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IBM, Exxon Mobil Lifted the DJIA on Wednesday

January 3, 2018: Markets opened higher again Wednesday and have improved on the opening gains throughout the day. Both the S&P 500 and the DJIA posted new intra-day highs. The day’s sector leaders were Energy and technology while telecom and utilities lagged. WTI crude oil for February delivery settled at $61.63 a barrel, up 2.1% for the day and the highest close in three years. February gold added 0.2% on the day to settle at $1,318.50 for a ninth consecutive winning session and the highest close in more than three months. Equities were headed for a higher close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded up 0.44% for the day, the S&P 500 traded up 0.66%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.84%.

Bitcoin futures for January delivery traded at $14,880, essentially flat, on the CME after opening at $14.900 this morning. Only 685 contracts had been traded in the session and open interest is just 596.

The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Wednesday was International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) which traded up 2.85% at $158.65. The stock’s 52-week range is $139.13 to $182.79. Volume was about 35% above the daily average of around 4.8 million shares. The company’s stock was raised to Outperform at RBC Capital Markets this morning.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) traded up 2.23% at $86.93. The stock’s 52-week range is $76.05 to $91.15. Volume was about 10% above the daily average of around 9.3 million shares. The company had no specific news.

DowDuPont Inc. (NYSE: DWDP) traded up 1.59% at $73.04. The stock’s 52-week range is $56.76 to $73.85. Volume was about 10% below the daily average of around 7.2 million. The company had no news.

United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) traded up 1.44% at $130.01. The stock’s 52-week range is $106.85 to $130.20 and the high was posted this afternoon. Volume was about 40% above the daily average of around 2.8 million shares. The company had no news.

Of the Dow stocks, 18 are on track to close higher Wednesday and 12 are set to close lower.
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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018

With the holiday season around the corner,consumers are busy searching for the products to buy while investors are busy searching for the companies whose products consumers are buying. Just a couple of week back GoPro (NSDQ:GPRO) was one such company on which investors were willing to bet as its products were likely to fly off the shelves of retail outlets. But then the things changed. While GoPro’s flagship Hero 5 camera continues to enjoy strong demand, same can’t be said for its stock. The stock has tanked 30% in last one month due to multiple reasons, and many investors don’t see any future prospect for the company.But there are also investors who feel that GoPro stock has over corrected. So the question is whether GoPro stock is a value trap or a value buy?

Lower Multiples, But Cheaper Valuations?

The recent crash in GoPro’s stock price has brought the valuation multiples to the ground. GoPro’s PS ratio has declined from 2.2 in early October to 1.3 as of Friday. GoPro is currently trading at a market capof $1.41 billion (50% down in last one year) and analysts expect GoPro’s 2017 revenue to come in at $1.46 billion, giving it a forward PS of less than one.Many investors consider such low multiples as an attractive buying opportunity. But what investors must keep in mind is that lower multiples don’t automatically meancheaper valuations. A stock can have lower valuations than its peers and even its historical average and still remain expensive. There are analysts who are pointing to the fact that two years back GoPro was having similar revenue as of today but was trading at $50 a share and concluding that the stock is undervalued now. But I think the stock was overvalued then. Also, the narrative in the past two years has changed, for the worse.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Alaska Air Group, Inc.(ALK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    While the airline stocks have pulled back recently, coming off a choppy 1Q17, we have In-Line ratings on the Big 3 (American Airlines [AAL], Delta Air Lines [DAL] and United Continental [UAL]), as well as on Alaska Air Group (ALK)…

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The best airline, overall, was Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK). Other category winners were Spirit Airlines Co. (NASDAQ: SAVE), which was ranked cheapest; Alaska rated most reliable; JetBlue Airways Inc. (NASDAQ: JBLU) was most comfortable; best for pets was Alaska; and the airline receiving the fewest complaints was Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) which rose over 4% to $64.43. The stocks 52-week range is $61.10 to $101.43. Volume was2.4 million compared to its average volume of 1.8 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Airlines like United Continental (UAL), Alaska Air Group (ALK) and JetBlue Airways (JBLU) have been so cheap for so long now, that making an argument for big gains based solely on valuation seems remarkably foolish. Thankfully, it’s not the only argument that Barclays analyst Brandon Oglenski make as they initiated the sector with a Positive rating, while calling United Continental the “most compelling stock” in the airlines sector. They explain why:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    To meet this condition, Delta and Aeromexico agreed to divest up to 24 slot pairs at Mexico City International Airport. Now, the three largest low-fare airlines in the U.S. — Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV), Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK), and JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) — are close to being cleared for expansion in Mexico City.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Westell Technologies, Inc.(WSTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap high-performance wireless infrastructure solutions stock Westell Technologies (NASDAQ: WSTL) as a buy for our short-term portfolio:

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-A)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) has released its public equity holdings as of September 30, 2016. Outside of WarrenBuffett being one of the richest men alive and being considered the greatest investor of modern times, there have been many key changes in the Buffett stocks over recent quarters.

  • [By John Maxfield]

    Stocks are up across the board since the presidential election, boosting the value of Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) stock portfolio, but few stocks have rallied as much as Bank of America (NYSE:BAC).

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    3. Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B): Last, it would be a shame to overlook the conglomerate built by the world’s greatest investor himself, Warren Buffett. Under the Berkshire Hathaway name, Buffett has built up a portfolio of enduring subsidiaries and stock holdings poised to stand the test of time. Under Berkshire’s ownership are built-to-last subsidiaries like Geico, Duracell, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. And some of Berkshire’s largest stock holdings include iconic businesses like Coca-Cola, American Express, and Wells Fargo.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Among other stories related to the company last week, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) reported that it now owns about 57.4 million shares of Apple stock, up from 15.23 million at the end of the third quarter of 2016.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Incidentally, Facebook has secured shareholder approval for issuing Class C share at its shareholder meeting in June 2016, although it is yet to issue the shares.

    Other Companies With Dual-class Voting Shares
    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) and (NYSE: BRK-A), with Class A shares having 1/10th interest in the company but only 1/200th of voting power. Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS)’s CEO Charlie Ergen owns a 43.4 percent stake in the company through his holding of Class B shares but has 63.6 percent of the voting rights. Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) uses the dual-class structure to give its founding family more voting power.

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  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    When Warren Buffett speaks, people listen. Being the richest man and being considered the greatest investor of modern times makes people care. Now that Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) is out with its annual report and annual letter for 2016, 24/7 Wall St. has broken out many of the top gems from the report.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Vikram Nagarkar]

    For starters, the data center space has been dominated by AMD’s arch-rival Nvidia for a long time now. By virtue of its early lead, Nvidia has found its way into some of the most popular cloud platforms, like Amazon’s (NSDQ:AMZN)AWS, andMicrosoft’s (NSDQ:MSFT)Azure and IBM’s (NYSE:IBM)Bluemix. The Google deal represents AMD’s first breakthrough among US based cloud biggies. It’s also AMD’s first move in deep learning or machine learning, which is expected to play an increasingly important role in shaping the future of technology and its applications.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    If you’re looking to add some solid dividend stocks to your portfolio, I have a few ideas. International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), General Motors (NYSE:GM), and Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), all of which I own in my own portfolio, are some of the best dividend stocks available.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    The role of International Business Machines Corp.(NYSE: IBM) CEO Ginni Rometty as an advisor to President Trump has caused deep concern among some of her employees. She may find out the hard way that the problem could spread to shareholders and customers, as it has to those at other companies.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    And Goldcorp is tapping into the power of the Watson artificial intelligence system, run by International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM). GG is using IBM’s artificial intelligence system to help process geological data – including millions of core samples, seismic surveys, and theoretical modeling – to find the most lucrative areas to mine gold.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    NVIDIA’s data center segment had hit an annual run rate of $2 billion in the latest quarter and is showing no signs of slowing down. The data center segment which also constitutes AI chips revenue is continuing its extraordinary triple-digit growth rate. We at Amigobulls have highlighted the importance of NVIDIA’s AI credentials in our past coverage. Now, its AI credentials have gotten even stronger with IBM (NYSE:IBM) Power9 chip built for AI and machine learning. This chip has been built in partnership with theJensen Huang led company and makes use of NVIDIA’s latest Tesla V100 Volta chips. A recent report highlighted the opinion of Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, who believes that IBM has done very well to differentiate itself from the competition with this chip and said “IBMs Power9 is literally the Swiss Army knife of ML acceleration as it supports an astronomical amount of IO and bandwidth, 10X of anything thats out there today.” With Gartner predicting that by 2019 deep learning will be almost a must for achieving advancements in almost all technologies from image recognition and natural language processing to fraud detection, medical research and product recommendation, NVIDIA’s growth prospects look great and make NVDA stock still a good long-term buy irrespective of the recent sell-off.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Tronox Limited(TROX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Tronox Ltd (NYSE: TROX) were down 23 percent to $19.55. The FTC has challenged Tronox acquisition of Cristal’s titanium dioxide business. Tronox disclosed that it will fight FTC lawsuit seeking to block proposed acquisition of Saudi-owned Cristal.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tronox Ltd (NYSE: TROX) shares shot up 34 percent to $19.30. Tronox announced plans to acquire Cristal's TiO(2) business and also agreed to sell Alkali Business. Tronox posted a Q4 loss of $0.14 per share on revenue of $548 million.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Energy XXI Ltd.(EXXI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Energy XXI Ltd (NASDAQ: EXXI) were down 72 percent to $0.181 after the company announced that it and some of its subsidiaries have entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement (RSA) with holders of more than 63 percent of its secured second lien 11.0 percent notes. Energy XXI added that in order to implement the terms of the RSA, it has commenced cases under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Terra Nitrogen Company L.P.(TNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Robert Rapier] While the MLP space is dominated by the oil and gas sector, in last week’s article we began to explore some of the more exotic master limited partnership offerings. This week we continue our exploration of nontraditional MLPs by looking at the partnerships supplying fertilizer.

    Rentech (Nasdaq: RTK) has been around for more than a decade, and it has shifted strategies several times. Full disclosure: Rentech’s Chief Technology Officer Harold Wright is a former manager of mine when we were both at ConocoPhillips, and I have visited Rentech’s facility in Commerce City, Colorado.

    For most of Rentech’s existence, the company has sought to commercialize alternative fuels. At one time it had ambitions to build a large coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant, but federal legislation ultimately nudged it instead into the biomass-to-liquids (BTL) space. The company did build a BTL demonstration plant, but ultimately shut it down and has now refocused its efforts on becoming “one of the largest wood processing companies in the world.”

    During its interesting journey as a company, Rentech acquired two ammonia nitrogen fertilizer facilities, which turned out to be a profit center that funded the alternative energy research. In November 2011, Rentech spun off this fertilizer business into an MLP called Rentech Nitrogen Partners LP (NYSE: RNF).

    In the months leading to the spin-off, RTK’s market capitalization was about $200 million. Rentech maintained 60 percent ownership of RNF, and three months after the spin-off RTK’s market cap had risen to $400 million, while investors had bid RNF up to $1 billion. Interestingly, RTK’s share of RNF was worth more than RTK’s entire market cap, a situation that persists. The market currently values Rentech at $482 million, while the valuation of Rentech Nitrogen Partners makes RTK’s 60 percent stake in RNF worth slightly more than $600 million — another illu

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Sphere 3D Corp.(ANY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) dropped about 36% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $0.23 after closing Friday at $0.36. The 52-week high is $2.00. Volume of around 4.3 million was more than 10 times the daily average of around 390,000 shares traded. The company said today that it has received an unsolicited proposal from an unnamed company to purchase certain of Sphere 3D’s assets.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Intec Pharma Ltd.(NTEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Intec Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: NTEC) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $5.53. Intec Pharma priced 10.6 million share offering at $4.70 per share.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Intec Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: NTEC) shares dropped 25 percent to $5.57. Intec Pharma reported a Q3 loss of $0.29 per share.

    Shares of Diplomat Pharmacy Inc (NYSE: DPLO) were down 23 percent to $14.71. Diplomat Pharmacy agreed to buy LDI Integrated Pharmacy Services. Baird downgraded Diplomat Pharmacy from Outperform to Neutral.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc.(LOCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap Tex Mex or Mexican restaurant stock El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LOCO) reportedQ2 2017 earnings after the market closed Thursday.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Earnings of note in the coming week include Analogic (ALOG) and Ascena Retail (ASNA) on Monday; Bojangles (BOJA) , H&R Block (HRB) , and Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS) , Michaels (MIK) , and Urban Outfitters (URBN) on Tuesday; Ciena (CIEN) , Bankrate (RATE) , Express (EXPR) , Vera Bradley (VRA) , and Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) on Wednesday; El Pollo Loco (LOCO) , Hugo Boss (BOSSY) , Party City (PRTY) , Signet Jewelers (SIG) , and Verifone Systems (PAY) on Thursday; and Kirkland’s (KIRK) , and Vail Resorts (MTN) on Friday.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016earnings report for small cap Tex Mex or Mexican restaurant stock El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LOCO) is scheduled for after the market closes onThursday (March 9th). Last time around, the Company missed analyst estimates across the board and cut its guidance for the full year.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Del Taco Restaurants now outperforming Mexican restaurant stock peers such as mid cap Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc (NYSE: CMG) and small caps El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LOCO), Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: FRGI) and Chuy’s Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CHUY) have mostly been drifting lower lately:

stock buying

Overview:

Frontier Communications (NYSE:FTR) has just recently hit a 34-year low of $1.20. This pummeling took place after a less-than-sterling Q1 report. It is obvious that integrating its 2016 purchase of Verizon (NYSE:VZ) properties has not gone as smoothly as it had anticipated. It is not unlike the problems the company had with a previous Verizon purchase in 2010. However, I believe most of the integration problems are behind it.

In this article, I will explain why the Frontier Mandatory Convertible Preferred Debenture (FTRPR) due June 28, 2018, is an excellent investment to make for the next 14 months or so.

1. Integration of two large service businesses like Frontier and Verizon is always problematic.

Frontier basically doubled its revenue by buying these Verizon properties in California, Texas and Florida (CTF). It included both wireline and fiber assets. When you do an acquisition like this, you have many unhappy people. Employees are unhappy because they know some are going to be laid off. Customers are unhappy because they don’t know what will happen to their service and pricing. Then you have corporate problems integrating different systems (management, hardware, software, policy, HR) and trying to standardize corporate cultures. The whole transition period is full of stress, starting with the customers and ending at the executive suite.

stock buying: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.(HII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is the largest repairer and ship builder for the U.S. Navy and U.S. coast guard, giving the company a near monopoly on these government contracts (which is why their return on equity is north of 27%).

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Huntington Ingalls’ (NYSE:HII) Ford-class supercarrier seems one likely suspect — and at $14 billiona pop, this gigantic aircraft carrier offers a big potential target for Trump’s next tweet storm.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    As details about the Pentagon’s plan have emerged, it’s become clear that this will be a sizable program, amounting to perhaps $1 trillion in spending over 30 years — not just to upgrade the Minuteman missiles, but also to buy new B-21 stealth bombers from Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)and have General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) and Huntington Ingalls (NYSE:HII) design an entirely new class of ballistic missile submarines (to be known as the “Columbia class.”)

stock buying: Tandy Leather Factory, Inc.(TLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Armour Residential REIT Inc. (NYSE: ARR), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), PJT Partners Inc. (NYSE; PJT), Sonic Automotive Inc. (NYSE: SAH)and Tandy Leather Factory Inc. (NASDAQ: TLF).

stock buying: Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.(RS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    This is mostly triggered by artificial boosts in steel prices caused by trade regulation. Rising costs are positive for the steel industry and players like United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X), AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS) and Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co (NYSE: RS), but they’re ultimately injurious to those reliant on steel products manufacturers of canned goods, farm equipment, machinery and appliances.

stock buying: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    Given that the company is still at some distance on the road to profitability, it needs to maintain its strong revenue growth. Once again the company needs to show strong growth in deferred revenue to assure investors about its long-term growth story. The 77% YoY growth indeferred revenue to $526 million in last quarter earnings had outpaced its Q4 revenue growth of 62%. This has also been boosted by the impressive 87% YoY rise in the customer base. The company’s software segment gaining traction has got investors excited since pure software play means higher margins than its core hardware business. Thesoftware only bookings grew by 96% YoY in the fourth quarter forming 17% of the total bookings. The impact of the OEM agreements with IBM (NYSE:IBM) for software and Pure software agreement with Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) and Hewlett Packard Enterprises (NYSE:HPE) hardware is also likely to be closely watched. With DRAM prices expected to rise further, the increase in software moat could be very much welcomed by the investors.

  • [By Brian Mathews]

     International Business Machines Corp (NYSE: IBM) is a well-recognized brand that specializes in all facets of information technology, such as software, hardware and research. IBM has always been a major player in the technology sector and is considered a “blue-chip” stock. However, it has suffered declining revenues over the last few quarters mostly to currency fluctuations. Now that it has stabilized, IBM looks to grow in 2016. Mainframes are still popular among financial services and the telecom industry, from which IBM receives a fair amount of revenue. Also, mainframe growth has been increasing in the emerging markets, and IBM faces little competition based on its global presence. IBM’s largest potential stems from its $138 billion services backlog and existing relationships, which provide great insight into customer needs and translate into new product development. With IBM’s dividend of 3.3%, investors can afford to wait while IBM hits its target price of $170 over the next year.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) is another classic tech name trying to get with the times.

    Happily for shareholders, last quarters report showed good progress with its turnaround plan.

stock buying: Renesola Ltd.(SOL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 9.76 percent to $1.35 in pre-market trading. ReneSola reported Q1 earnings of $0.06 per share on revenue of $260.7 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) to report a quarterly loss at $0.04 per share on revenue of $256.05 million. ReneSola shares gained 2.50 percent to close at $1.23 on Friday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.04 per share on revenue of $256.05 million.

    America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRMT) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $149.13 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11

Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018

Finding cheap stocks is all but impossible. Of course, that’s not uncommon when markets continue notching all-time highs. Unfortunately, overpriced markets pose significant risks for investors looking to deploy additional capital.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any stocks trading at relatively attractive valuations. And that’s an important concept to keep in mind in this long-in-the-tooth bull market where most stocks are overvalued based on traditional metrics.

That’s why the search for value is the single most important principle to employ right now. Simply put, should the market fall off the cliff, as many pundits expect, stocks bought at a discount to their intrinsic value fare much better than other stocks trading at higher valuations.

These so-called value stocks are often stocks that have fallen out of favor with the market — for any number of reasons. But oftentimes, the reasons a stock is trading below intrinsic value are transitory in nature, such as a bad quarter or two.

Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high bullish options activity in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD). He said that traders were buying the May 190 calls for $3.30. The trade breaks even at $193.30 or around 3 percent higher. Najarian bought calls in General Dynamics and he is planning to hold them for two weeks.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    The U.S. Army wants General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) to build it a super-tank — an improvement over the ubiquitous M1 Abrams main battle tank that is currently the mainstay of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    Since the early 1960s, aerospace and defense companies have been building vehicles for space agencies like NASA. For example, General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) was contracted to help build the propulsion rocket systems for the famous Apollo missions.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Huntington’s problems may not end at the water’s surface, either. While it’s the principal contractor building the Ford-class carriers, Huntington will cooperate with peer shipbuilder General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) to build the new Columbia class of ballistic missile submarines, which will replace the current Ohio class (and up until recently, it was commonly called the “Ohio Replacement Class”).

Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Mizrahi, President and CEO, Hampton Investors, Inc.]

    Parker Hannifin (PH) generates strong revenue from its aerospace division, while its primary industrial segment is lagging.

    Overall, we like the company’s balanced portfolio. PH had solid order rates this past year with backlog of $3.6 billion between its industrial and aerospace segments.

Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) traded up 2.90% at $164.99. The stock’s 52-week range is $116.90 to $165.00, a new 52-week high. Trading volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 3.6 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    And within the machine learning space, three key players have emerged:IBM (NYSE:IBM), Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). These companies accounted for a combined 73% of the machine learning market last year, according to Transparency Market Research, so let’s take a look at what each is doing in the space and how they’re likely to continue dominating.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Oracle Corporation and SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) giving a similar performance; Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Salesforce.com, inc have performed even better; and International Business Machines Corp (NYSE: IBM) has underperformed:

  • [By Vikram Nagarkar]

    For starters, the data center space has been dominated by AMD’s arch-rival Nvidia for a long time now. By virtue of its early lead, Nvidia has found its way into some of the most popular cloud platforms, like Amazon’s (NSDQ:AMZN)AWS, andMicrosoft’s (NSDQ:MSFT)Azure and IBM’s (NYSE:IBM)Bluemix. The Google deal represents AMD’s first breakthrough among US based cloud biggies. It’s also AMD’s first move in deep learning or machine learning, which is expected to play an increasingly important role in shaping the future of technology and its applications.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    This earnings season has been a mixed bag for many of the big name technology and semiconductor companies. NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) surprised analysts with impressive sales for the first quarter, but Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) and International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) reports were met with more underwhelming investor response.

Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Retailer shares have been unable to fully stabilize after sell-offs that accompanied their earnings for the 2016 holiday period. Some retailers shuttered stores. Others gave pessimistic guidance. The slide began in earnest again, as retail stocks got punished on Monday. Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS), Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M), Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) and Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWM) were among the largest losers in the S&P 500.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Under Armour’s (UAA) guidance last month was so bad that the stock lost a quarter of its value in just one day. Some analysts have stuck with the company, but many more have downgraded it. But that’s in the past. Now, Under Armour’s products are hitting the shelves at Kohl’s (KSS), and some have worried that it could dilute Under Armour’s brand. Kohl’s, meanwhile, has had troubles of its own–its stock is down 23% during the past three months–as investors have worried about the internet destroying retail as we know it. Which begs the question: Are you in trouble when you’re looking at Kohl’s as a savior?

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    But the changing consumer behavior has hit the brick and mortar chains hard. In a press release, Macy’s (NYSE:M) announced that it would be closing 68 stores and laying off more than 10000 people after the company reported a dismal quarter. The same store sales declined by 2.1%. It is not Macy’s alone, other departmental stores are facing similar challenges. The holiday season report led to ablood bath in retail stocks yesterday. Macy’s was down 13%, JCP (NYSE:JCP) down 7.2% and Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) was down 19%. Those are pretty scary numbers. On the other hand, Amazon stock gained more than 3% yesterday.

Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million.

    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $663.74 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The market is treating Chipotle as if it is an Amazon, Tesla, Apple or Google, when in fact all they do is make burritos. With the money it would cost you to buy Chipotle today @ $14 billion dollars you could buy Wendy’s (WEN), Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), Papa John’s International (PZZA), and Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN). Chipotle would need to generate at least $24 in earnings per share in order to justify the current market cap — they are not even expected to generate half of that next year. Chipotle is expected to report Q1 on April 25 and the market, in my opinion, has already more than priced in good news.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    And that’s despite Burger King and Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) posting higher quarterly comps for years. The restaurant industry itself may be experiencing a slowdown, and fast food is falling with it after having been one of the few areas notching consistent gains, but it means McDonald’s growth was merely an aberration.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018

Investment company First Command Bank buys Guggenheim BulletShares 2017orate Bond, Lockheed Martin, L3 Technologies, Alphabet, Vanguard Short-Term Government ETF, HP, Enbridge, TE Connectivity, Vanguard Small-Cap Value ETF – DNQ, The Kraft Heinz Co, sells Procter & Gamble Co, Schlumberger, ONEOK, Tata Motors, Eaton Vanceoration Tax-Managed Buy-Write Oppo during the 3-months ended 2017-03-31, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, First Command Bank. As of 2017-03-31, First Command Bank owns 358 stocks with a total value of $104 million. These are the details of the buys and sells.

New Purchases: LLL, VGSH, ENB, BIDU, GPS, PCLN, SCHG, PRU, PPA, NOW, Added Positions: VNQ, IAU, BSCK, BSCH, LMT, VYM, BRK.B, GOOGL, VWO, IBM, Reduced Positions: PG, SLB, XOM, OKE, D, AFL, OGS, VZ, O, T, Sold Out: ETV, TTM, SE, EIM, SCG, HCP, LQD, MVF, MEG, QQQX,

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

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Pilot Gold Inc (PLGTF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Wesdome Gold (OTC:WDOFF) is confirming the potential of its Kiena Deeps discovery with the latest batch of drill results from this venue. Itinerant Musings subscribers who joined us in this trade will be pleased. Treasury Metals (OTC:TSRMF) needs to find more underground ore to justify a construction decision of its Goliath gold project, and it’s doing just that as reported in the latest news release and explained in this article. NuLegacy Gold (OTCQX:NULGF) finally announced results from the twin hole of the Avocado discovery. A detailed discussion will be forthcoming for Itinerant Musings subscribers shortly. Pilot Gold (OTCPK:PLGTF) is making progress at its Goldstrike project in Utah. The latest set of results confirmed the Peg Leg and Covington targets as valid targets for further drilling. Arizona Mining (OTC:WLDVF) is countering controversy by releasing more drill results, and reporting the discovery of Taylor Deeps. The roller coaster continues.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: The Rubicon Project, Inc.(RUBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    The Rubicon Project Inc (NYSE: RUBI) shares dropped 28 percent to $6.08. Rubicon Project reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and named Michael Barrett as CEO.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rubicon Project Inc. (NYSE: RUBI) dropped about 29% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $5.96 after closing Tuesday at $8.39. Volume of more than 6.1 million shares was more than 10 times the daily average of less than 600,000. The company named a new CEO and reported weak results after markets closed Tuesday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rubicon Project Inc. (NYSE: RUBI) dropped about 1.9% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $5.65 after closing at $5.76 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $20.37. Volume was nearly 4 times the daily average of around 740,000 shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Rubicon Project Inc. (NYSE: RUBI) dropped about 2.4% on Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $8.64 against a 52-week high of $20.37. Volume of around 680,000 million was about 15% below the daily average of around 780,000. The stock closed at $8.85 on Monday night. The ad marketplace has formed a strategic alliance with Flipboard that will allow advertisers to buy ad space on Flipboard.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    And Goldcorp is tapping into the power of the Watson artificial intelligence system, run by International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM). GG is using IBM’s artificial intelligence system to help process geological data – including millions of core samples, seismic surveys, and theoretical modeling – to find the most lucrative areas to mine gold.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    A nearly 9% rally on Oct. 18 gave International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) shareholders a long-awaited reprieve from the bear market that was 2017. It was the stock’s single best day in nine years.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) reported first quarter earnings results after markets closed on Tuesday. The company said that it had $2.38 in earnings per share (EPS) and $18.2 billion in revenue, versus consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $2.35 in EPS and $18.39 billion in revenue. The same period from last year had $2.35 in EPS and $18.68 billion in revenue.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: LaSalle Hotel Properties(LHO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Marshall Hargrave]

    The other key benefit for Strategic is that it enjoys industry-leading earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) per available room. For 2012, Strategic generated $81 per room of EBITDA. Compare this to top comps LaSalle Hotel (NYSE: LHO) at $74 per room and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) at $71. The reason for this is that Strategic is much less reliant than its peers on rooms, with much greater exposure to food and beverages. Strategic earns 53% of its revenue from rooms, while its peers get around 66% of revenues from rooms.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sirius XM Radio Inc.(SIRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The long saga regarding Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) has finally come to a head. Well, maybe. Rather than KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR) investing $150 million, Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) will be investing up to $480 million in the streaming music rival. With its ticketing unit sale taking place as well, it might seem that Pandora is getting a great deal and helping to bolster its books.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Pandora Mediapeaking in 2014 before heading back to where it started while other streaming media stocks such as large cap satellite radio stockSirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ: SIRI) has performed better and InternetTV stock Netflix, Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) has been a homerun:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    But before we get to the stock pick, here’s a list of the 10 top-performing Warren Buffett stocks so far this year…

    Company YTD Gains
    Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO) 34.25%
    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) 30.24%
    Verisign Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN) 29.88%
    Restaurant Brands Inc. (NYSE: QSR) 29.16%
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) 28.97%
    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) 26.20%
    Liberty Sirius XM Group Class C (Nasdaq: LSXMK) 24.54%
    MasterCard Inc. (NYSE: MA) 24.35%
    Liberty Sirius XM Group Class A (Nasdaq: LSXMA) 22.89%
    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: SIRI) 22.81%

    Again, we don’t recommend all of the stocks above for retail investors. After all, Warren Buffett is one of the most wealthy and legendary investors in history. He has a completely different set of goals from us.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    There are a lot of people betting against Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI)these days, even as the stock is hitting 10-year highs. There were 280.1 million shares of Sirius XM sold short at the end of 2016, just below the late-November peak of 285.1 million shares but nearly double the short interest that we were seeing a year ago.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is a company that thrives on of new car sales. If you have had satellite radio and are not solely reliant on what you get for music in streaming or your library, then chances are pretty good that you won’t want to go back to just having old-fashioned FM/AM radio.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.(RYAM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Shares of materials company Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc (NYSE:RYAM) jumped as much as 11.8% in trading Thursday after announcing a major acquisition. At 3:30 p.m. EDT, the shares were holding at a 10.6% gain on the day.