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Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018

By Oisin Breen, Research

In line with previous articles we’ve written, and paraphrasing Buffett, it’s always interesting to consider investing behind the things you know. This article, motivated by a curiosity into firms supporting the deep-sea cable infrastructure that drives the internet, focuses on technological infrastructure firm TE Connectivity (TEL) that does just that, and a whole lot more. TE is a components manufacturer operating in a range of industries. 2017 has been a good year for the firm, and as investors continue to seek both value and growth in the market, unheralded infrastructure stocks available cheaply, relative to earnings, may continue to see their share prices climb in 2018.

TE share price on the up. Source: Bloomberg

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: CLARCOR Inc.(CLC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE: CLC) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.40 per share on revenue of $310.87 million.

    Tilly’s Inc (NYSE: TLYS) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $155.43 million.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Ubiquiti Networks, Inc.(UBNT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, technology shares rose by just 0.2 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Ubiquiti Networks Inc (NASDAQ: UBNT), down 14 percent, and Magnachip Semiconductor Corp (NYSE: MX), down 12 percent.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Monday, small cap Ubiquiti Networks (NASDAQ: UBNT) fell 7.89%after notorious short seller Andrew Left/Citron Research issued a report calling the stock a fraud, but shares were regainingsome of what was lost in early Tuesdaytrading. Ubiquiti Networkseliminates barriers to connectivity for under-networked enterprises, communities and consumers with its leading-edge platforms that connect hundreds of millions of people throughout the world. With over 60 million devices sold worldwide, through a network of over 100 distributors, to customers in more than 180 countries and territories,the Companyhas maintained an industry-leading financial profile by leveraging a unique business model to develop products that combine innovative technology with disruptive price-to-performance characteristics.Growth is supported by the Ubiquiti Community, a global grass-roots community of 4 million entrepreneurial operators and systems integrators who engage in thousands of forums.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Ubiquiti Networks Inc.(NASDAQ:UBNT) were down 13.4% as of 1:30 p.m. EST Friday after the networking hardware company released mixed fiscal second-quarter 2017 results.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap network communication platform makerUbiquiti Networks Inc (NASDAQ: UBNT) reportedfiscal Q4 2017 earnings before the market opened with shares surging 16.56% when the market closed. Revenues increased 23% year-over-year and 4.7% sequentially to $228.6 million, primarily driven by continued strong demand for new product offerings across the Company’s product lines. Enterprise Technology revenues increased 49% year-over-year, primarily driven by continued adoption of the Company’s UniFi product family of access points, switches, gateways and IP cameras.Service Provider Technology revenues increased 5% year-over-year and 10% sequentially, primarily driven by the Company’s airMAX AC and airMAX AC Gen 2 product lines. GAAP Net Income was $60.7 million versus $57.7 million. Total cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2017 were $604.2 million versus $533.9 million as of March 31, 2017, representing an increase of over 13%.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Trump is particularly enthusiastic about shale oil & gas and clean coal, which is good news for stocks such as Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK), Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) and CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) reported stronger-than-expected profit for its third quarter on Monday.

    Halliburton posted quarterly adjusted earnings of $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.44 billion. However, analysts expected earnings of $0.37 per share on revenue of $5.35 billion.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    How strong is the earnings recovery? Of the 18 stocks that reported this morning, 13 beat forecasts, including Halliburton (HAL), and Hasbro (HAS). BofA Merrill Lynch’s Savita Subramanian and team note that for the first time since 2012, analysts are raising their earnings forecasts as earnings season progresses:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    2016 was an interesting year for Halliburton (NYSE:HAL). Not only did the oil-field services company work through one of the largest downturns in the history of oil and gas, but it also had to deal with the financial fallout from a major acquisition blowing up in its face. When it reported fourth-quarter and fiscal 2016 earnings this week, the company showed that it had taken a big blow, but was ready to move on to the next big thing in the oil and gas market. Let’s take a quick look at the company’s results for the year that was, and see what could be in store in the coming quarters.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Following a series of M&A announcements in the oilfield-services sector since the onset of the oil market downturn, French oil-field service company Technip and U.S. oilfield equipment company FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) hooked up in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $13 billion. Shareholders of each company will own 50% of the combined entity, to be named TechnipFMC, which implies a roughly $6.5 billion acquisition valuation for each entity. The transaction, which should close early next year, will “combine Technip’s innovative systems and solutions, state-of-the-art assets, engineering strengths, and project management capabilities with FMC Technologies’ leading technology, manufacturing, and service capabilities.” Further, it should save $400 million in annual costs by 2019. Moreover, it will enable the combined company to compete better against larger oil-field service rivals Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), which have all gained strength during the downturn either through M&A activities or cost savings initiatives.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Halliburton (HAL) has gotten beaten up this year…and even today’s earnings beat doesn’t capable of reversing its fortunes.

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    Halliburton reported a profit of 4 cents, beating forecasts for 3 cents, on sales of $4.28 billion, narrowly edging expectations for $4.27 billion. Halliburton’s shares were trading higher before the market opened, but have declined have declined 0.3% to $46.90 at 1:56 p.m. today.

    Evercore ISI’s James West sees a “margin explosion” coming for Halliburton during the second half of the year, while comparing the oil-services giant to LeBron:

    With the start of the year already regarded as a transition period, we view the companys decision to sacrifice near term margins in order to accelerate long-term profitability and revenue growth as a defensive, yet calculated, and preemptive maneuver. Execution does remain a risk but naysayers seem to utter similar indecencies about LeBron James each year as the playoffs arrive. You dont doubt the king, and HAL is the clear market leader when it comes to NAM completions, in our view. The change in HALs reporting format makes syncing HALs commentary with its financials more difficult, but NAM comprised 68% and 61% of C&P revenues in 2014 and 2015, respectively (71% and 21% of EBIT). As such, the broader segment should be a good proxy for the region. Abatement of cost inflation, or at least a deceleration as we progress beyond the first step-change in activity of the cycle should serve as an additional tailwind for margins. The most likely benefit will come from proppant costs as sand mines resume processing finer mesh grades following the winter hiatus. Additional frac capacity is being reactivated at leading edge prices, evidenced by the fact that incremental margins improved throughout the first quarter, and the company continues to repair legacy contracts and commitments. The improvement of the broader po

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Microchip Technology Incorporated(MCHP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Microchip Technology (MCHP) sunk to the bottom of the S&P 500 today as semiconductor stocks got clobbered.

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    Shares of Microchip Technology tumbled 7.5% to $61.23 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.4% to 2,191.08. The SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (XSD) fell 4.8% to $52.29, while the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) dropped 4.8% to $67.68.

    Today’s slaughter comes two days after Microchip Technology narrowed its third-quarter guidance. Stifel’s Kevin Cassidy and team had the details:

    Microchip upwardly revised its December ending quarter…Non-GAAP EPS guidance was updated to $0.87 – $0.94 compared to $0.85 – $0.95 previously…The According to management, the upside is coming from better than expected integration of recent acquisitions. Management pointed out that significant gross margin improvements may be recognized as the inventory of higher cost products from the now closed Micrel fab is depleted. We have revised our revenue and non-GAAP earnings estimates and increased our 12-month target price to $70.

    Microchip Technology’s market capitalization fell to $13.2 billion from $14.3 billion yesterday. It report net income of $324 million on sales of $2.2 billion in fiscal 2016.

     

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    My colleague Tiernan Rey at Barron’s Tech Trader Daily quoted B. Rileys Craig Ellis in a post today, who called the selloff yesterday an unusually attractive entry opportunity forApplied Materials andMicrochip Technology (MCHP) buyers.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 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 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Rovi Corporation(ROVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Emily Stewart]

    Rovi (ROVI) is a new second-quarter acquisition for Soros, who as of the end of the period owns 4.1 million shares worth $63.6 million.

    Rovi is engaged in the discovery, delivery, display and monetization of digital entertainment by providing a broad set of integrated solutions. It has a $1.8 billion market cap. 

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Merit Medical Systems Inc.(MMSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: CytomX Therapeutics Climbs Following Bristol-Myers Squibb Partnership; Medgenics Shares Slide 15 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Monday Cerulean Pharma's (CERU) CEO Chris Guiffre on Cerulean and Dar茅 Proposed Transaction (Transcript) (Seeking Alpha)
    Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Cancer Genetics Gains After Q4 Results; Heat Biologics Shares Slide Mid-Day Market Update: Dow Rises Over 50 Points; Tandem Diabetes Care Shares Plunge Tandem Diabetes prices stock offering at $1.25; shares off 19% premarket (Seeking Alpha)
    Cerulean Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: CERU) shares dipped 27 percent to $0.817. Cerulean Pharma shares have dropped 60.28 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 15.31 percent in the same period.
    Tandem Diabetes Care Inc (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares tumbled 24.2 percent to $1.17. Tandem Diabetes Care priced 18 million share offering at $1.25 per share.
    Alphatec Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ATEC) shares fell 21.1 percent to $2.10 as the company reported a $18.9 million private placement.
    Heat Biologics Inc (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares dropped 15.5 percent to $0.870. Heat Biologics priced its 5 million share offering at $0.80 per share.
    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) shares fell 15 percent to $1.76.
    QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK) shares declined 12.2 percent to $1.58. QuickLogic priced its 10 million share offering at $1.50 per share.
    Orion Engineered Carbons SA (NYSE: OEC) shares dropped 9.5 percent to $19.10. Orion Engineered Carbons reported a 5 million common stock secondary offering.
    Interpace Diagnostics Group Inc (NASDAQ: IDXG) shares fell 8.7 percent to $2.61 after the company reported debt restructuring and agreed to eliminate its royalty and mileston

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: TOP Ships Inc.(TOPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Top Ships Inc. (NASDAQ: TOPS) posted a new 52-week low of $0.70 on Thursday, down about 19% compared with Wednesday’s closing price of $0.86. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.40. Volume was about double the daily average of around 2.2 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Top Ships Inc. (NASDAQ: TOPS) posted a new 52-week low of $0.51 on Friday, down more than 21% compared with Thursday’s closing price of $0.65. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.40. Volume was nearly double the daily average of around 2.3 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Top Ships Inc. (NASDAQ: TOPS) posted a new 52-week low of $0.49 on Tuesday, down about 0.6% compared with Monday’s closing price of $0.52. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.40. Volume was about 4 times the daily average of around 2.8 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Top Ships Inc. (NASDAQ: TOPS) dropped about 14% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $0.31 after closing at $0.36 on Tuesday. Volume was around 14.5 million, about 25% above the daily average of around 6.4 million. The shipping company had no specific news.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related Chardan Analyst Suggests An AveXis-Ionis Pair Trade Why The Biogen-Ionis News Is A Boon For AveXis AveXis' (AVXS) CEO Sean Nolan on Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
    Related CLBS Earnings Scheduled For March 17, 2017 15 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Thursday Caladrius Biosciences beats by $0.07, beats on revenue (Seeking Alpha) Gainers
    Caladrius Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLBS) shares rose 20.2 percent to $6.13 in pre-market trading after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss.
    Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS) rose 12.3 percent to $3.20 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it has licensed LNP delivery technology to Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) for use in single messenger RNA product candidate.
    AveXis Inc (NASDAQ: AVXS) rose 12.2 percent to $81.66 in pre-market trading after the company reported topline data from Phase 1 trial of AVXS-101.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares rose 10.5 percent to $2.43 in pre-market trading after surging 109.52 percent on Thursday.
    ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC. (NASDAQ: IMOS) rose 9.8 percent to $17.45 in pre-market trading after declining 0.44 percent on Thursday.
    Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SINO) rose 8.3 percent to $3.38 in pre-market trading after climbing 23.81 percent on Thursday.
    Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) rose 7.6 percent to $2.99 in pre-market trading after surging 12.55 percent on Thursday.
    Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) rose 5.2 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading. Steel Dynamics expects Q1 earnings of $0.77 to $0.81 per diluted share. The company also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1550 per common share.
    Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE)

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF (EDV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    The 11 ETF fee cuts unveiled by Vanguard include a significant portion of the issuer's fixed income lineup. All of the following saw annual fees reduced to 0.07 percent from 0.1 percent:

    Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF (NYSE: EDV). Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF (NYSE: BIV). Vanguard Intmdte Tm Govt Bd ETF (NASDAQ: VGIT). Vanguard Long Term Corporate Bond ETF (NASDAQ: VCLT). Vanguard Lg Term Govt Bd ETF (NASDAQ: VGLT). Vanguard Mortgage Bkd Sects ETF (NASDAQ: VMBS).

    and the Vanguard Short Term Corporate Bond ETF (NASDAQ: VCSH).

Top 10 Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Inc.(ALDR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Alder Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ALDR) posted a new 52-week low of $13.50on Tuesday, down nearly 28% compared with Monday’s closing price of $18.70. The stock’s 52-week high is $36.48. Volume totaled more than 12 million shares, about 12 times the daily average of around 720,000. The company reported that its migraine treatment reported a positive result, but investors were not impressed.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Over the past few years, the e-sports industry expanded from small professional gaming events into televised and live-streamed programswatched by millions. Goldman Sachs valued the e-sports market at $500 million in 2016, and expects the market to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 22% over the next three years to over $1 billion.

But amid all the hype and noise, investors might be confused about which companies will benefit the most from that growth. Let’s examine three companies that fit that bill — Tencent Holdings (NASDAQOTH:TCEHY), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA).

Tencent Holdings

Chinese tech giant Tencent is the biggest video game company in the world by total revenue. Six years ago, it acquired Riot Games, the maker of League of Legends — the MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game which is currently the most popular e-sports title in the world.

League of Legends. Image source: Riot Games, NVIDIA.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    A new and highly anticipated study byCelgene Corp. (NASDAQ:CELG) shows that its promising multiple sclerosis drug could soon reshape the $19 billion multiple sclerosis market. On Friday, management reported that ozanimod met its primary endpoint for reducing MS relapses better than Biogen Inc.’s (NASDAQ:BIIB) Avonex, and importantly, it did so without any new safety risks.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Biogen (BIIB) has dropped 2.2% to $286.16 after getting cut to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink, and to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    While that’s fine for clinical trials, it may make it difficult for Ionis’ drugs to compete with drugs that work as well but don’t have side effects that need to be monitored. Of course, for Spinraza, which Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB) and Ionis recently got approved for spinal muscular atrophy, side effects aren’t an issue because there aren’t any other treatment options at the moment.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Rovi Corporation(ROVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Emily Stewart]

    Rovi (ROVI) is a new second-quarter acquisition for Soros, who as of the end of the period owns 4.1 million shares worth $63.6 million.

    Rovi is engaged in the discovery, delivery, display and monetization of digital entertainment by providing a broad set of integrated solutions. It has a $1.8 billion market cap. 

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Towerstream Corporation(TWER)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Towerstream Corporation (NASDAQ: TWER) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $3.49. Towerstream is scheduled to report Q2 financial results on August 9, 2016.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Infinera Corporation(INFN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Infinera Corp. (NASDAQ: INFN) shares were also up, gaining 27 percent to $11.92 after the company reported stronger-than-expected Q4 results.

    Equities Trading DOWN

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Investing in the tech sector can be tricky. Competition tends to be fierce, which makes it difficult to stay one step ahead. Two companies that have a strong history of maintaining their edge are Skyworks Solutions(NASDAQ:SWKS)and Infinera(NASDAQ:INFN). Both of these businesses have been taking market share in their industries for years, which is impressive. But which of these two tech companies is the better investment today? Let’s review the bull thesis for each company so we can make an informed decision.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    What a year 2016 was for Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN) shareholders. The stock plunged over 50% last year, as its multiyear run of accelerating 20%-30% growth rates ground to a halt. The story changed from that of a high-growth technology company riding the secular trend of exploding data and bandwidth needs to one of stagnating revenues, profits turning to losses, increased competition, and end customers pausing investments in optical networks.

  • [By Tracey Ryniec]

    Infinera isn’t in a glamorous part of the technology business, as it provides fiber optic connection gear, but as companies like Amazon and Facebook need and use ever more data, it’s Infinera which paves the way. Earnings are expected to grow 31% in 2016. 

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: 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%.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2018

Related EWP Maybe Some Relief For The Spain ETF Politics Prove Problematic For The Spain ETF

Relatively speaking, the iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSE: EWP) has not been that bad compared to other single-country exchange-traded funds tracking PIIGS economies. Year-to-date, EWP is down 3.8 percent, a loss that is only half as bad as the equivalent Ireland ETF and far superior to the average loss of 14.5 percent for the comparable Greece and Italy ETFs.

As is the case with other members of the PIIGS group, there have been lingering concerns about the health of Spanish banks. However, there are signs banks in the eurozone's fourth largest economy are regaining some health. The health of Spanish banks is of particular importance to EWP because the Spain ETF, as is the case with so many single-country funds, devotes a significant percentage of its weight to financial services names.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2018: Rubicon Technology, Inc.(RBCN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap LED semiconductor stockRubicon Technology (NASDAQ: RBCN):

    Rubicon Technology isn’t going to be a monster-sized winner for us, even if things go perfectly. About the best downside target we could hope for is the $0.60 area, where the stock was launched into an unsustainable uptrend a week ago. But, it’s a high-odds trade we can’t pass up. Yesterday’s doji bar after a big rally was a warning sign that we were transitioning into a net-selling environment. Today’s sharp pullback confirms we’re moving into that bearish mode.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2018: Rovi Corporation(ROVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Emily Stewart]

    Rovi (ROVI) is a new second-quarter acquisition for Soros, who as of the end of the period owns 4.1 million shares worth $63.6 million.

    Rovi is engaged in the discovery, delivery, display and monetization of digital entertainment by providing a broad set of integrated solutions. It has a $1.8 billion market cap. 

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2018: Cardiome Pharma Corporation(CRME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of CARDIOME PHARMA CORP (NASDAQ: CRME) were down 30 percent to $2.72 after the company issued U.S. regulatory update for BRINAVESS. The FDA advised Cardiome that the data package proposed is not sufficient to support re-submission of the BRINAVESS NDA.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of CARDIOME PHARMA CORP (NASDAQ: CRME) were down 43 percent to $3.01. Cardiome priced 10 million shares at $3 per share.

    Seadrill Partners LLC (NYSE: SDLP) was down, falling around 30 percent to $4.09 as the company announced plans to reduce the quarterly cash distribution to $0.10 per unit from $0.25 per unit.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2018: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (VLKAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Welcome to the July 2017 edition of Electric Vehicle (EV) company news. In many ways, I think July 2017 will be remembered as a major turning point in EV history – with Model 3 production underway, the British and French governments declaring ICE bans, Volkswagen (OTCPK:VLKAY), Big Oil and the IMF acknowledging EVs are the way of the future. What a monumental month for EVs – matched with near-record global sales.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Navistar International Corporation (NYSE:NAV) has had a wild ride over the past year, going from a $38.05 per share two years ago down to $5.78 in one year, and recovering back to around $32 over the past year, with a notable double in the past four months on news of the proposed alliance with Volkswagen Truck & Bus (“VW”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG (OTCPK:VLKAY).

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    2019 going into 2020 is when autonomous cars start to ramp. Let’s look at some of the industry news bits:

    NuTonomy to expand self-driving taxi service to 10 cities around the world by 2020 (Source: Yahoo News) Delphi (NYSE:DLPH) and Mobileye to provide off-the-shelf self-driving system by 2019 (Source: TheVerge) Volkswagen (OTCPK:VLKAY) expects first self-driving cars on the market by 2019 (Source: Focus) Ford’s head of product development: autonomous vehicle on the market by 2020 (Source: Auto News) Baidu’s (NASDAQ:BIDU) chief scientist expects a large number of self-driving cars on the road by 2019 (Source: Quora) First autonomous Toyota to be available in 2020 (Source: Wired.com) Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) to provide fully autonomous vehicles by 2020 (Source: Nissan Motors) Sergey Brin plans to have Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) driverless car in the market by 2018 (Source: Driverless car market watch)

    There is a clear trend here. Most players in the space plan on really ramping after 2019 going into 2020. Let’s assume Tesla can hit its 500k goal after 2018, in 2019, it would have 1.2mm autonomous capable cars on the road vs. a 4.4mm installed base or 27% of the global base. Then, in 2020, Tesla would have 1.7mm autonomous capable cars vs. a base of 10mm or 17% of the global base. You may think that Tesla is starting to look less impressive. That’s not really the case when you factor in that automakers make about 75mm cars a year globally. Tesla will still have a larger percentage of the autonomous fleet in 2020 than Toyota’s percentage of the entire global automotive fleet at around 15%. With that being said, I do think 2019-2020 is when Tesla’s chokehold on the autonomous vehicle fleet will start to come under pressure. Tesla needs to figure out how to ramp to Ford, Nissan or Honda (NYSE:HMC) type production levels to maintain its dominance. Is that even possible?

  • [By John Rosevear]

    In terms of production, Audi’s electric-vehicle effort is supported by corporate parent Volkswagens (NASDAQOTH:VLKAY) aggressive, big-budget move toward electric vehicles. Nearly all of VW’s brands are known to have long-range electric vehicles under development. Audi’s economies of scale (via VW) could well eclipse Tesla’s by early next decade.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The company’s auto catalyst business has been roughly cut in half over the last five years due to a mix of Chinese export restrictions, cheaper products from Asian competitors, and IP infringement. Luxfer is doing what it can, including suing infringers and working on next-gen products, but I think it is too bullish to expect the company to regain all that it lost. Catalysts for the passenger diesel market are an interesting opportunity, but it increasingly seems that, in the wake of the Volkswagen (OTCPK:VLKAY) scandal, auto OEMs are tired of messing around with “clean diesel” and instead are moving quickly toward hybrid and electric vehicle technologies.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Last decennium, the popularity of both French Peugeot and Citro毛n has lost traction against that of German car manufacturers. PSA experienced declining sales, while German car manufacturers Volkswagen (OTCPK:VLKAY), BMW (OTCPK:BMWYY) and Daimler (OTCPK:DDAIF) have been stacking up sales records year after year over the last 6 years.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2018: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.(CLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Wednesday's regular session.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials shares rose by 0.74 percent in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS), Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF), and United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X).

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Steel stocks are spiking on Monday afternoon, with AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS) up almost 7.5 percent, United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) up about 6.4 percent, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF) up more than 1 percent and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL) up 16.8 percent. The stocks are not being helped by a few analyst upgrades (although, surely not hurt by them), but seem to be mostly rallying on the back of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials sector was the top gainer in the US market on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAYN), Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF), and Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS).

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Apple is getting into the smart speaker market with the HomePod, the company’s first entirely new product in three years. It’s a relatively young hardware category made popular by the Amazon Echo.

Now, more tech companies are rushing out their own versions of the device. You’ve probably heard about talking speakers, but perhaps you’ve wondered how they work and what they mean for your privacy.

Here’s everything you need to know about tech’s hottest new gadgets.

What is a smart speaker?

A smart speaker is a small Wi-Fi connected speaker controlled with voice commands. To use the hands-free device, you speak a trigger phrase “Hey Siri,” “OK Google,” “Alexa” and then ask a question such as “what’s the weather?” or make a request like “order a Lyft.” The speakers are powered by smart assistants like Siri and Alexa that talk back.

What is it used for?

A smart speaker is primarily used to stream music and news, set timers and reminders, manage shopping lists, and control connected-home devices like lights or thermostats. Amazon recently added message and call options, so the speakers will likely be used even more for communication in the future. The Echo is handy for ordering things from Amazon Prime, but it struggles with answering basic knowledge questions. Meanwhile, the Google Home, unsurprisingly, is great for Googling things.

stock market results for today: Gartner, Inc.(IT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CEB Inc. (NYSE: CEB) shares were also up, gaining 21 percent to $74.90 after Gartner Inc (NYSE: IT) announced plans to acquire the company for $2.6 billion in cash and stock.

stock market results for today: Unifirst Corporation(UNF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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    AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) posted upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter, but the company missed analysts’ sales expectations. AeroVironment shares dipped 7.37 percent to $26.40 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) to have earned $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million in the latest quarter. Acuity Brands shares rose 0.04 percent to $244.75 in after-hours trading.
    CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ: CAMP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter and reported a $25 million buyback plan. The company also issued a weak sales forecast for the current quarter. CalAmp shares gained 0.35 percent to $14.14 in the after-hours trading session.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million. UniFirst shares slipped 0.72 percent to close at $105.44 on Tuesday.
    A Schulman Inc (NASDAQ: SHLM) reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter. A Schulman shares rose 1.61 percent to $21.51 in the after-hours trading session.

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    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]

    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $362.62 million.

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

stock market results for today: Rovi Corporation(ROVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Emily Stewart]

    Rovi (ROVI) is a new second-quarter acquisition for Soros, who as of the end of the period owns 4.1 million shares worth $63.6 million.

    Rovi is engaged in the discovery, delivery, display and monetization of digital entertainment by providing a broad set of integrated solutions. It has a $1.8 billion market cap. 

stock market results for today: Federated Investors, Inc.(FII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Gregg Greenberg]

     Stocks of Federated Investors (FII) fell approximately 9% in 2015, yet Oja expects a big turnaround in 2016, once again due to the prospect of higher rates ahead. 

     

    "The money market fund business, which is unprofitable now, should become more profitable as rates rise because Federated has to reimburse for the servicing fees for these funds," said Oja, who also admires the fund company’s 3.5% dividend yield. 

     

    Oja added that Federated also has a "good core business of equity and fixed-income asset management." 

stock market results for today: Greenhill & Co., Inc.(GHL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    For investors with a long memory, the Iridium communications service was launched on November 1, 1998 only for the founding company to go into Chapter 11 bankruptcy nine months later as the cost of service was prohibitive for many users. Iridium Satellite LLC was eventually merged with a special purpose acquisition company (GHQ) created by the investment bank Greenhill & Co. (NYSE: GHL) in September 2009 to form Iridium Communications.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, financial shares slipped by 0.55 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Greenhill & Co., Inc. (NYSE: GHL), down 11 percent, and SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB), down 8 percent.

stock market results for today: Bayer Aktiengesellschaft (BAYZF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Other R&D products in Regeneron’s pipeline that we are interested in

    Fasinumab: Antibody against nerve growth factor, being developed for pain treatment like osteoarthritis. It is partnered with Teva Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:TEVA) (for osteoarthritis, in phase 3), and is also being developed for treatment of chronic back pain. It is licensed to Mitsubishi Tanabe for the Japan territory. REGN2222: For prevention of RSV virus infection in infants, competing with Synagis from AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN). Nesvacumab: Angiopoetin 2 antibody, being tested in combination with Eylea (in phase 2, partnered with Bayer (OTCPK:BAYZF)). Rinucumab (anti-PDGF): Being tested in treatment of wet AMD in combination with Eylea. Phase 2 trial was not successful, but the treatment duration was less (only 12 weeks versus 24 weeks for rival Ophthotech (NASDAQ:OPHT)). 28-week and 52-week data will be released later. With Ophthotech’s phase 3 failure with Fovista, we are bullish on Rinucumab’s commercial potential in wet AMD. Immuno-oncology pipeline: Checkpoint inhibitors and novel CAR-T; still in early stage.

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  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Online Direct Sales – Once only consumer electronics and mobile handsets, the products it offers has grown to include 15 different categories, including home appliances and a wide array of general merchandise.

    In April, JD.com became a certified member of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, a first for a Chinese e-commerce company. In the first quarter of 2017, Avene, the leading demo-cosmetic brand for sensitive skin in European pharmacies, and three brands under Georgio Armani launched flagship stores on JD.com’s direct sales platform. JD Worldwide, a cross-border e-commerce platform set up in April 2015 to provide access to international brands (including those not available in China), has retail contracts with international brands such as Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Phillips, Barcelona FC, and GNC (NYSE:GNC). Recently, it’s partnered with ASDA, a leading UK retailer under the Wal-Mart umbrella, as well as Bayer (OTCPK:BAYZF) and Cetaphil. As of March 2017, it operates 263 warehouses covering a gross floor area of 5.8 million square meters. GMV from the online direct sales business was RMB107.9 billion in the first quarter of 2017, up 42% from the first quarter of 2016. Net revenues from online direct sales increased by 40% in the first quarter of 2017 as compared to the first quarter of 2016. Fulfilled orders in the first quarter of 2017 were 477.1 million, an increase of 39% from 342.1 million in the same period in 2016. Fulfilled orders placed through mobile accounted for approximately 81% of total orders fulfilled in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 56% compared to the same period in 2016.

    Online Marketplace – Third-party sellers offer products to customers and pay a commission to JD.com. They provide transaction processing and billing services on all orders on the online marketplace and leverage their own nationwide fulfillment infrastructu

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    We believe that the pharmaceutical sector has received too much negative attention. Despite the risks, a few companies offer good entry opportunities. In our previous article, we recommended Akorn. Today, we have analyzed Teva. We believe that the company is in a position to thrive in the generic market, and that it is priced very attractively. Yet, we don’t like management’s aggressive M&A strategy. We don’t like very aggressive companies since large acquisitions rarely create value for the shareholders. Contributors argue that Teva has overpaid for Actavis (its latest and largest acquisition) by at least $14B. This does not surprise us since most M&A deals are too expensive. Previous corruption issues add further doubts. Unfortunately, there is no amount of profit that can convince us to invest in a company where we do not like the management. We have sold our positions in Bayer (OTCPK:BAYZF) for similar reasons. We like Bayer, but we have sold our shares because of the Bayer-Monsanto (NYSE:MON) acquisition.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    And this is pretty important ground. Hepatocellular carcinoma can be managed with local therapy (surgery, embolization, etc.), but at its most advanced stages, the options quickly start to thin out. For a decade, the only option in systemic therapy was Bayer’s (OTCPK:BAYZF) sorafenib. Recently, the effective systemic treatment armamentarium was doubled with the approval of regorafenib for second-line therapy.