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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019

Ascendis Pharma (NASDAQ:ASND) caught my eye earlier this year when I was looking at quarterly ownership changes of biotech-focused hedge funds. Many funds were aggressively buying Ascendis over the last few quarters, and the stock is a high conviction name for at least a few of them. However, the stock was up more than 50% at that point, and I decided to put it aside as there were no material catalysts during most of 2017 and wait for some form of a consolidation or a pullback before doing more research. The stock was in consolidation mode for more than six months and broke out in late September following the failure of one of its main competitors in the growth hormone deficiency market. I was actually expecting to pick up shares cheaper after the success of Versartis phase 3 trial but the opposite happened. However, I think Ascendis is a better buy after a 20%+ rally, then it would be on a 15-20% pullback in the case Versartis somavaratan was successful as I believe the market cap gain does not fully reflect the elimination of a competing product which would have had a one-year head-start over Ascendis TransCon hGH.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Plexus Corp.(PLXS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Finisar Corporation(FNSR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) was up 2.9 percent Monday morning. The stock had fallen 4 percent on the Commerce Department news in April.

    Several other optics stocks stand to gain. In a Monday note, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Vivek Arya also highlighlited the semiconductor space as one that could benefit from the news. Other stocks to watch include:

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    Activist investor Glenn Welling of Engaged Capital LLC, the insurgent investor agitating for changes at TiVo, Rent-a-Center, on Tuesday, May 15, revealed new positions in Aratana Therapeutics Inc. (PETX) , Cross Country Healthcare Inc. (CCRN)  and Finisar Corp. (FNSR)

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Finisar(NASDAQ:FNSR) followed in AAOI’s footsteps in March, surging more than 10% higher around the announcement of Lumentum’s Oclaro deal, but losing it all amid deafening radio silence. By the end of March, the stock had fallen 12.2% lower, and Finisar has not enjoyed any glowing analyst analyses in April.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    That buyout was considered a major blow to Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), which wasalso reportedly mulling a bid for Oclaro. I’m not saying Finisar will buy Acacia, but the latter’s enterprise value of $740 million makes it a feasible takeover target for bigger fiber players.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.(CDNS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ:CDNS) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference CallApril 23, 2018 5:00 p.m. ET

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares jumped 104.82 percent to close at $14.87 on Tuesday.
    EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV) rose 31.25 percent to close at $1.06. The pay-TV home shopping company was named as a potential acquisition target by TechCrunch. According to the publication, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is exploring ways of marketing its products and services to consumers beyond the internet.
    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) shares climbed 27.16 percent to close at $4.26 on Tuesday.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) gained 27.09 percent to close at $3.80. Atossa Genetics disclosed that it has Received positive interim review from the Independent Safety Committee in Phase 1 Topical endoxifen dose escalation study in men.
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) surged 17.13 percent to close at $37.95 as the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) shares gained 15.91 percent to close at $18.21 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares jumped 15.73 percent to close at $7.58 on Tuesday after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares gained 14.62 percent to close at $31.75 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE: TIS) jumped 12.86 percent to close at $7.37. Orchids Paper Products is expected to report its Q1 financial results on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) rose 12.8 percent to close at $7.05 following strong quarterly results.
    Avid Bioservices, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDMO) rose 12.72 percent to close at $3.81.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) gained 12.61 percent to close at $5.00.
    Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBLN) rose 12.39 percent to close at $3.72.
    NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT) shares climbed 11.88 percent to close at $7
  • [By Timothy Green]

    Shares of Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ:CDNS) jumped on Tuesday after the provider of design solutions for integrated circuits and electronic devices reported its first-quarter results. The company beat analyst estimates for both revenue and earnings, and it provided guidance that came in above analyst expectations. As of 1 p.m. EDT, the stock was up about 9.5%.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Illinois Tool Works Inc.(ITW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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    Cramer and the AAP team are trimming Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and Danaher (DHR) . Find out what they’re telling their investment club members and get in on the conversation with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

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    Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW)  fell on Thursday, April 26, after reporting weaker-than-expected results in its automotive segment and organic growth even as its first-quarter earnings exceeded expectations.

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    Cramer and the AAP team are trimming Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and Danaher (DHR) . Find out what they’re telling their investment club members and get in on the conversation with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

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    Illinois Tool Works (ITW) : “You don’t have to worry. This one is good. You shouldn’t be a seller.”

    PetMed Express (PETS) : “No, no, no, no. When we want pet drugs, we want Idexx Laboratories (IDXX) .”

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Dover Corporation(DOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) which rose about 4% to $103.82. The stocks 52-week range is $76.23 to $109.06. Volume was 4.7 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.1 million.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Dover Co. (NYSE:DOV) shares fell 0.4% during trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $75.74 and last traded at $76.69. 47,494 shares changed hands during trading, a decline of 97% from the average session volume of 1,892,556 shares. The stock had previously closed at $77.02.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Pzena Investment Management LLC decreased its stake in shares of Dover Co. (NYSE:DOV) by 3.2% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 5,753,153 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 189,522 shares during the quarter. Dover comprises about 2.9% of Pzena Investment Management LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 4th largest holding. Pzena Investment Management LLC owned approximately 3.72% of Dover worth $565,075,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Dover (NYSE:DOV) had its price target decreased by Stifel Nicolaus from $104.00 to $85.00 in a report published on Thursday. Stifel Nicolaus currently has a hold rating on the industrial products company’s stock.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: JA Solar Holdings, Co., Ltd.(JASO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    This morning, President Trump suggested that the United States is considering strong military action in response to recent chemical attacks carried out on civilians by the Syrian government. The president promised to send “nice and new and ‘smart'” missiles to Syria and accused the Russian government of partnering with a “Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” The president’s remarks are a significant departure from comments made last week, which suggested that the United States would be pulling out of Syria in the coming months. Trump’s threat of war over a recent chemical attack in Syria drove crude oil and gold prices higher. Geopolitical worries often offer a boost to commodity prices due to concerns about supply. Trump’s threat comes at a time that markets are already concerned about a significant military conflict in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran. WTI crude prices added 0.9% to hit $66.10 per barrel. Brent crude pushed to $71.10 per barrel. Gold price topped $1,350 per ounce and are poised for bigger gains. According to Axios, U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) has privately told friends that he will not seek reelection in the fall. The news comes at a perilous time for Republicans, who are expected to lose the House of Representatives and potentially the Senate. Axios was the first to report the news. The story is also notable because Ryan recently achieved his long-time goal of passing tax reform in late 2017.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: FB, FOXA, CBS
    Shares of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.(NYSE: FOXA) fell in pre-market hours on news that investigators from the European Commission raided the firm’s London office yesterday. Reports indicate that investigators are trying to keep their goals confidential. However, there has been a lot of scrutiny over Rupert Murdoch’s goal to purchase rival Sky in recent months. British authorities have argued that this deal would not be in the public’s best interest. Accor

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: SigmaTron International, Inc.(SGMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media coverage about SigmaTron International (NASDAQ:SGMA) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. SigmaTron International earned a coverage optimism score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the technology company an impact score of 47.5987310031013 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Ambarella, Inc.(AMBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Ambarella (NASDAQ:AMBA) shares fell 3.1% during trading on Friday . The company traded as low as $49.01 and last traded at $51.21. 973,626 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 8% from the average session volume of 1,053,381 shares. The stock had previously closed at $49.68.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Ambarella Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA) also is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results Thursday. The consensus forecast calls for $0.37 in EPS and $70.3 million in revenue. Shares closed at $48.89. The consensus price target is $57.50, and the 52-week range is $40.06 to $66.23.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Video chip maker Ambarella’s (NASDAQ:AMBA) claim to fame was making crucial hardware for action camera company GoPro. That main business has been in decline, though, leaving Ambarella shareholders with a stock that has been stuck in a rut the last few years. However, a new technology — computer vision — has management optimistic that a new revenue source is in the works.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Intel’s acquisition of Movidius caused serious headachesfor Ambarella (NASDAQ:AMBA), which sells image processing SoCs for action cameras, dash cams, security cameras, and drones. Movidius’ Myriad 2 VPUs bundled together image processing, computer vision, and machine learning capabilities, which left Ambarella’s SoCs behind a crucical tech curve.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS(TKC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) fell 13.4 percent to $51.10 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat earnings for its first quarter and lowered its profit outlook for the year.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) fell 9.8 percent to $28.97 in pre-market trading after surging 46.29 percent on Thursday.
    Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO) shares fell 8.2 percent to $8.81 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q1 results and disclosed that it is withdrawing its FY18 outlook for adjusted EBITDA, airborne cash capex, airborne equipment inventory purchases and free cash flow.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) shares fell 7.5 percent to $3.98 in pre-market trading after climbing 22.16 percent on Thursday.
    Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET) fell 7.4 percent to $248.00 in pre-market trading following first-quarter earnings.
    Web.com Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WEB) fell 6.7 percent to $18.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Varex Imaging Corporation (NASDAQ: VREX) fell 5.2 percent to $34 in pre-market trading after reporting Q2 results.
    Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC) shares fell 5.2 percent to $7.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 3.02 percent on Thursday.
    AMN Healthcare Services, Inc (NYSE: AMN) shares fell 4.7 percent to $61.70 in pre-market trading following Q1 earnings.
    HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE: HSEA) fell 4.6 percent to $25.15 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) shares fell 4 percent to $16.66 in pre-market trading after dropping 2.86 percent on Thursday.
    Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (NASDAQ: MLCO) fell 4 percent to $30.65 in pre-market trading.
    Century Aluminum Co (NASDAQ: CENX) fell 4 percent to $15.76 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE: HSBC) shares fell 3.5 percent to $48.10 in pre-market tr

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) shares reached a new 52-week high and low during trading on Friday . The stock traded as low as $7.59 and last traded at $7.74, with a volume of 559325 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $8.02.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: General Employment Enterprises, Inc.(JOB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) shares jumped 26.5 percent to $6.9042. Blink Charging reported Q1 net income of $2.2 million, versus a year-ago net loss of $3.1 million.
    Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO) shares climbed 17.4 percent to $3.11. Eleven Biotherapeutics posted a Q1 loss of $0.11 per share.
    Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BDL) shares jumped 17 percent to $27.97 following Q2 results. Flanigan's Enterprises posted Q2 earnings of $0.75 per share on sales of $29.456 million.
    Borqs Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRQS) rose 15.8 percent to $8.05 after reporting Q1 results.
    Abaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABAX) jumped 15.3 percent to $82.75. Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) announced plans to acquire Abaxis for $83 per share in cash.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) gained 15.1 percent to $6.33.
    Gemphire Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: GEMP) rose 13.8 percent to $6.27.
    Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) gained 12.8 percent to $5.98. H.C. Wainwright initiated coverage on Enphase Energy with a Buy rating.
    PetIQ Inc (NASDAQ: PETQ) shares surged 12.1 percent to $21.68 after reporting a first-quarter sales beat.
    NF Energy Saving Corporation (NASDAQ: NFEC) climbed 11.6 percent to $2.399.
    Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: AHPI) surged 11.4 percent to $3.0643.
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) gained 11.1 percent to $24.40 after the company reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and issued strong first-quarter earnings guidance.
    Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) rose 10.9 percent to $3.16.
    Sea Limited (NYSE: SE) gained 10.1 percent to $11.71 after reporting Q1 results.
    GEE Group, Inc. (NYSE: JOB) climbed 7.9 percent to $2.61 following Q2 results.
    The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKS) gained 7.6 percent to $2.41 after reporting Q1 results.
    Biolinerx Ltd/S ADR (NASDAQ: BLRX) rose 7.3 percent to $0.8798 after the company was granted a patent approval. The clinical-st
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares rose 78.82 percent to close at $7.26 on Monday.
    GEE Group, Inc. (NYSE: JOB) shares jumped 18 percent to close at $2.36.
    McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) climbed 15.7 percent to close at $7.00 after the UK-based offshore oil service company Subsea 7 made an unsolicited bid to buy McDermott for $7 per share. However, the acquisition offer is contingent on McDermot terminating its pending merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company.
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) gained 17.21 percent to close at $3.61.
    Stars Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TSG) rose 14.16 percent to close at $33.45. Stars Group Inc (NASDAQ: TSG) announced plans to acquire Sky Betting & Gaming for $4.7 billion.
    China Internet Nationwide Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: CIFS) shares jumped 12.79 percent to close at $25.58.
    Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS) shares gained 11.52 percent to close at $15.00. Nautilus is expected to release Q1 results on May 7, 2018. Craig-Hallum initiated coverage on Nautilus with a Buy rating and a $19.00 price target.
    Box, Inc. (NYSE: BOX) rose 10.94 percent to close at $22.91.
    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares rose 10.76 percent to close at $26.05. Credit Suisse upgraded Insmed from Neutral to Outperform.
    NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT) shares rose 10.02 percent to close at $6.48.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares gained 8.37 percent to close at $2.46 on Monday after falling 10.98 percent on Friday.
    Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD) shares gained 7.81 percent to close at $11.11.
    Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC) shares rose 7.26 percent to close at $70.31. CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) announced plans to acquire Vectren for $72 per share in cash.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) rose 6.66 percent to close at $74.45 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and raised its FY18 earnings outlook.
    Hanesbrands Inc.
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Valeritas Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: VLRX) shares jumped 17 percent to $3.65.
    Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD) shares rose 13.5 percent to $11.70.
    McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) gained 11.6 percent to $6.75 after the UK-based offshore oil service company Subsea 7 made an unsolicited bid to buy McDermott for $7 per share. However, the acquisition offer is contingent on McDermot terminating its pending merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company.
    Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS) shares jumped 11.2 percent to $14.95. Nautilus is expected to release Q1 results on May 7, 2018. Craig-Hallum initiated coverage on Nautilus with a Buy rating and a $19.00 price target.
    GEE Group, Inc. (NYSE: JOB) shares gained 11 percent to $2.2199.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) surged 10.8 percent to $4.50.
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) rose 10.1 percent to $3.39.
    Stars Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TSG) climbed 9.6 percent to $32.10. Stars Group Inc (NASDAQ: TSG) announced plans to acquire Sky Betting & Gaming for $4.7 billion.
    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares jumped 9.1 percent to $25.66. Credit Suisse upgraded Insmed from Neutral to Outperform.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) rose 8.4 percent to $75.65 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and raised its FY18 earnings outlook.
    Command Security Corporation (NYSE: MOC) shares gained 6.4 percent to $3.0960 after the company disclosed a $23 million five-year contract with LaGuardia Gateway Partners for LaGuardia Airport New Central Terminal Building.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) rose 6.2 percent to $2.41 after falling 10.98 percent on Friday.
    Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC) shares rose 5.7 percent to $69.31. CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) announced plans to acquire Vectren for $72 per share in cash.
    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) gained 4.9 percent to $18.035. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Hanesbrands from Hold to Buy.
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Time to Buy Shares of 3M Company and Illinois Tool Works?

The recent stock market volatilityis likely to be creating some entry points into high-quality companies for long-term investors. With this mind, I thought I’d take a look at industrials Illinois Tool Works and 3M Company. Both stocks have an enviable record of margin expansion and profit growth, and both have double-digit EPS growth in their sights for the next few years. Is it time to buy them? And if it is, which stock should you prefer?

MMM Chart

MMM data by YCharts.

Midterm aims

Both companies are very well run,the midterm plans of Illinois Tool Works and 3M Company. imply both companies can achieve double-digit earnings growth.Here’s a summation of their projections for the next few years.

Company

Period

Organic Growth Goal

EPS Growth Goal

Illinois Tool Works (NYSE:ITW)

2018-2022

3%-5%

8%-10%

3M Company (NYSE:MMM)

2016-2020

2%-5%

8%-11%

Data source: Company presentations.

There’s no doubt that both are good companies, but are they good investments on a risk/reward basis?

Valuations look historically stretched

One way to look at valuations is to compare forward valuation estimates — in this case, analyst consensus for one year ahead — with historical averages. As you can see below, both stocks are trading at forward price-to-earnings ratios of around 20.5, and outside of the periods following recessions, the stocks look expensive compared to historical P/E valuations.

MMM PE Ratio (Forward) Chart

MMM PE Ratio (Forward) data by YCharts.

Frankly, it looks like both companies are going to have to have a blemish-free 2018 in order to merely make their stocks close to fairly valued.

Earnings upside potential in 2018

In a nutshell, I think the odds of achieving analyst estimates for the next few years are pretty much 50-50. On the positive side, the industrial economy looks set to improve — that’s good news for both companies’ cyclical industries like welding, construction products, and polymers and fluids (Illinois Tool Works) and industrial abrasives/adhesives, safety equipment, and electronics (3M Company).

Moreover, both companies have a history of margin expansion on their side, with Illinois Tool Workscontinuing to expect margin expansion from its self-help enterprise initiatives.

Why earnings could be challenged

On the other hand, there’s downside potential as well. Outside of therisk of the economy slowing, I have three concerns for 3M Company and two for Illinois Tool Works.

First, both companies have significant automotive production exposure — 23% of Illinois Tool Works revenue in 2017, and 3M’s industrial segment (which has significant automotive exposure) generated 34% of 2017 revenue–and it’s a market that appears to have plateaued. Despite a jump in March, U.S. light vehicle sales are now only growing at a 17.5 million seasonally adjusted annual rate — as you can see below it’s a rate first breached in the middle of 2015.

US Light Vehicle Retail Sales Chart

US Light Vehicle Retail Sales data by YCharts.

Second, both companies have been expanding margin but are coming under pressure from rising material costs and haven’t been able to increase pricing as much as might have been hoped. In short, margins have been growing because volume growth has been strong, rather than any increase in pricing. As you can see below, 3M’s organic sales growth has largely come from volume increases.

Graph showing 3M's margin growth

Data source: 3M Company presentations.

Illinois Tool Works reports metrics in a slightly different way, but as you can see below, margin expansion has been coming from volume growth and enterprise initiatives rather than an improving price/cost dynamic.

Graph showing Illinois Tool Works margin expansion

Data source: Illinois Tool Works presentations. bp is basis points, where 100 bp equals 1%.

The problem with relying on volume growth for margin expansion is that if the economy slows and volumes contract, then margin could come under significant pressure.

Third, speaking at the recent Bank of Americaglobal industrials conference, 3M COO Mike Roman indicated that first-quarter 2018 organic sales growth would come in toward the low end of its full-year guidance for 3%-5% growth. He cited slow automotive markets as one of the main reasons (the other was consumer electronics). This is a sign that 3M’s full-year automotive sales growth target could come under threat.

Finger touching a screen showing a falling stock price graphic

Image source: Getty Images.

Stocks to buy?

Despite the recent pullback in the market, I think both stocks still aren’t quite buys yet. Their forward valuations don’t make them appear to be good values and I think the risks to their mid-term earnings guidance is a toss-upOf the two, Illinois Tool Works is probably better on a risk/reward basis, but for now, it’s hard to make a compelling case for buying either stock.

Best Tech Stocks For 2018

Citigroup’s Andrew Kaplowitz and Vladimir Bystricky visited General Electric’s (GE) gas turbine factory in South Carolina…and like what they see:

Weve only been covering GE for a couple of months, but weve been covering industrial companies for a long time and we do know a well-run facility when we see it. After visiting GEs Gas Turbine Facility in Greenville, we are more confident that GEs Power business (including the newly acquired Alstom) will be a meaningful driver of our estimated mid-teens EPS growth through 2018. We think a combination of a successful Alstom integration, the significant positive impact of GEs H Turbine ramp-up, and GEs enhanced digital capability should result in a significantly improved competitive position, enhanced ability to price, and a stronger tailwind to service for the company.

One important point to highlight before we get to the main takeaways of our meeting with GE Power management and that is service-related growth seems to be the common denominator across GEs new power portfolio…management does seem excited about the service opportunities provided by the GE-Alstom combination and the ramp-up and installation of a new generation of H Turbines. Given GEs acquisition of Alstom, GEs installed base has risen 50%, which GE can now pursue with greater service penetration. Arguably just as importantly, we get the sense that with GEs improved technology capability on the whole gas plant island, Power management feels like it can go after competitors installed base for service as well.

Best Tech Stocks For 2018: Illinois Tool Works Inc.(ITW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    There are lots of stories like that out there these days. People were perplexed about the Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and Cummins Engine (CMI) and Caterpillar (CAT) quarters, but they turned out to be classic buying opportunities after years of being sell opportunities if the stocks had run. I can’t explain to you how amazing that is. Here are three stocks that have spent months and months in purgatory when they have missed or guided down or slashed forecasts. Now they are up gigantically.

Best Tech Stocks For 2018: Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (The)(IPG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.94, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.96 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.

     

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Arconic Inc (NYSE: ARNC) and Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG).

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 59.42% to $280.90 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COS has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 8.14%.

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    Interpublic is our income play in our media universe. While other stocks we cover offer a higher yield than IPG’s 2.1%, the company’s double digit EPS growth projections for 2016 (following an estimated 18% in 2015) will also likely be a driver of outperformance for the year. While results can be somewhat volatile for IPG, we would point to record new business win backlog this year, which improves our conviction that the better than average recent organic revenue growth trends will continue next year. At 18x our 2016 EPS estimate, we find IPG shares attractive at current levels for another projected year of healthy double digit total returns. 

Best Tech Stocks For 2018: Renesola Ltd.(SOL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 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
  • [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 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.

Best Tech Stocks For 2018: Insperity, Inc.(NSP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Insperity Inc. (NYSE: NSP) also had a large-scale seller on the desk, and it was another well-known hedge fund. Value Act, which also serves as a director at the company, sold a total of 226,000 shares of the stock at prices that ranged from $71.22 to $72.41. The total for the sale was set at $16 million.Insperity provides an array of human resources and business solutions to enhance business performance for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. The shares closed the day on Friday at $71.85.

7 Dividend Growth Stocks Worth Owning

Do you invest in dividend growth stocks? If you don’t, you ought to consider doing so. These dividend stocks to buy could be your ticket to a better retirement.

Many dividend investors get caught up focusing on yield when the growth is what’s truly important. By utilizing the power of compound interest, investors can achieve higher returns by merely owning the stocks of companies who regularly hike their dividends.

A Canadian finance site, Hardbacon, provides an excellent example why investing in dividend growth stocks is a sound idea:

“If you invest in a stock which pays $1 in dividends a year and costs $25, it means it yields 4% at the time you buy it (dividend yield on cost),” wrote Sam Kovacs. “If the company increases its dividend 10 cents every year, in 10 years those same stocks which you bought for $25 will be paying out $2 in dividends, an outstanding 8% yield on cost.”

That’s the power of income-growth stocks. Here are seven dividend stocks to buy that are worth owning. If that’s not enough to get your mouth salivating, each has hiked its dividends in 2017 by 20% or more!

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If I told you that I could sell you a dividend growth stock that’s increased its annual payout for 14 consecutive years, is yielding more than 2%, and raised its 2017 dividend by 21.4%, you’d want to know more.

But slap this description on Minneapolis-based Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE:BBY) and you’re likely to turn very skeptical. After all, Best Buy is supposed to be getting slaughtered in the electronics arena by Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).

Not so fast.

Take a quick look at Best Buy’s stock chart and you’ll see that it’s currently trading within 3% of its all-time high of $69.39. In 2017, it gained 64% on the year and that’s after a 45% gain in 2016.

During the critical holiday shopping season, Best Buy held its own against Amazon according to industry analysis.

I’ve been a fan of CEO Hubert Joly all the way back to 2013 when the former hospitality executive implemented his turnaround plan for the electronics retailer.

Don’t be fooled by the company’s so-called weak Q3 2017 results. Same-store sales grew 4.4% and it earned 78 cents a share despite lowering prices to match Amazon, etc.

Best Buy could easily hit $100 in 2018.

Dividend Stocks to Buy: Vail Resorts (MTN) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mtnmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mtnmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mtnmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mtnmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mtnmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mtnmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mtnmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mtnmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mtnmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mtnmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

The U.S. economy is unbelievably healthy right now and nobody benefits more from this than Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:MTN), North America’s largest operator of ski resorts.

Its stock hasn’t had a down year since 2011 and although it’s down in early 2018 trading, all the signs point to another stellar year on the slopes.

“We have continued to drive significant growth in our destination markets which represent approximately 60% of our increase in pass units,” CEO Rob Katz said recently. “We continue to see strength across all geographies, with particularly strong performance in Northern California, the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast and continued solid growth in Colorado and British Columbia.“

The sale of season passes as of the beginning of December were up 14% in units and 20% in dollars over last year; they’re not headed downhill anytime soon.

Acquisitions drive Vail Resort’s growth — Whistler Blackcomb being its most significant to date — and it’s not about to stop looking for resorts to buy that cater to both the affluent destination visitor as well as the local season-pass skier.

We might be aging but not quickly enough to slow Vail Resorts over the next decade. MTN might be the best dividend growth stock of the bunch.

Dividend Stocks to Buy: Oneok (ONE) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/naturalgasmsn-1-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/naturalgasmsn-1-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/naturalgasmsn-1-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/naturalgasmsn-1-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/naturalgasmsn-1-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/naturalgasmsn-1-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/naturalgasmsn-1-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/naturalgasmsn-1-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/naturalgasmsn-1-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Andy Arthur via Flickr

Higher energy prices to a limited extent drive stocks like Oneok, Inc. (NYSE:OKE), one of the biggest midstream service providers in the U.S.

As most of the Northeast fight a brutal winter storm early in 2018, natural gas prices have spiked to unprecedented levels; a problem made worse by the fact there’s a shortage of pipelines shipping natural gas to cities like New York and Boston.

Oneok can’t help with the Northeast as its pipelines and processing facilities are primarily west of the Mississippi River. However, it can help with the processing and shipping of natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the regions it serves.

On January 4 it announced that it’s building $1.4 billion pipeline to transport NGLs from the Rocky Mountains to its Mid-Continent NGL facilities providing the middle part of the country with a more significant energy supply.

In 2017, OKE stock was relatively flat, down 2% on the year, significantly lower than the S&P 500, which was up 22%.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that Oneok upped its annual dividend this past year by 21.1% to $2.98, providing a juicy 5.3% yield — double the 10-year U.S. Treasury.

As energy stocks go, Oneok’s a keeper.

Dividend Stocks to Buy: Federal Agricultural Mortgage (AGM) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/indoorfarmingmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/indoorfarmingmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/indoorfarmingmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/indoorfarmingmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/indoorfarmingmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/indoorfarmingmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/indoorfarmingmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/indoorfarmingmsn-91×50.jpg 91w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/indoorfarmingmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/indoorfarmingmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

This mostly unheralded stock is currently trading within 5% of its all-time high of $80.47. In 2017, it was up 39%, which followed an 85% gain in 2016. Over the past decade, it’s achieved an annualized total return of 12%, 300 basis points better than the S&P 500.

Currently yielding 1.9% after all of these gains, Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp. (NYSE:AGM), better known as Farmer Mac, continues to be the agricultural industry’s best friend providing credit to agricultural lenders and businesses across the U.S.

With the need for food production likely to remain high indefinitely combined with a rigorous underwriting process, an investment in Farmer Mac is as reliable as they come.

In 2017, Farmer Mac upped the annual dividend by 38.5% to $1.44 a share. That’s money in the bank. Five years ago, AGM stock paid an annual dividend of just $0.48. In 2016, the company initiated a 30% payout target of core earnings which should keep the dividend growing at double digits on an annual basis.

If you like a little capital appreciation with your dividend growth stocks, AGM is for you.

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Can you guess the last time UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) stock lost money on an annual basis? Try the Reagan era. I’m just kidding. It was 2008. Since then it’s rattled off nine consecutive years of gains.

UNH operates two business segments: Health Benefits, which provides healthcare insurance to millions of Americans and Optum, its provider of healthcare services. Together, they play a big part in the wellness of America.

In December, UNH announced that it was buying the Davita Medical Group for $4.9 billion from Davita Inc (NYSE:DVA). Davita wants to focus on its dialysis business, so Optum was a natural home for the company’s nearly 300 clinics and six outpatient surgical centers.

When you’ve got a market cap of nearly $220 billion like UnitedHealth, a $4.9 billion acquisition is coffee money — but it provides additional growth for Optum, so it’s a win/win.

Bottom line: UNH stock isn’t a big yielder at 1.3%, but it’s track record of growing its stock price should be enough for most investors.

Dividend Stocks to Buy: Illinois Tool Works (ITW) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/itwmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/itwmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/itwmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/itwmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/itwmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/itwmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/itwmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/itwmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/itwmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/itwmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Of all 31 stocks on my list, Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) has the fifth-longest streak for the consecutive number of years raising its annual dividend at 43. In 2017, it raised its dividend by 20.0% to $3.12 per share. Since 2012, it’s grown its annual dividend by 15% on a compounded basis with the last two years seeing increases above that average.

Yes, it only yields 1.9%, but the dividend yield isn’t nearly as important as the dividend growth because a growing dividend typically is the result of growing earnings.

Usually, I’m not a fan of share repurchases, but ITW does a good job keeping track of how it’s doing on its buybacks. Over the past five years it’s repurchased $11.4 billion of its shares reducing the share count by 28%, but more importantly, earning a 24% internal rate of return on those purchases.

Even better, over half the $11.4 billion was used to buy shares in 2013 and 2014 at prices of $85 or less — it currently trades at $166.

Over the past five years, the industrial conglomerate’s been on a transformation to building a business that’s growing its margins and organic revenues while responsibly allocating capital.

Frankly, Illinois Tool Works is what General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) ought to aspire to.

Dividend Stocks to Buy: Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cakemsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cakemsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cakemsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cakemsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cakemsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cakemsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cakemsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cakemsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cakemsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cakemsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Who doesn’t love the Cheesecake Factory Inc (NASDAQ:CAKE)?

Seriously, anyone who doesn’t enjoy a meal at the restaurant chain best known for its variety of cheesecake desserts every now and again, really has a hard time letting loose.

Sure, it’s not gourmet, but when you’ve managed to increase your dividend by 20.8% in a single year and your stock is currently yielding 2.3%, the cheesecake isn’t the only thing worth trying at the California company.

The Cheesecake Factory might be old news in the U.S., but here in Canada where I live, the first location just opened this past November in Toronto at Yorkdale Mall, Canada’s most productive mall regarding sales per square foot.

Lineups were snaking through the mall of people trying to get their fill. Canada could easily use another 19 or 20. It will do very well here despite the fact Canadians have a hard time getting excited about cookie-cutter restaurant chains.

Cheesecake Factory’s financials might not be as strong as past years but its growth drivers — Canada, getting its cheesecake and other desserts into the grocery stores and investments in North Italia and Flower Child restaurants — suggest it’s got plenty to push the stock higher in the coming years.

As of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A) had an impressive Monday as the company’s stock briefly topped the $300,000 mark before sliding back down a bit.

The stock’s recent surge could be at least partially related to the fact that the GOP tax plan looms on the horizon and such a large tax reform in the U.S. could reshape the face of certain major companies such as Warren Buffett’s hedge fund.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Illinois Tool Works Inc.(ITW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    There are lots of stories like that out there these days. People were perplexed about the Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and Cummins Engine (CMI) and Caterpillar (CAT) quarters, but they turned out to be classic buying opportunities after years of being sell opportunities if the stocks had run. I can’t explain to you how amazing that is. Here are three stocks that have spent months and months in purgatory when they have missed or guided down or slashed forecasts. Now they are up gigantically.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Daimler AG (DDAIF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Other manufacturers are also planning to produce and sell all-electric trucks by the end of the current decade – Reuters reports that Navistar International Corp. (NYSE:NAV) and Volkswagen AG’s (OTCPK:VLKAF) Truck and Bus are working together to launch an electric medium duty truck by late 2019, while rival Daimler AG (OTCPK:DDAIF) has delivered the first of a smaller range of electric trucks to customers in New York. These are designed for shorter ranges than the Tesla semi but will likely see expanded ranges as battery technology advances.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Daimler-Mercedes (OTCPK:DDAIF)

    The Wall Street Journal reported that, “Daimler plans to unveil an electric concept car at (next month’s) Paris Auto show. Leaks suggest this will be accompanied by bullish plans to release at least six electric cars”. Of course, Daimler is already quite advanced in EVs with its partnership in China with BYD. As I write this, the Paris Auto show has begun, where “Daimler Mercedes-Benz unveiled a battery-powered sport-utility vehicle, a direct competitor to Tesla’s Model X, which will have a range of 310 miles on a single charge and is slated to launch in 2020. The vehicle will be part of a new sub-brand of Mercedes called EQ”.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Apart from the locals, the global competitors have also made some quick moves to make their presence felt in China. According to Reuters, Volkswagen (OTCPK:VLKAY) has recently signed a preliminary deal to set up a joint venture with China-based Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) for making electric vehicles. However, the deal has enough hurdles in its path. Also, Daimler (OTCPK:DDAIY) (OTCPK:DDAIF) is also readying some electric cars for China under the Mercedes-Benz brand.

  • [By John Rosevear]

    So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the three: General Motors (NYSE:GM), Daimler AG (NASDAQOTH:DDAIF), and Delphi Automotive (NYSE:DLPH).

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Insys Therapeutics, Inc.(INSY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    We’ve compiled a list of the most heavily shorted stocks to show you which stocks have the most negative sentiment on the market…

    Company Name (Ticker)Short FloatShare PriceHanwha Q Cells Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: HQCL)98.52%$ 8.88Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN)91.59%$ 8.53Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE: WTW)67.92%$12.57INSYS Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: INSY)66.71%$10.74Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO)66.34%$33.17Nutanix Inc. (Nasdaq: NTNX)65.65%$31.96Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT)55.15%$ 6.06Weibo Corp. (Nasdaq ADR: WB)53.83%$55.26RPC Inc. (NYSE: RES)53.62%$21.19Straight Path Communications Inc. (NYSEMKT: STRP)49.27%$34.79Momo Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: MOMO)48.63%$26.80Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG)46.91%$44.87Lannett Company Inc. (NYSE: LCI)45.46%$23.00Gogo Inc. (Nasdaq: GOGO)43.98%$ 9.10Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA (Nasdaq: ASPS)42.78%$22.73Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE ADR: CMCM)40.86%$10.00

    Some investors think the only way to profit from the stock market is to buy stocks and wait for the price to rise. However, these investors are missing out on the massive profit opportunity that comes from shorting stocks.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Insys Therapeutics (NASDAQ:INSY) already won U.S. regulatory approval fordronabinol solution Syndros in treatingchemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) and anorexia in patients with AIDS. The company is preparing to launch Syndros soon.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap Insys Therapeutics (NASDAQ: INSY) is the seventh most shorted stock on the Nasdaq with short interest of 43.97% according to Highshortinterest.com. Insys Therapeutics is a small cap specialty pharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes innovative drugs and novel drug delivery systems of therapeutic molecules that improve patients quality of life. Using proprietary spray technology and capabilities to develop pharmaceutical cannabinoids,the Companyis developing a pipeline of products intending to address unmet medical needs and the clinical shortcomings of existing commercial products. INSYS currently markets SUBSYS庐 (fentanyl sublingual spray), CII, and SYNDROS庐 (dronabinol) oral solution, CII, a proprietary, orally administered liquid formulation of dronabinol.The Company aims to developmedications for potentially treating addiction to opioids, opioid overdose, epilepsy and other disease areas with a significant unmet need.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    There are plenty of reasons for investors to like three marijuana stocks in particular — GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH), Insys Therapeutics (NASDAQ:INSY), and Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF). In fact, there are at least 661 million reasons. That’s the amount of cash in U.S. dollars that the three companies have combined. Here’s why the cash stockpiles held by GW, Insys, and Apria are important.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.(CRZO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    In addition, it sold several non-core acreage packages. Its largest transaction was the sale of some non-core Eagle Ford shale assets to Carrizo Oil & Gas (NASDAQ:CRZO) for $181 million. These deals boosted the company’s cash position up to $525 million, which along with another $300 million in available credit, provided Sanchez with a war chest to use in pursuit of an accretive acquisition.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, energy shares fell 1.03 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included PrimeEnergy Corporation (NASDAQ: PNRG), down 4 percent, and Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc (NASDAQ: CRZO) down 7 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO) is rated a Buy with a lowered price target of $48. The EPS estimate for 2017 has been lowered from $1.65 to $1.41, and the 2018 estimate was raised from $3.90 to $4.02. Shares closed Friday at $31.18, in a 52-week range of $24.18 to $43.96, and the consensus 12-month estimate is $46.52.