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Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018

Nearly a decade ago, Warren Buffett made a bet with a hedge fund investor that a simple stock index fund would outperform a group of pre-selected hedge funds over a decade.

Although the bettors have until the end of the year to settle the wager, the guy who bet against Buffett has reportedly thrown in the towel. Buffett has won handily.

Of course, what’s compelling about this $1 million wager is that Buffett, the world’s most successful investor, didn’t bet that he would would beat hedge funds with his own skill. He picked a static index fund, a do-nothing basket of stocks, as his champion.

The reason Buffett won? Cost matters. Hedge funds typically charge annual fees of at last 2% of funds under management. Then they’ll grab 20% or more of the profits — if they make money. The managers always win at the expense of investors.

Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018: Tyson Foods Inc.(TSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    On Monday, Cramer said, he’ll be looking out for Tyson Foods (TSN) , Jack in the Box (JACK) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) . Tyson is good, but out of favor, Cramer said while remaining bullish on Jack and Palo Alto.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Sanderson Farms doubling in value while mid cap Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC) and large cap Tyson Foods, Inc (NYSE: TSN) have been even better performers albeit shares are below their peaks and have been somewhat volatile:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    It’s the same mentality that drove Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), known primarily for its poultry, beef and pork products, to invest last year in pea protein company Beyond Meat, which produces vegetarian burgers.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Bob Evans Farms breaking out while a comparison to possible peers in the remaining core business shows the stock had underperformed large caps Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) andTyson Foods, Inc (NYSE: TSN) and mid cap Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC) when it was still in the restaurant business:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer recalled buying Tyson Foods (TSN) for the trust in 2015 after the company acquired Hillshire Brands in 2014. The thinking was to get in early before others realized how transformative the merger would be.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018: KB Financial Group Inc(KB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, financial shares tumbled 1.74 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Federated National Holding Co (NASDAQ: FNHC), down 16 percent, and KB Financial Group, Inc. (ADR) (NYSE: KB) down 10 percent.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018: American Superconductor Corporation(AMSC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    According to S&P Capital IQ, shares of TTOO have an average price target of $5.75, representing 40.24% upside from current levels.

    Penny Stocks to Buy for December 2017, No. 4: American Superconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: AMSC)

    Massachusetts-based American Superconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: AMSC) makes two-megawatt wind turbines under the Windtec Solutions brand. The company also sells products and services to connect electricity-generating equipment with the power grid.

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

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018: Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.(MMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuters]

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    NEW YORK — Walgreen is moving 120,000 employees to a private health insurance exchange from coverage provided directly from carriers, the company will announce Wednesday.
    The pharmacy chain will join 17 other large employers on the Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange as part of a growing movement to offer employees fixed dollar amounts to purchase their own plans on such exchanges.
    The end-cost to employees depends on the plan chosen, but they typically get more options than under traditional arrangements. Private exchanges mimic the coverage mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in the public exchanges starts Oct. 1.
    “What happens to employer contributions over time? Will they put in as much as they put in the past? These are unanswered questions but potential negatives,” says Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate with the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The benefit to Walgreen and other employers is unknown at this point, as their cost-savings aren’t clear.
    Of the 180,000 Walgreen (WAG) employees eligible for health care insurance, 120,000 opted for coverage for themselves and 40,000 family members. Another 60,000 employees, many of them working part-time, weren’t eligible for health insurance.
    Aon Hewitt (AON) says other participants in its program include retailer Sears Holding (SHLD) and Darden Restaurants (DRI). These new additions raise enrollment to 330,000 from 100,000 last year, and Aon Hewitt estimates enrollment will jump to 600,000 next year, a fivefold increase from 2012.
    By 2017, nearly 20 percent of employees nationwide could get their health insurance through a private exchange, according to Accenture Research (ACN). A recent report by the National Business Group on Health said that 30 percent of large employers are considering moving active employees to exchanges by 2015.

    Other major providers of private exchanges include Mercer, a division of Marsh & Mc

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018: Berjaya Sports Toto Berhad (BJSAF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Listed on the Malaysian Bursa and also traded over the US OTC markets (OTCPK:BJSAF), Berjaya Sports Toto (BToto) is a Malaysian company primarily engaged in toto betting, leasing of online lottery equipment, and the manufacture and distribution of computerized lottery and voting systems. As part of its diversification plans, BToto also operates a hotel in the Philippines and retails luxury motor brands in the UK.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2018: Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.(AAOI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is thefifth mostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 47.69% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is themostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 62.65% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Applied Optoelectronics Inc (NASDAQ: AAOI) shares shot up 33 percent to $30.19 after the company raised its guidance for the fourth quarter. The company now projects adjusted earnings of $0.77 to $0.82 per share, on revenue of $84.5 million to $84.8 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Applied Optoelectronics Inc (NASDAQ: AAOI) shares were also up, gaining 27 percent to $47.60 after reporting upbeat quarterly results.

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Reports suggest that Instagram is hurting its competitors big time. With growing engagement, Instagram is set to drive FB stock higher.
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Instagram, owned by Menlo Park, California-basedFacebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)looks set to become the next big driver for thesocial media giant. Recent reports suggest that Instagram is hurting competitors like Snapchat big time. Analysts estimate that the platform could contribute as much as $3.5 billion to Facebook’s top line numbers in 2017. And given the most recent updates on Instagram’s Monthly Active Users (MAUs) and Daily Active Users (DAUs), it’s likely that engagement on the platform is inching closer to that on the core Facebook platform, a trend that bodes well for FB stock investors. With each passing day, it seems increasingly likely that Instagram could become a huge catalyst, driving FB stock higher in the couple of years ahead.

stock marker: KB Financial Group Inc(KB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, financial shares tumbled 1.74 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Federated National Holding Co (NASDAQ: FNHC), down 16 percent, and KB Financial Group, Inc. (ADR) (NYSE: KB) down 10 percent.

stock marker: Madison Square Garden Inc.(MSG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Madison Square Garden Co (NYSE: MSG) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.34 per share on revenue of $325.53 million.

    Gogo Inc (NASDAQ: GOGO) is projected to report a quarterly loss at $0.42 per share on revenue of $137.58 million.

  • [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]

    Meanwhile, Mark Boyar, of The Boyar Value Fund, recommends another household name: Madison Square Garden (MSG). He thinks the Dolan family could take the company private.

stock marker: Baker Hughes Incorporated(BHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Following a series of M&A announcements in the oilfield-services sector since the onset of the oil market downturn, French oil-field service company Technip and U.S. oilfield equipment company FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) hooked up in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $13 billion. Shareholders of each company will own 50% of the combined entity, to be named TechnipFMC, which implies a roughly $6.5 billion acquisition valuation for each entity. The transaction, which should close early next year, will “combine Technip’s innovative systems and solutions, state-of-the-art assets, engineering strengths, and project management capabilities with FMC Technologies’ leading technology, manufacturing, and service capabilities.” Further, it should save $400 million in annual costs by 2019. Moreover, it will enable the combined company to compete better against larger oil-field service rivals Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), which have all gained strength during the downturn either through M&A activities or cost savings initiatives.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Evercore ISI’s James West and team are starting to feel really good about the potential of the General Electric (GE)-Baker Hughes (BHI) merger. They explain why:

  • [By William Patalon III]

    Since the moment it was announced, we’ve been highly bullish on the complicated-but-intriguing deal that would combine the oilfield services unit of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) and all of sector rival Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI).

  • [By Brian Wu]

    GE recently doubled down on its oil and gas business after merging it with Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI) and took a majority 62.5% stake in the merged entity. The merged entity is now the second-largest oil services business and will help GE take full advantage of increased oil and gas production under the new administration.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    While Loop maintains a Buy rating on all of the stocks mentioned above, Guggenheim analyst Michael LaMotte isn’t quite so bullish on the sector. Earlier this week, LaMotte downgraded the following oil services stocks from Buy to Neutral:

    Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI)
    Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc (NYSE: FMSA)
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP)
    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR)
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB)
    Halliburton
    Superior Energy Services

    Guggenheim also cut its 2017 oil price forecast from $55 to $48/bbl.

stock marker: Pacific Ethanol Inc.(PEIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Pacific Ethanol Inc (NASDAQ: PEIX) got a boost, shooting up 30 percent to $5.47 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

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The residential-solar industry has gone through some big changes over the past year. Large, national installers such asVivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR) and Sunrun (NASDAQ:RUN) have lost market share to smaller, regional and local installers, and customers have moved to buying their solar systems with cash or loans, rather than leases or power purchase agreements that drove the growth of national installers.

Companies are adapting different ways to these industry changes. And the futures of Vivint Solar and Sunrun as investments could depend on how strategic decisions work out.

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Adapting to loans and cash sales

Vivint Solar is adapting to the new conditions in residential solar by transitioning to more solar system sales. In the first quarter of 2017, solar system and product sales were $22.7 million, compared with just $0.7 million a year ago. And it generated 17.9% gross margin on those sales, which isn’t a bad start for the company.

list of top stocks: E*TRADE Financial Corporation(ETFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Neiger]

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  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    E*Trade Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: ETFC) was up another 1.6% at $32.97. Ithas a total market cap of $9 billion, and over the past five trading days the stock has gained 17%. Shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) were last seen at $39.09, up 17% in the past fivetrading days. The market cap is$74.7 billion.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Meanwhile, E*Trade (NASDAQ:ETFC) decided to split the difference. Effective March 13, E*Trade’s commission structure will get split in two. Base rate customers will see their commissions fall from $9.99 to $6.95 per trade, matching TD Ameritrade. However, E*Trade created a new structure for active traders, defined as those who execute 30 or more trades every three months. For those customers, E*Trade will have $4.95 per trade commissions, and options charges will fall by a third, to $0.50 per contract. CEO Karl Roessner said that although “an exceptional customer experience is far more important to traders and investors than price, with our new commission structure, we are able to reward our most active equity and derivative traders and investors.”

list of top stocks: Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation(AGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Finance Companies

    Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp. (NYSE: AGM): +233 percent since 2011.

    Notwithstanding the drought, seed companies and agri-produce companies have fared well. The performance of pesticide and fertilizer companies were mixed during the period.

list of top stocks: Embraer-Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica(ERJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, industrials shares fell by 0.12 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Stericycle Inc (NASDAQ: SRCL), down 17 percent, and Embraer SA (ADR) (NYSE: ERJ), down 13 percent.

list of top stocks: KB Financial Group Inc(KB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, financial shares tumbled 1.74 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Federated National Holding Co (NASDAQ: FNHC), down 16 percent, and KB Financial Group, Inc. (ADR) (NYSE: KB) down 10 percent.

list of top stocks: Virtusa Corporation(VRTU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Technology shares gained around 0.85 percent in trading on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ: VRTU), and Ceragon Networks Ltd (NASDAQ: CRNT).