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Top High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019

An issue of United Continental Holdings Inc (NYSE:UAL) debt fell 0.6% against its face value during trading on Monday after Barclays lowered their price target on the stock from $80.00 to $78.00. The high-yield issue of debt has a 4.25% coupon and is set to mature on October 1, 2022. The bonds in the issue are now trading at $96.75 and were trading at $97.00 one week ago. Price changes in a company’s debt in credit markets often predict parallel changes in its share price.

Several other equities analysts have also recently weighed in on the company. Morgan Stanley dropped their price objective on United Continental from $77.00 to $76.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Thursday. Deutsche Bank cut United Continental from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and dropped their price objective for the company from $81.00 to $74.00 in a report on Tuesday, July 3rd. Buckingham Research lifted their price objective on United Continental from $88.00 to $96.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, June 13th. Imperial Capital dropped their price objective on United Continental from $77.00 to $73.00 and set a “line” rating for the company in a report on Friday, June 1st. Finally, Citigroup decreased their price target on United Continental from $92.00 to $87.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, May 29th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $83.50.

Top High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Pacific Ethanol Inc.(PEIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) saw short interest fall by 4.5% in the two-week period to 865,593 shares, about 2% of the company’s float. Days to cover remained at two. The stock price tumbled by about 19.6% in the short interest period. Shares closed at $1.60 on Wednesday, flat on the day, in a 52-week range of $1.55 to $6.06.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) saw short interest plummet by 64.5% in the two-week period to 767,280 shares, about 1.8% of the company’s float. Days to cover fell from four to one. The stock price fell nearly 12% by June 29. Shares closed at $2.50 on Wednesday, down about 3.9% on the day, in a 52-week range of $2.30 to $7.50.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ: PEIX) and Methanex (NASDAQ:MEOH) are both oils/energy 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]

    Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ:PEIX) posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday. The oil and gas company reported ($0.19) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.09) by ($0.10), Bloomberg Earnings reports. Pacific Ethanol had a negative return on equity of 8.84% and a negative net margin of 2.14%.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    LyondellBasell Industries (NASDAQ: PEIX) and Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ:PEIX) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) saw short interest jump by 22.2% in the period to 867,168 shares, about 2.1% of the company’s float. Days to cover rose from two to three. The stock price soared by more than 17% in the two weeks to July 31. Shares closed at $2.35 on Thursday, down more than 11% on the day, in a 52-week range of $2.30 to $6.06.

Top High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Methanex Corporation(MEOH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BidaskClub downgraded shares of Methanex (NASDAQ:MEOH) (TSE:MX) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research note issued to investors on Thursday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Methanex Co. (TSE:MX) (NASDAQ:MEOH) Director Nojan Abrary sold 11,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of C$97.13, for a total transaction of C$1,068,430.00.

  • [By VantagePoint]

    Methanex Corporation (NASDAQ: MEOH) has experienced some recent weakness, but according to the chart below the stock is still in a clear uptrend. Since experiencing a bullish crossover on March 16 following some consolidation, the stock is up 20 percent. Look out for its next earnings report on April 26. 

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Methanex Co. (TSE:MX) (NASDAQ:MEOH) Director Wade Wiggins sold 9,900 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of C$76.00, for a total transaction of C$752,400.00.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Advisors Preferred LLC bought a new stake in shares of Methanex (NASDAQ:MEOH) (TSE:MX) in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm bought 1,703 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock, valued at approximately $103,000.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION(SAIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    On Monday, SAIC (NYSE:SAIC), which collected $4.4 billion in revenue last year providing engineering and IT services to various branches of the U.S. government, announced a “definitive agreement” to acquire fellow government IT contractor Engility (NYSE:EGL) and its $1.9 billion revenue stream for $1.6 billion, plus $900 million in assumed debt. (And let’s give credit where it’s due — Reuters predicted this acquisition, and Vertical Research upgraded Engility because of it, two months ago).

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Science Applications International (NYSE: SAIC) and Open Text (NASDAQ:OTEX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

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

    Contents:
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Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now

For a chain that has so many stores that they’re often in sight of each other, Starbucks said Tuesday it is finally ready to pull the plug on more of its losers.

Starbucks said it will accelerate the rate at which it is closingunderperforming company-owned shops in areas that are alreadypacked with them.

The company’s announcement on Tuesday was part of a larger plan to ramp up its growth and revenues. The announcement, made at the end of the trading day, jostled investorswith Starbucks shares falling about 1.6% after hours.

“Our recent performance does not reflect the potential of our exceptional brand and is not acceptable,”CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement. “We must move faster to address the more rapidly changing preferences and needs of our customers.

In previous years, the Seattle-based chain has closed an average of 50 stores a year, but this fiscalyearwill be the demise of about 150 locations. New cafes will continue to open in markets that demand it, the company said, and it is “actively exploring strategic options to license company-operated stores in other appropriate markets.”

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Solar Senior Capital Ltd.(SUNS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Hercules Technology Growth Capital (NYSE: HTGC) and Solar Senior Capital (NASDAQ:SUNS) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Solar Senior Capital Ltd (NASDAQ:SUNS) announced a monthly dividend on Thursday, June 7th, Wall Street Journal reports. Investors of record on Thursday, June 21st will be paid a dividend of 0.1175 per share by the asset manager on Tuesday, July 3rd. This represents a $1.41 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 8.46%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, June 20th. This is a boost from Solar Senior Capital’s previous monthly dividend of $0.12.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Pacific Ethanol Inc.(PEIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media headlines about Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ:PEIX) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Pacific Ethanol earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the oil and gas company an impact score of 47.4934086912591 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) saw short interest rise by 3% in the two-week period to 2.34 million shares, about 5.5% of the company’s float. Days to cover rose from five to six. The stock price was unchanged in the two weeks to May 15. Shares closed at $3.50 on Thursday, unchanged on the day, in a 52-week range of $2.75 to $7.50.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) saw short interest rise by 4.5% in the two weeks to 2.27 million shares, about 5.3% of the company’s float. Days to cover remained at five. The stock price rose by about 1.2% in the period. Shares closed at $3.40 on Wednesday, up nearly 8% on the day, in a 52-week range of $2.75 to $7.50.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Matarin Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX) during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund purchased 716,292 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,149,000.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) saw short interest fall by 12.2% in the two-week period to 2.16 million shares. Days to cover fell from six to four. The stock price fell 10.5% in the two weeks. Shares closed at $2.70 on Tuesday, up nearly 2% on the day, in a 52-week range of $2.40 to $7.50.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Regency Centers Corporation(REG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Regency Centers (REG)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    State of Tennessee Treasury Department raised its holdings in shares of Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG) by 402.9% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 192,496 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 154,218 shares during the quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department’s holdings in Regency Centers were worth $11,353,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Regency Centers (REG)

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

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Forrester Research, Inc.(FORR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Forrester Research (NASDAQ:FORR) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday.

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    According to a report from Forrester Research Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR), online sales will account for 17% of all retail sales in the United States by 2022.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Agree Realty Corporation(ADC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    AudioCoin (ADC) is a PoW/PoS coin that uses the Scrypt hashing algorithm. It launched on January 27th, 2014. AudioCoin’s total supply is 900,616,821 coins. The official website for AudioCoin is www.audiocoin.eu. AudioCoin’s official Twitter account is @Aurovine.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Hurco Companies, Inc.(HURC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Hurco Companies (NASDAQ: HURC) and MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Progressive Corporation (PGR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Progressive Corp (NYSE:PGR) CFO John P. Sauerland sold 12,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.52, for a total transaction of $726,240.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 376,423 shares in the company, valued at approximately $22,781,119.96. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    OppenheimerFunds Inc. lessened its holdings in shares of Progressive Corp (NYSE:PGR) by 0.5% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 5,359,477 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 24,573 shares during the period. OppenheimerFunds Inc.’s holdings in Progressive were worth $326,553,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Element Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Progressive Corp (NYSE:PGR) in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund acquired 138,000 shares of the insurance provider’s stock, valued at approximately $8,408,000.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: LeMaitre Vascular, Inc.(LMAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of LeMaitre Vascular Inc (NASDAQ:LMAT) have been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the eight analysts that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $34.40.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of LeMaitre Vascular, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMAT) were down 17 percent to $32.47 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 results.

    Essendant Inc (NASDAQ: ESND) was down, falling around 23 percent to $7.38 after reporting downbeat quarterly earnings.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of LeMaitre Vascular, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMAT) were down 17 percent to $32.19 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 results.

    LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ: LKQ) was down, falling around 16 percent to $31.49 following weaker-than-expected quarterly earnings.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of LeMaitre Vascular (NASDAQ:LMAT) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note released on Thursday morning.

    LMAT has been the subject of a number of other reports. ValuEngine lowered shares of LeMaitre Vascular from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Friday, April 27th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of LeMaitre Vascular from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Saturday, April 28th. Benchmark upgraded shares of LeMaitre Vascular from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $40.00 price target for the company in a research note on Thursday, April 26th. Stifel Nicolaus lowered shares of LeMaitre Vascular from a buy rating to a hold rating and reduced their price target for the stock from $40.00 to $34.00 in a research note on Thursday, April 26th. Finally, Roth Capital started coverage on shares of LeMaitre Vascular in a research note on Friday, June 8th. They issued a buy rating and a $38.00 price target for the company. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $37.71.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Omnicom Group Inc.(OMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Baird Financial Group Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC) during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm acquired 71,374 shares of the business services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $5,187,000.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Omnicom Group (NYSE:OMC) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the eighteen analysts that are covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eleven have assigned a hold recommendation and three have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $81.30.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    New York State Common Retirement Fund cut its stake in Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC) by 1.2% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 566,726 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 7,045 shares during the quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund owned approximately 0.25% of Omnicom Group worth $41,184,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Curtiss-Wright Corporation(CW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd decreased its stake in shares of Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE:CW) by 59.2% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 3,188 shares of the aerospace company’s stock after selling 4,625 shares during the period. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd’s holdings in Curtiss-Wright were worth $430,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Curtiss-Wright (NYSE:CW) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, May 16th, RTT News reports. Shareholders of record on Thursday, June 21st will be paid a dividend of 0.15 per share by the aerospace company on Thursday, July 5th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.46%.

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Closed-end fund (CEF) investors are going crazy again. This time, theyre grossly overpaying.

Today well discuss five incredibly popular funds that are not likely to become more celebrated, and should be sold immediately.

Yes, first-level income hounds can be as greedy as they are fearful. In January 2016, they wanted nothing to do with CEFs. Exactly when many funds were about to embark on an 18-month tear!

Yet today, theyre willing to pay $1.49 for just $1 in assets. This is a recipe to lose money. Or at best, see your portfolio trade sideways.

This Discount/Premium as Margin of Safety (or Lack Thereof)

CEFs, unlike their mutual fund cousins, have fixed share counts. This makes their prices subject to the animal spirit whims of the market for better or for worse.

fixed income investments: Pacific Ethanol Inc.(PEIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Pacific Ethanol Inc (NASDAQ: PEIX) got a boost, shooting up 30 percent to $5.47 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

fixed income investments: 3M Company(MMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    3M Co.’s (NYSE: MMM) latest quarterly earnings report is expected on Tuesday. The consensus estimates are $2.06 in earnings per share (EPS) and $7.47 billion in revenue. Shares were trading most recently at $191.50, in a 52-week range of $163.17 to $193.50. The consensus price target is $190.50.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is set to report its second-quarter results on Tuesday. The analysts consensus estimates call for EPS of $2.54 and $7.86 billion in revenue. Shares of 3M were changing hands at $211.07 at Fridays close. The consensus price target is $205.09, and the 52-week range is $163.85 to $214.57.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Second, how will the Dow get to that big magic number? Well, the six biggest stock weightings in the DJIA are: Goldman Sachs (GS), 3M (MMM), International Business Machines (IBM), UnitedHealth Group (UNH), and Boeing (BA). What you will notice looking at a day like yesterday is that tech led the way sector wise. If the Dow is going to outperform, we need mega caps to outperform. We need those six stocks to outperform. So we need a day where financials and industrials outperform to get there. Given the trends in sector leadership, that is bound to happen…We are one Trump tweet talking about how yuuuuuuge Goldman Sachs is away from 20k.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Here is the list of the Dow components, which are scheduled to report this week:

    1. 3M Co
    Company: 3M Co (NYSE: MMM). Date of Reporting: Tuesday, before the market open. EPS Estimate vs. Year-ago EPS: $2.54 versus $2.08. Revenue Estimate: $7.86 billion versus $7.66 billion. Stock Gain/Loss (year to date): 18.12 percent.
    2. Caterpillar
    Company: Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT). Date of Reporting: Tuesday, before the market open. EPS Estimate vs. Year-ago EPS: $1.25 versus $1.09. Revenue Estimate: $10.93 billion versus $10.94 billion. Stock Gain/Loss (year to date): 16.10 percent.
    3. McDonald’s
    Company: McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD). Date of Reporting: Tuesday, before the market open. EPS Estimate vs. Year-ago EPS: $1.62 versus $1.45. Revenue Estimate: $5.96 billion versus $6.26 billion. Stock Gain/Loss (year to date): 25.35 percent.
    4. United Technologies
    Company: United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) Date of Reporting: Tuesday, before the market open. EPS Estimate vs. Year-ago EPS: $1.78 versus $1.82. Revenue Estimate: $15.24 billion versus $14.87 billion. Stock Gain/Loss (year to date): 12.47 percent.

    See also: 3 Reasons Alcoa Is No Longer The Curtain-Raising Event Of Earnings Season

fixed income investments: Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC(FTAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

    Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors (FTAI) Lifted to B- at TheStreet (americanbankingnews.com) BidaskClub Upgrades Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors (FTAI) to “Buy” (americanbankingnews.com) Active Mover Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC (NYSE: FTAI) (alphabetastock.com) Services Stock Buzz: Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC (FTAI) (stocksgeeks.com) Contrasting H&E Equipment Services (HEES) & Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors (FTAI) (americanbankingnews.com)

    Shares of FTAI opened at $16.25 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $1,365.03, a PE ratio of 135.42 and a beta of 1.56. Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors has a 12-month low of $14.25 and a 12-month high of $20.13.

fixed income investments: Green Brick Partners, Inc.(GRBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Monday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedgoing long on small cap homebuilder stockGreen Brick Partners (NASDAQ: GRBK):

    For Green Brick Partners, we’re mainly feeding off of the hammer-shaped reversal bar from last week. That long-tailed low only had to kiss the 200-day moving average line (green) at $8.45 to kick-start a reversal, and we’ve seen some nice bullish follow-through so far. Ideally we’d like to see a move above the February ceiling around $9.90, but we fear waiting that long could leave us chasing it higher. See, what you can’t see on the chart (because it’s further back) is that GRBK is no stranger to multi-point runups. Based on its past runs, Green Brick Partners could be in the high teens before you even know it.

fixed income investments: Shaw Communications Inc.(SJR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The price of Bitcoin surged more than 17% to top $8,000 in a rapid move that surprised many investors this morning. The sudden rally appears to be the result of a short squeeze, according to CNBC contributor Brian Kelly. This means that investors who had been betting on a decline in the price of the world’s largest cryptocurrency had been forced to jump back and buy the currency again. A lot of people have been betting on a decline in the price of Bitcoin heading toward the April 17 tax deadline. The expectation is that many people will need to sell their Bitcoin in order to raise cash to meet tax obligations. Here’s our latest daily insight on why the Bitcoin bear market may end very soon.
    Markets gains have been capped by concerns about the latest news out of the Federal Reserve. On Wednesday, minutes from the Fed’s most recent meeting indicated that policy makers are prepared to raise interest rates several more times in the coming months in order to stave off concerns about inflation.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: BLK, FB, DAL
    Shares of BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) are on the move after the company reported earnings before the bell. The firm reported earnings per share (EPS) of $6.70. Analysts projected the firm would report EPS of $6.45 on top of $3.28 billion in revenue. The firm topped revenue expectations. The firm noted that an increase in its consulting fees and the recent tax reform bill helped bolster its profitability by 27%.
    The stock of Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) has climbed more than 6% since Tuesday. Investors cheered the testimony of CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who appeared before Congress for two days to discuss his company’s privacy policies. The CEO and his firm have been under intense scrutiny since news broke that 87 million user accounts had been accessed without permission by consulting firm Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 election season. The firm had ties to President Trump’s campaign.
    Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) reported ea

fixed income investments: Patterson Companies, Inc.(PDCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Patterson Companies Inc. (NASDAQ: PDCO) dropped about 7.9% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $32.07 after closing at $34.82 on Monday. The 52-week high is $48.30. Volume was around 5 million, more than three times the daily average of around 1.6 million. The distributor of dental and animal health care products missed earnings and revenues estimates this morning.

  • [By Chuck Saletta]

    Patterson Companies (NASDAQ:PDCO) has been around since 1877; it’s a strong player in human dental health services and a big distributor of animal-health-related products. With around 140 years of history behind it, Patterson knows how to survive times of war and economic turmoil, which should give you reason to believe it will be around for some time to come.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    The three top dividend stocks in the dentistry industry are Patterson Companies (NASDAQ:PDCO), Zimmer Biomet Holdings (NYSE:ZBH), and Danaher (NYSE:DHR). But two of these, Zimmer Biomet and Danaher, pay out only small dividends.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2018

Business leaders are reiterating their support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and asking Congress to step in after the Trump Administration formally said it is ending the Obama-era program.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday that DACA, which protects 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, “is being rescinded.” The Department of Homeland Security will stop processing new applications today.

The administration signaled its plan to end the program last week, and business leaders banded together to ask President Trump and Congress to reconsider. Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple (AAPL, Tech30) CEO Tim Cook and Snapchat (SNAP) CEO Evan Spiegel as well as hundreds of other executives signed a letter calling on the president to preserve the program.

The DHS said that it will continue to renew permits that expire in the next six months, giving Congress some time to figure out how to continue to protect current DACA recipients.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: American Woodmark Corporation(AMWD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ: AMWD) was down, falling around 13 percent to $70.39 as the company reported weaker-than-expected quarterly earnings.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ: AMWD) shares shot up 29 percent to $128.15. American Woodmark reported purchase of RSI Home Products for $1.075 billion in enterprise value and posted upbeat quarterly earnings.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ: AMWD) was down, falling around 17 percent to $66.88 as the company reported weaker-than-expected quarterly earnings.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ: AMWD) shares shot up 25 percent to $124.80. American Woodmark reported purchase of RSI Home Products for $1.075 billion in enterprise value and posted upbeat quarterly earnings.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: Endocyte, Inc.(ECYT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) for Q1 2.20% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) for Q1 0.00% vs -0.20% consensus estimate.
    US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    Data on factory orders for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The ISM non-manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The labor market conditions index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for May is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy
    Susquehanna upgraded Skechers (NYSE: SKX) from Neutral to Positive
    Deutsche Bank upgraded WEX (NYSE: WEX) from Hold to Buy
    Pacific Crest downgraded Apple from Overweight to Sector Weight
    RBC downgraded Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) from Sector Perform to Underperform
    Wedbush downgraded Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) from Outperform to Neutral

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Endocyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECYT) were down 31 percent to $1.89 after the company issued clinical updates for EC1456 and EC1169, and announced plans to reduce workforce by 40 percent via restructuring. Endocyte said that it is continuing EC1169 program in taxane-exposed patients, but ending clinical development of EC1456 and EC1169 in taxane-na茂ve patients.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: Pan American Silver Corp.(PAAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    PAN AMERICAN SILVER CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PAN AMERICAN SILVER CORP reported poor results of -$3.62 versus -$2.98 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.35 versus -$3.62).

     

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    Net operating cash flow has decreased to $32.87 million or 14.64% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow PAN AMERICAN SILVER CORP is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -28.24%.

     

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock’s performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 29.22%, worse than the S&P 500’s performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company’s earnings per share are down 193.33% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock’s sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.

     

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: Pacific Ethanol Inc.(PEIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Pacific Ethanol Inc (NASDAQ: PEIX) got a boost, shooting up 30 percent to $5.47 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: Nobilis Health Corp.(HLTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Nobilis Health Corp (NYSE: HLTH) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $91.92 million.

    Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $144.02 million.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: Regency Centers Corporation(REG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Regency Centers Corp. (NYSE: REG) had a huge seller hitting the bid last week. The vice chairman of the real estate investment trust sold an incredible 2.8 million shares of the stock at $68.45 per share. The total for the trade was a staggering $192 million. The stock close trading on Friday at $62.58, so the timing looks good. The 52-week trading range for the shares is $42.40 to $82.44. The Wall Street consensus price target is $75.67.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: eLong, Inc.(LONG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    eLong, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: LONG) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.60 per share on revenue of $38.31 million.

    Qunar Cayman Islands Ltd (NASDAQ: QUNR) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $8.89 per share on revenue of $1.11 billion.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: Imprivata, Inc.(IMPR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Imprivata Inc (NYSE: IMPR) got a boost, shooting up 31 percent to $19.01 as the company reached a definitive deal to be bought by an affiliate of Thoma Bravo, LLC, a private equity firm, for $544 million

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: U S Concrete, Inc.(USCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, basic materials shares fell 0.73 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ: USCR), down 8 percent, and Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SA), down 5 percent.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Coming up in tonight’s episode of Mad Money: Cramer interviews Bill Sandbrook, CEO of U.S. Concrete (USCR)  and focuses on opportunities for Xilinx (XLNX) .  Plus, don’t miss the Lightning Round. Which stocks is Cramer bullish on?

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, basic materials shares fell 0.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ: USCR), down 10 percent, and Commercial Metals Company (NYSE: CMC), down 4 percent.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2018: Ormat Technologies, Inc.(ORA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of U.S. Geothermal back in positive territory while potential peer mid cap Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN) is underperforming and Ormat Technologies, Inc (NYSE: ORA) has been taking off for two years:

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Social Security may be one of your largest assets. What and when you collect will make a huge difference to your lifetime benefits.

Today’s column addresses questions about when to reinstate after suspending a retirement benefit, increasing a spouse’s benefit amount, sequencing widow’s and retirement benefits, whether it’s possible to suspend a retirement benefit before full retirement age and the availability of spousal benefits. Larry Kotlikoff is the founder and president of Economic Security Planning, a company that markets Maximize My Social Security, a Social Security benefits calculator referred to in this post.

See more Ask Larry answers here.

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When Should I Reinstate After Filing And Suspending?

Hi Larry, I’ll be 70 in about 6 months. I filed and suspended my retirement benefit under the old rules so my wife, who is 66, could draw her spousal benefit. When should I reinstate my retirement benefit so I can get the maximum amount? Thanks, Greg

best stocks to buy into: United Natural Foods, Inc.(UNFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Taylor Cox]

    Annual Shareholder Meetings

    United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI)
    Fireside Chat with Dan Gilbert and Kynikos Associates’ Jim Chanos 2 p.m. ET in Detroit

    IPOs

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q1 2017 earnings report for small cap natural andorganic foods stock United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI) is scheduled for after the market closes onWednesday (December 7th). Shares tend to move in tandeem with Whole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) who accounts for more than 30% of sales and were falling in September on concerns about WFM’s weakness with Wolfe Research’s Scott Mushkin commenting:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for the Hain Celestial Group shows shares having once strongly outperformed largely underperforming peers such as large capWhole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and small cap United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q2 2017 earnings report for small cap natural andorganic foods stock United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI) is scheduled for after the market closes onWednesday (March 8th). United Natural Foods shares will tend to move in tandem with Whole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) who accounts for more than 30% of sales.

best stocks to buy into: ARIAD Pharmaceuticals Inc.(ARIA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Healthcare shares gained around 0.73 percent in trading on Monday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIA), and VCA Inc (NASDAQ: WOOF).

best stocks to buy into: East West Bancorp Inc.(EWBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

best stocks to buy into: Pacific Ethanol Inc.(PEIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Pacific Ethanol Inc (NASDAQ: PEIX) got a boost, shooting up 30 percent to $5.47 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

best stocks to buy into: AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(AVEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVEO) shares shot up 69 percent to $1.23 after the company reported positive CHMP opinion for tivozanib for the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Hot penny stockscan bring investors double-digit returns in a short amount of time. For instance, AVEO Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: AVEO) surged 332%, from $0.73 to $3.15, from June 22 to July 10. That means any investor who bought in on June 22 more than quadrupled their initial investment in less than three weeks.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    AVEO Pharmaceuticals Inc.(Nasdaq: AVEO) is another top performer to put on yourpenny stocks to watchlist.

    The company’s share price has soared 468.5% so far this year, with 321.8% of those gains accumulating since June 23. On that date, AVEO received approval in Europe for its cancer drug called Tivozanib.