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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018

Spectre and Meltdown, the two major flaws discovered in computer processors, could allow cybercriminals to steal passwords or other sensitive data. And experts are on the lookout for them.

The flaws have existed in modern processors for 20 years, but news surfaced last week that virtually all computers and smartphones are affected by the bugs.

So far, there is no evidence that hackers have exploited the vulnerabilities.

But it’s only a matter of time before attempts are made, according to Matt Tait, a senior fellow at UT Austin’s Strauss Center.

“We’ll absolutely see in the next few weeks and months people using this vulnerability, especially in the web browser to steal passwords,” Tait told CNNMoney.

Many tech companies were made aware of the flaws long before the news was made public and have been working on fixes for consumer products and services.

Consumers who keep their web browsers, apps and devices up-to-date should be protected from anyone trying to use these vulnerabilities.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: KongZhong Corporation(KZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    The list of below stocks is notable as the shares have traded on sequentially increasing volume spanning the trading days from September 16 to September 20:

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sharp Corp (SHCAF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The company is partnering with Chinese company OXi Technology (in which it also made a strategic investment) for developing fingerprint sensor under glass and in the bezel of smartphones. Its fingerprint sensor business received a boost from the Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) S8 and S8+ design wins (as well as Sharp’s (OTCPK:SHCAF) Aquos R and ZTE ZMax Pro).

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Plantronics Inc.(PLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Plantronics Inc (NYSE: PLT) were down 25 percent to $33.36. Plantronics reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings, but the company’s revenue missed analysts’ expectations. The company announced a new 1 million share buyback plan and issued a weak earnings forecast for the fourth quarter.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: ON Semiconductor Corporation(ON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Aggressive accounts may want to look at this smaller cap play. ON Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: ON) is a vendor of analog power management, analog signal conditioning, standard logic integrated circuits and discrete chips into the automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial and medical applications. The company is in the midst of a transformation from a seller of commodity discrete chips into higher value added analog integrated circuits, both through organic growth and acquisitions.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Semtech Corporation(SMTC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Semtech Corporation (NASDAQ: SMTC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $128.38 million.

    Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: OLLI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $190.44 million.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.(MPWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Monolithic Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: MPWR) has a diverse market that includes communications, gaming and computing to continue to drive its growth, all markets that will pay a premium for its technology. The list of tech companies that use its chips is impressive. Deutsche Bank has a $30 target, the same as the consensus target.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Computer Sciences Corporation(CSC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

  • [By R. Chandrasekaran]

    Some of the outperforming stocks:

    NVDIA Corp (NASDAQ: NVDA) trading up about 5.7 percent with a range between $69.50 and $71.72.
    Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is gaining about 4 percent. The stock ranged between $770.94 and $787.73.
    Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) is gaining about 3.3 percent with the stock trading between $56.10 and $58.01.
    Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is adding about 3 percent with the stock ranging $59.78-$60.52.
    Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) is gaining about 2.9 percent with the stock trading between $792.90 and $805.
    Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) is adding approximately 2.9 percent with shares trading in the range of $34.15-$34.60.
    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is gaining about 2.8 percent as the stock traded between $30.61 and $31.05.
    Salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) is adding about 2.8 percent with the shares traded in the range of $75.41-$77.00

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: SK TELECOM ADR EACH REP 1/9 KRW500(CIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We will admit that these latter assumptions are somewhat arbitrary, but nevertheless we cannot help escape the view that in 2017 everything will likely be at least a little adverse to prior expectations. On average our estimate reductions are 8%, and range from 3% at CIT Group (CIT) to 13% at Goldman Sachs. With that, we are lowering our PT of Bank of America,Citigroup andGoldman Sachs from $20, $70 and $243 to $18, $63 and $214, respectively…

  • [By Lisa Abramowicz]

    There was this maturity wall that people were terrified of, said Neil Wessan, the group head of New York-based CIT Group Inc. (CIT)s capital markets unit. Thats been spread out over a much broader period of time.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd.(TSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    To illustrate my point, Intel’s chief competitor, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM), has said that its 7-nanometer technology, which should go into mass production in the first half of 2018, delivers a roughly 1.63-fold density improvement over its 10-nanometer technology.

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    A while back, DigiTimes reported that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM), a major contract chip manufacturer, planned to introduce an enhanced variant of its 16nm manufacturing technology dubbed “12nm.”

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    As part of this discussion, he took the time to explain how the technology that Intel calls 14 nanometers is more like what its competitors — Samsung (NASDAQOTH:SSNLF) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.(NYSE:TSM) — call 10 nanometers (smaller is generally believed to be better).

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    For many years, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) has relied on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM) to manufacture the graphics chips it designs. Today, most of NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture-based graphics processors — from the GeForce GTX 1060, designed for mainstream PC gamers, all the way through its cutting edge Tesla P100 datacenter accelerators — are manufactured by TSMC.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Equinix Inc.(EQIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is one of the larger capitalization companies in the data center industry. Equinix Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX)provides data center services to protect and connect the information assets for the enterprises, financial services companies, and content and network providers primarily in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific.

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A new study by Morningstar seeks to understand the stewardship activities of these providers of index-tracking investments, including traditional index funds, exchange-traded funds and segregated mandates.

Morningstar surveyed the 12 largest index providers across the U.S., Europe and Asia, including both global firms, such as BlackRock and Vanguard, and smaller ones that are key passive fund providers in their local markets, such as Schwab and Lyxor. Most also operate an active fund business that in some cases is much larger than their passive one. Collectively, they manage more than $20 trillion in assets.

“Our research shows that the shift to index investing hasn’t led to an abdication of stewardship responsibilities,” Hortense Bioy, director of passive funds research at Morningstar, writes in a summary of the study findings.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Ford Motor Company(F)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    In an announcement Tuesday morning from Shanghai, Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese automaker Anhui Zotye Automobile to discuss the establishment of a 50-50 joint venture to develop, produce, market and service a new line of all-electric passenger vehicles (EVs) for the Chinese market.

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    It’s incredibly easy to lose the context of earnings amid a hectic season — especially this week, which is filled with numerous earnings conference calls — and simply glance at the headlines and big-number figures. That’s a mistake that investors should be wary of making, especially in the case of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), which is about to face a brutal year-over-year comparison. Here’s why.

  • [By John Rosevear]

    For months, Trump has used tweetsto harangue U.S. manufacturers building factories outside of the country and pressure them to invest in U.S. plants instead. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) both announced significant investments in U.S. factories. Ford also announced the cancellation of a plan to build a new factory in Mexico, which was well received among Trump supporters.

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    Detroit’s two largest automakers, General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) understand that one of the easiest ways to offset slowing new-vehicle sales in the U.S. is to generate more profitable sales. One way to do that is to expand luxury brands — Cadillac for GM and Lincoln for Ford. The good news is that while the automakers have had a tougher time gaining market share in the U.S., China helped send sales surging in 2016.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Second, Bill loves Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F). In fact, he’s calling it his “No. 1 Buy for 2017.”

    “Every year I put together a shopping list of stocks for the new year, and Ford is at the top of my list,” says Bill.

  • [By Ravi Bala]
     

    The UAW (United Auto Workers Union) has stated recently that it will work with the president-elect Donald Trump to renegotiate NAFTA. Trump’s economic plan put in a nutshell means companies like Ford (NYSE:F) which currently undertake practically all of its manufacturing for its light vehicles in Mexico could be in trouble. Here’s My take on Ford under Trump administration.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.(MPWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Monolithic Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: MPWR) has a diverse market that includes communications, gaming and computing to continue to drive its growth, all markets that will pay a premium for its technology. The list of tech companies that use its chips is impressive. Deutsche Bank has a $30 target, the same as the consensus target.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: GlobalSCAPE, Inc.(GSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap sofware stockGlobalSCAPE, Inc (NYSEMKT: GSB):

    As for Globalscape, this one’s a little more straightforward, and obvious. GSB shares pushed up and off of their 200-day moving average line last week, and are making higher highs this week. What you can’t see on the chart is how this has been a pretty reliable pattern for Globalscape for years now. The upper edge of the rising trading range is nearing $6.00, though it would take some time to get there.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc.(SCAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Surgical Care Affiliates Inc (NASDAQ: SCAI) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $56.55 after UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) disclosed that its unit agreed to acquire Surgical Care Affiliates for around $2.3 billion.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: TiGenix NV (TGXSF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Leuven, Belgium-based Tigenix (OTC:TGXSF) filed to go public in the U.S. in late 2015, only to become entangled with Bavarian Nordic (OTC:BVNKF) and Basilea Pharmaceutica (OTC:BPMUF) as the European drugmakers pulled back from NASDAQ. Tigenix subsequently increased its bank account following a 23.75 million placement in Belgium, and added an additional 25 million via a relationship with Takeda, before coming back to Wall Street in October 2016 with a revamped slate of underwriters.

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Yield-chasing is everywhere nowadays, and that includes within the midstream space. Retail investors have seemed a little bit flummoxed on why PBF Logistics (NYSE:PBFX) has experienced such negative results, particularly as corporate sponsor PBF Energy (NYSE:PBF) has performed moderately well. Since the IPO of its midstream assets back in 2014, PBF Energy has been volatile, but is now flat on its performance over that time frame, in spite of having significant ownership of PBF Logistics. That firm, meanwhile, has lost 28% of value in its common stock, despite increasing its distribution from $0.16/quarter to $0.48/share as of the last declaration. What gives?

Monitoring PBF Energy Health, Overall Production Volumes

Before I get into exactly why PBF Logistics has had such a rough go of it, it is worth exploring PBF Energy’s business model, since substantially all of PBF Logistics’ revenue is sourced from its corporate sponsor. PBF Energy relies heavily on being able to purchase and process heavy, sour crude oil feedstock – most of PBF Logistics’ assets revolve around supplying that product, or transporting products refined from that base. While it may not seem intuitive, the sour crude the company sources from mid-continent plays (such as North Dakota sour) and from Canada are generally priced based on West Texas Intermediate (“WTI”), which is a light/sweet crude. The Toledo facility is the exception as it processes less heavy grades of crude, but both PBF Energy and PBF Logistics generate only a small portion of their revenue from the Toledo refinery, which was acquired from Sunoco in 2010. As a result, PBF Energy benefits quite heavily when the spread between North Sea Brent crude oil (which is what is most international refiners price on) and WTI, as well as the regional discount (how far below WTI can the company acquire feedstock from producers). From a competition standpoint, the wider the differential between Brent and WTI, the more cost-advantaged U.S. refiners are when it comes to global competition, particularly refiners like PBF Energy that source nearly all of their oil feedstock domestically.

Top Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: M.D.C. Holdings, Inc.(MDC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Cyclical consumer goods & services sector was the top gainer in the US market on Tuesday. Top gainers in the sector included M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MDC), Delta Apparel, Inc. (NYSE: DLA), and Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVGI).

Top Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.(MPWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Monolithic Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: MPWR) has a diverse market that includes communications, gaming and computing to continue to drive its growth, all markets that will pay a premium for its technology. The list of tech companies that use its chips is impressive. Deutsche Bank has a $30 target, the same as the consensus target.

Top Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Capstead Mortgage Corporation(CMO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    As the spread between short-term and long-terminterest rates began to contract, strangling profits, competition for MBSes also caused prices to rise. Other agency mREITs were nervous, too. CYS Investments (NYSE: CYS  ) noted at the time that QE3 turned the Federal Reserve into the sector’s biggest rival for mortgage bonds, and as spreads began to shrink, so did dividends. By December of last year, Annaly, Armour, and Capstead Mortgage (NYSE: CMO  ) had all trimmed their payouts.

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Top 5 Casino Stocks To Own For 2018: Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited(CCM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday,our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap China basedhealthcare equipment and management services stock Concord Medical Services Holdings Ltd (NYSE: CCM):

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Own For 2018: Towerstream Corporation(TWER)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Towerstream Corporation (NASDAQ: TWER) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $3.49. Towerstream is scheduled to report Q2 financial results on August 9, 2016.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Own For 2018: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.(FCAM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The showstopper by far in the early going is Waymo’s self-driving minivan (pictured below) in partnership with Fiat Chrysler (FCAM) . Waymo’s ultimate mom-mobile, coming from a business that was spun-off from Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) last month, is equipped with self-driving sensors and vision systems.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Own For 2018: Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(ICPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ICPT) dropped more than 17% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $60.97 after closing Thursday at $73.70. The 52-week high is $172.75. Volume of more than 10 million shares traded was about 12 times the daily average. The FDA on Thursday issued a warning letter on the company’s liver disease treatment.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap liver biopharmaceutical stock Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ICPT) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Monday with both the top and bottom lines beating expectations plus the Companyreported that amid-stage clinical trial met its primary endpoint; but sharesended the day down13.26%. Intercept Pharmaceuticals recognized $30.4 million of net sales of Ocaliva for Q2 2017 versus $75k and a net loss of $86.6 million versus a net loss of $77.3 million. Ocaliva was approved by the U.S.FDA in May 2016 for the treatment of primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) in combination with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) in adults with an inadequate response to UDCA or as monotherapy in adults unable to tolerate UDCA. As of June 30, 2017,the Companyhad cash, cash equivalents and investment securities available for sale of approximately $550.3 million versus$689.4 million as of December 31, 2016. The CEO commented:

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Own For 2018: Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.(MPWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Monolithic Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: MPWR) has a diverse market that includes communications, gaming and computing to continue to drive its growth, all markets that will pay a premium for its technology. The list of tech companies that use its chips is impressive. Deutsche Bank has a $30 target, the same as the consensus target.

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CryoLife, Inc. (NYSE:CRY) manufactures, processes, and distributes medical devices and implantable living tissues used in cardiac and vascular surgical procedures. From mid-April until early October, the stock has done well, rising over 60%. Since then however, the share price dropped 20% due to a disappointing Q3 earnings report and lowered full-year guidance, resulting at least partially from the negative impact of recent hurricanes. The share price further plummeted after the company announced a $225 million acquisition of JOTEC, German-based, privately-held developer of technologically differentiated endovascular stent grafts.

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Top Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.(MPWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Monolithic Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: MPWR) has a diverse market that includes communications, gaming and computing to continue to drive its growth, all markets that will pay a premium for its technology. The list of tech companies that use its chips is impressive. Deutsche Bank has a $30 target, the same as the consensus target.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Silicom Ltd(SILC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Silicom Ltd. (NASDAQ: SILC) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $45.45. Silicom reported a major new design win with $17 million in purchase orders.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: 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.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Interactive Intelligence Inc.(ININ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Interactive Intelligence Group Inc (NASDAQ: ININ) shares were also up, gaining 18 percent to $28.06 after the company reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: JA Solar Holdings, Co., Ltd.(JASO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Earnings season is about over for the solar industry, and after JA Solar (NASDAQ:JASO) and Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR) reported this week, there were a few major takeaways from the end of 2016 and early 2017.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.71 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO), down 13 percent, and Daqo New Energy Corp (NYSE: DQ) down 8 percent.

  • [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.