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Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2019

For years, Toys “R” Us was an American success story.

Now the discount toy retailer is in its final chapter. The company filed for bankruptcy in September. On Wednesday, Toys “R” Us told employees that it would close or sell all its stores in the United States.

It’s an ignominious end for the company that was once the toy industry’s powerhouse. In the second half of the 20th century, just after the Baby Boom, Toys “R” Us grew into a dominant retail chain thanks to its low prices and a knack for keeping the nation’s hottest toys in stock.

“Toys ‘R’ Us, Big Kid on the Block, Won’t Stop Growing,” a Wall Street Journal headline blared in 1988.

It all started in 1948, when Charles Lazarus, age 25, opened a baby furniture store called Children’s Bargain Town in Washington, D.C. He knew Americans returning from World War II were starting families and needed somewhere to stock up on nursery decor.

But before long, Lazarus discovered that the real money was not in cribs, but in toys.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2019: Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd(AAV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Advantage Oil & Gas (NYSE:AAV) (TSE:AAV) released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday. The oil and gas company reported $0.04 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.07 by ($0.03), MarketWatch Earnings reports. The business had revenue of $58.07 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $62.09 million. Advantage Oil & Gas had a net margin of 39.22% and a return on equity of 2.98%.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2019: Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc.(NSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its position in Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc (NYSE:NSM) by 4.1% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 149,406 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 5,824 shares during the quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc.’s holdings in Nationstar Mortgage were worth $2,684,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    LSV Asset Management raised its stake in shares of Nationstar Mortgage (NYSE:NSM) by 28.7% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 282,100 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 62,900 shares during the quarter. LSV Asset Management owned approximately 0.29% of Nationstar Mortgage worth $5,066,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Nationstar Mortgage (NSM)

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Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2019: Dynamic Materials Corporation(BOOM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ: BOOM) shares shot up 23 percent to $39.00 after the company reported upbeat Q1 results and issued upbeat Q2 guidance.

    Shares of eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $18.64 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: COCP) rose 15.3 percent to $2.41 in pre-market trading after declining 25.09 percent on Thursday.
    Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) shares rose 10.7 percent to $117.75 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Thursday.
    DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ: BOOM) rose 10.6 percent to $35.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) rose 10.2 percent to $12.12 in pre-market trading after climbing 86.76 percent on Thursday.
    Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) shares rose 7 percent to $6.42 in pre-market trading on reports that the company has made progress on merger talks with T-Mobile.
    Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) rose 6.9 percent to $1,621.95 in pre-market trading after the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter. The company sees second quarter operating income of $1.1 billion – $1.9 billion and sales of $51 billion – $54 billion.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares rose 5.5 percent to $7.88 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.49 percent on Thursday.
    Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) rose 5.3 percent to $55.86 in pre-market trading as the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter and also raised its FY18 sales outlook.
    8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT) rose 5.3 percent to $21.00 in pre-market trading.
    Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) shares rose 5.1 percent to $4.75 in pre-market trading as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO) rose 5 percent to $20.24 in pre-market trading.
    Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) rose 4.5 percent to $249.50 in pre-market trading following upbeat Q1 profit.
    Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) rose 4.3 percent to $311 in pre-market trading. Charter is expected to release quarterly earnings today.
    SINA Corporation (NASDAQ: SINA) shares rose 3.9 pe
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ: BOOM) shares shot up 26 percent to $39.85 after the company reported upbeat Q1 results and issued upbeat Q2 guidance.

    Shares of eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $19.04 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ: BOOM) shares shot up 25 percent to $39.55 after the company reported upbeat Q1 results and issued upbeat Q2 guidance.

    Shares of Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $12.83 as the company reported Q1 results.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) jumped 46.7 percent to $16.1331. The low-float small-cap clinical stage gene therapy company saw its stock rally nearly 150 percent from Monday through Thursday. Formal news hasn't been announced this week that would support a triple-digit percentage rally (including more than 200 percent at one point on Thursday) but the quiet period following its initial public offering will expire on May 8.
    Celyad SA (NASDAQ: CYAD) shares gained 24.7 percent to $36.17. Celyad reported the publication of THINK study case report of CYAD-01 Induced Complete Remission in relapsed/refractory AML patient in haematologica.
    DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ: BOOM) shares jumped 23.2 percent to $39.00 after the company reported upbeat Q1 results and issued upbeat Q2 guidance.
    eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) gained 21.8 percent to $19.58 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.
    Enova International, Inc. (NYSE: ENVA) climbed 20.4 percent to $27.20 following Q1 results.
    SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) shares jumped 18.2 percent to $304.135 following strong quarterly results.
    Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) gained 13.9 percent to $12.70 as the company reported Q1 results.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NYSE: ZYME) gained 13.8 percent to $17.36.
    Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: COCP) rose 11.8 percent to $2.336 after declining 25.09 percent on Thursday.
    ImmunoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMGN) shares surged 11.7 percent to $11.75 after the company announced 'successful completion of interim analysis' for FORWARD I Phase 3 mirvetuximab soravtansine trial.
    Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELOX) gained 9.5 percent to $12.70.
    Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) shares rose 8.5 percent to $115.3801 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Thursday.
    Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) shares rose 8.3 percent to $6.50. The stock moved higher after a Reuters report suggested ongoing merger talks with T-M

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2019: Insperity, Inc.(NSP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Insperity Inc (NYSE:NSP) have been given a consensus rating of “Buy” by the six analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, one has assigned a hold recommendation, three have issued a buy recommendation and one has given a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $86.75.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Atlantic Trust Group LLC trimmed its holdings in shares of Insperity Inc (NYSE:NSP) by 16.3% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 28,152 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 5,491 shares during the period. Atlantic Trust Group LLC owned approximately 0.07% of Insperity worth $1,958,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Naturally Splendid Enterprises Ltd (CVE:NSP) insider Sead Hamzagic sold 141,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of C$0.21, for a total value of C$29,715.00.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2019: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    As one would expect, shares of ZTE’s U.S. optical component suppliers rose sharply after President Trump signaled that a deal to end a recently-imposed ban on U.S. parts sales to the Chinese phone and telecom equipment giant is in the works. And NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) posted a double-digit gain after Chinese regulators (probably not coincidentally) announced that they’re restarting their review of Qualcomm’s (QCOM) $44 billion deal to buy the Dutch chipmaker.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI trimmed its stake in shares of NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) by 9.3% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 32,273 shares of the semiconductor provider’s stock after selling 3,324 shares during the quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI’s holdings in NXP Semiconductors were worth $3,776,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By ]

    To be fair, M&A concerns appear to be playing some role in the selloff. The unwillingness of Chinese regulators to sign off on either the Qualcomm (QCOM) /NXP (NXPI) deal or a Bain Capital-led deal to buy Toshiba’s flash memory unit has stoked fears that the chip industry’s M&A wave will be halted until trade tensions between the U.S. and China ease.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) saw unusually-strong trading volume on Monday . Approximately 23,163,579 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 344% from the previous session’s volume of 5,213,280 shares.The stock last traded at $110.74 and had previously closed at $110.74.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The offer has two caveats. First, Qualcomm’s bid for NXP Semiconductor N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) must either be completed at that price or rejected. Second, Qualcomm may not delay or cancel its scheduled annual meeting set for March 6.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) will report its most recent quarterly results after the close on Wednesday. The consensus estimates call for $1.68 in EPS and $2.35 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen trading at $105.40, in a 52-week range of $100.23 to $125.93. The consensus price target is $119.65.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2019: Myers Industries, Inc.(MYE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Myers Industries, Inc. (NYSE:MYE) Director Frederic Jack Liebau, Jr. bought 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 30th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $19.28 per share, for a total transaction of $19,280.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 28,957 shares in the company, valued at approximately $558,290.96. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) and Myers Industries (NYSE:MYE) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now

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Top 5 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Bazaarvoice, Inc.(BV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    BrightView Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BV) entered the market quietly in its initial public offering (IPO). The stock initially saw a slight gain compared to the announced pricing but quickly fell flat.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    BrightView Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BV) raised $469 million selling 21.3 million shares at $22, the low end of the expected range. Shares dropped 3% on the first day of trading and closed the week flat.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Below is Renaissance Capital’s list of the second quarter’s 10 largest IPOs ranked by deal size. We’ve also included the stock’s first-day pop (or decline) and its return as of the most recent close. Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE: SPOT) is not included because its IPO was a direct offering that did not raise any new cash. Spotify shares popped nearly 13% on the April offering date, and the return to date is 27%.

    AXA Equitable Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EQH): $2.75 billion; first-day pop of 1.7%; return to date: 1.3% GreenSky LLC (NASDAQ: GSKY): $874 million: pop of 1.6%; return of 7.9% BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BJ): $638 million; pop and return of 29.4% DocuSign Inc. (NASDAQ: DOCU): $629 million; pop of 37.0%; return of 83.0% Pivotal Software Inc. (NYSE: PVTL): $555 million; pop of 5.0%; return of 71.0% GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE: EAF): $525 million; decline of 3.7%; return of 23.0% BrightView Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BV): $469 million; decline of 2.7%; return of 2.7% Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (NYSE: CDAY): $462 million; pop of 42.0%; return of 55.0% Essential Properties Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: EPRT): $455 million; decline of 2.6%; return of 3.6% PluralSight Inc. (NASDAQ: PS): $311 million; pop of 33.0%; return of 61.0%

    Looking ahead to the third quarter, Renaissance Capital notes 65 companies currently in the IPO pipeline looking to raise $11 billion. Real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield is the both the largest potential IPO ($500 million) and the largest based on trailing 12-month sales ($7.23 billion). The pipeline is again heavy on health care offerings (11), industrials (five), financials (five) and, in a bit of a comeback, energy (four).

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Progress Software Corporation(PRGS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Smith Asset Management Group LP cut its holdings in shares of Progress Software (NASDAQ:PRGS) by 45.9% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 61,653 shares of the software maker’s stock after selling 52,380 shares during the period. Smith Asset Management Group LP owned 0.14% of Progress Software worth $2,371,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Progress Software (NASDAQ:PRGS) posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday. The software maker reported $0.60 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.53 by $0.07, RTT News reports. Progress Software had a net margin of 13.86% and a return on equity of 25.03%. The firm had revenue of $96.10 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $95.03 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.42 earnings per share. Progress Software’s quarterly revenue was up 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. Progress Software updated its Q3 guidance to $0.56-$0.58 EPS and its FY18 guidance to $2.45-$2.50 EPS.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The secret to becoming a millionaire, of course, is getting out in front of a major investment trend before it becomes mainstream. In 2017, it was Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. But this year, it’s a taboo investment that is creating millionaires all across North America. Tap into the “green rush,” and prepare to become a “Marijuana millionaire.” Learn how to get started right here.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Wednesday
    U.S. President Donald Trump is facing criticism after threatening to ramp up taxes on Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG). The iconic motorcycle producer said it will move parts of its production overseas in order to avoid tariffs from the European Union. Trump threatened to increase taxes on the firm. “Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “I fought hard for them and ultimately they will not pay tariffs selling into the E.U., which has hurt us badly on trade, down $151 Billion. Taxes just a Harley excuse – be patient!” Earlier this month,Microsoft Corp.(Nasdaq:MSFT) launched a $7.5 billion takeover of the web-based hosting service GitHub. The acquisition, orchestrated by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, brought out critics who claim that GitHub lacks any real profit potential forMicrosoft stock. Here’s why those critics are wrong… and why MSFT is a buy. Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) has reversed its policy on cryptocurrency ads. The social media giant says that it will permit marketing from “pre-approved advisers.” According to TechCrunch, the company will still ban ads pushing binary options and initial coin offerings. The report goes on to explain that cryptocurrency scams cost customers more than $500 million in just January and February 2018 alone.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: ORCL, FB, GOOGL, BA
    Oracle Corp. (NYSE: ORCL) were largely flat despite a strong earnings report after the bell yesterday. The cloud computing giant reported EPS of $0.99

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Insperity, Inc.(NSP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Atlantic Trust Group LLC trimmed its holdings in shares of Insperity Inc (NYSE:NSP) by 16.3% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 28,152 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 5,491 shares during the period. Atlantic Trust Group LLC owned approximately 0.07% of Insperity worth $1,958,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Insperity (NSP)

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

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Naturally Splendid Enterprises Ltd (CVE:NSP) insider Sead Hamzagic sold 141,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of C$0.21, for a total value of C$29,715.00.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION(SAIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE:SAIC)Q1 2019 Earnings Conference CallJune 12, 2018, 5:00 p.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Investors in Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE:SAIC) had a bad week last week: Its stock plunged 8% in a single day after it reported earnings — and ended the week even lower. SAIC shares are clawing back some losses this week — but do they deserve to?

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    The Marine Corps has selected BAE Systems (NASDAQOTH:BAESY) to manufacture its next-generation amphibious combat vehicle, dealing a major setback to the diversification plans of Science Applications International (NYSE:SAIC).

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Today, Bill offers our readers a few of his favorites as Trump meets with Kim Jong Un.Here’s how to cash in regardless of how this summit turns out in the long run.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Tuesday
    Last night, President Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. This was the first meeting between a sitting American president and a North Korean leader. Following the agreement, analysts noted that the document signed by both parties included no concrete details for achieving denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. Trump responded to criticism by saying he is fully confident that the Korean dictatorship will follow through. A U.S. district court will rule on whether to approve an $85 billion merger between AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX). The decision comes after about six weeks of debate in a courtroom. The ruling will likely have a significant impact on the proposed bid by The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) for media giant Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.(NYSE: FOXA). The Fed Open Market Committee kicks off its June meeting today. The U.S. central bank is expected to raise interest rates for the second time in 2018. On Wednesday, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will likely announce a hike of 0.25% to the benchmark rate to 2%. This would also mark the seventh hike since December 2015. Markets will be looking for clues during Powell’s conference to determine how many additional times the Fed plans to raise interest rates during the final six months of the year.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: RH, TSLA, GE
    Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc. (NYSE: RH) stock popped more than 20% in pre-market hours after the company reported very strong profits for the quarter. The retailer reported earnings per share of $1.33, well above the $1.02 anticipated by analysts. The company also reported a strong second-quarter outlook, news that reduced concerns about it falling short of revenue expectations. Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TS

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Science Applications International (SAIC)

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

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Let’s start with the story that sparked the rally. Last night, Reuters cited three sources “familiar with the matter” saying that Engility “is exploring a sale” — perhaps to CACI International (NYSE:CACI) or Science Applications International Corp (NYSE:SAIC), two peer defense contractors that are both three to four times larger than Engility.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: CSP Inc.(CSPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Headlines about CSP (NASDAQ:CSPI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. CSP earned a news sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the information technology services provider an impact score of 44.9831568716707 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Stay Away From Apple Component Players – Cramer’s Lightning Round (5/16/18)

Stocks discussed on the Lightning Round segment of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money Program, Wednesday, May 16.

Bullish Calls

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ): Cramer has been a fan and still likes the stock.

Pure Storage (NYSE:PSTG): They are a smart management company.

Foot Locker (NYSE:FL): Cramer thinks it’s okay. He prefers Nike (NYSE:NKE) even though it’s at the 52-week high.

Insperity (NYSE:NSP): This “business optimization company”, as Cramer calls it, doesn’t quit and he has been recommending it for a long time.

Bearish Calls

Gulfport Energy (NASDAQ:GPOR): Don’t go down the food chain. Buy Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) as it’s a high quality company.

Preferred Apartment Communities (NYSEMKT:APTS): Cramer is not a fan of multi-family REITs. The 7% yield seems like a red flag.

Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:CRUS): “We’re not really recommending the components players that go into Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) right now. It’s just too hard.”

Frontline (NYSE:FRO): The crude carriers have done poorly.

>>Read Wednesday’s Mad Money summary here

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Citigroup’s Andrew Kaplowitz and Vladimir Bystricky visited General Electric’s (GE) gas turbine factory in South Carolina…and like what they see:

Weve only been covering GE for a couple of months, but weve been covering industrial companies for a long time and we do know a well-run facility when we see it. After visiting GEs Gas Turbine Facility in Greenville, we are more confident that GEs Power business (including the newly acquired Alstom) will be a meaningful driver of our estimated mid-teens EPS growth through 2018. We think a combination of a successful Alstom integration, the significant positive impact of GEs H Turbine ramp-up, and GEs enhanced digital capability should result in a significantly improved competitive position, enhanced ability to price, and a stronger tailwind to service for the company.

One important point to highlight before we get to the main takeaways of our meeting with GE Power management and that is service-related growth seems to be the common denominator across GEs new power portfolio…management does seem excited about the service opportunities provided by the GE-Alstom combination and the ramp-up and installation of a new generation of H Turbines. Given GEs acquisition of Alstom, GEs installed base has risen 50%, which GE can now pursue with greater service penetration. Arguably just as importantly, we get the sense that with GEs improved technology capability on the whole gas plant island, Power management feels like it can go after competitors installed base for service as well.

Best Tech Stocks For 2018: Illinois Tool Works Inc.(ITW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    There are lots of stories like that out there these days. People were perplexed about the Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and Cummins Engine (CMI) and Caterpillar (CAT) quarters, but they turned out to be classic buying opportunities after years of being sell opportunities if the stocks had run. I can’t explain to you how amazing that is. Here are three stocks that have spent months and months in purgatory when they have missed or guided down or slashed forecasts. Now they are up gigantically.

Best Tech Stocks For 2018: Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (The)(IPG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.94, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.96 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.

     

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Arconic Inc (NYSE: ARNC) and Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG).

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 59.42% to $280.90 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COS has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 8.14%.

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    Interpublic is our income play in our media universe. While other stocks we cover offer a higher yield than IPG’s 2.1%, the company’s double digit EPS growth projections for 2016 (following an estimated 18% in 2015) will also likely be a driver of outperformance for the year. While results can be somewhat volatile for IPG, we would point to record new business win backlog this year, which improves our conviction that the better than average recent organic revenue growth trends will continue next year. At 18x our 2016 EPS estimate, we find IPG shares attractive at current levels for another projected year of healthy double digit total returns. 

Best Tech Stocks For 2018: Renesola Ltd.(SOL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) to report a quarterly loss at $0.04 per share on revenue of $256.05 million. ReneSola shares gained 2.50 percent to close at $1.23 on Friday.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11
  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.04 per share on revenue of $256.05 million.

    America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRMT) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $149.13 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 9.76 percent to $1.35 in pre-market trading. ReneSola reported Q1 earnings of $0.06 per share on revenue of $260.7 million.

Best Tech Stocks For 2018: Insperity, Inc.(NSP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Insperity Inc. (NYSE: NSP) also had a large-scale seller on the desk, and it was another well-known hedge fund. Value Act, which also serves as a director at the company, sold a total of 226,000 shares of the stock at prices that ranged from $71.22 to $72.41. The total for the sale was set at $16 million.Insperity provides an array of human resources and business solutions to enhance business performance for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. The shares closed the day on Friday at $71.85.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018

Blue-chip companies rightfully make up the bulk of most people’s investment portfolios. These large-cap firms possess considerable industry leverage, as well as a vast sum of financial resources. Their status and importance to the underlying economy means that they are the least likely to crumble, regardless of external pressures. Ultimately, blue chips provide the confidence and stability to which you can pin your long-term hopes.

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But there’s a reason most financial advisers say to have at least a small allocation to speculative investments. Those large caps can offer somewhat modest returns. Single-digit annual gains and a 2% dividend yield? No … here and there, investors should try to generate bigger returns from more explosive small- and even micro-cap stocks.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Seres Therapeutics, Inc.(MCRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares shot up 35 percent to $12.51. Seres Therapeutics reported initiation of new SER-019 study announced FY16 loss of $2.30 per share on revenue of $21.766 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares dropped 70 percent to $10.69 after the company reported interim results from SER-109 Phase 2 ECOSPOR study in multiply recurrent clostridium difficile infection. The study did not achieve primary endpoint.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday.
    Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday.
    Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday.
    Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances.
    Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral.
    Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday.
    Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend.
    BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.
    Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday.
    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Insperity, Inc.(NSP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Insperity Inc. (NYSE: NSP) also had a large-scale seller on the desk, and it was another well-known hedge fund. Value Act, which also serves as a director at the company, sold a total of 226,000 shares of the stock at prices that ranged from $71.22 to $72.41. The total for the sale was set at $16 million.Insperity provides an array of human resources and business solutions to enhance business performance for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. The shares closed the day on Friday at $71.85.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Visa Inc.(V)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion before the opening bell. Honeywell shares gained 0.11 percent to $123.91 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion before the opening bell. General Electric shares gained 1.06 percent to $30.59 in after-hours trading.
    Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter on Thursday. Mattel shares dropped 6.78 percent to $23.50 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the opening bell, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion. Stanley Black & Decker shares declined 0.01 percent to $132.70 in after-hours trading.
    Visa Inc (NYSE: V) posted stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Thursday. Visa shares rose 2.35 percent to $93.29 in the after-hours trading session.

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Of the three other stocks closest to Boeing’s yearly gain, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) rose by about 1.9% to a gain of over 58% for the year, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) added about 2.7% to close the week up just over 50% for the year to date and Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) tacked on 1.8% to bring its annual gain to nearly 46%.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) and MasterCard (NYSE:MA) aren’t the only two players in the credit card and electronic payments space, but they are the biggest and best-known. Both Visa and MasterCard have extended their reach across the globe, and both have high expectations in their trajectories for future growth. Yet after a big push in the stock market that has sent both of these financial stocks to all-time highs, investors need to know which of the two leaders in the card industry is more deserving of their attention. Let’s take a closer look at Visa and MasterCard, comparing them using several different metrics to see which company’s shares are the better buy.

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    In the past year, PayPal has executed a strategy of forming alliances with potential rivals in the payments space. In a prominent example, last year the company announced a tie-up in the U.S. with card issuer Visa (NYSE:V). Earlier this month, the two parties revealed that they’ve extended the arrangement to the Asia Pacific region. The deal expansion means that banks in the region that issue Visa cards can allow their cardholders to check out online wherever PayPal is accepted. Brick-and-mortar retailers honoring the Visa symbol will now also be able to accept PayPal as payment.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Visa (V) shares are soaring today after reporting earnings and revenue that easily topped the Street consensus.

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    Visa reported a profit of 86 cents a shares, topping forecasts for 78 cents, on revenue of $4.5 billion, ahead of estimates for $4.3 billion.

    After review Visa’s earnings, Cowen’s George Mihalos and team write that Visa is “everywhere investors should want to be.” They explain why:

    Visa reported very robust F1Q results and raised its FY17 outlook when adjusting for an incremental 1pt of F/X headwinds. We are raising our estimates and continue to believe there is upside to the companys outlook. Almost all key metrics showed signs of acceleration and we expect the momentum to continue. We expect the stock to be strong in tomorrow’s trading and remain very positive on the name.

    Shares of Visa have gained 5.1% to $86.48 at 2:49 p.m. today, while MasterCard (MA) has risen 1.8% to$106.98.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Vanguard Short-Term Government ETF(VGSH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Donald van Deventer]

    Shorter-duration Treasury Exchange-Traded Funds: (SHY), (SHV), (IEI), (BIL), (TUZ), (FIVZ), (DTUL), (VGSH), (DTUS), (DFVS), (DFVL), (SST), (ISTB), (TBZ).

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own 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.