.19 percent on Wednesday.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 1.38 percent to $58.82 while gold traded down 0.32 percent to $1,292.70.

Silver traded down 0.59 percent Friday to $17.115, while copper rose 0.93 percent to $3.1885.

Eurozone

European shares were higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.27 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.32 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index climbed 0.37 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX climbed 0.88 percent, and the French CAC 40 rose 0.58 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.03 percent.

Economics

The IHS Markit flash manufacturing PMI dropped to 53.8 in November, versus a prior reading of 54.6. The flash services PMI declined to 54.7 compared to 55.3.

Data on money supply for the latest week will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now

The word “growth” is the central word in the phrase Dividend Growth Investing, yet DGI often gets a bad rap as a stodgy method of saving for retirement. I think this misperception arises from the fact that some proponents of the strategy (who may be more focused on income than returns) require a certain minimum yield threshold for their investments. This, in turn, screens many of the higher growth companies from their radar, as higher growth companies generally have lower payout ratios than their slower growth counterparts.

As a result, many of the same old slow-growing blue chips like Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), Proctor & Gamble (NYSE:PG), and General Mills (NYSE:GIS) are widely held and discussed in the “Dividends” section of Seeking Alpha, while other higher growth opportunities are passed over. This is unfortunate, because there are several very high quality companies that are being disqualified simply because of a lower yield.

These lower yield, higher growth companies can be excellent investments for those with an extended time horizon, and even for retirees they can be a nice boost for a portfolio. For all the angst of wanting enough immediate income, a freshly minted retiree should realize that they are also likely looking at a 20 year time frame for their investments. As the ssa.gov life expectancy calculator shows, a male turning 62 years old in 2016 can expect to live an additional 21.6 years.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Sigma Designs, Inc.(SIGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Sigma Designs Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGM) dropped about 34% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $5.20 against a 52-week high of $8.60 and a Tuesday close of $7.75. Volume of about 6.2 million was about 25 times the daily average of around 280,000. The company reported so-so earnings on Tuesday and the stock was downgraded and price targets lowered by several analysts.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) shares dropped 30 percent to $5.43. Sigma Designs reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $221,000 on revenue of $62.7 million.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Wipro Limited(WIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The industry — valued at over $150 billion and comprising companies such as Wipro Limited (ADR) (NYSE: WIT), Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ: CTSH), Infosys Ltd ADR (NYSE: INFY) and Tata Consultancy Services — has thus far been competing effectively on certain unique selling propositions such as low-cost technology skills and high quality manpower.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Sina Corporation(SINA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares ofSINA Corporation(NASDAQ:SINA)rose 25.8% in 2016,according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, following a pair of stronger-than-expected quarterly reports from the Chinese internet leader in the second half.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Warren Buffett famously told investors to be “fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.” Dedicated followers of that mantra would probably dismiss Chinese online media giant SINA (NASDAQ:SINA) — which rallied 120% over the past 12 months to a six-year high — as a “greedy” play.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    SINA Corp (NASDAQ: SINA), which has a stake in Weibo, also tumbled.

    Weibo confirmed that the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China or SAPPRFT has ordered local authorities to take measures to suspend audio and video services of some internet companies.

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    It was quickly followed by two other Chinese social media sites: SINA Corp (NASDAQ: SINA) and Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: MOMO).

    Weibo Responds

    Weibo issued a press release later in the day saying it would cooperate with the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Francesca's Holdings Corporation(FRAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares fell 0.03 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN), down 5 percent, and Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIBB) down 5 percent.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Francesca’s Holdings (FRAN) has jumped 5.4% to $11.00 after beating earnings forecasts.

    Restoration Hardware (RH) has tumbled 20% to $28.92 after slashing its full-year guidance. Restoration Hardware was also cut to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory Group.

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    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $690.27 million.
    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $3.84 billion.
    Coca-Cola European Partners Plc (NYSE: CCE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $2.72 billion.
    Lands' End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $459.43 million.
    Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $145.91 million.
    Cheetah Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: CMCM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $178.04 million.
    Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $90.05 million.
    Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) is projected to post earnings for its first quarter.
    Fifth Street Asset Management Inc (NASDAQ: FSAM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $25.12 million.

     

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Comp En De Mn Cemig ADS(CIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector was the top gainer in the US market on Wednesday. Top gainers in the sector included Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG-ADR (NYSE: CIG), Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE: ELP), and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG-ADR (NYSE: CIG) and Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares fell 0.66 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included RGC Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: RGCO), down 5 percent, and Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG-ADR (NYSE: CIG), down 5 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares fell by 0.33 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG-ADR (NYSE: CIG), down 3 percent, and Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE: ELP), down 3 percent.

stock market today chart

It’s busy season for immigration lawyers. On April 3, people can start submitting H-1B visa petitions for the new fiscal year.

The popular visa, beloved by the tech industry, is a pathway for skilled foreigners to work in the U.S.

It’s in high demand: Last year, the cap of 85,000 H-1B visas was reached less than a week after the application period opened up. During that time, 236,000 petitions were submitted.

When demand exceeds supply, the visas are awarded through a lottery system.

And this year, there are additional stress factors: The political environment is decidedly less welcoming to foreigners and one of the favored processing options has been put on hold.

For an additional $1,225 fee, premium processing guarantees that an H-1B petition is reviewed within 15 days (if it’s selected in the lottery). According to USCIS, premium processing filings accounted for 59% of the total H-1B filings in 2016. But in March, USCIS announced it was temporarily freezing that option on April 3.

stock market today chart: Francesca's Holdings Corporation(FRAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares fell 0.03 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN), down 5 percent, and Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIBB) down 5 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related LOV Match Group And Spark Networks: A Valentine's Day Case Study 20 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Thursday
    Related VKTX 15 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Tuesday 18 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Wednesday Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $690.27 million.
    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $3.84 billion.
    Coca-Cola European Partners Plc (NYSE: CCE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $2.72 billion.
    Lands' End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $459.43 million.
    Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $145.91 million.
    Cheetah Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: CMCM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $178.04 million.
    Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $90.05 million.
    Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) is projected to post earnings for its first quarter.
    Fifth Street Asset Management Inc (NASDAQ: FSAM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $25.12 million.

     

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Francesca’s Holdings (FRAN) has jumped 5.4% to $11.00 after beating earnings forecasts.

    Restoration Hardware (RH) has tumbled 20% to $28.92 after slashing its full-year guidance. Restoration Hardware was also cut to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory Group.

stock market today chart: Lexaria Bioscience (LXRP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    In the grand scheme of things it shouldn’t be surprising, though odds are good at least a few people are surprised at how quickly it happened. That is, health supplement and healthy-foods brand name NeutriSci International Inc (CVE:NU) and the developer of a cannabis-infusion technology — a means of packing more CBD into hemp oil — called Lexaria Bioscience Corp (OTCMKTS:LXRP) have finalized new supplement that is done testing and will soon be available for consumers. The tablet (a ‘melt’, technically) is a combination of pterostilbene and cannabidiol, offering a double-barreled benefit to the health-conscious.

    The benefits of cannabidiol, found in hemp and marijuana, are relatively well understood by the market at this point. Cannabidiol can do a human body a lot of good, like the reduction of nausea, control of seizures, anti-cancer activity, anti-inflammation effects, and more. Pterostilbene is the lesser-known of the two components of the new tablet, but no less impressive and no less beneficial. Pterostilbene is known to combat high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and oxidative stress. Combining the two is a real one-two punch for the health-conscious.

    That’s what made November’s news so exciting… NeutriSci International has an established name and marketing channel, while Lexaria Bioscience has the science that makes hemp oil far more functional. Indeed, to fully appreciate the upside for LXRP, one has to embrace Lexaria’s science and why it matters.

    The bulk of the vitamins, anti-oxidants, minerals, amino acids and all the other desirable components of the pills you take and foods you eat don’t actually get absorbed into your body. Sometimes as much as 96% of the ingredient in question isn’t extracted, and instead passes right through. Not only is it a waste of time and money, it’s a bit of a hassle to swallow a big capsule — or several capsules — for little to no benefit.

    Lexaria Bioscience changes this. In short,

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    Earlier this month, some light was shed on the so-called marijuana ‘zombie’ outbreak in Brooklyn (and a handful of other places) earlier this year. As it turns out, it wasn’t a zombie outbreak at all… not that anyone really suspected the undead were lurking about. The culprit was drugs, or more specifically, chemicals and compounds that serve as drugs that weren’t meant to be utilized in that manner. In the search for a stronger, more intense high, marijuana fans got far more than they bargained for, and not in good way.

    The matter inadvertently puts an up-and-coming company called Lexaria Bioscience Corp (OTCMKTS:LXRP) in the spotlight. See, Lexaria Bioscience could have sidestepped the zombie-like response of what’s now clearly been deemed a chemical-laced plant nobody would ever actually choose to smoke if they knew better. How so? Because LXRP could have provided the more intense ‘high’ being sought using its infusion science and real marijuana… not the synthetic marijuana that’s been causing unexpected results like hallucinations, extreme agitation, a rapid heartbeat and extremely high blood pressure. paranoia, anxiety, panic attacks and psychotic episodes. Those aren’t the usual responses to weed. They’re common responses to other, harsher narcotics, and are often wished avoided by recreational marijuana users.

    Say what you want about the moral hazards or dangers of legalized marijuana, but nobody can deny that it’s happening… in the United States, and abroad. In November, marijuana was on the ballot for one reason or another in nine states, and the pro-marijuana movement got the green light in eight of them. Weed is now legal, either for medicinal or recreational use, in more than half the states that make up the U.S.A.

    More relevant to the matter at hand, in step with the ongoing legalization of marijuana, users and sellers have — as they always do– pushed the limits of legality and science to come up with a better expe

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Last week, small cap food sciences stockLexaria Bioscience Corp (OTCQB: LXRP)announced a deal with Hempco Food and Fiber (OTCMKTS: HMPPF; TSXV: HEMP) that will take hemp foods to the next level. First of all, hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown for the industrial uses of its derived products as the plant material can be refined into justabout anything,including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food and animal feed:

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    Last week — to the day, in fact — Lexaria Bioscience Corp (OTCMKTS:LXRP) announced it was teaming up with neutraceutical company NeutriSci International Inc (CVE:NU) to create a new kind of health supplement that gave consumers the ability to tap into the benefits of hemp. We hailed it as the shape of things to come. What we didn’t know, however, was how quickly those things would take shape. Just this morning the company told LXRP shareholders it was already forging another such symbiotic relationship…. this one with Hempco Food and Fiber Inc (CVE:HEMP).

    Simply put, Lexaria Bioscience is focused on improving the bioavailability of the healthy stuff found in food, supplements, vitamins, and yes, even in cannabis and hemp.

    It’s not widely recognized, but the bulk of the vitamins, anti-oxidants, minerals, amino acids and all the other desirable components of the pills you take and foods you eat don’t actually get absorbed into your body. Sometimes as much as 96% of the ingredient in question isn’t extracted, and instead passes right through. Not only is it a waste of time and money, it’s a bit of a hassle to swallow a big capsule — or several capsules — for little to no benefit.

    Lexaria Bioscience changes this. In short, Lexaria has developed and patented a proprietary technology that makes valuable molecules taste better and absorb better in the digestive tract. This platform could be applied to a variety of nutritional and health-oriented favorites, but Lexaria is starting with hemp as it’s the most underserved market and arguably the biggest growth opportunity. Hemp, and hemp oil to be exact, can provide a lot of various medical benefits like the reduction of nausea, control of seizures, anti-cancer activity, anti-inflammation effects, and more.

    The future for Lexaria Bioscience is partnerships… licensing its science and know-how to companies with existing product lines and distribution networks that can easily inject hemp

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    At first glance, it looks like it could be trouble for Lexaria Bioscience Corp (OTCMKTS:LXRP). That is, on Wednesday, the nation’s Drug Enforcement Agency brought clarity to a rule that had been up in the air since 2011. That is, in short, the DEA’s position on all cannabis extracts, including CBD oil, is that they are all federally illegal Schedule I substances.

    From a legal and logical standpoint based just on the DEA’s language published in the Federal Register yesterday, that puts Lexaria Bioscience in jeopardy. Lexaria has developed a way to improve the body’s absorption of hemp oil — which is deliberately high in cannabidiol/CBD — which was perfectly legal and legitimate since THC percentage in hemp (0.3%or less) are technically legal. Now the federal government’s drug-enforcement arm says that’s not the case. The newly-clarified law defines the illegal substance as “extracts that have been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis and which contain cannabinols and cannabidiols.” Hemp, even though it’s not marijuana, is of the Cannabis genus.

    Bad news for LXRP owners? Not quite, for a handful of reasons.

    The decision (which bypassed legislature and overstepped the DEA’s authority, by the way – more on that in a second) is evidence of a long-standing problem the government agency has had in dealing with hemp and cannabis. In simplest terms, the DEA has operated and acted as if it has no real understanding of the difference between hemp and marijuana. They are of the same genus, but not of the same species. Moreover, while the former predominantly contains cannabidiol, the latter is sought out for its high tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) for the purpose of creating a “high.”

    Problem (for the DEA): The U.S. judicial system has already ruled that the DEA doesn’t have the authority to make such rules.

    Attorney Robert Hoban explained yesterday evening at industry website newcannabisventures.com:

stock market today chart: Oaktree Capital Group, LLC(OAK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) is known for its contrarian approach with many of its products concentrating on distressed assets and turnaround situations.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Position: Long GLD small, bonds, SDS; short TLT small, SPY small .

stock market today chart: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) was down, falling around 26 percent to $9.88. Rent-A-Center reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but the company’s sales missed analysts’ estimates.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basically breaking even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) all over the place (albeit it took off again last year) while small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both underperformed for over three years now:

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

stock market today chart: National Beverage Corp.(FIZZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Tailored Brands (NYSE:TLRD) and National Beverage (NASDAQ:FIZZ) were two of the biggest individual stock movers on Thursday.

    Winners and losers

    Shares of formal clothing specialist Tailored Brands dove 32% after the companyposted surprisingly weak fiscal fourth-quarter earnings results. Sales fell 3.9% to $793 million, while consensus estimates were targeting a more modest decline to $805 million.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Yet some solid individual stock gains also helped lift investors’ moods, and Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD), National Beverage (NASDAQ:FIZZ), and JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018

Wall Street on Monday didn’t just cash in on one winner, or a daily double, or even a trifecta. It notched astock market-style superfecta, with all four major U.S. stock indexes — representing blue chip names, technology stocks, small caps and large-company stocks — all closing at record highs on the same day for the first time in 17years.

The post-election rallybegan two weeks ago with so-called “Red Stocks” ripping higher after Republican Donald Trump’s surprise win on Nov. 8. The rally, which has been fueled by hopes that the president-elect’s growth-friendly policies will finallyjolt the U.S. economy out of its multi-year doldrums, has spreadto virtually every corner of the stock market.

All-time highs were in abundance tostart the week: Blue chips in the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 89 points to a record 18,956.69, extending its 2016 gain to nearly 9%.The benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 finished 0.8% higher at 2198.18, its highest close ever. The tech-packed Nasdaq composite rallied 0.9% to a record 5368.86. And the Russell 2000, a stock index filled with the market’s smallest companies, extendedits winning streak to 12 sessions on its way to an all time record close of 1322.23 and a 16.4% gain for the year. That is the Russell 2000’s longest winning streak since June 2003.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Rogers Corporation(ROG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Rogers Corp. (NYSE:ROG) gained 19.9% in April 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    So what

    The company reported first-quarter results on April 26, sending share prices nearly 12% higher the next day. Rogers saw 27% year-over-year sales growth and 79% higher earnings, leaving analyst estimates far behind in both cases.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Wintergreen Fund’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Wintergreen+Fund

    These are the top 5 holdings of Wintergreen FundReynolds American Inc (RAI) – 1,643,159 shares, 24.5% of the total portfolio. Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co (CTO) – 1,232,334 shares, 15.61% of the total portfolio. British American Tobacco PLC (BATS) – 782,405 shares, 12.29% of the total portfolio. Cie Financiere Richemont SA (CFR) – 286,053 shares, 5.35% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 15.57%Altria Group Inc (MO) – 305,421

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Guess?, Inc.(GES)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Gap Inc and small capUrban Outfitters, Inc (NASDAQ: URBN) having fallen belowbreakeven levels while small capsAbercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) and Guess?, Inc (NYSE: GES) havebeen more severelyunderperforming:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Urban Outfitters along with other specialty fashion retailers likelarge capThe Gap Incs (NYSE: GPS) and small capsAbercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) and Guess?, Inc (NYSE: GES) all largelydrifting lower over the past few years albeit there have been dips and peaks where traders could profit:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Gap Incalong withsmall capsUrban Outfitters, Inc (NASDAQ: URBN), Abercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) and Guess?, Inc (NYSE: GES) have all been underperforming:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Guess Inc. (NYSE: GES) posted a new 52-week low of $10.33 on Thursday, down about 15.5% compared with Wednesday’s closing price of $12.23. The stock’s 52-week high is $19.45. Volume was more than 7 times the daily average of around 1.3 million shares. The apparel maker missed quarterly estimates and the outlook for improvement is murky at best.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows mid cap Urban Outfitters along with The Gap Incs (NYSE: GPS) back at break even levels for long term investors whilewhile small capsAbercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) and Guess?, Inc (NYSE: GES) haveseverely underperformed:

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Francesca's Holdings Corporation(FRAN)

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Francesca’s Holdings (FRAN) has jumped 5.4% to $11.00 after beating earnings forecasts.

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