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Ant Financial Services Group, operator of China’s biggest online payment platform by market share, Alipay, has closed its latest funding round having raised $10 billion from a clutch of global and local investors, five people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Ant’s first fundraising targeting global money values the firm at $150 billion, the people said, compared with about $60 billion after its previous fundraising in April 2016.

A number of global sovereign wealth funds and private equity firms joined the fundraising as main investors. They include Singapore’s sovereign fund GIC Pte Ltd and state investor Temasek Holdings (Private) Ltd, as well as U.S. private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC [WP.UL], the people said.

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Malaysian sovereign fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd has also joined as a major investor, one of the people said.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Founded in 1993, the tech giant produced the graphics hardware for both Microsoft’s (MSFT) Xbox and Sony’s (SNE) Playstation 3.

    Nvidia’s performance has seen the company’s stock shoot up from $12 per share when it first went public to over $200 per share.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Microsoft(NASDAQ:MSFT) has been firing on all cylinders. In its third quarter of fiscal 2018, revenue and earnings per share soared 16% and 36%, respectively.In addition, the company was able to return $6.3 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases during the period. Then there’s Microsoft’s impressive strength in its commercial cloud revenue, which mainly consists of Office 365 commercial, Azure, and Dynamics 365. Commercial cloud revenue in the third quarter soared 58% year over year to $6 billion,accounting for 22% of Microsoft’s total revenue.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    “Millionaire-Maker”: A potential upgrade taking place behind the scenes could send the Bitcoin price to unprecedented highs. Few people even know about this game-changer. Click here to learn how you could make millions…

    Even though Bitcoin prices have been rocky in 2018, one bull is doubling down on a bold BTC price prediction. Thomas Lee of Fundstrat Global Advisors LLC believes one Bitcoin will be worth $25,000 by the end of the year. From today’s price, that’s a potential return of 302.94%. There was fear India may issue a sweeping ban on cryptocurrencies, but it looks like country officials may just regulate them as commodities instead, according to a com report. The government now seems more interested in setting up regulations to deter money laundering than a direct ban. Finally, a new startup wants to use blockchain technology to create trustworthy collaborative databases for consumers and businesses, according to Forbes. The idea is platform users can vote on the accuracy of published information. The company is called DIRT Protocol, and its founder has an impressive history. Yin Wu is a serial entrepreneur, and she sold a mobile notification startup to Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) in 2015.
    The Shocking Reason Why We Think Bitcoin Could Hit $100,000

  • [By Keith Noonan, Daniel Miller, and Maxx Chatsko]

    Eleven years after the company’s 1975 founding, Bill Gates and the team at Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) took the company public. If you had invested $1,000 in Microsoft on the day of its March 13, 1986 initial public offering, settled in for the long haul, and reinvested your dividends, your stock would be worth roughly $1.5 million today.

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    On a side note, even tech giants — ones that do have massive amounts of cash on their balance sheet, such as Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) or Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) — have borrowed (sold bonds) to take advantage of the recent record-low interest rates. But I digress.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Credit Suisse Asset Management Income Fund, Inc.(CIK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Credit Suisse AM Inc Fund Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN:CIK) announced a monthly dividend on Wednesday, June 27th, Wall Street Journal reports. Investors of record on Wednesday, July 11th will be given a dividend of 0.0225 per share on Tuesday, July 17th. This represents a $0.27 annualized dividend and a yield of 8.57%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, July 10th. This is an increase from Credit Suisse AM Inc Fund’s previous monthly dividend of $0.02.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: lululemon athletica inc.(LULU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research report report published on Wednesday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) had its price target boosted by MKM Partners from $120.00 to $128.00 in a research report report published on Friday. They currently have a buy rating on the apparel retailer’s stock.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    It’s hard to blame people for feeling like retail earnings go on and on, but the end of the road is in sight. Today’s earnings from Foot Locker (FL) mean we’re almost there, but that doesn’t mean investors can necessarily take their eyes off the road. For instance, Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) and lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) are both scheduled to report next week, marking two more chances to get a sense of how consumers are doing. So far, they seem to be faring pretty well, if you look at the majority of retailers reporting this quarter and April retail sales. Consumer discretionary was one of the few sectors to post gains Thursday. One question, however, is if the rise in gas prices to $3 a gallon this spring might put a brake on consumer spending.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Co-Diagnostics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CODX) jumped 88 percent to $5.4500 after falling 13.17 percent on Thursday. Co-Diagnostics reported its participation in a research project with the Stanford University.
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) climbed 40.3 percent to $5.40 after the company declared a $0.70 per share special dividend.
    Future FinTech Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FTFT) rose 27 percent to $2.73. Future FinTech disclosed a strategic transformation plan including expanding on current blockchain business while also becoming a blockchain incubator, investment and asset management, training, and management consulting.
    SELLAS Life Sciences Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLS) gained 14.7 percent to $5.9522 after the company disclosed that its Phase 2b trial of NeuVax in combo with Trastuzumab in HER1+/2+ breast cancer patients met key clinical objectives.
    Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) shares climbed 14.6 percent to $120.4224 after the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter. The company also raised its FY18 earnings and sales guidance.
    FTE Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTNW) gained 10.5 percent to $20.9399.
    T2 Biosystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTOO) rose 9 percent to $8.07. Leerink Swann upgraded T2 Biosystems from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Zuora, Inc. (NYSE: ZUO) shares rose 8.3 percent to $24.01 after the company reported upbeat Q1 earnings and issued strong outlook.
    VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) rose 7.7 percent to $148.07 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Thursday.
    Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBC) gained 7.5 percent to $19.91. Ambac Financial will replace Integra Lifesciences Holdings in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, June 5.
    Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: CNAT) gained 7 percent to $4.60.
    Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (NASDAQ: KNSA) climbed 6.6 percent to $18.23.
    Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSE: FSP) gained 5.7 perce
  • [By Chris Lange]

    When Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) released its fiscal first-quarter financial results after the markets closed on Thursday, the company said that it had $0.55 in earnings per share (EPS) and $649.7 million in revenue. The consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters had called for $0.46 in EPS on revenue of $616.31 million. The same period of last year reportedly had EPS of $0.32 and $520.31 million in revenue.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Visa Inc.(V)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Eric Volkman]

    “Steering” refers to the practice of merchants encouraging customers to use one (or more) method(s) of payment in favor of another, either through discounts or direct requests (“Bob’s Beanz Prefers Visa and Mastercard”). The process tends to be at AmEx’s expense because the company charges its merchantshigher per-transaction feesthan its eternal rivals Visa (NYSE:V) and Mastercard (NYSE:MA).

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Square tethers those devices to a growing ecosystem of services for managing payrolls, inventories, customer relationships, shopping data, deliveries, website design, and financing. These services are turning Square into a “one-stop shop” that helps smaller merchants digitize their businesses. Square also offers Square Cash, which eMarketer ranks asthe third most popular peer-to-peer (P2P) payments app in America. Square recently added bitcoin transactions to the app, and partnered with Visa (NYSE:V) to launch a physical debit card forSquare Cash users.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Dowling & Yahnke LLC reduced its position in Visa (NYSE:V) by 1.5% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 92,831 shares of the credit-card processor’s stock after selling 1,395 shares during the quarter. Visa comprises about 1.0% of Dowling & Yahnke LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 16th largest position. Dowling & Yahnke LLC’s holdings in Visa were worth $11,104,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Gap, Inc. (GPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Shares of Gap (NYSE:GPS) tumbled 15% on May 25, after the apparel retailer posted mixed first-quarter results. Its revenue rose 10% year over year to$3.78 billion, beating estimates by $180 million. Its comparable-store sales rose 1%, marking its sixth straight quarter of comps growth.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Zoe's Kitchen, Inc. (NYSE: ZOES) fell 27.8 percent to $10.45 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter. The company also lowered its FY18 sales outlook from $358million-$368 million to $345 million-$352 million.
    Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIBB) shares fell 15.6 percent to $24.50 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Rockwell Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: RMTI) fell 15.5 percent to $5.02 in the pre-market trading session after the company disclosed that its President and CEO Robert Chioini was terminated.
    BG Staffing Inc (NYSE: BGSF) shares fell 12.7 percent to $19.00 in pre-market trading after reporting a common stock offering.
    8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT) fell 9.3 percent to $20.00 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly earnings.
    Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corporation Limited (NASDAQ: APWC) fell 7.7 percent to $2.35 in pre-market trading after rising 3.88 percent on Thursday.
    Gap, Inc. (NYSE: GPS) shares fell 7.5 percent to $30.49 in pre-market trading after the company posted downbeat earnings for its first quarter on Thursday. Comps were up 1 percent in the quarter.
    California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC) fell 6.4 percent to $33.91 in pre-market trading.
    Buckle Inc (NYSE: BKE) fell 4.9 percent to $24.50 in pre-market trading following weak quarterly sales.
    China Rapid Finance Limited (NYSE: XRF) shares fell 4.9 percent to $3.13 in pre-market trading after climbing 11.53 percent on Thursday.
    Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) fell 4.8 percent to $78.98 in pre-market trading. Ross Stores reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, but issued weak forecast for the current quarter.
    Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE: CPE) shares fell 4.7 percent to $11.90 in pre-market trading after the company reported pricing of common

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    For an “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down with Art Peck, president and CEO of Gap Inc. (GPS) , the bricks-and-mortar retailer that saw its shares rise over 50% last year, only to slip this year, down 9%.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Watch for Gap Inc.’s (NYSE: GPS) first-quarter report on Thursday. The consensus forecast is $0.46 in EPS on $3.6 billion in revenue. Shares closed at $31.57. The consensus price target is $34.02, and shares have traded between $28.06 and $31.98 in the past 52 weeks.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIBB) reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, but issued weak forecast for the current quarter.
    Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS) posted downbeat earnings for its first quarter on Thursday. Comps were up 1 percent in the quarter.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) was maintained as Hold at Deutsche Bank and assigned a $33 price target (versus a $32.95 close).

    Hormel Foods Corp. (NYSE: HRL) was maintained as Neutral at Buckingham Research and assigned a price target of $32 (versus a $35.42 close).

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Garrison Capital Inc.(GARS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Garrison Capital (NASDAQ:GARS) was upgraded by equities researchers at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Garrison Capital (NASDAQ: GARS) and PennantPark Investment (NASDAQ:PNNT) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and profitability.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Garrison Capital (NASDAQ: GARS) and Amern Cap Sr Fl/COM (NASDAQ:ACSF) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings and profitability.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Garrison Capital (NASDAQ:GARS)‘s stock had its “buy” rating restated by stock analysts at National Securities in a research report issued on Monday. They currently have a $10.00 target price on the investment management company’s stock. National Securities’ price objective would indicate a potential upside of 18.91% from the stock’s current price.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: DoubleLine Opportunistic Credit Fund(DBL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Doubleline Opportunistic Credit Fund common stock (NYSE:DBL) announced a monthly dividend on Friday, June 1st, Zacks reports. Investors of record on Thursday, June 14th will be paid a dividend of 0.167 per share by the investment management company on Friday, June 29th. This represents a $2.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 9.41%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, June 13th.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News headlines about Doubleline Opportunistic Credit Fund common stock (NYSE:DBL) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Doubleline Opportunistic Credit Fund common stock earned a news impact score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the investment management company an impact score of 47.2090833571026 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Tengasco, Inc.(TGC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Tigercoin (TGC) is a proof-of-work (PoW) coin that uses the SHA256 hashing algorithm. It launched on September 6th, 2013. Tigercoin’s total supply is 43,536,800 coins. The official website for Tigercoin is tigercoin.wordpress.com. Tigercoin’s official Twitter account is @TigerCoin.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Tigercoin (CURRENCY:TGC) traded 12.1% lower against the US dollar during the 1-day period ending at 23:00 PM E.T. on May 6th. One Tigercoin coin can now be bought for $0.0077 or 0.00000083 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges. In the last week, Tigercoin has traded 6.4% lower against the US dollar. Tigercoin has a total market cap of $334,680.00 and approximately $64.00 worth of Tigercoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG)’s share price shot up 1.5% on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $13.60 and last traded at $13.39. 771,349 shares were traded during trading, a decline of 94% from the average session volume of 13,165,396 shares. The stock had previously closed at $13.19.

  • [By Jason Hall]

    Frankly, today’s big drop shouldn’t be a surprise for anyone. The company told us many months agothat common equity investors would only retain 2% — at most — of the company when it completed its bankruptcy proceedings, yet investors continued to pay a price for its stock that, at one point, would have made Seadrill worth nearly as much as competitorsTransocean(NYSE:RIG),Diamond Offshore(NYSE:DO),andNoble Corporation(NYSE:NE)combined. But a relatively steady decline in the share price, combined with today’s big drop, seems to be finally putting Seadrill more in line with its peers.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    American International Group Inc. grew its position in shares of Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) by 7.7% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 872,019 shares of the offshore drilling services provider’s stock after buying an additional 62,611 shares during the quarter. American International Group Inc.’s holdings in Transocean were worth $8,633,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Jason Hall]

    So what’s an investor to do? Owning the companies best-positioned to profit is a great place to start. Consider two of Big Oil’s finest inRoyal Dutch Shell plc (ADR)(NYSE:RDS-A)(NYSE:RDS-B)andTotal SA (ADR)(NYSE:TOT), offshore drillerTransocean LTD(NYSE:RIG) and natural gas for transportation specialistClean Energy Fuels Corp(NASDAQ:CLNE).

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    Oil companies were popular sells for the month, including ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), BP p.l.c. (NYSE: BP), and Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) all net sold. Investors also net sold Alcoa Corp. (NYSE: AA), Starbucks Corporation (NYSE: CMG). and Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) in the midst of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before Congress. 

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Transocean (RIG)

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Top 10 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Enerplus Corporation(ERF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Enerplus (TSE:ERF) (NYSE:ERF) had its target price hoisted by CIBC from C$19.00 to C$20.00 in a research note published on Friday morning.

    Other research analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. CSFB upped their price objective on shares of Enerplus from C$17.00 to C$20.00 in a report on Friday, April 13th. GMP Securities upped their price objective on shares of Enerplus from C$17.00 to C$18.00 in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Barclays upped their price objective on shares of Enerplus from C$18.00 to C$20.00 in a report on Monday, February 26th. Canaccord Genuity upped their price objective on shares of Enerplus from C$16.50 to C$17.00 in a report on Monday, February 26th. Finally, Desjardins upped their price objective on shares of Enerplus from C$16.00 to C$17.50 in a report on Monday, February 26th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating, The stock has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of C$18.29.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Enerplus (NYSE:ERF) (TSE:ERF) – Stock analysts at National Bank Financial reduced their FY2018 earnings estimates for Enerplus in a research note issued on Thursday, May 3rd. National Bank Financial analyst T. Wood now forecasts that the oil and natural gas company will earn $1.13 per share for the year, down from their previous estimate of $1.27. National Bank Financial also issued estimates for Enerplus’ FY2019 earnings at $1.96 EPS.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now

New Jerseys OceanFirst Financial (OCFC) has done okay since I last wrote about the company in January, with the shares more or less tracking with smaller Northeast community banks (or slightly outperforming) and offering a little outperformance relative to larger regional/super-regional banks like Bank of America (BAC), PNC Financial (PNC) and Toronto-Dominion (TD). Organic loan growth has weakened recently as management has chosen to be more disciplined on price, but accretion benefits have been stronger than expected and the companys deposit performance has been good.

OceanFirst is not wildly undervalued, but I think this is a good combination of a below-the-radar growing bank with disciplined management and a good business plan/profile. I believe OceanFirst has more options to pursue M&A in the relatively near term, and I believe the shares should trade in the low-to-mid $30s.

Integrating Sun Is Leading To Some Noise

As is often the case with bank mergers, integrating the Sun deal (completed earlier this year) is leading to a little bit of turbulence in the business. I view this as a part of the cost of doing business, and I believe the long-term benefits to the growth-by-M&A strategy more than outweigh them, but it nevertheless will lead to some choppy performance in 2018.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: lululemon athletica inc.(LULU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham, based on the run-up in shares and on a harder earnings comparison that will be harder to beat. Lululemon was up 1% at $96.31 but was down 2% at $94.30 on Monday. It had a consensus target price of $89.93.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Let’s go to company No. 6. Let’s stay fit. Let’s stay within the exercise world, but let’s think, rather than about wearables, let’s think about the clothing that we’re wearing. Especially if you’re a guy, it may be hard to relate to this brand’sclothing, as much as you might have thought,until you discover that Lululemon Athletica(NASDAQ:LULU) these days isactually breaking into the men’s market. I know some Fools around HQ, guys, that have some Lulu wear.Now, of course, the yoga pants have always been very popular, especially among women. This is a company that really built its brand on yoga, and really the female market.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) rose 18.2 percent to $4.55 in pre-market trading after the company declared a $0.70 per share special dividend.
    Co-Diagnostics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CODX) rose 11.7 percent to $3.24 in pre-market trading after falling 13.17 percent on Thursday. Co-Diagnostics reported its participation in a research project with the Stanford University.
    Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) shares rose 8.6 percent to $25.95 in pre-market trading after the company posted upbeat Q1 results.
    Zuora, Inc. (NYSE: ZUO) shares rose 8 percent to $23.95 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat Q1 earnings and issued strong outlook.
    Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) shares rose 7.8 percent to $113.25 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter. The company also raised its FY18 earnings and sales guidance.
    OPKO Health, Inc. (NYSE: OPK) rose 5.7 percent to $4.10 in pre-market trading.
    Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI) rose 5.5 percent to $17.45 in pre-market trading following the FDA approval for Levofloxacin Oral Solution.
    Eversource Energy (NYSE: ES) shares rose 5 percent to $59.8 in pre-market trading.
    VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) rose 4.6 percent to $143.74 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Thursday.
    Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP) rose 4.3 percent to $19.80 in pre-market trading after the company reported the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval to place Rover pipeline’s full Mainline B into service.
    T2 Biosystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTOO) rose 4.3 percent to $7.73 in pre-market trading after declining 4.26 percent on Thursday.
    Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRIS) rose 4.3 percent to $2.90 in pre-market trading after jumping 21.93 percent on Thursday.
    Sasol Limited (NYSE: SSL) rose 4.2 percent to $37.91 in pre-market trading.
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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) had its price target boosted by MKM Partners from $120.00 to $128.00 in a research report report published on Friday. They currently have a buy rating on the apparel retailer’s stock.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Co-Diagnostics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CODX) jumped 88 percent to $5.4500 after falling 13.17 percent on Thursday. Co-Diagnostics reported its participation in a research project with the Stanford University.
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) climbed 40.3 percent to $5.40 after the company declared a $0.70 per share special dividend.
    Future FinTech Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FTFT) rose 27 percent to $2.73. Future FinTech disclosed a strategic transformation plan including expanding on current blockchain business while also becoming a blockchain incubator, investment and asset management, training, and management consulting.
    SELLAS Life Sciences Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLS) gained 14.7 percent to $5.9522 after the company disclosed that its Phase 2b trial of NeuVax in combo with Trastuzumab in HER1+/2+ breast cancer patients met key clinical objectives.
    Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) shares climbed 14.6 percent to $120.4224 after the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter. The company also raised its FY18 earnings and sales guidance.
    FTE Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTNW) gained 10.5 percent to $20.9399.
    T2 Biosystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTOO) rose 9 percent to $8.07. Leerink Swann upgraded T2 Biosystems from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Zuora, Inc. (NYSE: ZUO) shares rose 8.3 percent to $24.01 after the company reported upbeat Q1 earnings and issued strong outlook.
    VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) rose 7.7 percent to $148.07 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Thursday.
    Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBC) gained 7.5 percent to $19.91. Ambac Financial will replace Integra Lifesciences Holdings in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, June 5.
    Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: CNAT) gained 7 percent to $4.60.
    Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (NASDAQ: KNSA) climbed 6.6 percent to $18.23.
    Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSE: FSP) gained 5.7 perce

Best Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: Meredith Corporation(MDP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Meredith Co. (NYSE:MDP) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, May 9th, RTT News reports. Investors of record on Thursday, May 31st will be given a dividend of 0.545 per share on Friday, June 15th. This represents a $2.18 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.25%.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Meredith (MDP)

    For more information about research offerings from Zacks Investment Research, visit Zacks.com

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Goelzer Investment Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Meredith Co. (NYSE:MDP) by 351.7% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 160,664 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 125,099 shares during the quarter. Meredith accounts for approximately 1.0% of Goelzer Investment Management Inc.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 19th biggest holding. Goelzer Investment Management Inc.’s holdings in Meredith were worth $8,644,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: New Oriental Education & Technology Group, Inc.(EDU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    As the old saying goes, “You need to strike when the iron is hot.”Management at New Oriental Education & Technology Group(NYSE:EDU), a provider of in-person and online after-school tutoring in China, knows that the business is red-hot right now; it is striking by leveraging its balance sheet and growing brand by pushing a massive expansion throughout the Middle Kingdom.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    EduCoin (EDU) is a PoW/PoS token that uses the Keccak hashing algorithm. It launched on September 9th, 2017. EduCoin’s total supply is 15,000,000,000 tokens. EduCoin’s official website is www.edu.one. EduCoin’s official Twitter account is @PReducoin.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    New Oriental (NYSE: EDU) and The Graham (NYSE:GHC) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Strayer Education (NASDAQ: STRA) and New Oriental Education & Tech Grp (NYSE:EDU) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and profitability.

  • [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.
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Best Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: CEVA, Inc.(CEVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA) was down, falling around 12 percent to $30.25 after the company posted weaker-than-expected Q1 profit.

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    CEVA (NASDAQ:CEVA) had its price objective decreased by Roth Capital to $44.00 in a research note released on Wednesday morning. Roth Capital currently has a buy rating on the semiconductor company’s stock.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Buy Right Now: MB Financial Inc.(MBFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    MB Financial (NASDAQ: MBFI) and Nicolet Bankshares (NASDAQ:NCBS) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    SenesTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNES) shares jumped 113.5 percent to $0.6737 after the California Department of Pesticide Regulation proposed to register the company's ContraPest for sale and use in California.
    AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: UAVS) shares rose 35.34 percent to close at $3.32.
    Art's-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. (NASDAQ: ARTW) shares gained 30.36 percent to $3.65.
    Xtant Medical Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: XTNT) shares jumped 25.6 percent to $7.4701 after the company disclosed that it has received the FDA clearance for InTice™-C Porous Titanium Cervical Interbody System.
    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) shares surged 20 percent to $2.495.
    TransGlobe Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: TGA) surged 17.04 percent to $2.61.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 15 percent to $8.32 after the company announced an exclusive partnership with Multi Touch Interactives to strengthen the development of next generation interactive educational activities.
    Arcimoto, Inc. (NASDAQ: FUV) gained 15 percent to $3.39.
    MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI) rose 13.7 percent to $49.64. Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) agreed to acquire MB Financial for $54.70 per share in cash and stock.
    FRONTEO, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTEO) shares rose 11.8 percent to $20.956.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) shares jumped 11.1 percent to $3.38.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) rose 10.6 percent to $7.41.
    NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NIHD) shares gained 9 percent to $2.32.
    Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) rose 7.6 percent to $24.19. Northcoast Research upgraded Kelly Services from Neutral to Buy.
    LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $33.70. Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) will buy LaSalle Hotel Properties in a $4.8 billion deal, Bloomberg reported.
    Alteryx, Inc. (NYSE: AYX) gained 5.5 percent to $32.56. KeyBanc upgraded Alteryx from Sector Weight to Overweight.
    Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:
  • [By Chris Lange]

    MB Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI) saw its shares make a handy gain to startthe week after it was announced that it would be merging with Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB). Granted, the transaction is subject to the satisfaction of all customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and the approval of MB Financial shareholders.

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    Shares of MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:MBFI) are up by roughly 13% as of 11:45 a.m. EDT after the company announced it would be acquired by Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB). Fifth Third shares were down by nearly 8% in active trading today, suggesting that its shareholders aren’t as enthusiastic about the acquisition.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    MB Financial (NASDAQ:MBFI) was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Monday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    MB Financial (NASDAQ:MBFI) was downgraded by BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued on Thursday.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now

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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Trina Solar Limited(TSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Another potential earnings short-squeeze candidate is integrated solar-power products maker Trina Solar (TSL), which is set to release numbers on next Monday before the market open. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Trina Solar to report revenue of $645.68 million on earnings of 15 cents per share.

    The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Trina Solar is extremely high at 24.5%. That means that out of the 76.94 million shares in the tradable float, 18.88 million shares are sold short by the bears. If the bulls get the earnings news they’re looking for, then shares of TSL could easily rip sharply higher post-earnings as the bears move to cover some of their positions.

    From a technical perspective, TSL is currently trending below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. This stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern at $8.67 to $9.04 a share. Shares of TSL have now started to rebound off those support levels and it’s quickly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade post-earnings above some key near-term overhead resistance levels.

    If you’re bullish on TSL, then I would wait until after its report and look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $10.72 to $11.19 a share and then above its 50-day moving average of $11.17 a share with high volume. Look for volume on that move that hits near or above its three-month average action of 5.17 million shares. If that breakout materializes post-earnings, then TSL will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 200-day moving average of $12.49 to $14 a share, or even $14.50 to $15 a share.

    I would avoid TSL or look for short-biased trades if after earnings it fails to trigger that breakout and then drops back below some near-term support levels at $10 a share to those double bottom support levels at $9.04 to $8

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    Axiom Capital Managing Director Gordon Johnson upgraded the entire alternative energy sector from Market Underweight to Market Overweight and upgraded SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ: SCTY) from Sell to Hold and Trina Solar Limited (ADR) (NYSE: TSL), Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YGE) and JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) from Sell to Buy.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    The firm has a Sell rating on First Solar, JA Solar Holdings and Trina Solar Limited (ADR) (NYSE: TSL). It maintains a NC rating on SunPower Corporation, Canadian Solar and JinkoSolar Holding.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: lululemon athletica inc.(LULU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) will report its most recent quarterly results on Wednesday as well. The consensus estimates are EPS of $0.52 and $609.71 million in revenue. Shares traded at $67.22 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $47.26 to $72.70. The consensus price target is $65.50.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Najarian also noticed bullish activity in Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU). He said that short-term options traded significantly higher on private equity rumors. He has a long position in the name.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Athletic apparel stock Lululemon Athletica inc (NASDAQ: LULU) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the Thursday market close with results toppingexpectations as online sales surged 30% after an effort to beef up the eCommerce strategy plus the Company raised its outlook. Net revenuegrew 13% to$581.1 millionas total comparable sales increased 7% and comparable store sales increased 2%, or increased by 2% on a constant dollar basis. Direct to consumer net revenue increased 29%, or increased 30% on a constant dollar basis. During the quarter the Company held an online warehouse sale. Excluding the impact of this sale, direct to consumer net revenue increased 15%, or increased 16% on a constant dollar basis. Net income was $48.711 million versus net income of $53.625 million. The Company ended the second quarter of fiscal 2017 with $721.2 million in cash and cash equivalents compared to $535.3 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2016. The CEO commented:

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    And Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) is expected to release its most recent quarterly results on Thursday afternoon. The consensus forecast calls for $0.35 in EPS and revenue of $567.55 million. The stock ended the week at $60.21 a share. The consensus price target is $61.97, and the 52-week range is $47.26 to $79.41.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    When companies raise guidance, or at least when they lift the lower-end of their prior targets, investors usually cheer. But in the case of Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) there is of course a high-valuation bar that has to be considered. Lululemon narrowed its guidance to the upper-end of prior ranges, but the shares hardly budged on Monday despite having a full trading day to absorb the news.

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    Athleisure apparel company Lululemon (LULU) , reeling from a 23% drop in its stock price last week, has added a veteran of publicly-traded retailers to its board.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.(NCLH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market once again proved its resiliency on Wednesday, bouncing back from extensive declines early in the session to recover most of its losses. The Dow Jones Industrials actually managed to post yet another record close with a modest gain, and although other major market benchmarks suffered declines, they weren’t significant. Moreover, some favorable news from certain pockets of the market helped bolster investor confidence. Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL), Lantheus Holdings (NASDAQ:LNTH), and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ:NCLH) were among the top performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCLH) was up nearly 7% on Wednesday afternoon, following its fourth-quarter earnings report.

    Norwegian said that it earned 56 cents a share, a penny ahead of analysts’ expectations. Revenue rose 8.5% to $1.13 billion, also squeaking past the $1.11 billion consensus estimate.

    For the full year, Norwegian said it expects to earn between $3.75 and $3.85 a share, with a midpoint a penny above the $3.79 average analyst estimate. It’s first-quarter EPS guidance of 36 cents also came in ahead of the 34-cent consensus.

    Instinet analyst Harry Curtiswrites that after recent missteps, it was “vital” for Norwegian’s forecast to meet expectations but not seem too optimistic, a balancing act he believes the company achieved.

    He reiterated a Buy rating and $52 price target on the stock:

    NCLHs 2017 EPS outlook ($3.75 to $3.85) brackets our forecast ($3.75) and the Streets ($3.79). However, we believe there could be upside to that range, given the positive booking and pricing trends so far this year. We remain positive on the shares of NCLH, which we believe should continue to outperform through 2017.

    Norwegian was recently up 6.8% to $51.49.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: NCLH) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $1.10 billion.

    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $2.31 per share on revenue of $338.86 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Carnival have dropped 4.2% to $43.74 at 2:39 p.m. today, while Royal Caribbean Cruise (RCL) has tumbled 5.6% to $66.15, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) is off 4.3% at $38.63.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Two Harbors Investments Corp(TWO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares shot up 52 percent to $7.235 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares gained 24.2 percent to $21.80 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares rose 22 percent to $2.625 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) jumped 21.3 percent to $411.871 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 17 percent to $3.10 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) rose 15.9 percent to $18.34 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) gained 15.6 percent to $12.20 following Q1 results.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) surged 14.4 percent to $260.3901 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) gained 13.8 percent to $3.70.
    Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) rose 13.5 percent to $29.815 after reporting strong Q1 results.
    BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAT) rose 13.5 percent to $38.30 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares rose 13.1 percent to $10.985 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    SJW Group (NYSE: SJW) shares gained 11.8 percent to $63.59 following Q1 results. California Water Service Group made an offer for SJW.
    Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) climbed 9.8 percent to $278.40 following Q1 results.
    CYS Investments, Inc. (NYSE: CYS)
  • [By David Hanson]

    This week at the Barclays Capital Global Financials Conference, droves of CEOs, CFOs, and CIOs trotted on stage to address a room full of eager analysts. One of the lone mREITs represented was Two Harbors (NYSE: TWO  ) . CEO Tom Siering and CIO Bill Roth weighed in on the current environment.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: TRC Companies Inc.(TRR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRR) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $7.53. TRC posted Q4 earnings of $0.20 per share on revenue of $132.3 million.

10 Stocks That Could Surprise in 2018

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.

Given the perception U.S. stocks are overvalued, how does one make money in 2018?

Buy several of these ten stocks that lost 20% or more in 2017.  My bet is that, like the Dogs of the Dow, they will surprise in 2018.

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It’s interesting that John Schnatter, the founder and former CEO of Papa John’s Int’l, Inc. (NASDAQ:PZZA), stepped down toward the end of 2017. Yet, Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UAA) CEO and founder Kevin Plank had no such plans despite delivering a lump of coal in shareholders’ stockings.

Plank deservedly is on a list of “Worst CEOs” of the past year with Under Armour’s stock losing half of its value.

In early February, I suggested that Plank should move aside, hiring a more experienced direct-to-consumer retail executive who understands how to sell in an omnichannel world.

A couple of months later I proposed that Under Armour and Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) should join forces to deliver a more balanced business regarding men’s and women’s customer bases.

Personally, I believe both of these ideas are both valid. Furthermore, I see Lululemon’s CEO, Laurent Potdevin, as the perfect person to lead the merged organization.

Regardless of whether these two things come to fruition, I believe Under Armour can bounce back in 2018. 

Stocks That Will Surprise in 2018: Newell Brands (NWL)

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Newell Brands Inc (NYSE:NWL) lost 29% in 2017 as it struggled to integrate the Jarden acquisition into its own business. This past year was the stock’s first significant annual loss since 2008 when it saw a drop of 59% due to the economic crisis.

Investors expected that the integration of Jarden would deliver sales growth and higher profits and neither of these has yet to materialize.

Its five-year restructuring process to save $1.3 billion by 2021 has saved $410 million through the end of Q2 2017. Although it’s going as planned, debt levels are still relatively high at $10.2 billion or 65% of its market cap. The company is on track to reduce its leverage ratio to 3.5 times or less by the end of 2019.

Newell has become home to a lot of brands that don’t have the scale to compete in a global world. Moving to four operating segments: Live, Learn, Work and Play, I see the company fine-tuning its focus in 2018 and beyond.

Newell stock hasn’t been this low since 2014. The transformation might be messy, but 2018 should see it turn the corner.

However, if you don’t have 2-3 years to wait for it to complete the restructuring, you’re best to look elsewhere.   

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The bankruptcy of Toys “R” Us in 2017 says all you need to know about Mattel, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:MAT) past year. Therefore, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to most investors that Mattel stock lost 41% of its value in 2017 and now sits 67% below its five-year high of $48.48.

Mattel’s situation has deteriorated to the point that it suspended its dividend in October to save cash and keep the business on a stronger financial footing. It also intends to look to boost its gross margin by focusing on fewer product offerings while cutting staff to lower its operating expenses.

While it’s tempting to look to a Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) buyout to save the day, it’s very likely that Mattel’s going to have to innovate its way out of the mess it currently finds itself.

None of its major segments are growing, unlike with Hasbro, which has weathered the Toys “R” Us storm far better than Mattel. That said, Mattel’s long-term debt is still only 34% of its market cap which isn’t outrageous for a company its size. 

Don’t get me wrong, buying Mattel is a speculative buy at this point. I would wait for the company to announce its Q4 2017 earnings at the end of January before considering a purchase because it’s entirely possible it will test single digits before bottoming.

With Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price, it has got a reasonable shot at a turnaround. 

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If it weren’t for bad luck, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG), would have no luck at all.

I can remember how some analysts and investors were chastising Chipotle for going overboard on food preparation procedures after its E.coli outbreak a couple of years ago. 2017’s revisit of food safety concerns put the brakes on any chance for a recovery of its stock price which lost 23% in the past year.

Kyle Woodley, a former InvestorPlace editor and very astute investor, recently picked CMG as his “Best stock for 2018” suggesting profits and revenues are growing far more than most investors realize, and while his pick is speculative given the company’s history, the upside seems higher than the downside at this point.

I have to give former CEO and co-founder Steve Ells credit for stepping down in November as Chipotle’s chief executive. It’s never easy to admit that you’re not the one to lead your baby back from the wilderness, but shareholders ought to be thankful that Ells could see that a leadership change was necessary.

Who Chipotle hires as the man or woman to lead the company is critical to bouncing back in 2018. I think the board will make a smart choice with Ells’ input and it will be off to the races.   

It would not surprise me if a former McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) executive were at the top of the list.

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At the end of November, I suggested that investors consider buying Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SBH) after dropping $3 in a month. Since then it’s up 18% and should the overall markets continue moving higher early in 2018, I expect SBH stock to do the same.

Sally Beauty’s stock lost 29% in 2017, the company’s third consecutive year of negative returns; it hadn’t had a breakout year since 2013 when it gained 28%. It is due.

Remember, Ulta Beauty Inc (NASDAQ:ULTA), one of specialty retail’s shining stars, also had a negative year in 2017. The coming year ought to be better for both companies.

While the jury is still out on whether the company can reignite sales, the lowering of the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% should deliver about 36 cents per share in additional earnings.

The company’s biggest weakness has always been its level of debt — $1.8 billion or 75% of its market cap — so I’d look for some indication from SBH management that it is planning to deleverage its balance sheet.

If it does that, given its free cash flow generation, the sky’s the limit for its stock.

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It wasn’t a good year for Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NYSE:BBBY), down 44% in 2017. For that matter, it hasn’t been a good decade, losing 2% annually for long-time shareholders.

Eventually, the tide’s got to turn, doesn’t it?

Well, probably not if it keeps delivering woefully poor earnings results like Q3 2017. On December 20, it announced that sales were flat year over year at $3 billion, earnings per share were virtually halved from 85 cents a year earlier to 44 cents this year and comparable sales decreased marginally by 0.3%.

Despite the deterioration in its earnings, the company still generates significant free cash flow. It currently is valued at four times operating cash flow, its lowest level at any time in the past decade and less than half its industry peers.

Yes, the various banners it operates under have seen attrition in both gross and operating margins, yet it’s still expected to earn $3 per share in fiscal 2017.

At seven times earnings, there might not be a better value play than BBBY at the moment.

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Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. (NYSE:SKT) is an owner of retail real estate focusing entirely on outlet centers. It owns 40 outlet centers in 22 states and another four in Canada. Together, these 44 outlet centers provide 15.3 million square feet for retailers to lease.

Interestingly, the company estimates that there are only 70 million square feet of quality outlet space in the U.S., suggesting Tanger has close to 20% of the country’s leasable outlet space.

That’s what Warren Buffett would call a wide-moat.

Conservatively financed, it has grown its enterprise value by 7.5% annually on a compounded basis since 2005. Also, it’s a prominent grower of its dividend, belonging to the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrat Index. In the past three years, it has grown its dividend by 12% annually.

Tanger is an income investor’s dream stock.

Since going public in 1993, it’s never had an occupancy rate lower than 96%, providing investors with considerable comfort that cash flow isn’t going to disappear overnight.

As CEO Steven Tanger likes to say:

“In good times people love a bargain, and in tough times, people need a bargain.”

That’s what makes its business model so strong.

Trading at levels not seen since 2011, I like SKT’s chances in 2018.

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I recommended Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) stock on two occasions in 2017.

The first time was in August when I picked Acuity Brands and seven other stocks whose share prices added up to $2,000. Although Acuity is known for its lighting solutions, the company is making a big push into the Internet of Things and while it’s early in that expansion, I can see it being just as successful.

In fiscal 2017 (August 31 year-end), Acuity earned $7.43 per share, 12% higher than a year earlier. With very little debt and steady free cash flow, it has the financial flexibility to drive future growth.

At the end of November, I suggested investors buy its stock on the dip around $160. It has since climbed 10% and is poised to move higher in 2018 on strengthening margins.

Long-term, Acuity might be one of the best stocks to buy on a significant downturn in its stock price.

Stocks That Will Surprise in 2018: Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (BWP)

 

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Like a lot of oil-related businesses, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE:BWP) had a dreadful year, down 23%, erasing a significant portion of the gains it made in 2016.

The operator of natural gas pipelines and storage facilities — in 2016, it transported 2.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and liquids — has been on a roller coaster ride the past few years. If oil and gas prices don’t remain where they currently are, investors can expect continued volatility in its stock price.

However, lower corporate and personal income taxes could result in a more buoyant economy. When people and businesses are more confident, they spend more money. Often, that spending comes in the form of automobile travel, which could put upward pressure on oil prices due to increased demand.

For those who aren’t so sure that oil and gas prices can go any higher, you might want to invest in Loews Corporation (NYSE:L), a holding company run by the Tisch family, which own 51% of Boardwalk’s stock.

Over the past five years, Loews’ stock has significantly outperformed BWP — 4% annually vs. -9% — although neither did anywhere close to the S&P 500.

In June 2017, I suggested that Loews take BWP private. Perhaps it will happen in 2018.

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This last one must be considered the “Hail Mary” of the bunch. I don’t like General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) as a business or a stock because it’s squandered so much shareholder goodwill over the past 20 years by being the worst kind of industrial conglomerate, one that’s afraid of taking chances and is stuck in some time warp.

CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer, someone I generally respect, recently apologized to his loyal viewers for continuing to recommend GE stock despite its ongoing slide.

Cramer feels like GE could get it together under new CEO John Flannery. Therefore, he’s still not recommending investors sell the stock. I’m not as convinced. I believe GE’s business could be permanently broken.

In August, I predicted that GE stock would remain in the $20s for the foreseeable future. Since then, GE’s stock has dropped almost 30% on news the company’s problems are bigger than first thought.

That said, any obvious signs of life from GE as we make our way through 2018, should be good for a 5%-10% boost in its share price, perhaps more.

At these prices, GE could very well surprise in 2018.

As of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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Should You Buy Lululemon Athletica Inc. Stock in 2018? 3 Pros, 3 Cons

Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) is back in shape. It had a rough couple of years, including product recalls and its infamous see-through pants problem. However, management has righted the ship. LULU stock is back near all-time highs, quarterly earnings results are solid, and the company is targeting big expansion plans overseas.

Is this finally the moment for Lululemon stock to start working out for shareholders again? Or will the company’s lingering issues send it tumbling? Here are the pros and cons for LULU stock heading into 2018.

LULU Stock Cons

Not a Cheap Stock: Lululemon is back to a premium valuation, no matter how you slice it. The company is trading at 38x trailing and 27x forward earnings. That’s not anywhere near the industry median for apparel.

The company is at a steep 4x price/sales ratio. And you had better believe in the company’s brand, because there are few other hard assets here. The company trades at more than 7x book value.

That’s all fine and well if Lululemon is able to grow for many years to come. However, if it’s just the first mover on an increasingly crowded fashion trend, those valuation ratios will not hold up over time. Competitors such as Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) remain dangerous as well.

Is Athleisure a Fad? A long-running point of debate for LULU stock is whether the company’s products are a fad or the marker of a new persistent trend. Both sides make fair points. And to be honest, it could probably still go either way.

That said, Lululemon’s proponents will note that the company has continued its growth well past where initial doubters thought it’d reach. There’s no sign that yoga, as a trend, is dying off either. LULU stock bears, on the other hand, will point to Lululemon’s struggling Canadian sales.

Remember that the company is originally from Vancouver. It developed its brand and market share there first. So it is somewhat troubling that Canadian sales volume is down three years in a row, and by meaningful amounts.

That said, the Canadian economy isn’t performing that well right now, and besides, Canada is only 20% of Lululemon’s business today. Still, declining Canadian sales do suggest that the company will reach saturation on athleisure at some point.

Key Technical Resistance Level: LULU stock has had a bad history with the $80/share level. The stock originally hit the $80 level back in 2012 during its first big growth phase. Shares consolidated and then made another push for $80 in 2013. LULU stock did nothing until 2016, when it again rallied sharply, hit $80, and then went south.

After dropping below $50 earlier this year, investors have given LULU one more chance. Shares are almost back up to the pivotal $80 mark as we await all-important holiday sales figures.

Needless to say, anything less than great numbers, and LULU is going to get turned back yet again at this key overhead level. On the plus side, should Lululemon hit it out of the park for Q4, you’d likely see a large technical move up to the $90 area as traders buy the breakout over five-year resistance.

LULU Stock Pros

Making New Markets: The bulls have a decent retort for the “athleisure is tapped out” argument above. It’s that Lululemon is successfully stretching into new markets beyond just western women.

For one, we’re seeing the rise of male athleisure clothing. Lululemon is up to 18% of its customers being men, and the company sees this moving toward a quarter of its customers within the next few years. It’s unlikely Lululemon will ever be a company whose stores are full of men, but even a modest presence in male athletic apparel can move the needle.

On top of that, Lululemon is largely going abroad for future growth, with initiatives such as “Unroll China.” This year’s Unroll China event had expected participation of 10,000 people across six Chinese cities. There is reason to expect that Lululemon’s brand and products will make a good fit with consumers’ tastes in that region.

Strong Quarterly Results: To break through the long-standing barrier at $80/share and finally make new highs, LULU stock needs a solid holiday season. If last quarter is any guide, things are trending well for the company.

The company grew revenues by almost 14% year-over-year this quarter. That marked the company’s best growth rate since June 2016. The company grew net income by 16%.

That even faster pickup reflected Lululemon’s rising profit margins as it regains pricing power as the memory of the product defects starts to fade. And given the company’s quickly rising cash position, it authorized a sporty new $200-million stock buyback.

Activist Investor: For investors in LULU stock, the last five years have been a disappointment. With the company’s great brand and seemingly strong growth potential, not surprisingly, now shareholders are getting more vocal.

Their wishes for a more active role in management’s strategy appear set to play out. Major LULU stock holder Advent International — which bought out half of the founder’s stake in 2014 — is getting more directly involved.

Lululemon appointed Tricia Patrick, a managing director at Advent, to their board of directors at the end of August. Ms. Patrick previously worked in private equity for both Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) and Bain Capital.

She brings the sort of activist shareholder value-focused point of view that Lululemon appears to be lacking. While there is no guarantee that activist shareholder strategies can get the LULU stock price up, it’s a reason for optimism.

Verdict for LULU Stock

LULU stock isn’t cheap at the moment. And it’s up against a key resistance level where it has failed many times before. So there is plenty of reason to be cautious right now.

With that said, if you believe athleisure has more room to grow, LULU stock could have a lot more upside. Just wait for a break above the key $80 level. It’ll be a safer trade once the stock breaks out, and short sellers start feeling the need to cover their positions.

At the time of this writing, the author held no positions in any of the aforementioned securities. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek.

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