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Why These 5 Regional Bank Stocks Are Ready to Take Off

The S&P 500’s 9% pullback since January has exposed weaknesses in many stocks – stocks that are best to avoid. But it has also created an opportunity for investors to grab solid companies at prices that definitely won’t last.

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One of the best places to look for those bargains is the regional banking sector.

Thanks to three major industry tailwinds, this sector has been outperforming the rest of the market in 2018. While the S&P 500 is down 1.7% this year, regional banks are up 1.6%.

The smart money is already heading into these stocks. And there’s every reason to believe they are on the verge of a breakout…

3 Big Reasons Regional Banks Will Lead the Sector Higher

First, banks stocks are among the few that benefit from a rising interest rate environment like we’re in now.

The U.S. Federal Reserve has signaled it will raise rates at least three, possibly four, times this year. This means banks will be able to charge more on loans and increase their profit margins.

Average 30-year mortgage rates have risen from 3.75% to 4.45% since late 2015, and another round of hikes by the Fed could bring that figure to 5.25% or higher.

The second catalyst for bank profits is the recent federal tax overhaul.

This particularly benefits regional banks. It simultaneously slows loan demand from big conglomerates – they’re busy repatriating their money from overseas – and spurs loan demand from small- and medium-sized businesses.

Finally, changes in federal finance regulation should improve regional banks’ bottom line.

A rare piece of bipartisan-supported legislation that has cleared the Senate aims to loosen restrictions on mortgage lending for small banks. It will also exempt more regional banks from the strict federal oversight originally intended for big Wall Street banks after the disaster of 2008. moneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2018/04/0409-RegionalBanksvsSP-300×256.png 300w, moneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2018/04/0409-RegionalBanksvsSP-75×64.png 75w” sizes=”(max-width: 480px) 100vw, 480px” title=”” />

With that in mind, we’ve got five regional banks that are among the best of the best. Some of them go back to the 1800s and have weathered bank panics and the Great Depression. Others are surprising young upstarts.

All of them are growing their earnings year after year. Plus, they all offer dividend yields above 1.50%.

And each of them have earned the highest possible score on our Money Morning Stock VQScore system, indicating they are undervalued and poised for growth.

Plus, none of these have reported Q1 earnings yet. Any significant earnings beats could serve as a fourth major catalyst.

Here are the top five regional bank stocks ready to take off.

Top Regional Bank Stocks, No. 5: Community Bank System Inc.

Community Bank System Inc. (NYSE: CBU) owns over 170 bank branches in Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Massachusetts. It’s been around for over 150 years, beginning with the St. Lawrence County National Bank chartered in 1866 in Canton, N.Y.

With a market cap of $2.7 billion and $11 billion in assets, CBU is the smallest firm on our list. But its earnings have grown every year since 2012, including 19.1% in 2017.

Community Bank’s profit margins are an impressive 29.72%, compared to an industry average 25%. The company’s return on equity, at 10.64%, as well as its trailing P/E ratio of 17.65, also outperform the industry averages of 8.73% and 23.15 respectively.

The stock has been range-bound over the last 12 months, moving back and forth between $49 and $59. It now sits just above $53. And if the company’s P/E rose to match the industry’s P/E ratio, the CBU stock price would climb over 30%. So when the stock market picks up again, CBU’s solid financials and industry tailwinds should give it a significant boost.

On top of that, you can collect a dividend yield of 2.50%.

CBU will release its quarterly earnings report on April 25. Analysts are predicting earnings per share (EPS) of $0.73, up from $0.64 in the same quarter last year.

Top Regional Bank Stocks, No. 4: Bank of the Ozarks Inc.

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (Nasdaq: OZRK) began in 1903 with a community bank in Jasper, Ark. Now headquartered in Little Rock, the company operates more than 255 locations in the southeast, as well as in California, Texas, and New York.

Because of its expanding footprint, plans are underway to rebrand the company as “Bank OZK” (with the updated ticker symbol OZK).

CEO George Gleason was only 25 years old and had only $10,000 to his name when he bought a controlling share in the struggling bank in 1979. He then took it from $28 million in assets to $3.2 billion over the next 30 years.

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Gleason’s company became the largest bank in Arkansas after the 2008 financial crisis, as its unwavering track record of profitability put it in a position to be a buyer rather than a seller.

Today, OZRK has $20.8 billion in assets, and its profitability remains consistent. According to FactSet, the company is projected to grow its earnings by 25% in 2018.

The stock has slipped from its mid-March high of $53, now around $46. But it has offered steady gains to long-term stockholders, rising 125% over the last five years.

The forward P/E ratio of 11.25 falls well below the industry average of 16.87, suggesting Wall Street is undervaluing the stock. A rise up to the industry average would mean nearly a 50% boost in stock price.

OZRK also offers a dividend yield of 1.61%.

The company will release its quarterly earnings report on April 12. Analysts anticipate earnings of $0.88 per share, up from $0.73 a year ago.

Now, here are our top three regional bank stocks for 2018…

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Top Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018

Q: The stock market seems to be reaching new record highs every day. Are there any stocks that still look cheap?

Corporate earnings have exhibited pretty impressive growth as a whole over the past few years, so the market’s performance is somewhat justified. However, many stocks do look to be rather expensive right now — particularly in the tech sector. Yet some bargains remain.

One of my favorite “cheap” stocks right now is AT&T (NYSE: T), even after shares popped following the company’s strong quarterly report. The telecom giant pays a dividend yielding more than 5% and is a Dividend Aristocrat, meaning that it has increased its dividend for more than 25 consecutive years.

Despite a low price-to-earnings multiple of just 13 times 2017’s expected earnings, AT&T has lots of room to grow, especially thanks to its purchase of DIRECTV and its pending acquisition of Time Warner, both of which should give it an advantage over the competition when it comes to bundling services and broadcasting content directly to smartphones and tablets.

Top Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Advance Auto Parts Inc(AAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    So here’s a disruptive move. Consider buying auto parts retailer Advance Auto Parts (AAP) , the weakest of the big three in the sector, which has 5,000-plus locations in the U.S. The other two players are O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (ORLY) , the fastest-growing of the three, and AutoZone, Inc. (AZO) .

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    The key issue to focus on is automotive group comparable sales, which can be seen in the chart below. I’ve also included the most directly applicable sales numbers for its peers,O’Reilly Automotive Inc (NASDAQ:ORLY), AutoZone, Inc (NYSE:AZO) and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP). The disappointing sales performance of Advance Auto Parts is largely due to the effects of integrating a troublesome acquisition.

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    3. Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP)
    A leader in the consumer auto parts space, Advance boasts over 5,200 stores, 100 Worldpac branches, and serves more than 1,300 independently owned CARQUEST branded shops.

Top Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Bank of the Ozarks(OZRK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ: OZRK) reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.

    Bank of the Ozarks disclosed net income of $54.5 million for the second quarter compared to $44.8 million representing an increase of 21.7 percent. On a per share basis, earnings grew 17.6 percent to $0.60 from $0.51 in the year-ago quarter. This was higher by a penny from the Street analysts' expectations.

Top Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company(CTB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    Finbox.io fair value data (as of January 4) shows that there are only five US manufacturing stocks that have 25% or more margin of safety: Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA), Cooper Tire & Rubber Co (NYSE: CTB), Farmer Brothers Co. (NASDAQ: FARM), Allergan plc Ordinary Shares (NYSE: AGN) and Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: MPAA).

Top Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2018: ADTRAN Inc.(ADTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    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 Monica Gerson]

    ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $141.07 million.

    Layne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.35 per share on revenue of $156.10 million.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Leads 4 Dividend Stocks Boosting Payouts

The Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed 25,000 points to start the new year as investors appear optimistic about improving economic growth and the tax bill that passed in late 2017. A handful of dividend stocks fueled further optimism for their shareholders with news of dividend increases.

Four notable dividend stocks increased their payouts over the last week, including a large oil and gas producer, two industrial firms and a financial services provider.

Here are four dividend stocks increasing payouts.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG) grew its quarterly dividend from 5-cents-per-share to 6 cents, representing a raise of 20%. The oil and gas producer will pay out its higher dividends to shareholders of record as of Jan. 24 on Feb. 7. COG shares trade ex-dividend on Jan. 23.
COG Dividend Yield: 0.83%

MSC Industrial Direct Co Inc (NYSE:MSM) increased its quarterly dividend by 21% to 58-cents-per-share from 48 cents. Shareholders of record as of Jan. 16 will receive dividends from the industrial products distributor on Jan. 30. The company’s shares trade ex-dividend on Jan. 12.
MSM Dividend Yield: 2.36%

Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK) increased its quarterly dividend by 3%, raising its payment to 19-cents-per-share from 18.5 cents. Shareholders of record as of Jan. 19 will receive their higher dividends on Jan. 26 from the retail and commercial bank. OZRK shares will be ex-dividend on Jan. 18.
OZRK Dividend Yield: 1.52%

Alamo Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALG) increased its quarterly dividend by 10%, raising its payment to 11-cents-per-share from 10 cents. Shareholders of record as of Jan. 16 will receive dividends from the agricultural and industrial equipment manufacturer on Jan. 29. The company’s shares trade ex-dividend on Jan. 12.
ALG Dividend Yield: 0.39%

As of this writing, Brian Bollinger was long MSM.

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options investing

Once upon a time I was a short. I wrote in an article that Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) was overvalued: I was wrong – very wrong. I’ve seen the light and I’m long again in Nvidia, the company that I’ve been in and out of since it IPO’ed.

When I looked at Nvidia with my “short” eyes, I saw a company that looked very overvalued. Possibly it still is for this time period, but once its growth prospects are factored in and contrasted with how AMD is simply not bringing the heat with Vega, things only look better for Nvidia. I could inform you all about datacenter, automotive, and self-driving cars which Nvidia is currently working on, but you already know all of that. However, do you know about AMD Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AMD) Vega?

AMD Vega

I like AMD, and I’ve made a lot of money investing and trading in it – from long stock to covered calls, buying and selling puts, and speculative calls. Heck, I even looked at warrants. Yet, while I really like the company as a trading vehicle (along with the long-term prospects), I just can’t get behind Vega as an investor. As a gamer the Vega 56 is decent, but just that – decent.

options investing: Dillard's, Inc.(DDS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap department store stock Dillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS), whos potential peers includemid caps Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) and Nordstrom, Inc (NYSE: JWN) and small cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP), is the most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 60.80% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores spiking twice in 2013 and largely falling off since then while large cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) andsmall capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS)began falling off in 2015 andsmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) was crushed much earlier:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores spiking twice in 2013 and has been falling off for a longer period of time thanlarge cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) andsmall capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS)whilesmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) was crushed much earlier:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores spiking twice in 2013 and then, along withlarge cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) and mid capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS), having large declines that may or may not have leveled offwhilesmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) has lost most of its value:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of The Bon-Ton Stores having two spikes while it along withlarge cap Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) and mid capDillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS) have posted large declines last year that may or may not have leveled off andsmall cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) has at least stopped the bleeding:

options investing: Panasonic Corporation (PCRFY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Clean Technica reported on September 1 that “Sony is entering the EV battery manufacturing industry”. And “considering that electric vehicle batteries are going to be the main supply bottleneck for the upcoming auto market’s embrace of EVs, the entry of Sony into the field is very notable. Most of the other manufacturers (Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY), LG Chem (OTC:LGCLF), etc.) already have more or less all of their production capacity locked up for the coming years – meaning there’s not much left for the auto manufacturers that are running behind, thereby limiting potential EV sales for the firms in question. Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) entry into the field should open things up a bit more”. Certainly a good move by Sony and helpful for the EV companies that will find themselves in need of batteries, and limited availability, should EVs reach 10% by 2020.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    SMMYY is a subsidiary of the Sumitomo Group. SMMYY is a major smelter and refiner of copper, nickel and gold in Japan, and has a 27.5% stake in the Ambatovy Nickel Project in Madagascar, along with Sherritt International and Korea Resources Corp. Feedstock for the refinery is nickel cobalt mixed sulphide from its Taganito and Coral Bay mines in the Philippines (noting the Philippines is a risky supply source at this time). Sumitomo supply Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) who supply Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA); however, this can change. Generally, I like the stock; however, at this time, valuation looks full, trading on a 2017 PE of 32.8, and 2018 PE of 14.8. Good to buy after a pullback if that occurs.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    A Unilever vs. Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) showdown seems to be something out of an alternative, weird universe. But that’s exactly what has been happening in the Asia-Pacific region, where Unilever is now a major seller of air and water purification devices. The acquisitions of Qinyuan and Pureit water purifiers, as well as the acquisition of Sweden-based Blueair in 2016, reflects Unilever’s latest growth strategy of reducing exposure to low-growth brands in favor of greater investments in higher-growth products with strong social and environmental credentials.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    During the early stages of a new innovation, interdependent architectures and integrated companies best optimize performance and functionality. This trend has played out in computing and handsets, and we see the same trend playing out in EVs. We find Tesla and BYD1 , by far, the most vertically integrated players in EVs, with huge scale advantages. In addition, LG Chem, Panasonic (PCRFY), Samsung SDI, BYD, and CATL are clear scale leaders in batteries (CATL is not publicly traded. All but Samsung SDI and BYD are not covered by Bernstein.).

options investing: tronc, Inc. (TRNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Tronc Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) had a gigantic buyer recently. Michael Ferro, who is a director, purchased a stunning 2,500,000 sharesat $15 apiece. The total for the trade was an incredible $37,500,000.Thismultiplatform media and marketing solutions company publishes newspapers in the United States, as well as provides a suite of digital marketing services for local, regional and national marketers. Its shares ended trading on Friday at $13.87.Their 52-week trading range is $8.76 to $17.93, and the Wall Street consensus price target is $21.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In a purge fairly unprecedented in American newspapers, Tronc (TRNC) has replaced the senior leadership of the Los Angeles Times. With a single announcement, the company announced both new leadership for the Times’ business side and for its newsroom.

options investing: Bank of the Ozarks(OZRK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ: OZRK) reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.

    Bank of the Ozarks disclosed net income of $54.5 million for the second quarter compared to $44.8 million representing an increase of 21.7 percent. On a per share basis, earnings grew 17.6 percent to $0.60 from $0.51 in the year-ago quarter. This was higher by a penny from the Street analysts' expectations.

options investing: Realogy Holdings Corp.(RLGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Abramowicz]

    Drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp. (RAD) and residential property firm Realogy Corp. (RLGY) are two of the 283 junk-rated borrowers identified in March 2009 by Moodys Investors Service as being at the highest risk of default that have since sold bonds.

  • [By Monica Wolfe]

    Realogy Holdings (RLGY)

    Paulsons third largest holding goes to Realogy Holdings. The guru holds on to 12,957,700 shares, representing 4.4% of his total portfolio and 8.87% of the companys shares outstanding.

  • [By Chad Tracy]

    Investments in Claire's retail stores, Realogy Holdings (NYSE: RLGY), and Harrah's Entertainment all came under pressure as the global credit crisis hit. Apollo was forced to shut off cash interest payments to investors and to issue more debt.  

options investing: Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc.(TYPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares surged 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE), up 9 percent, and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l (ADR) (NYSE: SMI), up 6 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE) were down around 12 percent to $20.90 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now

It’s the best of times and the worst of times for investors in 2017. In other words, we’re in a Dickensian tale of two markets right now.

It’s been easy to fixate on the positive lately. The big S&P 500 index hit new all-time highs last month, and it’s been holding up just below those record levels without missing a beat. Meanwhile, a full third of the index’s constituents are up 10% or more so far this year. That’s a breakneck pace this early in the calendar year.

But, what many investors don’t realize is that there’s been a bearish flip side to those positive market stats.

For instance, while a big chunk of this market is “working” right now, an equally big chunk isn’t. As I write, more than a third of the S&P’s components are actually down since the start of the year. Of those, more than half are underperforming the big market average by 10% or worse.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: iShares MSCI Japan (EWJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephen Leeb, Founder and Research Chairman, Leeb Group]

    Despite the 30% plus gains they’ve enjoyed this year, the stocks that comprise the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) still trade at 14 times depressed earnings.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Dynavax Technologies Corporation(DVAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Add Dynavax Technologies Corp. (DVAX) to the list of biotech stocks to watch on or a little before Dec. 15. Thats when the company is going to get a yay or nay from the Food & Drug Administration about Heplisav-B as a treatment for hepatitis B in people with type 2 diabetes

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 32.7 percent to $65.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported that larotrectinib trial demonstrated 76 percent confirmed objective response rate.
    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares rose 22 percent to $7.20 in the pre-market trading session after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.
    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) rose 21.7 percent to $99.75 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed positive PB272 Phase 2 data from TBCRC 022 trial at ASCO17.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares rose 20.7 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after the company reported that RedZone has acquired all the assets of Trendit including three technology patents.
    Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) rose 13.1 percent to $16.05 in pre-market trading after D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) proposed to buy 75 percent of Forestar Group for $16.25 per share in cash.
    TG Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TGTX) shares rose 12 percent to $15.50 in pre-market trading after the company said Phase 3 GENUINE trial met primary endpoint with TG-1101 + ibrutinib increasing overall response rate by >70 percent versuss ibrutinib alone.
    Gigamon Inc (NYSE: GIMO) gained 10.8 percent to $43.55. Reuters reported that Gigamon is exploring a potential sale.
    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) rose 8.7 percent to $6.00 in pre-market trading after the company announced Rapivab pediatric sNDA acceptance by the FDA.
    Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY) rose 7.2 percent to $8.77 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.68 percent on Friday.
    Ehi Car Services Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: EHIC) shares rose 6.4 percent to $10.76 in pre-market trading. eHi Car Services posted Q1 earnings of $0.06 on sales of $89.43 million.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) rose 5.9 percent to $114.79 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Friday.
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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares shot up 73 percent to $15.99 as the company announced that the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted 12-1 in support of the company’s Hepatitis B vaccine, HEPLISAV-B. RBC Capital upgraded Dynavax from Sector Perform to Outperform.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $6.88 after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Nuance Communications Inc.(NUAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about high options activity in Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN). Traders were buying the June 19 calls for $1. The trade breaks even at $20 or 2.20 percent above the closing price on Wednesday. Najarian followed the trade and he is going to hold the position for two weeks.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) got a boost, shooting up 10 percent to $17.05 after the company posted better-than-expected Q4 earnings. Raymond James upgraded Nuance Communications from Outperform to Strong Buy.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN).

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares surged 30.2 percent to $5.01 after dropping 40.86 percent on Tuesday. Marathon Patent Group filed for sale of 1.85 million shares of common stock by selling stockholders.
    Capricor Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CAPR) shares jumped 17.2 percent to $2.25 after the company reported the FDA clearance of Investigational New Drug application for CAP-1002.
    Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) gained 13.2 percent to $2.15 following 16.5 percent rally on Tuesday.
    Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB) shares climbed 11.8 percent to $10.45 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
    China Distance Education Hldgs Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: DL) shares surged 11.3 percent to $8.67. China Distance Education reported Q4 profit of $5.9 million on revenue of $41.7 million.
    Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK) shares gained 11 percent to $8.05 after falling 7.05 percent on Tuesday.
    Ooma Inc (NYSE: OOMA) shares surged 8.5 percent to $10.85 as the company posted strong Q3 results.
    Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) climbed 8 percent to $17.12 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.
    American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC) surged 7.8 percent to $3.59 after the company reported $8 million in D-VAR system orders.
    Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE: THR) rose 6.3 percent to $24.17. William Blair upgraded Thermon Group from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) surged 6.1 percent to $182.88. Nomura upgraded Domino's from Neutral to Buy.
    Xencor Inc (NASDAQ: XNCR) rose 5.9 percent to $21.17. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated coverage on Xencor with an Overweight rating.
    Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IDRA) gained 5.1 percent to $2.28 after the company disclosed that it has been granted FDA Fast Track designation for IMO-2125.
    Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) gained 5.1 percent to

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Bank of the Ozarks(OZRK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ: OZRK) reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.

    Bank of the Ozarks disclosed net income of $54.5 million for the second quarter compared to $44.8 million representing an increase of 21.7 percent. On a per share basis, earnings grew 17.6 percent to $0.60 from $0.51 in the year-ago quarter. This was higher by a penny from the Street analysts' expectations.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: National Oilwell Varco, Inc.(NOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies reported on Monday that it has lifted its price target on National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV).

    The firm has reaffirmed a “Buy” rating on NOV, and has raised the company’s price target from $84 to $91. This price target suggests a 14% increase from the stock’s current price of $78.24.

    Analyst Brad Handler noted that NOV’s weak margin will likely rebound in 2014 and the chances of a dividend increase are high.

    Looking forward, the firm has lifted its order estimates for FY2013 from $10.8 billion to $11.3 billion. FY2014 earnings estimates have been raised from $6.40 to $6.50 per share and FY2015 estimates have been increased from $7.65 to $7.95 per share.

    National-Oilwell Varco shares were up 76 cents, or 0.97% during pre-market trading Monday. The stock is up 14% YTD.

  • [By Tony Daltorio]

    But the best investment in this sector, according to Moors, is National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE: NOV).

    He calls it the “one company that stands to benefit most directly from what is happening in the equipment sector.”

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggestedgoing long on large cap oilfield equipment manufacturer and technology stock National-Oilwell Varco, Inc (NYSE: NOV):

  • [By Lauren Pollock]

    Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Tuesday’s session are Applied Materials Inc.(AMAT), Red Hat Inc.(RHT) and National Oilwell Varco Inc.(NOV)