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Advisors and their firms know they have to “work smarter” online. At a social media conference Thursday in San Francisco sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, leaders in the technology and financial industries came together to learn what that means in concrete terms.

More than 100 participants heard opening remarks by Hearsay Systems CEO Clara Shih, who remains upbeat but clear on the acute challenges faced by advisors today.

“Nearly 2 billion people are active on Facebook,” Shih said.

“High-net-worth investors spend more time on social media” than others, she adds. “The more wealth an individual has, they more time they spend on social media. There is a positive correlation.”

Portfolios will be based on ETFs made by Vanguard and others; Bank of America also introduces automated branches.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Biogen (BIIB)

    Biogen discovers, develops and delivers innovative therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and autoimmune disorders.

  • [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.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Fortinet, Inc.(FTNT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The price of Bitcoin faced more pressure over the weekend. The downturn came on news that several major banks have banned the purchasing of Bitcoin with credit cards. Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) have all banned cryptocurrency purchases since Friday. This means that the top five credit card issuers have now halted the practice. Bitcoin sat at $7,773 this morning.
    Janet Yellen is officially out of the Federal Reserve and will be heading to the Brookings Institution. Today, Jerome Powell will begin his first term at the helm of the U.S. central bank. Powell takes over at an interesting time for the U.S. economy. The central bank is expected to raise interest rates three times in 2017. In addition, Powell must manage a $4.5 trillion balance sheet that the Fed built up in the wake of last decade’s financial crisis.
    Gold prices saw a slight gain in pre-market hours. But those gains could surge as markets continue to face questions about inflation and a weaker U.S. dollar. Gold prices saw one of their biggest one-day declines in two months on Friday. Investors are looking at this as a solid entry point given price expectations from Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth. Peter expects that gold prices will reach $1,400 by the end of June and rise to as high as $1,500 by December.
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    Crude oil prices slid in pre-market hours to a one-month low. TheWTI crude oil price todayfell 0.6%. Brent crude dropped 1.1%. Markets are growing increasingly fearful that rising U.S. production could spur an oversupply of the markets.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: WFC, AVGO, QCOM, BMY
    Shares of Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) are off more than 8% this morning because the Fed has forced new sanctions on the bank that will limit its growth. The Fed’s consent order will see the bank change four members of its board of directors and

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Palo Alto Networks outperforming (albeit off previous highs)potential peers in the space such as large cap Cisco Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO), mid capFortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) and small cap Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Barracuda Networks peaking in 2015 before underperforming and moving back to break even levels while mid cap Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) and large cap Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) also peaked in 2015, fell backand appear to be bouncing back:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Palo Alto Networks falling over the past two years, but still outperformingpotential peers in the space such as large cap Cisco Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO), mid capFortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) and small cap Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA):

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Fitbit, Inc.(FIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) dropped 11.6% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $4.51. Shares closed at $5.10 on Thursday and the stock’s 52-week high is $7.32. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 6 million shares. The company took a ratings downgrade to Sell from Morgan Stanley this morning.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    FitBit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) dropped about 2.2% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $7.48 after closing at $7.65 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $30.96. Volume was nearly 30% below the daily average of around 10 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT) reported its most recent quarterly results after markets closed Monday. The company said that it had a net loss of $0.02 per share on $571 million in revenue, compared with consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for breakeven earnings on $588.89 million in revenue. The fourth quarter from last year had a net loss of $0.56 per share on $573.77 million in revenue.

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    As much progress as the remote medical monitoring device market has made in recent years, we’ve still only scratched the surface. The surface has been scratched though. The Dexcom G5 mobile glucose monitor from DexCom, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM) is one impressive example. Arguably the first and best entry in the race, DexCom has sent a clear message that consumers and caregivers are ready for a functional device that takes care of itself.

    At the other end of the spectrum is a recent round of products that are less clinical in nature, and more broad-usage friendly. Devices like the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) watch and the Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) line of products are both capable of monitoring heart rates and activity. On the other, neither does it all that well… not like one would expect in a clinical setting. Fitbit has run into a headwind of legal and reputational trouble since it’s been verified that its trackers aren’t all that accurate; Apple avoided such trouble largely because few consumers ever viewed its watches as medical-grade hardware.

    The gap between the Dexcom G5 and the Fitbit fitness trackers, however, is where real opportunity lies. See, the entries to date have proven there is a market for mobile medical devices , but have also proven they have to work as well as the equipment one might expect to find in a doctor’s office or in a hospital.

    It’s this subtle nuance that puts a young company called Biotricity Inc. (OTCMKTS:BTCY) in the spotlight, as it has melded mobile monitoring and quality monitoring, and is now in the midst of making sure they’re marketable… not just to consumers, but to insurance companies (which tend to pay a lot more than the average consumer does). Fitbit missed the mark on both fronts.

    Biotricity is working two different but similar pieces of technology. One is called bioflux, for use by caregivers in a clinical setting, and the other is biolife individuals outside of a clinical setting. Neither is o

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: priceline.com Incorporated(PCLN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Also on Monday, Priceline (PCLN) will be reporting and Cramer remained bullish, while warning about the company’s historically cautious forecasts.

    On Tuesday, it’s Domino’s Pizza (DPZ) , Target (TGT) and Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) reporting. Cramer was bullish on Domino’s but warned it may be a target for short sellers. He was also cautiously optimistic on both Target and Valeant.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The S&P 500 is celebrating 60 years of existence as an index. Launched on March 4, 1957, it consists of an assortment of stocks belonging to diverse sectors and is considered a bellwether for the U.S. economy.

    Some Curious Facts About the S&P 500
    The index is weighted by market capitalization, which is price multiplied by outstanding shares of the constituent stocks. In contrast, the Dow Industrials is weighted exclusively by price.
    The eligibility criteria for a stock to be included in the S&P 500 Index include a market cap of $5.3 billion, U.S. headquarters, at least half a year since its IPO and four straight quarters of positive reported earnings.
    The worst annual performance of the index was in 2008, when it lost 38.5 percent.
    Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ: PCLN) was the first $1000+ member of the S&P 500 Index, having scaled the barrier in 2013.

    Even as we weigh in the merits of the broader gauge, let's look at some of the market innovations that can claim to be younger than the S&P 500 index itself.

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    Will Target (NYSE: TGT) get its mojo back, or will shoppers flock to Walmart (NYSE: WMT)? Which travel agent books more snow ski trips this season, Expedia (Nasdaq: EXPE) or Priceline (Nasdaq: PCLN)? Which video game console emerges on top, Microsoft’s Xbox or Nintendo’s Switch?

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION(SAIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion. SAIC shares gained 0.96 percent to $57.87 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gainers

    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NYSE: PXS) rose 47.48 percent to $$5.56, after the company announced it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with a group of investors, which will result in gross proceeds of $4.8 million.
    Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) rose 22.77 percent to $6.88. Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) announced plans to buy Sigma Designs for $7.05 per share in cash.
    Steadymed Ltd (NASDAQ: STDY) rose 19.35 percent to $3.70, after the company reported that no clinical trials were required for Trevyent and that the FDA had agreed to the pathway for the drug candidate's NDA resubmission.
    Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) rose 15.73 percent to $7.06. Earlier in the week, Zacks Investment Research had upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold".
    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) rose 13.71 percent to $85.77 as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) rose 12.41 percent to $6.07, after having risen sharply in pre-marketing trading.
    Radius Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS) rose 12.41 percent to $30.81 after the company provided an update on data from the Phase 1 005 clinical study of elacestrant in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer during the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
    ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 12.32 percent to $25.80 after the company reported its third quarter financial results.
    Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) rose 11.36 percent to $3.43, as the company announced a research collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to study the ability of movement disorders compound, PBT434 to slow or prevent neurodegeneration of the gastrointestinal system.
    Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBIO) rose 10.49 percent to $7.90 as the company announced the appointment of Arwa Shurrab and Jamie Ellen Siegel in its clinical hemophilia

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: AirMedia Group Inc(AMCN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AirMedia Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCN) posted a 52-week low of $1.04 after closing down 23% on Wednesday at $1.35. The 52-week high is $3.30. Volume was about 4 million, nearly 20 times the daily average of around 230,000 million shares. The Chinese outdoor advertising company said yesterday that it is terminating a potential go-private transaction.

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Shares of Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT) have jumped today after the biotech company announced that it would raise $37.5 million in a stock offering. Janney’s Debjit Chattopadhyay explains how far that $37.5 million will go for Sarepta:

There are no sanguine answers to the Sarepta saga and the company’s future hinges on the outcome of the western blot. Hence, the relatively small raise given Sarepta’s cash needs – $30 to $40M cash burn/quarter that could meaningfully increase if: accelerated approval is granted; EU comes in line; and the randomized study of exon 53/45 ramps up, is potentially encouraging.

$37.5M in gross proceeds extends cash runway into 3Q17: Management remains confident on the likely mechanistic validation of eteplirsen, especially since the agency is not asking for a correlation with 6MWT. Hence, the two months additional cash avoids a potential going concern issue at the end of 2Q and also points to company’s ability to analyze the biopsy samples over the coming weeks and potentially have concrete feedback from the agency during mid-summer, by our estimates.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION(SAIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gainers

    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NYSE: PXS) rose 47.48 percent to $$5.56, after the company announced it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with a group of investors, which will result in gross proceeds of $4.8 million.
    Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) rose 22.77 percent to $6.88. Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) announced plans to buy Sigma Designs for $7.05 per share in cash.
    Steadymed Ltd (NASDAQ: STDY) rose 19.35 percent to $3.70, after the company reported that no clinical trials were required for Trevyent and that the FDA had agreed to the pathway for the drug candidate's NDA resubmission.
    Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) rose 15.73 percent to $7.06. Earlier in the week, Zacks Investment Research had upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold".
    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) rose 13.71 percent to $85.77 as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) rose 12.41 percent to $6.07, after having risen sharply in pre-marketing trading.
    Radius Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS) rose 12.41 percent to $30.81 after the company provided an update on data from the Phase 1 005 clinical study of elacestrant in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer during the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
    ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 12.32 percent to $25.80 after the company reported its third quarter financial results.
    Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) rose 11.36 percent to $3.43, as the company announced a research collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to study the ability of movement disorders compound, PBT434 to slow or prevent neurodegeneration of the gastrointestinal system.
    Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBIO) rose 10.49 percent to $7.90 as the company announced the appointment of Arwa Shurrab and Jamie Ellen Siegel in its clinical hemophilia

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion. SAIC shares gained 0.96 percent to $57.87 in after-hours trading.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Jabil Circuit Inc.(JBL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    After the market closed yesterday, mid cap electronic manufacturing services (EMS) stock Jabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL), who gets around 24% of revenue from Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL), reported fiscal Q4 revenue and profit that topped analysts expectations. Net revenue for the fourth quarterfell 5% to$4.4 billion and GAAP net income was $38 million versus $87.7 million. For the year, net revenue increased 3% to $18.4 billion and GAAP net incomewas $254 million versus $284 million. The CEO commented:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    And Jabil Inc. (NYSE: JBL) will report its fiscal first-quarter results on Thursday. The consensus estimates are EPS of $0.79 and revenue of $5.5 billion. Shares traded at $27.88 on Friday’s close, in a 52-week range of $21.31 to $31.70. The consensus price target is $32.23.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM), a previous Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) newsletter suggestion as the next breakout stock, andmid cap Flextronics International being bigger winners compared with the also good performance of mid cap Jabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL) and small cap Celestica Inc (NYSE: CLS):

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $4.50 billion.

    Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $657.59 million.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Sanmina Corp along with potential peersCelestica Inc (NYSE: CLS), Jabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL) and Flextronics International Ltd (NASDAQ: FLEX)all having similar looking charts; but SANM has been the outperformer:

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Mitek Systems, Inc.(MITK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, technology shares fell 0.65 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Ultra Clean Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: UCTT), down 4 percent, and Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MITK), down 7 percent.

  • [By U.S. News]

    In at least one Texas bank and one Ohio credit union, 3D video banking is currently undergoing testing, according to TheFinancialBrand.com, a website for bank and credit union marketing executives. Three-dimensional video banking is similar to a consumer video conference with a bank representative –- only in this case, the executive looks like a living, breathing person sitting across from you. Thanks to theater surround sound, the representative also sounds as if they’re in the same room. And since the consumer is interacting with a real person and not an automated hologram, the experience apparently isn’t much different than the real thing.
    Banking and managing money isn’t what it used to be. The 1970s and 1980s brought us the rise of the ATM. Consumers became acquainted with online banking during the 1990s and the first decade of the 2000s. The 2010s are shaping up as the era of mobile banking.
    That was underscored Sept. 10-11 in New York City when Mitek Systems Inc. (MITK), a San Diego-based technology company, debuted its Mobile Photo Account Opening product at Finovate, a trade show where banking tech products are often unveiled. The product allows consumers to open a bank account within 60 seconds. If you have your bank’s app, you can use your smartphone’s camera to take a photo of the front and back of your driver’s license, and presto, your new checking, savings or credit card account is open.
    Here’s a look at other financial products and services personal financial experts think we’ll be using in the future.
    Within 10 years. “The economic payments system will begin to ‘know us,’ either through biometrics, optical sensor or facial recognition,” says Joshua Siegel, managing principal of StoneCastle Partners, a New York-based asset management firm that invests in banks.
    That’s already happening to some extent with smartphones –- the new Apple (AAPL) iPhone 5S, for example, uses fingerprint scanning to unlock the phone. Meanwhile, some fi

  • [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.

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Texas Instruments Incorporated(TXN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Our lasted featured recommendation is a tech name with a storied past — Texas Instruments (TXN), notes Nicholas Vardy, editor of Vardy’s Alpha Algorithm, a data-driven system.

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $1,409.00 million or 1.87% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -5.51%.

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. 

Hot Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Silicon Graphics International Corp(SGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Cray Incstill and by far outperforming other supercomputer players likelarge caps International Business Machines Corp (NYSE: IBM) andHewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ) plus small cap Silicon Graphics International Corp (NASDAQ: SGI):

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced Medicare Part B premiums for 2018, and the base premium stays the same as this year at $134 a month, but a lot actually changes. For 70% of Social Security recipients who have been paying an artificially low $109 a month, theyll see a big jump to the $134 a month level. Also, many high earnersstarting at $133,500 for a single–will face higher high-income surcharges.  Part B (the base and the surcharge) covers doctors and outpatient services.

The backdrop to the premium jump for the 70% of folks is that the Social Security Administration announced a 2% cost of living adjustment (COLA) for 2018 last month. The average benefit for a retired worker will rise by $27 a month to $1,404 in 2018. Many recipients will find most or all of their increase eaten up by the jump in the Medicare Part B premiums deducted from their monthly Social Security checks. A hold harmless provision (no increase in Medicare premiums can reduce a Social Security recipients net monthly check) kept their premiums in check before.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) on Friday posted total November U.S. sales of 245,387 vehicles, a decrease of 2.9% compared with November 2016. Retail deliveries dropped 0.1% in the month to 197,340 units, and fleet deliveries rose to 19.6% for the month. Fleet sales now account for 19.4% of 2017 sales.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) launched its own version of the electric car recently. The Chevy Bolt is available across the country at a price of $37,495. After federal tax credits, that figure falls to $29,995.

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    Ironically, one of the biggest catalysts for Tesla stock has been Elon Musk’s nomination to President Donald Trump’s business advisory board. According to Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas, “Elon Musk has an important line of communication to Donald Trump,” which is a big development for the company. Just after the election, one of the biggest fears for Tesla stockholders was that theTrump administration would roll back environmental regulations and encourage coal and oil production. However, a couple of weeks after the elections, the narrative completely changed with Tesla emerging as the poster boy of “US manufacturing”, one of the main focuses of the current administration. Unlike its rivals such as Ford (NYSE:F) and General Motors (NYSE:GM) Tesla makes almost all of its cars and solar energy products inside the US. According to Bloomberg, the company is likely to be the biggest gainer if the border tax is imposed.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Rhino Resource Partners LP(RNO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alexis Xydias]

    Investors are regaining confidence, squeezing pessimists who say the economy remains sluggish outside of Germany and point to record-low trading volume as a lack of conviction in the Euro Stoxxs 61 percent rally of the past two years. Besides gains in stocks from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA to Renault SA (RNO), yields on Spanish and Italian bonds have declined to a two-year low compared with German bunds and the euro has strengthened 4.6 percent to $1.35 in the past six months.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VGK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Perhaps the largest ETF dedicated to tracking French stocks should be getting more attention. In a year in which ETFs tracking the PIIGS economies are struggling, EWQ has been solid. The France ETF's 2.7 percent year-to-date gain is slightly ahead of the comparable Germany ETF and more than twice as good as the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSE: VGK).

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Still, there are instances of limited appetite for diversified Europe ETFs, particularly those with significant U.K. exposure. The Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSE: VGK) hasn't added (or lost) any capital since June 20. That ETF devotes 31.4 percent of its weight to U.K. stocks.

  • [By Tom Aspray, Senior Editor, MoneyShow.com]

    The US stock market is still leading with the Spyder Trust (SPY) up 18.6%, while the European markets (VGK) are now up close to 10% for the year, as they have gotten a nice boost in the past three weeks.

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Here is a dichotomy. Global small-caps are performing admirably. The WisdomTree Europe SmallCap Dividend Fund (NYSE: DFE) is an example of a Europe ETF that is defying some unfavorable trends. DFE is down 3.5 percent year-to-date. That sounds bad, but it is far better than what investors have been treated to with diversified, large-cap Europe ETFs. The Vanguard Europe ETF (NYSE: VGK) and the iShares Europe ETF (NYSE: IEV) are down an average of 5.3 percent this year.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Alphatec Holdings, Inc.(ATEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    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
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Alphatec Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ATEC) were down around 25 percent to $2.00 as the company reported an $18.9 million private placement.

    Heat Biologics Inc (NASDAQ: HTBX) was down, falling around 15 percent to $0.872. Heat Biologics priced its 5 million share offering at $0.80 per share.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Geopark Ltd(GPRK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    As a service to our readers, we’ve put together a list of 10 cheap oil stocks under $5. Here are the stocks, share prices, and year-to-date (YTD) returns for each:

    Vallourec Sp (OTCMKTS ADR: VLOWY); $1.42; +13.6% YTDIthaca Energy Inc. (TSE: IAE); $1.93; +14.5% YTDSandRidge Permian Trust (NYSE: PER); $3.45; +16.95% YTDGeopark Ltd. (NYSE: GPRK); $5.06; +17.4% YTDGastar Exploration Inc. (NYSEMKT: GST); $1.89; +22.26% YTDAscent Resources Plc. (LON: AST); $2.11; +25.53% YTDErin Energy Corp. (NYSEMKT: ERN); $3.94; +29.1% YTDChesapeake Granite Wash Trust (NYSE: CHKR); $3.25; +38.3% YTDSouthcross Energy Partners LP (NYSE: SXE); $2.27; +68.15% YTDBonanza Creek Energy Inc. (NYSE: BCEI); $2.27; +122.55% YTD

    This list of oil stocks contains some highly speculative plays, so we can’t recommend buying them.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION(SAIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion. SAIC shares gained 0.96 percent to $57.87 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gainers

    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NYSE: PXS) rose 47.48 percent to $$5.56, after the company announced it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with a group of investors, which will result in gross proceeds of $4.8 million.
    Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) rose 22.77 percent to $6.88. Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) announced plans to buy Sigma Designs for $7.05 per share in cash.
    Steadymed Ltd (NASDAQ: STDY) rose 19.35 percent to $3.70, after the company reported that no clinical trials were required for Trevyent and that the FDA had agreed to the pathway for the drug candidate's NDA resubmission.
    Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) rose 15.73 percent to $7.06. Earlier in the week, Zacks Investment Research had upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold".
    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) rose 13.71 percent to $85.77 as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) rose 12.41 percent to $6.07, after having risen sharply in pre-marketing trading.
    Radius Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS) rose 12.41 percent to $30.81 after the company provided an update on data from the Phase 1 005 clinical study of elacestrant in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer during the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
    ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 12.32 percent to $25.80 after the company reported its third quarter financial results.
    Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) rose 11.36 percent to $3.43, as the company announced a research collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to study the ability of movement disorders compound, PBT434 to slow or prevent neurodegeneration of the gastrointestinal system.
    Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBIO) rose 10.49 percent to $7.90 as the company announced the appointment of Arwa Shurrab and Jamie Ellen Siegel in its clinical hemophilia

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: RetailMeNot, Inc.(SALE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of RetailMeNot Inc (NASDAQ: SALE) got a boost, shooting up 12 percent to $8.42. RetailMeNot announced after Thursday’s close it has entered into an agreement to acquire GiftCard Zen, a secondary marketplace for gift cards. The company reported preliminary Q1 revenue of $54 million to $54.5 million and FY16 revenue of $228 million to $241 million.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, RetailMeNot (NASDAQ:SALE) and SUPERVALU (NYSE:SVU) attracted heavy investor interest following merger and acquisition news.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Heartware International, Inc.(HTWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    4. HeartWare International Inc (NASDAQ: HTWR) – The heart device maker agreed to be acquired by Medtronic for $58 per share in cash two weeks ago. Prior to that the stock had been trading just above $30. 

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: MGIC Investment Corporation(MTG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Chuck Saletta, Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Jordan Wathen]

    With that in mind, we asked a team of Fools each to highlight a stock that a billionaire investor has been selling recently. Read on to see why they chose Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG), and Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY).

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Valhi Inc.(VHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares slipped by 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Valhi, Inc. (NYSE: VHI), down 13 percent, and LSB Industries, Inc. (NYSE: LXU), down 7 percent.

Best Energy Stocks For 2018

Asian shares were mixed early Friday in the last trading session of 2016, with a weaker dollar hurting the competitiveness of exports in the region, while an overnight drop in oil prices sent key energy stocks lower.

The greenbacks rally has shown signs of slowing in recent days as doubts rose over the assumption of the U.S. Federal Reserves rapid interest rate increases. Earlier this week, the National Association of Realtors showed pending home sales dropped in November, a sign of weakening momentum for the U.S. housing market.

Best Energy Stocks For 2018: Cross Timbers Royalty Trust(CRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap trust stock Cross Timbers Royalty Trust (NYSE: CRT):

    On the close-up detailed chart of Cross Timber Royalty we can see how well-developed the downtrend is, but what’s so eye-catching is the way the selling volume is starting to build on the way down. The recent bearish crosses of all the key moving average lines were indeed telling of trouble.

Best Energy Stocks For 2018: SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION(SAIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion. SAIC shares gained 0.96 percent to $57.87 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gainers

    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NYSE: PXS) rose 47.48 percent to $$5.56, after the company announced it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with a group of investors, which will result in gross proceeds of $4.8 million.
    Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) rose 22.77 percent to $6.88. Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) announced plans to buy Sigma Designs for $7.05 per share in cash.
    Steadymed Ltd (NASDAQ: STDY) rose 19.35 percent to $3.70, after the company reported that no clinical trials were required for Trevyent and that the FDA had agreed to the pathway for the drug candidate's NDA resubmission.
    Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) rose 15.73 percent to $7.06. Earlier in the week, Zacks Investment Research had upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold".
    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) rose 13.71 percent to $85.77 as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) rose 12.41 percent to $6.07, after having risen sharply in pre-marketing trading.
    Radius Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS) rose 12.41 percent to $30.81 after the company provided an update on data from the Phase 1 005 clinical study of elacestrant in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer during the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
    ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 12.32 percent to $25.80 after the company reported its third quarter financial results.
    Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) rose 11.36 percent to $3.43, as the company announced a research collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to study the ability of movement disorders compound, PBT434 to slow or prevent neurodegeneration of the gastrointestinal system.
    Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBIO) rose 10.49 percent to $7.90 as the company announced the appointment of Arwa Shurrab and Jamie Ellen Siegel in its clinical hemophilia

Best Energy Stocks For 2018: Western Union Company (The)(WU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was The Western Union Co. (NYSE: WU) which jumped 3.6% to $20.28. The stocks 52-week range is $18.07 to $22.70. Volume was 11 million which is well above the daily average of around 5.8 million shares.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Western Union (WU) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after MoneyGram International (MGI) received a bid from Euronet Worldwide (EEFT).

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Shares of Western Union gained 3.5% to $20.27 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.3% to 2,365.45.MoneyGram International surged 25% to $15.77, while Euronet Worldwide advanced 0.3% to $83.22.

    Normally, two competitors linking up to take on the dominant player in the industry might be considered bad news. BTIG’s Mark Palmer and Giuliano Bolognaexplain why the Western Union reaction”makes sense”:

    While the surge in shares of MoneyGram (MGI, Not Rated) in response to the announcement by Euronet Worldwides (EEFT, Not Rated) that it had offered to buy the company for $15.20 per share in cash was easy to understand the bid trumped the bid of $13.25 per share that MoneyGram received from Alibaba (BABA) affiliate Ant Financial in late January what may have been surprising to some was the positive reaction of shares of MGI remittance competitor Western Union (WU, Buy, $23 PT) to the news.

    With that said, we believe the uptick in WU shares makes some sense insofar as the competitive threat posed by EEFT may be perceived as less imposing than that represented by Ant, especially following reports in February that the latter was planning to raise as much as $3bn to fund global investments.

    We also believe the second bid for MGI serves to underline the attractiveness and potential of the global remittance space, an industry in which WU is the clear leader. Moreover, we think the bid may have given rise to the notion that WU could be an acquisition candidate for another deep-pocketed firm that could lever off its global footprint and the strength of its brand.

    Western Union’s market capitalization rose to $9.8 billion today, from $9.4 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $253 million on sales of $5.4 billion in

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    You don’t need to be an expert technical trader to figure out the price action in shares of $10 billion payment services stock Western Union (WU) . Instead, the price action is more or less as simple as it gets. Since January, Western Union has been a “buy the dips stock”, bouncing its way higher in a well-defined uptrend. And shares are showing traders another buyable dip this week.

  • [By Brian Mathews]

    Western Union Co. (NYSE: WU) is the leading independent provider of consumer money transfer services. After a rough couple of years and dealing with compliance and regulatory issues, WU has finally weathered the storm. Market share has stabilized and revenues have been slowly growing. One of Western Union’s strengths is its size in the industry. The money-transfer business is highly scalable because the incremental costs of processing additional transactions are minimal. This allows WU to have operating margins that are twice as large as its closest competitor. Also, since WU is a highly recognizable brand, consumers flock to use its services in comparison to its peers. Western Union submitted a bid to buy the Australian company OzForex. If this deal goes through, it will provide additional scale to WU, especially to a market clientele that is more affluent. With the troubling times behind the company and expansion on the horizon, expect WU stock to appreciate to $24.

25 Stocks Moving In Friday's Mid-Day Session

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Gainers

Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NYSE: PXS) rose 47.48 percent to $$5.56, after the company announced it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with a group of investors, which will result in gross proceeds of $4.8 million.
Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) rose 22.77 percent to $6.88. Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) announced plans to buy Sigma Designs for $7.05 per share in cash.
Steadymed Ltd (NASDAQ: STDY) rose 19.35 percent to $3.70, after the company reported that no clinical trials were required for Trevyent and that the FDA had agreed to the pathway for the drug candidate's NDA resubmission.
Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) rose 15.73 percent to $7.06. Earlier in the week, Zacks Investment Research had upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold".
Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) rose 13.71 percent to $85.77 as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) rose 12.41 percent to $6.07, after having risen sharply in pre-marketing trading.
Radius Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS) rose 12.41 percent to $30.81 after the company provided an update on data from the Phase 1 005 clinical study of elacestrant in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer during the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 12.32 percent to $25.80 after the company reported its third quarter financial results.
Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) rose 11.36 percent to $3.43, as the company announced a research collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to study the ability of movement disorders compound, PBT434 to slow or prevent neurodegeneration of the gastrointestinal system.
Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBIO) rose 10.49 percent to $7.90 as the company announced the appointment of Arwa Shurrab and Jamie Ellen Siegel in its clinical hemophilia programs.
Cutera, Inc. (NASDAQ: CUTR) rose 8.50 percent to $44.05. The company has announced the appointment of Ms. Sandra A. Gardiner as its Executive Vice-President and CFO.
Verastem Inc (NASDAQ: VSTM) rose 7.06 percent to $4.29, after gaining 4.5 percent in pre-market trading and 4.20 percent on Thursday.
Vince Holding Corp (NYSE: VNCE) shares rose 7.83 percent to $5.39. Vince Holding reported stronger-than-expected results for its third quarter on Thursday.

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Losers

Erytech Pharma Société Anonyme (NASDAQ: ERYP) fell 28.95 percent to $19.85 after the company disclosed that its Phase 2b study of eryaspase for the treatment of AML did not meet primary endpoint.
Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) fell 23.58 percent to $11.20 as the company issued an update on patent litigation.
Aqua Metals Inc (NASDAQ: AQMS) fell 22.62 percent to $2.04 after the company reported a common stock offering.
Cancer Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CGIX) fell 21.28 percent to $1.85 as the company announced a purchase price of $2.00 per unit for a registered direct offering of 3,500,000 units.
Tellurian Inc (NASDAQ: TELL) fell 14.63 percent to $10.24. Tellurian reported an 8 million share common stock offering.
Vistagen Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VTGN) shares fell 12.80 percent to $1.77 after surging 12.78 percent on Thursday.
American Outdoor Brands Corp (NASDAQ: AOBC) fell 12.06 percent to $13.13 after the company reported upbeat results for its second quarter, but issued weak third quarter and FY18 guidance.
La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company (NASDAQ: LJPC) fell 11.66 percent to $28.33 after the company announced the start of a pivotal clinical study of its synthetic human hepcidin candidate in patients with transfusion-dependent beta thalassemia who have cardiac iron levels above normal.
Interlink Electronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: LINK) fell 11.55 percent to $5.09.
IES Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: IESC) fell 11.04 percent to $16.73 after the company announced its fourth quarter results.
Marinus Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MRNS) fell 9.26 percent to $7.84 after gaining 4.2 percent in pre-market trading and jumping 39.58 percent on Thursday.
Party City Holdco Inc. (NYSE: PRTY) fell 8.77 percent to $12.22. The company announced that certain stockholders intended to offer 10,000,000 shares of its common stock for sale.