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Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018

Your Pizza Hut delivery could one day arrive via a self-driving Toyota van.

Toyota unveiled a concept vehicle called e-Palette, which could host a mobile store, act as a ride-sharing service or deliver packages. The announcement was unveiled at International CES in Las Vegas on Monday.

The automaker said it is teaming up with a handful of partners, including Pizza Hut, Amazon, Chinese ridesharing giant Didi and Uber.

“Today, you have to travel to the stores,” Toyota president Akio Toyoda said at the event. “In the future with e-Pallete, the store will come to you.”

Although e-Palette is only a concept vehicle for now, he added that the company plans to pilot the technology at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Tests in the U.S. and other areas are envisioned for the early 2020s.

Introducing the first Pizza Hut fully autonomous delivery concept vehicle. Excited for our future with @Toyota #CES2018 pic.twitter.com/YGNQUgijha

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc(VRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) sawits shares hit a multiyear low this past week. There was hope for a turnaround when Joe Papa took over as chief executive officer,but it seems that littlehas gone his way, especially after the company reported earnings early this week. Some analysts took this opportunity to reevaluate their stance on the stock. Although this might be a buy for some, the returns look to be getting smaller.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) dropped about 6.2% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $12.90 after closing at $13.75 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $70.43. Volume was about double the daily average of around 15.9 million shares. The company completed the sale of some skincare brands to L’Or茅al.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) made waves early on Tuesday after the company offered a plethora of announcements. First the company gave an update on its late-stage psoriasis trial. Along with this success, Valeant reported the sale of a couple of its business segments, bringing in a sizable amount of cash.

  • [By Kumar Abhishek] Valeant Pharmaceuticals(NYSE:VRX) stock jumps after the company sold Dendreon for hefty gains.
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    Shares of Valeant (NYSE:VRX) jumped more than 14% in pre-market trading yesterday, after the Canadian drug maker announced its long-awaited asset sale plans. The stock later gave away some of its gains after Moody’s released a report stating that the asset sales will not impact its credit rating or outlook, though Valeant’s bond prices jumped by 4.5%. Valeant is a classic example of a shareholder value destroyer. Once the darling of Wall Street, the stock has lost more than 90% of its value since its peak in 2014 and is down by more 80% in the last one year. The stock has dragged portfolios of the likes of Bill Ackman and Prof. Aswath Damodaran. However, the asset saleprovides a ray of hope for Valeant’s shareholders.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Bond prices were much lower early in the day, with yields up by nearly 10 basis points. But fixed income has rallied back (reducing the drop by half on the day). Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) , more weakness. Large pharma lower, led by Eli Lilly (LLY) . Old tech lags, with International Business Machines (IBM) , Intel (INTC) , Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Microsoft (MSFT) all lower. Media roughed up a bit (CBS (CBS) and Comcast (CMCSA) ). The Ugly
    Gold down another $23 to $1,188 (SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) down $2.25). Urban Outfitters (URBN) down $5. NOTE: There will be no “Takeaways” today!   Happy Thanksgiving. Position: Long GLD small, SDS large, JCP large; short SPY, CSCO, CAT small, IWM, TLT small.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Market laggards that could come under additional window dressing selling pressure include Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE: VRX), Endo International plc – Ordinary Shares (NASDAQ: ENDP) and NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ: NLNK).

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: CVR Refining, LP(CVRR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    For refiners, though, that spread in price led to very lucrative refining margins. As that spread has narrowed, so too has margins for refiners.

    Refining Margins Q4 2012 Q2 2013
    Valero (NYSE: VLO  ) $12.27 $9.26
    Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX  ) $13.67 $9.88
    HollyFrontier (NYSE: HFC  ) $24.00 $20.28
    CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR  ) $28.08 $20.30

    Source: Company Earnings releases

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    CVR Partners’ fertilizer plant is located in Coffeyville, Kansas, adjacent to the refinery owned by CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR). CVR Energy (NYSE: CVI), majority-owned by Carl Icahn via Icahn Enterprises (NYSE: IEP), is the general partner and owns most of the units for both CVR Partners and CVR Refining.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of CVR Refining LP (NYSE: CVRR) were down 11 percent to $10.00. Velocity Midstream Partners and CVR Refining disclosed the execution of agreements related to the construction of a crude oil pipeline from the SCOOP play in Central Oklahoma to CVR's Wynnewood refinery.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Euro/Yen(EJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    E-House China Holdings Ltd. (EJ), a real estate brokerage, gained 9.2 percent to $9.70, extending it advance to a third week. Its American depositary receipts retreated 3.1 percent Sept. 20 from the highest level since May 2011.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Brink's Company (The)(BCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    World Wrestling Entertainment (NYSE: WW) received a pair of downgrades after its earnings report came in below estimates.

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    Baird downgraded Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH) to Neutral.
    Imperial downgraded Brinks (NYSE: BCO) to In-Line.
    Jefferies upgraded AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) to Buy.
    Craig-Hallum upgraded LendingClub (NYSE: LC) to Buy.
    Deal Talk

    General Electric (NYSE: GE) was said to be in talks to acquire Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI), according to sources as reported by Dow Jones. A deal could be valued at as much as $30 billion. However, Bloomberg later reported that a GE spokesperson said they're in talks with Baker Hughes regarding possible partnerships, but not an acquisition. Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) had attempted to acquire Baker Hughes in 2014, but the DoJ sued to block the deal valued at $35 billion.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Another hedge fund that is also a director at Brink’s Co. (NYSE: BCO) was busy selling stock this past week. Starboard parted with a total of 650,000 shares of the security and protection company at prices that fell between $51.47 and $52.05. The total for the sale was set at $34 million. Shares closed on Friday at $52.00. The consensus price target is $56, and the52-week range is $26.86 to $53.90.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.(AXSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Axsome Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AXSM) shares dropped 18 percent to $3.62. Axsome Therapeutics priced 3.74 million shares at $3.74 per share.

    Shares of Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) were down around 11 percent to $12.10 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings and issued a weak forecast.

  • [By William Romov]

    Currently trading at $4.85, Manhattan-based Axsome Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: AXSM) makes drugs to treat depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and chronic pain.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, ourUnder the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stock Axsome Therapeutics (NASDAQ: AXSM):

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Axsome Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) traded down about 43% Tuesday and posted a new 52-week low of $3.20 after closing Monday at $5.55. The 52-week high is $6.45. Volume was about 3.8 million, about 19 times the daily average of around 220,000 shares. The company will stop a “futile” portion of a trial of its treatment for knee osteoarthritis.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Luby's, Inc.(LUB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Luby’s, Inc. (NYSE: LUB) is expected to post earnings for the latest quarter.

    Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLP) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $5.00 million.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Nu Skin Enterprises Inc.(NUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) is trading sharply higher on Friday, but options traders are buying puts in the name, said Jon Najarian. Traders were buying the June 50 puts and they paid around 6 percent for them, so they don't see much upside in Nu Skin Enterprises, explained Najarian. He followed the trade and he is planning to hold the position for a month.

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS) is a direct selling company, which develops and distributes personal care products and nutritional supplements that are sold under the Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands. This stock closed up 5.4% at $92.96 in Monday’s trading session.

    Monday’s Volume: 2 million

    Three-Month Average Volume: 900,802

    Volume % Change: 85%

    From a technical perspective, NUS ripped higher here right above some near-term support at $85 with heavy upside volume. This move pushed shares of NUS into breakout and new 52-week-high territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $88.20 to $89.69. This move also pushed shares of NUS above the upper-end of its recent range that saw the stock trend between $82 to just above $89.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in NUS as long as it’s trending above support at $85 and then once it sustains a move or close above Monday’s high of $93.33 with volume that this near or above 900,802 shares. If we get that move soon, then NUS will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $100 to $105.

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Stock gainers included Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ: MELI), up almost 14 percent, and Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS), which added 12 percent. The positive gains in both stocks were due to strong earnings reports. Shares of Liberty Interactive Group (NASDAQ: QVCA) plunged almost 22 percent on Friday due to disappointing sales growth in its fiscal second quarter. Pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE: BMY) lost 16 percent after a disappointing study involving its Opdivo drug.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Citigroup’s Beth Kite calls Nu Skin Enterprises’ (NUS) earnings and guidance “awfully disappointing.” She explains why:

    “Frustrating” Describes 4Q15 & 2016 Guidance:Nu Skin (i) reported 4Q15 EPS of $0.62, 11 cents below consensus and us, and (ii) lowered 2016 EPS guidance, from $3.25-$3.40 to $2.40-$2.60.Nu Skin had three LTO’s in 4Q152 succeeded and 1 failed. The failure had far less to do with the product than with the sales strategy…

    Is Guidance Too Conservative or Is It Really This Bad? We get that Me failed to sell well in South Korea with the 12-month cartridge commitment. But given the strength in reps globally, the strength of Youth from its two LTOs in 2H15, and good results from Me when sold in Japan without the 12-month commitment, we wonder if guidance is aggressive to the downside. Indeed, the word “conservative” was said a lot by mgmt on the brief earnings call when describing guidance revisions.

    Maintaining Buy: While we now have less confidence in mgmt, from an external perspective, to forecast its results accurately, and from an internal perspective, to course correct quicklyi.e., why didn’t they drop the 12-month plan for Me in South Korea when it so obviously wasn’t workingwe are still confident in Youth & Me. The rep growth in South Asia/Pacific from Youth in 3Q led to better 4Q sales than we’d expected, Youth’s Americas LTO in 4Q drove lc sales up 26% YoY, and Me not only sold through in Japan in 4Q but also drove reps higher. We imagine that investors may have little patience or confidence in Nu Skin for a while, understandably. But the bar seems set fairly low now, so we are cautiously optimistic that Nu Skin can dig itself out of this hole as we go through 2016 and Me & Youth roll out more fully.

    Shares of Nu Skin have tumbled 13% to $27.31 at 2:11 p.m. today.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Oak Valley Bancorp (CA)(OVLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, financial shares fell 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), down 7 percent, and AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) down 5 percent.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.(CRBP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sean Williams]

    This rapid growth in legal pot has create quite the demand for marijuana stocks. The seven largest marijuana stocks by market cap have all put on a show over the past couple of years. Here are those seven “green giants” listed with their market caps as of March 17, 2017, along with their trailing one-year total returns.

    GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH): $3.0 billion, up 64% Canopy Growth Corp. (NASDAQOTH:TWMJF): $904 million, up 259% Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF) $440 million, up 381% Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF): $482 million, up 299% AXIM Biotechnologies (NASDAQOTH:AXIM): $562 million, up 1,720% Corbus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CRBP): $450 million, up 431% Medical Marijuana (NASDAQOTH:MJNA): $221 million, up 254%

    As you can see, these are some hefty valuations — and some exceptionally strong moves higher on the heels of marijuana’s expansion. With the exception of GW Pharmaceuticals, every one of the largest marijuana stocks has at least tripled in value over the trailing 12 months, with cannabinoid-based drug developer AXIM Biotechnologies skyrocketing more than 1,700%!

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Corbus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CRBP) managed to become one of the top-performing biotech stocks on the market in 2016. Over the last 12 months, Corbus’ share price has soared 550%.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Texas Roadhouse, Inc.(TXRH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Texas Roadhouse Inc. (NASDAQ: TXRH) was raised to Buy from Neutral at BTIG Research.

    USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    Fortunately, well-chosen dividend-growth stocks can help you accomplish both of these goals. And with its powerful wealth-building combination of increasing dividend payouts and share-price appreciation, Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ:TXRH)is one of the best available in the market today.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Texas Roadhouse(TXRH) tumbled more than 12% on Wednesday as itsfourth-quarter earningsand revenue fell short of expectations.

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    The restaurant chain said it earned 29 cents a share on revenue of $484.7 million. Analysts were expecting earnings per share of 38 cents on revenue of $497.3 million.

    Same-restaurant sales grew 1.2% at company restaurants and 2% at domestic franchises. For the first 55 days of the first quarter, Texas Roadhouse said that same-store sales rose 1.5%.

    The company also raised its dividend 10.5% to 21 cents a share.

    Some analysts urged investors to keep the faith in the stock.Barclay’s JeffreyBernsteinreiterated an Overweight rating and $47 price target on thestock:

    We believe TXRH fundamentals remain best-in-class. That said, the near-term focus remains on directional comps. And not unlike the broader industry, TXRH comps eased significantly to close 2016. Such led to disappointing 4Q16 results from top to bottom. Importantly, while the brand ‘is not immune’ to industry comp headwinds, the relative outperformance to the category was maintained. Looking to 2017, key guidance metrics were reiterated. While questions remain on whether the recent easing of industry comps will persist, we remain comforted by TXRH’s relative outperformance and easing comps as we move through 2017.

    Maxim’s Stephen Andersonreiterated a Buy rating, although he took his price target down $4, to $52:

    In our view, TXRH is not immune to the broader slowdown in Casual Dining, but we believe the company will emerge stronger than peers in the next few quarters.TXRHs disappointing 4Q16 comp of +1.3% (blended) was pulled down by a rare negative comp month in December (-2.1%), marking the first time this occurred in almost four years. Comps were +3% or better in both October and November, and comps so far in 1Q17 are positive despite a stormy start to the quarter in

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Steakhouse chain Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ:TXRH) has had to deal with an extremely difficult business environment for restaurant companies, and investors know all too well how tough times can hurt major players in the industry. Last quarter, Texas Roadhouse disappointed investors with sluggish results, and the company wanted to start 2017 on a better footing.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ:TXRH) and Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN)made large moves following their quarterly earnings announcements.

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Doug Kass fills his blog on RealMoney every day with his up-to-the-minute reactions to what’s happening in the market and his legendary ahead-of-the-crowd ideas. This week he blogged on:

How Macy’s explains itself. How the 10-year note auction went.

Click here for information on RealMoney, where you can see all the blogs, including Doug Kass’–and reader comments–in real time.

  Now You Know the Rest of the Story   Originally published May 11 at 11:03 a.m. EST   Here is a summary of the Macy’s ( M) conference call: Says it expected Q1 to be its weakest quarter of the year due to the initiation of its strategic initiatives Notes the back half of the quarter performed better than the first Says trend improved and expects the ‘trend and improvement’ to continue in Q2 and build in Q3 Cites 4 reasons for the trend improvement: Benefit from the retained sales from closed stores just started to be experienced Rollout of its pilots New marketing strategy Improvement on the digital front Sales continued to grow double digits in the digital channel Saw slowdown in traffic at mall-based stores Notes southwest region based out of LA was strongest and the Northeast region was weakest Weaker biz in the quarter included handbags, fashion jewelry, and watches, housewares and top of table Trends at Bloomingdales were similar Still expects capex of about $900 million for the year Position: None.   Auction Action   Originally published May 10 at 2:29 p.m. EST

After a weak 3-year note auction, the 10-year note auction was worse. The yield of 2.40% was almost 2 bps above the when issued. The bid to cover of 2.33 was below the twelve month average of 2.47 and dealers got stuck with 34% of the auction, above the one year average of 28%. Treasuries immediately sold off in response and now the off the run is yielding 2.41% vs 2.37% earlier today and up 1 bp vs. yesterday’s close. As the 2-year yield is up 1 bp too, the spread between the two is unchanged.

stock exchange hours: Luby's, Inc.(LUB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Luby’s, Inc. (NYSE: LUB) is expected to post earnings for the latest quarter.

    Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLP) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $5.00 million.

stock exchange hours: Jabil Circuit Inc.(JBL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL) to post its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $4.50 billion. Jabil Circuit shares fell 0.83 percent to close at $21.42 yesterday.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap electronic manufacturing services (EMS) stock Jabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL), whos biggest customer would be Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL), reported preliminary, unaudited financial results fiscal Q3 2017 earnings along with guidance that beat expectations. Net revenue was $4,490 million versus $4,311 million asDiversified Manufacturing revenue increased 14% whileElectronics Manufacturing revenue decreased of 1%. The net loss was $25 million versus net income of $5 million. The CEO commented:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Shares rose 6.3% after hours to $159.50, and made fresh highs. They’re now up 37% on the year. iPhone/iPad suppliers also got a boost: Cirrus Logic Inc. (CRUS)  rose 4.2% to $65.70, Skyworks Solutions Inc. (SWKS)  rose 3.1% to $107.50, Qorvo Inc.  (QRVO) rose 2.7% to $69.90, Jabil Inc.  (JBL) rose 1.2% to $30.78 and Broadcom Ltd. (AVGO)  rose 2.8% to $255.40.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL) were down 10 percent to $19.86 as the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its fiscal second quarter and lowered its full-year outlook.

  • [By Amber Hestla, Michael J. Carr]

    Another Apple supplier to consider is Jabil Circuit (NYSE: JBL), a company that offers a number of manufacturing services to customers in the technology sector.

stock exchange hours: Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc.(TYPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE) were down around 12 percent to $20.90 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares surged 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE), up 9 percent, and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l (ADR) (NYSE: SMI), up 6 percent.

stock exchange hours: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.(BONT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT)reported fiscalQ1 earnings before the market opened this morning with total salesdown 9.3% to $536.1 million and comparable store sales down 8.8%. Theearnings release noted:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap department store stock The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: BONT) reported Q2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Thursday while earnings guidance for the full year fiscal 2017 was reaffirmed. Total sales decreased 7.0% to $504.4 million as comparable store sales decreased 6.1% versus the prior year period. However,double-digit sales growth continued in the omnichannel, which reflects sales via the Company’s website, mobile site, and its Let Us Find It customer service program, as the Company leveraged its West Jefferson facility and store-fulfillment network. The net loss was $33.2 million versus a net loss of $38.7 million.The CEO commented:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Lastly, there are a few department-store chains that have been struggling mightily. Sears tops the list, of course. Bon-Ton Stores (NASDAQ:BONT) and Neiman Marcus are also in serious trouble. All three chains have too much debt and have been reporting some of the worst sales results in the industry.

stock exchange hours: Rubicon Technology, Inc.(RBCN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap LED semiconductor stockRubicon Technology (NASDAQ: RBCN):

    Rubicon Technology isn’t going to be a monster-sized winner for us, even if things go perfectly. About the best downside target we could hope for is the $0.60 area, where the stock was launched into an unsustainable uptrend a week ago. But, it’s a high-odds trade we can’t pass up. Yesterday’s doji bar after a big rally was a warning sign that we were transitioning into a net-selling environment. Today’s sharp pullback confirms we’re moving into that bearish mode.

stock exchange hours: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    BMO’s Charles Sebaski explains why he upgraded American International Group (AIG) to Outperform from market Perform:

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    AIG has been trading at discount to its tangible book given its mid-single digit return profile; however, we expect AIGs valuation to keep increasing with its improving return profile. We are now forecasting AIG to generate a 9.9% operating return on tangible common equity (ROtE) in 2018, which would be a 450 bp improvement from 2016. A double-digit return profile warrants the 1x multiple that we are applying to its tangible book value per share. While we expect AIGs return profile to benefit from lower taxes, we also expect the companys life and retirement business to improve from the rising interest rates as those spread businesses are more interest rate sensitive than the P&C business. That said, we expect continued improvement on both the loss and expense sides of the P&C as contributing factors to the ROtE improve.

    BMO also upgraded Arch Capital Group (ACGL), Brown & Brown (BRO), and Travelers (TRV).

    Shares of American International Group have declined 0.4% to $65.60 at 3:36 p.m. today, whileArch Capital Group has gained 2% to $87.90,Brown & Brown has advanced 0.5% to $44.65, andTravelers has risen 1.3% to $120.79.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    American International Group (AIG) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after its earnings fell well short of the Street consensus.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    AIG dropped 8.9% to $60.85 today, while the S&P 500 gained 0.5% to 2,349.25.

    Yes, AIG’s earnings were bad. It reported an operating loss of $2.72 a share, missing forecasts for a profit of 42 cents, according to Bloomberg. And it didn’t help that John Paulson’s Paulson & Co. cut its stake in the insurer.

    You’ll notice the forecast is different than what it was in my earlier post on AIG–and an AIG spokesperson even reached out to tell me that the consensus, at least according to FactSet, should had been for a loss of 61 cents a share. Why the confusion? RBC’s Mark Dwelle and Scott Heleniak have your answer:

    In reporting results AIG has recast all of its business segments, transferring various pieces to a Legacy unit, reallocating corporate expenses and net investment income as well as making some changes as to what is included within operating income, the most notable of which is that loss reserve discount effects in U.S. Commercial Insurance (and the Legacy unit) are now excluded from Operating Income. Accordingly, comparisons to prior reported results, and to some extent our 4Q16 estimates, require some reconciliation.

    Macquarie’sAmit Kumar considers the bull and bear cases on AIG:

    On 2/14, after market close, AIG reported a Q4 operating loss of $2.72 per share vs. our estimate of a $0.52 loss and street consensus of a $0.54 loss. Results are not directly comparable to street consensus due to lack of unanimity in terms of reserve adjustment estimates. Results included a higher than estimated $5.6 billion or $3.56/share of adverse development. The company had previously announced the possibility of a material reserve charge in the quarter. The bulls on the stock would note that this quar

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Heading into its earnings following the close of trading yesterday, shares of American International Group (AIG) had gained 34% from its low on Jun. 28 to Feb. 14. Then the bottom fell out.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was yet another record-setting day for the stock market, as the Dow climbed triple digits and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite followed the venerable average to unprecedented heights. Economic data showing rising inflation made it more likely that the Federal Reserve will look to boost interest rates at its next Federal Open Market Committee meeting next month, and the ripples throughout the bond market sent many investors to consider stocks instead. Yet despite the substantial rally, some stocks missed out on the move higher, and American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Teck Resources (NYSE:TECK), and Movado Group (NYSE:MOV) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion before the opening bell. Dr Pepper Snapple shares fell 0.07 percent to close at $93.49 on Monday.
    Analysts expect American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG) to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $12.87 billion after the closing bell. AIG shares gained 0.38 percent to $66.39 in after-hours trading.
    Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed expectations. Flowers Foods shares fell 1.87 percent to $20.45 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Diebold Nixdorf Inc (NYSE: DBD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.31 billion. Diebold Nixdorf shares slipped 0.73 percent to close at $27.20 on Monday.

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Troubled action camera maker GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO) is rebounding strongly on Thursday — up more than 14% as I write this — thanks to the announcement of a corporate restructuring as well as the issuance of strong forward guidance. This takes GPRO stock back to its 20-day moving average, a level that was lost earlier in the month.

Click to Enlarge On Wednesday night, management affirmed first-quarter revenue guidance in the upper end of its previously announced range of $190 to $210 million and repeated its target of full-year non-GAAP profitability.

list of penny stocks: WGL Holdings Inc(WGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Brean Capital reported on Friday that it has upgraded natural gas utility company WGL Holdings Inc (WGL).

    The firm has raised its rating on WGL from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has given the company a $46 price target. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $40.62. The upgrade was primarily based on valuation and future investment opportunities.

    “Like many utilities in the gas LDC space, the shares of WGL Holdings have come off recent highs and are now trading at a level we consider attractive,” analyst Michael Gaugler comments. “Beyond valuation, we consider the recent announcement of conditional approval of Dominion’s Cove Point facility for LNG export as a positive development in terms of future investment opportunities, given the company’s one-third interest in the Commonwealth Pipeline project, which we believe will be revisited due to future increased demand.”

    WGL Holdings shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock has been mostly flat YTD.

list of penny stocks: Applied Materials, Inc.(AMAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Applied Materials (AMAT) rose to the top of the S&P 500 today as semiconductor stocks rebounded from yesterday’s selloff.

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    Applied Materials gained 4.5% to $31.44 today, while the S&P 500 was little changed at 2,191.95. The SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (XSD) rose 1% to $52.80, while the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) climbed 1.6% to $68.77.

    My colleague Tiernan Rey at Barron’s Tech Trader Daily quoted B. Rileys Craig Ellis in a post today, who called the selloff yesterday an unusually attractive entry opportunity forApplied Materials andMicrochip Technology (MCHP) buyers.

    Applied Materials reported net income of $1.7 billion on sales of $10.8 billion in fiscal 2016.

     

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) makes equipment that allows companies to manufacture semiconductors, displays, and other components for some of the most advanced technology on the planet. And just like other tech companies, Applied has to stay ahead of new trends so that it can provide the latest equipment to its customers.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pete Najarian spoke on CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report" about unusually high bullish options activity in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) short interest rose slightly to 15.21 million shares. The previous reading was 15.17 million. Shares closed Friday at $31.88, in a 52-week range of $15.44 to $31.97.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    The top management had guided revenues for Q3 to be in the range of $9.3-9.4 billion while EPS outlook was between 75 and 80 cents per share. As usual, the holiday quarter guidance will be crucialfor Best Buy stock as well. Investors could be expecting Best buy to crush Wall Street earnings estimates as it has beaten the high end of the street estimates in 7 out of the last 8 quarters. The earnings whisper number of 84 cents per share also hints towards that. Thefirm online sales growth has contributed immensely to the Best Buy’s earnings growth which has reflected in the stock’s gain this year, and again it would be under focus today.

    Can Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) stock still rise higher post-earnings after more than 70% YTD gains?

    The equipment manufacturing company Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) is the third major earnings for the day, which has its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings release scheduled after the market close. Applied Materials stock, also happens to bepart of our top tech stocks to buy list which have outperformed the Nasdaq Composite by over 159%. Rightly, AMAT stock deserves a place there as the stock has gained nearly 90% in the last one year. Give theApplied Materials stock’s bull run this year, the semiconductor equipment company will be expected to continue its strong earnings and revenue growth.

list of penny stocks: Luby's, Inc.(LUB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Luby’s, Inc. (NYSE: LUB) is expected to post earnings for the latest quarter.

    Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLP) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $5.00 million.

list of penny stocks: Smith & Nephew SNATS, Inc.(SNN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Carlson, CEO and Portfolio Manager, Horizon Investment Services]

    For investors looking for growth but also income, I especially like three health-care related stocksFresenius Medical (FMS), Novo Nordisk (NVO), and Smith & Nephew (SNN).

list of penny stocks: Texas Roadhouse, Inc.(TXRH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ:TXRH) and Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN)made large moves following their quarterly earnings announcements.

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    Fortunately, well-chosen dividend-growth stocks can help you accomplish both of these goals. And with its powerful wealth-building combination of increasing dividend payouts and share-price appreciation, Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ:TXRH)is one of the best available in the market today.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Texas Roadhouse Inc. (NASDAQ: TXRH) was raised to Buy from Neutral at BTIG Research.

    USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Texas Roadhouse(TXRH) tumbled more than 12% on Wednesday as itsfourth-quarter earningsand revenue fell short of expectations.

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    The restaurant chain said it earned 29 cents a share on revenue of $484.7 million. Analysts were expecting earnings per share of 38 cents on revenue of $497.3 million.

    Same-restaurant sales grew 1.2% at company restaurants and 2% at domestic franchises. For the first 55 days of the first quarter, Texas Roadhouse said that same-store sales rose 1.5%.

    The company also raised its dividend 10.5% to 21 cents a share.

    Some analysts urged investors to keep the faith in the stock.Barclay’s JeffreyBernsteinreiterated an Overweight rating and $47 price target on thestock:

    We believe TXRH fundamentals remain best-in-class. That said, the near-term focus remains on directional comps. And not unlike the broader industry, TXRH comps eased significantly to close 2016. Such led to disappointing 4Q16 results from top to bottom. Importantly, while the brand ‘is not immune’ to industry comp headwinds, the relative outperformance to the category was maintained. Looking to 2017, key guidance metrics were reiterated. While questions remain on whether the recent easing of industry comps will persist, we remain comforted by TXRH’s relative outperformance and easing comps as we move through 2017.

    Maxim’s Stephen Andersonreiterated a Buy rating, although he took his price target down $4, to $52:

    In our view, TXRH is not immune to the broader slowdown in Casual Dining, but we believe the company will emerge stronger than peers in the next few quarters.TXRHs disappointing 4Q16 comp of +1.3% (blended) was pulled down by a rare negative comp month in December (-2.1%), marking the first time this occurred in almost four years. Comps were +3% or better in both October and November, and comps so far in 1Q17 are positive despite a stormy start to the quarter in

list of penny stocks: Data I/O Corporation(DAIO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, technology shares fell 2.51 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), down 15 percent, and Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) down 13 percent.

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In 1993, I learned two of the most powerful investing lessons of my life…   I was primarily trading emerging market stocks at the time. The big story was China.   I was a broker specializing in foreign stocks, and my phone was ringing nonstop. Everyone wanted to buy Hong Kong stocks.   That was a thrilling time for me… I had never made so much money before in such a short period in my life!   I learned two lifelong lessons then… And today, we have a new opportunity to put those lessons to work.   Let me explain…   The first lesson I learned was this: When emerging markets are hot, you simply HAVE to be on board.   In 1993, I made more money – in less time – than I ever had before.   The main Hong Kong stock index went up 30% that December alone. That was the entire index – not just one stock! And many individual stocks did much better.

stock market quotes: Green Brick Partners, Inc.(GRBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Monday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedgoing long on small cap homebuilder stockGreen Brick Partners (NASDAQ: GRBK):

    For Green Brick Partners, we’re mainly feeding off of the hammer-shaped reversal bar from last week. That long-tailed low only had to kiss the 200-day moving average line (green) at $8.45 to kick-start a reversal, and we’ve seen some nice bullish follow-through so far. Ideally we’d like to see a move above the February ceiling around $9.90, but we fear waiting that long could leave us chasing it higher. See, what you can’t see on the chart (because it’s further back) is that GRBK is no stranger to multi-point runups. Based on its past runs, Green Brick Partners could be in the high teens before you even know it.

stock market quotes: ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc.(ZLTQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    This week, Botox maker Allergan plc (NYSE:AGN) shelled out $2.5 billion for body-sculpting outfit Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc (NASDAQ:ZLTQ). The pairing is a nice opportunity for both organizations to cross-sell to one another’s customers. Allergan’s Botox customers seeking a more youthful face will also likely want the better body Zeltiq Aesthetics provides, and Zeltiq Aesthetics’ customers are natural candidates for Botox injections that Allergan facilitates.

    The acquisition, though, is just a microcosm of a bigger trend that’s still picking up steam. That trend is, as the industry’s capabilities to restore youth, slim waists, whiten teeth, improve skin, and nip and tuck here and there improve with science, demand for these increasingly effective ‘tweaks’ is soaring. Names like the aforementioned Allergan, Cynosure, Inc. (NASDAQ:CYNO), Zeltiq Aesthetics and Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN) are all driving impressive growth. And, they’re all looking to expand their footprint in front of the rising tide.

    Not every name riding this growth wave is going to be a large cap stock or a household name though. There’s a small cap stock called RepliCel Life Sciences (OTCMKTS:REPCF, CVE:RP) that could soon be turning a lot of heads not just of investors, but of potential suitors.

    In simplest terms, RepliCel Life Sciences has two key sciences that serve as the foundation for three therapies and one medical device.

    The first of the two biological premises is based on the company’s non-bulbar dermal sheath fibroblast platform, and currently includes treatments for chronic tendinosis and skin aging. The second is the company’s dermal sheath cup (DSC) cell platform for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness).

    The three marketable products those two sciences are driving are RCT-01 for tendon repair, RCS-01 for skin rejuvenation, and RCH-01 for hair regeneration. The device is a dermal injector – currently categorized as R

stock market quotes: Diana Shipping inc.(DSX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Despite a lack of conviction in the market at large, some stocks posted sharp gains on Friday, and Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX), Akorn (NASDAQ:AKRX), and Granite Construction (NYSE:GVA) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX) was down, falling around 11 percent to $4.56. Diana Shipping reported an offering of $70 million in common shares.

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  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap dry bulk shippingDiana Shipping Inc (NYSE: DSX) as a short/bearish position:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX) shares were also up, gaining 12 percent to $5.91. JP Morgan upgraded Diana Shipping from Neutral to Overweight.

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  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market had a negative tone on Wednesday, although major benchmarks moved in different directions. The Dow Jones Industrials took the biggest hit, falling triple digits as one of its most influential components suffered an earnings-related drop. Relative strength in the Nasdaq Composite showed cross-currents in the overall market, but several individual stocks had substantial declines for the day, andRite Aid (NYSE:RAD), Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) were among the worst performers. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Shares of dry bulk ocean shipper Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX) surged 37% in the first month of the new year, rising from $3.02 at the start of January to end at $4.14 at its close. As the calendar moves into February, however, Diana’s shares are moving into reverse — down more than 2% since the month began.

stock market quotes: Luby's, Inc.(LUB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Luby’s, Inc. (NYSE: LUB) is expected to post earnings for the latest quarter.

    Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLP) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $5.00 million.