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Hot High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019

U.S. stock-index futures pointed to a higher open on Wednesday, suggesting the Dow could climb back above the 26,000 level as major indexes looked to trade within striking distance of record levels.

The corporate earnings season continue to be a primary driver of trading, with financial heavyweights in particular view.

What are the main benchmarks doing?

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures
YMH8, +0.52%
were up by 115 points, or 0.5%, to 25,934, while S&P 500 futures
ESH8, +0.40%
added 9.40 points, or 0.3%, to 2,792. Nasdaq-100 futures
NQH8, +0.46%
tacked on 21.50 points, or 0.3%, to 6,783.75.

Hot High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Regal Entertainment Group(RGC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    In December, UK based Cineworld Group Plc also agreed tobuy larger U.S. peer Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) for $3.6 billion in cash in adeal to create the world’s second largest movie theatre operator after AMC Entertainment Holdings. The combined entity is expected to be better able to compete AMC.

Hot High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Brown Forman Corporation(BF.B)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Hot High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: AbbVie Inc.(ABBV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of shares short in AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) increased to 15.66 million, compared to the previous 15.25 million. The stock was trading at $91.36, in a 52-week range of $64.61 to $125.86.

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    This week we get our first look at quarterly numbers from major drug and biotech giants such as AbbVie (ABBV)  , Amgen (AMGN)  , Biogen (BIIB) , Biomarin Pharmaceuticals (BMRN)  and Action Alerts PLUS holding Eli Lilly (LLY) , which all provide the market a glimpse of how the first quarter was for the industry over the next few days,” according to Real Money Pro columnist Bret Jensen.

Hot High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Nuveen Premium Income Municipal Fund, Inc.(NPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Northland Power (TSE:NPI) is set to release its earnings data after the market closes on Wednesday, May 9th. Analysts expect Northland Power to post earnings of C$0.45 per share for the quarter.

Hot High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.(BMRN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    This week we get our first look at quarterly numbers from major drug and biotech giants such as AbbVie (ABBV)  , Amgen (AMGN)  , Biogen (BIIB) , Biomarin Pharmaceuticals (BMRN)  and Action Alerts PLUS holding Eli Lilly (LLY) , which all provide the market a glimpse of how the first quarter was for the industry over the next few days,” according to Real Money Pro columnist Bret Jensen.

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    In his second “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down with Jean-Jacques Bienaime, chairman and CEO of orphan drugmaker BioMarin Pharmaceuticals Inc.  (BMRN) , to discuss what’s coming down the company’s pipeline.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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    BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN) Director Sells $318,750.00 in Stock (americanbankingnews.com) BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN) Set to Announce Quarterly Earnings on Wednesday (americanbankingnews.com) BioMarin Pharmaceutical’s (BMRN) “Outperform” Rating Reiterated at BMO Capital Markets (americanbankingnews.com) Three healthcare stocks driving the gene therapy momentum (ca.finance.yahoo.com) 4 Red-Hot Biotech Stocks to Buy Before Earnings (247wallst.com)

    Shares of BioMarin Pharmaceutical stock traded down $1.32 on Friday, hitting $82.30. 2,278,721 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,207,934. BioMarin Pharmaceutical has a one year low of $75.81 and a one year high of $100.51. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a current ratio of 2.70 and a quick ratio of 2.12. The firm has a market cap of $14,490.73, a price-to-earnings ratio of -122.84 and a beta of 1.69.

Hot High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: EQT Corporation(EQT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT) which rose about 10% to $53.35. The stocks 52-week range is $43.70 to $67.84. Volume was nearly 11 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.6 million.

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    In addition, Elliott Management, which often pushes for M&A and other strategic transactions at targeted companies, made investments in EQT Corp. (EQT) , CommVault Systems Inc. (CVLT) , Sabre Corp. (SABR) , Teradyne Inc. (TER)  and Windstream Holdings Inc. (WIN)

  • [By Max Byerly]

    DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale raised its stake in shares of EQT (NYSE:EQT) by 85.4% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 67,281 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock after purchasing an additional 31,000 shares during the quarter. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale’s holdings in EQT were worth $3,219,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT) which traded down over 5% at $49.72. The stocks 52-week range is $43.70 to $67.84. Volume was 7.6 million compared to the daily average volume of nearly 4 million.

Best Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now

It’s the most profitable time of the year, and our latest list of best stocks to buy now gives you what you need to make the most of it.

December is historically the best-performing month for stocks. Going back to 1950, the S&P 500 has gained an average of 1.54% in the final month of the year, better than in any other month, and has finished December higher than it started 75% of the time.

What’s the reason? Holiday cheer could have something to do with it. Also, we know retailers make their biggest sales during the holiday shopping season. Plus, the end of the calendar year tends to spur on money managers to make a final push to drive up their annual return.

Best Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Regal Entertainment Group(RGC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    In December, UK based Cineworld Group Plc also agreed tobuy larger U.S. peer Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) for $3.6 billion in cash in adeal to create the world’s second largest movie theatre operator after AMC Entertainment Holdings. The combined entity is expected to be better able to compete AMC.

  • [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
  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) was already rated as Underperform at Credit Suisse, but the firm said that the chain has weak trends and warned that its forecasts and multiples are just still too high. While raising some estimates, Sheikh lowered his target on Regal Entertainment to $17 from $19 in this call.

Best Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS(TKC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares slipped by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (ADR) (NYSE: TKC), down 2 percent, and Telefonica Brasil SA (ADR) (NYSE: VIV), down 2.5 percent.

Best Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Formula Systems (1985) Ltd.(FORTY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, technology shares rose by 0.26 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT), up 9 percent, and Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: FORTY) up 19 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, technology shares fell by 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MITK), down 13 percent, and Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: FORTY), down 8 percent.

Best Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018

Can The “Tech Summit” Cause A Short Squeeze In TSLA Stock?

Tesla (NSDQ:TSLA) stock has declined by 20% YTD, massively underperforming the market. But while investors are reluctant to invest in the stock, Tesla has been one of the favorite stocks of short traders for some time now. In the latest fortnight, the short interest in TSLA stock jumped by 13% to35.68 million, a massive 32% of the float, with days to cover increasing from 6 days to 8 days. Since August, short interest has jumped by almost 35%. With days to cover rising to 8 days, a strong positive news may lead to a short squeeze. But is there any positive news around the corner for Tesla stock? One source could be tomorrow’s “tech summit” with the President-Elect to which Mr. Musk has been invited.

Best Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Regal Entertainment Group(RGC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    In December, UK based Cineworld Group Plc also agreed tobuy larger U.S. peer Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) for $3.6 billion in cash in adeal to create the world’s second largest movie theatre operator after AMC Entertainment Holdings. The combined entity is expected to be better able to compete AMC.

  • [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
  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) was already rated as Underperform at Credit Suisse, but the firm said that the chain has weak trends and warned that its forecasts and multiples are just still too high. While raising some estimates, Sheikh lowered his target on Regal Entertainment to $17 from $19 in this call.

Best Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Emerson Radio Corporation(MSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Emerson Radio (MSN) is a marketer of consumer electronic products and various housewares.

    The company has about $1.91 in cash per share, yet sells for less than half that amount. The stock trades at 7.5 times forward earnings. The company is debt free.

Best Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Sociedad Quimica y Minera S.A.(SQM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Beth McKenna]

    Most investors interested in gaining exposure to the lithium space should stick with investing in one or more of the large players listed on a major U.S. stock exchange:Albemarle Corporation(NYSE:ALB), FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC), andSociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile(NYSE:SQM), or SQM. Smaller players are speculative to varying degrees, and most are unprofitable.

Best Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Digital Realty Trust Inc.(DLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT) shares shot up 10 percent to $61.07. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR) announced plans to merge with DuPont Fabros.

Best Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Virtu Financial, Inc.(VIRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Virtu Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) had a large buyer at the desk last week. TJMT Holdings, an investment vehicle for the founder and Executive Chairman Vincent Viola, bought a 50,000 share blockat $15.88 apiece. The total price for the trade was $794,345. The company provides market making and liquidity services to the financial markets worldwide. Shares closed last Friday at $15.95, in a 52 week range of$12.35 to $23.97, and the consensus price target is $16.31.

Best Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Graco Inc.(GGG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joel Elconin]

    At this time, the only relevant news to the Gold market and Gold stocks was the halt of Graco Inc. (NYSE: GGG), which was down $0.80 at $84.64 and just reopened at $82.20.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, industrials shares fell by 0.83 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Graco Inc. (NYSE: GGG), down 9 percent, and Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV), down 11 percent.

Best Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now

Stocks finished the week lower as oil prices fell and the Federal Reserve looks set to raise interest rates next week.

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The S&P 500 fell 0.4% this week after rising 0.3% to2,372.60 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.5% this week after advancing44.79 points, or 0.2%, to20,902.98 today. The Nasdaq Composite dipped 0.2% this week after gaining 0.4% to5,861.73 today.

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite snapped six-week winning streaks, while the Dow ended a four-week winning streak.

Wellington Shields’ Frank Gretz notes that the “market is supposed to be anticipatory.” He explains:

Opinions follow price memories do as well. If higher prices alone were not enough, the news always seems to improve as prices move higher. After all, the media always needs to explain the higher prices, and the good therefore becomes the emphasis. For example, theres little talk of the all-but-certain pending rate hike. Since the election the market has had a remarkable run, one built more on policy hope than policy reality. This complaint is met with the retort that it has only been 50 days, or whatever. Fair enough, but the point remains. Then, too, the market is supposed to do this, its supposed to be anticipatory. Investors are getting this, and hence, what has been persistent strength. Interestingly, investors will begin to believe they always got it no one was really worried about a possible trade war, and so on. The psychologist Baruch Fischhoff called this creeping determinism, the idea that unexpected events turn into the expected. In other words, we will remember being more bullish in November than we were.

Best Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Tele Celular Sul Participacoes S.A.(TSU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (NASDAQ: SHEN), down 3 percent, and TIM Participacoes SA (ADR) (NYSE: TSU) down 2 percent.

Best Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Regal Entertainment Group(RGC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    In December, UK based Cineworld Group Plc also agreed tobuy larger U.S. peer Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) for $3.6 billion in cash in adeal to create the world’s second largest movie theatre operator after AMC Entertainment Holdings. The combined entity is expected to be better able to compete AMC.

  • [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
  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) was already rated as Underperform at Credit Suisse, but the firm said that the chain has weak trends and warned that its forecasts and multiples are just still too high. While raising some estimates, Sheikh lowered his target on Regal Entertainment to $17 from $19 in this call.

Best Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Avnet, Inc.(AVT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ: TECD) reached a deal with Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) enabling it to buy the latter's Technology Solutions business. The transaction comprises cash component of $2.4 billion and 2.785 million shares of Tech Data resulting in a total value of about $2.6 billion.

Small Cap AMC Entertainment Holdings: Blockbuster Short?

Small capcinema stock AMC Entertainment Holdings (NYSE: AMC) is thetwelfth most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 40.60% according toHighshortinterest.com. AMC Entertainment Holdings is the largest movie exhibition company in the U.S., in Europe and throughout the world with approximately 1,000 theatres and 11,000 screens across the globe. The Company says it has propelled innovation in the exhibition industry by:

Deploying more plush power-recliner seats; Delivering enhanced food and beverage choices; Generating greater guest engagement through its loyalty program, web site and smart phone apps; Offering premium large format experiences; Playing a wide variety of content including the latest Hollywood releases and independent programming.

AMC Entertainment Holdings operates among the most productive theatres in the United States’ top markets, having the #1 or #2 market share positions in 22 of the 25 largest metropolitan areas of the United States, including the top three markets (NY, LA, Chicago). Through its Odeon subsidiary, the Company operates in 14 European countries and is the # 1 theatre chain in UK & Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Finland and the Baltic States. The Company is also majority-owned by China-based Dalian Wanda Group Co. Ltd.

A technical chart for AMC Entertainment Holdings shows shares in a strong decline until August when the decline eased:

Part of AMC Entertainment Holdings problems would come from the availability of other entertainment options (e.g. streaming services) while its fortunes are also tied to the success of Hollywood blockbusters or duds. In addition, the Company has spent much of 2017 working to reduce the debt accumulated when it acquired Carmike Cinemas, Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group and Nordic Cinema Group – all for at least about $1 billion.

In November, AMC Entertainment Holdings reported Q3 earnings with the CEO saying:

We have been predicting weakness in the third quarter industry box office, due to the quantity and subject matter of the films that were scheduled to be released. Not surprisingly, our foreshadow was accurate. In a high fixed-cost, low variable-cost business, this has led to lower EBITDA generation for AMC in the third quarter of 2017. We, however, remain bullish about the fourth quarter movie slate. Among many other hit films this year, movies like It in September, Thor: Ragnarok in November and soon Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December, demonstrate for all to see what we know to be true. When Hollywood and international movie makers offer appealing movies, Americans and Europeans will pour into our theatres in huge numbers and pay top-dollar to do so. In our view, the weakness of the summer box office is not indicative of a long-term trend, especially immediately after two and a half years of record box office performance and just before what we expect will be strong and robust consumer demand through year end. We are similarly confident and excited about the film slate that is coming in 2018 and again in 2019. Accordingly, we remain optimistic about the viability and strength of the movie theatre industry generally, and of AMC specifically.

Additionally, AMC has taken numerous crucial steps over the past ninety days to significantly enhance the prospects for AMC’s success in 2018, 2019 and beyond. We have sought to balance our capital allocation, with the aim of deleveraging over the next two years. We refocused our capital allocation toward the highest returns, importantly including high-return projects featuring the full renovation of key Odeon and former Carmike theatres, as well as buying back more than $30 million of AMC common shares at historically low prices. We strengthened our liquidity position by trimming our 2017-2018 capital expenditure plan by some $200 million and by generating more than $235 million in cash by monetizing non-strategic assets. We continued to dramatically enhance and upgrade the consumer appeal of our theatres in the U.S. and Europe by offering our guests a better product and continued to strengthen the bond we have established with our guests through our compelling marketing activity. We also are paying keen attention to improving our income statement by tightening down our costs and by institutingcreative pricing actions, both up and down, to drive increased revenues. These strategies, among others, will continue in 2018 and beyond, and we remain optimistic about our ability to deliver strong financial results in the coming years.

In December, UK based Cineworld Group Plc also agreed tobuy larger U.S. peer Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) for $3.6 billion in cash in adeal to create the world’s second largest movie theatre operator after AMC Entertainment Holdings. The combined entity is expected to be better able to compete AMC.