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The S&P 500 Index took a slight breather this week as investors digested a mixed jobs report, tensions in Syria and minutes from the Federal Reserve that showed officials are open to cutting back the Fed’s balance sheet later this year, further reducing monetary stimulus. Despite some of the uncertainty, a handful of dividend stocks delivered clear messages with payout raises.

Six notable dividend stocks increased their payouts over the last week, including two consumer retailers, a cruise ship operator, a large beverage manufacturer and a major provider of midstream energy services.

stock certificate: Starbucks Corporation(SBUX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levy]

    A little more than a decade ago, McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) started introducing luxury espresso drinks to its coffee menu. The move was aimed at combating the ever-growing popularity of Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) as a morning ritual for millions of consumers. McCafe now generates $4 billion in U.S. sales annually for McDonald’s.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Quoting a survey, UBS said in a note Friday Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) is well positioned for continued U.S. market share gains. The firm also delved on growth at its channel development segment and Chinese opportunities.

  • [By WWW.USATODAY.COM]

    In the market for people buying a cup of coffee outside their home, it’s essentially Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and everyone else.

    While McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) and Dunkin’ Brands’ (NASDAQ: DNKN) Dunkin’ Donuts both now sell premium espresso-based beverages along with other fancy coffee drinks, people don’t view those brands the way they see Starbucks. The Seattle-based coffee chain exists in its own world, where it can sell out of $10 cups of whisky-barrel-aged coffee while it opens more than a thousand Reserve stores selling pricier drinks than its normal, already expensive beverage lineup.

stock certificate: Matador Resources Company(MTDR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Our peer group is up an average of 46% over the past 4 weeks in response to a 30% rebound in the 12-month strip NYMEX oil price. Some of the largest gainers include Hold and Sell rated stocks that we would not chase such asDenbury Resources (Sell, +138%), Halcon Resources (HK) (Sell, +147%), Jones Energy (JONE) (Hold, +166%), Rex Energy (REXX) (Sell, +60%), Sanchez Energy (SN) (Hold, +93%), Ultra Petroleum (UPL) (Sell, +61%), andWhiting Petroleum (Hold, +103%), which have outperformed the E&P Index (+32%) over the same time period. Balance sheets and/or well level returns remain challenged for these companies despite improved oil prices. While we believe oil markets should re-balance over the next 12 to 15 months, the recent recovery to $40 could reverse during 2Q16 as bloated inventories continue to rise, new volumes from Iran pressure an oversupplied market, and a highly anticipated decline in non-OPEC supply (especially in the U.S.), is not as steep as expected. The risk of an oil price retracement, which would significantly pressure the recent out-performers, outweighs the upside in these stocks, in our view. However, we are raising our target prices on Buy ratedAnadarko Petroleum ($54 from $48), Concho Resources (CXO) ($120 from $109), Matador Resources (MTDR) ($22 from $21),Noble Energy (NBL) ($40 from $34), SM Energy (SM) ($22 from $15), Rice Energy ($14 from $12), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) ($155 from $135),Continental Resources ($32 from $28), and Parsley Energy (PE) ($24 from $23). We believe our Buy-rated stocks are better positioned to weather challenging oil markets.

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    But despite positioning that would thrash other similar companies, Resolute fought through thanks to significant and efficient productivity in its Delaware Basin assets. Wangler believes the strengthening of previous concern areas will make the company a solid investment.

    Matador Resources Co (NYSE: MTDR), $32 Price Target

    Matador has grown its reserves throughout the commodity cycle, as well as its production and cash flow. Haas also likes the company’s history of identifying and acquiring acreage early and cheaply. Much of the analyst’s positive outlook is derived from Matador’s successful monetization of midstream assets and pattern of reinvestment.

stock certificate: Oxford Industries Inc.(OXM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Oxford Industries Inc (NYSE: OXM) was down, falling around 11 percent to $64.05. Oxford Industries reported a narrower-than-expected loss for its third quarter. The company projects full-year earnings of $3.50 to $3.65 per share, and revenue of $1.02 billion to $1.03 billion.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Looking at recent historical deals, we arrive at a $18-$23 potential deal range. We analyzed transactions that have been announced over the past four years and involved companies catering to a higher income customer. These deals include Southern Tide (acquired by Oxford Industries (OXM)), Joe’s Jeans (acquired by Sequential Brands Group (SQBG)), prAna (acquired by Columbia Sportswear (COLM)), The Jones Group (acquired by Sycamore Partners [private] and Juicy Couture (acquired by Authentic Brands Group [private]). The average EV/EBITDA multiple of these transactions are 12.9x (in line with KATE’s 5-year historical average of 12.1x) and implies a potential deal range of $22-$23. When taking the average of recent (F13-16) deals implies an ~10.5x EV/EBITDA multiple. When applying the ~10.5x multiples to KATE’s trailing EBITDA, we arrive at an $18- $19 potential share price.

stock certificate: Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited(CCM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

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

stock certificate: Fifth Street Asset Management Inc.(FSAM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    Last week,The Wall Street Journal broke the news that Fifth Street Asset Management (NASDAQ:FSAM) was on the auction block, apparently for the second time.

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    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $690.27 million.
    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $3.84 billion.
    Coca-Cola European Partners Plc (NYSE: CCE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $2.72 billion.
    Lands' End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $459.43 million.
    Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $145.91 million.
    Cheetah Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: CMCM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $178.04 million.
    Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $90.05 million.
    Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) is projected to post earnings for its first quarter.
    Fifth Street Asset Management Inc (NASDAQ: FSAM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $25.12 million.

     

stock certificate: Sack Lunch Productions (SAKL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

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

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

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

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

    Regardless, the trend is an impressive one, all

9 Small-Cap Stocks to Buy for 2018

When was the last time that small-cap stocks outperformed the S&P 500 Index? Take a guess? Any guess? It wasn’t as long ago as you might think. The answer is 2016.

According to Morningstar, the iShares Russell 2000 Index (ETF) (NYSEARCA:IWM) had an annual total return of 22% last year, almost double the 12% total return of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA:SPY).

So far this year, the SPY is beating the proxy for small-cap stocks by almost 800 basis points. Over the past decade, however, IWM bested SPY on six occasions, suggesting good things do come in small packages.

Should the Trump tax plan get passed, small-cap stocks should benefit significantly from the fact they generate a significant portion of their revenue domestically where they’ll be taxed at 20% instead of the old rate of 35%.

Large-cap stocks might have gotten an edge up in 2017, but the coming year is looking good for smaller companies. Here are my nine small-cap stocks to own in 2018.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: RMR Group (RMR) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

RMR Group Inc (NASDAQ:RMR) is an alternative asset manager based in Newton, Massachusetts, that primarily handles the day-to-day operations of four REITs: Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT), Senior Housing Properties Trust (NASDAQ:SNH), Select Income REIT (NASDAQ:SIR) and Government Properties Income Trust (NASDAQ:GOV).

These four REITs have no employees and are managed by RMR. No matter what happens to REITs due to higher interest rates, etc., short of bankruptcy, RMR gets paid to manage $28 billion of commercial real estate assets.

In April 2016, I called GOV one of the five best REITs to own that broke the mold by being unconventional. In the case of GOV, it was owning and managing government office space. At the time of my article, it owned 10.7 million square feet of office space over 71 properties with 93% of the space rented to government agencies.

As a result of its October 2017 acquisition of First Potomac Realty Trust, GOV now owns 24.9 million square feet of office space.

Also, it owns 28% of SIR, one of the other REITs managed by RMR. It’s a little incestuous, I’ll grant you, but it’s a great way to separate fee-generating revenue from income-generating revenue.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Callaway Golf (ELY) Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Call me crazy, but I believe golf is ready for a mini-comeback given the NFL appears to be slowly imploding due to multiple factors including an ownership base that seems oblivious to the fact Roger Goodell is highly overpaid.

It might be hard to believe, but Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY) is finishing off a third consecutive year with ELY stock in positive territory for the year, up 32% year to date through Dec. 11. The company’s been making under-the-radar acquisitions in 2017 that will position it for future growth.

In January, it paid $76 million for Ogio International Inc., a golf-bag manufacturer. Then in August, it acquired TravisMathew, a high-end lifestyle apparel brand that it can extend beyond the golf course, for $126 million.

At the end of October, Callaway announced healthy third-quarter 2017 results that included much stronger profits and revenue growth across all segments and regions.

I see a fourth consecutive year of strong returns for ELY stock.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Fox Factory (FOXF) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Whether you’re a motocross rider or someone who just enjoys offroading with your ATV, the shocks you put on your vehicle can make all the difference in the comfort and quality of your ride.

Fox Factory Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:FOXF) has been manufacturing shock absorbers for powered and non-powered vehicles since 1974. FOXF went public in August 2013 at $15 a share.

FOXF stock started off slowly after its IPO, never getting more than two or three dollars above $15 until July 2016 when investors started to take notice. Since then, it’s more than doubled in price and is up 43% year to date through Dec. 11.

On Dec. 1, Fox Factory announced that it was buying 80% of the Tuscany Motor Company for $53.4 million and the option to acquire the remaining 20% in the future. While Tuscany only adds $41 million in revenue, it gives the company a new platform on which to expand its aftermarket business.

If you want a dressed up F-150 truck, Tuscany can help you out.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Buckle (BKE)

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There are stock recommendations and then there are gut feels. Putting Buckle Inc (NYSE:BKE) on this list of small-cap stocks, it fits under the latter category.

I was once a big believer in its stock recommending it as recently as January 2016. However, in that article, I did admit it wasn’t performing too well and would require a patient investor to ride out the downturn. Somewhere along the way, Buckle fell out of favor with shoppers, and its financial situation went from great to just good.

On Dec. 5, Buckle announced it would pay a $1.75 special cash dividend to shareholders of record as of Jan. 12, 2018, in addition to the regular 25-cent dividend. That’s $7.47 in special cash dividends the company’s paid out over the past five years. Of course, considering its stock is down 5% annually over the same period, it only cushions the blow.

With comps still in negative territory but margins improving, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say 2018 is the year this small-cap stock delivers the goods.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Viad (VVI) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

In September, I recommended Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI) as one of two stocks to buy whose market cap was lower than GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO). Since then, VVI is down 2% versus a 24% decline for GPRO.

While VVI has yet to come to life, I have reason to believe 2018 will be a good year for its stock.

First, in November, Viad’s travel experience business announced that it would expand its FlyOver virtual flight concept that began with FlyOver Canada by acquiring 55% of Iceland’s Esja Attractions. Iceland continues to be one of the world’s greatest tourism destinations; this new attraction will drive further growth in its Pursuit segment.

Secondly, acquisitions its GES exhibition business made in 2017, have yet to deliver upon the synergies and cost savings originally expected. However, CEO Steve Moster did say in the Q3 2017 earnings release that the addition of higher-margin services to its offerings is driving top- and bottom-line profits.

VVI stock has done well the past six years with not a single year of declines. With all that it’s doing to grow the travel side of its business, I see that streak continuing in 2018.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: PetMed Express (PETS)

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It seems that controversy seems to follow PetMed Express Inc (NASDAQ:PETS), America’s largest pet pharmacy.

In the summer, PETS faced troubling allegations from short sellers that it was marketing painkillers meant for animals to humans. Its stock tanked down to the mid-$30s before recovering in the fall on strong earnings.

This isn’t the first time the company’s faced controversy. In the past, it’s had a rocky relationship with the veterinary community who believe PetMed Express is trying to undermine their businesses through lower prices and misleading advertising.

I don’t think PETS will ever escape the focus of investors because once you’re targeted as a good short, you can never scare them away except by delivering strong results as it did in Q2 2017.

Historically, PETS has delivered strong returns, and as long as it continues to boost the order value per customer — $85 in Q2 2017, $3 more than a year earlier — I don’t see why it can’t produce another year of appreciation.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: iRobot (IRBT) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) owns an impressive 64% of the global robotic vacuum cleaner market. Recently, I saw an ad for the Shark ION ROBOT vacuum, an indication that although the competition is mounting, it also legitimizes the entire robotic vacuum industry.

I can remember when investors were hypercritical of iRobot because it wasn’t expanding its business further into the military arena. You want to talk about competitive, just try getting a contract with the federal government. It takes deep pockets and even deeper patience.

In May, I called IRBT on of the best growth stocks to buy, in part because it had fully recovered from its troubles stemming from its defense-related business which it dumped in 2016. The fact is, iRobot’s become a fan of short sellers, and that’s made its stock seriously volatile. And that’s a good thing when it comes to small-cap stocks.

In July, IRBT stock was trading over $105; today, it’s around $70. I believe it will continue to grow its main product at a reasonable pace while it figures out the next great thing to diversify its revenue streams.

In the meantime, you might want to continue to buy on weakness. In 2018, given its strong robotic patents, iRobot could be a good acquisition candidate.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: WisdomTree Investments (WETF)

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Don’t look now but WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF) is shaking up upper management.

Probably the biggest news from the organizational changes WETF is making is that board member Jarrett Lilien is stepping down to join day-to-day operations as Executive Vice President in charge of Emerging Technologies. Lilien was COO of E*Trade Financial Corp (NASDAQ:ETFC) between 2003 and 2008.

The ETF asset manager is probably best known for its WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEARCA:DXJ) which is the second-largest Japan-focused ETF in the U.S. with $9.5 billion in assets.

Although DXJ is its highest-profile ETF, it has 12 ETFs with more than $1 billion in assets and considerably more with $100 million or more, making it the seventh-largest ETF provider in the U.S.

While it’s had a tough time grabbing market share in the Canadian ETF market, which it entered in July 2016, its partnership with Canadian online broker Questrade should help make a dent. The company’s aware that it needs to go global and the organizational changes are meant to address this need.

I see its stock above $20 by the end of 2018, 2019 at the latest.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Oxford Industries (OXM) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

The apparel manufacturer and retailer’s bounced back nicely after a down year in 2016.

Oxford Industries Inc (NYSE:OXM) owns a trio of apparel brands: Tommy Bahama, Lily Pulitzer and Southern Tide, which it acquired in April 2016 for $85 million.

If you’re not familiar with Southern Tide, it has a nice big fish as its logo, doing its best to keep up with polo players and crocodiles.

On Dec. 5, OXM announced its Q3 2017 results and they were solid. Furthermore, it expects fiscal 2017 earnings on an adjusted basis to be as high as $3.38 a share on $1.1 billion in sales.

Highlights in 2017 include Lily Pulitzer delivering solid operating margins through the first nine months — 22.7% versus 6.6% for Tommy Bahama, its biggest brand by sales — and its latest acquisition becoming profitable on the year.

With the help of Southern Tide growth over the next 2-3 years, I could see OXM stock hitting $100 in 2018.

As of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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9 Small-Cap Stocks to Buy for 2018

When was the last time that small-cap stocks outperformed the S&P 500 Index? Take a guess? Any guess? It wasn’t as long ago as you might think. The answer is 2016.

According to Morningstar, the iShares Russell 2000 Index (ETF) (NYSEARCA:IWM) had an annual total return of 22% last year, almost double the 12% total return of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA:SPY).

So far this year, the SPY is beating the proxy for small-cap stocks by almost 800 basis points. Over the past decade, however, IWM bested SPY on six occasions, suggesting good things do come in small packages.

Should the Trump tax plan get passed, small-cap stocks should benefit significantly from the fact they generate a significant portion of their revenue domestically where they’ll be taxed at 20% instead of the old rate of 35%.

Large-cap stocks might have gotten an edge up in 2017, but the coming year is looking good for smaller companies. Here are my nine small-cap stocks to own in 2018.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: RMR Group (RMR) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

RMR Group Inc (NASDAQ:RMR) is an alternative asset manager based in Newton, Massachusetts, that primarily handles the day-to-day operations of four REITs: Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT), Senior Housing Properties Trust (NASDAQ:SNH), Select Income REIT (NASDAQ:SIR) and Government Properties Income Trust (NASDAQ:GOV).

These four REITs have no employees and are managed by RMR. No matter what happens to REITs due to higher interest rates, etc., short of bankruptcy, RMR gets paid to manage $28 billion of commercial real estate assets.

In April 2016, I called GOV one of the five best REITs to own that broke the mold by being unconventional. In the case of GOV, it was owning and managing government office space. At the time of my article, it owned 10.7 million square feet of office space over 71 properties with 93% of the space rented to government agencies.

As a result of its October 2017 acquisition of First Potomac Realty Trust, GOV now owns 24.9 million square feet of office space.

Also, it owns 28% of SIR, one of the other REITs managed by RMR. It’s a little incestuous, I’ll grant you, but it’s a great way to separate fee-generating revenue from income-generating revenue.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Callaway Golf (ELY) Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Call me crazy, but I believe golf is ready for a mini-comeback given the NFL appears to be slowly imploding due to multiple factors including an ownership base that seems oblivious to the fact Roger Goodell is highly overpaid.

It might be hard to believe, but Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY) is finishing off a third consecutive year with ELY stock in positive territory for the year, up 32% year to date through Dec. 11. The company’s been making under-the-radar acquisitions in 2017 that will position it for future growth.

In January, it paid $76 million for Ogio International Inc., a golf-bag manufacturer. Then in August, it acquired TravisMathew, a high-end lifestyle apparel brand that it can extend beyond the golf course, for $126 million.

At the end of October, Callaway announced healthy third-quarter 2017 results that included much stronger profits and revenue growth across all segments and regions.

I see a fourth consecutive year of strong returns for ELY stock.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Fox Factory (FOXF) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Whether you’re a motocross rider or someone who just enjoys offroading with your ATV, the shocks you put on your vehicle can make all the difference in the comfort and quality of your ride.

Fox Factory Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:FOXF) has been manufacturing shock absorbers for powered and non-powered vehicles since 1974. FOXF went public in August 2013 at $15 a share.

FOXF stock started off slowly after its IPO, never getting more than two or three dollars above $15 until July 2016 when investors started to take notice. Since then, it’s more than doubled in price and is up 43% year to date through Dec. 11.

On Dec. 1, Fox Factory announced that it was buying 80% of the Tuscany Motor Company for $53.4 million and the option to acquire the remaining 20% in the future. While Tuscany only adds $41 million in revenue, it gives the company a new platform on which to expand its aftermarket business.

If you want a dressed up F-150 truck, Tuscany can help you out.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Buckle (BKE)

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There are stock recommendations and then there are gut feels. Putting Buckle Inc (NYSE:BKE) on this list of small-cap stocks, it fits under the latter category.

I was once a big believer in its stock recommending it as recently as January 2016. However, in that article, I did admit it wasn’t performing too well and would require a patient investor to ride out the downturn. Somewhere along the way, Buckle fell out of favor with shoppers, and its financial situation went from great to just good.

On Dec. 5, Buckle announced it would pay a $1.75 special cash dividend to shareholders of record as of Jan. 12, 2018, in addition to the regular 25-cent dividend. That’s $7.47 in special cash dividends the company’s paid out over the past five years. Of course, considering its stock is down 5% annually over the same period, it only cushions the blow.

With comps still in negative territory but margins improving, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say 2018 is the year this small-cap stock delivers the goods.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Viad (VVI) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

In September, I recommended Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI) as one of two stocks to buy whose market cap was lower than GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO). Since then, VVI is down 2% versus a 24% decline for GPRO.

While VVI has yet to come to life, I have reason to believe 2018 will be a good year for its stock.

First, in November, Viad’s travel experience business announced that it would expand its FlyOver virtual flight concept that began with FlyOver Canada by acquiring 55% of Iceland’s Esja Attractions. Iceland continues to be one of the world’s greatest tourism destinations; this new attraction will drive further growth in its Pursuit segment.

Secondly, acquisitions its GES exhibition business made in 2017, have yet to deliver upon the synergies and cost savings originally expected. However, CEO Steve Moster did say in the Q3 2017 earnings release that the addition of higher-margin services to its offerings is driving top- and bottom-line profits.

VVI stock has done well the past six years with not a single year of declines. With all that it’s doing to grow the travel side of its business, I see that streak continuing in 2018.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: PetMed Express (PETS)

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It seems that controversy seems to follow PetMed Express Inc (NASDAQ:PETS), America’s largest pet pharmacy.

In the summer, PETS faced troubling allegations from short sellers that it was marketing painkillers meant for animals to humans. Its stock tanked down to the mid-$30s before recovering in the fall on strong earnings.

This isn’t the first time the company’s faced controversy. In the past, it’s had a rocky relationship with the veterinary community who believe PetMed Express is trying to undermine their businesses through lower prices and misleading advertising.

I don’t think PETS will ever escape the focus of investors because once you’re targeted as a good short, you can never scare them away except by delivering strong results as it did in Q2 2017.

Historically, PETS has delivered strong returns, and as long as it continues to boost the order value per customer — $85 in Q2 2017, $3 more than a year earlier — I don’t see why it can’t produce another year of appreciation.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: iRobot (IRBT) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) owns an impressive 64% of the global robotic vacuum cleaner market. Recently, I saw an ad for the Shark ION ROBOT vacuum, an indication that although the competition is mounting, it also legitimizes the entire robotic vacuum industry.

I can remember when investors were hypercritical of iRobot because it wasn’t expanding its business further into the military arena. You want to talk about competitive, just try getting a contract with the federal government. It takes deep pockets and even deeper patience.

In May, I called IRBT on of the best growth stocks to buy, in part because it had fully recovered from its troubles stemming from its defense-related business which it dumped in 2016. The fact is, iRobot’s become a fan of short sellers, and that’s made its stock seriously volatile. And that’s a good thing when it comes to small-cap stocks.

In July, IRBT stock was trading over $105; today, it’s around $70. I believe it will continue to grow its main product at a reasonable pace while it figures out the next great thing to diversify its revenue streams.

In the meantime, you might want to continue to buy on weakness. In 2018, given its strong robotic patents, iRobot could be a good acquisition candidate.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: WisdomTree Investments (WETF)

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Don’t look now but WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF) is shaking up upper management.

Probably the biggest news from the organizational changes WETF is making is that board member Jarrett Lilien is stepping down to join day-to-day operations as Executive Vice President in charge of Emerging Technologies. Lilien was COO of E*Trade Financial Corp (NASDAQ:ETFC) between 2003 and 2008.

The ETF asset manager is probably best known for its WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEARCA:DXJ) which is the second-largest Japan-focused ETF in the U.S. with $9.5 billion in assets.

Although DXJ is its highest-profile ETF, it has 12 ETFs with more than $1 billion in assets and considerably more with $100 million or more, making it the seventh-largest ETF provider in the U.S.

While it’s had a tough time grabbing market share in the Canadian ETF market, which it entered in July 2016, its partnership with Canadian online broker Questrade should help make a dent. The company’s aware that it needs to go global and the organizational changes are meant to address this need.

I see its stock above $20 by the end of 2018, 2019 at the latest.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Oxford Industries (OXM) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

The apparel manufacturer and retailer’s bounced back nicely after a down year in 2016.

Oxford Industries Inc (NYSE:OXM) owns a trio of apparel brands: Tommy Bahama, Lily Pulitzer and Southern Tide, which it acquired in April 2016 for $85 million.

If you’re not familiar with Southern Tide, it has a nice big fish as its logo, doing its best to keep up with polo players and crocodiles.

On Dec. 5, OXM announced its Q3 2017 results and they were solid. Furthermore, it expects fiscal 2017 earnings on an adjusted basis to be as high as $3.38 a share on $1.1 billion in sales.

Highlights in 2017 include Lily Pulitzer delivering solid operating margins through the first nine months — 22.7% versus 6.6% for Tommy Bahama, its biggest brand by sales — and its latest acquisition becoming profitable on the year.

With the help of Southern Tide growth over the next 2-3 years, I could see OXM stock hitting $100 in 2018.

As of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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investing in shares

Investors have to be scratching their heads in 2017. After perhaps the most brutal election cycle of modern days, investors keep seeing the U.S. stock market challenge all-time highs almost every single day. The notion that this bull market is a few days shy of 8 years old just doesn’t matter. Investors keep wanting to buy pullbacks, and they are looking for ideas.

24/7 Wall St. has tracked many mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for years. The grand-daddy of all indexes is the S&P 500 Index with a combined market cap of a whopping $21.3 trillion. This index dwarfs the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s $5.97 trillion market cap.

Many investors simply do not want to take any non-market risk in specific stocks or even in specific sectors. That leads them into the S&P 500 mutual funds or ETFs. The question that many investors will ask — which S&P 500 Index fund is the best?

When it comes to be the best, let’s say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The three major funds/ETFs that track the S&P 500 all have incredibly low fees that are less than 0.1%. That is dirt cheap, and most index-trackers will tell you that fee minimization will influence your returns more than anything else over time.

investing in shares: Ambarella, Inc.(AMBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Ambarella Inc (NASDAQ: AMBA) shares dropped 11 percent to $55. Ambarella posted stronger-than-expected results for its third quarter, but issued a weak revenue forecast for the current quarter.

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    Ambarella (NASDAQ:AMBA) stock is currently testing its 50-day simple moving average support line. As can be seen in Ambarella’s Technical analysis charts, AMBA stock was in a strong downtrend, forming lowerlows and lower highs over the past six months. However, the trend changed after the stock formed a doublebottom pattern. Double bottom is a trend reversal pattern which indicates that the stock is likelyto go up. After forming the double bottom pattern, the stock rallied, gaining around 10%. However, the rally was brought to a halt after the 100-day and 200-day simple moving averages formed a death cross. A death cross occurs when a shorter period moving average cuts a longer period moving average from the top. It is a strong bearish signal. The death cross was accompanied by abearish crossover between MACD and signal line. Ambarella stock has been in a decline ever since.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Ambarella, Inc. (AMBA) has been all over the map over the last few years. It has defied gravity both to the up and to the downside, and although today’s suggested short of the stock is strictly technical, we do believe its current share price has once again gotten a little out of line when you compare it to the rest of the markets’ valuation metrics right now.

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    Ambarella’s Technical analysis charts are showing strong bearish signals. Ambarella Inc(NASDAQ:AMBA)stockstartedto decline after the 100-day and 200-day simple moving averages formed a death cross. A death cross occurs when a shorter period moving average cuts a longer period moving average from the top. It is a strong bearish signal. There is a bearish crossover in MACD too. The signal line has crossed over MACD line from below. This indicates a continuation of the bearish trend. The stock has now crossed into the lower half of the Bollinger Bands and is likely to trade lower.

investing in shares: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kana Nishizawa]

    China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.

investing in shares: eHealth Inc.(EHTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

investing in shares: Ryerson Holding Corporation(RYI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, PriceSmart (NASDAQ:PSMT) and Ryerson (NYSE:RYI)attracted heavy investor interest in the wake of their quarterly earnings reports.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Among the worst performers on the day were GameStop (NYSE:GME), Hovnanian Enterprises (NYSE:HOV), and Ryerson Holding (NYSE:RYI). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to explain why they did so poorly.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Ryerson Holding Corp (NYSE: RYI) got a boost, shooting up 11 percent to $13.70. Ryerson expects Q1 net income of $12 million to $15 million.

investing in shares: Oxford Industries Inc.(OXM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Looking at recent historical deals, we arrive at a $18-$23 potential deal range. We analyzed transactions that have been announced over the past four years and involved companies catering to a higher income customer. These deals include Southern Tide (acquired by Oxford Industries (OXM)), Joe’s Jeans (acquired by Sequential Brands Group (SQBG)), prAna (acquired by Columbia Sportswear (COLM)), The Jones Group (acquired by Sycamore Partners [private] and Juicy Couture (acquired by Authentic Brands Group [private]). The average EV/EBITDA multiple of these transactions are 12.9x (in line with KATE’s 5-year historical average of 12.1x) and implies a potential deal range of $22-$23. When taking the average of recent (F13-16) deals implies an ~10.5x EV/EBITDA multiple. When applying the ~10.5x multiples to KATE’s trailing EBITDA, we arrive at an $18- $19 potential share price.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Oxford Industries Inc (NYSE: OXM) was down, falling around 11 percent to $64.05. Oxford Industries reported a narrower-than-expected loss for its third quarter. The company projects full-year earnings of $3.50 to $3.65 per share, and revenue of $1.02 billion to $1.03 billion.

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018

Shares of Gilead Sciences (GILD) have been under pressure ever since investors realized its hepatitis-C sales weren’t going to be able to keep growing. Since then, the market has been looking for Gilead to make an acquisition to kick start its growth again, while writing off its pipeline. Is that a mistake? It could be according to Jefferies analyst Brian Abrahams and team.

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What are they seeing that others are missing? They explain:

Based on an EASL title posted in recent weeks but we believe not broadly discussed, ACC inhibitor GS-0976 – one of GILD’s least-talked-about assets in NASH, in our opinion – appears to have demonstrated significant positive effects in the as-yet-unreported ph.II NASH study. The presentation title, “Acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC) inhibitor GS-0976 leads to suppression of hepatic de novo lipogenesis and significant improvements in MRI-PDFF, MRE, and markers of fibrosis after 12 weeks of therapy in patients with NASH,” indicates to us that recently-acquired ’0976′s novel mechanism, which has good scientific rationale, may likely be playing out…

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Oxford Industries Inc.(OXM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Looking at recent historical deals, we arrive at a $18-$23 potential deal range. We analyzed transactions that have been announced over the past four years and involved companies catering to a higher income customer. These deals include Southern Tide (acquired by Oxford Industries (OXM)), Joe’s Jeans (acquired by Sequential Brands Group (SQBG)), prAna (acquired by Columbia Sportswear (COLM)), The Jones Group (acquired by Sycamore Partners [private] and Juicy Couture (acquired by Authentic Brands Group [private]). The average EV/EBITDA multiple of these transactions are 12.9x (in line with KATE’s 5-year historical average of 12.1x) and implies a potential deal range of $22-$23. When taking the average of recent (F13-16) deals implies an ~10.5x EV/EBITDA multiple. When applying the ~10.5x multiples to KATE’s trailing EBITDA, we arrive at an $18- $19 potential share price.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Oxford Industries Inc (NYSE: OXM) was down, falling around 11 percent to $64.05. Oxford Industries reported a narrower-than-expected loss for its third quarter. The company projects full-year earnings of $3.50 to $3.65 per share, and revenue of $1.02 billion to $1.03 billion.

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    On Monday, Cramer said, he’ll be looking out for Tyson Foods (TSN) , Jack in the Box (JACK) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) . Tyson is good, but out of favor, Cramer said while remaining bullish on Jack and Palo Alto.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    This can’t be good for a lot of those smaller less proven cyber security firms out there, including high profile names over the last few years like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), who got pummeled back in March on soft numbers.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Palo Alto Networks (PANW) , Cisco Systems (CSCO) , Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (SKT) and Consolidated Edison (ED) .

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Activision Blizzard, Inc(ATVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    Activision Blizzard Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) had also been on a tear in October 2015, having climbed 84% in the previous two years when Money Morning Director of Technology & Venture Capital Research Michael Robinson highlighted it for our readers. In the less than two years since, the video game designer is up another 80.8%. Activision boasts such blockbuster franchises as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Candy Crush Saga, making it one of the top companies in the video game industry.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Shares of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) had another great month in February, rising 12.2%, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence, after reporting strong earnings to end 2016. The company seems to have cracked the code on how to create and distribute great content in a digital world.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    In February 2016, King Digital Entertainment PLC (NYSE: KING) was acquired by Activision Blizzard, Inc (NASDAQ: ATVI) for $5.9 billion.

    A technical chart for Glu Mobile shows a November reversal with shares back above a key resistance or support level:

  • [By John Ballard]

    But now we are starting to see game publishers step up with that commitment. Two important new leagues to watch are Activision Blizzard’s (NASDAQ:ATVI) Overwatch League and Take-Two Interactive Software’s (NASDAQ:TTWO)NBA 2K eLeague. Activision Blizzard will soon start selling teams for Overwatch League to prospective owners this year, and the NBA and Take-Two just announced the formation of its own professional e-sports league based on the best-selling NBA 2K franchise.

  • [By Seth McNew]

    Activision Blizzard(NASDAQ:ATVI) is the maker of some of the world’s best-known games, like Call of Duty, as well as some new hits like Overwatch. Released in May 2016, the latter is the brand’s fastest-growing game ever, with more than 25 million players worldwide.

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Intuit Inc.(INTU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Morgan Stanley reported on Wednesday that it has downgraded financial management solution provider Intuit Inc. (INTU).

    The firm has cut its rating on INTU to “Underweight,” and has given the company a $62 price target. This price target suggests a 6% decline from the stock’s current price of $66.30. This downgrade reflects the company’s slowing growth of its tax business.

    Intuit shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Wednesday. The stock is up 11% YTD.

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    It’s tax season — the four months when tax and small-business software providerIntuit Inc.(NASDAQ:INTU) makes most of its profit for the year. On Thursday, Intuit filed its fiscal second-quarter 2017 earnings report and issued a progress report on its tax business so far this year.Tax volumes are well off last year’s pace: Let’s review the details, as well as management’s interpretation, after a look at the headline numbers.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) and Tiffany (NYSE:TIF) saw heavy trading following the companies’ quarterly earnings announcements.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU) which jumped nearly 7% to $137.88. The stocks 52-week range is $101.81 to $140.25. Volume was 4.8 million on the day compared to the average of 1.9 million.

Top Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: MakeMyTrip Limited(MMYT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, technology shares fell 0.69 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included MakeMyTrip Limited (NASDAQ: MMYT), down 8 percent, and Western Digital Corp (NASDAQ: WDC) down 5 percent.