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Here's a recap of the options alerts from Friday, September 22, 2017. All time stamps are in Eastern Time.

11:45:04 am: NLNK NewLink Genetics Shares Up ~$0.40 Over Last Few Mins. Amid Notable Option Activity: Nov. $16 Calls At The Ask Showing Volume Of 1K vs Open Interest of 100 Contracts

11:43:19 am: FIT Notable Option Activity In Fitbit: Oct. $6.50 Calls At The Bid Showing Volume Of 3K vs Open Interest Of 51

Top Casino Stocks For 2019: Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited(MPSX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Bradley Seth McNew]

    Multi Packaging Solutions International Ltd. (NYSE:MPSX) shares jumped 23% as of noon EST today, on the news that the packaging company would be acquired by WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) in a deal worth $2.3 billion, including nearly $900 million of debt.

Top Casino Stocks For 2019: Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.(SCHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer said he’s starting the week watching for the latest read on durable goods orders, which will likely be bad. But he’s also on the lookout for Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) , which popped 6.9% today on a promised executive action against illegal dumping. Cramer expects more positive action in the steels to come.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    I’m adding Schnitzer Steel Industries (SCHN) to the Buy Low Opportunities Portfolio. Schnitzer Steel is both a recycler of scrap metals, and a manufacturer of steel products that are used in nonresidential construction.

Top Casino Stocks For 2019: United Bankshares Inc.(UBSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Salesforce.com (CRM) , American Airlines (AAL) , Align Technology (ALGN) , Procter & Gamble (PG) , United Bankshares (UBSI) , Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) and Dominion Energy (D) .

Top Casino Stocks For 2019: Coca-Cola Company (KO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    “We now view PepsiCo shares as likely to underperform Coca-Cola (KO) and our beverage coverage given continued share losses in beverage, lack of upside to [Frito Lay North America] estimates and limited strategic optionality near-term,” Goldman said. PepsiCo is a holding in Action Alerts PLUS. 

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer’s game plan for next week’s trading starts on Monday, when Warren Buffett is scheduled to be on CNBC. Cramer said he wants to hear Buffett’s thoughts on his portfolio’s biggest under-performers, like American Express (AXP) , Coca-Cola (KO) and Wells Fargo (WFC) .

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    “In the 1970s and 1980s I was drinking Gatorade — I can’t believe 40 years later the same drink I drank in the 1970s and 1980s is the same sports drink I am supposed to give my kid today — it makes no sense,” Mike Repole, the high-energy founder of upstart sports drink brand BodyArmor, told TheStreet. The data hint that others of Repole’s age (49) may be starting to ask the same question before reaching for PepsiCo’s (PEP) Gatorade or Coca-Cola’s (KO) Powerade after a few hours in the gym. 

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) traded down 0.80% at $45.07. The stock’s 52-week range is $39.88 to $46.06. Volume was around 35% below the daily average of about 11.6 million shares. The company had no specific news.

Top Casino Stocks For 2019: iShares US Basic Materials (IYM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Apogee Enterprises strongly outperforming potential performancebenchmarks like theMaterials Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA: XLB) and iShares Dow Jones US Basic Materials ETF (NYSEARCA: IYM) albeit that performance has fallen off:

Tuesdays Vital Data: Micron Technology, Inc. (MU), Facebook Inc. (FB) and AT&T Inc. (T)

U.S. stock futures are headed higher this morning, pointing toward a positive open. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is on track to break its four-session losing streak, but corporate earnings have yet to play out.

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In fact, Dow members The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) release their quarterly reports today.

Against this backdrop, Dow Jones futures are up 0.63%, S&P 500 futures have gained 0.58% and Nasdaq-100 futures are higher by 0.55%.

Turning to the options pits, volume was exceedingly low on Monday. Only about 15.7 million calls and 13.6 million puts changed hands on the session. The CBOE single-session equity put/call volume ratio fell to a two-week low of 0.61. The 10-day moving average held at 0.63.

Leading Monday’s activity, Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) call options were active following another broadside from analysts at UBS. Elsewhere, Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) options activity was the lowest in years heading into tomorrow’s quarterly report. Finally, AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is dealing with a collusion probe from the Justice Department ahead of earnings.

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Micron Technology, Inc. (MU)

Back on April 5, UBS initiated MU stock with a “sell” rating and a $35 price target. The initiation hit MU shares hard, sending them down more than 10% in the next two day. Yesterday, UBS reiterated its “sell” stance on MU stock, with predictable results.

MU stock dropped more than 3% to roughly $49. According to UBS, Micron could lose share in the DRAM and NAND markets in 2019 due to shifts in production and technology.

MU options traders favored calls in the midst of the decline. Volume was light, arriving at 277,000 contracts, or about 93% of MU’s daily average. But, calls made up 69% of all contracts traded.

There are signs that this renewed attention to MU call options may be bulls cutting their losses. Specifically, the May put/call open interest ratio has risen to 0.67 from last Thursday’s reading of 0.60. Rising pessimism amid weak price action is is a bearish signal for MU stock. Traders should keep a close eye on the situation.

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Facebook, Inc. (FB)

Typically, stocks make the most active options listing for the popularity of their underlying options activity — its inherent in the filter after all. Facebook, however, managed to make the list while posting the lowest daily average volume I’ve seen since I began writing this column. And it did so with earnings on tap tomorrow.

Total options volume for Facebook stock came in at about 189,000 contracts yesterday, volume that would be impressive for other stocks. But this activity made up only 37% of FB’s daily average. In other words, Facebook options volume was typically higher two-thirds of the time in the past year.

Despite the low total, call volume made up an average 62% of yesterday’s take, arriving in-line with typical call activity for Facebook.

Facebook is expected to post a profit of $1.36 per share on revenue of $11.41 billion tomorrow. Those figures are up roughly 30% and 42%, respectively, year over year. EarningsWhispers.com puts the whisper number at $1.48 per share.

As for weekly April 27 options, implieds are pricing in a post-earnings move of about 6%. The upper bound lies at $175.75 and the lower at $156. Given that the April 27 put/call OI ratio has fallen from 0.66 last Wednesday to 0.53 today, it appears that FB options traders are betting on a post-earnings rally.

AT&T Inc. (T)

AT&T is set to report earnings after the close tomorrow. Analysts are expecting Wall Street is looking for an 18% jump in earnings to 88 cents per share and a 0.2% drop in revenue to $39.29 billion. That said, the Justice Department is casting a long shadow over the event.

We all know that AT&T is in a battle for approval of its acquisition of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX). However, the company is now facing an investigation into potential collusion with Verizon Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VZ).

According to reports, the DOJ is looking at whether the two companies colluded on wireless-standards to make it harder for people to switch to new phone carriers. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was among those who reportedly asked the DOJ to look into the issue.

The recent negative attention has had a chilling effect on T options. For instance, the April 27 put/call OI ratio has risen from 0.41 last Tuesday to today’s reading of 0.48. Calls dominated yesterday’s volume, making up 60% of the overall activity. This may be a sign that T options traders are ditching calls in favor of less exposure ahead of what could be a volatile earnings report.

As of this writing, Joseph Hargett held no positions on any of the aforemen

Slowly But Surely, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Will Feel the Burden of Being a Powerhouse

Over the course of the past few months, at separate times, I’ve argued that sooner or later, time and competition are going to catch up with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). Though its ever-increasing size allows it to reach deeper into consumers’ pockets in more ways, each of a company’s moving parts makes the whole machine more prone to failure.

It’s a warning that also needs to be passed along to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) shareholders, particularly in light of some recent developments from its top competitors.

It may not matter right now, or even a few months from now, but other e-commerce and internet companies — frustrated with Alibaba’s dominance — are finally starting to find ways to beat Alibaba at its own game.

Partnerships Are the Key

How does the old saying go? Eventually, every contest becomes a two-horse race?

It’s not a universally true, immutable axiom. There is quite a bit of credibility to the idea, though. The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) and PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) were for all intents and purposes the only relevant soda players when soda was their core product. All other players were either acquired or obliterated.

The same idea more or less applies to AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), which dominate the United States’ telecom scene, leaving the rest of the industry fighting for leftovers and scraps.

Times have changed a bit, though. Now, an outright merger or acquisition is less likely than a formidable partnership intended to take aim at the dominant player in an industry.

Enter SINA Corp (NASDAQ:SINA) and JD.Com Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:JD). The former operates one of China’s search engines, and the latter is of course China’s second-biggest e-commerce outfit.

The two have teamed up to share information that will ultimately give both parties greater insight about consumer behaviors. Not that Alibaba isn’t armed with plenty of consumer behavior data of its own, but it’s a direct jab at China’s e-commerce powerhouse.

Were it the only team-up of its ilk, it might be able to be dismissed. It’s hardly the only one, though.

Case(s) in point? Late last year, Chinese gaming and app outfit Tencent Holding/ADR (OTCMKTS:TCEHY) partnered up with JD.com and purchased a stake in China’s third-largest e-commerce platform, Vipshop Holdings Ltd – ADR (NYSE:VIPS).

Early this year, JD partnered with Meili in a move that’s intended to woo female shoppers away from Alibaba’s Tmall.

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Then just this month, JD.com made a pitch to European makers of luxury goods, saying it could do a better job of keeping counterfeit goods in check than Alibaba has. And, maybe it can. If nothing else, the sheer size of Alibaba’s Tmall makes it difficult to keep close tabs on every listed item.

These recent developments are, more importantly, a microcosm of the competitive thinking and partnering being done almost exclusively to slow Alibaba down. When the whole world is gunning for you specifically, enough shots will eventually hit the target to create trouble.

To that end, know that Alibaba won’t be stifled by one sweeping blow. It will be nagged into submission by all the nickels and dimes it has to spend to remain the beast it’s become.

Bottom Line for BABA Stock

Don’t read too much into the warning, if you’re asking yourself, “Should I buy Alibaba stock today?” Though it’s something that may adversely impact the Alibaba stock price in 10 years, it’s not going to matter much over the course of the next 10 days, or even the next 10 months. Much can happen in the meantime, and the Alibaba story is still a good one.

You can never afford to assume an organization is perpetually invulnerable, though. Just ask the Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:KODK) or Xerox Corp (NYSE:XRX), neither of which saw the winds of change blowing in time to do anything about it.

That’s not to suggest any headwind Alibaba could meet will be as dramatic as the plunge into obsolescence that Xerox and Kodak suffered. It is to say, though, that investors need to be very careful about making assumptions. BABA isn’t necessarily the bulletproof name some believe it is.

And for what it’s worth, it’s not like Amazon doesn’t continue to face more and more seemingly innocuous threats as well.

Take for instance how Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG) got together late last year to develop a voice-activated shopping app for Google’s smart speaker.

Neither company was theoretically the best partner for the other to cocreate the platform. In both cases, Amazon itself was arguably the more potent partner. But neither company feels like continuing to feed its competition. BABA is in that same boat as Amazon.

It’s a small step to be sure, but enough small steps can add up over time.

As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can follow him on Twitter, at

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018

Visa (V) shares are soaring today after reporting earnings and revenue that easily topped the Street consensus.

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Visa reported a profit of 86 cents a shares, topping forecasts for 78 cents, on revenue of $4.5 billion, ahead of estimates for $4.3 billion.

After review Visa’s earnings, Cowen’s George Mihalos and team write that Visa is “everywhere investors should want to be.” They explain why:

Visa reported very robust F1Q results and raised its FY17 outlook when adjusting for an incremental 1pt of F/X headwinds. We are raising our estimates and continue to believe there is upside to the companys outlook. Almost all key metrics showed signs of acceleration and we expect the momentum to continue. We expect the stock to be strong in tomorrow’s trading and remain very positive on the name.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Trevena, Inc.(TRVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Trevena Inc. (NASDAQ: TRVN) reported positive results from two late-stage clinical trials that work to treat post-surgical pain. The company intends to submit these results to the FDA for a marketing approval agreement in the fourth quarter. Previously, oliceridine was approved for a breakthrough designation by the agency.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday.
    Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday.
    Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday.
    Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances.
    Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral.
    Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday.
    Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend.
    BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.
    Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday.
    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than
  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of clinical-stage biopharma Trevena (NASDAQ:TRVN) fell nearly 12% today after it reported full-year 2016 earnings. The pre-revenue company didn’t announce any surprises one way or the other. However, investors appear to be considering the near-term consequences of swelling expenses that won’t be offset by product sales anytime soon.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.(ENT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Global Eagle Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ: ENT) were down around 31 percent to $4.30. Global Eagle named Jeff Leddy as Chief Executive Officer. Dave Davis resigned as CEO effective February 20, 2017.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: ENT) dropped about 1.4% Tuesday, to post a new 52-week low of $14.29 after closing at $14.49 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $19.92. Volume was about 7 times the daily average of around 420,000 shares. The company’s CEO and CFO both resigned unexpectedly this morning.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Minerva Neurosciences, Inc(NERV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Minerva Neurosciences Inc (NASDAQ: NERV) shares shot up 194 percent to $10.39 after the company revealed positive top line results from a prospective Phase IIb, 12-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel clinical study evaluating the efficacy, safety and tolerability of MIN-101 in patients with negative symptoms of schizophrenia.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Avnet, Inc.(AVT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ: TECD) reached a deal with Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) enabling it to buy the latter's Technology Solutions business. The transaction comprises cash component of $2.4 billion and 2.785 million shares of Tech Data resulting in a total value of about $2.6 billion.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Coca-Cola Company (The)(KO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jack Delaney]

    He likes the company so much that The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) is Berkshire’s 12th-largest holding.

    According to its website, Coke has paid a quarterly dividend since 1920 and has increased dividend payments in each of the last 55 years. Today, KO pays shareholders a dividend of $0.37, for a yield of 3.29%.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) traded up 1.15% at $44.90X. The stock’s 52-week range is $39.88 to $46.01. Volume was about 45% below the daily average of around 12.8 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report," Pete Najarian said that he noticed unusually high bullish options activity in The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) traded down 0.80% at $45.07. The stock’s 52-week range is $39.88 to $46.06. Volume was around 35% below the daily average of about 11.6 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) traded down 0.85% at $87.24. The stock’s 52-week range is $39.88 to $47.13. Volume was about 30% below the daily average of around 13.8 million shares. Analysts at Goldman Sachs cut the stock’s rating to Sell this morning.

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    The issues follow a major headache faced by the fast-growing video unit beginning in March 2017, when a group of brands including Coca-Cola, (KO) Walmart (WMT) and AT&T (T) fled the platform due to ads showing up next to offensive content. Giant advertiser Procter and Gamble (PG) only returned to advertising on YouTube this week, albeit on a more limited basis than before. 

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: SPDR S&P MidCap 400 ETF (MDY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Cougar Global Investments Ltd’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Cougar+Global+Investments+Ltd

    These are the top 5 holdings of Cougar Global Investments LtdSPDR MidCap Trust Series I (MDY) – 134,036 shares, 37.74% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 9.81%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 150,252 shares, 31.92% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 359.35%iShares Core S&P Small-Cap (IJR) – 374,523 shares, 23.35% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 283.37%iShares MBS (MBB) – 37,334 shares, 3.59% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 109.88%iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond (AGG) – 34,781 shares, 3.4% of the

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=REGENTS+OF+THE+UNIVERSITY+OF+CALIFORNIA

    These are the top 5 holdings of REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIAiShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMB) – 229,390 shares, 55.6% of the total portfolio. New PositionThe Estee Lauder Companies Inc (EL) – 33,400 shares, 7.5% of the total portfolio. Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM) – 33,600 shares, 5.74% of the total portfolio. SPDR MidCap Trust Series I (MDY) – 5,600 shares, 3.8% of the total portfolio. New PositionAir Products & Chemicals Inc (APD) – 10,200 shares, 3.21% of the total portfolio. New Purch

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: The Michaels Companies, Inc.(MIK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate MICHAELS COS INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. This is driven by some concerns, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow. 

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Michaels Companies Inc. (NASDAQ: MIK) reported its fiscal third-quarter financial results before the markets opened on Thursday. The company said that it had $0.44 in earnings per share (EPS) and $1.24 billion in revenue. The consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters had called for $0.43 in EPS and revenue of $1.26 billion. The same period of last year reportedly had EPS of $0.40 and $1.23 billion in revenue.

  • [By JPMorgan]

    MIK’s results over the past year point to the company’s success in improving merchandising, marketing, and in-store execution plus the benefits of having a functioning e-commerce website. We believe part of the challenge for the bears is both a lack of appreciation for the category as well as missing the historical context of how leadership has evolved. Indeed, the difference in focus on "the front end" under CEO Chuck Rubin (who arrived in 2013) vs. a more process-oriented and margin-focused CEO prior to his arrival left a lot of impactful, low hanging fruit opportunities. Finally, while we acknowledge that longer term the sustainable comp is lower than the recent ~4% underlying trend, we point to the low volatility of sales, high cash generative nature of the business, barriers to entry (e.g., high SKU density, low inventory turns, lack of brands), and MIK’s market leadership as reasons why the multiple has the potential to expand over time (a la AZO). Balance sheet de-levering should also make the PE look increasingly cheap over time and transfer cash/value to equity holders. 

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    42.37% is the gross profit margin for MICHAELS COS INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of MIK’s high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 6.57% trails the industry average.

    MICHAELS COS INC has improved earnings per share by 19.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.70 versus $1.04).

     

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Antares Pharma, Inc.(ATRS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Antares Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: ATRS), down 38 percent, and Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: INFI) down 16 percent.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: TNR Gold Corp. (TRRXF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    ILC is fully funded to at least the end of 2017. They have reasonable insider ownership (Chairman/CEO/President Kirill Klip owns 9.98%), partner ownership (Ganfeng 19%), plus TNR Gold (OTC:TRRXF) with 17.1% are the top 3 shareholders.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Adient plc (ADNT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Western Digital (WDC) , Twilio (TWLO) , Adient (ADNT) , Salesforce.com (CRM) , AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) .

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Even on a day like today, somebody had to be the worst performer in the S&P 500, and today that somebody is Envision Healthcare (EVHC), which missed earnings forecasts last night.

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Envision Healthcaredropped 6.3% to $65.59 today, while the S&P 500 climbed 1.4% to 2,395.96.

Barclays analyst Joshua Raskin and team write that “last night was the first bump in that road” but kept their Overweight rating on Envision,w which completed its merger with AmSurg in December. They explain why:

Over the past two decades we have seen many transformational deals in healthcare
services. A large majority of them get off to difficult starts. But then there is the bifurcation. Some transactions continue to pressure the purchaser (Davita (DVA) and Healthcare Partners for example), while others reset the expectations and then reap significant long term benefits (CVS (CVS) and Caremark for example). The weaker outlook for the newly combined Envision was not entirely a surprise in light of the magnitude of the merger. The real question becomes does the management team fully understand the magnitude of the weakness, the drivers of the weakness and are those now included in guidance for the future. We are confident that the combined entity will generate cost synergies as well as revenue opportunities that were not available to either of the legacy entities. We believe that the remaining segments, after a portfolio review that is leading to expected divestitures, will be solid growth businesses. We simply acknowledge that the path to that higher earnings base may be volatile, and last night was the first bump in that road.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Pegasystems Inc.(PEGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, Snap (NYSE:SNAP) and Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA) made big moves following the companies’ quarterly earnings reports.

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  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares ofPegasystems Inc.(NASDAQ:PEGA) jumped 31.5% in 2016,according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, largely thanks to a strong quarterly report from the business management software specialist late in the year.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sterling Construction Company Inc(STRL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Sterling Construction Co. Inc (STRL) : “I’m going to stick with U.S. Concrete (USCR) .”

    B&G Foods (BGS) : “No, we’re going to stay away. This group is a snake pit.”

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Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: ARIAD Pharmaceuticals Inc.(ARIA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Healthcare shares gained around 0.73 percent in trading on Monday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIA), and VCA Inc (NASDAQ: WOOF).

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Intellipharmaceutics International Inc.(IPCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: IPCI) shares dropped 45 percent to $1.38 as the company disclosed that a FDA panel voted against approving the company’s NDA for Rexista™ abuse-deterrent oxycodone hydrochloride extended release tablets.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Coca-Cola Company (The)(KO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    All but two of the Dow components have been in the green in the year-to-date period. Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) tops the list of gainers among the Dow components, with a 42.95 percent gain in the year-to-date period. Only The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO), with a marginal loss, and Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE), with a double-digit percentage loss, have been decliners in the year-to-date period.

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

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) CEO Muhtar Kent snagged an outrageously high bonus last year, even though the beverage distributer reported less than stellar financials.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) fourth-quarter results are expected on Friday. The consensus forecast is $0.39 in EPS on $7.4 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen at $43.13. The consensus price target is $49.87. The 52-week range is $40.22 to $48.62.