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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now

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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Strategic Global Income Fund, Inc.(SGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    SGL Carbon (ETR:SGL) received a €14.00 ($16.28) target price from analysts at Baader Bank in a report released on Tuesday. The brokerage presently has a “neutral” rating on the stock. Baader Bank’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 35.27% from the company’s current price.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Oceaneering International, Inc.(OII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    I’vewritten previouslyabout my belief that shrinking oil inventories and rising crude oil prices will spark a recovery in energy services stocks, and I’ve already explained why Core Labsand Hess Corp are favorite stocks of mine to buy. Now, after reviewingOceaneering International’s (NYSE:OII) first-quarter results,I’m increasingly convinced that it’s a great time to add this stock to any portfolio.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Oceaneering International (NYSE:OII) shot up 3.5% on Monday . The stock traded as high as $24.97 and last traded at $23.65. 84,481 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 93% from the average session volume of 1,156,536 shares. The stock had previously closed at $24.52.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Oceaneering International (NYSE:OII) warned investors earlier this year that 2018 would be a challenging one. The offshore service and product company also thought that the first quarter would be particularly tough because it’s a seasonally weaker quarter. While itdidn’t go exactly as the company envisioned, the results met its muted expectations overall.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: PFSweb Inc.(PFSW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: FEI Company(FEIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media headlines about FEI (NASDAQ:FEIC) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern. Accern ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. FEI earned a news impact score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 43.5801711111494 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd.(CHL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL) is the world’s largest mobile company. It has 900 million subscribers, almost three times the U.S. population. The company is owned by the Chinese government. The Trump administration wants to block its ability to do business in America, another casualty of an effort to keep Chinese technology companies from tapping into U.S. intellectual property.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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    China Mobile Limited (NYSE: CHL) is the world’s largest wireless operator with 894 million customers and 62% of the Chinese wireless market. As the government is the company’s largest shareholder, it’s expected to receive significant protection against foreign and even some domestic competitors.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) is generally considered a conservative play on the Chinese market. However, shares of the country’s top wireless carrier tumbled more than 30% over the past three years due to ongoing concerns about the saturation of the smartphone market, rising expenses, and trade tensions with the US.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ValuEngine cut shares of China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday morning.

    Several other equities analysts also recently commented on the company. HSBC upgraded China Mobile from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Monday, March 5th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded China Mobile from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, February 15th. Jefferies Group upgraded China Mobile from an underperform rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, March 22nd. Finally, Nomura downgraded China Mobile from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research report on Monday, March 12th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $52.00.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Leo Sun, and Brian Feroldi]

    If you are looking to buy a few stocks with that long-term strategy in mind, we have three dividend stocks for you. Here’s why our Fool.com contributors thinkTerraForm Power (NASDAQ:TERP), China Mobile (NYSE:CHL), and Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ:TXRH) are ones you should consider right now.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Coca-Cola Company (KO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Coca-Cola Co.’s (NYSE: KO) Coca-Cola soft drink is the top-ranked brand in the world for the sixth consecutive year with consumer reach points totaling more than 5.8 billion. Here’s a list of all 17 including the consumer reach points of each. Reach points measure how many households around the world are buying a brand (penetration) and how often (consumer choice) and, Kantar Worldpanel says, provides a true representation of shopper choice.

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    What do companies like Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), Campbell’s Soup (NYSE: CPB) and Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) all have in common?

    You might think not much. But think for a moment about some of the absolute chaos that has happened in the 20th century, not to mention this nascent 21st. There was World War I, World War II, Vietnam, etc. You had the Great Depression, the Oil embargo, the tech bubble, the global financial crisis… There were pandemics, assassinations, terror attacks the list goes on.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) posted better-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Harley-Davidson Inc (NYSE: HOG) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter and raised FY18 guidance.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Information Services Group Inc.(III)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    3i Group (LON:III) had its price target upped by Societe Generale from GBX 1,020 ($13.58) to GBX 1,130 ($15.04) in a research note released on Thursday. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the stock.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    CGI Group (NYSE: GIB) and Information Services Group (NASDAQ:III) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    RMR Group (NASDAQ: RMR) and Information Services Group (NASDAQ:III) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: 1st Source Corporation(SRCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    1st Source Co. (NASDAQ:SRCE) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $55.00.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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    Currently, I like People’s Utah Bancorp (Nasdaq: PUB), 1st Source Corporation (Nasdaq: SRCE), and East West Bancorp (Nasdaq: EWBC) as stocks likely to benefit in the small/regional sector.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $56.13 and last traded at $55.94, with a volume of 100 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $55.94.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Echo Global Logistics, Inc.(ECHO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Koch Industries Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECHO) in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund purchased 11,361 shares of the transportation company’s stock, valued at approximately $314,000.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ: ECHO) and C.H. Robinson Worldwide (NASDAQ:CHRW) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Forward Air (NASDAQ: FWRD) and Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ:ECHO) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc.(XENE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:XENE) traded up 2.7% during mid-day trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $11.00 and last traded at $9.60. 1,488 shares changed hands during trading, a decline of 100% from the average session volume of 400,794 shares. The stock had previously closed at $9.35.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: XENE) shares saw a handy gain on Tuesday after the firm announced positive data from a couple of its trials. Specifically, Xenon presented data from its XEN901 Phase 1 clinical trial and from its XEN1101 Phase 1 clinical trial at the Eilat Conference on New Antiepileptic Drugs and Devices in Madrid, Spain.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Red Violet, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDVT) rose 75.31 percent to close at $9.94 after reporting Q1 results.
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) shares jumped 40.62 percent to close at $4.50 on Tuesday after reporting 2017 year-end results.
    MEI Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEIP) gained 34.39 percent to close at $3.40.
    MEDIGUS Ltd/S ADR (NASDAQ: MDGS) gained 32.74 percent to close at $1.50 in reaction to its Monday announcement of a distribution agreement. The medical device company said it reached an agreement to distribute its minimally invasive medical devices in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
    Pfenex Inc. (NYSE: PFNX) surged 31.15 percent to close at $8.00 after the company announced the positive top-line PF708 study results in Osteoporosis patients that showed no imbalances in severity or incidence of adverse events.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: RKDA) rose 21.07 percent to close at $11.09. Arcadia Biosciences reported that Albert D. Bolles, Ph.D. has joined its board of directors.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) rose 20.23 percent to close at $10.58.
    Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR) shares gained 17.62 percent to close at $17.82.
    Aptevo Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: APVO) rose 17.1 percent to close at $5.82.
    Phoenix New Media Limited (NYSE: FENG) shares jumped 16.23 percent to close at $4.87 following Q1 earnings.
    Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMRT) rose 16.04 percent to close at $3.69.
    PPDAI Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PPDF) climbed 15.99 percent to close at $7.98 following Q1 results.
    Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME) rose 15.93 percent to close at $3.42.
    LiqTech International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIQT) gained 15.59 percent to close at $0.5532 following Q1 results.
    Sophiris Bio, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPHS) gained 13.92 percent to close at $3.52 on Tuesday following Q1 results.
    Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA) jumped 13.4 percent to close at $2.37.
    Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) shares surged 13.05 percent to close
  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:XENE) hit a new 52-week high and low during trading on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $8.30 and last traded at $8.25, with a volume of 4819 shares. The stock had previously closed at $7.10.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) gapped down before the market opened on Thursday . The stock had previously closed at $22.09, but opened at $21.63. Marathon Oil shares last traded at $21.47, with a volume of 12430818 shares traded.

A number of brokerages have commented on MRO. ValuEngine raised shares of Marathon Oil from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, May 14th. Morgan Stanley increased their price objective on shares of Marathon Oil from $15.00 to $21.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 24th. Stifel Nicolaus set a $18.00 target price on shares of Marathon Oil and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 30th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Marathon Oil from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. Finally, Wolfe Research downgraded shares of Marathon Oil from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 30th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $18.45.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tetra Tech Inc.(TTEK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Thrivent Financial for Lutherans increased its position in shares of Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTEK) by 6.4% during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 37,544 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after purchasing an additional 2,262 shares during the quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ holdings in Tetra Tech were worth $1,838,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Tri-Tech (OTCMKTS: TRITF) and Tetra Tech (NASDAQ:TTEK) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CME Group Inc.(CME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    My pick this week has created a faster, more centralized marketplace for bond traders… and it’s led by a guy who once worked the trading floors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). Better yet, recently passed regulations could force traders’ hands in joining this new system.

  • [By ]

    Case in point, I’ve held CME Group (NYSE: CME) in my High-Yield Investing portfolio for almost four years now. When I first took a position in the summer of 2014, the stock offered a regular quarterly dividend of $0.47 per share that added up to a modest yield of 2.6%. Many income investors skipped over it without a second glance.

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    CME Group (Nasdaq: CME) is the world’s largest and most diverse futures exchange group, operating in four segments — the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade, the New York Mercantile Exchange and the Commodity Exchange.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Thrivent Financial for Lutherans increased its position in CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) by 2.7% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 14,201 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 377 shares during the quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ holdings in CME Group were worth $2,297,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Bitcoin prices slumped under $6,000 per coin on a day when futures contracts expired at CME Group Inc. (NYSE: CME).

    But despite the recent downturn, many cryptocurrency bulls expect that institutional investors will pour into the market.

  • [By ]

    Sure, I will invest more in certain high-confidence picks than others, but without going overboard. This might limit the impact from a triple-digit winner in my High-Yield Investing portfolio, such as CME Group (Nasdaq: CME), where we are showing a 156% gain at last count, but it will also soften the blow from a laggard.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Coca-Cola Company (KO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Goldman upgraded Coca-Cola Co. (KO) to neutral and downgraded Action Alerts PLUS holding PepsiCo to sell. Coca-Cola’s organic growth profile looks to improve with 4% or more organic sales growth expected in 2018, whereas Pepsi looks “comparably soft” at 2% to 2.5% growth.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) – Jefferies Financial Group decreased their Q2 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of The Coca-Cola in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, July 9th. Jefferies Financial Group analyst K. Grundy now anticipates that the company will earn $0.59 per share for the quarter, down from their prior forecast of $0.60. Jefferies Financial Group has a “Neutral” rating and a $44.00 price objective on the stock. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for The Coca-Cola’s FY2018 earnings at $2.05 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $2.17 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $2.34 EPS.

  • [By Andy Pai]

    Later, Buffett recognized a similar brand loyalty from The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) customer:

    "If you gave me $100 billion and said take away the soft drink leadership of Coca-Cola in the world, I'd give it back to you and say it can't be done."

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Evergreen Capital Management LLC increased its stake in The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) by 33.0% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 19,041 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 4,722 shares during the period. Evergreen Capital Management LLC’s holdings in The Coca-Cola were worth $827,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Xinyuan Real Estate Co Ltd(XIN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Mixin (XIN) is a proof-of-stake (PoS) token that uses the SHA256 hashing algorithm. It launched on October 2nd, 2017. Mixin’s total supply is 1,000,000 tokens and its circulating supply is 438,115 tokens. Mixin’s official message board is mixin.one/logs. Mixin’s official Twitter account is @XIN_Foundation and its Facebook page is accessible here. The official website for Mixin is mixin.one.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. (NYSE:XIN) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, May 30th, RTT News reports. Stockholders of record on Monday, June 11th will be given a dividend of 0.05 per share by the financial services provider on Friday, June 22nd. This represents a $0.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.74%.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Wayfair Inc.(W)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, George Budwell, and Dan Caplinger]

    With that important balance in mind, we asked Motley Fool investors to highlight high-growth stocks that appear to have strong fundamentals that back up their sales gains. Here’s why Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), Wayfair (NYSE:W), and uniQure (NASDAQ:QURE) made this list.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Thus far, he has had a remarkable streak: Every one of his 14 sets of stocks has beaten the market at every annual review. But no more. The group he picked last year at this time under the theme of “stocks riding the bull market” has stuck a fork in #RBIStreak. But painful though it may be, he reviews howiRobot(NASDAQ:IRBT), Pegasystems(NASDAQ:PEGA), Impinj(NASDAQ:PI), Wayfair(NYSE:W), and Zillow(NASDAQ:ZG) (NASDAQ:Z) performed over the past year.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    One of last week’s biggest winners wasWayfair (NYSE:W), moving 20.3% higher after posting better-than-expected financial results. Profitability remains elusive for the online furniture retailer, but it’s hard to argue with its heady growth at a time when grabbing market share is the name of the game.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Stock No. 4 isWayfair (NYSE:W). Ticker symbol is W — yep, that’s right! It’s basically an internet play that somehow scored one of the precious one-letter ticker symbols that are available out there. Wayfair, just W.Wayfair is a company that competes with Amazon, butnot across all categories. Really, Wayfair is about furniture and furnishings. For example, maybe you have a child that’s going to be moving into a dorm this coming fall. They might want a bed frame. Youcould order a bed from Wayfair for that child. Thecompany does great e-commerce. It’s hard to compete, if you’re Amazon, with thiscompany, because these are bigger things to ship, andWayfair really specializes in that.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    You know you’ve had a good first quarter as a retailer when sales growth doesn’t decelerate from the seasonally strong holiday period. Home furnishings specialist Wayfair (NYSE:W) just achieved that impressive result.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Wayfair Inc (NYSE:W) insider Edmond Macri sold 600 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $116.29, for a total value of $69,774.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: China Eastern Airlines Corporation Ltd.(CEA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd. ADR Class H (NYSE:CEA) was downgraded by investment analysts at Deutsche Bank to a “hold” rating in a research note issued to investors on Sunday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    China Eastern Airlines (NYSE: CEA) is one of 24 public companies in the “Air transportation, scheduled” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare China Eastern Airlines to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and valuation.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares rose 15.2 percent to $31.90 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) rose 12.4 percent to $41.30 in pre-market trading after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong Q2 forecast.
    Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGLE) rose 10.8 percent to $8.75 in pre-market trading.
    Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ: MITL) rose 8.8 percent to $11.05 in pre-market trading after the company agreed to be acquired by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for $2.0 billion.
    Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT) rose 7.3 percent to $3.70 in pre-market trading.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares rose 6.9 percent to $7.00 in pre-market trading after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: HALL) rose 6.5 percent to $10.68 in pre-market trading.
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) rose 5.2 percent to $20.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.53 percent on Monday.
    New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU) rose 5 percent to $91.16 in pre-market trading after reporting Q3 results.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) rose 5 percent to $167.98 in pre-market trading after Bloomberg reported that Takeda is nearing a preliminary agreement to acquire Shire after sweetened bid.
    Outfront Media Inc. (NYSE: OUT) shares rose 5 percent to $19.00 in pre-market trading.
    Geron Corporation (NASDAQ: GERN) rose 4.3 percent to $4.18 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.80 percent on Monday.
    SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) rose 3.7 percent to $109.80 in pre-market trading after the company posted strong quarterly results and raised its outlook for the year.
    Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL) shares rose 3.7 percent to $8.70 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.45 percent on Monday.
    Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (NYSE: D
  • [By Shane Hupp]

    China Southern Airlines (NYSE: ZNH) and China Eastern Airlines (NYSE:CEA) are both large-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Best Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now

Social Security may be one of your largest assets. What and when you collect will make a huge difference to your lifetime benefits.

Today’s column examines divorced spousal benefits and the earnings test before and after full retirement age. Larry Kotlikoff is the founder and president of Economic Security Planning, a company that markets Maximize My Social Security, a Social Security benefits calculator referred to in this post.

See more Ask Larry answers here.

Ask Larry about Social Security:

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Can My Ex File Based On My Record?

Hi Larry, I am currently 63 years of age and recently divorced after a 20 year marriage. My ex-wife is currently 60 years of age and is unemployed. Can she collect her spousal benefit based on my account, since I am the higher wage earner? If yes, does this reduce my retirement benefit amount when I file for it? Thanks, Dennis

Best Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: AU Optronics Corp(AUO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Corning Incorporated in a largely steady uptrend since we recommended the stock while Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: OLED) skyrocketed last yearand LG Display Co Ltd (NYSE: LPL) and AU Optronics Corp (NYSE: AUO) have not done much:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    AU Optronics Corp (NYSE:AUO) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the ten brokerages that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and five have assigned a hold rating to the company.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    AU Optronics (NYSE: AUO) and DSP Group (NASDAQ:DSPG) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, risk and valuation.

Best Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Twitter, Inc.(TWTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Next week brings results from many of the largest companies in the tech sector:

    Google-parent Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) reports after the close Monday, Apr. 23
    Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) reports before market open Wednesday, Apr. 25 and Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) reports after the close the same day
    Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) report after the close Thursday, Apr. 26

    In addition to the tech-heavy week, some of the other companies on the docket are Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), General Motors Company (NYSE: GM), Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT), Boeing Co (NYSE: BA), Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM). If you have time, make sure to check out today’s market update for a look at what else is going on.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    On Sunday, speculation broke that Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) could become the latest social media company to ban cryptocurrency-related advertising on its platform.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $605.26 million before the opening bell. Twitter shares rose 0.16 percent to $30.52 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) to post quarterly earnings at $1.35 per share on revenue of $11.41 billion after the closing bell. Facebook shares gained 0.36 percent to $160.27 in after-hours trading.
    Before the markets open, Boeing Co (NYSE: BA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.58 per share on revenue of $22.24 billion. Boeing shares rose 0.18 percent to $329.65 in after-hours trading.
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN) reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday. Texas Instruments shares climbed 5.62 percent to $103.95 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) to have earned $0.41 per share on revenue of $37.16 billion in the latest quarter. Ford will release earnings before the markets open. Ford shares gained 0.46 percent to $11.01 in after-hours trading.
    After the closing bell, PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share on revenue of $3.59 billion. PayPal shares gained 0.16 percent to $75.40 in after-hours trading.
    Wall Street expects AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) to post quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $39.29 billion after the closing bell. AT&T shares rose 0.20 percent to $35.07 in after-hours trading.

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Best Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Coca-Cola Company (KO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Rounding out Buffett’s top five are Kraft Heinz (KHC) and Coca-Cola (KO) , two stocks which Buffett has shown a lot of patience with. 

    Lightning Round

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on PayPal (PYPL) , Wyndham Worldwide (WYN) , Churchill Downs (CHDN) , Devon Energy (DVN) , Discovery Communications (DISCA) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY) .

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    In 1985, The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) launched New Coke, triggering major backlash from customers. Michael Jordan was named NBA Rookie of the Year. Average monthly rent in the U.S. was $375.

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Longer-term, management discussed several margin improvements that Monster should eventually realize. CEO Sacks explained that as the organization continues to enter new global markets through Coca-Cola’s (NYSE:KO) distribution system, and partners with Coke’s bottlers, it can gradually shift production within geographic regions to local manufacturing, saving freight and import costs.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Arguably the most exciting project might be one currently under development by beverage giant Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), the U.S. State Department, and a handful of partners. They aim to create a registry for sugar supply-chain workers in foreign countries to ensure that employers are honoring their scope of work contracts. By 2020, Coca-Cola will provide data on child labor, forced labor, and land rights from 28 country-level studies; the State Department will bring its labor expertise to the table; and the other partners Emercoin and Bitfury Group will build the blockchain-based registry.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Pharmacist John Pemberton sold the first ever bottle of Coca-Cola as a medicine back in 1886. Pemberton initially charged 5 cents per glass for his carbonated concoction. Asa Candler purchased the Coca-Cola formula and brand in 1889 and founded The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) in 1902.

Best Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: DigitalGlobe, Inc(DGI)

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Best Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: AECOM(ACM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $1.85 billion.
    Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $1.99 billion.
    Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $3.63 billion.
    Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.17 billion.
    Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $926.18 million.
    The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $2.98 billion.
    Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $1.71 billion.
    US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $5.98 billion.
    DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $3.50 billion.
    Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.06 per share on revenue of $936.98 million.
    Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CWH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
    Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $1.21 billion.
    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $23.80 billion.
    JD.com, Inc. (NYSE: JD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $15.65 billion.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.6 per share o
  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Aecom (NYSE: ACM) and Engility (NYSE:EGL) are both construction companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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    Critical Comparison: Aecom (ACM) versus Tetra Tech (TTEK) (americanbankingnews.com) Aecom (ACM) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com) Long or Short: AECOM (NYSE: ACM) (tradingnewsnow.com) Former AECOM, CH2M Exec Colin Jones Named Jacobs VP for North American Nuclear Business (govconwire.com) Eaton contracting with AECOM for maintenance services (gmtoday.com)

    Shares of ACM traded down $0.33 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $32.40. The stock had a trading volume of 376,163 shares, compared to its average volume of 855,267. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.89, a current ratio of 1.23 and a quick ratio of 1.23. The company has a market cap of $5.25 billion, a PE ratio of 11.02, a P/E/G ratio of 2.17 and a beta of 1.68. Aecom has a 1-year low of $30.15 and a 1-year high of $39.90.

Best Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Cabot Microelectronics Corporation(CCMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Cabot Microelectronics Co. (NASDAQ:CCMP) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the seven ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and five have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $112.25.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Cabot Microelectronics (NASDAQ: CCMP) and Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and dividends.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    News coverage about Cabot Microelectronics (NASDAQ:CCMP) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Cabot Microelectronics earned a daily sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the semiconductor company an impact score of 46.640513544039 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Cabot Microelectronics Co. (NASDAQ:CCMP) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the seven research firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $114.80.

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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)

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  • [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)

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    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)

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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) .

  • [By ]

    “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.

stock market today

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