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Best Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018

Value investors get a bad rap. Sometimes, value investing is referred to as “cigar butt” investing, in that picking up cheap, undervalued stocks is equivalent to picking up mostly smoked cigars off of the sidewalk. A good friend and colleague of mine used to call me a “dumpster diver”. Guilty.

Why value? Personally, I hate overpaying. The old Wall Street maxim “buy low, sell high” is in direct conflict with “buy high, sell higher”. Typically, value stocks are less volatile than growth stocks. That doesn’t mean they’re less risky.

I’m not going to argue the outperformance of growth versus value. Sometimes growth outperforms. Sometimes value outperforms. I’m also not going to get lost in the weeds of grandfather of value investing Benjamin Graham’s notion of intrinsic value and margin of safety.

What I will do is point out three key indicators that will get the ball rolling in evaluating a value stock.

1. Forward P/E
I’ve found that the most useful metric used in determining a stock’s value is the price-to-earnings ratio (P/E). A stock’s P/E ratio measures its price relative to the underlying business’s earnings per share (EPS). The trailing P/E measures past earnings while the forward P/E is calculated with projected earnings. The forward P/E is my go-to valuation metric. A low forward P/E is an indicator of the marketplace’s confidence in the ability of the company to deliver on the earnings forecast. The lower the number, the less confident the market is, and thus the cheaper the stock.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Zosano Pharma Corporation(ZSAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Zosano Pharma Corp. (NASDAQ: ZSAN) dropped about 17% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $0.54 after closing at $0.65 on Friday. Volume was around 720,000, about 10% below the daily average of around 850,000. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    Here’s a list of the top 10 penny stocks to watch in March, which includes the biggest gainers last month…

    Penny StockCurrent Stock PriceFebruary 2017 ReturnZosano Pharma Corp. (Nasdaq: ZSAN)$2.56+123.3%Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH)$1.25+113.8%Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: PPHM)$0.59+101.7%Galectin Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: GALT)$1.79+91.9%Bioanalytical Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BASI)$1.58+90.6%CymaBay Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: CBAY)$3.50+89.8%Vermillion Inc. (Nasdaq: VRML)$2.56+86.3%Naked Brand Group Inc.(Nasdaq:NAKD)$2.16+76%Eyegate Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: EYEG)$2.63+73.9%Benitec Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: BNTC)$2.60+59.9%

    The best-performing penny stock – Zosano Pharma Corp. – soared an incredible 123.3% from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28. To put those gains into perspective, that’s more than five times the S&P 500’s 23% climb in the last 12 months.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: RAIT Financial Trust(RAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE: RAS) were down 9 percent to $1.09. FBR Capital downgraded RAIT Financial Trust from Buy to Neutral.

    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) was down, falling around 18 percent to $1.65. RAVE Restaurant reported a $5 million equity rights offering.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Camping World Holdings, Inc. (CWH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Camping World's (NYSE: CWH) analyst quiet period has ended. So far, it has received coverage form four analysts.

    Sell-Side's Most Noteworthy Calls
    Morgan Stanley downgraded Juniper (NYSE: JNPR) to Underweight.
    Guggenheim downgraded MasterCard (NYSE: MA) to Neutral.
    Imperial Capital upgraded Allegion (NYSE: ALLE) to Outperform.
    Summit Redstone upgraded VMware (NYSE: VMW) to Buy.
    Oppenheimer started Twilio (NYSE: TWLO) at Outperform.
    Deal Talk

    Cipher Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CPHR) is said to have hired an investment bank to explore strategic alternatives, according to sources as reported by Reuters on Monday. The sources said a potential sale of the Canada-based company is being considered. Cipher declined comment on the report.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Supply could come from any number of industry players, including Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO), Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) and Camping World Holdings Inc (NYSE: CWH). However, whether it comes from existing inventory and whether suppliers can meet the demand are yet to be seen.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now

From Volvo’s bid to become an electric car company to the cost of the Petya Cyber Attack to Europe’s bad-boy CEO’s “power drinking”, here’s what made headlines in Europe this week.

Vantiv Makes Play For Worldpay

Credit card processing group Vantiv Inc. (VNTV) has confirmed its plans to buy Britain’s Worldpay Group (WPYGY) just hours before a potential rival suitor, JPMorgan Chase (JPM) , bowed out of the bidding. Vantiv’s 385 pence-a-share offer, which was about 37 pence shy of Worldpay’s intraday levels on July 3, looked an error on the part of Vantiv’s board, which may not have realized that while they were enjoying Fourth of July Festivities, investors in the U.K. were driving up Worldpay’s share price to a record, leaving them to present what looked like an undervalued deal. However, shares in the U.K.’s biggest payments processor fell more than 9% to 372 pence after the deal was announced and news of JPMorgan’s about-face made its way through the market. It’s a tidy little saving for Vantiv, and perhaps an interesting indication of what may come from one of America’s biggest banks, which was recently unshackled from returning cash to shareholders by the U.S. Federal Reserve. JPMorgan was named as a possible suitor on Tuesday but said it was “at a very early stage in considering” a bid and decided to walk away without giving a reason. It would have been the bank’s first big acquisition since the financial crisis and, despite the change of heart, likely suggests it’s back on the acquisition trail.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Vanguard Short-Term Government ETF(VGSH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Donald van Deventer]

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

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Boston Properties, Inc.(BXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

    The fund owned big U.S. real estate investment trusts Boston Properties (BXP) and Vornado (VNO), as well as Japan’s Sumitomo Realty, as of the end of last year. REITs are known for their big dividends.

  • [By Markus Aarnio]

    Owens Realty Mortgage’s competitors include American Assets Trust (AAT), Alexandria Real Estate Equities (ARE) and Boston Properties (BXP). American Assets Trust has seen five insider buy transactions and four insider sell transactions this year. American Assets Trust has a dividend yield of 2.78%. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has seen 14 insider sell transactions this year. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has a dividend yield of 4.10%. Boston Properties has seen one insider buy transaction and four insider sell transactions this year. Boston Properties has a dividend yield of 2.43%.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Matrix Service Company(MTRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Matrix Service Co (NASDAQ: MTRX) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $18.58 as the company posted better-than-expected Q4 results.

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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation(COG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE: COG) is rated as a Hold with a new price target of $24. The EPS estimate has been cut from $0.60 to $0.47 for 2017, and the 2018 estimate has been increased from $0.70 to $1.19. Shares closed at $22.36 on Friday in a 52-week range of $19.77 to $25.74. The consensus 12-month price target is $28.72.

  • [By David Sterman]

    Take Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE: COG(link is external)) as an example. As I noted earlier this month(link is external), Cabot’s current drilling plans are expected to lead to a big spike in output over the next few years. The company’s executives decided to plow ahead with development plans, even as rivals were retrenching. The fact that natural gas prices have risen more than 10% in the past three weeks simply underscores the wisdom of that strategy, and could lead to rising sales and profit estimates. 

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: American Financial Group, Inc.(AFG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Aco-chief executive officer of American Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: AFG), Carl Linder, sold a total of 200,000 shares of the property and casualty insurance products provider at prices that ranged from $90.63 to $91.62. The total for the sale was set at $18 million. The shares closed Friday at $91.55, in a52-week range of $65.38 to $92.38. The consensus price target is $95.50.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: LivePerson Inc.(LPSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Technology sector was the top gainer in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN), Vicor Corp (NASDAQ: VICR), and Broadcom Ltd (NASDAQ: AVGO).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN) shares were also up, gaining 20 percent to $13.68. LivePerson reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.01 per share on revenue of $54.074 million. The company issued a strong outlook for the current quarter and raised its FY17 sales outlook.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    A recent survey of 5,000 consumers conducted by LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN), a leading provider of mobile and online messaging solutions, found that 55% of consumers would prefer a bot over a human, but only in situations where the bot is just as accurate as a human representative. Just over 56%, though, would rather talk to a human, as many still believe that a human will understand what they need better than a bot. A full 89% of consumers globally have a neutral or positive perception of bots in general.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    But some stocks managed to buck the trend and give investors more upbeat outlooks for their prospects. SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD), MBIA (NYSE:MBI), and LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Alere Inc.(ALR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, healthcare shares fell by 0.91 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Alere Inc (NYSE: ALR), down 8 percent, and Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL), down 10 percent.

  • [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.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: SoftBank Group Corp. (SFTBY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Softbank Group Corp. (SFTBY) shares gained in afternoon trading in Tokyo Monday, after it unveiled better-than-expected earnings for the three months ended in June.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    I also really like stories where there are multiple business lines, where one segment is breakeven, or perhaps losing money and obscuring consolidated financial results. These often result in a high sum of the parts valuation. I call it complexity arbitrage. Even professionals are often too lazy to dig into segment results, or JV accounting to figure it out. But its a common theme in my research, from SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBY), to Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD) to Fox (NASDAQ:FOX) or even Sinclair and Fortress.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ:SNCR) is a global leader in enterprise mobility cloud solutions, and software-based activation platforms for some of the largest global telecommunication providers, cable/broadband operators, and OEM’s (with a growing presence across a variety of different sectors such as Retail, Finance, and Healthcare). With over 3.5 Billion global subscribers (300 out of the Fortune 500), SNCR is providing customers cloud-based solutions that enable people to securely connect, synchronize, manage, and back up data across applications through connected devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and PCs. In-turn they enable the ability for employees to bring their own device “BYOD”, to work using their cloud based platform and embedded security features such as multi-factor authentication to target Enterprise based solutions (the focal point of their future). Their secure mobility and cloud-based enterprise solutions have significantly grown, and continue to evolve into a world class platform enabling enterprises to save money on hardware costs, improve operational efficiency, while driving significant productivity in a secure manner. With stable heavy weight telecommunication customers such as Verizon (NYSE:VZ), AT&T (NYSE:T), T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS), America Movil (NYSE:AMX), Orange (NYSE:ORAN), Telefonica S.A. (NYSE:TEF), Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD), and Softbank (OTCPK:SFTBY), just to name a very few, SNCR is looking to diversify (70% of revenue still comes from VZ and T) across providers through cloud-based offerings, while leveraging their learning curve. With a valuable niche expanding horizontally and vertically in a high growth developing global market, producing healthy gross margins (60+%), an impressive list of market opportunities, and very reasonable valuation metrics relative to peers and estimated growth, SNRC is a great play every growth seeking, value oriented investor should consider.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The largest part of the valuation puzzle regarding NTT is NTT DoCoMo (NYSE:DCM), Japan’s largest telecommunications company with 73 million customers and a market share of 46%. Its primary competitors are KDDI (OTCPK:KDDIF) with 30% share and Softbank (OTCPK:SFTBY) with 24%. With only three main players, competition is limited and all players are profitable.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    According to FT Partners, the FinTech market saw a record 412 financial deals during the third quarter of 2017. One of the largest deals in the quarter involved a $250 million investment by Softbank (OTCPK:SFTBY) in billion-dollar unicorn Kabbage (Private:KBGE).

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Pershing Gold Corporation(PGLC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sara Cornell]

    Leading the way is CEO Edward Karr. As a founder of Pershing Gold Corp (NASDAQ:PGLC), he currently serves on their Board of Directors, and has been active in the natural resource industry for many years. With a background in finance and investment banking, Karr is credited with raising capital to begin operations at US Gold Corp, and establishing financing for both the operational and exploration sides of the company.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: RAIT Financial Trust(RAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE: RAS) were down 9 percent to $1.09. FBR Capital downgraded RAIT Financial Trust from Buy to Neutral.

    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) was down, falling around 18 percent to $1.65. RAVE Restaurant reported a $5 million equity rights offering.

stockmarketquotes

Short seller Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates offered his latest short at the SALT conference in Las Vegas today: Cheniere Energy (LNG).

Bloomberg News

One of the big problems for Cheniere is that there has been no increase in demand for liquefied natural gas despite an increase in supply. “The great LNG demand dream has been a pipe dream, but supply keeps coming,” Chanos says.

Chanos summed up the bull case on Cheniere. That it’s a financing story, not an energy story. That there’s no commodity risk because of take-or-pay contracts. That there will be “big out-year utilization.”

The reality, however, is quite different, Chanos argues.Cheniere argues that it’s asset’s should have a 100 year life span, far above the 20+ of refiners. They also argue that there will be 100% utilization, when refiners typically have 85%, Chanos said. And it will be hard for Cheniere to turn a big profit by shipping LNG to Europe at current prices.

stockmarketquotes: CobalTech Mining Inc. (BNCIF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The other junior cobalt miners include Brixton Metals Corporation (OTC:BXTMD) [TSXV:BBB], Canadian International Minerals [TSXV:CIN], Clean TeQ (OTCPK:CTEQF) [ASX:CLQ], Cobalt Power Group (TSXV:CPO), CobalTech Mining [TSXV:CSK] (OTCPK:BNCIF), Conico Ltd (ASX:CNJ), Corazon Mining Ltd [ASX:CZN], Dragon Energy (ASX:DLE), Highlands Pacific (OTC:HLPCF), Hinterland Metals Inc (TSXV:HMI) (OTC:HNLMF), and LiCo Energy Metals (TSXV:LIC) (OTCQB:WCTXF).

stockmarketquotes: RAIT Financial Trust(RAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE: RAS) were down 9 percent to $1.09. FBR Capital downgraded RAIT Financial Trust from Buy to Neutral.

    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) was down, falling around 18 percent to $1.65. RAVE Restaurant reported a $5 million equity rights offering.

stockmarketquotes: Immersion Corporation(IMMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Movers newsletter suggested shorting small cap technology stock Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR):

    We love how well developed the selling of Immersion shares has been. Rather than a sharp, v-shaped reversal — which may or may not follow through — we’ve seen a bowl-shaped transition from an uptrend to a downtrend. This ups the odds of downside follow-through, as there’s been no price “shock” to invite a sudden wave of buying.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR) shares were also up, gaining 22 percent to $7.29. Immersion disclosed that Vic Viegas has agreed to resign as CEO and as a director. The company named Carl Schlachte as Interim CEO.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR) shares were also up, gaining 20 percent to $7.18. Immersion disclosed that Vic Viegas has agreed to resign as CEO and as a director. The company named Carl Schlachte as Interim CEO.

stockmarketquotes: DXP Enterprises Inc.(DXPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of DXP Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ: DXPE) got a boost, shooting up 22 percent to $40.27 after the company posted upbeat quarterly results.

    Nature's Sunshine Prod. (NASDAQ: NATR) shares were also up, gaining 28 percent to $11.35 as the company disclosed that it has received its direct selling license in China.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of DXP Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ: DXPE) were down 17 percent to $24.00. DXP Enterprises reported preliminary revenue of $228 million to $231 million for the third quarter.

stockmarketquotes: Unilever N.V. (UNLVF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    In sum, the three companies are equally valued at generous multiples. It is difficult to choose one of them based on fundamentals or valuations, but we like the strategy of Nestl茅 and P&G more than Unilever. Therefore, we recommend investing in these companies only if someone is interested in a limited but relatively safe upside potential. Good entry prices would be as follows: Nestl茅 (OTCPK:NSRGF) at CHF 70.1 or $70.1 for the ADR , P&G at $83.6 and Unilever (OTC:UNLVF) at 34.1 or $38 for the ADR (NYSE:UN).

stockmarketquotes: (LGEAF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    However, Apple is turning to LG (OTC:LGEAF) and the Herald reports that Apple is even considering investing in a future plant in China to build flexible displays. It’s thought that the bendable displays could be available as early as 2019.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The importance of cellular connectivity for wearables, particularly for smartwatches, has been a theme of mine since last year, and I’m glad to see other analysts and organizations starting to pick up on it. I’ve discussed Qualcomm’s (NASDAQ:QCOM) development of the Snapdragon Wear SOC that manufacturers are using for Android Wear 2 smartwatches with LTE connectivity, such as the LG Watch Sport (OTC:LGEAF). Such watches provide voice calling and cellular data connections and anticipate the future direction of the smartwatch.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    There are other areas of smartphone innovation pursued by other companies besides Apple. The development of OLED screens has been a significant innovation pursued mainly by Korean giants Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) and LG (OTC:LGEAF). It is now being reported that Samsung and LG will introduce smartphones with foldable OLED screens this year.

penny stock investing

Donald Trump vowed during the campaign to get rid of a tax loophole used by some millionaire and billionaire investors to slash their bills.

“The hedge fund guys won’t like me as much as they like me right now. I know them all, but they’ll pay more,” he said during a Republican debate sponsored by CNN in 2015. “I know people that are making a tremendous amount of money and paying virtually no tax, and I think it’s unfair.”

But the tax break, known as the “carried interest” provision, remains essentially intact in both the House and Senate tax bills now under consideration.

Despite the popular impression that the carried interest provision is a break for hedge fund managers, it’s really private equity managers and real estate managers who benefit from it. It lets them pay a lower rate of just 20% on investment profits that are paid to fund managers, instead of the standard rate of nearly 40% for anyone in the top tax bracket.

Trump himself said that those benefiting from the break were “getting away with murder.”

penny stock investing: Progress Software Corporation(PRGS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million.
    Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million.
    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion.
    Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million.
    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million.
    Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million.
    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million.
    8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million.
    Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million.
    Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.
    Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million.
    Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter.
    Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.20 per share.
    Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: OSN) is projected to post ea

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

    Wall Street expects ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE: CAG) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $2.89 billion. ConAgra shares rose 0.17 percent to $47.68 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) to report its quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $1.81 billion. Darden Restaurants shares gained 0.44 percent to $66.25 in after-hours trading.
    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter on Wednesday. Progress Software shares surged 6.19 percent to $26.75 in the after-hours trading session.

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $93.15 million.

    Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share on revenue of $55.35 million.

penny stock investing: RAIT Financial Trust(RAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE: RAS) were down 9 percent to $1.09. FBR Capital downgraded RAIT Financial Trust from Buy to Neutral.

    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) was down, falling around 18 percent to $1.65. RAVE Restaurant reported a $5 million equity rights offering.

penny stock investing: Castlight Health, inc.(CSLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Castlight Health (NYSE:CSLT)share price climbed 13.2% Wednesday after an SEC filing revealed that Maverick Capital had significantly boosted its stake in the company to 10.6%.

penny stock investing: SPX Corporation(SPW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Damon Churchwell]

    These companies manufacture processing products used by industries such as food and beverages, oil & gas, and wastewater treatment, among others. They serve a wide range of end markets that are mostly poised for increased earnings and are likely to spend on capital projects. While these positive trends persist, flow technology companies’ prospects ought to remain favorable. Let’shighlight several sector participants, starting with a top selection,SPX(NYSE: SPW),.

learn stock market

According to the report on used car dealers in the US published by IBISWorld earlier this year, the used car industry is estimated to grow 2.9% annually through the period 2012 through 2017 to $116 billion in revenues. The market has traditionally been dominated by physical dealership stores, but has, as of late, seen several online players as well. But not many of these have really managed to succeed. Carvana (Pending:CVNA) is one player that appears to be ready to test stock market appetite for a business model that is yet to turn in profits.

Carvana’s Offerings

Phoenix-based Carvana was founded by Ryan Keeton and Ernie Garcia in January 2013 as an online option for used car sales. But unlike other online used car websites that act as marketplaces to connect buyers with sellers, Carvana takes care of the entire end-to-end process of car sales. It has integrated into its platform buying, reconditioning and financing auto sales to its customers. It follows a more capital-intensive approach of purchasing pre-owned vehicles directly from consumers, reconditioning them, and then selling them to the next buyer. Carvana believes that the model offers it better control over pricing and inventory of the vehicles.

learn stock market: Big Lots, Inc.(BIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its profit outlook for the year.

    Big Lots posted quarterly earnings of $0.04 per share, on revenue of $1.105 billion. However, analysts were expecting a loss of $0.01 per share on revenue of $1.12 billion.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, Costco Wholesale(NASDAQ:COST) and Big Lots (NYSE:BIG) were some of the biggest individual movers as investors reacted to details from their latest quarterly earnings reports.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows small cap off-price or value price retailers like Five Belowand Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) along with large capRoss Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: ROST) largely moving into positive territory albeit with their share of volatility:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows small cap off-price or value price retailers like Five Belowand Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) along with large capRoss Stores, Inc (NASDAQ: ROST) having at least a positive trend albeit with their share of volatility:

learn stock market: Insys Therapeutics, Inc.(INSY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap Insys Therapeutics (NASDAQ: INSY) is the seventh most shorted stock on the Nasdaq with short interest of 43.97% according to Highshortinterest.com. Insys Therapeutics is a small cap specialty pharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes innovative drugs and novel drug delivery systems of therapeutic molecules that improve patients quality of life. Using proprietary spray technology and capabilities to develop pharmaceutical cannabinoids,the Companyis developing a pipeline of products intending to address unmet medical needs and the clinical shortcomings of existing commercial products. INSYS currently markets SUBSYS庐 (fentanyl sublingual spray), CII, and SYNDROS庐 (dronabinol) oral solution, CII, a proprietary, orally administered liquid formulation of dronabinol.The Company aims to developmedications for potentially treating addiction to opioids, opioid overdose, epilepsy and other disease areas with a significant unmet need.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Insys Therapeutics (NASDAQ:INSY) already won U.S. regulatory approval fordronabinol solution Syndros in treatingchemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) and anorexia in patients with AIDS. The company is preparing to launch Syndros soon.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, healthcare shares fell by 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Horizon Pharma PLC (NASDAQ: HZNP), down 20 percent, and Insys Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: INSY), down 17 percent.

learn stock market: Genie Energy Ltd.(GNE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.34 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 11 percent, and American Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AMID) down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 3 percent, and SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), down 3 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares fell by 0.58 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Middlesex Water Company (NASDAQ: MSEX), down 2 percent, and Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 4 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.22 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 8 percent, and Artesian Resources Corporation (NASDAQ: ARTNA) down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares fell 0.48 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 3 percent, and Southwest Gas Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: SWX), down 2.5 percent.

learn stock market: RAIT Financial Trust(RAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE: RAS) were down 9 percent to $1.09. FBR Capital downgraded RAIT Financial Trust from Buy to Neutral.

    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) was down, falling around 18 percent to $1.65. RAVE Restaurant reported a $5 million equity rights offering.

learn stock market: TripAdvisor, Inc.(TRIP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) which rose over 4% to $44.55. The stocks 52-week range is $35.34 to $66.13. Volume was 2.8 million compared to its average volume of 2.9 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    TripAdvisor (TRIP) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today, a reversal of yesterday’s big gain following the news thatExpedia (EXPE) would participate in its Instant Booking program.

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    TripAdvisordropped 5.1% to $46.28 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,265.18.

    In a note published yesterday, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s Rodney Hull and team called the announcement a “positive for [the] platform” but worried about the fact that “shopper growth and monetization have been muted.” They explain:

    Ultimately, TripAdvisor is seeking to improve its revenue per shopper which trails its OTA peers who earn 4-5x more per shopper by driving booking and repeat booking activity on their sites. On a positive note, TripAdvisor stated that US trends improved through the third quarter and that transaction revenue and rev/shopper turned positive in October. Further, green shoots in app bookings and vaulted credit cards are noteworthy. However, the dual headwinds of mobile and the IB transition continue to negatively impact financials as well as the “flywheel” for shopper growth and visibility into improving growth remains limited, aside from easing comps. We have a positive view of the company’s longer-term monetization opportunity, but we await further signs of inflection in growth and profitability, which may follow a larger ad campaign. Recall, the company reduced its margin outlook for 2017 on the 3Q call as it will likely look to increase paid marketing spend and invest revenue per shopper gains to restart the flywheel

    TripAdvisor’s market capitalization fell to $6.7 billion today from $7.1 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $198 million on sales of $1.5 billion in 2015.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    TripAdvisor Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) dropped about 4.5% Thursday, to post a new 52-week low of $43.48 after closing at $45.55 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $71.69. Volume was about 60% above the daily average of around 2.4 million shares. The company had no specific news today.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    This next company comes as a surprise, as it is one that has served over 300 million people around the world…

    Failing Company No. 3: TripAdvisor Inc. (Nasdaq: TRIP)

    The website that changed the way user-generated content is used for travel is feeling the pressure from competition.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    TripAdvisor (TRIP) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after reporting earnings that came in well below the Street consensus.

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    TripAdvisordropped 11% to $46.92 today, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.1% to2,347.22.

    Susquehanna’s Shyam Patil and team write that TripAdvisor’s “challenges persist.” They explain why:

    4Q highlights another challenging quarter. Total revenue was $316m (up 2% y/y), 1% below our estimate of $320m and 3% below consensus of $327m. EBITDA of $58m (18.4% margins) was ~25% below our and the consensus estimate of $77m, caused by the revenue miss and higher opex (specifically S&M and G&A) vs. our model…

    While we like TRIPs leading audience reach (on both mobile and desktop) and breadth of travel content, we believe the traffic mix shift to mobile combined with the transition to instant book (IB) will continue to weigh on monetization and cause near-term volatility in the numbers. TRIP is prioritizing revenue growth over profits this year, and management expects to drive double-digit revenue growth but at the expense of significant margin deleverage and absolute EBITDA declines. Additionally, EBITDA could decline further, if TRIP decides to do TV advertising, which is currently not in our estimates or managements outlook. Given these issues, forecasting remains challenging and we continue to have little confidence in estimates.

    TripAdvisor’s market capitalization fell to $6.8 billion today from $7.6 billion yesterday.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Angie’s List underperforming (but not really falling lower) other online review stocks likesmall capYelp Inc (NYSE: YELP) which is rising again andmid cap Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP), but all three stocks have fallen off from their all time highs: