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Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018

When it comes to consumer technology companies, it is extremely tough to pull off a turnaround.  Often these operators eventually fade away, as seen with Kodak and Palm. The fact is that it can be difficult to  reinvigorate a brand that has become, well, an anachronism.

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There are exceptions, of course.  Perhaps the most prominent example is Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), which was on the verge of bankruptcy in the mid-1990s. Yet, Steve Jobs was able to transform the company and build a juggernaut. Interestingly enough, we may be seeing another case of a turnaround in the form of Sony Corp (ADR)(NYSE:SNE).

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Home Depot, Inc. (The)(HD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) traded down 1.27% at $156.12. The stock’s 52-week range is $119.20 to $158.15. Volume was 25% below the daily average of around 4 million shares. The stock was downgraded by Atlantic Equities on valuation.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Mike Khouw spoke on CNBC's Options Action about unusually high call options activity in Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD). The company is going to report earnings on Tuesday and it moves on average 2.8 percent on the event. The options market is currently implying a move of 2.4 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Home improvement stores Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) and Menard’s are the targets of class action suits filed last week in federal court charging the companies with selling lumber that is “falsely advertised and labeled as having product dimensions that were not the actual dimensions of the products sold.”

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Sharp Corp (SHCAF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The company is partnering with Chinese company OXi Technology (in which it also made a strategic investment) for developing fingerprint sensor under glass and in the bezel of smartphones. Its fingerprint sensor business received a boost from the Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) S8 and S8+ design wins (as well as Sharp’s (OTCPK:SHCAF) Aquos R and ZTE ZMax Pro).

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Genomic Health, Inc.(GHDX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Genomic Health (NASDAQ:GHDX) swung to a profit in the fourth quarter on the back of solid revenue growth and expects to have another productive year in 2017 as the company continues to increase reimbursement for its genetic tests.

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Genomic Health (NASDAQ:GHDX) closed up 10.2% Tuesday following its announcement of solid fourth-quarter earnings after the bell Monday. The company’s 2017 guidance certainly didn’t hurt investors’ confidence either.

7 Stocks With ‘Tax Cut’ Dividend Increases on Tap

Congress and President Donald Trump passed a historic tax cut late last year, lowering the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. This monumental legislation should place hundreds of billions of dollars back in the hands of corporations. But which companies will put these dollars in the hands of investors as dividend increases?

Some companies will use the money saved — or repatriated from overseas — to reinvest in their businesses. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), for example, will invest $50 billion into infrastructure in the coming years.

Other companies will use the money to repurchase stock. Regrettably, those stocks are very overvalued right now.

Many companies, however, will boost their dividends to reward shareholders. This will be particularly true of companies that are already cash flow positive and are struggling to grow or would struggle anyway just given their business.

Here are seven likely candidates for dividend increases.

Dividend Increases: Apple (AAPL) Apple Inc. (AAPL)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” /> Source: via Apple

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will be one of the big winners in the tax cut game. For starters, it should be able to repatriate about $215 billion. It will also save about $2.2 billion in taxes. Now, Apple not only will have all that cash on hand, it also has free cash flow in excess of $50 billion.

What’s interesting about AAPL stock is the yield is only 1.49%, based on a $2.52 per share dividend. Apple could literally afford to plow the entire tax savings into an increased dividend — boosting it by $0.44 per share — to $2.96 per share or 1.72%.

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Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) is another huge winner in the corporate tax cut parade. HD will save close to $675 million annually.

The beauty of Home Depot is that the company is currently firing on all cylinders. They’re seeing fabulous same-store comps. And their current dividend payout is presently a mere 40% of free cash flow.

Home Depot can and should plow their entire tax savings into a dividend increase of $0.65 per share, lifting the dividend from $3.56 to $4.21 per share. That would push the yield from 1.88% to 2.22%.

Dividend Increases: Pfizer (PFE) PFE Stockinvestorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-300×150.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-768×384.jpg 768w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-60×30.jpg 60w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-200×100.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-400×200.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-116×58.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-100×50.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-78×39.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-800×400.jpg 800w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-170×85.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 950px) 100vw, 950px” /> Source: Shutterstock

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) stands to save about $150 million annually. As a big pharma company, Pfizer must continually feed its R&D machine. R&D routinely costs about $7.5 – $8.5 billion annually, yet that money comes out of its extremely robust free cash flow which runs $13 – 16 billion annually.

Figure a $.025 dividend increase on top of its already annual increase, which results in a small increase in yield from 3.75% to 3.77%. Not big, but a lot of retirement investors hold PFE stock.

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Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) has fallen into no/slow-growth territory with net income effectively stalling over the past couple of years. Nevertheless, CSCO stock generates about $13 billion annually in free cash flow. That’s pretty amazing, so the additional $350 million in tax savings would likely all go to increasing the dividend.

The $.07 per share increase would push the dividend from $1.16 per share to $1.23 per share, lifting the yield from 3.03% to 3.14%.

Dividend Increases: Coca-Cola (KO) The Coca-Cola Co KO stockinvestorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/komsn2-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/komsn2-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/komsn2-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/komsn2-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/komsn2-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/komsn2-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/komsn2-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/komsn2-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/komsn2-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” /> Source: Leo Hidalgo via Flickr (Modified)

The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) has really been struggling the past few years. The world moved away from sugary drinks and toward healthier choices. Revenue is falling, as is net income.

Nevertheless, KO stock has enjoyed bountiful cash flow for decades and has almost $40 billion of cash on hand. So while business is struggling, much of the $220 million in tax savings may go to either stock repurchases or dividend increases.

If the latter, that means a $0.05 per share increase to $1.53 per share, boosting the yield from 3.23% to 3.36%.

Dividend Increases: Microsoft (MSFT) Why You Should Buy Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Stock on the Dipinvestorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MSFTMSN-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MSFTMSN-73×40.jpg 73w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MSFTMSN-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MSFTMSN-250×137.jpg 250w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MSFTMSN-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MSFTMSN-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MSFTMSN-160×88.jpg 160w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MSFTMSN-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MSFTMSN-100×55.jpg 100w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MSFTMSN-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MSFTMSN-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MSFTMSN-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” /> Source: Mike Mozart Via Flickr

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will win big with the tax cut as well. Because Microsoft is finally growing earnings again, but has tons of cash and cash flow, there is no need to plow the tax savings into the business.

MSFT can also start to make big strides towards becoming an income stock. Get this — before the cut, MSFT generated $30 billion in free cash flow last year, and paid out only $11.8 billion in dividends.

Tax savings could push another $0.04 per share into the dividend, lifting it to $1.72 per share.

Dividend Increases: Boeing (BA) Boeing BA stockinvestorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bamsn-1-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bamsn-1-73×40.jpg 73w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bamsn-1-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bamsn-1-250×137.jpg 250w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bamsn-1-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bamsn-1-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bamsn-1-160×88.jpg 160w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bamsn-1-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bamsn-1-100×55.jpg 100w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bamsn-1-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bamsn-1-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bamsn-1-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” /> Source: Phillip Capper via Flickr

Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) is another widely-held stock that’s in a sweet-spot as far as how to use its tax windfall. They aren’t saving an enormous chunk of money — about $93 million — but that still translates to a $0.16 per share dividend increase.

That would push the dividend right up to $7 per share, lifting the yield from 2.32% to 2.34%.

Lawrence Meyers is the CEO of PDL Capital, a specialty lender focusing on consumer finance and is the Manager of The Liberty Portfolio at www.thelibertyportfolio.com. He does not own any stock mentioned. He has 23 years’ experience in the stock market, and has written more than 1,800 articles on investing. Lawrence Meyers can be reached at TheLibertyPortfolio@gmail.com.

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Amazon.com, Inc. Stock Deserves to Be in Your Portfolio

For traditional investors, whether growth or value, Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has always presented a hair-raising problem: Amazon stock does not conform to traditional valuation metrics.

Although I might take a stab by valuing it on an operational cash flow basis and compare it to businesses that John Malone has run — for which that was the only way to properly value them — I’m not convinced that would yield any useful results.

Amazon Is Unique

I never want to say, “It’s different this time,” but with Amazon stock I think it is. AMZN hasn’t been able to be valued traditionally for more than twenty years, so, at this point, I don’t think there’s much point in trying.

What we know is that if Jeff Bezos wanted Amazon stock to offer consistency in delivering net profits, he could make it happen. All he’d have to do is slow down growth in places like international sales, which is a money loser, and even cut back on operating expenses for global sales, and deliver a profit.

For the first nine months of 2017, Amazon had North American net sales of $68.8 billion and $67.6 billion in expenses, generating a $1.14 billion profit. Internationally, $36.26 billion in sales was offset by $38.4 billion in expenses for a net loss of $2.14 billion. AWS saw $12.3 billion in sales, offset by $9.37 billion in expenses, for a profit of $2.98 billion. The bottom line for net income came in at $1.18 billion.

But Bezos continually reinvests everything into the company. So, with Amazon stock, it comes down to effectively investing on a leap of faith — faith that the market will always find some form of value in Amazon. However, because it cannot be valued in any relative sense, it means one must either trade Amazon or buy and hold it for the very long term.

So, does that make sense? Yes and no, and it depends on the type of investor you are.

How and Why You Should Invest in Amazon Stock

Here’s the affirmative side of the answer. What we know is that Amazon is muscling its way into all kinds of territories. Yet, it is of particular significance that Amazon stock is ascending not merely because of momentum, but because investors sense that the future of retail rests with Amazon. Not all retail, but much of it.

I know that I purchase 80-90% of my non-food items at Amazon. I will price compare now and again, but Amazon wins that battle 95% of the time — or wins in a tie because I’m a Prime member. Convenience and reliability mean a lot to the retail shopper, not to mention the time savings.

I can imagine a time where small businesses are going to have to be niche-oriented, or deliver something special in order to even have a chance against Amazon. Only bulk retail providers like Costco Inc. (NASDAQ:COST) will stand a chance, because shopping at Costco is an experience and prices are comparable. Or home improvement companies like Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD), which don’t appear to have suffered.

Bottom Line on AMZN Stock

So I think, as an investor, you have to own Amazon stock at some point.

I am not convinced that now is the time, because the market is some 30% overvalued and the second-most expensive in history.

I think the play is to buy Amazon stock in increments, beginning at a 10% correction point, and adding every time it ticks down by 5% or more.

Lawrence Meyers is the CEO of PDL Capital, a specialty lender focusing on consumer finance and is the Manager of The Liberty Portfolio at www.thelibertyportfolio.com. He does not own any stock mentioned. He has 23 years’ experience in the stock market, and has written more than 1,800 articles on investing. Lawrence Meyers can be reached at TheLibertyPortfolio@gmail.com.

 

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5 Dow Titans Going Vertical

U.S. equities are pushing higher on Thursday as investors celebrate the passage of the GOP’s tax reform bill, look ahead to the holiday-shortened week next week and take in all the positive end-of-year vibes.

The stock market is on the verge of posting the first “perfect year” ever with 12 consecutive monthly rises.

While a lot of good news has been priced into stocks already, there is obviously further upside as investors prepare for earnings repatriation, increased earnings power and larger paychecks for millions of Americans.

Here are five blue-chip titans that are surging in response: 

Dow Stocks to Buy: Apple (AAPL)

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares look ready to rise out of a two-month consolidation range as the iPhone X supply stabilizes and investors look ahead to fresh catalysts like the launch of the HomePod speaker and the iMac Pro. There has been some analyst chatter of potentially underwhelming iPhone X demand, but that’s hard to see with delivery times only now catching up to requests.

The company will next report earnings on Jan. 30 after the close. Analysts are looking for earnings of $3.77 per share on revenues of $86.3 billion. When the company last reported on Nov. 2, earnings of $2.07 beat estimates by 20 cents on a 12.2% rise in revenues.

Dow Stocks to Buy: Caterpillar (CAT)

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Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) shares are going parabolic now, exploding out of the short consolidation rate between October and November to hit new highs representing a 3x gain from its early 2016 lows. Analysts at Citigroup recently upgraded their price target to $160 from $145.

The company will next report results on Jan. 25 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $1.75 per share on revenues of nearly $12 billion.

When the company last reported on Oct. 24, earnings of $1.95 beat estimates by 68 cents on a 24.6% rise in revenues.

Dow Stocks to Buy: Chevron (CVX)

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Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) shares are launching higher on Thursday, up 3.3% to jump over resistance near $120 going back to the summer of 2014. Not only has the stock completely erased the 2014-2015 drop related to the fall in crude oil prices, but it has more than doubled from its lows to reach new records. Analysts at Cowen raised their price target to $160, citing the performance of the company’s operations in the Permian Basin.

The company will next report results on Jan. 26 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $1.25 per share on revenues of $38.59 billion. When the company last reported on Oct. 27, earnings of $1.03 beat estimates by six cents on a 20.1% rise in revenues.

Dow Stocks to Buy: Goldman Sachs (GS)

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Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) shares are pushing to new highs, rising further out of its October-November consolidation range, eclipsing the highs seen earlier this year near $255. The stock will benefit from the maintaining of the carried interest loophole and likely positive impact the tax legislation will have on capital markets activity as foreign earnings are brought back home (stock buybacks, dividends, etc.).

The company will next report earnings on Jan. 17 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $5.16 per share on revenues of $7.8 billion.

When the company last reported on Oct. 17, earnings of $5.02 per share beat estimates by 85 cents on a 2% rise in revenues.

Dow Stocks to Buy: Home Depot (HD)

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Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) shares are extending higher, rising over their early December highs to cap a gain of more than 15% from their early November lows. A combination of solid home construction activity, limited supply and hurricane rebuilding are creating a perfect storm for investors.

The company will next report results on Feb. 20 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $1.62 per share on revenues of $23.6 billion. When the company last reported on Nov. 14, earnings of $1.84 per share beat estimates by two cents on an 8.1% rise in revenues.

Anthony Mirhaydari is founder of the Edge (ETFs) and Edge Pro (Options) investment advisory newsletters. Free two- and four-week trial offers have been extended to InvestorPlace readers.

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When Andy Hawk needed hernia surgery last year, his biggest worry wasn’t the operation’s cost but whether he’d heal in time to lead a spring bear-hunting expedition on Kodiak Island.

For the first time, the self-employed gunsmith in the state with the nation’s highest medical costs and most volatile insurance market had some protection. He had coverage for all but $10,000 of the $45,000 tab.

“Before that, I was just damn lucky,” said Hawk, 52, who joined the Affordable Care Act marketplace in 2013.

Hawk was relieved last month when Republican leaders in Washington hastily withdrew a House bill to replace parts of the ACA. The legislation’s failure left the health care law intact while the GOP regroups on how to address rising insurance costs.

The issue is particularly acute in Alaska, the fourth most expensive state in the U.S., where a standard knee replacement may cost five times what it does in Seattle and pricey air ambulance rides are common in emergencies.

learn day trading: Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.(ETE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Sizemore]

     Charles Sizemore is a prolific financial writer, longtime prizedInvestorPlace contributor, and chief investment officer of Sizemore Capital Management. He’s also a two-time winner of our Best Stockscompetition, so he knows how to pick ‘em.

    Never one to choose a straightforward company, Charles went withEnergy Transfer Equity (ETE) for the Best Stocks for 2016 contest. ETE is a complicated beast, a master limited partnership that’s made up of six other energy companies.

    Perhaps the simplest way to think of ETE is as a company with diversified exposure to energy pipelines, which essentially collect tolls as their corporate users send oil and natural gas all across the country.

    Energy Transfer is thick on the income front, with a dividend yield sitting at 8.7% currently.

learn day trading: Visteon Corporation(VC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Visteon (VC) : “You need to let this one come down a little, then pull the trigger.”

    American Tower (AMT) : “This is the best in the business and is worth owning, even if the chart looks terrible.”

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Solus Alternative Asset Management LP’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Solus+Alternative+Asset+Management+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of Solus Alternative Asset Management LPC&J Energy Services Inc (CJ) – 7,553,128 shares, 48.21% of the total portfolio. Loral Space & Communications Inc (LORL) – 1,936,891 shares, 14.99% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.57%Visteon Corp (VC) – 633,018 shares, 12.03% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 22.88%Peabody Energy Corp (BTU) – 2,160,564 shares, 9.84% of the total portfolio. New PositionDynegy Inc (DYN) – 3,022,583 shares, 4.66%

learn day trading: Capricor Therapeutics, Inc.(CAPR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

learn day trading: Home Depot, Inc. (The)(HD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pete Najarian noticed a big trade in Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD). He said that somebody bought between 12,000 and 15,000 contracts of the February 140 calls and he decided to take a long position too. Instead of buying call options, Pete Najarian bought stocks, because he wants to take a long-term position.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Mike Khouw spoke on CNBC's Options Action about unusually high call options activity in Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD). The company is going to report earnings on Tuesday and it moves on average 2.8 percent on the event. The options market is currently implying a move of 2.4 percent.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Shares of Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) were up 1.4% at $168.06 after beating earnings expectations. The initial take, based on the trading reaction, was that good might not be good enough. The take from the day-after confirms the initial take as shares were down more than 1% the following day.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Lumber Liquidators Holdings sort of stabilizing over the past two years while large capsThe Home Depot, Inc (NYSE: HD)and Lowe’s Companies, Inc (NYSE: LOW) have been more steady performers:

learn day trading: Ryder System Inc.(R)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Ryder System (R) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after it missed earnings forecasts and cut its full-year guidance.

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    Ryder Systemdropped 14% to $68.28 today, while the S&P 500 0.6% to 2,388.61

    Ryder Systems reported a profit of 82 cents a share, missing forecasts for 84 cents, on sales of $1.75 billion, ahead of forecasts for $1.7 billion. Ryder cut its 2017 guidance to a range of $4.25 to $4.55, below the Street consensus for $5.17.

    Ryder System’s market capitalization fell to $3.7 billion today from $4.2 billion yesterday.