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Hot Canadian Stocks To Watch For 2019

The U.S. stock markets hit the jackpot in 2017, with all the major indexes up significantly — the S&P 500 gained 19% over the past year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 25% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq was up an impressive 28% — making year-end assessments by investors a very happy occasion.

Amazingly, the U.S, markets ranked 39th out of 47 countries in 2017, making this past year a relative stinker compared to the rest of the world’s stocks.

Why the “down” year?

It’s possible that investors have figured out that U.S. stocks are overvalued relative to stocks in other countries. So, while U.S. markets underperformed on a comparable basis, it can always be worse, as Canada demonstrates.

In 2017, Canadian stocks gained just 6% on the year with energy companies providing a significant headwind to better performance. Here in the U.S., the major indexes are much less dependent on energy stocks, hence the higher returns.

Hot Canadian Stocks To Watch For 2019: Genomic Health, Inc.(GHDX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ELEKTA AB/ADR (OTCMKTS: EKTAY) and Genomic Health (NASDAQ:GHDX) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and earnings.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GHDX) insider Kimberly J. Popovits sold 10,000 shares of Genomic Health stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.89, for a total value of $488,900.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Genomic Health (NASDAQ: GHDX) and CareDx (NASDAQ:CDNA) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Carillon Tower Advisers Inc. bought a new position in shares of Genomic Health (NASDAQ:GHDX) in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm bought 75,375 shares of the medical research company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,358,000.

Hot Canadian Stocks To Watch For 2019: Kura Oncology, Inc.(KURA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Kura Oncology (NASDAQ:KURA) was the target of unusually large options trading on Thursday. Stock investors bought 699 put options on the company. This represents an increase of 694% compared to the typical daily volume of 88 put options.

Hot Canadian Stocks To Watch For 2019: Landec Corporation(LNDC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 5 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Casinos and gaming suppliers are tripping over themselves to show how excited they are about the Supreme Court overturning a law that banned sports betting in every state in the U.S. except Nevada. Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ:CZR), MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM), and Scientific Games (NASDAQ:SGMS) all released statements in support of the potential of expanded sports betting with Scientific Games saying it could be the “greatest wave of gaming expansion in the United States in the past 20 years.”

There’s no question that sports betting is already big business and legal sports betting is a big opportunity. But it could be years before laws are passed nationwide allowing for sports betting, and, as investors, we don’t know how the move will play out.

Image source: Getty Images.

The opportunity

Legalizing sports betting will bring an industry worth tens of billions of dollars per year out of the shadows of illegal betting, but it’s unclear just how big sportsbooks will be to casinos. The American Gaming Association estimates $150 billion is bet on sports per year, but that’s likely on the high side of the opportunity. Jay Zagorsky recently wrote that the sports betting industry would be about $67 billion if it matches the level of play that the U.K. does per person.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Loews Corporation(L)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    On Monday, the national average for gas is $2.875 a gallon, according to Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at the GasBuddy, a tech company that tracks gas prices nationwide. They could go higher, DeHaan said. It they rise to a $3-a-gallon, of which he gives a 65% probability, it may curb an extra trip to McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) or to a Loews Corp. (L) movie-house to see the 3-D version of Black Panther.

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    It’s not just that its general partner Loews Corporation (NYSE:L) has the ability to do so, It appears that both Boardwalk and Loews are seriously considering this option. Here’s Horton again on the call:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine cut shares of Loews (NYSE:L) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report published on Friday morning.

    L has been the topic of several other reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Loews from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 1st. Citigroup raised shares of Loews from a neutral rating to a buy rating and cut their price objective for the company from $63.10 to $30.70 in a research report on Monday, May 14th. Finally, Desjardins cut shares of Loews to a hold rating and set a $76.00 price objective on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, January 30th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $49.68.

  • [By ]

    But now, with Schultz stepping back from his beloved company, the task of the righting the ship will fall to Johnson, who took over as a CEO just over a year ago. Schultz, who had already transitioned away from running the coffee chain’s day-to-day operations, announced earlier this month he'd be leaving the company, fueling speculation he could be gearing up for a political career. Veteran retailing executive Myron Ullman is taking over as the new head of the board as Schultz departs.

    #lazy-img-328688168:before{padding-top:69.82421875%;}Schultz (L) hands Johnson the key to the original Starbucks store during the annual shareholders’ meeting on March 22, 2017 in Seattle.Photographer: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

    While Schultz had been trying to expand the Seattle company’s premium business, dubbed Reserve, along with Italian bakery Princi, analysts have speculated that these may be put on the back burner under the new leadership. The company is also facing a resurgent McDonald’s, which has been advertising $2 cold-brew coffees, along with other steep discounts from fast-food rivals.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Finally, units of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners rose 5%. The master limited partnership has seen its value consistently erode over the past year, but there’s been speculation in the last several months that controlling shareholder Loews (NYSE:L)could choose to buy out the limited partnership units. Some investors have been pleased at the idea of possibly getting a quick bump from recent low share prices, but longer-term unitholders aren’t thrilled about having held on this long only to have Loews buy them out at a bargain price. It’s unclear which side will win out, but today’s move at least makes it clear that investors are paying attention.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Identiv, Inc.(INVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    The Trade Desk, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD) jumped 36.2 percent to $71.82 after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter. The company also issued strong second-quarter and FY18 sales guidance.
    WideOpenWest, Inc. (NYSE: WOW) jumped 30.4 percent to $8.80 after the company reported Q1 results.
    MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY) shares surged 28.6 percent to $1.9541 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and issued strong Q2 forecast.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 24 percent to $6.39.
    Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKCA) shares gained 19.1 percent to $24.60. Akcea Therapeutics, an affiliate of Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IONS) announced that the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee, which met to discuss the safety and efficacy of subcutaneously injected volanesoren solution for patients with familial chylomicronemia syndrome, voted 12-8 to support its approval.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 17 percent to $10.31 after reporting Q3 results.
    ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) gained 16.8 percent to $43.1457 after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS) rose 16.2 percent to $8.60. Amtech posted Q2 earnings of $0.19 per share on sales of $32.783 million.
    Identiv, Inc (NASDAQ: INVE) surged 14.4 percent to $3.8450 following Q1 results.
    Omeros Corporation (NASDAQ: OMER) shares rose 14.3 percent to $18.43 following Q1 results.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) gained 11.5 percent to $2.71.
    Intersections Inc. (NASDAQ: INTX) gained 11.4 percent to $2.55 after reporting Q1 results.
    Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS) shares rose 10.9 percent to $8.65 following Q1 results.
    Voyager Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VYGR) climbed 10.6 percent to $18.54 following Q1 results.
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) rose 10.4 percent to $5.739.
    Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR) gained 9.6 percent to $12.69

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Carnival Corporation(CUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Carnival(NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK)is kicking off the new trading week with disappointing financial results, sending the stock to fresh 52-week lows on Monday. The world’s largest cruise ship operator posted its fiscal second-quarter results ahead of the market open. The quarter itself was solid, but weak guidance scared investors worried about looming softness and cost controls.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    GasLog (NYSE: GLOG) and Carnival (NYSE:CUK) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation and risk.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Carnival (NYSE: CUK) and Nordic American Tanker (NYSE:NAT) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and profitability.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Tuesday was a calm day on Wall Street, with several major benchmarks posting modest gains while others stayed closer to the unchanged mark. Market participants generally seemed ready to take a pause in trends over the past several days, as crude oil prices bounced back from their recent drop to climb above $65 per barrel while interest rates eased slightly lower. Yet despite a resilient market that largely avoided most downward pressure, some individual stocks weren’t as lucky. Carnival (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK), Tarena International (NASDAQ:TEDU), and Genesco (NYSE:GCO) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.(WST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE: WST) and Carlisle Companies (NYSE:CSL) are both mid-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    West Pharmaceutical Services
    This below the radar company could offer a big upside for shareholders this year. West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (NYSE: WST) is a leading manufacturer of components used for injectable drug delivery systems, including rubber stoppers and syringe plungers, and also offers contract manufacturing services to the healthcare and consumer products industry.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 5 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Landec Corporation(LNDC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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