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Top Casino Stocks To Own For 2019

Patrons enjoying an evening outdoors at Bryant Park Grill & Café (Source: Company Website)

Business Summary

Ark Restaurants Corp. (NASDAQ:ARKR) owns and operates 21 restaurant/bars and 19 fast food concepts/catering operations with different trade names except for Gallagher’s and Rustic Inn, of which there are pairs of each. Notably, ARKR owns Bryant Park Grill & Café and the Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine in Manhattan (for basketball fans, yes that is the Walt Clyde Frazier, point-guard-turned-MSG-commentator who helped the Knicks capture the NBA championships in 1970 and 1973 – ARKR has had a partnership with Frazier to run the restaurant since March 2012). The company started in New York City but began expanding its restaurant/bar footprint into other states over the years with an affinity to “destination properties” over the years such as casinos (Foxwoods in Connecticut for example), water-view properties, and even historically relevant buildings such as Faneuil Hall in Boston. In fiscal 2016, the company generated revenues of $150.2 million, up from $145.9 million the previous year and currently trades at an $86 million market cap (roughly $25 per share).

Top Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: EverBank Financial Corp.(EVER)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Everquote Inc. (NASDAQ: EVER) raised $84 million selling 4.7 million shares at $18, above the expected range of $15 to $17. Shares closed flat on the first day of trading and closed the week up 1%.

Top Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: Navigant Consulting, Inc.(NCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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    Navigant Recognized as Insurance Expert Witness Firm of the Year and Seven Thought Leaders Honored across Three Categories (finance.yahoo.com) Navigant Consulting Inc.: Alma Angotti and Salvatore LaScala Named Co-Leaders of Navigant’s Global Investigations and Compliance Practice (twst.com) Critical Review: Navigant Consulting (NCI) & Genpact (G) (americanbankingnews.com) Navigant Rides on Technology Investment Amid Staffing Issues (finance.yahoo.com)

    NYSE:NCI opened at $23.59 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $1.06 billion, a PE ratio of 21.64, a P/E/G ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 0.92. Navigant Consulting has a fifty-two week low of $23.45 and a fifty-two week high of $23.63. The company has a quick ratio of 2.60, a current ratio of 2.60 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27.

Top Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: Paychex Inc.(PAYX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX) had its price target increased by research analysts at Citigroup from $64.00 to $67.00 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday. The firm presently has a “neutral” rating on the business services provider’s stock. Citigroup’s target price indicates a potential upside of 0.16% from the company’s previous close.

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    Paychex (Nasdaq: PAYX) is set to do well as the gig economy grows and more small businesses need its outsourced payroll solutions. The company continues to expand into other services including record-keeping for retirement plans, human resources, and health benefits.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    GW&K Investment Management LLC decreased its holdings in shares of Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX) by 15.0% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 509,839 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 89,891 shares during the quarter. GW&K Investment Management LLC owned 0.14% of Paychex worth $31,401,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top Casino Stocks To Own For 2019: First Merchants Corporation(FRME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    First Merchants Co. (NASDAQ:FRME) insider Stephan Fluhler sold 1,047 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.00, for a total value of $50,256.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    CBTX (NASDAQ: FRME) and First Merchants (NASDAQ:FRME) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Sandy Spring Bancorp (NASDAQ: SASR) and First Merchants (NASDAQ:FRME) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Meeder Asset Management Inc. decreased its holdings in shares of First Merchants Co. (NASDAQ:FRME) by 26.4% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 4,664 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 1,677 shares during the quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in First Merchants were worth $195,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top Growth Stocks To Own For 2019

By Parke Shall

McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) valuation has disconnected from the reality of its long-term growth slowdown, and the news this morning that the company has expanded into Vatican City, despite the protest of some locals who do not want a McDonald’s location there, suggests the company is running out of ideas too. Seeking Alpha reported,

A McDonald’s has opened in the Vatican, despite protests from locals and top clerics. The branch is located just meters from St. Peter’s Square and occupies the bottom floor of a building that is also home to several senior cardinals. According to La Repubblica, McDonald’s will pay the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See – basically, the Vatican’s property supervisor – a monthly rent of €30,000 for the 538 square-meter space.

This does nothing but further our case that McDonald’s and its executives are missing the point. We started writing about McDonald’s about a year and a half ago, talking about how the company needs more than just Band-Aids to fix and reinvent its business. We often made the point that the company is supersaturated around the globe and that it would take a significant shift in both operations and culture for the company to reinvent itself.

Top Growth Stocks To Own For 2019: Aaron's, Inc.(AAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Analysts expect Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE:AAN) to announce earnings of $0.76 per share for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Seven analysts have issued estimates for Aaron’s’ earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $0.71 and the highest is $0.79. Aaron’s reported earnings per share of $0.43 during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 76.7%. The business is scheduled to issue its next earnings results before the market opens on Friday, October 26th.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. reduced its position in shares of Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE:AAN) by 17.4% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 44,145 shares of the company’s stock after selling 9,300 shares during the period. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. owned 0.06% of Aaron’s worth $1,918,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top Growth Stocks To Own For 2019: Navigant Consulting, Inc.(NCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Navigant Consulting (NYSE:NCI) was upgraded by Barrington Research from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note issued on Monday, The Fly reports.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Navigant Consulting (NYSE:NCI)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reiterated by equities research analysts at William Blair in a research report issued to clients and investors on Sunday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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    Navigant Recognized as Insurance Expert Witness Firm of the Year and Seven Thought Leaders Honored across Three Categories (finance.yahoo.com) Navigant Consulting Inc.: Alma Angotti and Salvatore LaScala Named Co-Leaders of Navigant’s Global Investigations and Compliance Practice (twst.com) Critical Review: Navigant Consulting (NCI) & Genpact (G) (americanbankingnews.com) Navigant Rides on Technology Investment Amid Staffing Issues (finance.yahoo.com)

    NYSE:NCI opened at $23.59 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $1.06 billion, a PE ratio of 21.64, a P/E/G ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 0.92. Navigant Consulting has a fifty-two week low of $23.45 and a fifty-two week high of $23.63. The company has a quick ratio of 2.60, a current ratio of 2.60 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27.

Top Growth Stocks To Own For 2019: AltaGas Ltd. (ATGFF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    If you are looking for high-yield stocks, it’s very likely that Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:FGP) and AltaGas Ltd. (NASDAQOTH:ATGFF) will be of interest to you, sporting impressive yields of 12% and 8.3%, respectively. Often a higher yield is a good thing, but in this situation, you are probably better off going with the lower, though still robust, yield offered by AltaGas. Here’s why.

  • [By ]

    AltaGas (OTCPK:ATGFF) agreed to acquire WGL (WGL) in January 2017, and the acquisition is still pending regulatory approval in DC, which is expected mid-2018. WGL operates Washington Gas, the gas utility in the region. The interesting play here I think is AltaGas. It offers a fairly well covered 8.5%+ dividend but has been beaten down as a result of concerns over the price paid for the WGL acquisition and the debt it will be required to take on in the deal. If the WGL acquisition does not receive regulatory approval, it’s very possible that AltaGas goes up. And if WGL is approved, it’s obviously a much better acquisition if Amazon picks anywhere in the DC area, as that should fuel a significant population increase for the gas utility business (some estimates of up to 1 million over 10 to 15 years). The projected growth in the gas utility business can serve as the foundation for AltaGas’s broader operations and allow them to finance debt at more attractive levels going forward. A mere re-rating to a market AFFO multiple would lead to substantial gains from the current 10-20% discount to market AFFO multiples, and a premium driven by the growth in Washington Gas could warrant a 10-20% premium to market AFFO multiples.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Quarterly dividends are the norm in the United States, and if you’re leaning on dividend income, quarterly budgeting is different from monthly budgeting. However, there’s another option if you look hard enough, with Canadian energy companies Vermilion Energy Inc. (NYSE:VET) and AltaGas Ltd. (NASDAQOTH:ATGFF) offering both monthly dividends and sizable yields.

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Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of ON Semiconductor (NASDAQ:ON) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report issued on Tuesday.

According to Zacks, “ON Semi is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of a broad range of discrete and embedded semiconductor components. The company benefits from robust demand, adoption and favorable product mix. The company continues to gain from its strength in automotive and industrial end-markets. The addition of Fairchild’s offerings has expanded the company’s product portfolio. Synergies from acquisitions have given the company exposure to new end markets along with higher margin capabilities. We believe the recent acquisition of SensL Technologies, which is expected to be immediately accretive, is a positive. Notably, shares of the company have outperformed the industry on a year-to-date basis. However, intensifying competition and high debt position remain woes. Furthermore, restructuring activities limit bottom-line growth.”

Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: CVENT, INC.(CVT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    CyberVein (CURRENCY:CVT) traded 7.6% lower against the US dollar during the one day period ending at 21:00 PM E.T. on June 9th. One CyberVein token can now be purchased for about $0.0625 or 0.00000853 BTC on major exchanges including Bit-Z, HitBTC and IDEX. CyberVein has a total market cap of $56.75 million and $10.82 million worth of CyberVein was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. During the last seven days, CyberVein has traded up 5.3% against the US dollar.

Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: Monro Muffler Brake, Inc.(MNRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Taylor Cox]

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    Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNRO)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallMay 21, 2018, 8:00 a.m. ET

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Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: Navigant Consulting, Inc.(NCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:NCI) was the recipient of a large growth in short interest in July. As of July 13th, there was short interest totalling 1,361,156 shares, a growth of 39.4% from the June 29th total of 976,551 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 209,062 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 6.5 days. Currently, 3.1% of the company’s stock are sold short.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) and Navigant Consulting (NYSE:NCI) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Navigant Consulting (NYSE:NCI) was upgraded by Barrington Research from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note issued on Monday, The Fly reports.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: National Health Investors, Inc.(NHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of National Health Investors, Inc. (NYSE:NHI) have received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the thirteen analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $71.43.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL lifted its position in shares of National Health Investors, Inc. (NYSE:NHI) by 10.1% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 116,300 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 10,700 shares during the period. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL owned approximately 0.28% of National Health Investors worth $7,826,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: Hexcel Corporation(HXL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Hexcel Corp. (NYSE: HXL) was raised to Buy from Hold with an $80 price target (versus a $67.05 close) at Canaccord Genuity.

    Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) was maintained as Overweight but the price target was cut to $60 from $65 at KeyBanc Capital Markets. Intel has a 52-week range of $33.23 to $57.60 and a consensus target price of $59.03.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Trillium Asset Management LLC lessened its holdings in Hexcel (NYSE:HXL) by 12.4% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 331,664 shares of the aerospace company’s stock after selling 47,089 shares during the quarter. Hexcel makes up approximately 1.2% of Trillium Asset Management LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 19th largest position. Trillium Asset Management LLC owned 0.37% of Hexcel worth $21,422,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Neuberger Berman Group LLC boosted its position in Hexcel (NYSE:HXL) by 4.2% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 165,404 shares of the aerospace company’s stock after purchasing an additional 6,656 shares during the quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC owned about 0.18% of Hexcel worth $10,683,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    Advanced materials are loosely defined as those designed with enhanced properties that improve on traditionally used materials. A broader definition includes materials seeing increased demand due to advanced technologies. For example, if you want to reduce the weight of aircraft (while also increasing strength) then Hexcel Corp. (NYSE: HXL) advanced composites are going to come in handy. Similarly, if you believe in the future of electric vehicles then the lithium produced byAlbemarle Corp. (NYSE: ALB) (used in batteries) will surely come into high demand in the future. Moreover, if you want to invest in companies that provide technology to materials processors then high-performance laser manufacturer IPG Photonics Corp. (NASDAQ: IPGP) is well worth a look. Here’s the investment case for all three.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Hexcel Co. (NYSE:HXL) has earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the fourteen analysts that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have assigned a hold recommendation and six have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $71.27.

Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: RPX Corporation(RPXC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Thompson Siegel & Walmsley LLC lifted its position in RPX Co. (NASDAQ:RPXC) by 32.3% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 787,377 shares of the business services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 192,430 shares during the period. Thompson Siegel & Walmsley LLC owned about 1.58% of RPX worth $8,417,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Patent litigation abuse is a major problem in the tech industry, and policymakers have looked for ways to fight it. RPX (NASDAQ:RPXC) came up with a unique approach to patent protection involving purchases of various intellectual property to deter would-be plaintiffs from challenging ownership. Yet the market for those services hasn’t grown the way some had anticipated, and even after diversifying into legal discovery services, RPX saw little choice but to start pursuing strategic alternatives to come up with a future direction for its business.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Research Frontiers (NASDAQ: REFR) and RPX (NASDAQ:RPXC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    RPX (NASDAQ:RPXC) was upgraded by research analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018

“Mors tua, vita mea” (literally “your death is my life) probably was the motto that gladiators, in the ancient Rome, recited before entering in the Coliseum and fighting for their life. Over and above its literal translation, this Latin expression means that what is a damage for one person is often an advantage for another. There can only be one winner in a competition; that is the reason why we can apply it to biotech companies like Merck (NYSE:MRK) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY), which are both fighting to gain the lead into immunotherapy market.

In this column, I will introduce these two companies, whose destinies are intertwined and, as Bristol-Myers Squibb is an undervalued stock with great upside potential, I will explain why it could be a good investment. Despite sales could be at risk in 2017, although is not a sure thing, I think it could be worth buying Bristol-Myers Squibb’s shares now.

A short introduction to immuno-oncology (I/O) and checkpoint inhibitors

Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sunoco LP(SUN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Ballard Power Systems Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: BLDP) and Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN).

  • [By ]

    That’s the case for Sunoco (NYSE: SUN). After posting a net loss of $0.09 per share in 2017, the gas station owner is expected to swing to a hefty profit of $2.35 per share in 2018. But of the 14 analysts who follow the company, earnings estimates range as low as $1.22 and as high as $3.35 — so there is a high degree of uncertainty.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) is the second largest company in America and the world’s largest oil company. Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) is the third largest company in the United States. Valero Corp. (NYSE: VLO) is among the world’s largest refiners. Sunoco L.P. (NYSE: SUN) is one of North America’s largest owners of stations and convenience stores. BP PLC (NYSE: BP) is among the world’s oil behemoths. Shell is the U.S. branch of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell PLC (NYSE: RDS-A).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on August 3, 2016.

    J B Hunt Transport Services Inc (NASDAQ: JBHT) – $0.2200 dividend, 1.0791 percent yield
    Johnson Controls Inc (NYSE: JCI) – $0.2900 dividend, 2.6250 percent yield
    FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) – $0.3600 dividend, 3.9680 percent yield
    Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) – $0.8255 dividend, 10.7347 percent yield
    Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) – $0.3800 dividend, 3.1588 percent yield
    BP plc (ADR) (NYSE: BP) – $0.6000 dividend, 6.8768 percent yield
    American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ: AAL) – $0.1000 dividend, 1.1442 percent yield
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) – $0.1300 dividend, 2.9834 percent yield
    Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) – $0.0300 dividend, 1.1321 percent yield
    Sensient Technologies Corporation (NYSE: SXT) – $0.2700 dividend, 1.5341 percent yield

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday afternoon, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Ballard Power Systems Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: BLDP) and Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN).

Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Zions Bancorporation(ZION)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    See what Barron's feels the prospects are for Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP) if it cuts its distribution and dumps its general partner, and salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) with its generous potential upside. Also whether regional banks like Zions Bancorp (NASDAQ: ZION) could see a boost from a proposed regulatory change, and the sweetheart deal the Koch brothers got with Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP).

  • [By ]

    This Utah-based bank is out with its results on April 23. And ahead of this all-important date, top Vining Sparks analyst Marty Mosby has upgraded Zions (ZION) from ‘Buy’ to ‘Strong Buy.’ He writes” “We believe that Zions should be able to generate stronger revenue per share growth than the market currently anticipates, as it should benefit from both rising interest rates and their respective strategic initiatives.”

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    In the super-regional banks that are not money center banks, Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) was up 6.3% at $13.22, and Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) was last seen up 3.8% at $38.30. They would both do better with lower regulatory costs and be able to better compete against larger banks when their stress test results had not been as strong.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Navigant Consulting, Inc.(NCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI) were down 14 percent to $17.02 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.

    Hertz Global Holdings, Inc (NYSE: HTZ) was down, falling around 18 percent to $14.24. Barclays downgraded Hertz from Equal-Weight to Underweight.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sack Lunch Productions (SAKL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    Tuesday morning, Sack Lunch Productions Inc (OTCMKTS:SAKL) posted its results for the third quarter (ending September 30th) of the year. They were as strong as you might suspect, with the top line rolling in at $5.35 million, and $142,983 of that turning into net income. That top and bottom line were actually down a bit from the year-ago comparables, though investors should bear in mind that the third quarter of last year was an unusually tough comparison of $6.02 million in sales, and income of $688,845. That was a true breakout quarter for the company’s signature event – Slide the City – and many participants may have come simply to see what it was. The follow-up year (this year), SAKL may not have had the same curiosity factor compelling people to attend.

    Sack Lunch Productions, for the unfamiliar, it’s the name behind event-oriented businesses called Slide the City, Lantern Fest, The Dirty Dash, the Color Me Rad 5K run, and most recently, the Trike Riot. Those are a 1000-foot Slip-n-Slide, a flying lantern release, a mud run, a color-splashing fun run, and a tricycle riding course for kids of all ages and sizes. The events aren’t just fun – they’re FUN!

    They’re also surprisingly profitable. While attendance and per-participant revenue varies, with the average revenue of $30 per participant being at the low end of the scale ( as is the average event attendance of 2500), gross revenue of $75,000 per event is a low-end expectation…

    … not that SAKL hasn’t done some more number crunching of its own. This year, it expects to host roughly 250 events and drive $17 million worth of revenue per event, up about 80% from 2015’s top line. Some of those are being put on by Sack Lunch Productions itself, while others are being hosted by franchisees. Whatever the case, that works out to average revenue of $72,000 per event, with the franchised ones being low-cost to no-cost events for SAKL.

    Regardless, the trend is an impressive one, all

Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: eHealth Inc.(EHTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) was down, falling around 32 percent to $9.53. eHealth reported a Q2 net loss of $0.5 million, versus a year-ago net income of $5.8 million. The company also reported weak quarterly revenue.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks For 2018

Shareholders enjoyed a pleasant surprise when lllumina Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 results three months ago. Increased revenue fromsequencing consumables and microarrays helped the gene-sequencing leader.

Illumina announced its first-quarter 2017 results after the market closed on Tuesday. Did the good news continue for the company? Here are the highlights.

Image source: Getty Images.

Illumina results: The raw numbers
Metric

Q1 2017

Q1 2016

Year-Over-Year Change

Sales

$598 million

$572 million

4.5%

Net income from continuing operations

$373 million

$90 million

314.4%

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks For 2018: Navigant Consulting, Inc.(NCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI) were down 14 percent to $17.02 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.

    Hertz Global Holdings, Inc (NYSE: HTZ) was down, falling around 18 percent to $14.24. Barclays downgraded Hertz from Equal-Weight to Underweight.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks For 2018: Integrated Device Technology, Inc.(IDTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    T-Mobile US Inc (NYSE: TMUS) reported upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.
    Integrated Device Technology Inc (NASDAQ: IDTI) agreed to acquire GigPeak Inc (NYSE: GIG) for around $250 million in cash.
    Charles River Laboratories Intl. Inc (NYSE: CRL) reported better-than-expected profit for its fourth quarter.
    Amkor Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMKR) posted downbeat revenue for its fourth quarter and issued a weak outlook for the current quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

    Analysts are expecting Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) to have earned $0.47 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion in the latest quarter. Discovery Communications shares rose 0.17 percent to $29.08 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ: TMUS) to report

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks For 2018: Brooks Automation Inc.(BRKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, technology shares fell 3.59 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Ultra Clean Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: UCTT), down 5 percent, and Brooks Automation, Inc (NASDAQ: BRKS), down 10 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Technology sector was the top gainer in the US market on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included Aviat Networks Inc (NASDAQ: AVNW), Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ: COHU), and Brooks Automation, Inc (NASDAQ: BRKS).

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks For 2018: CVS Health Corporation(CVS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Target (TGT) had missed projections for the last couple of quarters and didn’t have as strong growth online as some were looking for. Plus, when CVS (CVS) reported its miserable call, the stock got blasted because CVS said its drugstores in Target weren’t anything to write home about. So Target didn’t participate in the great retail rally that we had last week. Now it is front and center after that stronger-than-expected quarter. And make no mistake about it, that quarter was stronger than expected. (Disney and CVS are part of TheStreet’s Trifecta Stocks portfolio.)

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Investors are already seeing the writing on the wall. Shares of potential rivals in the retail pharmacy space were spooked by the news on Wednesday (May 18). Both CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) were down more than 3% in afternoon trading. At the same time, Amazon was up 1.48% on Wednesday and is currently trading up 0.84%.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Earlier this month, CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) announced its $69 billion plan to acquire Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET), the third-largest health insurer in the United States. If successful, it will be the largest deal of the year – and the largest ever in health insurance history.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CVS Health Corp (NYSE: CVS) agreed to acquire Aetna Inc (NYSE: AET) for $69 billion.

    CVS will acquire Aetna in a deal worth approximately $69 billion ($77 billion including Aetna's debt), or $207 per share. As part of the agreement, CVS will pay Aetna shareholders $145 for each Aetna share in addition to 0.8378 CVS Health shares.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks For 2018: CYS Investments, Inc.(CYS)

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.