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It confounded the experts. Last month, a rare 1915 photo of legendary baseball great Babe Ruth was expected to fetch more than $50,000 at an online auction. Turns out that estimate was optimistic. In the end, the winning bidder paid just $39,000.

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At the other end of the spectrum, a flawless 60-carat pink diamond went under the hammer in Switzerland a few years ago. Appraisers at Sotheby’s estimated a price of $60 million. They weren’t even close — the stone eventually sold for $83 million.

When dealing with rare items — vintage wine, original artwork, collectibles, musical instruments — it can be almost impossible to nail down a precise value. The best we can do is make an educated guess. Ultimately, the true value of any object is whatever somebody else is willing to pay.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Neogen Corporation(NEOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    NEO GOLD (CURRENCY:NEOG) traded 15.8% lower against the U.S. dollar during the 1 day period ending at 19:00 PM E.T. on June 10th. Over the last seven days, NEO GOLD has traded down 19.5% against the U.S. dollar. One NEO GOLD token can now be purchased for about $0.0011 or 0.00000017 BTC on popular exchanges. NEO GOLD has a total market capitalization of $0.00 and $66.00 worth of NEO GOLD was traded on exchanges in the last day.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    NEO GOLD (CURRENCY:NEOG) traded 3.7% lower against the US dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 16:00 PM ET on May 21st. NEO GOLD has a market cap of $0.00 and approximately $162.00 worth of NEO GOLD was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One NEO GOLD token can currently be bought for about $0.0019 or 0.00000023 BTC on major exchanges. Over the last seven days, NEO GOLD has traded 10.9% lower against the US dollar.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Trinity Biotech (NASDAQ: TRIB) and Neogen (NASDAQ:NEOG) are both medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Entercom Communications Corporation(ETM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Entercom Communications (NYSE:ETM) was downgraded by research analysts at Noble Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Wednesday, The Fly reports.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Entercom Communications (NYSE:ETM) saw unusually large options trading activity on Thursday. Stock investors acquired 31,151 call options on the stock. This is an increase of 1,443% compared to the typical volume of 2,019 call options.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Shares of radio broadcasting company Entercom Communications (NYSE:ETM) were slammed on Tuesday, falling as much as 24.1%. At the time of this writing, shares are down about 19%.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Entercomm Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is a Pennsylvania-based broadcasting and radio network corporation that was founded in 1968.

    The company owns 235 radio stations across 48 media markets and is the second-largest radio company in the United States. The company began its digital marketing arm in 2014 and announced the acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media the same year.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Keeley Teton Advisors LLC increased its stake in Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE:ETM) by 64.5% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 202,992 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 79,580 shares during the quarter. Keeley Teton Advisors LLC owned approximately 0.15% of Entercom Communications worth $1,959,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Intuit Inc.(INTU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) had its price target raised by equities research analysts at JPMorgan Chase from $176.00 to $185.00 in a research report issued on Wednesday. The brokerage presently has a “neutral” rating on the software maker’s stock. JPMorgan Chase’s target price points to a potential downside of 2.91% from the company’s previous close.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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

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    Fear & Loading: UpdateGunsite and Intuit Come to Terms (americanrifleman.org) Report: Intuit suddenly stops processing credit card payments on gun-related sales (twitchy.com) Intuit agrees to reimburse firearm facility after cutting credit service (nypost.com) Stock’s Current Update Intuit Inc. (INTU) (stockmarketstop.com) Investor Watch on Shares of Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU): Shares Moving 0.038556077% From the Open (stocknewscaller.com)

    NASDAQ INTU traded down $0.12 on Friday, reaching $208.96. 2,172,493 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,434,709. The firm has a market capitalization of $53.32 billion, a P/E ratio of 55.43, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.88 and a beta of 1.16. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.17, a quick ratio of 1.05 and a current ratio of 1.05. Intuit has a fifty-two week low of $130.26 and a fifty-two week high of $210.19.

  • [By Taylor Cox]

    Tuesday
    Notable Earnings

    Advance Auto Parts, Inc (NYSE: AAP) Q1 premarket
    AutoZone, Inc (NYSE: AZO) Q3 premarket
    Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS) Q1 premarket
    The TJX Companies, Inc (NYSE: TJX) Q1 premarket
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (NYSE: HPE) Q2 after hours
    Intuit Inc (NASDAQ: INTU) Q3 after hours
    Urban Outfitters, Inc (NASDAQ: URBN) Q1 after hours

    IPOs

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Stifel Nicolaus upgraded shares of Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report released on Monday, Marketbeat reports. They currently have $240.00 price objective on the software maker’s stock, up from their prior price objective of $197.00.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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    The Top Stock Market Stories for Tuesday
    Despite all of the political noise, both China and the United States have agreed to take a step back and seriously pursue talks that may prevent further tariff impositions. The biggest development on the trade front is that the Trump administration is considering a plan to lift a sales ban on Chinese mobile giant ZTE. Shares of Micron Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MU) are pushing higher after the company announced a $10 billion plan to buy back stock. Micron reported earnings on Monday, and the Boise-based firm easily topped Wall Street expectations. Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) was pushing a bit higher on Tuesday as the firm prepared to address data privacy issues in Europe. The social media giant’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is set to speak before European lawmakers this morning. Zuckerberg will testify this morning, just three days after the European Union enforced more stringent laws on consumer data protection.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: GM, KSS, TSLA
    Shares of General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) were pushing higher after the auto giant reported that China will be lifting restrictions on U.S. automotive parts and cars. But GM isn’t the only beneficiary. Look for shares of Ford Motor Co.(NYSE: F) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV(Nasdaq: FCAU) to also get a boost out of the Chinese economy. Shares of Kohl’s Corp.(NYSE: KSS) popped 5% after the firm beat earnings expectations and easily topped same-store sales during the first quarter. The company also raised its 2019 earnings numbers, which helped fuel investor sentiment. Shares of Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) are in focus

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc(AHT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc (NYSE:AHT) Director Alan Tallis sold 10,000 shares of Ashford Hospitality Trust stock in a transaction on Friday, June 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $8.01, for a total transaction of $80,100.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ashtead Group plc (LON:AHT) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the fourteen analysts that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is GBX 2,363 ($31.46).

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc (NYSE:AHT) rose 2.3% during trading on Thursday after Robert W. Baird raised their price target on the stock from $7.00 to $8.00. Robert W. Baird currently has a neutral rating on the stock. Ashford Hospitality Trust traded as high as $7.87 and last traded at $7.95. Approximately 82,420 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 87% from the average daily volume of 610,626 shares. The stock had previously closed at $7.77.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Bowhead (AHT) is a proof-of-work (PoW) token that uses the Ethash hashing algorithm. It launched on July 8th, 2017. Bowhead’s total supply is 100,000,000 tokens and its circulating supply is 8,000,000 tokens. Bowhead’s official Twitter account is @Ahooleeman and its Facebook page is accessible here. The official website for Bowhead is bowheadhealth.com.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Crestwood Equity Partners LP(CEQP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Four that stand out are Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP), TerraForm Power (NASDAQ:TERP), Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE:BIP), and W.P. Carey (NYSE:WPC). Not only does each currently offer more than double the yield of the average bank CD and stock in the S&P, but those income streams are likely to grow in the coming years.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    The best high-yield stocks share three common characteristics: They generate steady cash flow, have a conservative payout ratio, and possess a solid balance sheet. Three companies that comfortably fit that profile are Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), MPLX (NYSE:MPLX), andCrestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP). Not only that, but this trio of midstreammaster limited partnerships(MLPs) takes things a step further by having visible growth coming down the pipeline, which makes them excellent income stocks to buy right now.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Luzich Partners LLC raised its position in shares of Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE:CEQP) by 5.2% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 581,601 shares of the pipeline company’s stock after acquiring an additional 28,640 shares during the period. Crestwood Equity Partners makes up about 14.6% of Luzich Partners LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 2nd largest position. Luzich Partners LLC’s holdings in Crestwood Equity Partners were worth $14,889,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    While Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP) isn’t a well-known name, it should be, especially by income-seeking investors. That’s because the high-yielding master limited partnership (MLP) offers an increasingly compelling combination of current income and future upside backed by strong financial metrics and clearly visible growth prospects. The company’s strong core and upside potential was on full display during the first quarter, which once again showed that this is an excellentincome stock to own for the long haul.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Crestwood Equity Partners’ (NYSE:CEQP) first-quarter results once again showed that it’s heading in the right direction. As a result, the company is on pace to create significant value for investors over the next couple of years. That was the key message CEO Bob Phillips wanted to get across on the accompanying conference call, where he laid out four reasons why he thinks the company is an extremely compelling investment opportunity right now.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE:CEQP) isn’t a household name, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth getting to know a little better. In fact, the midstream partnership is working with a few companies you may have heard of before, like New York utility Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED). And while leverage is an issue to watch, partnering up with companies like Con Ed should allow Crestwood to keep growing while keeping leverage to a minimum. Here’s some of the details you’ll want to know if Crestwood’s 7.5% distribution yield interests you.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Leading Brands Inc(LBIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media headlines about Leading Brands (NASDAQ:LBIX) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Leading Brands earned a coverage optimism score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the company an impact score of 46.3549545541136 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Balchem Corporation(BCPC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Carillon Tower Advisers Inc. boosted its stake in Balchem Co. (NASDAQ:BCPC) by 656.3% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 55,180 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after purchasing an additional 47,884 shares during the period. Carillon Tower Advisers Inc. owned about 0.17% of Balchem worth $4,510,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Balchem Co. (NASDAQ:BCPC) hit a new 52-week high and low on Monday . The company traded as low as $97.20 and last traded at $96.87, with a volume of 107919 shares. The stock had previously closed at $96.52.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its position in shares of Balchem Co. (NASDAQ:BCPC) by 20.6% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 73,196 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after buying an additional 12,487 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s holdings in Balchem were worth $5,985,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Nearly every business Balchem(NASDAQ:BCPC) is in has seen strong growth in 2018, and that’s driving the company’s financial results higher. Fracking is seeing the biggest growth, but human and animal health continue to be great businesses for the company.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Balchem Co. (NASDAQ:BCPC) shares reached a new 52-week high and low on Wednesday . The stock traded as low as $96.61 and last traded at $96.33, with a volume of 2460 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $95.08.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: NTN Buzztime, Inc.(NTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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    NASDAQ PEIX traded down $0.05 during trading hours on Thursday, reaching $3.10. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 201,540 shares, compared to its average volume of 407,376. The stock has a market capitalization of $141.29 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -3.65 and a beta of 2.03. Pacific Ethanol has a 1-year low of $2.75 and a 1-year high of $7.50. The company has a current ratio of 2.24, a quick ratio of 1.51 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.61.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Citizens Financial Group, Inc.(CFG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG) insider Randall J. Black sold 792 shares of Citizens Financial Group stock in a transaction on Tuesday, June 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.49, for a total value of $32,860.08. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 34,258 shares in the company, valued at $1,421,364.42. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE: CFG) shares were down Tuesday, dragged by macro concerns following the rise in Italian sovereign debt yields and a 14-basis point decline in the 10-year U.S. treasury yield.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    M&T Bank Corp lowered its stake in Citizens Financial Group (NYSE:CFG) by 38.5% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 52,349 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 32,830 shares during the quarter. M&T Bank Corp’s holdings in Citizens Financial Group were worth $2,198,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Hooker Furniture Corporation(HOFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Hooker Furniture (NASDAQ:HOFT) Q1 2019 Earnings Conference CallJun. 5, 2018 3:00 p.m. ET

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Hooker Furniture (NASDAQ: HOFT) and Flexsteel Industries (NASDAQ:FLXS) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) and Hooker Furniture (NASDAQ:HOFT) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk and profitability.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Press coverage about Hooker Furniture (NASDAQ:HOFT) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Hooker Furniture earned a news impact score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 46.2727604348836 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019

June 18, 2018: The S&P 500 closed down 0.2% at 2,773.87. The DJIA closed down 0.4% at 24,988.37. Separately, the Nasdaq was flat at 7,747.02.

Monday was a down day for the broad U.S. markets. The Nasdaq took another day off from hitting more all-time highs. Crude oil recovered slightly in Fridays session and is back just above $65. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly negative. The most positive sectors were energy and utilities, up 1.1% and 0.2%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were consumer staples and health care, down 1.5% and 1.0%, respectively.

Crude oil was last seen trading up 1.1% at $65.78.

Gold was last seen trading down 0.2% at $1,281.10.

The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close was Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) which traded down over 5% at $288.75. The stocks 52-week range is $249.17 to $370.57. Volume was 3.2 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.7 million.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc.(APLE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Apple Hospitality REIT Inc (NYSE:APLE) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the nine ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $19.75.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp grew its holdings in Apple Hospitality REIT Inc (NYSE:APLE) by 118.0% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 421,700 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 228,300 shares during the period. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp owned approximately 0.18% of Apple Hospitality REIT worth $7,409,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Apple Hospitality REIT Inc. (NYSE: APLE) owns one of the largest portfolios of upscale, select-service hotels in the United States.Investors are paid a generous 6.67% yield. The shares traded at $17.95 early Thursday, in a 52-week range of $16.72 to $21.90.The consensus price objective is $19.25.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Hooker Furniture Corporation(HOFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Press coverage about Hooker Furniture (NASDAQ:HOFT) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Hooker Furniture earned a news impact score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 46.2727604348836 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Hooker Furniture (NASDAQ:HOFT) Q1 2019 Earnings Conference CallJun. 5, 2018 3:00 p.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) and Hooker Furniture (NASDAQ:HOFT) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk and profitability.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

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    U.S. Air Force Awards General Dynamics Cloud Services Contract (finance.yahoo.com) General Dynamics (GD) Receives Average Recommendation of “Buy” from Analysts (americanbankingnews.com) America Desperately Needs More Submarines. And That Is Good News for General Dynamics. (yahoo.com) GD completes Hawker Pacific acquisition (janes.com) General Dynamics Unit Secures Work for Aircraft Computer System Repairs, Replacement (govconwire.com)

    Shares of NYSE:GD traded up $3.17 on Tuesday, reaching $199.62. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,149,954 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,720,029. General Dynamics has a 52-week low of $190.30 and a 52-week high of $230.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34, a quick ratio of 0.98 and a current ratio of 1.34. The stock has a market capitalization of $57.94 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.06, a PEG ratio of 1.89 and a beta of 0.84.

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    Finally, General Dynamics Corp. (GD) , along with Lockheed and BAE Systems, could possibly profit from heightened demand ships and other vehicles. 

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.4 per share on revenue of $5.63 billion.
    Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $37.16 billion.
    Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $605.26 million.
    Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.59 per share on revenue of $22.75 billion.
    General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $7.6 billion.
    The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.58 per share on revenue of $22.24 billion.
    Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $4.91 per share on revenue of $22.52 billion.
    Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.79 per share on revenue of $3.04 billion.
    Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.61 per share on revenue of $6.61 billion.
    Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.81 per share on revenue of $1.66 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.15 billion.
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $3.82 billion.
    Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.97 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
    T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROW) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.71 per share on revenue of $1.29 billion.
    Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.04 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion.
    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SI
  • [By Max Byerly]

    General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) had its price objective reduced by stock analysts at Royal Bank of Canada from $232.00 to $12.39 in a research report issued on Friday, The Fly reports. The brokerage currently has an “outperform” rating on the aerospace company’s stock. Royal Bank of Canada’s price target indicates a potential downside of 93.65% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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    Only 10% of the companies on the list had female CEOs at the helm, four of which — Hewlett Packard (HP) , Lockheed Martin (LMT) , General Motors (GM) , and General Dynamics (GD) — grew significant revenue in five years or less. 

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares short dropped to 17.34 million from the previous level of 18.27 million. Shares were trading at $68.71, within a 52-week range of $42.27 to $71.71.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) is one of these leaders. The U.S. oil giant announced a multi-billion-dollar buyback in late 2016, which has helped catapult its stock 55% higher since then, vastly outperforming the nearly 23% gain from the iShares U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (NYSEMKT:IEO), which holds more than 60 U.S.-focused oil and gas stocks. Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), meanwhile, has rallied almost 60% since unveiling a multi-billion-dollar buyback last fall, doubling the return of the iShares E&P ETF.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Before markets open Friday, the two energy producers among the 30 Dow Jones industrial stocks will be reporting first-quarter results. Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron Corp. (NYSE: COP) are both expected to show higher revenues and profits, largely as a result of higher commodity prices. But there are other issues at play as well.

  • [By John Bromels]

    Oil prices are at their highest levels in three years, and that means that oil companies — both producers like ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) and integrated majors like BP (NYSE:BP) — are rolling in the dough right now, in part because of cost-cutting during the price downturn.

  • [By Zacks]

    Moreover, BP opened 100 retail sites in the country in 2017 and plans to open 1,400 more by 2021. The largest publicly traded oil company, ExxonMobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) opened its gas stations in Mexico in December, while one of the world's biggest independent oil producers – ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) – showed interest in Mexico, post-reform.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Cincinnati Financial Corporation(CINF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    FDx Advisors Inc. decreased its holdings in Cincinnati Financial (NASDAQ:CINF) by 14.7% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 43,572 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 7,490 shares during the period. FDx Advisors Inc.’s holdings in Cincinnati Financial were worth $3,236,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BRITISH COLUMBIA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT Corp increased its position in Cincinnati Financial Co. (NASDAQ:CINF) by 6.4% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 58,582 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after buying an additional 3,527 shares during the period. BRITISH COLUMBIA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT Corp’s holdings in Cincinnati Financial were worth $4,350,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Swiss National Bank lowered its holdings in Cincinnati Financial (NASDAQ:CINF) by 13.6% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 498,032 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 78,400 shares during the quarter. Swiss National Bank’s holdings in Cincinnati Financial were worth $36,984,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    WealthPLAN Partners LLC grew its holdings in Cincinnati Financial Co. (NASDAQ:CINF) by 45.5% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 33,842 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 10,584 shares during the quarter. WealthPLAN Partners LLC’s holdings in Cincinnati Financial were worth $2,513,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 China Stocks To Buy For 2018

Friday’s market proved that when something goes right, the market can rally, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers. That’s especially true now that China has indicated there might be a thaw in the chilly trade dispute with the U.S. — allowing U.S. tech stocks to display some leadership.

Cramer says there are many more good opportunities coming in next week’s game plan.

Cramer said he’ll be listening to Tyson Foods (TSN) on Monday, but with rising input costs, the bears are likely to keep winning in the short-term. On a positive note, Service Now (NOW) will be holding an analyst day, which will be sure to ignite the cloud stocks.

Next, on Tuesday, earnings from Walt Disney Co.  (DIS) , Electronic Arts (EA) and Monster Beverage (MNST) . Monster has been disappointing of late, but the same cannot be said for Disney and Electronic Arts, both of which Cramer recommended.

Top 10 China Stocks To Buy For 2018: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded down 0.80% at $224.07. The stock’s 52-week range is $156.09 to $231.77. Volume was about 40% below the daily average of around 3 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Investors sold shares of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) on strength during trading hours on Monday. $130.96 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $184.82 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $53.86 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, UnitedHealth Group had the 18th highest net out-flow for the day. UnitedHealth Group traded up $3.26 for the day and closed at $247.90

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Dow stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Monday was UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) which traded up 1.67% at $242.25. The stock’s 52-week range is $166.65 to $250.79. Volume was about 15% below the daily average of around 3.5 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Recently the managers removed AmerisourceBergen Corp (NYSE: ABC) and used the proceeds from the sale to increase the position they already held in Unitedhealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH).

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Heading into 2018, Avalere estimated that 41% of all U.S. counties were expected to have just one insurer offering a health plan. This comes after UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH), the nation’s largest insurer, pulled out of 31 of 34 states in 2017. After UnitedHealth Group lost $475 million from Obamacare in 2015 and predicted $650 million in ACA losses in 2016, it was no surprise to see the nation’s largest health insurer critical of the ACA.

  • [By ]

    UnitedHealth Group’s (UNH) $2.8 billion purchase of Chile-based health insurer Empresas Banm茅dica seems to be paying off, giving a boost to the company’s full-year outlook.

Top 10 China Stocks To Buy For 2018: NeoGenomics, Inc.(NEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    NeoGenomics (NASDAQ:NEO) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Buy” by the twelve ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, seven have given a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $17.29.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    NEO (CURRENCY:NEO) traded up 6.9% against the US dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 7:00 AM Eastern on April 15th. NEO has a total market cap of $4.40 billion and $88.39 million worth of NEO was traded on exchanges in the last day. One NEO coin can now be purchased for about $67.68 or 0.00809123 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including HitBTC, OKEx, Exrates and Upbit. During the last seven days, NEO has traded up 42.9% against the US dollar.

Top 10 China Stocks To Buy For 2018: T2 Biosystems, Inc.(TTOO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    T2 Biosystems (NASDAQ:TTOO) hit a new 52-week high and low during trading on Friday . The company traded as low as $7.72 and last traded at $7.38, with a volume of 13220 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $7.22.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on T2 Biosystems (TTOO)

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  • [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.

Top 10 China Stocks To Buy For 2018: KBR, Inc.(KBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    KBR (NYSE: KBR)
    Though an under-the-radar name, KBR was the construction arm of oilfield services giant Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) before being spun off. With a consolidated market cap of $2.6 billion, KBR describes itself, per its website, as a “global provider of differentiated professional services and technologies within the Government Services and Hydrocarbon sectors.”

Top 10 China Stocks To Buy For 2018: iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 Value (IJJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    D.A. Davidson & CO. lifted its stake in iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 Value ETF (NYSEARCA:IJJ) by 5.0% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 170,056 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 8,024 shares during the quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO.’s holdings in iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 Value ETF were worth $26,274,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 China Stocks To Buy For 2018: Constellium N.V.(CSTM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 China Stocks To Buy For 2018: Glaukos Corporation(GKOS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Glaukos Corp (NYSE:GKOS) – Equities research analysts at Piper Jaffray lowered their Q3 2019 EPS estimates for Glaukos in a report released on Wednesday, May 9th. Piper Jaffray analyst M. O’brien now anticipates that the medical instruments supplier will earn $0.02 per share for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $0.03. Piper Jaffray also issued estimates for Glaukos’ Q4 2019 earnings at $0.02 EPS.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Glaukos Corp (NYSE:GKOS) – Equities research analysts at Piper Jaffray lowered their Q3 2019 EPS estimates for Glaukos in a report released on Wednesday, May 9th. Piper Jaffray analyst M. O’brien now anticipates that the medical instruments supplier will earn $0.02 per share for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $0.03. Piper Jaffray also issued estimates for Glaukos’ Q4 2019 earnings at $0.02 EPS.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Glaukos Corp (NYSE:GKOS) – Equities research analysts at Piper Jaffray lowered their Q3 2019 EPS estimates for Glaukos in a report released on Wednesday, May 9th. Piper Jaffray analyst M. O’brien now anticipates that the medical instruments supplier will earn $0.02 per share for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $0.03. Piper Jaffray also issued estimates for Glaukos’ Q4 2019 earnings at $0.02 EPS.

Top 10 China Stocks To Buy For 2018: The Rubicon Project, Inc.(RUBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Rubicon Project (NYSE: RUBI) is one of 44 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Rubicon Project to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings and risk.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Rubicon Project (NYSE:RUBI) was upgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued on Wednesday.

Top 10 China Stocks To Buy For 2018: Transdigm Group Incorporated(TDG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Astronics (NASDAQ: ATRO) and TransDigm Group (NYSE:TDG) are both aerospace companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    TransDigm Group (NYSE:TDG) insider Roger Jones sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $323.78, for a total value of $1,618,900.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

Top 10 China Stocks To Buy For 2018: Hooker Furniture Corporation(HOFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) and Hooker Furniture (NASDAQ:HOFT) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk and profitability.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Press coverage about Hooker Furniture (NASDAQ:HOFT) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Hooker Furniture earned a news impact score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 46.2727604348836 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

10 Stocks to Short as China Hits Back

U.S. equity markets have been much choppier so far in 2018, to say the least. Volatility has doubled. February saw the first market correction in two years. And since then, U.S. stocks have swung back and forth, with a number of big one-day moves along the way.

One of the more recent catalysts of the market’s nervousness has been an increasing fear of a trade war. What started with tariffs on imported aluminum and steel could end … well, anywhere. Given that the U.S. and China alone traded over $650 billion in goods and services, a tit-for-tat escalation could hurt both economies. And should other countries get involved, the worldwide impact could be severe.

All that said, the market hasn’t exactly plunged so far. And I tend to agree with James Brumely, who on this site called from some much-needed perspective on the confrontation. Trade alone isn’t a reason to flee the U.S. equity market, and it isn’t enough of a reason, alone, to sell or short a specific stock. Stocks like Deere & Company (NYSE:DE), Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) and Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) are obvious short targets, but they have already have sold off, and perhaps too far.

But for these 10 stocks, trade fears add to an already-existing short case. For investors who see trade war risk as a real possibility, all 10 can provide hedges against long positions, or aggressive short bets. And for investors more sanguine on a tariff battle, there’s still enough reason elsewhere to at least consider taking a short position.

Stocks to Short: Wynn Resorts (WYNN) Wynn Resorts, Limited (WYNN) Stock Gets Hit by the Fundamentals, Not #MeToo Source: Aurlmas via Flickr (Modified)

To be sure, it would take a tremendous escalation for trade issues to hit Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN). So at the moment, the risk of WYNN getting caught in the crossfire of a U.S.-China confrontation looks slim.

That said, the risk also could be enormous. Wynn’s concession in Macau expires in 2022. If China truly wanted to take a scalp, Wynn, Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS), and MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) all could potentially be at risk of being replaced.

Even a lesser action like adding additional concessions to the additional six in Macau could have a significant competitive impact on revenue and profits. And Wynn would be most at risk in this scenario, as it generates the greatest share of its earnings in Macau relative to its two other U.S.-based counterparts.

Again, that is a doomsday — and still relatively unlikely — scenario. But even some re-pricing of that risk could hit Wynn stock. And that’s not the company’s only problem in the region. As the Macau Daily Times (an English-language paper) reported, the sexual harassment allegations surrounding former CEO Steve Wynn present a risk to the company’s concession renewal.

Steve Wynn’s complete exit from the company may ameliorate that problem. But there’s also the risk that a trade war could hit the Chinese economy — and slow the stream of high rollers visiting Wynn’s properties in the enclave and driving baccarat profits on the Vegas Strip.

Add to that the possibility of a sale of its unfinished Massachusetts property and even rumors of a tie-up with MGM aren’t likely to keep WYNN afloat. And if any of the negative scenarios here actually play out, Wynn stock easily could tumble 20% or more.

Stocks to Short: RBC Bearings (ROLL) Stocks to Short: RBC Bearings (ROLL)Source: Shutterstock

The short case for RBC Bearings Incorporated (NASDAQ:ROLL) in this environment has a couple of different aspects. The first is that the company is a major supplier to the aerospace industry, which drives roughly two-thirds of revenue. So with Boeing stock one of the biggest victims of trade war fears, ROLL should have similar exposure of its own.

The second is that RBC has a good deal of exposure to steel prices, which could hit its margins. Normally, RBC has been able to pass increases along to customers, but Boeing and others may not pay up if it has its own margin concerns to worry about. The other one-third of ROLL revenue comes from industrial companies in construction and mining, oil and gas, heavy truck and rail, among other sectors. Those customers, too, could feel some pain from higher tariffs, and rising costs, making pass-through pricing difficult in that segment as well.

Meanwhile, ROLL hasn’t taken much of a hit yet and it looks rather expensive. While BA stock trades at less than 20x forward EPS, ROLL is at a whopping 26x. Profit growth really hasn’t been that impressive the last few years; instead, investors are pricing in what the company expects to be a strong performance starting in the second half of this year. But if margin pressure gets in the way – and RBC already has disappointed on that front in the past – growth will disappoint, and that premium multiple will come down.

RBC doesn’t have much of a short interest — barely 1% of the float — and it has held its valuation for some time. But the chart of late looks weaker, and if trade fears do ramp up, ROLL seems likely to head down.

Stocks to Short: Harley-Davidson (HOG) Stocks to Short: Harley-Davidson (HOG)Source: Crysis Rubel via Flickr (Modified)

Harley-Davidson Inc (NYSE:HOG) already was a heavy short target before the events of the last few weeks. That’s still the case, with almost 15% of the float sold short. And those shorts are winning, with HOG down nearly 17% YTD after a disappointing Q4 earnings report in late January.

I wrote ahead of that report that Harley-Davidson was riding into irrelevance, and I still believe that to be the case. Sales are stagnant even in a growing economy. The idea that millennials are going to buy loud, unsafe Harleys strikes me as somewhere between overly optimistic and delusional. To be fair, Harley-Davidson has struggled with the strong dollar, but even as the yen has strengthened, competitors like Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (OTCMKTS:YAMHF) are having success.

Trade concerns only add to an already-solid short case here, even with HOG trading at a ‘cheap’ 11x forward EPS multiple.

Harley-Davidson has admitted it could see a “significant impact” on sales in the case of rising tariffs. The European Union already has targeted the company in response to the initial steel and aluminum tariffs. HOG stock didn’t need any more bad news, but considering its debt, higher input costs, and lower sales, there’s a combination for a very severe downturn in Harley-Davidson stock, particularly if trade wars escalate.

Stocks to Short: Cloud Peak Energy (CLD) Stocks to Short: Cloud Peak Energy (CLD)Source: Via Stock Snap

President Trump has made no secret of his desire to help coal companies, and he has already taken steps toward that goal. But a battle with China very well may do more harm than good — and impact coal stocks like Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD).

It’s China whose demand actually has driven higher U.S. coal exports of late. But China could pull the rug out on that growth. China clearly has targeted Trump’s base in its initial response — and that could lead to either tariffs on coal and/or a pivot to other suppliers like Australia and Indonesia.

As the weakest publicly traded producer, that makes CLD worth a look from the short side. Cloud Peak is reliant on thermal coal, unlike, say, Arch Coal Inc (NYSE:ARCH), whose coking coal is used in steel production. Demand for thermal coal (used for power production) is in a long-term decline both in the U.S. and abroad, no matter how the Administration tries to help.

Heading into 2018, Cloud Peak was expecting a ~20% increase in exports in 2018 — without that demand, sales and profits are likely to fall. The stock already has fallen 44% just since mid-January, as investor sentiment clearly has turned negative.

Adjusted EBITDA was stable in 2017 after a significant decline the year before – but a rebound looks unlikely. With a concerning high debt load, and borrowing costs of 12%, there’s a potential for a restructuring down the line. (Both Arch and Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU) have recently emerged from bankruptcy themselves.) Any pressure from a trade war could accelerate that timeline — and provide 100% return to a short.

Stocks to Short: LSI Industries (LYTS) Stocks to Short: LSI Industries (LYTS)Source: Shutterstock

Admittedly, LSI Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS) is an out-of-the-box short here. The case for shorting LYTS perhaps isn’t quite as strong, and comes down more to a potential trade ahead of the company’s first quarter report later this month.

But LSI, who manufactures lighting and signage for retail companies (among them gas stations), does have exposure to trade fears in a number of ways. The first is in terms of input cost inflation. Per the company’s 10-K, raw materials account for 60% of the company’s cost of sales. And the cost of those raw materials already is rising — climbing 5-6% in fiscal 2017, with inflation continuing into calendar 2018.

So far, LSI has been able to offset those hikes with internal improvements. Indeed, LYTS stock soared after a strong fiscal Q2 report in January. But the pressure may be rising. And with China a major manufacturer of LED lighting, tariffs could disrupt that supply chain for LSI as well.

At the same time, the overall lighting market remains weak. And retrofitting spend may come down further if LSI customers see reason to be nervous about the broader economy. With LYTS trading at a mid-teen EBITDA multiple, the combination of slowing (or negative) revenue growth and higher costs could lead to an ugly fiscal Q3. And it could send LYTS down big, particularly if that EBITDA margin drops toward 10-12x.

Stocks to Short: Callaway Golf (ELY) Stocks to Short: Callaway Golf (ELY)Source: Shutterstock

Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY) is another short based on the thesis that raw material costs will rise. Callaway obviously has substantial sensitivity to metal prices — steel in particular — which could affect margins.

And that would be a problem for Callaway, because its sales growth simply isn’t that torrid. The company expects just 2-3% revenue growth in 2018, outside of help from a recent acquisition. Callaway has done a phenomenal job of late taking market share, including in golf balls, but flat end markets suggest any pricing pressure could be an issue long-term.

Meanwhile, ELY stock is hardly cheap, trading at roughly 25x the midpoint of 2018 EPS guidance. Add to that potential pressure in the Chinese market itself – Asia ex-Japan drove 6% of 2017 sales – and there’s a case to make a quick buck on the short side from ELY. Moderate EPS growth projections just a bit and cut the EPS multiple down to a still-hefty 20-22x and Callaway stock drops as much as 20%.

Stocks to Short: PolyOne (POL) Stocks to Short: PolyOne (POL)Source: Via LyondellBasell

Keeping with the input cost theme, PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL) may be an under-the-radar victim of tariffs. The specialty chemical manufacturer already is struggling with pricing pressure, leading to weakness coming out of its Q4 earnings report in January. China’s initial tariff list included 44 chemicals, which raised alarms in the petrochemical industry served by PolyOne.

So far, PolyOne has been able to offset the pricing pressure, with 2017 the company’s eighth straight year of adjusted EPS growth. But a multi-year economic recovery has helped, and consensus expectations of 15% EPS growth this year look too high.

Here, too, there’s a case for a combination effect of both lower margins and lower sales. And while POL isn’t particularly expensive at 15x forward EPS, the cyclical nature of the space generally leads to low multiples. It’s not hard to see POL stumbling at some point this year, which at least could send the stock back toward the mid-30s range at which it traded last year — roughly 20% downside from current levels.

Stocks to Short: Campbell’s Soup (CPB) Stocks to Short: Campbell's Soup (CPB)Source: Meal Makeover Moms via Flickr (Modified)

As I’ve written several times in the past, I don’t particularly like the CPG (consumer packaged goods) space. Within that space, Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) looks like one of the weakest offerings – and an attractive short on its own.

Indeed, 12% of CPB’s float already is sold short. And with the stock down by one-third from 2016 levels, the shorts have been right so far. I don’t think that trade is over yet, either.

Campbell’s is the most indebted among major food companies. Investors were unimpressed with the company’s expensive acquisition of Snyder’s-Lance, and soup sales are falling. CPB may look cheap on an EPS basis, but including the debt its EV/EBITDA multiple still is in line with faster-growing companies. And that debt could pressure the stock if Campbell’s can’t execute a turnaround over the next couple of quarters.

On top of all of that, Campbell’s aluminum prices are going to rise – as the company itself has said. And with little room for the company to raise prices in a brutal grocery space, that could further pressure margins.

More broadly, Campbell Soup hardly seems a good business at the moment. It’s a low-growth giant at a time when smaller, nimbler companies are winning in food. All told, CPB still looks like a short. And to hedge that short, investors can go long J M Smucker Co (NYSE:SJM), which has a few of the same category risks and much, much better rewards.

Stocks to Short: Tiffany (TIF) Tiffany & Co. (TIF) Stock Looks Risky at These Elevated Levels Source: Shutterstock

Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) could have a very real problem if a trade war escalates. Growth already is pretty tepid, with the company’s Q4 sales and full-year outlook both disappointing investors last month. TIF stock still looks reasonably expensive, at 22.5x the midpoint of that EPS guidance. As both Luke Lango and Will Healy argued on this site, Tiffany already looked like an avoid at best.

The company is struggling with its engagement ring business. Millennials aren’t interested. But the company’s one clear growth engine was…China. China represented roughly 60% of the company’s Asia-Pacific sales in 2017, according to the 10-K. That’s about 16% of the company’s total sales. And the Asia-Pacific region was the one bright spot in terms of 2017 sales, with 8% constant-currency growth, most of which came from China.

Take that growth driver away – whether through tariffs, regulation, or anti-American sentiment from Chinese customers – and Tiffany starts to look a low-growth dinosaur. And that’s not a profile that is going to garner a 20x+ EPS multiple. TIF stock has bounced largely on turnaround hopes and the growth opportunity in Asia. If one of those two pillars of the bull case crumbles, Tiffany stock is going to do the same.

Stocks to Short: La-Z-Boy (LZB) Stocks to Short: La-Z-Boy (LZB)Source: Shuttershock

The entire consumer furniture space, including La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE:LZB) has been choppy at best for years now. And that’s a pretty significant concern. Given a strong U.S. economy and a solid (if not roaring) housing market, profit growth should be much more impressive than it has been, particularly the past few years.

That’s particularly true for LZB, whose 4-4-5 strategy has involved buying licensed stores and building out new locations. Yet increased marketing costs and higher raw material prices have pressured margins, and LZB shares really haven’t moved for about four years now.

The short case for LZB is that potential trade pressure will be just enough to tip earnings negative – and push the stock down into the mid-20s, at least. La-Z-Boy imports from Chinese suppliers; it could face cost inflation there. Steel prices could hurt. So could polyurethane (used for foam) if chemical tariffs are expanded.

Meanwhile, La-Z-Boy will struggle to take pricing. Wayfair Inc (NYSE:W) is competing on price (and losing money in the process). Smaller rivals Bassett Furniture Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:BSET) and Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ:HOFT) both have cited success in the motion upholstery category – the most important for La-Z-Boy.

With no debt on the balance sheet, LZB isn’t likely to plunge. But investors looking for a quick double-digit return on trade fears, or a weak fiscal Q4 report in June, should consider shorting or selling calls in LZB.

As of this writing, Vince Martin is long shares of Hooker Furniture Corporation, and has no positions in any other securities mentioned.

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Investment company Benson Investment Management Company, Inc. buys Goldcorp Inc, CVS Health Corp, Time Warner Inc, Alerian MLP, The Kraft Heinz Co, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, Macquarie Infrastructure Corp, Wells Fargo, Whirlpool Corp, Bank of America Corporation, sells General Motors Co, American International Group Inc, Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, Occidental Petroleum Corp, NXP Semiconductors NV during the 3-months ended 2017-12-31, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Benson Investment Management Company, Inc.. As of 2017-12-31, Benson Investment Management Company, Inc. owns 55 stocks with a total value of $131 million. These are the details of the buys and sells.

New Purchases: GG, CVS, TWX, AMLP, GT, MIC, WFCPL, WHR, BACPL, TEN, Added Positions: KHC, VZ, MRK, T, PPG, MDT, HHC, DIS, WPC, OKE, Reduced Positions: LRCX, GOOG, AAPL, BWA, TEL, TOL, Sold Out: GM, AIG, FOXA, OXY, NXPI, KR, NWL, MSI, GOOGL, PG,

For the details of Benson Investment Management Company, Inc.’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Benson+Investment+Management+Company%2C+Inc.

Top 5 Stocks To Own For 2018: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Google recently released a device similar to Echo, Google Home, in order to take advantage of the trend. Additionally, the Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary said voice searches tripled over the last two years.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google subsidiary started the Project Sunroof initiative in 2015 to try to give customers and installers an easy view of the solar potential of homes around the country. Initially, the project covered just a few cities, but the idea was to eventually roll it out nationwide. This week, that happened.

  • [By ]

    Missing from the tech rodeo are the FAANG stocks. Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), and Google (Alphabet) (Nasdaq: GOOG). These companies are too busy reshaping global consumerism.

Top 5 Stocks To Own For 2018: Hooker Furniture Corporation(HOFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ: HOFT) shares were also up, gaining 27 percent to $39.80 after the company reported strong results for its fourth quarter.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

    SeaChange International (NASDAQ: SEAC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $30.49 million.

Top 5 Stocks To Own For 2018: Callon Petroleum Company(CPE)

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.

Top 5 Stocks To Own For 2018: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ: TBNK) shares touched a new 52-week low of $21.31. Territorial Bancorp shares have dropped 9.43% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.

Top 5 Stocks To Own For 2018: Chesapeake Utilities Corporation(CPK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Tuesday, utilities shares slipped by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM), up 2 percent, and Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) up 3 percent.