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Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019

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Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc(VRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) rose 30.8 percent to $22.00 in pre-market trading after declining 18.63 percent on Monday.
    Nevsun Resources Ltd. (NYSE: NSU) rose 14.5 percent to $3.40 in pre-market trading after Lundin Mining Corporation and Euro Sun Mining Inc. proposed to acquire Nevsun Resources for around C$1.5 billion.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) rose 15.2 percent to $4.25 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it entered into a license agreement with Ecrent Capital Holdings Limited.
    Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) shares rose 14.1 percent to $19.50 in pre-market trading after reporting stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ: PI) rose 13.4 percent to $15.40 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    SandRidge Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SD) shares rose 13.2 percent to $16.45 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) rose 12.6 percent to $4.55 in pre-market trading after jumping 171.14 percent on Monday.
    Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) shares rose 10 percent to $16.66 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter and issued strong sales forecast for the second quarter.
    Pareteum Corporation (NASDAQ: TEUM) rose 9.7 percent to $3.05 in pre-market trading after announcing Q1 results.
    Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) rose 8 percent to $9.00 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat Q1 earnings.
    Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRGI) rose 7.3 percent to $23.45 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    IAMGOLD Corporation (NYSE: IAG) rose 7.1 percent to $6.09 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat Q1 earnings.
    TC PipeLines, LP (NYSE: TCP) rose 6.4 percent to $27 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.08 percent on Monday.
    Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAST) rose 6.3 percent to $11.75 in pre-market trading fol
  • [By Shane Hupp]

    First Republic Investment Management Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) (TSE:VRX) by 4.1% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 432,093 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock after buying an additional 16,891 shares during the quarter. First Republic Investment Management Inc. owned 0.12% of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl worth $6,879,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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    Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) : “I think they’re doing a good job. I don’t want to sell it. “

    Dominion Energy (D) : “At a 5% yield, I’m pulling the trigger right here. Buy.”

  • [By Max Byerly]

    TD Securities cut shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl (NYSE:VRX) (TSE:VRX) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Friday morning, Marketbeat.com reports. The brokerage currently has $24.00 target price on the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl (VRX)

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Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation(AGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) shares rose 18.3 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.74 percent on Friday.
    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) rose 12.1 percent to $2.69 in pre-market trading after surging 4.80 percent on Friday.
    NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) rose 10.9 percent to $109.75 in pre-market trading after Bloomberg reported that the China’s Commerce Ministry has restarted its review of QUALCOMM Incorporated’s (NASDAQ: QCOM) proposed takeover of NXP Semiconductors.
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) rose 10.6 percent to $15.20 in pre-market trading. Renewable Energy will replace Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 15.
    NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN) rose 10 percent to $6.40 in pre-market trading.
    Vaxart, Inc. (NASDAQ: VXRT) shares rose 8 percent to $5.54 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.19 percent on Friday.
    Profire Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFIE) rose 7.3 percent to $4.58 in pre-market trading after gaining 6.22 percent on Friday.
    Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) rose 7 percent to $22.49 in pre-market trading after falling 1.96 percent on Friday.
    Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) shares rose 6.9 percent to $9.16 in pre-market trading.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) rose 5.7 percent to $2.24 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.92 percent on Friday.
    CVR Refining, LP (NYSE: CVRR) rose 5.4 percent to $19.70 in pre-market trading.
    Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (NYSE: AGM) rose 5.2 percent to $92.95 in pre-market trading.
    International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) rose 5.2 percent to $29.94 in pre-market trading.
    Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) shares rose 5.1 percent to $66.30 in the pre-market trading session.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5 percent to $10.70 in pre-market trading after climbing 15.66 percent on Friday.
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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

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    Zacks: Federal Agricultural Mortgage Co. (AGM) Given Average Rating of “Strong Buy” by Analysts (americanbankingnews.com) Federal Agricultural Mortgage Co. (AGM) Announces $0.58 Quarterly Dividend (americanbankingnews.com) Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation: Farmer Mac Declares Dividends and Announces Conference Call for First Quarter 2018 Results (twst.com) Federal Agricultural Mortgage (AGM) Set to Announce Earnings on Tuesday (americanbankingnews.com)

    Federal Agricultural Mortgage stock opened at $87.14 on Monday. The company has a market capitalization of $925.08, a PE ratio of 14.17 and a beta of 1.18. Federal Agricultural Mortgage has a twelve month low of $54.51 and a twelve month high of $92.57. The company has a quick ratio of 0.37, a current ratio of 0.37 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.87.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.(HA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    After a lackluster performance in the first few months of 2018, shares of Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) surged higher following the company’s stellar first-quarter earnings report. (The stock has since retreated due to worries about a volcanic eruption on Hawaii’s Big Island and new reports about Southwest Airlines’ plans to serve Hawaii.)

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    However, one U.S. airline is uniquely suited to weather the current environment of rising fuel prices: Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA). Furthermore, Hawaiian Holdings stock trades for just seven times forward earnings, which makes this company a particularly attractive investment opportunity.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    However, at Southwest’s recent annual meeting, CEO Gary Kelly confirmed that the company still is eager to grow in international markets. This suggests that Southwest Airlines will continue to spread its growth around in the coming years, rather than just expanding in Hawaii — which is good news for local leader Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA).

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: NextEra Energy, Inc.(NEE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    The company has increased that payout at a fast pace over the years, including 15% in 2017. NextEra Energy Partners expects that to continue in those to come, with it currently planning to grow the dividend at a 12% to 15% annual pace through 2022. Powering that growth will be a combination of acquisitions both from its parent companyNextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) and third parties, as well as organic expansion projects. Although, drop-down transactions from NextEra Energy’s vast portfolio of renewable assets alone can easily support the company’s growth forecast. Because of that, investors have the opportunity to earn total annual returns in the 16% to 19% range when adding the distribution growth rate to the current yield. That outlook positions NextEra Energy Partners to continue delivering market-beating returns, which is something it has done since NextEra took it public in 2014.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Pendal Group Ltd grew its stake in shares of NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) by 3.3% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 682,686 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after buying an additional 21,713 shares during the quarter. NextEra Energy accounts for approximately 1.4% of Pendal Group Ltd’s portfolio, making the stock its 20th biggest position. Pendal Group Ltd’s holdings in NextEra Energy were worth $111,503,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    After dropping a cumulative $23.6 billion on wind power-generating assets over the years, NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) is the undisputed king of low-carbon utilities. It’s the largest owner of wind capacity in North America, making up roughly 16% of America’s total with 14 GW installed. That number could jump as much as 4.1 GW by the end of this year depending on project completion dates.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    That uncertainty is why a diversified company like NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE), with utility and renewable power operations, might make more sense for conservative investors.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on NextEra Energy (NEE)

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Top Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Focus Media Holding Limited(FMCN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    An issue of Focus Media Holding Limited (NASDAQ:FMCN) bonds fell 0.9% against their face value during trading on Monday. The high-yield debt issue has a 7.25% coupon and will mature on April 1, 2023. The bonds in the issue are now trading at $99.13 and were trading at $98.13 last week. Price moves in a company’s bonds in credit markets sometimes anticipate parallel moves in its share price.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    An issue of Focus Media Holding Limited (NASDAQ:FMCN) debt fell 1.1% against its face value during trading on Tuesday. The debt issue has a 7.5% coupon and is set to mature on April 1, 2025. The debt is now trading at $97.63 and was trading at $98.50 last week. Price changes in a company’s debt in credit markets sometimes anticipate parallel changes in its stock price.

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Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: NextEra Energy, Inc.(NEE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    The company has increased that payout at a fast pace over the years, including 15% in 2017. NextEra Energy Partners expects that to continue in those to come, with it currently planning to grow the dividend at a 12% to 15% annual pace through 2022. Powering that growth will be a combination of acquisitions both from its parent companyNextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) and third parties, as well as organic expansion projects. Although, drop-down transactions from NextEra Energy’s vast portfolio of renewable assets alone can easily support the company’s growth forecast. Because of that, investors have the opportunity to earn total annual returns in the 16% to 19% range when adding the distribution growth rate to the current yield. That outlook positions NextEra Energy Partners to continue delivering market-beating returns, which is something it has done since NextEra took it public in 2014.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    US Bancorp DE lessened its position in shares of NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) by 3.3% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 547,192 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 18,808 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE owned about 0.12% of NextEra Energy worth $89,372,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer, Rich Smith, and Sean Williams]

    If you’ve entered your retirement years, then your investment goals have likely shifted from wealth accumulation to living off the wealth you have created. That, in turn, likely means you’re looking for a mix of dividend income and safety. Here are these Motley Fool investors’ choices of three high-yield stocks that offer just that, by providing customers with services they simply can’t live without: AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), NextEra Energy Inc. (NYSE:NEE), and Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK).

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share on revenue of $14.62 billion.
    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $7.31 billion.
    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.07 per share on revenue of $11.93 billion.
    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $31.22 billion.
    Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.42 per share on revenue of $11.28 billion.
    The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $3.15 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion.
    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $5.92 per share on revenue of $3.15 billion.
    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $8.26 billion.
    JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.2 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $5.49 billion.
    Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
    Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.3 per share on revenue of $2.50 billion.
    Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.88 per share on revenue of $13.28 billion.
    The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $6.75 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.16 billion.
    PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ: PCAR) is projected to
  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    After dropping a cumulative $23.6 billion on wind power-generating assets over the years, NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) is the undisputed king of low-carbon utilities. It’s the largest owner of wind capacity in North America, making up roughly 16% of America’s total with 14 GW installed. That number could jump as much as 4.1 GW by the end of this year depending on project completion dates.

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Mimecast Limited(MIME)

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    Three Stocks to Watch Today: COP, HD, HSBC
    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) has seized assets from the Venezuelan-owned firm PDVSA in the Caribbean. The company won a court case that will allow it to take over assets owned by the Venezuelan government. The court enabled the seizures as part of a broader plan to allow the firm to recoup roughly $2 billion following the 2007 nationalization of its assets in Venezuela by the huge Castro-led government.
    Monday will be a quiet day on the earnings front. Investors are looking to Tuesday’s calendar, when The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) reports earnings. Tomorrow, Wall Street analysts expect that Home Depot will report earnings per share of $2.07 on top of $25.2 billion in revenue. Investors will be hoping that the company reports strong profits thanks to an improving U.S. economy and the recent tax reform law.
    Expect a lot of chatter today about blockchain technology. That’s because ING Bank and HSBC Holdings Plc.(NYSE: HSBC) announced over the weekend that they engaged in their first trade ever using blockchain technology. The two engaged in a trade on behalf of Cargill to finance a shipment of soybeans from Argentina to Malaysia.
    Today, look for earnings reports from Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A), Itron Inc.(Nasdaq: ITRI), Vipshop Holdings Ltd.(Nasdaq: VIPS), Amyris Biotechnologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AMRS), Sky Solar Holdings Ltd.(Nasdaq: SKYS), Mazor Robotics Ltd.(Nasdaq: MZOR), China Lodging Group Ltd. (Nasdaq: HTHT), and Mimecast Ltd.(Nasdaq: MIME).

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: LiqTech International, Inc.(LIQT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Red Violet, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDVT) rose 75.31 percent to close at $9.94 after reporting Q1 results.
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) shares jumped 40.62 percent to close at $4.50 on Tuesday after reporting 2017 year-end results.
    MEI Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEIP) gained 34.39 percent to close at $3.40.
    MEDIGUS Ltd/S ADR (NASDAQ: MDGS) gained 32.74 percent to close at $1.50 in reaction to its Monday announcement of a distribution agreement. The medical device company said it reached an agreement to distribute its minimally invasive medical devices in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
    Pfenex Inc. (NYSE: PFNX) surged 31.15 percent to close at $8.00 after the company announced the positive top-line PF708 study results in Osteoporosis patients that showed no imbalances in severity or incidence of adverse events.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: RKDA) rose 21.07 percent to close at $11.09. Arcadia Biosciences reported that Albert D. Bolles, Ph.D. has joined its board of directors.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) rose 20.23 percent to close at $10.58.
    Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR) shares gained 17.62 percent to close at $17.82.
    Aptevo Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: APVO) rose 17.1 percent to close at $5.82.
    Phoenix New Media Limited (NYSE: FENG) shares jumped 16.23 percent to close at $4.87 following Q1 earnings.
    Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMRT) rose 16.04 percent to close at $3.69.
    PPDAI Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PPDF) climbed 15.99 percent to close at $7.98 following Q1 results.
    Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME) rose 15.93 percent to close at $3.42.
    LiqTech International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIQT) gained 15.59 percent to close at $0.5532 following Q1 results.
    Sophiris Bio, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPHS) gained 13.92 percent to close at $3.52 on Tuesday following Q1 results.
    Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA) jumped 13.4 percent to close at $2.37.
    Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) shares surged 13.05 percent to close
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) shares climbed 70.3 percent to $5.45 after reporting 2017 year-end results.
    MEDIGUS Ltd/S ADR (NASDAQ: MDGS) surged 39.8 percent to $1.58 in reaction to its Monday announcement of a distribution agreement. The medical device company said it reached an agreement to distribute its minimally invasive medical devices in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: RKDA) gained 25.6 percent to $11.50. Arcadia Biosciences reported that Albert D. Bolles, Ph.D. has joined its board of directors.
    Aytu Bioscience Inc (NASDAQ: AYTU) shares jumped 21.8 percent to $0.4798 after the company late Monday reported lighter-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: HOLI) shares gained 21.1 percent to $26.77 following Q3 results.
    Pfenex Inc. (NYSE: PFNX) rose 16.8 percent to $7.1271 after the company announced the positive top-line PF708 study results in Osteoporosis patients that showed no imbalances in severity or incidence of adverse events.
    MEI Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEIP) rose 13.8 percent to $2.88.
    Red Violet, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDVT) jumped 13.1 percent to $6.41 after reporting Q1 results.
    SORL Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) shares gained 12 percent to $5.87 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    Bovie Medical Corporation (NYSE: BVX) gained 8.4 percent to $3.96 after reporting a first-quarter sales beat.
    Rosehill Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: ROSE) surged 8.4 percent to $7.90 after announcing Q1 results.
    LiqTech International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIQT) rose 8.1 percent to $0.5171 following Q1 results.
    ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPH) rose 7.7 percent to $5.6103 following Q1 results.
    Nine Energy Service, Inc. (NYSE: NINE) shares climbed 7.4 percent to $35.90.
    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: XENE) rose 6.7 percent to $6.40 after the company presented XEN901 Phase 1 clinical update and XEN1101 TMS pharmacodynamic Phase 1 data.
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Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.(HP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Johnson]

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Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: South Jersey Industries Inc.(SJI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI) and Engie (OTCMKTS:ENGIY) are both utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Alexander & Baldwin Holdings, Inc.(ALEX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Alexander & Baldwin (NYSE:ALEX) issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday. The financial services provider reported $0.66 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.24 by $0.42, Briefing.com reports. The business had revenue of $113.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $121.25 million. Alexander & Baldwin had a net margin of 60.48% and a return on equity of 7.02%. The firm’s revenue was up 21.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.14 EPS.

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Shares of Novavax (NASDAQ:NVAX), arecombinant nanoparticle vaccine and adjuvant developer, have been struggling to find a bottom ever since the late-stage failure of the company’s experimental respiratorysyncytial virus (RSV) vaccine candidate for older adults. The long and short of it is that investors have largely lost faith in the company’s ability to develop a commercially viable product.

On occasion, however, it can be extremely rewarding to take a contrarian position, especially in the volatile biotech space. That being said, I think investors may want to stick with the prevailing negative sentiment when it comes to Novavax. Here’s why.

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Big promises with no follow-through

It may come as a surprise to some that Novavax has actually been around since 1987. Even so, the biotech has never developed a commercial-stage product. That’s both a testament to just how difficult it is to strike gold in the vaccine space, and a knock against Novavax’s leadership. Three decades without a commercial-stage product is a bit excessive, after all.

Hot Gold Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Integrated Device Technology, Inc.(IDTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    Several other optics stocks stand to gain. In a Monday note, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Vivek Arya also highlighlited the semiconductor space as one that could benefit from the news. Other stocks to watch include:

    Lumentum Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LITE)
    Ciena Corporation (NYSE: CIEN)
    Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ: COHR)
    II-VI, Inc. (NASDAQ: IIVI)
    Inphi Corporation (NYSE: IPHI)
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS)
    Integrated Device Technology Inc (NASDAQ: IDTI)
    Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ: QRVO)
    Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX)
    Broadcom Inc (NASDAQ: AVGO)

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Hot Gold Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tennessee Valley Authority(TVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Tamarack-Valley-Energy (CVE:TVE) had its price objective raised by equities research analysts at BMO Capital Markets from C$3.75 to C$4.50 in a research note issued on Friday. BMO Capital Markets’ target price points to a potential downside of 82.02% from the stock’s current price.

Hot Gold Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Apollo Global Management, LLC(APO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Apollo Global Management (NYSE:APO) – Equities researchers at Jefferies Group dropped their Q2 2018 earnings estimates for Apollo Global Management in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, May 7th. Jefferies Group analyst G. O’hara now forecasts that the financial services provider will post earnings of $0.69 per share for the quarter, down from their previous estimate of $0.70. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Apollo Global Management’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.75 EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at $0.80 EPS.

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    That began to change a few years ago, when the big private equity firms began to go public. The Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) was the first back in 2007, followed by KKR in 2010, Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE: APO) in 2011, and The Carlyle Group LP (Nasdaq: CG) in 2012.

Hot Gold Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tyson Foods Inc.(TSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.32 per share on revenue of $9.89 billion.
    Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $14.34 billion.
    Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE: LPX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $692.63 million.
    Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSH) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of 3.90 billion.
    Manchester United plc (NYSE: MANU) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $1.35 per share on revenue of $193.67 million.
    Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.66 per share on revenue of $3.24 billion.
    Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NYSE: WLTW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $3.01 per share on revenue of $2.23 billion.
    Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRE) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.28 per share on revenue of $922.42 million.
    TravelCenters of America LLC (NASDAQ: TA) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.16 per share on revenue of $1.59 billion.
    Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $723.93 million.
    Welbilt, Inc. (NYSE: WBT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $329.71 million.
    Horizon Pharma Public Limited Company (NASDAQ: HZNP) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $234.17 million.

     

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Oil prices are at levels we haven’t seen in years. U.S. crude topped $70 for the first since 2014, as U.S. President Donald Trump appeared increasingly likely to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and reinforce sanctions on Tehran. In addition, OPEC has announced plans to bolster prices and cap production. For oil investors, Money MorningGlobal Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors says it’s time to buckle up. According to Moors, revoking the Iran deal would cause “price chaos” around the globe. And that’s right as driving season starts in the United States. Here’s more on the coming chaos for oil. In deal news, Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX) announced it will purchase Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE: GPT) for $7.6 billion in cash. Grammercy manages commercial real estate. While this may seem like a boring deal, Blackstone is buying a business that churns out cold hard cash for its investors. We want to keep this deal on your radar, because there are many other deals like this coming down the pipeline. We’re going to be discussing one of the best real estate opportunities available very soon – so keep an eye out for updates.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: AMZN, AAPL, TSN, SBUX
    Shareholders of Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) cheered statements made by Warren Buffett over the weekend. The Oracle of Omaha said he messed up by not investing in Amazon and Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL). “I made the wrong decisions on Google and Amazon,” Buffett said on Saturday. “We’ve looked at it. I made the mistake in not being able to come to a conclusion where I really felt that at the present prices that the prospects were far better than the prices indicated.” Buffett says he now has a “very, very, very high opinion” of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The Oracle believes that Bezos has created something that is “close to a miracle.” Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) added another 0.6% Monday, to reach $185.00 per share – a new 52-week high. The uptick came after Warren Buffett announced

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    Tyson Foods (TSN) CEO Tom Hayes wasn’t kidding when he told TheStreet he wanted to make another big acquisition soon. 

    But the argument could be made that Wall Street wasn’t expecting his latest food purchase. On Tuesday, Tyson Foods said it will spend $850 million to buy the poultry rendering and blending assets of American Proteins, Inc. and AMPRO Products, Inc.

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    Pilgrim’s Pride (PPC) : “There are so many things wrong with this one. I’d go with Tyson Foods (TSN) .”

    JB Hunt Transport Services (JBHT) : “I’m sticking with it.”

Hot Gold Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Highwoods Properties, Inc.(HIW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Daiwa Securities Group Inc. trimmed its holdings in Highwoods Properties, Inc. (NYSE:HIW) by 98.9% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 21,100 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 1,987,006 shares during the period. Daiwa Securities Group Inc.’s holdings in Highwoods Properties were worth $925,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Hot Gold Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NextEra Energy, Inc.(NEE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    FDx Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) by 3.7% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 23,657 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 842 shares during the quarter. FDx Advisors Inc.’s holdings in NextEra Energy were worth $3,864,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    US Bancorp DE lessened its position in shares of NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) by 3.3% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 547,192 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 18,808 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE owned about 0.12% of NextEra Energy worth $89,372,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Pendal Group Ltd grew its stake in shares of NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) by 3.3% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 682,686 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after buying an additional 21,713 shares during the quarter. NextEra Energy accounts for approximately 1.4% of Pendal Group Ltd’s portfolio, making the stock its 20th biggest position. Pendal Group Ltd’s holdings in NextEra Energy were worth $111,503,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    The company has increased that payout at a fast pace over the years, including 15% in 2017. NextEra Energy Partners expects that to continue in those to come, with it currently planning to grow the dividend at a 12% to 15% annual pace through 2022. Powering that growth will be a combination of acquisitions both from its parent companyNextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) and third parties, as well as organic expansion projects. Although, drop-down transactions from NextEra Energy’s vast portfolio of renewable assets alone can easily support the company’s growth forecast. Because of that, investors have the opportunity to earn total annual returns in the 16% to 19% range when adding the distribution growth rate to the current yield. That outlook positions NextEra Energy Partners to continue delivering market-beating returns, which is something it has done since NextEra took it public in 2014.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    After dropping a cumulative $23.6 billion on wind power-generating assets over the years, NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) is the undisputed king of low-carbon utilities. It’s the largest owner of wind capacity in North America, making up roughly 16% of America’s total with 14 GW installed. That number could jump as much as 4.1 GW by the end of this year depending on project completion dates.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer, Rich Smith, and Sean Williams]

    If you’ve entered your retirement years, then your investment goals have likely shifted from wealth accumulation to living off the wealth you have created. That, in turn, likely means you’re looking for a mix of dividend income and safety. Here are these Motley Fool investors’ choices of three high-yield stocks that offer just that, by providing customers with services they simply can’t live without: AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), NextEra Energy Inc. (NYSE:NEE), and Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK).

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019

November 30, 2017: The S&P 500 closed up 0.8% at 2,647.55. The DJIA closed up 1.4% at 24,272.56. Separately, the Nasdaq was up 0.7% at 6,873.97.

Thursday was an absolutely incredible day for broadU.S. markets. The Dow again cruised to new highs closing above the 24,000 mark for the first time ever and the S&P 500 hit a new all-time high as well. Crude oil started out positive but faded over the course of the day. The S&P 500 sectors were practically all positive in the session. The best performing sectors were consumer staples, industrials, and energy, up 0.9%, 1.6% and 1.5%, respectively. The worst performing sector was real estate up only 0.1%.

Crude oil was relatively flat at $57.28.

Gold was down 0.7% at $1,277.70.

The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) which traded down about 6% at $27.76. The stocks 52-week range is $23.87 to $30.96. Volume was 32 million versus the daily average of 5.7 million shares.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: NextEra Energy, Inc.(NEE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related TRST Earnings Scheduled For October 21, 2016 Major Accounting Changes Are Coming To The Financial Industry
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    Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.33 billion.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion.
    Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion.
    Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $1.76 billion.
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $7.02 billion.
    SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.83 per share on revenue of $2.21 billion.
    ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $4.68 billion.
    Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.15 per share on revenue of $593.82 million.
    Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion.
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.44 per share on revenue of $721.89 million.
  • [By Neha Chamaria, Rich Smith, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    So when we asked some of our contributors to name such “boring” dividend stocks that they vouch for and believe are great picks for income investors, they came up with three really interesting names from two different industries for you to consider: Toronto Dominion Bank(NYSE:TD),H&R Block(NYSE:HRB), and NextEra Energy, Inc.(NYSE:NEE).

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    SunPower signed a 125 MW supply agreement with NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) to provide its P-Series modules to the developer between June and October of this year. There wasn’t any disclosure about whether the deal included the Oasis tracking system or any design services, but even if it’s just a panel supply agreement, it would be a positive sign.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: NewJersey Resources Corporation(NJR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniela Pylypczak]

    New Jersey Resources Corp.(NJR) announced on Tuesday that it will raise its quarterly dividend rate by 5%.

    The new quarterly dividend rate will be 42 cents per share, up 2 cents from the prior 40 cents per share rate. Annually, the dividend rate will now be $1.68 per share. The new rate will be effective with the dividend payable October 1, 2013 to shareholders of record on September 23, 2013.

    Commenting on the increase, Chairman and CEO Laurence M. Downes noted “Our shareowners look to us year after year for consistent financial performance and a competitive return on their investment.he action taken today by our board of directors allows us to increase our dividend for the 20th time in the last 18 years. This is an acknowledgement of our team’s unwavering focus to provide exceptional value for our customers and shareowners.”

    New Jersey Resources shares traded 0.06% lower during Tuesday’s session. Year-to-date, the stock is up 5.90%.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.(NOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares slipped by 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 8 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.57 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Tesco Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ: TESO), down 7 percent, and Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 8 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares slipped by 1.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and North American Energy Partners Inc.(USA) (NYSE: NOA), down 6 percent.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Amphenol Corporation(APH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is the top pick in the sector and has remained a favorite at RBC for some time.Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) is one of the worlds largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors, interconnect systems, antennas, sensors and sensor-based products and coaxial and high-speed specialty cable.

  • [By Darren Williams] Although the entire cannabis space has quietly taken a hit of their own medicine in recent weeks and gone to sleep, don’t think for one second the entire space isn’t going to light up again soon. That’s just what they do, right? However, knowing who the pretenders are and knowing who the contenders are is really the challenge when it’s comes right down to it.
    First, anyone who claims to be a grower or a seller of cannabis can’t for one second ever make it as a public company right now, or can even legally consider being a public company for that matter, so you can scratch any of those right off your list. At least here in the U.S. anyway, because Canada is already well ahead of the curve having legalized it for medicinal purposes already.
    More importantly, full legalization of marijuana in Canada appears to be on track for July 2018, which will make Canada just the second nation in the world after Uruguay to completely legalize the cultivation, sale and possession of the drug for medical and recreational purposes.
    Regardless, the best time to buy any stocks in a hot growth sector is when either everyone has forgotten about them, or when the overall market landscape has turned bearish, which has yet to happen. However, the former seems to be the case for the cannabis space, despite some very favorable state legislation last Fall.
    For now, as long as you have a license issued by Health Canada, you’re good to go, so there are some stocks trading in Canada already who are well on their way to making some green for investors. Canopy Growth Corporation (TSE: WEED), formerly Tweed Marijuana Inc., is a medical marijuana company based in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Aurora Cannabis Inc. (CVE: ACB), which is engaged in the production and sale of medical cannabis. There’s also Aphria Pharmaceutical Company (TSE: APH), which also is engaged in producing and selling medical marijuana through retail sales and wholesale channels.
    There are many more, but those are just a

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Microbot Medical Inc. (MBOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $8.77 after the company reported a 700,000 share direct offering for $3.5 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares shot up 51 percent to $7.76 after reporting a significant technology patent allowance in the U.S. The patent allowance covers a device for the prevention of shunt stenosis.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares dropped 34 percent to $2.50. Microbot Medical reported a $10 million registered direct offering

    Shares of NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ: NLNK) were down 12 percent to $11.13 after the company reported that indoximod + PROVENGE resulted in statistically significant improvement in rPFS for patients with mCRPC in Phase 2 trial.

4 Solar Stocks to Buy Now

A new day is dawning. As solar energy gets cheaper, it is spreading rapidly around the world, and many countries are preparing to spend a great deal of money on it. In addition to the fact that it is much cleaner than oil, solar energy also creates many jobs and eliminates the need for developing countries to undertake costly extensions of the electricity grid to remote areas.

Furthermore, as I’ve mentioned in the past, the proliferation of electric cars should make the solar energy business more lucrative. Given all of these positive catalysts, I think it’s likely that solar energy prices will stabilize — i.e. stop going down rapidly — very soon.

Meanwhile, the cost of producing solar energy should keep dropping, causing solar energy companies to become much more profitable. By buying First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR), JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE:JKS), SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) and SolarEdge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:SEDG), investors should be able to profit tremendously from these trends.

Solar Stocks to Buy: First Solar (FSLR) Solar Stocks to Buy: First Solar (FSLR)Source: U.S. Department of the Interior via Flickr

The main reason I like First Solar stock, in addition to its ability to benefit from the general positive trends I described above, is its ability to benefit from Saudi Arabia’s gargantuan upcoming investments in solar energy.

It appears that First Solar previously agreed to supply 2.36 million solar modules for a project led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power in the country of Dubai which is located next to Saudi Arabia.  Earlier this year, ACWA won a bid for a much smaller, 300 megawatt solar energy project in Saudi Arabia. The fact that ACWA won the previous deal, and has worked with First Solar in the recent past, suggests that  ACWA and First Solar will make a great deal of money from Saudi Arabia’s upcoming solar projects.

Additionally, as many others have noted, First Solar will benefit from its existing U.S. factory which will allow it to avoid U.S. tariffs, and it recently raised its 2018 shipping guidance, citing strong demand for its modules.

Solar Stocks to Buy: SunPower (SPWR) Solar Stocks to Buy: SunPower (SPWR)Source: via SunPower

SunPower has several attributes that make the outlook for the company and SunPower stock especially positive. The company’s solar panels are known as some of the most efficient in the industry.

It has a major presence in three of the world’s largest and fastest growing solar markets: India, Japan, and the U.S.  Although the company’s fourth-quarter results were hit hard by the tariffs that President Donald Trump placed on the sector, SunPower is countering by launching a factory in the U.S., and it may receive an exemption from the tariffs. SunPower also has a very strong business in South America, and it signed a deal to provide a significant amount of solar panels to NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE), which owns a number of electric utilities in the U.S.

Assuming that the latter deal goes well, NextEra could expand its dealings with SunPower, and other U.S. utilities could look to sign similar deals with SPWR. News tends to travel fast within sectors, and companies emulate moves by their colleagues and competitors that work well.

One reason for the low price of SunPower is the large amount of debt it’s carrying. But the company’s sale of its stake in renewable company 8point3 Energy should alleviate this problem. Moreover, French energy giant Total SA (NYSE:TOT) owns a majority stake in SunPower, and would be able to kick in additional cash if necessary to prevent the solar company from facing a near-term cash crunch until the solar sector really starts booming.

Solar Stocks to Buy: JinkoSolar (JKS) Solar Stocks to Buy: JinkoSolar (JKS)Source: Russ Ferriday via Flickr (Modified)

JinkoSolar’s sales have boomed in recent years , partly because its solar panels are quite affordable and efficient. But as PvTech pointed out, the company also has “maintained its gross margins in the 10%-20% range” and has “a global sales operations capable of winning opportunities in all key end markets.”

Indeed, according to the publication, in 2017 JinkoSolar ranked “number two in the Chinese and Japanese markets, third in India, fourth in the U.S., and top-rank in Europe and the all-other category.”

Meanwhile, JinkoSolar signed a huge deal with Nex Era. As with SunPower, there’s a decent chance that if NextEra is pleased with JinkoSolar’s modules, it will expand the deal and other U.S. utilities will look to buy JinkoSolar’s panels, boosting JKS stock.

Solar Stocks to Buy: SolarEdge (SEDG) Solar Stocks to Buy: SolarEdge (SEDG)Source: Shutterstock

As I mentioned in a previous column, SolarEdge has strong technology and impressive partners and has delivered great financial results.  Since I wrote the previous column, Deutsche Bank issued a fairly bullish note about SolarEdge stock.

After meeting with the company’s management, the firm wrote that “Concerns over increased competition from Huawei and potential risks of a slowdown in 2018 industry volumes are fading, ” The Fly reported. Deutsche Bank raised its price target on the stock to $57 from $45 but kept a Hold rating on the shares.

But given SolarEdge’s strong growth and the relatively low valuation of SolarEdge stock,  along with Deutsche Bank’s bullish outlook, the firm’s “hold” rating seems illogical. Specifically, SolarEdge’s EPS jumped more than 150% year-over-year last quarter, while it’s trading at less than 20 times analysrs’ forward earnings estimate.

As of this writing, Larry Ramer owned shares of SunPower stock, JinkoSolar stock, and SolarEdge stock. 

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