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Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now

U.K. stocks on Wednesday wavered, with the International Monetary Fund set to offer its assessment of the British economy, but blue chips remained close to a six-week high.

London-listed shares were lower alongside other global markets, which were unable to gain much traction after U.S. lawmakers made a major push forward into overhauling the countrys tax code.

How markets are moving: The FTSE 100 index
UKX, -0.13%
was up 1 point at 7,545.46 after dipping into negative territory. The basic materials and health care groups were gaining the most, but consumer goods and utilities were among the sector that fell. On Tuesday, the index rose 0.1% and marked it best close since Nov. 6.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: T2 Biosystems, Inc.(TTOO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    T2 Biosystems (NASDAQ:TTOO) was upgraded by research analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Co-Diagnostics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CODX) jumped 88 percent to $5.4500 after falling 13.17 percent on Thursday. Co-Diagnostics reported its participation in a research project with the Stanford University.
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) climbed 40.3 percent to $5.40 after the company declared a $0.70 per share special dividend.
    Future FinTech Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FTFT) rose 27 percent to $2.73. Future FinTech disclosed a strategic transformation plan including expanding on current blockchain business while also becoming a blockchain incubator, investment and asset management, training, and management consulting.
    SELLAS Life Sciences Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLS) gained 14.7 percent to $5.9522 after the company disclosed that its Phase 2b trial of NeuVax in combo with Trastuzumab in HER1+/2+ breast cancer patients met key clinical objectives.
    Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) shares climbed 14.6 percent to $120.4224 after the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter. The company also raised its FY18 earnings and sales guidance.
    FTE Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTNW) gained 10.5 percent to $20.9399.
    T2 Biosystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTOO) rose 9 percent to $8.07. Leerink Swann upgraded T2 Biosystems from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Zuora, Inc. (NYSE: ZUO) shares rose 8.3 percent to $24.01 after the company reported upbeat Q1 earnings and issued strong outlook.
    VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) rose 7.7 percent to $148.07 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Thursday.
    Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBC) gained 7.5 percent to $19.91. Ambac Financial will replace Integra Lifesciences Holdings in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, June 5.
    Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: CNAT) gained 7 percent to $4.60.
    Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (NASDAQ: KNSA) climbed 6.6 percent to $18.23.
    Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSE: FSP) gained 5.7 perce
  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    T2 Biosystems Inc (NASDAQ:TTOO) traded up 0.9% during trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $9.65 and last traded at $9.62. 34,517 shares were traded during mid-day trading, a decline of 97% from the average session volume of 1,220,257 shares. The stock had previously closed at $9.53.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of T2 Biosystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTOO) were down 10 percent to $8.00 after the health care company that targets unmet needs received clearance from the FDA. The company said the FDA granted a market clearance for its T2Bacteria Panel for the direct detection of bacterial species in human whole blood specimens from patients with suspected bloodstream infections.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.(HAWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Blackhawk Network Holdings (NASDAQ:HAWK) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the eighteen ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, fourteen have assigned a hold recommendation and two have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $44.75.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited(HMY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) rose 19.7 percent to $35 in pre-market trading. Vicor posted Q1 earnings of $0.10 per share on sales of $65.2 million.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares rose 13.5 percent to $16.88 in pre-market trading after climbing 104.82 percent on Tuesday.
    Cree, Inc. (NASDAQ: CREE) shares rose 11.3 percent to $43.81 in pre-market trading as the company reported upbeat results for its third quarter on Tuesday.
    The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) rose 9.6 percent to $125.98 in pre-market trading.
    Aduro BioTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADRO) rose 5.8 percent to $7.25 in pre-market trading after falling 1.44 percent on Tuesday.
    STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE: STM) rose 5.2 percent to $22.42 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) rose 5.2 percent to $32.05 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE: CS) rose 5 percent to $17.11 in pre-market trading following strong Q1 results.
    Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (NYSE: HMY) shares rose 4.4 percent to $2.02 in pre-market trading.
    22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE: XXII) rose 4.9 percent to $2.15 in pre-market trading after dropping 8.07 percent on Tuesday.
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN) rose 4.1 percent to $102.40 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT) rose 3.3 percent to $61 in pre-market trading following upbeat quarterly earnings.

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Harmony Gold Mining Co. (NYSE: HMY) fell 3.7% Thursday to match a 52-week low of $1.56 set Monday and equaled on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Shares closed at $1.62 yesterday. The 52-week high is $2.53. Volume of around 5.2 million was almost 20% higher than the daily average of about 4.5 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Harmony Gold Mining Co. (NYSE: HMY) fell 1.2% Wednesday to match a 52-week low of $1.56 set Monday and equaled Tuesday. Shares closed at $1.58 yesterday. The 52-week high is $2.53. Volume of around 8.2 million was almost 90% higher than the daily average of about 4.5 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Harmony Gold Mining Co. (NYSE: HMY) fell 1.9% Tuesday to match a 52-week low of $1.56 set Monday. Shares closed at $1.59 yesterday. The 52-week high is $2.53. Volume of around 4 million was nearly 15% lower than the daily average of about 4.5 million. The company had no specific news.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sohu.com Inc.(SOHU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    The market isn’t warming up toSohu.com’s(NASDAQ:SOHU)latest financial report. Its shares are hitting their lowest levels since the summer of 2007 after the Chinese online advertising, search, and gaming specialist posted disappointing first-quarter results on Wednesday morning.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    I’ve been coveringSohu.com (NASDAQ:SOHU)for awhile, so when the Chinese internet pioneer announced plans tospin off Sogou, I was more than a little interested. Sogou has been the main growth driver at Sohu for years. With Sohu’s online advertising business meandering and its internet gaming business proving volatile, search has been its crown jewel.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Russell Investments Group Ltd. decreased its holdings in shares of Sohu com Ltd (NASDAQ:SOHU) by 23.4% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 108,393 shares of the information services provider’s stock after selling 33,178 shares during the quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd.’s holdings in Sohu com were worth $3,351,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Shares of Chinese internet company Sohu.com (NASDAQ:SOHU) fell as much as 11.8% on Wednesday, following the company’s first-quarter earnings release. The stock is down 8.4% at the time of this writing.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Platform Specialty Products Corporation(PAH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Platform Specialty Products Co. (NYSE:PAH) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eight brokerages that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $14.40.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Platform Specialty Products (PAH)

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Top Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sent a clear message to young Americans on Monday: Get a college degree.

“You are entering the strongest job market in nearly a decade,” Yellen told graduates at the University of Baltimore on Monday. “The job prospects and career opportunities for new graduates at this time are very good.”

With the unemployment rate at 4.6% — its lowest level since 2007 — Yellen made the case that the job seekers’ futures look good, especially if they get a college education. The unemployment rate for college grads is just 2.3%.

Yellen also touched on two hot button topics for American jobs — globalization and automation, and argued those forces make education all the more important.

“Technological advances have increasingly allowed simpler, repetitive tasks to be done more cheaply and safely by machines,” Yellen noted.

Studies show that robots and machines have taken away far more manufacturing jobs than Mexico or China has.

Top Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.(HAWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Green Dot Corporation recovering back towards positive territory while potential payments peer mid capEuronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has continued to be an outperformer and small capBlackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK)has been moving sideways:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the market closed Wednesday with results beating Wall Street expectations. Operating revenues increased 18% to $463.1 million due to an 8% increase in commissions and fees driven primarily by international growth, including the addition of Grass Roots which was acquired during the fourth quarter of 2016, and higher U.S. retail TDV; a 60% increase in program and other fees primarily due to international growth including the acquisition of Grass Roots, higher U.S. retail TDV and growth in the incentives segment; a 20% increase in marketing revenues primarily due to international growth; and a 19% increase in product sales due to higher incentives and rewards sales, partially offset by declines at Cardpool. The net losswas $6.4 million versus a net loss of $11.3 million driven primarily by growth in the incentives and international segments and lower non-cash acquisition-related expenses, partially offset by increased interest expense. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016earnings report for small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) is scheduled forafter the marketcloses on Wednesday (February 15th). In the past, Blackhawk Network Holdingshas citedtheregulatory-mandated introduction of EMV chips for card issuers and store processors as a hazard for its current business model.

Top Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: UTStarcom Holdings Corp(UTSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, small cap Chinese broadband stockUTStarcom Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: UTSI) rose 29.02% and is still rising in after hours / premarket trading 5.32%, but now the stock is starting to look overbought on the technical charts:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of UTStarcom Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: UTSI) got a boost, shooting up 10 percent to $3.61. UTStarcom Holdings reported Q3 adjusted earnings of $0.07 per share on revenue of $26 million.

  • [By William Romov]

    Before we show you our pick, here are the top 10 penny stocks to watch this week

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Nov. 27-Dec. 1 Gain (as of Dec. 1)
    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (Nasdaq: PXS) $4.10 122.83%
    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: OHRP) $1.28 68.42%
    Cerecor Inc. (Nasdaq: CERC) $1.74 47.46%
    Proteostasis Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: PTI) $2.52 37.71%
    UT Starcom Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: UTSI) $5.20 37.20%
    WMIH Corp. (Nasdaq: WMIH) $0.96 33.46%
    PhaseRx Inc. (Nasdaq: PZRX) $0.90 30.29%
    Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH) $2.04 29.94%
    EV Energy Partners LP (Nasdaq: EVEP) $0.86 27.76%
    Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CPRX) $4.40 25.71%

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Top Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: National Grid Transco, PLC(NGG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from National Grid plc (ADR) (NYSE: NGG) and Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE: D).

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Dan Caplinger, and Neha Chamaria]

    We asked three of our contributors to highlight a stock they see as a dividend stock to buy in February. They responded with automaker Ford Motors (NYSE:F), oil and gas logistics company Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), and electricity transmission specialist National Grid (NYSE:NGG). Here’s a quick run-down as to why investors should take a look at these high-yield stocks.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Among utilities, National Grid (NGG) is my best pick for 2017, as it’s an almost perfect hedge against uncertainty. It’s insulated from changes in government interest rates. It can be both an inflation hedge and a play on a strong dollar.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    National Grid (NYSE:NGG) came out with some interesting information last week, saying 2.4 GW of distributed solar was added in the U.K. between February 2016 and February 2017 and another 1.5 GW is expected in the next year. The U.K. isn’t exactly a hotbed for solar activity, but it’s growing as an important market.

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In the U.S., there are more than 40 million borrowers with over $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. According to The Institute for College Access and Success, nearly seven in 10 seniors who graduated from public and non-profit colleges in 2015 had student loan debt.

The good news is that when it comes to getting student loan debt under control, the ball is in your court.

Here are five action steps to lower your debt burden for 2017:

1. Make an extra student loan payment

Like credit cards and mortgages, your student loan monthly statement refers to a minimum payment comprised of the principal and interest amount due. Your lender wants you to pay only the minimum payment because the longer it takes for your student loan to be paid off, the more interest that accrues on your student loan, and the more revenue the lender generates.

recommended stocks to buy: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    When revenue inPalo Alto Networks Inc.’s (NYSE:PANW) latest quarter fell short of Wall Street’s expectations a few weeks ago, shares of the next-gen security specialist plummeted more than 20% in a single day. To blame, according to Palo Alto, were execution challenges that the company insists it’s “moving quickly to address.”

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) reported fiscal second quarter 2017 adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.63 on revenue of $422.6 million. In the same period a year ago, the network security company reported EPS of $0.43 on revenue of $334.7 million. Second-quarter results compare to consensus estimates for EPS of $0.62 and $429.72 million in revenue.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE: PANW) released its fiscal first-quarter earnings report after the markets closed on Monday. Although the financial results were close to estimates, in fact beating on the bottom line, Palo Alto still suffered this quarter. Compared to Mondays closing price the stock trades near 57-times expected fiscal 2017 earnings, which could offer some explanation as to why investors seem so shaken on mixed earnings.

recommended stocks to buy: JP Energy Partners LP(JPEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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recommended stocks to buy: Mitel Networks Corporation(MITL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    ShoreTel Inc (NASDAQ: SHOR) shares shot up 28 percent to $7.47. Mitel Networks Corp (NASDAQ: MITL) announced plans to acquire Shortel for $7.50 per share in cash.

recommended stocks to buy: Ishares Trust Dj Us Financial (IYF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Investors looking to set up a pair trade to capitalize on the divergent paths of U.S. and European banks should consider going long the iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE: IYF) and short the Ishares MSCI Europe Fincls Sctr Indx Fd (NASDAQ: EUFN).

recommended stocks to buy: Zion Oil & Gas Inc(ZN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZN) got a boost, shooting up 20 percent to $5.07.

    Spark Energy Inc (NASDAQ: SPKE) shares were also up, gaining 12 percent to $19.40. Guggenheim upgraded Spark Energy from Neutral to Buy.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 0.76 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 6 percent, and Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZN) down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZN) got a boost, shooting up 47 percent to $6.21.

    Spark Energy Inc (NASDAQ: SPKE) shares were also up, gaining 10 percent to $19.10. Guggenheim upgraded Spark Energy from Neutral to Buy.

recommended stocks to buy: Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.(HAWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Green Dot Corporation recovering back towards positive territory while potential payments peer mid capEuronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has continued to be an outperformer and small capBlackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK)has been moving sideways:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the market closed Wednesday with results beating Wall Street expectations. Operating revenues increased 18% to $463.1 million due to an 8% increase in commissions and fees driven primarily by international growth, including the addition of Grass Roots which was acquired during the fourth quarter of 2016, and higher U.S. retail TDV; a 60% increase in program and other fees primarily due to international growth including the acquisition of Grass Roots, higher U.S. retail TDV and growth in the incentives segment; a 20% increase in marketing revenues primarily due to international growth; and a 19% increase in product sales due to higher incentives and rewards sales, partially offset by declines at Cardpool. The net losswas $6.4 million versus a net loss of $11.3 million driven primarily by growth in the incentives and international segments and lower non-cash acquisition-related expenses, partially offset by increased interest expense. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Green Dot Corporation back in positive territory after having drifted lower while potential payments peer mid capEuronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has continued to be an outperformer and small capBlackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK)is drifting higher:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016earnings report for small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) is scheduled forafter the marketcloses on Wednesday (February 15th). In the past, Blackhawk Network Holdingshas citedtheregulatory-mandated introduction of EMV chips for card issuers and store processors as a hazard for its current business model.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now

Sometimes I discuss stocks which sit out of my comfort zone, simply because they have a few characteristics which could be of interest to any kind of investor but don’t necessarily fit my portfolio. For example a blue chip stock which has features of positive capital gains combined with interesting dividend. In this case I am talking about Accenture (NYSE:ACN). A little bit more than a year ago, I covered this enormous IT consultant on Seeking Alpha.

I concluded that the firm is sometimes made fun of in the internet for its reputation to no surprise, but has excellent financial figures and a solid backlog. I thought based on current figures it would see another positive year in 2016 and the firm did not disappoint:

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Rick’s Cabaret International Inc.(RICK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    After the market closed yesterday, small cap restaurant and entertainment stockDave & Busters Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ: PLAY) reported Q4 2016 earnings with shares falling by mid single digit percentagesin after hours trading. The Company apparently beat expectations on earnings, but fell short of expectations for comps. Likewise, the stock has already had a very good run meaning expectations were super high.Take a look at the following long term chart which shows Dave & Busters Entertainmentsshare performanceascompared to potential peers such as Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) and upscale gentlemen’s clubs and restaurant ownerRCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: RICK):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Dave & Busters Entertainment being a pretty steady performer up until June while potential peer, upscale gentlemen’s clubs and restaurant ownerRCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: RICK), took off last yearand Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) has started to fall off:

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Welltower Inc.(HCN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Health care real estate investment trust Welltower (NYSE:HCN), as you might expect, makes the majority of its money from its healthcare properties, but you might be surprised to learn that rental income isn’t the company’s largest source of revenue.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    The first of two REITs in this discussion, Welltower (NYSE:HCN) is the largest real estate investment trust focused on healthcare properties.

    Welltower owns over 1,400 healthcare properties in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, and is well-positioned to take advantage of favorable demographic trends in the healthcare industry. About 70% of Welltower’s portfolio is made of senior housing properties, and the senior citizen population in Welltower’s target markets is expected to grow rapidly over the next few decades.

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Investors in their 60’s should start to favor low-risk stocks that offer up big dividend payouts. Below are three stocks — Waste Management (NYSE:WM), United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS), and Welltower (NYSE:HCN) — that perfectly fit that description.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.(HAWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the market closed Wednesday with results beating Wall Street expectations. Operating revenues increased 18% to $463.1 million due to an 8% increase in commissions and fees driven primarily by international growth, including the addition of Grass Roots which was acquired during the fourth quarter of 2016, and higher U.S. retail TDV; a 60% increase in program and other fees primarily due to international growth including the acquisition of Grass Roots, higher U.S. retail TDV and growth in the incentives segment; a 20% increase in marketing revenues primarily due to international growth; and a 19% increase in product sales due to higher incentives and rewards sales, partially offset by declines at Cardpool. The net losswas $6.4 million versus a net loss of $11.3 million driven primarily by growth in the incentives and international segments and lower non-cash acquisition-related expenses, partially offset by increased interest expense. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Green Dot Corporation recovering back towards positive territory while potential payments peer mid capEuronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has continued to be an outperformer and small capBlackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK)has been moving sideways:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016earnings report for small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) is scheduled forafter the marketcloses on Wednesday (February 15th). In the past, Blackhawk Network Holdingshas citedtheregulatory-mandated introduction of EMV chips for card issuers and store processors as a hazard for its current business model.