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Top Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now

If small-company stocks offer the chance to get into businesses on the ground floor, and big blue chips offer world-beating stability, what do shares of midsize companies bring to the table? Historically, superior returns. Since 1980, the Russell Midcap index, which tracks U.S. stocks with $934 million to $34 billion in market capitalization (stock price times shares outstanding), returned 12.9% per year, on averageahead of the large-cap Standard & Poors 500-stock index (11.7%) and the small-cap Russell 2000 index (11%).

See Also: Mid-Cap Stocks Are the Market’s Sweet Spot

Patrick Dunkerley, who comanages the Scout Mid Cap Fund (UMBMX), describes mid caps as a market sweet spot, offering more stability than small companies (thanks to, among other things, more-seasoned executives) and better growth potential than large firms. The fund, which holds 142 stocks, aims to eclipse the long-term performance of the Russell Midcap index.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: NVIDIA Corporation(NVDA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this segment ofMotley Fool Money, host Chris Hill is joined by senior analysts Jason Moser, Matt Argersinger, and Ron Gross to discuss chipmaker NVIDIA(NASDAQ:NVDA), which put up superb results for the quarter that ended in late April, outperforming in every part of its business. But this is a stock that has already been a major winner over the past year, and lofty valuations don’t leave much tolerance for any hint of a weak forecast. So the market took back some of those gains on word that cryptocurrency miners are severely reducing their GPU purchases.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    Investors in NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) have had a lot to celebrate. The company’s graphics processing unit (GPU) remains the gold standard among hardcore and casual gamers alike, and the advent of cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) have created vast new markets for NVIDIA’s products.

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    Cramer extended FANG to include Apple (AAPL) , another Action Alerts PLUS name that he said should be bough into any weakness, and Nvidia (NVDA) , which despite being down again Tuesday remains very strong.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    In March, Cramer again shot down AMD on his “Mad Money” show. When a caller asked about AMD, Cramer said CEO Lisa Su is doing a great job, but AMD has stalled in the face of tough competition from Intel and NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA).

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: MSA Safety Incorporporated(MSA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE: MSA) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Surgical appliances & supplies” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Mine Safety Appliances to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    MSA Safety (NYSE: MSA) and Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News stories about MSA Safety (NYSE:MSA) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MSA Safety earned a coverage optimism score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 45.5089052622113 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE:MSA) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the six research firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $97.33.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Eagle Bancorp, Inc.(EGBN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    WARNING: “Eagle Bancorp, Inc. (EGBN) Holdings Trimmed by TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC” was first posted by Ticker Report and is the property of of Ticker Report. If you are accessing this news story on another site, it was stolen and republished in violation of United States and international copyright and trademark legislation. The legal version of this news story can be read at www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3353520/eagle-bancorp-inc-egbn-holdings-trimmed-by-tiaa-cref-investment-management-llc.html.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Eagle Bancorp (EGBN)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new position in Eagle Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGBN) during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund purchased 2,686 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $161,000.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019

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Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: NVIDIA Corporation(NVDA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) reported another record quarter on Thursday, but the market wasn’t particularly impressed. Nvidia stock traded down more than 2 percent on Friday. Here’s what Wall Street analysts had to say about Nvidia following the report.

  • [By Beth McKenna]

    Tech darling NVIDIA Corporation(NASDAQ:NVDA) should be reporting its fiscal first-quarter 2019 earnings in a couple of weeks, most likely during the week of May 7. No exact date is set yet.

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    On Thursday after the close, Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) released its quarterly earnings results.

    First-quarter earnings and revenue blew by analysts’ estimates, while management’s second-quarter outlook also topped expectations. TheStreet’s Eric Jhonsa has a lights-out take on the quarter right here. 

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    Xilinx (XLNX) : “I think it’s time to start getting back into NVIDIA (NVDA) .”

    Celgene (CELG) : “I’d rather buy Amgen (AMGN) or Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) . I think Celgene overpaid for that acquisition a few years ago.”

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Silicom Ltd(SILC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Finally, Cramer said that Silicom (SILC) is an interesting concept with real earnings, and an attractive valuation at just 18 times earnings. However, the company is small, which mean investors need to be careful. 

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) and Silicom (NASDAQ:SILC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Forward Air Corporation(FWRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Forward Air (NASDAQ: FWRD) and Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ:ECHO) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Forward Air (FWRD)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Forward Air (FWRD)

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    GSA Capital Partners LLP lifted its stake in Forward Air Co. (NASDAQ:FWRD) by 65.9% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 9,061 shares of the transportation company’s stock after purchasing an additional 3,600 shares during the quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP’s holdings in Forward Air were worth $479,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Forward Air Co. (NASDAQ:FWRD) has been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the eight analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $64.00.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: United Technologies Corporation(UTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    It’d be one thing if GE were cheap, but on many metrics, it’s not. Many investors at this point would rather pay for United Technologies Corporation (UTX)  , Honeywell International Inc. (HON)  or 3M Co (MMM)  — the last two of which are holdings in Jim Cramer’s Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust Portfolio.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Engine-maker Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has begun shipping new geared turbofan engines for the A320neo, and CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) and Safran, is still working on catching up on deliveries for the Leap-1A engine Airbus also uses on the A320neo.

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    Construction and aerospace company United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) is a good stock for investors willing to take a longer-view on matters. While the company’s near-term earnings growth expectations are nothing to write home about, the company is positioning itself for strong long-term growth and management can take corporate action in order to generate value for investors. Let’s take a closer look a why United Technologies is an attractive stock.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    Boeing on June 4 announced a joint venture with French engine maker Safran to build auxiliary power units, small engines used to start the main engines on an aircraft and for supplemental power when the aircraft is on the ground. The current market for APUs is dominated by United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) and Honeywell (NYSE:HON), with UTX the sole provider of APUs on Boeing’s 787 models, and Honeywell the sole provider on the 777 and 737.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Tuttle Tactical Management purchased a new stake in shares of United Technologies Co. (NYSE:UTX) in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm purchased 13,715 shares of the conglomerate’s stock, valued at approximately $1,725,000. United Technologies comprises about 1.4% of Tuttle Tactical Management’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 19th largest position.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Masco Corporation(MAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Masco (MAS)

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  • [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
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    Masco (MAS) : “I like Masco. We have a housing shortage and that’s good for Masco.”

    Over on Real Money, Cramer says the Netflix  (NFLX) numbers show that cord-cutting is more than palpable. Get more of his insights with a free trial subscription to Real Money.

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Goldman Sachs (GS) , Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) , Ecolab (ECL) , PTC (PTC) , Arista Networks (ANET) , U.S. Concrete (USCR) and Masco (MAS) .

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Masco (NYSE: MAS) and Ply Gem (NYSE:PGEM) are both construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of Masco (NYSE:MAS) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note published on Tuesday.

    MAS has been the subject of several other reports. Royal Bank of Canada set a $46.00 price objective on shares of Masco and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a neutral rating and issued a $46.00 price objective (up from $36.00) on shares of Masco in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Gabelli raised shares of Masco from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $51.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday, April 25th. Bank of America lowered shares of Masco from a buy rating to a neutral rating and decreased their price objective for the company from $46.45 to $35.79 in a research report on Monday, May 14th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Masco from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 6th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the stock. Masco presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $44.75.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Cotiviti Holdings, Inc. (COTV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Cotiviti Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:COTV) – Equities research analysts at Jefferies Group lowered their FY2018 earnings estimates for Cotiviti in a report issued on Wednesday, May 2nd. Jefferies Group analyst S. Dodge now expects that the business services provider will post earnings per share of $1.68 for the year, down from their previous estimate of $1.71. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Cotiviti’s FY2019 earnings at $1.87 EPS.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Cotiviti (COTV)

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  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Cotiviti Holdings Inc.(NYSE:COTV) were up 10.2% as of 1:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday after Veritas Capital agreed to acquire the healthcare payment solutions company.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc.(ACBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Atlantic Capital (ACBI)

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Atlantic Capital (ACBI)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BidaskClub cut shares of Atlantic Capital (NASDAQ:ACBI) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research note published on Saturday morning.

    Several other analysts also recently issued reports on ACBI. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Atlantic Capital from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Monday, March 5th. Sandler O’Neill set a $19.00 price target on shares of Atlantic Capital and gave the company a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 28th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $19.50.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: QCR Holdings Inc.(QCRH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BidaskClub lowered shares of QCR (NASDAQ:QCRH) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note published on Wednesday.

    Separately, ValuEngine raised shares of QCR from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. QCR has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of $53.60.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of QCR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCRH) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the seven research firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $53.60.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Sensata Technologies Holding N.V.(ST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Sensata Technologies (ST)

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  • [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 Ethan Ryder]

    News coverage about Sensata Technologies (NYSE:ST) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Sensata Technologies earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 47.3141406855551 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: MEI Pharma, Inc.(MEIP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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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  • [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 Money Morning News Team]

    Seadrill’s rally demonstrates how profitable penny stocks can be for savvy investors. With Seadrill’s gains already on the books, we’ll look at a stock that’s on track to generate tremendous returns – a small cap that just completed a groundbreaking acquisition with huge profit potential…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Law Week’s Gain
    Seadrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL) $0.58 98.74%
    Vivis Inc. (Nasdaq: VVUS) $0.83 59.97%
    MEI Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq: MEIP) $3.45 43.40%
    Transenterix Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) $3.15 35.72%
    Akers Biosciences Inc. (Nasdaq: AKER) $0.65 34.38%
    Galectin Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: GALT) $4.54 32.58%
    Phoenix New Media Ltd. (NYSE ADR: FENG) $5.65 32.22%
    Heat Biologics Inc. (Nasdaq: HTBX) $1.73 31.37%
    Bright Scholar Education Ltd. (NYSE ADR: BEDU) $18.51 29.03%
    21 Vianet Group Inc. (Nasdaq: VNET) $7.36 28.72%

    These gains are incredibly exciting. However, not all penny stocks are equally strong investments.

5 Stocks That Could Be the Next Amazon

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has been one of the more impressive stocks of the past 25 years. In fact, AMZN now has returned nearly 100,000% from its IPO price of $18 ($1.50 adjusted for the company’s subsequent stock splits).

A large part of the returns have come from two factors. First, Amazon has vastly expanded its reach. What originally was just an online bookseller now has its hands in everything from cloud computing to online media to groceries. And its shadow is even larger. A potential entry by Amazon has rattled pharmacy stocks and medical distributors, among others.

Secondly, as a stock, AMZN has managed the feat of keeping a growth stock valuation for over two decades. I’ve long argued that investors can’t focus solely on the company’s high P/E ratio to value Amazon stock. But however wise an investor might the current multiple is, the market has assigned a substantial premium to AMZN stock for over 20 years now.

It’s an impressive combination — and one that’s likely impossible, or close, to duplicate. But these five stocks have the potential to at least replicate parts of the Amazon formula. All five have years, if not decades, of growth ahead. New market opportunities abound. And while I’m not predicting that any will rise 100,000% — or 1,000% — these five stocks do have the potential for impressive long-term gains.

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5 Stocks That Could Be the Next Amazon Stock: JD.com (JD) 5 Stocks That Could Be the Next Amazon Stock: JD.com (JD)Source: Daniel Cukier via Flickr

JD.com Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ:JD) is the company closest to following Amazon’s model. While rival Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd (NYSE:BABA) gets most of the attention, it’s JD.com that truly should be called the “Amazon of China,” as Will Healy pointed out in December.

Like Amazon (and unlike Alibaba), JD.com holds inventory and is investing in a cutting-edge supply chain. It, too, is expanding into grocery, like Amazon did with its acquisition of Whole Foods Market. A partnership with Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) should further help its off-line ambitions. JD.com even is cautiously entering the finance industry.

That ability to both provide best-in-class logistics and satisfy a wide range of customer needs is what has made Amazon a success. And while JD may not rise to the scale of Amazon, at its current valuation it doesn’t have to. After a recent pullback, JD trades at less than 26x forward EPS. That’s despite 40% revenue growth in 2017, and expectations for a 30% increase in 2018.

And it sets up a scenario where JD stock could — if sentiment finally turns in its favor for good — appreciate for years, thanks to both strong bottom-line growth and an expanding multiple from optimistic investors.

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5 Stocks That Could Be the Next Amazon Stock: Square (SQ) 5 Stocks That Could Be the Next Amazon Stock: Square (SQ)Source: Chris Harrison via Flickr (Modified)

Admittedly, I personally am not the biggest fan of Square Inc (NYSE:SQ) stock. I like Square as a company, but I’ve questioned just how much growth is priced into SQ already.

Of course, skeptics have done little to dent the steady rise in AMZN stock. And valuation aside, there’s a clear case for Square to follow an Amazon-like expansion of its business. Back in January, Instinet analyst Dan Dolev compared SQ to AMZN and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG), citing its ability to expand from its current payment-processing base:

In 10 years, Square is likely to be a very different company helped by accelerating share gains from payment peers and relentless disruption of services like payroll and human resources.

Just as Amazon used books to expand into e-commerce, and then e-commerce to expand into other areas, Square can do the same with its payment business. The small business space is ripe for disruption, as Dolev points out. Integrating payments into payroll, HR, and other offerings would dramatically expand Square’s addressable market – and lead to a potential decade or more of exceptional growth.

Again, I do question whether that growth is priced in, with SQ trading at ~about 12x the company’s 2018 guidance for “adjusted” revenue. But if — again, like AMZN — Square stock can combine a high multiple with consistent, impressive, expansion, it has the path to create substantial value for shareholders over the next five to 10 years.

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5 Stocks That Could Be the Next Amazon Stock: Shopify (SHOP) 5 Stocks That Could Be the Next Amazon Stock: Shopify (SHOP)Source: Shopify via Flickr

E-commerce provider Shopify Inc (NYSE:SHOP) probably doesn’t have quite the same opportunity for expansion as Square. And it too has a hefty valuation, along with a continuing bear raid from short seller Citron Research.

But I’ve remained bullish on SHOP stock — and here, too, a recent pullback presents a buying opportunity. Shopify is dominant in its market of offering turnkey e-commerce services to small businesses. That’s exactly where consumer preferences are headed: small and unique over large and bland. And because of offerings like Shopify (and Amazon Web Services), those small to mid-sized businesses can compete with the giants.

Meanwhile, Shopify does have the potential to expand its reach. Just 29% of revenue comes from overseas, a proportion that should grow over time. It’s moving toward capturing larger customers as well through its “Plus” program, picking up Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) as one key client. The development of an ecosystem for suppliers and the addition of new technologies (like virtual reality) give Shopify the ability to offer more value to customers — and to take more revenue for itself.

Like SQ, SHOP is dearly priced. But both companies have an opportunity to grow into their valuations. And given long runways for Shopify’s adjacent markets, it should keep a high multiple for some to come. As a stock, if not quite as a company, SHOP has a real chance to follow the AMZN formula for long-term upside.

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5 Stocks That Could Be the Next Amazon Stock: Roku (ROKU) 5 Stocks That Could Be the Next Amazon Stock: Roku (ROKU)Source: Shutterstock

Roku Inc (NASDAQ:ROKU) might have the best chance of any company in the U.S. market to follow Amazon’s strategic playbook. The ROKU stock price is a concern: I wasn’t thrilled about the price after a huge post-earnings gain back in November, and even near a five-month low ROKU isn’t close to cheap.

But — perhaps even moreso than Square — Roku now isn’t what Roku is going to be in ten years. The hardware business is a loss leader, but one that allows Roku to serve as the gateway to content for millions of customers. As the company pointed out after Q4 earnings, it’s already the third-largest distributor of content in the U.S. The Roku Channel is seeing increasing viewership. The company offers pinpoint targeting of advertisements — without the messy data problems afflicting Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB).

Roku is becoming increasingly embedded in TVs, though a deal between Amazon and Best Buy Co (NYSE:BBY) raised some fears about those software efforts going forward. It has a plan to roll out home entertainment offerings like speakers and soundbars, creating a long-sought integrated experience. It could even, as it grows, look to develop or acquire content itself, positioning Roku not as just a conduit to Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) but a rival.

The bull case for Roku stock is that its players are like Amazon’s books — a way to garner customers and get a foot in the door of the exceedingly valuable media business. What Roku does now that it has entered will determine the fact of ROKU stock. But the amount of options and a reasonable valuation (Roku’s market cap is barely $3 billion) mean that betting on its strategy could be a lucrative play.

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5 Stocks That Could Be the Next Amazon Stock: Nvidia NVIDIA Corporation Stock (NVDA) Won't Stay Down Long After Shocking Analysts Source: Shutterstock

In the context of the stocks chosen here, Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) doesn’t seem particularly expensive. But in the context of the traditionally cyclical — and low-multiple — semiconductor space, a ~34x multiple to 2018 consensus EPS estimates, even backing out net cash, is awfully pricy.

And with NVDA up a whopping 1,550% in just the past five years, investors would be forgiven for thinking the run might come to an end. Indeed, NVDA stock hasn’t really moved over the past four-plus months.

But the huge amount of secular tailwinds behind Nvidia suggest that the company should be able to drive torrid growth for years to come – and to maintain a multiple that looks rather high on a historical basis. The company’s automotive business gets a fair amount of press, given its potential applications to autonomous driving. But that growth likely won’t come in earnest until the next decade.

It’s the datacenter business that looks most appealing in the near term. Revenue in that category more than doubled in 2017. Thanks to cloud providers like AWS, demand should continue for years to come. And with Nvidia taking share from Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), its growth should be even better than that of the market. High-end gaming demand should rise, and virtual reality will add another tailwind there.

Unlike, say, Roku (or early-days Amazon), Nvidia’s growth opportunities are mostly known. But at $223, even with a high multiple, they’re not fully priced in. I still see an easy path to $250 for NVDA in the near term. Longer-term, its presence (if not outright dominance) of key markets should lead Nvidia stock to double, at least.

As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any sec

3 Pervasive Cryptocurrency Conundrums

In 2017, the cryptocurrency market was practically unstoppable. Over the course of the year, the combined market cap of all virtual currencies soared almost $600 billion, which in percentage terms, equates to more than 3,300%. It may very well go down as the most impressive 12-month return for an asset class we’ll ever witness.

But this year has seen a major reversal. After peaking in market cap at $835 billion on Jan. 7, cryptocurrencies have plunged to less than $250 billion, representing a 70% collapse in value. Virtually no digital currencies have been spared, with some, such as Ripple, nearing losses of 90% over the past three months.

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However, volatility isn’t the only thing that’s reared its head in recent months. A number of pervasive cryptocurrency conundrums have taken hold, leading to growing levels of uncertainty, and even adversely impacting a select few publicly traded stocks. Here are three cryptocurrency conundrums that simply can’t be ignored.

1. The proof-of-concept conundrum

If there’s an issue that could be labeled as the biggest problem for cryptocurrencies, in my view, it’d be the proof-of-concept conundrum associated with blockchain technology.

For those unfamiliar, blockchain is the digital, distributed, and decentralized ledger responsible for recording transactions in a transparent manner without the need for a third party, such as a bank. In even plainer English, it’s a way to transmit funds and log data without the need for traditional banking networks. Its entire evolution was based on the perception that the current banking system was failing consumers by taking up to five business days to process transactions, as well as by allowing banks to pilfer transaction fees by acting as a third party. Blockchain resolves this by processing payments considerably faster (potentially in real time), as well as by eliminating banks from the equation, thusly reducing transaction fees.

This probably sounds great on paper, and it’s certainly attracted no shortage of enterprises that’ve been willing to test blockchain in demos and small-scale projects. The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance has gathered well over 250 organizations from around the globe to test a version of Ethereum’s open-source blockchain in various industries and settings.

A businessman looking at an encrypted blockchain on a digital screen.

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Yet, one issue remains: real-world scalability. Even though we’ve observed plenty of successful blockchain demos and projects, none have allowed blockchain to be tested in a broader-scale, real-world scenario. More importantly, no brand-name companies have, as of yet, decided to go all-in on blockchain and replace their existing networks.

The conundrum is this: Enterprises won’t switch to blockchain until it’s proven its real-world scalability — but there’s no way to prove this scalability if no big businesses make the switch. Until there’s some resolution to this catch-22, betting on blockchain remains a dangerous venture for investors.

2. The regulation conundrum

Another issue that might have cryptocurrency investors pulling their hair out is the regulation conundrum.

Since January, cryptocurrencies like bitcoin have taken it on the chin as certain countries have stepped up virtual-currency governance. As an example, in January, South Korea announced that banks would have to verify the identities of their members if their accounts were to be linked to cryptocurrency exchanges. In other words, if additional money was to be added, anonymity was no longer an option in South Korea.

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In the U.S., we’ve witnessed a similar push toward transparency. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) won a court case against well-known crypto exchange Coinbase in November, requiring the exchange to hand over info on users who’d traded in excess of $20,000 in bitcoin between 2013 and 2015. Since only 800 to 900 tax filings annually over those years made note of capital gains, it’s pretty evident the IRS is cracking down on virtual currency tax evasion. The passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which eliminated like-kind exchanges, is further evidence of the United States’ push to make the virtual currency landscape more transparent.

When cryptocurrencies were first pushed into the spotlight, it was their anonymity that drew investors to them. They were viewed as a libertarian’s dream currency. But with regulation stepping up, many digital currencies have sold off.

The conundrum is this: In order for cryptocurrencies to be taken seriously, and for them to have a long-term future, there needs to a foundation of regulation. Yet, this regulation works against the very core principle that attracted investors to virtual currencies in the first place. Balancing the need for regulation and the desire for independence is going to be difficult.

3. The cryptocurrency mining conundrum

Finally, there’s a real headscratcher that graphics card producers NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) have to come to terms with regarding cryptocurrency mining.

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Cryptocurrency mining describes one of the more common processes by which blockchain transactions are verified. It involves people or businesses with high-powered computers competing against one another to be the first to solve complex mathematical equations that are the result of the encryption designed to protect those transactions from hackers. The first to solve these equations and validate a group of transactions, known as a block, is given a “block reward.” This reward is paid out in the tokens of the cryptocurrency that’s being mined, and it’s how crypto miners make their money.

Not all virtual currencies are mineable, but bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin, four of the five largest by market cap, are indeed mined. Mining is a highly intensive process since it uses a lot of electricity, as well as some serious hardware. For bitcoin, we’re talking about specialized ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) chips, with graphics processing units being used in other mineable cryptocurrencies.

Now, here’s the conundrum: Graphics card prices have doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled as a result of demand for cryptocurrency mining. That’s been a nice boon for NVIDIA and AMD, but it’s really ticking off their core graphics card customers, who are either video-game enthusiasts or businessmen/businesswomen. NVIDIA and AMD have to decide whether they’ll do nothing and let supply and demand dictate pricing, which could cause them to lose some of their core customers, or launch crypto-specific graphics cards for mining and lessen the recent surge in revenue they generated from the mining craze. It’s really a no-win situation for either company.

Uber Technologies Inc. Is a Massive Risk for Softbank

Uber Technologies Inc. has been valued at $48 billion after Softbank Group Corp. (OTCMKTS:SFTBF) has completed its purchase of 20% of the ride-hailing company.

A previous private funding round said the company was worth $68 billion, making this new round a “down round.” Anyone who bought shares at the $68 billion valuation — and then sold to Softbank — took a loss.

Since most of those exiting were early investors, however, they have taken huge profits. Founder and former-CEO Travis Kalanick sold 29% of his personal stake to Softbank and is now a billionaire. Menlo Ventures, First Round Capital and Benchmark Capital were also among the early backers to take profits. 

Kalanick ran Uber from a startup to a dominant player in the new world of app-based ride-hailing, which has been putting taxi services out of business around the world. But the company now faces challenges from well-heeled competitors and governments bent on regulating or even banning it.

Can Uber Be Saved?

The Softbank deal was designed to put a period on Uber’s past troubles and re-launch the company with $1.25 billion of fresh capital.

Uber tried further distract by announcing on January 7 that they have testing self-driving car chips from Nvidia Corp. (NASDAQ:NVDA), and will use them in their fleet of autonomous vehicles.

Former Expedia Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE) CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is now in charge at Uber. He hopes to make people forget a hellish year during which the company faced allegations of sexual harassment, a backlash by government regulators, a “delete Uber” campaign, and revelations that it paid to cover up a massive data breach.

A lawsuit filed by Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) last February may be the company’s greatest headache. Google is accusing their former employee, Anthony Levandowski, of taking trade secrets from the Waymo self-driving car unit to Uber with him.

That trial has been delayed by the discovery of a letter from former Uber employee Ric Jacobs which alleged that Kalanick personally directed the theft of Waymo’s technology and spied on competitors. 

Is Uber Worth Saving?

Make no mistake. There is something worth saving at Uber, a service that powered 4 billion car rides in 2017. The company has a huge infrastructure, thousands of drivers, and enough brand loyalty to make the word “uber” a verb.

Khosrowshahi has recruited Barney Harford, former CEO of Orbitz — which Expedia bought in 2013 — as the new chief operating officer. Harford is charged with cutting costs so Uber can look profitable in an initial public offering planned for 2019. The company lost nearly $2.5 billion during the middle quarters of 2017 and has yet to announce its fourth-quarter results.

Along with their purchase, Softbank has brought Sprint Corp. (NYSE:S) CEO Marcelo Claure and Rajeev Misra, who runs Softbank’s $100 billion “Vision Fund,” to the Uber board, which now numbers 17 people. Softbank controls Sprint, which has pre-loaded Uber’s app onto its phones in the past.

The Bottom Line

Bigger than all of Uber’s other problems is the fact that its backers were greedy.

They delayed their planned IPO long enough for the company attracted big competitors like Didi Chuxing, a Chinese clone that claims to have powered 7.3 billion rides last year and driven Uber from that market.

Uber has also remained private through government backlash. Taxicab companies and liberal groups claim that Uber used private capital to subsidize the elimination of good (often union) jobs.

The City of London has refused to renew Uber’s operating license, adding itself to the list of places where Uber is banned. This list now includes Denmark, Bulgaria, and Hungary, as well as parts of the U.S., Canada, Australia and many European countries.

My own view is that Uber has missed its moment. And Softbank is going to find it got into the business too late. The Google lawsuit takes Uber out of the self-driving car market, Didi is going to keep it out of most of Asia, and politicians are going to war against it.

That is not a good position to be in. This is a corporate turnaround with all the risks of a venture capital investment. The Softbank “Vision Fund” may prove short-lived if Uber fails.

Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of the historical mystery romance The Reluctant Detective Travels in Time available now at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at danablankenhorn@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned no shares in companies mentioned in this story.

 

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